Osun: Oyetola in, Aregbesola out

Osun: Oyetola in, Aregbesola out

New gov takes oath of office

A progressive governance anchored on the principles of government of continuity, capable of bequeathing dividends of democracy to the people of the state, was the thrust of the goodwill messages by the leadership of the All Progressives Party (APC) when the new governor, Gboyega Oyetola, was inaugurated as the governor of Osun State, yesterday.

Oyetola is the 5th governor since the creation of the state by the former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, in 1991. President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said in the 2019 general elections, campaigns must focus on programmes and agenda capable of emancipating the people from hardship.

He called on Oyetola to centre his administration around the welfare of the people, especially the women and youths, to make life meaningful for them.

“Public office is a trust. You must rule with a human face and the fear of God. You must ensure all the ongoing projects are completed,” he said.

He assured the new governor of necessary support that would help him succeed during his administration.

Buhari also called on Nigerians to vote for the APC in all the elections in 2019.

He, however, urged them to conduct themselves peacefully in a manner devoid of bitterness and violence.

The president also urged candidates and their supporters to jettison hate speech and violence during the campaigns ahead of the poll for the sake of the country, and focus on programmes that would guarantee emancipation of people from hardship.

APC’s National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said Oyetola’s emergence as governor was a continuation and testament of the party’s progressive ideology of governance, started four years ago by President Buhari.

He called on Oyetola to toe the path that had been created to engender progressive development that would put smiles on people’s faces and take the state to higher heights.

“We want you to maintain the same path of progress. We are strongly behind you. Ride on, no going back. There is no other party here in the South West,” Tinubu said.

He commended Aregbesola for toeing the same path for eight years to bring the state to where it is.

“You’ve done very well. since eight years, which is like yesterday. You earned a progressive mandate and did it for four years and renewed it for another four years. It was a welfarist and progressive programmes now handed over to another progressive governor. Thank you for walking the path and doing a good job,” Tinubu said.

In his acceptance speech, Oyetola pledged total commitment to the progress and welfare of the people of the state.

To be able to achieve this, he promised to run a people-oriented governance anchored on continuity and progressive legacies set by his predecessor, Aregbesola.

He also promised to ensure regular payment of salary, stressing that workers and pensioners’ welfare would enjoy the attention of his administration.

“The mandate will not be abused. It is a commitment. We shall forge ahead to sustain the welfare of the generality of our people,” Oyetola said.

He promised to take lessons from the sagacity, wisdom, vision, dexterity, commitments and foundations of good leadership laid by the late sage, Obafemi Awolowo, Bola Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande, Rauf Aregbesola and other adherents of progressive governance in order to take the state to the next level.

Oyetola, who promised to place premium on development and progress of the state, also assured his administration would focus on job creation and youth employment. He promised to create 30,000 jobs for the youths through technology-driven programmes.

Meanwhile, the state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has described Oyetola as an interim governor whose legitimacy is questionable in the eyes of the public. Chairman of the party, Soji Adagunodo, in a statement, said this yesterday, in Osogbo.

“The shameful conduct of the supposed electoral umpire and security agents, especially, during the supplementary election on September 27, leaves a sour taste in the mouth of everyone with conscience and has remained a talking point in local and global political discourse,” the PDP said.

News Headlines Nov 28, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Nov 28, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch
Violence at Akwa Ibom Assembly
Leave my office, we’re in darkness, Obaseki tells BEDC boss
Policeman kicks as Customs officers gun down wife in Lagos
I have not left APC – Okorocha
Five die, two injured as two cars collide in Ogun
Two human traffickers jailed 12 years for promoting prostitution
Command arraigns man for defrauding customer
States generated N579.5bn in six months – NBS
Curb illegal migration by investing in mines, FG tells investors
Domestic gas consumption to reach 500,000 metric tonnes –Petroleum Ministry
Tax tribunal begins hearing of 209 cases worth over N205bn
Christian elders shun Buhari, Atiku
Traders oppose planned concession of trade fair complex
Workers petition assembly over Fayose’s N264m largesse to labour leaders
Man nabbed for stealing immigration property in Lagos
Siblings, others arrested for kidnapping
Command arraigns man for defrauding customer
IStop politicising Boko Haram attacks, Olawepo-Hashim tells politicians
PDP denies issuing presidential campaign timetable
Akwa Ibom Assembly crisis: Gov seeks Buhari’s intervention
President Buhari cancels ‘casual leave’
Kwara pioneer speaker, Shehu Usman, dies
Metele Attack: You are insensitive, APC tells Atiku, PDP
Tax tribunal begins hearing of 209 cases worth over N205bn
Tips for investing in real estate
Mandzukic fires Juventus into Champions League last 16
UPDATED: Fellaini’s late show sends Man United into Champions League last 16
Champions League: Aguero rescues draw at Lyon as Man City reach last 16
UPDATED: Bayern rout Benfica to reach Champions League last 16
Europa League: Arsenal match switched to Kiev amid Ukraine security concerns
PSG lay claim to title of world’s ‘hottest club’
In the sun or inside the sun?
Use scientific methods to solve security challenges, NSRDA urges FG
LASU’s regularisation will be completed in a month – Ambode
17 universities get $70m research grant
Foundation disburses N143m to 1,516 underprivileged persons
Prenatal exposure to air pollution linked to autism risk – Study
Tekno takes time off music
Financial sector professionals hangout in Lagos
Buhari, writers mourn award-winning poet, Ikeogu Oke
Anthill Productions partners Youneek Studios on filmmaking
Nollycasting unveils Stephanie Linus as ambassador
Davido, Falz win big at AFRIMA in Ghana
Chinese hospital denies approving gene-edited babies experiment
Managing febrile seizure
‘Maternal mortality still a huge problem in Nigeria’
Editorial: Keep military strictly out of politics
On the march again
On the US student visa palaver
Realigning the mix between income and consumption taxes
2019s: Between political accountability and electoral integrity

The Nation

2019 poll: Why Buhari must continue, by Tinubu
Oyetola states plan to sustain hope
Senate seeks suspension of new tariff on alcohol, others
Reps to probe funding of war against Boko Haram
Court denies OAU sex-for-marks lecturer bail
Violence rocks Akwa Ibom Assembly
House boy ‘kills’ boss
Osogbo, Iragbiji agog as Oyetola receives baton from Aregbesola
IMT Enugu holds convocation
2019: Between Buhari and Atiku
161 get first class honours at Call to Bar
I can no longer feed my family, Metuh tells court
N540b recovered through whistle blower policy, says minister
Kwara governor hailed for dropping senatorial ambition for incumbent
World Bank, Fed Govt spend $9m on community development in Ekiti
2018 Sandie Beach Rugby kicks off Dec 1
Amokachi identifies with future stars in Badarawa
AWCON 2018: Nigeria qualify for final
Messi leads Stylish Barcelona to war against Eindhoven
Dortmund bus bomber sentence to 14 years in prison
Mo Salah joins anti animal export campaign in Egypt
Aregbesola committed to Western Nigeria Governor’s Cup
UBA staff across Africa give back to communities
Meristem Stockbrokers wins best stockbroker award
Cashflow lending is future of credit, says FITC CEO
Why I chose Burnaboy as role model- Jhay Prinz
Pasuma celebrates birthday, commissions classroom blocks in alma mater
Good Hair partners La Mode Magazine on disability foundation
How to attain economic goals, by Ambode
EFCC raids Astrax Autos, seizes 29 cars
Aladura churches decry corruption, crimes
LASIEC fixes by-election for Dec 18
How we tackled cultism with 182 security personnel–Kwarapoly
ASUU strike : Parents, students call for quick FG intervention

ThisDay

Buhari Cancelled Private Visit to Daura, Not Casual Leave, Says Presidency
Oyetola Sworn in as Osun Governor
NBS: States Received N1.23tn FAAC Allocation in Six Months
Edwin Clark Varsity to Lead in Environmental Research, Says VC
Fidelity Bank to Reward More Customers
UBA Foundation Rewards Essay Contest Winners
NNPC/CNL JV Pledges Commitment to Quality Education
Our Investment in LPG to Reduce Gas Emission, Says Matrix Energy
Adeyanju Hails Private Terminal Operators over Improved Welfare
Group Empowers Karu Orphanage Home with French Tutorials
FGN Savings Bond Offers Retail Investors’ Attractive Returns
Imperative of Financial Inclusion
W’Bank: NNPC’s 3-month Deduction for Subsidies Surpass 2017 Disbursement
LSETF Beneficiaries Receive Cheques
Guinness, FRSC Commence Safety Campaign
On The Martyrs’ Trail: CHRISTIANITY’S DARKEST HOUR, UGANDA’S BRIGHTEST MOMENTS
Establish Sports University, Parents Tell FG
CUPP Accuses Presidency, Akpabio, IGP of Plot to Disrupt Akwa Ibom, Impeach Udom
ADC Presidential Candidate Condemns FG’s Plan to Borrow More Money
SDP Candidate Alleges Plot to Substitute His Name
Nasko: I Will not Take your Support for Granted
You Can’t Find any Evidence of Corruption against me, Fayose Tells Fayemi
Oyetola Sworn in as Osun Governor
APC Accuses PDP of Playing Politics with Soldiers’Death in Metele
South-west Women Declare Support for Root Olawepo-Hashim
FG Urged to Strengthen Credit Administration, Mgt, to Grow Economy
FGN Savings Bond Offers Retail Investors’ Attractive Returns
Imperative of Financial Inclusion
Njoroge Wins FirstBank Lagos Amateur Open
UFC Action to Debut on DStv Soon
EDITORIAL: DEATH AND CONSUMER GOODS

Daily Trust
My son in-law will contest Imo gov’ship in another party – Okorocha
No alternative to Buhari – MBO Coordinator
A/Ibom under siege – Gov Emmanuel
PDP’s debates failed for 16 years – NDF
2019: 40 presidential candidates form new alliance
Why Nigerian products are rejected abroad – FG
PDP denies releasing timetable for 2019 presidential campaign
Oby Ezekwesili to speak at Chatham house
Metele attack: PDP, Atiku dancing on graves of valiant soldiers – APC
EFCC raids Astrax Autos, seizes 29 cars
Tambuwal dispels rumoured 40-day leave
Senate to amend EFCC laws for better operations
A/Ibom under siege – Gov Emmanuel
Super Falcons survive Lionesses scare to reach 2019 AWCON final
Liverpool relief as Mane passed fit for PSG clash
Chukwueze surprised by his Villarreal progress
FAAN to sanction agencies, operators over debt
Finance minister calls for inclusive economic growth to tackle challenges
Thieves kill cyclist in Jiwa
Media as arbiter
Right things to make Nigeria great
Horses, chicken, kangaroos
Niger 2019: Opinion of a former homeboy!
Patriotism and the myth of Metele massacre
Niger: Marie Stopes ‘abortion clinics’ shut down
Editorial: PTAD is doing a good job, but…
FG operates on denial over new minimum wage – Labour
Governors stand on minimum wage, LG autonomy not people’s wish – NULGE
ASUU strike : Parents, students call for quick FG intervention
Cinema revolution best for Kannywood — Director
How Port Harcourt went from garden to garbage city
FG inaugurates forestry fund council to address degradation
Kwara govt commissions N6.5bn Ilorin water project
Using lawyers to serve processes causes stir
Why we cannot have Laws of Federation, 2018 – NLRC chairman
Essential tips to managing a law firm

Vanguard

MELETE MASSACRE: Sack Service Chiefs, Probe Defense Allocations — AFENIFERE
Nigeria Waits On Solanke, Lookman
FG Challenges Young Scientists On Innovation, Nobel Awards
Winner Emerges In Stanbic IBTC Innovation Challenge
Rohr Sends Fitness Coach To Ebuehi
Government Agencies, Others Milking Us — Lagos Shippers’ Boss
House Of Asembly Crisis: APC, PDP In Big War For A-Ibom’s Soul
We Will Tackle Foreign Involvement In Freight Forwarding —New CRFFN Boss
Seme Customs Seizes Contraband Worth N2.8bn
Why Most Agribusinesses Fail In Nigeria —Toromade Francis
Govt Indecision Affecting Operations On Planned Warri Deep Seaport
PenCom Steps Up Efforts To Enhance Compliance
Dakuku, Bala Usman To Grace Port Facility Security Officers Conference
Nigerian-Benin JBP Functioning Below Par’
15 Traders Escape Death As Bus Burst Into Flames In Aba
Police Service Commission Maps Out Three Year Action Plan To Improve Security In Nigeria
Reconstruction Will Enhance Truck Call-Up System, Efficient Port Operation — Port Manager
Police Service Commission maps out three year action plan to improve security in Nigeria
Foreign portfolio outflow to continue at current pace
EFCC raids Astrax Auto Shop, impounds 29 cars
Kachikwu, Saudi Falih to meet as oil price hovers around $60 per barrel
What Anenih told me before he died – Jonathan
2019: PDP yet to release Presidential campaign timetable
Buhari cancels “casual leave’’ as mark of respect for Boko Haram victims
War in Akwa Ibom Assembly over plot to impeach gov Emmanuel
2019: 60 APC support groups pledge allegiance to PDP
Akpabio denies role in Akwa Ibom fracas
Ezekwesili upset at BON General Assembly
2019: Delta South votes are for APC – Uduaghan
I’ll win Imo West senatorial district – Okorocha
How Bayern beat Benfica to reach last 16, eased pressure on Kovac
Champions League: Madrid, Roma through to Last 16
Arsenal match switched to Kiev amid Ukraine security concerns
Nollywood Actor Emeka Ike joins race for House of Rep
Tekno damages vocal box, taking time off music
Government agencies, others milking us — Lagos shippers’ boss
113 female First Class Law graduates, 4,666 others admitted into Nigerian Bar
15 traders escape death as bus burst into flames in Aba
FG challenges young scientists on innovation, Nobel awards
IPAN tasks FG on policies to boost national developmen
ETONIRU: Reaping fruits of being an early bird
Oil prices firm up after Black Friday’s rout

Buhari cancels casual leave

President Buhari cancels ‘casual leave’

President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled his planned five-day “casual leave’’ as a mark of respect for victims of Boko Haram attacks across the battlefields in the Northeast zone of the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the President had planned to spend the casual leave at his home country, Daura, Katsina State from November 27 to December 2.

The president, according to NAN, had earlier cancelled his official trip to Benin City, Edo, where he was initially billed to inaugurate the Edo-Azura Power Plant and grace the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference.

NAN reports that already the advanced teams of the president, who left Abuja for Katsina and Benin on Sunday, had been asked to return.

NAN gathered that the cancellation of the trips would also enable the president to continue his ongoing meetings and consultations with relevant security and intelligence community aimed at addressing the nation’s security challenges.

However, the president is expected to declare open the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference, which was moved from Benin City to Maiduguri, Borno, on November 28 at the Government House Conference Hall.

President Buhari’s aide on New Media, Alhaji Bashir Ahmad, had on Sunday confirmed this development on his Twitter handle.

He said: “President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to declare the COAS Annual Conference on November 28, 2018 at the Conference Hall CGH in Maiduguri, Borno state.

“The conference was earlier scheduled to take place from 26 -28 November 2018 in Benin, Edo state.

NAN also gathered that the shifting of the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference from Benin City to Maiduguri might not be unconnected with the killing of Nigerian soldiers at Metele, a remote village bordering Nigeria and Chad.

NAN learnt that President Buhari would use the opportunity of the COAS conference to address the Nigerian soldiers at the battlefields to further boost their morale.

(NAN)

Why your phone battery loses charge after one year

Why your phone battery loses charge after one year

Scientists have finally unpicked the mystery behind why smartphone batteries have such diabolical battery life after a year or so of use.

According to the latest findings, the commonly-held belief of how a lithium-ion battery works is incorrect.

Instead of charged particles flowing in a single, uniform direction inside the battery, they move back and forth in a random pattern of movement.

According to the researchers, this knowledge could be used to create batteries that last longer and hold their charge without damaging the lifespan of the cell.

This could have applications for the mass roll-out of electric vehicles as well as improving the lifespan of billions of gadgets worldwide, scientists say.

The breakthrough study came from researchers at Stanford University, MIT and the University of Bath who discovered that our understanding of how a lithium-ion battery – the type that powers all our favourite gadgets – works, is incorrect.

It is known that charged particles flow between a positive electrode to a negative electrode through a material (electrolyte) and this movement creates a charge.

However, it was previously believed the lithium was anisotropic, a property that means it flows in a single direction, with the particles in a single, uniform route through the battery.

However, it has now been found that the reality is vastly different and the particles, known as ions, actually ebb and flow back and forth through the electrolyte.

This can create random pockets of densely packed ions inside the cell, which create large amounts of heat, damaging the lifespan of the battery.

How do lithium ION batteries work?

Batteries store and releases energy by moving electrons from one ‘end’ of the battery to the other.

We can use the energy from those moving electrons to do work for us, like power a drill.

These two battery ‘ends’ are known as electrodes. One is called the anode and the other is called the cathode.

Generally, the anode is made from carbon and the cathode from a chemical compound known as a metal oxide, like cobalt oxide.

The final battery ingredient is known as the electrolyte, and it sits in between the two electrodes.

In the case of lithium-ion batteries, the electrolyte is a salt solution that contains lithium ions-hence the name.

When you place the battery in a device, the positively charged lithium ions are attracted to and move towards the cathode.

Once it is bombarded with these ions, the cathode becomes more positively charged than the anode, and this attracts negatively charged electrons.

As the electrons start moving toward the cathode, we force them to go through our device and use the energy of the electrons ‘flowing’ toward the cathode to generate power.

You can think of this like a water wheel, except instead of water flowing, electrons are flowing.

Lithium-ion batteries are especially useful because they are rechargeable.

When the battery is connected to a charger, the lithium ions move in the opposite direction as before.

As they move from the cathode to the anode, the battery is restored for another use.

Lithium ion batteries can also produce a lot more electrical power per unit of weight than other batteries.

This means that lithium-ion batteries can store the same amount of power as other batteries, but accomplish this in a lighter and smaller package.

As a result, the battery loses the ability to hold a charge and we often find ourselves relying on portable chargers more often.

William Chueh, an assistant professor at Stanford, said: ‘We used very powerful X-rays from an accelerator, and we’re using these X-rays to look into these individual nanoparticles.

‘Our original expectation was that lithium moves in certain directions on

Sex-for-marks: Court denies OAU lecturer bail

Sex-for-marks: Court denies OAU lecturer bail

A Federal High Court in Osogbo on Tuesday refused to grant bail to a former Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) lecturer, Professor Richard Akindele, charged with demanding sex to pass his student, Monica Osagie.
Justice Maureen Onyetenu in her ruling ordered Akindele to be remanded in Ilesa Prison until Dec. 17.

Onyetenu ordered the prosecution counsel from the ICPC to produce video evidence of the lecturer and his student having fun.

Earlier, ICPC Senior Legal Officer, Mr Kehinde Adetoye had prayed the court to deny the defendant bail on grounds that he will not appear for his trial when released.

Adetoye argued that the defendant had refused to turn up at the ICPC office in Abuja after a written agreement to honour any invitation extended to him, particularly on his return from abroad on a medical trip.

Defence Counsel, Mr Francis Omotosho, prayed the court to grant his client bail pending the final determination of the case.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lecturer was first arraigned before Justice Maureen Onyetenu on Nov. 19 by the ICPC on four counts of alteration of age and demanding sex to pass his student .

Why corruption persists in Nigeria

Why corruption persists in Nigeria

By Luke Onyekakeyah

The way corruption has assumed a larger than life posture in the psyche of Nigerians has made the monster appear overwhelming and invincible. The emphasis on corruption has made it seem to be the number one issue of governance to the neglect of the real issues.
While the fight against corruption is worthwhile in order to curtail the monster, the fundamental objective of government, which is the security and welfare of the people, should be given priority. In fighting corruption, however, it is pertinent to ask why the malaise persists and even fights back. Will this war against corruption ever end? Will it ever be won? Why is corruption an intractable monster in Nigeria?

Corruption has been portrayed in Nigeria as a huge elephant, lying firmly on the ground, while the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), doggedly, scratched it expecting it to move. Since I saw the cartoon some years back, I have been asking myself whether it means that the war against corruption can never be won.

Going by that cartoon, I have the feeling that all the actions the EFCC has instituted against corruption since the anti-graft agency was established in 2003, commendable as they are, amount to merely scratching the monster on the surface. The real problem is still huge and solidly rooted in the system. That is why corruption persists and is even getting worse, despite EFCC’s unrelenting effort.

Like the fairy six blind men of Hindustan, who went and touched the elephant from six different angles, with each describing it from his own perspective, without saying exactly what the elephant is like, I tend to agree with the cartoonist that the war on corruption, so far, amounts to scratching the monster, which is why there is little or no change. Something needs to be done to put real heat from underneath the monster to make it move. It could really move if the real heat is put under it.

The elephant is the only land mammal that has no natural predator. No animal confronts the elephant. No animal can kill the elephant. The elephant doesn’t run for any animal, not even the lion. Its size is intimidating and scares every other animal in the forest. It is thick-skinned, such that scratching alone doesn’t affect it. Elephants are wise and intelligent. Aristotle, the legendary Greek philosopher and thinker, described the elephant as the beast which passeth all others in wit and mind.

The cartoonist who used the elephant to depict corruption may not have thought as much about the animal and what it stands for. If corruption in Nigeria is as huge as the elephant, then, like the elephant, you have to find out what can kill corruption. Bearing in mind that no natural predator threatens the elephant, a greater force must be involved before the elephant succumb. From experience, the only force that makes the elephant move is extraneous force engendered by nature or man.

Historically, many genera of elephants have become extinct since the last ice age some 20,000 years ago following extreme climatic condition. The advance and retreat of ice forced some species of elephants to die out while others moved to more favorable environment. The other factor is the destruction of the natural habitat of elephants by man. When the home of the elephant is destroyed for whatever reason, the elephant is compelled to move. This factor made elephants that lived in the rain forests near our villages a little over five decades ago to disappear. Apart from the aforementioned factors, nothing else could move the elephant except it dies naturally from old age.

I have taken time to highlight the nature and ecology of the elephant for the EFCC to appreciate the magnitude of corruption that has been depicted as elephant in Nigeria. Except the EFCC perceives corruption as huge and rugged as the elephant, it will continue to scratch the monster on the surface, while corruption mutates rather than die. The following reasons explain why corruption persists.

First is societal acceptance of corruption. We live in a country where thieves are made kings while good people are regarded as fools (mumu). Those who have stolen public funds are accorded high honours and awarded traditional titles and national honors. Corruption has found conducive environment in Nigeria. Hard work is not regarded as virtue. What is regarded is the culture of get rich quick. The Nigerian society appreciates and recognizes ill-gotten wealth. If you hold public office, there is high expectation from you to become rich. If, maybe, you decide to keep clean hands, your people will hate you. They will call you a fool. What matters once you’re holding public office is how much wealth you can amass.

That explains why many public officers in government can’t resist the temptation to steal. Many do it to please their immediate communities, which in turn, solidly stand behind them. If for any reason they are hunted, it is the kinsmen of the thieves that will barricade the area and prevent EFCC operatives from having access. That is why arrested, corrupt individuals, standing trial in court have strong support even inside the court. The way out is aggressive public education to change the mindset of Nigerians to make them see corruption as evil and a common enemy.

Second is a weak legal system that drags cases of corruption for too long. There would be no effective battle against corruption as long as the judicial system is unprepared for such battle. The criminal code, probably, didn’t envisage the kind of corruption we have today, hence, the system is unprepared. Granted that the EFCC Act, which is relatively new, empowers the anti-graft body to investigate and arrest suspects but the judicial system has not been re-tuned to match with the new system. That is why there are many corruption cases pending in courts without prompt adjudication. The way out is to create special courts to deal with corruption cases separately.

Third is the punishment for corruption. This is related to the weak judicial system. The punishment meted out to convicted corrupt persons is not commensurate with the gravity of the offense. A situation where somebody, who wantonly, looted billions that could have been used to bring succor to millions of Nigerians is handed a paltry jail term on conviction makes corruption attractive. Man has a natural tendency to always do the wrong thing, which only the system can checkmate. The punishment meted out to corruption convicts, so far, is not enough to deter anyone from indulging in the evil practice. Mrs. Farida Waziri, former chairman of EFCC, had suggested death penalty for convicts. It is such stringent punishment that can root out corruption in the country.

Fourth is ethnic sentiment. Nigerians give corruption ethnic coloration or interpretation. When someone is arrested for corruption, rather than join hands to condemn the evil, some Nigerians would be more interested in the ethnic origin of the suspect. It is as if the country is silently being shared. That is why appointments into high offices are ethnic issue because it is believed that whosoever is appointed has the opportunity to partake in the looting of the country on behalf of his ethnic group. The EFCC should ignore primordial sentiments and go ahead to chain whosoever is involved in corruption.

Credit: The Guardian

Man to die by hanging for beating mother to death

Man to die by hanging for beating mother to death

A 24-year-old man, Godwin Banchir, who beat his 65-years-old mother to death for not responding to his greetings, was, yesterday sentenced to death by hanging by Plateau High Court, sitting in Jos.

Justice Daniel Longji, handed down the sentence as he found Banchir guilty of killing his biological mother.

Delivering the judgment, Longji said: “Going by the findings of this court, you Godwin Banchir, mercilessly took the life of your mother, Mrs Saratu Banchir, in cold blood.

“This sentence is mandatory, as the law states that any person convicted of murder shall be punished with death by hanging.

“The sentence of this court upon you is that you, Godwin Banchir, will be hanged until you are dead, may God have mercy on your soul,’’ he said.

It was gathered that the convict was first arraigned on June 6, 2016, charged with culpable homicide, contrary to Section 221 of the Penal Code punishable with death upon conviction.

The convict was said to have committed the crime on Jan. 21, 2016, when he used a stick to beat his mother to death.

Banchir in his confessional statement said that he returned from the farm on the said date and found his mother sitting in the compound and when he greeted her, she ignored him.

He said that infuriated him and he picked a stick and hit her.

In his words: “I got angry when she did not respond to my greetings, so I picked the stick of an axe and hit her around her ribs.

“She fell down and started shouting, which attracted our neighbours who came to beat me up and later took me to the police station.

“I have been having misunderstandings with my mother each time I return from the farm, she doesn’t cook for me on time, and she always quarrels with me whenever I want to bathe with the water she fetched from the stream.

“Her actions always annoyed me, I did not know that she was going to die from the beating she received from me.”

News Headlines Nov 27, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

News Headlines Nov 27, 2018. Headlines From Nigeria’s Major Newspapers

Compiled by Demola Adefajo

The Punch
Estate agent accused of raping American he lured to Nigeria
Presidency’s claim on military withholding casualty figure wrong – Fact check
Buhari faults Oshiomhole, says aggrieved members can sue APC
President okays salary increase for policemen
Is December 1 deadline for the payment of N30,000 minimum wage feasible?
Ronaldo guns for revenge against Valencia
Ex-Chelsea striker Vialli reveals cancer battle
Omotayo, Odusanya top seeds at Asoju Oba Cup
Buhari, writers mourn award-winning poet, Ikeogu Oke
Anthill Productions partners Youneek Studios on filmmaking
Nollycasting unveils Stephanie Linus as ambassador
Investments in banks decline as stocks tumble
Continental Reinsurance announces proposed sale of shares
SEC to drive market participation through financial inclusion
RMAFC recovers N268bn from banks, others
Foundation disburses N143m to 1,516 underprivileged persons
AFC appoints new general counsel
Prenatal exposure to air pollution linked to autism risk – Study
Again, FG, ASUU meeting deadlocked as strike continues
Saraki, El-Rufai mourn Kyari
How Ajudua defrauded me of $8.4m – Bamaiyi
One injured, properties destroyed as fire gut buildings in Lagos
Man arrested for allegedly burgling police officer’s house
John Holt withholds ex-worker’s retirement benefits
Court orders police to pay widow N7.9m for killing her husband
Robbers allegedly steal babies at Calabar varsity teaching hospital
Police arraign housewife for assaulting rival
A-Ibom CP tasks political parties on peaceful campaigns
Benue APC to announce governorship running mate soon
Be wary of friends, Akiolu tells Sanwo-Olu
Parliament to vote on Brexit deal on December 11, says Theresa May
NSE, WFE set to deepen capital market
SEC to drive market participation through financial inclusion
RMAFC recovers N268bn from banks, others
UBA Foundation rewards best students in competition
Omotayo, Odusanya top seeds at Asoju Oba Cup
Falcons, Cameroon battle for AWCON final spot
SuperSport seals UFC deal
Oshoala, Oluehi make AWCON 11
Foundation disburses N143m to 1,516 underprivileged persons
Prenatal exposure to air pollution linked to autism risk – Study
17 universities get $70m research grant
LASU’s regularisation will be completed in a month – Ambode
Use scientific methods to solve security challenges, NSRDA urges FG
Fayemi advocates skills-driven education
Nigerians’ transactions on PoS hit N1.82tn in 10 months – Survey
StarTimes begins online video streaming service
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Editorial: Soldiers’ massacre: Major setback for war on terror louder
Oyetola and the government of consolidation
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Okorocha’s competing versions of reality

The Nation

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Davido, Falz, Tiwa Savage, Betty-G win at AFRIMA
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Sanwo-Olu’s positives
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Fire guts house at Oshodi
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50 aquired tech skills
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Politician pays N40million WAEC fee for 2000 students
UNN graduates 11,681 PhD
UNILORIN students say institution’s charges lowest in Nigeria
Enrolment at NOUN hits 515,000
Rooting for votes
Good advice for aspiring entrepreneurs
Leadership lessons for pupils

ThisDay
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Akwa Ibom APC Unites for 2019 Elections
Oteh, Onyema Task African Exchanges to Encourage Listing of SMEs
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From Frying Pan to Fire: How African Migrants Risk Everything in their Futile Search for a Better Life in Europe By Segun Adeniyi
EDITORIAL: ISSUES IN THE NEMA SCANDAL

The Sun

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APC primaries: President faults party chairman
I never said I’ll probe Fayose – Fayemi
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Day Shekarau was welcomed back to APC
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2019: Politics of restructuring may not attract electoral value – Sani, ACF scribe
CBN, ABCON partnership stabilises naira despite campaign spendings
Angry customers call for revocation of BEDC licence
GTB unveils Habari, Nigeria’s largest platform for shopping, others
Financial Inclusion ’ll aid economic growth –SEC
Bayern wants Wenger
Dennerby: We expect nothing but victory
Ebi: We’re motivated to fly past Cameroon
Tinubu endorses Mikel’s talent hunt
Rohr targets 50 players for AFCON 2019
Rohr: I want Super Eagles to play in Lagos
Oshoala, Ebi, Oluehi, make 2018 AWCON group stage first eleven
Raikkonen retires from final race for Ferrari
Chelsea legend Vialli battling cancer
Red-hot Ronaldo seeks revenge against Valencia
Mbappe: PSG need to win Champions League
Firmino shows off £350,000 Rolls Royce
The Metele Massacre
Jonathan’s memoirs and what he failed to admit
Things that so easily divide us
Nigerian politicians know God but…
WWI anniversary: Folly of Europe’s new nationalism
Still on Igbo survival in Nigeria
New lease of life
How ant inspired me to attain academic excellence
Steve Ayorinde: Lagosians’ll celebrate Christmas with four new theatres
I never said I’ll probe Fayose – Fayemi
Day Ojukwu ‘resurrected’ in Anambra town
UI International School reopens
RMAFC recovers N73bn from bank reconciliation, verification
Jonathan’s memoirs and what he failed to admit
New lease of life

Daily Trust

Alleged $8.4m fraud: Ajudua got money from me 25 times — Bamaiyi
Brig-Gen. Abba Kyari dies at 80
Niger convicts 13 parents over underage marriage
DSS operatives rescue abducted American in Lagos
Buhari’s anti corruption war funny– NULGE
Malabu: Nigeria loses $6bn from Shell, Eni oil deal – Report
FG tasks states on fiscal discipline, costs reduction
2019 elections under threat – Shehu Sani
2019: First Draft News, ICIR train journalists to tackle fake news, misinformation
PDP asks N/Assembly to probe killing of over 100 soldiers
Niger convicts 13 parents over underage marriage
Buhari counters Oshiomhole, insists court remains last option
My re-election a done deal — El-Rufai
APGA using Ojukwu’s name to defraud Igbo — Uwazurike
Adeagbo begins training towards Beijing 2022
Army concludes NASFEST competition in Port Harcourt
FG considers 25 inmates for presidential pardon
Malabu: Nigeria loses $6bn from Shell, Eni oil deal – Report
Trading on NSE opens week with N53bn loss
Thieves kill cyclist in Jiwa
‘Politics not a do or die affair’
2 killed, 8 injured in Abaji auto crashes
His transition hours
Buhari appoints Kabiru Bala as High Commissioner to South Africa
Al-Shabaab gunmen kill cleric, 14 others in Somali car bomb
UGANDA: 29 die as party boat capsizes
Editorial: Averting a CSM epidemic
Brigadier Abba Kyari buried in Abuja
U.I Hijab crisis: School reopens as dress code remains
Cinema revolution best for Kannywood — Director

Vanguard

Forgery: New Twist To Case Against Wike
Cut Overhead Costs, FG Urges States
The Huge Debt Burden And How We Got There
Returning Plateau IDPs To Their Homes
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Experts Caution Over Rising Cases Of Cooking Gas Explosions
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FG, AfDB To Create $500m Innovation Fund For Tech, Creative Sector
Nigeria’s Demand For Cooking Gas Surges As Price Drops By 5%
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DH, Echo Lab Boost Diagnostic Services In Nigeria
PRIMARIES: Imo PDP Breaks Up
Yellow Fever Epidemic Hits Edo
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Obaseki Presents N175bn 2019 Budget Proposal To Edo Assembly
NAICOM Restructures, Creates 20 State Branches
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Oil price falls below budget benchmark
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Why terrorists are killing soldiers – ex-Defence chief, Gen Agwai
Oshiomhole debunks PDP allegations against Buhari
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Uduaghan expresses shock over people’s belief there’s fake Buhari in Aso Villa
UPDATED: Imo PDP breaks, as N-PDP emerges
President Buhari mourns retired Gen. Abba Kyari
Metele attack: Air Force bombs terrorists’ location
Benue youths kill 13 cultists over okadaman’s murder
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Charlie Boy storms Osun, demands probe of gov poll
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I never said I’ll probe Fayose — FAYEMI
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I’m under pressure, Dennerby confesses
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Why I cancelled `Trace Live` music concert- Mr Eazi
Tributes for British director who filmed Bowie, Jagger
Chidinma Aaron crowned 2018 Miss Nigeria
PenCom tasks compliance officers on implementation of micro pension scheme
Court remands man over alleged mobile phone theft
Hijab crisis: ISI reopens a week after closure
Cheers as $993m Mars InSight spacecraft lands on Red Planet
Man seeks N8m for mother’s kidney transplant
CCI Traders to organise 5 days training on trading oil and gas online

Tribune
Dedicating my birthday to slain soldiers not selfish, Atiku tells APC
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Oyo govt disburses over N199m for gratuity arrears
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PDP accuses defence minister of diverting military funds for APC campaign
Taxpayer population jumps to 33m ― Fowler
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Obaseki presents N175bn 2019 budget
MEPN advocates fight against irregular migration
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25-year-old Chidinma Aaron emerges 42nd Miss Nigeria
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Leadership

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Nigeria’s Taxpayer Base Hits 33million
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The Guardian

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Ernest Maduauchi Ojukwu (SAN)
Fraud being an allegation of a criminal nature, must be proved beyond reasonable doubt

New Telegraph

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FG approves new salary structure for police
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Buhari mourns Abba Kyari’s death
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Tinubu endorses Mikel’s talent hunt project
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Obaseki presents N175.7bn budget proposal for 2019
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Kuje Area Council spends N1.6bn on capital projects
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Gunmen abduct founder of Southern Atlantic Poly
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2019: Use phones to record incidents, CP tells officers
Nigeria loses $6bn revenue in oil bloc deal
Osun: From Aregbesola to Oyetola
S’East not bargaining with Buhari on 2019 – Umahi
Oyo ADC in the heat of leadership crisis
U.S., Adebule, Odumakin, seek end violence against women,
3mpd output: Total banks on Nigeria’s Egina field
Senate endorses BEDC-Issele-Uku model for disconnected communities
Gas cylinders: How lack of local support fuels explosion
Securing your land with right documentation
Pinnick hails Zenith Bank for AFCON 2019 ticket
Strike: Again, ASUU, FG’s meeting ends in deadlock
Aregbesola assures of support for WNGC
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Tribute in honour of our fallen soldiers
Children of smokers risk low sperm count
CJN warns judges over issuance of remand orders
Inauguration: Obasa congratulates APC, Oyetola, Aregbesola
14-year-old girl wins UBA’s N2m essay prize
12 doctors leave Nigeria for overseas weekly –ARD
FUTA produces 206 First Class
AFCON Final: NFF promises Falcons $9,000 each

To Oil the Wheel of Progress…

To Oil the Wheel of Progress…

Minister of State, Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu

By Simon-Kolawole, Email: simon.kolawole@thisdaylive.com, sms: 0805 500 1961

I have a story to tell. In the 1970s, three governments set up national oil companies to engage in exploration, production and refining. Nigeria created the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Norway set up Statoil, and Malaysia established Petronas. Today, Statoil — now renamed Equinor ASA — and Petronas are among the biggest state-owned oil and gas companies in the world. Equinor ASA and Petronas declare profits in billions of dollars and are among the most valuable companies in the world. Equinor ASA operates in 36 countries while Petronas is doing business in 35 countries. They are doing well home and abroad.

Our own NNPC? Please don’t get me started. Even though many state-owned companies are doing well in many countries, the moment you insert “Nigeria” into the equation everything goes haywire. There is nothing the NNPC knows how to do well, apart from scams. To produce oil, it relies on retrogressive JVs and ridiculous PSCs. Also, NNPC cannot refine its oil because the refineries never work. (NNPC recently popped champagne to celebrate a petrol supply contract it signed with BP, a British company. We are that shameless.) NNPC cannot even import fuel — it has to do this in the form of importation contracts. NNPC outsources almost everything!

The truth is that even though Nigeria is regarded as an oil giant, we are not yet deriving up to 25% of the benefits that reside in the industry — benefits from exploration, benefits from production, benefits from refining, benefits from petrochemicals, and benefits from marketing. Our major benefit is the revenue from oil export that we share in Abuja every month before it grows wings and flies mostly into private accounts and waste bins. We pride ourselves as one of the largest oil-producing countries in the world, but in the real sense we are not the ones producing the oil. We are outsiders and scavengers in the industry. In the abundance of water, the fool is thirsty.

How can we take maximum advantage before fossil fuels become, as it were, fossilised? Two recent reports inspired my article today. The first is the campaign promise by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, to partially sell NNPC if he is elected president. Is that the solution? What is the solution? The second is Nigeria’s local content development policy which, after decades of rhetoric, has produced a major result in the building of the Egina vessel. But this has led to a war between Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria Ltd, the contractor, and Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics (LADOL), the Nigerian local partner. This is no good news.

First, what can we do to turn NNPC into a world beater and derive more benefits from our oil? President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC candidate, believes in state ownership. He has not been enthusiastic about the reforms meant to free the oil sector from government control. He can argue that if Petronas (Malaysia), Petrobras (Brazil) and Aramco (Saudi Arabia) are doing well under state ownership, why not NNPC? Atiku, seen as more market-oriented, has promised to sell part of NNPC and privatise the refineries. Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, the candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) and a liberal economist of note, has promised full-blast reform and deregulation.

My intention today is not to evaluate the campaign promises of the candidates as they relate to the oil industry. That I will still do at some point. Rather, I am more interested in asking this question: how can we get the NNPC to be productive, innovative and profitable — even if not at the level of the national oil companies that were established around the same time in the 70s? Should we sell or restructure NNPC? What should we do with the now-in-limbo Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) which prescribes that government should sell off 40% of its interest within 10 years? Whatever the case is, something has to happen to NNPC. Life can’t continue like this.

This is a debate worth having as the 2019 elections approach. Nigeria must begin to derive maximum advantage from the industry while stock lasts and while the world is still consuming fossil fuels. Our oil sector must be recalibrated to serve the interest of Nigeria, create real jobs and stimulate the growth of its subsectors as well as the other sectors of the economy. As things are today, our oil industry serves more foreign interests than it serves us. Just take a look at the companies making the most out of the various aspects of the chain and you will see that Nigeria and Nigerians do not figure prominently. In the abundance of water, the fool is thirsty.

And that is my second issue today: deriving utmost benefits from the sector through local content development. The world recently celebrated when Egina vessel sailed away to the Total deepwater oilfield, OML 130, which is about 200 kilometres offshore Port Harcourt, Rivers state. The acreage has deposits in excess of 550 million barrels of oil — one of the biggest you will find on the African continent. The deep offshore location means it would need a floating production storage offloading (FPSO) vessel. This was built by Samsung Heavy Industries in “local content” partnership with LADOL, led by Dr Amy Jadesimi as MD.

The good news is that this is the biggest local content project in our history after decades and decades of planning and talking and strategising about the policy. One significant progress we have made was setting up the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in 2010, which has seen to the involvement of more Nigerian companies in the logistics and engineering of the oil industry. Same year, Total Upstream, the operator of OML 130, awarded a $3.3 billion contract to the partnership of Samsung and LADOL to build the Egina FPSO. On August 25, 2018, the vessel sailed off to the oilfield. It is expected to add up to 200,000bpd to Nigeria’s oil output.

The bad news, though, is that the “local content” partnership that made this possible has hit the rocks, and this is not what you want to hear at a time we are campaigning for technology transfer to Nigerians so that we can become big players in our own oil industry. The Samsung and LADO crisis, which has produced a series of litigations, is capable of undermining the local content policy. The flagship project should be a thing of joy, a trophy we should display with pride. It should inspire more Nigerian companies to aim higher and become world beaters. A $3.3 billion procurement, engineering, construction and commissioning contract is not a joke.

What then is the problem? Samsung is demanding $1 billion extra payment from Total Upstream as claims for contract variation. The Korean company said there was “extraordinary increase in the quantities of structure and piping materials of the FPSO” because it had to improve on the initial work done by Nigerian engineers on the vessel. Although Total has already paid $500 million extra, Samsung wants an additional $500 million if not it would proceed with its claims of $1.6 billion at the London arbitration tribunal. The controversy almost marred the sail-off of Egina and would have delayed the December 2018 target for the commencement of production from the field.

Samsung had stopped work in July and headed to the courts but lost two cases and was practically forced by Nigerian authorities to complete work on the vessel and allow it sail or face the termination of the contract and a 10-year ban from working in Nigeria. Thankfully, the vessel sailed away on August 25, but the crisis is still ashore. The benefits of the Samsung/LADOL partnership, which are supposed to be long-lasting in the Nigerian oil industry, are now under threat. The partnership, named Samsung Heavy Industries Mega Construction and Integration Free-Zone (SHI MCI FZE), was expected to upgrade LADOL’s fabrication and integration facility at the free zone.

At the heart of Samsung’s dispute with LADOL is the claim by the Koreans that they invested $300 million in the fabrication yard — allegedly hiding the fact that Total had actually paid them $214 million for that purpose as part of the $3.3 billion contract. LADOL, reportedly unaware, was forced to cut down its interest in SHI MCI FZE from 80% to 30%. It also paid Samsung $40.5 million for its interest. However, it has since come out that Total Upstream paid Samsung for it. There are now suggestions that Samsung Heavy Industries is desperately seeking the $1.6 billion bonus in order to return to profit, having been suffering heavy financial bashing in recent years.

Somehow, there must be a resolution somewhere. Samsung no longer has access to the fabrication yard — the “landlord” is LADOL’s sister company, Global Resources Management Free Zone Ltd. While Global Resources says the lease has expired, Samsung maintains that it is valid till 2024. I am seeing a serious crisis here that needs to be resolved to keep the local content development policy smelling of roses. As far as I am concerned, this is the most beneficial policy we have had in the oil sector since we hit oil in 1956. We can argue over whether or not to sell NNPC, but we cannot deny that more local companies need to play big in the oil industry. We need to sustain the progress.

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AND FOUR OTHER THINGS…

BOKO SLAUGHTER

Anytime the military chiefs boast that they have “technically” conquered Boko Haram, the terrorists strike big — as we saw yet again in the devastating attacks on soldiers in Metele, Borno state, last week. Maybe they should talk less and do more. Maybe President Buhari needs to overhaul the military hierarchy if fatigue has set in. Some of them have been due for retirement ages ago! There is no doubt that we have made tremendous progress against Boko Haram in the last three years, but terrorism is a stubborn thing and we must never take our eyes off the ball. As for those politicising this tragedy, remember we are talking about human lives here. Empathy.

TRANSITION HOURS

Former President Goodluck Jonathan appeared to have scored an own goal in his recently released book, ‘My Transition Hours’. He listed Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, Chief Osita Chidoka and Hon. Warpamowei Dudafa as those who recommended “sundry alternatives” to conceding the 2015 election to President Muhammadu Buhari, whereas these were actually the doves who recommended only one alternative — concession — when the hawks were trying to turn him. Jonathan did not mention even one of the hawks, but some of us know them. Jonathan withheld too many vital details and the vague account has now caused a backlash. Blunder.

IRREGULAR MIGRATION

Celebrated columnist and prolific author, Mr. Olusegun Adeniyi (“chairman” to some of us), released a timely book on irregular immigration (calling a spade a spade, we would say “illegal immigration” but political correctness would not leave us alone). ‘From Frying Pan to Fire: How African migrants risk everything in their futile search for a better life in Europe’ is not the usual “political thriller” that Adeniyi has become master of, but this may be the best work he has done yet in his writing career, coming at a time frustration and desperation are increasingly driving young Africans into their death across the Mediterranean Sea in the search for Godot. Catastrophe.

AND FINALLY…

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, governor of Osun state, on Thursday launched a 10-year development plan “to promote sustainable development through pragmatic, transparent, accountable and inclusive governance that mobilises human and material resources toward making the state a socio-economic and cultural hub of Nigeria.” Mr. Olalekan Yinusa, the commissioner for development, said the Osun Development Plan 2019-2028 was hinged on four pillars of economic development, capital development and security, infrastructure development and environmental sustainability. All this coming five days to the end of Aregbesola’s eight-year tenure as governor. Wonderful.

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Consumption Of Local Rice Can Reduce Risk Of Diabetes

Nutritionist Says Consumption Of Local Rice Can Reduce Risk Of Diabetes

By Agency Report

A nutritionists, Dr Ochuko Erikainure, says moderate consumption of unrefined foods such as local rice, wheat, fruits and vegetables could help to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Erikainure told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Saturday that such foods, including lean meat fishes, were good for diabetes because they were high in nutrients and phytochemicals.

“Polished rice increases the risk owing to its high glycemic index. Unlike local rice, polished rice is deficient of micronutrients which are lost during processing.

“A lot of nutrients and phytochemicals with health benefits are often lost during processing and food preparation, so, caution should be taken when preparing foods.

“The lesser the heat, the higher the tendency of retaining these nutrients and phytochemicals in foods,” he said.

According to the international Diabetic Federation (IDF), two out of three people living with diabetes are undiagnosed, while three out of four deaths are diabetes related.

“Nigeria is ranked among the top five countries in sub-Saharan Africa in the number of people living with diabetes.

“Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disease that affects carbohydrate, protein and lipid metabolism owing to lack of insulin secretion and inability of the cells to utilize the insulin being secreted.

” It is amongst the world’s fastest growing epidemic as over 425 million adults were estimated to be diabetic, which has been projected to rise to 629 million by 2045,” he said.

Erikainure said refined wheat products such as white bread, snacks and consumption of sodas have been shown to be highly glycemic which could increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

He said that the use of non-calorie natural sweeteners such as xylitol have been shown not to increase the blood glucose level, thus can serve as a replacement for table sugar.

“Palm wine (unfermented) has also been shown to suppress increased blood glucose level, which has been attributed to its high content of non-calorie sugars and phenolics.

“Majorly, regular exercise and reduced sedentary lifestyles should always be practiced which can help to decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes in both children and adults.(NAN)