Vanguard Newspaper 14 February 2018
44 — VANGUARD, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 VISIT: From left; Deputy Director, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Lagos Office, Mrs Ijeoma Okey-Igbokwe; INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner for Lagos, Mr. Sam. Olumekun; President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Mr. Babatunde Paul Ruwase, FCA and Director General, LCCI, Mr. Muda Yusuf during INEC, Lagos Office Courtesy Visit to LCCI in Lagos. Empower vigilante groups to tackle herdsmen attacks, Oyo Assembly tells Ajimobi By Ola Ajayi IBADAN—THE Oyo House of Assembly has called on Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State to equip and empower vigilante groups across the state, especially in rural areas, as a way of tackling threats posed by herdsmen to farmers. This came as a Yoruba revolutionary movement, Agbekoya worldwide said yesterday that since a farmer was killed by herdsmen at Iseyin in Oke Ogun area of the state, all its members have been on high alert to prevent further attacks. Specifically, the Assembly urged Ajimobi to consider giving vigilante groups salary and mandate Chairmen of local government areas and local council development areas to recruit more vigilante members. The Assembly’s call was drawn from the prayers of deputy Speaker, Mr. Abdulwasi Musah, in a matter of urgent public importance entitled, 'Gruesome Murder of a SARS Officer in Saki by suspected Fulani Herdsmen and need for all hands to be on deck', on Tuesday’s plenary. He argued that those vigilante groups were more rooted in rural communities and would be able to effectively protect farmers and rural dwellers who had become vulnerable to incessant herdsmen attacks. Musah pointed out that empowering vigilante groups was not undermining the capabilities of the conventional security agencies like the army, police, DSS and Civil Defence, but vesting them with powers to be more involved in arresting herdsmen attacks and similar crimes in rural areas. The Assembly noted recent instances of herdsmen attacks such as the killing of a senior officer of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, ASP Sheu Magu, •We'll no longer be caught unaware, Agbekoya vows reported the killing of a farmer in Iseyin, among others in the Oke-Oke Ogun area of the state, as evidence that the issue required urgent attention. The Assembly further urged the state Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, to ensure that his men were always on red alert at communities around farm settlements and rural areas. We'll not be caught unawares — Agbekoya Oyo to become technology hub of Nigeria — AJIMOBI ....As Fayose warns against reprisal of herdsmen killing, summons security meeting By Rotimi Ojomoyela A DO-EKITI— FOLLOWING incessant attacks on Ipao- Ekiti in Ikole Local Government area by herdsmen, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has promised to set up a five man committee that would investigate the root cause of the killings in the town. Fayose, who said he would amend the antigrazing law such that anyone who kills herdsmen’s cattle would be jailed for a year, also promised to compensate the bereaved family and affected herdsmen who lost their cattle The Governor said this during his visit to Ipao- Ekiti, the community where herdsmen allegedly killed a farmer, Tunde Olayemi, 32, on Sunday. Members of the community, who trooped out in large number to welcome the governor, displayed placards to show their displeasure at the sad development. He appealed to the people of Ipao and their leaders to shun any form of reprisal attack. He said: “I appeal to you to ensure you live peacefully with the herdsmen in tour Meanwhile, the President-General of Agbekoya worldwide, Chief Kamoru Okiki Aremu said the herders would not sleep with their eyes closed. According to him, they would no longer tolerate a situation when their hosts would now turn murderers. Aremu said: “We have suffered in silence for long. As I speak with you, my members have community. We want a peaceful situation and don’t allow any reprisal. “We will investigate and get to the root cause of this sad development and particularly why this community has become a been told to remain alert as these people (herders) appeared to be too cruel. We are keeping vigil all nights and we will continue till God knows when.” Meanwhile, the Serkin Fulani in Oyo State, Alhaji Bello Abdul said peace has returned to their area as all parties have sheathed their swords. When called, he said, “there is no problem now. There is peace.” •CP deploys security operatives to troubled spots flashpoint so we can find a lasting solution to it.” “The security operatives have been deployed in to your town and would secure place”, he added. On his part, Commissioner of Police in By Adeola Badru IBADAN—IN line with his administration to further set the pace among the comity of states, Governor Abiola Ajimobi has said that his administration was committed to repositioning the state in the modern highway to ensure it becomes the technological hub of Nigeria. The governor said this yesterday, while receiving the Executive Commissioner (Stakeholders Management), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Mr. Sunday Dare, during a courtesy visit to his office. The governor stated that the vision of a technological-driven state necessitated the building of infrastructure as a foundation for achieving it, adding that the visit came at the time when government has intensified efforts at modernising the state. Ajimobi said that the newly established Technical University in the state by his administtration was one of the infrastructures put in place by government to ensure a YORUBA LANGUAGE: Gani Adams commends Ambode, urges S’West govs to emulate him By Dapo Akinrefon LAGOS—AARE Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Dr. Gani Adams has described Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State as a foremost patriot “who will continue to receive the blessings of Yoruba leaders for his promotion of our language and culture.” Adams, who was referring to last Thursday’s signing by Ambode of the Yoruba Promotion Bill into ‘Yoruba Language Preservation and Promotion Law’ said: “Any country or state that forgets its language will eventually forget its culture and such a political entity will soon become extinct. I thank Governor Ambode for proving that he is, indeed, a true son of Yorubaland. For what Governor Ambode has just done, the gods of our land will continue to bless him and I am sure all our traditional rulers will also pray for him for promoting our language and culture.”. Adams, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Events and Strategy, Femi Davies, described the action of the governor as ‘historic’. Last Thursday, Ambode, at the signing ceremony, declared that the law would make it mandatory for students in Lagos State to be admitted “into any of our tertiary institutions with a credit in Yoruba language and Yoruba will now become a major requirement for you to engage in normal business communication in Lagos State.” Aare Adams said: “China is today becoming the fastest-growing advanced country in the world and as it is growing economically; its language is also advancing geometrically. As its language is advancing, its culture is also being recognized worldwide and the Chinese are not ashamed of this. They have the state, Ibrahim Chafe said a security meeting with all other security operatives, such as the State Security Services, Civil Defense Corps, army and the mobile police had been called on how to the population and the strength to advance their language and culture. “We have about 60 million Yoruba in the South-West, Kogi and Kwara states and A community-based organization, the Ugborodo Integrity Front has commended the Delta State government for getting rid of the criminal elements that have held the community hostage in recent times. The group, in a statement signed its coordinator, Mr. Zion Ereku, said the directive of the governor to the military and the police to enter the community and subdue the criminals terrorizing the the people and unleashing all kinds of mayhem in the area was a welcome development. Ereku, urged the people of Ugborodo not to be digital economy. “Most of the developed countries in the world have embraced a technologicaldriven economy. It is our motive also to make our economy technologicallydriven.” “Here today, we have established the first Technical University in Nigeria. I am glad to tell you that this university has one of the best libraries in the country,” the governor averred. Earlier in his remark, Mr. Dare, who is the representative of the south west region of NCC governing board, declared readiness to establish data bank for the Technical University Ibadan (Tech- U). Dare said that the NCC has received the request from the university, promising that it would be established before July, sayingthat it would also lay optic fiber and Wifi connection for the institution, which he said, would connect all tertiary institutions in the state for general benefit. He said that the report released by NCC in November 2017 placed the state third in terms of revenue generation and average user rate. mobilise their men to secure the community. Chafe said: “I m holding a security meeting with all other security operatives to discuss how we would secure the community with our men.'' about 200 million Yoruba population worldwide. If conscious effort is not made, we may, indirectly, relegate our language to the background.'' Group lauds Delta govt for fostering peace in Ugborodo deceived by the ''antics and spurious claim of some individuals going about claiming to be responsible for freeing the community from the hoodlums’stranglehold, noting that the people of Ugborodo Community and environs will remain indebted to the governor. “Such unsavoury individuals have always been part of the problems that have consistently bedeviled the community. The government must ensure that these individuals do not hijack the process of sanitizing and stabilizing the Ugborodo community,'' said Ereku.
Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018—45 By Emmanuel Elebeke ABUJA—THE Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communication Commission, NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, says the Commisdion values education and awareness creation as one of the most cost effective mechanisms that provide and guarantee consumer protection. Prof. Danbatta stated this at the 91st edition of Consumer Outreach Programme (COP), held at Mangu, Plateau State. The EVC, who was represented by Deputy Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau in the Commission, Alh. Ismail Adedigba, said besides serving as a proactive way of protecting consumers from making NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Consumer education, our priority —NCC Insecurity: Lagos CAN calls for prayers By Olayinka Latona L A G O S — Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Lagos State chapter, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, has called on Nigerians to pray for divine intervention on the lingering insecurity and other social problems plaguing the country. Making the call in Lagos during a press conference organised by the body to announce its annual Inter-denominational Divine Service scheduled for Saturday, 17, February, 2018 at Shepherd Hill Baptist Church, Obanikoro, Lagos with the theme:'Humility in service', Apostle Bamgbola expressed concern over the insecurity situation, describing it as “very sad.” The CAN chairman said Nigeria urgently needed to work for peace and efforts should be made to ensure peace and stabil- 10 winners emerge for Samson Abioye Memorial Scholarship By Tare Youdeowei LAGOS—PASS.NG, an online examination preparatory platform, has announced winners of the maiden edition of Samson Abioye Memorial Scholarship programme. The 10 winners who are in their various levels of study at different higher institutions across Nigeria, will be given N50,000 each to support their education. Beneficiaries emerged out of 213 entries following an essay competition on the topic; What I Can wrong choices, he said consumer education also serves as a preventive measure that protects consumers from undue exploitation and against fraud, hence, their resolve to take the outreach programme to all nooks and crannies of the country. To ensure that the telecom consumer is well protected, informed and educated, he said the Commission has developed series of initiatives aimed at empowering the consumer with appropriate information that will ensure protection of their rights. The NCC boss, urged service providers to devise innovative means of communicating information to Consumers in the best and appropriate manner. He warned telecom ity through respect and tolerance of one another. On the inter-denominational service, the cleric noted that the program would enable Christians to gather to pray against challenges faced by the state and the nation at large. In his words: “Prayers for our nation are very paramount. There is no Training: Rep empowers constituent By Lucky Oji M E M B E R , representing Ethiope Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Hon. Lovette Idisi has empowered over 30 party members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Ethiope East and West federal constituency of Delta State with starter packs. The beneficiaries of the two-days empowerment training programme organized by the National Directorate of Employment under the Zonal Intervention Programme, Do as a Youth to Make a Difference in Nigeria's Education System. Speaking on the aim of the scholarship, Imole Oluyemi, Co-Founder and Operations Lead, Pass.NG said: “Samson Abioye Memorial Scholarship was birthed from the dual need to financially assist struggling students other than just providing educational services to them. Also it serves to ensure that the name and legacy of Samson Abioye continues to linger in our hearts for centuries to come. service providers not to take advantage of unsuspecting subscribers by imposing illegal charges that are unknown to law and regulations of the industry. He also urged them to put in place sufficient measures that would provide unfettered services to customers and also address customers' complaints, including the use of Do Not Disturb, Code 622 and 2442 as directed by the Commission to address unsolicited sms, calls, poor quality of service among other complaints from subscribers. The event attracted unprecedented number of subscribers, including the security and paramilitary agencies of government and witnessed loads of complaints. challenge confronting the state that cannot be surmounted with prayers. That is why we want to urge all the Christian faithful under the umbrella of CAN to attend the programme. “We are not happy with the recent killings by herdsmen; such happenings cannot be confronted with a violent approach." ZIP, were given N50,000 each as a starter pack at the end of the training. The beneficiaries which cut across Ethiope East and West local government area of Delta State were trained in the areas of fish farming and cosmetology, such as soap making, perfume and shampoo production. Hon Idisi, who was represented by his Personal Assistant, Mr. Fergor Ogene appealed to the beneficiaries to make judicious use of this golden opportunity offered them, during the training with the Zonal Intervention Programme (ZIP) at Rejiga Hotel, Eku, Ethiope East and ICT Centre, Oghara, Ethiope West. “Brilliance is evenly distributed across the world but opportunity is not. Here in Nigeria, it is even worse. N50,000 can make a difference in the life of a struggling undergraduate in any part of Nigeria, so at Pass.NG we decided to play our part and give the needed leverage no matter how small.” The scholarship program was established to honour the memory of Samson Abioye, who was until his death at the age of 26 in 2017, the Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of Pass.NG. ANC orders Zuma to step down as President OUTH Africa’s rul Sing party ordered Jacob Zuma on Tuesday to step down as head of state after marathon talks over the fate of a leader whose scandal-plagued years in power darkened and divided Nelson Mandela’s post-apartheid ‘Rainbow Nation’. Leading members of the African National Congress now want new party leader Cyril Ramaphosa to replace Zuma as president, ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule told a news conference. But the party’s national executive was split on precisely when Zuma should go, Magashule added, leaving the president’s immediate fate still hanging in the balance. There was no word from Zuma or his spokesman but Magashule said the president had promised to respond to the order by Wednesday. The rand weakened, with traders blaming uncertainty caused by the lack of a clear timetable Magashule said he had met Zuma personally to pass on the decision. “We haven’t given him any deadline to respond,” he said. “The organisation expects him to go.” ERMANY’s Social GDemocrats sank further into chaos on Tuesday as resistance grew to plans to appoint Andrea Nahles caretaker leader to help end a turbulent six days after the party agreed a coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives. Deeply divided over the coalition deal and the division of ministerial posts, and facing a slump in opinion polls, Social Democrat (SPD) leaders are trying to convince 464,000 party members to back the deal in a ballot on which Merkel’s fourth term hangs. With many SPD rank and file harbouring misgivings about sharing Zuma had asked the party to give him a notice period of three to six months but that had been rejected, Magashule said. “Timelines? No. The NEC believes that this is an urgent matter so it should be treated with urgency,” he said. Zuma has been living on borrowed time since Ramaphosa, a union leader and lawyer once tipped as Mandela’s pick to take over the reins, was elected as head of the 106- year-old ANC in December. Ramaphosa narrowly defeated Zuma’s ex-wife and preferred successor, HE chairman of the Tcharity Oxfam International, Juan Alberto Funes, has been arrested in Guatemala. He was detained as part of an investigation into a corruption scandal dating back to his time as Guatemala’s finance minister. While his arrest is not related to his role at Oxfam, it will heap further pressure on the charity which is still reeling from Leadership row drags SPD into new crisis after Merkel coalition deal Oxfam International chair held over Guatemala graft scandal power with Merkel again, the result of the vote, due on March 4, is wide open. If members vote ‘no’ to the coalition deal, a new election looks the most likely option. The most urgent matter for the SPD is to get a new leader in place after Martin Schulz said last week he would quit to allow the party to regroup. The frontrunner is Nahles, a plain-speaking 47-year-old former labour minister with a left-wing slant and strong oratory skills, but the manner in which Schulz appeared to anoint her angered many members. Kenya’s Attorney General resigns, says Kenyatta K ENYA’s Attorney General Githu Muigai has resigned, President Uhuru Kenyatta said without explanation on Tuesday, adding he had nominated a replacement. In a post on his Twitter feed, Kenyatta said he had accepted Muigai’s resignation as Attorney General, the official title of the chief legal adviser to the government. Muigai was appointed as part of reforms to boost confidence in Kenya’s judiciary after a new constitution was enacted in 2010. In December, Muigai said an attempt by veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga to “swear” himself in as president would be regarded as treason. The Kenyan government’s fidelity to the law has come under the microscope in the past two weeks, after it declined to obey several court orders Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, in the leadership vote, forcing him to tread carefully in handling Zuma for fear of deepening rifts in the party a year ahead of an election. Despite the damning decision to order Zuma’s “recall” - party speak for ‘removal from office’ - domestic media said the 75- year-old might yet defy the party’s wishes, forcing it into the indignity of having to unseat him in parliament. South Africa’s economy has stagnated during Zuma’s nine-year tenure, with banks and mining companies reluctant to invest because of policy uncertainty and rampant corruption. revelations that its staff hired prostitutes in Haiti. Oxfam International’s executive director Winnie Byanyima said that Mr Fuentes had been “entirely open with his Oxfam board”. “He has assured us that he has co-operated fully with the investigation in the confidence he did not knowingly transgress rules or procedures,” Ms Byanyima said. Mr Fuentes is among 10 top former government officials to be arrested on Tuesday, including former President Álvaro Colom. The ex-officials are being investigated in connection with a public bus system, which was developed during Mr Colom’s government between 2008 and 2012. No details have been given of the charges those arrested may face. The investigation is being led by the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). The commission is a United Nations body created in 2006 designed to strengthen the country’s rule of law. Apart from Mr Colom, those arrested are the former ministers of finance, interior, education, defence, employment, economy, health, culture and the environment. related to a crackdown on opposition figures who went ahead and carried out the mock swearing-in of Odinga on Jan. 30. Kenyatta and the judiciary clashed publicly last September after the Supreme Court nullified his initial election on Aug. 8 and ordered a re-run. Odinga boycotted the repeat vote, which Kenyatta won before he was sworn in for a second term.