Why National Conference will be different from others

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DR. Greg Agbonkina is a Russian trained medical doctor. In 1991, he was in the Edo State governorship race on the platform of the defunct Social Democratic Party (PDP) but had to step down for Chief John Odigie- Oyegun who eventually won the ticket. He was a delegate to the late Gen, Sani Abacha 1994/1995 National Conference where he moved the motion of not less than 13 percent derivation principle for oil producing states in the sharing of the Federation Account. In this interview on the planned National Dialogue, he calls for a return to the 1960 Independent Constitution and regionalism as well as the adoption of the French model of government. Nigerians, he says, must embrace the dialogue as a way of finding lasting solutions to the problems facing the country.

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What is your take on the proposed National Dialogue?

Many people believe nothing good will come out of it.

The National Dialogue will yield many good fruits that will bring this country back to sustainable development. The conference did not come as a result of the wish of Jonathan; it came as a result of the wish of the different groups in the country. They have been clamouring for years to have an ethnic based national constitutional conference, ethnic based in the sense that the country at amalgamation was a conglomeration of ethnic empires and groups that made up both the Northern and Southern Protectorates.

And before independence, there was a constitutional conference in London where the different stakeholders put their interests on the table and an agreement was reached. That led to the Independence Constitution. We saw the good that came out of the operations of the Independent Constitution, but, somewhere along the line, that Constitution was not only abridged, it was violated by the first military regime that suspended the Constitution and brought in a unitary system of government not based on agreed wish of the constituents that make up Nigeria.

Since then, Nigeria has been groping in the dark; nothing has been done to return us to where we started; then, the war decree that was promulgated by the Gowon regime removed the smallest ingredient that was binding the country together as a federal entity. Jonathan’s conference should return us to where we missed the point and the first assignment of the ethnic nationalities that will gather at that conference is to pass a resolution that we have agreed to live together.

Secondly, as a basis of living together, the National Assembly should enact a law that would return the constitution that was in operation before the colonialists left us to be the new national constitution. If that is done, all the clamoring and wastages taking place now will be a thing of the past. Without mincing words, we should give it to General Sani Abacha because the conference he called between1994-1995 is the only legacy he left.

It laid the six zonal structures that we have in the country today. It was the first time after independence that states were created almost on equal basis along the six zones: Bayelsa was created from the South-south, Ebonyi from the South- east, Ekiti from the South- west, Jigawa from North- west, Gombe from North- east and Nassarawa from North- central.

The local governments created in Edo State also followed the same principle. From Edo South, two local governments were created, one from Edo Central and one from Edo North.  Thirdly, the revenue allocation that we are enjoying today and has brought seemingly peace to the country, that is, the 13 percent derivative principles, was arrived at that conference and, since then, no amendment has been made either by the National Assembly or by the Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission because it is so difficult to get an agreement that will cover the entire country by the few nominated people.

There have constitutional conferences in this country since 1942 and reports not implemented. What makes you think the Jonathan conference will not follow the same way?

Well, if I may correct you, no military administration, in fact no administration in this country has set up a national constitutional conference other than the one that was set up by late Gen Sani Abacha and I told you that it achieved results and, if not for the sudden death of Gen Abacha, there was a Committee on the Devolution of Powers that was going to remove 50 percent of what the Federal Government is doing now to the states and allocation of funds was to follow.

Secondly, the six zonal structures in the country came from that conference and the revenue allocation we are enjoying now. For emphasis, I was a member of that constitutional conference representing Edo State in the Revenue Allocation Committee, in the state and local government creation committee and in the Committee of National Consensus, I moved the motion “of not less than 13 percent”  Derivation Principle.

Other conferences organized by other military Heads of State were not conferences; they were constituent assemblies and constituent assemblies are different from constitutional conferences. Since the Lanchester House Constitutional Conference, which gave birth to the Independent Constitution, the nearest to that was the 1994/95 National Constitutional Conference, but the South-west said they did not send their first eleven to that conference.

Governor Aliyu Babangida warned the North the other day in Yola to send their first eleven to the National Dialogue. In the 1994/95 conference, the North sent their first eleven led by Gen. Shehu Yar’Adua, the South- east sent their first eleven led by former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu and Sam Mbakwe; the South-south sent their first eleven led by Chief Tony Anenih, myself, Don Etiebet, Victor Attah who later become governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Dr. Peter Odili who became governor of Rivers State and Senator Aniete Okon. Although Chief E.K.Clark was not a member, he was a very useful accessory and, without him, we would not have been able to secure the 13 percent derivati

on. And we arrived at rotational presidency. That rotational presidency gave rise to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo because in 1993 during the SDPNRC days, the presidency was zoned to the South-West and North-East. That was how Chief MKO Abiola who won from the South-west contested with the person from the North-east, Babagana Kingibe. Because both of them were from the zones to which the presidency was zoned, one became the presidential candidate and the other the vice- presidential candidate even though they were both Muslims.

That was what informed Chief Obasanjo becoming the presidential candidate of our party to pacify the South-west that lost the presidency and that was why Atiku Abubakar who was already an elected governor of Adamawa State became Vice-President to Obasanjo. In other words, if they had ruled well, the presidency would not have gone to the North-west but to the North-east and the South-south because these were the only areas that have not had it.

When the G.7 were going round consultating, they saw former President Shehu Shagari from the North-west; they Gen Muhammadu Buhari  in the North-east, they saw Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar and Gen Ibrahim Babangida from the North-central, they saw former Vice-President Alex Ekwueme from the South- east and 9nment that we have seen either by its operations or even by its proclamation has brought no good to this country.

It has brought only wastages. In other words, if all of us work together to bake a cake, all of us should be there when the cake is being shared; a situation whereby the governor of a state determines what happens in the state House of Assembly, determines what happens in the local government cannot bring about any sustainable development and transparent use of funds generated either internally or externally by the government.

Therefore, a parliamentary system of government is more desirable for a diverse country like Nigeria. We can still have the position of President, a modified type of the presidential system with the parliamentary system which we advocated for during the 1994/1995 Constitutional Conference. That is, there should be a Prime Minister who should be head of government and responsible to the President and the National Assembly. A quasi parliamentary/presidential system is the best for this country. Today Okonjo – Iweala is almost acting as a Prime Minister as Coordinating Minister of the Economy.

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Kwara APC, PDP Clash Over Ownership Of Secretariat

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A mild drama occurred today (Saturday) at the former secretariat of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) along Nupe Road in Ilorin when members of All Progressives Congress (APC) and those of the PDP laid claim to the ownership of the secretariat.

What could have generated into a free for all was however nipped in the bud by men of the security who barricaded the two entrances leading to the building to prevent chaos.

The building, which used to have the insignia of the PDP, had been stripped of such by former members of the party, who had been deliberating on their merger with the APC.

They were however taken by surprise with the arrival of the stern looking policemen around 10AM who barricaded the two entrances leading to the event.

Gaining access by Channels T.V crew was not easy as every explanations fell on deaf ears with the shirt of the cameraman torn in the process.

The former state chairman of PDP, Ishola Balogun Fulani while explaining noted that those claiming to still be members of the PDP were planning to forcefully take over the secretariat which he said was being maintained by Sen. Bukola Saraki, warning them to desist as the building does not belong to the party.

Reacting to the issue of the ownership of the secretariat, the leader of the PDP, a member of the state House of Assembly, Ilyas Ibrahim countered the claim adding that the structure had been existing before Sen. Saraki joined politics in the state.

He noted that the exit of doctor saraki and his supporters will not affect the fortunes of pdp in the state and called on the national leadership of the party to set machinery in motion for quick takeover of the party in order not to create vacuum.

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Many men can’t handle fame, they’re scared of celebrities – Karen Igho

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Model and ex-Big Brother Africa winner, Karen Igho tells Ademola Olonilua about her fashion and style

Do you wear your natural hair at all?

I’d rather rock my natural hair than weaves . Natural hair is easier to maintain than weaves and it is more convenient.

But do you have a favourite hairstyle?

 I love braiding my hair. Braids are versatile and can be packed or styled in different ways. It’s also cheaper than weaves and easier to maintain.  There is no stress to it at all. There are no bad hair days with braids. I can roll out of the bed and go out with my braids without doing anything to it. That is impossible with weaves.

Does it cost you so much to braid your hair?

It depends on the hair style and the hairdresser. Braids don’t cost as much as weaves. I won’t put a price to it but I spend enough to look good. No ridiculous amounts though because I don’t wear any hairstyle for long.

How often do you visit a salon?

I visit the salon every week. The nature of my job as a showbiz personality does not give me the luxury of keeping hair for any time longer than a week.

How long does it take to make your hair?

It depends on whether it’s braids or weaves. Weave is a maximum of two hours but braids can take as long as a whole day, depending on the length.

Do you feel incomplete without your make-up on?

I love looking natural. I always prefer natural look or light make-up over the heavy ones. I can do with or without makeup. I don’t feel like anything is missing without it.

You really love tattoos.

Yes I’m a tattoo lover and I have a number of them.

Do you think they are fashionable and do they have a meaning?

As I said earlier, I have a number of tattoos, so I must think highly of them. Yes they have meanings. Meanings I won’t go into because my tattoos are my private life.

Do you patronise Nigerian designers?

I buy both foreign and Nigerian labels. I don’t favour any over the other. It all depends on the occasion and the designs readily available at the time the need arises for them. And then again, our Nigerian designers are very talented and have taken fashion to a whole new level. A lot of our Nigerian designers are now recognised at international level and make clothes of the same quality. So, why won’t I patronise them? I am a proudly Nigerian babe and I always identify with my own.

To you, is there a clear cut difference between fashion and style?

I believe your style is your fashion. It all depends on how you combine the things you want to wear and matching the right colours and outfits for the right occasion. As for me, I always ensure I wear the dresses; the dresses don’t wear me.

What influences your fashion trend?

I really don’t know.  I honestly don’t have anything I can pinpoint as an influence on my fashion trend. I know I love the good things of life and also quality things.

What is that fashion item you can’t leave home without and how did you come about it?

There’s nothing I can’t leave home without. I don’t have any ‘must have on’ fashion item, not even a make-up item. I never attach unnecessary importance to any item. Won’t I go out if I don’t have the item available in an emergency?

What’s the most expensive item you own and how much did it cost?

My most expensive possession has to be my house. Of course, I won’t say the price it costs but that is the most expensive item I have.

Do you have a fashion weakness?

Shoes! Shoes! Shoes and more shoes! I can never have enough shoes. I have a strong weakness for shoes. I own lots of shoes, a whole lot. My whole house is filled with shoes. I’ve even lost count of the number of shoes I own.

How is it competing with men in the industry?

Competing? With who? Why? See, the industry is big enough for everyone, so there is no need for any form of competition or rivalry. There is enough space for both men and women. But after all is said and done, staying relevant so far has been God.

Would you say your celebrity status scares men away from you?

It attracts and it scares men away too. It scares some because not every man can handle or understand fame. It takes a strong and understanding man to be able to be with a female celebrity. The attracting aspect comes from when they just want to be with you because they want to be able to say ‘I’ve been with Karen Igho.’ It takes God’s grace to be able to sift the chaff from the wheat.

Are you in a relationship?

I’m not in any relationship at the moment because I need to concentrate on building my career. I have a lot ahead of me. Love is unpredictable though; if my man comes along the way, then it is all well and good.

What do you admire in a man?

Confidence. If a man is decked up from head to toe in a designer label but lacks confidence, then he is lacking the most important fashion accessory of them all. Arrogance should not be confused for confidence though. There’s a very thin line and it should not be crossed.

What is your take on cleavage exposure and ladies wearing skimpy and tight dresses?

Whatever rocks anybody’s boat; anything that makes anyone happy, the person should go for it. Who am I to judge? So far they feel comfortable in the dress and they are rocking the dress properly, that is okay for them.

You recently became a British citizen, how did it happen?

Yes I did. I lived in the UK for ten years and fulfilled all other necessary requirements to make me a British citizen and I did become one.

Do you intend to leave Nigeria for UK in the near future?

No. I’m still a Nigerian citizen. I’ll forever be a Nigerian. I have Nigerian blood flowing through my veins. I still have my Nigerian passport. Nigeria is my home anytime any day, no matter how far I travel, where I travel to, how long I’m gone for, I always yearn to come back to my fatherland.

What are the challenges you face while building your brand?

It has not been easy but I thank God. We Nigerians find it easy to believe everything we hear about celebrities and some of these false stories can put a dent in anyone’s image or brand. So staying afloat of the scandals and different stories has been by the grace of God.

What are you currently working on?

I’ve been going from one set to another, shooting different movies. Also, the shoot for my reality television show will soon start. I also have a charity event I’m working on.

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Protest as French MPs vote to penalise sex workers’ clients

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PARIS (AFP) – French lawmakers on Saturday adopted a highly controversial provision in a bill that punishes clients of prostitutes amid fierce argument that the new measure will be counterproductive.

Under the new provision, buying sex acts will be punishable by a 1,500-euro ($2,000) fine. Repeat offenders risk a fine of 3,750 euros. Alternatively, a course will be proposed to make them aware of the risks involved in the sale of sex.

Dozens rallied both for and against the bill as debate began in the lower house, the National Assembly, which is expected to vote on the sex bill’s other provisions on Wednesday.

Prostitution is allowed in France, but soliciting, pimping, and the sale of sex by minors are prohibited.

The government says the bill is aimed at preventing violence against women and protecting the large majority of prostitutes who are victims of trafficking gangs.

But critics warn that it would force sex workers further underground and put them in greater danger, and some argue that everyone should be allowed to use their own body as they see fit.

Kicking off the debate, Maud Olivier, one of the lawmakers spearheading the bill, blasted the “hypocrisy” of critics.

“One prostitute declares herself free and the slavery of others becomes respectable and acceptable?” the socialist MP asked parliament.

“How can you find glamorous the 10 to 15 penetrations a day endured by prostitutes for economic reasons with dramatic consequences on their health?”

Women’s Rights Minister and government spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem told lawmakers “France is not a country that welcomes prostitution”.

“The question is not sexuality. We are not here to be a moral police… the question is about money that feeds pimping,” she said.

The head of the parliamentary commission created for the bill, Guy Geoffroy, also defended the proposition, saying it “advanced women’s rights”.

“We talk about the satisfaction of male desires but what are we doing about female desires?” asked Geoffroy, who is from the main opposition UMP party.

As the session got under way, supporters and opponents of the bill rallied outside the parliament.

‘You sleep with us and you vote against us’

“You sleep with us and you vote against us,” shouted a group of about 150 prostitutes, many of whom wore red or white masks.

“They are trying to stop us from working,” said Thierry Schaffauser, an activist from STRASS, France’s sex workers’ union.

About 50 supporters of the bill, including feminists and others, rallied nearby, holding up a banner reading: “Together for the abolition of prostitution.”

There are an estimated 20,000-plus sex workers in France, many from eastern European countries such as Bulgaria and Romania as well as African nations such as Nigeria and Cameroon, and China and South America.

According to the interior ministry, foreign prostitutes make up 80 to 90 percent of all sex workers in France, a vast majority of whom are victims of trafficking rings.

The bill takes inspiration from Sweden, where a similar law punishing clients has reduced street prostitution by half over the past decade.

It also puts forward measures to help prostitutes who want to quit, including foreigners who would be given a six-month, renewable residence permit.

But critics insist that shifting the focus onto clients will only force prostitutes to work even more covertly.

The Greens believe the bill does not make enough of a distinction between victims of prostitution rings and independent sex workers who fear their revenues will fall.

Many of these have taken to the streets in recent days, denouncing a bill that is already scaring clients away.

“I’ve lost 80 percent of my turnover,” Priscilia, a 40-something sex worker in Paris, told AFP recently.

“This law is… killing me,” she said, pointing out that one of her clients had told her he now goes to the more discreet Chinese massage parlours.

Some 26 lawmakers from different parties have signed a petition against punishing clients, describing the bill as “a moralistic text”.

About 60 people, including celebrities such as actress Catherine Deneuve and singer Charles Aznavour, also released an open letter earlier this month opposing the bill.

Another more contentious letter released last month, entitled “Don’t touch my whore!”, said: “When parliament gets involved in adopting rules on sexuality, everyone’s freedom is threatened.”

If approved, the bill will move on to the upper house, the Senate.

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Anambra: INEC holds supplementary poll

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THE Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will today conduct supplementary election in 210 polling units in AnambraState where election was cancelled on November 16, 2013 to determine the winner of the governorship election in the state.

About 4,000 aggrieved women protesting the plan to conduct the Supplementary election in AnambraState were yesterday stopped by security operatives who said they were acting on  orders from above.

The angry women who described themselves as “Anambra Women” carried posters which inscriptions which read: “INEC rigging, Bad  for Anambra, We no go gree,”” Jega Must go,” “Jega-Jaga must go,”Jega rig Sokoto election, not Anambra,“ “Anambra shall be free,”Cancel Anambra Guber Election  now,”New Election , February 2014,Reject INEC results 2013,” “Cancel Anambra Election, sack Jega.”

The women who sang songs  disparaging INEC officials and the conduct of November 16 governorship election were marching towards INEC headquarters to call for the cancellation, resignation of THE Commission’s chairman , Professor Attahiru Jega and removal of Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra State,  Chukwuemeka Onukogu.

They called for conduct of a fresh election just as they said the scheduled  Supplementary election of November 30 march would not hold.

They marched from Aroma junction but were pushed back by the police as they cornered to enter the route leading towards INEC state headquarters.  The police arrived in six trucks to block their way. The women who continued to sing abusive songs  insisted that they and the freedom as provided by the constitution to assembly, associate, and express their grievances, but the police denied them access saying they had no authority to demonstrate.

The women opted to stay put at the Aroma junction while the police kept surveillance for  about  seven hours the women staged the protest.

A spokesperson for the “ Anambra Women” who identified herself as an angry voter from Obosi, said the protest was aimed at sensitising the authorities that the supplementary election billed to hold today, November 30 be cancelled.

She stated that what took place on November 16, this year was a charade saying INEC compromised and took side with a political party and the Presidency to thwart the people’s choice, adding that unpopular candidate was being imposed on the people through selection rather than election.

She stated that the women would resist the imposition of an unpopular candidate as a governor.

Meanwhile,  election has already been conducted in 4,398 of the state’s 4608 polling units, with the candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Willie Obiano, leading with 174,710 votes and securing 25% in 18 of the 21 local government areas of the state, while Comrade Tony Nwoye of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Senator Chris Ngige of the All Progressives Congress, APC, came second and third with 94, 856 votes and 92, 300 votes respectively. Nwoye also secured 25% in nine local government areas, while Ngige secured 25% in seven local government areas.

The state returning officer in the election, Professor James Epoke, who is the vice chancellor of the University of Calabar, had said that the supplementary poll became necessary because the margin with which the highest scorer, Chief Willie Obiano of APGA beat the runner up, Comrade Tony Nwoye of PDP, was less than 113113 registered voters in the 210 polling units where election was cancelled.

Areas where election will hold today include Idemili North local government area, which has the highest number of 160 cancelled polling units and a combined registered voters’ population of 89,997. Others are four units in Ayamelum local government (1247 voters), one poling unit in Anambra East (250 voters), six units in Anambra West (2000 voters), one unit in Anaocha (276 voters), two units in Awka North (1356 voters), one unit in Aguata (310 voters) and one unit in Awka South (249 voters). Others are three units in Ekwusigo (884 voters), two units in Idemili South (800 voters), one unit in Onitsha North (484 voters), 17 units in Onitsha South (12299 voters), four units in Orumba North (588 voters) and four units in Oyi (1202 voters).

In Idemili North where 89997 votes would be up for grabs today, APC already won 56.6% of the 12,604 votes cast on November 16, 2013 during the first exercise, while in Onitsha South where 12,299 votes would be contested for, APGA won 45% of the 16,782 votes cast, with APC securing 32.6%.

At INEC office in Awka yesterday, a large number of commercial buses being used to covey election materials were sighted about noon as they drove in and out of the commission. The INEC office, which had remained lull since the end of the November 16, came alive yesterday with many ad hoc staff, apparently those that will be on duty today, going in for their materials.

Earlier in the day, security was beefed up around the Aroma area of Awka, with police patrol vehicles stationed at strategic points and completely blocked the six- lane road leading to the INEC office. However, no sooner did the vehicles leave their positions than a group of women carrying placards assembled at the Aroma junction. However, they were prevented from advancing beyond the Enugu –Onitsha expressway into the INEC area.

The police men merely watched as the women sang and made derogatory statements against the chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega and the commission.

Some of the placards carried by the women read: ‘Cancel jaga jaga election’, ‘INEC rigging bad for Nigeria’, ‘New register, new election’, and ‘Anambra election should not be different from Edo election’.

Ikedife urges  contestants  to behave like  sportsmen

Former president general of Ohaneze Ndigbo and current chairman of Anambra Elders Council, Dr Dozie Ikedife yesterday advised contestants in the election to develop the spirit of sportsmanship, warning that the Anambra election should not be used to cause chaos in the state.

Ezeife said he was expecting free, fair, peaceful and credible supplementary election that would be generally accepted by all the participants.

He said: “I hope this election will not lead the state to any crisis. The candidates naturally behaved well during the main election. I don’t think the mood has come to the level of causing crisis. But anybody who feels aggrieved has the right to express it, not violently. Anybody who feels cheated has the right to indicate that he feels cheated. That one is basic. You can’t beat a child and ask him not to cry”.

On the likelihood of the grievances ending in court, the elder statesman said : “We should do what we can before we take matters to court. You see, the courts are not what they used to be. You cannot even rely on courts. You should allow the people to take a decision, rather than throw it into a court where one or two persons will take a decision. The court is not as neutral as you think, from experience of events. You can rush to any court now and with proper presentation of your case, get an injunction. The court has not performed up to expectations in certain areas.”

CNPP wants all parties to participate

The Anambra State Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, has also directed all its members that took part in the November 16 election to participate in the supplementary election in the overall best interest of AnambraState and her people.

A statement signed by the state chairman of CNPP, Mrs. Kate Okafor and secretary, Chief Topsy Akudo said: “We advise those who are still aggrieved to seek legitimate and constitutional ways or options available to address their grievances, other than inciting Anambrarians against themselves.

Meanwhile, the police and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yesterday said movement would be restricted in Onitsha and Idemili North, the two areas where supplementary election would take place today.

The poll will take place in 160 polling units in Idemili North, while the exercise will take place in 17 units in Onitsha South.

The state police command also last night issued a statement urging people to report suspicious movements in the state.

The statement signed by the police public relations officer in the state, Mr. Emeka Chukwuemeka urged qualified voters to go to the places where elections would hold to cast their votes.

“We also use this opportunity to call on non Anambrarians who want to cry louder than the bereaved to restrain themselves from whipping up unnecessary sentiments and allow the people of the state to try and solve their problems and move on, for there has not been any record of Anambra people meddling in the internal affairs of other states of the federation.”

According to CNPP, INEC was magnanimous enough to admit that there were lapses in some areas during the November 16 election, adding that it is only fair that the commission be allowed to correct the lapses.

 

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Yam Nutrients: Don’t peel off yam skin before cooking, dietician advises

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Benin – A Dietician in the Department of Dietetics, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Mr Peter Stephen, on Tuesday advised against peeling of yam before cooking it.

Stephen said in Benin that cooking yam with the skin reduced its sugar content.

He noted that yam and rice had high Glycemic Index (GI) which increased blood sugar level, and advised that yam should not be peeled before cooking to reduce the sugar content.

Yams being arranged for sale at Muda Lawal Market in Bauchi. NAN Photo

GI is a numerical scale used to indicate how fast and how high a particular food can raise blood glucose (blood sugar) level.

“The skin of yam that is normally peeled off contains proteins and vitamin B Complex.

“It also has soluble fibre that absorbs sugar inside the yam.

‘’When the yam is properly cooked, you peel off the skin before eating.

“When you cook your yam with the skin, it will not increase the blood sugar level.

“By the time you eat the yam with vegetables, it gives you a better result,” he said.

Stephen listed foods with low GI to include tomatoes, soya beans and beans.

He noted that such foods had natural substances lowered blood sugar level.

He advised people, especially diabetic patients, to mix foods with low GI with those with high GI in the ratio of 2:1 to maintain a good blood sugar level.

“Rice has high GI; so, if you want to eat it, mix it with food with low GI such as beans.

“If you take five spoons of rice, you have to take 10 spoons of beans to help to slow down the rate sugar is absorbed in the blood.

“Even if you are not diabetic, you have to control your sugar level because prevention is better than cure,” the dietician advised

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How to beat belly fat for good

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ONE often wonders why so many people in this day and age tend to have excess abdominal fat. The first thing that most people think of is that their extra abdominal fat is simply ugly, is covering up their abs from being visible, and makes them self conscious about showing off their body.However, what most people don’t realize is that excess abdominal fat in particular, is not only ugly, but is also a dangerous health risk factor.

Research has clearly demonstrated that although it is unhealthy in general to have excess body fat throughout the body, it is also particularly dangerous to have excess abdominal fat.If you care to know, there are two types of fat a man or woman could have in the abdominal area. The first type that covers up the abs from being visible is called subcutaneous fat and lies directly beneath the skin and on top of the abdominal muscles.

The second type of fat is the visceral fat. This lies deeper in the abdomen beneath muscle and surrounding organs. Visceral fat also plays a role in giving certain men that “beer belly” appearance where their abdomen protrudes excessively but at the same time, also feels sort of hard if you push on it.

Dangerous fat

Subcutaneous fat and visceral fat in the abdominal area are serious health risk factors, but science has shown that having excessive visceral fat is even more dangerous than subcutaneous fat. Both of them greatly increase the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, sleep apnea, various forms of cancer, and other degenerative diseases. Part of the reason visceral fat is particularly dangerous is that it apparently releases more inflammatory molecules into the body on a consistent basis.

No quick fix

The first thing you must understand is that there is absolutely no quick fix solution. There are no pills or supplements of any sort that will help you lose your abdominal fat faster. Also, none of the gimmicks will help get rid of abdominal fat either. You can’t spot reduce your stomach fat by using any contraption. It simply doesn’t work that way.

The only solution to consistently lose abdominal fat and keep it off for good is to combine a sound nutritious diet with a properly designed strategic exercise programme.Excess abdominal fat is not only ugly, but also dangerous. Don’t waste another day allowing nasty abdominal fat to kill your confidence as well as contribute to your risk for major diseases. Get the solution to rid yourself for life of this problem. But even if you’re thin, you can still have too much visceral fat. It’s partly about your genes.

Get active

Some people have a genetic tendency to store visceral fat. It’s also about physical activity. Visceral fat likes inactivity. Thin people who maintain their weight through diet alone, skipping exercise, are more likely to have unhealthy levels of visceral fat. So the message is get active, no matter what size you are.Thy these tips for beating belly fat for good

Exercise

Vigorous exercise trims fat, including visceral fat. It can also slow down the build-up of visceral fat that tends to happen over the years. But forget spot-reducing. There aren’t any moves you can do that specifically target visceral fat. Half an hour of vigorous aerobic exercise, done four times a week is ideal.  Moderate activity — raising your heart rate for 30 minutes at least three times per week —also helps. It slows down how much visceral fat you gain. But to burn visceral fat, your workouts may need to be stepped up.

Diet

There is no magic diet for belly fat. But when you lose weight on any diet, belly fat usually goes first. A fibre-rich diet may help. At least 10 grams of soluble fibre per day — without any other diet changes —helps build up less visceral fat over time than others.

Sleep

Getting the right amount of sleep helps.People who get six to seven hours of sleep per night gain less visceral fat over five years compared to those who sleep five or fewer hours per night or eight or more hours per night. Sleep may not be the only thing that matters — but it is part of the picture.

Stress

It’s unavoidable, but what you do with your stress matters

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Spread of terrorism: Army uncovers Boko Haram’s new tactics

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The Chief of Army Staff Lt General Azubike Ihejirika, has advised Nigerians not to panic over speculation of the spread of terrorists into other regions of the country, assuring that security moves were in top gear to monitor terrorists movements just as the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru also alerted Nigerians that Boko Haram terrorists have come out with new tactics to circumvent security measures put in place towards curtailing their activities in the North East.

The new methods according to General Attahiru include resorting to attacks on soft targets and erecting snap road blocks on major highways in the north east.

He however stressed that the Army has been responding swiftly through effective combat patrols both on air and land.

 

15. Goc 1 Div., Maj.-Gen. Garba Wahab (l), with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, at the First Commanding Officers’ Workshop on Enhancing Military Professionalism in Kaduna on Tuesday

General Attahiru said: “While the onslaught on the violence extremist organisation continues, the insurgents have devised methods to circumvent the new security measures by resorting to attacks on soft targets and erecting snap road blocks on major highways in the north east” he said.

”Equally, our troops have responded appropriately through effective combat patrols both on land and air in order to dominate the area of operations,” he stated.

Describing the United States’ designation of Boko Haram and Ansaru as Foreign Terrorist Organisations (FTO) as a step in the right direction, he noted that the Nigerian Army has continued to carry out “full spectrum counter-insurgency operations, with emphasis on both kinetic and non-kinetic operations to shape the operational environment in the north east”.

”Currently, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in conjunction with the Nigerian Air force had carried out simultaneous offensive operations. Based on these operations, insurgents were successfully cleared from some camps in SambisaForest, BitaVillage in Damboa Local Government as well as Gujba in neighbouring YobeState. Many insurgents were killed and large cache of arms and ammunition were also recovered,” the Army spokesman said.

In the same vein, the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 2 Division Garrison, Major General Ahmed Jubrin expressed the readiness of the Nigerian Army to combat terrorism and other security challenges in the country.

Addressing the soldiers, General Jubrin who was represented by the Commander, 4 Brigade, Benin, Brig.-Gen. Patrick Akem, said at the end of the 2 Brigade “Inter Brigade Combat Proficiency Competition,” which ended in Benin City, yesterday, said that the exercise was geared towards combat readiness, as much as confidence building for men of the Nigerian Army.

According to him, “all these are geared ensuring that the desire of the Chief of Army Staff to build capacity in a manner that will position us to tackle the challenges we are facing currently. We have done this not only to create awareness but to give confidence to the nation that indeed we are training and we are able to tackle the challenges that we are facing.

Chief of Army Staff in Lagos

Speaking in Lagos while commissioning the remodeled headquarters of the Nigerian Army Engineers Complex, at Bonny cantonment , Victoria Island, Ihejirika noted that attempt by some insurgents to

spread from the North eastern region of the country to other regions have met brick-wall following their subsequent arrests, adding that the Nigerian Army would continue to do its best in providing equipment and logistics to enable troops carry out their duties”.

He said, “The spread should not cause panic. We monitor their movement and the exposure on them is beefed up in the North East in particular and in other parts of the North and the tendency is not for them to fret down wards.”

What we are trying to do is to build new cells in the new areas particularly for those of them that are unrepentant.a

We have a common understanding with the SSS ,the police and other sister services to continue to monitor them and they are being arrested”.

Commending the Nigerian Army Corps of Engineers for turning giving its head quarters a structural face lift, Ihejirika noted that the initiative and courage to undertake such project was in line with his vision to transform the Nigerian Army into a force that would meet the demands of the present challenges as well as remain relevant in national development.

According to him, “ this giant strides entailed a lot of sacrifice, integrity and on the part of the commander and his officers and soldiers. It is a proof that the transformation agenda of the president, commander- in chief of Armed Forces, Dr Goodluck Jonathan is being imbibed by some commanders in the Nigeria Army.”

He therefore,urged other commanders to emulate such,even as he encouraged the Commander, officers and soldiers of the Corps to strive more to improve upon the standards attained, noting that  any organisation that is not growing is dying. here is still room for improvement particularly in support for the Nigeria Army operations in the North East where we have made progress the Army Headquarters in the face of limited resources and other competing needs.

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Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
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Anambra: How Police in Onitsha arrested leader of deadly robbery gang

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Residents of the commercial city of Onitsha, Anambra State and it’s environs may heave a sigh of relief, following the arrest of one of the notorious member of a deadly armed robbery gang operating in various parts of the area.

Men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, attached to Okpoko unit recently launched an onslaught against the gang that had terrorized the inhabitants ,and the leader of  the gang identified as Friday Christian was arrested.

The arrest of the said Christian, according to a reliable police source, has so far revealed the operational base of the deadly gang, their identities and modus operandi.According to the source, the gang which usually operated with motorcycles, had in October, this year, allegedly gunned down and killed an operative of Okpoko vigilance group simply identified as ‘Stubborn’ at Mugambo Street, Okpoko in the Onitsha suburban area.

Not satisfied with the killing of  ‘Stubbon’, the source stated, the gangsters allegedly laid ambush and attacked another team of vigilante operatives in another location in the same Okpoko and injured the driver of the vigilante operatives, after riddling their patrol van with bullets. Last Friday, the gangsters carried out a  bloody operation when they robbed motorists at Old Motor Spare Parts Market, Ugwuagba Layout, Obosi, popularly called ‘Mgbuka market, during which they realized N500,000 and killed a teenage girl.

The source further stated that during the operation, the robbers were shooting indiscriminately and in the process, a stray bullet hit the teenage girl and she slumped and died, while the gangsters carted away their N500,000 loot. But 24 hours after the incident, men of the SARS apprehended one of the gang members, Christian, on top of Upper Iweka Fly-over bridge who not only confessed to the operations of his gang but also mentioned the names of their gang leader and others.

He also confessed to the police that their gang leader gave him only N50,000 as his own share out of the N500,000 loot while others shared the remaining N450,000, adding that they were after the vigilante group because of teaming up with the police to ‘spoil’ their robbery business.

The commander of SARS at Okpoko Unit, DSP Anthony Ogar, who confirmed the arrest to Crime Guard in his office, declined further comments, adding that the suspect had been transferred to Anambra State SARS Headquarters, Awkuzu, for further investigations.

Ogar whose crime fighting tactics had been acknowledged by the inhabitants in the area, including some human rights bodies, however, maintained that the police are on the trail of the leader and other members of the gang, hence the long arm of the law would soon catch up with them, particularly now that their identities and operational base have been revealed.

It would be recalled that the armed robbers had chased the deceased vigilante operative from the rear and before he could escape, he crashed into iron protectors in the window of a compound which could not allow him jump through.

The robbers followed him into the compound and allegedly shot sporadically on the door and succeeded in pulling it off completely from the wall. They now pumped bullets into ‘stubborns’ skull and chest until they emptied one magazine on him before leaving him.   According to an eye witness, it took the combined efforts of men of the Okpoko sector of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, and other members of Okpoko vigilante group, based on information provided by members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB,  to unravel the mystery of the armed invasion and killing.

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Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
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2face, Psquare, others rule at CAAN awards

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From all indications, Bayelsa State is fast becoming the entertainment capital of the country. The state once again successfully hosted the first edition of the Caribbean African American Nations (CAAN) Music Awards 2013, at the Cultural Centre, Yenagoa.  As expected, there was no dull moment at the world class event  which was beamed live to the world last weekend.

Anchored by celebrated On-Air-Personality, IK Oskioduwa and supported by beautiful Toccara Jones ( America ‘s Next Top Model) and Claudia Jordan (Celebrity Apprentice).

The star studded event opened with a beautiful rendition of the national anthem by Bayelsa State-born singer, Timi Dakolo followed by a well choreographed dance performance by the  state’s Council for Arts and Culture.

While welcoming guests to the state, the excited governor,Henry Seriake Dickson reiterated his administration’s commitment towards  uniting the world through the arts by using the platform of  the state’s potentials.

According to him, “ There is no doubt that Bayelsa State has become the entertainment headquarters of the continent. By next year, we will release our tourism and entertainment calendar of the year. Every month, we will be hosting an international event.” Also, speaking at the occasion, the  Chairman, Silverbird Group,  Ben Bruce said, the CAAN music awards would serve as an icon of the music industry on the continent.

Indeed, it was not a night for long speeches as well as undiluted performances. The guests were thrilled with electrifying performances by a long list of Nigerian and foreign artistes such as General Pype, TJ Wonder, Chuddy K, Bba Dee, Daddy Showkey, Sheyi Shay, KCEE,  Timaya, Tuface, Waxcomzy, Mafikizulu, Sean Kingston, among others.

The highlight of the occasion was the presentation of awards to deserving artistes.  Baba Dee won the Dance Hall Reggae Album of the Year, while Dance Song of the Year went to P Square. Others winners were Best Act South Africa – Mafikizulu, Song of the decade – Tuface’s African Queen, Producer of the Year – D’Tunes, Best Act West Africa – Sarkode, Song of the year was won by  Kcee and Album of the year which went to Flavour .

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Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
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