Vanguard Newspaper 15 April 2018
PAGE 4—SUNDAY VANGUARD, APRIL 15, 2018 Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State (middle) with the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Prince Arthur Eze, and other dignitaries arriving the Peace Rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu West, held at Udi Local Government Area, yesterday. FOUR YEARS ON: It is unfortunate Chibok girls ‘re still in captivity — Dogara *Calls for release of Leah Sharibu By Levinus Nwabughiogu Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, says it is regrettable that many of the over 200 Chibok school girls in Borno State were still in captivity four years after their abduction by Boko Haram. The Speaker made the remark in commemoration of the fourth anniversary of the girls’ abduction in Abuja, yesterday. While urging intensified efforts towards providing adequate security at schools in the country, Dogara, in a statement from his office, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to step up action that would lead to the rescue of the girls. The Speaker also tasked the executive arm of government on the release of Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi girl who was not released along with other abductees, reportedly for refusing to renounce her faith. “It is unfortunate that four years after, all of our daughters have still not been accounted for. This underpins the need to take swift action when such incidents occur and to provide adequate security, not on a temporary basis but permanently, so that such tragedies can be prevented”, the statement said. “Nigeria has an alarming number of children out of school and if we genuinely want to solve this challenge, then we must make our learning institutions as safe and secure as possible. “One can only imagine the amount of grief that the parents of those whose daughters are yet to be rescued have to cope with on a daily basis. While we may offer words of support, the fact remains that nothing will put them in better spirits than to be reunited with their children. “I hereby call on President Muhammadu Buhari, as the father of the nation and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, to put an end to their sorrow by freeing their daughters from captivity. “We must also remember Leah Sharibu and her remarkable bravery and intensify efforts as a nation to bring her home. All others who were taken by these terrorists against their will must also be reunited with their people. The security of lives and property is the foremost function of gov- Increase in Foreign Reserves Indicative of FG’s Working Economic Initiatives — Oni Concept Nova unveils solution to boost fleet management In Nigeria Nigeria’s most innovative information technology company, Concept Nova has launched a new solution that will boost fleet management in Nigeria. The innovative solution known as the FleeTrak Fleet Management Application, can optimally and efficiently manage 5-5000 fleets of vehicles. It provides total transparency of fleet, providing visibility into maintenance, vendor m a n a g e m e n t , documentation, and fuel consumption as well as the lifespan efficiency of vehicle parts, alongside, other significant fleet management features. Speaking on the FleeTrak FMA, the Managing Director of Concept Nova, Chukwuma Ochonogor said: “The successful Management of fleet has been a task that has resulted to loss of revenue for most organisations, as this has been characterised with insincerity, theft, and mismanagement. The FleeTrak FMA has been designed to resolve all these issues and help organisations reduce cost while getting the optimum use of their fleet.” He added: “FleeTrak FMA has unique industry-winning features that set a standard for fleet management solutions. It is intuitively packed with modules that put you miles ahead of your competition. It was created not only to account for expenditure on fleet but also reduce the cost of managing your fleet”. The outgoing Deputy Na tional Chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Segun Oni, says the steady increase of Nigeria’s foreign reserves under President Muhammadu Buhari is a clear indication that the Federal Government’s economic policies are working contrary to the claims from the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Oni, in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Steve Alabi, in Ado-Ekiti, pointed out that the leap of $45 billion, which is 54 months high, is a radical departure from the constant depletion that happened under the PDP in the last administration. Oni commended Buhari for providing strong and transparent leadership that led to the increase through the stoppage of unnecessary importation which has reduced the nation’s import bill and the encouragement of foreign investment which has increased investor activity tremendously. “We must not forget where we are coming from. The economy was badly managed; foreign reserves were being depleted to satisfy the consumption cravings of a greedy political and business class. The APC government, under the able leadership of President Buhari, is daily turning things around. The economy is now stable. It’s stabilized, it can no longer go down, it can only come up. This is one of the main achievements of this administration.” While lauding the exit from economic recession and the strong recovery in foreign exchange reserves, Oni charged Ogun employed 3,000 food vendors in one year – Special Duties Commissioner By Daud Olatunji Ogun State government has said that since the Home Grown School Feeding Programme started over a year ago, it had employed 2,948 food vendors to cook for pupils in 1,510 public primary schools. It also said it had recorded a sharp increase in enrolment of pupils into public primary schools.The state Commissioner for Special Duties, Adeleke Adewolu, disclosed this while fielding questions from newsmen on the sidelines of the meeting of Transparency and Accountability Project for Home Grown School Feeding Programme in the state. The programme is one of Nigerians to take advantage of the opportunities the Buhari administration is creating in the economy, particularly in the agricultural and productive sectors, to improve their own lot Ȧccording to Oni, who is also a former governor of Ekiti State, the days of access to free money are over and the way forward for Nigerians is to rediscover their entrepreneurial, creative and hardworking spirit. Oni, who is a leading APC aspirant for the July governorship election in Ekiti, pledged to make the ‘Fountain of Knowledge’ an economic model if elected. Buhari appoints Ahmed as FMC Owo CMD Dayo Johnson, Akure PRESIDENT Muham madu Buhari has appointed Dr Liasu Adeagbo Ahmed as Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Owo, Ondo State. The appointment of Ahmed was greeted with wild jubilation by staffers of the hospital. A statement by the hospital’s Public Relations Unit and signed by Ogunmola Olatunbosun said Ahmed is a foundation staff member of the hospital. He added that the new CMD acted as the Medical Director of the hospital for a while during which he was able to prove himself as an astute administrator. Visionscape wins Quality Award ernment and we must fulfil this responsibility because the Constitution makes it binding upon us to do so. “We must ensure, as a nation, that attacks on schools and on our children are brought to an end; for there is no better way to safeguard the future than to guarantee access to education. “We will not forget the Chibok girls and everything that they represent, and we in Parliament will not cease to push for their rescue.” Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, a waste management company with their West African regional office located in Lagos, has been recognised by the World Quality Alliance panel for its dedication to quality innovation and maintaining globally accepted quality standards. The award for ‘Best-In- Class Quality Waste Management Company of the Year’ under the Africa Quality Order of Merit Awards, was presented at the World Quality Summit 2018 held in Abuja. “We are honored to be recognized for our attention to quality standards and efforts to maintain continuous process improvement. In our industry, it is important that quality and standards are not taken for granted, considering the environmental and health impacts that our services address. We will continue to strive for the best quality in all aspects of our business”, John Irvine, spokesperson for the company, said. the social intervention programmes of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, and the state is one of the few states where the pilot of the programme took office in January 2017. According to Adewolu ,the programme had led to a boost in agricultural production in the state,as over 25,000 farmers, many of whom had been trained individually or in cooperatives by the Ogun State Agricultural Development Programme (OGADEP), were cultivating different food crops to feed our pupils. “We have employed 2,948 vendors across the state who cook for the pupils in one thousand five hundred and ten schools”, he said. He explained that the increase was noticeable in primaries 1 to 3, in which the pupils were current beneficiaries of the programme. We are proud of Ugwuanyi’s good governance initiatives, says PDP The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for the “unprecedented peace and good governance he has entrenched in the state”. The PDP said that Ugwuanyi is a peaceful leader who honors God and works very hard to provide the dividends of democracy to positively impact the lives of the people in line with the dictates of the party’s manifesto. Speaking at the rally of the PDP in Enugu West, held at Udi local government area, which witnessed a mammoth crowd, the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, represented by his deputy, Senator Garba Babayo Gamawa, stated that the PDP is “very proud of Gov. Ugwuanyi”. Secondus stated that there is “absolute peace in Enugu State” and remarkable achievements recorded by Ugwuanyi, saying:”We are very happy with your leadership style and good performance”. Also speaking, the South East National Vice Chairman of the PDP, Chief Austin Umahi, applauded Ugwuanyi for his good works and existing peace in Enugu State. The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, in his remark, explained that the essence of the peace rally was to appreciate the governor for entrenching peace and good governance in the state, pointing out that prior to the inception of his administration, the state had witnessed some challenges that undermined its peace. Ekweremadu said the people of Enugu State and Enugu West in particular were happy that Ugwuanyi had brought “permanent peace” in the state. A business mogul and philanthropist, Prince Arthur Eze, who graced the event, lauded Ugwuanyi for his peaceful and humble disposition and pledged to support his re-election in 2019. In his response, Ugwuanyi expressed gratitude to God for making it possible for the state to have peace and enjoy good governance, in spite of the nation’s economic challenges. The governor also thanked the people of Enugu West Senatorial District in “a special way” and all stakeholders in the state for their prayers, goodwill, solidarity and support, noting the peace rally was the first of its kind in the history of the state. Kidnappers reject N5m offer for Otun Olubadan’s twins The Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, has pleaded with the kidnappers of his twin children to release them. He made the plea while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), yesterday, in Ibadan. He appealed to the kidnappers to bear with him as he does not have the money being requested. The kidnappers initially demanded N100 million ransom and later reduced it to N40 million. Oba Balogun offered them N5 million, which they rejected. “The kidnappers should please bear with me and return my kids, I am ready to Indomie launches campaign Dufil Prima Foods Plc has launched a campaign tagged – ‘MyIndomieMyStyle’. According to the Head of Marketing, Indomie, Manpreet Singh, “Indomie noodles is a premium noodles brand that our consumers both young and old love, so we want our highly esteemed consumers to choose from the variety of Indomie noodles alongside indigenous or foreign recipes to prepare their own kind of Indomie meal to suit theirtaste. We want them to know they can do anything that will make them happy. “I don’t want to endanger the life of my kids and I am not out to fight them because there is no reason for that,” Balogun said. NAN reports that gunmen on Thursday, kidnapped the five-year-old twins of Balogun from his Akobo residence in Ibadan. The mother of the kids was said to have been hospitalised since she received the news of the kidnap with doctors battling to save her life. The Oyo Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Adekunle Ajisebutu, said the Oyo State Police Command was doing everything possible to rescue the kidnapped children unhurt and arrest the culprits. cook Indomie in their own different way and still enjoy that unique taste of Indomie noodles.” Also speaking on the campaign, the brand manager, Indomie Noodles, OnomeAsagbra, said, “Preparing Indomie noodles with yourown personal twist resonates with everyone, both young and old and consumers can track Indomie noodles social media handles and Youtube channel where our official chef shares videos of the diverse recipesfor cooking and serving Indomie.”
SUNDAY VANGUARD, APRIL 15, 2018, PAGE 5 From left: President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, ex-President of the Senate, David Mark, ex-President of the Senate, Anyim Pius Anyim and the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, during a reception to mark the 70th birthday of David Mark in Abuja By Peter Duru, Makurdi A70-year-old man, Alhaji Aliyu Onmaya, has been apprehended by Benue State Police Command for allegedly abducting a Cameroonian woman, Martha Eyom, for 28 years. The state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who paraded the suspect, yesterday, in Makurdi, alleged that he abducted his victim in 1990, explaining that his arrest was effected in Makurdi after a tip-off by the victim and her father. “We arrested him when the father of his victim alerted us, this was after the woman had escaped from the suspect’s home,” Owoseni said. Narrating her ordeal, the victim said, “It all happened 28 years ago when my friends and I came from Cameroon to write JAMB examination in Calabar. “My abductor saw us and chatted with us after which he waved an handkerchief on my face. At that point, I lost my memory and did not know anything about myself”, she said. “I’ve been living with him since then and we have two children, one of them is in the university now. “The last place we lived was Otukpo. A young man helped me and a pastor who prayed and set me free from the spell From left: Chief Executive Officer, StarTimes Nigeria, Mr. Justin Zhang; Country Director, The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Dr. Erasmus Morah, and Chief Operating Officer, StarTimes Nigeria, Mr. Tunde Aina, during a courtesy call to the UNAIDS office in Abuja Man, 70, arrested for abducting woman for 28 years that was on me. “With the help of the young man, who is from Nigeria but plays football in Cameroon, I was able to traced my place and returned home 28 years after he mysteriously took me away.” The father of the victim, Michael Eyong, who was with her at the police headquarters in Makurdi, said he accompanied his daughter back to Benue to seek justice. “We are from Mamfe in Shooting at Enugu burial: Woman killed, chief mourner wounded The police have com menced investigation into an alleged accidental shooting at an Enugu burial ceremony which led to the death of a woman and wounding of the chief mourner yesterday. The Enugu State Police Command’s spokesman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, made this known in a statement. Amaraizu said the incident occurred at Amanato Mburumbu community in Nkanu East Local Government Area, adding that the police recovered a locally-made single barrel gun at the scene of the incident. Amaraizu said the victims were a woman and the chief mourner. “It was gathered that tragedy struck when a man identified as Daniel Chukwu of Amanato Mburumbu community stormed the burial ceremony arena with his single barrel locally-made gun and perhaps never knew it Ambode fulfills pension promise By Fredrick Okopie Lagos State government says it has paid regular deductions of 7.5 percent of monthly basic salary, rent and housing allowance from the salaries of the staff and corresponding 7.5 percent by the State Government into the Retirement Saving Accounts maintained by them with their appointed Pension Fund Administrations, PFAs. Commissioner of Establishments, Pension and Training, Dr. Akintola-Oke, said, in a ministerial briefing that the remittance had been achieved due to automation of the payroll which ensures deductions/remittances of pension contribution, from May, 2017 till date, by employee and that of the employer credited into Retirement Savings Accounts was 9 Billion Naira. From left: Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Kaduna State Governor Nasir el- Rufai; Tractor Business Manager, Sandfield Agric Ltd, Mr. Manoj Ramakrishnan, and others at the commissioning of the Mahindra Tractors Assembly Plant, Kaduna by el-Rufai. Minister of Mines and Steel Development and governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State , Dr Kayode Fayemi, addressing a crowd of party supporters during his declaration rally in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday. Otuisi Congratulates Otuaro @ 50/Peace Award Special Assistant to Delta State Governor on Political Matters, Comrade Louis Otuisi, says the Fellow of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice (FSPSP) conferment on the Deputy Governor of Delta State, Barr. Kingsley Burutu Otuaro, was well deserved even as he congratulated him on his was already set for action. “It was further gathered that as the burial ceremony hit up and the suspect tried unslinging his gun, it allegedly discharged accidentally and hit one Ngozi Eze, 40, from Amanato Mburumbu community, who was confirmed dead. “The chief mourner, identified as one Hawaya Nworiuzo, was also injured hence he was rushed to hospital for medical attention. “The situation shocked sympathisers who scampered for their safety at about 12 50th birthday attainment. Speaking to newsmen at KFT Centre, Warri, where a public lecture and book presentation held in honour of Barr. Otuaro at 50, Otuisi said Otuaro deserved the award for his relentless pursuit of peace in the creeks of the Niger Delta, and his growing contributions noon today,” he said. Amaraizu said that the suspect was helping the police in their investigation. He also said the corpse of the dead had been deposited in a nearby mortuary for autopsy. (NAN) towards national economic growth via peace-building. “It is my prayer that God Almighty continues to increase His Grace on His Excellency, Kingsley Otuaro, as he clocks 50 years on April 16, 2018, to enable him continue pursuit of his passion for peace, inter-ethnic harmony and human capital development”, Otuisi said. Cameroon. The man kidnapped my daughter for 28years and, within this period of her disappearance, I lived in pains because she is my first child. “My 16-year-old little daughter returned home a week ago as a 44-year-old woman, looking even older than her age. I thank God for US, UK, others for Nigeria International Book Fair 2018 Organisers of the Nigeria International Book Fair say several countries will participant in the 17th edition this year. Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Book Fair Trust, Mr. Abiodun Omotubi, said the 2018 book fair will have participants from United States, United Kingdom, Singapore, India, Turkey, Malaysia, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal and Botswana, among others. The foreign participants will join the Nigerian book industry stakeholders to interface and exchange ideas and information on the way forward. Interestingly, members of the International Publishers Association from different By Boluwaji Obahopo A non-governmental or ganization, Doyen and Susan Foundation, has begun a five-day free medical outreach in Kogi West. The outreach, carried out in conjunction with Ark of Noah Foundation, is targeting 2,500 patients who have filled form for medical attention spread across the seven council areas of the senatorial district. Chairperson of the Foundation, Chief (Mrs) Adedoyin Ibikunle, who launched the answering my prayer. “We were able to arrest his alleged abductor with the help of Benue State Police Commissioner. All I am asking for at the moment is justice. He should be made to face the wrath of the law for what he did to my daughter and my family”. countries of the world will converge in Nigeria during this year’s Nigeria International Book Fair to have a workshop and gala night. This will not only boost the foreign participation at NIBF 2018, it will also open business opportunities for the stakeholders within the Nigerian book industry. According to a statement, the flagship of the programmes of the annual book fair, International Conference, will this year focus on: Networking – A Sustainable Vehicle for Dynamism and Survival of Book Business in Africa. The book fair holds from Monday, 7th May to Saturday, 12th May, 2018 at University of Lagos. Kogi West: Doyen begins 5- day free medical care programme at Isanlu, the headquarters of Yagba - East LGA, said government alone could not meet the health needs of the people. Ibikunle, who is aspiring to represent the zone after the 2019 elections, also encouraged the people to take their health seriously in spite of the economic challenges, stressing that there is no excuse not to focus on one’s health. She said she decided to add medical care to the education programme the Foundation had been known for, because of the need to ameliorate the health challenges of the people.