NIGERIA; Kano to close 2,000 illegal private schools

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Kano State Task Force on Private Schools, Wednesday, said it has concluded plans to close down over 2,000 illegal private schools and colleges operating across the state.

Chairman of the Task Force, Alhaji Baba Umar, told reporters  that the step became imperative following the failure of proprietors of such schools to conform with laid down rules and regulations in the state.

Umar said: “Majority of the 3,500 private schools and colleges operating across the state are  illegal; no formal registration with government and over 2,000 of the affected schools operate below the benchmark set by government.”

He further noted that this was happening in spite of substantial investments by Governor Musa Kwankwaso’s administration in the education sector, describing the situation as unacceptable.

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Bill Gates says fame not goal in aid work

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Bill Gates, one of the world’s richest men and highest profile aid donors, said Wednesday he doesn’t care if he’s forgotten after his death — as long as polio and other major diseases have been eradicated.

“I don’t need to be remembered at all,” the co-founder of Microsoft, 57, told AFP in New York.

Gates has a fortune estimated by Forbes at $66 billion, second only to Mexican telecoms tycoon Carlos Slim, and the satisfaction of knowing that Microsoft products are at the heart of computers in every corner of the world.

But he says that since quitting the running of Microsoft and focusing on his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, it’s the world’s poorest that have his attention.

“None of the people who are at risk of polio know anything about me, nor should they. They are dealing with day to day life and the fact that their child might get crippled,” Gates said in an interview at a posh Manhattan hotel.

The foundation has already paid out $25 billion to projects fighting disease and extreme poverty. There’s currently about $36 billion left in the pot — and it’s all going to go.

“My wife and I have decided that our foundation will spend all its money within 20 years of when neither of us are around, so we’re not trying to create some perpetual thing,” Gates said.

Target number one is polio, which has now been eradicated in India. Gates says a worldwide end to the crippling childhood disease is feasible, with only Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan the trouble spots.

“Within my lifetime, polio’s not the only disease we should be able to eradicate. Even malaria — although that’s more like a several decades effort — should be within reach,” he said.

Gates said that traditional government aid packages from rich countries to poor countries have been inefficient, or worse.

“A lot of that was about buying friendship and almost shouldn’t be labeled aid,” he said, referring to the Cold War era, when Western and Soviet programs fought for influence in Africa and elsewhere.

The way forward, Gates said, is to take a page from the corporate playbook and tie aid to specific goals, with close monitoring of progress.

“Business is always focused on measurements and if they get it wrong, they don’t get capital and in extreme cases the company goes out of business,” he said.

“Government and philanthropy don’t naturally do the same thing,” he said.

Gates expressed optimism about the ability of aid to do good, citing “the most rapid improvement ever in history” in reducing child mortality and the resurgence of countries such as Ethiopia that, not so long ago, were considered basket cases.

“It’s not the normal cynical view,” he said. But in a time of shrinking budgets and economic jitters in rich countries, continued success depends on “if the generosity holds up.”

However, Gates warned of growing pitfalls, including one close to home: the often appalling state of the US school system.

Asian schools “have gone way past us in quality,” Gates said, and that’s because they apply a businesslike approach to monitoring the performance of their teachers.

“The idea of measuring and giving feedback, that’s what we’re missing,” he said. “Feedback is how you drive that excellence. In some areas, like baseball, we measure, we know your batting average — we’re serious about baseball. But education is also worth being serious about.”

Gates’ views on the need for bringing corporate efficiency to the aid world are laid out in detail in his “annual letter,” which he released Wednesday

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NIGERIA: Okada: Lagos goes tough on unrestricted routes

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LAGOS State Government, Wednesday, advised commercial motorcycle operators, popularly called ‘’Okada,” in the state to obey to the letter the Road Traffic Law 2012 on all unrestricted routes or face severe sanction

This came as the government accused the Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA, of obstructing ongoing reconstruction of the Ikorodu Road, on the mere excuse that it is a ‘Federal Road’

Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, noted that it was highly important for motorcycle operators to obey the Road Traffic Law to ensure the safety and security of residents.

Opeifa lamented the flagrant disobedience of traffic law by motorcycle operators and argued that in spite of stakeholders’ engagements, public enlightenment and advocacy embarked upon by the government to educate motorcycle associations both legal and otherwise, on the provisions of the law and the need for voluntary compliance, some motorcycle operators still plied restricted routes with impunity.

According to him, “Section 3 sub sections 3 and 4 stipulate that no person shall operate a motorcycle either as a rider or a passenger without wearing a standard protective crash helmet and that no motorcycle operator shall carry more than one passenger at a time or a pregnant woman, a child below the age of 12 years or an adult with a baby on her back.”

Opeifa, warned motorcycle operators who ply unrestricted routes without the proper registration of the motorcycles, to desist from such unlawful act as both rider and passenger would be made to face the law.

He appealed to Nigeria Police, Military and other Law Enforcement Agents to carry out their duties diligently while enforcing the Road Traffic Law, adding that “Lagosians rely on them for their safety, security and enforcement of the Law.”

On Ikorodu Road, the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure claimed the planned rehabilitation could only be done without interference from FERMA and  urged FERMA to concentrate its rehabilitation programmes on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Lagos-Sagamu Road, Apapa – Osodi Expressway and a host of others begging for serious attention.

According to the ministry, the state applied for and had taken over the maintenance and rehabilitation of Ikorodu road, not only to ensure its improvement but to also upgrade its facilities because of the priority attention the state government had given to it.

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NIGERIA: BPE issue BFI ALSCON’s bid letter

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After almost nine years of legal battle for the Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria, ALSCON, Ikot Abasi, Akwa IBom State, by the BFI Group Corporation, the Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE, has finally issued the original winners of the bid a letter, offering them the much coveted company.

A statement by BPE’s spokesman, Mr. Chukwuma Nwoko, in Abuja, Wednesday, explained that the action followed the decision of the National Council on Privatisation, NCP, in compliance with the Supreme Court order of July last year, that ALSCON be given to BFI Group, an American-based company, promoted by a Nigerian-American, Dr. Reuben Jaja, as the true winners of the privatization process.

The BPE said, however, that the BFI Group was expected to execute the Share Purchase agreement and pay the 10 per cent of the $410 million offer price within 15 days of the execution of the SPA. The 90 per cent balance is to be paid within 90 calendar days.

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AFCON 2013: Hart tips Eagles against the Elephants

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AS Nigerians continue to rejoice following Super Eagles murky flight to the quarter finals of the ongoing African Cup of Nations in South Africa, soccer pundits are x-raying the chances of the Stephen Keshi boys against The Elephants of Ivory Coast, a star studded side clearly dreaded by every team in Africa.

Reacting to a text poser on Nigeria’s chances against the team which parades legends like Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, the Toure brothers – Yaya and Kolo and Arsenal FC’s goal poacher, Yao Gervinho, the President of Goldashe United FC of Port Harcourt, Mr. Fubara Kingsley Hart declared emphatically that the game of soccer is as unpredictable as the weather.

“The era of big name is waning by the day in Africa and don’t forget that football is not mathematics where equations would not change.

The same Zambia which shot down Ghana and Ivory Coast to win the last Nations Cup has just been edged out in a group where Nigeria performed better and finished second” stated the soccer exponent, the Director of Finance and Administration at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

Hart, however, calls for a more tactical approach against the Ivory Coast in view of its pedigree as a highly mobile and attacking side.
He reckoned that the game would be tough in every ramification.
“Looking at their record so far, they have won all games against crack sides like Algeria, Tunisia and Togo. A loss to Nigeria would send them packing.

That’s why Coach Keshi should deploy every technical and tactical know how to go through. It is doable.
They should just approach the match with a winning mentality” said the Goldashe boss.

Nigeria made it to the quarter finals following 2-0 win over Ethiopia in their last group match on Tuesday where Chelsea of England import, Victor Moses converted penalties in the 80th and 85th minutes respectively.

The quarter finals match will hold at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa by 5.00pm Nigerian time.

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NIGERIA: Bauchi suspends payment of allowance to workers

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Four months after the Bauchi State Government started the deduction of 10 per cent of workers’ salaries following alleged ‘’dwindling state resources,’’ the government has now completely stopped payment of any form of allowance to the civil servants and local government workers.

The state government, however, approved the stoppage of the 10 per cent deductions commenced from September 2012 up to December 2012. This means that salaries would return to status-quo with effect from January 2013.”

The government, while  stopping  payment of any form of entitlements to its workers, blamed it on  dwindling revenue, noting that the treasury staff will be paid 50 per cent of their special allowances.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Bauchi State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, Mr. Ali Ahmed said  labour unions have nothing to do with the suspension of special allowances as they were not consulted before it was introduced.

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AFCON 2013: Togo completes West African sweep

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WEST Africa has proved that it is the dominant force in football in the continent, following the conclusion of group matches at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nation, which saw the sub-region producing seven of the eight teams that qualified for the quarterfinals.

After the likes of Cote D’Ivoire, Mali, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Cape Verde reached the last eight, Togo, Wednesday night, became the seventh team from West Africa that reached the knockout stage of the tournament.

The Emmanuel Adebayor-led Togolese team played a 1-1 draw with Tunisia, to qualify as runners-up from Group D.

Save for South Africa, who are representing Southern Africa, all the other teams in the competition are from the west, confirming the often-known truth that big football is in the west.

No team from North Africa reached the knockout round of the competition.

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NIGERIA: Reps query FG over N302bn ecology fund

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The House of Representatives  has   queried  the Federal Government over a whopping shortfall of  N302 billion of  Ecological Funds.

The House further  accused the Federal Government of violating the Financial Act 2006 by using Decree 36 of 1984 as the guideline for the distribution of the fund.

This directive was given Wednesday by Chairman of the House Committee on Environment, Uche Ekwunife, during an investigative hearing to determine the effectiveness and  efficiency in the management of the Fund.

She  said the committee was mindful of the use of the fund for the provision of loans to  some states and  federal agencies for projects not related to ecological matters.

The committee further directed that the Accountant General’s Office and the Budget Office should separate the Ecological Funds from the Federation Account in other to give way for transparency and judicious usage of the funds.

She also ordered that the allocation of  funds to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, which is on first line charge of  the Federation Account, should be released on a monthly basis as opposed to the present system of quarterly payments.

The chairman  in her speech, noted that the one  percent allocated for the  use of  the Accountant General for the computation of inflows from January 2004 to June 2012 was contrary to the two percent specified in the Federation Accounts Act 2004.

“This, therefore, resulted to understatement of the figure which accrued  to the tune of N302, 358, 388,317.81,” she said.

She also queried the illegal, transfers of N93.7 billion in 2009 from the Ecological Funds to  Consolidated Revenue Fund to finance the acceleration of capital budget advances to states and local government to meet revenue shortfalls and third quarter Developmental Fund Warrant.

She further said only N50 billion was refunded, leaving a balance of N43.7 billion unpaid.

Ekwunife further revealed that another loan of N60.7 billion  was taken from the fund by the federal and state governments “for purposes not related to ecological problems, adding that a balance of N30 billion was left unpaid.

According to the lawmaker, another illegal deduction of N20.1billion was made between January 2003 to December 2011 for debt servicing. She added that all the deductions were made without  approval of the National Assembly.

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NIGERIA: Okorocha calls for military discipline in politics

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Imo State governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, has called for strict military discipline in the nation’s democratic system to enable the country move forward.

Okorocha, who made the call when he played host to officers of the Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State, at Government House, Owerri, also noted that lack of discipline had hindered progress and development in the country.

He said discipline should be introduced a s a subject in the primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the country, adding that it will go a long way in introducing sanity in the polity.

Speaking earlier, leader of the delegation and Director, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Major General John Kwabe, explained the the purpose of their visit was to look into some critical issues, such as national economy, integration, food security and youth development.

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NIGERIA: Masquerade killer of Islamic cleric on the run

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Indications  emerged Wednesday that the Masquerade that allegedly shot dead  an Islamic Cleric Lateef Amusa  in Ijaye in the area of Abeokuta metropolis during Egungun festival has run away.

The police Commissioner in the State, Ikemefuna Okoye told newsmen  at the command Headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta, that contrary to the media report that  the masquerade was part of the people arrested, saying the command   did not have the masquerade known as ‘Leyin Aponle’ in her  custody.

It would be recalled that a  Muslim cleric, Lateef Amusa was reportedly killed  by a masquerade, the development that led to the burning down of the masquerade’s family house.

The  police command had said  that it had  arrested four suspects, including a masquerade over the death of Amusa .

While parading 16 suspects for various offences, the Commissioner said  only three human beings have been arrested for the incident.

“As an African,no one can arrest Egungun,only human beings that commits an offence will be arrested.

“We don’t have masquerade in our custody.We have arrested human beings and they would be charged to court after the completion of investigation,”he said.

But,when Vanguard interviewed  one of the suspects paraded by the police for the murder, Ajani Olabimtan,he claimed that the masquerade was a Lagos based bus conductor and had run away after the incident.

According to him, the masquerade was my boy, I am transporter in Lagos, I followed Kazeem to Abeokuta to celebrate the festival.

“He has run away. In fact I came to tell the police about the incident before I was arrested. It was not the masquerade that killed the man, it was done by some cultists who rammed into our procession.

Meanwhile, the police have paraded six kidnappers,three armed robbers, five suspected murdered and two burglars.

The commissioner while addressing newsmen said all the suspects committed the offence in various places across the state,saying, all of them would be dragged to court.

While speaking on the ammunition recovered, Okoye said one Ak 47 and 20 round of ammunition among others have been recovered by some hoodlums who he said had escaped police arrest.

He however said, one Abdul Rasaq Salam has been arrested for allegedly killing one Ajibade Olatunde during a scuttle.

The Commissioner also paraded one Micheal Osho for armed robbery after dispossessing one Bukola Akani of her N58,000 and one handset.

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