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‘Nigeria, 15th Most Failed State’ Ghana, Africa’s Best

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Nigeria’s rebranding campaign got a major setback on when the country was ranked 15th among most failed nations in the world.

“Fund For Peace”, a United States-based think-tank and independent research organisation, made this known when it released its 2009 failed state index.

The country’s position was out of a total of 177 countries that were surveyed for 2009.

By this current assessement, Nigeria moved three steps backward from its 18th and 17th position in 2008 and 2007 respectively, implying that the country’s status is deteriorating.

Certainly, Ghana, a neighbouring West African country, rose again in the country of nations, when it was ranked as the best state in Africa.

Ghana was ranked 124 of the 177 states, having been described as a moderate state.

Also ranked among the overall best five states were Norway (177), Finland (176), Sweden (175, Switzerland (174) and Ireland (173), while USA and United Kingdom were ranked as 159 and 161 respectively.

Meanwhile, Somalia, another African nation, retained its earlier position as the most failed state.

Organisers of the survey explained that a state would be said to have failed when it could no longer perform its basics security and development functions as is seemingly the case in Nigeria today.

It would be recalled that at the launch of the rebranding campaign few months ago, critics of the exercise argued that spearheading a rebranding exercise when Nigeria was witnessing a rising spate of corruption, insecurity and infrastructural decay in nearly all spheres amounted to putting the cart before the horse.

Moreso, is the fact that the description of Nigeria as a failed state, according to pundits, is hinged on the decay and prevalent corruption in the system.

This, they say, was what strengthened United States President Barrack Obama’s decision to visit Ghana at the expense of Nigeria, and also made the US first citizen to frown at persistent electoral processes ravaging Africa, among which is Nigeria’s.

The country’s 2007 general election was adjudged as one of the worst in global history.

Rivers State Governor, Rt, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi (middle) watches as his Attorney-General and Justice Commissioner, Barr Ken Chikere, (left)  exchanges views with the President of Nigeria Bar Association, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, during the Association’s National Executive Council meeting in Port Harcourt, last week.

Rivers State Governor, Rt, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi (middle) watches as his Attorney-General and Justice Commissioner, Barr Ken Chikere, (left) exchanges views with the President of Nigeria Bar Association, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, during the Association’s National Executive Council meeting in Port Harcourt, last week.

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SEAMATA Condemns Inport Duty Increment On Cargo

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Members of the the South East Amalgamated Markets Traders Association (SEAMATA) have strongly criticised and rejected the recent astronomical and indiscriminate increment in the import duty on cargoes charged by Nigerian Customs.
SEAMATA is the umbrella union of traders in all the markets in the South-East Geo-political Zone and traders of South-East extraction doing business across the states in the Federation and in Diaspora.
This is contained in a statement jointly signed by SEAMATA’s President General, Chief Gozie Akudolu and its Secretary General, Mr Alex Okwudiri, in Enugu yesterday.
According to them, the Nigerian Customs introduced a method of working out import duty payment on goods and set out a particular minimum amount payable for each 40ft container.
The statement noted that items with the least percentage tariff of five per cent are not even spared.
The  current import duties, the statement further regretted, are no longer calculated based on invoice value of consignments.
”Between 2020 and now, the amount charged on cargoes as import duties have risen in geometric proportion from N750,000 to N2 million, again to N3 million and presently, to N3.3 million for 40ft containers; while 20ft containers jumped to N1.8 million.
”The Nigerian Customs on their own, work out payable import duty now based on “estimated” invoice value of consignment as against the actual invoice value of goods from the country of origin.
”This development is not only bringing untold hardships to importers but is also compounding the pains of the citizens as it dovetailed to astronomical increase in prices of imported goods as the Nigerian Customs estimated invoice value is always far above the actual cost of the imports.
”The indiscriminate estimate of value of goods by Nigerian Customs is adversely affecting the prices of goods in the markets today both imported and locally produced as it triggered a chain reaction.
”Even agricultural products are not spared in the chain effect of the price increase.
”In the general meeting held in Onitsha on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, the traders resolved to very strongly condemn and reject the increment.
”We are appealing to the Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning to prevail on the Nigerian Customs to, as a matter of urgency, suspend the exercise.
”This is to save the Nigerian citizens from further economic hardships as further economic pains that follow such situations could lead to social unrest which our nation doesn’t need now”.
The statement also prayed and expected that the appeal of the traders would be favourably considered in the overall interest of the masses across the country. 7Ends.

By: Canice Amadi, Enugu

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Kaduna SUBEB To Sack 233 Teachers Over Fake Certificates

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Chairman of the Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (KADSUBEB), Alhaji Tijjani Abdullahi, on Thursday, hinted that 233 primary school teachers have been pencilled down for dismissal for gaining employment with fake certificates.
Abdullahi, who spoke at a press conference in Kaduna yesterday, further noted that for the Board to be sure that the newly-employed teachers have the requisite qualifications, it went into secret verification of their credentials from various institutions attended.
According to him, the board has already verified 451 institutions they claimed to have attended, but only nine of them have responded so far.
He further added that the responses from the institutions showed that 233 teachers presented fake certificates.
He added that one of the institutions disowned 212 of the 233 fake certificates, adding that, the board would forward their files to the Ministry of Justice to initiate prosecution for forgery.
A visibly shaken Abdullahi noted that the Board will continue to check the integrity of the certificates presented by teachers to ensure that the teaching profession is not devalued by impostors.

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How I Delivered 125 Children After Govt Hospitals Rejected Us -Woman Leader

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Women leader of the Internally Displaced Persons, Durumi camp, Garki Abuja, Mrs Liyatu Ayuba, has narrated how she became a midwife in the camp following rejection of their pregnant members in government hospitals.
The women leader, who was displaced from Borno State after the Boko Haram insurgents killed her husband in 2015, revealed that she has successfully assisted in delivering about 125 children in the camp.
Speaking with The Tide source in the camp, Mrs Liyatu alleged that the National Hospital, Abuja, and other government medical facilities had denied their pregnant members access to medical care following their inability to pay bills.
According to her, a lady in the camp who needed a cesarean section died in the National Hospital after they were unable to pay for the operation.
“Few years ago, a lady came to this camp and she was 7 months pregnant. She came barefoot with only a wrapper and she didn’t have a bacha (hut) so she was squatting on another person’s own.
“The next three days, she was in labour and we took her to the National Hospital in Abuja here and we were told to bring 100,000 but we told them that we do not have such money that they should please try and save her life.
“They said they can’t do anything, that we IDPs are disturbing them. That was how the woman and her baby died in the hospital. They even refused to release the corps for us because we could not pay,” they disclosed.
According to her, she was angered by the incident which prompted her into midwifery to save the lives of other women in the camp.
“I learnt how to be a midwife from my grandmother. I started delivering babies on January 2, 2015, so from that year till date, I have delivered a total of 125 babies in this camp,” she stated.
Liyatu told our source that she has been sensitizing households in the camp to embrace family planning due to lack of funds to train the children.
“I have been telling them that people who have four to five children should do family planning because we are facing a lot in this camp, we are not collecting salary.
“And these children are not going to school and women keep getting pregnant. God will hold us responsible for the children that we are bringing to this world without training them,” she noted.

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