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I’m a thorough-bred Yoruba man—Obasanjo
By Clifford Ndujihe, Deputy Political Editor
Y father, who was by every measure, the most successful farmer in the village and in the Ibogun area, was a proud Yoruba man and he told me about Oduduwa,
the founder of the Yoruba nation. Papa had heard this story from his own father, Baba Alarobo, who had heard it from his father, Baba Elesin. Papa said this story had been told for hundreds of years in our family in this ‘fatherto-son’ way. Although, my father never stopped teaching us Yoruba culture, proverbs and
tradition, he made us also respect the language, the culture, traditions and way of life of other people living in the village.
or the first time since some Yoruba leaders alleged in 2007 that his
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FG orders red alert at borders
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By Kingsley Omonobi, Daniel Idonor, Godwin Oritse & Ifeyinwa Obi
BUJA—WORRIED by the recent seizure of arms and ammunition in Apapa Ports, Lagos, the Federal Government, yesterday, ordered the beefing up of security at all the nation’s airports and seaports and stricter surveillance at border posts. The government gave the
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From left: Chief Obafemi Olopade, OFR, Chairman at the occasion; former President of Ghana, Mr. John Kuffour; Abyna-Ansaa Adjei, author; former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; Mrs. Bola Obasanjo; former Governor of Jigawa State, and Senator Ibrahim Saminu Turaki, representing the Senate President, at the presentation of the book 'Baba's Story: Nigeria is 50' , authored by Abyna Ansaa Adjei, in Lagos, yesterday. Photo: Lamidi Bamidele.
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Arms seizure: FG orders red alert at borders
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order after a high level security meeting between the National Security Adviser, NSA, General Andrew Azazi (rtd), and top security chiefs which lasted over five hours. This came as more facts emerged on how an official who was shortchanged on a deal in the importation leaked the information that led to the interception. A foreigner, Customs agent of the importer and one other person are already in custody over the incident. Vanguard investigations revealed that at the end of the security talks, it was resolved that all security operatives at all border posts be put on red alert, until and after May 29, 2011 handover date. At the meeting were the Chief of Defence Staff, Oluseyi Petirin; Director General of the State Security Services, SSS; and Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, NIA. Also in attendance were the Inspector General of Police, IGP and other heads , of security agencies in the country. Vanguard sources said that following the arms haul, the Federal Government had directed stricter security presence at the Apapa Ports, the Onne Port and other major ports across the country to forestall the use of such routes for arms shipments into the country. intercepting the container and raising alarm over the interception. He stated that what the security agencies ought to have done was to ensure the clearance of the containers and trail them to their final destination, noting that the owners of the consignment would have been arrested. The war veteran told Vanguard the war heads were capable of causing massive destruction if they are detonated.. Vanguard also learnt that security agencies were working on the theory that the Apapa Port shipment was not the only one dispatched to the country and that other penetrating inlets into the country like the nation’s borders with countries such as Seme, Chad, Cameroon and Benin would have been taken into consideration as ‘Plan B’. stated that the issue of maritime security is the responsibility of every stakeholder adding that maritime security agencies alone cannot cope with the challenges. He said “Maritime security is the responsibility of all stakeholders in the maritime industry, and security operatives in the ports cannot cope with all the security threat we experience every day at the ports. We as individuals, we are not a security friendly people, we are also not a security conscious people. “On the importation of the illegal arms, there will continue to be bad people everywhere in every country in the world and whatever policies the government brings these evil people will find a way to circumvent them. “The problem we have in the country is that we are not security conscious at our ports. Secondly, our maritime security agencies will find it difficult to get the equipment to meet the responsibility that is given them. “Thirdly and unfortunately there is no cohesion within our maritime security agencies. We do not speak together and we have no avenue to sit down and talk together to analyze the situations, go home and see what we can do to pro-actively solve the problem NIMAREX will be one of such forum that will bring out these lapses so that both the government and all will know that we really must do something about our maritime security so that we can checkmate such evil in our society”. Comptroller General of the Nigerian Custom Service, Alhaji Dikko Abdullahi, who visited APM Terminal to inspect the seized containers hailed security agencies that intercepted the 13 containers of ammunition for their diligence and competence. He said: “What I’ve seen today shows that Nigerians are very prayerful, but I want to advise that one should trust our government and have confidence in our leaders, that is the only way we can move forward. “The cargo did not come with RAR or Form M. There was an attempt to clear it and it showed that there was query in documentation. So, we have a very solid system. The irregularities were detected during the clearing process. I want you to be rest assured that investigation still continues because we’ll not allow it to be swept under the carpet because this country belongs to all of us”.
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biological father was not a Yoruba man, immediate past President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has opened up on the matter. Following comments ahead the 2007 polls, that the South-West, through Obasanjo had held power for eight years and as such should not expect power until 40 years later when the other five zones would have tasted power, some Yoruba leaders alleged that Obasanjo was biologically an Igbo man. According to them, Obasanjo’s father was Onyekwelu from Onitsha in Anambra State and so his reign should be viewed as an Igbo reign.Unlike Obasanjo, he did not react to the allegation. However, he has done so in an unusual manner via a book on him entitled: Baba’s Story: Nigeria is 50,” authored by a Ghanaian, Abyna-Ansaa Adjei. The book was presented, yesterday, in Lagos. Hausa, Igbo and Ijaw who were also either petty traders or farm hands. My father, who was by every measure, the most successful farmer in the village and in the Ibogun area, was a proud Yoruba man and he told me about Oduduwa, the founder of the Yoruba nation. “Papa had heard this story from his own father, Baba Alarobo, who had heard it from his father, Baba Elesin. Papa said this story had been told for hundreds of years in our family in this ‘father-toson’ way. Although, my father never stopped teaching us Yoruba culture, proverbs and tradition, he made us also respect the language, the culture, traditions and way of life of other people living in the village.” With these words, Obasanjo has replied his opponents. Also quoting from the book Obasanjo also said: “Let me tell you more of what I learned about the Yoruba history. Oduduwa was the eldest son of King Lamurudu of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Mecca is the centre of the Islamic world. Oduduwa worshipped idols instead of practising Islam. "The elders of Mecca were very unhappy about this. There was a fight and King Lamurudu was killed and so Oduduwa and his men had to leave Mecca, making their way west. “For ninety days and nights they travelled looking for a new settlement. They finally stopped somewhere, in what is present-day Nigeria, and built a town called Ile- Ife. “My cousin, Taiwo, told me another story about the Yorubas that his grandpa, my Great Uncle Adebayo, had shared with him. This story regarded Oduduwa as son of Olodumare, the Yoruba creator-god. Olodumare had sent Oduduwa to earth to create dry land over the water and, by so doing, founded Ile-Ife. It is, therefore, no surprise that many Yorubas regard Ife as the centre of creation and the cradle of civilization. “Oduduwa’s eldest son was called Okanbi. Okanbi had seven children who became the pillars of the Yoruba nation. Okanbi’s third child became King of Benin. When Okanbi died, his older children got the lion’s share of what their father left. Cattle, wives, money, royal beads and the crown were quickly shared. His youngest son, Oranyan, was given only bare land. “However, Oranyan soon became the richest amongst his siblings. This happened because to get any land to build or farm, the older siblings had to part with their ‘riches’ of animals, servants, money or royal beads. Oranyan then founded Oyo and became its first King. Today, if you visit Ile-Ife, there is a stone pillar marking where this great son of Yoruba is buried. This pillar is called the staff of Oranyan.
Security at airports, border posts
Consequently, the source said all airports, border areas and many of the seaports which hitherto were looked at as less harmful to national security, are to be given high alert status since experience has shown that “those behind these desperate measures, would go to any length to move in more weapons and achieve their aim.” Speaking on the arms seizure, former Chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Godwin Ombu (rtd) said it was the responsibility of all stakeholders in the port to ensure a well secured maritime environment. He noted that there was lack of cohesion amongst security operatives in the port on the recent illegal importation of arms and ammunition . On the volume of arms import, the former Naval "chief said that the current maritime security agencies will find it difficult to rise to the present security challenges in the ports if they are not well equipped. Ombu who spoke at the Nigerian Maritime Exposition 2011 meeting
Navy placed on alert
A highly placed security source told Vanguard that the Nigeria Navy has been instructed to keep keen eyes on most of the dreaded routes in the nation’s territorial waters to stem any possible shipment of arms into the country through such routes. “The Navy is put on the alert and has been instructed to strictly monitor all the water ways so that nobody can ship any arm into the country. The President is concerned over the matter of arms proliferation in the country and he wants everything possible to be done to reduce it”. President Jonathan had told the United Nations General Assembly, in New York, last month that Nigeria will spearhead the campaign against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons stressing that the presence of such small arms in the continent of Africa had led to the death of millions of people. Meanwhile, a retired Army Colonel who spoke to Vanguard on the condition of anonymity said that owners of the deadly cargo had allegedly offered monies to some Government officials who in the process of moving money around short changed an official who then leaked the information to the SSS and burst the deal. The Colonel explained that the security agencies made a mistake by
Other ethnic groups
“My father made sure he taught me about other ethnic groups in Nigeria. My childhood friend, Adamu, with whom I played all my childhood pranks, was Hausa. His grandfather, Papa Buba, had moved from a place in the North called Kebbi to settle in our village, long before I was born. Oduduwa is to the Yoruba what Bayajida is to the Hausa and Daura in Katsina State is their origin. Chukwu was my other childhood friend in the village. He was an Igbo, the son of Papa Nkechi. Papa Nkechi was a palmwine tapper in addition to being a farmer. “The Igbo people make up one of the largest ethnic groups in Nigeria. My father told me the story of how the Igbos came to settle in Igboland. The divine King, Eri, is said to be the godfather of the Igbo civilization. He was sent down to earth by God who, in the Igbo language, is called Chukwu. When he got to earth, it was watery and swampy. There was no dry place to set his feet, so Eri told Chukwu he had had a very rough landing and, as such, had settled on top of an anthill. Chukwu sent a blacksmith armed with fire and charcoal to dry the earth. Eri then settled in the middle of Anambra valley.
Political history of Nigeria
Obasanjo, in the 207paragraph book, traced his ancestry and the political history of Nigeria. Speaking on his childhood, and growing up days, he said on page nine of the book: “I was born in a village called IbogunOlaogun in what was then Abeokuta Province and which is today part of Ifo Local Government Area in Ogun State. This village is only 30 kilometres from Abeokuta. As a child, I lived in Ibogun-Olaogun with my parents and my younger sister, Oluwola. Our childhood was a simple one spent in a typical Nigerian farming settlement. Our village had less than 50 huts built with mud walls and mostly thatched roofs and the only jobs at the time were farming or petty trading in farm products. “By age five, I had started going to the farm with Papa and that was when he began to teach me about the history, culture and traditions of my ancestors and our land. Our village, though small, was composed of other ethnic groups such as Itsekiri, Urhobo, Igbira,
‘How Nigeria almost lost civil war to Biafra'
By Clifford Ndujihe, Deputy Political Editor
AGOS— BUT for a total overhaul of her war strategy 24 months into the gun-duel, Nigeria would have lost the civil war to the defunct Republic of Biafra, immediate past President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, said, yesterday. Obasanjo, who co-wrote the Nigeria war plan and fought on the battle field, spoke via a new book on him entitled: “Baba’s Story: Nigeria is 50,” which was presented in Lagos. He spoke as immediate past Ghanaian President, John Agyekum Kuffuor, in a chat with reporters at the event, urged Nigerians to organise credible polls in 2011 to boost unity, stability and prosperity in the country and to cement relations between Nigeria and Ghana. Obasanjo explained in the book authored by a Ghanaian, Abyna-Ansaa Adjei, how politicians threw away the opportunity to remain in power after the partially successful first coup of 1966 and how separatist Biafra almost edged out Nigeria in the 30-month civil war. The former President said that along with Col. Ilya Bisala, he participated in writing the appreciation and the order for federal military operations in the civil war, noting that the original time-line for the ‘police action’ against Biafra was three months, and a
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LECTURE: From left, Mr. Richard Akinnola, Coordinator, Dele Giwa Forum; Mr. Tony Iyare, Special Adviser on Media to Edo State Governor; and Mr. Emeka, at the Dele Giwa Good Governanece Forum-organised lecture.
HONOUR: First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan (left) presenting a GenderFriendly Governor trophy to Chief Josephine Ezogbodo, Bayelsa State Commissioner for Education, representing Governor Timipre Sylva, at the launching of Women for Change Initiative, Bayelsa State chapter. With them is Bayelsa State First Lady, Mrs. Alanyingi Sylva (right).
NMA blames Lagos govt for strike, threatens to join
By Chioma Obinna HE ongoing 10week-old strike embarked on by the Medical Guild, an association of doctors working under the employment of Lagos State Government, yesterday, took another dimension as members of their parent body, Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, Lagos branch threatened to begin a 3day solidarity strike should the state government fail to meet their demands by November 3. Addressing a press conference in Lagos after an emergency meeting of NMA at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, the aggrieved doctors warned that unless the government changes its stance, all doctors working in Federal public hospitals in the state would withdraw services for three days from Wednesday, November 3 to Friday, November 5, 2010. Lagos Chairman of NMA, Dr. Edamisan Temiye, alleged that the Lagos State Government
Bakare vows to mobilise 12m Nigerians against IBB
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had simply ignored the striking doctors and by extension ignoring the wellbeing of the 17 million people in the state. Temiye explained that the solidarity strike was to sound a note of warning to the state government that the fact that doctors in the federal health institutions are working should not be an excuse for not addressing the crisis. His said: “Maybe the government feels that
since the federal health institutions are working, they can afford not to do any thing. This will be a warning strike. 'It's a national issue' “There is a national council of states where governors meet. The patients that are suffering in Lagos belong to the Federation of Nigeria. They are not foreigners. The president of those people is Presi-
dent Good Luck Jonathan, the health minister is the same. “We also want them to talk to the state government to address the crises urgently. Government has never said the demands of the doctors are outrageous or not justified. “If they knew that the demands were justifiable and not outrageous, why don’t they give them what belongs to them?”
... as LASU unions hold rally against embattled VC
By Emmanuel Edukugho
AGOS—CONVENER of Save Nigeria Group, Pastor Tunde Bakare, yesterday, vowed to mobilise 12 million Nigerians to campaign against the candidacy of erstwhile military President, General Ibrahim Babangida in next year’s election. Delivering a lecture entitled The Interplay of Religion in the Leadership Failings in Nigeria—Which Way 2011?” at the seventh annual Adeleke Adejobi Foundation public lecture in
Lagos, the fiery gospel preacher and social crusader, said: “If it remains the last drop of my blood, I will resist the candidacy of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.” Continuing, Bakare vowed that IBB will not be allowed to rule this country again, “because he annulled the freest and fairest election in the history of the country and now without feeling remorse about his action, he wants to come back through the back door and enslave the nation again. “We won’t allow that to happen again.”
AGOS—ACADEMIC and non-academic staff of Lagos State University, LASU, held a protest rally yesterday, seeking the implementation of the FGN/ASUU Agreement 2009 and the sack of the embattled Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lateef Hussein, whom the Lagos State House of Assembly had passed a vote of no confidence on
and urged Governor Babatunde Fashola to remove him from office. As early as 10a.m., workers, lecturers of all the tertiary institutions in Lagos State had gathered at the Eyo Square in the centre of the campus anchored by Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSNU, LASU chapter chairman, Ms. Funmi Sessi to begin a solidarity march which took the striking workers
NAFDAC cautions pregnant women over illegal baby tonic
By Chioma Obinna
ATIONAL Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has alerted on the illegal manufacturing of Baby Delivery Mother Tonic, BDMT, popularly called Abiwere herbal mixture, warning pregnant women in the country to stop buying and administering a brand of easy baby delivery tonic as it had been found to be adulterated. According to the NAFDAC officials, the owner operating under
the name, M.A. Adewunmi and Sons, was found operating in a dilapidated and unhygienic building around Agbeni Market in Ibadan metropolis.
The Deputy Director and South-West Zonal Head of NAFDAC, Mrs. Omosola Osinbajo conducted journalists around the company's premises.
to the Badagry Expressway slightly affecting traffic flow. Among the protesting unions were Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU; SSANU; National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT; Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU; Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, MOCOPED; Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP; Non-Academic Staff Union, etc. Addressing the mammoth rally, SSANULASU Chairman, Funmi Sessi, praised the courage of the workers in fight for their rights, insisting that they will not give up their rights, even with traitors on the prowl.
Lottery: US targets 6,000 Nigerian immigrants
By Vera Anyagafu
NITED States Embassy in Nigeria has said that a total of about 6,000 immigrants from Nigeria are being expected to emerge from the US DV 2012 visa lottery. Briefing newsmen yesterday at the Public Affairs section of the United States Consular-General, broadstreet, Lagos, the consular officer, Boyette Charity, explained that the target is based on the fact that Nigeria pulls the largest number of players, followed by Ghana. The United States of
America, through the DV lottery which was mandated by the US congress in 1995 to open up a rare avenue for legal migrations into the USA, according to Boyette, has so far succeeded in encouraging the legal migration of individuals from third world countries who ordinarily would not have the prerequisite to apply through the normal process. He emphased, “the US Congress encourages diversity of people without sponsors, jobs or bank accounts, but who possess a minimum of SSCE from all over the world.”
Harvard partners Lagos on human devt
Adeferasin, others speak at leadership conference
AGOS State Government has signed an agreement with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government to conduct an Executive Education program for the state. The programme entitled Innovation for Eco-
nomic Development, IFED, will be conducted by Harvard Kennedy School Faculty member and Chair, Professor Calestous Juma in Lagos. Disclosing this at a meeting with top management staff of the ministry, the Commis-
sioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Mr. Jide Sanwo-Olu, said the overall objective of the course is to help strengthen the capacity of Lagos State as a strategic driver of development through science.
HE 2010 edition of the annual Excellence in Leadership Conference, organised by Daystar Christian Center, will have as speakers the founder of Ghana’s premier university, The Central University College, Ghana, Mensah Otabil, Senior Pastor of House on
the Rock, Paul Adeferasin, among other powerful men of God. The event slated to hold from Wednesday November 10 to Friday November 12 at Daystar Christian Center, Oregun, Lagos is divided into two sessions, the general and the specialised sessions.
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Rep gives awards to Badagry students
By Olasunkomi Akoni
S part of efforts to improve the standard of education in the state, a member of the Federal House of Representatives, Mr. Samuel Sejoro, representing Badagry Constituency in Lagos, has disbursed N7. 595 million as bursary award to 908 students of various tertiary institutions residents in Badagry. Presenting the cash award of N10,000 to each of the beneficiaries at the third annual bursary award held at Badagry Town Hall, comprising 310 students, Sejiro explained that the aim was
to assist the students in addressing part of the financial constraints in their education. The lawmaker, who stressed that education is pivotal in the development process of any human community and the nation at large, noted that the problem of financing education in Nigeria is a serious one as most parents and guardians have less capacity in financing their children’s and wards’ education. The beneficiaries include students who are indigenes of Badagry studying in the state higher institutions such as Lagos State University.
CONFERENCE: From left, Mr. Michael Itaghoje, President/Chairman, Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers; Mr. Oladipo Williams, immediate past President, and Mr. Rotimi Oyekan, Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, during the Commissioner's investiture as a Fellow of the institute at its 14th annual conference held in Abuja, recently.
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Mimiko urges women to protest naked against corruption
ficials, COWLSO, held in Lagos. Also at the conference were: the state governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola(SAN); Lagos State Chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; Delta State First Lady, Mrs. Roli Uduaghan, and her Ondo State counterpart, Mrs. Oluwakemi Mimiko, among others. Defective upbringing Mimiko blamed the rot in the country on what he described as “defective upbringing, collapsed value system and weak family structure, which did not help build requirements for the prudent management of public funds”. He said: “It is only in this part of the world that leaders will steal more than three or four generations' need. This is very unfortunate. Such a leader indeed has personality problems and defective background. The consequence brings about sufferings for several millions. “The building of a country starts with a family. Defective up-
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AGOS—GOVERNOR Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State identified defective upbringing and personality problems as key factors responsible for the reason political leaders often steal public funds and engage in various acts of corruption in public offices. Mimiko, however, urged women at different levels to fully get involved in political activism by protesting naked against all forms of injustice and corrupt practices. He made the remarks at the tenth National Women Conference, NWC, which was organised by the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Of-
bringing is responsible for leadership problems in the country today. “When a man steals more than he needs, you will discover that something is wrong with him. Until we have a solid family system, it will be difficult to cure Nigeria ’s perennial problems.”
Man arraigned for bathing hotelier with hot water
NDLEA arrests 60-yr-old drug trafficker ed last year when I conBy Kenneth Ehigiator templated smuggling (names drugs. They gave me bitATIONAL Drug woman N LawNDLEA, has ar- withheld)for a similar of- ter cola toIswallow which Enforcement fence. Agency, I did, but later changed
rested a 60-year-old man (names withheld) at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, for drug trafficking. Also picked up at the airport was a 47-year-old According to the agency, both suspects ingested a total 189 wraps of heroin, weighing 3.140kg. While one ingested 83 wraps, weighing 1.120kg, the other ingested 106 wraps of cocaine, weighing 1.920kg. It was learnt that the man, a transport administrator residing at Surulere, Lagos, would have been paid $10,000 if he had succeeded in taking the illicit drug out of the country. He said: “My wife had a surgical operation that cost about N1.5 million last year. I am still paying the debt I incurred from the medical bill. “ the same, it all startAll my mind after the trial. “Three weeks ago, I was contacted by the same people and I agreed to do it for 10,000 dollars. Now I know that I have made a mistake.” The woman suspect was to board a Virgin Atlantic flight to London when she was caught at the scanning point of the airport. She would have been paid 3,500 pounds had she succeeded in trafficking the illicit drug. She said: “I needed money for my medication because I am sick. When I met the people in Lagos, they promised to pay me 3,500 pounds and I agreed to swallow the drugs.”
NUPENG threatens strike over sacked Chevron workers
ATIONAL Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, yesterday, gave Chevron Nigeria Ltd till November 1 to reinstate its sacked members or face an industrial action. Mr. Tokunbo Korodo, Lagos Zonal Chairman of the union, told the
News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, that the union would carry out its threat because its appeal to the management on the matter had not succeeded. Korodo said that apart from the sacked workers, Chevron had also failed to recognise its union executives at the Logis-
Request to withdraw charge against Anosike rejected
By Innocent Anaba
Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, refused to grant the request of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke(SAN), to withdraw criminal charges filed against Fidelis Anosike and four others before the court.
The Federal Government had recently filed a 21-count charge of conspiracy and stealing of over N3 billion worth of property belonging to Daily Times of Nigeria against Fidelis Anosike and his brother, Noel Anosike, their company, Folio Communications Ltd, one Nicholas Okoye and Gogo Kurubo.
tic Facility Affairs Ltd, a contractor under Chevron in Lekki, Lagos. He said the union had planned to embark on the strike yesterday, but had to suspend it because of the appeal from other stakeholders in the sector. Korodo said the union had fixed an emergency meeting for Sunday in Abuja to map out strategies for the strike. He said the workers had earlier embarked on a warning strike to convey the seriousness of its demands to the company. Korodo said: “The strike is going to be total and will disrupt petroleum products supply to the western part of the countr y. NUPENG will not allow its members to be used as slaves and dumped.”
OLICE in Lagos has arraigned a 33-yearold man, Seyi Peters, who allegedly poured hot water on a female operator of a restaurant. Peters was alleged to have committed the offence under the influence of alcohol. Charged with assault before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court, Peters pleaded not guilty even as he wept profusely. He told Magistrate D. T. Olatokun amid tears that he lost control of himself. Olatokun granted him bail in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum. The prosecutor, DSP Aruna Ebhodaghe, told the court that Peters poured a pot of boiling water on Mrs Patience Johnson who had served him some bottles of drinks in her restaurant. Ebhodaghe said that Peters got the boiling water from a nearby eatery, adding that he committed the alleged offence on October 23 at 1, College Road, Ifako, Agege.
Sanitation exercise: Lagos suspends restriction order for NECO
By Olasunkomi Akoni AGOS State Government has suspended the restriction order on movement for the monthly sanitation exercise on October 30 and November 27, to allow for free movement of examination materials, invigilators and the students that will be partaking in
the November/ December 2010 National Examination Council, NECO, examinations. Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State approved the suspension order but directed that the exercise be observed by everyone. Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Muiz Banire, disclosed this,
adding that Environmental Health Officers, men of KAI and related officers have been mandated to go round and bring residents of filthy tenements and environment to book; while the L AWMA will deploy men and materials to ensure quick evacuation of waste generated during the exercise.
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Visually impaired cleric donates N5m police post
By Ola Ajayi
BADAN—AS a result of rampant cases of armed robbery within the neighbourhood of Alaseyori in Akinyele Local Government area of Oyo State, a visually impaired prophet, Pastor Muyideen Kasali has donated a police post worth N5m. The police post is to serve no fewer than 12 villages in the area. The villages are Jarija, Bamidele, Logun, Ojedeji 1 and 2, Saanu and Sango-Ibon and other surrounding villages. According to the prophet who has lost his sight when he was three years old said we should not leave everything for the government to do but all of us must contribute our quota to make life worth living.
Police arrest 2 suspects over kidnap of Customs officer
By Kolade Larewaju
BEOKUTA—TWO suspects who kidnapped a 45-year-old Superintendent of Customs, Mr. Ekanem John and demanded a N250 million ransom have been arrested by men from the Ogun State Command. The suspects, Emmanuel Ogugua and Chidi had on October 23, 2010 kidnapped John in Apapa area of Lagos at about 10.00pm and took him to an unknown destination. Ogun State Police Commissioner, Mr. Musa Daura who paraded them before newsmen yesterday said the suspects later got
AWARD—Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State (left) and Prof Oyelowo Oyewo, Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos during the presentation of Class 2010 outstanding award to Governor Akala in Ibadan, yesterday.
in touch with the victim’s wife and ordered her to get across to them with N250 million else they would kill her husband. But three days after the kidnap, Daura said the police got a tip from a farmer that “while he was working on his farm along the Lagos/Ibadan Express way, he heard some unusual sound by evening time." He said based on that information, policemen were deployed to the area to comb the bush which resulted in the suspects’ arrest. The victim was rescued in a thick forest, few kilometres away from Sagamu.
Adeoti, Ekiti Dep Speaker laid to rest amidst tears
By Gbenga Ariyibi
DO-EKITI—TEARS were flowing uncontrollably from the eyes of relations, friends and other sympathizers at Otun Ekiti yesterday when the remains of the former Deputy Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr Saliu Adeoti was committed to mother earth. Even, the State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi had to cut short his tour from Abuja, to pay his last respect to the departed hero, could not control his emotion as he wept profusely beside the grave of the former lawmaker. Adeoti died at the University Teaching Hospital, UCH, Ibadan,
2011: Group calls for reformation of police
By Dayo Johnson
KURE—AHEAD of the 2011 General Elections, the Network on Police Reform in the Nigeria, NOPRIN, yesterday called for reformation of the Nigerian Police for free, fair and peaceful elections in the country. Its Chairman, Mr. Andy Nkemneme, stated at the opening of the Public Tribunal on Police Abuse in Nigeria arganised by NOPRIN in collaboration with National Human Rights Commission, NHRC and National Committee in Torture.
Mr Muhammed Mundu, Zonal Comptroller, Oyo/Osun Customs Zonal Command (left) displaying goods seized from smugglers to newsmen in Ibadan, on Wednesday. Photo by Dare Fasube.
CONMESS: Ogun doctors begin strike
...accuse govt of insincerity
By Kolade Larewaju
B E O K U TA — GOVERNMENT health care system in Ogun State was yesterday paralysed as medical doctors in the state under the aegis of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, began an indefinite strike . The strike followed the alleged refusal of the state government to implement the Consolidated Medical Salaries Scale, CONMESS, among other several other grievances of the doctors. It will be recalled that doctors in the state last month shelved their strikes following a directive from the national headquarters of the NMA to all striking doctors to resume negotiations with their respective state governments.
Oyo State last Wednesday after a brief illness. His demise came just at a time when his 24 other members of the House are on a tour to Germany for legislative matters, except the deceased and his blossom friend, Mr Gbenga Odebunmi, who had to stay back and stood by the deceased at the hospital bed until he breathe his last. Adeoti’s body was brought into the town at about 11.50am in a convoy of vehicles, where he was received by members of his family, relations and scores of Islamic clerics, led by the State Missioner, Alhaji Liad Adebayo and and President League of Imams and Alfas in the state, Alhaji Jamiu Kewulere.
Ondo CJ's appointment in order, says MImiko
KURE—AS Justice Olaseinde Kumuyi took over from retired Justice Gladys OlateruOlagbegi as the new Chief Judge of Ondo State, the State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has declared that the processes leading to Kumuyi’s appointment was transparent and in line with the established practice. Administering oath of office on the new judiciary helmsman yesterday, the Governor stated that the
Ijebu-Jesa celebrates Egboro day
RRANGEMENT has been concluded for this year ’s Egboro day celebration at Ijebu–Jesha, Osun State, as approved by the Kabiyesi his royal Majesty, Felix Aribisala. According to programmes of event by Olukiran Oluyemi and John Yemi Ayeni, chairman and secretary of the planning committee, the week long event will kick off on November 1, 2010 with inter-denominational prayer and on November 2, there will be an inter school quiz competition, with a football competition on November 3.
Patients turned back from hospitals
Many patients who
called at the state General Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta, the one at Iberekodo in Abeokuta North Local Government and the General Hospital in Ijebu-Ode had to leave without getting the required treatment. Addressing newsmen yesterday which kickstarted the Association’s one week long "Physicians’ Week’’, the State chairman of the Association, Dr. Adewunmi Alayaki accused the State Government of insincerity, lamenting that immediately the doctors suspended the strike, the state government also suspended negotiation with us. ”Immediately we suspended the strike, they (state government) suspended negotiation they were having. That’s why in our SEC meeting last Tuesday, the NMA gave directive to all the associate bodies that are affected that they are free to resume the strike”.
While appealing to members of the public to bear with the Association, Alayaki lamented the poor state of medical facilities and poor condition of service of medical personnel in the state.
Ogun govt expresses suprise
Reacting to the strike, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kunle Salako expressed surprise at the strike by the NMA, saying “the Ministry of Health is surprised that the NMA is calling out the doctors on strike, especially after the meeting Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel had with all health workers on Friday, 23rd October, 2010 and the commitment by the governor to see what can be done once evidence of payment in other states is presented and the financial situation of the state improves.”
objective of the present government was to make the judiciary in Ondo State the best in Nigeria. “Our dream is to make Ondo State judiciary number one in Nigeria. In this direction, the Executive arm of government will continue to co-operate with the judiciary to ensure that this strategic arm of government effectively discharge the sacred duty imposed on it by the Constitution of our land,” he said.
S-West pensioners decline screening invitation to Abuja
By Ola Ajayi
BADAN—AS a result of the untold hardship experienced in past pensioners biometric exercises, about 20,000 pensioners from the SouthWest have vowed not to honour the invitation by the Head of Service, Mr, Stephen Oronsaye for another screening in Abuja. The retired men and women under the aegis of
the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, South West led by its Chairman, Chief Eni Olotu said his men “ in the South West and other pensioners across the country reject this new directive to come to Abuja because of the toll it would have on them.” While speaking with newsmen yesterday, the union alleged that each time they are called for screening, it makes lives of pensioners more difficult.
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UNIBEN Alumni launches Law book on Ahonaruogho
By Simon Ebegbulem
ENIN—A law book in honour of the President of the University of Benin Alumni Association, Chief Richard Ahonaruogho, has been launched in Benin City, Edo State. The book entitled Judicial Renaissance in Nigerian Criminal Law (1990-2009) was authored by two young graduates of the Faculty of Law of the University, Emmanuel Akpeme and Stephen Azubuike. Speaking on the occasion, which attracted dignitaries from the university community, the Vice-Chancellor of the UNIBEN, Prof. Osayuki Oshodin, noted that the society had suffered immensely in the hands of kidnappers, adding that launching a book which dwelt on criminal law at this point in time, was timely.
Lawyer arraigned over recruitment of cultists
S A B A — SEVENTEEN persons, including a lawyer, who were arrested in Asaba, Delta State, a few days ago over alleged cult activities, have been arraigned in court. State Police Public Relations Office PPRO, Mr. Charles Muka, confirmed this in Asaba, yesterday. Although details of the charge was not immediately ascertained, but the PPRO, said “they have been arraigned, both the lawyer and the sixteen others. Only the driver of the vehicle was exonerated because he was innocent.” Muka had on Monday, said “sixteen suspected cultists were arrested in Asaba on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 10pm. Policemen from 'A' Division received information that cultists were planning meeting along Summit Road, Asaba, and promptly arrested them."
From left: Ugo Amano, Eze Chidume Okoro, presenting the Most Export-Friendly Media award to Vanguard Media Ltd., represented by the Abuja Bureau Chief, Mr. Emmanuel Ujah during the awards ceremony to mark the Nigerian Non-Oil Export Conference, Exhibition and Awards at the International Conference Centre, Photo: Abayomi Adeshida Abuja...Wednesday night.
Four arrested over Rivers Commissioner of Power mother's murder
By Jimitota Onoyume
HARCOURT—THREE persons have been arrested in connection with the murder, Tuesday night of mother of the Rivers State Com-
Rivers raps Abia govt over comments on Amaechi
By George Onah
ORT HARCOURT— RIVERS State Government has criticised Abia State government over a comment on Governor Chibuike Amaechi, for saying that Rivers tax payers’ money was used to aid the restoration of peace in Abia State. Rivers government said Abia State's Commissioner for Information, Mr. Anthony Agbazuare was ignorant of “issues concerning security, an exclusive area for
missioner of Power, Madam Lucy Wokocha at her residence in Okposi community in the state. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Dr Rita Inoma-Abbey confirmed the development, adding that the police recovered a locally made pistol,
charms and a gown from the suspects. In another development, former Commander of Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta, MEND, Soboma Rich, aka Egberipapa, has called on the Federal Government to ur-
Nsadop, Boje communal clash victims get mass burial
By John Ighodaro
A L A B A R — BODIES of the victims of the Nsadop and Boje communal clash, were given a mass burial in Nsadop, Wednesday, amidst wailing from the womenfolk of the community. The bodies, most of them bloated, were lowered into a mass grave, dug at the centre of the town by some of the remaining youths in Nsadop. According to one of the surviving youths, who identified himself as
Governors” and that when Abia was ravaged by the menace of kidnappings, Rivers offered succour. Rivers's Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs Ibim Semenitari, who was reacting to the castigation of Amaechi by Agbazuare, told newsmen in Port Harcourt, yesterday, that it was inconceivable for Agbazuare to
Christopher, “the Boje people left the forest where the combat was and took a hidden route to our homes and began to destroy our houses. When we got wind of it and came out from the forest, they laid ambush on us and killed us like rats.” Christopher said, the Boje combatants concentrated on the menfolk during the massacre and largely left the Nsadop women untouched. According to him, “the Boje combatants only selected men and left the
women in their massacre. Every male whether child, visitor, cripple or blind was hacked to death by the Boje people because they said they wanted to exterminate us from the face of Cross River map.” Almost all the houses in Nsadop were razed, according Christopher. "When they could not destroy the house of Mr Ogon Etta, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, they climbed the roof, created holes and poured fuel and set it ablaze," he added.
gently intervene in recent clash in his Buguma community, which resulted in the arrest of scores of his boys. The former militant Commander, who alleged that a top politician from his village sponsored some boys to kill him, said that the recent clash was not between his boys and those loyal to the late Soboma George as reported in the media. According to him, it was the politician, who sponsored some boys to attack him in his Buguma residence because of his refusal to support his second term bid, and he had to flee for his life. He said he had repeatedly told the politician that the seat he occupies in the local government area is rotated among the various houses in his Buguma village and it had been like that for years. Rather than accept his explanation, the politician he alleged, sponsored an attack on him, also accusing security operatives stationed in his Buguma village of being used by the said politician.
EDHA confirms transitional council members
By Simon Ebegbulem
ENIN—THE Edo State House of Assembly, yesterday, confirmed members of the Transitional Councils, who are expected to run the affairs of the 18 local government areas of the state, before the council elections are held. The confirmation followed a request by Governor Adams Oshiomhole, in a letter dated October 25, 2010, in which he had sought the confirmation of the list submitted by him, following the dissolution of the leadership of the 18 councils, last Monday. The letter addressed to the Speaker of the state House of Assembly,Mr Bright Omokhodion, read "may I respectfully forward for confirmation of the House, the list of members of the Transitional Councils for the 18 councils." "This is pursuant to section 10, sub-section 4 (i) and (ii) of the Edo state Local Government (Amended) law 2002,” he said.
Politicians' attitude worries Oshiomhole
ENIN—EDO State Governor, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday, in Benin City, Edo State, raised alarm that the way politicians in the country were unnecessarily heating up the polity, could make oneman-one vote a mirage in the 2011 polls. The Governor, advised the political class and the entire citizenry to reflect on the unfolding politi-
be so unruly with his comments. “Rivers State government collaborated with the Federal Government in the rescue operation of the kidnapped children by providing the intelligence and security support that was used to rescue the victims in Abia State," she said.
cal developments, especially on the choice of language being used by politicians, some of who, he said had no programmes to develop and move the nation forward. Oshiomhole also lamented, that workers in the country were increasingly being exposed to life threatening and other hazardous environment at their work places and advised the Federal Government, employers of labour and
industrial unions to pay serious attention to occupational safety as being done to the issue of wages in the country, saying it was only the living that earn wages. He spoke at the opening of a two-day seminar with the theme “Safety at Work: Issues and Challenges” put together by Labour Writers Association of Nigeria, LAWAN, in Benin. He noted that instead of issues of the develop-
ment, the political class was busy, talking about zoning and capturing of states, as if the nation was at war. He called on Nigerians to be vigilant and defend their votes, because “if we get it wrong in 2011, Nigeria may find it very difficult to survive the failure.” He lamented that workers in the country were increasingly being exposed to life threatening and other hazardous environment at their work places.
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Group asks Delta guber aspirant to dump PDP
By Festus Ahon
GHELLI—THE Urhobo National Voters Assembly, UNVASS, has called on Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege, a gubernatorial aspirant in Delta State in the forthcoming 2011 elections, to dump the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for another political party. The group in a statement, yesterday, after its meeting in Ughelli, Delta State, stressed the need for Omo-Agege to dump the PDP accusing , the PDP of being known for the imposition of candidates. The group in the statement by its national chairman, Mr Desmond
MEETING: From left; Governors Bukola Saraki of Kwara State, Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe State, Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Engr. Patrick Ekpotu and Founder of CNN & Chairman, United Nations Foundation, UNF, Ted Turner, at a meeting of the Board of the UNF with Nigeria's Governors' Forum on the power of Public Private Partnership in Nigeria's primary health care effort on measles & polio eradication in Abuja, recently.
Okiki, said the only way Omo-Agege could achieve his gubernatorial ambition was for him to dump the PDP for another party. "We urge Omo-Agege to dump the PDP and seek the mandate of another political party to realize his gubernatorial ambition because of the impending imposition and crisis in the ruling party, PDP . “With the electoral reforms coupled with the integrity of Prof Attahiru Jega, the chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the one man one vote campaign, we are sure the elections will be free and fair," the group said.
Robbers kill 3 policemen, vulcaniser in Ekpoma
By Gabriel Enogholase
Lawmaker told to account for stewardship
By Festus Ahon
KPOMA—THREE policemen and a vulcaniser were killed, yesterday, when armed robbers stormed the Ekpoma branch of a first generation bank in Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State. The vulcaniser, said to be having a meal in a restaurant on the AuchiBenin highway, was hit by a stray bullet. The robbers were said to have made away with undisclosed sum of money. It was gathered that
many of the bank’s employees and customers were also seriously injured in the operation, which lasted for about 30 minutes. They were rushed to Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital for urgent medical attention. The armed robbers, seven in number and heavily armed, came in a Toyota Sienna Bus and blocked all exit points leading into the bank, before embarking on the operation. One of the private security agents attached to the bank, described his
survival as an act of God. He said, “none of the private security men was killed or injured, but three policemen were killed, and another was injured.” The Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Mr Joseph Akpoloa, told newsmen to come back later, when
contacted, saying, “I have just lost three of my men, who only this (yesterday) morning booked for arms”. As a result of the development, all other banks in the area were forced to close and suspend operations for the day.
Striking NIFOR workers lament poor funding by FG
By Simon Ebegbulem
GHELLI—THE Isoko Action for Survival, a sociopolitical group, has told the member representing Isoko South Constituency 1 in the Delta State House of Assembly, Mr Benjamin Efekodo to give account of his stewardship in the last three years to the people of the constituency or forget his second term ambition. The group in a statement by its leader, Mr Blessing Ojile, accused Efekodo of non performance, adding “there is no sign of anything he
has done, such as constituency project in the three communities that make up the constituency. “Where are the funds meant for constituency projects from the state government in the past three years?" he queried. "We are saying that if he fails to give account of his stewardship to the people, we will make sure that he does not get elected for a second term through legal means. “After 50 years of unsatisfactory governance, Isoko people need restoration, character, ethics, national integrity by true and compassionate leaders," he added.
ENIN CITY—STAFF of the Nigeria Institute for Oil Palm Research, NIFOR, Edo State, yesterday, lamented poor funding of the institute by the Federal Government, saying that the nation loses billions of dollars yearly from the institute due to government’s neglect for staff welfare and investment in research. Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions, SSAUTHRIAI, NIFOR chapter, MrBenedict Awanlemhen, who briefed newsmen, regretted that despite all the efforts made by staff of research institutes in the country to ensure that the three months old strike action embarked upon by staff of the 61 research institutes in the country was called off, government had displayed “lackadaisical” attitude towards resolving it. Vanguard observed
that the strike action had crippled activities in the NIFOR. The research institutes workers are demanding improved working conditions, upgrading of facilities, which they said were obsolete and to be placed
at par with university lecturers. Awanlemhen, said that the alleged failure by the Federal Government to fund Research Institutes properly was a great threat to the nation’s quest for food security and the vision 2020 agenda, adding "we should not be different from the universities and so what has been given to the universities should be given to us."
2011: Coastal communities endorse Mayuku for 3rd term
By Emma Arubi
ARRI—COASTAL communities in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, have endorsed Mr. Dan Mayuku for a third term in the state House of Assembly, saying that he has brought peace to the Ijaw and Itsekiri ethnic nationalities. The communities under the aegis of Benin River Progressive Forum, BRPF, charged the people to ensure that they
Jonathan urged to settle ex-militant leaders’ rift
R Ebis Moni, member of the Delta State Water-Ways Security Committee, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan, and other concerned leaders to settle the rift between Chief Government Ekpemupolo, (Tompolo), and his former militant com-
manders over a misunderstanding. He also called on Chief Edwin Clark, Ijaw leader, Timi Alaibe, Co-ordinator, Presidential Amnesty Committee and Godsday Orubebe, Minister of Niger Delta Ministry to help in settling the matter amicably before it gets out of hand.
register en-masse during the voters registration exercise, adding that it was the only way to ensure the electoral victory of Mayuku in the 2011 elections. Chairman of the forum, Mr. Collins Newuwumi and the secretary, Mr. Lucky Amola, commended Mayuku for accepting their call to serve for a third term, noting that as a vibrant member of the House, his contributions to the development of the state and projects brought to his constituency were legendary. They reminded him to further use his legislative powers to facilitate the citing of more health centres, portable water schemes and direct electricity supply from the flow stations to host communities. The forum acknowledged the effective and qualitative representation given to the constituency and charged Mayuku not to rest on his oars.
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‘How Nigeria almost lost civil war to Biafra'
Continues from page 5 maximum of six months to cater for exigencies. He said: “In our preparations, we thought the war would last only three months, but to ensure that we adequately provided for all possible outcomes, we allowed six months. In the end, the war lasted 30 months, from July 1967 to January 1970 and the Federal side nearly lost the war to Biafra. “The Federal Government won the hot field war while Biafra won the propaganda battle. It was the highly successful Biafra propaganda on pogrom, genocide and starvation that pitched Tanzania, Zambia, Ivory Coast and Gabon publicly on Biafran side with the active support of France and the Vatican. “ After the war had gone for almost two years and with the bombing of the Onitsha bridge and the federal troops defeat at Owerri, the people of Nigeria were tired with this war matter. It was at this point that the Federal
Government decided to overhaul its war machinery and to inject fresh blood and fresh ideas to the war front.” Tracing the political history of Nigeria in the 207paragraph book, he said politicians had the opportunity to organise themselves and remain in power after the first coup but bungled it. His words: “The first strange thing about this coup was that it was not fully successful. Leaders of the Army stopped it. This means, the politicians could have found a new leader and stayed in power. However, they were so scared of what had happened that they agreed for the head of the army to take over the running of the country. Gen. Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi became the Head of State.” The former Ghanaian leader, who led a large delegation of his country’s men and women to the event prayed that Nigeria should move up quickly to be the epicentre of an evolving united Africa. He said: “Nigeria should climb over quickly as one great nation of one people and the centre of evolving one Africa. That is my wish for Nigeria. There should be more stability, more prosperity. I pray for a free, fair elections, the outcome which will be acceptable to all in the country.” Kuffuor contended that Nigeria had the resources to excel because Nigerians “are very energetic, goalgetting people, very ambitious and very strong.” He noted: “Nigeria should unite very strongly as a nation and move forward with that.” Kuffuor, who picked holes in the recent Transparency International rating of Africa as the most corrupt continent in the world, asked Africans to reject the “insult.”
LAUNCHING: From left; Mrs Nkolika Okoli, Head, Priority Banking, Skye Bank Plc, Mr Kehinde Durosinmi-Etti, Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, and Mr Gbenga Ademulegun, Executive Director, Commercial Banking/ Public Sector, at the launching of New Product Priority Banking, by the bank in Lagos, Wednesday. Photo: Kehinde Gbadamosi.
Senator petitions Jonathan over alleged threat to life
By Ben Agande
LECTURE: Left, Dr Tunde Bakare,guest lecturer/convener, Save Nigeria Group (left) and Rev Mother Olive Sulola Adejobi, wife of the deceased, at the 7th Adeleke Adejobi Foundation Annual Lecture in Lagos, yesterday. Photo: Biodun Ogunleye.
BUJA—THE S e n a t o r representing Ebonyi Central Constituency of Ebonyi State, Dr. Emmanuel Onwe, has accused Governor Martin Elechi of planning to eliminate him in order to stop his re-election bid to the senate. In a petition addressed to President Goodluck Jonathan and National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP , Okwesilieze Nwodo, which was made available to journalists in Abuja yesterday, the
senator accused the governor of giving out N200 million to a select PDP ward and local government executives all in the bid to stop his return to the senate. According to him, “Governor Elechi had in his meeting with a few selected members of the Ikwo PDP executives on October 23, 2010, reportedly threatened to withdraw from recontesting the gubernatorial election in the event that an Ikwo man (read Senator Emmanuel Onwe) proceeds to run for the senatorial election in Ebonyi Central.”
RS. REGINA Ujunwa, 61, of Umunzu, AmuchaEbeise, Njaba Local Governmet Area, Imo State is dead. She will be buried on November 4, 2010, in her home town, UmunzuEbeise, after a funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Amucha.
Court halts fresh PDP congresses in Enugu
By Tony Edike NUGU—THE Federal High Court, Enugu, yesterday restrained the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP from conducting fresh congresses on Saturday to elect new party executives in Enugu State. In granting the order, the Presiding Judge, Justice Ramat Mohammed, said the injunction subsists, pending the hearing of the motion filed before the court by a faction of the party under Chief Vita Abba, whose State Executive Council was dissolved last week by the National Working Committee , NWC, of the party. Joined as first and second defendants/ respondents in the application brought by Abba are the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the National Chairman of PDP, Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo, who ordered the dissolution of the state executive committee of the party through a statement issued by his media aide. The faction of the party led by one Reuben Ochi, who has a pending motion before the same court, made representation in court to be joined in Abba’s motion. Ruling on an oral application by the plaintiff to file an exparte motion, the presiding judge, Justice Mohammed, said there is was compelling need to make an order to preserve the status quo until the substantive motion before the court was heard. Counsel to INEC, Wilfred Nwabude, and Nwodo’s lead counsel, Mike Ajogwu, SAN, had opposed the application made by the plaintiff (Abba) through his lead counsel, Justina Offiah, SAN. But Justice Mohammed explained that having earlier declined to grant an earlier ex-parte motion from the plaintiff last Monday because he wanted the defendants to be put on notice, it would be improper to grant same yesterday (Thursday). He, however, said if fresh congresses were allowed on Saturday (tomorrow), there would be nothing for the court to determine at the hearing of the substantive motion, adding that the court could not fold its arm and allow the con-
Ekweremadu to flag off N9.5bn road project
By Happiness Owolabi
LAGOS—Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, will next Monday flag off construction of the second phase of a N9.5 billion road project reconnecting communities in Ebonyi and Enugu States which were cut off during the Nigerian civil war. The road project being funded by the Federal Government, is being handled by Setraco Nigeria Limited and was facilitated by Senator Ekweremadu, a statement by his Special Assistant (Media), Paul Odenyi, said. The communities to benefit from the road project, he said, were also the food producing communities in the two states. The road cuts across Oji River-Achi-MakuAw g u - N d e a b o r - M p u Okpanku-Akaeze communities cutting across the two States.
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Kidnappers hijack bus with 12 passengers
By Anayo Okoli
BA — Kidnappers yesterday braved the heat turned on them by the military task force operating in Aba, the Abia state commercial capital as they struck somewhere along the busy Aba –Port Harcourt expressway, hijacking a bus with about 12 passengers. Seven of the 12 kidnapped victims were said to have been released while effort has been intensified by the military task force to rescue the remaining victims and arrest the kidnappers. Unconfirmed report said that a pregnant woman who was one of the victims was killed in the process according to information gathered at the time of filing this report late last night. It was not also ascertained if the bus was coming from Port Harcourt or was going to Port Harcourt from Aba. The incident, it was learnt happened close to a check point being manned by some operatives of the antiterrorist squad located
close to a refuse dump site on the expressway. But one of the senior army officers involved in the operation who said he was speaking informally confirmed that there was a kidnap incident on the Aba-Port Harcourt high way on Wednesday. However, the task force is yet to issue a statement on the matter. Aba which was under the siege of kidnappers was last two weeks “liberated “ by the military task force which was deployed to the state and which put heat on the hoodlums. They have arrested many suspected kidnappers and scores of them were said to have been killed. At the heat of the siege, residents fled the commercial city but with the arrival of the task force they were encouraged to come back to the city. The task force has also invaded and destroyed many identified operational camps and hide out of the kidnappers, especially in Ukwa West, Obingwa and Ugwunagbo.
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SWEARING-IN: Governor Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State (left) and Mrs. Lilian Asuzu, after being sworn in as permanent secretary by the governor in Owerri, recently.
Opposition parties accuse Abia environmental agency of intimidation
MUAHIA—SOME opposition parties in Abia State have accused
By Anayo Okoli
the state environmental agency, ANSEPA, of intimidating them and slowing down their campaigns by charging them exorbitant fees for pasting their candidates’ campaign posters in the streets of cities in the state, especially Umuahia . Some of them alleged that the General Manger of ANSEPA, with protection from Bakassi Boys and even mobile policemen, invaded their offices and allegedly carted away property and cash. The campaign organization of Chris Akomas had last week complained that ANSEPA brought some outrageous rates to them, being fees they were asked to pay before posters could be pasted. But the groups asked the General Manager of the agency, Dr. Cosmas Ndukwe, to show proof of payment of such fees by other aspirants, especially the governor. The Akomas Campaign Organization warned the general manager not to allow himself to be used to settle political scores. Just yesterday, the campaign headquarters of Chief Ikechi Emenike, who is aspiring for the post of governor under PDP and his supporters, alleged that the same Ndukwe led a dreaded team of Bakassi Boys and mobile policemen to invade their office and allegedly made away with the sum of N3.5 million from the office. They also claimed that the Bakassi Boys and policemen “maimed, harassed and
intimidated anybody found in the office.” In a statement signed by Chief Ben Etie and Mr. Egwuatu Egbulefu, Emenike’s campaign office claimed that the money was removed from the chairman’s office, adding that visitors to the office were tortured and taken to the Police Area Command office in Umuahia and detained for two days. “We hereby condemn in
totality his action which is aimed towards intimidating and suppressing us into accepting the illegality in dissolving the PDP state executive committee and replacing it with illegal one,” it said. Chief Emenike’s campaign office called on the agency to render an apology within seven days to the group, while also charging the police commissioner to investigate the matter.
Ohakim calls for cooperation to move state forward
By Chidi Nkwopara WERRI—IMO State Governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, has called for a concerted effort in building a solid foundation for peace and development in the state. He spoke at the swearing in of the new Head of Service, HOS, and 18 permanent secretaries appointed by the government. Ohakim challenged the officers to remain selfless, transparent and avoid corrupt practices in the discharge of their offices. The governor noted that the administration had created over 20,000 jobs, including the 10,000 recently offered to unemployed graduates that have just completed their interviews. “Their letters of appointment would be given to them between now and November 6, 2010. Your choice and
appointment was based on your personal records,” Ohakim said. He insisted that under the new face of Imo philosophy, the old syndrome of corruption, lack of transparency, zonism, god-fatherism, nepotism and other vices, must take the back seat. Chief Ohakim also announced the redeployment of both the new and old permanent secretaries in various ministries and departments. Responding on behalf of the new appointees, the HOS, Chief Evans Uzokwe, thanked the governor for finding them worthy and promised to discharge their duties with every sense of responsibility. Vanguard recalls that the new appointment brings to 32 the number of permanent secretaries serving in the state.
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From left, Dr. Kodjo Soroh, Medical Director, Pfizer Nigeria & East Africa Region; Dr. Mohamed Alamir, Regional Marketing Manager, UAE; Dr. Enrico Liggeri, MD Pfizer Nigeria; Dr. Patrick Ajah, Commercial Director, Pfizer and Mr. Maged Deghedic, Regional Marketing Director Vaccines, Africa & Middle East, at Pfizer's scientific symposium on Pneumococcal Serotypes in Nigeria, and launch of a new product, Prevenar 13 vacine, in Lagos, recently. PHOTO: Biodun Ogunleye.
Mr. Harrison Godwin, Brand Manager, Laundry, P&G West Africa (letf), and Saratu Gidado, Nollywood actress, at the launch of Ariel Prozim, a new upgraded formulation of Ariel, held in Lagos, recently.
5 Hajj pilgrims kidnapped in Kwara
By Demola Akinyemi LORIN—THERE was pandemonium in Hajj Camp, Ilorin, among intending pilgrims from Kwara State last night when news filtered in that five of them had been kidnapped. One of the victims, who later surfaced, was said to have been found stark naked, and in a state of insanity by a good Samaritan at Iwo in Osun State, having been earlier dropped off in one of the villages in Ogbomosho by the kidnappers since the previous day.
Bafarawa tackles EFCC over seized passport
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A search party said to have been sent to the area to look for the remaining four pilgrims Vanguard reliably gathered that the unsuspecting victims from Ifelodun and Ekiti local government areas fell into the hands of the kidnappers when they were returning from where they had gone to collect their Basic Traveling Allowance, BTA, for their journey from one of the first generation banks along Taiwo road in Ilorin. Informed sources claimed that after the victims had collected
their BTA from the said bank, they crossed to the other side of the road where they boarded a taxi-cab going to the Hajji Camp located along Adewole Estate to join their colleagues for onward movement to Ilorin International Airport where they would board their plane for their journey to Saudi Arabia. Few kilometers to the Hajji Camp, the driver of the taxi-cab was said to have brought out a substance and sprayed it into the taxi-cab, a development that resulted in the occupants of the taxi to sleep off. Sources said the pil-
grims who were said to have slept-off, could not wake up until they reached Ogbomoso, Oyo State, and the driver at gun point ordered them to call their relatives to inform them of their plights. After calling their relatives, according to sources, the driver, however, asked them to switched-off their handsets and started driving them to unknown destination. Sources also added that it was after the second day that one of them could come out from the bush at Iwo in Osun State in a naked.
GAINST the backdrop of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s, EFCC, recent advisory on alleged corrupt politicians, former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Dalhatu Bafarawa, denied yesterday, that his international passport was returned to him by chairman of the Commission, Mrs Farida Waziri. He said the return of the passport was at the instance of the Federal High Court, Abuja. EFCC recently came under attack from politicians, the civil society and the Federal Government after it posted the advisory on alleged corrupt
politicians. Bafarawa, one of the politicians on the advisory list, had asked the EFCC Chairman to resign, while the civil society questioned the commission’s criteria for arriving at such verdict. Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Adokie, also cautioned the Commission not to unnecessarily heat up the polity as it was not a law court that can pronounce a verdict. Bafarawa said in a statement that Waziri told the BBC Hausa Service that she returned his international passport when it was seized.
2011: ANPP sets 3-Point Agenda
By Suzan Edeh & Happiness Owolabi ATIONAL Chairman of All Nigeria People’s Party, ANPP, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, has set a three-point agenda of tackling unemployment, insecurity and poor infrastructure if the party wins next year’s presidential election. Noting the need for credible leadership in the
country, Onu expressed regret that the country was presently overwhelmed by leaders who only saw leadership as a way of putting themselves at advantage. The national chairman spoke during a solidarity visit to the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Suleman Adamu in his palace. Onu said his party, ANPP, is noted for having credible leaders in all spheres of government.
UNIMAID VC sends SOS to N-East govs
By Ndahi Marama AIDUGURI—THE University of Maiduguri has appealed to states in the North-East to help the institution build hostels for its students to tackle growing accommodation problem in the institution. Addressing journalists at its 21st pre-convocation press briefing yesterday in Maiduguri, vice chancellor of the university, Prof. Mala
Daura, said the states in the North-East which formed the catchment areas, have the greatest stake in ensuring the development of the institution. Daura said this appeal became necessary as the construction of the hostel could be done on buildand-transfer basis even as he acknowledged the support from Bauchi and Borno states governments, adding that the two states have donated lecture theatres in the past.
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From right: Managing Director, Cadbury Nigeria plc, Mr. Alan F. Palmer; Finance and StrategyDirector, Mrs. Oyeyimika Adeboye; Human Resources Director, Mr. Emmanuel Imoagene; and Sales Director, Mr. Paul Udochi, at the cutting of Cadbury Bournvita's 50th anniversary cake at the largest gathering of mothers event celebrating the brand's 50th anniversary in Lagos, yesterday
Ribadu previews plans for education sector
A B U J A — PRESIDENTIAL aspirant on the platform of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, yesterday, gave Nigerians a preview into his plans for the country’s education sector. Ribadu who spoke at the second National Joint Education Stakeholders Action Coalition, JESAC, Conference in Abuja outlined, what he called “The Seven Central Strategies” designed to make the Nigerian youth “march into the future with confidence.” The anti-corruption czar who was represented by Dr. Sunny Ugochukwu, in his speech entitled, “Rise Up And Walk: Educating Nigerians For 21st Century Challenges,” said his administration would implement UNESCO recommendations on education to the letter. He listed his seven strategies as funding, access to qualitative education, quality assurance/ regulation, infrastructure, staff training and welfare, research, student discipline and related matters. Ribadu said: “Let me say straight away that I shall implement to the full the 26 percent UNESCO recommendation on taking office. Poor funding is a major cause of decay in education at all levels, primary, secondary and tertiary. Adequate funding, carefully calibrated to speak to differentiated areas of need, will revitalize academic and physical infrastructure and reverse the current woeful story of poor performance in NECO and other public examinations.” Ribadu who lamented that some children were being denied their right to education, due to inadequate infrastructure, also promised that none would be left behind in his administration as there are plans to get every child, access to good education. He said:”The physically challenged shall be brought in from the cold and provided with training specially tailored to their individual peculiarities in special centres to be opened in all the six geopolitical zones.” Wondering why no Nigerian university was listed in the first 1000 in the world in independent rankings published recently, he said: “My team and I shall reverse this negative trend by supporting academic freedom and not just university autonomy, but also institutional autonomy. I believe that members of staff of higher institutions of learning should play a large role in how their institutions are being administered. We shall strengthen and also work with the National Universities Commission to make illegal universities history and also ensure that universities offer only courses for which they are competent."
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NOA chief seeks defined roles for parties
BUJA —DIRECTOR General, National Orientation Agency, NOA, Alhaji Idi Farouk, has called for clearly defined guidelines to streamline the number of political parties that will participate in the forth_coming election debates towards the 2011 general elections. Farouk who made the call when the protem Chairman of Nigerian Elections Debate Group, NEDG, Aremo Taiwo Allimi paid him a courtesy visit to seek NOA’s collaboration towards the debate. He noted that in a situation where there were 63 registered political parties in Nigeria, it was not possible for every political party to be national, hence the need for only those parties who field candidates for election into offices at the national level to participate in the national election debates.
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Constitution: Senate sets up harmonization committee
By Inalegwu Shaibu
BUJA—THE Senate has inaugurated a six-man conference committee to harmonize all the grey areas in the bill for an Act to alter the 1999 Constitution (Second Alteration) passed by the National Assembly on Wednesday. The six-man committee, chaired by Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, was inaugurated yesterday by the Senate President, Senator David Mark, after the third reading of the bill. Other members of the Conference Committee are Senators Umar Dahiru, Ikechukwu Obiora, Sola Akinyede, Abubakar Sodangi and Idris Umar. Senator Mark said: “What is passed in the House is different from what we passed. This committee is to harmonize it.” The Senate on Wednesday amended 10 clauses from the first alteration to the 1999 Constitution to
Reps fault Oshiomhole on dissolution of LGs
...accuse state lawmakers of collaboration
By Luka Binniyat
BUJA—EDO State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Caucus in the , House of Representatives has declared the decision of the government of Edo State to dissolve local councils illegal and unconstitutional. Rep. Friday Itulah (PDP/ Esan North-West), who spoke yesterday on behalf of the group, said “Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s unilateral action to dissolve local councils violates section 7 of the 1999 Constitution” and must not be allowed by the Judiciary and wellmeaning Nigerians to stand. Section 7 (1) of the 1999 Constitution states that: “The system of local government by democratically elected local government councils is under this Constitution guaranteed; and accordingly, the government of every State shall, subject to section 8 of this Constitution, ensure their existence under a Law which provides for the establishment, structure, composition, finance and functions of such councils." The federal lawmakers also condemned the collaboration of the state lawmakers who, he said, did not even form a quorum to approve the dissolution of the councils. “Edo State House of Assembly needed 16 members to meet the quorum to decide on the dissolution of local councils, but in this case of glaring dictatorship, we had just 14, instead of 16 Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, lawmakers sitting to decide on such a serious matter of c o n s t i t u t i o n a l implications,” Itulah said.
accommodate the new time lines for the conduct of 2011 general elections requested by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The second amendment to the 1999 Constitution also allows for appeals from governorship election petitions to
terminate at the Supreme Court. It further provided for the conduct of elections for National Assembly, State Houses of Assembly, president and governor not earlier than 150 days and not later than 30 days to expiration of the offices by the last office holders.
FG, I'ntl agencies set roadmap for N-Delta dev
By Chris Ochayi
B U J A — DETERMINED to fast-track the infrastructural transformation of the Niger Delta, the Federal Government yesterday reiterated its commitment to collaborate with various international development partners to develop a framework that would facilitate a roadmap for coordinated and effective development of the region. Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, who announced this measure while declaring open a two-day
stakeholders’ forum on the functional and capacity needs of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, said there was an urgent need for an effective collaboration to enable the ministry deliver its mandate to the people. Noting that the transformation of the region could not be singlehandedly achieved by the government or any individual institution or agency, the minister assured that the government was ready to foster more opportunities to address critical developments in the region.
...threaten to sanction IGP over civil defence
By Tordue Salem
BUJA—THE House of Representatives Committee on Interior has threatened sanctions against the acting Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Rigim, for his persistent calls on the Presidency to scrap the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps. Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Jerimon S. Manwe(PDP/Taraba), who issued the warning at a briefing yesterday, said the IGP and the entire Presidency lacked the
powers to scrap the Corps. “We heard that the IGP wrote a letter to the president calling for the scrapping of the NSCDC, and that a committee is looking at it, but I can assure the IGP that if he continues pushing for this, the National Assembly may be compelled to take a drastic action against him,” he said. Manwe said the Corps was the creation of the National Assembly, and could only be scrapped by the parliament, not the executive or any ministry of government.
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HE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is the largest and perhaps the best financed political party in Nigeria. Its members hyperbolically refer to it as the largest political party in Africa given its pervasive influence and spread. With its control of about three quarters of the 774 local governments, 26 state governments and the federal government, the PDP is truly a behemoth. It is the proverbial colossus that bestrides the nation’s political landscape and dwarfs the opposition in every sense of the word. But whether the citizenry has benefitted from the dominant position and influence of the party is a different matter. What is of interest to us is how the PDP has managed to entrust itself and its activities on the national polity to the extent that every internal problem of the party ends up becoming a national headache. For over 12 years, Nigerians have watched the party stumble from one crisis to another, while their hope for quality leadership and sustainable development remains forlorn. As the country approaches the 2011 general election, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, the collegiate of its state governors and the other powerful interest groups are at each others jogular over how to manage their ambitions and aspirations as well as that of their cronies. The crucial issue of how to advance the common good of Nigerians has been relegated to the background. What is before the party and Nigerians is the various internal squabbles on how to subvert the rules and
PDP: Saving Nigeria from the behemoth
regulations that were made to promote law and order within the party. Not long ago, some pro-reform group, led by Alhaji Aminu Masari and Chief Ken. Namanni, led a quiet revolt in the party to the vision of its founding fathers but what seemed to be an implosion ended up as a storm in a tea cup. The leadership of the party and some state governors are at each others throat on how to organise credible congress elections to enthrone internal democracy to the extent that candidates put forward for elections will reflect the acceptable will of the electorate. The opponents of the governors of the affected states argue that the cronies of the governors, who control the party machinery are bent on using the structure of the party as presently constituted, to select their favourite aspirants for the forthcoming elections. Only recently, some PDP governors brought pressures
to bear on President Goodluck Jonathan to smuggle amendments into the Electoral Act to allow for the use of caucuses instead of congresses to select candidates for the next elections. This was an ultra-selfish agenda, which the governors tried to promote as a national goal, but the Senate saw the proposed amendment as an attempt to abridge liberal democracy as promoted by Dr. Jonathan. We have seen how the internal power sharing formula of the party, otherwise called zoning has thrown up bitter acrimony between the various nationalities in the country. In the same way, we have seen how the governors of PDP have become imperial lords in this present dispensation at the expense of the collective interest of the country. The general picture which the PDP has created and perpetuated in the minds of Nigerians is that of a house that is perpetually at war with itself and would not let its neighbours enjoy decent peace and decorum. It must be said that Nigeria’s experiment with democratic governance is still at its infancy and bedevilled by developmental and economic challenges that throw up sad reminders of its past failures. While Nigerians expect the lessons of the past to be a guide for the actions of the present political actors, the inability of the self-acclaimed largest political party in Africa to make its members recognise that the policy of the winner takes it all can only lead to jungle tactics. It is our position that the leadership and members of PDP owe themselves the onerous responsibility to impact the positive values of democracy on the citizenry.
By Albert IGWE
T presently is heart-warming indeed. If media reports are anything to
HE news coming out of Abia State
Aba: Goodbye kidnappers, welcome sanity
famously known for is gradually regaining its vibrancy. So is small scale manufacturing. Both went into limbo, no thanks to the activities of kidnappers who made life unsafe and also made it almost impossible for people to carry out any form of business without being attacked and kidnapped for ransom. According to Lt. Col. Kabir Musa, the spokesman of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) which was sent to flush out the hoodlums and end their reign of terror, the kidnappers had carved up the state into different areas of operation each controlled by a kingpin. The most dreaded of these kingpins goes by the esoteric name of Susu while another identified as Obioma Nwankwo aka Osisikankwu is regarded as their overall leader. In fact, it has been said that what the kidnappers unleashed on the state was akin to a warfare of the guerrilla variety. It was as if they were determined to completely undermine the authority of government and turn the state into a lawless kingdom where hoodlums and other criminal elements called the shot. With reports emerging almost on a daily basis of one kidnap incident or the other, the impression was created and sustained in some quarters that Aba and indeed many parts of the state have become no-go-areas. This impression was soon twisted out of logic to mean that both the state government and the state police command had lost complete control of the situation and had in fact relinguished authority to the kidnappers. Even the current leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association had dared to suggest that a state of emergency be declared on Abia ostensibly based on the worrisome development. Curiously the body never raised a voice calling for the same treatment to be administered in places such as Borno, Yobe and Bauchi where frequent Boko Haram attacks continue to endanger lives and property or Oyo where clashes between rival factions of motor park gangs have almost become the order of the day with the state government and security agents seemingly unable to arrest the ugly trend. This is why I think the Abia State government is right in dismissing the call as mischievious, careless and
go by, the reign of kidnap gangs in the state is over as some of the brains behind the crime have been exposed and arrested while most of their foot soldiers have been sent packing and are presently on the run with security agents hot on their trail. In Aba, in particular, the mood is one of relief as people are now beginning to breathe the air of freedom and safety once again. It is the kind of feeling you get after a town has been liberated from the siege of invaders. And indeed Aba, together with some other towns and communities in the state was not only invaded by kidnappers, but held hostage by these undesirable elements who unleashed terror on law-abiding citizens and rendered the economy of the state prostrate. It was a nightmarish experience for the people while it lasted. That is why they are sighing with relief and are in a celebrative mood now that the nightmare is over. Most of those who fled their communities while the kidnappers held sway are said to be returning in droves and going back to their occupations and pre-occupations. Commerce which the people are
ill-informed. They say he who wears the shoe known where it pinches him. The Governor Theodore Orji-led administration had after a careful study of the prevailing situation come out with the verdict that it was politically motivated. Indeed recent events have confirmed that most of the kidnaps incidents were in most cases sponsored and fuelled by some enemies of the state for both economic and political reasons. For instance, media reports had it that a local government boss and some traditional rulers were implicated in some of the incidents and are already facing trial. Same as a clergy man who failed to blow the whistle on some kidnappers who used a building adjoining his church as a hide-away den for their kidnapped victims. Another curious factor worth nothing is the fact that apart from Aba, the kidnapping incident was more pronounced in Obingwa, Osisioma and Ukwa West Areas of the state where some self-confessed opponents of the Governor are said to have sworn to make ungovernable. And for a long time, these areas were dubbed the axis of evil because of the prevalence of kidnappings there.
Mr. Igwe, a lawyer, writes from Owerri, Imo State.
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NASB tasked on international reporting standard
By Peter Egwuatu
he management of Nigerian Accounting Standards Board (NASB) has been called upon to work assiduously to achieve Nigeria’s convergence with international financial reporting standard within the time frame set for it. The captains of industry and key members of the organized private sector gave the advice at the sendforth cerebration for the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive of NASB, Mr. Godson Nnadi, who is leaving the organization after 20 years in the saddle. Speaking at the occasion, former Chairman of NASB, Chief Olusegun Osunkeye, counseled the new leadership to build on the legacies of their outgoing boss, by ensuring that Nigerians are adequately educated and enlightened about its activities and benefits of financial reporting. Osunkeye, observed that Mr. Godson Nnadi has made valuable contribution to the development of Nigerian accounting standard board having been in charge since 1990, nurturing it from an insignificant beginning as a private sector initiative to a foremost Federal Government parastatal. According to him “ serving for 20 years as CEO of NASB and retiring meritoriously surrounded by his friends and past chairmen of the body was a thing of joy. Besides being the person that recruited the retiring boss of NASB boss in 1989, Osunkeye observed that his interaction with him over the period of service shows he is tenacious, committed and dedicated to his job while being intellectually sound”. While describing Nnadi as a repository of history of NASB, Osunkeye tasked him work with its first Executive Secretary, Dr Simeon Ogbechie to author a book on NASB at 30 by 2012 to show how it has been able to impact the financial services sector over its life time. He explained that every organization must thrive on history and that no better individuals can tell the story of NASB than its first two chief executives.
L-R Mr Debola Seriki, Mr Quentin Crowe MD Marketer's forum and Mr Akin Sawyerr director ALTS consulting during the Launching of the Chartered Institute of Marketer's U.K accredited Study centre in Lagos yesterday . Photo: Nwankpa Chijioke
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Private sector credit hits N8 trillion
By Naomi Uzor
$82.90 1.070.51 $81.89
CURRENCY BUYING CENTRAL
CFA 0.2958 0.3058 0.3158 EURO 207.8588 208.5565 209.2542 POUNDS 234.2396 235.0259 235.8121 RIYAL 39.7227 39.856 39.9893 FRANC 155.0213 155.5417 156.062 DOLLAR 148.96 149.46 149.96 WAUA 232.7638 233.5451 234.3264
CBN Exchange rate as at 22/10/2010
he Managing Director of CRC Credit Bureau Limited, Mr Ahmed Popoola, has disclosed that total credit to the private sector moved up drastically from N1.5 trillion in 2006 to N2.8 trillion in 2007 and to N8trillion in 2009. This is based on a report carried out by the 2010 Doing Business Report jointly released by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC). Delivering a speech at the 2010 annual symposium of the automobile and allied products sectoral group of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), tagged (( Vehicle Financing in Recession Economy: The Best Model for Nigeria”, Popoola said despite the impressive growth recorded over the years, the implication is that growth has moved by almost 100 per cent year on year since 2005, but has not translated into improved lives of the citizens. However, he said, an interesting observation of this growth is that credit allocation was in favour of sectors with least contribution to the real Gross Domestic Product (GDP), as the agricultural sector contributed 42 per cent of the real GDP in 2009, the proportion of banking credit to that sector was a mere 1.4 per cent. “Paradoxically, commercial banks lending to agriculture in 1980, at the outset of financial liberalization in Nigeria was 7 per cent, manufacturing which used to enjoy a sizable injection of bank loans suffered a more devastating shock. Total bank credit to that sector plummeted from 31 per cent of total credit to the private sector in 1980 tol1.7 per cent in 2009. Little wonder, the share of contribution of
manufacturing had also come down to 4.17 per cent in 2009 and has further declined to 3.93 per cent by the end of the first quarter in 2010. General commerce, telecommunications, oil/gas and finance/insurance became the new brides of the banking sector in terms of credit allocation, accounting for a total of 48 per cent” he stated. Nonetheless, he said, the interesting scenario of the whole analysis is that, in spite of the banking
consolidation exercise and the new capitalisation of surviving banks, and notwithstanding the efforts to ensure that more people and businesses have access to credit, credit penetration remains low. It is perhaps little wonder that, though there is increase in GDP (economic growth), it has no translated to economic development in form of poverty reduction, employment opportunities and wealth creation. The Group Head; retail banking, Wema bank PLC, Mr. Akilolu Ayileka, said.
Stakeholders lobby FG to ban e-waste imports
By Franklin Alli
on governmental organisations and stakeholders in the Electrical and Electronic industry, have began lobbying the Federal Government to ban the importation of electronic and electrical waste (e-waste) from abroad into the country. They are also seeking for the immediate passage into law before 2011 the E_waste Bill proposed to the National Assembly by NESREA/Federal Ministry of Environment. In a communique issued and signed by representatives of 13 NGOs drawn from different parts of the country ( SRADev Nigeria, Friends of the Environment, Environmental Rights Action ,Waste Management Society of Nigeria, River Ethiope Trust Foundation, Port Harcourt etc), the stakeholders called for immediate ban on e-waste products into the country , saying: “There is a lack of capacity to handle electronic waste in an environmentally sound manner in the
country, leading to the release of hazardous substances causing harm to human health and the environment.” The stakeholders further proposed stringent penalty for law breakers and offenders who continue to import e_waste. In the communique, they further pressed for the following: Urgent establishment of “Refurbished Computer Programme Initiative” as alternative SMEs schemes in each of the e_waste hot spots (Ikeja computer village, GSM village, Alaba International markets and other hot spots identified across the country) as a green recycling industry for a sustainable livelihood; Intense awareness_raising activities and projects for all major stakeholders and sectors including the general public, informal sector, politicians, civil society, industry and government; Urgent capacity building on compliance and enforcement for regulatory agents and law enforcement officials like the Green Customs Initiative and; Capacity building of the informal sector (handlers) to harness potential employment generation, economic and entrepreneurship opportunities.
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By Sola OGUNDIPE
NLY those who suffer from asthma or live with someone who does would understand how traumatic an attack could be. Frifightening to say the least, anasthmatic attack is best handled when one understands the physiology behind it. An asthma attack can be caused by over exertion (such as in physical activity), exposure to an allergen or severe stress. The lungs respond to particular stimuli and become inflamed, limiting the amount of oxygen that can pass through and be used by the body. The body increases its production of a filmy fluid called mucus that further inhibits an adequate passage of air. The body trying to correct for the reduced air flow,is what is observed as the specific symptoms. Outward, physical manifestations of an asthma attack often include wheezing, coughing, laboured breathing, pale skin, dizziness and/or fainting. Severe attacks are characterized by the same symptoms with an addition
Care Totalis advocates for vaccination
CALL has gone to government at all levels to emphasise the role vaccines could play in warding off cervical cancer which is described as the number killer of women globally. Managing Director of Care Totalis,a non governmental organisation, Dr. Winifred Osarunwese,while speaking at the official opening of a cervical cancer screening and vaccination centre in Lagos recently appealed to governments, individuals, corporate organisations and the general public to intensify efforts at sensitising women on the need to imbibe vaccination as the best means of avoiding the deadly disease. She noted that due to poor knowledge of preventive health, millions of women have lost their lives to a disease that is preventable , stressing that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the ugly incidence is revised to minimise the high rate of women losing their lives. Osarumwen also stressed that most women are careless about their lives. She blamed their attitude on lack of awareness and ignorance. She stressed that by the time most women present their case at healthcare institutions, it is often too late and there is little or nothing healthcare personnel can do to help the situation. In her opinion, young girls should be given papilomma vaccination, stressing that any female child who is vaccinated before having sex at all has a greater chance of not coming down with cervical cancer. Women with multiple sex partners are most vulnerable to the attack of the disease. Her words, ‘’The disease can be contracted through sex”, warning that sexual infidelity should be out rightly discouraged among women.
• Asthma , a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways is often survivable
You can survive an asthma attack only if you know how
of tightened neck muscles and expulsion of mucus. Most asthma attacks come on gradually from a matter of minutes to several days and as they do, symptoms worsen. Once an asthma attack is diagnosed or suspected, it is important not to panic and to create enough room to be comfortable and not worsen symptoms by feelings of claustrophobia. Every asthmatic is expected to always carry an inhaler which should be used promptly. Avoid taking any cough medications or any medications offered to you by a stranger. Cough medication can worsen symptoms and cause you far more harm than good. Anyone who has ever experienced an asthma attack should realise the importance of never trying to diagnose oneself because some asthma attacks appear similar to a deadly form of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Surviving an asthma attack without medication is possible. The first thing to realize is to stay calm. This keeps the chest muscles loose so more pressure is not put on the lungs. Use purse lip breathing, it is where you sort of pucker your lips and breathe in through your nose and out with puckered lips, this helps to keep you calm and from hyperventalting, which only makes it harder to breathe, get oxygen throughout your body and makes you lightheaded and dizzy, which you do not need at this time. If you can carry some tea with you it can help, but if not, caffiene can help. It works as a dilator and what the lungs need is to be open and caffiene in any form can help open up to a degree the air way passages and help you breathe a little bit better. Coughing, is needed to get the mucous out of the air way passages to breathe, so cough, and drink plenty of water also for water thins the mucous and makes it easier to cough up. Chest rub also can help seep into the chest and help get the mucous loosened so you can cough it up. Rub the front and the back of your lung area for maximum benefit. Steam vapor can help loosen the air way passages and help to get rid of mucous plugging up the passages, so a small steam vaporizer is good to have on hand, but most run on electricity so you would probably have to be at home to get the benefits of that. Essential oils of sage, peppermint, ecualpysps, are good at opening up the air way passages. By putting a little bit on a cotton ballyou can get relief from a clogged chest. You can use one or blend the three together for a synergy affect, which enhances the effect of just one of the essential oils. Peppermint has a calming affect and that will help to keep the chest muscles from getting too tight.
Medical errors persist despite safeguards
ERIOUS medical mistakes, like performing a medical procedure on the wrong person or wrong site, continue to occur despite recently implemented preventive measures. A new study shows 25 cases of procedures performed on the wrong person and 107 cases of procedures performed on the wrong site occurred in a 5 1/2-year period in Colorado, resulting in at least one death and several complications. The Joint Commission, which regulates medical professions, introduced a Universal Protocol for all hospitals and outpatient facilities that perform medical procedures. The protocol is designed to reduce medical errors and consists of three parts: a pre-procedure verification, a surgical site marking, and a "time-out" performed immediately before the surgical procedure. During the timeout members of the team performing the procedure confirm the identification of the patient, the type of procedure, and the procedure site. Findings from the present study emphasize a continuing and concerning occurrence of wrong-site and wrong-patient procedures in the current era of the Universal Protocol, leading to frequent patient harm and rarely, patient death. Researchers found the main factors behind wrong-patient medical mistakes were errors in diagnosis (56 percent) and errors in communication (100 percent). Errors in judgment contributed to 85 percent of wrong-site medical errors and the lack of performing a "time out" before starting the surgical procedure was cited as the cause in 72 percent of these mistakes.
Medical errors persist despite safeguards
By Olayinka LATONA
S Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark e this year’s cancer week, Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu blamed the high mortality from cancer on late presentation to the hospital by Nigerian patients. Chukwu who stressed that the key to combating the disease is through massive awareness creations frowned that the late presentation of patients in Nigeria pose serious challenges on the part of the ministry. In a statement during the flag off of this year’s International Cancer Week, Chukwu disclosed that the Federal government is seriously making efforts towards tackling the problem of increasing cancer awareness as well as promoting the need for Nigerians to go for regular cancer screening with a view to detecting the disease early. He alerted on the rising incidences of cancer globally with developing countries bearing about 80 per cent of the global cancer burden.
Calling on the Nigerian media to propagate and enlighten the public more on cancer said “The changing lifestyles, increasing obesity, smoking habits and increase in alcohol consumption have increased the risk of cancer generally and particularly, the three commonest in Nigeria: breast, cervical and prostate cancers. The Minister explained that Federal government in line with the National Strategic Health Development Plan has also collaborated with other stakeholders to develop a five-year cancer control plan, according to the minister, the plan includes; comprehensive cancer prevention, early detection through regular cancer screening, early intervention and palliative care to improve the quality of life of cancer patients. He further urged stakeholders and the media to partner with the Federal Ministry of Health by using their various media to disseminate the message of cancer prevention and early detection through regular cancer screening.
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Vanguard wins Presidential Export Award
*Apapa most export friendly port; Mersk Line service transport sector award
By Henry UMORU V A N G U A R D Newspapers has got the most friendly media award by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) in its first Presidential Exporterof-the-Year Awards. According to a Deputy Director in the office of the NEPC Executive Director/CEO, Mr. Henry Ogli Otowo, the awards are designed to confer due recognition on key players in the non-oil export sector, who have braved all odds and challenges of the operating environment and continue to enhance Nigeria’s performance in the international marketplace by expanding their exports in terms of value, volume and/or markets. Otowo, who doubles as the Chairman of the Award Committee, explained that the awards are also meant to recognise other categories such as Trade Facilitation, Export Education, Export Innovativeness, Proactiveness in Export Promotion (at the states level), Gender (Woman Exporter-of-the Year) among others. The awards were conferred Wednesday, at a ceremony which marked the end of the first edition of the Nigerian Non-oil Exports Conference, Exhibition and Awards, NNECEA 2010, which held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, from 25th through 27th October, 2010. In a statement signed by the Head, Public Relations of NEPC, Joe Itah, while releasing the list of winners of the first Presidential Exporter-ofthe-Year Awards, he noted that the agency which is the apex agency for the promotion and development of non-oil exports from Nigeria came up with the winners after ratification of the preliminary nominations by a selection committee that critically screened the nominees based on stiff criteria based on authenticated performance in the various categories of awards. Other categories of winners are Cocoa, Olam Nigeria Plc for c o m m o d i t i e s , Indigenous exporter went to Saro Agro-Allied Ltd; for cotton as commodities, the award went to West African businesses. He explained that the President's "E" Award was created by Executive Order of the President on December 5, 1961, to afford suitable recognition to persons, firms, or organisations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States exports. The statement read in part: “It is the mark of excellence for any firm engaged in exporting their manufactured good or service and for export service providers. “All "E" Award winners receive a certificate signed in the name and by the authority of the President by Secretary of Commerce, a lapel pin, and a white pennant with a large blue "E" on it to fly over their plant or office.” He also referred to the case in Uganda where the Uganda Export Promotions Board (UEPB)coordinates the Presidential Export Awards annually.
WOMEN IN EXPORT — THE Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) organised a sensitisation programme,recently at Sango-Otta for Women in Export. From left: Mrs. Evelyn Ifeyinwa Obidike, Assistant Director and Co-ordinator, NEPC Women in Export Development Programme, Alhaji Auwalu Yakasai, Chairman/CEO,Danzago Investmet Ltd., Mr. Sabo Bello, NEPC, Area Controller (North), who represented NEPC Exexcutive Director/CEO, David I. Adulugba Esq. and Mr. Williams Ezeagu, Zonal Controller, NEPC, Makurdi at the event.
Cotton Company Limited; Manufacturing of Leather, Mamuda I n d u s t r i e s , Manufacturing of Plastics, Eleme Pe t r o c h e m i c a l s I n d o r a m a ; Manufacturing of Foot wears was received by Asia Plastics Limited/Lee Group, while woman exporter of the year went to Ada Chidume Okoro, among others. According to the
statement, the NEPC in instituting the awards, was only adopting the very best tools of export promotion that have been successfully practised in other countries like the
United States of America’s Presidential “E” Awards for Export Excellence, which is one of the most prestigious forms of recognition offered by the U.S. government to U.S.
Women operate 80% of MSME businesses — COMMISSIONER
O M E N constitute between 50 and 80 per cent of Micro, Small and Medium-Scale Enterprise operators globally, according to the Ogun State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Mrs. Josephine ‘Tomi
NEPC holds packaging seminar for exporters
HE Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), in its determined effort to promote export and diversifying the nations economy, organised a one-day packaging clinic for exporters of made-in-Nigeria products and the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) manufacturers. They were called upon to imbibe international standards and trends in packaging and labelling of their products in order to guarantee i n t e r n a t i o n a l acceptability and patronage of these products towards export promotion, economic and national development. Mr. David Adulugba, Executive Director/CEO of NEPC, made this call in an address to participants at the event held at NEPC Area office in Lagos at the weekend. The Area Controller/director Lagos Area office, Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim delivered the address on behalf of the executive director. Adulugba who reemphasised the
importance of good packaging and labelling in product and export promotion, noted that a good quality product without efficient packaging is as good as
therefore an essential element of product development and market promotion. The CEO observed that product packaging has assumed a wider
a bad product, which lacks both local and international appeal, acceptability and patronage. He was of the view that since packaging often acts as a product’s salesman in the absence of a marketer, it is dimension in today ’s marketing world, and that it not only acts as a container of the physical product but also communicates, gives information and sells the product/s, pointing out that most products of the Small and Medium Scale Industries (SMIs), which form a large proportion of manufacturers in Nigeria, are yet to imbibe the culture of efficient packaging like their counterparts in Asia, Northern/South Africa and Middle East among others.
Soboyejo. Soboyejo, said this at the Women in Export D e v e l o p m e n t S e n s i t i s a t i o n Programme, organised by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council with the theme: “Building Export Capability, Competence and Competitiveness of Women,” held recently at Sango-Otta, Ogun State. She said: “Women constitute the largest percentage of Micro, Small and MediumScale Enterprise operators. They are very essential because they are more involved in MSMEs. When you look at the world, you will discover that the percentage of women in MSMEs is between 50 and 80 per cent. So, you cannot really push them aside, because they are very hard working people. “A lot of women who are into farming do not know what to do with their farm produce, likewise those who are into the cottage industry. This is because most of them are not looking at the international market. That is why this kind of workshop is organised to create awareness for them on how to explore the opportunities.” According to her, the challenges facing women include tradition, culture and
male-ego, which date back to the time when the national population census was conducted in some countries and women were left uncounted because of the disregard for the feminine gender. She called on women to acquire education and training, which she pointed out was a veritable tool for them to gain knowledge and improve on their businesses beyond their present levels of operations. And speaking at the occasionn, the Coordinator, NEPC, Women In Export Development Programme, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Obidike, said the programme was designed in line with achieving the Millennium Development Goal N3. She said, “NEPCWIELP is aimed at mainstreaming gender perspective, using relevant, targeted support policies and services to empower Nigerian women‘s capacity, competence and competitiveness in non-oil export trade. “NEPC-WIEDP provides assistance to participating Nigerian women in core critical export service areas; market intelligence, capacity building, technical assistance, market linkages, access to finance, export advocacy and trade facilitation.”
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rench pro French protests can’t happen here
RANCE has been aflame for seven weeks as the President Nicolas Sarkozy government took on the people of France which elected it. The primary reason why the French are up in arms, the proposal to increase retirement age from 60 to 62 years, will shock the average Nigerian. That is putting it mildly; to many of them, the reason will appear insane. Yet the French people are so passionate about it that they have periodically grounded their country with demonstrations reminiscent of the historic 1968 student protests; over one million people turned out for the protests last week Tuesday. The reason why the Nigerian would jump for joy if pension age were increased even by 15 years, while the French would fight even a two-year increase is not due to cultural or racial differences, rather it is socio-economic and a reflection of societal management. To the French,
Inside Africa’s giant where many are clinging to the basics of life, there is no life outside employment; to be retired is like receiving a death sentence except that in this case, the prosecutors and judges are less visible
For ex-servicemen, things became so bad that many began living under bridges and became professional beggars just to be able to keep alive in Abuja, while awaiting their pension payment. It is said that ‘old Soja never die’ but in Nigeria, they die on pension queues. So inside Africa’s giant where many are clinging to the basics of life, there is no life outside employment; to be retired is like receiving a death sentence except that in this case, the prosecutors and judges are less visible. In practice, many retirees actually die shortly afterwards as state policy is to abandon the aged, the retired and the helpless. The result of this sub-human system is that almost all Nigerians try to stay at work for as long as possible even if they have to commit such crimes
pension is a great expectation when the worker having given his youth to service, eagerly looks forward to the rewards that pension brings: a more leisurely and enjoyable life as a senior citizen. In contrast, Nigerians are subjected to deprivation, hardship and a high level of dehumanization and retirement automatically translates to a further devaluation of life and misery. In Nigeria, jobs are quite scarce, there is no social security, unemployment benefits are unheard of; the country’s huge resources are privatised by the political elites and their cotravellers in uniform. Even for those that become pensioners, their pension stipend are usually unpaid, sometimes for years. For the few who get some pension payment, the obstacles are so much that some opt to forego their money while a few who are determined to collect their money simply die on the pension queue.
as forging birth documents and altering their official personal records in the office! It is therefore not uncommon to find a Nigerian employee with two different ages: the natural one, which is the actual date he was born, and the artificial, which is the age he as an adult declared for himself. Apart from this whiff of criminality which some otherwise honest Nigerians are pushed into, the less honest ones, seeing no life outside service, tend to ‘feather their nest for the rainy day’ which is an euphemism for corrupt enrichment. They face a situation where if they are retired they go without their gratuity or pension for years. For instance, the 129,000 federal employees retired in 2007 by then President Olusegun Obasanjo under his Civil Service‘ reform’ measures, had their entitlements unpaid for years. Yet for many of them, they are their families bread winner and their situation is compounded by the fact that their graduate children remain unemployed for years. Given this state of uncertainty, Nigerians are forced to make demands on government to continuously increase retirement age and sometimes they go on strike to achieve this. So today, professors who used to retire at 60 years and spend the rest of their lives writing books, being on the lecture circuit at their own pace and relaxing, have won the stiff battle to increase their retirement age to 70 years, while other categories of university staff have won the fight to retire at 65. Judges who for decades have been bent over the bench, want their retirement age pushed to 75 years! In France, Sarkozy is fighting the political battle of his life. His government’s argument is that France has one of the lowest retirement ages in the world and
that the French are living much longer leading the national pension system into an annual $15 billion deficit. It also complains that the ratio of active workers paying into the pension system to pensioners drawing from it, is shrinking. It projects that the pension deficit would hit at least $130 billion by 2050 as the population grows older. But the populace see in Sarkozy’s plan an evil attempt to erode the country’s social benefits which include long holidays, subsidised health system and good collective agreements that make it difficult for employers to lay off workers. Many of those at the barricade feel that they are not just fighting for themselves but also to preserve the gains of their forebears while the youths and students believe that they are in the struggle to protect their future. The struggle between both sides led to violent clashes, disruption of land and air travel and fuel shortages. All the one dozen refineries in the French mainland were affected while the paramilitary forces played a cat and mouse game with the protesters; once they lift the blockade on the some of the depots, the strikers re-impose them. Sarkozy felt that once the parliament passed the bill, the wind will be taken out of the strikes; the bill has been passed, but the protesters are not about to give up; they appointed new dates of protests. Sarkozy who has tried to live the image of a tough and hard guy is in this case, a deficit to his government. He also has a bad image internationally for playing the racial and religious card against Muslims and expelling the Roma people who are Europeans with the right to live anywhere in the European Union. Sarkozy is bad news to social services.
RANSPARENCY International (TI) is a civil society organisation that spearheads the fight against the dubious practices that jeopardise the welfare of the poor all over the world and prevent so many countries from fulfilling their potential. TI is famed for compiling an annual global Corruption Perception Index (CPI), which is based on extensive surveys (the respondents are entrepreneurs and analysts who know each environment well) and measures public opinion about corruption within various domestic public sectors (ie, on a governmental level). TI’s definition of corruption is “the abuse of entrusted power for private gain”. And when its latest CPI was released in Germany earlier on this week, it was revealed that Nigeria came 134th out of the 178 countries that were assessed. Last year, we came 130th. In 2008, we came 121st. This year, we scored a paltry 2.4 points out of a possible l0 points (a score of zero denotes stratospheric levels of corruption, while a score of l0 would confer “highly clean” status). To put these figures into context: Ghana, which appears at number 62 on the TI list, got 4.1 out of l0 points, while no less than seven other nations in the West African subregion (Burkina Faso, Liberia, Gambia, Senegal, Benin Republic, Mali and Niger) have achieved superior placements. Meanwhile, Botswana (with 5.8 points) came first in the whole of Africa while we made it to number 28 (out of the 47 African countries that were surveyed). In other words, Nigeria, in addition to plunging deeper and deeper into the mire that is corruption with each passing year, is also one of the more dishonest countries, not just on the African continent but on the face of the earth. And, by the way, since we were outranked by neighbours (Beninois, for example) who have similar customs but are poorer than we are, there can’t be much truth in the oftstated claim that corruption is linked to culture and low wages. The only consolation I can derive from this embarrassing CPI report is the fact that we did considerably better than over 40 countries, including Somalia (which came last in Africa and the entire world and earned
Corruption update update
itself a particularly pitiful 1.1 points...as against the 9.3 points that were allocated to the three countries - Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore – that jointly shared the top slot). Too many Nigerians – whether they be ordinary citizens or VIPs – have a nonchalant attitude towards corruption, despite being avid churchgoers and mosque regulars. Theft is widespread and is not just tolerated but admired, because ours is a society in which success is more important than integrity. The thing that amazes me most is that so many public servants don’t even bother to hide the fact that their real incomes exceed their salaries. Judges who don’t earn much on paper openly send numerous children to expensive foreign schools. Female ministers suddenly acquire enough diamonds to open jewellery shops. Guys who could barely afford to rent one flat before they became Governors leave office as proud owners of massive property portfolios. Nine times out of ten, these shameless flaunters of ill-gotten gains are hailed not jailed. And I urge anyone who doubts my view that we should quit putting up with their antics to please check out the TI website. For those of you who cannot easily access the internet, I am reproducing the following excerpt: “The cost of corruption is four-fold: political, economic, social, and environmental. On the political front, corruption constitutes a major obstacle to democracy and the rule of law. In a democratic system, offices and institutions lose their legitimacy when they are misused for private advantage. Though this is harmful in the established democracies, it
Nine times out of ten, these shameless flaunters of ill-gotten gains are hailed not jailed; and I urge anyone who doubts my view that we should quit putting up with their antics to please check out the TI website
is even more so in newly emerging ones. Accountable political leadership cannot develop in a corrupt climate. “Economically, corruption leads to the depletion of national wealth. It is often responsible for the funnelling of scarce public resources to uneconomic high-profile projects, such as dams, power plants, pipelines and refineries, at the expense of less spectacular but fundamental infrastructure projects such as schools, hospitals and roads, or the supply of power and water to rural areas. Furthermore, it hinders the development of fair market structures and distorts competition, thereby deterring investment. “The effect of corruption on the social fabric
of society is the most damaging of all. It undermines peoples’ trust in the political system, in its institutions and its leadership. Frustration and general apathy among a disillusioned public result in a weak civil society. That in turn clears the way for despots as well as democratically elected yet unscrupulous leaders to turn national assets into personal wealth. “Demanding and paying bribes become the norm. Those unwilling to comply often emigrate, leaving the country drained of its most able and most honest citizens. “Environmental degradation is yet another consequence of corrupt systems. The lack of, or non-enforcement of, environmental regulations and legislation has historically allowed the North [the Western World] to export its polluting industry to the South [developing nations]. At the same time, careless exploitation of natural resources, from timber and minerals to elephants, by both domestic and international agents has led to ravaged natural environments. “Environmentally devastating projects are given preference in funding, because they are easy targets for siphoning off public money into private pockets”. Last week, I said I’d respond to a reader’s criticisms of Dame Patience Jonathan today. But I got sidetracked by the CPI story, so those of you who are interested in First Lady issues should please bear with me till next week.
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Aid ships reach Indonesia tsunami zone
ELIEF efforts have been stepped up in Indonesia as three aid ships reached the worsthit parts of the island chain devastated by Monday’s tsunami. Rescue teams are now at work on North Pagai island in the remote Mentawai Islands off western Sumatra. More than 340 people are known to have died. Hundreds are still missing. Indonesia’s president has visited the islands, which were inundated after a 7.7-magnitude undersea earthquake triggered the tsunami three days ago. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono cut short a trip to Vietnam to oversee the rescue effort, flying in a helicopter loaded with food and other basic necessities to the remote and inaccessible islands. There he met both survivors and local officials, promising the central government
would help West Sumatra’s government to build temporary
homes, health facilities and schools, his spokesman said.
Nigeria, Ghana fly sub -Sahara Africa flag at 2010 WWIEF
By Emeka Aginam, in Cape Town, South Africa
S the competition get hotter, two secondary schools from the Sub Saharan Africa countries, including Nigeria and Ghana are currently flying the continent’s flag at the ongoing Microsoft partners in learning Worldwide Innovative Education Forum holding in Cape Town, South Africa. The two schools including Odogbulu Grammar School, Ogun State, Nigeria and WA Senior High School, Upper West Region Ghana are among one hundred and twenty five schools currently competing to win one of
12 worldwide innovative education awards at the ongoing capacity building event The program which is running in about 114 countries around the world had attracted no fewer than 500 World’s most innovative educators and school leaders including media practitioners. Running for the first time in the Africa soil, The forum is the centerpiece of Microsoft’s global US$500 million Partners in Learning programme, which helps teachers and school leaders to use technology as a tool for innovative teaching and learning in the 21st century knowledge economy.
A senior Rwandan prosecutor is considering bringing terror charges against a former manager of a hotel in Rwanda who saved hundreds of people from the 1994 genocide. Rusesabagina, right, has been branded a ‘manufactured hero’ by Paul Kagame, the Rwandan president [EPA]
SERAP petitions Gaddafi over Nigerians on death row
By Innocent Anaba OCIO-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP has petitioned , the Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, urging him to use his “good offices and leadership to secure the
release of Nigerians still on death row in Libya, pursuant to the provisional measures granted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.” SERAP in the petition the Libyan leader, said, “we have welcomed the decision by the Libyan
authorities to accept the provisional measures and the subsequent release of many of the Nigerians on death row in Libya.” “We are, however, concerned that several more Nigerians remain on death row in Libya and facing real possibility of execution.
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Southern Sun wins award
By Dotun Ibiwoye
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Cultural performances during the annual Olokun Festival organised by the Odua Peoples’ Congress (OPC) in Badagry weekend. Photo by Jimoh Babatunde
Tourists storm Badagry for Olokun festival
Stories by Jimoh Babatunde
ourists from the West Africa region joined scores of members of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) led by Gani Adams for the two day annual Olokun Festival at the Suntan Beach, Badagry weekend. The festival was flag off Friday with a colourful boat regatta at the water front in Badagry witnessed by teeming followers of the OPC across the nation as well as the representatives of the Lagos State government. Speaking with Vanguard, Otunba Gani Adams said Africans should look inward and find solutions to their challenges. They should also beware of people who are embarking on the dastard campaign of cultural genocide because they want to destablise the continent from its roots and suppress it forever. “It is fact that we Africans, particularly the youth and adolescent are having a crisis of identity. Many of our youths desperately trying to copy everything foreign and Western. They have made a great move with the skin_toning or bleaching that used to be in vogue in the past of there zeal to mimick everything Western – the dressing, language and even the social beliefs and value systems,” he
moaned. Chief Adams noted that the efforts of the Olokun Festival Foundation in organising the event, yearly, is to revive awareness and build confidence in young Africans about their cultural roots. He looked back to what the festival has achieved since inception and noted that the effort has not been in vein. “The ultimate is to use our mother tongue to study, from elementary school to university level, as it is done in countries like Ghana, Russia, Germany, etc. It is then we can claim to be truly independent,” Gani remarked. After the display of beauty by the various cultural groups both on water and land, Gani Adams led his followers to pay homage to the Monarch of Badagry, the Akran of Badagry, Aholu Menu Toyi I, who thanked Gani Adams for his selfless efforts in promoting African culture. In his response, Adams promised to take the festival to a higher level. Earlier in the course of the festivity, a Yoruba quiz competition, a beach football contest and the Olokun Beauty Pageant took place as well as a street carnival festival float, Royal Night, live_band performance and film screening. On the grand finale on
Saturday at the Suntan Beach, the doting coconut trees around the expansive beach turned the festival into remarkable picturesque spectacle with thousands of traders turning out to seve the needs of millions of tourists at the beach for the festival. As the wind blew, sometimes gently the fanning tilt of the coconut trees seem to bow rhythmically to in the drumbeats and
frenzy of the festivity. Some of the Olokun faithfuls, clad in sparkling whites attires, made specially for the festival, sang and dance to the admiration of guests. At the main arena of the event, various dance companies from several parts of Nigeria and such countries of the West African sub_continent as Republic of Benin, Ghana and Cote D’voire, adorning colourful
costumes, tried to outdo one another in their cultural performances. Among the troupes were traditional dancers from Ondo State, Edo State, Olokun Dancers, the Zamgbeto dance from Ghana, Igunuko, Gelede and Agemo dance from Lagos, Republic of Benin and Togo. Other performance comprised the Sango dancers and ‘fire eaters ‘as well as magical stunts by a group from Cote D’voire, among many.
outhern Sun Hotel has emerged the best 4-Star Hotel/Resort and the best New Hotel 2010. At the recent West African Tourism & Hospitality AwardsWATHA 2010 in Accra Ghana, Southern Sun’s General Manager, Mr. Mark Loxley was also has given the CEO of the year. Despite the fact that the hotel has only been operating for less than a Year and a half, in the competitive market, its’ success story leaves nothing to doubt about its facilities and world class service standards which it offers its clients. According to Loxley, the hospitality strategy of the hotel consolidated its rating in the hospitality industry. “The Hotel had a Strategic Intention to continuously strive for Quality and Excellence in Service, by firmly committing to the training and development of its entire staff.” he said. He received the awards with gratitude and used the opportunity to Thank the Management and Staff of the Hotel for their support and commendable hard work.
Abuja Carnival names Igbinedion grand patron T
he 2010 Abuja C a r n i v a l Management Committee has named a Nigerian industrialist and philanthropic, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin as the Grand Patron of the national carnival. Performing the investiture that was attended by friends of the Esama of Benin and the diplomatic community among others, Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Alhaji Sadiq Abubakar Mohammed, said that “ We are gathered here today to add a very essential element to the Nigeria’s national carnival ‘Abuja Carnival’ to install a carnival Grand Patron” According to the minister who was very philosophical said, “Human beings are so used to having support in their buildings that they often take for granted, that a support determines how much weight a building can carry; it determines whether a building will rise to storey level or to be forever condemned to remain a bungalow; in bridges, it determines how much traffic the given bridge can carry and it is thanks to support, that man has been able to bridge troubled waters”. “We are not only very careful of how we choose a Grand Patron who is expected to provide support to the carnival, but we also hold the personality in great reverence”. Alhaji Sadiq opined that being a Grand Patron of the Abuja Carnival has two parts; it is a call to service and also an acknowledgment of service already rendered. Responding, Chief Igbinedion thanked the minister and the 2010 Abuja Carnival M a n a g e m e n t Committee, saying that of all the recognitions that he has received in his life so far, he cherished his national award and the newest
one ‘Grand Patron’ of the carnival which he promised to use his time and contact to position as a world class event. Earlier, the father of the 2010 carnival, former Chief Justice of the Federation_Rtd. Justice Alfa Belgore, thanked Chief Igbinedion for accepting to serve as the carnival Grand Patron.
Otunba Gani Adams with Dapo Awobolu of the Lagos State Mininstry of Tourism and other invited guests at the annual Olokun Festival in Badagry weekend. Photo by Jimoh Babatunde
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Ghana woos Nigerian tourists, investors
Stories by Jimoh Babatunde
hana tourism officials were in Nigeria last week to market the country as a destination of choice for Nigerian tourists as well as investors in the tourism sector. The country’s Tourism Minister, Mrs. Zita Okaikoi led a strong delegation of tourism officials and major hoteliers from the private to Nigeria for the annual Akwaaba Travel fair staged in Lagos. At a media parley with journalists, Okaikoi their tourism industry is one of the most important and fastest growing sectors of the Ghanaian economy. “It is the fourth largest foreign exchange earner generating an average of US$1.6 billion in the last few years after gold, cocoa and remittances from Ghanaians resident abroad. It also contributes about 6.4 % to GDP” She added “as a service sector, Tourism is labour_intensive and a major job creator especially for young people, women and i n d i g e n o u s communities. It is a sector that is capable of creating direct and indirect employment to Ghanaians. “The growth of the tourism sector, therefore,
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Ghanian Minister of Tourism, Zita Okaikoi with Former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu and his wife during the press brefing of the Ghanian Tourism at the just concluded Akwaaba Travel Fair held in Lagos. Photo by Jimoh Babatunde C
has a direct bearing on a g r i c u l t u r e , manufacturing, construction, transport , as well as the growth of micro, small and medium scale enterprises particularly_ hotels, restaurants, entertainment/ recreational centers, handicrafts, souvenirs, local markets and shopping malls.” While listing the various tourism products the country parades, the Minister explained that there are opportunities
M Y for investment in large, Golden Beach Hotels, K medium & small scale Samuel Debrah said their
Hotels and other types of accommodation facilities of all kinds in Accra and nine other Regional capitals for the business and the leisure markets. She added “opportunities exist for development of Beach Resorts along the coastline in Greater Accra, Central Region and Western Regions of Ghana.” Speaking also at the briefing, the representative of the
coming to Nigeria is to encourage tourism on the West coast. She explained that the hotels under the Golden Beach Hotels like Busua Beach resort; La Palm Royal Beach and Elmina Beach resort offer the best in leisure and business. “The Busua Beach resort is close to the oil field in Ghana which will be ideal for investors and those in the oil sector as well as leisure travellers as the resort has a
private island .” She added “At Golden Beach Hotels, we know that traveling on business can leave you feeling strained and disconnected. A refreshing welcome drink on arrival makes you feel at home; wireless broadband internet access and ultra modern business facilities keeps you connected and of course breakfast on the house means you can start each day fresh and energized.”
Bartending academy will boost Nigerian economy
s the momentum for transforming Lagos into a megacity gradually goes into full motion, an institute to cater for the provision and setting up of standards in the hospitality industry has come on stream. The institute, the International Bartending Academy is established to bridge the yawning gap in service delivery in the hospitality industry in the country. The Academy is under the aegis of the African Hospitality Limited (AHL). Mr. Oyindamola Caesario De_Medeiros, MD/CEO of AHL and one of the brains behind the academy made this known at a press briefing in Lagos. He identified three key pillars fundamental to an internationally accepted hospitality sector. These are service, food and drink; these three together are
The latest addition of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Nigeria, the Four Points by Sheraton in Lagos.
called Standards. “What differentiates one country from the next or one city from the next is how these three elements are packaged and presented giving each a unique point of differentiation but what defines an international destination is the adherence of its hospitality industry to international standards.” He added. He stated that the essence of the academy is to bring standards to the service and drink segment of the hospitality industry in Nigeria starting from Lagos. “To do this we have set up The International Bartending Academy (IBAC) whose
home will be in Lagos. Preceding IBAC are many great academies of international repute like: TheInternational bartending Association – founded in 1951 in Torquay U.K; The London Bartending Academy and the New York Bartending Academy.” On what prompted them to take this pioneering step, DeMedeiros said there is a dearth of skilled/ trained manpower within the industry and in order to bridge the lacuna there is need for proactive action because the few trained hands are recycled within the same pool of employers. The employer bears the cost of training/ re_training as theyknow best and not to the international standard. This is also against the backdrop of the fact that there is no institution
that can provide trained hands for the industry to employ. Apart from the establishment of the academy which will have two expatriates, Wesley Biron Alexander –Head of Operations and Tristian Nicolas Dennis – Head of Training both South Africans, DeMedeiros said Nigerian economy has a lot to benefit from the academy when it finally comes on stream in November.
ohn Penrose , the new United Kingdom Tourism Minister may b asked to explain further the UK government’s stated aim of replacing Air Passenger Duty (APD) with a per plane tax, which is expected to generate more money for the Treasury as it looks to reduce the UK’s debt. Air Passenger Duty (APD) tax is increased for the second year running the week before World Travel Market at a time when the global travel and tourism industry is under increasing commercial pressure, this difficult trading environment has led to a number of travel companies already failing this year with experts predicting more will follow. World Travel Market Chairman Fiona Jeffery said: “I am delighted John Penrose will be taking part in this year ’s UNWTO Ministers’ Summit at World Travel Market.” “His input and insight in the role the UK will play in the future of the global travel and tourism industry will be invaluable. Meanwhile, the organisers of the annual event has once again commended the Nigerian Tourism D e v e l o p m e n t Corporation (NTDC) for the country ’s well designed stand last year and the prompt payment of its participation fee. This commendation is coming on the heels of similar commendation given by former President, Olusegun Obasanjo weekend in Lagos at the annaul Akwaaba Travel Market. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo described Otunba Runsewe as a dynamic young man who has done a lot for tourism in this country.
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Ajegunle Flood Victims
48 expectant mothers among 1,008 Agbowa camp inmates
Refugees at the Agbowa camp
By Olasunkanmi Akoni
HE Lagos State Emergency Management Agency Relief/Resettlement Camp in Agbowa, Ikosi Ejirin in Ikorodu North Local Government Area, Lagos where victims of Ajegunle flood disaster are currently taking refuge is a beehive of activities. Of the total 1,008 campers, 48 are heavy with babies out of which camp doctors say six will be delivered of the babies shortly. The sleepy small town of Agbowa , hitherto calm and quiet is now bubbling with the arrival of the Internal Displaced People, IDP, of Ajegunle at the camp. Various moribund businesses are said to have bounced back to life, thanks to the patronage of the IDP . By last Wednesday when Vanguard visited the camp, the authorities said there were 47 students in Junior Secondary Schools while 48 were in Senior Secondary School with a total of 205 primary school pupils. Adding up to make 519 children being catered for. The number of adult males in camp is 206 with 278 adult females giving a grand total of 1,008 campers. Also, there are 50 government officials working in the camp led by the camp commandant, Mr. Wewe Ganiu Adeboye. Their job is to ensure that every requirement and need for the campers to feel at home are met.
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as not to disrupt the plan of the camp and also to prevent any disease that could result from lack of water supply. “We also engage the services of waste managers who work round the clock to make sure that the toilets and the environment are kept clean at all times.” It was learnt that a cow is killed every two days to feed the campers. A day before Vanguard’s visit a new born baby was actually delivered in the camp. The mother, Mrs. Uchechi Victor is a 22 year old native of Imo State .
Commendation for Fashola
theatre room where serious surgical operation could be carried out. The clinic was built as a support to the Agbowa General Hospital which is located a few metres from the relief camp. When asked if there had been any serious health case on camp, Wewe, the camp commandant, said there had been none as at the time of the report. From our investigation, it was revealed that the campers seem contented except the for the anxiety to reunite with their families back home. According to Mrs. Agbotu, an indigene of Delta State and a mother of four who is in camp, the state government had tried a lot for them by making sure life is bearable to them all as they give them three square meals, as well as 24 hours electricity supply. She said: “There is no problem at all, we are feeling at home here but as you know, no place like home. We are looking forward to reuniting with our families in our homes.” However, Vanguard learnt that the state government was already working on two other relief camps located in Ibeju_Lekki and Igando areas of the State in addition to Agbowa. When asked what the constraints and challenges are in the camp, Wewe said there were no constraints but challenges which were in two folds: environmental cleanliness and repeated damage to camp infrastructure. He said: “We are facing a herculean task here, the IDP, especially the children among them often damage our infrastructure, such as toilet taps, the water pipes, and water closets. We have to repair them as soon as they are damaged so Her husband, Victor, was seen at the bed side of his wife at the General Hospital. Victor who was full of commendation for the state government for bank rolling the entire medical expenses, lamented that he was jobless and would be glad if the state government could employ him as he was willing and able to work. He said: “If not for the state government’s generosity, I couldn’t have been able to pay for the baby’s delivery. I really thank Governor Babatunde Fashola for everything, he has been a wonderful governor and a kind man.” Also providing succour on camp is the mobile clinic by National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA; and Lagos State Ambulances Services, LASAMBUS Men of the Neigbourhood watch are also on surveillance to provide adequate security for the campers.
If not for the state government’s generosity, I couldn’t have been able to pay for the baby’s delivery
Vanguard at the sick bay
The camp, located on one hectare of land has the following features: Administrative block for members of staff, sick bay, female and male dormitories, a hall, five sets of toilets and bathrooms each for male and female campers, a kitchen and dinning hall, a basket ball court and a football pitch with a standby generator to supply electricity when there is power failure. When Vanguard visited the sick bay, three patients were seen receiving medical attention from a team of health workers. They were said to have been treated for such ailments as epilepsy, malaria and general body pain. The names of the patients were given as Samson Agboniyi, a 13 year old boy; Rilwanu Olarenwaju, nine year old and Mr. Nwanja Uzoamaka, a 35 year old man from Ebonyi State . One of the most outstanding features of the camp is the new
make shift clinic with its own standby generator, fully equipped with all medical facilities including a surgery
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By J.O. EJUEYTCHIEOROYE
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About time we got it right (3)
Basically zoning places emphasis on where the next President should come from; the way the issue is being handled unfortunately is doing nothing but emphasising what divides us instead of placing emphasis on what should keep us together; thus, one of the lasting legacies, if not the only lasting one the British left us with, is now under threat
RITAIN that once ruled Nigeria is not a one party state. America whose presidential system, Nigerians system is based, is not a one party state. The large number of parties said to have registered not withstanding, the general feeling is Nigeria is fast becoming a one party state. One would have thought that with the AC/ ACN, ANPP and UPGA winning some seats at both the state and national levels in the 2007 elections, four whole years after they would have become so organised and strong that the thought of Nigeria becoming a one party state would not at all be contemplated/ entertained anywhere in the country. It is highly incomprehensible that Nigeria with a population of 150 million people – rich with highly intelligent men and women would be in a position where her citizens would have no choice but to accept one ideology, that of the PDP Freedom de. mands that there be alternate/different ideologies from which the people at election would choose which ideology would best promote their interest. The challenge is therefore for politicians to do their best for the country, especially in the provision of the environment which would enable Nigerians to exercise their right of choice of ideology. The existence of more than one party definitely gives room for healthy competition among or between the parties in the provision of good governance. Therefore 50 years of independence celebration should also have as its goal the provision of the party system that would best serve the interest of the generality of Nigerians. The second issue has to do with the great powers being wielded by some individuals- this makes a mockery of the equality of the rights of the individual enshrined in the constitution, it also constitutes a threat to the practice of true democracy. Particularly noticeable is that of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the President and in reality the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria in the two immediate past administrations. He actually makes himself a colossus striding across the length and breadth of the country, dictating the tune with the 150 million Nigerians minus one giving the impression that they are comfortable with the arrangement of dancing to his tune. One must concede that the Chief is a great strategist. This quality he very ably displayed when it came to the election of his successor in 2007. It was clear that the emergence of Mallam Umaru Musa Yar Adua of blessed memory as President and that of Dr Goodluck Jonathan first as Vice President and even as President was all the handiwork of the Chief. Yet the Chief was part of the administration of the late General Murtala Mohammed that took the hitherto strange measure of purging the Civil Service, a measure that not only brought untold suffering to millions of Nigerians but also succeeded in destroying all that was good in the Nigerian Civil Service. With security of tenure thrown over board, corruption crept in to the Civil Service and with time became part and parcel of the service. In his eight years as President, inspite of the huge amount spent on the all important factor that affects the economy and life of every individual in this country – energy remained unattainable, darkness and all the ills that go with darkness prevailed and are still prevailing. Needless to mention the sorry state of education. Although the then President established his own university, the Bell University, the few secondary schools owned and run by the Federal Government – the Federal Government Colleges were in ruin. His government, but for public out cry, would have sold them to private individuals in the name of Public Private Partnership (PPP). The Junior Secondary Schools were phased out in the schools – an un-
called-for measure. To show this was not well thought out and through, so soon after the Junior Secondary Schools are being returned to the Federal Government institutions once more. As far as roads were concerned the Chief and his first Minister of Works, Chief Anthony Anenih will one day, either here or here after, give an account of the billions of naira voted for road construction and rehabilitation. If Lagos – Benin Road is unmotorable and his first Minister of Works is from Edo State, it is only to be expected that roads generally in Nigeria during the eight years tenure of the Chief would be nothing but death traps and they were. No doubt the Chief succeeded in some areas of governance. However, this cannot be said of the areas that affect the everyday life of the generality of Nigerians. Since suffering did not abate, indeed poverty was on the increase under the Chief as Head of Government for two consecutive administrations which were near becoming three, if not life long, Nigerians have a duty to call a halt to the unlimited powers being exercised by the Chief and all his likes. There is no justifiable reason for their enjoying such enormous powers. Fifty years of rule by the political class and the military should constitute more than enough learning period for us Nigerians. We should know what is good for us and how our country should be governed. Henceforth, Nigerians should therefore work for equality of rights for all for an egalitarian society where government is by the people and for the people – a true democracy. Our 50 years anniversary celebration should coincide with Nigerians bidding goodbye to the existing situation whereby power is in the hands of a few over-bearing individuals. Power should now be made to rest with the people. The third issue has to do with zoning which has become the major pre-occupation of the ruling party. Basically zoning places emphasis on where the next President should come from – should the President come from the North where the party is said to have zoned it to till 2015 or the South where the incumbent who became President by divine intervention comes from? The way the issue is being handled unfortunately is doing nothing but emphasising what divides us instead of placing emphasis on what should keep us together. Thus, one of the lasting legacies if not the only lasting one the British left us with is now under threat. It is true that the British Colonial Administration could have taken steps to ensure that no one part of the country has obvious advantage over the other by dealing squarely with the problem of minorities. This the administration did not resolve. Nevertheless they kept us together, that is why we can talk of Nigeria celebrating 50 years of independence. It is good we remain one, our size and population make us talk of Nigeria as the giant of Africa, though we are giant only in the
two areas mentioned and in no other sphere. At 50 the point should be made abundantly clear that emphasis in considering who becomes number one citizen of Nigeria is on ability to perform, competence and character trait and certainly not where the person comes from. It is because this position on leadership has not be hammered on, nor has it been shouted out loud and clear that Nigeria is for only leaders that would meet the aspiration of the people that one like General Ibrahim Babangida under whose administration our economic woes started and who brazenly annulled the only free and fair election Nigeria has ever had can talk of coming back to contest for the post of president in Nigeria. Similarly too, the apathy on the part of the average Nigerian has also given room for politicians to give the impression that incumbency and place of origin are the consideration that should/would give the presidency ticket to President Goodluck Jonathan. One is yet to see what areas his months as Head of Government has impacted positively on the lives of Nigerians generally. Are our roads in a better shape now? Certainly not. Has the energy problem been solved to an appreciable level? Again the answer is no. What about the problem of security? Kidnapping has not in the least abated. That one comes from the deprived area where the country’s oil resources come from need not be and should not be an important consideration for choosing who becomes President of the country, the fact that it is for this reason America is seen to be interested in the candidacy of President Goodluck Jonathan not withstanding. After all America is only mainly interested in the protection of her investment in the oil producing areas; there is nothing altruistic in the position America is said to be adopting. Moreover, it is obvious that the militants have not struggled in vain, the people in the oil producing areas can no longer be taken for granted; henceforth, no responsible government can afford to ignore the hen that produces the egg – the golden egg – for the nation. It is also a thing of joy that coinciding with the problem of the militancy being positively addressed, this started under the late President Yar Adua’s administration, an indigene of one of the oil producing states by the grace of God has now emerged the President of the country. The Good Lord has caused to happen what hitherto no one imagined could be a reality in the foreseeable future. The ascendancy of President Jonathan at this time can be interpreted as God’s way of compensating the oil producing states, especially the Ijaws, for decades of neglect of the area by the government of the Federation. However, for President Jonathan to continue in that position in the next administration, it is expected that his election would be based on the ability
to perform he convincingly demonstrates during the period prior to election day. The Good Lord in His mercy has granted the President a wonderful opportunity, he, the President, has to prove that he is up to the challenges of the position God has entrusted to him. The late General Murtala Mohammed was head of this nation for only six months. He is today celebrated as a hero. True enough his administration did no little damage to the Civil Service - a nation without a strong, efficient, corruption free Civil Service cannot but head for disaster – also true too is the fact that some discipline was immediately infused into the public service as all were convinced that a no-nonsense man had assumed leadership position in the country. President Jonathan has more than six months in his present dispensation to demonstrate in no unmistakable term the stuff he is made of. The period available for him to impact positively on the life of Nigerians is even now being extended by INEC asking for a date later than January for the 2011 elections. Moreover, the President has the benefit of a good education. Let the President put all these to play. The President is showing he had learnt a lot from Chief Obasanjo and his many travels. It is, however, in the interest of the President to keep a balance in everything, putting in place measures that would actually impact on the lives of his fellow Nigerians certainly deserve to be accorded great priority. Such measures are what would ensure votes are cast for him, this though is assuming that the 2011 elections would be free and fair. For the purpose of emphasis, the point is repeated that this time round the criteria for winning election to the exalted position are ability, capability, integrity and nothing more. The three issues highlighted, among many others, are areas to which Nigerians are being called upon to get right this time round. The general indifference on the part of the average Nigerian, coupled with sycophancy and love of worldly pleasures on the part of Nigerians at large have so far given Nigerians leaders who have only succeeded in making the generality of Nigerians to groan. Enough of our suffering, of our groaning. It can only be enough if we endeavour to get it right at least in these three areas highlighted this time round. It is certainly high time we got it right – 50 whole years of independence. Haba! Since we all – leaders and led alike – have one way or the other contributed to the present mess Nigeria is in, we all now collectively have to work at getting the country out of the woods by getting it right now. It is in the light of getting it right that attention is once more drawn to the word of God in 2nd Chronicles chapter 7 verse 14 which says: “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” Nigeria needs healing; we all should play our part to make Nigeria a land flowing with milk and honey the Good Lord intends it to be. Therefore we should repent of our neglect in the past and ensure we get it right from now on. The current drift in Nigeria towards a one party state needs be halted now; over bearing individuals who see themselves as calling the shot all the time be brought to be in line with what obtains in a truly democratic state and election of all those to be in authority right from local government level to the post of number one citizen of the country be based not or ethnic, sectional or any other consideration but on merit, that is, ability to perform and integrity. Our theme of celebration, therefore, is enough of backward and retrogressive ideas and practices, the thrust now is getting it right – high time we did. God help us all.
Mrs.Ejueyitchie-Oroye, a commentator on national issues, writes from Lagos.
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RMD: Cool, calm and still charming
By Sam Umukoro
ichard MofeDamijo is the epitome of cool. Enduringly charming, he welcomed me into his office with that trademark smile that has melted many hearts. Despite his foray into the murky waters of politics, RMD has not allowed his cool factor to slip. Remarkably honest and always happy to discuss movies, literature, theatre, and you guessed right, politics; RMD is one celebrity who is not afraid to articulate his position on any issue. What I love about RMD, is the fact that he is a complete antithesis to what you might imagine. How easy has it been making the transition from the creative industry into politics? Well, it hasn’t been a walk in the park, I must confess. But like every new venture I get into, its a challenge. I guess the circumstances around which I joined politics also made it imperative for me to be at my best. My mentor is the Governor and if you get an opportunity like that, there is a tendency for you to want to burn the midnight candle and surpass your mentor’s expectations of you. I have not let down the guy who has reposed so much confidence in me. This has helped because I went in blazing with all cyl-
inders pumping. I was enthusiastic and that helped me to overcome whatever transitional crisis I might have experienced. Now, the downside is that the waiting time is a bit longer for politics to translate from paper into reality because of issues associated with budgeting, bureaucracy and all that. For me that is the biggest challenge. It’s a compulsory waiting time. Lawyer, theatre artist, consummate actor; would it be right to describe you now as a politician? Well, in a sense. I don’t like to reject the tag of being
One of the most ambitious tourism project in Africa is about to berth in Delta state.
called a politician. It’s just that the word politician conjures images of a fraudulent person, somebody who lies from both sides of his mouth. I want to believe that I represent the new breed of politicians who are making the transition from being technocrats to become politicians. Now, the kind of politician that I am is the type that wants to see efficient service delivery. I believe that is what is gradually becoming obtainable today as good governance in different parts of the country, from Lagos, to Delta to Rivers State; and all that is as a result of young men who want to redefine the meaning of the word politician. So, if you call Fashola or Uduaghan
a politician, they will not object to being called that, but their good works will speak for them. So, if you call me a politician, yes, I am a politician because I’m trying to learn the ropes, making sure that the people come first. Now, in that regard, would you say it has been worth your while, considering how busy you were before you got into politics. Has it been worth your while? It has been worth every second of my time because I think I have touched quite a bit of lives that I can see directly. Coming from a very successful background in terms of what you’ve achieved in the arts and your star status, are you treated differently compared to other people in government? Well, from the point of view of my Governor, I don’t think so … And being a star does not affect… I think that whatever it is that you are becomes less significant when you’re seating in the exalted chambers and making policy decisions for over four million people. Perhaps where the preferential treatment would come are in areas that touch on my expertise of culture and tourism, because I run that portfolio. Naturally, everybody would defer to me. But in terms of being treated differently, I don’t think so. With the restiveness of the Niger Delta, what difference have you made in Delta state to attract investors and tourists to Delta state considering the rich cultural heritage of the state? One of the most ambitious tourism project in Africa is about to berth in Delta state. It is a water theme park; there are about five of it in the world, and the sixth one
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Glam ways to tie a silk scarf
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is about to berth in the Warri area, in Udu local government area actually, which happens to be my local government as well. That and a wild life park which is being built in the Asaba area, the Uzo_Ugwashuku area of Delta state, which we call the Asaba Hilltop game reserve and they have a big file of animals. So, once that project takes off, that would be perhaps my biggest contribution to the tourism industry. Apart from that, having to create a buzz in the industry, a lot more movies are being shot in Asaba, whether it is something I do or not, it is under my watch. Naturally, the credit goes to me and the Governor has created a wonderful picturesque little town. He has converted Asaba from a very sleepy town to a bubbly town that is very hospitable and cinema friendly, either during the day or at night. I started a programme called Delta Time Quest which is aimed at young people. Somebody described the creative art as the core of youth attraction, modern media and all of that, today’s youth want to embrace creativity or the performing arts. So what we have done is to do a hybrid of American Idols but extend it to comedy, dance, music, and acting. We’ve done two….music and comedy, we are about to do acting. All of this, for me, is not so much as to take away the guy who is an agitating youth (I don’t like to use the word militant) in the
Ogbonna Amadi Group Entertainment Editor Correspondents Ben Njoku Ayo Onikoyi Yemisi Suleman Lolade Sowoolu Photo Oscar Ochiogu
creek, but to stop others from going in there, to creatively engage those who might find themselves idle. Do you miss acting? I do, especially when I sit down and watch a production. One of my desires is to start an elite theatre group in Asaba. Time and funds haven’t given me the liberty to do that. But what I derive joy from now is making sure that people are behind the camera and wanting to get a new pool of actors and actresses and all of that. I just did a 26-episode soap opera called Inner City which was completely shot in Warri. I’ve been looking forward to it been exposed so that people can see a slice of life in the inner city of Warri. I’m very passionate about Warri and so I try to tell the story of the place that gave me a life. There are more things to come from that area. I’m going be telling a lot of slum stories. So are you going to combine politics and theatre? Yes. That is never going to go and I’m happy that I’m in the cultural and tourism ministry so that
One of my desires is to start an elite theatre group in Asaba. Time and funds haven’t given me the liberty to do that.
what I have. So it gives me a chance to get in touch with my first love. Films like the Figurine and Ije have been taken to the cinemas in Nigeria and festivals around the world. Do you really think there has been an improvement in the quality of films churned out? Unfortunately, I don’t think there is a remarkable improvement in movies. But, there is hope and the hope is those little sparks that you just mentioned. Ije and Figurine. I just saw Memories of my Heart by Ini Edo and you know how you get to a place and you say, I would do 20 or 30 minutes out of respect; but I sat through the entire movie and I enjoyed it myself. It was such a delight to just be able to sit back and watch a movie that I had no stake in and have a good laugh. And that was exactly what happened. So, those little sparks give you hope. I like the editing of Ini Edo’s movie, a little bit rash in some areas but the overall look and feel of it, the stylistics of it, you can see work in progress and you just know that given more opportunity, this person can do better. It’s like what is happening to musical videos, the likes of Clarence Peters go to South Africa and get some good education, come back mean, it’s just completely delightful and I see those sparks multiplying in the nearest future.
What is emerging is a new market, a new flow, a new Nollywood, which like every other development takes place. It’s like the rise of the independence that happened in America. It’s just that we’re seeing it in a different light here. If these people would not take us seriously, if they would not look at the scripts and pay some attention to details, let us break out and show them how it is done. I did that 13 years ago with Out of Bounds. It was that same outrage that we can do things a little bit better. Who would you like to work with, who is that one actor you admire… Without a doubt, I don’t need to think about it, it’s Denzel Washington, because I think his intensity on and off screen is amazing. He’s an amazing guy and it translates into everything you do. If it’s not him, I would love to work with Will Smith because he combines a deep intellectual background with his comedy ability and that has also made him a wonderful star, big box office draw and credible actor. The body of his works comes with an industry that is alive and well, where the division of labour is highly planted on the ground. All of that will begin to emerge, there are people who are writers, and known for writing and hopefully we would begin to deal with those people, take their scripts and focus on creating a new Nollywood.
brings me back. And at every opportunity I have, I try to make sure that I stay within the theatre. I’m like a volunteer teacher at FABA. FABA is the Film and Broadcast Academy in Ozoro run by the Ejiro brothers. I’ve done my first lecture there, so I intend to do that. I also hear about Emem’s Royal Arts Academy and see how I can come in there and do a summer thing with them, teach some people and just pass on the knowledge of
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With Ayo Onikyoi
Bishop Oyedepo on spending spree
Femi Pedro shows up
or sometime now the ami able and genial face of the former Lagos Deputy Governor, Otunba Femi Pedro has been missing in action. The handsome banker/politician has not been seen for sometime now in the social circle until last week when he resurfaced at the Glo 1 international submarine cable launch dinner at Eko Hotel and Suites Victoria Island, Lagos. That event witnessed the presence of the Senate President, Senator David Mark, four state governors including Governor Fashola of Lagos, Governor Adam Oshiomhole of Edo state, Governor Gbenga Daniel of Ogun state and Osun state Deputy Governor Erelu Obada, captains of industry and many others. The highpoint was what seemed like a big reunion between Gov. Fashola and Otunba Femi Pedro as both wel-
ishop David Oyedepo is a man of many firsts and to whom making record_making feats is like breakfast. But the General Overseer of Living Faith Church (aka Winners Chapel) is not in the news again over his couple of private jets or over the issue of his church having a sitting capacity of 50,000 people or 40,000 people. The word on every lip right now is the latest acquisition of the Bishop, this time not for himself but for his
mammoth worshippers. The aging 350 fleet of buses which convey worshippers to and fro the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, in Ota are already being replenished with a new fleet. According to information filtering to the desk of Society Watch, over 100 Mercedes Benz buses have been bought and running. Our sources hinted that 400 more buses are to be added as the church plans to increase the number of their buses from 350 to 500.
Benita Nzeribe gets her groove
storm of new faces swept the industry. Word was that people like Benita got swept along in this storm as she had to battle to get even a role in a year. But if the word reaching Society Watch is anything to go by, it seems that era, that is, if there was any iota of truth in the rumour, is far gone as the vivacious actress practically sleeps on location these days. While many of her colleagues are thankful to get even a single shot in six months the Ihiala, Anambra State-born diva has been globe-trotting from one location to another to fulfill contracts. Just between last month and this month Benny as she is fondly called by friends and fans has featured in a movie directed by Ugezu J. Ugezu alongside top names like Tonto Dikeh, Yul Edochie and Emeka Okoro. Immediately after that she was found yet again on the bandwagon of Great Movies, shooting another movie. Just how busy and hot in demand could anyone get?
Femi Pedro comed each other, embracing and even exchanging some pleasantries. But what was noteworthy is that the duo did not come close to doing much together. Many felt the hugging and giggling was just a ruse to keep up a good face as the situation between the two is far from being cordial.
Fashola stands tall @ the Coliseum
The Coliseum honour Gov Fashola on Nigeria at 50th Anniversary
ince Benita Nzeribe hit the limelight sometimes in the 90s she has become a top player in the industry. Known for her down-to-earth ap-
proach to acting she quickly became a toast of producers and directors who flocked after her to get her in one role or the other until the new
overnor Babatunde Raji Fashola is the first man to appear twice at the Grand House Reception of the Niteshift Coliseum. A programme whereby distinguished personalities are invited into the bowel of Niteshift Coliseum and treated to good music and the refreshing ambience of the club. Many notable Nigerians
Igwe Nwokedi honours Three Lebanese
he Utokpo na Achalla, Igwe (Dr.) Ezeoba Alex Nwokedi, OON, honoured three Lebanese in the premises of the 200- year- old Utokpo Palace, Achalla, Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State on Thursday, October 7, 2010. The installation ceremony was to be one of the many activities lined up to mark this year’s New Yam festival celebrated annually in the ancient community but the entire arrangement went solo as news about the death of the United States-based junior brother of the monarch was broken. The former Chairman, Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers, Igwe Alex Nwokedi, who apparently was touched by the news, had to make the swift decision of changing the planned events saying, “This year ceremony should now be held in lowkey because of the sad news of the death of my brother.” According to some palace sources, the late Dr. Nwokedi was a practising medical doctor in America. “He was planning to come home and build a modern hospital in Achalla here but his death has now cut it off our line.” Said a bemoaning palace source in Achalla. Meanwhile, what Igwe Nwokedi thought was to be low-key ceremony turned out to be very elaborate as the honourees, who are top officers of CCC Nigeria Limited, an engineering and construction company that has been noted for doing well in Nigeria, stormed the palace with retinue of security men who shot sporadically into the air while the ceremony lasted.
and non-Nigerians like former vice president Atiku Abubakar, President Goodluck Jonathan, then a governor, Chief MKO Abiola, three former Senate Presidents, 16 state governors and the former president of Ghana, President J.J. Rawlings have been guest of the club but no one has made it twice yet. According to the Guvnor of the Coliseum, Ken Caleb Olumese, Fashola’s choice came to them as the obvious one to mark the 50th anniversary of Nigeria. The governor became un-putdown- able choice as a result of his forthrightness, his visionary qualities, his commitment and uncommon achievements. In his guinea-brocade kaftan the governor strolled in followed by a huge entourage of the state cabinet. After being welcomed by veteran broadcaster, Taiwo Obileye and being truly ushered in by the Guvnor, Ohi Alegbe took the podium to chaperon the compere interactive session where members of the club take on the guest on several issues. Like a rock the governor absorbed and rode the waves like a good sport of surfing. When even asked whether he is a stooge of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, he rose up proudly, answering “I don’t have a godfather, what I have is a political mentor. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is my mentor like Prof. Ebun Shofunde, SAN, who gave me my first job”.
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By Benjamin Njoku & Lolade Sowoolu
Genevieve gets Hollywood mention
ollywood A-list actress Genevieve Nnaj is surely conquering the world with her exploit. First she was profiled on Oprah’s show as the biggest movie star in Africa and was quoted by Oprah as “the Julia Roberts of Africa”. Genevieve has gotten another mention from Hollywood. The latest issue of Hollywood Entertainment Weekly (dated October 15, 2010), features a cover story on “The 50 Most Powerful Entertainers” (in Hollywood). Genevieve is not listed there, but there is a small subfeature on “Stars Around the World” which alludes to Genny as “the Angelina Jolie of Nigeria.” The text on Genny reads: In the span of a decade, this 31year-old starlet has made more than 110 movies and launched a singing career.
Emeka Ossai rules in Comfort Zone
ith the ultimate aim of providing unequalled entertainment for TV viewers on a weekly basis, the Emeka Ossai-led Golden Pyramid Productions Limited, recently two latest efforts, Comfort Zone and Crossed Road. In a chat with MWG, the foremost actor and producer explained that his outfit was wholly set to give viewers within and outside Nigeria, the best of entertainment on both terrestrial and cable TV. Speaking further, Ossai maintained that Comfort Zone and Crossed Road have changed the face of TV soap/ comedy, since hitting the airwaves, adding that both productions had also brought fresh faces on TV. While shedding light on the synopsis of both wave-making productions that won four awards at this year’s edition of Terracotta, Ossai explained that Comfort Zone is strictly a situational comedy that sensationally narrates the diary of three good friends from different backgrounds who graduated from same university. “While two the pals have good jobs and are hard working, their other pal chose to be the complete opposite. Aside squatting and feeding fat daily on his pals, he gets into regular troubles. On the other hand, Crossed Road, is a serious drama on the every day challenges that confront Nigerians, especially the youths. Imagine a young and innocent village boy migrating to the city in search of the proverbial Golden
REGORY Isaacs, the Jamaican reggae singer whose smooth style earned him the nickname “Cool Ruler,” has died. He was 59. Isaacs’ manager, Copeland Forbes, said the singer died Monday at his London home. Isaacs had been diagnosed with lung cancer a year ago, but continued performing until weeks before his death. His wife Linda said Isaacs was “well-loved by everyone, his fans and his family, and he worked really hard to make sure he delivered the music they loved and enjoyed.” Born in a Kingston, Jamaica slum in 1951, Isaacs began recording in his teens, and went on to produce scores of albums . With his sinuous baritone and romantic songs, Isaacs became a leading proponent of the mellow “Lovers Rock” style of reggae. He hit his stride in the mid-1970s with ballads like “Love is Overdue” and “All I Have Is Love.” Later that decade he teamed up with the Jamaican production duo of Sly Dunbar
Reggae legend Gregory Isaac dies
Emeka Ossai Fleece, only to meet a lady that happens to be his opposite in all spheres of life, thus began their twisted journey.”
and Robbie Shakespeare for several hit songs including “Soon Forward” and “What A Feeling.” “Gregory’s voice and writing ability was wicked. He was one of those soulful singers you could sit and listen to for hours,” Dunbar said Monday. Isaacs was best known internationally for the title song from his 1982 album “Night Nurse,” a club favorite which later became a hit for Simply Red.
Dagrin is remembered ...as another death rocks the players music world pundits
wo days ago, the music industry remembered popular rapper, late Dagrin who would have clocked twenty-six (26) on the 25th of this month. Friends, colleagues and fans of the rapper put up one post or the other on social networking site, Twitter, while many others changed their BlackBerry Messenger status and or picture to that of the deceased who died owing to injuries sustained in a ghastly motor accident on the 22nd of April, this year. Close pal and music brother YQ, had set the tone on Friday when he reminded all to say a prayer for the deceased while noting that his friend -Olaitan Olaonipekun aka Dagrin the Lyrical Wayray was six month old in the grave. And while the music players looked forward solemnly to Monday, the deceased’s birthday, another young music genius bid earth goodbye early Sunday morning. Osaze Omonbude aka Sazzy was an Abuja-based producer and aspiring rapper who had worked with the likes of M.I, Ruggedman and 9ice. He died of sickle cell disorder and was aged 26. The death of Sazzy drew on several comments and sympathy from many music
yber space may be a virtual world but it’s slowly transiting to one big party where everyone is invited to jubilate, speak sense, spit venom or be outright silly. There are no VIP areas and everyone is free to walk the red carpet mingling with the Kanyes and the Dareys; the Genevieves and the Kardashians. Well, we’ve decided to bring you a feel of what goes on on Twitter, the fastest growing and second most interactive social networking site after Facebook. Hope you like it. Welcome to Twitville!
and who tried to fathom why the music industry seems to be losing young promising talents. A few radio stations joined i n remembering the rap s o l d i e r, Dagrin, as his s o n g s dominated the airwaves in Lagos, where he lived. Also
Sickle Cell campaign @Audu
It’s true and this matter cannot go l i k e this...I wanna start some sort of genotype testing a w a r e n e s s campaign for young people. We can avoid this disease” - Audu Maikori; Chocolate City Audu CEO. This is one of the tweets posted by @Audu when the news of producer Sazzy’s death broke on Sunday. The post is a thoughtful one and points in the way to go to prevent avoidable pain. There are a few known Nigerians who live healthy and manage very hectic daily schedules in spite of the disorder. One of such people who’s created a movement of sort to educate and motivate both carriers and non-carriers of the gene is @tosynbucknor founder of s.h.a.r.e.
Followers of this highly rated international rapper are well acquainted with his typos and outright blunders he makes of the English language he tweets in. hhe’s been RTed (retweeted) several times just because of this. “You guys have GIVING me the best gift an artist can get...Understanding and appreciation. Thank you.” - Kanye West; Kanye rapper West One more thing you can’t take away from Kanye is his sinister comments. You can’t but wonder what goes on in his head sometimes. Take a look at this tweet he posted on Sunday evening. “What’s better for devil worshiping- Iphone or the Droid...Does Lucifer return text...is he or she on Skype? Don’t wanna be sexist” Now tell me what you make of this.
he best most people know Kingsley Elikpo to be is a singer but this Fokasibe king is damn funny. BlackBerry (BB)phones are known not to have long lasting batteries maybe because of the multi-tasking capability of the phone. DJZeez being his ingenious self has proposed a way out. “I think I need to buy a car battery for my bb DJ Zeez better yet a Mikano gen(erator)”
Comedy club @DJZeez
a night out at popular hang out spot in Lagos, Swe Bar, was organised to celebrate ‘His life, his music and legacy’ at his first posthumous birthday event. Dagrin’s death still sends shivers down the spine of many as his death drew controversy and sympathy together considering the circumstances surrounding his death and the post-death release of the song titled ‘If I Die’ which he recorded before his death. Even though many have taken solace in listening to his songs over and over again, a few still silently wonder if the deceased didn’t have a premonition of his death.
Grounded by Arik @saltofdworld
Kanye’s emotive second @Kanye
antrum-throwing-Kanye West was a bit his mortal self on Sunday - at last for the second he posted this tweet.
yo state gubernatorial aspirant and Sodium Brand Solutions boss, Abisoye Fagade, was stranded in Port Harcourt for five hours last Sunday- no thanks to flight delay by Arik airlines. The usually cool and collected boss tried his best to stay that way in reality while the virtual world of twitter helped create an avenue of escape. He tweeted: “Arik, this aint funny anymore...5hrs delay? Haba!!!” I trust that his over 700 followers gave him good company while he tarried for his flight into Lagos.
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Glam ways to tie a silk scarf
or us in this part of the world the traditional way to wear a scarf is to tie on the head. But a fashion statement can be made by tying your silk scarf on your neck in creative ways.
Here are a few great ways to wear those silk scarves that are so light and airy.
—Use a crystal brooch, ring or scarf pin that is in vogue now to hold your scarf in the front. The scarf clips are great to use.
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—Another way to wear the long oblong scarf is just drape it around your neck and shoulders and then let it hang down dramatically in front.
—If you don’t have a scarf pin or brooch, try wearing that long oblong scarf in the Grace Kelly style by holding it across the front of our neck and then bringing one end around to fall down your right front side and then bring other end around your neck to fall down your left front side.
—Try tying a small square scarf around your neck as a choker or a longer oblong scarf can be knotted in front and hang straight down. The smaller silk scarves look great with a scarf pin to secure them in place.
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87 ways politicians rig election:
Peace in sight for Anambra PDP
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By Henry Umoru FTER spending 126 six days in office as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, having assumed office June, 17, 2010, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo left the country Monday October 18, 2010 for the United States of America, USA to rest. According to Nwodo’s Special Assistant, Media, Ike Abonyi, the former governor of Enugu State was on a private visit to the United States, adding that was expected to use the trip to embark on a retreat aimed at rejuvenating him for the tasks ahead in the ruling party. “While in the US, the National Chairman is to participate in a sober reflection retreat aimed at refocusing him for the enormous challenges of the forth coming Party primaries, the nationwide campaign and the general elections. Dr. Nwodo left Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport aboard British Airways traveled with his wife Dr. (Mrs.) Dorathy Nwodo. The National Chairman is expected back in the country by the end of the month.” But since he left the shores of the country, unfolding political events at the Wadata
Problems of our underdevelopment
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How Jega aims to block them
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The rage against Nwodo
being thrown within the roof of the plaza by same occupants, not the ordinary ones, but by those who are piloting the affairs of the party with members of the National Working Committee, NWC. Besides the National Chairman of the party, other members of the NWC are the Deputy National Chairman, Mohammed Bello Haliru; National Secretary, Abubakar Kawu Baraje; Deputy National Secretary, Musa Babayo; National Organizing Secretary, Uche Secondus; National Legal Adviser, Olusola Oke; National Financial Secretary, Tukur Mani; National Auditor, Samuel Ortom; National Treasurer, William Makinde; National Publicity Secretary, Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali; National Woman Leader, Mrs. Inna Maryam Ciroma and National Youth Leader, Muyiwa Collins. Other members though, not mandatory for them to always be at meetings are the Zonal National Vice Chairmen, such as Chief Olisah Metu (SouthEast); Senator Paul Wanpana (North_East); Yusuf Agade Ayitogo (North Central); Chief Edet Okon Nkpubre (South South); Danladi Sankara (North West) and Alh Tajudeen Oladipo (South West). All these members came on board with the former National Chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor and Nwodo inherited them. He had no choice than to work with the NWC members. Barely nine days after Nwodo left the country, the centre could no longer hold at the Wadata Plaza. Angered by what NWC members described as his alleged overbearing attitude, nonconsultation with members, especially on very critical party issues as well as arbitrary dissolution of state executives without carrying other members along, the Deputy National Chairman, Haliru Mohammed Bello on Monday led the National Secretary, Abubakar Kawu Baraje and the National Legal Adviser, Chief Olusola Oke on protest mission to President Goodluck Jonathan. They were there to “report” Nwodo to the leader of the party. The meeting was held in the night. They were said
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Plaza, National Secretariat of the party and in his home state show that the former National Secretary of the Party is
*Nwodo: Under fire
embattled. In fact, there is war against in the house and in Enugu State for daring to sack the Enugu State Executive Committee. Those moving against Nwodo This time, the stones are
By Ehis Osajie huks Ugwoke is Enugu State Commissioner for Information, Tourism and Culture. In this interview with Vanguard, he spoke on the alleged frosty relationship between PDP chairman, Okwesilieze Nwodo and the state governor, Sullivan Chime and the crisis in the state chapter of the party. Excerpts: It is alleged by associates of Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo that Governor Chime is fueling the crisis in the party. What do you have to say on this? Well, if you say “associates”, then it is difficult for me to expose the interests of those making the unfounded allegation. If you don’t unmask the accusers, I’ll tell you their selfish pursuits. But be that as it may, it is cheap blackmail to accuse the governor of fuelling any crisis. In any case, we see no crisis in the state PDP, we see pursuit of personal motives at play. To the best of my knowledge, Governor Chime and Dr. Nwodo enjoy good rapport. If there are grey areas, I believe that both men can sit down to sort things out. What does the governor stand to gain by fuelling any crisis in his own state? Even Dr. Nwodo had at different fora before and since becoming the national
Nwodo should come home to sort out his problems — Ugwoke
chairman paid glowing tributes to the governor for ushering in peace in Enugu State. Ditto for the low and the high in our Coal City State? So, would His Excellency, Governor Sullivan Chime now prefer crisis to peace? Will he prefer to set his state on fire and go on seeking means to extinguish it? It doesn’t make any sense. Or was he the one who initiated the purported and ill-advised dissolution of the state chapter of the party? Is it true that the genesis of the conflict is the determination of the governor to return all elected political office holders on the PDP platform? We must draw a line between reality and propaganda. In Enugu, we don’t play to the gallery and we won’t descend to such low quality rumour by some negligible persons. At a recent well-attended meeting of all stakeholders from the 17 local government councils, the governor made it quite clear that it is up to each constituency to elect its own representatives at the primary elections. He advised current political office holders and other aspirants to consult with their people. He Enugu North for him and that he wants his wife for the Senate seat? The national chairman of the party has consistently spoken about the need to encourage internal democracy, about giving democracy a decent image and about allowing the people to pick their flag bearers. What you’ve just said negates this gospel that has won many converts. That’s why I said that those who always allege don’t often reveal to us their selfish agenda. The national chairman says the people must choose their representatives. Governor Chime had always been an advocate of this process of election, not selection. Ditto for other PDP members. So, where is the problem? Why are people now talking of conceding certain positions or an entire senatorial district? Nigeria is his turf now, not one out of 109 senatorial districts. Please, we shall do well not to personalize political issues. If Her Excellency, Dr. Nwodo aspires to go to the Senate, she
*Ugwoke ended by saying that it is, for him, to convince those who would be the delegates to give him another chance to fly the party’s banner if and when he finally declares. Nwodo, it is equally alleged, wants the governor to concede
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Peace in sight for Anambra PDP
*As political godfathers sheath their swords
By Vincent Ujumadu FTER many years of political turbulence the peace that eluded the Anambra State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seems to be at hand.The state chapter of the party has until now had the negative reputation of being the only state chapter of the party not to have held an accepted State congress since the first congress that ushered in the first elected political office holders of the fourth republic in 1999. Indeed, at the beginning of the present democratic dispensation, Anambra was virtually a one party state with PDP in control. It formed the government at most levels and produced most members of the state and national assemblies. However, the interference of godfathers in the administration of the then Governor Chinwoke Mbadinuju who was in office from 1999 to 2003 brought a lot of distraction such that the government lost its focus. The resultant effect was that the popularity of PDP began to drop in the state such that by 2003 when another election was due, it became obvious that PDP might not win election in the area if it re-presented Mbadinuju. That was how Dr. Chris Ngige who initially wanted to contest for the senate was drafted by one of the godfathers, Chief Chris Uba to contest for governor on the platform of PDP. The result of what transpired between the godfather and godson arising from certain agreements eventually led to the unprecedented abduction of Governor Ngige. It was the first time that a sitting Governor under full cover of the security forces would be abducted by a civilian. Even before 2003, PDP was already losing grip of the state and this was how All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) emerged as the party to beat in the election of that year. Surprisingly, after the 2003 gubernatorial election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared PDP as the winner and it took Mr. Peter Obi who contested on the platform of PDP three years to regain his mandate. This finally put PDP in disarray and its members began to form factions that were busy challenging the authenticity of the various groups. The final blow was when Dr. Andy Uba was removed as governor after barely two weeks in office after the 2007 election as the Supreme Court declared the landmark judgment that Mr. Peter Obi’s tenure would run till 2010. When it was time for the February 6, 2010 election, PDP was still in a disorganized state that its members could not present an acceptable flag bearer to challenge Obi of APGA. Many members of PDP even worked against the party’s candidate, Prof Chukwuma Soludo during the election and again, the result is now history. Indeed, the happenings in Anambra PDP were always a challenge to any national
*Ngige: Left the party
chairman of the party that emerged. Chief Audu Ogbeh could not solve the problem. His successor, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor who was the national secretary under Ogbeh, could also not resolve the crisis as all attempts he made failed to achieve the desired result. The national secretariat repeatedly constituted committees to mediate the repeated crises that engulfed the state chapter. Indeed, it is alleged that the
the Jim Nwobodo committee, the Jerry Gana committee and the Ogbu committee and none of them achieved the desired result of ensuring the return of peace in PDP. When Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo became chairman, the situation in Anambra PDP still starred him in the face and he vowed to solve it once and for all, warning that if his attempt failed, PDP might decide to forget Anambra State and leave it in the hands of the opposition. That was how he appointed the 30-member caretaker committee headed by Chief Emmanuel Nwaeze to find a lasting solution to the problem of the party in Anambra State . In fact, the Nwaeze committee that preceded the successful congress was the fifth attempt in two years by the national leadership to ensure the return of peace in the troubled Anambra State branch of the party. Like the previous ones, members of the committee reached out to the major stakeholders and dialogued with them on ways of moving the party forward. It was the success of that effort that paved the way for the successful congress as even those who were initially skeptical of the committee observed the good intentions of the national chairman to return peace in Anambra PDP. The enthusiasm shown by stakeholders and other party members during the committee’s first meeting it convened in Awka was an indication that there was hope
Indeed, at the beginning of the present democratic dispensation, Anambra was virtually a one party state with PDP in control; it formed the government at most levels and produced most members of the state and national assemblies
factionalisation of the party in Anambra State was stoked by some party officials at the national headquarters who supposedly benefited in terms of financial patronage from the diverse groups. Under Ogbulafor, there were the Chuma Nwofor committee,
for peace because most political aspirants realized that it was only in an atmosphere of peace that they could achieve their ambitions. For instance, for the first time since the 2007 general elections, all the leaders of the various factions under the facilitation of the Nwaeze led committee converged to find a way forward for the party that had remained in disarray for years as a result of leadership crisis. Nweze’s speech on that occasion really touched the hearts of the stakeholders and that marked the beginning of the process for the return of peace as most people present were given opportunity to suggest ways of correcting the imbalances that had existed in the party over the years. In an emotion –laden address to them, Nweze said: “It is painful that a state like Anambra with great potentials and which has produced great Nigerians in various fields of human endeavour, can get embroiled in such an intractable internal crisis that had portrayed us as incapable of governing ourselves. This is most unacceptable. We need to quickly put all these ugly experience behind us and move forward for the sake of the people of Anambra State, our party and Nigeria . “With the emergence of Dr. Okwesiliweze Nwodo as the new national chairman, the party has begun to sing a new song in Nigeria. Hope is being rekindled and the ugly practices of marginalization, exclusion and lack of internal democracy are being squarely addressed. The story cannot be different in Anambra.” That speech seemed to be the tonic needed by the members to toe the path for true reconciliation. Nweze said further that although his emergence as the state chairman may not have gone down well with some highly respected leaders of PDP in the state, those who felt aggrieved should sheath their swords and support the dialogue, peace and the clear vision he has brought. Some of the stakeholders who spoke expressed their preparedness to cooperate with the chairman, adding that what caused the problem in the past was the deceit by those who were appointed to superintend over the affairs of the party, but had personal agenda which led to the unending crisis. According to them, no genuine politician would oppose peace, adding that as long as the committee met the aspirations of majority of PDP members in the state, it would receive maximum support from the members But as Nwaeze was reaching out to the stakeholders to see the need for PDP to regain its wining formula, Benji Udeozor headed to an Abuja Federal High Court asking it to declare the committee illegal, arguing that his group was still the authentic state executive of the party. This put on hold the efforts of Nwaeze and his committee, until INEC directed that PDP must conduct congresses in some states, including Anambra because
congresses were due in those states. The INEC decision apparently consolidated Nwaeze forcing most members of the party to sink their differences leading to his election elected him the state chairman at a successful state congress of the party held last Monday in Awka. Other people elected at the congress were Chief Cosmos Agagbo who emerged the deputy chairman, as well as three vice chairmen from the zones. They were Chief Chuba Egolum (Central), Chief Kenneth Emeakayi (South), Chief Emma Mbamalu (North), Mrs. Susan Ekwunife, state secretary and Ngozi Agudosi the publicity secretary. Other key officers include Mrs. Genevieve Ekwochi who was elected the new state woman leader and Hon Chief Clems Ezika as the state legal adviser. Most of the top shots of the party in the state, including the party’s candidate in the February 6, 2010 election, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, former vice president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu, among many others hailed the emergence of Nwaeze as the chairman. Nwaeze’s advantages The major advantage he had was that he had never been associated with any of the factions sponsored by the major stakeholders and godfathers. For the first time since the crisis began, there was jubilation at the gathering of PDP members unlike what used to happen in the past where thugs would waylay perceived opponents of their groups after meetings. At the congress which was supervised by a former member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Chijioke Edoga from Enugu State as the returning officer, a team from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) observed the exercise In his speech, the South East zonal chairman of PDP, Chief Olisah Metuh, said the party was grateful to the former vice president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo and Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu for coming together as a team again to move Anambra PDP forward. Metuh reminded the new officers that whoever campaigned for them before the congress was no longer important, adding that what is important is that the state has conducted the best state congress ever in Anambra State. The new chairman of the party, Nwaeze, described the outcome of congress as the wish of the people of the state. According to him, “this is a new era and it is not going to be a cash and carry affair in Anambra PDP again.” He called on members of the party to rally round the new executive members to enable them return PDP to what it used to be in the state, adding that the days of imposition of candidates on the party were over. “There is no way the stakeholders, elders of the party and other financiers will sit down to allow the party being sold to one individual in a state where you have political egg
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N his own analysis of why Nigeria has been crawling annoyingly while it should be running fast after Independence, President Jonathan saw the failure of leadership as the greatest obstacle to the desired growth political and economic. Perhaps our President shares the views of those Western European leaders of the 1930s who believed that the economic system would be favourable if only ‘earnest and God-fearing men are in command of its destinies‘. Such attitude then bred a policy of ‘wait and see‘, or in late Bola Ige‘s ’Sidon-look’ attitude. President Jonathan, in perhaps a curious mood of confidence has assured the nation that the problem of effective leadership could end within the next fifteen years. He noted, to me apologetically, ‘that the desire to entrench the needed development could only take root, when the nation begins to elect good leaders, especially in the next 15 years. Only then will the country become great among the committee of nations‘. There is little doubt that the President Jonathan‘s homely truth in front of his Bayelsan folks might have come as a disappointment to those who believe that the Messiah has been found, not in Nazareth, but in Bayelsa State. Many Nigerians who see in President Jonathan the virtues of a great leader are becoming disillusioned by the quality of speeches of Mr. President on national issues and important policies. Hear President Jonathan on problem of unemployment, a scourge ravaging the country with its dire consequences. ‘The unemployment issue is a problem and I have informed the National Economic Team to look critically at ways of solving it and engaging the teeming youths of the nation. We will try and stimulate the economic activities that will allow companies and industries
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to thrive and be established to absorb these youths. We at the Federal Executive Council will dedicate the rest of this year to discuss these issues and solve them`. From all indications, it would appear that the President is not totally aware of the enormous problems of unemployment or his advisers are giving wrong interpretation to the threat to security through day and night armed robberies, killings and kidnappings by jobless youths. To many observers on Nigerian national issues, the issues discussed by the President in his state of origin are too serious to be glossed over casually. Some see in the President‘s reactions to many issues as those of a leader who has reached the height of his political career effortlessly. He is already occupying a position that calls for serious hardwork, systematic and strategic planning, deep experience and extensive communication art. However, he is already there by providence. The unemployed troubled mind would expect an assurance that if his leader is elected, certainly a decent job is waiting for him in any part of the country. The restless youths of Bayelsa have in mind that any type of amnesty would take care of his life at present and in future. The assurance would include packages that would recognize his right to be a partner in the production of oil and gas in his environment. The question of resource control is still rife and carries a load of danger if not seriously considered. The seemingly peaceful atmosphere in the oil troubled region should not encourage a policy of ‘hold on for sometime’ because the President is a son of the soil. Perhaps, as many thought, the President should have used the opportunity of his visit to his native State to announce his plan (if any) for curbing mass unemployment in the country
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and especially among the restless but militant Ijaw Youths. President Jonathan, whether he likes it or not, will have to declare his stand or that of his government on Resource Control – one of the pillars of true Federalism. The advocates of true Federalism are not thinking only on oil and gas and the impact of its revenue on the Federal Budget, but also the implication of the Federal Government taking over the taxing responsibility of the States. Economically, States are treated as appendages of the Center, subjected to the indignity of queuing in Abuja every month for the dole. This idea of propping non viable States has encouraged fiscal irresponsibility in many States. Another salient point is the carriage of heavy burden of governance by the Federal Government to its detriment to perform efficiently for political and economic development. The poor condition of the Nigerian State has been responsible for non inclusion of Nigeria among the G20 members. It is sadly observed that at the time the President Jonathan was not eloquently (as expected) expressing his government stand on some national issues, the VicePresident was facing the international audience in Oxford, appealing for the admission of Nigeria into the wealthy and influential club G20. The Vice-President Sambo, in his political and economic innocence, put up a powerful but strange argument for Nigeria‘s entry into the powerful club of the rich which included the Eight richest nations of the world. At Oxford University, Vice President Nnmadi Sambo pleaded the case of Nigeria‘s role in United Nations Peace Operations, political and economic reforms (?) and economic growth rate of about six percent. The Oxford audience (presumably included some grandchildren of those who once colonised us) was appreciative, even if not convinced by the logical presentation of the VicePresident, an architect by profession. The G-20 is a club
of the rich and the richest countries of the world. They represent countries with high income per person, developed transportation and communication services, developed health and insurance services and are mostly manufacturing nations with balanced economies. They are also self-sufficient in agriculture. Nigeria sadly is on the other side of political and economic development. Annual income per head is dismally low, economic and social infrastructures are underdeveloped, and manufacturing base is weak. It relies on abundant oil and gas where revenue accruing to over 90 percent of export earnings. Nigeria is a poor country whose economy has been mismanaged over the years. The excellent investment opportunities have been affected by unstable political atmosphere and threats to security of life and property. But Nigeria could change to merit admission into the prestigious Club of G-20. In sympathy with our VicePresident, we have to be in a decent Club to achieve greatness. If I were a presidential Candidate, I would go for a massive investment in the underfunded real sector of the economy. I would concentrate on building new roads and maintaining the old ones. I would see that the all states capitals are linked together by road, rail and water. I would support home industry and put more money in the hands of households to stimulate demand of home produced goods. My last appeal to the President and the Vice-President is to tackle the issue of unemployment seriously through government action in stimulating dormant demand. Possibly, the Vice-President as an architect can look at the deformed structure of the country.
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is richly qualified. It will be up to the delegates from Enugu North senatorial district to choose her or their preferred candidate. Some claim that the Governor does not accommodate other senior party members from the state in the affairs concerning the state and that he does not relate with them, does not call and even probably does not have the phone number of the chairman. When you make a blanket assumption, then the door to open discourse is limited. If you name any senior party member who alleges that he is not accommodated, then I’ll be in a better position to speak more frankly and autrhoritatively. There were wide consultations during the last two councillorship and local government elections we’ve had under Governor Chime. In each of them, there were wide consultations where stakeholders from each local government council assembled on a chosen date to pick their candidates. The governor only sat in as a moderator. Now, let me give you an instance: during the last local government polls, the governor said in the first state-wide forum that it would be desirable if the 17 chairmen were given another opportunity to complete some of the projects they had started but ended by saying that it was still up to the people to choose their leaders. At the end of the polls, six of them did not return. In his own Udi Local Government Area, I was present when the current chairman was brought to be introduced to him after the stakeholders had settled for him. So, when few people allege
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to have told the President that as NWC members, they were kept in the dark on unfolding political issues which culminated in the dissolution of Enugu and Ogun states executives committees. Nwodo’s ‘sins’ Prior to the Monday meeting with the President, Vanguard gathered that some NWC members had complained when Nwodo held a meeting with state chairmen of the party without their knowledge. Following their complaints, Nwodo had to apologize to the NWC members. Other issues as gathered include an allegation that Nwodo’s wife was trying to usurp the power of the National Woman leader when the former organized a fund raising event without properly informing the office, which ordinarily was in charge. Though the office of the Woman leader was invited, but it was gathered that the National Woman Leader, Hajia Maryam Inna Ciroma complained to other NWC members on the issue. Another complaint as gathered by Vanguard were statements by Nwodo as soon as he came on board, which members alleged were too harsh. The said statements were the reason members
pushed for the killing of the On_line registration as proposed by the Chairman. Members of the NWC were said to be out of the process. Sources said the chairman ought to have talked less. NWC members are representatives of the states, and it will not be out of place if they show loyalty to their governors, who were instrumental to making it possible for them be at Wadata Plaza. It was gathered that this was exactly what reared its head at the NWC meeting where the issue of governorship candidates emerging first almost scattered the body. Some of the governors are plotting against the National Chairman along side some party chieftains following the
sack of state chapters. The one in the front burner is that of Enugu. From the on set, even Nwodo knows that the governors are very powerful within the fold of the party if he can recall the role his state governor, Sullivan Chime played when the issue of waiver came up. Without the waiver, he would have been stopped from replacing Prince Vincent Eze Ogbulafor as PDP national chairman. Chime showed that as the leader of the party in Enugu State, he must ensure that the controversial waiver issue was resolved and through him, the State Chairman, Vita Abba wrote to the National Secretariat through the National Vice Chairman, South East, Olisah Metu and the matter was sealed. All is now history.
that they were not accommodated, then you wonder whether what they wanted was to be asked to nominate a chairmanship candidate and the councillors without the inputs of other stakeholders from their local government councils. Again, if you talk of “senior party members”, I would love to ask if that categorisation came about because of their ages or standing in the party. If you say that the governor does not relate with them, I ask, how? If the qualification is status or service, then I’ll tell you that all of them are members of the Enugu State Council of Elders which Governor Chime set up. From Senator Ken Nnamani to Chief Nnia Nwodo, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, Senator Jim Nwobodo, Prof. Barth Nnaji as well as past military governors of Enugu State origin who served in any state, former ministers of Enugu State origin, retired Justices, past and present chairmen of the state council of traditional rulers, academia among others too numerous here, are all members of this Council. They meet formally and informally with the governor. Again, I ask: what kind of relationship do you mean or do those alleging want? The season of politics is here and there must be intrigues excited by preferences and other primordial interests. What I believe that no elder of conscience will accuse Governor Chime of is lack of humility and respect for elders. I urge you to carry out your own independent investigation.
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By James Ezema 12, 1993 THAT the June by former presidential election, which was annulled
87 ways politicians rig election:
military President Ibrahim Babangida, had been adjudged Nigeria’s freest and freest election is no longer in doubt. Ever since, conducting a credible election at the local, state and federal levels remained a mirage. Different reasons had been adduced why polls were rigged, especially in favour of a ruling party, mainly in states of the federation, with some analysts particularly worried that at local government level, no opposition political party ever wins the ruling party. Though most Nigerians applauded the appointment of the current Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, in recent times there has been heightened pessimism over the preparedness of the electoral umpire to conduct credible, free, fair and transparent elections where losers of elections will not need judicial intervention because, to them, the voice of the people through their votes was heard loud and clear. In view of the many promises made by previous electoral umpires in the country in the past which never changed elections in the country for the better, Nigerians have been expressing fears that the presence of Resident Electoral Commissioners who presided over election that were so far upturned by the courts in the current INEC remained a threat to acceptable polls outcome in the country. Despite the seemingly growing uncertainties over the preparedness of INEC to conduction next year’s following request for extension of time for the forthcoming elections by Prof. Jega’s new INEC, the commission may well be on the part of making history. At a roundtable discussion on “The Importance and Sanctity of Votes in the Electoral Process in Nigeria” organised by the United States International Visitors Leadership Programme Alumni Association, Lagos, Nigeria, Tuesday in Lagos, the commission for the umpteenth time gave graphic details of its readiness to depart from identified loophole in past flawed elections in the country. Incidentally, the event was chaired by Charismatic female politician, Senator Joy Emodi, who in her remark as chairman of the occasion alleged that she has been intimidated, threatened in the course of her political career as a woman and recently, according to her, lost her second term mandate to the Senate through judicial manipulation of the judiciary at the behest of an opponent she claimed did not participate in the Senatorial election. Drawing from her past experience in a male dominated political environment like Nigeria, she encouraged more women to join politics in order to contribute their quota in ensuring that women get the best and contribute to national development to take care of future generation of Nigerians. For her, the sanctity of votes is a must and she was quick to note that anything that would lead to better awareness in the campaign for credible election should be supported by all. Just as Senator Emodi equally insisted that religious groups, non-governmental organisations and individuals must join the crusade for credible election particularly in 2011. Aware of these challenges, the INEC boss, represented by Lagos State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola, at the roundtable
How Jega aims to block them
*Prof Jega discovered 87 ways of rigging
political discourse shocked the audience when he revealed that the commission had discovered and documented 87 rigging methods employed by Nigerian politicians in rigging previous election. Though he did not reveal the rigging techniques for obvious reasons, he quickly noted that the commission has devised ways to thwart such dubious ways of manipulating polls outcomes. Probably in attempt to check one of the rigging methods, during the voters registration exercise later in the year, the commission has vowed to owed to produce a credible voters register devoid of flaws witnessed in the one used during to 2007 general elections. To achieved this, Jega at the event, disclosed that a direct data capturing (DDC) machine will be provided for each polling unit to remove some of the problems of the past. He further disclosed that INEC has fully developed new registration software that is completely owned by the commission for the exercise. According to the commission, the software has been and is currently being vigorously tested. “The significance of the new software is that it will tackle many of the lingering challenges that had questioned the credibility of our voters’ register. The system will no doubt lead to improvements in the accuracy and convenience with which the Register can be revised and updated. There are comprehensive guidelines for registrations. Worthy of note are the sanctions stipulated in the Electoral Act 2010 for registration offences and the resolve of INEC to enforce them. There is a plan to establish a “situation Report Room” so that stakeholders can inform INEC about voters registration problems as they develop and thus enable INEC to respond to issues as they arise. The INEC chairman added: “The truth remains that the main trajectories of rigging elections in Nigeria have been well documented and studied and can be effectively countered. “Let me inform you that when the new commission was put in place, there was a retreat at Obudu. The commission’s re-
*Sen Emodi: Claimed to have been rigged out of the Senate
*Falana: Says electoral process must be redefined
tions would reduced drastically in 2011 as candidates would be satisfied by it work. Earlier, at the roundtable discussion, which took place at the Afe Babalola Auditorium, University of Lagos, Akoka, human rights activist and lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana promised to investigate the allegation by Senator Emodi that her opponent who was declared winner by the Appeal Court did not participate in 2007 the Senatorial election. Mr. Falana had also cautioned that unless the role of the security agencies in the electoral process must be redefined, alleging that some of the agencies were used in the past to rig elections. He also took a critical look at the role of the judiciary, faulting the tribunals and Appeal Courts in some of their judgment in post election litigations, particularly in Ekiti state where it took the court nearly four years resolve election dispute between former Governor Segun Oni and Governor Kayode Fayemi of the state. He said: “talking of sanctity of votes, our sister (Senator Emodi) has challenged us, and I’m going to investigate it, that somebody who never contested with you was proclaimed the Senator of your zone. But the sadest aspect of your case, and I though you were going to mention it, is that that legal rigmarole was also three years. I mean someone, ran in an election and you do not know the actual winner until after three or four years. I can’t understand it. It has never happened anywhere in the world. Just last week, the Court of Appeal finally proclaimed Fayemi winner of the 2007 governorship election in Ekiti State after 42 months.” According to Falana, credible polls was not about INEC alone, “government officials, those of us who are privileged, ad-hoc staff of INEC and the media, have we come to the stage where we regard injustice to one as injustice to all? And until we get to that stage, we’re not going to get it right. And that is the problem of the sanctity of votes”, Mr. Falana noted.
Probably in attempt to check one of the rigging methods, during the voters registration exercise later in the year, the commission has vowed to owed to produce a credible voters
port was studied by members of the commission and in the report there was indication that there are about 87 ways of rigging elections that were discovered and since that time INEC has been doing everything possible block those loopholes. “Most of these things (rigging methods) has been documented and we are looking at all these ways and are blocking those loopholes and I want to assure you that there are several things in the registration procedure that will make us detect those who carry machines to their homes. There is no way they can remove the time the registration was done because if you register at 9 a.m. the machine will record it that you registered at 9 a.m.”, he explained. For INEC, the registration exercise must be credible and the commission has insisted it will ensure that the lapses of the past were completely removed. “For example, the new direct data capturing machines is a clear departure from other machines used in the last registration exercise because, this time around, there are certain things that will be done to make multiple registration difficult, and also, there are sanctions for registration offences apart from the fact that the personnel the
will be used will not be party agents and that will ensure that we capture a lot of people”, said. One other unique aspect of it, the INEC had further explained, “is the deployment of one machine to each polling unit. This will remove the problems of the past where people were always having problems during election time locating their names in specific polling unit. Since it is one machine per polling unit, it will remove such problems and you go to where you were registered definitely you will find your name there”. According to Prof Jega, following controversies generated by 2007 voters’ register, “INEC sampled 100 polling units from 19 randomly selected state. The results were alarming and include, among others massive inadequacies, underage registrants, hundreds of blank or blurred photographs and multiple registrations by the same persons. There is therefore the need for fresh voters’ register”. In tackling the problem, he said the commission has “developed new registration software that is completely owned by INEC for the exercise which has been and is currently being vigorously tested. The significance of the new software is that it will tackle many of the lingering challenges that had questioned the credibility of voters’ register. The system will no doubt lead to improvement in accuracy and convenience with which the Register can be revised and updated” The INEC chairman furthered assured that over 3060, 000 adhoc staff required for the registration exercise will be traceable just as payment to them shall be done through their bank accounts, saying that the commission has established a working relationship with the NYSC directorate and the NUC with a view to engaging youth corp members and senior Federal university students as adhoc staff. The Independent National Electoral Commission under the Leadership of Prof. Jega has shown it was ready to meet the yearning of Nigerians on free and fair elections in 2011. Jega, at the event also promised that the number post election litiga-
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National Assembly and challenges of fair representation
N 1954, Nigeria opted for Federal System of govern ment, which was retained by subsequent constitutions including the constitution of Nigeria 1999. The federalism started with three regions in 1946/51, four regions in 1963, 12 states in 1967, 19 states in 1976, 21 states in 1987, 30 states in 1991 and 36 states and 774 local government areas in 1996. At the 1994 Constitutional Conference and in the 1995 Draft Constitution, Nigeria was divided into six geopolitical zones of the North West, the North East, the North Central, the South East, the South South and the South West. 50 years after, it is entirely correct to say that there is no equity in the Nigerian federalism, especially in the areas of distribution of national wealth, both human and material wealth, and creation and allocation of states and local government areas. It is on the basis of the foregoing that we critically examined how the Southeast geopolitical zone had fared in the Nigerian federalism in the past 50 years and sadly observed that the zone had been brutally maltreated in many areas including fiscal allocations and allocations of States and Local Government Areas to the zone. For instance, it is a universal tradition that population, not landmass, is used when creating states and local government areas, but in Nigeria’s case, the reverse seemed to be the case. A thorough check at the allocation of states and local government areas per geo-political zone in Nigeria shows that the Northwest is allocated with seven states, the Northeast six States, the North Central six States, the South South six states, the South West six states, whereas the South East got five states. In the area of Local Government creation, out of the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria, the Northwest got 180 LGAs, the Northeast 122 LGAs, the North Central and the FCT 117 LGAs, the Southwest 137 LGAs, the South South 123 LGAs and the Southeast 95 LGAs. Also the old Kano State, comprising Kano and Jigawa States got 75 LGAs (Kano -44 and Jigawa -31) as against Southeast’s 95 LGAs. Lagos State with a population of about 14million got mere 20 LGAs. In the area of fiscal allocations, the story was and still is the same. In the block allocations totaling N16.447trillion generated and shared among the three tiers of government in Nigeria between 1999 and 2007, a period of 8 years, the following observations were made: the South South got N2.5trillion, the South West N1.410trillion, the South East N918bn, the Northwest N1.72trillion, the North East N1.169trillion and the North Central N1.119trillion. Kano State got N370.93bn as against Lagos State’s N331.9bn.
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*David Mark, Senate President
Also, out of the sum of N339bn spent on Federal Roads in Nigeria between June 1999 and September 2002, the three geo-political zones in the old North got N192bn as against N147bn spent in the three geopolitical zones in the old South. In the area of the sum of N147bn spent in old South, South South got N63bn, South West N54bn and South East N30bn. Furthermore, the use of North South formula in determining the Presidency of the country is grossly lopsided, anachronistic and a threat to Nigerian federalism. Over the years, this dead formula has perpetually kept the Presidency to two old regions of “North” and “West” and perpetually sidelined two other important old Regions of “East” and “Mid West/ Middle-belt”. The foregoing burning issues formed the backbone of our letter to the South East Governors’ Forum, dated October 1, 2010 and titled: Nigeria At 50: It Is Time To Think Home. Also, in recognition of the legislative powers entrusted in the hands of the National Assembly by the 1999 constitution, we addressed another important letter to them, dated October 13, 2010. As we all know, history only recognizes landmark achievements recorded by persons and bodies including parliaments. History records the late Lord Denning as a
*Deji Bankole, Speaker, House of Reps great expansionist Law-Lord in the UK. History also remembers the second Republic National Assembly of Nigeria for enacting the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights and the National Open University of Nigeria Acts in 1983. History has also taken notice of the enactment of the Nigeria Police Service Commission Act of 2001, the EFCC and ICPC Acts of 2000/2001 by the fourth Republic National Assembly of Nigeria. History does not seem to record the mere passage into law of Appropriation and supplementary Appropriation Bills. Therefore, we want to place it on the parliamentary and public
The use of North South formula in determining the Presidency of the country is grossly lopsided, anachronistic and a threat to Nigerian federalism
records that there is need to constitutionally divide Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones into a 42- state structure in the following way: North West-zero State, North East one State, Southwest one State, South South one state and South East two states. The monumental imbalance inherent in the number of and allocation of LGAs will also be redressed in such a way that the Northwest that has 180 LGAs will be disallowed more new LGAs, while other geopolitical zones especially the Southeast zone should be directed to create more LGAs to catch up with the Northwest that already has 180 LGAs. The “principle of uniformity”
created by the 1976 Local Government Reforms may be invoked in this respect. The grossly lopsided revenue sharing formulae should be reworked as well. While we reject in its entirety the allocation ( in principle) of the Nigeria’s Presidency on the basis of “North South”, it is our humbly view that the 1999 constitution, should be altered to provide for the rotation of same among the six geopolitical zones on the basis of a single term of five years. Though it is less than eight months to the end of the life of the present National Assembly, but the sooner these issues are critically examined and incorporated into our motherlaw, the better for the Nigerian federalism. The Nigerian concept of democracy shall be “a democracy with local contents that is not repugnant to the international standards”. Our second reason of writing this piece is to draw the public attention to some fundamental legislative activities that appeared to have been lying unattended to, before the Hallowed Chambers of the National Assembly. For instance, it is a public knowledge that some important provisions in the Nigeria’s Criminal Statues including Statutory Liability Offences, especially those under the Federal jurisdiction, still contain “colonial jargons and expressions”. In some, monetary penalties spelt out or graded in the 60s and the 70s still bear “shillings,” “one hundred naira”, “two hundred naira”, or “six months imprisonment”. This explains why in most cases, the trial magistrates rather than ordering the convicts to pay, go home and commit no more crime, end up sentencing them, thereby congesting the already overcrowded prisons in our country. The Nigeria Police Act, for instance, still bears “colonial jargons” and “expressions”, dating back to April 1, 1930 when it was originally enacted. Same thing applies to the Evidence Act of 1945, the Criminal Procedure Act and Code of 1950s, the Criminal Code and the Penal Code of 1950s, the Prisons Act of 1971, to mention but a few. It may be correct to say that no holistic amendment had been carried out on these important pieces of legislation since 1958 codification of same, yet Nigeria is said to have had many republics of National Assembly. While Nigeria is believed to have ratified a number of important international treaties on human rights, humanitarian laws and other international laws, most of them are yet to be domesticated in accordance with Section 12 of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999. Also, worrying is the continued pendency of some important public-oriented Bills before the Hallowed Chambers of the National Assembly. Such Bills are “Criminal Justice Bill” meant to collapse the Criminal Procedure Legislation (Criminal Procedure Act
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Nigeria will gain by becoming member of IDLO —Emelonye
R Uchenna Emelonye, is International Develop ment Law Organisation, IDLO, Manager, Governance, Institutional and Justice Reform Programmes. IDLO is an international inter-governmental organisation with the mandate to pursue the establishment of rule of law as an essential pre-condition for economic and social development and the achievement of human security. Emelonye’s mandate include overseeing IDLO’s rule of law and good governance initiatives in developing countries, countries in economic transition and in those emerging from armed conflict. In this interview, he spoke on the programmes of the organisation in Nigeria. Excerpt:
What is the International Development Law Organisation? IDLO is an intergovernmental organisation that promotes legal, regulatory and institutional reform to advance economic and social development in transitional and developing countries. Founded in 1983 and one of the leaders in rule of law assistance, IDLO is based in Rome and has 22 countries as Member Parties with 10 other countries in the process of becoming Members. What programme is IDLO implementing in Nigeria? With financial support from the government of Netherlands, IDLO is implementing a multi-year peace building and conflict resolution program in Nigeria. This initiative is in response to the solidarity call by the President of the Nigeria for international support and technical assistance in mitigating incessant conflicts in Nigeria. The pilot project is focused on the Plateau State conflict. What is the background of this programme in Nigeria? Nigeria is one of the largest countries in the world with an evenly split population of Christians and Muslims. In the last decade, there has been an explosion of violent conflicts. In Plateau State alone, between 1990 and 2010, more than 5,000 lives may have been lost, about 10,000 people displaced and property worth millions of Naira destroyed in conflicts. The most recent crises that erupted in Jos in January and March 2010 and sporadic incidents between April and August 2010 may have claimed over 1000 lives comprised predominantly of women and children. These latest and other incessant crises with the attendant human and material loss have placed on the agenda of international development practitioners the dangerous slippery slope of conflicts in Nigeria. Amplifying this global alert was the call for international assistance by President Jonathan Goodluck during his first official visit to the United States as the Acting President. What is the philosophy behind IDLO intervention in Nigeria?
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IDLO’s intervention will not be prescriptive but rather will generate and instigate participatory home grown and community owned solutions to the conflict in Nigeria and, in this pilot phase, in the Plateau State. IDLO operates only in full collaboration with national authorities; its role is enabling rather than directive; and its activities are consistent with national ownership of development strategies. IDLO understands clearly that legal change occurs at multiple levels in society and to address these different levels, it provides technical assistance to state institutions as well as to civil society. What exactly will IDLO do in Nigeria? To facilitate a crisp understanding of the background to the conflict in Plateau State, IDLO is conducting a synthesis of the reports of seven separate Judicial Commissions of Inquiry set up by both the Federal and State governments to investigate conflicts in Plateau State between 1990 and 2010. The synthesis will enable IDLO to harmonize the outputs of these inquiries into one advocacy and policy piece. This document will serve as a basis for a holistic understanding of the complexities of the conflicts and as a programmatic platform for appropriate IDLO intervention. Following the publication of this synthesis, IDLO will convoke several national and international peace dialogue and analysis sessions between the leadership of the different religious and ethnic communities in Plateau State. The first in the series is a ‘Peace Dialogue Session’ planned in Rome Italy in December, which will be attended by a gender and youth disaggregated representatives from the Christian, Muslim and ethnic communities in Plateau State. Apart from the national and international dialogue sessions, are there other interventions planned by IDLO? IDLO will also convene several community based/grassroots ‘healing and forgiveness’ sessions that will facilitate the transition from personal process of forgiveness towards group processes of reconciliation. The premise behind this component is that if psychological wounds of victims are not healed, they are more likely to become perpetrators of crime down the road. As such, IDLO will support people in their healing process by enabling them to work through their difficult emotions and rebuild trust and confidence through grass root initiatives aimed at healing and gaining peace of mind. As an intergovernmental organisation focused on law, what is IDLO law based approach to this programme? A preliminary examination and critical investigation of conflicts in Nigeria reveals a high probability that the root causes of these conflicts and the frequency of their occurrence are not unrelated to fundamental legal issues
bordering on indigenship and citizenship. The 1999 Constitution recognizes freedom of religion and confers on every citizen the right to live in any part of the country; however, the Constitution is mute on the issue of indigeneship, which seems to be addressed by State laws. Pursuant to certain State laws, a person becomes an indigene of a State if any of his/her parents/grandparents are from that
State. In practical terms, anybody whose parents are not from a certain State cannot acquire the indigeneship of the State, irrespective of being born in the State and regardless of the duration of his/her residence in the State. Since benefits accruable to an indigene and non indigene of a State differ substantially, for instance in terms of tuition fees in State universities, customary land ownership, appointment to a federal position etc, the indigene and settler tension has become a breeding ground for crises in Nigeria. IDLO will convene legal experts from Nigeria to research on the legal gaps surrounding indigeneship and citizenship questions in the country. These legal experts are expected to generate answers to questions such as: Who is a settler? Who is an indigene? Which Nigerian is a settler and which Nigerian is an indigene? When does a settler become an indigene? Do you have national civil society stakeholders involved in this programme? This program is developed in collaboration with civil society stakeholders in Nigeria including IDLO Nigeria alumni association comprised of a total of 169 Nigerians that have benefited from IDLO’s global capacity building initiatives. Others are the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre; the Open Society Justice Initiative; the Constitutional Rights Project; the League for Human Rights; and the National Peace Foundation. This program will also be implemented in liaison with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution and the Plateau State Government.
L-R: Delta State Attorney General, Chief Victor Otomiewo, President of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Chief Joseph Daudu, SAN, Delta State Deputy Governor, Prof Amos Utuama, SAN, and Delta State Chief Judge, Justice Rosaline Bozimo at the 2010 Law Week celebration of the Warri branch of NBA, recently.
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and Criminal Procedure Code), the Criminal Statues (Criminal Code and Penal Code) and some aspects of the Evidence Act into one jet-age Criminal Legislation. Others are the AntiTerrorism and the Freedom of Information Bills. It is also on records that Nigeria has not incorporated into her Criminal Justice Legislation and Administration the electronics-generated pieces of evidence. This has allowed Nigeria’s security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police Force to continue to use the stone-age tools in criminal investigations and enforcement. It is a common knowledge that where Bills are not originated from the Executive in the form of “Executive-sponsored Bills”, they can come in the form of “Private_member Bills” and where such Bills are passed and the Executive withholds assent for 30 days, the lawmakers can pass them into law by twothirds majority. The consequences associated with being unable to put Nigeria on the right footing with respect to Criminal Justice Legislation and Administrations are very damaging. For instance, we have kept wondering what would become the fate of some criminal suspects arrested, arraigned and remanded in connection with the Nigeria’s Golden Jubilee Day’s bombings in Abuja, the FCT. Questions have been asked as per what criminal charges that are actionable would be preferred against them since the Anti-terrorism Bill is still lying unlegislated before the National Assembly. Our Constitution prohibits trial of the offenders outside the written offences and punishments, or meting out punishments heavier than that contained in the criminal statues, which must relate to the offences allegedly committed, or using retrospective criminal legislation in the trial of criminal suspects. It is also our observation that while Nigeria still retains death penalty in his criminal legislation and her Judge-made laws, especially in the areas of treason, property and violent crimes, her white-collar criminal legislation still contains punishments that can
best be described as “simple offences punishments”. While the hand of a cow thief in Nigeria is chopped off, a white-collar criminal who steals the entire monthly allocation of his or her State is put in the protective custody at the Ikoyi Prisons, under the guise of “six months imprisonment without hard labour ”. Stiffer Penalties other than death penalty or capital punishment ought to have been the case in these areas, in accordance with the international standards. Lenient penalties contained in the EFCC, ICPC and Code of Conducts Acts should totally be overhauled, while capital punishment in our Criminal Legislation relaxed. As per the Presidency’s recent written request for the second amendment to the Constitution and the amendment of the Electoral Act of 2010, we urge the National Assembly to ensure that the public interest is placed above any other interest. For instance, the universally acceptable norms guiding internal democracy with respect to political parties’ primaries must be provided for in the said amendments. Let credible Electoral College and 'one adult one vote rule.' The amendments in the Electoral Act must be in tandem with the provisions of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 as to be amended. There must not be any inconsistencies between the would-be amended Electoral Act and the Constitution as to be amended. And the controversy as for whether the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 as amended could be assented to or not by Mr. President must be resolved either politically or legally and all hands must be on deck to avert any constitutional crisis, or disruption of the May 29, 2011 Handover, or eruption of any physical violence no matter the magnitude. Therefore, it is our call on the National Assembly to take note of the fact that history and Nigerians are watching over the proceedings in their Hallowed Chambers. And it is our fervent prayers that the leadership in the present National Assembly will still do things for which it will be remembered and have its name crafted in the gold-tower.
NIGERIAN Coalition for the International Criminal Court, NCICC, during the week, in Abuja, held a one day seminar on the outcome of the Review Conference of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, held in Kampala, Uganda, from May 30-June 11, 2010; and Nigeria’s Roles in Promoting International Justice in Africa. The seminar brought together, notable members of the bench, the bar and civil society organisation. Participants brainstormed on how to engage the National Assembly to ensure the domestication of the international instrument and the benefits Nigerians would derive from the Statute, when it becomes part of our national law. Photos by Innocent Anaba
L-R: Justice C.C. Nweze of the Ilorin Division of the Court of Appeal and Justice Walter Onoge of the Supreme Court
L-R: Dr Samson Ahmed, Chairman, National Committee on Torture and Dr Jibrin Ibrahim, Executive Director, Center for Democracy and Development and co-Convener of NCICC.
L-R: Mr Chino Obiagwu, National Coordinator, Legal Defence and Assistance Project, LEDAP and Convener of NCICC, Miss Adaeze Nnaemezie of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA and Prof Peter Akper, who represented the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Mohammed Adoke, SAN.
L-R: Mr Olawale Fapohunda, Legal Resource Consortium and Prof Deji Adekunle of the Nigerian Institute of Advance Legal Studies, NIALS.
Nigerians and Nigerian Police(2)
T is possible to get away with anything in Nigerian if you can pay the bill. Police and even some Military officers are now rented for all manners of ridiculous or condescending activities including using them as temporary aide de camp to smart guys to impress their girlfriends, as recently exposed by some soft-sell magazines. CHECKPOINT AS EXTORTION CENTRES However the most offensive and humiliating matter at hand has to do with the illegal toll collection/extortion centres called checkpoints all over the country. The recent revelations that monthly toll collection by police in the Eastern states is running to billions of naira is illustrative. The situation is most unlikely to be different in other parts of the country. One is not equally unaware that some people, including top leaders of government and those of the police, regale us with the mantra that Nigerian police have always excelled at peace-keeping operations outside the country. Let us be frank with ourselves. The fact is that while the United Nations usually provides reasonably tight supervision and control over police deployed, there is at best perfunctory and self-serving control and supervision on Nigerian police serving locally. Even if you pay a Nigerian Police Constable N50,000 per month, he would ordinarily still extort money. The leadership is uninspiring and always ready to compromise with evil. That is why many of them are dubiously loyal to any political authority, rather than the Constitution, provided the political authority can pay. For example, most Nigerians believe that the issue of police extortions on the road and in other places is unofficially approved by the police authority. Otherwise, the police leadership could have been able to establish permanent acts of effective sanctions. It has been painfully revealed
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at critical analytical sessions that superior police officers do expect returns from junior officers; and failure to perform may mean the junior ranks will be subsequently posted to “non-lucrative” routes. Again, we know that it is possible for the IGP to meet with his deputies, assistants and commissioners to set down a new rule of engagement or operational orders over crime control and prevention. For example, if the IGP is willing to arrest and curb the menace of extortion, let him try to enforce the following among other measures and let us watch the consequences. (i) Publish telephone numbers, and email addresses of each Divisional Police Officer all over the country in the major media channels so that Nigerians who have hitherto watched helplessly the horrific and wrongful conduct of the police officers can register their complaints with concrete video recordings of such encounters. The public should also be asked to send the recordings of such poor behaviour to designated police email addresses at both the state and zonal division levels that cannot be manipulated by any one. Let the zonal leadership provide effective supervision to ensure that complaints are attended to reasonably and effectively. Technology can be used to permanently record these sordid events thereby significantly making denials by the particular officers and their superiors pretty difficult. (ii) Decide effective sanctions, including suspension and dismissals, against any DPO in charge of any road block where there are proven recorded tolls extortion through whatever means. It should no longer matter whether or not a checkpoint was legal or not. The recent ghastly accident at the Lagos end of the Lagos/Ibadan road on August 15 was a painful reminder of how the police can in their dubious denials exhibit their callousness against the people they are paid to protect. And it is a regular occurrence that when there are no accidents as recently witnessed in Lagos, there would be accidental discharge against defenceless people by police forcing a commercial driver to pay illegal money to them.
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five member panel of the Supreme Court is sched uled to take legal argu ments and give instant judgment, on October 21, in a fouryear old pre-election dispute between Mr Bassey Etim and Hon Emmanuel Obot. The duo had locked horns since late 2006 over who between them was the valid candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the April , 2007 election into the Uyo Federal constituency seat at the National Assembly. The dispute is not only one of the longest surviving pre_election cases in the country today, it is also one of the most controversial and most politicized cases in recent times that had given the judiciary a bad image. For instance, on every fundamental issue battled at different courts in the case, there were records of two conflicting judgments.The Supreme Court itself agreed on June 3, this year, that it is one case that had dragged for too long and embarrassed the justice system but that it was helpless to take any position on it during the last legal year. Although, the apex court assured that the case would be heard and resolved on October 21, 2010, the litigant fighting from outside, Obot, would not take that. Reliable sources said that Obot cashed in on the frosty relationship between Hon Etim and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole to solicit for Dimeji’s assistance to push out Mr Etim from the House of Representatives. Etim was said to have fallen out with Speaker Bankole for being sympathetic to those routing for his investigation over sundry allegations of corruption involving billions of naira. Indeed, Speaker Dimeji Bankole had sworn in Obot to replace Hon Bassey Etim, who contested and won the April 2007 election into the Uyo constituency seat of the National Assembly at a time when the legal issue of whether or not Obot was ever a candidate of the PDP in the election was a subject of litigation before the apex court. The decision of Speaker Bankole is still generating a lot of controversy in the polity. For instance, Transparency International, the global civil society organization, promoting transparency in elections, public administration, procurement and business had condemned the action of Bankole in the case. Several interest groups also descended on the Speaker and called on the apex court not to take the matter lightly. Although Transparency International had asked Bankole to retrace his step on the account that the legal implications of what he did in the case amounted to deciding the case which was still pending before the Supreme Court, he did not heed the advice. But what exactly is the case between the duo of Etim and Obot? About four years ago, the PDP conducted a primary election for its candidates jostling for its ticket for the Uyo constituency seat at the National Assembly. Obot’s name was first submitted to INEC as winner of the primary poll. But the ruling PDP later applied to substitute his name with Bassey Etim upon information that an indictment had been entered against him. Obot protested but PDP said that it had done justice in the case, a development that resulted in the ongoing lawsuit. Specifically, Obot, in his suit, asked the Abuja Federal high court to issue him an order quashing his indictment and a separate order restraining PDP and INEC from substituting him as candidate for the Uyo constituency
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election. The high court, in its judgment, quashed Obot’s indictment but refused to restrain both the PDP and INEC from substituting him on the ground that the act sought to be restrained was a completed act. Instead of going on appeal, Obot went before an Uyo Federal high court to ask for the relief he could not get in Abuja but had to withdraw the case when Bassey and PDP informed the court that he was forum-shopping. Obot later came before the same Justice Abimbola Ogie of the Abuja Federal high court who delivered the first judgment with a fresh application on the issue of substitution which the court earlier refused to grant. Strangely, Justice Ogie who had already given a final order on the issue reversed herself as if she was sitting in an appellate capacity over her earlier verdict. Both PDP who is contending that Obot had been expelled from its fold and Etim Bassey who claimed that the judge had no jurisdiction to sit in an appellate capacity over her first judgment went on appeal. But while this matter was on appeal, Obot took the controversial Abuja Federal high court verdict before the Akwa Ibom Election Petition Tribunal and the Appeal Tribunal, asking them to declare him the winner of the election on the strength of the pronouncement therein that he was the rightful candidate. Bassey Etim and PDP challenged the jurisdiction of the election petition tribunal to entertain the preelection dispute touching on substitution of candidates. The panel of justices that sat as the Akwa Ibom Election Petition Tribunal in Uyo agreed with them and threw out the case for want of subject-matter jurisdiction. Obot went on appeal before the Calabar division of the Court of Appeal which ordered the tribunal to re-hear the case on its merit. In the final analysis, the tribunal which earlier said it had no jurisdiction also reversed itself and gave judgment in Obot’s favour. Of course, when PDP and Etim went on appeal before the Court of Appeal, Calabar, the appellate court did not waste time to confirm the tribunal’s judgment as okay. Immediately he procured the favourable judgment, he wrote letters to both INEC and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole to issue him certificate of return and inaugurate him respectively. But Obot deliberately concealed a fundamental fact in his letter to INEC and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to the effect that the case which he claimed to have won in all courts started as a preelection matter and that it is the Supreme Court rather than the Court of Appeal that has the final say on the issues in contention. He also refused to disclose that the controversial Abuja Federal high court judgment on which back he (Obot) rode to procure judgment at the Election Petition Tribunal, Uyo and the Calabar Court of Appeal is already a subject of litigation at the Supreme Court. Besides, he also refused to draw the attention of INEC and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to the fact that litigation was still on-going in the case and that since both of them have the right of appeal, it would be prejudicial for the electoral umpire to take any action, for now, on the issue. Former Chairman of INEC, Prof Maurice Iwu specifically said that he was not confused. He said the practice of the commission was to act on the judgments of the Supreme Court in cases of pre-election matters and the verdicts of the Court of Appeal in the case of post election matters.
Hajj and its prohibitions
By Mujidat Abubakar HE focus of the pil grimage is Ka’ba which was rebuilt by Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) some 4000 years ago. Today, Ka’ba stands in the middle of a large courtyard of Masjid-il-Haram or the sacred Mosque. The courtyard of Masjid-il-Haram contains, besides Ka’ba, the Muqam-e-Ibrahim (place of Ibrahim) and the fountain of Zamzam. Ka’ba is the first house ever that was built for the worship of One and Only God, Allah. It is also called “Bait-Ullah” (House of Allah), “Baitul-Ateeq” (the Oldest House), and Baitul Ma’amur (Inhabited House). Muslims, all over the world, face towards Ka’ba to offer their prayers. This house and the places around it have several signs that have been manifested by Allah. Every inch of this land testifies to the fact that Allah never destroys those who offer sacrifices. To commemorate Allah’s signs and to enhance their faith that Allah truly fulfils His promise, Muslims have been ordered to pay homage to the Ka’ba and these other Signs of Allah. Allah the Exalted, says in the Holy Quran: “Surely, the first House founded for mankind is that at Becca (the valley of Mecca), abounding in blessings and a guidance for all peoples. In it are manifest signs; it is the place of Abraham; and whoso enters it, enters peace” (3:9697) Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him) laid a foundation stone for a community in a deserted place on the order of All-Mighty Allah. He settled his wife, Hajarah, and his son, Ismaeel, at this place. There was no water at this place and it was not a part of any thoroughfare. The ultimate goal of this unparalleled sacrifice was that the place should serve as a centre of universal guidance; that from the progeny of Ismaeel living in this area would come the greatest prophet whose advent marked the sole cause for the creation of this universe and who would be a mercy for all mankind. The teaching
that he brought down would be for the entire world and for all times. In spite of having no sign of any provisions at this place, Prophet Ibrahim’s (peace be upon him) expectations were superceded. Allah made provisions for water at that place. Slowly the place became populated and was called Mecca. He fervently prayed to Allah to make this house the “Place for Humanity”. There is a black stone in the north-eastern corner of the Kaa’ba. This stone is called Hajr-eAswad (Black Stone). This stone was probably part of a meteoroid that fell near Mecca on a mountain called Abu Qubais. At the time of construction of Ka’ba, Prophet Ibrahim brought it down and placed in the corner of the Ka’ba as a great sign and a monument. Anyone who performs pilgrimage is expected to kiss this memorial stone. This stone is
Allah has made the Kaa’ba the inviolable House as a means of support and development of mankind
Hunting is forbidden during the pilgrimage days. If the pilgrim hunts during these days then he has to offer the sacrifice of one animal. If he has hunted deer then a lamb should be sacrificed and of ostrich is hunted then camel should be sacrificed. If one cannot offer a sacrifice the he should feed six poor people and if that is not possible the he should fast for three days. Allah says in the Holy Quran: “O ye who believe! Kill not game while you are in a state of pilgrimage. And whoso amongst you kills it intentionally, its compensation is a quadruped like unto that which he has killed, as determined by two just men from among you, the dame to be brought as an offering to the Ka’ba; or as an expiation he shall have to feed a number of poor persons, or fast an equivalent number of days, so that he may taste the penalty of his deed. As for the past, Allah forgives it; but whosoever reverts to it, Allah will punish him for his offense. And Allah is Mighty, Lord of retribution. The game of the sea and the eating thereof have been made lawful for you as a provision for you and the travellers, but forbidden to you is the game of land as long as you are
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part of Allah’s mark and is a sign of Him being the Supreme Being. One loves things that belong to one’s beloved. The same philosophy exists behind kissing the stone. This stone has no power and it provides neither benefit nor harm to anyone. Prohibitions It is forbidden to have a hair cut during Hajj or to wear sewn clothes. Pilgrims should offer Fidya (redemption) if he has to wear sewn clothes or have to shave his head due to illness or lice. in a state of pilgrimage. And fear Allah to Whom you shall be gathered. Allah has made the Kaa’ba the inviolable House as a means of support and development of mankind, as also the Sacred Month and the offerings and the animals with collars. That is so that you may know that Allah knows what is in the heavens and what is in the earth, and that Allah knows all things well. Know that Allah is severe in punishment and that Allah is also Most Forgiving, Merciful.” (5:95-98)
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Ogun Police arrest soldier with 20 bags of Indian hemp
By Evelyn Usman
HE Ogun State Police Command seemed to be living up to its promise of making the state too hot for smugglers in both contraband goods and hard drugs who use the state as transit route, following the arrest of some suspects with substances suspected to be Indian hemp. Surprisingly, one of the suspects identified himself as a serving personnel of the Nigerian Army. The suspect who gave his name as Samuel Okwubusu, serving in one of the Army formations in Lagos, claimed to be a Corporal with Force number NA048645. He was reportedly arrested with twenty bags of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, last Tuesday, at Otakpele, a
black spot near the Nigeria/Benin republic border in Imeko area of the state. Spokesman for the Ogun state Police command, Mr Olumuyiwa Adejobi, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP)explained that the Okwubusu was intercepted by a team of Anti-Crime Patrol policemen attached to the office of the area commander, Ilaro, in his Mercedes Benz 200 car with plate number GU 817 AAA, at about 8pm. 42-year-old Okwubusu who hails from Aniocha local government area of Delta state, upon interrogation, according to Adejobi, “ confessed that a friend contracted the conveyance of the goods to Lagos for sales to him” The arrest, Adejobi stated, “ will send a signal
to all and sundry that Ogun state is not a transit or hiding place for any criminal because the Commissioner of Police, Mr Musa Daura has put necessary Anti-crime strategies in place to rid the gateway state of crimes and criminalities” Crime Alert gathered that the suspect has been handed over to the Nigerian Drug law E n f o r c e m e n t Agency(NDLEA) for further investigation. Investigations would also be carried out on whether he is actually a serving personnel of the Nigerian Army. Adejobi therefore, called on members of the public to always avail the command with information that could help it in the fight against crime and criminality in the state.
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IGP Ringim goes tough on banks over bullion vans
Acting Inspector-General of Police, Hafiz Abubakar Ringim
CTING InspectorGeneral of Police, Hafiz Ringim, may soon clamp down on banks that defaulted in the deadline for the purchase of amoured / bullet proof bullion vans for movement of cash in preference for armed policemen. To this end, he has directed strict compliance with an earlier directive by police authorities that policemen across the country attached to such banks be withdrawn without delay. The Police boss was quoted as saying, “I can no longer continue to sacrifice the lives of my officers because of their negligence. I need the men and officers to protect Nigerians and Nigeria, and I know banks are part of the society, but they have to help the Police to help them”.
NKNOWN gunmen struck last week in Fadeyi area of Lagos, killing a middle-aged man. It could however not be ascertained whether the gunmen were hired assassins or armed robbers as detectives from the Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba ,are reportedly investigating the case. The deceased , identified as Mike Isi, was driving in his Nissan Blue bird car with plate number BH 460 MUS last Friday, when the unexpected occurred at Oweh street junction. Time was 8.45pm. There were however, different accounts of how the late Mike Isi met his sudden end. A version of the account had it that he was shot during an altercation with his assailants over right of way, while another version claimed that the gunmen who drove in an unmarked Volvo car , started shooting sporadically on reaching Oweh street junction, in
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the process of which Isi was hit by a stray bullet. Several persons were reportedly injured in the resultant stampede as they ran for safety. The late Isi’s body, according to police sources, was deposited at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital mortuary, Ikeja for autopsy.
residents claimed they woke up to meet it inside the gutter. However, policemen attached to Iyana- Ipaja division are said to have visited the scene and removed the corpse to the general hospital, Isolo. .. soldier arrested for attempting to rape a lady Same day, a soldier was arrested for allegedly attempting to rape a lady in a bush at Abule-Osun area of the state. Reports said the desperate shout for help from the lady alerted passers-by at about 8pm. However, people were afraid of responding to the distress call for fear of falling prey to what they apparently considered to be a trick by armed robbers to rob them. It reportedly took policemen on patrol from Trade Fair division to rescue the lady whose identity was given simply as Rosemary, a resident of Festac, from her tormentor, a commercial motorcyclist. Rosemary during investigation, reportedly told policemen that she mounted the motorcycle with a view to avoiding the traffic gridlock on that route , only for the rider to divert into the bush and attempted to rape her. Surprisingly, the motorcyclist was said to have identified himself as a personnel of the Nigerian Army, where upon investigation, he was discovered to be attached to the Central Vehicle Department of the Nigerian Army Ordinance Corps , Ojo Military cantonment.
...... soldier arrested for attempting to rape a lady
AME day, a soldier was arrested for allegedly attempting to rape a lady in a bush at Abule-Osun area of the state. Reports said the desperate shout for help from the lady alerted passers-by at about 8pm. However, people were afraid of responding to the distress call for fear of falling prey to what they
apparently considered to be a trick by armed robbers to rob them. It reportedly took policemen on patrol from Trade Fair division to rescue the lady whose identity was given simply as Rosemary, a resident of Festac, from her tormentor, a commercial motorcyclist. Rosemary during investigation, reportedly
told policemen that she mounted the motorcycle with a view to avoiding the traffic gridlock on that route , only for the rider to divert into the bush and attempted to rape her. Surprisingly, the motorcyclist was said to have identified himself as a personnel of the Nigerian Army, where upon investigation, he was discovered to be
attached to the Central Vehicle Department of the Nigerian Army Ordinance Corps , Ojo Military cantonment. ...........Road accident claims two A commercial motorcyclist and his passenger were Wednesday crushed to death along the Lagos/ Ibadan expressway.
... As another lifeless body found in a bush Ilado community along Baiyeku road, Ikorodu was thrown into panic last Friday, following the discovery of a lifeless body of a man in a bush path. The deceased, who was later discovered to be one Onah Daniel , was reportedly found with blood all over his body. The circumstances surrounding the death of the 27-year-old Daniel, a commercial motorcyclist, is still a puzzle to the police. He was reportedly on his way home the previous night when he met the unexpected. The corpse was later removed by policemen from Ikorodu division, to the Ikorodu General hospital mortuary. The case, as gathered, is also being investigated by detectives at the Homicide section of the SCID. ... Another female corpse found Similarly, the corpse of a lady was found same day in a gutter along Baruwa road in Ipaja area of Lagos. The identity of the lady could not be ascertained and the circumstances surrounding her death was also not known, as
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THOUGHT FOR TODAY
By Richard Eromosele
TAURUS: EVEN, if friends and others are helpful and pledging loyalty today, they may be forced and get on your nerve tomorrow when effects of full-moon’ll come to play. GEMINI: WHATEVER can lead to avoidable trouble tomorrow, either at home or along your career/business lines, should be well taken care of today. Be very open. CANCER: YOUR best bet today is to seek important co-operation of influential people and that of your spouse/partner. The more legal conscious you are, the better for you. LEO: IF others want you to conclude an important financial transactions that can possibly be done today, you’ll need to say no and go ahead as tomorrow may not be as conducive as today. VIRGO: IT’S important you don’t take things and people for granted now because they may not be as cooperative tomorrow as they are now. Be more loving. LIBRA: ALTHOUGH there seem to be an air of understanding within your working arena today, tomorrow’s full-moon may turn the whole thing the other way. SCORPIO: HERE is an exciting day that will climax tomorrow. After a long time, others will see how passionate you can be even in love. Don’t gamble, please. SAGITTARIUS: IF your desire is to make money today, you will need to be less emotional and prepare for domestic challenges tomorrow. Enjoy your love life. CAPRICORN: GOOD relationship between the moon in Capricorn and lucky Jupiter in your star sign will bring you good opportunities. Be less argumentative. AQUARIUS: THIS is your day when things will go according to your plans. Financial success indicated but if you wait till tomorrow, opposition’ll bring disappointment. PISCES: THE moon in your star sign that encourages you to be as assertive are likely to oppose you tomorrow. Try to be more friendly. ARIES: HAPPENINGS within your working arena should be taken more seriously now or else, avoidable trouble would start tomorrow. Again, it’s important you are more practical about your health. Be more loving.
T HIS is a piece of advice for some of us who have the habit of drinking and or eating anything even without washing. Recently, I came across this piece titled: “Wash Them First or Use a
Developing the washing habit
Straw” on the internet. It is the story of a woman in North Texas, USA who went on boating taking with her cans of liquid substance placed in the refrigerator of the boat. The next day, she was taken to the hospital after drinking the canned liquid. She died a few days later at the hospi-
tal. Autopsy report revealed, she died of “LEPTOSPIROSIS” because the can was infected by the dried rat urine. The lessons of this is: wash every canned liquid before you drink and wash every fruit before you eat.
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Dear Joshua, I am interested in what you are doing. Please tell me what I should expect concerning my immediate future. Would I succeed travelling abroad for business ? Olabode. Mushin. Dear Olabode, Few years back you have started a very longer (years) great cycle of success and happiness, and this year you will be moving closer to the peak of the said cycle; meaning that your 42nd year on earth will be much more better than all your previous ones on earth. Then because of transiting lucky Jupiter in Sagittarius – your Solar 9th house of travelling and distant affairs you can be successful at acquiring visa and have a fruitful foreign travels. However that is not to say that there will not be any challenge during the year. Actually like it happened about six/seven months ago when work and accident related issues were the major challenges.
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World Club Championships: African champions to face Pachuca F
IFA on Wednesday at its headquarters in Zurich made the draws for this years World Club championships to take place in the United Arab Emirates. According to the pairings Africa’s representative TP Mazembe or Esprrance of Tunis, will face CONCACAF champions Pachuca of Mexico on December 10. In case of victory the African representative will then play Brazillian side Porto Alegre, who are champions of the CONMEBOL region in the semi finals. Pachuca Club is one of the biggest clubs in Mexico and in the last ten years have won five national titles, and have been four times Central American champions. In 2006, the club was the first in Mexico to make its impact in the Copa Sudamericana. The competition will hold form the 8 to the 18th of December, 2010.
Host country (United Arab Emirates): Al Wahda Europe (UEFA): Inter Milan (ITA) South America (Conmebol): Internacional (BRA) North America (Concacaf): Pachuca (MEX) Asia (AFC): Winner of the Champions League between Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (KOR) and Zobahan (IRI) Africa (CAF): Winner of the African Champions league between ToutPuissant Mazembe (DR Congo) and Esperance of Tunis (TUN) Oceania (OFC): Hekari United (PNG)
United considering £12m move for Reina
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HE death of World Cup oracle Paul the Octopus has sparked a rash of conspiracy theories claiming that the octopus was already long dead before his demise was reported on Tuesday. Paul became a global phenomenon after successfully predicting eight consecutive results during this summer’s World Cup in South Africa. Chinese film director Jiang Xiao had been making a film about the cephalopod seer’s exploits, but during her research became convinced that the real Paul had died during the tournament. She told The Guardian that she believes Paul actually died two days before the World Cup final _ and was quickly replaced by an impostor. “I am 60 to 70 per cent
Controversy trails Octopus Paul’s death
sure that Paul died on July 9 and the Germans have been covering up his death and fooling us for a long time,” said Jiang, who is making a film about her claims entitled ‘Who killed Paul the Octopus?’. “We have been keeping in touch with the German aquarium ever since the beginning (of production) but it seemed to me that they were afraid,” she added.
ANCHESTER United are believed to be interested in making a move for Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina. The Red Devils’ current No 1, Edwin van der Sar, turns 40_years_old on Friday, and manager Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to be on the hunt for a replacement for the Dutchman. Now The Mirror claims that the Scot is keen on bringing Reina into the ranks at Old Trafford. The former Villarreal man was previously reported to be in line to hold talks with the club’s new owners to address his concerns.
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Governor’s Cup: More Nigerians bow out
By John Egbokhan
HE dream of Nige ria’s highest ranked player in the ongoing Governor’s Cup Futures II, Clifford Enosoregbe was cut short yesterday after injury forced him to abandon his
second round match at the Lagos Lawn Tennis club, Onikan. Clifford retired in the second set of his match against Ivorian Valentin Sanon in a game that he lost 3-6, 0-5. Clifford who injured his wrist in the course of the match, was hitherto expected to beat
the Ivorian but his exit has further dented any hope of a Nigerian winning the men’s singles title. Also biting the bitter taste of defeat were Abdulmumini Babalola, who lost in straight sets of 2-6, 2-6 to Karan Rastogi of India. Another Indian, Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan beat
Candy Idoko 6-1,6-1, while Kingsley Enosoregbe was stopped by Raven Klaasen of South Africa in a game that ended in straight set of 1-6, 0-6.. Also Samuel Omoile could not survive the heat from Ivorian who beat him a game that ended 5-7, 75, 6-4
GUILTY: Jack Wilshere is dismissed after his late challenge on Birmingham’s Nikola Zigic
Wolves boss blasts Wenger
HE debate over Ar sene Wenger ’s defence of tough tackling Jack Wilshere has been re_opened after he was warned by Wolves. Wenger has been a vocal critic of the rough challenges that have caused a string of serious injuries in the Barclays Premier League. But he was accused of double standards when he defended Wilshere over his horrific tackle on Birmingham’s Nikola Zigic which earned him a red card. Now Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey has hit out at Wenger, insisting the Frenchman is talking nonsense. He said ‘It is an abso-
lute nonsense. Well, I hope he hears this: keep your mouth shut. Play the game, play aggressive, let everybody play. ‘Wilshere and Wenger’s other players are going to make similar challenges.’ Moxey, whose own club have been heavily criticised for their physical approach, added: ‘I had a big, wry smile listening to Arsene Wenger trying to defend Jack Wilshere for the challenge. ‘ ll he said was exactly A the same as every other manager has and yet he is one of the managers who goes on the front foot, moaning and complaining and bitching about it because it is unfair on his team.’
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Sneijder tipped for first FIFA Ballon d’Or
ESPITE the heart break of losing the World Cup final with the Netherlands, Wesley Sneijder is the bookmakers’ favourite to walk away with the inaugural FIFA Ballon d’Or award. The attacking midfielder was on the losing side in Johannesburg on July 11,
when Spain defeated Holland 1-0 to claim their first ever World Cup title. Spanish midfielders Xavi and Andres Iniesta are also strong contenders for the prestigious prize, but the presence of the Barcelona pair on the shortlist could split the pro-Spanish votes to
Sneijder’s advantage. More significantly, the 26-year-old Dutchman enjoyed a glittering debut season at Inter Milan that culminated in an unprecedented treble of the Italian league title, the Coppa Italia (Italian Cup) and the European Champions League.
NFF comes under FIFA scrutiny
By Ben Efe
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IGERIA Football Federation will come under FIFA scrutiny today as its executive committee, examines the recent happenings that saw Aminu Magari and his elected board resume office, after being kept in hiatus by a court order. FIFA had given Nigeria an October 26 deadline to put its football house in order, otherwise Nigerian football will be put in a permanent freeze, pending when the country meets the criteria for FIFA membership. The NFF was entangled in a web of legal intricacies, after former footballer, Harrison Jalla dragged the federation to court for contravening laid down electoral procedures. Jalla secured a court order barring the conduct of the election. But the election went ahead in defiance of the court order. That action led to the quashing of the August 26 elections throwing out Maigari and his co-
travelers on the board of the NFF. The case came up before a Federal High Court, Lagos Monday, October 25 Following the discontinuation notice by the National Association of Nigeria Footballers, presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang struck out the case and the Aminu Maigari-led board returned to the office. But legal experts believe the board is still not free yet as the court was yet to vacate the earlier order of nullification of the election. “The Nigeria Federation will be examined this weekend. By then FIFA should be able to come out and say if it is satisfied with the situation on ground,” said a FIFA media statement on Thursday. The FIFA executive committee has been locked in 48 hour meeting that would be concluded today, after which FIFA president Sepp Blatter will speak on several matters affecting football development
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