Costain Plans Big For Telecoms Sector With Public Offer

Costain (W.A.) Plc, one of the leading construction companies in Nigeria is planning big for the telecoms sector with a public offer to begin any moment from now.

At an interactive session with media representatives at the weekend in Lagos, the chief executive officer, CEO of Costain (W.A.) Plc, Mr. Phil Wharton who was in company of the establishment’s executive director, Finance, Mr. Harm Ploeger, said that the company planned to go for public offer to increase its capital base in the execution of capital projects which include assisting the telecoms sector in the building of masts and base stations which Costain is already doing in countries like Congo, Uganda and other neighbouring countries.

“Costain (W.A.) Plc will be willing to render services and assistance in this direction,” he said.

Mr. Wharton recalled that the company has been in operation since 1948 and re-iterated that it is their desire to remain a major player in the construction industry just as he catalogued a long list of Costain’s achievements in the sector including NITEL highrise building in Lagos; Guinness building, Apapa Port and several edifices across the country.

The CEO eulogized the present performance of the company’s share price at the capital market which he said has appreciated from N1.48 in January 2007 to N18.89 same year. While recalling the successful hosting of its 59th Annual General Meeting, AGM in Abuja in September this year where it announced that its turn over had tripled increasing significantly to N3 billion from N1.1 billion in 2006, it was further gathered that the company’s half year result posted has similarly witnessed a remarkable growth from N344.4 million made last year to N772.6 million in 2007.

The company’s helmsman specifically announced that Costain is looking for substantial growth over the next five years even as he posited that the company’s corporate vision is to be leader in the delivery of sustainable services.

While bemoaning the problems which may have stunted the growth of the company over the years, the CEO attributed it to their failure to change with time by bringing into the company in good time enough professionals, adding that they have since overcome the teething problems. He said the company will capitalise on the brand name it has made over the years in the industry to relaunch it into reckoning even as he called on all Nigerians to take advantage of the public offer to be shareholders of a company that has earned for itself a global identity.

Goat With Human Face Delivered In Kano

An unusual occurrence that will remain indelible in the minds of residents in Dakata area of Kano happened recently. It is the birth of a mystery goat with unusual human features.

The she-goat, after a prolonged labour, gave birth to three kids, one of which had a bizarre look, with a human feature, especially the face, the nose, the eye cavity and of course, the genital organs, which indicated that of a female.

The incident attracted an unprecedented crowd at the Dakata Police Station where the strange creature was first taken to, an incident which happened on August 6, 2009.

It was learnt that the she-goat, which had the mystery delivery is 12 years old and belongs to one Malama Amina of Sauna Village in Dakata who revealed that she-goat to date has delivered six times,

She explained that each delivery in the past produced three kids, but the latest came with a difference, as one of the three has some human features, especially the face, the nose, the eye cavity and of course, the genital organs, which indicated it is a female.

As at the time of this report, it was gathered the strange animal died moments after delivery, while the other two survived and the owner, Malama Amina stated that for the first time, the she-goat experienced prolonged labour which was an unusual situation in the history of her labour.

Vet .doctor, Salisu Atiku and the senior livestock superintendent, Abbas Ibrahim who both commented on the development said it will be wrong to link it with a human sexual contact.

The reaction is in response to widespread insinuations that there might have been a sexual relationship between the she-goat and a normal human being.

NGO Plans To Engage 5,000 Ogoni Youths In Movie Industry

A Port Harcourt-based NGO, the Ogoni Christian Project, plans to engage 5,000 Ogoni youths in the movie industry.

The coordinator of the project, Mr Fegalo Nsuke, said in Port Harcourt that the group had gone into agreement with Vivibed, a Port Harcourt-based entertainment agency, to implement the plan.

“We have gone into an agreement with Vivibed Entertainments to develop the Ogoni movie industry,” Nsuke told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

“The aim is to engage 5,000 Ogoni youths in the industry. The youth will learn acting, script writing, directing, make-up and all positions in the industry,” he said.

The coordinator also said the group would train other Ogoni youths in creative businesses such as web site design to make them independent and self-employed.

“We want out youths to be self-reliant in some endeavours. This way, they will think less of violence or other social vices that can easily take up their time,” he said.

Nsuke also said the organisation had declared 120 days of prayer for peace, starting from June 1 and ending on Sept. 28, to attract the youth to evangelism.

“When the youth come for training, we do counselling and evangelism to change their mindset and this has worked for us.

“Since we started the prayer session, there has not been any reported case of crisis in Ogoniland,” the coordinator said.

Nsuke said his organisation had put its prayers on-line so that other churches and organisations in the world would join in the prayer for peace in Ogoniland and the Niger Delta. (NAN)