Vanguard Newspaper 15 April 2018
PAGE 8—SUNDAY VANGUARD, APRIL 15, 2018 VANGUARD PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 2017 AWARDS From left : Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State; Chief Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas and Senator Theodore Orji. From left: Senator Ike Nwachukwu; Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State, receiving the Governor of the Year award from Mr Sam Amuka, Publisher, Vanguard Newspapers Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State (second left) receiving his award from Mr Sam Amuka (right), while Senator Nwachukwu (left) looks on. *Senator Nwachukwu (left) and Mr. Amuka (right) presenting Hajiya Aisha Buhari’s award to the First Lady’s daughter. Glamour as Aisha, others receive awards By Emmanuel Aziken, Dapo Akinferon, Charles Kumolu and Gbenga Oke The ceremony, held amid glitz and glamour, saw awards to some of the country’s leading personalities in government and business. Eight persons received Lifetime Achievement Awards, five governors received awards of Governor of the Year and two awards were given in business. The awardees were Personality of the Year, Mrs Aisha Buhari, and Governors of the Year, Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia; Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa; Darius Ishaku, Taraba; Mohammed Abubakar, Bauchi and Umar Ganduje, Kano. The Lifetime Achievement Awards went to General Abdulsalami Abubakar, Professor Grace Alele-Williams, Alabo Tonye Graham- Douglas, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe, Chief Sunday Adegeye, aka Sunny Ade, Chief Michael Ade-Ojo and Dr. Oba Otudeko. The Businessman of the Year Award went to Muhammadu Indimi while Banker of the Year was received by Emeka Emuwa The ceremony was flagged off with a welcome address by Vanguard General Manager/Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Gbenga Adefaye, who intoned that the Awards had become a signpost for the recognition of men and women. Following him, the Chairman of the occasion, Senator Ike Nwachukwu, praised the inspiration of the awards even as he noted his working relations with Vanguard publisher, Mr. Sam Amuka. The former army general told the audience of his working experience as a journalist before his army career. The first award, which was Banker of the Year, was presented by Dr. Mrs. Nike Akande, a former minister, to Mr. Emeka Emuwa, Group Managing Director of Union Bank, a veteran of Citi Bank group who became the first Nigerian to be appointed as Managing Director of the Nigeria affiliate of Citi Bank. He was recognised as Banker of the Year, 2017 for his exceptional role in reviving the fortunes of Union Bank. In presenting the award, Akande, who noted that she was until last December a Director of Union Bank, equally lauded the Vanguard choice, saying Emuwa deserved the award. The Businessman of the Year, 2017 was awarded to Dr. Muhammadu Indimi, Managing Director of Oriental Energy Services. The award was received on his behalf by Dr. Amina Ndimi, a senior Executive Director of Oriental Energy Services and presented by Akande. The first of the Lifetime Achievement Awards was presented to Prof. (Mrs.) Grace Alele-Williams, a mathematics professor who was the first female vice-chancellor of a university in Africa. She was hailed as an accidental feminist who broke several grounds in an illustrious academic career including stamping out cultism in the University of Benin. The award was presented to her by the deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Edward Adamu. The second Lifetime achievement award went to General Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former military Head of State. The award was received on his behalf by Mr. Abu Ibrahim. The third Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe, a former Chief of General Staff who, following his retirement from the military, went on to the business arena. The award was presented to him by the duo of General Nwachukwu and Mr. Amuka. The fourth Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Oba Otudeko, one of Nigeria’s leading boardroom players. The award was presented to him by the pair of General Nwachukwu and Mr. Amuka. The fifth Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Chief Sunday Adegeye, the first African to be nominated for a Grammy Award. The award was received on his behalf by Barrister Ajibola. The sixth Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Chief Ade- Ojo, automobile entrepreneur, for his role in spearheading the revival of the country’s automobile industry. The award was presented to him by Prof. Anya O. Anya. The seventh Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas, four-time minister, elder-statesman who had an illustrious career in the oil sector before carving a niche in business. The award was presented to him by Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo, Managing Director of Fidelity Bank plc. The Vanguard Personality of the Year Award was presented to Hajiya Aisha Buhari, the First Lady. The award was received on her behalf by her daughter, Halima Buhari and was presented by the duo of Nwachukwu and Amuka. Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State was recognised as Vanguard Governor of the Year, 2017 for his infrastructural achievements that have, among others, led to the transformation of Aba, the industrial heartland of the South-East. Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State was recognised as Governor of the Year, 2017 for using the least of available resources to project the state into one of the fastest developing states in the country.
Heart of the matter, with Chioma Gabriel email: email@example.com Telephone: 08052201257 Justice on its head It's so painful to see the truth and keep quiet for fear of being tagged an enemy. People who say the truth are hated but those who play up to the gallery are loved for their dishonesty and deceitfulness. What manner of man would you rather be? The society tends to abhor decency and truth. Truth has become hate speech and those who speak the truth can end up in trouble. Imagine dismissing terrorism charges against two Boko Haram suspects on grounds of lack of diligent prosecution by the office of the AGF and this is a group that has killed over 100,000 and displaced two million going by the estimates over the years. Two million, one hundred and fourteen thousand (2,114,000) persons were internally displaced as at December of 2016, with five hundred and thirty-seven thousand, eight hundred and fifteen (537,815) in separate camps; 158,201 are at official camps that consists of six centres with two transit camps in Maiduguri. There are 379,614 IDP’S at 15 satellite camps. 73,404 persons were forced to become refugees in neighbouring countries with Niger having 11,402 and Cameroon having 62,002. There is an official record of 52,311 orphans who are separated and unaccompanied. There are 54,911 widows who have lost their husbands to the insurgency. An initial post-insurgency Recovery and Peace Building Assessment, RPBA, report on the north-east in 2016 (forget the period of 2017 to the current time)which was jointly validated by the World Bank, the European Union, the presidency and the six states of the north-east, had it that Boko Haram has inflicted damages to the tune of $9 billion in the region. The destruction in Borno State amounts to $6 billion as supported by statistics. Yet, the Nigerian legal system dared to dismiss terrorism charges against members of this group. This also means that those who did not shed blood or carried dangerous arms like Boko Haram and herdsmen deserve national honours. Nigerians have received the gospel of peace. What is going on has little or nothing Now, instead of disarming herdsmen, vigilante groups and individuals who are armed to defend their communities have been disarmed to do with religion. The fact that the only Christian girl, Leah Sharibu was not among the freed Dapchi girls has nothing to do with her being a Christian. It was a mere religious coincidence. Leah Sharibu is just unfortunate. In fact, she is so unfortunate that she is not even aware that her family has been thrown into another mourning since her disappearance. Who would tell the sole re- SUNDAY VANGUARD, APRIL 15, 2018, PAGE 9 maining hostage of the Dapchi mass abduction that her family was thrown into another mourning on the loss of her great uncle while she is still in Boko Haram captivity? It has been said that the name Leah has nothing to do with her continued captivity. So, it has nothing to do with religion. Therefore nobody should accuse Boko Haram or herdsmen of perpetrating islamization . It was the stupid ghost of the late Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi who trained, turned these gentlemen into Boko Haram terrorists and killer herdsmen that should be blamed. That is the truth. Even the sage said so. According to him, the problem is even older than Nigeria. It has always been there but now made worse by the influx of armed gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub-region. These gunmen were trained and armed by Muammar Gaddafi of Libya. When Gaddafi was killed, the gunmen escaped with their arms. These are Boko Haram members and the herdsmen we have today. Herdsmen that we used to know carried only sticks and maybe a cutlass to clear the way but these ones now carry sophisticated weapons. The problem is not religious, but sociological and economic. There is no greater truth than this. So, these gentlemen, sorry, I mean herdsmen are not terrorists. They are not even Nigerians and yet they have a leeway into Nigeria, wreaking havoc while the powers that be hesitate to take drastic action to stop them. Now, instead of disarming herdsmen, vigilante groups and individuals who are armed to defend their communities have been disarmed. In all these, some members of Biafra agitation groups have been languishing in detention for years. Yet they have never borne arms and ammunition nor shed any blood. Ce n'est rien que la justice debout sur sa tête. (This is nothing but justice standing on its head) By Frederick Owonka VIEWPOINT IN BRIEF Nigeria’s aspiration becoming reality THANKS to corruption, poor management, sponsored sabotage and fake news/barriers created by competitors/importers afraid of competition, professional litigants, many Nigeria’s industrial initiatives have either collapsed or were abandoned. Nigeria’s steel industry is one of the key economic sectors abandoned by the past administrations in the country, and no reasonable government can afford to see such huge investments go into waste. Since the Buhari administration was elected into office in 2015, the country has witnessed a rigorous and well-focused commitment to revive the country’s abandoned industrial projects. The steel industry is one of the major pillars of Nigeria’s economic diversification efforts. Undoubtedly, the Buhari administration has demonstrated a real commitment to this national endeavour. Local production of steel will significantly reduce Nigeria’s importation of steel and save Nigeria a minimum of US$3billion dollars in foreign exchange per year. In a world that has grown furiously competitive, no nation can afford to rely on one export commodity. Reviving the Steel Industry for Economic Development It is not enough for investors to make profits, but they should also make positive impact on the lives of the communities where they serve It is, in fact, no longer safe for Nigeria to depend entirely on oil as the main revenue earner. One of the key objectives of privatization is the desire to achieve efficiency and profitability. Besides, the success or failure of privatization also depends on the technical experience and competence of the investors taking over public enterprises. Premium Steel and Mines Limited, fully owned by Nigerians with 50 years of successful track record in key sectors & major Industries of the economy is making impressive progress in terms of achieving Nigeria’s economic diversification initiatives. According to the Managing Director and CEO of Prasantra Mishra, Premium Steel and Mines Ltd, will produce 50 per cent of Nigeria’s steel needs in the first phase of manufacture. With its facility at Ovwian, Aladja, Delta State, the company has pledged to meet more than 50 per cent of steel products need during the first phase of production. Premium Steel has been allocated Iron ore mines in Kogi and will commence mining soon. Mr. Mishra, who announced this at the official commissioning of the steel and mining facility, said it was high time “Nigeria, sustainably and inclusively converged with the rest of the world to enhance industrial and GDP per capita income. Mr. Mishra explained: “We are touching the lives of the local communities, particularly through accessible and affordable healthcare, employment, women empowerment, education and sustainable development. It is not enough for investors to make profits, but they should also make positive impact on the lives of the communities where they serve. In line with this objective, Mr. Mishra noted that his company is committed to Nigeria’s industrial and economic revolution to lay the foundation of efforts to address poverty and inequality by creating job opportunities, and wealth creation. The former Delta Steel Company, which was estimated to produce 1.2 million tons of various steel products per annum, is currently being ably and efficiently run by Premium Steel and Mines Ltd. Backed by sound experience, these Nigerian investors have remarkably transformed the former Delta Steel Company into modern industrial success story. The company is now retooled with state-of-the-art equipment and “it is ready for competitive production as the wheels spin once again”. Ranked as one of Nigeria’s best steel mills to produce the BS 4449 grade steel, Premium Steel has the capacity to produce high capacity and quality products to be used for high-rise buildings, bridges, flyovers, malls due to its tough mechanical and remarkable strength. No less important government support is essential to the success of the investors Mr. Mishra praised the Buhari administration’s industrial transformation agenda, describing it as the “prerequisite for economic development and sustained per capita income. He also recognized the dynamic leadership style, guidance and support of the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi for what he called Fayemi’s “strong initiative.” According to Dr. Fayemi’s Road Map for development, his Ministry is capable of contributing $27 billion dollars to the country’s GDP. According to Fayemi’s road map, Nigeria aspires to be Africa’s mining mineral processing centre for 2016 and in 2020; it seeks to make Nigeria compete in the global market for refined metals and minerals from 2018 to 2030 with the ultimate goal of achieving globally competitive mining sector. *Owonka is based in Asaba, Delta State Ogun employed 3,000 food vendors in one year – Special Duties Commissioner By Daud Olatunji, Abeokuta OGUN State govern ment 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 Promote Rep to Senate, Urhobo leaders urged Olorogun Sunny Akpo diogaga Emeyese, a former House of Representatives member; Chief Patrick Egone; and Chief Benson Asore have urged the people of Delta Central to promote House of Reps member, Hon. Evelyn Oboro to the Senate by voting for her come 2019. The trio, who spoke during Oboro’s consultative visit to Kokori, Ughelli and Otor- Ogor, described the lawmaker as a very courageous woman poised to deliver dividends of democracy to her people. 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 At the residence of Emeyese, the former lawmaker told Oboro that she didn’t need to appeal to the people of Kokori before they will support her. “Oboro as my former colleague at the House of Representatives deserves promotion because she is very smart and very qualified to represent Urhobo at the Senate”, he said. On his part, Egone said he didn’t see any reason why he will not support Oboro for the Senate because he has found out that majority of women 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 the social intervention programmes of the President Muhammadu Buhari in Delta Central are supporting her. At Otor-Ogor, Asore said: “Oboro has been courageous and determined to achieve, it is such a person I support. It is time to support a woman for the Senate and that woman is Hon. Evelyn Oboro. I live in Uvwie, her records are everywhere there for even the blind to see”. Oboro told the leaders that she was at their residences to intimate them with her decision to run for the Delta Central senatorial seat come 2019. 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, Asocio-political group, Concerned Citizens for Izon-Ebe Development (CCID), has urged Hon. Franc Enekorogha to contest for the 2019 Burutu Federal Constituency for adequate service delivery and effective representation. The group in a press statement signed by its national coordinator, Mr. Teidewei Zumughan, said: ‘We call on Hon. Franc Enekorogha to contest for the Burutu Federal Constituency 2019 for adequate service delivery and 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 Burutu Fed. Constituency 2019: Group urges Enekoragha to contest effective representation. The call became necessary after a critical search on who to rescue Burutu federal consti tuency from poor leadership/representation. “ Burutu federal constituency is in dilemma, and needs a credible and tested leader like Franc Enekorogha to save the people from poor representation at the national 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. politics. When Hon. Frank Enekoragha was there, people at both the national and local level felt his impact.” He said. The group said that House of Representatives politics should be left in the hands of experienced minds who could command respect from other colleagues that make things happen.