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May 29: Katsina cancels inauguration ceremony over bandits’ attacks, killings WHY NOT: 12 Police New PIGB Council passed as 14 Reps align Patito's Gang, the confirms with Buhari’s risks and close IGP Adamu 35 observation brushes with death By Pat Utomi -- Pgs. 22&23 Finance Ministry set to automate import duty exemption process 19 ** VOL. 26: NO. 63817 FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 May 29: Tribunal declines to stop Buhari’s inauguration •Says HDP's petition lacks merit SUSPECTED KIDNAPPERS IN BORNO... Suspected kidnappers paraded by the police in Maiduguri, in front of confiscated goods such as weapons, medicine, phones and other items. AFP FULANISATION: We’re behind Obasanjo STORY ON PAGE 5 Oshodi- Apapa Expressway: Truck owners to begin vehicles' removal today 10 Mr & Mrs —Christian Elders •Southern, Middle Belt leaders kick against setting up of Fulani radio Police rescue 6 Unscrupulous elements Blame FG for any Edo girl sold out to tarnish my imminent strike ASUU image — ATIKU 9 tells Nigerians 9 thrice for N1.8m DONU 17 36 COLUMNISTS OWEI LAKEMFA 31 AZU 8


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vanguardnews @vanguardnews @vanguardnews Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 — 5 POCKET CARTOON Valedictory NEC Meeting— From left: Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen Udoma Udo Udoma; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapoha; CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo during a valedictory National Economic Council Meeting at the Presidential Vila, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida. May 29: Tribunal declines to stop Buhari’s inauguration By Ikechukwu Nnochiri A Presidential BUJA—The Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has declined to issue an interim injunction to stop the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad, from swearing-in President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29, pending the determination of issues surrounding his reelection. A four-man panel of Justices of the tribunal which is conducting its proceedings at the Court of Appeal Headquarters in Abuja, dismissed the motion filed by the Hope Democratic Party, HDP. The tribunal, in a ruling delivered by Justice Joseph Ikyegh, held that the motion that sought to abort President Buhari’s inauguration lacked merit. The panel took the position late Wednesday, shortly after President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, announced her decision to recuse herself from further presiding over petitions against President Buhari. HDP and its candidate, Chief Ambrose Owuru, are among petitioners challenging the declaration of President Buhari as winner of the February 23 presidential election. In their petition marked CA/ PEPC/001/2019, the party, urged the tribunal to nullify the outcome of the election and order a fresh poll. Owuru, who secured a total of 1,663 in the presidential election, insisted that the election was not conducted in compliance with the Electoral Act. Though the tribunal had yet to commence fullblown hearing on the petition, the party filed an ex-parte motion for a court order to stop President Buhari from being swornin for a second term on May 29. Specifically, the party and its candidate, in the motion, asked the tribunal to stop the Acting CJN from administering any oath on President Buhari at the expiration of his current term, pending the determination of the petition. The petition The petitioners further applied for an order of the tribunal to restrain President Buhari from presenting himself to be sworn-in until “the question as to whether he has been validly elected”, is determined. The motion was predicated on section 1(2), 6(6), 139, 239 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, as well as on sections 26(4) (5), 138(1) (b) of the Electoral Act, 2010, as amended. Cited as 1st to 3rd Respondents in the matter were President Buhari, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the All Progressives Congress, APC. The two principal prayers in the motion on notice, dated May 9, read: “An order of this honourable court restraining the 1st respondent herein from presenting himself on May 29, 2019 or any other date for swearing in or inauguration ceremony or taking the oath of allegiance or office as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, pending the determination of this Petition and the question as to whether he has been validly elected as challenged and pending before the court. “An order of this honourable court restraining the Chief Justice of Nigeria or any other Justice in that stead from swearing in, administering the oath of allegiance and oath of office or participating in the inauguration ceremony on May 29, 209 or any other date to swear in the 1st respondent as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria pending the determination of this petition contesting the validity of the substituted and questioned presidential election of February 23, 2019.” Enumerating grounds upon which they filed the motion, the HPD and its candidate who secured a total of 1,663 in the presidential election, contended that it would be legally inappropriate to allow President Buhari to assume office on the basis of an election that he did not validly win. The petitioners said: “A restraining order by this court is appropriate to preserve the subject matter of this petition and prevent the 1st Respondent from foisting a fait accompli and state of hopelessness on the court and render the election petition before the court nugatory. “The law is settled that once the question of the validity of election of any person is challenged as to whether he is validly elected or not, the person is not competent to take office or assume the seat of power. See section 139 and 239 of the 1999 constitution, Nwobodo Vs. Onoh (1981),1 Sc p.97, and also Collins Obih V Sam Mbakwe (1984) 1SCNLR 192, 202 and 203. “The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria prohibits and forbids that Nigeria or any part thereof be governed or taken over by any person or group of persons except in accordance with the provisions of the constitution. See section 1(2) of the 1999 constitution, as amended.” The petitioners, through their lawyer, Mr. Oliver Eya, noted that pleadings had been concluded between parties in the petition they lodged against the presidential election fixed for pre-trial hearing session. “In spite of the pendency and scheduled hearing of this petition over the invalidity of the questioned substituted Continues on Page 49 By Bose Adelaja,Yinka Latona, Dickson Omobola, Tolulope Oke, Chiamaka Uba, Erinfolami Abdulkudus& Janet Somoye What could be responsible for upsurge in suicide cases? (2) Some people think suicide is the only way out when they face life-threatening challenges, when it seems all hope is lost. When such suffering is at the peak and they get tired of the whole craziness in the country, they think death is the only option and they commit suicide. -Ogunsola Olabimpe Student Hopelessness is responsible for suicide. But before men become hopeless, they had lost faith in all things. The Bible says that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” And woe to men who believe in nothing; this is often suicidal. Suicide is usually a solace only for people who, having reached a state of shock in life, have no hope left to carry on. - William Jimoh Some people decide to take their lives as a result of socio-economic challenges, peer pressure and inferiority complex. They think they cannot overcome a particular issue hence, they resort to suicide. Some people from broken homes due to loneliness, abuse and inability to achieve their ambitions think of suicide -Adewale Adeleke Commentator People who take their life through suicide suffer from disillusionment, uncertainty, betrayal among others. However, suicide is not the solution to one’s problems or any of life’s challenges. -Enang God’swill. Analyst I think most people decide to commit suicide as a result of personal life challenges which they think they c a n n o t overcome. However, it is unfortunate that suicide that was not rampant in African setting is now what some people see as a way out of life’s challenges. - Ogunshola Yetunde Student Lack of knowledge about life is one of the reasons a person would commit suicide. We have to realise that one is born alone and that we have to strive as individuals to achieve the best in life with or without the assistance of others. Suicide is not an escape from life’s uncertainties. -Akinlolu Oluseun Corps member


6—Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 Girl, 17, dumps her 9-month-old baby in well By Perez Brisibe U GHELLI—THE discovery of a ninemonth-old baby allegedly thrown into a well by her teenage mother caused pandemonium, yesterday, in Ekuigbo community, Ughelli North Local Government Policeman tells court how he met 17-yr-old boy in pool of blood :Vanguard News Area of Delta State. The 17-year-old mother, identified as Eguonor Joseph, according to local sources, allegedly dropped her baby, Harrison Joseph, inside a well in the community at about 5a.m., but the remains of the baby were discovered at about 1:50p.m. by persons who had gone to fetch :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 water from the well. An eyewitness, who simply gave his name as Maureen Akpedafe, said: “When the baby was brought out from the well, he was identified as Eguonor’s son. “A mob materialised, went to her house and almost lynched her before she was rescued by the Police who subsequently arrested her.” A senior security source at the Ughelli Area Command confirmed the incident, adding that the mother was arrested after the incident was reported, while the remains of the baby has been deposited in the mortuary. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “When the matter was reported at the Command, a team of policemen was drafted to the scene of the incident where the corpse of the baby was recovered and the mother arrested.” SERGEANT Alufailu Peter, yesterday, told an FCT High Court that he saw the body of the deceased 17- year-old boy, allegedly stabbed to death by Rukayat Abdulkareem, in a pool of blood on his bed. The Police charged Abdulkareem with alleged murder of a 200 level student of the University of Abuja. Peter, who was crossexamined by the defence counsel, Emmanual Ejiofor, told the court that the defendant was arrested by a vigilante group, guarding the street in Kubwa village and handed over to the nearest Police outpost on January11, 2018. Asked if he picked up the knife that was allegedly used to stab the late 17-year-old boy from the house or from the defendant, he said he picked it up from the house. Ejiofor referred to pictures Peter took of the deceased’s sister with a hand injury and asked Peter if he could determine by looking at the picture if her injury was a knife stab or a bruise. Peter, in response, said he could not tell from the picture if the deceased’s sister’s injury was a stab or a bruise. His words: “I did not carry out forensic investigation. I picked up the knife from the crime scene at the deceased’s home.” Justice Kezziah Ogbonnaya, however, adjourned the matter until October 8 and October 10 for continuation of hearing. The Police alleged that the defendant reportedly left her matrimonial home at Gauraka town, trailed her husband, Usman, to his lover’s house at Gbazango Pipeline, Kubwa, at about 10 p.m. The defendant got into a fight with the deceased, a son to the defendant’s husband’s alleged lover and allegedly stabbed him to death. Part of the truck transit park constructed by Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA, flooded, yesderday. PHOTO: Godfrey Bivbere. Police rescue Edo girl sold thrice for N1.8m By Alemma Aliu BENIN—ONE of the children stolen by their father’s tenants June last year in Utesi village, Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State has been rescued by operatives of Edo State Police Command. Recall that Christabel Omokpia and her sister, Amanda, were stolen from Utesi village by two female tenants of their father in June last year. They were left in the care of the tenants, Mary and Rose, who disappeared with the children to unknown destination. Christabel, rescued in Enugu was said to have been sold for N450,000 initially by the tenants before she was later sold for N500,000 to one Ogechi Favour, who also sold her for N850,000 to one Anioke Augustine in Enugu State. The Police said Anioke, who claimed to have adopted her, did not pass through due process before adopting the child. A relative of Christabel, identified as Beauty, said the family was happy to get her back but was worried that Christabel could not recognise her parents again. The victim was said to have been reunited with her family Wednesday night. Spokesman for Edo Police Command, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, said the order of the Police Commissioner, Danmallam Abubakar, for the rescue of Christabel and her sister took police operatives from Benin, Edo State, to Delta State, to Anambra, River, Imo and finally Enugu State. He said four suspects earlier THE inability of Mr. Olujonwo Obasanjo, son of former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, to serve his estranged wife a copy of their divorce petition has stalled the proceedings at an Ikeja High Court in Lagos. Mrs Temitope Obasanjo (nee Adebutu), is Olujonwo’s estranged wife and daughter of popular Premier Lotto magnate, Sir Kessington Adebutu, alias Baba Ijebu. During yesterday’s proceedings, counsel to the petitioner, Ms Omo Omofoma, told the court that the court bailiff had made several attempts to serve the defendant to no avail. “It is quite unfortunate that we have yet to serve the respondent (Temitope). She said: “The sheriff of this honourable court has made several attempts to serve the respondent the petition without success. “I have with me a motion ex parte for substituted service dated May 18.” Omofoma informed the court that the defendant was not resident in Lagos, but lives and worked in Ogun. She said the bailiff was informed that the defendant arrested in connection with the missing children were already in prisons in Ondo and Edo states. occasionally visited the Lagos residence which was given as address for service by the petitioner. The counsel noted that Olujonwo was not aware of any alternative address to serve the court documents to his estranged wife. The judge's advice Responding to the submission, Justice Adebisi Akinlade said that the petitioner could not claim to be unaware of how and where his wife could be contacted by the court. His words: “Olujonwo cannot tell me that he does not know where she stays; they courted for some time. They had a highly publicised wedding which was viewed nationally and internationally. “They have been separated since 2017 and by June next month it will be two years since they separated which is longer than the actual marriage. “The parties can narrow down their issues and part amicably and prevent the press from feeding on this case. Let them go their separate On the whereabouts of Amanda, DSP Nwabuzor said the Police would do its best to rescue her. Obasanjo's divorce suit: Inability to serve petition to estranged wife stalls proceedings ways without generating unnecessary publicity.” The judge further noted that other means of service like an alternative address and courier service should be explored by the petitioner. Akinlade adjourned the case till September 18 for further mention. Recall that Olujonwo and Temitope wedded in 2017 amidst fanfare which attracted the ‘creme de la creme’ of the society, but the marriage, however, came to a halt a few months later. Pre-wedding brouhaha Weeks leading to the wedding, Olujonwo’s mother, Mrs Taiwo Obasanjo had filed a suit at an Ikeja High Court, seeking the postponement of the wedding of her son to Temitope. According to her, she had received various warnings and prophecies from men of God that her son should not be involved in any elaborate celebration before his 34th birthday which was June 1, 2017. Justice Lateefa Okunnu, in a ruling, dismissed the suit on grounds that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear it because Olujonwo, then 33, was an adult.


Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019—7 ... with Emma'nKen (08163121378) What we want to know is the brand of phone Ogbonna and Tonto use Members of Edo civil society organisations protesting estimated billing and Electricity Theft Bill recently passed by Edo State House, in Benin City, yesterday. PHOTO: Barnabas Uzosike. Kidnappers want N10m for abducted Kaduna choristers By Ben Agande THE kidnappers of 15 choristers from a church in Kaduna State last Saturday, have allegedly demanded a ransom of N10 million from leaders of the church as well family members of the victims for their release. Sources told Vanguard that negotiation is still ongoing and no By Davies Iheamnachor PORT HARCOURT—A middle-aged man, identified as Chima Jonah, has been reported killed and beheaded in Rivers State by unknown persons. The victim was killed and his head decapitated in the presence of his wife at Rumuekini community, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state. The incident, according to a community source who pleaded anonymity, happened around 11p.m., Wednesday night. The source noted that the killers had put off the victim’s power generator “and when he went out to check why the generator went off, he was shot.” He added: “The incident is shocking. Last night Chima was outside with his brothers and By Etop Ekanem UGHELLI—RESIDENTS of Emadaja community in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State are now living in fear over the community's leadership crisis, which has led to breach of the peace. In a statement by Mr. H. Jedje of Gija Ruling House and Pa Dijalatie John, Koko Ruling House, during the Esomorho family meeting at Udu monarch palace recently, the indigenes maintained that the community has been plagued with chaos and violence due to the installation of one candidate as Chairman of the community by Udu Local amount has been offered by families of the victims. Security source speaks A security source in the state informed Vanguard that “we are keeping tabs on the incident and aware that a ransom of N10 million has been demanded.” The source declined further comments because of the sensitive friends at a sit-out joint on the School Road. “Later, around 11p.m., we heard that he was inside when the killers came. The boys went to his power generator that was on and closed his fuel tap. “When he noticed that his generator’s sound had changed he went outside to find out what happened. “Immediately he came out, the boys shot him. But he ran back into Government Chairman, Brown Jite, while the community has given an order to Esomorho family to produced the chairman of the community. According to them, ”during a meeting by the community leaders and elders of Iwhreni quarter, which comprises three families— Eni, Ovierhi and Esomorho— to nominate a chairman to lead Emadaja community, the entire Esomorho family presented Evang Emmanuel Jedje for the position. “While waiting for the inauguration, the Udu council chairman went ahead to install another person as the community chairman, which is unacceptable to us.” nature of the case. Recall that the kidnappers killed one person and abducted 13 others in different parts of Kaduna State last Saturday. Among those kidnapped were a pastor and his daughter as well as 11 other persons who were abducted during a choir rehearsal at ECWA Church, Dankade. Gunmen shoot, behead one in Rivers Tension in Emadaja over leadership tussle the house. The boys followed him, killed him and cut off his head.” The source also called on the state government and the Police in the state to put more effort into providing security to the people of the state. The Public Relations Officer, Rivers State Police Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said Police were not aware of the incident. I've stolen 10 cars by posing as applicant—Suspect By Victor Arjiromanus & Adetutu Ajetumobi OPERATIVES of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, Lagos State Police Command, have arrested a suspect who had been masquerading as an applicant to steal vehicles from car dealers in Lagos. The suspect, Ade Segun, confessed to have so far stolen 10 vehicles from different companies, barely one month after being employed. Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, CP Zubairu Muaizu, who paraded the suspect before journalists yesterday, explained that a complaint was received last December on the suspect’s modus oparandi. When approached, Segun confessed to committing the crime, begging to be forgiven. He said: “I have stolen about 10 different cars from different companies. Whenever I seek for job from any company, my intention was to monitor their operations. “After mastering it, I would begin to make my plans to steal a vehicle. I am very sorry.” A very faithful friend. They never forget you no matter how long Longitude, Latitude and Longinus


8—Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 By Dapo Akinrefon, Sam Eyoboka & Olayinka Ajayi NATIONAL Christian Elders Forum, NCEF, and Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, have thrown their weight behind Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s call for an end to insecurity in the country. While NCEF agreed with the former president that Boko Haram and herdsmen activities have become a tool to Fulanise West Africa and Islamise Africa, Soyinka said the country was undergoing horrendous descent to the abyss. This is even as Southern and Middle Belt leaders kicked against plans by the Federal Government to float a Fulani radio station that would broadcast only in Fulfude. The NCEF insisted that the Federal Government had not done enough to convince people that it has no Fulanisation agenda and to Islamise the country through Jihad. Obasanjo had in a keynote address at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, in Oleh, the administrative capital of Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State, warned against plot to Fulanise West Africa and Islamise Africa through Boko Haram exploits. We’re hundred percent behind Obasanjo —Christian Elders Reacting in a telephone interview, yesterday, chairman of the forum, Elder Solomon Asemota, SAN, said: “We are behind Chief Olusegun Obasanjo one hundred per cent on his comments that Boko Haram insurgency and herdsmen crisis had become an agenda to ‘Fulanise’ West Africa and ‘Islamise’ Africa.” Asemota said his group, which comprises retired professionals from different fields of human endeavour, including very senior army generals such as former Defence Minister, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd), has actually done a position paper on the issue to two former Heads of State for them to arrest the drift of the nation. The group said: “We wrote to former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd) and former President Olusegun Obasanjo because we are convinced that unless there is genuine reconciliation over two conflicting ideologies in the country, the current security challenges will not only continue, but will also escalate because we are at war with ourselves unnecessarily. “Again, I say we support President Obasanjo hundred percent. In fact, I am of the feeling that he made the statement after reading the letter I sent to him on the issue. He understands that the current government is promoting Sharia ideology, which is at variance with democratic norms. “Anybody who does not understand what we are saying should visit our website and see for him/her self the agenda this government is pursuing. What is baffling though is the fact that two eminent Christian leaders (names withheld) are the ones promoting the Islamic cause. Where are the Muslims?” He recalled the group’s recent statement, entitled: “Jihad in Nigeria: Burying The Head in Sand,” where it was compelled to defend its earlier release, entitled “Correct Assessment of Situation in Nigeria,” which has generated a great deal of debate among some Nigerian Muslim leaders who have denied the reality of an ongoing Jihad in Nigeria, and clarified certain misconceptions in the interest of peace and development of Nigeria. Urges leaders to tread softly After reviewing unfolding events across the country, the eminent Christian elders called on Nigerian leaders to tread softly to avoid a pending implosion, insisting that the real problem was that a Jihad had been launched in Nigeria. It also contended that Islamists that have been interfering in the governance of the country, using “Taqiyya” (approved deception) as “Stealth/ Civilisation Jihad,” Boko Haram and herdsmen as violent Jihad, were relentless in their pursuit of eradicating democracy in Nigeria. It said: “The objective of the Islamists (political Islam) is to supplant the constitution of Nigeria with Sharia ideology as the source of legislation in the nation. ‘’The conflict between democracy as national ideology and Sharia as a usurping ideology is responsible for the crisis unfolding in Nigeria. The nation is in the throes of Jihad.” Nigeria moving dangerously close to national red line Noting that Nigeria was moving dangerously close to a national “red line” where truth was now being criminalised as “hate speech,” NCEF said it was committed to the unity of Nigeria, contending that the duty of the leadership of the nation was to ensure that this unity was not sacrificed on the altar of sectarian interests and biases. It noted: “The NCEF is fully aware of the seriousness of these issues and wishes to share this information for the consideration of serious minds desirous of providing solutions to the myriad of problems confronting Nigeria. “The NCEF has taken on this onerous task, not for the interest of the present Christian elders, most of whom are in the boarding President Buhari Fulanisation: We’re hundred percent behind Obasanjo —Christian Elders •Soyinka berates FG over Obasanjo’s message •Says Nigeria undergoing horrendous descent to the abyss •Southern, Middle Belt leaders kick against Fulani radio lounge to eternity, but in the interest of the coming generations.” NCEF challenges Muslim leaders The NCEF challenged Muslim leaders denying the existence of a Jihad in the country to clarify certain pronouncements over the issue, including a declaration by Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, in one of his videos in 2012 that the war they were prosecuting was not political but religious. The group quoted Shekau as saying: “It is between Muslims and unbelievers (arna). It will stop when Islamic religion is the determinant in governance in Nigeria or, in the alternative, when all fighters are annihilated and no one is left to continue the fight. “I warn all Muslims at this juncture that any Muslim who assists an unbeliever in this war should consider himself an unbeliever and should consider himself dead.’’ ‘’If this statement is not a declaration of Jihad, could Muslim leaders explain what this means?” the group said. Soyinka berates FG over Obasanjo’s message Meanwhile, Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has thrown his weight behind President Obasanjo’s concern over the insecurity fuelled by Boko Haram, herdsmen and bandits in the country. Speaking at the United Bank for Africa, UBA, symposium tagged: "Africa’s history redefined: Our past, a path to the future, Soyinka said there was nothing wrong with the former president’s statement that Boko Haram and herdsmen have become a tool for Fulanisation of West Africa and Islamisation of Africa. He said: ‘’I see that the government is not happy with the statement made by former President Obasanjo. Now, everybody knows me and Obasanjo, and at the same time, I think we should be very careful not to be too dismissive or even abrasive. ‘’Obasanjo was calling for a meeting of stakeholders to tackle some of the very serious aspects of social malaise this country is undergoing. He was talking about kidnapping, talking about youth suicide and stating that it is about time, Nigrians across board, irrespective of ideology, polity, religion, sit down and tackle these issues immediately; and I will suggest that even more immediate. Nigeria undergoing horrendous descent to the abyss ‘’This country is undergoing a horrendous descent into the abyss spiritually, morally, the whole system. We are watching a huge mass of people descend into a state of brutishness, the like of which we have not experienced in this country. "And so, if you go into the streets and you say Africa must unite, what the man in the street is going to say is Mr. Leader, will you get my people out of the kidnappers’ den first and then, I will come and talk to you about unity.’’ Soyinka also disclosed that the issue of Boko Haram was being discussed at the British Parliament and wondered if Nigeria and Africa should ask Britain to suspend the discussion to allow the continent Prof. Soyinka surrender to Boko Haram in the name of unity. ‘’Right now, let me be real, the issue of Boko Haram is being debated in the Parliament in England; right now, as we are speaking. Well, should we just go to them and say don’t worry, we are being united; and all we have to do is surrender to Boko Haram,’’ Soyinka stated. He noted that while having unity and common language was important, it has to be particularised to each nation’s condition and realities. Southern, Middle Belt leaders kick against Fulani radio Also, yesterday, Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum faulted the plan to set up a radio station for herdsmen to broadcast in Fulfude. In a statement by Yinka Odumakin (South-West), Prof Chigozie Ogbu (South- East), Senator Bassey Henshaw (South-South) and Dr Isuwa Dogo (Middle Belt), the leaders faulted the move, saying “it smacks of hypocrisy and deception.” The forum said it received with rude shock the announcement of plan to set up an AM radio station for herdsmen to broadcast in Fulfude. Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had confirmed the acquisition of the licence in Abuja, Tuesday, saying the radio service will operate on frequency of 720KHz, and will be strictly on Fulani language. He disclosed that plans were underway to secure funds for procurement and installation of requisite transmission equipment for the successful take-off of the radio station. He added that the station was part of the peacebuilding efforts of the government to address herders-farmers clashes. Also, the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Nomadic Education, NCNE, Prof. Bashir Usman, had explained that some veteran Hausa broadcasters had been contacted to develop programmes for the station. The Southern, Middle Belt leaders’ statement read: “The announcement came at a time the Federal Government has been acting as the information arm of Boko Haram and herdsmen by using the correct interpretation of the groups activities as attempt to 'Fulanise' Nigeria. “We totally reject this insensitive decision of the government on the following fundamental grounds: “It smacks of hypocrisy and deception for a government that has in the last four years denied responsibility on behalf of the herdsmen for crimes they even owned up to, to now tell us it wants to set up a radio for them to address the same issues. “Section 55 of the 1999 Constitution recognises English,Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo as languages in which the official business of the National Assembly can be conducted. There was no mention of Fulani, which is not a language most northerners even understand. ‘’Will it also set up radio stations for the officially recognised languages and the over 250 languages spoken in different parts of Nigeria? “We fear seriously that the proposed radio will become a weapon of spreading hate propaganda against other nationalities in Nigeria, given the kid gloves treatment with which the Buhari administration has handled the killings of thousands of Nigerians in the last four years. "


Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019—9 Blame FG for any imminent strike, ASUU tells Nigerians By Joseph Erunke A BUJA—THE Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has said the Federal Government should be blamed for any further disruption of academic activities in the nation’s public universities, accusing it of failing to abide by the agreement reached with the union during the last strike. ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, who stated this at a briefing in Abuja, yesterday, spoke against the backdrop of a statement credited to the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, that government has approved N25 billion Earned Academic Allowance. Noting that the union had been on the trail of the said amount since February with no result, Ogunyemi faulted the attitude of leader of the Federal Government negotiating team, Wale Babalakin, saying he lacked the disposition and humility needed to effectively carry out successful negotiation. Recall that the Federal Government had, on Tuesday, announced the approval of N25 billion as Earned Academic Allowance. Insisting that government had not shown commitment to implement the 2019 Memorandum of Action, HEALTH TIPS By Sola Ogundipe Coping with heavy sweating THERE are simple steps to help reduce heavy sweating and boost your comfort level, whether at the gym, on the job, anywhere you go. The right clothes can make a big difference if you tend to sweat a lot. Look for clothing with high cotton content. For instance, white will show more sweat, but it won’t be very visible on other colours or on prints or patterns. For men, wearing an under shirt can help soak up some of the sweat. Women could wear an absorbent camisole top or dress shields. Choose clothes with a loose weave, such as linens. Avoid silk because it makes you feel hotter. Pocket a handkerchief. If you keep one in your pocket or purse, you can wipe off excess sweat quickly before you need to shake hands. MoA, Ogunyemi said the N25 billion was meant to be a part-payment of the Earned Academic Allowances, which should have been released between February 15 and 28, 2019, as agreed. He said: “Since information on the amounts mentioned in the media went round, ASUU has been inundated with enquiries on the union’s perspective to the story. “Reaching an agreement with the Federal Government has often been a frustrating journey for our union. It is often marked with protests, strikes and requires a conscious and focused engagement. ‘’The 2001 agreement, which gave birth to the 2009 agreement, was not an exemption. The exception here is the personality leading the government negotiation team. “The current leadership of the government team clearly lacks the academic disposition and humility needed to undertake such task. “Our members enjoy their work and hate to see any disruption in the smooth running of our universities. "However, the level of frustration occasioned by the lackadaisical attitude of the government towards meeting the terms of the 2019 Memorandum of Action that was freely signed with our union is increasingly becoming unbearable." Buy ‘’breathable” shoes that will reduce sweat, and it’s important, especially if your feet are generally sweaty. Eating certain foods, such as hot peppers, can affect the amount of sweat you produce. Eating other foods, including onions and garlic, can make your sweat smell worse. Switch to higher-strength deodorants and antiperspirants. Some are prescription only, but you can also get higher strength products over the counter. Apply deodorants at the best time, although most will work best at night. The active ingredient has to go down into the sweat duct and clog it. If you apply it in the morning, when sweat volume is typically higher, it washes off. Applying deodorant at night also reduces the chance of skin irritations and will keep you using it more regularly. MEETING: President Muhammadu Buhari (right) and Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State during a meeting over recent security challenges in the state, at State House, Abuja. Unscrupulous elements out to Times’ tarnish my image —Atiku By Dirisu Yakubu ABUJA— Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 election and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has raised an alarm of an alleged plot by anti-democratic forces to tarnish his reputation. In a statement signed by his media adviser, Paul Ibe, in Abuja, yesterday, Atiku said it was becoming clear that some elements have made themselves available for use against him. The statement read: “We wish to blow the whistle as an early warning alert of the grandiose scheme being put together by some unscrupulous elements aimed at jeopardizing the reputation of His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, in the coming days and weeks. “By the merit of what is beginning to unfold, there are plans to create some upset across the country whereby alleged perpetrators of such crimes will engage in phantom names dropping of Atiku Abubakar and some senior personalities in Peoples Democratic Party. “Already, we are abreast of some other plans to plant fictitious stories in some mushroom media outlets aimed at discrediting Atiku and his political party, the PDP. “It, therefore, becomes preponderant that we alert the public of this demonic plan and to say that it will be imprudent to compromise the peace and security of Nigerians in order to score a cheap political goal. “Towards this end, and for the umpteenth time, we call on the Federal Government to be awake to its responsibilities of providing security and ensuring peace, and to desist from actions and utterances that are capable of exposing our fault lines. “It is very unsettling that senior administration officials, especially those who are the mouthpiece of government, will make reckless but calculated comments to tarnish the image of Atiku Abubakar and government will sit idly on it. “With the conclusion reached by Premium investigative reporting that there is no evidence to back the claim by Lai Mohammed that the opposition was planning to upstage the government, we demand that the Information Minister should be arrested for raising false alarm and an apology rendered to Atiku Abubakar and PDP.” Telecom operators demand executive order on infrastructure vandalism, double taxation By Prince Osuagwu, Hi-tech Editor TELECOM operators in the country and other professionals in the Information and Communications Technology, ICT, industry, yesterday, called on the Federal Government to issue executive order against vandalism of telecom infrastructure, double taxation and regulation in the sector to properly harness the developmental potential of ICT in nation building. The call was made as Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, flagged of Nigerian telecom leadership summit in Lagos. The summit, according to NCC, is meant to restructure and reposition Nigerian telecom industry to accommodate current realities that shape world economies. The theme of the 2019 edition of this summit is: ‘Repositioning the Nigerian Telecom Industry for the Future: Prospects and Challenges.' Challenging the government on the travails of the industry, Chairman of Association of Licensed Telecom Operators of Nigeria, ALTON, Gbenga Adebayo, said the only way to have a telecom industry that would become the backbone of the economy, was for President Muhammadu Buhari to pronounce executive order on telecom infrastructure to forestall incessant vandalism by urchins and facility shut down by all manner of state and local government agencies. Adebayo said these have hampered telecom activities and diverted revenue that should have ordinarily accrued to the Federal Government. Also corroborating him was former Minister of Communications Technology Omobola Johnson. According to Johnson, “during my time as minister, there is hardly any state I didn't travel to have meetings with the governors on how to have harmonious relationship with the telecom operators. "However, it appeared that after the meetings, the governors reneged on everything we agreed and continued to fix arbitrary levies and charges on operators. For me, I think time has come when the approach should change. However, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo promised that the Federal Government would take a look at certain decisions taken in the past to see if some amendments could bring the desired change. Osinbajo, represented by Special Adviser to President Buhari on Political Affairs, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, said the Federal Government was displeased with the lingering issues of ‘Right of Way,’ saying it had become a huge encumbrance to broadband infrastructure deployment across the country. Osinbajo’s message read in part: “Today, in virtually all aspects of human life, telecommunications have become indispensible. “In Nigeria, we have experienced positive impact of that contributions of the telecom industry in our economy. The contributions of this industry to the national Gross Domestic Product has continued to grow, with the last quarter of 2019, indicating 10.1 per cent. "This sector contributed an impressive N1.9 trillion, in the fourth quarter of 2018, a clear indicator, that the sector is one of the goose that lays the golden egg of our economy, and, therefore, must be encouraged, protected, sustained and projected."


10 — VANGUARD, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 By Victor Young, Evelyn Usman, Kingsley Adegboye, Olasunkanmi Akoni, Godfrey Bivbere & Ebuka Oko L AGOS—FOLLOWING President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to clear Apapa gridlock within two weeks, truck owners will commence removal of their vehicles from the roads, today. A source, who attended a meeting between the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajoled taskforce and stakeholders in the maritime sector, yesterday, in Lagos, said the trucks would be relocated to 53 private trailer parks in Lagos. Similarly, another stakeholders’ meeting is scheduled to hold in Lagos today at 10 am. The meeting is expected to hammer out a workable compliance template. President-General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, Adewale Adeyanju, told Vanguard that every stakeholder was anxious to ensure that the Presidential Directive was vanguardnews @vanguardnews @vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES 018773962, 08052867058 Oshodi/Apapa Expressway: Truck owners begin vehicles' removal today •Osinbajo to report compliance to Buhari implemented immediately because of the suffering the development has caused the public. Adeyanju disclosed that the meeting would take place at the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, multi-purpose Hall at 10 am. He said: “This order must be obeyed and implemented to the letter because we have been going through hell since last November when the crisis was worsened by the takeover of the Apapa-Oshodi expressway and the access roads to the ports. We have been exposed to all manner of risks and dangers leading to loss of lives and properties.” He said stakeholders expected at today’s meeting include Association of Maritime Truck Owners, AMATO; Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA; Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners, NARTO; National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF; Container Truck Owners Association of Nigeria, COTOAN; Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA; Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC; Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA; Nigeria Customs Service, NCS; and Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, through its Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, branch. Meanwhile, Vanguard gathered that there was a meeting of truck owners, NARTO, NUPENG among other unions with the Presidential taskforce, yesterday, in Lagos. At the meeting, Container Truck Owners Association of Nigeria, COTOAN, promised that by this evening, most of the containerised trucks would leave the road to private parks where they would stay until the drivers are called in. There are about 53 of such parks in the state. Holding bay facilities unultilised Meanwhile, despite the Federal Government’s directive for the clearance of truckers and •We didn't grant approval for temporary park under Marine Bridge—LASG •We're ready to remove trucks, trailers —LASTMA TRAFFIC SNARL: The ever-present traffic snarl that has turned the Oshodi - Apapa Expressway to hell for commuters. tankers from the Oshodi-Apapa port access road, both ends of the road leading to the port in Apapa were still blocked, yesterday evening. This is even as two truck terminals belonging to the NPA and Federal Ministry of Works and Housing are still un-ultilised by the truckers. Both facilities were under lock and key, yesterday. The NPA truck terminal, located at Lilypond Terminal close to Ijora, was recently commissioned by the authority. However, truckers have refused to use the facility. The truck holding bay facility at the Tin-Can Island second gate was constructed by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing but it is yet to be put to use as a result of non-completion of the shore protection work. Despite assurances that the shore protection work would be completed before the end of last month and be put to use, the facility is uncompleted. President of AMATO, Remi O g u n g b e m i , told Vanguard that it was not true that his members were not using the Lilypond facility but stressed that it is only a waiting point before the trucks move to the port. Ogungbemi said: “We have started using the transit park at Lilypond. Truck drivers leave their park and move to the transit park until they are called in to load at the port.” On why the trucks are still parked on the road, he said they would start moving out as from yesterday evening. He stressed that the new directive would succeed because stakeholders are willing to cooperate with the presidential committee to make it work. On his part, General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications Division, Adams Jatto, told Vanguard that the committee was meeting with stakeholders to find the best way to tackle the traffic gridlock along the port access road. He said a call up system put in place by the authority and the creation of the transit park at Lilypond will help the committee achieve its goal. NPA opens LilyPond park Meanwhile, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Adedamola Kuti, has said that the truck park constructed by the Federal Government at Tin Can to accommodate trucks waiting to load goods at the ports will not be opened to trucks for now as some issues on the park are still being tidied up. However, he claimed that the NPA has opened LilyPond Park to accommodate some of the trucks and tankers that will be removed from Apapa-Oshodi Expressway. He added that truck and tanker owners have holding bays for their trucks and tankers, pointing out that it is expected that the trucks and tankers will go back to their respective holding bays. Shippers’ Council, NPA pledge assistance The Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC made available to Vanguard noted that the Council and the NPA were ready to assist in the implementation of the Presidential Order issued to truck drivers to vacate ports’ access roads within 72 hours. Chairman of Presidential Task Force on Apapa gridlock is Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The statement read: “Osinbajo, who made the call in a meeting held at the NSC’s Headquarters, in Lagos yesterday, was represented by Mr. Kayode Opeifa. “He maintained that the Task Force was set up by the Presidency to proffer lasting solutions to the perennial traffic in Apapa and its environs within two weeks.” According to him, the new directive mandates the immediate removal of all trucks from ports access roads. Nigerian Shippers’ Council and Nigerian Ports Authority are key agencies that will assist the realisation and urged NSC and NPA to rally round the task force. He also expressed readiness to engage the law enforcement agencies to ensure compliance with the Federal Government's directive, adding that “any truck driver that violates the Presidential Order will face the music." The Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mr. Hassan Bello expressed the agency’s readiness to give the Task Force the necessary assistance. Bello, who was represented by the Director, Legal Services of the Council, Mr. Samuel Vongtau, expressed optimism that the committee will address anomalies that characterise Apapa ports’ access roads. Also speaking, the Director, Inland Transport Services, DITS, Mr. Akintunde Makinde, said the Federal Government has commenced moves to engage trains for the movement of containers to the hinterland which will assist to address the ports’ congestion. The meeting was attended by Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, NSC, Nigeria Police Force, Lagos State Government, National Association of Road Transport Owners, NARTO, Presidential Enabling Business Council, PEBEC, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Federal Road Safety Corp, FRSC, and Apapa GRA Residents Association. We’re ready to remove trucks, trailers — LASTMA Meanwhile, 24 hours after the presidential directive to clear all trucks from Apapa and environs, the Lagos State Government, yesterday, denounced claims by some highly placed politicians, owners and drivers of articulated vehicles that the state had permitted them to park under the Marine Bridge, Ijora and other adjoining areas in Apapa. The agency also expressed readiness to team up with other agencies to enforce the removal order of trucks from Apapa road and environs. Reacting to the directive, General Manager of LASTMA, Wale Musa, said: “We have been working underground to manage traffic in Apapa before the directive. We already have 300 men to be deployed. All the stakeholders have agreed to work with us. “Our men are ready to ensure that Apapa is free because it's a Presidential Directive. Also, we will ensure that every vehicle that does not have call up, will not be allowed access on the road. We are appealing to operators to comply voluntarily to avoid compulsory enforcement at the expiration of the 72 hours.” No temporary park under Marine Bridge — LASG Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello said In a statement by that it has not created any temporary park under the Marine Bridge, or anywhere in Apapa and Ijora to accommodate articulated trucks, saying any truck found in the prohibited areas forthwith would be towed. He stated that the state was fully in support of the President's and will do everything possible to ensure its effectiveness. “The State Government has not given any approval or permit to any politician, individuals, owners, no matter how highly placed or corporate bodies to park articulated vehicles under the Marine Bridge, Ijora, other bridges or the major roads and setbacks in Apapa”, he said.


Tonto Dikeh calls out 2face, Annie Idibia, IK Ogbonna, others ...warns them to stay away from her new man Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 — 11 … as Daniella Okeke reveals what Tonto Dikeh did for her years ago •Stories by Juliet Ebirim Controversial Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh has called out some entertainers to stay away from her new man. The actress took to Instagram to reveal that she’s in a new relationship, warning fellow entertainers to stay away from her new man. She asked them to desist from begging him money. The daring mother of one threatened to expose their “gay asses” if they go against her wishes. Tonto went on to specifically name a number of entertainers including IK Ogbonna, 2face Idibia, Annie Idibia, Eniola, Praise, Toyin, Juliet Ibrahim among others. She warned them and threatened to disgrace and beat them up if they cross her. She wrote: “Dear Nollywood and music industry, I am in a new relationship now and to God, if I see anyone of you begging him money, begging him Ebube Nwagbo is Camosunate brand ambassador I n commemoration of World Malaria Day, Geneith Pharmaceutical Nigeria Limited has announced Nollywood star and movie producer, Ebube Nwagbo as Camosunate Brand Ambassador. A press statement signed by the company’s Assistant General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Emeka Nwachukwu, quoted Nwagbo as describing Camosunate as ‘menace to malaria and salvation to malaria sufferers.’ Nwagbo said: "I am proud to be the Ambassador of the best malaria brand currently in the market. Camosunate is the way to go in fighting the scourge of malaria.” to sponsor your shows or movies… I will mess you up and your whole life!! Idiots. Na if I find una beg abi. I will expose all your gay asses and the females to go!! I will disgrace your future! Ik Ogbonna, Annie, 2face, Eniola, Praise, Juju, Toyin and co be warned I truly dont want problem!! But I will beat you up,if you can beat me get ready!!” I was left looking like a fowl – Ifu Ennada shares passport office experience Big Brother Naija ex-housemate, Ifu Ennada, has shared some tips to follow for easy renewal of passport in Nigeria.“Using her experience as an example, Ifu Ennada shared some Nigerian passport renewal starter park for women. “No Eye Lashes – If you have semi permanent lashes on they’ll cut them off or send you back if you can’t pull them off yourself…but my celebrity status saved me, even though I still took them off. I was left looking like a fowl with all that make-up and no eyelashes to complement it. No Coloured Hair – They’ll simply send you back or ask you to remove your wig. You get to choose.“No Fancy Natural Hair Style – I did a medium rise mohawk with my natural hair which didn’t cover my face in anwyay, but I was asked to flatten it. Again my popularity helped in some way. Bottomline – if you’re trying to renew your Nigerian passport or get one, go there with your best Deeper Life look. That kind of appearance makes them fall in love. This is based on my experience at the Ikoyi Passport office today. ” she wrote. Nollywood actress, Daniella Okeke has revealed why she holds her colleague, Tonto Dikeh in high regard. Both actresses took to their Instagram pages recently to share pictures and videos from their reunion after eight years of meeting each other. Tonto Dikeh wrote, “Look who I found, it’s been 8 years of not seeing this beauty @daniellaokeke, great catching up” Daniella also shared a video with the caption, “This babe right here housed me in Lagos for two years without collecting a dime from me. She is still the most craziest and nicest person I have ever known. Looking back after all these years, all we can say is thank you God. We are older and wiser.” I suffered serious depression for years - Sonia Ogbonna Actor IK Ogbonna’s wife, Sonia Ogbonna has revealed that she battled with depression for years, but has since emerged victorious from the experience. Sonia who is rumoured to have walked out of her marriage to the Nollywood hunk, said she is now leaving her best life and she has never felt so good. Her words : “I fixed myself up so damn well! To think I suffered from serious depression for years and to be at the place of love, light and peace that I know today is magnificent. Nothing more priceless than a journey of awakening and light…Here is a confession: in my entire life, I never felt this good and I am very aware, it is just a beginning!”


12—Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 Imo 2019 inauguration c'ttee announces programme IMO State inauguration planning and handover committee has announced the programme lined up for the swearing-in of the governor-elect, Emeka Ihedioha, and his deputy, Gerald Irona. According to the p r o g r a m m e , Interdenominational church service will hold on May 26 at Grasshopper’s International Handball Stadium, Owerri, Imo State at noon. On May 26, art exhibition will take place at Ahiajoku Convention Centre, at 11 am, while a novelty football match is slated for 4 pm at Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri. On May 28, inaugural lecture will take place at Ahiajoku Convention Centre, Owerri, at 10 am and at 2 pm, the same day, Mega youth concert will hold at Grasshopper’s International Handball Stadium, Owerri. Swearing-in of the governor-elect and his deputy will take place at Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, at 9 am on May 29, Slice of date can save you from hell fire WHO amongst you is fasting today? Abu Bakr said: I am. He (again) said: Who amongst you followed a funeral procession today? Abu Bakr said: I did. He (the Prophet) again said: Who amongst you served food to the needy? Abu Bakr said: I did. He (again) said: Who amongst you has today visited the sick? Abu Bakr said: I did. Thereupon Allah's Messenger (s.a.w) said: Anyone in whom (these good deeds) are combined will certainly enter paradise. Allah has assigned to us the season of goodness in which the rewards for good deeds are not only in multiple folds but also the bad ones are bloated out. That is one of the hadiths of Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). It is a time of good deeds. It is a period of giving in charity, it is a season of love and sharing. Remember those who have no opportunity to get this full reward out of natural design, ponder over the blessings of Allah over you and reflect on the possibility of missing these rewards. Fear Allah. If you don’t have the fear of Allah, your fasting might while state banquet holds at Ahiajoku Convention Centre, Owerri, at 6 pm. I’m not here to steal — Dokubo S PECIAL Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator of Presidential Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, has said he was not in office to steal. He spoke with senior journalists in Abuja, yesterday. According to him, those accusing him of corruption were doing so out of ignorance of his background and to tarnish his reputation, which he earned over several decades as an academician. He said: “I didn’t come here to steal. Th amnesty money is not my money." not achieve the divine purpose because it is meant to take away some bad acts from you, purify you and draw you closer to Allah. Giving our time and resources for the sake of Allah during the month will be a great effort towards reaching the immediate precinct of Allah. We can gain enormous closeness to Allah with our day and night ibadaah. We were created to worship Allah alone. Worshiping Him must come with utmost piety. In fact, every act of worship must be laced with piety. Fasting is not only about abstinence from food and drink, but also going closer to Allah; by doing what will bring you closer to Him as well as shunning those things that will vitiate your fast and render the whole exercise useless. Come to think of it, what is the need to deny yourself from the food and pleasure of life, feeling the pangs of hunger and yet with the availability of food or the means to get same, you chose to fast only to be rendered useless. Remember also another hadith: “Protect yourselves against hell even if it be with a slice of a date.” Make the best use of the season. WORKSHOP: From left, Public Affairs Manager (Lagos/West), Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), Ifeoma Okoye; Director, Employment Generation, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Abdulhakeem Ashimi; Public Affairs and Communication Director, Ekuma Eze; External Communications Manager, Olatomiwa Akande, and Programme Facilitator, Sam Obafemi, all of Nigerian Bottling Company Limited, during the Youth Empowerment Workshop organised by the company, in Abeokuta Ogun State. Oil spills: Bayelsa communities accuse DPR, NOSDRA of alleged complicity •Demand clean-up, compensation By Samuel Oyadongha YENAGOA—OIL spill impacted communities in Bayelsa State have accused Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, and National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA, of alleged connivance with oil multinationals in the destruction of their environment. The four communities that suffered devastating oil spills, namely Babragbene, Lasukugbene and Oyeregbene in Southern Ijaw and Mbikiba in Brass Local Government Areas of the state made the accusation, Wednesday, during a town hall meeting with members of the Bayelsa State Oil and Environmental Commission, BSOEC, at Oyeregbene community. The commission led by the Archbishop of York in the United Kingdom, Dr. John Sentamu, is on a factfinding tour of oil spill and environmentally degraded communities in the state. The communities, which demanded a clean-up of their land and waterways as well as payment of compensation by the oil multinationals operating in their area, said federal agencies, DPR and NOSDRA, were biased in favour of the international oil companies, IOCs, whenever spills occur. They claimed that the Joint Investigation and Verification Reports were not always representative of the actual spills that destroy their source of livelihood. President of Ijaw Association of Oil and Gas Producing Communities, Yabrou Tou, who spoke on behalf of the aggrieved communities, decried the total neglect of host communities by the oil multinationals despite series of appeals to them on the effect of the spills on their environment. He recalled how he was dragged before a court in Abuja for reporting one of the IOCs to Nigeria Human Rights Commission for refusing to clean up a spill that occurred from its facility. Tou said the incident, which occurred in 2015 at an oil rig, spilled its contents for six months nonstop. He said: “The oil firm refused to pay compensation after initially accepting responsibility for the damage to the environment, saying it occurred on their Right of Way, ROW. “The spills recurred in 2018 with the company initially accepting responsibility but later reneged on its promise to pay compensation because, according to them, members of the communities tampered with their facilities at the spill sites.” New PIGB passed as Reps align with Buhari’s observations By Emman Ovuakporie ABUJA—THE House of Representatives, yesterday, passed Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, PIGB, for the second time, after considering President Muhammadu Buhari’s observations. The lawmakers at plenary passed the oldest bill in parliament after removing the provisions Buhari disagreed with. It said the decision to withdraw the affected clauses in the bill was because the president’s observations were germane for the smooth operations of the bills. Buhari had rejected the much anticipated bill, citing constitutional reasons. The proposed law, which Anglican Church urges Buhari, govs to keep campaign promises By Jimitota Onoyume WARRI—AS winners of the presidential and governorship elections prepare to take their oath of office on May 29, they have been told to abide by their campaign promises to the electorate. Bishop of the Diocese of Warri Anglican Communion, Rt Rev Christian Ide, made the appeal in his Bishop’s Charge at the first session of the 13th synod of the Diocese at the Cathedral Church of St Andrew, Okere-Warri, Delta State, stressing that politicians should not take Nigerians for a ride as they were voted into various political offices on account of their campaign promises. He lamented the killings and violence that characterised the general election in parts of the country, adding that the Federal Government should take urgent steps to avert a repeat of the ugly experience in future elections. was conceived to liberalise the governance structure of Nigeria’s oil industry, is one of the four bills in which the omnibus Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, was broken into parts by the legislature after over 19 years spanning four legislative sessions. Meanwhile, the House also ordered the apex bank, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to sanction 16 commercial banks for withholding N1.6 bn stamp duty. It also asked the apex bank to ensure the banks pay the outstanding stamp duty revenue together with interests. The lawmakers made the call, yesterday, after adopting the report of the Ad-hoc Committee which investigated the nonremittance of the stamp duties.


Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24 , 2019—13 Plaintiff in Kwara gov-elect certificate saga discontinues case By Demola Akinyemi ILORIN—A member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Adekunle Abraham, plaintiff, who dragged the Kwara State governor-elect Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, to court over the authenticity of the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, certificate he submitted to INEC has expressed his intention to discontinue with the suit. He stated this in a notice of discontinuance of Suit KWS/73/2019 he submitted to court yesterday saying “I hereby wholly discontinue” the case against the defendant.” Consequently, the Kwara State High Court is to strike out the suit seeking to disqualify the state Governorelect AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at the request of the petitioner. The application dated May 21, 2019 filed May 22, 2019. According to the letter , Abraham did not state any reason for the sudden decision to terminate the case. Vanguard however, gathered that the decision was predicated on the filing of the official confirmation of AbdulRazaq’s WAEC certificate in the respondent’s proof of evidence. The confirmation was sent by the examination body through the legal team that had earlier applied for same. A source said “Not only this, the Governor-elect’s legal team has also filed a number of depositions that proved Abraham’s claim that WAEC doesn’t issue certificate with initials to be false. The depositions contain a number of certificates with initials and within the years the Governorelect left secondary school.” Glo adds 950,000 new subscribers as Nigeria’s internet users rise to 116m DATA GRANDMASTERS, Globacom, has added 950,000 to its data subscriber base, according to the latest sector figures posted on the website of the industry watchman, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). According to the new statistics, Globacom maintained its position as the preferred data service provider in the country as it took its internet subscription in March to 28,436,386, from the 27,486,271 it recorded in February, 2019. MTN and Airtel also moved up in terms of data subscription, according to the published data of internet subscribers for the month of March 2019. MTN added 13,552 subscribers, while Airtel added 351,657 new internet users. 9mobile on its part recorded a loss of 166,542 users in March 2019. With the latest statistics, the total internet users in Nigeria now stands as 115,938,225 in March from 114,725,357 recorded in February. This indicates an increase of 1,212,868 new subscribers in one month, with Globacom alone having over 78% of the growth. Fulfill your promise of constructing resettlement homes for herdsmen victims, Benue govt appeals to FG By Peter Duru MAKURDI—BENUE State government, yesterday appealed to the federal government to fulfill its promise of constructing resettlement homes for displaced victims of herdsmen attacks in parts of the state to enable the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the state to return to their ancestral home. The Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Emmanuel Shio, made the appeal while flagging off another round of distribution of food and other items to IDPs camps in Logo, Makurdi, Guma, Gwer West and Kwande local government areas of the state. Shio who lamented the continued stay of IDPs in camps across the state said, “It is a major concern for the state government and SEMA that the IDPs are still in camps. We are appealing to the federal government to honour its promise to rebuild the infrastructure destroyed by herdsmen in Benue communities because without rebuilding it these people will have nowhere to go to. “Although Governor Samuel Ortom has continued to dialogue with the federal government and he has continued to appeal to the President to intensify efforts towards addressing the challenge of insurgency and insecurity particularly in the rural areas. That is another major reason some IDPs are still in the camps. Some places are still not safe; there are still pockets of attacks. So even when some of these IDPs try to go back to check if their places are safe so as to go back, they meet attacks and then run back to the camps again. “I have cried out about this so many times whenever I have the opportunity to do so. We are all witnesses to the fact that the President through his Vice, Prof. Yomi Osinbajo came to Benue and promised the construction of resettlement homes in Guma, Logo, Agatu and Makurdi which were badly affected by herdsmen incursions. He also talked about the sum of N10billion that would be provided for that purpose but up till now we have not seen any of that and the burden of catering for the IDPs is quite huge and overwhelming.” Kogi West: Adeyemi battles Dino, tenders PVC lists indicating over-voting in two LGAs By Boluwaji Obahopo LOKOJA—SENATOR Smart Adeyemi has closed his case before the National/House of Assembly Election Tribunal where he challenged the pronouncement of Senator Dino Melaye as the winner of Kogi West Court issues bench warrant on ex Gov Babangida Aliyu, Nasko By Wole Mosadomi MINNA—A Federal High Court sitting in Minna, Niger State, has issued a bench warrant on former Governor of the state, Dr Muazu Aliyu, for failing to appear before it. Similarly, the court also issued bench warrant on People’s Democratic Party governorship candidate in the last general elections, Alhaji Umar Mohammed Nasko, for the same offence. The presiding Judge, Justice Aminu Bappa Aliyu, Sources within the company said that Globacom’s increase in data subscription could be attributed to the network’s continued improvement in its data services. “The company has the widest 4G LTE coverage in the country, and the technology ensures more reliable and faster internet usage experience. Globacom also has the most attractive data plans in the market, with packages that appeal to both high and low data users, “ the source said. Globacom had been on a steady positive growth path for several months. In the month of November 2018, the network ramped up a massive 1,691,133 customers within one month to gross 43,273,188 subscribers by the end of that month from the 41,582,055 it had in October 2018. This further increased to 45,255,297 in December 2018 and 45,603,638 in January 2019. And in February 2019, the company emerged the highest gainer of new telecom subscribers. The February data on the website of NCC, showed that Globacom gained 400,879 to lead the gainers’ table that month. said the warrant became necessary for failure of the duo to honour hearing notices served them. Aliyu is standing trial alongside a former commissioner of Environment, Nasko, on 8-count charge of criminal conspiracy and money laundering. The offences are contrary to section 18(a) of the money laundering Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under section 15(3) of same Act. The two are accused of laundering ecological funds of SUMMIT: From left—Segun Ogunsanya, MD/CEO, Airtel Nigeria; Mr Ferdinand Moolman, CEO, MTN Nigeria; Mr Babatunde Fowler, Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS); Funke Opeke, CEO, Main One Cable Company; Babafemi Ojudu, representing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Umar Garba Danbatta, excutive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, Board Chairman, NCC, and Mrs Omobola Johnson, former minister of communication technology, at the Nigerian Telecom Leadership Summit, with the theme “Repositioning the Nigerian Telecom Industry for the Future Prospects and Challenges’ in Lagos, yesterday. PHOTO: AKEEM SALAU over N1.940billion released by the Federal Government to the state in 2014. Justice Bappa’s predecessor, Justice Yelim Bogoro, had months ago granted the duo bail after meeting the obligations. However, Justice Bappa revoked the bail and ordered them to appear before it which the duo failed. However, Counsel to Aliyu, Ayodele Oladeji sent letter requesting for adjournment of the case. The Court fixed next Monday for the rearrangement of both former Governor and Nasko. 2019 senatorial election. Counsel to Adeyemi, Chief Toyin Adeniyi before closing his case, called on three witnesses; Senator Smart Adeyemi (Star witness); The Director General Adeyemi Campaign Organization, Mr. Adoga Ibrahim and the Kogi West Zonal Chairman of APC, Mr. Ropo Asala who were also cross examined by the respondents counsel. A former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, Senator Adeyemi has tendered the certified copies of the lists of Permanent Voters Cards for two local government areas to the Kogi National Assembly/ State Assembly Election Tribunal where alleged over-voting took place during the Senatorial poll. The PVCs of the local governments tendered are those of Ijumu and Lokoja. Adeyemi, who is battling Senator Dino Melaye at the tribunal for Kogi West Senatorial District, also submitted a court judgment which ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to collate results in Kabba, which is the headquarters of the district. Although the court judgment on Kabba was secured by Dino ahead of the 2019 poll, INEC collated and announced the results in Lokoja in defiance of the court order. Adeyemi’s team, led by Chief Anthony alongside Dapo Otitoju, engaged the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and Melaye’s counsel,(O. Jolaawo and Olowookere) at the tribunal on two issues bordering on the admission of the Federal High Court ruling and acceptance of the lists of PVCs. Adeyemi’s legal team said: “The argument centered on the admissibility or otherwise of the ruling of the Federal High Court, Lokoja procured by the 1st respondent as to whether to collate the senatorial district results in Lokoja or in Kabba which is the senatorial district headquarters. “Not collating and announcing the February 23rd National Assembly election results of Kogi West Senatorial District in Kabba, the senatorial headquarters amounted to a breach of not just the ruling of the Federal High Court, Lokoja but the 1999 Constitution.


14 — VANGUARD, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 AWARD: NGE disowns Foundation for Transparency and Accountability THE Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, has distanced itself from an award and issuance of certificates to some people by Foundation for Transparency and Accountability, a Non- Governmental Organisation on May 10, 2019. NGE in a statement by its General Secretary, Mary Atolagbe said: “The attention of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) has been drawn to an award and issuance of Certificates to some people by Foundation for Transparency and Accountability, a Non Governmental Organisation, in collaboration with Nigeria Guild of Editors, on 10th May, 2019. “The Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, the umbrella professional body for the leadership of print, broadcast and online media in Nigeria has no affiliation with the Foundation for Transparency and Accountability and the purported Nigeria Guild of Editors. “The Nigerian Guild of Editors hereby dissociates itself from the Foundation and the purported award vanguardnews @vanguardnews @vanguardnews on the 10th of May, 2019. “The Nigerian Guild of Editors is not in any way privy to the foundation’s activities and does not know or recognise the Foundation for Transparency and Accountability. The Guild has never had any collaboration with the non-governmental organisation and does not in any way intend to engage in any dealings whatsoever with the organisation. “The Guild hereby informs the Nigerian public that, in its almost six decades of existence as a professional body of leaders in the Nigerian media, it does not give awards and has never given award to any individual, corporate, government or public entities.” NEWS HOTLINES 018773962, 08052867058 Govs’ll criticise FG constructively, says new •Buhari, APC congratulate new NGF Chairman NGF chair, Fayemi By Henry Umoru A elected BUJA—NEWLY Chairman Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State yesterday said yesterday governors would not shy away from criticizing the Federal Government and the Presidency constructively. This came as President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, congratulated Fayemi for his election on Wednesday in Abuja. Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State emerged as the new chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, Wednesday night to serve a three year term from June 2019-2021. Fayemi, who was elected through consensus, was nominated by Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir Elrufai, and was seconded by Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa. Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, was also elected the new deputy chairman of the forum, and was nominated by Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. He was seconded by Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu. Addressing journalists after the meeting, NGF forum chairman, Abdulaziz Yari, said the new leaders emerged through consensus and were unanimously elected by the 36 state governors. Fayemi, in his acceptance speech, said as state chief executive officers, Police Council confirms IGP Adamu By Johnbosco Agbakwuru ABUJA—THE Police Council yesterday confirmed the appointment of Mohammed Adamu as the substantive Inspector General of Police, IGP. His confirmation was done after the meeting of the Police Council which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja. Adamu was appointed January 15, 2019 on the acting capacity at the expiration of the tenure of the former IGP Ibrahim Idris after the mandatory retirement age of 60 years. Speaking to State House correspondents after his confirmation, Adamu promised to re-organize the Police Force for efficiency to face issues of banditry, kidnapping, insurgency and general insecurity across the country squarely. Adamu said he had briefed the council on the security situation in the country and the efforts the force was making in addressing the situation, noting that he was ready to confront the situation headlong. He said after he made presentations on the strategies he had put in place to address the security challenges in the country to the council, he was confirmed as the IGP. He said: “I was ushered in and I briefed the council on the security situation in the country and the efforts we are putting in place or have put in place to address the security challenges. After the presentation, I was confirmed as the IGP.” Adamu said his confirmation by the Police Council was a huge task to governors would strive to lobby, engage and use all means within the ambit of the law to influence policies. On his vision for the future as NGF chairman, Fayemi said among others: “As we celebrate the past, we also look to the future with hope and faith. ‘’We look to a future in which the NGF would continue to advance our goals and objectives as a unified platform – where the leadership continues to be accountable; where every governor continues to have an equal voice, and where the democratic principles of broad-based consultation and consensus building are practiced in reaching key decisions. We look forward to an NGF that would continue to build on the very cordial relationship we have with the Presidency and .Adamu. the entire force to put in more energy in helping to address the security situation in the country. According to him, “what it means for us is that we have been given a huge task to make sure that we provide security within the country and make the country crime-free, which means that we have to redouble our efforts. Whatever strategy we have put in place, we have to look at it, and re-strategize day in day out to ensure that insecurity in the country is at the barest minimum. “We have to look at our strategy and re-strategize and also look at our personnel to re-organize the way our system is structured, identify the right personnel in the right places to have them do the job. So, it requires restrategizing for us to be able to dig deep into what is happening in the North West so as to deal with the situation squarely.'' Customers win N59m in Access Bank’s DiamondXtra savings scheme ACCESS Bank Plc has rewarded 1,016 customers with over N59 million in its DiamondXtra season 11 first quarterly draw. Mrs Nnenna Chukwu was the winner of the star prize, winning N100,000 per month for 20 years in the salary for life category. Others are Nwoko Chibuikem, Aliyu Umar and Adewale Adekoya. Mrs Chukwu, who could not contain her excitement, said she opened the DiamondXtra account a long time ago and was not expecting to win in the savings scheme, while also thanking the bank for providing the opportunity for her to save and win at the same time. Speaking during the prize presentation in Lagos, Executive Director, Retail Banking, Access Bank Plc, Victor Etuokwu, said the DiamondXtra initiative is the bank’s little way of other arms of government at all levels, but would not shirk in our responsibility to constructively criticise, engage, lobby, and invariably use all means within the ambit of the law to influence the nature of laws and policies so that they have greater positive impact on the citizenry, and lead to greater peace and harmony in our great country.'' Buhari congratulates Fayemi Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Mr. Fayemi on his emergence as the Chairman of NGF. The President, in a statement by Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity said Fayemi’s choice by consensus indicated the degree of confidence in him by his colleagues. He urged the new chairman to see the election as a unique opportunity to forge a harmonious and fruitful working relationship with the Federal Government and other tiers of government. “The focal objective of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum at all times ought to be the higher interest of the people of this country above partisan, political, religious or regional differences,” he said. Buhari said the Federal Government would continue to support the Forum in its laudable objectives. NGF under Fayemi will support Buhari — APC Similarly, APC while congratulating Fayemi, said NGF under Fayemi will support President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in delivering good governance to Nigerians. Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC National Publicity Secretary, said NGF’s unanimous election of Fayemi on Wednesday night to lead it till 2021 was indeed a right choice. He said: “We are confident that NGF under Fayemi’s leadership will continue in this best practice by cooperating with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in delivering on the change agenda for Nigerians.” creating, adding value and meeting the needs of its customers as well as rewarding them for their patronage. He said the bank is committed to rewarding its shareholders for their patronage, adding that ''DiamondXtra is the best banking product in the country at the moment. “This is the 11th edition and the product has been rewarding Nigerians and it is something that we think is important as every little thing you do helps.''


Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019—15 FG to take reading culture campaign to motor parks, schools By Chinedu Adonu ENUGU—THE Federal Government through the National Library Commission, has concluded plans to take the campaign for mass literacy and revival of reading culture to motor parks, hospitals and schools across the country. National Librarian, Professor Lenrie Aina, made this known during the 2019 readership promotion campaign on the theme: Reviving moribund culture of reading in Nigeria for sustainable national development, in Enugu. He disclosed that the campaign, over the years, was focused on children and youths in primary and secondary schools by way of sensitising, informing and educating them on reading culture. Professor Aina, who was represented by Mr. Odigba Abel, disclosed that this year’s campaign would be taken to motor parks across the nation. According to him, “today, the readership promotion campaign is also simultaneously taking place in Imo, Plateau and Abia. “The objectives of the campaign are to encourage reading among Nigerians by way of promoting availability of good reading materials to Nigerians and collectively seeking solution to address identified obstacles to reading culture in Nigeria.” The Vice Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Peter Obi (2nd right), presenting a cheque of N1 million to Msgr Luke Anameze(right) in support of the Catholic Visitation Hospital at Umuchu. With them are the hospital manager, Fr. Joseph Nwiloh (2nd left) and Professor Stella Okunna (left). Certificate of Return: Court halts proceedings on Okorocha’s suit By Ikechukwu Nnochiri A BUJA—GOVERNOR Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, on Wednesday, suffered a set-back in his bid to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to issue him a Certificate of Return as the Senator- elect for Imo West Senatorial District. The Federal High Court in Abuja suspended further proceedings on the suit he lodged against the electoral body, to await the outcome of an appeal that was filed by the senatorial candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, in the election, Chief Osita Izunaso. Justice Okon Abang, who adjourned further proceedings in the matter before him, said he received affidavit of fact dated May 20, which Izunaso who is the third defendant in the matter, filed to notify the court of the pendency of his appeal. Izunaso had gone before the appellate court to challenge the decision of the high court to assume jurisdiction over the case Okorocha brought before it. In his six grounds of appeal, Izunaso contended that the high court was wrong when it exercised jurisdiction to join Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as a defendant in the suit. He argued that the court ought to have first determined whether or not it had any jurisdiction to entertain Okorocha’s case, before it proceeded to join other interested parties to the suit. Besides, it is the case of the appellant that the trial court misdirected itself in law by assuming jurisdiction after the same court made a finding that a court cannot proceed in the face of preliminary objections challenging its jurisdiction. He argued that Justice Abang erred in law and misapplied the principles in the decision of Inakoju v. Adeleke (2007) LPELR- 1510 (SC) and order 29 (1)(a) of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure rules 2009, which dealt with a situation where a court is faced with the issue of determining a challenge of its jurisdiction and the hearing of the substantive suit. The appellant accordingly urged the Court of Appeal to allow his appeal and set aside the ruling of the trial court made on May 8, 2019. Meanwhile, before further proceedings was suspended in the matter, Okorocha, through his lawyer, Mr. Kehinde Ogunwumiju(SAN), alleged a deliberate attempt by Izunaso and others to frustrate his case. Enugu ex-legislators lament 20 yrs salaries, allowances arrears By Dennis Agbo ENUGU— MEMBERS of the Second session of Enugu State House of Assembly, who served between 1999 and 2003 have lamented unpaid salaries and allowances being owed them for 20 years. They said their members were dying out of poverty whereas their legitimate entitlements were being held by the same government they served faithfully. The surviving members made the lamentation yesterday, on the floor of the House of Assembly during a valedictory session for one of the members of the 2nd Assembly, Uchenna Ekete, who died recently. Speaking on the grounds of tribute to the departed member, Hyacinth Nsude, who represented Igboetiti West state constituency, recalled that another member of the same Second Assembly, Linus Ali, died as a result of financial incapability. He said: “These people would have lived if they had money to take care of their medical bills. We, some of the members that are still alive are begging Enugu State government to please pay us our salaries and allowances so that we can live. “At this moment, our colleagues are talking about pension in other states but here we are, still pleading to be paid salaries and allowances owed for 20 years.” For C. C. Orjiokpara of the same session: “Our salaries were seized by the then administration. Now, we are detained after discharge from hospitals because we can’t pay our bills.” Others, in their speeches, described late Ekete as a defender of democracy and human rights. Professor Charles Igwe emerges 15th UNN VC By Ikechukwu Odu N SUKKA—THE contest for the 15th Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, has ended with the emergence of Professor Charles Igwe. Igwe, who jostled for the position with 64 other professors, emerged the best after screening by UNN's Governing Council. Confirming the development, the Deputy Registrar of the Governing Council, Charles Ebizie, said Professor James By Chinonso Alozie O WERRI— MINISTER of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, has promised that the Agricultural Machinery and Development Institute, in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, started in 2012, will be completed soon. Vanguard learned that part of the problem of the delay of the project was due to lack of funds, which was discovered during the minister’s visit to the location of the project. Onu added that the institute when completed, would serve as a place for designing and producing Ogbonna came second, while Professor Cyprain Onyeji took the third position. He described the processes that produced Igwe as free and fair. While speaking to Vanguard, representative of the Ministry of Education in the Council, Ozordi Nwokoye, said: “The UNN Council of Senate constituted the selection team and following due process, Professor Charles Igwe emerged the best and he was duly appointed.” Asked how he feels over his appointment, Igwe exclaimed “I am so happy. My God has done it again.” Imo Agric Devt Institute 'll be completed—Minister Fayemi 'll do well as NGF chair— Ohakim By Chinonso Alozie O WERRI—THE immediate past governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, yesterday, said he's very sure the newly-elected chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, Kayode Fayemi, has what it takes to succeed in leading other governors. Ohakim, whose commendation came through his Chief Press Secretary, Collins Ughala in Owerri, added that his conviction is that Fayemi has a “strong character and impeccable integrity.” He said among other things that he offered agricultural machines. According to the Minister, “at some point, we were number one importer of rice. That situation obviously was unacceptable. But today, we are doing well, we are importing very little and we are producing so much of rice. “Though we are still going to produce more, we need to mechanise our agriculture; we need to bring in a lot of technology so our agricultural processes need to be very competitive. “If we do not bring the appropriate technology, it will be very difficult for us to remain very competitive and whatever achievement we make in productivity, we will not be able to sustain it. prayers to Fayemi’s leadership and advised him to work with the federal government to end the plethora of challenges facing Nigerians. He said: “I join other well meaning Nigerians in congratulating my friend, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State on his emergence as the new chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF. “His emergence is good for Nigerians. I have no doubt that he will bring his vast experience to bear in the performance of the functions of his new office, and he will succeed. “I will liaise with his colleagues on the best way to address the various challenges faced by the component states.”


16—Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 CONFERENCE: From left— Director, Operations, Bridge Gap Consult, Ms. Mosunmola Obembe, GMD, Afromedia Plc, Mr. Femi Olaiya, Founder, Farmshoppe, Mrs. Mosunmola Umoru and Ohimai Atafo, during the Games of Business conference in Lagos. Photo: Akeem Salau. Senate passes bill to change Yaba Tech to City varsity By Olasunkanmi Akoni ABUJA—THE Senate has passed a bill to convert the Yaba College of Technology, YABATECH, to City University of Technology. Senator Gbenga Ashafa, representing Lagos East Senatorial district, who sponsored the bill, led the debates on the bill and the Federal Polytechnic Iwerekun, Ibeju-Lekki Establishment bill. The City University Establishment bill seeks to convert the Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos to a University, while the Federal Polytechnic Iwereun Ibeju-Lekki bill seeks to establish a Polytechnic in Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos State. Ashafa, in his contribution stated that if Nigeria aims to become one of the world’s leading economies, Nigeria must be ready to adjust and position its educational institutions. Ashafa said: “I am personally excited by the prospect of transforming this polytechnic to a University of Technology because it will motivate both students and academic staff just as it will upgrade its facilities and enhance its capability to achieve its objectives. •As Ashafa makes case for educational devt “If Nigeria as planned should aim to become one of the world’s leading economies as currently being pursued by Warri/Uvwie Area Devt Law to boost infrastructure devt —Oghenesivbe By Elizabeth Uwandu WARRI—THE Warri/ Uvwie and environ Special Area Development Law is a deliberate effort of government, crafted to speed up huge infrastructural development in line with Gov. Okowa's administration second tenure "Stronger Delta" socioeconomic remodeling agenda. Executive Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Communications, Dr Fred Oghenesivbe, in a statement commended the visionary leadership of the Governor, for his leadership ingenuity as can be seen from this administration's genuine commitment towards the speedy overall development of the three senatorial districts in the state. He noted that Warri/ Uvwie and environs deserved prime focus in infrastructural development as a result of its huge commercial activities and as government, we must be ready to adjust and position our educational institutions so that its products are geared for the technological host communities for crude oil exploration and key stakeholders in revenue generation like other communities across the state. Oghenesivbe, a member of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, NIIA, further disclosed that development of Warri/ Uvwie and environs will provide jobs for both skilled and unskilled labourers thereby advancing the prosperity of the people in the area and beyond in terms of specialised services, increased Old girls association tasks alma mata on study By Alemma Aliu BENIN CITY—OLD girls of Presentation National High School, PNHS, Ugbekun near Benin City, has urged the students to take responsibility for their lives, just as they were admonished to study and ensure they discover their talents to make them develop and be responsible citizens of the country. Speaking to the students when the set of 1994 donated 12 water heaters to the school, the set’s spokesperson, Mrs Adesua Okofu said they were giving back to the school because of what they gained while in the school. She said "Make your decisions and always move forward. Forget the sad times quickly and enjoy the happy times challenges inherent in such projections. Our educational authorities are moving to revamp our institutions for these objectives.” commercial activities and good roads network for transportation of raw and finished products in and out of the area. He said: "Warri, Uvwie and environs shall soon be transformed into an enviable area expected of modern cities through government deliberate efforts to facilitate infrastructural development which will in turn jack up result oriented commercial activities and restore superlative night life and in the same token promote tourism." slowly, along the way, take courage with you so that you are not halted. "High School captured a truly unique time in life. One starts school as a child, and leaves as a young woman. It's the expectation that the education you received and the values you have internalized up till this point will have prepared you not just for higher education, but also for life. The people you have around you now - classmates, students and staff." "During your youth the vitality and impact of community can be hard to fully appreciate, but the truth is that no person was ever raised without a community. This is why it is important to get into the habit of giving back, no matter how little you have." Oil slumps 5%, U.S. crude at its cheapest since March OIL prices plunged about 5 percent yester day, with U.S. crude at its lowest since March, as trade tensions dampened the demand outlook, putting the crude benchmarks on course for their biggest daily and weekly falls in six months. World shares were deep in the red as concerns grew the China-U.S. trade conflict was fast turning into a technology cold war between the world’s two largest economies. “Again, we’re seeing the effect of worries about the trade issue on demand,” said Gene McGillian, Vice President at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut. Funds and money managers who had built up long positions are “heading to the exits” as trade concerns dim the demand outlook, he said. Brent crude futures, the international benchmark, hit a session low of $67.53 per barrel, trading down $3.15, or 4.5 percent, at $67.84. Meanwhile, U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down by $3.21, or 5.2 percent, at $58.19 per barrel. The contract earlier fell to a session low of $57.92, the lowest since March 15. British Airways to resume Pakistan flights next week after a decade BRITISH Airways, BA, will resume flights to Pakistan next week a decade after it suspended operations following a major hotel bombing, becoming the first Western airline to restart flights to the South Asian country. BA halted service to Pakistan in the wake of the 2008 Marriott Hotel bombing in the capital Islamabad that took place during a period of devastating Islamist militant violence in Pakistan. Security has since improved, with militant attacks sharply down in the mainly Muslim country of 208 million people, reviving Pakistan as a destination for tourist and investors. “The final touches are coming together for the airline’s return ahead of the first flight on Sunday June 2,” British Airways said in a statement. It will launch a three-perweek service to London Heathrow, it said. US, China exchange barbs over Huawei as trade tensions flare UNITED States and China had a heated exchange yesterday, with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accusing the chief executive of Huawei Technologies of lying about his company’s ties to the communist government and Beijing saying Washington must end its “wrong actions” if it wants trade talks to continue. The United States placed Huawei Technologies Co Ltd on a trade blacklist last week, effectively banning U.S. firms from doing business with the world’s largest telecom network gear maker and escalating a trade battle between the world’s two biggest economies. World shares fell sharply yesterday as concerns grew that the China-U.S. trade conflict was fast turning into a technology cold war. Pompeo told CNBC the chief executive of China’s Huawei Technologies was lying about his company’s lack of ties to the Beijing government, and he believed more U.S. companies would cut ties with the tech giant. “The company is deeply tied not only to China but to the Chinese Communist Party. And that connectivity, the existence of those connections puts American information that crosses those networks at risk,” Pompeo told CNBC in an interview. Zambia to undertake regular audits at all mines — Minister ZAMBIAN Mines Minister Richard Musukwa said the government will undertake regular audits at all mines to avoid any repeat of the issues at Vedanta unit Konkola Copper Mines (KCM), which the country said breached the terms of its licence. A high court order this week named a Zambian law firm as the liquidator to oversee KCM, a move that has whipped up concerns among the mining community about rising resource nationalism in Africa. Musukwa said the government’s action at KCM “should not be misconstrued as nationalisation”. Some stories credited to Reuters


Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 — 17 destructive enemities. If more Naija leaders shared their benign, intelligent and mature mindsets, our country might be in much better shape! I didn’t know at the time that Dickson and Fayemi would soon be honoured by colleagues who shared my high opinion of them; and I (forgive my smugness!) felt like a particularly good judge of character when they were both singled out a couple of days ago. Leadership batons ON Friday April 12, I told Vanguard readers that I’d recently travelled to Rwanda - to attend a conference for African Chief Executives; and I praised, as follows, some of the Nigerian VIPs who spoke at this event, including Bayelsa State Governor, Mr. Seriake Dickson, and Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Governor of Ekiti State:- [They] spoke very eloquently and provided me and other members of their audiences with valuable learning experiences. Reader responses ON a number of occasions over the years, I have quoted white people who do not see black folks in a lofty light. Last week, I quoted Lord Lugard, the colonial Governor- General, who accused us of various shortcomings…and Julian Van Abele, an American student who feels that most of the world’s achievements boil down to the achievements of white males. Here are some of the responses I received from Vanguard readers: Nosike Uduezue Re: A white colonial’s opinion of us You have in the past posted what the former president of South Africa, P. W. Botha, said about Africans: “We have demonstrated that we are superior to the blacks in a thousand ways. The Republic of South Africa has not been created by wishful thinking. We have created at the expense of intelligence, sweat and blood. We do not pretend like other whites that we like blacks. The fact that blacks look like human beings does not necessarily make them •L-r: Ekiti State governor Kayode Fayemi and Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson, in Rwanda, jointly holding a copy of a magazine in which Dickson’s performance was praised Deserved victories And, by the way, I and many other Nigerian and non- Nigerian onlookers were especially impressed by the fact that though Fayemi (APC) and Dickson (PDP) belong to different political parties that had just emerged from bruising electoral battles back reasonable human beings. Hedgehogs are not porcupines, lizards are not crocodiles simply because they look alike. If God wanted us to If Africans wish to be taken seriously they have to work harder and stay back in their respective countries and stop trooping to Europe and America where the whites have worked hard to make their own countries comfortable be equal to the blacks he would have created us of uniform colour and intellect but he created us differently. The blacks cannot rule themselves, give them guns and they will kill each other. They are good at nothing else but making noise, dancing, marrying many wives and home, they related to each other very warmly and cerebrally in Rwanda. Of course, they couldn’t possibly agree on every topic. But they focussed on the bigger picture, rather than on petty rivalries, thereby proving themselves to be well indulging in sex. Let us all accept that the black man is the symbol of poverty, mental inferiority, laziness, and emotional incompetence and that the white man was created to rule the black man and that the black man is a creature which lacks foresight,” and you wanted Vanguard readers to comment. I did not comment but I made copies and distributed to some persons. Majority of the people that I sampled…agreed with Botha. They said it was brutal but it was a fact and that Africans must do serious introspection. Now you have come up with what Lugard and Von Abele said. Several readers who commented [on the Vanguard website] were abusive and I feel sorry for the black man because we lie to ourselves and are hypocritical and cannot even engage in honest intelligent debate. I agree with Lugard. I also feel that if Africans wish to be taken seriously they have to work harder and stay back in their respective countries and stop trooping to Europe and America where the whites have worked hard to make their own countries comfortable… …I also agree with Von Abele brought-up, civilized gentlemen who prioritise collective development issues. The likes of Fayemi and Dickson remind and teach us, by avoiding avoidable rancour, that it is not necessary for political differences of opinion to become bitter and that whites are superior in the meantime until Africans prove otherwise. From Ifeka Okonkwo (ifekaokonkwo@yahoo.com) Donu, I feel so sad that the march to greatness of our country by our selfless founding fathers, was halted by the military on January 15,1966. Since the end of the Nigerian Civil War on January 15, 1970, all those who had been at the helm of the affairs of our country, instead of harnessing our abundant natural resources to make our country fully developed like the Asian Tigers, or Dubai, have regrettably brought our country down on her knees and our present quagmire, due to their insatiable greed, lack of foresight and acquisition of obsence wealth from our common till! The views expressed by Lord Fredrick Lugard and Julian Van Abele, are true of the calamity that has befallen our country in the hands of our clueless ruling class since the demise of the first republic. If the whites had managed our resources during the oil boom years till date, our country could have been fully On Wednesday night, Fayemi’s peers (Dickson included) decided that he should take over from Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara as Chairman of the all-party Nigeria Governors’ Forum. Almost simultaneously - also on Wednesday night - Dickson’s peers decided that he should collect the leadership baton from Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo, the soon-to-depart Governor of Gombe, and henceforth head the PDP Governors’ Forum. Congrats galore to two charismatic men of substance; I confidently predict that the fora they are chairing - and the nation as a whole - will benefit enormously from their stewardships. developed like the first world countries and not the world’s capital of the poorest of the poor! This is a country that is going bankrupt and heavily in debt, but is still foolishly practising the expensive presidential system of government that pays our politicians the highest salaries and allowances in the whole world. I weep for our country, as I see no end to our sufferings in the midst of plenty with our present crop of selfish politicians who are only thinking about who will be the presiding officers of National Assembly and the 2023 general elections and not how to better our lot and most importantly how to tackle the worsening unprecedented general insecurity of lives and property we are going through now, in our hapless country! Responses To Donzol2002@Yahoo.co.uk Or To 0802 747 6458 Or 0811 675 9752. Please kindly note that unless you specifically request anonymity, your email or text message may be published with your name and contact details attached.


18 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 WHEN an individual or a family is bored of staying indoors and needs a quiet place to sit, stare and meditate, but does not want to go too far away from their immediate environment, the answer is a public garden, a recreation ground, or what is called municipal park in developed countries. Researches have proved that recreation, sports, arts appreciation and outdoor pursuits reduce selfdestructive and anti-social behaviours which have recently reared their ugly heads among us in the spate of suicides. Recreation in parks build strong families, healthy communities, and improve the quality of life of residents. According to a study conducted for the California Outdoor Recreation Planning Programme, CORPP, published in 2005 by California State Parks, recreation reduces obesity, diminishes risks of chronic disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and Need for municipal recreational parks osteoporosis; boosts immune system, and increases life expectancy. Mentally, recreation and parks reduce depression, relieve stress, improve quality of life, promote self-esteem, personal and spiritual growth, and life satisfaction. The benefits of recreation associated with parks are indeed limitless. Our traditional African societies must have learned all these by intuition, which informed their policy to reserve open spaces called village squares where individuals could go and mingle with others. No doubt, this is part of the reasons our forebears lived longer and happier than many of us do now. Today, those entrusted with the responsibility of planning our urban environments have almost completely excluded community parks in the plans. Not long ago in Lagos, a nongovernmental organisation, NGO, had tried to save a large open space in a local community which had served as a park for decades. Residents used to go there in the evening to unwind while little children played around. As soon as a tarred road was built across the community and the value of landed property skyrocketed, “owners” of the land started selling it off. The NGO did everything it could to raise money (including approaching the local government) in order to pay off the owners and reserve the space to continue to serve the community as a park, but no one was interested. Today, that open sandy space has been crowded by haphazardly-built houses. It is sad, that even at national level, there are only about eight national parks in Nigeria in spite of the fact that those parks are far removed from our immediate local communities, thus denying the people of their abovenamed benefits. We have built up most of the open spaces created by the British colonial masters and replaced them with meaningless junk concrete structures. We need as many community parks as possible. This is an urgent assignment for the National Parks Governing Board and relevant agencies at states and local government levels. OPINION Dealing with rising wave of suicide By Tayo Ogunbiyi RECENT happenings across the country show that there is an alarming upsurge in suicide cases. Usually, Nigerians are considered lovers of life and as such would never contemplate suicide for whatever reason. But recent occurrences in the country have since changed that. Experts have affirmed that this current situation might not be unconnected with prevalence of depression among Nigerians. The Medilexicon’s Medical Dictionary depicts depression as medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Depression is more than just a feeling of being sad or moody for a few days. Symptoms of depression include feeling sad or empty, loss of interest in favourite activities, over eating, or not wanting to eat at all, not being able to sleep or sleeping too much, fatigue, feeling of hopelessness, irritation, anxiety, guilt, aches, pains, thought of death or suicide, erratic or changed behaviour, loneliness, desperation, among others. It can also lead to marital troubles as depression victims find it very hard adjusting to family values and ethics. Causes of depression are complex and vary, depending on the particular disorder and individuals. Genetics, drugs, loss, disease or injury, neurocognitive and psychological mechanisms, and life experiences, society and culture, can all contribute to depression in people. The most common view, however, is that depression tends to result from genetic vulnerabilities and environmental stressors that combine to trigger disorder. From all indications, the nation’s tough economic situation has increased the number of citizens who run the risk of clinical depression. Reports indicate that the rate of marital break ups has increased, while matrimonial violence occasioned by economic woes has equally multiplied significantly even as more men now abscond from home to escape growing economic responsibilities. Thus, we now have more women who are over burdened with excruciating domestic pressures. Cases of pronounced mental health condition have also increased. Along major cities in the country, you are likely to come across clean and beautifully dressed compatriots who talk and walk alone, actually without any destination in mind. This, to medical workers is a vital sign of depressioninduced insanity, which if not quickly attended to could lead to serious psychiatric condition. Obviously, if depression is not properly addressed, it could culminate in suicide. Suicide is almost a strange occurrence in our clime as Nigerians are, perhaps, the most optimistic set of people on earth. The resilience of a typical Nigerian as well as his dynamic spiritual fortitude makes suicide the least of his contemplations. Recent events have, however, altered this entire hypothesis. So, Nigerians are not, after all, immune from suicide. Depression could also result into mental illness. Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Mental illnesses cannot be overcome through “will power” and are not related to a person’s “character” or intelligence. This illness falls along a continuum of severity. The causes of mental illness are complex and vary according to the particular disorder and individuals. Genetics, early Not managing mental health in the workplace has a huge impact on individuals and is equally bad for business development, drugs, a loss of family member, disease or injury, neurocognitive and psychological mechanisms, and life experiences, society and culture, can all contribute to the development or progression of different mental disorders in people. The most common, view, however, is that mental disorder tends to result from genetic vulnerabilities and environmental stressors combining to cause patterns of dysfunction or trigger disorder. Signs of mental health condition include erratic or changed behaviour, depression, loneliness, desperation, among others. No matter how seemingly the effects of mental health issues are, whether it is depression, epilepsy, dementia, alcohol dependence or death, they can be managed effectively with the affected individual living a reasonably normal life. Not managing mental health in the workplace has a huge impact on individuals and is equally bad for business too, with an estimated annual cost to employers of over 25 billion pounds. Recent survey indicates 40 per cent of employers view workers with mental health conditions as a significant risk while 42 percent of employers are still underestimating the relevance of mental health in their workplace. Given the negative perception from employers, many applicants may feel that it is in their best interest not to disclose their mental conditions. Today, 73 percent of work places across the globe still have no formal mental health policy. To stem current tide of depression, mental illness and suicide across the country, the Federal Government must make concerted efforts to fix the economy. The National Assembly should be more involved in activities that would make our economy to become buoyant again. State governments should look inward to develop their local economies while faith based organisations, NGOs, the media and relevant government agencies should be resolute on the futility of suicide. At family level, more channels of communication should be opened. Emotional healing occurs whenever a problem is shared. •Ogunbiyi is of the Lagos State Ministry of Information and Strategy, Alausa, Ikeja


Finance ministry set to automate import duty exemption processes CURRENCY BUYING SELLING US DOLLAR POUNDS EURO FRANC YEN CFA WAUA RENMINBI RIYAL SDR DANISH RAND By Michael Eboh THE Ministry of Finance, yes terday said it has received clearance from the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, ICRC, for its proposed Import Duty Exemption Certificate, IDEC, project. A statement from the ministry said it received the Full Business Case Certificate of Compliance for the IDEC project as part of the Federal Government’s commitment to blocking leakages and improve the revenue base of the country. The Finance Minister, Ms Zainab Ahmed, was quoted as saying that an IDEC portal would be set up to help the Federal Government control, track and monitor the import duty exemption certificate that it issues, monitor the performance of the beneficiary companies and interface the IDEC system with the Nigeria Customs Service. She added, however, that the Finance ministry would have to get the approval of the Federal Executive Council before engaging the Public Private Partnership, PPP, model for the implementation of the project. Director-General of ICRC, Engr. Chidi Izuwah, noted that the IDEC project would enable the country cut the huge revenue losses attributable to manual process to the tune of over N2 trillion. He said, “The statement in the minister’s letter that the non implementation of this project caused a revenue loss of N2.5 trillion in 2017 and N2.1 trillion in 2018, we considered this a national revenue emergency and we gave it the needed attention and turned it around very quickly.” Izuwah further noted that the Federal Ministry of Finance under Section 12 of the ICRC Act is required to supervise this project and ensure that government realises full value and the interest of government protected. He added, however, that the ICRC, under Section 10 of its Act, was required to collaborate with the $93.30 1.55 2,429.00 -16.00 $11.64 0.02 $67.17 -3.82 $57.52 -3.90 305.9 306.4 306.9 386.627 387.259 387.8909 340.7726 341.3296 341.8866 303.5023 303.9984 304.4945 2.7802 2.7847 2.7892 0.5018 0.5118 0.5218 420.819 421.5069 422.1947 44.2139 44.2866 44.3593 81.5646 81.698 81.8313 421.4996 422.1886 422.8775 45.6159 45.6904 45.765 . 21.1596 21.1942 21.2288 CBN Exchange rate as at 23/05/2019 From left: Alex Goma, Director of Strategy & External Relations, PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc; Abiola Laseinde, Company Secretary/Head, Corporate Services, PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc; Oscar N. Onyema, Chief Executive Officer, The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE); Christos Giannopoulos, Chief Executive Officer, PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc; Mrs Elizabeth Ebi, Non-Executive Director, PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc; Joyce Folake Coker, Group Human resources Director, PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc and Pedro Barreto, Chief Finance Officer, PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc during a Closing Gong Ceremony to commemorate the company’s 120 years anniversary at the Exchange. Federal Ministry of Finance and regularly inspect the project and ensure that both the public and the private sectors are in compliance with the agreements entered into. He appealed to the finance minister to assist the ICRC and the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit, PICA, finalise discussions concerning the Special Concession Account, which, according to him, would be a huge opportunity to increase the revenue that is available to the government and block leakages. Speaking in the same vein, Permanent Secretary, Special Duties Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 — 19 in the Ministry of Finance, Dr. Muhammad Dikwa, noted that the whole process, which started in 2008, had attained a landmark feat in 2019, while he urged directors and staff of the Ministry of Finance to take full advantage of the portal to ensure that every leakage is blocked. FG assures investors on development of special economic zones By Yinka Kolawole THE Federal Government has assured strategic investment partners and advisers on the Nigeria Special Economic Zone Investment Company Limited (NSEZCO) of its commitment to the development of special economic zones (SEZs) across the country, adding that NSEZCO is on course to raise $500m for SEZs. NSEZCO is a special purpose vehicle set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria to facilitate Public Private Partnerships with development finance institutions and other investors, to develop SEZs across the country. Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo gave the assurance at a meeting with representatives of the investment partners of NSEZCO, including the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), Bank of Industry (BoI), Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), African Development Bank (AfDB) and the legal advisers, Aluko & Oyebode. A statement by Laolu Akande, Media aide to the Vice President, made available to Vanguard yesterday, said the Osinbajo assured the investors of the federal government’s readiness to offer all required support to complete their investments in the company. According to the statement, the vision and plan of the Buhari Administration is to make Nigeria the pre-eminent manufacturing hub in Sub-Saharan Africa and a major exporter of manufactured products. Osinbajo reiterated the government’s commitment to Project MINE (Made in Nigeria for Exports), a Presidential Priority Intervention project, using SEZs to achieve the objectives of boosting manufacturing’s share of GDP to 20%, generating $30billion in annual export earnings and creating 1.5 million new jobs in the export-oriented manufacturing value chain. “The project is fundamental for us as industrialisation is a major pillar of our Economy Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP),” the statement quoted Osinbajo. The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who was also at the meeting, informed the investors that the recent investigation into the affairs of NSEZCO was to establish the integrity of the federal government and the propriety of its actions in the light of the negative perceptions created in the media. Earlier in his remark, Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, said from all indications, NSEZCO remains on course to raise $500million for investment in SEZs in Nigeria. SEC, NSE streamline process to encourage more listings By Nkiruka Nnorom IN a move to encourage more companies to list on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, and the NSE have said they are streamlining the listing approval process to ensure that it is more efficient and cost effective. The streamlined process, which will come into effect on June 1, 2019, is aimed at reducing the regulatory burden on issuers by eliminating duplication of processes between SEC and NSE, reducing the time to market for the issuance and listing of securities and ultimately driving more listing on the Exchange. SEC said in a notice that with the streamlined processes, the Commission and NSE will carry out joint site visits of companies intending to get listed following the registration of their securities with SEC. Consequently, some offer documents such as Vending Agreement, Underwriting Agreement, Trust Deed and ISPO, identified to be strictly within Counterfeiting major challenge plaguing lubricant industry — GM 11Plc By Prince Okafor T HE General Manager Lubes, 11Plc, Umesh Malik, has said that counterfeit lubricant remains the greatest challenge plaguing the lubricant industry in Nigeria. Malik said this, yesterday, as the company officially unveiled its Mobil Super 1000 and 2000 peel and win promo 2.0 in Lagos, targeted at rewarding its customers across the country. Speaking during the launch, Malik said: “The biggest challenge facing the lubricant industry in Nigeria is the influx of counterfeit lubricant in the market. This is a serious menace in the nation’s market. At Mobil, we will continue to ensure that our customers get the highest performance product available to them. We will always continue to upgrade our product performance.” Also commenting on the challenge of adulterated lubricants in the country, the company’s Automotive and Distributor Business Manager, Seun Oke said: “Part of what we are doing is that we want to ensure that people return gallons to our stations to ensure they are registered for the promo. A number of those bottles out there are what people pick and reuse for adulterated products. “Apart from this, we are also putting a process in place to ensure that our gallons have super seal on them. This super seal cap which we did not have on our product before covers the gallon and that way people can no longer open the cap with ease unlike what we have in the past. “We are also working with Consumer Protection Council, CPC, Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, and other relevant agencies, to see how we can curb the advent of adulterated products in the country.” the jurisdiction of SEC are to be submitted only to SEC. Also, the Exchange will rely on SEC for approval of offer documents such as the Prospectus. Mr. Isiyaku Bala Tilde, Ag. Executive Commissioner Operations, SEC, said: “Streamlining the issuance process with the listing process of NSE is a major milestone for the Commission in its quest to create an enabling environment capable of attracting new listings. One of our core values is leading by example, and we hope that other stakeholders will also look inward to explore similar initiatives, which will ensure quick time to market of securities in our market. We have no doubt that the streamlined process will enhance the competitiveness of the Nigerian capital market as a global investment destination.”


20 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 Mobilising Nigeria's human and natural resources for national development and stability By Olusegun Obasanjo Preamble 1. Let me begin by saying that it is quite an honour for me to be chosen to give the keynote address at this most distinguished gathering of the people of God. Before continuing, please permit me to commend and congratulate Yourlordship the Bishop of Oleh Diocese, Rt. Rev. (DR.)John U. Aruakpor, the clergy, and, indeed, the entire laity of the Diocese for sustaining the timehonoured tradition of and requirement for annual synods. As all of us are well aware, synods such as this affords us all including the bishop, the clergy and the laity the opportunity, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to rejuvenate our relationship with Almighty God by reviewing the events and activities of the diocese over the previous year, and then map out the events for the coming year. I sincerely pray that by the time the synod ends, the aims and objectives for which it was called would have been realised a hundredfold. 2. Your lordship, it is gladdening to note that the Church in Nigeria has continued to provide not only for the spiritual growth of the people, but also, for the overall physical wellbeing and welfare of Nigerians generally. The church has continued to play a very critical role in the overall growth and development of the country. It has continued, in the face of daunting challenges, to mould opinions, make critical interventions, and influence policies and general directions of the various tiers of governments in Nigeria. A clear testimony to this ennobling role of the church can be seen from the topic you have asked me to speak on, which is: Mobilising Nigeria’s Human and Natural Resources for National Development and Stability. Yes, the main mission of the Church is salvation of the soul but without ignoring the physical, mental and the general social wellbeing of humankind. Jesus said, “I come that they may have life and have it to the full”, John 10:10 (NIV). This topic is, to me, very apt, particularly as our dear country Nigeria keeps seeking for ways and means of overcoming the developmental challenges that confront it. I say this because, when closely examined, it can be seen that the topic is prescriptive, as against the general norm nowadays which tend to dwell only on the ills that afflict us as a peopleand they are many and consequently end up with only criticisms. But I must also hasten to say that criticism particularly objective criticism is good and important for development and growth and generally for human development. I, therefore, once more, commend Your lordship and the brains behind the Synod for deciding on this approach whose ultimate output would be recommendations on how to deal with the multifarious developmental challenges confronting Nigeria. 3. Accordingly, within the next 60 minutes or thereabout, I am going to try to complement your efforts by attempting to •Obasanjo look at the topic in some detail, and in so doing, share with you my views, ideas and experiences on how to mobilise the country’s immense human and natural resources in such a way as to facilitate Nigeria’s overall national development and stability. 4. To do the above, I am going to first look at the topic as a whole and try to break it down into its various components for ease of understanding by the audience. I will then, briefly explain some of the more important terms associated with the topic. Next, I will try to look at the ‘Nigeria Project’. This will entail trying to find out what the nation Nigeria is all about. I think that it is very pertinent and, indeed, apt to interrogate the notion of this entity called Nigeria, since, without doing so, could equate to building on a weak foundation! This topic is, to me, very apt, particularly as our dear country Nigeria keeps seeking for ways and means of overcoming the developmental challenges that confront it 5. Closely allied with the interrogation of the concept of the Nigeria Project will be an examination of those human and natural resources which it has pleased God to bless Nigeria with, and, of course, the ways and means to mobilise them to promote the country’s development and stability. 6. Next, we will try to look at the core issues surrounding Nigeria’s National Development. We will start by first establishing the facets and parameters of national development, and then trace its historical evolution as a national development tool in Nigeria. Continuing, we will compare the state of Nigeria’s national development with those of some other countries of the world. In my opinion, one very good way of doing this is to consider the concept referred to as the Human Development Index (HDI). We will look at some of the issues that go into the compilation of the index, with a view to seeing how our dear country fares in them. 7. After this, I will then come to the meat of my address, which is how to mobilise the country’s human and natural resources to engendersecurity and stability of the polity and promote overall national economic and social development and growth. 8. All these will lead us naturally to an examination of some of those challenges that have debarred us from achieving our goals as a nation, politically, economically and socially. 9. We will finally end by proffering right way forward and I will point at possible grave danger of moving knowingly or unknowingly on the wrong way. The Topic 10. Let us now start by looking at the topic to try and break it down into its component parts (for ease of understanding). As given, the topic is: Mobilising Nigeria’s Human and Natural Resources for National Development and Stability. 11. The first word in this topic is the action verb ‘mobilise’, and it is saying that we need to do something. Specifically, it is saying we need to ‘mobilise’: which is to put together to make ready, but mobilise what? 12. The answer forms the second segment of the topic, which is: Nigeria’s Human and NaturalResources, which then leads us to the third and final segment, which can also be framed as another question as follows: for what purpose? For National Development and Stability. So, taking as a whole, the topic wants us to discuss how to mobilise Nigeria’s human and natural resources for the purpose of achieving the country’s Development and Stability and I will add growth and progress just for emphasis. Explanation of some key concepts 13. Looking at the topic, the first term that I believe we all must be clear about is Mobilise (or Mobilising). Within the context of the topic, what do we mean by Mobilising? 14. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary of English language lists several meanings and usages of the word ‘mobilise’. However, for our purposes in this address, we go with the one which tells us that the word is the same as:to marshal, to bring together, to prepare (something such as power, force, wealth, etc.) for action, especially of a vigorous nature. In other words, we are looking at ways to marshal, to bring together or to prepare Nigeria’s abundant human and material resourcesin such a way as to realisethe essence, the rationale, or the raison d’êtreor main objective of government, in other words, the welfare and security of the people. Of course, the welfare and security of the people is, to a large extent, synonymous with national development and stability. Stability 15. Stability as a word also features in the topic. Referring once more to the Merriam- Webster dictionary, we are told that stability is: the quality, state, or degree of being stable, such as the strength to stand and endure: firmness – against or in the face of upheavals (social, political, and economic) and natural and man-made disasters. 16. With regards to our country Nigeria and for the purposes of this address, we are concerned with how to ensure that the Nigerian Polity (i.e., the State as a whole) is stable by efficiently mobilising and harnessing our human and natural resources to achieve the purpose of governance – welfare and well-being of the citizenry. National Development 17. Next, is National Development, or simply put, Development. So, what do we mean by Development? According to Wikipedia, Development is the process in which someone or something grows or changes and becomes more advanced. From this, I want to believe that everything that is created by God and has life need to grow and develop; whether it is we collectively as a people and as a nation Nigeria, or as individual human beings.In other words, growth and development are positive attributes. Anything God creates needs to grow and develop. To drive the point home, we must emphasise that the opposite of growth or development is to decrease, to diminish, to reduce or to become stunted. Later on in this address, we shall look at the state or status of Nigeria, especially as it was in 1960 when we gained independence, and compare it with what it is presently, to see the extent of growth as a nation or lack of it. 18. Explaining further, Wikipedia continued by telling us that Development is a process that creates growth, progress, positive change or the addition of physical, economic, environmental, social and demographic components. It further added that for any nation, the ultimate goal of development is a rise in the level and quality of life of the population, and the creation or expansion of local and regional income and employment opportunities and choices, without damaging the resources of the environment. Development is visible and useful, not necessarily immediately, and includes an aspect of quality change and the creation of conditions for a continuation of that change. Development cannot be static. Changed Notion of Development 19. Until the last two or three decades of the last century (especially while the Cold War was still on), when nations talked about national development, the emphasis was more on the growth of the economy (or economic growth as measured by GDP per capita), that is infrastructure, industrial output and growth, etc. Except for the western nations perhaps, very rarely did the welfare and wellbeing of the individual citizen come into reckoning. In fact, in some jurisdictions, the citizens themselves counted more as means of production, which explains the historical listing of population as one of the elements of national power. Human beings were expendable commodities in the quest for greatness – that can be reduced to a single dimension as economic creatures. Hence, GDP growth matters more than the welfare and well-being of the people. 20. However, following the collapse of the former Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War in 1990, there emerged a changed notion of the concept of development which now holds that people must be at the centre of all development: in other words, the central focus of all development efforts (or national development) must be to ensure the advancement of human flourishing and expanding the richness of human life. According to this new thinking, the end point of any developmental thinking or process must be the welfare and wellbeing of people themselves. Development, therefore, is for all the people, about all the people, for all the people and by all. This implies that no aspect of the development of any nation must be seen as an end in itself, but rather, as a means to acquiring human wellbeing and welfare. From this, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) espoused the concept of Human Development as the ultimate goal of National Development. In short, from 1990 onwards, the new paradigm of national development championed by the UNDP is called the human development approach – which emphasises enlarging people’s freedoms, choices and opportunities rather than economic growth. This has inspired and informed solutions and policies across the world, including, supposedly and I emphasise supposedly, our own dear country Nigeria. The Human Development Index (HDI) 21. Accordingly, the body (UNDP) defines human development as “the process of enlarging people’s choices,” said choices allowing them to “lead a long and healthy life, to be educated, to enjoy a decent standard of living,” as well as “political freedom, other guaranteed human rights and various ingredients of selfrespect. By 1990, the UNDP’s Human Development Report published the first Human Development Index (HDI) as a comprehensive annual tool for the measurement of human development in various nations of the world. The index is a summary measure of average achievement in key dimensions of human development i.e., a long and healthy life as measured by life expectancy at birth, being educated which is Continues on page 21 C M Y


Mobilising Nigeria's human and natural resources for national development and stability Continued from Page 20 measured by an education index (calculated using mean years of schooling and expected years of schooling), and ability to achieve a decent standard of living calculated on a nation’s Gross National Income (GNI) per capita. Nigeria's Human Development Since 1960 22. Now, having established the fact that the end product of every aspect of any nation’s national development agenda (be it GDP growth, industrial output, power output, infrastructural growth, agricultural advancement, etc) is the enhancement of human development of the people, we must now proceed to see how Nigeria, or, rather, Nigerians have fared since the country gained independence in 1960. For emphasis, it needs to be restated that irrespective of the level of growth in GDP and industry, infrastructural development, military prowess and power, even advancement in science and technology (all of which constitute indices of National Development), the now agreed ultimate indicator of any nation’s progress or development is in the advancement of human flourishing and expanding the richness of human life – i.e., how healthy and long one lives, and how happy, contented and fulfilled you are. All we are saying is that even if we have sent people into or conquered space, even if we have fastmoving trains, built ten-lane expressways linking all of our cities and towns, acquired or developed all the trappings of modernity, however in spite of these, the people themselves live a short and brutish life, then all the so-called development is superficial and nonsensical. This, in short, is the new paradigm of national development, and should be the focus of this gathering and any group of Nigerian citizenry as far as development is concerned. Classification of the World on the Basis of Human Development 23. By 1960, as it is today (and for historical reasons beyond the scope of this gathering), the nations of the world have always been classified into four categories as follows: highly developed(corresponding to highly industrialised), developed (industrialised), moderately developed, and under-developed (but to make it sound less offensive, developing). In terms of human development, these correspond to nations of very high human development (with very high HDI), nations of high human development (with high HDI), nations of medium human development (with moderate HDI), and lastly, nations of low human development with low HDI. 24. Specifically, and according to the UNDP standard of measurement, peoples living in nations with very high HDI have, on the average, a life expectancy (LExp) of 79.5 years; those with high HDI have LExp of 75; •Obasanjo those with medium HDI, a LExp of 69.9, while the LExp of those with low HDI is 60.8 years. By the way, the UNDP tells us that life expectancy (at birth) indicates the number of years a new-born infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life. It is a simple statistic indicating the level and quality of healthcare in any given country, the level of sanitation, and the provision of care for the elderly. 25. So the question now is: following this definition and classification, where was Nigeria by 1960, and where are we now – 58 years down the line? What was the average life expectancy of Nigeriansby 1960? 26. By 1960 and having just gained our independence, Nigeria was classified as an These maritime endowments are great assets that if adequately mobilised can lead to wealth and subsequently improvement of the human capital underdeveloped (or developing) country with very low HDI and anequally low LExp of just 37 years! However, just last month in April, the Acting Chairman of the National Population Commission, Alhaji Hassan Bashir, while delivering Nigeria’s statement at the 52nd Session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development in New York, informed the world that Nigeria’s average life expectancy has now increased to 52.2 years which puts us below low human development index of 60.8 years. To adequately appreciate whether this represents advancement or not, we must see how a few other countries have fared over the same period. We have moved down from 53 years which we were in 2015. We were only better than Chad and every other country was better than us. And at 52.6 years, Chad is better than us today at 52.2 years. Selected Nations’ Life Expectancy 1960 – 2018 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2015 2018 1. Nigeria 37 41 45.3 45.9 46.3 50.8 53 52.2 2. Ghana 45.8 49.3 52.2 56.8 57 60.9 62.4 3. Benin 37.3 42.2 47.2 53.8 53.8 59.2 57.6 4. Niger 35 35.9 39 43.5 49.9 56.8 59.7 5. Chad 38 41.3 44.7 47 47.6 50.2 52.6 6. Cameroon 41.5 46.1 51.3 52.2 50 55.4 57.6 7. Gambia 32 37.8 46.3 52.2 55.9 59.6 61 8. Liberia 34.7 39.8 46 47.2 52.4 59.6 62 9. Kenya 46.3 52.2 57.8 57.5 51.8 62.9 66.7 10. India 41.2 47.7 53.8 57.9 62.6 66.6 68.3 11. UK 70.9 71.9 73.6 75.7 77.8 80.4 81.4 12. South Korea 53 61.1 66.1 71.7 76 81.9 81.9 27. From the above table, it can be seen that apart from Chad, Nigeria has the lowest life expectancy amongst its other three immediate neighbours. In fact, on the life expectancy index published by the WHO, Nigeria placed 177 out of 183 countries and territories surveyed. This means that in the whole wide world, Nigeria is only better than six countries in terms of early death or short life span! 28. In its 2018 edition published just last October, the UNDP was in a jubilant and triumphant mood in celebrating what it said was its 30 decades of PROGRESS in Human Development across the globe. Its happiness derived from the fact that ‘even though the global population increased from 5 billion to 7.5 billion between 1990 and 2017, the number of people in low human development (with average life expectancy of 60.8 years) fell from 3 billion to 926 million (i.e. from 60 percent of the global population to 12 percent), and the number of people in high and very high human development more than tripled, from 2.8 billion to 3.8 billion (or from 24 percent of the global population to 51 percent). This is certainly cheering news for the global body whose efforts have led to such dramatic improvement in human development across the world. It is also cheering news for the many nations and territories across the world whose governments harkened to the advice of the UNDPand adopted measures and policies that helped uplift the quality of life of their peoples. 29. While the rest of the world are celebrating this improvement in human happiness and human quality, it is appropriate to ask where Nigeria fits into this scale of advancement in human development. My lord Bishop, distinguished audience, without belabouring the issue, the summary of the state of human development in Nigeria over the past 30 years or even since independence in 1960 can be summarised by that CNN Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 — 21 headline news of 26 June 2018 and which proclaims as follows: ‘’Nigeria overtakes India in extreme poverty ranking”. Explaining further, the news outlet said: ‘’Nigeria has overtaken India as the country with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty, with an estimated 87 million Nigerians, or around half of the country’s population, thought to be living on less than $1.90 a day. The findings, based on a projection by the World Poverty Clock and compiled by Brookings Institute, show that more than 643 million people across the world live in extreme poverty, with Africans accounting for about two-thirds of the total number”. When this is juxtaposed with the fact about 962 million people in the world now are grouped under the low human development index with average life expectancy of 60.8 years, which is even far higher than the average of 52.2 for Nigeria, then the abysmal state of this here become obvious. To further compound the depressing picture of life and living here in Nigeria, the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2018 (a publication of the Institute for Peace), which ranks nations of the world according to their level of peacefulness, places Nigeria at the 148th position out of 163. In sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria places 40th out of 44, more peaceful only than CAR, DRC, Somalia and South Sudan. According to the GPI, all of our neighbours are more peaceful than Nigeria: Niger and Cameroon are ranked 33rd and 34th respectively, Sierra Leone is ranked 3rd, Ghana 5th, while Liberia is ranked 11th. 30. My lord Bishop, distinguished audience, having seen the totality of the practical side of Nigeria’s national development as summarised by the very low average life expectancy (or life span) of the average Nigerian, we must now turn our attention at what needs to be done to improve the situation. This entails mobilising the nation’s human and natural resources to ensure improvement in the quality of life of Nigerians. But first, what are these human and natural resources? Nigeria's Human Resources 31. According to the World Population Review, Nigeria is currently the 7th most populous nation in the world. With a median of 18.3 years, the country’s population as on 14 April 2019 was199,915,717. I say 200 million. At the current growth rate, in six years’ time, i.e., by 2025, Nigeria will become the 4th most populous nation in the world with an estimated population of 233,691,888. 32. Of the country’s present population and according to the CIA World Fact Book, those aged 0-14 years constitute 42.45%; those between 15-24 years make up 19.81%; while those in the age bracket of 25- 54 years are 30.44%; the ones between ages 55-64 years make up 4.04%, those 65 years and over constitute 3.26% of the entire population. From this, it can be seen that those within the most economically active or working-age range (15 – 64 years of age)constitute about 54.29 % of the population, which is relatively high. The question now is: what percentage of this group are actively employed? 33. With regards to being actively employed, Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) stated in its Labour Force Statistics released on 19 December 2018 that 23.1 percent (i.e. 24,370,500) of the work force is unemployed by end of September 2018. Frightening high! Literacy Rate 34. Of Nigeria’s entire population, about 59.9 percent are literate (i.e. can read and write in a particular language). Let us take it for 60 per cent. Males constitute about 69.2 % of this figure while the percentage for females is 49.7%. With this literacy rate, Nigeria, as in other fields of human development, ranks a lowly 144 of 162 on the global literacy index. To compound matters, Nigeria also has the dubious reputation as the country in the world with the highest number of out-of-school children. The Federal Ministry of Education estimates these to be about 10.5 million but others put real figure at about 13 million. 35. The summary of this brief survey of Nigeria’s human resources is that, although it is huge, a good percentage is unproductive to the extent of positively contributing to positive, great and economic and social development and growth and the enhancement of human life in general. Education is the most important and most potent instrument of development for an individual and for the society. And where they cannot contribute positively, they then contribute negatively or at best not at all, hence Boko Haram, kidnappings, armed robbery, bandits, terrorists, human trafficking, and other organised crimes and all the well-known ills and misconduct and other crimes that currently plague our nation. The challenge that confronts us all now is how to arrest this slide into negativity due to lack of properly empowering 40 per cent of our population for development. And more importantly today, how do we prevent external influence and impact like ISIS that are dislodged from Iraq and Syria and are taking comfortable haven in Sahel Africa and linking up with Boko Haram? Nigeria's Natural Resources 36. Nigeria’s total geographical size is 923,768 square km, with land area of 910,768 square km and water constituting13,000 square km. Given the countries huge population, this land size is considered to be relatively small. Unlike its immediate neighbours to the north, Nigeria is a maritime nation with a coastline measuring 853 kilometres, territorial sea of 12 nautical miles (nm), exclusive economic zone of 200 nm, and a continental shelf of 200 metres depth or to the depth of exploitation. These maritime endowments are great assets that if adequately mobilised can lead to wealth and subsequently improvement of the human capital. What today, they call blue economy. But we should ask ourselves, how much attention have we paid to blue economy other than for oil and gas? Continues tomorrow A Keynote Address delivered by former President Obasanjo at the 2019 Synod of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Oleh Diocese, Isoko, Delta State, May 18, 2019


22—Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 Edited by OSA MBONU-AMADI 08070524223 osaamadi@yahoo.com Patito’s Gang, the risks and close brushes with death YESTERDAY... Pat Utomi explained the philosophy behind his creation of the erstwhile popular Patito’s Gang, a TV program on NTA which many Nigerians looked forward to. Today, he tells the challenges he encountered keeping the incisive program on air, the risks he took, and many close brushes he had with death: HOW to create a new moral tribe of citizens with a social and political consciousness of the freeborn, in human solidarity and encouraging of the work ethic, the spirit of enterprise and the principle of subsidiarity or the decentralization of authority to levels closest to the people would be a two-decade enterprise I would persevere on. The Delta decision was in some ways a chance to give teeth to ideas. But the trouble with the hijack of politics by people who close out the democratic process through political party control is that the issues had to be submerged below the process, which they forge and form as they go along. Today it will be Direct Primaries, tomorrow it will be Indirect, and the third day it would be a combination of both or a Consensus decision by Party bosses. A few months later I created a 90 minutes Television talk Show. It had seven segments from the core that gave the show its name. There was a panel of quicktalking people passionately taking on a current subject either from politics, the economy or the society. The style of the segment borrowed experience in major TV markets in the US who had come to Nigeria as part of a team to restructure the Nigeria Television Authority. But the commercial model for the show was challenged. Not only did we have to produce the show at very high cost, we also had to pay the television stations to air it. That was the model in Nigeria. Absurd as it may seem, the reality was that instead of being paid by the stations for purchase of content, the producer paid the station to air the content it cost him much to produce. The logic was that he was free to attract advertising and profit from the difference between his cost and revenues. The day after the first episode aired, the pioneer Director-General of the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, Vincent Maduka, saw me at the Hilton in Abuja. He was full of praise for the programme content and quality of production but warned that we could not sustain the programme. The level of quality, in his view, was too ambitious; it was not sustainable, he thought. I had faith that it would attract eyeballs and that a model dependent on advertising revenues would To be fully honest, I am also driven by guilt; I feel guilty that if I had made a different choice in 1998, Nigeria may not be in the disaster zone where it is currently domiciled some elements from Capital Gang and McLaughlin mid Co in Washington DC in the United States. A third segment was a Vox pop from the street on the subject of the episode. The final segment took the form of a parliament in which the 20 to 30 participants who were younger people, often undergraduates, vented on the issues. The show would capture the imagination of the nation. I was host and executive producer. We aimed for world class quality. The director was an American of long keep it going. Besides, the object was the promotion of the common good and I could not see why it could not attract patronage on its own merit. That expectation lasted only until after the third episode. I got a call from my old friend and banking mogul, Jim Ovia. He was calling to congratulate me on the show. I seized the opportunity to tell him we would be banking on him for advert support. He paused for a moment and responded with candour, “You know you guys are so candid on that show. I would not want someone in government to think I am the one sponsoring you. Just let me know when the subject is sports and I will pay twice as much.” Patito’s Gang would be a financially crippling initiative, but I refused to give up and 19 years on Patito’s Gang is still on air every week. It had gone from 90 minutes, to 60 minutes and then 30 minutes, shedding all the other segments but for the core panel borrowed from McLaughlin & Co and Capital Gang in the United States and the Vox Pop segment. Had I invested the personal fortune I spent keeping it on air, I could have been a fairly well-off person. But I made a choice on the social purpose for the investment. This was impact investing. Better that the kitchen of ideas, was out there, in the public space, than that I fly around in a private jet. It was a choice I made willingly at the cost I was willing to incur without it bordering on my primary commitment to giving my family a decent roof over their heads and my children a decent education. Many times, though, that willingness to sacrifice for what I like to think is the common good, actually came close to crossing from the hen’s contribution to breakfast, to the pigs. As the joke goes about the conversation between the hen and pig regarding their commitment: The hen who was complaining about her high-level commitment to breakfast with all those eggs men eat, was reminded by the pig that for him to supply bacon, his death was acquirement. So, she was making a partial commitment while he was making a total commitment. The struggle for social justice in Nigeria has claimed many heroes. A good number of them perished in automobile mishaps on Nigerian roads as they ran around to rally the people. The civil rights activist, Chidi 7, 2005 and escaping at least two assassination attempts as authoritarian regimes tried to silence voices of dissent, I should have had enough reasons to gently step aside and avoid the kind of troubles that come from running in a wild territory like Delta State. Instead, my desire to make a difference made me overlook all the past problems and I asked to myself: why not, who will save us if we do not risk it all? To be fully honest, I am also driven by guilt. I feel guilty that if I had made a different choice in 1998, Nigeria may not be in the disaster zone where it is currently domiciled. One unspoken truth about why I am motivated to fight for real change is the guilt I feel for current reality. I like to take responsibility for the mess Nigeria has become. It is guilt from omission rather than commission – it is an offence all the same. This sin goes back to the days of euphoria when the military beat a hasty retreat following the death of Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola whose victory in the presidential election of 1993 brought out the soldier in some of us, and the maximum ruler, General Sani Abacha, Jim Ovia was calling to congratulate me on the show; I seized the opportunity to tell him we would be banking on him for advert support; He paused for a moment and responded with candour, “You know you guys are so candid on that show; I would not want someone in government to think I am the one sponsoring you Ubani and Festus Iyayi in the University Teachers Union Movement, ASUU are some examples. I had a few closecalls in my various crisscrossings across Nigeria. The 2018 Delta campaigns when I criss-crossed the state into remote nooks and cranny of the badly maintained roads in the State is worthy of note. They were risks I managed with faith in the goal of the reasons I accepted to run. But I was always mindful that I had been in an accident that nearly claimed my life on one of those roads years before. My life leading up to 2017/ 2018 experienced several near-death events, from a 1991 auto crash near Asaba where I arrived the operating theatre in a state of shock with no observable breathing or evident pulse, to two nearplane crashes, one of which was two burst tyres at takeoff, escaping a terrorist bomb on the London Underground near Edgware Road on July who held Abiola captive, showed he was ready for a fight. In some ways my group and I could take some of the credit for the military becoming uncomfortable with staying on in power. Our campaign as concerned professionals and my own personal lead on the public lecture circuit, weekly newspaper columns and television appearances had earned me the prize of various assassination attempts and the great survivor label. When the Abdulsalami Abubakar military council decided to withdraw, we called a meeting to discuss a way forward. At that meeting, Waziri Mohammed proposed that we found a political party and implement the ideas that we had been propagating in those advertorials that we published so frequently and which ultimately upset the Abacha government. The Continues on page 23


Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019—23 Edited by OSA MBONU-AMADI 08070524223 osaamadi@yahoo.com Patito’s Gang, the risks and close brushes with death Continues from page 22 group chose to debate the matter. In the end it was agreed that the traditional political class whose direction for the country was truncated when the military intervention in December 1983 took place should be preferred, lest we be seen as opportunists that came to do citizens-duty but got caught the “greed bug.” One of those who did not agree with the position which I had supported, was Donald Duke. He quietly told me he was going to build a platform to shape Cross River State. With two others, he successfully took over. It did not take long for many of us to realise that we had made a big mistake. First, the traditional politicians with some sense of service and compassion for the people had been reluctant to engage believing the military was just making a tactical retreat and would find some excuse to return in a not too distant future so they refused to participate. This left the room for the money-bag sponsors of the politicians just out of military uniform, cult boys who did not fear to dare, and many who had nothing to lose, to enter the political arena. Even General Obasanjo could not run things without plenty of damage. To make things worse, oil prices went through the roof from a crash into single digits in 1998 to triple digits. The new lords of the manor simply pillaged the resources flowing in and used money to erect barriers against entry into politics. The downhill journey since then has been a burden on my and columns. At times it was a lonely struggle. At other times many joined in. When this burden came to a head, I agreed to run for President in 2007 in order to reset the agenda. One of those that reacted to that choice was Chief Ayo Adebanjo, the untiring Awolowo faithful. He was the one, who on the edge of his 90th birthday, crisscrossed the country canvassing a restructuring of the federation to return to the agreement reached by the independence fathers of the nation which had been altered under military rule. Chief Adebanjo had through the years tried to persuade me that a transition from activist to being a politician was necessary if one wanted to make significant impact and leave a lasting legacy. He seized the moment and pressed home the point. How can we save Nigeria, I asked? His response was let’s mobilise people into a movement of progressives and with a party at the heart of that movement, find a way forward for Nigeria. In the meantime, Chief Anthony Enahoro, the veteran nationalist, had called me to a meeting during which he urged that I take active part in fashioning a movement of progressives. Chief Enahoro died not too long after and the movement was formed. The Social Democratic mega movement would, under the guidance of Chief Olu Falae, become the Social Democratic Mega party. For reasons best known to the party elders, I was chosen to be chairman of the party whilst I was out of the country. In a similar manner, Chief Adebanjo never gave up on trying to let me know the challenge in trusting the Tinubu group; he kept pointing to Tinubu’s obsession with self-interest and his challenged ethics conscience so that when in the exercise of best short-term self-interest, I am better off staving away from the political arena, while leveraging my reputation to make a personal fortune in business, I have often challenged the status quo. This has been either from civil society initiative, as a socalled public intellectual, on the lecture circuit, or from the media through Patito’s Gang and my frequent op-ed pieces I was also picked to be the presidential candidate whilst away from the country. My choice, I was informed by Wale Okunniyi, the chief foot soldier, was because it was thought that I was the least divisive of the potential candidates and one most likely to put self aside in forgoing the choice of a consensus candidate amongst all the presidential candidates. The lasting lesson, for me, was the motives behind my inability to bring together the original Yoruba leaders, Awo champions, with the former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. I had tried to encourage Chief Falae and Tinubu to cooperate and work together and then create a new Pan Nigerian Coalition. In the end, I argued that size mattered and that since Tinubu had more of the leaders in the south-west with him, I would continue to water my relationship with his group while deepening the effort to bring the groups together. Chief Adebanjo never gave up on trying to let me know the challenge in trusting the Tinubu group. He kept pointing to Tinubu’s obsession with self-interest and his challenged ethics. How best to discharge the burden of guilt that all of this effort may have been unnecessary, if I simply voted for those that wanted the concerned professionals to step into the fray in 1998 and show the way continued to define me. With the benefit of hindsight, it may have been a better track because I was close enough to former Vice- President Alex Ekwueme who led the G34 that would ultimately birth the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. On many occasions, I still ponder on what path the country could have travelled had the kind of quality in the concerned professionals’ group been the principal organisers of a party in which Alex Ekwueme, an enlightened leader, was candidate for president in 1999. But would the champions of state capture who installed Obasanjo have accepted such? I guess the answer will keep blowing in the wind, but the guilt was steady in me. The why not, in response to the question of why run, was partly about that guilt. In the end I was glad I said ‘why not’ because I could not have found out how rotten the apple was and how close Nigeria is to a criminal hijack of the political parties by the three gangs of actors. These are, those in the enterprise of transacting around public office for material gain; the cultists who have bullying as their way and hope to intimidate others; and the new fascists whose high comes from total domination of others. For the last group to oppress others probably provides an Adrenaline surge. Their ways were emerging as the norm in politics. All of these groups pose grave and present danger to the democratic process in Nigeria. The danger they constitute comes significantly from the sense of entitlement that they have developed from the imposition of their will on others and dominating them. This new fascism is palpable in their loss of sense of shame regarding their inability to serve well those in whose name they exercise this entitlement. My not feeling any discomfort at the gale-storm I ran into into in choosing to run rather than keep my personal peace flows largely from my belief that the time has come to confront this shameless group. They take up public office, pay themselves obnoxious amounts of money directly and indirectly. These public officials through all kinds of spurious allowances, in the name of elected and appointed agents of tens of millions of people who inhabit arguably the most miserable place to live on this planet earth, appropriate for protocols for their comfort monies that will amaze leaders of truly wealthy nations and then turn a deaf ear to discuss them. It is ranked the second most terrible country for open defecation in the world, with all kinds of attendant health consequences, it is a country that has now overtaken India as the biggest collection of the absolute poor on earth according to the 2018 study of the Brookings Institution. This is coupled with a terrible laggard position on all Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations whilst earning significant revenues from oil. I had had enough of Nigeria’s elite. And a broader canvas to confront was attractive. This power elite is clearly an embarrassment to the human community. That they feel no shame running around in multicar motorcades and squandering resources that could help millions escape misery, on I was glad I said ‘why not’ because I could not have found out how rotten the apple was and how close Nigeria is to a criminal hijack of the political parties by the three gangs of actors. These are, those in the enterprise of transacting around public office for material gain; the cultists who have bullying as their way and hope to intimidate others; and the new fascists whose high comes from total domination of others foreign traps from which they seem to learn nothing, qualifies them for public scorn. Confronting the impunity with which they use the system to frustrate anybody they think is not a brigand like themselves or available to be used to further compound the beggarly conditions of the people, suggest a duty on the part of patriots that are still left, to challenge them and help the people find their voice. TOMORROW... Pat Utomi continues profiling the disgusting characters, the criminals who rule us by tricks. He tells sordid tales about their weird and fetish lifestyles and how those lifestyles diminish our own quality of life.


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26 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 By Theodore Opara Kia storms small SUV market segment KIA Motors has revealed the first image of its small SUV. Due to be revealed fully in the summer, the new vehicle possesses the space and capabilities of a traditional SUV in a compact package. With a modern and urbane design, inspired by the 2019 Kia SP Signature Concept, the SUV will stand apart from rivals by matching the unique preferences and needs of the millennial generation. The robust design character of a traditional SUV coexists with sophisticated exterior design details such as its long hood, a strong, sophisticated character line on the front bumper, and sharp lines pressed into the bodywork. Its strong shoulder line, matched with a glasshouse which tapers towards the rear of the car, as well as rear bumper with a metallic muffler effect, lends the compact SUV an air of understated sportiness. The new compact SUV brings a sense of luxury to its exterior design with LED headlamps which extend over the radiator grille. The lamps feature a three-dimensional light graphic and a highly technical diamond pattern at their trailing edges. The design is also echoed in the rear LED lamps. Byung Chul Juh, Head of Kia Styling at Kia Motors Corporation, comments: “We have created a car which stands out everywhere, from the city to the countryside. Its robust yet sporty design, will be matched by a wide range of features and technologies that are universally suited to younger buyers in markets around the world. Our new small SUV is a proposition that no other car in its class will match.” By adding a new global small SUV to its line-up, Kia Motors is extending its range of SUVs to fulfill the needs of customers in every region. Kia’s first global small SUV, the new model will go on sale in Korea in the second half of 2019, with sales in other regions to follow soon after. Bonny Way wins Mercedes Benz Most Outstanding Customer award ONE of Nigeria’s frontrunning luxury bus companies, Bonny Way Motors Nigeria Limited, has been honoured with the Most Outstanding Customer for its consistent patronage of Marcopolo buses •Auto Alternative Nigeria Ltd MD and Marcopolo representative in Nigeria, Chris Okeke, presenting award of the ‘Most Outstanding Customer’ to the Chairman of Bonny Way Motors, Chief Boniface Nwachukwu, right, in Lekki, Lagos. With them are second from left, Mirko Plath, Managing Director, Weststar Associates Ltd., Mercedes- Benz Representatives in Nigeria, and a Weststar staff. Elizade JAC boosts CSR with mechanics, technicians partnership FOLLOWING the acceptance of JAC auto brand in Nigeria, Elizade Autoland exclusive distributor for JAC passenger cars, SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicles), buses and light trucks, has launched a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative aimed at giving back to mechanics and technicians. Aside the training and networking opportunities offered the technicians and mechanics, they were handed overall workshop apparels and tool boxes stocked with some basic tools to enable them carry out their work effectively. Speaking on the initiative, the Managing Director of Elizade •Kia small SUV. •Auto mechanics and technicians at the Elizade Autoland training in Lagos. Autoland, Mr. Demola Ade-Ojo stated that his company appreciates the importance of mechanics in the auto industry. He said: "Mechanics are to automobiles what doctors are to human beings. They take care of the cars when they are faulty and make sure that the owner enjoys peace of mind. If they are built on Mercedes-Benz chassis, and for contributing to the development of the country’s long distance passenger transportation. The award was one of the highpoints of the recent official presentation of the new Paradiso 1350 luxury bus at the head office of the authorised representative of Mercedes-Benz in Nigeria, Weststar Associates Limited, in Lekki, Lagos. The new model Paradiso is powered by a Mercedes-Benz engine and built on the three-pointed star’s O 500 RSD 2436/30 chassis. At the event, the management of Weststar Associates Limited, and the official representative of Marcopolo in the country, Auto Alternative Nigeria Limited, described the Chairman of Bonny Way Motors Nigeria Limited, Chief Boniface Nwachukwu, as a brand loyalist who has purchased many units of Marcoplo/Mercedes-Benz buses over the years. Presenting the Most Outstanding Customer award to Chief Nwachukwu, the Managing Directors of Weststar Associates and Auto Alternative, Mirko not well trained, it tells on the car and the owner will suffer the consequences. This is why we cherish the training of our mechanics in Elizade Autoland. “The mechanics partnership is a corporate social responsibility initiative. The mechanics are the most unrecognised groups and Nigerians depend on them, we decided to do something to make them look professional. So we called them together, offered professional training to them in a serene environment, and also gave them overall workshop kits and tool boxes with some tools.” Speaking on the JAC brand, Ade-Ojo explained that “when you have a very good product with good design and pocketfriendly price, the customers will appreciate. We want to get more Nigerians to trust the JAC brand. They already trust Elizade, and they are beginning to trust the JAC brand.” The Managing Director Plath and Chris Okeke, respectively, disclosed that Bonny Way Motors was the first company to place an order for the new Paradiso 1350 being launched that day. This was also evident on the unit on display at the presentation which had ‘Bonny Way Motors Nigeria Limited’ written at the front end below the windshield. Both Mirko Plath and Chris Okeke, appreciated the luxury bus operators for preferring the buses built on Mercedes- Benz chassis. The duo who jointly presented the award plaques bearing the legendary Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star symbol, described the relationship with the transporters as excellent. Bonny Way Motors was particularly commended for always leading the way in terms of going for the Marcopolo buses driven by Mercedes engines and drive-trains. added that: “At JAC, we are not just selling cars, we follow the process end to end and we are happy with all the testimonials we keep getting from our satisfied clients.” He said all the models of the JAC brand stood the test of time as more and more corporate bodies, government agencies and individuals are buying the vehicles across the country. Demola Ade-Ojo who is an experienced auto personality, added that his company offers total auto solution to customers as beyond sales, it offers quality after-sales in terms of spares and servicing, financing and suitable vehicles to fit the different terrains of the country. Though the JAC brand is still being embraced by more and more customers across the country, Elizade Autoland has already distributed the vehicles to some key establishments like Mobil, Flourmills, Nestle, Guinness, among others.


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End of term: Okowa’s rural agenda 30 —Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 excites Deltans By Nelson Egware A vivid assessment of the four-year development trajectory of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration in Delta State, suggests a clear and systematic departure from the past when most major achievements were concentrated in the urban areas. During his inauguration on Gov. Okowa May 29, 2015, Gov. Okowa Obomkpa road and the Ukwunzu road in Aniocha North in his inaugural address, told the good people of Delta State Local Government Area, that his administration will which were hitherto, marred “pay a special attention to rural development because ma- and a nightmare for the peo- by serious setbacks in the past jority of our people live in the ple of the area. rural areas”. The administration has also In an explicit commitment completed the long stretch of to rural development, Okowa Umunede-Otolokpo-Uteemphasized that his administration will open up the rural mili-Umutu Road in Ika Okpu-Ekuku-Agbor-Nde- areas, create more urban centres, develop fresh economic wa West and Ukwuani local North East, Ika South, Ndok- opportunities and reduce pressure on urban cities to boost constructed to decongest the government areas, which were socio-economic expansion area for easy movement of traffic and give rural dwellers a sense of belonging by equipping Ȯther massive road projects and modernizing some satellite towns. so far by the Okowa-led ad- completed and inaugurated To actualize this, the governor, as an ingenious leader and ised Jesse Township Road, the ministration include: dual- a man who keeps to his promises awarded Kefas Road in Oleh as well as the Ozanogogo-Alisimie Road in Ika South Local Government Area. Okowa’s administration in Four years down the line in the saddle, one is impressed to note that Governor the last four Okowa’s administration in years,has fulfilled virtually all spite of the adverse effects of the economic recession in the country has been able to the promises as record remarkable feats in contained in his line with his SMART Agenda to entrench prosperity for all inaugural address and is also Deltans, ensure good governance, peace and security as well as alleviate the sufferings in full flight fulfilling other peo- of the people. Policy thrust of the administration programmes ple-oriented The policy thrust of the administration has remained Jesse Boboroku Road in Ethiope West Local Government grassroots-oriented, focusing on developing the rural communities through concentra- Olubor/Ekwuoma Road in Area as well as the Owerretion of massive infrastructural development in the most re- recently commissioned Old Ika North East LGA and the mote and neglected areas Lagos Asaba Road Agbor, the across the state’s 25 councils. Owa-Eke Owa-Alero Road. Okowa’s recent visit to The Amekpa/Afiesere/Ofuoma road linking Ughelli Oboghoro in Warri North Local Government Area and North and Ethiope East, Old Burutu in Burutu Local Government Area to personally ko North and Isoko South as Ozoro Oleh Road linking Iso- commission road projects and well as the Owhelogbo Abbi Housing Estate in the riverine communties, is a clear ev- Ndokwa West and the duali- road linking Isoko North and idence of his commitment to sation of Amukpe Sapele rural development. This has Road are some of the Governor’s achievments on rural indeed, endeared him to the masses, as a caring and popular leader. On the Beneku River, road construction. This is also evident in the Okowa has awarded contract over 357 road projects awarded across the state’s 25 Local bridge to link the oil rich for the construction of a Government Areas. While Kwale and Beneku community in Ndokwa East LGA, some of the projects have been completed and inaugurated, which will connect over 10 adjoining communities to their others are at the advanced stage of completion. headquarters, Aboh, and save It is, therefore, worthy of note the people of the areas the that Okowa’s administration pains of having to pass in the last four years, despite through other Local Government Areas to be able to ac- the harsh economic climate in the country, has fulfilled virtually all the promises as con- For the people of the affected cess the council headquarters. tained in his inaugural address and is also in full flight maneuver the river through a communities who hitherto fulfilling other people-oriented programmes scattered all true and a heart full of grati- pontoon, it is a dream come over the state. tude to Gov. Okowa for coming to their rescue when it mat- For instance, the state government has completed and tered most. inaugurated the intractable For the people of Ovwor- Issele-Uku Idumu-Ogo Olomu and Effurun-Otor in C M Y Ughelli South Local Government Area, their joy knew no bounds when Governor Okowa awarded the construction of a road and bridge to link both communities which hitherto travelled long distances through Ughelli North LGA to be able to access each other. Concrete work has been completed while the earthwork (linkage) is at the final stage. As testified by Ex-Mend Leader, Freedom Adowei, “Under Okowa, riverine communities across the state have been receiving government attention more than ever, with some transforming into visible living communities” he said, adding “If you go round you will see how the governor is being commended for the construction of roads in riverine communities such as the Okerenkoko Road in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South- West, Sokebolou/Obotobo Road in Ogulagha Kingdom, Burutu Township concrete road pavement and others, all within Burutu Local Government Area of the state, as well as other parts of the riverine Delta.” Spreading projects across rural areas During the Commissioning of the Aviara/Araya/Okpare/ Okpawa road, Irri College/ Uzere road and the Owhelogbo Abbi Road in Isoko South and Isoko North Local Government Areas, the Council Chairmen Hon Itiako Ikpokpo and Hon Emmanuel Egbabor both thanked the Governor for not restricting developments to the urban areas. In their separate speeches, they both commended Governor Okowa’s administration for not restricting his development programmes to cities but, spreading projects across rural areas in the state. The Esama of Ukpedi Kingdom, Ughelli South local government area, Olorogun Okiemute Okwagbe, also commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, for the awarding and construction of the Ekakpamre/Okwagbe communities road project and Owhahwa/Otu,-Jeremi Road. He noted that what Governor Okowa did was in fulfilment of his electoral promises to Deltans in general and Okwagbe community in particular, describing Governor Okowa as a detribalised leader with a vision to make Delta truly great. The Odogwu of Okpanam, Chief Peter Dunkwu (JP), equally commended the efforts and tireless enthusiasm of the Commissioner for Information, Chief Patrick Ukah in ensuring the accelerated development of Okpanam community, urging him not to relent in this direction for the overall benefit of the community. He said that the community shall remain grateful and supportive of the Okowa administration because of the government’s active involvement and developmental strides in Okpanam, especially in the issues of Madonna School for Children with Special Needs, Okpanam, Oruchi Comprehensive Secondary School, Okpanam High School as well as the road constructions in the various parts of the community and its environs, which are currently ongoing and for everybody to see. Father Madubuko: A man of science and conscience @72 TRIBUTE By Fr. George Adimike HARDLY does a tribute begin with a ‘mea culpa’ yet it is fitting that this begins with a confession of failure and repentance. I must confess our failure as the students of this sage for not getting out his thoughts for the next generation. Thought of this nature is hardly inconsistent with historical reality whereby the ideas of great sages and thinkers were made available to posterity by their students. Plato relative to Socrates is an obvious example. The only justifiable alibi about the Madubuko’s is that his former students do articulate his thought and theology across the length and breadth of the local Church, which has its foundation in Onitsha, stretching from Mamfe to Nsukka, Calabar through Port Harcourt to Abakaliki. His past students embody his thought and theology; nevertheless, this alibi neither excuses nor suffices. This effort is only a hymn of gratitude to God from whose grace we have a person so human, priestly and godly as Father Lawrence Madubuko. He is never afraid of living the embodied existence or being found in human form with all its gifts and responsibilities, gains and pains, strengths and weaknesses. He lives this embodied existence, the sacramental life that manifests the goodness and glory of God, in an earthenware vessel with dignity and grace. His life is a sacramentality that signifies and embodies the hope of salvation, and actively lives it. Though he is not an orator, one cannot but be amazed and consumed in the wonder of the depth of his insight, and sagacious way of its delivery that outclasses oratory. Listening to him takes one up in wonder and contemplation - into a thought that only contemplates thought, and makes the superficiality of eloquence evident. The profundity of his thought is well balanced with the prodigious simplicity of his life. You can only give testimony in gratitude to God for an excellent gift of this priest, prophet and professor, Monsignor Madubuko. The Sage: The agelessness of his emotion and his intellectual pre-eminence combine to accentuate his sagacity. Fr Lawrence delivers the truth without diminishing its forthrightness and potency. He transforms silence into power, w h i c h eventually sorts out disputations and echoes the wisdom of his stand within the limits of human perfection. His silence proves a resounding echo of words that one ignores to his peril. What he restrains in words, he Madubuko deserves to be celebrated as an oracle of iconic proportion, which he is because he allowed grace to keep winning in his life compensates in the depth of his ideas. Economy of words, deep thoughts! That’s Madubuko. Simple parsing of madubuko corresponds to maduka, and finds its meaning in Chukwuka! It is stunningly striking that Monsignor believes that madu-bu-uko precisely because his fundamental anthropology is maduka. His anthropology is not only theocentric but also rooted in Christ. Man is theo-logical, and truly defined in Christ. No wonder he connects divine truths with the sacramental experience of man, because of the continuity of Christian mystery with the divine economy. As such, he teaches the mysteries from the anthropological continuities and Christological discontinuities. Consequently, the novelty of Christianity shines out as discontinuity in continuity. The profundity of what he professes and the depth of his thoughts compensate for his economy of words. The Sacerdos: Father Madubuko has lived his life nursing the wounded humanity, mediating the comfort of God to the harassed, desolated, dislocated, the wounded and the deprived people, as he traverses the paths of history and exists in a web of existence in the rhythm of time. He applies the healing balm of consolation and fatherly support, the Rev. Fr. Lawrence Madubuko sanctifying oil of the priestly benediction, and redeeming medicine of brotherly correction and encouragement. He understands when it seems difficult to do so, and chastises when it feels odd but, above all, supporting and encouraging, with an iconic capacity for equanimity. His ability to maintain emotional equilibrium even in the face of provocative circumstances gives him out as a legendary elder. His priestly disposition puts agelessness to his youth and his priesthood. The Scholar: Monsignor Madubuko’s teaching requires attention, but once understood, it is difficult to forget. His greatness runs on the profundity and durability of the knowledge he impacts. Madubuko’s pedagogy undoubtedly is centred on the human person. This anthropological angle contributed to his consciousness of the learning subject whom he places at the centre of all learning experience. This ability to treat one and each as a person, hence, a learning subject helps him to realize the plurality of human experience as a result of each person’s history of grace so that even if united ontologically in identity, humanity is distinctly expressed. This knowledge and wisdom guide his pedagogy and engagement with worship. Because of the ontological and anthropological constitution, there is a possibility of the unity of faith, cult and ethics but on account of the plurality of the existential, he appreciates legitimate and healthy diversities and also nurtures them. Testimony of a life of beatitude Man is at the centre of worship as a flock of Christ, a brother of Christ and as a subject of Christ, hence in all worship, Christ exercises three modes of the same act of which man is substantially implicated. The Man Madubuko: This piece is not beatificatory, rather it is a testimony of a life of beatitude. I make no pretence that he made perfect decisions in every circumstance; otherwise, he would be an angel. Saints either made mistakes in decisions or their implementation or both, yet saints are so called because grace always triumphs in them. In him, the profundity of a believer who is well rooted in faith and the soil trumps all superficialities. His deep sense of sobriety liquidates inanities of life of their allures. Faith and love norm his life. Disciplined, yet very compassionate, Madubuko not only appreciates the reality of humanity’s squandered sonship but is fully aware that the gratuitous mercy of the Father already compensates it. Hence, he lives the Christian fraternity. He lives the informed brotherhood, which in part, is an expression of the reconstructed family of God. No wonder, he lives for the Eucharist, the sacred meal of encounter that builds communion, which entails sacrifice and presence of mutually additive parity. He embodies the priestly mysticism of John, the sagacious prophetic mission of Paul and the personalized authority of an elder-leader of Peter. Praising a creature is ultimately praising his Creator. I am convinced that Madubuko deserves to be celebrated as an oracle of iconic proportion, which he is because he allowed grace to keep winning in his life. I am privileged to have passed through him. It’s Thursday, 23rd May!!! Happy birthday, Monsignor Lawrence Nwafor Madubuko! 72 Hearty Cheers to the Holy Sage! •Fr Adimike wrote from Rome, via illuminatugozie@gmail.com


Aregbesola, Africa Day and Pan-Africanism AS a primary school pupil in 1970, I was transferred to read Standard One at the Edward Wilmot Blyden primary school. Before its erasure, it occupied the corner piece between Broad Street and Oil Mill Street on Lagos Island. Nobody taught us about him. It was in adulthood that I came to know that the school was named after one of the greatest men the Black race ever produced. With European colonialism in full swing, Blyden (1832-1912) campaigned that Africa must unite. To achieve this, he argued that there was the need to return the diaspora to the continent. He came out to Liberia in 1850 where he authored books like: A Voice From Bleeding Africa (1856); A Vindication of the African Race; Being a Brief Examination of the Arguments in Favour of African Inferiority (1862); Africa for the Africans (1872); and Christianity, Islam and the Negro Race (1887). Although it was treason as far as the colonialists were concerned, but Blyden and other conscientious Africans were already agitating for selfgovernment. These were the pioneers that gave life to Pan- Africanism. The African people and Africa had been enslaved, brutalized, looted, dehumanized, balkanized and colonized, but the emerging pan-Africanists were not weighed down by this reality; they were prophets who saw the future and spread the gospel. The colonialists had suppressed African history and civilization including the fact that Western philosophy, education and civilization were derived from Africa; they had even decreed that we had no history and were in fact, inferior beings. But the writings of people like Oludah Equiano (1745-1797) had shattered such nonsense. The Pan-Africanist Movement taught Africans to unite and uphold their dignity, and fundamental human rights including the right to govern themselves. The pioneer pan- Africanists inspired men like Martin Robinson Delany who coined the phrase "Africa for Africans." This slogan was later popularized by Marcus Garvey. He held that: “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Garvey told the Black people: “We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery, for though others may free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind.” Whereas in 1884/85, thirteen European countries and the United States had gathered in Berlin to butcher and parcel out Africa as a booty, barely fifty five years later, the pan-Africanists convened the first Pan-African Conference which held in London. The spirit behind this 1900 conference was Henry Sylvester Williams. Follow up conferences were organized by W.E.B. Du Bois. Although we were not taught about Blyden in primary school, but we were taught about another great pan-Africanist, Dr. James Kwegyir Aggrey from Ghana. We memorized his famous statement: "I am proud of my colour, whoever is not proud of his colour is not fit to live." He mentored Kwame Nkrumah, perhaps the greatest all-round leader Africa has ever produced. The second Nkrumah mentor was Nnamdi Azikiwe the Nigerian pan-Africanist whose advocacy A number of us who were students in the late 1970s and early 1980s owe people like Aregbesola our political and pan- Africanist consciousness frightened the British colonialists so much that they could not trust him returning to Nigeria, so he berthed in Accra where he ran The African Morning Post. Nkrumah said the articles written in the newspaper by Azikiwe had fired his enthusiasm for nationalist struggles so much that he decided to follow his footsteps. It was Azikiwe who encouraged Nkrumah to leave his teaching job for further studies in America. Nkrumah who had said the independence of Ghana was meaningless without the independence of all Africa, had argued in 1956 that the task of Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019—31 Send Opinions & Letters to: opinions1234@yahoo.com African liberators cannot be done “until the last vestiges of colonialism have been swept from Africa” He championed not just the establishment of the Organisation of Africa Unity (now the African Union) but also argued that the best option for the continent is a union government which: “should be in charge of economic development, defence and foreign policy, while other government functions would continue to be discharged by the existing states grouped, in federal fashion, within a gigantic central political organization." The May 25, 1963 date the OAU was established has become known as Africa Day. Like Nkrumah, generations of African youths were mentored and taught to think not just about their individual countries but the entire continent and diaspora. Many of these radical pan- Africanists were scattered across Nigeria. Having influenced the General Murtala Muhammed government in 1975 to adopt a pan-Africanist foreign policy with Africa as its centre piece, these radicals influenced streams of Nigerian students. The Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, and Bayero University Kano had radicals like Bala Usman and Patrick Wilmot. But they produced more radical graduates like Yahya Hashim, Rauf Mustapha, Ntiem Kungwai and Jibril “Jibo” Ibrahim who mentored lots of students. They saw the country as one platform, and their influence spread across. The radical couple, Edwin and Bene Madunagu had moved from the University of Lagos to the University of Calabar where they mentored lots of students. University of Benin and its students were mentored by people like the trade unionist and dramatist, Jonathan Ihonde and Festus Iyayi the management lecturer and novelist, and there was T.U Nwala in Nsukka. The University of Ife (now OAU) I attended had a large tribe of radical lecturers led by Dr. Segun Osoba who mentored generations. Another centre was Ibadan where there were lecturers for whom, to paraphrase Nelson Mandela, the struggle was their life. They included Ola Oni, Omafumi Onoge and Bade Onimode. Comrade Laoye Sanda was also mentoring students in The Polytechnic, Ibadan. When in 1978, the campuses in the country erupted with student protests, the government descended on Ibadan and flushed out all these lecturers. However, their mentees rose to their defence so strongly that they were recalled to their jobs. One of such mentees was Rauf Aregbesola, an Engineering student who two years earlier, had been admitted into The Polytechnic. He was speaker of the students parliament, a leader of the Marxist Youth Movement and president of the Black Nationalist Movement, BNM. He mentored my contemporaries in the movement including the unforgettable Kunle Bakare and human rights lawyer, Femi Aborishade. The influence of Aregbesola and other pan-Africanists in Ibadan also spread to other campuses including Ife. Comrade Ola Oni had in the Second Republic broken from the mainstream radical movement to advocate that revolutionaries should participate in electoral politics. This was known as entryism. Aregbesola has been the most successful of that concept’s advocates; he has spent two terms as the governor of Osun State. A number of us who were students in the late 1970s and early 1980s owe people like Aregbesola our political and pan-Africanist consciousness. Coincidentally, he was, like the OAU/AU, born on May 25. So tomorrow, as the Africa Day is celebrated, so will Aregbesola’s birthday. Congratulations. Protecting sanctity, image of House in choice of presiding officers By Abdulmalik Ahmed AS the countdown to the election of presiding and principal officers of the ninth National Assembly winds down, the jostling, political maneouvering and horse trading has intensified among the key players seeking one office or the other in the Senate and House of Representatives. While the mid-night meetings of the various caucuses are going on, one hopes that contenders for the various offices and their backers are not oblivious of the now famous “banana peel” in the National Assembly when the sack and election of presiding officers became commonplace, especially during the tenure of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. From the sack of the first speaker of the House, Salisu Buhari, to the impeachment of then Senate president, Evan(s) Enwerem, to Sen. Chuba Okadigbo et al, one singular thread ran through their brief stay as presiding officers: they carried what can be termed as excess luggage, meaning that they had something in the past that haunted them in the future when they thought they had reached the epoch of their political career. It is, therefore, wise in counselling those throwing up their hats into the race for the speakership of the ninth House of Representatives to stop and examine their past, to see if there is anything that can become an albatross to their ambition. Rather than the House being bogged down and enmeshed in a leadership crisis so early in the day because of the sordid details of the private life of a speaker, it would be advisable for such a contender to throw in the towel in the national interest. Anyone holding the number four position in this country, ought to be spotless like a lamb and shouldn’t be someone who will attract odium and ridicule to the position locally and internationally. The world is a global village and there is little or nothing that is happening in any particular nation in the globe that goes unnoticed by the international community. Two things may likely happen if the ninth House of Representatives elects as speaker, someone with a crooked past. First, is that he would be held hostage by a cabal in the House who will ensure he dances to their tune as a reward for keeping him in office or secondly, he becomes a stooge of the executive, rather than protecting the independence of the legislature. Both ways, the nation suffers. Therefore, it’s important and crucial that the sanctity of the three arms of government be protected not only by the other two arms of government, but by the National Assembly members themselves. A weak and compromised National Assembly will be ineffective in ensuing good governance and in promoting the fight against corruption There is a time when a man aspiring for something he has yearned for in years, concludes that it’s better to put such interest in abeyance in the overall interest of the bigger community when its principal officers are themselves guilty of corruption. It will also be unable to discharge its role of check-mating the other arms of government. Caution is the advice to returning and in-coming House of Representatives members. In spite of party loyalty, they must look at all the issues relating to the election of presiding and principal officers dispassionately and view the bigger picture in terms of the likelihood that they choose a leader whose global image is smeared, the integrity of the institution of the legislature and the image the outside world have of the country. The nation can but hope that with the issues of insecurity, killings, kidnappings, decaying infrastructure and the economic challenges plaguing the nation, we are not further dragged downhill by those who put their personal interests far and above the national interest. There is a time when a man aspiring for something he has yearned for in years, concludes that it’s better to put such interest in abeyance in the overall interest of the bigger community. The time for such a man to take such a path is now and who knows, posterity will judge him kindly. The contest for the speaker of the House of Representatives, in my opinion mustn’t be a do or die affair. The greatest of men is he who sacrifices his ambition or interest for the fate of others. The sanctity of the House of Representatives as the House of the people is too great to be sacrificed on the altar of politics and personal ambitions. •Ahmed, a public affairs analyst, wrote from Abuja


32 — VANGUARD, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 vanguardnews @vanguardnews @vanguardnews N331m fraud: Court convicts ex-Ag NIMASA MD By Innocent Anaba LAGOS—A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, convicted former acting Managing Director of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Mr. Callistus Obi, charged with unlawful conversion and theft of the sum of N331 million. The court also convicted one Dismass Aloo, a Personal Assistant to the former Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Patrick Akpolobokemi and two companies owned by Obi, Grand Pact Limited and Global Sea Investment Limited. Trial judge, Justice Cecilia Olatoregun handed down the conviction in her judgment in the case, yesterday. Obi, a lawyer and other convicts were charged before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for conspiracy, unlawful conversion and theft of the sum of N331m belonging to NIMASA. They were accused of committing the offences between January 6, 2014 and May 30, 2015, in Lagos. The offences according to the prosecution are contrary to punishable under Sections 15 and 18(a) of the Money Laundering Prohibitions (Amendment) Act, 2012 The convicts had pleaded not guilty to all the charges when they were first arraigned before the court on April 12, 2016 and equally admitted to bail in the sum of N5 million with two sureties each in like sum. During the trial of the crime against the convicts, EFCC through its lawyer, Rotimi Oyedepo, called eight witnesses as well as tendered several documents which were admitted as exhibits. Delivering judgment yesterday, Justice Olatoregun held that the prosecution through its witnesses’ overwhelming evidence was able to establishe the offence of unlawful conversion against the Obi and Adoo. NEWS HOTLINES 018773962, 08052867058 Kolokolo community protests neglect by firm K OLOKOLO community in Edo State has continued its protest over what it called perenial neglect by Sahara Energy Resources Limited, operator of Oziengbe South field flow station. The community lamented that despite g l a r i n g underdevelopment that has been the lot of the area for ages, Sahara Energy Resource has continued to ignore the community in the scheme of things, in spite of the great financial benefits accruing to the company as a result of its economic activities. The demands of the community, in a statement made available to journalists reads in part: ''Sahara must comply with the existing (MOU) in respect of employment of indigenes on skilled and unskilled labour; Infrastructural development; Skills acquisition training for our teeming youths; award of contracts to indigenous contractors of Kolokolo community and awards of scholarships for our children at when due; Provision of farming equipment for our people.'' Others are: ''Paying the entitlements of Kolokolo community in the newly commenced drilling operations that is ongoing; that the Kolokolo community must be fully recognised and rewarded as a host community.'' The statement added that ''We also demand for our CLO and we make haste to say that as a peaceful community, we ready to exhaust every possible avenues of dialogue.''


Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24 , 2019 — 33 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 MEETING: From left; Mr Tony Agenmonmen, President and Chairman of Council, National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria, [NIMN]; Prince Femi Olyewole, 2nd Vice President of NIMN and Mr Sidney Ogodo, Registrar/Secretary to Council NIMN during the 9th Annual General Meeting of National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria in Port Harcourt. Photo: Nwankpa Chijioke. Suspected herdsmen release female victim after collecting N1m ransom By Perez Brisibe U D GHELLI— E T A I L S emerged yesterday of how suspected herdsmen, Monday shot a man identified as Olu Kofi on the neck at Ubulu-Uku community of Aniocha Local Government Area of Delta State, abducted his wife, Isioma and collected the sum of N1 million as ransom for her release. The incident happened the same day a chief from the community identified as Chikwe Ojinji was reportedly killed in his farm by the suspected herdsmen. Giving details of the abduction of the lady, a family member told Vanguard that the hoodlums had earlier demanded the sum of N10 million for her release, but later accepted N1 million ransom. The source who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “Olu drove in company of his wife and a third occupant in his Toyota car when the hoodlums opened fire on the car and he was hit on the neck. “However, in an attempt to escape from the Edo students give Obaseki 72 hours ultimatum By Gabriel Enogholase & Alemma Aliu B ENIN—NIGERIAN Students and Youth Association, NISAYA, Edo State council has given 72 hours to the state government to address its members on the challenges facing the state owned tertiary institutions. The students also want the government to set up a committee that would look into the challenges and proffer solutions to By Onozure Dania PEOPLES Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain and a former governorship aspirant in 2007, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has disclosed that Governor Ifeanyi’s Okowa’s development end the problems. They insisted that if their demands were not met within the time frame, “We shall not hesitate to mobilise the over 1.4 million Nigerian students across the State and South - South zone in condemnation of the poor state of tertiary institutions and students’ welfare in Edo State.” NISAYA, at press conference by its state Chairman, Osamudiamen Ogbidi in Benin City, called on the state government to repeal the law establishing Tayo Akpata ‘Okowa'll surpass past performance’ strides and empowerment disposition in his first term are but a litmus test, as Deltans will surely get 10 times more of his past performance Late Madam Dudun for burial MADAM Omasan Dudun of Jakpa town, Warri North LGA, Delta State, who died recently will be buried today. She was 100. Service of songs held yesterday at Kosini Street, Warri. Interment is at Orioke Big Warri. Reception/entertainment follows at Ikengbuwa primary school opposite Olu of Warri Palace, Warri. She is survived by children, grandchildren and relations, among them, Supol Humphrey Kweku. Late Madam Dudun University of Education. The group said, “If the government is interested in a degree awarding institution, the College of Education, Ekiadolor should be upgraded to a dual mode status or affiliated to a state owned University like Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma to be able to award degrees.” They condemned the continuous closure of the College of Education, Ekiadolor, College of Agriculture Iguoriakhi, School of Nursing Benin with his re-election. He said, “In preparation to launch his second term development stride, Okowa signed six bills into law, and one of the bills which has now become law is the Warri/Uvwie and Environs Special Area Development Agency bill. “With this bill, Warri and its environs will see rapid development and growth for the betterment of their people. “I want to assure our people and Deltans to expect more dividends of democracy from our workaholic governor, Okowa in his second term. In the first tenure, he came in during the economic recession yet he was able to achieve a lot for Deltans. He was able to take the state to where we are today. hoodlums in company of her husband and the third occupant, the woman was caught and taken away by the herdsmen who later made contact with the family and demanded N10 million ransom. “After much negotiation, a ransom of N1million was agreed upon, paid and the woman was eventually released on Monday about 8p.m.” and the non take off of the Tayo Akpata University of Education four years after its establishment. The students also appealed to the government to commence the process of paying bursary allowances to indigenes of the state just as they called on the government to compel the Edo State Oil and Gas Producing Areas Development Commission to pay bursary or scholarship to students of oil producing local government areas. So I know he is going to do more this time around.” He maintained that Okowa remains a hero, considering the fact that his achievements cut across the three senatorial districts of the state and beyond. The PDP chieftain pointed out that the governor’s astute style of leadership coupled with his prudent management of resources had placed the state in an enviable position, adding that he has delivered the dividends of democracy not only through infrastructural development to the masses, but also through health-care delivery by way of free medical care to Deltans, quality education, construction of good road network and provision of security among others. Ex-DELSU VC warns against evil of globalisation By Festus Ahon AVice SABA—FORMER Chancellor of Delta State University, DELSU, Abraka, Prof Uvie Igun has warned Nigerian leaders against adapting globalisation without jettison the bad aspect of it. Delivering the third Distinguished Lecture of Edwin Clark University, Kiagbodo, Delta State on Globalisation And The Coming Age Of Legalised Lawlessness: A Focus On Societal Foundation Values And Ethics, Igun said that Nigerian leaders must choose and adapt the technology of globalisation, but reject it’s evil. He said: “In order to do so, Nigerian leaders must be proactive and sharpen strategies of adaptation without being overwhelmed as some African countries are already being ‘held’. The very recent pressure from the US for Nigeria to legalise same sex marriage or forgo US aid, is a lesson to the point.” Insisting that the idea of developing a society without God was a descent into the darkness of legalised lawlessness, he said the ongoing process of globalisation would inexorably lead to development worldwide, and age of legalised lawlessness built on the Western derived ethical foundations of secular individualism. Igun said: “And recognising that the technological dimensions of globalisation is neutral, and desirable, developing nations must carefully choose their responses. Rapid transmission of cultural ideas and images, cultures of different countries and diverse people are being brought daily into contact at rates unprecedented in human history.” Earlier in his remarks, Vice Chancellor of Edwin Clark University, Prof T.O. Olagbemiro, said the University was founded on Christian principles and values with focus on imparting academic and moral values that would give students the desired guidance in areas of entrepreneurship, selfreliance and selfemployment graduation. Appoint Ndokwa descent as minister, group begs Buhari By Ochuko Akuopha KWALE—A group, Ndokwa Study Group, has urged President Mohammadu Buhari, to appoint an Ndokwa descent as minister from Delta State in his second term in office. It lamented that that no Ndokwa indigene has “Ever held the position of a Minister in the Federal Executive Council since the amalgamation of Nigeria in 1914, despite the abundance of eminent personalities of Ndokwa extraction who have distinguished themselves in virtually all fields of human endeavour.” The group, in a statement by its President Dr. Norris Ovili and Secretary, Mr Azubuike Uti, noted that the Ndokwa nation had contributed greatly to the upon economic development of the country, decrying that the people have nothing to show for their contribution in terms of federal infrastructure. Urging the Federal Government to address what it described as the agelong neglect, the group reiterated that the peaceful disposition of the Ndokwa people was being undermined by successive governments. It appealed to Buhari to reverse the ugly trend by ensuring that the coastal road network from Oko in Oshimili South Local Government Area to Okpai to Aboh to Onyah to Asaba- Ase to Patani in Patani Local Government Area was constructed without further delay as a way of boosting economic activities in the area. Foundation to provide free medical service in Edo community THE Imalu Airiemhionkha Ebhoaye Memorial Foundation is to provide free medical services to no fewer than 1,000 persons in Igueben Local Government Area of Edo State under the foundation’s free medical care for 12 months. Chief Frederick Airiemhionkha, founder of the Foundation, disclosed this in Igueben, Igueben council of the state while speaking with journalists. He said, “The Foundation was established to continue with my late mother’s legacy of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ as well as rendering humanitarian services. “The free medical care was designed to assist poor Igueben citizens, especially residents, who do not have the means to access medical care in order to improve their standard of living. “We have an understanding with integrated insurance scheme and Igueben General hospital, we have professionals in various fields and let me also disclose to you that this programme has been on ground and hundreds of persons have enjoyed this scheme.''


34—Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 N80m worth of fake polish destroyed in Anambra By Vincent Ujumadu AWKA—NO fewer than 500,000 tins of imported fake Kiwi polish with market value of about N80 million were yesterday, burnt to ashes in Awka following an order of the Federal High Court sitting in Awka. The presiding judge, Justice I. B. Gafai, gave the go ahead for the destruction of the products following a judgment obtained by owners of Kiwi patent, AC Johnson and Sons Incorporated through a Nigerian company, ASCO Investments Limited. Counsel to ASCO Investments, Mr. Tagbo Anieto, who accompanied officials of AC Johnson and ASCO to the destruction site at the Agu Awka area of the Anambra State capital, explained FG trains 45 youths in mechatronics By Chinedu Adonu ENUGU—MORE than 45 youths, including graduates, are currently undergoing N-Power automobile training in Enugu. They will be trained on mechatronics, which is a modern way of repairing motor vehicles using computer to detect electrical and mechanical faults instead of guess work or what is popularly known as trial-and-error. According to the MD/ CEO, Chibueze Motors, Mr. Friday Okoro, where the training is taking place, the programme will last for three months plus By Chinonso Alozie O WERRI—NIGERIA Customs Service, NCS, yesterday, revealed that it has commenced online auctioning of some of the seized items in its custody. Auctioning of the items, which included exotic cars as well as contraband goods will last for a month and holds every Monday and Wednesday, according to the Controller of Federal Operations Unit, FOU, Owerri, Kayode Olusemire. Olusemire said: “Interested members of that the fake products were confiscated from the warehouses of an unnamed company and some businessmen in Onitsha. According to Anieto, his clients got an order to invade suspected markets to identify the products and confiscate them, adding that the existence of the fake products undermined the quality which Kiwi was known for all over the world. Chairman/Managing Director of ASCO Investments, Chief Sam Anyanwutaku, commended the court for giving the order, describing as painful, a situation whereby some unscrupulous businessmen imported counterfeit products of an existing brand, thereby rendering genuine businessmen bankrupt. a nine-month industrial training in automobile firms. Okoro, who is the facilitator of the training, explained that the programme is designed for 45 people but that many people are itching to be part of the programme because of the benefits accruing to it. He also explained that the Federal Government mapped out seven skills acquisition programmes that include agro-tech, automobile, carpentry, electrical installation, masonry and tiling, plumbing and pipe fitting as well as hospitality. Customs begins auction of seized items in Imo the public can log into the internet—app.trade.ng/ eauction and select any of the items listed on the purchase list. “Among items to be auctioned electronically are Rolls Royce cars, Mercedes, Toyota, other brands and other intercepted goods. “The recourse to online sales of seized goods is to make the process as transparent as possible. “The latest seizures are eight exotic cars worth N161 million; 1,000,572 bags of rice worth N31 million and spices with foreign names.” Okorocha urged to free patients held hostage over hospital bills By Chidi Nkwopara O W E R R I — GOVERNOR Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has been urged to ensure the immediate release of numerous patients held hostage in the state government-owned hospitals over inability to pay their medical bills. Former governorship candidate of African Action Congress, AAC, Mrs. By Chimaobi Nwaiwu NNEWI—A total of four people lost their lives in the ill-fated four-storey building that collapsed at Ezenwa Street by Ogalonye Junction, Onitsha, while three people were rescued. This was disclosed by the rescue team of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, Onitsha branch, led by its chairman, Engineer Aniekwena Victor, who is also a member of Council of Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN. He said three people were rescued on Wednesday evening, while a dismembered body and another body were brought out from the rubbles Wednesday night, while the other two were brought out yesterday at about 12p.m. However, the developer who is a legal practitioner (name withheld) was yet to show up at the scene of the incident as he is said to be in great pains following the incident. Chidi Omeogu-Ogbuta, made the call yesterday in a public memo she sent to Okorocha. She said: “In Imo State University Teaching Hospital, Orlu, there are numerous patients held hostage for several weeks in the hospital due to nonpayment of hospital bills and thus subjected to emotional abuse and forcibly separated from their families.” She said a one-year old As at 9.30a.m. yesterday, when Vanguard visited the scene, the rescue operation was still ongoing but no government official was sited, just as the officials of the Nigerian Red Cross Society Anambra State have left the scene. The two bodies identified as that of Julius from Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government; and James from Enugu State By Vincent Ujumadu A WKA—ANAMBRA State Police Command has arrested a 33-year-old pastor, Chijioke, and one Emeka for allegedly kidnapping an 11-year-old boy at Awkuzu in Oyi Local Government Area of the state. The suspects, who also hailed from Awkuzu, allegedly kidnapped the boy whose name was not given, at Umuobi village in the community. An indigene of Awkuzu baby was admitted November 21, 2018, treated and discharged December 6, 2018, but “the mother and child from Ideato North Local Government Area of the state have been detained for about six weeks in the midst of other sick children, exposing the child to reinfection.” Apart from this little child, the lady also said she noticed “a backlog of discharged patients held brought out at about 11.30a.m. from the collapsed building, were still covered with tapoline where they were dropped as there was no vehicle to take them to the mortuary, sparking angry reaction from sympathisers. However, a blue Volvo salon car was later brought at exactly 1.27p.m. to take the corpses to the mortuary said yesterday that the pastor and his accomplice forced the boy into the pastor’s vehicle's boot and drove off, but luck ran out on them as they were later caught. Police Public Relations Officer, Anambra State, Mr. Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the incident, said the pastor was arrested with his accomplice while trying to flee with their victim. According to him, the victim was rescued in good condition and had been handed over to his mother. He said: “Police hostage for weeks. “These patients include men/fathers in the Orthopaedic Unit who are the breadwinners of their families but kept jobless and hostage, and their families hungry and angry. “The most distressing part of this horrible attitude is that similar scenario of illegal detention of patients playing out in other government hospitals throughout the state.” DEXNOVA: From left—Executive Director, Engr. Olusegun Olaniyan; MD/CEO, Mr. Adewole Oriade; Chairman, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo; Director, Mr. Olusegun Oshinowo; Company Secretary/Legal Adviser, Maduka Onwukeme, and Legal Counsel, Oza Enwonode, all of Dexnova Consulting Ltd., at the inaugural meeting of the firm's Board of Directors. Death toll in Onitsha building collapse rises to 4 after their relations identified them. Aniekwena told newsmen: “When we got the distress call that there was a collapsed building, we contacted some of our colleagues who are residing around, we also got calls from the government and we rushed down to the scene and found that some people were trapped.” Pastor, one other nabbed over kidnap of 11-yr-old boy in Anambra operatives attached to the command’s Special Anti- Robbery Squad, SARS, arrested one Pastor Chijioke and Emeka all of Awkuzu in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State. “Suspects had at about 4:30p.m., Wednesday, allegedly abducted one Ikechukwu, aged 11 at Awkuzu Umoubi and bundled him inside their vehicle boot.” Haruna said the case was being investigated, adding that they would be charged to court after investigation.


Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019—35 :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 AWARD: From left, Chukwuma Nwanze, Executive Director; Mary Okona, winner, Outstanding Staff award; Akinwande Ademosu, MD/CEO; Lilian Ohiarieku, Head, Private Sector Business, and Achia Tor-Agbidye, Divisional Head, Customer Experience and Corporate Communications, all of Credit Direct Limited during the presentation of cars to six outstanding staff. Banditry: Food insecurity looms, if... —Masari By Bashir Bello KATSINA— Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has warned of food insecurity, if the problem of insecurity bedevilling the state persists. Masari spoke when he received a delegation from Defence Headquarters, Abuja, who was in the state on a fact-finding mission over attacks and killings in the state. It will be recalled that armed bandits, Tuesday, attacked three villages in three local government areas of Batsari, Danmusa and Faskari, killing 34 persons, mostly farmers working on their farmlands. The governor, represented by his deputy, Mannir Yakubu, appealed to the Federal Government to urgently find a lasting solution to the menace to enable farmers go back to their farmlands, particularly as the rainy season is fast approaching. According to him, “As we all know, rainy season is already on, our people need to go and plant crops in their farmlands. If we do not get them back into their farmlands, there will be problem of food insecurity. "If the situation is not handled urgently, forest will not be accessible by farmers in this rainy season.There is urgent need to bring back peace in the state. The call has become imperative in view of the recent banditry attacks the state has suffered. “When we came in, we did our best to make the state peaceful, but Katsina is not an island, it is bounded by other unsecured places like Zamfara and Kaduna states. “So, the relative peace we are enjoying was jeopardised by insecurity in our neighbouring states, then gradually all the efforts we have made, were to no avail.” Earlier, the leader of the team, Major-General B. I. Ahonotu, who represented the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, commiserated with the state government over the loss. “It is pathetic, horrifying and terrible, but we are doing everything possible to NDDC: Ijaw communities protest non inclusion of bridges in road project By Onozure Dania THE Ijaw communities of Toru-Tubegbe, Bolou- Tubegbe and Tamo-Tubegbe in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State, yesterday, protested against the alleged plan by Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, not to provide bridges in communities’ road project, which they said will deny them access to other communities. The protest, which commenced in the early hours of yesterday, saw hundreds of youths, men, women and leaders from various communities carrying placards with inscriptions such as “NDDC tell Setraco to give us our bridge”, “NDDC, we have lost many people at the culvert, Setraco ,where is our bridges,” among others. The protesters said the spot where the culvert was constructed is a direct access road for communities in area to take their fish to the neighbouring towns to sell, warning that they would resist every plan by NDDC’s contractor to deny them the major link road to outside communities. save the situation. We were in the state for fact-finding mission to find out exactly what is happening and report back,”Ahonotu said. Human rights lawyer urges US Congress to grant first Chibok girl graduate citizenship By Sam Eyoboka A UNITED States-based human rights lawyer, Mr. Emmanuel Ogebe, has urged the US Congress to grant the first Chibok schoolgirl graduate the country’s citizenship. On Friday, May 17, 2019, one of the 276 schoolgirls abducted by terrorists in Nigeria in 2014, that sparked global outrage and ignited the #bringbackourgirls campaign, Palmatah Mutah, earned an associate degree from a community college in the United States of America. The 23-year-old Mutah, who escaped that fateful April night by jumping out of a Boko Haram truck, became the first escapee Chibok girl in the world to obtain an associate degree from an institution abroad. In a letter to the American Congress, Ogebe who leads US-Nigeria Law Group, said: “This amazing feat of defying terror and attaining success in a new country is the reason why I am writing to you today to kindly introduce a bill to confer upon Ms. Palmatah Mutah, American citizenship/ residency. "Granting her US citizenship/residency will mitigate the high risk and cost of returning to Nigeria for visa renewals. Ms. Mutah has been a worthy ambassador of girl child education, courage against terror and especially of her still missing 112 classmates. “The government of Nigeria got over $25 million because of the Chibok incident but didn’t send her to America. The US government didn’t spend one dime on her. Rather, she had to pay the US government visa renewal fees and fly abroad at great cost to renew her student visa. “US citizenship/residency will also help her be eligible for lower in-state tuition, college loans and grants. Right now she is restricted in her ability to work in the US. In addition to the costs, the risk of travelling back to Nigeria for her is high. This weekend as she was graduating in the US, Boko Haram terrorists attacked her county/LGA in Nigeria again." Some of the communities’ leaders, Chief Benson Zenebor, Pastor Disi Samson Boloudcremone and Mr Lucky Kurogha said in the road map, which the NDDC’s contractor, Setraco Construction Company has, there are three spots for bridges, noting that the company was denying the bridges because they want to reduce expenses and make more profits. Meanwhile, NDDC Director of Project, Samuel Adjogbe, while reacting to the development, said there was no reason for the protest as they had met with the community and Setraco and directed Setraco to come up with a sample of the bridge for approval, adding that the culvert was temporal. Kwara speakership: I’m still in the race, Popoola insists By Demola Akinyemi ILORIN—THE reelected member of Kwara State House of Assembly representing Balogun/Ojomu in Offa Local Government Area, Saheed Popoola, has denied reports that he is no May 29: Katsina cancels inauguration ceremony over bandit attacks, killings By Bashir Bello Speakership: Member-elect, Waive, drums support for Gbajabiamila, Wase By Festus Ahon ASABA—THE House of Representative member-elect for Ughelli North/Ughelli South/Udu Federal constituency, Francis Waive, has called on members-elect in the 9th National Assembly to support and vote for Mr Femi Gbajabiamila and Ahmed Wase as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House come June 7, 2019. Waive, who is the Vice Chairman (South) of All Progressives Congress, APC, in a statement charged members-elect to look out for competence and character while making the choice of the leadership of the House. He said: “Major longer in the race for the speakership office. Popoola in statement in Ilorin, urged members of the public, particularly his supporters, to ignore the reports because it was done in bad faith. Popoola said: “The reports that I’m no longer in speakership race for the ninth Kwara House of KATSINA - The Kat sina State government has cancelled all activities lined up for the May 29th inauguration ceremony in the state. The Secretary to the State Government, SGS and Chairman, transition committee, Dr. Mustapha Inuwa who disclosed this yesterday, said the cancellation was due to the incessant attacks by armed bandits in parts of the state which left many dead and several others injured and homeless. Dr. Inuwa said the only the mandatory activity was the swearing-in of the Governor and the Deputy Governor-elect as enshrined in section 185 (1) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. According to him, “Katsina State government has cancelled all activities lined-up for the inauguration ceremony of the new administration in the state. The decision to a low key celebration was taken following the unfortunate incessant attacks by armed bandits in some areas of the state which led to the death of many people and left several others injured and homeless. “To this end, all activities that are usually organized for the event have been cancelled except the mandatory swearing-in of the Governor and the Deputy Governor-elect as enshrined in section 185 (1) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “The decision was to also commensurate with the families and other people who lose their loved ones or property as the result of these dastardly acts of the bandits. The government of the state once appeals to all law abiding citizens to continue to remain calm as all hands are on deck to restore normalcy in the state and bring the culprits to justice.” Dr. Inuwa however appealed to the people to use the month of Ramadan to intensify prayers for peace and stability to reign in the state and country at large. consideration in choosing the leadership of the House in the 9th National Assembly should be competence, experience and broadmindedness, rather than religious or ethnic consideration. “I think we should choose our leaders based on their character and experience if we must get it right in the 9th National Assembly, rather than reduce the race to religious or ethnic one. At the National Assembly, we should be thinking of what binds us together as Nigeria, and not what divides us as a nation. “Gbajabiamila and Wase cumulatively have over 20 years experience in the House of Representatives and they are competent." Assembly is absolute falsehood, complete wickedness and irresponsible journalism. I have paid my dues in Kwara politics and everybody knows it. I’m the only high ranking lawmaker among others, with cognate experience in legislative business. That is what is required by the house order."


36 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 Wike, the GOC and oil bunkering COMPARISON between public conduct elsewhere and what obtains in Nigeria can sometimes be awkward, especially because it can be mistaken to suggest that we can’t be up to any good. That’s not only incorrect, such moral equivalence is unfair to millions of Nigerians who are doing their damn best in their quiet spaces. But two stories last week reported within twenty-four hours of each other were too striking to escape comparison. The first was a story about Commodore Nick Cooke-Priest, captain of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the iconic aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy. Cooke-Priest was removed from his command for an offence that you’ll have to read the story twice to believe, if you’re - well - a Nigerian. The poor captain who was appointed to his prestigious job in October had formed the habit of using his official car for personal trips. The frequency or nature of the personal trips was not disclosed; but if he were a Nigerian officer, for example, the trips might have included but certainly not limited to things like, school runs, market runs for Madam, and nocturnal visits to his girlfriends, not to mention occasional second-degree unauthorized use by the officer’s driver for “kabukabu”. But nothing was said about the nature of Cooke-Priest’s visits. What was reported was that the captain, after nearly 30 years of sterling service, was removed last week and promptly reassigned, “following reports that he misused an official car for personal trips.” The report, quoting a source in the Royal Navy, continued, “While the offence may appear relatively minor, it was felt that his position had become untenable and that the commanding officer must be beyond reproach.” Drama in the house I was tempted to laugh in Ikwerre a day later when I read the other story from Port Harcourt, Rivers State. It was not really a story. It was the video of Governor Nyesom Wike receiving members of the Joint Task Force Operation, Delta Safe, who came on courtesy to the Government House. Wike told the leader of the Force, Rear Admiral Akinjide Akinrinade, and his delegation that the General Officer Commanding the Sixth Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Jamil Sarhem, was not just a security threat, but that he was also businessman, a bunkering kingpin, in army uniform desperate for cash to fund his ambition to become the next Army chief. He accused Sarhem of routinely leaking security reports and wondered what his visitor, the JTF commander, would do if his men came across bunkering squads backed by the GOC. Of course, it might appear incongruous to compare Cooke-Priest’s case of misuse of official car with the allegations of leaking and bunkering levelled against Sarhem, for at least two reasons: one, the facts of the former’s case have been established and action taken against him on that basis, whereas the allegations against Sarhem have been denied and remain only that - mere allegations. Two, the back story in Sarhem’s case - his spectacular fallout with Wike before the governorship election - could suggest that the governor might just be out for his pound of flesh. Now, this is exactly the sort of equivocation which partly explains why Nigeria has passed being a joke, and why serious countries, tired of making us a laughing stock, simply ignore us. We cannot keep making excuses for - in fact keep expecting - lower standards of performance from public officers and hope to be taken seriously. The motive question Whatever Wike’s motive for making those serious allegations, the Army is not helping itself or the accused officer by attempting to sweep the matter under the carpet of politics, or by simply saying as its spokesperson in Port Harcourt did, that Wike must first show proof. The Army must first show that it understands the seriousness of the allegations. If the governor said on public television that the GOC routinely leaks security information and is involved in oil bunkering - which If the governor said on public television that the GOC routinely leaks security information and is involved in oil bunkering - which is a serious economic crime - the Army cannot, and should not, simply let the matter slide is a serious economic crime - the Army cannot, and should not, simply let the matter slide. The startled and embarrassed looks on the faces of the JTF commander and his delegation as Wike spoke last week only told part of the story. The potential damage to the Army’s reputation from silence or a muffled, dismissive response, will, of course, be far more difficult to gauge. But if nothing is done, as may well be the case, the impact would be corrosive. Six years ago, The Financial Times reported that pipeline oil theft from well heads and bunkering in the Niger Delta was costing the country about $1billion monthly. Such thefts, which led the Jonathan administration to sideline the military and instead, paid militants to guard pipelines, had led to a 17 per cent drop in oil sales or the loss of 400,000 barrels per day. The FT report quoted former presidential adviser, Patrick Dele Cole, as saying, “It’s not only the loss to the treasury that is worrying him and others, but the way bunkering is i n f e c t i n g government at all levels, with senior military and political figures staking out a leading role.” The tale of oil bunkering in the Niger Delta is a fascinating one. Criminal gangs and small-time peddlers pirated the bunkering franchise from the oil companies. As the illegality grew and became a serious economic threat, the military was deployed. At first, they acted as if they were in the service of the country, but over time, they have become embroiled in the money and politics of the region, making them hardly distinguishable from the gangs and politicians they are supposed to contain. Wike has only added flesh to the dry bones in Cole’s statement. The Army could have genuine reasons to dislike Wike’s politics or resent being entangled by the governor’s rough and tumble style. His zero-sum, street-fighter approach and huge ego will hardly endear him to anyone one who believes in due process and propriety. If he was your rational kind of guy he would not wait for the JTF’s courtesy visit and public TV cameras to report a serious security breach to an officer who is apparently of the same rank with the accused. Wike just can’t get over drama and sensationalism. Baby and bath water But that does not justify throwing out the baby with the bath water. Wike’s statement was not for the benefit of the visiting JTF commander. It was to get the attention of Rotimi Amaechi, his political rival in Abuja; the Army chief, and through them, President Muhammadu Buhari. Whatever the governor’s motive, however, the statement is serious enough for the Army to empanel an investigation. If six years ago, Cole (an Abonnema man) fingered top military brass and politicians in oil bunkering and now the governor, an Ikwerre man, is naming names, it has become a matter that demands no less attention than that given by the Royal Navy to Cooke-Priest’s misuse of his official car. It’s not about Wike or his tantrums. It’s about the integrity of the Army, the reputation of the officer accused, and the unfortunate impression that you have to rob your way to the post of Army chief. The only thing worse than what Wike said is any attempt by the Army to gloss over it. It should immediately empanel an investigation and invite Wike, the accuser, to assist the Army to get to the bottom of the matter in the interest of the Force, the GOC and the long-suffering people of the Niger Delta, whose backyard has become the playground of wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing. We don’t need any lessons from the unfortunate episode of Cooke- Priest and his official car to do the right thing.The GOC should be beyond reproach and we don’t need the Royal Navy to tell us that. NITDA registers 138,060 .ng domains, engages MDAs on e-Gov implementation By Emmanuel Elebeke ABUJA—NATIONAL Infor mation Technology Development Agency, NITDA says it has registered a total of 138,060 .ng domains as at 29th April, 2019. The director general of NIT- DA, DR. Isa Ibarahim Pantami made the disclosure on Thursday at a capacity building for strengthening resilience of e- government initiatives organised by the agency in Abuja Ḣe said from the figure, 2,274 domain names registered are.gov.ng, while 278 are.mil.ng. According to him, a total number of.gov.ng and.mil.ng domains registration from inception of the initiative till October 2016 when he took over the leadership of the agency were 1,856, which implies that 418 new domains were registered between November 2016 and April 2019, signifying a percentage increase of 18.3%. “The total number of registered .ng By Festus Ahon ASABA—OUTGOING Com missioner for Urban Renewal in Delta State, Chief Jullius Takeme, yesterday said the ministry would be given a boost in the second tenure of Dr Ifeanyi Okowa to enable it achieve the core mandate of its creation. Takeme who disclosed this today while addressing the management and staff of the ministry ahead of the handover ceremony, said the Governor is determined to open up more space for development in the state. He explained that there would be a renewed vigor in the area of urban renewal, explaining that the Governor has indicated interest to grow all sectors of the state economy. The Commissioner stressed that the ministry of Urban Renewal would not be left out in the new order geared towards building a greater and more prosperous Del- domains from inception till date stands at 138,060 as at April 29,2019. From this number, 2,274 are.gov.ng, while 278 are.mil.ng. “It is worthy to note that the total number of.gov.ng and .mil.ng domains registration from inception till October 2016 were 1,856. This means that 418 new domains were registered between November 2016 and April 2019 which signifies a percentage increase of 18.3%.” Dr. Pantami explained that the workshop was a continuation of previews exercise aimed at ensuring that decision makers at all levels are duly engaged for our collective visioning and coordination of strategy and lesson learning. The workshop he said aimed at reducing the number of failed ICT projects in government service delivery; improving citizen’s access to government information and ease of doing business; promoting efficiency, transparency and convenience of government services and enhancing national security use of digital identity. Urban renewal’ll get a boost in Okowa’s second term — Takeme ta State. Takeme paid glowing tributes to Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for given him the opportunity to serve the state as Commissioner and member of the State Executive Council as well as his colleagues for their support. He also commended the Permanent Secretary, management and staff of the ministry for their dedication to duties and friendly dispositions during his short stay in the ministry. He said: “I will like to express my heartfelt gratitude and very sincere appreciation to His Excellency, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for his foresight in establishing the ministry of Urban Renewal. “The creation of the ministry of Urban Renewal in 2015 is not only visionary but a proof of his purposeful drive to visibly and pragmatically transform the lives of Deltans and the face of Urban centers across the state. Kokodiagbene obeys Okowa, vacates Chevron’s flow station By Etop Ekanem K COMMUNITY, OKODIAGBENE Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, yesterday, listened to a plea by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, who was represented by his deputy, Kingsley Otuaro, and promised to vacate, forthwith, the Otunana flow station it earlier determined to occupy till demands were met. Otuaro, who chairs Delta State Advocacy Committee Against Vandalism of Oil and Gas Facilities, made the plea at a peace meeting with Chevron Nigeria Limited and community leaders of Egbema and Gbaramatu kingdoms in Governor’s Office Annex, Warri. “I want to appeal to Kokodiagbene community to please oblige us a re-opening of the flow station. What we now need afterwards is strategic engagement to be able to achieve demands of the oil bearing communities. “We’ll have to set up a platform for dialogue with all stakeholders in attendance. We’ll have to look into these employment and infrastructure demands one after the other and benchmark each on possibilities and delivery timelines to make headway and all of these will require time and patience”, Otuaro pleaded, adding that he hopes “the first meeting will kick off by May 31 2019.” Chevron’s representative, Mr Brikin Esimaje, however said the oil company was open to dialogue on the demands of the community. Chairman of protesting Kokodiagbene community in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Mr Uyadongha Poweide, had earlier listed demands of his community to include electricity, pipe-borne water, cottage hospital, foreshore protection, conversion of casual workers to permanent staff, royalty for land acquisition among others. The community chairman said his people had shut down and occupied the Otunana flow station due to CNL’s adamance to their demands.


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40 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 Sanwo-Olu unveils first three months strategic plans •I will form my cabinet within 60 days •We expect a Lagosian to be our speaker By Olasunkanmi Akoni LAGOS—BARELY six days to the handingover of administration to another, Lagos State Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, rolled out his strategic plans to be embarked upon by his administration in the first three months of assumption. Sanwo-Olu, however, said that he was yet to receive full details on both completed and on-going projects to be inherited from out- going administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. The governor-elect, who is billed to take over the rein of power from Ambode next week Wednesday, at a ceremony taking place at Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS, made the remarks at an interactive session with Trans-Forcados-Pipeline fire outbreak occurred in Kantu community——Eyiangho TPipeline, RANS-FORCADOS- TFP, fire incident of May 19, 2019 happened in Kantu community in Gbaramatu kingdom along the Chanomi creek in Warri South-West Council area of Delta State. Speaking exclusively to Vanguard at his Warri residence, Community Kantu Trust media at Ikoyi, Lagos Island. “We will be a listening government. In the next 90 days we are hoping to have a working government. That means, all the cabinet and major appointments that we need to have we will have them running quickly. We will engage real professionals to be working in the cabinet. We will not be lacking in ideas and Lagosians will be happy with our cabinet and we are expecting a Lagosian to be our speaker at the House of Assembly to see reason with us. It is not political but a need and a point of requirement of a place where all of us believe that its a home to all of us and the number speaks it and a value man will see it and do it well, it helps all of us as Nigerians in general and Lagosians in particular. “We should begin to see Chairman, Comrade Felix Odetsuli Eyiangho said: “The fire outbreak occurred on our land in Warri South- West Council area of Delta State and not anywhere in Burutu Local Government Council area as purported by some people. “The General Manager Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited, HEOSL, operators huge solutions in our traffic management scheme that will include those we would have solved and others we will still be practically working on. “In the first three months we would have rolled out loads of waste management bags where people will see as sorting will start from individual households kitchen so that when you bring them out, with a work in progress with Public Sector Participants, PSPs, and we would have made some capital expenses in terms of procurement of wheel compactor trucks among others. That will take awhile for it to come fully alive. Apapa solution “Also, the solution on Apapa gridlock will be given priority and believing that we would have solved it. But sustenance will be the issue, if we are not careful. That you will not see them coming in and out but on a sustainable basis, it will cost us some money to put onboard. These are things we hope to achieve. Group issues 7-day ultimatum to Edo Govt to open 5-star Benin Central hospital BENIN CITY— TALAKAWA Parliament , a non political organization in Edo State has given the Edo State government a 7-day ultimatum to open the 5- star Benin Central hospital built by the administration of former governor Adams Oshiomhole or its members will embark on hunger strike until it heed to their demand. It would be recalled that the hospital which was commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari in November 7th, 2016, has been under lock and key despite the fact that all the equipment needed for the take off of the hospital were purchased by Oshiomhole. Addressing journalists in Benin City yesterday,President of the group,Marxist Kola Edokpayi and Wilson Imasuen Secretary General, noted that it was strange for the hospital to still remain under lock and key after the state government expended over N4billion of tax payers money to establish the hospital which was geared towards helping the health situation of the people. “So we are still confused that the hospital is yet to be opened despite the fact that Oshiomhole handed over to another APC led administration in the state. Besides, when Oshiomhole was governor, Obaseki was head of the state Economic Team therefore he was part of the decision to build the hospital. So why has they decided to lock it up while we continue to suffer in terms of health care? “There is no way Governor Godwin Obaseki can distant himself from the 5 Star Central Hospital, the Benin Water Storm Project, the Water Fountain at Museum Ground at Ring Road when tax payers money was used for theprojects and even the Governor campaigned with the projects he is trying to demonize today.Edo group issues 7-day ultimatum to Edo Govt to open 5-star Benin Central hospital. BENIN CITY-THE Talakawa Parliament , a non political organization in Edo State has given the Edo State government a 7-day ultimatum to open the 5- star Benin Central hospital built by the administration of former governor Adams Oshiomhole or its members will embark on hunger strike until it heed to their demand. DIBAN kicks against under-age drinking LAGOS—IN ITS bid to curb underage and excessive drinking in the country, the Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN) under the auspices of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has stepped up its advocacy campaigns to promote responsible consumption of NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 alcoholic beverages while discouraging its sale to users below the age of 18. DIBAN Chairman Patrick I. Anegbe, said the association, representing one of the oldest and thriving indigenous industries in Nigeria, had taken up the advocacy as a Corporate Social Responsibility through outdoor messaging on Billboards, Mass Transit Buses and radio campaigns to sensitize consumers about the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption and advocating moderation. Some of the campaign themes include: “Drink moderately”, “Health is Wealth”, “Enjoy life to the fullest” and “Don’t mix”. of the facility, Sylvester Okoh who had earlier confirmed the incident to newsmen in Warri can also confirm that the incident occurred on Kantu community land in Warri South-West not Burutu as reported by some national dailies. We, therefore, urge all the relevant authorities to know the right people to discuss with so as to avoid confusion and unwarranted altercations”.


Who will enforce presidential directive on evacuation of trucks in Apapa? A PPARENTLY disturbed by the albatross that the perennial gridlock around the Lagos Ports, especially the traffic congestion in Apapa, has become, the Presidency has at last taken the bull by the horn in its bid to find a lasting solution to the intractable problem. To this effect, it had on Wednesday issued a 72-hour ultimatum to truck and tanker operators to vacate the Port Access Roads in that axis. According to a directive from the Presidency, a Presidential Task Force chaired by the Vice President has been established to ensure that the order is carried out. One should expect that government action in this regard, is sure to elicit sighs of relief from motorists and other road users in the trucksbesieged area. It is an area often described as an axis of unending traffic nightmare and suffering. But with the benefit of past government interventions that failed woefully to achieve the objective of ending the siege of trucks and tankers in the area, there are strong misgivings that this latest move may only achieve limited or no solution. Indeed, before now several intermittent interventions by the Federal Government, the Lagos State government and some private stakeholders had provided a ray of hope for an end to the confusion arising from the traffic gridlock in Apapa and environs. Traffic gridlock Unfortunately this government/stakeholders partnership to find a lasting solution to the lingering problem consistently failed to achieve its objective. In the light of this, the question now is: Who will enforce the Presidential directive? Recall that last July the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway was invaded and seized by 5000 trucks which totally paralysed traffic in the area with attendant untold suffering for motorists, commuters and other road users. And following public outcry, the Vice President had made an unscheduled visit to the area to assess the situation after which he directed relevant government agencies to immediately embark on the decongestion of the popular road. He had also immediately set up a task force to carry out the order. Vanguard had followed up with a report which NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 NEWS ANAL ALYSIS By Mike Ebonugwo put the number of tankers and container-laden trucks illegally parked in Apapa and other parts of Lagos at over 12,337 after onthe-spot counting of these heavy-duty vehicles. Although Osinbajo’s evacuation order was promptly carried out as the relevant security agencies moved into action by forcefully removing several trucks off the road, but the relief was short-lived. This is because not quite long after, the entire stretch of the road within that axis, including the inner roads within Apapa and environs, What guarantee is there that a task force made up of operatives of the same security agencies will perform any better this time around? was again invaded and seized by another armada of heavyduty vehicles. The situation has remained so ever since. This is because, in spite of repeated warnings by chairman of the Joint Task Force, Rear Admiral Okon Eyo, the drivers of these trucks have continued to park illegally on roads and bridges within the Apapa axis and even beyond. Different observers have attributed the situation to a conflict of interest among the different security agencies such as the army, navy, police that make up the task force, with some of them alleging that truck drivers only resort to parking indiscriminately after bribing security agents on duty at any particular time. The allegation is that once a certain amount of money has been paid by the drivers, the security agents look the other way, while trucks are parked illegally, thus obstructing or disrupting the flow of traffic in the process. The feeling is that since past directives had repeatedly been enforced in the breach, what guarantee is there that a task force made up of operatives of the same security agencies will perform any better this time around? Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019—41 EU citizens angry at being denied voting rights in UK HUNDREDS of EU citizens trying to cast their vote for the European Parliament elections in the United Kingdom on Friday have been turned away because of administrative mistakes, a campaign group said. Britain was not supposed to be taking part in the elections for the European Parliament as it was due to leave the bloc on March 29. However, the rejection of the divorce deal that Prime Minister Theresa May struck with Brussels meant Brexit was delayed until October, requiring the vote to go ahead. Large numbers of EU nationals recounted on Twitter how they had arrived at polling stations to find their names had been crossed off the list of eligible voters, saying officials had failed to deal with the necessary forms in time. “I’m an EU citizen and registered to vote in time, but apparently my form saying that I was going to vote in the UK didn’t arrive before the deadline,” said Ana Clara Paniago. The UK’s election watchdog said if an EU citizen wanted to vote in Britain rather than their home state, they had to transfer their right to do so 12 days ahead of the poll. “We understand the frustration of some citizens of other EU member states, resident in the UK, who have been finding they are unable to vote today when they wish to do so,” the Electoral Commission said in a statement. “The very short notice from the government of the UK’s participation in these elections impacted on the time available for awareness of this process amongst citizens, and for citizens to complete the process.” The 3million group, which campaigns in Britain on behalf of EU citizens from the bloc’s other 27 member states, said it had been contacted by hundreds of angry people who had been turned away when they tried to vote. Iran vows no surrender even if bombed by enemies IRAN will not surrender to US pressure and will never abandon its goals even if it is attacked, President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday. Earlier in the day, Iran’s top military chief said the standoff between Tehran and Washington was a “clash of wills”, warning any enemy “adventurism” would meet a crushing response, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. Tensions are festering between the two countries after Washington sent more military hardware to the Middle East in a show of force against what US officials say are Iranian threats to its troops and interests in the region. After pulling out of Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, US President Donald Trump restored punishing American sanctions on Iran last year and tightened them this month, ordering all countries to halt imports of Iranian oil or face sanctions of their own. “More than one year after the imposition of these severe sanctions, our people have not bowed to pressures despite facing difficulties in their lives,” Rouhani was quoted by the state news agency IRNA as saying. Another 195 Nigerians return from Libya THE National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has received another batch of 195 stranded Nigerians from Libya. Idris Muhammed, Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office, NEMA, who confirmed the development to journalists on Thursday in Ikeja, said this was the largest batch of voluntary returnees since the exercise began in April 2017. Mr Muhammed said the Nigerians arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja at 8.20 p.m. on Wednesday aboard a chartered Al Buraq Air aircraft with registration number 5A- DMG SEB. He disclosed that they were the 69th batch of returnees brought back by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU) under the Assisted Voluntary Returnees (AVR) Programme. According to him, after profiling, the breakdown of the new returnees shows that they comprise of 71 female adults, 25 female children and 17 female infants. UN demands support for Cameroonian refugees By Ike Uchechukwu THE United Nations High Commission for Refugees, UNHCR, has appealed to security agencies in Cross River State to see the ‘refugees identity card’ as a valid means of identification and freedom of movement. Mr. Antonio Canhandula, the Commissions Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, stated this yesterday in Calabar during a courtesy call on the state Commissioner for International Development , Mr Francis Etta. Canhandula said the appeal became necessary following the attitude of some security agencies whenever they come across some Cameroonian refugees. Jammeh ordered execution of nine Nigerians in Gambia —Falana FEMI Falana, a senior ad vocate of Nigeria (SAN), says Yahya Jammeh, ousted Gambian president, ordered the execution of 50 persons, including nine Nigerians, in 2005. In a statement yesterday, the human rights lawyer said his law firm had been able to BJP President Amit Shah and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi react after the election results in New Delhi, India, yesterday. identify Omozemoje Paul Enagameh as one of the Nigerians killed by the Jammeh regime. Following Jammeh’s removal, the Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International had revealed that a paramilitary unit controlled by Jammeh summarily executed Nigerians, Ghanaians and other West African migrants in July 2005.Gambian officials had told Human Rights Watch that the migrants, who were bound for Europe were suspected of being mercenaries intent on overthrowing Jammeh.They were murdered after being detained.


• 42—Vanguard Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, , 2019 BY HAROON-ISHOLA BALOGUN Various speakers at the Lekki Muslim Ummah, LEMU Quarterly Da'wah Workshop have offered several tips to avoid depression and other challenges of mental health. The Chief Imam of LEMU, Shaykh Ridwan Jamiu, Dr. Idowu Malomo, a foremost Psychiatrist and former Medical Director of Yaba Psychiatric Hospital; Hajia (Dr.) Mashudat Bello- AbdulMojeed, a Public Health Physician, Consultant Psychiatrist, as well as Barrister Habeeb Lawal, gave an insight into “Prophetic Medicine Solutions to Mental Health Issues”, adding that healthy living and stress-free lifestyles could help to maintain good mental health. The quarterly dawah of LEMU, a regular programme of Lekki Muslims was themed: Mental Health and Your faith, held recently in Lekki, Lagos. Shaykh Jamiu in his paper urged Muslims to always adopt a healthy lifestyle, never do harm to people, be loving and family-oriented; live life as it comes; be happy and keep good company. Quoting from the Holy Quran, Imam Jamiu said: “You who believe, intoxicants and gambling, idolatrous practices, and [divining with] arrows are repugnant acts – Satan’s doing – shun them so that you may prosper,’ Q5:90. “Do not kill yourselves; Allah is merciful to you,’ (Q4:29). ‘Do not contribute to your destruction with your own hand, but do good, for Allah loves those who do good,’ (Q2:195). Dr Mashudat Bello- AbdulMojeed said mental health issue is common and rapidly increasing in recent times, ranging from anxiety to depression, drugs to alcoholism, internet and social network adversities, to dysfunctional family. Others Ramadan 19, 1440 A.H. Imam, exper xperts ts offer er tips against depression, mental health challenges •As Lekki Muslims hold dawah according to her, are increasing rate of violence, materialistic youth, body image issues and lifelong disabilities. “There is no time to waste in mitigating the consequences of mental health issues among adolescents/youths and the future leaders. Responding to the needs of the youth in an ever changing world of advanced technology/modernisation is everybody’s responsibility, Muslims in particular. Earlier, LEMU President, Alhaji Kamoru Omotosho said the rate of depression and other mental health challenges in the country is becoming alarming, adding that all hands must be on deck to reverse the situation. “This workshop is our own way of creating further awareness about the need for paying adequate attention to the mental health of Nigerians “The theme of today’s workshop, By Monsuru Olowoopejo IN order to maximize the blessing of Ramadan, Lagos Secretariat Community Central Mosque, LSCCM has tasked Muslims to imbibe the culture of generosity without limiting it to faith. The LSCCM Chairman, Dr. Tajudeen Afolabi, who gave the task at the yearly Ramadan lecture held in Ikeja recently, explained that the month was not set aside for fasting alone but to extend kindness to others which Islam preaches. “The month of Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year in Islamic calendar and Muslims should endeavour to fast, abstain from pleasures while engaging in other meritorious services that raise their status in the sight of Mental Health and Your Faith, could not have come at a better time. While Nigeria is in a depressive situation, courtesy of the growing economic malaise, intractable insecurity and other social maladies bedeviling her, various studies (including the recent one conducted by the World Bank) have revealed that no fewer than 22 per cent of Nigerians are suffering from chronic depression. Many are also being confronted by other mental health challenges. “If anything, the growing rate of suicide, homicide, drug addiction and other repercussions of depression in the country, lends credence to the worrisome mental health statistics. “Indications are that the situation might get worse over time if the socio-economic condition of the country remains debilitating, and no affirmative action is taken by the government to improve the mental health and general well-being of the citizenry. Ramadan: Lagos Secretariat Central Mosque tasks Muslims on charity Allah; and extend generosity to all.” Earlier, the guest speaker, Sheikh Habeebulah Agbabiaka, whose lecture was titled: Family life and leadership: Islamic perspectives, stressed that a model Islamic family must adhere strictly to Prophetic guidance. The cleric argued that the head of the family must possess good leadership qualities and also understand leadership roles in Islam in order to attain the desired success. “In every Muslim home, there must be a leader, which is the husband. Assisted by his wife, they must have the required knowledge of Islam so that they can instill its teaching in their children which would afford them the opportunity to achieve the ultimate success of this world and the hereafter.” BARKA JUMAH Goodness to humanity Life can only be perpetually joyous by the extension of your own goodness to humanity. At Ramadan, tiredness and hunger curb our ego but expand our humbleness. Hunger and prayers elicit true introspection and revision of our relationships with others; until we abandon fresh and needless arguments. Experiencing maturity and wisdom is the crowning glory of Ramadan. We accept being happy together than to be right alone! As we maintain the sanctity of our values, so do we honour Allah by doing good that teach us how to care for, and love one another. May we all by Allah's grace gain joyous satisfaction in life, and be happy together, forevermore. Happy jumat. Be Ramadan strong! ' —Dr Adewale Adeeyo, OON Islamic clerics blame politicians over negative messages on social media By Aliyu Dangida, Dutse FAMOUS Islamic scholars have blamed politicians over the increased spread of hate speeches and the circulation of fake news in the country. At the Ramadan lecture organised by the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA Dutse, Jigawa State, in conjunction with the Federal University Dutse, FUD with the theme: The spread of fake news and hate speech: the position of Islam, the guest speaker, Dr. Abubakar Sani Birnin Kudu said the social media is an influential platform that has become the strongest tool utilised by people to cause mischief in the society. Dr Abubakar who is also the Chief Imam of Dutse Central Mosque added that the global clamour for freedom of speech and freedom of expression is being utilised negatively such that everyone interprets freedom in a manner that suits him and gives him the chance to generate and spread his kind of misinformation.” He stated that “the abuse of this freedom is the subject of discussion all over the globe as it affects politics, religion, socio-economic life, ethnicity etc.”, adding that: “Lies are made to appear as normal decent and true stories.” He noted with dismay that hostile and hateful comments dominate the social media while dangerous messages spreading like wild fire have become the order of the day. The representative of the Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Bala Ibrahim Mamser also blamed the proliferation of independent media houses that condone the perpetrators of such vice by giving them the platform to air their perceived freedom of expression views. He said the National Communication Commission, NCC in conjunction with the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, NBC must clamp down on any defaulting media house or media platform used in the propagation of either hate or fake news to serve as a deterrent to others. Also at the event, the Vice-Chancellor of FUD, Prof. Fatima Batul Mukhtar admonished the NTA to propagate more, the message against hate speech. *From left: The Chief Imam of Lekki Central Mosque, Shaykh Ridwan Jamiu, former Medical Director, Yaba Psychiatric Hospital, Dr. Idowu Malomo, and the President of the Lekki Muslim Ummah, LEMU, Dr. Kamoru Omotosho at the LEMU Quarterly Da'wah Workshop held in Lekki, Lagos, recently. *From left: Senior Consultant, Psychiatrist and Guest Lecturer, Dr. Mashudat Bello-Mojeed, Consultant Physician, Dr. Ganiya Oyeleke, Alhaja Rihanat Olagunju, and Amirah of the Lekki Muslim Ummah, LEMU, Alhaja Sharifah Andu at the LEMU Quarterly Da'wah Workshop held in Lekki, Lagos, recently.


THREE airlines have been approved by the Presidency for 2019 Hajj operations. They are Max Air Limited, Medview Airlines Plc, and FlyNas of Saudi Arabia. During an Airlift Signing Agreement held Monday, 20th May, 2019 at the Nigerian Hajj Commission’s Head Office, Sokoto House, Abuja, the Chairman of the Commission, Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad enjoined the approved air carriers to discharge their responsibilities diligently to pilgrims who are sole sponsors of the contract for the airlift. Therefore, they owe Almighty Allah, the pilgrims, and the Commission a moral responsibility to serve to the best of their abilities. While declaring that there is no room for failure in the Hajj exercise, the NAHCON helmsman, Barrister Muhammad charged the airline operators to liaise with the necessary security agencies in ensuring safety and security of pilgrims under the best possible comfortable manner. They were reminded that intending pilgrims are international travellers; therefore, they must be accorded same standard and quality service as any international client. The chairman reiterated that the desire of any pilgrim after the Hajj exercise is early return to the country along with their luggage and Zamzam water; hence, they must not compromise on the standard set by the Commission on luggage dispatch. Similarly, the carriers must scrutinise their staff to guarantee that only honest persons are assigned tasks of dealing with pilgrims so as to avoid being compromised by Ramadan 19, 1440 A.H. Pilgrims are sponsors of your contract, NAHCON boss tells approved airlines •Signs airlift agreement with three coys •Medview gets 14.1%, Max Air 51% of total pilgrims •Flynas to airlift Lagos, six other states, FCT miscreants. Barrister Mukhtar tasked them to review past operations and address observed lapses as a team. In his acceptance speech, Chief Munir Bankole, Chief Executive Officer of Medview Airlines thanked the Commission and declared their total commitment to the dutiful discharge of the task ahead whose significance they all are well aware of. He prayed to God for a hitch-free 2019 Hajj exercise. Also present at the signing agreement are representatives of Max Air led by CEO, Alhaji Bashir B. Mangal and representatives of FlyNas in Lagos umrah pilgrims depart t for Madinah THE Umrah pilgrims from Lagos State, Wednesday left Murtala Muhammed Airport for the Holy land, in Saudi Arabia for the lesser hajj rites. The pilgrims were conveyed by two air carriers – Etihad and Emirate, departing 9am and 12noon respectively. The Board Secretary, Mr. Ishola Rahman who before their departure briefed the management team of the Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board on the calendar for this year's lesser hajj operation, added that adequate information regarding the rites had been passed to the pilgrims. “We have taken time out to organise a one day seminar for the pilgrims where all the dos and don’ts of Umrah had been taught and to ensure that no one falls victim of the laws of the holy land.” The Chairman of the Board, Dr. person of Yasser Ajlan and others who flew in from Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, Max Air has been allocated 51.00% slot for pilgrims airlift from Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Taraba and Kogi. Medview has a 14.00% allocation of pilgrims from Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Enugu, Kaduna, Ogun, Ondo, Yobe, Abia, Imo, Anambra, Bayelsa, Rivers and Armed Forces. Flynas is charged with transportation of 35.00% of pilgrims from Sokoto, Oyo, Osun, Edo, Kebbi, Lagos and Zamfara states and the FCT. Tajudeen Yusuf warned pilgrims against all banned and contraband items and cautioned them against excess luggage pointing out that pilgrims are only entitled to two 23 kg bags with 10kg hand luggage. Dr. Tajudeen urged the pilgrims to keep their property and travelling document safe. He also analysed the major differences between Umrah and Hajj, adding that both provide opportunity for spiritual prayers, requests and thanksgiving at the most respected Islamic nation in the world. The board Chairman further enjoined the pilgrims to pray for the Lagos State Government, both incumbent and incoming. The pilgrims are expected back to the country on June 6 or 7, 2019. "Vanguard, FRIDAY MAY 24, 2019—43 NAHCON’s successful walk through hajj fare mine BY MOUSA UBANDAWAKI When the Saudi Arabia Government announced the introduction of new taxes in December 2018, only very few people were left with the notion that there would be an increment in 2019 Hajj fare. As the saying goes, when Saudi sneezes, all the Muslim world catches cold,especially when it’s a matter concerning Hajj. Thus, the Muslim global community rose up in protest against the move, which would not only affect the locals but also the ripple effect it would have on cost of services. And before anyone could say Jack Robinson, the Kingdom through the Ministry of Hajj, announced increment in the cost of transportation services to the Hajjis thereby giving credence to the notion that the cost of Hajj will go up. Many countries have decried the Saudi Government approach to exploring Hajj and Umrah, both religious obligations of Muslims, for commercial purposes. They viewed the idea as an attempt to cut down the number of pilgrims making it to Hajj, thereby making it impossible for an average Muslim to perform his /her religious duties. One of the backlashes of the Saudi decision was the protest march in Cameroon where the country’s Islamic Association denounced the increase in Hajj expense in the country. It took the intervention of the country’s Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga to pacify and assuage the concerns of the Muslims in the country explaining that the cause of the increase in the nation’s Hajj fare was due to Saudi Government's increase cost of transportation from 360 to 650 Riyal. In Nigeria, even long before the the announcement of the 2019 Hajj fare, rumours and speculations were rife that there would be astronomical increase in the Hajj fare. In fact, there were already mounting storm that intending pilgrims would pay through their noses. This, perhaps, might have explained why some unscrupulous social media platforms posted an outrageous figure of N1.8 million (One million, eight hundred thousand Naira) as 2019 Hajj fare even when the Commission had not deliberated or concluded on the Hajj package. This fake leak exposes one thing: to cause disaffection among the Muslims against both the Commission and Government. Fortunately, it missed the mark as the Commission was not only able to retain last year’s fare but in some cases, reduced the price considerably. How then was the Commission able to achieve that feat in spite of the prevailing price increment in Saudi or what was the magic? One of the devices used by the Commission which has since proven to be a master stroke is upholding the tactics of negotiating directly with the landlords instead of through proxies. The second is signing a pre-contract agreement with service providers before the Hajj season kicks off which can be likened to putting a hot knife in butter. It should be pointed out that the Commission's Technical or NegotiatingTeam in collaboration with with the state's Chief Executive Secretaries met with Makkah Landlords. The nine-member committee headed by Alhaji Yusuf Adebayo Ibrahim, the Commissioner in charge of Policy/Personnel Management and Finance, PPMF, negotiated the accommodation rate for 32 states in Makkah where it succeeded in getting lower rates for 28 states and retained the old rates for three states. The team recorded the same feat in Madina where it was also able to persuade the accommodation providers, Al-Andalus Company, Elyas Company and Al-Zuhdy , to suspend the implementation of the service charge, thereby giving the Commission a leverage to pay the same as last year. Thus while the Cameroonian Government has agreed to subsidize its pilgrims to ameliorate the effects of the imposition of service tax and hike in transportation,the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria employed its ingenuity to mitigate the spiral effect on the Hajj fare. Similarly, the Commission's approach to engaging the airlines on a long-term contract to lock down the airline has also paid off. It ensured that the airlines and the Commission maintained the status quo against the backdrop of no shock increase in cost of service in the Aviation industry. The upholding of the status quo had helped to stabilise the fare to the consternation of many Nigerians especially the cynics and critiques of the Commission who were ready to pounce on the announcement of Hajj fare above what was paid last year even when it was crystal clear that such hike was not from the Commission. Now with states announcing their fare for 2019 Hajj, pilgrims can heave a sigh of relief and be well pleased that the Commission has been able to mitigate the spiralling cost of Hajj fare and thus, able to take the knife off the throat of many state governors some of who would have been forced to cough out additional money to augment the cost of Hajj in their respective states at this austere time. Ubandawaki is of Information and Publication Unit of NAHCON, Abuja. *Cross section of the Al-manar Women Association, AMWA, at the 13th Annual Ramadan Lecture in Kaduna recently. PHOTOS: OLU AJAYI Ikhwatul-Islam society holds memorial Ramadan lecture IKHWATUL- Islam Society of Nigeria held Ramadan lecture in memory of its late President, Alhaji Ismail Adesumbo Ileyemi who died on April 10, 2018. The lecture which took place at Olorunsogo Central Mosque, Agege Motor Road, Mushin last Sunday, was delivered by the Chief Imam, Federal High Court, Lagos, Sheikh Ismail Abdul Quadri Shiginy with the topic: Enduring Charity; An Islamic Prescription for Poverty Alleviation.


44 — VANGUARD, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 BRIEFING: From left; Leader of the Transition Committee of the Oyo State governor-elect, Senator Hosea Agboola; Chairman of the Joint Committee/ Secretary to the State Government, Mr Olalekan Alli and member of the committee/Special Adviser on Efficiency to the Governor, Dr Isaac Ayandele at a press conference to herald the transition activities in the governor's office, Ibadan yesterday. Police launch Operation Puff Adder in Lagos By Victor Arjiromanus & Adetutu Ajetumobi LAGOS—THE Lagos State Police Command, yesterday, launched Operation Puff Adder in the state with a view to combating robbery, kidnapping, and other crime related activities. Addressing journalists at the Command headquarters, yesterday, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zubairu Muazu, explained that the operation was aimed at reclaiming the public space that has been taken over by criminals. He said that the operatives were charged to ensure zero tolerance to all forms of criminality and deal decisively with criminal elements in Lagos State. The Police boss, however, urged officers, involved in the operation, to discharge their duties within the ambits of the law. Muazu said: “Today marks another milestone in the history of policing in Lagos State. We are here to witness a renewed vigour and determination of the Command to tackle the security challenges confronting our dear state. Of great concern are cases of cultism, traffic robbery, youth gangsterism and murder. “We are launching the special operation introduced by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu Abubakar. “Tough times await those who choose the path of crime in the state. We will take the battle to their doorstep. With the support of the good people of Lagos state, we will rid the state off criminal elements." :Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058 Unpaid Pension: Govs use LG funds as pocket money, S’West pensioners allege •Threaten legal action against governors By Dayo Johnson AKURE — RETIREES in the South West geo-political zone, under the auspices of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, yesterday, threatened to drag the 36 state governors to court over their failure to pay accumulated arrears of gratuities and pension in the country. They blamed failure of the state governors to pay their gratuities and pension regularly on “the reckless spending on humongous salaries and ….As NLC gives Oyo govt 24-hour ultimatum on workers’ welfare By Ola Ajayi IBADAN — SIX days to the swearing-in of a new administration in Oyo State, leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in the state has given the state government a 24-hour ultimatum to meet its numerous demands; else members of the union will down tools. It said the 24-hour ultimatum will lapse by12am on Friday after which the union will embark on strike. The state chairman, Mr. Bayo Titilola-Sodo, who expressed the union’s approval of the recent initiative by the Federal Government on the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit on court on 18 counts charge of conspiracy, unlawful enrichment, retention of proceeds crime and money laundering. The defendants are standing trial before Justice Rilwan Aikawa. They were re-arraigned on May 15, and had both pleaded not guilty to all the charges. The court granted them bail in the sum of N10million each, with two sureties in like sum. At the resumed hearing in the allowances of political office holders.” They promised to approach the court “in the next two months to test the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) if it is lawful or not to owe them their entitlements.” Addressing newsmen at the end of their zonal meeting in Akure, the South West Zonal Chairman of NUP, Chief Ayo Kumapayi and the spokesperson Olusegun Abatan said the court option was to compel them to pay. Kumapayi said: “The legal action became imperative in view local government allocations, said without mincing words that no governor should complain about not being able to pay the newly approved minimum wage of N30,000. A statement jointly signed by the NLC secretary, Mohammed Ibrahim and the secretary of Joint Negotiating Council, Lukman Balogun, noted that immediate payment of at least one month salary arrears to affected local government workers could make the union rescind its decision on the strike. The statement reads: “The state government should pay the remaining arrears of salary to health workers under the umbrella of JOHESU and immediate enhancement of security within the state ALLEGED FRAUD: Ofili-Ajumogobia’s trial adjourned till May 31 By Innocent Anaba LAGOS — A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, adjourned till May 31, for hearing of a motion by embattled judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Rita Ofili- Ajumogobia, challenging her trial before the court. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, charged Ofili-Ajumogobia and Godwin Obla, SAN, before the matter, yesterday, Chief Robert Clarke, SAN, who appeared for the first defendant, informed the court of a preliminary objection challenging the court’s jurisdiction to entertain the charge against Ajumogobia had been filed. Counsel argued that the first defendant had not being dismissed as a judge of the Federal High Court since there were no gazette evidencing her said dismissal. of the rising cases of sick and dead pensioners unceremoniously as a result of unpaid entitlements by the state governments of Ogun, Lagos, Ekiti, Oyo, Osun and Ondo as well as other parts of the country. “Humongous salaries and allowances of public office holders especially senators and House Representatives members who take home N13million and N14million monthly need to be reviewed, how can those people wbe collecting such huge money in a country where 80% are battling to meet daily meal.” hospital, at ring road, Ibadan. “If all the above demands are not met within 24 hours, the leadership of all union in the Public Service in Oyo State shall not be able to guarantee industrial peace and harmony in the state with effect from May 24, 2019.” LAGOS — THE Lagos State government, yesterday, said that no Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, was engaged in the recent vaccination against polio campaign in the state. It described as untrue reports that an unidentified NGO has been going round public schools to undermine the just-concluded programme by administering vaccines that could compromise the health of pupils. It said the Lagos State Primary Health Care Board, LSPHCB, vaccination campaign was carried out by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA, Lagos State Ministry of Health and LSPHCB, in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), CDC-AFENET and Rotary International. In a statement by the Permanent Secretary, LSPHCB, Fulanisation agenda: Obasanjo spoke the minds of Southerners — BODE GEORGE By Dapo Akinrefon L Deputy AGOS—FORMER National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olabode George, yesterday, said those castigating former President Olusegun Obasanjo over insecurity in the country are blinded by the perks of positions they currently enjoy. Addressing newsmen at his Ikoyi office, George said suggestions that Obasanjo hates the Fulani people is false, stating that the former President handed over to a Fulani man in 1979 against the expectations of his Yoruba kinsmen, who felt he should have handed over to late Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Describing the statement credited to the former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, that Obasanjo should not turn himself into a bigot because of his ‘disagreement’ with the current administration, George said Lamido erred with such statements against his former boss. George said: “Things have never been this bad in this country and the way that we are going about it is creating unnecessary division. “What is our problem as Nigerians? When Obasanjo left office as military head of state in 1979, a lot of Yoruba people blacklisted him saying he should have handed over to Pa Awolowo instead of a Fulani man. There was no name that he was not called but Obasanjo is a straightforward person. “Recently, Obasanjo made a comment as an observation that things are not going right in this country. The incursion of herdsmen is disturbing and he spoke the mind of many southerners especially farmers. He is also a farmer and a lot of farmers are complaining bitterly that their farms are being ravaged." Polio vaccination: LASG debunks allegations of sabotage Dr. Tayo Lawal, said: “As a state, we laud the contributions of these development and supporting partners as well as NGOs who have over time through their various volunteering efforts helped to maintain a ‘polio-free status’ for the State and have continued to intensify advocacy and awareness against the childhood killer disease by putting vast resources into this noble cause.” Restating government’s commitment to sustain partnership with well-meaning organisations, development partners and NGOs to kick out polio, Dr. Lawal assured that another round of polio vaccination campaigns will hold in June and July with the support of the implementation partners. He said: “In fact, WHO recommends that all children below the age of five years get this vaccine for protection against polio.”


Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 — 45 Ramadan season is a time of spiritual exercise that no doubt has its many health benefits. The least benefit according the saying that your digestive engine will rest and thank God for at least 28 days in a year. Information available to Homemakers confirms the many health benefits of fasting. From increased weight loss, to better brain function and many others. It is also said that fasting may improve blood sugar control, which could be especially useful for those at risk of diabetes. Fasting can help decrease levels of inflammation and help promote better health. It is also one of the most effective ways to reduce your risk of heart disease. Fasting may also help relieve inflammation, it could also aid in preventing neurodegenerative disorders. Fasting was found to be more effective than calorie restriction at increasing fat loss while simultaneously preserving muscle tissue. It could naturally increase Human Growth Hormone, HGH levels which is a type of protein hormone that is central to many aspects of your health. Fasting is said also to be effective in increasing longevity and survival rates and may benefit the treatment and prevention of cancer. However, despite the long list of possible health benefits associated with fasting, it may only benefit your family if as homemakers you carefully plan and inculcate nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle this season. Have well balanced meals Make sure each of the two meals include complex carbs, high fiber food and protein rich foods. These well balanced meals will help you replenish your energy. Drink plenty of fluids. You can also do this by eating water dense fruits or soups. The goal is to consume the equivalent of 8 cups of water to avoid dehydration. Cut down on processed foods and those with refined carbs such as sugar and white flour. They don’t have much nutrients and will not give you the energy and nutrition your body craves. Break your fast with dates and water. It is said that an average serving of dates has 31 grams of Ramadan Season: Your family health, your priority carbs. This will give you the right amount of energy after a long day of fasting. Dates have high levels of fiber for digestion, and are packed with potassium, magnesium and Vitamin B. Aside dates that is available everywhere, Watermelon, pawpaw, cucumber, banana are good for your family body system this season. Avoid buying too many at a go because of preservation and for the reason of hike in prices. You may not need to eat it as full meal if you are not vegetarian. Just make sure each member of your family has a portion while breaking the fast or at the start of the fast in the morning. Despite health benefits associated with fasting, it may only benefit your family if as homemakers you plan and inculcate healthy lifestyle this season LASCOPA launches surveillance on unwholesome, expired products ... urges consumers to do a proper check on products before purchase As part of efforts to eliminate the display and sale of unwholesome products particularly at the various major stores in the State, the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA) has commenced aggressive inspection of products in supermarkets. The inspection team was led by the General Manager of LASCOPA Mrs. Kemi Olugbode with the monitoring of outlets of supermarkets in Lagos. In the course of the exercise, the team discovered some expired butter, fruits and vegetables displayed with other products on sale in stores in Victoria Island and Adeniran Ogunsanya in Surulere and immediately swung into action by ensuring the immediate removal of the products and also sealing the shelves containing the expired products. According to the General Manager, the inspection became imperative following complaints by consumers that some major supermarkets and retail stores are selling expired products. She stressed that display and sale of expired or unwholesome products are unacceptable in the State, adding that LASCOPA would not hesitate to take necessary actions against violators of its regulatory law. The General Manager listed the functions of the Agency to include ensuring that consumers are protected from the purchase of all forms of unwholesome products and also get redress from infringements. She urged consumers to do a proper check on products and get the right information before making purchases while also urging them to report any sales outlets or supermarkets that indulge in the sale of unwholesome or expired products. CONSUMER WATCH A place that makes you plan ahead Items Prices Items Prices Items Prices Basket of Tomatoes N15,000 - N17,000 A bag of Pepper (Rodo) N15,000 - N17,000 A bag of Long pepper N15,000 - N17,000 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


46—Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 CLEMENT My name was written as Wnowi Osondu Clement, instead of my correct name, Anowi Osondu Clement. Former documents remain valid. General public please take note. UGWU I, formerly known as Ugwu Virginia .C., now wish to be known as Ezeora Virginia .C. Former documents remain valid. General public please take note. UDOKA I, formerly known as Miss Cindy Collins Udoka, now wish to be known as Mrs. Cindy Emmanuel Okon. Former documents remain valid. General public please take note. PETERS My name was written as Peters Taiwo Odebiyi, instead of Peter Taiwo Odebunmi Odebiyi, my new and complete name. All former documents remain valid. First Bank Plc, NIMC and general public please take note. OWOLABI This is to hereby notify Access bank and General public that the name Safiriyu Owolabi and Owolabi Safiriyu Olatunde refer to one and the same me. All documents remain valid. General public please take note. OPARA I, formerly known as Opara Nkeiru Eberechi, now wish to be known as Nwanorue Eberechi Nkeiru Odinakachi. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note. ONWUZURIKE I, formerly known as Miss Onwuzurike Jacinta, now wish to be known as Mrs. Nwankwo Jacinta. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. OGBU I, formerly known as Miss Ogbu Caroline Nsarum, now wish to be known as Mrs. Philip-Ede Caroline Nsarum. All former documents remain valid, general public please. IDOROYEN This is to certify that Frankokon Mercy Idoroyen, Frankokon Mercy Idoroyen and Frank Idoroyen Mercy is one and the same person, now wish to be known as Miss Frank Idoroyen Mercy. Former documents remain valid. Banks,NYSC and general public take note EKWALE I, formerly known as Miss Ekwale Lauretta Emruobowasa, now wish to be known as Mrs. Ufuoma Disi Lauretta Emruobowasa. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. IBEZIM I, formerly known as Ibezim Ndubuisi Peter, now wish to be known as Albert Ndubuisi Peter. Former documents remain valid. General public please take note. AGYEWO I, formerly known as Abah Agyewo Isaac, now wish to remove Agyewo, to be known as Abah Isaac. Former documents remain valid. General public please take note. AVIL I, formerly known as Gerald Avil Onuwa, now wish to be known as Onuwa Gerald Madu. Former documents remain valid. Access Bank and general public please take note. IYANDA-OSHODI I, formerly addressed as Iyanda-Oshodi Raheemat Feyisara, now wish to be known as Iyanda Feyisara Niniola. All former documents remain valid. GTB and the general public to take note. TORIOLA I, formerly known as Miss Toriola Olamide Gloria, now wish to be known as Mrs Muritala Olamide Gloria. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. ADETUNJI I, formerly known as Miss Adetunji Oluwatosin Moyosola, now wish to be known as Mrs Famodile Oluwatosin Moyosola. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note. OSABOHIEN I, formerly known as Osabohien Mabel Dumebi, now wish to be known as Akowa Mabel Dumebi. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. OKORONKWO I, formerly known as Okoronkwo Kelechi Christian, now wish to be known as Sampson Christian Kelechi . All former documents remain valid, general public please. OKEWU I, formerly known as Okewu Giftedhearted Patrick, now wish to be known as Enaturu Giftedhearted Patrick. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. OSINANNA I, formerly known as Ebirim Godspower Daniel Osinanna, now wish to be known as Ebirim Daniel Chukwudi. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. AKEEB I, formerly known as Miss Akeeb Waliyat Oluwatosin, now wish to be known as Mrs. Adefiranye Waliyat Oluwatosin. Former documents remain valid. General public please take note. OKONKWO I, formerly known as Miss Melody Adaeze Okonkwo, now wish to be known as Mrs. Melody Adaeze Ofoha. Former documents remain valid. Banks, concerned institutions and general public please take note. NWANKWO I, formerly known as Nwankwo Ogechi Eucharia, now wish to be known as Ugoala Ogechi Eucharia. My BVN registration with Diamond/Access Bank Plc and all documents bearing my former name remain valid. Diamond/Access Bank and general public please take note. NWOSU I, formerly known as Obianuju Uchenna Nwosu, now wish to be known as Mrs Obianuju Uchenna Nwaozoh. Former documents remain valid. Banks and General public take note. OKOYE I, formerly known as Okoye Chinenye Grace, now wish to be known as Okonkwor Chinenye Grace. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. UKHUREBOR I, formerly known as Ukhurebor Isaac Ekata, now wish to be known as Abel Isaac Ekata. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. TAYLOR I, formerly known as Alero Blessing Taylor, now wish to be known as Alero Blessing Ijeghede. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. OKON I, formerly known as Miss Okon Dorcas Itohowo Anietie, now wish to be known as Mrs. Arhagba Dorcas Itohowo Ogheneochuko . All former documents remains valid, general public please. ERIENO I, formerly known as Miss Erieno Orezimena Victory, now wish to be known as Mrs. Morka Orezimena Victory. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. ONYEKA I, formerly known as Miss Onyeka Hannah Evuline, now wish to be known as Mrs Onyeka Hannah Akpelu. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. TAKURE I, formerly known as Miss Toritseju Oluwafunmilola Takure, now wish to be known as Mrs. Toritseju Oluwafunmilola Oyor. Former documents remain valid. General public please take note. RAFAT I, formerly known as Usman Arinola Rafat, now wish to be known as Arinola Olajide Usman. 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ONYEDINMA I, formerly known as Onyedinma Joy Chizaram, now wish to be known as Anaba Livingjoy Chizaram. All former documents remain valid, general public please. UGBOKA I, formerly known as Miss Marvis Efemena Ugboka, now wish to be known as Mrs. Marvis Efemena Edafe- Eligbo. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. UWAZURUONYE I, formerly known as Miss Ifeoma Rita Uwazuruonye, now wish to be known as Mrs Ifeoma Rita Opara. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. ADEBOYE I, formerly known as Adeboye Fasilat Rebecca, now wish to be known as Mrs. Lawal Fasilat Rebecca. Former documents remain valid. General public please take note. AGWONIGHO I, formerly known as Agwonigho Victoria Oghenekome, Gomenti Victoria Oghenekome, Gomenti- Kingsley Victoria Oghenekome, now wish to be known as Mrs. Okele Victoria Oghenekome. Former documents remain valid. General public please take note. ADEJOH I, formerly known as Miss Adejoh Ruth, now wish to be known as Mrs Ewere Solomon Ruth. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. ANYANWU I, formerly known as Anyanwu Ngozi, now wish to be known as Abiakalam Ngozi Jennifer. All former documents remains valid, Eco bank PLC and general public please take note. NNEJI I, formerly known as Nneji Uchenna Patrick, now wish to be known as Okoro Uchenna Patrick. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note. NNAMDI I, formerly known as Nnamdi Ugochukwu Goodluck, now wish to be known as Nnadi Ugochukwu Goodluck. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. IKWENU I, formerly known as Miss Ikwenu Erica Evewero, now wish to be known as Mrs Mukoro Erica Evewero. All former documents remain valid. General public take note. BRAID My name was wrongly captured in my BVN as Braid Ibinabo. My correct name is Braide Ibinabo Mac. 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OSAZON I, formerly known as Osazon Lucky, now wish to be known as Lucky Avakporie Osauzou. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. AKINBODE I, formerly known as Akinbode Omolola Joy, now wish to be known as Raymond-Ataiku Omolola Joy. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. IHEGBU I, formerly known as Miss Ihegbu Princess Eziada, now wish to be known as Mrs Nwachukwu Princess Eziada. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. SHARTA I, formerly known as Miss Sharta Esther Emojevwe, now wish to be known as Mrs Igboanusi Esther Emojevwe. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. ONWUMELU I, formerly known and addressed as Miss Uchenna Elizabeth Onwumelu, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Uchenna Elizabeth Orji. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. CHOKOR I, formerly known and addressed as Miss Bella Nkem Chokor, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Bella Nkem Chijindu. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. ELE I, formerly known as Miss Esther John Ele, now wish to be known as Mrs Esther Oshioke. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. NJOKU I, formerly known as Nkiruka Njoku, now wish to be known as Nkiruka Peace Paul Ohia. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. UDJE I, formerly known as Miss Udje Otesiri Sherley, now wish to be known as Mrs. Ogheneririe Otesiri Sherley. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. OKORO I, formerly known as Miss Debbie Grace Okoro, now wish to be known as Mrs Debbie Grace Okoro-Imitini. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. EKEAMAKA I, formerly known and addressed as Miss Nkem Esther Ekeamaka, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Nkem Esther Egwu. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. URERIGHO I, formerly known and addressed as Miss Urerigho Eloho Gracious, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Hopeson Eloho Gracious. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. CHANGE OF NAME NZE-AHAMEFULE IZ EBIRERI AKOMOLAFE ONWUKAIKE JACKSON I, formerly known as Nze- I, formerly known as Ebireri I, formerly known as I, formerly known as I, formerly known as Miss Ahamefule Meekness Oghenekevwe Faith, now Akomolafe Omowumi- Onwukaike John Chinoso, Jackson Imaobong Sylvester, Chioma, now wish to be wish to be known as Ogbebor Bukola, now wish to be known now wish to be known as now wish to be known as as Olufemi Omowumi Bukola. Ofora John Chinoso. All known as Oguike Meekness Kevwe Faith. Former Mrs Enyenihi Imaobong All former documents remain former documents remain Chioma. Former documents documents remain valid. Henry. All former documents valid. General public, banks and valid. General public, banks and remain valid. General public General public please take all concerned institutions remain valid. General public all concerned institutions please take note. note. should please take note. should please take note. please take note. UBA EZEOGU SOKIPIR I, formerly known as Miss Uba Angela Uchechukwu, now wish to be known as Mrs. Okii Angela Uchechukwu. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. We, formerly known as EZEOGU FAMILY namely; Ezeogu Virginia Ahunna, Ezeogu Chibuzor Kingsley, Ezeogu Ifeanyichukwu Henry, Ezeogu Okechukwu Nkemakolam, Ezeogu Onyinyechi Gift, Ezeogu Chinaecherem Favour, now wish to be known as OHAJIANYA FAMILY namely; Ohajianya Virginia Ahunna, Ohajianya Chibuzor Kingsley, Ohajianya Ifeanyichukwu Henry, Ohajianya Okechukwu Nkemakolam, Ohajianya Onyinyechi Gift, Ohajianya Chinaecherem Favour. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. AICHIE I, formerly known as Miss Francisca Jonathan Aichie, now wish to be known as Mrs. Francisca Mark. All former documents remain valid. The general public please take note. OLADIPO I, formerly known as Miss Oladipo Oluwatoyin Olatayo, now wish to be known as Mrs Oyinlade Oluwatoyin Olatayo. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. AGUPUGO I, formerly known as Miss Agupugo Chikodili Perpetua, now wish to be known as Mrs. Nwachukwu Chikodili Perpetua. 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Uba said his four-point roadmap include professionalism and human resources development; Identification and organisation of firms in the industry; harmony amongst industry operators and stakeholders and the actualisation of government policy on ease of doing business. Uba said: “In all economies, the courier and logistics industry remains the fulcrum of business. It is therefore a major responsibility of government at all levels and the industry practitioners to ensure the positive development of this all important sector of the economy.” The immediate past President, Siyanbola Oladapo, expressed appreciation to all for his successful tenure and paid special tribute to the Post-Master General, Bisi Adegbuyi for doing so much for the sector. Unitech seeks court approval to wind up oil firm over debt LAGOS—A local Oil and Gas Service Company, Unitech Drilling, has approached the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, seeking a declaration to wind up of the operations of Walter Smith Petroman Oil Limited. The presiding judge, Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi adjourned the suit to May 10, 2019, for ruling and determination of the case. However, the court did not sit, as the judge was unavailable. Walter Smith is challenging the competence and jurisdiction of the Federal High Court to hear and entertain the suit. Unitech stated that Walter Smith engaged its services for the provision of directional drilling and measurement while drilling between 2015 and 2016. Four oil wells were drilled at Izombe field in Imo State, with the last delivered to Walter Smith in March, 2016.


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May 29: Tribunal declines to stop Buhari’s inauguration Continues from Page 5 presidential election and return of the 1st Respondent of February 23, 2019, for reason of noncompliance and violation of the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010, the 1st Respondent is frantically making preparation to be sworn in and inaugurated on the 29th of May 2019, inviting the Chief Justice of Nigeria and the public,” the petitioners added. In a 21-paragraphed affidavit deposed to by one Anwal Abdullahi, the petitioners insisted that the February 23 presidential poll was invalid for reason of noncompliance and violation of the Electoral Act involving the undue postponement of election from February 16 it was previously slated. The petitioners alleged that INEC “selfsabotaged” itself and shifted the election, thereby, “giving way for the people’s controlled affirmative referendum election validating the 1st petitioner endorsed 50 million majority votes threat”. They told the tribunal that President Buhari has continued to make hasty preparations to be sworn in for a second term, regardless of the unresolved question of the invalidity of the election and return at the questioned substituted election of February 23. “The Petitioner/ Applicants’ case remains that the 1st Respondent could not have been declared and returned as elected and cannot be validly elected or returned in the circumstances of an undue postponed election and non-compliance and violation with the provisions of the Electoral Act and the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “That if the 1st Respondent is sworn in on May 29, 2019, he will By Elizabeth Adegbesan THE naira, yesterday, appreciated to N360.52 in the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window. Data from FMDQ showed that the indicative exchange rate for the I&E window dropped to N360.52 per dollar yesterday from N360.80 per dollar on Wednesday, translating to 28 kobo appreciation for the naira. The volume of dollars (turnover) traded on the window yesterday rose by 370 percent to $342.66 million from $ 72.95 million traded on Wednesday. However, the naira remained stable at N359.5 in the parallel market. vanguardnews @vanguardnews @vanguardnews take control of government of Nigeria and commence to act as President, to the prejudice of the Petitioners/Applicants and foist a fait accompli on the court and render nugatory its proceeding and outcome and unduly influence the polity and undermine the authority of this honourable court. “That the 1st Respondent will suffer no prejudice, damage or irreparable loss if he is not sworn in until the conclusion of the petition before this honourable court. “That no amount of damages can compensate the Petitioners/Applicants and the poor majority constituents desirous of the validation of their affirmative referendum as held on the February Naira appreciates to N360.52/$ in I&E window 16th, 2019, scheduled presidential election for a welfare state, to end poverty in the land in a transitional government arrangement thereof. “That the end of justice will be served in preserving the status quo by restraining the 1st Respondent and preventing the wastages and dangers in swearing in a person whose election will be annulled,” the petitioners added. Meanwhile, President Buhari had through his Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019—49 lead counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, asked the tribunal to dismiss the motion for being grossly incompetent. Olanipekun noted that the petitioners focused their case on a referendum they claimed Don’t spend your life sleeping outside power, Osinbajo advises outgoing govs By Johnbosco Agbakwuru ABUJA —VICE President Yemi Osinbajo has advised outgoing governors to make good use of the experiences and opportunity they had while in office, and not see their exit from power as an opportunity to run personal businesses or sleep for long hours, in the interest of common people. Osinbajo, who gave the advice in his remarks at the valedictory session of the National Economic Council, at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday, told the governors to deploy the opportunity of the period to further serve the country in various capacities, using their influence as former governors to contribute to healthcare and education. According to him, donor agencies will be glad to work with ex-governors, especially those with track records of healthcare provision and other humanitarian needs. He said: “I advise that you should use your influence and reach to the advantage of Nigerian people. You have seen and heard for yourselves the enormity of our national problems. Very few people have the advantage to see closely as we do on the issues that concern our country, the issues that even concern our different states. “We, here, have that unique advantage. So I think that we can help in one way or the other; we can do something in our states and other states in a way of advocacy or action on education and healthcare in particular and jobs. “I think it is important for those of us who have had the benefit of all of these experience and leadership not to now settle down to a life of business or perhaps of enjoyment or sleeping for eight hours. I need this time for action.” The privilege to serve The vice-president, who thanked the governors for the encomiums showered on him by various speakers at the meeting, noted that of Nigeria’s huge population of about 200 million, only 74 persons, including the president, vice-president, 36 governors and their deputies, were given the responsibilities of formulating policies and executing projects meant to serve the huge populace. While canvassing more commitment of the governors to better the lots of the citizenry, the vicepresident noted that in a matter of years, the population of Nigeria would double, pointing out that the country depended heavily on the elite for survival. He said having led their various states for some years, the governors do not need anyone to advise them any longer on the imperative of unity or security of lives and property, emphasising that the main priority of citizens was availability of food and water on their tables. However, the vicepresident lamented that most people dissipate energy to stoke the embers of disunity and ethnicity, advising the governors to openly condemn those who engage in such acts and resist them because the country does not belong to them alone. He reiterated the need for the outgoing governors to be challenged by the enormity of problems at stake and consequently use their influence as former governors to contribute to continued efforts to address such problems. Osinbajo added: “In the next few years, our population will double, with the attendant challenges of jobs, education, health care, security and infrastructure. Every nation that has moved its people from misery to prosperity has depended heavily, in fact, almost completely on the political elite. ‘’Our people have nowhere else to look or to go, it is as they say, at the collective table that the bulk stops. Govs react Speaking at the meeting, outgoing chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and governor of Zamfara NEWS HOTLINES 018773962, 08052867058 PROTEST—Commercial Motorcyclists protesting over alleged beating of their member by police at Kaduna-Lokoja Expressway, Zuba in Abuja, yesterday. Photos: NAN. State, Abdulaziz Yari, commended the vicepresident for his sterling leadership in the last four years. While advising the council on the need to work hard, block leakages in the system and take proactive measures to expand the size of the economy, Yari commended the federal government which he said had done well in the agricultural sector, with N200 billion spent since 2015. He, however, said if N2 trillion can be spent on oil development every year, much more needed to be spent to shore up growth in agriculture, warning that if Nigeria failed to plan for the future, the country would be sitting on a time bomb and that the aftermath would be catastrophic in the next few years. He said: “I will say, yes government has done tremendously well in terms of expanding the economy through agriculture by spending over N200 billion through the anchor borrowers programme, but we need to do more because we all agree that agriculture is the mainstay of this economy. “It provides over 80 per cent of the employment. So, if N2 trillion can be spent yearly on oil development we need to increase our spending on agriculture too. With what we are seeing as governors, especially from the zone where I come from, the rate of population growth, if nothing is done to address it, I am afraid Mr. Chairman, we are sitting on a time bomb. And that’s the truth.’’ Speaking on behalf of South-West governors, INEC conducted on February 23. He said so far as his client was concerned, what held on that date was a free, fair and credible presidential election and not a referendum. Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode, who recalled the challenges facing the states when NEC came into being in 2015, narrated how 27 states could not pay workers’ salaries. According to him, this led to the decision to seek bailout funds for states from the federal government, which was promptly approved by President Muhammadu Buhari. Describing the vicepresident as tolerant, friendly, accommodating and a stickler for good governance and accountability, Ambode advised the next NEC to address the issue of power and steel, saying doing so will go a long way to reflate the economy. Also speaking on behalf of South-East governors, Imo State governor and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, suggested the need to set target as performance benchmark. He said where there was no target, most people would not feel motivated to perform, noting that the trend among governors over the years had always been that some performed well, another overperformed, while others under-performed. While speaking on behalf of North-West governors, Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, commended the vicepresident for providing the right direction to the council. He, however, noted that whereas lots of decisions were taken in various NEC meetings held so far, a number of them had not been implemented.


50 — Vanguard, FRIDAY MAY 24, 2019 IHEDIOHA: Why expectations ‘re high in Imo By Chidi Nkwopara HE outcome of the 2019 Tgovernorship election in Imo State, was not as a result of any magical incantation. The people rose to resist what they perceived as “unconscionable political calculations of Governor Rochas Okorocha” who wanted his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, to succeed him. Chief Emeka Ihedioha’s victory on the platform of the People Democratic Party, PDP, is the result of the majority of the people’s resolve to assert their will on who should govern the state. With the political battle fought and won,the next question is how Ihedioha will meet the people’s expectations. Chief Ihedioha himself, is aware of this, not minding that feelers point towards his going to inherit not just an empty treasury, but also a huge debt profile. At the last check, Ihedioha realized that the state’s human capital development has been severely stunted in the past eight years. Imo State University, which was ranked first among state owned universities in Nigeria and ninth in overall country ranking by 2005, is currently ranked 16th and 58th respectively, in the 2018 ranking by the National Universities Commission, NUC, and has sadly lost accreditation in Medicine and allied subjects. The health sector appears to be in total decay, as only the General Hospital, Umuguma, is functional in the entire state. At the last count also, only 54 medical doctors, four consultants in Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Paediatric Surgery and Family Medicine, nine Pharmacists, seven Laboratory Technicians 172 nurses were on the payroll. Imo does not have a Radiographer or Physiotherapist in the entire health system. Now, compare the above figures with that of the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri that parades 120 consultants, 240 Resident Doctors, 50 Pharmacists, seven Radiologists, 14 Physiotherapists and 700 Nurses. Ihedioha’s mission, like he has promised Imo people, “is to reposition and transform Imo into a modern ecosystem •Ihedioha The people rightly expects Chief Ihedioha to not only return the State Library close to its former glory, but to also massively train, reorient and motivate existing teachers, as well as recruit new ones, especially in the areas of Science and Technology Gbajabiamila’s Speakership is an idea its time has come, says Tunji-Ojo IN less than three weeks from now, the 9th National Assembly will be inaugurated. What are your expectations? I expect significant and positive impacts of legislation on the lives of all Nigerians. I expect that the 9th Assembly will be a National Assembly that will do the biding of the common Nigerians and not one that exists to do the biding of any individual or group of persons. A legislature that will at all times prioritize the yearnings and aspirations of the citizens and conduct itself with distinctions and uphold best practices. On the leadership configuration of the 9th Assembly Majority of the elected members of the House of Representatives are on the side of Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila. It is no news that I, and a vast majority of the elected members are on the side of Gbajabiamila. Gbajabiamila is a fellow with the right capacity and pedigree. He has what it takes. He is a veteran in the game, a distinct personality whose moral and leadership credentials are outstanding. The adoption of Gbajabiamila and Hon. Ahmed Wase from Plateau State as running mate Tunji-Ojo in the 9th Assembly will bring great rewards to Nigerians. Wase as running mate is another seasoned legislator with profound credentials whose standing will go a long way in complementing the leadership prowess of Gbajabiamila. We are rooting for Gbajabiamila in the best interest of Nigerians, in the best interests of the citizenry and with him steering the ship of the 9th Assembly, Nigerians can be sure of effective, responsive and responsible legislative arm of government that is sure to complement the good efforts of the executive arm of government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari. On allegation that he and members of his group were bribed at a meeting they had recently with Gbajabiamila It is unfortunate that such ridiculous allegation could spring up from anywhere. It is quite unfortunate and sad that any person in his right senses would choose to fabricate and propagate such disdain for whatever reason. With all sense of modesty, it is the basest I have heard in a long time that elected members of the House of Representatives were bribed with iPhone to support a candidate for the leadership of the House. The fact is one of us, elected member who is involved in telecommunication bought and gave to each member of the group since we agreed on the need for a phone with some level of sophistry to enable a more effective interaction. The calibre of personalities aboard are not those who fall for anything. And it would interest you to know that the membership of our group cut across. In the group, we have members elected on different political platforms working together to achieve this noble pursuit. for education, agriculture, industry, tourism, culture, sports, entertainment, human capital development, science and technology.” To realize this mission, it appears that his approach would be holistic and he has repeatedly told the electorate so, in different fora. The experience of Imo people under Okorocha’s eight-year administration, was a plethora of disrespect for the rule of law, transparency and accountability in the conduct of government business. The people are therefore, expecting that all these sad commentaries will change in the new dispensation. The restoration of the dignity and role of traditional institutions, strict observance of the principle of separation of powers of the three arms of government, are also part of the people’s expectations. Although Okorocha brands himself as the “senior advocate of the masses and the grand master of free education”, the people have not stopped wondering why he destroyed the State Library that was close to the reading public and built a church that was not Catholic, Anglican or Pentecostal, in its place. The people rightly expects Chief Ihedioha to not only return the State Library close to its former glory, but to also massively train, reorient and motivate existing teachers, as well as recruit new ones, especially in the areas of Science and Technology. A United States of Americabased attorney, Mr. Stanley Ozuzu, opined that “if the new administration drastically reduce the teacher/student ratio, provide grant-in-aid to churches, voluntary agencies and private investors, they will help in upgrading educational standards in Imo, like it happened in Anambra State.” Ozuzu lamented that “part of why the education standard in the state has abysmally gone low, is because the outgoing administration did not properly prioritized its policies and programmes in the sector.” He called for adequate subvention to the state owned tertiary institutions, as well as establish new technical and trade schools and equip the old ones. The outgoing administration promised to build industries and factories, with a view to create jobs and drastically reduce the high level of unemployment in the state. This promise was largely observed in the breach. Ihedioha realizes the enormity of of youths joblessness and its attendant evils. He therefore plans to empower 15 youths per year, from each of the 305 wards, for specific skills acquisition training that will amount to 4,575 entrepreneurs each year. He also promised to create an ICT Innovation Hub in the state capital, to empower Imo youths and products of schools, to play active roles software and Apps development opportunity space. There is no doubt that if fully realized, Imo youths will be very active players in the digital economy. Much as these are capable of reducing unemployment in the state, the people no doubt, expect that Ihedioha will aggressively pursue investment drives within and outside the country, to attract industrialists to establish in the 27 local councils that have comparative and competitive advantage. Roads across the state are death traps. Public water supply also remained comatose in the past eight years. All the solar powered water schemes, which Okorocha inherited from the Chief Ikedi Ohakim administration remained moribund for eight years. All the people interviewed were unanimously of the view that Ihedioha must resuscitate water supply schemes in the state, develop all the strategic roads in the Owerri Master Plan, collaborate with the Federal Government to complete the dualization of the arterial roads linking the capital city of Owerri, as well as collaborate with the Federal Government to fast track the completion of the NIPP Power Generating Plant, Egbema. The people equally have legitimate demands in agriculture, housing and urban development, public service, peace and security, the vulnerable group, tourism, culture, entertainment, Diaspora initiatives, trade and commerce, spirts and women development, health care and a host of other areas. How Ihedioha will handle the huge debt profile of the state, is another area of concern to the people. A peep into the Civil Litigations Department of the State Ministry of Justice, leaves mind boggling judgement debts, apparently waiting for Ihedioha to settle. The same is also true about salaries, pensions and contractual obligations. It is sad to note that the Dan Anyiam Stadium Complex and Grasshoppers International Stadium are shadows of their former selves. While nobody hears about the state’s allconquering Grasshoppers International Handball Club, the Heartland Football Club, have been forced to play their home matches at Okigwe Stadium The stress and huge loss of revenue to the Club have remained issues to be tackled. Currently, Ihedioha has sent in workers to reshape the Dan Anyiam venue for his inauguration on May 29. T


YOUR LUCK TODAY By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139 GEMINI: You will need to re-examine both your personal ideas and advice given to you by others. Be family minded. CANCER Proviided you don’t allow others to mislead you, things will not go wrong. The more willing you are to take the initiative the better for you. Take your love life more seriously. LEO: Although you will need to be as secretive as you can, your success will attract others’ attention to you to the betterment of your cause. Be ambitious. VIRGO: People who are more influential than you will be willing to support your cause but you will need to make the necessary move. The more self assertive you are, the better. LIBRA: Challenges of yesterday will today bring you good opportunities along your career/business lines to the betterment of your finances. Seek supporters of other people. L E I S U R E TAKE HEART — ELLA RANDLE “Let your faith and light carry other people through their tough times. Inspire others to do better always.” -Take Heart Quotes- Give when your heart tells you to give. And be willing and open to receive too. Remember, life is about how you allow your light shine through your actions to others. You are different from others, be patient with them. Go ahead and make your plans and work towards it, but know that a higher power determines your every step. Ella Randle TERROR MUDA in “Never say goodbye” Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 — 51 SAYINGS OF OUR PEOPLE Wealth, if you use it, comes to an end; learning, if you use it, increases. ~ Swahili proverb By Kola Fayemi SCORPIO: Think of the best way to improve on your working pattern in order to enhance your career prospects if you listen to your creative self, things will work out fine for you. Be more loving. SAGITTARIUS: Success is boldly printed on your cards today. Think of both immediate and far future while you are savouring goodies offered you by mother nature. CAPRICORN: You should not have it tough while trying to win the needed supports of others. Take good advice from some of your friends who are creatively gifted. AQUARIUS: Your creativity quotient is enhanced today and if you demonstrate this within your working arena, you’ll earn success and consolidate on your recent progress. DUDU in “ROLLING HOT” By A.O. OLAIDE PISCES: It is important you don’t take things for granted. Watch carefully what you agree to do. ARIES: Those of you who are more enterprising will have much to show for your efforts. The more cooperative you are the better for you.. Don’t neglect love. TAURUS: Better than yesterday. Others will be willing to give you the needed co-operation both at home and within your working arena. ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING Send your date e and place of birth th to the Astr trological Counselling, P.M.B 100 007, 7, Apapa, Lagos Dear Joshua, I am a regular reader of your work since you were with The Punch Newspapers. I want you to please tell me my lucky dates and dates to beware for the next three Months (June to August this year (2019). More ink to your pen. Olala, Ogun. Dear Olala, On your lucky dates try to maximise your gains on one hand and or the other hand, try your best possible to avoid trouble and/or loss during those dates to beware of. But take note that there is nothing to worry about concerning dates to beware of because, they are mere warnings. However the lucky dates are for real. Important days YOUR LUCKY DATES-JUNE TO AUGUST 2019 June – 2*, 7*, 16* 20, 25 & 30. July – 4, 11, 13***, 17, 21** & 26. August – 1***, 10, 14, 23 & 28. DATES TO BEWARE OF JUNE TO AUGUST, 2019. June– 18 July– 1 August– 6. File: YOUR LUCK TODAY MONDAY MAY 20, 2019 14/05/19 VIRGINIA HOME & ABROAD dadadekola@yahoo.com By Lawrence Akapa


52 — Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 Poland 2019: Flying Eagles go for Qatar’s jugular Two –time runners up, the Flying Eagles will today go all out for the three points when they confront Qatar to the pitch of the 15,300 –capacity Tychy Stadium in the opening match of Group D of the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup finals, according to team captain Ikouwem Udoh Utin. “It is a big match for us, as every other match in this competition. We know the importance of picking up the three points in our first match, which is why we are determined to go all out. “Taking the first three points will help us plan our approach better for the remaining matches in the group phase, and also boost our confidence,” Utin said at the team’s Vienna House Hotel in Katowice on Thursday. The team will leave their hotel in Katowice for the short drive to Tychy on Friday. Today’s game kicks off at 5pm Nigeria time. The second match of Group D, between Ukraine and USA, will begin at 7.30pm Nigeria time. Coach Paul Aigbogun and his assistants have somewhat calibrated a new ensemble, leaving out half of the squad members from the Africa U20 Cup of Nations in Niger Republic in February, where the team earned the ticket to Poland, and infusing a number of exciting talent in midfield and attacking realms. While the choice for the number one shirt is between Detan Ogundare and Olawale Oremade (who was custodian in Niger), Valentine Ozornwafor and Igoh Ogbu are likely to keep their spots in central defence. Captain Ikouwem Utin would be at left back while Jamil Muhammad could be at right back. In the midfield, much attention will be on the England –based duo Nnamdi Ofoborh and Ayotomiwa Dele-Bashiru, as well as AC Perugia of Italy’s former junior Rivers, Bayelsa emerge male, female champions of Equatorial Conference By Jacob Ajom The fairy tale run of Cross River State male and female teams in the Nestle Milo Secondary Schools Basketball championship came to an end in the final of the Equatorial Conference concluded Wednesday, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu. Rivers state, represented by Brilliant Secondary School, Port Harcourt beat FAAN Secondary School Calabar, representing Cross River State by a single point to emerge champions in the boys category. The epic final ended 42-41 in favour of the Rivers State team. Earlier, St Jude’s Girls Secondary School, Amarata, Bayelsa State outclassed and outscored their Cross River State counterparts, The girls final was an easy win for the Bayelsa team as the girls from Calabar did not put up any resistance to the quick passing game of the national defending champions who won 31-13. Coach of the losing side, Omini Arikpo said he did not expect his girls would outplay Bayelsa. “They played their superiors. Remember, Bayelsa are the defending national champions and our inexperience was very evident,” he said. The boys final was another thriller which kept spectators on the edges of their seats. Rivers took off to a flying start scoring six points before CRS replied with their first two points. With their physical presence and intense play the boys from Calabar overtook their opponents and ended at 11-10 to win the first quarter. international Kingsley Michael. In this sector also are home –based professionals Effiom Maxwell and Aniekeme Okon, who are rapid raiders on their day. Dele-Bashiru, of England champions Manchester City has already been tipped by world football – ruling body, FIFA, as one of the players from whom much is expected in Poland. At the fore, Nigeria has a cosmopolitan flavour with England –based Chinonso Emeka, Norway –based Jerome Adams, Czech Republic –based Tijani Muhammed, Sweden –based Henry Offia and home –based Success Makanjuola vying for available spots. Aigbogun said that the group is aware of the pedigree of Nigeria at the FIFA U20 World Cup and cannot afford to underperform. Victor Osimhen bagged a brace for Sporting Charleroi in their 2-1 road win against Kortrijk at the Guldensporenstadion on Wednesday e v e n i n g , cancelling out •Osimhen Imoh Ezekiel’s opener in the first half before netting the game- winner nine minutes after the restart. Following his brace in what could be his final game as a Sporting Charleroi player, the Wolfsburg loanee took his tally for the season to 18 goals from 33 appearances, and is the highest rated Nigerian player in the European Golden Shoe rankings with 27 points. Osimhen has scored one goal more than FC Former Nigeria U20 team coach John Obuh has warned the current Flying Eagles team not to underrate any of their group opponents at the FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland. The Flying Eagles will face Qatar in their opening game, today. “I don’t want them to see any of the countries as nonfootballing nations but I just want them to be careful because football at this level (U20) is won from the first game,” Obuh said. “Once you are able to tidy up your first game, and “We have a tough history to match. Silver medals on two occasions and bronze medals once, and a number of quarter final appearances. That’s why we must start very well, by taking the points against Qatar and then march on with confidence and self assurance. “We are flying the flag of nearly 200 million Nigerians, as well as that of the African continent. We have put a lot of work into building a squad that will make Nigeria and Africa proud.” Race for Nigerian golden shoe: Osimhen leads Onuachu, Onyekuru Midtjylland’s Paul Onuachu, who is the second highest rated Nigerian player with 25.5 points. The Danish-based striker has one final chance to overtake Osimhen in the Golden Shoe rankings, on Sunday when the 2018 champions host Esbjerg. Osimhen and Onuachu are followed by Galatasaray’s Henry Onyekuru and FC Luzern’s Blessing Eleke who have sent the ball into the back of the net 14 and 13 times respectively this season. Though Galatasaray and Luzern have one more game to play in their respective leagues, it is mission impossible for the duo in their bid to surpass Osimhen’s goal tally. Trabzonspor’s Anthony Nwakaeme and FC Zurich’s Stephen Odey are joint fifth with 22.5 points, having scored ten goals each. Be wary of Qatar, USA, Obuh warns Flying Eagles Nigeria’s foremost oil and gas company, AITEO has been included on the long list of organisations and individuals earmarked for honours in the maiden Fund Raising and Awards Night of the Super Eagles Supporters Club billed for today, at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja. A statement from the secretariat of the Super Eagles Supporters Club Thursday said, “In view of AITEO’s enormous FIFA U-20 World Cup: Adepoju tips Nigeria to go far then your second game, you should have at least been able to qualify from your group to the second stage already. “The USA of my time, when I used to play them, I beat them. Anyhow, as far as I am concerned, there has been a big improvement in the United States Youth soccer so we should not look at them as a non-footballing nation but as a footballing nation. “Qatar is the same thing. Having ceded the World Cup [2022] to them, they are preparing to meet the standards that are expected of them. I am very sure that they would be coming out very strong too. Former Nigeria international, Mutiu Adepoju believes the National U20 team, the Flying Eagles have quite a journey ahead of them at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland. After a fourth place at the U20 AFCON earlier this year, the Paul Aigbogun side earned a ticket to the world stage and were drawn in Group D against Qatar, Ukraine and USA. They will begin their hunt for the country’s first title in the age-grade tournament against Qatar at the Tychy Stadium today. Following an intensive three-week training camp in Germany, which featured a defeat to Saudi Arabia, Adepoju assessed the Flying Eagles’ readiness to take on the world. “They have prepared well but it is very difficult to predict the stage they will get to because the other countries are coming with the aim to win the trophy,” Adepoju said. “The level of preparation and understanding between the players will be very important. “Having seen the squad list and with the preparation they were given, I believe that they will go far, but I can’t say if we can win it.” Nigeria’s best outing at the U-20 World Cup was in 1989 and 2005, when they finished as runners-up behind Portugal and Argentina, respectively. •John Super Eagles Supporters Club Fund Raising and Awards Night: AITEO, Ethiopian Airlines, others on honours list •Okumagba •Flying Eagles European Golden Shoe rankings (Nigerian players only) 1) Victor Osimhen - 18 goals - 27 points 2) Paul Onuachu - 17 goals - 25.5 points 3) Henry Onyekuru - 14 goals - 21 points 4) Blessing Eleke - 13 goals - 19.5 points 5) Anthony Nwakaeme - 10 goals - 15 points 6) Stephen Odey - 10 goals - 15 points contributions to the development of football in the country and Africa in general, we had no choice than to include the company among the leading award receipients on the night.” National Chairman of the Super Eagles Supporters Club, Prince Vincent Okumagba said the Executive Vice President of AITEO, Mr Francis Peters will be present to receive the awards on behalf of the company. “They[AITEO] have done so much in renergising the sports sector, particularly football. U20 World Cup : Senegal's Sagna breaks Odiaka's 34-year-old record S enegal striker Amadou Sagna has broken Monday Odiaka's record for the fastest goal scored in the history of the U20 World Cup in the ongoing game against Tahiti at the Lublin Stadium, Lublin. The Cayor Foot starlet needed only 9.6 seconds to open the scoring, breaking the record that former Flying Eagles striker, Monday Odiaka had held for 34 years. Odiaka, then on the books of African Continental Bank FC, scored after 14 seconds as Nigeria began their campaign at the 1985 FIFA U20 World Cup with a 2-0 win against Canada at the Dinamo Stadium in Minsk. The Flying Eagles finished third in the tournament held in the old Soviet Union, with Odiaka finding the net on three occasions. Sagna has bagged the first hat-trick of the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup, scoring again in the 29th and 50th minute to give Senegal a 3-0 victory. The Flying Eagles will face Qatar in their opening game in Tychy today at 5pm. You can’t talk of Nigerian football without mention of the company. They have taken over the sponsorship of the NFF and CAF annual awards and also the FA Cup.” Also included on the list awardees are Ethiopian Airlines, ADRON HOMES and YETKEM. A top official of the Super Eagles Supporters Club told this reporter that the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu will be the royal father of the day.


Conte adds Victor Moses to his Inter Milan wishlist The future of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar has been placed under intensifying scrutiny amid reports the duo have fallen out after losing the French Cup final. According to Sport, Neymar's criticism of the 'young people' in PSG squad upset the 20-yearold Mbappe, who felt it referrred to him. Mbappe had just been sent off in the French Cup final defeat on penalties by Rennes. Antonio Conte has reportedly added Chelsea loanee Victor Moses to his Inter Milan wishlist ahead of his expected move to the San Siro at the end of the season. The 49-year-old former Chelsea manager is set to take charge of the Serie A outfit following their final fixture of the 2018-19 campaign at the weekend. Conte is lining up targets he hopes to bring in this summer and ex-Blues winger Moses is a player he is keen on, according to FCInterNews.it. The pair worked together for Conte's two years at Stamford Bridge from 2016 and Moses played an important role in Chelsea lifting the Premier League trophy during the 2016-17 campaign. Moses, whose current contract at Chelsea is set to expire in June 2021, could reportedly move to Italy for £11million. Following the introduction of Maurizio Sarri into the Blues hotseat last summer the 28-year-old played just a small number of games before being sent out on an 18-month loan to Turkish side Fenerbahce. He has made 13 appearances and scored three goals since his January switch. Fenerbahce's final clash of the campaign takes place on Sunday evening. Inter could appoint Conte as early as next week with Luciano Spalletti expected to leave. Neymar, Mbappe fall out •Real Madrid ready to swoop for either striker Chelsea consider Tuchel as Sarri's replacement Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel is in contention to succeed Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea's next manager. Chelsea are expected to make an announcement on the future of Sarri after next week's Europa League final showdown with Arsenal. The Italian has struggled to win over supporters and, despite potentially winning silverware in his first campaign at the helm, he has been widely tipped Real Madrid are reportedly keeping a close eye on how things unfold and are prepared to make a move for whichever of the two strikers decides they must leave the Parc des Princes. Mbappe placed his own PSG future in doubt on Sunday when he collected the Ligue 1 Player of the Year award. Mbappe said: 'This is a very important moment for me, I am arriving at maybe the first or second turning to make way in the summer. Chelsea have a few replacements in mind should they part company with Sarri. Iconic midfielder Frank Lampard, who has impressed in his debut season at Derby County, departing Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and PSG chief Tuchel are said to have been lined up. point in my career. 'I have learned so much here, and I feel it's maybe the time to have more responsibility. 'Maybe at PSG, that would give me great pleasure, or maybe elsewhere for a new project.' The pair both moved to PSG in the summer of 2017 with Neymar costing £198m and Mbappe eventually costing £166m after an initial season-long loan. Manchester City board member Alberto Galassi has rubbished reports that Pep Guardiola will leave the club to become the new Juventus manager. Galassi, a lawyer who was appointed to the Blues' board in 2012, says he and Juventus board member Pavel Nedved are in agreement that speculation over Guardiola's future at City is baseless. Guardiola has led City to five major trophies in three seasons at the club but reports in Italy claimed he would succeed Max Allegri at the Italian champions. But Galassi says speculation over Guardiola's future is a non-issue."As a Manchester City board member, I was surprised to read such nonsense," he told Sky Italia. Former Arsenal goal keeper David Seaman says his old club should not play Petr Cech in the Europa League final. The 37-year-old is retiring at the end of the season, meaning the final against his former club Chelsea will be his last game. While he has been backup to Bernd Leno in the Premier League this season, Cech has started regularly in the Europa League and is expected to play in Baku.“Cech's likely starting role against Azerbaijan's ambassador slams Mkhitaryan A zerbaijan's ambassador to the UK has accused Henrikh Mkhitaryan of 'trying to make a political statement' by missing next week's Europa League final. The eagerly anticipated all- English clash in Baku descended into farce this week when Arsenal announced they would not be taking Mkhitaryan to play Chelsea due to safety concerns. Cech should not play in Europa League final—Seaman Chelsea on Wednesday also comes on the back of the news he is set to return to his former club as a sporting director in the summer. Seaman, who wore the gloves for Arsenal for 13 years, told Sky Sports News: "My only thing is that Arsenal really need this; they need this more than Chelsea. "They need to get into the Champions League and I'm always for playing your strongest team. That means Leno, but I'm sure Cech will play because it's his last ever game." Guardiola not joining Juve—Man City "He's our coach and he wants to stay with us. He can't understand why his insistence [that he is staying at City] hasn't been listed to. They [the reports] are lies." Asked about the course of action City have taken to clarify Guardiola's future, Galassi said: "The first thing a serious club does in a case like this is contact the other club. The Armenian's safety was in doubt because of the dispute between his country and the host nation and, despite receiving assurances aimed at allaying those fears, Mkhitaryan chose not to travel to Baku following discussions with the club and his family. Ambassador Tahir Taghizadeh has claimed that Mkhitaryan's decision not to play despite those safety guarantees means he has made a political decision rather than a personal one. Leicester City favourites to sign Robben Leicester City have been installed as favourites to sign Arjen Robben on a free transfer following a flurry of bets placed with bookmakers. Robben will leave Bayern upon the expiry of his contract this summer and his final appearance could come in the German Cup final this weekend against RB Leipzig. Leicester are 2/1 favourites with oddschecker to be his next destination, ahead of his former club in Holland, PSV Eindhoven. Earlier in May, Robben said he could even retire upon leaving Bayern. 'It is an option, but I don't know whether it will happen,' Robben was quoted as saying by the BBC. 'It is not an easy decision to make. If you decide that you are going to keep playing, you have to find a place where everything is just right, not just in terms of football but also for my family. I'll love to play in MLS one day after Man City career— Sterling RAHEEM STER LING has revealed he wants to play football in America at some stage in his career. Manchester City star Sterling says he has been impressed by the growth of football in the States over the past few years. And the England star, 24, says he likes the US so much he is keen to play in the MLS at some Vanguard, FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019 — 53 Europa League final stage in his career. Speaking at a Wall Stree Journal conference in New York, Sterling said: "English football has grown massively over here. It wasn't like that in the past, and it'll continue to get bigger. "I was surprised even just popping out to the shops and being recognised by one or two people. I didn't expect that over here. "This is a country I would, one day, love to be able to come to. Your weather is a lot better than ours. "Hopefully one day I can have my family over here." Sterling is enjoying a short break after helping City seal the domestic treble with a hat-trick in the FA Cup final thrashing of Watford.


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