Vanguard Newspaper 14 February 2018
34—VANGUARD, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018 Enugu assembly raises 2018 budget by N5bn By Dennis Agbo E NUGU—ENUGU State House of Assembly has raised the state 2018 appropriation from initial N98 billion proposed by the State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to N103.56 billion. The House said the increment, which was for capital expenditure, was to boost the state government’s infrastructure development drive. Similarly, Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon Donatus Uzogbado told Vanguard that the increment was “to capture more developmental projects that will impact on our people. Such infrastructure like rural roads.” The House at the plenary also asked the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to forthwith, stop commercial LOT-WBC holds 9th graduation, matriculation ceremony LIGHT of the World Bible College and Theological Seminary, LOT-WBC, recently, held its 9th matriculation and graduation ceremony. The event which took place at The Holy Church of Zion Mission, Ikate, Surulere, Lagos saw 11 graduating, while seven matriculated. Speaking at the event, Rector of the seminary, Pastor Emma Dan, admonished the graduands to concentrate on preaching the Word of God, rather than looking for ways on how to make money. He urged them to apply integrity and dignity in their chosen carrier and not to be distracted by earthly things. On his part, Pastor Udo :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 banks from unwarranted and ‘fraudlent’ charges being imposed on customers nationwide. The House said its observation indicated that banks slam charges on customers based on independent bank policies other than uniform basis as it used to be. Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi stated that the budget figure was based on economic indices and the expenditure framework, stressing that oversight functions by the lawmakers will be taken seriously to ensure full implementation. Ubosi said: “I commend all the members for their commitment towards the passage of this budget. However, I urge everybody to monitor the budget critically by way of oversight function to make sure that it is fully implemented." 275 African children studying in Rochas' colleges By Chidi Nkwopara OWERRI—NO fewer than 275 children drawn from 55 African countries, are currently enjoying free post-primary education in Rochas Foundation Colleges across Nigeria. Addressing journalists yesterday in Owerri, the Foundation’s Director General, DG, Mrs. Uloma Rochas Nwosu, also disclosed that a minimum of five students were drawn from each African country. “The vision of advancing the fortunes of the average African child, has led the Foundation to extend it’s magnanimity to other African countries, with the free education mandate,” Nwosu said. Continuing, the DG explained that the foundation had also set for itself, the target of taking one million children off the streets by 2030. “Currently, over 15,000 children are receiving free and qualitative education in our colleges and we have recorded more than 4,000 graduates, in the past 20 years of our existence.” Eyo, a lecturer at the seminary and General Overseer, Miracle Revival Ministry, said “What makes you a Christian is your relationship with God. Don’t be moved by miracles, but by the power in the Word of God.” Hours of Solution celebrates 13th anniversary THE Hours of Solution Prayer Ministries is celebrating its 13th anniversary on February 18, 2018 with the theme: “The Greatest Comforter.” The General Overseer, Pastor Ezekiel Adeyemo, a.k.a. Baba with God, will be ministering at the chuirch auditorium, 3/7, Solution Street, off Mercury Road, Sona Bust stop, Sango, Ogun State. Kanu’s missing file: Court must deliver its judgment, IPOB insists By Vincent Ujumadu A WKA—THE Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, demanded yesterday that the Court of Appeal must deliver its judgment on its embattled leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, whether his case file was missing or not. IPOB head of Directorate of Service, Mazi Chika Edoziem, in a statement recalled that the Court of Appeal panel heard Kanu;s matter in March 2017, insisting that any attempt to delay the judgment on the ground of a missing file amounted to perversion of justice and criminal conspiracy. According to IPOB, never in the history of Nigeria had it been reported that a case file of such magnitude went missing on the day judgment was meant to be delivered. The statement read: “This very matter, Appeal Case No CA/A/78A/C/2018, which is a legal action against the decision of Justice John Tsoho to reverse himself on an earlier ruling he made rejecting masked witnesses when he was the presiding judge before the matter was transferred to Justice Binta Nyako, is over a year old contrary to the law. “ February 13, 2018 was the day Appeal Court of Nigeria agreed, after much protestation from IPOB lawyers and in direct contravention of a key constitutional provision, to deliver its long overdue From left: Mr. Ben Ofungwu, Managing Director, ISN Products Nigeria Ltd; Mr. Felix Ofungwu, Executive Director, Business Development; Mrs. Amaka Ezennia; Mr. Chinwuba Ezennin, Pipette Nigeria Ltd and winner ISN Best Customer Award; Mr. Nonso Offia, Marketing Manager, during ISN Product Nig. Ltd Accu-Check Customers Appreciation forum in Lagos. Ezeife advocates return to regional govt By Samuel Oyadongha & Emem Idio Y ENAGOA— FORMER Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has advocated a return to the regional government system where regions have considerable autonomy to act for themselves. Ezeife, who reiterated the urgent need to restructure the country along regional lines, however, pointed out that corruption was the major problem confronting the nation, adding that corruption was responsible for the messing up of the regional structure of government in the country. Ezeife who stated this in Yenagoa at the anniversary lecture to mark Governor Seriake Dickson six years in office, on the topic: “ Restructuring: The way forward for a New Nigeria,” added that the call for state police must be done with caution as it might give the state governors undue ...as Gen Akinrinade says restructuring, inevitable influence and power. Also in his lecture, the guest lecturer, Gen, Alani Akinrinade (rtd), described restructuring as inevitable for a united and prosperous Nigeria, but noted that restructuring may not lead to an automatic el dorado, but a means to an end, and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to initiate the processes of restructuring of the country. Ezeife said: “Our heroes past gave us a model; they gave a structure which worked. When we talk of restructuring, we mean going back to the agreed Nigeria of 1954. Yes, there are so many elements. The APC came up with some ideas. I can see some meaningful development there. I have seen the state police which is good and we may go beyond state police and have regional police. “A state police controlled by the regional government which involves everybody in the zone will reduce too much power from the governors but those who want to be governors are talking about state police as if it were a panacea. It will work but it has to be adjusted. “What caused our problem is the messing up of our structure. In fact, it is the major fact of what caused our problem. What caused our problem is corruption. The root cause of our problem is corruption and unless we clear ourselves from it, there will be no change." In his lecture, Gen Akinrinade said: “Restructuring does not lead to an automatic el dorado. It is not a panacea for good governance, but a strategic ancillary. Restructuring is not a once and for all cure or talisman, but a means to an end. Any restructuring, which leaves Nigeria with the current level of grinding poverty, feudal squalor, biblical misery and state larceny has not achieved anything. “By decentralising and devolving power away from a bloated and overburdened centre to the margins, genuine federalism aims to liberate the local genius of the people and unfetter their creative and enterprising spirit." judgment in the matter of Nnamdi Kanu vs Justice John Tsoho. “On getting to court, instead of the usual adjournment that characterizes IPOB cases in Nigeria and ECOWAS courts, the panel of judges announced, to the dismay of the court and others assembled, that the file was not before them. “Not minding that this was a high profile matter already outside the constitutionally guaranteed three months maximum for delivery of judgment, the lead judge announced that the matter could not proceed, without the case file. “The questions we are asking are; what happened to the decision of the initial panel that heard the case on the 8th March 2017 considering that Appeal Court of Nigeria is a supposedly competent court of records? Where is the copy of their judgment, because judges must have a copy of their judgment in their own personal files? “Assuming and for the purposes of benefit of doubt that Kanu’s file is missing, how about the judgment written by the panel of judges that heard the matter on the 8th of March 2017, which they were meant to deliver on the 8th of June 2017 at the very latest as guaranteed by law? “Does it mean Nigerian courts do not keep records of their judgments or are we to assume that Appeal Court judges are ignorant of the Nigerian Constitution to the extent that they are unaware that the statutory limit on delivery of all Appeal Court judgments is 90 days? “Why wasn’t judgment in this matter delivered within the constitutionally guaranteed 90 days, which is 8 June 2017? What this case is telling the world is that Nigerian Appeal Court judges do not obey the constitution of Nigeria they are supposed to interpret and uphold. “We view this ugly development as a desperate conspiratorial move to deny long overdue justice for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB by Nigerian judicial officers on the orders of the Nigerian presidency. “Our humble request to the President of the Nigerian Judicial Council, NJC, President of the Appeal Court of Nigeria and Attorney General of the Federation, AGF is to recall the original panel of judges that heard the matter on the 8th of March 2017 to deliver their judgment as required by the Nigerian Constitution."
Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018—35 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 NAWOJ, Lalong make case for widows, girl-child By Marie-Therese Nanlong JOS—THE plights of widows and the girlchild in multicultural Nigeria have again been brought to the fore, with a call on all citizens of goodwill to contribute and render assistance that will alleviate the challenges they are facing. The widow and girl-child were also charged not to live fear-dominated lives, but take their destinies in their hands and seek help at appropriate quarters, whenever the need arises, so people don’t take advantage of their vulnerability and exploit them. These were the views of the wife of Plateau State governor, Mrs. Regina Lalong, during her investiture as Patron of Nigeria Association of challenges and bring about solutions to all unhealthy practices and traditions that hinder the attainment of the full potential of the womenfolk generally.” Earlier, the President of NAWOJ, Ifeyinwa Omowole, and the Plateau State Chairperson of the association, Jennifer Yerima, said women of different status will have a new lease of life at the end of the event. PASTORS' CONFAB: Rev. Alphosus Anyanacho (middle); Security Supervisor, Vanguard Media Limited, Rev. Samuel Eghagbaifo (right) and other clerics at the pastors and church leaders’ conference organised by Believers Theological Seminary in conjunction with Ministers Network International, in Lagos. PHOTO: Elizabeth Uwandu. In Kano: We don’t have control over underage voters— INEC By Omeiza Ajayi ABUJA—THE fidelity of the outcome of last Saturday’s local government elections in Kano State is now in question, following the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to dissociate itself from incidences of underage voting, which was allegedly a prominent feature in the exercise. According to Oluwole Uzzi, Director, INEC Voter By Dennis Udoma U YO—FORMER federal lawmaker from Akwa Ibom State, Dan Akpan, has threatened legal action against the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, for blocking his Computer-Based Test, CBT, centre from registering candidates for the just-concluded 2017/ 2018 UTME registration. This is even as he alleged that over 6,000 candidates seeking registration with JAMB in Akwa Ibom this Education and Publicity, “the attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has been drawn to videos and pictures purportedly showing some underaged thumb printing ballot papers in a recent election. These images have been circulating online since Saturday. “The INEC wishes to inform the public that the images do not relate in any way to any election organised, conducted or superintended by INEC. Ex-lawmaker threatens JAMB with law suit over CBT centre year will miss out of CBT. Akpan, who is also the Proprietor of Spring-wood Investment Limited at Ikot Okpudo in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area of the state, gave the threat weekend, noting that the centre was approved and accredited by JAMB in 2016. According to him, “problem started when our router could not access JAMB, and we had to report the matter to the State Coordinator, Mrs Odigida, who referred us to Mr. Adamu, a Director “As far as the INEC can ascertain, they relate to a local government election conducted at the weekend, and over which we have no legal control or responsibility whatsoever.” However, Vanguard checks revealed that INEC usually provides national voters’ register to State Independent Electoral Commission, SIEC, for local council elections. The state electoral commissions are, therefore, expected to accredit only those voters in INEC in Abuja office. “My administrator has been talking to Adamu, who promised to give us a SIM card. Two months after, he referred us to the State Coordinator, who is not helping us. “Because of this, I have personally gone to Abuja office to complain and they admitted receiving our letter of complaint. “As we speak, JAMB has not done anything to rectify the problem and we are completely frustrated as we could not do registration this year.” register. ... in 2015 There had been concerns by some election observers that while underage voters may have been used to boost the 2015 election outcome in the state, the incident might repeat itself in 2019, if Saturday’s occurrence is not questioned. Uzzi said: “While the commission remains resolute in our commitment to sanitise the nation’s electoral process and deliver free, fair and credible elections, we cannot be held directly or vicariously liable for an exercise outside our legal purview. “It should be pointed out here that local government elections are exclusively the constitutional responsibility of the respective State Electoral Commissions, SEC, who are in no way under the control or supervision of INEC. “On our part, INEC assures the public that we are doing all we can to ensure a credible election as was once again demonstrated in the Mashi/Dutsi federal constituency election in Katsina State on Saturday.” N11bn scandal: Ex-Governor Shema's trial begins By Bashir Bello KATSINA High Court, yesterday, resumed prosecution of former governor of the state, Ibrahim Shema, over alleged financial misappropriation. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had filed a motion at the court against the former governor and three others for alleged misappropriation of N11 billion during his eight years tenure as governor of the state. Others charged with him include his Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hamisu Makana; Permanent Secretary, Church leaders must speak truth—Clerics By Elizabeth Uwandu THE need for clerics to always speak the truth and set moral examples for their followers formed the focus of a two-day seminar tagged Pastors and Church Leaders Conference, organised by Believers Theological Seminary and hosted by Rev. Dr. Adolphus Anyanacho. The event, held in partnership with Minister’s Network International at the Chapel of Light, Lagos State University, LASU, Ojo, had Pastor Frances Akin-John, Pastor Women Journalists, NAWOJ, in the association’s recentlyconcluded National Executive Council, NEC, meeting in Jos, Plateau State. She said: “As women journalists, you have been liberated by your education and exposure to, not only identify the challenges that women face, but also intensify the campaign that will draw attention to these By Suzan Edeh BAUCHI—WIFE of Bauchi State governor, Hadiza Abubakar, has presented certificates to 1,600 women graduates of her skill acquisition programme in Bauchi. The womentrainees rounded off their one-month training, specialising in tailoring, interior decoration, pastry, catering and agro-allied products, ranging from dubla, spaghetti, potato chips, coconut oil production to preservation of tomatoes and vegetables. The programme, which saw beneficiaries selected from the 20 local Ministry for Local Government, Lawal Safana, and former ALGON Chairman, Lawal Dankaba. At yesterday’s sitting, the presiding judge, Justice Ibrahim Bako, adjourned the case to April 10, 11 and 12 for the hearing. Shema had gone to the Appeal Court in Kaduna to challenge the jurisdiction of the Katsina State High Court, where it (Appeal Court sitting in Kaduna) ruled in favour of Katsina State High Court to try the former governor, who proceeded to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court, however, affirmed the judgment of Court of Appeal, Kaduna, which authorised the trial of the ex-governor. Goodness Eze, Bishop Abraham Olaleye, Dr. Monday Kali, Pastor Isaac Stephen and Dr. Tosin Audu as guest speakers. Speaking, Rev Anyanacho said most church leaders have left their mandate as role models to become lords that spread fake prophecies and build castles without foundation, describing same as stomach gospel. On his part, Pastor Akin-John, a columnist with Vanguard, who called for the nation’s restructuring, noted that for the church of God to grow, the workers must be spiritually, morally and physically sound. Bauchi gov's wife empowers 1,600 women government areas of the state, was organised by the governor’s wife’s NGO, B- SWEEP, in collaboration with the state’s Ministry of Women Affairs. Speaking during the ceremony yesterday, Hajiya Abubakar charged the beneficiaries to utilise the skills acquired to improve their livelihood. In his remarks, Governor Mohammed Abubakar, who was represented by his Deputy, Nuhu Gidado, reiterated the determination of the state government to improve the lives of women, with the aim of removing the sociocultural barriers preventing them from realising their full potentials.