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Global community

backs Buhari's 2nd

term bid FOREIGN MINISTER

•He should name them AFENIFERE; It's delusion PDP

Global community knows Onyeama is lying JUNAID MOHAMMED

By Clifford Ndujihe,

Dapo Akinrefon,

Charles Kumolu &

Dennis Agbo

ENUGU

Foreign Affairs

Minister, Mr.

Geoffrey Onyeama, has

deflated the story making

the rounds that the international

community was

strongly against President

Muhammadu Buhari’s

second term bid.

He also said that it was

not true that Nigeria

went into recession because

international investors

frightfully withdrew

their funds because

of President Buhari’s

Continues on Page 5

Mr & Mrs

Oil price leaps to

$74 per barrel as

US inventory drops

COLUMNISTS

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Nigeria won't be

by-word for corruption

again BUHARI 8

Suspected hoodlums have burnt files and record

books of Chief Magistrate Court 1 and Senior

Magistrate Court 2 in Orlu, Imo State. Above, and

right are charred remains of the burnt sections of

the courthouse. STORY ON PAGE 15.

CAN seeks arrest,

prosecution of

priests' killers

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POCKET CARTOON

From left, Minister of Communications, Barr. Adebayo Shittu, Governor of

Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, President Muhammadu Buhari, former

Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, Director-General, Voice of Nigeria

(VON), Osita Okechukwu and Senator Ayogu Eze during Kalu's turbanning

as Dan Baiwan Hausa of Daura, in Daura yesterday.

Global community backs

Buhari's 2nd term bid

Continues from Page 1

utterances and hardline

posture against corruption.

His statement, however,

drew the ire of Yoruba

socio-political organisation,

Afenifere, Second

Republic lawmaker,

Junaid Mohammed and

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, who agreed that

the poor performance of

the present government

would not elicit the support

of the international

community.

Onyeama stated that to

the contrary, Nigeria under

President Buhari had

been enjoying the goodwill

of the international

community, to the extent

of being supportive of

his second term bid.

He made the remarks

yesterday at Awgu, Enugu

State, when Enugu

West Peoples Assembly

donated vehicles in support

of President Buhari’s

2019 presidential

election campaign.

Onyeama said: “The

international community

is very supportive of

President Buhari. As you

can see President Buhari

has transformed our relationship

with foreign

countries and also the

perception of Nigeria by

foreign leaders. An evidence

of that is the rate

and number of high level

foreign leaders that

are coming to Nigeria.

“Next week, for instance,

which is very

unusual for any country,

we are having the UK

Prime Minister and two

days later will be the visit

of the German Chancellor.

‘’This shows what they

feel about President Buhari;

that Nigeria is now

a country they want to do

business with.”

Buhari not

scaring

investors away

On the allegation that

President Buhari’s posture

and speeches were

scaring away international

investors, Onyeama

said: “It’s on the

contrary. Mr. President

has taken the initiative to

establish the Presidential

Enabling Business Environment

Council,

PEBEC, chaired by the

Vice President and the

World Bank ranks countries

according to ease of

doing business.

“Within one year of Mr.

President establishing

this council, and taking

measures to make doing

business easier, Nigeria

has jumped about 25

places in the World Bank

ranking and has been

promoting the most impressive

jobs in Nigeria

in the last one year. So

the whole world is seeing

that Nigeria under

President Buhari is more

and more a place of doing

business.”

Minister blasts

Enugu govt

The minister, while

commending the gesture

of Enugu Peoples Assembly

for donating towards

the President’s reelection

bid, indicted the

Enugu State Government

for non-performance

in the past three

years.

“The state government

spends so much money

on advertisement but

pensioners are not being

paid. We want a serious

government because

Enugu is matured to

have a serious government.

It is not winning

the election that is the

matter but plans for governance.

“It is not about building

houses everywhere;

I am looking for better

governance in Enugu

State. The people who

elected leaders should

be the ones dictating the

pace of governance and

not the other way

round.”

Name the

countries

Afenifere

Reacting to the minister’s

claim yesterday, the

pan-Yoruba socio-political

organisation, Afenifere,

challenged him

to name the countries

supporting Buhari’s second

term bid.

Afenifere’s National

Publicity Secretary, Mr.

Yinka Odumakin, said:

“Well, he should be specific

and name the countries

in the international

community that support

him. The last time, we

heard the United Kingdom

talking about the

killings in Nigeria. Also,

the Americans talked

about the killings in Nigeria.

So, we want to

know which of the international

community is

supporting Buhari’s second

term.

‘’Is it Afghanistan, Iraq

or Turkey? He should

name the world powers

so that we can ask those

countries if they think

what is going on in Ni-

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By Bose Adelaja, Ebun Sessou,

Abasifiok Johnson, Opara Victoria

& Opeyemi Abdullahi

FG's overhauling of FSARS

The

Federal

Government

promised to reform the

Special Anti-Robbery

Squad,SARS. The best

way to go about it is to

overhaul the entire

Nigeria Police Force, NPF.

SARS is an arm of the NPF

and if the force is in

disarray, definitely it will

reflect in the activities of

SARS. So the three things

I believe the government

should do are: ensure the

NPF is well funded, recruit

best men and women into

the force and ensure that

SARS officers are trained

properly on how to respect

human rights.

Mr.Jude Nnaemeka

Engineer

This country will not

be a better place if

we keep on looking at

the bad corrupt practices

of our agencies and keep

pointing fingers at

them everytime.

We have to move

forward by ensuring that

SARS is given a human

face.

Let us call a spade a

spade, nothing justifies

how SARS operates. The

government should be

supported in its efforts to

reform SARS.

Mr. Uneke chidozie

Self-employed

They should make

the senior officers

supervise the activities of

the junior officers.

Again, FSARS needs to

conduct proper

investigations before

arresting people so that

innocent ones will not be

arrested.

They should be

properly trained on how

to treat people, not like

animals when

punishing offenders.

Their bail conditions

should also be reduced.

The ones that misbehave

among them should be

dismissed.

Mrs. Ademola Adijat

Trader

Icommend the Vice-

President for heeding

the cry of Nigerians on the

unprofessional conduct of

some members of SARS.

Over the years, there have

been complaints over their

activities in dealing with

civilians especially young

people in the Southern part

of the country. The action is

timely and necessary. We

applaud head of the

police, Ibrahim Idris for

dealing with the situation

swiftly by ensuring the

immediate reform of the

department.As a result, the

Nigerian youths are more

confident in the Police and

the leaders.

Mr. Bello Shagari

President, National

Youth Council of Nigeria

THE activities of

members of SARS

these days are worrisome

but what is more worrisome

is that people are pretending

to be unaware of their

unlawful arrest of innocent

Nigerians. We are living

at the mercy of God in this

country.

The government needs

to be proactive in addressing

the activities of SARS.

We expect to see a total

overhauling of the new

SARS. Nobody is against

their existence but they

should respect the rights

of Nigerians.

Miss Comfort Adeola

Worker

People have been

talking about the

activities of SARS. I

think the federal government

should not ignore

what people are

saying. The government

should organise an intensive

training for

them.

They should not relent

in doing so because

SARS is now a source of

worry to Nigerians. The

most important aspect of

the training is for them

to know their boundaries.

They can’t just

continue the way they

are working.

*Mrs. Margret

Babalola, Clergy


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Gov Ganduje frees

170 from prison

By Abdulmumin

Murtala

GOVERNOR Abdullahi

Ganduje of Kano State has

granted freedom to 170 prison

inmates across the state.

Governor Ganduje, who

witnessed the release of the

inmates from Goron Dutse Prison

Tuesday, said the gesture was in

the spirit of Eid-El Kabir.

The governor said the gesture

was also to complement Federal

Government’s efforts to further

decongest in the nation’s prisons.

Ganduje pointed out that

President Muhammadu Buhari

had directed all governors to help

in decongesting prisons across

the country.

He noted that since the

inception of his administration in

2015, about 2000 inmates had

been released so far, advising the

ex-inmates to change their

attitudes to life and pray for

peace and stability in Nigeria.

The governor also gave each

of the freed inmates N5,000 as

transport fare to their

destinations.

Earlier, the Comptroller of

Prisons in Kano, Alhaji Abdullahi

Magaji, thanked the governor for

freeing about 2,000 inmates since

his coming into office.

Alhaji Magaji advised the freed

inmates to stay off crimes to avoid

going back to prison.

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By Marie-Therese

Nanlong

JOSTHERE is tension in Sha

community, Bokkos Local

Government Area of Plateau

State, following allegation that

some security operatives attached

to Operation Safe Haven, OSH,

keeping the peace in state, have

tortured a youth to death over a

missing phone.

Their victim allegedly died of

internal bleeding from the

torture.

Besides the victim identified

as Atajan Amadu, another

youth was reportedly killed

when OSH operatives

allegedly shot at a group of

youths protesting the killing of

one Mr. Stephen Adamu by

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Soldiers torture boy to death over

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herdsmen.

The duo were said to have

died in a hospital as the result

of injuries sustained in the two

incidents.

On Amadu, a resident who

spoke on condition of

anonymity claimed that “Atajan

Amadu had internal bleeding

after being brutalised by the

Special Task Force operating in

Sha village, Bokkos Local

Government Area over a

friend’s missing mobile phone.

“He was invited for

questioning by the military

personnel after he allegedly

used his friend’s phone to take

pictures at a secondary school

graduation ceremony, but

could not return it.

“He explained to the security

•Poor network making calls to troops

on the field difficultSpokesman

operatives that he used the

phone, but handed it to an

unidentified individual who

requested to use it over to

also take pictures, but

disappeared with it. He died

this morning (yesterday).”

We’re not awarePolice

Contacted, State Police

Command Public Relations

Officer, Mathias Tyopev,

said: “I don’t have the

information. But Operation

Safe Haven may have it,

since it was alleged that one

of their personnel beat

someone to stupor and the

person allegedly died later.

“I am not aware and since

the family has not officially

reported to the Police that

something of that nature

happened, I can’t comment on

what I am not aware of.”

Similarly, the spokesman of

OSH, Major Adams Umar, said:

“I have not been notified, but I

will get across to our men in that

area because we have been out

on operational visit to Wase.

“I will get across to our people

there so that I can get the details.

“The challenge is that

sometimes the network may not

connect and sometimes those

that have the information to give

are busy on the field and may

not pick calls until they are done.

“But once I get across and

gather the details, I will get back

to you.”

At press time, he was yet to

get across to Vanguard.

Lawyer, one other

charged over

alleged malicious

damage, threat

By Onozure Dania

LAGOSA

40-year-old

lawyer, Abah Onah, and

another person have been

arraigned before a Lagos

Magistrate’s court sitting at

Igbosere over alleged threat of

violence and malicious damage

of a company’s property worth

N5 million.

Onah, 40, was charged

alongside Bode Thomas, 56, an

engineer.

Both are facing a four-count

charge of conspiracy, malicious

damage, forcible entry and threat

of violence.

The defendants were docked

before Magistrate Folashade

Botoku.

The prosecutor, Inspector

Haruna Ibrahim, told the court

that the defendants and others

still at large, conspired among

themselves to commit the

offences.

However, the duo denied the

charges.

Magistrate Botoku granted

them N200,000 bail each, with

one surety each in like sum and

adjourned till September 12 for

mention.

He said the incident occurred

on August 4, at about 10a.m., at

Plot A-43 ALMA Beach Estate,

in Ikate Lekki area of Lagos.

Fun seekers at the Ndubuisi Kanu Recreation Park to mark the Eid-El-kabir in Lagos, yesterday. PHOTO: Kehinde Shonola.

Abuja multiple crashes leave 2 persons in critical condition

By Luminous

Jannamike

ABUJANO fewer than 14

persons were involved in a

multiple auto accident along the

Giri axis of the Abuja-Lokoja

Expressway in Gwagwalada Area

Council of the FCT, yesterday

afternoon, leaving two persons

battling for their lives due to head

injuries.

The accident occurred when a

Sienna car carrying eight persons

from Jos, the Plateau state capital,

to Lagos rammed into two

vehicles from behind in quick

succession.

John Irieguna, the driver of the

Sienna with number plates BUU

811 ZL, said he couldn’t avert a

collision with one Nissan Almera

marked ABC 350 XL, which he

followed for about 10 minutes

before it made a sudden stop on

the fast lane of the highway.

“I couldn’t help bashing into

the Nissan Almera, when the

driver I had followed closely for

about 10 minutes stopped

suddenly,” he said.

In a bid to regain control of his

vehicle after the initial collision

with the Nissan Almera, Irieguna

hit another vehicle, a Toyota

Corolla carrying a family of four,

before skidding off the highway.

The semi-conscious driver of

the Nissan Almera, Oladele

Aluko, was heard muttering

“Take me to Osun! Take me to

Osun!”

By Paul Olayemi

SAPELETHERE

was

palpable tension yesterday,

when a trigger-happy

policeman, simply called Chuks,

who is from Sapele Area

Command, Delta State, shot a 28

years old man called Precious

Imade, over what an eyewitness

called a ‘minor issue.’

Imade, who was driving his

Toyota Camry along the New

Road area, was said to have

been hit by a truck, which

resulted into a shouting match

with the truck driver.

The eyewitness said: “They

had even settled the issue, when

Chuks and three other

The lone passenger in his

vehicle was one of the two

who sustained severe head

injuries. The other critically

injured was an unidentified

boy of about 10 years.

The Toyota Corolla, marked

ABC 281 HA, belongs to one

policemen came and insisted

that Imade follow them to the

Police station.

“It was when they were

trying to force him into their

vehicle that we heard the

gunshots and Imade's

scream.”

The four policemen, scared

of public reaction, took to their

heels, “with Imade lying

down in a pool of blood.

“Word spread that he had

died, but I was not sure

because I saw him move

before I left the scene,” the

source, who was on his way

to work and begged not to be

named, added.

The Area Commander, ACP

Benjamin Jibrin.

Spokesman of the Federal Road

Safety Corps, FRSC, Bisi

Kazeem, said he could not

confirm any death, but that the

critically injured have been

taken to Specialist Hospital,

Gwagwalada.

Policemen shoot man, rushed to

hospital by Sapele Area Commander

Mamman Rijau, who was on

Sallah break, was said to have

dashed down with his boys to the

scene, only to find Imade still alive

and he was quickly rushed to the

hospital.

A crowd began to protest the

incident, blocking New Road,

which is a major route to Shell

Road and the Okirigwe Amukpe

axis, burning tyres. But soldiers

came and dispersed the crowd.

A source from the Sapele Police

Area Command, who spoke to

Vanguard, denied the young man

had died.

He said: “He is in the hospital,

responding to treatment. The

policemen involved are yet to be

seen. They must have fled.”


Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 20187

Police nab vandal with

11 oil pipelines in Delta

•...17-year-old girl electrocuted

By Emma Amaize

ASABAPOLICEMEN of

Delta State Command

have arrested a suspect with 11

vandalised oil pipelines, while

two of his accomplices escapes.

Commissioner of Police,

Muhammad Mustafa, told

Vanguard: “Men of the Aboh

Division accosted one Hiace

Bus with number plates, DELTA

LEH 177 XA, carrying cut to

size 11 pipes suspected to be

vandalised oil pipelines at

about 4a.m., last Tuesday.

“After a hot chase, one of the

suspects, Peter of Oleh, was

arrested while two others

escaped. An oil company has

identified the exhibits as theirs.

Thorough investigation is in

progress.”

Meanwhile, a 17-year-old

girl, Onyeisi Moses, has been

By Esther Onyegbula

THE quiet community of

Ijanikin in Lagos became a

mini-tourist attraction as

residents trooped in their

numbers to catch a glimpse of

a huge python that swallowed

a goat. Some people later

killed the snake, cut it up and

shared it among themselves.

Vanguard learned that the

python crawled out of its

hideout in a nearby swampy

area into one of the compounds

where they rear livestock

behind former Ariton Hotel,

beside Vespa Market.

After swallowing the goat, the

python could not move out of

the compound. It was then

discovered and killed.

One of the residents, Yeye

Modupe, told Vanguard: “The

incident happened yesterday

morning (Tuesday) at about 10.

I was in my house preparing

to go out when people started

By Onozure Dania

LAGOSA commercial bus

driver Alabi Williams, 28,

who allegedly drove

dangerously and killed a

commercial motorcycle (okada)

operator, has been charged

before an Igbosere

Magistrate’s court, Lagos.

The defendant is facing a

four-count charge of

dangerous driving, damage

and causing death, preferred

against him by the Police.

The prosecutor, Sergeant

Godspower Ehizoba, told the

court that the defendant, driver

of a commercial bus with

electrocuted at her father’s

home in Owa Oyibu community,

near Agbor, Delta State.

Her father, Moses Monye,

reported at Owa Oyibu Police

Division that her daughter was

electrocuted when she touched

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the gate of his residence,

unknown to her that an

electric wire, which was

pulled down during a

downpour, was resting on

the gate.

She died on the spot.

Fun seekers at the Ndubuisi Kanu Recreation Park to mark

the Eid-El-kabir in Lagos, yesterday. PHOTO: Kehinde Shonola.

Lagos community residents kill,

eat python that swallowed goat

shouting.

“When I got to the

scene they had

already killed the

snake and

w e r e

about

bringing

t h e The snake

goat out

of its

belly.

“This

snake is

a small

o n e

compared

to the

ones that

had been

killed before.

Snakes usually

crawl out from the

bushes in the swampy

area.”

Another eyewitness,

Adebayo, who lives in the

compound where the goat was

Commercial bus driver in court over okadaman's death

number plates KTU 34 XN,

drove the vehicle in a

dangerous manner on public

highway.

He said that Williams drove

the said vehicle without driver’s

licence and also caused the

death of an okada rider, Patrick

Samaila, aged 23.

Ehizoba said the incident

happened on August 11, at

about 8:15 p.m. at Sandfill

Traffic Light Junction, along

Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos.

The defendant pleaded not

guilty to the charge against him.

Magistrate M. F. Onamusi

granted him N500,000 bail,

with two sureties in like sum.

swallowed, said: “The goat

was not for Sallah.

“Our landlord rears

animals in the compound.

Nobody knew when the

snake started swallowing the

goat. It was after it

swallowed it and couldn’t

move that one of the tenants

discovered it and raised the

alarm.

“We thank God it wasn’t a

child that it swallowed.”

Vanguard learned that

after the python was

killed and the goat

removed from its

belly, it was

shared among

s o m e

residents

who eat

snake.

She said the sureties must

be employed in a reputable

organisation, adding that

one of the sureties must be a

blood relation to the

defendant, who must own a

property within the court’s

jurisdiction.

Onamusi further stated that

the sureties must show

evidence of tax payment to

Lagos State government and

have their addresses verified.

She ordered the case file

duplicated and sent to the

directorate of public

prosecution, DPP, for advice

and adjourned it till

September 26 for mention.

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Some women will die for

this kind of killing!

Don Jazzy got angry when no

one sent him Sallah meat.

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Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 20187

Police nab vandal with

11 oil pipelines in Delta

•...17-year-old girl electrocuted

By Emma Amaize

ASABAPOLICEMEN of

Delta State Command

have arrested a suspect with 11

vandalised oil pipelines, while

two of his accomplices escapes.

Commissioner of Police,

Muhammad Mustafa, told

Vanguard: “Men of the Aboh

Division accosted one Hiace

Bus with number plates, DELTA

LEH 177 XA, carrying cut to

size 11 pipes suspected to be

vandalised oil pipelines at

about 4a.m., last Tuesday.

“After a hot chase, one of the

suspects, Peter of Oleh, was

arrested while two others

escaped. An oil company has

identified the exhibits as theirs.

Thorough investigation is in

progress.”

Meanwhile, a 17-year-old

girl, Onyeisi Moses, has been

By Esther Onyegbula

THE quiet community of

Ijanikin in Lagos became a

mini-tourist attraction as

residents trooped in their

numbers to catch a glimpse of

a huge python that swallowed

a goat. Some people later

killed the snake, cut it up and

shared it among themselves.

Vanguard learned that the

python crawled out of its

hideout in a nearby swampy

area into one of the compounds

where they rear livestock

behind former Ariton Hotel,

beside Vespa Market.

After swallowing the goat, the

python could not move out of

the compound. It was then

discovered and killed.

One of the residents, Yeye

Modupe, told Vanguard: “The

incident happened yesterday

morning (Tuesday) at about 10.

I was in my house preparing

to go out when people started

By Onozure Dania

LAGOSA commercial bus

driver Alabi Williams, 28,

who allegedly drove

dangerously and killed a

commercial motorcycle (okada)

operator, has been charged

before an Igbosere

Magistrate’s court, Lagos.

The defendant is facing a

four-count charge of

dangerous driving, damage

and causing death, preferred

against him by the Police.

The prosecutor, Sergeant

Godspower Ehizoba, told the

court that the defendant, driver

of a commercial bus with

electrocuted at her father’s

home in Owa Oyibu community,

near Agbor, Delta State.

Her father, Moses Monye,

reported at Owa Oyibu Police

Division that her daughter was

electrocuted when she touched

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the gate of his residence,

unknown to her that an

electric wire, which was

pulled down during a

downpour, was resting on

the gate.

She died on the spot.

Fun seekers at the Ndubuisi Kanu Recreation Park to mark

the Eid-El-kabir in Lagos, yesterday. PHOTO: Kehinde Shonola.

Lagos community residents kill,

eat python that swallowed goat

shouting.

“When I got to the

scene they had

already killed the

snake and

w e r e

about

bringing

t h e The snake

goat out

of its

belly.

“This

snake is

a small

o n e

compared

to the

ones that

had been

killed before.

Snakes usually

crawl out from the

bushes in the swampy

area.”

Another eyewitness,

Adebayo, who lives in the

compound where the goat was

Commercial bus driver in court over okadaman's death

number plates KTU 34 XN,

drove the vehicle in a

dangerous manner on public

highway.

He said that Williams drove

the said vehicle without driver’s

licence and also caused the

death of an okada rider, Patrick

Samaila, aged 23.

Ehizoba said the incident

happened on August 11, at

about 8:15 p.m. at Sandfill

Traffic Light Junction, along

Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos.

The defendant pleaded not

guilty to the charge against him.

Magistrate M. F. Onamusi

granted him N500,000 bail,

with two sureties in like sum.

swallowed, said: “The goat

was not for Sallah.

“Our landlord rears

animals in the compound.

Nobody knew when the

snake started swallowing the

goat. It was after it

swallowed it and couldn’t

move that one of the tenants

discovered it and raised the

alarm.

“We thank God it wasn’t a

child that it swallowed.”

Vanguard learned that

after the python was

killed and the goat

removed from its

belly, it was

shared among

s o m e

residents

who eat

snake.

She said the sureties must

be employed in a reputable

organisation, adding that

one of the sureties must be a

blood relation to the

defendant, who must own a

property within the court’s

jurisdiction.

Onamusi further stated that

the sureties must show

evidence of tax payment to

Lagos State government and

have their addresses verified.

She ordered the case file

duplicated and sent to the

directorate of public

prosecution, DPP, for advice

and adjourned it till

September 26 for mention.

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Some women will die for

this kind of killing!

Don Jazzy got angry when no

one sent him Sallah meat.

Throwback Thursday

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Chairman, Bariga Local Council Develpment Area, LCDA, Kolade Alabi (right); Omoyele Sulaimon (2nd

right), during a town hall meeting in Bariga/Somolu LCDA, in Lagos State.

Nigeria won’t be byword for corruption

again Buhari •Commends honest security men

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

A

B U J A

P R E S I D E N T

Muhammadu

Buhari has said that

never again will Nigeria

be a byword for

corruption and

plundering of public

resources.

President Buhari, who

stated this while

expressing gratitude to

two Nigerians that

returned a handbag

filled with valuables

forgotten by an American

returnee at Murtala

Muhammed Airport in

Lagos, stated that

honesty had remained

the path Nigerians have

chosen to take.

According to a

statement by Femi

Adesina, Special Adviser

to the President on

Media and Publicity in

Abuja, yesterday, the

President said the

country will eventually

get to a new shore devoid

of corruption.

Buhari in the

statement, urged

Nigerians to emulate the

two security men, who

returned the handbag

filled with valuables,

saying such conduct

reflected the new

Nigeria that Nigerians

desired.

A Lagos-based medical

doctor, Banji Oyegbami,

had met a family

returning from America

at the airport on August

18, 2018.

In the process of

loading their luggage

into the car of their host,

the handbag of the

returnee’s wife fell,

unknown to anyone.

The statement noted:

“It was not till 90

minutes later that an

officer of Halogen

Securities, on duty at the

airport, called the couple

to come for the retrieved

bag.

“When the bag was

eventually collected, the

contents, including a

handsome amount of

American dollars, phone,

wrist watch, and other

valuables were intact.

"The grateful couple

offered a generous gift,

but Messrs Francis

Emepueaku and Achi

Daniel declined, saying

they were merely doing

their duties.

“President Buhari

believes that despite the

scoffing of a minority

number, Nigeria is

resolutely on the road to

a new dawn. Honesty

remains the best policy.

We must exhibit such

behaviour in whatever

position we find

ourselves, whether high

or low.

“The security men

could have chosen to

behave differently,

following the selfserving

principle of ‘if

you can’t beat them, join

them.’

‘’But they have chosen

to be examples of good,

honest Nigerians. I

commend their conduct

to the rest of the

country.”

I jog more than a mile regularly but won’t ask

Nigerians to elect me based on that Atiku

FORMER

Vice-

President, Atiku

Abubakar, has taunted

President Muhammadu

Buhari over the comment

that the President was fit

for another term because

he trekked a distance of

800 metres in Daura,

Katsina State, on

Tuesday.

The issue of Buhari’s

health has generated

controversy, with some

of his critics asking the

President not to seek

another term based on

his health condition.

Atiku’s reaction came

against the backdrop of

claims by presidential

spokesman, Garba

Shehu, that because the

President trekked a

distance of 800 metres

from the prayer ground

in Daura to his house, he

was fit was contest the

2019 elections.

Last year, the President

spent over 150 days in

London, treating an

undisclosed ailment.

Garba Shehu had

asked those opposed to

Buhari’s second term to

look for other issues

because by trekking such

a distance, Buhari had

proven that his health

was not a problem.

“He (Buhari) is curious

that these days, one or

two people who are

aspiring to be president

are campaigning on their

youthfulness and good

health.

“I think the President

has done one thing today

– that the issue is not

how old one is but how

fit is he; how healthy is

he.

"Now that the president

has proven his fitness

and well-being to

continue in office is a

settled matter.

"I think that if people

want to campaign

against him, they should

do so on issue that are of

significance to

Nigerians. The President

is fit, he is healthy; he is

good to go,’’ Garba

Shehu had said in a

statement issued on

Tuesday.

But Abubakar Atiku,

who disagreed with

Shehu, his former

spokesman, tweeted a

picture of himself at the

gym and wrote: “I

regularly jog more than

a mile and exercise, but

it will be pedestrian of

me to ask Nigerians to

vote for me because of

that.

"I want my party, the

PDP, and Nigerians, to

vote for me because I

work not because I walk.

I will work to create jobs.

I won’t walk to create an

illusion.”

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

A BUJAVICE

President, Prof. Yemi

Osinbajo, has said President

Muhammadu Buhari’s

government has done more

in terms of infrastructure

development than the

previous administration,

despite earning little from

the oil, which is the main stay

of the economy.

Osinbajo also said Buhari’s

administration would

continue to focus on the

common man and taking

Nigerians out of poverty

through its social investment

programmes.

Speaking in a town hall

meeting in Bariga/Somolu

Local Council Develpment

Area, LCDA, in Lagos State,

Tuesday, the Vice President

who called for unity among

CAN calls for arrest,

prosecution of persons

behind killing of 2 clerics

By Luminous

Jannamike

ABUJA Christian

Association of Nigeria,

CAN, yesterday, urged

Nigeria Police Force to fish

out, arrest and prosecute

the gunmen behind the

killing of two clerics in

Abuja and Kaduna last

weekend.

The two clergymen, Rev.

Fr Michael Akawu of Abuja

Catholic Archdiocese and

Rev. Hosea Akuchi of

Nigerian Baptist

Convention, Kaduna, were

killed in separate attacks by

yet-to-be identified

persons.

CAN President, Rev.

Samson Ayokunle, made

the appeal in a statement

commiserating with the

leaderships of the Roman

Catholic Church and the

Nigerian Baptist

Convention over the

demise of the two

clergymen.

The apex Christian body

in Nigeria, while praying

for God to comfort and

console the church over the

loss of the two men,

described the security

situation in the country as

“reprehensible,

unacceptable and

condemnable.”

It also called on security

agencies to be more proactive

and invest more on

intelligence gathering, with

a view to preventing a

recurrence of the dastardly

acts.

The statement read: “The

leadership of the Christian

Association of Nigeria,

CAN, commiserates with

the leaderships of the

Roman Catholic Church

and Nigerian Baptist

Convention over the

demise of two of their clerics

who were killed by some

unknown gunmen in

Abuja and Kaduna State.

“We call on the Nigeria

Police and other relevant

security agencies to do

whatever it takes to bring

the culprits to book and

rescue the widow of the late

Rev Akuchi as soon as

practicable.

“We once again call on

our security agencies to be

more pro-active and invest

more on intelligence

gathering with a view to

preventing many of these

crimes that are being

committed before their

watches undetected.

“CAN also notes with

pains and disappointment

the state of insecurity in the

country. Nowhere is safe

and secured, as terrorists,

rampaging Fulani

herdsmen, killer bandits,

armed robbers, kidnappers

and other hoodlums are

operating unchecked while

our security agencies are

seemed busy with

elections, forgetting that

leaders are elected to rule

over the living.

“Nigeria’s security

situation is reprehensible,

unacceptable and

condemnable. We once

again call on President

Muhammadu Buhari to

rejig the security system of

the country.

“Let there be a visible

improvement in our

security system, as the

governed are not satisfied

with their performances in

ensuring security of lives

and property."

We’ve done far more than previous govt

Osinbajo all Nigerians, felicitated with

Lagosians on the Eid-el-

Kabir celebration.

Addressing a gathering,

comprising All Progressives

Congress, APC, chieftains in

the state, youth groups, state

government officials and the

LCDA chairmen of Somolu

and Bariga, he noted that the

administration’s National

Social Investment

Programmes, N-SIP, was

geared towards improving

the welfare of ordinary

Nigerians.

He said: “The President's

focus has always been on the

common man. So, when we

came, we decided on a few

things to tackle youth

unemployment. First, the N-

Power programme to engage

as many young people who

are graduates as possible.

“We started with 200,000,

and just this month, we have

employed another 300,000.

So, in our N-Power

programme, we have

500,000 young graduates

who are employed in the

programme. Now every local

government in Nigeria has

N-Power graduates.”

Osinbajo stated that the

administration had been able

to embark on the completion

of more infrastructure

projects and achieve more

with less funds because of

President Buhari’s honesty

and the seriousness of the

administration to improve

the country’s fortunes.

He said: “In the past four

years of the previous

administration, over US$393

billion was earned in oil

proceeds alone. In the past

three years, we have earned

US$94 billion, look at the

difference. And the reasons

are very straightforward. The

price of oil was about half of

what it used to be. But with

the same $94 billion, we have

been able to do far more."


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Saraki: Benue govt, PDP call for

Miyetti Allah leaders' arrest

•As group splits into factions

By Peter Duru &

Dirisu Yakubu

M AKURDIBENUE

State government,

yesterday, expressed shock at

the statement credited to a

leading member of Miyetti

Allah Cattle Breeders

Association, MACBAN,

Garus Gololo, who

demanded that the Senate

President, Dr Bukola Saraki,

resigned his position or be

forced out of office.

This came as Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, also,

yesterday, called on President

Muhammadu Buhari to

arrest and prosecute the

leaders of the group for the

comment.

This is even as MACBAN

may have broken into factions

as National Coordinator of

the association and All

Progressives Congress,

APC, stalwart, Alhaji Garus

Gololo, who issued the

offensive statement,

yesterday, took a swipe at the

National President and

General Secretary of the

group, Alhaji Muhammadu

Kirowo and Baba Ngelzarma,

respectively, describing them

as card-carrying members of

the opposition PDP.

Gololo had said in an

interview on Tuesday that

Saraki would be forced to

relinquish office, if he failed

to resign as Senate President.

In a reaction to the assertion

by Gololo, Chief Press

Secretary, CPS, to Governor

Samuel Ortom, Mr. Terver

Akase, queried why the

sources of the statement had

not been invited for

questioning by security

agencies, wondering if

Miyetti Allah had assumed

the role of a mouthpiece of

APC-led government.

The statement read in part:

“We find it strange that many

hours after such inciting

comments, the man who

spoke on behalf of the group

has not been invited by

security operatives for

questioning. The association

asked the Senate President

to resign or it will force him

out of office. What an insult

to democracy.

“It is becoming clear by the

day that Miyetti Allah group

has not only assumed the

position of the ruling party but

are also influential to decisions

of governance in this country.

“What constitutional right

does the group have to spew

invectives on the person and

office of the Senate President

without being arrested? Are

security agencies sending a

signal to Nigerians that

Miyetti Allah group is above

the law and, therefore,

untouchable?"

“This is not the first time

that Miyetti Allah association

has made inflammatory

statements. The other time,

the groups held press

conferences and threatened

to unleash terror on Benue

people."

PDP calls for

Miyetti Allah

leaders' arrest

Similarly, PDP has called on

President Muhammadu

Buhari to direct security

operatives to arrest, in 24

hours, leaders of MACBAN

for calling on Saraki to either

quit office or face its wrath.

It said the outburst of the

group mirrored the position

of APC to force Saraki out of

office at all cost.

Spokesman of the party,

Kola Ologbondiyan, said in

a statement that the

unguarded statement by

Miyetti Allah had exposed

the synergy between the

ruling party and some

troublesome elements, who

were being used to stoke

division and create violence

that resulted in daily

bloodlettings in various parts

of the country.

The statement read: “In the

light of these treasonable and

inciting utterances by Miyetti

Allah, we demand that

President Muhammadu

Buhari should within the next

24 hours, order the arrest and

commence immediate trial of

the leadership of this group,

otherwise Nigerians will

henceforth hold him directly

responsible for the utterances

and actions of Miyetti Allah.

“It is now abundantly clear

to Nigerians that those

fomenting crisis, including

the bloody clashes in Benue,

Taraba, Zamfara, Nasarawa,

Plateau, Kaduna, Edo, Borno,

Yobe, Enugu, Kogi,

Adamawa and other states in

our country, have political

backers who now want to

channel them to achieve their

unpatriotic quest to subvert

our constitution and forcibly

take over the National

Assembly."

Miyetti Allah

splits into factions

Meanwhile, MACBAN,

may have broken into factions

as National Coordinator of the

association and APC stalwart,

Alhaji Garus Gololo, has

taken a swipe at the National

President and General

Secretary of the group, Alhaji

Muhammadu Kirowo and

baba Ngelzarma, describing

them as card-carrying

members of the opposition

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP.

Gololo’s outburst came

against the backdrop of his

condemnation by Kirowo and

Ngelzarma for calling on the

Senate President, Dr Bukola

Saraki, to step down or be

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VISIT:

Deputy

Governor

of Bauchi

State,

Alhaji

Audu

Katagum

(left),

welcoming

the Emir of

Bauchi,

Alhaji

Rilwanu

Adamu,

during his

visit to the

Government

House in

Bauchi

State,

yesterday.

Photo: NAN.

forced out.

The national president and

secretary general of the

group, had also earlier said

Gololo had no mandate to

speak for the association,

adding that he spoke in his

personal capacity.

But in a swift reaction,

Gololo maintained that the

reaction of the leaders of the

association was unnecessary

and ill motivated, insisting

that as an APC member he

had the right to speak on the

matter.

Gololo said: “Let me tell

you that the reason the

National President of

MACBAN, Alhaji

Muhammadu Kirowo and

the General Secretary, Baba

Ngelzarma, are attacking me

over my statement on Saraki

is the fact that they are PDP

men and also card-carrying

members of the main

opposition.

“Kirowo is not happy that I

spoke against his party. All

along, I have been from APP

to ANPP to CPC and now to

APC. So, APC is my party and

I am a bona fide member of

APC and nothing can

change me.

“I have never seen where

majority are being ruled by

minority, it is not possible and

that is why we put it to Saraki

that way. Even if they disown

me, I’m still a member of

MACBAN because in the

rule establishing Miyetti

Allah, I was in MACBAN

before the National

President, even the General

Secretary came and met me.

So l am their senior in the

constitution of MACBAN."

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Oil price leaps to $74 per

barrel as US inventory

drops

By Udeme Akpan

CRUDE oil price has

risen from $72.50 to

$74.17per barrel in the

international market as a

result of limited inventories

in the United States and

Iran sanctions.

In its report obtained by

Vanguard, yesterday, the

American Petroleum

Institute stated that US

crude stocks fell last week

by 5.2 million barrels.

The development, which,

gave impression of rising

demand over limited

supply, culminated in high

price.

A survey of the market by

Vanguard, yesterday,

showed that the price of

Brent rose from over $72 to

$74.17 per barrel.

The price of WTI and

Organisation of Petroleum

Exporting Countries,

OPEC, basket of 15 crudes

stood at $67.22 and $70.27

per barrel respectively.

OPEC stated: “The price

of OPEC basket of 15

crudes stood at $70.27 a

barrel on Friday, compared

with $69.47 the previous

day, according to OPEC

Secretariat calculations.

“The OPEC Reference

Basket of Crudes (ORB) is

made up of Saharan Blend

(Algeria), Girassol

(Angola), Djeno (Congo),

Oriente (Ecuador), Zafiro

(Equatorial Guinea), Rabi

Light (Gabon), Iran Heavy

(Islamic Republic of Iran),

Basra Light (Iraq), Kuwait

Export (Kuwait), Es Sider

(Libya), Bonny Light

(Nigeria), Qatar Marine

(Qatar), Arab Light (Saudi

Arabia), Murban (UAE)

and Merey (Venezuela).”

In its August market

report, OPEC, which

expected increased

demand had stated: “In

2018, oil demand growth is

anticipated to increase by

1.64 mb/d, 20 tb/d lower

than last month’s

projections, mainly due to

weaker-than-expected oil

demand data from Latin

America and the Middle

East in 2Q18.

Buhari to foot medical bill of visually-impaired NYSC

member

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

A BUJAPRESIDENT

Muhammadu Buhari

has promised to take care

of the cost of medical

treatment of a 28-year-old

serving member of

National Youth Service

Corps, NYSC, Okenala

Ahmed, who is visuallyimpaired.

Ahmed, who is a an

Insurance graduate from

Federal Polytechnic Offa,

Kwara State, is currently

serving in Daura, Katsina

State.

A statement by Senior

Special Assistant to the

President on Media and

Publicity, Malam Garba

Shehu, yesterday,

explained that Ahmed

was among the corps

members who paid Sallah

homage to President

APC'll meet its match in us

if its senators foment

trouble, PDP senators warn

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA TWO Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

senators said, yesterday,

that All Progressives

Congress, APC, will meet

its match if its attempts to

foment trouble in the

Senate when they

reconvene on September

25.

The senators, Chairman,

Senate Committee on Navy,

Senator Isa Hamma Misau

(PDP, Bauchi Central), and

Chairman, Senate

Committee on Banking,

Insurance and Other

Financial Institutions,

Senator Rafiu Ibrahim (PDP,

Kwara South), in a joint

statement, yesterday, in

Abuja, wondered why the

APC had made Saraki a

subject of discourse, instead

of telling Nigerians what its

government has achieved in

Buhari on Tuesday in

Daura, as part of activities

to mark the Eid-El-Kabir

celebrations.

The statement read: “In

the course of the

President’s interaction

with corps members,

Corps Liaison Officer,

CLO, Jibrin Ishak, had

appealed for assistance

for their physically

challenged member.

“According to the CLO,

the last three years.

The statement read: “This

is the first time in the history

of the country that the ruling

party will leave the issue of

its achievements and start

blaming its failure on just

one individual, no matter

who the individual is.

‘’It is also the first time a

ruling party will plan to

hoodwink Nigerians by

saying everything wrong

under its watch is due to the

action and inaction of one

man.

‘’They have made Saraki

the issue in Nigerian politics

today. If these individuals

devote the energy they are

exerting on Saraki to finding

solutions to the security

problem, economic crisis

and collapse of

infrastructure, they will

come out with some action

plan, except they are only

skillful in mischief making."

the indigent corps

member had earlier

contemplated

redeployment from

Katsina State due to his

health condition.

“President Buhari will

undertake the cost of

medical care and

treatment of Ahmed, who

is an Economics NYSC

teacher at Government

Day Senior Secondary

School, Daura.”


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2019: C-River youths pick

guber form for Ibeshi

THE

governorship

race in Cross River

State has become keener

with youths of the state

buying the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

nomination form for a

leading aspirant and

former publicity secretary of

the party, Mr Emmanuel

Ibeshi.

Ibeshi is the only

candidate to have come out

within the PDP and

declared intention to

challenge the incumbent

governor, Mr. Ben Ayade.

The youths who thronged

the PDP state office in

Calabar and purchased the

form, said their desire to see

a change of government

and conviction in Ibeshi as

the right person to rescue

the state from “the current

bad administration”

prompted their support for

him hence they bought the

form as their contribution.

Despite the poor

economic situation in Cross

River State, the youths

taxed themselves and

contributed the N2 million

to purchase the PDP

governorship form, as a

demonstration of their

solidarity with Ibeshi in his

aspiration.

One of the leaders of the

youths, Mr Effiom Attoe,

said Cross River State had

lost its once enviable

position as destination of

choice for tourists.

He said: “Cross River

State used to rank first in

Africa for tourists who

would visit here and go to

places such as Obudu

Cattle Ranch Resort, the

Marina Resort and a

number of other places,

including the Tinapa

Business Resort. But all that

is gone now."

HONOUR: From left: Supo Francis Emepueaku; Group Managing Director, Halogen Security

Company Limited, Mr. Wale Olaoye and Achi Daniel, during an early morning visit of the Company's

MD and other management team to honour the two honest guards attached to the the multi-level car

park at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos where they found and returned a

misplaced bag containing various items.

Gunmen storm Akpabio’s country home Aide

....As A-Ibom CP refutes gunmen attack

By Chioma

Onuegbu

UNMEN reportedly

G stormed the country

home of Senator Godswill

Akpabio, on Tuesday,

around 7.30 p.m., in Akwa

Ibom State, where he was

holding a political meeting.

Akpabio’s media aide,

Anietie Ekong, took to

Facebook on Tuesday night

to raise the alarm.

Mr Ekong wrote on the

social media site: “Ongoing,

sporadic shooting

by gunmen at Ukana Ikot

Ntuen, Essien Udim Local

Government Area of Akwa

Ibom State, country home

of former Senate Minority

Leader, Senator Akpabio.

“The Divisional Police

Officer, Essien Udim and

the Commissioner of Police

Akwa Ibom State should

please urgently intervene.”

But reacting, yesterday,

the state Commissioner of

Police, Mr. Adeyemi

Ogunyemilusi, denied

allegation that suspected

gunmen attacked

Akpabio’s residence,

disrupting a high profile

political meeting, Tuesday

night.

According to the

Commissioner of Police, the

political meeting lasted till

the early hours of yesterday,

amid tight security

following gun scare about

200 metres to Senator

Akpabio’s residence in his

hometown, Ukana Ikot

Ntuen, Essien Udim

council.

It was alleged that

gunmen on motorcycles

had shot randomly, causing

prominent politicians to run

for their lives, and forcing

the meeting to be

temporarily halted for about

one hour.

Although there was

exchange of gunshots by

security officials at the

meeting,

the

Commissioner of Police

explained that six

hoodlums on two

motorcycles had invaded a

filling station near

Akpabio’s house and

robbed the attendants of the

day’s sales.

“It was just a mere

coincidence that the

incident happened about

7.30p.m., August 21,

when the meeting was

ongoing at Senator

Akpabio’s residence.

“Immediately the

hoodlums attacked the

filling station, somebody at

the meeting called me. The

Area Commander and

other policemen were

drafted to the scene and

within minutes, security

was restored.

“You know how Ikot

Ekpene is with these

hoodlums on motorcycles.

So, it was just a flash

incident of petty thieves

robbing a filling station

near the residence of His

Excellency.

“Even our quick response

was applauded by His

Excellency when he came

By Charles Kumolu

THE

Akugbene-

Mein Traditional

Chiefs Council in Bomadi

Local Government Area of

Delta State, has called on

the Federal Government to

urgently implement the 16-

point agenda on the

development of the Niger

Delta in appreciation of the

commitment of the leaders

of the region to peace.

It also urged the state

government to site more

projects in riverine areas as

a way of reciprocating the

block votes given to the

state governor, Senator

Ifeanyi Okowa, in the 2015

governorship election.

out of the meeting to see

our men on guard around

the area. So nobody should

overheat the polity because

of politics,” the CP warned.

Meanwhile, the media

Aide to Senator Akpabio,

Mr. Anietie Ekong, who

said that there was shooting

around the vicinity, noted

that “the Police arrived

early to bring the situation

under control.”

Reacting, an official of the

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, who does not want

his name in print said the

former governor of Akwa

Ibom State who defected

from the PDP to the APC a

fortnight ago, had suddenly

realised that he made a fatal

political error, hence his

penchant for “Baseless

utterances.”

He said: “Senator

Akpabio is hallucinating

and he doesn’t seem to

know where he is politically

today. He made a fatal

political error and not

knowing what else to do,

he is now making baseless

utterances.”

•PDP, APC react

APC, in its reaction by its

state Chairman, Ini

Okopido, condemned in

very strong terms the

unprovoked attack on

Akpabio’s residence, while

normal consultations with

party leaders and

stakeholders was ongoing.

“The APC family will not

tolerate such unwarranted

attack on any of its

members/leaders. The

hoodlums while shooting

sporadically around the

environment, robbed

passersby and a nearby

petrol station. Even though

the incident was promptly

reported to the State

Commissioner of Police by

DIG Udom Ekpoudom

(retd), who witnessed the

attack and the CP

responded by sending

police reinforcement to the

scene. Such action by

unguided miscreants is

unacceptable and

condemnable. Politicians

should play by the rules of

the game to forestall reprisal

attacks.”

Akugbene-mein Traditional Council to FG:

Commence implementation of 16-point agenda

A communiqué at the

end of its quarterly general

meeting held at the palace

of His Royal Majesty, Pere

S.P. Luke, Kalanama VIII,

in Akugbene-Mein, the

monarchs hailed the

renovation of Ogriagbene

General Hospital, and the

award of a contract for the

connection of the council to

the national grid.

The communiqué reads:

“The council calls on all

sons and daughters of the

kingdom to support without

equivocation, the

government of Delta State

in the area of peacebuilding,

in order to attract

development to the

kingdom. The meeting also

called on the sons and

daughters of the kingdom,

who aspire to vie for

political offices in the

forthcoming general

election, to play by the

rules in order not to heat

up the polity.

“The council appeals to

sons and daughters of the

kingdom to participate in

the extended voters’

registration exercise in

order to make the desired

change meaningful.

“The council further calls

for unity amongst sons and

daughters of the kingdom

as unity breeds peaceful coexistence

which will further

attract developmental

projects from the

government.’’


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Insecurity: Restructuring’s the way out Clark

L AGOSELDER

statesman, Chief

Edwin Clark, said

yesterday that the solution

to the prevailing security

challenges in the country

can only be addressed by

restructuring.

Clark, in a telephone

interview with NAN, said

that the centralised security

architecture in the country

could not avert or respond

swiftly to security issues in

all parts of the country.

Clark said the country

must, therefore, restructure

2019: Okowa advocates level playing

ground for PDP aspirants

By Festus Ahon

A SABADELTA

State governor,

Senator Ifeanyi Okowa,

has called for a level

playing ground for

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, aspirants, especially

the presidential hopefuls,

in the forthcoming

primary election to pick

candidates of the party for

the 2019 general election.

Okowa, who spoke in

Asaba during a

consultation visit by the

former governor of Kano

State and presidential

aspirants on the platform

of the PDP, Senator Rabiu

Kwakwanso, described

the array of aspirants for

the presidential ticket of

the PDP for the 2019

general election as a good

omen that will give

strength to the party.

He said: “We are happy

that so many of our party

members are coming out

to contest for the

presidential ticket of our

party from the North. It

gives strength to the

party. All that matters is

for the party to manage

the situation. I am one

person that believes in

to allow for the creation of

state police and other

grassroots policing options,

to tame the security

challenges in the country.

“The security challenges

the country is currently

facing will be overcome if

we adopt restructuring.

This is because the issue of

security is local and we

cannot have effective

security cover when

everything is done from the

centre.

“A major ingredient of

restructuring is state police

free and fair election, I talk

about it, I preach it and I

live with it.

“I believe that people

should be allowed to

freely decide who will be

our presidential

candidate. We should

ensure that we provide a

level playing ground for

all our aspirants,

especially, in the

presidential primaries.

“If all aspirants for

different positions are

aware that there will be a

2019: Emmanuel to declare for 2nd

term, present scorecard tomorrow

By Harris-Okon

Emmanuel

U YOGOVERNOR

Udom Emmanuel

of Akwa Ibom State will

onFriday declare his

intent to seek re-election

in 2019 and also present

his account of stewardship

since 2015 when he took

over the rein of

governance of the oil-rich

state.

The governor dropped

the hint at Onna,

affirming that his

and it is when we have this

and other community

policing options that we can

have proper security,” he

said.

He added that

restructuring would also

promote effective

governance and

development, if adopted by

the country.

“Restructuring will

ensure that power devolves

from the centre to the other

federating units for effective

governance. Why, for

instance, would the Federal

Government be involved in

level playing ground,

they will go all out to meet

delegates and canvas for

their votes. Also, when the

result comes out,

everybody will accept it as

free and fair, this is the

right thing to do.

“As governor of Delta

State, I will not be twisting

the hands of people in

any direction. I believe in

free and fair election and

we shall promote such in

our state,” he said, noting

that Senator Kwakwanso

administration had

impacted positively on the

state as evidenced in the

massive road

construction,

industrialization of the

state, stable power supply,

among other people

oriented projects.

Emmanuel said he was

ordained by God to

govern, adding: “God is

looking for one person.

He is not looking for

many people. Like the

brotherhood would sing,

the world is looking for a

things like secondary

education, health services

and agriculture that are

better handled by the

states?

“The government at the

centre, in an ideal

federation, should only

control areas such as

immigration, defence and

maybe prison.

Restructuring will ensure

that resources are freed up

at the centre for the

development of those local

things such as agriculture,

health and secondary

education,” he said.

FESTIVAL:

From left:

Gbemileke Lawal,

Brand Manager,

Eagle Schnapps

Intercontinental

Distillers Limited,

handing over the

trophy for Best

Dressed Quarter

to Prince

Bemigho Ugburo,

Mr. Daniel Alidu

and Matis Oguru,

all of Odekporo

Quarter, at the

warri Awankere

Festival, in Warri,

Delta State.

was working hard to get

the presidential ticket.

Kwakwanso, who spoke

earlier, said he was in

Delta State to consult the

people concerning his

aspiration to contest the

presidential election on

the platform of the PDP.

He said: “How do we

save our country? How do

we save our party, the

PDP, because, as long as

the party does the right

thing, the Presidency will

move to PDP in 2019.”

sign,” adding that his

administration was a

symbol of peace, unity,

progress and

development of the 31-

year-old state.

“This is one government

that believes in the peace

and unity of the state. I

will present to the whole

world our scorecard on

Friday when I will declare

to seek re-election. I am a

symbol of unity. I stand for

peace. I stand for

progress. I stand for the

development of the state.”

Commissioner orders arrest of

two DESTMA officials

By Urowayino

Jeremiah

DELTA

State

Commissioner for

Transport, Mr Vincent

Uduagahan, has

ordered the arrest of two

officials of Delta State

Traffic Management

Authority, DESTMA, for

allegedly extorting

motorists in Asaba, the

state capital.

Uduagahan, who

disclosed this to

journalists in Asaba

yesterday, expressed

displeasure over the

conduct of the officers

who were stationed in

front of the Federal

Secretariat near the

traffic light in Asaba,

noting that ‘’Their arrest

will serve as a deterrent

to other officers with

such disgraceful

behaviour..

“The officers usually

arrest motorists under

flimsy excuses, lock up

their vehicles and

demand money from

them without properly

booking them for any

offence.

“We had received

several complaints over

the conduct of these

officers and have

decided that they must

be arrested and made to

explain why they always

extort motorists on the

excuse that they beat

traffic light,” Uduaghan

added.

Inegbeneki declares for Edo

Central senatorial seat

By Alemma Aliu

B ENINFOL-

LOWING the

controversy that trailed the

meeting of Governor

Godwin Obaseki with

leaders of the All

Progressives Congress,

APC, in Edo Central

senatorial district on

Monday, a leader of the

party from the area, Chief

Francis Inegbeneki,

yesterday, declared his

intention to contest for the

senatorial ticket of the party.

Addressing journalists in

Benin City on his ambition,

Inegbeneki who was the

candidate of the party in

2015 insisted that he won

that election but that the

result was manipulated in

favour of the incumbent

senator representing the

area, who he accused of not

doing enough to give the

By Samuel

Oyadongha

Y ENAGOAA

C A N C E R

foundation is to be set up

in memory of late Mrs

Goldcoast Dickson, mother

of Governor Seriake

Dickson of Bayelsa State

who recently died of cancer.

The foundation when

established is to screen

people and create greater

awareness on the dangers

associated with the scourge

among others.

Dickson disclosed this,

yesterday, at his country

home at Toru-Orua in

needed representation to

Esan people.

“I am from Okpoji, I can

tell you that there is no

federal project in my village

and ward since he became

the senator. If you go to

Irrua, he started a town hall

since he became a senator,

but as we speak it is

uncompleted. If you look at

his constituency project,

there is no solar light in

Esan land. I cannot see

what he has done as a

senator. If am elected, my

constituency projects will

be published for people to

see, and I will hold regular

town hall meeting. But

what is happening today is

shrouded in secrecy. His is

supposed to be a senator for

all and not for PDP alone.

We only see him on TV

following Senator Bukola

Saraki here and there.”

Dickson to establish cancer

foundation in mom's memory

Sagbama Local

Government Area of the

state, when members of the

state executive council led

by the Deputy Governor,

Rear Admiral Gboribiogha

John-Jonah (retd), paid him

a condolence visit over the

death of his 72 years old

mother, popularly called

Mama Gogo.

Dickson in a statement by

his Chief Press Secretary,

Francis Agbo, said that

friends and other wellmeaning

individuals

would be invited to support

the worthy cause.

Dickson, who said he lost

his mother to cancer,

expressed sadness over

her demise, noting that she

was his confidant, whose

supportive role particularly

in his upbringing and

political life would remain

indelible.


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2019 PRESIDENCY: We won’t micro

zone ticket PDP

By Dirisu Yakubu

ABUJAAhead of the

2019 Presidential

election, Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, has

ruled out any possibility of

micro zoning its ticket to a

particular geo-political

zone in the north.

National Publicity

Secretary of the party, Kola

Ologbondiyan, disclosed

this in reaction to a call by

the lawmaker

representing Kano

Central senatorial district,

Rabiu Kwankwaso, that

the PDP should pick its

presidential candidate

from the North-West to

stand a better chance of

ousting All Progressives

Congress, APC, from Aso

APC faction defies court order, hold

congress in C’ River

By Emma Una

CALABAR – A faction

of the All

Progressives Congress,

APC, led by Mr Clement

Ebri, former governor of

Cross River State,

yesterday, defied an order

of an Abuja High Court

restraining the party from

conducting state congress

to elect new executives for

the party in the state until

hearing for the substantive

matter scheduled for

October 25, 2018.

The faction of the party

gathered a Nkonib Hall in

Iko Ansa about 6a.m.,to

conduct the congress

where they elected parallel

officials for the state

executive of the parry

against those elected in

May during the nationwide

congresses of the party.

This has compounded the

lingering crisis bedevilled

the party in the state for

months and may make it

hard to resolve despite the

National Working

Committee of the party.

The party not remains

polarised between the

Ntufam Hilliard Eta-led

faction with Dr Matthew

Achigbe as state Chairman,

and Pastor Usani Usani’s

group which produced Mr

Godwin John as Chairman

of the party during the

May congress.

Rock in 2019.

Ologbondiyan, who had

often insisted that the

leadership of the party

would not stand in the way

of delegates in the

determination of the PDP

flag bearer for the 2019

presidential election,

noted that all aspirants

would reach out to

delegates to present their

plans for Nigerians ahead

of the polls.

He said: “Senator

The NWC had, few weeks

ago ordered for a fresh

election, which the Godwin

Etim John’s faction

disagreed with and headed

to court.

They obtained an

injunction restraining the

APC from nullifying the

already conducted state

congress. The court said it

was only the national

convention of the party

which could do so.

Chairman of the new

Congress Committee, Mr

Henry Idahagbon, said it

had become necessary to

end all forms of contest for

the soul of the party in the

state so as to the make APC

a strong contender for the

governorship seat in

Cross River.

Kwankwaso said what in

his opinion, represents the

best option for the PDP but

as a party that is

democratic, there is no way

we will shut out any

aspirant because of where

he comes from.

“The party has

encouraged them

(aspirants) to reach out to

Nigerians and present

their plans so that at the

end, the one that will

emerge the candidate will

carry the others along.

“I repeat, we are not

going to shut anybody out

of the presidential race

because we believe each of

these aspirants has what it

takes to outperform

President Muhammadu

Buhari of the APC if given

the opportunity to preside

over the affairs of this

nation.”

The North-West currently

has formidable aspirants

on the platform of the PDP,

including Senator Ahmed

Makarfi, former governor

of Kaduna State, his Kano

and Sokoto states’

counterparts, Ibrahim

Shekarau, and Attahiru

Bafarawa respectively as

well as erstwhile Special

Duties Minister, Tanimu

Turaki, and businessman,

Sen. Datti Baba-Ahmed.

Osinbajo, IBB, Tinubu

others for book launch

IN a bid to review

Nigeria's history on

accountancy, statesmen

across Nigeria are set to

unveil a book titled,

''Revolution of

Accountancy Profession

in Nigeria: History of the

Association of National

Accountants of Nigeria

(ANAN)'' by Olumuyiwa

Sosanya, at the Shehu

Musa Yar’Adua Centre,

Abuja, on Thursday,

August 30, 2018.

In a statement, the

organisers said: ''Vice

President Yemi Osinbajo

is expected to deliver the

keynote address while the

chief host is Gen. Ibrahim

Badamasi Babangida

(retd.) with Asiwaju Bola

Ahmed Tinubu as

chairman. The special

guest of honour is Gen.

Abdulsalam Abubakar

(retd).

The statement added:

''The guest speaker is

Abdoulaye Bio Tchane,

Minister of State for

Planning and

Development, Benin

Republic while the royal

father of the day is Emir

of Kano, Lamido Sanusi

Lamido, amongst other

FUN SEEKERS DURING THE SALLAH HOLIDAY

traditional rulers, friends

and associates of the

author.''

'The co-chief launchers

include: Alhaji

Muhammadu Indimi,

Chairman/CEO, Oriental

Energy Resources, Alh.

Aliko Dangote, President

of Dangote Group, Mrs.

Folorunso Alakija and

Chairman of Globalcom,

Chief Mike Adenuga.''

Also expected at the

event , according to the

statement are; the

Governor of the Central

Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

Godwin Emefiele, Lagos

State governor,

Akinwunmi Ambode,

Ibrahim Hassan

Dankwambo, Gombe,

Ibrahim Geidam, Yobe

State, Senator Ahmed

Makarfi, Edo State

governor, Godwin

Obaseki, Ogun State

governor, Ibikunle

Amosun, Cross Rivers

State governor, Prof. Ben

Ayade, Kaduna State

governor, Mallam Nasir

El-Rufai, Kashim

Shettima, Borno State,

Mallam Sule Lamido,

former governor of Jigawa

State among others.

Some children participating in the game "Dancing Chairs", as fun seekers

gathered to enjoy the Sallah holidays at the A-Class Recreational Centre,

Maitama, Abuja. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

The Senator representing Kaduna Central, Senator Shehu Sani (2nd left) with

the leader of the blinds, Malam Tukur Zubairu (left); leader of the cripples,

Mallam Ahamadu Haruna (2nd right) and leader of the disabled, Abdulahi

Sumaila, when Senator Sani celebrated sallah with them at his Ahmed Pategi

residence, Kaduna. Photo: Olu Ajayi.

From left: Sanusi Abdullateef, Assitant Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State parks&

Gardens Agency, (LASPARKS); Lilian Dada-David, Associate, Wealth Management,

Alpha Morgan Capital; Oluwatosin Sanda, Alternative Asset; EmEka Ogbonna, Alternative

Asset and Kemi Akintilo, Head, Event & Programy, LASPARKS, during a

fair at the Ndubuisi Kanu recreational park, Alausa, Ikeja. Photo: Kehinde Shonola.

(LEFT):

Children

having fun at

Ndubuisi

Kanu Parks at

Secretariat,

Alausa, Ikeja

in Lagos.

P h o t o :

Kehinde

Gbadamosi.


Hoodlums burn Imo

courts

By Chidi

Nkwopara

O WERRIAN

unspecified number

of suspected gunmen,

have reportedly burnt files

and record books of Chief

Magistrate Court 1 and

Senior Magistrate Court 2

in Orlu, Imo State.

Vanguard gathered

yesterday that the

hoodlums attacked the two

courts Monday night,

but the intentions of the

arsonists remained unclear

at press time.

A staff of the State

Judiciary, who spoke on

strict grounds of anonymity,

told Vanguard yesterday

that “the ravaging gunmen

overpowered the unarmed

security men guarding the

court premises and

thereafter commenced their

damnable act”.

The judiciary staff said

that “from the way the

armed hoodlums behaved,

one can conclude that they

were interested in records

of proceedings and other

court documents.”

While reaffirming that the

hoodlums deliberately

vanguardnews @vanguardnews @vanguardnews

broke into the two

Magistrate Courts, brought

out files, record books and

burnt them to ashes,the staff

further revealed that the

archives of High Court 1,

where Justice L. C. Azuama

presides, were also

affected.

It was however not clear

at press time, if the act was

political as Vanguard could

not get any lead from any

quarters to substantiate the

story line.

A resident in the area,

who simply identified

herself as Cecilia, reasoned

that the sad event has again

brought to the fore, the

importance of securing

communities and

g o v e r n m e n t

establishments.

She recalled with grief,

how some armed

gangsters stormed the

High Court premises,

Owerri, and rescued a

notorious kidnap kingpin,

in the full glare of armed

police and prisons

personnel.

All efforts to get the police

angle failed, as the Police

Public Relations Officer,

PPRO, Mr. Andrew

Enwerem, neither picked

nor returned calls put

across to him.

Restructuring of Nigeria

remains our focusOhanaeze

APEX Igbo organisation

Ohanaeze Ndigbo has

re-iterated that it would

only identify with

presidential candidates that

are ready to restructure

Nigeria.

Speaking through its

Spokesman, Chuks

Ibegbu, Ohanaeze noted

that the long term problems

of Nigeria could only be

addressed through

restructuring of the country.

The group noted that it

has not taken any position

Ekweremadu reiterates call for

single term for president, govs

By Henry Umoru

A BUJADEPUTY

Senate President,

Senator Ike Ekweremadu

has reiterated his call for a

single term for the

president and governors.

Ekweremadu in his

Facebook post yesterday

said, “As is always the case,

Nigeria’s political

atmosphere is getting toxic

ahead of the 2019 general

elections and governance is

taking a backseat.

Unfortunately, this

atmosphere, with the

accompanying brazen

political excesses are

unlikely to abate until well

after the 2019 general

elections.

“Unable to resist the

temptations that come with

enormous power of

incumbency, those who call

the shots today throw

on 2019 but would consult

widely before taking a

position.

"Ohanaeze is not a

political party but we are

interested in the kind of

leadership that emerges in

our polity as that affects the

citizens positively or

negatively," Ibegbu noted.

He called on Ndigbo to

take the PVC registration

very seriously and warned

against the rigging of the

2019 election in any form.

everything within their

reach into the mix in

desperate efforts to retain

power at all costs and by

all means.

“The feverish political

climate in the country

today, once again, justifies

the call by some of us for a

single term of five or six

years for the president and

governors.

“Although a renewable

four-year term is popular,

societies are dynamic and

it is up to us to make

necessary constitutional

adjustments to safeguard

our democracy and make

periods leading up to our

elections less toxic.

“For over 150 years,

starting from George

Washington up to Harry

Truman, there was no term

limit for presidents of the

United States of America."

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party for canvassers, in Lagos.

Why detained pro-Biafra women were

barred from visitorsOwerri Prison

•Rights groups kick against detention of protesting women

•IPOB women broke no lawLawyer

By Innocent

Anaba, Chidi

Nkwopara &

Chinonso Alozie

O WERRIOWERRI

Prison Authority,

yesterday confirmed that

relatives of the 112 pro-

Biafra women remanded in

the prison were not allowed

access to the women

because documentation

was still ongoing.

Vanguard visited Owerri

Prison yesterday and was

told that it would amount

to security risk not to have

details of those remanded

in the prison before

allowing them visitors.

Recall that a Magistrate

court on Monday,

remanded in Owerri Prison,

112 pro-Biafra women.

Vanguard had reported

that the women during their

peaceful protest in Owerri

were arrested by the police

after allegedly being tear

gassed and beaten by the

police. Some of them are

pregnant.

Speaking to Vanguard,

the Public Relations Officer,

PRO, Imo State Command,

Nigeria Prison Service,

DSP James Madugba also

said the relations would be

allowed to visit the women

in the prison after their

documentation.

He said: “On

Monday, over 100 people

mostly women were

brought to the prison

environment by officers of

the Nigeria Police Force

who came with warrants

from the magistrate courts

for us to keep these people

in safe custody.

“They came around

5pm. Then, we started

recording them and we left

office late at about 10pm,

including the officer in

charge of the place.

“On Tuesday, we

continued their

documentation. In the

process of the

documentation, some of

their people came to visit

them.

"Truly, it is their right to

have their relatives visit

them. They are also

allowed to bring items that

are not prohibited. There is

nothing wrong in coming

to see their relatives but

they couldn’t see them

earlier because a proper

documentation has not

been done before they

came.

“Even the Deputy

Controller of Prisons in

charge of Owerri Prison

came out himself and

addressed them and told

them that it was not ideal

to allow people to visit them

when they have not been

properly documented."

IPOB women broke

no lawsLawyer

However, an Owerribased

legal practitioner,

Mr. Aloy Ejimakor has

accused the Imo State

Police Command of

“unjustly arresting,

detaining and arraigning

the women in court for

merely expressing their

rights as guaranteed under

Nigerian laws.”

Ejimakor who made his

feelings known to

Vanguard yesterday also

lamented that “palpable

injustice still persists in this

land.

“I want to put it on record

that palpable injustice still

persists in this land. The

nearly 120 Igbo women

arrested and detained in

Owerri since August 17

2018 broke no known laws

of Nigeria,” Ejimakor said.

“That right is the right to

self determination,

protected by Chapter A9,

Laws of the Federation of

Nigeria, which states that:

All peoples shall have the

unquestionable and

inalienable right to self

determination. Oppressed

people shall have the right

to free themselves from the

bonds of domination by

resorting to any means

recognized by the

international community”,

Ejimakor said.

Rights groups kick

against detention of

protesting women

Meanwhile, a human

rights group, International

Society for Civil Liberties

and Rule of Law, popularly

known as Intersociety and

a coalition of professionals

in Nigeria and the

Diaspora, Igbo Ekunie

Initiative, have called on

the Federal and Imo State

governments to

discontinue and discharge

all the 10-count spurious

charges of “treasonable

felony,conspiracy to commit

treasonable felony,

terrorism,etc, slammed on

the incarcerated 114

mothers of the Igbo nation

in Imo State.

They wondered why the

magistrate, Mrs S.K.

Durumba before whom the

arrested women were

charged in Owerri, would

refuse to discharge and

acquit the women or at least

grant them bail as

prescribed under the law

especially as she made it

clear in her ruling that her

court had no jurisdiction to

entertain the suit brought

before her.

They further noted that

the Supreme Court had

declared

the

unconstitutionality of

“Holden Charge,” upon

which the 114 women were

arraigned and demanded

by a magistrate court that

has no jurisdiction to hear

the case.

The women are aged

between 22 and 70.

Intersociety in a

statement yesterday by its

board chairman, Mr Emeka

Umeagbalasi, said: “We

also demand for their

immediate and

unconditional release from

the Owerri Prison custody

and discontinuation of further

harassment of such

vulnerable members of the

society.

“The incarcerated

Mothers of Igbo Nation

also deserve apologies and

reparative packages for

their wrongful detention

and being labeled

“terrorists” and “felons” in

government’s panicky and

draconian response to their

use of “braziers as human

rights kits” to protest

government’s sundry

atrocities against their

children and husbands."

On its part, Igbo Ekunie

Initiative in a statement,

yesterday by Mazi

Tochukwu Ezeoke,

president; and Lawrence

Nwobu, secretary, said “We

submit that the brazen

parochialism of the

Nigerian security forces

which are ever eager to

arrest and detain innocent

people from the South East

part of Nigeria but opt to

protect, aid and abet

herdsmen from the

northern part of the country,

is not only a fundamental

breach of constitutional

responsibility, but also

capable of igniting an

existential crisis of

unfathomable

consequences in an

already fragile nation

under the current All

Progressives Congress,

APC, administration.

“We find it strange that an

organisation that goes to

sleep when hundreds and

even thousands are

massacred across Nigeria

by herdsmen can hurriedly

embark on arresting and

assaulting harmless and

unarmed mothers that are

protesting peacefully in

Owerri, Imo State, over the

disappearance of Nnamdi

Kanu, a man who could no

longer be seen or heard

ever since the military

invasion of his village home

in Umuahia, Abia State.”


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AYEFELE’S MUSIC HOUSE: Being physically

challenged not an excuse to break law

– AJIMOBI ...As NBC, Afenifere flay govt’s action

By Dapo Akinrefon

& Ola Ajayi, with

Agency Reports

I

B A D A N

GOVERNOR Abiola

Ajimobi of Oyo State,

yesterday, justified the

demolition of Mr. Yinka

Ayefele’s Music House

saying being physically

challenged is not an excuse

to break the law.

This was as the National

Broadcasting Commission,

NBC, and the pan-Yoruba

s o c i o -

political organisation,

Afenifere lampooned the

Oyo State government for

demolishing the structure

housing the Fresh FM

saying the action does not

speak well of the

government.

Governor Ajimobi said

this, in an interview with

the Yoruba service of the

British Broadcasting

Corporation, BBC, after the

Eid-el-Kabir prayers in

Ibadan, Oyo State.

Ajimobi, who spoke for

the first time after the

demolition, said he did not

see anything wrong in the

demolition.

His words: “Just like the

house they said we

demolished, that man

didn’t obey the law. People

are now saying because

he’s physically challenged.

So, if one is physically

challenged, he should

break the law?

“They said he employed

people, are armed robbers

not employers of labour

too? Should we now say

because armed robbers

employ people, they

should continue to rob and

terrorise others? We shall

pity them, but we have to

obey the law.”

NBC condemns

demolition

Reacting to the

demolition, the Director-

General of NBC, Ishaq

Modibo-Kawu, who spoke

to the News Agency of

Nigeria, NAN, in Ilorin,

said the demolition was a

worrisome development

and did not speak well of

the state government.

Modibo-Kawu said: “The

development is worrisome

because for all it is worth,

the broadcast outfits are

playing a big role in

reducing unemployment,

especially in this situation

where many young

Nigerians are idle.

“They also play social,

informational, educational

and entertaining roles in

the society. Such

development does not

speak well of the

government and has a

negative effect on the

nation, especially at a point

when more broadcasting

outfits are influencing the

social space in the country.

Ajimobi.

“In this case particularly,

there are so many issues

that can be weaved up

negatively by people.

“We hope that as we move

forward, we will be able to

find a solution to the

situation.”

It’s an abuse of power

Afenifere

Also flaying the Oyo State

government, Afenifere said

the demolition “smacks of

high-handedness,

impunity and abuse of

power.”

Spokesperson of

Afenifere in Oyo State, Mr.

Jare Ajayi said: “The first

Ayefele.

reason for our distress has

to do with the timing of the

demolition. Weekends in

Nigeria are normally

work-free for government

officers except for those on

essential duties. To the

best of our knowledge,

demolishing a house that

was not certified to have

structural defects is not a

thing that could not wait

until the day of normal

government business

which is between Monday

and Friday of the week.

“Secondly, the case was

in court and it is curious that

the government which kept

imploring the citizens to

always follow the rule of

law and go to the court

rather than taking the law

into their hands, itself

resorted to self-help.

Employing self-help is

capable of engendering

chaos and even violence”

the body reiterated.

“Actions such as the

demolition of the Music

House are unacceptable

to Afenifere Oyo and

members of the public.

We demand reparation

as well as an assurance

that such actions that

border on an abuse of

power would no longer

occur in our land.”

OAU suspends 6 students over cultism

By Gbenga

Olarinoye

O SOGBOTHE

management of the

Obafemi Awolowo

University, OAU, Ile Ife,

has suspended six students

of the institution who

confirmed their

membership of a secret

cult.

It will be recalled that on

Monday, July 2, 2018, an

information was received

by the University

Management that two

students of the institution,

against their will, were

forcefully initiated into

cultism outside the

University campus.

The Security Unit of the

University promptly

swung into action and,

after a thorough

preliminary investigation,

12 students of the

University were

apprehended and

handed over to the Osun

State Command of the

Nigeria Police to assist

with a further

investigation.

In a statement by the

University Registrar,

Mrs. Magaret Omosule

said: “Accordingly, and in

accordance with the

relevant statutes, the

following students have

been suspended pending

the outcome of

investigations by the

appropriate Students’

Disciplinary Committee.

“They are Onyekwusi

P r a i s e

Chinemerem, matriculation

number ASE/2014/218;

Ojo Abiodun Olamide,

matriculation number

MCB/2012/149; Ude

John, matriculation

number ASE/2015 /362;

Oladoye Tobi Olakunmi,

with matriculation

number EGL/2014/383;

Ayeyi Damilola Ayomide,

matriculation number

EGL /2016/075 and Davis

Jesulayomi Olakunle,

matriculation number

EGL/2014 /207.

“Management, hereby,

uses this medium to

assure the university

community and all other

stakeholders, most

especially the students’

populace that adequate

measures have been put

in place to secure lives

and property and ensure

a peaceful environment

for all residents on the

University estate.

“As it is the collective

responsibility of all

stakeholders to protect

the University from

persons with criminal

intentions, members of

the University

Community are advised

to be vigilant at all times

and report any

suspicious activities

which could undermine

the peaceful coexistence

of members of the

university community.”

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2019 POLL: Fresh crisis hits

Oyo PDP over gov candidate

By Ola Ajayi

IBADANA fresh crisis

similar to what robbed

the Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, of electoral

victory in 2015 is again

brewing following an

alleged unpopular decision

by some chieftains of the

party in Oyo South

Senatorial District to

endorse Egnr. Seyi

Makinde as the party’s

governorship candidate in

the 2019 election.

The decision was said to

have been taken at a

meeting held in Ibadan.

Among those said to be

absent at the meeting were

Alhaji Azeem Gbolarumi,

former governor of Oyo

State, Barrister Lana, Mr.

Muraina Ajibola, Senator

Kamorudeen Adedibu and

other prominent leaders

from the district.

The PDP, through its

spokesman, Mr. Lukman

Agboluaje, described the

said endorsement as a

charade and huge joke.

Agboluaje said: “This is a

charade as it did not follow

even the minimum

condition of due process of

arriving at a candidate as

critical and genuine

stakeholders from the

senatorial district were

deliberately sidelined.

“Even some of the leaders

present were not privy to

the meeting’s agenda as

none was made available to

them prior to this impromptu

arrangement.

“We want to make it

categorically clear that the

Oyo State PDP

gubernatorial ticket is not for

sale. We are also using this

medium to inform our

members that we have a

rebranded the PDP which

has departed from its

shameful past where leaders

sold the destiny of their

followers for a mess of

porridge. Those, who still

cling to the past, are

reminded that the political

terrain has changed.

“When the time comes,

the choice of the party flag

bearer shall follow due

process, in accordance to its

constitution and electoral

guidelines.''

Africa won’t rise above board

if bad leadership persists

BARONESS CHALKER

It’ll be suicidal to pursue 2019 with divided

house, Boroffice warns Ondo APC

By Dayo Johnson

A KURETHE

l a w m a k e r

representing Ondo North

Senatorial District, Senator

Ajayi Boroffice, yesterday,

warned that it will be

suicidal for the party in

Ondo State to contest the

2019 general elections as a

divided house.

Boroffice, in a statement,

by his Chief Press Secretary,

Kayode Fakuyi, said: “The

governor Rotimi Akeredolu

of Ondo State must

demonstrate favourable

disposition towards party

cohesion and lead genuine

reconciliatory agenda.

By Elizabeth Uwandu

L AGOSFORMER

Foreign Minister,

United Kingdom Foreign

Officer, Baroness Lynda

Chalker, has warned that

Nigeria and Africa will

remain underdeveloped if

issues of bad leadership,

corruption were not urgently

addressed.

Chalker said this at a

lecture entitled: ‘Africa in a

competitive world: Business

and investment’, organised

by Lagos State University,

LASU, Ojo, Lagos.

The guest speaker

lamented that Nigerians

were unable to enjoy the

benefits of democracy

due to poor leadership

and corruption, among

other factors.

“Just like it is suicidal for

an army to approach war

with a divided and

disunited army, it is

dangerous for Ondo APC

to pursue the 2019 general

polls with a divided and

disunited party.

“There is no denying the

fact that there are many

issues that have given

leeway to all manners of

speculations and

postulations about crises

and disaffections within the

APC in Ondo State.

“However, it is time for all

aggrieved leaders, all

dissatisfied members, all

factional tendencies and all

political groups to drop

She said: “Nigeria, including

the whole of Africa,

were unable to enjoy

the benefits of

competitiveness that

translated to a country’s

overall prosperity in the

form of economic

performance; government

efficiency (reducing red

tape); business efficiency

and growth; including

infrastructure developments

and education due to poor

leadership and corruption

among other factors leading

to the problem selfish

negative leadership.

“Throughout my long

career working across Africa

and in Nigeria, I have come

to realise that Nigeria does

not need strong people, it

needs strong institutions,

wise and creative leaders.''

their grievances and come

together as a party to

deliver massive victory for

President Muhammadu

Buhari in the 2019 general

elections.

“It is time for all party men

and party women of

conscience to be guided by

the lessons of history.

Recent political history has

availed worthy lessons that

should guide us to create

the future of our party.

“Party members should be

reminded that party

cohesion was one of the

major factors that triggered

the great outing of the APC

in the 2015 general

elections in Ondo State.''


The immoral majority (2)

IT was soon in all the

grapevines of the nation’s

media, that IBB had offered to

State House Correspondents a

chance to elect one of their own,

to be made a ‘Minister’ in

Shonekan’s Interim National

Government. The State House

Press Corps of my time was a 53-

member body. We met once at the

end of every month to deliberate

on issues of common concern,

but attendance, although it was

important, was not mandatory.

There was an unwritten ‘code’

that we operated by: namely

that our professional obligations

to our respective organisations

superseded our duty of

fidelity to the Corps. It was the

abiding sense of security in fraternity

–rather than the existential

worth of safety in numberthat

commanded our individual

commitment to the Corp.

But in addition to our end of

month meetings, we also capitalised

on major events happening

at the Villa –like the meetings

of the Armed Forces Ruling

Council, AFRC- to meet ad

hoc as we waited for the Council

to rise.

By the way, whenever we met

ad hoc, not only did we not have

to form a quorum (which was

an unwritten requirement of

about 25 of 52 members), we

did not also take major decisions.

Such were reserved for

our end of month meetings, or

whenever a pressing matter

could not wait then an emergency

meeting was called by

oral notice to every member, to

tackle such exigency. Any decision

taken at an end of month

or a duly called emergency

meeting was binding on all, including

those not in attendance.

And although we operated an

unwritten code, interestingly we

had managed to keep by these

rules, always. Or at least up to

before IBB’s ‘apple of discord’.

Mind you, it is not always that

any group of journalists get to

be made such gratuitous

presidential offer. It probably

takes once in a ‘Harleys Comet’

for such crunchy ‘bone’ to be

thrown the way of a fraternity

of ‘watch dogs’.

And since IBB’s offer was conditioned

upon complying with

the due democratic process, this

‘bone’ –we thought- was damn

too marrow-filled to be cracked

at an ad hoc, chance meeting of

the association. It would require

more than just a ‘chance’

meeting whereat to place this

tibia on the table for the best or

lucky canines to grab.

Thus, any meeting at which a

candidate-beneficiary for IBB’s

offer would be elected must either

be our regular end of month

general meeting or an emergency

one duly called by a properly

circulated notice, -so that

every member of the Corps was

given equal opportunity not

only to attend but also to vote

The lessons and challenges of

Galadima’s feat

LAST week when I commented on the cel

ebrations that followed the extraordinary

achievement of Zakari Israel Galadima who

topped this year’s United Tertiary Matriculation

Examination (UTME - popularly known as

Jamb), I believed it was just an opportunity to

identify with, and celebrate excellence that came

out of the Boko Haram-ravaged, war-weary

Borno State. However, discerning readers were

quick to point out to me that Galadima, though

a Borno boy, was actually brought up entirely in

Lagos, in an environment conducive for the talents

of the young prodigy to flourish and excel.

Many who commented either via e-mail or by

other social media means asked that celebrating

the boy’s achievement was not enough without

drawing lessons from the event as well as

facing up to the challenges facing similar

ladswho are within the confines of Borno State.

No doubt many of us who marked the event

along with Kashim Shettima, the Borno State

Governor who was reported to have showered

the boy with a N5 million scholarship and other

gifts, must have done so to accentuate the fact

that excellent students can come from any part

of the country. Obviously the celebration was to

focus on the achievements of the boy, to showcase

him to prospective Jamb candidates in Borno

State that despite the present difficulties they are

just as good as any other student from other parts

of the country and can excel. However, this must

not be construed to be downplaying the flip-side

of the deficit in educational infrastructure in

Borno State and all the states in the North-East

affected by insurgency.

The situation of schools and students in the

affected states is grim and is even grimmer in

Borno State, the epicentre of the crisis. There, the

educational sector is said to be deeply injured in

a structural and very human way. Schools were

always the first targets of the terrorist to burn and

destroy. The teachers and students were always

killed or abducted to be conscripted into the

terrorists’ ragtag army. Where female students

were available they were similarly abducted and

kept as trophies for the pleasures of the

commanders and men alike.

At the height of the insurgency in Borno State

in 2014 all public schools in 22 out of the 27

The challenge of dealing

with the situation is indeed

enormous and one must

appreciate the tenacity of

those states coping with it

local governments areas were not functioning.

Those that continued to function were mostly

private schools in the heavily fortified Maiduguri

and Biu and environs. Even by 2016 when the

Nigerian Army had degraded the terrorists,

schools were still out of bounds for the students

as their facilities were mostly being used to provide

emergency shelter to the teeming internally

displaced persons (now known as IDPs) who

could not readily relocate to their homesteads.

Some of the school buildings were actually

occupied by the army units.

The destruction to educational infrastructure

in the affected states was near total. In Borno

State it was in colossal proportion. Only those

who have lived through it and those who have

been there to see it can tell the story. The consequences

will be felt for many generations. One

report that captured the situation eloquently said:

‘In addition to devastation, violence and outbreak

of cholera, the attacks on schools are in danger

of creating a lost generation of children, threatening

their and the country’s future’. The challenge

of dealing with the situation is indeed enormous

and one must appreciate the tenacity of

those states coping with it.

Interestingly even at the height of the insurgency

some semblance of learning was still taking

place in the IDP camps. I had the privilege to

visit one of the last IDP camps in Damaturu,

Yobe State, last year. It was there that I even

watched a class in progress in a learning centre,

someone of their choice; or

maybe even to seek to be voted

for. Legally speaking, and even

in the absence of a written code,

if any member, advertently or

inadvertently was denied

knowledge of such meeting, so

that an offer made to all was

now availed only to a few, such

member could have recourse to

the law and seek to void any

decision taken thereat.

Unfortunately it was at such

ad hoc, impromptu meeting of

the Corps attended by about 20

It is not true

that the majority

is always

right; sometimes

it is the

silent minority

that is right

in a tent within the

camp. In

Maiduguri which I

frequent, the

evidence is there

that most of the

school buildings

destroyed are

wearing new and

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even better looks. The schools are also teeming

with students. In most of the local government

areas similar rehabilitation of schools have taken

place even though it is a challenge getting people

back to their villages for fear of the insurgents.

A more onerous challenge is even getting

the required number of teachers to man the

schools in the areas that are still unsafe.

Vice-Presidential humour

A friend posted to my WhatsApp site a video of

the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo,

making a speech at a Nigerian Medical Association

event that took place in May. A lawyer,

an academic, a priest and a politician, a mix that

would make the Vice-President an exceptional

raconteur when he chooses to be. I downloaded

and transcribed the speech for the delight of my

readers. Please read:

Vice President Osinbajo: It is a special privilege

and pleasure to be here. Aside from lawyers,

doctors are the next most important profession

(Laughter). And otherwise that - as one rather

rude fellow said, it is lawyers who usually cause

peoples medical problems, and of course doctors

benefit from treating them. Mr. President - that is

when I say Mr. President, I mean Mr. President

of the Federal Republic (Laughter), also recognises

the place of lawyers and that is why he

appointed seven lawyers into the federal cabinet.

We are closely followed by doctors (laughter),

four of them are in the cabinet. But you know

doctors, and I think this is to be expected, have a

never-say-die approach to life. So when we

thought we had won, we found a doctor sitting in

the position of the president of the lawmakers

(laughter and clapping). By that I mean of course

the distinguished Senate President, Dr Bukola

Saraki. But we are comforted by the fact that he

is now more a legal personality than a doctor. I

trust that none of us will take our medical problems

to him (laughter).

I must wish you a very successful, rancor-free

proceedings as you elect new officers. I’m always

members who, by chance, happened

to be within the Villa

premises, that a group openly

sympathetic to the candidature

of NTA’s Sola Atere, seeing that

it was in a comfortable ‘majority’,

insisted that election

should be conducted at that

material time to produce a beneficial

nominee for Babangida’s

offer.

A few members who knew better

did call their attention to the

apparent impropriety of turning

an impromptu meeting into

an electoral avenue for the election

of a ‘ministerial nominee’

that observing the due democratic

process was made a condition-precedent.

But not even the absence of

Atere’s only possible opponent,

the late Amechi Dike of Champion

Newspapers at the meeting,

would mollify the determination

of this opportunistic immoral

majority. Such is the

character of ‘immoral majorities’.

They are covetous, opportunistic

and abusive of the due

process. The ‘immoral majority’

can be a arithmetic ‘minority’

seizing opportune moments

or exploiting a vacuum in the

law to have a ‘way’ where it

should have only a ‘say’. But it

can also be an actual ‘majority’

acting tyrannically or unnecessarily

asserting its ‘majority’

rights and privileges with impunity.

The Atere group

underhandedly overwhelmed

the Chairman of the Press

Corps, the late Reginald

Okochie of FRCN (who I would

have the privilege of

succeeding) to call for a

division of the barely 20-member

ad hoc house to resolve

whether or not election should

be conducted at that particular

chance meeting.

It was their only basis to the

claim of democratic righteousness

-that a majority of the 20

ad hoc attendees had voted to

agree that the meeting could

vote to elect our ministerial

nominee. But you do not adopt

the ‘due process’ to democratise

an illegality. You do not apply

due process to sex up due process.

Or as lawyers would say, you

cannot put ‘something’ on

‘nothing’. If the meeting was not

qualified to handle an election,

neither a majority vote of those

in attendance nor even their

unanimous approval could cure

the meeting of that defect.

What the Atere group insisted

on doing was as preposterous as

PDP’s Northern and Southern

Governors’ forums in 2007 voting

to resolve the question

whether or not to uphold the

controversial measure of zoning

which ironically was enshrined

in their party constitution. To

vote to decide whether or not to

obey the law is as ridiculous as

members of a debtor organisation

subjecting the obligation to

pay their creditors to a ‘yes’ or

‘no’ vote. It is not true that the

majority is always right. Sometimes

it is the silent minority that

is right. Those of us angling for

the due democratic process although

we were in the minority,

we were nonetheless right. Nor is

it always, as they say, that the due

electoral process is a proof of justice.

Suffice it to say that a member

of the pro-Amechi Dike group who

was at the Villa when that travesty

of the democratic process was

about to take place, had managed

to send an SOS to some of us by

our offices’ land lines. But only

about five of us were able to make

it to the President’s Congress

room, venue of the meeting just

when FRCN Kaduna’s Buhari

Auwalu –the electoral umpirewas

about to distribute ballot

papers for the election.

The Democrat Newspaper’s

Sareef Mohammed, Amechi Dike

and one or two others quietly

passed word round to the few produe

process members, informing

them that I was going to raise a

point of order objecting to the conduct

of the election and that we

would need some kind of mild

‘mob’ support for us to halt the

process and then stage a protest

walk-out. And it worked. We gathered

our twigs and our pellets and

we left; leaving behind about 15

of them, now in absolute ‘majority’.

But rather than proceed with the

election, since they had no dissenting

voice, they too had dispersed.

It was not the prick of democratic

conscience. It was the fear that the

offeror of that gratuity, IBB, might

be told that only 15 members out

of 53 had gathered to ‘elect’ our

ministerial nominee. It was the

only reason this ‘immoral majority’

beat a hasty retreat.

But it was not yet Uhuru!

To be concluded

impressed by the excellent example of orderly

elections and transitions displayed by the Nigerian

Medical Association. Please keep it up. But

I must not fail to convey to you the sentiments of

your compatriots of the legal profession - my

profession.

On this trend, your undisputed election deprives

us of very lucrative briefs (Laughter), which we

will have had, were you to prefer the route of

litigation (Laughter). While not encouraging that

course of conduct I must remind you that

whenever people pray on the 31st of December

of every year, that ‘may we not see litigations’,

some people do not say ‘amen’! (Laughter)

Dr. Bukola Saraki: I thought I should come

here and give the medical association, the doctors,

moral support because I know the lawyers and

the SANS were coming and they might

intimidate you (Laughter and clapping). So I

thought at least if you have your own you will feel

a bit not too intimidated. Your excellency.

From my mail bag: Re-Of herders and farmers

Thank you for affording your readers the opportunity

to share from the wisdom of HRH Abbas

Tafida, Emir of Muri on his position on crisis in

Nigeria which you accurately captured “one clear

voice of reason”. This is one very good speech our

“educated illiterates(elites)”, leaders and all of us

should imbibe. We must stop fanning embers of

disunity and promotion of crisis in whichever form

for Nigeria to grow and achieve greatness and

development of our desired dreams. Thank you

Gambo and God bless. Salihu Makoju, Kaduna.

I almost wept reading this beautiful speech of

HRH the Emir of Muri. He has made the absolute

solution to this crisis. Alibe Ajimi Bukar.

Best piece I’ve read on this issue. Please find a

way to re circulate this article round the country.

Tuoyo Ejoor


18 Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018

Palliatives needed for importers

Over the years, we have shouted

ourselves hoarse over the precarious

situation of the Apapa ports infrastructure

and the attendant traffic

chaos. Unless efforts being

made to address them begin to

yield results the effects will be felt

in the economy.

The latest statistics on inflationary

trend point to the chicken coming

home to roost. Imported inflation

is now on the uptick, no

thanks to the situation at the

ports.Cost of imports has gone up

following about 480 per cent rise

in cost of hauling containers out

of the wharves and back to the terminals.

While the importers are

bemoaning their fates, they still

find ways of passing down the cost

to the consumers, thus pushing up

the inflationary pressures.

What is most annoying and highly

unbecoming in the scenario is

the activities of law enforcement

agents, principally, the Customs,

the Police and other ports authorities

bordering on extortion of the

importers and transporters. Nothing

can be more detrimental and

sabotaging to the economy. It is a

monumental economic crime

worse than smuggling, under-declaration

and under-invoicing

which they claim to be fighting on

the highways and streets and even

importers’ shops and homes.

It is time the leadership of these

security agencies and the Federal

Ministry of Finance intervened to

save the economy from avoidable

haemorrhage foisted on it by undesirable

elements among officials.

We also call on the ministries and

authorities involved in levying import

duties and charges to apply

some temporary waivers. Alternatively,

the Office of the Vice President

should fine-tune the Ease of

Doing Business, EODB, as it relates

to the ports with an Executive

Order to create some reprieves.

This will influence a reduction in

the cost of clearing goods which

will ultimately stem the imported

inflation up-tick. It will also save

the country from a regress in the

EODB global ranking.

Most importantly, shipping firms

and terminal operators are reaping

huge returns from the crises at the

ports on account of demurrages

arising from delays in container

turn-around time. Importers are

made to pay for the crises they did

not cause while the shipping companies

and terminal operators

smile their way to the banks. This

is very unjust.

The fact that about 80 per cent of

the shipping and terminal service

providers are foreign companies

makes it imperative for the Nigerian

government to intervene and

safeguard our national interest.

The shipping firms and their terminals

compounded the road infrastructure

problem by refusing to

abide fully with the directive of the

Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, on

the provision of holding bays. Now

they are reaping hugely from the

adverse fallout of their non-compliance.

The container demurrage charges

should be looked into, at least,

until the traffic gridlock is resolved.

By Godwin Adindu

THOUGH he died unsung, Pa

Ichiogu Ikpeazu, the great

Umuobiakwa goldsmith, still lives on.

Exceptional genes do not die. He produced

a teacher, Nwaon-o (nono)

and the teacher produced another

teacher, Okezie.

Call it a coincidence but I call it providence!

There is, indeed, a spiral link

between the story of Governor Okezie

Ikpeazu’s grandfather, the unsung

goldsmith and the Governor’s inspirational

obsession for encouraging

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises,

MSME, in Abia State. He

comes from a lineage of craftsmen.

Today, aside infrastructural renewal

captured in the caterpillar revolution,

Ikpeazu’s second unique selling point

is the government intervention in

support of SMEs. Abia under Ikpeazu

has taken the front seat as the leader

in the promotion of SMEs in Nigeria

and the accolades are coming in succession.

From inception, the challenge of

harnessing the Aba talent has remained

a major preoccupation of his

administration. Thus, the Ikpeazu

narrative is the effort to develop a

latent ingenuity and creativity for

which Aba is known. It is a mystique

of the city and her people. This rare

ingenuity manifests in the phenomenon

of the large spectrum of men and

women of skill, trade and craft that

populate Aba. From the Aba tailor, the

Aba shoemaker, bag-maker and all

leather workers to the fabricators, there

is a generic talent that grows in the

ancient city, a talent that Governor

OPINION

Governor Ikpeazu’s MSME narrative

Ikpeazu has very well flaunted and for

which his government has received the

right applause and endorsement.

Indeed, the government intervention

in support of SMEs in Abia is a narrative

that has seen the Governor dealing

with four main challenges: namely

power, market share/sales, finance and

automation. He deployed the first

strategy of aggressive marketing and

The Ikpeazu

narrative is the effort to

develop a latent

ingenuity and creativity

for which Aba is known

creation of awareness. The goal was

to motivate our people and rebuild

their confidence. “This was necessary

because our people were branding other

nations and denying our ingenuity

and identity. So we started by awareness

and marketing,” declared the

Governor.

Looking back, the efforts in promotion

and marketing have yielded great

results. The Governor has taken Madein-Aba,

MIA, to Aso Rock, Otta Farm,

the Senate, NYSC, America and to

many other agencies. “Today, our people

have taken pride in our own dear

Made-in-Aba and our labels have returned,”

he affirmed.

To tackle the challenge of power, the

government deployed the power of

marketing to atract the Vice-President,

Professor Yemi Osibanjo, to Abia

State six times and this has culminated

in uninterrupted power for six

months in Ariaria International Market

where nine clusters exist. Through

marketing also, Abia have sent 30 out

of the 100 artisans to China to learn

automation in shoe manufacturing.

With this intervention, the challenge

of automation is resolved as Abia is set

to launch the first Made-in-Abia shoe

factory in December 2018.

In the area of sales, the Governor has

also attracted over N1.3 billion to the

shoe and garment sector. About 50,000

pairs of military booths have been delivered

to the military through this process.

The government has also attracted

funding through the Bank of Industry,

BOI and other agencies because the

attention is now on the World Bank

data of 250,000 SMEs in Aba

Governor Ikpeazu has remained the

number one brand ambassador of the

Made-in-Aba goods and he has personally

led the campaign. The results

have exceeded his expectations and

this is affirmed by the torrent of recognitions.

In 2016, Ford Foundation, an

American based institutional donor

partnered with Abia State to launch the

First Aba Development Summit. The

goal was to develop a strategy for the

development of the MSME in Abia and

the organization followed up by sponsoring

a 50 million Naira international

brand campaign for the promotional of

MIA goods.

More endorsement later came in 2017.

In that same year, the Nigerian Army

ordered 50,000 military booths from Aba.

The Federal Government also came to

debut its National Programme for

MSME in Aba with over 3000 operators

having a direct engagement with industry

leaders in the sector.

Recently, BOI, in collaboration with the

Ford Foundation worked with the Abia

State Government to launch the state’s

first ever “Aba Finished Leather Cluster”,

a project targeted at providing incentive

to the Aba leather and garment

workers. Through this programme, the

craftsmen in this sector will be able to

access funding from BOI.

Indeed, the highpoint of the Ikpeazu

narrative is that the Federal Government

of Nigeria have crowned Ikpeazu’s effort

with the award of ‘Best MSME

Friendly State in Nigeria”. His forefather,

Ichionu, the great Umuobiakwa

goldsmith, could not take his goods

beyond Abia. But, today, his grandson,

Okezie, has taken his ideas far beyond

our boundaries.

*Mr Adindu is Special Adviser, Media

& Documentation, to the Governor

of Abia State.


Regulatory provisions on crowd-funding

underway

By Peter Egwuatu

REGULATORY provisions

enabling companies in

Nigeria to raise funds through

crowd-funding is underway.

The Acting Director General of

the Securities and Exchange

Commission, SEC, Mary Uduk,

told Vanguard that the enabler

has been included in the recent

review of the amendments to the

Investment and Securities Act,

ISA, now before the National

Assembly.

She stated: “I want to assure you

that the SEC is very desirous in

having rules on crowd-funding.

We have severally discussed it

and we want to have crowdfunding

in this market but we

have a challenge.

“Firstly, the CAMA (Companies

and Allied Matters Act) which is

the primary regulation for all

companies, does not have

provision for crowd funding and

even if it has, ISA (Investment

and Securities Act) does not

support it.

“But I want to assure you that

with the review of ISA that

provision is now there and when

it is approved we will be able to

have it.”

Crowd-funding describes the

collective cooperation, attention

and trust by people who network

and pool their money together,

usually informal, in order to

provide capital for a business or

project.

Usually the cost of raising the

funds is much lower than through

either the money market or the

traditional capital market.

Meanwhile, Uduk has also

frowned at high cost of

transactions in the Nigerian

capital market, saying: “What we

did in terms of trying to enhance

issuance is to try to look at the

entire value chain holistically and

look at the issues that actually

CURRENCY BUYING SELLING

US DOLLAR

POUNDS

EURO

FRANC

YEN

CFA

WAUA

RENMINBI

RIYAL

SDR

DANISH

RAND

$98.75 1.50

$2,218.00 20.00

$10.13 0.04

$72.51 0.30

$67.20 0.77

305.1 305.6 306.1

389.5212 390.1595 390.7979

348.4242 348.9952 349.5662

306.5099 307.0123 307.5146

2.7588 2.7634 2.7679

0.5095 0.5195 0.5295

422.0245 422.7161 423.4077

44.4523 44.5256 44.5989

81.3448 81.4781 81.6114

423.4819 424.1759 424.8699

46.7085 46.7851 46.8616

20.9124 20.9467 20.981

CBN Exchange rate as at 22/08/2018

impede on issuers coming to the

market. One of them was

transaction cost. There was a

committee that was set up and a

study was conducted and it was

observed that our market is very

expensive in terms of capital

issues at the primary level, and

the Commission in collaboration

with other stakeholders looked

at the cost of the issuance.

“If you are coming to the market

how much will the issuer pay?

The rule has provided a limit of

3.17 percent for equities and 3.97

percent for Fixed Income. What

we did in conjunction with other

stakeholders is to look at those

entire costs and do a haircut.

“Everybody agreed on how to

reduce the cost in other to

incentivize issuers to come to our

Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018 19

market and that is what we

did. We reduced the cost of

equities from 3.17 percent

to 2.21percent and then for

Fixed Income from 3.97

percent to 2.38 percent. It

was a pilot for one year

after which we will do an

impact assessment to see

how it will impact in the

market.”

From left, Mrs Daisy West, Special Adviser to Rivers State Governor on Beautification of

Parks and Gardens; Mr Emmanuel Emefiele, Executive Director, Sterling Bank; Prof Roseline

Konya, Rivers State Commissioner for Environment and Chief Daniel Okeke, MD/CEO

Express Concerns Ltd during the official unveiling of Sterling Bank’s Recycled Arts at Station

Round about, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

NESG to brainstorm on moving the economy

forward

Prosperity: Making

THE Joint Planning

Committee (JPC) of the

Nigerian Economic Summit

Group, NESG has concluded

arrangement to hold its 24th

summit as industry chieftains

are expected to brainstorm on

how to move the economy

forward.

The theme for this year’s

summit is “Poverty to

Governance & Institutions

Work”. The annual Nigerian

Economic Summit (NES) is the

foremost annual economic

forum for policy makers and

captains of industry from both

public and private sectors of

the Nigerian economy as well

as the academia, civil society

organizations and

development partners.

According to a statement

from the Group, the Forum

provides a unique

opportunity for participants to

interact and share thoughts

on key issues and challenges

facing the Nigerian economy.

Over the last 23 years the

summit has helped shape

many of the reform policies

that have underpinned the

evolution of Nigeria’s

economic growth strategy.

Dangote, VDMA commence training to build skilled

workforce in Nigeria

D ANGOTE

Industries Limited

(DIL) and German

Equipment Manufacturers

Association

(VDMA) have formally

opened the Train-the-

Trainer (Didactic &

Rhetoric) Course (ToT)

under the Dangote

VDMA Initiative on

Technical Education &

Vocational Training

(TVET).

The programme which

took place in Dangote

Acadamy complex,

Obajana, Kogi State

recently, is a culmination

of a project, which started

on February 10th, 2016

with the signing of a

Memorandum of Understanding

(MoU) between DIL and VDMA.

The two parties had expressed

their desire to promote and enhance

technical vocational education and

TVET in order to develop a skilled

workforce in Nigeria.

Accordingly, the TVET agreement

was later signed in November, 2016

for the training of 200 Nigerian youths

as technicians while the approval for

the registration and implementation

of the agreement was granted by the

National Office for Technology

Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP)

on 11th, October, 2017.

The two firms described the

commencement of the ToT a major

milestone in the effort to fully

implement the Project - Dangote

VDMA Initiative.

The other milestones of the project

being expected later this year

include conduct of Aptitude Tests

for the admission of candidates

(September, 2018), second batch of

the ToT (October, 2018), delivery of

workshop equipment and tools

(October, 2018), full scale launch

of the Project (November, 2018) and

commencement of training of the

200 Trainees in December, 2018!

The event had in attendance

representatives of VDMA, NOTAP,

Management Team of DCP,

Obajana and some other BUs in

Obajana.

The Director-General, NOTAP

undertook a tour of the Dangote

Academy Complex as well as a

Plant tour during which he met past

and present Trainees of the Dangote

Academy.

He expressed great satisfaction

with the pace setting initiative of

Delta Economic

Summit Group

sets up global

network of state

indigenes

DELTA Economic Summit

Group (DESG) has created a

platform called EcoVine which,

among other things, contain a

global list of indigenes and

provides credible information about

social and economic activities in the

state. “EcoVine is open to Deltan

professionals around the world;

providing members with valuable

social and economic information

and networking opportunities.

The platform gives Deltans an

opportunity to become affiliate

members of DESG at no cost”, the

Group said.

“Ants are successful creatures;

because they know very well that

the mind of the team is superior to

the mind of the individual”, Ese

Onosode, Chairman of DESG said.

Once EcoVine is launched,

DESG will publish informative

content for the benefit of all Deltans

through digital media and

traditional platforms. ecoVine will

be a reliable platform for accessing

social and economic information on

Delta State.

DESG is a private sector led think

tank established in 2015 to promote

socio-economic development in

Delta State. It is a non-partisan, not

for profit organization of

professionals of Deltan origin.

The Executives of the Group

include: Director General,

Chukwuka Monye, an alumnus of

University of Oxford and

Managing Partner of Ciuci

Consulting, a leading

management consulting firm with

a regional office in Delta State, and

Deputy Director General, Brian

Hammond, , an alumnus of

Imperial College, UK and a

financial expert and agripreneur

with a 3,500-hectare oil palm

plantation in Delta State.

Others are Isioma Udeozo,

Treasurer, expert in business

development, establishing and

managing strategic alliances and

partnerships, and Hamilton Esi,

Public Relations Officer, a

corporate communications expert

who currently serves as the Vice

President for LEKOIL’s corporate

communications function.

the Dangote Group in the effort to

develop technical and engineering

skills in Nigeria.

He also urged the Dangote

Academy to keep it up and ensure

full implementation of the project. The

event was attended by the Director

General, National Office for

Technology Acquisition and

Promotion (NOTAP) – Dr Danazumi

M. Ibrahim who along with the Group

Executive Director – Government

Strategic Relations – Engineer

Mansur Ahmed, the Group Chief

Human Resource Officer – Mr. Usen

Udoh and the Acting Plant Director,

DCP Obajana – Mr. Murty Ramana

jointly declared the programme open!

It was a very successful event and the

training commenced immediately after

the ceremony with Mr Joachim

Kuhnrich as the Facilitator (German

expert and member of the VDMA

Team).


20 VANGUARD, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018

The Bank of Industry

(BOI) has disbursed

interest-free loans to more

than 350,000

beneficiaries the 36 states

of the federation including

the FCT since December

2016, under the

categories

Government Enterprise

and Empowerment

Programme (GEEP), one of

the National Social

Investment Programmes

(NSIP) of the Federal

Government.

In a statement, Executive

Director, Financial

BoI disburses ses GEEP loans to 350,000

beneficiaries

Inclusion, BOI, Toyin

Adeniji, said the interestfree

loans do not require

any collateral and are

repayable within six

months with a grace period

of two weeks. She added

that 31,594

microenterprises in Lagos

State have benefitted from

MarketMoni loans under

the scheme.

"The GEEP scheme

includes loans in different

called

TraderMoni, MarketMoni,

and FarmerMoni. In

December 2016,

disbursement

commenced across the

country, and as of today,

there are over 350,000

beneficiaries across all 36

states of the nation

including the FCT," the

statement said.

At the launching of the

Micro, Small, and Medium

Scale Enterprises (MSME)

Clinic in Lagos, Acting

President, Prof. Yemi

Osinbajo, who was

represented by Minister of

State for Trade and

Investment, Aisha

Abubakar, said that the

federal government is

commitment to ensuring

that challenges facing

MSMEs in the country

were addressed by easing

policies undermining their

growth.

Osinbajo added that

government was working

towards providing MSMEs

a credit facility of N2

million to N10 million

without collateral, adding

that the effort was to ensure

that MSMEs find an

enabling environment to

thrive in the country.

A cross-section of

MarketMoni beneficiaries

in Lagos and key

stakeholders in charge of

the scheme had converged

at the Teslim Balogun

Stadium, Surulere, for the

launch of the Lagos

version of the MSME Clinic,

where beneficiaries

exhibited their products.

MSMEs' potential impact on tax

revenue is huge FOWLER

Stories by Yinka

Kolawole

The Executive

Chairman of the

Federal Inland

Revenue Service (FIRS),

Mr. Babatunde Fowler,

has stated that micro,

small and medium

enterprises (MSMEs)

have the potential to

greatly enhance the tax

revenue profile of the

country if adequately

harnessed.

Fowler said this in a

presentation on

strategies for optimising

the contribution of

MSMEs to the country's

tax revenue profile at

the National Economic

Council (NEC) meeting

in Abuja, last week.

The presentation

centred on the

contribution of MSMEs

to GDP, national export

and tax collection for

2015 - 2018, while also

highlighting the

challenges impeding the

optimization of MSMEs'

contribution to tax

revenue.

He stated: "When

adequately harnessed,

MSMEs can have much

impact on the profile

tax revenue for the

country, especially

considering their direct

correlation with

Personal Income Tax,

Value-Added Tax (VAT)

and Withholding Taxes."

MSMEs are classified

into micro enterprises,

small enterprises and

medium enterprises.

The most recent survey

conducted by the

National Bureau of

Statistics (NBS), in

partnership with the

Small and Medium

E n t e r p r i s e s

Development Agency of

Nigeria (SMEDAN),

revealed that the

number of MSMEs in

Nigeria is more than 37

million.

The FIRS boss

enumerated the

challenges impeding the

optimisation of MSMEs'

contribution to tax

revenue in Nigeria to

include: Poor recordkeeping

and

i n f o r m a t i o n

management; Inability

When

adequately

harnessed,

MSMEs

can have

much

impact on

the profile

tax

revenue

for the

country

to distinguish personal

capital from business

money; Low awareness

of Nigerian tax laws and;

Little or no business

research leading to

close of business.

To remedy the situation,

Fowler said FIRS has

deployed adequate

man-power to promptly

attend to all tax related

challenges by MSMEs.

He also recommended

that respective organs of

government saddled

with disbursement and

utilisation of tax

revenue should

endeavour to be

transparent and ensure

accountability in order

to motivate voluntary

tax compliance by the

MSMEs. In addition, he

called on government at

all levels to endeavour

to

provide

infrastructural facilities

and enabling business

environment to allow

MSME businesses to

thrive.

Getting business loans

from banks

Wema Bank (3)

In the last two editions of this column we outlined

some basic features of Wema Bank's small

businesses loan package, 'myBusiness Account' in the

three variants - Bronze, Silver and Gold.

For a quick recap, we noted that the BRONZE requires

a minimum account opening balance of N10,000.00

(Ten Thousand Naira), while the SILVER package goes

for N25,000.00 (Twenty-five Thousand Naira), and

the GOLD package attracts N100,000.00 (One

Hundred Thousand Naira) for the account opening.

Moving on to other requirements is documents the

bank requires from the prospective beneficiary. The

beneficiary would be required to complete an account

opening form which can be downloaded from the

bank's official website.

You are also required to present a copy of valid ID

(Driver's Licence, National ID Card, International

Passport or Voter ID Card); Copy of utility bill (PHCN

bill, Waste bill or Water bill issued within the last three

months); Two passport photographs and; Two

references.

Related documents

Since the loan package is for companies not

individuals, the bank would ask for the following

company related documents: Your Business/

Company registration documents (e.g., Partnership

agreement, Business Name registration certificate,

Certificate of Incorporation; as applicable to business

type); Memorandum and Articles of Association;

copy of Forms CO2 & CO7; Resolution of the Board of

Directors to open this special account (where

applicable). You are required to sign this form at the

beginning of the relationship with the Bank, stating

your acceptance of the terms and conditions of the

package.

There are other extant requirements for the

operation of this account, which includes: Evidence

of registration with the Special Control Unit on Money

Laundering of the Federal Ministry of Trade and

Investment (where applicable); Provision of Tax

Identification Number (TIN) (where applicable); and

Search Report.

Again I sense that not a few small business owners

would be hard pressed over these requirements and

I also believe the bank would have been reasoning in

that direction. Hence the benefits of the account are

equally high and we shall be presenting the benefits

in our next edition.


VANGUARD, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018 - 21

Diamond Bank disburses ses N1bn to SMEs

Diamond Bank Plc

has announced its

disbursement of

over N1 billion under the

cash flow-based small and

medium enterprise (SME)

lending scheme.

The scheme which was

launched in January 2017

in partnership with the

Women's World Banking

(WWB), has a strategic

focus on cash flow, net

asset capacity, character

and business proficiency

of SMEs as a means of

determining their

eligibility to access credit.

WWB is a non-profit

organization that provides

strategic support,

technical assistance and

information to a global

network of 40

independent microfinance

institutions (MFIs) and

banks that offer credit and

other financial services to

low-income entrepreneurs

in the developing world,

with a particular focus on

women. The WWB network

serves 24 million microentrepreneurs

in 28

countries worldwide, of

which 80 percent are

women.

Airtel

reiterates

support for SMEs

Airtel Nigeria has restated its

commitment to the growth

and development of Small and

Medium Scale Enterprises

(SMEs) in Nigeria with the view

of deepening the economy.

Speaking on its partnership

with SME 100 Nigeria's 25

Under 25 Entrepreneurs

Awards, Airtel noted that

there is a growing recognition

of the vital role that SMEs play

in economic development,

especially youth-run

enterprises and it has become

very important for all

stakeholders to encourage and

support youth entrepreneurs

that are creating value.

"Over half of Nigeria's

population today are below

age 30 years and it is

imperative to set the youth on

the right track; acknowledging

their skills, recognizing

creativity, hard work,

courage, resilience and

supporting their ideas in order

to build a viable economy," the

firm noted.

The third edition of the Airtelsponsored

SME 100 Nigeria's

25 Under 25 Entrepreneurs

Awards held last weekend in

Lagos.

Out of over 4,500 applicants

across several sectors, the

jury selected 25 entrepreneurs

that have successfully made

socio-economic impact since

the establishment of their

business.

Commenting on the

achievement, Uzoma

Dozie, CEO, Diamond Bank

Plc said: "This milestone is

a demonstration of our

resolve to develop

innovative ways of

advancing financial

inclusion in Nigeria and a

signal to many more

successes to come as we

push through our

technology-driven retailfocused

strategy, designed

to position Diamond Bank

as the most profitable and

fastest growing retail bank

franchise in Nigeria by the

Some dignitaries at the official commissioning of the Presidential Enabling

Business Environment Council (PEBEC) App by Senior Special Assitant to the

President on Industry, Trade & Investment, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole (m) at Murtala

Muhammed Airport Lagos. The App was launched as a mechanism for

complaints and feedback for airport users.

Lessons on marathon preparation for

entrepreneurs

By Adenike Adeyemi

A

marathon can be a

gruelling test in mental

and physical endurance and

is not one for the faint

hearted.

The

entrepreneurship journey

can be a difficult path for

most. Here are tips on

marathon preparation that

can help on your

entrepreneurship journey.

Start Small

According to rei.com,

starting with a few shorter

races i.e. 2km, 5km, 10km

or even a half marathon is

an excellent way to prepare

physically and mentally for

a first marathon. So it is with

launching a startup.

Starting small enables you

to test your ideas and get a

good understanding of the

market.

Build your stamina

Before attempting to run in

any marathon, a runner

needs to have a training

programme that helps to

year 2020".

Under the lending scheme,

according to him, the bank

was able to disburse a total

of N267 million during the

pilot phase, while it

disbursed N750 million

between June and August

2018. He noted that all the

loans disbursed under the

scheme to the 550 small

businesses are performing

despite the recipients of

the facilities being firsttime

borrowers.

"We are confident that the

future of retail banking

belongs to banks with

safely build the physical

stamina and strength to

withstand the eventual

marathon feat. An

entrepreneur needs to take

time and effort to fully

understand the market and

industry he/she wants to

operate in.

Get motivated

Runners join a marathon

for different reasons - some

for charity, to lose weight or

a line item on their bucket

list. These reasons usually

serve as great motivation

points during the run. Same

with entrepreneurship

which may be driven by

need, passion, purpose or

reward. When your

business venture is not

going as planned, a healthy

dose of motivation always

serves as a good energy and

mood booster

Accept help

In a marathon, many

people line the streets to

cheer the runners and hand

out water in between

disruptive business

models and solutions that

deliver superior customer

experience through

strategic alliances, as well

as create life-stylefocused

products,

processes and channels.

We pride our financial

inclusion strategy as the

most robust and

customer-centric in the

Nigerian banking industry

and will achieve more

milestones through databased

initiatives," Dozie

added.

drinking stations.

I n c r e a s i n g l y ,

entrepreneurship is being

encouraged through various

individual, corporate and

government efforts across

the country. While more is

still being required in terms

of enterprise support

systems, there are so many

already benefiting from

these various initiatives.

Rest and recover

Another tip from rei.com to

preparing for a marathon is

that adequate rest all

through the preparation

phase helps prevent injuries

and mental burnout. An

entrepreneur should always

take time to rest and review

progress. This can be in form

of time away from work, a

personal retreat to a quiet

location and/ or training

focused on getting one away

from the usual rush of

activities.

•Adeyemi is Executive

Director at FATE

Foundation

MTN empowers

women in

Lagos, youths

in Oyo

By Princewill Ekwujuru

MTN Nigeria has

empowered 100

women from the Police

Officers Wives' Association

(POWA), Lagos State

chapter, with the provision

of mobile stalls to sell

products such as airtime and

data through the use of

digital gadgets.

At the commissioning

ceremony, Lagos State

Commissioner of

Environment, who was

represented by the General

Manager, Lagos State Parks

and Gardens, Bilikiss

Adebiyi- Abiola, said: "We

are glad that MTN is making

conscious effort to give back

to the community and also

beautify Lagos through the

renovation of the POWA

Shopping Complex Corridor

here in Ikoyi and we are glad

that Lagos State is gradually

becoming a greener and

healthier environment."

Also speaking at the event,

Sales and Distribution

Executive, MTN Nigeria,

Adekunle Adebiyi, said;

"We're really excited to unveil

the new POWA corridor as

this project has been a long

time coming. We'd like to

thank the Ministry of

Environment for giving us the

approval and opportunity to

do this. We're also excited to

have impacted the lives of

members of POWA."

The highpoint of the event

was the presentation of

empowerment materials,

which include phones, PoS

devices, chairs, tables,

umbrellas and digital tablets

to the beneficiaries and the

commissioning of the

renovated POWA secretariat.

Meanwhile, MTNF has

trained 500 youths on ICT

and business skills in Oyo

state. The two-day intensive

training by technology

experts equipped

participants to succeed in

Nigeria's evolving business

landscape.

A statement from the

Foundation noted that the

session which was held at the

University of Ibadan, had

dignitaries like the Special

Adviser on ICT to the

Governor of Oyo, Mr. Niyi

Ajao; Head of Digital

Communications, Oyo State

Government, Babajide

Fadoju, and Minister of

Communications, Adebayo

Shittu present.

The training was organised

by MTN in collaboration with

its ecosystem partners,

notably KPMG, Digital Bridge

Institute (DBI); IBM and

Oracle, the statement added.


22 VANGUARD, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018

NBA elections: Controver

ersy

sy, , calls for cancellation trail

exer

ercise

By Innocent Anaba

TheNigerian BarAssociation, NBA,

has after series of

postponements, finally conducted its biannual

general elections within two

months.

But allegations of under-the-table

dealings, rigging, harvesting of voters'

details using some funny email

domains, massive vote buying, vote

capture, deliberate shutting out of

lawyers from registration and voting ,

have trailed the exercise.

Mr Paul Usoro, SAN, emerged

President in the elections, polling

4,509.

He defeated Chief Arthur Obi Okafor,

SAN, who polled 4,423 and Prof. Ernest

Ojukwu, SAN, who got 3,313 votes.

Others who emerged include 1st Vice-

President, Stanley Chidozie; 2nd Vice-

President, Dada Foluke Dada; 3rd Vice-

President, Igba Theophilus Terhile;

Secretary-General, Jonathan Gunu

Taidi; 1st Assistant Sec, Ewenode

Onoriode; Financial Secretary, Anosike

Emeka; Assistant Financial Sec, Ini

Irene Pepple; Treasurer, Olagbegi

Banke; Welfare Secretary, Joshua

Usman; Publicity Secretary, Kunle Edu

and Legal Adviser, Faroubi

Olayinka. It was gathered that

a total of 12,421 lawyers

participated in the e-voting

process.

Meanwhile, outgoing

president of the association,

Mr AbubakarMahmoud,

SAN, has described the

election as the fairest held so

far in the history of the

association.

But Chief Okafor and Prof

Ojukwu disagreed, faulted the

exercise and rejected the

result.

Ojukwu, while rejecting the

outcome of the exercise, said

that the contested was against

corruption, massive votebuying,

vote capture, rigging

and a skewed process, adding:

“Though a winner has

emerged from this present

contest, remember that we

contested against corruption,

massive vote-buying, vote

capture, rigging and a skewed

process. These reasons make

a challenge of the result

important but because of my

long and selfless commitment

to regenerating the Bar, and

the need not to create tension

in our legal profession, I shall

not contest it.”

He, however, charged his

supporters not to "surrender to

a dirty system and fall of our

profession. Continue to do

your best to help clean it up

and set a new bar that would

be relevant to all.”

On his part, Obi Okafor, in a

petition to NBA President,

Mahmoud, SAN, said: “I

participated in the aforesaid

election to conclusion. It is in

my candid view that the

election was rigged by which

I was denied victory. In the

course of the election, my team

made complaints of obvious

malpractices including

harvesting of voters' details

using some funny email

domains; these complaints

*NBA President-elect, Mr Paul Usoro,

SAN

were not attended to.

“I do hereby reject the result

of the elections. Whilst

considering various options

open to me, I call for a

participatory post-election

audit of both the verification

process and voting.”

He also thanked his

supporters, saying: “I must

confess that I am deeply

humbled to have worked with

a high calibre of both senior

and young lawyers who are

totally committed to the ideals

of building an allinclusive

Bar.

"Throughout the electoral

process, you exhibited a high

level of discipline, decency,

consistency, integrity and

were neither swayed by

money nor other sentiments.”

Aside the two presidential

candidates, Prof. Chidi

Odinkalu, former Council

Chairman of National Human

Rights Commission, NHRC,

described the election as a

“racket and a messed up one

at that.”

He said: “It is unfortunate

colleagues failed to heed the

clear facts and evidence of a

compromised process in

#NBADecides2018.

"The contestants and their

supporters mostly behaved

desperate, conferring

legitimacy on a process that

manifestly lacked it from the

get go.

“Each campaign appeared to

behave in such a way as to

suggest they were best placed

to benefit from a system

configured for predetermined

outcomes.

This was not an election. It was

not even a selection. It was a

racket and a messed up one

at that. Now, they will ask the

NBA NEC to make this

messed up racket their own

and ratify it at the preconference

NEC. That will be

interesting.

“This racket is a disgrace. The

process was compromised and

did not even pretend about it.

The outcome lacks legitimacy

and the declared winner has

procured a compromised nonmandate.

Those who hope or

expect that there will be an

audit should come off that

kind of hallucination – you

don’t ask a burglar to

investigate the burglary.

“The outgoing Bar leadership

is incredibly tarnished by its

role in this messy racket. Yet,

we are unlikely to learn. There

are no plaudits to hand out,

no congratulations to anyone

and no one comes out of this a

The outcome lacks

legitimacy and the

declared winner

has procured a

compromised nonmandate;

those

who hope or

expect that there

will be an audit

should come off

that kind of

hallucination –

you don’t ask a

burglar to

investigate the

burglary

*NBA outgoing President, Mr

Abubakar Mahmoud, SAN

winner.”

Also, Chief Guy Ikokwu, a

lawyer, noted that the number

of lawyers disenfranchised

was far greater than the

merging of votes between the

contestants.

He called for the cancellation

of the exercise, saying: “We

all know and realise that

computer systems have always

been faulted or manipulated if

they are left unchecked.

The usual saying in reference

to computers is: 'Garbage in,

Garbage out.'

“The election result of the

Premier Branch of Lagos with

thousands of accredited

lawyers have not been

subjected to any dispute in the

last 10 years, because of our

system of accreditation,

verification and voting at the

same venue, same date, and

same hours with

representatives of the

contestants and elected

experienced supervisors of the

exercise.

“The system is such that

eligible legal voters are not

disenfranchised by any system

unless the lawyer does not

want to vote or is not available

in person.

“The last NBA election two

years ago was also fraught

with e-voting problems which

led to a pending High Court

litigation.

This current election exercise

was also fraught with problems

which had not been resolved

even as at the date of the

voting exercise which is a real

shame for the legal profession

in Nigeria.

“I saw the dangers ahead in

this exercise and had to post

a warning that the Bar must

utilise a system that is full

proof no matter who the

contestants are. The current

failed system has to be

challenged effectively so that

we can have a credible system which

combines electronic and manual

accreditation of voting no matter whose

ox is gored.

“The number of lawyers

disenfranchised is far greater than the

merging of votes between the

contestants. It must be cancelled for a

proper election machinery to be set up

and salvage the reputation of Nigerian

lawyers. I am not bothered about who

wins but about the probity of the

system, its transparency and lack of

manipulation and inordinate

disenfranchisement.”

Prof. Achara, also a lawyer, on his part,

said: “I was alarmed that it was a

young lady, "Chinwendu", but who my

TrueCaller app identified as “Judith

Efobi” that called at 1:12pm for one of

the candidates to tell me that my code

had been sent “15 minutes ago” and

that I could send it over for her to help

me with the process. When I said I was

sufficiently ICT savvy to take it from

there if my voting code has at last been

sent, she courteously requested me to

vote for one of the candidates. The

conversation ended when I responded

that not only was I supporting a

particular candidate, but that I also

seconded his nomination.

“But the drama above is not

the worry here. My concern is

how she knew when (after

hours of my repeated

applications for it) my

passcode was eventually sent

to me, it actually arrived my

email address at 12:45 hours

of the last day of the election.

“Unless other candidates have

similar access to such

allotment and release

information, this is a major

cause for a post-election audit

for future NBA polls, even

after our candidate’s expected

victory.”

There were branches that

complained that their codes

were used to vote without

them getting the required

codes to their e-mail and

phone numbers.

For instance, Ahoada Branch

of the association, in a petition

to the President of the

association and Electoral

Committee, by its chairman,

Mr Isaac Ogbobula, alleged

that some of its members

completed their registration

with correct details, but for

some unexplained reasons,

their details were used by some

persons to vote.

Some of them include, Correct

details: Name: OGBOBULA

Isaac Abbot, Branch: Ahoada,

No. on the Branch List: 54

Batch B, Verified Reference

No. CIbuzpE. Email, Phone:

08033095251. Fake details:

iogbobula@firemail.cc

08033092131; Correct details:

Name: NWOKAEZE Lauretta

U., Branch: Ahoada, No. on

the Branch List: 47 Batch B,

Verified Reference No.

jmgzNaQ, Email:

lauretta4ever@yahoo.com,

Phone: 08030502450. Fake

details:

laurettanwo@firemail.cc,

08030503 826; Correct details:

Name: OKPARA Uchevenotu

Ezor, Branch: Ahoada, No. on

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LawPavilion set to release Nigeria’s first Artificial

Intelligence Legal Assistant

LawPavilion Business Solutions, the foremost

Legal Technologies company in Nigeria is set to

release Nigeria’s first Artificial Intelligence Legal

Assistant.

This was revealed in this interview with the Managing

Director, Ope Olugasa.

Excerpt:

By Onozure Dania

LawPavilion has

spearheaded

innovations in the legal

technologies industry in

Nigeria. In 2016, you

launched Nigeria’s first

Legal Analytics

Software, LawPavilion

Prime at the 56th Annual

General Conference of

the NBA. What should

we expect from your

company at this year’s

NBA Conference?

In fact, our LawPavilion

Prime with Case

Analytics is the first of

such not only in Nigeria,

but the whole of Africa.

This year, we are

integrating Artificial

Intelligence, simply

known as AI, into our

Legal SoftwareSolutions.

What’s with the Artificial

Intelligence being

brought into the

legal industry?

Continued from page 23

the Branch List: 55

Batch B, Verified

Reference No., Email:

venotu@yahoo.com,

Phone: 07030899144:

Fake details:

uchevotuezor@firemail.cc,

07038095632 and

Correct details: Name:

AGIBIA Emmanuel U.F.,

Branch: Ahoada, No. on

the Branch List: 43

Batch B, Verified

Reference No. NBA

EV04573, Email:

agibiaemmanuel@yahoo.com,

Phone: 08063574455:

Fake details:

agibiauf@firemail.cc,08063794732

among many others.

On what happened, a

branch executive, who

followed the whole

voting process,

explained “Following

concerns raised against

Chams Plc, a meeting

of critical stakeholders,

was held where another

In recent times, there has

been a rave about

Artificial Intelligence, AI

and this is because it is

affecting every industry,

shaking the very core of

norms and redefining

roles. This is primarily

because with AI,

machines can now do the

things that were

considered to be

exclusivelywithin the

purview of human

intelligence.

AI is permeating every

industry! For instance,

in the medical field, AI

techniques from deep

learning, image

classification and object

recognition can now be

used to find cancer on

MRIs with the same

accuracy as highly trained

radiologists while the

Babylon AI Doctor App

uses speech recognition

to consult with patients,

check their symptoms

against a database, and

offer them adequate

treatments. In

•Ope Olugasa

m a r k e t i n g ,

recommendation engines

make use of machine

learning and predictive

analysis to provide

personalized

recommendations to

each customer. This has

helped big e-commerce

platforms such as

Amazon boost their

revenue at an impressive

rate.

In transportation, Google

Maps can analyse the

speed of movement of

traffic at any given time

and reduce commutes by

suggesting the fastest

routes. As seen above,

AI is not here to

replace lawyers;

rather, it is here to

augment what

lawyers do and free

them up to take on

higher level tasks

such as advising

clients,

negotiating deals

and appearing in

court,

thereby being

productive doing

much more in less

time

Artificial Intelligence is

having broad and

significant impacts across

a variety of industries.

Lawyers (and the legal

profession) should not be

left out in this new wave

that bears many benefits.

Today, in developed

countries of the world, AI

is beginning to transform

the legal profession in

many ways as lawyers

are already using AI to

do things like reviewing

documents,ensuring

compliance(which is a

very front burner issue

NBA elections: Controver

ersy

sy, , calls for cancellation trail exer

ercise

tech firm, Crenet Tech

Lab Limited was brought

on board to do the

verification, while

Chams got the task of

accreditation and

voting. Crenet on its

part device a programme

that could have been rig

proof but many lawyers

could not access the

portal, as it had

challenges, following

which it adopted another

programme, which was

similar to what Cham had

proposed and we had to

go along with it.

“Crenet did verification

of voters and we gathered

that over 16,000 lawyers

did verification, this was

from about the 30,000

sent by branches as

lawyers who had fulfilled

all necessary

requirements to take part

in the election.

“Even though over

16,000 did the actual

verification and set to

vote, only about 12,421

could do the actual voting

on account of challenges

faced in voting. Even at

the verification level, there

were complaints that

some people were able to

verify so many lawyers

using one email address,

which was clearly against

the guideline as it was

supposed to be one

personal email account to

an individual lawyer for

the Verification,

registration and voting.

“About 3,000 lawyers who

had done verification

could not vote due

challenges of

accreditation and also

the closing date. Some

people were on their

systems trying to vote

after several days until

the voting portal closed

on the last voting date.”

Meanwhile, when

confronted with the

controversies trailing the

elections, Chairman of

the electoral committee,

Prof. Auwalu Yadud,

said: “We have

conducted a free and fair

election and individuals

can have their opinion

about it.”

Also, when Usoro was

confronted with the

allegations, he asked if it

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for multinationals and

transnationals),analysing

contracts to determine

whether they meet predetermined

criteria,

performing legal

research, and predicting

case outcomes.

Does that mean AI is

replacing lawyers?

Of course not! AI is not

here to replace lawyers;

rather, it is here to

augment what lawyers

do and free them up to

take on higher level tasks

such as advising clients,

negotiating deals and

appearing in court,

thereby being productive

and doing much more in

less time.

At JPMorgan, for

instance, an AI-powered

program called COIN

has been used since June

2017 to interpret

commercial loan

agreements. This means

that work that previously

took about 360,000

lawyer-hours is now

being done in seconds.

Do you think

Nigeria’s Legal

industry is ready forAI?

We cannot wait for AI to

come to us in the Legal

Services industry in

Nigeria. Rather, having

observed the speed of

adoption of AI around the

world in several

industries, I have no

doubt that the Nigerian

Legal Services has so

were any of the two

candidates that had won,

whether the person

would have called for the

cancellation of the

exercise or faulted the

process.

He asked his cocontestants

to join hands

with him to build the

association, even as he

promised to fulfil his

electioneering promises

of reforming and moving

the association to the next

level.

It was also not all

condemnation for the

election, as some lawyers

hailed the emergence of

Usoro. Adebayo Ojo said:

“With the victory of Usoro,

SAN, the real Bar is here

with the return of the

glorious era of Alao Aka-

Basorun, Wole

much more to gain than

lose by quickly adopting

and adapting AI to our

industry.

Thankfully, the Supreme

Court has paved the way

for even a faster adoption

of AI through the very

succinct directive issued

by the Honourable Chief

Justice of Nigeria, Hon.

Justice Walter Onnoghen

on Friday, 2nd of

February, 2018,

mandating all legal

practitioners to make use

of the legal email system

through which processes

and correspondence with

the Supreme Court are to

be served and issued.

To my mind, that is such an

important directive and I

am almost certain that the

Honourable CJN will still

issue firther directives

about better adoption of

technology to the Court

system. There can be no

better stamp of approval than

what emanates from the

highest Court in the land.

So, what is this AI that

LawPavilion has for the

legal industry?

Our AI is called ‘TIMI’,

which is a ChatBot for now

with more complex

implementations coming

shortly. It works like a

consultant that lawyers can

chat with. It converses

with you and helps you

get things done faster. It

has been programmed to

walk the user through the

Civil Procedure Rules of

Nigeria Courts.

Olanipekun, Aketi and JB

Daudu.”

Tony Igbinoba, on his

part said: “Finally, we

have elected a voice for

both the Bar and the

general public. That is

Usoro, SAN, NBA

President-elect.”

Ettu Fejiro said:

“Despite the campaign of

calumny against his person

and unfounded allegations of

him trying to manipulate the

election process, Paul Usoro,

SAN, won like a boss by

beating their adopted

candidate. Now, these entitled

lots are crying like winning

was their birthright.”

Also, Favour Hart, said:

“I’ve been on a high since the

result was announced. The

Bar has spoken and indeed,

it’s final. Thanks to everyone

who believed in Paul Usoro.”

EDITORIAL

Innocent Anaba

( Head)

Wahab Abdulah,

Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

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24 Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018

Our fears over payment of earned

allowances, NHIS Lawal

Stories by Victor Ahiuma-

Young

THE issue of unpaid

promotion and other arrears

has been a problem in the public

service. Organised Labour has

once threatened to shut the

federal public service over the

issue. In this piece, the

Secretary General of

Association of Senior Civil

Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN,

Alade Bashir Lawal, speaks on

this, the unending leadership

crisis in the National Health

Insurance Scheme, NHIS,

among others.

Promotional, other

arrears

The position is that payment

has started. As we speak, it is

ongoing in the sense that

during the settlement of these

arrears, there were some

observed lapses like some

people were not fully paid,

some names were omitted. So,

we complained and we agreed

that those involved should be

encouraged to forward their lists

and the correct calculations

according to their own

evaluation, to the office of the

Accountant General of the

Federation, AGF. This has been

done and settlements are being

made as they are received.

The issue of salary arrears too

is broken into two parts. Some

people were employed about

four or five years ago but were

not captured on time due to

bureaucratic bottlenecks here

and there. Ones they are

captured, it maybe after four

years and what is done, their

monthly salary commences.

Those that have fallen into

arrears are now left for the

ministry involved to calculate

and prepare the necessary

papers and present same to the

AGF for settlement. Since this

is part of the ongoing

agreement that should be

settled, that is also being done.

But we understand that of late,

they said the salary arrears

should wait until they finish the

promotion arrears. So, we are

engaging them on that because

what we agreed was that all

these arrears should be settled.

Since promotional arrears is

almost cleared up now, the

salary arrears should not be

delayed any further.

Along the line too, some

people without disciplinary

measures hanging on their

necks, that have one or two

months’ salaries in the last five

years were skipped. So, all

those unpaid salaries have also

fallen into arrears and these are

also part of what we are talking

about. More, importantly is the

issue of promotion arrears.

When payment started, it

covered 2012 to 2016. But in the

process of settlement, 2017 has

also fallen into arrears. We are

encouraging the Finance

Minister to use the current

window to also capture 2017

arrears and settle same. So that

from from 2018 the ministries,

departments and agencies,

MDAs, will now be encouraged

to capture people who are

promoted as at when due. In

this case, the financial

entitlement that dovetailed

from the promotion will not start

falling into arrears again. That

is the stage we are. We have

written the AGF calling for a

meeting so that all these grey

areas will be properly put in

place so that before the end of

the year we can put these issues

behind us.

FEC approval

You know the Federal

Executive Council, FEC agreed

that N10billion should be

earmarked monthly for the

settlement of the arrears. Since

that decision was taken, we

should be talking of close to 15

or 16 now. So, on paper, we

expected that as at now, close

to N200billion should have

been released. But what has

been released so far, I am not

sure is up to 70 or 80 billion

Naira. As they need more

money, the authority applies,

the minister approves it and it

comes to the AGF for the release

THERE are strong

indications that electricity

workers are planning a major

showdown with Eko Electricity

Distribution Company, Eko

DISCO, and Egbin Power Plc

over perceived unfair labour

practices.

This is coming after a similar

confrontation with Ikeja

Electricity, IE also known as

Ikeja Electricity Distribution

Company, Ikeja DISCO

between August 8 and 10,

leading to the disruption and

crippling of the operations of IE

at its headquarters before both

parties reached agreement on

how to move forward.

Investigation revealed that

the workers through their

union, the National Union of

Electricity Employees, NUEE,

issued a 14 day ultimatum to

both companies that has expired

without contending issues

being resolved.

For Eko DISCO, a letter to its

Managing Director by NUEE

General Secretary, Joe Ajaero

dated July 27, 2018 and cited

by Vanguard, shows that the

workers’ grievances are centred

around conditions of service

and procedural agreement.

In the letter entitled “Re:

Proof-reading of drafts

of cash. The window now is

the approval that we are

talking about. That is

N10billion monthly

release. Since it can

cover all these

arrears we

are talking

about, there

will be no

need to start

going to look for fresh

approvals. You know if you say

you want to start to cover from

2012 to 2016 and it amounts

to maybe over N100billion,

from what has been approved

in principle by FEC, it is going

We have written

the AGF calling for

a meeting so that

all these grey areas

will be properly

put in place so that

before the end of

the year we can put

these issues

behind us

to be N200billion. From the

N200billion, you still have

some allowance that you can

utilise. So, you do not need to

start going back for approval.

That is what we are talking

about.

Unending crisis in NHIS

The problem we have with

NHIS is just the headship of

that place. The Director

General, DG, with every

sense of responsibility is not fit

to hold that office. He is always

at loggerhead with everybody

and when you see a character

like that, my own take is that

he is not prepared for

leadership and possibly he may

be also harbouring some

hidden agenda not known to

us. That is why we were not

happy when he was recalled,

he should have been allowed

to leave the system in peace.

So, since he has come back

there, he has been creating one

problem or the other, and he

is unsettling the system. He is

there to create stability, so that

the appropriate thing can be

done in terms of the oversight

functions of the scheme. But,

sadly, the man is not doing

that, he is always fighting. There

is no day he will not pick up

quarrel with one perceived

enemy or the other. It is quite

sad.

We believe that the

government should bend

backward and review the

appointment so that the man

will be shown the way out. We

don’t need such a leader in the

21st century. He is a disaster.

With the current DG, the NHIS

cannot meet its mandate. It is

possible the man is defending

the interest of some faceless

individuals, we can say. He is

an unstable character and is

creating needless distractions

and not allowing workers to do

their jobs. We have never seen

such leadership .

Workers plan showdown with Eko DISCO, Egbin Power

conditions of service and

procedural agreement”, NUEE

said among others, “We write

in response to your letter

Ref:023/EKDC/CHRO/20.1/

1876 of July 26, 2018 on the

above subject and consider it

pertinent to inform you that the

column you tagged as ‘Union

Position’ actually contains the

negotiated agreements reached

by the parties. We are amazed

by the level of misinterpretation

of facts which your officials have

given you. It is obvious your

officer anchoring the process is

out to truncate it at this point

that the relevant parties are

earnestly waiting for the

signing ceremony.

"You will recall that we

informed you vide our letter ref:

NUEE/NS/2018/110 of June

14,2018 that your management

unilaterally effected some

changes in the conditions of

service (draft) after we had

concluded negotiation on it. We

detected the doctoring of the

document; having gone

through the copy you forwarded

to us vide your memo ref: 023/

EKED PLC/20.1/1439/2018 of

June 7, 2018.

"Undoubtedly, you were not

aware of the unethical practice

of your officer handling the

•Lawal

process until we appraised you

of same in a meeting held with

us on June 15, 2018. Based on

our various discussions on

gratuity, it was later agreed to

be captured as ‘end-of-service

token payment’ and it was

subsequently proofread as

such.

"Please cross check these

undiluted facts from the

proofread copy of the

conditions of service as

indicated below. Gratuity –page

26(regulation 4.9.4), Long

service award –page

30(regulation 5.16), Transfer

allowance –page 31 (regulation

5.17), Sanction grid –

page18(regulation 4.4.11-17),

Repatriation allowance –

page25 (regulation 4.9.2), Sick

leave –page23(regulation 4.6.9

and Retirement –for inclusionwe

never discussed the

inserted clause."

For Egbin Power Plc, there

has been lingering issue

between the parties since 2017,

which NUEE has reportedly

written severally to the

managing Director/Chief

Executive Officer, CEO, to no

avail.

The union has vowed not to

allow management of Egbin

Power Plc “continues to show

disregard for the rule of law and

laid down procedures toward

amicable settlement of

outstanding Labour issues. For

the records, the unresolved

issues include: Refusal to

produce conditions for service

that enjoy joint authorship of the

workers, Refusal to allow the

conduct of election that has been

done nationwide, Refusal to

allow union gatherings\

activities, Refusal to hand over

the destroyed quarters of TCN

technical staff residing at the

PHCN Egbin Staff Quarters,

Refusal to handover schools

constructed by staff before

privatization, Illegal takeover of

PHCN staff quarters, clinic, staff

club and other noncore assets

in Egbin etc and Delist of about

100 of our members from union

membership.”

An official of NUEE told

Vanguard that any moment from

now, the union and its allies

would take on both Eko DISCO

and Egbin Power Plc after they

failed to take advantage of the

window given to them through

the 14 day ultimatum which

elapsed without both firms

taking action to resolve the

matter.


Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018 25

•Mrs. Bolanle Ambode

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Wife of Lagos State

Governor, Mrs. Bolanle

Ambode, has stressed the

need for nursing mothers and

pregnant women to attach

serious importance to

exclusive breastfeeding of

newborn babies.

Mrs. Ambode gave the charge

in a statement on Tuesday to

commemorate the occasion of

this year’s World Breastfeeding

Week, themed:

Breastfeeding: Foundation for

Life, held annually in the first

week of August.

She said the benefits of breast

milk to the infant were too

Voxpop

Exclusive breastfeeding- how practicable?

By Naomi Tenebe &

Chioma Okonkwo

The duration of exclusive

breastfeeding as specified

by the World Health

Organisation, WHO, is six

months after birth. Infants

must thereafter receive

complementary baby food

along with breast milk for up

to two years of age. Lactation,

or milk production in the

breasts, begins about one to

three days after a woman gives

birth. Pituitary hormones

stimulate milk production in

response to the stimulation of

the infant suckling the nipple.

Exclusive breastfeeding is the

process of feeding a new born

baby exclusively with breast

milk and no other

supplement. Some women

spoke with WO about the

importance and ills of both

exclusive and non-exclusive

breastfeeding. Excerpt:

I couldn’t keep up Mrs

Fumilayo Adekunle

“As a mother, I tried doing

Nursing mothers: Ambode’s wife e harps

on exclusive breastfeeding for babies

profound to be ignored, as it

was an important foundation

for a baby’s life, capable of

determining whether the baby

would live or otherwise.

Mrs. Ambode said putting a

baby to the breast in the first

hour of life was a major

safeguard against the death of

the infant, adding that

exclusive breastfeeding for the

first six months helps them to

exclusive breastfeeding for my

daughter but I couldn’t keep up,

although it has its advantages.

It helps the baby to regain all

the weight lost at birth. Also,

exclusively breast- fed babies

quickly recover from infections.

Exclusive breastfeeding

also protects the baby from

becoming sick. Breastfeeding

also reduces the risk of

developing breast and ovarian

cancer in the mother. Exclusive

breastfeeding also requires the

mother to feed 8-12 times a day;

it may be difficult for her to look

after other household or workrelated

chores. Your eating

order would also be affected

because you would be restricted

to certain kinds of food as some

can be harmful to the baby and

if the mother does not breastfeed

the newborn baby well, the baby

may suffer from dehydration,

which can pave way for other

health problems.”

I didn’t do it for any of my kids

Mrs Theodora Tenebe

“I’m very indifferent about

grow, prevents undernutrition,

promotes brain

development, as well as

reduce the risk of overweight.

She further said that breast

milk was vital because it acts

as the baby’s first vaccine,

thereby, boosting immunity for

newborn babies.

According to her: “Nothing

can compare to the breast milk.

No matter the nutritional value

exclusive

breastfeeding

although I

didn’t do it

for any of

my kids

b u t

breastfeeding

can be a

satisfying

experience

•Theodora Tenebe for the

mother.

Breastfeeding creates a bond

between the mother and the

baby and it’s also a cheap and

reliable source of food for the

child and also fewer food

problems. Breast milk also

builds the immune system and

promotes healthy digestion.

Although during breastfeeding

women experience nipple pain

and sores, and also your

movement is restricted so you

have to be with your baby all the

time and have less free time for

yourself. A distressed baby can

also be consoled by

breastfeeding.”

I didn’t have time for it at all

of the baby formula, it cannot

adequately take the place of

breast milk in the life of the

new born.

“God who created it in His own

special way to be babyfriendly,

has made it the most

important and most beneficial

type of food a baby gets to

know. Nursing mothers should

not make excuses of their jobs

or career for not doing

exclusive breastfeeding

Mrs Lucy Eromosele

“The healthiest babies are the

ones exclusively breastfed. It

protects the baby from a long list

of illnesses, protects them from

developing allergies. It may also

protect the baby from obesity

because breast milk contains

less insulin than formula.

Exclusively breastfeeding

babies may boost the

intelligence of the babies. It also

reduces the stress level of the

mother and the risk of

postpartum depression. Some

women can also have

challenges breastfeeding in

public because of the change in

their bodies during pregnancy;

low supply of milk can also occur

in some women not being able

to produce milk. Some mothers

experience breast pain and also

might transfer infection from the

mother’s body through the

breast milk that would have a

bad effect on the baby.”

I tried it with my last baby but

couldn’t copeMrs Eyitope

Akpalara

because the advantages to the

baby are too many,” she said.

Describing the theme for this

year as apt and the basic truth

about the practice, she

explained further that

breastfeeding was good

bonding between mother and

infant, adding that improved

breastfeeding practices around

the world, could save the lives

of nearly one million children

under five years, according to

international health bodies.

“Exclusive

breastfeeding

is one of the

best ways to

have a

healthier

baby. It is an

empowering

way to see

your baby

grow and

thrive on

your breast

•Eyitope Akpalara

milk alone. Breast milk helps the

baby to have better antibodies

which prevent the baby from

falling ill frequently. It is also a

great way to learn about your

baby and may prevent obesity

for both the mother and the baby.

There is also delay in

menstruation and if a mother

consumes too much caffeine, it

can cause sleepless nights for

the baby. Diseases like HIV,

untreated tuberculosis and

other forms of diseases can be

passed through breastfeeding.

I, however, tried it with my last

baby but had to stop when I

couldn’t continue due to time

constraints.”


26 Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018

By Josephine Agbonkhese

Poised to halt the slide in

their political fortune

ahead of the 2019

general elections, women

politicians from various

political affiliations in states

across the country recently

launched a coalition, the

Women in Politics Interparty

Network. In this interview,

Dr Emilia Ezeude, President

of the Lagos chapter and an

aspirant to the House of

Representatives on the

platform of the People’s

Democratic Party, PDP, under

the Ajeromi-Ifelodun Federal

Constituency, speaks of the

coalition’s plans and reels

out lessons from her political

experiences.

What inspired this

coalition?

The myriad of problems facing

Nigeria and the many

challenges faced by women in

politics in the country,

informed the coalition. Since

1999, the number of women in

political positions continues to

decrease in Nigeria such that

the percentage of women in

parliament in the country has

become one of the lowest in

the world. That is annoyingly

well below the African

average.

Ironically, women are unique

beings packaged by God to

cause a difference and provoke

positive change in their

environments. But

unfortunately, they have been

relegated to the background

in Nigeria, which is

surprisingly a signatory to

most of the international

instruments on women’s

rights, especially the

Convention on the Elimination

of all Forms of Discrimination

against Women, CEDAW; the

African Charter on Human

and People’s Rights, the

National Gender Policy and

Vision 20:20. Sadly, these

rights and ideals have

remained mere rhetorical

postulations.

Changing the narrative

Yes. The time has come for the

narrative to be changed; the

participation of women in

politics should be beyond

mobilising, praise singing,

fundraising, party supporters,

husband supporters and

women leaders. We need

quality representation in

decision-making. The whole

essence of this organisation

therefore is to have

government and political

parties commit themselves to

addressing challenges that are

holding women down, to drive

the implementation of the

National Gender Policy and

ensure women constitute at

least 35 per cent elective office

holders and that winning is

increased to 50 per cent by

2030. Also on our agenda is to

increase the number of women

occupying leadership

positions within political

parties’ structure and to

support women candidates

during elections and

appointments. All these will

help ensure women contribute

their quota to national

I tell women power is not

served a la carte

Dr Emilia Ezeude, President, Lagos Women in Politics

Interparty Network

•Dr Emilia Ezeude

development.

What steps have you outlined

to help hasten the

By Princewill Ekwujuru

Brand Communicator, a

brands and marketing

publication has concluded

plans to host the 2nd edition

of its Women in Marketing &

Communications Conference/

Awards, WIMCA, in Lagos.

The event holds August 31,

2018.

WIMCA is a thought

leadership platform for

insights and contemporary

trends in engaging female

consumers and at the same

time, recognising outstanding

women and corporate

organisations for their

contributions to the growth of

their various industries and

the country at large. This

year’s event with the theme:

Women in Marketing

Communications: The Press

for Progress, promises to be the

achievement of these goals?

We have done so much. We’ve

done a lot of trainings and

recently, we held a mega rally

in all states where we have a

chapter currently. This is to

further advocate for the

inclusion of women in

governance.

We are only five months to

the 2019 elections; do you

think you can achieve this

aim?

We are very sure. Even though

we are a bit new, majority of

us are politicians and players

in the terrain. We’ve been

working in various local

governments and within a

short while, we have been able

to appoint coordinators in all

local government areas in the

various states where we exist.

These people are actively

engaging in grassroots work

and mobilisation already.

How structured is this

organisation to blissfully

accommodate women from

different political parties?

It is well structured. You see,

many of us have realised that

unless we are able to work

together, we may find it

difficult resolving issues

affecting us in politics. So,

when we come to Lagos

Women in Politics Interparty

Network, we drop our political

affiliations; we are all one,

fighting for a common good.

We work together to support

female aspirants in our

different local governments to

achieve their goals.

So, what will change about

the way women will do

politics in 2019?

A lot will change. Women are

getting to know that politics

is serious business and that

power is not served a la carte

but that you really have to go

out and fight for it. In the past,

when you call for political

meetings, you hardly see

women except the ones that

come to dance and sing. But

...continues on page 27

Brand magazine to host women in Marketing, Communications

Conference/Awards

biggest gathering of female

professionals in the field of

Marketing

and

Communications industry.

Industry analyst reveals that

only four out of the top 20

Association of Advertising

Agencies of Nigeria, AAAN

member agencies have women

at the helm while the 10 major

Media Independent agencies,

on the other hand, do not have

any woman at the helm. Other

sub-sectors of the industry

cutting across both agency

and clients’ side, have very few

women at the helm.

In line with the realities, the

organisers of the conference

and awards disclosed that

WIMCA is designed to

identify the current trends in

marketing communications

while addressing the career

challenges of female

marketing executives.

According to the convener of

the Conference/Awards,

Joshua Ajayi, Publisher of

Brand Communicator, “the

objective of the event is to

celebrate women of

outstanding achievements in

the marketing and

communications industry

while creating a platform for

networking among them.

“It will also provide a

mentorship platform for young

and prospective professionals

and ignite the potential in

women towards attaining

enviable heights in marketing

and management, as well as

inspire the entrepreneurial

spirit in women towards

creating and sustaining

enduring marketing and

communications industry

businesses.”

The organisers disclosed that

many important dignitaries

are billed to attend the August

event as special guests of

honour.

In the same vein, the

confirmed speakers and

panelists are Alex Goma,

Managing Director, PZ

Cussons; Folake Ani-

Mumumey, Chairman, Board

of Directors, FBN Insurance

Brokers; Julia Oku Jacks,

Managing Director, Treewater

Limited; Lampe Omoyele,

Managing Director, 141

Worldwide; Iquo Ukoh,

Managing Director, Entod

Marketing; Cherry

Eromosele, Chief Product &

Marketing Officer,

Interswitch; Steve Babaeko,

Managing Director, X3M

Ideas; Nsima Ogedi-Alakwe,

Marketing Director, Unilever

and Funmilayo Falola, Head,

Brand & Marketing

Communications, Wema Bank.


Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018 27

Politics: Female lawmaker calls

for or more participation of women

By Ebun Sessou

Member, Lagos State

House of Assembly,

Mrs. Olufunmilayo

Tejuosho has urged more

women to participate in

politics as a strategy to

stabilise the country.

Tejuosho who made the call at

the just-concluded Conference

of Speakers of State Houses

of Assembly in Nigeria

maintained that women as a

stabilising factor, are capable

of restoring peace in the

country when they are well

engaged in the affairs of the

nation.

According to her, “women are

agents of change and they are

more than enough, therefore,

we will continue to encourage

women as stabilisers of the

home-front to come out and

stabilise the nation as a

whole.”

The lawmaker who is the

Chairman, House Committee

on Information, Strategy and

Security representing Mushin

Constituency 1, reiterated that

it would be a good omen for

the nation if more women

came into politics. She added

that women need continuous

encouragement to come into

politics. “Women are good

managers of the home, we are

able to multi-task. We take

care of our husbands, children,

home-front and we also take

care of our offices.

For a woman to get to her

workplace in the early hours

of the day with her male peers

means she must have woken

up hours earlier.

“We are not discouraged as

women. We know that initially,

we had to struggle to get to

where we are. Even the parties

say that it is free for women to

run for elective positions. They

•Olufunmilayo Tejuosho

do not have to pay. It is a form

of encouragement. We have

been given the chance to

compete with the men. We

know that there is nothing that

the men are doing that the

women cannot do.

“I have always said that what

a woman cannot do can never

be done. I am not discouraged

as a woman. There are lots of

women that can hold those

positions and we will continue

to encourage ourselves,” she

said.

On the issue of one female

speaker out of 36 states in

Nigeria, she said: “We are not

discouraged. We have had

female speakers before in

different states and we are

hopeful that in the nearest

future, there would be female

speakers in Lagos.

Speaking on the Conference

of Speakers, Tejuosho said it

is an avenue to deliberate on

issues that affect all the

different states, hammer on the

peculiarities and the general

things that affect us. It is in this

conference that issues on

amendment of the constitution,

as well as clamouring for

special status for Lagos State in

particular, are discussed.

“We know that Lagos used to

be the capital of Nigeria before

it moved to Abuja, we should

not forget that the population

in Lagos is very high. We have

over 22 million people in Lagos

State. We have the seaport,

airport, Tincan among others.

“So, everybody is plying this

road and I believe that with

all the wears and tears on our

roads, we deserve to have

more money so that the roads

can be in a better shape. We

have been able to do a lot in

terms of roads in the state but

we will continue to clamour for

more, especially the right of

Lagos.“

Gender neutrality:

Women advocate

more inclusion in

2019 politics

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Ahead of the 2019 general

elections, Nigerian

women have advocated for

more inclusion and active

participation in politics in the

quest for gender equality and

improved national growth.

They also stressed the need

for better social inclusion,

funding and social welfare

services for women, children,

the vulnerable and individuals

with disabilities across the

nation.

Various contributors made the

call recently at the opening of

the 18th Regular National

Council Meeting on Women

Affairs and Social

Development, hosted by the

Lagos State Government,

through the Ministry of

Women Affairs and Poverty

Alleviation in collaboration

with the Federal Ministry of

Women Affairs and Social

Development.

The five-day meeting has as

theme: Peace Security and

Social Inclusion: Key Building

Blocks for Achieving Economic

Growth and Sustainable

Development in Nigeria. Mrs.

Ifeoma Anagbogu, the

Permanent Secretary, Federal

Ministry of Women Affairs and

Social Development, while

speaking with newsmen,

stated that the parley was

necessary to address the

formulation of policies, initiate

projects and programmes and

ensure implementation of

projects that would enhance

the livelihood of the target

groups.

With the focus on women,

children, aged, persons with

disabilities among others in

the society, Anagbogu

maintained that before the

yearnings on gender equality

would be balanced, there is

need to allow women occupy

better positions in the

forthcoming general elections

for better participation in the

affairs of the nation.

While stressing on social

inclusion of women, she said:

“There is the need for active

involvement of women in

decision-making and political

leadership in Nigeria.

“Political leadership in

Nigeria is stratified on the

basis of gender distinction,

thereby calling to question the

assertion of gender neutrality

in the political arena.”

On her part, Mrs. Abiola

Liadi, the Permanent

Secretary, Lagos State

Ministry of Women Affairs and

Poverty Alleviation, noted that

Lagos hosting the event

afforded the state better frame

to table issues affecting

women to make them much

more empowered and selfreliant

with better inclusion in

the policy framework.

I tell women power is not served a la carte...

...continued from page 26

these days, when you call for

meetings, you see them on

talking and participating

assertively.

I learned you vied for the

Lagos State House of

Assembly in 2015; what has

your experience taught you?

My experience in politics has

taught me a lot; including the

fact that everything depends

on you and that when you plan

well, you can achieve a lot. As

a 2015 aspirant to the Lagos

House of Assembly, I learned

that if you want to vie for any

position, you need to first of

all organize yourself. You need

to, among other things,

identify your needs, strategise

properly, identify possible

challenges, understand that

politics is time and moneydemanding,

and that it

requires boldness and much

more. That’s why I say politics

is not for nursing mothers. My

experience has also taught me

that unless one has reached a

certain financial level in life,

you cannot attempt vying for

election because even if

anybody is going to assist you,

you must show evidence of

your own commitment. I say

this based on my own

experience.

My experience has also taught

me that politics is a game of

number. So, aside the various

Power is never

given; you

have to go out

there and take.

You just have to

device a means

to force them to

allow you...

homework I have done, I have

also done couple of

empowerment projects. In

April 2016, I carried out free

eye screening exercises,

medical treatment projects

and gave out eyeglasses to

hundreds of people who

needed them in my

constituency. I run a

foundation known as Keeping

Hope Alive Foundation and

it’s been on for over 20 years

but was officially registered

four years ago. During

festivals, we pay courtesy

visits to traditional rulers,

police stations, hospitals and

indigent families, with gift

items. We also foot the bills of

some patients where

necessary.

Where do you get the fund

for all these?

I’m an entrepreneur before

being a politician; I am into

real estate and many other

enterprises.

From your experience

at the grassroots level,

would you say women

enjoy a level playingfield?

Like I always say, power

is not served a la carte.

I keep telling women

when they complain

about not being given a

chance that nobody is

ever going to give such

to them. Power is never

given; you have to go

out there and take. You

just have to device a

means to force them to

allow you; by your

attitude, antecedent,

etc. Let me tell you, a

lot of people are

yearning for good

governance. So, if you

are able to convince

them that you have such

qualities, you stand a

chance of being

favoured.

•Dr Emilia Ezeude


28VANGUARD, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018

japhdave@yahoo.com

08066625505

Edozie interrogates migrant

issues in New Nigerian...

By Japhet Alakam

After the abolition of the

inglorious transatlantic

slave-trade a couple of

centuries ago, a lot of people

in Africa are still engrossed in

what can be termed modern

day slavery. One irony of the

present slave trade is that

while the people were forced

and sold into slavery in the

olden days, the present day

slavery is voluntary in that

people transport themselves

outside the country to be

enslaved. Why is it so, what

are the reasons behind it,

these and other issues are

what a concerned Nigerian

contemporary artist, George

Edozie, will be interogating in

his solo exhibition of paintings

and sculptures titled: New

Nigerian Conjuctures: The art

of George Edozie.

The exhibition which will

feature 10 works, seven

paintings and three scupltures

that examine basically the

migrant issue, will be declared

open by the art-loving

monarch of Onitsha, Igwe

Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, Obi

of Onitsha on September 5, and

run till September 15, 2018 at

National Museum, Onikan,

Lagos.

Some of the works include

Dimkpa(VIP), a 12 feet

installation; Obinka, a 10 feet

wide and 28 feet long

installation that depicts a

tailor producing clothes but

instead, human beings were

coming out of it, a piece that

tells the story of lack of

parenting which is the cause

of some of the problems.

Another work, a 30-in-one

painting titled: The last

consignment to Lanpedusa,

talks about the various stages

they undergo in the process

of seeking for greener

pasture. Ikpoku Chi, a 6-in-

1 painting highlights the

level the sojourners go to in

the process, like going to

churches, mosques and even

visiting native doctors to pray

and make sacrifices for a

successful journey.

Critical review of Soyinka's The Beautification of Area Boy

•Obinka, one of the works by Edozie

By Ekanpou

Enewaridideke

WOLE Soyinka is a Nigerian

known across

the globe as a playwright,

novelist, poet, critic, actor,

director and a human rights

activist who relentlessly castigates

his generation often

with a clear-cut blueprint for

its moral regeneration, mostly

through satire. Soyinka,

reputed for his constant

healthy criticism of the nauseating

structures in his society,

engages this age-long

task artistically from a very

different plane in the play,

The Beatification Of Area

Boy.

The Beatification Of Area

Boy first published in Great

Britain (1995) and later in

Nigeria (1999), is an exploration

of the suffocating absurdity

in the Nigerian society

under military regime and

by extension, any African

country where these retrogressive

structures exist

unquestioned. This work perfectly

exemplifies THEATRE

OF THE ABSURD which according

to A Dictionary of Literature

by Emeaba Onuma

Emeaba, is a “genre of twentieth

century drama characterised

by bizarre themes, characters

and conventions that

illustrate the notion that reality

is a meaningless accumulation

of unrelated events

made preposterous by man’s

futile attempt to interpret it or

give it order. An AVANT-

GARDE kind of DRAMA that

represents the absurdity of

the human condition by abandoning

rational devices and

realistic form.”

Set in Lagos in an opulent

shopping plaza, the play centres

on the activities of Sanda

who has a lot of area boys at

his command. A fabled wedding

ceremony is about to

take place in the plaza between

the families of Chief

Hon. Surveyor Kingboli and

Professor Sematu on account

of which Juju band and The

Benders band have been

equally invited alongside

Sanda, the ever cunning and

calculating security officer of

the plaza. An order to clear

the plaza in preparation for

the wedding and close Broad

Street from seven O’clock all

the way from the junction of

Balogun Street to the flyover,

has been given by the military

governor. However, with

the military governor of Lagos

State and other dignitaries

present at the wedding, Miseyi,

the bride, as traditionally

required, carries a gourd of

palm wine in search of her

bridegroom among the mammoth

crowd. After a series of

fainted searches, Miseyi

plonks down the gourd before

Sanda and defiantly faces the

High table. The family of

Chief Hon. Surveyor Kingboli

and many other dignitaries

feel affronted. A verbal pandemonium

between the two

families ensue. To Chief Hon.

Kingboli, the slight emanates

from an oil contract he has

won against Professor Sematu

which both have bidded for

before now. The military governor,

equally slighted, orders

ADC to send for reinforcement

of soldiers and they leave the

plaza immediately, full of anger.

Conscious of the reinforcement

of the expected on the

plaza, Sanda cunningly handles

the situation with accustomed

ease. He orders his area

boys to make a clean sweep of

the crisp notes of naira sprayed

over the plaza in ostentation

and exhibitionism. While this

is in progress, he orders Barber

(area boy) to lodge a complaint

at the Police station that

some soldiers have grabbed the

crisp notes of money sprayed

and have gone to Good Time

Bar to enjoy the loot. Sanda

also briefs Boyko to stay in the

plaza with some pile of the

By Japhet Alakam

All is now set for what can be

described as the greatest

gathering of literrati in Nigeria

tagged the CORA book party.

The annual book party in honour

of those who make the longlist of

the prestigious $100,000 Nigeria

Prize for Literature (NPL) holds on

Saturday, August 25 at Terra

Kulture Arena, Victoria Island,

Lagos by 2.00 pm.

It is organised by the Committee

for Relevant Art, CORA, in

conjunction with Nigeria LNG

Limited, which sponsors the prize.

The book party will feature reading,

reviews, drama, dance, poetry,

music etc.

The 11 authors on the list this

year for drama include Sankara by

Jude Idada ; Guerrilla Post by Obari

Gomba, August Inmates by

Chidubem Iweka, Death and The

King’s Grey Hair by Denja

Abdullahi; Embers by Soji

Cole; Majestic Revolt by Peter E.

Omoko; Melancholia by Dul

Johnson; No More the Taming

Hawks by Diran Ademiju-Bepo;

money so that when the soldiers

come, he will trick

them that area boys have

made off with the whole lot.

As planned, when the soldiers

come back, they shoot

Judge and take the money

from Boyko and he tells

them that the area boys have

gone to Good Time Bar,

Ikorodu to enjoy the loot.

The soldiers rush out in the

same manner they come.

But surprisingly, Judge survives

the bullet, soon after

and vows never to forgive

the soldiers for their “bestial

conflagration.”

One can even see the picture

of avant-gardism from

the plot and consequently

make a good analysis. To

me, such approach sounds

Once Upon an Elephant by

Bosede Ademilua-Afolayan;The

Rally by Akanji Nasiru

and Unstable by Dickson

Ekhaguere.

CORA said the objective of

the book party is to help bring

the works and profiles of the

finalists to larger public

attention before the

announcement of the three

finalists.

“The objective of the Book

Party as manifested in the past

editions is to ensure that we

bring the shortlisted writers

and books face-to-face with

According to him, “the

whole thing boils down to the

failure of leadership. Some

group of people have turned

Africa into a chess board. They

remain on the throne forever

not willing to give the younger

ones the opportunity. There is

the need for these old rulers to

give way for the yopuger ones

and there is also need to

reconcile with our brothers and

sisters who were sold into

slavery. God is not happy with

the atrocity and the ones still

living are not happy too. We

need to tell them that we are

sorry so that our land will be

restored.”

The solo which is coming

after series of successful solos

abroad will be graced by

prominent art collectors,

patrons, scholars and

colleagues.

The Onitsha-born painter

cum sculptor, is one of the artists

making waves in the

contemporary art space. Edozie

is a 1996 University of Benin

graduate of Fine and Applied

Arts, whose works are widely

collected within and outside the

country.

rather simplistic. A very clear

picture of avant-gardism

emerges prominently through

an individual survey of the

various characters and their

activities. It is only such approach

that can give a kaleidoscope

of the work. Is the

play itself not described as a

Lagosian kaleidoscope by the

publisher? This approach can

bring into focus the network

of relationships among the

characters as it affects the development

of the plot because,

in this play, each of the characters

chosen by Soyinka has

their relevance.

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2018 CORA book party holds at TerraKulture

the literary audiences so that we

could create conversations

around the work and the author.

Since the first edition, the Book

Party has become a platform

through which the shortlisted

writers are engaged on their

work by the public,” stated the

CORA directorate, which has

been a critical partner in the

projection of the shortlisted

works to the attention of the

public.

Deji Toye, lawyer, playwright,

poet and literary activist, will

moderate the panel that will

feature the 11 dramatists.


JAMB’s N15.6 billion profit after tax

THE Joint Admissions and Ma

triculation Board, JAMB, was

established in 1978 with the mandate

of ensuring a uniform standard

and the conduct of matriculation examination

and placement of suitable

candidates into the nation’s

universities. The enabling law has

since been amended to include all

tertiary institutions in the country.

The idea of standard and uniformity

was to avoid a situation in

which some candidates got multiple

admissions which deprived

others the opportunity of gaining

any admission.

Put simply, in just the same way

that the Federal Government

organised common entrance examinations

for placement into its

secondary schools, JAMB stepped

in to organise entrance examinations

and maintain uniform

standard into all the tertiary

institutions across the country.

A particular aspect of JAMB’s

operation has attracted intense

public attention lately. Two years

ago, Professor Ishaq Oloyede was

appointed the Registrar of JAMB.

In the 38 years of JAMB’s existence

before the arrival of Prof. Oloyede,

only a paltry sum of N54 million

By Emmanuel K. Bulus

WE all know that aspiring to lead

Nigeria pushes the boundaries

of ambition to the very end. This is

partly because Nigerians have continued

to play possum with their future

while people facing down the timeringed

barrel have been allowed to

continue playing a card of relevance

that should have been retrieved from

them a long time ago. Nevertheless,

the growing political consciousness

around Nigeria gives lots of room for

optimism and this is why, when young

and vibrant politicians with the competence,

knowledge and experience to

lead the nation present themselves for

selection as Hassan Dankwambo has

just done, those in charge of the selection

process must as a matter importance

look at their credentials and

give them the necessary backing to

succeed for the sake of all of us.

But for the kind of politics that we

practise in Nigeria, serious political

parties ought not to joke with their responsibility

of shopping for credible,

befitting and saleable candidates to fly

their flags; this is especially so if the

parties are in the opposition. Wasn’t it

how APC came to power in the first

place? So, it is even easier for parties

like the PDP which frankly have a lot

to do to try and convince Nigerians

that indeed, they are going through a

re-branding that will permanently bury

their dark past to take people such as

Dankwambo very seriously. If the PDP,

for instance, is at a loss as to who to

bank on for the 2019 polls to the point

that they will be shopping, as we hear

in the news, for people with little or

no political capital when they in fact

have a colossus right down the street

of the Umbrella empire in the person

of Dankwambo, what kind of impact do

they hope to make at the polls then?

While it will be preposterous to downplay

the presidential credentials of

many Nigerians, especially those of

the Arewa extraction (considering the

zoning arrangement), whose education,

charisma and other leadership

operating surplus had been remitted

to government coffers. But in

the two short years of Oloyede’s

administration, JAMB has remitted

a whopping sum of N15.6

billion into the Federal Government

Treasury. This may have been

a direct result of the Single-Treasury-Account

introduced by the

President Muhammadu Buhari

administration.

As soon as these figures were released,

a storm of indignation burst

forth, principally from the camp of

Oloyede’s predecessors. They

quickly saw Oloyede’s success story

as an indictment on them. The

arithmetic of simple proportion

pointed to the fact that if an

organisation made N15.6 billion

in two years, ceteris paribus, that

organisation in 38 years should

make about N294.4 billion!

Ordinarily, you do not have to justify

being successful; but you have

to justify not being successful. Apparently,

Oloyede has blown the lid

off the cover of his predecessors. If

only as a cover-up for their failure,

these men had to push Oloyede

into a deep pit from where he is

currently struggling to justify his

huge success – contrary to expectation!

pointers stand them in a good position

to make a run for the Aso Rock

seat of power, Dankwambo’s

education, leadership record and age

makes him a perfect fit for 2019. But

for the fear of sounding arrogant, I

would have called the entire PDP machinery

blind unless they have been

making covert moves to get Dankwambo

to run their flag at the upcoming

polls. I mean, here is the only man to

defeat the incumbent APC all the way

to the centre in 2015. While his compatriot

governors of the PDP were busy

puffing and huffing in empty bravado,

he deployed a cool, calculative and

novel strategy that only accountants

can manage, to give APC a sound beating

in Gombe; an occurrence that continues

to be a source of embarrassment

to the APC juggernauts at the centre.

Did he justify his election? Absolutely!

You just need to visit Gombe State

to see for yourself how not to be a noise

maker but a purpose driven and result-oriented

leader.

If antecedent and track records are

the certificate with which we measure

the impact created by the leadership

qualities of aspiring politicians, then

it will be safe to declare Dankwambo

Their first claim is that Oloyede

has spent little or nothing on equipment,

infrastructure and materials

as well as on capital projects compared

to what they did.

Prof. Oloyede counters their argument

by saying that he had spent

all that needed to be spent and yet

there was a lefty surplus; and he

did not think it was a crime to remit

such surplus to government

coffers. The Oloyede

administration insists that there

are even some areas where it has

outspent previous administrations.

Hear Dr. Fabian Benjamin, JAMB’s

Director of Media: “The cost of

writing an examination now is

higher than we were doing previously

because of the inclusive

nature of our activities… The

difference is that the Board under

Oloyede is doing many things in

other areas to cut cost. We brought

trained staff who are now doing virtually

everything that was being

done outside”.

One major challenge facing the

Board is the issue of examination

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malpractice, hence the Board spent

a lot of money installing CCTV in

all examination centres.

Prof. Oloyede’s unfair critics are

perhaps unaware that under

Oloyede, a lot has been done in the

area of staff welfare. Dr. Benjamin

explains further: “In Maitama, we

have not less than 10 blocks of flats

for our senior staff… we have also

bought properties, not for staff, but

for offices… We have bought a

complete centre, well furnished in

Osun State. We have also partnered

NCC to build centres in many places

such as Kano, Bauchi, Osun and

Ogun states….”

Benjamin speaks more: “We

bought vehicles with the result that

at present, there is no office that

has no vehicle. Before Prof.

Oloyede’s arrival, the capacity of

the Computer-Based-Test Centres

varied considerably. Each centre

has since been up-graded to accommodate

275 candidates, with

complete computers fully installed”.

Clearly, in JAMB, money has not

been the problem but how to spend

it – to borrow the elegant phraseology

of a former Nigerian leader

during the oil boom era. We have

thus far been dealing in the exclusive

preserve of the Audit

Department. Over the years, each

successive administration has portrayed

itself as a Shylock of sorts –

milking and bleeding its poorest

of the poor. Indeed, the Federal

Government has no moral justification

to be smiling all the way to

the bank from the sweat of the poor

citizens.

Certainly, JAMB was not established

as a money-spinning machine.

From our knowledge of elementary

book-keeping and

accounts, JAMB cannot be expected

at the end of the year to prepare

the Trading, Profit and Loss

Account because it is trading on

nothing. The profit it makes cannot

be measured in terms of Naira and

Kobo, but on the number of examinations

it successfully conducts.

JAMB derives its revenue from

the sale of forms. With its bogus

charges, many poor people are

priced out of the academic market.

Such die without seeing the

four walls of a tertiary institution.

And here is JAMB declaring humongous

profits, after feeding fat,

thus further inflating the 'lootable'

funds of the Federal Government.

If this is not a crime against humanity,

what is it? Something must

be done and pronto too!

The forms now sell for N5,000

and $20 in Nigeria and outside Nigeria

respectively. The form must

crash to N2,000 immediately! Prof.

Oloyede’s argument that by that

reduction “you will be giving it free

at the international market because

of the exchange rate”, is

unacceptable. We see nothing

wrong with charging differential

fees for local and international candidates.

After all, a bulk of the candidates

is in Nigeria and the examination

is for admission into

Nigerian tertiary institutions!

Those who feel cheated can come

to Nigeria to enroll and sit for the

examination!

“Taxation without representation

is a tyranny,” so declared the

Americans at the Boston Tea Party,

which was one of the immediate

causes of the American War of Independence.

When are we going to

start involving our youths in

matters that affect them? How

many students are on the Board of

JAMB? These are posers for our

government.

Dankwambo’s declaration and the PDP option

It will be interesting how

the new ‘change the

change’ party slogan will

sound when instead of a

new shining start, the

party returns with the

bitter past as their

candidate for 'the change'

JAMB is declaring

humongous profits;

the forms now sell

for N5,000 and $20

in Nigeria and outside

Nigeria

respectively; the

form must crash to

N2,000 immediately!

best graduating student of his governorship

class of Arewa prospects for

national leadership. Besides the muchtouted

integrity of PMB that Nigerians

have now tasted with bitterness

and various shades of grimaces, who

among the APC golden boys can match

the credentials of Dankwambo in all

sincerity?

It will be pointless to call them out

now, but many are cradling a baggage

that will weigh them down for the journey

ahead. This is why Arewa regardless

of their political affection must

begin to think Dankwambo for he is

class. The people of Gombe can attest

to his impact in all of the critical sectors

of the state. Security, human capital

development, infrastructure, economy

etc., all areas where the Federal

Government is failing, Dankwambo

has excelled beyond compare.

The man is a trailblazer for he has

managed to do that which virtually

every Governor in Nigeria is saying

they cannot do. Yes! It is on record that

Dankwambo is one among the few

Governors elected in 2015 presently

not owing workers or pensioners in

Nigeria their monthly dues despite the

low allocation that accrues to the state.

It takes a trained and dedicated financial

manager to pull this off. In place

of complaints, the man has delivered

result, and in place of despair as a result

of the faulty economies of the current

administration that have brought

nothing but hunger and death, the

man has delivered hope to the people

through his giant strides in all critical

sectors of the economy.

The city of Gombe and environs has

been transformed into a peaceful, clean

and conducive place to live and do

business. However, it is in the areas

of rural development that Dankwambo

has done wonderfully and this is

why he stands out. Rural linkage roads,

rural electrification, agricultural support

and a lot more that have been the

bane of Buhari’s stewardship are

where Dankwambo is excelling. The

rural people of Gombe can attest to the

clear difference between the impact of

this political enigma and those of his

predecessors.

Governor Dankwambo is the opportunity

that PDP have to show Nigerians

that they are truly re-branding with

youth, zeal, credibility, education and

performance. It will be a big loss to

PDP if a man such as Dankwambo who

has remained the only shining beacon

of the party in the entire North is to be

short-changed because his integrity,

humility and self-respect will not let

him delve into the frenzy of money bags

looking to buy their way into the party’s

ticket. No need reminding the Uche

Secondus-led PDP that it will take a lot

of efforts to convince Nigerians that the

money bag whose dirt-filled antecedent

is public knowledge, is the answer to

the party's problems. It will be interesting

how the new ‘change the change’

party slogan will sound when instead

of a new shining start, the party returns

with the bitter past as their candidate

for “the change”.

Let me also warn the PDP that, the gale

of defection that has hit the APC may

not necessarily be in its favour if it pushes

the party from keeping faith with party

faithful like Dankwambo who held the

flag with an unwavering resolve despite

the persecution they have had to endure

from the APC’s well-oiled propaganda

machinery.

Let it be known that aside political

parties shopping for candidates, I

believe Nigerians also owe the nation

and themselves a duty to help parties

shop for credible candidates, and this is

why I am without prejudice,

presenting Dankwambo for service. It

is left for our great party, the PDP to

do the needful. It is my sincere belief

that the man has the wherewithal to

take Nigeria out of the proverbial

woods that she is languishing in right

now.

*Mr Bulus, a political analyst, wrote

from Abuja.


30 VANGUARD, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018


By Bashir Bello

KATSINATHE Emir

of Katsina, Alhaji

Abdulmumini Kabir

Usman, has called on

federal and state

governments to

prosecute corrupt

officials, irrespective of

their status, to ensure

law and order prevailed

in the country.The Emir

made the call at the

“Hawan Bariki” festivity

to mark Eid-el-Kabir at

old Government House

area in Katsina.Usman

lamented a situation

where law and order

were not respected in the

country while lauding

Niger Republic where

laws are respected.

“Do what is right now,

prosecute corrupt

officials, no matter their

status in society for your

administration to leave a

worthy legacy. We must

commence the

immediate prosecution of

these corrupt officials

because a country

without law and order

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Corruption: Prosecute corrupt officials,

Emir of Katsina tells FG, state govts

cannot be peaceful.As

the father of the land, if

I fail to tell the truth

about the present

situation in the country,

I will have myself to

blame,” the Emir

Beware of enemies of Taraba, Gov tells

Muslims

By Soni Daniel &

Femi Bolaji

JState

ALINGOTARABA

governor,

Darius Ishaku, has asked

Muslims in the state to

pray for the peace and

progress of the state and

be alert to the antics of

enemies of the state who

have not given up on

dragging it down.The

governor made the

appeal in his Edi-elkabir

message to

Muslim Uma lately.A

statement released by

the Senior Special

Assistant to the

Governor on Media and

Publicity, Mr. Bala Dan

Abu, revealed that the

governor also

congratulated Muslims

said.On his part,

Governor Aminu Bello

Masari of Katsina State

said human rights

organizations and the

judiciary were

sometimes responsible

for their sacrifice during

Ramadan fasting and

prayers and prayed

Almighty Allah to grant

their prayers with

abundant blessings.

The message reads:

“The governor urges

Muslims in the state not

to allow lessons of

Ramadan which include

the need for tolerance,

peace and sacrifice for

the good of society to

elude them. He wants

them to rededicate

themselves to the cause

of peace and unity in

Taraba State, stressing

that peace is the greatest

need of the state at the

moment and reminded

them of their patriotic

zeal which has

for aiding and abetting

crimes.Masari noted

that this has limited

federal and state

governments in their

quest to enforce the law.

facilitated the execution

of many projects and

positively enhanced the

profile and perception of

the state within and

outside the country as

well as the economic

wellbeing of the

generality of the people

in the state.

Governor Ishaku,

however, reminded them

that the enemies of

Taraba State have not yet

given up on their

mission to drag the state

down and called on

members of all religious

persuasion in the state

to join hands with

government to frustrate

their evil mission. He

wished the Muslim Uma

in the state happy Eidel-Kabir

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tasks INEC on voters

registration

By Olasunkanmi

Akoni

L Independent

AGOSTHE

National Electoral

Commission, INEC, has

been urged to end the long

queues of prospective

voters besieging

registration centres by

providing more registration

machines and personnel to

facilitate the process.

Lagos State

Commissioner for

Information and Strategy,

Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan

who made the remark said

it became necessary

following the last-minute

stampede towards the

August 17, 2018 deadline

for prospective voters to get

their Permanent Voter’s

Cards, PVCs which was

later extended to August

31, 2018.

Addressing a political

group, “The Mandate

Movement” at a special

meeting to pray and

prepare members for the

Sallah Festival at his Ejigbo

residence, Bamigbetan

said hundreds of

enthusiastic citizens

mobilized by the group to

register were discouraged

by the hardship

encountered at registration

centres.

He said ths was

unnecessary and avoidable

as more machines and

personnel could be

deployed to facilitate the

process.

According to him, "if

INEC lacks the funds to

purchase more machines,

it should seek aid from state

and federal agencies which

appreciate the importance

of this civic responsibility.

Members of the National

Youth Service Corps, NYSC

can be mobilized as ad-hoc

staff. I am appealing to

INEC to think outside the

box. A situation in which

two machines are serving

thousands of willing voters

in Ejigbo is highly

deplorable."

Bamigbetan also called

on INEC to make use of

the over 4,000 Community

Development Associations,

CDAs, in Lagos State to

distribute the millions of

cards in its possession."


32 -- Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018

YOUR LUCK TODAY

By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

LIBRA; This is not the right time to rely on promises

made by others. Continue to take matters-of-the-heart

seriously. Reason with your reliable associates.

SCORPIO; Tension within the domestic scene will

start to ease off. Yet you will need to watch what you

do within your base till after 10.15pm tonight.

SAGITTARIUS; Both yourself and other important personalities

to you are beginning to see things from

same point of view making it easy for you to eliminate

unnecessary rift.

CAPRICORN; Venus moves into a positive angle to

your Star and encourages peaceful settlement. Exhibition

of maturity on your part will favour you better.

AQUARIUS; Gradually you are dropping aggressive

approach you have adopted in the last few days to the

betterment of your cause. Remain practical till after

10.15pm

L E I S U R E

TAKE HEART ELLA RANDLE

Happiness is within. Embrace who you are and

focus on your talents and not on some external

indictors of success. Be a magnet attracting

nothing but brilliance. Every day is a step closer

to your ideal than the last. The future is only

getting better and better. Be creative with your

life. Ella Randle

TERROR MUDA in “Never say goodbye”

SAYINGS OF

OUR PEOPLE

The old woman

looks after the child

to grow its teeth and

the young one in

turn looks after the

old woman when

she loses her teeth.

~ Akan (Ghana,

Ivory Coast)

proverb

By Kola Fayemi

PISCES; Better than yesterday; however that is not to

say you should throw caution to the wind. Improvement

on your love life indicated. Try to comport yourself.

ARIES; After a few days of fun you may need to settle

down to serious business. Those of you working till

very late evening will need to be more careful till after

10.15pm. Reason with your tried and trusted old

hands(friends)

TAURUS; Venus moves into a positive angle and boost

your sparkling personality to the betterment of your

cause. Could be a nice day for the-young-at-heart

GEMINI; It is important you don’t allow your mind to

wander unnecessarily so that minor but costly mistakes

would be averted. Avoid late evening confusion.

CANCER; Recent tension generated by controversy

over money will start to ease off. Be more vigilant if

you are working late in the evening.

DUDU in “ROLLING HOT” By A.O. OLAIDE

LEO;. Other people will continue to have their says

and if you try to indoctrinate them tensed atmosphere

will be aggravated. Be patient

VIRGO; Entrance of romantic Venus into your Star

Sign will enhance your prospects. Both financial and

love related success are possible.

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What’s my financial

standing?

Dear Joshua,

I want to know about my future, especially what

I should expect from my love life both in the

immediate and far future. However that is not

to say I am not interested in good financial

standing.

Emeka, Jos.

Dear Emeka,

The challenge here is inability to hold on to

your gains (profits) partially, by the contact made

between your natal Saturn and Venus as stated

under your career and some other times by your

love of easy life. Although the Saturn influence

can be mitigated as I said under your career, the

love of luxury comes from your stallion Taurus

which must not be totally discouraged but

should not be allowed to go beyond your control.

Yes envy and jealousy can creep in as indicated

by the oppositions between your natal

Venus/Saturn in Taurus and Jupiter in Scorpio,

but that is not enough excuse for either failure

or manipulation of occult powers against you.

Whatever anybody says and/or does GREAT

FINANCIAL SUCCESS is your portion.

The most influential planet during your birth

hour is Venus-the planet of MONEY and LOVE.

You are the romantic type whose magnetic personality

and open handedness are sources of

big trap to his members of opposite sex. As

handsome as you are you truly crave stability in

your love life/home. The happiness you desired

will be yours.

VIRGINIA

HOME & ABROAD

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2019: Riverine coalition against Wike, upland

dominance thickens

By Egufe

Yafugborhi

PORT HARCOURT

THE campaign to

end nearly 20 years

dominance of Rivers State

governorship by upland

indigenes against riverine

contenders in 2019 has

broken partisan divides,

foreclosing Governor

Nyesom Wike and other

upland aspirants from

contesting.

Early in the week, no

fewer than 50 Rivers nongovernmental

organisations, NGOs, and

coastal ethnic groups,

under the aegis of Rivers

Conscience, signed a joint

declaration in Port

Harcourt, saying that

upland hegemony has

reached a breaking point

insisting that a riverine

governor must lead in 2019.

Meanwhile, Rivers

Women Alliance, yesterday,

joined the campaign in

2019: Oshimili Forum advises Okowa against

imposition of candidates

By Festus Ahon

ASABAA political

pressure group,

Oshimili South Progressive

Forum, OSPF, has advised

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of

Delta State against

imposition of candidates,

insisting that a level

playing ground should be

provided for all aspirants

during primary election.

The group frowned at the

rumour that a female

aspirant (names withheld)

same unyielding tone,

affirming that their unity

was sacrosanct on the

determination to restore

rotational governorship in

Rivers State between the

upland and riverine

dichotomy.

Rivers Conscience

position, presented by its

Coordinator, Dason

Nemieboka, noted that

upland/riverine power

rotation had been

enshrined in Rivers politics

had been imposed on the

people of Oshimili South to

fly the flag of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, in

Oshimili South

constituency for the state

House of Assembly seat in

the 2019 general election.

The group, in a statement

by its President, Mr Bayard

Austin and Women Leader,

Mrs Ngozi Oputa, said

they would resist any

attempt to impose any

unpopular candidate on

the people of the

since the 1958 Willinks

Commission Report and

had been so respected till

the governorship of

Chibuike Amaechi, now

Transport Minister.

Nemieboka said: “It is

worrisome to all men of

conscience and decency

that after almost 20 years of

civil rule, from 1999 to date,

no riverine man or woman

has been elected into the

highest office of governor

of Rivers State.”

CHIEFTAINCY: From left: Alhaji Shittu Idris, Alhaji Aminu Usman (Seriki of Igbogbo); HRM

Oba Abdul-Semiu Orimadegun Kasali, (the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom); Alhaji Musa Lawal,

Deputy Seriki of Igbogbo with his wife, Hajia Maria Aminu and Ahlaji Ahmed Ibrahim, during the

confirmation of chieftaincy of Hausawa of Igbogbo Kingdom by his HRM Oba Orimadegun Kasali, at

Igbogbo, Ikorodu, Lagos State.

PDP flays Akpabio's war cry on APC taking

over A-Ibom

By Chioma

Onuegbu

UYOTHE Peoples

Democratic Party,

PDP, has described a recent

comment by Senator

Godswill Akpabio on how

his new party, the All

Progressives Congress,

APC, would take over the

state, as an empty threat.

Senator Akpabio had,

during the funeral mass of

his grand mother in-law,

last weekend, in Enugu

State, said that the APC will

take over Akwa Ibom State

like Hitler’s invasion of

Poland, adding: “The

impending 2019 election

will be full scale war and

my party the APC, will win.

In 2019, Warsaw shall see

war and war shall see

Warsaw.”

PDP, in a statement by its

Publicity Secretary, Ini

Ememobong, said it was

not surprised by Akpabio’s

recent statement following

earlier threats by the APC

that it must capture Akwa

Ibom at all cost.

The party said: “As a party,

having waited for more

than 24 hours without any

release from him or his

office, refuting the said

news report, we have

concluded that he made

the statement.

“The weight to be

attached to this war cry

becomes the next line of

thought. Should the

statement be taken with a

pinch of salt and viewed as

one of the straw clutching

antics of a drowning man?

Or should it be viewed

seriously, as a blood thirsty

motivated prophecy,

announcing the plan of

events to come?

“In contemporary

Nigeria, Akwa Ibom has

been listed by many leaders

of the APC, as one of the

states that must be

captured, at all cost. We can

only, therefore, like

reasonable people, view

this anti-people statement

by Senator Akpabio as a

confirmation of the warready

disposition of the

APC towards Akwa Ibom

State.

“On several occasions,

chieftains of that broomwielding

party had openly

boasted that they would

use federal might to win,

or where that fails, simply

announce the elections in

their favour.

“Senator Akpabio has also

been quoted by many top

politicians to have said that

the results of the 2019

election for Akwa Ibom

State had already been

written, noting that all that

was left was its

announcement.

“We urge security

agencies to invite Akpabio

for questioning and

explanation, as a statement

of such magnitude should

arouse their (security

agencies) interest."

constituency.

According to them, “One

factor that will promote

cohesion and unity of the

PDP, especially in view of

the fierce national

opposition, is when a level

playing ground is allowed

for all aspirants through a

free and fair primary

election.

“If we desire a society that

is democratic, then

democracy must become a

means as well as an end."

ADP to Obaseki: Explain why

you shut down Agric College

By Gabriel

Enogholase

B ENINACTION

Democratic Party,

ADP, has called on

Governor Godwin Obaseki

of Edo State to explain to

the people the truth behind

the sack of staff and

indefinite closure of the

College of Agriculture,

Iguoriakhi, Edo State.

In a statement by the

State Publicity Secretary of

the party, Mr Christopher

Ojeikere, in Benin City,

yesterday, the party noted

that the sack was not in

good faith, adding that it

smacks of “obvious

contradictions and half

truths from the governor

and his aides.”

He said, “First, the

government did not respect

its own administrative

enquiry into issues

Don’t extort money from

contractors, Ifowodo warns

community youths

By Ochuko

Akuopha

OLEHTHE Commissioner

representing Delta State on

the board of Niger Delta

Development Commission,

NDDC, Dr. Ogaga

Ifowodo, has warned

youths in the region against

extorting contractors to

ensure speedy completion

of the commission’s

projects in their domains.

Speaking at a town hall

meeting held at the

secretariat of Isoko

Development Union, IDU,

in Oleh, Isoko South Local

Government Area of the

state, Ifowodo reiterated the

commitment of NDDC to

the revaluation and

affecting the college, even

when the committee was

headed by the state’ s

Deputy Governor himself.

“Second, the sack was in

disregard to extant Civil

Service Rules of

engagement and

disengagement from

service. There was no

consultation with staff

whatsoever, neither was

there any other stakeholder

in the transaction.

“Similarly, the content of

the sack letter was in direct

contradiction to the terms

and conditions expressly

stated in the appointment

letter of staff.

“Government has

continued to rub salt on it

by continually claiming that

it followed due process as

the governor said in his

alumni address at the

University of Ibadan

recently."

execution of projects that

are yet to be approved by

the commission.

Listing the Ibrede –

Iyede Ame – Onogbokor –

Abor Road and the Asagba

Primary School renovation

among projects approved

for the Isoko nation by the

commission, he assured

that the commission would

strive to revalue and

approve Isoko mega

projects for construction.

Explaining that NDDC

has over 10, 000 projects in

the nine oil producing

states before it which he

said could not be approved

at the same time due to

paucity of funds, he

disclosed that some

contractors that had been

mobilised are returning to

site.

Tunokan re-elected Chairman,

Maritime Workers Union

C HAIRMAN,

Seafarers Unit,

Excravos Chapter of

Maritime Workers Union of

Nigeria, Seamen and Water

Transport branch, Ebami

Tunokan, has assured

members of the union of

better welfare package in

his next four years in office.

Tunokan, who gave the

assurance while

addressing members after

the successful election

where he was returned

unopposed for another

term, said he will not relent

in his goodwill in giving his

colleagues the needed

attention at all times.

He also promised the

members of his

preparedness to run a

transparent administration

adding that he will not fail

in his duty to carry all

workers along in the course

of discharging his

legitimate duty, promising

not to disappoint them on

the confidence reposed in

him.

Others elected include

Mr John Daje, (Vice

Chairman), Lewis Nene

(Secretary), Ofe Mene

(Treasurer), William Daje

(Coordinator), Samson

Ukponu, (PRO), Frank

Eyeoyibo (Adviser),

Menewe Eleremi (Asst

Sec), David Mamah,

Japhet Emami, Jonathan

Omatseye and Ranson

Goki (ex Officials), among

others.


34Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018

Stay away from electoral

crimes, NGO warns

Ebonyi youths

By Peter Okutu

A BAKALIKI

YOUTHS in Ebonyi

State were yesterday

warned to avoid being used

by selfish politicians to

perpetuate any form of

electoral violence including

thuggery, kidnapping,

ballot box snatching,

assassination, among

others before, during and

after the 2019 general

elections in the state.

The warning was handed

down to them during a

one-day seminar tagged:

“Ebonyi State Youths

Consultative Forum on

Violence-Free, Credible

Elections 2019 in View,”

organised by Participatory

Development Alternatives,

PDA with support from

Actionaid Nigeria at San

Diego Hotel, Abakaliki.

Speaking during the

event, the Policy Campaign

and Advocacy Officer for

Actionaid Nigeria, Mr.

Dana Air, MMA2 reward

frequent travellers

DANA Air and Murtala

Mohammed Airport 2

have entered into a

partnership to reward air

travellers with low-cost

tickets when they fly Dana

Air from MMA2, four times

consecutively.

The promo allows a

passenger to pay only

N5,000 for his fifth flight

after flying with the airline

four times and will run for

one year, a statement by

Dana Air indicated.

The CEO of Bi-courtney

Aviation Services Limited,

BASL, operators of MMA2,

Captain Jari Williams said:

"The partnership to

reward customers is part of

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Arome Agenyi who

stressed that youths should

no longer be called leaders

of tomorrow but leaders

of today stated that the

objective behind the

seminar was to broaden the

perspective of youths on

their rights and roles

during elections and how

they can contribute their

quota towards reshaping

the political landscape of the

nation.

He called on the youths,

who were drawn from

various communities across

the state including

representatives of Civil

Society Organizations,

CSOs, National

Orientation Agency, NOA,

Ebonyi State House of

Assembly and State

Ministry of Women Affairs,

to unite against electoral

violence, bad governance

and sharp practices as such

practices were inimical to

the growth and

development of the nation.

Ugwuanyi to build fire station

in Nsukka market

By Ikpechukwu

Ojobor

N

S U K K A

GOVERNOR of

Enugu State, Hon Ifeanyi

Ugwuanyi, has promised to

build and equip a fire

service station to be located

in Ogige Main Market in

Nsukka.

Governor Ugwuanyi

made this known in

Nsukka yesterday during

a fund raising event for

acquisition of standard

security and fire fighting

equipment organised by

the Ogige Amalgamated

Traders Association,

Nsukka.

The governor who was

represented by former

Enugu State PDP

chairman, Engr Vitalis

Abba directed the chairman

of OMATAN, Mrs Ngozika

Ozioko to forward the

requirements for the

construction of the new fire

station so that work will

commence immediately.

He further thanked

traders in the local

government and the state

for always supporting his

government, stating that

“we have always been

partners in progress”.

Earlier in an address, the

chairman, Ogige

Amalgamated Traders

Association, OMATAN,

Mrs Ngozika Ozioko said:

“We are enjoying Gov

Ugwuanyi's benevolence,

especially in raffle draw

scheme, poverty alleviation

programmes, amenities

restoration, powered

borehole restoration and

several other beautiful

projects done so far by this

administration.”

MMA2’s way of

incentivising flying from

our terminal and

appreciating users of the

terminal for their loyalty."

Also speaking on the

passenger reward

partnership, Accountable

Manager and Chief

Operating Officer of Dana

Air, Mr Obi Mbanuzuo

said: "This reward

programme is a good one,

such that if you fly four

times, you will get the fifth

one for just N5,000 to fly to

any of Dana Air’s

destinations. This is

definitely a good time for

travelers as there is always

something to look forward

to when you fly."

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Don't heat up the polity, Umeh urges

party chairmen

By Chimaobi

Nwaiwu

N NEWIFORMER

national chairman of

All Progressive Grand

Alliance, APGA, and

Senator representing

Anambra Central

Senatorial Zone, Chief

Victor Umeh has called on

the national chairmen of

political parties in Nigeria

to conduct themselves in a

manner that will promote

peace and tranquility,

democracy and respect for

rule of law, instead of

making utterances capable

of causing crisis in the

country.

By Emmanuel

Aziken

ENUGU West Peoples

Assembly has advised

the Enugu State Chapter of

the All Progressives

Congress, APC, to stop

fantasizing over the Enugu

West Senatorial seat

currently occupied by the

Deputy Senate President,

Chief Ike Ekweremadu, as

there is no vacancy yet.

It could be recalled that

Deacon Okey Ogbodo had

during a visit by factional

state, zonal, and local

government executives of

APC in Enugu to President

Muhammadu Buhari’s

Special Assistant on Justice

Sector Reform and

senatorial aspirant, Mrs.

Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu, at

the weekend, said that

Ekweremadu had

overstayed his welcome in

the Senate and would be

retired in 2019.

The Director-General of

the Voice of Nigeria, Osita

Speaking with newsmen

in Onitsha, Anambra State,

Senator Umeh advised

national chairmen of

political parties in the

country to uphold the

tenets of the constitution

and the rule of law no

matter how strongly they

feel about issues in Nigeria

politics, just as he urged

them to remember that

everybody is in the service

of the electorate, as they are

the ones that will determine

who represents them.

“What Nigeria needs now

are national chairmen of

parties who will act in

accordance with the law

and have respect for the

Okechukwu, has also

enjoined the party leaders

to grant him the APC

senatorial ticket to “retire

Ekweremadu”.

However, reacting, the

national president, Enugu

West Peoples Assembly,

Hon. Paul Anikwe,

discountenanced Ogbodo

and Osita, saying they

were taking their lucks too

far. He added that Ogbodo

was not from Enugu West

By Chinonso

Alozie

OWERRIIMO State

Governor, Rochas

Okorocha yesterday called

on the people of the state

to vote for the All

Progressives Congress,

APC, in the forthcoming

local government election.

Okorocha made the

appeal in a statement to

newsmen in Owerri,

through his Chief Press

Secretary, Mr. Sam

Onwuemeodo.

provisions of the

constitution of the Federal

Republic of Nigeria to

ensure the conduct of

peaceful and credible

general elections in 2019,

not those that will heat up

the polity with unguarded

utterances.

“I have been a national

chairman of a party before,

I led APGA for ten years as

national chairman. I think

that everything the national

chairmen of the political

parties in the country

should do must be to

promote peace, democracy,

respect for rule of law and

respect for the provisions of

the constitution of the

Federal Republic of

Nigeria. If everybody is

guided by these principles,

END POLIO: From leftPresident, Rotary Club of Ikoyi Metro, DrTunde

Adeleye; Admin Chair, Adejoke Sanusi; Club Secretary, Funmi Oluborode;

and Public Image Chair, Moses Omuetha, at the End Polio Now Road Walk

campaign, held in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Enugu West to APC: Stop coveting

Ekweremadu’s seat

and had no ground to

speak for the people of the

zone.

Anikwe, in a statement

made available to

newsmen yesterday, said:

“The people of Enugu West

have since endorsed

Senator Ike Ekweremadu

and our performing

Governor Ifeanyi

Ugwuanyi for additional

terms.

“We are more concerned

there will not be any

problem.

“What national chairmen

of the political parties and

all of us must do is to apply

ourselves to the

constitution.The

constitution is very

important in democracy,

and democracy has a

language. The language of

democracy does not

include must, must and

must.

“I therefore ask

everybody to take to the

language of democracy in

whatever they want,

extending to people what

they think is their due and

lobbying them to agree with

you and leave them with the

right to disagree with you.

If they are not convinced,

we do not want anybody to

be using a language of

must in a democracy.

“This democracy is very

dear to this country no

matter the challenges we

have. If we uphold the

constitution, nobody will

cross the line. So, we do not

want anybody to cross the

line.No matter how

strongly you feel about

anything, you must uphold

the constitution and

remember that everybody

is in the service of the

people and the people will

continue to give directives

to those who represent

them.

“The political party that is

in authority, APC, was

elected by the people and

to that extent, they must

listen to the pulse and heart

beat of the people. That is

the way to measure

democracy and make it

strong.”

with getting Ekweremadu

to take another shot at the

Senate, than joining issues

with people of no political

consequence in Enugu

politics.

“APC in Enugu is

daydreaming about

retiring the best performing

Senator and the longest

serving presiding officer in

Nigeria’s history with a lot

of experience, clout,

infrastructural and human

development to show for his

quality representation."

Imo LGA election: Vote for APCOkorocha

The election which is to

hold on Saturday had been

postponed severally.

According to the

statement, “This is to inform

the general public that on

Saturday, August 25, 2018,

Imo people will be electing

27 chairmen for the 27 local

governments in the state

and 645 councillors, in the

local government election

slated for Saturday, August

25, 2018 and to be

conducted by the State

Independent Electoral

Commission, ISIEC.

“The governor has urged

the Imo electorate to vote

for the chairmanship and

councillorship candidates

of APC in the election since

the APC government has

done very well for the seven

years it has held sway in

the state.

“The governor also called

for peaceful conduct on the

sides of the political parties

and candidates taking part

in the election, while ISIEC

should ensure free and fair

election."


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81 Division Chapter, Hadjia Amina Yusuf; outgoing President, Mrs. Grace Udoh, and Chairman, Nigeria

Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Lagos Chapter, Hadjia Shekinat Lawal, during the

presentation of a recognition plaque to Mrs Udoh for service to humanity through education and

widows empowerment at the handing over ceremony/dinner night in Lagos.

I have no anointed candidate

for Kwara governorshipSaraki

By Demola

Akinyemi

ILORINTHE Senate

President, Dr. Bukola

Saraki, has told his

supporters in Kwara State

that he does not have

anointed candidates

among those vying for

various elective posts,

including governorship in

2019 elections.

He also said henceforth,

there is nothing like the

new and old Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

members in the state,

saying everybody has

equal rights and

opportunities in the party.

Saraki spoke, yesterday,

while briefing PDP

stakeholders across the 16

local governments in the

state at the banquet hall of

Kwara State government

house in Ilorin.

According to him, “I have

spared my time to come

and personally meet you

my people to make these

clarifications. I am telling

you directly that I have no

anointed candidates for all

the elective posts:

governorship, Senate and

all others.

“So nobody should tell

you a lie that he’s or she’s

my anointed candidates.

You are hearing directly

from my mouth now.

“I will not impose any

candidate on you. At the

right time, all of us will sit

down and jointly agree on

our candidates. It is

whoever has been taking

care of the people, and the

people want, that we will

all support.”

...begs defectors

Saraki also appealed to

those who left the party

because of the false

impression they had about

his coming into the party,

to return, saying “there was

this false claim that I will

take over the political

By Marie-Therese

Nanlong

J OSGOVERNOR

Simon Lalong of

Plateau State has tasked

the newly-posted General

Officer Commanding,

GOC, Maxwell Khobe

Cantonment, 3 Armoured

Division, Nigerian Army,

Rukuba, Major General

Ben Akinroluyo, to bring his

knowledge and wealth of

experience to bear on the

security challenge in the

state.

This came as the National

Coordinator of Middle Belt

Plateau employs 4,850 teachers

PLATEAU

State

government has

offered permanent

appointments to 4,850 ad

hoc teachers engaged in

2016, Professor Mathew

Sule, Executive Chairman,

structure of the party and

chase them away.

“For those who have

waited, they are the

testimonies to what I have

Conscience Guard,

MBCG, Raymond Enero,

also charged the Nigerian

Army not to fall to the

temptations of political

merchants, who would

always create a pathway for

perpetration of evils to

tarnish the success story in

the fight against terrorism

and other insurgencies in

the country.

Lalong, who commended

the military for evolving an

all-encompassing security

architecture for the wellbeing

of the nation, also

expressed optimism that the

GOC would succeed in his

State Universal Basic

Education Board, SUBEB,

has said.

Sule said yesterday in Jos

that their appointments will

take effect from September

1, adding “the conversion

just said. I want to appeal

to those who left to return

to PDP and let us build the

party to victory in 2019

elections.”

Lalong tasks new GOC on security

L

O

K O J A

GOVERNOR

Yahaya Bello of Kogi State

has commended Kabba

community for selecting

Obaro of Kabba, saying he

found the selection

impeccable.

Bello spoke yesterday,

when the community

visited him at his country

home in Okene to express

their appreciation for the

government approval of

Solomon Owoniyi as the

oba-elect for the

community.

Owoniyi also doubles as

the Chairman of Okun

Traditional Council the

Yoruba-speaking people of

Kogi State.

The governor also

maintained that his

administration would

continue to follow due

process in appointing

traditional rulers to pave

way for peace in the state,

saying “I urged the

Obaro-elect to use his

assignment.

Speaking in Jos while

receiving Maj.-Gen.

Akinroluyo, who was on a

courtesy call, Governor

Lalong added “I am confident

that you will enrich our

security infrastructure with

your knowledge and

experience.”

Earlier, Akinroluyo said

he was in the Government

House to formally introduce

himself and assure the

government and people of

the state that the military

will continue to play its

responsibility in the best

military traditions.

Bello commend Kabba on choice of monarch

By Boluwaji

Obahopo

experience as a civil

servant to weave Kabba

people together as one

indivisible entity for the

development of the land.”

Speaker of the state

House of Assembly, Prince

Matthew Kolawole, who

led the community for the

visit, commended the

governor for allowing the

people to select the

candidate of their choice,

pledging the support and

cooperation of the

community to the state

government.

of their appointments to

permanent status is part of

Governor Simon Lalong’s

efforts to improve the

standard of education and

make teachers more

productive.”

Miyetti Allah's threat

over Saraki, capable of

causing crisisMDG

A pro-democracy

group, Movement

for Democratic Goals,

MDG, has asked

President Muhammadu

Buhari to call the Miyetti

Allah Cattle Breeders

Association, MACBAN,

to order over their threat

to force Senate

President, Dr. Bukola

Saraki, out of office if he

fails to resign, saying it

will hold the President

responsible for any

outbreak of violence in

the nation.

In a statement in Abuja

yesterday, by its National

Coordinator, Aliyu

Abdulkareem, the group

said: “The statement

credited to the

Coordinator of the

association in Benue

State, Alhaji Garus

Gololo, where he

threatened to force the

number three citizen of

the nation out of office,

is not only reckless and

irresponsible, it is also

L OKOJA

CONCERNED

Citizens of Lokoja/Kogi

Federal Constituency

have called on former

House of Assembly

member, Chief Akawu

Salihu, to show interest

in the next year’s House

of Representatives election

of the constituency.

They gave Salihu 48

hours ultimatum to make

up his mind on the

matter, or they will be

forced to invade and

occupy his residence

until he accepts their

highly unfortunate and

capable of throwing the

nation into turmoil.

“Ordinarily, such threat

could have been ignored

as a noise of an attentionseeking

rabble rouser, but

the several activities

credited to members of the

association in the recent

past is a reason not to take

the threat with levity.

“As the Patron of the

association, President

Buhari must call them to

order to forestall outbreak

of violence and anarchy

in any part of the country.

Their threat should not

be taken with levity.

“If any crisis breaks out

in any part of the country

as a result of the threat,

we will not hesitate to

hold the President and

members of the

association responsible.

“We will take it further

by writing to the

International Criminal

Court, ICC, in the Hague,

on this matter.”

Lokoja/Kogi constituents urge

Salihu to represent them

By Boluwaji

Obahopo

demand.

The group made their

plan known in Lokoja

yesterday, while

addressing journalists at

the NUJ press centre,

noting that the call became

necessary since the area

needed a very vibrant

representation in the next

dispensation.

Spokesperson of the

group, Isiaka Suleiman,

noted that it will be a

disservice to the people if

as concerned members

they failed to take the right

steps to ensure the area

gets the right

representation in the next

dispensation.

Falola delivers 3rd

KWASU humanities lecture

By Dave Oso

R ENOWNED

Nigerian historian

and Professor of African

Studies, Toyin Falola,

will deliver the third

Kwara State University,

KWASU, Humanities

Lecture tomorrow.

Professor Falola,

currently the Jacob and

Frances Sanger

Mossiker Chairman in

the Humanities at the

University of Texas,

Austin, USA, will speak

on Humanism and the

Future of the

Humanities.

He will examine

humanities and postconflict

nation building, the

future of the humanities,

study of the humanities,

ancient to modern, the

humanities and stem:

statics, connections and

reconciliation; humanities

and development in a

global context, developing

Africa through the

humanities among others.

Eminent personalities

expected at the event

include first KWASU

humanities lecturer,

Professor Kofi Anyidoho,

University of Ghana, and

second KWASU

Humanities lecturer,

Professor Gayatri Chakravorty

Spivak, Columbia

University, New York.


36 VANGUARD, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018

Umahi describes his opponents as

noisemakers, satan’s agents

*Noise brought down wall of Jericho APC

By Peter Okutu

GOVERNOR David Umahi

of Ebonyi State has

dismissed all those in rival

political parties contending for

the governorship in 2019 as

noisemakers, masquerades

and lilliputians noting that they

had nothing to offer to the

people.

The contenders from the

opposition All Progressives

Congress, APC, in the state

have, however, rebuffed him

insisting that they are indeed

serious in their effort to rule the

state and that they are indeed

not noisemakers.

Speaking when he addressed

stakeholders and health

workers during the hand-over

of tricycle ambulances to the

171 wards of the state, he

expressed confidence that his

administration will have an

easy ride into his second term.

He, nevertheless, called on the

By Chioma Onuegbu

THE designation of Senator

Godswill Akpabio as the

leader of the All Progressives

Congress, APC in Akwa Ibom

State has stirred a crisis among

many party chieftains, who

allege that it is wrong to

designate a new entrant as the

leader of the party in the state.

Sources in the party disclosed

that some chieftains of the party

who left the Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, for the APC because

of Akpabio were already

making moves to return to the

party on account of

irreconcilable differences with

the immediate past governor of

the state.

A former commissioner in the

state, Dr. Bob Ekarika was

among those who defected last

Monday following the

emergence of Akpabio.

However, a prominent APC

leader in the state and former

military governor of Ogun and

Rivers States, Group Capt.

Samuel Ewang, who said there

was nothing wrong with

Senator Akpabio joining his

party, however, disagreed with

the idea of making a new

entrant the leader of the party.

National Chairman of the

party, Comrade Adams

Oshiomole and Secretary to

Government of the Federation

(SGF) Boss Mustapha

(representing President

Muhammadu Buhari) had

penultimate Wednesday at the

Ikot Ekpene Township Stadium

announced Akpabio’s as its

party leader in the state.

•Umahi

stakeholders to keep praying

for the state. Noting that the

rivals are angry with the level

of development in the state,

Governor Umahi said: “We are

not yet satisfied, and we want

Ebonyians to know that the

measures we are taking on the

road, we will also give more

attention to health, education,

water in 2019.

“Forget about noisemakers

and masquerades (opposition).

We are on course, and our

journey is for eight years.

When you see a specific noise

being made, it is not ordinary.

But all these lilliputians who

say that they are contesting for

the governorship, what do they

think they can offer? They have

nothing to offer the people of

the state, forget about them.

The devil is angry with the way

we are developing the state,

and he is using his agents

(opponents) to make noise, but

our hands and minds are unto

the Lord. And we shall deliver.

I want to ask you to put the state

in prayers. The Lord who

started it will accomplish it.

And no power can stop it.

“Some other states have

election fever, but we are

comfortable in Ebonyi. We are

not into the election but we are

into work, we are working.

In our second tenure, we are

going to have a functional

teaching hospital.”

Reacting, a House of

Assembly aspirant on the

platform of the APC, Mr. Jude

Chike Dibia, said: “It is a

wrong word coming out from

him. The wall of Jericho was

brought down by sounds;

imagine the kind of sounds that

will come out from the

opposition in next year’s

election. Opponents are not

noisemakers, we are positioned

to take over power come 2019".

Akwa Ibom APC at war over Akpabio’s emergence as leader

According to a source who

did not want to be mentioned,

many of the stakeholders

particularly those who left the

PDP to the APC because of

Akpabio have started making

plans to dump the party and

rejoin the PDP. One source

hinted: “The Stakeholders are

not happy that Akpabio is now

the leader of the party in the

state. Some of them did not

even want him to join the party

in the first place. And because

we hear that he is planning to

bring someone else to run for

the governorship position, you

will not expect those that are

already interested in that

position to be happy.

“So, many will leave APC

from what we are seeing and

hearing, apart from Dr. Udoma

Bob Ekarika, Mr. Emmanuel

Udoh, Anietie Etuk, David

Benjamin, and Dr. Emmanuel

By Abdulmumin Murtala

SENATOR

Rabiu

Kwankwanso has laughed

off the challenge from

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to

enter Kano, describing his

successor and one time

protégée as a political spoiler

hanging on to President

Muhammadu Buhari for

political survival.

Kwankwanso spoke in

response to recent claims by

Ganduje that the senator was

afraid to enter Kano.

Speaking through his

spokesman, Comrade Aminu

Ikpe, Anny Asikpo and others

who defected to PDP during the

endorsement of Udom by Eket

senatorial district on Monday.”

Ewang in his response said:

“It was out of excitement that

Oshiomhole made that

statement at Akpabio’s

defection that he (Akpabio) is

the leader of the party in the

state. Leadership evolves from

an existing family tree or a

group that had been together.

He only made a mistake; he is

a human being it is a

democratic setting so you

cannot come and add your

sentiment.” Asked if other

elders of the party were not

happy about the development,

Ewang said: “People are

generally very unhappy, but I

am happy because I know it is

not possible.” He, however,

dismissed speculations in the

state that Akpabio joining the

•Akpabio

APC would bring problems to

the party, saying “I was in PDP

before, I left the PDP because

of what they call zoning and

because of their traditional

practice of impunity. In APC

Akpabio cannot come with

impunity, because we have

been fighting impunity.”

Kwankwanso laughs off Ganduje’s claim on visit to Kano

Abdulsalam, Kwankwanso said

“Senator Kwankwaso’s visit to

Kano is Ganduje’s nightmare

that he is living with.”

Saying that there is no basis

for comparing the two men,

Abdulsalam said: “He is

laughable. Is he blabbing or

bragging? I can’t see Governor

Ganduje challenging Senator

Kwankwaso in any duel at any

point in time politically

speaking. They are not on the

same wavelength or status as

Senator Kwankwaso is a

political giant while Governor

Ganduje is a dwarf politically

and intellectually speaking.

There is no basis for

comparison as I cannot see a

dwarf challenging a giant.“

The spokesman further

declared that Kano is home of

Senator Kwankwaso and

nobody has the right to stop him

from entering Kano insisting

that he will enter Kano on a

grand scale when the time is

ripe as the people of the state

are eager to receive him.

“Nobody can stop Senator

Kwankwaso from entering

Kano. When I say nobody I am

not referring to Governor

Ganduje but his masters at the

national level” he declared.

ABIA: Setback

for APC as Orji

Kalu’s loyalist,

Nkire defects to

PDP

THE prospects of the All

Progressives Congress,

APC, in Abia State were

beclouded, yesterday, after a

former member of the party’s

Board of Trustees, Chief Sam

Nkire, formally declared for

the People’s Democratic Party,

PDP.

In a statement in Umuahia,

Chief Nkire said he decided

to join forces with the PDP

both at the state and federal

levels in the next general

elections because he was

convinced that Nigerians

wanted the party back to serve

them better.

Nkire was also the deputy

national chairman, South of

the splinter group in the APC,

Reformed All Progressives

Congress, R-APC and before

then national chairman of the

Progressives Peoples Alliance,

PPA, the political party

inspired by a former governor

of the state, Chief Orji Uzor

Kalu.

Nkire also said that after all

said and done, he had no

regrets leaving the APC for

the R-APC, and now the PDP,

adding that it was regrettable

to note that the APC had left

the country worse than it met

it.

The former member of the

APC’s Board of Trustees,

therefore, used the

opportunity to ask all his

loyalists, followers and

associates who had been

asking him for political

direction, especially in Abia

State, to follow him to the

PDP.

According to the former

national chairman of the PPA,

the PDP is the only hope

Nigeria has to solve the

numerous security, economic

and political problems

bedeviling the country today.

Chief Sam Nkire who was

until recently the Caucus

Leader of the APC in Abia

State confessed that he would

surely miss his brothers,

associates, and friends who

may choose to remain but

added that “brothers will

always be brothers no matter

what party they belonged.”

He said he was sure that the

PDP had learned from its past

mistakes and appealed to

every Nigerian of voting age

who is yet to get a voter’s card

to endeavour to get one.

The former APC chieftain

particularly appealed to all

former members of the PDP

and the PPA who followed him

to the APC to join him in PDP,

assuring them that “PDP is

now a new, reformed and

restructured party ready to

serve Nigerians better.”


THIRD MAINLAND BRIDGE:

FG, LASG deploy traffic

personnel to alternative routes

•Call for understanding

By Olasunkanmi

Akoni

LAGOSAS

the

Federal Ministry of

Power, Works and Housing,

in collaboration with the

Lagos State Government

commences a three-day

investigative maintenance

test on the Third Mainland

Bridge from midnight,

August 22, the Lagos State

Government has assured

residents of free flow of

traffic, urging motorists and

residents to comply with all

traffic rules and directional

signs to alternative routes

during the period.

The state government also

urged motorists to cooperate

with traffic personnel

deployed to strategic areas

to ease flow of traffic and

avoid unnecessary

gridlock.

The Third Mainland

Bridge will be temporarily

shut for three days

beginning from midnight

o f A u g u s t

23 to midnight of August

26, 2018 to allow for the test

to be carried out before

proper repairs in future.

The Lagos State

Commissioner for Works

and Infrastructure, Mr. Ade

Akinsanya, who made the

appeal, said adequate

personnel would be on

ground to direct motorists

appropriately adding that

plans have been

concluded to reduce

possible heavy impact on

road users in the state.

The three-day closure,

according to Akinsanya,

would enable the

contractors assess the true

state of the bridge after

which works would

commence by the end of

the year or early in 2019.

“Besides, all traffic

management agencies

including the Federal

Road Safety Corps, FRSC,

Lagos State Traffic

Management Authority,

LASTMA, and the Police,

among others, have been

mandated to ensure

smooth flow of traffic on all

•APC keeps mum

By Levinus

Nwabughiogu

ABUJA A coalition

of disparate forces

within the All Progressives

Congress, APC, has

commenced moves to

remove Hon. Femi

Gbajabiamila as the leader

of the House of

Representatives.

T h e

members, Vanguard gathered

last night, were presently

collecting signatures, and

there were indications that

their objective was almost

reaching the goal despite

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the other alternative roads

and traffic corridor across

the metropolis to ensure

free flow of traffic,” he

said.

Alternative routes

Akinsanya urged

motorists from Lagos

Abeokuta, Agege, Ogba

and Ikeja to make use of

Oshodi via Mushin

Ojuelegba to connect

Carter Bridge into Island,

while those from Ikorodu,

Maryland are to make use

of Funsho Williams Avenue,

formerly, Western Avenue

via Yaba to Oyinbo and

connect Eko Bridge into

Island.

Motorists from

Okokomaiko, Festac,

Oshodi-Apapa Expressway

are enjoined to ply through

Ajegunle via Marine

Bridge to Ijora to connect

Carter Bridge to Apongbon

into Lagos Island.

Conversely, motorists

from the Island are expected

to ply Eko Bridge and

Carter Bridge into

Mainland, while those in

Lekki Ajah can also make

use of Epe axis through

Imota into Ikorodu.

Explaining the need for

the closure, Akinsanya

said: “The Third

Mainland Bridge which

was opened about 30 years

ago by the then military

government has had

haphazard maintenance

and repairs in the past

which the present Federal

Government is committed to

correct by carrying out

proper and continuous

maintenance and repairs on

it.”

Similarly, the Lagos

State Sector Commander

of the Federal Road Safety

Corps, FRSC, Mr.

Hyginus Omeje, while

appealing for

understanding and

cooperation from motorists

and road users, said the

corps would deploy over

1,000 men with other

various operational vehicles

and motorbikes to provide

assistance to motorists.

the ongoing seasonal recess.

The APC, however,

refused to be dragged into

the issue yesterday saying

it would not interfere into

the legislative process.

Gbajabiamila could not be

reached as at press time,

yesterday, and repeated

calls to his phone were

unanswered last night.

The moves against the

House Leader follows

insinuations that he was

accessory to plots to remove

the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu

Dogara from office and over

alleged acts of disobedience

to the Deputy Speaker, Rep.

Yusuf Lasun.

The majority leader was

Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018 37

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AMNESTY: Return our guns within 21

days or..., ex-militants tell Ondo govt

By Dayo Johnson &

Jimitota Onoyume

Amilitants KUREFORMER

in the

riverine areas of Ondo

State, yesterday, issued a

21-day ultimatum to the

Ondo State government to

return their guns and

ammunition collected

under the guise of

incorporating them in the

Amnesty Programme of the

Federal Government last

year.

This was as no fewer than

61 ex-agitators in the Niger

Delta region alleged

diversion of their stipends

by the amnesty office and

calling on the House of

Representatives to

investigate the alleged

fraud.

No fewer than 2,000 exmilitants

were asked to

surrender their arms and

ammunition in Ondo State

following the intervention

of the state government

which then promised that

they would be incorporated

into the Amnesty

programme.

For reneging on the

promise and alleged

deceit by the state

government since

November last year, the

former militants declared

the riverine communities

of the state a no-go area

for the 2019

electioneering campaign.

Speaking on behalf of

the aggrieved former

militants in Ilaje and Ese-

Odo Local Government

Areas of Ondo State,

General Ogailo Ibory said:

“We are saying this because

if at the end of the 21 days

the government does not

return our guns they

deceived us to take, we will

hold the entire riverine

areas of Ondo, Ogun and

Lagos states to ransom.

“Especially for Ondo

State, no one should come

to the riverine areas for any

electioneering campaign.

We are prepared for the

worst.”

Ibory said: “We are

issuing this statement

because we are tired of the

also said to be sidelining

most caucus members

perceived to be supportive

of Dogara’s leadership.

The lawmakers alleged

that Gbajabiamila was

planning to use the

Parliamentary Support

Group, PSG, a Pro-Buhari

group of APC lawmakers

for 2019 in the House to

unleash crisis and to

ultimately impeach Dogara.

A ranking member of the

APC in the House

told Vanguard that: “The

House Leader thinks he

can use this defection issue

to remove Dogara as

Speaker. He has been

calling nocturnal meetings

•As 61 N'Delta agitators decry fund diversion

ODUN ILEYA: From left; The representative of Ogun State Governor,

Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa (SSG); Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo;

Olu of Odeda, Oba D.I. Olorunnisola; former Mine & Steel Minister, Alhaji

Sarafa Ishola and Baba Adinni of Egba, Alhaji Rasheed Raji during the Egba

Muslim Community Odun Ileya festival. Photo by Wunmi Akinola.

unfulfilled promises of the

Ondo State Government

that collected our guns since

last year without any effort

to make us benefit from the

Amnesty Programme of the

Federal Government.

“Last year, we heeded to

the appeal of the Ondo

State Government through

the Deputy Governor,

Agboola Ajayi and the

Commissioner for Lands

and Housing, Donald

Ojogo, who came to the

creeks to carry the six Epe

students we kidnapped in

protest.

“That time, they promised

to work out an amnesty for

us and we, thereafter,

agreed to drop our

guns. Up till now, we have

been abandoned and no

one is talking to us, they

have used and dumped us

in the creeks and since last

year, amnesty is not

coming.

“We are using this

medium to request the

Ondo State Government to

kindly return our guns that

they took from us since last

year within 21 days. We

are very serious and we are

prepared for anything that

will follow.”

Different APC Reps groups move against Gbajabiamila

such that he even selects

the APC members who

attend.

“For instance, the last

meeting held at Sheraton

with the APC National

Chairman, Adams

Oshiomhole, was poorly

attended because many

APC members were not

invited by the House

Leader. These include

ranking members, and

chairmen of strategic

committees who he

perceives are loyal to the

Speaker. We are already

collating signatures for his

removal as majority leader."

Vanguard further

gathered that the

61 N’Delta agitators

decry fund diversion

Meanwhile, in a letter

addressed to the Speaker

of the House of

Representatives, Mr.

Yakubu Dogara through

their counsel, N.S. Egin,

the ex-agitators, under the

aegis of Niger Delta Ex-

Agitators Forum, alleged

that names of genuine exagitators

were replaced by

fraudulent officials in the

amnesty office, thus

robbing them of their

stipends.

Their lawyer said: “Our

clients have records of our

members, who have been

denied their financial

entitlements ranging from

monthly stipends of N65,

000 to refusal for enlistment

into the amnesty training

programme.

“Our client believes

strongly that the money

meant for this category of

ex-agitators was diverted.

Most of the genuine

beneficiaries of the

programme have been

stepped down while their

slots were filled with either

fictitious names or names

of cronies, who were never

leadership of the PSG,

under Rep. Abdulmumin

Jibrin (APC, Kano), last

week sent a text message

to its members.

The message read thus:

“Hon. Colleagues, I urge

you to remain calm in the

face of an attempt to

undermine our efforts by

Gbajabiamila and Sarki

Adar whose only interest is

to install Femi as Speaker

and instigate crisis in the

house. We have

repeatedly asked them to

leave us alone in the PSG

and return to the loyalist

group where they proved

their incompetence and

killed the group."

part of the programme from

the onset.”

“In many cases, the names

of genuine beneficiaries are

used by some of the militant

generals to siphon funds

with the active participation

of the officials of the amnesty

office. Our client made

several attempts to get the

amnesty to carry out a

comprehensive internal

audit/investigation so as to

fix this problem but to no

avail.

“In view of the foregoing,

our client has instructed us

to call on you to invoke your

constitutional powers to set

in motion an investigation

with a view

to unravelling the way and

manner the funds of the

amnesty office is utilized.”

Amnesty office reacts

Reacting, Chairman of the

Publicity Sub- committee of

the Amnesty Programme in

the state, Donald Ojogo

appealed to the aggrieved

former militants to exercise

patience with the Ondo

State government

Ojogo said: “It is true the

Ondo State Government

brokered the arms

surrender deal that was

approved by the Presidency.

As I am talking to you now,

the Deputy Governor who

risked his life to drive that

process is on top of the

situation.

“We cannot come to press

and give details of his efforts

that are ongoing. But I can

assure you that very soon,

their expectations would be

met. They should not just

allow themselves to be used

by selfish politicians and

crisis entrepreneurs who

tried but failed in their

desperate moves to frustrate

the amnesty offer for them.

“What we did was to

engender peace and ensure

there is an enabling

environment for investors in

the riverine areas of not just

Ondo State but Ogun and

Lagos states.”


38Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018

Weber's puzzle: Why is Nigeria so religious,

yet so poor?

By Olu Fasan

A

few months ago, the

popular American

preacher TD Jakes came to

the church I attend in London.

Preaching on leadership

and wealth, he said

prayer is not leadership and

won’t make anyone rich. “If

prayers were enough”, he

said, “Nigeria would be one

of the richest countries in the

world”.

Most people in the congregation

clapped in agreement.

Several weeks later, The

Times of London wrote an

editorial on the relationship

between religion and wealth,

in which it said: “A period of

increasing religiosity in Nigeria

heralded a period of

falling wealth”. So, Nigeria

has become a global case

study of how a nation can be

deeply religious and yet not

prosperous. But where does

the idea that religiosity leads

to prosperity come from? And

why has the causal relationship

held in reverse for Nigeria?

Spirit of capitalism

The major secular source of

the idea is Max Weber, the

German philosopher and political

economist. In his book,

The Protestant Ethic and the

Spirit of Capitalism, Weber

argues that only the “spirit of

capitalism” can engender

prosperity and that the “spirit”

is strongly correlated with religion,

particularly Protestantism.

But what’s the explanation

for Nigeria’s religiosity without

prosperity? Well, to explain

this puzzle, we must

first understand what the

“spirit of capitalism “and the

“Protestant ethic” mean and,

then, examine whether Nigeria’s

religiosity induces

the spirit of capitalism; in

other words, is there a correlation

between the religiousness

of Nigerians and the

ethos that drives a capitalistic

or market economy and,

thus, prosperity?

First, what is the “spirit of

capitalism”? Weber drew on

the work of Benjamin

Franklin, one of America’s

founding fathers, who set out

key principles, such as “Time

is money” and “Credit is

money “as well as the virtues

of industry, frugality and

honesty. Thus, the spirit of

capitalism combines two elements

(1) the impulse to accumulate

wealth and (2) a frugal

life-style. The former requires

a disciplined labour

force and a regularised investment

of capital; the latter

requires thrift and “thisworldly

asceticism”. The idea

is that wealth should be accumulated

not for conspicuous

or spontaneous consumption

but for the betterment of society.

But the spirit of capitalism is

also ethically driven. Capitalism

may be about the greed to

accumulate wealth, but it’s

greed with a moral underpinning,

as evident from reading

Adam Smith’s The Wealth of

Nations with his The Theory

of Moral Sentiments. According

to Weber, “the capitalistic

economy forces the individual

to conform to capitalistic rules

of action”, and “the manufacturer

who acts counter to these

norms will be eliminated from

the economic scene just as the

worker who cannot adapt himself

to them will be thrown

into the streets without a job”.

In other words, the capitalistic

economy is a competitive,

no-nonsense one, and only

those who play by the rules,

that is, who demonstrate the

spirit of capitalism–thrift, industry

and enterprise – will,

in the long run, survive.

The religious values

Weber then goes on to argue

that the spirit of capitalism is

embodied in the religious values

that derive from Calvinism.

These values, found in

the Bible, include diligence,

hard work, self-control, thrift

and honesty. The

overarching ideas of “duty”

and “calling” are common to

both capitalism and Christianity.

For instance,

Ecclesiastes 9:10 says

“Whatever your hand finds to

do, do it with your might”,

and 2 Thessalonians 3:10

puts it more bluntly: “If any

would not work, neither

should he eat”. The Bible

abhors laziness and idleness,

as well as profligacy and

waste. It sets out the injunctions

to save, invest and act

with honesty, prudence and

discretion in business. Of

course, the spirit of capitalism

can exist independently

of religion, and can be found

in other religions apart from

Christianity. However, Weber

believes that the spirit is particularly

associated with the

“this-worldly asceticism”

found in Calvinism.

But the spirit of capitalism

and the religious ethic work

in conjunction with institutions.

Weber lists efficient

Nigeria may be a

deeply religious

country, but its religiosity

is shallow;

it doesn’t inspire

the spirit of

capitalism needed

to generate wealth

and prosperity

market system, rule of law and

developed bureaucracy

among the“preconditions for

the development of rational

capitalism in Europe”. In his

book, Civilisation: The West

and the Rest, the economic

historian Niall Ferguson lists

what he calls “the Six Killer

Apps” that gave the West a

competitive edge over others.

The “killer apps” are competition;

science (the Scientific

Revolution preceded the Industrial

Revolution); property

rights, including the rule of

law; medicine

(after all,

“health is

wealth”); consumerism

(industrialisation

depends on a

consumer society)

and work

ethic. The idea

is that the spirit

of capitalism

and the moral

energy of religion,

in conjunction

with

these social, political

and economic

institutions,

drive the

capitalistic

economy or

“commercial society”,

as Adam

Smith put it,

that delivers

wealth and

prosperity.

All of which brings us back

to Nigeria. First, we can all

agree, I assume, that Nigeria

does not have the social,

political and economic

institutions to support a viable

market economy. Nigeria

doesn’t have the tradition

of rule of law, the

property rights, the disciplined

and efficient bureaucracy,

the social institutions

(health, schools, social

security etc), the right politico-governance

structure,

the scientific or technological

base, the physical infrastructure

base, the market

system, the competitive environment

etc that can bring

about a viable capitalistic

economy or a commercial society.

But these institutions do not

emerge by accident. They are

products of a cognitive or ideational

process and of deliberate

policy choices that a country

makes. Since Nigeria has

not made these choices, we can

say that it lacks the spirit of

capitalism necessary to do so.

Finally, we can also say that,

since, according to Weber,

there is a strong link between

religious values and the spirit

of capitalism, Nigeria’s religiosity

lacks the moral fervour

and drive to engender a viable

capitalistic economy and thus

prosperity.

The accumulation of

wealth and thrift

Now, let’s briefly illustrate all

this with a few examples. Take

the two elements of the spirit

of capitalism: the accumulation

of wealth and thrift. Nigeria

is an oil-dependent

mono-economy that has failed

woefully to diversify. Once it

discovered oil in the 1970s, it

abandoned all other economic

sectors, including agriculture.

A capitalistic economy doesn’t

behave like that; it fires on all

economic cylinders, not just

one, in a bid to accumulate

wealth.

What about thrift? Well, Nigeria

is a profligate country;

it hardly saves or invests but

rather borrows and spends. All

the successful Asian countries,

including China, financed investment

out of savings. Nigeria

could easily have built

the infrastructure for a strong

economy with all the money it

made from oil. But, alas, it

didn’t, but squandered the

money. That’s not how a capitalistic

economy behaves. At

the individual level, Nigerians

indulge in conspicuous consumption.

A few years ago,

there was an event in Kenya.

All the prominent Nigerians

that attended went in their

private jets to the amazement

and amusement of Kenyan

journalists. Weber would argue

that such behaviour is inconsistent

with the spirit of

capitalism and the Protestant

values.

And what about work ethic?

No country has ever developed

without an efficient bureaucracy.

The economic success

of Singapore and China

is partly associated with the

quality of their civil service.

But Nigeria has a dysfunctional

bureaucracy. The following

are words used by the Office

of the Head of Service of

the Federation, in various

press releases, to describe federal

civil servants: “habitual

late coming”, “truancy”, “lukewarm

and shoddy attitude to

the discharge of duties” and

“corrupt practices”. Yet Nigeria

is a deeply religious country,

where everyone wears their

religion on their face. But the

work ethic of most of the people

is not consistent with the

“duty in calling” associated

with religion and the spirit of

capitalism.

Religion has failed to

impact positively on

Nigeria

Truth is, religion has failed

to impact positively on governance

in Nigeria. The Bible

says, “Righteousness exalts a

nation”, and that “When the

righteous are in authority, the

people rejoice”. But these Biblical

blessings continue to

elude Nigeria. Why? Well, because

there is so much

unrighteousness, injustice,

oppression and abuse of power

in the country. A deeply religious

country that produces

the 100th richest person in the

world and yet, at the same

time, has the largest number

of extremely poor people in

the world, according to the

Brookings Institution, certainly

has a problem that

should scar its conscience.

Nigeria may be a deeply religious

country, but its religiosity

is shallow; it doesn’t inspire

the spirit of capitalism

needed to generate wealth and

prosperity and tackle poverty.

Sadly, Nigeria’s religiosity

erodes, rather than help, prosperity!


40Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 201839

Annan, Mr UN, joins the Saints

By Ikechukwu

Amaechi

HE had his flaws.

We all do. After

all, he was human like

the rest of us. Even as the

secretary general of the

United Nations, he had

his fair share of failures

and even scandals, yet

he was able, in the ten

years he was on the saddle,

to project not only

himself but also the UN

as the world’s conscience

and moral arbiter.

In every sense, he

made a huge difference,

outstanding in all fronts.

He was a peacemaker, a

saint, if you like. And the

world noticed and gratefully

crowned him with

the global peace diadem:

Nobel peace prize.

I am talking about the

pride of Africa, nay humanity,

Ghanaian-born

Kofi Annan, who like the

saint he was, and still is,

flew into eternity last

week after a brief illness,

aged 80, with his wife

and children by his side.

Africa's unique gift

Many are holding him

out as Africa's unique

gift to the world, an inestimable

jewel. The second

African, but the first

sub-Saharan African to

be at the helm of UN affairs,

Annan became one

of the most important

ambassadors of the black

race, probably coming

second only to the venerable

Nelson Mandela,

former South African

President.

It is a measure of

Annan’s greatness that

an otherwise simple task

of paying him tribute

becomes daunting. As a

two-term global chief

civil servant (1997 to

2007), he was conscientious,

irrepressible, brilliant

and empathetic. He

was a quintessential

peacemaker, preaching

peace to countries with

nuclear arsenals that can

wipe out entire nations

at the push of a button.

The fact that such arsenals

were and still are at

the disposal of megalomaniacs

parading as

world leaders with elephantine

egos made

Annan’s intrepidity

more pronounced.

But Annan’s essence

does not lie in the fact

that he was a one-time

UN Scribe because he

was neither the first nor

the only one. But he was

arguably the most

impactful, a force for

Kofi Annan.

good. A man with a deep

sense of empathy and

compassion, he brought

those virtues to bear on

his work.

The world appreciated

his painstaking, conscientious

and diligent efforts

to revitalise the UN

by ensuring that the promotion

of human rights

was put back at the core

of its mission despite the

daunting challenges

A man imbued

with the courage

of his conviction,

soft-spoken but

strong-willed

and firm, Annan

stared down the

United States

and President

George W. Bush’s

coalition of the

willing and declared

the U.S.

led attack against

Iraq illegal

placed on his path by

entrenched global interests,

and rewarded him

with a Nobel peace prize

in 2001 while he was still

in office.

He is acclaimed as the

first UN scribe to rise

through the ranks.

In the 1980s, he served

in the global body’s

peacekeeping mission

that supervised the truce

between Israel and the

Arab states in the Middle

East, worked as a

senior manager in the

UN Joint Staff Pension

Fund in New York, and

as Chief of Personnel at

the Office of the UN

High Commissioner for

Refugees in Geneva.

Within the decade, he

also became Director of

Personnel at UN Headquarters

in New York.

In the 1990s, Annan

was appointed Assistant

Secretary-General and

the UN Controller with

responsibility for the

budget and fiscal management

of the world

body, Assistant Secretary-General

in the

peacekeeping department

and later Under-

Secretary-General and

head of UN peacekeeping.

A strong vote of

confidence

As Prof Kingsley

Moghalu, former Deputy

Governor of the Central

Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

and presidential aspirant,

who worked under

Annan at the UN noted

in his tribute in April to

mark the late diplomat’s

80th birthday, Annan’s

appointment as Under-

Secretary-General and

head of UN peacekeeping

by the then UN

scribe, Egyptian-born

Boutros Boutros-Ghali,

“Was historic because

that important part of the

UN’s work had hitherto

been led exclusively by

officials of American and

British nationality since

the organisation was

founded in 1945.”

That was a strong vote

of confidence in him but

also the source of his biggest

challenges because

he was in charge when

genocide engulfed

Rwanda and Bosnia.

But the experiences

strengthened, rather

than diminish his resolve

to promote global peace

and make the world a

better place committed

to equal rights for all irrespective

of race, sex or

religion. The ugly experiences

availed him the

tools with which he tried

to navigate the world out

of future horrors. He simply

allowed the Rwanda

tragedy drive his sense

of mission as UN scribe.

The painful memories

“influenced much of my

thinking, and many of

my actions, as secretarygeneral,”

he said years

later.

As UN leader, he firmly

trained his gaze on the

goal of positively renewing

the organisation’s

sense of purpose. He

carved out for it the role

of a moral compass for

the new world order that

emerged from the ashes

of the enervating cold

war.

And he did not disappoint,

leaving office as,

perhaps, the most consequential

UN scribe.

His qualities were eclectic.

As Frederic

Eckhard, his spokesman

and adviser for many

years noted, “Kofi had

an interesting combination

of traits, he was reserved

and disciplined

on the one hand, and on

the other he could be

kind of playful.”

Eckhard said his boss

“handled things so

calmly and with such

assurance. He had an

enormous amount of

charm and terrific political

instinct.”

A man imbued with the

courage of his conviction,

soft-spoken but

strong-willed and firm,

Annan stared down the

United States and President

George W. Bush’s

coalition of the willing

and declared the U.S.

led attack against Iraq

illegal.

And the world not only

noticed but rewarded

him for his faithfulness

with a Nobel peace

prize.

Eulogised by

friends and foes

It is not always that

world leaders in one accord

eulogise the dead.

In death, Annan has

joined the pantheon of

leaders like Mandela

accorded that rare privilege.

His is even unique

because in death he is

being eulogised by

friends and foes, men

who knew he was on the

right track but disagreed

with him all the same

because of jaundiced

national interest and

claims to insipid ideological

superiority.

President of his home

country, the erudite

Nana Akufo-Addo, fired

the first salvo, ordering

that the country’s flags

be flown at half-mast for

a week in honour of “one

of our greatest compatriots,”

who “excelled in

the various undertakings

of his life, leaving in his

trail most pleasant

memories.”

The inimitable Archbishop

Desmond Tutu

said Annan’s death was

a “devastating loss” because

he was an “outstanding

human being

who represented our

continent and the world

with enormous graciousness‚

integrity and distinction.”

Great diplomat,

true statesman

Tony Blair, former British

Prime Minister and

an adversary over the

Iraq war called him “a

great diplomat, a true

statesman and a wonderful

colleague.”

“Kofi Annan was a

guiding force for good,”

Antonio Guterres, the

incumbent UN scribe,

said. “In many ways, he

was the UN. He rose

through the ranks to

lead the organisation

into the new millennium

with matchless dignity

and determination.”

Russian President

Vladimir Putin harped

on Annan’s acclaimed

leadership skills. “I sincerely

admired his wisdom

and courage, his

ability to make informed

decisions even in the

most complex, critical

situations.”

And Iran’s foreign minister

Mohammad Javad

Zarif described him as “a

towering global leader

and an unwavering

champion for peace, justice

and rule of law.”

At 80, Annan lived

long enough. But his life

will not be defined by its

longevity but by its unparalleled

achievements.

Everything about

Annan should make

every black man hold his

head high. Just like

Mandela, Annan by his

carriage which was disarming,

integrity, strong

sense of duty, his

surefootedness, proved

that indeed, something

good can come out of

sub-Saharan Africa when

it comes to leadership.

Ikechukwu Amaechi is the

MD/Editor-in-Chief,

TheNiche on Sunday

newspaper, Ikeja, Lagos.

PORT

CONGESTION:

Customs

urges

importers to

trade within

capacity

By Samson

Echenim

L AGOSNIGERIA

Customs Service has

called on importers to trade

within their capacities by

importing only the volume

of cargo they can afford to

clear from the ports.

The call became

necessary following huge

volume of cargo left

uncleared at the country's

seaports, especially ports in

Lagos.

Speaking to a section of

importers and their licensed

customs agents and freight

forwarders in Lagos, during

a tour of Ports Terminal

Multiservices Limited,

PTML, the Assistant

Comptroller-General of

Customs and Zonal

Coordinator, Zone A,

Aminu Dahiru, urged

importers to "observe strict

adherence to clearing time

lines, because terminal

operators will not hesitate

in effecting additional

charges for delayed

consignments at their

terminals."

He also charged them to

ensure improved

compliance to extant

Customs laws by arming

themselves with adequate

information about tariff,

port charges and other

levies or fees involved in

the trade process before

embarking on importations

of any good.

He said: "Always update

your knowledge. You need

knowledge not only to

collect revenue but to

generate revenue too. It is

your knowledge that will

help to uncover whatever

declarants are hiding away.

"The largest room in the

world is the room for

improvement. Continue to

improve on your good

works and shun any form

of greed and disloyalty.

Improve also in capacity

building because

management has put in

place courses for different

cadre of officers.

"Take advantage of these

courses whenever you are

called upon as they will

prepare you better for the

job and tasks ahead.

Collecting money to allow

illicit drugs arms and

unlawful imports is like

taking cursed money. Such

acts borne out of greed are

capable of destroying the

country and her youths."


40Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018

iDHS Healthwise launches

digital healthcare platform

in Nigeria

*LAUNCH: From left; Admin Manager, Integrated Digital Health Services (iDHS), Mrs Eno Ossai; Founder,

iDHS, Mrs. Elizabeth Eweka Adeshina; and Director, Clinical Services, iDHS, Dr. Odunsi Adebola, during a press

conference to launch iDHS in Lagos recently

Diabetes foot care:

Ignorance, poor referral fuel diabetic limb

amputations in Nigeria

By Gabriel Olawale

STAKEHOLDERS have

called for more

awareness and capacity

building to tackle the

increasing prevalence of

diabetes and its

complications even as they

identified ignorance and

lack of prompt referral as

factors fueling amputation

among diabetic patients.

The experts who

gathered at the 5th annual

International Podiatry and

Diabetes Foot Care

workshop organised by

Rainbow Specialist

Medical Centre, a private

hospital with focus on the

management of diabetes

and other endocrine and

metabolism conditions, in

partnership with the World

Walk Foundation,

Jamaican Chapter,

regretted that the podiatry

medicine which supposed

to focus on foot and ankle

disorders are not taught in

any Nigerian Universities.

Speaking during the

opening ceremony of a

week-long workshop, the

Workshop Coordinator, Dr

Afokoghene Rita Isiavwe,

said more Nigerians are

losing their limbs to

diabetic foot ulcer, a major

complication of diabetes

mellitus.

She disclosed that the

situation has become

worrisome in Nigeria due

to ignorance of both the

affected individuals and

the delay by medical

personnel caring for them

to refer them to appropriate

centres where they can be

properly managed.

"These delays in

presentation often times

lead to amputations as a

means of saving the

person's life or even death,"

she said.

Isiavwe disclosed that

diabetes mellitus is the

leading cause of nontraumatic

lower limb

amputation worldwide,

including Nigeria.

Unfortunately, she said,

podiatry, a specialised

branch of medicine that

focuses on foot and ankle

disorders, which is relevant

in the care of persons living

with diabetes mellitus is

currently not taught in

Nigerian universities

hence, the introduction of

the annual podiatry

workshop by Rainbow

Medical Centre to fill the

gap.

She told the participants

and guests that the Centre

had, in the last five years,

been building local capacity

to improve management

and prevention of diabetes

foot complications while

also raising awareness on

proper foot care in persons

living with diabetes

mellitus in the country.

This, she further said, had

been achieved through

regular interactive

workshops to provide

needed training for doctors

and other health workers

with support from the

World Diabetes Foundation

Project, the Diabetes

Podiatry Initiative Nigeria

and training faculty from

the American Podiatry

Institute.

"This year, we commence

a formal certification course

to train foot care assistants.

The international training

faculty is from the World

Walk Foundation,

Jamaican Chapter. Their

collaborative efforts with

The Jamaican Ministry of

Health over The years with

their 'Special Certification

Course to train Foot care

Assistants' has been

making a posistive

difference in saving

diabetes feet in Jamaica. We

hope to repeat same in.

Nigeria."

In his speech, the

Founder, World Walk

Foundation Jamaican

Chapter, Owens Bernard

told the audience there was

no podiatrist in Jamaica 25

years ago and foot care was

therefore not on the raider

in the country at that time.

The situation, he said,

had changed with the

intervention of the World

Walk Foundation through

partnership with the

We need to

prevent

amputation,

no matter

what stage

it is and

focus on

simple

things that

lead to

amputations

country's ministry of health

which trained health

workers and provided

them with basic foot care

tools

"We need to prevent

amputation, no matter

what stage it is. We need

to focus on the simple

things that lead to

amputations. We need to

go to the primary care level

and this starts with

education.

"We are here not to tell

you what to but to share

with you our experience

and knowledge so you can

prevent amputations in the

interest of humanity," he

said.

The Chairman of the

occasion, Dr. Adeyemi

Johnson, a cardiologist and

vascular specialist, stressed

the need for Nigeria to

seriously consider

measures aimed at

reducing the rate of

amputation in the country

especially among the

underprivileged.

He noted that the

management of diabetes

and its complications could

be very expensive,

especially when

complications such as

diabetes foot set in. The

burden, he however said,

could be greatly prevented

through awareness and

enlightenment of the

public.

This, he said, remains

the cheaper way out for the

underprivileged that

cannot afford the cost of

management of diabetes

foot complication and

prevent amputations or

death.

By Chioma Obinna

IN line with government efforts towards eliminating

medical tourism, a digital healthcare platform, iDHS

Healthwise and Trademark of Integrated Digital

Healthcare System Ltd has debut in Nigeria.

iDHS, is a UK based company with a primary focus

of bringing healthcare solutions to the people of Africa,

among others is designed to improve the health and

wellness outcomes of users by giving them access to

health information, medical care, medical professionals

and medical services at their door steps.

At a media presentation of the platform in Lagos,

Founder and Global CEO of Integrated Digital

Healthcare System, IDHS, Ltd, Princess Elizabeth

Eweka-Adeshina who said iDHS was the first webbased

healthcare platform in West Africa said the

platform involved online text, Audio & Video health

consultation with a Global pool of General and

Specialists medical doctors and other healthcare

practitioners both in United Kingdom, UK and United

States, US.

According to Eweka-Adeshina, the platform allows

for easy referral of patients to specialist doctors and

other medical practitioners, hospitals, pharmacists and

diagnostic centres.

Continuing, she also explained that the platform also

has self-care modules to support those with chronic

health conditions like Diabetes, Hypertension, Kidney

disease, Arthritis, Asthma and others.

"There is also health Insurance policy for seamless

end-to-end healthcare service via our platform and

prescriptions are issued by medical doctors on the

platform. There are also support features for pregnant

women and those requiring support to conceive. "

On the benefit, she said "users have access to a global

pool of medical doctors while in Country doctors have

access to a Global pool of doctors to gain, share and

transfer medical knowledge. There are also multiple

payment options via the platform which also help to

plug leakages that occur with cash payments. Also,

users who don't physically require an examination can

have a consultation online. Following consultation

online, the patient can be directed to the right place

for follow up care."

Continuing, Eweka-Adeshina explained that in

conjunction with major players in the health sector

such as the Federal Ministry of Health, our services

would be readily available and affordable at all

functional Primary Health Centre nationwide.

"The protection of all users on our Platform is very

important to us. We are able to confirm that we have

deployed several measures to reduce the risk of fraud

and unveil any potential fraud on iDHS. HealthWise.

All medical practitioners are thoroughly vetted before

their account is activated; we use only the most secure,

encrypted payment gateways through our financial

service provision partners. Furthermore, our server is

hosted with the most secure provider in the world, we

use additional protection and encryption of user

information, 2 to 3 tiers user identification verification

and the list goes on."

Our platform offers lots of free, value adding features

like mental health support, support and advisory services

for pregnant women, Fertility Support and birth control

advisory services, symptom checker and self-care for those

who are affected by long term illness like hypertension,

diabetes, cancer and others. Furthermore, we provide an

ecosystem through which in-country doctors can partner

with and collaborate with global doctors seamlessly and

make referrals on the platform.

"We have stellar track record, also having launched in

the UK and UAE to good reception and are currently in

continuing partnership talks with the relevant authorities

in these regions. The average Nigerian has struggled

long enough with accessing high quality, affordable

healthcare. Prompt access to qualified local and

international medical practitioners would greatly benefit

our people and ensure improved health outcomes.


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geria now should continue,

except those international

community are the

ones I mentioned now

like Iraq, Afghanistan or

Turkey.”

He's lying, says

Junaid

Mohammed

Reacting in a similar

vein, Second Republic

lawmaker, Dr. Junaid

Mohammed, said: “If I

were a member of the

media, I would dismiss

the claim by Onyeama.

He is lying, he knows he

is lying. The international

community he is purporting

to be speaking

for knows he is lying.

‘’The kind of characters,

who have been

brought into office speak

volumes about the incompetence

and irresponsibility

of the Buhari

administration.

‘’Because of his friend

he was made the foreign

minister when he knows

nothing about this country.

That is why he has

nothing to offer to this

country.

“That is why they will

be claiming to speak on

behalf of the international

community. That is

why nothing in this

country moves and nothing

is going to move. We

have the wrong people in

sensitive positions.

‘’It is not in the nature

of international diplomacy

and international

community to say so. I

don’t think they are going

to dignify the claims

by the Buhari administration.

But those, who

have a connection with

the international community,

know that it has

nothing but contempt for

the Buhari administration

because of poor performance.

‘’I was Chairman of the

Foreign Relations Committee

of the House of

Representatives in the

Second Republic and I

have contacts in the international

community. I

know what I am talking

about. If they are relying

on that and nothing

more on performance

and competence, Buhari

is going to be disappointed.

‘’

It's delusion

PDP

By Dotun Ibiwoye

LAGOS The

National Executive

Committee, NEC, of the

National Interest

Party,NIP, has suspended

its National Chairman,

Mrs. Eunice Atuejide,

accusing her of forging

executives’ signatures

and gross misconduct.

In a communique

issued and signed by the

party’s National Legal

Adviser, Sanni Abass,

after a unanimous

decision taken by 2/3 of

the National Executive

Committee members, the

party alleged, among

others, forgery,

misappropriation of party

funds without requisite

approval, falsification of

documents, criminal

breach of trust, conversion

and criminal conspiracy,

anti-party activities and

usurpation of power

against the person of the

chairman and National

Secretary.

Atuejide was alleged to

be autocratically ruling

In its reaction, Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

which spoke through its

National Publicity Secretary,

Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan,

said the minister

and APC leaders

were deluding themselves.

‘’It is delusion. They

are just deluding themselves.

How can they say

the international community

is supporting President

Buhari’s second

term bid, in spite of his

poor performance and

failure? Why are you

bothered about what they

are saying? They are just

deluding themselves,’’

the party said.

the party by appointing

herself as the National

Chairman, National

Leader, Chief Whip and

above all, the party’s

presidential aspirant

without the approval of

the party’s NEC.

Abass: “National

Interest Party is alleging,

among other gross

misconducts, forgery,

misappropriation of party

funds without requisite

approval, falsification of

documents, criminal

breach of trust, conversion

and criminal conspiracy,

anti-party activities and

usurpation of power

against the person of the

chairman and National

Secretary, all these are not

in tandem with the spirit

of the doctrine of the

party.

‘’It will also interest the

public to know that, Mrs.

Eunice Atuejide has been

autocratically ruling the

party by magnanimously

appointed herself as the

PDP'll win presidential

election next year SARAKI

ILORIN Senate

President, Bukola

Saraki, boasted,

yesterday, that the

opposition Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

will win the 2019

presidential elections.

Saraki said this in

Ilorin at a meeting with

PDP members who came

from the 16 local

government areas of the

state.

He also expressed his

confidence that his new

party would emerge

victorious in all the local

government areas of

Kwara State.

Saraki said that the

victory of PDP at both

federal and state levels

would be beneficial to all

the members in the state.

The Senate President

said that the future of

PDP was now brighter

than it used to be.

“If we emerge

victorious at the federal

level, all of us will be the

beneficiaries. In the

state, with your support

we will win the state for

PDP.

“All of you here are the

key players in Kwara

politics. With unity of

purpose, no party can

contest with you.

“We are here to unite

all of us under the party

we belong to today. I am

assuring all members

that there will be equity,

internal democracy and

justice.

“It is not going to be

winners-take-all. As far

National Chairman,

National Leader, Chief

Whip and above all, the

party’s Presidential

Aspirant without the

approval of the party’s

NEC.

“This suspension is in

line with the extant

provision of the

constitution of the party

which stipulates that a

member of the party may

be suspended by the

National Executive

Committee and the

committee may decide

what disciplinary

measures to place on a

member of the party.

“It was resolved at the

meeting that Mrs.

Atuejide and National

Secretary remain

suspended pending the

conclusion of the ongoing

investigations by

the party’s national

executive committee and

the Independent National

Electoral Committee.”

Reacting, Atuejide said

as I am concerned,

everybody here today

belongs to our political

structure.

“There is nothing like

old or new Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP.

We have all become one

PDP.

“I want all of us to be

united for the progress

and development of

Kwara State.

“Per the politics of the

state, nobody can wrest

the power from us if we

are united. By the grace

of God we will emerge

victorious both at the

federal and state levels.

“We will ensure that

we work as one party

because we have always

worked together before.

“We will see that all the

wards and local

governments’ popular

candidates emerge

based on their popularity

and acceptability,”

Saraki said.

No anointed

candidates

He assured PDP

members that there

would be no anointed

candidates in all the

elective positions.

“I don’t have any

anointed candidate at all

levels. I don’t have

candidates for the state

Assembly, National

Assembly. It is the

person you want in your

constituency that I will

okay.

“Don’t allow anybody

to deceive you that I

have endorsed any

candidate,” he said.

Don't drop my

name

The Senate President

implored party leaders

and elders not to drop

his name to impose

unpopular candidates.

“All of us will

collectively choose who

becomes the next

governor. We will ensure

that there is no faction,

but one PDP.

“We will ensure that

meetings in the local

government areas take

place in one venue. And

we will all work together

for the interest of the

party,” he said.

Saraki appealed to all

party members to start

work for the party to

emerge victorious next

year.

“I am sure many more

will come back and join

us because those that left

left under the wrong

assumption that it will be

different from what it

used to be.

“They were misled that

those coming are out to

move them away.

Nobody is moving you

away because this place

belongs to you too.

“Let us go back and

start work closely

together and by the

grace of God we will all

be victorious,” the

Senate President said.

Party accuses presidential aspirant of forgery

•My accusers are mischievous, says aspirant

the executive committee’s

allegations were baseless

and mischievous.

‘’ The allegations are

baseless. Mischief. It’s all

to smear me, destroy any

chance of me winning the

ILORIN Personal

Assistant on Political

Matters to Governor

Abdulfatah Ahmed,

Olalekan Alabi, has filed

an application before a

Kwara State High Court

sitting in Ilorin, seeking

to commence committal

proceedings against the

Inspector General of

Police (IGP), Ibrahim

Idris, for contempt of

court.

Mr Alabi approached

the court through his

counsel, Adebayo

Adelodun, to effect the

service of Form 49,

which is a notice of

Presidential race, and

reduce National Interest

Party’s growing

popularity. We passed

votes of no confidence on

all of them,’’ Atuejide

said.

Offa Robbery: Kwara gov’s

aide wants IGP Idris jailed

committal to prison on

the IGP for disobeying

court order directing his

release from police

custody.

The service of Form 49

on the IGP means that he

will be summoned by the

court to show cause why

he should not be

committed to prison for

having disobeyed the

order of court to release

Alabi.