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Nigeria CBN GOV

•Appears before Senate for screening, raises alarm over population growth

•Predicts that Nigeria’ll be over 425m in 2050, third largest worldwide

•Senate Committee endorses his re-appointment as CBN Gov

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Atiku, PDP plotting to ‘overthow’ Buhari’s govt, FG laments

•Accept your self-inflicted woes PDP

2019 UTME:

Over 1.3m

candidates 4

have accessed

results JAMB

FEC approves

$1bn EXIM Bank

loan for Gurara

Hydropower; says

Nigeria saves

$21bn on imports

COLUMNIST GAMBO DORI 17

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We’ve uncovered plot to attack,

destroy oil facilities POLICE 9

Tight security at A-Court, as

Atiku seeks private meeting

with tribunal panel

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VISIT: President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki (left) presenting a souvenir to Indian

High Commissioner to Nigeria, Abhay Thakur, when the envoy visited him in Abuja,

yesterday.

Tight security at A-Court, as Atiku seeks

private meeting with tribunal panel

•You’ll be biased, PDP tells Bulkachuwa

•Secures nod to lodge formal petition to recuse her from panel

•As tribunal fixes May 22 for hearing

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

ABUJAThere was

heavy security

presence at the Abuja

Division of the Court of

Appeal, as the Presidential

Election Petition Tribunal

begins pre-hearing session

on petition the presidential

candidate of Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

Atiku Abubakar, lodged to

challenge the outcome of

the February 23

presidential election.

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, and its presidential

candidate, Atiku Abubakar,

also, yesterday, secured

leave to lodge a formal

petition to disqualify the

President of the Court of

Appeal, Justice Zainab

Bulkachuwa, from

presiding over the suit

challenging President

Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection.

Atiku and his party said

they were not comfortable

with Justice Bulkachuwa’s

decision to head the fiveman

presidential election

petition panel, noting that

her husband is a chieftain

of the ruling All

Progressives Congress,

APC, which is a respondent

in the matter.

The petitioners who are

challenging the declaration

of President Buhari as

winner of the February 23

presidential poll, noted that

Justice Bulkachuwa’s

husband, Adamu, is an

APC senator-elect in

Bauchi State.

At the resumed

proceeding, yesterday, the

petitioners, through their

lead counsel, Dr. Livy

Uzoukwu, SAN, applied to

have a private meeting with

members of the tribunal

panel.

Uzoukwu said it was

better to discuss the

position of his clients with

the panel in chambers.

However, neither counsel

to President Buhari, Chief

Wole Olanipekun, SAN,

nor that of the APC, Prince

Lateef Fagbemi, SAN,

opposed the application.

Similarly, Independent

National Electoral

Commission, INEC, which

initially challenged the

request through its lawyer,

Mr. Yunus Uztaz, SAN,

later conceded to the

application.

Consequently, the panel

okayed a stand-down on

the matter, even as it

allowed all the parties to

nominate two lawyers each

to attend the meeting.

Formal petition to

recuse

Bulkachuwa from

panel

When the panel

reconvened at exactly noon,

Bulkachuwa said there was

no need to shroud the

essence of the meeting in

secrecy since the petition

PDP lodged against her

was already in the public

domain.

She disclosed that the

PDP had through its

National Chairman, Chief

Uche Secondus, wrote a

letter to her on May 8,

asking her to disqualify

herself from the case.

“We believe that this has

been brought in the public

domain. Therefore, we will

take the application and

deliver a ruling on it,”

Justice Bulkachuwa held.

Consequently, counsel to

the petitioners sought a

short adjournment to

enable him file a formal

application.

“In the light of what my

lord has said, we have

decided to bring a formal

application tomorrow

(today)”, Uzoukwu, SAN,

submitted.

All the respondents in the

matter said they were not

opposed to the request for

adjournment, though they

insisted that they would

require seven days to

respond to the application

to disqualify Justice

Bulkachuwa from

presiding over the case.

Based on the consent of

all the parties, the tribunal

adjourned the matter till

May 22 to hear the

application.

Heavy security

presence

There was heavy security

presence at the Abuja

Division of the Court of

Appeal where the tribunal

is conducting its sitting.

Armed security

operatives blocked every

route to the court premises,

though they allowed

journalists access upon

proper identification.

A handful of placardwielding

protesters camped

at a distance, chanting in

support of the PDP

candidate, Atiku.

Meanwhile, the tribunal,

yesterday, ordered

substituted service of

another petition

challenging the outcome of

the presidential election on

President Buhari.

The panel directed that

processes in the petition

marked CA/PEPC/003/

2019, filed by the Coalition

For Change, C4C, and its

presidential candidate, Geff

Chizee Ojinka, should be

served on President Buhari

through any national officer

at the APC secretariat in

Abuja.

LG allocations: No going

back on June 1 take-off

date NFIU insists

•Comply or be sanctioned, agency

warns banks, others

By Soni Daniel,

Northern Region

Editor

ABUJAIN a bid to

stop the wanton

diversion of local

government allocations

by state governments

under the guise of joint

account principle, the

Federal Government

has again warned that

the June 1 take-off date

of the new regime on

cash payment remains

sacrosanct.

The government,

through Nigerian

Financial Intelligence

Unit, NFIU, said in a

statement, yesterday, in

Abuja that it would not

go back on its decision

to ensure that all

allocations to LGAs in

the country hit their

accounts directly and

that any payment above

N500,000 must be done

via cheques or electronic

transfer.

The statement, signed

by Chief Media Analyst

of NFIU, Ahmed Dikko,

warned that any view

being expressed on the

legality of the new

directive by any

institution, groups or

individuals was of no

effect, as the law had

empowered the agency

to ensure that local

government allocations

got to them.

The agency said: “The

Nigerian Financial

Intelligence Unit, NFIU, is

using this second press

statement on the above

subject to reiterate its

position that the June 1

effective date of the

guidelines to all financial

institutions and public

officials on the local

government funds stands.

“The unit also maintains

its understanding of the

1999 constitution that no

debit is allowed on any local

government funds unless

and until the funds are

credited to and reach the

bank accounts of a local

government in any state of

the federation.

“The provision of the

cumulative cash

withdrawal not exceeding

N500,000 per day is also

firmly in place effective

June 1, 2019.

“We observed isolated

comments to the contrary in

the past few days, which in

our assessment only

amounted to willful

misinterpretation of the

1999 constitution and,

therefore, of no

consequences to the

operations of the entire

financial system.

“The provision of the

guidelines to the financial

institutions was also on

account of legitimate

powers provided by the

NFIU Act 2018 and any

violations of the said

guidelines will be

sanctioned appropriately.”

2019 UTME: Over 1.3m candidates

have accessed results JAMB

THE Joint Admissions

and Matriculation

Board, JAMB, said

yesterday, that over 1.3

million candidates have so

far accessed their results

using the result checker

(code), 55019.

The board’s Head, Media

and Information, Fabian

Benjamin, said this in an

interview with the News

Agency of Nigeria, NAN,

in Lagos.

Benjamin was speaking

against the backdrop of

claims in some quarters that

majority of candidates who

participated at the board’s

2019 Unified Tertiary

Matriculation Examination,

UTME, had yet to access

their results through the

said code.

He also described as

untrue claims by some

mischief makers that the

N50 charges incurred

through the code was

going to the board’s purse.

He said: “I want to refute

all these claims as there is

no truth in them. First and

foremost, by our records,

over 1.3 candidates who sat

for this examination have

accessed their results using

the code for checking the

results, which remains

‘55019’.

“Again, let me also state

in clear terms that the N50

charged in the process of

checking these results does

not go to JAMB’s purse but

to the various service

providers.”

According to him, the

clarification became

necessary, in view of what

he described as ‘wicked

and malicious rumours’ by

some persons that the

board was charging a fee

for checking of results.

Giving a breakdown of the

total number of results

checked by candidates

through the various network

providers, Benjamin

noted that MTN had the

highest, with a total of

888,598, followed by Glo,

with a total of 190,923.

He said the third was

Airtel, with a total of 104,

970 candidates who have

so far accessed their result

using the network.

Benjamin said before

now, Airtel had some

technical hitches, but noted

that such challenges had

been addressed.

Speaking further, he

noted that a total of 62,170

candidates had also

accessed their results using

the 9mobile service

provider.

He said the board

appreciated the concern of

those candidates who had

challenges accessing their

results, and expressed the

board’s sincere apologies

for the development.


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POCKET CARTOON

EMEFIELE AT THE SENATEFrom left: Senator Danjuma Goje, Philip Aduda,Sam Anyanwu, CBN

Governor Godwin Emefiele and Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Finance and other financial

institutions, Rafiu Ibrahim, during the screening of the CBN Governor in Abuja, yesterday. Photo:

Gbemiga Olamikan.

Population explosion: Tough times

ahead for Nigeria CBN GOV

By Henry Umoru

A

B U J A

GOVERNOR of

Central Bank of Nigeria,

CBN, Godwin Emefiele,

yesterday, appeared

before the Senate

Committee for screening

to enable him serve for

another five years, saying

tough times await

Nigerians due to

impending population

explosion.

According to him,

Nigeria’s population will

hit 425 million in 2050, the

third largest in the world,

unless urgent steps were

taken to control it.

Emefiele, who appeared

before the Committee on

Banking, Insurance and

Financial Institutions, led

by Senator Rafiu Ibrahim,

PDP, Kwara South, said

impending population

explosion of Nigeria and

attendant economic

implications would create

tough times for Nigerians.

Fielding questions from

senators, the CBN

governor, who painted a

gloomy picture of Nigeria

in comparison with other

countries, said with the

rapid population on

yearly basis and

penchant for sabotaging

government policies on

economic growth and

development, there

would be serious crisis, if

serious actions were not

taken to control

population growth.

He said with the current

rapid population growth

rate, there was urgent

need for development -

driven monetary and

economic policies devoid

of sabotage in anyway.

Emefiele, who was

overwhelmed by the

endorsement from

senators, however,

explained why Nigeria

has multiple exchange

rates.

The CBN governor said

he inherited a very

precarious situation that

led to the skyrocketing of

the exchange rate to over

N500 to a dollar in one

year, but noted that after

serious monetary policies,

it came down to N360

and had remained so.

He promised to use his

second term to promote

the agriculture sector

through the Anchor

Borrowers programme,

relying on Small and

Medium Enterprises,

SME.

He, however, lamented

what he described as

non-implementation of

policies by Nigerians who

were always looking for

ways of circumventing it

for their selfish interests.

Vowing to continue to

punish anyone caught in

the act, Emefiele said:

“The road ahead for

Nigeria is still rough and

very tough. But I want to

appeal to all Nigerians

that a time comes in the

history of a country where

you have to learn to

respect the policies and

laws of the country.

“Part of the problem that

we have seen in Nigeria

is lack of respect for the

policies of this country.

Nigeria is very good at

putting in place policies

that are sound and

workable.

“But implementation

has always been almost

zero. And it arises

because we see sabotage.

We see people, when

policies are made, pick up

pieces of paper about the

policy, what they think

about is how do we

circumvent this policy?

“The Central Bank of

Nigeria, if given this

mandate, will push very

hard to ensure that those

who seek to undermine

the policies of Nigeria

without respecting the

laws of this country will

be brought to book under

any circumstances. And

that is why I said please

pray for us because the

road ahead is still rough.”

On

diversification

Speaking further,

Emefiele said the apex

bank will strongly support

the Federal Government

in its diversification drive

towards making the

economy stronger and

widen the scope for

productive engagements

of millions of Nigerians.

He specifically pointed

out that the price of barrel

of palm oil in the

international market was

higher than that of crude

oil now, which would have

been fetching the country

huge foreign exchange

earnings, had it not been

abandoned since the

1970s when oil boom

occurred.

“Aside from the Anchor

Borrowers programme,

we are also looking at

special programmes

targeted at wholesale

growth of agricultural

sector in Nigeria. Aside

from rice and other small

crop markets, we have

started looking at palm oil

because we believe that

this country has a lot of

potentials in palm oil.

“If you think about what

this country was in the

50’s and 60’s, Nigeria

controlled 40 per cent

market share in palm oil

industry, exporting its

palm oil to different parts

of the world. But because

we found crude oil, we

receded and abandoned

it.

“For some of you who

are very good in doing

calculations, go and check

today; the price of a barrel

of palm oil is more than

the price of a barrel of

crude oil. So, what

happened to our country?

“There are countries,

when they have the

opportunities in

agriculture and also have

opportunities in the crude

sector, they didn’t let their

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By Bose Adelaja,Yinka Latona,

Dickson Omobola, Tolulope Oke,

Chiamaka Uba & Erinfolami

Abdulkudus

How can FG's move to start ferrying containers by rail work? (3)

I

think it is a good

decision. One of the

major causes of traffic

gridlock in Lagos is the

trailers and tankers that

carry fuel and other

goods to distant places.

If we start making use of

the rails to transport

these goods, I think it

would be better and safer

for road users.

Mr. Anjorin Oluwaseyi

Student

The

Federal

Government’s

decision to use rail to

move containers and fuel

to the north is a welcome

development. It will

reduce congestion in

Lagos but the risk of

explosion is high. I hope

they will put in place

proper security

measures. Miss

Chiamaka Onyeme

Student

The

decision to

use rail to move fuel

and goods is a welcome

development as it would

also put the nation on the

path of economic progress.

Previous administrations

had tried to make it work

but couldn't. If this

administration can do it, it

will set the nation on the

path of economic growth

because recent analysis

showed that it takes an

average of 39 days to clear

cargo from Apapa port.

Mr. Olasunkanmi Cicero,

Analyst

Well, I wouldn’t say

it’s not a good idea,

it would relieve us and

Lagos of all these tankers

waiting on the roads

which has led to the

death of so many people.

It has advantages and

disadvantages which

will lead to loss of jobs

for some people. This

will be good for the

country in the long

run. Miss Awobode

Damilola

Makeup artist

The decision is okay

but the problem is

management.

This

railway

transportation is one of

the most expensive when

it comes to maintenance.

If Nigeria can handle the

challenges, it would be a

great decision and also a

great source of

employment for our

youths.

Mr. Chijioke Eze

Student

Traffic congestion is a

major challenge in

Lagos State. The cause

of this is the lack of

proper planning by

government. The

movement of containers

and fuel by rail to the

north will reduce traffic

on Lagos roads by 25 per

cent. I see it as a very

good initiative as it will

ease congestion at Apapa

port.

Mr. Caleb Jeremiah

Banker


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Murder of bureau

de change

operators:

SARS arrest

one more

suspect

By Evelyn Usman

ONE of the suspected

killers of two bureau de

change operators, whose

corpses were dumped

inside a septic tank in

Ikorodu area of Lagos, has

been arrested by operatives

of the Special Anti-Robbery

Squad, SARS attached to

Ipakodo, Ikorodu.

The suspect is identified as

Kenneth Ebuka, a 23 -yearold

electrician.

He was arrested Monday,

at Ilisan Remo, Ogun State,

where he had gone to take

cover following the arrest of

his partners in crime.

Recall that two months

ago, Alhaji Yakubu Musa

and Alhaji Hassan Umaru,

whose offices are located at

Benson area of Ikorodu, were

invited by the gang, on the

pretext that they needed to

sell 10,000 dollars.

However, when they got to

the designated point of

meeting, they were

kidnapped by the gang,

who thereafter killed them

after collecting N1.6 million

ransom.

Three suspects:

Oluwatosin Olanrewaju,

Mayowa Olawuni,

popularly called General

and Babatunde Idris a.k.a

Aloma, were earlier arrested

in connection with the

killing.

Their confession led to the

discovery of an abandoned

company in Odogunyan

area of Ikorodu, where the

corpses were dumped

inside a septic tank.

Two other corpses,

discovered to be those of rival

cultists were also discovered

in the septic tank. The

bodies, which were

decomposing, were

exhumed last week by

SARS operatives.

The latest arrested suspect,

Kenneth Ebuka, said he

witnessed the killing,

denying being part of the

plan from the onset.

He said: “I went to look for

my friend, Mayowa. His

wife said she had not seen

him and that he was not

picking her calls.

“Someone told me he was

at Odogunyan and by the

time I got to where he was, I

met Pencil (suspected fleeing

gang leader) who ordered

me to go inside the room. He

warned that whatever I saw

should be between everyone

there.

“I saw the two Alhajis on

the floor. At about 9.30pm,

two persons came with trucks

to move the operators who

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News

EFCC quizzes NASS Clerk for 6 hours, seizes his passport

By Henry Umoru

THE Economic and Financial

Crimes Commission, EFCC, on

Tuesday, interrogated the Clerk of the

National Assembly, Mohammed

Omolori, for six hours.

It was gathered that EFCC invited

Omolori on issues related to records

of finances of the Assembly as well

as the inauguration of the ninth

National Assembly.

According to a source, the

involvement of the EFCC may not be

unconnected with the forthcoming

inauguration.

It was also gathered Omolori, who

was not seen at the National

JALINGOA suspect, who

wrote a letter to the proprietress

of a nursery and primary, school in

Taraba State, demanding N20

million or risked being kidnapped,

has been arrested.

He was arrested alongside other

48 suspected kidnappers by

operatives of an offensive operation

code-named Operation Forest

Storm within one week.

The state's Commissioner of

Police, Alkasim Sanusi,

accompanied by heads of other

security agencies, yesterday,

paraded the suspects at the

headquarters of the state Police

Command in Jalingo.

He explained that the joint team

of the security agencies, during the

operation, engaged the suspects in

gun battles, with no casualty

recorded.

He, however, noted that some of

the suspects escaped with bullet

wounds and that they were being

trailed by security agents.

Sanusi further urged members of

the public to assist security agencies

in the state with information to

ensure that relative peace returns.

Among items recovered from the

suspects were motorcycles, riffles,

bows and arrows, ammunition and

charms.

Assembly, the whole of Tuesday,

was said to have been invited

to the headquarters of EFCC

where he was interrogated for

six hours beginning from 11am

to 5pm.

According to the Source, when

Omolori arrived the premises of

EFCC, he requested to see the

Acting Chairman, Ibrahim

Magu, but the EFCC boss was

not around and Omolori was

referred to another officer.

Apart from initial questions on

records of finances of the

National Assembly, it was

gathered that Omolori was

asked a specific question on the

method of election of the

presiding officers of the ninth

National Assembly, just as he

was said to have been asked

which of the rules he would use

for the election.

The high point of Omolori’s

encounter with EFCC was

the seizure of his

international passport.

Prior to Omolori’s invitation,

the former Clerk to the

National Assembly, Salisu

Maikasuwa, was equally

quizzed and a National

Assembly source said that

Maikasuwa was quizzed

shortly before Omolori got to

Police nab 49 kidnappers in

Operation Forest Storm in Taraba

By Femi Bolaji

By Henry Ojelu

A

24-year-old woman (name

withheld) yesterday told an Ikeja

Sexual Offences and Domestic

Violence Court how two drop-outs of

a private university in Ogun State

Don-Chima George, 25, and

Olusegun Rasak, 28 drugged and

gang-raped her at a hotel in Lekki,

Lagos.

The two accused are facing charges

bordering on alleged rape brought

against them by Lagos State

government before Justice Abiola

Soladoye.

The woman, who was led in

evidence by a Director of Public

Prosecutions, Dr. Jide Martins, told

the court that she was invited to

Kabaal Nightclub, Ikoyi, by her

friend, George.

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Woman recounts how school drop-outs gang-raped her

She said she was hesitant

initially about going with

George, the first defendant, but

later agreed based on the

insistence of the first defendant

and for the fact that it won’t be

the first time she would be going

out with him as a friend.

She said they were at the De-

Lankaster Hotel with another

friend of George, Segun Razak,

with whom they left for the club.

She told the court that they

were at the club till the early

hours of the next day when she

decided to go home and

informed George about her

decision.

While at the Kabaal Nightclub,

she said she drank a glass of

Hennessey and Coca-cola which

was given to her by her friend,

adding the drink was the only

one she had and that she

stayed back, watching a movie

on her phone when she

suddenly blacked out and did

not recollect anything.

Her words: “I felt drunk but

I knew I shouldn’t because I

did not drink enough to make

me drunk. I felt weak and I

could feel hands grabbing me

and I could also hear a voice

in the room, which I knew to

be George’s and I felt Segun

on top of me having sex with

me.

“Segun had dreadlocks and

I felt his dreadlocks on my

body. I remember trying to

push him off as he was

touching my breasts and I could

feel another pair of hands on

the EFCC office and the two met

there.

Besides Omolori who was

invited by the EFCC, it was also

gathered that clerks, desk officers

and other key officials of the

National Assembly including the

Clerk of the Senate, Clerk of the

House of Representatives as well

as their deputies would be invited

to the commission today.

Contacted, authorities at EFCC

confirmed Omolori’s

interrogation.

The source, however, would not

want his name mentioned because

he was not authorized to speak

on the matter.

The suspects

(above) and

weapons

recovered

from them

(left).

my thighs.”

The survivor said she passed

out and that when she became a

bit conscious again, she could

feel somebody inserting his

fingers into her private part.

The victim said she later found

herself being penetrated the

second time and believed it was

George doing it.

She said she woke up around

7a.m., the next day but was in a

confused state of mind.

However, because her vagina

was sore, she knew that she had

been raped.

The witness said she left the

hotel in tears and confusion and

was traumatised.

Justice Soladoye adjourned

the case until June 13 for

continuation of trial.


Vanguard, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 20197

Younger brother of UNN student

that committed suicide attempts

to jump off storey building

By Ikechukwu Odu

NSUKKAIT would have

been double tragedy for the

family of Paulinus Ugwuoke,

whose son, Chukwuemeka

Akachi Ugwuoke, a 400 Level

student of English and Literary

Studies, University of Nigeria,

Nsukka, UNN, committed suicide

on Monday, as one of his sons,

Chisom Ugwuoke, attempted to

jump down from a storey building

when the news of his brother’s

death reached him.

Chisom, a 100 Level student of

Mass Communication

Department, UNN, from Eha

Alumona in Nsukka Local

Government Area of Enugu State,

was saved by his classmates on

Monday night.

It was gathered that Chisom was

studying with his classmates in

preparation for their examination

at night when the tragic news of

his brother’s death reached him

through a phone call.

One of his classmates, Tochukwu

Wisdom, who narrated the

incident to Vanguard, said: “We

were reading in one of the

classrooms in the Mass

Communication Department

storey building when he received

the phone call informing him of

his brother’s death.

“He became restless and started

walking in and out of the

classroom. All of a sudden, he

screamed ‘no! I can’t bear this!’

He ran towards the rail of the

building in an attempt to jump off.

“We chased after him and held

him. He pleaded with us to let him

jump to death, but we did not

oblige his request.

“Instead, we dragged him to the

security department and the men

on duty took him to the UNN

medical centre where he is

recuperating. He is in a stable

condition now.”

When Vanguard visited the

medical centre, nurses on duty

confirmed that Chisom has been

revived and discharged Tuesday.

They said he has reunited with

his family.

Recall that Chisom’s elder

brother, Akachi, reportedly

committed suicide, Monday, after

drinking two bottles of a poisonous

substance.

Before his death, he left a poetic

suicide note on his Facebook

page.

I was in his shoes

His lecturer

Reacting to the development, a

lecturer in the department,

Onyemuche Ejesu, described the

incident as a rude shock, adding

that the deceased always talked

about death and suicide.

He said: “It was a rude shock to

us in English and Literary Studies

Department. I was so close to him

because he was departmental

News Editor of the Muse Journal.

Some notes he put on his Facebook

page was suicidal.

“He was always trying to find

meaning into life. He saw life as

painful. He was sociable with

everyone; that made it difficult for

most people to suspect that he was

nursing suicidal thoughts.

“When we realised that he was

having mental challenges, we

recommended a therapist for him

and he has been receiving

counselling and treatment.

“I spoke to him about seven days

ago and counselled him because

he was always talking about death

and suicide. I was in his shoes

because I also attempted suicide

before gaining admission to the

university.

“He promised me he would stay

for a while. However, the morning

he took the poison, he sent me a

text message which reads ‘Thank

you for everything’. I thought he

was thanking me for counselling

him, I didn’t know he had decided

to take his life.”

Poetic suicide

A stanza in one of late Akachi's

poems published in the Muse

Journal reads:

There is no music there

Only funerals

Stars wear bloodstained

garments to mourn fallen angels

like me

On nights like these

I shoot flying shadows, till my

pockets are filled with faces

Court remands 2 bizmen in prison

over substandard gas cylinders

AFederal High Court sitting in

Lagos has remanded two

businessmen, Emmanuel Nnan

and John Ejike, in prison custody

over alleged importation and sale

of substandard gas cylinders.

They are to remain in custody

pending the perfection of the N50

million bail granted them.

The defendants were arraigned

before Justice Saliu Saidu,

alongside their company, Star

Master Electrical Co. Ltd., by

of ghosts searching for coffins

to call theirs

I’m trapped in a river of

bloated corpses

But I don’t know how to bathe

the dead.

He said his family hated

himClassmate

Also speaking, one of his

classmates, who wanted to

remain anonymous, disclosed

that the late Akachi always told

them in class how his family

allegedly hated him, adding

that he separated from them

and was fending for himself

at school.

According to the classmate:

“He was surviving through

writing assignments for fellow

students for money.

“He told us that he would

not be writing this exam with

us, but we never took him

seriously. He even told some

people that he would die the

day he committed suicide. He

has not been quiet about this

suicide as most people who

toe this line always did.

“He was an atheist, which

made it difficult to counsel

him. Things of God turn him

off. He has been depressed.

He sees beyond the ordinary

and always talked about

death.

“One of his works that got

published is entitled Ten

Ways to Die.”

We pick victims from Ondo

night clubsRape suspects

By Dayo Johnson

AKURETWO suspected

rapists have confessed that

they picked their victims (names

withheld) from night clubs in Ondo

town, Ondo State.

Their victims are aged between

14 and 18 years.

The suspects, Tunde Akinwumi,

20, and Tunde Akinboyewa, 25,

who is also an ex-convict, were

paraded by the Police command.

Speaking with Vanguard, one of

the suspects, Tunde, said the girls

were not kidnapped as alleged by

the Police, adding “we usually visit

night clubs where we pick the girls,

take them home and have fun with

them.

“Many of them prefer to stay

for days because we usually

treat them well. Our target is

usually girls under 20 years.”

However, parading the

suspects alongside 15 other

criminals, the state Police

Commissioner, Udie Adie,

said that acting on a tip-off

Police detectives in Ondo

arrested two notorious

cultists/ rapists.

He said: “Policemen

arrested two of the suspects

Tunde and Akinboyewawho

is also an ex-convict.

“The victims were rescued

from further molestation.”

Standards Organisation of

Nigeria, SON, on a five-count

charge and had pleaded not

guilty to the charges.

The court then adjourned till

June 18.

The prosecutor, Mr. Adeleke

Olofindare, alleged that the

defendants had committed the

alleged offences of forgery,

importation and sale of

substandard gas cylinder which

contravened the SON Act.

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Mercy Chinwo, don't steal

chin-chin in your own kitchen

Bros, have you heard of GB? Not

Great Britain. General beating

Selective blindnes. Simple.


8 Vanguard, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019


Vanguard, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 20199

FEC approves $1bn EXIM

Bank loan for Gurara

Hydropower

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

ABUJATHE Federal

Executive Council,

FEC, yesterday, approved $1

billion loan from Chinese

EXIM Bank for the Gurara

II Hydropower project.

The council also approved

N5.7 billion for the revised

estimated cost for the

completion of Nkari dam in

Akwa Ibom State.

Minister of Water

Resources, Sulieman

Adamu, disclosed this while

briefing State House

correspondents at the end of

the weekly FEC meeting,

presided over by President

Muhammadu Buhari at the

Council Chamber,

Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The minister said: “The

Federal Executive Council

approved $1 billion Chinese

loan from Chinese EXIM

Bank for the Gurara II

Hydropower project, which

has the capacity to generate

360 megawatts electricity.

“Council also approved

N5.7 billion revised total

estimated cost for the

completion of Nkari dam in

Akwa Ibom State.

“Council also approved the

appointment of a consultants

for the resuscitate the Gari

Irrigation Project in Kano/

Jigawa states. Council had

in 2017 approved for the

resumption of the project,

which was earlier

HEALTH TIPS

By Sola Ogundipe

Tips to beat insomnia

INSOMNIA is the lack

of sleep or inability to

sleep. If you have

insomnia, there are many

steps you can take to

change behaviours and

lifestyle to help you get to

sleep.

One thing that you can do

is to wake up at the same

time each day, including

weekends. If you suffer

from insomnia you should

get up at the same time

every day to train your

body to wake at a

consistent time.

Avoid alcohol and

stimulants like nicotine

and caffeine. While

caffeine may not only

cause difficulty initiating

sleep, it may also cause

frequent awakenings.

Alcohol may have a

sedative effect for the first

few hours but can then

lead to frequent arousals

and a non-restful night’s

sleep.

Limit day time naps if

you want to establish and

maintain a regular sleep

abandoned for 17 years.

“The consultant is the

same appointed in 1998. The

contractors are already on

site

“Council also approved the

revised estimated total cost

of N10.4 billion for the

completion of Ile Ife Dam in

Osun State. The project was

started in 2004 and

abandoned. The completion

period is 24 months.”

Also briefing, the Minister

of Agriculture and Natural

Resources, Chief Audu

Ogbeh, disclosed that the

country has saved $21 billion

on imports in the last three

and half years.

The minister also

announced that FEC

approved N9. 47 billion for

the purchase of grains,

which would be stored in

Silos to ensure that there was

no shortage of grains in case

of any disaster.

He said: "We have a memo

approved in council for

purchase of grains to

reinforce the grains reserve.

Everywhere in the world,

silos are owned by

government into which they

purchase grains at the end

of harvest. The average is

usually between two and

three percent of all grains

grown.

“In this case we have got

approval to buy 61,000 tons

of maize, millet and

sorghum and the

purchasing will begin

shortly."

pattern. Napping can

affect the quality of

nighttime sleep.

Exercise regularly but at

least three hours before

you plan to retire for the

night. Limit activities in

bed. The bed is primarily

for sleeping.

If you suffer from

insomnia, do not attempt

office work while in bed

or even in the bedroom,

and avoid watching

television or listening to

the radio.

A late dinner or

snacking before going to

bed can activate the

digestive system and

keep you up. Avoid eating

and drinking right before

bed to minimise frequent

visits to the restroom that

disturb your sleep.

Make your sleeping

environment comfortable.

Your bed should feel

comfortable and your

pillows too. Try relaxation

therapies and stress

reduction methods to

relax your mind and body

before going to bed.

MOU: Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman (middle); A.P.

Moller Capital Official, Rotimi Tewe (left); Managing Consultant, AKMS Consulting Limited,

Amina Oyagbola (2nd left), Senior Investment Advisor, A.P. Moller, Flemming Dalgaard (2nd right),

and Executive Director, Marine & Operations, NPA, Dr. Sokonte Davies, during the signing of

Memorandum of Understanding between NPA and APMC on Apapa gridlock at NPA corporate

headquarters, Lagos, yesterday.

Court stops implementation of

Kano new emirates law

•Court didn't nullify appointment of new Emirs

Kano govt

By Abdulmumin

Murtala

KANO A Kano State

High court sitting in

Ungogo, yesterday, ordered

parties to maintain status

quo in the implementation

of Kano State Emirs

(Appointment and

Deposition) (Amendment)

Law 2019.

With the new law, Kano

State now has five emirates

of Kano, including Bichi,

Rano, Karaye and Gaya.

Kano emirate, which used

to control all the 44 local

governments in the state,

now has only 10 under its

jurisdiction.

Trial judge, Justice Nasiru

Saminu, ordered a return to

status quo, pending the

hearing of the suit by one

Rabiu Gwarzo against the

appointment of the new

emirs.

The defendants in the suit

are the office of the state

governor, speaker of the state

House of Assembly, Kano

State House of Assembly,

Clerk of the Assembly,

Commissioner for Justice as

well as the government

printer.

The court had on May 8,

granted an ex-parte order,

restraining the balkanisation

of Kano emirate and

installation of new emirs.

In apparent violation of the

order, Governor Abdullahi

Ganduje, issued

appointment letters and

presented staff of office to the

new emirs.

Court didn't nullify

appointment of new

Emirs Kano govt

Meanwhile, reacting to

yesterday’s order of the court

that the four emirs appointed

by the state government had

been sacked by the court, the

state Attorney-General, Mr

Ibrahim Mukhtar,

explained that the court only

said it had adjourned the

matter to June 21 and that

status quo ante should be

maintained, pending the

hearing of the substantive

suit.

“The court’s

pronouncement on the

matter is that it is adjourned

to June 21 and parties

should maintain status quo,”

he stated.

He said the nation’s

constitution does not allow

for any violation of court

order or contempt.

The attorney-general also

said the case of the Kano

State Government with

regard to the issuance of the

restraining order on the

creation of the new emirates,

was that the order came after

the actions being challenged

by the plaintiffs had already

been taken.

He said: “Appointment of

the emirs and the handing

of staff of office had all been

done before they were

served with the order.

“The claim that a Kano

State High Court had

nullified the appointments of

new emirs in Bichi, Gaya,

Rano and Karaye, does not

exist. There was no such

order. It's false and wrong for

anybody to say that.

“We told the court that all

they are claiming to stop has

been completed. That the

law has been passed, emirs

were appointed and staff of

office given to respective

emirs and they have

assumed their respective

offices in their various

emirates."

"Kano State government

has competed everything

before service of the court

order. We cannot rely on

social media for such

information.

“You have to be served as

a party and we have not been

served. The office of the

governor of Kano State was

served on Tuesday, my office

as attorney-general, was

served on Monday and we

told the court that we need

time to prepare our response

to their applications. The

matter was adjourned to

June 21 for hearing.

“How then can one decide

a matter before taking

evidence? Judgment can

only come after evidence,

after argument of various

counsel. We have not even

filed our responses and we

only received service of the

court order yesterday and we

need time in accordance with

the rules of the court.

“By the rules of the court,

motions are entitled to seven

days and substantive

applications are entitled to 21

days. The court applied the

law and adjourned the

matter to June 21.”

Senate Presidency not do-or-die affairLawan

By Soni Daniel

SENATE Presidency

aspirant, Ahmed

Lawan, said yesterday, he

would not run a rubberstamp

National Assembly,

noting the position was not

a do-or-die affair.

The Senate Leader said he

would agree and disagree

with the executive strictly on

the basis of national interest.

Lawan, who was in

company of head of his

campaign organisation,

Senator Yahaya Abdullahi,

said under his leadership,

NASS would pass the

budget and present to

Nigeria within three months

from the date it was

presented by the President.

Making the declaration in

an interaction with

journalists in Abuja, the

Senate Leader said his aim

of aspiring for the Senate

Presidency was to help the

executive deliver more

services and programmes for

Nigerians who gave them

their mandate in the last

general election.

Lawan said: “Our mission

as a team is to have a

National Assembly that

works for Nigerians because

we know that they want

government that delivers on

all aspects of national life and

provide an all inclusive

economy, improved security,

revenue and reduction

in corruption so that resources

are applied efficiently

for public good.

“We must be bipartisan and

a National Assembly whose

members are focused and

not discriminate against any

party but work in harmony

with other tiers for national

development.”

He promised to run a

legislature that would

support the executive arm of

government to make life

better for Nigerians by

solving the major problems

facing them.


10 VANGUARD, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019

Makinde warns

Oyo AG, Perm

Secs against

releasing funds

for projects

By Ola Ajayi

Ielect BADANGOVERNOR-

of Oyo State, Engr Seyi

Makinde

has

warned Permanent Secretaries

and the office of the Accountant

General to exercise restraint in

releasing funds for what he

described as hasty award of

contracts two weeks before the

expiration of the tenure of the All

Progressives Congress, APC, led

government.

He gave the warning in a

statement signed by his

Spokesperson, Mr. Dotun

Oyelade.

He said: “With less than two

weeks to the exit of the current

administration in Oyo State, the

Governor Elect, Engr. Seyi

Makinde has once again

complained of reckless issuance

of dubious contracts and other

less than noble activities by the

outgoing government.

“Accounting Officers of MDAs,

Permanent Secretaries and the

office of the Accountant General

that are being used as conduit

pipes to perfect the dubious acts,

will have to explain their roles in

the very near future.”

The Governor-elect said that

“with the frenzy of malfeasance

going on, all contracts awarded

since March11, 2019, and all

fresh appointments within the

same period will come under

special focus and according to the

statement, all options are on the

table as none of these actions are

cast in stone or binding on the

new administration.”

Oyo govt reacts

But in a swift reaction, the

governor’s Special Adviser,

Communication and Strategy,

Mr. Bolaji Tunji dismissed the

claim saying “there is nothing

like hasty award of contracts.”

He said: “As a government, we

are going to work till the end of

the tenure of this administration.”

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PARTNERING FOR CLEAN ENERGY: From left; Executive Director, Sahara Group, WaleAjibade,

Secretary General, Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Companies (OPEC), H.E. Mohammed

Barkindo and CEO, Brooge Petroleum and Gas Investment Co (BPGIC), Nicolaas Paardenkooper at

the ceremony that sealed the partnership between Sahara Energy and BPGIC towards the construction

of a refinery that will produce IMO 2020 compliant fuels in the United Arab Emirates.

Alleged money laundering: EFCC re-arraigns Justice Ajumogobia, Obla

LAGOSTHE Economic

and Financial Crimes

Commission, EFCC,

yesterday, re-arraigned a

Judge of the Federal High

Court, Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia,

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I did menial jobs to pay school fees

Oladotun, LASU best graduating student

By Elizabeth Uwandu

L

A G O S B E S T

graduating student at the

faculty of Engineering, Lagos

State University, in the 2017/18

academic year, Ola-Gbadamosi

Ridwan Oladotun, yesterday, told

a courageous story of how he had

to do menial jobs to educate

himself.

Oladotun, at the 23rd

convocation ceremony of LASU in

Ojo campus, held the audience

spell bound with his story of

breeding chickens before

attending classes just to gather

enough money for books and

school fees.

The 22-year old Mechanical

Engineering graduate, who

made a cumulative grade point

average, CGPA of 4.88 to emerge

overall best graduating student,

said in his valedictory speech that

he was determined to succeed

and therefore did not mind what

he had to go through.

Ekiti Assembly recalls suspended

ex-Speaker, four others

By Rotimi Ojomoyela

A DO-EKITI

FORMER Speaker

of the Ekiti House of

and Godwin Obla, SAN, over

alleged money laundering

charges.

EFCC charged Ofili-

Ajumogobia and Obla with 18

counts bordering on conspiracy,

Assembly, Mr. Kola Oluwawole and

four other lawmakers were, yesterday,

pardoned and reinstated at a plenary

presided over by the Speaker,

Adeniran Alagbada.

Others pardoned were former

Deputy Speaker, Mr. Segun

Adewumi; Mr. Abiola Jeje, (Ido/Osi

11), Mr. Adesina Animasaun,(Ekiti

West 11) and Mr. Dare Pelemo (Ekiti

East 11).

The affected lawmakers were

among those suspended last year

October over the controversial

passage of the N10 billion

Supplementary Budget of former

Governor Ayo Fayose.

Their reinstatement followed the

adoption of the report of the Appeal

Committee chaired by Gboyega

Aribisogan (Ikole 1).

Ridwan presenting his

valedictory speech.

Oladotun, who disclosed that he

lost his mother at age 12,

expressed happiness that his

achievement has wiped off all his

hardship in school.

His words: “Precisely, I

attended Federal Government

unlawful enrichment, retention of

crime proceeds and money

laundering.

The defendants are standing

trial before Justice Rilwan

Aikawa.

Both defendants pleaded not

guilty to all the charges.

News Agency of Nigeria, NAN,

reports that the defendants were

first charged before an Ikeja High

Court, which struck out the

charge for lack of jurisdiction.

Consequently, the prosecution

preferred same charges against

the defendants, before the

Federal High Court.

While Ofili-Ajumogobia took

her plea to the charge on April

18, the second defendant (Obla)

was absent from court.

Ajumogobia pleaded not guilty

to the charges, and was granted

a bail in the sum of N10 million

with two sureties in like sum.

In his decision, Justice Aikawa

also granted Obla a bail of N10

million with two sureties in like

sum, who must be landed

property owners in Lagos on

grade level 16 in the Federal

Civil Service.

College, Ijanikin in Lagos where

I finished as the best graduating

student in 2013. My flair for

Physics and Mathematics was at

its peak, driven by my

inquisitiveness to unravel what

was behind the functioning

mechanisms of structures and

systems. I found for myself, an

academic niche in my area of

strength and interest. Hence, I

decided to study Mechanical

Engineering. With God’s

guidance, this is how far my zeal

has brought me.

“Worth mentioning is that

tuition of LASU Engineering

students as at 2013 (N284,750)

was a big task, considering that

two of my younger siblings were

getting ready for tertiary

education and my dedicated

father had the onerous

responsibility to shoulder our

financial requirements.

Meanwhile, my late mother, Mrs.

Aishat Adejoke Ola-Gbadamosi

died while I was 12 years old.''

The court adjourned the case

until May 23 for trial.

The court had, consequently,

ordered Obla’s appearance in

court to answer to the charges.

On Wednesday, Obla showed

up in court and was re-arraigned

alongside Ajumogobia.

They each denied complicity in

the criminal charge marked FHC/

L/139C/19.

Messrs Robert Clarke, SAN,

and Ferdinard Orbih, SAN,

announced appearance for the

first and second defendants

respectively.

After their pleas, the Prosecutor,

Mr Rotimi Oyedepo, urged the

court to give a trial date, while

the defendants be remanded in

custody.

But defence counsel, (Orbih)

informed the court of a bail

application filed on behalf of Obla

since April 24, adding that same

had been served on prosecution.

In response, Oyedepo

described the bail application as

“strange” on the grounds that the

charge had not even been served

on the defendant before his bail

application was filed.

Poultry farming

“Eventually, my father was able

to pay the full tuition, while I had

to take charge of other associated

obligations. In order to assist him

financially, I decided to invest the

cash prize I received at my

secondary school Speech and

Prize Giving Day in the

production of 150 broilers which

I successfully raised from day old

chicks till maturity during the

2013 ASUU strike. I remember

using bandage to wrap their

broken talons and straws to

administer drugs on one of the

birds not because I cared about

its health but because I was

determined to succeed. The

return on the investment was used

to cater for my personal and

academic needs.”

While thanking those who

played significant role in his life,

he said: “My story is that of zeal,

passion, inquisitiveness and

sheer determination. It typifies

passion for success, a recipe in

every degree award recipient in

this hall that I have been chosen

to represent today.”

In his speech, Vice Chancellor

of LASU, Professor Olanrewaju

Fagboun said this year’s

ceremony was unique as 57

graduated in first class.

We’ve made

impact in the

last four years

AMBODE

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

& Monsuru Olowoopejo

L AGOSGOVERNOR

Akinwunmi Ambode of

Lagos State, yesterday, affirmed

that his administration has

impacted positively the lives of

Lagos residents in the last four

years through infrastructure

development across the state.

Ambode spoke at the

commissioning of Agric-Access

Road, Egan, Lagos Theatre,

Igando and Egan-Ayobo Link

Bridge, all located within Ikotun-

Igando Local Council

Development Area, LCDA, of the

state.

He also appealed to Lagosians

to accord same support and

cooperation his administration

has enjoyed to his successor,

Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

He said: “When our

administration came into office,

one of our cardinal promises was

a government of inclusion. We

were committed to a government

where nobody, community or

people will be left behind. As a

result, we were determined to

address the challenges of gross

infrastructural deficit, flooding

and erosion which the people

around this senatorial district

have lived with for some time

now.

“I am pleased and fulfilled to

see that our commitment to make

our state globally competitive and

radically change our

infrastructural profile to one that

befits a contemporary smart city

has been successful with the

massive construction of roads and

bridges we have undertaken in

the last four years.”


Vanguard, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019 11

Yahoo Boy Saga: Zlatan, three

others regain freedom, Naira remains

in detention amid controversy

Stories by Rotimi Agbana & Tolulope Abereoje

AFTER five days of intense grilling in EFCC

detention, rap music rave of the moment, Zlatan

Ibile, Rahman Jago and two others have secured

temporary release, while Naira Marley remains in

detention as a result of “incriminating evidences”

the anti-graft agency claim to have against him.

However, since their release, controversy has continued

to trail the circumstances surrounding their release.

While Davido’s personal assistant, Aloma, credited their

release to Davido’s intervention, Zlatan’s close ally,

Aremo Gucci faulted Aloma’s claim while crediting their

release to Olamide and Burna Boy’s benevolence.

“Kudos to Olamide and Burna Boy! These people

showed love when we needed people. Don’t let

anybody deceive you on Instagram that it was

someone that got a lawyer,” Aremo Gucci said.

However, explaining why Naira Marley wasn’t

released alongside Zlatan and the three other suspects,

EFCC spokesman, Tony Orilade said the four suspects

were only released on administrative bail.

“There is overwhelming evidence against Naira

Marley; so we can’t afford to release him on

administrative bail like Zlatan and the

three others. That Zlatan has been

released does not mean they have

been discharged and acquitted. Naira

Marley is still in our custody and will

be charged to court soon and we will

make the charges known in an official

statement soon”, he said.

Meanwhile, Davido has refused to

speak on the matter but simply

celebrated the rapper’s release by

saying, “Zanku is free! People

really love you. Now, it’s time to

go back to making history.”

Jubilation as COSON defeats First Bank,

NCC over unauthorized freezing of account

ON Tuesday, May 14, 2019, an

Ikeja High Court Judge,

Justice Y.R. Pinheiro struck out the

Interpleader Action brought by

First Bank (Nig.) Ltd against

COSON over freezing the bank

accounts of Copyright Society of

Nigeria (COSON) by First Bank.

By the decision of the court,

COSON has regained full access

to all its funds at First Bank.

COSON’s counsel, Mr. James

Ononiwu, had applied to the court

to strike out the Interpleader

Action of First Bank, saying that

the bank did not disclose any

cause of action in the suit and that

the court lacked jurisdiction to

entertain the suit.

In her judgment, the judge

agreed with Mr. Ononiwu that the

court lacked jurisdiction to

entertain the matter as no real

dispute between the officers of

COSON had been established

by First bank. She

discountenanced the counter

affidavit of the Nigerian

Copyright Commission

stating that her court had no

jurisdiction to entertain the

issues of copyright brought

by the NCC against

COSON.

Celebrating the

judgment, COSON

Chairman, Chief Tony

Okoroji said; “At COSON,

we are taking the

Nigerian nation through

an important civic lesson.

The fulcrum of that lesson

is that in a democracy, no

one, no matter how big, is above

the law, whether you are First

Bank, NCC or whatever else. I

know that before now many

people had made many

assumptions not backed by facts

or by the law. We are patiently

using the courts to define the truth.

The courts are answering the

questions. Those who know me

well know that I am a great

believer in the rule of law and the

legal system. COSON was built

on the foundation of the rule of

law. I firmly believe that the recent

legal developments will make the

powers of everyone clearer and our

industry more professional and

stable. I call on COSON members

wherever they are to

celebrate. The victory

is yours. I am

confident that the

decision places

us in a better

Tade Ogidan

position to

generate more

solid income for

•Zlatan

the practitioners and the nation for

many years to come. It takes a lot

of patience to do what we are

doing. I am humbled to be part of

this process”.

•Tony Okoroji

Burna Boy dumps social

media permanently

AFRO-fusion music singer, Burna Boy has announced

his permanent exit from all social media platforms.

The singer made the announcement via his Instagram

story where he revealed he would be permanently

handing over his social media accounts to his

management, which would now be strictly used to

announce show dates and the promotion of his new

music.

“I’m leaving all social media platforms

permanently. They are now all strictly for my show

dates and new music. My social media will now be

in the full control of my management. Love and

positivity to all. I love you all from the bottom of my

heart”, he said.

This development is coming a few weeks after

Davido also announced that he would be

going off social media for a month to

enable him focus on concluding his

forthcoming album.

Recall that popular Nigerian

songstress, Simi, also once announced

that she may have to delete her

twitter page so that she can fully

concentrate on her music.

However, following the ‘Killing

Dem’ crooner’s announcement,

there are speculations that just

•Burna Boy

like Simi and Davido who failed to

stay away from social media after

making the announcement, he

may also be unable to stay away

as planned.

Reasons for the social media

2Baba’s ‘Power of 1

Movement’ goes global

•Movie to debut in the United States

layoff was not given other than re-emphasizing love for his

fans.

TO further emphasize Tuface Idibia’s

social re-engineering campaign,

challenging Nigerian youths to embrace

the responsibility of fixing Nigeria one

challenge at a time, the intriguing

Buckwyld Media produced movie, ‘Power

of 1’, will on July 5 th , make its

international debut across six cities in the

United States of America, with

appearances by cast members and

ambassadors including 2Baba,

Alexx Ekubo among others.

Since its national cinema

debut in December 2018, the

Izu Ojukwu directed

masterpiece which stars

Ramsey Nouah, Alex Ekubo,

Annie Idibia, Bimbo Manuel,

Michelle Dede and a host of

others, will debut in Boston

on July 5, Atlanta on July 6,

•Tuface Idibia

Maryland on July 7, Houston

on July 12, Indiana on July

13, and in Dallas on July 14,

2019.

The true-to-life blockbuster chronicles the nerve cracking

sequence of events following a call to protest against bad

governance by a pop music superstar. The movement is

supported by the 2Baba Foundation, One Voice Nigeria,

Enough is Enough, and Vote Not Fight.

Tade Ogidan returns with ‘Gold Statue’

AFTER several years of break from the

movie-making craft, veteran

filmmaker, Tade Ogidan is set to shake

up Nollywood with a new masterpiece

movie, ‘Gold Statue’.

Written as far back as 1991, shot and

produced many years after, ‘Gold

Statue’ is finally set to be released in

cinemas nationwide on Friday, 17th

May. ‘Gold Statue’ is a comedydrama

that follows the adventure of

two young men, Wale (Gabriel

Afolayan) and Chike (Kunle

Remi) in search of a ‘Gold

Statue’ believed to have been a

deity inherited by their

generation.

In trying to locate where the

supposed ‘Gold Statue’ is

located, they go through series

of unimaginable ordeals while

they put themselves through

some ridiculous and painful

situations that left their parents

in shock. The movie which is a

collective effort of OGD Pictures

and Solutions Media, features

Richard Mofe Damijo, Sola

Sobowala, Gabriel Afolayan,

Kunle Remi, Ali Baba, Tina

Mba, Norbert Young, Bisola

Aiyeola, Woli Arole and many

more.


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Emefiele'll deliver, Agbor

community assures Buhari,

Nigerians

By Olayinka

Ajayi

THE Agbor Community

Union, ACU, the

umbrella body for all Agbor

indigenes home and abroad

has lauded President

Muhammadu Buhari on his

nomination of Godwin

Emefiele as Governor of the

Central Bank of Nigeria,

CBN, for a second term.

Responding to the

nomination in a statement in

Agbor, Delta State, the body

said the president by his

action showed the high level

of trust he had in Emefiele.

ACU in a statement by its

President-General, Larry

Onyeche, and Secretary-

General, Dr. O. Ugboh, said:

“We want to commend and

appreciate President Buhari

immensely for re-appointing

our very dear son and

brother, Emefiele, as the

governor, CBN, for a second

A fasting Muslim in public

places

NATURALLY, fasting

can change the mood

especially when the pangs

of hunger set in. Some

people can become easily

irritated and irritable. While

many find it very convenient

to control their hunger and

appetite and become very

stable in their behaviour,

some others may not. On an

empty stomach, they find it

extremely difficult to control

their attitude and what they

say.

It is important to keep our

moods good and maintain a

stable and friendly attitude

during the entire fasting

period. Our fasting is for

Allah and we hope for the

full reward from Allah. Yes,

the attitude of others

especially those who are not

Muslims may be somewhat

irritating on the roads, at

work places, at homes and

other public places. As a

fasting Muslim you don’t

have to be irritated, you have

got to show infectious

patience capable of putting

out a burning fire.

A lot of motorists utter some

dirty words to other road

users at the slightest unruly

behaviour. The fasting

Muslims have been advised

by the Prophet to reply

whatever provocation in

Ramadan as “I am fasting.”

This language beyond its

literary connotation, proves

that one in communication

with Allah and no worldly

distraction can break the

communication.

Besides, the Prophet

tenure of five years.

“This shows a lot of

confidence and trust you

repose in him, we can assure

you that our son shall never

disappoint you and we are

well pleased in him.

“All those that know him,

know that he has zero

tolerance for corruption and

tied to this, is his humility,

intelligence, focus, and

commitment to his duties.

Indeed, we are very proud

of him and confident that he

will deliver as he did during

the recession period and has

now stabilised the country's

economy.

“We have also noted with

appreciation the rousing

commendation that followed

the announcement from

stakeholders across the

world, which to us is

reflective of the stellar

performance the nominee

has carried out his duty of

managing the country's

monetary system."

(s.a.w) in many of his

hadiths, advised against bad

language and gilb talk. We

should guide and hold our

tongues against bad use of

words in Ramadan. Anyone

in regular communication

with Allah must not be

offensive. This is a period we

draw closer to Allah.

Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w)

said: “Whoever can

guarantee (the chastity of)

what is between his two jawbones

and what is between

his two legs (i.e. his tongue

and his private parts), I

guarantee Paradise for him.”

(Bukhari 6474)

At the end of a long hadith

recorded by Tirmidhi, the

Prophet (sa) concluded by

taking hold of his tongue and

saying: “Keep this in

control.” The narrator asked:

“O Messenger of Allah!

Shall we really be accounted

for what we talk about?” He

replied: “May your mother

lose you! People will be

thrown on their faces into the

Hell on account of their

tongues.” (Riyad al-Salihin

1522).

Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-

‘As reported: “When we were

around the Messenger of

Allah (sa), he mentioned the

period of commotion (fitnah)

saying: 'When you see the

people that their covenants

have been impaired, (the

fulfilling of) the guarantees

becomes rare, and they

become thus (interwining his

fingers). I then got up and

said: ‘What should I do at that

time, may Allah make me

ransom for you?’"

TOURISM POLICY: Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State (middle); his deputy, Mr.

Gboyega Alabi (2nd left); Supervisor for Home Affairs, Cultural and Tourism, Environment and

Sanitation, Dr. Obawale Adebisi (left); Chairman, Technical for Karile Oodua, Prof. Ogunfolakan

Adisa, and others, during a presentation of Tourism Policy by Ministry of Home Affairs, Culture

and Tourism, at the Governor's Office, Osogbo, yesterday.

We've uncovered plots by some elements

to attack, destroy oil facilities Police

•Warn of dire consequences for perpetrators

By Joseph

Erunke

ABUJATHE police,

yesterday, alerted of

plots by those it referred to

as “subversive elements” to

attack and destroy oil

facilities in the country,

warning them to steer clear

or face dire consequences.

The police, in a statement,

by the Force Public Relations

Officer, Mr Frank Mba, said

the elements were planning

to “commence massive and

coordinated attacks on oil

installations across the

country, especially in Niger

Delta and adjoining states.

He said the acting

Inspector-General of Police,

Mohammed Adamu,”has

subsequently ordered

commissioners of police

nationwide, and particularly

in designated states to

intensify their surveillance

missions around oil facilities

and other critical national

infrastructure. “

He said: “The Nigeria

Police has uncovered specific

plots by some subversive

elements masquerading as

climate and environmental

activists to commence

massive and coordinated

attacks on oil installations

across the country, especially

in Niger Delta and adjoining

states.

“These plots, which are

politically motivated, are

aimed at sabotaging oil

installations with intended

negative consequences on

national security, economic

development and global oil

market.

“Consequently, the

Inspector General of Police,

Mr Adamu, has ordered

commissioners of police

nationwide, and particularly

in designated states to

intensify their surveillance

missions around oil facilities

and other critical national

infrastructure.

“The commissioners of

police and other field

commanders have also been

directed to put in place

proactive measures aimed at

neutralising these

subversive threats and

bringing the plotters to book.

The IGP warned of dire

consequences for persons or

group of persons who may

want to resort, to the use of

violence or threat of violence,

in advancing their political

or economic goals."

Ugborodo ends 11-day protest, to

continue demand for justice

W

A

By Jimitota

Onoyume

R R I

UGBORODO

communities in Warri South

West Local Government

Area, Delta State, have

ended their 11-day protest

against Chevron Nigeria

Limited, demanding a better

deal from the oil company.

Hundreds of youths, men

and women from the area

had in the past 11 days kept

vigil by the fence of Chevron

Tank Farm in Ugborodo,

chanting solidarity songs

and calling on the oil

company to redress

challenges of

underdevelopment in the

area.

A statement, yesterday, by

Alex Eyengho, an executive

member of Ugborodo

Community Management

Committee, said the protest

ended Wednesday

(yesterday), adding that a

tripartite meeting took place

with the state government,

Chevron and Ugborodo

community at the

Government Annex in

Warri, Delta State.

He said: “Suffice it at this

point to inform the general

public that we shall end the

11 days old peaceful protest

today (yesterday) even as

we continue discussions

with Chevron and

government at both state and

federal levels. Let it,

however, be known that we

shall not rest until every

aspect of our demands are

met.”

Ogwashi-Ukwu community

congratulates Meju

O gwashi-Ukwu

community in Aniocha

South Local Government

Area of Delta State has

felicitated with one of its own,

Dr. Maxwell Meju, for

bagging the Reginald

Fessendent Award, one of the

highest global awards given

to Exploration Geophysicists.

Meju is a researcher at

PETRONAS Centre for

Advanced Imaging in

Malaysia.

In a congratulatory letter on

A-Ibom PDP lawyer faults

Akpabio’s claim on defection

to APC

By Chioma

Onuegbu, Harris

Emmanuel

UYO THE Legal

Adviser to Akwa Ibom

State chapter of Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

Godwin Umoh, has

described as unknown to

law and constitution of the

Federal Republic of

Nigeria, the claim by

Senator Godswill Akpabio

that he moved to All

Progressives Congress,

APC.

Umoh was reacting to

claim by Akpabio in the suit

at a Federal High Court,

Abuja seeking his removal

and other 53 members

of the National Assembly

that, he (Akpabio)

only moved and did not

defect to APC and that he

was at the verge of being

expelled from the PDP to

truncate his re-election

bid.

Umoh said: “Movement

is unknown to law,

unknown to the

constitution of Nigeria, and

unknown to the party

constitution. What we know

is defection and that is

exactly what he did. In

doing so, he wrote a letter

to the party that he was not

willing to stay in PDP and

behalf of the Obi-in-Council

and Ogwashi-Ukwu

community, Prof. Chukwuka

Okonjo, the Obi of Ogwashi-

Ukwu said Meju had

brought honour to Ogwashi-

Ukwu and Nigeria for the

international award in

“recognition of your technical

contribution and

development of the current

cross-gradient joint inversion

method, an invention that is

widely used in the academia

and various industries.”

Meju was the best

graduating student in

University of Benin in 1981.

He was the first to be

awarded a First Class in

Geology in the university. He

was a Federal Government

Postgraduate Scholar to

Imperial College, University

of London where he obtained

a Masters degree in

Geophysics in 1984.

He moved to University of

Edinburgh, Scotland for his

Ph.D in Geophysics,

specialising in

Geoelectromagnetism. In his

career trajectory, Meju has

lectured in several

universities in the UK and

other research centres before

berthing at PETRONAS

Centre for Advance Imaging

where he leads all the multiphysics

innovation and

practice.


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Sahara, Brooge to build 250,000 bpd

refinery in Fujairah

SAHARA ENERGY Resources

DMCC Dubai and Brooge

Petroleum and Gas Investment

Co (BPGIC) have signed a

partnership agreement to set up

an oil refinery capable of

producing bunker fuel with a

capacity of up to 250,000 barrel

per day (bpd) in the Emirate of

Fujairah.

Sahara Energy and BPGIC said

the facility will be one of the first

of its kind in the Middle East and

North Africa to comply with the

new regulations of the

International Maritime

Organisation (IMO) 2020 by

capping sulfur content in

shipping fuels. The first phase of

the planned refinery is expected

to be completed by Q1 2020.

Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo,

Secretary General of OPEC,

attended the signing ceremony

in Abu Dhabi and said the deal

“evolved through the drive of the

UAE’s leadership in promoting

and supporting such private

initiatives and expediting the

diversification of their

economies.” He underlined the

“unique role of the private sector

Foundation to host

2019 Children's day

HIS GLORY chapel

International church will

host the 27th edition of the annual

children’s day celebration on

may 27,2019.

The event will be hosted by the help

foundation, a ministry inaugurated on

May 27,1992 at the church premises,

154 Governor’s Road , Ikotun, Lagos,

where this year’s event will also hold.

The foundation was created to cater

for children especially the less privileged,

and build them up for a fulfilled destiny

and successful career in life.

Parents and well wishers are expected

at the occasion to share in the joy of the

mission founded by Rev. Chy

Chukwuegu who has committed huge

resources towards the project from

inception.

as a critical engine for economic

5 Asian and European Markets.

“Sahara Energy DMCC is delighted

to be part of this landmark leap into the

future of clean energy. We are constantly

seeking opportunities to expand our

operations and develop the sector in line

with global best practices. Bringing

energy to life is the passion that drives

us at Sahara and we are committed to

ensuring that our energy is accessible,

clean and ultimately reliable for

promoting sustainable development

globally,” he said.

Nicolaas Paardenkooper, BPGIC CEO

highlighted the listing process of BPGIC

on Nasdaq Stock Exchange which

started in April as a resounding success

conducive for building up investor

confidence in the company and its

expansion plans.

Wale Ajibade said Sahara Group

continues to operate as foremost

promoter of clean energy initiatives,

working in collaboration with prominent

global stakeholders. In addition to other

interventions, Sahara Group recently

signed a Memorandum of

Understanding with the United Nations

Development Programme (UNDP) to

promote reliable access to affordable and

sustainable energy in Africa.

Rotary district 9125 Promotes

joint fellowship

ABUJAJOINT fellowships

recently initiated by two clubs

in Rotary District 9125 has

continued to expand with more

clubs keying into the

arrangement.

The idea was mooted three

months ago by the Presidents of

Rotary Club of Abuja, Karu

Housing Estate Mr. Dominic

Ifidon and his Abuja Kubwa

Gateway counterpartMs Nina

Samuel.

The Gateway Club hosted Karu

Abuja Housing Estate and during

the turn of Karuin March 2019,

three clubs, Kubwa Gateway,

Bwari and Ida Central in far

awayKogi State were in

attendance.

In April, four clubs went to

fellowship with Ida Central in

Kogi State as host.

This month, precisely, Saturday

18, 2019, six clubs, namely Rotary

Club Abuja City, Rotary Club

Abuja Kubwa main, Rotary Club

Abuja Ida Central, Rotary Club

Abuja Karu Housing Estate,

Rotary Club Abuja Kubwa

Gateway and Rotary Club Abuja

Bwari as the host Club will meet.

The President of Karu Housing

Estate Mr. Ifidon said the

initiative was helping to promote

closer ties among clubs in the

District.

He noted that in the previous

meetings, the affected Clubs had

engaged in joint projects within

the host communities.

According to him the six clubs

involved in the next Saturday

fellowship have lined up activities

that will be kick started with

#End Polio Walk# and sanitation

exercise beginning from 10 a.m.

Court orders ICPC to unfreeze firm’s

accounts, release seized properties

ABUJAJUSTICE Binta Nyako of

a Federal High Court sitting in

Abuja has ordered the Independent

Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC to

obey the order directing it to unfreeze

bank accounts belonging to a firm, Blaid

Construction Limited and its director,

Ochuko Momoh, pending the hearing

and determination of the suit against it

(ICPC).

ICPC was said to have directed some

banks to freeze accounts owned by Blaid

and Mrs. Momoh, and also seized their

properties, claiming to be investigating

the plaintiffs businesses, an action Blaid

and Mrs. Momoh challenged in court.

At the proceeding before Justice

Nyako, the court frowned at the ICPC’s

conduct, after being informed by

plaintiff’s lawyer, Ade Adedeji, SAN, that

the defendant (ICPC) failed to comply

with the order made by the court on

March 5, 2019, directing it to reverse all

its actions in respect of the plaintiffs’

assets and accounts.

The lawyer disclosed that instead of

the ICPC to comply with the court’s

order, it filed a notice of appeal, with the

intention to tie the court’s hands and

stall the hearing of his client’s case.

“What they did, that is regrettable, is

that, after we filed this suit and they were

served, they started taking steps to

undermine the integrity of this court,”

Adedeji said.

He argued that the mere filing of a

notice of appeal by a party, did not

amount to a stay of proceedings but an

avenue to hide to disobey the order of

court.

Responding, ICPC’s lawyer, E.C. Otti

denied Adedeji’s allegations, insisting

that his client was constrained in obeying

the court’s order to release the money in

the banks.

FORUM:From left General Manager, AIS, Nigeria Air Space Management Authority

(NAMA), Alhaji Yahaya Gusau; Assistant General Manager, Operations, SAHCOL, Olu

Okeowo; Guest Speaker and Director of Operation, NAMA, Matthew Lawrence Pwajok and

President, Aeronautical Information Management Association of Nigeria (AIMAN), William

George Ngerem at the 2019 World Aeronautical Information Service Day held at Welcome

Event Centre, International Airport Road, Lagos yesterday. Photo: Lamidi Bamidele

Borno now safer than Abuja,

Sokoto, Kaduna, other states

Shettima

By Ndahi Marama

M GOVERNOR AIDUGURI

Kashim

Shettima of Borno State,

yesterday said the state that

had been under attacks by

Boko Haram terrorists in the

last 10 years, was now safer

for business compared to

states like Sokoto, Zamfara,

Katsina including Abuja the

Federal Capital Territory, FCT,

where issues of kidnapping

and other related crimes

remain unabated.

Shettima who spoke when

Chairman House Committee

on Army, Rima Shawulu led

other members of the House

New strategies needed in

tackling terrorism IGP

By Joseph Erunke

A BUJAACTING

Inspector General of

Police, IGP, Mohammed

Adamu, yesterday said

development of new strategies

in tackling terrorism in the

West African sub region has

become imperative.

Adamu who spoke at a 3-

day meeting of West African

Police Chiefs Committee,

WAPCCO, also said there was

urgent need for security and

intelligence organisations of

member states to create

synergies among themselves.

The IGP noted that terrorism,

drug trafficking and other

crimes threatening regional

peace and security, would only

be successfully handled

through the evolution of fresh

ideas and strategies,

According to him, “This is a

larger forum where the chiefs

of other security services in the

of Representatives on a

courtesy call at the

Government House,

Maiduguri, said although

there were pockets of attacks

masterminded by degraded

insurgents in some parts of the

state, it was lamentable that

the insurgents were given

much more publicity , than

Nigerian security forces.

According to him: “The

military and other security

agencies are doing their best

in Borno State, the only

problem now is the inadequate

publicity accorded to our

military operations. For

example, when Boko Haram

attacks and kill even one

region will brainstorm and work

with synergy with the police

services within the region to fight

common crime and insecurity

bedeviling the region. The crimes

such as terrorism, banditry,

kidnapping, human trafficking

are all common crimes that are

affecting the sub region.

“We know that our member

countries have developed

different strategies in dealing

with various forms of crimes,

however, we hope that this

meeting will enable us to restrategise

and find common

grounds where we will operate

to prevent the criminals from

moving from one country to the

other to perpetrate their crime.

“So, the objective of this meeting

is building synergy, how

intelligence can be shared, how

joint operation can be undertaken

and all those things that are

required to keep the public

space safe to create the enabling

environment for investment to

thrive.”

person, it will be celebrated on

the front page of our

newspapers, but when military

kill dozens of insurgents and

capture several others alive,

such success against the

insurgents will be published

in a tight corner of our

newspapers.

“Our Military are now

overwhelmed with the

increasing security challenges

in some parts of the country,

there are deployment of

soldiers in Zamfara, Sokoto,

Katsina, and many volatile

states of the federation despite

paucity of funds and

inadequate personnel.

“Presently, Borno is safer

than Abuja, Zamfara, Katsina,

Sokoto and other volatile

states of the federation. This

is because in Borno, we don’t

have cases of kidnapping,

banditry as obtained in other

states mentioned earlier. I

want to appeal to this

Committee to serve as a soul,

driver and consciousness of

our great nation, for peace to

reign. We in Borno do not have

issue of kidnapping or

banditry, and I believe very

soon we will overcome our

security challenges.”

He appreciated the

committee for coming to Borno

to sympathize and get a first

hand information on the

ongoing military operations in

the state.

Earlier, Shawulu said among

others, “We are in Borno to

sympathize with government

and people of the state over

the Boko Haram crisis. We went

to Military cemetery and paid

our last respect to the fallen

heroes. We were also at different

hospitals and sympathized with

victims, but all I can appeal to

you the Governor is not to drop

your fighting stick against the

insurgents. In the next two

weeks, you will leave your office

to Abuja and join us at the

National Assembly, and I want

you to carry that your stick even

as a senator fight insurgents, as

you have been doing before.”


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OHANAEZE NDIGBO CELEBRATES SENATOR JIM NWOBODO @ 79

Second Republic governor of old Anambra State, Senator Jim Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo turned 79 years

on May 9, 2019. Ohanaeze Ndigbo in honour to the Igbo leader celebrated him, last Sunday, with a mass

at Holy Ghost Cathedral, Ogui-Enugu and reception at the Base Event Centre.

From left; Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State; Celebrant, Senator Jim

Nwobodo and wife, Pat; Chief Nnia Nwodo, President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo

and Chief Alex Ogbonnia cutting the birthday cake.

Auxiliary Bishop of Enugu Catholic Diocese, Most Rev Ernest Obodo

flanked by Nwobodo and wife at Holy Ghost Cathedral, Enugu.

From left; Former Governor of Enugu State, Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo, Mrs

Pat Nwobodo and Jim Nwobodo.

From left; Chairman of Enugu State Traditional Rulers, HRH Igwe Lawrence

Agubuzu; Former Minister for Aviation, Osita Chidoka; former Minister

for Power, Prof Bath Nnaji; Dr Ifeanyi Okoye and Chief Alex Ogbonnia.

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (right); Ex-Enugu State

governor, Chimaroke Nnamani and President General

of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo.

Nwobodo and wife with HRH Igwe Lawrence

Agubuzu (centre) and members of Ohanaeze Ndigbo

at Holy Ghost Cathedral, Enugu.

Senator Nwobodo and wife, Pat, at the

reception.

Nwobodo recieving birthday a gift from well-wishers.

Senator Victor Umeh (right) with Mrs

Nwobodo and husband, Jim.

Senator Ayogu Eze (left) with Nwobodo and

wife, Pat, after the mass.


Vanguard, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 201915

21 Imo Assembly members

‘elect’ new Speaker

By Chinonso

Alozie

O WERRITWENTY-

ONE out of the 27

lawmakers of Imo State

House of Assembly,

yesterday, unanimously

presented Mr. Chinedu

Offor, representing

Onuimo state constituency,

to oversee the affairs of the

House pending the

outcome of their

investigation of the

Speaker, Acho

Ihim's involvement in the

recall of the suspended 27

local government chairmen

of the state.

The aggrieved members

also suspended the

Majority Leader, Lugard

Osuji (Owerri municipal)

By Vincent

Ujumadu

A WKATHE

controversy trailing

the emergence of two

traditional rulers in

Governor Willie Obiano’s

Aguleri Kingdom has

taken a new twist, with

Aguleri Council of Elders

ordering four members of

the royal family to pay a fine

of N1.5 million to appease

the gods for sacrilege.

Among those fined is

Prince Gabriel Chuka

Idigo, who was crowned

Igwe Aguleri after another

member of the royal family,

Dr. Michael Idigo, had

been crowned and

presented a certificate of

recognition by Anambra

State government.

Chief Michael Idigo was

crowned the new

traditional ruler of Aguleri,

following the death Eze

Christopher Idigo early this

and replaced him with

Chukwuemeka Lloyd

(Owerri North)

Vanguard gathered that

trouble started when the

Speaker, Ihim, read an

apology letter from the said

suspended chairmen and

could not allow for

objections raised by his

colleagues, but was said to

have promptly adjourned

the sitting and walked out.

This led to commotion in

the House, followed by the

“emergence” of a new

leadership to be headed by

Offor.

Impeachment notice

Meanwhile, the new

‘Speaker’ has said an

impeachment notice has

been served on Ihim.

By Chinonso

Alozie

OWERRITHE Acting

Chief Justice of

Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko

Mohammed, yesterday,

pleaded with judges not to

allow themselves be

influenced with money to

write bad judgements.

Mohammed spoke in

Owerri, while

commissioning the Justice

Oputa High Court

Complex in the state built

by the outgoing

According to Offor, “we

are not happy that the

Speaker will take a

decision single-handedly

and recall the suspended

local government

chairman with disregard

to parliamentary

procedures.

“We considered this as

an insult and we must get

to the root of the matter.

His action was different

from what we agreed on

at the executive session,”

adding that they would

investigate Ihim's action.

They 're my boysIhim

When Vanguard sought

the view of the Speaker,

Ihim, on his planned

impeachment by his

colleagues, he described

government of Rochas

Okorocha.

The CJN, who was

represented by a judge of

the Supreme Court, Justice

Amina Augie, described

Justice Oputa as an

outstanding judge whose

legacies have remained a

source of inspiration to

it as a nullity, adding that

such action was expected

at the expiration of every

tenure.

He went further to say

that he could not be

impeached without a

mace and outside the floor

of the House.

Ihim also came up with

his own defence, saying

“how can such a thing

happen? Is it on the floor

of the House or the

corridor of the House?

“They say they have

impeached me without a

mace. Is that the way

impeachment is done? It

is a nullity.

“They are all my boys.

It is normal to see this

kind of turbulence at the

end of every tenure.”

VISIT: From leftGroup Executive Director, BUA Group, Kabiru Rabiu; Head of Investment Banking,

Risana Zitha; Global Chairman, Board of Directors, Christophe Charlier, both of Renaissance Capital;

Executive Chairman/CEO, BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu; CEO, Rencap Nigeria, Temi Popoola, and

Group Chief Operating Officer, Cement, BUA Group, Finn Arnoldsen, when the Renaissance Capital

global management paid a visit to the BUA headquarters in Lagos on the sidelines of the Rencap Pan

Africa 1:1 Investor Conference.

Royal stool tussle: 4 members of Obiano’s community

fined N1.5m, day-old chick, cow to appease gods

year after a 24-year reign.

Others fined are Prince

Fidelis Idigo, Prince Mike

Idigo and Prince Ike Idigo,

as well as those the council

of elders described as their

principals and

supporters.

The elders also ordered

that whoever placed the

crown on Prince Gabriel

Idigo’s head should also

pay a fine of N500,000.”

In addition to the fines,

the four persons were also

directed to bring one native

cow, one white day-old

chick, three big kola nuts

depicting the three

traditional quarters of

young professionals,

adding that judges should

emulate him so that

prosterity would be proud

of them.

She said: “The complex

is so comfortable that it will

Aguleri and 40 big tubers

of yam “for the ablation of

their sacrilegious acts.”

They were also ordered

to write an apology to

Governor Willie Obiano

and copy the elders for

“attempting to ridicule the

governor without any

justifiable reason.”

enable judges to relax and

do their jobs well and give

justice without fear, favour

or ill-will.

“At the same time, when

you walk in and see the

name of the complex,

Honourable Justice Oputa

Complex, he is one of the

greatest jurists this country

ever had.

“Till today, if I am writing

any judgment, I still rely on

him because he was a great

jurist. He was able to

capture the law, he was able

to explain it and was able

Nwobodo twins eulogise

dad on 79th birthday

By Dennis Agbo

HE twenty–three

Tyear old twin

children of elder

statesman, Senator Jim

Nwobodo, Jim jnr and

Pat jnr, have described

their father as the reason

they carry the Nwobodo

name as a badge.

They also said their

father was one who

fulfilled his duties to

teach, guide and protect

them, adding that the

world would be a better

place if everyone had a

father like theirs.

The twins, in their

separate 79th birthday

messages to Senator

Nwobodo, noted that

they were sitting on a

shadow of a tree planted

by their father many

years ago, which they

admitted has made

things easy for them in

the past 23 years.

Jim jnr said: “Your

character and loving

spirit truly portray all the

traits of an upright man.

I hope to be like you

someday. You always

lead by example; a trait I

By John Ndu

THE

National

Executive

Committee, NEC, of All

Progressive Grand

Alliance, APGA, has

dissolved its Board of

Trustees, BoT.

The dissolution was

unanimously adopted by

the members of NEC

during its meeting at the

Governor’s Lodge,

Amawbia, on May 14.

The meeting involved

all members of the

National Working

Committee, state

chairmen and secretaries

across the nation,

Federal Capital Territory,

FCT; National Woman

applaud you for.

“You are my hero and

inspiration, you are the

reason that in tough

situations I stand upright.

“You are the reason why

I carry the Nwobodo name

as a badge. You are the

reason I am proud of my

home, Amaechi. Most

importantly, you are the

reason I believe in God,

our mighty father. On this

wonderful day, I pray that

the Most High God grants

you long life and

prosperity.”

On her part, Pat jnr said:

“Daddy, I thank you for

teaching me all that I know

today, whether it was from

the countless Bible lessons

that we read together or

from just sitting down

talking about life, politics

and many other things.

“Thank you for always

making sure that I get the

best! And very soon, I’ll be

doing the same for you.

You have taught us so

many times to put God first

in everything we do.

“He has been with you

through both the good

and the hard times and

will continue to do so.”

APGA dissolves

board of trustees

CJN visits Imo, begs judges to write good judgments

to put it into clear words.

“Justice Oputa was an

example of what a judge

should be. He never knew

that one day a complex like

this will be named after

him. This is a message to

all living judges that we

must all have posterity in

mind.

“Therefore, you should

remember that one day one

of your grandchildren

will be reading whatever

rubbish or something

sublime you would have

written.”

Leader, elected party

members in Anambra,

Abia and Taraba states.

The BoT members had

served the party for four

years.

National Secretary of the

party and former Minister

of Information, Mr.

Labaran Maku, while

reading the communiqué,

said new members would

be nominated before the

forthcoming national

convention, scheduled for

May 31.

Maku noted that ward

congresses would hold

May 19; local government

congresses, May 21, while

states and zonal

congresses would hold

May 23.

He announced that the

party would retain its

earlier zoning formula for

the distribution of national

offices, while members

who took the party to court

without exhausting

internal mechanisms were

expelled.

It was observed that the

NEC met last on

December 21, 2016.

Earlier in his remark,

Governor Willie Obiano,

who spoke in his capacity

as BoT chairman before

the dissolution, noted that

the party had remained

the third largest party in

the country.


16Vanguard, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019

WORKSHOP:From leftMomodou Lamin Bah, Accountant General, Republic of Gambia; Sylva

Okolieaboh, Director, Treasury Single Account (TSA); Abayomi Oniku, Divisional Head, Public Service

Sector, SystemSpecs Limited; Professor Oludare Osibote, Legal and Financial Consultant, Dammy

Stephen Chambers and Ada Gaye, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs,

Republic of Gambia at the ongoing TSA workshop organised by the FG to enable the understudying of

the policy by the Republic of Gambia.

Delta dep speaker makes case for united

Nigeria

By Festus Ahon

ASpeaker SABADEPUTY

of Delta State

House of Assembly, Mr

Friday Osanebi has

stressed the need for a

better and more united

Nigeria.

Osanebi stated this in

Enugu when he paid a visit

to the Chairman and Chief

Executive Officer, Arthur

Eze Conglomerate, Chief

Arthur Eze at his

residence in Enugu State.

He stressed that there

was the need for all

Nigerians, especially the

elites to be committed to the

progress of the country

irrespective of ethnicity,

religion or political

affiliations.

The Lawmaker stated that

he was in the residence of

the business mogul as a

mark of respect and honor

for his contributions to the

development and growth

of the society.

Osanebi said Chief

Arthur Eze’s wealth of

experience in the business

world was a great asset to

many, maintaining that

upcoming generations

would benefit immensely

from his advice and

encouragement.

•Visits Arthur Eze in Enugu

The Deputy Speaker

stated that the humility of

Chief Eze was worthy of

emulation, stressing that

despite his influence and

connections, he humbles

himself even before all

strata of the society.

In his remarks, Chief

Delta commissioner unveils Rotary monument in

Asaba

By Elizabeth

Uwandu

ASABAAS part of

their operational

principles of impacting on

society, Rotary Club Asaba

Metropolitan has

constructed and unveiled a

Rotary Monument by the

Maryam Babangida Way

along the Asaba Benin

Expressway.

The event which took

place yesterday enjoyed the

presence of the State

Commissioner for

Information, Ogbueshi

Patrick Ukah, his works

counterpart, Chief James

Augoye and the Rotary

District Governor, Rtn.

Adeyemi Oladokun.

Unveiling the project, the

State Commissioner for

Information, Ogbueshi

Patrick Ukah commended

the Rotary club for their

commitment to the

betterment of the society.

According to him, a

project of such calibre is in

consonance with

beautification efforts which

are part of the urban

renewal drive of the state

government.

In the same vein, Ukah

encouraged private sector

driven organisations to

learn to complement

Arthur Eze commended

Osanebi for his exemplary

life style, disclosing that he

had always read about him

and his efforts towards the

financial independence

and true emancipation of

his people.

Eze also commended the

government development strides

through their corporate social

responsibility as government

alone cannot do it all.

''We have always and will

continue to encourage the

private sector to key into society

driven projects. We are very glad

as a government seeing this

project. On behalf of the State

governor and the good people of

Delta State I congratulate you.

We appreciate the effort.'' Ukah

stated.

Earlier, The District Governor,

Rtn. Adeyemi Oladokun as well

as the Club President, Rtn. Lolo

Nneka Enwelu who took their

turns, said the project was part of

their drive to complement

government's efforts of

beautifying Delta State.

Deputy Speaker for his synergies

for more impactful leadership in

Delta State and urged him to

remain a good ambassador of the

younger generation.

The Septuagenarian and

Anambra-born billionaire charged

the Deputy Speaker to be more

people oriented, noting that he

had heard much about him and

his philanthropic gestures.

Inauguration c’ttee doubts commitment of

Imo out-going govt

By Chidi

Nkwopara

O WERRITHE

Inauguration

Planning Committee set up

by the Governor-elect,

Emeka Ihedioha, has

expressed doubts that “the

body language of the state

government no longer

imbues confidence that it is

genuinely committed to the

overall success of the

exercise”.

The Committee’s feeling

was made public via a press

statement signed by the

Secretary, Media and

Publicity Sub-Committee,

Emeka Omeihe, and made

available to newsmen in

Owerri.

“Barely a few days to the

commencement of some of

the activities preceding the

actual swearing-in and

handover ceremonies, we

regret to say that the body

language of the state

government no longer

imbues confidence that it is

genuinely committed to the

overall success of that

exercise”, Omeihe said.

The Committee Secretary

also raised alarm that it was

increasingly getting clearer

that unless they proceed on

terms dictated by the

government team, the state

administration will be

reluctant to discharge its

constitutional

responsibilities regarding

the swearing-in and

handover ceremonies, even

as he opined that “we find

this tardiness although

characteristic on their part,

very discomforting”.

While saying that the

Committee was constrained

to bring the unpleasant

development to the public

domain in the hope that the

state government would do

the needful, Omeihe also

appealed to Governor

Rochas Okorocha to “show

good faith for once, by

redeeming his pledge to

the good people of Imo

State.

Okowa appoints

Monday

Uwagwu Pointer

GM, Malcom

Oteri acting GM

DRTV

ASABADELTA State

Governor, Dr Ifeanyi

Okowa has appointed Mr

Monday Uwagwu as the

General Manager of the

Delta Printing and

Publishing Company,

publishers of the Pointer

Newspapers and Mr

Malcolm Oteri as Acting

General Manager, Delta

Broadcasting Service,

Warri.

The State Director of

Information, Mr Paul

Osahor, said; “Dr Ifeanyi

Okowa has approved the

appointment of Monday

Osiebuni Uwagwu as the

substantive General

Manager of Delta State

owned printing and

Publishing Company

Limited, publishers of the

Pointer titles.

“The appointment takes effect

from Monday 3rd June, 2019.

Until his appointment Mr

Uwagwu was the Editor-In-Chief

of the Newspaper”. Mr Monday

Uwagwu joined the service in

1988.

Also, the State Director of

Information, Mr Paul Osahor

said; “Mr Malcolm Oteri has been

appointed as the Acting General

Manager of Delta Broadcasting

Service Warri.

Uganda agrees to pay oil firms more to

use planned pipeline

UGANDA yesterday said it had agreed to pay a

higher tariff to use a pipeline planned to run through

neighbouring Tanzania, boosting the prospects of a project

vital for Uganda’s nascent petroleum industry.

Landlocked Uganda in 2016 picked a route for a pipeline

through neighbouring Tanzania to the Indian Ocean port

of Tanga to help export its crude.

At a length of 1,445 kilometres, the project will cost $3.5

billion and has been described as the world’s longest electrically-heated

pipeline.

Initially, Uganda said it had agreed with investors and

Tanzania that it would pay a tariff of $12.2 for each barrel of

crude shipped through the pipeline.

But the investors, which include France’s Total, later demanded

a higher tariff, according to Ugandan officials, stalling

negotiations over the project.

The government has agreed to increase the tariff to $12.77

per barrel after further talks with the investors, Energy Minister

Irene Muloni said in a statement on yesterday.

JPMorgan Chase will invest $125

million in programs to encourage people

to save money

JPMORGAN Chase & Co will provide $125 mil

lion over the next five years to nonprofit groups in the

United States and abroad that help people save, pay down

debt and improve their credit scores, the bank said on

Wednesday.

The goal is to aid the expansion of nonprofits that help

people become more financially secure and better able to

weather financial hardships. The bank has committed more

than $800 million in grants, donations and loans to promote

urban renewal in cities including Paris, Detroit, Chicago

and others, efforts that need financially stable citizens to

succeed.

“We see financial health as a cornerstone of inclusive

growth in cities”, Colleen Briggs, head of community innovation

at JPMorgan Chase’s corporate responsibility office,

said in an interview.

Families who have even a small amount of emergency

savings between $250 and $749, depending on where they

live - are less likely to be evicted, miss housing or utility

payments or receive government benefits after a health issue

or job loss, according to a 2016 report by the Urban

Institute.

China sets renewable power quotas for

2019, 2020

CHINA set mandatory renewable power quotas

for each of its region for 2019 and 2020, the National

Energy Administration (NEA) said yesterday, in an attempt

to promote the use of clean energy in the country.

Local grid companies will have to purchase a certain volume

of electricity from renewable energy generators, the

NEA said.

The targets, setting as a portion of renewable energy use

in total energy mix, vary from 10% in eastern province of

Shandong to as high as 88% in southwestern province of

Sichuan in 2019 based on their energy structure.

The draft plan was launched in November.

Apart from checks from local authorities, central government

will also deploy inspectors to monitor the implementation

of the policy, the NEA statement said.

2nd Intra-African Trade Fair Will generate

$40bn in Trade Deals, Afreximbank Chief

THE second Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF2020)

scheduled to take place in Kigali from 1 to 7 September

2020 will target the execution of Intra-African trade deals

worth more than $40 billion, Prof. Benedict Oramah, President

of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), announced

today.

Oramah was speaking in Kigali at the signing of the hosting

agreement for IATF2020 by the Government of Rwanda,

Afreximbank and the African Union.

Soraya Hakuziyaremye, Minister of Trade and Industry

of Rwanda, signed for the Government while Prof. Oramah

signed for Afreximbank and Amb. Albert Muchanga,

Commissioner for Trade and Industry of the African Union,

signed for the organisation during the ceremony held at the

Transform Africa Summit taking place in Kigali

Oramah said that for IATF2020, which is being organized

by Afreximbank in collaboration with the African Union and

hosted by Rwanda, the partners had set themselves the

ambitious target of attracting more than 1,000 exhibitors and

hosting over 10,000 buyers and conference participants from

over 50 countries.

All stories credited to Reuters


Banditry – the police hold the key

P

ROBABLY nothing had been so

extensively discussed

nationwide in the last fortnight than

the issue of security, or to be more

precise, lack of it. Other momentous

issues ranging from the delayed

budget to what is trending in the

transition matters such as the

appointment of new ministers, etc.,

have all been quietly tucked away in

the back-burner. It was no surprise

that even when President

Muhammadu Buhari returned to

the country after a ten-day private

visit to the United Kingdom his gaze

at the airport only fell on the visage

of the acting Inspector-General of

Police, IGP.

The President saw how emaciated

and worrisome the IGP had become,

due perhaps to the overwhelming

challenges, and answered a

reporter’s question on insecurity by

making an example of it:‘I have seen

the IGP, I think he is losing weight;

so I think he is working very hard’.

That characteristically humorous

remark of the President did not go

down very well with many people and

had been pooh-poohed in the social

media. The cartoonists in particular

had a field day caricaturing

government functionaries in various

modes trying to reduce weight,

ostensibly to give the impression that

they are working hard.

But all these aside, the reality of

the situation is that the police hold

the key to the solution of banditry

that had in the last few weeks seemed

to have blanketed the country. Cities,

towns and villages have now

become bubbles of safety. Highways

are avoided for even the shortest runs.

Train stations and airports have

become congested for most who

want to get anywhere, particularly

for those who can afford it. Perhaps

nothing underlines the gravity of the

situation than the experience of the

senator representing Borno South,

Mohammed Ali Ndume on the

overcrowded Abuja-Kaduna train

which he rode as an alternative to

the dangerous road journey. He

related to his surprised colleagues

in the Senate that when he could

neither get a first class or economy

class ticket, he was given a ticket to

stand for the entire two hours journey.

I watched the video where he made

these remarks just before moving the

motion he sponsored calling on the

Federal Government to increase the

number of coaches to the

beleaguered rail line. As senator

after senator spoke after him, one

could feel the fear of kidnappers

pervading the length and breadth of

the hallowed chamber. The senator

representing Kaduna Central, Shehu

Sani, described the Abuja-Kaduna

highway as ‘one of the most

dangerous roads in Nigeria’. James

Manager, the senator representing

Delta South also described the road

in the same lurid terms adding that:

‘It is not just one of the most

dangerous roads in Nigeria but the

most dangerous. It is one that wants

Welcome home legislators

By Tony Ademiluyi

AFTER the George Washington-led

forces roundly defeated the military

forces of King George III of the British

Empire, something akin to a

constitutional conference was held. It was

mutually agreed by the founding fathers

of the United States that there should be a

bicameral legislature to legislate for the

new nation.

The Senate and the House of

Representatives made up the Congress.

They took into consideration the

demographics of the nation and deftly

struck a balance. The Senate would have

two senators representing each state to

ensure equity while the House of

Representatives would be based on the

constituency delineation. The senators

would have a six-year tenure while the

lower chamber would have a two-year

term. The Senate had more powers and

would attract legislators who wanted to

make a career in law making.

The 1979 Constitution made Nigeria

shift from the British parliamentary

system of government to the Americanstyle

presidential system. Invariably, we

copied their system to a large extent and

this has remained so till date.

Many critics of the bicameral

legislature contend that the cost of getting

into the hallowed chambers and the

subsequent maintenance is too high. They

argued that we should do what Senegal

did by getting rid of the upper chamber to

cut cost. The national leader of the APC,

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, once called

for the scrapping of the Senate as well.

Member of the incoming ninth Senate

are set to receive a whopping N4.68

billion to help sort out their furniture and

accommodation issues. The

accommodation is paid annually while

that of the furniture is paid once every four

years. Their counterparts in the lower

to commit suicide that will take the

road’. Obviously the fear of

kidnappers was palpable even

among our most distinguished

citizens as nobody wants to fall into

their hands.

But to be fair to Senator Ndume, it

is in his character to endure the

discomfort of travelling in that

fashion because I have spotted him

many times huddled up in the

economy class of internal flights.

And I have also witnessed him

standing patiently in queues in a

number of different occasions,

stubbornly refusing entreaties by

fawning officials to jump. Elsewhere

this would not matter but here in

Nigeria where public officers are

such insufferable bullies, a small

humble gesture, such as Ndume’s,

goes a long way.

There should be no

excuses for the

Nigeria Police Force

again; we expect

them at the front

making our cities,

towns, villages and

highways safe

house are set to receive N3.57 billion to

help out with their living costs as well as

furniture.

They are also entitled to motor vehicles

allowances as well as other perks of office

which are paid on a monthly basis -

personal assistant – 25 per cent; domestic

staff – 75 per cent; entertainment – 30 per

cent; utilities – 30 per cent; newspapers/

periodicals – 15 per cent; wardrobe – 25

per cent; house maintenance – five per

cent; and constituency – 250 per cent.

There are other entitlements that are not

paid to them directly but provided and

paid for by the government. These are for

their special assistants, security and

legislative aides. The lawmakers are also

Legislators should have their

daytime jobs and professions

and should desist from seeing

politics as a meal ticket and

the only full time job that they

can do competently well

entitled to tour duty allowance, estacode

(when they travel) and recess allowances.

For a senator, the tour duty allowance is

N37, 000 per night; the estacode is $950

per night and the recess allowance is 10

per cent of their annual salary.

For a member of the House of

Representatives, the tour duty allowance

is N35, 000 per night; the estacode is $900

per night and the recess allowance is 10

per cent of their annual salary. Their

medical expenses whether at home or

abroad are also borne by the government.

These jumbo pay that our lawmakers are

getting is extremely obscene and

insensitive to say the least. Many states

are practically insolvent and cannot pay

workers' salaries. A state like Kogi is

In any case, incidences of

kidnapping have even gone beyond

the highways. People are now picked

from their homes for ransom. In the

more extreme cases whereby whole

villages are surrounded by

kidnappers and their citizens cherrypicked

for ransom as it obtains in

Zamfara and Sokoto states, the Army

and Air Force have been called in

and deployed, because the police

who have primary duties to attend

to such have failed to do so.

We chastise the police for these

lapses and always drag in the armed

forces for duties that they are not

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17

primarily trained for. Essentially the

armed forces are to defend the

country from external aggression

and protect the country’s borders.

Restoring order within the country

is also part of their function but this

is generally left to the police that are

more in tune with the civilian

population. In fact, the primary

function of the police is to protect

lives and properties of the citizen. I

guess it is when the police force is

deemed to have failed, that the army

is brought in under the canopy of

restoring order.

It is a pity that we always have had

a poor impression of the police force

in Nigeria, much of it from

misguided comparison with the

armed forces whom we deliberately

armed with more sophisticated

weapons in the 1960s to fight the civil

war. Somehow after they ended the

war, the armed forces remained our

overlords for decades, taking

priority over acquisition of essential

kits. They were also able to overhaul

their officer rank when they started

recruiting directly into the officer

rank from the set of our

contemporaries in the universities in

the early 1970s. But the police force

has also never been really far behind.

From early 1980s they have also

been recruiting directly from the

universities. And what you have now

as the officer corps in the police can

compare with the top functionaries

in any organisation in the country in

terms of qualifications, exposure and

whatever. What I found out over the

years of my public service career

through interactions with the Police

is that many of them are smart

though conscious of the

inadequacies in their commands.

And they are equipped with the

know-how to make the necessary

changes.

I recall my interaction with a top

police officer when some years ago I

briefly served as a functionary in the

National Institute of Policy and

owing 38 months salary with no hope of

respite anytime soon. Why should our

elected representatives who are supposed

to be representing our collective interests

join the bandwagon of our oppressors? Our

lawmakers earn far more than the

President of the United States who is

supposedly the world’s most powerful

man.

The mind boggling pay of our legislators

has historical antecedents. In the defunct

Second Republic, the then President

Shehu Shagari, alarmed at the

outrageous demands of the

parliamentarians, was determined not to

give in to their demands. The Sokoto-born

politician was threatened with

impeachment and was forced to be

whipped in line. In the Fourth Republic,

former Senate president, the late Dr.

Chuba Okadigbo was quoted to have said

that they were not in Abuja to spread

poverty.

Many workers in the private sector work

without their salaries being paid at the

end of the month and there are no

sanctions by their cruel employers from

the National Assembly.

Many are known to have died from workrelated

accidents without their

compensations being paid and no

legislation to protect them by their socalled

legislators. Many Nigerian workers

working for foreigners, especially the

Chinese, Indians and Lebanese, are worse

than indentured serfs in their own

motherland. Their fate is worse than the

African slaves in the Trans-Atlantic slavery

in the days of yore as they are brutally

dehumanised by hard-nosed employers in

their country – worse than second class

citizens in their own country.

The heart-wrenching labour conditions

that their countrymen are subjected to

doesn’t cut an ice with these hustlers who

masquerade as lawmakers. What about

the fate of pensioners who worked hard

for 35 years and end up retiring as

destitutes with no economic buffer in the

Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru,

where he was a participant in the

year-long Senior Executive Course.

We went to Ghana that year with the

participants as part of the annual

tour of African countries. A few days

in Accra I found myself very

impressed with the Ghanaian Police,

their turn out and conduct. So when

on a bus trip to Akosombo Dam, the

next day, I found myself sitting with

this police officer, I shared with him

my impressions of the police in

Ghana and asked what we could

learn from it.

He told me that much of what I

saw arose from a reform started by

President Jerry Rawlings in the 1990s

when he deliberately targeted the

Ghanaian diaspora to fund the

reform of the Ghana Police Force.

Throughout the trip he kept me

abreast of other kinds of reforms he

was thinking and working on,

probably as part of his project.

Interestingly, a few years down the

line this police officer became the

Inspector-General and I was

pleasantly surprised that he set out

to implement most of what he shared

with me on that bus trip down to the

nitty-gritty of targeting the Nigerian

diaspora for funds. A pity he didn’t

have the time to see through those

reforms as he had to leave two years

later at attainment of retirement age.

It is to the credit of these and many

other visionary Nigerian citizens that

finally saw the Police Reform Bill

come to light at last. It is pleasant

news that this bill that has been in

the works for some time has finally

been passed by the outgoing Senate.

Also the Nigerian Police Trust Bill

which will provide a legal

framework for the management of

special intervention funds for the

police has also been passed.

There should be no excuses for the

Nigeria Police Force again. We

expect them at the front making our

cities, towns, villages and highways

safe.

twilight of their lives? Many cannot access

their pensions and are subjected to so

much hardship in the name of verification

exercises. Many even die from preventable

ailments and are made to look extremely

foolish for not dipping their hands into

the public till while in service.

Honesty is certainly the worst policy for

these workers and their lives are filled with

bitter regrets as they could have been better

off if they were corrupt. The entrenched

corruption in the civil service is as a result

of the fact that many of the bureaucrats in

service don’t want to end up like the

impoverished senior citizens.

I advocate that the legislature should

be run on a part time basis as it obtains in

the developed world. The legislators

should have their daytime jobs and

professions and should desist from seeing

politics as a meal ticket and the only full

time job that they can do competently well.

Beyond the usual protests against this

financial sleaze, Nigerians should

emulate the Arabs by making the seat

uncomfortable for these heartless

lawmakers. The protests should be virulent

and should include recalls of these greedy

lawmakers and the de-emphasis of money

during electioneering campaigns. They

can take the money from these corrupt

politicians but should vote for their

conscience to ensure good governance for

all.

The docility of Nigerians should stop;

we should demand the names of our

legislators at all levels and demand the

dividends of democracy from them. They

are our servants and we should treat them

as such and not some pot-bellied

overlords. The fawning over them should

cease forthwith.

I implore Nigerians to resist this poverty

expansion agenda by our legislators who

will stop at nothing to make us paupers in

the name of ‘democracy’.

•Ademiluyi, a political commentator, wrote

from Lagos

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18 Vanguard, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019

ON April 21, 2019, 25-year-old

Akeem Akinsanya was killed by a

bullet shot by an officer of the Zonal

Intervention Squad of Zone 2 Police

Command at Iyana Coker area of

Ifo, Ogun State. Before Akinsanya,

20-year-old Ada Ifeanyi and her

boyfriend were also shot dead by a

police officer in the Ajegunle area of

Lagos on April 13, 2019.

Still, another Nigerian youth,

Kolade Johnson, was killed by an

officer of the Special Anti-Cultism

Squad, SACS, of the Lagos State

Police Command on March 31, 2019.

Other instances, too numerous to

recount, abound.

How can it be that the Nigeria Police

Force, NPF, which was established,

equipped and paid with taxpayers’

money to maintain law and order and

protect the citizens, could turn full

circle and become agents of death and

predators on the population,

especially the youth? If the Police pose

almost the same danger to the people

The need to purify our Police Force

as the criminals do, to whom do the

common and defenceless people run

to for protection?

The Nigeria Police remains one of

the most lowly-rated in the world

policing index. It is very demeaning

watching on the social media countless

videos of armed policemen on the

beats extorting dirty naira notes from

motorists and commercial motorcycle

operators.

These policemen are forced to live

in great squalor, work in decrepit

offices, are poorly trained and illequipped

to handle their assignments

with distinction. Even the recruitment

methods appear to lack basic

concerns for quality and crime-free

personnel.

The Police has also been badly

wounded through ethnicity and

sectionalism, and officers are forced

to dance to the tune of favoured

sections of the country in the

discharge of their duties. Why else

would armed herdsmen, bandits and

freelance criminals be killing innocent

farmers and kidnapping travellers at

will with little response from the lawenforcement

agencies, especially the

Police?

The atmosphere around policing in

Nigeria has become thoroughly

polluted and requires urgent

purification.

Much hope is being pinned on the

recently-passed Police Reform Bill

and Police Trust Fund Bill by the

National Assembly.

These legal instruments will go a

long way to reposition the Police in

terms of orientation, training, welfare

and respect for the human rights of

those undergoing correctional

procedures. Ideas for improved

funding of the Police have also been

proffered.

However, without expanding the

platform of policing and taking it

closer to the people the two Bills might

end up taking us back to square one.

We must break the monopoly of

Federal control of the Police. The

states should be allowed to have and

operate their own Police.

It is heartwarming that this idea is

now being given a positive thought

by the Federal Government. We hope

they find the courage to get it

implemented.

Bulkachuwa: Red rag to a bull

By Banji Ojewale

WE are not in Spain. But there, it is

claimed that bulls are enraged

when red flags flutter before them. The

matador, the man who fights and kills a

bull in a sport, gets the beast into the game

by waving the red cloth. The indifferent,

motionless animal only charges at his

opponent when it sights his muleta, the

stick with a crimson swathe employed in

the final third of the bullfight…We know

what follows: savagery, slaughter and

sanguinary cheers from the spectators.

In Nigeria, we appear to be in for a

bullfight over the Justice Zainab

Bulkachuwa affair. She is the President of

the Appeal Court, who has been asked to

head the Presidential Election Petition

Tribunal looking into the suit of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, and its Presidential

Candidate, Atiku Abubakar. They are

challenging the victory of Muhammadu

Buhari in the poll of February 2019.

But the party and its candidate say the

judge should recuse herself on account of

her marriage to senator-elect Adamu

Bulkachuwa of the All Progressives

Congress, APC, Buhari’s party. They

protest she’s ill-fitted to sit atop a judicial

panel in which her husband’s APC is an

interested party. PDP won’t receive fair

hearing, they fear. Conflict of interest. PDP

is also asking the Federal Government to

consider corruption allegations against

Bulkachuwa and drop her from hearing

its petition against Buhari.

Some activist groups have waded in,

supporting PDP’s stand. Access to Justice

and United Front for the Preservation of

Democracy Ethos faulted Bulkachuwa’s

appointment. One of them said the

government’s move amounts to “the

highest level of defiance and total

disregard for the will and democratic

sensibilities of Nigerians.” It added: “It is

a decision that is very poor in moral

judgment…It smacks of recklessness in

decision making.” Another declared: “In

ordinary circumstances, there would be no

question of whether the President of the

Court of Appeal can, or should participate

in tribunals adjudicating election petitions

involving her spouse’s party. But these are

no ordinary or normal times.”

With regard to PDP’s corruption charges

as other grounds for telling her to step

aside, the Department of State Services,

DSS, says it never indicted Justice

Bulkachuwa for bribery and corruption. It

urged the public to ignore the indictment

report, disclosing that DSS has launched

a probe into the “controversies

surrounding the publication.”

There’s also been a reaction from APC.

It dismissed PDP’s point that spousal

affiliation should compel the exit of

Bulkachuwa from the petition-hearing

panel. “They (PDP) should point to what

aspect of the Nigerian law that says that if

you have a relation who is politician, then

you are disqualified. PDP is indirectly

questioning the integrity of the people in

the judiciary and is indirectly trying to

intimidate that institution and undermine

the rule of law.”

When a well-regarded constitutional

lawyer and public affairs commentator,

OPINION

Bolanle Olugbani, was asked to discuss

the matter on radio recently, he said in

effect that he does not see it as a legal

tangle or complex case requiring a trip

into much history. He believes that mere

moral or ethical considerations demand that

a judicial officer, bench or bar, does not

adjudicate over a case in which he or she

has interest via friendship, family or

business. He said as a lawyer of many

years’ experience, he always refrained from

appearing in court where his father was a

Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa

is being shown the red tag to

draw her into combat with a

matador; she shouldn’t fall

for the murderous bait

judge. His father wasn’t barring him. But

he understood the moral implications.

It’s the same ethical concerns at work

with Bulkachuwa. If the case goes against

Atiku, would there not be valid grounds to

suspect she has influenced the verdict

because there has been pillow talk on it

between her and her senator-elect

husband, whether that talk takes place or

not? Isn’t it also possible for cynics to

suggest that the party might move her

husband to work on her to swing judgment

in their favour?

Why Nigerians are skeptical about the

intentions of the government is that lately

the authorities seem determined to use the

judiciary to achieve political goals. First,

they point to the early days of the Buhari

government when it applied extra-legal

means to wage war against so-called

corrupt judges, with no far-reaching results

to show for its extreme actions. Next, is

how the government removed Walter

Onnoghen, the immediate past Chief

Justice of Nigeria. The Court of Appeal

has since condemned the “secret” sitting

of the Code of Conduct Tribunal that

suspended Onnoghen.

But as we hit the government for

contempt of the perceptions and

sensibilities of the citizens, we must also

be disturbed that Bulkachuwa too is not

moved by the outcry that her integrity is at

stake. This has little to do with her

competence. They are separate. The

government will talk of competence as their

guiding principle in picking her. They

might talk of the appointment as the

reward for her diligence. Or her next level.

But Nigerians are questioning the sanctity

of government’s motive, given its knack

for a belief in the motto: the end justifies

the means. If a person’s so-termed

diligence or integrity becomes a tool in the

hands of less altruistic people, wouldn’t it

be wise for the person to withdraw from

the project altogether?

She must fight to keep her name.

Insisting on staying on in the face of

possible clash of loyalties as perceived by

many reasonable Nigerians would tarnish

her great name.

Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa is being

shown the red tag to draw her into combat

with a matador. She shouldn’t fall for the

murderous bait.

•Ojewale, a social commentator, wrote

from Lagos


Inflation trend reverses, as higher food prices

push rate to 11.37%

•Inflationary pressure may heighten in May --- Analysts

By Elizabeth Adegbesan

Nigeria’s inflation rate for

the month of April, 2019

rose slightly by 0.12 basis points,

bps, to 11.37 percent Year-on-

Year (YoY), reversing the steady

decline that started in January,

a situation attributed to uptick in

food prices.

Analysts have projected further

rise in inflation rate in May as a

result of the raining and planting

seasons, adding that the uptick

in global crude oil prices could

also heighten core inflation

index.

Analysis of the inflation data

released by the National Bureau

of Statistics, NBS, shows that

Nigeria recorded similar

inflation figure in January (11.37

percent) this year from where it

declined to 11.31 percent in

February and 11.25 percent in

March.

Commenting on the trend,

analysts at United Capital

Management Plc said:

“Although the extent of the rise

in inflation outcomes were

generally unexpected, we had

earlier indicated an expectation

for an upturn in the food inflation

sub-index as we get deeper into

the planting season. Hence,

with the recent pressure on both

the year-on-year, YoY, and

month-on-month, MoM,

numbers may heighten as the

raining and planting season

enters full swing in May.

“Additionally, historical trend

suggests the food inflation subindex

typically gets some momentum

in the month of May.

Accordingly, we expect some

uptick in the food inflation subindex.

While continued relative

foreign exchange stability and

FG’s stance on petroleum

products pricing should help

keep core inflation in check, the

uptrend in global crude oil

prices and its attendant

permeation into the diesel

pricing could heat up the Index.

“Furthermore, while we see

inflation remaining in the 11.0

percent region in the near term,

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FRANC

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CFA

WAUA

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SDR

DANISH

RAND

$89.55 0.00

2,310.00 00.00

$11.81 -0.13

$71.87 0.63

$62.06 0.28

305.95 306.45 306.95

394.2778 394.9221 395.5665

342.0521 342.6111 343.1701

303.3713 303.8671 304.3629

2.7989 2.8035 2.8081

0.5045 0.5145 0.5245

422.7053 423.3961 424.0869

44.4569 44.5301 44.6032

81.5823 81.7156 81.849

423.3736 424.0655 424.7574

45.8023 45.8771 45.952

. 21.4345 21.4705 21.5055

CBN Exchange rate as at 15/05/2019

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the materialization of a major

trigger – aggressive minimum

wage implementation and/or a

hike in energy tariffs, are factors

to watch.

“Also, with the recent surge in

inflation, we expect the

Monetary Policy Committee,

MPC, (of the Central Bank of

Nigeria) to strike a more hawkish

tone in its forthcoming meeting

as it seeks to balance its

mandate of maintaining general

price level and spurring

economic growth. “Overall, we

have factored in 1.12 percent

MoM increment in the headline

inflation and expect inflation to

settle at 11.41 percent in May

2019.”

In the inflation report, NBS

said the increases the Consumer

Price Index (CPI) were recorded

in all Classification of Individual

Consumption by Purpose

(COICOP) divisions that yielded

the Headline index.

The CPI report stated: “The

composite food index rose by

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13.70 percent in April 2019

compared to 13.45 percent in

March 2019. This rise in the food

index was caused by increases

in prices of meat, fish, oils and

fats, bread and cereals, fish,

milk, cheese and egg, potatoes,

yam and other tubers, fruits and

vegetables.

“On month-on-month basis,

the food sub-index increased by

1.14 percent in April 2019, up

by 0.26 percent points from 0.88

percent recorded in March

2019. Food Inflation

FG mulls new FX regime to drive investment inflow

By Nkiruka Nnorom

The federal government,

yesterday, said it is working

on a new Foreign Exchange

(FX) regime that will be friendly

to investors seeking to invest in

the FX market and to

also boost foreign

investment in the

country.

Yewade Sadiku,

Executive Secretary,

Nigeria Investment

P r o m o t i o n

Commission, NIPC,

stated this at the

Renaissance Capital’s

10th Annual Pan-

Africa Investors’

Conference in Lagos,

saying that the new FX

regime, when ready,

would be market

driven.

She explained that the

initiative is still in its

early stages, but added

that NIPC, working

with other government

agencies, intends to

ensure that the new FX

rate aligns with

government’s long

term strategy.

“The initiative that we are

working on is still very much in

the early stage, so it is difficult to

talk about the details because it is

advocacy that we do through other

agencies.

“The same manner we are doing

this is the way we advocated for

the introduction of the change in

FX regime in 2017. A lot of that

work was done behind the scene

with collaboration with other

government agencies. We are

doing some work to see it move

closer to what government documented

intention is and the

intention is that the rate will be

market determined,” she said.

Sterling Bank, Lagos State, others unveil micro-bus

empowerment scheme

By Peter Egwuatu

As part of the social security

packages initiative

introduced by President

Muhammadu Buhari to

alleviate poverty and create

employment, Sterling Bank Plc,

Institute of Road Transport

Workers (IRTW), Micro-Bus

Owners Association of Nigeria,

MOOAN, Lagos State

Government and others,

have partnered to unveil

Micro-Bus Empowerment

Scheme in Lagos.

The Minister of Transport,

Rotimi Amaechi, who was

represented by the

Commissioner of Transport,

Lagos State, Hon. Ladi

Lawanson, at the unveiling

said: “This scheme that

specially targets road transport

operators in Nigeria would not

have attracted the confidence of

the citizenry as hereby

witnessed today. The bitter truth

is that prior to 2015, social

security packages were

unfortunately a set of conduit

pipes for corruption.”

He noted that the bus would

not ply the cities but designated

places to bring the people from

their houses to place where

they will enter BRT buses.

The Chairman, Board of

Directors, IRTW , Alhaji,

NIMASA set to

end gas emission

on vessels

The Nigerian Maritime

Administration and Safety Agency,

NIMASA, has installed the Thorium-X

tablet, a fuel consumption

data collection device, on board a

Nigerian-flagged fuel tanker

vessel, ‘Mt Kingis’, commencing

the process targeted at ending

green-house gas emissions on

vessels.

The pilot project, which came as

a fallout of the Maritime

Technology Cooperation Centre,

MTCC, conference held in Kenya

in March, 2019, aims at reducing

fuel consumption by vessels.

The MTCC is targeted towards

developing countries, and Nigeria

was made a priority and nominated

for the pilot project.

The Director-General of

NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside,

speaking at the installation

ceremony, reiterated the Agency’s

commitment to global best practices

in the execution of its mandate of

regulating the maritime industry.

Dakuku, who was represented

by the Head of the Marine

Environment Management

(MEM) Unit at NIMASA, Dr

(Mrs.) Felicia Mogo, stated,

“NIMASA is ensuring that we are

keeping to global best practices

with a commendable track record

in administration and regulation

in the maritime sector.

“NIMASA was chosen to lead

the project in Nigeria, being the

chosen country in the West and

Central Africa region. This pilot

project will last a year. But the data

will be reported to the Kenyan

portal, then it goes to the IMO

global portal after every voyage.

Reports will be collated and sent

after a three-month period. The

findings and analysis are then

recorded and reported at the end

of the year to inform the country

the amount of fuel being consumed

annually on each voyage and how

much GHG is being emitted.”

The launch of the fuel

consumption data collection device

is in line with the decision of the

International Maritime

Organisation, IMO, to reduce fuel

consumption by vessels as well as

Green House Gases (GHG) and

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emission

on voyages.

Representing Sea Transport

Limited, owners of ‘Mt Kingis’,

Musa Ado Ibn-Saidu expressed

delight in being a part of the

landmark installation initiative.

Ibn-Saidu said the crew of the

vessel were keen to use the tablet.

Rahman Adeyemi at the

unveiling of the scheme in

Alausa, Ikeja, said: “ The formal

unveiling of the bus brand of

the Micro- Bus Empowerment

Scheme that has brought

us here today is indeed a

development that represents a

new thinking in our national

psychology. Even the idea of an

Institute purposely established

as a specialised training

platform for road transport

operators in Nigeria is in itself

unique, aside from the

innovativeness of the

package of multiple training

incentives which we are

gathered to unveil and

celebrate.”


20 Vanguard, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019


The Vice President,

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo,

has commissioned the

Micro Small and Medium

Enterprises (MSMEs)

Shared Facility for soap

and groundnut oil

making clusters and also

launched a rural

electrification project

covering 22 villages in

Bauchi State.

The MSMEs Shared

Facility project is an

initiative of the federal

government under the

National MSMEs Clinic in

partnership with state

governments to provide

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Osinbajo commissions shared facility for MSMEs in Bauchi

equipment and other

facilities in clusters for

use by individual MSMEs

who are not able to

acquire such equipment

and facilities on their

own.

In a statement made

available to Vanguard by

his media, Laolu Akande,

the vice president noted

that the Social

Investment Programmes

(SIPs) of the federal

g o v e r n m e n t

underscores its

commitment to the

welfare of the common

man.

He stated: "All of the

schemes - the N-Power,

the School Feeding

Programme, the

Conditional Transfers,

the Government

Enterprise and

Empowerment

Programme (GEEP)

schemes and the MSMEs

clinic - are the President's

own way of saying that

the first priority of our

government is the

common man, those who

cannot take care of

themselves or those who

are struggling very hard

to do so."

Speaking specifically on

the impact of the SIPs in

Bauchi State, the Vice

President said the state

government had done

well in ensuring that the

people were properly

mobilized to participate

in all the schemes hence

the impressive figures

recorded by the state in

the various components

of the SIPs.

"I recall that when we

started the SIPs, the very

first state that efficiently

used our portal under the

N-Power job scheme was

Bauchi State. Today,

under the N-Power,

Bauchi has 13,075

beneficiaries and 972

under N-Build. Under the

Homegrown School

Feeding Programme,

618,124 pupils are fed

every day here in Bauchi.

"In addition to that, we

have farmers benefitting

from our SIPs. Currently,

we have about 9,799

farmers who have been

given micro-credits to

support their works.

Under the TraderMoni,

Bauchi has one of the

largest figures in the

scheme with 39,000

beneficiaries. We have

done conditional

transfers to 23,000

persons under our

Conditional Cash

Transfer Scheme," he

said.

AfDB secures $61.8m for women

entrepreneurs in Nigeria, 20 other

thers

Stories by Yinka Kolawole

The

African

Development Bank

(AfDB) through its

Affirmative Finance

Action for Women in

Africa (AFAWA) program

has secured a $61.8

million funding facility

from

Women

Entrepreneurs Finance

Initiative (We-Fi) to

support women

entrepreneurs in Nigeria

and 20 other African

countries.

We-Fi is a partnership

among 14 donor

governments, eight

multilateral development

banks and other public

and private sector

stakeholders, established

in October 2017 and

hosted by the World Bank

Group. The partners have

committed $354 million

to date to the initiative,

aimed at addressing

financial and nonfinancial

constraints

faced by women-owned/

led small and medium

enterprises in developing

countries.

A statement from AfDB

noted that with the We-Fi

funding, AFAWA intends

to improve access to

finance for 40,000

women-owned/led small

and medium enterprises

(SMEs) in 21 African

countries where women

entrepreneurs face

greater challenges in

accessing finance,

markets, knowledge, and

mentoring programs.

"Specifically, the

program's activities will

be implemented in

Botswana, Burundi, Chad,

Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire,

Democratic Republic of

Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya,

Mali, Mauritania,

Mozambique, Niger,

Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra

Leone, South Africa,

Tanzania, Tunisia,

Uganda, Zambia, and

Zimbabwe," the

statement added.

On the development,

AfDB's Director for

Gender, Women and Civil

Society, Vanessa

Moungar stated: "This

substantial support from

the

Women

Entrepreneurs Finance

Initiative, We-Fi, will help

us scale up our actions

and achieve greater

results for women

entrepreneurs across the

continent. Our ambition

with AFAWA goes

beyond regular

assistance to women in

business."

AfDB said that the

activities funded by We-Fi

will be aligned with

AFAWA's three-pronged

approach to holistically

addressing the $42 billion

financing gap between

women and male

entrepreneurs.

"The first AFAWA pillar

aims to increase access to

finance for women

through innovative and

tailored financial

instruments, including

guarantee mechanisms to

FG, P&G partner on SME Academy

By Princewill Ekwujuru

The Federal Ministry of

Industry, Trade and

Investment and Procter

and Gamble (P&G) have

signed a Memorandum of

Understanding (MoU)

that will see Small

Medium Enterprises

(SMEs) upgrade and

expand their business

process to compete

internationally.

The programme will also

back up women

entrepreneurs.

"In collaboration with

strategic partners, the

second pillar focuses on

see P&G develop and

promote leadership

talent and human capital

for identified high growth

SMEs while providing

formal training,

mentorship and hands-on

experience in business

operations for these

SMEs.

The MoU is a publicprivate

partnership

initiative to launch the

Small Medium Enterprise

(SME) Development

providing capacitybuilding

services to

women entrepreneurs,

including access to

mentoring and

entrepreneurship training

courses. AFAWA also

helps financial institutions

address the specific needs

of women-owned/led

businesses through

tailored financial and nonfinancial

products.”

Academy.

Speaking at the MoU

signing ceremony in

Abuja, Temitope

Iluyemi, Director of

Government Relations

Africa at P&G said: "We

are committed to

empowering SMEs and

helping them get

adequate skills for the

success of their business.

Our ultimate aim is to see

small businesses grow

and contribute to the

Budgets & forecast for SMEs (1)

Even though there has been considerable

improvement in the appreciation of the peculiar

nature of small & medium enterprise, SMEs, in terms

of standard operating procedures, SOPs, most banks

expect the small business owner to operate a

semblance of formalization in their business

approach.

For the purpose of the topic of this discussion one of

the SOPs a bank would require of any company that

intends to access its business loan is the presentation

of a credible budget, which includes a financial

forecast.

A budget and financial forecast assist you to meet

your business goals. They are a future prediction of

your business finances.

Your bank would like to see the potentials of your

business in terms of sustainability and growth,

especially, its ability to generate enough cash to repay

whatever loan that may be advanced to it. In other

words, the bank wants to see the future of your

business.

Predicting the financial future of your business is not

easy, especially if you're starting a business and don't

have a trading history. However, forecasting and

making adjustments frequently will enable you to

become more accurate.

So beyond whatever the bank may require it is in the

interest of the business and the owner to see the future

with a view to both motivate action today and

navigate tomorrow's challenges.

Monthly or weekly forecasts may be necessary when

starting your business, experiencing rapid growth,

or having financial difficulties. Regular forecasts allow

you to closely monitor your finances and develop

strategies to fix problems before they become major

issues.

Monthly or quarterly forecasts may be more

appropriate for a stable, established business. Off

course you will need to establish an annual budget

which is a build-up of all the weekly, monthly and

quarterly forecasts.

Next week we look into the detailed content of a

typical financial forecast.

overall growth of our

nation's economy.

"A lack of organizational

capabilities is a major

factor that can limit

development in SMEs and

we believe this is an

opportunity to offer

unique value towards the

most pressing issues

encountered by business

owners."

Also speaking, Minister of

State for Industry, Trade

and Investment, Aisha

Abubakar said: "SMEs

have proven to be an

important part of our

economy, hence the need

to help them scale up and

achieve more. This

partnership with P&G

could not have come at a

better time. The Ministry

is pleased that this public

private partnership will

support the program of

the government to train

SME Academy

participants on key

financial management

principles and expose

them to financial literacy,

improve their access to

finance and promote

business ethics."


22 Vanguard, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019

By Innocent Anaba

Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, SAN,

is Attorney-General and

Commissioner of Justice,

Lagos State. In this interview,

he spoke on various

measures adopted by the

Lagos State Government to

address critical legal issues in

the state.

Excerpt:

Stakeholders in the legal

community are of the view that

the Lagos State Administration

of Criminal Justice Law 2015

has not in effect reduced the

population of pre-trial

detainees in prison despite its

provision for non-custodian

sentences. What is your view

on this?

This is not true. Awaiting Trial

Inmates have reduced today

and the use of non-custodial

sentencing has assisted a lot in

achieving this. There are many

reasons for pre-trial detainees

and Administration of Criminal

Justice Law dealt with its

reduction by allowing courts to

strike out charges under

relevant sections of the Law. For

instance, under section 264,

where the prosecutor cannot

give reasons to justify the

continued detention of a

suspect after a period of 30 days

in the first instance at the

expiration of which the

Magistrate can release the

suspect unless good cause is

shown.

In recent times, magistrates

have been exercising this power

and in addition, no longer

detain suspects without

probable cause. The provisions

that allow the use of plea

bargain in sections 75 and 76

are also laudable and have

reduced pre-trial detainees

where pleas are considered and

approved in my office. It is,

therefore, inaccurate to say that

awaiting trial and pre-trial

detainees have not reduced.

There has also been an

increased use of community

sentences.

There have been reports that

some officials of the Task

Force sometimes confiscate

goods from these traders and

unjustly convert them to their

personal use, especially

consumable items. How have

you dealt with that?

Indeed, this is worrisome, but

we are yet to confirm the

authenticity of this allegation

and we have our team working

to ensure that this does not

occur. I am aware that during

enforcement of the law, goods

are confiscated and they are sent

to orphanages, remand homes

and prisons. The importance of

the Mobile Court cannot be

overemphasised in the

enforcement of traffic law and

free movement of vehicles in

Lagos State. The alleged

negative press is regrettable

and we should look at the larger

picture of enhancing and

sustaining the administration of

law in Lagos State.

Let us also appreciate that there

has been a level of sanity in the

state through the effectiveness

of the taskforce and mobile

court. However, what the

government seeks to achieve

with the taskforce is to curb to

the barest minimum the number

of environmental offences and

avoidable accidents on our

roads. It is to keep the society

sane and safe, but the most

important thing is for citizens

to be law- abiding.

How successful has the Crime

Offenders’ Register initiative

been in combating crime in the

state?

This has now been re-formatted

and re-christened as the Lagos

Criminal Information System,

LCIS, which serves as an

electronic repository of all

defendants awaiting trial, as

well as suspects who pass

through the criminal justice

process and are convicted for

crimes in Lagos State. It is

robust because it contains

biometric details such as

fingerprints and photos of

defendants, categories of

offences, the geographical

spread of the offences, victim

information and other relevant

classification. The LCIS keeps

track of the suspect until he or

she exits the criminal justice

system. It has become an

indispensable tool in the

administration of criminal

justice in Lagos State, and its

information now heavily relies

upon in the implementation of

reforms in the justice system. So

far, it has managed to enrol and

take inventory of over 12,000

existing inmates in all the

prisons in Lagos State. A major

dynamics is its capacity to assist

in planning and statistics

purposes.

The Audit and census taken in

the prison in its first phase

revealed some astonishing facts

from; number of Awaiting Trial

Inmates in the prisons, to the

current grossly overstretched

prison capacity. Also, through

the information gathered so far,

we have been able to identify

prevalent offences and

notorious crime areas in the

state. It is a sustainable system

that can always be enhanced to

collect more crime data, even for

suspects that are not

undergoing trials. A recidivist

can be easily identified

especially for sentencing

purposes. Criminal records of

convicts are now accessible with

precision, confusion over the

identities of inmates are now a

thing of the past. Consequently,

of criminal justice in Lagos.

The project has proved worthy

of its expense but will need

continued patronage. This

science-based approach to

proving crime has been

adopted in some of our criminal

cases. There are also plans to

expand the centre as soon as

possible to cover toxicology and

other areas. DNA evidence

now forms part of expert

evidence that can be admitted

by the court once necessary

foundation is laid. Recently, the

DNA Forensic Centre got ISO

certification and became the

only Centre in Africa to obtain

an ISO certification, so that

several tests hitherto done out

of the country can now be fully

handled by the centre. DNA

result can be adduced where

necessary; even the defendants

are at liberty to provide it to

exonerate themselves. It exists

to easily identify and indict

offenders as well as exclude

suspects without culpability.

The DNA Forensic Centre and

Crime Lab will ultimately assist

the Police in easy detection of

crime rather than embarking

on guess work, and will help

in reducing the time to be spent

in investigating crime with the

use of technology to ascertain

the offender. The project is

worth the expenses incurred

because it has grown Lagos to

the level of being relied upon

by other states, embassies and

individuals. Presently, we have

various embassies trying to

partner with the Centre. The

Centre also assists in quick and

easy dispensation of justice

since it produces required

evidence linking a suspect to a

crime.

Sometime ago, the state

government announced plan

to build state-of-the-art

prisons. What have been the

obstacles, to bringing this

laudable project into fruition?

The final approval from the

Federal Government for the

state government to build the

new state-of-the-art prison and

relocate the Ikoyi Prisons has

not yet been granted.

08152060944

Our non-custodial sentencing has reduced Lagos

prison population ----- Kazeem, SAN

*Kazeem, SAN

The DNA Forensic

Centre and Crime

Lab will

ultimately assist

the police in easy

detection of crime

rather than

embarking on

guess work

stakeholders have more

confidence in the system.

To what extent has the Police

and your Ministry used DNA

Forensic Centre in criminal

prosecution? Would you say

the project is worth the

expense?

The DNA Forensic Centre and

Crime Lab is a capital- intensive

investment that will enhance the

quality of evidence and

adjudication of cases in our

criminal courts. The DNA centre

is fully functional and has

continued to advance in time. It

is important to state that the

government of Mr. Akinwunmi

Ambode took that giant step to

use technology in solving

problems in the administration

Many looked forward to

bringing to book, the culprits

in the Otedola Bridge fire

incident which claimed many

lives and resulted in the loss

of many vehicles. This didn’t

happen. What is the state of

that case?

What I can say is that Police

investigation is still very much

ongoing. There are theories

that the tanker driver got burnt

in the inferno, but the absolute

veracity of that is yet to be

confirmed. However,

investigation by the police so

far reveals that the registered

owner of the truck has been

traced to Kano State. The owner

cannot be held criminally

responsible unless it can be

proved that the truck was in a

state of disrepair or had

electrical or mechanical fault

which caused the accident.

Preliminary facts available to

the Ministry of Justice would

indicate that the accident was

due to human error. Owner can,

however, be liable in a civil suit

for class action by victims and

their families. The Ministry of

Justice is determined to

prosecute if the police can make

available to it evidence of

culpability on the part of the

owner of the truck. As we all

know, investigation is pivotal to

criminal prosecution, and

investigation by the Police in the

Otedola Tanker fire incident as

much as we can say, is still

ongoing.

The incident of collapsed

school building in Lagos

resulted in the death of many

school children. Kindly, shed

some light on the state of

building laws in Lagos.

To be frank, I think our building

laws are significantly robust but

our monitoring and enforcement

will need further improvement

to identify and prosecute

offenders. The Synagogue case

is ongoing and has reached the

defence stage. It is interesting

to note that under the

application for No Case

Submission, the Court held that

the defendants have a case to

answer and invited the

defendants to open their case.

We are certain that the matter

will be completed in earnest.

The Ministry is also currently

prosecuting the suspects in the

Lekki Garden building collapse

so the public should await the

outcome of the trial.

Investigations are still ongoing

in the recent Lagos Island

building collapse and we shall

take a position once a case file

is received from the police.

Many cases have been

disposed of through the plea

bargain system. Has this

served the course of justice to

the offenders and to the

people?

Certainly, plea bargain is being

used extensively. As at April 16,

2019, about 105 cases have been

disposed through Plea Bargain

system. I set up a standing

committee in the Ministry of

Justice headed by the Director

of Public Prosecutions to receive

and review all plea bargain

applications and make

recommendations to my office

for approval. This system has

worked brilliantly and I am

confident that many defendants

will begin to see it as an

opportunity for closure so they

can have another chance at

being productive and lawabiding

citizens in society.

C

M

Y

K


Vanguard, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019 23

No law prevents state govts from generating power- Fashola

MINISTER of Power,

Works and Housing,

Babatunde Fashola, SAN, has

said there is nothing in the

power sector regulations or law

that prohibits state governments

from generating, transmitting

and distributing their own

electricity.

Fashola who stated this at the

Punuka Annual Lecture series

held in Lagos, said that contrary

to widely held beliefs, state

governments can establish their

own power stations, generate,

transmit and distribute

electricity in areas not covered

by the national grid within that

state and establish their own

electricity to promote and

manage their own power

stations.

The minister therefore called

on state and local governments

to pay attention to communities

within their territories with

limited access to grid power to

improve energy access for them

via off-grid solutions.

“They are clearly not areas

covered by the grid and

therefore constitute a viable

area of intervention by a state

government to contract their

own power supply without

reference to the Federal

Government,” said Fashola.

The former Lagos State

governor took a swipe at calls

for review of the 2013

privatisation exercise, saying

those calling for review had to

be more specific on what they

want as the sector is essentially

in private hands.

“The reality before

privatisation is that the Ministry

of Power had over 50,000 staff,

owned trucks, employed

electricians who went out to

repair faults, the Ministry

controlled power stations like

Jebba, Kainji, Shiroro, Egbin to

mention a few and the Ministry

employed all of those who

worked in Distribution.

“All that is gone, since

November 2013. From over

50,000 staff, the Ministry now

has a staff strength of 729

people. There are no

electricians, fitters, repair

vehicles or distribution staff in

our ministry anymore and we

do not supply, repair or replace

distribution transformers or

meters. All of these are now the

work of the DisCos, under

contract with BPE and under

licence by NERC as a matter of

Law,” Fashola said.

EDITORIAL

Innocent Anaba

( Editor)

Ikechukwu Nnochiri

Contributors:

Henry Ojelu,

Onozure Dania

Speaking on the topic:

Developing an Effective and

stable regulatory framework for

Nigeria’s Electricity Sector,

Lessons Learnt from the United

Kingdom, guest speaker at the

event, Jonathan Cohen,

stressed the need for a unified

and holistic approach which he

said is key in making a longterm

electricity reform.

While he admitted that

Nigeria’s power sector has

made remarkable progress in

the last 9 - 10 years, he however,

said much more still needed to

be done. Regarding the

privatisation of the sector,

Cohen stated that privatisation

only works when market signals

are robust enough to attract

investment and expertise of

new sector entrants at scale; a

condition that seems to be

missing in Nigeria’s situation.

“Foreign direct investment into

Nigeria’s power sector has not

been significant to date,” he

said.

The energy expert stated that

the privatization of the

GENCOs and DISCOs were

largely financed with debt from

LECTURE: From left: Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Alfa Belgore; Senior Partner,

Punuka Attorneys and Solicitors , Chief Anthony Idigbe, SAN; former Head of State, General

Yakubu Gowon (retd) and Managing Partner, Punuka, Elizabeth Idigbe, at the 12th Punuka

Annual lecture, in Abuja.

Nigerian banks, with most of the

equity from Nigerian sponsors,

adding that other factors such

as cash shortfalls in the sector,

low DISCO payments,

insufficient gas supply to power

the existing and expected

Tax substitution as double taxation (2)

Continued from last week

By Omuli Iwere

Though Value Added Tax,

VAT is within the remit of the

FIRS, the Value Added Tax Act

2004 stipulates certain goods and

services such as medical goods

and services, sales of books and

educational materials, sales of

basic food items and baby

products, and all export goods and

services which are exempted from

VAT, meaning any business

involved in such goods and

services do not pay VAT. The

current action by the FIRS through

the banks did not seek to

distinguish Business Names

operating within the exempted

space.

Also, the only mention of a

recognised number for the

payment of VAT, is in section 6 of

the Value Added Tax

(Amendment) Act 2007, which

refers to VAT registration number.

This clearly shows that upon

registering with the FIRS, one is

automatically issued with a VAT

registration number. So, why do

the Banks insist on Business

Names acquiring a TIN from

FIRS, rather than a VAT

Registration Number? Why does

the FIRS issue TIN number to

Business Names, instead of VAT

registration numbers knowing it

has no power to administer tax on

Business Names?

A T.I.N ERROR: CBN AND

FIRS: The Central Bank of

Nigeria, CBN is saddled with the

responsibility of making policies

and guidelines which regulate the

banking sector of Nigeria and

stipulate the various requirements

for opening an account with any

bank in Nigeria. After the

implementation of the AML/CFT

Regulation of 2009 and given that

financial inclusion is of high

importance to the CBN; bearing

in mind the need to ease the

opening of bank accounts by

socially and financially

disadvantaged persons, the CBN

in a circular FPR/DIR/CIR/GEN/

02/001 of January18, 2013

published its three-tiered KYC

requirements for opening various

bank accounts in Nigeria. This

document makes no mention of

TIN as one of those requirements.

However, in its circular with Ref

No. FPR/DIR/GEN/CIR/01/004

dated February 24, 2014, the CBN

felt the need to harmonise the

forms used by banks for customer

due diligence, so introduced a

Form B (Account Opening Form

for Incorporated and Non-

Incorporated Entities). It was this

Form B which introduced TIN

amongst other new requirements.

It is not clear if the inclusion of

TIN in the form was a request from

the FIRS, as one is quite uncertain

why the CBN proposed same

forms for both Companies and

Business Names knowing that

both have different legal

personalities and that the income

taxes of Business Names are paid

by the proprietors through Direct

Assessment. It was this Form B

which lead to the one size fits all

approach of the banks, as a more

useful approach would have been

to request for TINs for companies

and VAT Reg. numbers for

Business Names.

Interestingly, Form A which was

also issued by the CBN for

opening accounts for Individuals,

also contains a provision for TIN,

but the banks have never insisted

on having individual tax numbers

before opening a bank account for

an individual, making it obvious

that the Tax Identification Number

requested by the banks in Form A

are those issued by FIRS.

It is obvious that the legal

personalities created by law cannot

be subverted by the Banks, CBN

or the FIRS. Regulatory action

must stay within the confine of

established laws. The practice of

requesting that Business Names

obtain TIN from the FIRS is

wrong. If identification is required

for tax purposes by banks, the

Payer ID issued to Business Name

proprietor(s) for purposes of Direct

Assessment by State revenue

authorities should suffice. If the

CBN is interested in capturing the

appropriate taxes due from

Business Names to FIRS, then

Form B should be amended to

include VAT registration number,

as that is the only tax due to FIRS

from a Business Name.

In 2017, the CBN in its circular

with ref number: BPS/DIR/GEN/

CIR/04/005 dated July 3, 2017,

generation and a weak

electricity transmission grid

have continued to affect the

transition of the sector.

introduced the Bank Verification

Number, BVN which collects

identification data from all banks

on their customers, thereby

ensuring effectiveness of Know

Your Customer, KYC. This rather

elaborate verification is sufficient

customer due diligence or KYC

identification and unless there are

other peculiar reasons why TINs

are required to open a bank

account, they should be removed

from the CBN Form B, as the Bank

is not a tax authority.

While the action of restricting

accounts without proper legal

authorisation flies in the face of due

process and should be challenged

with heavy damages imposed on

banks allowing themselves to be

so used, it is important that the

regulatory bodies clarify the

position on Business Names. This

category allows many small and

medium scale businesses enter the

formal sector. This group requires

protection and not to be used as

battered ram in double taxation.

The FIRS and the CBN as a matter

of importance should stop issuing

TIN to Business Names or

requiring that they have one to

open bank accounts.

Omuli Iwere is a Legal

Practitioner with Joots Attorneys

in Lagos.

C

M

Y

K


24 Vanguard, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019

08052202308 (sms only)

Solution to Oshodi/Apapa gridlock underway

PTD National Chairman

*Says mvmt of tankers on highways now restricted from 7 am to 7pm

NATIONAL Chairman

of Petroleum Tanker

Drivers, PTD, branch

of the Nigeria Union of

Petroleum and Natural Gas

Workers, NUPENG, Salimon

Oladiti, in this chat with

Vanguard speaks on the

protracted Oshodi/Apapa

gridlock, tanker accidents on

high ways among others.

Excerpts

Stories by Victor Young

*Mr. Salimon Oladiti,National Chairman, Petroleum

Tanker Drivers.

Irresponsible individuals

Driving tanker is our

profession. Before you can

become anything in life such

as lawyer, journalist even in

white collar jobs, you have to

start from somewhere. What

you should know is that

tanker drivers are people from

poor background. Even if you

are very brilliant in your

elementary school, by the

time you want to advance to

the secondary and higher

level of education, your

parents may not be able to

afford it. You do not have anybody

to take up the

responsibility of training you

or funding your education,

but you have to do something

in life. This scenario is not peculiar

to tanker drivers. Other

people like bricklayers,

carpenters, artisans and so

on, got there because of their

poor background.But some of

us have been able to educate

ourselves to the university

level that today, there are

tanker drivers that are BSc.

holders and we have continued

to do whatever we can to

educate ourselves. People

who think tanker drivers are

irresponsible are the ones that

are irresponsible.

When I became the national

chairman of Petroleum Tanker

Drivers, PTD, few years ago,

part of my programmes was

to ensure that cases of road

accidents involving tanker

drivers were brought to the

barest minimum. I set up a

committee to do a research to

find out the major causes of

road accidents involving

tankers. What we transport is

highly inflammable products

and we need to take safety

as a very serious business.

Before, hardly would a day

pass without you hearing

about tanker accident with

loss of lives and property.

After the research, we discovered

that up to 70 per cent of

the tanker accidents happened

at night. We decided

to restrict the movement of

tankers at night and ensure

they only move from 7 am to

7pm . That has helped to

reduce the frequency of

tanker accidents. We have a

good working relationship

with the Federal Road Safety

Corps, FRSC. The partnership

has been yielding results.

Today, any sincere Nigerian

can confirm that the

rate of accidents involving

tankers have gone down

drastically.

Training

The training of tanker

drivers is a continuous

exercise and we have been

training our members since I

became national chairman of

PTD. Three years ago, we

trained over 5000, two years

ago, over 6000 and last year,

we trained almost 8000

tanker drivers. This year, we

have done the training for the

Lagos zone comprising all

the states in the South-West

and Ilorin; we have done the

training for Kaduna zonal

council comprising the old 19

states ofNorthern Nigeria.

We have equally done the

Warri and Port Harcourt zonal

councils. I do not have the

total number that we have

trained since the exercise

started, but most of the drivers

have been trained. For the

leaders of the Union, we have

been having oversea

training. Most of us have

been peer educators. Three

years ago, we were in the

United States, last year, we

were in Italy. The oversea

training is mainly for training

and re-training on how to

handle equipment, how to

behave on the roads, respect

for other road users. We thank

God that our members have

been seeing the results of the

trainings.

Apapa gridlock

Tanker drivers do not have

any business staying on a

particular place and parking

for more than one of two days.

If the product is available, a

tanker driver does not need

to stay more than one day to

load the product and go to

his destination. But

articulated trucks especially

the containerized truck

drivers can afford to stay on

the road and in one place for

days, weeks or months. They

can afford to park for days or

months in a place. May be

they want to return their containers

and there is no place

because the port is congested.

All the parking slots

in the port have been given

to different kinds of people

and organisations that have

nothing to do in the ports.

They have taken over the

places meant for these containers

. But for tanker drivers,

when the product is available,

they will call you to come and

load at the loading depot and

after loading, you go to your

destination.

For the gridlock on the

Apapa- Oshodi Expressway,

the security agents should be

held responsible, especially

the officials of the task force .

They know that the tanker

driver will not want to waste

time, they have taken the opportunity

to extort the tanker

drivers and other truck

drivers. However, I am aware

the government is doing

something about the situation.

Recently, the

government set up a committee

through the Vice-

President, Professor Yemi

Osinbajo, SAN to address the

complaints of stakeholders

and other Nigerians over this

issue. I could not attend the

meeting but I sent somebody

to represent PTD because I

am not based in Lagos. They

can call for a meeting at any

time. The plan is to withdraw

all the security agencies especially

Naval personnel and

soldiers because they are the

ones causing the gridlocks on

that road. They are looking

for money and not to see to

free flow of traffic. They deliberately

cause gridlock to

force truck drivers who want

to escape the gridlock to pay.

Our members are suffering

seriously because of this. It

has been very frustrating for

our members. To stay at a particular

place for three, four or

more days, is frustrating. It

means you take your bath,

wash, eat and so on at the

place. It has a very serious

health implication. However,

like I said, the government is

trying to do something on the

issue of gridlock in Lagos.

Product distribution

I commend the present

government. About seven or

eight years ago, it was very

difficult to transport products

across the country. But since

this government took over, all

the depots including in the

South-West are working. I

mean system 2B of NNPC is

working and we have a good

working relationship with

PPMC. They have been

doing very good work.

Recently, they sent our

leaders for training in Dubai.

This has encouraged us to

have better relationship with

them. At present, no part of

this country can complain of

shortage of products. We take

products to every nook and

cranny of the country.

Incessant strike

It is not true that we like

strike. We also have families.

I told you that many of us are

university graduates. It is

only in Nigeria that people

believe that because you are

a graduate, you must look

for white collar jobs. In other

parts of the world especially

in advanced countries, even

if you want to be a barber, you

must be educated.

These artisans we talk

about are those that make

money in advanced countries

than people in white collar

jobs. Their pay is in hours.

Tanker drivers are responsible

people and do not go on strike

for the fun of it. It is when it is

absolutely necessary and

unavoidable that we go on

strike.

Education

Education is very important

to any human being. Do not

allow your poor background

to deny you education. I

educated myself. If you can

express yourself well, you are

educated. You have God's wisdom

and native intelligence,

if you can combine both, you

are more than a professor.

However, I want to use this

medium to tell tanker drivers

to continue to educate themselves

because they do not

know where they may find

themselves in future.

No alternative to fighting

together as workers ---- AJAERO

NOW, more than ever

before, the pressures

confronting Nigerian workers

and the trade union

movement have increased

and taken on greater dimensions.”

These were the words of

President of United Labour

Congress of Nigeria, ULC,

Joe Ajaero, while addressing

workers and guests at the

Surulere, National Stadium

venue of the May Day Rally,

by ULC affiliates and friends.

According to him: “We

have observed the dangerous

tendencies of our social

partners to commit to acts that

increasingly endanger our

survival as workers and trade

unions. These mounting

global and local challenges

have remained unabated and

stand at the threshold of

history. With our jobs disappearing;

while work is becoming

increasingly precarious

and our workplaces

becoming centres of stress, inequality

and wanton deprivation,

the ability of trade unions

to function effectively

has become grossly compromised.

“The lessons of the Minimum

Wage struggle are still

very fresh in our minds. The

resistance to workers' interests

and the various impediments

consciously erected by the

government, bears greater

testimony on the urgent and

clear need for the movement

to actively work together in

pursuing our objectives at all

levels of engagement.

“We remain one people

with one ideology. Our

destinies are tied together

and any leader of our movement

that lacks this

understanding is not worthy

of our proud traditions. Our

individual ambitions and desires

must all be subjected to

the collective will. It is only

by acting and working together

that we can hope to

achieve in a sustainable manner

our individual objectives

while lifting workers and the

masses from the doldrums of

servitude, hunger and

poverty.


Vanguard, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019 25

Fayemi

laments gender

discrimination

in elections

By Dayo Johnson

ife of Ekiti State Governor,

WErelu Bisi Fayemi has

lamented that Nigerian women

still struggle for full

recognition of their rights and

personhood in spite of the 1999

Constitution which prohibits

discrimination on ground of

gender and the rights of women

to participate in elections as

voters and candidates.

Fayemi said this while

delivering the 5th

Distinguished Guest Lecture at

the University of Medical

Science, Ondo in Ondo State

entitled: Clapping With One

Hand: Female Education,

Leadership And The Quest For

National Development.

According to her: “Women

constitute 49 per cent of the

country’s population, yet,

their key role is inadequately

acknowledged in political and

economic arenas.

Citing the National Bureau of

Statistics, the first lady said 65

per cent of Nigerian women

live below the poverty line, and

women continue to be

disproportionately affected by

poverty in both rural and

urban settings.

“Researchers have shown

that in the organisation of

various traditional

governments in the precolonial

era, women held

powerful positions and thus

had a voice in the decisionmaking

processes.

“Since 1954 in the South and

1979 in the North following the

return to civilian politics,

Nigerian women have been

constitutionally empowered

to vote.

She therefore regretted that

“in spite of all this, Nigerian

women still struggle for full

recognition of their rights and

personhood.

According to her:

“Millions of women and

girls still suffer from the

feminisation of poverty,

lack of access to basic

resources, diseases, violent

conflict and the complex

use of culture, religion and

tradition to render women

voiceless.

Speaking on the issues

affecting women’s access to

political spaces and

representation in the

country, Fayemi said that

the percentage of women

elected to the National

Assembly

was

“approximately 5 per cent

which is very low.

By Ebunoluwa Sessou

As part of efforts to ensure

inclusiveness and

gender equality in

governance as well as

decision-making, the

Nigerian Association of

Chambers of Commerce,

Industry, Mines and

Agriculture,NACCIMA, will

install Hajiya Saratu Iya

Aliyu as its 20th National

President at an investiture

and inauguration ceremony

which holds today, May

16, 2019, at NACCIMA’s

59th AGM in Kaduna,

Nigeria.

Before her new position,

Aliyu had served

NACCIMA in various

capacities over two

decades. She is the

immediate past

chairperson of the

Coalition of the Northern

States Chambers of

Commerce, 1st and 2nd

Deputy President,

NACCIMA; National Vice-

President, NACCIMA;

President, Kaduna

Chambers; 1st and 2nd

Deputy President, Kaduna

Chambers and Treasurer,

NACCIMA.

Aliyu’s wealth of

leadership and

management spanned four

“The level of representation of

women in elective positions has

gone down during the three

general elections, 2011, 2015 and

2019.

“ln Nigeria, women occupy

about 30 per cent of all the posts

in the public sector and 17 per

cent in senior management and

decision- making positions.

Fayemi noted that “in the

absence of a level-playing field,

female candidates will always

come up short and the electoral

tally in Nigeria will always be

skewed in favour of men.”

She equally identified increased

incidences of violence and high

level of intimidation against

women as threat to their political

participation in the country.

According to her, research and

anecdotal evidence in the country

have shown that “violence or

the perception and or real fear

of violence are a major

deterrent for women to

engage effectively in politics.

“The latest numbers of these

incidents reportedly take place

during political campaigns or

rallies while others occur at

political party events.

According to her: “This

further underscores the real

need to engage political parties

in promoting peaceful

elections in Nigeria.

Fayemi, however, said that

“strategies such as the use of

affirmative action and quotas

even if only on a short-term

basis could make all the

difference for Nigerian women.

On issues militating against

women’s access to political

leadership and decisionmaking,

the wife of the

governor classified five broad

categories.

These, according to her,

include cultural and attitudinal

barriers, inaccessible political

machineries, financial

investment required, violence

and the role of the media.

Fayemi, therefore, submitted

that: “There can be no progress

without women’s full and equal

participation in leadership.

Nigeria needs to stop clapping

with one hand."

The Vice-Chancellor of the

University, Prof. Friday

Okonofua expressed worries

over the current rate of underrepresentation

of women in all

spheres of our national life.

He pointed out that “if

women are continually wished

away in important offices in the

country, it will amount to the

country clapping with only one

of its two hands, a situation that

will not augur well for us in

future.”

Hajiya Saratu Aliyu now 20th NACCIMA National President

Hajiya Saratu Iya Aliyu

*Erelu Bisi Fayemi

decades in private and public

sectors where she served in

various capacities including

Chairperson of Job Creation and

Sustainable Livelihood, UNDP-

Assisted programme, Commerce;

Vice- President, Nigerian-

American Chamber of

Commerce, Kaduna chapter;

Vice-Chairman, Agricultural

Trade Group of Kaduna

Chambers; Member, UNDP

Stakeholders Board on job

Creation & Sustainable

Livelihood, Kaduna; Member,

Coordinating unit of Poverty

Eradication Programme in

Kaduna; Member, Nigerian

Shippers Council; Member,

FEAP Stakeholders Board and

Treasurer, Nigeria-Niger

Chamber of Commerce amongst

several others. Aliyu was a

lecturer at Kaduna Polytechnic

and Ahmadu Bello University

Zaria.

Aliyu’s passion in the

development of women is seen

in her commitment and

involvement with different

women groups. She was

President of Police Officers'

Wives Association, Yola chapter;

President of Police Officers'

Wives Association, Kaduna

chapter; President, Public

Officers' Wives Association, Yola;

Vice-President, Retired Armed

Forces and Police Officers

Association; Treasurer, Forum for

African Women Educationists

and Life Member, Planned

Parenthood Federation of

Nigeria among other

associations.

Aliyu has attended several

leadership fora, conferences

and seminars both national

and international including

World Conference on Women

Heads of Entrepreneurs in

Brussels; Conference of

Women Heads of

Organisations in Washington

DC, and Seminar for African

Chambers of Commerce in

Beijing China, among others.

She graduated from the

Ahmadu Bello University,

Zaria, Nigeria with a

Bachelor’s degree in

Education. She is a

professional with

exemplary leadership

skills and the Managing

Director of Sarat Group of

Companies.

Although she was born

on September 24, 1948 in

Lagos, Aliyu who is from

Borno State, schooled in

Kaduna and Zaira. She is

married to Aliyu from

Niger State.

She lives in Kaduna with

her husband, Senator Nuhu

Labbo Aliyu, a retired Deputy

Inspector-General of Police

and they are blessed with

children and grandchildren.

C

M

YK


26 Vanguard, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019

Group calls for release of Leah Sharibu

Groups condemn assault of

...as she marks 16th birthday in Boko Haram’s women campby security agencies

A

By Ebunoluwa Sessou

orgnisation, non-governmental

Calatyst for

Global Peace and Justice, CPJ,

has called on President

Muhammadu Buhari to ensure

the release of Miss Leah

Sharibu, the only captive of the

110, kidnapped Dapchi school

girls from North-Eastern part of

Nigeria on February 19, 2018.

The group through its

Convener, Pastor Abraham Sam

Ayedogbon, who is also the

Senior Pastor, Realm of Glory

Churches, made the call while

marking the 16 th birthday of

Leah Sharibu on Tuesday, May

14 in Lagos.

Leah Sharibu is celebrating

her 16 th birthday today, May 16,

in Boko Haram’s camp as she is

joined by different people from

all parts of the world as a

heroine and a role model.

Celebrating Leah, the group

carried placards with different

inscriptions including: Today is

Leah’s birthday. Leah turns

sixteen. Dear Leah, full of courage

and strength. You are not

forgotten. You are not forsaken. We

love you. Hero of faith. Our symbol

of strength and freedom,” all

these and more were used to

describe Leah.

Songs of Fredom for Leah from

the group was another aspect of

the event that cannot be

forgotten as well as cutting of

the cake and a prayer session

conducted on her behalf.

Speaking on the need for her

release, Ayedogbon explained

that leaving Leah in captivity is

indicative of government’s

failure.

“She is an epitome of the ideal

Nigerian, girl and woman. Leah

Sharibu has become the

conscience of the nation. Leah

Sharibu’s courage is the power

of our conviction, Leah

Sharibu’s decision, selflessness

to stand for her faith rather than

embrace comfort in the place of

compromise, is an inspiration to

every person of conscience.

“It is something that every

person of goodwill should

celebrate and also demand the

release of Leah Sharibu. We are

in short supply of role models

and heroes in our clime and God

has proven to us through Leah

that we should look among the

girls/women.

“So, we feel that Leah should

not be forgotten and forsaken

because she represents what

Nigeria needs, she represents

what can change the world.

“Every day she spends in

captivity is indicative of

government's failure; every day

she spends in captivity is soiling

the senselessness of the

insurgence.

“Every day she spends in

captivity is showing to us the

faith in God because she did not

compromise. So, today, being

her 16 th birthday reminds us

that she took the decision when

she was 14 years. This is the

second birthday she will be

celebrating in captivity.

“We feel there is no birthday

opportunity than her 16 birthday to roll out the drums

and we are doing this in all our

formations in about 30 branches

of Catalyst for Global Peace and

Justice, CPJ, and Realm of Glory

Churches nationwide and we are

collaborating with other groups

including the Para-Mallam

Foundation, the CWEEN Women

group, the Leah Sharibu

Foundation across the country

as well as churches across

different countries including

Australia, United States, Europe,

South Africa among others.

“This celebration is going on

and we are waiting for the day

she will be out to celebrate with

all of us,”he said.

Asked if it is only about

celebrating Leah’s birthday, he

said: “It is about Leah. We do not

want to use this medium to

promote the failure of the

government. We have taken on

the government at different

levels.

•Cross section of CPJ

members in Lagos marking

the 16th birthday of Leah

Sharibu

She is an

epitome of an

ideal Nigerian,

girl and

woman

Why I established ‘Sisi Eleniyan’

Lawmaker

By Ebunoluwa Sessou

Member of the Lagos State

House of Assembly in the

8th Assembly, Mr. Segun Olulade,

APC, has disclosed the rationale

behind the establishment of Sisi

Eleniyan saying that it was to

further strenghten the womenfolk

in their involvement in politics

especially in Epe area of Lagos and

Nigeria in particular.

The lawmaker who is

representing Epe Constituency II

spoke with WO in an exclusive

interview at a valedictory

Dinner/Media Meet with Lagos

State House of Assembly

C o r r e s p o n d e n t s

Association,LAHACA, in Ikeja.

Olulade who advised the

womenfolk to be more focused in

championing their cause in the

politics of Nigeria, said that the

•Olulade

tremendous support he enjoyed

from them enabled him record

success.

“I would say they are my major

political strength.

“They have played critical role

in ensuring my political

advancement and that is why, I

do not joke with them. What we

have been doing is to ensure that

we engage them and some of

them have attended seminars

•Leah Sharibu

and they have been given

opportunities to believe in

themselves.

“My idea is that once you

empower a woman, you are

taking care of the entire family.

Lots of my supporters are

women and they have been

supporting me."

Olulade, however, advised

political office holders in

Nigeria to strive to render

selfless service to their

constituents bearing in mind

that they will leave office one

day.

“Politicians should have it at

the back of their mind that they

will leave office one day.

They should not lose focus

but serve the people. We

shall all be remembered by

what we have done or failed

to do while in office. We

must be conscious and

mindful of the people by

being selfless and we shall

remain relevant in people’s

mind by so doing.

“Whatever we do with our

position, whether good or

bad, will come back to us,”

he said.

Olulade, a former

Chairman, House

Committee on Healthcare

Services, said although

former Governor Bola

Tinubu of Lagos State was no

longer in office, he was still

relevant because he invested

in people. Title would not

take you far, what will take

you far is your contribution

and service to the people.

To be in government is not

just about being called a

lawmaker, Governor or

President, one day, you will

leave office.

“We have confronted them

and did protests in Abuja and

across the nation and we are still

going to do more not for Leah

but for every person in captivity.

It is not because Leah is a

Christian; if we find a Muslim

who is being held captive

because of her faith and she

is courageous enough to

stand for what she believes,

we will come out for her.

“This is about the dignity of

humanity. Today is a great

occasion to celebrate her

because it is her birthday. We

Only women, no man assaulted

at Abuja nite club--Group

By Ebunoluwa Sessou

Some groups of women

comprising women’s

organisations, activists, scholars,

civil society and human rights

organisations in Nigeria, have

strongly condemned the recent

raids, public humiliation, assault

and sexual harassment of over 100

women in Abuja by the agents of

the Federal Capital Territory

Administration,FCTA Joint Task

Team, comprising the Department

of Development Control, Abuja

Environmental Protection Board,

AEPB and the Social Development

Secretariat, SDS. These agents

raided the Caramelo Night Club

and other clubs on two different

occasions within one week - April

17 and 26, 2019.

While calling on the Federal

Government to look into the cases

of all the women who were

assaulted while in detention by

the state, the group disclosed that

during the raids, the agents

arrested several women, who

reported they had been sexually

assaulted and sexually harassed

and some were raped. The assault

left injuries in the vaginas of some

do not have to rob her of that.

The loudness of this

celebration is a direct

statement and also a

confrontation with the

government by way of using it

to awaken the consciousness of

the government.

“They think election is over,

therefore, Leah should be

forgotten. But we are saying

with the efforts of the media

personnels, Leah cannot be

forgotten nor forsaken. Whilst

we are celebrating her, they

cannot sleep or rest in peace

because they know that the

Nigerian people have chosen

not to forget her.

“And if the government

continues to forget her and

treat her as if she is

insignificant, they are

recording mass failure," he

said.

For Leah’s mother, he said:

“The success of every mother

is to raise up a generation that

will be better than the parents.

That is what Leah’s mother and

the father have achieved. They

live to see their daughter

becoming a global hero

through her conviction and

upbringing without much

affluence.

“Global icons including

Prof. Wole Soyinka, T-Mac,

among others, are celebrating

Leah. I believe this should be

an encouragement to Leah’s

parents that at times, the will

of God is not pleasant but it

will always end gloriously and

they should be proud of their

daugther.

“I believe the good people of

Nigeria will all join Leah’s

parents to welcome Leah back

sooner than later and then, our

joy will be full.

of the arrested women and many

were psychologically traumatised

by the experience.

In a Press statement issued and

signed by all the various groups,

the representative, Ms. Iheoma

Obibi revealed that the FCTA

Joint Task Team had

unilaterally and without respect

for human rights, chosen to

contain any “environmental

nuisance” the night club

allegedly was causing to target

and attack young women in the

club, particularly dancers and

strippers.

“The agents appeared to be

specifically targeting women

while no male guest was arrested

or harassed. In fact, several

female guests in and around the

night club were also targeted and

harassed. Women were brutally

dragged out by male officers who

beat them, and some women were

stripped naked. The violence

inflicted on these women was

vicious and targeted. They

suffered this treatment because

they were women and these

officers were confident that they

Continues on page 27

*Nigerian girls sexually abused culled from www.alaraby.co.uk


Vanguard, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 201927

Only women, no man assaulted at Abuja nite club--Group

Continued from page 26

can get away with it.

“We were further shocked by the

reports that a mobile court at the

Old Parade Ground in Area 10,

Abuja on the afternoon of 29th

April, 2019, convicted many of

these women in unfair trials and

some of them were sentenced to

prison or fined for an offence that

is unknown to law.“

Nigeria is signatory to many

international and regional human

rights treaties including the

Convention on the Elimination of

all Forms of Discrimination

Against Women,CEDAW; and the

Protocol to the African Charter on

Human and Peoples’ Rights on the

Rights of Women in Africa,

Maputo Protocol, which protects

the human rights of women to

dignity, equality, liberty and

freedom from violence. The

Violence Against Persons

Prohibition Act applicable in the

FCT also prohibits all forms of

violence against all persons

irrespective of gender, and

regardless of whether it was

committed in private or in public,

while stipulating punishments for

offenders and remedies for

victims. The 1999 Nigerian

Constitution equally provides for

fundamental human rights

including the rights to dignity

section 34; right to fair hearing

section 36, and right to freedom

from discrimination section 42.

“In October 2017, the ECOWAS

Community Court of Justice in the

Dorothy Njemanze & 3 Ors v. the

Federal Republic of Nigeria,

pronounced that the act of

•Wife of Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu (middle), wife of Ogun

State Governor, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun (left) and wife of Niger State Governor, Dr Amina

Abubakar Bello, during the Governors’ Spouses’ Summit at the Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa,

Abuja recently.

By Florence Amagiya

Ladies and lovers of beauty

would arguably do

anything to stay beautiful for

a longer period of time.

They would also go to any

length to make the hand of

time to stop. It is no wonder

they wouldn’t mind going

under the knife to have that

perfect shape and look. On

the other hand, the Asians,

long time ago, discovered

orthodox method of keeping

their race beautiful and the

women are no exception.

Today, it is a known fact that

the Asian women live longer

targeting women and harassing

them by the Abuja Environmental

Protection Board,AEPB, and other

state security agents constituted

gender-based discriminatory

treatment, torture, cruel

inhuman and degrading

treatment. The Court also

recognised that Nigeria has a duty

to investigate, discipline and

prosecute persons responsible for

violating these human rights.

Therefore, the failure or refusal to

do so in the cases reported to it

The continued

harassment of

women by the FCT

Joint Task Force

should stop

immediately as it

constitutes gender

discrimination, a

violation of human

rights, unlawful

amounted to a further violation

of the state’s international

obligations.

“These raids by the FCT Joint

Task Force are in contravention

of the laws and treaties which

Nigeria is bound to uphold. We

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therefore demand that the federal

authorities particularly the Police

and the FCT Minister, investigate

all the allegations of abuse, illtreatment

and violence including

rape and other forms of sexual

assaults, to which these women

were subjected, and where the

agents are found culpable, they

must be brought to justice before a

competent court that meets

international human rights

standards without delay. The

government should also provide

psycho-social support and

compensation for the victims.

They, however, called on the

government to release the

women immediately and

unconditionally from this

unlawful and discriminatory

detention and from the proposed

forced three months arbitrary

rehabilitation at the FCT

rehabilitation centre in Lugbe,

Abuja, which would further

violate these women’s rights to

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“The continued harassment of

women by the FCT Joint Task

Force should stop immediately as

it constitutes gender

discrimination, a violation of

human rights, unlawful,

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with total disregard for the rule

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“We will not hesitate to take

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constitutionality of the raids

targeted against women if the

state does not take immediate

action to stop these

harassments,” she warned.

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you have always prayed for.

Sickle Cell Anemia:

Expert warns intending couples

over fake genotype results

….calls for massive public enlightenment campaigns

By Gabriel Ewepu

ABUJA- AS young people

plan to get married and

have children, a genetics expert

and President/Founder, EO

Foundation, Prof. Cyril

Otoikhian, has warned

intending couples over rising

fake genotype results from substandard

medical laboratory

operators across the country.

Otoikhian raised the alarm

following rising complaints

and cases coming to his

Foundation by couples and

family members who have

their genotype results

manipulated by quacks in the

industry. He was also

concerned about the poor

attention paid to the issue by

the government over the years

in terms of making laws that will

make it mandatory for young

people to go for genotype

testing before going into

marriage to avoid producing

children who will be carriers

and living with the disease

which often cripples the child’s

health, education, drains family

resources and could eventually

lead to death.

He also urged young people

not to be carried away by

affection at the detriment of

their lives and children who

would suffer the consequences,

and not to be cajoled by friends,

family and religious leaders into

I am talking

with the

university

management to

provide genotype

testing laboratory

facility to stop

this ugly trend I

refer to as

'science yahoo’

pains that would bring about

regrets, hopelessness and

frustration. He said aggressive

public enlightenment

campaigns should be

launched at all levels as EO

Foundation is currently doing

to safeguard young people's

future.

He further stated that there

is no treatment for the slow

killing monster called sickle

cell anemia, while drugs used

in relieving the pain are very

expensive and beyond the

reach of many sufferers and

carriers.

“Lots of genotype test results

are fake thereby leading

couples to face the pains of

giving birth to innocent

children who become carriers

and sufferers.

“I met a child of a medical

doctor and a nurse; an

innocent child that came as a

result of a fake laboratory test

report. I have interacted with

hundreds of such children and

let me say here that I suspect

this was the case with an

Abuja-based pastor whose wife

gave birth to SS child.

“Fake reports, fake

information, high cost of drugs,

several not going for tests,

some go for test but were given

fake report. These are some of

the components of the sickle cell

prohibition law we at EO

Foundation insist must contain

strict punishment for false

information and any corrupt act

regarding sickle cell

management.”

The Novena University don

also called on Nigerians to

boldly approach EO

Foundation with any fake

genotype result.

“Any person who has fake

report should come with it to

EO Foundation when we send

one or two fake laboratory

operators to prison for issuing

fake reports, then others will be

cautious.”

Meanwhile, he disclosed

what the Foundation is doing

to stem the tide of fake

genotype test results. “I am

talking with the university

management to provide

genotype testing laboratory

facility to stop this ugly trend

I refer to as ‘science yahoo’.”


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THERE are two main theories

of the social contract, both

linked to the protection of lives and

property. In the first, Thomas

Hobbes argues that men are

unbearably brutal.

Everyone is always in fear of

losing his life to another; even the

strongest man could be killed in

his sleep. In this state of nature,

Hobbes says, human life is

“solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and

short”. But, to avoid their own

deaths, men submit themselves to

a civil government to insulate them

from the arbitrary violence of

nature.

John Locke reached the same

conclusion but from a different

premise. The state of nature, he

posits, is not inherently barbaric.

Rather, it is a state of perfect liberty

to conduct one’s life free from the

interference of others. However,

even in that state, some people

could cause chaos by stealing

from, or killing,others. Many may,

as the law of nature allows, resort

to self-defence to protect their lives

and property, but that would lead

to a state of perpetual war. To avoid

a Hobbesian state of war, men

surrender their freedom to protect

themselves to the State to

safeguard their lives and property.

Whichever rationalisation you

prefer, whether Hobbes’s or

Locke’s, what’s clear is that civil

governments have their roots in an

implied social contract, under

which they must protect the lives,

properties and general well-being

of the people. It is from this

philosophical standpoint that we

derive the universal credo that the

Buhari vowed to keep Nigerians

safe: Why this mayhem?

first duty of a government is to

protect the lives and property of its

citizens.

Sadly, the utterly brutal state of

nature that Hobbes describes in

Leviathan now seems to exist in

Nigeria. Truth is, human life in

Nigeria today is, to use Hobbes’s

phrase, nasty, brutish and short,

with the prevalence and

rampaging of terrorists, bandits,

killer-herdsmen, cultists, suicide

bombers and so on.

Over the past weeks, stories of

rampant insecurity and loss of lives

and property have dominated the

Nigerian newspapers. Last

Thursday, this newspaper

screamed: “Worsening insecurity–

34 killed in four states!” In one

instance of the widespread

mayhem, armed bandits invaded

President Muhammadu Buhari’s

hometown, Daura, and kidnapped

a traditional leader. How

Hobbesian: not even the

President’s town is safe!

Yet, Nigeria has a civil

government,which means there is

an implied social contract. John

Locke argues that the justification

of the authority of any civil

government is the protection of

people’s lives, property and wellbeing,

and where that compact is

The president must

take responsibility for

finding the solution

to Nigeria’s security

challenges; he wasn’t

elected in 2015 or reelected

this year to

blame others!

destroyed, where such protection

is absent, the citizens have a right

to rebel or remove the government.

Well, Nigerians did exactly that

four years ago. In 2015, the then

president, Goodluck Jonathan,was

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denied re-election for failing to

protect Nigerians from the Boko

Haram terrorists. In their

desperation for a saviour,

Nigerians turned to a former

military dictator, General

Muhammadu Buhari.

Indeed, throughout the 2015

presidential election campaign,

Buhari talked tough and vowed to

deal decisively with the insecurity

problem and make Nigeria safer!

After winning the election, he

devoted his first press conference

to the issue (and corruption, of

course!)

The New York Times reported

that Buhari “did not smile” when

he talked about insecurity,

brandishing his military

experience as he repeated his vow

to stamp out insecurity in Nigeria.

To be sure, Buhari emanated

credibility, and few around the

world doubted that he would keep

his promise to make Nigeria safer.

But now, what? Last year, Nigeria

was ranked the fifth most

dangerous (that is least safe)

country in the world, according to

the Legatum Prosperity Index for

Safety and Security.

Although Boko Haram is not as

powerful as it used to be, but,

despite the repeated claim that it

had been “technically defeated”,

the terrorist group retains much of

its strength.

Indeed, in February last year, just

two weeks after the government

announced that Boko Haram was

on its death throes, the group

struck, abducting 105 schoolgirls

in Dapchi, YoboState, just as they

did in 2014 when they kidnapped

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the 276 Chibok girls. Many in the

international community believed

the government paid a ransom to

secure the release of the Dapchi

girls, although, sadly, that did not

include the Christian girl, Leah

Sharibu!

Yet, nothing demonstrates

President Buhari’s total failure on

national security than his tacit

support for the herdsmen who have

killed thousands of farmers across

the country. He did not once

condemn their mindless killings.

It wasn’t surprising when their

association, Miyetti Allah,

endorsed him in this year’s

election. Happily government has

quickly denied recent speculations

that it wanted to give Miyetti Allah

N100 billion. If true it certainly

would be unmitigated insults on

the thousands killed.

In all this, President Buhari is

always blame-shifting. He blamed

Gaddafi’s former soldiers for the

herdsmen’s atrocities. He recently

said Nigerian youths had made

banditry and kidnapping an

occupation.

But when would the President

accept that his first duty is to

protect the lives of Nigerians?

When would he recognise that, in

the end, no government can

protect lives and property without

first-class, impartial security

agencies and, more importantly,

without economic security and

political stability?

Buhari must take responsibility

for finding the solution to Nigeria’s

security challenges. He wasn’t

elected in 2015 or re-elected this

year to blame others!

Much ado about NASS leadership election

By Sufuyan Ojeifo

AHEAD of its June 11 inauguration,

there has been so much noise about

the mode of electing presiding officers of

the ninth National Assembly. Some

stakeholders canvass adoption of the secret

ballot system while some others favour open

ballot. Both have given reasons for their

respective stance. Secret ballot advocates

want confidentiality so that members can

freely cast their votes without fear of

victimisation by the superintending

machinery of the governing All Progressives

Congress, APC. Those pushing for open

ballot want a restraining process that could

be used to rein in members of the governing

party to vote for its endorsed candidates.

Open ballot puts members-elect under

intense pressure. It can influence the election

in favour of the governing party’s preferred

choices, excepting where members or some

members decide to dare the party and damn

the consequences.

Conversely, secret ballot gives members

the leeway to engage in real ‘monkey

business’. For the APC, the fear of ‘monkey

business’, now, is the beginning of wisdom.

Having been once beaten in the 2015

National Assembly leadership election when

Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara

upstaged its anointed candidates - Ahmad

Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila - for the

positions of Senate president and Speaker

of the House of Representatives respectively,

circumspection becomes imperative.

Interestingly, the APC’s anointed

candidates that were defeated in 2015 are

the same candidates being promoted by the

party to lead the National Assembly in 2019.

The question is: What has changed between

then and now to avert a repeat of the 2015

debacle? It is possible that a whole lot has

changed. But the attitude of the party

leadership suggests otherwise. The party

leadership and the anointed candidates do

not appear surefooted; otherwise, the mode

of election should not have mattered,

especially where the standing orders of the

Federal Legislature are unambiguous on

the voting mode.

The method of clothing leaderships at all

levels of government with authority or

legitimacy should not have been

problematic had the quest for power been

motivated by altruism. Selflessness is not

an exemplar in the government and

governance architecture of our nation.

Institutions and processes are always

circumvented to satisfy predetermined

narrow ends.

The agitation for the circumvention of the

extant standing orders of the National

Assembly, which provides secret ballot as

the mode of electing presiding officers,

speaks to the much fundamental malaise

afflicting our body-politic: the proclivity to

violating rules and regulations and the

impunity of scoffing the ramifications of the

breach. The system is sadly subordinated to

individuals’ whims or caprices. Pretenders

to leadership positions egregiously operate

the system in service of their selfish agenda.

Otherwise, I ask once more: Why, indeed,

would some individuals advocate the

adoption of open ballot when the standing

orders of both the Senate and the House of

Representatives clearly provide for secret

ballot?

The fault is in political elite’s mind-set of

deliberately placing personal interest over

collective, national interest. Political

leadership and power elite have always

manipulated the system in desperate and

selfish bids to appropriate authority and

commonwealth in furtherance of personal

gains. This is not solely APC’s problem.

Regardless, it is buckling under the weighty

pressure of its avowed determination to

deliver the individuals to whom it had

micro-zoned the leadership of the ninth

National Assembly, perhaps preparatory to

2023 presidential politics.

For a party that controls the majority in

the Federal Legislature, APC’s gravitas and

magisterial élan are on the line. Ordinarily,

it should have its way. But the acts of

politicians and their desperate quest for

power and positions are somewhat

shrouded in political statements that are, at

best, apocryphal. I believe stakeholders

should not resort to circumvention of the

rules in a bid to push through interests and

endorsements.

Instead of circumventing the rules, steps

should be taken by the National Assembly

to amend the rules in accordance with

popular aspirations. Usually, every session

of the National Assembly has the liberty to

do that. That was the reason the

seventh session of the Senate purportedly

amended the standing orders that the former

Clerk to the National Assembly, CNA, Salisu

Maikasuwa, used to inaugurate the

eighth session. The document, tagged:

Senate Standing Orders 2015 as amended,

comprises the extant rules regulating the

workings of the Senate. It provides for secret

ballot and it has yet to be amended. And as

long as it has not been amended, it remains

the document that will guide the incumbent

CNA, Mohammed Ataba Sani-Omolori, in

the inauguration of the ninth National

Assembly. The crux of the procedures is that

nomination of senators-elect for election as

presiding officers shall be addressed to the

CNA. Significantly, the rule mandates the

CNA to take charge and, specifically, in

Order 3(3)(9e) to proceed in this direction,

to wit: “When two or more senators-elect

are nominated and seconded as Senate

Why, indeed, would some

individuals advocate the

adoption of open ballot when

the standing orders of both

the Senate and the House of

Representatives clearly

provide for secret ballot?

president, the election shall be conducted

as follows: (i) by electronic voting; or (ii)

voting by secret ballot which shall be

conducted by the Clerks-at-the Table using

the list of the senators-elect of the Senate,

who shall each be given a ballot paper to

cast his vote, with the proposers and seconder

as Teller.” The same mode applies in the

House of Representatives.

Ostensibly, the APC leadership, acting in

concert with the Presidency, is ill-at-ease

with the secret ballot mode. It would have

loved to see members-elect of the party that

will dare to vote against its positions on the

floors of the two chambers. But for a member

of the seventh National Assembly, Senator

Yisa Braimoh, who represented Edo North

on the platform of the Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, open ballot should be adopted.

That was the mode that was adopted on

June 5, 2007 in the election that pitted David

Mark and George Akume against each

other. That was the first and only time open

ballot would be adopted in the Fourth

Republic Senate leadership election. Both

Mark and Akume belonged to the ruling

PDP. The standing rule was not specific on

the election mode. The party, under Ahmadu

Ali, had informed members-elect that Mark

was its candidate for Senate president and

Mulikat Adeola was its candidate for

Speaker. Although Mark won in the Senate

and Adeola lost to Aminu Tambuwwal who

dared to challenge the party’s decision,

Mark’s victory did not go without a strong

challenge on the Senate floor.

Incidentally, Braimoh was one of the

senators who voted for Akume in the open

ballot that was adopted, a move that

indicated their independent-mindedness

and courage to differ with the party. He and

other senators who voted for Akume,

however, received raw deals from the Mark

leadership in appointments into standing

and ad-hoc committees. In retrospect,

Braimoh believes he took the right decision.

He believes open ballot will help to

strengthen democracy and independence of

the three arms of government.

According to him: “That is why I remain

of the firm belief that the open ballot system,

if adopted, now or permanently, will

guarantee the genuine wish of senatorselects

(and members-elect) for the

emergence of the Senate leadership. Secret

ballot safeguards hypocrisy, disloyalty and

pretence.” As appealing as his position

maybe, the fact remains that the standing

orders of both chambers have yet to be

amended and the CNA, who is a lawyer, will

be guided by the rules of both chambers on

the mode of election contained therein:

secret ballot. Until the rules are amended,

the agitation for open ballot remains futile.

•Ojeifo, editor-in-chief of The Congresswatch

magazine, wrote via ojwonderngr@yahoo.com


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YOUR LUCK TODAY

By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

TAURUS: Others may be willing to give you the needed

co-operation both at home and within your working

arena. This is a good day for lovers.

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have much to show for your efforts. Be more cooperative

you. Don’t neglect love.

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ideas and advice given to you by others. Be family

minded.

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things will not go wrong. The more willing you are to

take the initiative the better for you. Take your love life

more seriously.

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can, your success will attract others’ attention to you to

the betterment of your cause. Be ambitious.

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willing to support your cause but you will need to make

the necessary move. The more self assertive you are the

better.

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good opportunities along your career/business lines to

the betterment of your finances. Seek suppor of powerful

ones.

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working pattern in order to enhance your career prospects.

If you listen to your creative self, things will work

out fine for you. Be more loving.

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are savouring goodies offered you by mother nature.

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Watch carefully what you agree to do.

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DEAR JIMOH,

YOU WERE BORN ON A JUPITER RULED DAY -

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OF PISCES

MERCURY IN 28TH DEGREE OF AQUARIUS

VENUS IN 28TH DEGREE OF ARIES

MARS IN 7TH DEGREE OF CANCER

JUPITER IN ZERO DEGREE OF AQUARIUS

SATURN IN 27TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN

URANUS IN 22ND DEGREE OF LEO

NEPTUNE IN 11TH DECREE OF SCORPIO

PLUTO IN 6TH DEGREE OF VIRGO

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Make time for quiet moments. And go beyond the everyday

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Let go of intrusive memories that do not bring upliftment, try

not to fret about the future. Stay grateful in the moment.

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Emmanuel sets up

5-man c’ttee on

projects

verification,

compilation

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NUJ urges Okowa

•Grieves over two

lives lost to flood

By Chioma Onuegbu

U Udom YOGOVERNOR

Emmanuel of Akwa

Ibom State has inaugurated a fiveman

committee to verify and

compile all projects executed in

the state since the inception of his

administration.

The committee has the

Commissioner for Works, Mr.

Ephraim Inyangeyen as

Chairman, while the Accountant

General of the state, Pastor Uwem

Essien; Permanent Secretary,

Office of the Governor, Dr.

Nathaniel Adiakpan; Permanent

Secretary, Ministry of Works, Mr.

Effiong Essien, Secretary Finance

and General Purpose Committee,

FGPC, Mr. Janet Daniel are

members.

Inaugurating the committee at

the Executive Council Chamber,

Government House, Uyo,

Governor Emmanuel urged them

to carry out their assigned duties

with utmost commitment in order

to get accurate number of

projects, level of work and cost of

execution.

“The inauguration of this

committee is a step to fulfilling

the promises made by this

administration to ensure

transparency, accountability and

integrity in governance. It is

imperative to account for state

funds expended on

investments and projects

execution,” he said.

Governor Emmanuel charged

heads of government institutions

to cooperate with the committee

by furnishing them with accurate

information and documents,

saying that he looks forward to a

thorough report that would put

an end to speculations

occasioned by misinformation.

He also charged the committee

to ensure its report was submitted

before May 29, 2019.

The governor also sympathised

with the families of the two people

who lost their lives on Atiku

Abubakar Avenue, during Sunday

downpour.

He said the victims may have

been electrocuted because of the

cables that fell from electricity

poles during the downpour.

Ex-Niger Insurance CEO becomes

Alabo–elect in Opobo kingdom

By Cynthia Alo

R Group IVERSFORMER

Managing Director

and Chief Executive Officer of

Niger Insurance Plc, Dr. Justus

Uranta has emerged as the Alaboelect

of Queenstown in the heart

of Opobo Kingdom, Rivers State

following his appointment by the

Council of Queenstown.

He will be formally crowned on

June 7, 8 and 9, 2019 to serve his

people, after 35 years in the

insurance industry.

Clinton Uranta has over 20

years of experience at top

management level of Niger from

office as the GMD.

Prior to this, he held top

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Court rules on 21-year land dispute between

neighbouring C'River communities

By Ike Uchechukwu

CALABARJUSTICE Adie

Onyebueke of a Cross

Rivers State High Court sitting

in Akamkpa, has called for an

end to the protracted litigation

between neighbouring

communities over the ownership

of a parcel of land that adjoins

them.

The judge, who gave the advice

while giving judgment in suit No

HM/47/2001 between Akam and

Okukunela communities in Ikom

Local Government Area of Cross

River State said the role of the

court was to make peace and that

there was no litigation without an

end therefore, the two

communities should learn to live

in peace.

The Akam community

represented by Chief Alfred

Aluche and Chief Sunday Edim

instituted then action against the

Okukunela community

represented by Chief Ogar Egbe

and Chief Clement Eyaba over

ownership of Oyama farmland

between the two communities.

The Akam community in the suit

claimed that they were the

adjudged owners of the Oyama

farmland and that they were

entitled to the royalties accruing

and payable in respect of

resources exploited there from.

Group flays Uboh over attack on Emefiele

By Festus Ahon

ASABAAS

reactions

continue to trail the

reappointment of Mr Godwin

Emefiele as Governor of the

Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN,

the Concerned Agbor Citizens,

CAC, has called on the Federal

Government and the National

Assembly to ignore Mr. George

Uboh over his comment on the

reappointment of the CBN

Governor by President

Muhammadu Buhari.

The group in a statement by its

management positions in other

equally notable public

institutions such as NICON

Insurance Corporation, Federal

Ministry of Trade (Finance) and

Veritas Insurance Company

and also served on the Board

of the following companies:

Niger Insurance Plc; NIC

Properties Ltd; NIC Securities

& Trust Ltd; Beta Glass

Industries; Union Assurance

Co.; Express Discount Ltd and

Trustfund Pensions Plc

He is well known in his

community for his selfless

service to humanity which he

demonstrated in his contributions

to educational advancements in

his environment.

Chairman, Mr. Echi Obue, said

they are not unaware of the fact

that Uboh may be fronting for

some inordinate politicians who

do not care about the future of the

country.

Appealing to the National

Assembly and security agencies

including the courts not to listen

to Uboh, who pride himself as a

whistle blower, the group

applauded President Buhari for

reappointing their son, Emefiele.

According to Obue, Emefiele’s

regime had brought about relative

stability to the banking sector and

by extension the Nigeria’s

economy, saying; “Through his

astute managerial skills, the

country was able to exit the

economic recession in a record

time.

“In addition, the CBN under

his watch was able to create a

stable foreign exchange as well

as consolidate the commercial

banks through transparent

monitoring and control.

“While we were celebrating the

much deserved nomination of

Emefiele for another term, Uboh,

an Agbor son, decided to put

spanner in the wheels of our

growth as a people. For the

record, we are not going to deny

him.

“It needs be stated in clear terms

that the Agbor people are capable

of standing up to the momentary

gang up. That he has chosen to

point his ‘gun’ to his impeccable

brother clearly shows that he is

ready to autograph his downfall.''

And that the Cross River Forestry

Commission should be restrained

from paying the royalties to the

Okukunela community.

In his judgment, Justice

Onyebueke held that from

evidences provided by both

communities, it was the opinion

of his court that the land and the

forest cannot be separated and

therefore, ruled in favour of the

Akam community.

The judge said the only

document from the defendants to

confirm the identity of land was

the counter affidavit filed in their

appeal at the Magistrate’s Court

which in their paragraph 9

admitted is the same land.

“It is my view that amounts to

admission of judgment in exhibit

2 which the defendants went on

appeal at the Ikom Magistrate

Court but never contested the

identity of the land and in the

present action, they raised issues

of forest which is distinct from the

Oyama land which is an attempt

to confuse this court.”

He said from the findings, it was

clear the identity of the land was

not in dispute and the admission

both in pleading and in counter

affidavit that both the Oyama

farmland and forest are the same.

He granted the reliefs sought

by the claimants and awarded a

cost of N100,000 in their

favour and dismissed the

defendants counter affidavit at

the cost of N20, 000.

By Festus Ahon &

Ochuko Akuopha

A Union SABANIGERIA

of Journalists,

NUJ, Delta State Council, has

urged Governor Ifeanyi

Okowa to declare a state of

emergency on Okpanam

Road in the Asaba capital

territory, which it said had

been under construction for

over eight years without

completion.

It described the state of the

road, particularly the

Okpanam axis, as “an

embarrassment to the Asaba

capital territory and

counterproductive to the

promotion of the numerous

road projects embarked upon

and completed by the

government of Okowa.”

The state council of the union,

in a statement by its Chairman,

Mr Michael Ikeogwu and

Secretary, Comrade Churchill

Oyowe, advised Okowa to

revoke the contract and give it

to a competent contractor.

The statement noted that

Okpanam Road was “Too

strategic to the Asaba capital

territory to be left at the pace the

work has been going on,”

blaming the poor state of the

road on incompetence of the

contractor handling the project.

Lamenting the “inconsistent

progression of the work,” the

statement noted that observation

over the years indicated that

“whenever the contractor made

two steps forward, the flood

would drag the progress

backward by three steps.”

Saying that work had

stopped for some time now on

the road, the statement

lamented that with the rainy

season set to enter its peak

period, “The progress made

in recent time before the

stoppage of work might come

under serious threat as

experienced in the past.”

Commending Okowa for the

massive award of road

contracts across the state and

the completion of some, the

union, again, congratulated

him on his overwhelming

victory in the March 9

governorship election,

wishing him greater success

in the second tenure.

Oluba tackles Chevron over neglect of

host communities

A

member of Delta State

Waterways and Upland

Security Committee, Mr Timi

Oluba, has accused Chevron

Nigeria Limited of neglecting

its host communities in

Gbaramatu Kingdom and by

extension in Warri South West

and Warri North Local

Government Areas of the state.

Oluba, who spoke yesterday

in Warri, noted that the

unfolding events and massive

protest by host communities

against Chevron in the last

few days was an indication

that Chevron had failed in its

corporate social responsibility

to the host communities.

The youth leader in

Gbaramatu Kingdom, said “It’s

shameful that most of the host

communities don’t have

ordinary portable drinking

water, but Chevron staffer

drink good water. Chevron

appears to be only interested in

making profits from our crude

oil in our communities, but not

ready to develop our people,

employ youths and graduates

and empowering our people.

Chevron must change from its

present unfavourable ways and

do things the right way.”

He pointed out that Ijaws of

Gbaramatu and Egbema were

major victims of

marginalisation by Chevron,

warning that the ugly situation

must be quickly addressed.


34Vanguard, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019

Ebonyi gov election tribunal

strikes out Ogbuoji’s petition

By Peter Okutu

A BAKALIKI

E B O N Y I

Governorship Tribunal

sitting in Abakaliki,

yesterday, struck out the

petition filed by Senator

Sonni Ogbuoji of All

Progressives Congress,

APC, against Governor

David Umahi of Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP.

A motion for withdrawal

of the petition by Mr.

Ogbuoji came through

his counsel, Michael

Odo, at the resumption of

Kagbude emerges chairman

of Okirigwhre community

By Simon Adewale

IN keeping with its

tradition of installing

new leadership every

three years, Okirigwhre

community, in Sapele

Local Government Area,

Delta State, has sworn in

a new executive

committee, with Chief

Ventures Okagbude,

majority leader of Sapele

legislative arm in Sapele

Local Government,

emerging as chairman.

Swearing in the new

executives, the

community's legal

adviser, Chief Joseph

Egigba, admonished

residents of the

community to show love

to the people so as to help

the new leadership

ACPC holds prayer for air safety

AFRICAN Children of

Peace Club, ACPC,

an affiliate of African

Foundation for Peace and

Love Initiatives, AFPLI, in

partnership with Nigerian

Airspace Management

Authority, NAMA, and

Nigerian Civil Aviation

Authority, NCAA, will

hold its 24th Nigerian Air

Safety Prayer programme

hearing yesterday.

Counsel to Governor

Umahi, Okechukwu

Otukwu, PDP and the

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC, did not object the

motion.

The tribunal, chaired by

Justice A. Abdulkarim,

then struck out the petition.

It awarded the cost of

N100,000 against the

petitioner.

Ogbuoji had lost the

March 9 governorship

election to the incumbent

governor.

Youths laud FG on fight

against drug abuse

By Anayo Okoli

UMUAHIAA youth

group, Coalition of

South-East Youth

Leaders, COSEYL, has

lauded the Presidential

Advisory Committee for

the Elimination of Drug

Abuse, PACEDA, for the

steps it has taken to fight

drugs abuse by youths.

The group said work by

the committee, headed by

Brig. General Buba

Marwa(retd) would go a

long way in redirecting the

life of Nigerian youths,

many of whom took to

drugs out of frustration.

COSEYL, in a statement

by it President, Chief

Goodluck Ibem and

Secretary, Kanice Igwe,

commended the

committee's tour across the

country, saying “drug

abuse has eaten deep into

the fabric of the nation and

something needs to be

done urgently.

“We are confident that

Marwa has the mental

capacity and the requisite

knowledge on how to curb

the rising tide of drug

abuse and illicit drug

trafficking in the country.”

succeed, while advising

the new leaders that the

people should come first.

Responding, Chief

Kagbude said: “I must

thank you for your massive

support and I am saying

the development of the

community will be my

priority and I can assure

you of human capital

development.”

Other members of the

newly-sworn in executives

are William Eghaghara,

vice chairman; Eghwabofo

Akpoaisi, secretary; Eric

Odiete, treasurer;

Endurance Okpiwho,

PRO; Mr. Jim Ogufere,

Assistant Secretary;

Blessing Akpojevughe,

Spokesman, and

Emmanuel Agbamitotor,

Provost, among others.

today at NAMA’s office,

Muritala Muhammad

Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

The event, tagged The

Name of the Lord is a

Strong Tower, according to

a statement by the

Founding President of

AFPLI, Rev Titus

Oyeyemi, started in March

2007, following incessant

plane crashes.

Esimone beats 37 others to emerge UNIZIK VC

By Vincent

Ujumadu

AWKAA

former

Deputy Vice

Chancellor, Administration,

at the Nnamdi Azikiwe

University and a professor

of pharmacy, Charles

Esimone, has defeated 37

other contestants to emerge

the Vice Chancellor of the

institution.

The Governing Council of

the university has already

approved the appointment

through a letter dated May

14 by the Pro-Chancellor

and Chairman of the

Council, Alhaji Azeez

Bello.

The letter read in part: “In

accordance with the

provisions of Section 4 of

First Schedule, Nnamdi

Azikiwe University Act

CAP 139, LFN 2004 as

amended by the

Universities

(Miscellaneous Provisions)

(Amendment) Act 2007 Act

No 1, I have the pleasure

to convey the approval of

the Governing Council of

your appointment as the

Vice-Chancellor, Nnamdi

Azikiwe University, Awka.

“The appointment, which

shall be for a single term of

five years, is with effect from

Tuesday, June 4. A copy of

this letter is being

forwarded to the

Honourable Minister of

Education for the

information of the Visitor to

the University.”

Esimone would succeed

Professor Joseph Ahaneku,

whose tenure ends on

June 3.

The institution’s Director

of Information and Public

Relations, Dr. Emmanuel

Ojukwu, said yesterday

that 38 persons applied for

the position, while seven

were shortlisted for

interview, after which

Esimone came first.

Esimone was born on

December 31, 1970 in Tiko,

Cameroon. He graduated

from St. Joseph’s College

Sasse, Cameroon, with

B.Pham, M. Pharm and

PhD from the University of

Nigeria, Nsukka.

EDUCATION CONFAB: From leftChief Executive Officer, Executive Trainers Ltd., Ajoke

Ogunsan; former Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayatu Rufai; former Executive Secretary, National

Universities Commission, NUC, Professor Peter Okebukola, and Chairman, Executive Trainers Ltd., Dr.

Ayodele Ogunsan, at the ongoing British Council GOING GLOBAL Higher Education Conference at Berlin

Congress Centre, Berlin, Germany.

History ‘ll vindicate meOkorocha

By Chidi

Nkwopara

O WERRITHE

outgoing governor of

Imo State, Chief Rochas

Okorocha, yesterday, said

history will vindicate him,

even as he admitted that he

is the most misunderstood

and controversial governor

the state has ever produced.

Okorocha, who bared his

mind at the commissioning

of the Justice Chukwudifu

Akunne Oputa High Court

Complex, Owerri, said his

passion and vision in trying

to reposition the state made

him to bend rules and

regulations while in office,

adding that he had no

regrets for his actions.

While arguing that if he

had strictly adhered to the

usual style of governance,

he would not have

achieved much, Okorocha

insisted that he “came in

through the window of the

masses and not through

the doors of the elite and I

am crazy in my vision and

passion for a greater Imo

State and nothing has

affected my oblongata.”

Continuing, the outgoing

governor opined that “for

resisting and restraining

some indigenes of the state

•Says he's scorned as ‘Okoro Hausa, Aboki’

to continue ‘business as

usual’ in government, I was

derided, scorned and

maligned as Okoro Hausa

and Aboki.”

He took some time off to

enumerate what he

described as his achievements

in the past eight

years, stressing that his

works will speak for him.

His words: “Let my works

By Ugochukwu

Alaribe

A BAFORMER

chairman of All

Progressives Grand

Alliance, APGA, in Ebonyi

State, Chief Jerry Obasi,

has said Governor Willie

Obiano of Anambra State

and the national chairman

of the party, Victor Oye,

want APGA dead.

He alleged that Governor

Obiano had hijacked the

party and plots to impose

Oye for a second term,

even when majority of

APGA members want a

new chairman.

Obasi, who stated this in

an interview with

Vanguard in Aba, added

speak for me after leaving

office. I am not in the

business of wasting the tax

payers’ money to commission

projects because I

believe that such funds

should be channelled to

other productive ventures.

I have set a standard which

any incoming governor

would not beat.”

Speaking also, the state’s

that most members of the

party are tired of Oye as

national chairman and

want him to give way to a

new chairman who will

reform the party in line with

the vision of its founders.

The APGA chieftain

explained that Obiano has

been frustrating efforts to

reform APGA and sack

what he described as the

inept Oye-led executive

APGA.

Obasi said: “Willie

Obiano and Victor Oye are

the problem of APGA. They

want APGA dead in order

to serve the interest of their

masters who don't wish

Ndigbo well.

“As a result of Obiano and

Oye’s inept leadership,

Chief Judge, Justice

Paschal Nnadi, said the

commissioning of the court

complex would go a long

way to reduce the current

suffocating situation of

insufficient court facilities,

which he said for many

years gave rise to the

uncomfortable situation

where two or more judges

shared one court hall.

Obiano, Oye want APGA dead Obasi

APGA has been losing

membership in the South-

East which is its strongest

support base. Founding

fathers and elders of the

party have been frustrated

into becoming spectators.

“They have hoarded

forms for the ward, local

government, state

congresses and national

convention from party

members who don't

support their activities.

“It is unfortunate that

attendance of NEC

meeting is now by

invitation. Statutory

members of the NEC and

BOT like Chief Victor

Umeh and Dim Ojukwu’s

widow, Bianca, are not

invited.”


Vanguard, THURSDAY, MAY 16 , 201935

Health bill rejection: Nigerian leaders

not in tune with reality NMA

•Says bill is to curtail reckless abuse of tax payers’ resources

By Chioma

Obinna & Gabriel

Olawale

NIGERIA

Medical

Association, NMA,

yesterday, lashed out at

members of House of

Representatives for throwing

out the bill seeking to

regulate international

medical trip by public

officials, saying: “Nigerian

leaders are disjointed with

reality in the health sector.”

Reacting to the action of the

lawmakers in a chat with

Vanguard, National

President of NMA, Dr.

Francis Faduyile, said

rejecting the bill on the

ground of fundamental

human right showed that

Nigerian leaders had not

seen the need to equip the

Nigeria hospitals.

He said: “It is sad and

highly disturbing to see

lawmakers throwing out

such a bill. Although it’s

personal for anybody to

obtain medical treatment

wherever he or she feels and

also natural that nobody

should force anyone to

obtain his or her medical

treatment anywhere but it’s

very unfortunate that in

Nigeria we have leaders

who are so disjointed with

the reality on ground and

have done a lot to destroy our

healthcare system to the

extent that it’s no longer

attractive.

“The idea behind the bill

is that if you patronise the

country's healthcare, you

will understand how good or

bad it is. If it’s not satisfactory

enough, you will think and

act on what can make it better.

"It is on this basis that NMA

and other civil organisations

demanded that all public

office holders should seek

healthcare services in our

public health institutions so

that they can see what they

are superintended upon.

“They need to understand

that sometimes there may be

an emergency and will be

left with no other option than

to access care first in the

country, but if they don’t put

it in better position, they

may end up regretting it one

day.

Corroborating his views,

formal NMA President, Dr

Osahon Enabulele, said: “It

is about curtailing the

reckless abuse of tax payers’

resources for sponsorship of

frivolous foreign medical

trips embarked upon by

political and public office

holders.

"Indeed, section 46 of the

National Health Act

recognises that any political

and public office holder who

wishes to seek foreign

medical care could do so at

his/her own expense without

expending resources

contributed by tax payers,

except for exceptional and

serious cases assessed by a

medical board and approved

by the Minister of Health or

the Commissioner of Health

(in the case of states).

“It is on record that since

2013 when I first raised

alarm on the humongous

capital flight out of Nigeria

caused by outward medical

Edo election tribunal to subpoena

8 for federal constituency seat

By Alemma Aliu

BENIN CITY –

EIGHT persons are to

be subpoenaed to testify

in Ovia Federal

Constituency petition,

which hearing will

commence on May 24

before Edo Election

Petitions Tribunal sitting in

Benin City, Edo State.

Counsel to parties in the

petition by Omosede

Igbinedion agreed on this

at the conclusion of the

pre-trial on the petition,

yesterday.

The eight persons are

part of the 144 witnesses

that will testify in the

petition challenging the

victory of Mr Dennis

Idahosa for Ovia Federal

Constituency election.

While the first

respondent (Independent

National Electoral

Commission, INEC), will

subpoena one person,

second and third

respondents, Dennis

Idahosa and All

Progressives Congress,

APC, will call five and two

persons respectively.

Counsel to the

petitioner, Mr Kingsley

Obamogie, said the

petitioner will present 71

witnesses and is

challenging results in 71

polling units in the

federal constituency.

The tribunal chairman,

Justice O. Ogundana,

announced May 24 as date

for the commencement of

hearing proper, adding

that the tribunal may sit on

Saturdays when necessary.

He also said to save time,

all objections should be

indicated in the course of

the trial and would be

addressed in the final

written addresses.

Justice Ogundana

allocated 14 days each, for

the counsel to conclude the

examination of their

witnesses.

2,300 artisans get N115m

grants from Delta govt

By Victor Young

DELTA

State

government has

commenced the

disbursement of grantsin-aid

to artisans in the

state as working capital to

boost their businesses.

The grants totaling

N115 million, is being

disbursed to over 2,300

artisans across the 25 local

government areas of the

state, Executive Secretary,

Delta State Micro, Small

and Medium Enterprises

Development Agency,

DSMSMEDA, Mrs

Shimite Bello, has said.

The target beneficiaries,

according to Bello,

include members of

Welders Association,

Fashion Designers

Association, Barbers

Association as well as Hair

Dressers Association.

While Barbers

Association and Hair

Dressers Associations

have 750 target

beneficiaries each,

Welders and Fashion

Designers Associations

have 300 and 500 target

beneficiaries respectively.

Speaking on the

development,

DSMSMEDA boss noted

that of the 2,300 target beneficiaries,

over 1,700 of

them had received their

packages from the

disbursement that began a

week ago.

According to her, the

remaining beneficiaries

would be attended to in the

next few days, saying: “You

will recall that this

administration, in the past

three and a half years, has

been doing a lot of

empowerment

programmes.

"Recently, Governor

Ifeanyi Okowa decided to

extend the empowerment

programme to artisans in

the state. Currently, he is

doing what we call ‘Grant-

In-Aid’ to artisans, which

include Welders

Association, Fashion

Designers Association, Hair

Dressers Association, and

Barbers Association.

“You will also recall that we

have been taking care of

different groups in the state,

particularly transporters

and butchers associations.

Last week, we started

dealing with the welders

association, fashion

designers, barbers

association and hair

dressers.

Chevron oil well is in

Polobubo Ebilate

By Jimitota

Onoyume

WARRI

THE

People of Polobubo

(Tsekelewu) community

in Warri North Local

Government Area, Delta

State, have said a

particular oil well

operated by Chevron

Nigeria Limited is in their

land, dismissing media

reports describing it as

located in Ilaje area of

Ondo State.

At a meeting with the

state government, the

community and the oil

Wema Bank resumes dividend payment,

declares N1.16m payout

By Nkiruka

Nnorom

WEMA Bank Plc has

declared N1.16

million dividend,

translating to N0.03 per

share for its shareholders,

for the year ended

December 31, 2018 after 15

years of non-dividend

payment.

Addressing shareholders

at the Annual General

Meeting, AGM, in Lagos,

Babatunde Kasali,

Chairman, Wema Bank,

said the bank owed its

ability to finally reward its

shareholders through

dividend payment to the

tourism, government

sponsored foreign medical

trips embarked upon by

political and public office

holders (and the estacodes

that go with them), constitute

a major portion of the capital

flight out of Nigeria caused

by outward medical tourism.

BIRTHDAY: From left: Martins Evans, Member, Cataylist for Global

Peace and Justice Initiative; Godson Ikhinobele, Mr. Dike Charles

and Ayo Agbola, during the 16th birthday for Leah Sharibu, in

Lagos, yesterday.

capital reconstruction it

undertook in 2017 as well

as the launch of ALAT,

Africa’s first digital bank,

which saw the bank’s

savings deposit grew by

26.2 percent to N62.89

billion in 2018 from N49.83

billion in 2017.

Kasali noted that the

journey to recapitalise

Wema Bank return it to

profitability and consistent

growth had been an

arduous one for the

management of the bank

and the shareholders alike,

who year after year had to

put up with the bank’s

reasons for not paying

dividend. He said

shareholders were, nevertheless,

strong in their belief

on the path the bank

had chosen to ensure

growth.

“The bank has survived

different reforms and

restructuring in the

country’s economy and

financial services industry.

"Following the 2008

banking crisis in Nigeria,

which saw the collapse of

many banks, the bank had

negative capital in excess

of N66 billion and was

declared a bank in grave

financial situation by the

banking industry regulator

in Nigeria, but years of

effective leadership have

turned around the fortunes

of the bank."

company at Government

House, Annex, Warri,

President Polobubo

(Tsekelewu) National

Council, Mr Ebilate Mac-

Yoroki said they were

disturbed by some stories

in the media describing the

oil well, which they know

as Ikpalapkala-Bou oil

well, in their area being

called Ojumale oil-well, in

Ondo State.

The community leaders

at the meeting enjoined

Chevron to ensure the oil

well was properly

identified with their

Polobubo(Tsekelewu)

community, warning that

they will resist any move

to ascribe the facility to its

neighbouring community.

They also urged the oil

company to put out the

fire on the facility that had

been ranging since April

18, noting that the

community has been

suffering massive

pollution from the

inferno.

Mr Tony Emegere of

Policy, Government and

Public Affairs, PGPA,

Department of the oil

company at the meeting

said the company had been

very careful not to ignite

crisis between the two

communities by its actions,

adding also that it was not

its duty to determine owners

of the area where the oil

well is located.


36 Vanguard, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019


Vanguard, THURSDAY MAY 16 , 2019 37

Defeated politicians behind

insecurity in Nigeria Buratai

ABUJATHE Chief

of Army Staff, Tukur

Buratai, yesterday accused

some politicians

defeated in the just concluded

general elections

of being responsible for

the current heightened

security situation in parts

of Nigeria.

Mr Buratai, a

lieutenant-general,

levelled the accusation in

Maiduguri when he

received the House

Committee on Army led

by its Chairman,

Remande Shawulu, at

the Theatre Command.

“The myriad of security

challenges we are facing

now in the North West,

North Central and other

parts of the country, I

want to believe and

rightly so, is the fall out

of the just concluded

general elections.

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

ARochas BUJAGOVERNOR

Okorocha of

Imo State has approached

the Federal High Court in

Abuja, seeking an order to

restrain security agencies in

the country from arresting

him.

Okorocha told the court

that some chieftains of the

All Progressives Congress,

APC, led by its Chairman,

Adams Oshiomhole, are

instigating the Economic

and Financial Crimes

Commission, EFCC, to

move against him.

Consequently, he prayed

the court to enforce his

fundamental human rights

which he said was under

threat.

Cited as Respondents in

the suit are the Attorney

General of the Federation,

the Inspector General of

Police, the Department of

State Service, the EFCC,

the Independent Corrupt

Practices and other related

offences Commission, and

the Code of Conduct

Tribunal.

Okorocha told the court

that his travail started after

he opposed the emergence

of some persons as leaders

of the ruling APC.

He said his adversaries in

the party had since

instigated the EFCC to

hound him and his family

members, saying they were

equally behind the reason

the Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC, refused to issue him

with a certificate of return

after being declared the

winner of the last election

in lmo West Senatorial

District.

“There are several political

interests,

politicians in particular

not happy with their

defeat and therefore,

trying to take revenge,

sponsoring some of these

criminal activities.

“There are strong political

undertone,

strong political

influence.

“So, I will use this

opportunity to call on the

honourable members

here to prevail on some

of these politicians to

look at national interest

first before any other

political or sectional

interest.

“We have some strong

evidence but we are still

being cautious so that

we don’t get it wrong,”

Buratai said.

The army chief advised

those politicians against

doing anything to aggravate

the security challenges.

Earlier, Mr Shawulu

said the committee was

at the theatre for its

usual oversight function.

He paid tribute to

officers and soldiers,

who had died in the

course of the

counterinsurgency

operation. He said they

sacrificed their lives for

the security and peace of

the North East and

country at large.

The News Agency of

Nigeria, NAN, reports

that the committee

visited the Maimalary

Military Cemetery,

where three personnel

killed by IED on Monday

were buried and 7

Division Military

hospital to empathise

with wounded soldiers.

Okorocha asks court to abort plot to

arrest him •Fingers APC leadership

The two fundamental

right suits he filed before

the court were marked as

FHC/ABJ/CS/474/19 and

FHC/ABJ/CS/475/19.

Okorocha told the court

that he has, “found himself

in a politically adversarial

position to some powerful

members of the APC over

the choice of the national

officers of the party before

and since the convention of

the party was conducted to

elect new national officers

of the APC”.

He said: “The applicant

had supported a candidate

for the position of National

Chairman of the APC other

than the current incumbent,

Mr. Adams Oshiomhole

and by reason of various

events that occurred at the

time including the

detention of Mr. Adams

Oshiomhole by the EFCC

on allegations of corruption

it was assumed that the

applicant was a party to that

incident.

“Some of the supporters

of Adams Oshiomhole at

the time are currently very

influential in the Federal

Government of Nigeria,

which is controlled by the

APC.

“These individuals

including the said current

National Chairman have

decided to carry out a

vendetta and revenge

against the applicant

including instigating the

“Respondents against the

applicant upon their

spurious conclusion

without evidence that the

applicant is guilty of

corrupt practices as

Governor of Imo State.

“The respondents,

proceeding from this

position that the applicant

is guilty unless proved

innocent, between 2017

and now, have extended

not less than 25 invitations

to the applicant in purported

investigation of

projects executed by the

into state government, in a

bid to find some material to

justify their conclusion that

he is guilty of corrupt

practices.

“This witch hunt, is

clearly politically

motivated, baseless, and

has been designed only to

discredit and humiliate the

applicant in a bid to

decimate him politically.

“Sometime in May 2017

the 4th respondent, acting

in furtherance of the plan

of the applicant’s political

enemies, invaded the

applicant’s house in Jos,

Plateau State and while

holding his staff and family

members hostage

ransacked the entire house

in the hope to find

something incriminating

against the applicant.

“The matter became a

subject of litigation in the

Jos division of this

honourable court over the

validity of the search

warrant the 4th respondent

relied on for that invasion

and although the court

found that the search

warrant was valid, it also

confirmed at page 22 of the

judgment, based on the

admission of the 4th respondent,

that nothing incriminating was

found against the applicant.

“Rather than give up their

pursuit of the applicant, the

respondents acting on the

instigation of the applicant’s

enemies, have continued the

vendetta against the applicant. "

COMMISSIONING:From left Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode,

Morenike Adesina-Williams, Chairman, Ikotun/Igando, LCDA, Engr. Ade

Akinsanya, Commissioner for Works & Infrastructure and Hakeem Muri-

Okunola, Head of Service, during the commissioning of Agric Access Road and

flag-off of Bridge linking Egan and Ayobo, in Egan, Lagos, Yesterday.

VISIT:From leftHead of Service of the Federation Winifred Oyo-Ita with

Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (Tetfund), Professor

Suleiman Elias Bogoro during the Tetfund boss visit to the Head of Service in

Abuja.

WORKSHOP:From left Senior Special Assistant on Community Development

to the Governor, Patrick Okei; Delta State Commissioner for Information, Chief

Patrick Ukah; Executive Assistant (Communications) to the Governor, Dr. Fred

Oghenesivbe, and the Head of Mass Communication Department, Delta State

University, Abraka, Prof. Godwin Oboh during the opening of a strategic

political communication workshop organised by the office of the Executive

Assistant (Communications) to the Governor, in collaboration with the office of

the Secretary to the State Government, in Asaba yesterday.

PRESENTATION:From left Group Managing Director, Halogen Security Company

Limited, Wale Olaoye; Executive Director, Service & Technology, Union Bank, Nath

Ude; Non-Executive Director, FCMB, Olusegun Odubogun during the presentation

of Next Bulls Award to Halogen Security and others at the Business Day Media Group

Top 25 CEOs & Next Bulls Awards in Lagos.


38 Vanguard, THURSDAY, MAY 16 , 2019

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Lawyer sues SEC,

seeks stoppage

of MTN listing

By Henry Ojelu

LAGOSA Lagos-based

lawyer, Dr. Charles

Mekwunye has dragged

the Security and Exchange

Commission, SEC, before a

Federal High Court sitting in

Abuja seeking to stop the planned

listing of MTN shares on the floor

of Nigeria Stock Exchange.

In the suit marked as FHC/ABJ/

CS/2019, Dr Mekwunye is asking

the court for a perpetual injunction

restraining SEC from going

ahead with the listing of MTN

shares pending the determination

of a suit before the Supreme

Court bothering on alleged

breach of contract in the

divestment of MTN assets.

Joined in the suit, as codefendants,

are MTN and

Nigeria Stock Exchange, NSE.

In the originating summons

filed before the Federal High

Court, Dr Mekwunye is asking the

court to determine whether SEC

can approve the listing of MTN

shares in the Nigeria Stock

Exchange in view of the pending

suit before the Supreme Court.

In a motion on notice of

Interlocutory Injunction, Dr

Mekwunye is praying the court

for an order of interlocutor

injunction restraining the

defendants or their agents from

advertising, publishing or listing

MTN shares on the Nigeria stock

exchange pending the hearing

and determination of the

substantive suit.

The plaintiff is also asking the

court to direct the defendants to

maintain status quo ante

regarding the listing of MTN

shares and a further order

nullifying all approvals given to

MTN by SEC and NSE towards

facilitating the listing of its shares.

Mekwunye is also urging the

court for an order of mandatory/

restorative injunction setting

aside and or nullifying all actions

taken including notices,

resolutions and authorizations etc

by MTN with a view to facilitating

the listing of its shares.

The legal practitioner had in

2008 dragged MTN, Lotus

Capital and Stanbic IBTC Asset

Management, IHS Holding LTD

and INT Towers Ltd before the

Federal High Court over alleged

breach of contract in the massive

divestment of MTN assets.

GOV POLL: We didn’t form alliance with

APC OGUN PDP

By Daud Olatunji

ABEOKUTATHE Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP in

Ogun State, yesterday, denied

forming an alliance with

candidate of the All Progressives

Congress, APC, Mr. Dapo

Abiodun during the March 9

Governorship election in the state.

The party, however, blamed

the defeat suffered by the party at

the last governorship election on

a factional governorship

candidate of the party, Mr. Ladi

Adebutu, who reportedly signed

an agreement with the Allied

Peoples Movement, APM.

Addressing newsmen after an

executive meeting held at the

party Secretariat in Abeokuta, the

Deputy Chairman, Samson

Bamgbose said it is not true that

the party worked for APC

AJIMOBI FLAGS OFF NEW ROAD: From left; Oyo State Deputy Governor, Chief Moses

Adeyemo; state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; and state Chairman of the All Progressives

Congress, Chief Akin Oke, during the the inauguration of the newly-constructed Ijokodo-Apete

Road, now renamed Ambassador Olu Saanu Road in Apete, Ibadan yesterday.

JUNE 12: Activists, others laud Buhari,

to honour MKO Abiola as President-elect

•Soyinka to chair Democracy Day lecture

By Clifford Ndujihe,

Acting Political Editor

L AGOSWHILE

President Muhammadu

Buhari is being inaugurated for

a second term in Abuja on June

12, a host of pro-democracy

activists and political actors will

be honouring late business

mogul, Chief M.K.O Abiola

posthumously as presidentelect

in Lagos.

This is part of the

programmes outlined by the

June 12 Movement to mark the

26th anniversary of the

annulled June 12, 1993

presidential election, won by

Chief M.K.O. Abiola

The Federal Government, last

year recognised June 12 as

democracy day instead of May 29.

And this year, President

Buhari and Vice President Yemi

during the election.

The party’s governorship

candidate in the recently

concluded election, Buruji

Kashamu was the first candidate

who conceded defeat and paid

congratulatory visit to the

Governorship candidate of the

APC, a development which

prompted an insinuation that the

Senator representing Ogun East

had worked for APC during the

election.

He said: “Fact is fact, opinion

is free, you are free to say

whatever you like. How could

somebody, dishing out millions,

billions from his personal pocket

to achieve a particular aim, now

agree to say, let me give it to

another person?

“Buruji is not that kind of

person; he is a very liberal

person, the moment it has

happened, he doesn’t care.

There is nothing like that.”

Osinbajo will be sworn in for a

second term on May 29 but the

inauguration ceremony, which

will be attended by world leaders,

will be held on June 12.

Confirming the plan, in a joint

statement by Prof Anthony Kila

(Chairman, Planning Council),

and Mr. Abdulmumuni Abiola

(for hosts), conveners of the

June 12 Democracy Movement

of Nigeria, an umbrella body for

pro-democracy activists and

stakeholders associated with the

June 12 pro-democracy

struggles in Nigeria,

applauded President Buhari for

his endorsement and

recognition of June 12.

The statement reads: “This is

against the background of the

Federal Government’s

emergent official recognition of

the Day; June 12th as Nigeria’s

Democracy Day and Chief

MKO Abiola as the winner

(President-Elect) of the

democratic elections conducted

on that day in 1993, therefore

making this year’s

commemoration unique, being

the 26th edition to be organised

by June 12 Stakeholders and

Pro democracy Activists and the

very first to be commemorated

officially as a public holiday by

the entire country in view of the

official pronouncement of the

Federal Government on 6th

June 2018.

“Federal Government’s

intervention, according to

President Muhammadu

Buhari, was in endorsement of

the democratic struggles of

Nigerians for the revalidation of

the free, fair, credible democratic

elections held in Nigeria on

June 12 1993 but annulled by

the Military Government under

IBB command, as well as the

recognition of the struggles of

Nigerians for the restoration of

democratic rule in Nigeria,

initiated on June 12, 1993,

which eventually cost the

winner, MKO Abiola his

precious life on July 7th 1998

for refusing to compromise the

People’s mandate, an incident

which later culminated into

forcing the military to midwife

the current democratic

dispensation in Nigeria.

“Therefore, in appreciation of

the endorsement and honour

done to the struggles of the

June 12 pro Democracy

Movement by the Federal

Government, the historic

significance and wider embrace

of this year’s commemoration,

the June 12 Democracy

Movement of Nigeria has

designed the 2019 nationwide

celebrations to be preceded by

a major breakfast session of

prayers, tributes and honours

slated for MKO Abiola’s

residence in Lagos...

“It is in the light of the above

collaborative spirit and our

sincere appreciation to

President Buhari for his

government official solidarity

with June 12 pro democracy

struggles that we have also

requested the Federal

Government and 10 state

governments to nominate two

representatives each into the

2019 Planning Council of the

June 12 Democracy Day event.”

Soyinka to chair Democracy

Day lecture

Apart from Abiola, the

movement said three governors,

five federal lawmakers and

seven eminent Nigerians would

be honoured at the June 12

celebration and lecture in Lagos,

to be chaired by Nobel Laureate,

Professor Wole Soyinka.

Ogun

Commissioner

resigns over

alleged imposition

of monarch

As Olota in Council

warns against war

By Daud Olatunji

ABEOKUTATHE Ogun

State Commissioner for

Local Government and

Chieftaincy Affairs, Jide Ojuko,

yesterday, tendered his letter of

resignation following the

controversy that trailed the

installation of traditional rulers

in Ota.

The commissioner resigned in

a letter addressed to Governor

Ibikunle Amosun through the

office of the Secretary to the State

Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa.

His resignation came barely 14

days into the expiration of the

Ibikunle

Amosunled

administration.

The state government had

approved the installation of kings

in Sango-Ota, Atan-Ota, Ijoko-

Otta, Abule Lemomu, Oke Ore,

Adekoyeni among others.

In the same vien, the Olota in-

Council has warned the state

government against the

installation or risk war.

Ojuko, who is an indigene of

Aworiland, said his resignation

was due to the controversial

kingship installations in

Aworiland.

Okujo’s letter reads: “It pains me

from the bottom of my heart to give

a notice of my resignation to a boss

I love so much.

“By my appointment, I represent

my people from Awori stock, my

local government and the entire

state. After service, I will have no

choice than to go back home and

settle down with my family and

my people with total peace of

mind.

“Recent events are making me

to believe that this plan may not

be feasible if I have to continue

serving in my capacity as the

Honourable commissioner for

local government and chieftaincy

Affairs. The ultimate, therefore, is

that I shall become an outcast

among my people. At my age this

is avoidable.

“By my background as a civil

and public servant is to be

obedient and loyal to my boss, but

your recent directive on the issue

of Obaship in some areas in Ota

state constituency runs against my

conscience, the wish and

yearnings of my people that I

represent.”

Olota in Council warns against

war

Meanwhile, the Olota in-

Council had earlier addressed

newsmen in Abeokuta, saying the

kingship installation is an attempt

to tamper with the history of Ota

Addressing newsmen, the Seriki

of Ota, Chief Olanrewaju

Bashorun said: “We have been told

that against conscience, common

sense and justice that some new

Obas, whose ancestors were not

biologically, historically and

circumstantially linked with the

Aworis nor had any affiliation with

the kingship institution, would be

installed before the end of the

month. Any such action or

endeavour without the consent

of Olota of Ota is an exercise

in futility and would be

resisted with every legitimate

means available to us.”


C

M

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Vanguard, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 201939

By Dayo Adesulu

In what seems to be an

internal settllement

among the warring parties

at the University of Lagos,

UNILAG, over the harvest of

queries issued by the Pro-

Chancellor to other principal

officers, their fate however will

be determined today when they

meet with the House of

Representatives.

One of the Professors (names

withheld) who spoke with

Vanguard said: "I’m not a

member of the Council. But I

see the peace of the graveyard.’’

She, however, lamented that

there are many unanswered

questions.

After two days of closed door

meetings between the Pro-

Chancellor, University of

Lagos, Dr. Wale Babalakin,

Vice-Chancellor, Professor

Oluwatoyin Ogundipe,

Registrar, Mr. Oladejo Azeez,

President of UNILAG Alumni,

John Momoh and other

principal officers, peace has

eventually been restored among

the warring parties.

Allegations have been

levelled against the principal

officers of the institution, past

and present. Present and past

managements of the institution

were accused of awarding

contracts without due process,

payment without valid contracts

and approvals, contract

overpayment, contract splitting

by vice-chancellors and tenders

board, over budgetary

spending, frequent official

travels and expenditure without

due approval by the governing

council. The allegations were

refuted by the principal officers.

The bubble burst when the

Pro-Chancellor through the

Registrar of the Council issued

three different queries to the

past and present principal

officers.

Separate queries bordering

on allegations of travelling

without permission, financial

impropriety, among others,

had been issued to the Vice-

Chancellor, Professor

Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, by the

institution’s Registrar, Oladejo

Azeez.

The university’s former

Registrar, Taiwo Ipaye, also

received three query letters

bordering on similar

allegations, while the

immediate past Vice-

Chancellor, Rahamon Bello,

was also issued one. The

immediate past Bursar of the

university, Lateef Odekunle,

and his successor, Lekan Lawal,

was also queried.

Also queried were the deputy

vice-chancellors - Folasade

Ogunsola and Oluwole

Familoni; a former Deputy Vice-

Chancellor, Duro Oni; former

Directors of Works, Niyi Ayeye

University of Lagos, UNILAG.

UNILAG Crisis: After internal settlement,

Principal Officers’ await Reps verdict today

.... As SSANU denies taking sides, dissociates Union from impasse

and Adelere Adeniran; Head of

the university’s Procurement

Unit, James Akanmu; Dean of

Students’ Affairs, Ademola

Adeleke; Director of Academic

Planning, L.O Chukwu and the

Director of the institution’s

Foundation Programme,

Timothy Nubi.

For the Pro-Chancellor, the

Academic Staff Union of

Universities, ASUU, accused

Dr. Wale Babalakin of

authoritarianism, dictatorial

tendencies and outright

disregard for rules and

regulations.

The Academic Staff Union

of Universities had in a letter

written to the Minister of

Education, Mallam Adamu

Adamu accused Babalakin of

wanting in procedures.

According to the Union

Chairman, Dr. Dele Ashiru, the

Pro-Chancellor has shown

disrespect, disdain and utter

contempt for the Nigerian

University System since he

assumed power.

For example, he said: ‘’In the

advertisement for the post of the

University Librarian(See

Appendix 3), the Pro-

Chancellor insisted that there

should be a clause in the

advertisement which made the

possession of a Doctorate

Degree, which is mandatory for

all academic positions a “mere

advantage.” "This is in spite of

the overwhelming

disagreement by some

members of the University

Council and our Union.

‘’In the said advertisement, it

was stipulated that applicants

for the said position should not

be more than Sixty-Five (65)

years of age by the 1 st of

March, 2019. In the

shortlisting process, the

Committee shortlisted only

applicants who met all the

requirements as contained in

the advertisement but the Pro-

Chancellor insisted that a

particular candidate who was

clearly overaged, be included

in the list of those shortlisted.

‘’Notwithstanding the

defective composition of the

Selection Board, the Pro-

Chancellor went ahead and

announced the appointment of

The present faceoff

is the eventual

culmination of the

C o u n c i l

Chairman’s

dissatisfaction

with the

University

Management’s

handling of the

institution’s

accounts,

precisely, the

institution’s

income and

expenditure, as

well

as

appropriateness of

fiscal procedural

matters

a University Librarian.’’

To stem this ugly trend which

Ashiru describes as capable of

rupturing the industrial peace

and harmony that the university

currently enjoys, he urged the

Minister to call him to order.

Stakeholders in UNILAG are

asking if these gray areas have

been resolved.

Before being given query

letters, the principal officers

were summoned by the House

of Representatives Committee

on Public Procurement to

appear before it today

(Thursday). This is just as the

principal officers also met

yesterday (Wednesday) with the

National Universities

Commission, NUC to chart the

way forward.

Meanwhile, authorities of the

Senior Staff Association of

Nigerian Universities, SSANU,

University of Lagos, UNILAG

branch has denied the press

release earlier issued in its

name, but not signed by its

Chairman, adding that the

Union dissociates itself from

any act, utterance or disposition

that could bring the institution

to disrepute.

You will recall that some media

hous

es, not Vanguard, few days

ago published a presupposed

release from SSANU where the

union reportedly took side with

the Council’s Chairman, Dr.

Wale Babalakin, SAN and the

Registrar.

However, SSANU branch

Chairman, Mr Olusola

Showunmi said: ‘’We dissociate

the Union from any act,

utterance or disposition that

could bring our collective

heritage into disrepute and

inadvertently water down the

cherished achievements of

several decades.”

The excerpts from the

previous unsigned released

states: “The present face-off is

the eventual culmination of the

Council Chairman’s

dissatisfaction with the

University Management’s

handling of the institution’s

accounts, precisely, the

institution’s income and

expenditure, as well as

appropriateness of fiscal

procedural matters.

“Rumours and grape vine

information have been rife for

more than six months

concerning subterranean

conflict between Management

and Council, bordering on the

suspicion that the University

Internally Generated Revenue,

IGR, probably the highest in

Nigeria, does not match even

up to 60 per cent of the

expected staff welfare as well as

projects on ground.” The above

statement credited to SSANU

has been denied.

Having spent two days on

UNILAG’s campus, Vanguard

gathered from some lecturers

that the crisis rocking the

institution was beyond the

allegation of mismanagement of

funds. Some of the lectures

alleged that the pro-chancellor

has a hidden agenda. ‘’He

queried the vice-chancellors

both the immediate past and

present, all the DVCs except

one. The exonerated DVC is

also guilty of the same

allegation over which the other

DVCs were also queried. His

intention is to suspend the

present vice-chancellor and

replace him with his favourite

DVC,” they alleged.


40 Vanguard, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019


Population

explosion: Tough

times ahead for

Nigeria CBN GOV

Continues from Page 5

guards down. But

unfortunately, we did and

that is what we are

paying for today. So,

there are some external

shocks in the crude oil

market, we sneeze it but

we only smile when the

market is good.

“We will grow that

market back again. And

after that, we will go into

cocoa in the South West

area to be sure that what

we are doing permeates

all the nooks and crannies

of this country, because

we think we owe

Nigerians this.

“We just came back from

the IMF/World Bank

programme in April. And

in the World Bank’s/

IMF’s World Economic

Outlook, Nigeria is

positioned as a country

whose population will

grow and rise to over 425

million people by the year

2050.

‘’That will present

Nigeria as a country with

the third largest

population in the world

after China and India

and, indeed, surpass the

United States of America

in population.

My worry for

Nigeria

“I worry and I do think

that we all should worry

that a lot of work needs to

be done to make sure that

we are able to put in place

policies that will make life

good for this 425 million

people when we become

the third largest

population in the world.

“So, we from the

Central Bank of Nigeria,

from the monetary policy

side, have come to the

realisation that using the

instrumentality of the

Anchor Borrowers

Programme where access

to credit is being provided

to our masses all over the

country, it will be a way

to generate employment

and boost economic

Naira down at N360.54/$ in

I&E window

By Elizabeth Adegbesan

THE naira ,yesterday, depreciated to N360.54

per dollar in the Investors and Exporters

window .

Data from FMDQ showed that the indicative

exchange rate for the I&E window rose to N360.54

per dollar yesterday from N360.53 on Tuesday,

translating to one kobo depreciation for the naira.

The volume of dollars (turnover) traded on the

window yesterday rose by 28 percent to $511.97

million from $ 399.78 million traded on Tuesday.

However, the naira yesterday remained stable at

N359 in the parallel market.

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activity among our rural

population.

“I visited one of the

Asian countries recently

and was happy with what

I saw but I came out of the

country sad. I was sad

because I could see the

level of development that

this country has achieved

over the last 50 years. And

I cast my mind back and

look at my country

Nigeria that what have

we achieved?

“This is what gives me

the push that at my age

of 57, I saw this country

when it was good.

Looking at the country

today, I don’t want to say

it is bad but I want to say

that we have a lot of work

to do, because the country

has no doubt receded

somewhat.

“So from our side in the

monetary policy, we will

do everything possible to

ensure that with the

mandate bestowed on us,

we will push this country

forward,’’ Emefiele said.

The CBN governor, who

made clarifications on the

exchange rate policy of the

government which he

said was not multiple as

being alleged, said: “A

couple of people have

raised issues that we have

multiple exchange rate.

And we have said we do

not have multiple

exchange rate.

‘’When you talk of

multiple exchange rate,

you talk about divergence

in exchange rate.

Substantially today, our

rates have converged

around N360 to $1.

“Because the investors

and exporters will know

which is the dominant

market for procurement of

foreign exchange today, it

hovers around that rate.

But what you will find is

multiple windows and we

don’t have any apologies

for it.

“When you talk about

multiple windows, the

Central Bank has a

responsibility to provide

foreign exchange to

everybody. What we saw

that resulted in us

creating multiple

windows is to make sure

that those who seek to

travel and who will

normally go to our banks

to ask for foreign

exchange but are turned

back, will seek to go to

black market to buy

foreign exchange, we

said no.

“We will allocate specific

sums of money to you to

allocate to people who

want to travel. We will

allocate specific sums of

money to you to allocate

to those who are into

small and medium

enterprise business. And

we will allocate funds to

you to give to those who

are in your corporate

sectors."

Emefiele’s

re-appointment

It would be recalled that

President Muhammadu

Buhari had last week,

written the Senate,

intimating senators of

his reappointment of the

governor of CBN, Godwin

Emefiele, for another fiveyear

tenure.

President Buhari in a

letter to the Senate

President, Dr. Bukola

Saraki, dated May 8,

2019, had said that the

reappointment followed

the expiration of

Emefiele’s first tenure.

“It is my hope that the

Distinguished Senate will

consider and confirm the

nominee in the usual

expeditious manner.

Please accept, Mr. Senate

President, the assurances

of my highest

consideration.”

Senate Committee

endorses Emefiele

During the screening,

the committee expressed

satisfaction over

Emefiele’s first tenure at

the CBN.

According to Ibrahim,

“I do not have any

question for the

Governor. I am

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overwhelmed. I wish you

well and pray for you.

May God continue to

guide you.

“Now, we know the

reason there are some

videos on social media

because in Nigeria, once

you are a good person,

some people will always

try to bring you down.

We will expeditiously

take a report to the

chamber

for

consideration. You can

take a bow.”

Kurfi Umaru,

representing Katsina

Central

also

commended the CBN

governor for “a job well

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Atiku, PDP plotting to ‘overthow’ Buhari’s govt, FG laments

•Warns party to stop beating drums of war

•Accept your self-inflicted woes PDP

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru & Dirisu

Yakubu

ABUJA

THE

F e d e r a l

Government, yesterday,

raised the alarm that the

main opposition Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

and its presidential

candidate in the February

23 election, Alhaji Atiku

Abubakar, were allegedly

making desperate efforts

to scuttle President

Muhammadu Buhari’s

administration.

The government also

warned PDP and Atiku to

quickly retrace their steps

or risk an offence of

treason against Nigerian

government.

Minister of Information

and Culture, Alhaji Lai

Mohmmed, who raised

the alarm while briefing

State

House

Correspondents at the

Presidential villa, said it

was unacceptable for the

PDP and its presidential

candidate to resort to self

help after suffering from

election defeat.

He alleged that the

opposition party in its

public utterances was in

a desperate move to

make Nigeria seemingly

ungovernable.

He recalled some of the

statements credited to

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

before the 2019 general

AT HE TRIBUNALSecurity men at the Court of Appeal, during the sitting

of Presidential Election Tribunal in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

elections where he

allegedly said that

unless Nigerians voted

out the APC

administration, killings by

herdsmen will continue

and ultimately spark a

series of ethno-religious

crises that will be

irreversible.

Mohammed said: “The

Federal Government has

strongly decried the

increasingly unpatriotic

and desperate opposition

politics being played by

the PDP and its

presidential candidate,

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar,

warning that such deadend

opposition could be

toxic for the nation’s

democracy, if left

unchecked.

“Never in the history of

politics in Nigeria has an

opposition party and its

presidential candidate

exhibited the kind of

desperate tactics being

deployed by the duo of

the PDP and its flagbearer,

especially since

President Muhammadu

Buhari overwhelmingly

defeated Atiku to win the

2019 presidential

election.

“Either by themselves or

via their proxies, the PDP

and its presidential

candidate are doing

everything possible to

sabotage the Buhari

administration, generally

overheat the polity and

make Nigeria seemingly

ungovernable, especially

through their public

utterances and their

poorly-thought-out press

releases before and after

the 2019 general

elections.

“Unless they quickly

retrace their steps, they

may sooner than later,

overreach themselves.

For those who may be

quick to accuse the

government of crying

wolf, the pre-election

statement credited to the

former Vice President that

unless Nigerians vote out

the APC administration,

killings by herdsmen will

continue and ultimately

spark a series of ethnoreligious

crises that will

be irreversible, is looking

more like a Freudian slip

than anything else.

“Also, in recent times,

the PDP has taken its

desperation to a new low

by attacking the judiciary,

an action many see as

indicating a reversal of

the party’s hitherto selfassured

stance that it has

a solid case against the

election of the President.

“Either by coincidence

or orchestration, a

faceless group emerges

from nowhere calling for

an overthrow of a

democratically-elected

government, a totally

egregious act of treason.

“It beggars belief that a

candidate who prides

done.”

“Let me start by

congratulating the

governor for his second

term and also

congratulate you for

your articulate

presentation. I commend

you for a job well done,”

he said.

Philip Aduda from FCT

said: “Mine is to wish

you well and to pray to

God almighty to grant

you wisdom so that you

can put the economy of

this county on a pedestal

of hope and prosperity.

Congratulations.” The

committee, thereafter,

endorsed his

appointment.

himself as a democrat can

so allow desperation to

becloud his sense of

propriety to such an

extent that he will be

associating with antidemocratic

forces or

making inflammatory

statements."

Accept your selfinflicted

woes PDP

Meanwhile, the PDP,

yesterday, urged the

APC-led government of

President Buhari to take

responsibility of

providing purposeful

governance for the people

rather than looking for

people to scapegoat for its

“self-inflicted woes.”

The party stated this in

a reaction to the press

conference addressed by

Alhaji Lai Mohammed

earlier, yesterday.

In a statement signed by

the PDP image maker,

Kola Ologbondiyan, the

party noted that the

remarks by the

Information Minister

gave the administration

away as one suffering

from frustration even as it

accused the federal

government of “seeking

excuses and scapegoats,

instead of accepting its

failures and self-inflicted

woes.”

The statement

continued: “The PDP

charges the federal

government to stop

inventing excuses and

making frivolous

allegations of treason for

its mass failures."


42 V anguard, THURSDAY MAY 16, 2019

•Ogundoyin

Who becomes Oyo

Assembly speaker?

By Ola Ajayi

AS preparations for the takeoff

of the 9th Assembly

gather momentum in Oyo,

the Pacesetter State, lawmakerselect

are locked in a serious contest

for the speakership position.

Currently, Alhaji Asimiyu Alarape,

who led the House between 1999

and 2003; and Mr Adebo

Ogundoyin, the scion of a popular

business mogul who died many

years ago, have emerged as front

runners.

Odds against Alarape

If it were about experience and

qualifications only, Alarape, who

graduated from the Department of

•Alarape

Metallurgical Engineering,

Obafemi Awolowo University

(OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State in 1990

would have the upper hand, having

successfully steered the ship of the

32-member House in the Fourth

Republic. However, he is from the

All Progressives Congress, APC, a

minority party in the House.

The APC only won five seats. The

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP

cornered 26 seats and ADP won one

seat. Going by the rivalry between the

PDP and APC in the state, it is very

unlikely that they will settle for Alarape.

A source told Vanguard that even

if he agrees to defect to PDP, which

he said he would never do, Alarape

may not curry the favour of PDP

leaders who feel that APC members

who have been in the saddle for

eight years have benefited

maximally from the largesse doled

out by the party and that now that

the baton has changed hands, it

would be a disservice to the party

and members of PDP who had been

in the cold for eight years to watch

what belongs to them being given

to a member of the opposition.

Besides, in the history of the state,

a member of the minority party has

never assumed the position of the

speaker. Another concern of the PDP

leaders is that they don’t want to take

chances by putting their trust in

Alarape, whose loyalty they cannot

vouch for. He said in one of the

interviews that he would not dump

his party for another because

without the APC’s platform, he

would not have been elected into the

House of Assembly.

But for these reasons, Alarape is

arguably the most qualified to

assume the mantle of leadership of

the House. Since he started his

political career, he had romanced

with parties like the defunct

National Republican Convention,

NRC; United Nigerian Congress

Party, UNCP; All Peoples Party, APP;

Alliance for Democracy, AD; and

PDP. He was in the cabinet of

Governor Abiola Ajimobi during his

first term as the Special Adviser on

KOGI: How Seventh Assembly speaker ‘ll emerge

By Boluwaji Obahopo

WITH the conclusion of

the 2019 general elections

and the state governorship

election Kogi fixed for

November 2, the major political

contest in the state now is

the speakership of the Seventh

House of Assembly.

Interestingly, the race for the

speakership is unique because

all the 25 members of

the House are from the ruling

All Progressives Congress,

APC.

Currently, some stakeholders

are the serving speaker,

Hon. Matthew Kolawole, who

is representing Kabba/Bunu

State constituency, to retain

his seat on account of his antecedents,

political sagacity

and leadership skill.

However, zoning, loyalty to

the Executive and relevance

of constituency will play a crucial

role. Kogi has three major

ethnic groups scattered

across the three senatorial districts.

Kogi East with 90 per

cent Igala people has 11 state

constituencies; Kogi West with

70 per cent Yoruba- Speaking

people who are called Okun

has eight state constituencies,

while Kogi Central with 90 per

cent Egbira people has six constituencies.

Zoning

The incoming House of Assembly

would be an all male

affair. The 25 lawmakers

elected on the platform of APC

consist of nine second-timers

and 16 green horns. With the

governor and deputy coming

from the Central and Eastern

senatorial axes respectively,

Idakwo Kolawole Omiata

the Speakership position is a

done deal for the West. The

West is further divided into two

zones - Okun area with five

legislators and Lokoja/Koto

with three state legislators.

Ranking

According legislative norms

ranking (legislative experience)

is a major factor. On this

score, second timers that will

favoured are three – Kolawole

Matthew (Present Speaker,

Kabba/Bunu Okun zone),

Omiata (Yagba East, Okun

zone) and Idris Idakwo (Lokoja

11, Lokoja zone), who aspired

for the position at the last

time and lost.

Those calling for Lokoja/Koto

zone to produce the speaker

hinged their move on the fact

that the Secretary to State Government

and the Speaker

hailed from the same Okun

zone. To them, one position

must be relinquished to their

zone.

Those the odds may favour

As it stands, Speaker Matthew

Kolawole Kabba/Bunu

and Jimoh Omiata from Yagba

East are the leading contenders.

Kabba/Bunu Council area is

the traditional headquarters of

Okun people and the political

headquarters of Kogi West.

The council area commands

great respect in the political

sphere of the State which Kolawole

may benefit from.

While Kolawole has openly

declared his intention to retain

his seat, only a group, Kogi

Reform Group has been clamouring

for Omiata. The group

said they are championing a

Yagba Agenda.

Omiata’s silence on the issue

is not helping his cause. He

had at some fora denied knowing

the group. But those who

thought the denial would have

put paid to the group’s agitation

were mistaken as the

group has continued its demands

for Omiata to get the

position. Analysts said the

group are acting in proxy for

the Yagba East legislator.

The current Speaker, Rt.

Hon. Matthew Kolawole

whose tenure ends in June,

look good to continue on the

seat till 2023 when another

election will be conducted in

the state. Kolawole is among

the only seven returning assembly

members in the next

House of Assembly. He had

served as Majority leader in

the past.

Also, Kolawole is known for

his wide acceptability among

the members. He was the first

legislator to get a second term

from his constituency which

many believed was due to his

performance. He had contributed

to many empowerment

programmes.

Kolawole's ambition is considered

bright with the support

of the state governor, Yahaya

Bello and the Chief of

staff to the Governor, Edward

Onoja who have been rumoured

to be the power broker

in the governor’s kitchen

cabinet.

Political Matters.

Ogundoyin’s chances,

drawbacks

As for Ogundoyin, he is said to be

the preferred nominee of the

governor-elect, Engineer Seyi

Makinde of PDP and the party

leaders. He attended Vale College

and graduated in 2003 after which

he gained admission to Babcock

and he is currently the Founder/

President, Adeseun Ogundoyin

Charity Foundation.

They believe that if he emerges as

the speaker, he is not likely to be a

thorn in the flesh of the governor.

Apart from that, he is described as a

humble, and level-headed person.

However, age and experience

appears to count against him.

Slightly over three decades old, he

has spent less than two years in the

House.

Experience, according to a former

Speaker of the House, Mr Kehinde

Ayoola, doesn’t count as much as

the resolution of the lawmakers.

According to him, they can decide

to pick any of them and their

decision stands.

Contrary to what happened in the

previous elections when majority of

the legislators were re-elected, the

March 9 election produced 25 new

lawmakers from PDP while only

Ogundoyin who won a bye election

in Ibarapa after the sudden death of

the former Speaker, Mr Michael

Adeyemo was re-elected.

One of the close aides of Engr

Makinde said: “Makinde prefers

Ogundoyin to any other candidate.

When we talk of experience, he may

not be at par with Asimiyu, but the

party can’t be so foolish to pick a

member of the opposition. What

happens if all of them are new

lawmakers, does that mean they will

not have a speaker because of

inexperience? No, they will definitely

pick somebody. ‘’

He made allusion to the

emergence of Senator Monsurat

Sunmonu who was elected Speaker

of State Assembly in 2011 despite

being a first timer. The issue of

experience became irrelevant since

she won the heart of the state

governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

The zoning factor

In Oyo State, there are five geopolitical

zones. They are Ibadan,

Ogbomoso, Oyo, Oke-Ogun and

Ibarapa. It would not be proper to

have the governor-elect from

Ibadan and also the Speaker from

the same zone. Oke Ogun has been

taken care of with the deputy

governor-elect, Alhaji Rauf

Olaniyan.

So, the contest for the speakership

should be among the three

remaining geo-political zones of

Oyo, Ogbomoso and Ibarapa.

As a result of the events that

unfolded after the presidential

election when a former governor of

the state, Otunba Adebayo Alao-

Akala who, the coalition, had relied

upon to make the job easier for them,

suddenly defected to APC, the

lawmaker from that axis, Wunmi

Oladeji, ADP, from Ogbomoso

North State Constituency, even

though she was re-elected, may never

be allowed to be the speaker. Her

counterpart from Ogbomoso axis,

Oyeleke Simeon Adegbola from

Ogo-Oluwa/Surulere State

Constituency, is a member of APC,

the party in the minority.

Oyo zone which comprises Afijio,

Atiba, Oyo East and Oyo West, has

the former speaker, Asimiyu

Alarape. As earlier pointed out, he

may not be considered for the

position because of the status of his

party in the House.

The people of the state are waiting

anxiously to see the result of the ongoing

politicking and the benefits

they would derive from the legislative

arm in the next four years.


US, Germany, Netherlands pull personnel

out of Iraq due to tensions

WASHINGTON ordered

the departure of

non-emergency American

employees from its

diplomatic missions in

Iraq on Wednesday in

another show of concern

about alleged threats

from Iran.

President Donald

Trump’s administration

is applying new sanctions

pressure on Tehran

and sending additional

forces to the Middle East

to counter what it says is

a heightened threat from

Iran to U.S. soldiers and

interests in the region.

Iran calls that “psychological

warfare”, and a

British commander cast

doubt on U.S. military

concerns about threats to

its roughly 5,000 soldiers

in Iraq, who have been

helping local security

forces fight Islamic State

jihadists.

The U.S. State Department

said employees at

both the U.S. embassy in

Baghdad and its consulate

in Erbil, capital of

semi-autonomous Kurdistan

region, were being

pulled out immediately

due to safety concerns.

It was unclear how

many personnel were affected,

and there was no

word on any specific

threat. Visa services

were suspended at the

heavily-fortified U.S.

missions.

“Ensuring the safety of

U.S. government personnel

and citizens is

our highest priority ...

and we want to reduce

the risk of harm,” a State

Department spokesman

said.

Also on Wednesday,

Germany suspended

military training operations

in Iraq, citing increasing

regional tensions.

And the Netherlands

suspended a mission

providing assistance

to Iraqi local authorities,

Dutch news

agency ANP said.

Both the United States

and Iran have said they

do not want war, and Iraqi

Prime Minister Adel

Abdul Mahdi said on

Tuesday he had indications

“things will end

well” despite the rhetoric.

Iraq has said it will

keep strong ties with

Iran, but also with the

United States and regional

neighbours, some

of whom, like Saudi Arabia,

consider Tehran an

arch-rival.

“I think we are now in

a quite dangerous situation

where a miscalculation

by either side

could lead us into conflict,”

U.S. Senator

Chris Coons, a Democrat

on the Senate Foreign

Relations Committee,

told CNN in an interview

on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a spokesman

for the German De-

Reject Brexit deal, risk no Brexit, UK

ministers warn

BRITISH

Prime

Minister Theresa

May is set for one last effort

to save her muchderided

European

Union withdrawal deal - but

in doing so risks a total collapse

of the Brexit project,

ministers have suggested.

May has acknowledged

the unpopularity of her deal,

which has already been rejected

three times by parliament

and has said she

would resign once it passed.

Her own Brexit minister on

Wednesday admitted the

withdrawal agreement

would be "dead" if rejected

again.

"I think the House will

have to then address a

much more fundamental

question between whether

it will pursue a no-deal option

or whether it will revoke"

the entire Brexit process,

Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay

told the Lords EU Committee.

The talking point of a stark

choice between "no deal" and

"no Brexit" should May's deal

be defeated again, originated

in Downing Street early

on Wednesday, with the

BBC reporting on similar

language from Number 10.

It was echoed later by International

Trade Secretary

Liam Fox following a speech

at the Institute for

Government, accordingto

The Guardian.

May will bring the deal

back to the House of Commons

in the first week of

June, seeking the approval

of MPs - but the fourth attempt

may prove similar to

the previous three.

"If the prime minister

brings the withdrawal bill to

the Commons for a vote the

question will be 'what has

changed?'" said Nigel

Dodds, whose Democratic

Union Party has a strategic

alliance with May's Conservatives.

May faces opposition to

the deal on several fronts.

Hard line right-wing Eurosceptics

within her own

party say it doesn't go far

enough, and largely

leaves the United Kingdomwithin

EU structures,

such as the Customs

Union.

VANGUARD, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019 43

Sudan military council, opposition

inch closer to final deal

SUDAN’s military rulers and an alliance of protest

ers and opposition groups were set to meet on

Wednesday to hash out the details of a sovereign council

designed to steer the country towards democracy during

a three-year transition.

The Transitional Military Council (TMC), which took

over after overthrowing and jailing veteran President

Omar al-Bashir on April 11, has been holding intermittent

talks with the opposition Declaration of Freedom and

Change Forces (DFCF) for several weeks.

Early on Wednesday, they announced a deal on the

composition of a legislative council and the duration of

the transition. But they said they would continue talks on

the key sticking point of the make-up of the sovereign

ruling council.

Pilots slammed Boeing before second crash

JUST months before a sec

ond deadly crash of a

Boeing 737 Max airplane,

American Airlines pilots angrily

confronted a Boeing official

about a computerized

anti-stall system that preliminary

reports have now implicated

in both deadly

wrecks, audio obtained by

CBS News reveals.

The meeting between the

pilots and Boeing happened

in November -- just weeks

after an October crash of a

Lion Air 737 Max into the

Java Sea, and four months

before a 737 Max operated

by Ethiopian Air crashed in

US Secretary of

State Mike Pompeo

(right) with

Acting Assistant

Secretary for

Near Eastern Affairs

David Satterfield

(left), and

Charge D’affairs,

Joey Hood (centre)

at the US

Embassy in

Baghdad yesterday

when Pompeo

paid a surprise

visit amid

rising tension

with Iran.

fence Ministry said the

German armed forces

had 160 soldiers involved

in the training

deployment in Iraq.

The Dutch government

also suspended a mission

in Iraq that provides

assistance to local

authorities due to a security

threat, Dutch

news agency ANP reported

on Wednesday.

Dutch military personal

help train Iraqi forces

in Erbil, northern

Iraq, along with other

foreign troops.

Ethiopia.

On the audio, a Boeing

official is heard telling pilots

that software changes were

coming, perhaps in as little

as six weeks, but that the

US Consulate to build new office

at Eko Atlantic City

By Kingsley Adegboye

THE United States Consul General in Lagos, Mr.

John Bray, yesterday, disclosed that the US government

has acquired about 50,000 square metres of land

at Eko Atlantic City in Lagos for the construction of a

new Consulate.

Bray, who made the disclosure at his residence in Lagos

during the signing of the agreement between the

U.S. government officials, developers and promoters of

Eko Atlantic City led by Mr. Roland Chagdury, the Executive

Chairman of South EnergyX Nigeria, said the

decision to build a new consulate was to afford Nigerians

better and more access to its services.

He said: “This is another demonstration that the United

States is committed to Nigeria and her citizens. What

we currently have as a Consulate General was constructed

in the 70s. We have acquired land in Eko Atlantic

City to build a new Consulate which would be better and

more accessible to Nigerians and others coming to visit

for visas and other services."

Ex-Amnesty boss, Kuku denies

being arrested in US

By Tolulope Oke

FORMER Special Adviser to ex-President Goodluck

Jonathan on Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Kingsley Kuku

has dismissed reports that he was arrested in the United

States of America.

Kuku, who also served as Chairman of the Presidential

Amnesty Programme described the story as the figment of

the imagination of those behind it. A statement by his Media

Assistant, Yemi Akintomide, urged Kuku’s friends, wellwishers,

business and political associates to ignore the report.

His words: “In the last 48 hours, the social media has

been awash with an evil story of the arrest of Dr. Kingsley

Kuku. It was orchestrated by a blogger whose main stock

in trade is blackmail and extortion of politicians and top

public servants. His platform is not credible and therefore

does not require us wasting time on him.''

Nexford University CEO makes

case for online study

By Onozure Dania

THE Chief Executive Officer CEO, of a Washingt

o n

DC based online University, Nexford University,

Mr Fadl Al Tarzi, has urged Nigerian students to

embrace online study in other to get quality education.

He said that the institution feels Nigeria is ready for

Nexford programmes, adding that Nexford is working

to towards making more Nigerians to accept the opportunities

that online study offer.

Buhari leaves for Saudi today

company didn't want to hurry

the process.

The pilots indicated they

weren't aware of the 737

Max's computerized stability

program - the Maneuvering

Characteristics Augmentation

System, or

MCAS.

PRESIDENT Muham

madu Buhari would

embark on a five-day trip

to Saudi Arabia today.

Senior Special Assistant to

the President on Media and

Publicity, Mallam Garba

Shehu disclosed this in a

statement yesterday.

Shehu said the trip is at

the instance of Salman Abdulaziz,

the ruler of Saudi

Arabia. The statement

reads:”President Muhammadu

Buhari has accepted

the invitation of King Salman

Bin Abdulaziz, the ruler of

Saudi Arabia and custodian

of the two holy Mosques to

perform the Umrah (lesser

pilgrimage) in the Kingdom.

“To this effect, the President,

accompanied by

close personal aides, will

embark on the journey on

May 16.

“He is expected back in

the country on Tuesday,

May 21. Umrah is an optional

but recommended

pilgrimage to Makkah that

can be made at any time of

the year.”


44 Vanguard, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019

Lampard to be

named new

Chelsea boss

FRANK LAMPARD is set to take over as

Chelsea’s new manager, according to

reports in Italy.

The Blues are expected to sack Maurizio

Sarri this summer - even if he guides the

club to Europa League glory with a win over

Arsenal.

According to respected TV station Sport

Mediaset, Lampard, 40, will return to

manage his former club after his impressive

spell with Derby.

Sarri, 60, has guided the club into the top

four and led them to both the Carabao Cup

and Europa League finals this season.

But Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is

expected to get rid of him because he has a

poor rapport with the fans.

Lampard would be welcomed back with

open arms by the Stamford Bridge faithful

after he spent 13 glorious years with them

as a player.

He made 648 appearances for the Blues

and is still the club’s all-time leading scorer

with 211 goals.

Since his retirement from playing, he has

proved his credentials as a manager after

an impressive season with Derby County.

Lampard has guided the Rams to the

Championship play-offs after 20 wins and

14 draws in 46 games.

The ex-England midfielder claimed earlier

this week that Chelsea need to put their

trust in youngsters amid claims Eden

Hazard is set to leave.

W BC

HEAVYWEIGHT

WORLD

champion Deontay Wilder

has reiterated his desire to

kill a man in the ring.

Wilder [40-0-1, 39KOs]

EDEN HAZARD

fears

Chelsea’s transfer ban

will leave his

£100million dream Real

Madrid move in tatters.

Fifa’s two-window

suspension is heading to

the Court of Arbitration

for Sport and defeat

will prevent the Blues

using the Hazard cash

for a world-class striker.

Chelsea will even

weigh up keeping the

Belgium star for the final

year of his contract before

losing him on a free in

2020.

Maurizio Sarri’s

squad have qualified for

the Champions League

and do not want to

head into next

season without a

new No 9 as

G o n z a l o

Higuain heads

back to

Juventus

after his

loan. But

getting

banned

from signing players until

next year means keeping

Hazard is a serious option,

even if they miss out on a

windfall for one of Europe’s

hottest properties.

Chelsea have history of

granting their stars a

preferred move after years

of glittering service Petr

Cech was allowed to join

Arsenal and Nemanja

Matic left for Manchester

United.

Hazard, 28, has been at

the Bridge for seven years

and, like Belgian pal

REAL MADRID are

planning a stunning

£74m swoop for Pierre-

Emerick Aubameyang to

replace Gareth Bale.

Bernabeu boss Zinedine

Zidane is desperate to

offload the former Spurs

forward this summer

following his shocking spell

of form.

Hazard: Chelsea will force me to stay

Wilder: I still want to kill in the ring

doubled down on his

frequent and controversial

claims that he wants ‘a body

on his record’ as he

prepares to put his title on

the line against fellow

American Dominic

Breazeale [20-1, 18KOs] at

Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

this Saturday.

Wilder and Breazeale

have exchanged harsh

words in the lead-up, and

‘The Bronze Bomber’ has

upped the ante in claiming

Breazeale’s life is on the

line in the Big Apple.

“Dominic asked for this,”

Wilder said. “I didn’t go

seek him he seeked me.

So if it comes, it comes.

“This is a brutal sport, I

keep saying that. This is not

a gentleman’s sport, we

don’t ask to hit each other

in the face but we do

Jose Mourinho believes

Paul Pogba is not the

only one to blame for

Manchester United’s

torrid season - and suggests

the club’s hierarchy should

take responsibility.

Mourinho thinks

everyone at Old Trafford -

not only Pogba - should

accept their share of the

anyway. If you ask any

doctor in the world, he’ll tell

you your head is not meant

to be hit.

The unbeaten champion

added: “He’s like a fly in my

ear, I can’t wait. I’m going

to get him outta there, it’s

going to be in dramatic

fashion, in a fashion no one

has ever seen.

The WBC champion has

frequently stated his

interest in ending

somebody’s life in the ring.

However, pushed on the

topic during a November

2017 interview with The42,

the Alabama native

conceded that he wanted “all

the fighters to go home to his

children or wives or

girlfriends or his side-piece,

or whoever they’re going

home to.

Barca set to sign

£108m Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann has told

Atletico Madrid he will leave

the club this summer with La Liga

rivals Barcelona set to pay his

£108m release clause,

according to Sky sources.

In a farewell message

on the club’s website,

the forward said: “It’s

been an incredible

five years; Thank you

very much for

everything, I take

you in the heart.”

Griezmann, 28,

has been linked

with a move to

Atletico’s La Liga

rivals Barcelona

since last year, and

speculation has only

intensified since the

Sky Sports News unCatalonian

club were embarrassed by

Liverpool in the Champions

Aubameyang in shock

£74m Madrid link

Thibaut Courtois, considered

his future after last summer’s

World Cup.

Mourinho: Pogba not solely

responsible for Man Utd’s

problems pics/pogba

Jose Mourinho believes

Paul Pogba is not the only one

to blame for Manchester

United’s torrid season - and

suggests the club’s hierarchy

should take responsibility.

Mourinho thinks everyone

at Old Trafford - not only Pogba

- should accept their share of

the blame for the disappointing

campaign.

Mourinho: Pogba not solely

responsible for Man Utd’s problems

blame for the disappointing

campaign.

“The problems are there,

you can say that these are

the players, the

organisation, the ambition.

I only say that I cannot say

yes when you ask if Paul was

the only one responsible,”

Mourinho told L’Equipe.

Mourinho hopes that after

witnessing Solskjaer

experience the same

problems as he did, he will

finally receive recognition

for his achievements at the

club.

“I said nine or 10 months

ago that after winning eight

championships, finishing

second with United may

have been my greatest

achievement. Now people

understand,” he added.

“I do not always do my

analysis publicly on

Manchester United. I do not

want to talk about it and I

have the feeling that I do not

need to speak, that time

gives explanations.

“About United I want to

say only two things: One is

that time has spoken. Two is

that the problems are still

there.”

According to Spanish

news outlet Diario Gol,

Aubameyang is a potential

candidate to replace Bale

next season.

The Arsenal striker

proved his potential this

term as he bagged the

Golden Boot award after

scoring 22 goals.

Aubameyang, who joined

the Gunners from

Dortmund for £56m in

2018, is under contract

at the Emirates until

2021.

But following his sublime

spell of form, Unai Emery

is keen to tie him down with

a new long-term deal. The

source claims that Madrid

expect it to be “easier” to

negotiate with Arsenal

than any of their other

top targets.

A

Bulgarian heavyweight

champion who suckersmooched

a female sports

reporter has been socked

with a $2,500 fine and

ordered to take sexual

harassment prevention

classes.

Kubrat Pulev, 38, was

suspended after kissing

Vegas Sport Daily

journalist Jennifer Ravalo

without her consent while

she was interviewing him

following his defeat of

Romania’s Bogdan Dinu in

Costa Mesa, California.

The puckering pugilist

apologized to Ravalo – who

works under the name

SuShe – on Tuesday during

a hearing with the

California State Athletic

Commission, which told

him his suspension would

League

semifinal.derstands

Barcelona

are ready to pay

Griezmann’s £108m release

clause.

Last summer, -

Barcelona or Atletico.

Having recorded two

endings - one which said he

would stay, and another

which said he would go -

Griezmann revealed he

would continue playing

with Atletico.

Griezmann went on to lift

the World Cup with France

one month later, scoring four

goals, including one in the

4-2 final win over Croatia.

Griezmann released a

half-hour long documentary

on Spanish TV station

Movistar to tell fans where

his future would lie

Boxer who stole a kiss

from a female

journalist fined $2500

•Ordered to take lessons

be lifted if he paid the fine

and attended the classes by

July 22.

He also was warned that

he would face a lifetime

suspension if he gets

involved in any future

incidents, according to the

BBC.

Ravalo’s attorney Gloria

Allred told The LA Times

that “it was a fair hearing,

and we’ll be at the next

hearing.”

Pulev, who was euphoric

after having just knocked

out Dinu, has downplayed

the kiss and claimed the

reporter was a close friend.

“The reporter, Jenny is

actually a friend of mine

and after the interview, I

gave her a kiss,” he

tweeted. “Later that night,

she joined me and my other

friends at my post-fight

celebration. On that video,

after our kiss, we both

laughed about it and

thanked each other. There

really is nothing more to

this.”

But Allred called his lip

lock “sexual harassment.”

“She did not consent to

that kiss,” she said.

Questioned by the

commission about the

extent of her previous

connection with Pulev,

Raval said she had met him

only one day earlier at his

weigh-in.

Allred said the fighter

mentioned Ravalo had

flirted with him, while his

team cited cultural

differences.


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46 Vanguard, THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019

Mikel sets a Nigerian AFCON record

MIKEL Obi who has been

given an invitation by

Gernot Rohr enters record books

as the first player to captain

Nigeria to the Africa Cup of

Nations without featuring in the

qualifying series.

The nearest player to that was

Joseph Yobo who featured in just

one qualifying game for the 2013

edition before being recalled for

the final tournament in South

Africa.

Yobo’s only match was the away

duel with Rwanda in Kigali before

•Onuachu

AFCON 2019:

Onuachu happy

to make Super

Eagles squad

he fell out with Coach Stephen

Keshi’s favour.

Mikel on the other hand did not

feature in any of the six qualifying

games Nigeria played.

According to a release by the

Nigeria Football Federation on

Tuesday, Coach Gernot Rohr listed

him along with pacy winger Ahmed

Musa and defenders Kenneth

Omeruo and Abdullahi Shehu in a

25-man squad to prepare for the

32nd Africa Cup of Nations finals

in Egypt this summer. Six other

players are on standby.

Udeze, Ndukwe, Erico hail Mikel’s inclusion

THE inclusion of Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi in the 25-

man provisional squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations has

been applauded by the trio of Ifeanyi Udeze, Chukwu Ndukwe and

Coach Joe Erico.

“Playing in the (English) Championship for

Middlesbrough is better than playing in China. Its

been one year that he left the Chinese Super League

so “ should still be in shape,” Chukwu

Ndukwe, who scored one of

Nigeria’s goals in the final of

the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations

against Cameroon told Brila

FM yesterday.

“That is why the promoted

clubs from the Championship;

Norwich City and Sheffield

Wednesday are reportedly

interested in signing him.”

SUPER Eagles up and

coming striker, Paul

Onuachu said he was looking

forward to contributing his

best to help Nigeria win a

fourth Africa Cup of Nations

title next month in Egypt.

“Am really happy, since I

joined the first team, doing

what the coaches want, getting

some time and the coaches

believed in me,” said the 2.01

meters tall striker.

“I’m really happy my

performance has earned me a

call-up, am not saying the

AFCON will be easy, but if we

work hard and stick to the

coaches plan, everything will

go well for us”.

“Am really happy and

excited that I am among the

squad, am happy,” he added.

Ndidi,

Iheanacho

recharge in

France

HEAD Coach Paul Aigbogun has stated that

three points from their FIFA U20 World Cup

opener against Qatar in Tychy next week Friday

would greatly boost confidence in approaching the

remaining games of the group phase.

“Our target is to get those three points in our first

game and set off on a run. It would be a big booster.

Our game plan is to get off on a good footing at the

World Cup and then carry on from there.

SUPER Eagles duo Wilfred

Ndidi and Kelechi

Iheanacho have traveled to Saint

Lopez, a coastal city in France to

rest and prepare their minds for the

Africa Cup of Nations.

Ndidi had a good outing with

Leicester City in the English Premier

League, while Iheanacho had a

subdued performance. However, he

was included in the squad by coach

Gernot Rohr with the hope that he will

find his scoring form.

The Foxes duo are expected to join

the rest of their international

teammates in Asaba on June 2

for the first training camp.

... As Ndidi makes

Premier League young

team of the season

Nigeria international, Wilfred

Ndidi was named in the

Premier League Young Team of the

Season.

Ndidi has been present in the

Leicester City’s line up since his

arrival from Genk of Belgium and

has been one of the best holding

midfield players in the division.

However, the midfielder was

omitted from this season’s PFA team

of the year, but football statistics

experts through their website picked

the player in the starting eleven for

the best U-22 who did well during

the just concluded season.

In a 4-4-2 formation, Ndidi partners

his Leicester City teammate James

Maddison, while Richarlison

(Everton) and Dwight McNeil

(Burnley) played as the right and left

midfielders respectively.

•Mikel

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