40—Vanguard, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Airline operators fault minister's claim of N516bn indebtedness By Lawani Mikairu L AGOS—AIRLINE Operators of Nigeria, AON, weekend, asked Aviation agencies and other companies to publicly prove the veracity of the N516 billion debts, which the Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika alleged that Nigerian airlines owe aviation agencies and other companies in Nigeria. Sirika who made the allegation while speaking with journalists last Thursday at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos said Nigerian airlines are " ridden with debts, weak and unable to compete and take advantage of the liberalisation of African airspace, known as Single Africa Air Transport Market, SAATM." Reacting to the minister’s allegations, the Executive Chairman of Airline Operators of Nigeria, AON, Captain Nogie Meggison accused the Minister of reeling out figures offhand, insisting that he cannot prove any of the debts he mentioned and noted that the aviation agencies lack the ability to " transparently record their revenues and document accurately " the debts owed them by airlines. Meggison said: “We have always asked them to list the debts. It is easy to list numbers. Let those we owe bring their bills and explain the debts. Although government cannot be held responsible for the operation of privately owned airlines, but the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) is competing with airlines, running two airlines with tax payers’ funds. So we don't have a level playing ground because AMCON is a competitor, using the taxes we pay to compete with us. When are they going to leave the airline industry?” AAU VC commisions new Faculty of Life Sciences building By Tare Youdeowei BENIN CITY— VICE Chancellor of Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, Pro. Ignatius Onimawo has commissioned a state of the art Faculty of Life Sciences building, saying that the project is part of the plans to provide a conducive learning environment for students. Speaking at the event, Prof.Onimawo expressed delight that the infrastructural development of AAU, as envisioned by his administration was gradually being realised with the commissioning, and the laying of the foundation stone for another faculty building. He added that the imposing faculty building was consistent with his avowed commitment to ending the building of small structures in the university. According to him, “one of the visions of my administration is to improve on the infrastructural development of AAU. We have just witnessed the inauguration of Faculty of Life Sciences, and the foundation laying of the Faculty of Physical Sciences building "I believe that the vision of infrastructural development will be achieved before I leave office", he said. The VC further appreciated the TETFUND for their interventions in the provision of infrastructures in the university. He enumerated some other projects his administration has executed to include construction of ICT building, building of liaison office in Benin City, renovation of Kudirat Hostel and five lecture theatres, ongoing construction of road, procurement of up to 1000 computers for CBT exams, among others. Kowa Party demands immediate sack of recalled NHIS boss By Olasunkanmi Akoni Lof AGOS—MEMBERS Kowa Party have condemned the reinstatement of suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Mr. Usman Yusuf by President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, led Federal Government and called for his immediate sack and hand over to anti graft agencies for prosecution. National Secretary of Kowa Party, comrade Mark Adebayo made the call, at the weekend, during a media briefing on the state of the nation, held at Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Secretariat, Lagos State Council, Iyalla, Ikeja. The party stressed that the immediate arrest and prosecution of the NHIS boss became necessary following serious allegations of fraud leveled against him while in office. The Minister of Health Prof Isaac Adewole after obtaining due clearance from the office of Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and in consonance with extant rules of the civil service asked Yusuf to proceed on indefinite suspension to give level playing field to an investigative panel to carry out its assignment on more than 50 petitions submitted against the NHIS boss. Yusuf was alleged to have boasted only President Buhari could suspend or remove him from office. Yusuf was recently, reinstated to the office by President Buhari despite the barrage of allegations against him while he held sway as the boss of the agency.
YOUR LUCK TODAY By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139 CANCER: First quarter moon in Libra highlights your solar 4th house of new beginning. Although you will under- go tension, your being enterprising will see you though. Be family minded. LEO: Away with unnecessary argument and concentrate on what can help your immediate cause. The more secretive you are the better for you. Don’t neglect love. VIRGO: First quarter moon in Libra will bring you healthy competition, however, you will need to be more careful with money and movable possessions. Be more friendly. LIBRA: First quarter moon in your star sign will encourage you to be more courageous. However, you will need to think of your image and/or what people will say about action or inaction. SCORPIO: First quarter moon in Libra may induce minor misunderstanding meant to bring you and others together eventually. Secretive deal may not be as profitable as expected. TERROR MUDA in “Never say goodbye” Vanguard, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2018 — 41 L E I S U R E TAKE HEART —ELLA RANDLE “Gratitude opens the door to...the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe.- Deepak Chopra- A beautiful reminder to self, each day is a blessing. How do we find a place in the Sun with the promise of the rainbow to keep one’s inner light aglow...discover new confidence, courage and enjoy life. Look within your heart and surrender to the beauty of love and truth that has carried you this far. Fill the heart with gratitude, see the light in others and be light. Life is a gift, embrace it in gratitude.- Ella Randle- SAYINGS OF OUR PEOPLE He who learns, teaches. ~ Ethiopian proverb By Kola Fayemi SAGITTARIUS: First quarter moon of today in Libra will bring you under the fire of enthusiasm to enhance your social life to the betterment of your cause. Be more living. CAPRICORN: Today’s first quarter moon in Libra will bring out more of your ambitious side. Even if there is opposition, you’ll fare better eventually. Romantic attraction at work is very possible. AQUARIUS: It is good to think about your future but priority attention should be given to well-being of your work. Those traveling for love will have a romantic day. PISCES: It is important you know the difference between enterprise, adventure and gamble. Because, if you are not practical enough, you may make avoidable mistakes. ARIES: First quarter moon in Libra today will bring challenges through partnership but if you take good advice, you would be at a vintage position. Be more loving. DUDU in “ROLLING HOT” By A.O. OLAIDE TAURUS: Today’s first quarter moon in Libra can bring minor misunderstanding at work but, if you are steadfast enough, the whole thing would be resolved in your favour. GEMINI: Today’s first quarter moon in Libra will influence you to become more romantic to the betterment of your love life. Do away with gambling with money. ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING Send your date and place of birth to the Astr trological Counselling, P.M.B 100 007, Apapa, Lagos What’s my career? Dear Joshua, I am a University graduate of Business Administration and many people want me to go into politics. But I actually love to be a business person. Kindly tell me what is good for me career-wise Tony, Lagos. Dear Tony, Your people will not let you down if you take to their advice, politically. Your career line As there was no planet in your natal 10th house, a novice astrologer may think that a less eventful career awaits you but, on the contrary, yours is a very busy and eventful career. Two rulers of Scorpio star sign that dominated the midheaven when you were born, that’s Mars and Pluto, were located in the 7th house of prominence publicity, public, banking/finance, the law e.t.c. Interestingly, the major ruler of the whole horoscope-Uranus, was equally placed in the public 7th, so you will find fulfillment in public service. And as kingly Leo occupied the said 7th house, POLITICS and AUTHORITY related career will bring you good opportunities to express your innate talents. Venus, rules money and Banking. Your Scorpio 10th house, is all about management of other people’s money. While Leo is the executive arm of Government, Aquarius is legislative. Although, you can start with your involvement with legislative arm of governance, your best place is in the executive. Because south node in your natal 1st house will bring you a few questionable contacts via the legislative but, it is the best place to start for you. Even by the time you are in the executive, you will need to always be diplomatic with the legislative arm of government. You’re a talented writer. In the business world, entertainment, Real estate, exportation of African food, health equipments, commercial involvement with home apparatus, kitchen/bathroom needs and sometimes, computer, are favorable. Communication equipments are very good for you, business wise. If you take to the right career, you will stand good a chance to make big name and possibly, long lasting FAME. VIRGINIA HOME & ABROAD firstname.lastname@example.org By Lawrence Akapa