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Vanguard Newspaper 07 April 2018


38 — SATURDAY Vanguard, APRIL 7, 2018 Why Buhari cannot rejig his cabinet – Investigations Why Buhari can't rejig his cabinet – Investigations By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor MORE than five months after President Muhammadu Buhari promised to rejig his cabinet he has been unable to do so leaving those screened as possible ministerial nominees in the lurch. The president’s failure to carry out the cabinet shake up, Saturday Vanguard gathered, is mainly because of fears by presidency officials of their inability to successfully navigate the nominees through Senate screening. President Buhari had at a meeting of the National Executive Committee, NEC of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC in October, 2017 promised to expand his cabinet to bring in fresh hands. The promised expansion was partly to satisfy the interests of political stakeholders and partly to remove those who were perceived as dead woods in the cabinet. “The compressed Federal Executive Council will be expanded to bring in more supporters at Federal Level, with fresh ideas to be injected into the government,” the president had told members of the APC NEC on Tuesday, October 31 at the first meeting of the body following his return from a medical vacation. Following that promise, a number of potential ministerial nominees were considered and seemingly screened by members of the powerful group of influence peddlers who direct the pace and pattern of the Buhari administration. The cabinet change Saturday Vanguard gathered was also expected to bring in additional ministers to such politically heavy states like Lagos and Kano ahead of the 2019 elections, a source in the APC disclosed. However, months after, the president has been unable to forward the names of his potential ministers to the Senate. Indeed, some of those screened have since been pushed on to some of the Federal Government boards recently inaugurated. Presidency officials contacted on the development claimed ignorance for the delay in forwarding the list of ministerial nominees, saying they were unable to comment or proffer reasons. “I wish I knew,” one presidency official said. However, beyond that, Saturday Vanguard gathered that the presidency is scary of announcing changes and forwarding names to the Senate which could end up stuck in the senate. The fear of presidency officials is that the Senate could refuse to screen them and by that create political chaos as those to be replaced would already have been notified. Another fear of the presidency officials is that the Senate could decide to subject the nominees to a rigorous exercise that could end up bringing both the nominees and the presidency to ridicule. The Senate’s strong bearing on the presidency follows the latter’s refusal to heed to several Senate resolutions, principally, the resolution that rejected Mr. Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Magu was twice rejected by the Senate partly because of damning reports by the Department of State Services which alleged that he was unfit for the office. However, despite the Senate resolution, the presidency retained Magu in the office as acting chairman. Senators are also strongly displeased with what they allege as a witch-hunt of the two presiding officers of the Senate, Senators Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu. Saraki is the subject of a two year running false assets declaration charge allegedly instigated by the presidency. Despite his acquittal by the court on some of the charges, the administration has persisted by appealing the criminal charges levelled against him. Saraki and Ekweremadu were also the subject of a forgery allegation that was hastily withdrawn following legal advise from an external prosecutor hired by the administration. The prosecutor had advised that the charges could not stand. Senator Ekweremadu is also presently the subject of a Special Investigation Panel probing assets alleged to belong to him. Senators and critics had expressed concern that members of the SIP and its counsel who are mainly members of the APC could be on a political mission against Ekweremadu. Ekweremadu had at a meeting with constituents penultimate weekend alleged that the charge against him was politically motivated to cow him and his party ahead of the 2019 elections. “there is really nothing to worry about because the entire thing is a well-oiled propaganda on lies and doctored will that include fictitious properties just to cow me. It is also about 2019 politics,” the Deputy President of the Senate had said. Two weeks after Ekweremadu informed the Senate in May, 2017 of an alleged plot by the EFCC to raid a property associated with him “to discover foreign currencies” a special police squad on 27th May, 2017 raided his official guest house in Abuja on the prompting of a “whistleblower” who was subsequently arrested for providing false information to the police. ADUGBO I, formerly known and addressed as Miss A d u g b o Oghenerukevwe Susan, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Oghenerukevwe Adugbo-Okporokpo. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. OROWO I, formerly known and addressed as Miss Orowo Sarah Oke, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Ibeagwu Sarah Oke. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. IJEIH I, formerly known and addressed as Miss Ijeih Anthonia Ogechi, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Idabor Anthonia Ogechi. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. HENRY I, formerly known and addressed as Ijeoma Favour Henry, now wish to be known and addressed as Ijeoma Dike. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. ORHUERE I, formerly known and addressed as Orhuere Erigare Patrick, now wish to be known and addressed as Samuel- Ebor Erigare Patrick. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. EWERE Reconciliation of Name This is to confirm that the names Osas Ewere Stella and Osaigbovo Ewere Stella refer to one and the same person. I now wish to be known and addressed as Osaigbovo Ewere Stella. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. OKONJI ONJI I, formerly known and addressed as Miss Okonji Mercy, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Okolie Onyeisi Mercy. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. IBUDE I, formerly known and addressed as Miss Ibude Endurance Onyeka, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Ebodiwe Ibude Onyeka Endurance. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. ONYIA I, formerly known and addressed as Miss Uzofu Onyia, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Uzofu Onyia Illoh- Iduh. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. ADIM I, formerly known and addressed as Adim Paul, now wish to be known and addressed as Adimegwu Chimezie. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. OGUANY ANYA I, formerly known and addressed as Mr. Oguanya Onyedika Michael, now wish to be known and addressed as Mr. Onyeka Michael Anthony. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. AN SPACE FOR SALE

SATURDAY Vanguard, , APRIL 7, 2018—39 Itsukwi agog as new Oghieochi pledges to tackle education, amenities By Dirisu Chester Yakubu It was a beehive of celebrations for sons and daughters of Itsukwi Community, Edo State, earlier in the week following the successful installation and coronation of the village head, Chief Suleiman Abhimhisa Usman as Oghieochi III. Chief Usman who was given the staff of office by the paramount traditional ruler of Three Ibie Kingdom, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Suleiman Ali, the Oghieaga IV, was until his elevation, the Ichaba of Itsukwi; a post he held for a decade. Shortly after receiving his Staff of Office, the Oghieochi thanked his subjects for the confidence reposed in him, promising not to betray same as long as he lives. “My people, I can’t thank you enough. Singling me out and trusting me to hold this community together is a task that is indeed challenging. But with your prayers and support, we shall overcome,” he pledged. He also promised to surmount kindreds’ tussle for supremacy, stating that rather than think along the fault line of kindred’s solidarity, the people should think of ways of bringing about the overall development of the community. “I plead •Oghieochi III of Itsukwi, Chief Suleiman Usman with every son and daughter of Itsukwi to put away whatever grouse they may have because without love and forgiveness, there is not much we can do as a people. I will never let you down; I will never fail to say it as it is, for this is the true test of leadership. I am not a know-it-all king but one who is ready to listen. I am receptive to fresh and innovative ideas capable of attracting positive changes to our dear Itsukwi,” he added. In a separate interview with the Vanguard, the Oghieochi III said he would prioritize education even as he craved the support of the people in the realization of his vision for the community. “It is not a thing I can do alone without the support of my people. If we are to talk about development, it is a matter of all of us coming together. If you look at the community critically today, we lack social amenities such as water, which is very paramount. Our children need to be educated. I want to emphasize that education is key. “We have been too backward especially in the areas of education, amenities and even politically. In the next ten years, I want to see our sons and daughters raising their heads high amongst their counterparts elsewhere in the world. “There have been divisions in our community. No meaningful development can take place when people are divided. So, I want to see how best to bring people of this community together and ensure the past is put behind us. In a nutshell, I want to seat with my people and plead with them to bury the hatchet so that together, we can begin to move forward,” he said. Chief Suleiman was the natural heir to the Oghieochi stool following the death of Chief J.B. Momoh, the Oghieochi II, a few months ago. With the successful completion of burial rites and the traditional mourning period of three months, the land was thus purified for the installation and coronation of a new king. Adeline Ndoma-Egba: The Good Mother of a Good Son By Uche Anichukwu As the Igbo saying goes, “Afu nwa elota nna”, meaning that the child is a reflection of the father. Here the father is used metaphorically in place of parents and indeed the home. In a realistic sense, the child is a reflection of the mother because they spend more time with the children. Thus, if the saying that children are the true mirrors of the homes they come from, then one does not need to search far to unearth the intellect, humility, courage, philanthropy, and dedication to service to humanity, which the Chairman of the Niger Delta Development Authority, NDDC, Distinguished Senator Victor Ndoma- Egba, SAN,son of Hon. Justice Emmanuel Takon Ndoma-Egba and Elder (Mrs.) Adeline Ndoma-Egba, embodies. I came to know Senator Ndoma-Egba in the 5 th Senate, which lasted from 2003 to 2007. However, it was when he became the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Publicity that I began to relate quite closely with him. As a Special Assistant on Media to the President of the Senate at the time we naturally had to work together. A versatile man, he handled that position so professionally and in most dignifying way that you would hardly know that he was not a trained media or Public Relations professional. His intellectual prowess was never in doubt at the time because it showed up in his contributions in plenary for all to see. He is a super brain, an outside-the-box thinker and problem solver. Although his humility is After joining her husband in Nigeria in 1962, she worked at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, formerly known as General Hospital, Enugu equally very noticeable from afar, one only needed to get closer to know that it is not a façade. He is so humble that unless you were told, you would not know that he belongs to the cerebral 1978 set of the Nigeria Law School, which produced the likes of the current Chief Justice of Nigeria, His Lordship, Justice Walter Onnoghen; Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma; former President of the Nigeria Bar Association and present Governor of Ondo State, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu; and former Minister of Justice and former President of the NBA, Chief Bayo Ojo, among others. You would not also know that he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Governors, Government Secondary School, Ikom, in 1980 by ex-Governor Clement Isong when he was just 24. You would not also know that President Shehu Shagari also appointed him into the Board of the Cross River Basin and Rural Development Authority at the same time or that he became a Commissioner of the highly coveted State Ministry of Works and Transport at the age of 27. In the Red Chambers, where he eventually rose to the position of Deputy Leader in the 6 th Senate and Leader in the 7 th Senate, he represented what every a Senator should be in grace, patriotism, and hard work. He churned out bills like a bills machine. However, this is not a tribute to Senator Ndoma- Egba. It is a tribute to the tree that bore the good fruit, for even the Holy Scriptures say that only a good tree can bear good fruits. It is about the good woman, who bore the good son. Born on January 8, 1926 to the family of James and Elvira Wilson in St. Catherine’s Jamaica in the Caribbean Basins, the late matriarch of the Ndoma- Egbas joined his siblings in England after the death of her father. She enrolled with the Lewisham School of Nursing, an affiliate of Guys Hospital, London. She also trained with the University of London, London School of Tropical Medicine and Diseases and North London Middlesex Hospital and worked with Kings College Hospital, London and Bristol Royal infirmary. After joining her husband in Nigeria in 1962, she worked at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, formerly known as General Hospital, Enugu. She also rendered her services at Park Lane Hospital, Enugu as the very first Theatre Matron. She went on to serve as Matron at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital when the civil war broke out and later moved on to work with the International Red Cross at the Awomama Reference Hospital in the present day Imo State. Those who saw or read accounts of the war would understand better the services she rendered at those two places. Not done, she served as Matron at the General Hospital Ogoja after the war. She was also Matron at the Catholic Mission Hospital Monaiya, Ogoja and Holy Family Joint Hospital, Ikom and retired in 1985. But, she refused to get tired even in retirement as she redirected her life fully to service as a community and church leader. If we understand that Nursing as a profession is for the innately humane it is for those whose major aim is not to earn a living. Instead, they are so connected with humanity that they want to spend the rest of their lives providing care and saving lives, then we would better appreciate the •(Mrs.) Adeline Ndoma-Egba totality of her person. It would also help us to connect the dots as to why philanthropy runs in the blood of Senator Ndoma-Egba and his siblings. A Jamaican by birth, Mrs. Adeline Ndoma- Egba actually met the young Law student, Emmanuel Takon Ndoma-Egba, aka ET, who later became her husband at a friend’s graduation party in London in the afternoon of July 16, 1957. Both became attached to each other. ET proposed to her on her birthday in 1958, they got formally engaged on ET’s birthday in 1959 and married in 1960. Leaving her country of birth and the UK, she not only joined her husband in Nigeria, but also melted into her husband’s people, culture, and nation. She also made her home a melting pot of people of all races, tribes, religions, and languages. She accepted all irrespective of where they came from and gave meaning to their lives. Little wonder Distinguished Senator Ndoma-Egba is a pan-Nigerian with highly detribalised dispositions. The Senator is also married to his Igbo heartthrob, Amaka. As the matriarch embarks on her triumphal journey home at 91, one can only join the Ndoma-Egba clan to celebrate an exemplary life of service, who also bequeathed a tribe of men and women, who are making the world a better place. Goodnight, the good mother of a good son. •Anichukwu writes from Abuja C M Y K