12—Vanguard, MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018 Gas masterplan takes off as Oilserv, NNPC sign AKK transmission project F E By Sebastine Obasi D E R A L Government’s much talked about Gas Masterplan appears to be taking off with the signing of 200 kilometres Lot 1, Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas transmission pipeline project between Oilserv/Oando consortium and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. The two-year, 614km by 40 inch contract, which spans from Ajaokuta, Kogi State to Kano through the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, will have the consortium handling the Lot 1 section, from Ajaokuta to Abuja. The scope of work include the engineering, procurement, construction, installation, testing, and commissioning of class pipeline system, with associated valve stations, intermediate and terminal :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 gas facilities. The contract sum was not indicated. It was consummated at the NNPC Towers in Abuja where Mr. Emeka Okwuosa, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer Oilserv and Mr. Gbite Falade Managing Director of Oando, represented the consortium, while the NNPC team was led by Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru. Speaking during the signing ceremony, Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer of Oilserv, Mr. Okwuosa, said “This is indeed a landmark achievement in Nigeria and the project which is part of the Nigerian Gas Masterplan will ensure adequate supply of gas to the North, improve the gas infrastructure expansion within the domestic market and boost power generation in the region. “It is a gas infrastructure revolution which has never been witnessed in the country." I never mandated anyone to speak with Ijaws—Oba of Benin By Simon Ebegbulem B ENIN-CITY— BENIN monarch, Oba Ewuare II, has said that he did not mandate anybody to hold meetings with the Ijaws on behalf of the palace, adding that Col. Paul Ogbebor (retd), who claimed he held meetings with the Ijaws on behalf of the palace was on his own. The monarch who made the clarification when members of the Great Benin Vanguard led by Prof. Ovenseri Abueku paid him a courtesy visit in his Palace, said he was shocked to hear in the media that Col. Ogbebor held meetings with the Ijaws, claiming it was at the instance of the Oba of Benin. “I was surprised because I never sent anybody to hold meetings with the Ijaws, the palace never sent him,” he said. The monarch urged members of the Great Benin Vanguard to avoid confrontation and violence, saying that the Palace always sue for peace and harmony in Benin Kingdom, urging them to always take decisions that will uplift the image of the kingdom. The Oba of Benin said the Palace will continue to offer prayers for peace and tranquillity of the kingdom just as he urged them to consider how they will establish the teaching of Edo history in private schools as well as language programmes on Radio and Television to promote Benin Language. Earlier, the leader of the group, Prof. Ovenseri Abueku said they were in the Palace to introduce the group to the monarch and expressed their resolve to quell what they described as "attempts by the Ijaws to annex Benin land." Looters list: I've been vindicated, says Oshiomhole ...urges FG to go after looters By Simon Ebegbulem B ENIN-CITY— IMMEDIATE past governor of Edo State, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, weekend said he had been vindicated with the recent release of alleged looters list by the Federal Government, noting “When I earlier disclosed how the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Federal Government RETREAT: From left—Corps Marshal Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi; Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Musa Bello; Director-General, Bureau of Public Procurement, BPP, Mr. Mamman Ahmadu; and Permanent Secretary, General Services Office of SGF, Adesegun Adetoye, during the 2018 Procurement Retreat for chief executive officers of the Federal Government Agencies, Parastatals, Commissions and Departments, held in Abuja at the weekend. FG plans to frame me up, Wike alleges P ORT-HARCOURT— Rivers State governor, Mr Nyesom Wike has raised the alarm over an alleged plot by the Federal Government and her agencies to frame him up by planting illegal items on him in any of his trips outside the shores of Nigeria and have him quizzed and embarrassed by foreign security agencies. A statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media, noted that investigations by the Rivers State Governor revealed that the Federal Government was using her security agencies to plan the set up anytime the governor travels abroad. The governor said: “My investigation reveals that the Federal government using her security agencies is planning to set me up anytime I am travelling outside the country. They plan to organise security to storm the hotel I am staying and say they found xyz cash in my possession; after which they will say I was arrested for currency trafficking or whatever offences outside the country. “They will then precipitate crisis in my state and other parts of Nigeria. They will plan demonstrations to demonise me and claim I had gone outside to embarrass the country. The public odium is meant to smear me before my people and other Nigerians. It is unfortunate, wicked and unfair. “What they plan is similar to what was once done to the late Chief DSP Alamieseigha. They are planning what they call the ‘Alams treatment’ for me. But, by the grace of Almighty God, they will fail.” Wike said, though he was neither afraid nor disturbed over the plot, he felt the need to alert the nation and the world to the evil and dangerous dimension politics had degenerated in the country. He said: “I am using this opportunity to alert the world of the sinister plot. I am a law-abiding citizen of this country and countries I visit in the course of my work or holidays. I have never dabbled into anything illegal. So, any attempt to frame me up on trumped up charges or alleged offences is bound to fail." N’Delta agitators to Buhari: Don't use oil funds for amnesty to B'Haram By Emma Amaize Y AGITATORS ENAGOA— under the aegis of 21st Century Youth of Niger Delta, weekend, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to use the funds earmarked for amnesty to members of the world deadliest group, Boko Haram, to fund the Ministry of Niger Delta, Niger Delta Development Commission and other appropriate federal agencies to save the coastal communities of Niger Delta threatened by coastal erosion from extinction. The agitators in a statement by their spokesperson, W O I Izon- Ebi, said: “Recently, experts, including the Programme Director of the African Peace Building Network of Social Science and Research Council, New York, Dr. Cyril Obi, raised the alarm that coastal communities in Nigeria may soon experience violent conflict due to the rise in ocean level that could lead to flooding. “We have observed with dismay that the various federal agencies such as the Ministry of Niger Delta, NDDC and the NDBDA, have all failed in this regard because they have no single project in almost all the coastal communities. “We therefore, call on President Buhari to channel the funds that had been set aside to grant Boko Haram amnesty to adequately fund these ministries to avert these predictions and save the lives of the inhabitants of these communities. “The bulk of the funds that sustain this nation come from the deep sea of these communities and they suffer most of the negative consequences of oil exploitation by multinationals, which conduct their businesses with impunity.” looted the entire treasury, they said I was lying.” According to Oshiomhole, “What is being disclosed today is a tip of the iceberg, the money they looted if you share it among the 180milllion Nigerians, everybody will be rich in this country,” adding that the Federal Government should not be bothered about the threat of court action by the affected persons but ensure that the looters were prosecuted. The leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State, spoke after attending the wedding ceremony of the daughter of Mr Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma, the House of Representatives member representing Egor/Ikpoba Okhai Federal Constituency of Edo State. Oshiomhole said, “While I was governor of Edo State, I was privileged to be part of some committees that looked into the books of some of activities of the former administration, I told Nigerians then that monies looted from the treasury were in dollars and pounds but sadly the PDP guys engaged the services of hatched writers to challenged my comments. “I think if other Nigerians don’t understand the power of transparency, the right to know, the media should uphold that right and defend it. What was stolen was not from private purse; the house that was destroyed was not a private residence. We are talking of resources which if it was distributed equally by the 180 million people, you will be richer. “I think my only complaint is that the Federal Government should go more ruthless because there are a lot of people who should be in court who are not there. I have interacted with power vertically and horizontally, I know that we cannot be lamenting today without understanding that the treasury was bugled yesterday. It is like someone sneaked into your kitchen and took everything out and you woke up, he tells you I am sorry I stole the pot of soup, in fact, I broke the pot. Should we continue like that? “Right now, they are saying the National Assembly should approve the $1billion the Federal Government is going to spend on security but this is a party that spent well above that without going to the National Assembly at all. The PDP cannot fool Nigerians anymore and we will continue to tell Nigerians about their sins,” he stated.
VANGUARD, MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018—13 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Upland/riverine differences no longer necessary in Rivers —Wike By Davies Iheamnachor PORT HARCOURT— GOVERNOR Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has declared that one of the greatest achievements of his administration is the elimination of the upland/ riverine dichotomy which plagued the state in the past. Speaking during an interview with organisers of Zik Leadership Prize Award, Wike said his administration has been able to promote unity for the overall development of the state. He said: "First of all, you remember that the founding fathers of this state maintained that Rivers State should be seen as a place or land of opportunity, where people will have to achieve their potentials in life. "In this state before, all you see and hear was tribalism; that you are from the upland, you are from the riverine and so people were not doing things as if we are one Rivers. “So, we felt that, one way we can make progress is if we see ourselves as one and once that is done, then we have moved to the next step. So today, our concern is that the issue of upland/ riverine is no longer necessary. "We see ourselves as one Rivers State and it is necessary because of the projects and programmes we are carrying out in all the local government areas in the state. So the issue of upland/riverine differences is relegated to the background." Wike noted that Rivers State has made tremendous progress in the last three years because project execution has been prioritised. The governor said his administration was committed to making sure that Rivers State takes her rightful position in the comity of states in the country. He said a trip round the states of Nigeria under the current dispensation reveals that Rivers State under his watch is one of the leading centres of rapid growth. Governor Wike said he inherited a collapsed infrastructure and damaged governance structure, hence the decision to prioritise projects execution for optimum output. He said: “The idea of 'I started this project' without completion amounts to bad governance. My administration has taken the step by completing all abandoned and uncompleted projects. 2019: Only Gov Emmanuel has automatic ticket — A-Ibom PDP By Harris-Okon Emmanuel UYO —ANY member of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, nursing the ambition of governing the oil-rich Akwa Ibom State in 2019 should bury such thought, says the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Iniobong Ememobong, The reason is that the party has ruled out any governorship primaries, declaring that the incumbent Governor Udom Emmanuel has already been given automatic ticket to fly the party’s flag in the gubernatorial contest. Ememobong, who spoke in Uyo, weekend, said the party arrived at the decision in view of the governor’s achievements in the last three years. He said: “Apart from the governor, whom we have already given automatic ticket, every aspirant from the House of Assembly to the National Assembly must follow due process. “Governor Emmanuel has acquitted himself creditably well with the mandate entrusted in his care since 2015 and he has substantially delivered on the five-point agenda of his administration. “The governor has also laid the foundation for the industrialisation of the state, "When such projects are fully completed and those that left them uncompleted, who did not handover properly to me will turn which will ensure the largely civil service state becomes an industrialised economy in years to come. “Again, under the current administration, more jobs have been created for the youths through agricultural interventions, interest-free loans for market unions, free basic education for the young ones, scholarships for higher education around to claim 95 per cent completion of such a project. How can a project left at 95 percent completion take three years to complete, isn’t it funny?” QUARTERLY DRAW: From left, Kenneth Ukanwa, Manager, Technology Advisory, KPMG; Atanda Rasak, Kolawole, former winner of Diamond Xral of 500k; Tukur Karimot, Head of Consumer Banking, Diamond Bank Plc; Osita Ede, Head Mass Market, Diamond Bank Plc; and Adeeze Ume, Head,Youths and School Banking, Diamond Bank, during the Diamond Bank Xral quarterly draw at Iyana Ipaja, Lagos. students and N600 million earmarked every year as WAEC fees for final year secondary school pupils. “Much of these, including building of infrastructure, roads, bridges and drainages to tackle perennial flooding in the state are the benchmarks that recommended Governor Emmanuel for the automatic ticket in 2019.” El-Rufai'll not go unpunished for anti-labour posture —Ajaero By Egufe Yafugborhi PORT HARCOURT— Secretary-General of National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, and President of United Labour Congress of Nigeria, ULC, Mr Joe Ajaero, has said Governor Nasir el-Ruffai of Kaduna State will be punished for his anti-labour postures in recent times. Ajaero told Vanguard in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, that the Kaduna governor’s “indefensible” sack of workers and the report to move wages matter to the concurrent list by All Progressives Congress, APC, committee on restructuring he headed will not go unpunished. He said: “They think labour is just civil or public servants in their states and that is why they recommended putting it on the concurrent list. He even went further to say civil servants do not deserve N18,000 minimum wage. “Labour is more than that. Like National Union of Electricity Employees, do we have employees that El-Rufai controls, no. They are purely national. And these are people that are part of labour, so at what point can you now pass it to a state?” On the competence test the Kaduna governor administered on teachers in the state, he said: “All these are to be considered to teach El-Rufai a lesson that no other governor will follow him to set that bad example. There will be an opportunity to deal with him and it will be difficult for him to seek re-election.” N4bn on water projects: PDP faults Edo govt's claim By Gabriel Enogholase BENIN CITY— EDO State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has faulted Edo State government over its claim that it had expended N4 billion between 2017 and February 2018 on water projects in the state in partnership with the European Union, EU, describing it as false and misleading. It will be recalled that the state Commissioner for Energy and Water Resources, Mr Yekini Idaiye, weekend, told journalists that N1.3 billion (excluding donor agencies) was budgeted by the state government for various water schemes in 2018. However in a reaction, Landslide: Delta to assist victims By Festus Ahon ASABA—DELTA State Commissioner for Bureau for Special Duties, Mr Ernest Ogwezzy, has restated the state government's resolve to assist victims of natural disasters in the state. Ogwezzy, who gave the assurance when he visited Tuomo and Ovwian communities in Burutu and Udu Local Government Areas of the state to ascertain the level of destruction occasioned by natural disaster, said: “Government will give you little assistance to ameliorate your sufferings.” Disclosing that the state government will take state Chairman of PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, alleged that what the state government had done was to use the opportunity of counterpart funding to defraud the EU in the name of embarking on water projects in the state and challenged the state government to take journalists and civil society groups to where the said projects are sited. He said: “I find it totally misleading, the false claim by the state government that they had partnered EU to expend N4 billion on water projects across the state in the past one year. Of course, it is possible that in their effort to alleviate the plight of local communities, the EU may have provided some counterpart funding for the purpose of providing water in the state." Payroll fraud: Dickson vows to flush out culprits By Samuel Oyadongha Y ENAGOA— Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has restated his determination to flush out culprits of payroll fraud, truancy, multiple employment and related vices from the state’s civil service. The governor said such a firm decision was necessary to free the civil service of unscrupulous characters and create employment opportunities for the teeming youth populace in the state. Dickson in a statement by state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, insisted that the state government will not tolerate those milking the state resources without rendering services. Dickson had taken steps to confront the payroll debacle in Bayelsa in December 2017 when he directed that the salaries of 4,204 suspects from the eight local government areas of the state be withheld. About 1,329 of the affected workers came from the local government areas, 2184 from Primary School Education system and 707 from pension payroll. Iworiso-Markson lamented that the criminal conduct of a few criminalminded individuals has been depriving the state of over N12 billion annually. urgent action to address the mudslide, Ogwezzy said: “You can be very sure that the governor will show concern with what has happened to your community and I am very sure that in no distant time something will be made available to bring succour to Tuomo community. “I know that urgent action needs to be taken if this community is to be saved from further landslide and that I will assure you, any moment from now, you will get the governor’s response.” The commissioner accompanied by officials of the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA also visited Ovwian where some houses were destroyed by rainstorm.