34—Vanguard, THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Buhari's 2nd term will bring Igbo closer to presidency—Nwosu O W By Chinonso Alozie E R R I — GOVERNOR Rochas Okorocha’s son-inlaw, Mr Uche Nwosu, yesterday said that realisation of Buhari's second term in office will bring the Igbo closer to the presidency by 2023. He also said it would be wasteful if the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, or any party for that matter should zone its vice presidential slot to the South East zone. Nwosu spoke while fielding questions from newsmen in Owerri on whether his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, will be affected if PDP considers South East for VP slot. He claimed that the declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election in 2019 was an infallible guarantee for Igbo to produce the next president after Buhari. His statement is coming at a time the governorship aspirants under the Imo PDP have increased in number with the declaration by Senator Samdady Anyanwu representing Imo East to contest the 2019 Imo guber. Nwosu, a governorship aspirant under APC and the choice of Okorocha argued that the “Vice Presidential slot to South East zone in any party including the PDP is a complete waste because what a president can achieve in one day, a vice president cannot achieve in eight years.” He further stated: “Aside from the Igbo presidency which Buhari’s second term will secure for the Igbo, he has also done very well for the Southeast. “With Buhari's declaration for a second term, the Igbo will only have to wait for four years before producing the next president. So, there is need for every Igbo man irrespective of political party affiliation to support Buhari’s re-election bid. “Today, we have a Cargo Airport in Owerri and President Buhari did it and today, Anambra State has been enlisted among the oil producing states. All these and many more were done by President Buhari. President Goodluck didn’t do them for us.” Meanwhile, the list of guber aspirants for Imo State keeps expanding with Senator Anyanwu joining the race. Others in the list are Senator Athan Achonu and Mr. Jude Njoku, among others. Traders escape death as police van crashes into drainage channel By Ugochukwu Alaribe ABA—TRAGEDY was yesterday, averted at Ogbor Hill, Aba, Abia State, when a van belonging to the Nigerian Police, lost brakes and crashed into roadside traders at the popular Opobo Junction. The traders, who included a nursing mother, abandoned their wares and fled as they saw the Police vehicle on top speed from the Opobo Road area. The incident could have led to the death of over 20 persons as the area is usually crowded with fruit sellers who display their wares by the roadside. The van crashed into the newly built drainage in the area. Eyewitnesses told Vanguard that they thought the Police team was pursuing suspected criminals when they saw the van racing towards the junction and expressed Enugu playing lead role in youth empowerment—Udedi ENUGU State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr. Joseph Udedi, yesterday hailed Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his keen interest in and commitment to youth empowerment and development. Udedi added that Ugwuanyi’s commitment to empowerment programmes aimed at alleviating the suffering of the people and aiding the youth and women to be selfsufficient, had remained one of the focal points of his administration. The commissioner spoke during a town hall meeting organised for youths in the state by the state government. Udedi said the Federal Government’s verdict that other states should borrow CONFERENCE: Ituah Ighodalo, Senior Pastor, Trinity House (left); Mike Okonkwo, Presiding Bishop, TREM (right), shortly after presenting an award to Teresa Ebuzaju Chukuma (middle), who was being honoured for her immense contribution to education in Ngeria, at the Word and Power Conference held in Lagos. a leaf from Gov. Ugwuanyi in the implementation and actualisation of the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, skill acquisition programme for the youth, is a clear proof that Enugu State is playing a lead role in youth empowerment and human development. He said: "One of the key elements of the agenda of this administration is empowerment of our teeming youths. To this end, the state government has been resolutely implementing various programmes and policies via the ministry aimed at equipping the youth with skills to optimise their capacity to drive state and national development. “Through the magnanimity of the governor, the state has kept youths busy and meaningfully engaged through participation in different national and state youths and sports programmes such as the National Youth Games, NFF under-13 and under- 15 football championships, National Mobil Track/Field Championships. "Others are Zenith Bank Basketball Championship and Nestle Milo Basketball Championship as well as the Central Bank of Nigeria Table Tennis Classics, 2017/ 2018 Gburugburu All Public Secondary Schools Football Championship, among others. “In addition, recently, 750 youths were trained for 12 months on various skills by the Enugu State Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, office." gratitude to God that no life was lost in the incident. A shop owner, Chioma Obinna, said she hoped that the incident would serve as a lesson to the roadside traders who had refused to leave the area. “This has been a disaster waiting to happen. These traders who display their wares on the road have been warned to leave the area, but they refused. We thank God that no life was lost. This junction is usually crowded, but there were only few traders today.” Officials of the Abia State Public Utilities Maintenance Agency, APUMA, have continued to warn traders at Opobo junction of the dangers of roadside trading. The traders always return to the roads as soon as operatives of the agency leave the area. When Vanguard visited the area, some policemen were seen guarding the crashed van, while fruits and other goods destroyed in the incident littered the scene. Efforts to get the reaction of the Police Public Relations Officer, Abia State Command, DSP Geoffrey Ogbonna, was unsuccessful at the time of filing his report. 1,200 policemen promoted in Anambra By Vincent Ujumadu AWKA—NO fewer than 1,200 policemen serving in Anambra State, who were recently promoted by the Police Service Commission, PSC, were yesterday decorated with their new ranks by the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Garba Umar. It was the highest number of policemen ever promoted in the state at a time. Addressing the newly promoted officers and other ranks at the state police headquarters in Awka, the CP reminded them that the promotion was meant to spur them to perform their duties well in their various formations. According to Umar, decoration with new ranks is usually a memorable day which every policeman looks forward to, advising them to live up to expectation. He said: “The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris feels that you are worthy to be elevated due to your hard work, professionalism and zero tolerance for corruption following recommendation by the Police Service Commission, PSC. “You must remain humble in the discharge of your duties and we hope this promotion will serve as morale booster for you to carry out your duties. “The beauty of any country is measured through the behaviour of her police and I enjoin you to continue to exhibit good image for the police at all times.” Customs earns N76.7bn in Q1 at Tin Can port By Samson Echenim TIN Can Island Port Command of the Nigeria Customs Service yesterday, said it generated N76.78 billion between January and March, 2018. According to the Customs Area Controller, Mohammed Musa, the figure is N14.9 billion higher than the N61.83 billion earned by the command in the corresponding period of 2017. Musa, who disclosed this while delivering a paper on the “General Overview of the Command”, before a delegation of participants of Senior Division Course 1, 2018 from the Command and Staff College Gwagwalada, said innovations, reforms and re-engineering of officers towards enhancing efficiency and productivity in line with the service’s mandate helped the command’s capacity to generate more. “Though the first quarter of each year is usually synonymous with low volume of trade, the migration to NICIS II platform by the Command, also contributed to some hiccups that affected declarations but which we have surmounted,” he said. Musa stressed that deliberate and concerted efforts were being made to ensure that the policies and programmes of the Command are tailored towards achieving enhanced efficiency, while promoting competitiveness in the trade value chain. Cloudcover WIB challenges women to aim higher By Etop Ekanem THE maiden edition of Women in Business, WIB, a networking session for women in all sectors of the economy powered by Cloudcover Limited, an innovative company delivering constant internet connectivity to Nigerians, was held in Lagos with a call on women to always aim high and not be limited by their situations. The interactive session brought together women from diverse industries and organisations and addressed issues concerning women in all areas of economic endeavour. Featuring women entrepreneurs, professionals and budding entrepreneurs, the event had the co-founder of She Leads Africa, Afua Osei, as keynote speaker. Afua Osei, an entrepreneur, investor, and a seasoned public speaker, urged women not to be overwhelmed by the harsh economic environment that seeks to limit them from attaining greater heights. According to her, “it’s a tough society with series of odds stacked against women but we must never give up. We will find it hard going alone but our strength is in our unity. When we collectively face challenges, we will achieve more." In her brief remarks, Group Chief Operating Officer of Cloudcover Limited, Eleanor Potter, explained that the aim of the interaction was to help women surmount cultural and institutional hurdles they face in realizing their career and business goals through quality networking.
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