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ZAMFARA SCHOOL KIDNAPPING:

My 3 children still in bandits’

den over N1.5m ransom —MOTHER

•Accuses school, state govt, others of abandonment

•We are not aware of the ransom demanded — State govt

•3-month-old baby, 6 others kidnapped

•Gunmen abduct five oil workers in Rivers

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Minister of Labour and

Employment, Senator

Chris Ngige

Mr & Mrs

Minister of Budget and

National Planning,

Senator Udo Udoma

Atiku, Afenifere

fight Oba of

Lagos over

Obasanjo

COLUMNISTS

Minister of Works,

Power and Housing,

Babatunde Fashola

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Lack of strong

legislature reason

govs run states

as personal

empires – Dogara

Minister of Finance,

Hajia Zainab Ahmed

14

Minister of Foreign

Affairs, Geoffrey

Onyeama

Senate concurs

with Reps,

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passes bill to

make June 12

Democracy Day

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Information and

Culture, Alhaji Lai

Mohammed

INEC shifts

Kogi, Bayelsa

guber polls to

Nov. 16

AZU 36 DONU 17 OWEI LAKEMFA 31

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Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019 — 5

POCKET CARTOON

CONFERENCE—Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara (2nd left);Deputy Senate

President, Ike Ekweremadu (Right); Bauchi State, Governor, Mohammed Abubakar (left) and

Administrator, National Judicial Institute, Justice Rosaline Bozimo (2nd Right), at a conference on

Presidential Implementation of Autonomy of the State Legislature in Abuja, yesterday.

ZAMFARA SCHOOL KIDNAPPING:

My three children still in bandits’

den over N1.5m ransom —MOTHER

•Accuses school, state govt, others of abandonment

•We are not aware of the ransom demanded — State govt

•3-month-old baby, 6 others kidnapped

•Gunmen abduct five oil workers in Rivers

•We’ve launched manhunt for kidnappers —Police

By Davies

Iheamnachor &

Nasir Muhammad

ABUJA—Mother of

the three children

abducted by bandits who

raided Government Girls

Comprehensive

Secondary School

Moriki, Zamfara State,

on May 2, yesterday,

accused the state

government of failing to

intervene in payment of

the N1.5m ransom

demanded by the

kidnappers.

She decried the shabby

manner she was treated

while soliciting the

intervention of the state

government on payment

of the N1.5 million

demanded as ransom.

This came as gunmen

abducted seven persons,

including a threemonth-old

baby and his

mother at Kanoma

village in Maru local

government area of

Zamfara State, even as

five persons working

with an oil firm in Rivers

State were kidnapped

yesterday.

Bandits had attacked

the school and made for

the students’ hostel but

couldn’t get access.

They, however,

kidnapped the three

children of the woman,

Hadiza Abdulkadir, who

is a staff of the school.

But the state

Commissioner of

Information, Alhaji

Muhammad Sanda

Danjari Kwatarkwashi,

denied the allegation,

saying the government

was not even aware of

the ransom demand.

However, Abdulkadir,

who spoke exclusively

with Vanguard at her

village in Zurmi Local

Government Area, said

she decided to take her

case to the state

government when she

could not raise the

ransom but was turned

down.

My ordeal

She explained “After

the the bandits called

and demanded N1.5

million, I took the matter

to the school authorities

where I work as a

caterer, but the school

principal told me to go to

Zamfara State Feeding

Agency in Gusau and

appeal to them for help.

‘’At the office of the

Agency, I was left

unattended to for five

hours and later they told

me that government had

no money and that,

therefore, there was

nothing they can do for

me.

“Shocked by the

manner I was treated, I

ran back to the Chairman

of Zurmi Local

Government Area who is

also my relative and

asked for his

intervention but he told

me to look elsewhere as

they have no money to

pay the ransom.

“I was also advised to

meet the wife of the

governor-elect but the

story turned out to be the

same as she politely told

me that she could not be

of help.

“I am perplexed over

the manner I was

maltreated by my

employers and the

government. I have been

working for the state

feeding agency for 17

years and have spent all

these years in the

kitchen, to the extent I

am even on the verge of

losing my sight.

“Earlier this year, I told

my kitchen master that I

would not be able to

continue with this work

as smoke has damaged

my sight, but he advised

me to keep on as I have

no other means of

livelihood.”

She disclosed that one

of her daughters who

was abducted is a

student of Gwadabawa

Continues on Page 41

By Bose Adelaja,Yinka Latona,

Dickson Omobola, Tolulope Oke,

Chiamaka Uba & Erinfolami

Abdulkudus

Does FG have right to seize property without corruption charges (1)

It will be very wrong

for the Federal

Government to seize

anybody's property when

they have no corruption

charges to answer.

I think seizing

someone's property

without following due

process of charging them

to court is bad. It will be

good if they can follow

due process by first

carrying out thorough

investigation before

seizing anyone's

property.

Mr.Sunday Oladoye

Student

Regardless

of

corruption

allegation or not, I am of

the opinion that the

Federal Government

should rather think twice

before taking an action

that will boomerang. If

it is a case of an

allegation, they should

do their investigation

very well.

On the other hand, if

they are considering this

line of action, they

shouldn’t go that way.

Mr. Kehinde Aremu

Student

Such a step is not

only illogical, it is

illegal, barbaric, and

unconstitutional.

The Federal

Government should

save its strength to

pursue those who have

ill-gotten wealth and not

to intimidate citizens

who have acquired their

wealth through legal

and rightful means.

Mr. William Jimoh

Analyst

I

will urge the

F e d e r a l

Government to follow

due process in carrying

out its responsibilities

without any bias.

If the government

seizes a person's

property without

following due process of

investigation and

charging such a person

to court, it will be

unlawful.

-Stephen Ogbodo

THE

Federal

Government

should stop being

wicked to its critiques. It

is wrong to even

contemplate doing so. I

am ashamed that the

Vice President, who is a

lawyer made the

statement. I am still

waiting to be told that

Osinbajo did not say

that the government can

seize someone’s

property even without

allegations of

corruption. Mr.

Emmanuel Otobo,

Businessman

WHEN I read it in the

newspapers, I was

shocked that the

government could sound

that wicked. A property

can be confiscated with a

justifiable reason but

saying that such could be

done even in the absence

of allegations, is wrong.

Such a statement portrays

the government as callous

and wicked. I hope the

people behind the

statement know that they

will not remain in power

forever.

Rufus Obomenfo,

Worker


6—Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

Rivers govt raises alarm over rate of dead babies found in refuse dumps

By Egufe

Yafugborhi

PORT HARCOURT—

RIVERS State

Government has expressed

worry over the spate of

dumping of stillborns in

public waste disposal

facilities in Port Harcourt

and environs.

Sole Administrator,

Mother,

daughter, one

other, docked

for assaulting

neighbour

Rivers State Waste

Management Agency,

RIWAMA, Felix Obuah,

raised the alarm,

yesterday, in a recent

case of a stillbirth he

discovered in a

receptacle at Elelenwo

axis of Port Harcourt

during his regular

monitoring exercise.

Obuah said: “The rate

at which unwanted

babies and stillborns

are dumped at

receptacles across the

state is alarming,

irritating and

worrisome.

“This is abominable,

uncouth and cruel.

Those involved in this

unwholesome

behaviour are not only

nuisance to the society, but

also murderers.

Receptacles are for

domestic wastes and not

burial grounds or

mortuaries and should be

used strictly for what they

are lawfully provided for.”

He advised expectant

mothers to take advantage

of the numerous health

centres across the state for

antenatal and delivery,

describing dumping of

unwanted babies or

stillborns at receptacles

as grave offence before

God and man.

He further advised

women and partners not

ready for child bearing

to desist from getting

involved in sexual

habits that result in

Police nab 93 kidnappers in Kano

unwanted pregnancies,

which encourage the ugly

trend.

The RIWAMA boss

warned that “henceforth,

the agency will monitor,

trace and prosecute any

culprit caught in this act

of barbarism as a

deterrent to those who

may wish to engage in

similar act.”

By Onozure Dania

LAGOS—A woman,

Abibat Oyebola, and her

daughter, Nike Oyebola,

who allegedly assaulted

their co- tenant were

yesterday charged before

a Lagos Magistrates’

court, sitting at Igbosere.

The duo alongside a

neighbour, Shakirat Bello,

were docked before

Magistrate Mrs T.B. Are.

The defendants, who are

traders and fashion

designer respectively, are

facing a two- count charge

bordering on conspiracy,

and unlawful assault

preferred against them by

the police.

The prosecutor Inspector

Abayomi Abbass, told the

court that Abibat 46, Nike

26, Shakirat 46, who are

residents of Kota School

area Ajah, conspired

among themselves and

assaulted the

complainant.

He said that the

incident took place on

workers day, May 1,

2019, at about 7:30am.

Abbass said “ The trio

and others at large

unlawfully assaulted one

Nnenna Eze, a co- tenant,

by hitting her with wood

and fist blow all over her

body which caused her

harm”.

According to him, the

offence committed is

punishable Under

Sections 411 and 172, of

the criminal law of Lagos

State 2015.

The defendants however

pleaded not guilty to the

charges against them.

Magistrate Are, granted

the defendants bail in the

sum of N 50,000, each,

with two sureties each in

like sum.

She said that the sureties

must show evidence of tax

payment to the Lagos

State government.

The case was adjourned

until June 3, for mention.

By Abdulmumin Murtala

KANO—POLICE Operatives

attached to Operation Puff

Adder reportedly arrested 93

kidnap suspects from different

parts of the North-Central, North-

Western and North-Eastern parts

of the country with one Rocket

Launcher, 35 AK-47 rifles, 500 live

ammunition and other dangerous

weapons recovered.

The Force Public Relations

Officer, Frank Mba, in a

statement, yesterday, said the

Police “also recovered from the

hoodlums eight locally-made

revolver pistols, 10 pairs of

military camouflage uniform, two

operational vehicles and other

incriminating items.

He added that Police

investigators, backed by their

counterparts in the Forensic and

Technical Intelligence Units, have

commenced comprehensive

investigation of all 93 three suspects

arrested in the operations.

He added: “The investigations,

among other things, are aimed at

tracking, uncovering and

disrupting the sources of arms

supply to the criminal groups, as

well as identifying their

collaborators and bringing all

involved in these heinous crimes

to justice.”

Rapists, too

Also, Kano State Police

Command, yesterday, paraded 33

suspects accused of rape and other

offences arrested in the state.

The Police Public Relations

Officer, DSP Abdullahi

Haruna, said on May 12 four

suspected robbers were

arrested with one pump

action rifle, one Berretta

AN Igando Customary

Court in Lagos,

yesterday, dissolved a 41-

year-old marriage between

Mrs Mabel Alli and her

husband, Pastor Richard,

over incest.

The Court President, Mr.

Adeniyi Koledoye, said it

appeared that the estranged

couple was tired of the

marriage and all efforts to

reconcile them failed.

According to him, “since

both parties agreed to the

dissolution of the marriage,

this court has no choice but

to dissolve it.

“The court, hereby,

pronounces the marriage

between Mabel Alli and

Pastor Richard, dissolved.

Both of you henceforth cease

to be husband and wife.

“Each of you should go

your separate ways. The court

wishes both of you well in

your future endeavours.”

The petitioner, Mabel,

English pistol, one locallymade

pistol, one Englishmade

pistol, seven rounds

of 9mm live ammunition, 15

rounds of live cartridges

and three sharp knives

approached the court to end

her marriage to Richard, for

impregnating her sister and

their daughter.

She said: “My husband

sexually molested all three

of our daughters. After

impregnating my sister, he

took one of our daughters

to the hospital to have an

abortion.

“Our 19-year-old girl also

reported to me that he

always sneaks into her room

to have intercourse with her

and I have caught him in

the act.

My friends and domestic

staff are not spared. I have

caught him with them too.

He is just a womaniser.”

The 63-year-old

businesswoman said that

her husband was fetish and

also wanted to use her for

money ritual in order to

finance his political

ambition.

Mabel alleged that her

Some of

the

kidnappers

and their

tools of

trade.

recovered from them.

He said four suspects were

also arrested for car theft and

about 25 suspects for unlawful

possession of dangerous

weapons and fire arms.

41-YR-OLD MARRIAGE CRASHES:

My husband slept with our daughters,

domestic staff, my friends—Pastor’s wife

husband does not take care of

the children.

The mother of four begged

the court to terminate the

union that she was no longer

interested.

It's all lies—Pastor

However, Richard, who

denied all the allegations,

welcomed the divorce suit,

saying he too was no longer

interested in the marriage.

The 66-year-old pastor

denied sleeping with his

wife’s sister, friends,

housemaids and daughters,

saying that it was his wife that

took their daughter for an

abortion.

According to him, he never

took his wife to any herbalist

and had never ever threatened

to kill her.

The respondent said that he

went to Kenya to attend prayer

conference and not to get

power and charms as his wife

had claimed.


Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019—7

Drug trafficking saga: Zainab, Ibrahim get N3m each from Ganduje

By Abdulmumin

Murtala

KANO—ZAINAB Aliyu and

Ibrahim Abubakar recently

released from Saudi Prison for

mistaken case of drug trafficking

were given N 3 million each by

the Governor of Kano State,

Abdullahi Ganduje on

Wednesday.

Zainab and Ibrahim were led to

the governor by the Chairperson

of Nigerians in Diaspora

Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

Governor Ganduje, who

received Zainab, Abubakar and

Abike Dibiri at the Council

Chambers, thanked those who

POLICE in Edo State,

yesterday, said they had

arrested four suspected

members of Boko Haram, who

escaped into the state after

perpetrating heinous crimes in

neighbouring Kogi State.

The Commissioner of Police

in the state, Mr. Mohammed

DanMallam, who disclosed

this in an interview in Benin,

said that the suspects were

nabbed on a tip-off in their

hide-out in Afuze, Edo North

Senatorial District.

He said that on

interrogation, one of the

suspects confessed to have

killed 40 of his victims, while

another confessed to have

escaped from Koton Karfi

Prison in 2014, and also

participated in an armed

robbery in Ekiti in 2013.

He, however, said that the

suspects would be handed over

to the Police in Kogi for further

interrogation as their crimes

were perpetrated in that state.

DanMallam also said that

since the inauguration of

“Operation Puff Adder” in the

state on May 2, the command

had recorded some

achievements in the fight

against crime and criminality.

He explained that 34

suspects had been arrested in

connection with armed robbery,

Man accuses lover of breaking his marriage,

post her picture on Facebook, docked

By Onozure Dania

LAGOS—A 40-year-old man

Ibrahim Arowolo, who

allegedly posted the pictures of

his lover on a social media

platform, Facebook, without

her consent, was yesterday

docked before an Igbosere

Magistrate’s court, in Lagos.

The defendant is facing a twocount

charge of breach of

peace, preferred against him by

the Police.

The prosecutor, Inspector

Jimoh Joseph, told the court

that the defendant posted his

girlfriend’s pictures on

played vital roles in the release of

the two people, especially

President Muhammadu Buhari.

Ganduje noted that the release

of the two Nigerians mistakenly

arrested for Drug trafficking shows

that Nigeria is truly working and

cares for its citizenry.

He said he was making the

donation of N3 million to each of

them to enable them start a fresh

life and allow Zainab particularly

to continue with her studies at the

Maitama Sule University

unhindered, being a final year

Student in the College.

Recall, the duo were arrested and

detained for four months by the

Saudi Arabian anti-Drug Trafficking

and four others apprehended in

connection with the

kidnapping.

He added that 32 suspected

cultists had been arrested since

the operation began, and 10

different arms and 215

ammunition were recovered.

The police chief disclosed that

nine victims were rescued from

suspected kidnappers, while 11

vehicles were also recovered.

DanMallam said that it was

untrue that any life was lost in

Facebook without her consent

and called her names which

caused others to call her

unprinted names, which

brought injury, enmity and

hatred to her.

He said the defendant

accused the complainant, one

Felicia Ayeni, of breaking his

marriage, which prompted him

to post the pictures on

Facebook.

Joseph said the incident

occurred on September 1, 2018,

at about 9:32a.m., in Lagos.

The prosecutor said the

offences committed are contrary

to Sections 57 (1) (a) (c) and

Agency over alleged drug

trafficking, but were released

after the Nigerian and Saudi

authorities concurred on their

innocence.

Zainab was arrested on

December 26, 2018, after her

arrival in Saudi Arabia for lesser

Hajj together with her Mother

and Sister.

Her father, Malam Habibu

Aliyu Kila, appreciated the

efforts of the Nigerian

government, Media and Civil

Society Organisations for

campaigning for the release of

his daughter and thanked

Governor Ganduje for the

gesture.

Police nab 4 Boko Haram

suspects from Kogi in Edo

AN Abeokuta Magistrate’s

Court, yesterday, sentenced

a 30-year-old man, Fatai Jamiu,

to three months imprisonment for

stealing cashew nuts valued at

N230,000.

The magistrate, Mr.

Olakulehin Oke, sentenced

Jamiu after finding him guilty

of the charge of stealing

levelled against him.

Oke said the prosecution

proved its case beyond

reasonable doubts.

He, however, gave the convict

an option to pay N15,000 as fine.

Earlier, the prosecutor,

the clash by cult groups in

Benin on Monday.

According to him, nobody

died during the cult clash

around Murtala Mohammed

Way, but there was an

attempt by some cultists to

cause trouble, but we got

credible information and the

police team repelled them.

“We arrested two of them

who are still with us and

under investigation because

they are from rival groups.”

Man gets 3-month jail term

for stealing cashew nuts

Inspector Olu-Balogun

Lawrence told the court that the

defendant committed the

offence on February 2 at

5.10p.m. at Ibara Orile area

of Abeokuta.

Lawrence said that the

defendant entered into the

premises of Ogun State

Agricultural Development

Corporation and stole the

cashew nuts.

He stated that the security

man on duty caught the

defendant with the cashew

nuts and handed him over to

the Police.

According to him, the

offence contravened Sections

383 and 390(9) of the Criminal

Law of Ogun, 2006.

punishable Under Sections

168 (1) (d) (2), of the criminal

laws of Lagos State 2015.

However, the defendant

pleaded innocence to the

offence.

The magistrate, Mrs A. A.

Runsewe, granted him bail

in the sum of N20,000, with

one surety, gainfully

employed.

She said the surety must

show evidence of tax

payment to the Lagos State

government and have his

address verified.

The case was then

adjourned till May 21.

... with Emma'nKen (08163121378)

Obhioba, talk the truth of God.

Baba Banky don score goal?

We, from Edo State, reject you

Just post your address. Boys are

willing to line up as blankets

But bros,

where

you see

stainless

steel

one?


8—Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17 , 2019

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INVESTITURE: From left, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State; Mr Segun Agbaje, recipient,

Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, CIBN, Fellowship Award; General Yakubu Gowon (retd), chairman of

the occasion; Dr Uche Olowu, President, CIBN; Mr Bayo Olugbemi, Vice President, CIBN, and Mr Aigboje Aig-

Imoukhuede, guest speaker at the Extraordinary Fellowship Investiture of CIBN, in Lagos, yesterday. Photo:

Lamidi Bamidele.

FG to disburse another N649bn Paris

Club refund to states — Finance Minister

•As external reserves hit $44.69bn

•Says capital release for 2018 now N2.079trn

•Records N3.96trn revenue for 2018

•Customs moves against rice importers

By Emma Ujah,

Abuja Bureau

Chief; Emmanuel

Elebeke &

Mayowa

Baiyegunhi

THE

Federal

Government is set to

disburse N649.434 billion to

states of the federation,

being balance from the Paris

Club refund.

The Minister of Finance,

Mrs. Zainab Ahmed,

disclosed this, yesterday, at

a press conference on the

achievements of the

administration in the last

four years.

She said: “For the final

phase of the Paris Club debts

refunds, a total sum of

N649.434 billion was

verified by the ministry as

the outstanding balance to

be refunded to the state

governments.

“The payments made by

the Central bank of Nigeria,

CBN, as at March 2019, is

N691.560 billion. The

increase in CBN payments

partly arose from exchange

rate differential at the point

of payment, although, some

states still have outstanding

balances, which will be

refunded in due course.”

The minister said through

the implementation of

Economic Recovery and

Growth Plan, ERGP, which

the Buhari-led

administration developed in

2017, the economy exited

recession and moved

upwards on a path of

sustainable, inclusive and

diversified growth.

She maintained that the

ministry was focused on

addressing the longstanding

issue of

“unsatisfactory revenue

performance” in Nigeria,

particularly in the non-oil

sector in order to ensure

appropriate financing for

critical sectors, such as

health, education, and

infrastructure.

External reserves

On the nation’s external

reserves, Mrs. Ahmed said

it had climbed to $44.69

billion as at May 13, 2019.

Describing it as

impressive, having moved

from the $28.3 billion in

2015, she said: “Our

external reserves, on the

other hand, grew from $28.3

billion in 2015 to US $44.69

billion as at May 13, 2019,

representing significant

improvement that has

helped stabilise the

economy, including our

currency exchange rates.

However, the minister

acknowledged that the

expenditure performance

cannot be in isolation of

revenues, which as a result

expenditure largely

depends on government’s

ability to generate budgeted

revenues with deficits

funded through borrowings.

“In 2018 our budgeted

revenue was N7.2 trillion.

This is against the realised

figure of N3.96 trillion,

signifying a negative

variance of 45 per cent.

Despite this shortfall we

have been able to fully pay

salaries and service 100 per

cent of our debt.

Capital release for

2018 now

N2.079trn

‘’We have also released

seven months overhead for

2018, two months for 2019,

and N2.079 billion capital

expenditure as at 14th May

2019.

“We have adopted a

prudent debt management

strategy which ensures that

we invest what we borrow

in capital projects, although

our debt by international

standards, at 19.09 per cent

Nigeria’s debt to GDP ratio

is well below the threshold

of 56 per cent for countries

similar to Nigeria.

‘’The government is

addressing the issue of

reducing the debt service to

revenue through a

combination of debt

substitution strategies.”

The Minister maintained

that on global risks, the

Ministry would continue to

remain focused on taking

key mitigating actions to

safeguard the economy and

ensure it is “resilient to

external shocks.”

Budget

Performance

On budget performance,

Ahmed said despite the

shortfall in revenue

projections, “we have been

able to fully pay salaries and

service 100 per cent of our

debt. We have also released

seven months overhead for

2018, two months for 2019,

and N2.079 trillion capital

expenditure as at May 14,

2019.

“We have adopted a

prudent debt management

strategy, which ensures that

we invest what we borrow

in capital projects. Although

our debt by international

standards, at 19.09 per cent

Nigeria’s debt to GDP ratio

is a reasonable ratio, but this

is well below the average

threshold of 56 per cent for

countries similar to Nigeria.

‘’The government is

addressing the issue of the

high debt service burden by

a combination of substitution

strategies, which include

refinancing our shorter term,

higher cost debts to longer

term lower cost debt."

Customs moves

against rice

importers

On his part, Director-

General of Custom, Col.

Hameed Ali (retd), denied

issuing any license to rice

importers and appealed to

Nigerians to stop the

consumption of imported

rice.

He said the harms related

to the consumption of

imported rice and its effects

on the economy was

enormous and urged

Nigerians to stop

patronizing smugglers of

imported rice.

“We inaugurated new task

force officers last Tuesday to

fight the smuggling of rice

to Nigeria. Rice is one of the

most consumed food in

Nigeria, and at so, we

should consume our own

products to be able to boost

our economy.”

“When Nigerians stop

buying these imported rice,

the sellers will go out of

business and stop the

importation."

Senate confirms CBN Gov,

Emefiele, for another 5 years

•Urges him to use his appointment

to improve economy

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA—THE Senate,

yesterday, confirmed

the reappointment of

Godwin Emefiele as

Governor of Central Bank

of Nigeria, CBN, for a

second term of five years.

The confirmation, which

was carried out

unanimously by senators

without a single comment

or objection from any of the

lawmakers at 11.30 am,

followed the consideration

of the report of the Senator

Rafiu Ibrahim (PDP, Kwara

South)-led Committee on

Banking, Insurance and

other Financial Institutions.

Soon after Ibrahim

presented the report for

consideration, Senator

Chukwuka Utazi (PDP,

Enugu North), who

seconded it, described the

work of the committee as a

very well researched and

well written report.

The report ordinarily

would have only been laid

for consideration in another

legislative day, but it was

laid, considered and

approved yesterday.

With the approval, the

Senate asked him to use the

renewal of his appointment

to improve on the nation’s

dwindling economy.

In his remarks after the

confirmation, the Senate

President, Dr Bukola

Saraki, who congratulated

Emefiele on his

appointment for another

tenure, said: “On behalf of

the Senate, let me

congratulate the Governor

of the CBN on the renewal

of his appointment for

another term of five years.”

Saraki urged the CBN

governor to use the renewal

of his appointment as an

opportunity to continue to

provide support and

ensure that the economy of

the country was improved

to address the nation’s

micro economic policies.

CBN sets up c'ttee to revive

50 textile firms by 2020

• Says $2bn lost annually to textile

smuggling

By Michael Eboh

THE Central Bank of

Nigeria, CBN,

yesterday, set up a

committee to revive the

country’s cotton, textile and

garment, CTG, industry.

The committee has a

mandate to revive and set up

a minimum of 20 textile firms

by the end of 2019 and 50

textile firms by 2020.

Speaking during the

inauguration of the Textile

Revival Implementation

Committee in Abuja,

yesterday, Governor of the

CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele,

lamented that the country

loses $2 billion annually to

textile smuggling and

export, noting that it was

high time the country revived

the industry to benefit from

the huge opportunities

therein.

According to him, it is no

secret that the past 20 years

have been very difficult for the

CTG sector, with farmers and

processors having to deal

with low quality seeds, rising

operating cost and weak sales

due to high energy cost of

running factories; smuggling

of textile goods and poor

access to finance.

He said: “Smuggling of

textiles alone is estimated to

have cost the country about

$2 billion annually. Today,

most of the textile factories

have all stopped operations,

and the workforce in the

Nigerian textile industry

stands at less than 20,000

people, from over 500,000

people in the last 20 years.

In addition, a large

proportion of our clothing

materials are imported from

abroad.”

He listed the key

challenges bedeviling the

CTG sub-sector in Nigeria to

include low cotton

production; poor

infrastructure, power and

transport; obsolescence of

existing production line,

smuggling and

counterfeiting; inadequate

local patronage, high cost of

production and multiple

taxation, among others.

Also speaking, member of

the committee and Governor

of Kano State, Abdullahi

Ganduje, commended the

CBN’s efforts and strategy at

reviving the country’s textile

industry, noting that efforts by

previous administration

adopted a top-down strategy

which failed to achieve any

meaningful result.

Ganduje emphasized the

need for coordination and

perfection of all the steps in

CTG production and

manufacturing, and noted

that all these could be

achieved only through the

emplacement of strong

institutions.

Speaking in the same,

another member of the

committee and Governor of

Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir

el-Rufai, said the

inauguration of the

committee to revive the

country’s textile industry was

a major step towards the

diversification of the

economy.


Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019—9

You're wrong to link NEDC’s

creation to 2015, 2019 electoral

support, Clark tells Buhari

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA— FORMER

Federal Commissioner

for Information and elder

statesman, Chief Edwin

Clark, has faulted President

Muhammadu Buhari over

comments that he established

North-East Development

Commission, NEDC, in

appreciation of the zone’s

massive electoral support to

him in the 2015 and 2019

presidential elections.

Clark who described the

statement as outrageous,

unpatriotic, absurd, and

mundane, wondered if the

president wouldn’t have

signed the NEDC bill into

law, if the zone did not vote

for him.

He added that the

statement reminds one of

what the president said on

July 2, 2015 at the United

States Institute of Peace that

those who gave him five per

cent votes should not expect

same with those who gave

him 97 per cent.

The elder statesman, who

accused the president of

discrimination, however,

disputed Buhari’s

appropriation of the

commission as his idea,

saying that the 2014

Constitutional Conference,

which report the President

has consigned to the archives,

was indeed the originator of

the NEDC idea.

Addressing journalists at

his Asokoro residence, Abuja,

the South-South leader, who

accused presidential aides of

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good foot hygiene. Check

your feet daily for cuts,

sores, swelling, and

infection of the toenails.

Trim your toenails straight

across with a nail clipper.

Then use a nail file to

smooth the corners, which

will prevent the nail from

growing into your skin.

If you have sweaty feet,

wash your feet with

antibacterial soap. Make

sure to clean between your

toes. To control foot odour,

wash your feet daily in

warm water with mild soap.

Dry thoroughly. Dust your

feet with baby powder or

non-medicated foot powder.

Change your socks and

shoes at least once a day.

Wear shoes that let your feet

breathe: leather, canvas,

and mesh are good options,

not nylon or plastic.

advising Buhari wrongly,

however, urged the president

to know that he is the

President of the Federal

Republic of Nigeria, the

President of all Nigerians,

irrespective of the ruling

party or the opposition, the

President of Christians,

Muslims, and Atheists

among others.

Clark noted that the action

and statements of the

President might be

responsible for why the

Federal Government has

failed to make advancement

on projects in Niger Delta,

including the Ogoniland

clean-up and the East West

road.

The Ijaw leader said: “These

statements credited to Mr.

President (in 2015 and

presently in 2019) is politics

taken to the mundane and

absurdity, and very

unpatriotic.

"Chapter VI, Section 130 of

the 1999 Constitution states

that: (1) There shall be for the

Federation a President. (2)

The President shall be the

Head of State, the Chief

Executive of the Federation

and Commander-in-Chief of

the Armed Forces of the

Federation

“Section 132 (4) of the 1999

Constitution states that: “For

the purpose of an election to

the office of President, the

whole of the Federation shall

be regarded as one

constituency. Therefore, for

Mr. President to base

development of the country

on political patronage, is most

unfair and unacceptable."

Avoid wearing the same

shoes two days in a row.

Avoid wearing high heels

every day, and don’t wear

any that are higher than two

inches. Rotate pairs of

shoes, so each has time to

dry, allowing at least 24

hours to air out.

Avoid walking barefoot in

public places. Keep your

feet dry. If you have

diabetes, you are prone to

getting foot ulcers and

infections. Follow proper

foot hygiene. Keep blood

flowing in your feet by

propping them up when

sitting. Don’t sit with

crossed legs for long

periods of time.

Massage your feet to

ease tension and aches.

Wear shoe inserts. If you

have swelling that hasn’t

improved within two to five

days, or pain that continues

for a few weeks, or have

burning pain, numbness, or

tingling in your foot, call

your doctor.

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Company Secretary; Dr Abrosie Bryant Chukwueloka, Chairman and Roger Brown,Chief Financial

Officer/Executive Director, all of Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, at the 6th Annual

General Meeting of the company, in Lagos yesterday. Photo: Akeem Salau.

Govs pledge support for states

legislature, judiciary autonomy

A

B

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

U J A —

GOVERNORS,

yesterday, gave support to

the implementation of

financial autonomy of states

legislature and judiciary.

The governors, under the

umbrella of Nigeria

Governors Forum, NGF,

said they will ensure

Nigeria attains the highest

level of transparency and

openness in governance.

Speaking at the opening

of a two-day conference on

the implementation of

autonomy of state

legislature and state

judiciary in Abuja,

Chairman of NGF,

Abdulaziz Yari, pledged the

cooperation of the

governors with the Federal

Government to achieve the

implementation strategy

and ultimately ensure fully

autonomy of the legislature

and judiciary at subnational

levels.

Yari, who is the governor

of Zamfara State, was

represented by Bauchi

State governor,

Mohammed Abubakar.

He said though Nigeria’s

democracy was 20 years

old, it had not been a

smooth sail, even as he

commended the current

administration’s focus on

ensuring that rough as the

journey might be, it will

surely take Nigeria to the

promise land.

He said autonomy of the

legislature and the

judiciary were among the

conditions for sustainable

democracy.

Yari said: “I totally align

with the motion that the

legislature and judiciary

autonomy are necessary

pre-condition for an

enduring democracy. This

enhances efficiency,

transparency and

accountability in

government.

“May I also assure you

that the state governors are

collectively committed to

the enthronement of a

strong and viral democracy

in Nigeria and would work

with the Federal

Government to achieve the

national implementation

strategy and ultimately

ensure full autonomy of the

legislature and judiciary at

sub-national levels.

“The NGF fully supports

Mr. President’s reform

agenda and shares his

passion for transparency

and zero corruption. We

commend the efforts of the

committee in putting

together this very decisive

conference to see that

Nigeria attains the highest

level of transparency and

openness in governance.”

Speaker of the House of

Representatives, Yakubu

Dogara, commended

Buhari for his assent to the

bill, noting that autonomy

was central to the practice

of democracy, especially

separation of powers

On his part, the Deputy

Senate President, Ike

Ekweremadu, said local

government areas needed

to be strengthened and

urged state assemblies to

act fast.

He also advocated state

police, thanking the federal

government for it’s interest

in the implementation of

the law.

The Senior Special

Assistant to the President

on National Assembly

Matters (Senate), who is

also the secretary of the

panel, Ita Enang,

commended those who

attended the conference.

Alleged $9.8m fraud: You’ve case to

answer, court tells ex-NNPC GMD, Yakubu

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

ABUJA—The Abuja

Division of the Federal

High Court, yesterday,

held that former

Group Managing Director

of Nigerian National

Petroleum Corporation,

NNPC, Mr. Andrew

Yakubu, has a case to

answer regarding about

$9.8 million discovered

in his guest house.

Yakubu, who was GMD

of NNPC between 2012

and 2014, hitherto faced

a six-count charge the

Economic and Financial

Crimes Commission,

EFCC.

Officials of the antigraft

agency had on the

strength of a tip-off by a

whistleblower, raided the

defendants guest house

situated at Sabon Tasha,

Kaduna State, and recovered

the alleged loot

which was in foreign currencies.

EFCC said it discovered

$9.7million and

£74,000 that Yakubu hid

in a fireproof safe inside

the house.

A Federal High Court

in Kano had on February

13, 2017, granted interim

order forfeiting the

recovered monies to the

federal government.

In a no-case-application

he filed before the

court, Yakubu, insisted

that EFCC failed to establish

a prima-facie

criminal case against

him.

Ruling on the matter,

yesterday, trial Justice

Ahmed Mohammed,

agreed with the prosecution

that the defendant

have explanations to

give before the court regarding

the charge

against him with respect

to four counts in the

charge.

The court held that

EFCC failed to prove the

essential element of

crime with regards to

count five and six of the

charge that dealt with

how the funds were laundered.

Justice Mohammed

held: “I accordingly discharge

the defendant on

counts five and six. Even

though I am tempted to

discharge the defendant

on counts one to four, I

am, however, constrained

to ask the defendant

to explain how he

came about the monies

recovered from his

house.

“Fortified with my position,

the Defendant is

hereby ordered to enter

his defence in respect of

counts one to four.”

The court, thereafter,

fixed July 3 for the ex-

NNPC GMD to open his

defence to the sustained

counts in the charge.


10 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

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Buhari’s victory has demystified Obasanjo

— OBA OF LAGOS

•Says Atiku'll fail at Tribunal; Obasanjo keeps mum

•Oba should leave politics to politicians—Afenifere •He should face traditional issues—Atiku

By Clifford Ndujihe,

Dapo Akinrefon &

Daud Olatunji, with

agency report

LAGOS—THE Oba of

Lagos, Oba Rilwan

Akiolu II, yesterday, said

the election of President

Muhammadu Buhari for a

second term in office was a

clear proof that no man, but

God, gives power, and the

victory has demystified the

political influence of former

President Olusegun

Obasanjo.

He also took a swipe at

the presidential candidate

of Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, in the last election,

former Vice President Atiku

Abubakar, saying he would

fail in his efforts to upturn

Buhari’s victory at the

tribunal.

The monarch made the

statement when

participants of the Senior

Executive Course 41 of the

National Institute of Policy

and Strategic Studies,

NIPSS, Kuru, visited him

in his palace in Lagos,

according to the News

Agency of Nigeria, NAN.

No comment

– Obasanjo

Contacted on the matter,

yesterday, the former

military head of state and

two-time president refused

to join issues with the

traditional ruler.

In a two-word response,

Chief Obasanjo’s Media

Aide, Mr. Kehinde

Akinyemi said: “No

comment.”

However, the PDP

candidate urged the

monarch to face traditional

issues, which are under his

purview and allow the

tribunal to do its job.

Buhari’s second term

mandate’s divine

Speaking to his visitors

led by NIPSS Acting

Director of Studies,

Nasirudeen Usman; Oba

Akiolu said the president

got his second term

Downpour: Failed roads

leave Lagos residents

stranded

By Monsuru

Olowoopejo

LAGOS—AS

the

rainy season begins,

motorists and commuters in

Lagos State have lamented

the loss of man hours they

spend navigating roads in

the state after a heavy

downpour yesterday.

24 hours after the

downpour witnessed across

the state on Wednesday,

some major roads in the

state were still flooded,

impeding vehicular

movement in the state.

Vanguard gathered that

while some of the gridlocks

experienced were caused

by bad portions on the

roads, others were due to

persistent flooding, forcing

vehicles to be stuck on the

flooded roads.

Before the rainfall, most

of the inner roads were

considered to be the most

affected, but the persistent

rainfall has further exposed

other roads seeking urgent

repairs works.

A visit to Ikeja -Along

Bus-stop showed that

vehicular movement was

impeded after a major part

of the road was still flooded.

A commuter, while

narrating his experience,

lamented that the flood on

Ikeja inward Ajayi Farm

enroute Ile-Zik has made

the road narrower.

Another commuter, Peter

Olayiwola, told Vanguard

that the flood on Ahmadu

Bello Way, Victoria Island,

after the rainfall was terrible

as commuters had to

literally swim through the

flood.

He said: “Wednesday

night, I could not go home

because the flood was

much. The entire axis was

completely flooded. If I

knew it was going to rain, I

will have left that axis

before then. I had to sleep

on the couch.”

Also, on Lagos-Badagry

Expressway, commuters

were forced to spend the

night on the road due to

several failed portions.

A resident, Mr. Kehinde

Samuel, told Vanguard

that he arrived home 1:20

am on Thursday, saying “I

have been away from Lagos

for several months. I

thought the level of

construction would have

improved. So, I decided to

ply the road. But I later

regretted my action. Until

that road is commissioned,

I will never ply the road

again.”

The out-going state

governor, Akinwunmi

Ambode, had recently

directed the State Public

Works Corporation,

LSPWC, to fix no fewer

than 80 roads considered to

require urgent attention.

Some of the roads

captured for immediate

repair include Ikotun-

Egbe, Ijegun Roads,

Alimosho and Dopemu

Roads, Aka-Kemberi Road,

Amuwo Odofin, Marina

Beach Road, Apapa,

Olaniyi Road in Ifako

Ijaiye, Acme-Oba Akran

Road and Ikeja.

But a visit to some of the

roads showed that shoddy

jobs were carried out on

them while work was yet to

commence on others.

On Aka-Kemberi Road in

Ojo Local Government,

several parts of the roads

had failed, forcing many to

spend minutes on a journey

of less than five minutes.

mandate from God through

the people of Nigeria.

He said: “I had said that

Buhari would win even

before the election,

unfortunately, the number

one person creating

problems in this country is

former president Obasanjo.

He arrogated to himself the

powers of the Almighty

Allah by saying it was the

support he gave to Buhari

that made him win the first

term.

“Obasanjo said Buhari

would not win the second

term, but did Buhari not

win? Did I not say Obasanjo

will be disappointed by the

time the results were

announced? The

president’s victory

clearly shows power

belongs to God only and

no man can decide who

leads the country.”

Royal charge

Akiolu urged Nigerians

to support the president to

deliver the goods as he

begins his second term in

office. He said the problems

of

insecurity,

unemployment and other

challenges of the country

would be better tackled if

citizens joined hands with

government to address

them.

The monarch urged

politicians to put the issues

of the last elections behind

them and work together for

the progress of the country.

He advised Atiku

Abubakar to drop his case

against Buhari’s election,

and predicted that Atiku

Abubakar’s case will

amount to naught at the

end of the day. “If anyone

of you here is close to Atiku,

tell him he can never

succeed in what he is doing

now. Buhari will complete

his term in office, but Buhari

too has to listen to the

people, pray to God and be

honest in what he is doing,”

he said.

They’re jittery over

Atiku’s overwhelming

evidence

Asked to react to the

monarch’s comments, Mr.

Paul Ibe, the spokesman of

the PDP presidential

candidate said: “Why do

you want to dignify his

comment with a response?

It is not worthy of a

response. Atiku Abubakar

has presented his petition

before the tribunal. He

believes in the judiciary to

render justice. The weight

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of his evidence is

overwhelming and it will

determine the judgement of

the tribunal. They are jittery

and running from pillar to

post because of the weight

of Atiku’s evidence.

“We caution the monarch

to restrict himself to

managing the traditional

affairs of Lagos, which is his

purview and allow the

justices at the tribunal to do

their job.”

He should leave politics

for politicians—Afenifere

Also, the pan-Yoruba

socio-political organization,

Afenifere urged the Lagos

monarch to leave politics for

politicians.

Afenifere’s National

Publicity Secretary, Mr.

Yinka Odumakin said:

“Kabiyesi should please

leave politics for politicians.

Those who Baba may think

have benefited from this

triumph here may not have

any cause to celebrate at the

moment. It is a moment for

sober reflection.”

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Committee and Director of IT & Operations, Continental Broadcasting Services, Mrs Oluwafunmilola

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How varsities can solve Nigeria’s problem — Osinbajo,

ex-Ghana President, Mahama

By Monsuru

Olowoopejo &

Elizabeth Uwandu

L President, AGOS—VICE

Prof. Yemi

Osinbajo and former

Ghanaian President, John

Mahama, yesterday,

disclosed strategies that

could aid Nigerian

universities in becoming

solution hub to the

numerous challenges

confronting the country.

They disclosed the

strategies at the 23rd Lagos

State University, LASU,

Convocation which was

also attended by Governor

Akinwunmi Ambode and

Nigeria’s High

Commissioner to the

United Kingdom, Justice

George Oguntade (retd), in

Ojo.

Osinbajo, who delivered

the convocation lecture

titled: Africa Centres of

Excellence in African

Universities: A Veritable

Catalyst for Nation

Building

and

Development, argued that

the universities must begin

to see themselves as

solution providers to the

country’s challenges.

He said: “The truth is that

education is the most

powerful force for socio

economic change in the

world."

On the part of the Federal

20th Anniversary: Nigerians yet to enjoy dividends

of democracy — ONITIRI

By Innocent Anaba

LAGOS—A senatorial

candidate of the

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, in the recently

concluded general

elections, Chief Adesunbo

Onitiri has rated the

country’s democracy very

low, 20 years after.

Government, the Vice

President assured that the

President Muhammadu

Buhari-led administration

would in its second term

focus on “achieving the

education as spelt out in the

sustainable development

goal, so that we can meet

the target of school

enrolment, boost quality of

education and improve

adult literacy, improve

teaching by 2030.

In a statement in Lagos

yesterday, Onitiri said:

“Despite 20 years of

democracy, Nigeria is still

not out of the woods and our

citizens are the worse for it

because of poor leadership.

“Very soon, our great

country will be celebrating

20 uneventful years of our

democracy. As one of those

“We will be collaborating

with State Governments

and religious bodies to build

more schools with

adequate equipment and

train the teachers.”

Earlier, Mahama, who

chaired the lecture said:

“African universities can

help bridge the gap created

in African countries by

focusing on science,

technology and

innovation which can be

the catalysts for the

development of Africa.”

that fought for this

democracy, I stand to say

boldly that Nigerians are

yet to enjoy dividends of

democracy because of poor,

inefficient, selfish and

corrupt leadership foisted

on the country. Our citizens

are the worse for it. It is sad

to observe that we are yet

to enjoy basic amenities of

life that developed

countries enjoy."


Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019 — 11

Hoodlums raid

Ogun APC

Secretariat, cart

away documents

By Daud Olatunji

A

B E O K U T A —

S U S P E C T E D

hoodlums, yesterday, reportedly

burgled the All Progressives

Congress, APC, Secretariat in

Abeokuta, Ogun State and

allegedly carted away some

documents.

Chairman of APC faction loyal

to Governor Ibikunle Amosun,

Chief Derin Adebiyi stated this

while addressing newsmen.

He said all offices and floors in

the two-storey building were

burgled by the hoodlums.

Adebiyi, who explained that

the hoodlums also destroyed all

air conditioners, television sets,

and chairs in the offices, said:

“The attack was massive and

destructive. All offices were

broken into including those of the

chairman, the state secretary, the

organising secretary, among

others.

“The attack witnessed

vandalisation of property, such as

air conditions, pumping machine,

ceilings, chairs and television

sets. The offices were ransacked

while important files and

documents were taken away.''

Encroachment:

NERC rules in

favour of EKEDC

against embedded

power firm

L

A G O S — T H E

management of Eko

Electricity Distribution

Company, EKEDC, yesterday,

said the Nigerian Electricity

Regulatory Commission,

NERC, has given an order in

its favour against PIPP

embedded Power Company

over encroachment of its

franchise area.

General Manager,

Corporate Communications,

EKEDC, Mr. Godwin

Idemudia said the company

had petitioned PIPP LVI Disco

Ltd., over encroachment of its

network franchise area.

Idemudia said: “The

embedded power company

has refused to honour

invitation by the regulatory

commission.

“And having satisfied that

the company is still in breach

of the terms and conditions of

its license, NERC has issued

the following orders against it.

“The immediate suspension

of electricity supply to the 13

named customers, as this

supply is in contravention of

the Law.

“Others are that the

embedded company shall

compensate EKEDC for loss of

revenue for each day,

electricity was supplied to the

named customers in

contravention of the law.

“PIPP is, hereby, fined in

accordance with Section 75 of

EPSRA the sum of N10,000 for

each day that electricity was

supplied to the named customers

in contravention of the law.

“The fine shall continue until

the date of full compliance

with this order.”

NGE VISIT OSINBAJO: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo exchanging pleasantries with Mrs. Funke

Egbemode, President, Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE. They are flanked, to the right, by Presidential

spokesman Femi Adesina, Deputy President of the Guild, Umaru Tundunwada, Victoria Ibanga

(Treasurer) and to the left by Mrs. Mary Atolagbe (General Secretary) and Ken Ugbechie (Social/

Publicity Secretary) when the Guild’s Standing Committee visited the Vice President.

Fayose kicks as Fayemi sacks

2,000 workers

By Rotimi Ojomoyela

ADO-EKITI — THE Ekiti

State Government,

yesterday, sacked the 2000

workers recruited by former

Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose,

in the twilight of his

administration.

The state government said the

appointment of the workers, who

were recruited after the July 14,

2018, governorship election,

violated due process, saying they

are and declared null and void.

Addressing newsmen shortly

after the state executive Council

meeting, at the new Governor’s

Office, Ado-Ekiti, the

Commissioner for Information,

Tourism and Values Orientation,

Mr. Muyiwa Olumilua said all

affected persons are advised to

participate in the next recruitment

exercise to be announced in due

course.

Olumilua said the decision, was

arrived at following the

submission of the Report of the

Committee constituted by the state

government to review the

irregular appointments made

into the public service between

2014 and 2018.

He said: “The officers reinstated

into the Local Government

Service Commission between

October 16th 2014 and October

15th 2018, are to be reabsorbed

by the relevant Personnel Boards,

and migrated to biometric payroll

with immediate effect.

“All 272 officers employed by

Governor

Fayose’s

administration, who are still on

manual payroll, shall be

considered for absorption into the

civil service but on case-by-case

basis. Absorption will be

conditional on availability of

vacancies”

Olumulua stated that the 169

officers recruited in 2014 but had

their appointments terminated by

the Fayose administration shall

be considered for re-absorption by

the Ekiti State House of Assembly

Service Commission, but on a

case-by-case basis.

Re-absorption will be

conditional on availability of

vacancies in their previous offices

of appointment.

This is wickedness taken too

far — Fayose's aide

Reacting to the development,

Fayose’s Media Aide, Mr. Lere

Olayinka described the sacking

of 2,000 workers as wickedness

and political vendetta promoted

to the peak.

Olayinka, in a statement, said:

“Fayemi has only succeeded in

writing his name in the history

books of Ekiti as one who inflicts

pains and sorrow on the people.

“Fayemi has only

demonstrated the wickedness in

his heart by sacking Ekiti sons

and daughters who were duly

employed by the state

government.

“It will be on record that the

PDP government of Ayodele

Fayose gave jobs to over 2,000

unemployed youths in Ekiti

while the APC government of

Kayode Fayemi sacked them.

“Also, whoever that applauds

this show of wickedness will be

reminded in future when actions

of Fayemi will also be reviewed.

“As for those sons and

daughters of Ekiti who have now

become victims of Fayemi’s

political vendetta, they should

place their hope in God and

enforce their rights to seek redress

in the court of law.”

Don’t use Fayose’s mistake to

punish workers-TUC Chair

pleads

On his part, chairman, Trade

Union Congress, TUC, in the

state, Mr. Sola Adigun appealed

to government not to use the error

and mistake of the past

government to mete out

punishment on innocent workers.

MARITIME SECURITY: Nigerian waters now safer – DAKUKU

THE Director-General of the

Nigerian Maritime

Administration and Safety

Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku

Peterside, has said that piracy and

other maritime crimes have

reduced drastically in the

Nigerian maritime domain,

making it safer for investment.

Contrary to reports in a section

of the media on his responses

while defending the agency’s

budget before the Senate

Committee on Maritime

Transport in Abuja, Dakuku noted

that efforts being put in place by

the Federal Government to tackle

maritime crimes were now

yielding results. He added that

NIMASA would continue to up

its game to ensure Nigerians

benefit from the enormous

potential in the sector.

He stated: “You are aware of all

the measures we are putting in

place to take the Nigerian

maritime sector where it belongs

and when you look at the

multifaceted approach of the

Federal Executive Council’s

approved deep blue project which

covers every aspect of maritime

security, you will realise that a lot

has been done to get us to this

stage.”

The DG said the recent rating of

the International Maritime Bureau

(IMB) stating that the Nigerian

waters are now safer had further

boosted investors’ confidence in

the Nigerian maritime sector

locally and globally. He noted that

all these had been achieved

through collaboration driven by

NIMASA, working with other

relevant agencies of government.

“Statistics do not lie and so when

the IMB came up with the report

of our waters being safer, we were

not surprised because we know

the level of work we have done

with the support of the federal

government to ensure that the

Nigerian Maritime Sector

becomes an haven for investors,”

he stated.

The IMB 2019 first quarter

reported stated that the Nigerian

maritime domain recorded no

vessel hijack in the period under

review, first time since the first

quarter of 1994 that Nigeria would

have such record.

No governor in

western region

ruled for 8yrs like

I did — Ajimobi

By Adeola Badru

I BADAN—GOVERNOR

Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State,

yesterday, boasted that

no governor in the western region

has reigned for nearly eight years

like he did.

The governor said this during

the commissioning of Oba

Lamidi Adeyemi dual carriage

way and Justice Adejumo Kester

Mediation Center at Oyo.

Recalling that he won elections

in 2003, 2011 and 2015, Ajimobi

said: “No governor has ever won

election like I did. None, since the

days of the Western Region has

reigned for nearly eight years,

even during the military

misadventures.

“I won elections in 2003, 2011

and 2015. So if I fail to win in 2019,

I still scored A1 or what you can

call First Class.”

Speaking on the commissioning

of the Oba Lamidi Adeyemi dual

carriage way named after the

traditional ruler, Ajimobi said

some people predicted he would

not last two years in his

relationship with the Alaafin

when he assumed office as the

governor, adding that he prove

them wrong as his cordiality with

the revered monarch was almost

eight years old.

He said: “People predicted that

my relationship with the Alaafin

would not last on my ascension to

the office in 2011. I’m proud to tell

them now that we are flexing daily

in our relationship and this is the

eighth year of my administration.”

Earlier, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba

Lamidi Adeyemi III described the

governor as a person who has

passion for excellence.

The monarch said: “We learned

recently that you have named

major projects after important

people that have impacted on our

dear state.

“It is not when you die after

contributing to the progress of the

society that you should be

honored."

Makun-Omi Oba

for installation

By Tolulope Oke

AKURE—THE Osobia of

Makun-Omi community in

Ondo State, Oba Kazeem Salami

would receive his Staff of Office

on May 21, 2019, in a ceremony

that would attract the crème de la

crème of society.

The event would hold at the

Makun-Omi Motor Park in Ogun

Waterside Local Council

Development Authority.

Speaking to Vanguard ahead of

the event, Chairman of League

of Patriotic Lawyers, Mr.

Abubakar Yesufu described

Salami as a community leader,

opinion molder and

philanthropist per excellence.

Yesufu, who is the Ogieneni of

Igueben said: “He is a successful

real estate magnate and a big

player in the oil and gas sector. I

hail the new Osobia and thank

the Osobia in council for the wise

choice. The new king is very

hospitable, kind and full of

initiative. We pray that the

reign of the new Osobia would

bring peace and tranquility to

Makun-Omi, Ogun State and

Nigeria in general."


12—Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

HMO Total Health Trust

holds Business Forum

LEADING

health

maintenance

organisation, Total Health

Trust Limited, held its

annual business forum with

this year’s edition focusing

on value creation and

wealth preservation by

Nigeria corporates in a

c h a l l e n g i n g

macroeconomic landscape.

Among the topics

discussed were healthcare

trends and funding,

Nigeria’s economic outlook

for 2019 and how Nigerians

can maintain financial

fitness in trying economic

times.

Speakers at the event

were Nick Zaranyika; Chief

Executive Officer, Total

Health Trust Limited,

Sakeenat Bakare;

Executive Director –

Business Development and

Support Services, Stanbic

IBTC Insurance Brokers

and Dr Andrew Nevin;

Advisory Partner and Chief

Economist at PwC Nigeria,

who delivered the keynote

speech, which provided an

insightful and thought

provoking overview of

Charity and multiple

blessings

APART from the

spiritual blessings,

which every Muslim

yearns for, the spirit of

giving and care for the

have-nots enliven the

society: For every Muslim,

it is a happy moment. A

moment when the gates of

paradise are opened and

pathways to hell closed.

The devils and their

advocates have a much

more difficult job diverting

true Muslims from fully

reaping the bounties of

Allah. Ramadan is

characterised not just by its

obligation on every Muslim

to keep away from certain

things, which are allowed in

other months, but also by

the weight of blessings

attached to every good deed

performed in this month.

This time, believers are

blessed 70 times for carrying

out a single act of worship.

It is a time for multiple

blessings, a time for charity.

The giver gives cheerfully,

while the receiver receives

with joy. Overtly or covertly,

this is the rahma

(blessings)of Allah on us.

Ultimately, apart from the

abstinence from food, drink

and sexual desires,

Nigeria’s economic

outlook post the recently

concluded elections.

Zaranyika, who spoke on

healthcare trends and

funding, said that cost of

healthcare in Nigeria was

exponentially increasing

year-on-year partially as a

result of imported inflation,

among other factors.

He emphasised the

importance of companies

subscribing to health

insurance plans to protect

against high unexpected

healthcare costs, afford

access to quality treatment

and provide peace of mind

to employees and their

dependants

Keynote speaker, Dr

Andrew Nevin, said

Nigeria’s economic growth

would be somewhat

sluggish characterised by

slow recovery while

unemployment would

continue to trend upward

and that diaspora

remittances, estimated at

N25 billion annually would

continue to increase

significantly to Nigeria’s

foreign earnings.

Ramadan revolves round

cultivating and nurturing

good habit; a way to

righteousness. An

individual who fasts, but lost

control of his anger, has lost

a portion of his reward; a

Muslim who fasts but

fabricates stories and speaks

only falsehood, backbites,

defames people or

oppresses others is slowing

down his blessings in the

month like fire eats up the

wood.

Every good act will pass

as act of worship with great

reward. Every little time in

this month is precious, never

allow a minute to slip away

without doing ibadah even

if it's azkar. Use your night

in prayers most and

supplicate to He who makes

possible what seems

impossible.

Why not utilise this month

to improve on your

character, shun sinful acts

and focus on those qualities

that will earn you more

rewards, that will reduce the

risk of sins and elevate your

status before man and

Allah?

This will on the long run,

build the foundation to

continue to do what pleases

Allah even after the blessed

month of Ramadan.

BUSINESS FORUM: From left: Kieran Godden, COO, Total Health Trust, THT; Toyin

Deinde, Head, Sales & Distribution, THT; Sakeenat Bakare, ED,Business Development &

Support Services, Stanbic IBTC Insurance Brokers; Nick Zaranyika, CEO, THT; Dr. Andrew

Nevin, Chief Economist, PwC; Lola Obilana, ED Business Development and Services,

Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Ltd and Gboyega Adebukunola, CFO, Africoat at THT

Business Forum, in Lagos.

Bayelsa APC flays Dickson’s political

campaign against IOCs

By Samuel

Oyadongha

YENAGOA

—All

Progressives

Congress, APC, in Bayelsa

State has condemned the

recent campaign raised by

Governor Seriake Dickson,

against international oil

companies, IOCs

operating in the state.

Addressing newsmen,

yesterday, in Yenagoa, state

Publicity Secretary of APC,

Mr. Doifie Buokoribo, said:

“He (Dickson) has tried to

deceive unsuspecting

members of the public with

a new dishonest campaign

invented to conceal a clear

political project.”

The governor had lately

launched a move against

the IOCs, accusing them of

causing environmental

degradation and using

their crude oil pipeline

surveillance contracts to

fund crisis in the state.

But APC dismissed the

allegation as a move meant

to pressure the oil

companies into

disengaging its (APC)

members engaged as

pipeline contractors.

APC also accused the

governor of trying to

impoverish the people and

destabilise the party.

It warned the oil

companies against

descending into the

political arena in the state

by succumbing to the

pressure from Dickson to

sack the pipeline

surveillance contractors.

We're not in office to amass wealth, fame —Obaseki

By Gabriel

Enogholase

BENIN— GOVERNOR

Godwin Obaseki of

Edo State has said members

of his cabinet were not in

public office to amass

wealth or gain fame but to

serve Edo people and

deliver dividends of

democracy.

Obaseki at an

intercessory prayer session

held in the Government

House Chapel, in Benin

City, yesterday, said he was

focused on developing the

state and that ploys by a

handful of detractors will

not distract the state

government from

delivering dividends of

democracy to Edo people.

He said: “Members of my

cabinet are united and are

working together for the

common good of the

people. We are one. Most

of us have worked together

for 10 years. Our focus is

to move Edo State forward

and fulfil God’s desire for

his people. We are not in

office to amass wealth or

fame but to serve the people

of the state.

“We are determined to

take Edo State to greater

heights and nobody will

deter us from achieving our

goals for the state.”

Obaseki said he had

received God’s favour in all

decisions taken in

A-Ibom records 40% enrolment of pupils in 3

years—Emmanuel’s aide

S-South govs urged to emulate Okowa on

Warri/Uvwie dev agency

By Jimitota

Onoyume

WARRI— Governors in

the South-South have

been urged to emulate the

bold step taken by Governor

Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta

State to sign a law creating

Warri/Uvwie and Environs

Development Agency,

noting that the move will

take development to the

communities.

Chairman, Warri South

Local Government Area,

Delta State, Dr Mike Tidi,

By Chioma

Onuegbu

UYO — SENIOR Spe

cial Assistant on Marketing

and Brand Management

to Akwa Ibom

State governor, Mr. Sam

Edoho, yesterday, said the

current administration recorded

40 percent enrolment

of pupils between

2016 and 2018.

Edoho, who addressed

newsmen, yesterday, in

Uyo to mark the official unveiling

of the campaign

tagged, “Akwa Ibom: Celebrating

a secured future,”

organised by Directorate of

Marketing and Brand

made the call, yesterday,

while congratulating the

governor for his peopleoriented

steps, adding that

history will be kind to the

governor.

Management, said such

achievement demonstrated

the commitment of the current

administration to the

education sector.

He said his directorate

was even astonished with

the recent and weird rating

by the Federal Ministry of

Education on the prevalence

of out-of-school children

in the state.

governing the state,

assuring that Edo State will

remain peaceful,

regardless of the antics

deployed by a handful of

politicians to create

problems where there is

none.

He also commended

members of the state House

of Assembly for the

passage of the bill, which

had been signed into law,

saying they have also

written their names in the

sands of time.

Edo 2020: Gowon endorses

Obaseki for 2nd term

By Gabriel

Enogholase &

Alemma Aliu

BENIN— FORMER

Head of State, General

Yakubu Gowon (retd), has

endorsed Governor

Godwin Obaseki of Edo

State for a second term in

office, saying he has done

exceptionally well in

infrastructure and economic

development in the state.

Gowon, who is in the state

with his wife, Victoria, for

the Founder’s Day

celebration of the University

of Benin Teaching

Hospital, UBTH, urged the

governor to continue the

good work he has started.

He said: “I was in Edo

when he (Obaseki) was

elected governor of the

state. I know the efforts he

has been making in the

state. He should continue

the good works he is doing

as governor."


Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019—13

Tiv/Jukun crisis: Benue govt denies

sponsoring attacks on Taraba

communities

By Peter Duru

BENUE STATE government

has expressed shock over

allegations by the Caretaker

Chairman of Wukari local

government Area in Taraba State,

Daniel Adi, that it was responsible

for the attacks on communities in

the neighbouring state, saying the

accusation is baseless, unfounded

and wicked.

Special Adviser to the State

Governor on Media and ICT,

Tahav Agerzua, in a statement,

insisted that the state government

never, and would never sponsor

attacks on any community.

After last week’s attack on

Rafinkada and Kente in Wukari

local government area of Taraba

state, the Caretaker Chairman in

his reaction to the attack said

“Rafinkada and Kente were on

fire this morning and five persons

are suspected to have been killed

by Tiv militias and the casualty

may rise. All these people are

coming from Benue State and it's

like the Benue State government

is fighting Wukari Local

Government in particular.”

But reacting, Agerzua said

“What the Benue State

Government does is to collaborate

with security agencies and other

stakeholders within the state and

with its neighbours to find

peaceful resolution of crisis

through dialogue. This has been

the strategy deployed to solve the

crises between border

communities of Benue and Taraba

States as well as neighbouring

Ebonyi in recent time.

“Benue State governor, Samuel

Ortom, his Deputy, Engr Benson

Abounu, have led the state

security council, traditional rulers,

and prominent indigenes from the

state to hold several meetings with

their counterparts in the

neighbouring states aimed at

addressing security challenges.

The delegations have also

inspected flashpoints particularly

in the neighbouring communities

of Benue and Taraba States.”

Water shortage hits Katsina, Assembly

summons Commissioner, others

By Barshir Bello

KATSINA — ACUTE water

shortage has hit Katsina

State.

Residents of the state capital

and environs have been

passing through untold

hardship at the mercy of

exploitative water vendors.

Consequently, the state

house of assembly has

summoned the Commissioner

of Water Resources, Salisu

Dandume, to appear before it

on Monday to explain the

cause of the problem and

measures taken by the state

government to address it.

Dandume was summoned by

the house with his Permanent

Secretary and Managing

Director, Water Board in the

state.

The decision followed

unanimous adoption of a

Matter of public importance

on shortage of water in the

state tabled before the plenary

sitting by a member

representing Katsina Local

government, Ambali Farooq.

The sponsor of the motion,

Ambali lamented the acute

shortage of water in the state

and called on the house to

intervene.

1200 displaced households benefit

from NNPC / Eroton joint venture in

Adamawa

By Umar Yusuf

YOLA—NO households

fewer than 1200

displaced

following incessant Fulani /

Herders clash in Numan, Demsa,

Lamurde local governments of

Adamawa State and other

neighboring communities of

Taraba State have benefitted from

relief materials by the Nigeria

National Petroleum Corporation

,NNPC / EROTON joint

ventures.

At the distribution of the relief

items at Chambaaji village of Yola

South Local Government Area

yesterday, the beneficiaries

commended Eroton Exploration

and Production Company and the

NNPC joint venture for their

humanitarian stance.

Two of the beneficiaries, a 78

years old widow, Asmau Shehu

and a 46 year widow, Medinatu

Ismail , whose husband and

entire children were killed during

one of the clashes, stated they had

been passing through untold

hardships since the incident that

occurred in 2017.

Remain committed to serving God, Bishop

urges Christians

ONICHA-UGBO—BISHOP of Issele-

Uku Catholic Diocese, Rt. Rev Elue,

has urged all Christians toving God in

truth and in action while still alive as

this will help attain eternal life.

The Bishop stated this at Onicha-

Ugbo, in Aniocha-North Local

Government Area of Delta State, during

activities to mark the burial rites of a

prominent community leader, late

Beatrice Ejime Bolum (nee Elue),

weekend.

In a sermon at the All Saints Catholic

Church, Rt. Rev. Elue who was

represented by Rt. Rev. Monsignor Buchi

Aninye, said Mama Beatrice Bolum lived

her life as a true and dedicated christian

and was also very kind to all.

The clergyman described Mama

Beatrice Bolum as a woman who served

her God diligently as well as ensured

that all her siblings were tutored to love

and serve God. pointing out that the

catholic family of Issele-Uku parish

would miss her motherly care while he

enjoined the children and acquaintances

to take heart assuring that she was

already resting in the bosom of the Lord.

At a reception later held at the Isi-Orji

primary school field, Onicha-Ugbo and

attended by 37 High court judges led by

Justice M.C Okoh who is an in-law and

husband of the first daughter of Mama

Beatrice, Mrs. Rose Okoh and other

members of the judiciary, top

management staff and members of the

Delta State Civil Service.

13 of 31 members of Bauchi

Assembly pass bill to stop recovery

of stolen public funds, assets

•Lawmaker kicks, says it's against people of Bauchi

By Charles Agwam

BAUCHI—LESS than two

weeks to the end of the

administration of Governor

Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi

State, the state House of

Assembly has passed a bill

repealing the State Public

Property and Funds Recovery Act

of 2017.

The bill, if assented to by the

governor, will stop the state

government from recovering

stolen public funds and assets

through the judiciary process.

Recall that in 2017, Governor

Abubakar signed into law the bill

establishing Public Property and

Funds Recovery Tribunal 2017

aimed at assisting the

government to recover all stolen

public assets and funds.

The governor had said the

tribunal had the mandate to

recover state assets, including

properties and monies stolen by

past government officials, civil

servants, companies, individuals

and also prosecute looters.

However on Wednesday,

Speaker, Kawuwa Damina on the

floor of the house, said the bill

had passed the first, second and

third reading without objections

from any of the 13 members who

were present.

Damina appealed to the

governor to sign the bill into law

in the shortest possible time and

to ensure that it was effectively

implemented.

The motion for the passage of

the bill was moved by the Deputy

Majority leader, Abdullahi

Abdulkadir representing Bura

Constituency and seconded by

Sale Nabayi representing

Gajuwa West.

Reacting, Aminu Tukur

representing Lere/Bula

constituency said the bill was

passed with ulterior motives to

achieve ‘objectives best known to

the Speaker of the House.’

According to him, “It is

unfortunate that only 13 out of31

members were called secretly to

converge at the House. The usual

4 jailed over N25m fraud in Gombe

By Soni Daniel

G OMBE—ECONOMIC

and Financial Crimes

Commission, yesterday

secured the conviction of

Atiku Mu’azu Bayum,

Mohammed Adi, Ibrahim

Abubakar and Abubakar

Usman on a two-count charge

bordering on conspiracy and

theft .

Justice Beatrice Iliya of

Gombe State High Court

handed down the verdict while

ruling on criminal case against

them.

They were alleged to have

as Chairman, Chief Store

Officer, Chief Accountant and

Director of the Gombe State

Board of Internal Revenue,

respectively, conspired and

stole the sum of N25, 060,000,

belonging to Gombe State

Government.

Count two of the charge reads:

“That you, Atiku Mu’azu Bayum,

Mohammed Adi, Ibrahim Abubakar

and Abubakar Usman sometimes

between January and July 2015 at

Gombe, Gombe State within the

jurisdiction of this court with intent

did dishonestly commit theft to wit:

fraudulently convert the sum of

N25, 060,000 property of Gombe

State Government and thereby

committed an offence contrary to

and Punishable under Section 286

and 287 of the Penal Code Law,

Laws of Northern Nigeria.”

They all pleaded “guilty” to the

charges.

Prosecuting counsel, O. Israel,

urged the court to convict them

accordingly.

Defence counsel, L.A. Haruna,

on his part, pleaded on behalf of

his clients to temper justice with

mercy as the convicts were firsttime

offenders and did not waste

the “precious time” of the court but

pleaded guilty on the day of their

arraignment and that they had

time for sitting is 10am but the

sitting commenced from 9am

yesterday (Wednesday).

“The 13 members are the same

well known associates of the

outgoing governor. Their agenda

is well known to everyone with

good head on his shoulders.”

He added that the bill was

brought to the House by the

executive arm of government to

repeal the State Public Property

and Funds Recovery Act 2017.

“The law was put in place to

serve as deterrent to whosoever

misappropriates public funds.

But because the governor failed

to secure a second term in office,

he connived with his cronies to

assemble at the House by 9am to

do this evil against the people of

Bauchi State,” he added.

Other bills that were passed on

Wednesday include; creation of

additional districts, village areas

and Hamlets in the state, and a

bill to prohibit blockage of

highways and other major streets

within Bauchi metropolis.

MEETING:From left—Tunji Oyebanji, Managing Director; Ramesh Kansagra, Chairman;

Aminu AbdulKadir, Director; Danladi Ochekpe, Company Secretary; Paul Obi, Director;

Rishi Kansagra, Director, at 11PLC, formerly Mobil Oil Nigeria PLC, 41st AGM, held in

Lagos.

made some restitution.

Justice Beatrice,

thereafter, pronounced

them guilty and convicted

them to pay a fine of

N100,000 each following

the allocutus by the

defence counsel.They

were also ordered to

restitute the remaining

amount to Gombe State

Government within six

months.


14 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

Stay clear of Nigeria’s

democracy, NUPENG warns

anti-democratic forces

By Victor Young

NIGERIA Union of

Petroleum and

Natural Gas Workers,

NUPENG, yesterday

expressed concerns over the

reported activities of some

individuals circulating

documents calling for coup

against the democraticallyelected

government of the

Federal Government of

Nigeria.

NUPENG warned that as

a union that fought and

scarified a lot to bring about

the current democracy, it

would not accept any

undemocratic change of

government in Nigeria.

A statement by the

President of NUPENG,

Prince Williams Akporeha,

noted that “the activities of

these depraved desperados

are utterly condemned by

our Union and we urge all

Nigerians irrespective of

political/religious or tribal

affiliations, to rise up in one

accord to reject these

faceless individuals and

assist the security agencies

to smoke them out wherever

they may be hiding. The

present democratic system

whatever its shortcoming

was collectively fought for

through blood and sweat of

patriotic Nigerians. And as

a Union, we express our

faith and confidence that

Nigeria democracy has

come to stay and can no

longer be threatened or

usurped by military coup

d’etat under any guise,

having successfully

survived 20 unbroken years

of civilian rule.

''As a socially responsible

trade Union, we find it most

appropriate at a time like

this to add our voice in

condemning the heinous

antics of all anti-democratic

elements within and outside

Nigeria, military officers or

any other over ambitious

stakeholders who may be

fanning the amber of

change in government by

way of military interregnum

to immediately put a stop to

such unpopular, and toxic

machination.

''The removal of a

democratic government

through the barrel of gun is

no longer acceptable or

justifiable anywhere in

world and Nigerian cannot

be an exception in this

regard.

''It is very instructive to

note here that we just

concluded a successful

general elections and

anyone that is dissatisfied

with the outcomes can either

go through constitutional

processes to seek redress or

wait for another round of

elections rather than

resorting to any illegal and

despicable violent route.''

NUPENG in strongest

term berates any call for

support of a revolution to

oust the current

democratically elected

government and in its place

establish an illegitimate

interim government. Just

like we did during the June

12, 1993 era, we would also

not hesitate this time again

to mobilize our members

and resources across the

nation in ensuring that our

democracy is protected.''

Senate concurs with Reps, passes bill

to make June 12 Democracy Day

By Henry Umoru

A Senate, BUJA—THE

yesterday,

concurred with the House

of Representatives to

approve a bill seeking to

make June 12 the nation’s

Democracy Day.

With the approval of the

bill which sought to

declare June 12

Democracy Day in

Nigeria and bring the Act

in tandem with the

current realities of the

times, Nigeria would now

mark the date as its

Democracy Day.

The passing of the Public

Holiday Act( Amendment)

Bill, 2019 ( HBs.918 &

1529), is against the May

29 that has been the

tradition since 2000.

The bill, which emanated

from the House of

Representatives, got

unanimous adoption of

senators when it came up

for concurrence at

yesterday’s plenary.

The bill seeks to amend

the Public Holiday Act 2004

to make June 12 the new

date for Democracy Day

celebration to replace May

29, which marks the official

handing over from military

to civilian administration in

1999.

Passage of the bill for

second and third reading

in the Senate was sequel

to a motion by the Senate

Leader, Senator Ahmad

Lawan (APC Yobe North).

With the passage by the

Senate, the bill would then

be transmitted to President

Muhammadu Buhari for

assent, after the Legal

Services Department of the

National Assembly must

have done its job on the

passed bill.

It will be recalled that

President Buhari had in

June last year, directed that

Democracy Day, previously

celebrated on May 29 be

replaced with June 12 as

new date.

Buhari gave the directive

while conferring a

posthumous award on the

acclaimed winner of the

June 12, 1993 Presidential

election, Bashorun MKO

Abiola as a way of

immortalising him.

Also recall that the June

12, 1993 presidential

election acclaimed to be

the freest and fairest in

the country’s history

suffered a setback when

the results were annulled

by the then military

government.

Also yesterday, the

Senate concurred with the

House of Representatives

on passages of five other

bills, raising to six the

number of bills passed in

concurrence .

The bill as drafted by the

two lawmakers and passed

by the House in March ,

sought for an Act to amend

the Public Holidays Act to

declare June 12 as

Democracy Day in Nigeria,

in view of current realities

and exigencies of the

modern times.

Award: L-R, Amb. George Umo, Nigerian Ambassador to the Vatican; Mr. Onyeka

Akumah, Group CEO & Founder, Farmcrowdy; Amb. Yusuf Jonga Hinna, Nigerian

Ambassador to Italy during the 2019 International Agribusiness award to Farmcrowdy

Group by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)'s

Disruptive Innovation in Agriculture in Rome, Italy.

Lack of strong legislature reason govs run

states as personal empires — Dogara

By Levinus

Nwabughiogu

A BUJA—SPEAKER

of the House of

Representatives, Yakubu

Dogara yesterday said the

lack of strong public

institutions, such as the

legislature, was the reason

some state governors run

their states as individual

fiefdoms.

He also said the financial

autonomy of the legislature

and the judiciary were

enshrined in the

constitution of the land.

Dogara made the remarks

in his goodwill message to

the conference on autonomy

of state legislature in Abuja.

The speaker berated a

situation where the

executive arm of

government seeks to

unilaterally control the

government, saying: “Lack

of autonomy of these key

Institutions at the state

levels has been the bane of

our democracy. It is the main

reason why there are no

effective checks on

governors most of whom

run the states as fiefdoms.

Since more funds from the

Federation Account go to

the states and local councils

than to the Federal

Government, lack of

autonomy of the state

legislature and the

judiciary means that such

humongous allocations

would continue to be

wasted by some state

executives who have

mastered the art of

Zamfara polls: S-Court rules on

APC’s appeal May 24

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

A Supreme

BUJA—THE

Court,

yesterday fixed May 24 to

determine whether or not

the All Progressives

Congress, APC, deserved to

be allowed to field

candidates to participate in

all the elections that held in

Zamfara State.

A five-man panel of

Justices of apex court led by

the Acting Chief Justice of

Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko

Muhammad, adjourned to

consider the merit of an

appeal the APC lodged to

pocketing the legislature

and the judiciary. I must

therefore thank the federal

Government for

recognizing this malady in

our democracy and setting

up this committee to

ensure it is remedied by

drawing up a framework

for ease of compliance by

states with the

constitutional provision.''

challenge the judgment of

the Sokoto Division of the

Court of Appeal that

invalidated the list of

candidates it submitted to

the Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC, for the purpose of

the 2019 general election

in Zamfara State.

In its appeal marked SC/

377/ 2019, the APC,

through its lawyer, Mr.

Damien Dodo, SAN, urged

the apex court to set aside

the appellate court’s verdict

and reinstate the high

court judgement that

permitted it to field

candidates in Zamfara.

Develop Itsekiri land now, Okotie-Eboh tells Chevron

EMMA Okotie-Eboh,

publisher of Delta

Trumpet and son of

Nigerian first Finance

Minister, Chief Festus

Okotie-Eboh, who was one

of the main facilitators of

bringing Gulf Oil, now

Chevron to Ugborodo land

in mid-sixties, has

lambasted the oil giant,

saying it (Chevron) had

deviated from the terms and

agreements it reached with

the hosts on its advent,

chief of which was to

bring tangible

development to the area.

In a statement signed by

him, Okotie Eboh said: ''It

is a shame that Chevron is

derailing from the

agreement and

understanding with our

past leaders, which was for

the progress of the land and

not just Ugborodo alone,

but the Itsekiri nation and

other impacted neighbors.

From all indications, some

senior staff, who are

members of host

committees are misleading

Chevron (IOC) and are

monopolizing employment

and contracts opportunities

with the aid of some staff of

the committees.

''Ugborodo is their major

host, so Chevron must start,

without further delay in

developing Ugborodo now.

You cannot be in the kitchen

and be hungry. When I was

schooling in London in the

mid-seventies, Kuwaiti

students were like lords

because of their oil but not

so in Nigeria. So, Chevron

should forget all these

GMOU tricks and develop

the land as it agreed to do

in the beginning.

Chevron, you need oil

while the communities

need development; It is

traded by barter.''


Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019—15

Anambra monarchs commend philanthropist for

introducing ‘talking books’ to primary schools

A

W

By Agatha

Anoliefo

K A —

TRADITIONAL

rulers in Anambra State

have commanded a

philanthropist, Mr. Paul

Enidom, for introducing

‘talking books’ in the state's

primary schools to enhance

teaching and learning.

Chairman of Anambra

Traditional Rulers Council,

Igwe Obi Nnaemeka

Achebe said this during the

traditional rulers' council

meeting at Government

By Henry Umoru

A BUJA—DEPUTY

Senate President,

Senator Ike Ekweremadu,

yesterday, said if the

increasing rate of insecurity,

banditry and kidnapping in

the country must be nipped

in the bud, there was the

urgent need for President

Muhammadu Buhari to

throw his weight behind the

calls for state police.

Ekweremadu, who

blamed the rising security

challenges on unitary

police system prescribed by

the constitution, stressed

that the best option was not

to jettison decentralised

policing, which ensured the

security of the people and

their property up to 1966,

but to ensure that

appropriate checks in terms

of recruitment,

appointment of police

chiefs, control, logistics,

funding, among others

were put in place, to guide

against possible abuse by

state governors as feared by

some.

Speaking, yesterday, in

Abuja at the opening of a

House, Awka.

Igwe Achebe was

represented by traditional

ruler of Okpuno, Igwe

Sunday Okafor.

The chairman noted that

the talking books would go

a long way in improving

reading accuracy, increase

speed and expand

vocabulary and fluency

among students.

He said traditional rulers

would support as well as

get their subjects and well

meaning individuals to key

into the programme, so as

to give education its pride

two-day conference on the

implementation of

autonomy of state

legislature and state

jJudiciary, Ekweremadu

who hailed President

Buhari for assenting to the

Constitution Alteration Bills

on Financial Autonomy for

States Legislature and

States Judiciary, said: “Our

constitution contradicts in

several respects the basic

principles of democracy

such as the separation of

powers, checks and

balances and compromises

the independence of the

critical institutions of

democracy.

“This is why the national

assembly has, starting from

2010, successfully altered

the constitution to

strengthen the principles of

separation of powers,

checks and balances and

indeed our democracy and

good governance by

placing the national

assembly, INEC and most

recently, the state Houses

of Assembly and Judiciary

on first line charge.”

He, however, cautioned

state assemblies that the

of place in the state.

Enidom expressed

satisfaction over the

support

and

encouragement he

received from the traditional

rulers.

“I came to unveil the

Talking Books and Model

Pen because of my desire

to impact positively in

education in the state.

“The passion and desire

was from my mother, Mrs

Martina Chinyere

Enidom,’’ he added.

Enidom then said that the

talking books would help

autonomy was not a license

to appropriate whatever

they liked to their respective

assemblies and states

judiciary, but a recognition

of the prioritisation of the

release of their funds in the

appropriation law of their

respective states.

The Deputy Senate

President, who described

the local government as the

weakest link in the

governance structure,

however urged the state

assemblies to approve the

Constitution Amendment

Bills that seek to strengthen

the councils as a third tier

of government.

He suggested the

establishment of a National

Police Service Commission

(NPSC) to exercise a level

of oversight over the

activities of the state police

such as maintaining

common facilities for all

Police services in the

country, including training,

criminal intelligence, data

bases, forensic laboratories,

among others.

Ekweremadu said: “The

NPSC should also run a

system of inspectorates and

the pupils at primary school

level to pay more attention

and comprehend easily.

He however, noted that

there were endless reasons

why talking books were

essentially good as part of

learning process to get

children to listen anywhere

and anytime.

Enidom also said that he

had introduced the books

to government officials —

ASUBEB and the Ministry

of Education but that he felt

it necessary to let the

traditional rulers also know

about it.

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on Building a Sustainable Tech Economy, in Lagos, yesterday. PHOTO: Akeem Salau.

INSECURITY: Support calls for state

Police, Ekweremadu tells Buhari

certification such as

supervision of recruitment,

training, supervision of

standards and annual

certification of every State

Police Service.

“There should also be a

body known as State Police

Service Commission for the

states and should comprise

a representative of the

executive to be appointed

by the governor,

representative of the

Federal Government to be

appointed by the NPSC,

two independent experts in

security matters to be

appointed by the governor

subject to confirmation by

the State House of

Assembly and a representative

each of the Nigeria

Labour Congress and the

Trade Union Congress.

“Others are a retired

police officer not below the

rank of Assistant Commissioner

of Police, representative

of the Nigerian Bar

Association, NBA; representative

of the Nigerian

Union of Journalists, NUJ,

and representatives of the

Christian Association of

Nigeria, CAN.”

PERENNIAL BOUNDARY DISPUTE:

Ebonyi LG boss accuses

Ortom of nonchalance

By Peter Okutu

A BAKALIKI—

CHAIRMAN of

Ohaukwu Local

Government Area of

Ebonyi State, Clement

Odah, yesterday,

accused Governor

Samuel Ortom of Benue

State of nonchallance

over the boundary

dispute between Ebonyi

and Benue States which

had claimed a lot of lives

and led to destruction of

properties.

The council boss stated

this in Abakaliki while

challenging Ortom to

make good his seven

days ultimatum issued

on May 10 to Agila

people to produce the

killers of four Ngbo

people on May 1.

Odah, who maintained

that Ortom and Ado

Local Government

(Benue State) chairman

have not shown any

genuine commitment

like their Ebonyi State

counterpart towards the

return of peace to the

warring communities,

added that he had

bankrolled the logistics of

several inter-state

meetings held between

the two council areas.

According to him, “but

I must say that the Benue

people have not tried as

much as ourselves.

There is a missing line.

By Chinonso

Alozie

O WERRI—OKEY

Ezeh and Casmir

Anyanwu have

continued to lay claim

as the authentic 2019

governorship

candidate of Social

Democratic Party, SDP,

in Imo State, even after

the elections are over.

The reason,

Vanguard gathered in

Owerri was over who

among them should

control the structure of

the party ahead of 2023

general elections.

While Ezeh’s

group said plans

have been

concluded to expel

Anyanwu from the

party as his conduct

was unacceptable at

the state and

national levels,

Anyanwu has

challenged Ezeh on

his membership

status of SDP.

The latest battle

If the governor of Benue

State has done as much as

our governor in terms of

commitment, by now, this

matter would have been a

foregone issue.

“The deputy governor of

Ebonyi State has visited

the war-torn communities

many times to ascertain the

degree of injuries inflicted

on our people.

“The state government

has been touched and its

commitment to ensure that

peace returns to this area

is unrivalled.

Unfortunately, the Benue

State government has not

shown much

commitment.

“Recently, we heard that

the governor has given

seven days ultimatum to

produce the killers of the

four persons who were

butchered on May 1. We

have the expectations that

this ultimatum is coming

in good faith.

“If it is coming in good

faith, we expect the

governor to go a step

further. Should the Agila

people fail to produce the

killers of our people, we

expect something more

than mere rhetorics.

“Benue State

government, if they are

serious, should be able to

identify the Agila people

who are working against

the peace in this inter-state

boundary areas and we

expect sanctions.”

Battle over soul of Imo SDP rages

started with their

interpretations of the

decision of the Appeal

Court in Owerri, headed

by Justice R. C.

Agbo, regarding the

governorship ticket.

According to Ezeh’s

media aide, Collins

Opuruozor, “The

appellate court upheld

the candidacy of Ezeh

after hearing the appeal

brought before it by his

counsel.”

Anyanwu through his

head of Media Support

Group, Mr. Charles

Ndukuba, said: “Okey

Ezeh is at it again. The

Appeal Court sitting in

Owerri presided over by

Justice Agbo ruled that

the matter be re-assigned

by the Chief Judge of the

Federal High Court for a

retrial.

“Does that convey

victory to anyone for a

matter that has not been

tried? Status quo wise,

Dr. Casmir Anyanwu

remains the candidate of

the party.”


16—Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

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ANCOPSS, Principal Anselim Izuagie; Director, Basic & Secondary Education, Federal Ministry of

Education, Dr. Lami Amodu; Corporate Affairs Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc., Mrs. Sade Morgan;

Secretary General, Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, Dr. Mike Ene and the Lagos State Coordinator,

Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, Mrs. Grace Adewumi, during the flag off ceremony of the

2019 Maltina Teacher of the Year in Lagos, yesterday. Photo: Akeem Salau.

Politics: Why I adopted non confrontational

style —Okowa

•Harps on importance of strategic communication in governance

ASABA—DELTA State

Governor, Dr Ifeanyi

Okowa, has said that his

adoption of the nonconfrontational

approach to

politics has enabled him to

record more mileage in

governance, in terms of

visible achievements

during his first four years

in office.

Okowa, who made the

remarks while declaring

open a three-day strategic

political communication/

post-election and first

terminal review workshop

on Wednesday in Asaba,

stressed that confrontational

politics leads to distraction

from set goals, adding that

by ignoring mischievous

elements often seeking to

draw him into confrontation

much has been achieved by

remaining focused and

committed to the policies

and programmes of

government.

The workshop, organised

by the office of the

Executive Assistant to Delta

State Governor on

Communications, Dr Fred

Oghenesivbe, in collabora-

tion with the office of the

Secretary to the State Government,

SSG, primarily

targets political appointees

especially those concerned

with strategic information

dissemination at the state

level and across the 25 local

government areas of the

state.

The strategic

communication training is

also meant to sharpen skills

for the state's

communication and media

practitioners in readiness

for the ''Stronger Delta

Agenda'' of Governor

Okowa, the development

mantra for his second term

in office.

Governor Okowa, who was

represented at the opening

ceremony by the Secretary to

the State Government, Hon

Festus Ovie Agas, urged the

participants to follow in his

footsteps by ensuring that

they remained focused on

their duty by transmitting to

the people of the state the

policies, programmes and

ITF trains, empowers 300 with start-up

kits in Edo

By Alemma Aliu

BENIN CITY—THE

Industrial Training

Fund, ITF, has trained no

fewer than 300 persons in

Edo State in various skills

under the National

Industrial Skills

Development Programme

of the Fund.

Speaking at the closing

ceremony of the training in

Benin City, the Director-

General/Chief Executive of

ITF, Sir Joseph Ari, who

said the beneficiaries were

trained in catering and

event management, POP

and tilling and aluminum

window work, were also

"Our commitment to skills

acquisition is based on the

fact that it is the most sustainable

solution to combating

unemployment, reducing

poverty and youth festiveness

in the country.

"It is our conviction that

training the youths and

women without equipping

them, defeats the core objectives

of the programme.

Bearing this in mind, the

ITF decided to empower all

beneficiaries of its skills acquisition.

Edo State Head of

Service, Isaac Ehiozuwa,

who was represented at the event

by Mrs. E.O. Enakhire, noted that

the "empowerment will reduce

the rate of crime in the society."

activities of government in

order to elicit the cooperation

of the people in its developmental

strides.

He said: ''Our strategy as

a government is nonconfrontational,

because we

don't want to be distracted

from our focus on

delivering well-intentioned

programmes to uplift the

wellbeing and living

standards of all Deltans. A

good manager does not listen to

side talks; he focuses on doing

his job and doing it well.''

LASU staff, students hail Sanwo-Olu's

free internet

By Olasunkanmi

Akoni

LAGOS—STAFF and

students of the Lagos

State University, LASU,

have hailed Lagos State

Governor-elect, Mr

Babajide Sanwo-Olu for

installing free Internet on

the campus.

They expressed their

appreciation, yesterday, at

given start-up kits worth

N22.5 million and

that any society that

neglects the development

of its human capital is

bound to retrogress in terms

of growth and

development.

Ari's speech was read at

the event, by Mr. Zachariah

Piona, a Director in the

Research and Curriculum

Department of ITF

He said the situation in

Nigeria is especially

worrisome as youths roam

the streets without any form

of gainful employment,

thereby giving rise to

crimes and other social

vices.

the 23rd convocation of the

institution at the institution

premises, Ojo.

Sanwo-Olu joined the

dignitaries at the event held

in the main auditorium,

which also featured the

official commissioning of

the new Administrative

Block built by the state

government.

The governor-elect who

visited the campus for the

first time after his electoral

victory, acknowledged

cheers from the crowd of

enthusiastic students and

the school staff, who

benefitted from his free Wi-

Fi installed on the campus.

Ambode said his

administration set the

template for transformation

of LASU by first tackling the

crises rocking the school

and increasing budgetary

allocation to the school,

with the aim to improve

infrastructure and quality of

teaching.

He therefore, urged Sanwo-

Olu to accord the school the same

level of attention in order to

sustain and improve on the gains

of the last four years.

Pro-chancellor and Governing

Council chairman, Prof.

Adebayo Ninalowo, described

Sanwo-Olu as "a personification

of excellence with gentility",

pointing out that the free

Internet installed by the governor-elect

helped the school to

achieve seamless information

sharing and dissemination

within the campus.

Describing the school as a

world-class citadel of excellence,

the Vice-Chancellor

(VC), Prof. Olanrewaju

Fagbohun, said the school had

stabilised its operations after

overcoming its multifarious internal

crises that rocked the

school a few years ago.

Oil gains 2% as Middle East

conflict intensifies

OIL prices jumped 2percent yesterday as tensions in the

Middle East grew, with a Saudi-led coalition launching

air strikes in retaliation for recent attacks on its oil infrastructure.

Brent crude futures were up $1.53, or 2.1 percent, at $73.30 a

barrel by 11:58 a.m. (1558 GMT); it touched its highest level in

three weeks. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures

gained $1.35, or 2.2 percent, to $63.37 a barrel.

The Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen carried out several

air strikes on the Houthi-held capital Sanaa on Thursday after

the Iranian-aligned movement claimed responsibility for drone

attacks on two Saudi oil pumping stations earlier in the week.

“You have a sizable strike on Iran-aligned Houthi forces in

Yemen yesterday, so until there’s some kind of step back from that

situation, this market is going to have a tough time trading lower,”

said Mizuho director of futures Bob Yawger. “There’s just a

lot of political risk in this market.”

China warns U.S move against

Huawei could hurt trade talks

THE Trump administration’s decision to sanction and poten

tially cripple Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies

Co Ltd garnered a sharp rebuke yesterday from Beijing, which

warned that the move could damage trade talks.

Shares of Huawei’s United State, US, suppliers also fell on

fears the huge customer of U.S. chips, software and other components

would be forced to stop purchases after the U.S. Commerce

Department banned it from buying US technology without special

approval.

Huawei said in a statement that losing access to U.S. suppliers

“will do significant economic harm to the American companies”

and affect “tens of thousands of American jobs.”

“Huawei will seek remedies immediately and find a resolution

to this matter,” the company said.

The U.S. crackdown, announced on Wednesday, was the latest

shot fired in an escalating US-China trade war that is rattling

financial markets and threatening to derail a slowing global economy.

EU fines Barclays, Citi, JP Morgan,

others $1.2 billion for FX rigging

BARCLAYS, Citigroup, JP Morgan, MUFG and Royal

Bank of Scotland were fined a combined 1.07 billion euros

($1.2 billion) by the European Union on Thursday for rigging

the multi-trillion dollar foreign exchange market.

Banks have been hit with billions of dollars in penalties worldwide

over the last decade for the rigging of benchmarks used in

many day-to-day financial transactions, further damaging the

industry’s fragile reputation after the financial crisis.

The European Commission said individual traders at the banks

involved formed two cartels to manipulate the spot foreign exchange

market for 11 currencies, including the dollar, the euro

and the pound.

“These cartel decisions send a clear message that the Commission

will not tolerate collusive behavior in any sector of the financial

markets,” European Competition Commissioner Margrethe

Vestager said in a statement.

Citigroup was hit with the highest fine of 311 million euros,

while Swiss bank UBS was not fined as it had alerted the two

cartels to the European Commission.

Zimbabwe to rebase economy

after adopting new currency

Z

IMBABWE’s Finance Minister announced the rebasing

of the economy on Wednesday, following the adoption of

a new currency earlier this year, and said growth would be slowed

this year by a drought and a cyclone that hit eastern regions.

The economy grew higher than expected in 2018, Finance

Minister Mthuli Ncube told parliament.

The central bank scrapped the peg between its quasi-currency

bond note and electronic dollars against the U.S dollar in February

and merged them into a single transitional currency called

the RTGS dollar.

Rebasing the economy broadly means changing the reference

points used to calculate the country’s gross domestic product.

The southern African nation rebased its economy last October

boosting it by 40% to $25.8 billion and Ncube said the

adoption of the RTGS$ required another rebasing exercise, which

put the economy at RTGS$70.1 billion or $21 billion at the

official exchange rate.

All stories credited to Reuters


Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019 — 17

LORD Frederick Lugard,

British Governor-

General of Nigeria between

1914 and 1919, expressed the

following views about Africans

in his book, The Dual Mandate,

which was published in

1926: "In character and temperament,

the typical African

of this race-type is a happy,

thriftless, excitable person.

Lacking in self-control, discipline,

and foresight. Naturally

courageous, naturally courteous

and polite, full of personal

vanity, with little sense of veracity,

fond of music and loving

weapons as an Oriental

loves jewelry.

“His thoughts are

concentrated on the events

and feelings of the moment,

and he suffers little from the

A White colonial’s opinion of us

apprehension for the future, or

grief for the past. His mind is

far nearer to the animal world

than that of the European or

Asiatic and exhibits

something of the animal’s

placidity and want of desire to

rise beyond the state he has

reached.

“Through the ages the

African appears to have

evolved no organised religious

creed, and though some

tribes appear to believe in a

LAST year, Julian Von

Abele, a White male

American undergraduate at

New York’s Ivy League Columbia

University, attracted

widespread condemnation

when he lavished praise on

his race and gender.

Von Abele was reacting, as

follows, to bitter criticisms of

Whites and males that have

become commonplace in the

past few decades: “We [Europeans]

built the modern

world!” von Abele declared.

“We invented science and

industry, and you want to tell

us to stop because we’re so

baaad…We saved billions of

people from starvation. We

built modern civilization.

White people are the best

thing that ever happened to

the world. We are so

amazing!...We did everything!

I don’t hate other people. I just

love White men.”

Colombia University authorities

swiftly disowned Von

Abele’s “White supremacist

language”, while many of his

non-White and White fellow

students claimed to be traumadeity,

the religious sense seldom

rises above pantheistic

animalism and seems more

often to take the form of a

vague dread of the supernatural.

“He lacks the power of organisation,

and is conspicuously

deficient in the management

and control alike of men

or business. He loves the display

of power, but fails to realise

its responsibility. He will

work hard with a less incentive

than most races. He has

the courage of the fighting

animal - an instinct rather

than a moral virtue...

“In brief, the virtues and

defects of this race-type are

those of attractive children,

whose confidence when it is

won is given ungrudgingly as

to an older and wiser superior

and without envy.

“Perhaps the two traits which

have impressed me as those

most characteristic of the African

native are his lack of apprehension

and his ability to

visualise the future."

Many Nigerians will find

Lugard’s views offensive, but

I personally think that he has

a point…and that we still

possess self-destructive

weaknesses he observed in us

a hundred years ago.

What do Vanguard readers

think?

••A more recent White perspective

tised and appalled by his comments.

In the midst of the media

maelstrom that ensued, Von

Abele, kept insisting that he

was not a racist and

denounced all racist groups.

He told an interviewer from

The Atlantic magazine that he

simply resented the fact that

White men and the values that

made Western civilization

great are routinely attacked

nowadays (within liberal

intellectual circles like

university campuses, for

example).

Long story short: Von Abele

was kicking back against those

who insult his identity and

doesn’t think there is

anything wrong with being

white or male, isn’t ashamed

of his culture or ancestors, is

proud of their achievements

and rejects the notion that

White men are nothing more

than evil colonisers who have

ruined the world.

Frankly, though Van Abele

overreacted to assaults on

Western patriarchy and comes

across as a very annoying

individual, I agree with his

core message.

Europeans are not saints by

any means, but they are

essentially productive; and

their achievements are

European are not

saints by any

means, but they are

essentially

productive; and

their achievements

are outstanding

and deserve to be

emulated and

respected

outstanding and deserve to be

emulated and respected.

Meanwhile, we Africans are

also not saints and are also

capable of evil and have also

committed crimes like slavery.

And I’m 100 per cent

convinced that if we’d

developed the skills required

to cross oceans and colonise

other parts of the globe, we

would have eagerly done so.

In a nutshell, I think we

should avoid the temptation to

be sanctimonious about the

shortcomings of other races.

And, given that we have yet

to fulfil our potential, we really

need to spend less time

blaming others for our myriad

misfortunes and more time

getting our acts together.

Imagine simple challenges

like providing ourselves with

round-the-clock electricity

eluding us in the 21st century!

Imagine so many Nigerian

highways being so infested

with criminals that travelling

by road to weddings, burials

or business meetings has

become an intensely

hazardous affair.

Imagine senior government

officials struggling with

ordinary citizens to buy tickets

for the Abuja-Kaduna train

because they fear kidnappers,

armed robbers and

killers.…instead of doing their

job and making the road secure

for themselves and the

rest of us.

I reckon that our leaders are

nowhere near as competent as

their Western counterparts and

that almost everything that

expands our horizons and

makes life safer, tolerable or

enjoyable – TV, cars,

aeroplanes, proper

medications and so on – was

invented by Whites.

And I will be absolutely

delighted if we can stop

messing around, use our

brains, prove Lord Lugard

wrong and catch up and excel.

What do Vanguard readers

think?

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18 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

ONCE again, problems of the

rapidly-shrinking Lake Chad and the

humanitarian disasters attached to it

resurfaced last week when the

President of the 73rd United Nations

General Assembly, UNGA, Maria

Espinosa-Garces, visited Nigeria and

toured the area.

At a joint news conference in Abuja

with the Minister of Foreign Affairs,

Geoffrey Onyema, Espinosa-Garces

rang the usual alarm bell at the great

havoc that the climate change

phenomenon has wreaked on the once

mighty Lake which, only about 40 years

ago, covered an area of over 24,000

square kilometres. Today, it has shrunk

to just about 2,000, despite the galloping

human population around it.

When exploding population meets

shrinking resources, the result is

extreme poverty, which is obviously the

major driver of the Islamist insurgency

that has bedevilled areas around the

Lake Chad: Beyond the alarm bells

Lake for the past ten years. Espinosa-

Garces observed that climate change

has impacted the Lake Chad drastically,

destroying livelihoods, creating

security problems, stoking hunger and

promoting underdevelopment.

Last year alone, two major events that

drew the attention of the world to the

Lake Chad disaster took place. On

February 26, 2018, Nigeria and other

Lake Chad Basin countries (Chad,

Cameroon and Niger Republic) hosted

the International Conference on Lake

Chad under the auspices of the United

Nations Educational, Scientific and

Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, in

Abuja to develop consensus on steps

needed to be taken to solve problems

facing the region.

Also between September 3 and 4,

2018, more than 70 countries,

international organisations and civil

society groups gathered in Berlin,

Germany, where funds were proposed

to attack the problems. The sum of $2.17

billion was announced for the support

of humanitarian work, peace building

efforts and development activities in the

Lake Chad countries of Nigeria, Niger,

Chad and Cameroon. Multilateral

financial institutions also pledged $467

million in concessional loans.

It is already known that about $50

billion is needed for the recharging of

the Lake with water from the Ubangi

River in the Central African Republic.

However, for any of these laudable

plans to yield results, the Islamic

terrorism in the Lake Chad vicinity

must first be eradicated. This is an

assignment which is proving very

difficult in spite of the gallant efforts

of the Lake Chad Basin countries which

set up a Joint Multinational Task Force,

JMTF, for the purpose. The world must

come down to remove this threat together.

Only then can the Lake Chad

be saved.

More than 20 million lives are at

stake. If the worst comes, the human

misery and migration problems it will

trigger are better imagined than

experienced. The Sahara Desert is

advancing with venom and claiming

territories once occupied by the Lake

Chad.

We must go beyond the alarm bells

and act to save the Lake Chad.

OPINION

The transformation of Lagos-Airport Road

By Tayo Ogunbiyi

INFRASTRUCTURE development is

critical to achieving human capital

development in any society. The economic

impact that infrastructure improvement

has on nation building cannot be overemphasised.

The growth of any country’s

economy hugely depends on the status of

its infrastructure. The dearth of needed

infrastructure in a given society places

serious limitation on human capital

development.

It is in view of its crucial role to

achieving rapid economic growth that

advanced nations of the world commit

huge investment to infrastructural

development. J.F. Kennedy, a former

President of the United States of America,

USA, once put the relationship between

infrastructure development and economic

prosperity into a proper perspective when

he affirmed that: “America has good roads,

not because America is rich, but America

is rich because it has good roads”.

According to the World Bank, every one

per cent of government funds spent on

infrastructure leads to an equivalent one

per cent increase in Gross Domestic

Product, GDP, which invariably means that

there is a correlation between any

meaningful inputs in infrastructure

development which reflects on economic

growth, indices; hence the value of

infrastructure cannot be underplayed.

It is, therefore, in an effort to ensure even

and accelerated development in all parts

of Lagos State that the Lagos State

government placed high premium on

infrastructure development as evident in

the construction and rehabilitation of

road network across the state. It is, indeed,

particularly soothing to note that the state

government has placed a great emphasis

on development of more inner roads in

order to ease the peculiar Lagos traffic

gridlock.

Not quite long ago, Lagos State

governor, Mr, Akinwunmi Ambode,

played host to President Muhammadu

Buhari as the latter embarked on a oneday

working visit to Lagos State. Part of

his mission was to inaugurate several

landmark projects put in place by the state

government to better the lots of Lagos

residents.

Some of the key projects officially

commissioned by the President include the

170-bed Maternal and Child Medical

Centre, popularly referred to as Ayinke

House located on the premises of Lagos

State University Teaching Hospital,

LASUTH, Ikeja, the 500-seater Lagos

Theatre, Oregun, the iconic

Oshodi Transport Interchange and the

820 high and medium capacity public

buses.

However, of particular concern to this

piece is the remodeled 10-lane Muritala

Mohammed International Airport

Road. The road is one of the peopleoriented

projects that were inaugurated

by President Buhari during his one day

working visit to Lagos.

Constructed between 1939 and 1947, the

Lagos Airport Road is no doubt one of the

oldest roads in the country. The road which

cuts through Ajao Estate and Mafoluku

areas of Lagos terminates to join the

network of roads connecting the Oshodi-

Apapa Expressway to other parts of the

city-state.

Considering its importance to local and

foreign investors, tourists and many

others, many have likened the road to the

famous “The King’s Highway” in the

United States that is acclaimed the busiest

road in the world with about 500,000

vehicles daily.

Unlike other roads in the country, the

Lagos Airport Road clearly influences the

first impression conceived by first time

visitors to the country. Unfortunately, this

much strategic road had suffered gross

neglect over the years. Its current state, no

If governance is truly about

adding value to people’s lives

and propounding creative

solutions to critical societal

needs, then the Lagos State

government is actually on the

right path in its pact with the

citizenry

doubt, constitutes a serious dent on the

country’s image.

It is, thus, quite logical that Lagos

residents were extremely enthusiastic when

the state government completed the

reconstruction of the road. For a

government that has made improvement

of infrastructure across the state a prime

mission, the completion of the project

represents another grand milestone in the

life of the outgoing administration.

Among others, features of the redesigned

road include the reconstruction and

expansion of the existing carriage to threelane

expressway on both directions;

construction of two-lane service road in

both directions, construction of Ramp

Bridge to provide a U-turn from Ajao

Estate to Airport, construction of a flyover

at NAHCO/Toll Gate and drainage works.

Others include the removal of existing

pedestrian bridge at Ajao Estate and

construction of pedestrian bridges at Ajao

Estate and NAHCO/Hajj Camp,

construction of Slip Road to provide

access to Ajao Estate, construction of laybys

and installation of street lights, among

others.

Being an investor’s friendly state, what

the Lagos State Government has achieved

with the reconstruction of the Lagos

Airport Road is a masterpiece with

aesthetic infrastructure and an explicit

environment serenaded by street lights

illuminating the 10-lane route to aid the

convenience of local and foreign investors

as well as residents along the route.

Though, a Federal Government

responsibility, the Lagos State

Government took up the enormous task

of rebuilding the road in view of its

strategic importance to the socioeconomic

well being Lagos State and,

indeed, Nigeria at large.

If governance is truly about adding

value to people’s lives and propounding

creative solutions to critical societal needs,

then the Lagos State government is

actually on the right path in its pact with

the citizenry. Lagosians are implored to

protect and preserve all major

infrastructure in the state as they represent

our collective heritage.

•Ogunbiyi is of the Lagos State Ministry

of Information and Strategy, Alausa, Ikeja


MTN listing boosts market value by N1.8trn

*Shares in short supply

By Peter Egwuatu & Nkiru

Nnorom

The listing of MTN

N i g e r i a

Communications Plc

on the Nigerian Stock

Exchange, NSE, yesterday,

boosted market capitalisation

by N1.8trillion, even as the

limited supply of the shares

constrained deals.

Consequently, the NSE market

capitalisation closed at

N12.525 trillion up from

N10.626 trillion when trading

opened. Also the share price of

the telecom giant rose by 10

percent to close at N99.00 per

share.

The company was listed by

introduction of 20.35 billion

ordinary shares at a price of

N90 per share (being phase one

on the company’s listing

plans). The listing price was

determined from private overthe-counter

share deal by existing

shareholders over the

past six months. The price values

the telecoms company at

N1.84 trillion (about $6 billion).

The listing by introduction

means that the shares of existing

MTN Nigeria shareholders

were listed without additional

public sale of shares. From this

point, all MTN Nigeria shareholders

will be free to trade their

shares on the Exchange.

Commenting on the development,

National Council President,

NSE, Otunba Abimbola

Ogunbanjo, said: “We are particularly

pleased that MTN Nigeria

has joined the prestigious

club of companies listed on our

Premium Board with this landmark

transaction, which will differentiate

it as a professionally

run telecommunications company

with high standards, having

met NSE’s listing criteria.

“It is our expectation that the

MTN Nigeria listing, which is

NSE’s second largest, will encourage

other telecommunication

companies to list their

shares on the Exchange,

thereby opening the sector up

CURRENCY BUYING SELLING

US DOLLAR

POUNDS

EURO

FRANC

YEN

CFA

WAUA

RENMINBI

RIYAL

SDR

DANISH

RAND

$89.90 0.00

2,357.00 36.00

$11.78 -0.07

$72.72 0.95

$62.81 0.79

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 16/05/2019

to cheaper, long term capital

that will boost innovation and

development.”

In its welcome address, Chief

Executive Officer, NSE, Mr.

Oscar N. Onyema, said: “We

are delighted to welcome MTN

Nigeria to the Exchange.

Today’s listing is a promising

development in the country’s

telecommunications sector

and we encourage other

players in the sector to explore

the different opportunities in

the capital markets for raising

long term capital. As a listing

platform of choice, today’s

listing will add to our bouquet

of diverse investment offerings

to the public. Having MTN

Nigeria listed in our market

is a testament of the

Exchange’s commitment to

building a dynamic and inclusive

market and creating

channels for sustainable investment.

This listing will

promote liquidity for MTN

Nigeria, enhance its value and

Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019 — 19

increase transparency, as our

platform remains one of the

best avenues for raising capital

and enabling sustainable

growth for national

development”.

Speaking at the fact behind

the listing, Ferdi Moolman,

CEO of MTN Nigeria said:

“Subject to market conditions,

appetite and demand, the company

would initiate Phase 2 of

the listing plans which is the

Initial Public Offering (IPO), to

give more Nigerians greater

access to the MTN opportunity.”

From left: Chief Jerome Green-Amakwe, President of Just Friends Club of Nigeria(JFCN);

Dr. Abraham Nwankwo, former Director General, Debt Management Office; Dr. (Mrs.) Obioma

Nwankwo; and Engr. Chidi Izuwah, Director General of Infrastructure Concession Regulatory

Commission at the 3rd JFCN Annual Lecture which held in Abuja

Ignorance major cause of tax controversy

— Fowler

By Prince Okafor

The Executive Chairman,

Federal Inland Revenue

Services, FIRS, Mr. Babatunde

Fowler, has blamed ignorance of

taxation rules for the incessant controversies

between tax payers and

government.

Fowler, expressed this view at the

KPMG Tax Breakfast Seminar in

Lagos, with theme, ‘Tax Controversy

and Dispute Resolution’. He

counselled tax payers to consult experts

in tax issues to avoid

over-payment, noting

however, that FIRS do tax

refund when necessary.

Fowler stated: “The

cause of incessant tax controversies

between the

government and the tax

payers are majorly as a

result of ignorance of tax

administration on the side

of tax payers. Corporate

bodies needs to take advantage

of tax education

which FIRS is embarking

on across the country using

different communications

media.

“Tax payers need to

query the source, and

any observed errors or

omissions in tax letters/

statements from tax authority.

No one has the

right to bully any tax payers

in any circumstance.

“We have our Joint Tax

Board, JTB, across states whose rectification

with any organization is

binding by other JTB across the federation.

So to avoid multiplicity

of tax charges, you must know the

law permitting such tax; you are

even free to decline an invitation

for Joint Tax Audit. Still, it is better

you even go to Tax Appeal Tribunal

(TAT) where necessary.”

In his remark, KPMG Partner

and Head, Tax, Regulatory and

People Service, Mr. Wole Abayomi,

said: “The constantly changing

economic landscape requires governments

at all levels to develop

frameworks that will provide a competitive

tax landscape for business,

effectively accelerate tax revenues,

proactively curb tax evasion and

create opportunities for the

country’s teeming population.

“A situation where the last time

Companies Income Tax Act (CITA)

and Value Added Tax (VAT) Act

were reviewed was 12 years ago

leaves much to be desired, thus,

there is an urgent need for government

to reform our outdated tax

laws to reflect current economic

realities.

“An efficient way of doing this is

to return to the practice of enacting

a Finance Act soon after the

passage of the annual federal budget

through which our tax laws can

be constantly reviewed in accordance

with global best practices.”

Finished products

imports stifling

our business

— Food & beverage

employers

By Victor Young & Maryann

Michael

THE Association of Food,

Beverage and Tobacco

Employers, AFBTE,

yesterday, raised the alarm

that the influx of imported

finished products was driving

member companies out of

business.

President of AFBTE, Chief

Patrick Anegbe, lamented at its

Annual General Meeting,

AGM, in Lagos, that the influx

had negatively affected the patronage

of locally manufactured

products and eroded the profit

margins of members.

Reviewing the 2018 financial

report, Anegbe said: “In 2018,

the industry was highly troubled

due to the influx of imported finished

products, which negatively

affected the patronage of

locally manufactured products

and eroded the profit margins

of organizations. Despite coming

out of recession as announced

by the Federal Government

in third quarters, Q3,

of 2017, the Nigerian business

environment still remained

fragile and weak in the course

of 2018.

“As a result, the sector suffered

7.0 percent decline in pre-tax

profit because of the slow pace

of a recovery in the economy,

delay in passage of 2018 budget

and insecurity in some parts

of the country, which constrained

business operations in

the area. There was also the issue

of contraction in yield from

Federal government debt instruments,

which affected accessibility

to funds from the

banks.”

Continuing, Anegbe further

stated: “With respect to infrastructure,

the recurring issue of

infrastructural decay was still

evident as many businesses

struggled to survive in the year.

Government’s effort both at the

Federal and State levels in this

critical area was not too

impactful.”

“Businesses continued to

spend a large chunk of their

resources to provide their requirements.

Those who could

not cope have had to either cut

their cost by among others shutting

some of their production

lines or shutting their businesses

completely. The result

has been an upsurge in unemployment

as a result of

layoffs.”

Power sector deregulation needed for

sustainable development — Operator

By Udeme Akpan

The Chief Executive Officer,

Century Power

Generating (CPG) Limited, Dr.

Chukwueloka Umeh, has said

the epileptic power supply in the

country could become a thing of

the past if government allowed

market forces to determine pricing

in the entire value chain from

generation to distribution.

In a chat with journalists in

Lagos, Umeh said the entire

value chain is presently dysfunctional

and broken, adding that

the major issue with the Power

sector is Government’s

continuous regulation of tariffs

and the price of gas. This, he said,

will continue to discourage

investments in the power sector.

‘’Rather than allow market

forces to determine the price for

gas, government continues to

regulate the price, which in itself

discourages any form of investment,”

he added.

Umeh said the same applies

to the Distribution companies,

which he said are unable to attract

funding because the

present fixed tariffs cannot guaranty

adequate return on investment.

He therefore called on the

federal government to replicate

the deregulation model that was

adopted in the Telecom sector

and resulted in the creation of

hundreds of thousands of direct

and indirect jobs as well as

boosting economic growth.

He stated: “How can you pay

your loans when there are many

things like metering still unsolved?

A lot of the networks are

not properly metered; a lot of the

networks have lines and transformers

that are so old. You also

have a lot of networks where

people are stealing power from

them.”


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Nigerians urged to promote

culture for social, economic growth

THE Minister of

Information and

Culture, Alhaji Lai

Mohammed, yesterday,

urged Nigerians to

promote and preserve

the nation’s culture to

enhance its social,

economic growth and

development.

Mohammed made the

appeal in his address

during the 2019

quarterly public lecture

organised by the

National Institute for

Cultural Orientation

(NICO).

The programme has:

“Culture as an Effective

Tool for Foreign

Relations”, as its theme

and it was held at the

National Institute of

International Affairs

(NIIA), Victoria Island,

Lagos.

The minister was

represented by Mrs

Ndidi Aimienwawu, the

Acting Director-

General, Centre for

Black African Arts and

Civilisation (CBAAC).

The minister said that

there was an urgent

need for Nigerians to

preserve and promote

the nation’s unique

cultural heritage for

socio-economic growth.

He said through this,

Nigerians could

establish good

relationships with other

nations through cultural

diversity and enhanced

foreign relations.

“Culture is key to

establishing cordial and

fruitful bilateral relations

with other nations and it

is part of the

developmental agenda of

the

current

Qatar

Airways

passengers, who are

fasting during this Holy

Month of Ramadan and

breaking their fast on board,

are being served delicious

Iftar meal consisting of

traditional Middle Eastern

specialities.

The Iftar boxes feature a

bespoke in-house design

administration that gave

the sector a pioneer

status.

“I call on all Nigerians

to be committed to this

course of promoting the

nation’s culture and also

be dedicated to the

actualisation of this

vision to the next level.

“The theme of the

lecture is very apt and

coming at a time when

government is concerned

with entrenching its

foreign relations with

other countries of the

world through

strengthened cultural

diplomacy,” he said.

inspired by Arabian

calligraphy contain selection

of sweet and savoury

delicacies. The Iftar boxes

are offered in addition to

Qatar Airways’ traditional

meal service for those

customers who are not

fasting.

Qatar Airways First and

Business Class passengers

Gurara Water Falls is approximately 30metres in height and it lies on the

Gurara river along the Suleja-Minna Road in Bonu, Gurara Local Government

Area of Niger state. According to oral history, Gurara Waterfalls was

discovered by a Gwari hunter called Buba in 1745 before some Europeans

discovered it in 1925 after they found it as a recreation centre. In times past,

natives of Gurara waterfall used to worship and offer sacrifices to it, but

today, the only sacrifice made is climbing a steepy hill to see the waterfall.

The Gurara waterfall is a prime tourist destination ideal for picnics, bird

watching and appreciating nature.

Ramadan: Qatar Airways Serves Iftar Meals Onboard

are offered Iftar boxes

containing a selection of

crudités, hummus, mini

Arabic bread, chicken

shawarma, focaccia with

mozzarella, olives, dates,

banana, fresh laban and

water.

Passengers travelling in

Economy Class can enjoy

Iftar boxes filled with focaccia

with mozzarella, apple

slices, mixed nuts, finger

baklava, dates, shortbread,

marble cake, fresh laban and

water.

Qatar Airways Group

Chief Executive, His

Excellency Mr. Akbar Al

Baker, said: “We are pleased

to be able to continue our

tradition this year of offering

our passengers a delicious

and refreshing way to break

their fast while travelling.

“The Holy Month of

Ramadan is an important

time for a great number of

our customers, and we are

delighted to provide a

service that is tailored to the

needs of those who are

fasting."


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26—VANGUARD, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

Last Sunday, the general

overseer of the Latter Rain

Assembly Pastor Tunde Bakare

lamented that bandits and

kidnappers are now in charge of

Nigeria during his church

sermon.

He submitted that bandits,

kidnappers, cattle rustlers, killer

herdsmen and looters had

become the commander-in-chief

of Nigeria. The cleric said his

stance was due to their

overwhelming presence across

the country and the inability of

the relevant authorities to stop

their activities. However, Islamic

scholars have reacted to this

outburst.

Dr.

Luqman

AbdurRaheem, Amir, The

Muslim Congress, TMC

The Muslim Congress (TMC) is

seriously perturbed and

disturbed by the rising wave of

kidnapping, banditry and

insecurity in the country. Nigeria

as a developing nation that is

struggling to get it bearing right,

economically, socially and

politically, needs sustainable

security to move to the next level.

Insecurity is the opposite of

security, hence the outcomes of

both are obviously not the same.

Insecurity is any act that

constitutes breach of peace,

progress, development and

tranquility, arising from wars,

socio-political crises and ethnoreligious

conflicts. Whenever,

insecurity manifests, it results in

destruction of human lives and

property with monumental

implications and woes.“Some of

the recently reported acts of

insecurity are kidnapping,

robbery, cattle rustling, murder,

insurgency, tribal feud and

endemic conflicts between

indigenes’ (farmers) and ‘settlers’

(herders) leading to killings in

Zamfara, Benue, Plateau and

other parts of Northern Nigeria.

Had the security system in the

country been fortified and

strengthened, some of these

avoidable crises would have been

nipped in the bud. “It is shameful

that in spite of the huge budgetary

allocations to states on security

in Nigeria, the issue of threat to

lives and properties continues to

reoccur unabated in Zamfara,

Benue, Kaduna, Plateau,

Adamawa (Mubi), Yobe, Bornu

and pockets of other places in

Nigeria. In retrospect, insecurity

in Nigeria manifests in four

different ways, namely, ethnoreligious

con?ict, politicallymotivated

violence, organised

violent groups and economicbased

violence.“The country has

just concluded the general

elections with tales of woes and

injuries. The Nigerian people have

very tall expectations from the

three levels of government

(Federal, State and Local

Governments). The Muslim

Congress feels that the three levels

of government MUST focus

insecurity in their various

economic blueprints. “A secured

Ramadan 12, 1440 A.H.

Pastor Bakare on bandits as C-in-C:

Islamic scholars speak

recommend that the National

Islamic scholars speak


Security Agency, which

BY HAROON-ISHOLA

BALOGUN

nation in practical terms MUST

have seven elements of security,

namely: economic security, food

security, health security,

environmental security,

personal security, community

security and political security.

This is the metrics of international

community. Any country that is

able to meet these seven elements

is viewed as a secured country.

Absence of any of these seven

elements creates a state of

insecurity charcterised by fear,

threat and phobia. From the

foregoing, security is an

indispensable ingredient for the

sustainable socioeconomic and

political development of the

nation. In meeting the

commitment to engender peace

and security for lives and

properties, including

preservation of oil, which is the

main stay of the nation’s

economy. “In Islam, peace is

required in the family, the

community, the society and the

world at large. Allah says:

“Indeed, there has come to you

from God a Light and a clear Book

wherewith God guides all those

who seek His Good Pleasure to

ways of peace, and He brings them

out of darkness by His Will unto

light and guides them to a Straight

Way” (Qur’ an 5:15-16). “Allah

For peaceful coexistence,

mutual

respect,

brotherhood and

harmony, let us

all learn the act

of self-restraint;

let us shun

anger, meanness

and hate. Let us

make Ramadan

count, let us

make it last and

the time is now

calls to the home of peace

(Paradise) and guides whom He

wills to a Straight Path” (Qur’an

10:25)

In view of the fact that insecurity

in all its forms is undesirable, The

Congress gives the following

policy prescriptions:“We

recommend the need for the

country to urgently embrace ICTenhanced

policing in all parts of

Nigeria. This prescription

becomes imperative because

insecurity, robbery, kidnapping,

terrorism and insurgency have

taken a new dimension and have

gone sophisticated as criminal

elements have deployed hightech

approach such as mobile

technology, internet technology

for exploiting and unleashing

criminal activities on the society.

To reduce this incessant and

unpleasant proliferation of

modern crime, calls for the

fortification of existing policing

approach in Nigeria using

information communication

technologies.“Secondly, we

comprises the National

Intelligence Agency, State

Security Service, Nigeria Police

Force (NPF), Nigeria Immigration

Service, Nigeria Customs Service,

National Drug Law Enforcement

Agency, Ministry of Internal

Affairs and Defense Intelligence

Agency (DIA) should be sincere

and redouble their effort to keep

the country safe. The constitution

empowered these agencies to

provide security for lives and

property of Nigerians irrespective

of location and ethnic divides.

They are well funded and

supported, what then is the

problem? To whom much is given,

much is expected.

“Finally, we recommend that, to

curb insecurity, crime and

terrorism in Nigeria, the

governments and interest groups

should develop sincere political

will to implement the

recommendations of several

panels set-up to investigate the

immediate and remote causes of

violent con?icts in Nigeria.

Overtime, these reports are left

unimplemented for hidden

motives – this must stop. May

Allah preserve Nigeria and keep

us as one indivisible entity, Amin.

Sheikh Sulaiman Adangba

It is worrisome when the men of

God submits to cheap sentiments

of this nature. It is right that we

have these criminals amongst us

but still, the government each

passing day is working tirelessly

to nip their activities in the bud

and sanitised the Nigerian nation

from the menace of these

criminals. “It is therefore, the

responsibility of the men of God

in the house of God to sensitze their

members to join hands with the

government to work together to

expose these elements rather than

condemning the nation and its

governance to shameful

comments.

BARKA JUMAH

Be Ramadan strong

Have you ever met anyone forlorn or

directionless at Ramadan? No, you won't.

Ramadan is special. Her inexhaustible

enthusiasm issue complete mercy and utter

forgiveness. She knits the bonds that make

us love one another. The strong joyously feed

the weak. Practice of Islam is nil without

Ramadan. She's the inspirer of piety that

bind us together in love, peace and faith.

May the grand virtues of Ramadan make

each of us persons of great godliness such

that our experiencing her would mould us

into humble persons who do good, forever.

May the spiritual maturity and goodness of

Holy Ramadan infinitely stay with us. Be

Ramadan strong!

—Dr Adewale Adeeyo, OON

Banire urges Muslims on time

consciousness

•As UNILAG Muslims hold Ramadan lecture

FORMER Lagos State

Commissioner for

Transportation,

Dr Muiz Banire (SAN)

has lamented lack of time

consciousness among

Muslims, arriving for

events late just as

organisers also start event

behind schedule.

Banire who chaired the

15th Annual Ramadan

Lecture of the UNILAG

Muslim Community

(UMC), held at the the

University Central

Mosque, Akoka, Lagos

stated that Muslims who

ought to keep to time as

thought in the Quran and

hadiths are wont to

lateness, urging scholars

and leaders to preach

against the attitude.

“Muslims have made the

habit to be late to events

which is bad. Time keeping

needs to be given priority

among Muslims because of the

evident disorganization and

lateness that Muslim brothers

and sisters are now known for.

Such was not obtainable among

Muslims of old and so must be

shunned,” he said.

In this same vein, former

Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State

University, Prof. Abdul-Lateef

Hussein, added that the issue of

lateness should be promptly

dealt with, especially when it

comes to event planning and

organization.

The Ramadan lecture which

was hosted by the Chairman of

UNILAG Muslim Community

(UMC), Prof. Lai Olurode, also

saw the presence of the Chief

Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Sulaiman

Abu’Nolla, the Vice-Chancellor

UNILAG, Prof. Oluwatoyin

Ogundipe, Vice-Chancellor

Fountain University, Prof.

Amidu Sanni, Chief Imam of

UMC, Dr Ismail Musa, among

others.

From left: Chief Imam of University of Lagos, Dr. Ismail Akin Musa; Prof. Lai

Olurode, Chairman, Unilag Muslim Community and Chief Imam of Lagos, Engr.

Sulaiman Abuo-Nollah during the 15th Ramadan lecture of Unilag Muslim

Community held recently.


"Vanguard, FRIDAY MAY 17, 2019—27

Yoruba Tennis Club Ramadan Lecture

Ramadan 12, 1440 A.H.

Medview w airline selected ed for 2019 19 Hajj

operation

MEDVIEW Airline

has been selected by

the Federal Government as

one of the three carriers to

airlift pilgrims for the 2019

Hajj Pilgrimage.

The Chief Executive

Officer of Medview Airline,

Alhaji Muneer Bankole,

confirmed the development

in a statement issued on

Wednesday in Lagos.

Bankole said the airline

was counting on its

experience in the airlift of

pilgrims since 2007 to carry

out a hitch-free operation.

“The choice of Medview

Airline is rooted in existing

strategic partnership with

National Hajj Commission

(NAHCON) which

transcends the normal brief

to assisting the government

agency in the airlift of

stranded pilgrims in the holy

land over the years,” he said.

Bankole said the

management of Medview

Airline was fully aware of the

operational challenges

confronting the aviation

industry in Nigeria,

stressing that no carrier was

singled out from the

hardship bedeviling the

whole nation.

He said the airline was

however repositioning for

better performance amidst

the daunting challenges.

Bankole said the airline

was also undergoing a refleeting

programme, and

some of the aircraft that

were sent for scheduled

maintenance would soon

arrive to increase capacity.

According to him, there is

also an ongoing discussion

with strategic partners to pull

resources together towards

Yoruba Tennic Club urges religious tolerance

•Holds Ramadan lecture

THE Yoruba Tennis Club has

said that religious intolerance,

fanaticism and unbridled spread of

violence, killings are major threat

to Nigeria's unity.

This position was espoused by

various speakers at the annual

Ramadan lecture organised by the

leading social club in the country

held in Lagos recently.

The occasion which was chaired

by the Deputy Speaker, Lagos State

House of Assembly, Hon Wasiu

Sanni Eshilokun was themed:

“Tolerance and Good

Neighbourliness: The tenets of

Islam”

Engr Jubril Saba, the guest

lecturer, said the palpable

apprehension in many parts of the

country especially the Northeast,

as a result of Book Haram

insurgency and other deviants in

the society in the name of Islam

could tear the country apart if not

completely addressed.

He lamented the high rate of

killings, kidnappings and violence

mostly perpetrated in the guise of

religion. He surmised that those

who perpetrated these acts cannot

be described as Muslims but

deviants unleashing terror on the

society.

In the same vein, the Chairman

of the Club, Prof. Adetokunbo

Fabanwo, a Non-Muslim, earlier in

operational enhancement.

Bankole re-assured the

airline’s shareholders,

service providers and travel

partners of better deals and

value for their investments.

his opening remark advised

Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of

tolerance and religious harmony

as practiced in Lagos and in the

Club.

“As a Club, we are non-partisan

and non-religious. Here, we don't

allow religion to divide us, every

member expresses his religious

bias freely. You can see tolerance

in what we are doing here. Even

here in Lagos, we can see religious

tolerance. If only Nigeria can learn

from Lagos and of course the

Yoruba Tennis Club, if only we can

live as one people and one

community, Nigeria will be a great

country. I wish you a blessed

Ramadan. Assalam alaikum”

The chairman of the BoT, Femi

Okunnu also stated that against

the unity and good

neighbourliness we enjoyed in the

past, contemporary Nigeria is

beset with religious violence,

killings, and mutual suspicion

among communities and tribes.

He added the Chairman of the

Club, Prof Fabanwo had earlier

captured the spirit of tolerance in

the Yoruba Tennis Club, adding

that the ability of a religious

adherent to accommodate and

accept the rights of others will

engender peaceful co-existence

among diverse people.

From left: Arc Olawunmi Agbaje; Vice-Chairman

Yoruba Tennis Club; Prof Adetokunbo Fabanwo,

Chairman, Yoruba Tennis Club; Alhyaji Femi

Okunnu, Chairman, BoT, Yoruba Tennis Club and Dr

Bolaji Ajenifuja during the Annual Ramadan

Lecture, held at the Club House, Onikan, Lagos last

Sunday.

From left: Alhaji Sanni Daranijo; Hon Wasiu

Eshilokun, Deputy Speaker, Lagos House of

Assembly; Arc Olawunmi Agbaje; Vice-Chairman

Yoruba Tennis Club; Prof Adetokunbo Fabanwo,

Chairman, Yoruba Tennis Club during the event.

Cross section of members and guests at the event.

Nikkah between the daughter of former governorship aspirant under APC, Dr.

Yekeen Habeeb, Fausat Sa"adiyat and Engr. AbdusSamad AbdulSalam at Al-

Azhar College, Lokoja-Kogi State. L- R: Groom's mum, Hajia Munawarah Junaid,

Dr. Habeeb, the couple, Prof. Munirat Yusuf Habeeb, Bride's mum, Hajia Sidiqat

Habeeb and Groom's dad, Dr. AbdulGaniy AbdulSalam.

Cross section of female members and guests at the

event.


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30 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019


Dressing Iran for barbecue

IT was Sunday, May 12 near

the port of Fujairah, in the Gulf

of Oman, United Arab Emirate,

UAE, when four commercial ships

were bombed. Two of them, Amjad

and Al Marzoqah are tankers

owned by Saudi Arabia, the third,

A. Michel, an UAE flagged fuel

bunker barge and the fourth, a

Norwegian tanker, the Andrea

Victory.

The attacks fitted perfectly into

the United States Maritime

Administration’s alert of

Thursday, May 9 which claimed

that: "Since early May, there is an

increased possibility that Iran and/

or its regional proxies could take

action against U.S. and partner

interests, including oil production

infrastructure, after recently

threatening to close the Strait of

Hormuz. Iran or its proxies could

respond by targeting commercial

vessels, including oil tankers, or

U.S. military vessels in the Red Sea,

Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, or the

Persian Gulf." So what other proof

is needed? Who does not know that

Iran blew the ships; is that not

logical, or is it not what those

preparing Iran for barbecue want

the world to believe?

The Emirati Minister of State

for Foreign Affairs, Anwar

Gargash, announced

investigations” but said his

country already had made its "own

readings and conclusions". He

then made a rallying call that:

"The international community

(should) assume its responsibilities

to prevent any parties trying to

undermine the security and safety

of maritime traffic." It was a little

veiled invitation for Western

powers to carry out an invasion.

A day after the incident, the UAE

invited the US to “investigate”.

What gave the UAE the impression

that it is the US - which has

announced its intention to destroy

Iran - that is best suited to

investigate? By inviting the

Americans to investigate, the UAE

had excluded the US from any

suspicion or complicity. By

extension, it has also excluded

American allies because the US is

unlikely to indict its allies.

The UAE is not giving Iran the

benefit of doubt. It also is not giving

an ear to the cries of the Iranian

Foreign Ministry that these

attacks might be part of the "plots

by ill-wishers to disrupt regional

security".

Within hours of the American

military investigation team

getting to the UAE port, it made a

predictable “initial” assessment

finding Iran guilty. The Americans

leaked a report claiming that

Iranian or Iranian-backed proxies

used explosives to blow a five-to-

10-foot hole in, near or just below

the water line of each of the ships.

That same Monday the US was

invited to “investigate” the attacks,

its Secretary of State, Michael

Pompeo, flew to Brussels for talks

with Germany, France and United

Kingdom on how to handle Iran.

Saudi Arabia also has its own

conclusions. Its Energy Minister,

Khalid al-Falih, said the

bombings were part of plans to

"undermine the freedom of

maritime navigation, and the

security of oil supplies to

consumers all over the world."

If we follow the Saudi logic, then

which group or country has

motives to endanger maritime

navigation and oil supplies in the

area? Certainly, it is not Iran

A war against Iran

can easily degenerate

into a religious war

leading to an

international

conflagration which

may consume a

number of nations

and send millions to

early graves

because its national interests and

economic survival, are tied to free

maritime navigation in its Persian

Gulf which is an extension of the

Gulf of Oman (Indian Ocean). Iran

also has no reason to sabotage oil

supplies because it derives 80

percent of its earnings from oil

while 45 percent of its workforce

is in the industry. So despite

American sanctions, military

buildup and threats of invasion, it

would amount to committing

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suicide for Iran to endanger oil

supplies in the same waters it uses

to sell its own oil.

Besides these, the unprovoked

American sanctions against Iran

are biting while the Americans are

flying their F-15s, F-35s and B-52

bombers in the Persian Gulf. The

Iranians are seeking how to

overcome these challenges and

defend their country. So it will

make no sense for them to attack

civilian ships in the UAE,

including Saudi tankers and an

European ship. The Iranians are

intelligent enough to know that

such an act is likely to pitch them

militarily against the combined

forces of the Gulf Cooperation

Council which includes Saudi

Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Oman and

Bahrain.

Again, we can ask, which groups

or countries stand to gain in an

armed conflict between Iran and

the Gulf States? Which countries

stand to benefit if the Muslim

states attack each other or if their

territories become a battle

ground? Which countries have

been threatening to attack Iran

and will therefore be glad if this

job is done by the Gulf States?

Which countries are supplying

weapons in the Gulf and would

want more sales? Which will be

interested in getting their more

modern weapons tested in a real

war situation?

I suspect that the attacks were

carried out to pitch the Gulf States

against Iran or present a basis for

declaring war against it. This

deceptive art of levying war is an

ancient one. When Britain

decided to colonise Uganda in the

19th Century, it secured the

services of a mercenary, retired

Major Frederick John Dealtry

Lugard to pacify its inhabitants.

Lugard sent agents into the

majority Muslim areas to kill

Christians and blame it on the

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former, and sent them into

Christian areas to kill Muslims in

supposed retaliatory attacks. This

led to war and after the Ugandans

had significantly weakened

themselves, Lugard intervened to

impose peace and colonialism.

Texas was part of Mexico. The

emergent American state invaded

Mexico and annexed Texas. Then

in 1844, America offered the

Mexicans $25 million to buy New

Mexico. The offer was rejected so

America under President James

Polk decided to engineer a pretence

for war. It got General Zachary

Taylor to carry out patrols on the

uncharted American- Mexico

border. This led to a skirmish and

America declared war. Through

such subterfuge, America got

500,000 square miles of land from

Mexico.

When America and Britain eyed

Iraqi oil in 2003, they

manufactured the falsehood that

President Saddam Hussein was

supporting terrorist groups and

that Iraq had weapons of mass

destruction which Prime Minister

Tony Blair claimed represented “a

real and present danger to

Britain”. On the other hand,

American President George Bush

lied that Saddam was importing

large quantities of uranium from

Niger Republic to build nuclear

weapons.

If the West wants war in Iran, it

can do so under any pretext,

including claiming to fight

terrorism, defending democracy,

rescuing the Iranian people from

dictatorship, defending maritime

trade or finding it guilty of

bombing the four ships in the UAE

port. However, it should think it

through; a war against Iran can

easily degenerate into a religious

war leading to an international

conflagration which may consume

a number of nations and send

millions to early graves. It is

cheaper better to allow peace.

Of NLC’s furore and Ngige’s stewardship

By Nwachukwu Obidiwe

UNFORTUNATELY, the dust arising from

the skirmishes between the Minister of

Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige, and

one of the nation’s labour centres, the Nigeria

Labour Congress, NLC, over the chairmanship

of the board of the Nigerian Social Insurance

Trust Fund, NSITF, appears to have overcast

the giant strides the minister has made to

reposition his ministry and the agencies under

it.

As someone who has been close to numerous

negotiations involving labour unions in the

last four years, who witnessed encomiums

which labour leaders, including Ayuba Wabba,

had heaped on Ngige at various times,

matching such remarks with their recent media

outbursts, makes clear, the maladaptive role

of character mutation. I easily flashback to

the night of September 18, 2017 at one of the

marathon meetings held to resolve the ASUU

strike.

Delivering ASUU’s implicit confidence on

the minister, the ASUU President, Prof. Biodun

Ogunyemi said: “I wish to place on record

that for the first time in the history of this

country, a government official came out to say

something went wrong on government side

and showed honest commitment to redress it.”

I saw the same Biodun Ogunyemi at the socalled

anti-Ngige protest, asking the President

to take his ministers to psychiatrist test! What?

I can as well copiously quote Ayuba’s

numerous encomiums on the minister for

delivering on his responsibilities to the workers.

The reason I point out this is to establish a

consistent pattern of behavioural

change that overly explains the current detour

by labour leaders as a consequence of a failed

ulterior motive. The NLC in pressing for the

chairmanship of the NSITF, struggled to set a

selfish secret agenda as that of the Nigerian

workers. Good to point out too that the two

other labour centres, the Trade Union Congress,

TUC, and United Labour Congress, ULC,

distanced themselves from Ayuba’s narrow

agenda.

The roughshod over the constitutional

responsibilities of the Minister of Labour

resulting in the listing of Frank Kokori as the

chairman of the Board of the NSITF against

the clear provisions of Sec. 4(a) of the NSITF

Act, which exclusively confers nomination

authority on the minister, was the height of

reckless intrigues which no officer alive to his

responsibilities would condone.

Ngige, therefore, acted on the path of the

law by flatly rejecting the usurpation of his

responsibilities and stoically resisting

attempted intimidation by the NLC,

obviously spurred by unseen hands.

Jettisoning the comprehensive work plan

approved by the President for the repositioning

of the NSITF just lately buffeted by N62 billion

pillage, in order to please some people, would

have been an unforgivable blunder.

Ayuba clearly overstepped his bounds and

ought to be made to understand the limits of

unionism against the rights of individual

Nigerians to private and family life as

contained in section 37 of the 1999

Constitution. Matters got worse when critical

x-ray of facts lucidly shows the appointment of

the chairman of any agency as purely political

and without nexus to the provisions intended

by Trade Dispute Act.

There was simply no dispute that infringed

on the rights of the workers, hence using

unionism to push for this case is illegal in fact

and in deed. If I were Senator Ngige, I would

press for criminal charges against Ayuba who

might have been emboldened by the May Day

show of shame, where in front of international

audience, he devoted ten minutes to

castigate a serving minister over an

illegitimate cause.

Regrettably, I have read opinions that

advertised this unionism and attempted to use

the dust it raised to

overcast Ngige’s stewardship. To have

resolved age-long issues with ASUU, NASU,

JOHESU, NARD, NMA, NUPENG,

PENGASSAN, etc. and restored equable

industrial milieu is not a walk along the

orchard. With Ngige’s deft move, the mass

retrenchment in the oil and construction

sectors was forestalled when he brought their

captains to the table.

An agreement was reached to cut the heavy

pecks of top offices to accommodate the

junior and middle level workers. It was similar

encounter with banks when he confronted the

financial sector over unilateral declaration of

redundancy in June 2016, threatening them

with revocation of licenses. The vexed issue

drew heated arguments from legal, financial

Ayuba clearly overstepped

his bounds and ought to be

made to understand the limits

of unionism against the rights

of individual Nigerians to

private and family life

and social critics. The matter came before the

Joint Committee of the National Assembly

where Ngige was commended for standing

firm that Nigerian workers cannot be treated

like slaves and that their terminal benefits be

fully paid if sack was the only option.

In various ways, the minister has impacted

positively on Nigeria’s labour administration.

His outings on international labour diplomacy

speak eloquently. From being a bench warmer

in the ILO for ten years, he brought Nigeria

back to the governing board as a deputy. And

from serving as deputy, his sterling leadership

caught the attention of fellow African ministers

who nominated him the continent’s

spokesman in November 2017 and went

further to elect Nigeria as a titular member on

the board in March 2019, in

acknowledgment of his impressive roles. At

the African Regional Labour

Administrative Centre based in Zimbabwe,

Ngige pushed for the democratisation of the

organisation, achieving the election of Nigeria

from point zero where her only representative

was frustrated out, to deputy chairmanship

of the organisation. At the Africa Growth and

Opportunity Act conference in Washington in

October 2016, Ngige called on the United

States to establish Africa Skills Development

Fund with Nigeria as headquarters.

Also, irregular migrations which has

claimed thousands of lives across the Sahara

and the Mediterranean received the attention

of the ministry as it partnered the

International Organisation on Migration to

establish Migration Information Centre in

Benin City to take the battle to the roots. It

went further to develop a programme with the

European Union under which qualified

Nigerians will legally migrate, work and earn

decent livings abroad. Apart from ensuring

that no staff of the Federal Government was

sacked even while the country was passing

through recession, Ngige appropriately

advised government to create openings for

recruitment of hundreds of thousands of

Nigerians into the Federal Civil Service and

other agencies of government.

Besides, he shifted emphasis to skills

acquisition, to avail Nigerians of the limitless

opportunities in the blue collar world. He

followed it up with the resuscitation of skills

centres across the country, streamlining and

upgrading their training programmes to

standardise and internationalise the Trade

Test Certificate.

•Obidiwe, a journalist ,wrote from Abuja


32 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

YOUR LUCK TODAY

By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

TAURUS; You would fare better if you prepare your mind

for possible confrontation from unexpected quarters.

Don’t promise more than you can actually deliver.

GEMINI; Both your mood and element of luck are as

friendly as you would want them to be. Thus success

may come the harder way today. Protect your finances.

CANCER; Many will look up to you both for practical

assistance and leadership direction thus, you must not

ball-up under pressure. Try to reason with your spouse.

LEO; Diplomacy may become very important today as

development within your working arena calls for both

maturity and cleverness. Be family minded today.

VIRGO; No matter how helpful friends were yesterday

it is important you don’t dance to discordant tunes from

any quarter today; gamble not with matters-of-theheart.

LIBRA; Many people are under pressure today but, if

you do away with sentiment and give priority attention

to money making, your finances will be better for your

efforts. Don’t allow misunderstanding within your family

circle go out of hands.

SCORPIO; To be on the safer side it is imperative you

respect the law and it’s enforcement agents. Some

people are trying to deceive you for an obvious reason.

SAGITTARIUS; Early part of the day may bring you

good opportunity but for you not to lose it you must

exhibit maturity. Protect both your money and source of

income.

CAPRICORN; Others will step on your nerves yet, it is

not the best for you to over-react today. It is good to

prove reliable but your secrets must remain intact.

AQUARIUS; This may not be the best of days as there

will be a few challenges within your working arena. If

you rely on luck today, you would be disappointed.

PISCES; You will need to watch what you tell others,

especially those friends you don’t know too well. Be

more loving but refuse to gamble with love

ARIES; If care is not taken what you have gained

recently may be lost due to your care-free attitude within

your base of operation. Avoid deceit today.

L E I S U R E

TAKE HEART — ELLA RANDLE

“If you want to grow, you need to outgrow your fear

of making any mistakes”- John Maxwell-

When we make error in judgement, the mistake is

often an opportunity to make better decisions and do

better. There is a saying that if the same thing keep

happening, find a different way of doing things. So

take it easy on yourself. -- Ella Randle

TERROR MUDA in “Never say goodbye”

DUDU in “ROLLING HOT” By A.O. OLAIDE

SAYINGS OF

OUR PEOPLE

Ears that do

not listen to

advice,

accompany

the head when

it is chopped

off. ~African

Proverb

By Kola Fayemi

ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

Send your date and place of birth to the Astr

trological

Counselling, P.M.B 100

007, Apapa, Lagos

Who am I?

Dear Joshua,

Please analyse my star and tell me my horoscopic

personality. More ink to your pen.

Idowu Jos.

Dear Idowu

What you will find here under will prove useful if

you take them seriously and utilise them

ANALYSIS OF YOUR HOROSCOPE DATA/

PLANETARY PLACEMENT

Spiritual Neptune as the only Planet at home when

you were born pointed to you as a person with great

deal of spiritual energy you can tap at will,

especially if you are conscious of it’s presence in

your inner-self. But then, with majority of (five)

planets placed in the Cardinal Zodiacal

constellations you are equally an ambitious person

who will desire worldly honour and prominence,

and luckily for you, you were endowed with abilities

to achieve your ambition.

Prominence of Mutable quality and Air Element in

this chart are indications of a person with higher

pitch of intelligence who can adapt to so many

situations without being stressed unnecessarily. And

GREAT LEADERSHIP QUALITY is present here.

Although you are a Lady, with nothing-less than

SEVENTY PERCENT of PUSH-FULL INFLUENCE

in your Horoscope you can unexpectedly become

aggressive, especially when issue of freedom is to

the fore. Beside 70% of PUSH-FULL INFLUENCE

in you, mighty Sun (an indicator of your innerself)

with Uranus (a great freedom lover) conjoined

in SAGITTARIUS ( another freedom loving Star

Sign) all these are pointers to greater love of

freedom in your deeper-inner-self. And whoever is

trying to curtail such unnecessarily may unexpectedly

court trouble, because you will resist such.

With your natal Sun (your conscious self) and Moon/

Stellium (your emotional state/ sub-conscious self)

placed in Sagittarius and Libra respectively, you

are mainly a Sagittarian and partly Libran and that

is to say basic characteristics of the two Star signs

are highly pronounced in your inner-self.

VIRGINIA

HOME & ABROAD

dadadekola@yahoo.com

By Lawrence Akapa


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Business grounded in Yenagoa as

Ijaw remember late Isaac Boro

By Samuel

Oyadongha

Y COMMERCIAL

ENAGOA—

activities in Yenagoa,

Bayelsa State, were,

yesterday, grounded, as

Ijaws remembered late

Major Isaac Adaka Boro,

foremost Ijaw and Niger

Delta activist.

Most shops, markets and

offices were closed in the

morning of the day in

memory of the Nigeria civil

war hero.

Also, the Heroes Park,

beside the Ijaw House, the

final resting place of Boro

was given a facelift.

Boro died in active

service 51 years ago in Port

Harcourt, Rivers State,

during the 1967 - 1970 civil

war.

He was buried in Lagos

but his remains were

exhumed five years ago at

the instance of Governor

Seriake Dickson and reburied

at the Heroes Park,

Yenagoa in line with the

tradition of his Ijaw people.

Speaking on the

anniversary held at Ijaw

House, Governor Dickson,

who was represented by

his deputy, Rear Admiral

Gboribiogha John-Jonah

(retd) enjoined Ijaw youths

to imbibe selfless service

which Boro stood for.

He noted that for the Ijaw

to be taken seriously, they

must come together as a

people and speak with one

voice even as he echoed

Boro’s struggle for true

federalism.

Earlier, the state

government through the

Commissioner for

Information and

Orientation, Mr. Daniel

Iworiso Markson described

the late freedom fighter as

symbol of the Ijaw struggle

who will continue to live in

the hearts of his people.

This came as the Ijaw

Youth Council, IYC,

worldwide, called on the

Federal Government and

critical stakeholders to take

drastic steps to protect the

By Festus Ahon

ASABA—DELTA State

governor, Dr Ifeanyi

Okowa, has said that the

dualisation of Ughelli/Asaba

Road will be completed in

the next two years.

Okowa, who gave the

assurance when he

inspected Section ‘C’

(Ogwashi-Uku to Asaba) of

the road, said: “I am

impressed with the level of

job done on Section C of the

road, within a month that

the contractor mobilised to

site. A lot of work has been

done and we are happy;

work has also advanced on

Section A part of the road

which is from Ughellii to

Isoko and as a government,

•He remains symbol of Ijaw struggle — Bayelsa Govt

•IYC calls for drastic efforts to salvage Niger Delta environment

WORKSHOP: From left; Chief Facilitator of Delta Communication

Workshop, Prof Godwin Oboh, Delta Head of Service, Reginald Bayoko,

and Secretary to Delta State Government, Rt Hon Festus Ovie Agas, at the

opening ceremony of the three-day strategic political communication/postelection

and first terminal review workshop in Asaba.

Niger Delta environment

from continuous

degradation by the

activities of multinational

oil companies and local

refiners in the region.

The state Commissioner

for Information and

Orientation, Daniel

Iworiso-Markson in a

statement in Yenagoa said,

the Late Boro will forever

be remembered for his

agitation and activism for a

better life for his people.

According to him, the late

Boro and his compatriots

left the comfort of their lives,

made personal sacrifices all

in their bid to end the

oppression and

subjugation of Ijaw people.

Iworiso-Markson said it

was on account of his

dogged fight for the welfare

and wellbeing of his people

that the Restoration

Government of Governor

Dickson has continued to

honour him year after year.

He also said that just like

Boro, Governor Dickson

was passionately

Ughelli/Asaba road dualisation

project ‘ll be completed in two

years — OKOWA

we will not stop funding

the project until it is

completed.

“The contractors have two

years to deliver the project

but, from what we can see

in the Sections A and C,

which is from Ossissa to

Asaba, the work has

advanced and the

construction companies

have shown commitment to

deliver the projects in less

than two years. You are

aware that the Section B

part of the road which is

from Ossissa to Isoko has

been completed.

“This road is very

important as it serves as

gateway between the Warri

Port and the commercial city

of Onitsha and those in the

Eastern part of the country.''

enhancing the capacity of

youths in the state by

providing quality but

affordable education in

order to rise a new

generation of leaders like

the late Ijaw icon.

He added that the

building of the Ijaw

National Academy, the

University of Africa, the

award of local and foreign

scholarship to deserving

students and the automatic

employment of first class

graduates and Ph.D

holders of Ijaw extraction

were all part of the efforts

the governor was making

to change the narrative of

the people.

Meanwhile, Eric

Omare, factional

President of IYC, who

spoke at Kaiama in

Kolokuma/Opukuma

Local Government Area of

Bayelsa State during the

opening ceremonies of

the annual late Jasper

Isaac Boro celebrations,

said: “The late Boro who is

the inspiration behind the

Niger Delta region had

envisioned a Niger Delta

region where the people

would have control over

their resources and

manage the resources in

harmony with the

environment for the benefit

of present and future

generations.

“However, this is no

longer the case as the Niger

Delta environment has

been massively degraded

and almost totally destroyed

by the activities of firstly,

the oil companies

operating in the region and

in recent times, the

degradation has increased

with the prevalence of local

refinery activities in the

region.

“The local refinery

activities have had very

negative impact on the

environment as the

unskilled refiners spill oil

massively and continuously

in the environment.

“The situation is made

worse by the

unprofessional burning

and destruction of the local

refineries by the Nigeria

Armed Forces, which have

no regard for the safety of

the environment in carrying

out their burning of local

refineries.”

He called on the Federal

Government “to carry out a

comprehensive study of the

extent of degradation of the

entire Niger Delta

environment as was done

by the United Nations

Environmental

Programme, UNEP, in

Ogoni land and carry out a

comprehensive clean-up of

the Niger Delta

environment.”

Ugedi advises Oil, Gas

hostcoms In Delta against

divisive statements

By Gab Ejuwa

ADVISER of Egbema

and Gbaramatu

C o m m u n i t i e s

Development Foundation,

EGCDF, in Warri South

West and Warri North Local

Government Areas, Delta

State, Mr. Philemon Ugedi,

has cautioned stakeholders

of Egbema and Gbaramatu

kingdoms against divisive

statements that are capable

of breaking the existing

relationship between the

two kingdoms.

It will be recalled that

some stakeholders from the

two kingdoms have been

agitating for government to

invite their individual

communities alongside

Ugborodo community for

negotiation without

consideration for other

communities.

But Ugedi said such

agitation and utterances

can cause division between

Egbema and Gbaramatu

communities, which have

been on the same page of

developmental drive for

...As PA, PWYP, task IOCs, LOCs

on transparency to HOSTCOMS

By Davies

Iheamnachor

O R T

P HARCOURT—

TWO non-governmental

organisations, Policy Alert,

PA, and Publish What You

Pay, PWYP, have urged the

international and local oil

companies, to be more

transparent in their dealings

with their host communities

in the Niger Delta region.

The organisations made

the call yesterday in Port

Harcourt, Rivers State,

during the launch of

#WetinWeGain, a campaign

on extractive data

transparency which aims at

empowering resource-rich

communities in the Niger

Delta with data to be able to

hold government and

extractive companies

accountable.

Speaking, Tijah Bolton-

Akpan, Executive Director of

Policy Alert, said the

campaign seeks to promote

greater disclosure on oil, gas

and mining transactions in

Nigeria, and empower

citizens of resource-rich

communities with adequate

their areas.

Ugedi who spoke to

journalists in Effurun, Delta

state, advised Chevron

Nigeria Limited and the

government to carry all the

Chevron host communities

along in all their

negotiations.

He said, “All the issues

and demands which the

Ugborodo community are

agitating affects all the oil

producing communities of

Gbaramatu and Egbema

kingdoms. So calling on

government to invite

Gbaramatu and Ugborodo

communities for negotiation

without the inclusion of

Egbema communities is not

healthy for the drive for

development and goals of

the Egbema and Gbaramatu

communities under the

Chevron’s GMoU.”

Ugedi advised

stakeholders of Egbema

and Gbaramatu to always

consider the unity and bond

between the two kingdoms

when placing their

demands before Chevron

and the government.

and accurate information to

ask the right questions and

thereby benefit fully from

their natural resources.

He said, “Due to poor

management, opacity and

corruption in Nigeria’s oil,

gas and mineral sectors, the

country has witnessed a

massive haemorrhage of

assets and revenues over

the last six decades.''

On its part, Nigeria

National Coordinator of

PWYP, Peter Egbule, said

revenue made from

exploration and extractive

industries ought to be used

to develop host

communities, adding that

the community suffer

pollution and lose their land

to the process.

Egbule said: “Corruption

undermines the potential

for revenues to be used to

improve the economic and

social lives of citizens,

particularly resource-rich

communities, which suffer

loss of livelihoods,

destruction of their

environment and other

deprivations due to the

extraction of these

resources.''

Don’t reappoint incompetent ministers, APC stalwart tells Buhari

By Ochuko Akuopha

OLEH—STALWART of

the All Progressives

Congress, APC, in Delta

State, Mr. Chidi Uwabuofu

has advised President

Muhammadu Buhari not to

return incompetent

ministers to his cabinet in

his second tenure to ensure

a more proactive and vibrant

“NextLevel.”

He applauded Buhari

reappointment of Mr

Godwin Emefiele as the

Central Bank Nigeria, CBN

governor, saying “This

decision is in national

interest and an indication

that Mr President’s

NextLevel agenda would

be paying critical attention

to recruiting capable hands

rather than incompetent

fellows to handle the

country’s affairs.”

Uwabuofu, in a

statement, said:

“Interestingly, Mr Emefiele

was appointed by the

Peoples Democratic Party’s

government headed by

former President Goodluck

Jonathan. Politically, one

would not expect that the

President will return an

individual who was

appointed during the reign

of the opposition party.

“With this novel

development, I want to

believe that the politics of

allocating public offices to

friends, party faithful, those

who galvanised supports

and offered huge

donations during

electioneering period as

compensation at the

expense of the wellbeing

of the good people of

Nigeria is gradually coming

to an end under Buhari’s

administration.

''With the exception of the

CBN governor and perhaps

few other appointees, many

other top government

officials in Buhari’s

government should not be

returned by Mr president.

“Mr President should

endeavour to recruit

credible individuals - like

the CBN governor - who

understands the impulse

and needs of Nigerians.''


34—Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

Cleric backs

IPOB on

sit-at-home

By Nwabueze

Okonkwo

AS members of the

Indigenous People of

Biafra, IPOB, insists on

embarking on a sit-athome

exercise on May 30,

an Nnewi-based cleric,

Bishop Abraham Udeh,

General Overseer of

Mount Zion Faith Global

Liberation Ministry Inc.,

has said it is for those who

went to war without

weapons and were

massacred and starved to

death.

He said: ”It is Biafra sitat-home

and not for IPOB

members alone, because

government proscribed

IPOB, while Biafra

remained in our blood.”

Enugu approves return of ESUT

to multi-campus structure

By Emeka Mamah Government.

E

Governor Ifeanyi

NUGU State Ugwuanyi who chaired

Executive Council the meeting, noted that

has approved the return

of the state University of

Technology, ESUT, to its

original multi-campus

structure as established

although the site for

Enugu North campus of

ESUT is yet to be

determined, the Faculty

of Medical Sciences will

by the Chief Jim take advantage of the

N w o b o d o 400-bed specialist

administration in 1980.

Accordingly, the three

hospital currently under

construction at Igboano

schools originally to serve as teaching

proposed for Enugu facility for medical

North Senatorial students.

Zone(faculties of The council noted that

Medical Sciences, relocating the School of

Agriculture and Social

Sciences) will be returned

to Nsukka zone, while the

Medical Sciences will

rapidly decongest and

take the pressure off the

Faculty of Education will Enugu Park Lane

relocate to Enugu West, to

be domiciled at the new

University of Education,

Ihe in Awgu Local

Hospital, which had been

struggling for expansion

space since its conversion

to a teaching hospital.

Former NMA President makes

case for residency programme

DR.

Osahon

Enabulele, former

President of the Nigerian

Medical Association

(NMA), and currently

Executive Committee

member of the World

Medical Association, has

said there is need for

improved political will and

commitment of

government and all

stakeholders to the

sustenance and

advancement of the

Residency Training

Programme (RTP), in the

country.

He made the assertion

in his keynote address

entitled The Corollary of

Government Policies on

Residency Training, at the

39th Ordinary General

Meeting and Scientific

Conference of the

Imo Assembly members give Speaker

24 hours to resign

By Chinonso

Alozie

OWERRI—IN its bid to

completely take over

the leadership of Imo State

House of Assembly, the

new ‘Speaker's' camp, led

by Chinedu Offor

yesterday, issued the

embattled speaker, Acho

Ihim, a 24-hour ultimatum

to resign his position or

face immediate

impeachment.

This came after the

Deputy Speaker, Ugonna

Uzuigbo, reportedly

resigned his position.

Vanguard learned that

the latest move by the

Deputy Speaker was to

avert the looming

National Association of

Resident Doctors (NARD)

in Benin City, Edo State.

Some of the challenges

facing RTP, which he

listed, include absence of

budgetary allocation and

budget lines for the

programme at federal and

state levels; differential,

varied and arbitrary

application of training

guidelines, rules and

duration of training period

by training institutions;

defective recruitment,

admissions and

replacement policies and

processes plagued by

federal character/quota

system; administrative

shenanigans and

bureaucratic redtapism,

and poor state of health

infrastructure and training

facilities among others.

impeachment process

against all the principal

officers of the Assembly.

However, Ihim has

dismissed his deputy’s

resignation, saying it was

not in line with

parliamentary procedures,

adding that Uzuigbo has

not presented his letter of

resignation at the floor of

the House as stipulated by

the rules of the House.

He said: “As a principal

officer, do you resign on the

internet? If one wants to

resign, it should be at the

floor of the House.

“Up till now, none of them

has communicated to me

that he or she has resigned.

I want to tell you that there

is a procedure for

resignation.”

At press time, Vanguard

was told that Offor’s group

was putting its plans

together to ensure that

either the Speaker resigns

voluntarily or prepares to

face them.

One of the lawmakers told

Vanguard, “this time

around, we are not going

to take it easy. The Speaker

cannot take us for nothing.

He must resign or we will

do the needful.

“We have now elected

our own Speaker and he

is now the one in charge

of the affairs of the House

of Assembly. Ihim's case

will be looked into and

soon, we will take a

position. It will not be

long.”

There has been a longdrawn

battle which

started on Wednesday

between 21 lawmakers of

the House and the

Speaker, Ihim.

The controversy centered

on what the aggrieved

lawmakers tagged a

unilateral decision by Ihim

to recall the council

chairmen who were earlier

suspended for a reason

weaved around the mismanagement

of finances.

VISIT: Deputy Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Friday Osanebi(left) and Chairman/

CEO, Arthur Eze Conglomerate, Chief Arthur Eze, during the Deputy Speaker's courtesy call on Chief

Eze in Enugu State.

I encountered troubles for 8 years—Okorocha

O

W

By Chinonso

Alozie

E R R I —

OUTGOING Imo

State Governor, Rochas

Okorocha, yesterday said

that in his eight years as

governor, he went through

a lot of troubles to develop

Imo State.

Okorocha spoke in

Owerri during a prayer

meeting by Women of

Divine Destiny Initiative,

WODDI, organised by his

wife, Nkechi Okorocha at

Imo International

Convention Centre, IICC.

According to Okorocha,

in 2011, he came up with

the slogan of Rescue

Mission, because he met

Imo State in a situation

begging for “true

governance.”

The governor also used

the opportunity to apologise

to those he might have

wronged in his eight years

in office.

He said: “Mind you, my

coming to power was

without the elites or the big

names in Imo politics.

None was with me. But the

masses of Imo State were

with me and are still with

me.

“So, because of the

serious task of developing

Imo State of our collective

dreams and aspirations, I

tagged

this

administration, Rescue

Mission Administration. I

swore before the Almighty

God and declared that

Imo must be better.

“But in the course of this

government, I must

confess to you that we

have gone through a lot

We have final say on Ekweremadu’s political future

—Constituents

By Chinedu Adonu

ENUGU—THE people

of Enugu West

Senatorial Zone have said

that they have the final say

if their representative and

Deputy President, Ike

Ekweremadu, will return to

the Senate in 2023 or not.

Ekweremadu had,

during his birthday

celebration in Enugu,

declared that he would not

be contesting for the Senate

position again having been

re-elected for the fifth time.

However, in a statement

of troubles and opposition

to get to where we are

today. Today, the entire

landscape of Imo is dotted

with landmarks and

verifiable projects which

are there for all to see.

“The Rescue Mission

Administration, knowing

that education was the

bedrock of our economic

life, started and declared

free education at the

primary, secondary and

tertiary institutions to

by his constituents, they

said: “In truth, His

Excellency, Senator Ike

Ekweremadu is a man of

history whose destiny is

intertwined with the

yearning and aspirations of

his people.

“In real terms, we, his

people, have the final say

on where he goes to on our

behalf in 2023.”

The statement was signed

by Alex Ogbonna, Udeh

Okoye, Chigozie Akalusi,

Donatus Uzogbado, Ralph

Onovo, Mike Chukwu and

Princess Chioma Chiaha,

on the platform of

Concerned Citizens of

attract our teaming

children back into the

classrooms.

“So, Imo State today is

the only state where there

is free education from

primary to university

levels. As a result of this

development, Imo State

has continued to hold the

ace in the enrolment of the

Joint Admissions and

Matriculation Board,

JAMB, in Nigeria for seven

years running now.”

Enugu West Senatorial

District.

They noted that

Ekweremadu has a right to

his opinions, “but we, his

people have the final word

as always in his political

decisions now and in the

future.

“While our respect and

admiration for the

distinguished Senator

remains unshaken, we are

minded to state that he is a

product of our collective

mandate and to that extent

answerable to his

constituents in all matters

relating to his services to

our people.”


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INEC shifts Kogi, Bayelsa guber polls

Bayelsa

to Nov 16

By Omeiza Ajayi

A

B U J A —

INDEPENDENT

National Electoral

Commission, INEC, has

shifted the governorship

elections in Kogi and

Bayelsa states to

November 16.

Initially slated for

November 2, the

commission decided to shift

the polls following appeals

by the Bayelsa State

government and

stakeholders as the earlier

date is officially set aside as

Thanksgiving Day in

Bayelsa.

INEC National

Commissioner and

Chairman, Information and

Voter Education

Committee, Festus Okoye,

disclosed this in a

statement in Abuja,

yesterday.

INEC had on April 9

released the timetable and

schedule of activities for

Kogi and Bayelsa

governorship elections,

which it fixed for November

2.

“However, the

commission has received

several appeals from the

government, state

Assembly, elders, religious

leaders, traditional rulers

and other critical

stakeholders in Bayelsa

State that the election date

coincides with the state’s

Annual Thanksgiving Day,

which is backed by the

State

Thanksgiving Day Law

2012," Okoye said.

He said after a careful

consideration of the

appeals, “the commission at

its regular weekly meeting

held today (yesterday)

decided to shift the

governorship elections in

Kogi and Bayelsa States to

Saturday, November 16,

2019.

“The timelines for all

other activities leading to

the elections have also been

adjusted to align with the

new date.”

Jumia considers legal action against Citron, explains

strong GMV posting in Q1,2019

By Prince

Osuagwu, Hi-Tech

Editor & Henry

Ojelu

L

A G O S — E -

COMMERCE firm,

Jumia Nigeria Limited,

yesterday, said it was

considering its options,

including taking legal action

against Citron Research,

following the latter’s

controversial report last

Friday.

This is also as it explained

why it posted strong Gross

Merchandise Volume,

GMV, of 58 per cent yearon-year.

GMV for e-commerce retail

companies means sale price

charged to the customer

multiplied by the number of

items sold.

Jumia also said it posted

about 1.3 million new active

customers between the first

quarter of 2018 and same

time in 2019 even as it

improved on other revenue

streams because it spent less

in brand awareness having

become a household name.

Jumia, on April 12, became

the first African tech stock to

list on Wall Street and its

shares soared, amid

suggestions that it is the

‘Amazon or Alibaba of Africa’.

However, the shares fell

sharply after Citron

Research, a US- based

online investment

newsletter, published

reports, which questioned

some of Jumia’s sales figures

and accused the firm of fraud,

among other allegations.

The shares have since risen

again.

Jumia Nigeria’s Chief

Executive Officer, CEO,

Juliet Anammah, who met

with journalists at the firm’s

corporate headquarters in

Lagos, yesterday, said the

company stood by its

disclosures to the public.

Anammah explained that

Jumia was considering its

options and would report

back to shareholders.

Anammah defended her

firm against three specific

issues raised in the Citron

report: fraud involving top

Jumia management; recent

cases of fraud show

heightened risk at Jumia; and

BRIEFING: From left, Brands and Marketing Director, StarTimes

Nigeria, Qasim Elegbede; veteran Nollywood actor, Adebayo Salami,

and Director, Over the Top Media, OTT, StarTimes, Tony Tuo, at a

press conference of Pan Africa Online Film Festival, PAOFF, at

National Art Theatre, in Lagos.

Rights group raises alarm over politicians’ plot to

smear NDDC acting MD, others

By Onozure

Dania

AN advocacy group,

Niger Delta Coalition for

Peace and Defence of

Human Rights, NDCPDHR,

has raised the alarm over

alleged desperate attempts

by some politicians to launch

a sustained attack on acting

Managing Director of Niger

Delta Development

Commission, NDDC, Prof.

Nelson Branbaifa, with

frivolous allegations of

fraudulent award of contracts

and mismanagement.

The group said preliminary

investigation into the alleged

plot being carried out by the

anti-Branbaifa elements from

Niger Delta showed a

systematic and desperate

plot to discredit the

achievements made in the

areas of sustained

stakeholders’ consultation,

payment of genuine

contractors owed by the

commission and increased

empowerment of youths in

that Jumia has allegedly

shown a pattern of corporate

fraud in the past.

the region.

National Coordinator of the

group, Nelson Patrick, said:

“Though we have been

vocal against corruption and

corrupt practices within the

fold of government agencies,

judiciary, government

parastatals and agencies, we

have discovered that the

numerous claims of alleged

fraud and protests sponsored

against the Branbaifa-led

NDDC is politically

motivated and targeted at

provoking his removal by

President Muhammadu

Buhari.

“We know it will not work

as President Buhari is aware

of the dangerous tricks

launched by these failed

elements. Contrary to the

false claim that Branbaifa has

turned his office into a

philanthropic centre, as

cronies troop in to receive

their share of the embezzled

money, the NDDC acting

MD is committed to working

in line with Mr President’s

anti corruption position to

She dismissed the allegations

as false and deliberately

aimed at hurting

Jumia.

usher in new level of massive

infrastructural and

human capital development

centred on youth and

rural women empowerment

programmes across

the Niger Delta.

“Contrary to their claims on

non-payment for the water

hyacinth clearance contract,

the NDDC under Brambaifa

is not owing any contractor,

rather the payments are

being done in batches after

due diligence had been

conducted on the job done

Waterbrooks holds

Kingdom-Life convention

2019 Kingdom-Life

Convention of

Waterbrooks Ministry

International comes up

between May 20 and 26 at

the church premises

opposite government

College, Idiroko, Ikorodu

with the theme, “Rejoice.”

According to the Senior

Pastor of the ministry,

Olaniyi Aniya, the

Okowa signs Warri/Uvwie

devt bill, 5 others into law

By Festus Ahon

A

S A B A —

GOVERNOR

Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta

State has signed the

Warri/Uvwie and

Environs Special Area

Development Agency

Bill and five other bills

into law, expressing

optimism that with the

cooperation of all arms of

government, a stronger

state would be built.

Okowa, who spoke

after signing the six bills

into law, insisted that it

was a collective

responsibility of all

Deltans to contribute

towards building a virile

state that would be the

pride of all.

Speaker of the state

House of Assembly,

Chief Sheriff

Oborevwori, who was

accompanied by his

deputy, Mr. Friday

Osanebi, and other

principal officers of the

legislature, presented

the bills to the governor

convention is going to show

forth what Christ has done

that will cause believers to

rejoice.

Aniya said the

programme, which will

come up at 6pm daily

except Sunday

thanksgiving sheduled for

11am, is orchestrated by the

Holy Ghost to cause change

in believers lives.

for assent.

The governor said: “The

Warri/Uvie and Environs

Development Agency law

was initiated following the

successes recorded with the

Delta State Capital Territory

Development Agency. The

law was borne out of the

positive impact we made in

the development of the

state capital using the

Capital Territory

Development Agency.

"In 2015, we saw the

need for a special agency

to handle the development

of the capital territory, three

years after, we have seen

the positive impact this has

made in Asaba and its

environs.

“I believe that from the

beginning of my second

tenure, we will pay special

attention to the

development of Warri,

Uvwie and environs as I

promised the people. This

agency will ensure the

maintenance of existing

infrastructure and

improvement of general

infrastructure in the area.”

Ngbilebiri-Mein Kingdom

postpones passage rites of

late monarch

N GBILEBIRI-

MEIN Kingdom

Pere-in-Council

(traditional) of Burutu

Local Government Area of

Delta State has

postponed the passage

rites of its late monarch,

HRM, Samuel Perekeme.

A statement by the

“Bebeare-owei of

Ngbilebiri- Mein

kingdom, Chief E.K,

Clark and its Secretary,

Chief Ekpedibo Yerin,

urged the general public

to look forward to a new

date, when it is

announced.

The statement said:

“Following the

appointment of Chief

Andrew Akpasele as

Regent to handle the

affairs of the kingdom, the

councils unanimously

agreed to postpone the

passage rites of HRM

Perekekeme to allow the

new Regent settle down.”

The kingdom requests its

sons and daughters,

friends, autonomous

communities, federal and

state agencies to do the

needful to Ngbilebiri-Mein

Kingdom for a smooth

passage rite of their late

monarch.

Ndokwa

Vanguard

publisher

loses mum

Mrs Agnes Ndego Ekele

of Igbe Ogume and Osuya

family of Ogbole Ogume

both in Ndokwa West Local

Government Area, Delta

State is dead. She died May

13, 2019 after a brief illness

at the age of 96 years.

She is survived by

children, grandchildren,

great grandchildren,

among who is Alaska

Ekele, publisher of

Ndokwa Vanguard

newspaper.

Burial arrangement will

be announced by the

family.


36 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

Ganduje: Understanding the

pathology of revenge

THE Sarkin Kano,

Muhammad Sanusi II,

always wanted to be to local. Even

in his heyday as governor of the

Central Bank, he said he was often

amused when public office holders

fought for appointment as ministers,

state governors, ambassadors or for

any position at all on the big stage.

All he ever wanted after his tour of

duty at the Central Bank, he said,

was to be Sarkin Kano, the emir. He

got his wish. But as it has turned out

almost from the onset, and

progressively ever since, he has been

subjected to far more siege than he

might have experienced even if he

had become Secretary General of the

United Nations. Yet, it appears to be

a largely self-imposed misery.

The Sarkin Kano wanted the best

of two worlds, but much to his grief,

a third is being created for him - a

hyperlocal ruler. A local emir with

the power, glory and omnipotence

of a global icon is a mirage. Local

with global reach is the stuff of advert

copy. In the real world, to change to

local you must make haste slowly.

It was not only that what he wanted

all his life was not in the office he

passionately desired, it was also, in

a significant way, anathema to it. Two

years ago, a courageous journalist

with deep interest in the North,

Jaafar Jaafar, published an article

in which he directly accused Sanusi

of financial recklessness.

Yellow flag

Jafaar claimed that about six

weeks after the Sarkin Kano was

enthroned the emirate’s safe was

raided and, within two years,

stripped of over N4 billion, apart

from nearly N500 million spent on

luxury cars. That was outside the

millions of naira spent on travels and

phone calls, which more than

doubled the annual overheads of the

palace.

Just the sort of thing that the Sarkin

Kano condemned in the Goodluck

Jonathan government for which he

earned brownie points.

Why did he not see the plank in his

own eye? Why did it not dawn on the

Sarkin Kano who comes from the

worst poverty-endemic zone in the

country and who himself said that if

we do nothing that Nigeria might

remain the world’s poverty capital

for another 30 years, that his lifestyle

was inconsistent with what he was

preaching?

Root of the matter

And this is not kicking a man

who’s down. There are, of course,

other versions of the story out there.

It’s been said, in some circles for

example, that Sanusi’s problem

started after the 2015 election when

he made a pitch to President

Muhammadu Buhari for the Senate

presidency for his friend and old

King’s College schoolmate, Bukola

Saraki.

Beyond old boys’ ties, Saraki, once

chair of the Nigerian Governors

Forum, was also instrumental to

Sanusi’s appointment by President

Umaru Yar’Adua as Central Bank

governor.

The Sarkin Kano felt obliged to

repay a good turn. Buhari rebuffed

him, but his friend, Saraki, got the

Senate presidency through the

backdoor, to the displeasure of the

party and the Presidency. He was

said to have returned again, this time,

to ask for a reprieve for Saraki during

his trial at the Code of Conduct

Tribunal, CCT. That second visit

cemented the impression that the

Sarkin Kano was a man to be kept

at arm’s length.

Yet, the failed episode of quiet

diplomacy may not have been his

biggest undoing. If at that stage, the

cold war was between Sanusi and

Abuja, the Sarkin Kano brought the

battle home when he said of

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s $1.8

billion agreement with China in

2017 for a light rail project with the

China Exim Bank: “At the end of the

day what do you benefit from it in a

state like Kano or Katsina?

“Where are you going to? You are

not going to an industrial estate to

work. You are not going to school?

You are not going to farm. You

borrow money from China to invest

in trains so that your citizens can ride

on them and go for weddings and

naming ceremonies.”

To be fair, the Sarkin Kano has

used his considerable clout to the

benefit of Kano. Part of the fruit of

his effort is Black Rhino’s partnership

with Dangote for a $150 million 100

megawatt solar electricity project in

the state, apart from other efforts to

revive Kano as a trading and

Why is Ganduje

determined to

bring down the

house Uthman dan

Fodio built, instead

of taking on the

Sarkin Kano

directly, if he has a

case against him?

industrial powerhouse.

But his China quip was the

inconvenient truth: Inconvenient for

Ganduje who in spite of his

credentials has proved to be one of

the most incompetent governors in

Kano’s recent history, and certainly

inconvenient for Sanusi whose

arrogance robbed him of the benefit

of the wisdom of his own words.

Petrol and fire

Sanusi handed his enemies a stick,

inviting the last straw when he openly

- and rightly - praised the state

Commissioner of Police,

Muhammad Wakili, for resisting

Ganduje’s blatant attempt to rig the

keenly contested governorship

election, before the election was

declared inconclusive.

Ganduje is on a roll, but he would

choke on his own spite. Wait and see.

The governor is not after the Sarkin

Kano because he has suddenly seen

the light and recognised that neither

a predatory emirate nor weekly

carnivals of state-sponsored

weddings will save

Kano. He is not after

the Sarkin Kano and

the kingmakers

because he has seen

the need to

restructure the

centuries-old

emirate and make it

more responsive.

Nor is he even

motivated by the

ideological

difference that

spurred a similar

tampering under

former Abubakar

Rimi; the

“emancipation”

mantra that instigated a similar

exercise under Solomon Lar in

Plateau; or the ethnically-charged

agenda driving gerrymandering in

Southern Kaduna under Nasir El-

Rufai.

It’s venge-fest pure and simple; the

sort of thing that Ganduje’s in-law

and outgoing Oyo State governor,

Abiola Ajimobi, did in Ibadan,

shredding the Olubadan’s domain

in spite of the law and shamelessly

naming streets after himself.

Reliable sources said the Sarkin

Kano resisted all entreaties to support

Ganduje in the tight governorship

race. The statement from the palace

after the inconclusive poll that

politics should not be a do-or-die

affair, it was said, was aimed at the

governor in his vulnerable moment.

Politicians interested in 2023 poured

petrol into the fire, telling Ganduje

to mark the Sarkin Kano as his

number one enemy.

Now, it’s payback time and among

the most deadly armies in the

governor’s service are those from

within the royal household,

including Aminu Ado Bayero, one

of the Sarkin Kano’s bitterest rivals

for the throne.

I’ve been intrigued by the

pathology of this spite. Why is

Ganduje determined to bring down

the house Uthman dan Fodio built,

instead of taking on the Sarkin Kano

directly, if he has a case against him?

Is it necessary to destroy the

foundation to take the house to the

next level? Why stir up the potentially

deadly embers of a royal feud to

quench one man’s perceived

inordinate ambition?

How can a governor who came to

office with some of the best

academic and experiential

credentials make such a profound

mess of his first four years in office

that he’s literally twisting by a

judicial thread? How can a man who

came to power with considerable

goodwill be at deadly odds with both

the king and the kingmakers so soon

afterwards?

Payback

A few of the answers go back to the

beginning - to Ganduje’s rise to

power. He was handed power by his

former boss, Rabiu Kwankwaso,

who not only held him in contempt

for the most part of his tenure, but

once reportedly said to Ganduje’s

face that he would remove him from

office if he didn’t perform. Ganduje

was in office but an orphan in power,

a complete hostage to the

Kwankwasiyya movement.

Kwankwaso’s bitter exit from the

ruling APC was the window Ganduje

needed to team up with Abuja and

reclaim his mojo, one drop of

testosterone at a time. Not only has

he regained sufficient confidence to

shake down contractors, he is pulling

down electoral and monarchical

strongholds - whatever bears

allegiance to the Kwankwasiyya

order

With the matter back in court, the

game of thrones, which is just one

aspect of the unfolding drama, has

only changed gears. It promises to

be a foreboding season.

How W/Africa can succeed

in battle against

criminality— Buhari

By Joseph Erunke

A BUJA—PRESIDENT

Muhammadu Buhari said

yesterday that for countries in the

West African sub-region to

successfully tackle criminalities

confronting them, security heads

of member states must not only

begin to share their experiences

but also re-assess as well as

harmonise crime control and

operations in their respective

countries.

He also said that the

vulnerability of the region to

criminal activities and other

threats to peace and security was

as a result of its large borders and

proximity to the Sahel.

Speaking in Abuja, through the

Minister of Interior,Lt. General

Abdulrahman Dambazau, retd,

who represented him at the

closing of the 16 Annual General

Meeting of West African Police

Chiefs Committee,WAPCCO,and

Meeting of the Forum of

Ministers in charge of Security,

the President insisted that the

battle against crimes can only be

won by collective will of member

nations.

To this end, he tasked member

nations not only to coordinate

their security plans and activities

but also enable law enforcement

and other security agencies to

contain the trends, regretting that

the battle was consuming

resources that Could have been

channeled to other problem.

He said insecurity was being

caused by corruption, terrorism,

communal clashes, kidnap for

ransom, organised crimes

and others threatening the

region‘s peace, progress,

integration and development.

He said:”We are aware of

other threats to security such

as climate change, which

brings with it environmental

degradation, extreme poverty

and poor governance.

“However, as police chiefs,

your focus is on security of

lives and property in relation

to law and order.”

The President, while noting

that WAPCCO was a forum

that gave the police and other

security heads the opportunity

for cooperation and

collaboration to find answers

to the security challenges

confronting the region,

expressed happiness that the

meeting came at the right

time.

The meeting,he said, came

when a lot of synergy was

needed among ECOWAS

member-states in the fight

against crime and criminality

in West Africa.

“We have led vigorous

military campaigns against the

terrorists by re-organising the

multinational joint task force

which had dislodged them.

“Working with our regional

and international allies, we

have denied them safe haven

within and around the subregion.

“We have also strengthened

legislation against terrorism

and corruption by equipping

the ant-graft agencies in the

country to be able to carry out

their mandates,” President

Buhari added

We are committed to peace

building — Wike

RIVERS STATE governor,

Nyesom Wike has said his

administration was committed

to the peace process he

initiated for the development

of the state.

Speaking during a solidarity

visit by selected clergymen of

Ikwerre origin, yesterday,

Wike said that the state

government needs peace to

entrench development across

the state.

He said: “We are sincere

about the peace process that

we initiated. We are not

playing politics with the peace

process. It is for this reason that

the state Attorney General

entered a nolle prosequi for

some persons.

“Government needs peace to

entrench development in

different parts of the state.

However, we are committed to

peace that is not against the

interest of the state. We are not

working for conditional

peace.”

Wike added, “As a governor,

I am from a particular ethnic

group, but I am not a governor

for only that ethnic group. I

am a Governor of Rivers State.

So, my interest is for the entire

state. But somebody must

come from somewhere.”

The governor thanked the

clerics for their role in the

promotion of peace and

reconciliation. He enjoined

them to continue to build

peace across the state.

Earlier, the Leader of the

select Clergymen of Ikwerre

origin and President of

Ogbakor Ikwerre Worldwide,

Professor Simeon Achinewhu

congratulated Wike on his reelection.

He said: “Your re-election for

a second term is a general

acceptance by the good people

of Rivers State that you

performed creditably well in

your first tenure.

“We join the good people of

Rivers State to appreciate you

on your performance in your

first term and pray that God

will give you more wisdom to

perform even better in your

second term.”


Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019—37

Osinbajo, Mahama call on African

Why Buhari needs Kachikwu in his second term Centres of Excellence to proffer

By Hugo Odiogor

and issued with licenses to operate solutions to regional challenges

P

modular refineries. Already, 10 out

ROSPECTS of outgoing

of the 40 licensed have endorsed a By Elizabeth

impact of education on

ministers retaining their jobs

Memorandum of Understanding

Uwandu

individual’s earnings and

in the cabinet of the in-coming

with the Federal Government on how

economic growth.

administration is usually

to access the funds and other

L

“Absolute poverty could be

unpredictable. It is especially so in

incentives granted to them, especially

AGOS—VICE President, reduced by 30% from learning

this clime where everybody sees

on foreign exchange and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has improvements outlined by the

appointment into public office as a

importation of the equipment said African centres of education commission. This is

reward for their loyalty in the party

required for their take off. excellence, ACE, can provide as education reduces economic

or during the electoral process. Most

The peace and development solutions to challenges facing inequalities.’’

times, merit, performance and

paradigm: One noticeable impact the continent.

The Vice President, who

experience are sacrificed for

of the modular refinery policy is the Prof. Osinbajo made the

advocated for more education of

expedience and other geo-political

reduction in cases of brazen attack observation at a lecture, “Africa

the girl-child, stated that parts

of government effort to improve

considerations.

on pipeline by people who want to Centres of Excellence in African

learning and quality education

Consequently, the man at the helm

breach the oil pipelines to steal crude Universities: A Veritable was the restructuring of the

of affairs is so inundated with

oil for the crude refineries. The clash Catalyst for Nation Building and

requests from stakeholders to carry •Dr. Ibe Kachikwu

curriculum.

with the national security agencies Development”, at the Lagos “We are redesigning our

along their wards, cronies and

global oil prices at the inception of in the maritime domain has reduced. State University, LASU 23rd educational curriculum as part

acolytes in the new cabinet. As we

the Buhari administration in 2015. There is also a reduction in wastages convocation ceremony. of our educational Road Mapawait

to see those President

He had guided the new government in revenue arising from these clashes. The event also saw the Every Child Counts.

Muhammadu Buhari would bring

through the sliding of the economy But more importantly, we have seen conferment of various Higher “It is quite clear we have to

on board as members of his cabinet

into a recession. His interaction with that private individuals have been Degrees .

change both the substance of

in his second term in office,

ministers of petroleum resources active in mining gold and solid The lecture also had the education that our children

Nigerians would expect him to avoid

within the OPEC and non-OPEC minerals in some states in the North presence of former Ghanaian receive as well as the methods

the mistakes of his first term as much

countries, have availed him with the without let or hindrance.

President, John Dramani by which they are educated. We

as he can.

skills, experience and exposure to The clean up of Ogoni land as Mahama; Mr Akinwunmi are aware that the key to

The period of selecting the team

navigate through the murky terrains directed by the UNEPA, in 2007 Ambode, Lagos State governor achieving this is to focus on

that would take incoming

of the global oil trade. These are ought to be off the drawing board in and visitor to the university; STEAM (Science, Education,

administration to the 'Next Level' is

valuable assets that the Buhari President Buhari’s second term. The Lagos State governor elect, Mr Technology Engineering, Art

germane to assess the four-year

administration needs in the Next President needs a brilliant mind like Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Prof. and Maths), and the need for a

performance of the Petroleum

Level.

Dr. Kachikwu to move these Lanre Fagbohun, SAN, LASU

workforce with STEAM skills to

Resources sector, which is obviously

“Operation Crocodile Smile” and programmes without provoking Vice Chancellor; principal

drive economic technology.

“Quality teaching is the key

“the goose that lays the golden egg”.

the Creek war diplomacy

crisis. To achieve this feat would be a officers among other dignitaries.

to lifting students’ skills quotient

There is no doubt that the effective

Not many people gave Dr. worthy legacy that President Buhari Osinbajo explained that the to attaining national objective.

management of oil and gas sector,

Kachikwu the chance to succeed would like to leave behind for baseline for universities Teachers need to be equipped

which contributes 90 per cent of our

posterity; he needs a well-focused selected as centres of excellence with the skills and confidence

external revenue in global trade and

mind like Kachikwu to crack this. was to improve the knowledge to support digital literacy,

80 per cent of our GDP would

Supervision of PIA take off: The base of the people through

continue to receive total professional As the global energy

functional skill training and

Petroleum Industry Bill has become research and education. STEM learning.

attention of the President in terms of needs tilts towards an Act, the President needs a minister He said: “ The African ‘’Our efforts under the

the know-how and know-what.

like Kachikwu to ensure a smooth Centres of Excellence, National Strategy will focus on

These are key components of what more consumption of

take off for the PIA in such a way sponsored by the World Bank, implementing national

would be required to stabilise and gas, the experience and that the stakeholders are not made is a notable initiative in its retraining at primary and

manage that oil and gas sector

to become antagonistic to the Act regards with emphasis being secondary levels, implementing

successfully at the local and geoglobal

arena. In the past four years, Kachikwu are great well guided in the new dispensation. Engineering and Mathematics, standards, sharing best practices

brilliance of Dr.

and that the host communities are placed on Science, Technology, national initial teacher education

President held tightly to the office of

The PIB has been in the legal STEM.

and efforts to attract more

Minister of Petroleum Resources, assets to the Buhari

chamber for too long; we need an “ The initiative also privatizes science, technology, arts and

while Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu administration

industry person with private sector agriculture and health,which are mathematics, STEAM

did the yeoman’s job in the sector as

orientation and a four full year in important sectors of the graduates into the teaching

the minister of state. This diminished

the cabinet to know which copy is economic. And the clearly profession,” he added

his full potentials, to say the least. when he embarked on the Creek war the correct version. Of course, he expressed objective of ACE is On his part, Ghana’s former

diplomacy to douse the tension happens to be a legal luminary who to importantly train experts in President, Mahama, who was

Academic

created by “Operation Crocodile has worked with the IOCs.

various fields to find solutions chairman at the event, reiterated

background

to regional development that Centres of Excellence in

Smiles. “After coming to power, the Challenges: The intricate mix of

challenges.

African universities must,

hawks in the Buhari administration oil and global politics makes

“ So what do we need to do to through science, technology and

Coming from the private sector provoked a hostile confrontation imperative for President Buhari to convert our country to the innovation bring change to the

background of ExxonMobile oil with the youths in the oil host keep a technocrat like Kachikwu on greatest centre for innovation continent.

giants in Africa and the Middle East, communities by launching a scorchearth

policy of flushing out the war responsibility to that of a full minister. Three things, number one needed for Africa universities to

his job and up grade his and creativity in the world? Mahama listed several points

Dr. Kachikwu had a solid career and

professional track record as a lords in the Niger Delta creeks. The This will ensure consistency and education, number two be Centres of Excellence, ACE.

technocrat. His academic response of the latter to the military stability in policy formulation and education and number three According to him,“ African

background was impeccable and engagement was to launch attacks implementation, especially as the education.

universities must move away

confidence-inspiring for the on oil installations in these Trump administration is ruffling ‘’The truth is that education is from the colonial system of

President to appoint him to the communities. Consequently, the feathers in Venezuelan and in the the most powerful force for socio education; they must focus on

position of Group Managing country’s crude oil production Middle East region. The global price economic change in the world. science and technology.

Director of NNPC and later the capacity reduced rapidly. Together of crude oil has notched up to $75 The UNESCO Global “They must find answers to

Minister of State for Petroleum with Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi per barrel in the international market Education Monitoring Report problems which confront us;

Resources. With President Buhari as Arthur Okowa and Kingsley Otuaro, which is slightly comfortable for the and the Education they can help bridge the gap

the substantive Minister of Dr. Kachikwu able to stand down the Buhari administrative. But the Commission’s Learning created in African countries ; and

Petroleum Resources, there were military engagements in the creeks. realisation that the country wastes Generation Report provides they must provide visionary

limits to which the minister could Following his intervention, the trillions of its earnings on subsidies important evidence on the leadership.’’

operate without ruffling feathers. proposed University for Marine paid on importation of refined

Yet, he also runs the risk of being Sciences in Okerenkoko which was petroleum products whittles down Arenyeka mourns KB Omatseye

muscled out off the public space by earlier cancelled was restored. He the expected benefits from this end.

his peers who have grossly underperformed,

but have a team of Institute, PTI, Effurun, was upgraded energetic Minister of Petroleum

ensured that the Petroleum Training It is also challenging to have an By Jimitota Onoyume

trumpet-blowers to beat their tunes to a Federal University of Petroleum Resources at this point when the US

in canvassing for public support to Resources. Meanwhile, he has has stopped buying crude oil from W ARRI—CHIEF should be consoled that he

Solomon Arenyeka, lived an exemplary life

retain their jobs. Without prejudice propsed a second refinery in Warri Nigeria. We ought to be on the the Eson of Warri kingdom worthy of emulation.

to whatever measures the President to boost local capacity to refine driver’s seat cutting our own deals

has expressed pain over the Arenyeka who was former

may have put in place to manage crude oil internally, and thus end the with countries that recognise our

passage of Prince

the oil and gas sector in his second importation of refined oil products sovereignty and where the interest

Chief of Staff, Government

term, the fact remains the geopolitical

nature of the petroleum subsidies.

blessed to have huge gas reserves as describing him as a great a father, a mentor and a great

and controversies on payment of of Nigeria comes first. Nigeria is Kenekueyero Omatseye, House, Asaba said, “He was

industry requires stability and Bridging the supply-end gap well. As the global energy needs tilts Nigerian who will be missed Nigerian. The Deltans see

consistency in policies and Under his watch. the Federal towards more consumption of gas, by all.

him as one of our pride.

management of such policies. Government has come up with the the experience and brilliance of Dr. Arenyeka who signed the Many young ones who knew

Ironically, this is a sector that is idea of engaging more small and Kachikwu are great assets to the condolence register at the him were thrilled by his

prone to volatility in international medium capacity investors into the Buhari administration.

family residence, condoled greatness, fame and wanted

political arena. In the past years, Dr. business of refining crude oil. As a

with the family of the late to be like him. We will miss

Kachikwu has risen to the challenges result, the so-called illegal refineries •Odiogor, journalist, author, wrote

K.B. Omatseye , saying they him dearly.”

that accompanied the rapid fall in were brought into the mainstream from Lagos.

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CHANGE OF NAME

UNUAVWORHO IZ

AREOLA ABDUL-AZEEZ

I, formerly known as Miss I, formerly known as Miss I, formerly known as Abdul-

Unuavworho Ochuko Gift, Cecilia Gbemisola Areola, Azeez Fatimo Adunni, now

now wish to be known as now wish to be known as wish to be known as Abdul-

Mrs. Ogaga Gift Ochuko. All Mrs. Cecilia Gbemisola Rasaq Fatimo Adunni. All

former documents remain Olajide. All former documents former document remain

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ONYEBUCHI

I, formerly known as Miss

OSSAI

I, formerly known as Miss

ETAGHENE

I, formerly known as Miss

Onyebuchi Obianuju Lynda, Eden Kambiri Osadebe Ossai, Etaghene Benedicta

Oghenetega, now wish to be

now wish to be known as Mrs now wish to be known as Mrs

known as Mrs Emiko

Philemon Obianuju Lynda. All Obiekea Eden Kambiri

Benedicta Oghenetega. All

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IDUMSON

OMOTEJOHWO

SAJUMI

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Idumson Tare Caroline, now Akpoyovware Maria

Omotejohwo and Miss Ese Patience, now wish to be

wish to be known as Mrs Akpoyovware Favour, now known as Okru Eseoghene

Gillow Tare Caroline. All wish to be known as Mrs Patience. All former

former documents remain Tuoyo-Edema Favour. All

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EREMINIYAI

I, formerly known as

OBUKOWHO

I, formerly known as Miss

OLUKU

I, formerly known as Miss

Ereminiyai Payebor Priscilia,

Obukowho Faith Avwerosuo, Oluku Joy, now wish to be

now wish to be known as Mrs. known as Mrs Anomi Samson

now wish to be known as Godwin Faith Avwerosuo. All Joy . All former documents

Johnny Payebor Priscilia. All former documents remain remain valid. General public,

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EDEMA

OSAGIE

NWAOKOLO

I, formerly known as Edema I, Osagie Loveth hereby I, formerly known as Miss

Paul, now wish to be known

confirm that am the same Nwaokolo Ann, now wish to

as Odjuvwu Erhirhie Paul.

be known as Mrs. Ann

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person as Osagie Osaretin.

Nwaokolo Alloh. All former

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EJAFU

OKOTIE

OKWUOKEI

I, formerly known as Miss I, formerly known as Okotie I, formerly known as Miss

Ejafu Agatha Erere, now wish Juliet Ebere, now wish to be

Okwuokei Iwebunor, now

to be known as Mrs. Ukueku

wish to be known as Mrs.

known as Okoye Juliet Ebere.

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OJUKE

AGWATULU

OSHIKE

I, formerly known as Ojuke My correct name is Agwatulu I, formerly known as

Emmanuel, but it was wrongly

Peace, now wish to be known

Miss Oshike Felicia

written as Agwatulu Lucky

Ogochukwu, now wish to be

as Edward Udoka Peace. All Achudume on some of my

documents. Agwatulu

known as Mrs. Edeney Dafe

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NWAOHA

OMORO

ODUYE

I, formerly known as I, formerly known as I, formerly known as

Miss Miracle Nneka Miss Omoro

Tina Miss Oduye Awele Precious,

Nwaoba, now wish to be Obakpororo, now wish to be now wish to be known as

known as Mrs. Miracle Nneka

known as Mrs. Inegbedion Mrs. Okeke Awele

Joseph Yanusa (nee

Nwaoba). All former

Tina Obakpororo. All former Precious. All former

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AKPAN

ODIAH

OSUMILI

I, formerly known and I, formerly known and I, formerly known and

addressed as Miss Lucy Akpan, addressed as Miss Odiah Jane addressed as Osumili Stanley

now wish to be known and

Anwulika, now wish to be Azuka, now wish to be known

known and addressed as

addressed as Mrs. Lucy Joseph.

and addressed as Eke Stanley

Mrs. Nwanze Jane Anwulika.

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OKONJI

ENEWUZO

AKPOROBARO

I, formerly known and This is to confirm that Enewuzo I, formerly known as Miss

addressed as Okonji Uche, now Uchenna Patrick and E. Kanu Ewomazino

Joy

Uchenna refer to the same

wish to be known and addressed

Akporobaro, now wish to be

person. I now wish to be known

as Okonji Uche Gloria. All

known as Mrs. Ewomazino

and addressed as Enewuzo

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Joy Lints. All former

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AZIEGBE

OBOH

I, formerly known as Miss I, formerly known as Mr Justin

Faith Aziegbe, now wish to be Eguavuon Oboh, now wish to

known as Mrs. Fabian Thiel. be known as Osa-Oboh

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CAXTON

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Amwe, now wish to be

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Peremobore, now wish to be

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EBULUO

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NOUOKE

I, formerly known and

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WILLIAMS

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addressed as Miss Bola Mabel

Williams, now wish to be

known and addressed as Mrs

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Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; and his Deputy,

Chief Moses Adeyemo, during the commissioning

of newly-constructed Oba Akinbiyi Model College,

Mokola, Ibadan.

MEETING:Chairman, Bank of Industry, Alhaji

Abdulrahman Dikko (left) and Managing Director,

Bank of Industry, Olukayode Pitan during the Bank

of Industry 59th Annual General Meeting held in

Abuja.

WORKSHOP: From left—Ayodeji Ojo, Programs

Officer, Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation;

Omobola Lana, Development Consultant; Chinezie

Emewulu, Managing Director, Seamfix Nigeria Ltd

and Chibuzor Onwurah, Executive Director at the

workshop on BioRegistra Effective Program

Evaluation through digital data collection and

Analysis held in Lagos, yesterday.

LAUNCH:From left—Business Development

Manager, International Lottery & Gaming Limited,

George Khoury; Marketing Director, Mike Ogor;

Team Lead, Customer Service, Angela Duru; and

Managing Director, International Lottery & Gaming

Limited, Manolis Lambrakis at the launch of

Bettabet.ng, a gaming platform in Lagos.


40 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

Increasing prices of

foodstuffs during

Ramadan by traders

has become a

common problem across

the country. Traders seize

opportunities of high

demand by consumers on

essential goods to increase

prices, two or three times,

if not more. Ironically,

consumers have no other

option but to purchase

these essential goods from

these traders.

A visit on Wednesday to

Mile 12 Market, in Kosofe

Local Government Area of

Lagos State, which has

become a major depot for

perishable goods, revealed

that prices of goods have

escalated, hence the hike

in prices being

experienced in different

local markets across the

state.

According to the newly

elected chairman of the

Arewa Perishable

Foodstuffs Market

Association, Mile 12

Market, Alhaji Shehu

Usman Jibril, represented

by Alhaji Bello, the hike in

prices of goods is not

because of the Ramadan

season but because of the

rainy season that is not

good for perishable goods

like tomatoes from the

Northern part of the

country. He, however,

assured consumers that

Southern tomatoes will

start to flood the market

between June and

September which will

bring down the prices

eventually.

“The supply from the

North cannot meet the

demand of the consumers,

that is the reason for the

hike in prices. The good

thing is that many of the

Northerners have gone

back to the North to farm

because of the rain despite

the fasting. Fasting does

not make us tired. It is the

season that causes the

Ramadan not the cause of

hike in prices of goods

—Alhaji Shehu Jibril, Chairman, Arewa Perishable Goods, Mile 12

hike in prices”, Bello

said.

As at Wednesday

morning, a basket of

tomatoes that previously

sold for N17, 000 at the

weekend now go for

N11,000 while a bag of

Rodo, Tatashe and Bawa

was sold for N14,000,

N9,000, N7,000,

respectively. Bello said

that was how the prices

will be fluctuating

because of demand and

supply. Consumers could

go to the market in the

morning and buy at a

high price while those

The hike in

prices of

goods is not

majorly

cause by the

Ramadan

season but

because of

the raining

season

who go in the evening

could buy for less and vice

versa. He however said

that consumers should

enjoy as much onion as

they could, as onion is in

season till September,

when the product would

be out of season. A bag of

onion now sells for as low

as N10,000 - N14,000.

CONSUMER WATCH A place that makes you plan ahead

Items Prices Items

Prices

Items Prices

Basket of Tomatoes N11,000 - N17,000

A bag of Pepper (Rodo) N 14,000 - N17,000

A bag of Long pepper N7, 000 - N9000

A bag of Onions (white) N12,000 - N14, 000

A bag of Onions (Red) N9, 000 - N11, 000

50kg of long grain Rice N16,000 - N16,500

A derica of long grain Rice N250 - N300

50kg of short grain Rice. N15,000 - N15,500

A derica of short grain Rice N250

A crate of eggs N1,000 - N1,100

A bag of Olotu beans N14,000 - N38,000

A bag of Oloyin N15,000 - N20,000

A bag of Yam Flour (Elubo) N63, 000 - N69,000

A bag of Garri (Yellow) N5,000 - N8,000

A paint bucket

N400

A bag of Ijebu Gari N5,000 - N8,000

A paint bucket

N500

25 Litres of Vegetable Oil N10,500 - N11, 000

10Litres N5,500 - N6000

25 Litres of Palm Oil N9,000 - N9,500

5Litres of Palm Oil N1,900 - N2,000

Salt N50 - N200

Noodles- 70g N1,900 - N2,200

Spaghetti (1packet) N180 - N200

Macaroni(1packet) N180 - N200

Semovita (10kg) N2,800 - N3,000

Pampers (cartons of 8) N3,400

Seasonings N100 - N500

Tomato paste (2,200g) N1200 - N1500

Tomato paste (Medium) N550 - N700

Tomato paste(small)

N150-N350

Tomato sachet (a roll)

N230

Pack of toilet roll (48pieces) N1500-N1,800

A Satchet of milk

N25-N50

A Sachet of beverage

N40-N50

Toothpaste

N50-N300

5 Litres of Kerosine N1,100

12.5kg. Cooking gas N3, 700

Yam (1 tuber). N400- N1,000

Ugu Leaf (a bundle) N3, 000 – N4, 000

A dozen of tied Ugu Leaf N7,50,

Moin-Moin Leaf (a dozen) N800-1,000,

1 pack- N150

Carton Titus ice Fish N19,000

1 Carton of Kote ice fish N14,500

1 Carton of Sawa iced Fish N10, 000, 1Kg-N600


Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019—41

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ZAMFARA SCHOOL

KIDNAPPING: My three

children still in

bandits’ den over N1.5

ransom —MOTHER

Continues from Page 5

polytechnic, lamenting

that she was supposed to

be in school at present.

2 killed,

3-moth-old

baby, 6 others

kidnapped

In another attack in

Maru Local Government

Area of Zamfara State,

gunmen abducted seven

persons, including a

three-month-old baby

and his mother at

Kanoma village, while

two people were killed

during the attack,

according to the News

Agency of Nigeria, NAN.

Ibrahim Muhammed, a

resident, was quoted as

saying that the bandits in

their hundreds, besieged

the area around 3 am on

Tuesday, adding that the

attackers fired gunshots

sporadically to scare the

residents away.

“It was while they were

scaring the people with

gun shots that they killed

the two victims who came

out in the confusion.

“We tried to raise the

alarm to security

agencies who were

stationed in different

places along Sokoto/

Gusau road, but

everyone was afraid of

being sighted by the

assailants who wielded

sophisticated weapons,’’

he explained.

He said the gunmen

went to the residence of

one Dan Haja, a business

man, beat him with iron

rods and inflicted serious

injuries on him after

which they went away

with his wife, who is a

nursing mother, and her

three-month-old baby.

He also said the

bandits moved to the

house of Sani

Abdullahi, a former

government official, and

picked him along with

six other persons and

disappeared.

“Later, they (gunmen)

called to demand for a

ransom of N50 million

for release of those

abducted,” Muhammad

said.

When contacted,

Mohammed Shehu,

spokesman of the state

police command,

confirmed the attack,

saying “from the report

we received, no one was

killed and a total of eight

persons, mostly women

and children, were

abducted by the

attackers.”

He said the

command’s tactical and

anti-terrorism units had

been deployed in the

area to trail the bandits,

adding that peace had

been restored to the

area.

He urged members of

the public to always

report such attacks or

suspicious movements

in good time to assist

security agents.

Five kidnapped

in Rivers

In the Rivers incident,

no fewer than five

persons working at an

oil facility in the high

sea at Akuku-Toru Local

Government Area of the

state were kidnapped.

A source, who did not

want his name in print,

alleged that the five oil

workers were said to

have been kidnapped

within the OML-55

operational area of an

indigenous oil company,

Belemaoil Producing

Limited in Akuku-Toru

LGA.

According to the

source, the oil workers

are personnel of a

subsidiary of the NNPC,

Integrated Data Services

Limited, IDSL, and a

subsidiary of China

National Petroleum

Corporation, BGP, who

Naira up at N360.35/$ in

I&E window

By Elizabeth Adegbesan

THE naira , yesterday, appreciated to N360.35

per dollar in the Investors and Exporters

window.

Data from FMDQ showed that the indicative

exchange rate for the I&E window dropped to

N360.35 per dollar yesterday from N360.54 on

Wednesday, translating to 19 kobo appreciation for

the naira.

The volume of dollars (turnover) traded on the

window yesterday dropped by 70 percent to $152.09

million from $ 511.97 million traded on Wednesday.

However, the naira yesterday remained stable at

N359 in the parallel market.

SOLIDARITY VISIT—From left: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike; President of Ogbakor

Ikwerre Worldwide, Prof Simeon Achinewhu and Anglican Bishop of Evo Diocese, Rt Rev Innocent

Ordu, during a solidarity visit by selected clergymen of Ikwerre origin to Gov Wike, yesterday in Port

Harcourt.

are contractors of

Belemaoil.

The source said: “They

were working at a site of

ongoing Seismic

Operation by Belemaoil

when they were abducted

on Monday, May 13,

2019.”

Meanwhile, the Kula

Supreme Council of

Traditional Rulers has

condemned the kidnap of

the five contract workers

of Belemaoil by unknown

gunmen.

The Chairman, Kula

Supreme Council of

Traditional Rulers, King

Kroma Eleki, said the act

was inimical to the

development of the area

and could cause social

disorder there.

He called for

immediate and

unconditional release of

the oil workers and for

improved security along

the Kula waterways.

Eleki further lamented

that the kidnap of the

five oil workers

confirmed their earlier

position that an oil

multinational company

was colluding with some

persons in Kula to

undermine the security

By Juliet Umeh

CHIEF Executive

Officer of Access

Bank, Nigeria, Mr

Herbert Wigwe,

yesterday challenged

commercial banks in

Nigeria on leveraging

technology to improve

their services to

customers.

Wigwe, who spoke at

the Africa Fintech

Foundry, sponsored by

his bank, said that banks

can maximise technology

opportunities to remain

competitive in the global

market.

He said leveraging

technology such as

artificial intelligence and

utilizing data analytics is

of the area in a bid to

forcibly resume oil

operation in Kula

territory.

Also speaking, the

Secretary of Kula

Supreme Council of

Traditional Rulers, King

Bourdillon Ekine,

wondered why such

criminal act would be

targeted at the Seismic

Operation of Belemaoil

that had employed over

five thousand youths in

the area since the

operation began last

year.

However, the Public

Relations Officer of

imperative if banks and

financial technology

companies, Fintechs, are

to remain competitive.

In his speech, titled

“the future of the

intelligent bank”, Wigwe

said that becoming an

intelligent bank is no

longer an option in

today’s financial

services, but a necessity.

He noted that banks in

Nigeria have done well

so far but the future

holds a lot more than

what has been

experienced.

He said: “Today, we are

experiencing the fourth

industrial revolution

which uses the Internet

of Things, and Cloud

Technology to automate

Rivers State Police

Command, DSP Nnamdi

Omoni, when contacted,

said the police were

aware of the incident.

Omoni noted that the

Commissioner of Police

in the state, Usman

Belel, has ordered a

manhunt of the

kidnappers, adding that

the victims would be

released unhurt.

He said: “We are aware

of the incident. The

commissioner of police

has ordered a serious

manhunt to ensure that

the victims are released

unhurt

and

unconditionally.”

Reps leadership: Bago may pick Onyejiocha

as running mate

By Levinus

Nwabughiogu

ABUJA-Barring any

last minute

changes, the speakership

hopeful for the House of

Representatives in the 9th

National Assembly,

Mohammed Bago, would

pick Nkeiru Onyejiocha

as his running mate, soon.

Bago, who represents

Chanchagi Federal

Constituency of Niger

State is a frontline

contender from the North

Central geopolitical zone,

while Onyejiocha is from

the South East zone

representing Isikwuato/

Umunneochi federal

constituency of Abia State.

Both have been in the

race for the number one

seat in the House but may

soon join forces to realize

their aspirations.

Should this happen, the

implication is that both

lawmakers would be

squaring up with Femi

Gbajabiamila from Lagos

State and Ahmed Wase

from Plateau State.

It will be recalled that

the campaign team of

Gbajabiamila on Tuesday

unveiled Wase, who was

formerly in the race for

speakership, as his

running mate.

At present, both men

from Lagos and Plateau

State are the House

majority leader and

Deputy Majority leader

respectively.

Vanguard learned

yesterday that the

partnership between

Bago and Nkiru is a

strategy to dislodge

Gbajabiamila and Wase.

The two lawmakers

since declaring their

intentions over one month

ago had vigorously

pursued their campaigns

on the factors of equity,

justice and fairness.

For Bago, the north

central zone has been

marginalized since the

return of democracy in

1999 as it has not

produced any of the

presiding officers of the

House.

The southeast only had

it in Hon. Emeka

Ihedioha who was the

deputy speaker between

2011 and 2015.

Banks must leverage technology to remain

competitive —Wigwe, Access bank CEO

processes. This has

enabled financial

service providers to

increase their digital

offerings for customers so

they can conduct

banking transactions on

mobile phones, the

internet, and at the ATM.

“The only waiting time

today is how fast your

internet connection is, but

5G, which has faster

connection, is already

here. With the prolific

opportunities digital

banking brings, banks are

now competing on the

nature of innovation that

can provide solutions,

handle and predict

customer behaviour in an

incredible manner,” he

said.


42 — Vanguard, FRIDAY MAY 17, 2019

By Boluwaji Obahopo

WITH Governor Yahaya

Bello’s declaration,

penultimate week to seek

re-election, the political

firmament is astir in Kogi State.

The Independent National

Electoral Commission, INEC,

recently scheduled the

governorship election for

November 2, and yesterday

rescheduled it for November 16.

To retain his position, Governor

Bello must first of all pass the

litmus test of clinching the All

Progressives Congress, APC,

ticket.

Currently, all divides are

interested in who gets the ruling

party’s ticket. Even the opposition

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP

seems to be more interested in

Bello not getting the ticket than

who becomes its standard bearer.

Though the PDP has not

categorically stated which

senatorial axis will produce the

governorship, its body language

and political compass point to the

Eastern flank.

Penultimate week, General

Ahmadu Ali, retd, called for a

meeting of governorship aspirants

across the political divides, and

43 persons from Kogi East

attended.

Kogi East’s position

Kogi East lost power the first

time in 2015 following the death

of the leading candidate in the

election, Abubakar Audu, who was

replaced by the current occupant,

Yahaya Bello at the

supplementary election, who went

on to win and was sworn -in on

January 27, 2016.

The coming of Bello, was seen

by some as divine, as it unified the

people of Kogi Central and West,

who since the creation of the state

had struggled unsuccessfully to

occupy Lugard House. For the

Ebira and Okun speaking people,

Bello’s emergence was divine .

Had the politicking in the state

been left to numerical strength

alone, they would never produce

the governor.

Little wonder Bello’s emergence

was greeted with joy in spite of the

deputy governorship candidate,

James Faleke, who was favoured

by the former state party executive

to replace Abubakar Audu. The

swearing-in drew citizens from

many parts of the state as hordes

of people trekked from Okene to

Lokoja to fill up the 25,000-

capacity stadium used for the

ceremony.

Three years later

However, three years after,

Bello’s goodwill even among his

kinsmen seems to have dwindled.

Some of the people who prayed

for a divine shift are at crossroads.

His critics said the

governor had been overwhelmed

by the task of governance,

shadowed by a clique in

government, such that not many

from the West and Central who

were united by his emergence can

proudly say that his return ticket

is assured.

Bello versus East

In the history of electioneering

in Kogi State, except for former

Governor Ibrahim Idris, who was

elected back-to-back, no governor

has been that lucky.

Currently, the November 16 race

to occupy Lugard House, is a

battle between Governor Bello

and the East. The Eastern

Senatorial District prides itself as

controlling the majority of voters

in the State. The East has 52 per

cent of registered voters.

So far, Bello has been fair to all

the districts in terms of

distribution of political

appointment and ‘stomach’

infrastructure. All the local

*Bello *Sani Lulu *Wada

KOGI 2019:

Hurdles

before Bello

* Lulu, Diche, Ogar lead Eastern

quest to return to power

governments had equal

representatives in his cabinet. But

it is a different ball game when it

comes to distribution of

infrastructural facilities. The East

has been favoured more even

better than the Central where the

governor hails from. The Western

senatorial district has been the

worst hit as far as infrastructural

presence of the government is

concerned.

The governor’s kinsmen seem to

be sitting akimbo and technically

abandoned him if the words of

their paramount ruler, HRM Ado

Ibrahim is taken into contest. He

averred that the governor only

listens to the Igala and he wished

they would return him to power.

Bello’s favourable disposition to

the East is seen as part of efforts to

woo the zone for his second term.

Political analysts are of the

opinion that such moves may end

up in futility. To them, the only

language the Igala-dominated

East understands is political

power. Had it not been divine, the

zone would not have relinquished

it easily.

Another credence to the Eastern

theory is that Bello’s three other

contestants within his party, APC,

are from the East,. They are

former NARSDA Director, Sheidu

Ogar; former NFF President, Sani

Lulu (Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s

man in Kogi) and the Bassa

candidate, Tim Diche.

However, Bello stands a good

chance of emerging in APC. If he

scales the APC hurdle, he will face

other eastern candidates in the

PDP, APDA or Labour Party

because for now, no aspirant from

the West or Central has shown

interest in the race. They are all

scheming for the deputy slot.

In PDP, the race seems to be

among Abubakar Idris, son of the

former governor of the state,

Ibrahim Idris; Security expert Joe

Erico and former Governor Idris

Wada.

Feelers from the East show that

they will be all out against the

governor in the forthcoming

election as many of them claim

being marginalised in terms of

juicy appointments.

Some said the governor’s long

staff screening exercise was

specifically designed to reduce the

East staff strength in the civil

service. They believed the Igala

lost a substantial number to the

exercise. The governor is also

viewed to have gone ahead to

paint the district in bad light, with

80 percent of people published to

have acquired fake certificates as

Igala, a development they decried

as a huge embarrassment.

A visit to the Eastern part of the

state showed that the district has

remained a shadow of itself. Life

is not what it used to be. Despite

years of occupying the Number

One seat in government, the area

appears to have the highest level

of poverty compared to the other

zones.

The Igala’s disenchantment

with the governor is a popular

Currently, all

divides are

interested in who

gets the ruling

party’s ticket. Even

the opposition

Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP seems to

be more interested

in Bello not getting

the ticket than who

becomes its standard

bearer.

discourse in political gatherings.

The Igala are lamenting that

aside the Chief of Staff, Edward

Onoja, who had remained visible,

other appointees from the East are

not accessible, and will be

political liabilities to the

governor’s quest.

Alleged arrogance of local

council administrators appointed

by Bello is also being cited.

Although, the Attah Igala, HRM

Ameh Oboni (II) who is the

chairman, Kogi Traditional

Council has shown tremendous

support for the governor it is

arguable if such support will

translate to electoral favour. It is

debatable if traditional rulers

from the East will provide open

support to candidates, who are not

from the zone.

Riddled by allegations of poor

performance, the governor could

have wormed his way into people’s

heart through prompt payment of

salaries. That would have been his

best assurance to a second term.

These issues notwithstanding,

the governor and his supporters

are up beat on his chances. They

have expressed confidence about

defeating any governorship

candidate fielded by opposition

parties in the state even if the

candidate was from Igala land.

Bello’s spokesman, Kinsley

Fanwo, said those saying any

Igala candidate can defeat the

governor are probably still living

in the past. “In Kogi of today,

under the leadership of the

dynamic and innovative governor,

Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the state has

changed from an ethnic jingoist

state to one that is closely knitted,

cohesive, and ready to move

forward into prosperity. It has

been something that they don’t

like. By this I mean the few elite

who are always beating the

drumbeats of ethnicity in the

state. No Igala candidate can

defeat the governor come

November 6.”

However, the popular belief in

the Eastern circle is that the Igala

are set to reclaim what they felt

belongs to them by virtue of their

numerical strength. According to

Sanusi Ibrahim, “over the years,

we have been sceptical about

power shift. Governor Bello has

proven that power shift is aimed

at injuring the East and I can

assure you that this would be

corrected in November.”

Bello’s sins performance

The coming on board of Yahaya

Bello as governor of Kogi State

was viewed by many as accidental.

Though clouded in controversy,

many, especially those from the

Central and Western senatorial

axes who are yet to taste the seat

of power saw it as a blessing.

New direction

Bello at inception came with a

toga of New Direction. Many

political stakeholders have

carpeted him on it. Former

governor of old Bendel State,

General Tunde Ogbeha, retd,

Ogbeha said the governor’s

disposition to governance was

anything but new. To him, it is

more of ‘’No Direction than New

Direction.’’

Senator Dino Melaye during the

swearing in ceremony said: “Kogi

people voted for Audu, but God

voted for Yahaya Bello. Many

have since asked: Were the gods

wise in their choice of Bello for

Kogi at a time like this.’’

Herdsmen colony

Another raging debate is the

issue of Fulani herdsmen. Last

year, obviously in trying to curry

the favour of the President, the

governor was quick to welcome

the Fulani to the state and stood

in favour of the establishment of

herdsmen colony. A development

that was kicked against by

majority of the state citizens.

Bello’s achievements

Although the song of suffering

had spread wide and became a hit

track in the state, the government

of New Direction in the past 40

months has shown her capacity to

secure lives and properties of

people. The rate and incidence of

kidnapping and armed robbery

had gone down drastically. Kogi

is now relatively secure than what

it used to be. Though, political

upheaval has resurfaced

especially during the last general

election.

IGR

Bello has repositioned the State

Internal Revenue Service. He

built a world class office for the

outfit in less than a year in office.

The IGR of the state has now

jumped from its N400 million to

an average of N1 billion monthly.

The agency said it is targeting

N3b monthly before the end of

the year.

Bello has also invested in

agriculture that will provide

sustainable food security and

jobs for the teeming jobless Kogi

youths. Work is ongoing in Omi

to build a world class rice mill.

Kogi forests and produce are now

protected by relevant laws with

the intention to generate

revenues and protect the

environment by discouraging

indiscriminate lumbering and

other practices dangerous to the

ecological system.

Bello’s kinsmen, monarchs

endorse him for second term

However, kinsmen of the

governor from Kogi Central have

endorsed his second term bid to

return to Lugard House.

Also, traditional institutions in

Kogi West and Kogi East are also

backing the governor to continue

in office till 2024.

The governors kinsmen and the

traditional institutions from the

West gave their endorsement,

Tuesday, at a separate events in

Lokoja, the state capital.

Speaking on behalf of the

traditional institutions, the Obaro

of Kabba, Oba Solomon Owoniyi,

said the governor has done a lot in

his first term and there was no need

to change him midstream.

He listed some of achievements

of Governor in the West under four

years to include the establishment

of the multi bilion naira Omi Rice

Processing Mills, Isanlu Water

Project, ongoing expansion of

Isanlu general hospital and

provision of drugs for all hospitals/

clinics in the area.

Spokesman of the Governor’s

kinsmen, the Special Adviser to the

governor on Local Government

and chieftaincy affairs, Abubakar

Ohere, said there were

correspondences and agitations

from the good people of the zone

for the governor to continue for

another four years to enable him

consolidate on his achievements.

Reacting, Bello assured the

people of the state that his second

term will witness massive human

capital development.

He likewise debunked relocation

of multi billion naira Bio Ethanol

plant in Alape area of Kogi West to

Central. He said instead of the

circulated falsehood of the

relocation, the Okun people would

house four of such plants in

different part of the senatorial

area.


Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019 — 43

By Theodore Opara

Honda ventures into entry

level SUV in Nigeria with HR-V

HONDA

Automobile

Western Africa Limited,

HAWA, local assemblers of Honda

Motor vehicles in union with

The Honda Place, THP, has unveiled

the all new made-in-Nigeria

2019 Honda HR-V entry

level SUV in realisation of the

company’s objective of becoming

Africa’s leading manufacturing

hub.

The objective which also corroborates

the Federal Government’s

National Automotive Industry

Development Plan rides

on the heels of the Accord, which

was initially rolled out on line

from the HAWA plant in July

2015 in furtherance of the production

of Honda automobiles

from Africa’s first Honda SKD

(semi knocked down) facility at

Ota, Ogun State Nigeria.

It is expected that the introduction

of Honda’s entry level HR-

V sport utility vehicle would affirm

the manufacturer's demonstrative

goal of supplying products

of the highest quality at reasonable

price for the joy of mobility

to as many customers as

possible.

Uniquely styled for individual

driving comfort, the new Honda

HR-V will cater to the growing

demand for functional and affordably

priced entry level SUV,

while also closing the gap between

upscale Honda variants

including 3.5-liter Pilot and 2.4-

liter CR-V. Corroborating these

assertions, Managing Director,

Honda Automobile Western Africa

Ltd., Akihiro Daido said the

presence of the new Honda HR-

V marked the arrival of entry level

SUV from the Honda stable.

“Now, Nigerian customers can

experience the power of our three

SUVs: Honda Pilot 3.5-litre, CR-

V 2.4-Litre and all new HR-V 1.8-

Litre.” He said: “The Hi-Rider

Revolutionary-Vehicle, HR-V, is

a five-seater vehicle, proudly assembled

in Nigeria with adherence

to the Honda global production

standards.”

Honda HR-V is sporty and combines

luxury with affordability to

change the industry norm, Mr.

Daido added.

Earlier in his keynote address,

THP Managing Director, Arun

Rishi said: “We thrive not only

in guaranteeing the joy of buying

for the customers or the joy

of selling for the dealership or

the joy of creating for the manufacturer,

but essentially, the joy

of sustaining the product useable

history, using our unrivalled after

sales service support facilities

located strategically across the

country.”

HAWA and THP became technical

partners 26 years ago, when

the latter was appointed exclusive

distributor for Honda automobiles

in Nigeria.

Also speaking at the event, the

National Automotive Design and

Development Council, NADDC,

Director-General, Jelani Aliyu

(MFR) said efforts were ongoing

to commence the implementation

of the National Automotive

Industry Development Plan as

soon as it is reviewed and assented

to by President Muhammadu

Buhari.

He said: “The Nigerian government

through the NADDC is

already working to accelerate the

process of transition from the

importation of used cars to the

manufacture and distribution of

new passenger vehicles, while

providing a conducive legislative

environment that would encourage

the manufacturing of motor

vehicles in Nigeria.”

He hinted on the new auto finance

fund that would enable

more Nigerians and corporate

organisations access low interest

loans to acquire new cars and refleet

their pool of vehicles with

new ones, just as the development

of automotive laboratories

for safety tests are at 70 per cent

completion stage, Mr. Aliyu affirmed.

According to him, the

Toyota Rush makes first Motor Fair outing

THE new Toyota Rush

Sport Utility Vehicle was

the cynosure of all eyes at the

just-concluded Lagos Motor

Fair which held at the Federal

Palace Hotel, Lagos where it

was displayed alongside other

Toyota siblings. Though many

new car buyers had looked

forward to seeing the new

Toyota Compact SUV at the

motor show, they were not

disappointed as the Rush stood

out in black colour with

combination of beach and black

interior.

The Rush has it all. Powerful

design and engine, array of

comfort and safety features, put

the Rush ahead of its

competitors. The only car in its

class with three row seat, the

Rush looks solid and comes in

•All-new Honda HR-V SUV unveiled in Nigeria.

many attractive colours.

It would be recalled that not

long ago at the Toyota Awards/

Customers Night at the Civic

Centre in Lagos, the Chairman

of Toyota Nigeria Limited,

Chief Michael Ade-Ojo spoke

of Rush's acceptability in Nigeria

and this was attributed to

the unique features of the car.

He also spoke on what Toyota

has been doing to keep their

customers' cars on the road at

all times despite the economic

challenges, which include introduction

of powerful models

and quality after sales backup.

He said: “I want to assure you

that despite the monumental

challenges in the economy,

Toyota Nigeria will continue to

devise means that will enable

our customers to continue to

council will soon sign an MoU

with Stanbic Bank, Jaiz Bank and

Wema Bank for provision of single

digit loan to new car buyer.

“The council’s focus and commitment

remains on initiating

policies, implementing strategies

and bringing in world class approaches

that will make Nigeria

become and remain the centre for

automotive development in Africa.”

enjoy their preferred auto

brand, Toyota.

“We will continue to initiate

customer-friendly business improvement

strategies aimed at

making our brand more affordable.

One of the strategies is

the introduction of more affordable

Toyota models and spare

parts. Only recently, we introduced

the Toyota Rush into the

Nigerian market. The model

has enjoyed tremendous

acceptance and patronage by

our customers.”

According to the Toyota boss,

the company has continuously

improved its after-sales architecture

in order to give its customers

value for their money,

adding the need at all times to

sustain the culture of superior

quality and excellent customers

service which the company

is known for.

Toyota paraded the highest

number of Sports Utility

Vehicles, Sedan buses and

Pickups at the fair. With five

different models of Sport

Utility Vehicles, including

Land Cruiser Estate, Land

Cruiser Prado, Fortuner,

RAV4 and Rush, Toyota

demonstrated that it was at

the fair to dominate.

The sedan model was led by

the all-new Camry, Avensis,

Corolla and Yaris while the

award-winning Toyota Hilux

and Land Cruiser Pickup held

sway in the pickup segment.

The Hiace and Coaster buses

complete the stand which was

the most outstanding at the

fair.

•All-new Toyota Rush SUV.

Kia offers old customers 25%

discount on repairs, parts

IN a bid to reward its

customers for their loyalty

over the years, Kia Motors has

rolled out a special programme

to reward its car owners with up

to 25 per cent discount on all

repairs for old models. The

programme is aimed at offering

greater value, convenience, and

support to customers who have

owned a KIA for five years or

more. It offers waivers ranging

from 15 per cent to 25 per cent

on service cost and genuine parts.

These discounted pricings are

premised on the years of Kia

ownership, as it progressively

reduces the cost of maintenance

based on the years the car has

been in operation.

According to Kia Chief

Operating Officer, Mr. Sanja

Tatpati, more often than not, old

car owners are confronted with the

increasing cost of ownership owing

to the depreciating parts of the cars

and the need to continuously

replace them to keep the vehicles

in top condition. To ensure that its

customers have the best

experience with their old cars at

an incredibly affordable price, Kia

has launched the Kia Ownership

Rewards Program, KORP.


44 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

Iran accuses US of escalating tensions

*As Britain shares same assessment as US

IRAN has accused

the United

States of instigating an

“unacceptable” escalation

of tensions, as

Washington pledged to

continue a campaign of

“maximum pressure” on

the Islamic Republic.

Speaking in Tokyo on

Thursday, Foreign

Minister Javad Zarif

said Tehran would not

hold talks with Washington

but added it

would act with

caution following the

recent deployment of US

military units to the Gulf

region.

“We believe that escalation

by the United

States is unacceptable

and uncalled for,”

he told reporters in Tokyo,

where he is meeting

with Japanese officials.

“But we exercised

maximum restraint in

spite of the fact that the

United States withdrew

from JCPOA last May,”

he added, referring to

the landmark 2015 nuclear

deal brokered between

the Islamic Republic

and several other

world powers.

US President Donald

Trump last year unilaterally

pulled out of the

agreement, which curbs

Iran’s nuclear programme

in exchange for

sanctions relief, and reimposed

punitive measures,

suggesting Iran

was a destabilising actor

in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, Britain

has agreed with the

United States that Iran

poses a heightened

threat and will work

closely with its ally, Foreign

Secretary Jeremy

Hunt said on Thursday.

Hunt said he had discussed

Iran with U.S.

Secretary of State Mike

Pompeo last week in

London, and again in

Brussels on Monday.

“We share the same

assessment of the

heightened threat posed

by Iran,” Hunt said on

Twitter. “As always we

work closely with the

USA.”

Earlier this week, Britain’s

defence ministry

backed a British general

who appeared to

question the Trump administration’s

claims

that an imminent threat

had emerged from Iran.

The U.S. military has

sent forces, including

an aircraft carrier and B-

52 bombers, to the Middle

East in a move that

U.S. officials said was

made to counter “clear

indications” of threats

from Iran to American

forces in the region.

However, Chris Ghika,

the deputy commander

of the U.S.-led coalition

fighting Islamic State in

Syria and Iraq, said that

there had been no increased

threat from Iranian-backed

forces.

His remarks contradicted

the U.S. claims

and prompted a rare

public rebuttal from the

Pentagon.

Theresa May agrees to set timetable to choose

successor *To resign if next Brexit vote fails

THERESA May has

promised to set a

timetable for the election of

her successor after the next

Brexit vote in the first week

of June.

The agreement follows a

meeting between the

prime minister and senior

Tory MPs who are demanding

a date for her

departure from Downing

Street.

If she loses the vote on

her Brexit plan, already

rejected three times, sources

said she would resign.

Meanwhile, Boris

Johnson has said he will

run for leader once Mrs

May goes.

The prime minister survived

a confidence vote by

Conservative MPs at the

end of last year and party

rules mean she cannot formally

be challenged again

until December.

The chairman of the 1922

committee of Conservative

MPs, Sir Graham Brady,

said he had reached an

agreement over the prime

minister’s future “very

frank” talks in Parliament.

He said the committee’s

executive and Mrs May

would meet again to discuss

her future following

the first debate and vote on

the Withdrawal Agreement

Bill in the week beginning

3 June.

Sir Graham said there

was now “greater clarity”

about the situation.

Asked if that meant the

prime minister would quit

immediately if MPs rejected

her Brexit plans once

more, he said that scenario

went “beyond” what

had been agreed.

MPs have rejected the

prime minister’s Brexit

agreement with the EU

three times.

But she will have another

go at gaining their support

in the week beginning

3 June, when the Commons

votes for the first time

on the EU Withdrawal

Agreement Bill - legislation

needed to implement

International cyber-crime gang busted

her deal with the EU.

Former foreign secretary

Boris Johnson has joined

the growing list of Conservatives

who say they will

stand for leader when Mrs

May announces her departure.

He told a business conference

in Manchester:

“Of course I am going to

go for it.”

AN international

crime gang which

used malware to steal

$100m (£77m) from more

than 40,000 victims has

been dismantled.

A complex police operation

conducted investigations

in the US, Bulgaria,

Germany, Georgia,

Moldova and Ukraine.

The gang infected computers

with GozNym malware,

which captured online

banking details to

access bank accounts.

The gang was put together

from criminals

who advertised their

skills on online forums.

The details of the operation

were revealed at

the headquarters of the

European police agency

Europol in The Hague.

It said that the investigation

was unprecedented,

especially in terms of

cross-border co-operation.

Ten members of the network

have been charged

in Pittsburgh, US on a

range of offences, including

stealing money and

laundering those funds

using US and foreign

bank accounts.

Five Russian nationals

remain on the run, including

one who developed

the GozNym malware

and oversaw its development

and management,

including leasing

it to other cyber-criminals.

Ten members of the network

have been charged

in Pittsburgh, US on a

range of offences, including

stealing money and

laundering those funds

using US and foreign

bank accounts.

Five Russian nationals

remain on the run, including

one who developed

the GozNym malware

and oversaw its development

and management,

including leasing

it to other cyber-criminals.

Among the victims

were small businesses,

law firms, international

corporations and nonprofit

organisations.

Israel should take action against

firm linked to WhatsApp

breach— Amnesty

AMNESTY International called on Thursday for Is

rael’s government to ensure that an Israeli company,

whose spyware has been linked to a WhatsApp breach

that may have targeted human rights groups, be held

accountable for the way its software is used.

Amnesty on Tuesday filed a petition in Israel seeking

the revocation of NSO Group’s export licence and told

Reuters that it was up to the government to take a firmer

stance against export licenses that have “resulted in human

rights abuses.”

Israel’s Ministry of Defence declined to comment.

WhatsApp, a unit of Facebook, said on Tuesday that a

security breach on its messaging app may have targeted

human rights groups.

German nurse who killed up to

100 patients faces another life

sentence

GERMAN prosecutors in the northwest city of Old

enburg are seeking a life sentence for Niels Hoegel,

a former male nurse who is considered Germany’s

deadliest postwar serial killer after allegedly killing as

many as 100 patients.

Lead prosecutor Martin Koziolek told CNN that 42-

year-old Hoegel is suspected of taking that many lives,

but there is evidence for only 97 murders.

In the three remaining cases, Koziolek said there may

have been medical manipulations — but they are not

believed to have directly led to the death of the patients.

Last year, Hoegel was charged with the deaths of 97

people. On his first day of trial in October 2018, Hoegel

confessed that he killed his patients — ranging in age

between 34 and 96 — at two hospitals in northern Germany

between 2000 and 2005.

The former nurse is already serving a life sentence for

six convictions, including homicide and attempted homicide

in 2008 and 2015. Those convictions led authorities

to investigate hundreds of deaths and exhume the

bodies of former patients in the clinics where he worked.

Hoegel is accused of giving his victims various nonprescribed

drugs, in an attempt to show off his resuscitation

skills to colleagues and fight off boredom.

Venezuela govt, opposition in

Norway for crucial talks

ENVOYS from the Venezuelan government and the

opposition will hold talks in Norway on resolving

the political impasse in the South American country.

Members of the opposition-controlled National Assembly

said senior representatives from both sides will be

involved in the discussions in Oslo.

The representatives include Information Minister Jorge

Rodriguez on the government side and Stalin Gonzalez,

a leading member of the National Assembly, on the

other, officials said.

Opposition leader Juan Guaido confirmed on Thursday

he sent delegates to Norway but denied talks were

under way with President Nicolas Maduro’s government.

“There are some envoys in Norway,” Guido told a political

rally in the capital Caracas. He said Oslo “is trying

to mediate” in the crisis, however, the opposition won’t

enter into any “false negotiation”.

Nigerian-born Obaze becomes

mayor in UK

VICTORIA Obaze, a

woman with Nigerian

heritage, made history on

Wednesday after she was

sworn into office as the first

black female civic mayor of

London Borough of Tower

Hamlets. Obaze’s inauguration

on Wednesday was

*Obaze

the latest in turn of events that have seen Nigerians emerge

as mayors in their area councils of residence in the UK.

Ernest Ezeajughi and Kate Anorue, both from Anambra

State, were recently sworn into office as mayors of London

Borough of Brent and Enfield, respectively.

Obaze, who contested three previous councillorship elections

in 2010, 2014 as well as 2016 and failed, eventually

succeeded in an election conducted on May 5, 2018, in

Whitechapel ward. She later became the council’s deputy

speaker following her nomination by her councillor colleagues

from where she took over the mantle as mayor of

London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

A statement containing brief history of Obaze which NAN

obtained from Blessing Chijekwu, coordinator of Ugonwanne

Social Club Nigeria Int’l, a Nigerian socio-cultural

group in the UK, said the newly sworn-in mayor had

lived in Borough for over 30 years.


Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019 — 45

FORMER Portsmouth

striker Dario Silva

has been left scraping

a living as a pizza waiter

and claims he was robbed

of all his money by his

agents.

Ex-Uruguay international

Silva - who had his leg amputated

after a car crash - is

trying to make ends meet

with his waiting job in

Spain.

The 46-year-old quit football

when he left Pompey in

2006 after six months of a

two-year contract, having

been snapped up by Harry

Redknapp the previous

summer.

But less than a year later

he suffered life-changing

injuries when he lost a leg

following a horror car

smash.

And now the 2002 World

Cup star has been forced to

take up a new career in a

pizzeria in Malaga having

lost all the money he earned

from a career playing in the

top divisions in Italy, Spain

and England.

Speaking to Spanish TV

programme ‘Jugones’, he

said: “My money in football?

The representatives

ended up robbing it from me.

Ex-Portsmouth star

working as waiter

in pizza restaurant

“They managed the money

and did what they wanted.”

In September 2006 Silva

was involved in a shocking

accident in his native Uruguay.

It saw him have his lower

right leg amputated after he

crashed the car he had given

to his father, who had recently

passed away.

Speaking about the accident,

Silva said: “What happened

hurt me, but it’s a

good thing nothing more

than what was expected

happened.”

He is well-liked in Spain,

where he scored 36 goals in

100 appearances for Malaga,

as well as nine goals

in 48 appearances for

Sevilla.

He won 49 caps for the

Uruguay national team,

scoring 14 goals.

Pogba’s amazing car collection is

worth £1.6m, and includes a Rolls-

Royce Wraith Black Badge and

£260k Ferrari

PAUL POGBA loves

the finer things in

life, and he makes no

bones about it.

And whether he’s

generously buying his

French teammates stunning

World Cup rings, or making

a charitable donation, he

certainly knows how to

spread his wealth.

But it’s his love of cars

that’s now got us excited -

an incredible collection

that’s worth an astonishing

£1.6m.

SunSport delves into the

26-year-old Man Utd star’s

motors, most of which he’s

acquired since returning to

Old Trafford in 2016 for a

then-record fee of £89.3m,

that are surely the talk of the

dressing room.

MERCEDES GLS 4X4

Settling back in at United,

Pogba opted for a safe drive

when it came to making his

David Beckham has

revealed how Sir

Alex Ferguson once made

him shave his head before

a Manchester United

game at Wembley.

Beckham recalled how

he hid his latest haircut at

way to the Aon Training

Complex.

He went with a

comfortable Mercedes GLS

4x4, which starts at a hefty

£71,465.

Roomier than a Land

Rover Discovery, this SUV

can seat seven people across

three rows.

And it comes with a choice

of two different engines - a

six-cylinder diesel 350 d or

a AMG 63 V8 petrol.

The latter can push the

GLS 4X4, which weighs

nearly three tonnes, from 0-

60 mph in under five

seconds.

Incidentally, it is the bestselling

SUV in America, a

place Pogba often visited on

his hols.

AUDI RS6 POWER R

Feeling the need for speed

and power (and less comfort

and space) Pogba soon

upgraded.

Beckham: Ferguson made me shave my head

David Beckham

the time - a mohawk -

under a beanie hat in the

build-up to the Community

Shield match against

Chelsea at the beginning

of the 2000-01 season.

But when Ferguson saw

it, he made the former

England captain get rid of

it before letting him walk

out onto the pitch.

“I walked in the changing

room and he hadn’t seen it

because I was too scared to

even show him,” Beckham

told Otro.

“I’d gone into training

the day before with a

beanie on, trained in a

beanie, gone back, walked

in the hotel, had a beanie

on, had dinner, beanie on,

breakfast, beanie on, bus

on the way to the stadium -

beanie.

“Then as I got ready for

the game I took it off, and

he said ‘go and shave it

off’. I giggled and he was

like ‘no, I’m serious. Go

and shave it off’.

“So I had to find a pair

of clippers and I shaved it

off in Wembley Stadium.

Manager always rules.”


46 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

•Ndidi

Ndidi should be playing for Man

Utd, Tottenham — Jenas

ormer Tottenham Hotspur star, now

Fpundit, Jermaine Jenas has identified

Leicester and Super Eagles midfielder,

Wilfred Ndidi has one of the players who

can fit into the biggest teams in the premier

league.

Jenas believes that Leicester City will

struggle to retain the services of the former

Genk midfielder following his impressive

season with the Foxes that saw him names

in the premier league young team of the

season.

“I can see Leicester getting attacked at

2019 FIFA WWC:

I don’t know why Dennerby

made me captain —Oparanozie

uper Falcons striker Desire Oparanozie has said

Sshe was shocked to find out she is now the

captain of the women’s national team ahead of FIFA

Women World Cup starting next month in France.

Oparanozie was named captain by coach Thomas

Dennerby despite the fact she didn’t have a good

showing at the Africa Women Cup of Nations. The

captain’s band had rotated between

Rita Chikwelu and defender Onome

Ebi.

“I was surprised to find out I’m

Super Falcons captain.

“There are so many players who

are older than me and have been in

the squad longer than I.

“They deserved the position...I

really don’t know why the coach

gave me the chance. Perhaps he saw

some leadership quality, who

knows,” said Oparanozie who is