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16—Vanguard, FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018 Anglican Communion tasks FG on release of Dapchi schoolgirl By Chimaobi Nwaiwu DIOCESE on the Niger, (Anglican Communion) yesterday said that the continued detention of Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu by Boko Haram insurgents is confirming the belief by many Nigerians that the violent activities of the herdsmen and Boko Haram insurgents are aimed at Islamizing Nigeria. Bishop on the Niger, Rt. Rev. Owen Nwokolo who spoke to journalists in Onitsha yesterday, wondered why weeks after the release of her colleagues, Miss Sharibu is still being held by Boko Haram insurgents. He Dana Air named official airline for COWAP summit DANA Air has been named the official airline of the maiden edition of the Coalition of Wives of Presidents and Vice Presidents in Africa for Peace, COWAP summit for peace and development, scheduled to hold from 21st to 22nd of April in Abuja. Themed: “African Women Summit for Peace and Development in Africa,” the coalition is a project put together by Engage, Empower, Educate Initiative, an NGO which aims at harnessing the enormous capacity and goodwill of both sitting and :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 therefore urged Present Muhammadu Buhari to prove Nigerians who have that belief wrong, by ensuring the immediate and unconditional release of the school girl. Nwokolo said that the continued detention of the schoolgirl by the Boko Haram insurgents and whatever idea they are portraying and herdsmen still bearing guns and continuing attacks of communities show that there is a plan to islamize Nigeria. "One question the All Progressives Congress, APC-led Federal Government of Muhammadu Buhari has failed to address is why Leah was not released with her school mates?" Enugu Workers endorse Ugwuanyi for second term By Chinedu Adonu E N U G U — ORGANISED labour in Enugu State, the NLC, TUC, NULGE, yesterday, endorsed Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for a second term in office, come 2019. In a colourful ceremony that took place at Okpara Square, Enugu, chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Virginia Nwobodo, said that the workers were moved to adopt Ugwuanyi, because of his friendly disposition towards the workers especially in the areas of prompt payment of salaries. The labour leader particularly mentioned the payment of 13th month Ugwuanyi made to workers in December last year in addition to the prompt payment of salaries as part of the reasons for their endorsement. Nwobodo also expressed appreciation for how Gov. Ugwuanyi has been paying not only the workers but the pensioners and workers in the parastatals promptly. He however, pleaded with the governor to pay arrears of pensions and gratuity so that the elder statesmen will continue to enjoy the dividends of democracy. In his own speech, chairman of TUC, Chukwuma Igbokwe said that they endorsed Ugwuanyi because of his openness to governance. “Gov. Ugwuanyi sees workers as stakeholders in governance. He involves workers in decision making. “When you are working with somebody and he is open, you must be open to him as well. Because of his openness, we say he has done well. If he is doing this under economic recess, if it were to be during boom, he would have done more," he said. past wives of presidents and vice presidents in Africa towards four thematic points which aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals: Peace in Africa, Girl-child Education, Ending Hunger and Poverty in Nigeria. Speaking on the choice of Dana Air as official airline of the summit, Kingsley Ezenwa, the airline’s Media and Communications Manager said: “We are proud to have been selected as the official airline of such a huge summit coming up this month in Abuja." Senate in rowdy session over status of Anambra as oil producing state By Henry Umoru ABUJA—It was a rowdy session yesterday on the floor of the Senate over the status of Anambra State as an oil producing area as three senators from three different states were engaged in exchange of words. The crisis followed a point of order by the chairman, Senate Committee on Anti- Corruption and Financial Crimes, Chukwuka Utazi, 600,000 Nigerians benefit from FG’s social intervention scheme—Osinbajo By Vincent Ujumadu A WKA—VICE President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has said that no fewer than 600,000 Nigerians have so far benefitted from the Federal Government’s social intervention scheme under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, GEEP, for entrepreneurs. The GEEP micro credit is one of the flagships of the Federal Government’s social intervention programmes that enables entrepreneurs have access to affordable credits to fund their businesses, especially in rural areas. Under the programme, beneficiaries receive grants between N50,000 and N100,000 payable within six months and does not attract any interest, except five per cent administrative charge. According to Osinbajo, who was in Onitsha yesterday to launch the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, MSMEs, clinic for Anambra State, the programme was targeted at PDP, Enugu North who dismissed the claim by leader of a group of communities in oil producing states that Anambra had attained oil producing status, adding that the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, on August 30, 2012, recognised Anambra erroneously as an oil producing state. Utazi who quoted Vanguard report said, “As a result of that, it sparked women, artisans, small holder farmers and enterprising youths. The vice president also explained that over 11,039 young graduates were to benefit from the second phase of the N-Power programme of the federal government, adding that government had gone further to refine the programme such that it Ebonyi govt to opposition: Stop using frivolous accusations against Umahi By Peter Okutu A BAKALIKI— EBONYI state government yesterday called on the opposition political parties in the state to stop using frivolous accusations and baseless allegations against Governor David Umahi in order to score cheap political points in the country. It stressed that the evil conduct of one trying to pull down another in order to climb was a dangerous game that is not only capable of destroying the image of the initiator or plotters but also their collective destinies as off a lot of violent protests by people of Kogi and Enugu states who are part owners of these oil blocks - OPL 915, 916 and 917. And as a result of the violent protests from these two states, the Jonathan-led government called a meeting on October 31st, 2012, to resolve this issue.” According to him, Jonathan then invited exgovernors Peter Obi (Anambra), Idris Wada (Kogi) and the then Deputy From Left: Dr. Kunle Adeyemi, Dean, School of Arts, Design & Printing, Yaba College of Tech; Prof Tolu Filani, Arts lecturer, University of South Carolina, USA, guest speaker; Dr. Kolade Oshinowo, former Arts lecturer & Deputy Rector, YabaTech (Celebrant); and Dada Adekola, Cartoon Editor, Vanguard Newspapers, during the Oshinowo @70 lecture in Lagos. Photo by Chris Onuoha would not just be monthly stipend for the entrepreneurs, but to make them independent and self reliant. He described Anambra State as a leading manufacturing giant and home of commerce, with Onitsha and Nnewi as the industrial hubs not only for the state economy, but for the country and Governor Umahi remains an instrument in the hand of God to better the lives of Ebonyi people. The State Commissioner for Environment, Chief Donatus Njoku stated this yesterday while addressing newsmen on the prospects surrounding Governor David Umahi if he decides to run for the 2019 gubernatorial election in the state. According to him, the opposition parties are already jittery that the governor would win the next governorship election and so decided to start on time to carry out campaigns of calumny and deceits Governor of Enugu State, Sunday Onyebuchi to the meeting, adding, that “After looking at the issues concerning the ownership of these oil fields by the three states, they decided to withdraw the recognition they gave to Anambra and ordered the National Boundary Commission to wade into this issue, with a mandate to determine actually who owns what. Since then, NBC has been handling this matter.” Utazi also recalled that himself and Senator Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra) had moved separate motions on the matter at the Senate, which were stood down to allow the commission to carry out the task. But reacting to Utazi, Senator Andy Uba (APC, Anambra) who came under another point of order, however accused his colleague of lying, adding, “If you recall, in 2013, I moved the motion for Anambra to be included in the oil-producing states. Then, the issue was that every state that wanted to become one must produce (at least) 120,000 barrels of oil (per day) before they would be included, and I know that Anambra has attained that. So, what my colleague is saying is not true." commended Governor Willie Obiano for creating the enabling environment for businesses and investments to thrive, assuring the Federal Government’s sustained support He said: “Anambra is well recognized as an industrial center and the state has carved a niche as an industrial and commercial hub of Nigeria and the federal government is committed to working with against the governor of the state. He called on the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state to put its house in order and stop frivolous allegations against Umahi, adding that what should be the concern of the APC was how to resolve its intractable crisis before the forthcoming elections and not cheap political wild goose chase. “You and I know that the acting APC chairman is a drowning man. APC in the state has refused to put its house in order; they are the ones fighting themselves," he said.
Vanguard, FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018—17 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Dismiss treason charges against us, IPOB tells Binta Nyako By Emeka Mamah E N U G U — INDIGENOUS People of Biafra, IPOB, has commended Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako over the “uncommon courage” she displayed in the trial of Boko Haram suspected terrorists and asked her to adopt same yardstick used for the terrorists by dismissing the treason charges against IPOB members in her court due to lack of diligent prosecution. This was contained in a statement signed by the Head of Directorate of State, HoDos, IPOB World Headquarters, Langenfeld Germany, Mazi Chika Edoziem, and made available to journalists in Enugu yesterday. IPOB stated that Justice Murtala- Nyako dismissed terrorism charges against two Boko Haram suspects on the grounds of lack of diligent prosecution by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, pointing out that the same yardstick should be used in dismissing the charges against IPOB members, who had been languishing in jail since 2015 without trial. According to IPOB, none of its members had taken the life of any Nigerian or committed any act of violence whatsoever, hence there was no moral or legal justification for the indefinite detention of IPOB activists in Nigerian prisons. “We believe that what is good for Boko Haram suspects is also good for Biafra activists, who never bombed or killed anybody unlike Boko Haram and herdsmen,” IPOB added. In the statement titled, “Re: Justice Binta Murtala- Nyako should do justice to IPOB the same way she did to Boko Haram suspects,” the pro-Biafra agitators said: “The IPOB hereby acknowledges Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako for the uncommon courage she demonstrated days ago in dismissing terrorism charges against two Boko Haram suspects on the grounds of lack of diligent prosecution by the office of the AGF.. “We consider this a landmark decision that not only binds her court in all similar cases but should also serve as an example to other courts before whom such prosecutorial misconduct continues unabated, especially with regards to IPOB members including Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawusi, Bright Chimezie Ishinwa and Chidiebere Onwudiwe, who had been languishing in detention since 2015 without trial. “More particularly, we expect the Hon. Justice before whom charges have been pending against the above IPOB members, and our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, to do justice and likewise dismiss the said charges for the following reasons: By Ugochukwu Alaribe ABA—MEMBERS of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, Abia Polytechnic, Aba chapter, yesterday disrupted the 24th matriculation ceremony of the institution. The lecturers had embarked on an indefinite strike on Monday over the nonpayment of their 11 months arrears of salary and 14 months check-off dues. The lecturers who stormed the matriculation venue disrupted the ceremony until they later vacated the area and continued with their protest at the gate of the school. Some of the placards on display at the matriculation venue read: “Prof. Eboh commits academic sacrilege, Internal Auditor bears Polytechnic mace;” Cleaners dressed in academic regalia;” “Our retired colleagues are dying;" "Please, pay their 18 months pension arrears;” "Stop intimidating union members for demanding for the rights of their members” and “Pay “With regard to our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, it is undisputed that he has been ready for trial since he was arrested and charged in 2015 but the prosecution has proved unserious with the trial. “Instead, it has resorted to the dilatory tactics of filing several applications for amendment of the charges which were all granted by Justice Nyako. And just when it was becoming clear that trial must ensue and no further prosecutorial delay will be entertained, the our 11 months arrears of salary and 14 months check-off dues.” The placards were directed to the area where the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ikechi Mgbeoji and the Acting Rector, Prof. Ezionye Eboh and other principal officers of the Polytechnic, were seated. Vanguard gathered that the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics, SSANIP and ASUP, had barred their members from participating in the ceremony until their 11 months arrears of salaries and check off dues are paid. The situation may have forced the management of the institution to engage cleaners and messengers and dress them in academic gowns for procession. In separate interviews with journalists, chairman, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics, SSANIP, Comrade Nwachukwu Chuks and the Vice Chairman, ASUP, Comrade Emelike Ndubueze Ogbonnaya, condemned the engagement of non complainant (Federal Government) resorted to the use of lethal military force to extra-judicially murder Nnamdi Kanu in order to permanently deny him his day in court to prove his innocence. “As regards the other IPOB patriots charged together with Mazi Kanu, the story is the same and even worse as they have been denied bail and locked up in prison since 2015 while the prosecution continues to demonstrate an abject lack of diligent prosecution through incessant applications for amendment of charges." academic staff like cleaners, clerks and messengers and dressing them up in academic gowns for the matriculation ceremony, stressing that such had never happened in the institution. “The worker deserves his wages. It’s unfair for management to go ahead and conduct matriculation ceremony and forced members to come to work without salaries. We are on strike. We came here today to show the school authorities and everyone around that the matrix is illegal. The management decided to use nonacademic staff, cleaners, and messengers and robed them in academic gowns. It’s sacrilegious. What they have committed today is academic sacrilege. When a non-academic staff holds the polytechnic’s mace which is our symbol of authority, what could be more sacrilegious than that?" When she was contacted, Acting Public Relations Officer of the Polytechnic, Mrs Chinyere Eze, said she was busy with the matriculation ceremony and cannot respond to enquiries. Osinbajo launches Abia’s tele-health initiative VICE President Yemi Osinbajo has launched the Abia State Tele-Health Initiative, also known as “Dial -a-Doc- Direct” which provides the citizenry the opportunity of dialing and speaking with a doctor direct when they need medical attention. Prof. Osinbajo, who commended the Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, said it's the responsibility of all levels of government to bring healthcare nearer and in the interest of the people. He also commended Governor Ikpeazu for making a lasting impact in the life of Abians, noting that the governor is delivering affordable healthcare to the people of Abia State through modern technology. According to him, “mobile phone serves as a means of delivering healthcare to the people especially the most vulnerable and downtrodden and ensures even communication with doctors through local language or dialects. “Success or otherwise of the programme will depend largely on the willingness of the caregivers to take up issues and deal with them where and when necessary.” Governor Ikpeazu described the initiative as a dream come true. He said the initiative would improve life expectancy of Abia residents, describing it as "the future of healthcare delivery in Nigeria and Africa. “What you are seeing here today is an exemplification of our desire to bring science and technology in healthcare. “The doctors maintain the highest level of confidentiality of the patients as the Primary Health Centres are linked to all call centres. “I call on Abians to treat the dial-a-doc direct cards as a lifeline, as the initiative will bring an end to years of high maternal and infant mortality rate," he said. APC stakeholders move to remove Anambra chairman LAUNCHING: From left: Emezino Afiegbe, Country Manager, Visa; By Enyim Enyim Uzoma Dozie, CEO, Diamond Plc; Barbara Anozia. General Manager, Enterprise Business Unit, MTN; and Niyi Ajao, Executive Director, Business Development, Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc, at O NITSHA—SOME the unveiling of Tech Festival at Diamond Bank head office, Lagos. stakeholders of All Progressives Congress, APC, Anambra State Striking Abia Poly lecturers disrupt chapter have begun moves to remove the state chairman, Mr. Emeka Ibe matriculation ceremony for alleged lack-lustre leadership. Rising from an emergency meeting in Awka, the stakeholders under the aegis of Special Concerned Elders Forum also accused the chairman of not carrying members of the party along in the scheme of things. In a joint press briefing by Mr. Emma Okpalonwu and Mr. Joe Ifejiaka, the duo who spoke on behalf of the stakeholders stated that it became imperative to re-zone so as to balance the political equation in the party. “All offices currently occupied by the North Senatorial Zone, will be allocated to Central Senatorial Zone. All offices currently occupied by Central Senatorial Zone, will be assigned to the South Senatorial Zone. All offices currently occupied by the South Senatorial Zone, will be taken up by the North Senatorial Zone. All the members and zones are advised to comply accordingly to ensure a peaceful congress of APC in the state.” They reasoned that since the governorship position would be zoned to the South Senatorial Zone, it would be fair and just to effect the zoning formula as resolved. First Imo, Abia female High Court judge dies JUSTICE Christiana Uche (Nee Ebbi of Okoko Item, Abia State), the first female State High Court Judge of the old Imo and Abia states has died. She died at the age of 83 years. According to a statement by her son, Chief Chris Uche, SAN, “We, the Uche family of Igbere in Abia State, with sadness but with gratitude to God for an exceptionally successful, accomplished, impactful and fulfilled life, hereby announce the peaceful passing unto glory of our dear mother, Justice IjeomaUche (Nee Ebbi of Okoko Item, Abia State), retired High Court Judge of Old Imo State and Abia State Judiciaries. “Justice Uche was the first female State High Court Judge in the old Imo and Abia States and was a founding member of the National Association of Women Judges, NAWOJ."