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BusinessDay 08 Apr 2018

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C002D5556 Sunday 08 April 2018 6 BDSUNDAY News IGP reinstates Janga as Kogi police commissioner, following re-arrest of the 6 jail breakers Victoria Nnakiaike, Lokoja Ali Janga has been reinstated as the Commissioner of Police in Kogi State, the state police command spokesman, ASP William Aya, confirmed. Speaking, Aya said in Lokoja that Janga returned to office on April 3, 2018 on the orders of Ibrahim Idris, Inspector -General of Police. He said the reinstatement was made after Janga met the one-week ultimatum given to him by the Inspector- General of Police to re-arrest the suspected six jail breakers who escaped from police custody. Aya, the police public relations officer, confirmed that all the six suspects that escaped from the police custody on March 28, 2018 had been re-arrested. He also disclosed that13 persons that aided the escape of the suspects had been arrested in Lokoja alongside the commercial tricycle Ebonyi youths decry excessive taxation, brutality Bunmi Bailey Several youth groups and youth-led organisations gathered in Abakiliki Friday to decry excessive taxation being imposed on entrepreneurs among them by the state government. The youth groups met with representatives of the government from the integrated revenue department of the board of internal revenue, Esema Chima, head of the department, and a senior special assistant to the government on internally generated revenue, Okwuegbu Sunday. Representatives of Salt Youth Network narrated the experience of one of their skills acquisition beneficiaries, who just relocated to Abakiliki from his village to start his barbing business at a low cost location, only to be slammed with a tax of N36,000 which exceeds his rent and his business capital put together. The attitude of the waste management agents was not left out of this agitation as they were reported to have seized goods from traders at their business premises, insisting on annual purchase of waste bins. According to Nwogodo Vincent of Young Visioneers Association of Nigeria (YVAN), these agents also beat up citizens in the process of recovering such levies. operators that ferried the suspects to safety after their escape and the owners of the houses where they slept after escape from custody. The suspects, according to Aya, would be charged to court after conclusion of investigation. It could be recalled that Janga had on March 28, 2018 announced that six suspects, including Kabiru Seidu a.k.a Osama and Nuhu Salisu, who had named Dino Melaye, a senator, as their gun supplier, escaped from lawful police custody in Lokoja. Following the incident, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, removed Janga as the state Commissioner of Police and named Sunday Ogbu as his replacement. Aya equally said that the 13 policemen that were on duty on the day of the incident had gone to the police headquarters for interrogation as directed by the IGP, saying that they had started returning to their duty posts. As a result of this heavy tax and recovery agents’ molestation, several entrepreneurs have closed up their businesses, while some only open their shops at odd hours when the tax forces have closed for the day. In response, the government representatives explained the basis for the taxes and called on the youth to support the effort of the government as the dividend of their taxes can be seen in the development of the state. They however admitted that the agents responsible for the recovery are incompetent in some cases and as a result overcharged citizens. The youths suggested solutions to the problem which were documented in a communiqué. At the end of the engagement, the youths agreed that they are willing to work with the government in the interest of the development of the state and they are also willing to pay tax, but demanded from the government a more transparent process subject to assessment in the determination of taxes. The aggrieved stakeholders made it clear that the right to freedom of expression has been denied them since anyone who reports or makes any statement against the government becomes a victim of attack. Journalists such as Charles Otu and Chika Nwoba were reported to have been arrested and brutalized, as a result. Mantu’s confession: INEC should deregister PDP, APC, SDP – Agoro Akinremi Feyisipo, Ibadan Following the revelations by Senator Ibrahim Mantu that he allegedly rigged elections for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), National Chairman of the National Action Council (NAC), Olapade Agoro has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deregister and proscribe the umbrella party, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Mantu now APC member recently said he helped the PDP to rig elections. In a letter dated April, 3, 2018 to Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, Agoro threatened to drag the commission to court if it failed to deregister and proscribe the three political parties within seven days. “There is the urgent need for INEC to deregister both the ruling APC, PDP and the SDP following the recent FG trains ex-militants on agric enterprise in Abia UDOKA AGWU, Umuahia Fifty persons drawn from the Niger Delta areas have been trained by the Abia Agricultural Development Programme (ADP) in collaboration with Fadmobi Investment Limited on Agricultural Enterprises under the Presidential Amnesty Programme. The training was in the areas of piggery, snailery, poultry, among others. Bartho Onyemaobi, the programme manager of Abia ADP, noted that before the discovery of crude oil in the country, Nigeria’s mainstay and foreign exchange were derived from Agriculture, adding that after some time agriculture was relegated to the background. He pointed out that it was because of the oil glut that the Federal Government asked all to go back to basis “So that we will produce enough to feed and export to earn our foreign exchange.” The programme manager informed the trainees that they were being trained by the Federal Government in one of the best centres in Agriculture in Abia. Mantu ‘very serious mind-bungling revelations’ by Senator Ibrahim Mantu now APC member that “he rigged elections for PDP” and the recently released alleged looters lists by the Federal Government. Agoro added that this became necessary “in the light of Section 15 sub section (5) of Amended Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria that states thus “ The State shall abolish all corrupt practices and abuse of power” and Section 36 – 1 of the aforementioned Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria; and the African Charter on Human Rights Articles 2, 10, 27 as well as the powers conferred upon Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as clearly spelt out under its published ‘Key Actions 3.1 of Embrace demand-driven research, Ajimobi charges tertiary institutions Akinremi Feyisipo, Ibadan Ajimobi Tertiary institutions in Nigeria have been urged to embrace demand-driven research and courses capable of solving the country’s peculiar challenges. The institutions were also advised to pay closer attention to technical courses and ICT that would make their certificates globally competitive. Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State who charged the institutions while inaugurating an information technology building donated by his wife, Florence to her alma mater, The Polytechnic, Ibadan, as part of activities marking her 59th birthday, described technology as the bedrock of development, He said without deliberate focus on technical education, Nigeria would continue to produce graduates who would not be able to contribute effectively to the country’s socio-economic development. The governor further emphasised the importance of ICT, saying that most of the successful entrepreneurs in the world made their fortunes through information and communication technology. The governor said the state had taken the lead in tackling this problem by establishing the first technical university in Nigeria which he said was equipped to impart `practical and practicable’ skills in its students. He urged the students to take the advantage of the opportunities provided by the new ICT INEC Strategic programme of Action 2017-2012’”. The NAC leader said that taking into consideration the very serious mind-bungling revelations by Senator Ibrahim Mantu now APC member that “he rigged elections for PDP”, (ii) the Looters List currently being circulated by the Federal Government (iii) The fact that almost all in the present leadership of APC government were formerly same people in PDP now in opposition; It becomes pertinent to hereby give you seven days notice from date of dispatch of this letter to you demanding that both the APC and PDP be deregistered and proscribed since both APC and PDP are dirty and corrupt same one party disguising as two. He also urged INEC to take into consideration Social Democratic Party (SDP) currently enmeshed in one hundred million naira DasukiGate scandal. “Failing which I will without further notice cause legal actions to be instituted against you jointly and severally,” Agoro said. centre to improve their skills. The governor said: “Our new education structure in Oyo State is built around technology because the illiterates of tomorrow are not those who cannot read and write but those who cannot harness the power of technology. “This is why I am calling on our tertiary institutions in Nigeria to embrace demanddriven research and courses that are capable of solving our peculiar challenges as a country. “My wife has, through this donation, contributed to the advancement of technology in Nigeria. I urge you, the students, to take the advantage of this facility to horn your skill in technology.’’ In her address, Florence said she was motivated into donating the ICT Centre by the growing influence of information and communication technology and how it is changing the world. “I have been engulfed with a burning passion to spread its gospel as far as I can. In furtherance of this, I have built and completely equipped three ICT Centres which are today operating at maximum capacity.

Sunday 08 April 2018 C002D5556 BDSUNDAY 7 News ‘We want to provide needed capacity for Nigerian graphic designers’ KELECHI EWUZIE As part of its drive to shore up capacity of graphic designers for the socioeconomic development of Nigeria, Ellae Branding Agency has organised a Designer’s Arise Contest. The contest, which has been running online monthly for over two years, has ensured the exposure and award of over 100 graphic designers in the Nigerian space. Noella Ekezie, CEO, Ellae Branding Agency, said the purpose of the Designer’s Arise platform was to create a community for Nigerian graphic designers, giving them an avenue to interact and learn from one another, while exposing them to local and international opportunities. “Our aim is to project Africa to the world through design and provide an enabling platform for creative talent to showcase their work and get discovered by the global design and tech communities,” Ekezie said. At the end of the keenly contested competition, the three judges Noella Ekezie, Banke Alawaye and Fisayo Fosudo adjudged Ifeoluwa Sopeju the overall winner who will went home with N100,000 and a ticket to Dubai courtesy of Michael Smith won the second prize with N75,000 while Emmanuel Oisemaye won the third position and was also awarded N50,000 for his spectacular designs. According to the Ellae Branding Agency Management, the recently concluded maiden Designer’s Arise Contest Live Edition served as the forerunner of many more editions to come. In the words of the CEO, “The Designer’s Arise Contest will be a quarterly event, addressing every aspect of the design field and drawing on graphic designers from around Africa.” The Designers Arise Contest is among a plethora of initiatives Ellae Branding Agency has put together to empower the Nigerian youth in the Design and Tech fields. Another one of such initiatives is the Ellae Training Academy, the foremost design, branding and digital training academy in Africa, which facilitates world class branding, design, digital and technology training programmes for the Nigerian youth and entrepreneurs. Indorama: How Aleto Eleme shared N6.4bn from 7.5% host community equity payout ...Economic activities shoot up in Eleme Godwin Egba, Port-Harcourt Once again, the enviable Eleme Industrial land in Rivers State can enjoy peace after over five years of protracted crises between Elano Nigeria Limited and some groups in Eleme host communities of the Indorama world-class Petrol Chemical and Fertilizers Company situated near Port-Harcourt, Rives State capital. Elano is a registered corporate entity that acquired the shares for the communities and secured the right to manage the dividends accruing from the Indorama Company to six host communities in the Eleme geographical land. The relationship between Elano and its clients, the host communities, began from 2012 when the FG ceded some equity to the host communities as part of Corporate Social Responsibility policy. However the good intentions turned sour some few years later as allegations and suspicion against Elano management started flying about from the communities such as Aleto and Agbonchia claiming that their people had lost confidence in the company (Elano) over seemingly or alleged discrepancies in managing the funds Some of the communities shared their dividend among their people with the best trust they could which include both males and females, young and old; while others reserved theirs for development purposes. Aleto which has eleven communities was bugged down by court cases with its Akpajo brothers and this dragged Elano management in it. Along the line, a couple of irate youths from the Aleto extraction caused mayhem within the community where a number of highly valued properties belonging to some persons believed to have direct or indirect link with Elano management were destroyed. Also a good number of youths and women from the communities did not spare the management of Indorama to vent their grievances through protests. All these happened in 2017 even as the case lingered in the Federal High court sitting in Rivers State Capital Port- Harcourt. However, in the heat of the protest, the Indorama Management did not fold its arms over the crises stating severally that every kobo due to the host communities was paid out through Elano as agreed and never diverted or kept back. L-R: Noella Ekezie, MD/CEO Ellae Branding Agency, Ifeoluwa Sopeju, first prize winner, Ellae Designer’s Arise Contest, Fisayo Fosudo, Digital Influencer and Tech Enthusiast’, Banke Alawaye, Business Productivity Consultant and Founder: GirlsinGlasses. Our peaceful disposition should not be taken for weakness, PANDEF tells FG ANIEFIOK UDONQUAK, Uyo The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has expressed disappointment over the lack of progress in the 16-point agenda it presented to the Federal Government which it said contained the template for resolving the crisis in the region noting that its peaceful disposition should not be misconstrued as weakness. At its inaugural meeting in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital and attended by the new executive committee of the forum led by the chairman, former military governor of the state, Idongesit Nkanga, the forum maintained its resolve to pursue the realisation of true federalism and the restructuring of the country to ensure equity and fairness among all the units. Nkanga, who said that if the Federal Government had done what it said it would do after series of meetings and after the Vice Nkanga President, Yemi Osinbajo had visited the region last year, there would have been tremendous development in the region, explained that the forum was irrevocably committed to restructuring and the use of dialogue in resolving all contentious issues. “I would like to use this opportunity to make a passionate appeal that there must be a new way of searching for peace. For this cause, Isaac Daka Boro died, Ken Saro Wiwa died, Odi was levelled. If you want to operate federalism, you must listen to the voices of the people,’’ he said. Describing PANDEF as Season 6 of the epic comedy and didactic drama, Professor Johnbull, will open this week with a showcase of the life of keke (tricycle) riders. The prime time television drama series is sponsored by telecommunications firm, Globacom. Season Six debuts today, Sunday April 8 on DSTV Africa Magic Family Channel and also on GOTV Channel 2 by 6.00 p.m. A repeat broadcast will be aired on Thursday at 9.30p.m. on both stations. The programme is also broadcast on the terrestrial channel of NTA Network, NTA International on DSTV Channel 251 and NTA on StarTimes on Tuesday at 8.30 p.m., with a repeat broadcast on Friday at the same time and on the same channels. Anambra Broadcasting Service, ABS, will broadcast the show on Wednesday at 8.30p.m. with a repeat broadcast on Saturday also at 8.30p.m. Titled Anthony Keke, this first edition of the season looks at the lifestyle of a typical Keke (commerthe voice of the Niger Delta region, he said the forum has been working with other recognised groups in the south east, south west and the middle to ensure a peaceful resolution of conflict in the country maintaining that such meetings and dialogue would ensure a paradigm shift in the governance of the country. He said even when the Vice President had pronounced that International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in the country should relocate their head offices to the Niger Delta when he visited the region, such directives had not been headed to adding that the relative peace in the region was a result of intervention by PANDEF which he said has resulted in increased oil production and huge revenue to the Federal Government. “You may have seen responses by our youths. They believe and trust that the elders are doing the right thing. Season 6 of Professor Johnbull begins today cial tricycle) rider, who depends on taking alcohol and other stimulants to function. In the show, Professor Johnbull’s gateman, Abadnego (Martins Nebo) makes advances toward the erudite Professor’s daughter, Elizabeth acted by Queen Nwokoye; Olaniyi (Yomi Fash-Lanso). Anthony the Keke rider in the play represents the average Keke rider and he does all the evils that some of them are akin to; including disobedience to traffic rules with impunity, riding without licence, quarrelling with passengers and being unnecessarily abusive and unruly. “Viewers will have a good laugh as a drunk Keke rider, Anthony takes off with a passenger’s luggage without the passenger only to see ghosts on the way,” Globacom stated in a preshow press release. According to Globacom, viewers need to hear what Professor Johnbull, acted by Nollywood legend, Kanayo O. Kanayo (KOK), will say about the mischievous antics of these tricycle riders.

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