Monday, 3 June 2013






Soludo, Bianca Ojukwu, Akunyili absent as Obiano launches rally

Soludo, Bianca Ojukwu, Akunyili absent as Obiano launches rally

•Obi, Umeh describe APGA’s candidate as best
All Progressives Grand Alliance’s (APGA’s) governorship candidate in the November 16 election in Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, yesterday launched his campaign.
The event was held at the Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka, where Governor Peter Obi and the National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh, described the APGA’s standard- bearer as the best.
Absent at the rally was one of the aspirants to the APGA’s ticket and former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo.
Also absent were former minister of Information, Prof Dora Akuniyili and wife of the late Ikemba Nnewi Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu.
One of the aspirants to the APGA’s ticket and a member representing Anaocha, Njikoka and Dunukofia Federal Constituency, Uche Ekwunife, hailed the leadership style of Obi and urged the APGA candidate to emulate him.
She said with the crowd at the event, it would be difficult for APGA to lose the governorship seat.
The highlight of the rally was the redemption of the N10 million campaign promise made in Aguleri at the weekend to APGA by the party’s chieftain, Dr. Boniface Emengini.
Emengini also donated a new Toyota Hiace and Toyota V-8 Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) to the APGA candidate’s campaign organisation.
He said he pledged the money during the fund raising dinner at Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government at the weekend.
Obiano thanked Emengini and assured him that he would never forget those who assisted APGA during the campaign.
“This is the time for us to forget our differences and come to the reality of time. APGA is the only party that represents the interest of Ndigbo,” Obiano said.
A minute’s silence was observed by the party faithful for the late APGA leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwun Ojukwu, whose son Emeka (Jnr) attended the rally with former Minister of Health Dr. Tim Menakaya.
The National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, who listed the achievements of Governor Obi, said the party had delivered in Anambra State. He described the state as the headquarters of Ndigbo.
Former state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Ifeatu Obi Okoye, defected to APGA with over 20 members of his former party. Another defector, Peter Nwosu, led Labour Party supporters to APGA.
Chief Anayo Obiakor left the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) with his members to APGA.

















































Why I changed my mind on national conference, by Jonathan
President Jonathan (fifth left), Sambo (fourth right) with members of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue and Secretary to the Government of he Federation (SGF) Anyim Pius Anyim (back row right), after the inauguration of the panel in Abuja…yesterday.

Why I changed my mind on national conference, by Jonathan

Okurounmu Panel gets six weeks to submit report
The Federal Government pressed further yesterday its attempt to convoke a national dialogue by inaugurating in Abuja its appointed panel of planners.
President Goodluck Jonathan told those who contend that Nigeria’s integrity would be compromised by such a conference that it would not lead to the nation’s disintegration.
He said although he was opposed to a national conference, a new reality changed his position, adding that he pandered to the yearnings of the people.
Of the 13 members of the panel, 12 attended the inauguration, including its chairman, Dr Femi Okurounmu.
The members are: Alhaji Dauda Birma, Prof. George Obiozor, Sen. Khairat Gwadabe, Sen. Timothy Adudu, Col. Tony Nyiam (rtd), Prof. Funke Adebayo, Mrs Mairo Ahmed Amshi, Dr. Abubakar Sadiq, Mallam Bukhari Bello, Mr. Tony Uranta and Dr. Akilu Ndabawa, who is the committee’s secretary.
The 13th member, Prof Ben Nwabueze (SAN), opted out of the assignment on health grounds. The octogenarian recommended another member of his elders’ club, The Patriots, Mr Solomon Asemota (SAN), to replace him.
At yesterday’s inauguration, it was not clear whether his suggestion was approved by the government or not.
Unlike the one month period he announced in his Independence Day broadcast, the President yesterday gave the panel six weeks to submit its report.
Dr Jonathan described the Okurounmu panel as “a child of necessity to midwife this Conversation”, saying they are “Nigerians with wide experience from various disciplines to facilitate a most acceptable process that will bring our aspirations to fruition”.
He said the committee’s work would set the stage for developing a harmonious and truly united nation.
His words: “Today, we are taking historic and concrete steps that will further strengthen our understanding, expand the frontiers of our inclusiveness and deepen our bond as one people under God.
“In my address to the nation on the occasion of our 53rd Independence and Golden Anniversary as a Republic, I announced that in response to the yearnings of our people, we had decided to take on the responsibility of decisively and genuinely exploring the option of a National Conversation.”
The conference, the President said, will “review the foundational principles that drive our action, and also address a few matters arising.
“This is a national project, a sincere and fundamental undertaking aimed at realistically examining and genuinely resolving, long-standing impediments to our cohesion and harmonious development as a truly united nation.”
He faulted those claiming that there was no need for another conference after many conferences had been convened.
Dr. Jonathan said each era and season had its own challenges and that leaders in a democracy must respond with the best available strategies to ensure that the ship of state remains focused in its voyage.
“I was one of those who exhibited scepticism on the need for another Conference or Dialogue. My scepticism was borne out of the nomenclature of such a conference, taking into cognisance existing democratic structures that were products of the will of the people,” the President said, adding:
“However, we are in a democracy and in a democracy, elected leaders govern at the behest of the citizenry. As challenges emerge, season after season, leaders must respond with best available strategies to ensure that the ship of state remains undeterred in its voyage.”
Reviewing the past attempts, he said: “Let us remind ourselves of the gains from previous conferences and dialogues. The conferences that were held before 1960 were designed to produce a political system and a roadmap to Nigeria’s independence.
“The Constitutional Conference of 1957 in London, for example, effectively prepared Nigeria for Independence. The Eastern and Western regions were granted self-government in 1957 while the Northern region got its own in 1959.
“The Office of the Prime Minister was created and it was also decided that the Federal Legislature would be Bi-cameral.
“Furthermore, the Constituent Assembly of 1978 gave us the 1979 Constitution and also created the current Presidential System with its attendant checks and balances and Fundamental Human Rights provisions.
“The 1999 Constitution we operate today, is a successor to the 1979 Constitution and records show that the 1999 Constitution also benefited from reports and recommendations arising from the 1994/1995 Constitutional Conference.
Even though the current six geo-political zones for equitable distribution of projects and public offices in Nigeria was not enshrined in the 1999 Constitution, he noted that it was a product of Dialogue that emerged from the 1994/1995 Constitutional Conference.
Jonathan continued: “The 2005 National Political Reform Conference produced a number of key recommendations that were sent to the 5th Assembly, which were however not perfected. In 2010, I reasoned that the outstanding recommendations from the 2005 Conference be revisited.”
“It was my view that government is a continuum and that we must find ways to strengthen the foundation of our Union. I proceeded to set up the Justice Alpha Belgore Committee with a mandate to review the report for possible implementation, especially the areas where there was a common agreement. The committee worked hard and came out with its report that included a number of Bills, which were forwarded to the National Assembly.
“The urgency of a National Conversation in the present therefore, need not be over emphasised.”
Apparently explaining why the conference is necessary, the President said: “As we continue to strive to build a strong and virile Nation, especially in the midst of agitations and tensions, we cannot deny the fact that sitting down to talk is one right step in calming down tensions and channelling our grievances, misgivings and suggestions into more positive use for the good of our Country.”
He thanked the Senate for its support for a national dialogue.
“The concept of participatory democracy is such that even after the people have given their representatives the mandate to make laws and act on their behalf, there is also a space for the governed to make further input into the political processes, without undermining the authority of the statutory bodies,” Dr. Jonathan said, adding:
“Sovereignty continues to be with the people even as the people evolve strategies and tactics to strengthen its foundation for the benefit of successor generations.”
“I will therefore like to allay the fears of those who think the Conference will call the integrity of Nigeria into question. This National Discourse will strengthen our union and address issues that are often on the front burner, and are too frequently ignored,” he said.
Urging the members of the committee not to disappoint the nation, the President urged them to consult widely before sitting down to develop the framework that will guide and guard the proceedings of the discussions.
“In the task before you, no voice is too small and no opinion is irrelevant. Thus, the views of the sceptics and those of the enthusiasts must be accommodated as you formulate this all-important framework. This Conversation is a People’s Conversation and I urge you to formulate an all-inclusive process that protects the people’s interest.”
He gave the committee the latitude to decide on the appropriate name it should be called.
Okurounmu thanked the President for the confidence reposed in them.
He said: “It can be argued that no committee in our polity today is more sensitive or carries higher expectations from the peoples of Nigeria than this committee.”
He noted that there had been calls from many sections of Nigerian Public Opinion, for over two decades, for the convening of a National Conference in one form or the other.
“Advocates of such a conference were prompted by what they perceived as the injustices and inequities prevalent in the polity, all of which they attributed to the inadequacies of the constitutions foisted upon us by successive military regimes since 1966.
“To this clamour for a National Conference, there has also always been a strong resistance from other sections of the public who, while they may not have been as loud and numerous as the advocates of a conference, nevertheless have much political clout. These two conflicting pressures have always put our leaders in a very precarious position, making them reluctant to endorse the convening of a national conference or dialogue.”
He praised Jonathan’s “sincerity and commitment”, which “are further buttressed by the fact that he has not established any so called “no go” areas for this committee.”
Okurounmu promised the president “that we shall not let him down. We shall not fail the nation”. “We shall not be another case of failed expectations. We shall not betray the confidence which the president and over 160 million Nigerians have reposed in us.”
In an interview with reporters later, Okurounmu said he believed that the position of a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, that the conference is a “Greek gift” must have been misquoted.
He said Tinubu had been an advocate of a conference, adding that the Pro National Conference (PRONACO) held in the past was sponsored by Tinubu.
Former Head of State, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar (rtd.), yesterday backed President Goodluck Jonathan’s planned national conference.
He told State House correspondents after making a presentation as the Board Chairman of the proposed Centenary City that it was better to dialogue than to go to war.
“It is better to jaw jaw than to war war.”
On the proposed centenary celebration, he said Nigeria has many reasons to celebrate its 100 years of amalgamation.


















































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INTRODUCTION:
Football undoubtedly is the most popular team sport in the World, attracting television audiences of billions of people all over the world to its major events such as the UEFA champions league, CAF champions league, World cup, all the world's popular leagues such as in England - Premier League, Spain - Primera Division, Italy - Serie A, Germany - Bundesliga I etc. Funny enough, only few football fans in Nigeria have taken this Golden opportunity to enrich themselves by putting their football expertise to use by taking part in football trading. A lot of Foreigners Abroad earn their living through football trading.

For many football fans here in Nigeria, being a supporter is all about backing one club for life. However football trading allows you to add excitement to all kinds of football matches by backing the club you rate as the stronger in a particular football match. And if the club you have been supporting for life is not on a good run of form at any given time, placing a bet on the opposition can offer some consolation when your team loses, and you will smile to the bank as a result. While other of your co-fans are not happy with the loss, you will be happy on the other hand because the loss just increased your bank account.
No matter what we dabble on about, Football (or Soccer), is the biggest sport in the world. For hundreds of countries around the globe, football is the biggest sport and everyone wants to compete in it at the highest level. Every other sport has had to play second fiddle to football for decades now and it is not surprising to see the amount of entertainment this game of football has produced all over the World.
REASONS WHY YOU CAN EASILY MAKE MONEY FROM FOOTBALL TRADING:
I have NOT seen an easier way to make money better than football betting, particularly if you are very familiar with the game of football and some football clubs all over the world. You don’t need to be familiar with all of them. You don’t need to predict the score line in any match to make money; you are only required to predict whether the football match will end in the Home team winning or the Away team winning or a draw. That is all. For example, Liverpool FC at home against Chelsea FC (both in Barclays Premier League) in England, match date is 2nd May 2010, time 13:30 as shown below:
Barclays Premier League
Match
Valid Date                 
1
2
X
Liverpool V Chelsea
2nd May 2010, 13:30
3.5
1.8
3.3

The 1 means the Home team (Liverpool) winning the match with Odd = 3.5
The 2 means the Away team (Chelsea) winning the match with Odd = 1.8
The X means the match will end in a draw with Odd = 3.3.
If you traded with N5,000 for instance for a Home win for Liverpool, and at the end of regulation time Liverpool actually defeated Chelsea, you would be paid the Odd x your traded amount = N5,000 x 3.5 = N17,500. If however you placed a trade for Away win for Chelsea with N6,500, and at the end of regulation time Chelsea actually defeated Liverpool, you would be paid the Odd x traded amount = N6,500 x 1.8 = N11,700. What about if you predicted and traded for a draw with N10,000, and the match actually ended in a draw? In this case, you would be paid the sum of: Odd x traded amount = 3.3 x N10,000 = N33,000. It is that simple. Please don’t be afraid of the high trade amount in the example above. You can actually trade with as low as N500 (five hundred naira) and above. It is for everyone who needs extra income. The higher your trade amount, the higher the amount of money that you will win.
Picking a match winner:
The Win-Draw-Win market as it sometimes known is generally the more popular type of market in football as it is probably the easiest to trade on. You basically have to choose who you think will win the match in 90 minutes of play (including injury time). If you think the sides are evenly matched then you can choose to trade on the match ending in a draw. This market is where the vast majority of the money goes in a game. especially when the match is available to bet on In-Play as matches tend to have several twists and turns.
ADVANTAGES OF FOOTBALL TRADING:
Have you ever asked yourself what are the main reasons as to why millions of people across the globe are thronging football trading websites? They could be two major reasons to that sudden game rush. One, most of these sites offer Bonus trading amount and offer trades that are very easy to play and learn, hence no professionalism is required, and two, it simply boosts your morale levels thus making you feel like playing not once but as many times as possible. So, the main question that you should be asking yourself is whether you are in any way interested in making good money from football trading. What are some of the advantages of football trading?
First of all, in football trading, you can trade for only ONE match. You can trade for more, it is your choice. You can equally accumulate if you so desire.

Another advantage is that you are not limited to the amount of money you can actually place in any game given that it will be to your added advantage once you win.
Additionally, in the most popular football trading, you don’t need to predict the score line; you only need to predict if the match will end in a home win, away win or a draw.
The most interesting advantage is that some of these matches are so easy to predict that you easily win. For example Chelsea at home to Portsmouth, Manchester United at home to Stoke City, Barcelona at home to Osasuna, etc.
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  6. RULES OF FOOTBALL TRADING
  7. FOOTBALL BETTING (TRADING) SECRETS
  8. HOW TO MAKE MONEY FROM FOOTBALL TRADING
  9. BASIC BETTING (TRADING) STRATEGIES
  10. ADVANCE BETTING (TRADING) TIPS
  11. GENERAL BETTING (TRADING) RULES
  12. SINGLES, COMBOS, OR "SYSTEM" BETS
  13. WHAT TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHEN CHOOSING WHICH SIDE HAS THE BEST CHANCE OF WINNING OR DRAWING.
  14. OTHER FORM FACTORS, ETC.
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Crashed plane’s victims’ DNA for analysis in UK
Minister of aviation Stella Oduah

Crashed plane’s victims’ DNA for analysis in UK

Minister attacks critics 
Why Dana was suspended, by Oduah
Blood samples collected from victims of last Thursday’s plane crash in Lagos and those of their families are due for a British laboratory today for testing.
Sources told The Nation yesterday that forensic experts at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, decided to fast track the process after completing the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) samples collection.
The result is expected in Lagos between three and four weeks, starting from the date the samples arrive at the UK laboratory.
A sister of one of the victims, Mr Chijioke Duru, Mrs Nkechi Nweke, demanded for his body “since it was identifiable”.
Mr Yinka Alabi, a brother-in-law to another victim, Mrs E.O Alabi, urged the government to release identifiable bodies.
The Chief Pathologist and Examiner, Lagos State, Prof John Obafunwa, said some of the identifiable bodies would be released to their families once the identification and documentation have been completed.
He said the DNA examination and delay that may be experienced were to ensure proper identification of bodies and receipt by the right relatives.
Also yesterday, Aviation Minister Stella Oduah defended the sector’s integrity. She said despite the recent plane crashes and the near mishaps, Nigeria’s airspace is one of the safest.
Speaking with State House correspondents, Mrs. Oduah maintained that Nigeria, according to an International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) report, is the 12th most safe in global aviation.
According to her, Nigeria scored 65 per cent, which is above the global average.
Describing the critics of the on-going reforms in the aviation sector as ignorant, Mrs. Oduah said that security and safety in the sector could not be achieved without adequate funding.
She claimed that the suspension of Dana Air operations, which followed last week Thursday’s fatal Associated Airline crash in Lagos, was not a fire brigade response – as seen in some circles.
The Minister claimed that the suspension was done in line with the law and policy of certification, which she said is a constant assessment of operators to ensure they are in compliance.
She urged Nigerians to ignore such comments that have no bearing with reality.
Reacting to the allegations that the ministry under her is dwelling more on money making in the sector than safety, she said: “I think it is ignorant – to start with because you cannot have security and safety without funding it; it has to be funded. If you are talking safety, for instance you need to have the infrastructure that addresses that. If you are talking security you need to have the infrastructure that addresses that and all that must be sustained and must be maintained. And if you do not do that, you are not just being sincere.”
“And then when you talk about the issue of renovation, the terminal itself is the first safety and security facility that any passenger comes across. And so in a plan you must start from A to Z. And in aviation, it is often said that if you think safety and security is expensive, wait until accident happens and see how expensive it is.
“And so everything we have done has been with security and safety as a pivotal of it all. You cannot do anything in aviation without these. And what saddens me really is that ICAO says just last week that Nigeria is way above the global average; we actually scored 65 per cent. Secondly, ICAO says Nigeria is the 12th most safe aviation globally. And then when you hear bar comments, drunk and addicts making comments that have zero bearing on reality is very annoying.”
She went on: “What I will advise the public really is to recognise the fact that aviation is a very professional area; you cannot listen to bar comments because they are just unrealistic and totally untrue.
“We do not pray for accidents, but it is inevitable. But all we do is to do everything to ensure that we do not have accidents. But it is an act of God. Again, we do not speculate on the cause of accidents until that happens you can say this is the cause or that is not the cause. But what is obvious and it’s the truth is that in aviation, there are shared responsibilities, starting from the man that carries your luggage to the man that makes sure that your boarding pass is issued to you.”
“And so, the regulatory agency, the operators, the management, everybody have their responsibility and all must work in tandem for there to be an optimal, secured and safe aviation sector. And that is what we have been working on.”
Stressing that Nigeria has been given exemplary roles in international seminars and conferences, Mrs. Oduah said that Nigeria would host a global space conference from today.
“Nigeria is hosting it. We are not hosting it because we can afford it. We are hosting it because we are exemplary. Every nation wants to emulate what we have done within such a short time to be able to have a safe air space,” she said, adding:
“Secondly, we are producing the first ever black president of ICAO. It is unprecedented. Why? Because they have to judge you based on how secure your airports are, how your facilities have improved and we went through all that and every nation steps down and says that it is Nigeria’s time and Nigeria must have the first ever black president.”
On Dana’s suspension, Ms. Oduah said: “Again, those are operational issues. And the law, the policy says that the assessment, the certification is ongoing. In aviation, security and safety measures are work in progress; you don’t stop. You don’t say that I have attained this and so we stop; it never stops. You continuously, constantly assess operators to make sure they are in compliance.”
Denying fire brigade response, Ms. Oduah said: “No! Nothing in aviation is ever fire brigade because there are processes and procedure; nothing at all. And their licence was not stopped. What was stopped is their operations and it was stopped because the law says that if there is anything noticed not in tandem with the policy, the regulator must stop and recertify and make sure that there is compliance”.
Declining to mention the regulations, she said: “I am not at liberty to say so. But that is the reason why their operations were suspended; we cannot joke with safety and security. It is not even optional. It is the way things are done; it is part of the policy.”
On why investigations were not concluded before authorising Dana Air to fly, she said: “It was concluded and, like I said, the process certifying, recertifying, security and safety is continuous. It doesn’t stop. You can get your certification today and in a month’s time or even a week down the line something may happen because constantly the papers, the documents, the log books are constantly being checked”.
On the Associated Airline crash investigations, Ms. Oduah said: “We are still on it. The preliminary report should be out in a couple of weeks. The experts that are coming from France and the manufacturer of the aircraft, we must have them regardless of how we want to accelerate it. We are waiting for them to come so that we can open the engine and find out exactly from them. And you cannot do any of those without their presence. If you do that, then you have contaminated the investigation, so we must wait for them”.
She also denied the allegations that charges in the sector were too high and making operators not to cope.
“You know when you ask me that, that doesn’t sound well. Does it? It is really a very terrible thing. Let’s start with the fact that 90 per cent of private operators are operating outside the mandate and outside the policy. And that was why we had to review the policy in the first place.”
“Two, for the fact that they are operating from what in my view is called “the closet”, unregulated, unmonitored, uncontrolled, it is unacceptable. Because you are carrying Nigerians, and prominent Nigerians for that matter, you must have to be in compliance with the policy. And so the policy was a grey area prior to this time,.”
“We have removed the grey and made it black and white so it becomes a normal GOT operations. And for you to operate GOT you must pay the landing fee, navigational fee, maintenance fee for those apron that you use. Except if you are telling us that because they are big men that we shouldn’t charge them then by all means we will accept.” She added



Nigeria’s airspace safe – Minister

Nigeria’s airspace safe – Minister

Despite the recent accidents in the nation’s aviation industry, the Federal Government on Monday assured that Nigeria’s airspace is one of the safest in the world.
Speaking with State House correspondents in Abuja, the Minister of Aviation, Mrs. Stella Oduah, maintained that Nigeria’s airspace, according to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) report is the 12th safest globally.
According to her, Nigeria scored 65 per cent, which is above the global average.
Describing the critics of the ongoing reforms in the aviation sector as ignorant, she said that security and safety in the sector cannot be achieved without adequate funding.
She claimed that the suspension of Dana Air operations, which followed last Thursday’s fatal Associated Airline crash in Lagos, was not a fire brigade response.
The minister claimed that the suspension was done in line with the law and policy of certification, which she said is a constant assessment of operators to ensure they are in compliance.
On criticism of the sector, she described such criticism to be from “drunk and drug addicts.”
She urged Nigerians to ignore such comments that have no bearing with reality.
Reacting to the allegations that the ministry under her is dwelling more on money making in the sector than issues of safety, she said: “I think it is ignorant to start with because you cannot have security and safety without funding it, it has to be funded. If you are talking of safety for instance you need to have the infrastructure that addresses that. If you are talking security you need to have the infrastructure that addresses that and all that must be sustained and must be maintained. And if you do not do that you are not just being sincere.”
“And then when you talk about the issue of renovation, the terminal itself is the first safety and security facility that any passenger comes across. And so in a plan you must start from A to Z. And in aviation it is often said that if you think safety and security is expensive, wait until accident happens and see how expensive it is.”

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