Vanguard Newspaper 14 February 2018
14 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018 Nigeria must fight terrorism, promote economic integration — US ENVOY BMSG hails Buhari over freed Boko Haram hostages ABUJA—THE recent release of hostages held by dreaded insurgency group, Boko Haram has rekindled hope of an eventual release of more hostages by the terrorist group and an imminent end to the war against the insurgents. This is the view of the Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) in a press statement released in Abuja. According to the group, the release of the 10 policewomen and three University of Maiduguri lecturers was an indication that President Buhari had been working tirelessly towards keeping all Nigerians safe and secure. The group said: “We salute the President’s tenacity and determination towards ensuring that all abducted people in Boko Haram captivity are rescued. We believe that the President’s focus in ensuring the total defeat of Boko Haram will soon ensure the restoration of normalcy in the North East region and the release of all captives, including the Chibok girls.” BMSG, in the statement by its coordinator Austin Braimoh and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, also acknowledged the giant strides made by the military in the war against terrorism and called on Nigerians “to keep faith with the Buhari Administration as it works on delivering on its three :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 By Emman Ovuakporie ABUJA—THE Unit ed States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart W. Symington yesterday warned ahead of 2019 general election that without Nigerians there would be no Nigeria, advising that the nation must fight terrorism, promote economic integration and competitiveness. The warning came when he visited the House (Special) Committee on Nigerian-United States Relations/Inter- Parliamentary. The Ambassador tasked Nigerians on peace, unity, togetherness, free enterprise not only in the country, but also to its neighbouring countries, noting that there should be a connection between the leaders and the people. According to him, the success of democracy in Nigeria would in a long run affect the survival of democracy globally, advising that the nation must fight terrorism, promote economic integration and competitiveness. He explained that “I have visited 35 out of 36states in this country and all the citizens I interacted with want to play a part in the making of Nigeria.” Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Agbonayinma told the Ambassador that Nigeria as a nation was seeking the support of other nations to get to its desired goal. He said: “We ask for your support, Mr. Ambassador on the repatriation of our stolen wealth stashed in the United States by corrupt persons. These are proceeds of crime and they should be brought back for the development of our country. Nigeria continually seeks the support of the US and other friendly countries to overcome the vices that pull our nation down. Majority of our citizens yearn for one united country, devoid of sectionalism and nepotism, built on equity and justice.” The lawmaker, however, pointed out areas the United States as a coun- key campaign promises of securing the country, boosting the economy and fighting corruption.'' In another development, the group praised President Buhari for the turn-around in the fortunes of the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB), noting that the body remitted money to the government while also easing the burden on its candidates. BMSG recalled that before the advent of the present administration JAMB was able to remit only about N51 million to the federation account with a yearly remittance of N3 million, but since 2016, JAMB realised over N7.8 billion and remitted same to the government. MISSING N36M: Sen Sani storms JAMB hqtrs with snake charmers By Joseph Erunke ABUJA—STAFF of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, were yesterday dumbfounded when the senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani stormed their office with anti-snake venom and snake charmers, a day after a staff claimed a missing N36 million was swallowed by a snake. This came as JAMB said it was working round the clock to get to the bottom of the issue surrounding the reported case of missing N36 million from its office in Makurdi, Benue. JAMB Registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, went into rounds of laughter when the lawmaker presented him with two packs of antisnake venom and offered the services of two snake charmers to fish out thev snake that swallowed the money. The exams board said it suspended the staff, Philomena Chieshe, at its Makurdi office following the bizarre claim. In reaction to the development, the senator visited the JAMB headquarters to ascertain the truth of the matter and to lend his “assistance”. “The reason for my presence here is in response to the story that a snake swallowed about N36 million. It is my concern that such a huge amount of money is reported to have been swallowed by a snake. I believe the contribution I can make is to bring snake charmers from my constituency to the JAMB office to help them fish out the snake or weed out snakes from their premises,” Mr. Sani said. “If a snake can actually swallow N36 million one day we may wake up in this country to see that a snake has swallowed our foreign reserve or it has swallowed money that was gathered in the TSA.” Mr. Oloyede continued his laughter and insisted on taking photograph with the unexpected gift. “Lets take pictures with anti-snake,” he said. One of the snake charmers, Tasiu Abdulrasheed, who claimed to have been a VISIT: From left; Resident Programme Director (Nigeria), International Republican Institute, IRI, Mr. Sentell Barnes; President, IRI, Mr. Dan Twining; Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu; and the African Regional Director, IRI, Mr. John Tomaszeski when a delegation of the IRI visited the Senator in Abuja yesterday. By Victor Ahiuma- Young FOLLOWING recent “Executive Order” signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, forbidding foreigners from taking jobs Nigerians can do, organized labour, has demanded for a national audit of workplaces across Nigeria, to determine culprits. Labour argued however that Nigeria’s Labour Laws, conventions, international codes and practices, immigration requirements including the Local Content Act of a few years back all have in them clauses that Stanbic IBTC lists three funds on FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange By Nkiruka Nnorom STANBIC IBTC Asset Management Limited, has listed three of the mutual funds under its management on the FMDQ Securities Exchange Plc. These are Stanbic IBTC Money Market Fund (SIMM), Stanbic IBTC Bond Fund (SIBOND) and Stanbic IBTC Dollar Fund (SIDF). Stanbic IBTC Money Market Fund, with close to N190 billion in net asset value as at February 9, 2018, ought to protect Nigerian jobs but all have been violated with impunity. According to Labour, “President Buhari should set up a tripartite body that would ensure and monitor compliance to avoid allowing it go the way of other measures that have been put in place in the past to check this growing fraud and sabotage of our nation’s quest for development.'' Speaking through the United Labour Congress of Nigeria, ULC, labour commended the action of President Buhari, saying: “This bold initiative is in furtherance of government’s drive to domesticate and Nigerianize our consumption and purchasing patterns by focusing on promoting local content.” ULC contended however, that it was “not enough to make such pronouncements but what is critical is for the President to muster enough courage and will to ensure compliance. In a statement by its President, Joe Ajaero, ULC professional snake charmer for up to 20 years, said he had never encountered a money-swallowing reptile. “I inherited the skill from my grandfather and I’ve been doing it for up to 20 years. I have dealt with different types of snakes, including pythons, cobra and others, but I have never captured a snake that swallowed money. My master has at different times captured snakes that swallowed various kinds of animals but he has never caught one that swallowed money,” he said. Meanwhile, JAMB spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, said the board is dealing with more frivolous stories like Ms. Chieshe’s. “There was even a case in Nasarawa when a staff claimed that on his way to come and submit the scratch card, he had an accident and the car got burnt with the scratch cards,” he said. “The cards have numbers and when we checked we found out that those cards were used. There was another staff that said his signature was forged. He agreed that it was his signature but he wasn’t the one that signed and did not collect the scratch cards. ''We have many issues like that but all of them have been queried, they appeared before the disciplinary committee, they were interrogated. A report has been written. Once that report has been approved, we will be commended for their dismissal and prosecution.” EXECUTIVE ORDER: Labour seeks audit of workplaces over arbitrary influx of expatriates was the largest open-ended mutual fund in Nigeria. Its assets are invested in low-risk money market securities with financial institutions in Nigeria with a minimum rating of “BBB” by a local rating agency recognized by the Securities & Exchange Commission. Stanbic IBTC Bond Fund similarly was conceptualized to cater for investors with low risk appetite who want no exposure to capital markets but require liquidity and at the same time want to earn competitive returns available in fixed income markets. SIBOND provides easy unrestricted access to Nigeria’s rapidly developing bond market, enabling individuals and corporate investors to invest in a diversified portfolio of bonds and other fixed income securities. The Fund aims to achieve competitive returns on its assets while safeguarding capital by investing in a diversified portfolio of high quality bonds issued by government, supranational and corporate bodies. said among others: “We have noted repeatedly and have drawn the attention of the government to the various anti-Nigeria practices going on in our respective workplaces especially in foreign owned entities. We have talked about the implications of this for national development and have pleaded that something be done urgently to stem this wickedness before it destroys our nation eventually. We salute the President but urge him to quickly go beyond this Order and take steps towards ensuring that it is felt in our workplaces. It is a policy that if pursued with vigour will truly make serious impact in many areas of nation’s industrial processes and bolster our collective quest for development as a nation. “We therefore call for a national audit of our workplaces to discover organisations that are involved in this sabotage and haemorrhaging of our jobs.''
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