Vanguard Newspaper 13 February 2018
10 — VANGUARD, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Ambode extends scope of Oshodi/Airport Road project •Begs Ladipo traders to vacate road By Monsuru Olowoopejo L A G O S — GOVERNOR Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, yesterday said he had given approval for the extension of the 10-lane Oshodi-International Airport road project to Ladipo bus-stop on the Apapa/Oshodi expressway. This came as the governor ordered traders displaying wares on the roadside to vacate immediately, or risk unpleasant consequences hinting of plans to construct a pedestrian bridge at Toyota Bus Stop, to save lives of residents and others from being killed by moving vehicles. He spoke during an inspection tour of some ongoing projects in the state. “There is no point doing the Airport Road if we don’t extend that contract to where I am standing here and so I want to do it from Oshodi to Guardian Newspapers axis. I want to rehabilitate the road and turn it to a modern road. The only way I can do it also is if you don’t do any trading on the road. I promise you I will also do a Pedestrian Bridge at Toyota Bus Stop. So, the contractor that is doing the Airport Road will commence work on the pedestrian Bridge and this road next week if you allow me. That is why I have come here personally. I was here yesterday (Sunday). I don’t want to inconvenience you but I have come to appeal to you; just be patient with us. We will bring growth and development to this place,” he added. Addressing traders, he said: “When I came here last year and I went through the Ladipo Market, I promised you I will do all the roads within the market and you will all cooperate with me. So, last year August, I fulfilled my promise; I awarded the contract of Akinwunmi Street, the Ladipo Street and then the other streets on the adjacent side. The contractors have gone to work; I have just inspected the project at Akinwunmi Street and the drainage has been completed. You were the ones that told me I should come and do the roads. I have asked the contractors and they are promising me that Akinwunmi Street will be delivered by May but I have an issue and that is why I have called the Vice President of your association to stand by my side here. “Now, the only reason why that contract will not 2ND TERM NOD FOR AMBODE: From left; Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Mr Akinyemi Ashade; former deputy governor of Lagos State, Princess Sarah Sosan; APC Chairman, Badagry Division, Prince Rabiu Oluwa and Lagos State deputy governor, Dr Idiat Adebule during the endorsement of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode for second term at the Ojo Community Hall, Ojo. be completed on schedule is that some of you are trading on the roads that we want to repair and you were the ones that said we should come and repair the roads and so you need to talk to yourselves. ''I don’t want any trading on that road until we finish it. This is February, in another three months, we will finish it. So, the leaders in this market, please talk to your people, they should vacate the roads; let us bring development to your market. I have come to appeal to you. If you don’t do it by way of appeal, you know I also have the power to close the market but I don’t want to do it and so let there be peace and when there is peace, there is progress and there is development.” Responding on behalf of Lagos PDP kicks against enforcement of Yoruba language By Dapo Akinrefon L Peoples AGOS—THE Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State has kicked against the enforcement of the Yoruba language preservation and promotion law 2018, calling on Governor Akinwumi Ambode to suspend the law. In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Taofik Gani, the party argued that the bill recently signed into law by the Governor was an early misapplication and revenue coloration in bad faith. The party stated that the lack of due considerations Atiku Mandate 2019 launched in Lagos A group, the Atiku Mandate 2019 has been launched in Lagos with members, stating that a former Vice President of the country, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar remains the best presidential candidate capable of moving the country forward amongst gladiators jostling for the nation’s Presidency. Comprising of members from all the political parties, the Lagos State Coordinator, Prince Lanre Osundairo at the end of the inaugural meeting of the group in Ikeja said the country needed the former number two man owing to the vast political contacts across the length and breadth of the country would steer the country to the proverbial promise land. Osundairo, who is a chieftain of PDP praised Atiku as perhaps the best prepared for the job and that Nigerians should give him the opportunity to lead them. Addressing the media shortly after the meeting, which lasted for two hours, Osundairo stated that “As you can see, most of the people you see here are not politicians but people who have genuine love for the former Vice President. I admit that some of us are politicians but the propelling rationale for being members of this movement is for us to ensure that our principal assumes the mantle of leadership of the country.” On the scope of the new group, he said: “We are putting in place a viable platform for all Nigerians who love the man (Atiku) to come together to demonstrate our love for him by canvassing for votes for him at the grassroots.” the traders, the Vice President, Ladipo Spare Parts Market, Mr Jude Nwankwo, assured Ambode of total cooperation of all the traders. “We would cooperate with you, we do not have any reason not to cooperate with you because all that you have promised to do, you have done it. Moreso, we are all beneficiaries of all the good work you are doing in Lagos,” Nwankwo said. by the Lagos House of Assembly “in making and passing the bill gives one strong doubts on the competence of the house to deliver flawless legislation.” It accused the state government of hastily directing all its tertiary institutions and other schools to demand credit pass in Yoruba language before any applicant could be qualified for admission. “To the PDP, this is a clear indication that the law is more interested in revenue, thus tainted and in bad faith,” the party stated. According to the party “Frankly speaking the law was not brilliantly considered and its hasty applications make it laughable. To us in PDP and a lot of other groups, the law is ethnocentric and direct attack on all non Yoruba residents in the state. It has also usurped the inherent powers of the Senate in the various institutions to determine their qualifications for entry. Imagine an Igbo or Hausa with 9 distinctions but a pass in Yoruba language. Such will be denied admission into our schools. Whereas by the combined provisions of Sections: 17(2c) (3a) and 18 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the FRN (as amended), all citizens should have equal rights and fair opportunities to education in any part of the country.'' BLOODSHED: Adeboye, Lagos CAN to hold separate prayer sessions By Sam Eyoboka & Olayinka Latona GENERAL Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye and the Lagos State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, have scheduled separate national prayer sessions to avert further bloodshed in different parts of the country. According to Pastor Adeboye who is expected to take a break from series of activities culminating into his 76th birthday anniversary on March 2, the three-hour national prayer session is billed to hold at the Old Arena of the Redemption Camp today at 10.00 a.m. till 1.00 p.m. Announcing this at the Holy Ghost Service on Friday, February 2, Adeboye who led the large congregation made up of eminent politicians, traditional rulers, military personnel, businessmen and women from different parts of the globe, to pray some intercessory prayers on behalf of the nation, enjoined all public-spirited individuals who have the interest of Nigeria at heart, to join the ministry in praying for the peace of the nation. “One mistake that is common to both the enemies of God and the children of God is that both of them underrate the power of prayer. The enemies of God underrate the power of prayer and we the children of God, underrate the power of prayer,” he stated. In another development, the chairman of Lagos CAN, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, enjoined Nigerians to pray to stop the unabating killings by herdsmen in parts of the country which have left several innocent Nigerians dead and others bereaved and homeless. Making the call during a press conference to announce its annual Inter-denominational Divine Service, tagged: “Humility in service” on Saturday, February 17 at the ShepherdHill Methodist Church, Obanikoro in Lagos, Apostle Bamgbola said God’s intervention was needed to bring an end to the violent attacks. ‘LASG to end Apapa - Oshodi traffic gridlock before December' By Bartholomew Madukwe L AGOS—MEMBERS of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Council, Lagos have said All Progressives Congress, APC, government in the state will do everything possible to end issues of the traffic gridlock at Apapa- Oshodi Expressway before the end of this year. The members, who paid a courtesy visit to Vanguard Corporate Headquartres, pointed out that the Lagos State APC government was working seriously on the Japan to partner with Lagos Police on security By Evelyn Usman L AGOS—JAPANESE government yesterday in Lagos pledged to partner Lagos State Police command with a view to improving its capacity in its fight against crime and criminality. The Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Sadanobu Kusaoke, who spoke during a courtesy visit on the command boss, Imohimi Edgal, stated that the partnership became necessary owing to what he described as a drastic issue because motorists were being robbed and cars damaged by criminals. Council Leader, Mr Abimbola Oshodi, said: “When you look at those areas where the trailers are parked, you will see that they are very dirty. Though this Apapa/Oshodi traffic gridlock has been on for long, but we just came into government. We have registered our appeal to government at both levels for the needful to be done because we are both elected into office and we want to represent our people well.'' reduction in crime in Lagos State. He noted that in the last two and half years, Japanese citizens residing in Lagos had not recorded any major attack nor fallen victim to any act of criminality, attributing it to the formidable security measure on ground. He said: “We used to issue travel warnings to our citizens on safety of this country. But I can tell you that Lagos has been very safe for us and because of this, we have encouraged more Japanese to come here and do business.''
VANGUARD, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018 — 11 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Osoba condemns outrageous pension packages for ex-govs L AGOS—FORMER governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, says he has never benefited from the outrageous pension packages for former governors and their deputies across states in Nigeria. Osoba also disclosed that the only amount he receives monthly from the government of Ogun State since he left office in 2003 is N676,000. Speaking to journalists at his residence in Ikoyi, Lagos, Osoba said his monthly package is consistent with the provisions of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC. During the administration of former governor Gbenga Daniel, he disclosed that the state government did not pay his entitlement until some highly placed traditional rulers and other prominent people in the state intervened. He said the N676,000 pension does not even cover the cost of fuelling his car in a month. Osoba, who is also a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, said: “I pay my tax to Lagos and Ogun States. I do my civic responsibility by making my annual tax returns voluntarily. I pay to Lagos and Ogun because I reside in the two places. What I pay back to the state is in millions compared to what they (state government) pay to me. “I will only speak for myself. I cannot comment on others unless I have facts and figures indicating what they are collecting with what they are collecting in their various appointive or elective offices now. If I am holding any appointive office, I will rather collect all my entitlements because the N676,000 I am collecting from Ogun State cannot sustain me.” The former Osoba argued that the RMAFC made provisions for changing cars of former governors and their deputies every three years. “If the issue of car is VISIT: From left; Protocol Officer on Embassy Affairs to Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Mr. Emmanuel Olaoti; Programme Officer, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Lagos, Mr. Idris Kasali; Deputy Consul General, Alexandra Herr; Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba Land, Aare Gani Adams; Consul General, Ingo Herbert and Chief of Staff to Aare Gani Adams, Prince Segun Akanni, during the Aare Onakakanfos’ courtesy visit to the German Consulate office in Lagos. covered under the law, it is their right and entitlement. Let us be honest with ourselves, in the 1999 Constitution, former presidents and governors are not by law allowed to hold any office with any multinational company or conglomerates.” The former governor, therefore, noted that he was not against the regular change of vehicles for exgovernors, because, former governors are endangered because they must have stepped on a lot of toes with the decisions they took while in office. While he condemned the ostentatious lifestyles of former governors and deputies, he said the government can change a car as recommended by the RMAFC, but not a fleet of cars. He said: “That is too much (fleet of cars). Changing a car once in a while is not too much, though I have never benefited from this provision.” He explained that the only time the Ogun State government changed his car was when he turned 70 almost nine years ago, noting that the state government has not given him the privilege in the last 15 years. He said, “I do not mind because the way any governor lays his bed today is the way he will sleep on it tomorrow. If they leave office and ask for what they do not give to me, I will raise the alarm and fault them.'' Ajimobi swears in HoS, President, Customary Court of Appeal By Adeola Badru I B A D A N — GOVERNOR Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has sworn in the new state’s Head of Service, Mrs. Hannah Ogunesan and President, Customary Court of Appeal, Justice Solomon Akinteye, urging them to remain dedicated in their call to service. The governor, who administered the swearing in at the Executive Cabinet Chambers of the Governor’s Office, charged the new HoS to use her office for the leadership, management and capacity development of the civil/ public service in the state. Ajimobi said: “This office is the engine of governance and the administrative machinery for implementing government directives, programmes, activities and policies.” IE launches safety awareness scheme for customers By Oluchukwu Nkenta L AGOS—IKEJA Electric Plc, IE has unveiled its proprietary board game tagged: ‘Power Play’, in a bid to provide information relating to hazards and common violations as well as other operational aspects of the business, to customers in IE network. The game, which is novel in the electricity industry, is designed as an education and entertainment tool in a friendly format. During the unveiling ceremony, held at the Estate Junior Grammar School, Ijaiye-Ogba, Lagos, the company’s Head of Corporate Communications, Felix Ofulue said the risks and hazards of the electricity sector needed to be communicated in a creative way, such that all customers, and family units could embrace tenets of safety, while enjoying fun time. “The changing communications landscape is a major factor in IE’s quest to seek new and innovative ways of sharing important messaging that cuts across all customer segments,'' he said. We have to find creative ways to communicate to all stakeholders in a manner that is both fun and factual." “Customary law in its modern day application will complement our existing laws in appropriate cases and the court whose President is being sworn in today will serve as the major vehicle to blend our appropriate customary laws and practices with constitutional validity. This giant stride should also streamline the adjudicating process in our lower cadre customary courts.'' LG POLLS: Oyo APC members protest imposition of candidates By Ola Ajayi I B A D A N — HUNDREDS of members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, including loyalists of a former Governor of Oyo State, late Lamidi Adesina yesterday staged a protest in Ibadan to register their disapproval of alleged imposition of candidates for the local government polls slated for May 12 this year. According to them, despite heated criticism that trailed earlier attempts by the incumbent governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi to hand pick his loyalists as candidates, they accused him of imposing his cronies as candidates for the polls. They said, though the governor had said it several times that the party in the state remained indivisible, they found out that over 90 percent of his appointments, so far, favoured his group known as the Senator Abiola Ajimobi Campaign Organisation, SENACO. Led by their spokesperson, Mr Kamardeen Kayode Obisesan from Egbeda Local Government said “we heard that the Governor for complicity and orchestrated move had perfected plans to impose his cronies and his group which has been the only group enjoying the real dividend of democracy in Oyo State since the inception of this administration from May 2011 to date. “Moreover, information at our disposal confirmed that names of would-be candidates for the chairmanship and councillorship in the 33 Local Government Councils, Local Council Development Areas have been secretly compiled and approved without any conduct of primaries just waiting for the submission to OYSIEC. This action is devoid of internal democracy and unacceptable.” 30 ex-militants in Ondo undergo training in agribusiness By Dayo Johnson AKURE — NO fewer than 30 ex-militants have commenced training in agribusiness at the Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, FECA, Ondo state. The exercise is part of the Federal government plan to reintegrate the beneficiaries of the Amnesty programme into the society and train them in different agribusiness to make them self reliant. Speaking at the 3 week Amnesty Empowerment Programme, Provost of the College, Dr Samson Adeola Odedina said that the exmilitants, from the Niger Delta, will be trained in various agricultural business skills as a means of engaging them in the sector. Odedina urged them to redirect their zeal and doggedness to revolutionise agriculture in the country. He said the participants, who were chosen across the Niger Delta region, have agreed to embrace one of the most lucrative agribusinesses such as pig production enterprises and numerous value chain opportunities. Odedina said: “We have the skills and capacity to work with the delegates from the Amnesty Programme to turn guns into sprayers, armoured tanks into ploughs and harrows, trenches intimate animal pens.” He said the training is in partnership with Ciibex Solution Nigeria Ltd and Maximum Insight Global Services. Fayose wants Oye Varsity renamed after late Adebayo GOVENOR Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has written to remind President Muhammadu Buhari on the renaming of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti as Adeyinka Adebayo University, after Military Governor of defunct Western State, late General Adeyinka Adebayo. Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who was Acting President then represented President Buhari at the burial where he announced the decision of the Federal Government to rename the Federal University, Oye Ekiti as Adeyinka Adebayo University in recognition of the exemplary leadership of the late hero and frontline Statesman. According to his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, Governor Fayose, in a letter dated January 29, 2018, with reference number EK/GOV/28/93, urged the President to effect the change without further delay. The letter reads: “As Your Excellency is aware, the Late General Robert Adeyinka Adebayo (Military Governor of defunct Western State and one time Head of the Nigerian Army died last year). The Acting President at the occasion announced the decision of the Federal Government to rename the Federal University, Oye Ekiti as Adeyinka Adebayo University in recognition of the exemplary leadership of the late hero and frontline statesman."