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Investor Lauds LEADERSHIP For Boosting Nigeria-China Cooperation

BY KINGSLEY OPURUM, Abuja

The chairman of Amanbo China, Liao Xuhui, has commended LEAD- ERSHIP Newspapers Ltd for en- hancing China-Nigeria cooperation in the setting up of Amanbo Nige- ria, a business-to-business-con-

sumer (B2B2C) platform and portal that would enable Nigerian export- ers to trade with Chinese importers and vice versa.

Xuhui made the statement when he visited LEADERSHIP Newspa- per’s corporate office in Abuja yes- terday, where he stressed the benefit

of Amanbo China for the small-scale business people in Nigeria. He said that the Chinese e-com- merce platform was geared towards

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creating millions of jobs for Nige- ria. “This partnership holds tremen- dous opportunities for Nigeria in terms of creating thousands jobs, if not millions, as core and sup-

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SenateApprovesPMB’s 4 $2.786bnLoanRequest Suspends ATM card maintenance charges Akpabio demands Saraki’s resignation

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4 $2.786bnLoanRequest Suspends ATM card maintenance charges Akpabio demands Saraki’s resignation FG okays $2.9bn

Akpabio demands Saraki’s resignation

Suspends ATM card maintenance charges Akpabio demands Saraki’s resignation FG okays $2.9bn Eurobond to fund 2018

FG okays $2.9bn Eurobond to fund 2018 budget

Minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (right), with the research director, Area Studies

Minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (right), with the research director, Area Studies and International Law/head, Africa Programme of Chatham House, Dr Alex Vines, at Chatham House, London, yesterday.

NoThreatTo 2019 Polls,INECInsists

BY SUNDAY ISUWA, Abuja

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has affirmed that there is no threat to the conduct of the 2019 general elections and that everything is on course towards a successful outcome. The electoral body said noth- ing has changed from the ear- lier timetable and schedule of activities it released last year, adding that the commission is on the third stage now, which involves collation of candi-

dates’ names from various po- litical parties. The press secretary to the INEC chairman, Mr Roti-

mi Oyekanmi, who made this

comment yesterday while re-

acting to inquiries about the al- leged threat to the conduct of

the 2019 general elections, said

there is no cause for concern. “The commission released its timetable and schedule of ac- tivities for the 2019 general elections on January 9, 2018,

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A cross section of 13 suspects paraded by the Nigerian Army over their alleged involvment in the missing of Major General Alkali, in Jos, yesterday.

FG Approves White Paper To Stem Industrial Disputes

By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah

In a bid to stem the tide of incessant strikes by labour unions, the federal government has approved the draft white paper on the report of the technical committee on the industrial relations matters in the federal public service. Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, who disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, said the Federal Public Service in Nigeria has been bedeviled with all sorts of problems and conflict areas. He explained that government has

set up various Committees, brought out circulars from the various government agencies all in a bid to stem the tide of industrial disputes. He said, “So this Technical Committee which was inaugurated on the 21st of April 216 did their work and submitted to the Federal Executive Council in October 2017. “ The Federal Executive Council in turn empanelled a committee of ten which I chaired to do a government draft White Paper on those contentious areas that the technical committee had looked at.” He noted that these contentious areas are the enforcement of Section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act Law of the Federation 2004 .

According to him, “This is the

section that deals with lock out of workers by their employer without declaring redundancy appropriately because the same establishment especially in the private sector workers are locked out by their employers. “So the law there says that if you lock out your workers without passingthroughthenormal channel, due process for the period of the lock out, the worker is assumed

to be at work and will receive all

remunerations and allowances and benefits accruing to him for the period and that period will also be counted to him as a pensionable period in computation of his

pension.

“But when workers go on strike, the principle of ‘No work, no pay’ will also be applied because that principle

is enshrined in that same section 43

of the Labour Act. “That section says for the period

a worker withdraws his services,

government or his employers are not entitled to pay and the period for which they were absent will not count as part of his pensionable period in the public service.”

Ngige said the council accepted it

as a White Paper recommendation that should be gazetted because even the National Industrial Court has made pronouncement on that law and said that it is clear.

We Will Resist No Work No Pay Policy – NLC

BY MICHAEL OCHE, Abuja

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said it would resist any attempt by the federal government to implement a No Work No Pay policy. NLCpresident, AyubaWabbawhile reacting to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) white paper on No Work, No Pay policy said workers

would also implement a No Pay No Work policy. He said, “The right to strike is a humanandtrade unionright andcan not be wished away, that’s why strike is legalized by our laws, and had been excised since colonial era to date. “The right to strike is what differentiate a worker from a slave. Just like the right to strike, right to

picketing, the right to work”. He said that it is morally and

legally wrong to apply a phrase in

a body of law without respecting

all other provisions of the same law, adding that the same law provides that a workers wage is due after 30 days, “where this and or any collective bargaining agreement is violated it is legallyandmorallyjustifiableforunions

and workers to apply “No pay No Work.” He warned that the threat of no work no pay can not therefore deter workers

and trade unions from exercising the right to strike. “There are clear procedures provided by law to embark on a strike, once the legal requirement is met no work no pay can not apply”, he said.

Promotions: Police Get 3 DIGs, 4 AIGs

BY EJIKE EJIKE, Abuja

The Police Service Commission has approved the promotion of three Assistant Inspectors General of Police, AIGs, to the next rank of Deputy Inspectors General, DIGs. The Commission also approved the

promotion of four Commissioners of Police, CPs to Assistant Inspectors General, AIGs of Police. The promotions were one of the highlights of the first plenary meeting of the newly inaugurated Management of the Commission held in Abuja betweenOctober 9 and 11, 2018.

The new DIGs are Musa Katsina Muhammed, presently at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos; Mohammed Sani Usman, Commandant Police Academy, Wudil, Kano and Peace Ibekwe Abdallah, office of the National Security Adviser.

The new AIGs are: Godwin Nwobodo currently, CP Courses at the Police Academy Wudil, Kano; Adeyemi Samuel Ogunjemilusi CP, Akwa Ibom State Command; Augustine Iornongu Iwar, CP, Bayelsa State Command and Adekunle Oladunjoye, CP Research and Planning, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

Lai Moh’d Harps OnTimely AccessTo Information

ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai

Mohammed, yesterday said access to accurate and timely information is critical to enhancing citizens’ participation in governance.

He also said that timely information would strengthen national unity and the growth of democracy in the country. The minister stated this during his presentation on the topic ‘’Nigeria’s National Unity: Toward Participation and Shared Values,’’ at the Chatham House in London.

According to a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Minister on Media, Mr. Segun Adeyemi, he noted that in line with the mandate of the Ministry of Information and Culture, which includes the strategic communication of government’s policies and programmes, he has embarked on programmes to keep the citizenry fully informed about government activities and also to get feedback from them. Mohammed who listed such programmes as the town hall meeting, regular engagements with stakeholders, touring of federal government projects across the country, noted that the government information portal FGNiApp has been helpful in the delivery of regular media intervention. According to the minister, shortly after he assumed office, he took local and foreign journalists on a tour of the liberated part of the North-east to see the battle against Boko Haramfirst hand and report it vividly to Nigerians to get their buy-in and also for themto appreciate the renewed efforts by the military to decimate the insurgents. “We also realised early on that for democracy to grow, it

is important to ensure citizens’ participation in decision and

policies affecting their lives – especially in a direct manner,

ratherthanthroughtheirelectedrepresentativesonly.This

informed our decision to launch the Town Hall Meeting series inwhichcabinet Ministers meet, inatownhall setting,

a cross section of Nigerians from all walks of life, with

a view to keeping them informed about government policies and programmes and, at the same time, gettingtheirfeedbacksandinputs,’’ theministersaid.

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W ith the expira- tion of the time line for party primaries, po- litical parties

are putting their acts together in readiness for the 2019 general elections. At the close of the ex- ercise, in line with the electoral guideline, a number of presiden- tial candidates emerged. But curi- ously, only about 21 out of the 91 registered political parties partici- pated in the exercise. Out of the lot, the two big par- ties, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), will be the main rivals slugging it out, not only at the presidential election but also in other major elections, includ- ing governorship and National Assembly polls. When INEC registered more political parties, observers felt it was for effective participation in the political space and also to encourage robust opposition. But that has not happened. Many of the newly registered parties did not even conduct primaries. Barely three months to the Feb- ruary 2019 general elections, and about a month to the commence- ment of campaigns, only within these two political parties are vis- ible activities taking place. Noth- ing pronounced is being noticed in others, pointing to the possibility that some of those who emerged as candidates in those other par- ties may be merely interested in being referred to, after the next poll, as former presidential candi- dates. With the death of Alliance for Democracy (AD) and All Peoples Party (APP) after the 2003 gen- eral elections, PDP remained the dominant party until the merger of about five political parties and groups into APC in the build-up to the 2015 general elections. The APC provided virile position to the then President Goodluck Jona- than administration and it eventu- ally swept it out of power. Today, the PDP is also giving the current administration a run for its money. Since 2003, Nigeria has always

had a situation where only two major political parties dominate the political environment and this has not changed till date. Others have always been seen as mush- room parties built around families and friends, especially in the last few years when parties were re- ceiving funds from government. It is the opinion of this paper that the government and the polit-

ical class should begin to consider having two strong parties that are rooted and active in every part of the country, rather than scores of parties that do not have national spread. This is the type of democ- racy Nigeria needs. The military administration under President Ibrahim Babangida experimented with a two-party structure which featured the Social Democratic

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Party (SDP) and the National Republi- can Convention (NRC). The effort re- corded appreciable success but for the June 12 misadventure. Perhaps it is time to repeat that exper- iment with the PDP and APC as these are the only parties with membership that cuts across the geo-political zones. They are not only firmly rooted but en- joy the support of Nigerians, irrespec- tive of their ethnic and religious lean- ings. Today, the APC is in power. If in the next general elections Nigerians find out that it is not living up to expecta- tions, PDP will unseat it. Also, if PDP takes over and rolls out its programmes but does not live up to expectations, at the end of four years, of course APC will return to power. In developed democracies, what ob- tains is a two-party system arrived at either through coalitions or ideological inclination. A two-party structure with evenly spread support base would en- gender the much needed national inte- gration and economic development in the polity. Indeed, Nigeria operates a multi-party system. By our constitution, we can’t have two parties; we must have many parties, but it is our stand that there must be at least two parties that are strong enough so that, at any given time, one of them can form a government. So, you can be a governing party today and then tomorrow you go into opposition. That way we can have effective competition in the political arena and keep the ruling party on its toes. Since the return to democracy in May 29, 1999, political parties have not been known to have distinct ideologies. Rath- er, they have been engulfed with regular internal squabbles and cross carpeting that is not healthy for the nation’s de- mocracy. Democratic governance has been po- larised along divisive ethnic and reli- gious lines and it is indeed worrisome that active politicians are not adhering to the rules of the game. We recommend a two-party structure because it will re- duce the cost of conducting elections, compel politicians to be more ideologi- cal and engender a more democratic arrangement that will hopefully help stabilise the polity away from needless political altercations that inhibit nation- al growth and development.

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SenateApprovesPMB’s$2.786bnLoanRequest

BY JONATHAN NDA-ISAIAH, SOLOMON AYADO AND AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja

The Senate yesterday approved the request by President Muhammadu Buhari to se- cure a $2.786 billion foreign loan. The loan is to be sourced from the inter- national capital market as appropriated in the 2018 budget. The upper chamber also gave its nod to the president’s request to borrow $82.54million to refinance the balance of $500 million matured Eurobond in the in- ternational capital market. The Senate had on Wednesday October 10, 2018 considered Buhari’s request to borrow the funds and referred the matter to its committee on local and foreign debts for further legislative action. Yesterday, the report on the matter was presented at plenary by the committee chairman, Senator Shehu Sani. Sani said the committee found that is- suance of both $2.786 billion and $82.54 million matured on July 12, 2018 with an interest of 5.125%. He further stated that both approv- als are for the part financing of the 2018 Budget, with particular interest in financ- ing key infrastructure projects. According to him, the committee how- ever observed that “the external capital raising of $2.786 billion will result in a portfolio mix of domestic debt - 68% and external debt - 32%, which is an improve- ment over the ratio of 70:30 as at June 30, 2018. He said the committee also found out that the issuance of bonds will contribute to the implementation of the debt man- agement strategy, which seeks to reduce the cost of borrowing and that it will help to increase Nigeria’s external reserves. The Senate committee advised that the federal government should reduce or lim- it its request for more external borrowing and source other means of generating in- ternal revenue.

… Suspends ATM Maintenance Charg- es Also, the Senate yesterday directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to sus- pend Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card maintenance charges being deduct- ed from customers by banks. The directive followed public outcry that commercial banks in the country are mak- ing excessive charges on ATM. The Red Chamber yesterday invited the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, to ap- pear and proffer explanations on why of- ficial charges approved by the apex bank are skewed in favour of the banking insti- tutions against customers. Specifically, Senate obliged its joint com- mittee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions and Finance to in- vestigate the matter and compel the CBN to suspend ATM card maintenance charg- es being deducted from customers. The lawmakers are worried that there are several complaints from Nigerians con- cerning illicit deductions by banks, par- ticularly on ATM maintenance charges. Consequently, the Senate directed that the mandated committees should probe the propriety or otherwise of the charges to meet international practices. Noting that the banks also make illicit charges per each withdrawal of N10,000, which is maximum amount through ATM card, the Senate requested commercial banks to quickly reconfigure their ATM machines to allow customers withdraw up to N40,000 at once. To checkmate the situation, the upper chamber further urged the Consumer Pro-

situation, the upper chamber further urged the Consumer Pro- Buhari tection Council to look into various

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tection Council to look into various com- plaints of bank customers on excessive charges. The position of the Senate followed a motion by Senator Gbenga Ashafa (APC, Lagos East) tagged, “Illicit and Excessive Charges by Nigerian Banks on Custom- ers Account with Particular Focus on Au- tomated Teller Machine (ATM) Mainte- nance and Withdrawal Charges”. In the motion, Ashafa stated that card users are charged N65 per withdrawal from the ATM after the third monthly withdrawal from the ATM outside that of the domicile bank of the said ATM user. He added that banks manipulate ATM cards and machines. According to him, “the CBN, in 2017, increased the maintenance fees charged by banks on debit and credit card mainte- nance from N100 a year to N50 per month (N600 a year) as contained in its Guide to Charges by Banks and other Financial In- stitutions.” He informed the Senate that a campaign tagged #Reform9jabanks began on twitter when a UK based Nigerian medical doc- tor, Harvey Olufunmilayo, lamented about the state of banks in Nigeria compared to those abroad. Lawmakers who made contributions to the motion said the motion was apt and can ameliorate the plight of bank custom- ers.

Akpabio Demands Saraki’s Impeach- ment Meanwhile, despite Senate’s resolve last week Tuesday to abandon partisan issues and sentiments, former Senate minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, yester- day called for the impeachment of Senate President Bukola Saraki. Akpabio said he will not make any fur- ther contribution in the plenary as long as Saraki who is now a member of the op- position Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presides as the Senate president. He advised Saraki to take a cue from him and step aside like him (Akpabio) who tendered his resignation letter as minori- ty leader when he defected from the PDP, which is in minority in the upper cham- ber, to the ruling APC. Akpabio insisted that in all sphere of life and indeed in democratic setting, majori- ty must always preside over the minority,

setting, majori- ty must always preside over the minority, Saraki adding that while minority should have

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adding that while minority should have its say, the majority should have its way for peace to prevail. The former governor of Akwa Ibom who formally defected from the PDP to All APC at a mega rally held at the Ikot Ek- pene township stadium on August 8, 2018 also asked that the Senate be properly con- stituted, saying Senators must sit accord- ing to political parties in the chamber. Senator Akpabio’s reaction followed Senate President Saraki’s refusal to allow Akpabio to make contribution to a debate on the ground that he was not speaking from his rightful seat. Saraki’s utterance caused temper to flare up among the lawmakers along party lines. It almost degenerated to a physical com- bat when Senator Akpabio was denied rec- ognition by Saraki to contribute to a mo- tion raised by Senator Bassey Akpan in which he alleged that APC members in Akwa Ibom State were planning to cause mayhem ahead of the 2019 elections. Saraki insisted that Akpabio was not sit- ting in the appropriate seat and won’t be recongnised to speak until he moved to his rightful seat. Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan, countered Saraki, saying the Senate is not properly constituted, as Senators are not sitting ac- cording to political parties in the chamber. When the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekwetremadu, got up to talk, former ma- jority leader, Senator Ali Ndume inter- rupted, stopping him from making con- tributions too. Senator Dino Melaye stood up and start- ed walking up and down in the chamber scolding and shouting down at any APC Senator wanting to make contribution. It all began when Saraki said, “Senator… eh… former minority leader, you know you can’t speak from there. You can’t. Go to your seat, when you get to your seat, I’ll recognise you”. He asked the Leader of the Senate to proceed with other items on the Order Pa- per, but the Senate Leader, Lawan, stood up to defend Akpabio. “If he decides to sit there, let him. There is no microphone there. Let us not take the Panadol for his headache. Let me advice that even though we have only six, seven months to go, let’s do what is right”, La- wan said. At this point, the lawmakers began

shouting at each other, as they tried to defend the parties they belong. Efforts by the Senate president to call the lawmakers to order were unsuccess- ful, as some of the lawmakers were already on their feet fuming attacking themselves verbally. When temper was eventually down, Senator Ndume raised a point of order and apologised to Senator Ekweremadu for interrupting him when he wanted to make his contribution. The Senate president followed suit by apologising to Senator Akpabio, just as he insisted that his not recognising him was not done on grounds of partisanship. “If you felt offended over the way I put it to you to make your contribution from your seat, I take it back. But it has to be noted that I don’t mean partisan with it’’. Speaking with Senate correspondents after plenary, Senator Akpabio said, “There is nowhere a group of 10 people ever pre- sided over a group of 80 people. People should emulate my example because I re- signed my position as minority leader when I defected from the PDP to APC. “There is need to restructure the Senate so that PDP, APC, ADC and APGA Sena- tors will sit along party lines. Leadership should be restructured in such a way that minority has its say and the majority has its way. ‘’Senator Bassey said APC was trying to cause mayhem in Akwa Ibom. Does he have evidence? It is like an aggressor try- ing to turn self to victim. It is not a person that first goes to the Police station to re- port about a matter that eventually wins in most case. “It is the PDP raising mayhem, killing and maiming those defecting from it to APC in Akwa Ibom. The very day the APC governorship candidate emerged, he was shot at from the roof of his house. So many other people have been shot at and even wounded or killed in Akwa Ibom. The state commissioner of environment was arrested yesterday for his involvement in the said organized crime in the state”.

FG Okays $2.9bn Eurobond To Fund 2018 Budget Meanwhile, the federal government yes- terday approved for the issuance of $2.9 billion Eurobond to fund capital projects in 2018 budget. The minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa. She noted that FEC also approved six Transaction Parties to advise the govern- ment on the issuance of $2.78 billion Eu- robonds and other securities in the Inter- national Capital Market (ICM). The Transaction parties approved by Council are Citigroup Global Market Lim- ited, Standard Chartered Bank as joint manager, FSDH Merchant Bank Limited as financial adviser, White And Case LLP, Banwo and Ighodalo as legal adviser and Africa Practice Limited as technical advis- er on communication. According to the minister, the trans- action parties are expected to advise the federal government on the structure and timing as well as documentation for the issuance of the Eurobonds and other se- curities. She said the approval is part of govern- ment’s commitment to the implementa- tion of the 2018 Appropriation Act adding that “consistent with government’s policy on development of infrastructure, the pro- ceeds of the Eurobond issuance will be de-

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port services to the platforms such as warehousing all over the country, logistics, distrib- utorships, customer services, shipping services, credit facil- ities for small businesses etc. “The estimated trade poten- tial of the platform within the first three years given the cur- rent trade relationship with China is $500million. This is expected to continue to grow, creating millions of jobs for Nigerians,” Xuhui said. Amanbo is the B2B cross- border e-commerce plat- form that focuses on Africa. It was established by Shen- zhen Right Net Tech Co., Ltd. in 2015, based on its 17 years of experience in China-Afri- ca trade. It has many functions, such as online mall, online transac- tion, inquiry processing, busi- ness information, order man- agement and so on, with a combined China and African local professional manage- ment team, allowing users to easily reach China and Africa cross-border for wholesale, procurement and other trans- action needs. As of May 2017, the num- ber of platform users has reached nearly 10 million yuan and the monthly turn- over has reached 30 million yuan. Sometime last year, the Chinese ambassador, in his bid to bolster the trade vol- ume between China and Ni- geria and deepen the Nigeria- China partnership, invited the chairman of LEADER-

Nigeria- China partnership, invited the chairman of LEADER- L–R: Dr. Kazeem Durodoye; Group Managing Director,

L–R: Dr. Kazeem Durodoye; Group Managing Director, LEADERSHIP Group, Abdul Gombe; Chairman of Amanbo

China, Liao Xuhui and headquarters, yesterday.

Mr Richard when the chairman of Amanbo China visited LEADERSHIP Corporate

SHIP Group, Mr Sam Nda- Isaiah and the managing directors of Huawei and CG- COC in Nigeria to discuss his idea. He then requested the managing directors to link credible and relevant Chi- nese partners to the chair- man of LEADERSHIP to cre- ate a joint venture that would enable and facilitate trade be- tween the two countries. Together the Chinese inves- tors linked up the chairman of LEADERSHIP and the chair- man of Amanbo China, a com- pany with substantial trade interests in Africa. Amanbo China is already in some Af- rican countries especially in

East Africa. KhromeMonkey Limited was then conceived and regis- tered in Nigeria to execute this idea with support from Hua- wei and CGCOC. LEADER- SHIP Group owns the major- ity shares in KhromeMonkey with some Chinese investors taking up minority shares. Several meetings were held in Nigeria and China with the owners of Amanbo China and a Business to Business to Con- sumer (B2B2C) platform was created that would enable Ni- gerian exporters to trade with Chinese importers and vice versa. A Memorandum of Under- standing (MoU) has been ex- ecuted between KhromeMon- key and Shenzhen Right Net Technology Company Ltd, owned by the owner of Aman- bo China, to establish Aman- bo Nigeria. KhromeMonkey owns ma-

jority shares in Amanbo Ni- geria. The partnership brings tremendous opportunities for Nigeria in terms of cre- ating thousands, if not mil- lions, of jobs as core and sup- port services to the platform like warehousing all over the country, logistics, distributor- ships, customer services, ship- ping services etc. Nigerian exporters would find it much easier to find Chi- nese buyers of their wares on the platform and Amanbo Ni- geria would also provide the much needed guarantees for Chinese manufacturers to send goods to Nigeria with a promissory note of payment from Amanbo Nigeria and vice versa. Amanbo Nigeria would also make it possible for Nigeri- an businesses to fully derive the benefits of the recent- ly signed Nigeria-China cur- rency deal.

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and since that day, nothing has changed. “We’ve passed the first and second stages, and we are now in the third stage. Candidates’ lists are now being collected and docu- mented. There is no cause for concern because INEC is on top of its game and there is no threat to the election conduct,” Oye- kanmi stated. LEADERSHIP recalls that INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, had last month said that the treat of violence could cause the postponement of the 2019 general elec- tions. However, the commis- sion, through it press sec- retary, Oyekanmi, said there was no plan to post- pone the election.

Meanwhile, the All Pro- gressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Demo- cratic Party (PDP) are yet to submit the list of their presidential candidates, Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, ahead of today’s deadline. The commission yester- day said only 17 political parties out of 91 had sub- mitted the lists of their candidates. Among the political par- ties that have so far com- plied are: UPP, Labour Par- ty, UP, PDC, FDP, MDP, Kowa Party, NDLP, APGA and PPA. Findings showed that both the APC and the PDP are yet to submit the names of their candidates for the presidential and the National Assembly elections with the dead- line ending today.

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ployed to fund critical cap- ital projects in the 2018 Appropriation Act”. She said, “Today at the Federal Executive Council, we got approval for the is- suance of $2.9 billion and other securities in Eu- robonds from the interna- tional capital market. “The focus of this approv- al is to enable us imple- ment the borrowing exter- nal plan of N849.67 billion, equivalent of $2.786 bil- lion, which is provided for in the 2018 Appropriation Act and this is to fund capi- tal projects in 2018 Budget. “We also, as part of that, got approval to raise the sum of $82.54 million to bridge the shortfall of the 500million Eurobond that matured on the July 12, 2018. In addition to this approval for the issuance of Eurobond, we also got the approval for payment to transaction parties and their respective fees like set- tling bills and expenses. “We have, as parties for the transactions, two joint league managers, a combi- nation of Citibank group as well as Standard Char- tered Bank as joint league managers and FSB Mer- chant Bank as financial ad- visers, the White and Case LIP as legal managers and Ighodalo as legal advisers for Nigeria. The total cost for this advisory group is

N374,618,889.

Ahmed further hinted that FEC approved liveli- hood of family improve- ment project in the Niger Delta. Stating that the project is called Life and D to be fund- ed with the sum of $60 mil- lion that would be a combi-

nation of loans and grants, Ahmed said the projects will be implemented in the Niger Delta States of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers State. However, she pointed out that when the government reviewed the project in the nine states, they found that six of the states met their own requirements, while the three that did not will be assisted to enable them improve and join the team in 2019. On capital release for the 2018 budget, she said, “Let me also move to the question that borders on capital re- leases. About two weeks ago, N460 billion was released for capital budget”. On Paris Club Refund, the minister said President Bu- hari has given approval for the payment of the last Paris Club refund to the states but the approval came with some conditions. She continued: “Those con- ditions that Mr President gave is that we must show that the states have used the previous refund for payment of salaries and they will use this one also for payment of salaries. “The states that were not paid are Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Imo because they had some deficiencies and the agency that is handling it is working to bridge the gap”. On the controversy sur- rounding the balance of pay- ment for ex-staff of Nigeria Airways, she said, “The ap- proval given for payment of entitlements to the ex-staff of Nigeria Airways was N45 bil- lion and because of paucity of funds, Mr President gave ap- proval for the payment of 50 per cent of N22.6 billion. We hope in 2019 to pay the bal-

ance.”

Mr President gave ap- proval for the payment of 50 per cent of N22.6 billion. We

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Army Parades 13 Suspects Over Missing General

BY ACHOR ABIMAJE, Jos

The Nigerian Army has paraded 13 suspects in connection with the ongoing search and rescue operations for the missing Maj.

Gen. Idris Alkali (rtd) who has been declared missing by the Army on the 3rd of September

2018.

The 13 suspects are to be handed over to the Nigeria Police Plateau State Command for further investigation and prosecution. Garrison Commander, Brig. Gen Umar Muhammed who

also doubles as the Commander Search and Rescue Operation for the missing Maj. Gen. Idris Alkali (rtd) stated this yesterday during a press briefing held at the Conference Hall of the Garrison Command, 3rd Armoured Division of Rukuba Barrack in Jos, the Plateau State. “A cordon and search operation was conducted in the community and some people were apprehended, they were moved to the barracks where they were screened, profiled and interrogated. “This 13 persons are going

to be paraded, the suspects will be handed over to the Nigeria Police including those who were

in possession of fire arms without

licence. “They included those who heard and saw the criminals that stopped the retired Senior Officer and those who pushed his vehicle into the pond but failed to report these criminal act to security agencies,” he stated. The Commander of the Operations maintained that two suspects were arrested with locally made fire arms with one having the capacity of “Firing at

9mm range” while the other at “7.2 special range” respectively. He however said the only

woman among the 13 suspects was the organiser of the protest carried out on the 22nd September, 2018 against Army for evacuating the pond, noting that her husband was part of those who carried out the act at the pond. “This woman you are seeing is the one that organised the protest carried out by those women on the first day of the evacuation exercise. And she did that because her husband is involved”.

NAF Wings Another Combat Pilot, Targets 158 In 4 Years

BY TARKAA DAVID, Abuja

The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar yesterday winged another combat pilot, Flying Officer Salihu Ibrahim Usman after successfully completing his Basic Fighter Introduction Course in the United States. The winging brings the total number of pilots winged in the past three years to 91 besides

the 67 undergoing various flying training in the various flying institutions home and abroad. In a statement by the director Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said the investiture, which took place 16 October 2018, at the Chief of the Air Staff’s (CAS) Conference Room, Headquarters (HQ) NAF is in

line with his drive to build the capacity of the force. The statement noted that 67 NAF officers are currently undergoing flying training in various flying institutions both within and outside the country. “It is therefore expected that by this time next year, the total number of new pilots would reach an unprecedented 158 in just four years.

More remarkably, among the 67 student pilots, is the first female NAF student fighter pilot, who is currently undergoing Specialised Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) in the USA, as well as another female student pilot, who is undergoing helicopter training in South Africa to become the first female helicopter pilot in the NAF,” it stated.

Reps Summon Niger Insurance, Others Over Infractions

BY KAUTHAR ANUMBA-KHALEEL ANDTUNDE OGUNTOLA, Abuja

The House of Representatives has summoned Niger Insurance and eight other insurance companies operating in the country over their failure to respond to queries on series of infractions levelled against them. This is as it mandated all insurance firms operating in the country to submit their management reports or face the wrath of the law. The summon was issued yesterday by the deputy

chairman, House Committee on Capital Market and Other Institutions, Hon. Tony Nwulu, during an investigative public hearing on the level of compliance with operational and regulatory requirements. Nwulu, who noted that the intervention of the House became necessary due to the ailing insurance sector and the recent call for recapitalisation and the need to protect shareholders funds, among other issues. He stressed that for disregarding the Parliament, the committee will cease to grant

any form of reprieve for any erring Insurance company going forward. “None of you should make any attempt to reach me, I will not listen to you. Everything about Insurance sector will be done publicly. “Those that are unfit to remain in business, we should know, shareholders should understand what has happened and move forward,” Nwulu stressed. According to the committee,

a number of Managing Directors of the Insurance firms and

consultants engaged by the committee had raised concerns over various operational challenges endemic in the industry. The lawmaker who maintained that most of the insurance companies that fail to make available the Management Report will be handled according to the extant regulations and law of the land. He noted that the committee has the constitutional responsibility to ensure safety of shareholders funds in the

industry as well as the capital market.

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BY ADEBIYI ADEDAPO,

 

Abuja

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has clarified that Supreme Court designate, Justice Uwani Abba-Aji is not

being investigated by any security agency. A p p a r e n t l y reacting to a publication by the Civic Society Network Against Corruption urging President

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Buhari not to forward Abba-Aji’s name to the Senate for confirmation as Justice of the Supreme Court, NJC in a statement by its Director of

Information, Mr. Soji Oye, noted that the Justice of the Court

of

Appeal has since

been sitting in Court and no investigation agency has filed any new allegation against His Lordship. He added that Justice Abba- Aji’s international passport had been

 

BY PATRICK OCHOGA,

 

Benin City

A Federal High Court, sitting in Benin has sentenced a 49-year-old woman, Mrs Christy Ehirobo, to nine years imprisonment for human trafficking. Justice Mohammed Liman, in his judgement, held that human trafficking had eaten deep into the fabric of society, adding that despite the plea of mercy by the convict, the law must take its cause. “The accused is therefore sentenced to three years imprisonment on each of the three counts to run concurrently,” the judge was quoted as saying. The convict, also known as Helen Ehirobo and Mama Jennifer, hails from Orhionmwon local government area of Edo State and had been standing trial since 2011. Meanwhile, Edo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has hailed the judgement of Justice Mohammed Liman of a Federal High

FreeFromInvestigation,NJCInsists

returned to him and he had been travelling outside the country without any hindrance. This according to him signals that the investigation agencies have nothing new against His Lordship. “The law of the land remains that no one is to be punished except for an offence established by due process of

law. The National Judicial Council hereby re-affirms its commitment to zero tolerance for corruption which is the stand of The Honourable, The Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the Council, Hon. Mr. Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen,” Oye stated. The group premised its objection to the appointment of Justice Abba-Aji to the Apex Court over an alleged corruption.

Trafficker Bags 9-year Jail Term

Court in Benin City. Obaseki said the judgement is a triumph of good over evil and assured that other traffickers will have their days in court soon. The governor said:

“I commend the courage of the High Court Judge for serving Mrs. Christy Ehiorobo, a 9-year jail term for engaging in human trafficking. The judgement has given further bite to our resolve to rid Edo State of human traffickers who are exploiting our youth.” He noted that “With the support we are receiving from critical stakeholders such as the judiciary, the Royal Palace of the Benin Monarch and the legislature, in the fight against human trafficking, I am convinced that we will win the fight.” Obaseki further said that he has thrown his weight behind the decision of the Edo State Chief Judge, Justice Esohe Ikponmwen to dedicate two specialised courts to hear human trafficking cases.

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KadunaCommission N5.8bnFraud:ShemaEscapesFreshHurdle Adopts5-yearPeacePlan BY ANDY ASEMOTA, Katsina BY AZA MSUE,
KadunaCommission
N5.8bnFraud:ShemaEscapesFreshHurdle
Adopts5-yearPeacePlan
BY ANDY ASEMOTA, Katsina
BY AZA MSUE, Kaduna
The new judge of the
The Kaduna State Peace Commission and
stakeholders have adopted a five- year multi
disciplinary peace strategic document to tackle
the main drivers of violent conflicts in the state.
According to the document, it provides among
others, the strengthening of the capacity of peace
architecture in the state to effectively prevent,
mitigate andresolve conflicts.
Speaking at the stakeholders’ peace meeting
held in Kaduna, the executive vice chairman,
Kaduna Peace Commission, Pricilla Ankut,
reiterated the commission’s efforts to put all
mechanisms in place to end violence in the state.
Ankut called to review the commission’s
strategic plan for 2018-2022: “It is time to move
the state forward to where peace and harmony
become the order of the day,” she stressed.
According to her, the peace commission
has in the last five months consulted various
stakeholders to get inputs on ways to ensure
lasting peace in the state.
Ankut said, “We have been trying to solicit for
inputs and ideas on how to end a legacy of strife
in the state. We are trying to put a solid plan that
would ensure that we work with the whole of
society to build a peaceful Kaduna State where
meaningful development canoccur.
Federal High Court sitting
SAN, had sought to be granted
bail after his plea was taking
afresh in the 26 count charge
of conspiracy and money
in
Katsina, Justice Hadiza
laundering of about N5,
Rabiu Shagari, has upheld the
fresh application of former
governor of Katsina State,
Ibrahim Shehu Shema, for bail
in a N5.8 billion alleged fraud
case against him and one Idris
Kwado, who is on the run.
Shema, through his lead
counsel, Taiwo A. Kehinde,
776,552,396.
Recalled that the former
governor was remanded
in Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC)
custody in Kano for days before
the former trial judge, Justice
Babagana Ashgar, ruled on his
bail application when the EFCC
dragged him before the court
some months ago.
Following the transfer
of Justice Ashgar, there
were palpable concerns in
some quarters over whether
the new trial judge would
approve Shema’s application
immediately or ruled that the
previous bail conditions had
lapsed.
In her ruling soon after
arguments were canvassed by
both prosecution and defence
counsel, Justice Shagari
granted Shema bail on existing
conditions and adjourned the
matter to November 13, 2018,
for trial.
The former governor, who
is accused of laundering
about N5.8 billion which
was allegedly stolen from
the account of Katsina State
SURE-P domiciled at Fidelity
Bank among others in Katsina,
pleaded not guilty of the charge
again.
Katung Emerges Kaduna PDP Deputy Gov’ship Candidate
BY AZA MSUE, Kaduna
Party, (PDP), Kaduna State
Chapter, has confirmed the
A
serving Member of the
House of Representatives
representing Zango Kataf/Jaba
federal constituency, Sunday
Marshall Katung, has emerged
nomination of Hon. Katung.
In a statement issued by
PDP, state publicity secretary,
Abraham Catoh, the party
called on interests groups and
as
running mate to Kaduna
State Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) governorship candidate,
Hon. Isah Ashiru ahead of the
2019 polls.
The Peoples Democratic
individuals to join hands with
the leadership of the party and
the flag bearers at all levels for
main opposition party would
continue to engage its members
and public as events unfolds.”
Hon. Katung’s admirers
and supporters have taken
over the social media space
to congratulate him saying
he is a competent and perfect
gentleman who will make a
perfect team with his boss, Isah
successful outing in the next
year’s general elections.
Catoh said, “PDP as the
a
Ashiru.
Katung, who was a former
commissioner in the Kaduna
State Ministries of Water
Resources and later Finance
under the administration of late
governor Patrick Ibrahim and
former governor Ramalan Yero
was said to have provided social
amenities to his Jaba/Zango’s
constituents. Hon. Katung, won
PDP House of Representatives
ticket to represent his people
again at the green chamber in
2019 before he was picked as
deputy governorship candidate.
HILWA Advocates
EntrepreneurshipTraining For Girls
BY YAHYA SARKI, Birnin Kebbi
In order to promote the acquisition of
entrepreneurial skills amongst school girls,
nongovernmental organisation, HighLevel
Women Advocates (HILWA), has advocated
a
for provision of entrepreneurial equipment
in
girls’ schools in Kebbi State.
The call was made by the chairperson of
the organisation, Hajiya Maimuna Bala at the
celebration of the 2018 international day of
the girl child held on Tuesday in Birnin Kebbi.
Bala who is a former permanent secretary
inKebbi Statesaidthat the2018international
day of the girl child with the theme ‘With Her:
A
Skilled Girl Force’ came at a time when
generation of girls are preparing to enter
a
world of work that is being transformed
by innovation and automation. According
to
her, education and skilled workers are in
great demand but roughly a quarter of young
people most of them female are currently
neither employed or in education of training.
She appealed to Kebbi State government
and stakeholders to ensure that schools
especially girls schools are provided
with necessary facilities to promote
entrepreneurship and vocational education
to
make them self reliant.
EFCC Arrests Gombe Peace Corps
Commandant Over Employment Scam
BY CHUWANG DUNGS, Gombe
The Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) Gombe Zone has
arrested a commandant with the Nigerian
Peace Corps, Gombe State command,
identified as Mr Ambore Enoch, for financial
impropriety bordering on employment scam
and extortion of money from the general
public of Gombe State under the pretext
of offering them appointment into their
organisation and provision of training kit
amounted to N54m.
The EFCC told newsmen in Gombe on
Wednesday that the arrest was prompted
following a petition written by some
aggrieved members of the Corps of Gombe
State command after which the commission
did their preliminary investigation
before inviting the state commandant for
questioning.
Bauchi State governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar (middle); his deputy, Arch Abdu Katagum (left), and Speaker of Bauchi State House of As-
sembly, Kawuwa Shehu Damina, displaying a gubernatorial nomination form, yesterday. PHOTO BY GOVERNMENT HOUSE MEDIA
Presidential Candidate Condemns Murder Of Red Cross Staff
BY BODE GBADEBO, Abuja
The presidential candidate of
the Action Democratic Party
(ADP), Yabagi Yusuf Sani, has
condemned the murder of aid
worker, Hauwa Leman by a Boko
Haram faction.
This brutal killing of the
24-year-old Hauwa by the group
otherwise known as Islamic West
Africa Province (ISWAP) after
the deadline given to them by
the federal government to free
her expired, according to him
smacked of nothing but a crime
against humanity.
Sani gave the condemnation
during a press conference
yesterday in Abuja.
The politician also described
hope to the traumatised people
of the beleaguered north east of
Nigeria.
He stated that: “It is painful
that the atrocities of Boko Haram
has been allowed to linger under
President Muhammadu Buhari
and the ruling All Progressives
Congress (APC) despite their
it
as a desperate attempt by the
terror group to inflict fear in the
minds of those working to bring
promises and claims that Boko
Haram has been ‘technically’
defeated.”
He also recalled that “before
the gruesome murder of Hauwa
Leman, one Saifura Khorsa,
another aid worker was brutally
killed recently by the terrorist
group in a pattern aimed at
driving away the aid workers and
entrenching an atmosphere of
fear, which the terrorists want to
exploit to destabilise the region
to achieve their abominable
aims”.

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Uproar InReps Over ElectoralActAmendment

BY TUNDE OGUNTOLA AND KAUTHAR ANUMBA-KHALEEL, Abuja

There were fireworks yesterday in the House of Representatives as members expressed displeasure over a provision in the new amendment to the 2010 Electoral Act, on a possible use of “any other technological device” in an election where the card reader fails or malfunctions. The National Assembly’s joint committee on electoral matters had in its recommendation, which the House yesterday began consideration in clause 16 (2), given a provision to the effect that where the electronic smart card reader repeatedly fail, or malfunction, an alternative technological device “as may be prescribed” by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) may be deployed for purpose of voter accreditation. Kicking against the suggestion however, chairman of the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges, Hon Nicholas Osai, said the suggestion may be open to any form of manipulation, and thus should be “completely deleted to prevent the use of something that is not known to us”. Ossai’s explained that the word ‘or any other technological device’ be expunged as stated in clause 16 of the act attracted reaction. Hon Ossai argument was based on clause 16 which states that a smart card reader or any other technological device that may be prescribed by the commission, for the accreditation of voters, to verify, confirm or authenticate the particulars of the voter in the manner prescribed by the commission. His submission was countered by majority leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila who argued that laws have to be made with some level of flexibility, adding the card reader of today may be phased out for another device tomorrow. Several other members also expressed discomfort with the provision, citing inconsistency with Clause 16 (1), which had recommended the use of card reader, with a condition that election in any polling unit shall be canceled where the reader fail up to three hours to the end of election, and a repeat slated within 24 hours. An uproar ensued however, with members shouting at each other when Gbajabiamila insisted that the provision should be retained, for whether if it is there or not, INEC has been given the constitutional power to organize elections, “and so there is nothing we can do, even if it introduce another device”. This was greeted with a thunderous shout of “no” by some members. Deputy Speaker, Hon. Yusuf Lasun who presided over the report consideration in a committee of the whole, appeared to be in a fix, and subjected the matter to voice votes, but could not determine whether it was the “ayes” or the “nays” that had the majority.

Group Knocks Gov Dickson Over Bayelsa Election Report

BY LISA KPANGHAN, Abuja

Save Ijaw Nation Group, SING has threatened to sue Governor Seriake Dickson over the failure of the governor to implement Bayelsa Election Report. The group in a press conference on the launch of #VoteAMust Campaign in Abuja yesterday declared that the campaign aimed at sensitising the Niger Delta on the importance of participating actively and independently in the 2019 general elections. While addressing pressmen, the group’s director of Strategic

Planning, Femi Lawson said: “We are concerned about the security of lives and properties of our people in the Niger Delta region, judging by the antecedent of some politicians, who are now playing leading roles, in some states of the region ahead the election. “We wish to remind our people, and the entire world, that the acts of violence witnessed during the December 2015 governorship election in Bayelsa remains fresh in our memoriesandthewoundscreated are yet to heal. “We cannot but express our displeasure that despite our independent effort as stakeholders

and leading civil society group, the government have up till date refused to act on the report of our findings, many of which were later validated by the recommendations of the Justice Margret Akpomiemie led Judiciary Commission of Inquiry,”, Lawson added. Recall that the election led to the killing of numbers of persons, destruction of properties and many put into permanent disability. “We are unhappy that up till date, not federal government nor the Bayelsa State government have taken up the responsibility of prosecuting those who were fingered to have either

sponsor or been directly involved in the December 2015 Bayelsa Governorship election,” the group lamented. Speaking in the same vein,

a constitutional lawyer, Barrister

Kayode Ajulo said: “An election is statutory but some indices hinder Nigerians to exercise their fundamental right to choose rightly.

“Violence is one thing that hinders free and fair election in Nigeria just like what happened in Bayelsa state. The election violent perpetrators

go without being punished. SING will

compel Bayelsa governor to implement the report or face a lawsuit,” Ajulo said.

N222m Scholarship: EFCC Probes Borno Commissioner

BY EJIKE EJIKE, Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is investigating the alleged disappearance of the sum of N222 million scholarship funds of the Borno state government. The former commissioner was in May queried by the state

Governor, Kashim Shettima for allegedly embarrassing the state government by distributing shoe polish and other items as part of his welfare to youths of Gwoza. It was alleged that the money was paid directly into the immediate past Commissioner for Higher Education, Ahmed Usman Jaha, also known as Babawo’s

account and that the money did not get to the beneficiaries. EFCC source, who confirmed the story, said Babawo was summoned to the EFCC office in Maiduguri, Borno state capital to explain circumstances surrounding the alleged disappearance of the funds meant for the payment of scholarships

for medical students studying in Sudan. According to the source, “the money was meant for medical students being sponsored by the state government in Sudan. Money was said to have left the government’s coffers but it never got to the beneficiaries while the commissioner was in charge.

HOMEF Advocates Moratorium On Extreme Genetic Engineering

BY RUTH TENE NATSA, Abuja

The Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) has called on Nigerian and African governments to maintain moratorium on extreme genetic engineering as imposed by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

This according to the Foundation is because “it threatens to wipe out species. Adding that extreme and even old fashion genetic engineering threatens the continents biodiversity, overall ecological health and the continents food sovereignty” HOMEF, Director, Nnimmo

Bassey made the call in his welcome remarks at the School of Ecology on Eco –Colonialism which held in Abuja yesterday. In his words ‘ We join in the call for the maintenance of the moratorium on extreme genetic engineering as imposed by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as they threaten to wipe

out species. We also join the call for a ban of all geoengineering experiments and deployment as they threaten our very lives He said Geoengineering’s side effects will obviously be deflected to already vulnerable regions and territories and Africa will be among the worst hot as present computer models show.

will be among the worst hot as present computer models show. Prime suspect, Aziz Yakubu (right)

Prime suspect, Aziz Yakubu (right) and other suspected Kidnapers, ritual killers and persons who specialised in exhuming dead bodies, in Kwara state, paraded at the Special Anti-robbery squad (SARS) headquarters in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO BY OYEDELE OMOKAGBO

Fayose Still In Our Custody, Says EFCC

Former Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, who reported at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja on Tuesday, is still being interrogated by the commission. Head, Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr Wilson Uwujaren disclosed this in a telephone interview with the

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in

Abuja, yesterday. Asked why Fayose was still detained for over 24 hours, Uwujaren said “we are still within range. We are not keeping him but interrogating him.” Fayose’s tenure as governor ended on Monday, and he had on Saturday, presented “Hand-over Note’’ to his

successor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who

was inaugurated on Tuesday. On arrival at EFCC office, the former governor had said “I am here in line with my promise that I will be here on the 16th of October. “And, like I said to EFCC, they should await my arrival. They had been to my house; they cordoned off my street which I feel personally was unnecessary. It is unwarranted.

“I had led Ekiti, and the best I could give, I have given. Therefore, every question, whatever they need

to ask, I will be able to respond

appropriately.” He had in a letter to the EFCC sometime ago, said his term of office “to which I enjoy immunity against investigation and prosecution shall lapse by Monday, Oct. 15, 2018.

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SenateTasks FGTo InvestigateAbiaOil BY SOLOMON AYADO AND AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja BY ERNEST NZOR, Abuja The
SenateTasks FGTo
InvestigateAbiaOil
BY SOLOMON AYADO AND
AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja
BY ERNEST NZOR, Abuja
The Senate yesterday urged the
federal government to investigate
the oil pipeline explosion in
Umuimo and Umuaduru villages
in Osisioma local government
area of Abia State.
Apipelineleakagehadoccurred
in the LGA and got inflamed
killing about 35 persons, while
scoreswereinjuredandproperties
destroyed.
But the Senate yesterday said
the fire outbreak was not as a
result of pipeline breakage but
dereliction of duty by the NNPC
staff and men of the Nigerian
Police.
To assist the victims,
Senate has requested National
Emergency Management Agency
(NEMA) to send relief materials
to the devastated communities.
Also, it called on NNPC to
immediately commence repairs
on the leaking pipeline.
The resolutions by Senate
followed a motion by Senator
Theodore Orji (Abia Central) on
the need to maintain pipelines
across the country.
According to Orji, the NNPC
active pipeline has been leaking
petroleum products from time
to time, without any effort to
repair it.
The director general of the National
Identity Management Commission
(NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Abubakar Aziz
has said that identity is the National
Identification Number (NIN) and not
the identification card.
Engr. Aziz who stated this
yesterday, when he paid a courtesy
visit on the corporate headquarters
of LEADERSHIP newspapers in
Abuja, said, “Identity is NIN not
the identification card, the most
important thing in this Twenty
First Century is the National
Identification Number (NIN) not
the ID card.”
“The National Identity
Management Commission (NIMC)
has been able to resolve the problem
of NIN in three to four years to
ensure that everybody has National
Identification Number and the
National ID Card will not be our
issue,” he said.
According to him, “all the bank
are connected to our database, if you
give them your NIN, they will be able
to check if you have been enrolled
Fayemi Cancels Education Levies In Ekiti Schools
ALO ABIOLA, Ado Ekiti
The newly sworn-in governor of Ekiti
State, Dr Kayode Fayemi yesterday
announced the abolishment of
educational development levy in all
primary and secondary schools in the
state.
The new tax-free regime in all primary
and secondary schools as well as private
schools in the state, according to the
governor, takes immediateeffect.
In effect, Fayemi has abrogated the
educationaldevelopmentlevyintroduced
by the immediate past governor, Mr
Ayodele Fayose in public schools in the
state in September, 2015.
Public secondary and primary school
students in the state had since been
paying N500 and N1000 respectively
into the coffers of the state government.
Thiswasasidetheexamination, PTAand
extra lessons fees being paid by the pupils.
The introduction of the levy, it would be
recalled was part of the resolution of the
education summit held in the state over
threeyears ago.
Governor Fayemi made the
announcement yesterday during a Town
Hall meeting with the people of Ekiti
South Senatorial District of the state,
held at the Ereja Park in Ikere Ekiti,
headquarters of Ikere local government
area of the state.
Similar meeting was earlier held in
Ido Ekiti, headquarters of Ido-Osi local
government area of the state as part of
activities lined up for the inauguration of
the governor and his deputy, Chief Bisi
Egbeyemi.
Fayemiwhomaintainedthateducation
would henceforth be free in all public
primaryandsecondaryschoolsacrossthe
state, said it was an aberration for school
children to pay tax.
He appealed to the people of the state
to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari
in 2019, saying it is only the continuity of
Buhari/Osinbajo government that could
guaranteedmoreprojectsfromthefederal
governmentforEkitiandthecompletion
Gunmen Kill 2
Policemen, 1 Other In
Kaduna
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN AND RAHILA
ABDULLAHI,Kaduna
Kaduna State Police Command have
confirmed the murder of two Mobile
Policemen (MOPOL) and one driver
in the Kaduna brewery attack of
yesterday.
The Command also confirmed
that five other policemen sustained
various degrees of injuries and
are being attended to at a Kaduna
hospital.
According to the Police Public
RelationsOfficer(PPRO)DSPYakubu
Sabo “Today at about 0525hrs, some
unknown armed men attacked our
policemen who were on foot patrol
along Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway
by IBBI Company, Kakuri Area in
Kaduna.
“After a fierce gun duel, two of our
men and a civilian driver were killed
and five other policemen sustained
gun injuries and are receiving
treatment at a hospital in Kaduna.”
DSP Sabo however disclosed
that no arms was taken away by the
attackers adding that some of the
attackers escaped with gun shot
injuries.DSPSabosaiddetectiveshave
been mobilised to the area to track
down the fleeing killers and bring
themto justice. “We are investigating
the incident and the command will
update the public in due course,” he
assured.
“The commissioner of Police
Kaduna State Command is saddened
by the ugly incident and vowed to
bring the perpetrators to book.
The CP Ahmad Abdulrahman also
sympathized with the families of the
gallant officers who laid down their
livesfortheircountryandprayforthe
repose of their souls,” he said.
2019:DonCautionsMediaAgainstFakeNews,HateSpeech
BY CHIKA OKEKE, Abuja
Ahead of the 2019 general elections,
Speaking on “Nigerian Elections and
Conflict: Guiding Against Hate Speech
and Being Conflict Sensitive in Political
a lecturer at the Department of
information and Media Studies, Bayero
University Kano, Dr Ruqayyah Yusuf
Aliyu has cautioned the media against
the dissemination of fake news and hates
speeches.
She stated this in Abuja yesterday at a
two-day capacity building workshop for
political correspondents on professional
and digital reporting of the 2019 electoral
process, organised by International
Press Centre (IPC) in collaboration with
EuropeanUnion.
Reporting”,shelamentedthattheadvent
of new media stirred hate speeches and
fake news as it was not regulated.
Aliyu hinted that a journalist should
detach himself from partisanship and
encourage unity, adding that it was
necessary to prevent the propagation of
hatred through daily reportage of both
political andother news item.
According to her, “Politics is a conflict of
interest because every politician aspires
to remain in a political position but the
conflict might escalate to violence leading
to loss of lives and properties”.
The don emphasised that management of
conflictshouldstartbeforetheelections,
saying that inreporting, national interest
like unity, security, indivisibility and
development should be prioritised.
On his part, the director of International
Press Centre (IPC), Mr Lanre Arogundade
asserted that the training was to examine
the roles played by journalists in the
dissemination of political information.
He maintained that in modern day
journalism a political journalist
cannot afford to neglect the use of
CSOs Decry Neglect Of Agric Sector
BY JULIANA AGBO, Abuja
A Coalition of Civil Society Organisations
under the aegis of Voices for Food Security
(VFS) has decried the continuous neglect
of the agricultural sector by politicians
across the country.
The chairman, VFS, Prof. Gbolagade
Ayoola, made this known yesterday
in Abuja while briefing journalists in
commemoration of this year’s World
Food Day.
The chairman noted that farmers have
resolved to engage politicians seeking
farmers’ votes in 2019 to sensitise them
on issues of interest to farmers and
obtain their commitment in addressing
the issues.
Ayoola said that issue-oriented
election campaign that would recognise
the importance of farmers to national
development and as an average population
of voters in the country would be
welcomed.
He listed some issues of interest
between farmers and politicians to include
farmers’ participation in policy process,
candidates’ support for the quickpassage
of the Right to Food Bill.
Others are: good agricultural
governance, farmers-pastoralist clashes,
prioritisation of food security in the
budgetandrural infrastructureprovision,
feeder roads, rural water supply, among
others.
He stated that VFS intends to establish
appropriate yardsticks for monitoring
the performance of successful candidates
in office after 2019 elections thereby

NIMC Emphasises Importance Of Identification Number

and identify.” Engr. Aziz was received by the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of LEADERSHIP newspapers, Bamidele Fanimo and some management staff of the newspapers. Mr. Fanimo thanked Engr. Aziz

the

and other staff members of

commission for the visit and assured them of fruitful partnership.

of the ongoing ones. He said: “Education is now free up to the secondary cadre in Ekiti State. Our children would no longer pay tax in both public and private schools. We can’t be owing their parents backlog of salary arrears and impose levies and taxes on their children and wards. When we were in government before 2010 and 2014, we ran free education until when the lastadministrationcameandsaidschool childrenshouldpaytax. “By the grace of God, by December this year, we are also going to introduce school feeding fromprimary to Junior Secondary 3 as part of the benefits we will get from thefederal government.”

Secretary, Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA), Dr Mohammed Dikwa, addressing journalists when he led a delegation to assess the ongoing verification exercise for ex-workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways in Kano Centre, yesterday.

data to disseminate sensible political information. Arogundade who was represented by the programme manager of IPC, Mr Sanmi Falobi expected to see the impact of the training in the reportage of the electoral process and the 2019 general elections. He appreciated the European Union for fundingtheprogramme. On the use of digital apps and tools to cover the political space, the founder/ director of The Journalism Clinic, Mr Taiwo Obe said that for democracy to be meaningfulNigeriansshouldhaveaccess to information.

benchmarking their performances and ensuring they comply with the yearnings of farmers. According to him, “A number of activities to sensitise politicians have been lined up like organising public mobilisation events (show your PVC rallies), advocacy visits in the pre and post-election periods. “The purpose of this conference is to draw the attention of the general public to the need to give a voice and vote to farmers, not only in policy, but also in the polity,’’ he said.

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L-R: Member, Nigerian Alliance for Justice and Good Governance (NJGG), Comrade Musa Wada; National Coordinator

L-R: Member, Nigerian Alliance for Justice and Good Governance (NJGG), Comrade Musa Wada; National Coordinator of NJGG, Mr. Cyril Obande and Member, Mohammed Hussaini, during a press conference on alleged Ganduje bribe video, in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO BY OYEDELE OMOKAGBO

BY MICHAEL OCHE, Abuja

As part of its efforts to drive job cre- ation in Nigeria, the director general of the National Directorate of Employ- ment (NDE) Dr. Nasiru Mohammed Ladan Argungu has expressed his will- ingness to forge a robust collaboration with the Nigeria Prison Service in the area of skills acquisition training. The DG made the declaration when he led members of the NDE Executive Management to visit the Controller General of the Nigeria Prison Service Alhaji Jafaru Ahmed, at the corporate headquarters of the service in Abuja. In his remarks, Dr. Ladan informed the controller general that NDE has structures, facilities and human re- sources in all the 36 states and FCT to undertake trainings relevant to the immediate and future needs of the in- mates especially now that the service has accorded rehabilitation and refor- mation of the inmates a great priority. He further stated that the Direc- torate’s training programmes and schemes are designed for both the ed- ucated and uneducated. Continuing, the DG hinted that in less than two years of his stewardship, the NDE has trained 76,400 unemployed women and youth in various income generat- ing activities predominantly in cosme- tology and other allied trades and skills of high demand.

PEEF Sets To Bridge Education, Skills Gap

2019: Our Candidates’ List Ready- LP

Labour Party (LP) announced yesterday that it has successfully processed the list of candidates standing for various elective positions under its platform in readiness to beat the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) final deadline for submission of candidates’ names.

Director of Media and Publicity, Yinka Richards, in Abuja, assured that the names of its candidates would soon be published by INEC. The party therefore, urged Nigerians to disregard statements issued by the suspended publicity secretary of the party, Ebere Ifendu , adding that it would

general elections. The party said that the public should disregard any information emanating from the suspended members of the National Working Committee of Labour Party, as comments in the media are orchestrated to misinform the public on the activities of the

by the suspended members in the media, Richards said the suspended publicity secretary of the party was not permitted to issue any press statement as she seized to function in that capacity after the ratification of her suspension by National Executive Council, NEC, of the

BY EJIKE EJIKE, Abuja

The party, which made this known in a statement issued by its

field candidates for all elective positions in the forthcoming

party. While reacting to comments

party in its last meeting which had all state chairmen and secretaries

The People Expertise and Excellence Foundation (PEEF) is set to bridge the gap between formal education and the real world, with a workshop to address fundamental issues. The workshop, with the theme:

“Education vs Reality: Bridging the Gap between the Education System and the Real World,” will witness presentations from key stakehold- ers in the industry. According to a statement signed by the executive secretary PEEF, Dr. Musa Rabiu, the workshop, which will hold tomorrow, will address top- ical and practical themes that would offer participants opportunity to net- work, develop actionable insights and make impact in their organisa- tion as well as in society. Rabiu said during “this confer- ence, participants would glean in- sights on self-leadership as a verita- ble tool for developing an individual competitive edge; the strategies for lifelong success; how education could be a springboard towards achieving a purpose; how a systemic approach to generic and technical capabilities could be developed; how entrepre- neurial spirit could be unleashed; how entrepreneurial talent could be developed and how ideas could be commercialised for economic devel- opment.” The workshop, second in the series, recognises the much talked about gap between the output from our education system and the needs of the workplace and with papers from relevant authorities, the work- shop will analyse and make contri- butions to current efforts at making education more preparatory for the real world.

 

Labour Takes Decision Over Impasse On Minimum Wage Today

BY MICHAEL OCHE, with

Comrade Ayuba Wab-

Ngige, last week said that

organised private sector,

United Labour Congress

agency report

ba who made this known in Abuja said the meeting which would hold in Lagos was necessitated by the dis- agreement with govern- ment on the actual figure agreed to be fixed as new minimum wage. It would be recalled that minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris

there was no agreement yet by the Tripartite Com- mittee on the new Nation- al Minimum wage figure in the country. Wabba said that the struggle for a new National Minimum Wage for work- ers was on course, saying that labour was proposing N30, 000 as requested by

but the minister insisted that no such agreement was reached with the workers. The NLC president said, “So, we as organsied labour will be meeting to- morrow (Thursday) in La- gos after which we will brief newsmen on the outcome of our decision.” Meanwhile, president,

(ULC), Mr Joe Ajaero, said that the organised labour has been taken for granted by the Minister of Labour and Employment. Ajaero said that with the ways things are going on the new national min- imum wage it might lead to an indefinite industrial strike.

The Organised Labour will today meet to take a deci- sion on its next line of ac- tion, following the impasse in the ongoing negotiation on new National Minimum Wage for workers. President of the Nige- ria Labour Congress (NLC),

Police Arrest 8 Suspects With 11 Human Skulls

 
 

BY EJIKE EJIKE, Abuja

uals, and exhuming of dead bod- iesfromwhereburied,removing of human skull and other human parts of their victims. He noted that “the Inspec- tor General of Police on receipt of the Situation Report from the Kwara State Police Command, immediately directed the IGP Monitoring Unit to proceed to KwaraStateandassisttheKwara State Police Commandintheir in- vestigation of the matter, arrest perpetrators to bring them to

justice. “The Police Joint Investi- gation Team on arrival to Ilorin, Kwara State on the 5th of Octo-

ber, 2018 assisted by the person- nel of ‘D’ Divisional Police head- quarters, Adewole, Kwara Police Command, working on actiona-

bleintelligencefrompublicspirit-

ed individuals in the area, swung

intoaction,obtainedsearchwar-

rant and moved into the house of one Azeez Yakub of No. 20 Ile Opa Adeta Compound, Ilor-

in. During the search 11 Human Skulls, some pieces of human bones, human hairs, and pow- der suspected to be grinded hu- man bones and charms were re- covered in the house.” The statement also added that further investigations by the Special Teamof the IGP Monitor- ing Unit led to the arrest of sev- en other suspects, Azeez Yakub, Abdulrasaq Babamale, Aishat Yunisa, Lukman Saka, Ahmed Yahaya, Abdulfatai Kadri a.k.a

(Adedoyin) – Vigilante Com- mander, Adeta Zone, Ilorin, So- liu Ayinde a.k.a Baba Fawasi, Ab- dulganiyuBamidele. “The suspects were in- volved in kidnapping, murder, ritual killings, exhuming of dead bodies from where buried in the community,removingtheirvital

body parts such as the skull, geni-

talorgans,eyes,humanhair,cer-

tain body bones and sell to prom- inent personalities inthe country for rituals and spiritual powers.

Nigeria Police Force have arrest- ed eight suspects with 11 human skulls, bones and powdered ma- terial suspected to be grinded bones. Force PRO, Jimoh Mos- hood in a statement, said the arrests were made after sever- al complaints received at the ‘D’ Divisional Police Headquarters, Adewole, Ilorin Kwara State on

cases of missing persons, kid- napping, murder, killingsforrit-

 

2019: Group Solicits Media Support For PMB

 

BY ODEY DAMIAN, Katsina

achievements ahead of 2019 general elections. The coordinator Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) Katsina State, Alhaji Ibra- him Musa made the call in a statement yesterday. Ibrahim said it has

become imperative to sup- port Buhari in his desire to put the country in the right

path. He added that the APC administration has done much in putting smile on the faces of the electorates

at all levels. Musa who is also the special assistant on Me- dia to Katsina State Depu- ty Governor said areas such as security, fighting against corruption and employment opportunities have been re-

stored within the last three years. The BSO coordinator said the need to re-elect Bu- hari and Governor Aminu Masari is imperative due to their ability in handling and managing resources.

The Buhari Support Organ- isation (BSO) Katsina State has solicited the support of media outlets to highlight President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s

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Lagos Community Seeks EFCC’s Intervention Over Pre-Paid Meter Scam

BY ANTHONY AWUNOR, Lagos

Residents of a Lagos community, Green field Estate Community Development Association (CDA),located along Ago Palace Way ,Okota ,Lagos have called on the Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to investigate

the leadership of the estate as well

as the management of Ikeja Electric

Distribution Company(IKEDC) over alleged pre- paid meters scam.

The residents alleged, that sometime in the month of August ,one Paul Okeke, the IKEDC service manager for Ago Service Unit in conjunction with the leadership of the estate approached the residents and told them, that instead of waiting for eternity for free pre- paid meters ,they should pay and get them instantly. According to the residents, they were asked to pay N35, 000 for double phase pre-paid and N25, 000

for the single phase meters. Out of desperation to exit from estimated billing system, they all agreed to pay. LEADERSHIP gathered that to complete the total amount the estate task force was mobilized to go round the estate to ensure prompt payment from all the residents. It was also gathered that they contributed about N20 million which the leadership of the estate told them was paid into the IKEDC UBA account.

Many months after the alleged payment, the residents stated that they are yet to be supplied with the pre-paid meters. A resident of the estate, Ukachukwu Chibuike alleged that they became suspicious of a shady deal when a different unit of IKEDC came to the estate to count meters but were chased away by the Ago Service manager in conjunction with the estate security. “I clearly heard the Ago service

manager, saying that the other unit of IKEDC had come to spoil business .That simply showed that some people have connived to defraud the residents of the estate using pre- paid meter as a bait. So, I am appealing to the EFCC to look into this case .Why should we pay almost N20 million for pre- paid meters which we have been told severally by the Minister of Power that is free but yet it has not been supplied to us”, Chibuike said.

Assembly

BY FIDELIS UGBOMEH, Lagos

Piqued by the poor sanitary condition of abattoirs and method used in butchering at Abattoirs, Speaker Lagos State House Of Assembly,Rt.Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has mandated the House Committee on Agriculture to pay

Decries Poor Condition Of Abattoirs

visit to all the abattoirs in the state and report to the House within two weeks. According to him, the existing law on abattoirs which provided for the individuals should be encouraged. Earlier, Lawmakers in the Lagos State House of Assembly expressed dissatisfaction over the poor and

unsanitary condition of abattoirs in the state. The lawmakers had observed the deplorable condition of abattoirs within the Lagos metropolis and the neglect of modern slaughtering facilities provided by the government with the butchers still slaughtering and processing meat in

the open which according to them is crude, filthy and unhygienic. It was further observed that despite the huge investment of the Lagos State Government in the agricultural sector over the years, especially on the purchase of modern machine for slaughtering meat in hygienic

manner to preventing outbreak of diseases, the state’s abattoirs have not been utilized. They also frowned at the means by which the processed meat is being conveyed on motorbike, car-trunk and other illicit means with impunity in the state.

OBJ’s Endorsement Of Atiku Has No Effect RBM

BY OLAJIDE OMOJOLOMOJU, Lagos

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pro-Muhammadu Buhari group,

Re–electBuhari Movement, (RBM), has described former President OlusegunObasanjo’sendorsement of former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, for President in the 2019 election as meaningless and of no effect. The group also knocked the presence of top clergy men, including Bishop David Oyedepo, Matthew Hassan Kukah, Sheik Ahmed Gumi and others at the event last week despites their claims of innocence about the endorsement, noting that “the endorsement will count for nothing in the next general election.” In a statement by its convener, Mr. Emmanuel Umohinyang, the RBM stressed that it's stand "is in view of the fact that the decision as to who emergesthenextpresidentresides with the Nigerian electorate.” The statement reads, “If endorsement wins votes, former President Goodluck Jonathan would have won the 2015 general election, because under that era, we saw how humongous resources were expended to buy endorsements.

Activist Raises The Alarm Over Threats To life

BY GEORGE OKOJIE, Lagos

Rights activist, Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor, has raised the alarmthat somepersonshave concluded plans to attack her over her comments in

unfolding political scenario in the country , especially Delta State. Speaking at a press conference in Lagos Lori- ogbebor said she has been receiving phone calls from faceless people threatening to attack her if she continues to comment on political issues

concerning them. She said, ‘’ I have called you here today to let the world know that my life is being threatened because I talk and shall continue to talk as an elder states woman in this country. I have contributed to the economy of this country for over forty years . I am a leader of my people. ‘’ About few days ago I reported a case of selection and manipulation by certain parties. Let me say here that case of open selection was one which I have never

known before but I now know that all the parties are involved in this manipulation and selection. ‘’There is heavy trading in money without shame and fear of God . Where do we go from here? When a common man going to have a voice in our country? I fear it is not going to happen and this will lead to war. It is a shame that the two major parties we have in the country have no ideology distinct from each other. ‘’This leaves a clear road

for them to move into each other’s camps to cross over especially when they are looking for a party that is likely to win , who can give them cover for the corrupt , fraudulent anddishonest acts that they have done.’’ She added that what she has been clamouring for is the development of the country and her state, saying her acquaintance with the present administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari is the war they have waged against corruption.

Buhari is the war they have waged against corruption. L-R: Lagos State Head of Service, Folasade

L-R: Lagos State Head of Service, Folasade Adesoye; Human Resources director, British American Tobacco (BAT), West Africa Area, Temitope Akinsanya; secretary to the Lagos State government, Mr Tunji Bello; Lagos State commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Toyin Suara, and head, Consumer Client Coverage, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Nnenna Okoro at the World Food Day Lagos Farm Fair,

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GOtv Max 2 New Channels Excite Lagosians

BY KEHINDE SALLAH, LAGOS

Lagosians have been excited by the addition of two new channels on GOtv Max, saying it is offer- ing more African and internation- al entertaining contents for the viewing pleasure of members of the families who subscribe to it. Residents who spoke with our correspondent at separate inter- views said it affords them the platform to views and have more insight into urban lifestyle. Paul Aghayere, a Lagosians said, “With GOtv Max you can view most contemporary sport- ing and entertainment pro- grammes. Now that they have added two more programme, we are better for it. Commenting on the develop- ment, the Chief Customer Offi- cer, MultiChoice Nigeria, Martin Mabutho said the new channels are the football-focused SuperS- port Select 5 and popular inter- national urban lifestyle channel, BET, which will come on stream today. He said,“GOtv is committed to delivering entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. With the onboarding of these two new channels on GOtv Max, we are confident that members of the family have an extended variety of African and International con- tent to view.

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Prison Inmate Leads Campaign Against Crime

BY OKECHUKWU OBETA, Awka

An Awka, Anambra State prison- inmate has expressed remorse over the circumstances that led to his be- ing sent to prison and pledged that whenever he is freed, he would de- vote greater part of his life in cham- pioning campaign against criminal-

ity. 32- year-old Kingsley Mgbe- mena told a Presidential Advisory

Committee on Prerogative of Mercy

at the prison yesterday that if it were

now he would have chosen to die than engage in the act that earned him prison sentence. He told the Presidential Advi- sory Committee on Prerogative of Mercy led by the Permanent Secre- tary in charge of Special Duties Of- fice, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Wil- liam Alo that he had acquired the skill of barbing within the period he had been in the prison and ex- pressed optimism that whenever he is freed he would be gainfully self- employed, and would be able to earn

a living. He promised the Committee that he would never get involved in the act of vandalism that brought him to the prison or any other form of crim- inality if he is released. “I’ve been able to learn how to barb hair in the yard and that will engage my time any day I find my- self out of this place. “I’ll also tell my friends to leave the act of vandalism as well as buy- ing stolen goods,” he added.

5 Give Birth In Bayelsa IDPs Camp

BY OSA OKHOMINA, Yenagoa

No fewer than five internally Dis- placed Persons (IDPs) at the Igbogene Camp in Yenagoa local government area of Bayelsa State have given birth within the last four weeks since flood rendered many homeless in the state. The IDPs numbering over 2000 are currently taking refuge in Igbogene main camp, which has six camp ex- tensions in the LGA and remained a source of worry. According to Mrs. Abbey Eloho, a Deltan, who resides in Yenagoa, and one of the mothers, “I gave birth to a female child here in the camp on the 23rd of September, and life hasn’t been easy for us. “We appreciate all those who have donated relief materials, monies and other items to us, you can’t get all the comfort when you are outside your home but we still need more. “I thank God for the gift of life, my baby is healthy despite the environ- ment. We also commend the message from the former governor of the state, Chief Timipre Sylva, for the money.” Mrs. Amaka James, from IMO State, who also gave birth last Mon- day, complained about the poor con- dition of the camp and lack of food for the refugees. She said, “Look at where we are sleeping, no mattresses and foam or even pillow to lay our heads, we see government, individuals and corpo- rate organisations bring relief mate- rials but we don’t get to eat or bene- fit from them.”

Group Laments Failure To Address N/Delta Arm Struggle

BY CHIKA OKEKE, Abuja

The president of the National Coalition of Niger Delta ex- Agitators, NCNDE-A, Eshanekpe Israel, a.k.a Akpodoro has

lamented that three years after President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration came to power he has failed to address the issues that led to Niger Delta armed struggle.

This he said was used by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to attract voters from the region even as he threatened to withdraw his support for the party ahead of the 2019 general elections.

This is coming on the heels of a publication credited to CPNDE in which it described the avowed withdrawal of Akpodoro’s support for the president’s second term bid as an attempt to seek patronage.

CP Enugu Charges Journalists On National Security

BY NNAMDI MBAWIKE, Enugu

The commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Mohammed Danmallam, has advised jour- nalist to always protect nation-

al security and peace in their re- portage. Danmallam, who gave the ad- vice in an address before declaring open a workshop with the theme; ``Strengthening Police-Media Re- lationship in Enugu State’’, in Enugu, noted that there was need for journalists to join in the pro- motion of peace and development of the society especially on issues that bother on national security. The workshop was organised by the Enugu State Police Com-

mand in partnership with the Ni- geria Policing Programme (NPP). The commissioner stated that there was need to further cement the ties between the police and media adding that ``Nigeria re- mains our only country and the place we can call our own in the world.” ``So, there is a need for syner- gy between the police and me- dia to understand each other and work towards a common purpose of protecting our national securi- ty, building peace and oneness in the country. ``It is in the interest of all that we, through our daily work, pro- mote peace and progress lead- ing to development,’’ Danmal-

lam said. Enugu State commissioner for Information, Chief Ogbuagu An- ikwe had in a goodwill message delivered at the occasion, urged journalists to involve themselves more in devel- opmental journalism, which pro- motes the general development of the people. Anikwe, commended the or- ganisers of the workshop and noted that the work of the po- lice and the media remained the same. He stated ``it is all about ensur- ing the wellbeing, safety and pro- gress of the society and her peo- ple. ``Occasions like this are cru-

cial to define the end points and conflict points between the police and the media; while amicable so- lutions are found for disputable areas,’’ he said. Also speaking , the chairman of Nigerian Union of Journal- ists (NUJ), Mr Rex Arum, called for regular interface between the police and the media to further enhance understanding among them . The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Am- araizu, had earlier in a welcome address, assured that the work- shop would strengthen relation- ship and synergy between the police and the media by creating better understanding.

Delta Govt Puts Smiles On Pensioners’ Faces

BY NOSA ERESOYEN, Asaba

The faces of some pensioners in Delta State will soon be all smiles as the state government has ap- proved an increase in the pension payable to them. Those to benefit, according to the state commissioner for Informa- tion, Ogbueshi Patrick Ukah, are

pensioners that retired before May 2000 who have gotten a 33 per cent increase in the rates of pension they receive. Ukah, who spoke after the State Executive Council meeting held in

Asaba yesterday and presided over by the state governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, disclosed that the increase is meant to ameliorate the sufferings of the pensioners. The commissioner further re- vealed that the contract for the com- pletion of the perimeter fencing of Asaba International Airport was ap- proved, while the procurement of third party services for the devel- opment of gas based Industrial Park in Kwale, Ndokwa West local gov- ernment area, was also approved. Other approvals are the award of contract for the construction of 32

units cluster houses (2 bedrooms semi detached bungalow) at Obog- horo/Utolina communities in War- ri North, the implementation of an automation of tax administration process by ICMA Professional Ser- vices which would commerce this month. Ukah stated that the EXCO ap- proved the appointment of Obi Lawrence Onicha Kogwu as the Obi of Ubulubu in Aniocha North, Ebenanaowei of Tuomo Kingdom in Burutu local government coun- cil and Obi Onyemaechi Josiah Jon- athan 11 Kanyinaga as the Obi of

Obomkpa, Aniocha North. In continuation of the laudable road construction initiative of the state government, Ukah said that the meeting approved the award of the contract for the construction of Uzougba link Road to Issele Uku and Otulu Road, Ubulu Okiti, An- iocha South, the construction of old Okpe Road, Jeddo, Okpe local government council and additional scope of works for the rehabilita- tion and asphalt overlay of Obutobo 1-Obutobo 11 to Sekebolou-Yokri Road in Burutu local government council.

to Sekebolou-Yokri Road in Burutu local government council. L-R: Vice Presidential candidate of the People’s

L-R: Vice Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Peter Obi; Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu and Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, during

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BY OGHO OYOYO

Motorists, plying Area 3 Junction in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), have lamented the bad state of the area, describing it as a death trap for motorists and pedestrians, especially at night. When LEADERSHIP visited the area recently, it was discovered that the road has been divided into two, by a deep gully, posing a threat to oncoming vehicles that may not be familiar with the road, mostly when it is dark. In an interview, Mr. Clifford Chukwuma, a driver, who plies Area 3, 7 and 8 from Wuse Market, said that the bad state of road has destroyed his car shock absorber on different occasions and had almost resulted to accident at night. Chukwuma explained that when the road starting becoming bad some months ago, motorists thought that the FCT administration would rehabilitate it before it got worse, adding that the road has gone from bad to worse without any sign of rehabilitation from the authorities in charge. “This road is a death threat to drivers that are using this route. It was God that saved my life and the passengers I carried in my car two weeks ago when I hurriedly wanted to discharge them at the junction.” Another motorist, Segun Folunsho, also expressed disappointment that the FCT authorities has not thought of rehabilitating the road, when roads in other parts of the city were rehabilitated on different occasions by the present administration. “I am glad that we have the opportunity of letting the FCT Minister know our plight on this junction through this medium. This road has gone from bad to worse in this past months and the government of FCT has not thought of doing anything about it. The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, should come to our rescue by rehabilitating this road for us, mostly this junction. This bad state is enough to cause multiple accidents at night if care is not taken.”

Jiya Emerges APGA Candidate For Kwali Chairmanship Poll BY IGHO OYOYO A resident evacuating charred
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Chairmanship Poll
BY IGHO OYOYO
A resident evacuating charred remains of some household items after the incident. PHOTO BY TIMOTHY YUSUF
Fire Destroys Houses In Utako Village
BY HOSEA YUSUF
There is tension in Utako village,
in Abuja Municipal Area Council
(AMAC) following the destruction of
several houses by a fire incident that
gutted the area yesterday morning.
An eyewitness, Alhaji
Muhammad, told LEADERSHIP that
the fire incident, which occurred
around 9am, lasted for over one
hour, destroying three houses, food
items and clothing materials, worth
millions of naira.
A victim of the fire incident,
Alhaji Lawal, said that the inferno
occurred when he was outside his
house preparing to go to work,
only for him to hear a woman who
shouted fire, fire.
Lawal said that before he got back
to his house, he discovered that all
his properties, including electronics,
television set, clothing materials
have been destroyed by the fire.
He urged the minister of the
Federal Capital Territory (FCT),
Malam Muhammad Musa Bello
to intervene in the matter and
to provide the victims with the
necessary support and assistance,
just as he thanked the interventions
of the youths who supported in
putting of the fire.
Also speaking, the village head,
Abdulahi Adamu, described the
incident as unfortunate, noting
that properties worth millions of
naira have been destroyed by the
fire incident, adding that a similar
incident happened four years ago.
Adamu also advised residents
to exercise caution during dry
season, and to be mindful of wrong
electricity connections.
AMAC To Train 120 Youths On Skills Acquisition
BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI
Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area
Council(AMAC),Hon.AbdullahiAdamu
Candido, has approved the sumof N10m
for the first phase of skills acquisition
programme, for about 120 youths
selectedfromtheAbujaCityCentreward.
Councilor,representingtheAbujaCity
Centre ward, Hon. Dogara John Bassa,
who disclosed this to LEADERSHIP
yesterday,explainedthatthebeneficiaries
were picked randomly fromeach of the 32
polling units in the ward.
Bassa stated that the two-week skills
acquisition programme would focus on
cosmetology, which involves soap,
shampooanddettol making, fishand
poultry farming methods, catering
services, bead making and others.
He added that at end of the
training, beneficiaries would be given
the sum of N50.000 cash to start their
businesses, adding that unemployed
should not continue to wait for
government jobs.
The councilor maintained that
the training programme was part
of the election promises he made to
the people during his electioneering
campaign, stating that it is better to
teach people how to catch fish instead
of giving them fish.
The All Progressives Grand
Alliance (APGA) has
elected Usman Jiya as its
chairmanship candidate for
the 2019 Kwali area council
chairmanship elections.
In a primary election
conducted recently in Kwali
area council, the party
also elected candidates for
councillorship positions
across the 10 wards of the
council.
LEADERSHIP gathered
that Hon. Usman Jiya
emerged through a yes votes,
which was called by the FCT
APGA state secretary, Chief
Stanley Agwara, from all the
delegates in the 10 wards.
Speaking after the
election, Agwara assured
the electorates that with
their support, APGA would
be victorious in 2019 general
elections, adding that INEC
has given APGA FCT up until
14 September to 27 October
to conduct the party’s area
council chairmanship and
councillorship primaries.
Responding, Hon.
Usman Jiya, promised
to bring infrastructural
development, as well as
create 1,000 jobs for the
people in the area, adding
that if elected, he would
not only guarantee peace,
unity and security of
life and properties, but
also guarantee human
development and pursue the
greatest good of all.
Jiya described the
primary election as peaceful,
credible, free and fair, just
as he expressed gratitude
to the party members and
supporters for conducting
themselves in a peaceful
manner during the
primaries.
The Independent
National Electoral
Commission (INEC) officials
were there to witness the
primary election.

Residents Decry Insecurity In Jabi Community

BY BLESSING BATURE

Residents of Jabi community in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) have continued to decry the increasing rates of insecurity in the area, just as they appealed to the authorities to find a lasting solution to the

problem. Chairman, vigilante training office, Gwarinpa ward, Mr. James Jezahi, told LEADERSHIP that criminals have taken over almost every corners of Jabi community, terrorizing residents, especially at night. Jezahi also called

for the arrest of these criminals, who he noted are well known in the area, just as he accused the local chiefs in the community of colluding with them to steal residents’ properties. Also speaking, commandant of Jabi Lake, Bintrus Sadima,

said that the issue of insecurity in Jabi is something that requires an urgent attention, adding that some residents have tried their best to stop the problem, but realized that it was beyond them, because some criminals disguise as army and police officers

to commit crime. “I feel so sorry about the miserable life condition of people and businesses in Jabi community, especially Mr. Biggs and others that keep losing their possessions, especially domestic properties to armed robbers,” he added.

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Malaria Epidemic: Achieving Pre-elimination Stage By 2020 In Nigeria

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bite of infected mosquitoes, has continues to claim thousands of lives in Nigeria. The World Malaria Report of 2017 indicates that the country contributes 27 per cent of the 216 million malaria cases and 24 per cent of the 445,000 malaria deaths. According to the report about three out of 10 persons having malaria in the world live in Nigeria; one out of four deaths from malaria globally occur in Nigeria and over 54 million malaria cases recorded annually for the last three years. The prevalence across zones in the country according to 2015

The prevalence across zones in the country according to 2015 Findings re- vealed that the most

Findings re- vealed that the most vulnerable in this group of people are the pregnant women and under five children

National Malaria Indicator Survey (NMIS) revealed that North West Accounts for 37 per cent; North Central, 32 per cent; North East, 26 per cent; South-South, 19 per cent; South West, 17 per cent and South East 14 per cent. Nevertheless, the country has over the years formulated policies all in a bid to stamped out malaria for good. For instance, the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NEMP) has formulated Strategic Plan which covers 2014 to 2020 and the aim was aims to achieve pre- elimination and reduce malaria related deaths to zero by 2020. While increased malaria prevention and control measures are dramatically reducing the malaria burden in Nigeria, stakeholders are however advocating for more political commitments, continued collaborations with development

partners and high investment towards malaria prevention, control and treatment. With collaborative efforts by the federal government, development partners and the private sector, stakeholders are optimistic that Nigeria will achieve pre- elimination stage by 2020. Dr. Lynda Ozor, from World Health Organisation (WHO), said the control and eventual elimination of malaria requires political leadership at the highest level, as well as leadership of programmes, resource mobilization, intersectoral and cross-border collaboration. Ozor said WHO remains a technical partner to the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health, and encouraged strong coordination, clear strategies and determined actions towards malaria control. She however advised that the country should remain vigilant of

the emerging threats of insecticide and drug resistance which have devastating potential to reverse the gains made. WHO Malaria Containment Programme Officer, Lagos, Dr. Tolu Arowolo , stated that WHO recommends that every pregnant woman living in malaria endemic areas receives the Intermittent Preventive Treatment (IPT) with Sulphadoxine Pyrimethamine (SP) medicine. She however disclosed that as at 2015, only 19 percent of pregnant women in Nigeria were reported to have received at least 3 doses of SP. She added that the survey carried out revealed that women in urban areas were more likely to have access to IPT than their rural counterparts. She therefore urged pregnant women to request for the IPT at their various ante-natal clinics so as to prevent malaria. “It is the

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right of a pregnant woman to request IPT”, she added. National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), Dr Godwin Ntadom has said pregnant women and their unborn children are still at risk of dying from malaria. Ntadom, in an interview with LEADERSHIP said Nigeria has a population of about 200 million and the people who suffer from malaria are the children and the pregnant women because they cannot develop partial immunity. The solution according to Ntadom is for the pregnant women to go for early Antenatal Care (ANC), which can help prevent complications during pregnancy, adding that they should take at least three doses of SP for IPT to prevent malaria. He said SP is recommended by government for pregnant women to prevent malaria and should be given after the pregnant woman feels the child kicking. He also advised that pregnant women should always sleep inside the Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) to prevent malaria in pregnancy. National coordinator, NMEP, Dr Audu Mohammed, has called for more donor agencies and increased

domestic financing to drive malaria elimination in the country. Mohammed, who was represented by Mr Chukwu Okoronkwo, head, advocacy, communication and social mobilisation, NMEP, made the call at the Integrated Health Parley organised by Breakthrough Action-Nigeria in collaboration with the Health Writers Association of Nigeria (HEWAN) in Lagos. He said the malaria burden in the country called for concern and required concerted efforts and funding to achieve malaria free Nigeria. “Quite a lot of donor partners are supporting malaria elimination in the country but in spite of their supports, we still have huge gap which is why malaria is still endemic in Nigeria. “We are appealing to more donor agencies to come in and government at all levels should increase their funding for malaria elimination,’’ he said. Mohammed said the prevalence of malaria in Nigeria is 27 per cent and there are variations of endemicity across geopolitical zones going by the 2015 Malaria Indicator Survey (MIS). “The World Malaria

Report of 2017 indicates that Nigeria contributes 27 per cent of the 216 million malaria cases and 24 per cent of the 445,000 malaria deaths. “About three out of 10 persons having malaria in the world live in Nigeria; one out of four deaths from malaria globally occur in Nigeria and over 54 million malaria cases recorded annually for the last three years. “We also have prevalence across zones in the country according to 2015 National Malaria Indicator Survey (NMIS). “North West – 37 per cent, North Central- 32 per cent, North East -26 per cent, South-South- 19 per cent, South West 17 per cent and South East 14 per cent, ” he said. He said another malaria survey is ongoing and the report will be out by 2019, to show the true situation of Nigeria’s malaria status. Mohammed however said increasedfundingformalaria elimination would provide equitable, comprehensive, cost effective, efficient and quality malaria control services. He appealed to Nigerians to stop self-medication and go for Rapid Diagnostic Test

for proper malarial testing. In her remarks, Dr Bolatito Aiyenigba, Deputy Director, Malaria and Tuberculosis Project, Breakthrough Action-Nigeria said that the project was focused on integrated social health behaviour of Nigerians. Aiyenigba urged the media to write stories and feature articles to provide adequate information to all Nigerians such that at least 80 per cent of the populace habitually takes appropriate malaria preventive and treatment measures. The Minister of Health Professor Isaac Adewole lamented the fact that malaria still poses as a major health challenge to the country. Isaac said, “It is sad that malaria still poses a major health challenge to the country and is a major cause of death of children under the age of five.” The minister however assured that government is concerned about this and is working towards additional funding to close existing gaps and move towards elimination. He said, “We need to de-normalize malaria and nobody should die of malaria because malaria is preventable and treatable.’’

Surgeon’sTurf DR BIODUN OGUNGBO POISONOUS FOOD IN NIGERIA: WHO CARES? Chinese food A chap went
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POISONOUS FOOD IN NIGERIA:
WHO CARES?
Chinese food
A chap went to the Chinese local store in Shanghai,
China to buy food stuff. A Nigerian, who had been in
China for many years and has some understanding
of the language. While picking things from the shelf,
a Chinese indigene came in and went to buy things
from the same shelf.
Suddenly, the Chinese shopkeeper stopped him. He
told him in the local language not to buy from that
side of the shop, since the foods were for the tourist
trade. In other words, not of good quality! Not good
for the local but can be bought by other people who
the Chinese consider as subclass citizens.
The Chinese have been known and shown to
substitute rat meat for chicken and many other
incredible practices. You do need to be very careful
when interacting with them.
Plantain
There has been reports of Plantains being ripened
with Cadmium. Cadmium is a chemical element with
symbol Cd and atomic number 48. This soft, bluish-
white metal is chemically similar to the two other
stable metals in group 12, namely zinc and mercury.
Same as Mercury and Zinc, Cadmium is toxic to the
human body.
Eating food or drinking water with very high
cadmium levels severely irritates the stomach,
leading to vomiting and diarrhea. If the build-
up of cadmium is high enough, it will damage the
kidneys, and sometimes lead to death. Symptoms of
inflammation may start hours after the exposure and
include cough, dryness and irritation of the nose and
throat, headache, dizziness, weakness, fever, chills,
and chest pain.
Plantains treated with Cadmium can lead to serious
health issues in Nigeria. You need to be aware of these
and seek for signs of forced ripening of the plantain.
Better to buy unripe plantain and store in your own
house.
Kilishi
Recently,awomanpostedonlineavideopurportedly
showing that she bought fake dried peppered beef in
Lokoja. The food was made of rubber. Unbelievable!
How can someone go to such extra length of making
fake beef disguised as Kilishi? How dubious and
extremely diabolical? How much effort would that
have required? Effort, time and money that could
have been better spent making the real thing!
We have heard about fake malt drinks and fake
plastic rice. There are of course many more and
behooves us all to be extra vigilant. Cancer of the
stomach and colon is on the rise in Nigeria. The rising
incidence of cancer and other serious diseases may be
because of this plastic and other poisons creeping into
the food chain.
Plastic apples
Apples are coated with a plastic material to make
them shiny and look good to eat. If you do not know
you’d be eating plastic with your apple.
POISONOUS FOOD IN NIGERIA: WHO
CARES?
The real question is who cares about all of these?
Is there a government agency actively researching,
investigating and exposing these practices to create
awareness in the public? The answer is a resounding
NO! The Nigerian government and its agencies have
abdicated their duties to the well being of the country.
Especially, with the upcoming elections, Nigerians
have been left to fend for themselves and protect
themselves from these dangerous businessmen, who
have no conscience.
WHO CARES?
You should!
YOU need to be really careful out there!
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BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, Port Har- court

O n Wednesday, October

10, 2018, a Rivers State

High Court sitting in

Port Harcourt, nullified

the ward, local govern-

ment and state congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Riv- ers State, held on May 19, May 20 and May 21, 2018. The Court, presided over by Hon. Justice Chinwendu Nwogu, also nullified all the indirect primaries, which produced Governorship as well as National and State Assembly candidates of the APC in the state. One Ibrahim Imah and 22 oth- er members of the APC in the state had in May 2018, approached the Court following their inability to be part of the party’s congresses, even after purchasing the forms for the congresses. Delivering judgement in the suit, Nwogu declared that the congress- es were illegal because they were not conducted in line with the APC Guidelines and Constitution. The presiding judge stated that all actions taken by the APC during the pedancy of the suit have been set aside because they are illegal and un- constitutional. He declared that all those who purchased nomination forms for the ward congresses were entitled to contest the ward congresses of May 19, 2018, but were unjustly exclud- ed by the party. Nwogu said: “The Rule by might must be checked by the rule of law. We must restore the hope of the common man in the justice system.” The judge, who based his judge- ment on the Amaechi versus INEC matter of 2007, noted that having studied the submissions in the mat- ter, he was bound to make conse- quential orders to ensure that jus- tice was done in the case. He stated that the State High Court has jurisdiction to enter- tain the matter as an appeal filed by the respondents at the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt to stop pro- ceedings on the suit was rejected by the Appellate Court on September 21, 2018. The judge further stated that all through the hearing, the APC filed no counter-affidavit denying the facts of the matter as presented by the applicants in the originating summons. Nwogu, who said it is trite law

in the originating summons. Nwogu, who said it is trite law Cole that facts not disputed

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that facts not disputed are deemed admitted, declared that the Abuja High Court is of coordinate juris- diction with the High Court in Port Harcourt and cannot sit in appeal over it. To Mr. Henry Bello, counsel to the applicants, the judgement of the Rivers State High Court is a vic- tory for democracy and rule of law. Bello said: “According to the Con- stitution, not according to the ca- prices of the elite, the Court has nullified and set aside the primary elections conducted indirectly by APC on September 29, 2018.” For Prince Azunda, counsel to the APC, the Rivers State High Court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the matter. Azunda said: “Once a preliminary objection relates to jurisdiction, no matter how it is presented, it must be considered by the Court. This is so that the decision of Court con- ducted without the requisite juris- diction is a nullity. The judgement that was just delivered is a judge- ment of nullity.” Speaking on the development, a governorship aspirant on the APC platform, who is believed to be the brain behind the Prince Peter Odike- led faction of APC, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe, urged the National Working Com- mittee (NWC) of the APC to obey

the order of the Rivers State High Court. Abe said: “Today as we speak judgement has been given on the congresses and the Court has done that which we told you from the beginning that you cannot collect money from people and you don’t allow them to participate. You are not leading well, it will bring well. “We stand on direct primaries and we want to use this opportuni- ty go appeal to the National Work- ing Committee to stand by the will of the people. We have been in a sit- uation in this state where even when the Courts will speak, people will go to the radio and television and an- nounce that they will not obey the Courts. “I want to use this opportuni- ty to appeal to the All Progressives Congress to respect the decision of the Courts. Those people who voted were not our delegates. They could not have chosen anybody on our be- half. That is why we went and votes by ourselves and those results are there. The national APC should re- spect it.” However, Chairman of APC in Rivers State, Hon. Ojukaye Flag- Amachree, declared that he re- mains the Chairman of the party in the state, despite the judgement of the State High Court that nullified all the party’s congresses.

Flag-Amachree, in a statement is- sued in Port Harcourt said: “Let me state with all authority and for the

purposes of clarity that I remain the chairman of APC Rivers state as I have not seen any judgement sug- gesting otherwise. “What I know is that on 4th Sep- tember 2018 Justice A. O. Musa granted a perpetual injunction bar- ring any institution or the nation-

al body from tampering with or dis-

solving my party executives and it will only take an Appeal Court to up- turn or set aside that injunction not

a court of coordinate jurisdiction “I therefore enjoin all APC mem- bers and party executives at the ward, LGA and State levels to go about their normal party activities and remain calm as I remain the chairman of APC Rivers State.” Before the statement from the party’s chairman, the Publicity Sec- retary of APC in the state, Senibo Chris Finebone, addressed a press conference in Port Harcourt, where he declared that the party was not surprised at the verdict of the Riv- ers State High Court. Finebone stated that the Court ruling, which coincided with a mega rally organised by the Odike-led fac- tion of the APC in Port Harcourt, has ended a collaboration between Abe and Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wine. He said: “The Rivers State Chap- ter of All Progressives Congress (APC), is not surprised that a High Court of Rivers State presided over by Justice Chiwendu Worgu, much to our expectation, said it has set aside ward, local government and state congresses of the APC held in May, 2018. “We state that today’s ruling did not come to us, as a party, by sur- prise. However, it brings to an end the collaboration between Senator Magnus Abe and Governor Nyesom Wike to destabilise the APC in Riv- ers State. “We recall the many overt and covert partnerships between Gover- nor Wike and Senator Magnus Abe using the Rivers State Judiciary on this matter to scuttle the elector- al fortunes of the APC in 2019. To- day’s ruling is a culmination of such an evil collaboration. “We further note that the grand rally staged today by Senator Mag- nus Abe was carefully planned and

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The judge, who based his judgement on the Amaechi versus INEC matter of 2007, noted that having studied the submissions in the matter, he was bound to make conse- quential orders to ensure that justice was done in the case

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Atiku Did Not Err In Choosing Obi As Running Mate –Nwobu

Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu is the Chairman of the Anambra state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He spoke to newsmen recently in Awka, the state capital, on a number of party and national issues. OBETA OKECHUKWU was there

Can you say the just concluded primaries of your party in the state, was free, fair and transparent?

W e all know very well that one of the bane of polit- ical parties in

this democratic dispensation is lack of internal democracy. What I mean by lack of inter- nal democracy is that political parties have not allowed their candidates to emerge through democratic process within the ambit of the constitution of their constitution. From the onset, when we started preparations for our party primaries, we set out to ensure that internal democra- cy is brought to bear in all our party activities. We made it clear to all our aspirants that their chances of becoming a candidate would depend on the delegates within their re- spective constituencies. and, the party followership with- in the constituencies. And we started to demonstrate this resolve by ensuring that the election of the three-man ad- hoc delegates was done in a manner that was satisfactory to every member of the party. And when we set out to con- duct the primaries, we made sure that we informed the In- dependent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which is the body that is constitution- ally empowered to supervise the conduct of the primaries. We informed the INEC about the time and venue of the pri- maries, the Returning Offic- ers, and, all the Committees that came from the national headquarters of our party to conduct the primaries. And we made sure that there were INEC officials in all the ven- ues of our primaries to mon- itor the exercise. And, I can attest to the fact that for the first time, there was no paral- lel PDP primaries in Anambra state during the exercise. All the primaries for each of the constituencies, either the state House of Assembly, House of Representatives or the Sen- ate were held in one designat- ed venue in each constituency. And the outcome of all the primaries have been adjudged as very transparent even by the aspirants. Those who lost in the prima- ries have even pledged to sup- port those who won. This has given a great deal of hope to the teeming members and sup- porters of our party, the PDP in Anambra state. And it is a pointer to the public that we

are eager to do what is right to get our democracy work per- fectly once again.

What is your take on the just concluded

presidential primary held in Port Harcourt? Interestingly, this level of transparency was also repli- cated at our party’s national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. All the delegates were already known. The statu- tory and the elected delegates, they were all known ahead of time. And all the aspirants who vied for the presidential ticket of our party were availed the list of the delegates ahead of time. In fact, one must com- mend the host governor, Chief Nyesom Nwike; the chair- man of the National Conven- tion Planning Committee, the governor Delta state, Chief Ifeanyi Okowa and his Co- chairman, the governor of Eb- onyi state, Chief Dave Umahi. They showed clearly the abili- ty to build confidence on the minds of the aspirants in the manner they ensure transpar- ency in all the activities con- cerning the convention. More importantly the vot- ing arrangement at the con- vention was made in such a way that nobody could detect which of the aspirants a dele- gate voted for. And the entire exercise was beamed live by on the television for the whole world to see what happened. And at the end of the conven- tion, all the aspirants were sat- isfied with the outcome. So, PDP has shown a great deal of ability to showcase in- ternal democracy. And that is why the outcome of that pres- idential primary has been ac- cepted by all the aspirants and the have all pledged to work in synergy with the our pres- idential candidate, Alhaji Ati- ku Abubakar, to ensure victory for the party during the gener- al elections.

Shortly before the primaries, some members protested against your designation as chairman of‘state Caretaker Committee’, How are you handling that, so that you don’t go into the general elections a divided house in the state? You know, in any political party there are always many tendencies. And each tenden- cy will want its own view or wish to prevail. But at the end of the day, when they see that the leadership has a very hon- est mindset, you find out that everybody will coalesce. But there is always the initial ef- forts by each of the tenden- cies to try to sway the leader- ship and the followership to its own side. But when they see that the leadership is firm, transparent and means well, you discover that the leader- ship will eventually build con- fidence that will force every tendency to queue behind it

and participate in the process. This was exactly what we were able to achieve in the circum- stance. And that was why you that there was no parallel pri- mary of the party in Anambra state unlike what used to be. And for the first time in An- ambra state you did not hear that a PDP faction is holding their primary at Dr. Alex Ek- wueme Square, and that an- other is holding its own at St. Mary’s Field, and yet anoth- er one is holding its own at St. Patrick’s field. This time, there was only one primary of the PDP, An- ambra state chapter because as a state leadership of the par- ty, we were able to build confi- dence of the teeming members of PDP in the state.

What is your rating of PDP’s chances in Anambra State? Anambrarians and Nigeri- ans at large have come to ap- preciate the PDP this time around. What happened dur- ing the APGA and APC prima- ries in Anambra state was a

sham, it was a charade! It was

a day-light robbery where peo-

ple came to the centres where the party primaries were sup- posed to take place and those who emerged as delegates were jettisoned for some oth- er names. And at the end of the day, even where an election

was said to have been conduct- ed, the outcome would be un- motivated both the delegates and other party members. And

you can find out from the INEC

if any of her officials monitored

the primaries of any of those political parties in Anambra state. Even the security agen- cies will certainly confirm to you that the primaries of both the APGA and APC in Anambra state were a sham, that there was no internal democracy in what transpired in those two political parties during their primaries. And I’m sure that both the INEC and the security agen- cies in the state will testify to the fact that transparency and that internal democracy pre- vailed during the primaries of the PDP in Anambra state, that PDP got it right. But come 2019, the APC should be ready to ensure that the elections are free, fair and

transparent. Anything short of this will meet resistance from Nigerians.

Let’s get your reaction to the choice of the former governor f your state, Mr. Peter Obi, as the running mate of your party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar? In fact, that action is the most reasonable decision by our party’s presidential can- didate, His Excellency, former

party’s presidential can- didate, His Excellency, former Nwobu Vice-president Atiku Abuba- kar and the PDP national

Nwobu

Vice-president Atiku Abuba- kar and the PDP national hi- erarchy. The South East has been very supportive of the PDP family. You reward people for their efforts, you don’t re- ward them for their inability to do what is right. So, the choice of Mr. Peter Obi by our party’s presidential candidate, HIs Ex- cellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as his running mate for 2019 general elections is a reward to

the people of Anambra state and, indeed, the entire South East for their support to the PDP. We all know that the ar- row head of the PDP formation was the late former Vice pres- ident, Dr. Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme. And he hailed from Anambra state. So, by this ges- ture of the PDP presidential candidate in picking someone from Anambra state as its pres- idential running mate, the PDP has deemed it fit to say ‘Thank you, Dr. Alex Ekwueme’. It Shows that PDP has really re- alized the major role he played in its formation’ and, that his contributions helped in mak- ing it the largest political par- ty in Africa. Besides, Mr. Peter Obi has an excellent antecedent. He is very focused, and a great man- ager of wealth. We all saw what he did when he was governor of Anambra state for eight years. Also, former Vice-pres- ident Atiku Abubakar is some- one who is greatly endowed with what it takes to give good governance to Nigeria, so as to bring the country out of the current socio- economic and political quagmire the APC government has thrown it into, given the experiences he had gained when he was vice-pres- ident of this country. Again,

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is great wealth creator. And Mr. Peter Obi has a deep insight into the economy of this country. So, I view Atiku/Obi presidency as the best thing that can happen to the people of this country at time it is in a mess.

What will give PDP an edge over other political parties in the state during the general elections? We allowed internal democ- racy to prevail during our pri- maries. Other political parties, especially the APGA and APC did the opposite. They allowed godfathers to hijack their pri- maries, and, imposed candi- dates on their parties. Again, the PDP had been in the affairs of this country until the APC took over after the 2015 Gen- eral elections. And our peo- ple have now tasted the two parties, and, they have seen the difference. They have seen that APC is a party that prom- ises, but, denies its promises . But PDP keeps its promises; that the PDP was able to keep this country together; showed that leadership in this country can be done in a detribalized manner. PDP had shown that no matter whose ox is gored - whether a person is in your party or not , if he or she goes against the laws of this coun- try he or she will be brought to face the law. PDP had shown that the economy of this coun- try is sustainable. And all these have been lost since the APC took over the running of af- fairs of this country in 2015. And we have been telling An- ambrarians in particular and Nigerians in general to give PDP a chance once more.

and Nigerians in general to give PDP a chance once more. that action is the most

that action is the most reasonable decision by our party’s presidential candidate, His Excellency, former Vice- president Atiku Abuba- kar and the PDP national hierarchy

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scheduled by both the Senator and Governor Nyesom Wike to coin- cide with the Rivers State High Court judgment details of which they were already privy to. “It was therefore not surpris- ing when Senator Abe gleeful- ly announced the exact ruling of the court on the rally rostrum just about when the judge was still read- ing his judgment in court. “We wish to inform APC mem- bers and sympathisers of our great party in Rivers State and across Ni- geria to remain calm as we are well prepared in anticipation of the rul- ing and have therefore done the needful. “Despite aspects of the mat- ter which are already before the Court of Appeal and the Nigerian Supreme Court, the lower court went ahead to decide on a matter that is being challenged at higher courts of the land. “Indeed, our legal team is al- ready finalising the paperwork to file an appeal on today’s judgment and stay of execution. There is ab- solutely no cause for alarm. “It is also important to empha- sise that the entire 319 Wards and 23 LGAs EXCOs of the Party are, by implication, protected against the ruling by any court of coordi- nate jurisdiction with the Abuja High Court that granted the Oju- kaye-led State Exco a Perpetual Injunction before today. We urge everyone to go about their duties without let.

We urge everyone to go about their duties without let. Abe “Again, it must be mentioned

Abe

“Again, it must be mentioned that if the entire collaboration be- tween Senator Abe and Governor Wike on this matter is to nullify ac- tions the party has taken recent- ly relating to its mandate by seek- ing to invalidate the Ojukaye-led EXCO, such an exercise has failed. “For example, the primaries so far conducted in Rivers State were done by the national executives or national leadership of the APC and not essentially by the Ojukaye-led EXCO in Rivers State and seek- ing to invalidate the Ojukaye-led

EXCO cannot in anyway invalidate the primaries. “We are urging our supporters not to lose sleep as appeal have been entered and stay of execution on the matter have been entered. We commend the Special Adviser to Gov. Wike on Electronic Media, Mr. Simeon Nwankaudu for his ef- forts at the court today in further- ance of the collabo between Sen- ator Magnus Abe and the Rivers State Government. We also com- mend the judge for the “industry” put into the process.”

To a chieftain of the APC, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, the judge- ment of the Rivers State High Court, which nullified the party’s congresses and primaries in Rivers State was premeditated and incon- sequential. Eze, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, said the High Court erred in its judgment on the pri- maries as it was conducted by a team from the national secretari- at of the APC and not the Ojukaye Flag- Amachree-led state working committee of the party. He said it is only that national leadership of the party that has powers to conduct primaries for Governorship, Senate, House of Representatives and House of As- sembly primary elections. The APC chieftain stated that the Presiding Judge should have known that it was the Nation- al Working Committee (NWC) of the party that set up the commit- tee that conducted the primaries in the state. Eze further stated that the judge forgot to note that the Supreme Court was clear on matters that once a name is sent to the Inde- pendent National Electoral Com- mission (INEC), no Court can change it not even electoral um- pire can stop the candidate. He advised both party officials and members to stop panicking because the Court didn’t based it’s ruling considering the list of delegates that voted in those pri- maries as to know who voted and their names.

UmanaDeniesDefectionPlan,ReaffirmsLoyaltyToPMB

The Managing Director of the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OG- FZA), Mr Umana Okon Umana, has described as false, malicious and misleading, report that he is con- templating defecting from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In a statement signed by his me-

dia aide, Iboro Otongaran, copy of which was made available to our cor- respondent, Umana said he is work- ing assiduously to ensure APC's victory in Akwa Ibom state and Ni- geria. Umana said "the author of the publication is known for publish- ing false stories to malign leaders

ForumCanvases For Re-election Of Sen. Faseyi

BY TOPE FAYEHUN, Abuja

Ekiti Youth Forum (EYF) has can- vassed for the re-election of Sena- tor Duro Faseyi in the 2019 gener- al elections. The group made its stand known in a statement made available to newsmen by the Coordinator, Prince Sunday Adelabu. Adelabu advised the people of Ekiti North to stay true and faith- ful to the candidature of Senator Duro Faseyi in 2019 election. He said : " Senator Duro Faseyi is a tested and trusted legislator who has been offering quality represen- tation to our people. He has been very consistent in sponsoring bills and motions that have improved the lots of our people in Ekiti North senatorial district ". Adelabu also advised the elector- ates in Ekiti North senatorial dis- trict, particularly the youths not to yield to bandwagon effect in the 2019 general. "He further said: Senator Faseyi has been serving us diligently since

his days as a member House of Rep- resentatives and he has even done much more since he got elected into the upper legislative chamber". The statement further advised the people of Ekiti North senato- rial district resist the temptation of vote buying and stick with the choice of Senator Faseyi. "Our senator has attracted a good number of projects to our district and he has personally exe- cuted some projects himself for the benefits of our people. "He has followed up these ster- ling performances with a series of empowerment programmes that have positively impacted the lives of some constituents. This is also in addition to employment op- portunities he facilitated for the youths". Adelabu described Senator Fa- seyi as an uncommon legislator with a genuine fear of God. He further referred to him as a selfless politician that daily seeks improved welfare and a better life for his constituents.

in Akwa Ibom State and impugn the integrity of other distinguished members of the society. "Nsibiet John is currently fac- ing a serious criminal charge in a court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, for false publication against the Depu- ty Governor of the State, Chief Mo- ses Ekpo. "Sometime last year, Mr John was detained by the police for false publication" he added noting that the publication "is the handiwork of an imposter masquerading as a journalist".

He said he was preoccupied with how to ensure President Muham- madu Buhari's re-election and end- ing PDP's inept leadership in Akwa Ibom State. While reaffirming his loyalty to the governing party and President Muhammadu Buhari, Umana urged members of the public to disregard the rumour. It will be recalled that there was

a publication, which claims that Umana is being persuaded by top

officials of his party from defecting

to the PDP.

2019: PDPStakeholders DrawBattle Line InNasarawa

BY DANJUMA JOSEPH, Lafia

Top Nasarawa State stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Par- ty (PDP) have held a closed door meeting in Abuja to discuss the political direction of the state. The meeting which was initi- ated by a prominent Christian leader in the north in collabora- tion with some Christians and PDP leaders in the state took far reaching decisions to make sure that the state produce a gover- nor who will be committed to- wards tackling security challeng- es in the state. One of the leaders who prefers anonymity said that the meet- ing also look at the injustice the APC leadership in the state has done to the people of the north-

ern zone by giving the gover- norship ticket to a minority in a Christian dominated zone , not- ing that all hands must be on deck to stop such a glaring mar- ginalisation. Our correspondent gathered that the meeting resolved to ral- ly support for the PDP governor- ship candidate, Hon David Om- bugadu, who is is ready to treat all tribes equally, fairly and has vowed to tackle the herdsmen attacks headon to ensure that the people of the southern part of the state enjoy peace. According to him “ when in- justice becomes a role, resist- ance becomes a duty, the Eggons are the majority in the northern zone and David Ombugadu is the candidate to go for.”

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If workers are to enjoy the dividend of good governance, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has to develop new strategies to engage government. This was the submission of participants at an NLC/Oxfam workshop. MICHAEL OCHE writes on the new strategies being canvassed by the Congress to engage government on issues of development.

BY MICHEAL OCHE,Abuja

In the face of various economic challenges confronting workers across the country, Nigerians look up to the Nigeria NLC as a rallying point. Unfortunately, the Nigerian public has come to associate the Congress with strikes and struggles for improved welfare for its members ‘only’. To change that perception, the Congress said it is developing new strategies to engage government and demand for good governance, which will not only improve the lives of only its members, but the generality of Nigerians. To achieve this, the NLC recently held a two-day workshop in partnership with Oxfam, on Financing for Development (F4D). Participants at the workshop agreed that once the NLC is able to engage the government on issues of good governance, it wont’t need to bother itself with consistent issue bothering on wage increase. It was agreed that following the poor perception Nigerians have about the role of the NLC, there is the need for the Congress

to develop new approaches to demand that the federal government act decisively on and around issues that will engender good governance and sustainable development. Already, the NLC is leading a campaign against what it described as unfavorable tax system against ‘poor worker,’. It insists that government needs to raise fund for capital development, and develop an effective tax justice system. Over the years, workers and Nigerians have lamented a system of taxation that many believed favours only the wealthy. But the Congress said the Financing for Development (F4D) Project is one struggle it must be committed to. Interestingly,the NLC stressed that it is convinced that an effective financing for development, which is synonymous with good governance will help to ensure that the nation is on the right track. It observes that such will also guarantee the mobilization of resources necessary for financing social spending, create decent jobs, and ensure the paying of

decent salaries that contribute to poverty alleviation and economic renewal. “It is our belief that to deal with the decay in governance and other economic and socio-political menace, rather than lament, we will continue to work with our allies and other progressive elements to explore and exploit imaginative ways and means to overcome these limitations holding us back from attaining shared prosperity,” head of the tax desk at the NLC, James Eustance said at the workshop. According to him, one of the NLC cardinal objectives is to engage in public issue that would bring good governance, transparency, accountability and better performance. “At a time when the challenges before the nation calls for re- birth and renewal, Nigerian trade unions have no other option than to initiate and not hesitate to collaborate on programmes that will help to prepare the rank and file for social redemption. The Strategies The NLC said bringing about these changes entails the building

of effective structures such as strong trade unions, political parties, and non-governmental organisations that will create political awareness as a basis of a discipline state and strong economic foundation that should counter the absolute power of multinationals, whose grip on the economies of many nation- states is increasing with the intensification of globalisation. James said, “In the pursuit of this vision, the Nigeria Labour Congress and its affiliate unions have over the years play active role in democratisation of Nigeria and enthronement of good governance. Though, the Nigeria Labour Congress had its administrative structure disrupted during the military era, it has, since the past 19 years, set up machinery for the renewal of trade union movement in Nigeria. “This deliberate effort brought about a lot of activities mainly, the education and training of members and leaders of the Congress and trade unions, which has contributed immensely to capacity building and has enhance mobilisation of the working people

for effective participation in governance and policy issue. He explained that the NLC has Identify strategic actions, influencers and actors required to mobilize citizens and decision makers against harmful fiscal policies, while creating space for debate on fiscal matters, therefore, promoting Nigeria’s democracy, James noted that the umbrella body of the Nigerian workers believes that effective implementation of pro-poor policies, especially the Social Protection Floors are some time-tested tools in the fight to substantially reduce and ultimately, in the long run, defeat grinding poverty and widening inequality amongst our peoples and our communities. “Furthermore, we know entrenching tax justice and stopping the financial bleeding of Africa’s and Nigeria’s resources from illicit financial flows and corruption activities will provide our governments with the needed public revenues that could pay for basic public services such as education, portable public water and health care. “The economic situation that Nigeria currently finds herself suggests she would seriously consider adopting pragmatic and progressive policy options. For us, the influencing strategy for change will go a long way in meeting our desire goals. “The critical aim is to engage our Affiliates, States and Local levels structures to ensure their effective and active involvement in the campaigns, mobilisation, and sensitisation of our members and the Nigerian masses and for sustainability. The NLC Affiliates, States and Local chapters are the main channels of implementing NLC decisions and policies, and are effective means of delivering on its mandates. But like James rightly asserted, the Congress must be prepared to equip and position these structures for efficiency and mobilised the working people across the nation, and for active involvement. “The financing for development agenda, especially at the States and local government levels, must be fully integrated not just as partners but in a collaborative manner. “But above all, NLC needs to engage them through our next step as the strategies developed from this workshop will further detail” he added.

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‘FG Invests N2.7trn On Infrastructure Since 2015’
because of its multi-ethnic, multi-
religious and multi-cultural status.
It is also a clear and present danger
to the nation’s unity. Naysayers have
latched onto the fake news phenom-
enon to exploit the country’s fault
lines and inflame passion.
“For example, the BBC recent-
ly did a report on how fake news is
aggravating the persistent Farmers-
Herders clashes. Pictures of gun-tot-
ing herdsmen from other lands are
routinely used to depict the herds-
men in Nigeria. Age-long clashes
between Farmers and Herders have
suddenly been dressed in the garb of
religion and ethnicity.
“ Ignored is the fact that the clash-
es have become more persistent be-
cause of a mixture of many factors,
including population explosion, ef-
fects of climate change, keener con-
test for dwindling natural resources
and sheer criminality. Religion and
ethnicity are not the reasons for these
clashes,” he stated.
The Minister added that the Pres-
ident Buhari-led administration re-
mains committed to the nation’s uni-
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BY ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja
The federal government has again
reiterated that the administration of
President Muhammadu Buhari has
invested an unprecedented amount
of N2.7 trillion infrastructure from
its inception.
Minister of Information and Cul-
ture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed stated
this in his speech yesterday at The
Chatham House in London.
The key areas of intervention
according to the minister include
roads, rails, power and other simi-
lar projects.
“Since coming into office, the Ad-
ministration of President Muham-
madu Buhari has embarked on an
unprecedented renewal of the na-
tion’s infrastructure, investing an un-
precedented N2.7 trillion on roads,
rails, power and other similar pro-
jects.
“But it is not enough to embark
on these projects, it is important to
let the public know the extent and
spread of such projects to foster a
sense of national unity. This ex-
plains why we kick started a nation-
wide tour of federal government pro-
jects nationwide, with not less than
25 journalists accompanying me on
each trip,” he said.
According to the minister, his of-
fice has so far inspected many of
such projects, including the new La-
gos to Kano standard gauge rail line,
the Lagos-Ibadan expressway in the
Southwest that connects the port city
of Lagos to other parts of the coun-
try, the new intra-city rail line con-
necting the Abuja city center to the
international Airport, the Enugu-Port
Harcourt freeway in the South-east
and the Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa road in
central Nigeria.
The Minister also said that the
current administration has dislodged
Boko Haram insurgents as they no
longer have capacity to attack. He
insisted that the insurgents now
lacks the capacity to attack.
Mohammed noted that before
Buhari came on board, Boko Har-
am was controlling territories which
were almost the size of Lebanon.
He further explained that the gov-
ernment places premium on Nige-
ria’s unity by spreading projects
across the nation’s six geopolitical
zones. He explained that Boko Har-
am does not control the vast territo-
ries, almost the size of Lebanon, it
was managing before President Bu-
hari was elected in 2015.
“The insurgency that started in
2009 had taken its toll on the country
by the time we assumed office. The
terrorists struck freely at places and
times of their own choosing. They
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strolled intoAbuja, the nation’s capi-
tal, several times to wreak havoc, in-
cluding on the United Nations office
and the police headquarters.
“The terrorists administered a ter-
ritory the size of Lebanon, collect-
ing taxes and removing and install-
ing Emirs. Nigerians slept with one
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
Group Business Editor
Bayo Amodu
Business Editor (Lagos)
Chima Akwaja
2019 elections, the minister said the
Assistant Business Editors
Kingsley Alu
Tony Awunor
Correspondent
Chika Izuora
Reporters
Festus Okoromadu
Mark Itsibor
Mbakaan Kwen
Bukola Idowu
Olushola Bello
Abah Adah
Chika Okeke
poll will indicate whether or Nigeri-
ans have learnt any lessons from the
ethno-religious tension which char-
acterized the last general elections.
“As the 2019 general elections ap-
proach, Nigeria faces a new chal-
lenge, a threat not just to the coun-
try peace and security, but indeed its
very existence. It is the dual chal-
lenge of fake news and hate speech.
Yes, the fake news problem is not
unique to Nigeria, but it poses a
more potent threat to the country
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DG, NITDA, Dr Isa Ali Pantami.
other parts of the world. DG, NITDA, Dr Isa Ali Pantami. t y . “Nigeria continues

ty. “Nigeria continues to struggle to forge a national consensus, to ac- cept its diverse ethnic groups as the source of its national power and co- hesion, irrespective of religion, sta- tus, culture and geographical loca- tion. The challenge is made more daunting by the fact that the large country is occupied by diverse peo- ple, with diverse languages and cul- ture. In other words, it is a multi- national state, a conglomeration of ethnic nations, each with its distinc- tive character and ethos. “Why is the question of national unity so important? This is simply because without a united country, all its component parts will be working at cross purposes with conflicting signals that will constantly threat- en the foundation and the very ex- istence of the country. This is more so in a country as diverse as Nige- ria, which has had sufficient dos- es of ethnic and religious strives at various times in its nationhood jour- ney, including a bitter, 30-month civ- il war and the Boko Haram insur- gency. “The relevance of the topic is also accentuated by the fact that, in the next few months, Nigeria will be re- turning to the polls for the general elections. “The run-up to the 2015 general elections tested the nation’s unity, in no small measure, and it remains to be seen whether we, the people, have learnt any lessons as we move closer to the 2019 polls,” he added.

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STOCK INDEX (AS AT OCTOBER 17)

STOCK INDEX (AS AT OCTOBER 17)

Gainers

Losers

Symbols

CP

% change

Sunuassur

0.22

10.00

Continsure

1.48

9.63

Cutix

2.20

8.37

Afriprud

4.20

5.00

Wapic

0.43

4.88

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CP

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Pharmdeko

1.71

-10.00

UACN

10.00

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Lawunion

0.47

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Nigerins

CAP

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30.95

-6.67

-6.21

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ASI (Points) DEALS (Numbers) VOLUME (Numbers million) VALUE (Nbillion) CAP (Ntrn)

32,437.35

2,974

240.76

3.66

N11.842

Market Declines By N104bn On 22 Stocks

BY OLUSHOLA BELLO, Lagos

The Nigerian stock market closed yesterday trading session with a decline of N104 billion to erase prior gain. The NSE-ASI was down by 284.83 absolute points, representing a dip of 0.87 per cent to close at 32,437.35 points. Similarly,themarketcapitalisation decreased by N104 billion to close at N11.842 trillion. The downturn was impacted by losses recorded in medium and large capitalised stocks, amongst which are; Seplat Petroleum Development Company, Dangote Cement, Chemical & Allied Products (CAP), UAC of Nigeria and Glaxosmithkline Consumer Nigeria. Analysts at Afrinvest Limited said that “although sentiments in the market remain soft, we believe

it presents an entry opportunity

for long term investors to position in fundamentally sound stocks. Nonetheless, we maintain a bearish outlook for the market in the near term.” Marketbreadthclosednegative, with 11 gainers versus 22 losers. Sunu Assurance recorded the highest price gain of 10 per cent, to close at 22 kobo per share. Continental Reinsurance gained

9.63 per cent to close at N1.48,

while Cutix appreciated by 8.37

per cent to close at N2.20 per share. Africa Prudential appreciated by five per cent to close at N4.20, while Wapic Insurance gained

4.88 per cent to close at 43 kobo

per share. On the other hand, Pharma Deko led the losers’chart by 10 per cent, to close at N1.71 per share. UAC of Nigeria followed with a decline of 9.09 per cent to close at

N10, while Law Union & Rock Insurance depreciated by 7.84 per cent to close at 47 kobo per share. Niger Insurance declined by 6.67 per cent to close at 28 kobo and CAP shed 6.21 per cent to close at N30.95 per share. The total volume traded depreciated by 63.63 per cent to 240.76 million shares, worth N3.66 billion, and traded in 2,974 deals. Transactions in the shares of Zenith Bank topped the activity chart with 87.05 million shares valued at N1.98 billion. United Bank for Africa (UBA) followed with 68.37 million shares worth N560.36 million, while Fidelity Bank traded 15.93 million shares valued at N29.58 million. Sterling Bank traded 12.99 million shares valued at N19.48 million, while Guaranty Trust Bank transacted 4.37 million shares worth N236.64 million.

GTBank Posts N142bn Profit In Q3

BY OLUSHOLA BELLO, Lagos

The Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB)

Plc has posted profit- after- tax of N142.22 billion for the third quarter ended September 30,

2018.

This was contained in the bank third quarter results re- leased on the Nigerian Stock Ex- change (NSE) yesterday. The report showed that the profit- after- tax represent- ed a growth of 13.6 per cent as against N125.58 billion achieved in the corresponding period of 2017. Its profit -before - tax rose to N164.25 billion from N150.03 billion recorded in the preced-

ing period of 2017, while earn- ings per share went up to N5.03 from N4.44 in 2017. Further analysis by the bank showed that interest income surged to N237.55 billion from N248.27 billion in the compar- ative period of 2017, an increase of 4.4 per cent, while interest ex- pense appreciated to N66.9 bil- lion as against N58.7 billion, re- sulting to net interest income of N170.64 billion during the peri- od under review from N189.57 billion in the preceding period. Net fee and commission in- come stood at N37.84 billion from N32.1 billion reported in third quarter, 2017, while loans and advances to custom-

ers dropped to N1.27 trillion from N1.45 trillion in Decem- ber, 2017. Deposits from cus- tomers increased to N2.24 tril- lion compared to N2.1 trillion in December, 2017. Also, the result showed that total assets declined from N3.35 trillion as at December 2017 to N3.43 trillion under the review, while total liabilities inched up to N2.9 trillion from N2.73 tril- lion in December, 2017. Chairman of GTBank, Mrs. Osaretin Demuren, at the bank’s last annual general meeting in Lagos recently assured share- holders that the lender would continue to deliver good returns to them.

LafargeAfricaRecordsN234bnNetSales

BY OLUSHOLA BELLO, Lagos

Lafarge Africa Plc said it recorded net sales of N234 billion for the nine-month period and N72 billion for the third quarter of 2018. The cement company, in its third quarter results for the period ended September 30, 2018 said that this was an increase of five per cent over 2017 both versus the quarter and the nine months period. According to the company, the positive performance was mainly driven by strong volume growth in Nigeria and favourable pricing trends in South Africa. “Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation

(EBITDA) for the third quarter increased significantly as a result of improved performance in South Africa, while it was down for the nine months period due to South Africa’s performance in first and second quarter of 2018,” the company stated. The company’s revenue grew by 4.8 per cent to N234.3 billion from N223.669 billion in 2017, cost of sales was up by 7.5 per cent to N178.205 billion, while gross profit for the period stood at N56.095 billion. However, the company’s loss in third quarter is not unexpected as it declared a loss after tax of N6.47 billion lower than the N18.79 billion loss reported in third quarter, 2017

CEO of Lafarge Africa Plc, Mr. Michel Puchercos, said that “we continued to deliver strong margins in our Nigerian business as a result of our successful commercial strategies with improved product visibility and the fast tracking of the new route to market. “Our energy efficiency plan translated in increased use of alternative fuel and coal. Our South African operations delivered first positive recurring EBITDA and are focused on executing its turnaround plan.’’ He further stated that the company has successfully commissioned a new grinding station in Ghana with a capacity of 600KT.

S’Court Orders FG To Recover Unremited Oil Revenues

BY ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja

The Supreme Court yesterday ordered the federal government to review the rate of revenue accruing from oil proceeds with effect from August 2003. This in effects means that international oil companies operating in Nigeria will pay backlogs of revenue running into millions of dollars to the Nigerian government. To this end, the Apex Court directed the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubarkar Malami (SAN) to immediately set up a body and the necessary mechanism for the recovery of all lost revenue accruing to the Federation Account from the said date with an acceptable instalment payment to be made within 90 days. Consequently, the Court ordered that the 13 per cent derivation due to the oil producing states should be paid upon recovery, in accordance with section 162 of the 1999 constitution (as amended). A seven-man panel of the Supreme Court, including the Chief Justice of the Federation, Walter Onnoghen, in a unanimous ruling read by Justice John Inyang Okoro (JSC), adopted the terms of amicable settlement between the AGF and the attorneys- general of Rivers, Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom states as its judgement in the matter. Attorneys-general of Akwa Ibom State, Uwemedimo Nwoko; Bayelsa State, Wodu Kemasukde and the deceased attorney-general of Rivers State, Emmanuel Aguma (SAN) had in November 2017 sought the apex court to determine whether there is a statutory obligation imposed on the federal government, pursuant to Section 16 (1) of the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin

Production Sharing Contracts Act 2004, to adjust the share of federal government in the additional revenue accruing under the various production at any time the price of crude oil exceeds $20 per barrel. The states also urged the court to declare that failure of the federal government to accordingly adjust the share of the government of the federation is a breach of the law. However, in the terms of settlement signed by the three states, witnessed by their lead counsel, Lucius Nwosu (SAN), and the AGF, Shehu Malami, SAN, witnessed by the Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata, the cost of recovery shall be netted off and payable from the gross recovered sums from time to time, prior to placement of net recoveries in the Federation Account. Also, solicitors of the three states or their nominee professional advisers shall be members of the recovery body and necessary recovery mechanism. Meanwhile, the court has ordered counsel to the Lagos Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Babatunde Fagbohun (SAN), to pay N2 million to each plaintiff as penalty for filing a frivolous application in the matter. Fagbohun had through an application as Intervener Applicant urged the court to dismiss the matter in the interest of the public, arguing that the reliefs sought by the three oil producing states would affect the entire business environment in the country. But the Supreme Court justices unanimously disagreed with Fagbohun, as they noted that the Lagos Chamber of Commerce which he represent has no locus to introduce a

matter before the Apex Court. “You cannot invite yourself

as an amicus curie, and if the court did not see the need to have an amicus curie, you cannot impose yourself,” the apex court ruled. The court also ruled that Intervener Applicant’s motion had been overtaken by events, as the court had already assumed jurisdiction on the matter. “The Intervener Applicant

is not one of the parties that

can invoke jurisdiction of the court. This application lacks merit and is hereby dismissed. “The terms of settlement entered into by the parties be and is hereby made the judgment of this court. The Intervener Applicant shall pay

a cost of N2 million to each

counsel and the cost shall be borne personally by counsel to

the Intervener,” the court ruled. Earlier, lead counsel to the plaintiff, Nwosu, had urged the court to dismiss application by Fagbohun, noting that the application was incompetent and constituted gross abuse to the conduct of the court. “It will amount to impunity of an exemplary cause,” Nwosu said. He urged the court to proceed and adopt the terms of settlement which was personally adopted by the Attorney General of the Federation on the 6th April. Meanwhile, efforts to reach the multinationals operating in the country to get their responses were fruitless as their spokespersons refused to respond to text messages sent

to their phones and enquirers

made through their emails. However, at the time of writing this report, only the spokesman of Shell, Bamidele Odugbesan, responded to LEADERSHIP via SMS, saying he has no comment.

FHA To Decongest Traffic In Gwarinpa Estate

BY CHIKA OKEKE, Abuja

The Federal Housing Authori- ty (FHA) has indicated its inten- tion to relocate commercial and other activities taking place on major avenues in Gwarinpa es- tate, Abuja, in a bid to ease traf- fic congestion. The managing director of FHA, Prof Mohammed Al- amin stated this in Abuja yester- day while addressing newsmen on the forthcoming inspection tour of Gwarinpa estate by FHA in collaboration with Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) andAbuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC). He hinted that the commer- cial activities would be relocat- ed upon the completion of sec- tor centre project in Gwarinpa. The MD stated that the de- velopment of sector centres are the statutory responsibility of FCDA, saying that the failure of FCDA to develop it for the

past 20 years was due to some encumbrances particularly gul- ly erosion. Al-amin pleaded with Gwarin- pa residents that FHA is working with FCDA to develop the sec- tor centre where major commer- cial activities and other services would take place. He said that the second reason behind the traffic congestion in the estate was due to non-com- pletion of the second outer road that linked to the airport, noting that the N12 road which is the major link to Gwarinpa was cap- tured in the budget. The MD disclosed that all en- gineering drawings for the con- struction of outer road have been concluded and currently at pro- curement stage in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), stressing that with the active participation of FCT minister, Mohammed Musa Bello that there would be free human and vehicular move- ment in the estate.

Al-amin noted that the es- sence of the inspection tour was to identify areas prone to ecolog- ical problems and for rehabilita- tion of bad roads in the estate. According to him, “We will be collaborating on the inspec- tion because FHA are develop- ers and owners of Gwarinpa but there are facilities, roads and drainages which statutorily are supposed to be maintained by FCDAbecause Gwarinpa is part of Federal Capital City (FCC)”. Al-amin hinted that the collab- oration would also provide op- portunity to examine the reports fromecological fund and interact with the residents on how the in- tervention would be carried out. He assured that FHA would maintain the existing roads and waterways in its estates as well as areas experiencing active ero- sion, just as he enjoined Gwarin- pa residents to cooperate with FHA engineers and consultants from ecological fund.

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L-R: General manager, Upstream Gas, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), Mrs Yemi Famori; managing director, Shell Nigeria Gas, Mr Ed Ubong; group managing director, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru and president, Nigeria Gas Association, Mr Dada Thomas, at the opening session of the 2018 NGA Conference in Abuja, recently.

Inflation: Analysts Blame Flooding, Herdsmen Attacks

Financial analysts yesterday blamed flooding and persistent herdsmen attacks for the steady rise in Nigeria’s headline inflation for two consecutive months. The analysts spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Lagos. They were reacting to the inflation figure for last month and the remarkable rise in food prices nationwide. A professor of economics at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye in Ogun, Prof. SheriffdeenTella, argued that the flooding and herdsmen attacks had impacted negatively on food

production. He said that imported inflation from countries Nigeria was importing raw materials and production equipment also contributed to the current high inflation in Africa’s most populous nation. “We will need to live with rising inflation for some time until local content of local production improves considerably. “Headline inflation has gone up again and the main cause is the food sector. It is expected at the planting season but prices are expected to come down during harvesting,”he said. Mr Ambrose Omordion, chief

operating officer of InvestData Ltd., said that a rise in inflation was expected, in spite of various loans extended to farmers by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to boost food production. Omordion said that insecurity and killings by herdsmen drove most farmers out of their farms, which resulted to shortages in food supply. He said that high cost of transportation, due to a lack of infrastructure and high cost of funding also contributed to the development. “The rise was little as expected because impact of the 2018 budget is mild as many approved projects are not backed with cash

and political spending is yet to trickle down,” Omordion said. Consumer Price Index,

otherwise referred to as inflation rate for goods and services, rose to the highest level since May at 11.28 per cent in September,

2018 against 11.23 per cent in

August. The Nigerian Bureau of Statics said that amid general increases in prices of goods and services, the latest rise was the

second in two successive months after 18 consecutive months of decline. The figure declined from

about 17.78 per cent in February,

2017

to 11.14 per cent in July

2018.

AgentsThreaten Cargo Diversion FromTin Can Port

BY YUSUF BABALOLA, Lagos

Few days after clearing agents operating at Clarion terminal under the Tin Can Island Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) protested against the high handedness of officers at the terminal, agents operating at Tin Can Port yesterday raised fresh alarm over planned introduction of a new valuation system called Benchmark Value on all general cargoes coming into the country through the command. The new benchmark seeks to impose N600,000 minimal duty on all twenty foot containers and N1.2million on all forty foot containers. While expressing their apprehension at the Tin Can Port yesterday, a clearing agent, Chukwuma Onyekachi, told LEADERSHIP that the

customs area controller, Mr. Musa Abdullahi Baba, was introducing the benchmark in contravention of the Customs Valuation Act and the Transaction Value principles therein. The clearing agent knocked the customs for always coming up with exploitative policies when the year is coming to an end in order to meet its revenue target. Onyekachi , who stated further that agents had threatened to divert all cargoes from Tin Can Island Port, even as he assured that other far reaching steps would also be taken to protest the introduction. Also speaking, a top executive members of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Tin Can chapter said the benchmark value

means additional N600,000 and N1.2million on 20ft and 40ft container respectively. The chapter executive who craved anonymity said, “The Benchmark Value means that all cargoes coming in would be made to pay N600,000 on twenty foot containers and N1.2million on forty foot containers not minding the port of origin, quality and classification of the goods inside the container.” He alleged that already, the customs area controller has punished some assistant controllers under him, for failing to apply the benchmark on some cargoes that had already exited the terminal. “The controller has said that the assistant controllers are the ones that would use their own money to pay the difference. What this benchmark means is that officers can now begin to

use their discretion and jerk up value on imports.” When contacted, public relations officer of the Tin Can Island Customs, Mr. Uche Ejesieme, confirmed the development. He however said that the introduction of the said fees was not a ‘benchmark’ per say, but he described it as a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) which the CAC introduced in order to block all revenue leakages and underpayments While reacting to allegations that the CAC punished some assistant controllers for releasing cargoes without following the laid down benchmark, he said that any cargo that has exited the port can still be revisited, and that the appropriate agency that can do this is the post clearance audit.

‘$3.5bn Subsidy Fund Not In NNPC Custody’

BY CHIKA IZUORA, Lagos

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has disclaimed the insinuation that it has in its custody $3.5billion subsidy fund. NNPC’s group general manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, in a release in Abuja, explained that at the height of the shortage of products supply at the close of last year, the national assembly asked the NNPC to do everything possible to stem the hiccups. This clarification is coming as the senate plans to investigate a $3.5 billion fuel subsidy fund. The senate insists NNPC used the fund to subsidise the price of imported petrol without the house’s approval, the lawmakers said. Ughamadu, however explained that the NNPCinitiated the move to raise a revolving fund of $1.05billion, since the corporation was, and still is, the sole importer and supplier of white products in the country. The NNPC spokesman said

ever since, the fund had been

domiciled in the Central Bank

of Nigeria (CBN), saying at no

time was it in the custody of the NNPC. Ughamadu said the fund, dubbed the National Fuel Support Fund, had been jointly managed by the NNPC, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OGF), the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Petroleum Equalization Fund (PEF). Ughamadu clarified in the release that NNPC did not independently spend a dime of the fund which he said was to ensure stability in the petroleum products supply in the country. The NNPC spokesperson said, for the avoidance of doubt, the corporation was fully aware that it is only the national assembly that has the statutory responsibility to appropriate on petroleum subsidy matters.

Expert Seeks Urgent Reforms in Construction Industry

BY OLAJIDE FABAMISE, Lagos

The president of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), Obafemi Onashile, has stressed the need for urgent reforms for maximum growth of the construction industry and development of the economy. Onashile said the call has become necessary because construction industry services other sectors such as commercial and social, residential and infrastructure. The NIQS president, emphasised that if the construction industry was well developed, it could be used to control the economy since its performance is a good indicator of the health of the economy. Onashile, who bemoaned the present state of the construction industry, told LEADERSHIP in Lagos at the weekend, that the sector was critical to industry professionals. He therefore, called for changes

to make it more profitable for growth. In tackling this, Onashile proffered urgent formation of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB). He also suggested a partnership between government and the industry professionals to get the

industry producing and exporting. Other solutions, according to him, include the creation of roadmaps, growth and development strategy for the sector. He said if the formation of the board was actualised, it would improve the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) as well

as grow the economy positively. Onashile also disclosed that the industry was clamouring

for the enactment of health and safety laws to regulate how constructions are carried out. He pointed out that if the bill was enacted and made as

a regulation, it would remove building collapse.

All Is Set For Oil, Gas Forum

BY FESTUS OKOROMADU, Abuja

The Institute of Oil & Gas Re- search & Hydrocarbon Studies, said it has concluded arrangement for the 2018 “Oil & Gas Product Forum”, to take place in Lagos next week. A statement from the institute said the Minister of State for Pe- troleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Ka- chikwu, Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, and other local and international play- ers in the oil and gas sector would during the meeting deliberate on solutions to the challenges con- fronting oil and gas product man- ufacturing in Nigeria and Africa. Other participants include; heads of International Oil Com- panies (IOCs) National Oil Com-

panies (NOCs) inAfrica, lawmak- ers and other key stakeholders. The statement further ex- plained that the meeting became necessary because of the overrid- ing need to create a platform and sponsor seminars and public en-

lightenments to provide addition-

al knowledge in the area of oil and

gas products conception, develop- ment and manufacturing. The 2018 topic: “Oil & Gas Product Manufacturing: Pros- pects, Challenges & Progress” seeks to bring together individ- uals with hands-on experience

to discuss, share information, on

new and innovative strategies to handle the many challenges in the manufacturing of oil and gas products in this part of the world, the statement said.

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FG Extends Verification Exercise Of NAL Ex-Workers

   

Shippers Council Suspends N144,000 FreshSurcharge Imposed On Cargoes

 

BY MARK ITSIBOR, Abuja

to all participants to be patient with the officials until they were all attended to. According to Dikwa, over 6000 former staff of the liquidated Nigeria Airways Limited spread across the three centres would be attended to during the period of the exercise. He added that 40 per cent would be attended to in Kano centre, while 50 per cent and 10 per cent would be attended to in Lagos and Enugu centres respectively. “We are here on behalf of the minister of finance, Hajia Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, based on the directive of His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, to release the entitlements of ex-workers of Nigeria Airways Limited (liquidation). I convey first and foremost the greetings of the honourable minister to you.

“We are very much aware at the federal level of the suffering you people have undergone over the years. It is as a result of this that Mr President directed the minister to immediately release funds for the ex-workers of the Nigeria Airways Limited. “Now the funds are ready, what is left for us to do here is to conduct that verification exercise, which started on Monday. Let me inform you that the verification exercise will continue until such a time that each and everyone that is entitled is captured. I want you to be patient and orderly so that you get verified and get your entitlements latest by next week. “Also for many of you who were omitted, we will address it squarely and make sure that all those who are entitled and admitted are verified and paid their entitlements. On this

note we are going to dedicate additional desk for you to go and lay your complains, put down your details and as soon as the team report back to Abuja next week we will address the matter with dispatch. “And for those who are deceased and are also omitted be assured that your entitlements will be paid. We are going to look into the records and be sure that you are entitled and once that is ascertained, you will be paid.” Others with Dikwa, who also was the leader of the delegation to the three centres where the exercise is taking simultaneously include, the special adviser on media and communications to the minister of finance, Mr Paul Ella Abechi, special adviser to the minister of finance, Mr Abubakar Aruwa and others.

BY YUSUF BABALOLA, Lagos

“They cannot just charge arbitrarily, first of all NSC opposed the charges especially because of the economy; secondly, the procedure is wrong, you can’t just slam charges without telling us.We told them to suspend or stop the charges and consult their principal before the next meeting,’’said the NSC boss. He said that another meeting would be held to conclude on the matter. Recall that the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) threatened to drag the managing director of CMA CGM Shipping company, Mr. Todd Rives to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should the company go ahead to introduce the proposed congestion surcharge on Nigerian bound cargoes. SpeakingwithLEADERSHIP on the surcharge last week, the association’s vice president, Kayode Farinto,equally described the charge as an illegality and a criminal offense. He argued that already, shipping companies collect N60,000 administrative charges on all forty foot container, despite the contract of affreightment entered into by the importer and the shipping lines abroad and payment of freight. Farinto said the association was issuing a global trade alert on CMA CGM, even as he advised all Nigerian importers to stop shipping their cargoes through the company.

 

The federal government has extended the ongoing verification exercise of Nigeria Airways Limited’s former workers and assured that the exercise would not end until everybody was captured. Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, stated this on Wednesday during her visit for on -the- spot assessment of the exercise across the three centres. She said additional desk has been made available to address all complaints. The centres are located in Kano, Enugu and Lagos, spokesman to the minister said in a statement. The minister, who was represented by the secretary, Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA), Dr Mohammed Dikwa, appealed

The Nigerian Shippers’Council (NSC) has directed Singaporean shipping giant, CMA/CGM to suspend planned collection of the $400 port congestion surcharge imposed on cargoes berthing at Lagos ports of Tin Can and Apapa. CMA CGM had recently announced that cargoes from any part of the world on any of its ships will attract extra “USD 400 / EUR 850 per 20’Dry and Reefer and USD 400 / EUR 350 per 40’Dry and Reefer. The surcharge was to have taken off on Monday; October 15, 2018. Following notification of the surcharge, the Shippers’ Council intervened and declared it illegal, null and void and fixed a meeting for Monday with the various shipping lines operating in Nigeria. But, executive secretary of the Council, Mr Hassan Bello, yesterday confirmed that the decision to suspend collection of the surcharge was taken after a closed door meeting with stakeholders in Lagos. He confirmed that, “We had a meeting yesterday with the shipping companies that introduced the charges. We are still meeting again but what we said was that whether they are surcharges or local charges, it must be cleared with the council. “The procedure was not followed, so the shipping companies will go back to their principal to convey the outcome to the carriers.

 
 
 

Rivers CJ, NBAPresident Laud Establishment Of BusinessTribunal

 

L-R: Director, Enterprise Segment, 9mobile, Plato Syrimis; publisher, BusinessDay Media Limited, Frank Aigbogun; vice president, Consumer Sales and Service, 9mobile, Ken Ogujiofor and managing director/CEO, NESTLE Nigeria, Maurico Alarcon at the 9th Annual Edition of BusinessDay CEO Forum Nigeria 2018 which held in Lagos, recently.

BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, Port Harcourt

 

established to enable fast

handling of matters. Usoro, who was represented by the chairman of NBA, Port Harcourt Branch, Sylvester Adaka said, “The tribunal opens a new market for lawyers. A lot of us take matter of this nature to the high court and they decline jurisdiction. But with this court within three to four months cases are adjudicated upon.” Speaking earlier, chairman of Investments and Securities Tribunal, Justice Siaka Isaiah Idoko-Akoh, stated that the essence for the establishment of the business tribunal was to encourage local and foreign Investors to invest in the country. Idoko-Akoh also noted that the IST would also help in boosting the nation’s economy, stressing that the tribunal if fully put in use would improve the ease of doing business. He stressed that the tribunal was established to reduce hurdles that lawyers face in handling cases that border on business and investment, nothing that the IST would have jurisdiction to handle conflicts that emanate from investment.

Fowler Urges Developing CountriesTo Grow VAT, Digital Economy Revenue

Chief Judge of Rivers State, Hon. Justice Adama Iyayi- Lamikanra and president of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Paul Usoro, have commended the setting up of

BY VIVIAN EZENWANNE, Abuja

 

geria realised N767billion from

economies, depriving that lat-

 

The chairman of the Federal In- land Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr Babatunde Fowler, has ad- vised developing countries to grow Value Added Tax (VAT) and tax revenue from the digi- tal economy to lessen depend- ence on revenue from natural resources. Fowler, who is also the first vice chairman of the United Na- tions International Committee of Tax Experts and chairman, African Tax Administration Forum (ATAF), recently gave the advice in New York in an address delivered at the open- ing of the Meeting of the Unit- ed Nations’ Economic Council (ECOSOC) on Taxation on and Digitalisation of the Economy and Taxation of ODA-Funded Projects. He reasoned that develop-

ing nations should focus on taxation, as they have no con- trol over prices of goods pro- duced by developed economies from the natural resources they export. Using technology to capture all the VAT available, Fowler said Nigeria, in the last one year, has increased its tax revenue base by 800,000 corpo- rate accounts and grown non-oil tax revenue to a stage that it ac- counts for 64.3 per cent of total revenue from 42.8 per cent be- tween 2012 and 2014. “We have moved away from an oil-dependent reve- nue source to a non-oil reve- nue source. At the same time we have focused on VAT. VAT continues to be the fastest growing tax type in the world and I was quite amazed when the UAE spoke about introduc- ing VAT,” he said. Fowler disclosed that Ni-

VAT in 2015, N828 billion in 2016 and N972 billion in 2017, a growth of about 25 per cent, a development he ascribed to po- litical will, international collab- oration and cooperation of the judiciary, which recently yield- ed a favourable judgement over Vodacom in the case of VAT li - ability for a non-resident com- pany. He urged other developing countries to follow the Nige- rian example, which includes tax treaties that assist collec- tion and remittance. He maintained that the only way to ensure sustainable so- cio-economic development is through taxation and called on developing countries to re- form their tax processes, add- ing that 90 per cent of items produced in developed econ- omies was sold in developing

ter of profits and taxes. On tax revenue from the dig- ital economy, Fowler coun- selled developing countries to take a leaf out of the book of their developed counterparts so as not to be left behind and urged the UN to show greater interest in the tax affairs of the developing countries. “If we look at the issue of Apple and Ireland, the oth- er members of the Europe- an Union (EU) found out that Ireland, in giving certain tax benefits, had an undue advan- tage for business and the EU insisted that Apple should pay EUR13 billion as tax,” he ex- plained. He equally noted that many countries have come up with individual strategies to ensure that they get some tax revenue from the digital economy.

the Investments and Securities Tribunal (IST) in the country. The duo gave the commendation in Port Harcourt yesterday while speaking at the end of a two-day sensitisation workshop for capital market stakeholders, judicial officers, legal practitioners and investors in Rivers and Bayelsa States. Iyayi-Lamikanra stated that the establishment of Investment and Securities Tribunal (IST) was aimed at improving the legal sector and speeding up the judicial process. She disclosed that the judges in the Rivers State were adhering strictly to the order of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Walter Onoghe, for speedy adjudication of matters at the tribunal. Also speaking at the event, NBA president, Paul Usoro, stated that the tribunal was

 
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Appraising Dry Construction Method For Increased Housing Delivery

In this report, CHIKA OKEKE examines the issues bordering on dry construction method and the likely chances to expedite housing supply in the country.

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and secured shelter is

a fundamental human

right as enshrined in

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We encour- age you to treat your employees kindly so as to enable them put in their best per- formance,” she ad- monished.

the Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Also, the Section 43 of the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria also recognised the right of every citizen in Nigeria to acquire property especially land and its resources. Irrespective of the existing right, Nigeria is challenged in the provision of affordable housing for the low income earners, which consists over 80 per cent of the workforce. Despite the formulation of different housing policies by previous and successive governments, the housing shortfall continued to hit the roof. One of the major housing policies that were initiated during Shehu Shagari administration in 1979 failed to meet the housing needs of Nigerians due to absence of designs that captured diverse cultural delineation. Investigation by LEADERSHIP revealed that in 2000, the then federal government promised to provide housing for all Nigerians, with the acronym, Housing for All by Year 2000 which also failed to yield positive result. The 2012 national housing policy, aimed at providing affordable housing for Nigerians also failed woefully as the current housing deficit still stands at between 17 to 20 million units. Currently, the APC- led federal government has commenced the pilot phase of National Housing Programme (NHP) in 34 states including the Federal Capital

Territory (FCT), with the exemption of Lagos and Rivers States whose governors failed to donate land for the project. The project is still moving at a snail speed due to non-release of

funds to contractors and payment

of compensation to natives, though

the monies spent so far on the project

is still shrouded in secrecy. Given the lapses, the shortage

of affordable and mass housing is

a crisis that required sustainable

solution using new technology and innovation that is capable of accelerating housing delivery.

Due to unstable price of crude oil

in the international market and high

cost of funding capital projects, the construction and building sector is

in a tight spot to evolve new and

cost-efficient system of building affordable housing, away from the traditional method in use since the advent of the colonialists. Further findings by LEADERSHIP showed that dry construction system may likely expedite the building of affordable and mass housing. Dry construction is a type of construction in which major components of a building like the walls are already-made in a factory and applied in a dry condition

without the use of mortar. It contrasts with the use of plaster, and the consequent drying out period. The finished products are assembled at the building site, though the quality of products, are guaranteed by a factory - controlled production processes. A peep at different types of dry construction highlighted that the use

of plaster boards is an alternative to a

week-long plaster application in the traditional method of building. An entire house could be drywalled in one or two days by two experienced drywallers even as drywall could be installed by many amateur carpenters. Another type of dry construction is the use of fiber cement which is manufactured from cement, quartz sand, cellulose, natural calcium and water, while being processed under high pressure and temperature for durability and dimensional stability. Also, the metal method is a process where metals are formed into frame including galvanised steel that are installed onto a previously

completed foundation. The glass mat sheathing and curtain wall cladding method is gradually accepted nationwide, though capital- intensive are rarely used as wall materials in affordable housing. In the EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) type of dry construction, the panels are sandwiched between aluminum

sheets to produce ready finished composite panels, which are applied

as both internal and external walls.

It was also discovered that the ready finished panels saves about 25 percent of construction time. To this end, stakeholders in the

sector have enjoined governments at all levels to embrace dry construction method as a panacea

to increased housing supply. The managing director of CITEC international estates,Oludare Bello, said that dry construction system presented an excellent opportunity to government at all levels and the Primary Mortgage Institutions (PMIs) to guarantee speedy provision of mass and affordable housing by reducing the construction time to 30 per cent. The expert listed the challenges militating against housing supply as finance, government regulations and fees, adding that apart from the availability of land, that there were many hurdles before commencing physical construction. He said, “Before the development of 30 hectares of mass housing land in the FCT, a developer will spend over N300 million through associated payments like development control scheme approval, development lease agreement, consultancy fees for engineering drawings, architecture, land surveyors, quantity surveyors, environmental impact analysis as well as compensation to the natives for unexhausted improvement.” Bello stated that in most cases, the villagers had refused government valuation and insisted on their own figures. He however pointed out that the combination of existing methods and EPS system would provide practical solution to accelerate housing delivery in the country. Supporting the new construction method, the president of Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), Rowland

Abonta, asserted that the adoption of suitable techniques and technology for mass housing development would definitely reduce high cost of housing and improve access to housing for all Nigerians. He pleaded with federal government to enforce the provisions of the National Housing Fund (NHF) act of 1992 which has the capacity to attract funds from various sectors of the economy into the mortgage market. This, he believed , would make housing affordable particularly for the low income group, saying that the conventional building methods would not produce the needed housing units to bridge the deficit. Abonta said that there was the need to make systematic land titling programme of the presidential committee on land reforms mandatory in all states of the federation, adding that the programme has a target of ensuring that all parcels of land in Nigeria receives a befitting title under the Land Use Act. He however enjoined federal government to establish a reliable housing database in Nigeria and periodically update such data for effective housing development planning, to be achieved through a professionally conducted national housing survey. The federal government has joined forces with stakeholders in the construction, research, standardisation and building materials sector to harmonise the quality of materials in order to avert incidences of building collapse. The minister of power, works & housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola , hinted that the ministry was currently reviewing the curriculum of centres for the training of artisans, which he described as a sure strategy towards the delivery of quality and durable houses. Fashola noted that the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) now grants up to N5 million loan with zero equity , while N15 million loan would attract a personal equity contribution of 10 per cent as against the initial 30 per cent. The director of lands in the ministry, Temitope Olayinka, who spoke on behalf of the minister stated that the initiative would enable more people to access mortgages, deepen the market, support housing production and grow the economy.

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NITDA, LawmakersWoo Foreign Investors

BY CHIMA AKWAJA, From Dubai, UAE

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Nigerian lawmakers took turns to woo foreign investors to come and invest in Nigeria’s information and Communications technology (ICT) yesterday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Officials of Nigeria’s IT development agency and the lawmakers from both the Senate and the House of Representatives who participated at the African Investment Forum (AIF) organised by Nigeria at the ongoing Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) Technology Week 2018 holding at Dubai World Trade Centre said investment friendly policies and laws have been put in place. Pitching to attract foreign investors in the jam-packed Sheik Al Makhtoum hall, the Nigerian delegation led by the director-general of NITDA, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami; Senator Foster Ogola, vice chairman, Senate Committee on ICT; Honourable Mohammed Ogoshi Onawo, chairman, House Committee on ICT said the

Nigerian ICT sector is an investor’s haven boasting of a thriving ICT sector, innovative and youthful population, as well as a business- friendly environment. Pantami in his welcome address said Nigeria is a gateway to sub-Saharan Africa, giving investors easy access to close to 190 million Nigerians, another 200 million West Africans. Investing in Nigeria can provide access to 150 million Central Africans. It also gives you access to one of Africa’s largest economies with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) valued at $405 billion in 2016, according to the World Bank, he said. Pantami stated that the Nigerian ICT sector contributed 11.81 per cent in Q2 2018, up from 1.58 per cent in Q1 2018 to the GDP. “This is very positive and we are confident that we can experience even greater growth in the coming years. As such, this is an opportune time to invest in the Nigerian ICT sector.” On the key attractions to the Nigerian market, he said, a ready pool of young “digital natives” with an average age of 18.2 years await investors in the ICT sector. “Investors can be assured of accessing a large pool of

youthful and skillful employees at a fair-price, more cost-effective that engaging employees in other parts of the world,” he said. He also said, “Innovation is part of our DNA as Nigerians and there are several stories of innovation across the globe that have the imprint of Nigerians. HopStop, an online city transit App acquired by Apple for a whopping $1billion, was owned by a Nigerian-born Entrepreneur. In August 2018, a team of Nigerian teenagers won the first place in the junior division of the Technovation World Pitch Summit that took place in Silicon Valley. “A Nigerian entrepreneur also developed Mekamon ~the world’s first gaming robot, with the special ability to customize the gaming bot to perform personalized functions” the DG said, adding that NITDA’s Office for ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE) is focused on identifying and supporting promising Nigerian startups in the ICT space, enabling ICT startup innovation ecosystem in Nigeria to grow at a remarkable pace.’’ He said of Nigeria’s startups- Genie Games- won the second position at the Startup Movement Competition at GITEX 2016,

two other startups (Arone and Max) were semi-finalists at the GITEX 2018 startup competition while the tech ecosystem has produced three companies valued for more than $100million, adding that government has established a Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) as well as Executive Orders to improve the ease of doing business in Nigeria. On his part, Arif Sayad, founder and CEO of Arif Sayad & Associados Ventures said “I am impressed with the startups from Nigeria I have seen at the #GITEX Future Stars, their products and solutions. Ours is to provide investment funds. We have an investment

fund of about $50 million. We are also talking to investors to come to Africa.

of

Salaam Ventures said they are targeting investments that give opportunities to the women folk. Waleed Khalil, partner, Endure Capital said they are definitely looking at investing in African startups while Dr. Dotun Olowoporoko, partner Ventures Platform his company is already investing in 25 early stage startups in Nigeria.

Suki

Fuller,

co-founder

and

CEO

Osinbajo To Declare Entrepreneurship Forum Open

BY VIVIAN EZENWANNE, Abuja

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, will lead other nation- al and international dignitaries to declare open the 5th edition of the four-day entrepreneurship ca- pacity-building summit kicking off next Thursday, October 25, 2018 in Abuja, the Federal Cap- ital Territory. Tagged ‘The Kingdom Sum- mit’, the event whose Lagos edi- tion will start the following day, Friday and end on Sunday, Oc- tober 28th, is an annual non- denominational Internation- al Marketplace Economics and Leadership Conference which seeks to promote the understand- ing of God’s principles for the marketplace. This year’s Sum- mit has as its theme ‘Empower- ing the Next Generation of En- trepreneurs’ Speaking on the activities lined up for the Summit, the Di- rector General of the Budget of-

fice of the Federation, Ben Ak- abueze, who is leading other organisers to champion the cause of knowledge-driven approach in the nation’s entrepreneurship and market space, said that the Vice President’s remarks would be complemented by incisive thoughts of at least 20 speakers. According to him, the various speakers, who will deal with key aspects and issues that are crit- ical to improving the perfor- mance of Nigeria’s real sector, include Brett Johnson who is President of The Institute for In- novation, Integration & Impact,

a Silicon Valley Think-Tank. He explained: “This year’s summit is particularly impor- tant in view of the need to build young entrepreneurs with strong penchant for corporate govern- ance principles that will give new direction to our efforts to achieve inclusive growth and sustainable development of our economy.

‘N2.97bn Worth Of Abandoned ProjectsUnaccountedFor’

BY MAKINDE OLUWAROTIMI, Abuja

The executive director of Para- digm Leadership Support Initia- tive (PLSI), a non-governmental

organisation, OlusegunElemo, has saidthat several critical abandoned projects worth N2.97billion, have been unaccounted for in 14 states of the country. He disclosed this during an ac- countability dialogue with the theme, “A Stakeholders’ Round- table To Revisit 2016 Audit Find- ings Of The Federation”, held on Monday, October 15, in Abuja. According to him, “Thirty pri- ority projects spread across 14

statesthroughfiveMDAsandcap-

tured in the 2016 Audit Report of thefederation, worthN2.97billion are unaccounted for. This is indeed

the reason the affected communi- ties have continued in unfathom- able anguish either for clean and portable water supply, education facilities, good and motorable

roads, health equipment or func- tional earth dam to aid agriculture. “While releases are made for capital projects every year, value derived from many of these pro- jects do not equal public funds ex- pendedhencethepersistent claims of marginalisation and total ne- glect by several rural communi- ties of the country.” He added, “Despite yearly au- dit of budget accounts by the Au- ditor-General, whosubmits report

to Parliament, not a single recom-

mendation has been issued by the legislature to the executive to cor- rect any of the previous audit find- ings. This again is why public sec- tor corruption has persisted for so long.” The executive director, Centre for Social Justice, Dr Eze Onyek- pere, who gave the keynote ad- dress said, the auditor-general’s office is supposed to provide the necessary raw materials for other anti-corruption agencies to act on.