This man proposed to 2 sisters at once — for a touching reason

Will Seaton always knew that when he proposed to his girlfriend of six years, he’d get down on one knee not only for his bride-to-be, but her sister, too.
And that’s exactly what the Indiana man did. After all, it’s hard to find Seaton’s girlfriend, Ashley Schaus, 23, without her 16-year-old sister, Hannah — who has Down syndrome and diabetes — by her side.

“I wanted to include Hannah in the proposal in case she may not get to experience that,” Seaton, 25, told TODAY. “Hannah is a big part of our relationship and I already consider her a sister.”

Ashley Schaus recounted telling Seaton shortly after the two started dating in 2010 that “Hannah and I were a package deal. She’s part of my life and if you’re going to be with me, she’s going to be with us.” The couple plan to marry in October.

Seaton popped the big question in March of last year in a field of daffodils in their hometown of Santa Claus, Indiana, where the Schaus family goes yearly to take familyphotos. “He got down on one knee and asked Hannah to be his best friend forever,” Schaus recounted, noting her sister even got her own ring, an heirloom that once belonged to the sisters’ grandmother. “And then he looked at me as I was trying to stop sobbing. I asked ‘Am I next?’ Then he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife.”

“It’s so nice to know that he loves her just as much as I do, and that he would protect her in times that I can’t be there,” said Schaus, who is a geologist. “That double layer of protection is reassuring.”
“From day one … when Hannah was born, my parents explained to me that she was extra special and that I should look out and protect her more than a typical sibling throughout her life,” Schaus said. “We pretty much do everything together.”
Since the couple began dating, approximately 80 percent of their dates have included Hannah Schaus. They would frequently catch a movie she had been wanting to see or go to GattiTown (the equivalent of their Chuck E. Cheese), where the teen loves to eat cheese pizza and play video games.

The couple met in October of 2010 when they both went to the same car show in Bristol, Indiana. Schaus, who was then 17, spotted a 1976 red Camaro that she adored, and posted a photo of it online. She would later learn, after mutual friends connected them on Facebook, that the car belonged to Seaton. Soon after, he would pick her up in that very same car for their first date at a drive-in movie theater. “And now, seven years later, we’re getting married,” she exclaimed.

Hannah Schaus will also play a big part in her sister’s wedding in Rockport, Indiana, on Oct. 7. Because she’s more than a bridesmaid, she’ll be called “best sister.” The teenager — who will wear a short white dress — and Seaton will exchange what they call “best friend vows” and dance to Harry Nilsson’s “Best Friend.”




Selection against Sarawak shows JDT’s intent in 2017 Malaysia Cup






A strong line-up in the opening tie of the 2017 Malaysia Cup group match proves that JDT desire to finally lift the trophy this year

Ever since Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) emerged as a club status in 2013, the Malaysia Cup is the only domestic trophy that has eluded the record-breaking team that has taken Malaysian football by storm – winning three consecutive Super League titles as well triumphs in the FA Cup and AFC Cup.

Whether by design or not, somehow or rather JDT always seem to falter in the oldest cup competition in Malaysia football history. A competition that was last won by the previous incarnation of Johor won in 1991, there seems to be a renewed desire to lift the coveted trophy this season.

Lack of a place to the continental AFC Cup competition has always been cited as the reason why JDT have put more focus into the Super League as well as the FA Cup. But for the first time in three years, JDT are not involved in the latter stages of the AFC Cup and thus a comparatively more relaxed schedule is allowing them to take the Malaysia Cup more seriously this season.

Compared to the second-string sides that JDT paraded in the competition last year, yesterday’s selection against Sarawak in the opening match of the group stage in this year’s competition – showed that the Southern Tigers are serious about ending their barren run in the competition.

Ulisses Morais did ring in some change from the side that managed a 2-0 win over Penang in last Saturday’s league match. Amirulhadi Zainal, Fazly Mazlan, Aidil Zafuan and Mohammed Ghaddar were moved to the bench with Afiq Fazail, Azrif Nasrulhaq, Fadhli Shas and Hazwan Bakri named in the starting XI.

Yet the core of Izham Tarmizi, Marcos Antonio, S. Kunanlan, Safiq Rahim, Natxo Insa, Gonzalo Cabrera and Gabriel Guerra were selected and it is an indication as to the ambition of the team towards the competition. With the matches coming thick and fast, a few of these seven players could be afforded some time on the pitch as Morais’ squad rotation game comes into play.

A mixture of the squad without differentiating a first XI from a second XI seemed to be the best option forward for Morais. A ploy that would even give game time to the lesser used players like Nazmi Faiz and Azamuddin Akil to play themselves into some kind of form and contention.

With 10 matches to on the horizon packed into 35 days from today, Morais is not only adopting the right tactics for this one match against Sarawak but also for the Super League that forms half of the scheduled matches during this period.

Three years since JDT went close to lifting one of the oldest cup competition in Asia, succumbing to a Dickson Nwakaeme inspired Pahang in the 2014 final, the Southern Tigers looks set to assume the favourites tag to lift the trophy in 2017.



‘Military not involved in decision to swap terrorists for Chibok girls,’ Army Chief says

Buratai said the Federal Government believed the swap was the best option to secure the girls’ release.

Chief of Army Staff, Maj. General Tukur Buratai  (Nigerian Eye)

The swap of Boko Haram prisoners for the release of the 82 Chibok schoolgirls was a purely political decision, not military, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai said on Tuesday, July 4.

Buratai said the  Federal Government believed the swap was the best option to secure the girls’ release.

He stated this in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation’s programme, Hard Talk, aired on Tuesday.

“As far as I am concerned, we performed our own role for the safe passage of the abducted Chibok girls. The Boko Haram terrorists’ swap for the Chibok schoolgirls was a political decision, not a military decision. It is in the best interest of the nation and based on the circumstances, the government felt it was the best course,” he said.

“Personally, I think it has its own advantages; the message is to rescue the Chibok girls.

“I do not think anyone has said the Boko Haram has been eliminated. Terrorism is something that is resilient.”

Buratai reiterated that the insurgents have been defeated despite recent attacks on some Borno villages.

He said the inability of the terrorists to attack the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and other northern states as they did before May 2015, showed they have been defeated.

“Before May 2015, the Boko Haram insurgents were even in Abuja, Kano and Kaduna. They were operating even to the South. We had to stop them. For the past one and a half years, we have not had any attack in Jos, Abuja, Kano and many other places, not even as close as Gombe State.

“They are only concentrated within certain areas in Borno and Yobe states,” he added.

The activities of the terrorists, though reduced, could hardly be taken for defeat.

In a recently released video, many armed members of the sect were seen celebrating Sallah at a location believed to be Sambisa Forest.

The insurgents also on Tuesday,  attacked an army base in Logomani in the Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.

According to Punch, they engaged soldiers from 3 Battalion army base in Logomani in a gun battle that left three of the terrorists and one soldier dead.

It was gathered that the insurgents had also on Monday attempted to attack the troops’ base in Gulumba Gana in the Bama Local Government Area of Borno.

An unconfirmed number of the terrorists were said to have been shot dead by troops during the attempted attack.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, confirmed the attempted attacks on the army bases in Dikwa and Bama, adding that the troops recovered three AK-47 rifles from the insurgents in Logomani.



NGF to provide standard golf course in 6 zones – scribe

NGF to provide standard golf course in 6 zones – scribe

The newly elected board of the Nigeria Golf Federation with ex-Osun Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, as president will provide golf driving range in the six geo-political zones of the country to popularise the sport, an official has said.

A driving range is an area where golfers can practice their golf swing.

NGF’s Director of Competition and Secretary, Emma Ekong, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Tuesday that the Oyinlola-led board would also give priority attention to the grassroots development of golf.

She stated that Oyinlola, an amateur golfer, would bring the much-needed innovation and direction to bear on golf and also ensure a participatory management.

Ekong said: “The former governor plans to have a standard golf driving range in each of the six geo-political zones in the country where everyone will go and enjoy golf.

“We want to start with the six regions where the president will meet all the governors requesting for a site after which we will spread the tentacles to the states.

“We want golf presence in all the states in Nigeria; so, he will be taking his campaign to the states. We want to create awareness for grassroots development of golf in all the states.

“The gospel of the sport will be spread through the grassroots.”

Ekong also unfolded plans by the new board to embark on wide consultations and all-encompassing competitions.

She said: “The president has also spoken of his desire to restore the ‘President’s Cup’ in the country; the championships will be an open one for all the golfers.

“He has done that before as a former president of the federation and he wants to bring it back.

“He has a well-thought out plan to have a good grassroots programme that will involve all. He is a thorough-bred golfer who knows his onions and he is ready to move golf to the next level.

“The president’s cup will be one of the cardinal programmes of his administration.”

Ekong indicated that a golf summit would soon be convened for stakeholders to chart a new course for the game.

She said: “The summit is expected to have in attendance all the state chairmen, the captains of the various clubs and other stakeholders.”

On why Oyinlola was elected unopposed, Ekong said he was honoured with the election because of his past records, pedigree and achievements as an NGF president.

She said: “Oyinlola belongs to virtually all the golf clubs in Nigeria and he also supports them as well.

“Golf federation election was very peaceful because of his personality. Prior to the election, we had about four candidates jostling for the post, but they all withdrew for him.”

NAN reports that Oyinlola was elected unopposed in Abuja on June 13.


Restructuring agitators don’t understand what it means – Senator Abu Ibrahim

The Senator representing Katsina South Senatorial district and Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Abu Ibrahim has explained that most Nigerians and particularly those agitating for restructuring don’t understand what it means.

Speaking with DAILY POST in Abuja, the lawmaker who was reacting to the death of elder statesman, late Alhaji Maitama Sule stressed that restructuring was not about allowing each region to control its economic resources.

He said no restructuring could take place without the National Assembly taking the lead, noting that lawmakers were representatives of the people.

“In constitutional democracy as we operate in Nigeria, people should channel critical issues like restructuring through the National Assembly”, he said.

While commending the leaders of Southeast for their commitment to the unity of Nigeria, he stressed that the legacies of the heroes past to the indivisibility of the nation should not be tampered with for any reason.

“Most Nigerians who talked about restructuring think of regional control of economic resources.

“This is a misunderstanding of restructuring and that is the reason the legislature should take up the matter”, he said.

While eulogising the virtues of late Maitama Sule, for his commitment to indivisibility of Nigeria, he explained that his effort as the Ambassador to the United Nations made the country to be highly respected across the world.

According to him, Nigeria had taken the lead in Africa and cannot be divorced from efforts of the likes of Maitama Sule.

“Late Maitama Sule’s legacy as ambassador to the United Nations made Nigeria to be highly respected across the world.

“As a proud leader of African countries, no one talks about Africans without mentioning Nigeria as number one”, he maintained.

Recalling the memories of late Maitama Sule, he explained that his inspiring speeches, despite his health challenges were reckoned with by political leaders worldwide.



FG provides N40b bailout for MDAs’ electricity debts

The Federal Government, on Tuesday, in Abuja, said it had provided N40 billion to settle reconciled outstanding electricity bills of its ministries and agencies.

Minister of Budget and National Planning, Mr. Udoma Udo Udoma, stated this while addressing The Situation Room, a group of civil society organisations, and said that the gesture was part of strategy to revamp the power sector.

Udoma said the step was imperative because the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, which was predicated on the 2017 Budget, would not be effective without a bolstered power sector.

He said that the budget was designed to expand partnership between public and private sector as well as developmental capital to leverage and spur resources for growth.

He said that other key objectives to focus on were the ongoing critical infrastructure projects such as roads, railways, power and ICT, to have a quick positive effect on the economy.

“In order to do that, it is important that every segment of the power sector is commercialised so that the government itself is making sure to settle its bills to the Discos to make sure that power is effective.

“So, we are looking at N40 billion to settle some of the bills MDAs have in the power sector.’’

Udoma said that the government would also invest N9.5 billion on rural electrification projects in federal universities in its quest for sustainable power.

He said that N10 billion had also been earmarked for the construction of 3,050-megawatt Mambilla hydropower project.

He added that N10.02 billion had been put aside for the completion of power evacuation facility for 400-megawatt Kashimbila hydropower plant.

Earlier, Mr Clement Nwankwo, Executive Director, Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) and Convener of The Situation Room, said that the Budget Office needed to explain certain aspects of the 2017 Budget to the public.

Nwankwo said that the budget was critical to national development and that its explanation was necessary to answer the numerous questions being asked by Nigerians.

He said that civil society organisations had always asked the government to define its road map to take Nigeria out of the current recession which had persisted.

The group’s leader said that in spite of the length of the time, the solution kept shifting from quarter to quarter without ending.

“There are concerns about where the country is economically. We know that this is a very rich country with an enormous capacity of the citizens.

“So, the purpose of the interaction was to be able to get a sense from the minister, the minister of state and the Director-General of budget on how the country is faring.

“We need to know the status of where we are and the promise of what the future holds,’’ he said.

Nwankwo, however, urged the citizens to contribute their quota in generating revenue by paying tax “so as to be able to hold the government responsible to perform its duty and provide infrastructures”.

He reaffirmed civil society organisations’ commitment to partner the government to expand the economy to make life more meaningful for Nigerians. (NAN)



Finally, Nigerian Stock Exchange Delists Ashaka Cement

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Ashaka Cement Plc was Tuesday voluntarily delisted from the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). The company had last year notified the exchange of its intention to exit. The shareholders of Ashaka Cement, who have exercised their option to exit the company prior to the delisting will receive 57 Lafarge Africa Plc shares for 202 Ashaka shares, as well as a N2.00 per share cash consideration.

On the other hand, shareholders, who do not want to remain in the unlisted Ashaka Cement will be entitled to receive a payment of N15.74 per share from the company.
The Board of Directors of Ashaka Cement Plc had opted for a voluntarily delisting of the company from the NSE in violation of the exchange’s Free Float Deficiency provision of 20 per cent.

According to the directors, Lafarge Africa Plc currently holds 84.97 per cent of Ashaka Cement, bringing the free float that is tradable on the NSE to 15.03 per cent as against 20 per cent stipulated by the exchange.
The directors explained that is not improbable that given this free float deficiency, the NSE could take enforcement action and initiate a regulatory delisting, given that the free float deficiency is not likely to be remedied, hence the decision to delist and operate as an unlisted company.

Besides, the free float deficiency, the directors said over the last five years, there has been little or no trading activity with only 0.20 per cent of the shares held by the minority shareholders being traded.
“Neither the company nor any shareholders are benefiting from the continued listing as shareholders are not getting any exit opportunity and their investments have been locked up and they find it difficult to dispose of their shareholding. Moreover, the company is bearing unnecessary cost in complying with its listing obligations,” the directors said.

They disclosed that through the voluntary delisting of AshakaCem, they are exercising a regulatory provision that will shield the company from any enforcement action that the NSE may effect and are also providing an exit consideration to minority shareholders who do not wish to remain in an unlisted company.

Ashaka Cement recorded a decline of 27 per cent in profit after tax (PAT) for the year ended December 31, 2016.
The company posted a revenue of N17.351 billion, showing a marginal fall from N17.415 billion in 2015. Ashaka Cement ended the year with profit before tax of N2.663 billion, down from N3.209 billion in 2015, and PAT of 2.01 billion, compared with N2.76 billion in 2015.


Nigeria: Dino Melaye: How Recall Process Works

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A recall is the power of voters to unseat a serving lawmaker before the person’s tenure is up.

The unfolding debacle of Kogi State senator, Dino Melaye, has elicited curiosity amongst Nigerians about one of the most obscured but powerful constitutional instruments in Nigeria’s evolving democratic system.

A recall process that began with a few people queuing to etch their signatures in what initially seemed an ill-fated exercise on June 10, has now morphed into arguably the most keenly-watched political phenomenon three weeks later.

On June 22, the Independent National Electoral Commission served a notice of recall proceedings on Mr. Melaye, ushering in the newest recall exercise in the country.

On July 3, the electoral umpire unveiled a timetable of five critical dates for the recall process. The process continued despite Mr. Melaye’s attempts to block it from the court.

Although the provisions for recall are enumerated in the Constitution, ostensibly as tools for accountability, they are rarely tested by the electorate.

While there have been a few recall efforts in the past, no member of the parliament at the local or federal level has ever been recalled.

On August 28, 2005, a recall referendum conducted by INEC in Plateau State was unsuccessful as the incumbent retained his seat with 74 percent of the votes.

Simon Lalong, then Speaker of Plateau State House of Assembly, had reportedly secured a court injunction against his recall, but INEC, under Maurice Iwu, went ahead with the exercise, anyway.

This gives Mr. Melaye hope that the outcome of a referendum, if conducted against him, might not end his mandate; but does not mean the process is, by any means, easy.

Mr. Melaye apparently had this in mind when he first declared his recall process an exercise in futility a day after it began.

“He is shooting the moon and boxing the wind,” the senator said of Governor Yahaya Bello, his political rival whom he strongly believes is financing the recall campaign.

In a display of solidarity, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, assured his embattled colleague that his seat will remain intact.

“The recall process is dead on arrival going by the Constitution,” Mr. Ekweremadu said at the plenary Tuesday. “It’s a long process, after the verification of votes.”

Legality of the process…

Since there’s no constitutional question about whether a lawmaker could be recalled or not, PREMIUM TIMES has decided to examine the provisions of the Constitution and the Electoral Act as they apply to a recall exercise.

Practically, the procedures that apply to the recall of federal lawmakers are the same as those for members of a House of Assembly at the state level.

But Section 69 of the Constitution addressed recall for senators and members of the House of Representatives only, while another section dealt with a state-level recall. The process does not apply to elected executives, those can only be impeached.

The process…

From Section 69 of the Constitution:

A member of the Senate or of the House Representatives may be recalled as such a member if –

(a) there is presented to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission a petition in that behalf signed by more than one-half of the persons registered to vote in that member’s constituency alleging their loss of confidence in that member; and

(b) the petition is thereafter, in a referendum conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission within ninety days of the date of receipt of the petition, approved by a simple majority of the votes of the persons registered to vote in that member’s constituency.

Section 116 of the Electoral Act also dictated the same thing.

In Kogi, Mr. Melaye’s opponents said they’ve collated about 188, 588 signatures to recall him from Senate.

The number represents roughly 52.3 percent of 360,098 registered voters, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

The campaigners also said they ensured that all voters who signed the recall petition attached their respective voter’s cards to the document for proper and easier verification by electoral officers.

The Electoral Act advises that petitioners list offences against a target, but Mr. Melaye’s public image as perhaps the most controversial lawmaker in the Eighth Assembly makes it easy for his opponents to pin as many offences against him as they deem necessary.

Since INEC has announced some key dates in the exercise, it is no longer a question of whether the recall process would be exhausted but if Mr. Melaye can survive it.

Next, INEC will verify that all the signatures are accurate and constitute more than a half of the electorate in his Kogi West Senatorial District as asserted by the petitioners.

The Constitution and the Electoral Act require only a simple majority (51 percent) of ‘Yes’ votes in the referendum that will be conducted after –amongst other tasks– authentication of submitted signatures.

This may likely be the most difficult stage for officials, especially as Mr. Melaye has said the collated signatures were fictitious in his prayers before the court.

But if INEC could weather the legal, political and other storms and successfully verify the signatures, the referendum is expected to be conducted by the open secret ballot system.

Once the recall process has been completed and results announced, INEC will pass instruction based on the will of the majority in Mr. Melaye’s constituency to the Senate President, in this case, Bukola Saraki, for immediate action.

This will be in accordance with Section 68 (h) of the Constitution:

“The President of the Senate or, as the case may be, the Speaker of the House of Representatives receives a certificate under the hand of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission stating that the provisions of section 69 of this Constitution have been complied with in respect of the recall of that member.”

That section, as stated, does not require the consent of the presiding officers of the National Assembly for the recall but only seeks to inform them of the outcome, contrary to the claim of Mr. Ekweremadu that “The Senate would also verify the legitimacy of the votes before a conclusion is made.”

Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy Senate President

If Mr. Melaye’s recall succeeds, INEC will conduct a by-election in his constituency.

Although the Constitution and the Electoral Act did not say if a recalled individual could still participate in a bye-election arising from such recall, legal experts say the situation is not that complicated.

Liborous Oshoma, a Lagos-based legal practitioner, said Mr. Melaye can contest if his party nominates him.

He cited the case of Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, who was elected as governor in October 2014, exactly eight years after he was impeached by the House of Assembly in October 2006.

When Mr. Fayose’s 2014 victory was challenged on the basis of his past impeachment, the Supreme Court held that the governor has the constitutional right to stand election because he was not indicted or convicted by any court.

“A recall is neither an indictment nor a conviction,” Mr. Oshoma said. “It’s only a vote of no confidence passed on an elected official by constituents.”

No matter how the process ends, all lawmakers, state and federal, have been put on notice, once again, that their mandate is dependent on voters — and thus they should discharge their duties accordingly.


Magu: Why Osinbajo may be impeached as Acting President — Ozekhome

Human rights activist and lawyer, Mike Ozekhome has said the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo risks impeachment over his retention of Ibrahim Magu as the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Ozekhome explained that the continuous retention of Magu as the Chairman of EFCC was an impeachable offence which was provided for in the constitution.

In a statement he signed and issued on Tuesday, the constitutional lawyer said, “For the Acting President to continue to retain Magu in office as acting chairman amounts to “gross misconduct” as defined by Sections 143 of the 1999 Constitution.

“This is because a deliberate breach of the Constitution or violation of extant laws is an impeachable offence.

“The provisions of Section 2 (3) of the EFCC (Establishment) Act, 2004, are all too very clear and straightforward to admit of any ambiguity.

“They simply provide that the President shall appoint the EFCC chairman subject to confirmation by the Senate. This simply means the EFCC chairman cannot act in office without approval by the senate.

“It becomes patently illegal and unconstitutional for Magu to continue to be brazenly retained in office, in spite of the hallowed doctrine of separation of powers and of checks and balances provided for in sections 4,5,6 of the 1999 Constitution and as ably espoused by Baron Dr Montesqueu in 1748.

“Resolutions of the Senate, and indeed the NASS are weighty and have the force of law under sections 4,88 and 89 of the 1999.”

He noted that what the executive is simply saying is “to hell with the Senate; you don’t matter or count for anything.”

He added, “That is intolerable. A rejection of any presidential appointment by Senate is final and puts an end to the tenure or aspiration of such an appointee.

“There ceases to be any acting capacity. That has been the custom, convention and provision of Article 2 section 2 of the USA Constitution since 1789 when the first presidential refusal occurred.

“Our presidential Constitution and presidentialism are modelled after the US’s experience. Have u ever heard of “Acting Minister” or “Acting Ambassador” when Senate rejects nominees to those positions? Let us for God’s sake get things right.”


CPN Urges FG to Maximise Benefits of Information Technology

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Emma Okonji Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria, (CPN), on Wednesday in Abuja, advised the federal government on the need to maximise the benefits of Information Technology (IT) in order fast-track national development. Chairman/President of the Council at CPN, Prof. Vincent Ele Asor, who gave the advice at the ongoing IT Assembly organised by CPN, said that IT has proven to be a potent tool for good governance and economic transformation as demonstrated with the introduction of Single Treasury Account (TSA). Asor said the theme of this year’s annual event: ‘IT for Good Governance and Economic Transformation’, became necessary by virtue of the enormous responsibility on IT practitioners as members of the fastest developing profession in the world. Asor said government must sustain the gains of IT by allowing modern technology to drive the economy going forward. He further explained that the programme was part of the initiatives that the Council took to ensure that Nigeria is positioned to take maximum advantage of the knowledge economy globally. Over 300 new members were inducted into the CPN Council as part of its annual activities. Administering the oath of membership to the new inductees, he charged the new inductees to be professionals and be above board in their IT practice as the profession demands high level of integrity and honesty from all its members. He also charged them to always be alive to their responsibility of ensuring quality IT practice in their various areas of service. Speaking on the importance of IT to national development, Asor said: ‘‘IT offers developing countries like Nigeria, a formidable and cost-effective tools for accelerated development. ‘‘There is no doubt that IT is a critical sector to the development of any nation. No meaningful development can take place if the IT sector is prostrate. That is why we have to be alive to our responsibility of moving with the centre stage of national development. It should not only exist as a potential, but rather as an integral part of national development with strict compliance to international bets practices,’’ he said. The CPN President said Information technology would continue to be a very good source for governance, economy development healthcare, and in the banking industry. “IT today drives the entire economy and personalities. This year, we said we are going to tell people about information technology as a tool that can manage, help, direct, guide governance in all its ramifications. ‘‘Governance is supposed to transform lives, but IT penetration in the country is still very low, which is less than 10 per cent, and we need to create the awareness in the society,” he added In her keynote address, the former President of CPN, Professor Adenike Osifisan called on federal government to eradicate quackery in the IT profession in Nigeria. Osofisan said IT is not just about buying and selling of devices, but a profession that ought to be practiced with competence, integrity and honesty for optimal benefit to the economy. Adenike, who is also the Director, School of Business, University of Ibadan, also warned that failure to check the excesses of quackery in the profession would spell doom for the economy, stating that the failure of IT practitioners to upgrade on the regular basis, will keep the country behind the rest of the world. She also urged government to introduce IT education at basic level to enable Nigerians catch up with their peers across the globe.