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Vanguard Newspaper 13 February 2018


32—VANGUARD, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Strike paralyses activities at Enugu federal psychiatric hospital By Chinedu Adonu E NUGU—ON-GOING industrial action by workers of the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu has crippled activities at the hospital, leaving patients stranded. When Vanguard visited the hospital yesterday, it was deserted, as workers have complied with the strike declared by the Joint Health Sector Union, JOHESU. Only few senior medical officials and security were seen at the hospital as at the time of filing this report. The indefinite strike, which resumed 12 midnight last Thursday is over non-payment of salary and other arrears. Mr. Ben Asogwa, chairman, Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals and Secretary, Trade Union Congress, TUC, Enugu State Chapter, while addressing the workers at a pre-strike rally, said they had exhausted all avenues for dialogue to no avail. He said they had no choice than to down tools pending when all their salary arrears were paid to the last kobo. This followed alleged refusal of the Medical Director, Dr. Jojo Onwukwe to accede to the request of the workers despite the requisite notice given to him. The workers JOHESU had earlier issued a 21-day ultimatum to the management of the hospital over a litany of issues. This was followed by another 7-day ultimatum, which has also expired. JOHESU’s ultimatum borders on withheld salaries and arrears from February 2017 till date; withheld promotion arrears, withheld teaching allowance and enrollment of the hospital into the Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System, IPPIS. The ultimatum was signed by Comrades Ozurumba Anthony, Onu Bank-Anthony, Sims Nwagwu, Ugwu Eric. A. Eze Mathew and Oduru Friday on behalf of the JOHESU affiliate bodies. The ultimatum was followed by another one, University Graduates of Nursing Science Association, UGONSA, signed by its president, Chief S.E.O Egwuenu and the secretary, Nurse Goodluck Nshi. The group alleged there was escalating rascality, highhandedness, corruption and abuse of civil service rules by the medical director. According to the group, “the current situation in the hospital if not checked will result in a breach of peace and a breakdown of law and order.” They said peace would not return to the hospital without the immediate implementation of the report of a panel earlier sent to the hospital by the minister. Ugwuanyi procures 10,000 set top boxes for low income rural dwellers E N U G U — FOLLOWING the federal government•'s launch of the Digital Switch-over, DSO, from analogue to digital television broadcasting in Enugu, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi's administration in keeping with its rural development agenda, has procured 10,000 set top boxes for distribution, free of charge, to identified low income households across the 475 autonomous communities of the state. Speaking at the ceremony, which took place at the zonal headquarters of the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Enugu, Ugwuanyi stated that the procurement was to enable less economicallyendowed families in the rural areas have access to more television channels in line with the inherent benefits of the new innovation in the broadcast LISTING: From left—Chief Executive Officer, Stanbic IBTC Nominees Ltd, Mr. Akeem Oyewale; MD/CEO, FMDQ Plc, Mr. Bola Onadele Koko; Chief Executive Officer, Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited, SIAML, Mrs. Bunmi Dayo-Olagunju; and Executive Director and Head, Debt Capital Market, Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited, Mr. Kobby Bentsi-Enchill, during the listing of Stanbic IBTC Money Market Fund, Stanbic IBTC Bond Fund and Stanbic IBTC Dollar Fund on FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange, yesterday. Photo: Akeem Salau. industry. The governor further stated that his administration also took the decision because of the significant cost of digital cut-over on the consumer who will have to source for set top boxes that will enable their analogue televisions to receive new digital signals. Ugwuanyi disclosed that the state government was delighted to "fully• support the digitization process, which he said "will dramatically increase the number of channels available to Enugu TV viewers, expand and deepen educational content available to our children, drastically reduce the cost of deploying and managing our costly state television infrastructure, and ultimately improve the IGR of our local governments. •"As a state, we are fully conscious of possible discomfort that economically challenged families will face when they experience disruption in accessing freeto-air television." Amended 2019 election timetable, job well done—Udeogaranya A chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, and a presidential aspirant of the party, Chief Charles Udo Udeogaranya has commended the 8th National Assembly for amending the 2019 election timetable. According to Udeogaranya in a release, “this 8th Assembly has ensured that political parties will not rip off public elective offices aspirants with outrageous amounts for a mere nomination fee by putting a limit to it and many more amendments of such. “I sincerely appreciate all the historic amendments the 8th Assembly has done and in my opinion, they have outperformed all the other arms of government in this 4th Republic. “I would like to remind them that they remain the engine room of our democracy and should never allow themselves to be reduced into a mere rubber stamp even in the face of all manner of persecution, particularly in their re-order of election time-table where presidential election must hold last." Leadership failure, Nigeria's biggest problem—Obi L AGOS—FORMER governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi has described Nigeria's march to nationhood as full of many regrettable acts that have brought the country where it is presently. Obi was speaking at the weekend at the annual Kingdom Submit 2018 by the Baptist Family Church, in Surulere, Lagos. Obi who was invited to share his idea about leadership flowing his practical and universally acknowledged exemplary stewardship in Anambra State, said that he agreed with Prof. Chinua Achebe that nothing was wrong with Nigeria, but simply and squarely the failure of leadership. Drawing many examples from his tenure in Anambra and from different leadership positions he had occupied, he said that it was regrettable that leaders are often alone because everybody about them seemed to be pursuing selfish ends, and that Nigeria needed leaders with strong characters to say no to so many wrongs. Obi recalled how those in charge of different government agencies came to him for one thing or the other that would benefit him and how, by the grace of God and prayers, he was able to resist them. “I cannot recount how many times allocation of lands were brought to me to sign for myself, the offer of houses in government housing estates, so many other offers, but I focused on the good of the people and of the state. Incredibly, some on learning that I was saving money for the state wanted me to do abracadabra with it, but the compelling good of the people and the state captured the better part of me,” Obi said. On the way forward for Nigeria, he called on Nigerians to always elect those with proven history of diligent management of resources as their leaders, especially those with the knowledge of the economy. He said it was about time Nigerians realized that leadership started and ended with service. Group kicks against renaming of federal road By Dotun Ibiwoye FEDERAL Government has been urged to revert to the old name of a federal road that cuts across Umueri, Anam, Nzam in Anambra State and Ibaji in Kogi state, because other communities that had such experience retained their names on the road. Greater Umueri Liberation Forum, GULF, a group of professionals of Umueri community, Anambra State, said that the unofficial renaming of the federal road is a total disregard to due process. In a release signed by the Coordinator of the group, Comrade Biafra Buchi Diboh and Secretary, Barr Philips Obuesi, the group said that the renaming was also without recourse to the host communities. According to Diboh: "The history of the road construction can be traced to abandonment by past successive governments. The road was officially launched during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida in 1991 as Umueri-Anam-Nzam- Ibiaji federal road. We are wondering the reasons why the name Umueri was overnightly changed to Otuocha without recourse to the community. “The commencement of the road project that would hitherto be a thing of the joy to the community has turned their excitement into worries." Nigeria sick, needs urgent attention—Catholic priest By Chinonso Alozie O WERRI—A Catholic Priest, Reverend Father, Jude Ifeanyi Duruaku, said yesterday that leaders of Nigeria should seek the face of God, adding that the level of killings made it looks like a leprous country that needed urgent attention. Duruaku spoke at a thanksgiving mass for the wife of the Imo state Chief Judge, Mrs. Ine Nnadi, in celebration of her promotion to the rank of a Professor of Law at the Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in Awaka, Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State. The Catholic priest suggested that for Nigeria to experience the desired change, the leaders should first change themselves. Delivering his homily, he said: “Nigeria is like a leprous country, we need a personal communion with God." C M Y K

Y K Vanguard, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018—33 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 No automatic tickets for lawmakers—A-Ibom PDP By Chioma story. National Chairman of the constituencies where the Onuegbu “In line with my statutorily party or from the National national legislator is not a W A R R I — COMMISSIONER assigned duties, I reached Publicity Secretary, who member of our party.” representing Ijaw Ethnic out to the National Publicity possess the official He stressed that since Nationality in the Delta Secretary, Mr. Kola channels of communication inception, it has been the State Oil Producing Area Ologbondiyan, who of the national leadership culture of the PDP as a Development informed me and I verily believe him, that to his knowledge that there was no such promise and that any reliance on such of our party, but was rather floated online by a media aide of an intended beneficiary of this wishful thinking. responsible political party to conduct credible primaries for the purpose of selecting candidates for all offices, adding that Commission, DESOPADEC, Chief Favour Izoukumor, has appealed to aggrieved parties in Aladja crisis to alleged promise will be “Furthermore, the import nothing exists sheath their sword. deeply misleading as all politics is local. “It is worthy of further note that the said misleading of such automatic ticket will mean that there will be no nomination for candidates seeking election into the contemporarily to suggest that the party was intending to negate or deviate from this time He spoke in Warri, at a birthday dinner he organised to honour the Regional Manager/ news item did not emanate National Assembly across tested process of Regional Editor Southfrom the office of the the country, except in candidate selection. South of Nation newspaper, Mr. Shola Oneil, pleading that journalists do more to EKET—THE Akwa Ibom State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has faulted reports that the party’s National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, promised that the party will award automatic tickets to serving members of the National Assembly. The state Publicity Secretary, Mr. Ini Ememobong, in a statement, yesterday in Uyo, said his verification showed that such report did not emanate from the party. Ememobong therefore, urged members of the party who intends to aspire for the National Assembly seats in 2019 not to rely on the misleading report, adding that the party’s decision and actions are always strictly guided by its constitution. His words: “The social media space has recently been awash with a story conveying the decision of the National Chairman of our party, Prince Secondus to award automatic tickets or right of first refusal to serving members of the National Assembly. “Expectedly, the said news item received knocks from both members of the party and the general citizenry. Many persons reached out to me seeking to verify or contradict the By Festus Ahon ASABA—DELTA State Commissioner of Police, Mr Muhammad Mustafa has warned hoodlums, notably bunkerers, kidnappers, rapists, burglars and murderers and their ilk to steer clear of Aruton, Ode- Ugborodo and other neighbouring communities in Warri South Local Government Area and the state as a whole or be prepared to face the full wrath of the law. He enjoined indigenes and residents of Aruton, Ode-Ugborodo and other neighbouring communities in Warri South council not to panic over the deployment of security operatives to the areas. Mustafa in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr Andrew Aniamaka noted that “The VISIT: Chairman, Delta State House of Assembly Service Commission, Mrs Josephine Kachikwu (left), presenting the commission's annual report to the Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Chief Sherif Oborevwori, when she led members of the commission on a courtesy visit to the Speaker. Steer cleer of Ugborodo, Police warn criminals deployment of security operatives in the areas is a joint operation by the Police, the Military, and Department of State Security, DSS, among others to rid the areas of hoodlums who use them as bases for various nefarious activities which include militancy, illegal oil bunkering and oil By Ike Uchechukwu C ALABAR—PLANS have been concluded by the people of Northern Senatorial district of Cross River State to host Governor Ben Ayade to a civic reception in acknowledgement of his good works and for being the first governor to emerge from that zone since the creation of the state in 1976. Chairman of the Publicity pipeline vandalism.” Noting that the statement was in response to intelligence report that youths in the areas were planning to protest the presence of security operatives and gunboats in their communities, he urged the youths, citizens and residents of the communities to be law Cross River North hosts Gov Ayade Committee, Dr. Peter Ojie disclosed this while briefing journalists, yesterday in Calabar. On why the senatorial zone decided to host to the governor at this critical time when campaigns are heightened, Ojie said that the initiative was to express the sincere love they have for Governor Ayade who is the governor of the state. His words: “The North has never been this lucky. abiding and not to panic over the security operation. Meanwhile, the Ugborodo people have insisted that they have never been under the Lordship of the Olu of Warri Kingdom, adding that there was no time they were part of Olu Kingdom. It is a traditional hospitality of our people to host our governor. Just like we did for Donald Duke and Liyel Imoke. “In keeping with the tradition of the people of the senatorial district, we have no choice other than to host our own. “Cross River State has had about six governors and we have never had an opportunity to produce one. This is the first time our own is governor.” Aladja crisis: DESOPADEC commissioner preaches peace By Jimitota Onoyume By Emman Ovuakporie ABUJA—HOUSE of Representatives member, representing Kolokuma, Opokuma federal constituency in Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, has said the creation of state Police will curb famers herdsmen clashes in Nigeria. Diri in a chat with journalists noted that “state Police will help us curb insecurity and finally stop all the issues surrounding antigrazing laws at the state level. “As for the fear that some people will promote peace in Aladja and environs. Assuring that the state government will continue to take steps to guarantee enduring peace in the area and other parts of the state, Izoukumor said as one related to almost all parties in the Aladja crisis, he will always drum up the need for peace. He lauded journalists in Warri for dishing out reports to douse tension in the area, saying there was still room for them to do more. Izoukumor described Oneil, as a quintessential journalist, who placed professionalism above pecuniary interest. State Police‘ll curb farmers/herdsmen crisis —Bayelsa Rep By Perez Brisibe U GHELLI— CHAIRMAN, Ughelli South Local Government State of Delta State, and Dr. Richard Kofi has inaugurated a 16-man taskforce committee to stem clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the area. The committee which has membership drawn from the security agencies, traditional rulers, clergies, Muslim community and locals, has been inaugurated. Speaking at the council secretariat, Otu-Jeremi, venue of the inauguration ceremony, Kofi who is also the chairman of the committee, noted that the activities of some manipulate the state police to achieve political gains, all I will say is no, as no governor will stay beyond eight years. “If he manipulates the police in his first term, he stands the risk of being voted out of office, if he survives, the maximum is eight years and after that he becomes an ordinary citizen like you and I.” On the clash between Benue citizens and herdsmen, Diri said: “International grazing routes in the 21st century is out of place when we have international best practices espoused in ranching as is done in civilised climes.” ... as Ughelli South sets up c'ttee on herdsmen herdsmen in the area portends grave danger to lives and property of the people. He said: “All herdsmen within the council are to register and have their biometrics taken after which they will be given identity cards that will be valid within the area alone and anyone without the Identity Card will not be allowed to operate within Ughelli South.” Speaking on behalf of members of the committee, the Okobaro of Ughievwen Kingdom, HRM Matthew Egbi, Owhawha I, enjoined the leader of the cattle rearers to take the meeting serious, so farmers and herdsmen will have respect for each other, work and live harmoniously. C