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10 — Vanguard, MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 CBN governor redeploys Nnanna, deploys new DGs By Babajide Komolafe GOVERNOR of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has approved the redeployment of Dr. Okwu Joseph Nnanna from the Financial System Stability, FSS, Directorate to the Economic Policy Directorate. Before his redeployment, Nnana was the Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability, FSS. In a statement confirming the redeployment, Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department of the CBN, Isaac Okorafor said: “ Following the assumption of duty of the two new Deputy Governors of the Don’t relinquish your responsibility to teachers, Adeboye charges parents By Olayinka Latona LAGOS—WIFE of the General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Folu Adeboye, weekend urged parents, especially mothers to imbibe Godly virtues in the upbringing of their children in line with biblical doctrines. Adeboye made the appeal during the April edition of the church’s monthly Holy Ghost Service at the Redemption Camp New Auditorium, Simawa, Ogun State specially packaged for children. The theme of the programmed was: “Stronger Than Your Enemies, Part 4: Children of conquerors”. Commending an eightyear old boy who recited the 176-versed Psalms 119, Mummy G.O as she is popularly called said: “This is a great example to us as parents, a boy who is yet to Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on March 28, 2018, the Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele has approved the redeployment of Dr. Okwu Joseph Nnanna, from the Financial System Stability (FSS) Directorate to the Economic Policy Directorate. “ The Governor equally approved the deployment of Mrs. Aishah Ahmad to the Financial System Stability (FSS) Directorate, while Mr. Edward Lemetek Adamu has been assigned the portfolio of Deputy Governor, Corporate Services. Mr. Adebayo Adelabu, however, retains his portfolio as Deputy Governor, Operations Directorate.” Okoroafor said all the affected principal officers have since assumed duty in their new offices. clock eight, reading Psalm 119. I sat down with his parents during the rehearsal and the father said the boy learnt one verse each day. Many of us have money, we buy iPad for our children where they watch several things that might not be of benefit to them. Why not sit with them and ensure that they learn a verse of the Bible in a day.'' In his sermon based on the theme of the programme, the General Overseer of the church, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, who thanked God for answered prayers with reference to the abducted schoolgirls, also prayed God to release all the remaining girls still in captivity. Adeboye led the large congregation, which included Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to pray on behalf of all schoolgirls, including 15-year-old Leah Sharibu still being held by Boko Haram insurgents. AREWA PASTORS’ VISIT: PDP chides APC, Presidency over ‘procured’ endorsement By Dirisu Yakubu ADemocratic BUJA—PEOPLES Party, PDP, yesterday described as “stage-managed,” recent courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari by the Arewa Pastors Nondenominational Initiative for Peace, claiming the visit was aimed at procuring political endorsement for the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Presidency. In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP claimed the “controversial” endorsement had called into question, the highest elective political office in the land, saying: ''It is heartrending that because of desperation, the integrity of Nigeria’s seat of power has again been ridiculed as the world watched religious bodies and groups in the country disowning the procured band. The fact that this drama came barely a week after our nation suffered an international show of shame over President Buhari’s presentation with a procured award linked to Martin Luther King Jr, speaks volumes of this administration’s proclivity for falsehood. “Having failed to gain any endorsements from reputable international figures, such as Bill Gates and the Martin Luther Kings Jr group, the APC and the Presidency have now resorted to cheaper ways and means, particularly, along the unregulated and porous religious and sectional lines. It is now overtly manifest that the administration is ready to stage-manage anything to deceive Nigerians. “These endorsements are being coordinated by three presidential aides, a cabinet minister from the South-South and certain officials of the APC, a project for which billions AWARD: From left: Kunle Ahmed, CEO; Wunmi Mabel-Adewusi, General counsel/HR Director; Abisola Nwoboshi, Group Head, Corporate Business and Akinlolu Akinyele,Group Head, Energy and Special Risks, all of AXA Mansard Insurance plc after receiving award for most innovative deployment of HR strategy, in Lagos. of naira have been earmarked. This cabal is also responsible for the renting of crowds, who are usually conveyed in buses, trucks and trailers, to fill the space during President Buhari’s visits to various states of the federation, as witnessed in A B U J A — PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari is expected to leave for Britain today for official visit. The President will hold discussions with the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, before proceeding to Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings that will start on April 18, 2018. A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu last night, said President Buhari would also meet Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Plc. The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Monday, April 9, 2018 for an official visit to Britain where he is due to hold discussions on Nigeria – British relations with Prime Minister, Mrs Theresa May, prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings scheduled for 18th to 20th April, 2018. “The President will also meet the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Plc, Mr. Ben van Beurden in connection with Shell and other partners’ plan to invest $15 billion in Nigeria’s oil industry. “These investment Benue. “That the Presidency could be begging for endorsements only points to the fact that it lost the support of Nigerians which its administration has subjected to economic hardships, bloodletting and a bleak future. If dysfunctional APC had performed to the least expectations of Nigerians, even by implementing the littlest of its numerous campaign promises, it would have no need for gimmicks of procuring awards ahead of the elections." Buhari leaves for UK today, to hold talks with British PM, Theresa May By Johnbosco Agbakwuru ventures will lay the foundation for the next 20 years production and domestic gas supply, bringing with it all the attendant benefits both to the economy and the wider society. “President Buhari is due to renew discussions with the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby, a good friend of the President on inter-religious harmony in Nigeria and World-wide. “Further meetings have also been scheduled for the President to see some prominent British and Nigerians residing in Britain.” Oradian challenges tech coys on toolsets for financial inclusion … Builds digital banking cloud tech By Prince Osuagwu F INANCIAL inclusion company, Oradian, has challenged Information and Communications Technology, ICT companies in Africa to develop toolsets to help community of visionary microfinance institutions, and Cooperative Societies in West Africa take up the financial inclusion challenge easily. The company said to take up this challenge, it has built Oradian’s toolset, which includes a special cloud-based core banking system (CBS) tagged Instafin. The cloud tech helps financial institutions grow and reach more clients with digital financial services in rural communities. The new tech tool, according to the company, is in line with its desire to support Nigeria’s goal to reach 80 percent financial inclusion by 2020 as stated by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The solution boosts financial inclusion by financial institutions reach more clients in rural communities. Co-founder and Head of Implementation at Oradian, Onyeka Adibeli said: “Oradian’s cloudbased CBS enables financial institutions to go digital. Paired with guidance and support from our in-market teams. We are enabling the successful digital transformation and implementation of global best practice for our community of financial institutions.” He hinted that to accelerate financial inclusion in Nigeria and share best practice for going digital with cloud technology, the company will host a dinner tomorrow in Lagos, as part of the Africa Banking and Finance Conference.

Vanguard, MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018 — 11 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 500 % VARSITY FEES HIKE: Parents, students, others fault Ondo govt By Dayo Johnson A KURE—ANGER yesterday, trailed the 500 percent tuition fees increase by the management of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba, AAUA, in Akoko, as parents and students vowed to resist the increment. The students, who have been out of school for over 80 days after completing their first semester examination, kicked against the increment, vowing to resist it. The tuition fee, which was N25, 000, was increased to N200, 000 by the state government, a development which generated condemnation across the state. Announcing the commencement of the 2017/ 2018 academic activities, Head, Information, Protocol and Public Relations of AAUA, Sola Imoru, in a statement said “Faculties of Arts and Education - Fresh Students: N150,000, returning students: N120,000, Faculties of Science, Agric, Social and Mgt. Sciences- Fresh Students would pay: N180, 000, returning Students: N150, 000. Others include Faculty of Law - Fresh Students: 200,000, returning Students: N150, 000.” We won’t pay — Student body Reacting to the increase, President of the National Association of Ondo State Students, Morayo Popoola has asked the students “not to pay any school fees for now.” Popoola, in a statement, asked the students to “print your school fee invoice and keep calm. An update will be released soon for our next line of action; just remain calm.” He also urged fresh students not “to create an account for now as an update is coming as regards that.” Also rejecting the increment, chairman of the NANS Joint Campus Committee JCC, Adewunmi Adebowale said the increment will “bring more hardship on indigent Nigerian students.” Adebowale said: “In lieu of this, AAUA students are strongly advised not to go ahead with any payment. All students should kindly boycott the April 9th, 2018 resumption date as our agitations continue.” In his reaction, the president, Students Union Government, SUG, Olawale Ijanusi, after a meeting with government officials and the governing council, said the meeting ended in a deadlock. Olawale said students of the institution would not resume as directed by the council. Faulting the state government, coordinator of PDP Grassroot Mobilizers in Ondo State, Mr. Kunle Ajibogun appealed to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to govern with a human face. In a statement, the group condemned the “decision to increase tuition in the stateowned Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba- Akoko, by between 500 and 800 percent. “The government had earlier stopped payment of WAEC fees for senior secondary school students. Free education has also been canceled at the secondary school level. “It is a lamentable irony that a governor elected on the platform of a supposedly progressive political party is destroying the much-cherished legacies of free and affordable education and health in the state.” Parents tackle govt Lampooning the state government over the increment, some parents •Govt explains increment accused the state governor of reneging on his campaign promise of not increasing the tuition fees in the state tertiary institutions. They vowed to resist the increment by the governing council just as they asked the government not to approve it. One of the parents, Abiodun Jegede, a civil servant, who has two students in the institution, described the increase as “wickedness of the highest order.” Meanwhile, the Pro- Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the institution, Dr. Tunji Abayomi said the council will “put up measures to make payment of the coming fees regime easy for all.” “There will be options to pay by installments, while efforts will be made to ensure the fees will be less than the rumoured N200, 000, which we know will be difficult for most parents to pay”, Abayomi said. Govt explains increment Meanwhile, the Ondo State government has explained that the increment in tuition fee was because of the crisis situation it inherited in the university. Explaining the increment, the Information, and Orientation Commissioner, Mr. Yemi Olowolabi denied that it was up 500 per cent. He said: “The Governing Council looked at the fees paid by students in the State University of Science and Technology which were between N120,000 and N150,000, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, between N350, 000 and N450,000, while students of Adekunle Ajasin University pay N30,000 as tuition fee. “Seven months before we came on board, salaries were not paid, accreditations were lost and no subvention paid to the institution. It was a crisis situation that we met on ground in the institution. “It was after all these that the Governing Council decided that what the students in the institution were paying, as fees, was unrealistic.” WORLD HEALTH DAY: From left; Acting Coordinator, Ogun State, World Health Organization, Dr. Gloria Archibong; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Ogun State, Dr. Nofiu Aigoro; Commissioner for Health, Ogun State, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye; and representative, Nestle Nutrition Institute Africa, Dr. Omotayo Omoteso at a press conference to commemorate the 2018 World Health day in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Photo by Akeem Salau. EKITI GOV POLL: Why my Deputy should succeed me — FAYOSE By Dapo Akinrefon ADO EKITI— GOVERNOR Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State said, yesterday, that he is backing his Deputy, Professor Kolapo Olusola for being instrumental to the unprecedented achievement recorded by his administration in education, noting that such a feat must be sustained after the end of his tenure. In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi in Ado Ekiti, Fayose said this when the National Association of the Proprietors of Private Schools, NAPPS, conferred on him the award of the best performing governor in private education in Nigeria during their international conference of the association held at the Afe Babalola University, ABUAD, Ado Ekiti. Fayose said: “When you don’t allow continuity, you will lose all the gains you have recorded. For our achievements to be sustainable we must encourage the continuity of this government by supporting Kolapo Olusola to succeed me. “My deputy is a man that has done well in education. He is an outstanding person, he is personally involved in the educational system of our state. Their decision is not by chance, they must have looked into many parameters because when you don’t allow continuity, you lose all the gains. They are only buying into the sustainability and continuity of these gains. “You can only get a reward for a job well done. The award given to me by the NAPPS is a confirmation of what we have been able to achieve in the educational sector.'' Obasanjo’s govt most corrupt in Nigeria’s history — KALU •Says ‘I've declared war on Fayose' By Rotimi Ojomoyela A F DO-EKITI— O R M E R Governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, yesterday, said former President Olusegun Obasanjo lacked the moral standing to describe any government as being corrupt, saying his government is most corrupt in the history of the nation. Kalu, who was reacting to a statement credited to Obasanjo asking President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek a second term in office, said the former president was incompetent to stop President Buhari from seeking re-election. He said this while addressing members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the house of a governorship aspirant and former Speaker, Mr. Femi Bamisile at GRA in Ado Ekiti yesterday. He said: “Obasanjo’s government is the most corrupt ever in the history of this nation. He had nothing on him when he became president, but before he left the Presidency, he was able to rebuild Ota farm and he also acquired farmlands across the country, built a legacy Library, a University and many other private projects. “Nigerians should tell former President Obasanjo to stop writing frivolous letters. It was sad that someone who behaved badly by not listening to advice could talk like this. “Let me tell you emphatically that President Buhari will contest again, don’t listen to letter writer like Obasanjo. Obasanjo has been President twice, so he should keep his letter in Ota for himself. “If anyone will caution President Buhari, it should not be Obasanjo. That is why somebody like me is in Ekiti to tell our people not to listen to Obasanjo. He met the economy in coma, today President Buhari has raised the foreign reserve from $23 billion to as much as $47 billion, while the menace of Boko Haram has been defeated. “So, some people are out to destabilize his government. We want Nigerians to embrace love, peace and show understanding,” Kalu advised. I've declared war on Fayose On the comment credited to Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose that the Kalu-led Peace Advocacy Team was not welcomed in the state, the former governor said: “Fayose is my boy, I’m his boss, he lived in my house at Victoria Island for three and half months and I fed him for that period. It was out of the madness that governors like Ayo Fayose will ask me, a bonafide Nigerian, not to come to Ekiti State. “Fayose was in my state, Abia last week and nobody said he should not come, so I have declared war on him.'Even if I sleep on the floor, I will still defeat Fayose on any issue. “I have declared war on Fayose, we must put an end to his thuggish attitude, he can’t just open his mouth and say whatever he likes, without giving consideration to the exalted office.” Why we converted 48 modern bus stops to commercial platforms — ONDO GOVT By Dayo Johnson AKURE—AS a way of shoring up its Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, the Ondo State government has converted all the 48 modern bus stops constructed by the immediate past administration to platforms for advertising of products, services, and political campaigns. Also, all the 90 free shuttle buses for school children across the state would henceforth be branded and used only for advertisement of products and services and not political campaigns. Special Adviser to the governor on Transportation, Tobi Ogunleye while speaking with newsmen, in Akure, said the new initiative “that would be implemented through a public-private partnership, would create new jobs, generate resources for government and add to the aesthetics of Akure. “The transport ministry has already synergized with the signage agency and arrived at a workable template that would be acceptable to prospective clients comprising politicians, schools, hotels, telecommunication outfits, banks, insurance companies, religious organizations, as well as government agencies and other private business concerns.