Vanguard Newspaper 30 January 2018
12—Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2018 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Edo pensioners bemoan non-payment of arrears, gratuities By Gabriel Enogholase BENIN—A group of pensioners in Edo State, “Most Aggrieved Pensioners,” has disclosed that contrary to insinuations and propaganda by the state government, gratuities and the bulk of pension arrears have remained unpaid to its members. The group said that despite President Muhammadu Buhari’s deliberate effort to solve the protracted issue of unpaid pension arrears and gratuities, the problem still persists in Edo State. A statement in Benin City, yesterday, by Mr. Gabriel Osemwenkha said: “It is worrisome that despite the release of over N18 billion London/Paris Club, payment of refunds and other bailout funds to Edo State Government, senior citizens still suffer woes/ untold hardship due to government insensitivity. “Understandably, President Buhari and debtor state governments/ governors under the aegis of Governor’s Forum agreed that not less than 50 per cent value of the A-Ibom community rejects establishment of 1200MW nuclear plant By Emmanuel Ayungbe UYO—LEADERS of Ikot Ebon Community in Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have rejected the proposed establishment of the 1200 MW nuclear plant by the Federal Government in the area. Secretary to Ikot Ebon Traditional Rulers Council, Mr Okon Akpan, made the disclosure, yesterday in Uyo while addressing newsmen. Akpan said the Federal Government was yet to officially inform the community of the proposed project, adding that the community was not ready to host a nuclear power plant. According to him, the community will reject the proposal when the Federal Government eventually reveals its plan for the establishment of the proposed nuclear plant in the area. He said: “What we are going to do is to come together as a community to oppose the idea because of its disastrous consequences which far outweigh its advantages.” Also speaking, a Youth Leader in the community, Mr William Kevin, wondered if the community would be relocated from their ancestral land before establishing the proposed nuclear plant. He noted that London/Paris loans refunds should be utilized to offset arrears of pensions and gratuities to erase embarrassing debt profile and bring succour to the government, but this has not happened in Edo State." preliminary investigation had shown that the nuclear plant should be established about 30 km away from residential areas. FG’s school feeding programme suffers setback in A-Ibom By Harris-Okon Emmanuel U YO—VENDORS of the Federal Government’s school feeding programme, yesterday, took to the streets to protest alleged interference by the Akwa Ibom State Government in the scheme. Vanguard visited some of the schools in Uyo metropolis and observed that pupils were stranded and hungry as food vendors had withdrawn their services. The protesters, mainly women, marched to Government House, Uyo, the state capital, accusing the government of meddling in the running of the scheme. Contacted, state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Charles Udoh, denied any interference in the programme, saying “There was a communication mix up between the Federal Government coordinating office, the local focal person and the vendors, but that has been cleared and the vendors can access their funds now.” One of the protesters, Mrs. Mary Offiong, earlier said: “Officials of the state government have hijacked the programme and shortchanged us. “The coordinators who have taken over of the programme had prevented us from accessing the funds directly from the bank. They told us to come for the cash at the bank and when we got to the Oron and Abak road branches of the bank, we were told that we couldn't access the funds as there was no money for us. “In other states, I heard food vendors are being paid N35,000 monthly to render services to the pupils, but here in Akwa Ibom, it is a different case.” Another vendor, Miss Etinyene Etim, said: “The money they released to us could not cover all the food condiments and other facilities such as fire woods, cooking oil, Indormie and other materials. “In fact, we cooked and served the children without profit. I don’t know why the state government should politicise the welfare of school children.” Hoodlums invade Delta community ...Buildings, other property destroyed By Festus Ahon S USPECTED hoodlums have invaded Erhoike community, Ethiope East Local Government Area, Delta State, inflicting injuries on a police officer attached to Heritage Energy facility and vandalising several houses in the community. The hoodlums, numbering over 50, also destroyed two vehicles, seven motorcycles and property worth millions of naira. It was gathered that the hoodlums entered Erhoike community with cutlasses, battle axes and other dangerous weapons, at a time unsuspecting indigenes of the community had gone out for their businesses. Though the cause of the hostilities could not be ascertained at press time, sources said it may not be unconnected with leadership tussle between the community and some neighbouring villages. Speaking with newsmen on the development, a leader in the community Mr. John Ikushoni said: “About 9:30a.m., suddenly, we saw a large crowd of youths in our community and they started destroying our houses and other valuables. “Some of them went into various houses and stole money amd other valuables They did not end there. They also injured many of our youths who were trying to make peace with them."
Vanguard, TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2018—13 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 No agreement to establish cattle colony in Edo —Obaseki By Simon Ebegbulem G OVERNOR Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has described as outright falsehood, the claim by Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state, that Edo State Government has approved land for the establishment of a cattle colony in the state. Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Restructuring: Forward El-Rufai's report to National Assembly, Clark tells APC By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor S OUTH-SOUTH leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has challenged the All Progressives Congress, APC, to forward the recommendations of its committee on restructuring to the National Assembly as a way of showing faith in the work of the committee. Clark, in an interview with Vanguard, also enjoined the leaders of the Niger Delta to familiarise themselves with the issues concerning restructuring as a way of sensitising the grassroots on the issues ahead of a possible referendum. Clark spoke against the background of the submission of the report of the APC ad-hoc committee on restructuring. The Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State-led Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, said in a statement, in Benin City, that the claim was a barefaced and brazen lie concocted by the PDP. “Our attention has been drawn to another set of lies by the PDP, that Governor Obaseki has approved land for the establishment of cattle colonies in Edo State. We wish to categorically state that the Obaseki-led government has not entered into any committee had amongst others, recommended devolution of powers and state police. Reacting, Clark said: “I have read the APC report on restructuring. On devolution of powers, resource control, state police, if they are sincere and honest about them, let them forward their recommendations for action to the National Assembly because majority of the members of the National Assembly, Delta Labour Party leadership crisis deepens By Festus Ahon A SABA—THE leadership crisis rocking Delta State chapter of Labour Party has taken a different dimension, following a suit filed at a Delta State High Court by Chief Tony Ezeagwu against the caretaker committee chairman, Mr Emeka Nkwoala. While Ezeagwu is praying the court to agreement for cattle colonies in any part of Edo State. “The claim is the PDP’s concoction and the aim of the party, is to attempt to smear the rising profile and image of the Obaseki administration. “PDP’s resort to outright falsehood as a tactic for redeeming its image, demonstrates the party’s lack of capacity to engage in intellectual and ideological contestations. It is also not true that the Edo who rejected devolution of power are still holding to that. “So, if the APC is sincere on the devolution of powers, resource control and state police and they believe in true federalism which includes fiscal federalism, we are all on the same page. They should publish it and send it to the National Assembly. If they do that, Nigerians will live together. The unity of the country will be restrain Mr Emeka Nkwoala from parading himself as chairman of the party in the state, Nkwoala said he has raised a team of lawyers to defend himself in court. Maintaining that he is the authentic chairman of the party in the state, Nkwoala said Ezeagwu’s tenure had ended since September 2017 going by the 2009 constitution of the party. State Government was not doing anything about the activities of the Fulani herdsmen in Edo North. “The security challenges we face today in Nigeria’s North-East region originated with the PDP. “Every Nigerian knows that the nation’s security apparatus are controlled by the Federal Government and it will amount to sheer mischief to blame Obaseki for the nation’s security challenges,” he said. COMMISSIONING: From left: Head, Downstream Energy (Corporate Banking Division) of First City Monument Bank, FCMB, Mr. Taiwo Atunwa; Managing Director of Menj Oil Limited, Mr. Johnson Peters; Head, Corporate Lending of FCMB, Mrs. Ore Segun-Fatuberu and a Relationship Officer of the Bank, Mr. Ayomide Aroloye, during the commissioning and dedication ceremony of Menj Oil Limited's petroleum products tank farm solely financed by FCMB in Ijegun, Lagos, yesterday. strengthened; it should not be just for election purposes.” While calling on Niger Delta leaders to prepare for the March 24 restructuring rally, he said: “We are inviting every South-South man, every Niger Delta man because we agreed on this when Southern Nigerian leaders met in Lagos and agreed that it was time to educate the grassroots on restructuring." He said that a special national convention formally dissolved the Ezeagwu-led executive and inaugurated the caretaker committee in October, 2017. Nkwoala said: "Because Ezeagwu has taken us to court, it shows that he has accepted the decision of the convention and should stop parading himself as chairman until the court rules on the matter." We'll not participate in LG polls —Edo PDP By Gabriel Enogholase B ENIN—EDO State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has insisted that the party will not participate in the Edo State local government council elections fixed for 3, March 2018 until the case it instituted before an Edo State High Court challenging the Edo State House of Assembly over issues bordering on electoral laws was determined. State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, made the position of the party known yesterday, during the flag-off of PDP’s “Meet the People Tour” to the 18 councils NDDC to build power pool in Niger Delta By Davies Iheamnachor PORT HAR- COURT—NIGER Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has said it was in discussions with a Chinese firm, SINOTEC Company Limited, to build a power pool in the region, adding that there was need to balance power supply among the many electricity users in the region. The Managing Director of NDDC, Mr. Nsima Ekere, who disclosed this in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday at a meeting with officials of SINOTEC, noted that the DSCYA commends youths for peaceful conduct in 2017 By Tare Youdeowei THE recently established Delta State Community Youths Association, DSCYA, has been inaugurated Speaking after the inauguration in Asaba, President-General of the association, Mr Ifeanyi Eboigbe, commended youths in the state for their peaceful conduct in 2017. “There is no place like home. Some of the countries our youths travel to are not better than Nigeria. Nonetheless, I commend the youths in the state for being peaceful and law in Igarra and Auchi, headquarters of Akoko Edo Local Government and Etsako West Local Government Areas, respectively . Orbih, who gave reasons for the boycott of the council elections, said the PDP had approached the court, challenging the electoral law as amended by the state House of Assembly . He said the party was compelled to approach the court as the Edo State Independent Electoral Commission, EDSIEC, did not comply with the relevant sections of the constitution on electoral matters. Orbih who condemned the composition of EDSIEC, alleged that registered members of certain political parties made up the electoral body. project when completed will stimulate industrial growth in the region. Ekere, represented by the NDDC Executive Director, Projects, Mr. Samuel Adjogbe, noted that the region produces more of oil and gas business, stressing that NDDC was interested in setting up the regional power pool to provide adequate power that will subsidize an industrial park planned for the nine states of the region. He said: “We have looked at some indicators and it is obvious that the power requirement for industrial growth in the region is not available. So, we need to make deliberate effort to set up projects that can boost power and attract investors to the region.” abiding in the year 2017, which helped investment and grew the state’s economy,” Eboigbe said. Also speaking, the Director-General, DSCYA, Mr Innocent Esewezie, stressed the need for youths to prepare themselves for leadership, adding: “Shun violence, cultism, kidnapping, prostitution and other social vices that can truncate your future. Spend time improving yourselves and preparing for tomorrow’s leadership roles. “The association will soon begin a tour of the state to sensitize youths on the need to be supportive of government and respect constituted authorities for the overall good of all.”