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Amosun, Sani, Others Lose Out as APC Submits Candidates’ List to INEC


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) thursday made good its resolve not to extend the deadline for the submission of political parties’ lists of candidates for the presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled for the first quarter of next year as it ended the exercise last night.

The International Conference Center (ICC), Abuja, which the electoral body used as the collection centre was full of activities as political parties’ officials made frantic efforts to beat the deadline.

THISDAY gathered at press time that 84 parties had submitted their lists.

For the All Progressives Congress (APC) that was plagued by large scale disputes following its primaries, it was judgement day for the protesters as the party decided on whom to allot its tickets.

The party, said the National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Lanre Isa-Onilu, fielded candidates for all the states, including Zamfara, which INEC had said would not be allowed to present candidates because its primaries were not conducted within the stipulated time by the electoral body.

“We submitted applications for all the positions in all the states, including Zamfara,” he told THISDAY on phone last night, adding, that he could not give details of the list for the state.

Many heavyweights fell by the way side as their wishes were not met.

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, was met half way by the party as he got his senatorial ticket while his preferred governorship candidate, Mr. Adekunle Akinlade, lost out to Chief Dapo Abiodun. The party’s appeals committee threw out Akinlade’s petition against Abiodun’s nomination.

In Plateau State, former deputy governor of the state, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, who was also a former minister, lost her bid to pick up a senatorial ticket.

In Kaduna State, although the appeals committee upheld the nomination of Senator Shehu Sani as saved by the National Working Committee (NWC), THISDAY sources said his name was eventually not on the list submitted to INEC by the party.

The appeal panel also dismissed the petition written against the emergence of Mr. Tonye Cole as the APC’s gubernatorial candidate in Rivers State.

This meant that Senator Magnus Abe would have to wait a bit to realise his ambition to govern the state.

THISDAY also gathered from a source that was privy to the decisions reached by appeals panel, which submitted its report to the NWC on Monday, that it upheld the candidacy of Mr. Uche Nwosu, the son-in-law of Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha.

An intriguing verdict was the decision of the appeal panel to uphold the choice of Senator Shehu Sani as the candidate of the party for the Kaduna Central Senatorial District.

In its report, the appeal panel said it held that the primary conducted by the electoral panel for Kaduna was done in contempt of a court order, adding that the only aspirant cleared by the party to contest the election was Sani.

Yet, THISDAY reliably learnt, Sani’s name did not make the party’s list.

A reliable information on the report of the APC’s appeal panel showed that the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Uguru Usani, was a loser in the highly intricate struggle for the governorship ticket of the APC in Cross River State, losing his appeal against Senator John Eno.

The appeals committee, which considered petitions from the aspirants for the various offices, rejected many of the petitions while upholding the results of the primaries in the various states.

Among other big losers who also lost out in the governorship race according to the committee’s report include a brother to the wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, Alhaji Mahmoud Halilu, popularly known as Modi, and President of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) Bala Bobboi Kaigama.

There was tension within the national headquarters of the party as aspirants for the Senate and House of Representatives besieged it to know the outcome of the screening and probably the list of candidates sent to INEC by the party.

The leadership of the APC had made the list of candidates a top secret and would not even let those who lost at appeals level know their fate until the last day of submission.

However, the party’s Director of Organisation, Alhaji Abubakar Kari, finally got out along with some officials of the party in a bus about 2p.m. to submit the list to INEC.

THISDAY gathered from some aggrieved aspirants that there was a directive to secretariat staff not to acknowledge petitions from some of them, claiming that their cases were not attended to by the committee.

Another source told THISDAY that several of the petitions submitted to the appeals panel were either not entertained or dismissed for lacking in substance and that this had not gone down well with many of those whose petitions were not entertained.

Parties Beat Deadline
Apart from the APC and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), others that breasted the tape yesterday were Zenith Labour Party (ZLT), Yes Solidarity Electorate (YES), African Democratic Congress (ADC) and Social Democratic Party (SDP).

THISDAY gathered that in all, 84 parties submitted the list of their candidates as at the time of filing in this report.

The INEC had on several occasions said there would not be any extension to the deadline for the submission of list of candidates for both the National Assembly and presidential elections.

“The last day for the submission of lists of their sponsored candidates (Form CFOO2) and personal particulars (Form CF001) remains 18th of October 2018 for Presidential and National Assembly, and November 2 for Governorship and State Houses of Assembly,” it had said.

Nevertheless, the delay in the submission of the list of candidates by political parties, it was learnt was because parties were waiting to reap from the fallout from the primaries conducted by major parties, hence, the delay.

According to an official of the YES party who preferred anonymity, “We can’t blame INEC for not extending the date. We were waiting for the major parties to conduct their primaries and reap from the fall out. You can only make money from the sales of Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to run the party.”

To ensure smooth process in the submission of forms like THISDAY observed on Wednesday and yesterday, INEC gave party representatives tally, and were attended to turn by turn.

The electoral body assured that the last political party to obtain INEC tally before 12 midnight would be allowed to submit its forms.

While speaking to journalists, the presidential Candidate of the Zenith Labour Party, and former governor of Ondo State, Mr. Olusegun Mimiko, who was at the venue with the National Chairman of the party, Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, said that the party got tally 73 as at 5.30p.m.

Mimiko said the party was still within the time, while urging INEC to be transparent in the 2019 general elections, stressing that credible elections was the hallmark of democracy.

He revealed that he left the Labour Party where he first obtained his Presidential nomination form because of legal battle in the party.

Also, the National Chairman of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Bishop Amakiri, who was still waiting to be called for submission of his party’s forms, said that the delay in submission was to make sure that everything was properly done to avoid any mistake.

He, however, called for the extension of the submission by a month because of the number of registered political parties.

Amakiri said what was witnessed at the submission centre was a confirmation that INEC had expanded the scope.

On his part, the presidential candidate and National Chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Dr. Yunusa Tanko, commended INEC on the arrangement put in place for collection.

Tanko, who was still waiting to submit with tally number 37, said that before people needed to hang around INEC office for submission, but with the large space now provided, all they needed to do was to get a tally and sit in a hall till when the tally number would be called.

He also stressed the need to increase the number of days for submission since the number of political parties had increased to 91.

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Fayose Faces for two weeks As EFCC obtains court order to For His Detention


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has obtained a remand order from a Federal Capital Territory High Court to keep former Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State for two weeks, The PUNCH can confirm.

The remand order, it was learnt, is subject to renewal which implies that Fayose could spend longer than two weeks in custody.

A reliable source said, “We have obtained a court order to hold Fayose for at least two weeks pending investigation. He could be released earlier or later than two weeks depending on the outcome of investigation.”

Fayose is under probe for allegedly receiving N1.3bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser through a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, during the build-up to the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State.

However, sources within the commission revealed to The PUNCH that Fayose was also under probe for allegedly receiving kickbacks from government contractors through his aide, Abiodun Agbele, who is currently standing trial for fraud.

The EFCC source said, “We have many cases against Fayose being handled by three different teams. We cannot just arraign him immediately. We want to do a thorough job before taking him to court.”

Meanwhile, the lawyer to Fayose, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), told The PUNCH on the telephone that if the EFCC failed to release the former governor on Thursday (today), the commission would be sued for breaching Fayose’s fundamental human rights.

Ozekhome said the EFCC began investigating Fayose over two years ago and that he wondered why the agency would decide to hold him for over 24 hours.

He said the commission could not force Fayose to write any statement as he reserved the right to remain silent.

The senior advocate said any move to obtain a remand order would amount to illegality because the Supreme Court had made that clear.

The lawyer said since Fayose’s accounts had been frozen and his properties seized by the commission, there was nothing for the ex-governor to tell the EFCC as the matter was already in court.

Ozekhome added, “His lawyers will consider approaching the court for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights if he is not released on Thursday. Section 35 and 36 of the constitution are clear on this.

“He is not a flight risk. He willingly submitted himself to the EFCC even earlier than the time he was supposed to come. What the EFCC is doing is nothing but media trial.

“From the way they have been chasing Fayose in the last three years, one would have expected that the EFCC would have completed its investigations and would arrest him immediately his tenure expires and charge him the next day but that is not the case.

“They want him to write a statement by force and then use the statement against him instead of using their own evidence.”

Charge Fayose to court, PDP tells EFCC
On its part, the South-West Zone of the Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday warned the EFCC not to detain Fayose for more than 48 hours before charging him to court.

In a statement issued by the Publicity Secretary of the party in the zone, Mr Ayo Fadaka, the party said, “It is now going to 48 hours that he submitted himself to the agency and he is still being held incommunicado, this development proves that the claim by the EFCC that it is actually working in public interest is a lie. It is merely playing a partisan card as attested to by its unfortunate tweet in the immediate aftermath of the Ekiti election.

“We, therefore, hold firmly that if Fayose is not charged to court immediately to answer to whatever charges against him, then it will be very clear that the Buhari administration is merely using the EFCC to intimidate, harass and punish him in the most unjust manner.”

My govt a blessing, says Fayose…insists he didn’t take loan

Meanwhile, Fayose has said the statement credited to Governor Kayode Fayemi that his administration was an error is a mere political statement that shouldn’t be taken seriously.

He said the Ekiti people knew that his first and second administrations were never an error but rather ones that brought unparalleled blessings and development to the state.

Fayose reacted through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in a press release issued in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday.

He said, “If Fayemi said the administration of Fayose is an error, then the road projects, the High Court Complex, the Adunni Olayinka Women Development Centre, the new Governor’s Office, the Ministry of Finance building, the flyover bridge, the construction of chalets and renovation of buildings in the Government House, among others, are errors.

“The old Governor’s Office used by Governor Fayemi during his first tenure was built by Fayose and now that providence has bestowed a second term on his shoulder, he will operate from the new Governor’s Office also built by Fayose. Are these errors as well?”

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There may be no 2019


Renowned cleric Bishop Emmanuel Bolanle Gbonigi has expressed fears over next year’s general elections, regretting that the nation’s leaders are only interested in grabbing power and not service to the people. He raised the concerns and more in this interview with TUNDE THOMAS.

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What is your reaction to the present state of the nation?

At the age of 88, I’m deeply sad and full of sorrow for Nigeria. I’m sad because instead of progressing as a nation over the years, reverse has been the case. The nation has not been blessed with dynamic leadership that would have made Nigeria to realize her potentialities. Our leaders have little or no regard for accountability and fear of God. Leaders are not the only one to be blamed, the led also have their own share of the blame. It is either we repent, especially our leaders or they face the wrath of God.
It is sad that our leaders are only obsessed with struggle for positions, possessions, power and worldly wealth. It is the same thing for ordinary Nigerians; we are very greedy and unless we changed, we are in the danger of facing God’s judgement.

Unless our leaders changed, judgement of God is imminent upon them. The judgement of God is hanging heavily on our leaders, and that judgement can drop anytime, and when that judgement drops, it will hit all of us very hard and destroy us. The only way out of God’s imminent judgement on us is for us to repent. God has been very merciful to treat us as a Father and like His children but we are not behaving like obedient children to God.

God has been waiting for us especially our leaders to repent but we have not repented. We rejoice in committing sins but this is my warning for Nigerians, we should repent now otherwise God’s judgement is imminent and when it comes, it will be terrible. Some of us think that God is too slow but that is not true. It is not that God is too slow to inflict His judgement upon those who are dragging this nation backward, and the corrupt leaders, but God is merciful and patient and He is waiting for us to repent. I pray that the Holy Spirit of God will touch the heart of our leaders to guide them to do the right things.

Most of our leaders, their hearts are hardened, and that’s why they don’t have the fear of God, but it is better for them to repent now before God’s judgement comes upon them.

On the present state of insecurity in the country especially the killings in some parts of the North, and continued Boko Haram attacks, what is the way out?

The security situation in Nigeria today is very pathetic and sad. My advice to President Muhammadu Buhari and others working with him is that they should pray to God so that God will show them what to do over the killings and terrible things Boko Haram insurgents are doing. The insurgency is getting out of control. Something fast has to be done to stop these killings and the Boko Haram insurgency. The insurgency and these killings posed a terrible danger to the nation. We are in a very explosive situation, and this is why I called on Buhari to seek the face of God for solution to these crises.

Imagine the Boko Haram insurgents killing another Red Cross worker. For how long will these killings continue? Something has to be done to restore sanity. I believe with prayers and sincerity of heart, God will show Buhari the way out.

God is not happy with some of these things happening, killing of innocent souls in cold blood. Buhari has to stop the killings, he is Nigeria’s leader today, and as the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, the buck stop at his table. No excuse, otherwise if he fails to do the right thing, I pray that God’s judgement will not come upon him. Like I said earlier, I’m 88 years old, my eyes have seen a lot, but some of the things presently happening in Nigeria today call for prayers and God’s divine intervention.

Unfortunately, instead of us looking for solutions to address these serious crises facing us today, politicians and our leaders are only interested and talking about 2019, but what they don’t know is that there may be no 2019. It is very clear and obvious to discerning minds that these killings and Boko Haram insurgency are a big threat to 2019.

I heard it on radio that President Buhari had sent condolence message to the father of the Red Cross worker killed recently by the Boko Haram; he has also been consoling the mother of Leah Sharibu, the 16 year old school girl still in the captivity of Boko Haram insurgents, that’s okay, but it is very sad and sorrowful that the Red Cross worker was killed. Human lives are not only sacred but also very precious in the eyes of God. This is why I’m appealing to President Buhari again to go before God in prayers so that God will give him divine wisdom on how to tackle these problems.

On Leah Sharibu that is still in Boko Haram captivity…

I appeal to President Buhari and the Federal Government to do everything possible to secure her release. I believe that the Federal Government is doing all that it can do to secure her release, but efforts should be intensified to bring her out of captivity. I also believe that our God, the Almighty God is a God of Miracles, and that He will miraculously secure Leah Sharibu’s release. I believe that God will perform His wonders, and Leah Sharibu will be set free.

I believe that God who miraculously released the three Hebrews, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the burning furnace where they were thrown into when they refused to bow before the god of King Nebuchadnezzar in Babylon will rescue Leah Sharibu from her captors. For refusing to bow to the god of King Nebuchadnezzar, the three Hebrews were thrown into burning fire but the fire didn’t burn them as God came to their rescue. It is that same Almighty God that will rescue Leah Sharibu. She is God’s own daughter and God will save her. Let’s all continue to pray for her, and I believe that God will intervene, and she will be saved.

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Political parties have picked their presidential candidates for the forthcoming 2019 general elections; the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC has picked President Muhammadu Buhari, while the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has picked former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, how do you see the unfolding political developments?

What I will say is that let’s leave everything in the hands of God. It is only God that knows tomorrow. Man proposes and plan, but it is God that determines what will happen. It is God that has the final say. It is God that has the final answer. Who knows what will happen tomorrow? It is God. Who knows what will happen between now and 2019? It is God. What will happen between now and 2019? It is God. Who knows what will happen in 2019? It is God. Whether there is going to be 2019 general elections or not, it is only God that knows. But my advice to our leaders is that they should address those urgent issues that needed to be attended to. They should not allow 2019 to become a distraction.

Nigeria belongs to God. God will not forget us, only that we should continue to do the will of God.

On the issue of Restructuring, some Nigerians have accused President Buhari and the APC led Federal Government of foot-dragging or not showing interest in restructuring of Nigeria, what’s your take on that?

It will be very unfortunate if we fail to restructure. There is no alternative to restructuring if Nigeria is to move forward and become a great nation. Nigeria is made up of different ethnic nationalities and nations. It was the amalgamation of 1914 by Lord Lugard that brought the Northern Protectorate and the Southern Colony together to form the nation called Nigeria.

These different nations that make up Nigeria have their different culture, languages and way of doing things, but the amalgamation forced us to come together. But these differences among the ethnic nationalities have always been manifesting but all along we have been managing to get along.

Even in the First Republic between 1960 – 1966 when we had three regions namely the Northern Region, Eastern Region, and the Western Region, and later Midwest, each region was progressing at its own pace. There was healthy competition among the regions, and then true federalism was being practiced but all came to an end in 1966 with the military intervention. When the military came, they introduced unitary system, and this created serious problems which has been manifesting up till today.

If we had stuck to true practice of federalism as it was being done between 1960 – 1966, all these crises and problems facing us as a nation would have been averted, and the fact we must accept is that unless we restructure, all these agitations and crises here and there will not abate.

Restructuring will do Nigeria a lot of good. Maybe we should still give President Buhari a benefit of doubt over restructuring because what we are hearing is that they (the present APC-led government) are going to do restructuring at the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly. Let’s see what they are going to do. It is however unfortunate that some leaders in the North and the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) are opposed to restructuring. Restructuring is not going to harm Nigeria, rather it will bring the best out of Nigeria.

What’s your take on 2019 general elections?

I would rather want to first appeal to our leaders to do something about poverty and hunger. A lot of people are suffering. Government at federal, state and local government levels should address problems of poverty.

Any advice for INEC on 2019?

It is unfortunate that INEC has been politicized. They’ve politicized INEC and INEC is no longer the independent body it ought to be. INEC is not being allowed to operate as independent body.

It is sad that politicians have politicized INEC with money and votes buying. But as long as we have politicized INEC, we will continue to be in trouble. It is sad the way some people that call themselves Christians but who are now in politics have joined corruption in politics. It is very sad the way politicians are now buying votes openly. But for Christians among these politicians, I implore them to strive to be good ambassadors of Christ. They should be good Christians worthy of emulation by others. They should live and act in ways that when people see them, they will see beauty of Christ in them.

Politics should not be seen as a do-or-die affair. Politicians should eschew bitterness, hatred and even refrain from hate speeches. God loves Nigeria as a nation, but we should not provoke God to anger through our greed and lust for power and illicit material acquisition.

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Why supervision is important at all construction sites


Maduka Nweke,

There has been enough evidence to show that most of the constructions done in Nigeria are done without proper supervision at construction sites.

It has also been observed that government concentrates in issuing the documents and collecting the required fees or the reward as the case may be instead of monitoring procedures.

Most developers fail to know that at construction sites, large and small, supervision has a key role to play in preventing accidents.

People who want to minimise cost of construction see supervision as mere bloating of expenses chart to look like thorough planning.

This is one of the major reasons building collapse will continue to ravage the metropolitan landscape of the country.

When construction sites are supervised properly, little mistakes that could develop into bumps and vacuum in the construction would have been averted at the point they were noticed.

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But when you leave the construction, be it housing, roads or what have you unsupervised, you are sure to get poor job because the quality of job will not be solid.

This brings us to the reasons, professionals should be used to handle professional projects. If a trained person is handling a project in the discipline he is trained, he will know what ethical standards to adopt and aware of the consequences should an unprecedented happens.

One, the profession which he belongs to will sanction him, he will loose credibility among his peers and eventually patronage will drop.

Typical supervisory functions include planning and allocating work, making decisions, monitoring performance and compliance, providing leadership and building teamwork, and ensuring workforce involvement.

Supervision is therefore heavily involved in the running of a typical construction project and in particular in ensuring that health and safety is effectively managed.

The skillful supervision of a building repair project requires vast knowledge just one would need supervision for a fresh developing projects.

At least, knowledge of building parts, systems of building practices and methods in different areas as well as of the usability of current building practices and methods are very important.

Furthermore, being aware of prices and cost levels and broad social skills are prerequisites for successful project management.

Construction site supervision services can be complemented with comprehensive quality control services. This guarantees that the materials used, all equipment and systems are of good quality, function well and conform to the standards.

These can include, electrical equipment or building structures. Supervisors can also act as safety coordinators for projects to make sure the site is a safe working place for everyone.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in America has identified supervision as a Performance Influencing Factor (PIF), when attempting to prevent accidents. It has also been a factor in a number of major high profile accidents in the past, such as the Piper Alpha oil rig fire in 1998 and the explosion and fires at the Milford Haven oil refinery in 1994.

The lack of proper provision of supervision also regularly features as an important contributory factor in less well-known accidents, including many of those occurring on construction sites.

It is not, however, always viewed as a critical factor for site safety and its provision is not always given the due consideration and weight it deserves.

Sometimes supervisors, for whatever reason, do not fulfill their role effectively and that leads to capital omissions that results to deadly mistakes.

Taking the American angle, the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Section 2(2)(c), places a duty on employers to provide such information, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of his employees.

Supervisors themselves have a legal duty under Section 7 of the Act to take reasonable care of themselves and others.

Failure to supervise properly and effectively can lead to the prosecution of supervisors. For example, in 2008, as reported by the HSE, David Swindell Junior, a contracts manager employed by 3D Scaffolding Ltd, was found guilty of breaching section 7 of the HSW Act following the death of an apprentice scaffolder that he was supervising.

Steven Burke, who was seventeen years old, fell 18 metres to his death. There are additional legal requirements relating to supervision, as contained in the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015).

Regulation 4 requires clients to make suitable arrangements for managing projects. While supervision is not specifically mentioned, supervision is an established and standard feature of the management of health and safety.

In regulation 12, CDM 2015 requires principal contractors to plan, manage and monitor the construction phase of the project and co-ordinate matters relating to health and safety.

Again, this must include consideration of the role of supervision.

Despite the legal requirements to provide supervision, there is no definition in the HSW Act or supporting regulations as to what comprises supervision.

What is supervision? How is it delivered? How much is required? All of these questions are left to employers and managers to decide.

Whatever definition is taken or used, the importance of supervision remains a critical consideration and plays a key role in ensuring that the management arrangements put in place by the client and the contents of the construction phase plan developed by the principal contractor are achieved and maintained.

Aside taking supervision seriously, one should also consider insuring both the site and the labourers because in the case of capital mistake that results in death, the insurance can assuage for the losses.

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While you are taking notes of supervision and monitoring, you now see where there is the need to bring about insurance.

Assuming fire happens at the building and there are tenants, there are liabilities involved, then how the occupants will come out of such liabilities is what insurance takes care of.

People at times think that may be the rate of the premium they are going to pay is going to be on the high side and so they abscond.

But that is not the answer because the law spells out the rules as per the rate you are going to apply and this is the premium you are going to pay in respect of this building.

But the issue is that such laws must be enforced. Enforcement in the sense that if you have a public building and it is not insured and you want to bid for business, let it be part of the conditions they have to meet for government to allow them bid for that business.

If it comes into operation, you will find out that all owners of public buildings and high rise buildings will have no choice but to insurance them.

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The punishments meted to owners of building collapse are not enough except the style in use in Anambra State where the government threaten to confiscate the building and the sites of any collapsed building in the state.

If you look at developed countries, you can hardly take your car on the road without insurance. You know that if you do it and the police get you, you face a jail term and apart from that, when you come out, you can’t drive on the road again.

So that is what we call enforcement. When those things are in operation, people will have no choice but to key in.

The level and nature of supervision required in the construction sites should be determined as an outcome of the client’s management arrangements for the project and from the risk assessments carried out by contractors and others.

It is not sufficient to stipulate that supervision will be provided without specifying the detail of that provision.

The client’s arrangements for managing the project and the risk assessments for the project should stipulate the level and nature of the supervision required.

Questions such as who will supervise, how supervision will take place, how much is required and when, need to be considered.

Some workers and some activities will require more supervision than others. For example, young inexperienced workers may need very close and maybe constant supervision.

Migrant workers with poor English language skills or understanding of site safety standards, may need additional supervision. High-risk activities will need to be closely monitored by supervisors.

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N1.3b: EFCC charges Fayose, coy for money laundering


…To be arraigned next week

By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor

After detaining the former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, for four days, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, yesterday slammed him with money laundering charges, preparing the grounds to take him to court.

Ibrahim Magu EFCC boss and Ayodele Fayose

Although the details of the charges of money laundering, breach of public trust and corruption were not made public as at press time, Saturday Vanguard understood that the former governor would be formally arraigned early next week.

Also charged with Fayose is a company known as Spotless Nigeria Limited, which the commission claimed was used as a front for perpetrating economic crimes by the suspect.

A source in EFCC told Saturday Vanguard that Fayose signed and collected the charges for himself and his company. “Yes, he has been served with the charges for himself and his firm known as Spotless,” an operative of the commission confirmed to our reporter last night but declined to give the details of the charges.

Asked to confirm the exact date and court where Fayose and his company would be arraigned, the source simply said ‘very soon’ after the weekend.

The EFCC, which started following Fayose’s financial transactions more than two years ago, accused him of receiving N1.3 billion from the Office of the former National Security Adviser, Col, Sambo Dasuki and laundering the cash on choice property in Lagos and Abuja and receiving kickbacks from contractors.



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Procter & Gamble’s profits rise despite currency drag — Business — The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News


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Procter & Gamble reported higher quarterly profits Friday amid solid performance for several key consumer products but cut its full-year sales forecast due to the strong dollar.

P&G, whose brands include Tide detergent and Bounty paper towel, reported profits of $3.2 billion for the fiscal first quarter of 2019, up 11.9 percent from the year-ago period.

Revenues were essentially flat at $16.7 billion.

Net sales declined in three of five P&G consumer categories. However, the performance was better when the effect of foreign exchange fluctuations was removed.

P&G’s strongest category was beauty, where net sales grew five percent, thanks to robust growth in “super premium” products from SK-II and Oil of Olay, along with solid performance by some other brands like Old Spice.

A weak spot was P&G’s baby, feminine and family care division, where the company was forced to slash prices of Luv’s diapers in the US.

P&G cut its forecast for fiscal 2019 sales to a range of flat to a decline of two percent due to the strong dollar.

Shares of P&G jumped 2.9 percent in pre-market trading to $82.60.

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2019: My nomination is about the masses – Obi


Former Anambra Governor, Mr Peter Obi says his choice as the running mate to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is to ennoble his people.

Obi said this on Friday in Enugu during a visit to the state governor, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

It would be recalled that the presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Oct. 12 announced Obi as his running mate, a situation that generated mixed reactions from party chieftains in the area.

Governors of the PDP and party chieftains from the zone subsequently met and expressed their dissatisfaction that they were not consulted prior to the announcement.

However, Obi, who said he was in the state to seek the support of Ugwuanyi, pointed out that his candidacy, was about Ndigbo in particular and Nigeria in general.

The former governor said that the success or otherwise of his nomination would depend on the leaders of the South East.

Obi said that if elected into office, he would attract meaningful development to the area, adding that the time to address the yearnings of the people was now.

“This nomination is about our own area. We cannot continue to say we are marginalised. These are some of the opportunities to address whatever we think is not in our positions,” he said.

Obi said that his record as governor was not in doubt, adding that he believed in the masses.

Responding, Ugwuanyi described the former governor as a `trusted’ party man and a household name in the zone as well as in Nigeria.

The governor said that the PDP enjoyed great followership in the state, adding that they were appreciative of the massive support the party enjoyed during the 2015 general elections.

Ugwuanyi said that he had no doubt that the party would also do very well in the forthcoming elections in the state.

The governor congratulated the entire PDP on their successful and peaceful convention in Port Harcourt.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Obi also visited the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo in his Enugu residence.

Nwodo, while receiving him said that the apex Igbo socio cultural organization would soon convene a meeting to take decision on the direction of the people in the coming election.

He described Obi as humble and incorruptible adding “your incorruptibility in government speaks volume.

“I look forward to when Ohaneze will take a decision on which party the Igbos will vote for and I wish it will be yours,’’ he said. (NAN)

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Nigeria’ll earn N620bn annually from egg consumption — PAN


By Michael Eboh & Fortune Eromosele
The Poultry Association of Nigeria, PAN, has stated that Nigeria would record an annual revenue of N620 billion and a daily revenue of N1.7 billion, if 50 per cent of its population consumes at least, an egg per day for one year.


In a presentation in Abuja, yesterday, National President of PAN, Mr. Ezekiel Mam, stated that despite its immense economic potential, eggs can also play an important role in eliminating global hunger by providing a high quality source of protein.

Mam, who was represented by the Director General of PAN, Mr. Onallo Akpa, noted that currently, an average Nigerian consumes 70 pieces of eggs annually, adding that if Per capita consumption of eggs increased to 100 eggs per person per year, annual revenue from eggs would rise to N340 billion.

He said, “The egg industry all over the world is very strategic to the politics and economic development of any country. In Nigeria, the political economic importance of the poultry industry evidenced by the fact that poultry industry has been consistently contributing over 25 per cent to the Agricultural GDP of the national economy.

‘In order to achieve the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals, MDG, and the Sustainable Development Agenda ahead of us, the importance of poultry products, especially chicken and eggs, which contributes about 36.5 per cent of the protein intake of Nigerians would need to be taken seriously. Eggs and chicken are critical pillars to the successful attainment of the MDG for agriculture and health.

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“In Nigeria, with rapid population growth, and with high level of poverty and insecurity, how do we feed the population with food that contains the required nutrients and vitamins that the citizens could afford? Egg is the answer.”

Mam further stated that in the biological values of different sources of protein, egg holds the second highest valued protein with an estimate of 93.7 percent after the natural breast milk, which have 100 percent.

He also added that PAN had continued to deliver life changing projects in some of the most impoverished areas of the country, pointing out the work of the Association demonstrates the egg industry’s commitment to sustainable development and eradicating food poverty.

He quoted a report of the Harvard School of Public Health and other experts, which stated that there was no relationship between egg consumption and cardiovascular disease as it is saturated fat that raises cholesterol rather than dietary cholesterol.

“The moderate egg consumption, which is defined as one egg per day is not associated with increased risk of heart disease,” he explained.

Mam lamented that there is no government investment in the poultry industry, as all are privately driven, and therefore beckons on government as a matter of policy to resuscitate national programmes that would assist to ameliorate the health of Nigerians using egg as part of the country’s nutritional program.

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Atiku’s Appointment Of Obi As Running Mate Is Strategic –Kalu


Chief Emeka Kalu

Chief Emeka Kalu, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and Director General of Atikulated Agenda 2019, was one of those who persuaded former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to run for the 2019 election. Kalu, a former governorship candidate of Abia State under the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), spoke to EJIKEME OMENAZU on Atiku’s emergence as the PDP presidential candidate, among other issues. Excerpt:

As one of those who were behind Atiku Abubakar’s declaration for the 2019 Presidency, how would you react to his recent emergence as the PDP candidate at the party’s primaries involving about 12 formidable aspirants?

It is by God’s grace and hard work that played out there. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar at first did not want to get involved when I and few other people approached him to run for the Presidency. He simply said ‘I am not interested. I have tried it before and it never went well’. But, we kept on begging him to come and save Nigeria, being someone with the interest of this nation. After much pressure, he accepted to do it and told us to go and make sure that the political elite do not use this opportunity for their own private gains.

Atiku, the Waziri Adamawa, focused on the Rescue Nigeria project and we as a support base mobilised across the nation to actualise the New Nigeria dream. Today, here we are one down, one more to go. This is because it is a national rescue project.

Atiku went from city to city declaring his intentions before elders of our great party and Nigerians. No one else did anything close to what he did. So, he deserves the ticket because of hard work. I would also say that God’s grace found him worthy to lead us out of the current government that is killing us.

How do you see the attitude of Atiku’s opponents since after his victory at the primary?

I would describe them as perfect at sportsmanship. These are worthy gentlemen who are committed to the national rescue project. Nigeria needs such men who would stand by their worlds and even work for their opponent’s success because it simply means that they understand the sacrifice required of each Nigerian in this enormous task ahead.

What is your take of his choice of a running mate from South East, and specifically Peter Obi former Anambra State governor?

Wow! I have always believed that our incoming president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, is a great strategist. But, he proved it to the whole world that day Mr. Peter Obi was announced. Obi is the most strategic individual for the position of the Vice President. He is young, experienced in governance and politics, and even was the best governor in his time. Till date, no other person has been able to meet his records. Peter Obi is an economist per excellence. He has no baggage to weigh him down as he left over N50 billion in the state’s accounts before he handed over. He is not just an economic manager, but also managed APGA all through to ensure that power was not snatched from the party.

Pater Obi is also a dogged fighter who always wins. Remember, among all the APGA governorship candidates of the South East who went to court in 2003, only Peter Obi fought his way to Government House and continued fighting till he completed his eight years.

The South East Governors’ Forum and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo reportedly complained that Atiku did not consult them before appointing Peter Obi as his running mate. How do you see their complaints?

Point of correction; South East political leaders of the PDP, not Governors Forum, neither did Ohanaeze complain.  Having said that, I don’t think the complain was in order at all. This is because the presidential candidate can only choose who he feels he can work with comfortably. The position has not been zoned to the South East. Even it was, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s own experience under Obasanjo is enough to teach him that he must work very carefully to avoid a tepid relationship with his deputy. Therefore, the South East PDP didn’t act well in releasing that Press Statement.

How do you see ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorsement of Atiku and the backing he received from the Northern ex-Generals at the primary?

It is a step in the right direction and a very positive one. The impact of Atiku’s efforts began to tell on everyone once he won. It was a wildfire effect it had and Atikulated has become the password for Nigerians. In fact, let me even ask you: Are you OBILIGATED and ATIKULATED for a new Nigeria? I am sure you are. Nigeria was on the verge of chaos, but the victory of Atiku was a great ray of hope for everyone and Obasanjo saw this instantly and keyed into the mantra. Obasanjo, the northern governors and all of us have become Atikulated and Obiligated. Soon, even APC leaders will begin to get Atikulated.

With the popularity of both Atiku Abubakar and President Muhammadu Buhari in the North and the zones where their running mates come from, to what extent would the outcome of 2019 presidential election be determined by the Niger Delta and the Middle Belt in terms of voting patterns?

It is clear to you and all that President Muhammadu Buhari has not been the best of Presidents. Instead of garnering popularity across the country, he has become notorious and Nigerians are alarmed.

Despite being the incumbent, Nigerians will vote him out. The Niger Delta will support Atiku knowing that a PDP government will favour them more. The Middle Belt on its part is the most hit in the herdsmen attacks. So, do you truly think they will vote for anyone other than Atiku?

How do you see the travel ban placed on some people said to be corrupt by President Buhari through Executive Order 6?

Where was the EO6 all these while? Why did it bare its fangs and teeth immediately Atiku won his primaries? The truth is that no one knew that Atiku would win the primaries and they felt it was going to be an easy victory against anyone who would emerge. But, once he won, they knew it was time for war. But, it won’t work. Buhari unfortunately thinks he is a military dictator. Nigerians will teach him that there is no space for dictators at Aso Rock.

How do you see the crises arising from the primaries of some of the political parties, especially the APC?

Simple, APC is on its way out. It is a party of confusion. Despite its struggle to keep being relevant, it keeps failing. Everyone in APC is desperate, unhappy and afraid. They are simply trying to tell the world that the party is an avenue to win elections because it is currently in control of the Federal Government, nothing else. But, all that will be history come May 29, 2019..

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Healthy lifestyle critical to productivity


Healthy lifestyle is critical to enhancing productivity at work places and promoting family ties, South Korea technology firm, LG Electronics has said.

Its Managing Director for West Africa Operation, Mr Taeick Son, said the firm is therefore committed to innovative designs that will enable lifestyle convenience while creating seamless user experience of its products.

Speaking in Lagos yesterday at the unveiling of the firm’s new products, Son said: “Today, families are paying more attention to healthy lifestyle and appreciating the importance of having a family meal. These have led to a rising interest in getting smarter in the kitchen. We want to make life better for everyone by providing affordable devices,”

He said the firm is offering customers choices kitchen with LG’s fastest-growing feature for the kitchen — LG Instaview —adding that with the firm, there’s no compromise on quality.

Speaking on the Instavuew refrigrator, he said  when one knocks twice on the mirrored dark-tinted glass panel on the right side door of the refrigerator, he said the interior lights up to reveal the contents without letting cold air out. “A clear barrier called a Coldsaver Panel between the rest of the fridge and the door-in-door compartment reduces air loss even more. Savvy consumers who want to save time and money will likely learn to put refrigerated snack foods and drinks in the eoor-in-door compartment for quickest access,” Son said.

He said LG’s collection of high-end door-in-door refrigerators set the gold standard for food preservation. In addition to their innovative and ergonomic designs, these refrigerators use insights gleaned from decades of research to lock in cold air and prevent food from degrading.

“The ergonomically-friendly design can even decrease the refrigerator’s environmental footprint by decreasing energy consumption,” he added.

According Son, LG’s kitchen package comes with 99.99 per cent anti-bacterial EasyClean feature in NeoChef Microwave Ovens and a catalytic easy clean feature in gas cookers for effortless cleaning

He said: “LG gas cookers with catalytic clean feature allows users to clean the oven part more easily, by oxidizing food residues when the inner temperature reaches to 200 degrees Celsius, thereby freeing you from the hassle to wipe out the backside of the oven,” he explained.

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