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Vanguard, THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018—33 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Why we must document Benin historical facts, culture —Esogban By Simon Ebegbulem B ENIN—THE Esogban of Benin Kingdom, Chief David Edebiri, has stressed the need for proper documentation of Benin history and culture so that people he described as mischievous, would not distort vital historical facts IYC bemoans delay in relocation of IOCs headquaters to N-Delta By Jimitota Onoyume W ARRI—IJAW Youth Council, IYC, has expressed concern over Federal Government's delay in enforcing its directive that international oil companies, IOC, should relocate their corporate headquarters to the Niger Delta region. National president of the body, Mr Eric Omare, in Warri, Delta State yesterday, said the p r e s i d e n t i a l pronouncement by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, while he acted as President of the country, was going the same way as other unimplemented promises to the Niger Delta region by the Federal Government. Omare, who congratulated ex-militant leader, Chief Government Ekpumopolo aka Tompolo, for attaining the age of 47, further lauded the Federal Government on the resumption of academic activities at the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State. He enjoined the government to drop all of the kingdom. Edebiri, who briefed newsmen, announced the launch of his book OGIAMIEN and the Illusion of Kingship, scheduled for April 14, 2018. According to him, “This book is a well researched document and part of our efforts to document some of our historical development, charges against the exmilitant leader. “IYC decries the lukewarm attitude of the Federal Government to the demands of the Niger Delta people. It will be recalled that at the peak of the renewed Niger Delta hostilities spearheaded by the Niger Delta Avengers, the Federal Government made far reaching promises, including relocation of the corporate headquarters of multinational oil companies to the Niger Delta region. However, we note with dismay that this very sensitive presidential pronouncement which was Benin historical development, so that the present and future generations of our people may be able to know the truth about their history and antecedents. “This book will help strengthen some of the historical facts that some people have tried in recent times to bend. You cannot made by then acting President Yemi Osinbnajo, is almost going the way of previous promises by the Federal Government to the Niger Delta people. “We also note that key projects that were ongoing in the Niger Delta region had been relegated to the background such as the deliberate non-funding of the East-West Road by the Federal Government despite assertion of increased capital funding for projects. The key demand of the Niger Delta people for federalism where they would have control of their resources has not also been attended bend history. History has to be told as it is and I believe that all those who will have the opportunity to read this book, will be satisfied that aspects of our history have been properly straigtened and that all other moves to bring other things into it are not allowed to stand,” he stated. COMMISSIONING: From left: Zonal Head, Lekki, of First City Monument Bank, FCMB, Mrs. Violet Odu; Rector, Lagos State Polytechnic, LASPOTECH, Mr. Samuel Sogunro; Manager, Oniru branch (Victoria Island) of FCMB, Mr. Augustine Adigwe; Librarian of the school, Mrs. Abiodun Olajide and Regional Service Head, Lagos, of the bank, Mr. Patrick Akpareva, during the opening ceremony of the FCMB Flexx Hub and the LASPOTECH gate reconstructed by the bank at the school in Ikorodu, Lagos. to. “However, the IYC commends the Federal Government for fulfilling its promise to kick-start academic activities at the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State. As at the time of issuing this statement, more than 200 pioneer students have resumed for academic activities at the university. We commend this display of good faith by the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari and call on him to remobilise contractors who were working at the permanent site of the university to go back to site," he said. What Okowa should do for 2nd term —Mulade A Niger Delta activist and House of Assembly hopeful for Warri South-West constituency, Mr Sheriff Mulade, has urged Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to adopt proactive measures for the riverine communities for Deltans to have confidence in his administration, saying that doing so will give the governor total winning votes in 2019 general election. While endorsing the governor for a second term, he urged him to commence construction work on Omadino- Okerenkoko- Kokodiagbene road, Ogidigben-Ubefan road, Ayakoromo-Burutu and Koko-Oghoye roads Mulade, an environmentalist called on Deltans to give maximum support and cooperation to Okowa and his Deputy, Mr Kingsley Otuaro, to enable them complete on-going projects and bring the desired peace and development to all parts of the state. According to him, the administrations of Chief James Ibori and that of Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan brought development to riverine communities of the state and he specifically commended Ibori for constructing bridges to Bomadi, Omadino and for helping to build roads across the riverine communities despite the difficult terrain. Itsekiri group pledges support to new mgt of amnesty programme By Gab Ejuwa ITSEKIRI National Development Initiative, INDI, a group of Itsekiri elite, has promised to support the new management of the Presidential Amnesty Programme under the leadership of Professor Charles Dokubo to recalibrate and reboot the programme to achieve its major mandate. The group, in a statement by Dennis Mene, Chairman and Henry Omajugho, Director of Contact and Mobilisation, said they were in full support of the eight-man special review committee to ascertain the present status of the Esan LG budgets N3.8bn for 2018 ESAN South East Local Government Area of Edo State has made a budgetary proposal of N3,847,175,000 for the 2018 fiscal year. The figure is contained in the document presented to the legislative arm of the council by its Chairman, Mr Victor Emuankhagbon. Christened Budget of Hope, the proposal, according to Emuankhagbon, designed to evolve a sustainable social and economic development process for the council, noting that if judiciously implemented, the budget 2019: Ogboru faults online media report By Etop Ekanem MEDIA Strategist to All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship aspirant in Delta State, Olorogun Great Ogboru, Mr Christopher Agaga, has faulted an online report which alleged that the Department of State Services, DSS, was mandated by the Presidency to conduct a discrete investigation on all Delta State APC governorship aspirants to ensure that a credible and corruption-free candidate emerges as the governor of the state in 2019. He noted that the alleged discrete investigation gave a Delta North governorship aspirant of the party the nod for having the programme and redirect the programme to meet present realities in the Niger Delta. The group urged the new management to speed-up plans to meet the demands of beneficiaries in schools and training centres especially Itsekiri beneficiaries that were recently deployed before the removal of Brigadier General Paul Boroh (retd). The statement said, “The office should immediately consider the redeployment of the beneficiaries deployed to schools without their choice of course and those deployed to schools without master’s programme and also meet the accommodation issues of post graduate beneficiaries deployed to Igbinedion University." will transform the lives of the people of the council.. A breakdown of the proposal put the capital and recurrent expenditures at N1,881,900,000 and N1,865,275,000 respectively, while highlights of the proposal indicate that N309,060,000 representing eight per cent, will come from internally generated revenue and statutory allocation will generate N1,505,115,000, representing 39.12 percent. Others include VAT, N500,000,000 standing at 12.99 per cent, excess crude N800,000,000 representing 20.79 percent while subsidy reinvestment programme (SURE P is expected to yield N500,000,000, representing 12.99 per cent. required structure to unseat Governor Ifeanyi Okowa in 2019, while Chief Ogboru, Prof Pat Utomi and other aspirants were disqualified, said it was politically sponsored by those who are afraid of Chief Ogboru in the governorship race. He said: "The tactics of outwitting opponents in politics to achieve victory is an acceptable practice in politics, but it should be done in a civilised manner rather than resorting to archaic way of trying to undo opponents warning that politicians shouldn’t go to the extreme when seeking political offices He called on Deltans to discountenance the online report, describing it as a disingenuous contraption from a hack writer who works for one of the governorship aspirants in the state.