Vanguard Newspaper 13 February 2018
12—VANGUARD, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018 :Vanguard :@vanguardnews Esele, others reject cattle colonies By Gabriel Enogholase B ENIN—FORMER President of Trade Union Congress, TUC, Mr Peter Esele has joined other notable Nigerians to kick against the establishment of cattle colonies in the country, insisting that “what we will allow is ranches and not colonies.” Meanwhile, the Edo State governor has admonished farmers and residents not to be deterred by activities of some bad eggs among nomadic herdsmen, saying that not all herders are killers. Represented by the Special Adviser on Food Security and Agriculture, Mr. Joe Okoje, the governor disclosed that a 7- man committee which include Divisional Police Officers, DPOs, DSS had been inaugurated in the 18 local government areas of the State to address the menace. Speaking in the same vein, Archbishop of the Church of God International, Dr Margaret Idahosa, said that the establishment of cattle ranches was obviously the modern way to go if herdsmen/farmers’ clashes was to be addressed. They all spoke yesterday in Benin City at a symposium entitled, “Sustainable Agriculture As a Panacea to Herdsmen Attack on Arable Crop Farmers in Nigeria,” organised by the Correspondents Chapel of the Edo State Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ. Esele added, “What we need are ranches and not colonies. Create livestock development centres that caters for livestocks and not just cattle. Agriculture is a business. Don’t take my father’s land and give it to another for his personal business and gain. " Restructuring, key to Nigeria’s unity, stability—Dickson By Samuel Oyadongha Y GOVERNOR ENAGOA— Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, yesterday, reaffirmed his position that restructuring holds the key to preserving the unity, stability and economic prosperity of the country. Dickson stated this in Yenagoa shortly after his administration’s 6th anniversary public lecture, entitled Restructuring: The Way Forward For Nigeria. Dickson noted that those championing the restructuring crusade are the true patriots of an egalitarian, just and fair Nigeria. He called on all wellmeaning Nigerians to support the restructuring movement towards actualizing the Nigerian project. His words,” Those in support of restructuring and constitutional amendment to address the imbalances in our nation are indeed believers in the Nigerian project and not the other way round.” Proponents of restructuring who formed a panel of discussants include, former Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Mr. Shettima Yerima, Spokesman of Afenifere, Mr Yinka Odumakin and founding President, Nigeria Oral Literature Association, Prof. Godini Darah.
Vanguard, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018—13 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Indigenous marine pilots decry collapse of Escravos breakwater •As NPA seeks approval to rebuild it By Godwin Oritse THERE has been a lull in the call of vessels at the Warri port, Delta State, following the breakdown of the Escravos breakwater, Escravos Ship Pilots have said. The pilots decried the breakdown of the breakwaters, noting that Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, is currently losing revenue as a result of the development. Speaking toVanguard, Captain Charles Tobi, immediate past Managing Director of Escravos Pilot Nigeria Limited, said no cargo vessel calls at the ports any more, adding that it was only tanker vessels that bring refined petroleum products from offshore to the port due to the shallow channel. He disclosed that the only firm that is currently operating in Warri port is flourmill, noting that the port may become moribund if urgent steps were not taken to address the problem. He said: “The Escravos pilots are calling on the Federal Government to rehabilitate Escravos breakwater that has been submerged for some time. “The breakwater is the gateway to the Escravos channel and the channel is also the gateway to the Delta ports, we are facing a lot of challenges bringing vessels through this shallow channel.” Ugborodo community hails military operation aganst oil thieves By Jimitota Onoyume W A R R I — UGBORODO community, Warri South- West Local Government Area, Delta State has lauded the timely military operations, weekend, that flushed out alleged miscreants and oil thieves in the area. In a statement, yesterday, in Warri, Mr Alex Eyengho of the Ugborodo Community Management Committee, UCMC, said the community had written a Save Our Souls to the federal and state governments, which prompted the combined military operations. He said the community had been under the grip of hoodlums that were flushed out by the security operatives. His words: "For over a year now, the Ugborodo community has been under siege of criminal elements in the area, who engaged in illegal oil bunkering, sea piracy and other nefarious activities, which threatened peace and security of the area. "The same elements have chased out law-abiding elders and youths from the community by force of arms and indeed prevented constituted authorities of the community from functioning within the same period. “This operation was the result of the outcry of Ugborodo people and their SOS to President Muhammadu Buhari, security agencies and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to rescue them from the criminal activities of those, who were declared wanted by the Nigeria Police Force since November 2017. The Federal Government and governor of the state acted on the basis of petitions to them by authorities in Ugborodo community. “We are glad at the swift response of both the Federal and Delta State Governments. Ugborodo is now rid of criminal elements and certainly now in safe hands of the community’s structures, represented by Council of Elders and UCMC. "Never again shall we go back to that sort of Reacting to the development, Managing Director of NPA, Ms Hadeza Bala Usman, told Vanguard that the authority was at a stage of getting the Federal Government's approval to re-construct the broken down breakwater. It will be recalled that Escravos Ship Pilots had petitioned the Presidency, NPA, and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, over the damaged breakwater in the Escravos channel leading to the Warri port. Hobbesian state of mankind in Ugborodo, knowing that there can be no meaningful development in the absence of law, order and peace. We thank President Buhari and the state governor for their responsiveness.” THANKSGIVING: From left, Senator Nurudeen Abatemi, Senator Gbenga Ashafa (Lagos East) and President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki at the thanksgiving rally of Senator Magnus Abe and other elected parliamentarians in Rivers State on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Port Harcourt Patience Jonathan urges court to strike out ex-parte application by EFCC By Innocent Anaba LAGOS—WIFE of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience, has asked the Federal High Court in Lagos to strike out an exparte application by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, seeking temporary forfeiture of her $8,435,788.84 and N7.35 billion. She is also praying the court for an order striking out the motion filed last December 13 on the ground that the court lacks jurisdiction to hear it. Mrs Jonathan said the EFCC's motion was “a gross abuse of court process” because the issues were already pending before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja. “The ex parte originating summons filed by the EFCC amounts to forum shopping, thus an abuse of court process,” she said. Meanwhile, hearing was stalled in the case, yesterday, due to Justice Olatoregun’s absence, but the case was adjourned till tomorrow. Through her lawyers, Mr Ifedayo Adedipe, SAN and Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, Mrs Jonathan said the same application had earlier been filed by the EFCC before Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the court’s Lagos division, upon which it had obtained an ex-parte order. She said the same application was before Justice Nyako “over same parties to be affected by this same application.” The former first lady said EFCC allegedly failed to disclose the different suits and orders made prior to filing the application before Justice Olatoregun in Lagos. “The respondent is making great mockery of this judicial system and by extension this court,” Mrs Jonathan said. FG to provide satellite services to EBS, Edo schools By Simon Ebegbulem BENIN CITY— FORMER Minority Whip of the House of Representatives and Executive Director, Marketing and Business Development of Nigeria Communication Satellite Ltd, NigComSat, Dr Samson Osagie, yesterday, disclosed of plans by the Federal Government through the company to provide satellite services to the 18 local government areas of Edo State. He said the development, which will be in partnership with the Edo State Government will enable the state-owned Edo State Broadcasting 2019: Emerhor urges APC council chairmen, ward leaders to be proactive By Perez Brisibe UGHELLI — AHEAD of the 2019 general elections, leader of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Delta State, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, has met with ward chairmen and chairmen of the party in Delta Central senatorial district with a charge on them to be more proactive. The meeting held at Evwreni, country home of the APC leader, is geared towards rejuvenating the party in Delta Central. In his address to the party chairmen and secretaries, Emerhor charged them to engage in activities geared towards expanding and consolidating on the membership base of the party. NDDC to complete Oro monarch’s palace By Dennis Udoma UYO— Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has promised to complete the abandoned palace project of the Ahta Oro, the supreme traditional ruler of Oron in Akwa Ibom State’s third largest ethnic group. Managing Director of the commission, Mr. Nsima Ekere, announced this during a courtesy call by Oro Think Tank, a political arm of Oron Nation, which comprises five local government areas. Ekere said NDDC will complete the project as requested by the body, as part of its corporate social Service, EBS, have their signals all over West Africa and also help in the educational sector. Osagie spoke shortly after making presentation to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr Emmanuel Agbale. He said: “We came to Government House to make a presentation to the Edo State Government in areas of collaboration between Nigeria Communication Satellite Company Limited and the Edo State Government on the broadband connectivity with respect to primary and secondary schools with health centres across the state." Speaking on the membership drive of the party, Emerhor urged them not to relent in promoting the ideals of the party, adding: “You need to be more active, expand and consolidate the base of the party by winning more people to the party. “I want you all to be committed to the ideals of the party and remain steadfast in APC’s quest to taking over the state come 2019.” Applauding Emerhor for the meeting, Ughelli North council chairman and secretary for Ughelli South council, Chief Felix Ekure and Chief Jiminyevwe Ubu respectively, commended him for his leadership style and efforts in positioning the party as a vibrant opposition in the state. responsibilities to the Oron nation being a major oilproducing area in the state. He, however, suggested an upgrade of the design of the project which had been abandoned due to lack of funds. The NDDC boss also announced the award of contract to check the encroachment on Oron Road leading to the beach in Oron Town, recalling that his first contract award on assumption of office in November 2016 was for the construction of road to Enwang, the headquarters of Mbo LGA and hometown of a prominent Oro leader and retired Inspector-General of Police, late Etim Inyang.