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VOL. 26: NO. 63829 TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019

9th NASS: Fresh twist as

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Presidential Elections Appeal Panel —Members of the Legal team of the

Independent National Electoral Commission arranging their documents

during the sitting of the reconstituted Presidential Elections Appeal Panel at

the Court of Appeal, Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

9th NASS: Intrigues, as Lawan,

Ndume square up today

By Henry Umoru,

Levinus

Nwabughiogu,

Omeiza Ajayi &

Dirisu Yakubu

ABUJA— Ahead of

tomorrow’s

inauguration of the ninth

National Assembly,

governors of the ruling All

Progressives Congress,

APC, as well as the party’s

National Working

Committee, NWC,

yesterday met with the APC

caucus of the incoming

National Assembly.

The meeting which had

several of the governors in

attendance, was to finalize

arrangements regarding

its zoning of principal

offices in the national

assembly and ensure that

lawmakers elected on the

party’s platform vote as

directed.

However, some of the

aspirants who have vowed

to pursue their ambitions in

defiance of party directives

were conspicuously absent

from the meeting.

Among those who were

absent were Sen. Ali

Ndume who is squaring up

against the party’s choice,

Sen. Ahmed Lawan for the

office of the Senate

president; Sen. Orji Uzor

Kalu who is also against

Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege for

the deputy presidency of

the Senate and Umar

Mohammed Bago who is

vying for speaker, House of

Representatives, against

the party’s favoured

candidate, Femi

Gbajabiamila.

Also absent were Sen.

Danjuma Goje who had

earlier stepped down for

Lawan, as well as Sen.

Francis Alimikhena who is

also contesting against Sen.

Omo-Agege.

Speaking with journalists

at the end of the meeting,

National Chairman of the

party, Comrade Adams

Oshiomhole, said the

meeting was “basically to

firm up all the

conversations and lobbying

that have gone on and we

have already had a

meeting with specific

conclusions.”

While he restated the

decision of the party to

support Sen. Lawan and

Gbajabiamila for the office

of Senate president and

House speaker

respectively, he said the

party would also support

Sen. Omo-Agege and Idris

Wase as deputies for both

positions.

“We have all agreed as a

caucus to endorse

distinguished Sen. Ahmed

Lawan as APC candidate

for the presidency of the

senate and distinguished

Sen. Omo-Agege for the

deputy presidency of the

senate.

“All those that have

stepped down as a mark of

respect for the party

leadership are all qualified

and they are all unanimous

to back the candidates of

the party,” said

Oshiomhole.

Still talking to

Ndume

Oshiomhole added that

the party was still trying to

get Sen. Ndume to jettison

his ambition and accept the

position of the party.

“Well, for now we are still

trying to talk to Ali Ndume.

I believe that he is a

democrat. He understands

that in a democracy, it is

important that he listens to

the voice of the majority

and accept the decisions of

the majority.

‘’I mean it is all about

sacrifice. Like I said, I do

not know of anybody who

has been elected who is not

qualified to become the

Senate President, and

senators are equal.

‘’For those who have

stepped down, they have

done that in recognition of

the fact that at a particular

point in time, only one

person will emerge and I

believe that my dear friend,

Sen. Ali Ndume, will not be

a lone ranger.

‘’He will abide by the

spirit of the party and

respect our overall leader

who is the president of our

country, who is also the

leader of our party. I do not

have any fear, I believe

Ndume will accept the will

of the majority,” he stated.

At the moment, no fewer

than 99 senators-elect have

signed and endorsed the

Senate Leader, Senator

Ahmad Lawan as the next

Senate President.

Of the 99 senators- elect,

60 are from the All

Progressives Congress,

APC; 38 from the

opposition, Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

while the Young

Progressive Party, YPP, has

one senator- elect.

Addressing journalists on

Saturday at Transcorp

Hilton Hotel, Abuja,

Secretary of the Lawan

Campaign Organization,

Senator Barau Jibrin, APC,

Kano North, said of 62

senators-elect of the ruling

APC, 60 have signed on to

the “Lawan Project”, while

a senator-elect of the Young

Peoples Party YPP, Ifeanyi

Uba, has also declared

support.

In his remarks at the

event, Senator Lawan

assured his supporters that

of the 44 Senators-elect of

the opposition PDP, no

fewer than 38 have also

declared their support for

his aspiration for the

position of Senate

President in the 9th Senate.

With the signed list of

APC Senators- elect which

has a total number of 62,

only two did not sign and

they are the former Senate

Leader and a contender for

the position of Senate

President, Senator Ali

Ndume, APC, Borno South

and Mohammed Ibrahim

Bomai from Yobe, same

state as Senator Lawan.

Ahead of today’s election,

governors-elected on the

platform of Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, and

the senators-elect were last

night, engaged in strategic

meetings to take a position.

The first meeting was at

Rivers State Governor’s

Lodge, Asokoro, while the

second one took place at the

residence of Deputy Senate

President in the Eight

Senate, Senator Ike

Ekweremadu.

Speaking on the position

of PDP, the Deputy

Minority Leader in the

Eight Senate, Senator

Emmanuel Bwacha,Taraba,

said: “There is dignity in

silence, and there is

mischief in noise-making.

So, we maintain a dignified

silence because we want a

9th Assembly that will be

rancour-free. We speak as

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By Bose Adelaja, Olayinka Latona,

Dickson Omobola, Tolulope Oke,

Chiamaka Uba, Erinfolami

Abdulkudus & Janet Somoye

Insecurity: More laws or enforcement? (2)

The

Nigerian

government has

formulated so many

laws without

enforcement. What do

we need new laws for

if the old laws are not

being enforced?

What the government

needs to do is to

reform the Nigeria

Police which has lost

its relevance and

purpose.

-Mr. Onoriode Steve

Civil servant

We have so many

laws that are not

being enforced. Why

should more laws be made

if the existing laws would

not be enforced? The focus

should be on enforcing the

laws. Again, anyone

caught in acts that threaten

the country’s peace or unity

should be punished under

the existing laws. That is to

say there should not be

preferential treatment

because no man is above

the law.

-Mr. Abubakar Ibrahim

Student

Enforcement is all

w

e

need and deserve.

Laws have been in

existence before I was

born and I discover that

the laws are just there

without being

implemented. It will be

wise if the already

existing laws are

enforced. If that

happens, Nigerians will

have no choice but to

obey the laws.

-Sandra Ohagba

Teacher

We already have too

many laws, what we

need is enforcement of

those laws. The enforcers

too should be checked. If

we must ach ieve our aims

in this country, there is the

need to evaluate the tools

and strategies we use. You

can’t fight insecurity using

corrupt tools. It will lead to

nowhere. I think it is now

the job of those in charge of

security to enforce the law

properly by sticking to their

ethics.

-Mr. Osovehe Moses

Student

I

would say the

entire system of

enforcing the laws is

corrupt. We need to reexamine

the system so that

we can restructure it. In

similar vein, the system is

faulty. It requires all hands

to be on deck.

The government is

responsible for insecurity

in the country due to their

inability to proffer

solutions to insecurity.

- Mr. Cletus Goki

FSars

Nigeria doesn't need

more laws. Having

more laws won’t change

anything. What Nigeria

needs is to revise the

existing laws in order to

examine the loopholes,

especially the ones which

will close the gap between

the rich and poor, strong

and weak, politicians and

the people. Also,

enforcement should be

carried out thoroughly not

minding who is involved.

-Adeosun Quadri


6—Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019

2 sisters die in sleep, as wall collapses on them during downpour

•Traffic jam stopped me from getting home to rescue my family—Father

By Dayo Johnson

A KURE—ESTHER

Godspower, the mother

of two girls, Faith and

Marvellous, fainted after the

wall of their room collapsed on

the girls, killing them in their

sleep, in Ondo town, Ondo

State, during a downpour.

Faith was aged seven, while

Marvellous was four.

The incident, according to an

eyewitness, occurred at 23,

Ayesanmi Street, Odojomu

Ondo, at about 3:30p.m.

The timely intervention of

medical personnel, who

resuscitated the mother,

prevented the casualties from

increasing to three.

She is at present on

admission at the state

Specialist Hospital in Ondo

town.

Vanguard gathered that the

girls’ parents, Joseph and

Esther Godspower, and the

children were living upstairs

in a room.

The father, a driver who plies

Ondo/Ore Road, said he was

informed of the tragedy while

he was at Ore.

Joseph said the moment the

rain started, he made attempt

to rush back home to ensure

that the children were safe,

especially from the perennial

flooding that they have been

experiencing in the town.

According to him, “but I was

held up in the traffic at Awolope

Junction for about four hours,

which prevented me from taking

the children out before the

house was flooded.”

Buried

Residents of the community,

who spoke with newsmen, said

the victims were sleeping on

the same bed when the wall

collapsed on them, while their

mother and the other child,

according to them, were

downstairs when the incident

occurred.

It was gathered that the girls

have been buried at the back

of the house, where they met

their untimely death.

Police detectives from the

Enuowa Police Station later

visited the scene of the

incident, even as the Police

image-maker, Femi Joseph,

confirmed the death of the

sisters, describing it as

unfortunate.

AN EXPRESSWAY OF GULLIES:

Traffic gridlock-causing potholes

manifesting at Berliette Bus Stop(left) and

Cele Bus Stop by Majoc Filling Station(top

& right) on Oshodi-Apapa Expressroad,

yesterday. PHOTOS: Bunmi Azeez.

Father of 12-yr-old

boy whose wrist

was chopped off

cries for justuce

By Esther Onyegbula

SITTING besides his son in

one of the wards at Igando

General Hospital, 47-year-old

Ikechukwu Ameachi, stared

continuously at the stump that

is his son's hand, shook his

head several times and asked

“What has this boy done to

deserve this?”

He told Vanguard: “See how

Jeremiah Obifor, an elderly

man who has children, has

turned my son into a handicap.

For four days, my son has not

been able to see because of the

pain.

“The doctor said they need

to perform surgery on his hand

on Wednesday. At the moment

we have spent over N250,000

for his treatment.

“My son, Goodluck, is a

jovial, easy-going lad. He is not

troublesome.

“Since I lost my wife about

four years ago, I have been

struggling to provide for my

kids. With the little I earn, I

made sure they attend a private

school that I can afford.”

Recall, that a 61-year-old fish

farmer, Jeremiah Obifor,

allegedly cut off the wrist of

Goodluck Ameachi with a

machete on Friday morning,

because he thought Goodluck

came to steal his fish.

Ikechukwu Ameachi called

on Governor Babajide Sanwo-

Olu of the Lagos State, Lagos

State Commissioner of Police,

Zubairu Muazu, to urgently

intervene for him to get justice.

Father of 9 rapes friend’s

12-yr-old daughter in Ondo

By Dayo Johnson

AKURE—A 43-year-old

farmer, Francis Joseph,

who is married to four wives

and blessed with nine

children, has been arrested by

Police detectives in Ondo

State for allegedly raping his

friend’s 12-year-old daughter

and thereafter threatened her

no to tell anyone.

Joseph, after allegedly

luring the young girl to his

house where he forcefully

defiled her, warned her not to

tell anybody about the

incident or else she would die

mysteriously.

The suspect, who hails from

Ogoja, Cross River State, like

the father of the young girl,

lives within the same

community in Lugbogi in

Ondo town.

A family source explained

that the little girl was scared

to tell her parents until she

started bleeding in the middle

of the night and was rushed

to the hospital.

Family sources said that “the

12-year-old girl was rushed to

the hospital, bleeding

profusely from the private part

having been defiled and

sexually abused. She is still in

the hospital till now.

“Her parents reported the

incident at the Enuowa Police

Station, but to the surprise of

all their neighbours, Joseph

had left his home before the

arrival of the policemen.”

Vanguard was informed that

Joseph was arrested at a park

in Ondo town on Thursday,

while trying to board a bus to

Lagos and was subsequently

handed over to the Police.

However, the suspect

alleged conspiracy by the

people of the community to

implicate him.

Joseph, however, had no

answer when asked why he

was fleeing the town before he

was apprehended by the Police

at the park.

The young girl, it was

gathered, insisted that the

suspect raped her in his house

and warned her not to inform

anybody.

While the family of the

suspect had sent emissaries to

the victim’s family to beg and

settle the matter amicably, the

parents of the little girl

UNIDENTIFIED gunmen,

Sunday night, killed one

Sheni Kimati, a 25-year-old 200

level student of the department

of Geography, Plateau State

University, Bokkos.

DSP Terna Tyopev, the Police

Public Relations Officer in the

state, who confirmed the

incident, yesterday in Jos,

said the gunmen attacked the

university premises on

Sunday night and killed the

student.

insisted on bringing the

suspect to book.

The state Ministry of Women

Affairs, according to findings,

has waded into the matter to

ensure that the incident is not

swept under the carpet.

Police image maker, Femi

Joseph, who confirmed the

incident, said the case had

been transferred to the State

police headquarters in Akure,

the state capital.

Joseph said investigation

into the matter had

commenced, adding that the

suspect would be charged to

court after completing its

investigations.

Kidnappers want 10m

for woman, step-son

In another development, a

woman and her step-son have

been kidnapped on their way

to church at Osi community in

According to him,

“yesterday (Sunday), at about

11p.m., unknown gunmen

attacked the premises of

Plateau State University,

Bokkos, during which one

Sheni Kimati, 25, a 200 level

student of the Department of

Geography was shot.

“He was later confirmed

dead by a doctor on duty at a

Cottage Hospital, Bokkos.”

Tyopev said no suspect had

yet been arrested in

Akure North council area of

the state.

The victims are Mrs

Olawumi Adeleye, 25, and

Destiny Paul, 14.

Confirming the abduction of

the duo, the traditional ruler

of the town, the Iresi of Osi,

Oba David Olajide, said the

victims were abducted by

herdsmen on their way from

the church on Sunday.

Oba Olajide said: “It

happened along Osi-Owo

Road, very close to Akure

Airport. They were kidnapped

around 5:20p.m. on Sunday.

He said the kidnap incident

had been reported to the state

Police Command for

investigation.

Reports had it that the

kidnappers had contacted the

husband of the woman and

have demanded N10 million

ransom.

Gunmen kill 200-level Plateau Varsity student

connection with the attack and

called on those with useful

information to avail it to the

security agencies.

The Police spokesman said

students of the university had

staged a protest yesterday

morning to express their

displeasure over the incident.

He, however, said the arrival

of officers and men of the

command to the scene had

restored normalcy to the

university community.


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019—7

I left my matrimonial

home for fear of my life

— Ex-governor Chime’s wife

THE estranged wife of former

governor Sullivan Chime of

Enugu State, Clara, yesterday,

told an FCT High Court, Apo, that

she left her matrimonial home for

fear of her life.

Clara made the allegation while

being cross-examined by the

counsel for the former governor,

Paul Onyia, in the petition filed

by Chime for the dissolution of

their 11-year-old marriage.

Clara informed the court that

she met her husband while he

was Enugu State governor.

Her words: “I bought two

vehicles: a Lexus 570 SUV and a

BMW S6 for myself, while

married to the former governor.

“I did not use his money to buy

those vehicles from the

allowances I received as the wife

of the governor.”

The former governor’s wife also

informed that she bought her

landed property from the Enugu

State Housing Corporation,

adding that she paid for it after

leaving office.

“I have the title documents of

the landed property,” she told the

court.

Asked if she was aware that the

petitioner ceased to be governor

since 2015, Clara said: “I am

aware that he ceased to be Enugu

State governor on May 29, 2015.”

She, however, disclosed that she

did not know how much the

former governor earned as

pension, saying “I have no idea

how much he is being paid as

pension.”

The former governor’s wife also

informed the court that she was

involved in oil and gas business,

adding that she had been living

well despite not receiving

maintenance allowance from her

husband since 2013, when they

had been living apart.

She also alleged that her

estranged husband has refused

to allow her see her only child.

“I only see my child during

Church service or social events

whenever I am in town,” she

said.

After listening to her

testimony, Justice Angela

Otaluka, adjourned the case till

October 14 for adoption of final

written addresses.

I joined cult to avoid oppression—Suspect

By Esther Onyegbula

ONE of the suspected cultists

arrested in Ikorodu Area of

Lagos, Solomon Olowu, 23, said

he joined the Aye confraternity

while in high school because he

was being oppressed.

He made the disclosure,

yesterday, at the Igbogbo Police

Division, when the Lagos State

Police Command paraded 50

notorious cultists who have

been terrorising Ikorodu area of

Lagos. The suspects, as

gathered, were arrested

between June 6 and 9.

Among the suspects who were

paraded alongside other

dreaded criminals, was a leader

of Aye cult gang, Yusuf

Omidele, who has been on the

wanted list of the Police.

According to Olowu, “I was

arrested during a Police raid in

Igbogbo community, here in

Ikorodu. I was picked up last

week Monday around 8a.m. I

am a member of Aye.

“We were fighting around

Ikorodu and the fight was

between Aye and Eiye cults. I

was not with any weapon but

my colleagues were armed. I

joined the cult gang in 2015,

while in Adeola Odutola

College because I was

oppressed.

“Since I became a cult

member the Police have never

been able to arrest me. I promise

to leave the cult group and dirty

life if released.”

Parading the suspects, the

Command boss, Zubairu

Muazu, explained that during

one of the clashes between rival

cultists in Ikorodu last

Thursday, a 28-year-old man,

whose identity he gave as

Sadiq Adewale, was killed.

Another person, Tayo Ogini

according to him, was injured.

He said: “On June 6 at about

11p.m., Ikorodu Police Station

received a distress call that

members of two rival cults, Aye

and Eiye, clashed at Ikorodu.

“A team of Policemen led by the

Divisional Police Officer Ikorodu,

SP Babalola Sarafa, was promptly

drafted to the scene.

“Sixteen suspects were

arrested. One shot gun, cutlasses,

stolen phones and various

charms were recovered from

them.

“Also, another 20 suspects were

arrested on June 6, at about

10p.m. during a supremacy battle

between two rival groups along

Isikalu Palace and Solomade

areas of Ikorodu.”

Police nab 4 robbery suspects in Ekiti

By Rotimi Ojomoyela

ADO-EKITI—A 33-year-old

man, Kazeem Babalola, is

currently cooling off at the

detention facility of Ekiti State

Police Command, over the

murder of three persons in Ado-

Ekiti metropolis.

The suspect was alleged to have

hacked one Soji, Adeola Adebayo

and Tope Gana to death at

different locations in 2018 and

had since been at large.

Parading the suspect at the

command headquarters in Ado-

Ekiti yesterday, Police

Commissioner, Mr. Asuquo

Amba, said on May 28 at about

10p.m., the suspect, who

confessed to be a member of the

supreme Eiye Confraternity, was

arrested in Ado-Ekiti by Special

Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, after

a tip-off.

Amba said: “The suspect was

alleged to have been involved in

the killing of one Soji at Orita

Blessing Area, Okeila Ado Ekiti

sometime in December 2018 and

Tope Gana at Atikankan Area,

Ado Ekiti in January.

“The suspect is also alleged to

belong to the group of armed men

who shot at one Adebayo Adeola

at Yahooze Barber's Shop, Okeila

Ado Ekiti in 2018.”

Explaining how the suspect

attacked Adeola, Amba said :“On

May 28, at about 7.30p.m., based

on the antecedent of the suspect

which was known by his victim,

the suspect attacked the

complainant, stripped her naked

and damaged her handset in

order to destroy evidence of his

criminal antecedents.”

Amba added that on May 2, that

his officers and men arrested one

Omotoyinbo Samuel, a suspected

notorious armed robber, after

being tracked to the residence of

one Ajewole Peter at Ilesa, Osun

State.

He said: “On arrival of the

Command operatives at the

scene, Ajewole Peter was arrested

while Omotoyinbo Samuel

escaped

“The arrested suspect led the

Command operatives to Iyin Ekiti,

where a locally-made single

barrelled-gun, one of the guns

they are using to commit robbery,

was recovered.

“Investigation revealed that

the suspects have committed

series of robberies in Ekiti State

and its environs. Investigation

is still in progress.”

Amba disclosed that the Police

also arrested one Thaddeaus

Diala after he and his gang

members trailed one Fasanmi

Gabriel from a bank in Ado-

Ekiti, where he went to cash N2

millioñ.

The CP said Fasanmi alerted

the Police which led to the arrest

of the suspect.

He said the suspects further

confessed that they were formerly

robbing in Ghana before coming

to Nigeria and that their group is

made up of nine men, who are

presently at large.”

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8—Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019

SEC suspends Oando’s AGM,

as share price drops further

By Abolade

Oyeneye

THE Securities and

Exchange Commission,

SEC, has suspended the

2018 Annual General

Meeting, AGM, of Oando

Plc earlier scheduled to hold

today.

This comes as the

company’s shares,

yesterday, fell further by 3.75

per cent to close at N3.85 per

share, thereby increasing the

year-to-date losses by 21.9

per cent.

The commission said in a

statement that the

suspension would enable

the parties to the suit filed

by Oando’s Chief Executive,

Wale Tinubu, and his

deputy, Mofe Boyo, seeking

to stop SEC from executing

the sanctions pronounced

against them and other

directors of the company,

maintain status quo,

pending the determination

of the case by the court.

The statement read:

“Further to the ex-parte order

of the Federal High Court,

Ikoyi Lagos in Suit No: FHC/

L/Cs/910/19 in Mr. Jubril

Zamfara: Bandits kill 23 in reprisal

attacks

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru &

Nasir Muhammad

Gusau

NO fewer than 23

persons were killed

early yesterday morning in

a reprisal attack in Kabaje

and Tunga communities of

Kaura Namoda Local

Government Area of

Zamfara State by bandits.

Several persons were also

said to have sustained

injuries in the attack and are

currently receiving treatment

in hospitals in the state.

The attack came barely 24

hours after the 25 persons

killed by bandits in Sokoto

State were given mass burial.

Vanguard gathered that the

reprisal attack followed the

killing of one man identified

as Anas of Unguwar Sarkin

Muslmi area, who was

suspected of aiding armed

banditry in the area and a

woman also suspected to be

wife to one of the bandits by

Civilian Joint Task Force,

CJTF, who reportedly

intercepted them.

The woman was said to

have been killed with her

baby.

Following their killing,

scores of bandits were said

to have launched an attack

on the two communities,

killing 23 persons and

injuring others.

Chairman of Kaura

JAMB releases another 15,490 results

By Joseph

Erunke

ABUJA—THE Joint

Admissions and

Matriculation Board,

JAMB, has released

another 15,490 results of

the 2019 Unified Tertiary

Matriculation

Examinations,UTME.

The board in a statement

by its Head of Media,Dr

Adewale Tinubu & Anor Vs

Securities & Exchange

Commission & Anor, the

Annual General Meeting of

Oando Plc scheduled to

hold on Tuesday, June 11,

2019 at 10: 00am has been

suspended till further notice.

“Accordingly, the

commission has directed the

suspension of the Annual

General Meeting of Oando

Plc to allow the parties

maintain status quo. The

commission will update the

public on the outcome of the

ongoing litigation.”

Meanwhile, the

commission has declared

that reversing its directive on

the company would be

tantamount to undermining

the Federal Government’s

agenda to build strong

institutions and promote the

transparency and integrity of

the Nigerian capital market.

It also said that against the

claims by the management

of Oando that it was given a

fair hearing before the

pronouncements, the

company was given ample

opportunity to defend itself

throughout the course of the

audit by Deloitte & Touche.

Carefully examine every

electronic evidence, Ag CJN

tells tribunal judges

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

A BUJA—ACTING

Chief Justice of

Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko

Muhammad, yesterday,

warned judges presiding

over election cases to

carefully evaluate every

electronically generated

evidence brought before

them by parties.

Muhammad said there

was need for “extreme

circumspection and acute

vigilance” by courts and

election petition tribunal

judges to ensure proper

interpretation of provisions

of statues, especially

section 84 of the Evidence

Act, 2011, which allowed

the admission of

electronically generated

evidence.

The Acting CJN spoke at

the opening session of a

Symposium for Justices,

Judges and Jurists on

section 84 of the Evidence

Act, 2011, held at the

National Judicial Institute,

NJI, Abuja.

In his keynote address at

the event, Muhammad said

he was convinced that the

symposium would bring to

the front-burner salient

issues on the proper

management and handling

of electronically generated

evidence, to ensure

expeditious resolution of

disputes inline with the rule

of law.

He said: “The advent of

technological development

and the consequent

evolution of paperless

transactions have

permeated every sphere of

life, and the legal system is

no exception.

“In the event of disputes

involving transactions

conducted through

electronic means, parties

are bound to rely on

electronic evidence and of

such transactions.

“The amendment of the

Evidence Act, 2011, was

intended to provide for such

electronic evidence in court

proceedings."

Fabian Benjamin,

yesterday, said the action

followed the expert

review of the cases of

affected candidates, who

were requested to upload

certain credentials for

scrutiny.

The statement read: “In

consonance with the

promise made by the

Joint Admissions and

MEETING: From left, Project Officer, International Centre for Migration Policy, Mr Lamine

Daffe; representative of Director-General of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking

in Persons, NAPTIP, Mr Abdulrahman Shaibu and Head, Human Security and Civil Society,

Hajia Raheemat Mamodu, during the annual review meeting on member states’

implementation of ECOWAS plan of action on trafficking in persons in Abuja, yesterday.

Photo: NAN.

Matriculation Board,

JAMB, during the release

of the 2019 Unified

Tertiary Matriculation

Examination, UTME, on

Saturday, May 11, 2019,

that it would further probe

the identity and

involvement of some

candidates who were

suspected of being

involved in one

•I’ll neutralise banditry, terrorism, kidnapping—Buhari

•Expresses shock over Sokoto banditry attacks

Namoda Local Government

Area, Alhaji Lawal

Abdullahi, who confirmed

the attack, said: “Anas of

Unguwar Sarkin Muslmi

area, a suspected ally of the

bandits, and a woman also

suspected to be a wife to one

of the bandits, were

intercepted by the Civilian

Joint Task Force, CJTF, and

were instantly killed.

“The killings provoked the

bandits and, therefore, they

launched attacks on the two

communities and killed 23

people on the spot.’’

The Police Public Relations

examination infraction or

another, the board has

further cleared and

released the results of

15,490 candidates in this

category.

“The release followed

the expert review of the

cases of this category of

candidates who were

requested to upload

certain credentials for

scrutiny.

Officer, Zamfara State

Command, SP Mohammed

Shehu, also confirmed the

killings.

I’ll neutralise

banditry, terrorism,

kidnapping

—Buhari

Meanwhile, reacting to the

killings in Sokoto State,

President Muhammadu

Buhari, for the umpteenth

time, vowed that his

administration will not relent

in its fight to neutralise

bandits, terrorists and

kidnappers in the country.

He also expressed deep

shock and sadness over the

death of scores of people in

the banditry attacks on three

communities in Rabah Local

Government Area of Sokoto

State.

The president, in a

statement by his Senior

Special Assistant on Media

and Publicity, Mallam Garba

Shehu, Sunday night, in

Abuja condoled with

Governor Aminu Tambuwal

and the people of the state

over the tragic incident.

Atiku Vs Buhari: Garba takes over panel, as

INEC queries exclusion of Osinbajo in petition

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

A Presidential BUJA—The

Election

Petition Tribunal sitting in

Abuja, yesterday,

adjourned to hear all

pending applications in the

petition the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, and

its candidate, Alhaji Atiku

Abubakar, filed to challenge

the declaration of President

Muhammadu Buhari as

winner of the February 23

presidential election.

The development came

on a day Justice

Mohammed Garba of the

Lagos Division of the Court

of Appeal, assumed

leadership of the fivemember

tribunal.

Justice Garba replaced

the Court of Appeal

President, Justice Zainab

Bulkachuwa, who had on

May 22, recused herself

from heading the panel,

following a protest letter

sent to the tribunal by the

petitioners.

Meanwhile, the Justice

Garba-led panel said it

would today, hear six

pending motions the

petitioners filed in relation

to their case against

President Buhari’s reelection.

Among the pending

motions are three

preliminary objections

praying the tribunal to

dismiss processes

President Buhari, APC and

INEC filed in response to

issues Atiku and PDP

raised against the outcome

of the presidential poll.

The petitioners, through

their team of lawyers, led

by Dr. Livy Uzoukwu, SAN,

maintained that the

responses were

unmeritorious, saying they

failed to address core issues

raised against Buhari’s reelection.

However, INEC’s lead

counsel, Mr. Yunuz Uztaz,

SAN, told the tribunal that

the electoral body equally

had four pending motions.

Aside from the first

application dated April 23,

which is praying the

tribunal to dismiss the

petition on the ground that

Atiku and PDP failed to

comply with paragraph

80(1) of the First Schedule

to the Electoral Act, INEC,

in another motion dated

April 24, applied for certain

portions of the petition to be

struck out.

Besides, in another

application dated April 25,

INEC queried the noninclusion

of Vice President

Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, as a

Respondent in the petition

challenging the outcome of

the presidential election.

INEC argued that nonjoinder

of Osinbajo in the

matter was fatal to the case

of the petitioners and,

therefore, asked the

tribunal to strike out the

entire petition for being

incompetent.

Similarly, President

Buhari, through his lead

counsel, Chief Wole

Olanipekun, SAN, said he

also had three pending

applications.


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019—9

NPO resolves NBC/

AIT face-off

WORKSHOP: From right: Representative of the wife of the President, Mrs. Dolapo

Osinbajo; Keynote Speaker, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd) and other dignitaries listening

to Miss Jacinta Odo (left) as she explained a waste recycle project exhibited by students of

Government Secondary School Dutse during the Secondary School Exhibition and Workshop

as part of activities marking the June 12 Democracy Day at International Conference Centre,

Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

9th NASS: Fresh twist as court

orders open ballot system

A

B

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

U J A —

INDICATIONS

emerged, last night, that

the 9th National

Assembly may be in for

a stormy session, today,

as an Abuja High Court

sitting at Bwari

reportedly issued an

interim order for the use

of open ballot system in

the election of presiding

officers of the incoming

Senate.

HEALTH TIPS

By Sola Ogundipe

Coping with

rheumatoid arthritis

If you have rheumatoid

arthritis, you can take

steps at home to manage

your pain and stay

active. Pay attention to

your pain. Change your

activity level or how you

do a task to avoid

making your pain worse.

Change position often.

When writing, doing

crafts or driving, release

your grip every 10 to 15

minutes. When watching

television or using the

computer, get up and

move around every 30

minutes.

Look for tools and

utensils designed for

people with arthritis.

Products such as antivibration

gloves and

large-diameter pens and

kitchen utensils can

reduce the pain caused

by gripping or pinching

The court, presided by

Justice Othman Musa,

was said to have upon an

ex-parte application and

affidavit filed by a

chieftain of All

Progressives Congress,

APC, Senator Jibrin

Barau, granted an

interim injunction

restraining Clerks of the

National Assembly, that

of the Senate, as well as

the Sergeant-at-Arms to

the Senate, from relying

or enforcing the Senate

movements.

Conserve energy.

Balance periods of rest

and activity during the

day. Work at a steady,

moderate pace with

frequent short breaks.

Stop and rest before you

become too tired or sore.

Soaking your hands or

feet in warm or cool

water may help relieve

joint pain and stiffness.

Get enough sleep, eat a

healthy diet and be as

physically active as you

can.

If you are overweight,

even a modest amount of

weight loss can ease

pressure on your joints.

If you smoke, ask your

doctor to help you quit.

For more ideas about how

to manage your joint

pain, talk with your

doctor.

Standing Orders 2015

(as amended), in the

conduct of election of

presiding officers of the

Senate, pending the

determination of a

substantive suit before it.

The order supposedly

followed a motion

marked Motion NO M/

266/2019, which was

anchored on Suit No.

FCT/HC/BW/CV/136/

2019.

The court was said to

have issued, “An order

of interim injunction

restraining the

respondents and each of

them, whether by

themselves, servants or

agents or otherwise from

further using, relying or

enforcing the Senate

Standing Orders 2015

(as amended) for the

purposes of conducting

any legislative business

or affairs in the 9th

Senate of the Federal

Republic of Nigeria,

including but not limited

to the election of

presiding officers of the

Senate to commence on

June 11, 2019 and any

other day pending the

hearing

and

determination of the

originating motion in

this case.

"An interim order

restraining the 1st & 2nd

respondents and each of

them whether by

themselves or otherwise

not to use any other

Senate Standing Orders

for the inauguration of

the 9th Assembly

whatsoever, including

but limited to the election

of presiding officers of

the Senate on Tuesday,

June 11, 2019 and any

other day except the

Senate Standing Orders

2011 (as amended) by

the Senate on May 24,

2011."

Justice Musa was

quoted as ruling that,

“As the order was heard

and made ex-parte, any

party aggrieved shall file

a motion to set aside or

vacate the said order and

serve same on the

applicant or counsel

before the next

adjourned date.”

The case was

subsequently adjourned

to June 13 for definite

hearing.

Effort to confirm

authenticity of the orders

proved abortive at press

time.

Meanwhile, it will be

recalled that some

lawmakers, especially

those from the fold of the

ruling party, had kicked

against the adoption of

the 2015 Standing

Orders that led to the

emergence of the former

Senate President and his

deputy, Dr. Bukola

Sarako and Ike

Ekweremadu,

respectively, against the

wish of APC.

It was alleged that the

former leadership of the

Senate smuggled in the

use of secret ballot mode

for voting without the

approval of members of

the Senate.

By Emma Ujah,

Abuja Bureau Chief

& Emmanuel

Elebeke

THE Nigeria Press

Organisation, NPO, has

resolved the face-off between

National Broadcasting

Corporation, NBC, and

DAAR Communications Plc,

owners of Africa

Independent Television, AIT,

and Ray Power FM.

This followed the

intervention of two elders

and patrons of NPO, Mallam

Ismaila Isa Funtua and

Vanguard Publisher, Mr

Sam Amuka, who hosted a

meeting of NPO members

as well as NBC and DAAR

Communications Plc on

Sunday night.

Mr. Nduka Obaigbena,

Publisher of Thisday

Newspapers, said, following

the intervention, the

concerns of NBC were

addressed, adding that an

ombudsman to ensure

editorial balance would be

appointed by DAAR

Communications, in

addition to submitting a

realistic payment plan for its

outstanding National

Network Licence fees to

NBC.

He added that NBC would

lift the suspension on

DAAR’s licence, while the

latter would also withdraw

its court case against NBC.

The statement read: “At the

meeting, National

Broadcasting Commission,

NBC, restated its

commitment to freedom of

expression and the

constitutionally guaranteed

role of the media under

Sections 22 and 39 to hold

governments accountable,

which state, amongst others,

that the press, radio,

television and other agencies

of mass media are to uphold

the fundamental objectives

contained in the 1999

constitution and ensure the

responsibility and

accountability of the

government to the people.

“The NBC also raised

concerns about the non

adherence of DAAR

Communications group

(AIT/Ray Power) to Nigeria

Broadcasting Code, despite

repeated interactions on

same; the NBC then cited

lack of editorial balance by

DAAR Communications as

well as the lingering issue

of non-payment of national

network license fees by

DAAR Communications.

“DAAR Communications

Plc defended its position,

saying it gives its team

freedom to make editorial

commentary on issues of the

day, relying on Section 39 of

Nigerian Constitution

guaranteeing freedom of

expression, freedom to hold

opinions and to receive and

impart ideas without

interference.

“DAAR stated it had made

some payments on account

to NBC but acknowledged

that there were some defaults

in the payments plan

submitted to NBC, and

explained that the defaults

were due to decisions jointly

reached at BON meetings by

all broadcasters to engage

and re-negotiate the cost of

license fees with NBC in

view of the current difficult

economic realities affecting

the industry. But NBC insists

that license fees are statutory

and thus non-negotiable.

“After an exhaustive

dialogue, all parties

resolved as follows: DAAR

Communications Plc will

work out a new, realistic

payment plan with the

National Broadcasting

Commission, NBC, and

ensure prompt payments in

accordance with the new

plan.

“DAAR Communications

Plc will appoint an

Ombudsman to ensure

balance in its news coverage,

especially political

commentary; it will also take

full editorial responsibility for

the use of content sourced

from social media outlets.

“Following the NPO

statement, the NBC will

immediately lift the

suspension of the broadcast

license of DAAR

Communications Plc.

“DAAR Communications

Plc will withdraw its case in

court, against National

Broadcasting Commission,

NBC, and all parties will take

necessary steps to work

together to build confidence

in the public interest.”

Besides the hosts, those

who attended the meeting

included Ishaq Modibbo

Kawu, Director-General and

CEO, NBC; High Chief

Raymond Dokpesi, founder

and Chairman Emeritus,

DAAR Communications

Plc; Raymond Dokpesi, jnr,

Chairman of the Board,

DAAR Communications

Plc; Mr Tony Akiotu, GMD,

DAAR Communications Plc;

Mrs Tosin Dokpesi, MD,

AIT; Donatus Anopuo,

Company Secretary, DAAR

Communications PLC; and

Mr. Nduka Obaigbena,

President, Newspapers

Proprietors Association of

Nigeria, NPAN, and

President, NPO.

The NPO comprises

NPAN, Broadcasting

Organisations of Nigeria,

BON, Nigerian Guild of

Editors, NGE, and Nigeria

Union of Journalists, NUJ.


10 — VANGUARD, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019

Alleged N3.3bn fraud: Fayose

disputes transfer of case to

another judge

By Innocent Anaba

LAGOS—A Federal High

Court sitting in Lagos,

yesterday, adjourned till

June 28 the re-arraignment

of former governor of Ekiti

State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose,

who is standing trial over

alleged N3.3 billion fraud.

This followed the reassignment

of the case from

Justice Cecilia Olatoregun

to Justice Chukwujeku

Aneke, due to a petition by

the acting Chairman,

Economic and Financial

Crimes Commission,

EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, who

had called for the transfer

of the case from Justice

Olatoregun.

The anti-graft agency

noted that the request was

based on the grounds that

it (EFCC) had “lost

confidence” in her.

Meanwhile, one of the

lawyers to Fayose, Mr.

Olalekan Ojo, SAN,

yesterday, faulted the Chief

Judge of the court for to

another judge, hinting that

they are challenging

decision at the Court of

Appeal.

Prior the transfer of the

case, Justice Olatoregun

had earlier fixed June 10,

Drug abuse approaching

epidemic proportion in

Nigeria — PHARMACISTS

By Chioma Obinna

L

A G O S —

PHARMACISTS

under the auspices of the

Nigeria Academy of

Pharmacy, yesterday,

warned that drug abuse in

Nigeria is approaching an

epidemic proportion.

Addressing journalists

during a 10-kilometre walk

it staged against drug

abuse from Allen

Roundabout to Ikeja under

the bridge, the pharmacists

further warned that using

drugs, in an unpleasant

manner, will damage an

individual’s health in the

long run.

Chairman, Drug and

Substance Abuse

Committee and Nigeria

Academy of Pharmacy, Dr.

Lolu Ojo said 25 per cent

of the world population is

on drugs.

Ojo said: “While we

commend the Federal

Government for the

response by setting up a

committee on drug abuse,

the reason why the Nigeria

Academy of Pharmacy has

2019 for continuation of trial

in the matter but on getting

to the court, the defendants’

counsel were informed that

CJ had reassigned the case

to Justice Aneke.

Meanwhile, speaking of

the transfer of the case after

coming out of Justice

Aneke’s court, Ojo

expressed displeasure over

the action of the CJ in the

matter.

Ojo said: “This matter

was adjourned till today

(yesterday) for continuation

of hearing but we were

today told that it had been

reassigned to Justice Aneke

for fresh hearing.

“This development is

very strange to us, having

regards to the fact that the

prosecution had called 12

out of their 13 witnesses,

having regards to the fact

the current legal regime

governing criminal trial in

Nigeria and the Federal

High Court which is

Administration of Criminal

Justice Act, ACJA, 2015,

states that any part heard

matter where two or three

witnesses have been called

cannot be transferred to

another judge.

Meanwhile, Justice

Aneke has fixed June 28 for

the re-arraignment of the

accused.

mobilised everybody in the

pharmacy system,

including those in the

business, hospital, industry,

community, manufacturers,

academics is to tell people

that drugs are poison when

abused. When drugs get

into the system, they

change the pattern of

behaviour of the system,

then people will behave in

an abnormal way, which is

why we have an increase

in crime rates, kidnapping,

burglary, armed robbery

and all sort of evil things,

which can be traced to drug

abuse.

“Also the parents need to

spend more time with their

children, monitor them and

follow them to adulthood to

ensure they do not fall

victim of drug and

substance abuse. We need

to restrict access to drug

abuse. A situation whereby

drug can be found

anywhere in the market is

not good, which is why

people easily get them and

abuse them. The

consequence of making

drugs accessible to all is

what we are facing right

now.

“For Nigerians, when

they have a need to use

drugs they should visit a

registered pharmacist, who

are the people trained with

knowledge.”

On his part, former

Health Minister, Prince

Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi

called for stronger

regulations to control drugs

from manufacturing to the

consumption point.

HONOUR FOR TINUBU: From right; South-West APC Woman Leader, Chief Kemi Nelson;

inductee and Senator representing Lagos central, Senator Oluremi Tinubu; wife of Lagos State

Governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; wife of Osun State Gov, Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola; D-G, National

Centre for Women Development (NCWD), Barr. Mary Ekpere-Eta, and representative of First Lady

Aisha Buhari and her Senior Special Assistant, Dr. Hajo Sani during the induction ceremony of

Senator Tinubu into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame as the first female to win a Senatorial seat

in three consecutive parliaments at African Peace Mission Auditorium, NCWD. Abuja yesterday.

How kidnappers attacked my convoy

— AKEREDOLU

By Dapo Akinrefon &

Rotimi Ojomoyela

with agency report

A KURE—GOVERNOR

Rotimi Akeredolu of

Ondo State, weekend,

narrated how suspected

kidnappers attacked his

convoy on the Akure-

Ibadan Expressway

recently.

The attack on the

governor’s convoy, elicited

reactions from the Yoruba

Council of Elders, YCE; the

pan-Yoruba socio-political

organisation, Afenifere; the

Aare Onakakanfo of

Yorubaland, Gani Adams

and elder statesman, Pa Ayo

Adebanjo.

Akeredolu, who did not

mention the exact date of

the incident, said the

suspects ran into the bush

when his security detail

opened fire.

Several kidnappings

have been recorded on that

road, despite the heavy

presence of security

personnel on the highway.

Recently, two officials of

the Federal Road Safety

Corps, FRSC, were

abducted as well as

Musibau Adetunmbi, an

Ibadan-based lawyer and

A d e y i n k a

Adegbehingbe, a professor

of Orthopaedic surgery at

the Obafemi Awolowo

University, Ile-Ife, Osun

state, have also suffered a

similar fate.

How my convoy was

attacked — Akeredolu

Speaking on a live

television programme on

Sunday, Akeredolu said he

and his colleagues were

working towards ending

the “siege to the southwest.”

He said: “I have

encountered them

(kidnappers) before, so

security issue is not limited

to the masses alone.

“My convoy was targeted

but my security people shot

into the air to scare them

away. They fled into the

bush on Akure-Ibadan

•It's time for State Police — Ayo Adebanjo

•It's scary, frightening — YCE; It's unfortunate — Afenifere

•There's urgent need for security summit — Aare Adams

road.

“We, as governors, will do

something about the issue.

We are discussing with the

Federal Government. It is

real that travellers are not

safe on the road.

“It looks like it’s only the

masses that are affected as

the big men are enjoying

themselves as they drive in

convoy. Is that so?”

Asked if he is afraid of

being kidnapped, the

governor said “Nobody can

kidnap me, I have passed

that stage.”

Kidnappers attack on

Akeredolu, scary,

frightening—YCE

Reacting to the attack on

Akeredolu’s convoy,

Secretary of the Yoruba

Council of Elders, YCE, Dr.

Kunle Olajide described the

development as scary and

frightening.

In a telephone chat with

Vanguard yesterday,

Olajide said: “The attack

signals a terrible security

situation, if a governor’s

convoy that was heralded

and piloted by security

convoy, could be attacked,

then we are helpless.

“That is embarrassing,

that is scary, especially for

those of us who ply the road

virtually on a daily basis.

“The effrontery is

unbelievable, a governor’s

convoy? That is is terrible,

it is a serious matter, it is

frightening.

“I would suggest they

moblilise the security

agents, made of up soldiers

and others to comb the forest

in the localities, particularly

about radius of 10

kilometres, maybe they

have a settlement there.

“But I think the governors

would now wake up to their

responsibilities and

convene a security summit

as soon as possible,

because we are in danger,

definitely in danger.”

It is unfortunate

—Afenifere

Describing the attack as

unfortunate, the pan-

Yoruba socio-political

organisation, Afenifere said

“there is need to address

the situation.”

Afenifere’s National

Publicity Secretary, Mr.

Yinka Odumakin said: “It

is unfortunate that a

governor is being targeted

by kidnappers in the South

West region. We have been

shouting that there is need

to address the situation.

“I recall that sometimes

ago, herdsmen took over

somebody’s farmland in

Akure for days but there was

not a word from Ondo State

government. It did not start

today. They have been

kidnapping and killing our

people in Ondo State and

the government there has

kept mute over all these

things. Now, a lot of noise

is being made that

governors are being

targeted, we hope that it

will not get to a point where

the governors will not be

able to walk the streets

anymore. The earlier we

understand that there is a

serious crisis and address

it, the better for us.”

It's time to hold security

summit — Aare Adams

Also expressing worry

over the attack, the Aare

Onakankafo of Yorubaland,

Iba Gani Adams said there

was an urgent need to hold

the proposed security

summit.

Aare Adams said: “If the

convoy of the governor can

be attacked, I don’t think

anybody, except the

President and the Vice

President, is safe. That is

why the South West

governors must call the

security summit as a matter

of urgency. We have been

gathering different

information on the

herdsmen who are armed

with sophisticated rifles.

"There are about 15,000.

In Oke-Ogun axis, the

notorious herdsmen there

are close to 30, 000; in

Akoko, there are 7,000

herdsmen armed with

sophisticated rifles. Also, in

Lagos State, the

information reaching us is

that the herdsmen intend

capturing areas where

there is water because they

need water. I am not a

police officer or a soldier

but people are afraid of

plying the Ibadan-Akure

expressway. If the president

does not address this issue,

it can affect every facet of

the country.

''f the convoy of a governor

can be attacked, who else

is spared? We have been

consulting with various

groups and stakeholders; I

have met with the Alaafin

of Oyo and I intend

meeting the Ooni of Ife on

this matter. I do not want

to jump the gun. I don’t

want to take any action

without the support of the

governors or traditional

rulers in the South West.

If we have the support of

the governors, a lot that

can be done to check the

criminals, because not all

herdsmen residing in the

South-west, are criminals.

The situation has gone

beyond control. There is an

urgent need to hold this

security summit.”

We need state police

— Ayo Adebanjo

On his part, an Afenifere

chieftain, Pa Ayo Adebanjo

said: "Is it now that a

governor and his convoy

were attacked that they now

know that there is insecurity

in Yorubaland? We can no

longer rely on police from

zones. That is the simple

truth. If Buhari is serious

about protecting us, let all

the police in each zone be

the indigenes of that region.

If we had our own local

police, they would have

apprehended them

(kidnappers).”


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Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019 —11

Apology or not, I will

drag Peruzzi to court

— Pamilerin

By Rotimi Agbana

When DMW signed music act,

Tobechukwu Victor Okoh, a.k.a

Peruzzi, lost the Best New Artiste award

category to Teniola Apata, at the Soundcity

MVP awards which held in January 2019,

he wasted no time in sharing his

dissatisfaction, which in turn sparked off

mixed reactions from music pundits, fans

and critics.

Popular social media influencer, Pamilerin

Adegoke was one of many music pundits

who asserted that Teni deserved the award

because she had put in much work. But little

did he know his opinion would earn him a

dirty slap from the singer 6-months later, an

unfortunate event which eventually took

place over the weekend in Bayelsa, on his

way to the launch of Denrele’s new

nightclub.

However, Peruzzi has tendered an

unreserved apology for his despicable

action. According to him, Pamilerin’s

opinion on the matter hurt him.

“I did very wrong for slapping Mr. Pamilerin

yesterday, let my feelings get the best of me

and I am very sorry. My apologies to Mr.

Pamilerin and also to the general public. I’d

never get into such mess again. Love only, I

promise. People come on twitter to say things

just to get retweet and likes. But you never

get to really understand because you’re on

the “funny” end of the whole thing. Someone

else is somewhere feeling hurt because you

don’t see that very thin line between opinion

and Insult. Nobody is Holy, we learn to

grow”, he said.

In solidarity, and on behalf of his artiste,

Davido also sent apologies to Pamilerin who

has since vowed to take legal action against

Peruzzi.

“I apologize to you Pamilerin on behalf of

my brother and artiste, Peruzzi. He was

wrong for putting his hands on you. But

people need to realize that we artistes are

human beings and we see everything. You

SANITARY PADS:

Dangers of using tampons

- Gifty Powers

By Rotimi Agbana

Former Big Brother Naija star, Gifty Brian

Ajumobi, fondly known as Gifty Powers,

may not be a certified medical practitioner

but she seems to know what is good for the

women folk when it comes to caring for

themselves during their monthly cycle.

According to the mother of one who never

fails to share her opinion on sensitive

matters whenever the opportunity arises,

using tampons during menstruation, instead

of the regular sanitary pads could be

extremely harmful, and she explained

why women must stop using it.

“People using tampons should

stop it immediately; it’s risky

because the remaining thread

might enter your Vagina while

dancing, exercising or doing any

other activity. Remember that as you

move, your both laps move and

thread shifts along. Yes, it’s

classy wearing and talking

about it with your fellow girls

but think about your life

first. Sanitary pads are the

best”, she stated.

•Gifty

•Pamilerin

•Peruzzi

said some harsh words too my brother and

sometimes this thing is painful”, he said.

Meanwhile, in a chat with E-Daily,

Pamilerin insisted that in spite of the

apologies, he would go ahead to take legal

actions on Peruzzi.

“Apology or not, I’m going ahead to take

legal actions for what Peruzzi did to me.

Davido has asked for my number already

but I didn’t send it. Even if he calls me it

doesn’t change anything, I’ll still do as I’ve

said. Everybody in his camp have been

calling me but that won’t stop me from

going ahead with my plans”, he said.

He discarded fears that going ahead to

take legal action may be dangerous even

after Peruzzi and Davido had apologized

to him.

“I’m not scared of anything or anybody;

nobody can harm me in any way, so don’t

worry, I’ll be fine”, he said.

How Falz strip teased guests at ‘Falz

Experience 2.0’

By Rotimi Agbana

It was a night of pure fun, good music,

uncontrollable laughter, surprise

musical performances, musical

reminiscence, glitz, glamour,

memorable red carpet moments, among

other side attractions at the 2 nd edition

of Falz’s much anticipated music

concert, ‘The Falz Experience 2.0’,

which took place on Saturday, June 8 th ,

2019, at the Convention Center of Eko

Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island,

Lagos.

Weeks to the deal date, the

‘This is Nigeria’ rapper had

put his fans and prospective

guests in suspense on what to

expect from him and he sure

lived up to expectation when the

time was right as he thrilled his

audience with brilliant surprises

on stage.

One of the major surprises

he dazzled with that

kept guests screaming

with excitement while

asking for more was

the strip tease

segment he

introduced to the

show. Though the

•Taraji

The importance of mental

health education for children

- Taraji Henson

rapper is known to be a man of so many

virtues, hardly did guests expect that he

would display such sensuality on stage.

Like a professional strip dancer would

do while making efforts to make some

money off a client, he yanked off his pant

trouser and gave a bewildered young

lady, clad in a white revealing gown,

thought provoking lap dance as the

crowd screamed with ecstatic surprise.

By popular demand, after a few

musical performances, he returned on

stage for another round of strip tease;

and this time, the crowd couldn’t have

enough of the rapper turned strip dancer.

Probably tutored by a professional strip

dancer, every second he spent teasing

the crowd did not go down without

thunderous applause from an over

excited audience who could not but

believe the spectacle Falz displayed on

stage.

•Falz

By Tolulope Abereoje

Popular Hollywood superstar, Taraji P. Henson has

raised alarm on the rising occurrence of suicide

among the youth as a result of depression.

While speaking about her own battle with

depression and anxiety, which she has

been open about, at the recent

Congressional and Black Caucus

Emergency Task Force on Black Youth

Suicide and Mental Health, the

Empire star, who has an adult son

tasked parents and mental therapists

around the world on the need to educate

children on mental health related issues

so as to reduce suicide rates to the barest

minimum.

“I really don’t know how to fix this

problem. I just know that the

suicide rate is rising. The ages

of the children that are

committing suicide are getting

younger and younger. The

suicide rate has taken off. It

amazes me that 5-year-olds

are contemplating suicide,

that’s a word you shouldn’t

even understand at five years

old. If we don’t talk about

mental health, we don’t deal

with it. For generations,

we’ve been told it’s a

weakness, to pray our

problems away and that’s

just not gonna cut it, she

said.

Henson argued that if mental

healthcare becomes a part of

school curriculum, parents

would be forced to talk about

mental health care with their

children.

“If we can teach children

about sex education and physical

education, why not mental? That’s

where we start attacking this issue:

with the children”, she said.

Taraji started the Boris Lawrence

Henson Foundation in 2018, in

honor of her father who struggled

with mental health challenges after

returning from the Vietnam war. The

foundation is working towards

eradicating the stigma around

mental health care in the African-

American community.

•Simi

The fear of failure

responsible for

depression— Simi

By Tolulope Abereoje

Nigerian singing sensation, Simi, has

shared her thoughts on the recent spate

of depression among entertainers and

according to her, the struggle to keep up

and the fear of failure among other things

are a major factor responsible for the mental

trauma.

During a question and answer session with

fans, the ‘Omo Charlie’ crooner was

asked what she thought about the wave

of depression in recent times and she

simply described the situation as “scary

and sad”, adding that people need to

open up and seek for help when they

get overwhelmed.

A fan asked; “What’s your

thought on the wave of

depression in recent days and

and Simi replied; “It’s scary and

sad especially for young men.

The struggle to keep up, the

fear of failure and the desperate

desire for validation are very

scary. I hope that we can let

people know it is okay to

share and lean on someone

when things get too heavy.”


12—Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019

NPA approves 10% discount

on habour dues for vessels

calling at Eastern ports

AS part of efforts to

increase patronage at

Eastern ports, Nigerian

Ports Authority, NPA, has

approved a 10 per cent

discount on harbour dues

in all concession terminals

at the Eastern ports.

According to a statement

by NPA General Manager,

Corporate and Strategic

Communications, Jatto

Adams, yesterday, “ports

that will be affected by this

initiative are Calabar,

Rivers and Delta.

“The authority, however,

wishes to clarify that this

discount will only apply to

harbour dues payable by

the following types of

vessels/cargo: Container

vessels with at least 250

TEUs; General Cargo

vessels with at least 16,000

MT; Combo vessels with at

least 16,000 MT and

RORO vessels with at least

250 units of vehicles.

“These discounts shall

not apply to vessels coming

INBALLAST, vessels

calling at private jetties,

and vessels calling carrying

liquid bulk. The application

of these discounts will take

immediately effect.”

Group berates attack on Oyegun

By Olayinka

Ajayi

THE Benin Indigenous

People of Assembly,

BIPA, has berated the

recent attack on the former

National Chairman of All

Progressives Congress,

APC, Chief John Oyegun.

In a statement by BIPA’s

board of trustees, the group

maintained that the attack

on the APC chieftain was

sponsored by some forces

in the nation’s political

landscape.

It said: “We note that the

attacks are political in

nature and calculated to

impugn the sterling and

unblemished records of

service and performance of

Oyegun, who is former

National Chairman of APC.

“While we recognise the

right of any individual to

criticise anyone for his or

her stewardship, we are

disappointed that the

unfortunate and destructive

statements issued by the

sponsored agents,

particularly within the fold

of APC, suggest that these

agents and their sponsors

have little regard for the

office of the National

Chairman of the party,

which two sons of Edo

State, Chief Oyegun and

Mr Adams Oshiomole have

so far occupied."

NJC thanks Buhari for

accepting Onnoghen’s

resignation

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

A BUJA—National

Judicial Council, NJC,

yesterday, thanked

President Muhammadu

Buhari for allowing the

former Chief Justice of

Nigeria, CJN, Justice

Walter Onnoghen, to

voluntarily retire from office,

despite his indictment by

the Code of Conduct

Tribunal, CCT.

The legal body, in a

statement by its Director of

Information, Mr. Soji Oye,

noted that the decision in

favour of Onnoghen was in

line with the

recommendation it

forwarded to President

Buhari on April 3.

It said: “The National

Judicial Council held an

emergency meeting today

(yesterday) to take formal

note of the acceptance of

the voluntary retirement of

Justice Onnoghen, as

Chief Justice of Nigeria by

President Muhammadu

Buhari.

“The President’s

acceptance of the

retirement is in line with

council’s recommendation

to the President on April 3,

2019.

“Council at the end of its

deliberations, thanked the

President for the acceptance

which was in the best

interest of Nigeria.”

It will be recalled that the

NJC, which is the organ of

the judiciary that has the

statutory mandate to

discipline erring judicial

officers, had at the end of

its investigation into

allegations against the

former CJN, declined to

make its decision and

recommendations public.

The Council merely

indicated that it had taken

a position and conveyed

same to the Presidency for

consideration, saying its

decision to shroud its

recommendations in

secrecy, was in view of the

sensitivity of the office

affected.

The recommendations

were made after the body

considered the report of a

five-man committee it

constituted to investigate

allegations of misconduct

that were levelled against

both the ex-CJN and the

current Acting CJN, Justice

Tanko Muhammad.

However, the NJC, said

it decided to refrain from

considering the allegation

that Justice Onnoghen

failed to declare his assets,

saying it would amount to

subjudice since the matter

was still pending before the

CCT at that time.

GRADUATION: From left, Prof. Charles Dokubo, Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty

Programme; Mrs Lauren Braide, representing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Agboola

Ajayi, Deputy Governor, Ondo State and Madam Enetimi Bunuzigha, CEO Ezonebi Centre

at the graduation ceremony of Presidential Amnesty Programme delegates in Leather Works,

Fashion Design and ICT, in Lagos, yesterday.

I won’t impose my successor— Dickson

•Says right candidate will emerge in PDP

By Samuel

Oyadongha

GOVERNOR Seriake

Dickson of Bayelsa

State, yesterday, said

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, candidate in the

November 16 governorship

election in the state would

emerge through the right

process and not by

imposition.

He advised aspirants who

believe in imposition of

candidates to have a rethink.

Dickson, according to his

Special Adviser on Public

Affairs, Mr. Daniel Alabrah,

spoke while addressing

journalists during a

solidarity visit to the

headquarters of Daar

Communications Plc at

Asokoro in Abuja.

The broadcast licence of

the media organisation was

last Thursday suspended by

National Broadcasting

Commission, NBC, but

later lifted on the order of

an Abuja High Court.

The governor said: “I led

a party to victory against a

vicious opposition. I can

lead PDP to victory. I have

done it repeatedly.

“In the primary election,

there will be no form of

manipulation. People

talking about manipulation

are anticipating that they

should be imposed. I’m not

going to impose any of

them. Any of them who

feels he or her has

experience and capacity

should go and make his or

her case to the people of

Bayelsa State.

“I hope that the right

person with competence

and capacity emerges to

build on the foundation I and

my team have laid over the

last seven years plus. I have

no doubt that the right

person would emerge with

my support.

“PDP is the most prepared

party. I have in the last few

years built a solid, formidable

and inclusive party such that

even those who left found it

as the most attractive

platform to return to.

“So I use this opportunity

to call on those who are

interested in the platform that

we have worked hard to

create to tell the state and us

how farther they can deepen

what had been started. PDP

is an inclusive, big and

strong platform backed by

concrete performance on

ground with credible

leadership.”

The governor described

the closure of Daar

Communications as a

serious threat to democracy

in Nigeria.

He said: “We thank the

judiciary for its decision. The

right to free speech should

be the first to be protected.

We consider what happened

as a serious blow to our

efforts to deepen the nation’s

democracy and free

exchange of views."

In his remarks, Chairman

Emeritus of Daar

Communications, Chief

Raymond Dokpesi, said at

the age of 68, he had no

regret staging a protest in

defence of freedom of

speech.

Amnesty Programme beneficiaries'll

transform Nigeria’s economy —Osinbajo

VICE President Yemi

Osinbajo said,

yesterday, that beneficiaries

of Presidential Amnesty

Programme, who have

been trained in various

skills and empowered in

their respective trade areas

will become the backbone

of Nigeria’s economy.

He gave assurance that

the Federal Government

under the leadership of

President Muhammadu

Buhari will continue to

work to create the enabling

environment for

beneficiaries of the

programme to actualise

their aspirations.

Speaking at the

graduation ceremony for

137 beneficiaries in Lagos,

the vice president told the

graduates that there are

opportunities for linkages

with relevant agencies for

loans, grants and technical

support for their

prospective businesses.

Osinbajo, who was

represented on the occasion

by a director in his office,

Mrs. Lauren Braide, said:

“I have no doubt that what

you have learnt from this

programme will translate

into significant personal

and professional

advancement for you and

into great benefit for your

communities and for the

Nigerian economy as a

whole."

Earlier in his opening

remarks, Coordinator of the

Amnesty Programme, Prof.

Charles Dokubo, said

henceforth, beneficiaries of

the programme would

immediately be given

starter packs at the end of

their training for them to

commence their

businesses.

He noted that the 137

beneficiaries cutting across

the entire Niger Delta are

to receive their starter packs

at the end of their

graduation ceremony and

were products of six months

of meticulous and

painstaking training in

fashion and design, leather

works, Information and

Communication

Technology.


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019—13

Army confirms killing 9 key Boko

Haram social media “personalities”

M AIDUGURI—THE

Nigerian Army

yesterday said it killed nine

“social media personalities”

of the Islamic State for West

African Province, ISWAP.

Col. Sagir Musa, Army Director

Public Relations, who disclosed

this in a statement, said the

annihilation of members of the

Boko Haram media team further

confirmed that the Nigerian Army

has decimated the group and they

no longer have freedom of action.

He gave the names as: “Abu

Hurayra al-Barnawi, Ali al-

Ghalam al-Kajiri, Abu Musab

Muhammed Mustafa al-

Maiduguri, Abu Abdullah Ali

al-Barnawi, and Abu Musa al-

Camerooni.

“Others are Ahmed al-

Muhajir, Abu Ali al-Bamawi,

Abu Khubayb bin Ahmed al-

Barnawi, Abu al-Qa’qa’ al-

Maiduguri.

“The terrorist group is known

for its online media

propaganda and quest to

maintain a virtual

caliphate,”he said.

APC group protest in Kogi,

calls for direct primaries

By Boluwaji

Obahopo

LOKOJA—MEMBERS of the

All Progressive Congress,

APC, in Kogi State, under the

aegis of APC Support Group,

yesterday accused the state

Governor, Yahaya Bello, of

running the state aground.

The group also called on the

National Working Committee,

NWC, not to gift the governor a

consensus ticket, rather allow for

direct primaries to enable the

party elect credible candidate that

would take the state out of the

present doldrums.

The group said there was need

for the national leaders of the

party to speak to the governor

over unpaid salaries, pensions,

and lack of infrastructural

development.

Leading the protesters,

Abubakar Tanko appealed to

President Muhammadu Buhari

and the National Chairman of

APC, Adams Oshiomhole to come

to their aid and rescue them from

the precarious situation Bello’s

administration had pushed the

state into in three and half years.

Tanko said among others, , “The

civil servants can no longer

endure the hardship meted on

them by the present

administration in the state. We call

on President Muhanmadu

Buhari to come and save Kogi

state from sinking in the presence

of huge federal allocation accrued

to the state. People are dying from

lack of payment of salary and

pension. Workers and pensioners

are living in penury, there is no

physical development, the roads,

the hospital, schools are in

shambles.

“Worst hit is the school teachers

that have been waiting endlessly

without salary and one expects

them to teach the children who

are the future of tomorrow. We are

in need for direct primary election

of APC in Kogi state to enable the

party members elect the candidate

of their choice who will wipe away

their sorrow after the general

election.”

Reacting to the protest, the

Director General Media and

Publicity to the Governor,

Kingsley Fanwo said there was

no cause for alarm over the

coming primaries, saying “The

governor is quite familiar with the

constitution of the party and the

need to wait for the leadership of

the party to discuss the modalities

to use for the primary.”

Elected APC KNHA Speaker

nominated by PDP member

By Abdulmumin

Murtala

K ANO—MEMBER

representing Ajingi

Constituency, Alhaji Abdulaziz

Garba-Gafasa of the All

Progressive Congress APC, was

yesterday elected as the new

Speaker of the Kano State House

of

Assembly.

The election followed his

nomination by a member

representing Dala constituency,

Lawan Hussain of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP during the

first plenary session.

The nomination was seconded

by the member representing

Gogewa Constituency, Alhaji

Salisu Ibrahim-Riruwai.

Gafasa had served as Speaker

during the second tenure of

Malam Ibrahim-Shekarau as

governor of the state.

The assembly also elected the

member representing Makoda

constituency, Hamisu Cidari as

the Deputy speaker for a fourth

t i m e .

The legislators elected the

member representing Warawa

constituency, Alhaji Ayuba

Labaran-Madari as the Majority

leader, and Alhaji Kabiru Alasan-

Dashi, representing Kiru

constituency as leader of the

A s s e m b l y .

More so, a member

representing Gezawa

Constituency, Alhaji Ali Danja

was elected the minority leader,

with Alhaji Garba Shehu,

representing Kibiya

Constituency, as the deputy

majority

leader.

The assembly also elected

Alhaji Ayuba Labaran-Durum,

representing Kabo constituency

as the Chief Whip, while member

representing Kura Garin-Malam,

Alhaji Hayatu Dorawa-Sallau was

elected the Majority whip.

SUMMIT: from left— Professor Afolabi Lesi, Provost, College of Medicine, University of

Lagos; Paul Kallmes, Guest Speaker from San Francisco, USA; Segun Adeniji, Permanent

Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Science and Technology, representing Lagos Deputy

Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat; Kola Abiola, Chairman, Unicorn Group; Professor

Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos; Dr Wura Abiola, Operating

Partner, Unicorn Group; Dr Adeyemi Dipeolu, Special Adviser to the President on Economic

Matters in the Office of the Vice President and Professor Folasade Ogunsola, Deputy

Vice Chancellor, Development services at the TechMoney and Innovation Summit Africa

2019 held at University of Lagos Multipurpose hall, Akoka, Lagos on yesterday.

Photo: Lamidi Bamidele

Emir Sanusi: We only executed our

mandate — Kano anti-graft agency

By Abdulmumin

Murtala

KANO—FOLLOWING a

preliminary report submitted

to the Kano State government by

the Kano State Public Complaint

and Anti-Corruption Commission

last week, seeking the suspension

of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji

Muhammadu Sanusi II, the

commission has declared that it

is not under any pressure but

only executing its lawful duty.

At a briefing yesterday by the

Executive chairman of the

Commission, Muhyi Magaji,

said “The general public may

recall that the Commission is in

receipt of a Complaint filed by

Concerned Friends of Kano

Emirate dated 28th March, 2017

on allegation of Financial

misappropriation by Kano

Emirate Council under Emir

Sanusi II. The petitioners raised

some allegations bothering on

spending funds belonging to

Emirate Council without

appropriation and regards to due

process.”

"The law establishing the

Commission has made it to be

independent under section 8, 9

and 15 of the Kano state Public

Complaint and Anti-Corruption

Commission law 2008 as

amended. The commission is only

acting on petition bothering

around allegations raised by some

concerned friends of the Kano

Emirate on financial

misappropriation of the Emirate’s

funds under Emir Sanusi II. The

Commission, despite the

preliminary report, is still

continuing with its investigation

while waiting on the government

to act on the report.

"The query letter issued to the

Emir of Kano Sanusi II by the

state government based on the

report of the Commission has

raised issues that regard

clarifications to prove the

independence of the

Commission. This investigation

did not commence at the instance

of the government of Kano state

but as a result of series of

complaints by citizens of the state.

“That by virtue of Section 8 of

the Kano State Public Complaint

and Anti-Corruption Commission

law 2008 (as amended) which

provides that “in exercising its

powers under this law, the

Commission shall not be

subjected to the direction and

control of any authority”, the

Commission is not under the

control or discretion of any

authority or person.

“That our preliminary report is

only for the government to act

administratively so that the

Commission can continue to

exercise its responsibilities

without any interference and

nothing more.

“That as far as the commission

is concerned this investigation is

ongoing and the Commission will

do everything legally possible to

deliver its mandate with respect

to the case” he declared.

Leah Sharibu’s father reacts

to Saraki’s donation

ABUJA—FATHER of Leah

Sharibu, the schoolgirl held

by Boko Haram, yesterday

reacted to the donation made by

the former Senate President,

Bukola Saraki, who gave out part

of his severance allowance to the

girl’s family.

Nathan Sharibu, a civil servant,

spoke in a telephone interview

with Premium Times where he

confirmed reading the news

about Saraki’s charity, online.

The grieving father

commended Saraki for having the

issue of their abducted daughter

in mind, despite the end of his

tenure as Senate President.

In a statement issued to the

media on Sunday, the former

Senate President instructed the

National Assembly management

to distribute all of his severance

allowances to the families of some

victims of the Boko Haram who

lost their loved ones, including

the Sharibus’, whose daughter,

Leah, is still in captivity.

Miss Leah was the only

schoolgirl held back by Boko

Haram after the insurgents had

returned the 110 abducted female

students of Government Girls

Science and Technical College,

Dapchi, in 2018.

She was held back because she

reportedly refused to denounce

her Christian Faith.

Mr Saraki had instructed that

20 per cent of what is due to him

as severance allowance be given

to Leah Sharibu’s parents.

He had also instructed that “20

per cent is also to be paid to the

family of Hauwa Liman, one of

the two aid worker brutally

murdered by Boko Haram after

she was captured in Rann, the

headquarters of KalaBalge local

government of Borno state.

“Another 20 per cent is to be

donated to the family of the

second aid worker, Hussain

Ahmed Khoisan, also murdered

in the same circumstance, by Boko

Haram.

According to him, the

remaining 40 per cent should be

used by the National Assembly

management to set up a Trust

Fund that would assist children

of deceased members of the eight

Senate who are in financial need

for their education.

Reacting to this, Mr Sharibu

said “we read it on the internet

last night and we were struck

with mix feelings.”

“Each time we hear the name

of our daughter mentioned in the

media, our expectation is to hear

the good news of her release. But,

yesterday, we heard what the

Senate President said should be

extended to Leah’s family.

“We thank him, not necessarily

because he is giving out money;

no. But for the fact that he still

has our daughter in mind; and

that gives us a lot of hope that

Nigeria has not forgotten her.

“Money is good, but what can

be compared to having our dear

daughter back in our arms? That

means a lot to us.”


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108th ILC: FG tells Nigerian

delegates to be good

ambassadors

By Victor Ahiuma-

Young

ABUJA—AS

the

108th session of the

International Labour

Conference, ILC, yesterday

formerly kicked-off in

Geneva, Switzerland, the

Federal Government has

advised Nigerian delegates

to be good ambassadors of

the country.

The session is also the

centenary anniversary of

the International Labour

Organisation, ILO.

The Permanent Secretary,

Federal Ministry of Labour

and Employment, Mr.

William Alo, who spoke on

behalf of the government,

gave the charge at the

preparatory meeting of

the government

delegation to the 2019

ILC held in the Federal

Ministry of Labour and

Employment, Abuja.

Represented by the

Director, Productivity

Measurement and Labour

Standards, Mr. Eyewuni

Dan Neburagho, the

Permanent Secretary said

the conference was an

annual meeting of the ILO

and this year’s conference

was scheduled to hold

between June 10 and 21

43 UniAbuja graduate doctors

inducted into MDCN

By Luminous

Jannamike

A

B U J A —

FOLLOWING National

University Commission

(NUC)’s accreditation of the

Medicine and Surgery

programme of the

University of Abuja,

43 newly qualified medical

doctors of the institution

have been inducted into the

Medical and Dental

Council of Nigeria

(MDCN).

They were inducted at a

ceremony in Gwagwalada,

Abuja yesterday.

Speaking at the event, the

Vice-Chancellor of the

University, Prof. Michael

Adikwu urged the

inductees to uphold the

oaths they took to serve

humanity and save lives.

NCC moves to enhance Nigeria’s tech ecosystem

By Juliet Umeh

THE

Nigerian

Communications

Commission, NCC,

yesterday said it had

started making special

regulatory interventions to

stabilise the country’s

economy through

technological innovations.

The commission said it

was visiting several

technology innovation

hubs in the six geo-political

zones aimed at assisting

them with the right

regulatory intervention to

with the theme: Work for a

Brighter Future.

According to him: “The

purpose of the preparatory

meeting therefore is to

acquaint you with what is

expected of you as

Delegates and Advisers and

also to keep you abreast of

the various committees in

which each of you have

been selected to participate.

I want you to know that

participation in the

conference as Government

Delegation is a call to duty.

You are therefore expected

to exhibit the highest level

of professionalism and

dedication to duty.

“As you are aware, this will

be my first experience at

participating and leading

the delegation to the

Conference. It is expected

that all issues bordering on

Labour administration and

international Labour

diplomacy have been duly

trashed out by all the

professional departments

for effective intervention at

the various committees.”

He enjoined the

delegates to deliberate fully

and exhaustively on the

technical items of the

various established

committees to adequately

equip every delegate and

adviser with skills to

participate optimally at

the conference.

The VC frowned at the

careless attitude of some

medical practitioners

towards their patients;

urging the inductees to be

compassionate and

disciplined in the practice

of medicine.

On his part, the Provost of

the College of Health

Sciences, Prof. Stephen

Garba, urged them to keep

striving for personal

development.

According to him,

“Medical practice is not

strictly for money making.

It is a profession that works

to bring relief to the

sufferings of people

resulting from derangement

of their spirit, souls and

bodies.” He also enjoined

them to take good care of

themselves as they strive to

take care of their patients.

ease their operations for

Nigeria to remain

competitive in the global

market.

Executive Vice Chairman

of the commission, Prof.

Umar Danbatta spoke in

Lagos when it organised

an Innovation Forum

tagged: ‘Emerging

technologies research and

ICT Innovation.

The event had the was

theme: “Developing

Nigeria’s Tech Eco-System:

Imperative for improving

Local Content.”

Declaring open the event,

THANKSGIVING SERVICE: From left: Former governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Igbinedion; the Celebrant,

Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion and Archbishop of Catholic, Benin Dioceses, Most Rev. Augustine

Akubeze at the thanksgiving service for Igbinedion held at St. Gabriel Archangel Catholic Church, Benin City.

Buhari endorses June 12 as official

Democracy Day

By Demola Akinyemi

& Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

A

B U J A —

PRESIDENT

Muhammadu Buhari

yesterday signed the Public

Holiday Amendment bill

into law, recognizing June

12 as Democracy Day and a

public holiday, while

outlawing May 29 as a

public holiday.

From next year May 29

will only be a hand-over

date without a public

holiday.

According to the Senior

Special Assistant to the

President on National

Assembly Matters, Senator

Ita Enang, the Act

recognises June 12 as the

official Democracy Day in

Nigeria, stressing that June

12 has replaced May 29

which was introduced in

1999 as the official

democracy day and the date

now recognized as national

public holiday by the

Federal Government

henceforth.

Enang said: “By the act

amended and signed by

Mr. President, May 29 is no

more a public holiday. June

12 is now a public holiday

and the country’s

Democracy Day.”

Since return of

democracy in 1999, May

29 had been observed as

Danbatta said it was

imperative that the right

frameworks be developed

to enhance the ability of

indigenous companies to

maximally explore and

exploit local opportunities,

as well as fulfil local

demands.

He said the lCT

innovation Forum had

become necessary to

promote local content with

emphasis on the Tech

ecosystem, identifying

needs that have not been

met and facilitate Public

Private Partnership PPP.

democracy day.

Late Chief Abiola was

unofficially believed to

have won the June 12, 1993

Presidential election,

annulled by the military

junta of General Ibrahim

Babangida.

Abiola died in detention

in 1998 while fighting to

reclaim his mandate.

This year will be the first

time the change of

democracy day will be

observed in the country.

Kwara shifts June 12

Meanwhile, the Kwara

State Government has

NBS partners int'l bodies to conduct survey

on corruption in Nigerian

By Emmanuel

Elebeke

A BUJA—THE

Statistician-General

of the Federation, SGF, Dr

Yemi Kale, yesterday said

the National Bureau of

Statistics, NBS

was collaborating with

international partners to

conduct a national survey on

how corruption was affecting

the average Nigerian.

Their findings will be

published in September.

The SGF disclosed at a

briefing on the Survey in

Abuja.

Dr. Kale who was

represented at the event by

the Project Director of the

Survey, Dr. Isiaka

Olarewaju, said the

collaboration would be with

the United Nations Office on

Drugs and Crime, and the

Department for

International Development

to arrive at the real impact

of corruption on Nigerians.

According to him, the

survey was expected to

cover all the 36 states of the

federation, including the

Federal Capital Territory

and would also examine the

quality and integrity of

public services in the

country.

The survey which he said

was the second National

•May 29 no longer a public holiday

•Kwara shifts June 12 activities

shifted activities

commemorating the June

12 Democracy Day in the

state to Friday June 14.

According to a statement

by Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief

Press Secretary, CPS, to the

Governor, “This is to enable

governors, including

Governor AbdulRahman

AbdulRazaq, on the

invitation of the Federal

Government, to join the

President and over 80

foreign leaders and

dignitaries at the inaugural

national commemoration of

the day in the capital Abuja,

“What this means is that

Household Survey on

Quality and Integrity of

Public Services in Nigeria

in 2019, would also

involve the Economic and

Financial Crimes

Commission, the

Independent Corrupt

Practices and Other

NB brands receive Monde Gold

Quality awards

THREE

Nigerian

Breweries Plc brands,

Gulder, Goldberg and Star

Lager have received the

Monde Gold quality

Awards courtesy of the

Monde Selection Awards

institute.

The awards were

conferred on the three beer

brands at the 58th Annual

Awards Ceremony of

Monde Selection held in

Rome, Italy.

Gulder, which introduced

a new label and packaging

last year, Goldberg, the

premium lager beer brewed

to golden standards and

Star Lager, the first locallybrewed

Nigerian beer, all

won Gold Quality Awards

at the 2019 Annual Awards

Ceremony.

Managing Director/Chief

Executive Officer, Nigerian

the event slated for the

Metropolitan Square and

State Banquet in Ilorin will

now hold on Friday 14th

June instead of Wednesday

June 12. Kwara will

nonetheless observe the

national holiday slated for

June 12 as earlier

announced by the Federal

Government. There will be

no new holiday on Friday.”

The statement also noted

that many other states are

also changing their own

schedule of the event to join

President Buhari for the

inaugural June 12

commemoration in Abuja.

Related Offences

Commission, the Code of

Conduct Bureau and the

Nigerian Police Force to

conduct the survey across

the federation.

He said field workers had

already been deployed

and that the survey

would be completed by

the end of this month.

Breweries Plc, Mr. Jordi

Borrut Bel, while dedicating

the awards to staff and

consumers of the brands

said: “We couldn’t have won

this award without the hard

work and dedication of the

Nigerian Breweries team.

Goldberg, Gulder, and Star

are some of our most

prestigious brands and we

are proud of their startling

success in the Nigerian

market.

“Over the years, these

brands have not only

continued to lead the line in

the beer industry but have

been able to cultivate a cult

following, with millions of

consumers across the

country.

''The growth and evolution

of these brands have been

a joy to behold and we

appreciate our loyal

consumers for sticking with

us through this historic

journey.''


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Ohanaeze as a

party, APC

chieftain taunts

Igbo leaders

By Emma Amaize

ENUGU SPEAKER: Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State (middle), flanked by the newly re-elected Speaker of

the State House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi (right) and his wife, Akunna, at their residence, shortly after the inauguration of

the 7th Assembly in Enugu, yesterday.

Anambra Central: Ekwunife not

eligible to contest election—Umeh

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA—SENATOR Victor

Umeh, who contested the

February National Assembly

election on the platform of All

Progressive Grand Alliance,

APGA, said yesterday that

Senator Uche Ekwunife of

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,

who was declared winner for

Anambra Central senatorial zone

by the Independent National

Electoral Commission, INEC,

was not eligible to contest the

election.

Umeh, who is challenging the

declaration, said his petition

before the tribunal was hinged on

the fact that Ekwunife did not

emerge from any party primaries

and therefore, was not eligible to

contest in the election in the first

place.

According to him, there were

also incidents of over-voting in

some polling units in the

senatorial zone, just as election

did not take place in many areas.

He said as an advocate of the

rule of law and someone who

believed in strict adherence to the

rules governing the country, he

had to challenge the outcome of

the polls, recalling that he went

to the tribunal in 2015 based on

the same issue and eventually

Ugwuanyi’s wife advises women on humility, love

THE wife of Enugu State

governor, Mrs. Monica

Ugwuanyi, has stressed the need

for love and unity among women,

irrespective of class or political

status of their husbands.

The Enugu governor’s wife,

who maintained that all human

beings are equal before God,

noted that those in authority are

there by God’s providence and

should reciprocate such

benevolence by regarding

everyone as equals.

won at the Court of Appeal.

He said: “What I have always

challenged in my life is

disobedience to the laws and

rules of this country. I have come

to court to say that Ekwunife did

not emerge from any primary

process. That means that she was

not eligible to take part in the

election.”

Umeh said Ekwunife’s case

was even worse than the recent

case in Zamfara State because at

the time the primaries were

conducted, she was still in All

... as Ohuabunwa’s supporters protest

in Abia

By Anayo Okoli

UMUAHIA—SCORES of

supporters and members of

Senator Mao Ohuabunwa's

constituency, yesterday, held a

peaceful protest, demanding

what they called “restoring the

stolen mandate” of Senator Mao

Ohuabunwa(Abia North)

whose case is at the tribunal.

The protesters took the protest

to Abia State Government

House where they ventilated

their grievances before

marching to the state House of

Speaking during the monthly

prayer rally of the women of

Enugu State, Mrs. Ugwuanyi

enjoined them to remain

prayerful, humble and

supportive to their husbands as

well as relate positively with

others to enhance peace, love

and unity in the society.

According to her, “no

condition is permanent.

Therefore, we should all regard

everyone of as equals. Forget

that I am here as wife of the

Progressives Congress, APC,

where she took part in the

primaries and her name was

submitted to INEC.

Umeh said further that

Ekwunife filled INEC forms and

INEC on October 25, 2018

officially declared her as the

candidate of APC, stating that

one month after, she

purportedly withdrew her

nomination from APC and then

purportedly became a substitute

candidate of PDP, even when

she did not take part in PDP

Assembly.

Chanting solidarity songs in

favour of Ohuabunwa and

displaying placards with

inscriptions such as “Restore

Ohuabunwa’s stolen mandate,”

“INEC do the needful,” among

others, the protesters claimed

Ohuabunwa was not treated

fairly by the Independent

National Electoral Commission,

INEC, during the polls.

Spokesman of the protesters

and the Director General of his

Campaign MAO Organisation,

Chief Ndubuisi Eke, who spoke

at the Government House gate,

said they came to draw the

governor. I relate well with my

workers; we chat, play and do

everything in common.

Humility is a noble virtue that

should be imbibed by all

women.”

She also advised women

whose husbands occupy

political positions not to be

influenced by such exalted

offices, but be committed to

virtues that would assist them

succeed in their

responsibilities.

primaries.

Umeh said he was also

challenging the election proper,

insisting that election did not

take place in some parts of

Anambra Central senatorial

district, yet INEC declared

results in those areas.

He also claimed that there were

cases of over voting in several

places in the senatorial zone,

where he alleged that the number

of votes cast were more than the

number of voters shown from

result sheets.

attention of the governor to the

injustice.

According to him, it was a

gross injustice for INEC to issue

certificate of return to the

candidate of All Progressives

Congress, APC, Orji Uzor

Kalu, who was allegedly never

declared winner of the contest.

Chief Eke said the margin of

win was far less than the total

number of cancelled votes,

hence a re-run ought to have

been rescheduled.

His words: “We are here to

create the awareness that

somebody is being cheated. We

want the governor to know that

somebody is being cheated.

“Abia North wants

Ohuabunwa’s stolen mandate

to be restored. We want

government intervention

because what INEC did in Abia

North was serious injustice.”

The protesters were received

at the Government House gate

by the Chief Security Officer,

Emeka Ubani, who collected

their address, noting that the

governor, his deputy and other

top government functionaries

were all away for state functions,

but promised to deliver their

address to the governor.

A SABA—PRESIDENTIAL

aspirant of All

Progressives Congress, APC,

in 2019, Alhaji Mumaaki

Unagha, has called on leaders

of the apex South-East sociocultural

organisation,

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, to register

the group as a political party

and seek elective positions

since they never see anything

good in President

Muhammadu Buhari and his

party.

Unagha, in a press

statement yesterday, said: “Let

me call or advise the

leadership of the Igbo

organisation to register with

the Independent National

Electoral Commission, INEC,

as a political party to seek

elective positions.

“They should not hide under

any guise; they should be bold,

free to do so.”

The APC chieftain said

given its frequent attacks on

the present administration of

President Buhari, Ohanaeze

Ndigbo has not only

abandoned the principle for

which the organisation was

formed, they are more in

partisan politics and the role

of opposition.

GTBank

donates 120

bicycles to

Enugu indigent

students

By Dennis Agbo

E NUGU—GUARANTY

Trust Bank, GTB, Plc has

donated 120 bicycles to

indigent secondary school

students that trek long distances

to schools in Enugu State.

The bank said it does not

want distances to be part of

why students drop out of

school, hence the donation.

It also stated that trekking

long distances to schools make

students tired, not attentive to

studies and lose interest in

learning.

Performing the donation

yesterday at Government

College, Agbani, one of the

benefiting six secondary

schools, GTB Managing

Director, Segun Agbaje, said

the decision to alleviate

students' suffering was

reached after a study revealed

that trekking long distances to

school make students pay less

attention in their classes.

He was represented by

Group Head, Commercial

Banking, South-East, Enugu,

Mr. Chukwudi Deribe.


16—Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019

NBA-SBL: From left— Conference Vice Chair, Ozofu Ogiemudia; Nigerian Bar

Association– Section on Business Law, NBA-SBL, Chairman, Seni Adio(SAN); Conference

Planning Committee Chair, Dr. Adeoye Adefulu, and Council members, Fola Akande and

Mena Ajakpovi, at a briefing to herald the 13th Annual Business Law Conference of NBA-

SBL, scheduled to hold in Lagos from June 26 to 28, in Lagos.

2019 Election: Buhari rode to power

on widespread violence

— Human Rights Watch

ABUJA—THE elections

in 2019 that gave

President Muhammadu

Buhari a second term were

marred by political

violence, Human Rights

Watch has said.

The report issued by the

organisation yesterday

said some cases of the

violence were carried out by

soldiers and police officers.

It said: “Buhari should

take concrete steps to

address the widespread

political violence, and to

ensure accountability for

human rights abuses by

soldiers and police as he

begins his second term.

“The election period

included persistent attacks

by factions of the insurgent

group Boko Haram in the

northeast; increased

communal violence

between nomadic

herdsmen and farmers

spreading southward from

north-central states; and a

dramatic uptick in banditry,

kidnapping, and killings in

the northwestern states of

Kaduna, Katsina, and

Zamfara. Security forces

have failed to respond

effectively to threats to

people’s lives and security.”

The report quoted Anietie

Ewang, Nigerian

researcher at Human

Rights Watch, as saying

that, “The lack of

meaningful progress in

addressing the prevalent

political violence, as well as

lack of accountability for

rights abuses, marked

Buhari’s first term in office.

“He should put these

issues at the front and centre

of his second term agenda

and urgently take concrete

steps to improve respect for

human rights.”

The statement said that

Human Rights Watch

interviewed 32 people,

including voters,

journalists, election

observers, activists, and

Independent National

Electoral Commission

officials in Rivers and Kano

states, and documented 11

deaths specifically related

to violent interference in the

election process during the

February 23 federal

elections and subsequent

state elections.

It said the elections

contributed to the general

insecurity across the

country, even as politically

related violence were

reported in many states in

contrast to the relatively

peaceful 2015 elections that

brought Buhari into his first

term in office.

Citing a report by SBM

Intelligence, which

monitors sociopolitical and

economic developments in

Nigeria, the statement said

626 people were killed

during the 2019 election

cycle, starting with

campaigns in 2018.

“Kano state, in

northwestern Nigeria, has

the highest number of

registered voters in the

country. Rivers state, in the

Niger Delta, receives the

largest share of crude-oilbased

national revenue,

representing significant

electoral value to any

political party,” the report

said.

“The history of elections

7th Assembly: PDP chieftain hails Delta

Speaker, Oborevwori, Deputy, Ochor

By Elizabeth

Uwandu

ASABA—A member of

the United States of

America based

International

Communication

Association, ICA, Dr Fred

Oghenesivbe has

described the elected

speaker of Delta State 7th

Assembly, Sheriff

Oborevwori and his deputy,

Christopher Ochor as men

of honour, trustworthy,

honest; morally and

intellectually sound to

coordinate progressive

legislative business in the

state.

Oghenesivbe in a

goodwill message to the

speaker and his deputy

said Deltans were not

surprised that Oborevwori

was re-elected on Monday

10th June,2019, to pilot

in both states is replete with

violence by state security

agencies and criminal

elements.”

The report noted that

despite police claims of

increased security

measures to ensure

peaceful voting, HRW

found that there seemed to

have been little or no police

response to reports of

threats and acts of violence

by hired political thugs and

soldiers against voters and

election officials.

“Voters and election

officials said that policemen

either fled or stood idly by,

fueling allegations of

complicity, as perpetrators

stole election materials,

disrupted voting, and

harassed voters,” said the

report.

“Witnesses said that the

police also shot live rounds

of ammunition and used

teargas to disperse people

protesting voting

disruptions.

“Witnesses said that after

a soldier was killed in the

town of Abonnema, in

affairs of the Assembly,

pointing out that his

enviable performance as

speaker during the life span

of the 6th Assembly

facilitated good governance

and accelerated

development across the 25

local government areas.

He noted that Oborevwori

was able to restore credible

leadership and mobilized

his colleagues in the house

for effective and efficient

business of law making; and

at the same time paid all

inherited arrears and

opened a new chapter of

superb welfare packages for

staff of the Assembly.

Oghenesivbe, a chieftain of the

Peoples Democratic Party , PDP,

further asserted that Oborevwori

exhibited and still exhibit

uncommon level of humility,

utilized modern public

administration techniques of

Rivers state, on election

day, soldiers shot at

residents, killing an

unknown number of

people.”

HRW said soldiers also

carried out sweeping

arrests and arbitrarily

detained several people.

The report also cited a

37-year old man who

witnessed the incident.

He said, “The soldiers

were on rampage,

shooting at anyone

around. As I made my

way to flee, I saw people

dive into the river, many

with gunshot wounds.

The next day I saw three

dead bodies riddled with

bullets floating in the

water…I heard many

more bodies were later

recovered from that river.”

The army, HRW

reported, said in a

statement that on election

day, unidentified people

attacked soldiers, killing

one, and that the soldiers

killed six of the attackers

in response.

open door policy, transparency,

all inclusiveness and strength

of positive character to

efficiently and prudently

manage the affairs of the

legislative arm of government

during the 6th Assembly.

In the same vein, he describes

the new deputy speaker,

Christopher Ochor, as a kind

hearted and trustworthy

administrator who served

meritoriously during his tenure

as Executive Director, Social

Services Development at the

Delta State Oil Producing

Areas Development

Commission (DESOPADEC),

before he was elected as

member representing Ukwani

Constituency at the 2019

general elections under PDP,

and have been a loyal party

man without blemish.

Trump ready to impose new tariffs

on China after G20 meeting

UNITED States President Donald Trump

yesterday said he was ready to impose another

round of punitive tariffs on Chinese imports if he does

not reach a trade deal with China's president at a G20

summit later this month.

Since two days of trade talks last month in

Washington ended in a stalemate, Trump has

repeatedly said he expected to meet Chinese President

Xi Jinping at the June 28-29 summit in Osaka, Japan.

China has not confirmed any such meeting.

Trump said last week he would decide after the

meeting of the leaders of the world's largest economies

whether to carry out a treat to slap tariffs on at least

$300 billion in Chinese goods.

In an interview with CNBC yesterday, Trump said

he still thought Xi would attend the summit. When

asked if a fresh round of U.S. tariffs would go into

effect if the Chinese leader was not at the meeting,

Trump said, "Yes. It would."

Kenya Airways aims to double

fleet over 5 years on path to

profit

KENYA Airways plans to double its fleet over the

next five years, its chairman said yesterday, as

the loss-making carrier combats regional rivals like

Ethiopian.

The Kenyan airline, which is 48.9 percent

government-owned and 7.8 percent by Air France-

KLM, restructured $2 billion of debt in 2017 and is

opening new routes as it seeks to return to profit.

It had a fleet of 41 airplanes at the end of last year,

comprising a mix of wide and narrow body Boeing

planes, compared with Ethiopian which operates more

than 100 planes.

Kenya Airways, which also operates Bombardier and

Embraer planes on its short and medium haul flights,

is restructuring its aircraft leasing agreements and its

other debts to free up cash for investment in new

planes, Chairman Michael Joseph told a shareholder

meeting.

"We intend to double the size of the fleet over the

next five years if we can find the right financial

structure to do this," Joseph said.

U.S. job openings slip; hiring hits

all-time high

UNITED States job openings fell slightly in April, but a

surge in hiring to a record high suggested strong demand

for labor before a recent escalation in trade tensions that was

partly blamed for a sharp slowdown in employment growth last

month.

The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS report

from the Labor Department on Monday also showed an uptick

in layoffs, though they remained at historically low levels.

Trade tensions between the United States and China worsened

following a move by President Donald Trump in early May

to impose additional tariffs of up to 25% on $200 billion of

Chinese goods, prompting retaliation by Beijing.

A tariff on all goods from Mexico to force authorities in that

country to stop immigrants from Central America from crossing

the border into the United States was averted after the two

nations struck an 11th hour agreement late on Friday.

IE rolls out prepaid meters for

customers under MAP scheme

IKEJA Electric Plc. (IE), has announced the roll-out of

prepaid meters for customers in the Ikorodu Business Unit.

According to the Disco, the deployment and installation of

prepaid meters to customers in Ikorodu, which will be carried

out by one of its MAPs, New Hampshire Capital limited, will

commence on June 17th 2019 following the successful registration

and subscription for meters by thousands of customers

spread across Ikorodu and Epe.

This was made known at a media briefing held in Ikorodu

which was attended by customers, stakeholders under Ikorodu

Business Unit of Ikeja Electric. According to Ikeja Electric,

this is part of the first phase, which will further extend to

Abule Egba and Shomolu Business Units next week.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC

empowers third party companies identified as Meter Asset Providers

(MAP) to procure and install meters for electricity consumers

under this scheme. Customers applying for prepaid

meters are expected to visit map.ikejaelectric.com to register.

Speaking on the roll-out, Head of Corporate Communications,

Ikeja Electric, Felix Ofulue said, “In line with NERC regulations,

customers are expected to pay for meters. Through

the online process, customers are to abide the rules and regulation

guiding the metering process and they should not to

pay cash to anyone or fall prey to unscrupulous element who

may want to take advantage of the scheme to fleece customers.

They will be advised on the designated channels for payment”

Some stories credited to Reuters


June 12: Abacha's spirit ‘celebrates' Abiola

THAT Nigeria is a country

of dual ideologies comes

true again as two versions of

June 12 will be celebrated

across the country tomorrow, 26

years after the annulment of

hope in the country .

It was on June 12, 1993 that

Nigerians North and South

put aside all primordial

sentiments to elect Basorun

M.K.O Abiola as President in

the freest and fairest election

in the history of the country. A

Muslim-Muslim ticket won

convincingly in predominantly

Christian areas, while a

Yoruba man defeated a Fulani

man in Kano.

As Nigerians were about to

roll out the drums to celebrate

the dawn of a new day, the

military junta issued an unjust

diktat to annul the victory of

Abiola who quit the National

Party of Nigeria, NPN, in 1982

when he was told that the

Presidency was not for sale.

I gained a fuller

understanding into the

intrigues of that era when one

of Umaru Dikko's aides then

told me a few days ago that the

Northern top notch of the NPN

did not want anybody from

Abiola's corner of Nigeria to

succeed Shagari.

Unjust

diktat

Towards this end, they

wanted NPN to win the

presidential poll in

Yorubaland but not

governorship in any state as

they inserted a clause in their

guidelines that anybody who

would vie for the ticket must

have a governor in his state.

He told me it was also the

same game that was played on

Dim Odumegwu-Ojukwu who

was lured into the NPN with a

Taqqiya promise of Senate

presidency.

The Ikemba was on top of the

world when all the bigwigs of

NPN from the North stormed

Anambra for his campaign.

But the same forces were said

to be distributing money to buy

his defeat when the night fell.

Abiola shocked the junta by

holding fast to his mandate

with massive support behind

him until he was killed in

detention in 1998. The fiveyear

resistance to the

annulment humiliated the

military which is the major

reason why we have enjoyed

20 years of uninterrupted civil

rule in the country in spite of

bad governance.

The death of Abiola did not

•The late Bashorun M. K. O. Abiola...campaigned against

poverty

kill the resilience of June

Twelvers in the last 20 years

as we have used every

opportunity to keep the issue

on the front burner in the

order of a saying among the

Yoruba that a 20-year-old

Official celebration

of June 12 is a

political gimmick and

a half-hearted

measure realizing that

Abiola and what he

represented are no

longer in the

sequence and a sense

of psychological

masturbation is all

that is left for its

believers

pounded yam can still burn the

fingers. And precisely 20 years

after Abiola, June 12 was given

official recognition as

"Democracy Day" in a country

that still yearns for democracy.

For the first time tomorrow,

the spirit of annulment that still

reigns in the country with Gen

Sani Abacha's henchmen in

strategic positions of our

national life will "celebrate"

June 12 on one side, while the

firm believers in June 12 will

truly celebrate the day of our

missed opportunity.

It would, therefore, be their

June 12 and our June 12 at

play as we will not be

celebrating the same thing and

the reasons are quite obvious.

The shutdown of Africa

Independent Television, AIT,

on the eve of this year's June

12 celebration was the clearest

indication that the devil can

cite scripture for his own

purpose but cannot transform

into a holy angel because its

nature is inherently evil. I

worked at The Punch and The

Guardian Newspapers, two of

the major national newspapers

that suffered proscription in the

dark days of Abacha which is

what the recent action against

AIT reminds us again.

The National Broadcasting

Commission, NBC, has given

100 reasons why it shut down

AIT but only one of it seems to

make so much sense to the

public - the airing of Atiku's

petition on the last presidential

election. When the NBC

claimed that AIT ran

documentary on matter before

the court I thought they did

something prejudicial but

when I watched it, there was

nothing outside the documents

filed in court which are public

materials already.

Perhaps the only "offence"

committed was breaking it

Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019 —17

down for ordinary folks who I mentioned earlier that June

would ordinarily not have time 12 was an election that was

to peruse court records, which about to resolve our nationality

brings us to the fact that if we question once and and for all

had conducted the type of what with all fault lines removed for

we celebrate in June 12, there Abiola to emerge victorious. We

would be no petition in court are much more divided today

today and the "winner" would than we were before

not be like the old woman that amalgamation with no effort

gets so irritated at the being made to narrow the

mentioning of dry bones.. gaps. The encouragement the

When Abiola campaigned Miyetti Allah group has

round the country in 1993, the received in its activities against

theme of his campaign was fellow citizens in the last four

"Farewell to Poverty". There years from highest levels of

was a young man who fell from government is one of the

a tree in Kano when he heard greatest challenges to our

the translation in Hausa of corporate existence. The sense

Bashorun's "No Nigerian will of oneness we used to have as

go to bed without food in his/ Nigerians has disappeared as

her belly if I become herdsmen have suddenly

president". He never heard transformed to militia killing,

such a message in his life. maiming, raping and

Where is the manifestation of kidnapping Nigerians daily

that in our country today with government unable to be

where our people have become governmental and protect

almajiris that a whole vice lives. That is not the spirit of

president would be June 12 that we have

empowering with N5, 000 in celebrated all these years.

the markets?

In 1993, a lot of our people

The global secretariat of saw themselves proudly as

poverty moved to Nigeria last Nigerians and proclaimed it.

year as mark of our descent. The annulment of June 12 did

The influential The Economist a lot of damage to that as

in its latest report on Nigeria people see themselves today

titled "Baba go-slow: in terms of their nationalities

Nigerians got poorer under and the last four years have

Muhammadu Buhari" had this promoted ethnic irredentism as

pathetic story to report that: state policy and eroded the

"The Nigerian economy is Nigerianity in most of our

stuck like a stranded truck. citizens.

Average incomes have been Official celebration of June 12

falling for four years; the IMF in the midst of all these can,

thinks they will not rise for at therefore, be no more than

least another six.

political gimmick and a halfhearted

"The latest figures put

measure realising that

unemployment at 23 per cent, Abiola and what he

after growing for 15 represented are no longer in

consecutive quarters. Inflation the sequence and a sense of

is 11 per cent. Some 94million psychological masturbation is

people live on less than $1.90 all that is left for its believers.

a day, more than in any other The futility of that thought is

country, and the number is why there are two versions of

swelling. By 2030 a quarter of celebrations. The Abacha spirit

very poor people will be dancing on the grave of June

Nigerian, predicts the World 12 and the real pro-democracy

Data Lab, which counts such keeping the ideal alive.

things."

FEEDBACK

Re: Give us men like Awo, Enahoro and co

Re: On Obasanjo's Warri

verdict

Yinka,

WONDERFUL piece. Great

read and educational. But

YOU have spoken

brilliantly as usual. Do we

still have men of courage in this

clime? You need to convince me

that this country has not

collapsed.

Everything has been

monetised. A lot of our so-called

progressives now put-on different

togas.

Where are the likes of S. O

Awokoya who opposed the foolish

motion before the colonial

masters? Where is Enahoro who

plucked up courage and cried out

against the tactics of divide and

rule. Can any Oba oppose a state

governor in Nigeria today. God

forbid.

Talking about governance, this

country is now in total darkness.

And of course, we celebrate

incessant killings by herdsmen on

daily basis. Justice has been

perpetually caged.

A loud silence now hovers

around restructuring, but now

that restructuring has turned into

ashes in their mouths, they

should permit us to go back to our

different 'mother's tents'.

—Ralph Akintan-Ralph, Esq.

is it not coming a little late. Some

great minds hinted on this matter

long ago and were not taken

serious. Let us dwell on the

solutions which seriously is the

most important aspect and such

will solve the Nigerian problem.

All of us know the greatest

handicap is lack of nationhood.

Thanks greatly.

Olisa.

Re: Her pain will haunt this

country

Sir

I SENT you a note concerning

the silence of those who are

supposed to speak for the masses.

I am really troubled. Look at what

the woman and her family went

through in her own country.

Even after paying such a huge

amount of money. Sir, where do

we go from here? God shall

continue to protect you because a

lot of people are not happy with

what you are doing.—Albert from

Ipaja.

C

M

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K


18 — Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019

ONE of the worrisome fallouts of

the war against the Boko Haram

Islamic terror in the North East is the

unhealthy relationship between our

armed forces and the myriads of nongovernmental

organisations, NGOs,

involved in humanitarian activities in

the sector.

Since the crisis developed into a full

military conflict in 2012, our armed

forces have been under strong

criticisms by NGOs such as Amnesty

International, AI and Human Rights

Watch over alleged violations of the

human rights of captured suspected

terrorists.

This opinion was also adopted by

some Northern groups and the United

States Government under former

President Barack Obama. This

informed America’s unwillingness to

sell crucial military weapons to

Nigeria which, in turn, gave Boko

Haram more time to consolidate.

The Army complained that these

accusations and sundry clandestine

activities of some NGOs undermined

Managing conflicts between military,

NGOs

the military’s efforts to end the

insurgency.

It is strange and unfortunate that

this unhealthy relationship between

our armed forces and volunteer

groups providing succour to victims

of the conflict has continued, four

years after the change of regime and

command personnel in the war in

2015.

AI and the Army remain in a virtual

state of war because the former

remains adamant that the Army

regularly commits “crimes against

humanity” on innocent civilian targets

which the army vehemently denies.

Last year, the Army even threatened

to expel AI and the United Nations

Children’s Fund, UNICEF, for allegedly

undermining military operations

by providing aid to Boko Haram. On

May 30, 2019, Army Chief, Lt-General

Tukur Buratai, threatened that the

Army would no longer tolerate a situation

where NGOs provide humanitarian

support for Boko Haram fighters.

We wish to re-emphasise that the two

groups are indispensable for tackling

the Boko Haram threat. While the

military have to do their job to flush

out the enemies, humanitarian groups

must help the millions of victims and

displaced persons with access to food,

medicines, shelter and other needs.

The NGOs must partner with the

military under the well-established

international rules of engagement to

enable the nation achieve its objectives

of ending the crisis while catering for

vulnerable people and groups.

However, any form of support for

any person or groups of persons

whose intent is destruction of Nigeria

or parts of it and her peoples is sabotage

of our sovereignty. That cannot

be condoned.

We call for a probe of the relationship

between the Army and the NGOs

to ascertain what is really happening.

When a war like the Boko Haram conflict

drags for long, elements of selfish

profiteering inevitably set in.

We insist that the war against Boko

Haram and any other military

operations and the humanitarian

activities attached to them must be

conducted within the ambit of

internationally-set rules.

We say no to impunity or sabotage.

THE Federal Ministry of Labour

and Productivity recently

renamed as Federal Ministry of Labour

and Employment is one of the oldest

ministries in Nigeria. It began as a

Department of Labour in the then

Colonial office in 1932 and developed

into a full-fledged ministry in 1952.

The ministry is established under

item 34, Second Schedule of the

Exclusive List, 1999 Constitution of the

Federal Republic of Nigeria as

amended.

The following have served as

permanent secretaries in the ministry:

Chief M.A. Tokunboh, Chief S.O. Koku,

Chief T.E. Salubi, Mr. E.O. Olowu,

Chief Owelle Chikelu, Chief

Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Mr. Stephen B.

Agodo, Ambassador A.O. Adekunle

Olumide, Alhaji Abdallah Z. Hashim,

Alhaji S.M. Jega (1994-1995) and Mr.

Samuel C. Nwokedi (1995-1997).

Others were: Mr. Daniel O. Oyegun

(1997-1998), Mrs. Lois N. Asugah

(1998-2000), Ambassador Godfrey B.

Preware (January 2000-August 2002),

Mr. Ayodeji O. Omotade (August 2002-

December 2003), Dr. Timiebi A.

Koripamo-Agary (December 2003-June

2007), Professor Oladapo Afolabi (July

2007-November 2007), Alhaji Suleiman

D. Kassim (November 2007- December

2008), Dr. Haruna U. Sanusi

(December 2008-January 2009),

Ambassador Chike Alex Anigbo

(February 2009- June 2010), Professor

Simon O. Ogamdi (July 2010-January

2011), Engr. Anthony Z. Ozodinobi

(January 2011-March 2012), Dr. Tunji

Olaopa (March 2012-March 2013), Dr.

Clement O. Illoh (March 2013-August

2017), Bolaji Adebiyi (August 2017-

June 2018), Mrs. Ibukun A. Odusote

(July 2018-March 2019) and William

Alo (March 2019-till date)

The following have also served as

ministers or ministers of state. They are

Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola, (1952),

Dr. Emmanuel M. Endeley (1952-

1953), Mr. M.T. Mbu (1953-1954),

Chief F. Okotie-Eboh (1954-1957),

Chief J.M. Johnson (1957-1964), Prince

Adeleke Adedoyin (1965-1967), Chief

Anthony Enahoro (1967-1975), Major

General H. Adefowope (1975-1978),

OPINION

Mr. S.O.

Williams

(1978-

1979), Mr.

S . A .

Ogedengbe

(1979-

1982),

Professor

E . C .

Osamor

(1982-

1983),

Alhaji Ali

Baba (1983-1984), Major General S.K.

Omojokun (1984-1985), Vice Admiral

Patrick Koshoni (1985-1986), Major

General I.O.S Nwachukwu (1986-

1987), Alhaji Abubakar Umar (1987-

1990), Engr. Bunu Sheriff Musa(1990-

1993), Prince Bola Afonja (1993),

Senator Francis J. Ellah (1993-1995),

Ministry of labour and the wage crisis

The Ministry was created

after the start of World War II

to coordinate resources for war

efforts, with first one and then

two labour inspectors attached

to the Governor’s Office

Senator Mohammed Uba Ahmed

(1995-1998), Dr. Emmanuel

Onyemaechi Udogu (1998-1999), Alabo

Tonye Graham-Douglas (1999-2000),

Alhaji Musa Gwadabe, Alhaji

Zannuwa Husaini Akwanga, Dr.

Hassan Muhammed Lawal (2004-

2008), Prince Adetokunbo Kayode,

SAN,(2008-2010), Senator Ibrahim M.

Kazaure (2010), Chief Emeka Wogu

(2010-2014), Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu

Turaki (2014-2015), Senator Joel

Danlami Ikenya (2015), Barrister

James Ocholi, SAN (2015-2016),

Professor Stephen Ikani Ocheni and

Senator (Dr.) Chris Nwabueze Ngige.

The Ministry was created after the

start of World War II to coordinate

resources for war efforts, with first one

and then two labour inspectors attached

to the Governor’s Office. With growing

worker agitation over cost of living

allowances, the Department of Labour

was established on October 1, 1942.

It was headed by a commissioner and

two labour officers, and was charged

with dealing with labour movement

issues, ensuring the orderly

development of industrial relations and

enforcing protective legislations.

The organisation grew as the war

progressed, with offices opened in the

industrial centres of Enugu, Kaduna

and Lagos. Later a Ministry of Labour

was created in addition to the

Department of Labour, and the two were

merged on April 1,1958.

To be concluded


CBN to sell N809.4 bn Treasury Bills in Q3’19

By Elizabeth Adegbesan

The Central Bank of

Nigeria, CBN, has slated

Treasury Bills, TBs, sales

worth N809.4 billion for the

third quarter 2019, Q3’19.

This is contained in the apex

bank’s latest Nigeria Treasury

Bills Issue programme

released last weekend.

Treasury Bills are short term

(less than one year) debt

instruments used by the CBN

to borrow money from the

public on behalf of the federal

government. The CBN also

uses TBs to control money

supply in the economy.

The TB issue programme

commences on June 13, and

ends on August 29, 2019.

During the period, the apex

bank will issue TBs worth

N80.62 billion on 91 days

tenor, N154.04 billion on 182

days and N574.71 billion on

364 days.

A breakdown of the

programme revealed that in

June, the apex bank plans to

sell N147.25 billion worth of

TBs, comprising N8 billion

worth of 91 days bills and

N139.25 billion worth of 364

bills.

In July, the apex bank plans

to sell N195.91 billion worth

of TBs, comprising N15.9

billion worth of 91 days bills,

N46.6 billion worth of 182

days bills, and N133.46 billion

worth of 364 days bills.

In August, the CBN plans to

sell N446.2 billion worth of

TBs comprising N36.77 billion

worth of 91 days bills, N107.43

billion worth of 182 bills and

N302 billion worth of 384 days

bills.

CURRENCY BUYING SELLING

US DOLLAR

POUNDS

EURO

FRANC

YEN

CFA

WAUA

RENMINBI

RIYAL

SDR

DANISH

RAND

$98.50 -2.45

2,539.00 61.00

$12.35 -0.15

$62.79 -0.50

$53.89 -0.10

306 306.5 307

387.549 388.1823 388.8155

345.8718 346.437 347.0021

308.6856 309.19 309.6943

2.8172 2.8218 2.8264

0.5067 0.5167 0.5267

422.5651 423.2555 423.946

44.1225 44.195 44.2676

81.5935 81.7268 81.8601

423.3204 424.0121 424.7038

46.3005 46.3762 46.4518

. 20.5778 20.6114 20.645

CBN Exchange rate as at 10/06/2019

From left: Regional Service Manager, Abuja region, Sterling Bank, Nelson Ozuem; Cofounder

& Director, Eat Drink Festival, Folayemi Agusto; Business Executive, Retail

Banking, Sterling Bank, Mr. Ado Abdulkareem; Marketing Manager, Specialized Products,

Sterling Bank, Daphne Akatugba; at the 6th edition of Eat Drink Festival at Abuja, sponsored

by Sterling Bank Plc.

Power sector liberalization will attract

$30bn investment — Chike-Obi

By Babajide Komolafe

The Executive Vice

Chairman, Alpha African

Advisory, Mr. Mustafa Chike-

Obi has advocated the

complete liberalization of the

power sector saying this will

stimulate inflow of $30 billion

investment into the sector in

three years as well as lead to

cheap and stable electricity

supply in the long run.

Chike-Obi, immediate past

Managing Director/Chief

Executive of Asset

Management Corporation of

Nigeria (AMCON), made this

call at the monthly capacity

building forum of the Finance

Correspondents Association of

Nigeria (FICAN).

He stressed that since it is

believed that everyone

deserves electricity much as

everyone deserves to have

telephone or nice car; the only

way to lift the society to that

point is to charge the

people who need

electricity the most, the

market price.

He threw a challenge

that if the power

business is made

profitable, whereby

tariff on electricity is

removed and power

companies allowed to

sell to any person they

wish to sell to, at

market determined

price, he can guarantee

Nigeria a $30 billion

worth of power sector

investment in three

years.

He explained that in

some places in Ikoyi

Lagos, residents get

about 90 percent of

power supply and they

are paying roughly N50

or N60 per kilowatt

hour, for instance. He

said a power

generating set costs

about N160 per kilowatt

hour with its attendant

inconveniences.

According to him, “Most

people who have generating

set will be happier to pay N160

per kilowatt hour of electricity,

but government said no. We

can only charge Nigerians N60

per kilowatt hour, yet nobody

has it. Nobody is looking for it

and nobody is interested in

more investment into it to

create more power.”

“But if you allow these power

companies to sell at N160 per

kilowatt hour, they will make

so much money from the rich

people at the beginning, that

they will start creating more

power. Look at what happened

with the telephone. At the

beginning, SIM card was N70,

000 and only a few rich people

could afford it and the

Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019 — 19

companies made so much

money. Today, almost everyone

has two phones because SIM

cards are free,” he stated.

According to Chike-Obi, a

situation where every area of

the power sector is losing

money because government

which owns them wants power

to be supplied at N60 per

kilowatt hour is not a good

business.

According to him, all of the

companies involved in power

supply, owe money and will

remain insolvent, even as

power supply remains below

expectation.

“So, you won’t get power

until you realize that power is

a capital good and should be

priced accordingly,” the global

investment expert said.

Nigeria’s marine resources can sustain,

develop the economy — NIMASA DG

By Godwin Oritse

THE Director General of the

Nigerian Maritime

Administration and Safety

Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku

Peterside, has said that the

nation’s marine resources are

rich enough to sustain Nigeria’s

economy just like in most

countries with maritime

resources.

Speaking at the

commemoration of the World

Ocean Day held in Lagos,

Peterside charged Nigerian

maritime stakeholders on the

need to celebrate the ocean, its

importance in the life of the

nation, and how economic

diversification can be achieved

for sustainable growth and

development through the

maritime sector.

He noted that, “like the cyber

world which has reduced the

real world to a global village, the

ocean is global and connects

people worldwide, thus

inspiring continuing action

year-round to protect and

restore this amazing resource

that we all depend on.”

He stated: “Time has come for

all hands to be on deck and

support the Federal

Government’s efforts in taping

into the blue economy and

develop it to such a level that it

can contribute far more greatly

as projected”.

Peterside explained that

nations like Singapore,

Philippines and Malta along

with the world great economies

like the United States, United

Kingdom, Japan, Russia and

China amongst others rely

greatly on their oceans as the

bedrock of their economy, and

with about 90 percent of world

trade being done by sea and

shipping, it is time Nigeria

begins to join the league of such

great countries by engaging its

waters more profitably.

“The World Oceans Day

celebration inspires the

Pearl Garden

Estate residents

drag real estate

firm to EFCC

By Udeme Akpan

Residents of Pearl Garden

Estate and Pearl Nuga Park

Estate located at Sangotedo

Village in Eti-Osa Local

Government Area of Lagos State

have dragged Mr Kelechukwu

Mbagwu and his CMB Building

Maintenance and Investment

Company Limited to the Economic

and Financial Crimes Commission

(EFCC) over alleged unapproved

mortgage bank loans.

The magnitude of the alleged

crime is still unknown but the

association of homeowners in the

estates have barred

representatives of CMB from

maintaining the homes at Pearl

Nuga Park Estate and Pearl

Garden Estate.

However, fresh allegations are

beginning to emerge that other

board members were involved.

The separate petitions dated

May 28, 2019 and addressed to

the EFCC Chairman, Mr Ibrahim

Magu, were signed by Mr Patrick

Olowokere, the President of Pearl

Nuga Estate and Reverend

Adesola Adebawo, President of

Pearl Garden Estate respectively.

According to the petitioners,

CMB obtained a mortgage from

Wema Bank Plc using the affected

homes at Pearl Nuga Estate as

collateral without the knowledge

or consent of the affected

homeowners of the properties.

“The affected homeowners,

namely; Bridget Eko, Osagie

Aimiehnoho Jude, Mr Akinola

Alabi, Mrs Oluwadara Alabi,

Nosakhare Igbinobi and Amos

Gaga, paid CMB for those houses

to be built and had taken

possession of their houses from

CMB at different times.

“CMB and Mr Mbagwu

withheld the title deeds of the

houses from the affected

homeowners as it withheld those

of several other homeowners

within the estate,” the petitioners

alleged.

They said the bank had begun a

recovery of the six houses within

the estate following the alleged

failure of CMB, the property

developer, to repay the loan.

thinking that recognizes that

there is one global ocean that

connects the entire world.

Within this one ocean, there are

five distinct oceans: the Pacific

Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian

Ocean, Arctic Ocean, and

Southern Ocean. And it is

already happening that the

boundaries of these oceans are

invincible and so it is important

that we take steps to ensure that

we tap the abundant resources

inherent within our maritime

endowment because our lives as

a nation depends hugely on it”,

Peterside said.

He opined that the issue of

climate change and marine

environment degradation is of

concern to the nation and

international community, adding

that NIMASA, on its part, will

continue to lend its voice in

support of the advocacy and

drive, which will further

guarantee and compliment

government’s ease of doing

business initiative.


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VOL. 1: NO. 196 TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2019

Niger Delta Voice, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, , 2019—A5

BAYELSA…

THE JERUSALEM OF IJAW

NATION

FLOODING:

Relief as

Bayelsa govt

steps up

clearing of

waterways

By Samuel Oyadongha

Y

E N A G O A —

RESIDENTS of

Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa

State and environs, who have

been grappling with flood

problems lately, may soon

heave a sigh of relief, as the

state government has

intensified clearing of canals

and natural waterways

ostensibly barricaded by

garbage.

Yenagoa alone boasts of

several natural canals and

streams, all turned into refuse

dumps by residents, a

development that has

inflicted indescribable pain on

inhabitants.

Bayelsa, predominantly

riverine, was the worst hit

state along the lower River

Niger during the 2012 and

2018 flood. So over the years,

families in flood-prone areas

usually relocated when rains

set in.

Governor Seriake Dickson

reportedly embarked on the

proactive measure to avert

reoccurrence and mitigate the

problem in the event of

another flooding.

CLEARED TO SAVE YENAGOA: To tackle flooding in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, and environs, the state

government is clearing canals and natural waterways blocked by garbage/refuse.

Ex-minister, kinsmen

battle over land in C’River

•Greedy leaders causing tension in Ikoneto—Chief Ani, Clan Head

•I’m the legitimate Clan Head— Etubom Eniang

By Emmanuel Una

MBIABO IKONETO—

FORMER Minister of

Finance, Chief

Anthony Ani, currently the Clan

Head of Mbiabo Ikoneto,

Odukpani Local Government

Area, Cross River State, and a

number of leaders of the

community are embroiled in a

squabble over a 100-hectare land

given to Cross River Basin

Development Authority, CRBDA,

for integrated farming.

Chief Ani, who served under

the regime of ex-Head of State,

General Sani Abacha (late)

maintained that the community

gave the land to CRBDA in 1981

for the Green Revolution

programme, and the company,

which abandoned it soon after the

overthrow of late President

Shehu Shagari in 1983, had the

privileges to return to the land

having indicated interest.

However, some leaders led by

Etubom Etim Eniang, who said

he and not Ani is the rightful Clan

Head; Chief James Asikpo and

Madam Ani Nsa, countered the

ex-minister, arguing that there

was no Memorandum of

Understanding, MoU, between

the company and community, so

a new agreement must be entered

into before the land is given back

to it.

Why we want C’River

Basin Authority—Ani

The former minister told NDV:

“In February 2018, the Authority

indicated interest to come back to

the land given to them by Ikoneto

in 1981 and they listed many

things that they would bring with

their return. These include

renovation of the secondary

school they constructed during

their short stay at Ikoneto; its roof

had since been blown off.

“Others are supply of farming

equipment to farmers in the

community, integrated farming

and supply of improved seedlings

to our farmers, forming of

cooperative societies and buying

of all produce from the farms of

the villagers among other benefits.

“That is why we want them to

come back, because they are

bringing development to our

place.”

He stated that when officials of

the Basin Authority came to

Ikoento to renew the agreement

with the community in February

2018, there was a meeting in his

house and everybody was

present, including those who later

protested the return of the

Authority to the area.

He added: “I am the Clan Head

of Ikoneto and all the land is

domiciled in the Ikoneto

Traditional Council, which I am

head of. Nobody does anything

in the land without my consent. I

am the one that brought

development to this place— the

water scheme, electricity, road and

all.

“But there is a particular family

which does not seem to want

progress in this place. One of the

members of that family has 14

children and I am the one who is

responsible for their education by

awarding them scholarships.

“The other one has 11 children

and I give them scholarship so

that they can leave darkness and

Continues on Page A6

Swamp bogies

roll into action

A top government official

told NDV that “though

flooding is a perennial

occurrence in Bayelsa, which

is the epicentre of the world’s

third largest wetland, we do

not pray to have a repeat of

the sad memories of the

recent natural disasters,

hence we embarked on the

aggressive clearing of the

waterways in the state capital

and its environs.

“Swam bogies have been

deployed to open up the

troubled canals and streams,

which residents have

converted to waste dumps so

as to drain the city of excess

flood.

“It is not something the

government alone can do.

Residents too must behave

responsibly and stop

dumping refuse in the canals

and streams. We do not want

a repeat of the 2012 incident,

which caught many napping

and as such, the canals and

other natural drains are being

cleared in Yenagoa

metropolis.

“Accordingly, this canal

(opposite Ekeki Housing

Estate), like others, which

could have served as a

natural drainage for the

Continues on Page A6


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Ex-minister, kinsmen battle over land in C’River

Continues from Page A5

see civilisation.

“They are carrying placards that

I want to give out their father’s

land. But it is my grandfather’s

land and I, as the Clan Head and

head of the Town Council, decide

what to do with the land.

“They complain nobody

consulted them. But if you look

at the photographs and television

footage, you will see all of them

there. They were all present on

that day, February 18, 2018, when

Basin came to see us.”

Crux of the matter

Chief Ani said the major

problem in the community was

that some leaders benefit from the

sale of palm fruits and timber by

appropriating the proceeds from

such sales, but under his

administration as Clan Head, he

insisted on public bidding for the

sale of palm fruits and the

proceeds shared among all the

families in Ikoneto.

His words: “That is the reason

some people are fomenting

trouble. The town hall is in terrible

state and can collapse on

someone at any time; that is

where we hold meetings.

“I spend my money to host such

meetings and I have never taken

a penny out of Ikoneto purse. We

lodge money realised from the

sale of land, palm fruits in the

bank and use it for scholarships

and other important needs of the

community.

“If they say it is their fathers’

land I have given to Basin, let

them go to court. That land was

given to Mbiabo Ikoneto by the

Traditional Council and work is

going on there now and nobody

can stop it because it is for public

good.”

Why we oppose Ani—Eniang

On the other hand, one of the

opposing leaders, Etubom

Eniang disagreed with Chief Ani,

saying his late father was the

Clan Head of Ikoneto at the time

the land the Basin Authority got

the land, and that there was no

formal agreement and after their

departure for several decades,

owners of the land took back their

land.

He said: “We gave the land to

the Cross River Basin Authority

THE TEAM

Emma Amaize - Editor

Samuel Oyadongha - Yenagoa

Gabriel Enogholase- Benin City

Jimitota Onoyume- Warri

Festus Ahon- Asaba

Egufe Yafugborhi- Port Harcourt

Emmanuel Una- Calabar

Akpokona Omafuaire- Warri

Godwin Oghre- Sapele

Harri-Okon Emmanuel- Uyo

Chioma Onuegbu-Uyo

Ike Uchechukwu- Calabar

Davies Iheamnachor- Port Harcourt

Emem Idio- Yenagoa

Brisibe Perez- Ughelli

Theresa Ugbobu- Agbor

Ochuko Akuopha- Oleh

Chancel Bomadi Sunday - Bomadi

Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu- Benin City

Nath Onajoke, Asaba

Chijioke Nwankpa, Port- Harcourt

Chief Eniang

over 40 years ago and they did

not enter into a formal agreement

with us and did not also use the

land.

“Now that they are ready to use

the place, we have to sign an

agreement formally so that each

party would know its role.”

He said a situation where the

Authority plans to enter into an

agreement with Chief Ani,

leaving the community out was

unacceptable since the land

belongs to individual families, not

a single person, therefore,

everyone should be part of the

agreement.

Chief Eniang said he is the

Clan Head of the community and

not Chief Ani. He displayed

documents to prove his selection

by the chiefs as the Clan Head,

awaiting certification by the

government.

Continues from Page A5

Chief Ani

He noted: “Let him show you

his certificate of recognition. In

November 2018, the government

set up a panel and invited us to

appear, Chief Ani did not show

up in that panel

“What he is doing now is not

for Basin Authority, but for his

children because there are oil

deposits in some part of the land.

I have the Deeds of

Administration on the entire

stretch of that land and unless the

Authority signs an agreement with

the community, they would not be

allowed into that land again.”

No comments

—Okposing, CRBDA MD

Managing Director of Cross

River Basin Development

Authority, CRBDA, Engineer

Okposing, declined comments on

the matter.

FLOODING: Relief as Bayelsa govt

steps up clearing of waterways

densely populated Ekeki and

Kpansia area, but filled with

refuse has been cleared up to the

Berger Fly-Over linking Azikoro

on the Isaac Boro Expressway,”

the government functionary

explained.

Residents hail

govt intervention

Some residents, who spoke on

the exercise, said the ongoing

clearing of the canals in the state

capital and its environs was a

welcome development.

An elated Ebi Jones said: “This

is what governance is all about

and we pray this effort is

sustained. It will go a long way

CROSS RIVER…

THE PEOPLE’S PARADISE

By Ike Uchechukwu

CALABAR—LEADERS of

Esuk Mba and Ikot Ansa

communities in Cross River State

have rebuffed allegations by the

Iron and Steel Senior Staff

Association of Nigeria, ISSAN

that Cakasa Nigeria Company

Limited, an indigenous service

company, was not complying with

safety procedures and providing

employment opportunities to host

communities.

Youth President of Esuk Mba

community, Edem Okon and

in reducing the problem of flood.

“Before now, most of the canals

were blocked due to the

unwholesome activities of people,

who instead of properly disposing

their household waste, chose to

make the canals refuse dump

sites, thereby exposing others to

health hazard and creating

breeding ground for dangerous

reptiles, some of which later

invaded homes and bite their

unlucky occupants.”

A staff of the Environment

Ministry said government was

desirous of curbing the flood

menace and urged all property

developers not to encroach on the

right of way of the natural

drainage so as not to have their

property destroyed.

other community leaders, who

spoke to NDV, debunked the

allegations of the association,

saying they have cordial

relationship with the company

and would not want to be part of

ISSAN’s agenda.

The company’s solicitor, Dr

Okafor Onamson, alleged that “on

April 3 ISSAN made a publication

in a newspaper that Cakasa does

not comply with safety procedure

on site. One of the allegations is

that the company failed to provide

personal protective equipment to

63-yr-old Delta SSS II student pushes

wheelbarrow to pay SSCE fees

DELTA... THE BIG

HEART OF THE NATION

By Chancel Sunday

B OMADI—SIXTY-THREE

years old Mr. Seribo Adelabu,

who enrolled as a Junior

Secondary School, JSS, student

in 2014 at Izon College, Bomadi-

Overside, Bomadi Local

Government Area, Delta State,

has returned to his former job of

wheelbarrow pushing to raise

money to complete his education.

Adelabu, presently in Senior

Secondary School, SSS II, who

started his academic voyage at 58

years because of what the agony

of being an illiterate had caused

him, came into public limelight

when NDV reported his

uncommon determination in

2016.

Some Ijaw people in Diaspora,

especially those in United States

of America, came to his aid by

paying his tuition in JSS II and

sent him some money.

It appears, however, that the

assistance was a temporary

sensation as after the preliminary

intervention, everybody went back

to his tent leaving Adelabu to

fend for himself.

Adelabu , who is preparing for

his Senior School Certificate

Examination, SSCE, next year,

confirmed that he actually went

to wheelbarrow pushing because

things were getting difficult for

him.

His words: “I have to continue

with my wheelbarrow pushing

job to enable me continue in this

academic journey.

“I want to thank our Ijaw

brothers and sisters in the

Diaspora, especially those in the

USA, for paying up my tuition fees

Adelabu in the class.

their men on site and that the

men work under unsafe

conditions.

“We have never gone against

any safety rule or practice. As a

rule, before you embark on any

work in any construction site,

whether with my client or not,

you must undergo what we call

safety drill first.

“Also, before you go to any site

activity for the day, we must make

sure that you are properly kitted.”

On his part, Project Manager,

Engineer Anthony Nnadi,

explained “when we arrived

Calabar, we had meetings with

when I was in JSS 11; l also thank

them for the money they sent for

text books and upkeep.

“I want use this opportunity to

once again appeal to them that it

has been very tough and rough

for me since after that gesture. I

appeal to our Diaspora brothers

and sisters that I am still in need

of their help, now that I am

preparing for my final year

exams: West African Examination

Council, WAEC, fee is pending.

“As I said before, after my

graduation from here, I will

proceed to Teacher Training

College, TTC, after which I intend

to teach pupils.”

The school authorities, speaking

through the Education

Committee chair, Chief Pius

Oloye, noted that the school

management had to encourage

the elderly student to enable him

achieve his academic dream.

Oloye said the primary aim of

Izon College was to help lessprivileged

children in riverine

communities, hence it charges

minimal school fees.

The Elders Council of the

school, speaking through Prince

Shell Mubogha, Chief Samson

Bakpor and Mr. Frederick Biribiri

Dude, said the pains Ijaw child

went through in rural

communities caused the

establishment of Izon College.

They said: “We thank the Ijaw

community in USA for their

benevolence to our student and

we appeal that they should also

encourage the school in its efforts

to acquire a parcel of land for a

permanent site.

“We also use this medium to

renew our appeal to our exalted

brother, Prophet Jeremiah Omoto

Fufeyin, to help us achieve our

aim of lifting the Ijaw child out of

darkness.”

C’River communities disagree with ISSAN on row

with Cakasa

the two host communitie: one is

Esuk Utan and the other is Ikot

Ansa.

“One thing about gas is that

when you use the wrong people

to do the job, the implication is

on the host community if anything

happens, so they said if their

people pass the test, we can use

them, that was how we started the

process.

“We went to Esuk Utan as well,

the youth president wrote to us

and when we finished the

meeting, we told them the areas

we can employ them, which we

did.”


VANGUARD, TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2019 — A7

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Nigeria thrives on ignorance of

the masses— Binta Lawal

First Officer Binta Mohammed Lawal is a commercial pilot in the General Aviation sector of the Nigerian

Aviation industry. Trained in the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology, Zaria, Binta obtained her Private

pilot’s licence and Commercial pilot’s licence and says she is very proud of the college because as far she is

concerned, it is one of the best aviation training schools in the world having produced about 80 per cent of

Nigerian pilots flying in the Nigerian airspace. In this chat with Vanguard, Binta speaks on the many

ills of Nigeria, saying that the war against insurgency can never be won as long as the manpower

is there and how we can get Nigeria of our dreams.

Excerpts:

By Ebele Orakpo

Is this the Nigeria of your

dreams?

To be honest, it is not! The

Nigeria of my dreams is a nation

united in purpose, where basic

rights are guaranteed, people go

about freely without fear and can

transact businesses with trust and

confidence; where the judicial

system is fast and competent

enough to handle criminal cases

and issues of crime against the

state and humanity; a country

where the health system is not a

laughing stock, where people are

not dying because of lack of

oxygen, where we can at least

compete with the world when it

comes to healthcare. I know there

is no health equipment or

professional in the world that

Nigeria cannot afford. We can

afford to hire the top 10 best

surgeons or specialists in any

medical field to come train our

professionals.

Nigerian physicians are among

the best in the world.

Yes, so why do they thrive in

other places? That means we have

it in us to excel so why are we not

working on ourselves? Why are

we accepting the status quo?

Unfortunately, we have this

mentality of invulnerability; if it

doesn’t happen to me, then it’s

none of my business. The fact is

that we are all sleep-walking as it

were, because this issue can hit

home any day, any time. Last year,

a friend of mine lost her dad who

was travelling out of the country.

At the airport, he had a seizure

and there was no oxygen. They

ran to the airport clinic, then to

the Air Force clinic, there was

none, the driver was frantically

driving to a general hospital when

the man died.

Another was a pregnant woman

who was denied US visa. She had

her first three babies in the US and

was about to have her 4 th but had

issues with her visa. She was

managed in a highbrow private

hospital in Lagos and somehow,

the family decided to transfer her

to another clinic. During labour,

she had complications and

needed oxygen, the hospital had

none, they put her in an

ambulance and on their way to

another hospital, she died. I don’t

care if you are the President, if you

have an issue and there is no

oxygen, you will die. It's not as if

we don’t have the minds, the

capital or capacity to afford stateof-the-art

medical care. Let’s not

even talk about education!

Painful

It's so painful because whenever

I lament, my friends would ask

me to relocate. I have two

questions with relocation: Do you

want me to leave my own country,

my own birthright to go live in

another country? I don’t care if

they give me citizenship, I would

always be a second class citizen.

Two, if we all jump out of the ship,

who will save it? What happens

to those who cannot afford to

relocate?' My hairstylist was trying

to leave the country through the

desert and he died. So should our

suggestion be to throw away the

baby with the bath water? Could

we actually wake up from our

slumber and look inwards,

knowing that we too can make a

difference in our own little way?

Who are the people we vote for?

What are their plans for the

country? We keep recycling

leaders and the painful part is that

the world is advancing at the

speed of sound and we are

decades behind.

Uneducated youths

They keep people uneducated

and the same uneducated people

are the ones kidnapping people

everywhere so tell me, how is it

not coming back to bite us? A large

mass of our youths are very

susceptible to brainwashing

because nobody taught them

better; they were never exposed

to better education so any fanatic

can influence them. Their brains

are like plain canvass for anybody

to program. If you go to the North,

you will see a very large number

of uneducated, malnourished, illinformed

and hungry youths.

They are like walking missiles and

we keep complaining about

insurgency. As long as there is

manpower to be used, insurgency

is not going to end. We keep

saying there are people behind

them, how about the foot soldiers,

those who are going to wreak the

havoc? Nigeria right now is a far

cry from the Nigeria I hope to be

a part of but one thing I know is

that we can’t all abandon the ship.

We have good people that are

very passionate about Nigeria and

we are going to keep on with the

movement. My hope and prayer

is that more would join us because

we have work to do.

Are Nigerians docile?

No, we are not docile or laid

back, we are just self-serving.

Nigerians are very hardworking

and very active when they feel the

need to. We have people who

believe they should always benefit

from whatever is going on and as

long as they are personally

benefitting, it’s okay, which boils

down to our values, the things we

celebrate. People are celebrated

for bravery, selflessness and for

acts of heroism. Here, we

celebrate people for

embezzlement. ‘Oh, he has the

latest G-Wagon or the latest Ferrari'

so the average individual wants

to get that recognition and the only

way is by lavish show of material

wealth. We ought to celebrate

people that do things we can't see

or touch. I expect a yearly

memorial for Dr Adadevoh who

died trying to save us from Ebola.

Why don’t we put the floodlight

on these unsung heroes instead

of on the wrong people for the

wrong reasons? By the time

we take our mind from

trying to embezzle to

actually trying to

leave a legacy,

there will be a

shift.

I’m sorry to

say, if anybody

thinks they can

stink up Nigeria

and run away, it

will haunt them

wherever they

go.

We all need to

put in our best

every single

day. That alone,

will change this

c o u n t r y

drastically.

Whatever you

do, search your

conscience and

ask yourself if it is

the right thing.

Great minds

We have great

minds in this

country, name any

field and I can tell

you there is a

Nigerian that is

flourishing in that

field and we can’t

solve our

electricity problem

because we don’t want to! If you

want to boost Nigeria’s economy,

you don’t need to do anything,

just give us one year of

If you want to

boost Nigeria’s

economy, you

don’t need to do

anything, give us

just one year of

uninterrupted

power supply

and see what will

happen

uninterrupted power supply and

watch the GDP. We will be

exporting shoes, bags, clothes etc.

We are a very vibrant people.

Generator cartel

Some homes have solar systems,

do you know there is a way they

arrange it so that if you don’t

consume all you generate, you can

sell to government for

redistribution? Why can’t we do

that? I think there’s a cartel that

wants to sell generators. Let’s call

a spade a spade! We are afraid of

the generator cartel and as long as

they are there, we will never have

power. Just a select group of people

holding a nation of about 180

Binta Mohammed Lawal

million to ransom! We have enough

sunlight to power the whole nation,

so why are we not focusing on that?

Do you know that only one third of

our land mass is being utilised? We

have more than enough space. We

have a whole desert in Sokoto and

Borno that we can spread solar

panels on. Is it that government

doesn’t have these ideas or their

minds are so stuck up in something

else? There is no politics without

the people and we are getting

there. When are we going to move

from potential to actualisation?

We’ve been in potential mode since

I was born. It’s really sad!

People complain that the

business environment is very

hostile...

Yes, Nigeria is one of the most

hostile nations to do business in. I

have tried running a business parttime.

We are calling for investors,

but they won't come because

nothing works. For instance, I have

a fish production farm and we have

a hatchery that needs to run on

power 24/7. I have a power line

that goes right across the farm. I

had to buy my own transformer and

then they give me a metre that runs

about N20,000 in 24 hours. I had

to quickly get a solar system and

generator as back-up; I' m doing

all these out of my pocket. Who

does that? Business people run

their businesses as if they are a

government; you provide water,

power and other things for yourself,

so I ask; are we even in a country?

We talk big, talk is cheap but what

are we actually doing to make

things work? There’s this whole

craze about agriculture and how

government is looking to help

farmers. How many farmers are

aware of the facilities government

has in place for them? We keep

hearing of billions of naira from

World Bank and CBN, where is the

money going to? Do the farmers

know they are entitled to that

money? Another thing we do is to

keep the ignorant ignorant. Nigeria

is a country that thrives on the

ignorance of the masses. We can’t

keep doing that. We are the largest

importer of anything you can think

of, yet we go to the media and talk

big and try to portray ourselves as

what we are not. It’s a very

dangerous path we are treading

because it’s going to bounce on us

very hard; everybody will feel it.

Be passionate

We need to develop more passion

for our nation, pray for Nigeria and

do whatever it is that we can to help

her. An average American will say;

“God bless America,” that positive

affirmation said over and over again

by millions of people, is enough.

We always complain and curse the

country; why don’t we look at the

problem and think of whatever we

can contribute and if you cannot

contribute anything, just say ‘God

bless Nigeria.’

Leave a legacy

We need to start thinking about

leaving a legacy. It shouldn’t be

about personal gratification. Our

values are placed in the wrong

direction; we are too materialistic.

The average young Nigerian now

wants to be seen on social media

parading the most expensive cars,

shoes and bags. What is the process

of this accumulation? We have

become a laughing stock to the

international community. You think

that because you are driving the

most expensive car and carrying the

most expensive bag, you are being

respected? Our legacy should lie

at making a significant contribution

to the generation coming after us.


A8—Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11 , 2019

YOUR LUCK TODAY

By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

Aries: Certain lesser element within your base of operation may

question your authority directly or otherwise. Once you know

you’re on the right path, forge ahead. Be loving.

Taurus: Doing away with unnecessary scheming and adoption of

practical approach to (hard) work will safe you from avoidable

frustration. This is the wrong time to take gift you did not solicit for.

Gemini: You may be tempted and embrace wrong ideas to the

detriment of your finances. The more cooperative you are the

better. Reason with your spouse and/or important partners. Be

loving.

Cancer: This is a good day for you. Those of you who can be as

secretive as necessary will have genuine cause to smile broadly. Be

more receptive.

Leo: Situation may prompt unexpected competition that’ll bring

out the best of you. Limit not yourself to now; think the future.

Virgo: Make sure that your closeness with the influential people is

not mis used by you. If you take others for granted today you’ll be

disappointed. Ignore funny ideas.

Libra: Placement of the Moon warns you to do away with arrogance

when dealing with either your junior or senior partners. The

more receptive you are the better for you. Protect your image.

Scorpio: Although, many people will be under pressure, you’ll be

at advantage position to defeat opponents at work to the betterment

of your cause. Think financial success.

Sagittarius: Prudence and/or practical approach will earn you

success and enable you to avoid pit falls. The more self assertive

you are the better for you. Be more loving.

L E I S U R E

TAKE HEART — ELLA RANDLE

“Nobody is going to do your life for you. You have to do it

yourself. And you have to do it no matter what is true. No

matter what is hard. No matter what is unjust, sad, sucky

things befall you. Self pity is a dead end road. You can make

the choice to drive down it. It’s up to you to decide to stay

parked there or to turn around and drive out” — Cheryl Stryed.

Life isn’t predictable and the solutions we seek to answer our

life questions don’t always come nicely wrapped. The ability to

yield and be flexible as we work out means to define our life

pathways is vital. —Ella Randle

TERROR MUDA in “Never say goodbye”

SAYINGS OF

OUR PEOPLE

Love has to

be shown by

deeds not

words. ~

Swahili proverb

By Kola Fayemi

Capricorn: Challenges along your career/business lines indicated

yet, you must not neglect your domestic responsibilities. Don’t

abuse partnership related issues, at least for now.

DUDU in “ROLLING HOT” By A.O. OLAIDE

Aquarius: Minor misunderstanding within your working arena is

possible. Carefully handle your health related issues and/or your

anatomical working system.

Pisces: Placement of the Moon may tempt many of you to become

unusually greedy to the resentment of others. Yet you’ll succeed

and hurt them the more. Gamble not with love.

ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

Send your date and place of birth to the Astr

trological

Counselling, P.M.B 100

007, Apapa, Lagos

Financial Success for me?

Dear Joshua,

I AM married with children but not happily because my wife

often times make life sorrowful for me. Being a Muslim ‘am

contemplating marrying another woman, at least to make a

statement and set strong warning to my aggressive wife. Does

second wife good for me? Please also tell me about my career/business,

finance and social life.

Lucky, Abeokuta.

Dear Lucky,

The problem is with you (spiritually) and another wife’ll complicate

the whole thing. The more spiritual you are the better.

You career may bring you name and/or great publicity.

If you like you can take to business. And you will do extremely

well in the oil industry. Even if you start with kerosene,

you will get to the very top. Another good products for

you include gas, fisheries, shoes and bags. The needs at home

(domestic apparatus) are commercially viable for you.

Your Finance

You are meant to make money but your major challenge is

through your love life and/or members of your opposite sex;

they are not to be taken for granted by you or else serious

disappointments will keep coming. Be warned.

Your Love Life

Here is where major challenges of your life are. Although

your religion permits more than one wife, taking another

woman may not be the needed solution. The more spiritual

you are the better for you. Always strive to protect your children

spiritually.

Your social life

Friendly Aquarius hosted Mars (action/desire planet), when

you were born. And with magnetic Libran personality, yours

will be a glorious life. And as time goes by influential friends

will want to draft you into serious politics. Belonging to powerful

social clubs will help your cause.

Because of your slow but dangerous tempter however, you

must neither always tell all your very personal secrets nor

take friends for granted. Certainly social activities can better

your lots.

VIRGINIA

HOME & ABROAD

dadadekola@yahoo.com

By Lawrence Akapa


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The oracles of Holy Mountain

THE omens are not looking

good. The moral sickness of

our body politic is a nightmare that

refuses to go away. If what we see

reflects the spiritual condition of our

country, I would make bold to say

that Nigeria is on the throes of death.

We hear that South Western states

are scheduled o hold a summit to

decide on how to collectively

address the challenge of insecurity

and how to develop a framework for

an autonomous economic region.

Several pictures of bank notes

purportedly from “Oduduwa Bank”

were being circulated in social media.

A dear friend sent me a text with

the pictures: “Are you going to sit

back and watch our country die?”

He being from the South East, I

jokingly replied: “Why are you

sending me these pictures? Don’t you

know I am a Biafran?” We all

laughed it off. But, inside, my heart

was bleeding. A few years ago

another friend, a prince of the

Caliphate, shocked me by remarking

that they are, by all intents and

purposes, resigned to the fact that our

country will break up: “It is not a

question of if, but, when”.

As if to buttress the point, an

international conference on the

ecological crisis facing the Lake

Chad region took place at the ornate

Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja on

February 2018. One of the proposals

being touted by our Federal

Government was to borrow a

staggering US$15 billion loan to

build a canal from the Congo

right though the Ubangi Shari in

Central Africa to Lake Chad. The

idea is to create a navigable waterway

that would grant Northern Nigeria

access to the sea.

The Washington financial

institutions, I am told, frowned at the

proposal. So did France, UNESCO

and some of the Western powers. If

the North no longer believe in

Nigeria, then we who do are, of all

people, the most to be pitied.

As everybody knows, Ndigbo

youths are all Biafrans. The Federal

Government persecuted and

hounded IPOB leader Nnamdi

Kanu, even though he never carried

a sword. But the military, under

Operation Python Dance, have

killed several youths who were

protesting peacefully. Boko Haram

Jihadist killers, by contrast, are being

treated with kid gloves. Some have

been granted titillating amnesties

while others have, allegedly, been

absorbed into our armed forces.

The issue of Biafra is geopolitically

linked to that of the Niger Delta

where the restless youths have for

years been campaigning for

“resource control” and selfdetermination.

Many believe that if

the North had found oil they would

long ago have declared their own

Arewa Republic. Niger Delta peoples

believe their oil is the dowry by which

Nigeria’s “forced” and unequal

marriage is being solemnised.

There is also the sad fate of the

Middle Belt. As far back as 1900 an

intense debate took place in the

British parliament and among the

intelligentsia on the imperative of

creating an autonomous

administrative region for the non-

Muslim peoples of the Middle Belt;

a people that were never historically

a part of the Caliphate, having never

been conquered in war or peace.

Without ever having consulted the

peoples so affected, the colonialists

went ahead to subordinate them

under the Caliphate supposedly to

save administrative costs.

During the post-independence

period, leaders like Joseph Tarka,

Patrick Dokotri and Rev. David Lot

fought bitterly for the autonomy of

Whilst

appreciating those

who are embittered

and dispirited, I am

persuaded that this

is no time to give

up on Nigeria

the Middle Belt. They were only

partially pacified by the conciliatory

gestures of Sir Ahmadu Bello,

Sardauna of Sokoto and Premier of

the defunct Northern Region. Sir

Ahmadu Bello was a large-hearted

visionary who did not segregate on

the basis of ethnicity or religion.

The same, unfortunately, could not

be said of those who pretended to be

his legatees. His successors, both

military and civilian, practised a

form of Apartheid that would have

been the envy of Hendrik

Verwoerd and the post-war

architects of Apartheid in South

Africa. Verwoerd and his brethren in

the Broederbond secret society

brethren were austere Calvinists who

believed they were executing God’s

purpose on earth. Their Arewa

colleagues, by contrast, are a godless

and avaricious pack of hounds.

When economic liberalisation

under the military undermined the

economic base for the patronage

system on which this feudal class had

subsisted, they introduced political

Sharia as a weapon for power and

hegemony. Much as they would like

to disown it, Boko Haram is their

moral stepchild. That iniquitous

enterprise has destroyed the entire

economy of the North while bringing

blood, tears and ashes to our country.

The late Bala John Takaya, former

President of the Middle Belt Forum,

MBF, made it a point to remind our

Northern leaders of the gross

injustice and historical crimes they

have committed against his people.

Instead of engaging him in dialogue,

they made him their bitterest enemy;

undermining his career at every turn

until his death in May 2018.

Bala Takaya was one of the most

brilliant students ever produced by

the famous Baptist High School, Jos.

His academic record since he left the

school in 1969 was never broken

until, ironically, his own son broke it

sometime in the late nineties. Takaya

was a formidable science student

who switched to Government/

Political Science, according to him,

to equip himself intellectually to

emancipate his people. Those of us

who knew him understood him to be

a patriot – a compassionate and

gentle soul. Although he was angry

at injustice, he was a democrat and

a humanist with a pure heart.

Today, sadly, the Middle Belt is

leaderless; lost in the wilderness like

the children of Israel of old. We pray

that, unlike the ancient Israelites, we

would not have to wander for 40

years before we see the light of

redemption.

I have studied enough of what the

Germans term the machstaaten to

know that no upstart power is ever

allowed to alter the international

geopolitical equilibrium without a

challenge. There may be global

conspirators and economic hit-men

whose strategic intent is to see

Nigeria disintegrate. The Saudis

have been in the business of

marketing their backward Wahhabi

ideology to spread treachery across

the world while legitimating their

Byzantine rule at home.

Foreign powers are keenly aware

that Nigeria, all things being equal,

is destined to be a world power in the

twenty-first century. By 2050, our

population is forecast to reach 410

million, surpassing the United States

and only behind China and India.

We are endowed with abundant

natural resources. Despite the racist

IQ propaganda, Nigerian students

outclass their peers at top Ivy League

institutions. We are a self-confident

people, some of whose ancient

cultures date back to the Egypt of

the Pharaohs.

Like Archimedes the Greek

mathematician, Nigerians demand

a place to stand so that they can move

the world. We are the only bulwark

preventing our glorious continent

from becoming the playing field of

empires as it has been for the better

part of a millennium.

I am an admirer of the ancient

Yoruba culture and its great

republican ideals. I know that

tyranny is anathema to Yoruba

civilisation. My hero Chief Obafemi

Awolowo is the highest embodiment

of the Yoruba spirit of excellence,

resilience and hope.

Whilst appreciating those who are

embittered and dispirited, I am

persuaded that this is no time to give

up on Nigeria.

We are greater together than

divided. But it would have to be on

the basis of a reformed federation

that guarantees freedom, justice and

equality for all. We must mobilise a

moral coalition of patriots who

believe in Nigeria and in her

manifest destiny among the nations

of the earth. The entirety of the Black

world looks up to us. We cannot fail

them.

CBN: Battling smuggling and economic sabotage

By Arize Nwobu

ECONOMIC sabotage by citizens is a

deliberate act to flout economic policies

of a country which results to undermining,

weakening or destroying the economy. It is

one of the worst things to happen to a country

because the economy is the lifeblood of a

people. A booming economy is the delight of

citizens while a sabotaged and depressed

economy is a reproach. An undermined

economy can hardly grow and develop

optimally which can result in a vicious cycle

of poverty, outbreak of social vices and

insecurity which hinders investment and

perpetuates the vicious cycle.

In an article entitled: "Protecting the

Economy - Role of CBN”, published in the July

2017 issue of The Nigerian Stockbroker, the

official magazine of the Chartered Institute of

Stockbrokers, CIS, I had written among other

things, that the Nigerian economy could

qualify as one of the most sabotaged economies

in the world, and the sabotage was on all fronts

and perpetuated largely by Nigerians and

sometimes in collusion with foreigners.

Some of the perpetrators include many

businessmen and women, including those who

would obtain waivers and rake in stupendous

profits but would not pay commensurate taxes.

Former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosu,n

had noted that “it is a pity that Nigeria has one

of the lowest tax regime ratios globally at six

per cent; the only country that is lower than us

is Oman. We have so many wealthy

entrepreneurs who have managed to develop

the habit of not paying tax, we need to correct

that.”

Tax influences employment, household

income which in turn impact consumer

spending and investment. To not pay tax is to

undermine the economy by fueling

unemployment and constraining investments,

the reason governments all over the world take

it seriously. Other economic saboteurs include

some government officials at ministries and

agencies who circumvent and undermine state

policies for selfish gain, and smugglers of

goods and collusive law enforcement agents

at border posts and ports.

Smuggling is one of the serious problems

facing the Nigerian economy which has

contributed to its stunted growth. Greed for

wealth, ignorance and lack of patriotism have

been identified as major causes of smuggling.

In a report, World Bank had noted that N750

billion worth of different goods are smuggled

into Nigeria through Benin Republic alone

every year, with uncollected taxes and custom

duties which hinder economic growth.

It noted that $400 million representing about

25 per cent of the total current annual revenue

collected by the customs is lost through

smuggling across borders. Also, the Nigerian

Textile Manufacturers’ Association, NTMA,

reportedly noted that Nigeria losses $325

million yearly due to evasion of customs duty

and value added tax by smugglers of textile

materials.

According to experts, smuggling destroys the

local economy by impeding local production,

competition and growth of economy and leads

to lay-offs, bankruptcies, aggravation of

poverty and even destruction of health through

the importation of expired and fake drugs.

Smuggling undermines CBN policies aimed

at boosting local production, the reason the

apex bank recently declared ‘war’ on

smugglers. Recently, CBN Governor, Godwin

Emefiele, noted that CBN would call for and

investigate the accounts of any company

suspected to be involved in smuggling and

dumping to determine how they sourced

foreign exchange. If found guilty such company

would be charged for "money laundering”.

He said: “We will tag you an illegal importer

of foreign exchange into Nigeria and we will

write to all Nigerian banks and tell them to

close all the accounts of this company in

Nigeria, and all the accounts of top

management of this company in Nigeria,

because those top management members know

that what they are doing is illegal, they have to

pay a price for it so that people can learn to

obey and respect economic policies of the

country.”

It is remarkable that CBN has continued to

think outside the box in evolving policies aimed

at improving the economy with some positive

Smuggling is one of the

serious problems facing

the Nigerian economy

which has contributed to

its stunted growth

results. In a recent televised broadcast, notable

economist and chief executive officer,

Financial Derivatives Company, Bismark

Rewane, said there was a ‘’big upswing” in the

country’s trade balance between 2014 and

2019.

Trade balance is the difference between

exports and imports. According to Rewane,

the trade balance in 2014 was a negative N6

billion and N23.5 billion in 2019. He did not

give further insights for the "big upswing”

which may be partly connected with CBN’s

exclusion of 41 items from the interbank

foreign exchange market which has helped

to reduce the import bill.

Out of 19 economic indicators in the review

period, the economist noted that 11 returned

negative and eight positive. The positive

include the external reserves which increased

from $34billion in 2014 to $45 billion in 2019,

Ease of Doing Business which improved from

47 points in 2014 to 52 points in 2019 and

power generation which improved from 3790

megawatts in 2014 to 4,016 megawatts in

2019.

The negatives include external debt which

rose from $9 billion in 2014 to $25 billion in

2019, the buffers (difference between external

reserves and external debt) which decreased

from $24 billion in 2014 to $19 billion in 2019

and the Misery Index (measured by the sum of

inflation, unemployment and lending rates,

minus year-on-year per capita GDP) which

increased from 38.7 per cent in 2014 to 54.57

per cent in 2019 because of increased

unemployment plus underemployment which

also increased from 21.9 per cent in 2014 to

43.2 per cent in 2019.

The economy has been noted to remain on

the tough and rough path with fragile growth

which according to Rewane is just returning

to 2.03 per cent from 1.9 per cent.

Barring global imbalances which often

destabilise the economy because of overdependence

on oil over the years, it is

anticipated that existing CBN policies,

including the anti-smuggling, Real Sector

Support Facility, RSSF, Anchor Borrower’s

Programme, ABP, exclusion of 41 items from

the interbank foreign exchange market,

reduction of the Monetary Policy Rate, MPR

and concerted efforts by the fiscal authority,

will help to stimulate further growth in the

medium to long run.

*Nwobu, a business journalist, wrote from

Lagos

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Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019 — 33

Militants reveal those behind

botched N’Delta Republic

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By Emma Amaize,

Regional Editor,

South-South

A SABA—THE

Reformed Niger

Delta Avengers, RNDA,

and a coalition of nine other

militant groups, yesterday,

alleged that some corrupt

minded and disgruntled

leaders of Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, in

the region, who failed in

the last general election,

sponsored the failed bid by

some militants to declare a

Republic of Niger Delta.

General Commanding

Officer of RNDA, selfstyled

“Major General”

Johnmark Ezon-ebi, told

Vanguard, “The threat

statements were cooked-up

and sponsored by some

disgruntled corrupt

minded element and

leaders of the PDP in the

region having failed in the

just-concluded presidential

election.

“Among them are those

facing corruption charges

in the country under the

President Muhammadu

Buhari-led All Progressives

Congress, APC Federal

Government. The threat

from the non existent selfacclaimed

Niger Delta

Republic Freedom Fighters

was just another ploy by the

corrupt group of persons to

gain political recognition

from the Federal

Government.”

The militant leader, who

maintained that RNDA

members accepted

ceasefire since 2016 and

were agitating for practical

development of the region,

called on “every son and

daughter of the Niger Delta

region, leaders and

stakeholders to set aside

tribalism and support

Buhari to get the best for

Niger Delta in his second

term in office.

“The RNDA and

coalition of nine militant

groups in the creeks want

to warn those behind the

careless statements of

threat to declare Niger

Delta Republic to hide

their faces in shame

because the good people

of Niger Delta cannot be

caged under the

dictatorship of one man or

group of individuals.''

Crisis looms in Delta communities

over plan to change Abigborodo

Oil Well 1

By Gab Ejuwa

CRISIS is brewing

between Abigborodo

community in Warri North

Local Government Area of

Delta State and a

neighbouring community

(name withheld) over the

said community’s claim of

the Abigborodo Well 1 as

her own.

A statement by Monday

Agbeyi and Godfrey

Ogbayi, Chairman and

Secretary of Abigborodo

community respectively,

called on the management

of Chevron Nigeria Limited

to beware of the antics of

the said community in

calling for a change of name

of Abigborodo oil Well 1.

The community advised

Chevron to disregard the

unpopular call by the

nearby community for a

change in name of the Oil

Well head to avoid breach

of peace in the area. The

statement added that the

land in question belongs to

Abigborodo community.

The people of Abigborodo

community explained in

the statement that the

boundary between

Abigborodo and the said

community from the

beginning is Uton-

Iyatsere, a natural creek

which flows from the

Mayuku creek to River

Ethiope, adding “It is a

historical fact and it

remains unchangeable.”

Evwreni conference, election

holds June 28, 29

AS the tenure of the

current executive of

the clan headed by Chief

Victor Ohare ends in two

weeks time, the meeting of

the National Executive

Committee, NEC of

Evwreni

Clan

Improvement Union, ECIU

in Ugheli North, Delta State

has fixed conference/

election of the clan for June

28 and 29.

A member of the electoral

committee, who spoke to

newsmen on condition of

anonymity after the NEC

meeting, said the ECIU

President General position

is known for a single term

of three years, adding “The

incumbent President

General was sworn in on

June 25, 2016 and

therefore, the tenure will

end on June 24, 2019.

“However, because a

member of the exco did not

want to go, he attempted

through some members of

NEC to foist a tenure

extension of one year on

the clan. The tenure

extension was stoutly

resisted as it goes against

ECIU constitution.

“The king and a majority

of members opposed the

move. They insisted that

the constitution provided

for a maximum of three

months between the NEC

meeting and the elections

cum conference date andt

that the conference to elect

new executives must hold

on June 28 and 29.''

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Trustees, Charles Omoera; Laliga Delegate in Nigeria, Guillermo Perez-Castello and Head of Marketing PZ

Cussons, Consumer, Mr. Charles Nnochiri at the 2019 Higher Institutions Football League Draws in Lagos.

Delta Assembly re-elects Oborevwori as

Speaker •Okowa, NUJ hail his election

By Festus Ahon,

Perez Brisibe &

Ochuko Akuopha

ASABA—DELTA State

House of Assembly

has re-elected Mr Sheriff

Oborevwori from Okpe

State constituency as

Speaker of the Seventh

Assembly.

He was elected Speaker of

the last Assembly on May

11, 2017, following the

removal of the then speaker,

Chief Monday Igbuya.

The House was

inaugurated yesterday,

following a proclamation

letter from Governor Ifeanyi

Okowa, which was read by

the Clerk of the House, Mrs

Lyna Ochulor. The House

also elected Christopher

Ochor as Deputy Speaker.

Ochor is from Ukwuani State

Constituency.

Oborevwori was reelected

following the

unanimous adoption of his

nomination by the member

representing Isoko North,

Tim Owhefere and

seconded by Festus Okoh,

Ika South.

Ochor emerged as Deputy

Speaker following a motion

moved and seconded by

Anthony Elekeokuri, Ika

North East and Rueben

Izeze, Ughelli South

respectively.

Meanwhile, Governor

Okowa, yesterday,

congratulated Oborevwori

and Ochor on their election

as Speaker and Deputy

Speaker.

This came as the state

council of the Nigeria Union

of Journalists, NUJ,

applauded the election of

the duo, urging the House

to “Take as paramount the

legislation of laws for the

general improvement of the

standard of living of Deltans,

particularly in checking

youth employment and

entrenching social

insurance schemes in line

with the stronger Delta

agenda of Okowa.”

Okowa in a statement,

expressed optimism that

Oborevwori and Ochor

would bring their

experience to bear in the

discharge of their duties.

He said, “As governor of

our dear state, I promise to

give my total support to the

House and anything that

will be required to ensure

that you discharge your

responsibilities fully without

any inconveniences.

“Our people have

entrusted us with this

special mandate with a

resounding victory in the

last elections, the least we

can do for them is to ensure

that we make good laws for

the good governance,

security of lives and

property and ensure service

to the people for a Stronger

Delta.”

Meanwhile, the state

council of NUJ in a

statement by its Chairman,

Mr Michael Ikeogwu and

Secretary, Comrade

By Emem Idio

Y ENAGOA—

FORMER Director-

General and Executive

Officer of Nigeria Atomic

Energy Commission,

NAEC, Dr Franklin Osaisai,

has formally declared his

intention to contest the forth

coming governorship poll of

Bayelsa State on the

platform of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP.

Osaisai made his

intentions known weekend,

in his country home at

Koluama II community in

Southern Ijaw Local

Government Area, during a

special church service at the

St John’s Anglican, tagged

‘Solemn Declaration of

Intention.’

He said he was aspiring

to a senior responsibility to

be the next governor of the

oil rich state to bring human

and infrastructural

sustainable development to

all parts of the state.

At the church service

graced by some members

of the Bayelsa State

Founding Fathers Forum,

politicians, monarchs, the

clergy and a cross section

of women and youths, Dr

Osaisai said: “The basis for

anything we do, is for it to

Churchill Oyowe, described

the re-election of Oborevwori

as a show of confidence in

his leadership of the House

at the Sixth Assembly.

The union advised the

House “to see the smooth

enthronement of its new

leadership as a sign of

oneness and the

willingness to work as a

team in the Seventh

Assembly by upholding its

constitutional role of checks

and balance to the

executive.”

In his acceptance speech,

Oborevwori thanked his

colleagues for electing him

as Speaker of the Seventh

Assembly, noting “By this

show of love and trust, we

have today set an indelible

record in the history of our

state legislature. We give

God the praise.

“I am aware of the

challenges that come with

this responsibility, and I can

assure you that I will not

take it for granted. Be rest

assured that I will always

draw on your advice and

cooperation, and also strive

to the best of my abilities to

deliver on this mandate

with diligence, dignity and

honour.

“Going forward, we will

stress the need for

improvement of the internal

operations of the House,

improvement of internal

and

external

communications and

collaboration with civil

society organisations/

development partners. I

believe as a team, we can

make our Assembly the

envy of other state

legislatures.''

Why I want to be Bayelsa’s next gov — OSAISAI

be successful, we have to do

what is physically possible

but there is Almighty

that directs all affairs and

that is why we called it a

Solemn Declaration, that

means committing the

project to God to guide

us, to give us the needed

wisdom and also the perseverance

and courage to

do what is necessary to ensure

that we are victorious

to serve as the next governor

of the state.

“On sustainable

development, we will do all

that is needed to ensure

there is progress on the

human level and there is

also development on

infrastructural level, that I

believe any reasonable

person who wants to be a

governor would do.''

Respite underway for oil-rich

Delta community

By Jimitota Onoyume

W

A R R I —

POLOBUBO

(Tsekelewu) community in

Warri North Local

Government Area of Delta

State, has heaved a sigh of

relief with the assurance

from the state government

to work with stakeholders

to resolve environmental

challenges arising from oil

activities in the area.

Deputy governor of the

state, Mr Kingsley Otuaro

who addressed protesters

from the community at the

Government House,

Annex, Warri said that the

government would meet

with Chevron to see to the

end of the burning Well

head in the area.

National President of

Polobubo (Tsekelewu)

National Council, PNC, Mr

Ebilate Mac-Yoroki said the

Well head fire had brought

massive pollution to the

area, noting that steps

should be taken to put it out.

“We need Chevron to

immediately stop this fire,

the gas and smoke

emission. The company

should immediately send

qualified medical doctors to

start attending to the sick

and weak in the community,

we don’t need to die before

they believe that their

activities are seriously

affecting us adversely.''


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Mbisiogu tasks Ihedioha on

reconciliation, industrialisation

By Charles

Kumolu

CHAIRMAN of Blue

Diamond Logistics,

and Shanghai

Engineering Works, Mr.

Festus Mbisiogu, has

called on Governor Emeka

Ihedioha of Imo State to

prioritise reconciliation of

the people of the state in

order to have the needed

peace required for

development.

He also urged the

governor to consider

industrialisation as an

important task, noting that

an industrialised Imo

could become the

economic hub of the

South-East.

Briefing newsmen

yesterday in Owerri,

Mbisiogu, who said he

was impressed by the

emergence of the

governor, said efforts

should be made to have

sustainable power supply

in the state.

His words: “As a

stakeholder in the Imo

project, I consider it very

imperative to welcome the

governor to the helm of

affairs and as well, bring

to his notice our desire for

the state.

“Imo has the potential to

become an economic hub.

We have the industries,

manpower and the

resources to achieve that.

“What is required is a

By Chinedu

Adonu

ENUGU

State

lawmakers,

yesterday, re-elected the

former Speaker, Edward

Ubosi, as Speaker to pilot

the affairs of the 7th

assembly.

Ubosi, who is serving his

third term in the House, is

the member representing

Enugu East Urban

Constituency.

House members also

elected a first timer to the

House, Uche Ugwu(Udi

North constituency) as the

Deputy Speaker to replace

Dons Uzogbado, who is

from Oji River

constituency.

The former leader of the

Assembly, Melitus

Ezeugwu representing

Udenu Constituency, was

also re-elected into his

position.

Member representing

Enugu South Rural, Mary

Onyinye, also retained her

position as the Deputy

Leader of the House.

New member

leadership with vision

and rigour. There is no

doubt that our amiable

governor is an

embodiment of these

leadership qualities.

“The governor should

create mini-industrial

parks in all the 27 local

government areas in

Imo. The industries

should focus mainly on

food,meat and fruit

processing among

others. With this, more

jobs would be created

and unemployment will

be on the low.

“Therefore, we implore

him to see

industrialisation of the

state as an important task

to accomplish. We

implore him to put

machinery in place that

would address all the

challenges that militate

against industrialisation

and employment in our

state by creating the

enabling business

environment to attract

investors.

“Also, the governor

should engage captains

of industries in Imo State

in a round table

discussion.

“Security of life and

property is very

imperative because no

m e a n i n g f u l

development takes place

in a hostile

environment, where

thugs operate freely.”

Ubosi re-elected Speaker

Enugu Assembly

representing Awgu

North Constituency,

Jane Eneh was elected

Chief Whip, while the

former Deputy Chief

Whip, Ethel Ugwuanyi,

retained her position.

Leader of the House,

Ezeugwu nominated

Speaker Ubosi to be reelected,

while the

member representing

Nkanu West, Paul

Nnajiofor, seconded it.

Ezeugwu said he had

known Ubosi for the past

eight years, saying he

was a good leader.

By Vincent

Ujumadu

A WKA—PROFESSOR

Charles Esimone, 49,

has formally taken over as

the new Vice Chancellor of

Nnamdi Azikiwe

University and has set an

agenda for the institution to

attain in the next five years.

After receiving the

handover note from his

predecessor, Professor

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Idachaba; Director, Research and Development, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Mr. Ephraim

Nwokonneya; Director, Legal and Regulatory Services, NCC, Mrs. Yetunde Akinloye; Deputy Vice

Chancellor, Academics and Research, University of Lagos, UNILAG, , Professor Oluwole Familom; Chief

Executive Officer, Mainone Nigeria Limited, Funke Opeke, and Dean, Faculty of Technology, Obafemi

Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Aderounmu Adesola, during the forum on Emerging Technologies

Research and ICT Innovation at UNILAG, yesterday.

Ifeanyi Ubah emerges YPP

National Leader

By Michael Eboh

& Princess Owoh

YOUNG Progressives

Party, YPP, yesterday,

appointed the founder of

Capital Oil and Gas, Mr.

Ifeanyi Ubah as its national

leader.

Ubah, according to a

statement by the party in

Abuja, was appointed at the

YPP stakeholders’

engagement to mark the

second anniversary of the

party.

Speaking after the

appointment, Ubah vowed

never to leave the party,

APC lacks national consciousness,

Gbaja should withdraw—Udeogaranya

Aformer presidential

aspirant on the

platform of All Progressives

Congress, APC, who later

defected to the opposition

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP,

Charles

Udeogaranya, has called

on Femi Gbajabiamila, to

withdraw from the House

of Representatives

Speakership race, as

according to him, APC

lacks national

consciousness.

He added that naivety

and inexperience are two

Joseph Ahaneku, Esimone

read what could easily pass

as the riot act to the

university community,

threatening to declare

redundant staff members

found to be unproductive.

As the former Vice

Chancellor in charge of

administration in the

university, Esimone is very

conversant with the goings

on in the institution.

The university community

stating that he would

always remain grateful to

the party for helping him

achieve his ambition.

He said: “What I have

been searching for

politically, YPP has given it

to me. So, what on earth will

I go to another party for?

“I was in the other parties

for almost everybody

but nobody gave me the

platform to become what I

was looking for.

“I am not the ‘eat and

leave’ type of politician. I

do not believe in that. I am

a very contented human

being and everyone knows

ingredients that lead to

failure in governance.

In a statement yesterday,

Udeogaranya said APC

remains a permanent place

of abode for incompetence.

His words: “When I was

in APC, I had advised the

party to emulate the PDP

experience in the conduct

of party primaries, where

PDP had scheduled and

announced sales of forms

two months ahead of INEC

deadline. My counsel was

ignored

and

consequences abound,

Esimone mounts the saddle as 6th Unizik VC

is aware that as a senior

pastor of the Deeper Life

Bible Church, Esimone

would not spare any person

who might infringe on the

rules governing the

operations of the university.

According to him, there

would be zero tolerance to

plagiarism, sexual

harassment and

inducement, adding that a

mechanism would be put in

place to identify culprits.

my pedigree. For me, I am

here to build this party.

“A journey of a million

miles starts with a step. We

have to make it for the

generation to know that we

came, we saw and we

conquered.”

He added that

notwithstanding the

challenges, YPP is

strategising to take over

political power in the years

ahead, noting that the party

was the party to watch out

for.

According to him, “my

word to Nigerians is that

they should watch the

performance of YPP in the

Ninth Senate. The journey

of a million miles starts with

with Zamfara State

elections topping the list.

“Once again, let us recall

that when we started off

this fourth republic, we

recognised six geo-political

zones as the six pillars of

governance and attached to

them, six principal

positions as drivers of the

second phase of our

constitutional counsel,

whereby we are directed to

ensure that the loyalty of all

Nigerians are accomodated

by ensuring that they are

all equally posited in the

top echelon of governance.

The "Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP-led government

ensured that all the six geopolitical

zones were

represented and so we had

President Obasanjo

representing South-West,

Vice President Atiku for

North East, Senate

President Enwerem for

South-East, Speaker Umar

Nabba for North -West,

SGF Ufot for South-South

and Deputy Senate

President Ibrahim Mantu

for North Central."

a step and I believe that the

Ninth Senate will give us

the platform to demonstrate

what YPP really means for

Nigeria.”

Ubah debunked claims

that his support for Ahmed

Lawan in the contest for the

President of the Senate was

to curry favour in his

election petition case,

noting that his decision to

support Lawan was the

decision of YPP.

He said: “From day one,

I have always had my

position. I have consulted

with my party, we looked

at his pedigree, his resume

and found out that he is the

person we want to support.

“Even if he does not make

it, I will still work with him

as the Leader of the Senate.

I am a single YPP Senator;

I need to form alliance

in the Senate.”

For us, Nigeria comes

first—YPP Chair

Also speaking,

chairman of YPP, Bishop

Amakiri, disclosed that

YPP is still active even

after the elections, adding

that the party is currently

brainstorming on how to

put the country on the

right track.

He said: “Nigeria

should begin to think

towards the direction of

YPP so that we will bring

new breed of politicians,

without greed, that will

address the problem of

leadership deficit

in Nigeria.

“I am not greedy, I am

content. I may not be a

billionaire but I think I am

content by the grace of

God. I have ensured that

the interests of Nigerians

surpass my interest.

“We want to mentor our

younger generation; what

we passed through, we will

not allow our younger

generation to experience.”


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50 Delta riverine

communities to benefit

from FG new power project

By Emma Amaize

WARRI—

THE

Federal Government

has approved a new power

project to address the

energy demand of 50

riverine communities at

Escravos and environs in

Warri South-West and Warri

North Local Government

Areas, Delta State.

Deputy Governor of Delta

State, Mr Kingsley Otuaro,

who disclosed this at a

follow-up meeting of the

state government with

Chevron Nigeria Limited,

CNL, stakeholders and

Kokodiagbene community,

which shut down the

company’s Otunana flow

station recently, in Warri,

said the state government

facilitated the process.

Otuaro, who is

Chairman, Delta State

Advocacy Committee

Against Vandalism of Oil

and Gas Facilities, also

disclosed that Governor

Ifeanyi Okowa had

approved the location of

one project each in

Gbaramatu and Egbema

kingdoms.

He said: “The two

projects for Egbema and

Gbaramatu Kingdoms are

in addition to what the

Delta State government

had already done in the

riverine areas as a

responsible and responsive

government.

“The Okowa-led

government, which is

executing the Ayakoromo

bridge, will do more in this

second tenure in the Ijaw

area. The two projects for

now also signpost our

readiness to drive a process

that could address

demands of the oil-bearing

communities.

“Going forward, we will

split into a smaller

committee to look and think

deep into the checklist of

demands and consider

deliverable. That is the way

to go. I can tell you the

Delta State government

will drive the process on the

way forward on the

pending issues of concern

but we must give time to the

process.”

Earlier, at the gate of the

Governor’s Office Annexe,

Warri, venue of the

meeting, Otuaro calmed

protesters from

Kpalakpalabou and

Polobubor communities in

Warri North council.

They complained that

billows of smoke from a

Chevron well-head that

caught fire, killed an

asthma patient earlier in

the day even as the

resultant oil spill polluted

drinking waters and made

children sick in the

communities.

A-Ibom 7th Assembly

elects Bassey speaker

By Chioma

Onuegbu

UYO

—MEMBER

representing Uruan

State constituency, Aniekan

Bassey, has emerged

Speaker of the 7th Akwa

Ibom State House of

Assembly.

The emergence of Bassey,

who is also a returning

member, followed the

unanimous decision of the

members of the House as

there was no objection to

his nomination.

The member representing

Onna State constituency

where Governor Udom

Emmanuel hails, Nse

Essien, moved the motion

for Bassey’s nomination as

Speaker and seconded by

Nsit Atai lawmaker, Mark

Esset.

Similarly, Princess Felicia

Bassey, member

representing Okobo State

constituency was re-elected

as the deputy speaker of the

7th Assembly.

Uduak Udoudo of Ikot

Abasi/Eastern Obolo State

constituency moved the

motion to nominate Felicia

Bassey, deputy Speaker

while the motion was

seconded by Emmanuel

Bassey, representing Ini

State Constituency.

In his acceptance speech,

Bassey thanked his

colleagues for finding him

worthy to lead them in the

7th Assembly.

Bassey assured his

colleagues that he would

provide excellent

leadership and

harmonious relationship

throughout his tenure.

He said, “Today marks

the beginning of a new

dawn as both returning

and newly elected

members reposed

confidence in me by

choosing me as the Speaker

of this House.

“It is indeed the first time

Akwa Ibom State House of

Assembly spoke with one

voice and I thank you all

for finding me worthy to be

the leader of the 7th Akwa

Ibom Assembly.

“Let me assure my

colleagues and Akwa Ibom

people that I will not take

the responsibility placed in

me for granted. Let it be

known that we all belong

together, we all need each

other in making sacrifice for

the common good of the

people.”

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Campos Stadium, Lagos.

500 level Law student emerges

Plateau Assembly speaker

•As Katsina, Nasarawa re-elect speakers

By Bashir Bello,

Marie-Therese

Nanlong & David

Odama

J representing OS—MEMBER

Jos East

constituency in the Plateau

State House of Assembly,

Abok Nuhu, was yesterday,

elected speaker of the state

assembly while the

immediate past deputy

speaker, Saleh Yipmong,

representing Dengi

Constituency, was

returned.

Nuhu, 34, is a 500 Level

Law student of the

University of Jos, and a

fresh member, while

Yipmong is serving his

second term in the House.

He was surprisingly

nominated for the position

by the member

representing Jos North-

North Constituency, Baba

Hassan, a 4th time member

who was equally interested

in the seat.

Nuhu’s nomination was

seconded by Simi Dusu

representing Jos North-

West.

The nomination was

Tidi hails inauguration of

lawmakers, promises robust

relationship

By Jimitota

Onoyume

WARRI —

CHAIRMAN, Warri

South Local Government

Area, Delta State, Dr

Michael Tidi, has hailed

the inauguration of the

members representing

Warri South constituency 1

and 2 in the Delta State

House of Assembly, Dr

Augustine Uroye, and Mr

Mathew Opuoru,

promising to work with

them to attract more

development to the council.

Tidi in a statement after

the inauguration of the

lawmakers, yesterday, said

he was hopeful they would

drive laws that would take

the council to greater

heights.

He said: “I am optimistic

that Uroye, a former Warri

South Local Government

Transition Committee

Chairman, and Mr

Opuoru, an ex-Senior

Special Assistant to

Governor Okowa on

Political Matters, will

initiate people-driven laws

that would ensure a

stronger Delta State and

meet the yearnings of Warri

South people.

“They should be assured

of the support of the council

with a view to enhancing

the general well-being of

Wafarians.”

unopposed following

which members

unanimously elected him

speaker.

Acting Clerk of the

House, Mamven Wuyep,

inaugurated the 9th

Assembly.

Katsina Assembly

e-elects Maigari

as speaker

However, in Kastina State,

the state House of Assembly,

yesterday, at the

resumption of its 7th

assembly re-elected

member representing

Zango Constituency, Tasi’u

Musa Maigari as its

speaker.

The House also re-elected

member representing

Faskari Constituency,

Shehu Dalhatu Tafoki as

deputy speaker.

The Clerk of the house,

Musa Bakori, declared

Tasiu and Shehu as the

EFCC charges Borno officials

for misappropriation of

N517.2m

By Ndahi

Marama

M ECONOMIC AIDUGURI—

and

Financial Crimes

Commission, EFCC, has

charged a top official of

Borno State government

and two others to court for

alleged misappropriation

of N517.2 million.

According to the charge

sheet at High Court in

Maiduguri, Chief

Accounting Officer, Borno

State Roads Maintenance

Agency, BORMA,

allegedly inflated prices of

products with forged

receipts of different

companies.

Of the 17 charges, the top

official also allegedly

accumulated N24.49

million purported invoices

of Attaye Global & Sons

Limited on April 2 and 3,

2011, March 30, 2011, June

22, 2011 and December 28,

2011 to procure diesel for

the agency.

The fourth charge read in

part: “The preference you

(government official) knew

to be false and there by

committed an offence

contrary to Section 1(1) (a)

of advance fee fraud and

other related offences

Act 2006 punishable

under section 1 (3) of the

same Act.

Spokesman of EFCC

regional office, Jamilu Sale,

however; said the sitting of

High Court could not

holdyesterday because the

presiding judge was

absent.

speaker and deputy

speaker of the 7th

Assembly, respectively after

an election conducted

during inauguration and

resumption of the assembly.

Bakori said Tasi’u was reelected

after polling 18

votes to defeat his closest

rival and member

representing Daura

Constituency, Nasiru

Yahaya who polled 16

votes.

The Clerk of the House

also said Tafoki was

returned as deputy speaker

after polling 20 votes

against member

representing Bakori

Constituency, Abdulrasaq

Ismail Tsiga’s 14 votes.

Nasarawa speaker,

deputy returned

unopposed

In Lafia, incumbent

Speaker of Nasarawa State

House of Assembly,

Ibrahim-Balarabe

Abdullahi, was, yesterday,

returned unopposed as

speaker during the

inauguration of the 6th

Assembly in Lafia.

The House unanimously

returned the speaker and

the deputy for the 6th

Assembly in the state.

The speaker was swornin

by the Clerk of the

Assembly, Mr Ego

Abashe, for a second term.

NehemiahDandaura,

APC member representing

Akwanga North state

constituency was also

returned unopposed as

deputy speaker.

The speaker was

nominated by his major

challenger for the

speakership position,

Mohammed Okpoku

(APC, Udiege/Loki) and

the nomination was

seconded by Aliyu Dogara

(APC, Wamba).

Okpoku explained that

his withdrawal from the

contest was in the interest

of the state and in

recognition of the

leadership qualities and

track records of the

incumbent speaker.


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NNPC to revisit recruitment exercise, restates commitment to

transparency

our activities, the unfettered

By Emeka Anaeto

THE Nigerian National

Petroleum Corporation,

NNPC, has given the

indication that it would be

looking into complaints of

some of the over 60,000

applicants seeking for

employment into the

corporation.

The NNPC had used a

computer-based test (CBT)

was the first time such an

exercise would take place

at the corporation, through

advertisement and

invitation for written test

before oral interview, all

conducted in-house

without the use of

consultants. Some of the

candidates for the CBT in

Abuja had expressed

frustrations over 'technical

glitches and timing out'

before the allotted time.

A handful of the applicants

at the Abuja centers in

Gawarimpa and Jabi areas,

had said their computers

logged them out about 30

minutes before the time

allotted lapsed.

But, the Group Managing

Director of the NNPC, Dr.

Maikanti Baru, in his

desire to carry out a

transparent recruitment

exercise promised to look

into the complaints of some

of the candidates. Baru,

had said he has directed a

"fair assessment'' of all those

with genuine complaints.

He stated: "I will check and

since they are many I will

direct a fair resolution: to

grade them based on what

they were able to attempt for

the time they spent. "I have

already directed the Chief

Operating Officer, Corporate

Services (COO, CS) to

consider the grading to the

few affected and lodge the

complaint to their

invigilators/supervisors," he

had said.

However, thousands of

applicants commended the

NNPC for a transparent

selection through the CBT.

This, according to them,

shows that Baru and his

management are working

round the clock to turn

around the fortunes of the

Corporation.

It should be noted that when

he was appointed in 2016,

he inherited a Corporation

in decay and in dire need of

a new direction.

In line with the anticorruption

policy of the

Buhari administration, he

unveiled a 12-point agenda

designed to cleanse and

revive the corporation.

The 12-point agenda

represented a concerted

effort to make a clean break

with the past. Under his

guidance, NNPC

commenced and completed

the repair of critical oil and

gas infrastructure leading

to the deferment of about

700,000 bpd. The

corporation commenced

and completed the repair

of the vandalised 36" and

42" IT Export pipeline

leading to the restoration

of production operations

from NNPC/MPN.

He has remained focus in

ensuring that

transparency and

accountability are

entrenched at the NNPC.

Baru recently said the

NNPC is currently

among the most

transparent in the country

considering the

achievements recorded in

recent time.

He had stated that efforts

were on to disabuse the

mind-set of Nigerians that

wrong things were

happening at the NNPC.

Represented by the Group

General Manager, Crude

Oil Marketing Division,

NNPC, Mr. Mele Kyari,

at a recent forum, the

NNPC boss had argued

that things had taken a

turn for the better at the

national oil firm,

especially in the last three

years.

Baru stated, "We have

never had it so good in

this country in the last two

years in terms of

transparency of our

transactions, validation of

and unobstructed

participation of the

Secretary to the

Government of the

Federation, who has never

asked us to do anything

different.

"Today, we need to get

people out of the mind-set

that something wrong is

happening in the NNPC.

Nothing wrong is

happening. We have

passed that stage. We are

now probably one of the

most transparent

companies in this country."

He added, "We have seen a

number of governments;

worked with a number of

them, but probably, we have

not had the opportunity to

put our cards on the table as

we did in the last two years.

That makes it easy for us to

align with the EITI's

objectives and opportunities

that are there to do even

greater things for our

country.

In his own presentation at

the event, Kyari stated that

since May 2015, the oil firm

had taken several measures

to promote transparency,

such as the elimination of

dual pricing for domestic

crude allocation and

automation of its

transactions.

He said the NNPC had

increased the auditing of its

operations, including third

party and the direct sale of

• GMD, NNPC, Maikanti Baru

crude oil to refineries,

reputable traders, upstream

companies and Nigerian

entities.

In line with its drive to

ensure transparency, the

corporation had unveiled its

group financial statements

from 2011 to 2016, which is

something rare at the NNPC.

The NNPC said the delivery

of the audited financial

statements was to help foster

better relations with

stakeholders and promote

transparency and

accountability in the

corporation. It disclosed that

its aim was to achieve a clean

slate dated back to August

2015, stating that it inherited

a total of 65 unaudited

financial statements for the

NNPC and its subsidiaries,

covering from the previous

government.

A statement issued in Abuja

by the NNPC's

spokesperson, Ndu

Ughamadu, added: "There

were, undoubtedly,

challenges that led to the

backlog, which may have

been beyond the control of

the previous management.

However, the important

factor was not to look to the

past.

/


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019 — 45

World Environment Day: Stak

akeholder

eholders s canvass ass renewable, clean energy

sustainably and be

to eliminate air pollution

deliberate about

By Kingsley Adegboye

G overnments,

agencies and

NGOs across the world

last week commemorated

World Environment Day

for this year, which is the

United Nations’ biggest

annual event for positive

environmental action,

encouraging worldwide

awareness and

commitment to protect our

planet.

This year’s celebrations,

held under the theme

“Beat Air Pollution”, called

upon people to explore

renewable energy and

green technologies, and

improve air quality in

cities and regions across

the world, as more than six

billion people, one/third of

them children, regularly

breathe air that is so

polluted that puts their

health and well-being at

risk.

In Nigeria, stakeholders

who gathered under

various environmental

NGOs to mark the Day,

called on Nigerians to

explore and adopt

renewable energy, clean

energy, and live a

sustainable life in order to

improve the quality of air

we breathe in.

Speaking during the

celebration, the Director-

General, Nigerian

Conservation Foundation

NCF, Muhtari Aminu-

Kano, stated that “Asides

the effects of air pollution

on the environment such

as global warming, acid

rain, etc., they have

alarming effects on human

respiration and health

generally. The good news

is, we can fix this by

embracing practices such

as agro-forestry practices,

use of clean energy

sources like hydro/solar,

energy conserving stoves

etc.

“NCF is imploring

Nigerians to explore and

adopt renewable energy,

clean energy, live

conservation to improve

the quality of air we

breathe in.

World Environment Day,

celebrated since 1974 on

June 5, every year, is the

United Nations day for

encouraging worldwide

awareness and action to

protect the environment”,

NCF boss noted.

In his remark at an event

organised by Sustainable

Research and Action for

Environmental

Development SRADev

Nigeria, to mark the Day,

SRADev’s Executive

Director, Leslie Adogame,

said “Air pollution is a

deadly, man-made

problem, responsible for

the early deaths of some

seven million people every

year, 600,000 of whom are

children. It is estimated

that 90 per cent of the

world’s population

breathe polluted air.

“Every five seconds,

somebody around the

world dies prematurely as

a result of polluted air. In

Nigeria, the situation is

alarming and remotely the

major cause of untimely

deaths today, and as civil

societies, we are deeply

concerned about the

continued lip-service

attention of the

government”.

According to Adogame,

in Nigeria today, polluted

air is creating a national

public health emergency,

especially in all urban

cities, adding that it

threatens everyone from

unborn babies to children

walking to school, to

women selling their wares

in the open, to industrial

workers, and even

unsuspecting residential/

commercial dwellers to

every office worker.

“On the street and inside

the house, the sources of

air pollution are

noticeably seen and

evidently alarming with

deadly effects such as

asthma, other respiratory

illnesses and heart

diseases etc over

stretching the nation’s

present inadequate

health infrastructure.

“As if that is not enough,

exposure to dirty air also

harms

brain

development, leading to

cognitive and motor

impairments, while at the

same time putting

children at greater risk for

chronic disease later in

life.

“As we mark the World

Environment Day today,

SRADeV Nigeria, a

SAICM United Nations

NGOs focal point of

chemical pollution and

management in Nigeria,

urges the Federal and

State governments and

the legislatures to take

bold action to beat air

pollution, improve health,

address climate change,

and fulfil citizens’ human

rights obligations.

“Pollution and poverty

go hand in hand. Nigeria

has been described as the

‘poverty capital of the

world’. The implication is

that more people will likely

die from air pollutionrelated

diseases in the

coming years if urgent

public emergency action

plans are not put in place”,

Adogame said.

Lamenting further, he

noted that another

concern is that, in the

quest for attracting

foreign investment for

local growth and

e m p l o y m e n t

opportunities, Nigeria

in the past 20 years has

slid to become a

dumping ground for all

kinds of unregulated

‘unsound’ industrial

practices and activities.

Thanking President

Buhari for recently

addressing the ongoing

theft of Nigerian jobs by

foreigners particularly

Chinese and Indians,

he stated that “Our

recent survey carried

out between September

2018 and February

2019, at the new Lagos-

Ogun state industrial

corridor - Ikorodu and

Ogijo communities,

revealed that about 90

per cent of industries

operating in those

locations (mostly owned

by Chinese and

Indians) are operating

below the required

environmentally

accepted standard.


46—Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019 — 47

By Kingsley Adegboye &

Olasunkanmi Akoni

Tthe effort of the federal gov

ernment in conjunction with

Lagos state government to sanitise

Apapa and its environs, and ensure

free flow of traffic into and out of

Apapa, the economic nerve centre

and financial hub of Nigeria, may

drag longer than expected, and this

why commuters, motorists and residents

of Apapa cannot heave a sigh

of relief yet.

This is because Vanguard's visit

to Apapa, starting from Berger Yard

of the Oahodi-Apapa Expressway

yesterday, showed the terrible state

of the ever busy expressway into

and out of Apapa as a result of neglect

of decades.

Our findings revealed that the

Apapa-Oshodi Expressway which

links the Murtala Muhammed International

Airport with two of the

nation's busiest seaports of Apapa

Wharf and Tin Can Island has failed

beyond imagination at several locations

which now causes pools of

stagnant 'lagoons' on the dual carriageway.

The craters on the express have

caused truck drivers, commuters,

motorists and cyclists to make use

of the service lane which condition

is not as deplorable as the express.

This is why vehicular movement

into Apapa is sluggish and takes

hours to navigate the chaotic traffic.

The condition of the road appears

worsen as one moves more into

Apapa, because after Coconut area,

a truck driver can wait for over an

hour before he can move for a few

second and stop. This situation is

like this to Tin Can port. For the

trucks going to Apapa port through

Creek Road, the situation is even

worse, as Creek Road is being reconstructed

to Tin Can Island.

The worst portions are Berger Yard

under bridge, Sunrise, Coconut area

and Tin Can. These failed sections

have particularly worsened the agonies

of motorists and commuters on

the expressway in the last few days,

with traffic stretching several kilometres

and lasting throughout the

day.

With the increasing flood, the road

has become a no-go area for smaller

cars and buses which could not

wade through the flood. Even the

failed parts of the road have also

continued to increase in size as the

flood washes off most parts of the

road.

As it is now, only trailers and heavy

trucks with big tyres and axles could

afford to wade through the road and

it takes them over six hours or more

to go through the distance of about

one kilometre. The effect of the flood

however has taken a toll on businesses

along the axis as many shop

owners had to close down.

Meanwhile, the Federal task

team on the restoration of law and

order as well as clean-up Apapa environs

ended it's two-week operation

last Friday, with some level of

sanity recorded, eventhough

truckers are still holding sway on

the ever busy Apapa/Oshodi Expressway.

Vice-Chairman of the team, comrade

Kayode Opeifa, who briefed

the media shortly after the media

tour of Apapa ports access roads and

environs to assess the work of the

task team after two weeks of operation,

expressed satisfaction with the

Gullies, craters, flood impede traffic

on Apapa-Oshodi Expressway

•Presidential task team renders account, says holistic approach way out of problems

•Apapa-Oshodi Expressway yesterday. Picture by Kingsley Adegboye

operation.

Opeifa, who expressed satisfaction

over the performance of the team

in the last two weeks, called on

stakeholders and the public for their

support and cooperation in order to

engender sustainable sanity, and

free flow of traffic in the axis.

Recall that, following persistent

gridlock around Apapa axis, particularly,

Apapa/Oshodi Expressway,

President Muhammadu

Buhari issued a 72 hour ultimatum

for removal of all trucks and trailers

off the roads and two weeks for restoration

of law and order around

Apapa Ports and environs.

He enumerated terms of reference

of the task team to include: Restoration

of law and order to Apapa Ports

and environs, decongestion of all

impediments in the axis, elimination

of extortionist tendencies

among security operatives and port

operators, ensure removal of trucks

from bridges and road and creation

of access roads for other motorists,

introduction of electronic call up system

for truckers, building of more

capacity to serve as loading bays for

Apapa Port and Tin-Can Port,

among others.

He said the team was able to

achieve about 100 per cent of terms

of reference which included short,

medium and long term solutions.

According to him, "We have been

able to eliminate the issue of extortion

levelled against the military task

force earlier set up for management

of traffic in the axis. You can take a

check round and ask the truckers

and port operators, they will tell you

things have changed for the good.

The achievement was however, due

to support and cooperation of all

stakeholders of which I can't practically

mention because they are numerous.

"Therefore, I am using this opportunity

to appeal to stakeholders and

members of the public to sustain

and even improve on the present

sanity, orderliness, and free flow of

traffic in Apapa and environs in the

interest of Lagosians, general public

and Nigeria as a whole", Opeifa

said.

Acknowledging the fact that there

were still some challenges facing

traffic situation along Oshodi-Apapa

Expressway, which he attributed to

poor condition of access roads as well

as portions of the dual carriageway,

Opeifa added that some unscrupulous

group of individuals he described

as saboteurs were equally

responsible for the chaos experienced

on the expressway, as they

The trucks we

are still seeing

on the roads

are the empty

container returning

trucks.

And one of our

terms of references

is to

work with NPA

to develop an

arrangement

on return of

empty containers

handling

policy.

used the traffic situation to benefit

themselves.

According to him, “From Ijora-

Olopa to Apapa Ports, we were able

to achieve 100 percent compliance

of what we were expected to

achieve in terms of eliminating extortion,

removal of trucks from the

bridges, deployment of effective traffic

management plan, giving an effective

and efficient transport management

direction as well as deploying

appropriate call up system.

“It is predicated upon the availability

and full operation of Lilypond

from terminal. Lilypond truck terminal

is available, courtesy of NPA,

which is now used as call-up centre.

However, we have not been able

to operate 24 hours from Lilypond

for now because they are still fixing

the flood light and security, and as

soon as that is completed, we will

be able to operate 24 hours. This is

just a matter of days.

“Now, from top of Marine Bridge

to Lilypond, empty containers can

be moved there. We have identified

some truck parks around the port

areas which we call approved truck

parks where truck drivers can sleep

with maximum capacity of 300

trucks. The charges range between

N1,000 and N3,000 per day with

all facilities of conveniences. This is

better than the extortion that we had

before now.

“We noticed that we still have trucks

from Marine Bridge to ports. That is a

port access road. The ideal thing is not

to allow any truck now but for the period

we are now, we are pushing trucks

faster so that Lilypond does not run

out of capacity. If we do not push those

trucks out, it will get out of capacity and

no other trucks will be able to enter.

These are some of the effective traffic

management direction. The trucks you

see there are to keep left lane.

“Some of them are going to Apapa

Port, while some are going to Tin-Can

Port. Those going to Apapa Port will

use Creek road access, which is under

reconstruction. Creek road to Tin Can

Port is also under construction. Tin-Can

port will accommodate about 1,000

empty containers and they told us they

cannot strain themselves beyond it.

“But beyond that, we also have other

port terminals which are handling other

goods like ABTL and Apapa port terminals

which are used to service

Folawiyo products. They bring in raw

material to produce finished products

and sell to Nigerians. That port is operating

on its own and all its operation

go through the same port gate. It is

like a border post, you can’t create too

many gates.

“We also have Green Deal, GDNL,

servicing Dangote sugar, flour, salt and

others. They are not having issues of

trucks on the road because they have

their trucks in Ogere and move enmass

to their own terminal.

“The trucks we are still seeing on

the roads are the empty container returning

trucks. And one of our terms of

references is to work with NPA to develop

an arrangement on return of

empty containers handling policy. The

major reason truckers stay on the road

is that the truck drivers are working for

freight forwarders and operators, and

they want beat demurrage from demurrage

collectors who are the shipping

companies.

“The Shippers Council, Nigeria Ports

Authority, NPA, and office of the Vice

President are working on that to make

sure that the demurrage is reduced so

that it will no longer put operators under

any pressure.

“So, it’s a holistic approach. Federal

Ministry of Works is working on the

bad portions of the road to make it

motorable. And Lagos State Government

has graciously, released the full

potential of LASTMA men through executive

order by the governor who himself

had visited the area.

“Also, with the release of Lagos State

Neighbourhood Safety Corps,

LSNSC, we have been able to clear

illegal occupiers under the Marine

Bridge for restoration of sanity. All these

are captured under the ease of doing

business by all stakeholders including,

realtors, hoteliers, residents, motorists

and others to be able to run their businesses

and make good returns on their

investments.

“We once had wharf rats, they used

to create problems at the ports, and

Nigerian government has solved that,

how come we will not solve the menace

of truckers. We will solve it in a way

that every stakeholder and Nigerians

will be happy at the end of the day”,

Opeifa assured.


48—Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019

Childhood cancer, next epidemic in

Nigeria — EXPERTS

.Say lack of prioritisation, late diagnosis, high cost of treatment, fake drugs fuelling scourge

By Sola Ogundipe &

Chioma Obinna

HEALTH experts have

raised alarm about

the growing incidence of

childhood cancers in

Nigeria even as they

expressed fears that an

epidemic is in the making.

The experts who spoke

during a programme on

Good Health Weekly on

Vanguard Live warned that

childhood cancer was

already an emergency and

could become more

devastating except urgent

measures are put in place

to arrest the trend.

They stated that less than

2 out of 10 cancer cases in

children aged 0-19 are

diagnosed each year in the

country, an indication that

an epidemic of childhood

cancer is imminent.

Confirming the surge in

childhood cancers, a

Consultant Oncologist and

Specialist in Paediatric

cancer at the Lagos

University Teaching

Hospital, LUTH, Prof

Edamisan Temiye, said

major problems of cancer

care in the country include

lack of diagnosis,

misdiagnosis or delayed

diagnosis, high cost and

abandonment of treatment.

"Cancer in children has

been there as long as

human beings have

existed but what

happened is that most of

By Sola Ogundipe

A

MEDIC, Dr Lai

Ogunbiyi, has called

for urgent commencement

of national immunisation

of Nigerians against the

scourge of liver cancer and

cervical cancer in Nigeria.

Ogunbiyi, who is the

Managing is the

Managing Director, Signal

Health Nigeria Ltd., said

despite the availability of

effective preventive

vaccines, liver cancer and

cervical cancer continue to

kill Nigerians.

“Liver cancer is caused

by Hepatitis B virus is the

number two killer in

Nigeria after malaria.”

The Hepatitis B virus is

about 100 times more

infectious than HIV and is

predominantly transmitted

via sexual contact.

However, because it is

present in all bodily fluids

*From right: Consultant Oncologist and Specialist in Paediatric Cancer at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital,

LUTH, Prof Edamisan Temiye; Dr Nneka Nwaobbi, CEO/Founder, Children Living With Cancer Foundation, CLWCF,

with Mrs Chioma Obinna of Vanguard during a programme on Vanguard Live recently.

them were misdiagnosed

or not diagnosed at all,”

Temiye remarked.

Noting that most cancers

in children kill very fast,

usually within six months

to one year and are

therefore missed because

doctors are not looking for

them, Temiye said almost

99 percent of cancers in

children kill very fast.

Temiye stressed that

even though only about 0.5

percent of all cancers are

childhood cancer, one

child takes a lot from the

Most cancers

in children

kill very fast,

usually

within six

months to

one year and

are therefore

often missed

Medic advocates National vaccinations against

cervical cancers

and has an inherent high

infection rate compared to

other viruses, it can also be

transmitted casually such

as via coughing or kissing,

mother to child at birth and

by close contact or

proximity to an infected

individual. Ogunbiyi said

28 Nigerians die of liver

cancer everyday, that is,

more than one person an

hour.

“Liver cancer caused by

Hepatitis B virus can be

completely and effectively

prevented by vaccines.

The vaccination regimen

usually calls for three

vaccinations given at time

intervals of 0, 1 month and

6 months. Efficacy of

prevention is usually in the

99 percent range. Noting

the demography of

infection in Lagos State

presents a unique

challenge, he said the

infection rate in surgeons

and emergency room

madicals technicians

exceeds the average

infection rate of Lagos

state.

“As a resultt of the work

these professional do, they

present a major source of

spreading the virus in

Lagos State and will

require particular attention

with respect ot a state

immunisation programme.

Arguing for the national

vaccination drive,

Ogunbiyi said it is

generally recommended

that the populace should

be vaccinated starting with

firstline responders such as

the police, solders, firemen,

healthcare professionals

before progressing to the

rest of the population.

Further, Ogunbiyi said

cervical cancer is a concern

primarily caused by sexual

transmission of the Human

Papilloma virus (HPV) and

family and childhood

cancer has a better cure

rate than adult cancer most

of the time.

“In LUTH, we see five to

seven cases in a month.

When you diagnose a case

it takes you about 10

months minimum to treat,

it can be as long as three

years. If blood cancer is

involved the treatment

period is three years for

that child not one week.

So you see a cumulative

of cases and when you

finished that child's

liver,

unfortunately, Nigeria

ranks 1st in deaths from

cervical cancer in the 24

countries that constitute

North and West Africa and

is10th in the world.

“Conservatively, about

30 women die of cervical

cancer everyday in

Nigeria. Cervical cancer

currently affects 23.7

percent of girls and women

between the ages of 15 -

44 years. It is projected to

increase to 62 percent in

Nigeria over the next 10-

15 years.

“Highly effective

vaccines have been

developed for the

prevention of cervical

cancer. A most effective

strategy for prevention

requires cervical cancer

vaccination in routine

annual immunisation

programmes to ensure

extensive coverage of the

population over time.

treatment for three years

you have to follow up that

child for another five years

to give that child a clean

bill of health, so it is three

years you treat and five

years from follow up.

Challenges include

problems of finance, late

presentation, unavailability

of modality equipment

and drugs.

“However, despite the

high burden of the disease,

there is no supportive

treatment plan for children

with such terminal

illnesses.

“While the National

Health Insurance, NHIS,

covers breast cancer,

prostate cancer and cervical

cancer, childhood cancer

is not covered,” he

regretted.

According to Temiye,

there is no political will to

fight the childhood cancer

scourge in the country.

He said a basic reason

why there are low survival

rates has to do with the

high cost of treatment.

“In Nigeria, nothing

about childhood cancer is

covered by government,

the family must pay for

everything.

Another problem is that

patients present to us late.

When people present to us

in the first and second

stage of cancer most times

you can cure it but 3rd

stage it is difficult and 4th

stage is a lost case. In 90

percent of cases 4th stage

is lost case either for adult

or for children.

“The late presentation

and the issues of

healthcare workers who

don't have the full

knowledge is one of the

major problems why we are

have low survival rates.

The other problem is

drugs. The prescriptions

are not easily available,

sometimes we miss

treatment, because the

medication is not available

and occasionally we have

cases of drug

contamination.”

In the views of Dr Nneka

Nwaobbi, the challenges

that children with cancer

and their families face are

financial and emotional

trauma.

Nwaobbi who is the

CEO/Founder, Children

Living With cancer

Foundation, CLWCF,

observed that some parents

still hide the fact that their

child have cancer.

“We have parents who

send such children to the

village where their friends

will not see them because

they are ashamed and

hope the children die

there.

“Sometimes the family

structure is broken down

completely especially

when one parent has to

stay in the hospital with the

child and the other stays

home, that family could be

broken completely, except

there are very strong family

values and the parents are

together in whatever they

do for their child to get

well.

“Then, of course, there

are fake drugs everywhere

in the country so even

when there is money to buy

the drugs, how sure is one

that one is getting genuine

medicines,” she

wondered.

Further, Nwaobbi noted

that when a child has

cancer it tears down the

structure of that family.

“You see a little income

earner become absolutely

poor. You see the other

children dropping out of

school going to beg for

food. The cost of taking

care of cancer patient is

extremely high.

“Now what happens in

those developed countries

is that they believe every

child must survive no

matter the condition.

“The government

invests in taking care of

them and the treatment for

such diseases in those

countries are free. All you

need to do is to present the

child to the hospital and the

government but in Nigeria

it is your business it is your

child.

“There is need for

government to show

political will. Let us know

that is childhood cancer is

real and it is in Nigeria.

Most families need support

for care and treatments, “

Nwaobii asserted


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019 —49

Family doctors seek rebirth,

revolution in health sector

By stories by Chioma

Obinna

AS the world mark this

year’s World Family

Doctors’ Day, family doctors

in Lagos have said that to

save the Nigeria health

system from total collapse,

there is need for a rebirth

in the sector as well as a

health revolution that

would allow public

servants, including medical

practitioners, to do things

differently.

Addressing a press

conference recently to mark

the day in Lagos, the

Chairman, Lagos State

chapter of the Association

of General and Private

Medical Practitioners of

Nigeria, AGPMPN, Dr

Tunji Akintade, who

lamented the many

challenges facing the

country’s health system,

stressed the urgent need for

a change in the sector.

Akintade regretted that it is

now a popular tradition for

senior public servants

including leaders at all

levels, to seek medical

treatment abroad for the

slightest health challenge,

including routine medical

check-up.

Condemning the

shutdown of the private bill

to regulate overseas

treatment of Nigerian

public servants by Nigerian

lawmakers, he urged public

servants to stop paying lip

service to health care

development in the country.

He said overseas treatment

embarked upon by public

servants would jeopardise

efforts aimed at developing

the Nigeria health system.

Noting that doctors leaving

the country was not a

solution, he said: “The

solution lies in the rebirth

of the health sector and a

health revolution that will

allow us to think differently

and act differently, having

the life and comfort of every

Nigerian in mind, eager to

build a compassionate

nation where the life of

every Nigerian has value

and is respected and this

lies in a new leadership

orientation.” On the role of

family doctors, he

explained that they have

strategic roles to play in the

provision of health services.

Akintade said the World

Organisation of Family

Doctors had set aside every

May 19 to celebrate the

contributions of doctors to

the health care delivery

system of nations across the

world. “The day provides

family doctors the

opportunity to reminisce,

not only on their long

journey into prominence

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50—Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019

9th NASS: Intrigues,

as Lawan, Ndume

square up today

Continues from Page 5

a family, friends, that is our

tradition; we speak as a

family, we are not divided.”

Boroffice

withdraws

Meanwhile, a contender

for the position of Deputy

Senate President, Senator

Robert Ajayi Boroffice (

APC Ondo North), has

withdrawn from the race in

deference to President

Muhammadu Buhari.

Boroffice’s withdrawal

from the race was sequel to

adoption of the candidature

of Senator Ovie Omo-

Agege ( APC Delta

Central) by the national

leadership of the APC on

Sunday .

While Borrofice has

withdrawn, strong

indications emerged

yesterday that all odds are

in favour of the Deputy

Chief Whip in the Eight

Senate, Senator Francis

Alimikhena, APC, Edo

North, for the position of

Deputy Senate President.

He vowed yesterday never

to step down.

Some senators have said

they would not cast their

votes for Omo- Agege,

though the party has

endorsed him, following the

invasion of the hallowed

Chamber last year by

hoodlums who went away

with the Mace, the symbol

of authority of the Senate.

The hoodlums were

alleged to have been sent

by him to storm the

Chamber during plenary.

According to a ranking

senator of the APC who

spoke with Vanguard, “

voting for Omo- Agege for

the position of Deputy

Senate President would

amount to compensating

someone who rubbished

the parliament with such a

position. “

Another senator from the

PDP said: “When we get

there, we will know what

to do, not for Omo- Agege.”

Other contenders in the

race, such as Senators

Kabiru Gaya ( APC Kano

South) and Orji Uzor Kalu

(APC Abia North) vowed

to participate in the election

today.

In a statement yesterday

in Abuja by his press

Secretary, Kayode Fakuyi,

Boroffice said his

withdrawal from the race for

Deputy President of the 9th

Senate was purely in

deference to President

Buhari and leadership of

the APC.

The statement read:

“Some weeks ago,

Distinguished Senator

(Prof.) Robert Ajayi

Boroffice, declared

intention, through letters

addressed to senatorselect,

to seek the office of

Deputy Senate President.

“The intention to contest

was anchored on the deep

conviction that with his

excellent public service

record, rich legislative

experience and

personality, he has the best

credentials for the position.

“However, in deference

to President Buhari and the

APC, Senator Robert Ajayi

Boroffice has decided to

withdraw from the race.’’

Gaya, Kalu fights on

On his part, Senatorelect,

Kabiru Gaya (APC,

Kano South), while

speaking with journalists

yesterday said he would

contest the election on the

floor today

According to Gaya,

despite the endorsement of

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

by the APC leadership, his

chances of emerging DSP

was very bright.

“This is not my first time

of contesting election.

Tomorrow (today) will make

it the fourth time and by the

grace of God, it will be

peaceful.

“I’m still in the race. I will

contest with whoever that

would also contest the

position of the DSP

tomorrow (today).

Democracy is actually a

game of numbers. Whoever

has the highest number

would win,” he said.

On his part, Senatorelect,

Orji Uzor Kalu (APC,

Abia North), noted that

President Muhammadu

Buhari has not adopted

any candidate for the

position of Deputy Senate

President.

He, however, debunked

insinuations that the

National Working

Committee (NWC) of the

All Progressives Congress

Naira appreciates to N359.5/$ in

parallel market

By Elizabeth Adegbesan

THE naira yesterday appreciated to N359.5 per

dollar in the parallel market.

According to naijabdcs.com, the exchange rate

platform of the Association of Bureaux De Change

Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), the parallel market

exchange rate dropped to N360.5 per dollar

yesterday from N360.75 per dollar on Friday.

On the other hand, the naira depreciated

marginally by to N360.76 per dollar yesterday in

the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window from

N360.74 per dollar on Friday.

(APC), after wide

consultations with President

Muhammadu Buhari and

other stakeholders of the

party, formally endorsed

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

as the party’s candidate for

the position of Deputy

Senate President in the 9th

National Assembly.

In a statement yesterday

in Abuja signed by his

media aide, Ken Cole, the

former governor stressed

that as a staunch supporter

of President Buhari and a

loyal and committed

member of the APC, he

(Kalu) would always abide

by the decisions of the

President and highly

respected members of the

National Working

Committee, NWC.

According to him,

speculation of the formal

endorsement of Omo-

Agege was the handiwork

of selfish elements in the

party who ware selfserving

and desperate to

cause disharmony among

party stakeholders.

Kalu said: “Ahead of

tomorrow’s inauguration of

the 9th National Assembly

and election of principal

officers, politicians have

started deploying different

antics to satisfy their

ambitions.

“One of such is a

statement credited to

National Publicity Secretary

of the APC, Mallam Lanre

Issa-Onilu claiming that

President Muhammadu

Buhari and the NWC of the

party have formally

adopted Senator Ovie

Omo-Agege as the party’s

candidate for the position

of Deputy Senate

President.

“I hold the President in

high esteem as well as the

National Chairman of our

great party, Comrade

Adams Oshiomhole and

other members of the NWC

and as such, I will not

disobey any formal

pronouncement by them.

“However, I am still in the

race to become Deputy

Senate President because

the President and the NWC

have not adopted any

candidate and as such the

contest is open to all

members of the party, who

have the capability.”

Also speaking on the

unfolding scenario,

Senator Ibrahim Gobir

said: “Iam worried about

the election of today

because what is right is

right and what is wrong is

wrong.

“What is right is that the

person we are going to

choose, we will choose

tomorrow (today). When

we get to the bridge, we will

cross it. Certainly, what the

President wants is Lawan,

and I’m going for Lawan.

“On the Deputy President

of the Senate, that one is

left to me, I think I’m going

to make my decision.

“The voting pattern is

provided in our standing

rules; so I don’t think there

will be any problem. We are

going to make use of the

2015 Standing Rules. You

can understand that

senators can always adjust

their procedures.

“The silence from the

PDP senators-elect means

acceptance; I don’t think

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that is going to be any

problem. So, I am not afraid

because once somebody is

silent, it means he has

accepted the norm, and the

norm is what APC wants.

That is why you can see me

very excited because there

is no problem.”

In a related

development,

former

members of the House of

Representatives said that

they were backing

Mohammed Bago from

Niger State for the position

of Speaker, House of

Representatives because of

his integrity and goodwill.

Speaking to journalists in

Abuja,a former member,

House of Representatives,

Kamil Akinlabi Mudashiru

(Afijio/Oyo-East/Oyo-West/

Atiba) in the 6th and 7th

Assembly, said he had

worked with Bago and

trusts that he could

effectively lead the 9th

House of Representatives.

‘Why I stepped

down for

Gbajabiamila’

Meanwhile, memberelect

for Isuikwato/

Umunneochi Federal

Constituency in the House

of Representatives, Nkeiru

Onyejeocha, has explained

her decision to step down

for Gbajabiamila, saying it

was after wise consultations

with different strata of the

Nigerian society.

“I must also say that this

historical decision to review

my position and step down

for the party’s choice in the

person of Femi

Gbajabiamila was after

another round of

consultations and appeals

from prominent Nigerians,

lawmakers-elect, women

groups and members of my

immediate constituency in

the South-East. It has not

come lightly..

“I have no personal

disagreement whatsoever

with Femi Gbajabiamila,

and I had from day one

acknowledged his

competence, capacity and

experience to lead the

House as our Speaker.

However, as a

representative and

honourable lawmaker like

him, I have a duty first, to

my people and also to my

lovely constituencies.

“But as a woman of

knowledge and wisdom, I

also understand when it is

apt to work for the greater

good of the country and my

party.

“I have, therefore, asked

my friends and supporters

— distinguished

lawmakers — who have

backed my aspiration from

day one, to give Mr. Femi

Gbajabiamila their votes

come June 11, 2019, so that

we can build a new

legislative harmony and

friendship for the common

good of Nigerians.

“Let me also ask other

fellow contestants to

sheathe their swords, put

the past behind us and join

in this overwhelming

adoption of “Leader” as the

sole candidate when we

resume a new legislative

agenda.

“I am, therefore, stepping

down with a greater hope

based on assurances from

my party leaders and

colleagues, that in the

leadership and

management of the House

of Representatives in the

9th Legislative Session, the

interest and voice of my

constituencies – South East

and women in Nigeria –

will be carried along, fully

recognised and effectively

reintegrated.

“I have confidence in this

assurances and also that

my campaign has further

sensitised my party to the

imperative of inclusion of

the South East and women

in the governance of the

country in the next four

years,” she added.

Credit card voting

Meanwhile, strong

indications have emerged

that the ruling All

Progressives Congress,

APC, and the political

camp of its adopted

candidate for the position

of speaker of the House of

Representatives, Femi

Gbajabiamila, have

allegedly procured credit

cards for their supporters to

ensure victory.

This is coming barely 12

hours to the inauguration

of the 9th National

Assembly.

The inauguration comes

with the election of the

President of the Senate and

speaker of the House of

Representatives with their

respective deputies.

The procurement of the

cards is a follow-up to the

issuance of green cards to

the new members-elect to

track votes.

Investigations yesterday,

revealed that the cards have

been given to over one

hundred members across

party lines.

Specifically, the card is a

promissory credit note to

members who had agreed

to pencil down the serial

number of their ballot paper

on the green card.

Seen as a proof, the plan

is that any member whose

serial number had been

confirmed to have voted for

Gbajabiamila would

receive instant financial

alert to their individual

bank accounts after

activating the card.

It was further learned

that with the number, every

individual voters can be

traced and identified either

for reward or sanction by

the party.

At the moment, the APC

has a total of 119 new

members-elect, with the

North-West leading the

table with 39 members,

while the South-West

follows closely with 33.

Others are the North-

Central with 22, South-

South, 6 leaving the South-

East to bring up the rear

with just one new memberelect.

It will be recalled that

most national dailies of

Monday, June 10, 2019

were awash with

signatures and

endorsements for

Gbajabiamila.

A source who spoke in

confidence, however,

stated that the members are

kicking against the

development, saying the

idea won’t fly.

Similarly, most of the

members, it was learned

have expressed shock and

worry that their names

were published in

newspapers without their

consent.

The source said that the

mere attendance of a

meeting does not translate

to automatic endorsement

of a particular candidate.

The source, who

described the

development as an act of

desperation, stated that it

was untidy, petty and

unhealthy for many

members-elect.


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VISIT: Governor

Gboyega Oyetola of

Osun State (2nd

right); his deputy, Mr

Gboyega Alabi (2nd

left) Regional

Director of United

Nations Industrial

Development

Organization

(UNIDO), Mr Jean

B. Bakole (right) and

national Programme

officer of UNIDO,Dr

Reuben O. Bamidele,

during the visit of

representatives of

UNIDO) to the

Governor, at the

Government

House, Osogbo.

Time out now for marauding herdsmen

— YORUBA SUMMIT •Warns DAWN Commission

By Dapo Akinrefon

LAGOS—THE Yoruba

Summit, yesterday,

warned that it will no

longer condone

kidnapping and banditry

perpetuated by herdsmen

in the South West saying

“what the people of the

South West will not do in

Fulani land, no Fulani

should attempt on our

land.”

In a statement by its

Publicity Secretary, Mogaji

Gboyega Adejumo, the

Summit Group decried the

rate of insecurity in the

region warning the DAWN

Commission not to allow

itself to be used as a

divisive element in the

South West.

The statement reads: “The

unsigned statement

credited to the DAWN

Commission in the matter

of the gross issues of

insecurity occurring all over

the length and breadth of

Yorubaland has again

brought to the fore, the

question of the conspiracy

of silence, a constant these

days as some People would

rather prefer to play politics

with the lives and property

of the peoples of the South

West.

From the aforementioned

imprudent statements,

caustic and flippant, it is

the belief of our leaders that

such statements could not

have come from the

governors who are

Omolúàbí and sons to

many of our leaders. The

Yorùbá Summit Group is

therefore of the opinion that

the offensive statements

could only have emanated

from certain elements

within the commission

pandering to the wiles of

certain elements who have

not deemed it fit to

condemn the siege on the

South West, to curry favour

elsewhere.

“We, therefore, call on the

governors to call the DAWN

Commission to order,

forthwith.

“The DAWN Commission

cannot be professing to

seeking unity among our

people, while at the same

time employing the

language that is clearly

antagonizing the leaders of

the people of the South

West.

“By their own

interpretation, the DAWN

Commission sees the efforts

of our leaders, who see the

true picture of Fulanisation,

as alarmists, sensationalist

and our leaders do not

represent what to them is

in the best interest of our

people.''

“It is our leaders who

have been convening

meetings upon meetings,

deploying resources,

alleviating the sufferings of

our people, sensitizing our

people on the dangers that

luck, for over a year, our

leaders have been at work,

while the DAWN

Commission is just waking

up asking for calm.''

While marauding

herdsmen, the Yoriba

Summit said: “If the

Fulani aggressors

respect themselves

behave themselves

become law abiding, we

shall all keep calm.

“If not it will soon become

clear who is fooling who

and who is the fool in the

South West.

“DAWN Commission

should be telling the Fulani

aggressors to withdraw

from all criminal activities,

killings, arson, and rape

from our land.

“What the people of the

South West will not do in

Fulani land, no Fulani

should attempt on our

land.

“Why should we the

Yoruba, ever subsidise our

intellectual curiosity?

“So, if the Fulanisation

that is so apparent, is

subsidized in the name of

political correctness, would

it not amount to a certain

conditioning of the mind to

accept the stealing of our

lands, the burning of our

villages, the destruction of

our farms and the

impoverishment of our

people, as random

incidences, all in the name

of banditry?

“It is our hope that the

governors are taking notes

and that they will jointly and

severally call the DAWN

Commission to order. The

greater task of

safeguarding our land

does not lie in trite and

contrite ideologue now is

the time to act, to join hands

with those who have a

legitimate concern for

security of our people.''

32-year-old emerges Oyo

Assembly Speaker

IBADAN—The Oyo

State House of

Assembly has elected a

32-year-old member

representing Ibarapa

East State Constituency,

Adebo Ogundoyin, as its

Speaker.

Mr. Ogundoyin, a

second term lawmaker and

member of the ruling

People’s Democratic Party,

PDP, was elected shortly

after Governor Seyi

Makinde inaugurated the

Assembly on Monday.

There are 26 members of

the PDP in the House.

The All Progressives

Congress, APC, has five

members while one

member is from the Action

Democratic Party, ADP.

Ogundoyin came to the

8th Assembly last year after

he won the bye-election

held after the death of the

former Speaker, Michael

Adeyemo, who died on

April 27, 2018.

His election as speaker

was unanimous through a

voice vote of the 32

members of the Assembly.

The new Speaker is an

alumnus of Babcock

University, Ilisan in Ogun

State.

He is an agronomist by

profession.

Politicians treat us with

disdain, Ekiti Oba laments

By Rotimi Ojomoyela

AElemure DO-EKITI—THE

of Emure-

Ekiti, Oba Emmanuel

Adebayo yesterday,

lamented that politicians

treated the institution of the

traditional stool with utter

disdain and disrespect.

The monarch, who

expressed worry over the

overtly politicisation of

every institutions in the

state, said this

unwholesome practice

among politicians also

contribute immensely to the

erosion of core values.

The Elemure said this

while hosting leadership of

the Ekiti Council of Elders,

led by its Chairman, Prof

Joseph Oluwasanmi.

His words: “Ekiti style of

playing politics leaves much

to be desired. Ekiti must

shed the toga of primordial

rigidity in all that we say

or do, moreso as we have

now moved into the digital

era.

“Ekiti Obas are made of

highly-experienced

people, so also are Ekiti

Council of Elders. The

state government must tap

from their wealth of

experiences. The wave of

tribalism and nepotism in

the country today is

regrettable. I appeal to our

leaders to work towards a

peaceful coexistence of

Nigerians.”

Speaking during the

visit, Oluwasanmi blamed

the slow pace of

development and growth

in Ekiti State on lack of

continuity of the past

development plan.

June 12 would’ve created

a nation out of Nigeria

— NADECO

By Gabriel Olawale

L AGOS—GENERAL-

Secretary, National

Democratic Coalition,

NADECO, Ayo Opadokun,

yesterday, said that those

who annulled the June 12,

1993 victory of Chief

Moshood Abiola in the

presidential election did the

country a great disservice.

Speaking during a press

conference tagged; June 12

and the State of the Nation,

Opadokun said June 12 was

a national referendum if not

annulled was capable of

creating a nation out of

Nigeria.

He said: ''The election

conquered and subdued the

major national fault lines

being used by power

brokers to keep themselves

permanently in power and

regularly exchanging

batons of power at will while

they illegally exploited for

We can eliminate poverty,

revolutionise agric in Nigeria

— Youth Group

I

B A D A N — A

visionary group of

young professionals,

operating under the banner

of Youth Advocates Nigeria,

has launched an aggressive

move

towards

revolutionising agriculture

by removing the stigma of

poverty associated with it in

Nigeria.

Led by Aina Tolulope, an

Agricultural Economics

graduate from the University

of Ibadan, the enterprising

youths comprising fish,

maize, lettuce, cassava, etc

farmers, converged on the

Recreation Centre,

Adamasingba, Ibadan, Oyo

State on Saturday, for a

seminar on how to

collaborate, synergize and

harness the various

available resources in the

agricultural sector towards

making them self-reliant;

taking the teeming youth

away from the dense market

of unemployment, social

malaise and poverty.

their clique in uniform and

mufti Nigeria’s human and

natural endowment and in

the process parceled out the

Nigeria's commonwealth

among themselves till date.”

He regretted that the

treasonable acts of those

who annulled the election,

have since turned Nigerian

apart so much that the

divisions among ethnic

nationalities are now greatly

deeper and wider than what

it was at Nigeria’s

independence in 1960.

Opadokun said Nigeria

should stop living a lie by

calling itself a federation

when it is in fact being

governed centrally under

unitarism.

He said: “The Nigerian

state should accept that

Nigeria’s prospect to

genuine unity, growth and

development can only be a

reality if the country returns

to federal constitutional

arrangement.”

Speaking on the objective

of the group, Tolulope, who

revealed that its vision “is

that of a world where young

dynamic youths can take

centre stage in creating a

world without hunger”,

added that, “over the years,

there have been a lot of

challenges in the agric

space. A lot of people who

come into it see it as

unattractive.

“Now, we have a

generation of young farmers

who are passionate about

this sector, but a lot of things

do not work, and we need

to make it work by coming

together and having a

strong voice that can

harness opportunities

within our space, and also

push a movement that can

make things work and affect

us. We don’t want to be a

generation of farmers that

will be poor because we are

not poor; we cannot be poor.

We are sophisticated and

changing the face of agric

tech through improved

agri-business practices.”


Nigeria’s gradual return to dictatorship

52—Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019

NIGERIANS are not

s t u d e n t s

of history. History, in Nigeria, is

so contentious, it is not even

taught in our schools. However,

we educate our future through the

study of history. A country without

a history is one without a

compass. It is a country without a

plan. The future of a country

begins in its history.

Defenders and supporters of

President Muhammadu Buhari

would have us forget his history.

They would have us believe the man

has changed. But all the evidence

indicates the contrary to be the

case.

Remembering Decree 4

On Friday, August 23, 1985, the

military government of Major-

General Muhammadu Buhari

decided to place me under

arrest. My crime was that I wrote,

among others, an article entitled:

“Counter-trading Nigeria’s

Future” in the National Concord,

exposing the government’s scam of

diverting public funds into private

coffers through barter-trade with

Brazil.

A man by the name of Benson

Norman was sent from the State

Security Services, SSS, to my

office to get me. Not finding me,

he left a note that I must present

myself unfailingly at the SSS

office at 15, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi

Lagos the next Monday morning.

However, on Sunday, August 25,

1985, Lateef Aminu came to my

house first thing in the morning to

inform me that the government of

Buhari/Idiagbon had been

overthrown. Thereafter,

Muhammadu Gambo opened the

prison doors of 15 Awolowo Road

on public television, revealing

people in various stages of undress

and malnutrition that had been

kept in the dungeons without trial

by Buhari’s hound-dogs.

In short, the Lord God Almighty

saved me from the repression of

General Buhari. Therefore, it

should not come as a surprise to

anyone if I don’t buy the hype that

President Buhari is now a

democrat.

Coup-plotter

Under the Buhari/Idiagbon

regime, once you ended up at 15

Awolowo Road, you may never be

heard of again. Decree Number 2

of 1984 empowered Tunde

Idiagbon to arrest and detain

anybody indefinitely without trial

and without legal reprieve.

As self-imposed Head of State,

Buhari had no regard for human

rights. Immediately he seized

power, he announced that he would

“tamper with” the press. Soon, the

infamous Decree Number 4 was

promulgated which made even the

publication of the truth a

punishable offence.

C

M

Y

Under this cover, Buhari jailed

innocent journalists, including

Tunde Thompson and Nduka

Irabor. He abolished civil

liberties, promulgated retroactive

decrees enabling him to kill

Bernard Ogedengbe through

jungle justice, proscribed civil

society organisations and

professional groups, and exercised

“absolute” power.

It is this same Buhari that some

would now have us believe has

gone through some

metamorphosis and become a

democrat. At his presidential

inaugural in 2015, Buhari himself

confused his speech by saying: “the

past is prologue.” This means

ominously that his past will

continue in his future. Says Wole

Soyinka: “In Buhari, we have been

offered no evidence of the sheerest

prospect of change.”

Indeed, our fears now have more

recent validation. There are

ominous signs of a return to the

dark days of Decree 4. The latest

salvo is the banning of AIT and

Ray Power stations by the National

Broadcasting Commission, NBC,

in the most anti-democratic

manner. This signals that, if care

is not taken, the so-called “next

level” of Buhari’s government

might be a return to dictatorship.

Is’haq Modibbo Kawu

Is’haq Modibbo Kawu is a

veteran journalist. He was still

writing a column at Vanguard

newspaper when he was appointed

as Director-General of the

NBC. His appointment could not

be faulted given his pedigree. But

it would appear that something

happens when people get into a

position of power: they forget their

roots.

Like Adams Oshiomhole, a

veteran labour leader who, after

he became governor, confiscated

the livelihood of a poor street-seller

and told her to “go and die”,

Kawu, a veteran journalist has

become the instrument whereby

Buhari has shown a new

determination to kill press

freedom in Nigeria.

Kawu fails to understand that, as

director general of NBC, he is not

supposed to be an instrument of

the APC or the government. The

NBC is the National Broadcasting

Commission. It is not

Government Broadcasting

Commission. Neither is it the APC

Broadcasting Commission. It

belongs to Nigeria and, therefore,

under our democratic system, it

cannot be partisan. Both the APC

and the PDP are equally Nigerian.

However, Kawu is a cardcarrying

member of the APC. Not

only that, while still director

general of NBC, he ran to secure

nomination as APC gubernatorial

candidate for Kwara State. When

he was unsuccessful, he continued

as director general of NBC.

In that position, he saw himself

as an APC man hired to protect the

party’s interests against those of

the opposition. Therefore, he

objected to any and every criticism

of the president, and sent warning

letters everywhere to that

effect. But whoever said in a

democracy that the president

should be above criticism? How

can you have a legal opposition

without criticism?

For example, Kawu’s NBC

objected that a tweet was read on

AIT where President Buhari was

apparently referred to as “lifeless”.

The Commission is of the view that

this kind of rhetoric is

“inflammatory and divisive”. But

“division” is a sine qua non of the

democratic process. How, for

example, can the PDP operate

without dividing Nigerians from

the APC? And how, in the interest

of democracy, should the president

of Nigeria be above criticism?

Says President Theodore

Roosevelt of the United States: “To

announce that there must be no

criticism of the President or that

we are to stand by the President,

right or wrong, is not only

unpatriotic and servile, but

morally treasonable.”

Kawu closed down AIT/Ray

Power without a court order.

AIT/Ray Power has been closed

down capriciously after 21 years

of operation for being divisive, but

an unconstitutional Fulani Radio

Station has been licensed by the

Federal Government of

Nigeria. Is a Fulani Radio Station

not divisive?

APC hypocrisy

The people now offended by the

audacity to repeat Donald Trump’s

categorisation of President Buhari

as “lifeless” are the same people

who called President Jonathan

“clueless”. TVC and Radio

Continental did worse than AIT

during Goodluck Jonathan’s

presidency, but at no time did the

government then try to muzzle

them.

Even the president’s best allies

must admit he made more than

inflammatory speeches when in

opposition. Buhari’s threats

during the campaign for the 2011

elections incited widespread

violence in the North after he lost.

Over 1000 people died and some

65,000 displaced in the violence

that ensued.

In November 2012, Buhari

demanded that Boko Haram

terrorists should be given special

treatment like Niger Delta

militants. He said: “The (Niger

Delta militants) were trained in

some skills and were given

employment, but the ones in the

North were being killed.” He

called the Jonathan government

“the biggest Boko Haram” and

declared the war against their

insurgency a “strategic plan” by

the government to “destroy the

North”.

In 2014, Buhari laid down

another marker. He said: “If what

happened in 2011 should again

happen in 2015, by the grace of

God, the dog and the baboon

If care is

not taken,

the so-called

'next level' of

Buhari’s

government

might be a

return to

dictatorship

would all be soaked in blood.”

His acolytes followed his

example. In January 2014, Nasir

El-Rufai said: “The next election

is likely to be violent and many

people are likely going to die. And

the only alternative left to get

power is to take it by force; this is

the reality on ground.”

Lawal Kaita, also of the APC, told

the government bold-face: “We

will make Nigeria ungovernable

for Jonathan.” In addition, APC

Central confirmed Rotimi

Amaechi’s threat that if APC were

to lose the 2015 presidential

election, it would form a parallel

government.

Even as president, Buhari’s

inflammatory statements have

continued unabated. On the eve

of the recently-concluded 2019

elections, he directed the military

to shoot and kill ballot

snatchers. This shows our

president does not understand the

democratic ethos.

Under the Nigerian

Constitution and our laws, ballot

snatchers are arrested and

prosecuted, not shot and

killed. The military does not turn

its guns on Nigerians; it uses its

guns to protect Nigerians against

foreign aggression.

Assault on democracy

The summary closure of AIT

and Ray Power is a blatant attack

on democracy in Nigeria. It

violates the rights of freedom of

expression and free speech

enshrined in the Nigerian

Constitution. This puts Nigeria

on the slippery slope to

dictatorship.

As President Harry Truman of

the United States said: “Once a

government is committed to the

principle of silencing the voice of

the opposition, it has only one way

to go, and that is down the path of

increasingly repressive measures

until it becomes a source of terror

to all its citizens.”

Neither Mr. President, nor his

party of the APC, are friends of

democracy. If they were, the 2019

election would not now be a major

bone of contention. If Buhari

were a democrat, he would not

call those who exercised the free

choice to vote against him in

Abuja “evil.” Everyone can see

that the fights and killings in the

state primaries of the APC are

entirely anathema to democracy.

As human rights lawyer, Mike

Ozekhome observes: “APC’s

leading lights have so far

preached terror, body bags,

mayhem, strife, stoned their

president and leaders, booed

others, killed some in cold

bloodshed, denied themselves

tickets, and generally engaged in

acts of gangsterism, hooliganism

and shameless ‘agberoism’ quite

unbecoming of a ruling party.”

Rule of fear

In Buhari’s Nigeria, the rule of

fear is fast replacing the rule of

law. The government summarily

violates the right of self-assembly

of pro-Biafran activists by sending

soldiers to shoot them. It locks up

people, like Shiite leader, Ibrahim

Zakzaky, without trial.

Fulani herdsmen, wielding

AK47 rifles, continue to kill

innocent farmers; while the

government responds by

withdrawing the license of legal

gun-owners. The judiciary is

assaulted by the illegality of the

president summarily suspending

the Chief Justice and replacing

him with another judge.

There is a big fight now

underway to subjugate the

legislature by interfering in the

choice of its leaders. This

involves withdrawing the

corruption case of one of the

contestants from the EFCC in

exchange for his withdrawal from

the race in order to pave the way

for the choice of the

presidency. And now, war has

been declared on the Fourth

Estate by the “indefinite” closure

of AIT/Ray Power.

Nigerians need to rise up in one

accord and defend our still nascent

democracy before it is too

late. Otherwise, Buhari’s past

will, indeed, become his prologue.


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019 — 53

Juventus to sell 5 players to raise

funds to bring back Pogba

Juventus are interested in

re-signing Paul Pogba,

but the Serie A champions

would have to sell up to five

players to be able to afford the

Manchester United midfielder.

The 26 year-old midfielder

appears to be unhappy with the

way he is treated by Red Devils

supporters and is open to a

return to Italy.

The Frenchman regularly visits

Turin and flew over to take

part in their title-winning celebrations

last month, according

to Corriere dello Sport.

However, United have been

unwavering in their insistence

that Pogba will remain at Old

Trafford.

Club executives also doubt

whether Juventus have the

money available to finalise a

VAR will spoil

the Premier

League next

season

—Wilson

Callum Wilson believes

that VAR will 'stop a

lot of fun in the game' when

it is introduced in the Premier

League next season.

With the game level at 0-

0, Wilson looked to have

scored what would have

been the winner for England

against Switzerland in

the Nations League thirdplace

play-off, but the goal

was ruled out by VAR after

the striker was adjudged to

have fouled defender

Manuel Akanji.

England still managed to

prevail as they won 6-5 on

penalties, but Bournemouth

star Wilson believes VAR

will cause more harm than

good in the Premier League.

Wilson told Sky Sports:

'Obviously I'm disappointed

not to score the winner. It's

going to be like that next

season I think.

'It's going to stop a lot of

the fun in the game. You

score and you celebrate but

then you are waiting for it to

be allowed - and when it's

not it feels like an anti-climax.

'It's frustrating on a personal

note, of course. I don't

think there was much in it,

he's a big centre-half and I

only moved him to the side

a little bit to get half a yard

on him and he's just

dropped to the floor.

Wilson is adamant that

strikers should get the benefit

of the doubt in situations

that are difficult to call.

Real Madrid boss Zin

edine Zidane and club

president Florentino Perez

have differing views when

it comes to the immediate

future of Vinicius Junior.

The 18-year-old, who officially

arrived at the Bernabeu

last summer, scored

seven times and registered

13 assists in 36 appearances

for Los Blancos during

the 2018-19 campaign.

According to SPORT, Zidane

wants Vinicius to

leave the club on loan this

deal, and may use this to their

advantage in any future negotiations.

Juventus sporting director

Fabio Paratici revealed he will

discuss Pogba's potential return

with the club's new manager,

who they hope will be

Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri.

United paid £89million for

France international Pogba in

Barcelona are ready to

make a final push to

sign Ajax centre-back Matthijs

de Ligt this week by reopening

talks with his agent

Mino Raiola.

Barca thought they had an

agreement in place with De

Ligt in March, but have seen

their offer bettered by clubs

including Paris Saint-Germain,

who believe they are

leading the race.

Juventus, Liverpool and

Manchester United have also

been linked with De Ligt, but

a source close to Bayern Munich

told ESPN FC last week

that the Bundesliga giants

have dropped their interest.

But a source said the club

would re-establish contact

with Raiola this week be-

2016 and, given how the market

has continued to soar since

then, the club would expect to

recoup a fee in excess of that

were they to sell.

Juventus would consider

selling Joao Cancelo, Douglas

Costa, Juan Cuadrado, Mario

Mandzukic and Mattia Perin

for around £100m combined in

order to fund the move, with

Pogba keen on a return to Juventus

after three years in

Manchester.

Barca make final push

to sign De Ligt

cause they are aware that

PSG are best placed to sign

the Netherlands international

Ṫhe source refused to say

whether Barca would increase

their offer. Until now,

they have been reluctant to

pay De Ligt more than his

Ajax teammate Frenkie de

Jong, who joins next month.

Barca already have an

agreement in place with Ajax

should they manage to convince

De Ligt to move to the

Camp Nou for around •80m.

The saga has parallels with

their move for De Jong in January.

At one point, they

thought they had missed out

on the midfielder to PSG or

Manchester City, but managed

to convince him to join.

Carragher predicts 2019

Ballon d'Or winner — it's

not Van Dijk

Jamie Carragher feels that

Lionel Messi is in pole position

to win the 2019 Ballon

d’Or despite pressure from Liverpool

defender Virgil van Dijk.

Van Dijk couldn’t help Netherlands

to silverware on Sunday

as they lost 1-0 in the Nations

League final thanks to

Goncalo Guedes’ 60th minute

strike for Portugal, and the ex-

Reds centre-back says he would

favour an attacker for the award.

“I’d be thinking Messi to be

honest – very rarely you see a

centre-back get that.

“I think that Cannavaro got it

on the back of winning the

World Cup in 2006. I don’t think

his game has changed too much

over the season.

“He’s obviously had a great

season but I think you’ve got to

win big things and I think that

Champions League has put that

stamp on him being one of the

world’s best.”

Fabio Cannavaro was the last

defender to win the Ballon d’Or,

lifting Europe’s most coveted

individual prize in 2006 after

winning the World Cup for Italy

and lifting the Serie A title in

Zidane, Perez clash over

Vinicius Junior

summer but that is not a

view shared by Perez, who

is keen for the teenager to

continue his progress with

Madrid.

Vinicius - linked with a

loan move to Real Valladolid

- was a regular in the latter

stages of last season with

the likes of Isco, Marco

Asensio and Gareth Bale all

struggling to perform for

the capital giants.

However, the arrival of

Eden Hazard from Chelsea

could see Vinicius's firstteam

opportunities limited

next term.

Juventus colours.

The Italian is one of only three

defenders to have made the top

three since 2000, with Roberto

Carlos earning runner-up in

2002 while Paolo Maldini came

third in 2003.

Van Dijk was one of Liverpool’s

key men as they stormed

to their sixth Champions

League title last season, but Carragher

feels that missing out on

silverware for Netherlands

could hold him back.

“I saw he’s gone ahead of

Messi in the betting,” he told

Sky Sports.

MAGIC LAMP

Chelsea stars

want Lampard

to replace

Sarri but...

CHELSEA'S players

want club legend

Frank Lampard to replace

Maurizio Sarri - but the board

fears he's not ready for the job.

The Italian is set to join Juventus

after just one season

at Stamford Bridge.

And as the race hots up to

take over the Blues, Bleacher

Report claims Derby chief

Lampard is the dressingroom

favourite.

But Chelsea directors are

less sure about bringing the

iconic former midfielder back.

Lampard, 40, has just one

season of experience in the

dugout under his belt.

And despite his run to the

Championship play-offs final

with Derby, the feeling within

the club is that the dream

job has come too soon.

Allegri, who Sarri is set to

replace at Juventus, is another

leading contender for the

role.

•Traditional Dozo hunters alleged to have participated in the attack

100 killed in Mali ethnic attack

NEARLY 100 people

have been killed in

an attack in a village in

central Mali inhabited by

the Dogon ethnic group,

reports say.

The attack happened in

Sobane-Kou, near Sanga

town in the Mopti region.

The search for bodies is

ongoing, but officials say

95 people have been

found dead, with many of

the bodies burned.

There have been numerous

attacks in Mali in recent

months, some ethnically

driven, some carried

out by jihadist groups.

Clashes between Dogon

hunters and semi-nomadic

Fulani herders are frequent.

Mali’s government said

“suspected terrorists” had

attacked the village at

around 03:00 local time. At

least 19 people were still

missing, it said.

But the mayor of nearby

Bankass, Moulaye Guindo,

told Reuters news agency

that Fulanis from that district

had attacked Sobane-

Kou after nightfall

The group has officially

said it was responsible for

the attack.

“Right now we have 95

dead civilians. The bodies

are burned, we are continuing

to look for others,”

a local official told the AFP

agency.

The Dogon people have

lived in central Mali for

centuries, and live a largely

traditional way of life as

settled farmers.

Many Fulani, on the other

hand, are semi-nomadic

herders who move

across large distances in

West Africa.

South Africa Sued for Eskom, Sasol Air Pollution

SOUTH Africa’s gov

ernment is being

sued for failing to crack

down on some of the

world’s worst air pollution

emitted by power

plants operated by Eskom

Holdings SOC Ltd and refineries

owned by Sasol

Ltd.

The case was filed in the

Pretoria High Court by

groundWork, an environmental-rights

organization,

and the Vukani Environmental

Justice

Movement in Action, according

to a statement

sent by their lawyers, the

Centre for Environmental

Rights.

Eskom and Sasol didn’t

immediately respond to

requests for comment.

The so-called Highveld

Priority Area, which includes

much of Mpumalanga

province and part of

Gauteng, is the site of 12

coal-fired Eskom power

plants, a Sasol oil refinery

and coal-to-fuel plant

owned by the company.

It’s also where almost

all of South Africa’s coal

is mined. A Greenpeace

study for the third quarter

of 2018 showed that

Mpumalanga had the

worst nitrogen dioxide

emissions from power

plants of any area in the

world.

“The environmental justice

groups are asking the

court to declare the current

levels of air pollution

on the Highveld a violation

of people’s constitutional

rights, and to force

government to take meaningful

action,” the groups

said in the statement.

The plants also emit sulfur

dioxide, mercury and

fine particulate matter that

cause illnesses ranging

from asthma to lung cancer

and contributes to birth

defects, strokes and heart

attacks. The lawsuit included

affidavits from

people with respiratory

problems in Emalahleni, a

town that lies in the heart

of the coal-mining and

power producing area of

Mpumalanga.

In 2016, the air pollution

caused between 305 and

650 early deaths in the region,

according to a study

commissioned by the Centre

for Environmental

Rights and carried out by

Andy Gray, an American

atmospheric scientist.

Eskom has filed for permission

to delay complying

with emission limits at

some of its plants. The environment

ministry on

May 9 said that “the desired

improvements will

not happen over a short

period of time but rather

progressively over time,”

the groups said, citing a

letter they received.

Google made $4.7bn from news

sites in 2018, study claims

GOOGLE

made

$4.7bn in advertising

from news content last

year, almost as much as the

revenue of the entire online

news industry.

According to a study, issued

on Monday by the

News Media Alliance, between

16% and 40% of

Google search results are

news content. Google’s

revenue from its distribution

of news content is only

$400m less than the $5.1bn

brought in by the United

States news industry as a

whole from digital advertising

last year.

The industry body

warned that the figures

may in fact be conservative,

since the report does

not seek to include the value

of users’ personal data

each time they use the

search service to click on a

story.

The report serves to underscore

the news media’s

increasingly uncomfortable

reliance on big tech

for distribution, and exacerbate

its long-held gripe

that companies like Google,

Facebook and Apple

are disproportionately

profiting from the arrangement.

“News publishers need

to continue to invest in

quality journalism, and

they can’t do that if the

platforms take what they

want without paying for it,”

said David Chavern, the

alliance’s president, in an

accompanying statement.

“Information wants to be

free, but reporters need to

get paid.”

Big tech’s distorting

dominance of the news

media, effectively controlling

both the pricing and

distribution of news

production over all but a

handful of publications

behind a paywall, has long

vexed the news industry.


54 — Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019

Rohr: I dropped

Iheanacho from

AFCON before

Zimbabwe match

Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr

has said that the decision to drop

Semi Ajayi and Kelechi Iheanacho

from his final Africa Cup of Nations

squad was taken prior to the friendly

match against Zimbabwe on

Saturday.

The German tactician revealed that

he had been monitoring the

performance of Nigerian players

before they arrived for their camp in

Asaba, adding that it was difficult for

him to rate the players because of the

rainy conditions in the goalless draw

with the Warriors.

‘’You cannot judge from one game

in these conditions. We already have

our opinion before the match because

we observed them throughout the

season and we saw what they did

and also all week in the training

sessions,” Rohr explained after the

friendly.

‘’We had seven training sessions to

see the fitness, confidence of the

players. It’s not this match alone that

will give us a decision on the two

players we have to drop.’’

No less than seven offensive

players were given a run-out against

Zimbabwe, but Rohr has stressed that

won’t be the case at the Africa Cup of

Nations.

‘’You see that we played with seven

strikers, all the strikers who deserve

to play. We started with three strikers,

the others came in,” said Rohr.

‘’Normally in a match you cannot

bring so many strikers. We played with

a lot of offensive players.

‘’We have Chukwueze, Kalu, Henry,

Osimhen, Paul, Simon also. The choice

of dropping two players is really

difficult for me.”

Super Eagles have first

training session in Ismailia

Three –time champions Nigeria have

conducted their first training session

since arriving in the Egyptian city of

Ismailia early Monday morning for a oneweek

intensive pre-AFCON camping.

At the airport to receive the Nigeria

contingent were Emmanuel Oguntoyi

(Minister at the Embassy of Nigeria, Cairo)

and Muhammed Tukur Garba

(Administrative Attaché) who represented

Falcons settle down in Grenoble

as all focus shifts to Korea

On Monday, the team trained at the

Stade Eugène Thenard on the Avenue

du General de Charles Gaulle.

Wednesday’s clash with the Koreans

will hold at the Stade des Alpes as

from 3pm (same time as in Nigeria),

and the two teams have the

opportunity of playing their game and

knowing where they stand before

France take on Norway in Nice hours

later.

•Oparanozie

The Super Falcons have fully settled into

their Mercure Grenoble Centre

President Hotel in the city of Grenoble,

ahead of tomorrow’s make-or-break FIFA

Women’s World Cup clash with Korea

Republic.

Players and officials flew into Grenoble

at 1pm on Sunday and arrived the hotel an

hour later, in time for lunch.

Defeat by Norway in Reims on Saturday

was quickly forgotten as soon as the

delegation left the city, and all eyes and

mind are now on the clash with Korea

Republic at the Stade del Alpes on

Wednesday evening that must not go

wrong.

Korea’s margin of defeat by France, who

thumped them 4-0 at the Parc des Princes

in Paris in the championship opening

match, means Nigeria is third in the pool,

and being a 24 –team tournament, the

African champions will be in good stead

to reach the Round of 16 if they brush the

Koreans aside on Wednesday and hold

France to a stalemate in Rennes on 17th

June. They can then hope to be among the

four best third-placed teams to advance

from the group stage.

•Rohr

DStv, Gotv to air all

AFCON matches live

The 52 matches of the 2019 Africa Cup

of Nations, which holds in Egypt

between 21 June and 19 July, will be

broadcast live on DStv and GOtv via the

SuperSport channels.

This festival of African football will be

live and in HD on DStv and the full

offering of games will be available on

GOtv. The SuperSport broadcast will

feature expert opinion and insight from

top commentators and veterans of the

continental game.

The AFCON tournament will be

available on the DStv Family package

upwards, with selected games on DStv

Access. On GOtv, the matches will be

available on GOtv Max and GOtv Plus

packages.

DStv viewers can catch the all the

games SS7 with selected matches on

SS10 and SS8, while GOtv viewers can

watch the action Select 4 with selected

games scheduled on Select 2 and Select

5.

“We are thrilled to continue to cater to

our customers’ football appetites with

one of the most anticipated football

tournaments of the year, and what makes

it even more exciting this time around

is that most of the countries we operate

in are represented in AFCON 2019",

says MultiChoice Nigeria’s Chief

Customer Officer, Martin Mabutho.

The 2019 AFCON will be the 32nd

edition of the continental tournament

and takes place across six venues: Cairo

International Stadium, 30 June

Stadium, Cairo, Al Salaam Stadium,

Cairo, Alexandria Stadium, Suez

Stadium and the Ismailia Stadium.

•Iheanacho

the Nigerian Ambassador to the Arab

Republic of Egypt.

The Super Eagles had their first training

session at the training pitch located

within the premises of their Hotel

Mercure, at 5pm Egypt time on

Monday (4pm Nigeria time).

A number of technical and

tactical sessions are

scheduled for this week,

before the Eagles go up

against Senegal’s Teranga

Lions on Sunday evening in

their final friendly match

before the finals.

At a friendly game at The

Hive in London in March

2017 (the most recent of the

21 encounters between the two

nations), both teams settled for a 1-1

draw, with Moussa Sow putting the

Lions ahead nine minutes into the second

half before Kelechi Iheanacho tied the

game from the penalty spot with only nine

minutes to go.

•Sanwo-Olu

The organisers of the maiden

Lagos Media Marathon have

made an appeal to the new

governor of Lagos State Babajide

Sanwo-Olu to sustain the

renewed culture of road races and

marathon in the state.

Tony Ubani, Chairman of the

Organising Committee for the

Media race said on yesterday that

Lagos has been blessed with

another visionary leader as he

reckons that the first few days in

office of Gov. Sanwo-Olu gives

room for optimism.

Lagos with its Bronze Label is

already on the calendar of the

International International

Association of Athletics

Federations (IAAF) and the yearly

Lagos Marathon is ranked among

the top in the world with the large

volume of participants it

commands.

Ubani enjoined the new Lagos

State Governor to build on the

Ajayi rues missing

Egypt 2019

Lagos Media Marathon Organisers

Urge Gov. Sanwo-Olu to sustain

culture of Road Races

Rotherham United midfielder Semi

Ajayi is disappointed to have

missed out of Nigeria’s squad for the

2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The former Arsenal youngster

and Leicester City’s Kelechi

Iheanacho were the two players

dropped from the provisional squad,

as Coach Gernot Rohr confirmed the •Ajayi

Super Eagles final 23-man squad on

Sunday.

Despite participating in the preliminary training

sessions in Asaba, Ajayi was not in action during

Saturday’s goalless draw against Zimbabwe at the

Stephen Keshi Stadium.

T h e Rotherham United player has accepted Rohr’s

decision in good faith by pledging his support for

the rest of the team as they aim for the Afcon title in Egypt.

“Wishing my brothers the best of luck at the

upcoming Africa Cup of Nations,” Ajayi wrote on

Instagram.

“It’s been a privilege to have been part of this squad and

a s much as I’m gutted that I can’t make it I wish everyone

linked with the Super Eagles the very best of luck this

summer.

achievements of his predecessor

Akinwunmi Ambode by further

promoting marathon and road

races which have further made

Lagos visible on the world’s sports

map.

According to Lagos Media

Marathon organising chief, aside

from the health benefits, the

tourism and economic gains

from marathon and road races

are enormous and should be

further explored by the new

Lagos State government.

He said: “ With Lagos now at

the forefront of marathon and

road races in Nigeria and beyond,

we are confident that our new

governor will keep the flag flying

and even take this to the next

level”

Ubani revealed that

preparations are at top gear for

the Lagos Media Marathon and

the new governor will be

accorded the honour of flagging

off this historic race billed to take

place later in the year.

“We are working hard to make

this race a memorable one, we

have also resolved that His

Excellency will be the one to flag

off the race” Ubani stated

Gov Sanwo-Olu was the only

gubernatorial candidate that

personally interfaced with the

Sports Writers Association and

the general sports community in

Lagos during his campaign and

for Ubani, his actions even before

coming to office suggest better

days for sports in the Centre

Excellence.

Dr. Awoture

Eleyae

championships

will produce more

stars — Ogba

Former Athletics Federation of

Nigeria, AFN president,

Solomon Ogba said yesterday

that the Dr. Awoture Eleyae U-

15 Open Athletics

Championship will produce

more athletics stars for Nigeria.

Ogba, who was speaking

ahead of the 2019 edition billed

for June 18-20 in Ozoro, Delta

State, said the grassroots

initiative has always been a

veritable ground for talents

discovery, adding that this year’s

edition is no exception.

Athletes who came through the

competition include athletics

rave of the moment, Divine

Oduduru, Ese Brume, Praise

Idamadudu, Usheoritse Itsekiri

and Raymond Ekevwo.

“We are trying to put together

one of the best age-grade

athletics competition for our

youths to sharpen their skills and

also prepare for the challenges

ahead.

“There is no doubt we have

numerous talents in Delta State

and with this competition

running from year to year, we are

bound to discover more

athletes,” Ogba said.

The competition is in honour of

Dr. Eleyae, a former secretary

general of the Supreme Council

for Sports in Africa, for his

contributions to the nation’s

athletics.

Eleyae is called the doyen of

Nigerian sports for his

production of various stars,

including Sam Igun, David

Ejoke, A.K Amun, Emilia Edet,

Violet Odogwu-Nwajei and the

high-flying Modupe Oshikoya.

•Oduduru


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019 — 55


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019

TODAY’S PUZZLE

Sudoku

FRIDAY’S ANSWER

TODAY’S CROSSWORD

QUICK CROSSWORD

THURSDAY’S SOLUTION

How to Play Sudoku

Place a number (1-9) in each blank cell. (No line can have two

of the same number).

Each row (nine lines from left to right), column, (also nine lines

from top to bottom) and 3 X 3 block within a bold block (nine

blocks) contains number from 1 through 9. This means that no

number can appear twice in any block, column or row.

No mathematics is involved – no adding, subtraction, division or

multiplication, just plain logic and your imagination.

ACROSS

1 Suspend (4)

3 Rapturous (8)

9 Nazi police (7)

10 Wild West show (5)

11 Bottomless gulf (5)

12 Puzzling question (6)

14 About (6)

16 Revered (6)

19 Large snake (6)

21 Newly-married woman (5)

24 Eject 5)

25 Japanese art of paper

folding (7)

26 Final performance before

retirement (4,4)

27 In this place (4)

DOWN

1 Scottish New Year celebration

(8)

2 Unpleasant (5)

4 Groups of singers (6)

5 Weary (5)

6 Young child (7)

7 Wooden shoe (4)

8 Dried grape (6)

13 Glue (8)

15 Exhibition centre in

London (7)

17 The capital of Ireland (6)

18 Innate (6)

20 High ground (5)

22 Picture (5)

23 Optical glass (4)

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