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In ANYTHING on April 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm

In the Name of…?

The most crisis-ridden GSM firm in Nigeria is at it again as the Nigerian Federal High Court ordered Airtel Nigeria to return to its former name, Econet Wireless Limited.

The court also ordered the Bharti Airtel to restore Econet Wireless’s five per cent shareholding in Airtel Nigeria. Econet Wireless had kicked against Zain’s decision to sell the Nigerian business to Bharti Airtel, claiming its right of first refusal.

Zain, however, went ahead to sell its African mobile business including Nigeria to Bharti in 2010 for $10.7bn.

The Court, therefore, ordered that all actions, and resolutions taken by the company, since October 2003, at which Econet was entitled to be notified, and to participate in, as a shareholder, but was prohibited, were null and void. This, according to the court, includes decisions to sell shares, issue shares, and transfer shares to third parties.

The court also ordered the Corporate Affairs Commission to cancel any certificate previously issued for the company’s change of the name of the company and restore its name to Econet Wireless Nigeria Limited.

An appeal by Airtel sure follows, as the name-change game continues.



In ANYTHING on April 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm


Dangote Cement’s Ibese Plant Kicks Off

“We are marking the closing ceremony of cement import in Nigeria with the coming on stream of our Ibese cement plant, which will be producing a combined six-million tons per annum from its initial two lines while additional two line will be added immediately to increase its production to 12 million tons per annum”.

Anthony Chiejina, Group Head, Corporate Communications of Dangote, also noted: “Considering that Nigeria’s cement need is between 17 to 19 million tons per year, by implication, with the coming on stream of Ibese, what Dangote Group alone will be producing will be far more than the country’s demand. That will set the pace for exportation of our products, which will lead to increased products, more revenue for the company and better returns for the shareholders.”

Flour Mills Invests 7 billion in Edible Oils

Flour Mills Nigeria Plc has concluded arrangements for the establishment of an edible oil manufacturing plant in Ibadan, Oyo state.

The plant will have a daily capacity of 500 tonnes of edible oil and will serve as raw materials input for the company’s Animal Feed Mill operations.

Paul Gbededo, Head of Flour Mills Agro-Industrial Division, stated that this investment is a phase in a larger N 20 billion investment campaign focused on the cultivation and extraction of edible oil from soybean and palm.

Phase 1 consisted of the expansion of soybean cultivation capabilities in Kaboji, Niger state and the acquisition of an existing oil extraction and refining company in Ibadan.

The new plant, to be commissioned in this second stage, will more than double the extraction capacity to 500 metric tons per day of Soy and 300 metric tons per day of palm kernel. The extracted crude oils will be refined in 400 metric tons per day state-of-the-art multi-oil refinery to be established on a new site purchased for this purpose.  100 metric tons per day fractionation plant will split 100 metric tons per day of the refined palm oil into Olein, which will be bottled for retail consumption, and Stearines for industrial use.

The third stage of the company’s investment in edible oils will be the establishment of palm plantations to augment local raw material supplies, and the establishment of an additional 750 metric tons per day multi oil refinery and margarine packaging plant at Agbara Industrial Estate, Lagos State.


In Uncategorized on April 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Mimicking Mimiko’s Mantra

Governor Mimiko’s effort at redefining Ondo state is a noiseless phenomenon. But, the results are ubiquitous for copycats to see.

Bayo Akinloye


Jimoh Ibrahim, the multi-millionaire business mogul –who has his eyes in every business in Nigeria; and the governorship of Ondo state, is one man who can talk about Olusegun Mimiko very frankly and bitterly too. His unseemly frankness and bitterness likely stem from the assumed discourteous manner Ondo state government handled his management of Owena Hotel and the kidnapping of his aged mother.


Action Congress of Nigeria chieftains as well, within and outside the sunshine state don’t think highly of Mimiko, the man they had tried by all means to lure away from Labour Party to the ACN. National Standard gathered that even the ACN linchpin, Bola Tinubu, was peeved at his own unsuccessful bid to add Ondo state governor as one of his South-west political trophies. After all, Lagos, Ogun, Osun and Ekiti are in his mighty clutch.


And even within his own ranks there are those bent on making sure he doesn’t return as the elected governor of Ondo state in 2013. One of such persons is Professor Ajayi Boroffice, the Senate Chairman on Science and Technology; representing Akoko North. In the fall of last year, Professor Boroffice dumped Labour Party for the PDP to vie for the gubernatorial election. To him, the projects embarked upon by the incumbent governor can hardly be termed as development.


“That’s if there is any development in the first place,” Boroffice retorted when asked whether it would not be detrimental to the sunshine state if Governor Mimiko was denied a second-term opportunity.


“No governor has served the people for two terms in office,” the senator added.


Can the incumbent governor break this one-term jinx? Will he be able to weather the gathering storm of PDP and ACN and other unsatisfied elements in his party?


For Olusegun Mimiko, the incumbent governor of Ondo state, the tirade and distraction from his opponents are not worth paying attention to. According to Ranti Akerele, the Ondo state commissioner for information, the governor’s focus is to rebuild the broken walls of development in that state “notwithstanding a twenty-year eclipse (1987-2007) which progressively reduced us in our social, political and economic status”. Without pomp and circumstance, the state is attaining new heights while its governor is redefining governance.


Mimiko’s Urban Renewal Mantra

Governor Olusegun Mimiko had announced during his early days in office: “I will make Ondo state the cynosure of all eyes and enhance the status of our state capital to attract tourists and investors. This will be achieved through massive transformation.” This proved to be more than the usual political pledge Nigerian politicians, especially governors, are known for.


Upon being sworn in as the duly elected governor of Ondo state on February 23, 2009, after the Election Tribunal and the Court of Appeal confirmed his victory at the 2007 gubernatorial election, Mimiko’s approach to rebuilding the state’s infrastructure was not to bulldoze existing ones into non-existence and push people further into misery – a typical approach of some state governors.


“Urban renewal has been extremely controversial in many cities as some had been characterized by destruction of businesses and properties, bringing untold hardship on the people” Akerele explained. “But this administration believes that development must have a human face; hence it pursues its urban renewal programme distinctively with a caring heart.”


Between 2009 and 2011, Mimiko’s administration has reconstructed and dualised strategic roads like Fiwasaye to Oba-Ile road through to Akure Airport, Itanla junction to Ademulegun roundabout, Yaba to Surulere in Ondo town; and Arakale road in Akure; built neighbourhood markets which carry no prohibitive price tag that can only be afforded by elitist merchants and political friends elsewhere (NEPA, Isikan and Oba Afunbiowo Neighbourhood Markets; more neighbourhood markets were said to be at various stages of completion at the remaining senatorial districts); constructed an ultra-modern auto mart, modern bus stops and contemporary motor park.


At Oba-Ile and Oda, the Ondo state government is vigorously pursuing low-cost housing projects. Though 3,500 housing units are at various stages of completion, 101 units at the Oba-Ile site and 100 units at the Oda road project site are fully subscribed for, ready to be taken over by the state’s residents. The Mimiko administration is also working on a project called Ore Sunshine City. This arrangement is to carve a commercial city out of the rural Ore town. The project is expected to include a 1,000 capacity trailer park, guest houses, restaurants, workshops amongst other facilities.


These projects, according to the Ondo state government, are meant to serve as “an economic engine and reform mechanism for the redevelopment of our major cities into true urban centres with requisite amenities to facilitate wholesome standard of livelihood and become incentives for investment”.


Resurrecting Rural Life

While many governors hardly think of rural dwellers and their challenges, Mimiko’s government came up with the 3I’s Initiative (Infrastructure, Institution and Industry); a new model of community development for rapid and genuine rural transformation. The Infrastructure, as described by the Mimiko-led government, represents the basic amenities government wants to build for each rural community. Such include electricity, water, access to primary health care and education.


The Institution involves empowering nominated community people at equal number of male and female for sustainable development. Thus, capacity of the community representatives is built for conception and execution of self-help projects. While the Industry looks at financially empowering the people. The target here is the establishment of small scale industries at the grassroots. The government identifies potential and viable industries within the communities and assists in starting pilot projects that can be expanded to encourage commerce and as well generate income for the people which will in turn provide employment and reduce rural-urban migration.


Are These Sustainable?

Faced with such ambitious though laudable development achievements and plans, many are wondering if these developmental projects are sustainable. The chief press secretary to the governor, in a reassuring manner borne out of near-perfect planning and conviction explained to National Standard that everything had been thought through. He’s also convinced Olusegun Mimiko will once again win the next Ondo state gubernatorial race.




In Uncategorized on April 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

I’m Focused, Loyal and Friendly –Toni Payne
”I don’t do personal questions!” was Toni Payne’s response to initial request for an interview. Not an unexpected retort from a young woman who had endured a plethora of bad press. But, there’s much beauty and bliss about the person of Toni than any interview can reveal; or any bad press can tarnish. In this interview, Iyalariya, as Toni is fondly called, cautiously fielded questions from Bayo Akinloye.

Exactly who is Toni Payne?


Toni Payne is a simple person; I am a business woman, mother, daughter, friend and so much more. Toni Payne, contrary to a lot I’ve read about myself, is exact opposite of the misconceptions about me. I am focused, loyal and friendly.

How would you describe or define the Nigerian fashion and entertainment (particularly music) industries – are you sure the players are really ripe for the international market?


The Nigerian entertainment industry is growing fast by the day. Just like a child there is still a lot to be learned. We are almost ready for the international market. I say almost because we still need to get the legalities of these industries right. We also need to improve on the technical aspects, but on the creative front, the true players can compete anytime any day with their counterparts abroad.

What project(s) are you working on now?


Right now I am working on several things:  a reality TV show with Reel TV. The focus is on the life of a working mother. I am working on an online Nigerian radio station called Toni Payne Mobile Radio. It can be found on I am also working on an online magazine with a different twist. I am still doing music consulting and currently doing PR for the artiste Dencia and still managing Adol.

What really happened between you, Zara and Olamide – they’re no longer under your management?


It’s all love. We are one family.


Tell me, what’s been your most exciting moment managing an artiste?

There have been many, but I love seeing my acts perform on stage, that is very exciting.

How will you describe your wardrobe?

My wardrobe is very simple, lots of casual dresses, tops and jeans.


What’s your take on homosexuality?


Live and let live.

Who’s your favourite female artiste; and why?


I like Dencia because she makes an effort to package herself well. I also like Omawunmi because she has one of the most powerful voices I’ve heard in a while.

Do you have any plan to venture into Nollywood?


Where ever God takes me; but for now no.

Which Nigerian movie(s) do you like watching over and over again?


None. I watch a lot of Yoruba movies though none I would say I have watched over and over again.
Are the female folks more appreciated by men abroad than in Nigeria?


Not necessarily, it depends on the individual.


What are your expectations for 2012?

More success, more focus, more positive news.

Is there any other thing you’ll like to say?


I would like to say a big thanks to everyone out there who has supported me this far. I would also like to encourage all young ladies and guys out there to always keep their head up, work hard and never give up.




In ANYTHING on April 13, 2012 at 11:42 am




Missing Children: Parents and Government Are Negligent —Debo Adeniran

Debo Adeniran, a consultant educationalist is head, Strategy Committee, Centre for Constitutional Governance, CCG and national coordinator, Child Help In Leadership, Democracy, Rights and Education in Nigeria, CHILDREN, Project. Concerned about the dearth of record of missing children in Nigeria, Adeniran explains to Bayo Akinloye the inadequacy of the home and failure of government at all levels to protect the Nigerian child.


What would you say is the root cause of missing children in Nigeria?

The economic hardships experienced in the country today, reduce parental care children receive. Sometimes, these parents impose certain financial targets on their children, especially those who help them to hawk. The children in their bid to meet the targets get missing on their way; or lose the proceeds of their sales for the day. And find it difficult to return to their homes. Parental values have diminished over the years. No more do parents see children as precious gifts. Many parents because of economic hardship no longer spend time with the children.

Sometimes the children wander away from the view of their parents. Therefore, the children just wander around. Even when these children are missing the parents don’t adequately search for them before they give up. At times they even don’t report to the police. They assume they cannot get anything done with the police because they do not have the money to pay; the same thing with the media. So because of these, many parents become (unwittingly) careless about their own children.



So, the responsibility of child protection rests solely on the parents?

If parental negligence is to be blamed for missing children, it is as much as the government’s failure to accord the Nigerian child the right to protection. Every child in Nigeria has a right to be protected. Because there are no adequate plans or mechanisms by which the government can protect the Nigerian child, they are left in the hands of inadequately equipped parents and schools.

The country doesn’t a deliberate plan to protect the right of the Nigerian child. Education is supposed to be compulsory for every child and supposed to be a compulsory right to be observed by the children. But most governments don’t even recognize the convention on the rights of the child. These street children are mostly ones who stray away from the watchful eyes of their parents….and because there are no monitoring mechanisms to take care of these children they are allowed to wander about until they become area boys, mature to thieves and eventually become hired assassins.

So in effect the problem has been growing year-in, year-out without abating. If the parents have given their children adequate care and attention, if the social welfare department of the government agency has been up and doing, if street children has been outlawed, if anyone peddling in child labour has been prosecuted, the number of missing children will be reduced.


Can the news media help?

More so, the 4th estate of the realm has been doing their own part. The media has the responsibility to keep reporting on the protection of the Nigerian child on a daily basis. As such parents will be made to be on their toes for they will be held responsible for the negligence of their children to be on the street.


Do you have any figure as to how many children got missing in Nigeria?

The National Bureau of Statistics doesn’t have any record to show number of missing children in Nigeria – not even an inaccurate figure. They don’t keep such records. Even when you go to the police station to request for records of missing children, they’ll tell you missing children are not their business. A couple of children you find in the custody of the welfare centres aren’t the result of concerted efforts made by neither the welfare system nor the police but came about through the kindness of some good Samaritans.


This neglect on the part of parents and governments how does it affect the kids?

All of this doesn’t give the Nigerian child the feeling of self-worth. They view themselves as persons without a future. They conclude that the adult world really don’t care about their existence. They see themselves as an unwanted lot in the society. They thus become veritable tools in the hand of groups like Boko Haram. For the Almajiris, it’s a life of no worth; they’re children of no fixed address. They just roam about. In the south, you see many of them at motor parks. When such children are female, they easily fall into the pit of prostitution. They also become fertile ground for the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, STDs.


What short-term measures should be taken?

It’s for the law enforcement agency to ensure that children are eligible to go to school aren’t allowed to roam the streets. Second, especially in the north where Koranic school is in vogue, there should some injection of western education in the curriculum so that when they get out they can proceed. Another short-term measure will be that parents must be held responsible and punished for child neglect.


What long-term measures to counteract this precarious challenge of child protection?

All the charters and conventions protecting the rights of the child should be domesticated by the federal government and the 36 states of the federation. The neglect of the Nigerian child should become a crime against humanity. There should be well-equipped welfare centres to take care of children who by one misfortune or the other find themselves on the street, well-trained law enforcement agency that is prepared to protect the Nigerian child against danger and exploitation. In addition, all state governments must be compelled to provide adequate schools that make going to school a pleasure for eligible children.

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