16—Vanguard, MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019 VISIT: Governor of Osun State, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola (middle); his deputy, Mr. Gboyega Alabi (4th right); Ambassador of China, Dr.Zhou Pingjian (4th left); Councellor of the Embassy of China, Mr Zhon Xikang; Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Prince Oluwole Oyebamiji (3 rd right); Chief of Staff, Dr. Charles Akinola (2nd right); Head of Service, Dr. Gboyega Oyebade (2nd left); Finance Supervisor, Mr. Bola Oyebanji and Supervisor, Federal Matters, Mrs Idiat Babalola, during the ambassador's visit to the governor to strenghten relationship and promote exchanges at subnational levels of Government, at the State Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo, weekend. Group to Obaseki: Stop 2nd term campaign, focus on Gelegele seaport project - By Elizabeth Uwandu BENIN CITY-THE Concerned Edo Youths for Good Governance have admonished governor Godwin Obaseki to concentrate on concluding the Gelegele seaport industrial park projects he promised the people of the state than campaigning for a second term. While faulting the ongoing celebration by the state government over the 24 House of Assembly seats won by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State which according to the government was the first time such feat was achieved in the state, the group asserted it was an indication that neither the governor nor his handlers are conversant with the political history of the state. The group in a statement signed by its Director of Publicity, Dr Calistus Osamoyi, reminded that " during the administration of governor Lucky Igbinedion, the PDP won the entire 24-member House of Assembly and that was why Patrick Obahiagbon, was referred as Leader of the House then instead of Majority Leader since the minority party then which was ANPP did not have a member in the House. This was during the second term of governor Igbinedion 2003-2007. "So the state government should stop celebrating 24/ 24 as if it was the first time it happened. We urge the governor to stop this campaign for a second term and focus on completing the Gelegele sea port project which he promised. Because we are worried that up till now nothing has happened in the site, the same way weed has taken over the proposed industrial park site after over 20 communities donated their lands for the project. "We want to remind the Okowa's victory, manifestation of will of Deltans —Adiotomre ASABA—THE Delta State Coordinator, Neighbourhood to Neighbourhood (#N2N) Campaign Organization, Hon. Jonathan Adiotomre, has described the victory of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as the manifestation of the collective will of Deltans. Adiotomre stated this while reacting to the reelection of the governor in Asaba. He commended members of the group, PDP faithful and the entire Deltans for Edo ADC candidate urges members to keep faith in party By Alemma Aliu BENIN CITY— THOUGH elections are over with not too impressive outing, the African Democratic Congress, ADC, candidate governor that Comrade Oshiomhole who made him governor was able to win 18/18 in his second term due to the work he did in Edo state and not through social media propaganda. As concerned citizens of the state, we urge the governor to focus on his job and stay away from sychophants who will tomorrow abandon him. "All these noise about 24/ 24 is unnecessary because every body knows that if their efforts and commitment towards the return of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to the Government House, Asaba, saying that the governor’s re-election, would herald more prosperity for all Deltans in line with the SMART Agenda. His words: “Neighbourhood to Neighbourhood Campaign Organization went round the state canvassing for votes for our amiable governor, Senator not for the doggedness of Oshiomhole and his person, APC would have died in Edo state. The members of the State Assembly won their elections due to their connections with their constituents and not because of Obaseki because Edo people are yet to see any meaningful achievement so far apart from what we saw during the administration of Oshiomhole" it stated. Ifeanyi Okowa. We thank God that our efforts paid off with the re-election of the Governor. Indeed, we achieved results”. The Governor’s aide congratulated Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and other Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidates for their victory in the March 9, 2019 election, even as he advised those who lost to accept their fate and join hands with the governor and winners to move Delta State forward. for Oredo federal constituency in the February 23, 2019 general elections, Hon. Omo Osagie Efosa (aka Mighty Man) has urged members and supporters of the party not to lose faith saying the future of Nigerian politics lies in the ADC. In a message to members of the party in the state, family members, friends and religious leaders, the party leader assured that the ADC was already going back to the drawing board with a view to coming out with new strategies to market the ideals of the party which he said would take Nigeria out of the woods to be at par with her contemporaries in the comity of nations. According to him, "I appreciate everyone for your great support, morally, financially, through prayers and otherwise; it is God that gives power, God gives the best. He gives to whoever he wishes. "I know that this state belongs to us all. I plead with my supporters and friends to avoid violence; especially youths; they should not offer themselves for politicians to use to perpetuate violence. Don't make yourselves available to be used for violence by politicians whose children are abroad because we are a family; if they ask you to go into violence, ask them to bring their children." Crisis-struck Sudan signs deals for $300m with Arab funds Sudan has signed deals for loans worth $300 million with regional Arab funds, authorities said on Saturday, as the government struggles to cope with an economic crisis and nearly three months of street protests. The finance ministry agreed a $230 million loan with the Abu Dhabi-based Arab Monetary Fund to support the balance of payments, the ministry said in a statement. A deal for a second loan worth $70 million was signed with the Arab Trade Financing Program, whose shareholders include the Arab Monetary Fund and which is also based in Abu Dhabi, according to a statement from Sudan’s presidency. The deals were signed as President Omar al- Bashir and other officials including the central bank governor met Arab Monetary Fund Director General Abdulrahman Al Hamidy in the capital, Khartoum. A worsening economic crisis in Sudan triggered frequent demonstrations across the country since Dec. 19 in which protesters have called for an end to Bashir’s three-decade rule. Black Box shows similarities between Lion Air, Ethiopian Airlines crashes T he Ethiopian Air Boeing 737 Max crash had similarities to the Lion Air plane that went down off the coast of Indonesia about five months ago, according to the nation’s transport minister. A preliminary study of the flight data recorders show “clear similarities between Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 and Indonesian Lion Air Flight 610,” Dagmawit Moges said Sunday at a press conference in Addis Ababa. The findings will be subject to further investigation, and a preliminary report will be released within 30 days, she said. The Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed March 10 minutes after it took off from Ethiopia’s capital, killing all 157 people on board. The accident prompted most of the world to ground Boeing’s 737 Max on safety concerns. CBA’s shareholders accept merger with NIC Group Kenya’s Commercial Bank of Africam, CBA said weekend that its shareholders had accepted a share swap with NIC Group, paving way for its merger. The two banks first announced their planned merger in January, in which current NIC Group shareholders would own 47 percent of the merged entity and CBA shareholders owning 53 pct. “As a result of the share exchange transaction, it is proposed that NIC Group will acquire sole control of CBA and its subsidiaries,” CBA said in a statement published in Kenyan newspapers. South Africa’s rand recovers as trade deal hopes rise South Africa’s firmed early on Friday, reversing some of its losses from the previous session with demand for emerging market currencies boosted by new signs of a trade deal between China and the United States. At 0730 GMT the rand was 0.41 percent firmer at 14.4800 per dollar compared to a close of 14.5400 overnight in New York. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He spoke by telephone with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and the two sides made further substantive progress on trade talks, Xinhua news agency said on Friday. Bonds also gained with the yield on the benchmark paper due in 2026 down 3.5 basis points to 8.725 percent. Stocks opened firmer, with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange’s Top-40 index up 0.35 percent to 49,712points.