Vanguard Newspaper 13 February 2018
C M Y K 14 — Vanguard, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018 2019: Ex-CBN chief, Moghalu to run for president LAGOS—A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kingsley Moghalu has announced that he is consulting widely to run for the presidency in 2019. Moghalu told journalists in Lagos yestrday that time had come for technocrats, intellectuals and experienced people to take power from Nigeria’s career politicians. He said he would not be deterred from joining the race, in spite of speculations that 2023 was the year slated for Igbos to have a shot at the presidency. Moghalu argued that politics in Nigeria should be detribalised for Africa’s most populous nation to grow and take its rightful place in the comity of nations. “It is the turn of any competent Nigerian to aspire for the post of presidency because career politicians have failed Nigeria,” he said. He said zoning, which had been used by the major political parties, :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 might have been relevant in the past but that it was no longer necessary because competence should be placed above tribe in present day Nigeria. “Zoning is an internal arrangement by political parties and was not constitutional. It should no longer matter where the president comes from. The future of Nigeria rests in technocratic interventions. We need thinking people that will take Nigeria from the politics of stomach infrastructure to politics of mental infrastructure.” He said the first part to progress for Nigeria was for the people to begin to think differently and beyond tribe in choosing those who would lead them. Speaking on a second term for President Muhammadu Buhari, Moghalu said the president had constitutional rights to seek re-election. “I don’t fathom how anyone can say the president should not run for a second term. It is his choice, the decision on who becomes Nigeria’s president in 2019 rests with Nigerians. ‘’ Save our souls, 90 NYSC awardees beg FG By Dirisu Yakubu A N BUJA—THE a t i o n a l Association of President’s NYSC Honours Awardees, has called on the federal government to come to the aid of its members yet to receive their letters of scholarship despite the approval by President Muhammadu Buhari. The association said 90 awardees were yet to commence their postgraduate studies years after they bagged government scholarship to study at any university of their choice. At a briefing yesterday in Abuja, President of the association, Jegede Immumoni, lamented the agony the awardees were being made to face in the last couple of years, arguing that a gesture intended to build capacity of the youths was being allowed to go down the drain. According to her, a total of 164 ex-corps members were conferred with the honour in 2015 (a combined award of 2012, 2013 and 2014), out of which the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) selected 74, leaving 90 out in the cold. This development, she said led to incessant agitations for redress by the affected awardees, but to no avail, saying: “Following series of agitations by the abandoned 90 awardees to secure justice by receiving their sponsorship letters and funding like their PTDF counterparts, who are fully enjoying the scholarship award, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA, PTDF and Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, and the Federal Scholarship Board to create a dedicated fund to sponsor the scholarship with immediate effect. “Since June 2016 when President Buhari issued the order, the various agencies defied the directive as they all turned deaf ears to the Presidential mandate. The affected awardees have lost hundreds of thousands of their hard-earned money in securing admissions overseas, as well as struggle for the pursuit of justice over what we feel is a clear display of ‘nobodysm’ meted on the awardees, who seem to lack a voice that will speak of them,” a part of the speech by Immumoni read. The association berated the scholarship board for abandoning 16 NYSC scholars who resumed their PhD programmes at universities in the united Kingdom and the United States of America in 2014, stressing that though their scholarship funds had been fully remitted by the National Universities Commission, NUC, and the Tertiary Education (TETfund), “These scholars are currently stranded abroad with a backlog of unpaid tuitions and living expenses ranging from one to two years. The second group of eleven awardees started their PhDs in 2015. ''They are also stranded in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Their tuition fees and living expernses have not been paid for over two years.” The association called on President Buhari to direct government agencies to resolve the hitches surrounding the uncertainties in the funding of Masters and PhDs of the awardees, to enable them commence their studies without further delay. Obasanjo, IBB, Lalong, others mourn Shagaya By Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Marie- Therese Nanlong & Daud Olatunji A BEOKUTA— F O R M E R President Olusegun Obasanjo, Ex-Military President, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (retd), Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, and other eminent Nigerians have described as shocking, Sunday’s death of a former military administrator and National Assembly member, Senator John Shagaya. Others who lamented his death are Minister of Interior, General Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd) and former Sports Minister, Chief Damishi Sango and former governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, as well as All Progressives Congress, APC. Obasanjo through his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, yesterday in a condolence letter to the Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, noted that, “I was shocked to receive the sad news of tragic death of Senator John Shagaya.” The former President eulogized the late politician for having “served his country meritoriously as a soldier, a military administrator and a lawmaker.” On his part, IBB said: “I received with great shock the sudden demise of one of the brilliant retired military officers, General John Shagaya this Sunday from a ghastly motor accident. Late General Shagaya until his death had been an ardent supporter of the unity of Nigeria as a nation and a peace builder irrespective of ethnicism, tribalism and religious bigotry Similarly, Governor Lalong in a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Emmanuel Nanle said he received “with a grief stricken heart, the news of the demised of Distinguished Senator, General John Shagaya (retd), which sad event occurred as a result of a fatal motor accident, on his way back from his home town in Langtang North Local Government on Sunday, the 11th of February, 2018. Also, APC while describing him as “a staunch party man and former Minister of Internal Affairs between 1985 and 1990”, in a statement by its spokesman, Bolaji Abdullahi, recalled Gen. Shagaya’s “excellent service during his subregional assignment as Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group By Emma Ujah A Minister BUJA—THE of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, will on Thursday, address the conference of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Platform for Collaboration on Tax (PCT). The conference, billed to hold in New York, is an initiative of the United Nations, OECD, International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group. The Director of Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD, Pascal Saint-Amans, who ECOMOG Commander. For General Dambazau, late Shagaya was a statesman and a national icon, who contributed immensely to nationbuilding both as a military professional and a politician. Ezeife in a condolence message in Abuja, said: “I am pained very discouragingly by the death of John Shagaya. He is one of the very few who think Nigerian and would not hesitate to call a spade a spade. From the North, he was in league with Lamido, the Emir of Kano, Balarabe Musa of Kaduna, most of the time, Dangiwa Umar.'' Similarly, Chief Sango, described late Shagaya as “One of the brightest stars Plateau ever produced. It is difficult to believe that my good friend, Shagaya is gone. He was a very fine military man and a very bold and frank politician.” Adeosun to address UN, OECD’s conference on tax, revenue leakages signed Mrs. Adeosun’s invitation letter, said she would also be in a panel to discuss “Revenue Leakages: Illicit Financial Flows”. Saint-Amans, noted that tackling illicit financial flows was a priority for most countries and that panelists would address the impact of the Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs), particularly those caused by tax evasion and corruption on sustainable development. He said, “The Panel of discussants will discuss measures, both at the national and international level, which may help to reduce IIFs and identify opportunities to increase cooperation among range of actors tackling IFFs.''
C M Y K Vanguard, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018—15 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Zebrudayah takes on Slay Queens in characteristic style, Professor Johnbull THIS week’s edition of Glo-sponsored TV drama series, Professor Johnbull, comes up on Tuesday with Chika Okpala aka Zebrudayah alias 4:30, of New Masquerade fame, making a cameo appearance where he supports Professor Johnbull (Kanayo O. Kanayo) in condemning the activities of “slay queens,” who specialise in going after frivolities instead of substance. In the episode, entitled “Pepper Dem Gang,” Professor Johnbull, in his counsels ladies to live decently, urging them to be proud of themselves. He condemns the concept of slay queen, wondering why most ladies adopt more than one birthday dates in a year; why most of them lack basic idea of the image they portray and why slay queens adopt different FUTA hosts IITA, ZEF, FARA on cassava flour THE Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, in collaboration with international Institute for Tropical Agriculture, IITA, Ibadan; Centre for Development Research, ZEF, Germany; Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, FARA, Accra, Ghana, and Biomass Web, a project sponsored by FARA, has hosted a fabricators forum and a oneday dissemination workshop on pneumatic flash dryer for high quality cassava flour, HQCF, an essential ingredient in the production of bread and other confectioneries. The convener of the workshop and team leader, Biomass Web project, FUTA, Professor Olawale Olukunle disclosed that the Federal Government’s policy on the 10 percent inclusion of HQCF into wheat flour for baking and confectionery, created a huge demand for HQCF by flour millers. He added that since the indigenous fabrication industry has shown immense innovation and commitment through the commercial production of flash dryers, there is a need for collaboration between the experts in academics and local fabricators to develop an efficient drying system for HQCF production. On his part, FUTA’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape, said the workshop came at a time when research institutes in developing countries, including higher institutions, are challenged to play a more active role in the technological development. Professor Fuwape said as a specialised university with the mandate of advancing the cause of technology, FUTA’s department of Agricultural Engineering has developed three cassava peelers—Knife Edged Automator Peeler type 1 and 2, and the abrasive tooled automated peeler. appellations from the names given to them at birth. Viewers will find Pepper Dem Gang interesting as it dissects the issue of unhealthy rivalry among ladies. It also answers questions on connotative and denotative meanings of slay queens, the relationship between a slay queen and Nigerian culture and whether the fake life styles of slay queens tally with their intelligence. Viewers will find out the reaction of Flash (Stephen Odimgbe), when he is called upon to defend Jumoke (Bidemi Kosoko) against one of the biggest slay queens acted by Ese Eriata, one of the fake housemates in the last episode of the reality TV show, Big Brother Nigeria, BBN. Pepper Dem Gang comes up on NTA Network, NTA International on DSV Channel 251 and NTA on StarTimes at 8.30p.m. on Tuesday, with a repeat broadcast on Friday at the same time and on same channels. Dickson lauded for appointing youths into cabinet By Kelechukwu Iruoma ASABA—THE Not Too Young To Lead, a youth initiative to mainstream youths into leadership positions in Nigeria, has commended Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State for his visionary leadership, especially in the appointment of youths into his cabinet. The commendation was made by the National Co-coordinator of the group, Comrade Elvis Akpobi, at a press briefing in Asaba. Comrade Akpobi noted that the Creek Governor, Dickson, displayed his belief in the youth with the recent appointments of Hon. Ibarakumo Otobo as Commissioner for Youth and Hon. Victor Isaiah as Chairman of Brass Caretaker Committee, adding that the newly appointed duo are vibrant youths who are trusted to deliver on their mandate. He charged them to reciprocate the governor’s gesture by bringing the much needed innovation and youthful vigour into governance. The Not too Young to Lead campaigners, equally commended Delta State governor for appointing young people into positions of governance, while c a l l i n g on other governors to emulate the visionary policies of Dickson and Okowa by creating opportunities for youths in leadership positions across the country. He also urged youths to register for their PVCs in order to fully participate in the forthcoming 2019 elections and to remain good citizens by making themselves useful to the society.