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APGA’s Umeh wins Anambra Central senetorial rerun election

Victor Umeh of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has won the Anambra central senatorial rerun election conducted on Saturday by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The senatorial election took place in seven local governments of Anambra including Njikoka, Awka north, Idemili south, Dunukofia, Awka south, Anaocha and Idemili north.

APGA won in the seven council areas in the result announced by the INEC early Sunday morning.

Announcing the final result, Charles Esimone, the returning officer said Umeh having scored the highest number of votes with 64, 878 was the winner of the contest and returned elected.

Esimone said the total number of registered voters in the seven local government areas were 745, 828 out of which 67, 872 were accredited.

“I Prof. Charles Esimone certify that I am the returning officer for the Anambra Central Senatorial rerun election,” he said.

“I, hereby, declare that Chief Victor Umeh, having satisfied the conditions of the election and scored the highest number of votes is declared winner and returned elected.”

The APC candidate was second with 975 votes while Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) came third with 116 votes.

Other parties that got votes were the Mega Progressive Peoples Party (MPPP), 111 votes; Labour Party (LP), 95; National Conscience Party (NCP), 72; Alliance for Democratic Congress (ADC), 57; United Progressives Party (UPP), 55; Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), 48 and Action Congress for Democrats (ACD), 33.

NAN reports that votes were cancelled in four polling units in Awka south where there were cases of over voting and in Agulu, Anaocha council where people were accredited manually.

Also in Idemili south, over-voting was recorded in two polling units.

Spectrum Wireless warns investors off 9Mobile

Spectrum Wireless Communication Limited has issued a ‘Buyer Beware’ to investors seeking to acquire 9Mobile Network, warning it would be at their own risk
Solicitors to Spectrum Wireless, in a public notice, warned that by virtue of the said judgment, Dr. Joseph Nnanna, Oluseyi Bickersteth, Ken Igbokwe, Funke Ighodaro and Boye Olusanya as security trustee nominee of the board of Emerging Markets Telecommunications Service has been nullified and the order appointing them vacated.

The Solicitors warned that any institution or company who transacts business for the purpose of sale or acquisition of EMTS or 9Mobile does so at his or her own risk.
The Federal High Court, sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, has nullified the ex parte order approving the appointment of an interim board for Nigerian telecom operator, Emerging Markets Telecommunications Service, EMTS, Nigeria’s fourth largest telecommunications service operator, which until last year was operated as Etisalat but now runs as 9Mobile.
The nullification followed the dismissal of the Preliminary Objection filed by United Capital Trustees Ltd in response to the application by Spectrum Wireless, a shareholder of EMTS.
Justice Buba in his judgment said that the motion is struck out having set aside the order adding that “the respondent shall reverse all steps taken by it since the order was nullity.

   
Spectrum had claimed that the order was obtained by misrepresentation of facts that alienated its interests in the EMTS saying its application was for a nullification of the ex parte order by Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court.
The interim board and executive management of the EMTS were constituted in June 2017 but the order approving its reconstitution was given in July.

Recall that the Interim Board of EMTS, which has the support of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), had recently received bids from about 5 bidders in its intended sale of the company which was to be concluded by 31 December, 2017, but recently moved to 16 January, 2018.
This was because the Etisalat Group, which held 45 per cent of the shares in Etisalat Nigeria and 25 per cent of the preference shares, had earlier relinquished its stake in the Nigerian firm over $1.2 billion debt being owed 13 Nigerian banks leading to the constitution of an interim board by the CBN and NCC after it announced a name change to 9Mobile.
However, solicitor to Spectrum Wireless Communication Limited in a public notice warned that by virtue of the said judgment, Dr. Joseph Nnanna, Oluseyi Bickersteth, Ken Igbokwe, Funke Ighodaro and Boye Olusanya as security trustee nominee of the board of Emerging Markets Telecommunications Service has been nullified and the order appointing them vacated.
The Solicitors warned that any institution or company who transacts business for the purpose of sale or acquisition of EMTS or 9Mobile does so at his or her own risk.
Justice Buba in his judgment said that the motion is struck out having set aside the order adding that “the respondent shall reverse all steps taken by it since the order was nullity.”

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Emerging Markets Telecommunications Service (EMTS), popularly known as Etisalat, is the fourth largest telecommunications service provider in Nigeria after MTN, Globacom and Airtel.

The company secured a telecommunications licensee in 2007 and has grown in leaps and bounds and exceeded expectations of many as a new entrant into the tightly competitive industry. It has equity participation by local and foreign investors and in 2011, secured facilities from a consortium of domestic banks under the auspices of United Capital Trustees Ltd (United Capital) to the tune of N115.6bn and $235m. Default however on the part of EMTS to service the facilities elicited recovery action by United Capital. The sensitivities of such action to the health of the Nigerian financial system, the telecommunications sector and the economy in general, precipitated tempered action with the consent of the respective sector regulators, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to avert possible adverse impacts. There was anxiety in some quarters and fears that such action smacked of a takeover of the company by the Government, a move that could bring undue preference to the company that could disrupt or distort competition that has been instrumental to the vibrancy of the telecommunications sector.

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Following the exit of Etisalat and it’s Directors in unclear circumstances in June 2017 from EMTS, United Capital initiated action and received approval of the court through an Ex Parte Motion dated 3 July 2017 to appoint a Transitional Board comprising among others, Joseph Nnanna (CBN) as Chairman, Boye Olusanya as Managing Director, and Funke Oghodaro as Chief Financial Officer to superintend over the affairs of the company. The Transitional Board has since proceeded to rebrand the company as 9mobile and taken further action to announce a bid for the sale of the company to interested investors. The bid was intended to be concluded with handover of EMTS to the preferred or successful bidder by 31 December, 2017 but has since been extended to 16 January, 2018.

Concerned that the action of United Capital did not take into consideration their stake in EMTS, other (non-bank) investors in EMTS led by Spectrum Wireless, approached the court in December 2017 to challenge the Ex Parte Order granted in favour of United Capital on 3 July 2017. This culminated in the Court Ruling of 12 January, 2018 which discharges (sets aside or nullifies) the prior Court Order of 3 July 3017 on grounds among others that it was granted based on a misrepresentation of facts made available to the court at the time.

The decision of the Court paves the way for more inclusive discussions with all the shareholders and investors of EMTS to reach a broad based resolution on the future of the company that would give due consideration to the interests of all stakeholders.

Court nullifies order approving Interim Management of 9mobile

The Federal High Court, sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, has nullified the ex parte order approving the appointment of an interim board for Nigerian telecom operator, Emerging Markets Telecommunications Service, EMTS, Nigeria’s fourth largest telecommunications service operator, which until last year was operated as Etisalat but now runs as 9Mobile.

The nullification followed the dismissal of the Preliminary Objection filed by United Capital Trustees Ltd in response to the application by Spectrum Wireless, a shareholder of EMTS.

Spectrum had claimed that the order was obtained by misrepresentation of facts that alienated its interests in the EMTS saying its application was for a nullification of the ex parte order by Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court.

The interim board and executive management of the EMTS were constituted in June 2017 but the order approving its reconstitution was given in July.

The Interim Board of EMTS, which has the support of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), had recently received bids from about 5 bidders in its intended sale of the company which was to be concluded by 31 December, 2017, but recently moved to 16 January, 2018.

This was because the Etisalat Group, which held 45 per cent of the shares in Etisalat Nigeria and 25 per cent of the preference shares, had earlier relinquished its stake in the Nigerian firm over $1.2 billion debt being owed 13 Nigerian banks leading to the constitution of an interim board by the CBN and NCC after it announced a name change to 9Mobile.

However, solicitor to Spectrum Wireless Communication Limited in a public notice warned that by virtue of the said judgment, Dr. Joseph Nnanna, Oluseyi Bickersteth, Ken Igbokwe, Funke Ighodaro and Boye Olusanya as security trustee nominee of the board of Emerging Markets Telecommunications Service has been nullified and the order appointing them vacated.

The Solicitors warned that any institution or company who transacts business for the purpose of sale or acquisition of EMTS or 9Mobile does so at his or her own risk.

Justice Buba in his judgment said that the motion is struck out having set aside the order adding that “the respondent shall reverse all steps taken by it since the order was nullity.”

Meanwhile, Telecommunications giant, Globacom, has distanced itself from media reports insinuating that it was the preferred bidder to acquire telecommunications company, 9Mobile.

A press statement issued in Lagos by the company said: “Globacom has not acquired 9Mobile, as widely reported in the media.

“We are bound by the terms of the acquisition process, as stipulated by the authorities handling it, and we will not in any way sway or deviate from the rules.”

“We repose confidence in Barclays Africa, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which are handling the process that will lead to the emergence of a new owner for the company.”

No need for election in 2019, I can become president without election… 7 lessons from Bakare’s national address

Pastor Tunde Bakare, tserving overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, says Nigeria does not need a another election in 2019.

Delivering his state of the nation address at the church auditorium in Ogba, the fiery preacher said the nation needs a renegotiation of its union.

Bakare added that he never said in his January 1, 2018 declaration that he will run for any election, but could lead the nation without an election, stating historical and biblical precedents.

Here are seven lessons from Bakare’s state of the nation address:

NIGERIA DOES NOT NEED ELECTION IN 2019, WE NEED RENEGOTIATION

The fiery preacher said Nigeria does not need an election come 2019, but needs renegotiation of its union.

“Let me reiterate that what Nigeria needs now is not another election but a return to the drawing board to renegotiate our union. You will recall that, in 2015, I made a similar declaration in the message titled ‘The Gathering Storm and Avoidable Shipwreck: How to Avoid Catastrophic Euroclydon’.

“In that address, I called for restructuring when others were clamouring for elections. Three years later, the majority that was wrong has become the minority, and the minority that was right is becoming the majority, even as restructuring has become the buzzword in our nation”.

‘I DIDN’T SAY I’D RUN FOR ELECTION’

Bakare

“Nowhere in that declaration did I mention running for election. It is, however, not surprising that politicians and the politically-minded have interpreted it as such,” Bakare clarified via the address.

“I am, by God’s grace, a nation builder propelled by the dream of a New Nigeria and hopefully will become a statesman someday; I am indeed running, but not for elections; it is a race of destiny and the destination is certain.”

‘I CAN BECOME PRESIDENT WITHOUT ELECTION’

Further clarifying his stance, Bakare said “some may ask, ‘How then can it happen, if not by elections?’

“My simple response is that there are biblical precedents, including the stories of Joseph, David, Nehemiah and Daniel; there are also historical precedents, including the case of George Washington whose unanimous election was merely an endorsement, and Gerald Ford who, under the terms of the 25th Amendment, took the oath as Vice President on December 6, 1973, and, following the resignation of President Richard Nixon, was inaugurated as the 38th President of the United States on August 9, 1974, without a single election.

“Furthermore, as Jesus said when Nicodemus came to Him by night to make enquiries: ‘…The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.’

“If God leads me to serve my nation by election into political office, I state boldly that I will accept it with all my heart.”

‘IT IS ILLEGAL FOR HERDSMEN TO BEAR ARMS’

“Recently, the Secretary to the Adamawa State Government, Umar Bindir, justified the bearing of arms by the herdsmen but failed to tell where the herdsmen get their guns from and with which government agency these guns are registered.

“Who authorised them to bear arms? Who gave them immunity against section 3 of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act 1990, which prescribes punishment for illegal possession of arms?

“Who monitors the use of these guns? Why have the relevant government agencies failed to act? In particular, why has the name Department of State Services (DSS) become synonymous with the phrase “Deliberate Sinful Silence” (DSS)? Or is it now the Department of Sinful Silence?”

‘NIGERIA NEEDS A NATIONAL RECONCILIATION COMMISSION’

“As I have declared on previous occasions, what is required to kick-start this process is the creation of a Presidential Commission for National Reconciliation, Reintegration and Restructuring.

“This commission is to be headed by a biblical Joseph-type national figure appointed to provide visionary leadership for the process with the support of six Zonal Commissioners.

“The visionary leadership will co-ordinate the implementation of master-plans for each of the six Geo-economic zones. It will evolve for the nation a strong anti-corruption-based national value system and stir up uncommon patriotic zeal among Nigerians.”

‘PDP, APC LESS THAN 1% OF THE VOTING POPULATION’

“The current political class, and when I say the current political class, it includes PDP, APC, all of them rolled into one, constitute far less than one percent of Nigeria’s voting population.

“To avoid engagement with the powers that have hijacked our collective patrimony is to surrender our national destiny without a fight. And as Cardinal John Onaiyekan said: ‘Every citizen must be involved in politics…Only people who are irresponsible will say they are not interested; even if you are not interested in politics, politics will be interested in you’.

“Our fight to reclaim and renew Nigeria begins now. Registering and obtaining a valid voter’s card must now be a national priority.”

‘LEADERS DON’T SLEEP ON DUTY’

As  he concluded his state of the nation address, Bakare said Nigeria is in dire need of leaders, not those who sleep on duty and watch their people die.

“Leadership is hard work, leadership is not sleeping on duty, leadership is not watching while your people are being killed,” Bakare added.

“Leadership is getting on the firing range and saying one more dead person; everyone in that territory…you bomb them from the air, you do everything to remove these criminals from our land.

“This primitive, mediocrity and barbarism, must stop!”

It Is Time To Renegotiate Our Union

 

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162 passengers escape death as plane narrowly escapes plunging into sea

A passenger plane skidded off the runway as it tried to land and came within yards of plunging into the Black Sea.

The Pegasus Airlines aircraft, carrying 162 passengers and flight crew, narrowly avoided plunging into the sea at Trabzon Airport.

Dramatic photographs show the plane lying nose down stuck on the frozen muddy slope.

The plane lying nose down stuck on the muddy slope

Footage on social media shows panicked passengers shouting inside the plane as they try to escape.

One passenger, Fatma Gordu, told Turkish state-run news agency Anadolu: “We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane’s rear was up. There was panic; people shouting, screaming.”

A firefighter is also seen hosing down the plane, although no smoke is seen coming from the stricken aircraft.

All 162 passengers and flight crew were safely evacuated from the Boeing 737-800 on Sunday morning, Pegasus Airlines said.

In a statement, the airline said the plane had a ‘runway excursion incident during landing’.

“All 162 passengers, two pilots and four cabin crew have been disembarked safely from the aircraft,” the statement read.

“There has been no loss of life or injury to anyone on-board.”

Turkish officials closed the airport for several hours as it carried out an investigation, but has since been reopened. It is not yet known what caused the incident; the plane had departed from the Turkish capital of Ankara, to come off the runway.

Speaking to Turkish media, Trabzon Goerner Yucel Yavuz said: “We’ve taken all necessary measures. We will reopen the airport to airport traffic as soon as possible.”

Student pilot and aviation photographer Brendan Grainger tweeted that it had been raining for the past two hours at the time of accident.

The aircraft made a straight in approach for runway 11 and touched down at 2335hrs before veering off the left side of the runway and stopping on a steep slope.

Weather information from the time of the accident shows it had been raining for the past 2 hours with visibility deteriorating to about 4000 meters.

Turkish Airlines said two inbound flights to Trabzon and a scheduled flight from the city to Istanbul were cancelled as a result of the incident.

Work began this morning to remove the ‘substantially damaged’ aircraft from the cliff edge.

(Mirror online)

El-Zakzaky agreed to media parade because DSS said he’ll be released – Falana

Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), has claimed that Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), agreed to speak to the press under the assumption that his release is imminent.

El-Zakzaky briefly addressed journalists on Saturday to disprove claims that he was dead and to say he was “getting better”.

According to Falana, the Department of State Services (DSS) told the Shi’ites leader that the federal government was ready to let him go after over two years in custody.

The lawyer called on the government to therefore release him from incarceration “without further delay”.

He said El-Zakzaky has lost his left eye and government has ignored specialists’ advise that he should be taken abroad “to save the right eye”.

Falana said the Shi’ites leader’s wife has “been subjected to excruciating pain as some of the bullets deposited in her body on December 14, 2015 during the military invasion of their home in Zaria have not been removed”.

In a statement released on Sunday, Falana said: “Last week, it was widely rumoured in the social media that Sheik Ibraheem Elzakzaky had died in the illegal custody of the State Security Service. Although I was compelled to dismiss the dangerous rumour via a public statement I requested the federal government to release the Shiite leader and his wife for urgent medical attention.

“Instead of acceding to my request the State Security Service misinformed Sheik Elzakzaky and his wife of the readiness of the federal government to release them after a media parade to assure the Shia community that the Sheik is alive and well. Hence, they agreed to the media parade which lasted for one minute and 20 seconds (yesterday) in an undisclosed detention custody at Abuja.

“But contrary to the official claim that the Shiite leader is hale and hearty he is currently wearing a neck collar support which was procured for him when he fell sometime last December.

“That was when his personal doctor was allowed to examine him for the first time in his over 2-year detention period. Before the neck injury he had lost his left eye while the recommendation of eye specialists that he be flown abroad to save the right eye and prevent him from going totally blind has been ignored by the federal government.

“In fact, the medical state of his wife is by far worse than his. She has been subjected to excruciating pain as some of the bullets deposited in her body on December 14, 2015 during the military invasion of their home in Zaria have not been removed. Hence, the organisers of the media parade deliberately prevented her from addressing the media representatives even though she was present at the so-called press conference.

“Having paraded the couple before the media, albeit illegally, the federal government should immediately proceed to purge itself of the aggravated contempt of the Federal High Court by complying with the order for their release from the illegal custody of the State Security Service.

“The order which was made on December 2, 2016 has not been set aside by any higher court. Yet, the federal government which claims to operate under the Rule of Law has ignored the court order. However, if the federal government does not want to end the official impunity of treating a valid and subsisting court order with disdain it should release the Elxakzakys to their children who have applied to take them abroad for urgent medical treatment.

“This request is in line with Nigerian Prison Regulation 12 which stipulates that even convicts shall be released to their relatives or friends if the prison has no facilities for treating them. In Fawehinmi v The State (1990) 1 NWLR (pt 127) 486 the appellant was granted bail and released on bail pending trial by a military junta. The situation should not be worse under a democratic dispensation.

“In the instant case, the Elzakzakys have not been charged with any criminal offence whatsoever. The spurious claim of the federal government that the detainees are held “in protective custody” was poohpoohed and dismissed by the Federal High Court (per G. O. Kolawole J.). Instead of chasing the shadow by subjecting the couple to illegal media parade the federal government should direct the State Security Service to release them from illegal incarceration without any further delay.”

Buhari did nothing about Benue genocide though he was warned 18 months earlier – Bakare

The Serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly (LRA), Pastor Tunde Bakare has said that President Muhammadu Buhari and his government did nothing about the genocide in Benue even though they were warned 18 months earlier.

Bakare also added that the government has failed in what seem to be its area of strength — security, and has permitted a genocide in some parts of the country.

“Nothing indicts the current government greater than its failure in one key performance area that ought to be its strength: security,” Bakare said.

“Despite recent setbacks, we acknowledge the gains in the war against Boko Haram, but highly disturbing is the mayhem being continually unleashed by herdsmen on communities in different states across the country, including Benue, Taraba, Plateau, Adamawa, Kaduna, Enugu, Edo and Ogun States, leaving trails of weeping and wailing.

“The recent killings in Benue State are akin to the last straw that is set to break the camel’s back. Not only has the government failed to stop these killings across the country, it has done so against the backdrop of conspiratorial silence, choosing rather to label such attacks ‘an issue of communal misunderstanding’, as the Inspector General of Police recently did in respect of the Benue attacks; it has treated the menace with kid gloves even after the Global Terrorism Index 2015 described ‘militant’ herdsmen as ‘the fourth most deadly group of 2014’.

“Worse still, some of these killings have reportedly been carried out in collusion with the military.

Iyorwuese Hagher ‘warned Buhari 18 months earlier’

Bakare said the federal government has “become complicit for the following reasons:

“By not advancing and vigorously executing policies aimed at pre-empting or preventing these killings even with sufficient warnings: I am reminded of the open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari by a former Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada and Second Republic senator, Prof. Iyorwuese Hagher. Permit me to quote excerpts from that letter:

‘Your Excellency Mr. President…I am pained that you ignored my advice in my private memorandum to you dated 30th July 2016. I had warned you of the possibility of a horrendous genocide in Benue, Plateau, Taraba, Southern Kaduna, and Southern Adamawa States.

‘I asked you to be proactive and stop the genocide that has been ongoing but which would burst out in the open and shock the world within 18 months. Your office replied my letter…thanking me ‘immensely’ and giving me the assurances that the advice would be heeded…I regret to now inform you that it is seventeen months since my warning and prediction and your government did nothing to pre-empt or prevent the genocide.

“This administration anchored its policy outlook on three main thrusts, including security, job creation through diversification, and anti-corruption, yet all around us are signs of retrogression,” Bakare said.

“As at June 2015, the unemployment rate was 8.2% of a labour force of 74 million, meaning that about 6 million Nigerians were unemployed.

“By September 2017, despite such efforts as N-Power and a range of policies aimed at improving enterprise development and facilitating job creation, the unemployment rate had risen to 18.8% of a labour force of 85.1 million, indicating that between 2015 and 2017, the number of unemployed Nigerians rose from about 6 million to almost 16 million.”

Nigerian Air Force receives five Super Mushsak aircraft from Pakistan

The Nigerian Air Force, NAF, on Sunday took delivery of five Super Mushsak aircraft from Pakistan meant to enhance its training and operational efficiency.

The Chief of Logistics, NAF headquarters, AVM Garba Bello said while taking delivery of the aircraft in Kaduna that the total Super Mushsak aircraft received from Pakistan now stood at 10.

“The aircraft acquired is for the training of air force personnel and to improve the service’ air power,” he said.

Mr. Bello, who represented the Chief of Air Staff, Sadiq Abubakar, at the event, said:“This will enhance training of our student pilots who will now complete their training within stipulated the time.

“This will get them to go to another form of training in time and finally get them to launch into battle field in the North-East and other parts of the country.”

According to him, the aircraft is modern and has spare parts in the event of repairs and maintenance.

“In the NAF, we have a very strict maintenance culture, we have instructor pilots and engineers on it.”

Also speaking, the team leader of Pakistan Air force, Zeeshan Ahmed, said 10 super Mushsak planes have been supplied to Nigeria from Pakistan.

He said that the gesture would strengthen existing relationship between the two countries and encourage the two armed forces to upscale their synergy.
(NAN)

Nigeria’s Finance Minister Adeosun gets UN appointment

The United Nations has appointed Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, into the Investments Committee of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF).

The Under-Secretary-General of United Nations, Jan Beagle, who confirmed Mrs. Adeosun’s appointment, disclosed that the minister would serve a one-year term of office effective from January 1, 2018.

Mr. Beagle said, “On behalf of the Secretary-General, I have the honour to inform you that at the 55th plenary meeting of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly, the General Assembly decided to appoint you as an ad-hoc member of the Investments Committee for a one-year term of office, beginning from 1st January, 2018.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your appointment and wish you success in your work.”

The Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Investments Committee of the UNJSPF, Carolyn Boykin, also congratulated the minister on her appointment and welcomed her to the committee.

Ms. Boykin explained that the purpose of the investments of the UNJSPF was to secure the pension entitlements of the international civil servants who participate in the Fund.

“The fiduciary responsibility is to all parties concerned and it is the responsibility of the Secretary-General to ensure that those investments are managed to preserve the capital of the Fund and to obtain a long-term real rate of investment return that is line with the actuarial assumptions, without jeopardizing the capital of the Fund by taking excessive risks,” Ms. Boykin stated.

The UNJSPF is a Fund that provides UN pension, death, disability and the other related benefits for staff of the United Nations and the other organisations admitted to membership in the Fund.

The UNJSPF is a multiple employer defined benefit plan and governed by the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Board (UNJSPB), the Staff Pension Committee for each member organisation, and a secretariat to the UNJSPB and to each such committee.

The Fund was established through UN General Assembly resolution 248 (III) (passed December 1948) which came into effect on the 23rd January, 1949 making it a permanent retirement scheme.

It currently serves 23 member organisations, with 128,262 active participants and approximately 75,000 retirees in nearly 200 countries.

The Honourable Minister has accepted her appointment by the United Nations into the Investments Committee of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF).

NYSC postpones orientation camp in Benue, Taraba

The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, has announced that 2017 BATCH “B” STREAM II orientation camp scheduled to start on January 16, 2018 is suspended in Benue and Taraba State.‎

The NYSC made this announcement on its twitter handle to prospective corp members, PCMs, posted to Benue and Taraba. It noted that a new date will be communicated soon.‎

“The NYSC management wishes to inform all PCMs deployed to Benue and Taraba states that the 2017 Batch B stream 2 orientation course scheduled to hold in Benue camp has been suspended. A new date will be communicated to you in due course,” the agency said.

No reason was given for the postponement. However, both states have suffered recently from violence between herdsmen and farming communities leading to scores of deaths.

The NYSC had previously fixed January 16 for the opening of orientation camps for prospective Batch B, Stream 2, corps members nationwide.‎

The management of the Scheme had said the 2017 Batch ‘B’ Stream II orientation course was scheduled to hold in 15 NYSC Orientation Camps which were Abia, Bauchi, Benue, Delta, Enugu, Sokoto, Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Plateau, Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Rivers and the FCT.

With this development, orientation camp will commence on the 16th only in 13 states and Abuja.