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07042018 - Investigate your ministers

Vanguard Newspaper 07 April 2018

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Tenure Elongation: Why APC Govs moved against NWC — Ganduje •C'ttee submits report, insists on Convention, Congreeses •NEC will resolve all issues Monday — Oyegun, Lalong By Omeiza Ajayi THE Technical Com mittee set up to advise the National Executive Committee NEC of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC on the issue of tenure elongation for party officials submitted its report Friday evening, expressing optimism that its recommendations if implemented, would strengthen the party. Though the report has not been made public, one of its recommendations, Saturday Vanguard learned, is its insistence on the conduct of a national convention and congresses as well as convening of the NEC meeting slated for Monday. “This report was accepted by all our committee members including those who have travelled back to their destinations. We did our best within the short time to ensure that we got the report ready within the accepted time so that this party can move forward. The task appeared not easy when it was given to us but with God on our side and the very wide consultations we made, this report has solved most of the problems that we were thinking was within the APC. So, that is to tell you that there is democracy in the APC”, said Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong who chaired the committee. He said; “We looked at the meeting of February 27; we also looked at the passion and the commitment of Mr President towards keeping the party one and also cohesive and so at the end of the day, we made far reaching recommendations. We noticed that there were different interests, which is quite usual when you have a party like this that is progressive and those interests were genuine but at the end of the day, we were able to marry those interests so that the party can move forward. So, in this report, you will see a lot of it. “The report will also contain recommendations of certain issues that we think the party should do immediately and one of them is already being implemented about NEC meeting for Monday which is also in line with our recommendations and we want to assure By Onozure Dania LAGOS - A 12 year old boy, who was found hawking oranges at night, and refused to go home for fear that he would be beaten if he failed to sell all the oranges given to him, has been released to a Non-Governmental Organisation NGO, Eagles Wings Development Centre, EWDC, by a Lagos Magistrates’ Court sitting at Surulere. you that at the end of the day, APC is coming back to life”, he said. Receiving the report, national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun said the NWC will spend the weekend looking through the report ahead of the Monday NEC meeting. “It is my hope and expectation that the NEC meeting of Monday will finally lay to rest all the issues that need to be sorted out before we move into the elections. Finally, the recommendations of your report will lay to rest the ghosts that have been hovering over the leadership of APC”, he added. Meanwhile, the Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said governors of the ruling party decided to withdraw their earlier support for an extension of the tenure of the party leadership in recognition of the fact that the decision was undemocratic and could expose the party to a wave of litigations which could affect its chances at next year’s general elections. “Tenure elongation is undemocratic, it may lead us to litigations which will not be good for the party and we are happy that we have convinced the few governors who were for the elongation and on Monday we hope to have our NEC meeting where the previous decision will be reversed and by then, the timetable will be out for congresses at the ward level, congresses at local government level, congresses at the state level and finally convention at the national level”, he said. Ganduje who declared his intention to run for a second term in office, said; “Yes, there was controversy on this even though yesterday we were able to put it to rest. But, let me tell you the issues involved, those who are advocating for tenure elongation, are advocating on the premise that when we hold congresses and convention according to their own perception, there will be a lot of problems and that the problems would linger into the election period. Well that is a perception, it could be that way and it could be that some people wanted to retain power. Therefore that reason is biased. TOWN HALL MEETING: Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, the immediate past govenor of Delta Stte (standing right) addressing Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on the challengs of the people of Warri North during a Town Hall meeting with the governor held in Koko, Wesdnesday. Photo Henry Unini. Northern CAN disowns Arewa pastors By Sam Eyoboka CHRISTIAN Association of Nigeria, CAN, in the 19 Northern states and Abuja has disowned a band of pastors, who visited President Muhammadu Buhari, saying they lack the mandate to speak on behalf of pastors in the 19 Northern states. “These folks who described themselves as Arewa Pastors are unknown to us, said Reverend John Hayap, CAN’s publicity secretary while speaking to newsmen yesterday. He disclosed that the Arewa Pastors Non denominational initiative for Peace in Nigeria is not known to the Court releases child hawker to NGO The founder of the NGO, Mrs Olubunmi Oloyede, whose organisation stands for the protection of the girl child against rape and child molestation, reported the case to the Bode Thomas Police Station, which arrested the aunty of the boy, Mrs Florence James and charged her to court for the offence. The boy who was in court said on the day of the incident, he didn’t get home until 12 am, as there was no longer vehicle on Christian Association of Nigeria in the North and cannot be said to be representing Christians in the North. “We have searched through all our chapters in the 19 Northern states and Abuja and we found out that the leader of the delegation and most of them reside in Port-Hacourt, Rivers State,” the CAN PRO stated. He alleged that the leader of the group is from Benue State, according to findings with most of them from the South-South states. Rev Hayap, said though there’s right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association among the most important human rights we the road to take him home. The boy had told Oloyede that after she purchased about N800 worth of oranges from him, and asked him to go home, it was too late, he couldn’t get a vehicle home, and as a result he walked home. However the police on Friday arraigned Mrs Florence James, a 48 year old trader on a one count charge, bordering on unlawful exploitation and abuse of child right. possess, these rights protect peoples’ ability to come together and work for the common good. Rev. Hayap wondered why the Christian leaders did not seize the opportunity to draw attention to Leah Sharibu’s plight. The calamitous terrorist group, Boko Haram retained the only Christian among more than 100 kidnapped girls who were freed recently, prompting the Northern (CAN) to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to obtain her release. Boko Haram refused to release Leah Nathan Sharibu, 15, because she would not renounce her faith and convert to Islam. The prosecutor Sergeant Cecilia Onojah, told the court that the incident occurred on March 2, 2018, at about 9pm, at Shitta area of Lagos state. She said that the defendant “Unlawfully exploited the 12 year old boy, (names withheld) by giving him oranges to hawk and thereby abused the right of the child.” According to her the offence committed was contrary to section 25 of the child rights law 2015, of Lagos state. SATURDAY Vanguard, APRIL 7, 2018 — 5 Human trafficking: Edo Govt, EU to hold summit in June •Obaseki hails Oba Ewuare 11 over promise to pay monthly salary to Libyan returnees By Simon Ebegbulem AS the war against human trafficking in Edo state intensi fies, the Edo state government in conjunction with the European Union will hold a summit on further strategies to curb the menace before the end of June 2018. It will be recalled that the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare 11, had last week, promised to pay monthly salary to Libyan returnees in Edo state to compliment the efforts of the Edo state government. Governor Godwin Obaseki hailed the magnanimity of the Oba noting that the gesture was a landmark effort in rehabilitating the returnees. The governor, in a statement, said that the gesture showed Oba Ewuare II’s commitment to seeing that the youths, who have returned home from treacherous sojourn overseas, were catered for and protected from the vagaries of idleness. However, Governor Obaseki who disclosed the scheduled summit with the European Union when he met with the New Comptroller of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) in the state, Mr Kayode Eniolohunda, noted that his administration was determined to curb human trafficking and illegal migration and will be counting on the support of the service, particularly in the areas of investigation and prosecution. He said “with the feelers we have received so far, we are confident that human trafficking will be reduced by at least 50 percent before the end of this year.” According to him, “We are encouraged by the support received from the European Union and have agreed to have a conference in the state before June this year, where we will reveal all the steps taken to deal with human trafficking and illegal migration.” He said he has directed the local governments to secure office spaces for officers of the service to enable them integrate properly into the state’s security architecture adding that he would “continue to work with the Service to secure Visas and other necessary documents for foreign investors coming into the state for businesses¨. Earlier, Edo State Comptroller of the Nigerian Immigration, Mr Eniolohunda expressed the command’s support for the governor’s policies, far-reaching reforms as well as the fight against illegal migration. Pandemonium as stray bullets by custom officers hit primary six pupil By Bashir Bello THERE was pandemonium yesterday in Morawa vil lage, Batagarawa local government area of Katsina State when stray bullets by custom officers allegedly hit a primary six pupil, Bello Salisu of Morawa Primary school. The incident was said to have happened along Katsina - Kano road when some custom operatives were chasing smugglers conveying rice and fairly used clothes in a J-5 vehicle and were allegedly shooting sporadically. The pupil, little Bello Salisu was said to have been hit by the stray bullets and sustained injuries on his hand, around his shoulder and neck. Bello who spoke to newsmen from his hospital bed in the Accident and Emergency area of General Hospital, Katsina said they were on break when they heard gunshots and ran to see what happened when he was hit by the bullets from the custom officers. An eyewitness, Abubakar Yusuf said the custom operatives were chasing smugglers when the incident happened.“The custom officers were chasing a J5 carrying smuggled goods of rice and fairly used clothes and in the process they shot at the smugglers which hit the student. We had to rush the boy down to the hospital as they drove away,” Yusuf said while also displaying the empty shell of the bullet allegedly shot by the custom officers. One of the class teachers, Shawanatu Musa said the incident happened when the pupils were on break when they suddenly heard sound of gunshots and they were later told that a pupil from the school was hit by the gunshot. “We were seated when we heard loud sound of gunshots. We were preventing our pupils from going to the roadside when someone came to inform us that one of our students had been shot.” APC chieftain warns party leadership on choice of Delta governorship candidate A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Delta State, Hon. Christopher Agaga has urged the party leadership to be careful on the choice of the party’s governorship candidate in the state to avoid the mistake made in 2014 when the party performed woefully in the state. In a chat with newsmen in Warri, recently, Hon. Christopher Agaga said that the warning became necessary to guide against what happened in 2014 when an influential leader of the party in the state allegedly influenced delegates to vote for an unpopular candidate. He therefore called on the leadership of the party to adopt the same template which produced President Muhammadu Buhari as candidate of the party in the primaries and the winner of the general election in 2015, adding that, the victory of President Buhari in 2015 should be replicated in Delta State if the party was serious in winning the governorship election in the 2019 general election