NIGERIA: CBN Should Strive for Consumer Protection in Cashless Policy – Abraham

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As the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) work towards extending the cashless policy to five other states and the Federal Capital Territory from next month, the Partner, Reach Legal, IT and Telecommunications Law, United Kingdom, Henrietta Abraham, has canvassed an enabling environment to promote market development, competition and consumer protection.

Assessment of the Cashless Policy

Nigeria was a cash society until the introduction of the cashless policy. This in itself is to be applauded. The policy has changed the face of the financial system in Nigeria in a positive and progressive manner. Are there challenges? The answer is Yes! However, no cashless policy has not met with its own specific challenges therefore there is hope that in Nigeria, those challenges can be addressed.
Since the cashless policy introduced, a number of things have been put in place. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is rolling out to six other states, banks have developed various electronic and mobile payment offerings for their customers, mobile money will hopefully continue to gain traction as the Mobile Money Operators and Telcos gear up to the next level, more Point of Sale (PoS) system have been deployed in places like supermarkets and other retailers.
Even corporates are embracing the cashless initiative. I believe that the last frontier will be consumers. Majority of the population are unbanked and one of the greatest challenges in many jurisdictions similar to Nigeria’s is financial inclusion, creating access to financial services for the unbanked.
Despite the challenges, I am sure that in good time the cashless initiative will become a success story in Nigeria as it has been in some other jurisdictions. We just need to work through the process. Kenyan M-Pesa took seven years to become a success. We’ve all heard the saying that, ‘Rome was not built in a day’. Any lasting project must start on a solid foundation and we need to ensure that the foundation is there to build on. The CBN Governor, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, should be commended for introducing the cashless initiative. CBN is doing a lot to support the initiative such as supporting projects that sensitise the population or which brings stakeholders together to deliberate on the issues going forward.

Objective of the Forthcoming Conference

The two-day conference is being organised by DeNovo, strategy, brand and media company and Reach Legal, a UK based IT and Telecoms Law Consultancy in collaboration with the CBN which is the main sponsor for the event titled: ‘Nigeria Transiting to a Cash-less Society: Charting the way Forward,’ which is being held on June 24 and 25. The aim of the conference is to bring together all relevant stakeholders in the cashless ecosystem to deliberate on the successes and challenges of the initiative in Lagos State, the pilot state, the way forward as CBN gets ready to roll out the initiative to six other states in the country and to help to shape the policy direction of the initiative going forward.
What differentiates this conference from others is that this is the first all stakeholders summit on cashless and the focus is purely on addressing policy issues as opposed to marketing products and services. That is why we make every effort to engage all stakeholders including regulators and policy makers, those who will shape the cashless policy as well as those who are affected by those policies. At this conference you will find traders, consumers, policy wonks, regulators, legislatures, World Bank representatives and others.  The conference deliberations cover major issues affecting the cashless initiative in Nigeria such as Building Resilient Infrastructure for the Effective Implementation of Payments Services in Nigeria: Charting the Way Forward.
We are expecting all the major stakeholders in the cashless ecosystem including the Deputy Governor (Operations), CBN, Mr. Tunde Lemo and the World Bank that is very keen to assist with the development of the cashless initiative in Nigeria will be represented by the Senior Payment Systems Expert, Carlo Corazza.

Complaints on Faulty PoS

Faulty is a term people use loosely for many things. It could be a technical fault with the machine, or it could be a network problem, poor connectivity or power loss. Most of the issues border on infrastructural challenges which need to be addressed and are being worked on, slowly, but hopefully will get better going forward. Needless to say, we need efficient PoS systems management in place. What we must avoid is giving up at the slightest problem. My understanding is that Payment Terminals System Providers have been tasked with addressing these issues including providing some element of training to retailers and merchants.  Also the recent deployment of the PoS systems operating USSD access channels provides an alternative platform.

Extending the Policy to 5 States and FCT

Lagos had a head start, being the commercial hub of Nigeria. This was good for the state from investment point of view. It is time for the project to extend from Lagos to the other prepared states. Lessons can be learnt from the successes had and challenges faced as Lagos State implemented the cash-less initiative. These can be used to benchmark the development of the policy in the other states being rolled out to. This is one of the things we hope will be achieved in the upcoming conference mentioned above.

Legal Framework

The first thing I will say that with new technology, regulation must not be too prescriptive but should allow room for technology to develop. Nevertheless there is no doubt that there is a need in Nigeria for the development of a coherent regulatory framework. CBN, tasked with regulating the cashless policy, has enacted a number of guidelines, including PoS guidelines and recently, guidelines on agency banking. This, however, is not enough going forward. The legislature should work towards enacting regulation which is technology neutral and creates an enabling environment which promotes market development and allows competition.
For the regulator or lawmaker it is attaining a balancing act between mitigating risks and maximising opportunities particularly where new technology is concerned. One specific area of legislation which comes to mind as requiring urgent attention is consumer protection and data protection due to the amount of personal information which is being collected, processed and stored nowadays.

He enjoined the entire country to embrace the use of the services to aid information knowledge level, business development and contribute to achieving the Nigeria we all desire
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In a statement issued from the technical company in charge – 411ng.com, its Chief Technical Officer, Matt Howard  said “the data centre is an advanced one of a kind, built with over 13 million different software used in B2B directory tracking, global positioning, 24 hours traffic surveillance, stock market analysis reporting, finger print readers, vehicle tracking, crime scene reporting, CCTV Data records and backup, cross marketing and emergency response call forwarding to police and trained authorities.

The centre he said, would receive in- bound enquiry calls from over 3,000 Nigerians at a time for now, and about 27 million enquiries could be processed every day.

“We are working to increase inbound trunks to accommodate 10 million callers at a time. This we should achieve before the end of June 2014.  As at today, we have employment for over 3,000 Nigerians, majorly trained statistics and data dissemination experts, multi lingual distress experts; Anti-terrorist negotiators, doctors, first aid nurses, pilots, call centre agents, career development advisors, weather experts, IT and Technical experts among others. They will offer professional services daily to Nigerians,” Howard said.

The company Chief Operating officer Ms. Denise Cann also stressed that the directory number – 7411 may equally serve as a counter terrorism number into which the entire nation may dial into at the hour of need. Such distress calls or emergency will be forwarded to police or the joint task force as the case may be for rapid intervention. “We will work with major companies like Google GPS, NIGCOMSAT, CBN, GLO1 and Main one to achieve the feat,” Cann said.
According to  Howard, “Though not primarily set up for emergency responses, but we are also capable of connecting to all emergency units, and such would not deprive the citizens of Nigeria the right to instant help at critical time of need.”

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Find that Lost Phone

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 Mobile devices have become an intrinsic part of society. Most of us can’t go a day without our mobile devices, and it’s understandable. In the social age we live in, we use them to check our emails, get updates from the stock market, use the navigation to guide us to our destination, browse the internet, interact with our family and friends and even store important personal details.
If there isn't already a proverb to the effect that someone's greatest strength is also their greatest weakness, there should be. A prime example in the enterprise is mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Their mobility has spawned a veritable computing revolution. Yet that mobility also creates a number of vulnerabilities.
For example, in the UK the Metropolitan Police has reported that 10,000 mobile devices are stolen each month. That’s a staggering 333 mobile phones stolen every day, and over 13 per hour. All those mobiles are stolen in the UK alone! Imagine how many are being stolen worldwide?
Why Track a Mobile Phone?
There are many reasons as to why you would want to track your smartphone or tablet. One of the main reasons why people track them is to find them after they’ve been misplaced or even worse, stolen.
Most of the mobile devices in use today possess accurate location awareness. Although we often use the word "GPS" to describe any kind of location tracking, actual GPS is only one of the methods used by modern devices to determine their own locations. Mobiles also rely on the known locations of cellular towers they are associated with, as well as any Wi-Fi network to which they may be connected. But calculating location can be a drain on battery power, which becomes a factor when we look at ways to keep track of mobile devices.

Although the term "tracking" can have perverse overtones, there are many legitimate reasons for a business or an individual to keep tabs on the location of their mobile devices.
It was lost. Probably the single most common use for tracking location, lost mobile devices can represent serious security concerns for the owner. They might hold emails logins, credit card information and other sensitive information.
Business and Office
When mobile devices are used by employees in the field, location data can help a company fine-tune efficiencies. For example, the data may reveal that too many field personnel are in one area while not enough are in another.
Rules enforcement. Due to the sensitive data they may contain, a business may want to restrict where employees or other workers like contractors may take company-owned mobile devices.
Customer service. Using mobile device location, a company like a tow truck service can dispatch the closest field worker to a customer, improving response time.
Investigations. Mobile device locations could reveal suspicious activity like corporate espionage. Suppose a company's device was often tracked to a location at a competitor's workplace, for instance.
iOS Devices: iPad’s and iPhones

iPad’s and iPhones users are familiar with Find My Device, Apple's iCloud-based location service. This finder service can be useful for spot checks, such as finding a lost phone. Find My Device can also remotely lock or wipe a phone, allowing its owner to secure it against data loss. But there are limitations too.
Find My Device requires that the mobile device be logged into iCloud. This means that the user must have signed up for an iCloud account and set up the phone to connect to it prior to initiating any tracking.
Because this service uses on-demand location tracking, the device is not regularly updating its location with iCloud. Therefore, if it loses its battery power or data connection, retrieving its last known location may be useless if that spot check took place hours, days, or months ago.
You can turn to a third-party app like GPS Location Tracker, which maintains an on-going location log. There, you can view travel paths of the map where the device has travelled. But note that this is not real-time tracking; the log is not literally live.
Android
Unlike Apple's own Find My Device service, Android does not have an "official" device tracking option. However, there are several creative third-party apps which not only provide location tracking but additional security features.
Popular desktop anti-virus vendor AVG has a free Android AV app which includes location finder and remote wipe-and-lock. Another free application, Locate My Droid, allows you to authorise multiple email addresses to view the location of a particular device.
But again, these applications must be installed in advance. If your device is already lost or missing… well, there is Plan B. This application can be remotely installed to an Android device from the Google Play Store (assuming the device is registered under your Google Play account). Once it installs, it send an email to the device's registered Google account with its location. Plan B literally is a last resort; it only works on certain versions of Android and even then, results can be erratic.
Real-time live tracking is available for Android, but its reliance on GPS means that it could drain the battery quickly.
Windows Phone
Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 is set up with a Windows Live cloud account. Unlike Apple's finder service, Windows Phone 8 users do not need to install an application. So finding the location of a Windows Phone 8 device is the most seamless option among mobile platforms. Using the Windows Phone website from any computer you can find, lock or erase a stray device. On the other hand, the Windows Phone application market is relatively small compared to Apple and Android, so options for third-party tracking applications with more features are limited.
THIS WEEK ON GADGETS            
LG 84-INCH ULTRA HD TV
                          
Nigerians by their nature are hardworking people; at the end of every day, they seek for ways to revitalise their minds. To achieve this they turn to their TV sets for programs such as news, sports, soap operas and sitcoms.
TV viewing is indeed a popular pastime in Nigeria. This relaxing activity serves as a way of rewarding oneself after a hard day’s work.
75 years ago, television was introduced with scepticism and awe. No one truly believed it would change the way we view the world. Now more than ever people are more attached to their television. A TV set is now being considered as a status symbol by householders; and increasingly a lot of attention is being paid to the quality of TV adorning living rooms.
In the early days of TV, a tube delivering images in black and white was considered to be okay. But with the advent of colour TV and availability of contents for colour TV, the black and white TV has lost its charm. it is no more relevant as globally there have been a mass migration to colour TV. Over time, there have been advanced introductions such as the LCD, LED and 3D TVs, which has brought about tremendous improvement in picture quality.
Recently I was at the atrium of the Ikeja Shopping Mall in Lagos to witness the unveiling of the 84-inch Ultra High Definition TV by LG Electronics, a global leader in Consumer Electronics. The launch of the TV which is the world’s first 84-inch Ultra Definition (UD) Cinema 3D Smart TV as well as the first of its kind to be introduced into the Nigerian market was witnessed by a mammoth crowd.
The LG 84-inch ULTRA-HD TV, also known as 84LM9600, is the world’s largest
Ultra High Definition TV. The sheer size of the display, which is equal to 4units of 42-inch TVs, delivers an unparalleled picture resolution of 2160p which is 4 times higher than full HD. It is incredibly vivid and crisp, even when viewed from close distances. The LG 84-inch ULTRA-HD TV comes complete with an enhanced sound which no other TV currently offers. Its 2.2 speaker system delivers a sound output of
50W, boasting two woofers, which delivers an incredible depth and energy, bringing eye-encompassing visuals to life with exhilarating sound.
Speaking on this milestone achievement, the General Manager, Home Entertainment division, LG Electronics, Mr. Steve Ryu, said: “It is obvious that our industry is driven by innovation and Ultra Definition which is our latest invention will transform viewing experience.

“This is indeed a watershed moment in TV history because the Ultra HD 4K technology will make it possible for consumers to enjoy crystal clear picture quality. The LG 84-inch ULTRA-HD TV offers quadruple the detail of a full HD 1080p unit, with 8 million pixels.”
The new LG 84-inch ULTRA-HD TV uses LG Resolution Upscaler Plus hardware which delivers higher detail from the existing SD/HD external sources. It provides the most convincing 3D viewing experience currently available outside of a movie theatre. The TV’s Triple XD Engine comes with a TruMotion of 240 Hz with the benefit of fast screen refresh rate which guarantees quality viewing of fast movies and sports
The LG 84-inch ULTRA-HD TV also has Smart TV ecosystem, featuring well over 1,000 applications. It comes complete with 3D glasses as well as LG’s Magic Remote, now upgraded to understand voice commands allowing users to intuitively access and navigate the Home Dashboard with ease.
Guests at the event, with the aid of the LG 3D glasses, were able to try out the device for the first time; they were enthralled by the breath-taking viewing experience the massive display gives with many admitting that with a new technology like the LG 84-inch ULTRA-HD TV there is bound to be a resurgence in family time which has been recently observed to be waning.
For tech enthusiasts wanting to put themselves at the cutting edge of what’s possible. The Ultra HD is a compelling trend. They are able to reproduce colours that can’t be seen in the colour space of their HD counterparts. Most importantly, they are simply stunning to look at. There is a growing concern about the lack of Ultra HD content. While this will undoubtedly change in the future, LG is already offering very sophisticated resolution upscalers to convert 1K content to 4K. Indeed, Ultra HD is the next step towards the future where we have truly lifelike video at home.
Observers were stunned by the magnificent display and extraordinary breath-taking picture quality. LG’s mammoth 84-inch Ultra HD TV puts LG firmly in the driver’s seat in terms of ushering in a new Ultra HD era and taking a leadership role in encouraging the adoption of the technology.
LG Electronics is committed to making consumers happy through its products and services with the goal of improving on its technology for better performances that meet the end users’ peculiar needs.

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NIGERIA: FG Launches Voice Directory Services Ahead of 2015

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A nationwide multi-purpose Interactive Voice Directory Services has been launched, ahead of the 2015 deadline in achieving the millennium development goals (MDG’s).

An innovative 24 hour directory named 7411 national directory services was made live through the Federal Government agency in charge- the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
The portal will also serve as multi-lingual services of highly receptive voice responses offered in English, Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, French, Spanish and German over the phone.
The services are aimed at helping Nigerians at home and abroad make instant decisions and have access to much needed life saving tips.

NCC, last week made provision for the entire country to have the use for the said facilities of world class delivery over the phone in order to aid business development.

The platform will help crime reporting, data documentation, Standards Organisation of Nigeria approved products, NAFDAC approved drugs, and instant governmental decisions.

With it, the Police, Military and Emergency responses will now have up to date information to share and tap from to reduce crime and aid human capita development in Nigeria.

Several businesses, schools, governmental bodies, ministries, banks, security agencies and the entire country will be opened to seek daily tele-guidance and co-ordinated information from the 7411 information bureau. To have easy access to information and lifesaving tips, Nigerians are expected to dial 7411 on any phone in Nigeria and +2347411 from outside Nigeria.

Speaking through the agency in charge of licensing, Dr. B.M Sani of NCC said the need for government agencies and health establishments to find and be found in Nigeria cannot be overlooked or push to the back in the development process of any serious country wishing to make proper development. “Gone are the days when life changing information and tips are prized above money, we must not forget the role of information accessibilities in human per capita development.

We at NCC are committed to building information rich Nigeria, Sani said.

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Jumia Partners MasterCard, Dell, Others, Marks Anniversary

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 Jumia Nigeria has announced its partnership with MasterCard to use MasterCard's Internet Gateway Service to make credit card payments safer and easier for its customers.
The company, which marked its one year anniversary, said it was nearing exclusive partnerships with Dell, Intel and Nokia, among others, to increase customer satisfaction and experience.

A release made available to THISDAY by Co-founder Jumia Nigeria, Raphael Afaedor, explained that the company’s aim was to continually retain the trust of its customers and prospects alike.

He said: “The electronic way of doing business is still a new concept in Nigeria and we are constantly looking for channels to reach our customers to show them we care about bringing solutions to what should indeed be a relaxing and conducive experience.

“Additionally, the Company has almost concluded exclusive partnerships with Dell, Intel and Nokia, among others, to increase customer satisfaction and experience”.

Explaining the company’s start off, he said Jumia, which was launched in June 2012 as the largest ecommerce website in the country, currently serves almost a million customers; changing the way people shop in Nigeria.

He further noted that Jumia recently secured with its affiliated companies a further $35 million in funding from MILLICOM, which comes in addition to the recent N6 billion investments from J.P. Morgan and Summit Partners.

“The funding, which represents the largest investment in a Nigeria ecommerce startup, has allowed Jumia continue its rapid growth to serve even more customers across Nigeria. We also have plans to move to a new 90,000 sq ft warehouse in Lagos which will house 500 employees and create the largest ecommerce campus in West Africa,” he said.

Speaking also, co-founder Jumia, Mr. Tunde Kehinde, disclosed that the company has started a Community Social Responsibility (CSR) Campaign, tagged “delivering smiles” to support education, economic empowerment, and affordable healthcare programs in Nigeria.
“After this tremendous one year run, we want to say thank you to our employees, customers, partners and all Nigerians. Since our creation we have supported education programs to empower children and we want to use this anniversary to give back to society”, he said.

He also stated that Jumia will donate one book to a child in its partner schools, for every book bought on Jumia adding that Jumia will visit schools with the ‘1 Child 1 Book’ foundation and the CSR co-sponsor DHL to give out books to less privileged pupils.

According to him,  Jumia’s anniversary would be celebrated with a first anniversary e-commerce conference, various fashion events, special discounts, new partnerships, new changes to its website and the education campaign ‘delivering smiles’.

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TECNO Launches Android Smartphone, TECNO Phantom A

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TECNO Mobile has again launched its new Android Smartphone, TECNO Phantom A into the Nigeria market.
The new high-end android smartphone, which was launched in Lagos this week, come with 12 months free internet access from Etisalat.
Designed for users with higher demand for Smartphones, the TECNO Phantom A is user friendly with big screen, elegant slim business style and it is now available at all TECNO authorised retailers across Nigeria.

The Phantom A is a dual SIM Smartphone which has 5 inch High Definition (HD) touch screen, and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with dual core processor.

Giving details of the features of the Phantom A during its launch, the Public Relations Manager, TECNO Global, Mr. Mounir Boukali, said with dual core processor, the device would offer users a fast processing speed and the ability to use multiple applications at the same time, along with a smooth web browsing experience. “With TECNO Phantom A, users can download over 800,000 innovative and interesting apps from Google Play Store” he said.

“It was our objectives to enable Nigerians acquire smartphones and enjoy a smart life with the TECNO Phones. Now, with the Phantom A, we are offering a superior smartphone with high-end performance and a better user experience,” Mounir said.

According to him, “Phantom A is the first phone made in collaboration with our two special teams: French designers and Korean ingeniors.”
The smartphone according to Mounir, comes with high-performance features with rich smart experience which allows users to make a balance between their work and personal lives.

The TECNO Phantom A, running on a stunning 5" high definition touch screen, presents users with an amazingly smooth operation experience while viewing messages, multimedia, and playing games.

Other notable features of the Android-driven smartphone include a 8 mega pixel rear camera with flash, a powerful front camera as well and a long lasting battery which allows the users to enjoy long hours of talk time.

Director of Products and Services at Etisalat Nigeria, Mr. Lucas Dada said Etisalat had strategic alliance with TECNO, hence it bundled a 12 month free internet access with the smartphone to enable customers have easy access to the internet. “Existing customers that want to be part of the 12 months free internet access should insert their existing Etisalat SIM cards into the phone and text ‘High’ to a short code, ‘8186’, to receive instant free internet access for 12 months,” Dada said.

Managing Director, TECNO Telecoms Nigeria, Mr. Chidi Okonwo, said “Exactly 42 days ago, in Lagos, we launched our low-end smartphone which we called P3 and we did promise then that we will be introducing a series of smartphones to meet the growing demand in Nigeria, and we have just done that with the launch of Phantom A.”

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NIGERIA: ACN Raps Presidency over Response to Tinubu’s UK Comments

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The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has condemned the presidency's reaction to the speech made by its national leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, at the British African Diaspora Conference in London.

It described as unnecessary and diversionary, the name-calling and personal attacks against its leader.

The party said the presidency should rather tell Nigerians whether the poverty level in the country had reduced since 1999 when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) assumed power at the centre.

In a statement  Wednesday in Abuja,  by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said instead of reading the speech objectively, the presidency  criticised it and denigrate the ACN and its leader, without first understudying it.

''The presidency went after the messenger, rather than the message, rehashing its old and stale clichés about the ACN and its leader for daring to carry out an objective analysis of the state of our economy as well as the state of the nation and also suggesting the way forward,'' it said.

The ACN challenged the presidency to controvert Tinubu's assertion  on the state of the nation’s economy.

''Quoting the late British economist Dudley Seers, Tinubu  had raised the following questions to be asked about a country's development: What has become of poverty? What has happened to unemployment? What is the state of socio-economic inequality?

''The ACN leader further posited: 'If all three have declined from high levels, then development has occurred. But if one or two of these central problems have grown worse, especially if all three have, it would be wrong to call the result 'development' even if GDP has improved','' the  party said.
The ACN  added that the presidency should rather tell Nigerians whether poverty has reduced under the watch of PDP; to what extent unemployment had been tamed and how far the socio-economic inequality had been curbed.

''This is how to counter any perceived incorrect assertion by any critic, instead of engaging in name-calling.  The assertion by Tinubu in his speech tallies with our earlier statement that what we are experiencing in Nigeria, under the Jonathan presidency which has been reeling out highfalutin economic statistics, is growth without development, which is useless,'' it said.

ACN also challenged the presidency to prove to Nigerians that the country's leadership in the past 14 years has been visionary, disciplined and courageous – what Tinubu described as the ''missing link'' that has led to the retrogression of the three key drivers of development.

The party said another issued that should concern the presidency was the unnecessary controversy generated by the election of the chairman of the Nigeria  Governors’ Forum (NGF).

The ACN said these were the issues that the presidency should have addressed instead of attacking its leader.

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NIGERIA: It’s Difficult Creating New States – Ekweremadu

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The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, Wednesday remarked that for a long time to come, creation of new states would remain a difficult adventure in view of the rigorous process stipulated by the 1999 Constitution, as amended.
Although he admitted that state creation was not  an impossible exercise, he said any request that failed to comply with the process as spelt out in Section 8(1) of the constitution would fail.

Ekweremadu spoke in Abuja, while receiving a group of elders from his home state, Enugu State, seeking the creation of Adada State from the present day Enugu State.
The elders, led by General Godwin Igwuoke (rtd.), had told Ekweremadu that they were shocked by his recent proclamation that none of the 61 requests for state creation met constitutional requirements.

The elders, who faulted Ekweremadu’s  position, said they were bitter by the pronouncement as they insisted that they did not only comply with the appendage of 70 per cent of the signatures of each group of lawmakers from the area to the request, but also ensured 100 per cent compliance.

According to him, all the councillors from the affected area signed; all members of the state House of Assembly as well as concerned members of the National Assembly also signed, wondering how their request failed to meet the requirements.
They also faulted Ekweremadu’s submission that the request was not signed by incumbent lawmakers.

But Ekweremadu explained that before the take-off of the review exercise, members of the Senate Committee on the Review of the Constitution were cautious of expressing  vested interest in the matter, saying himself as the committee chairman and an indigene of Enugu State, especially was expected to be neutral, which  he tried his best to be.

He also said the drive to ensure the neutrality of members of the committee in the review process prompted the employment of the services of experts, whom according to him, included professors and   constitutional lawyers.

Ekweremadu, who disclosed that the committee tasked the lawyers to analyse every request for state creation, pledged that the committee would take note of issues raised by the elders and consider them as he restated his earlier comment that state creation was a continuous exercise.

He also assured the elders that the committee would revisit their   request and verify the signatures, noting that once they are found to be genuine, the committee would ask the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a referendum.

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ACF: 2015 Agitators Not Helping Jonathan

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The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) Wednesday described those asking President Goodluck Jonathan to seek a second term in office in 2015 as not doing both the president and the country any good.

In an interview with THISDAY, the spokesperson of the northern socio-cultural organisation, Anthony Sani, queried why Chief Edwin Clark, was in a hurry to see Jonathan contest in 2015, when the president’s performance in office should be the realistic yardstick for such agitation.

According to the ACF, such early call by Clark and others, when the president still had two more years to go, could unduly heat up the nation’s politics and distract the president, pointing out that the president had not even made up his mind whether to contest in 2015 or not. While noting that ACF does not believe it is right to start the politics of 2015 two years earlier, Sani said: “More so that President Jonathan told the nation during his last media chat that he used almost one and a half years of his tenure to analyse and articulate government policies in order to avoid past mistakes that happened with
dire consequences when policies were ill-conceived, and that work would begin in earnest by January 2013.” he said.

According to him, those calling on the president to seek another term in office should be aware of the warning from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which promised to prosecute those who start political activities without waiting for its nod.

He further added that since the court was yet to decide whether the president could take more than two oaths of office and serve more than the maximum of eight years as president, those wanting him to seek another term should hold off for now.

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NIGERIA: Amaechi is a Victim of Injustice, Says David-West

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Virologist-turned social critic, Professor Tam David-West, has bemoaned the travails of the Rivers State Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, describing him as a victim of injustice.

David-West, who is also a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, spoke when he led a delegation on a solidarity visit to Amaechi in Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday night.

He noted that the governor was going through difficult times now but said he would prevail at the end.

David-West recalled that he started writing about Amaechi ever before he personally met him, stressing that his strong support for him was not for any personal gains.

“I started to write about Amaechi before I ever met him personally.  I am not a member of any political party. I am supporting a cause that is very dear to me and that cause is justice. I have been a victim of injustice in my life, so when I see people suffering injustice or victims, I naturally support them.  I took personal interest in the governor’s (Amaechi) case ever before I met him in person as I said before.  I support a cause not for personal gain.

“We are going through very strange times in Nigeria, stranger still that 16 is now greater than 19 (referring to Nigeria Governors’ Forum election outcome). Our governor is going through very difficult times, fortunately, he has the stamina and the strength, the fortitude to bear…”

According to him, Amaechi has outperformed every other governor the state ever had and commended him for his unparalleled achievements. He also called for support for him, saying anyone who disputes Amaechi’s performance in the state is blinder than the bat.

“I have followed the history of all governors to Amaechi and from Diette-Spiff to him, I make bold to say without any apologies or regrets that no governor has focused himself to elevating Rivers State, Port Harcourt than Governor Amaechi.  It was, I think in Buguma I said, when the governor was visiting Buguma to campaign for election, they honoured me to speak and I said ‘anyone who says that Governor Amaechi has done nothing for Rivers State or Port Harcourt, is blinder than the bat,’”  he said.

He lamented Amaechi’s suspension from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and warned against letting everything go in the country.

He also lamented the lies and political propaganda going on in the polity against Amaechi but urged the governor not to be distracted. He pledged his unflinching support for Amaechi and appealed to him to always rely on God for his strength.

He also prayed God to give victory to the governor and urged the people of the state to support him and not sit on the fence.
He said: “I support Amaechi and his government.  I think he has done well and doing well, so we should encourage him to do so.”

According to him, Amaechi has made enemies for fighting for a just cause in the state and described him as a hero with decorum in relating with others.

Responding, Governor Amaechi thanked the former minister and his delegation for the solidarity visit. He expressed his desire for sustained peace and progress but expressed reservation on the commitment of the state Police Commissioner, Mbu Joseph Mbu, to security in the state.

Amaechi said: “Prof. let me thank you for this solidarity visit.  This visit is very important to me because everyone knows that nobody can bring you to this Government House no matter the amount of money, not even if you bring out the entire Rivers State Government budget, Prof. would not come.  So it is important that you have added this your great voice to the numerous Rivers people and Nigerians who are supporting us for standing firm for democracy and for standing firm for the truth.”

“Yesterday, my friend and brother, the Governor of Plateau State convened a meeting of some governors.  To prove that we won the election, only 16 governors went and he has never held a meeting where they are more than 16 governors.  We shall very soon call our own meeting because we have been trying hard to talk to them and talk to everybody for them to see reason why we need to be together and respect democracy.  Their non-acceptance of the will of the governors is undemocratic. They should not have put themselves forward for election because if you don’t accept results when you don’t win, then you are not democratic.  Anybody who recognises my brother Jang (as NGF chairman) is also undemocratic because even that person may not accept any election result that does not favour him. Let the will of the people be expressed and let us respect the sanctity of their decision.”

“Prof. let me mention to you some of the challenges we are facing in Rivers State now.  I will give you snippets of the letter I am trying to send to the president.  Somebody at the top changed our Commissioner of Police and brought a man that when we finish security council meeting, he goes to report who said what and we are unable to hold any security council meeting anymore because of that.  Prof., insecurity is threatening to come back, kidnapping is on the rise, armed robbery is on the rise because they have hijacked the security of the state.”

The Commissioner of Police reports to them in Abuja directly. He doesn’t report to the governor, he has nothing to do with the
government, he takes away security men from Commissioners and post security men to the Chairman of Port Harcourt Club.  Port Harcourt Club is a social gathering, it is somewhere behind us here.  So, we have that problem and we believe that we should begin to address it. Prof., if we need to match on the streets, we will call you to come and join us.  We are preparing to match on the streets, if this anomaly continues.”

“There are other people who have agreed to join us from outside Nigeria and from outside Rivers State but we want to give peace a chance to let the Federal Government know that we are tired of tyranny and impunity. We want the federal government to remember that the reason for which the federal government did not support state police is because they say the governors will mismanage state police, then the federal police should not be mismanaged against us because the
federal police is an institution for all Nigerians.  I don’t want to go into details because we are still hoping that they will see
reason…”

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NIGERIA: PDP, NGF Crises Are About 2015, Says Jang

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The Chairman of a faction of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, Wednesday disclosed that the crises in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the NGF were as a result of the divergent interests on who becomes the president of the country in 2015.

Jang made the revelation at the end of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) meeting held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. “We know this whole thing is about 2015. But I want to let them know that 2015 is in the hands of God. Let us wait and see,” Jang said. He insisted that he remained the authentic chairman of the NGF and that he would reconcile with his colleague governors.

“In a big party like this, you will expect this to happen. PDP is solid and if some opposition thinks they will use our members to break our rank, they are wasting their time.” “By the time we finish our NEC meeting tomorrow, PDP will be back stronger,” he emphasised.

When contacted, Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State, a sympathiser of the Governor Chibuike Amaechi-led NGF, and who has been criticising Jang, told journalists that he would not speak because “I am deaf and dumb.”

The BoT ended on a low note yesterday night, as the Secretary of the board, Senator Walid Jibril, indicated that although the problems of the party were discussed, details of the meeting would unfold today at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.

Jibril told journalists that the meeting discussed the progress of the party in preparation of the NEC meeting. “We discussed matters connected to our party, progress of our party in preparation of the NEC meeting coming up tomorrow (today). We want to assure you that details of the activity will be properly communicated to you after the NEC meeting,” Jibril said.

He said no resolution was reached as the BoT was an advisory body, so it could not have reached conclusive decisions on the myriads of issues discussed. The meeting which commenced at about 8.40p.m. ended around 10:10 p.m. Among the notable persons in attendance were President Goodluck Jonathan; Vice-President Namadi Sambo, Senate President, Senate David Mark,  Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekwerenmadu, former PDP National Chairman, Senator Barnabas Gemade, Professor Jerry Gana, Chief Jim Nwobodo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, former Senate President, Adolphus
Wabara and the PDP National Women Leader, Mrs Kema Chikwe.

Others present at the meeting included the former Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Josephine Anenih, Don Etiebet, PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamangar Tukur; former Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamani and Senator Abdullaihi Adamu.

Speaker of the House of Assembly, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, tactfully avoided the klieglights by arriving after the meeting had started and leaving as soon as it ended.

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