34—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Rainy Season: NEMA alerts S'East States of possible flood By Dennis Agbo E NUGU—THE National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has alerted residents of South- East of possible flooding in some parts of the zone as the rains set it. It therefore, advised them not to hesitate in alerting relevant agencies of such natural disaster when noticed. South East Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mr. Walson Ibarakumo Brandon, gave the warning while speaking with newsmen in his Enugu office. He disclosed that 14 local government areas across Enugu, Ebonyi and Anambra states are more prone to the flood disaster and advised on the need for clearance of drainages and water ways to reduce the impact or eliminate the disaster. According to him, NEMA met recently with sister agencies including Nigeria Metrological Services Agency, NIMET and the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, among other establishments to map out strategies on how to mitigate the disaster and embark on massive public enlightenment campaigns. Brando said : “From the recent annual flood outlook, in Enugu State, we have Enugu South LGA, Enugu East LGA and Oji River. These are the three LGAs that are identified as high risk areas under the annual flood outlook released by Nigeria Metrological Services Agency. “In Ebonyi, we have Afikpo North, Ikwo, Ezza South, Ohaukwu and Ebonyi LGAs. "In Anambra, we have Orumba North, Awka South, Anaocha, Oyi, Dunukofia and Njikoka LGAs. So when we carry out our sensitisation, we are going to focus on those highlighted areas. “I will implore those communities not to wait for government but be on the alert and contact the appropriate agencies whenever incidences that are beyond their capability come up,” he said. Reminisce of Biafra at Achuzia’s Night of Tributes By Dennis Agbo E NUGU—DEFUNCT Biafra Republic came alive, Monday night, when Ohanaeze Ndigbo at the Enugu Sports club, hosted a night of tributes in memory of the late former Secretary-General of the body, the Ikemba of Ahaba and Biafra war veteran, Chief (Col.) Joseph Oseluka Achuzia. Achuzia died on February 26, 2018 at the aged of 90 years. He will be buried on Friday April 13, 2018. In a well attended night of tribute organised by the Apex Igbo organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the President General of the body, Barr Nnia Nwodo ;lauded the virtues of the Biafran general and called on Ndigbo and Nigerians to emulate the virtues of the patriot. Speaker after speaker at the event narrated their experiences with the military warlord both in Biafra and outside Biafra. The tough soldier fought at almost all fronts in Biafra and dealt a blow to his foes at Onitsha, Oguta, Okigwe and Abagana sectors of the war. The night of memory recalled how Biafra practically fought self defense against assault by the Nigeria armed forces on Eastern Nigeria government that declared secession on May 1967. Col. Achuzia’s many names were disclosed, starting from when he was growing up that he was nicknamed “Governor” by his uncle that foresaw the rare traits in him. In Biafra, he was also nicknamed “Hannibal” same as “Air Raid.” The Achuzia family that attended the night in their numbers said the war veteran resolved the identity problem that some persons of Delta-Igbo have. They said he was proud of the Igboness in him till he died. His nephew, Chief Ejiofor Onyia said “He protected the Igbo man in every sphere of life. We knew him as Governor in Delta. As a young man, he had shown the characteristics he was made of.” Another relation of Achuzia who is the Vice President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Delta State, Dr. Olisa Ebigwa spoke in the same manner, noting that the sage never suffered identity crisis. “He was highly patriotic, believed he was an Igbo man to the core and never suffered identity crisis. In 1970, when he was released, he said he had suffered, yet he was focused, assertive and bold. He was a strongman till death,” Diokpa Ebigwa recalled. Police arrest council boss for demolishing nonagenarian's home in Ebonyi By Peter Okutu A BAKALIKI— EBONYI State Police Command yesterday, said it had arrested the coordinator of Ezeukwa Development Centre in Onicha Local Government Area of the state, Chukwuma Igwe for his alleged role in the demolition of a building and fence belonging to a 94 year old man, Pa Omabe Obini in the community. The incident which occurred at Uwani Anike village in the area was allegedly carried out by nine suspected hoodlums under the supervision of the co-ordinator. Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, in the state, ASP Loveth Odah explained that Igwe had been arrested and was undergoing interrogation. She noted that police would investigate the matter before charging the suspect to court. “There was an arrest on alleged case of malicious damage involving one Chukwuma Igwe,” she said. Narrating his ordeal before newsmen in Abakaliki, Pa Omabe Obini alleged that suspected thugs in company of Igwe invaded his compound with axe, digger and cutlass and chased away members of his family before embarking on the demolition of his building and a section of his INSPECTION: Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State (middle) with the Vice Chairman of Nkanu West Local Government Area, Hon. Sunday Nnamani (left) and a stakeholder, Chief Mike Onu (right) during an inspection tour of urban renewal projects on flood control and traffic de-congestion at Four-Corner junction, Ozalla, along Enugu -Port Harcourt Expressway, yesterday. Why FG can’t seize my assets, Ekweremadu tells court ...says Obno-Obla led presidential panel illegal ...some of the properties have been sold, FG laments By Ikechukwu Nnochiri A BUJA—SENATE President, Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday, challenged the powers of the Federal High Court in Abuja to grant interim ownership of his 22 properties to the Federal Government. Ekweremadu, via a motion he filed through his lead counsel, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, maintained that under the 1999 Constitution, as amended, the High Court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain and exercise judicial powers in matter related to, connected with and arising from the Code of Conduct and Declaration of Assets. It will be recalled that FG had in an ex-parte motion marked FHC/ABJ/CS/284/ 2018, applied for an interim order temporarily attaching/forfeiting Ekweremadu’s properties to it, pending the conclusion of further inquiry/investigation by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property and/or possible arraignment of the respondent. Nine of the properties FG asked the court to freeze because they were not declared by the embattled lawmaker, are in Abuja; two of them in London, the United Kingdom; eight in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates; and three in Florida, the United States. FG predicated the motion on section 330 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, section 8 of the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provisions) Act, section 44 (2) (K) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended. However, Ekweremadu, in his counter-motion, told the court that the Chief Okoi Obono-Oblah led Special Presidential Investigation Panel that is moving to seize his properties for the government “is an illegal body”, saying it was not created under any law made by the National Assembly. “The so called Special Panel was never Gazetted in any publication in the Federal Government of Nigeria Gazette. The President and Commander-in-Chief never inaugurated any panel anytime and anywhere in Nigeria”, he argued. He contended that the panel lacked the locus standi, competence and legal vires to receive complaints, investigate and initiate legal proceedings in matters connected with assets he declared to the Code of Conduct Bureau in 2007 and 2015. “The Constitution of perimeter fence. The victim who showcased a 30 minutes video clip to journalists to prove his story added that the development was the second time the coordinator was sponsoring such level of attack against his property in the village. Pa Omabe who said he had reported the matter to the police, appealed to the state government and human right activists to come into the matter for justice to reign. 'My health condition has worsened following the demolition of my home. There is no basis for the action considering that I have no land dispute with members of the community or Igwe," he lamented. In his reaction, Igwe who said he was the chairman of Anike General Assembly said what was demolished was Pa Obini’s perimeter fence which constituted boundary between him and Umu Anike. According to him, the role he played was to ensure justice prevailed in the community as he was not against Pa Omabe Obini. "The decision to demolish the building was taken by the Anike General Assembly following Pa Obini’s refusal to appear before it for violating the resolution on the disputed boundary," he alleged. Nigeria 1999 (as amended) has laid down a set of guidelines for the behaviour of public officers. It is known as the Code of Conduct, which is contained in the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution. “The Code of Conduct Bureau is an institution created by the Constitution and charged with ensuring compliance with the Code; whilst the Code of Conduct Tribunal is responsible for enforcing it. “It is important to invite the court’s attention to the fact that the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provision) Act, CAP R4, LFN, 2004 gives jurisdiction to the Federal High Court under Section 2(2)b which is not only inconsistent with the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, but inconsistent with section 251 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which did not include code of conduct matters under the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court."
Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018—35 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Death toll from Lassa Fever rises to 101 THE death toll from the Lassa fever disease ravaging the country since the beginning of the year has risen to 101, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has said. The health agency, in its situation report of April 8, said 408 cases of the disease had been confirmed from 20 states, where the disease has been active. The states are Abia, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Gombe, Imo, Kogi, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun, Plateau, Rivers, Taraba and the Federal Capital Territory, with Edo, Ondo and Ebonyi having the highest reported cases. The NCDC epidemiological report for week 14 since the disease started, shows that 408 cases have been classified as confirmed and nine probable cases, including 101 deaths. There are also 4,480 By Peter Duru M AKURDI— GOVERNOR Samuel Ortom of Benue State, yesterday, described rumours that he was leaving All Progressives Congress, APC, as baseless and unfounded. Governor Ortom said this when he addressed the Benue State APC’s contacts identified through contact tracing of people who had got in contact with confirmed cases, from the 20 Lassa fever active states. This year, the country is witnessing the largest outbreak ever of the disease since it was first discovered SISI OGE: From left— Sisi Oge Contestant, Funmi Sowemimo; Founder/ CEO, Nike Art Gallery Ltd., Chief Mrs Nike Okundaye; another Sisi Oge contestant, Owoyemi Kabirat, and General Manager, Lush Hair Extensions, Mr. Hemait Nahar, and his wife, at the 2018 Sisi Oge hair braiding festival sponsored by Lush Hair Extension in Lagos. expanded caucus meeting in Makurdi, urging party members to discountenance the rumour. He said the false story came from his political enemies who thought his position was a stumbling block to their personal ambitions. His words: “I remain a member of APC. I have no Privatisation: Activists caution African govts over World Bank, IMF, others’ interventions By Oboh Agbonkhese RIGHTS groups, labour unions, activists and community leaders have urged African governments to reject anti-people models of intervention in water and other sectors, as marketed by the World Bank; International Monetary Fund, IMF; International Finance Capital, IFC, and corporate powers under the privatisation umbrella. Noting that privatisation under any guise, including public-private-partnership, in Nigeria in 1969. However, NCDC's epidemiological chart for this week indicates that there has been a steady decline compared to when it started, though there are still pocket outbreaks across the country. intention of joining another political party. The rumour that I plan to dump APC is the handiwork of my detractors who want me to leave the party so that they can come in.” Ortom also said the state's anti-open grazing law had been copied worldwide, disclosing that northern governors had also resolved to adopt it as a law in their PPP, is not the solution to the poor performance of the public sector, they said civil society, unions, students and grassroots groups need to build strong synergies to halt the advance of privatisation sweeping across the African continent. These were conclusions reached after a two-day workshop on Public Private Partnerships Versus Public Sector Solutions, organised by Public Services International, PSI; Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth Nigeria, ERA/FoEN, and A virological expert, Oyewale Tomori, had called on the government to find a lasting solution to curbing the disease, noting that the country has been taking the same steps for the past 49 years without combating the disease. I'm not leaving APC, Ortom declares 876,000 pupils for free feeding in Katsina By Bashir Bello KATSINA—NO fewer than 876,000 primary one to three pupils of government schools across Katsina State are to be fed as the state Government, yesterday, flagged off its free school feeding programme. Special Adviser to Governor Bello Masari on Girl-Child Education, Hajiya Binta Dutsinma, announced the figure at the flag-off in Katsina. Declaring the programme open, Governor Masari told the food vendors engaged for the programme to live up to expectations, warning that government will not hesitate to sanction those who failed to meet up the expectation. Masari said: “The programme will enhance enrollment and retention in our primary schools, which is very crucial as it is fundamental and foundation of education. “We will also have healthy children and women, free from frequenting the hospital. “It will also empower about 10,000 women, even as farmers will sell their produce.” Earlier, Executive Secretary of MaiAdua, Usman Umar, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues from the 34 local governments, described the programme as a welcome development. respective states. According to him, “you will all recall that the northern governors, in their last meeting, had declared their support for ranching as the panacea to the persistent herdsmen crisis. “We expect that all the governors in the north will soon adopt and domesticate it in their respective states to stem the crisis.” On the herdsmen killings in the state, the governor noted that crisis did not start with the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, adding “even in my days as minister, the crisis was there. So it will be wrong for anyone to say that Buhari started it.” the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service, Technical and Recreational Services Employees, AUPCTRE, in Lagos. Asked why no Federal, state or local government official was present, Akinbode Oluwafemi, Deputy Director of ERA/ FoEN, said: “We are at the stage of campaign, but will involve government at the engagement stage.” In his welcome remarks at the event that drew participants from Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda 1,371 indigent students get Senator Mark’s scholarship By Peter Duru M AKURDI—NO fewer than 1,371 indigent Benue State students, yesterday, benefited from the annual David Mark Scholarship Foundation scheme for the year 2016/2017. The students, drawn from primary schools up to the university level from the 23 local government areas of state, received between N20,000 and N250,000 as support from the foundation. Speaking, their benefactor, Senator David Mark, who was represented by his wife, Helen, implored the beneficiaries to put the money to good use to enhance their educational pursuit. Mark said: “I instituted this scholarship scheme because of my firm belief and conviction that the path to the greatness of AFRICAN Public Relations Association, APRA, has partnered a firm, Reputation Matters, to conduct a survey of ethics and reputation in the African continent. Chief executive officers, managing directors, managers as well as public relations managers and officers working in Africa have been invited to participate in the online survey, which will yield results regarding how ethics and reputation impact decision making and behaviour at three different levels— i n d i v i d u a l , any nation is the effort put to its capital development and the starting point is the education of young people who are the foundation for tomorrow.” Guest speaker and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship aspirant, Professor Tor Iorapuu, in his speech, commended the immediate past Senate President for instituting the scheme and urged other well to do Nigerians to emulate his example. His words: “It is said that when one is in solidarity with the poor he or she is with God, so no doubt, Senator David Mark by his action with and for the poor is with God.” Earlier, Chairman of the Foundation, Professor James Alachi, who commended Mark for sustaining the scheme which gulp N50 million annually, said over 18,375 students had benefited from it in the last 12 years. PR experts, firm conduct reputation survey on Africa and Nigeria, National President of AUPCTRE, Mr. Benjamin Anthony, noted that “many African countries were planning to privatise in the erroneous belief that the public sector is ineffective and inefficient.” The keynote address on Campaign Against Privatisation of Public Services: 2030 Agenda and Current Global Policy Issues, was delivered by PSI Head of Campaigns, Sandra Vermuyten, representing Rosa Pavanelli, PSI General-Secretary. organisational and country. Regine le Roux, Managing Director of Reputation Matters, speaking on the project, said: “Measuring Africa’s reputation and ethics is an enormous task which requires input from as many leaders as possible, across Africa. “The more respondents who complete the survey, the more valuable our research results will be. “We encourage every African leader, from any sphere of work, be it politics, business, nonprofit or otherwise, to complete the survey online before the deadline of Friday, April 13.” Ellyman’s My Love set for release ELLYMAN, a Minnaborn artiste, is set to release a single entitled MY LOVE. According to the Lagos-based singer, My Love will be produced by Imo Recordz in collaboration with Made Men Music. He added that his album, with the tracks Oh Africa, Got the Money, What’s Up, Your Matter, Your Love, featuring McGalaxy; One Cedi, Sarkodie; Cover Me, Davido and the title track, My Love, will hit the music world soon.