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16—Vanguard, MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019

LAUNCHING: From left—Director General, LCCI, Mr Muda Yusuf; Chairman, Trade Promotion

Board, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Gabriel Idahosa; CEO, Compass Consulting,

Mrs Tokunbo Chiedu; President, LCCI, Mr Paul Ruwase; Chairman, Specialised Exhibition

Committee, LCCI, Mr Leye Kupoluyi; and Founder, Connectnigeria.com, Mr Emeka Okafor, during

the launch of 2019 ICTEL EXPO in Lagos.

NASS member-elect calls for decentralisation

of police to tackle insecurity

By Alemma Aliu


elected member of the

House of Representatives

for Ikpoba Okha/Egor

federal Constituency of Edo

state, Hon Jude Ise-

Idehen, yesterday urged

the federal government to

decentralize the police force

to effectively combat the

rising cases of serious

crimes across the country

that have resulted into loss

Nigeria lacks political will to implement human rights

agreements — Rights groups

By Emmanuel


ABUJA—A coalition of

the Nigerian Human

Rights Community have

said that Nigerian

government has failed in

the implementation of the

126 Universal Periodic



recommendations because

of lives and properties.

The lawmaker said it

is regrettable that the

Nigeria Police force

saddled with the

responsibility of policing

the Country is still suffering

from inadequate crime

combating tools when other

countries of the world have

acquired modern

technology to check

sophistication in crime.

He said: “There is need

for government to increase

… call for quick composition of HRC governing board

it lacks the political will

to honour the agreement.

They expressed worry

over the inability of the

government to implement

the international human

rights treaties it signed on

behalf of the citizens.

They noted that the

government has been very

slow in the implementation

of the recommendations it

the numbers of policemen

by recruiting more hands,

they need more training

and upgrade the

equipment they have. New

technology in policing this

days is very important and

not our ways of doing


“I strongly believe that

the federal government

should do more for the

police and the army. The

federal government should

begin to think of how to

Aniocha North LG legislative arm

impeaches leader

DELSU Don, Dr Adagbabiri to feature at

Delta strategic political workshop


Administrator and

Head of Political Science

Department, Delta State

University (DELSU), Dr

Moses Adagbabiri, is ready

and shall be at the Strategic

Political Communication

Workshop put together by

the Office of the Executive


to the Governor of Delta


Collaboration with the

Office of the Secretary to

Delta State Government (SSG).

wilfully signed without

duress and urged the civil

society organizations and

the citizens to pile pressure

on government to live up

to expectations.

The group made the

observation at a

sensitization workshop

organised by the

By Elizabeth



Legislative Arm of

Aniocha North Local

Government Area of Delta

State, Nwanoye Francis

The organisers in a statement

by Dr Fred Latimore

Oghenesivbe, said core issues in

politics shall be in the front burner

at the workshop which is why Dr

Adagbabiri vowed to drill

participants on fundamental

issues in constitutional

democracy via a position paper

titled; “Politics, Power and

Authority - The Nigerian

Experience From 2015 to 2019.”

He further asserted that

Adagbabiri’s intellectual

postulations at the workshop will

constitute intensive interactive

Partnership for Justice to

assess the level of

implementation of the UPR

recommendations in

Nigeria held in Abuja.

The UPR is a unique process

which involves a periodic review

of the human rights of all 193

UN member states established in

2006 by the UN General

has been impeached by the

eight-member House. The

impeachment was

preceded by a motion for

dissolution of the

leadership signed by eight

members of the House.

The eight members out of

session while group

presentations and grading shall

enable participants better

equipped intellectually for future

assignment in projecting

government policies, programmes

and achievements; especially as

Gov Okowa's administration

steps into second tenure

christened “Stronger Delta.”

Adagbabiri, is coming to the

workshop with wealth of

experience that cut across politics

and Public administration as well

as practical experience as a

lecturer in the field of political


break down the federal

force by localizing it into

states Police since the

federal government have

failed in protecting the lives

and property of the people”

The parliamentarian also

promised to attract the

presence of federal

government to what he

described as the under

development in his Ikpoba

Okha federal Constituency

in the state.

Assembly in resolution 60/251.

It is a state driven process under

the auspices of the Human

Rights Council, which provides

the opportunity for each state to

declare what actions they

have taken to improve the human

rights situations in their

country and to fulfil their human

rights obligations.

the 14 councillors or the council

converged about 6a.m., on

Friday to impeach the council

leader with a signed letter of


The development may not be

unconnected to the controversy

that has been rocking the

council’s legislative arm with

accusations and counter


The eight members in a

statement alleged that the

offences of the Leader of the

House include operating the

House without House Rule for

16 months, inability to coordinate

the affairs of the House, traveling

outside the country without

approval among others.

The statement further stated

that the dissolution of the House

was to pave way for effective and

efficient legislature in the council.

The members in a unanimous

decision elected Philip

Kawekwune as new leader of

the House, among other

principal officers.

IMF says accord with Pakistan to cut

imbalances, support growth

THE International Monetary Fund yesterday

confirmed that it had reached a staff-level agreement

with Pakistan over a $6 billion bailout package

backed by a series of reforms to cut yawning deficits

and improve growth.

The program would aim to cut Pakistan’s debt through

tax measures to improve revenue collection as well as

reforms to its creaking energy sector, with a “marketdetermined

exchange rate” to help the functioning of

the finance sector, the IMF said in a statement.

US, China at impasse over trade, Kudlow

says new tariffs will remain

THE United States and China appeared at a

deadlock over trade negotiations yesterday as

Washington demanded promises of concrete changes

to Chinese law and Beijing said it would not swallow

any “bitter fruit” that harmed its interests.

The trade war between the world’s top two economies

escalated on Friday, with the United States hiking

tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods after

President Donald Trump said Beijing ‘broke the deal’

by reneging on earlier commitments made during

months of negotiations.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told

Fox News on Sunday that the United States needs to

see China agree to “very strong” enforcement provisions

for an eventual deal and said the sticking point

was Beijing’s reluctance to put agreed changes into


He vowed the tariffs would remain in place while

negotiations continue.

Beijing remained defiant, however. “At no time will

China forfeit the country’s respect, and no one should

expect China to swallow bitter fruit that harms its core

interests,” said a commentary, due for Monday publication,

in the ruling Communist Party’s People’s Daily.

Philip Morris suspends social media campaign

after exposure of young ‘influencers’

CIGARETTE maker Philip Morris International

Inc has suspended a global social media marketing

campaign in response to Reuters inquiries into

the company’s use of young online personalities to

sell its new “heated tobacco” device, including a 21-

year-old woman in Russia.

The company’s internal “marketing standards” prohibit

it from promoting tobacco products with youthoriented

celebrities or “models who are or appear to

be under the age of 25.”

The company told Reuters of the decision late Friday,

saying it had launched an internal investigation

into marketing posts and photographs that Reuters sent

to the company for comment earlier this week.

They included a paid post plugging the tobacco product

by social media “influencer” Alina Tapilina in Moscow

- who listed her age as 21 on Instagram - alongside

often seductive photos of herself drinking wine,

swimming and posing with little clothing in luxurious


Uber’s market debut sours most

anticipated IPO since Facebook

UBER Technologies Inc’s conservative initial

public offering could not keep its shares from

sinking in their trading debut penultimate week, fueling

debate on Wall Street over whether the outcome

of the most anticipated listing since Facebook Inc would

weigh on other Silicon Valley unicorns.

Uber considered going public for at least four years.

Yet the ride-hailing company picked a week for its IPO

plagued by market turbulence fueled by U.S.-China

trade worries. Moreover, smaller rival Lyft Inc’s shares

plunged this week after its first earnings as a public


Uber was the biggest of a group of Silicon Valley

startups that have spent years raising money in private

rounds at record prices. Many of these companies

are now looking to follow with their own IPO.

Some, like Uber and Lyft, are unprofitable.

Workplace messaging company Slack Technologies

Inc plans to hold an investor presentation on Monday

in advance of its direct listing next month. Grocery

and food delivery platform Postmates, WeWork owner

The We Company and online mattress retailer Casper

Sleep are among startups seeking to launch IPOs this


All stories credited to Reuters

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