14 — VANGUARD, TUESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2018 EX-PRESIDENT OLUSEGUN OBASANJO @ 81 A special prayer to mark the 81st birthday ceremony of former President Olusegun Obasanjo was held at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State, yesterday. PHOTOS BY WUNMI AKINOLA. From left; Mrs. Bola Obasanjo; celebrant, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; Iyalode Alaba Lawson; Chief Layiwola Olakojo and chairman of the occasion, Dr. Christopher Kolade. Chief and Mrs. Olusegun Obasanjo jointly cutting the birthday cake. From left; Chief Akin Osuntokun; Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former Osun State Governor and Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun. From left; Prof. Akin Mabogunje; Chief Nike Akande and Dr. Femi Olopade. Amb. Godsknow Igali (left) and Chief Oyewole Fasawe. 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF OHWORODE OF OLOMU KINGDOM AS KING From right; HRM, Queen Grace Ogbon; HRM (Dr.) R. L. Ogbon, Ogoni-Oghoro I, the Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom; Olorogun Capt. Korobo Atuduhor, the Odjenigbovwan of Olomu Kingdom and Olorogun Martins Abu during the 30th anniversary coronation of the Ohworode in Delta State. PHOTOS BY AKPOKONA OMAFUAIRE. The Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom flanked by his Ilorogun. The Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom presenting educational materials to teachers to mark his 30th anniversary. Some of the Ohworode’s children and Chiefs. Olomu Chiefs paying homage to the Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom.
VANGUARD, TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018—15 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 FG to demolish more structures in Enugu int’l airport •Releases N1.7bn for project take-off •Urges artisans, small scale miners to take advantage of govt loans By Dennis Agbo & Chinedu Adonu E NUGU—THE Federal Government has announced it will demolish more structures to give way for full internationalisation of Akanu Obiano Airport in Enugu. Minister of State for Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, made the disclosure after a facility inspection around the airport, yesterday. He disclosed that the Federal Government has released N1.7 billion for construction work to continue at the international wing of the airport, noting that more money would be made available when the 2018 budgetary provision is released for completion of work. He listed the offending property to include the Enugu Empower Free Trade Zone, the Orie Emene Market, communication masts belonging to a television and radio stations, residential buildings as well as fencing of the airport. Sirika who lamented the level of encroachment at the Enugu airport, stated that the runway was hampered by encroachment, lamenting that people willingly set up structures along the runways. “Government decided to expand the runway from 2.5 kilometres to 3 kilometres to accommodate more international flights and cargoes, but stopped midway because people built within 100 meters on the runway. We need to dam the river to enable us use the water to service the airport. “The Orie Emene market is a security threat. There is an abattoir in the market that attracts vultures which portends danger to flights. There is a road leading the Very High Frequency Omni -Directional Radio Range, VOR, which is in terrible state. It functions 24 hours because it guides pilots in their flights. Without this, this airport cannot be operated. The road is 1.5 kilometres and we need to build it because it is impassible during the rainy season,” he said. He explained that unless the security concerns at the airport were addressed, the certification of the airport to an international status will not be possible. He called on Enugu state government to do the needful as he would do everything in his ability to ensure that Enugu was given its rightful place. Ugwuanyi told the Minister that he would do all in his ability to ensure that the airport gets an international status to enhance Enugu’s economic and social status. He pleaded with the Minister to put the request in writing as quickly as possible in order to quicken the issues raised. FG urges artisan, small scale miners to take advantage of govt loans Meanwhile, the Federal Government has urged artisans and small-scale miners to take advantage of co-operative societies and government-provided loans to expand their operations and profitability in the country. Mr Patrick Ojeka, Director of Artisans and Small Scale Mining Department, Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, gave the advice on Monday in Enugu during a workshop for artisans and small-scale miners in South-East and South-South regions with a theme; “Provision of Extension Services to Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Operators”. Ojeka who noted that the Federal Government was highly focusing on mining as a means to diversify the economy and move the country from a monoeconomy to a multieconomy, said that the essence of the workshop was to ensure that the environment was protected and remain sustainable for future generations. INAUGURATION: Prof. Alphonsus Njoku Ekwerike (middle), Chairman, Welfare, Medical and Doping Sub Committee of Para Athletics Federation of Nigeria, PAFN, Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Developments; Chief Falilat Ogunkoya-Omotayo, MON, an Olympian, (left) member; and another board member of PAFN, being sworn in by Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Solomon Dalung, in Abuja. Timber market fire: Ugwuanyi directs immediate rebuilding of shops E NUGU—Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has directed the immediate re-building of the 72 shops at the Kenyatta Timber Market, Enugu, which were razed by fire over the weekend, as a result of power surge. Speaking when he visited the market for the second time in company of his deputy, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, the commissioner for works and infrastructure, Engr. Greg Nnaji, the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency, Mrs. Nkechi Eneh, among others, Ugwuanyi also promised to assist owners of the shops with the sum of N7.2 million to enable them restart their businesses. The governor, who sympathised with traders over the unfortunate incident, said that he had to end the meeting of the State Executive Council, EXCO, when he received the news of the fire outbreak to visit the site and ensure that adequate intervention was made to put off the inferno. Directing that work should commence immediately, after approving and releasing the N14.68 million budget estimate presented by the chairman of the Kenyatta Timber Dealers Association, Mr. Levi Obi on behalf of the affected traders for the rebuilding of the 72 shops, Gov. Ugwuanyi declared: • "I am here to wipe away your tears". He reassured the affected traders that his administration will do everything possible to ensure that they remain in business, saying: • "When I first visited here on the night this unfortunate incident occurred, I was touched when one of the affected traders told me that he was going back to the village. But I told him you will not go back to your village because of this challenge". Ugwuanyi also wished the traders a bountiful success in their new investment. No automatic tickets, Obiano tells APGA lawmakers By Vincent Ujumadu AWKA—ANAMBRA State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has told members of the state House of Assembly elected on the platform of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, to be prepared for the party’s primaries as the party would not hand them automatic tickets. Some of the lawmakers have been telling their constituents that the governor, who is the chairman of the Board of Trustees, BoT, of APGA, promised them before last year’s governorship election that they would be given automatic tickets if they supported his reelection, adding that having fulfilled their own part of the bargain, they expect automatic ticket from the party. But Obiano, who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Social Media, Mr. Ifeanyi Aniagoh said that as a democrat, he would not condescend to the level of handpicking candidates for APGA. According to Aniagoh, the governor never made such promise and urged lawmakers who wish to contest again for their positions to be ready for face the delegates of the party. Aniagoh said: “The publication that Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has promised return tickets for members of Anambra State House of Assembly in appreciation of their support for his reelection is a fake, malicious and false propaganda aimed at confusing the unsuspecting public." Nepotism worse than corruption—Obi L AGOS—FORMER Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi has called on Nigerians to eschew nepotism and encourage the culture of merit. Obi was speaking at the weekend during the public presentation of “One Faith, Many Tongues: Managing Diversity in the Church in Nigeria”, written by Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, the Papal Nuncio to Trinidad & Tobago at the Resource Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. Describing nepotism as one of the worst forms of corruption, Obi said it kills merit thereby stunting the growth of any institution where it was allowed to flourish by elevating the bad, while demoting the good. Obi said that any country that elevated nepotism as Nigeria does in politics, places of work and amongst religious bodies, would not make meaningful progress in any sphere of life because, according to him, “it kills hard work and professionalism as people’s hard work would not match their opportunities.” Philanthropist donates diagnostic machine to UNTH BY Dennis Agbo ENUGU—A Nigerian Germany-based medical practitioner, Dr. Alanna Ebigbo, has donated a diagnostic facility, an endoscopy machine to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Ituku Ozalla, Enugu state. The machine, an Olympus exera III latest model, 190 series, processor, Light source and 3 scopes is to boost UNTH’s medical and technical capacity in handling patients. Receiving the equipment, Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Chris Amah, described the equipment as a lifetime medical intervention. Dr Amah, who was represented by the Director of Administration in the hospital, Mr. Bernard Ugwu, said the equipment came at a time when they were upgrading their units and departments to meet patients’ care, promising that competent personnel in the hospital will take good care of the machine. Head of the Endoscopy Unit, Prof. Sylvester Nwokediuko, expressed joy that their collaboration that started last year had blossomed, adding that between that period and now, Dr. Alanna Ebigbo, had donated two sets of endoscopy machines and six scopes to the hospital. He stated that apart from the equipment, Dr. Ebigbo, also sponsored some of the UNTH staff to undergo training on endoscopy operation in Germany.