10 — VANGUARD, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 LASG issues 24 hours quit notice to Oshodi - Mile 2 illegal traders By Olasunkanmi Akoni LAGOS—THE Lagos State Government has issued a 24 hour quit notice to all new/fairly used furniture traders on road setbacks and walkways along Oshodi, Mile 2 Expressway. This came the Lagos State Waterways Authority, LASWA in effort to ensure safety on the inland waterways, distributed over 1500 life jackets to ferry operators in the riverine communities across the state. Explaining the quit notice, Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force Superintendent of Police, Olayinka Egbeyemi, said it was as a result of environmental nuisance being constituted by the traders. According to him, “Illegal shanties constructed by these illegal traders who specialise on new/fairly used furniture along Oshodi to Mile 2 Expressway, particularly, around ‘Itire’ and ‘Ijesha’ area have now become an abode for criminals. Residents around these areas can no longer sleep with their two eyes closed because of criminal activities being perpetuated by some miscreants and hoodlums who pretend to be new/fairly used furniture traders around Itire and Ijesha axis. ''Also residents living around Oshodi to Mile 2 areas have been warned to desist from dumping refuse on the median, road setbacks and walkways.'' Egbeyemi warned that anyone caught dumping refuse at undesignated spots would be charged to court for prosecution. On the life jacket, speaking to journalists, Managing Director of LASWA, Mr. Damilola Emmanuel, said the authority had intensified campaign to emphasize the use of life jackets by all waterways users. He said the 1500 life jackets were distributed between 2017 and January 2018, noting that more would be distributed in the course of the year. He urged passengers to insist on life jackets before embarking on any journey on the water. Emmanuel said aside the life jackets, the authority had embarked on sensitization at various state-owned jetties while, using electronic media to emphasize on safety measures to be adhered to by all waterways users. LASWA boss added that to improve safety on the waterways, the authority with relevant Ministries Departments and Agencies •Distributes 1,500 life jackets to boat operators VISIT: From left; Chairman of the National Stakeholders Committee on Prisons Reform and Decongestion, Justice Ishaq Bello; Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of Rivers State, Mr Emmanuel Aguma, and Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, during the Committee’s visit to Port Harcourt Maximum Security Prison in Rivers. (MDAs) was working towards establishing an Emergency and Response Unit for the Inland waterways. How human traffickers trick job seekers into slavery abroad — NAPTIP By Evelyn Usman L AGOS—THE National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, weekend in Lagos, advised Nigerians especially job seekers to be wary of human traffickers hiding under the guise of securing foreign employment for youths only to turn them into slaves on arrival. Director-General of the Dame Julie Okah-Donli, speaking at a one-day interactive forum tagged He said the Emergency and Response Unit would collaborate with the LASWA patrol team to respond to emergency cases on the ‘Micro Influencers Dialogue with DG NAPTIP, explained that these traffickers used online platform to advertise vacancies for jobs abroad. She informed that the agency was partnering with law enforcement agents to apprehend those behind what she described as wicked act. She explained that the forum was aimed among others, to bring all micro influencers together, with a view to creating awareness campaign against human trafficking in their respective CDWR seeks united force against planned privatization of airports By Precious Nicholas L AGOS—CAMPAIGN For Democratic and Workers Rights (CDWR) has urged workers in aviation sector to unite and join forces to compel the Federal Government to end planned concession and privatization of the country's four major airports. Statement by the group’s publicity secretary, Chinedu Bosah argued that privatization of the major airports in the country would not benefit workers and the masses. According to the statement, ‘’The CDWR declares solidarity with the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association Of Nigeria (ATSSSAN) and National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) in their campaign against the planned concession and is ready to join airport workers to resist this IMF/World Bank inspired agenda to sell off the country’s airports as they are doing with other national assets. ''CDWR is demanding that Buhari-led government should end the plan to privatize/concession the airports as only massive investment and democratic management (elected representative of workers, airports users and government) will reposition, improve and efficiently manage the airports.'' waterways, while reminding ferry operators to strictly comply with safety guidelines. traditional and social media platforms. According to the DG, over 12,000 victims of human trafficking had passed through the agency’s shelters, with 339 persons convicted since its inception in 2003, calling on parents and guardians not to fall prey to several tricks such as promises of a better living condition for their children. She said: “They (traffickers) usually have answers and solutions to every question or objection one might raise concerning the trip. Thereafter, the trafficker tries to convince parents of his or her good intentions towards their daughter and their entire family, often reiterating the fact that all he/she wants to do is to help them. Parents are told not to tell anybody about the ‘good fortune’ that is about to happen to their family so people won’t be envious of them. Thereafter, the victim is taken to a shrine and made to swear to an oath of secrecy, pledging that she will not divulge the information to anyone and will pay a specified amount of money to the trafficker. “A passport is procured for the victim, usually with a fake name before the victim is taken away into slavery and bondage by the trafficker, who might end up selling her to another trafficker.” The NAPTIP boss further advised parents not to leave their children alone with Reverse hike in Lekki toll, SERAP tells Ambode By Olasunkanmi Akoni L AGOS—SOCIO- ECONOMIC Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has urged Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode “to take steps to immediately reverse the unfair and discriminatory toll at the Lekki-Epe Expressway and Lekki- Ikoyi Link Bridge toll gates by the Lekki Concession Company.'' SERAP maintained that it became necessary to reverse the tolls “if the Lagos State government is not to run the risk of undermining the public interests, democratic values and accountability, and opportunities for participation. The hike commenced February 1, 2018. At the Admiralty Circle Plaza (Lekki-Epe expressway), cars now pay N200 from N120; sports utility vehicles (SUV) now pay N250 from N150; while commercial buses now pay N150 from N80. Lagos seals RCCG, hotel, six other structures By Monsuru Olowoopejo LAGOS—THE Lagos State Government has sealed the zonal headquarters, Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG in Ajegunle, Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government, a hotel in Ikeja and six other structures, for allegedly breaking government seal and developing the structures illegally in the state. No fewer than 11 artisans found within the sealed building premises when officials of Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, visited were arrested, arraigned before an Ebute Meta Mobile Court, weekend, and sentenced to different jail terms. Vanguard learned that the We must unite to dislodge APC in 2019, say PDP Lagos Chairman By Gabriel Olawale LAGOS State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Moshood Salvador, has charged members of the party to unite to dislodge the All Progressives Congress, APC from power in the state in 2019. Salvador who pleaded with the members of the party while inaugurating the party’s Caucus and State Leaders Council at the party secretariat in Lagos, said it would be difficult for the party to defeat APC if members failed to Motorcycles now pay N100. At the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge, saloon cars now pay N300 from N250; sports utility vehicles (SUV), mini vans, and light trucks now pay N400 from N300. Motorcycles now pay N200.” In a statement, yesterday, by Executive Director, SERAP, Adetokunbo Mumuni, SERAP said: “It’s time for Ambode to ensure and maintain a balance between the needs of the citizens and residents of Lagos State and the Lekki Concession Company. ''The authorities should respect and protect the right of protesters to demonstrate against the hike in toll charges and to voice their opinion. International human rights treaties ratified by Nigeria and the country´s own constitution obligate the government to safeguard the rights of freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.'' developer of the threestorey RCCG building, which was under construction on Old Ojo Road in Ajegunle axis, was alleged to have broken government’s seal on several occasion after LASBCA served stop work notice and sealed the structure. At the site, seven workers found working were arrested while about four other buildings on Old Ojo Road were sealed for same offence and workers found there arrested. One of the six others sealed was a shopping centre in Ajeromi, which the developer was about erecting the third floor. At the centre, two persons were arrested after it was observed that the structure had been sealed on different occasions but the owner had allegedly unsealed it. work together as one. He urged members to cast aside their differences and be committed to the party for electoral victory in 2019. He said: “I want all of us to see the best in PDP now and get the best out of the PDP in the next election. This is only possible with strong unity. No matter how many times the teeth bite the tongue, they are still together, and that is forgiveness. Therefore, I call on you to show more commitment to the party and see its success as paramount, to defeat the APC in 2019.''
VANGUARD, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018 — 11 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 We’ll curtail herdsmen menace in Ondo — OPC By Dayo Johnson A KURE—THE Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, in Ondo State weekend directed its members to constitute themselves into vigilante groups in their respective zones in order to curb herdsmen attacks in the state. The group also agreed to resolve the factional crisis rocking the Gani Adams and Fredrick Fasehun factions in the state in order to form a coalition against the invasion of herdsmen in the state. Rising from a meeting held in Akure, the group expressed “worry over the incessant attacks by herdsmen in different parts of the state and asked Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to enact a law that would protect farmers against the activities of herdsmen in the state.” The State Chairman and Secretary of the group, Victor Olayemi Egbeyemi and Olonimoyo Fesisogbo Pedro directed their members to meet with the community leaders, chiefs and security agencies in order to prevent breakdown of law and order. Egbeyemi said: “OPC members should get prepared whether there is war or not. The herdsmen kidnapped people in Ore, they attacked the wife of our member in Akure North, and people are fleeing their farms because of the activities of the herdsmen. Chief Olu Falae’s farm was burnt; we should rise up to defend our territories. “We should not wait until they start to kill our people before we plan to defend them. We want to reorganize ourselves to defend the interest of Yoruba people. Both Aare Adams and Dr Fasehun’s factions must work together in the interest of the people.” The meeting asked members to be ready to defend the territories of Yoruba against the invasion of herdsmen who have ...As Akintoye, Ihekire raise the alarm over herdsmen's proliferation in S’West, S’East By Dapo Akinrefon LAGOS—A second republic Senator, Professor Banji Akintoye and former chairman, Task Force on Illegal Importation and Smuggling of Goods, Small Arms, Ammunition and Light Weapons (NATFORCE), Maj-Gen Collins Ihekire (retd) have raised the alarm over proliferation of herdsmen in the South West and South East states saying they pose a security risk. They said this in Lagos weekend at the 1st National Colloquium tagged: ‘Herdsmen, threat to national security’ organised by The Ife 12. Akintoye, in his presentation, said there are 175 herdsmen settlements in the South West, including Kwara and Kogi speaking areas, warning that no Yoruba land will be overrun by herdsmen. The Professor of History, expressed worry over the growing number of armed herdsmen in the South West region. He said the discovery was made when an investigative committee, By Dayo Johnson A K U R E — A presidential aspirant of the National Conscience Party, NCP, Dr. Thomas-Wilson Ikubese yesterday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to call the Inspector General of Police, lbrahim ldris to order, accusing him of overzealousness on matters of national interest. Ikubese, in a statement in Akure, Ondo State, said: “I worry sore that if President Buhari does not call the IGP constituted themselves into terror organization in different parts of the country. Egbeyemi said: “It is high time the Adams and Fasehun factions come together in the state in the interest of the people as the issue before them is beyond the supremacy battle between the two groups. “Both Adams and Fasehun are from the state and their supporters should come together in the interest of the people.” He also called on traditional rulers to work with the OPC in order to identify indigenous herdsmen from invaders who constitute themselves as security threat. VISIT: From left; Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State; founder, Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola; and his wife, Modupe, during the governor's familiarisation visit to the varsity at the weekend. headed by him was set by Afenifere to look into complaints raised by people in the South west. He said: “The leadership of Afenifere has been receiving complaints from our people in the farmlands of how the Fulani have been setting up camps around their farmlands. Afenifere now set up a committee, which I headed, to NCP presidential aspirant asks Buhari to call IGP to order to order over his overzealousness, as seen displayed in the recent arrest of Bring Back Our Girls peaceful demonstrators in Abuja, in the name of invitation, his administration will soon be tagged civilian dictatorship, a toga for which posterity will forever be unkind to him. “The beauty of democracy is enshrined in the ethos of freedom of expression and association within the ambit of the law, in converse to military dictatorship.” investigate. The outcome of the research revealed that there are 175 Fulani settlements including Kwara and Kogi areas of Yorubaland and every one of those settlements portends danger to Yorubaland. Don’t be surprised that each time these Fulani settlers have any complaint with their host; it will lead to confrontations and eventually crisis. Our land is not going to be overrun by the Fulani.” While he called on the youths to support the Southern and Middle belt Leaders Forum, he said this will prevent the invasion of the southern regions. Another speaker at the colloquium, Maj Gen Ihekire alleged that there is an orchestrated plan to fulanise Nigeria, saying there are 250 herdsmen settlements in the South East. While he faulted the excuse given by the herdsmen for migrating, he said there is an attempt to conquer some regions. Ihekire said: “Today, people do not know that there is an orchestrated plan to Fulanise Nigeria. What we are dealing with is neither herdsmen nor religion but I want to tell you that both cows and herdsmen have become facilitators to an agenda. What we are facing now is a Fulani conquest; today, there is an attempt by the Fulani and Kanuri to reclaim this country." EKITI GOV POLL: I’m better fit for APC winning strategy than Oni, Fayemi — ARISE By Rotimi Ojomoyela A DO-EKITI— FORMER Senator representing Ekiti North Senatorial District, Mr. Ayo Arise yesterday said he stands a better chance to win the 2018 governorship election for the All Progressives Congress, APC, than former governors Segun Oni and Kayode Fayemi. Arise said this in Oye Ekiti, after a thanksgiving commemorating his release from kidnappers’ den held at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Pro Cathedral Church in the town. Arise was kidnapped in 2017 along Lokoja – Abuja road while returning to the FCT after visiting Ekiti State and was held by his captors for six days. Speaking on his governorship ambition, he said the two former governors have contributed to the development of the state and that time has come for a fresh blood to be allowed to govern the state. He said: “Going by the mood in town, the people prefer a new person than those they have seen in the past.” The former Chairman, Senate Committee on Privatization, said: “APC wants to win the coming election at all cost and they need a popular candidate and they know I am the best for the job so that our strategy can work.” On whether he would step down for either Oni or Fayemi, who were his political allies, Arise said: “I am not going to step down for anybody.” He said the issue of zoning is not applicable to a homogenous state like Ekiti, saying though the south senatorial district has the right to produce the governor but such shouldn’t be realized through zoning of the governorship ticket. “Both Oni and Fayemi are my good friends. I contested as a Senator when Oni vied for the governorship in 2007. The two of them have ruled Ekiti and now is my own turn.'' LAUTECH Alumni faults Osun Assembly over external auditor's appointment By Gbenga Olarinoye O SOGBO—THE Alumni Association of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, has faulted the Osun State House of Assembly for opposing the appointment of an external auditor by the Governing Council of the institution. The association said the Assembly was wrong in its submission that the appointment of an external auditor for the institution by the Council was capable of jeopardizing the existing relationship between the two owner states. The university is jointly owned by Osun and Oyo state governments. The Speaker of the Osun Assembly, Hon Najeem Salaam had during the 2018 Budget defence of the institution told the Vice Chancellor, Prof Adeniyi Gbadegesin that the appointment of an external auditor by the Council was capable of straining the existing relationship between the two ownerstates. But the Alumni association, in a statement by its president, Comrade Solomon Onilede, maintained that it is the prerogative of the governing council to approve the appointment of an officer as it did in the case of an external auditor, stressing that the position of the Osun assembly was considered as undue interference in the operations and management of the university. SON boss extols predecessors, appoints Akanya, Odumodu ambassadors A BUJA—FORMER Chief Executives of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON have been commended for their commitment and selfless services in building a solid foundation for the organisation. This commendation was given by the Director General, Mr. Osita Aboloma while welcoming his two immediate predecessors, Prof. John Akanya and Dr. Joseph Odumodu to the SON headquarters in Abuja. He said the contributions of the former SON leaders to human capacity, structural and infrastructural developments as well as the enactment of the SON Act 14 of 2015 are worthy of special mention. Mr Aboloma expressed the appreciation of his Management and staff to the former Directors General and invited them to serve as Ambassadors of SON all over the world. According to him, their rich knowledge and experiences in standardisation and quality assurance are invaluable to national, regional and continental economic growth and development. Responding, the two former Chief Executives of SON accepted their appointment with gratitude. They promised to provide necessary advice as may be required.