By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja Youths from the Northern part of the country have appealed to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to allow a complete separation of the Southeast states presently agitating for biafra republic from the federal republic of Nigeria through a peaceful political process. According to them, taking steps to facilitate the actualisation of the biafran nation in line with the principle of self-determination and as an integral part of contemporary customary international law is the solution to incessant agitation from that part of the country. This is contained in a letter by a coalition of Northern youths to the acting president signed by Ambassador Shettima Yerima, Joshua Viashman, Aminu Adam, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman and Nastura Ashir Sharif. In the letter, the Northern youths contended that the principle of self-determination has since world war II become a part of the United Nations Charter, which states in Article 1(2) that one of the purposes...

Discovering Gold In Glaucoma

By Richard Olumide Oyefeso  The eyes are the window into a man’s soul. They are also our door into humanity. But what happens when sight is lost or impaired? Disaster happens as anguish replaces vision. Worry, desperation and misery engulfs the soul. But it need not be so, if only we could nip things in the bud and pay more attention to caring for our eyes just as much we care for what goes into our mouth. According to eye care experts, the common ocular diseases worldwide are cataract, glaucoma, conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, uveitis, refractive errors, pterygium. Other eye diseases include trachoma, onchocerciasis, xerophthalmia and ocular malignancies. The pattern of ocular diseases varyin different parts of the world, influenced by racial, geographic, socioeconomic and cultural factors. For many folks in sub-Sahara Africa, the possibility of losing their sight is a real prospect. Already contending with the perils of underdevelopment and poverty, the...
By Nnamdi Mbawike, Enugu Reprieve yesterday came the way of retired war-affected ex- biafran Police officers as the federal government through the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) paid them their pension benefits in Enugu yesterday. Speaking during the occasion, the Executive Secretary of PTAD, Barrister Sharon Ikeazor, disclosed that in this particular batch of payment, 57 next of kins who have not been paid their death benefits were among those that were paid yesterday, while 162 officers will be pay-rolled. The others, she further hinted, who are on the payroll but were being short-paid would also be paid in the next batch as soon as their pension benefit computation is concluded. She noted that the development represents another decision by the current federal government to put an end to the painful legacies of the civil war and also a clear demonstration that President Muhammadu Buhari is indeed a father to all Nigerians. She said,...
By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah, Abuja and Chika Izuora, Lagos Despite being the fourth largest producer of Irish potatoes in Africa, Nigeria spends N76.4 billion ($250) million every year on importation of potato chips, LEADERSHIP findings have revealed. It was gathered that Nigeria produces about 843,000 tons of potatoes mainly in the Plateau region but records poor yields. In Nigeria, farmers produce about 3.1 tons per hectare and are surpassed by the likes of Egypt which does 24.8kg per hectare or 2.6 million tons. It was learnt that Malawi reportedly does 11.9 per hectare or 2.2 million tons, South Africa 34 tons per hectare or 1.9 million tons, whereas Algeria has the capacity to do 21.1 tons a hectare or 2.1 million and Morocco, 26.0 tons per hectare or 1.5 million tons. Speaking with LEADERSHIP, chairman of Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Mr. Ade Adefeko said, “We spend close to...
By ABAH ADAH, Abuja The federal government yesterday said it is not against state governments developing their own power projects to support development and supply of incremental power. Minster of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, stated this on Thursday at a meeting of the National Council on Power (NACOP) in Jos. He said: “I heard statements to the effect that Federal Government should allow the states to develop their own power projects. “The truth is that federal government is not standing on the way of any state; the laws do not stand in the way of any state to develop power projects. “Because as governor, we built seven power plants, government did not stop us; what we could not do is to do commercial distribution which the law actually allows under license through Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).” The federal government also urged state governments in the country to wake up to the call...
By Andrew Ojih,  SOLOMON AYADO and Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Former governor of Taraba State, Pharm Danbaba Suntai, is dead. Suntai who survived an air crash at the Yola Airport in 2012 died at home yesterday. He is reported to have brain injuries arising from the plane accident. The former governor who flew the light plane himself crashed in October 2012 and had not recovered fully since then. Mr. Emmanuel Bello, a former commissioner for Information in the state, broke the news of his death. Suntai became governor of Taraba State in 2007 and was sworn in again on May 29, 2011 for a second term. A pharmacist by training, Suntai enrolled for training as a pilot at the Nigerian College of Aviation in Zaria in 2010 and was thus licensed. Prior to his plane crash in 2012, Suntai had been flown to Germany for medication after returning from his annual leave in August 2009, following...
By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja The federal government through the ministry of agricultural and rural development has expressed the desire to ensure Nigeria establishes 15 specialised universities of Agriculture in the next few years. This, according to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alhaji Bukar Hassan “is aimed at bridging the gap of having the current 3 Universities meeting the agricultural needs of the huge Nigerian population.” Alhaji Bukar stated this in his opening remarks when the Ministers of the Ministry, Chief Audu Ogbeh and his counterpart Minister of state, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri met with members of the three governing boards of the federal Universities of Agriculture in Abuja, yesterday. The permanent secretary who said the purpose of the meeting was to discuss on issues and challenges faced by the institution added that ‘‘the meeting is to ensure  that in the next few years we would have 10-15 universities of agriculture, because there...
By MSUE AZA, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday fired back at the Senate, declaring that Ibrahim Magu remains acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and cannot be removed by anybody. The declaration was an apparent response to the lawmakers who had on Tuesday warned that any further move from him to undermine the powers of the legislative arm of government will amount to crossing the red line. The Red Chamber relied on a comment made by acting president some months ago to suspend further confirmation of appointees of the president. The lawmakers chided the executive arm of government for refusing to strictly adhere to legislative decisions in particular and the 1999 constitution (as amended) in general. But speaking in Kaduna yesterday while commissioning a zonal office of the EFCC, the acting president who was represented by the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, described Magu as a “nightmare for...

Akure’s Eiye, Aiye Tug-Of-War

Tope Fayehun gives insight into the gang war in Akure, Ondo State capital that left tears, sorrow and blood in the city last week. Like what is obtained in the past, when university campuses were theatres of cult clashes, the streets of Akure, the Ondo State capital in the last few days were turned into a battle fields by different cult groups who engaged themselves in a war of supremacy. The battle of wits was between Eiye and Aiye confraternity groups in the city. In the most recent attack, the rival cult groups whose members brandished guns, cutlasses, cudgels and other dangerous weapons, took over all the popular streets in the state capital, and killed no fewer than 10 people in the attacks and reprisal attacks. Our correspondent reports that the cultists engaged in high noon gun battles in the state capital and apart from the murdered, several people in the...
…Makarfi’s NCC Must Not Exceed 3 Months, Clarke Warns   By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori was listed as member of the national convention planning committee for tomorrow’s special convention of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), LEADERSHIP Friday findings have revealed. Ibori, who was recently released after serving a four-year jail term in a British prison was listed as No 41 in the main organizing committee of the party. Tomorrow’s non- elective national convention is meant to extend the tenure of the Makarfi-led NCC to enable them conduct the elective convention which is speculated to hold in November. The convention is also billed to see to the amendment of the party’s constitution. Ibori who has not attended any political meeting at the national headquarters since he returned to the country, was, however, absent at the inaugural meeting of the committee last Wednesday. His successor and Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa is the...