10 — Vanguard, TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018 Adeboye, Osinbajo, others pray for abducted Dapchi girls :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Hiked Land Use Charge to fund social services, infrastructure — LASG By Sam Eyoboka & Olayinka Latona LAGOS—IN what the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye described as a destinychanging service, he has led a large congregation including some gospel ministers who partnered him in February to pray for the nation to offer another intercession on behalf of the 110 school girls abducted from their school in Dapchi, Yobe State recently by Boko Haram terrorist group. Leading ministers that included the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, his wife, Archbishop John Osa-Oni, Prophet Isa El Buba, as well as foreign dignitaries among others, Adeboye urged all in a fervent prayer, saying: “Every kidnapper in this country by whatever name they are called, please set them on fire right now in the LASG, UK firm sign N2.5bn MoU on street light installation By Monsuru Olowoopejo L AGOS—GOVERNOR Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and a United Kingdom, UK energy firm, yesterday, signed a N2.5 billion Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to boost installation, management and control of street lighting in the state. At the signing ceremony held at State House, Secretariat, Ikeja, Ambode and the Chief Executive Officer, Low Energy Design, Mr. Alan Parker, stressed that the MoU was a major paradigm shift from the previous street lighting practice, aimed at improving state of security in Lagos. The governor, who was represented by Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo, stated that Light Up Lagos was a tripod name of Jesus.” Response was instantaneous and exceedingly virulent as the congregation loudly poured out their hearts to God, urging Him to intervene quickly and end the unending orgy of kidnapping of innocent vulnerable school girls and throwing their parents in untold trauma and despair in different parts of the country while the government appears helpless. This followed another round of prayers by the matriarch of the RCCG, Pastor Folu Adeboye, who had earlier reminded the same congregation of the partnership of February 13 in a three-hour interdenominational prayer meeting to end of the various problems confronting the country, including corruption and the recent upsurge of bloodshed across the land, to thank God in anticipation of His divine answer to such prayers. of street lighting, community electrification and embedded power programme. He noted that the agreement would afford the firm, Low Energy Design, to manage about 31 per cent of the State street light infrastructure. He said: “We have about 33,000 street lights in Lagos under the Lagos State Electricity Board. Now, the LED UK, based on this 300km, will give us about 10,000 street lights. This is a significant development. The second major significant development is the fact that as from today onward, what we have with LED UK is what will be replicated to power Lagos with respect to street lighting going forward. So now, there will be no fixed cost anymore that the government is going to bear, all costs are now variable.'' By Olasunkanmi Akoni LAGOS—THE Lagos State Government yesterday said the recent increase in the Land Use Charge, LUC, would bring about more resources to provide social services and infrastructure to the public. The government recently repealed its 2001 Land Use Charge Law, and replaced it with Land Use Charge Forensic analysis vital in crime investigation — IGP By Esther Onyegbula L AGOS—THE Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, yesterday called on officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, to take crime scene management seriously. Idris, represented by DIG Training and Development, Mr Emmanuel Inyang, made the call at the commencement of a Crime Scene Management Training at Lagos State DNA and Forensic centre, Lagos Island. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the training programme organised by the German Development Co-orporation (GIZ) of the German Foreign Office in partnership with the NPF Police Force and the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, he noted that the task of crime fighting, prevention and Law, 2018. However, its review has continued to elicit controversies from stakeholders with the Organised Private Sector, OPS, rejecting the Law, vowing to fight it with every legal means at its disposal. The OPS speaking through the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, NECA, posited that the new law would make property owners in Lagos State to pay an increase of over 200 per cent in Land Use Charge even when the income of the property owner had not experienced significant increase to justify the charge. But Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, who paid a courtesy visit to Lagos Corporate Headquarters of Vanguard Media Limited, Apapa, said the law exempted pensioners and those using VISIT: From left; Okezie Akaniro, Head, SME Solutions, AXA Mansard Insurance Plc; Rashidat Adebisi, Divisional Director, Retail Solutions, AXA Mansard Insurance Plc; Mr. Charles Imevbore, Executive Director, Business Affairs, Meadow Hall Group; Mr. Kola Oni, Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, AXA Mansard Insurance Plc and Mrs. Kemi Adewoye, Head, Meadow Hall Foundation during a courtesy visit by representatives from Meadow Hall Group to AXA Mansard Insurance office recently in Lagos. RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION: Court okays suit against FG, fixes April 23 for hearing By Ikechukwu Nnochiri A BUJA—ABUJA Division of the Federal High Court yesterday fixed April 23 to commence hearing on a suit asking it to declare that 373 indigenous peoples within Nigeria have rights to self-determination. The suit marked FHC/ ABJ/CS/107/2018, lodged before the court by a Lagosbased human rights activist, Chief Malcolm Omirhobo, prosecution required special skills, tactics and training to succeed. According to him, “ The challenges of policing in the 21st Century is dynamic and enormous all over the world and Nigeria is not an exception. Therefore, for modern day crime investigators to perform their duties effectively and efficiently, sufficient training must be given to them regularly to sharpen their investigation skills.” is equally urging the court to stop the Federal government from indiscriminately deploying the military for the maintenance of law and order across states in the federation. Cited as respondents in the suit were President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation, National Assembly, Senate president and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Others are the Security Chiefs, Minister of Defence, Governments of the 36 States of the Federation, their Attorneys General and Houses of Assembly, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Justice Binta Nyako okayed the matter for hearing after she granted an ex-parte application the plaintiff’s lawyer, Mrs. Chinyere Okpalla, filed for leave to serve all the relevant processes on some of the respondents outside the jurisdiction of the court. The court also ordered the issuance of hearing notices to all the respondents to enable them to appear in court at the next adjourned date. The plaintiff had in the fundamental rights enforcement suit he filed on behalf of 373 ethnic nationalities and 45 pressure groups and agitators in Nigeria, on January 8, 2018, prayed the court to among other things: “Declare that the use and support of the use of the Nigerian Military by the respondents in place of the Police in the enforcement and maintenance of law and order in Nigeria, is oppressive and a violation of the fundamental rights to life, dignity of human person, personal liberty, family and private life, freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association, movement and freedom from discrimination of the indigenous peoples within Nigeria and the Nigerian Public and therefore illegal, unlawful, undemocratic and unconstitutional”. their property for charitable and religious purposes to protect the poor and the vulnerable sections of the society. According to him, the gains from the increase outweighed the pains as the state government was committing more than 20 percent of the 2018 budget to revamping the educational sector to build a better future for our youths. He said: “Our classrooms are filled to the brim with children. We need to build more classrooms, we are expanding the spaces in our schools, building more vocational schools and making the Lagos State University a boarding institution for the first time. We are building 181 roads and we are determined to build more roads to ease transportation. We are also working on rail and waterways.” Bamigbetan, who described his visit as home coming as a former staff , said: “According to the late sage nationalist Chief Obafemi Awolowo, taxation is the best way to go if we must raise resources for development. In our own story of the journey started in 2015-16, we realized to build the future for our children we needed to take education seriously and that was why we voted N20 billion last year to rehabilitate the schools. “As a responsive government we have put ourselves at a historical point where we need to respond to the needs of this age and reposition the educational future of our children and create future workforce. A sizeable chunk of this year’s budget has been earmarked to service education. So, where do we get the money?. When we looked at our laws we found out that LUC was meant to be reviewed every five years and in the last 15 years we have never reviewed LUC. We felt that if we look at inflation spiral between now and 15 years ago, look at goods and services 15 years ago, the law is overdue for increase. “It is not just LUC, people have talked about harmonized taxes as a major factor in the ease of doing business. It is a tax that brings three taxes together, the grand rent, the tenement rate, Neigbourhood improvement tax, so when you pay the LUC you do not need to pay the three taxes again. The main targets are those making money from property because they make more money they need to pay more, that is the principles of progressive taxation. Those who pay more take care of those who pay less.''
Vanguard, TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018 — 11 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 81ST BIRTHDAY: My major regrets in life — OBASANJO By Henry Umoru, Omeiza Ajayi & Daud Olatunji A BEOKUTA— F O R M E R President Olusegun Obasanjo has disclosed that one of his major regrets he had in life was the early demise of his parents, who he said did not live to reap the fruits of their labour. This was as the All Progressives Congress, APC, hailed the former President on the occasion of his 81st birthday, describing him as a bastion of democracy in Africa. Also, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State described Obasanjo as a nationalist and a giant in Africa. Obasanjo, who clocked 81 yesterday, said he wished his parents were alive to witness his growth and success in life and to appreciate the sacrifice they made while raising him. The former President said this at his 81 birthday celebration held at Marque Events Centre of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta . VISIT: From left; Mr Gbenga Adefaye, GM/Editor-in-Chief, Vanguard Newsspaper; Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, Lagos State Commissioner For Information, and Mrs Kofoworola Awobamise, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Minisrty of information during the Commissioner's courtesy visit to Vanguard Newspaper's headquarters in Apapa, Lagos, yesterday. Photo by Kehinde Gbadamosi. He, however, expressed optimism that his late parents would still be happy in their graves till date. His words: “One thing I always miss and remember is that my parents left this world too early. The sacrifice they made, they did not wait to see the results. How I wish they have waited to see and eat fruits of their labour. “But going by what Yoruba believe and say that, the dead always watch over their beloved ones and see happenings around them, I am convinced that, my parents are happy in their graves, as they watch over me. “For me, this day, I have nothing but to continue to thank God, appreciate N11.5bn FRAUD: Alao-Akala re-arraigned in court IBADAN — FORMER Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala and two others were, yesterday, rearraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before an Oyo State High Court, in Ibadan over alleged N11.5bn fraud. Other defendants are a former Oyo State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Senator Hosea Agboola; and an Ibadan-based businessman, Femi Babalola. The defendants are facing 11 counts bordering on conspiracy, awarding a contract without budgetary provision, obtaining by false pretence, acquiring property with money derived from an illegal act and concealing the ownership of such property, among others. EFCC’s counsel, Dr. B. Ubi, told the court that when Alao-Akala was the governor of Oyo State, he awarded a road contract worth N8.5bn between 2007 and 2009 to Pentagon Engineering Services. Ubi alleged that the firm, owned by Babalola, handled the contract on behalf of the 33 local governments without budgetary provision. The counsel further claimed that Alao-Akala ordered the supply of drilling machines on behalf of the 33 local governments in the state to the tune of N3.5bn. He also alleged that Alao-Akala conspired with Ayoola to withdraw N2.9bn from Oyo State Local Government Joint Account. Bad leadership has turned Nigerians into beggars — AFE BABALOLA By Rotimi Ojomoyela ADO EKITI — LEGAL icon, Chief Afe Babalola, SAN, has attributed the pervasive poverty and hunger in Nigeria to bad leadership. Babalola, who said the culture of begging was alien to the Yoruba race in the past, lamented that bad leadership has turned virtually all Nigerians into beggars, particularly in southwest Nigeria. The founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, ABUAD, said the Yoruba people had deep resentment for begging in the 40s and 50s, adding that ”today, they have seen begging as a way of life, contrary to what they believed in , because of poverty caused by bad governance.” Babalola said this in Ado Ekiti, yesterday, when the •APC, Amosun, Mark hail ex-president leadership of the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria, PCN, paid a visit to ABUAD on assessment tour of the Pharmacy Department of the newly commissioned 400-bed Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, ABUTH. He said: “Today, Nigeria is at a crossroad. The Yoruba were not used to begging in the 40s and 50s, they used to stone beggars because they viewed it as a shameful act." “But today, go to Him, praise Him and worship Him and adore Him for all that he has done for me personally, for members of my family, for my extended family, friends, peers and for those who have worked with me.” APC, Amosun, Mark hail ex-president In his remarks, governor Amosun described Obasanjo as a nationalist and a giant in Africa even as he prayed that the former President lives for 100 years and not 120 like many people were wishing him. He said: “Love him or hate him, there’s something nobody can take away from him, he’s a true nationalist. Baba loves Nigeria and I know that there’s absolutely nothing he wouldn’t want to do for Nigeria." Meanwhile, the APC has hailed former President on the occasion of his 81st birthday, describing him as a bastion of democracy in the continent. In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, the party said: “Chief Obasanjo has inspired a generation of Nigerians notably in the area of entrepreneurship, leadership and education, especially through his nonprofit initiatives, the Africa Leadership Forum, ALF, and the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library.” On his part, Senator Mark in a goodwill message through his media Assistant, Paul Mumeh, said, “No one is in doubt that Chief Obasanjo has demonstrated steadfastness, uncommon commitment and faith in the Nigerian project." FDI: Kogi, others attract N1.9tn in Q4 2017 By Dapo Akinrefon INDICATIONS have emerged that Kogi State and 12 other states including the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, attracted $5.3b (N1.9tn) in the last quarter of 2017, representing investments in 22 different sectors of the economy. A statement by the Director General of Media and Publicity, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo said the development was an outcome of various development initiatives put in place by both federal and state governments. The FCT witnessed the highest of all with $2.68bn and it was followed by Lagos State with $2.54bn investment. Specifically, the FCT figure represented 49 percent of the total inflow into the country while Lagos followed with 47.2 percent. A breakdown of the total inflow shows that Enugu attracted $644,890; Kogi, $500,000; Kano, $483,970; Bauchi, $425,000; Rivers, $384,817; and Kaduna, $89,975. Others are Akwa Ibom, $124.84m; Ogun, $8.79m; Oyo, $7.03m; Delta, $5.69m; and Anambra, $3.77m. In that regard, Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun said the federal government’s investment in infrastructure was attracting investments into the country. Meanwhile, President, Power China International Group, Song Dongsheng, visited Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello in Abuja to discuss ways of fast-tracking the implementation of an MoU on a 3000MW project. EKITI 2018: I've no plan to dump APC — SEGUN ONI By Rotimi Ojomoyela ADO EKITI — DEPUTY National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Segun Oni, yesterday, declared that he had no plan to dump the party if denied the governorship ticket for the July 14 election. Oni dismissed the widespread rumour that he was having relationship with former President Olusegun Obasanjo- led coalition, saying such a rumour was a desperate attempt to ridicule his rising profile. He also denied having any link with the Social Democratic Party, insisting that he never intended to fly the governorship flag of the party. Oni said this in Ilawe and Ikere Ekiti during his campaign tour to the local governments to meet with the delegates of the party ahead of the governorship primary slated for May. Oni said: “They said I want to follow former President Obasanjo’s coalition to SDP, this was a mere rumour. They went further to say I want to make Prince Adedayo Adeyeye my Deputy Governor in SDP. All these were lies just to rubbish my good profile. “People have the right to imagine anything, no matter how senseless. I remain a leading governorship aspirant in APC. I want to contest the primary, wins the ticket and the governorship election. So, it will be tantamount to mere illusion for anybody to say I want to defect.” ....ADP adopts Adewale as candidate THE Action Democratic Party, ADP, has adopted an Ipoti-born business mogul, Otunba Segun Adewale as its governorship candidate in Ekiti state, charging electorates in the state to liberate themselves from the shackles of poverty by supporting the party in the July 14 governorship election. ADP’s decision to adopt Adewale as the party’s governorship candidate was communicated in an address by the State Chairman, Mr Kunle Abegunde during a visit by the state executive council and members of the party to the Otunba Segun Adewale Campaign office at Ado Ekiti on Thursday 1st of March, 2018. Abegunde, who explained how the ADP arrived at the adoption of Adewale, said “aside Adewale drawing his wealth from legitimate sources, he has impacted on lives within and outside the state, even as a private individual. He is credible, with no corruption or criminal tag."