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Ondo: Final

INEC results

1-Ondo West

AD. 7154

APC. 10672

PDP. 17382

SDP. 236

2-Irele

AD. 6,710.

APC. 11,138.

PDP. 5,907

SDP. 68

3-Ifedore

AD. 4,629.

APC. 10,958

PDP. 6,747

SDP. 162

Continues on Page 5

VICTORY: APC Governor-Elect in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu and his wife Betty, jubilating at his residence in Owo after

declaration of the results by INEC. PHOTO: AKEEM SALAU.

ONDO: PDP, AD kick as INEC

names Akeredolu Gov-elect

•I won’t fail Ondo people – Akeredolu

•Buhari, Tinubu, Saraki, Ambode, Dogara, others salute him

•I won hearts of Ondo people —Jegede

•Accept defeat in good faith – APC tells other parties

Senate makes U-turn, drops

already cleared nominee

COLUMNISTS

OWEI

LAKEMFA

Weaning the

children of

violence

HENRY

BOYO

HIGH COST OF

BORROWING:

Who is

fooling who?

OCHEREOME

NNANNA

CJN Onnoghen's

promising

debut

33 30 34

9

MEET

THE

BOSS

By Dayo Johnson, Henry Umoru, Emman

Ovuakporie, Johnbosco Agbakwuru & Omeiza

Ajayi

A KURE—WITH

244,842 votes, Mr.

Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, of

the All Progressives

Congress, APC, was,

yesterday, declared by the

Army okays 8 Div

for Sokoto 8

Nigeria,

Australia

have many

things in

common

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Independent National

Electoral Commission,

Continues on Page 5

Mr & Mrs


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POCKET CARTOON

ANNIVERSARY—His Royal Majesty, Orhue 1, the Orodje of Okpe, arriving

on horse back, during the 10th Anniversary of his coronation, weekend in

Orerokpe, Okpe LGA, Delta State. More pictures on Page 12.

ONDO: PDP, AD kick as INEC

names Akeredolu Gov-elect

Continues from page 1

INEC, as the winner of

Saturday’s governorship

election.

According to the results

announced by Prof.

Abdul-Ganiyu Ambali,

the INEC Chief Returning

Officer, he won with a

margin of 94,462 votes,

spaking off protests from

rival political parties.

Mr Eyitayo Jegede,

SAN, the peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

candidate, his closest

challenger had 150,380

votes. The Alliance for

Democracy standard

bearer, Olusola Oke,

garnered 126,889 votes to

come third, while Dr. Olu

Agunloye of the Social

Democratic Party, SDP, got

10,149 votes.

Ambali gave the total

number of valid votes to

be 551,272 votes, rejected

votes 29,615 and total

number of votes cast as

580,887.

The council areas won

by Akeredolu included

the two strongholds of

Jegede – Akure South and

Akure North; Ifedore, the

council area of the state

chairman of the PDP,

Clement Faboyede.

Akeredolu won

massively in Owo, where

he hails from with over

32,000 votes.

Other councils won by

the governor-elect

included Idanre, lrele,

Akoko North East, Ile

Oluji-Okeigbo, Akoko

South-East, Ose, Akoko

South-West, Akoko North-

West, Odigbo and Ese-

Odo.

Jegede managed to win

in the two councils

controlled by the outgoing

governor, Dr Olusegun

Mimiko - Ondo East and

Ondo West council areas.

Olusola Oke also

managed to win in

Okitipupa and in his

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within the ambit of the greater good will always

achieve far more. It’s up to you.

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The one thing that keeps us out of connection is

the fear that we’re not worthy of connection— Brene

Brown

Often fear and uncertainty is a great

enabler for our vulnerability. There is perhaps

only one variable that separates the people who

have a strong sense of love and belonging and

the people who struggle for it. When people

experience pure accepting love, they develop a

strong sense of love and belonging. Know you

are worthy of being loved beautifully.

SAYINGS OF OUR PEOPLE

All lizards lie flat, how can we tell the

one with stomach pains?

home town of Ilaje local

council.

However, the result has

been pooh-poohed by

Oke and Agunloye, who

said it did not reflect the

wishes of Ondo people.

Jegede, who said he was

still studying the result,

said he had won the

hearts of Ondo people,

who stood by him during

his battle to reclaim the

PDP ticket.

They spoke as President

Muhammadu Buhari,

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed

Tinubu Senate President

Bukola Saraki, Governors

Rochas Okorocha (Imo),

Aminu Tambuwal

(Sokoto);House of

Representatives Speaker,

Yakubu Dogara; former

governor of Ekiti State, Dr

Kayode Fayemi and the

APC saluted Akeredolu on

his victory.

Shortly after the

election, Oke had

complained of pre-loaded

card readers, intimidation

and harassment of his

party leaders and

supporters as well as

inducement of voters by

the APC and PDP to rig

the election.

Result not true

reflection of Ondo

people's wish

– Agunloye

Speaking in like

manner, Agunloye

lamented that the result of

the election was not the

true reflection of the

wishes of the people of the

state.

Agunloye told newsmen

in Akure that reports from

his agents across the state

indicated that there was

“distribution of money,

clothes and other things

at various polling stations.

“The electorate were

attacked and driven out of

the voting centres while

the security agents looked

the other way.

“The figures released by

INEC to me seemed to

had been allocated by the

electoral body in

collaboration with APC but

we will await the decision

of the party before we

take our next step," he

said.

Agunloye added that

this is not the end of the

matter, as he will soon

"take a decision after

conferring with the

leadership of our party."

Jegede studies

situation, says he

won hearts of Ondo

people

On his part, Jegede,

yesterday, said that he

was still studying the

situation and would make

his position on the

outcome of the election

known in due course.

He pointed out,

however, that he was

happy that he won the

hearts of the people of the

state who stood by him

during the travails.

“I know we have won

the hearts of the people

and I should thank our

people for standing by us,

for their show of love and

for their steadfastness,”

he said, adding that he

was waiting for the

position of his party before

taking further step.

Speaking with newsmen

in Akure few hours after

Akeredolu was declared

the winner of the poll, he

said: “We are studying the

situation and in the

fullness of time you will

know what the position of

the party is. The events

that led to the election is

known to us and you. We

had 48 hours to prepare

for the election, I was

cleared by the court on

Wednesday and had only

Thursday to campaign

and on Saturday I had to

go for election. The

request for postponement

was denied by INEC for

reasons that we are yet to

fathom and these are the

things in the next few

days we will have to

review."

The Ondo State PDP,

Chairman, Clement

Faboyede said: “The party

will meet today

(yesterday)with all the

stakeholders and our

decision will be made

public. We thank God for

the litigation processes

and at the end of the day

we came out victorious

and our heart desired

candidate for PDP was

cleared to contest the

election few days to the

election and there was no

time for campaign and to

prepare for the election.

We will meet soon and x-

ray every angle and get

across to the public."

I won’t fail Ondo

people – Akeredolu

A few hours after he was

declared the governor

elect, Akeredolu promised

the people of the state that

he would not fail them.

Speaking with newsmen

at his residence in Owo,

he dedicated the victory

to God and Ondo people.

He commended

President Muhammadu

Buhari and the National

Chairman of APC, Chief

John Oyegun and

members of the party

National Working

Committee (NWC).

His words: “This victory

is of God through the

people. It is not for me or

the APC alone, it is a

victory for the people of

Ondo State irrespective of

which side of the divide

Final INEC results

Continues from page 1

4-Akoko North East

AD. 5,367

APC 13,645

PDP. 6,496

SDP. 2478

5-Ileoluji/Okeigbo

AD 4525

APC 10681

PDP 8306

SDP 144

6-Ondo East.

AD 2,742

APC. 4,253.

PDP 7,317

SDP. 48

7-Ose

AD. 4272

APC. 13454

PDP. 6520

SDP. 158

8-Akure North

AD. 4123

APC. 10710

PDP. 6498

SDP. 177

9-Akoko South East

AD. 2270

APC. 6384

PDP. 4239

SDP. 378

10-Akoko South West

AD. 9359

APC. 19892

PDP. 7691

SDP. 515

11- Akoko North West

AD. 4831

APC. 13048

PDP. 6049

SDP. 4032

12-Okitipupa

AD. 16294

APC. 14930

you stood during the

election. For me, it is a

challenge to perform. It is

a call to rescue our state

and reverse its fortunes.

“I thank the people of

my dear state for their

steadfastness. I have

heard their messages

throughout the campaign

to all the nooks and

crannies of the state.

Today, you have spoken

with one voice. You have

walked your talk. You

have voted for me as your

Continues on page 41

PDP. 8031

SDP. 186

13-Owo

AD. 2469

APC. 32988

PDP. 4241

SDP. 181

14- Odigbo

AD. 8187

APC. 17581

PDP. 8668

SDP. 276

15-Idanre

AD. 4836

APC. 10981

PDP. 7575

SDP. 58

16- Akure South

AD. 12,270,

APC. 25,797,

PDP 25,005

SDP. 689

17- Ese-Odo

AD. 3562

APC. 10700

PDP. 8071

SDP. 202

18-Ilaje

AD. 22789

APC.7030

PDP. 5007

SDP. 159

Total number of votes

scored by parties

AD - 126,889

APC. - 244,842

PDP. - 150,380

SDP. - 10,149.

Total no of Valid votes-

551,272

Total no of rejected

votes- 29,615

Total votes cast-

580,887.


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Tension in

Auchi Poly

as 5 die in

renewed cult

war

•Only one

student died

—POLICE

By Simon

Ebegbulem &

Gabriel Enogholase

AUCHI—NO fewer

than five students,

weekend, lost their lives

following renewed cult

war between rival groups

at the Federal

Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo

State.

It was gathered that the

killings began, last

Friday, at a graduation

party after the students

completed their

examination for the

session.

Vanguard learned that

the bodies of the victims

were sighted at different

locations in Auchi.

One of the victims was

shot dead in front of

Hartland Company,

along Benin-Auchi-

Okene highway, while

the others were shot dead

near the School of

Engineering and Sabo

area.

A member of one of the

cult groups was said to

have slapped a member

of a rival group, which

later degenerated into

the full blown war.

According to sources,

the management of the

polytechnic was putting

stringent security

measures in place to

forestall further violence.

However, the

Commissioner of Police,

Haliru Gwandu, said it

was not true that five

persons were killed in

the cult-related fight in

Auchi.

According to him, the

DPO in Auchi got a

distress call in the early

hours of Saturday.

Commander of the

Squadron 60 mobilised

officers to the scene and

discovered that a student

was killed.

He said: “They

photographed the scene

and removed the corpse

to a mortuary.

Investigation led to the

arrest of leaders of the

two cult groups. They are

now with the police and

investigation still in

progress.

“More persons may be

arrested this week

because no stone will be

left unturned in getting to

the root of the matter.”

Man dies in kidnappers' den after family

pays ransom with cash, drum of petrol

By Samuel Oyadongha

YENAGOA—THE 72-yearold

retired principal, Pa

Sunday Fess, has died in the

abductors’ den 12 days after he

was abducted from his country

home at the riverside town of

Finibiri in Boma East, Southern

Ijaw Local Government Area of

Bayelsa State by unknown

gunmen, after the family had

paid ransom.

Though the cause of death of

the septuagenarian at the

kidnappers den could not be

immediately ascertained, family

sources told Vanguard that the

deceased was hypertensive and

on medication when he was

abducted.

The kidnappers were said to

have collected an undisclosed

sum from their victim’s family,

who believed he was alive, only

for the family to meet his corpse

at the kidnappers’ den.

According to a source, the

family met the corpse of the

victim around Azaama, a

border area between Southern

Ijaw and Ekeremor council

area.

The kidnappers, it was

learned, had demanded for

millions of naira, but later

By Okolie Ifeanyi

TEARS flowed, weekend, at

Ode-Aye town in

Okitipupa Local Government

Area of Ondo State, as the

remains of Police Sergeant

Felix Igbasan, was buried.

He died from bullet wounds

sustained during a gun fight

with a notorious gang of armed

robbers terrorising the Federal

Captain Territory, FCT, Abuja,

Kogi, Kano, Benue and

Kaduna states.

Igbasan, who was confirmed

dead few days after he was

admitted at Maitama General

Hospital in Abuja, is survived

by a widow, three children,

siblings and his an aged

reduced same to N500,000

and further reduced it again

as the family insisted they

could not raise such money.

They also demanded that the

ransom be brought to them

with a drum of fuel, warning

that security agencies should

not be involved if the family

wanted to see the victim alive.

It was, however, gathered

that as the emissary arrived

with the ransom and other

items, the kidnappers

collected everything, pointed

guns at them and then

showed them the corpse.

The source said: “They

even forced those who brought

the ransom to carry the dead body

into the speedboat they went

with and commanded them to

leave immediately.”

The corpse was taken to the

Marine Police Jetty, Yenagoa,

before it was deposited at the

morgue of the Federal Medical

Centre.

Leigh, son of the victim, was

said to have wept profusely on

seeing his father’s lifeless

body at the morgue.

Contacted, the state Acting

Police Public Relations Officer,

Mr. A. Ofem, said he had not

been briefed on the incident.

EBUBE DIKE: Ohafia men displaying at the Ndi-Igbo cultural festival organised by Igbo Forum, Asaba, Delta

State. NAN PHOTO.

Robbery suspect jumps into River Calabar, escapes

By Emma Una

CALABAR—ONE of the six

robbery suspects

apprehended two weeks ago

for allegedly robbing a microfinance

bank in Calabar, has

reportedly escaped from police

custody by dramatically

jumping into the Calabar River.

The suspect, according to a

trader at the Marina where the

incident took place, police last

Friday, took two of the ring

leaders of the gang to their

homes at the Bayside to identify

the hideout of other suspects,

who they allegedly named. That

was when one escaped by

jumping into the river.

“A team of policemen brought

two of them here in handcuffs

and four of the policemen went

with one of them leaving

behind the driver and another

policeman to guard the

remaining suspect in the van.

“However, not long after

others left, the one guarding

the robber stepped down from

the van and stood looking in

the direction the other

policemen went. That gave the

man the chance to jump down

from the van and into the

river.”

She told Vanguard that the

policeman left behind to watch

over the robber, on realising

what had happened, shot in

the direction of the fleeing

robber. He missed his target,

but stray bullets hit a man,

called Uko, who sells

alcoholic drinks at the

Marina area.

She said Uko was taken to

the Nigerian Navy Hospital,

adding that the police had

Tears as heroic policeman, who f

Late Felix Igbasan

mother.

Igbasan was described by

his colleagues as a gallant

officer, who had taken part

in several high risk

operations within the

been frequenting the area in the

hope of re-arresting the robber.

Ms Irene Ugbo, the Cross

River State Police Public

Relations Officer, said she was

not aware of the incident.

“There is nothing like that,”

she said.

country, including the arrest of

notorious armed robbers and

kidnappers across the country.

Suspects arrested

Meanwhile, eight members of

the robbery gang that engaged

policemen in the fight that led

to Igbasan’s death were

arrested in Abuja and Kaduna

State.

Three AK-47 rifles and the

gang’s operational vehicle were

recovered.

Igbasan had won several

awards, including the Inspector

General of Police Award for

courage and the Lagos State

Governor’s of Award for

Excellence, while attached to

Lagos State Police Command


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MALUU: Road show during the inauguration of Olabite Abattoir, Ope-Ilu, Agbado Oja,

Ogun State. PHOTO: Bunmi Azeez. (See another picture on Page 11).

30-yr-old accountant absconds

with employer’s $50,000

By Joseph Undu

A30 year old man, Olufemi

Akinwa, an accountant with

Eternal Oil & Gas Plc, reported

to have been robbed and

kidnapped when his company

sent him to withdraw $50, 000,

has been arrested by operatives

of the Lagos Police Command for

alleged phantom kidnap and

robbery case.

According to a police source,

contrary to the report that

Akinwa was robbed and

kidnapped, the suspect had

planned his kidnap, threw his

telephone into the sea before

going to stay in Epe area of

Lagos.

Akinwa, who spoke with

Vanguard, said: “I have been

working with the company for

five years before my arrest on

November 18. I was on my way

to the bank and was chatting with

elled Godogodo, is laid to rest

Special Anti-Robbery Squad,

SARS.

He was said to be instrumental

to the arrest of the notorious

armed robber czar, Abeodun

Ogunjobi, popularly known as

Godogodo, who terrorised the

entire south western part of the

country, killing over 50

policemen in his 15-year reign.

The last order

Police authorities disclosed to

Vanguard that Igbasan was

transferred from the Lagos State

Police Command to the IGP

Special Intelligence Response

Team, IRT, made up of elite

operatives trained specially to

combat robbers, kidnappers and

terrorists across the country.

a friend in the UK called

Kingsley on phone.

“He asked me where I was,

and I told him I was in the bank

to withdraw money for my

company. He then said he

needed $15,000 out of that

money, that he has deportation

problem.

‘I don't know what came over me’

“He told me he was going to

be deported and that if I helped

him with the money, he would

help me promote my music in

the UK.

“I did not know what came

over me. He said he was going

to send someone to collect the

money. On getting to where the

person was, the person collected

the money and my phone.

“When I realised that I had

wasted my company’s money, I

was scared and confused and

did not know what to do. I had

It was gathered that the IGP,

Ibrahim Idris, had directed the

IRT to trail and apprehend the

gang after they robbed the home

of a senior officer of the Nigeria

Immigration Service, NIS, in

Abuja.

Vanguard gathered that the

IRT operatives trailed the gang

to its hideout in Lugbe area of

Abuja, but Igbasan was not lucky

as he sustained bullet wounds

during the ensuing shootout

between the police and the gang

members.

While addressing members of

Igbasan’s family at his burial, the

Officer in charge of the IRT, CSP

Abba Kyari, said Igbasan’s death

was a very huge loss to the force.

Kyari also disclosed that IG

to hire a motorcyclist to take

me to Bariga Primary School,

where I hid the money in a

block at the back of the school.

“If I had taken it home, my

wife would have raised

questions.

“I took a taxi to Epe to go

and commit suicide. But when

I got there, I was like, ‘before

I die, let me go and report this

case as a robbery case.’

“So I went to the police

station at Epe and reported

the case. That was where State

Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS,

recovered the money.

“When they took me to

SARS, after all the torture, I

had to tell them what really

happened.”

Akinwa, who said he was

contented with his monthly

salary of N120,000, denied the

police report that he faked his

kidnap.

The widow

Idris had also given Igbasan

a post-mortem promotion to

the rank of an Inspector.

Delta Poly students, hospital trade

blames over colleague's death

By Ochuko Akuopha

OLEH—IRKED by the

death of one Miss Merit

Akpotowho, a female student

who was shot by robbers,

hundreds of students of Delta

State Polytechnic, Ozoro,

weekend, besieged the

General Hospital in the

community, protesting

alleged negligence of duty by

the hospital’s staff.

The deceased, an ND I

student of Accountancy, who

only resumed studies two

weeks ago, it was gathered,

was shot at 8.30p.m. by

robbers, who attempted to

dispossess her of her mobile

phone, close to her residence

in the Orhamudhu quarters

of the community.

One of the students said:

“She was using her phone

close to her residence and the

robbers, who were riding on

a motorcycle, noticed the light

from her phone and

immediately accosted her and

demanded for the phone. She

threw the phone into a nearby

bush and the robbers shot her

on the leg.

“She was rushed to the

hospital by sympathisers. But

due to negligence on the part

of the hospital’s staff, she died

and we are very bitter about

what has happened.”

Speaking on the

development, the Dean of

Students’ Affairs of the

polytechnic, Mr. James

Ighoroje, claimed the

deceased was rushed to the

general hospital on account

of its closeness to the scene

of the incident.

He said: “When they

arrived at the general

hospital, there was no doctor

on duty. Later, they claimed

that they had no blood and

oxygen to resuscitate her.

They left her till

about 12.30a.m. the

following day and when they

noticed that she was getting

pale, they referred her to Oleh

General Hospital.

“When it was time to take

her to Oleh, they said they

did not have ambulance. It

was later that the patrol

vehicle of the vigilante team

was used to rush her to Oleh.

The students have been

complaining of similar

experiences in the hospital.

“Besides, the doctors have

been saying we should be

taking our students, who are

in need of medical attention,

to the health centre in the

polytechnic.”

We did our best—HOSPITAL

Reacting to the allegations

yesterday, the Medical

Director of the hospital, Dr.

Chuks Ossai, said the girl

was attended to and was

referred to the general

hospital in Oleh “when the

case went beyond the doctors

and beyond the hospital

because we do not even have

oxygen to resuscitate the girl.

“The police, who rushed the

girl here, told me the doctor and

the nurses were on ground and

did their best.

“It is the Student Affairs Officer,

who does not know his duties,

that incited the students.”

Customs

rescues 4

children

from

traffickers

By Godwin Oritse

THE Nigeria Customs

Services, NCS, Seme

Border Command,

weekend, rescued four

children from suspected

human traffickers.

One Mr. Porsu David

was arrested in

connection with the crime

and handed over to the

Nigeria Immigration

Service, NIS.

In the same vein, the

command also arrested a

suspected drug trafficker

with 14 wraps of

suspected Indian hemp

and handed over to

National Drug Law

Enforcement Agency,

NDLEA, for further

investigation.

David's vehicle, number

plates AGL 538 BB, was

also impounded by patrol

officers along Ashipa-

Gbethromey axis in Seme.

Speaking during the

handing over of the

rescued children, drugs

and suspects to the

relevant agencies, the

Acting Customs Area

Controller, Deputy

Comptroller of Customs,

Mulima Aminu, disclosed

that the action was strictly

in line with inter-agency

cooperation that existed at

the international land

border.

Mulima said as the lead

agency at the border, the

NCS would continue to

collaborate with the

relevant agencies for

effective and efficient

border management.

He said as an agency

that worked in line with the

ethics of securing and

managing the borders, in

line with the global best

practices, it expected other

agencies to reciprocate the

gesture by giving

classified and credible

information about

smugglers and other

unpatriotic elements involved

in trans-border vices.


8—Vanguard, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016

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Army

Council

approves

8 Div in

Sokoto

CHIEF of Army Staff,

COAS, Lieutenant

General Yusuf Buratai,

has disclosed that the

Nigerian Army Council

has approved the

establishment of the 8th

Army Division in Sokoto.

He disclosed this in

Sokoto, yesterday, when

he paid a condolence

visit on the governor of

Sokoto State, Aminu

Tambuwal, over the

death of late Sultan of

Sokoto, Alhaji Ibrahim

Dasuki.

The COAS, however,

said that the officers and

men that would be

posted to the new

Division were currently

operating in the North

East.

According to Buratai,

“As soon the security

situation in that region

is fully stabilised, the

Division will move to

Sokoto. The move is part

of efforts to provide

sustainable peace and

unity of Nigeria, and the

Nigerian Army is fully

committed to ensuring

this.”

Commending

Tambuwal for his support

to the 1 Brigade and

other security agencies

in Sokoto, the COAS also

commended the

governor for the existing

cordial relationship

between the Army and

the people of the state.

Burutai reiterated the

commitment of the

Nigerian Army and the

Federal Government to

ensuring sustainable

national security, peace

and unity.

He described the late

Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki as

a national icon whose

legacies would remain

indelible.

Responding, Tambuwal

commended the

Nigerian Army for

establishing a Division

and two Command

Secondary Schools in

Sokoto and Shagari.

Also pledging to

continue to support the

military as well as other

security agencies in the

state, Tambuwal further

commended the

Nigerian Army for its

efforts to restore peace in

the North East and other

parts of Nigeria.

Senate moves to upturn Odili’s perpetual injunction

•As EFCC seeks reopening of case

By Henry Umoru

A BUJA—STRONG

indications emerged,

weekend, former governor of

Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, is still

a long way from heaving a sigh

of relief following plans by both

the Senate and the Economic and

Financial Crimes Commission,

EFCC, to reopen investigation

into his alleged misappropriation

of N100 billion.

To actualize this, the Senate has

moved to amend the EFCC Act.

It will be recalled that former

Governor Peter Odili had secured

a perpetual injunction restraining

the EFCC from prosecuting or

arresting him.

Speaking in Port Harcourt,

weekend, when he led other

committee members on a surprise

oversight visit to the South-South

regional office of the anti-graft

agency, Chairman, Senate

Committee on Anti-Corruption

and Financial Crimes, Senator

Chukwuka Utazi, explained that

with the amendment bill of the

EFCC Act and when passed, it

would upturn the injunction.

This would reopen

investigations into alleged

misappropriation of N100 billion

by Dr. Odili when he was

governor of Rivers State between

1999 and 2007.

Senator Utazi, who noted that

it was wrong for one arm of

government to stop another from

performing its constitutional

US oil firm accused of

anti-workers policies

N IGERIANS

working with an

American oil and gas

service firm, Weatherford

International, have

accused the Nigerian

subsidiary of the

company, Weatherford

Nigeria, of mass sack,

demotion and poor pay,

all targeted at Nigerians

in violation of the Local

Content Act.

Sources at the

company, who spoke on

condition of anonymity,

said the company sacks

Nigerians over flimsy

excuses, denotes others

and ensures that

Nigerians earn far lower

than expatriates, who

are not better qualified.

Giving an example of

the appointment of a

foreigner, Manuel

Hernandez, from

Venezuela, as Country

Manager, while the

former incumbent, Femi

Akarikiri, was demoted,

the sources said

foreigners earn as much

as $20,000 monthly, far

above the $1,000

Nigerians are paid,

roles, stressed that the

amendment would give the

anti-graft agency the power to

by-pass the injunction.

The decision of the Senate

committee came up, following

a request by the South-South

regional coordinator of EFCC,

Mr. Ishaq Salihu, that the

Senate should assist in

reopening the investigation

and possibly prosecuting Odili.

Utazi said: “The House of

Representatives has done its bit

on the amendment of EFCC

making nonsense of the

company’s claims of

inability to pay wages.

One of the sources said:

“This is not an industry

where you can claim that

there are no qualified

Nigerians for the job.

Again, how can you

afford to pay expatriates

if you have laid off

Nigerians, who earn a

fraction of what the

expatriates earn?”

The source said the

Nigerian Content

Development and

Monitoring Board,

NCDMB, has been

notified of the

development, but that

the mass sack of over 100

Nigerians and other

deliberate plots against

Nigerians were

alarming.

At press time, several

calls to the Company

Secretary/Legal

Counsel, Lara Falashe,

and text messages for

reaction were

unanswered, while the

calls were not returned.

Act. It has come to us. The

amendments effected in the

House of Representatives were

not exhaustive. We are going

to look into this (issuance of

perpetual injunction) issue

with a view to correcting it.

“Nobody should stop an

organ of government from

performing its duties. We want

to empower them (EFCC) to

work. They cannot work with

one hand tied to the back.

‘’We are going to ensure that

everything is done in

accordance with the rule of law.

Nobody should be

shortchanged.”

South-South regional head of

EFCC, Mr. Ishaq, had revealed

that the injunction was affecting

the morale of operatives in the

area, as well as prosecution of

other suspects fingered in the

matter.

“The perpetual injunction of

Odili is a problem for us. Because

of that injunction, it means we

cannot invite anybody related to

the case to give any testimony."

VISIT: Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Yusuf Tukur Buratai, with Governor Aminu Waziri

Tambuwal when he visited Sokoto State Government House, Sokoto, yesterday.


Vanguard, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016 — 9

Lawyers petition

US embassy,

insist IMN is

threat to peace

in Nigeria

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

ABUJA—A group of

legal practitioners in

the country, under the aegis

of Lawyers Initiative For Civil

Rights Advancement in

Nigeria, has petitioned the

United States Embassy in

Nigeria, alerting it of the

imminent security threat

posed by the Islamic

Movement in Nigeria, IMN.

The group, in the letter it

addressed to the United States

Ambassador to Nigeria,

insisted that members of the

IMN, otherwise known as

Shiite sect, had posed several

security threat not just to

Nigeria, but also to other west

African countries.

The letter, which was signed

by LICRAN Director of

Research & Advocacy, Mr.

Unande Terrace, yesterday,

described the IMN as an

Iranian-backed rebel group.

Tersagh, who described

LICRAN as an umbrella body

of pro-democracy lawyers

dedicated to the advancement

of civil rights, justice, equality

and rule of law in Nigeria, said

it was within public domain

that the Islamic Republic of

Iran had been harassing

Nigeria using members of the

IMN.

According to the group,

buoyed by Iran backing, IMN

members, in October and early

November this year,

unleashed violence across

several Nigerian cities in the

north under the cover of

Ashura procession.

It said activities of the sect

had led to several deaths in

Sokoto, Kano, Kaduna and

Katsina states, adding that

members of Iranian

Revolutionary Guards Corps

were previously named in

illegal shipment of weapons

into Nigeria.

“There have also been

reports that the IMN

members visit Iran under the

cover of academic

scholarships to be trained as

terrorists by the same

Revolutionary Guards Corps.

‘’This will be consistent with

recent revelations by Salar

Abnoush, Deputy

Commander of Iran’s

Khatam-al-Anbia Garrison, a

branch of the Revolutionary

Guards Corps that his country

is sending out sleeper cell

assets to infiltrate other

nations,” the group said.

LICRAN urged the

ambassador to prevail on the

US government to declare the

Islamic Movement in Nigeria,

IMN, as a terror organization.

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CRUDE: FG plans 1,000-km pipeline from

Niger Republic

By Prince Okafor

KADUNA—AGAINST the

challenges in moving

crude oil from South-South

Nigeria to Kaduna Refinery and

Petrochemical Company (KRPC),

the Presidency has turned to

Niger Republic for supply of the

commodities to bring KRPC into

full operation.

Group Managing Director,

Nigerian National Petroleum

Corporation (NNPC), Dr.

Maikanti Baru, weekend

disclosed ongoing plans by the

Federal Government to construct

about 1, 000 kilometer crude oil

pipelines from Niger Republic to

Kaduna Refinery.

Baru made this known during

a town hall meeting with

management and staff of KRPC

in Kaduna.

He said: “Due to challenges

with the aged refinery and crude

oil pipelines that had been

breached severally, the operations

of the refinery has been epileptic.

This we are determined to resolve

through various intervention

methods, including evaluation of

alternative crude oil supply from

Niger Republic through building

of a pipelines of over 1, 000

kilometers from Agadem to

Over 90% of 200,000

N-Power beneficiaries

have BVN clerance

— PRESIDENCY

By Levinus Nwabughiogu

ABUJA—THE Presidency said yesterday that

over 90% of the 200,000 unemployed

graduates selected in the first batch of the N-Power

Volunteer Corps, NPVC, have been verified using

the Bank Verification Number, BVN.

Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity in

the Office of the Vice President, Mr. Laolu Akande,

who disclosed this, said any untrue information

submitted in the process of application was a good

ground for disqualification.

He said the programme was now advancing with

assignment of beneficiaries to their places of

deployments in their states of residence.

Akande, who referred to a BBC report last week

regarding the testimonials of some of the selected

graduates, noted that “it is most gladdening that

those who were selected are now telling the stories

of how they have not been employed for years, but

now grateful to the President for this initiative.”

He stated that all the states and the FCT, through

the focal persons they appointed, had since received

the list of the 200,000 beneficiaries, and were now

working on deploying them to their places of

assignment.

He also explained that by using the BVN, which

is one of the most viable means of identification in

the country at present, there was hardly any way

anything fraudulent could sail through in the

process.

“We are confident that the selection process, all

the way through with BVN, and physical verification

at the points of deployment in the states and the

local government areas, are both transparent and

impossible to abhor ghost beneficiaries, or any kind

of fraud,” he asserted.

He noted that 93% of those selected had been

screened through the BVN.

Kaduna. That effort is being

championed by Mr. President

himself.

“It was important to explore

alternative crude supply to

KRPC, which has been affected

by vandalism of pipelines and

obsolescence, assuring that

the initiative will reduce

downtime of the plant and

ensure optimal utilisation.

“The Corporation has already

started engagements with the

Nigerien Minister of Petroleum

and the Chinese that are

operating the field at Agadem

(The Agadem Block is located in

the East Niger Rift Basin.)''

Baru pledged to drive the

energy supply project to

power industries in Kaduna by

ensuring the completion of the

Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna-Kano

(AKK) gas pipeline.

On his part, Managing

Director of KRPC, Malam Idi

Mukhtar, said the Fluid Cracking

Catalytic Unit (FCCU) of the plant

was restreamed in June.

“The Kerosene Hydrotreating

Unit (KHU) rehabilitation is

ongoing with the equipment

overhaul and integrity checks.

When operational, the margin of

value addition on kerosene and

Aviation Turbine Kerosene (ATK)

will provide millions of naira in

revenue, even at a throughput of

60 per cent,” Mukhtar assured.

Senate makes U-turn, drops already cleared Buhari’s

nominee

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA—TWELVE days

after the Senate cleared

Chief Okoi Ofem Obono-Obla,

Cross River, South South, as a

non-Executive Commissioner on

the governing board of the

Nigerian Communications

Commission, NCC, it has made

a dramatic turn by dropping his

name from the list of successful

nominees sent to President

Muhammadu Buhari.

Obono-Obla’s name was

removed in the letter transmitted

to Buhari as one of those

confirmed by the legislature.

In the letter dated November 22,

signed by Senate President

Bukola Saraki, a copy of which

was obtained yesterday, Obono-

Obla was listed as one of the three

whose nominations were rejected

by the Senate.

It would be recalled that Oboni-

Obla was among the five whose

nominations by President Buhari

were approved by the Senate on

November 17, 2016, while two of

the nominees were dropped.

Obono-Obla, who is the Special

Assistant to the President on

Prosecution, attached to the

Ministry of Justice, protested in

an email sent yesterday

against what he described as

back-door removal.

The nominee, who asked why

he was removed after the Senate

had confirmed his nomination,

simply said: “The entire major

electronic and print media organs

in the country, on November 17

and 18, 2016, carried the

confirmation by the Senate of the

Board of Nigerian

Communications Commission.

“Surprisingly and curiously,

the Senate President, Senator

Bukola Saraki, in a letter

dated November 22, 2016, to

President Muhammadu Buhari,

titled ‘Confirmation of

Appointments,’ falsely stated

that the Senate did not confirm

the following nominees: Aliyu

Saidu Abubakar; Pastor

Ezekiel Yissa and Chief Okoi

Ofem Obono-Obla.”


10 — Vanguard, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016

NASS should

publish

details of

alleged

N500bn

running cost

— SERAP

By Abdulwahab

Abdulah

S

O C I O -

ECONOMIC

Rights and Accountability

Project, SERAP has

requested the leadership of

the National Assembly to

publicly account for how

lawmakers spent N500

billion as running costs

between 2006 and 2016, as

well as the monthly income

and allowances of each

Senator and member of the

House of Representatives.

In a request made under

the Freedom of Information

Act, SERAP in the letter by

it’s Executive Director,

Tokunbo Mumuni, noted

that; “Secrecy in

parliamentary spending

has resulted in lapse of

accountability for Senators

and members of the House

of Representatives, and this

could ultimately endanger

the healthy development of

the rule of law and good

governance in the country.”

The body, which has

threatened to drag the

parliaments to court, if its

request was ignored, said

the step was taken after

reviewing the disclosure by

Abdulmumin Jibrin that,

“Nigerian Senators and

House of Representatives

members have pocketed

N500 billion as ‘running

cost’ out of the N1 trillion

provided for in the National

Assembly budgets between

2006 and 2016, and

assertion by former

President Olusegun

Obasanjo that each Senator

goes home with nothing

less than N15m monthly

while each member

receives nothing less than

N10 million monthly.”

The letter dated

November 25, 2016 states in

part that, “We are seriously

concerned that details of the

National Assembly budgets

and income and allowances

receive by its members over

the years remain shrouded

in secrecy, and hidden from

Nigerians. Alleged stealing

or mismanagement of N500

billion of public funds may

be responsible for the

economic crisis and

hardships being faced by

millions of Nigerians.

“Transparency in the

spending by the National

Assembly and income of

its members is a key

element of justice.''

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340, 634 voters for Saturday's Lagos

bye-election — INEC

L

A G O S — T H E

Independent National

Electoral Commission (INEC)

says it has 340, 634 registered

voters for next Saturday’s byeelection

in Ifako-Ijaiye Federal

Constituency of Lagos State.

Clement Oha, INEC

Administrative Secretary in

Lagos State said that the

distribution of Permanent Voter’s

Card (PVC) was ongoing ahead

of the poll.

“We are distributing PVCs so

eligible registered voters can still

go to INEC office in Ifako Ijaiye

Local Government and pick up

their PVCs,” Oha said.

He urged registered voters in the

constituency to collect their PVCs

at the local INEC office.

Oha said INEC was ready to

conduct a free and fair election and

urged politicians and their

supporters to be peaceful before,

during and after the poll.

According to him, Ifako/Ijaiye

Federal Constituency had 335

polling units and 687 voting points

where accreditation and voting will

be conducted simultaneously.

Lagos launches 16-day fight against sexual, gender violence

By Olasunkanmi Akoni &

Monsur Olowoopejo

LAGOS—THE

Lagos

Government through the

State’s Domestic and Sexual

Violence Response Team,

DSVRT, is partnering with

Access Bank to commemorate 16

Days of Activism to end all forms

of violence against women and

children.

DSVRT Coordinator, Titilola

Vivour-Adeniyi, in a statement

yesterday, said the team, in

partnership with the Financial

Control and Strategy Group of

Access Bank, will embark on

series of events aimed at

increasing people’s awareness on

CRIMINALITY: Security experts canvass

better intelligence gathering

By Joseph Undu

LAGOS—THE Inspector General of Police,

IGP, Ibrahim Idris and the Comptroller-General

of Nigeria Immigration Service, CGI, Muhammad

Babandede have said that Nigeria will only win the

war against criminality, when intelligence gathering

among security agencies is strengthened.

The IGP, who was represented by the Assistant

Inspector General Of Police, AIG, Zone 2 Police

Command, Onikan, Lagos, Mr Kayode Aderanti, at

this year’s Annual Lecture and Award ceremony of

Crime Reporters Association Of Nigeria, CRAN, which

took place in Lagos with the theme, “Solving Security

challenges through intelligence” said; ‘’Our intelligence

gathering would make us proactive, rather than

reactive. We need to work together with sister agencies.

We must share intelligence.''

In his own remarks, the Comptroller-General of

Nigeria Immigration Service, CGI, Muhammad

Babandede, said that through intelligence, our porous

borders would be better manned and child trafficking

and arm proliferation checked.

CONVOCATION: From right; Pro Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council,

University of Benin, Senator Effiong Bob; Chairman, UBA Plc, and 2015 recipient of the University

of Benin Honourary Doctor of Science, Mr Tony Elumelu; Chancellor, University of Benin and

Emir of Kano, His Highness Muhammadu Sanusi 11; Representative of President Muhammadu

Buhari, Dr Raman Yusuf and Vice Chancellor, University of Benin, Professor F.F.O Orumwense,

during the University of Benin 42nd Convocation in Benin City, Edo State, at the weekend.

The commission had concluded

the training of 50 Supervisory

Presiding Officers and 3, 440

corps members for the election.

The six political parties that

would contest in the poll are:

sexual and gender-based violence

as well as taking practical steps to

rid the society of the menace.

As part of the enlightenment

programs, she said there will be a

workshop with the theme:

“Safeguarding The Rights For A

Child,” while a Symposium

tagged “It’s On You And I To End

Violence Against Women And

Children.”

She said the workshop will focus

on children within the region of

primary 3 and 6, saying that this

became imperative in view of the

recent statistics which revealed

that children within this age range

are most vulnerable.

Vivour-Adeniyi said over 1,500

children drawn from both public

Action Alliance (AA), Alliance for

Democracy (AD), African

Democratic Party (ADP) and the

All Progressives Congress (APC).

The rest are Peoples Democratic

Party (PDP) and Social Democratic

and private schools in Mainland,

Eti-Osa and Apapa axis of the

state will receive age appropriate

sex education, tips on being

sensitive about their body parts,

and also a critical education on

Party (SDP).

Mr Elijah Adewale, who

represented the constituency in the

House of Representatives, died on

July 20 and INEC had fixed Dec.

3 for election into the vacant seat.

how to detect and avoid the

process of grooming which is a

process most predators adopt.

She also said the symposium

would be held at Access Bank

Head Office, Victoria Island.

Ambode to present 2017 budget

tomorrow

L AGOS—GOVERNOR

Akinwunmi Ambode of

Lagos State will tomorrow present

the 2017 appropriation bill to the

Lagos State House of Assembly,

for approval.

A statement signed by Miss

Bose Lambo, the Director, Public

Affairs of the Assembly, said the

presentation would commence at

10a.m., and urged invited guests

to be punctual.

She said: “Year 2017 Budget

Estimates Presentation by His

Excellency, Mr Akinwunmi

Ambode, Governor of Lagos State

will hold on Tuesday, November

29 at the Assembly Chambers,

Alausa, Ikeja.”

Ambode presented the 2016

budget of N662.58 billion to the

Assembly for approval on

December 17, 2015.

The 2016 budget was made up

of capital expenditure of

N383.678 billion and a recurrent

expenditure of N278.909 billion

in the ratio of 58:42 respectively

as against 51:49 in 2014 and 2015.

The 2016 budget represented

an improvement of 26 per cent

over the budgets of 2014 and 2015

respectively, which stood at

N489.69 billion.


Vanguard, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016 — 11

LG POLLS: APC

chieftains allege

impositions by

Ajimobi

By Ola Ajayi

IBADAN—THE alleged

imposition of chairmanship

and councillor aspirants by

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo

state in the forthcoming local

government election billed for

next February has created

cracks within the All

Progressives Congress, APC,

in the state.

The planned imposition may

have led to the non-conduct of

primary election that was fixed

for last week Saturday.

Vanguard gathered that

several members and chieftains

of the party are not happy with

the governor for the unilateral

decision, they believe, portends

great danger for the party.

One of the aggrieved

members who pleaded

anonymity for fear of being

victimized told Vanguard that

the move, if not checked, could

lead to the party’s defeat in the

council and subsequent

elections.

According to the source, all

members of the party except

the governor are at a loss as to

what the future holds for the

party.

“We don’t know what is

happening now in the party. It

is a pity we found ourselves in

this situation. There was

supposed to be primary election

for the councillor aspirants at

the weekend and later for

chairmanship aspirants but it

never came up. The governor

seems not to be interested in

the primaries.”

Agbaje died at

LUTH, not in

London—Chambers

By Abdulwahab

Abdulah

CONTRARY to reports

that the late human

rights lawyer, Fred Agbaje died

in London, it was clarified

yesterday that he breath his last

at the University Teaching

Hospital, LUTH, Idi-Araba,

Lagos after a battle with an

undisclosed ailment.

An official statement from his

law chambers, signed by Prince

Kennedy U. Osunwa and

Adeniyi Pokanu, while

regretting the untimely death

of their principal, said that the

family will soon come out with

programs for his burial rites.

The lawyers described him as

“A resolute defender of the

oppressed, a law lord, legal

authority of our time.''

''A legal colossus has passed

unto glory leaving a yearning

gap to be filled in the legal

jurisprudence. A rare gem is

gone,” the chamber said.

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FUNAAB: VC, Pro-Chancellor in custody

over failure to perfect bail conditions

By Daud Olatunji

ABEOKUTA—THE Vice-

Chancellor, Federal

University of Agriculture,

Abeokuta, Prof. Olusola

Oyewole and Pro-Chancellor of

the institution, Senator Adeseye

Ogunlewe have spent three

days in Ibara Prisons following

their failure to perfect their bail

conditions.

The Economic and Financial

Crimes Commission on Friday

arraigned them and the Bursar

of the institution, Moses

Ilesanmi before an Ogun State

High court sitting in Abeokuta

on an 18-count charge

bothering on stealing and

fraudulent conversion of the

institution’s funds .

The trial Judge, Justice O.O

Majekodunmi who could not

hear the bail application of

Ilesanmi since the counsel failed

to perfect it remanded him in the

EFCC custody pending the

determination of the matter today.

He however granted Ogunlewe

and Oyewole bail in the sum of

N50 million each and two sureties

in like sum.

The judge, who insisted that the

two sureties must be owners of

landed properties within the

judicial division of the court and

must deposit their title documents

with the court.

She also ordered that the

sureties must be on a minimum

of salary grade level 15 with the

Ogun civil service and also

deposit their international

passports with the court.

•As whistle blowers approach Industrial Court over sack

Majekodunmi also ordered that

Ogunlewe and Oyewole be

remanded in prison custody

pending perfection of the bail

terms.

Immediately, the court rose, the

family members of Ogunlewe

and Oyewole made frantic efforts

to get the sureties but could not

which prompted the prison

officials to whisk them away to

Ibara prisons.

Vanguard exclusively gathered

that the duo were still being

remanded in the prison by

yesterday evening.

It was gathered that the family

and church members of the

embattled VC who thronged the

state High court on Friday

Directorate moves to sanitize pension admin

•220,000 captured, 9000 ghost pensioners dropped

By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor

THE Pension Transitional

Arrangement Directorate, PTAD,

has adopted a tough policy to sanitize

the administration of pension in the

country and give a new lease of life to

pensioners nationwide.

To this end, the new leadership of

PTAD, led by Sharon Ikeazor, has opted

to make the use of Biometric Verification

Number, BVN, an indispensable

instrument in the processing and

payment of pensions to retirees

nationwide.

Ikeazor, who is the Executive Secretary

of PTAD, told media heads in Abuja at

the weekend that BVN had been adopted

as one of the compulsory requirements

that retirees must possess to be captured

in its database and be paid their entitlements.

Ikeazor disclosed that no fewer than

9, 000 questionable names had been

dropped from the PTAD database as a

result of the absence of BVN during

verification and that more of such

doubtful names would be removed as

the agency moved to consolidate its

database for efficient pension

management in Nigeria.

He also disclosed that from the

verification so far carried out by PTAD,

a total of 220 ,000 pensioners had been

established on the database as efforts

were being made to extend the exercise

to the North East, South South and other

parts of the country next year.

STROKE: Early symptoms identification prevents

death — EXPERT

LAGOS—A cardiologist, Dr

Afolabi Akinkunmi, yesterday in

Lagos said that early identification of risk

factors of stroke remained the best way of

preventing the life threatening illness.

Akinkunmi, President, Association of

Residents Doctors (ARD), Lagos

University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-

Araba, said that stroke was also known as

a cerebrovascular accident.

According to him, the risk factors of

stroke include high blood pressure,

high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking as

and advancement in age and heart

valve disease. He said: “Stroke occurs

when a part of the brain loses its blood

supply to a part of the body; blood is

deprived of that area and brain cells

control stops working.

betrayed emotions when it

dawned on them that the Vice

Chancellor would pass some

nights in prison.

Meanwhile, the three whistle

blowers and 10 executive

members of the Senior Staff

Association of Nigerian

Universities, FUNAAB chapter

dragged the VC and Ogunlewe

to the National Industrial Court

in Ibadan over their sack.

Those sacked include Lasun

Somoye, Abdusalaam Sobbor

and E.A. Bankole.The trio were

said to have written a petition

against the management of the

institution to the anti graft

agency which it relied upon to

charge the Vice-Chancellor and

others to court .

Others relieved of their jobs

include three medical doctors -

Dr Ajayi A.O., Dr Olaniran I.O.

and Dr O.O. Salami, two health

workers - Mr Oyero, a

laboratory scientist and Miss

K.O. Adeyemi, a medical record

officer.

The affected staffers were said

to have filed a case against the

FUNAAB management led by

Ogunlewe and Oyewole.

Vanguard gathered that the

matter will be heard today.

It was also gathered that the

governing council was divided

into two over the legality of the

sacking of about 23 staff by the

management.

INAUGURATION: From left: Chief Johnson Famuyiwa, Mr. Ogundare Adisa, Mr. Gbenga

Adefaye, GM/Editor-in Chief, Vanguard Newspaper and Mr. Oladiran Famuyiwa, Chairman/

founder, Olabite Livestock Limited, during the inauguration ceremony of Olabite Abattoir,

in Ope-Ilu, Agbado Oja, Ogun State on Saturday. Photo by Bunmi Azeez.


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10TH ANNIVERSARY OF HRM

ORHUE I, ORODJE OF OKPE

KINGDOM

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa (left) and His Royal Majesty, R.L. Ogbon, Ogoni-

Oghoro I, the Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom.

HRM Abe I, the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, HRH Oba Rufus Olarewaju, Oba

of Ebomina-Ekiti and others.

Gen. Paul Omu (retd) (left) and Prof. Saliba Mukoro.

Cross section of members of Okpe Union.


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N-Delta govs accused of hijacking over N1trn

annually

By Michael Eboh &

Jimitota Onoyume

OIL and solid minerals

producing communities,

weekend, accused the political

class and state governors in the

Niger Delta region of hijacking

funds meant for the development

of the region, totaling over N1

trillion annually.

The communities, under the

aegis of Oil and Solid Minerals

Producing Areas Landlords’

Association of Nigeria,

OMPALAN, disclosed that the

region’s elected representatives

have betrayed the trust of the

people they are representing by

persistently short-changing host

communities with impunity.

In a statement in Abuja, on

behalf of the communities,

Chairman, Board of Trustees,

OMPALAN, Mr. Udo Azogu,

stated that respite can only come

to oil producing areas when the

Federal Government musters

enough courage to stop the

growing recklessness and

lawlessness of governors of oil

producing state who mismanage

oil-related palliative

programmes.

He said: “Robust palliative

programmes such as the Niger

Delta Development Commission,

NDDC, Ministry of Niger Delta

Affairs, 13% Oil Derivation Fund

Commission, Ecological Fund

and Amnesty packages, among

others, worth trillions of Naira

annually, established by the

Federal Government in quick

succession to cushion the harsh

effects of acute environmental

challenges in host (oil producing)

communities have been

hijacked by the tiny but,

influential political class in the

oil-rich regions to the extent that

simple survival in these

communities had become a

measure of success.”

He maintained that President

Muhammadu Buhari must tell

oil producing state governors to

stop tampering or meddling

with 13% Oil Derivation Funds

that accrue to their states.

Azogu argued that the

governors must give the NDDC

and Ministry of Niger Delta

Affairs the free hand to deliver,

adding that open diversion of

huge mitigation funds running

Obaseki faults sending children to foreign universities

By Gabriel Enogholase

B E N I N —

GOVERNOR Godwin

Obaseki of Edo State, has said the

billions of naira spent by

Nigerians to educate their wards

and children in universities

abroad do not add value to the

country’s economic growth either

in the short or long term.

This came as he urged

Nigerians to embrace change

and come up with innovative

ideas capable of revolutionizing

the way they think for the country

to move out of recession.

He spoke yesterday at Okada,

Ovia North East Local

Government, during the 14th

convocation of Igbinedion

University, Okada.

According to him, recent

developments in Nigeria had

shown that the educational policy

had reduced the quality of output

of the educational system, noting

that Nigerians could not continue

to work at the level of the current

economic challenges and expect

solutions that could turn around

its fortunes.

The Edo governor, who

disclosed that his administration

short and medium terms."

Okowa tasks traditional rulers on peace building

•As Orodje of Okpe celebrates 10th anniversary

By Festus Ahon

A SABA—GOVERNOR

Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta

State has told communities and

other stakeholders, particularly

traditional rulers, to engage in

peace building in their areas to

promote development in all

parts of the state.

Speaking, weekend, in

Orerokpe, Okpe Local

Government Area, during the

grand finale of the 10th

Coronation Anniversary of

HRM Orhue I, Orodje of Okpe

kingdom, Okowa held that only

a peaceful environment could

attract development and

into millions and billions of Naira

with impunity, hiding under the

masquerade of immunity, must

stop.

According to him, these

governors constitute a great

threat to both security and

democracy as they sack elected

local

government

administrations and take over

their funds, divert 13% oil

derivation funds to the detriment

of impacted communities, use

ecological funds at their whims

and caprices, while the rubberstamp

state parliaments watch

with consuming admiration.

He further stated that while the

group believes that it is

justifiable and proper that oil

blocks be allocated to the

regions that produce oil, it must

be properly considered to meet

the ends of justice to the benefit

of the common man and not

allocated to the same vicious

oligarchy that shortchanges the

system with impunity.

But reacting, Dr Austin Tam-

George, Rivers State

Commissioner for Information

and Communications, said oil

bearing communities were part

of an integrated development

plan of the Rivers State

Government.

According to him: “Governor

Nyesom Wike spends every

kobo in developing Rivers

State."

VISIT: From left: Deputy governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu; Chairman, House of

Representatives Committee on Power, Daniel Asuquo and other members of the committee,

when they paid a courtesy visit to the deputy governor, weekend, in Benin City.

would be driven by knowledge,

data and established base lines,

said he was committed to

reforming the educational sector

of the state with a view to

creating knowledge-driven

economy where Edo people

could unlock their potentials.

He said: “One of the key

midterm strategies to return

Nigeria to the path of inclusive

economic growth and

sustainable development is to

reform our educational sector

in such a manner that can

unlock the creative potentials

of our youths. We must

embrace change. We must

come up with innovate ideas

capable of revolutionizing the

way we think and work. One of

the imperatives of my

investment to the society.

Urging the traditional

institutions to partner

government to ensure peace and

security in their domains and the

state at large so that investment

and development would thrive,

he appealed to the youths in the

various communities to desist

from pipeline vandalism.

He decried that pipeline

vandalism was impacting

negatively on communities and

the state and lamented that it

had hampered meaningful

development in the various oil

bearing areas.

He said: “I urge all

administration is to ensure

that governance is driven by

knowledge, data and

established base lines. Nigeria

as a country cannot afford to

continue to import human

resources from foreign countries

while we spend billions of naira

to educate our youths outside

the country that do not add value

to our economic growth in the

stakeholders to join hands in

ensuring peace and security in

our various communities. I

particularly thank His Royal

Majesty the Orodje of Okpe for

his commitment, not only in

ensuring peace in Okpe

Kingdom, but extended same to

the state by his fatherly advice.

Today, Okpe Kingdom has been

relatively peaceful in the last

one and a half years and this

has secured oil activities in this

axis.

“Deltans have suffered

enough of pipeline vandalism.

We should give peace a

chance."

Ibori: UK

launches new

investigation

THE UK Independent

Police Complaints

Commission, IPCC, has

launched fresh investigations

into the original London

Metropolitan Police case officers

involved in the James

OnanefeIbori case.

Officers in the case were DC

Peter Clark, DC John

McDonald, DC Ben Irons, DC

Mathew Hurding-Jones, DC

David Cocks, DS George

Simpson, DI Gary Walters and

AFI Paul Gardiner.

The revelation was made by a

lawyer, Lambertus De Boer, in

his Twitter account at the

weekend, according to Tony

Eluemunor, Ibori’s media

assistant , in a press statement,

yesterday.

Eluemunor said: “These

officers, some with the National

Crime Agency are believed to

have been served with anticorruption

notices. Surprisingly,

they remain on active duty while

the investigation continues.

These same officers, who

worked for the Department of

Foreign Investment and

Development, DfID, funded

‘Proceeds of Corruption Unit

with the MPS were investigated

in 2012, after Bhadresh Gohil

alerted the authorities of police

corruption at the heart of the

James Ibori investigation and

prosecution.

Unknown to Gohil, the

Metropolitan Police Service,

MPS,had themselves

independently suspected deep

rooted corruption in relation to

these officers and had itself

conducted a covert surveillance

operation, code-named –

“Operation Limonium”. Despite

substantial evidence, the MPS

whitewashed its investigations

because making such public

before Ibori’s trial was

concluded could shoot down the

conviction of Ibori and his

associates. Now, that whitewash

has become a bullet in the

armoury of Ibori’s lawyers as

they head to the Court of

Appeal, where that failure will

be pleaded as yet another

infraction against the Police.

Retired generals

charge Nigeria on

unity

ASSOCIATION

of

retired army generals,

weekend, at the palace of the

Orodje of Okpe, Okpe Local

Government Area, Delta State,

charged Nigerians to embrace

unity for the purpose of one

Nigeria.

The retired generals with the

code name, Association of

Nigeria Defence Academy,

NDA, Regular Course Number

5, 1968-1971, also presented a

horse to the traditional ruler as

a token of their oneness and sign

of brotherhood.

Addressing newsmen at the

palace of the Orodje, secretary

of the association Brig-Gen. D.

O. Idada Ikponmuwen (retd.,)

said Nigerians should go back

to the old days when citizens

knew no boundaries or tribes.


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Foreign consortium/NNPC to build

$340m Ethanol plant in Benue

By Peter Duru

M AKURDI—A

consortium based

in the United Kingdom, in

collaboration with the

Nigerian National

Petroleum Corporation,

NNPC, plans to invest over

$340 million on the

establishment of an ethanol

plant in Benue State.

Governor Samuel Ortom,

who made this known in a

state-owned radio

programme monitored in

Makurdi, said the project

would be executed to further

boost the Federal

Government’s renewable

energy policy.

He said: “The stage is

already set for the signing

of an agreement among

major stakeholder,s

including the state

government and the

Consortium.

‘’The feasibility studies for

the project has been

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concluded and the

Consortium has consented

to invest over $340 million

into it.

“Even President

Muhammadu Buhari is so

passionate about the project

and he has agreed to come

to the state to flag it off.”

The governor said

another foreign company

from the United States

had also expressed

willingness to invest in

food processing in the

state, explaining that

the state government had

decided to dedicate

parts of Gwer West and

Agatu Local Government

Areas for the purpose.

He said government

had signed Memoranda

of Understanding with a

lot of foreign investors

who had indicated

interest to invest in the

state, saying his

administration was

determined to develop

Primate condemns Kaduna killings, tasks FG

on security

By Imanuel Jannah

A BUJA—THE

Primate of All

Nigeria Anglican

Communion, Most Rev.

Nicholas Okoh, has urged

the federal government to

investigate and prosecute

those responsible for the

Ortom bags best crime

fighting governor award

LAGOS—THE Crime

Reporters Association

of Nigeria, CRAN,

yesterday conferred the

award of best crime fighting

governor on Samuel Ortom

of Benue State.

He was among 75

individuals, groups and

corporate bodies who

received similar awards in

several categories at the

ceremony which held in

Lagos.

President of the

association, Mr Odita

Sunday, stated that the

recipients were chosen

after careful evaluation of

their contributions to the

fight against crime in

Nigeria in general and

their localities in particular.

He stated that Governor

Ortom’s carrot and stick

amnesty program had

contributed immensely in

mopping up illegal

weapons in Benue, while

his involvement of all the

conventional security

barbaric attacks in several

Christian communities in

Southern part of Kaduna

State.

Okoh made the appeal on

the sidelines of the 2016

Carnival for Christ,

organized during the

weekend, by the Abuja

Diocese of the Anglican

Communion to mark its

apparatus in combined

onslaught against criminals

was exemplary.

The organizers stated that

the non-interference of the

governor in criminal

investigation of government

officials was unprecedented

in the annals of Nigeria.

According to the

organisers, his

recommendation of

ranching as a permanent

solution to the herdersfarmers

incessant clashes

was a major contribution to

peace efforts in the country

just like his engagement

with Taraba and Nasarawa

counterparts.

Special Adviser on Media

and ICT, Mr Tahav Agerzua,

who represented Governor

Ortom at the ceremony,

received the award on his

behalf.

Benue State Command

Police Commissioner, Mr

Bashir Makama, received

merit award in Police

leadership.

the industrial capacity

and promote the

processing of primary

agricultural products in

order to boost the economy

of the state.

Governor Ortom further

said that Russian investors

had also indicated interest

to invest in the

development of the

agriculture value chain in

the state and that he had

already consented to their

request to send

representatives to Benue to

further interface, with the

hope that a Memorandum

of Understanding would

then be signed.

“These are good signs

and I have continued to

keep to the promises I

made to Benue people,

which is to encourage

investment in Small and

Medium Enterprises, as

well as promote agriculture

driven industrialisation,’’

the governor said.

27th anniversary.

The Primate, who also

called for increased security

across the nation, described

the spate of killings in

Southern Kaduna as

embarrassing to the nation.

He said the renewed

killings perpetrated by a

faceless group of murderers

were a mark of the federal

government’s inability to

rise to the essence of

governance which,

according to him, is the

protection of the people.

“The government is

responsible for the

protection of the people.

That is the essence of

governance. So, I call on

the leadership of the

country to bear in mind that

protecting the people from

external and internal

aggressors is the reason

people voted for them. So

they should rise to that

mandate and protect the

people,” he said.

The cleric also said that

the Christian Association of

Nigeria, CA, was worried

that the government was

not doing enough, which

was why the association

requested, through its

President, Rev. Samson

Ayokunle, that President

Muhammadu Buhari

redouble his efforts towards

ending the incessant

killings.

He added the killings

were unacceptable, saying

“we cannot continue to

have these incidences

repeat themselves over

and over again.”

JUBILATIONS OVER AKEREDOLU'S

VICTORY IN OWO, ONDO STATE,

YESTERDAY. Photos by Akeem Salau.

Former Ekiti State governor and Minister for Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode

Fayemi (left) celebrating with the Governor-Elect of Ondo State, Chief Rotimi

Akeredolu, at his Owo hometown, yesterday.

A jubilating crowd.

An ecstatic supporter.

...Even this aged woman was not left out.


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OKO: Achuzia raises alarm, as flood threatens Alex Ekwueme's home

By Chioma Gabriel &

Austin Ogwuda

FORMER Secretary-General

of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the

apex Igbo socio-cultural group,

and Biafran warlord, Chief

Joseph Achuzia, has called on

the Federal Government and

relevant authorities to

immediately come to the aid of

Oko community, where he said

gully erosion is about sweeping

away the house of the former

Vice President, Dr. Alex

CALABAR

QUEEN:

The wife of Cross

River State Governor,

Dr. Linda Ayade (left),

crowning the maiden

queen and winner of

Miss Africa Beauty

Pageant, Calabar 2016,

Miss Angola, Neurite

Mendes, in Calabar.

With them is the second

runner-up, Miss

Cameroon, Jencey

Anwifoje (right).

Ekwueme.

Speaking to Vanguard in

Asaba yesterday, Achuzia

lamented that despite the fact

that Ekwueme had

sufficiently drawn the

attention of the Federal

Government to the threat,

nothing positive had been

done to save the situation.

According to him, “I was

with him (Ekwueme) for four

hours two days ago at Oko. I

saw things for myself. It is a

big problem.

“Oko community is faced

with serious problem of

erosion. Erosion has created a

big chasm; houses are

disappearing.

“The big chasm is over 400

feet wide, stretching for miles.

The people now sleep with one

eye open. I guess that by the

next rainfall, if nothing is done

urgently, erosion might sweep

away the community.

“As I speak with you, it is not

only the former Vice

president’s house that is

under threat.

“His brother, the traditional

ruler, Professor Lax

Ekwueme, is less than 55 feet

from the chasm. It so bad that

another spate of rainfall might

see that palace disappearing.

“Also, Nanka, within

Ekwulobia in the same Aguata

Local Government as Oko

is also being threatened by

the erosion. The most

regrettable thing is that

Anambra State government is

not looking at the problem.”

Angolan wins

Miss Africa

crown in

Calabar

A23-year-old Angolan,

Neurite Mendes,

emerged winner of the

maiden edition of Miss Africa

beauty pageant organised by

the Cross River State

government, yesterday.

She defeated 17 other

contestants, carting home an

SUV and a cash prize of

25,000 dollars at the grand

finale, held in Calabar.

Refilwe Mthimunye of

South Africa was the first

runner-up, while Jencey

Anwifoje of Cameroon was

the second runner-up.

They carted home 15,000

and 10,000 dollars,

respectively.

The event made box office

record with over 365 million

people watching it live on

television.

Imo youths

stop Catholic

priest from

celebrating

mass

Hearing in

Nwosu's suit

against Ikpeazu

for Dec 5, 6

By Ugochukwu

Alaribe

ABA— A five-man

panel of the Court of

Appeal sitting at the Owerri

Division

has

fixed December 5 and 6 to

hear an appeal filed by

Sir Friday Nwosu against

the July 8 judgment of the

Federal High Court,

Owerri, which cleared

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu

of alleged submission of

false information and

forged tax documents.

Nwosu, who contested

the December 8, 2014 PDP

governorship primaries in

Abia State had accused

Ikpeazu of submitting

forged tax certificates and

false information to his

party.

A notice by the Court of

Appeal read: “Take notice

that the appeal between

Sir Friday Nwosu and

People Democratic Party

and three other respondents,

had been fixed for

hearing, ruling/mention,

judgment, before the Court

of Appeal sitting at Port

Harcourt Road, Owerri, on

Monday and Tuesday,

December 5 and 6.”

Military carrying out

ethnic cleansing—IPOB

By Vincent Ujumadu &

Chimaobi Nwaiwu

THE Indigenous People of

Biafra, IPOB, and its

Directorate of State, DOS,

yesterday, alleged that the

military is involved in ethnic

cleansing against the people

of South-East and Biafrans in

general in the name of

maintaining security.

The group wondered why

the military will be killing

non-violent agitators who do

not carry arms, when they are

not using the same arms and

level of force on killers like

Boko Haram insurgents.

IPOB, in a statement by its

Media and Publicity Officer,

Mr. Emma Powerful, said:

“The military has exhibited

the greatest level of cowardice

by denying that they did not

shoot and kill peaceful IPOB

protesters.

“The blood of the people

they killed will continue to

hunt them. They are restless

and that is why they are

denying the evil and

senseless killings.”

Says Army’s denial laughable

IPOB described as

laughable the denial by the

Nigerian Army, saying the

incident was contained in

video recordings currently

circulating all over the world.

Powerful said that IPOB could

supply the Nigerian Army

copies of the video if

requested, instead of making

unnecessary denials.

He said: “The Indigenous

People of Biafra condemns the

relentless denial of the killing

of the members of IPOB by

soldiers and other security

agencies.

“The denial that they did not

shoot and kill peaceful IPOB

protesters means that the

entire Nigerian Army

By Emeka Mamah

A BAKALIKI—THE

Federal Government

says it is in support of the ban

on the sale of foreign rice in

Ebonyi State.

Governor David Umahi of

Ebonyi State had banned the

sale of imported rice in the

state, saying that this was to

encourage local production of

the commodity.

The Minister of Agriculture

and Rural Development, Chief

Audu Ogbe, who spoke when

pretended that it did not see

the barbaric crimes committed

against members of IPOB

during the peaceful

demonstrations in Biafraland.

“Prominent leaders and

countries in the world and

those who don’t have the

videos for the killings should

go online and watch the

heinous crime against the

peaceful members of IPOB

during the peaceful rallies

and demonstrations in all the

Biafra cities of Aba, Onitsha,

Owerri, Igweocha (PH),

Calabar, Uyo, Asaba, Enugu,

Bayelsa and other cities.”

FG backs ban on foreign rice in Ebonyi

he visited Ettem Amagu Rice

Farm in Ikwo Local

Government Area, said the

Federal Government was in

support of the ban on sale of

foreign rice in the state.

Ogbeh was on an

assessment tour of the rice

farm in a bid to ascertain the

agricultural potentials of the

state.

The minister was

accompanied by the Chairman,

Presidential Committee

on Rice Production, Abubakar

Bagudu and the Central

By Chinonso Alozie

OWERRI—A Catholic

Priest, Rev. Fr.

Jonathan Ezenwoke, was,

yesterday, prevented from

celebrating Sunday mass at

his parish, Our Lady of Good

Counsel, at Imerienwe in

Ngor Okpala Local

Government Area of Imo

State.

Trouble started when the

gate of the Church was

collectively locked by

different societies in the

Church, calling for “the

removal of the priest.”

They alleged that they

were uncomfortable with the

policies introduced by Fr.

Ezenwoke, and that such

were “strange” to them.

Meanwhile, when

Vanguard called the priest,

he said: “Please go and meet

the Archbishop,” and he then

hung up the phone.

Bank of Nigeria, CBN,

Governor, Godwin Emefiele.

He commended Umahi for his

agricultural policy, which has

ensured massive production of

rice in the state.

He said: “Governor, I hear you

banned the sale of foreign rice

in your state; God bless you for it

“I also hear you invited young

men to come back from Lagos and

work here. God bless you also for

it. They will be happier here in

this state than living under the

bridge or substandard accommodations

in Lagos and Abuja.”


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18 — Vanguard, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016

Political parties are defining institutions

in a democracy. They provide

the platforms for engaging the

electorate on the different perspectives

of politics and governance.

They serve as the channels for citizen

participation in choosing those

that govern them.

Today in Nigeria, there are about

40 registered political parties, but of

the lot, only the People’s Democratic

Party (PDP), the All Progressives

Congress (APC) and the All Progressives

Grand Alliance (APGA) control

all the elective offices in the three

tiers of government. The APC (the

ruling party) and the PDP (the main

opposition and former ruling party)

dominate the political landscape.

It is, however, regrettable that

none of the major parties is in sound

health. All are in one form of crisis

or the other.

While the PDP remains factionalised

at the national level, the bulk

of the party at the states and the local

governments remain united behind

the Senator Ahmed Makarfiled

group. However, the crisis in

Pitiable state of our political

parties

Abuja has affected some states as is

evident in the unfolding developments

in Ondo State.

The APC, while sustaining a united

national executive is challenged,

with its failure to hold regular National

Executive Committee (NEC)

meetings as stipulated in its constitution.

Even though it is the ruling

party, its national officials have been

acting at cross-purposes. Pathetically

for a party in power, it has for the

past year, not been able to produce

a substantive national spokesperson

since the appointment of Alhaji Lai

Mohammed as a minister.

APGA is also mired in factionalisation

with stories of uprisings

against its national officers now commonplace.

The main reason for the lack of cohesion

in our political parties is that

our politicians place more emphasis

on the struggle for positions and

power than on building virile institutions.

The jostling for power overshadows

the need to evolve strategies

for sound governance and making

the country a better place for

its citizens.

This also accounts for the nearuniformity

in their manifestos, constitutions,

organisational processes,

attitudes to elections and approach

to governance when they find themselves

in power. This does not provide

the electorate with any credible

choice.

We expect the political parties to

seize the remaining period before

the next general elections to reassess

their modus operandi, close

ranks or realign properly to give

Nigerians worthy political platforms

to choose from.

It is only when people of political

like-minds come together that they

can build great political parties

based on Grand National ideals

which can stand the test of political

turbulence.

The cheap shallow mentality of

our politicians has made our seventeen

years of renascent democracy

not to count in terms of making our

political parties veritable vehicles

for national development. Rather,

they remain the instruments for

personal aggrandisement.

Reality of Nigeria’s bad dream

By Godwin Etakibuebu

IN another six months, by May 29, 2017

precisely, Muhammadu Buhari and the

ruling Party, All Progressives Congress, APC,

would have been in office for two years. And if

the truth be told, it has been years of agony.

There are more bad news from all facets of life

for all of us that we even found it most difficult

to understand how we got ourselves to this jam.

Worse is that genuine criticism is becoming a

suicidal venture for most patriotic citizens. Yet,

this exercise is in my conviction that “the man

would always die in him who kept silent” at

tyrannical times like this – no apology to Wole

Soyinka.

The latest manifestation of bad dreams

happening in Nigeria which provoked this

work is the sad story that all past Presidents,

ditto past Heads of State, have not been paid

their salaries and allowances for the past ten

months. I am most perturbed about one

outstanding man, of all the lot, albeit President

Shehu Shagari, because of his age [he is 91

years old] and his life style while serving this

country [was never suspected of stealing one

Naira and he never did – at least there is no

evidence of it anywhere in the whole world].

This is not to say that others; General Yakubu

Gowon, General Olusegun Obasanjo, General

Ibrahim Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan,

General Abdulsalam Abubakar and President

Goodluck Jonathan are not worthy of

sympathetic consideration in this scandalous

revelation. Though there are some perimeter

of differences to measure the life style of these

“victims” while in office, fact remains that nonpayment

of their salaries is an act of “Man’s

inhumanity to man”, as documented by Robert

Burns in his 1784 poem.

As pointed out above, Shehu Shagari, being

the first Executive President of Nigeria [1979 –

1984], came out clean without evidence of him

being a thief. Same can be said of his

There shall be

automatic

irrevocable curse on

whoever and

whatever that makes

President Shagari go

hungry

predecessor in office; General Yakubu Gowon

[1966 – 1975]. I think Interim Head of State,

Ernest Shonekan [only three months in 1993],

falls within the category of the duo above. He

was clean as there was no evidence whatsoever

to put his integrity in doubt. But subsequent

successors, amongst the living [after Shehu

Shagari], till date are not too lucky to have

this attestation of “holiness”. They might not

have been probed and indicted but God knows

them in the “other side of incorruptibility” and

we [Nigerians] know whom they are.

Suffice to say that if l can have a farm as

OPINION

good as Obasanjo’s farm in Ota or even “a

small” farm in Daura and “few buildings” here

and there, like the Asset Declaration Form of

Muhammadu Buhari attested or attained the

lifestyle of an Ibrahim Babangida, l would have

saved enough. On Abdulsalam Abubakar,

evidence of Major Hamza Al-Mustapha; late

Head of State’, General Sani Abacha’s Chief

Security Officer, at the Justice Oputa’s Human

Rights Tribunal, revealed that there were

movements of vehicles with different

denomination of cash in different currencies to

the country home of the General during the

closing hours of his tenure in office.

Besides, these military Heads of States [or

President as the case with Ibrahim Babangida]

are entitled to their military pension and

allowances for life time. To them, the salary

and allowances as Presidents [either elected or

enforced] is just “additional bonus”. But this is

not so with thorough-bred civilians like Shehu

Shagari, Ernest Shonekan and Goodluck

Jonathan. Back to these three, albeit Shagari,

Shonekan and Jonathan, the case of Shagari

remains the most sympathetic. While

Shonekan had made his wealth [legitimately]

as a Boardroom guru [having risen to the

position of Chairman of the UAC Group of

companies] and Jonathan’s “sleeping attitude”

while the treasury of the Nigerian State suffered

a devastating looting [which itself could bring

the man some illegal wealth if the allegations

can be proven] as presently being insinuated,

there is nothing on ground, visible or invisible,

giving Baba Shehu Shagari anything to live

on apart from his salary and allowances.

This is why there shall be automatic

invocation of eternally irrevocable curse on

whoever and whatever that makes this old man,

President Shagari, go hungry. It shall remain

the naturally law of God; the creator of heaven

and earth, to punish without mercy those who

pave the way of this old man with hunger,

shame and reproach.

How on earth, can a Secretary to the

Government of the Federation rationalise this

act of wickedness? Will the incumbent SGF;

Dr. David Babachir Lawal, who spoke to the

Senate Committee on Federal Character and

Inter-Governmental Affairs, led by Senator

Tijjani Kaura (APC, Zamfara North) that

visited him in his office, say that President

Buhari does not receive his salary/allowance

hundred per cent from the budget? Or can he

say that he [the SGF] does not receive all

allowances from the national budget?

Here is a government that has no plan [it

lacked any] for the good and welfare of

Nigerians. Since its inception, the Naira has

suffered a colossal devaluation in the annals

of this country history. A bag of rice that sold

for Seven Thousand Naira in May 2015 now

sells close to Thirty Thousand Naira. Under

its watch, over fifty per cent of the

manufacturing sector of the Nigerian

economy has closed shops. The public sector

sacks daily. For the first time in Nigeria’s

history, people from all over the country are

selling their own children to buy garri and

rice – selling children to buy food. Foreign

airlines are vacating Nigeria for other

countries in Africa because of lack of foreign

exchange.

There are too many calamities for the

citizenry – yes, we cannot itemise them

without writing a whole book. Now, added to

this long list is the revelation that past leaders

have not been paid their salaries. With this,

do we need a soothsayer to tell us that Buhari

and the APC are Nigeria’s bad dream coming

to fruition?

*Mr.Etakibuebu,a veteran journalist,

wrote from Lagos.


INTEVIEW

Nigerian

insurance

industry capital

is highest in

Africa

>21

BANKING

FINANCE &

Deposit Insurance:

64% of mortgage

banks yet to meet

premium

obligations

HOMES &

PROPERTY

FG reveals

plans to solve

Nigeria’s

18m housing

need

>22 >24

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016

ALL FOR RICE: From left, Chairman, Abakaliki Rice Millers Association, Joseph Ununu, Chairman, Presidential

Task Force on Rice Production and Kebbi State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Bagudu, Governor of Ebonyi State,Engr.

David Umahi, Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh and Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele(right)

at a rice mill in Abakaliki last Friday.

CBN slashes dollar supply to

BDCs by 46%

•Naira falls to N473/$

•As DSS intensifies raids

By Babajide Komolafe

The Naira has come under

fresh pressure in the parallel

market having depreciated

to N473 per dollar following the decision

of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to

slash dollar sales to Bureaux De Change

(BDCs) by 46 per cent.

Financial Vanguard investigations

revealed that last week, the CBN sold

$8,000 to each BDC through Travelex

Nigeria Limited. This represents 46 per

cent decline when compared to $15,000

usually sold per week to each BDC.

Confirming this development to

Financial Vanguard, Chief Executive

Officer of H.J Trust BDC, Mr. Harrison

Owoh said the reduction came as a

surprise to the market. He said this was

contrary to the general expectation that

the dollar sale will be increased to $20,000

per BDC. “That is why the currency is

under pressure with the rate going up.”

Why CBN reduced dollar sales

Also confirming the development to

Financial Vanguard, Chairman, South

West Zone, Association of Bureaux De

Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON),

Mr. Taiwo Ebenezer said that the

reduction in dollar sales was done to

accommodate BDCs in other zones of the

country. He said: “The dollar sales have

been limited to BDCs in Lagos and Abuja,

but ABCON recommended to CBN to find

a way to accommodate BDCs in other

zones. That is what the CBN has done

though the reduction in supply in Lagos

and Abuja has prompted the exchange

rate to go up.” He added that the CBN

will definitely consider the impact on the

rates and take a decision on whether to

keep it at $8,000 per BDC across board

or increase the quantity sold per BDC.

DSS intensifies raids

Financial Vanguard investigations also

revealed that the operatives of the

Department of State Securities (DSS)

have intensified raids on illegal currency

traffickers in Lagos and Abuja, thus

driving the parallel market further

underground.

Speaking to Vanguard on condition of

anonymity, a top BDC operator told

Financial Vanguard: “They now come

regularly to locations where these people

usually operator from. About five of them

(DSS operatives) recently visited this

area but they didn’t come into the

offices of licensed BDCs. They are

targeting the unlicensed and illegal

operators. But everybody is careful

now. You only deal with people you

know except where they have their

documentation. The only problem is

that it is difficult to get the exchange

rate that reflects the true position of

the market. People quote different rates

depending on the person they are

dealing with and the source of the

dollar. That is how we now operate”.

Financial Vanguard investigation

reveals that due to the intensity of the

DSS raids, some licensed BDCs have

issued letters warning their staff

against any form of interaction with

street currency hawkers or involvement

in such transactions. “We don’t deal

in parallel market transaction; we don’t

even know what the parallel market

rate is. We have issued letter to our

staff against such transactions, that it

is against company policy to be

involved with or even discuss parallel

market transactions”, a top official of

an Abuja based BDC told Vanguard.

CBN justifies raids

Recently, the CBN Governor justified

the DSS raids on illegal currency

traffickers saying the nation’s foreign

exchange laws forbids street trading

of foreign currency. Addressing the

press at the end of the meeting of the

Monetary Policy Committee (MPC),

Emefiele said that the DSS had the

right to enforce the law and make sure

that currency hawkers were forced out

of the “illegal trade.”

The Governor, who said it was

demeaning for traders to hawk currency

on the streets, urged the traders to

legalise their business by applying for

Bureau De Change (BDC) license.

In the communiqué issued at the end

of its meeting the MPC called on

security agencies to sustain the raids,

saying: “The MPC believes that the

security agencies should sustain their

checks on the activities of illegal foreign

exchange operators in order to bring

sanity to that segment of the market.

“The Committee reiterated that the

extant foreign exchange regulation

outlaws the trafficking of currency on

the streets as some unlicensed operators

currently do. Thus, to evolve an

appropriate Naira exchange rate that

stabilises the foreign exchange

market, BDC operators must strictly

observe the terms and conditions of

their licence.”

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20— Vanguard, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016

COVER

FORUM -From left: Ade Adeyemi, Group Chief Executive Officer, Ecobank Transnational

Incorporated (ETI); Mrs Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Finance; Bode Agusto, Founder, Agusto

and Co; Emmanuel Ikhazoboh, Chairman, ETI and Charles Kie, MD, Ecobank Nigeria Ltd at

the Ecobank Corporate and Investment Customer Forum on Nigeria Economic Outlook held in

Lagos.

Nigeria records over $200m FinTech

investment in 2 years – KPMG

By Prince Okafor

KPMG, a global network

of professional firms

providing audit, tax and

advisory services, has

revealed that investment in

Nigeria Financial services

Technology, FinTech, over

the last two years has

exceeded $200 million.

This is even as it called on

the Federal Government to

provide incentives and

regulatory support that would

strengthen the ecosystem

and allow the country to

compete favourably in global

space.

Partner & Head, Financial

Services Technology, KPMG in

Nigeria, Boye Ademola, said

that FinTech opportunities in

Nigeria are significant and

could potentially redefine the

financial services landscape

over the next five years.

Speaking during the 2016

FinTech Summit and the

launch of its in-house

publication tagged, ‘FinTech

in Nigeria: Understanding

the value proposition,’ he

explained: “Countries like

China, United States, United

Kingdom, Hong Kong among

others have used this

technology to better their

ecosystems to mature

markets.

“In the first quarter of 2016,

two Chinese FinTech; Lu.com

and JD Finance raised $1.2

billion and $1 billion

respectively, in record Asian

deals. Lu.com is a wealth

management platform while

JD Finance is redefining the

lending space in China.”

Ademola added that

currently, Nigeria's

performance was not bad as it

lines up along Egypt and

South Africa as top recipients

of the technology investments

in Africa over the last two

years, “Our prognosis is that

the FinTech opportunities in

Nigeria are significant and

could potentially redefine the

financial services landscape

over the next five years.

“The fast growing young

population of about 115

million, below the age of 35

years, exponential growth of

mobile phone lines estimated

at 150 million as at July 2016;

huge financial inclusion

potential and relatively

strong talent pool are

pertinent indicators to

opportunities of the

technology.”

Ademola pointed out that

FinTechs focused on payments

were the forerunners as they

planned to see more traction

on lending, financial

inclusion, block chain, and

Employees of First Bank

of Nigeria Limited have

volunteered to provide relief

materials and donations to

persons in need as part of its

Employee Giving and

Volunteering Scheme. This is

as hundreds of companies

around the world are

involved with #GivingTuesday

- a global movement which

connects diverse groups of

individuals, communities and

organisations around the

world to celebrate and

encourage giving.

In a remarkable gesture,

which will linger for long in

the consciousness of those

reached, FirstBank staff

members will on Tuesday,

29 th November, 2016 and for

the rest of this festive season

that symbolises ‘giving and

sharing, mobilise gifts and

donations in collaboration

with NGOs to lend a hand of

digital bank in the next wave,

“Wealth Tech and InsurTech

are already emerging and we

expect these FinTechs to

question the status quo in the

wealth management and

insurance sectors.”

On his part, KPMG Global

FinTech Co-lead, Warren

Mead, called for government

incentives and regulatory

support to strengthen the

ecosystem.

“The right mix of technical

skills, capital investment,

government incentives,

regulatory framework and an

entrepreneurial and

innovative mind-set is the

catalyst needed to establish

FinTech as a key enabler of

financial services in Nigeria,”

he added.

FirstBank promotes ‘Giving Back’

with #GivingTuesday

support and care to humanity

at orphanages and IDPs

across Nigeria.

Explaining why the Bank’s

staff took the initiative, the

Group Head, Marketing and

Corporate Communications

for FirstBank, Mrs. Folake

Ani-Mumuney stated that “As

a nation builder and

responsible corporate citizen,

we are aware of our

responsibilities towards

enhancing the quality of life

of the people in our

community, protecting our

environment and ensuring

the growth of our business.

We are determined to achieve

this through sustainable

business practices, while

expanding the world of

possibilities for all our

stakeholders and host

communities, by contributing

positively to their lives on a

daily basis.

Why Nigeria needs to focus on

entrepreneurial development

In Nigeria, shaping the future beyond oil is a critical

part of the national agenda. The current economy is

dominated by the oil industry. The labour force of 47

million is growing, as is the unemployment rate currently

at 20%, with millions of workers underemployed. Nigeria

has the largest domestic market in Africa, a wide range

of natural resources, and a diversely skilled labour pool.

Given these economic realities, the country must

constantly create new jobs, and diversify the industrial

and commercial sector to take advantage of human and

natural resources.

The entrepreneurial activities have been found to be

capable of making impact on the economy of a nation and

quality of life of the people through economic growth;

employment generation and empowerment of the

disadvantaged segment of the population, which include

women and the poor.

Entrepreneurial development will encourage

entrepreneurs to create new enterprises, new commercial

activities, and new economic sectors. They will generate

jobs for others; produce goods and services for society;

introduce new technologies and improve or lower cost out

puts; and earn foreign exchange through export expansion

or the substitution of imports.

Entrepreneurial development will mobilise domestic

savings and utilisation of local resources. The SMEs will

serve as good agent for disposal of industrial products and

some services and contribute immensely to production of

raw materials in the form of Semi – processed goods for use

by bigger Industries.

Entrepreneurial Development is also a base for

development of appropriate technology which will provide

a veritable ground for skilled, unskilled, semi – skilled

workers; it will also provide productive self - employment to

a number of educated and less educated young men and

women graduates.

As Nigeria pursues the National Economic Empowerment

and Development Strategy (NEEDS), the millennium

Development Goals (MDGs), and Vision 2020, a core part

of the national strategy must be to grow and strengthen the

vibrant elements of the MSME, largely informal business

sector. As a nation Nigeria cannot afford not to – invest in

MSMEs. The country’s economic future depends on it.

Much of the activities in the informal economy go

unreported. There are already existing governmental policies

and activities which have helped spur entrepreneurship.

Elements of SAP policy (1986), The National Directorate of

Employment (NDE) and the Enterprise Development Agency

of Nigeria (SMEDAN) have all contributed to

entrepreneurship and enterprise growth in Nigeria.

SMEDAN sponsors and supervises entrepreneurship

ventures while the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) provides

financial support to entrepreneurs through the Small and

Medium Enterprise Equity Investment Scheme (SMEEDS)

of 2001. In addition, amendments to the indigenization

decree in 1988, 1989 and 1995 boosted the development of

indigenous Entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship has many multiplier effects on the

economy, spurs innovation, and fosters investment in people,

which is better of competitive advantage than other natural

resources, which can be depleted. Though the rate of

unemployment is still high, suffice to say that

entrepreneurial development has helped in providing a

safety net for some group of people, especially in the hidden

economy or informal sector.

It is noted that currently “at 69% of GNP the country’s

informal economy is estimated to be one of the ten highest

in the world, along with such countries as Georgia, Bolivia,

Tanzania, Peru, and Azerbaijan and 21st in the world on

GDP” It is estimated that 90% of all new jobs created in the

informal sector are SMEs. Oil contributes about 9% to the

GDP, though Nigeria produces about 2.7% of the world oil

supply (In comparison, Saudi Arabia produces 12.9%, Russia

produces 12.7% and United States produces 8.6%. The

government still heavily rely on it for revenue generation.

This heavily dependence on oil has killed our local

industries, frustrated our Agricultural sector and caused us

economic recession, we can’t continue like this, we need to

focus on entrepreneurial Development.


INTERVIEW

Vanguard, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016 — 21

Nigerian insurance industry

capital is highest in Africa

The Chairman of the Nigerian Insurers Association (NIA), Mr. Eddie Efekoha in this Interview with

Favour Nnabugwu in Abuja, talks about the problem of one price fits it all, the position of NIA on risk

based capital and the plan to move the industry forward.

Excerpts

What do you think the

insurance industry

and the NIA in particular can

do to moderate the excesses

of insurance brokers?

I would not say excesses of

brokers, No. It takes two to

tango. Whatever wrongs,

whatever malpractices that

may be perceived; believe me,

all parts and segments of the

market are involved. I’d

rather think that we will take

on them one after another. At

the moment, we know that we

are not disciplined when it

comes to pricing our

products or services.

The use of the brokering

slips or proposal forms have

been largely jettisoned. But,

you see, those were

approaches that were adopted

to giving us information. And

based on the information,

underwriters will be better

equipped to give the right

rates or put the right clauses

and all of that. But all that has

evaporated.

So what we need to do right

now is to strategize how to

bring back that practice. So,

that is why the joint

committee, made up of NCRIB

members and the NIA, came

up with a business

procurement guideline. And

because we want some

enforcement behind it, we

want NIACOM to approve of

it before the implementation

can commence. That is,

basically, why we are waiting.

Otherwise, there is a template

to correct the issue of rating

so that people don’t get

involved in products of risks

only at the time of placement.

To do that, first of all, you

have to start obtaining quotes

from insurance companies. If,

as a broker, your quotes are

good enough, they are sent to

a prospective client. Again, if

the client says ‘I am okay with

it,’ he or she will then

empower the broker to place

the business. Of course, once

the broker gets that mandate;

he goes back to those

insurance companies that

provided the quotes in the first

instance to do the necessary

placements. And we are

saying that if you have not

participated in that process,

you cannot wake up to

participate in the placement.

With that in place

everybody will quote and

quote rightly. That way, we

will know the exact loss

experience of a given policy

and not quote blindly,

because what we do most

time is blind quoting.

What is NIA doing to

ensure that government

institutions collaborate with it

or NIACOM when executing

government businesses?

The point is that the Head

of Service, in my opinion, can

meet with the insurance

companies because they are

already providing services to

government institutions.

If your client calls you, I

don’t think the regulator

would need to be involved,

but it depends on the subject

of discussion. If the matter to

be discussed bothers on a

contract that is ongoing, I

don’t think it requires a

regulating body. But if it is

something that is completely

different from the usual

practice, then the regulator,

NAICOM, which is an

adviser to government on

insurance, would then be

needed to get involved.

The insurance sector had a

template which the

insured followed for a

while and then forgot

about it. How do you

think this one would

work?

Government has not

imposed a rate. It only

advised that underwriters

should come up with rates,

and that is still being

collated. When that is

done, underwriters will

come up with a position.

The market-conduct

guideline actually

specifies that shortly

before the end of the

year, against the

forth coming

y e a r ,

underwriters

Mr. Eddie Efekoha

should submit their rates but

that has not been fully

practiced or implemented.

Once that is implemented; it

does mean that; once you

have given your rate, you

cannot go outside it when you

We had a riskbased

capital

lecture in Lagos

for all of us in

which Alexander

Forbes, from

South Africa, said

that Nigerian has

the highest

minimum share

capital or capital

requirement for

the business in

Africa, so it is not

the issue of

capital.

are quoting for any new

business.

There won’t be ratecutting

this time around?

No, there shouldn’t be. You

see another way of trying to

address the problem of ratecutting

which I don’t really

see is rate-cutting, and that

is why I run away from the

issue of rating-cutting. I

prefer to call it appropriate

pricing, because the issue is

that; if you have been

insuring with me for 10years,

and you have not made a

claim, there is no reason why

I should not lower my

premium and give you some

generous discounts. But; if

you have been making

claims, there is no reason

why I should charge you the

same as somebody who has

not made any claim at all.

That is why rate must be

appropriate. I think this is

the issue, but we are using

one price fit it all. It doesn’t

have to work that way.

We are just using, one price

fits it all. It doesn’t matter

whether a vehicle, for

instance, is parked in a

garage and locked up

overnight or, it is parked by

the road side and anybody

passing by just scratches it

or damages the windscreen.

These are the differentiation

that needs to come into the

pricing of our products.

What, exactly, is the

problem with insurance

companies’

data

template?

The template, particularly,

that of revenue account will

have to change a bit because;

for instance, if you take when

you look at most revenue

accounts of some

underwriters, you will find

general CS. But within the

general CS, you have fidelity

guarantee, theft etc. So,

you cannot really

process the data

written there in

order to arrive at

what would be the

right way to

compensate for a

debt format or a

residential or a

b u s i n e s s

promises. These

have been very

difficult. That

was the

challenge

when we were

looking at the

motor class.

It is difficult,

which raises the whole thing.

Is it on owner damage or on

fire? Is it because of the

colour? Or, is it because the

car was driven by a female or

by a male? So, it has been very

difficult because our data

records have not followed any

strict pattern. I do know that

the revenue account need to

be formatted in a manner that

the data we would find can be

useful in determining the

rates.

Generally, I think the issue

of professional underwriting of

our risk is not a problem. We

are only saying that when we

have the business

procurement guideline, it

would help but that does not

remove the burden from us as

brokers. We need to look at

risks. A broker is a

professional. So, a broker can

tell his client ‘sorry this rate

cannot be lower than this;

because of the policy of an

underwriter I am going to get

will not be good enough to

support my brand.’

I don’t think we have capital

issue from my position. We had

a risk-based capital lecture in

Lagos for all of us in which

Alexander Forbes, from South

Africa, said that Nigerian has

the highest minimum share

capital or capital requirement

for the business in Africa, so it

is not the issue of capital.

The issue is that some of us

who have solvency issues, who

have not been able to meet the

solvency margin requirement,

are the ones who should be

forced by the commission to

shore-up to be in the same

level with others so that when

they have claims they are able

to pay.

In cases where underwriters

have failed to make their

claims, there is the minimum

deposit in CBN. The

commission should be

empowered, if it is not

empowered already, to dip

hands into those funds to

settle those claims. We are

talking of capital because

some people have been unable

to pay for claims. When you

are unable to meet your

liabilities, it is a function of

whether you have the right

funds in place or you are just

generally unwilling to pay.

However, it is not

unwillingness in some of the

cases. What has happened is

that people don’t have the

money, and this is not because

the whole market lacks capital.

The capital is sufficient.

Meanwhile, there is a riskbased

capital that is ongoing.

When that time comes; it

depends on which risk you are

trading in, that would

determine what capital you

carry. Like we were told

yesterday, if you have

N3billion, and you then decide

that you want to trade with

100million in the motor class

and when you trade in motor,

you are expected to have 20

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22 — Vanguard, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016

BANKING & FINANCE

By Babajide Komolafe

Nigeria Deposit

I n s u r a n c e

Corporation

(NDIC) said that 64 per cent

of mortgage banks in the

country are yet to meet their

premium obligations for

deposit insurance.

Managing Director/Chief

Executive, NDIC, Alhaji

Umaru Ibrahim disclosed

this in Lagos at a

sensitisation workshop for

operators of primary

mortgage banks (MPBs).

NDIC insures depositor’s

money in commercial banks,

mortgage banks and

microfinance banks. Each

insured institution is

mandated to pay an annual

deposit insurance premium

to the corporation. The NDIC

on the other hand pay

depositors of liquidated

insured institutions the

stipulated Maximum Insured

Deposit (MID), which is

presently N500, 000 for

depositors of commercial

banks and mortgage banks.

Ibrahim however said:

“Our records indicate that 15

out of 42 PMBs are yet to

meet their premium

obligation. I therefore wish

to appeal to you all to pay

your premium promptly.”

Represented by the

Executive Director,

Corporate Services, Omolola

Abiola-Edewor, Ibrahim said

that the recent increase in

the maximum insured deposit

of PMBs was aimed at

bridging the dichotomy

between them and

commercial banks and

engender public confidence

in the mortgage bank subsector.

He said the need to

complement this decision

and boost risk management

practices in the sub-sector,

prompted the Corporation to

deploy Differential Premium

Assessment System (DPAS)

in pricing the deposit

premium of PMBs.

He said: “The creation of

Nigeria Mortgage

Refinancing Company

(NMRC) as a wholesale

funding window which

refinances mortgage

portfolios of PMBs and

Deposit Money Banks (DMBs)

is targeted at providing a

robust Liquidity for the subsector.

NMRC and Other

Lenders could only continue

to play their statutory role in

a space where the Operators’

exhibit market discipline as

specified in the banks’

Enterprise

Risk

Management Framework

(ERMF).

“On its part, NDIC as a

risk minimizer obtained the

approval of the Honourable

Minister of Finance on the

4th august, 2016 for the

deployment of DPAS in

computing the deposit

insurance premium of PMBs

to encourage market

discipline.

Deposit Insurance: 64% of mortgage

banks yet to meet premium obligations

LISTING - From left: Executive Director, Sterling Bank Plc, Mr. Abubakar Suleiman; Managing

Director/CEO, FMDQ, Mr. Bola Onadele Koko and Partner, Constant Capital Partners Limited,

Mr. Niyi Omojola, during the listing of Sterling SPV bond on FMDQ in Lagos.

The creation of

Nigeria Mortgage

Refinery Company

(NMRC) as a

wholesale funding

window which

refinances

mortgage

portfolios of PMBs

and Deposit Money

Banks (DMBs) is

targeted at

providing a robust

Liquidity for the

sub-sector

BRIEF

“DPAS speaks to strong

ERMF. The computation

trajectory incorporates

sound strategic planning

and transformative business

model. It also implicitly

addresses the issue of moral

hazard which guarantees

caution and avoidance of

excessive risk taking in the

interest of both operators

and subscribers.

“To the operators in

particular, the Risk Based

Premium System (DPAS)

allows the institution to pay

much less premium than

would have been the case

had the alternative, flat rate

system, been adopted. Little

wonder that many

jurisdictions have opted for

DPAS in Deposit Premium

Pricing.

“In most jurisdictions that

practice explicit Deposit

Insurance Scheme, the

starting point for deposit

insurance system pricing is

usually the Flat Rate

approach before migration

to the DPAS. However, the

Flat Rate method failed to

compensate for effective Risk

Management and engenders

moral hazard. On the other

hand, DPAS incorporates the

benefits of effective risk

management.

“From the forgoing, DPAS

compensates the Mortgage

Sector since PMBs’ with

better Enterprise Risk

Management pay less

premium, while, PMBs with

weak risk practices pay

more. The major benefits of

implementing the DPAS are

fair pricing of insurance

premium and reduction in

premium.”

CeBIH retreat examines disruptive

technology & future of payment

Deputy

Governor,

Operations, Central

Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr.

Adebayo Adelabu and

chairman of First Bank

Nigeria Limited, Mrs.

Ibukun Awosika will lead

banking and electronic

payments executives to

examine the impact of

disruptive technology and

future of payment at the 2016

annual retreat of the

Committee of Electronic

Banking Industry Heads

(CeBIH).

The theme of the retreat is:

“Disruptive Technology and

the Future of Payment”, and

it will hold from this week

in Abuja.

While the CBN Deputy

Governor, Mr. Adebayo

Adelabu and Chairman

Senate Committee on

Banking, Insurance & other

Financial Institution, Senator

Rafiu Ibrahim, are the

Heritage Bank launches exclusive

PMAN biometric identity card

Heritage Bank has

launched an

exclusive biometric identity

card for members of the

Performing Musicians

Employers’ Association of

Nigeria (PMAN).

A statement from the bank

said: “The PMAN

Membership Biometric

Identity Card (PMBIC), is

aimed at driving

accessibility, security, trust,

convenience and cost

effectiveness, which are the

defining features of a new

partnership blossoming

between Heritage Bank Plc

and the Performing

Musicians Employers’

Association of Nigeria

(PMAN).

PMAN Membership

Biometric Identity Card

(PMBIC), a multipurpose

card specially designed for

Nigerian artistes and allied

operators in the

entertainment industry, thus

making Heritage Bank,

Nigeria’s most innovative

banking service provider, a

pioneer in the biometric card

services in the industry.

Renewable annually, the

PMBIC will serve as the

official PMAN identification

card that qualifies the

holder as a genuine member

of the association and

entitles the artiste to enjoy

the myriad benefits and

privileges due to registered

members.

Special Guests of Honour,

Chairman of First Bank

Nigeria Limited, Mrs.

Ibukun Awosika is the

Keynote Speaker.

The retreat will feature

presentations by chief

executives of leading

electronic payment service

providers in Nigeria and the

United Kingdom including

Mr. Risto Savolainen,

Managing Director, iAxept

United Kingdom Limited;

Mr. Ade Shonubi, Managing

Director, Nigeria Inter-Bank

Settlement System Plc; Mr.

Mitchell Elegbe, Group

Managing Director,

Interswitch Nigeria Limited;

Mr. Agada Apochi,

Managing Director, Unified

Payments Services Limited;

Mr. Valentine Obi,

Managing Director,

eTranzact International Plc;

and Mr. John Obaro,

Managing Director,

SystemSpecs Limited.

Other speakers are:

Oluwole Oyeniran,

Technology & Digital Leader,

West Africa- Akintola

Williams Deloitte; Mrs. Adia

Sowho, Digital Director,

Etisalat Nigeria; and Mr.

Ade Atobatele an e-

Commerce Expert.

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CORPORATE FINANCE

Vanguard, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016— 23

Stories by Nkiruka Nnorom

The Securities and

E x c h a n g e

Commission, SEC,

has said that N29.3 billion out

of about N90 billion

outstanding unclaimed

dividends has been paid out

to investors in 11 months

(November 2015 to October

2016) since it began

aggressive campaign for

elimination of unclaimed

dividend in the market.

The Commission also said it

has achieved 98.9 percent

compliance in share certificate

dematerialisation and hoped

to hit 100 percent compliance

in the next three months.

The Director-General, SEC,

Mr. Mounir Gwarzo, who

disclosed these at the post

third quarter Capital Market

Committee, CMC, meeting

press briefing in Lagos, said

the number represents 37

percent reduction in the

volume of unclaimed

dividends in the Nigerian

capital market.

The SEC had last year in

collaboration with the Central

Bank of Nigeria and the

Nigeria Inter-Bank

Settlement System, NIBSS,

launched the e-Dividend

Mandate Management

System, to address the

lingering problem of

unclaimed dividend in the

market. The portal allows

investors to register and

supply their bank details

where dividends from their

investment are credited

directly, including the

outstanding dividends.

Gwarzo, who hailed the

development as first of such

breakthrough in the capital

market, said that there has

never been any initiative that

has reduced unclaimed

dividend in this manner. He

said that to-date 1.4 million

investors have mandated their

accounts, adding that the feat

was made possible through

the cooperation and support

of the registrars.

“Apart from so many other

benefits of e-dividend, one

major benefit also is that if you

key into it e-dividends

management portal, and there

are unclaimed dividends you

have not been able to get,

registrars were compelled to

pay all the areas.

“We think this is a major

game changer. In this country,

we have never had any

initiative that has reduced

unclaimed dividend like this.

Apart from getting dividend

directly credited into their

designated account, the

investors will be able to get

unclaimed dividend that has

been outstanding for five to 10

years. That is why we said that

e-dividend must work; it is for

the interest of investors. That

is why SEC since we started

implementing the Master

Plan, our focus has been on

the retail investors,” he said.

Gwarzo also stated

stockbrokers that have not

keyed into direct cash

settlement programmes have

been mandated to do so

except in instance where the

EXERCISE - From left: Ms. Omotayo Azeez, Public Relations Manager, Power Oil; Alh.

Bashir Hassan, Councillor, Mariri community, kumbotso, Kano State; Hajia. Amina Mohammed,

Regional Sales Manager (North), Power Oil; Alh. Saminu Garba, District Head, Mariri

community, kumbotso, Kano State, during the Power Oil Health Camp exercise in Kano State.

Unclaimed dividends down by

N29.3bn in 11 months — SEC

•As investors lose N70bn

investor indicates otherwise.

He further stated that the

Commission is working

towards stratifying the listing

BRIEFS

boards in the stock exchange

to allow more Small and

Medium Enterprises, SMEs,

that are finding it difficult to

meet the current listing

requirements to access the

market.

Meanwhile, investors lost

N70 billion at the end of

trading session on the

Nigerian Stock Exchange,

NSE, last week. This

represents 0.79 percent

decrease from N8.791 trillion

recorded the previous week to

N8.721 trillion. The All Share

Index, ASI, fell by the same

margin, dropping to

25,333.39 points from

25,537.54 points.

Similarly, all other indices

finished lower during the

week with the exception of the

NSE banking and NSE

consumer goods indices that

appreciated by 0.02 per cent

and 0.42 per cent respectively

while the NSE ASeM Index

closed flat.

The oil and gas sector fell

the most, dropping by 5.05 per

cent, followed by the

industrial goods sector that

returned -1.59 per cent and

the insurance sector that with

0.32 per cent. Forte Oil Plc led

24 other decliners by 24.04

percent to close at N19.87,

followed by Okomu Oil Palm

Company with 13.81 percent

to close at n5.80 per share,

while Neimeth International

Pharmaceuticals Plc

depreciated by 12.79 per cent

to close at N0.11. Airline

Services and Logistics, ASL

Plc’s shares went down by

11.88 percent to close at

N0.36, while UACN Property

Development Plc closed as

the last on the top five losers,

depreciating by 11.79 percent

to close at N0.33 per share.

FCMB declares N14.2bn profit, 315% retail growth in Q3

FCMB Group Plc has

reported a profit before

tax, PBT, of N14.2 billion for the

nine-months ended September

30, 2016. This represents an

impressive increase of 453 per

cent from N2.563 billion

recorded in the comparative

period of 2015. FCMB Group

Plc, the holding firm with

subsidiaries including First

City Monument Bank (FCMB)

Limited, FCMB Capital

Markets Limited, CSL

Stockbrokers Limited and CSL

Trustees Limited, attributed the

result achieved partially to its

soundness of ratios, steady

buffers against the subsisting

adverse operating

environment, in addition to the

bank’s sustained revenue

momentum combined with its

cost optimization programme.

Details of its unaudited

financial results released on

the floor of the Nigerian Stock

Exchange, NSE, showed that

the bank grew its retail banking

business by significant 315

percent, while its gross revenue

rose to N140.7 billion, a 29 per

cent increase over N109.3

billion recorded in the same

period in 2015.

The Group also recorded noninterest

income of N44.8 billion

which is an increase of 128 per

cent Year-on-Year (YoY), from

N19.6 billion for the same

period prior year. This increase

has been predicated on a 612

per cent YoY increase in foreign

exchange income from N5.0

billion for the nine-months

ended September 2015 to N35.3

billion for the nine-months

ended September 2016.

The Managing Director,

FCMB Group Plc, Mr. Peter

Obaseki, commenting said:

“The audited nine months

results for the period ended

September 2016, reflects our

focus on key soundness ratios

and the need to maintain

buffers against a sustained

adverse operating

environment.

Accordingly, capital adequacy

May & Baker profit up in Q3 to N489m

May & Baker Nigeria

Plc has recorded

growth in its profit to N489

million for the third quarter,

2016.

The company grew its

sales by 12.5 per cent to

N5.94 billion within the

nine-month period to

leverage on its improved

production capacity and

increasingly efficient cost

management to mitigate

the tough operating

environment.

The nine-month report for

the period ended

September 30, 2016

released on the Nigerian

Stock Exchange, NSE,

showed that turnover rose

to N5.94 billion in 2016 as

against N5.28 billion

recorded in comparable

period in 2015. While higher

cost of sales dropped gross

profit from N1.75 billion to

N1.70 billion, the company

took advantage of its internal

cost management to boost

operating profit from N470.4

million in third quarter 2015

to N489.5 million in third

quarter, 2016.

Also, finance costs reduced

considerably from N425.39

million in third quarter 2015

to N377.93 million in third

quarter 2016. Profit before

tax rose to N66.24 million in

2016 as against N60.63

million recorded in

corresponding period of

2015. Profit after tax also

grew to N44.4 million in

2016 compared to N41.2

million in 2015. With this,

earnings per share

improved from 4.21 kobo in

third quarter 2015 to 4.53

kobo in third quarter 2016.

The third-quarter results

further reinforced the

steadiness of the

company’s performance,

after the leading

healthcare company braced

the odds to improve

performance in the full-year

2015 and the first-half of

this year.

and liquidity ratios have held

up at 17.6 per cent and 36.8 per

cent, respectively. Overall,

profit before tax came in at

N14.2 billion, a 453 per cent per

cent growth, translating to an

earning per Share, EPS, of 87

kobo, up 30.6 per cent, YoY,

Underlying revenue

momentum remains strong

while cost optimization

programme led to a two per

cent YoY drop in operating

expenses, despite inflationary

spiral respectively.

The macro economic

conditions in the final quarter

remains challenging; we will

keep up a conservative

stance.”

Mr. Ladi Balogun, Group

Managing Director, FCMB Ltd,

while also commenting on the

Group’s results said: “The

audited results of the bank

reveal that the extraordinary

performance of Q2 2016 offset

the loss recorded in Q3 of N2.4

billion, thereby resulting in

strong year-on-year profit

growth of 913 percent. In order

to avoid an unsustainable, noncash,

spike in earnings from

further revaluation gains in Q3,

the bank also significantly

stepped up its loan loss

provisions. The macroeconomic

climate is taking a significant

toll on the bank’s borrowing

from customers across all

segments. Accordingly, the

bank will maintain high

provision coverage ratios

(currently 131%), continue to

strengthen our capital

adequacy ratio currently at 16.9

per cent and our liquidity ratio,

which is currently at 36.8 per

cent.”


24— Vanguard, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016

HOMES & PROPERTY

Stories by

Kingsley Adegboye

Minister of Power, Works

and Housing,

Babatunde Raji Fashola, has

revealed how the federal

government intends to solve

Nigeria’s 17 million housing

need, disclosing that in 2017,

the government plans to build

more houses to stimulate jobs.

Fashola who made this

known at a press conference as

part of activities to mark his one

year in office, added that the

government equally plans to

assess the affordability and the

acceptability of the designs of

the houses to be built, just as

the government plans to

industrialize the production of

the most affordable and

acceptable designs.

According to the minister

who listed the gains and

achievements of the ministry

under his watch in the past one

year, further noted that “We will

then increase supply using

private sector as developers

while government will then

concentrate on strengthening

institutions like the Federal

Mortgage Bank to deliver on

its core mandate of providing

mortgages to workers to own

their homes.

“It is my belief that if we can

achieve this, the size of our

housing deficit will not appear

that daunting again, because

it will be a system that can

respond every year, instead of

once in a while, to repeat

housing construction, delivery

and acquisition.

“How much we can then

deliver will be defined by the

size of our resources and our

ambition, and not by the

absence of a workable plan.

We have identified inputs like

doors, windows, tiles, paint,

roofing materials that can be

made locally and we have

resolved to use only made in

Nigeria inputs unless there is

no local production capacity.

“We have done some

inventory of quantities of

materials needed in order to

provide investment information

for local manufacturers to

position to respond and supply

in order to create employment

Low-cost housing estate in Abuja

BRIEF

Eko Atlantic City unveils Pearl Tower, first residential building

Eko Atlantic City, the unique and innovative development,

in a vibrant environment with 21st Century facilities

on the coast of Lagos, is set to celebrate a client’s major

development with the unveiling of the first completed

residential building, Eko Pearl Towers.

The development comes in addition to the commissioning

of the Eko Boulevard, Nigeria’s first eight-lane city road last

year.

Eko Pearl Towers, the first residential development in Eko

Atlantic City, is a set of high-rise buildings, privately owned

and developed by the leading Eko Pearl Construction

Company. The development which is situated about 500 metres

away from the financial centre of Lagos on Eko Atlantic City,

consists of five high rise residential towers, each topped with

deluxe penthouse types, two and three bedroom apartments

exuding a luxurious home experience with a view of the Lagos

coastline. It will be unveiling the first tower; the Black Pearl

with the second Champagne Pearl scheduled to be completed

in 2017.

FG reveals plans to solve Nigeria’s

18 million housing need

•Says more houses will stimulate job creation

and get factories back to work.

While our planning and

research continues, the above

is at least indicative of the kind

of attention and dedication we

are demanding of our staff and

the response we are getting.

At another forum earlier,

Fashola had disclosed that

changes will be made to the

relevant policies and budget

under the current

administration in order to make

housing provision a reality in

Nigeria, pointing out that the

housing sector presents an

enormous opportunity for

positively impacting the

economy to promote not only

growth but inclusion.

He said “There have been a

couple of National Housing

policies and we intend to

appraise the most current one

to make changes only if

necessary. Government will

lead the aggressive

intervention to increase

supply, by undertaking

construction of public housing

and formulate policies that will

invariably lead to private sector

participation and ownership to

reduce our housing deficit.”

He also announced that the

model of ‘Jakande and

Shagari’s housing estates will

be studied in order to develop

affordable housing units, with

the help of the governors.

According to the minister,”If

we achieve this, we will move

from where we are now, start

construction in all 36 States

and the FCT and sustain this

as we go along. In the housing

sector, if we complete our ongoing

projects, and we get

land from the governors in all

states and the FCT to start what

we know, using the Lagos

Home model, we should start

Regardless of the ongoing

economic recession in

Nigeria, the country is believed

to be an amazing potential

market in Africa for sanitary

wares and finishing products.

Making the submission last

week in Lagos at a two-day

seminar for professionals and

stakeholders in the nation’s

building and construction

industry on new sanitary wares

and finishing products

organised by QMB Builders’

Mart, a building solutions

provider, Mr. Jaime Quintana,

Export Manager of Ceramics

40 blocks of housing in each

state and FCT.

“We expect State Governors

to play a critical role here, by

providing land of between 5-

10 hectares for a start, with title

documents, and access roads

or in lieu of access roads, a

commitment that they will build

the access roads by the time the

houses are completed.”

“We have not yet started

constructing houses. But

tenders have been considered

and over 500 contracts are now

ready to be issued for work to

According to a statement from the developers and

promoters of the multi-billion dollar project, South

Energyx Nigeria Ltd, the Eko Pearl Towers ranges

from 24 to 33 floors comprising four apartments per

floor, two apartments on the royal penthouse floors,

a technical floor, terrace floor, a ground floor and a

basement floor.

Speaking on the development, the Vice

Chairman, South Energyx Nigeria Ltd, Mr. Ronald

Chagoury Jr. said the completion and unveiling of

the Eko Pearl Towers marks a significant milestone

for the Eko Atlantic project. “We are very excited to

see the city come to life, with the first set of residents

moving into the city and we look forward to the

completion of other landmark projects within the

city,” he said.

Eko Atlantic City is expected to provide homes to

about 450,000 residents, and 300,000 commuters.

start in earnest. However, we

have received land from 27

states as at 24th October and

more are still responding.

“We have completed simple

designs of one, two and threebedroom

bungalows for the

northern states to respond to

the cultural, climatic and land

use peculiarities. We have

completed simple designs of

one, two and three bedroom

blocks of Flats for Southern

states also in response to

similar peculiarities”, Fashola

revealed.

Sanitary ware manufacturers see potential in Nigerian market

Gala S.A, an Italian company

that manufactures sanitary

products, said I am sure it is

going to be the leading market

in Africa absolutely.

“First of all, we are coming

to do the export to create the

brand awareness and we want

to grow with the market in

Nigeria. Gala has a good

distribution network in

Northern Africa such as

Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria.

Before the problem in Libya, we

had a very good market there

and in the sub-Saharan market.

Nigeria is the main market.

The company also has

presence in South Africa,

Tanzania, Kenya, with small

business in Benin Republic,

Congo. The African continent

is the main target for the

coming years.

Infact, we have actually been

working in Nigeria for some

years now and we have been

trying to satisfy every segment

of the market in collaboration

with our partner, QMB

Builders’ Mart, which takes

care of distribution. We believe

in quality, and we try as much

as possible to ensure that only

quality products are brought

into the country.

“It is not easy to find

companies with the highest

quality, but in this case, Gala

is controlling 100 per cent of

the pieces, inspecting them

one by one before delivery. Our

products are of the highest

standards. We offer products

from the economic segment,

middle segment and the

highest segment and we try to

satisfy every market”,

Quintana noted.

He said they guarantee the

long-life of the products with

five years warranty because

they are sure of what they offer

and that they have been

working on this for many years

in Nigeria with QMB Builders’

Mart, their partner in the

market that takes care of

distribution.


BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Vanguard, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016—25

Ogun plans to raise IGR to N114.3bn in 2017

By Omoh Gabriel

Governor Ibikunle Amosu of Ogun State

OGUN State Government

said it has put measures in

place to raise its internally generated

revenue in 2017 to N114.34

billion from the N105.67 billion

it projected in 2016. But the state

in 2013, internally generated the

sum of N13.77 billion, in 2014

N17.49 billion and in 2015 it was

raised to a total of N34.59 billion.

At the end of the current fiscal

year, the state would have

generated about N51 billion.

Similarly the state in 2013 got the

sum of N56.8 billion from the

federation account. This fell to

N48.9 billion in 2014 and went

further down to N34.3 billion in

2015. It is likely to fall further in

2016 making it imperative for the

state to look inward.

The state revenue drive will

enable it in 2017 to meet its financial

obligations to its workers without

recourse to the federation account

allocation. The budget indicates

that the state will pay a

total of N62.73 billion as salaries,

N11.2 billion as pension and gratuities

giving a total personnel

cost of N73.93 billion. The state

overhead cost for the year will

gulp N28.89 billion leading to a

total recurrent expenditure of

N102.62 billion. This will be less

than the projected N114 billion internally

generated revenue of the

state.

According to the state budget

provisions, the sum of N118.3

billion about 53.5 per cent of the

total budget figure of N221.12 billion

is earn mark for capital

projects. The state has promised

its citizens that it will complete all

projects embarked upon by this

administration before leaving office.

Ogun state Commissioner for

Finance, Mr. Wale Oshinowo, in

an interactive session with a select

journalist in Abeokuta said alread,

the strategy to fully realize

the provisions of the 2017 budget

in the state has started yielding

result. He said the state government

has implemented a Revenue

Harmonisation Scheme that

has helped to block leakages in

Ministries, Departments and

Agencies of government MDAs.

This, he said, has enabled the

state to avoid multiple taxation

of businesses between the state

and the local government that

has boosted the state revenue.

Oshinowo said the state in 2017

will introduce new revenue lines

to bolster the state internally generated

revenue. Such new line of

revenue include the Home Owners’

Charter in which over 600,

000 applications are being processed

for reduced certificate of

occupancy fee. This fee would not

have been realized if the scheme

was not introduced. He said the

state will also embark on the -

Land Use Act, which will enable

the state to collect land use

charge, a ground rent from companies

and individual land owners

in the state.

Oshinowo said there is huge financial

potential for the state to

realize its 2017 internally generated

revenue projection. The

state, the commissioner said, has

already started to collect from

Okada riders permits which in

matter of nine months has yielded

a revenue of almost N1billion.

He said by the time the scheme is

extended to other transportation

means, the revenue base would

have expanded and the state

would have achieved a lot more.

He however said that a number

Those who

live in the state

and work in

Lagos must let

their employers

know that they

have to pay

their income

tax to Ogun

State. He said

this is what the

residency rule

stipulates

of Nigerians who live in Ogun

State and work in Lagos needed

to do two things to empower the

state financially to cater for their

infrastructural demand. He said

those who live in the state and

work in Lagos must let their employers

know that they have to

pay their income tax to Ogun

State. He said this is what the residency

rule stipulates. He also

said that they should also make

their every day purchases in

Ogun to boost the state economy.

According to him most residents

in the border towns of the

state do their shopping in Lagos.

He said by so doing, they are depriving

the state where they live

the needed revenue from sales tax

that would enable the state build

infrastructure.

While presenting the budget to

the house, the Governor, Senator

Ibikunle Amosu, said: “the

2016 “Budget of Optimisation”

was N200.20 billion with approved

recurrent expenditure of

N100.91billion representing 50.4

per cent of the budget, whilst the

Capital Expenditure Budget was

N99.29billion, representing 49.6

per cent. The approved revenue

budget was N200.20 billion,

with N105.67billion expected

from IGR and N42 billion from

the Federation Account. The

Capital Receipts were expected

to be N52.5billion. As at 31st October,

2016, the overall budget

performance was 56.2 per cent.

In the last six years, we have

made clear our commitment to the

delivery of affordable and qualitative

education. This has invariably

led to a series of reforms and

it is encouraging to see that our

efforts have been yielding positive

results. For instance, the innovation

of Termly Unified Examinations

in our public primary and

secondary schools as well as Government

Science and Technical

Colleges has greatly enhanced the

standard of education in our

schools such that enrolment is

steadily rising as is the higher

education potential of our learners.

“I am aware, however, that despite

the significant annual investments

in education, more still

needs to be done to improve the

quality of education. The global

perspective in the education sector

as declared under the Sustainable

Development Goals focuses

on ensuring inclusive and equitable

quality education and promoting

lifelong learning opportunities

for all by the year 2030.

We are glad to note that our agenda

is in tandem with this global

agenda; and we remain resolute

that no child will be left behind.

“Several of our Model Colleges

are ready to come on stream

having already commissioned

them in February, 2016 when

our State celebrated her 40th

anniversary. The Akin Ogunpola

Model College, Ewekoro commenced

operations for the 2016/

2017 academic year with the acceptance

of 84 students into junior

and senior secondary school.

Our administration is poised to

open six more colleges in 2017”.

Dry ports concessionaires risk revocation

of licence

By Godwin Oritse

FEDERAL Government has

warned concessionaires of

the Inland Container Depots,

ICDs and Container Freight

Stations, CFSs, to sign and return

the new agreement it has

prepared for the operation of their

faculties or have their licences

revoked within two weeks. In a

renewed move to ensure that the

dry port projects, which have

been stagnated for over 13 years

are completed and made

operational nationwide, the

federal government had

through the Nigeria Customs

Service, NSC, issued a new

agreement to the

concessionaires to sign and

return under two weeks.

Consequently, they have been

called for another meeting at

the headquarters of NSC to

ensure compliance in line with

the directive of the Minister of

Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi,

who has shown serious

discomfort with the near failure

stages of the projects.

Some of the dry port

concessionaires who spoke with

Vanguard have agreed to sign

Adewale Oshinowo

the new agreement which has

the clause of job delivery within

2017.

It , was, however gathered that

some of them might as well lose

the project because of varying

issues arising from their states of

location.

Already, some have blamed

their inability to perform not

only on sourcing technical

partners, funds, political

vagaries, frequent leadership

changes at the Federal Ministry

of Transport, but stated that the

current minister of transport has

declined to grant them special

status of port of origin and that

of destination.

One of thje inland container

depot owners who spoke to

Vanguard on the condition of

anonymity said that all was set

for work to commence at the

port but Amaechi had declined

to grant them the needed

privilege.

This further raised the question

by observers on whether if this

was what had been delaying the

project for 13 years now and

why other ministers were not

approached for the same reason.

In Ibadan, Oyo State,

Catamaran Logistics Limited,

operators of Ibadan ICD, may

have lost their project location

on account of delay and internal

political and personality

squabbles and so may lose their

licences soon.

The company’s Managing

Director, Mr. Lai Are , said that

“We have agreed in principle

with the provisions of the

agreement.”

Meanwhile, the federal

government has, at last,

resolved to fund the emerging

new national shipping fleet with

a part of the Cabotage Vessel

Finance Fund(CVFF) proceed.

In what sounded rather

amusing t o logistics and

transport professionals, last

week, the Senate directed the

Nigerian Shippers’ Council, to

carry out feasibility studies on

the establishment of dry ports

in the country.

This was after the Senate had

called on the Federal government

to ensure that dry ports were

established urgently in Onitsha,

Enugu, Aba, Maiduguri, Bauchi

and states that are landlocked as

a way of accelerating trade and

industry.

The Senate was of the view that

the feasibility studies earlier

carried out on the projects

should be revisited.


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28—Vanguard, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016

Wanted: Governors who can

do more with less

“Federation Account

allocation dips by N31.8bn in

October”.

NATION, November 21,

2016, p 8.

“GDP growth rate drops

further to -2.24%.”

PUNCH, November 22,

2016, p 1.

Newly-elected Governor

Godwin Obaseki of

Edo State struck the right note

in his maiden address to the

people of Edo State when he

declared that “there is more

free lunch”. He has his

reasons which the tables

below will pertly explain.

Contrary to what some

consider an early rebuke of

his immediate past

predecessor, it was nothing

more than a bow to reality.

Facts remain the eternal

enemies of illusions which

still drive most of our

politicians promising free

everything under the sun.

Meanwhile, Ondo State is

heading for the polls to elect

a successor to out-going

Governor Segun Mimiko.

Irrespective of who eventually

emerges as the new governor,

he has a tough task awaiting

him. It is doubtful if there is a

single governor serving

second term now who does

not occasionally wish he had

bowed out gracefully at the

end of the first term – while

there was still loud ovation.

Few will enjoy that

endorsement now.

Oil producing states

illustrate the calamity best:

Akwa Ibom: N14bn to

N8.7bn; Bayelsa: N18bn to

N6.3bn; Delta: N16bn to

N5.6bn. While all the 36

states are in varying degrees

of distress and will probably

remain so in 2017, Osun State

is in a class by itself. (See

tables below). The current

governor will end his second

term before 2019. But, if the

monthly allocations from

Abuja continue at this rate,

anybody running for

Governor of Osun state, after

this one, might need to

consult a doctor. Only a born

masochist would be eager to

take on that assignment. The

state in October 2016 took

home less than ten per cent

of what it received in 2006

before Minimum Wage rose to

N18,000 per month!!!

The reasons are not hard to

discover. Few owed their staff

unpaid salaries in 2013 and

early 2014. The signs of

things to come first appeared

in the second quarter of 2014,

when crude oil prices started

their steady decline from over

$100-plus per barrel and over

1.8 million barrels per day

exported to where they are

today. VANGUARD must

have published at least four

articles warning the Federal

Government, the Council of

States and the economic

policymakers that the

downturn in crude prices

and volumes was not

temporary, but, will persist

for several years. Nobody

paid heed to the warnings;

least of all the states whose

fortunes depended on

federal allocations. Even

when crude prices and

revenue fell drastically, the

state governors still went on

with business as usual.

Today, the consequences

stare them in the face.

Worse than the present

hardships faced by people in

the states is the fact that with

Gross Domestic Productivity,

GDP, declining, Value Added

Tax, VAT collections, which

had helped to cushion the

impact of sharply reduced oil

earnings will also start to

shrink. Many companies

which declared and paid taxes

in 2016 on their operations in

2015 might also be declaring

losses in 2016 and pay no

taxes in 2017.

States face a more difficult

future than most of the

governors realize. Obaseki’s

no free lunch might become

no lunch at all. We need

governors who can manage

relative poverty. Our period

of affluence is gone for now.

Interview

Continues from page 19

percent for instance,

meaning that what is the risk

there, you are expected to

have 20 percent of it as a

capital to support it.

But; if you are trading in oil

and gas or some of the other

classes, you are expected to

have 50 percent of the

particular class which

means that all of that would

guide how much capital you

have. You will then find out

that for the one of 20 percent

you can only generate

N500million premium and

you will keep 20 percent of

it as capital. But for oil and

gas, to do the same for 50

percent and you want to

trade as much as that one,

you would require capital

that is close to N1billion to

trade there for you to get the

same premium.

So the question is that

you want to say to yourself

‘which one do I want to put

my money into?’

That is why it is riskbased,

because you are

going to determine which

class would give you the

highest return and less of

trouble.

Nigerian insurance industry capital is highest in Africa

What is NIA doing about

the allegations against

the insurance industry?

We have not and the issue is

that our members feel that we

have not done anything

wrong. If when we agree that

we have done some things

wrong then we will see them

and talk with them. We are

watching the development

very closely and at the

appropriate we would seek to

have a discussion. But for

now, there is no need.

The members may not see

anything wrong, but the

image of the insurance

industry is been dented?

Yes, to an extent, we have

mandated the management

of the association to interface

so that they investigate the

negative publicity until the

facts are properly

ascertained before they come

out into the open. But for now

I think it shouldn’t be.

This is three to four

months gone since you

assumed office, how far

have you gone with

implementing your

agenda?

Yes, it is all stakeholder

engagement for now. We have

done quite a lot of that. And

of course, between that period

when we had our investiture

and now, we have interacted

with so many stakeholders.

Because, we have to make

ourselves relevant, and

making ourselves relevant is

not the kind that involves you

seeing yourselves block on

block, no. It is about how we

have been able to engage

people.

At the moment, we have so

many things ongoing. As we

speak, you just made

reference to the House of

Representatives

investigation on insurance.

There is the issue of the riskbased

capital which the

commission is working on,

there is a financial reporting

council code, and there is

general indiscipline in the

sector.

So there are a number of

issues. But, those are not

issues we really want to

address in the public sphere.

But we are having the

necessary engagements and

at the right time we will

announce only solutions. So,

that is what I actually want

to do. I do not want to engage

in things just on the pages of

newspapers, no.

We have

mandated the

management of

the association

to interface so

that they

investigate the

negative

publicity until

the facts are

properly

ascertained

before they

come out into

the open

We are working on our

image through the

insurance committee; that

is, the umbrella publicity

arrangement within our

structure. We are working on

that and it is something the

insurance committee is

doing. We will do a broader

campaign for the whole

industry and that is almost

taking off.

What is the take home

from the NCRIB

conference from NIA

angle?

The tax issue has been

clarified. That is, the stamp

duty tax or the stamp duty

and the section 16; so I

think that for me and the

NIA people that is a major

take home.

What are the banks up to

with insurance policies

and the captive

companies?

Banks, they have some

relationship with insurance

companies. It has come to

our notice concerning

customers that often times

the banks and their

subsidiaries compel


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30—Vanguard, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016

(08052201997)

Why

do

manufacturers

decry high cost of

borrowing?

There is a limit to which

you can grow a business with

personal savings; invariably,

sustained growth and

expansion require additional

capital, which may be

subscribed or borrowed. It is

less risky, for example, to

borrow, if loanable funds

come with cheaper rates

below 5%, especially where

gestation is necessarily

extended; besides, easier

access to cheap funds

generally stimulates

businesses to create more

job opportunities.

Furthermore, material

inputs, similarly financed

with low interest loans, will

also reduce production cost,

and sustain consumer

demand with affordable

prices.

Conversely, when loanable

funds cost 30% plus, as is

currently the case, investors

will naturally shy away from

the risky gamble of providing

their own infrastructure and

paying N30 interest on every

N100 borrowed. The

investment climate, and

productive sector will shrink,

and imported products

financed with much lower

cost will flood our markets.

Ultimately, massive labor

layoffs will result, as once

viable industries close shop.

CBN has been widely

blamed for sustaining high

interest rates, how does

CBN enforce such rates?

The CBN has statutory

responsibility to ensure that

prices of goods and services,

as well as cost of funds

remain within levels that

would successfully drive the

economy. So yes, by its

actions and policies, CBN

has the capacity to induce

higher or lower cost of funds.

The Monetary Policy Rate

(MPR) is the prime

instrument for this purpose,

as it is the rate at which

commercial banks borrow

from CBN to cover

temporary cash shortfalls.

Thus, with MPR at 14%,

banks are inclined to lend to

ECONOMY

Fidelity Bank Plc has

disclosed that its

customers base has grown in

excess of 2 million since it

commenced its on-going

customer loyalty scheme,

Get Alert in Million Promo’.

Mrs. Chijioke Ugochukwu,

Executive Director, Shared

Services, Fidelity Bank,

disclosed this at the prize

presentation ceremony to the

lucky winners that emerged

in the second draw of the

promo.

High cost of borrowing: Who is

fooling who?

customers, including real

sector operators, at well over

20%. Conversely, in

successful economies where

MPR is 2% or below, banks

would be encouraged to lend

to customers at below 10%.

So, why is CBN sabotaging

the economy with high

MPRs?

A low MPR should

expectedly stimulate

borrowing and consumer

spending which would be

welcome if the annual

inflation rate is sustained,

below say, 2%. Conversely, if

inflation spirals closer to

20%, stimulating additional

spending with easy access to

cheap funds will invariably

instigate general price

volatility. Consequently, with

the prevailing high inflation

rates, any additional cash

injection or easier access to

cheap funds, may ultimately

induce the Zimbabwe

experience, where spiraling

inflation and unarrested

excess printing of Zimbabwe

currency compelled an

inflation rate that drove the

exchange rate to over $1=

1,000,000,000 Zimbabwe

dollars.

But some experts have

advised that the best

antidote to our comatose

economy is to spend our

way out of the recession?

Such experts are obviously

either wickedly mischievous

or regrettably ignorant.

Evidently, additional

injection of Naira liquidity,

where, much too much

money already outstrips

production output, will spike

inflation through the roof, to

create serious challenges to

productivity, talk less of

economic resuscitation.

President Buhari will be well

advised to be wary of experts

who advocate increase in

spending as the way out of

the current recession.

Are you suggesting that

the series of CBN cash

interventions and billions

of Naira government bailout

funds are actually

counterproductive?

Well, the answer is evident;

so far, these serial

interventions have not

arrested the inflation spiral,

and it is most certain that

future interventions will only

worsen matters so long as the

undeniable presence of

‘Surplus Naira Liquidity’

continues to be a nightmare

for CBN to manage.

How can surplus Naira be

a problem, when

manufacturers are literally

howling that they are

institutionally denied access

to cheap funds; besides, why

should any commodity with

a market surplus, become

more expensive to borrow?

The naked evidence of the

distortional and oppressive

burden of Excess Naira is

when CBN regularly pays

upto 15% interest rates to

restrain private borrowers

So, inexplicably,

the cost of Naira

loans will

paradoxically

become higher

when systemic

surplus Naira

liquidity remains

CBN’s albatross

from easy access to the

Excess funds, in order to

curtail liberal spending and

thereby keep inflation from

spiraling out of control and

wrecking the economy.

Incidentally, commercial

banks, primarily, will earn

over N500bn this year as

interest charges when CBN

borrows surplus Naira

supply to mop up excess

liquidity, by selling Treasury

bills to banks with very high

yields.

So, inexplicably, the cost of

Naira loans will

paradoxically become higher

when systemic surplus Naira

liquidity remains CBN’s

albatross.

With such bountiful easy

returns from CBN’s Treasury

bills, why would commercial

banks lend to the real

sector; besides, what is the

prime cause of excess Naira

supply that persistently

challenges a more

responsible economic

management?

You are absolutely right; it

is highly unlikely that banks

will service the real sector

with cheaper funds, when

government itself is

borrowing from them at such

ridiculously high and

oppressive interest rates; it

is certainly less risky to lend

to government than the real

sector. Perennial Excess

Naira supply is the

cumulative product of CBN’s

regular creations of

substituted Naira allocations

for distributable dollar

denominated oil revenue.

Thus, as dollar earnings

increase, the greater also has

been the threat from excess

Naira supply and its train of

regressive consequences.

Is the Naira exchange rate

also a victim of Excess Naira

supply?

Yes of course, Excess Naira

supply is the prime cause of

a weak Naira, because the

Naira exchange rate remains

threatened so long as CBN

persists in regularly

auctioning small rations of

dollars in a money market

that is, undeniably,

embarrassingly suffocated

with Naira surplus.

Regrettably, the process of

reducing the surplus Naira

burden from the system

attracts a distortionally high

interest burden and also

crowds out the real sector

from access to cheap funds.

Is there a more progressive

way of dealing with the

Excess Liquidity problem?

There are two plausible

obvious strategies which can

work together to reverse the

distress in our economy.

First of all, the mandatory

Cash Reserve Requirement

(CRR) for banks must be

gradually modulated to an

equilibrium level that would

eliminate the need for CBN

to compulsively borrow to

remove excess Naira supply

from the custody of

commercial banks. CBN will

cease to borrow at such

equilibrium level, so that

banks will ultimately have no

choice but to enthusiastically

court the real sector with

modest interest rates, if they

must stay in business.

Alternatively, banks can be

directed to pay a token fee

below 2% for CBN to

warehouse their surplus

funds, as is currently the

practice in successful

economies.

Secondly, the CBN should

cease replenishing the pool

of systemic excess liquidity

by persistently substituting

Naira allocations for

distributable dollar income to

the constitutional

beneficiaries of the

federation pool.

SAVE THE NAIRA!!

SAVE NIGERIANS!!

Fidelity Bank millionaires promo pushes customer base to 2m

She stated that the promo

has proven to be one of the

most successful in the series

of promos the bank has

conducted in the last nine

years, saying that the bank

hoped to open additional

500,000 new accounts by the

time the promo comes to an

end.

Six customers of the bank

drawn from the six

geographical zones went

home with the sum of N8

million, while another 12

were rewarded with

consolation prizes.

The prize presentation took

place simultaneously across

the six geographical zones in

the country.

Ugochukwu said the bank

decided to give out cash to

help its customers cushion

the effect of the economic

recession.

“Fidelity Bank is committed

to giving our customers

better value; we don’t want

to repeat an old theme.

Savings is a culture which

people develop over time. In

more advanced countries, it

is easier due the power of

high par capita income, but

in less developed economies

like Nigeria, the regulator,

which is the Central Bank of

Nigeria, CBN, tries to

promote the financial

inclusion strategy and

savings strategy, which the

banking institutions are

trying to key into. This promo

is Fidelity Bank’s way of

raising that awareness about

the importance of savings in

the life of every single

person.

One of the customers, Mr.

Nse Stephen Usen, an

Engineering student in Yaba

College of Technology, Lagos,

who won N2 million, thanked

the bank and said that it

would help him to further his

education.


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32 —Vanguard, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016

YOUR LUCK TODAY

By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

VIRGO; As Saturn enters your Star Sign today it is

important you are more practical and seek all important

supports of the influential people around you.

Be more loving.

LIBRA; The more ambitious you are today the better

for your cause. And here is a good day to plan for

the future but you must do away with whatever can

not be placed above board. Yong-at-heart among you

may be in for a romantic day.

SCORPIO; Even if you are tempted to gamble by

whoever and/or whatsoever reason you must resist it

or else you would be the loser. Being aggressive may

help

SAGITTARIUS; Provided you are willing to cooperate

with other poople things will not go out of

hands but exhibition of inordinate ambition can earn

you avoidable trouble.

By Richard Eromosele

L E I S U R E

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

About relationship?

LIFE is all

about relationship.

It is all

about how you

relate well with

the other man or

woman. For example,

a successful

father

should be able to

relate well with

his children, a

successful leader

TERROR MUDA in “Never say goodbye”

should be able to

relate well with

his followers.

Similarly, a good

manager should

have a good rapport

with members

of his

workforce.How

well you relate

with people could

determine how

far you will go in

life.Think about

it.

By Kola Fayemi

CAPRICORN; Element of luck will assist you.

Those of you who are more hard working will have

more positive things to show for your efforts. Take

care of your health.

AQUARIUS; Many natives of this Zodiac sign will

be excited either because of romantic interest within

your working arena or practical advancement at work.

PISCES; Reason with those you can take as veterans

within your base of operation because if you want

to force your way without carrying necessary and

more experienced people along it would back-fire

now or soonest

ARIES; The more creative you are the better for

your cause. However is typical day when too much

expectation can bring disappointment. Be more family

minded.

TAURUS; If your priority is financial success you

may not be disappointed provided you prepare for a

few challenges. For now both your mental energy

and physical attributes are enough to win you love

not MONEY. Be more receptive.

KAPTAIN AFRIKA in “Pretty Lunatic’ By Andy Akman

GEMINI; This is your day when both good luck

and your personal efforts will bring you success. Try

to be as caring as possible to those within your base.

CANCER; Although there will be challenges at the

end of it all you will have genuine cause to smile.

The more secretive you are the better for your cause.

This is not the right time to ignore your sex life. Do

away with unnecessary argument.

LEO; This is not the right time for you to either

gamble with money or take friends for granted. Secret

lovers may be in for an exciting day.

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Should I remain hopeful?

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about my social life, and the time I am likely

to have my Should I remain hopeful?

much desired break-through in life. I am

hopeful though.

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Dear Anonymous,

Yes be very hopeful. And what you will find

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life will always bring you attention good

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best way for you not to be constant loser in the

social world is to always study situation practically

and know that your finance will not

suffer (if it can not be beneficiary) from the

setting before taking responsibility.

As for influential friends you will have them

but never always take them for granted.

Sudden SUCCESS will come your way during

your 44th year on earth and will serve as a

break-through year you can build great foundation

of endless success on. But the same 44th

year will bring love related challenges you

must manage with all maturity or else it will

linger till after your 48th year on earth.

VIRGINIA

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By Lawrence Akapa


Weaning the children of

violence

VIOLENCE

rampages

large parts of Nigeria and

most of Africa. Generations are

born into violence who grow

from innocence to stoking its

wild fires. A cross section of

people including diplomats,

intellectuals, journalists,

retired generals and

representatives of the Chief of

Army Staff and the Inspector

General of Police gathered in

Abuja, seeking a solution.

Professor George Obiozor, the

74-year old former Nigerian

High Commissioner to Cyprus

and former ambassador to

Israel and United States, led the

discussion. He argued that

Nigeria is paying too much

attention to critics and not

enough to its admirers. He

defined international relations

as “a game of selective

morality, outrageous paradox

and double standard, where to

win you must continuously

recognise your own interests

and protect them with ruthless

courage.”

He said the most important

objective of Nigeria’s detractors

is to lure the country and its

leadership into controversies

abroad and at home “in order

to precipitate a synchronized

national crises within Nigeria.”

He advised the country to

reduce the level of serious

threats to its survival by

reducing the level of its

national crises that attracts

international attention.

Professor Thomas Akhigbe

Wailings of a master planner

By Paul Bebenimibo

NIGERIA is facing severe economic

challenges that have made life

brutish for virtually everybody.

Nigerians labour daily to overcome

these economic challenges. Beyond the

obvious economic challenges, there are

agitations in the South-East led by

MASSOB, challenges of herdsmen in

different parts of the country, the

scourge of the ‘technically degraded’

Boko Haram in the North-East and the

resurgence of violence in the Niger

Delta over calls for rapid development,

resource control, resource ownership

and restructuring of the Nigerian

Federation. These turbulent issues and

the lack of corresponding problemsolving

mechanism from government

quarters have created terrifying waves

in Nigeria.

The energies of every patriotic

Nigerian ought to be deployed and

harnessed towards pointing problemsolving

ways or mechanism for the

Federal Government of Nigeria because

there is no other country for us to run to

when Nigeria sinks like the TITANIC.

Any emerging signs of shipwreck should

be the greatest worry to patriots. This is

where I am alarmed by the activities of

some individuals who are working hard

to instigate and worsen the turbulent

situation in the Niger Delta. These

individuals do this through covert plans

and falsely accusing persons of trying to

destroy oil and gas installations.

Imobighe, Director, Centre of

Strategic Studies and

Development, Ambrose Alli

University, Ekpoma, delivered

the lecture titled “Weaning

Africa from violence: Nigeria’s

contributions to Peace and

Stability on the Continent.” He

posited that given the rapid

phase sophisticated arms are

being made and sold, violence

must be minimised if humanity

is to survive.

Imobighe, author of a number

of books including Nigeria's

Defence and National Security

Linkages argued that it is a

badly managed conflict that

snowballs into violence. He said

peace as a concept has no precise

meaning but that to some, it

means the absence of war. He

posited that peace must start

from meeting the basic

necessities of life.

He said a major problem in

many African states, is the

perpetuation of unhelpful force

and the unrelenting strive to

acquire power. Nigeria he said,

must abandon its concept of

security based on arms, and

embrace the concept based on

human needs adding that the

strategy to ‘fight to finish” has

not led to the elimination of

opponents, rather, it has led to

the spread of violence.

He said while no African

country is in the league of the

first one hundred highest arms

producers in the world, by

2013, the continent spent

$402 billion on arms purchase,

Lines of communication on how to

resolve the Niger Delta agitation have

been opened with the Federal

Government of Nigeria. President

Muhammadu Buhari’s meeting with

PANDEF representatives at which a 16-

My greatest fear is

that, having falsely

accused Tompolo of

bombing and of plans

to bomb oil and gas

installations, Johnny

is likely to set in

motion the mechanism

for bombing of

installations and come

out to tell the world

that his words have

come to pass

point demand was presented to him, and

the recent meeting between Vicepresident

Yemi Osinbajo and Niger

Delta People Congress where meaningful

additional reinforcement of the 16-point

demand was given are all attempts to

resolve the Niger Delta Crisis. Though

no clear picture has yet emerged from

the Government by way of setting up a

committee to handle the pressing issues,

that is one fifth of its GDP. He

said that while two thirds of

African states are experiencing

increased military spending,

the European Union is

experiencing reduction in such

spending. To demonstrate the

destructive nature of violence

in Africa, the lecturer said that

in 2013 the continent produced

12.5 million refugees or a third

of the global total.

Imobighe cited the examples

of post-electoral violence in

Kenya, Zimbabwe and the

Nigeria of 2011 when people

just engaged in violence with

While no

African country

is in the league

of the first one

hundred highest

arms producers

in the world, by

2013, the

continent spent

$402 billion on

arms purchase

that is one fifth

of its GDP

any prior discussion. He also

mentioned the herdsmen and

farmers circle of violence in

Nigeria. He wondered how

Africans are always able to raise

funds to buy arms and why the

arms producers are always

eager to trust their weapons in

our hands.

The defence and security

expert said anytime people are

involved in conflicts, what they

really need is negotiations,

more negotiations and more

negotiations. He expressed his

strong believe that if peace is to

be achieved in our life time, we

must engage in concrete

engagement with other people.

He quoted Martin Luthr King

Jnr who in his 1963 , ‘Letter

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from a Birmingham Jail’,

wrote:

"Men often hate each other

because they fear each other;

they fear each other because

they don't know each other;

they don't know each other

because they cannot

communicate; they cannot

communicate because they are

separated."

Imobighe wondered whether

there is absence of peaceful

mechanism, or people no longer

have confidence in it. He said

there is need to subscribe to a

new global coalition for peace

and development.

In his lecture, Imobighe had

made a critique of the

Presidential Amnesty

Programme claiming that its

youth empowerment

programme was restricted only

to those who bore arms while

those who did not engage in

violence were left out. This he

argued, gives the wrong

impression that violence pays

and that this is responsible for

the rise of new militant groups

in the Niger Delta. I made a

gentle correction of his

hypothesis pointing out that in

the conception of the Amnesty

Programme, care was taken to

also empower youths in the

Region who were not involved

in the armed conflict. I gave as

an example the statistics of

Niger Delta youths who were

empowered by being given

scholarship to local and

international tertiary

institutions. It showed that of

the 3,042 youths given

scholarship by the agency, only

1,242 amnesty beneficiaries

while the balance 1,800 were

youths from communities

impacted by the violence but

who were not engaged in armed

struggle. Imobigbe accepted

the correction.

Dr. Wilson Ejide, a retired

Army Colonel who was the

discussant, said the continued

use of violence merely

multiplies violence.

Rear Admiral Tony Isa (Rtd)

said unfortunately, the

country’s institutions are weak

there are visible attempts at tackling

the resurgence of violence in the Niger

Delta.

While everyone eagerly awaits

pragmatic solution from the Federal

Government, one Mr. Michael Johnny

once correctly cast as ‘verbal distortionczar’

and ‘buzzy showy creature’ in

Ekanpou Enewaridideke’s articles ‘Jesus

and the Criminals’ (28 October 2015,

vanguard), ‘Sunset and a coronation’ (2

February 2016, vanguard), has

deliriously gone to town with the claim

that Tompolo is behind the bombing in

the Niger Delta. This is a fictitious claim

meant to smear Tompolo’s name and

instigate Federal Government of Buhari

against him. Johnny would be only

happy when Tompolo is maligned and

hunted down through lies and

systematic propaganda.

The stands and comments of Johnny

on Tompolo are always predictable, as

they always border on the negative side.

His delirious outburst on Tompolo no

longer disorientates me but I am only

alarmed that his mouth still leaks when

there are signs towards the curtailment

of the menace in the Niger Delta

through dialogue. This is the time for

any patriot to key into this crisisresolution

mechanism gradually

emerging.

My greatest fear is that, having falsely

accused Tompolo of bombing and of plans

to bomb oil and gas installations, Johnny

is likely to set in motion the mechanism

for bombing of installations and come

out to tell the world that his words have

come to pass. This falsehood may become

his platform to actualise his evil

schemes against Tompolo whose desire

revolves around Legal Means to fight his

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and that Nigerians must decide

what positive values they want

to project. Professor Warisu

Oyesina Alli argued that the

resurgence of violence is the

result of unmet social

expectations. He said in the

past, this could result in

revolution, but that now, it is

disorganised violence.

Ambassador Gregory Okon

argued that the balance of

power between the state and

non-state actors which used to

be in favour of the former, is

now tilting towards the latter.

He advocated military training

for the National Youth Service

Corps members so they can

provide some security where

they are posted.

Emeritus Professor, Anthony

Ashiwaju wondered “How do

we talk about weaning Africa

of violence when we have not

weaned ourselves?” The

country he said must address

the issues of mass

unemployment and illiteracy

as part of the process.

Major General L.P. Ngubane

(Rtd) regretted that elections

in Africa are more of a selection

process. He said American

President Barack Obama’s

admonition that “Africa doesn't

need strongmen, it needs strong

institutions” rings true.

Professor Nuhu Nuhu Yaqub,

the Chair of the Society for

international Relations

Awareness, SIRA, organisers of

the event, said it has become

the organisation’s tradition to

make available to the general

public, current issues in the

Nigerian Foreign Policy. He

said attention should not only

be on the commercialisation of

violence, but more on the cost

to the people who are the

victims.

Mr. Ulrich Thum, Resident

Representative of the Friedrich

Ebert Stiftung,FES, which

facilitated the event, said

Nigeria is facing security

challenges from within and

outside its borders and that

protagonists like SIRA are

required to contribute to its

resolution.

way through, not VIOLENCE. Already,

a suspect in the custody of Security

Agencies had made confessional

statement of Johnny’s involvement in

the bombings in the Niger Delta

. In whose doorstep does the issue of

bombing now lie? Michael Johnny or

Tompolo?

With the recent outbursts of the

‘distortion-czar’, I hereby suggest two

things: first and foremost,

psychopathologists, psychiatrists and

psychologists should penetrate Johnny’s

mind and evaluate the functionality of

his mentality through special diagnosis.

Any result from this psychopathological

penetration can help us know the

reasons for his delirious outbursts. These

outbursts from a man who was

Tompolo’s boy are questionable.

On the psychopathological and

psychological findings of specialists

about Michael Johnny, the society

knows where to place his outbursts .

However the findings of the specialists

about Johnny, the public should discard

as falsehood his delirious outburst that

Tompolo is behind the bombings and that

there is a plan by him to resume

bombing over his travails. By and large,

it is Michael Johnny’s plot to destroy oil

installations and attribute it to Tompolo

so as to invoke federal might upon him.

The moment he successfully does this,

these wailings of a master planner would

have ended. Who has not heard Johnny

say he will not stop wailing until

Tompolo goes to jail as that would mark

the end of his wailing as a master

planner?

•Mr.Bebenimibo, a public affairs analyst,

wrote from Warri, Delta State.

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34—Vanguard, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016

THE Gestapo-like raids of the judges

by operatives of the State Security

Services,SSS, coming at the time a

change of baton was about to take place

in the Judiciary, as objectionable as it

was, must have had its positive side,

after all. It woke everyone up, especially

the leadership of the Judiciary. Even

death does have its, perhaps unintended,

positive effects. If all the people born since

the creation of the world were to have

lived, there would be no space for anyone

to stand, let alone move around. Life

would be meaningless. Despite that,

people will still cry when death, which

has no respect for “due process”, comes.

Towards the tail end of former CJN,

Mahmud Mohammed, the Judiciary

had lost much of its self-correctional

reflexes, which made it possible for

traducers of that arm of government to

mount a frontal attack on it. As

Mohammed was retiring, the next in

line according to the seniority rule

which had been followed for over forty

years, was Justice Walter Nkanu

Onnoghen, the first Southerner to

‘“smell” the post since Justice Ayo Irikefe

gave way for the first CJN of Northern

extraction, Justice Mohammed Bello in

1987.

Rather than send Onnoghen’s name to

the Senate for confirmation, President

Muhammadu Buhari courted

controversy by swearing him in as

Acting CJN, which means he is not sure

he would be allowed to stay out his

tenure till retirement at seventy. Faced

with such uncertainty, many lessendowed

mortals would be predisposed

to so many frailties.

They could choose to “make hay while

the sun shines” by being corrupt. Since

many corrupt individuals who have

thrown their lot with the ruling All

Progressives Congress,APC, Federal

Government have tended to be shielded

from the ongoing anti-corruption “war”,

a CJN who chooses to be corrupt can

thrive if he becomes a tool in the hands

of the ruling party, its agents and the

government in power. That is probably

why a particular notorious Abuja High

Court judge who has outrageously and

relentlessly shambled the law with

impunity in favour of those seeking to

destroy the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,

remains on seat, unaffected by the SSS

“sting operations”.

The fear then was that this relatively

quiet Onnoghen might become a tool in

the hands of the regime, much like the

Independent National Electoral

Commission,INEC, under Professor

Mahmood Yakubu, which appears to

have thrown away the independence

which his predecessor, Professor

Attahiru Jega, cultivated under the

CJN Onnoghen’s promising debut

regime of former President Goodluck

Jonathan.

All eyes were on Acting CJN

Onnoghen as he embraced his first tasks:

determining (a) the appeals over the

leadership tussles between the two

factions of the Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, and (b) the authentic governorship

candidate of the party in the Ondo State

governorship poll, which the INEC

insisted must hold over the past

weekend. Onnoghen did not pass the

buck to someone else to do the “dirty

work”; he took it on personally!

The Supreme Court authorised the

Court of Appeal to release its judgement

on which faction of the party in Ondo

OPINION

Attack on Aladja, attack on Urhobo nation?

By Ekanpou Enewaridideke

ARE we in the weird season when only weird

things happen? Do weird things deserve solution?

Are we in the season when conflagration is quenched

by conflagration? Is there any logicality in the

illogicality that only fire can put out fire, not water

from firefighters? Then why have Chief Engineer Joe

Orode Omene, the president-General of Urhobo Progress

Union, Sunday Subi the president of UPU Youth Wing,

Udu kingdom chapter, and Chief Boro Opudu the

Chairman of Delta Waterways and Land Security

Committee adopted weird strategies in the recent

outbreak of communal war between Isaba Community

in Warri South-West Council and Aladja Community

in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State?

It is destabilising, weird and provoking that a

communal clash recently broke out between Isaba (an

Ijaw Community) and Aladja (an Urhobo Community).

Nothing could be more barbaric and chilling than a

communal armed struggle between persons who share

ties of consanguinity in many ways. Consequent upon

the sudden communal war between the two

communities, Chief Boro Opudu called a peace meeting

between the communities on 22 November 2016 in

Warri. The meeting which was attended by

representatives from both communities ended with a

peace accord; this was a sign that both communities

saw the need to cease hostilities and continue to live

together as usual prior to the sudden outbreak of war.

Chief Boro Opudu’s prompt intervention has

I also hope by this

exemplary proactive

action taken by

Justice Onnoghen,

judicial officers will

no longer be pushed

around by

politicians,

government and its

agents or any other

persons in society

without the wrath of

the Third Am of

government

descending heavily

on them

State had the right to produce its authentic

governorship candidate. The pro-Makarfi

group, led by Clement Faboyede, had

produced Mr. Eyitayo Jegede as its

candidate in a primary duly observed and

certified by the INEC as the law requires.

But the pro-Sheriff faction, which

produced a member of the Accord Party,

Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim (who is seen,

rightly or wrongly, by some to be working

for the interests of the APC) succeeded,

through the Justice Okon Abang Federal

High in Abuja, to get the INEC to replace

Jegede’s name with Jimoh Ibrahim’s as

the candidate of the PDP.

This was not just another routine

factional fight for the control of a

political party. Rather, it was a fight

between a faction that wanted to retain

control of the PDP and another which

appeared more interested in destroying

the party to give way for a rival party

to take over Ondo State. The latter (the

Sheriff/Poroye/Ibrahim faction) used

every dirty trick in the book to smear

anyone standing on its way just to

achieve its horrible objective.

They took their case to a controversial

Abuja High Court judge, Okon Abang.

The Court of Appeal, in its Wednesday,

23 rd October ruling, essentially said

what took place in Okon Abang’s court

was a cheap fraud. Abang had cleared

Jimoh Ibrahim and forced the INEC to

put him on the ballot as the governorship

candidate of the PDP in Ondo State.

Jimoh Ibrahim accused the acting

Director of Legal Services of the INEC,

Mrs. Toyin Babalola, of demanding one

million US Dollars bribe from him before

implementing Abang’s order, a charge

the Commission stridently denied. Still,

INEC granted Ibrahim’s demand despite

another High Court order in Akure

issued the same as Abang’s, that Jegede

must be maintained as the PDP

candidate.

At the Court of Appeal, Jimoh Ibrahim

relatively doused the tension between the two sister

communities. As commendable as Chief Opudu’s

intervention is, it would have been more commendable

if he were psychic as it would have enabled him to

walk on the preventive path of communal war, rather

than the curative path which the exigencies of the

situation demanded.

Soon after the

outbreak of the

communal clash

between Isaba and

Aladja, Chief Omene

was categorical in his

outburst that a

Chief Omene

should see Isaba

and Aladja as

engines knocked

down which

demand

immediate

functional

coupling through

his age-long

professionalism

communal war

against Aladja was

tantamount to

declaration of war

against Urhobo

nation. This warinfused

categorical

statement which

featured in the Urhobo

Voice newspaper of 26

November 2016 edition at page 3 was soon followed by

a 14-day ultimatum given to the Ijaws resident in Udu

Local Government Area to leave the territory. The 14-

day ultimatum given on the 17 th of November 2016 at

Otor-Udu in a press conference was issued by Mr.

Sunday Subi of UPU Youth Wing, Udu chapter. Chief

Omene verbally beat the ethnic drum of war while

and Poroye continued their onslaught of

blackmail against public officials by

accusing the three-man panel appointed

by the President of the Court, Justice

Zainab Bulkachuwa of being greedy and

compromised. In particular, they

accused the Chairman of the panel,

Justice Jumai Sankey, of being “so ill

and poor” that she was susceptible to

bribery and inducement! The panel

promptly resigned from the case, and

the Court had to reconstitute another

one, this time, led by Justice Ibrahim

Saulawa.

Again, Poroye, some of his factional

officials, aided by their lawyer, Beluolisa

Nwofor (SAN), engaged in cheap and

brazen abuse of court processes, all

aimed at ensuring that Jegede never got

justice. Even when the Court of Appeal

panel led by Justice Saulawa ruled that

Jegede was the rightful PDP candidate,

Jimoh Ibrahim described it as a “one

day ruling which was paid for from the

state treasury”.

Onnoghen’s verdict of Tuesday, 22 nd

of November 2016 was clearly meant

to serve two purposes: (a) ensure justice

was given to whom it was due and in

time for it to count, and (b) protect

judicial officers unfairly abused by

adventurous, self-seeking politicians.

Apart from clearing the way for the

Justice Saulawa panel to decide who was

the genuine PDP flag-bearer, he slapped

massively punitive costs on the person

of Barrister Nwofor (SAN), forcing him

to pay over N10 million for filing cases

that constituted abuse of court processes.

I want to believe that Justice

Onnoghen is sounding a note of warning

to all politicians (including those in

power today and their opposition

elements) that the Judiciary under him

will no longer condone the perversion of

justice. Justice according to the rule of

our laws is all that the people want from

the Judiciary.

I also hope by this exemplary proactive

action taken by Justice Onnoghen,

judicial officers will no longer be pushed

around by politicians, government and

its agents or any other persons in society

without the wrath of the Third Arm of

government descending heavily on

them.

If this is Onnoghen’s mission as our

new CJN, then ahoy! The Judiciary is,

indeed, the last man in the defence of

the ordinary citizen. With the INEC

already seemingly compromised by the

government of the day, the Judiciary is

the only remaining hope. If it also

knuckles under Executive intimidation

or the lure of corruption, then, it is “To

thy tents O Israel” for our democracy.

Sunday gave it a practical extension by giving 14-day

ultimatum to Ijaws. By what arcane logic does he come

to the simplistic conclusion that an attack on Aladja is

an attack on Urhobo nation? How would Chief Omene

have explained the destruction of farmlands by herdsmen

during grazing in the North if he were from the North?

Would he have declared war against the Fulanis as a

nation whose herdsmen routinely destroy farmlands

while grazing?

It sounds weird by every standard that a common

soluble communal clash between two communities is

enlarged, magnified, transformed and coloured as a

war between Ijaw and Urhobo through individually

hyperbolised metaphors of instigation. And now ethnic

drums of war are being systematically beaten by the

ignorant who have been wrongly fed with

misinformation. Is this weird outbreak of communal

clash a product of our dwindling economy?

UPU has a solid reputation built over the years from

prompt and creative response to issues relevant to the

progress of Urhobo nationality. UPU is never known

for beating of ethnic drums of war over a communal

clash. Engineering as a profession repairs, re-orders

and restores a badly damaged engine and perfects it’s

holistic functionality. The pride of an engineer lies in

the proper functioning of an engine, not when the

engine is knocked down. Chief Omene should see Isaba

and Aladja as engines knocked down which demand

immediate functional coupling through his age-long

professionalism gathered from the University.

Continues tomorrow on pg. 18

*Mr.Enewaridideke,a public affairs

commentator, wrote fromAkparemogbene,Delta

State.

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Nigeria and Australia have

many things in common

Paul Lehmann, High Commissioner,

Australian High Commission

Australia and Nigeria have enjoyed beneficial diplomatic

ties since relations were established in 1960. Both

countries have worked jointly in the Commonwealth and

the United Nations to actively encourage peace, prosperity and

democracy on the United Nations Security Council. Australia

and Nigeria are also partners on counter terrorism and

combatting violent extremism. In November 2015, Paul Lehmann

was named Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria with a

non-resident accreditation to Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, Niger

and The Gambia. Prior to that, he had been a senior career officer

with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

Assistant Secretary of the Consular Operations Branch

and Minister Counsellor (Development) at the

Australian Embassy in Kabul.In this interview, he shares

his thoughts on the current state of the bilateral

relationship.

What do Nigeria and

Australia have in common?

We have many things in

common. We can start with

something basic like a shared

language; which is English.

We also have shared

institutions which derive in

large part from our shared

colonial heritage and

aspirations for our people

when it comes to peace and

prosperity. Nigerians and

Australians love to travel

overseas and if you go to many

places overseas the two types

of foreigners you’ll likely find

are Australians and

Nigerians. Australians are

famous for spending time in

the U.K as they grow up and

Nigerians like to do the same

thing. More importantly, we

share that spirit of wanting to

get out and explore.

What is the level of trade

between the two countries?

It fluctuates from year to

year. Historically, Nigeria has

always been one of our largest

trading partners on the

continent. And the trade

balance has been in Nigeria’s

favor, by a long way, with oil

imports from Nigeria and the

rest of the Gulf of Guinea. So

far, our major export to

Nigeria at the moment is

wheat. In the last year or so,

we haven’t imported any

crude oil from Nigeria; but

Nigeria has imported a little

bit more from us.

What is the level of interest

Australian companies have

in Nigeria?

I think Australian investors

are very used to looking far

and wide for opportunities.

What we are starting to see

now is an interest from

Australian mining companies

looking at how they can work

with Nigerian operators to

bring value. If I were to pick

one particular sector that has

potential, it would be solid

minerals and extraction where

both countries could do much

more work. As you might

know, Australia has a strong

tradition in the development

of solid minerals and our

expertise and experience

could be used here in Nigeria.

And even in my short time

here, I’ve seen quite a degree

of progress in that area with a

number of active Australian

firms in that space and across

the West African region.

There’s what is known as

the Australia–Nigeria Trade

Investment Council? What

happened to it?

That was announced a few

years ago and we are looking

at ways in which we can really

reinvigorate that body. And it

may require us to look at how

we can position that for the

future given some of the

strategic changes that I’ve

identified particularly with the

emergence of potential

investment in the mineral

sector. We are also looking at

what might be the most

appropriate vehicle for that

sort of dialogue but I’m

pleased to say that our

dialogue and interaction

remain strong even outside of

the framework.

With the current level of the

economic relations between

both countries, what more

can be done for further

development of the

cooperation?

I’d like to see more

interaction and exchange that

would help Nigeria develop its

own agricultural production of

commodities such as wheat.

So, it’s not just all about the

export of commodities such as

wheat, but it’s also about

where we can look for

opportunities to share and

exchange knowledge and

expertise to broaden out and

deepen our trade investments

and links. Already, both

countries are commodities

exporters so that’s always

Australia and

Nigeria have

shared institutions

which derive in

large part from

our shared

colonial heritage

and aspirations

going to be important but

there’s an enormous talent

and energy here and Australia

does have a lot to offer in

terms of expertise and

knowledge.

In terms of education, how

strong is the partnership

between both countries?

There’s a great deal of

cooperation which is

happening now through the

growth of the number of

Nigerian students who are

studying in Australian

universities. Over the last

three or four years, there’s

been a quadrupling of that so

we are now looking at 2,000

Nigerian students who are

studying in Australia. That

number is growing every year.

However, Australia wasn’t

such a big market for

Nigerian students but over

the last few decades, Australia

has emerged as the country

with the third highest number

of international students of

any country in the world

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afield and with growing

middle classes across the

African region, because that’s

where we think there’s

potential for growth in the

future. Our tourism sector is

one of our largest industries

which have been growing very

quickly for many years now

but we would like to see that

growth sustained by

welcoming people from nontraditional

markets, if I could

put it that way.

What future plans does the

Australian government have

to increase the number of

Nigerian tourists visiting

Australia?

The marketing of Australia

is very broad and is often

web-based. Increasingly

using those sorts of channels

around social media, limits

budgets so you don’t get

to see large scale

promotional

campaigns here

because they are often

targeted at the markets

that are closer to home.

For example in China

and parts of Asia where

the bulk of tourist

growth is coming. But

because we welcome the third

obviously, part of my job as

largest group of international

ambassador is to sell Australia

students making us a

as a destination whether itbe

dominant player in that

for tourism, business,

particular market. We’re

education, cultural exchange

looking to grow that and

or people to people links. It’s

encourage more Nigerians

all about relationships and

students to experience the

deepening the connections

high quality of education that

that we have between

they can acquire in Australia.

Australia and the world.

There are many links

What is Nigeria looking

obviously, between

like in your view in recent

educational institutions in

times? What has taken a

Australia and Nigeria. We also

favorable turn?

have an annual scholarships

Most noticeably for me is

program- Australia Awardsthrough

which we provide

the incredible wealth this

country possesses in its

bursaries for Nigerian

human capital. The talent and

students who are looking to

energy of Nigerians is really

undergo masters’ courses in

something you have to

particular priority areas that

experience first-hand to really

would give them the skills to

appreciate and I’ve being

then come back to Nigeria

fortunate to do that since been

and contribute to

here. Also, I think that

developments here.

whatever difficulties the

In the area of security, what

country encounters whether

is the extent of cooperation?

they are on the security front

Australia is very much

or having to do with the

committed to cooperating

economic situation, there’s

with partners like Nigeria to

always a great spirit of hope

eliminate the scourge of violent

and resilience and energy in

insurgencies across the globe.

this country which has

By many measures, Australia

sustained it through difficult

is the largest NATO contributor

times in the past and I’m sure

to military efforts to curb

it’ll continue to be so in the

insurgency in Syria and Iraq.

future.

And we are doing that because

And what has taken a turn

we want to eliminate that

for the worse in your view?

scourge there but also to any

Well, I think it’s pretty hard

further spread in other parts of

to ignore that the country is

the world. So we stand very

in recession. And it’s a

much with Nigeria and other

pressing issue for the

partner countries in efforts to

government, people, and

eliminate insurgencies because

business to get the economy

it’s a multi -national

back on its feet. I think now

international problem that

that there’s been some

needs a multi-national

advances with the security in

international response.

North-East , although there are

With the surge of Nigerian

plenty of security challenges in

tourists that is growing

the Niger-Delta , what the

higher every year, what has

government is doing to correct

Tourism Australia done

that economic trajectory is

about this to further promote

certainly timely and would be

this lovely country?

beneficial once that situation

Tourism Australia is very

turns around. Australia is

active in looking at expanding

looking to continue on its path

our in-bound markets .But

in developing our

there’s also a growing

relationships across the

appreciation of looking further

continent.

•Paul Lehmann, High Commissioner,

Australian High Commission

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By Rauf Aregbesola

“Died in beauty, like a

rose blown from its parent

stem” –Charles Doyne Sillery

AT last the curtain fell on

the exemplary life of the

Commandante of The Army

of the oppressed and disinherited

people worldwide.

Fidel Alejandro Castro

Ruz has passed on after 90

eventful years, 49 of which he

held sway as the Prime

Minister and later President

of Cuba. Indeed, Castro has

become a permanent feature

of political and ideological

discourse for more than five

decades, such that we almost

thought he would live forever.

The feeling is mixed. Yes

mixed! To lose such an

inspiring and profound

personality is eternally painful

but for such a legend

to depart at the ripe old age

of 90, deserves a huge

celebration in a world where

the average life span hardly

surpasses 50 years, and not

more than 70 years for men

in the most advanced nations

on our planet.

He holds the

unenviable record

of the man who

has had the most

assassination

attempts on his

life, with none

succeeding

On behalf of the

Government and people of

The State of Osun, and in

recognition of the historical

and cultural bond between the

Cubans and Yoruba in the

State of Osun in Nigeria and

worldwide, we salute the

courage, determination,

vision, resilience and

revolutionary zeal of Fidel

and his companions, the

indomitable spirit of Cubans,

and Solidarity of all people

of the world, committed to

human dignity, freedom and

happiness.

Gargantuan spirit

of internationalism

From the July 26 movement

of 1953, the Granma

Expedition of November

25,1956, the ultimate victory

of the revolution on January

1, 1959 and to his final

departure from our realm

yesterday night at about 10

pm, November 25, 2016, we

are sure that our

Commandante had lived a

fulfilled life that history will

never forget.

Millions of people –

students, academics, poets,

politicians, trade unionists,

artisans, revolutionary

cadres and humanists –

including my humble self,

drew inspiration from him, his

rhetorics, writings,

reflections,dedication,

integrity and commitment to

building socialism.There is no

doubt that the world is a better

place because of him,

consequently a gem has been

lost indeed.

A gem lost

He was a symbol of

resistance to injustice and

oppression as all the oppressed

people of the world drew

inspiration from him. He

holds the unenviable record

of the man who has had the

most assassination

attempts on his life, with none

succeeding. He stood for what

he believed in and not once

did he flinch in the face of the

most formidable military

encirclement and daunting

economic and financial

strangulation. Ironically, the

man that the greatest powers

on earth could not break,

finally succumbed to illness

and ultimately the cold hands

of death, in the way of all

mortals.

As Africans we remember

the solidarity, partnerships,

high level of discipline and

sense of duty of the Cubans to

the liberation struggles,

health care delivery,

education, sports and youth

development and political

consciousness in Africa under

the leadership and direction

of Fidel and his

administration.

Nevertheless, even in

death, Castro has joined the

pantheons of immortals

whose ideas and praxis

dominated and influenced

their world and will therefore

live forever in the hearts of

people, in literature and

politics and in the physical

monuments that will be

named after him all over the

world. Millions will carry on

the struggle, from where he

left it.

Fidel Castro has been

rightly described by The

Guardian of London as a

‘revolutionary icon’. It is

expected that well deserved

encomiums and heartfelt

tributes will pour in for a life

of struggle, Spartan

discipline, selflessness and

sacrifice that he lived.

As we mourn and celebrate

the passage of

this international

revolutionary legend, hero of

the oppressed, fighter of

oppression and exploitation,

promoter of social justice,

soldier and Commandante

of ideas, we join the people

of Cuba in their national grief

and urge them to renew and

redouble their commitment

and duty to the struggle and

ultimate victory of socialism.

Fidel Castro has completed

his earthly assignment but the

ideas for which he struggled,

defended, sacrificed, lived and

died like his other immortal

colleagues, will live forever.

Long Live Cuba !

Long live the revolution !!

Till Everlasting Victory !!!

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola

Governor, State of Osun.


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governor for the next

years.

“Today, change has

come. I hereby make a

solemn pledge that this

collective mandate shall

address all issues with

keen determination. The

welfare of our people

alone shall be the directive

policy of the government.

“Today’s victory is a

confirmation of the

willingness and readiness

of the people of Ondo

State to change and seek

a better life. I thank you

for your faith and

confidence in me. I thank

all those whose

uncommon sacrifice,

contributed in no small

measure to the success of

the exercise. A special

show of gratitude must be

extended to our security

agents for their patriotic

duty.

“I shall in few months be

saddled with the task of

providing responsible

leadership, a leadership

that would take our

people from poverty and

stagnation to productivity

and prosperity, from pains

and lamentation to joy and

laughter. It is the sole

reason you have voted for

me and by the grace of

God, I will not fail you."

INEC rigged Ondo

election in advance

for APC — Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Mr

Ayodele Fayose lamented

the outcome of the

election, saying that

INEC connived with the

APC and its collaborators

in the PDP to rig the

election before it was

conducted.

“Just as I would have

loved to congratulate the

winner, Mr Rotimi

Akeredolu (SAN),

because in every contest,

there must be a winner

and a loser, the role of

INEC in awarding victory

to him in the election left

much to be desired,” he

said in a statement issued

by his Special Assistant

on

Public

Communications and

New Media, Lere

Olayina.

According to him, the

INEC gave the APC

victory in the election by

deliberately replacing the

name of Mr Eyitayo

Jegede, the PDP

candidate, thereby,

creating legal logjam that

lasted till three days to the

election.

He said the PDP went

to the election with its

hands tied to the back

because of the

uncharitable actions of

INEC, which has become

an arm of the APC.

He maintained that

apart from the APC,

political parties in Nigeria

are now contesting

elections against INEC.

Governor Fayose

lamented that “to sustain

the ‘see and buy’ strategy

and legalise money

politics, the APC-led

federal government

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Benin, Edo State last Wednesday.

ONDO: PDP, AD kick as INEC

names Akeredolu Gov-elect

deliberately created

poverty in the country so

as to continue to enslave

the minds of Nigerians

with peanuts to get their

votes on election day,

saying; “Dibo ko sebe

(vote and cook soup) was

the slang used by the APC

in the Ondo State election

and that only worked

because the APC federal

government has put

Nigerians in abject

poverty.”

He said: “Even though

INEC allowed what

appeared like a free and

fair atmosphere on the

election day, the election

had been won and lost

before it was held. For

instance, INEC that

witnessed the PDP

primary election that

produced Mr Eyitayo

Jegede succumbed to

pressure from the APC

cabal to replace him with

Jimoh Ibrahim, who did

not take part in any

primary election known to

the Electoral Act.

“What could anyone

have done under 72 hours

in an election that was

heavily monetised by the

APC? The whole process

was a deliberate sabotage

by INEC, which has

totally bastardised the

electoral process.

Obviously, all these

shenanigans are geared

towards turning Nigeria

to a one party state by

weakening all opposition

parties ahead of the 2019

general elections but I

can assure Nigerians that

this will not last because

the people will always

defeat tyranny.”

Accept defeat in

good faith, APC

tells other

contestants

Celebrating its victory,

the APC called for calm

and appealed to

opposition parties and

their candidates to accept

their defeat in the Ondo

poll in good faith.

APC National

Chairman, Chief John

Odigie-Oyegun, in a

statement issued by Mr

Edegbe Odemwingie, the

party‘s assistant director

of publicity, congratulated

Akeredolu and and his

running mate, Mr

Agboola Ajayi on their

victory.

Thanking Ondo people

for voting Akeredolu and

APC, it said: “The Ondo

electorate had voted for

the candidate with a

proven track record of

performance who will

bring about the kind of

focused leadership and

multi-faceted

development the state

deserved,’’ assuring that

Akeredolu will deliver on

their expectations.

Buhari felicitates

with Akeredolu

President Buhari while

congratulating Akeredolu

asked him to put behind

the acrimonies that trailed

the campaigns.

A statement issued by

the President’s Special

Adviser on Media and

Publicity, Mr Femi

Adesina, read: “Buhari

rejoices with the good

people of Ondo State who

aligned with his own

belief that Akeredolu with

his pedigree possesses

the qualities to transform

the state into the Ondo of

their dreams.

“From the beginning,

this election set out to be

a different kind of

election. The unity and

resilience of the party was

tested. I am happy we

came out of this victorious.

This is a huge win. The

mood today is against

corruption, insecurity and

for the restoration of the

economy and the creation

of jobs. This is where the

party stands and I am

happy that the electorate

have read the situation

correctly.”

He called on other

contestants in the election

to see the triumph of

Akeredolu as the wish of

God and enjoined them to

work together with him to

make “the state a truly

progressive and

economically prosperous

one for all.”

The President

commended the

Independent National

Electoral Commission

(INEC), the security

agencies and the voters

for the peaceful and

successful conduct of the

election.

All disaffected APC

members must

come together

– Tinubu

National leader of the

APC,

while

congratulating Akeredolu

on his victory urged all

“disaffected” members of

the party to come

together.’’ His words:

“Following the

announcement by the

Independent National

Electoral Commission

(INEC) with regard to the

governorship elections in

Ondo State, I extend

congratulations to Mr.

Oluwarotimi Akeredolu

SAN on the outcome of the

election and for his

perseverance and

persistence in seeking that

office,” he said in a

statement he personally

signed.

“I must also congratulate

the people of Ondo State for

their generally exemplary

conduct on election day and

for demonstrating their will

to shun the regressive

politics of yesterday by

returning to the progressive

brand of politics that has

been the trademark of the

people of that state.

“I congratulate all party

members in the state,

particularly the party

leadership in the South-

West.

“Finally, I must express

profound congratulations to

President Muhammadu

Buhari, the national leader

of the party, whose stature

and dignity helped guide

the APC to another victory

that should advance the

progressive aims of the

party and the people. To all

the people and parties in

Ondo, your election has

been had and held. Now is

the time that all must work

for the continued

development, prosperity

and peace of your state and

our beloved country.

“I appeal to all party

members including those

who have been disaffected

from the primary until today

to come together for the

good of our party and it’s

progressive ideals.”

Ondo could not have

made a better choice

– Saraki

Senate President Bukola

Saraki also hailed

Akeredolu, saying that

Ondo could not have made

a better choice.

In a statement by his

Special Adviser, Media

and Publicity, Saraki who

noted that Akeredolu’s

victory did not come to him

as surprise going by his

excellent credentials and

years of preparedness for

the business of governance,

however urged the

Governor-elect to be

magnanimous in victory by

ensuring that he works with

all relevant stakeholders in

the arduous task of moving

the Sunshine State to the

next level.

Ondo people made

the right choice

– Fayemi

In the same vein,

Fayemi, in a congratulatory

message signed by his

Special Assistant on

Media, Mr Yinka Oyebode,

said Akeredolu’s victory at

the poll was victory for

democracy as well as the

people of Ondo State, who

have long clamoured for

change.

The Minister said the

people of Ondo State have,

through their votes,

demonstrated their

preference for

transformative leadership

and progressive

governance, which

Akeredolu represents.

Fayemi urged them to

cooperate fully with the

soon-to-be- inaugurated

APC-led government

which will usher the state

to a new era of all-round

development.

He urged all the relevant

stakeholders in the state to

accept the verdict of the

people and work with

Akeredolu to move the

State forward.

The minister enjoined

Akeredolu to commence a

process of reconciliation

aimed at uniting the party

in the state.

Fayemi noted that he was

certain that Akeredolu

would run a responsive

and people-oriented

government in the State.

He saluted the

contestants for their

maturity which contributed

to the peaceful atmosphere

under which the election

held.

Be father to all,

Tambuwal urges

Akeredolu

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal

advised the Governor-elect

to be a father to all.

In a congratulatory

message to Akeredolu

issued by his spokesman,

Malam Imam Imam, he

said that Akeredolu must

become a father-figure to all

irrespective of political

differences, adding that the

onus lies on Akeredolu and

the political class in the state

to work together to propel

the state to growth and

development.

“At the risk of sounding

repetitive, let me reiterate

what I have always said that

there is time for everything.

There is time for politicking

and time for governance.

Now that politicking is over

in Ondo, I urge all

stakeholders to tailor their

energy towards ensuring a

successful transition

leading to the swearing-in

of Mr Rotimi Akeredole as

the new Governor of Ondo

State,” he said.

Dogara

congratulates

Akeredolu

Speaker of the House of

Representatives, Yakubu

Dogara while

congratulating Akeredolu

via a statement signed by

his Special Adviser on

Media and Public Affairs,

Turaki Hassan, said that the

outcome of the result was

an indication that despite

the hardship Nigerians

were passing through,

APC, was still loved by the

people.

“The election of Barrister

Akeredolu and the APC in

Ondo State is a clear

indication of the popularity

of our political party. I

would like to congratulate

my learned colleague on

his victory at the poll."

Ambode

fetes

Akeredolu

Lagos State Governor,

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode,

in a statement by his

Chief Press Secretary, Mr.

Habib

Aruna,

congratulated Akeredolu,

President Buhari, the APC

and the people of Ondo

State on the outcome of the

election.

Congratulating

Akeredolu specially for his

hard-fought victory, he

wished the governor-elect

well as he prepares to take

the mantle of leadership of

Ondo.

He also urged Akeredolu

to use his tenure to forge

ahead with the quest to

unite the Yoruba nation

especially through regional

integration and economic

transformation of the South-

West geo-political zone.


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ONDO POLL: Power shifts to Owo,

33 years after Adekunle Ajasin

* Babatope, Mohammed, Peterside, others react

By Clifford Ndujihe, Dayo

Johnson, Charles Kumolu &

Gbenga Oke

WITH the victory of

Ondo State

Governor-elect, Mr

Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, in last

Saturday’s election, power will

return to the Owo axis of the

state when Governor Olusegun

Mimiko, quits in February

2017.

The last time an Owo person

governed the state was in 1983

during the era of late Second

Republic and first civilian

governor of Ondo, Chief

Michael Adekunle Ajasin.

The Independent National

Electoral Commission, INEC,

yesterday, declared Akeredolu,

who ran on the platform of the

All Progressives Congress,

APC, as the winner of the Ondo

State governorship poll. He

polled 244,842 votes to beat his

closest marker, Mr Eyitayo

Jegede of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, who got

150,380 votes. He emerged

victorious with a margin of

94,462 votes and won in 14 of

18 local councils. Jegede won

in two local councils. Alliance

for Democracy, AD candidate,

Chief Olusola Oke, garnered

126,889 votes and won in two

local councils, according to the

final results announced by the

Vice Chancellor of University

of Ilorin, Professor

Abdulganiyu Ambali, the

returning officer.

Dr Olu Agunloye of the Social

Democratic Party SDP polled

10,149 votes to come fourth

without winning any of the 18

council areas of the state.

When Akeredolu ascends to

power in February, it will be

coming 13 years after Ondo

North held power through late

Chief Adebayo Adefarati.

Ambali gave the total number

of valid votes to be 551,272

votes, rejected votes 29,615,

total number of votes cast

580,887.

The council areas won by

Akeredolu include the two

strongholds of Jegede – Akure

South and. Akure North and

Ifedore, the council area of the

state chairman of the PDP,

Clement Faboyede.

Akeredolu won massively in

Owo, where he hails from with

over 32000 votes.

Other councils won by the

governor-elect include Idanre,

lrele, Akoko North East, Ile

Oluji-Okeigbo, Akoko South-

East, Ose, Akoko South-West,

Akoko North-West, Odigbo and

Ese-Odo.

Jegede who was betrayed by

his people in both Akure North

and Akure South managed to

win in the two councils

controlled by the outgoing

governor, Dr Olusegun

Mimiko - Ondo East and Ondo

West council areas.

Olusola Oke also managed to

win in Okitipupa and won

massively in his homet own of

Ilaje local council.

How parties induced voters

– Situation Room, YIAGA

Meanwhile, a Civil Society

group, Situation Room,

yesterday, said the just

concluded governorship

election in Ondo state, recorded

incidents of vote buying by

political parties.

Speaking at a Press

Conference in Akure, the

Coordinator of the group,

Clement Nwankwo, said the

group observed that political

parties openly paid voters to

induce them saying this

portends a great threat to free

The last time an

Owo person

governed the state

was in 1983 during

the era of late

Second Republic

and first civilian

governor of Ondo,

Chief Michael

Adekunle Ajasin

election in the country.

The group noted some

isolated incidents of misconduct

by some security operatives,

who it said were collecting

envelopes from party agents.

He said: “While observing

that the Police responded to

some incidents of Electoral Act

violation such as

impersonation, we observed

however that cases of vote

buying were not adequately

responded to”

The group however

commended the electoral

umpire over early distribution

and deployment of materials,

and the simultaneous process

of accreditation and voting,

describing it as a significant

improvement on the part of

Independent National

Electoral Commission, INEC.

“There were, however,

challenges with receiving

collated results from local

governments that were distant

from Akure, the State collation

headquarters. This created

delay in the announcement of

results from all the local

governments at the same time.

There is need for further work

to improve collation time in

future election,” he said.

Nwankwo commended the

security measures put in place

to ensure a peaceful poll

adding that security personnel

carried out their duties in a

civil and professional manner.

Also,the Youth Initiative for

Advocacy Growth and

Advancement, YIAGA,

identified vote buying and

bribery, card Reader

malfunctions, public display of

ballots by voters before placing

it in the ballot, intimidation and

harassment of voters as some

of the incidents that were

witnessed during the poll.

The group, which employed

“Watching The Vote”

observation method during the

election said some incidents that

took place during the election

such as accreditation of people

without PVC, accreditation of

voters without the Card Reader,

poll officials not posting results,

partisan poll officials among

others were enough to

undermine the credibility of the

overall process of the election.

The leader of the group,

Samson Itodo,said that the

result released by INEC

reflected the will of the people

of the state.

Itodo said that the turn out of

Itodo asked the governor

elect, Rotimi Akeredolu to be

magnanimous in victory and

urged the losers to accept the

results with maturity.

Nigerian Judiciary should be

blamed over Jegede’s loss —

Mohammed

Speaking on the poll, Second

Republic lawmaker, Dr. Junaid

Mohammed, said those

looking for who to blame in the

just concluded Ondo election

should blame the Judiciary.

“As far as I am concerned,

nobody should blame APC or

any other person for Jegede’s

travails. The judiciary should

be blamed for not rising to the

occasion at the right time. I feel

strongly that INEC tried its best

in this election and it seems to

have improved.The violence in

the election was minimal

knowing fully well what Ondo

used to be during the first and

second republics. This election

going on without much of

violence is a sign of relief.

“Those looking for people to

blame should blame the

Judiciary but APC or any other

party should not be blamed for

Jegede’s inability to get his

candidature until two days

before the election”.

Ondo people have spoken

with clear voice – Peterside

Rivers APC governorship

candidate in the 2015 election,

Dr Dakuku Peterside, said for

the umpteenth time, the APC

would win any free, fair and

credible election devoid of

violence and intimidation

because of the credibility of its

candidates and general

acceptance of the party.

“The people of Ondo State

have spoken in loud and clear

voice. They have chosen the

candidate of their choice in a

free and fair manner. I have

always said that APC will win

any free and fair contest. I

congratulate the people of

Ondo State and Chief Rotimi

Akeredolu for this victory. I call

on Chief Akeredolu to see his

victory as that of the entire

Ondo State people,” he said.

He urged the governor-elect

‘’to be humble in his victory

and see his emergence as the

wish of Ondo State people to

chart a new course in the

realisation of their hopes and

aspirations.”

INEC and APC manipulated

the election — Babatope

Former Minister of Transport,

Chief Ebenezer Babatope, said

the INEC and APC connived

to manipulate the election in

favour of Akeredolu.

“I cannot say much right now

because we are waiting for the

National Headquarters of the

PDP to issue a statement on

behalf of the party. However, I

must point out that INEC has

not been fair to the PDP but I

believe strongly that APC may

not suffer now but they will

suffer in the end.”

Time for Yoruba governors

to rally round Akeredolu

ARG

Chairman of the Afenifere

Renewal Group, Mr. Wale

Oshun said: “We charge

Akeredolu, as the guardian of

the people’s mandate, to

continuously and consistently

prove himself as a leader

worthy of his people’s trust, by

constantly communicating his

vision and managing the

resources of the state towards

the development and wellbeing

of Ondo State. We also

charge the people to cooperate

with the governor-elect, be alert

to their civic duties and keep

the government on that path of

straight and narrow,” he said

in statement.

“We trust that Akeredolu’s

administration will prioritise

good governance over

partisanship, in the noble and

progressive tradition of

Awolowo and Ajasin, which is

the main reason he earned our

endorsement.''


Vanguard, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016—43

:Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058

N-Delta govs accused of hijacking over N1trn

annually

By Michael Eboh &

Jimitota Onoyume

OIL and solid minerals

producing communities,

weekend, accused the political

class and state governors in the

Niger Delta region of hijacking

funds meant for the development

of the region, totaling over N1

trillion annually.

The communities, under the

aegis of Oil and Solid Minerals

Producing Areas Landlords’

Association of Nigeria,

OMPALAN, claimed that the

region’s elected representatives

had betrayed the trust of the

people they were representing by

persistently short-changing host

communities with impunity.

In a statement in Abuja, on

behalf of the communities,

Chairman, Board of Trustees,

OMPALAN, Mr. Udo Azogu,

stated that respite could only come

to oil producing areas when the

Federal Government mustered

enough courage to stop the

alleged recklessness and

lawlessness of governors of oil

producing state who mismanage

oil-related palliative

programmes.

He said: “Robust palliative

programmes such as the Niger

Delta Development Commission,

NDDC, Ministry of Niger Delta

Affairs, 13% Oil Derivation Fund

Commission, Ecological Fund

and Amnesty packages, among

others, worth trillions of Naira

annually, established by the

Federal Government in quick

succession to cushion the harsh

effects of acute environmental

challenges in host (oil producing)

communities have been

hijacked by the tiny but,

influential political class in the

oil-rich regions to the extent that

simple survival in these

communities had become a

measure of success.”

He maintained that President

Muhammadu Buhari must tell

oil producing state governors to

stop tampering or meddling

with 13% Oil Derivation Funds

that accrued to their states.

Azogu argued that the

governors must give the NDDC

and Ministry of Niger Delta

Affairs the free hand to deliver,

alleging that open diversion of

huge mitigation funds running

Obaseki faults sending children to foreign universities

By Simon Ebegbulem &

Gabriel Enogholase

B E N I N —

GOVERNOR Godwin

Obaseki of Edo State, has said the

billions of naira spent by

Nigerians to educate their wards

and children in universities

abroad do not add value to the

country’s economic growth either

in the short or long term.

This came as he urged

Nigerians to embrace change

and come up with innovative

ideas capable of revolutionizing

the way they think for the country

to move out of recession.

He spoke, weekend, at Okada,

Ovia North East Local

Government, during the 14th

convocation of Igbinedion

University, Okada.

According to him, recent

developments in Nigeria had

shown that the educational policy

had reduced the quality of output

of the educational system, noting

that Nigerians could not continue

to work at the level of the current

economic challenges and expect

solutions that could turn around

its fortunes.

The Edo governor, who

Okowa tasks traditional rulers on peace building

•As Orodje of Okpe celebrates 10th anniversary

By Festus Ahon

A SABA—GOVERNOR

Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta

State has told communities and

other stakeholders, particularly

traditional rulers, to engage in

peace building in their areas to

promote development in all

parts of the state.

Speaking, weekend, in

Orerokpe, Okpe Local

Government Area, during the

grand finale of the 10th

Coronation Anniversary of

HRM Orhue I, Orodje of Okpe

kingdom, Okowa held that only

a peaceful environment could

attract development and

into millions and billions of Naira

with impunity, hiding under the

masquerade of immunity, must

stop.

According to him, these

governors constituted a great

threat to both security and

democracy as they sacked

elected local government

administrations and took over

their funds, divert 13% oil

derivation funds to the detriment

of impacted communities, use

ecological funds at their whims

and caprices, while the rubberstamp

state parliaments watch

with consuming admiration.

He further stated that while the

group believed that it was

justifiable and proper that oil

blocks be allocated to the

regions that produce oil, it must

be properly considered to meet

the ends of justice to the benefit

of the common man and not

allocated to the same vicious

oligarchy that shortchanged the

system with impunity.

But reacting, Dr Austin Tam-

George, Rivers State

Commissioner for Information

and Communications, said oil

bearing communities were part

of an integrated development

plan of the Rivers State

Government.

According to him: “Governor

Nyesom Wike spends every

kobo in developing Rivers

State."

VISIT: From left: Deputy governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu; Chairman, House of

Representatives Committee on Power, Daniel Asuquo and other members of the committee,

when they paid a courtesy visit to the deputy governor, weekend, in Benin City.

disclosed that his administration

would be driven by knowledge,

data and established base lines,

said he was committed to

reforming the educational sector

of the state with a view to

creating knowledge-driven

economy where Edo people

could unlock their potentials.

He said: “One of the key

midterm strategies to return

Nigeria to the path of inclusive

economic growth and sustainable

development is to reform our

educational sector in such a

manner that can unlock the

creative potentials of our youths.

We must embrace change. We

must come up with innovative

ideas capable of revolutionizing

the way we think and work. One

of the imperatives of my

investment to the society.

Urging the traditional

institutions to partner

government to ensure peace and

security in their domains and the

state at large so that investment

and development would thrive,

he appealed to the youths in the

various communities to desist

from pipeline vandalism.

He decried that pipeline

vandalism was impacting

negatively on communities and

the state and lamented that it

had hampered meaningful

development in the various oil

bearing areas.

He said: “I urge all

administration is to ensure

that governance is driven by

knowledge, data and

established base lines. Nigeria

as a country cannot afford to

continue to import human

resources from foreign countries

while we spend billions of naira

to educate our youths outside

the country that do not add value

to our economic growth in the

short and medium terms."

stakeholders to join hands in

ensuring peace and security in

our various communities. I

particularly thank His Royal

Majesty the Orodje of Okpe for

his commitment, not only in

ensuring peace in Okpe

Kingdom, but extended same to

the state by his fatherly advice.

Today, Okpe Kingdom has been

relatively peaceful in the last

one and a half years and this

has secured oil activities in this

axis.

“Deltans have suffered

enough of pipeline vandalism.

We should give peace a

chance."

Ibori: UK

launches new

investigation

THE UK Independent

Police Complaints

Commission, IPCC, has

launched fresh investigations

into the original London

Metropolitan Police case officers

involved in the James

OnanefeIbori case.

Officers in the case were DC

Peter Clark, DC John

McDonald, DC Ben Irons, DC

Mathew Hurding-Jones, DC

David Cocks, DS George

Simpson, DI Gary Walters and

AFI Paul Gardiner.

The revelation was made by a

lawyer, Lambertus De Boer, in

his Twitter account at the

weekend, according to Tony

Eluemunor, Ibori’s media

assistant , in a press statement,

yesterday.

Eluemunor said: “These

officers, some with the National

Crime Agency are believed to

have been served with anticorruption

notices. Surprisingly,

they remain on active duty while

the investigation continues.

These same officers, who

worked for the Department of

Foreign Investment and

Development, DfID, funded

‘Proceeds of Corruption Unit

with the MPS were investigated

in 2012, after Bhadresh Gohil

alerted the authorities of police

corruption at the heart of the

James Ibori investigation and

prosecution.

Unknown to Gohil, the

Metropolitan Police Service,

MPS,had themselves

independently suspected deep

rooted corruption in relation to

these officers and had itself

conducted a covert surveillance

operation, code-named –

“Operation Limonium”. Despite

substantial evidence, the MPS

whitewashed its investigations

because making such public

before Ibori’s trial was

concluded could shoot down the

conviction of Ibori and his

associates. Now, that whitewash

has become a bullet in the

armoury of Ibori’s lawyers as

they head to the Court of

Appeal, where that failure will

be pleaded as yet another

infraction against the Police.

Retired generals

charge Nigeria on

unity

ASSOCIATION

of

retired army generals,

weekend, at the palace of the

Orodje of Okpe, Okpe Local

Government Area, Delta State,

charged Nigerians to embrace

unity for the purpose of one

Nigeria.

The retired generals with the

code name, Association of

Nigeria Defence Academy,

NDA, Regular Course Number

5, 1968-1971, also presented a

horse to the traditional ruler as

a token of their oneness and sign

of brotherhood.

Addressing newsmen at the

palace of the Orodje, secretary

of the association Brig-Gen. D.

O. Idada Ikponmuwen (retd.,)

said Nigerians should go back

to the old days when citizens

knew no boundaries or tribes.


44 — VANGUARD, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016

The late Cuban President Fidel Castro attends a Mercosur trade bloc summit

in Cordoba, Argentina, July 21, 2006. (Inset) People celebrate after the

announcement of the death of Castro in the Little Havana district of Miami

Castro’s death divides Cubans

CUBA’s

most

prominent dissident

group called off its weekly

protest march for the first

time in 13 years on Sunday

following the death of its

nemesis Fidel Castro, the

revolutionary leader whose

passing has cast a pall over

World leaders react to

ex-communist leader’s exit

the island.

Castro, a world figure

who built a communist state

on the doorstep of the

United States and defied

half a century of U.S. efforts

to topple him, died late on

Friday at the age of 90.

The Cuban government

WORLD leaders offered condolences and expressed

their feelings over Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s

death Saturday morning.

President Obama said: “Today, we offer condolences

to Fidel Castro’s family, and our thoughts and prayers

are with the Cuban people.”

“For nearly six decades, the relationship between the

United States and Cuba was marked by discord and

profound political disagreements.

During my presidency, we have worked hard to put the

past behind us, pursuing a future in

which

the relationship between our two countries is defined not

by our differences but by the many things that we share

as neighbors and friends — bonds of family, culture,

commerce, and common humanity.”

He was a brutal dictator —Trump

PRESIDENT-elect Donald Trump struck a more

defiant tone in his statement: “Today, the

world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who

oppressed his own people for nearly six decades,”

Trump said. “Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing

squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and

the denial of fundamental human rights,” he said.

Castro symbolized an era of history—Putin

VLADIMIR Putin, the Russian president, sent a

telegram to Raúl Castro, hailing Fidel Castro as a

“symbol of a whole era of modern world history” saying he

was “a wise and strong person” who was “an inspiring

example for all countries and peoples” and a “sincere and

reliable friend of Russia.”

Russia’s prime minister, Dimitry Medvedev, said, in part,

“Without exaggeration, a whole era of history is gone with

Fidel Castro.”

Pope Francis sent a telegram to Raúl Castro as well,

writing, “Upon receiving the sad news of the passing of

your beloved brother, the honorable Fidel Castro Ruz, former

president of the state council and the government of the

Republic of Cuba, I express my sadness to your excellency

and all family members of the deceased dignitary, as well

as the government and the people in that beloved nation.”

He made immortal contributions to

socialism—Chinese President

CHINESE President Xi Jinping also sent a telegram

to Cuba on Saturday, mourning the loss of a “dear

comrade and true friend” of the Chinese people who

made “immortal contributions to the development of

socialism around the world.” China’s official Xinhua

News Agency eulogized a man who “resisted the

American superpower for half a century” with the headline:

“Old Soldiers Never Die.”

has declared a nine-day

period of mourning and

suspended alcohol sales

and even baseball games.

The Ladies in White

dissident group decided to

avoid creating tensions this

week.

“We’re not going to march

today so that the government

does not take it as a

provocation and so that they

can pay their tributes,” the

group’s leader, Berta Soler,

said on Sunday. “We respect

the mourning of others and

will not celebrate the death

of any human being.”

The group, originally

formed in support of

husbands jailed for political

opposition, has called

protest marches in Havana

following Mass at a Roman

Catholic Church each

Sunday for the past 13 years.

It has been the rare

expression of dissent to be

largely tolerated by the

Communist government,

although police have

clamped down over the past

several months, stopping

protesters in their homes and

preventing the

demonstrations from taking

place. The difference this

week is that dissidents

themselves have opted

against even trying, three

opposition leaders said.

The streets of Havana

have been calm since

Castro’s death, with people

expressing national pride by

hanging more Cuban flags

than normal.

Lysset Perez, a 44-year-old

peanut vendor, dressed in

the national colors with a

single-starred, blue, red and

white flag on her head on

Sunday. “It’s calm but a little

dark because Cuba is music

and for nine days of

mourning there will be no

music,” Perez said. “There

is calm and sadness. If it

weren’t for Fidel and the

revolution, the people

wouldn’t be as they are:

educated and cultured.”

As Zimbabwe’s money runs out, so

does Mugabe’s power

IN Zimbabwe, where

worthless $100 trillion

notes serve as reminders of

the perils of hyperinflation,

President Robert Mugabe

is printing a new currency

that jeopardizes not just the

economy but his own long

grip on power.

Six months ago, the 92-

year-old announced plans

to address chronic cash

shortages

by

supplementing the

dwindling U.S. dollars in

circulation over the past

seven years with ‘bond

notes’, a quasi-currency

expected at the end of

November.

According to the Reserve

Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ),

the bond notes will be

officially interchangeable

1:1 with the U.S. dollar and

should ease the cash

crunch. The central bank

also promised to keep a tight

lid on issuance.

After a 2008 multi-billion

percent inflationary

meltdown caused by

rampant money-printing,

many Zimbabweans are

skeptical. The plan has

already caused a run on the

banks as Zimbabweans

empty their accounts of hard

currency.

Internal intelligence

briefings seen by Reuters

raise the possibility that the

bond notes, if they crash,

could spell the end of

Mugabe’s 36 years in

charge.

A Sept. 29 Central

Intelligence Organisation

(CIO) report revealed the

powerful army was as

unhappy as the rest of the

population with the new

notes and had told Africa’s

oldest leader to “wake up

and smell the coffee”.

“Top security officers have

told Mugabe not to blame

them if Rome starts to

burn,” the report said.

Reuters was unable to

determine the author of the

report. It is also unclear if

Mugabe has seen the

report, whose final

audience is not specified.

Mugabe’s spokesman did

not respond to requests for

comment, nor was the CIO

available.

UGANDA: Police arrest king over deadly clashes

POLICE in western

Uganda have arrested

the king of Rwenzururu over

clashes between officers and

militia which have left at

least 55 people dead.

Charles Wesley Mumbere

is accused of inciting

violence after militiamen

reportedly attacked a police

post in his hometown of

Kasese.

Security forces stormed his

palace amid claims he was

harbouring fighters. The

king has denied any

involvement.

At least 14 police officers

and 41 militants have died

in the clashes.

A Ugandan government

spokesman accused the

militia of seeking to break

away from Uganda.

“These militiamen have

set up camps in the

Rwenzori mountains from

where they train and come

to attack government

installations,” Shaban

Bantariza said.

Police spokesman Andrew

Felix Kaweesi said the

attackers were fighting to

create a new republic on the

border with the Democratic

Republic of Congo.

Zuma to face ANC's integrity panel

SOUTH

African

President Jacob

Zuma will be questioned

next week by the African

National Congress’ (ANC)

integrity commission

following persistent

allegations of corruption

and poor election results,

the party said..

Zuma’s appearance

before the panel could

deepen divides within the

ANC as it gears up for a

national conference next

year when the 74-year-old

leader is expected to stand

down as party leader.

Several senior members

of the ANC have called for

Zuma to resign in recent

months after scandals

Members of the Nzima tribe in Ivory Coast carry

their king as he arrives for the annual traditional

feast of the Nzima people

rattled markets in Africa’s for a judge to investigate

most industrialized allegations Zuma provided

economy and cost the party special favors for wealthy

votes.

friends and allowed them to

A constitutionally choose ministerial

mandated anti-graft appointments. Zuma denies

watchdog this month called any wrongdoing.

Egypt denies military presence in Syria

EGYPT’s Foreign

Ministry has denied

what it said were Arab

media reports about an

Egyptian military

presence in Syria.

Egypt is committed to not

intervening in other

countries’ internal affairs,

the ministry’s Sunday

statement said, adding

that deploying any

military personnel or

equipment would have

required public legal

measures.

The ministry’s statement

didn’t specify outlets, but

most regional media

carrying the story referred

to a report by Lebanese

daily As-Safir, which said

Nigeria tops Africans studying in US

By Prince Okafor

I NTERNATIONAL

Educational

Exchange (IEE) report

has revealed that

Nigeria still maintains

the number one spot in

Africa among countries

studying in the United

States of America.

that an Egyptian military

unit comprising 18 pilots

had joined an air base in

Hama earlier this month.

The report further

stated that the country’s

students in the US rose

by 12.4 percent.

The report reads:

“Students from Nigeria

study primarily at the

undergraduate level

averaged 50.8 percent,

undergraduate is at 35.6

percent, and graduates

are 11.5 percent.


Vanguard, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016 — 45

Banyana brace up for Falcons showdown

B

A N Y A N A

B a n y a n a

stalwart Nompulelelo

Nyandeni says it will feel

like a final when the

team faces Nigeria in the

semi-finals of the

Women’s Africa Cup of

Nations on Tuesday.

The rivals will meet at

Stade Limbe Omnisport in

Cameroon, with kick-off

set for 7pm.

Banyana booked their

place in the last-four with

a 5-0 demolition job of

Egypt, while Nigeria

secured their spot

following a 4-0 victory over

Kenya.

The result ensured the

Nigerians finished top of

Group B, which meant a

meeting with South Africa.

“It is always a battle of

Pinnick

Contd from Page B/P

Super Eagles.

Pinnick has never

hidden his optimism that

some young Nigerians who

are plying their trade in

Europe especially in the

English Premier League

(EPL) will one day play for

the Super Eagles.

A reliable source at the

NFF told Sports Vanguard

at the weekend that the

president had in his official

memo to the federation indicated

that he was

embarking on what he

described as ‘VIP scouting’

of players.

However, this

development may not have

gone down well with some

people who questioned

whether the NFF boss has

now become the chief coach

of the national team that

should embark on such

scouting.

“Well the president has

gone on his now famous

‘VIP scouting’ but if you ask

me, I will say it is ill timed

Ronaldo

Contd from Page B/P

by moving to the top of

La Liga’s scoring chart

with two goals on Saturday.

Ronaldo’s ninth and

10th goals of the

campaign in a 2-1 win

over Sporting Gijon

moved him ahead of

Barcelona rivals Lionel

Messi and Luis Suarez,

who have both found the

net eight times.

It is a pleasing

turnaround for the

Portugal captain, who

faced heavy criticism at

the start of the season

when he still appeared

to be reeling from a knee

injury suffered in the

Euro 2016 final.

He made his worst

the best when we face

Nigeria. The rivalry

between us started long

before our days in the

national team, and

playing against the Super

Falcons is always like a

cup final, regardless of the

stage of the tournament.

In any case once you are

in the last-four you can’t

pick and choose. Those

teams did not get there by

fluke, and to get to the top

you have to go past them,”

said Nyandeni.

“It is not going to be an

easy game and I am

confident we can walk

away with victory. We

have beaten them before

and, to do that again, we

will have to play as a

team."

because this a time the federation

is said to be going

through some financial

stress. You saw what

happened to the Falconets

who were stranded after

they returned from the

world cup because the

NFF could not even give

them their local fares not

to talk of their backlog of

allowances and bonuses”

said a source who preferred

anonimity.

Pinnick had told the

journalists in Abuja that the

dream of the present NFF

board had been to build a

young Super Eagles squad

that will go on to conquer

the world by 2022. He

further added that they are

already monitoring several

Nigerian players that are

doing well in the various

leagues abroad.

“The initial plan was to

take our players in the

various clubs but now what

we are trying to do is what

we call VIP scouting, talking

to these young players

that are playing abroad to

play for their father land.

ever goalscoring start to

a season with Real,

scoring four goals in his

first eight games in all

competitions, but has

since returned to his

usual form.

He scored his first hattrick

of the season for

Real in a 4-1 slaying of

Alaves at the end of

October and returned

from international duty

with another treble in a

3-0 win over Atletico

Madrid last week.

That was Real’s first

league win over their

city rivals in more than

three years, and

Ronaldo made it five

goals in his last two

league games with his

double against Sporting,

the first a penalty, the

second a diving header.

•Ikeme

Ikeme fit again

N

I G E R I A

goalkeeper

Carl Ikeme has

recovered from a hip

injury which kept him

out of a World Cup

qualifier against

Algeria, but he was

benched today by his

English Championship

side Wolves.

Wolves lost 2-0 at home

Giwa

Contd from Page B/P

the race if the Federal

Government fails to take

decisive steps to end a long

running court battle

capable of inviting

suspension by FIFA.

Who could be pushing

this? Lawyers said at the

weekend that with the

volume of cases waiting to

be heard at the Supreme

Court, it is a shock that

Giwa’s fresh motion has

been listed so soon after

the mishap of the previous

two.

It would be recalled that

in July this year, FIFA

President Gianni

Infantino, during a two –

day working visit to

Nigeria alongside the

FIFA secretary general,

Fatma Samoura, declared

unequivocally that the body

only recognises Amaju

Pinnick as President of

to Sheffield Wednesday

with Ikeme an unused

substitute, while compatriot

Dominic Iorfa played

the entire game.

Wolves are now flirting

with relegation under new

manager Paul Lambert.

They are 21st on the 24-

team table with 18 points

from as many matches.

Osaze faces lengthy ban after

red card offence

OSAZE Odemwengie

faces a lengthy ban

after he was sent off for an

elbow against a Leeds defender

in an English Championship

game on Saturday.

He will later apologise, but

he still faces a hefty sanction

for that rush of blood to the

head.

Osaze elbowed Liam

Cooper in the face and was

deservedly dismissed.

He tweeted an apology and

after the game saluted the

effort of his teammates in the

second half.

Rotherham United lost 2-1

to Leeds to remain stuck at the

bottom of the English Championship.

Osaze was signed as a free

agent after he was released

by Stoke City.

He also featured for West

Bromwich Albion in the

Premier League.

Nigeria Football

Federation, and will only do

business with him.

On 25th July, the final day

of the FIFA chieftains’ visit,

the Federal Court of Appeal

(Jos Division) told the world

that Giwa and group had

no case and threw out their

matter.

Last month, the Supreme

Court threw out two motions

brought by Giwa’s lawyers

against the NFF, and this

coming after the Appeal

Court threw out his case,

Nigerian football fans

heaved a sigh of relief that

the song had stopped for

Giwa and his group.

It is therefore a surprise

that the highest court in the

land has again agreed to

listen to another motion (of

injunction against the NFF

Board) so soon after it told

the same Giwa and his

group that they had no case.

Oyo win Etisalat U-15

School Championship

TOBI Ikotun scored

the winning penalty

as

Asegun

Comprehensive lifted the

Etisalat U-15 School Cup

Competition at the

expense of Fosla

Academy after a

pulsating regulation time

ended 2-2.

The

Abuja

representative missed

two spot kicks as opposed

to the Oyo side’s one to

end the shoot-out 4-3.

The aura at the Campos

Mini Stadium was bright

and lively as the 1500

capacity arena was

packed with students in

colourful Etisalat regalia.

After a goalless first

half, the second period

Terry

Contd from Page B/P

from him.”

Also heaping praises

on the Chelsea’s wingback,

defender John

Terry, who did not feature

in the game, took to

Instragram to pay his

homage to Moses, who

he said is becoming a

more important player,

not to mention a

favourite of the Stamford

Bridge crowd.

“Another great win from

the boys today (Saturday).

Unbelievable goal

from from Pedro to get

us back in it before half

time and another goal

from Victor Moses, who

is on roll at Chelsea FC”

And the BBC’s, Chief

football writer, Phil

McNulty has praised

Moses for his stellar contributions

to Chelsea FC

this season, after suffering

three years in the

Mourinho

Contd from Page B/P

the Premier League.

Mourinho received his

marching orders for the

second time in three

home league games after

kicking out at a water

bottle on the touchline

at Old Trafford.

The Special One, who

was sent to the stands

during last month’s

goalless draw against

Burnley, reacted after

Paul Pogba was booked

for diving.

Mourinho felt Pogba

should have been given

a free-kick but referee

Jon Moss got the

decision right and

showed the French

international a yellow

card.

Pogba will now miss

United’s next game, an

EFL cup clash with West

Ham, while Mourinho is

started with the Federal

Capital Territory boys

controlling the game,

albeit momentarily as

Asegun Comprehensive

got the curtain raiser in

what turned to be a goal

frenzied half.

Qudus opened the

scoring via an header off

a Odeniyi Ibrahim freekick

from inside the Oyo

representative half. In

what would be the

‘keepers’ tradition for all

the set piece goals,

Aluko was rooted to the

spot.

Moments later, Fosla

got an equaliser from

another free-kick, but

this time direct and a

beauty.

wilderness.

Writing yesterday, the

BBC’s man said, “Victor

Moses seemed destined

for life away from

Stamford Bridge after a

succession of loan spells

following his £9m move

from Wigan Athletic in

August 2012.

‘’The 25-year-old had

only made 23 appearances

and scored one

goal for Chelsea before

this season and had

stints at Liverpool, Stoke

City and West Ham

United before Conte took

charge at Stamford

Bridge.

‘’Conte’s tactical

reshuffling saw Moses

employed as a right

wing-back in his new

defensive system, the

catalyst for an unlikely

revival that has seen

him emerge as one of

Chelsea’s most

important players.

likely to face further

punishment from the

Football Association for

his outburst.

The United boss, who

served a one-game

touchline ban against

Swansea City for his

reaction to Mark

Clattenburg’s decision

not to award United a

penalty against

Burnley, received a

£50,000 fine earlier this

month for comments

about the appointment of

Anthony Taylor to

referee their game

against Liverpool.

Mourinho, 53,

previously had a run-in

with Moss during the

final weeks of his tenure

as Chelsea manager 12

months ago when he

was also sent to the

stands during a 2-1

defeat to the Hammers

and handed a one-game

ban.


46 — Vanguard, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016

Sanchez fires

Arsenal to win

over Bournemouth

ARSENAL battled to

a 3-1 home victory

against

AFC

Bournemouth thanks to an

Alexis Sanchez double.

Sanchez seized on a

first-half error by Steve

Cook on 12 minutes to

round goalkeeper Adam

Federici and slide the ball

into the empty net.

CONTE:

Moses is

important

for Chelsea

CHELSEA manager,

Antonia Conte says

Victor Moses “is a good

player” who deserves his

moment in the spotlight.

Conte was quizzed by

ITV about Moses’ great run

of form and the Italian did

not hold back in his words

of adulation for the Super

Eagles man.

“Victor is a good player. I

saw him during the preseason

and I wanted to

keep him in the squad.

“It is the same with Pedro,

he (Moses) deserves to

play.

“And he is playing some

fantastic football for us. He

is very important for us,”

Conte said shortly after

Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over

Spurs.

Federer plans

return from

injury

ROGER

Federer

w i l l

make his

comeback from injury by

playing for the Indian

Aces in next month’s

International Premier

Tennis League

The Swiss ace has been

sidelined since July with

a knee problem that

required surgery, with

his last competitive

appearance coming at

Wimbledon, when he lost

in the semi-finals at SW19

to Milos Raonic. The 17-

time major winner is now

in line to make his

competitive comeback in

next month’s IPTL, which

has been reduced to four

teams and three venues

for 2016. Federer is one

of the headline names for

the event alongside

Serena Williams, Kei

Nishikori and Tomas

Berdych, with the likes of

Andy Murray and Novak

Djokovic not competing

in the tournament.

But AFC Bournemouth

refused to roll over, and

Callum Wilson levelled

from the spot on 23 minutes

after Nacho Monreal

was adjudged to have

fouled the Cherries’ striker.

Eight minutes after the

break, Theo Walcott

headed Arsenal back into

the lead from Monreal leftwing

cross.

Petr Cech had to make an

excellent point-blank save

with 14 minutes left from

former Arsenal man Benik

Afobe and visiting substitute

Lys Mousset

missed a golden chance to

level in the final minute.

As AFC Bournemouth

continued to push for an

equaliser, Olivier Giroud

set up Sanchez for the late

goal that puts fourth-placed

Arsenal four points clear of

Tottenham Hotspur in fifth,

and drops Eddie Howe’s

side to 11th.

•Sanchez

Emmanuel, Agugbom win Dala Hard Court

•Ndanusa welcomes Dangote to tennis

By John Egbokhan

S YLVESTER

Emmanuel and

Christy Agugbom have

won the men’s and

women’s singles titles

respectively of the 30th

Dala Hard Court Tennis

Championship in Kano.

Neymar suffers accident

in his Ferrari

NEYMAR

was

involved in a car

accident on Sunday

morning, but the

Barcelona forward but he

still played against Real

Sociedad.

According to TV3,

Neymar was on his way

to Barca’s Ciutat

Esportiva training

ground, where the squad

was scheduled to meet

before flying to San

Sebastian.

However, pictures

then emerged of his car,

a Ferrari 458 Spider,

facing the opposite

direction of the side of the

road he was driving on.

Club members

Emmanuel defeated

Moses Michael 7-6, 6-4 in

the men’s final while

Agugbom defeated

Blessing Samuel 6-2, 6-7,

7-6.

For this effort,

Emmanuel earned a cool

sum of N800, 000 for his

achievement while

Agugbom bagged N500,

000 for emerging the best

women’s player in the

tournament.

Impressed with the

performance of the

finalists, Kano State

Governor, Abdullahi

Ganduje promised that

his administration will

continue sponsoring the

tournament. Interestingly,

the governor was

represented at the final by

a former boss of the

Nigeria Football

Federation, Ibrahim

Galadima, who is the

Chairman of the Kano

State Sports Commission.

The tournament also got

a big boost following the

emergence of the

Dangote Group as one of

the major sponsors. A

immediately arrived at

the scene to escort the

Brazilian, who

fortunately escaped

unhurt, leaving him

available for selection at

Anoeta.

representative of Dangote

Group, Danladi Hamza

said the multi-million

conglomerate was keen to

support

the

championship.

Moved by the comments

of the governor and

Hamza, President of the

Nigeria Tennis

Federation, Sani

Ndanusa welcomed

Dangote’s decision to be

part of tennis, stressing

that the partnership will

take tennis to new

heights.

“The Dangote Group is

a global brand of high

repute and by backing the

Dala Hard Court Tennis

Championship, they have

demonstrated their desire

to empower more youths

across the country.

Dangote’s involvement

in tennis can only

guarantee success for the

game in Nigeria at

regional, continental and

international levels, and

we are grateful for the

privilege that they are

associating with Nigerian

tennis through this

tournament,” Ndanusa

submitted.

Juve lose to Genoa

GENOA utterly an

nihilated Juventus

in the first half and

sent the leaders crashing

to a 3-1 defeat, with

two added injury woes.

It was a remarkable

start, as Leonardo Bonucci

was caught in possession

to spark a

counter, Gigi Buffon

managed three reaction

saves, including one

with the aid of Alex Sandro,

but could do nothing

on the fourth from

Giovanni Simeone.

Neymar

Buffon desperately

scrambled to get a loose

ball under control, despite

the efforts of his

teammates, and moments

later Genoa added

a second goal.

Darko Lazovic skipped

past Alex Sandro on the

left and his cross was

met by a Simeone diving

header from six yards.

Cholito hadn’t found the

net in six games, but

had a brace in the opening

13 minutes.


Vanguard, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016 — 47


Vanguard, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016

silenced the doubters

Terry, Cahill hail ‘fantastic’ Moses

C HELSEA’S

stand-in captain

in last weekend’s game

against Tottenham, Gary

Cahill has said that

Moses has been fantastic

this season. He said

this much after the Nigerian

scored the second

goal in the 2-1 win at

Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to the club’s

website, Cahill said, ‘I

am delighted for Victor

to get the second goal,.

He has been fantastic

this season and it is another

important goal

Contd on Page 45

Pinnick

embarks

on ‘VIP

scouting’

in Europe

BY JUDE OPARA, ABUJA

APPARENTLY in a

bid to identify more

talented Nigerians playing

professional football

abroad, President of Nigeria

Football Federation,

(NFF) Amaju Pinnick has

embarked on a tour of some

European countries ostensibly

to convince them to

pitch their tent with the

Contd on Page 45

TODAY'S PUZZLE

Tanzania

name

squad

for

Eagles

Sudoku

How to Play Sudoku

Place a number (1-9) in each blank cell. (No line can

have two of the same number).

Each row (nine lines from left to right), column, (also

nine lines from top to bottom) and 3 X 3 block within a

bold block (nine blocks) contains number from 1

through 9. This means that no number can appear twice

in any block, column or row.

No mathematics is involved – no adding, subtraction, division

or multiplication, just plain logic and your imagination.

Giwa returns to court to draw

FIFA’s hammer on Nigeria

EVEN as they are

presently top of their

group and appear

comfortable for a place at

YESTERDAY'S ANSWERS

Ronaldo overtakes

Messi, Suarez

REAL

Madrid’s

Cristiano Ronaldo

ROARING . . . Chelsea’s wing back Victor Moses roars in celebration after

scoring against Tottenham

•Pinnick

the 2018 FIFA World Cup

finals, the Super Eagles

may still be thrown out of

Contd on Page 45

Ikeme fit again

Page 45

Across

2 Burst (5)

7 Carried (5)

8 Decoration (5)

10 Rascal (5)

12 Sister (3)

13 Outcome (5)

15 Feign (7)

17 Pester (6)

19 Be indebted (3)

20 Thrive (7)

23 Yearn (4)

25 Minus (4)

26 Snatched (7)

30 Sicken (3)

31 Decipher (6)

34 Ravage (7)

37 Beaten (5)

38 Skill (3)

39 Bird (5)

40 Collier (5)

41 Lasso (5)

42 Condition (5)

Down

1 Trunk (5)

2 Follow (5)

3 Niche (6)

4 Plimsoll (4)

5 Refined (7)

6 Shrewd (5)

9 Owing (3)

11 Advance (7)

13 Insinuate (5)

14 Hurl (5)

16 Sheep (3)

18 Acrobat (7)

21 Fiend (5)

22 Enquired (5)

24 Given (7)

27 Help (3)

28 Proper (6)

29 Simple (5)

32 Boat (5)

33 Thick (5)

35 Vase (3)

36 Rave (4)

who were writing him off

at the start of the season

Contd on Page 45

•Giwa

QUICK CROSSWORD

YESTERDAY'S SOLUTIONS

Across: 2, Essay 7, Mean 8, Elicit 9, Draft 11,

Cue 13, Sot 15, Only 16, Low 18, Fete 19,

Fighter 20, Save 22, Ever 23, Article 25, Rota 27,

Tee 28, Once 30, Tie 31, Tar 33, React 36, Defile

37,

Omit 38, Dummy.Omit 38, Dummy.

•Ronaldo

Tomorrow’s AWC Fixtures

Cameroon v Ghana 4pm

Nigeria v South Africa 7pm

Results - NPL

Watford 0 Stoke 1

Arsenal 3 Bournemouth 1

Man Utd 1 West Ham 1

Southampton 1 Everton 0

Serie A

Palermo

Bologna

0

0

Lazio

Atalanta

1

2

Cagliari 2 Udinese 1

Crotone 1 Sampdoria 1

Genoa 3 Juventus 1

Laliga

Villarreal

Osasuna

0

0

Alaves

A/Madrid

2

2

CONTE: Moses is

important for

Chelsea -Page 46

Sent-off

Mourinho

snubs

media

JOSE Mourinho was

sent to the stands

during Manchester

United’s clash with West

Ham in

Contd on Page 45

Down: 1, Begun 2, End 3, Sea 4, Yet 5,

Big 6, Bigot 10, Flog 11, Consort 12,

Elevate 13, Servant 14, Terrier 16, Limit

17, Whole 18, Fee 21, Era 24, Cede 26,

Oiled 29, Cabin 32, Wit 33, Red 34, Aim

35, Toy.

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