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Why Kwara Govt rejects Saraki’s donations to schools

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The Kwara State Government has said that personalising constituency project was responsible for Kwara public schools’ rejection of instructional materials donated by the former President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki.

 A statement from the Press Secretary of Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Yakub Aliagan on Monday, said the ministry was not aware of the donation initially.

”The State Government wasn’t aware of the distribution of these instructional materials in the first instance.

”The appropriate thing to do is to send those materials to the Ministry of Education, which has a statutory duty of vetting learning materials for quality control and then approve such for distribution.

”Not doing so was a violation of a basic rule, which is key to strengthening our institutions and keeping standards.

”Besides, it is wrong for anyone to emblazon their images or personal logos on instructional materials made with public resources for distribution in public schools.

”The said materials were some sort of Constituency Projects, which have been approved and funded by the Federal Government of Nigeria,” he read.

Aliagan added that Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq had earlier rejected a proposal to emblazone his personal picture on instructional materials for public schools.

According to him, it is instructive to note that the Kwara State Ministry of Education recently approached the governor to mass-produce instructional materials with his picture emblazoned on them ahead of school resumption and the he rejected the proposal.

”He rejected it on the ground that there should be no personalisation of projects executed with public funds.

”Flowing from the above, the authorities at the schools were right to have rejected those materials because the Ministry of Education was not aware of such.

”And also, because there should be no politicisation of education, whether directly or indirectly, especially at the basic level where the children are very impressionable.

”Since the materials had been produced with government funds, we urge the Mandate Office of Senator Saraki to return them to the Ministry of Education after having replaced the covers emblazoned with personal photographs or political identities,” he said.

News Agency of Nigeris gathered the Saraki had donated some education materials to schools with emblazon in the Kwara Central Senatorial District without the approval and knowledge of the Ministry.

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Why illicit drug trade persists in Nigeria– Stakeholders

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Some stakeholders in  criminal justice administration have identified dearth of personnel in prosecuting agencies, unemployment, obsolete laws and compromise among security agents as factors responsible for the thriving illicit drug business.

The respondents told the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews on Monday in Ibadan that cases of illicit drug trade had continued to surface in courts in spite of frequent arrests, prosecutions and convictions by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)

Mr Ayokunle Morakinyo, an NDLEA counsel, who had served as a prosecutor in many states of the federation, said that the agency lacks adequate human and material resources to execute its work properly.

He said that government had so many responsibilities that it was contending with, adding that this had made it difficult to meet all the needs of the NDLEA.

“Sometimes, we don’t have enough support to do a thorough job.

“When I was in Niger State as an NDLEA prosecutor, many people who were convicted and sentenced to years in prison soon went back into drug dealing after completing their jail terms.

“It is the same story when I got to Kebbi State, and the situation was the same when I was in Oyo State.

“In fact, some defendants who were granted bail also went back into drug trafficking and were arrested and arraigned for fresh offences when they had not been discharged from previous crimes.

“Unfortunately, state governments don’t seem to be interested in drug-related matters because they believe that the NDLEA, which is a Federal Government Agency, is there to handle it.

“There is also a psychological angle to the issue of drug dealing in Nigeria because some of the criminals feel that unless they buy and sell cannabis and the likes, they cannot survive.

“Socially, there is wide-spread unemployment where idle hands engage themselves in dealing in the  illicit trade,” he said.

The NDLEA counsel expressed worry that the situation might worsen if something urgent was not done to curtail the rising cases.

Mrs Oyinkansola Odebunmi, a counsellor and Founder of Oyin Counsel Concept in Ibadan, said drug trafficking was on the rise because the punishment attached to the commission of the crime remained light among other factors.

“This problem has also remained because some influential persons are out there encouraging the criminals.

“Another reason why drug dealing has persisted is that it is the only means of livelihood for some people and there must be a strong alternative before the dealers can stop peddling it,” Odebunmi said.

Also speaking, an Ibadan-based lawyer, Mr Stephen Raji, contended that some security operatives involved in investigating drug dealers sometimes compromise.

“I challenge you to watch court trials involving drug traffickers, you can hardly find big guys like barons being tried.

“The people you will find being made to face prosecution are ordinary smokers and sellers because the real dealers would have bribed their way through,” Raji said.

The legal practitioner called for a department to be established to supervise the day-to-day operation of NDLEA officers so as to forestall any compromise during arrest and investigation of suspects.

He also advocated regular training and retraining of the officers to boost human capacity development and productivity.

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Opinion: Why decoupling-with-China rhetoric hardly sways entrepreneurs

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Earlier this month, U.S. multinational conglomerate Honeywell launched its emerging market headquarters and innovation center in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

It came only a few weeks after U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil and its Chinese partners held a special virtual groundbreaking ceremony for a chemical complex in China‘s southern province of Guangdong.

Undated file photo shows the night view of the Huizhou Dayawan Petrochemical Industrial Park in south China‘s Guangdong Province. Multinational oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil broke ground on its solely-funded chemical complex in Huizhou in April 2020. (Huizhou Information Office/Handout via Xinhua)

Undated file photo shows the night view of the Huizhou Dayawan Petrochemical Industrial Park in south China‘s Guangdong Province. Multinational oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil broke ground on its solely-funded chemical complex in Huizhou in April 2020. (Huizhou Information Office/Handout via Xinhua)

These stellar projects by U.S. flagship enterprises, happening while the coronavirus pandemic is still raging across the globe, and the clamoring for decoupling with China has once again captured headlines, have given off a clear signal that global investors remain confident in a promising future of China even at this unprecedentedly challenging and uncertain time.

Perhaps the most important source of that continued confidence comes from China‘s forceful epidemic response and well-managed postpandemic economic rehabilitation.

Since the outbreak, China has taken some very decisive containment steps, and effectively put the disease under control. This significant progress has allowed Beijing to roll out a raft of measures to bring production back on track, and reopen businesses. As a result, recovery is underway, and China is getting back on its feet steadily.

Workers are busy on the production lines at the workshop of Dongfeng Passenger Vehicle Company in Wuhan, central China‘s Hubei Province, March 24, 2020. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu)

Workers are busy on the production lines at the workshop of Dongfeng Passenger Vehicle Company in Wuhan, central China‘s Hubei Province, March 24, 2020. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu)

Figures from China‘s National Bureau of Statistics showed on Wednesday that profits from China‘s major industrial firms in April edged down 4.3 percent, recovering from the 34.9-percent drop registered in March.

China‘s drive to get back to normal is undoubtedly a shot in the arm to help provide urgently needed medical supplies like masks and protective suits to the world, stabilize global supply chains, and shore up heavily-hit manufacturing industries worldwide and international trade.

China‘s economic resilience, unique and competitive manufacturing edges, abundant industrial workers and solid fundamentals for long-term economic growth offer investors and entrepreneurs another reason to keep their faith in the Asian country.

China-skeptics in the United States who have vowed to reshore already outsourced manufacturing jobs need a grip on reality: existing global supply chains are a natural, decades-long progression jointly shaped by a variety of factors like operation costs, industrial capabilities, and a sufficient and skilled workforce.

China still remains home to the world‘s most attractive and populous consumer market. Last year, consumer spending contributed 57.8 percent to China‘s overall economic growth. With 400 million middle-income earners, greater potential for consumer products and public services awaits to be tapped.

Over the decades, encouraged by the massive and fast-growing Chinese consumer markets, foreign companies have been shifting a model of “made in China” to “made for China.”

Moreover, the Chinese government’s persistent pledge to create a more friendly business environment, for stronger protection of intellectual property rights and to bolster global free trade and multilateralism has made its domestic markets more attractive. The foreign investment law that took effect at the start of the year is a fine example of China‘s commitments.

A worker conducts welding at a factory of the CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co., Ltd. in Zhuzhou, central China‘s Hunan Province, March 3, 2020. (Photo by Chen Sihan/Xinhua)

A worker conducts welding at a factory of the CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co., Ltd. in Zhuzhou, central China‘s Hunan Province, March 3, 2020. (Photo by Chen Sihan/Xinhua)

According to a survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and PwC China in March, over 70 percent of U.S. companies said they had no plans yet to relocate production and supply chain operations or sourcing outside of China.

During a press conference after the annual “two sessions” on Thursday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang highlighted the importance of openness in stabilizing industrial and supply chains, saying that China will further enhance cooperation with the rest of the world and introduce more measures for further opening-up.

Indeed, the sudden outbreak of the coronavirus this year has prompted many political leaders and business titans worldwide to revisit the highly interconnected global supply system and prescribe remedies.

Looking ahead, they ought to understand that although the virus has affected the world economy in a variety of ways, it will not stop or reverse globalization. China, with its strong commitment to opening-up and cooperation, as well as its unique place in this deeply interwoven global economy, will always remain deeply relevant.

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Gov. Okowa mourns Justice Karibi-Whyte

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Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has expressed deep sadness over the demise of a legal icon, author and Professor of Law, Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte.

The governor’s condolence was conveyed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Saturday in Asaba.

He noted that Karibi-Whyte, renowned retired Supreme Court Judge, who hailed from Abonnema in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers, died at the age of 88, on Friday in Port Harcourt after a brief illness.

Okowa commiserated with the people of Kalabari Kingdom, Rivers Government and Abonnema community over the passing of the renowned scholar, jurist and elder statesman.

He described the late judge as a quintessential jurist, scholar par excellence and intellectual colossus whose judicial pronouncements on the bench had continued to resonate in Nigeria and beyond.

According to the governor, the deceased was a well-respected scholar and a man of stellar accomplishments who was driven by his passion for justice according to law, firmly resolute with unassailable and reputed integrity.

“The news of his death came to me as a shock and I send my heartfelt condolences to the family, the people of Akuku Toru Local Government Area, Abonnema community in particular as well as the government and people of Rivers on the passing of the renowned elder statesman and retired Justice of the Supreme Court.

“As a bastion of knowledge and inspiration, a man of great wisdom and insight, a leader of leaders, he contributed immensely to the development of our country’s jurisprudence in the several capacities he served.

“As a government, we acknowledge his role and efforts as Chairman of the Nigerian Constitutional Conference of 1994-1995.

“As a scholar, Justice Karibi-Whyte authored 13 books and over 55 academic publications in local and international learned journals, which till date remains an indelible contribution to the academic world,’’ the governor said.

According to him, in acknowledgement of his outstanding accomplishments in life, he was honoured with the Hallmark of Labour award as well as two national honours.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I mourn the exit of a great elder statesman, Honourable Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, whose fountain of knowledge has remained an inspiration to many.

“He will be sorely missed, especially for his dissenting opinions on judgements which had become illuminating judicial guides for the Supreme Court in subsequent similar cases and the basis of legislative intervention,’’ Okowa said.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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Amaechi mourns Karibi-Whyte, lauds his virtues

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Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has expressed profound sadness and pain over the demise of a retired Supreme Court jurist, Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte.
Amaechi, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, referred to the deceased as `a father and a great advisor’.
During his time as governor of Rivers State, Amaechi appointed Karibi-Whyte Pro Chancellor of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) to strengthen the institution’s education and values.
The minister said: “Justice Karibi-Whyte, for me, was a father figure. He was an exemplary personality, a great advisor and I have the utmost respect for him.
“During his tenure as Pro Chancellor of RSUST where he brought his astute disposition and intellect to bear, there was a remarkable turnaround in the quality of education and handling of affairs in the institution.
“He was also a key member of the State’s Economic Advisory Council when I was governor and my administration and Rivers State benefited richly from his wealth of experience and expertise.
“As a Justice of the Supreme Court, he was very upright, fearless and upheld the rule of law.
“ He was a colossus and great teacher. I will miss him deeply. Rivers State and Nigeria just lost a good man, a great man,” he said.
Amaechi prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed Justice and comfort for his wife and entire family.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Why I did secretariat toilets project — NYSC member

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A National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member in the Surulere Local Government Area of Lagos State, Miss Ifeanyiwa Momah, said undertook a project of refurbishing some toilets in the NYSC secretariat in the area in order to leave a lasting legacy.

Momah told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday that her donation, to give the toilets a better look, was a thing of joy for her, and for others to emulate.

She also said that as the President of Sustainable Development Group, she wanted to uphold one of its goals which was to make clean water and good hygiene available for everybody.

“I am so delighted to achieve this target which is part of the sustainable developmental goals of my Community Development Service Group.

“As president of the group, it beckons on me to do something which will stand as legacy and befitting gift to the secretariat.

“I am able to achieve the goal with the help of well wishers and private organisers,’’ Momah said.

According to her, good hygiene is important to the development of society and it is good for her to contribute her own quota.

“ I feel fulfilled with what I have done, and know lots are still yet to be done,” the youth corps member said.

The Lagos State Coordinator of the NYSC, Mr Eddy Megwa, commended Momah’s efforts in refurbishing the toilets at the secretariat.

“She is a great person with vision for doing something meaningful in her community, indeed it is a well thought out project, we must appreciate her efforts,” Megwa said.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

Momah pointing at the refurbished toilet tanks

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Abe condoles NJC, family over death of Justice Karibi-Whyte

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Sen. Magnus Abe has condoled Nigeria Judicial Council (NJC) and the family of Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte over the death of the legal icon.

Abe, who represented Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the 6th National Assembly, gave the condolence on Saturday in a statement signed by his spokesman, Mr Parry Benson, in Port Harcourt.

The senator described the late justice, who died on Friday at the age of 88, as one of Africa’s foremost international jurist and legal luminary during his time in service.

Abe stated that the death of Karibi-Whyte is a great loss of wisdom, wealth of experience and calm fatherly disposition which would have been invaluable to judiciary and the country at this time.

He also described the late legal icon as an accomplished lawyer, teacher, a man of character and proven integrity whose immense contribution to the development of the judiciary in Nigeria cn never be forgotten.

“Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte meant different things to different people, to me, he was a father, a friend and a counselor. I was mesmerized by his passion and commitment to justice.

“Although, the final chapter in the life and times of this great jurist is now closed, but there are many  gifts and life changing lessons that his life of service has bequeathed to humanity.

“We join his family and admirers across Nigeria to mourn the passing of a great man.

“We pray that God in His infinite mercy will give strength to his wife and family to bear this tragic loss,”Abe said. NAN

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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NBA mourns late Justice Karibi-Whyte

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The President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Paul Usoro, has expressed condolence to the family of late retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, who died on Friday.

He was aged 88 years.

In a statement signed by NBA Spokesman, Mr Kunle Edun, the association described the late justice as a quintessential jurist whose impact in the Nigerian legal system could not be forgotten in a hurry.

“The NBA hereby expresses its deep condolences to my Lords, Honorable Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, the entire Nigerian judiciary, government and people of Rivers State, families and friends of our departed noble Lord.

“Justice Karibi-Whyte left behind sterling legacies and delivered landmark judgments that continue to define the Nigerian legal jurisprudence,” it said.

The NBA described the late Supreme Court jurist “a judicial colossus and one of the greatest jurists that Nigeria ever had.

“Hon. Justice Karibi-Whyte was a retired Justice of the Supreme Court and an erudite Professor of Law.

“He served in other capacities as Chairman of several high-powered Commissions of Inquiry and Tribunals.

“Justice Karibi-Whyte also served as a Judge and Vice President, International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (sitting at the Hague) on November 7, 1993, and Chairman Nigerian Constitutional Conference between 1994 to 1995.

“He authored thirteen books and 55 academic publications in reputable local and international journals, and was highly sought after speaker on legal issues,” the NBA said.

Karibi-Whyte was conferred with the National Honours of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) (1998), and Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) (2008).

The NBA said Karibi-Whyte was a gentleman of indisputable stellar accomplishments and prayed God to bless his soul and grant him a peaceful rest.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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NBA mourns Justice Karibi-Whyte

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The Ikorodu branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has mourned former judge of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, who passed away on May 22 at the age of 88.

Expressing sadness over the passing of the famed jurist, Mr Bayo Akinlade, the Chairman of the Ikorodu branch of the NBA, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the country had lost an eminent jurist who was a “rare breed.”

“Another legal icon is gone and it just goes to show that there is a need for persons in the legal community to be unafraid to do what is right.

“We need more individuals like the late Karibi-Whyte who will analyse issues properly and do what is fair for all,” he said.

The NBA Ikorodu Branch Chairman, who described the late jurist as very knowledgeable and bold, said the Nigerian legal community was running out of icons that younger generations of lawyers could look up to.

“The nation has lost a brilliant mind, may his soul rest in peace,” he said.

NAN reports that late Karibi-Whyte was a professor of law who hailed from Abonnema in Rivers.

He was judge of the Federal High Court from 1976 to 1980, judge of the Court of Appeal from 1980 to 1984, and justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria from 1984 to 2002.

He wrote 13 books and 55 academic publications in local and international learned journals.

He was conferred with the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) and Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) in 1998 and in 2008 respectively.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Salif Atojoko (NAN)

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Buhari mourns legal icon, Karibi-Whyte

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sent his condolences to the government and people of Rivers over the passing of legal icon, author and law professor, Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte.

The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, conveyed the message in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.

Buhari prayed that God would comfort those mourning the legal luminary, especially his family, the academia, Nigerian Bar Association and Body of Benchers as well as friends and associates.

He commended Karibi-Whyte’s contributions to law and jurisprudence in Nigeria and beyond, saying that Karibi-Whyte left a legacy of integrity and nationalism.

The president noted that Karibi-Whyte used his knowledge, wisdom and experience in serving the nation.

Buhari also acknowledged that the deceased worked diligently as a scholar for many years before transiting to the judiciary, to pursue his passion of ensuring fairness through the Federal Revenue Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Nigeria.

He affirmed that Karibi-Whyte played historic roles in growing Nigeria’s legal system, strengthening democratic institutions and shaping the policy direction of many governments and international agencies.

Karibi-Whyte served as Chairman, Nigerian Constitutional Conference, 1994-1995, Counterfeit Currency Tribunal, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Committee of Pro-Chancellors of State-Owned Universities as well as Judge and Vice-President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague.

Buhari said that the jurist lived and led by example, set a standard for resourcefulness and patriotism and brought honour to Nigeria.

He prayed God to grant Karibi-Whyte eternal rest.

Edited By: Silas Nwoha (NAN)

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