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MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019

Lawan, Ndume, others in

last-minute horse-trading

PDP senators-elect move to stop Oshiomhole’s candidates

Akume: Party supremacy not negotiable

I’m still in race for Dep Senate President —ALIMIKHENA

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JNI backs bill to

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POCKET CARTOON

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(PTAD) Sharon Ikeazor (L) and others assisting a pensioner, during the Parastatals' Pensioners Verification

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Lawan, Ndume, others in

last-minute horse-trading

By Clifford Ndujihe,

Henry Umoru,

Levinus

Nwabughiogu,

Joseph Erunke &

Dirisu Yakubu

A BUJA—TWENTY-

FOUR hours to the

inauguration of the 9th

National Assembly,

contenders for the various

leadership positions were

locked in last-minute

horse-trading, last night,

to get the upper hand at

the election on the floors

of the two chambers.

The two candidates for

the Senate Presidency,

Senator Ahmad Lawan

(APC, Yobe North), and

Senator Ali Ndume (APC,

Borno South) have

focused their attention on

wooing senators-elect

individually. There are

also promises of

chairmanship of strategic

committees, among

others.

Currently, there are 107

senators-elect as two are

still being expected from

Imo State. The APC has

62 senators-elect, PDP 44

and YPP, one. If the

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC gives former Imo

State Governor, Rochas

Okorocha his certificate of

return for Imo West

Senatorial District as

ordered by the court, APC

will have 63 senators.-

elect

The APC endorsed

Ahmad Lawan for the

senate

presidency;

Senator Ovie Omo-

Agege for deputy senate

presidency; and Femi

Gbajabiamila for the

House of representatives

speaker.

Ndume insists that he

has the support of

President Muhammadu

Buhari and assurances of

most of his colleagues. He

pooh-poohed reports of

61 senators-elect

endorsing Lawan, adding

that he would get the

‘’real endorsement’’ on

the floor of the Senate

tomorrow.

PDP Senators in

marathon

meeting, vow to

fight Oshiomhole

To ensure they played

decisive role in the

election, some senatorselect

on the platform of the

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, met last night in

Abuja.

At the meeting, the

Senators are taking a

position collectively on

how their votes would go

and also brainstormed on

the way forward the Ninth

National Assembly.

Vanguard gathered that

the meeting was to ensure

that the candidates of

APC National Chairman,

Comrade Adams

Oshiomhole, did not

emerge as leaders of the

National Assembly.

Recently, Oshiomhole

drew the ire of the PDP

lawmakers when he said

the APC as the ruling

party would not share

leadership and

chairmanship positions

with the PDP except

statutory slots meant for

the opposition.

A source at the PDP

senators-elect meeting

told Vanguard that the

time has come for them to

reply Oshiomhole over

his stand that the APC

would not share positions

with the PDP except the

statutory Public Accounts

which is traditionally for

the opposition in the

Senate and House of

Representatives.

The source said further

that the move is to show

to the APC National

Chairman that as

Senators, they are men

and women who have

occupied various

positions in the society

and should not be

addressed the way and

manner Oshiomhole did.

Gbajabiamila’s

camp threatens

new members-elect

with sanctions if

In what appears like a

last-minute strategic fight

to win the speakership

election, the ruling All

Progressives Congress,

APC, and the political

camp of its adopted

candidate for the office,

Femi Gbajabiamila, have

devised fresh plans to get

new members-elect to

vote for him.

This is a response to the

National Assembly

management’s adoption

of secret balloting for the

election as opposed to

open-balloting canvassed

by some leaders of the

APC.

The plan, Vanguard

gathered last night, is to

issue what is called a

green card to all the

members on the day of

inauguration.

The plan, according to

a new member-elect from

the North-East who

craved anonymity, is for

the members to pen down

the serial number of the

ballot papers with which

they vote on the card.

The essence, the

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By Bose Adelaja,Dickson Omobola,

Tolulope Oke, Chiamaka Uba,

Erinfolami Abdulkudus& Janet

Somoye

Insecurity: More laws or enforcement?

I

believe what Nigeria

needs is enforcement

and not more laws. The

question then is how well

have we kept the existing

laws? Are the police

men even observing the

dictates of the law? Working

on enforcement

should be given priority,

otherwise, we will have

more laws and they won’t

have any effect.

Mr. Oluwabamise Adeniyi,

Student

The Inspector General

of Police is partially

right, because the security

agents are corrupt and

have broken virtually all

existing laws. What they

actually need is training.

They need not just field

training but also mental

training. The security angencies

need to be provided

with ammunitions to

fight and protect the interest,

lives and properties

of Nigerians.

Mr. Lanre Bello, Analyst

The Nigerian Police

presently lacks the

basic necessities to thrive

in a country where corruption,

kidnapping,

armed robbery and other

social vices have been

the order of the day. What

we need is a review of

the existing laws and provision

of modern day

equipments of international

standards

Mr. Olanrewaju Ibitoye

More laws are

needed in the

context of reviewing the

existing ones. We

should do away with the

ones that do not address

modern security

challenges and replace

them with the ones that

correspond with international

standards recommendation

and also

address security issues

effectively. Law enforcement

has always

been a problem for us.

The two are needed,

most especially, enforcement.

Mr. Aremu Kehinde,

Businessman

What have we been

able to do with the

existing laws? Some of

our law enforcement

agencies even act as if

they are ignorant of what

the law says concerning

their operations. There is

need for a review of the

laws we have on ground,

and maybe we can add

some more in the future.

but first, they have to do

justice to existing laws.

Mr. Oyebanji Rilwan,

Graduate

At this critical point

e

s

pecially with the

state of insecurity in the

country, what we need is

enforcement of existing

laws. The entire Police

Force needs complete

overhauling in terms of

personnel, equipment,

training and retraining

that is equivalent to international

standard and

best practices around the

world. If all of the above

are put in place, there

will be no need for new

laws to combat insecurity

in the country.

Mr. Fashola Toyese,

Student


6—Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019

Cultists stone

2 rivals to

death in Delta

By Perez Brisibe

U GHELLI—TENSION

has enveloped Iwrekan

and Otu-Jeremi communities

in Ughelli South Local

Government Area of Delta

State, following the stoning to

death of two suspected cultists

by their rival gang members.

The incident took place over

the weekend close to Otu-

Jeremi Junction in what

appears to be a reprisal attack

after another suspected cultist,

simply identified as Karo, was

axed to death at Iwrekan

community.

Though efforts to speak with

Delta State Police Public

Relations Officer, Onome

Onowakpoyeya, were fruitless,

a security source at the Otu-

Jeremi Police Station,

confirmed both incidents.

The source, who spoke on

condition of anonymity,

disclosed that the victim, who

was killed at Iwrekan, was the

leader of one of the cult groups

in the area.

He said: “He (Karo) had just

finished attending the

swearing-in ceremony of the

newly-inaugurated Iwrekan

community executive when he

was attacked by his assailants,

who cut his head open with a

battle axe.

“In a reprisal, members of his

gang trailed two of his

assailants to Otu-Jeremi

Junction and stoned them to

death.”

6 robbers

nabbed in Ondo

By Dayo Johnson

AKURE—SIX robbery

suspects that attacked and

disposessed motorcyclists of

their motorcycles in three

major towns in Ondo State

have been arrested by Police

detectives.

Police sources said the

robbers operated in Owo, Ose

and Akure towns.

The suspects include Sola

Tosin, Lamidi Lucky, Ojo Are,

Kayode Ademola, Abiola

Jamiu and Abudu Oguleye.

According to Police, they

transport the motorcycles to

Akure, the state capital, where

they have a receiver named

Awo, now at large.

Vanguard learned that the

receiver changes the colour of

the motorcycles and re-sell to

unsuspecting buyers at

ridiculously low prices.

The suspects attacked one

Shaibu Success at B’ Division

Owo and upon a complaint the

six were picked up.

It was later discovered that

three of the suspects had earlier

robbed one Akinjogunla Dare

of his commercial motorcycle

between Ikare Junction Owo

and Ose Area of Oba Akoko.

EXPRESSWAY, ONE-WAY, EVERY-WAY, NO-WAY: Commercial motorcycles (Okada), fuel tankers,

container-bearing flatbed trailers and motorists moving in all directions at the Berger Yard axis of Oshodi-Apapa Expressway,

Lagos, yesterday. PHOTO: Lamidi Bamidele.

Man chops off boy’s wrist over fish pond

in Lagos

By Esther Onyegbula

THE quiet community of

Mebamu in Ojo area of Lagos

State was thrown into

pandemonium, Friday morning,

as a 61-year-old fish farmer,

Jeremiah Obifor, cut off the wrist

of a boy, Goodluck Amaechi, with

a machete.

Goodluck, a primary six pupil,

who lives with his father and

siblings at 6, Ajanaku Street, had

gone with two of his friends to a

swampy area behind their street

to fish, when he was attacked by

Jeremiah Obifor, whose house is

beside the swamp.

According to residents in the

community, it is commonplace to

find fishes whenever it rains

heavily in the swamps within the

community.

Victim’s account

Narrating what happened to

him at the hospital, Goodluck

said: “My friends and I were

playing within the community

when we decided to fish in one

of the swampy areas beside the

man’s house. It was while we

were at it that he cut my hand

and my wrist fell off; blood started

gushing out.

“As soon as my wrist fell off, he

took it and ran off. I began to

scream and shout for help at the

top of my voice.

“As I was shouting for help,

people gathered but they were

scared to help because of the

blood that was gushing out of my

hand. But they were using their

phones to video the incident until

a man, who was riding a bike,

came and used a hand towel to

wrap my hand.”

Vanguard gathered one of their

neighbours and the bike rider took

Goodluck to New Life Hospital

located at Afromedia, but they

were referred to General Hospital,

Igando, where he was eventually

admitted.

The victim’s foster mother, Doris

Isaac, a.k.a. Mummy Esther, said:

“I was at home when I heard the

news of the incident. Initially, we

•While I was bleeding, onlookers didn't help, but

were recording with their phones—Victim

Goodluck Amaechi

thought it was a ritualist that cut

off Goodluck’s hand.

“So I ran to the scene as his

father had gone to work, only to

find him crying for help, with his

hands bleeding, his clothes filled

with blood. I carried him, as he

was already getting weak.

“Luckily, a good Samaritan,

who had a bike, used his clothe

to tie the hand to reduce the

bleeding. It was the same man

that took us with his bike to the

first private hospital we went to,

before we were referred to

General Hospital, Igando.”

The community youth leader,

Mr. Obodo, said Goodluck’s hand

was picked up alive from the

swamp, adding “out of shock I

dropped it back before another

resident picked it up.

“Unfortunately, before the

victim was rushed to Igando

FIVE persons, including a

couple, died in a road

accident in Abuja yesterday,

while the sixth person, who was

injured in the incident which

occurred at about 8a.m. near

Setraco Junction along Kubwa

Expressway, was rushed to the

hospital.

According to an official of

Federal Road Safety Corps,

General Hospital after he was

rejected at New Life Hospital, the

chopped off wrist had died.”

An eyewitness, Olukayode

Bosun, explained that “you won’t

believe that while we were

looking for the victim’s hand that

was cut off, the suspect, Jeremiah

Obifor, joined in the search. But

for Goodluck and his friends, who

recognised him, we wouldn’t

have known he was that wicked.

“Some of the angry youths

almost burnt his building before

the arrival of policemen from

Okoko Divisional Police Station,

who arrested him.”

Suspect’s account

The suspect, Jeremiah Obifor,

who initially denied that he was

around when the victim was

attacked, later revealed that he

attacked the victim because he

FRSC, Mr. Emmanuel Agbo,

the incident occurred when a

Toyota Camry car coming from

Kubwa area to Abuja City

Centre was hit by a trailer.

Speaking at the scene of the

incident, Agbo said the impact

of the trailer, which was

travelling in the same direction,

forced the car, with six

passengers, off the road.

Obifor and the severed wrist

thought he came to steal his fish.

According to Jeremiah Obifor,

“I saw the victim around my

fishpond and thought that he

came to steal my fish. That was

why I attacked him.”

Confirming the incident,

spokesperson for Lagos State

Police Command, DSP Elkana

Bala, said on June 7, at about

12.20p.m., one Doris Isaac of 6

Ajanaku Street, Okoko, reported

at Okoko Police Station that on the

same date at about 8.20a.m., her

foster son, Goodluck Ameachi, of

the same address, was attacked

with a machete by one Jeremiah

Obifor of 14 Isha Ibrahim Street,

Mechanic Bus Stop, Mebamu,

Okoko and cut off his right hand.

“The victim was rushed to

Igando General Hospital.

Investigation is ongoing and the

suspect will be charged to court.”

Couple, 3 others die in Abuja auto crash

His words: “The impact forced

the car, with number plates ABC

978 SL, to crash onto the

concrete pillar of a bridge across

the highway.

“Five persons in the car,

including a couple, died on the

spot. A sixth person in the car,

a woman, sustained serious

injuries and has been rushed

to the hospital.”


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019—7

Police arrest 2 over murder in Enugu community

ENUGU State Police

Command has arrested two

suspects in connection with the

murder of a man in Agbani area

of the state.

The command’s Public

Relations Officer, SP Ebere

Amaraizu, said, yesterday, in

Enugu that the incident occurred

on Wednesday at Amurri

Junction in Agbani, Nkanu West

Local Government Area.

Amaraizu said the suspects

were arrested through

intelligence information

gathering.

He gave the names of the

suspects as Elochukwu Eze, 21,

from Ishiokwe Agbani and

Michael Ani, 22, of Mbogodo

Agbani community.

According to him, “it was

gathered that the deceased was

found lying in a pool of blood at

Amurri Junction, and closer

observation revealed machete cuts

on his head.

“He was rushed to a hospital

for medical attention, where he

was confirmed dead and the

corpse deposited at Agbani

District Hospital mortuary for post

mortem.”

Amaraizu said the

Commissioner of Police, Mr.

Suleiman Balarabe, had directed

prompt action and full scale

investigation into the incident,

adding “the suspects are now

helping Police operatives of the

command in their investigations

on the matter.”

Bandits kill 25 in 3 Sokoto villages

THE 25 persons killed by

bandits in a fresh attack,

Saturday, in three communities of

Rabah Local Government Area of

the state were, yesterday, buried

at Gandi town.

The bandits, in large numbers,

raided Kalhu, Tsage and Geeri

villages near Gandi and killed the

25 persons.

Governor Aminu Tambuwal,

together with heads of security

agencies, traditional rulers and

government officials, attended the

funeral and later condoled the

families of the deceased.

The attackers were said to have

By Evelyn Usman

Aman, Joseph Agugom, and

his brother, Paul Agugom,

narrowly escaped being set blaze

by an irate mob at Lawanson area

of Lagos, over allegation that they

kidnapped a woman and her

child for ritual purpose.

The duo were accosted by some

curious persons, who sighted a

woman whose hands were tied

struggling to free herself inside

their Honda CRV car, with

number plates FST 587 BU, at

about 12.45p.m.

Upon enquiry, the bound

woman, later identified to be

Justina Emmanuel, disclosed

that one of the men, Joseph, whom

she claimed to be her husband,

kidnapped her and her baby for

money rituals.

She further alleged that her

husband had earlier used her two

children for rituals.

The mob descended on the men

and were on the verge of setting

them ablaze when policemen

from Itire Division, led by the

Divisional Police Officer, CSP

Odey Ogah, stormed the scene.

She’s mentally

unstable—Husband

However, at the station, Joseph

disclosed that his wife had a

mental disorder. He told

policemen that he and his brother

were taking her to the hospital

when they were accosted.

He said: “My brother and I

were transporting her to the

hospital when she raised the

alarm that we were ritualists.

When we tried to explain to the

mob, nobody believed.

“We would have been killed had

engaged in indiscriminate

shooting from around 5p.m. on

Saturday till yesterday morning,

after which they carted away

hundreds of cows, sheep and

other valuables.

Rabah has been experiencing

incessant bandits’ attacks in

recent time, with people losing

their lives while many others,

who were rendered homeless,

now take refuge at an internallydisplaced

persons camp in

Gandi.

Tambuwal pledged that the

government would take more

measures “to end such uncivilised

The wife in hospital.

the Police not arrived when they

did. Nobody would have known

we were innocent.”

Contacted, Lagos State Police

Public Relations Officer, DSP

Elkana Bala, said family

members of the suspects and the

woman had confirmed that the

woman had mental illness.

He further stated that the

children whom the woman

claimed were kidnapped by her

husband were hale and hearty.

According to Bala, “one Honda

CRV car with number plates

LAGOS FST 587 BU, two phones

and one bag containing two

flasks, three pieces of rope, one

black para-military belt and one

green beret were recovered at the

scene.

“Preliminary investigation

revealed that the victim is married

to one of the suspects, Joseph

Agugom, and the child belongs

to both of them.

“It was also revealed that she is

suffering from mental illness and

she is being transported to

hospital, when she raised the

alarm and some members of the

public stopped the car and

descended on the suspects.

“Members of both the suspects

and barbaric attacks,” and urged

community members to assist

security agencies with useful

information to track the bandits.

Speaking to newsmen, the state

Commissioner of Police, Mr.

Ibrahim Kaoje, said four persons

including a woman informant,

who pretended to be a lunatic,

were arrested.

Kaoje said a joint security

operation was in progress to contain

banditry and other crimes.

State Chairman, IDPs’ Welfare

Committee, Malam Lawal

Maidoki, said relief materials had

been delivered to the victims.

Man almost lynched as mentally-unstable wife raised

kidnap alarm

and victims family came to the

station and made statements to

the effect that the victim is

suffering from mental illness and

was actually being transported to

hospital.

“The other two children of the

victim are with her husband.

They were brought to the

station, contrary to the

allegations by the victim that

they were killed by the husband

for money ritual.

“The victim was taken to

hospital by the Police for

medical examination. The

Command has launched a

manhunt for those who

participated in the mob action

with a view to bringing them to

justice.

“Members of the public have

the power to arrest anybody

suspected of a crime, but the

law provides that such persons

arrested should be handed over

to the Police immediately.

“It is only investigation that can

determine the truthfulness or

otherwise of the allegations. And

our laws presume the accused

person to be innocent until

proven guilty by a court of

competent jurisdiction.”

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8—Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019

Why Nigeria's economy

cannot grow —Dangote

L AGOS—PRESIDENT

of Dangote Group, Aliko

Dangote, has said the poor

performance of the country’s

power sector was hindering

growth of the economy.

Dangote spoke at a

consultative roundtable

session for public and private

sector stakeholders organised

by the Central Bank of

Nigeria, CBN, in Lagos,

weekend.

According to Dangote,

Nigeria had been struggling

to increase its electricity output

for the past 18 years without

success.

He urged the Federal

Government to improve the

sector, saying no business

would thrive with business

owners generating their own

power.

He said: “How do you have

economic growth without

power? So, no power, no

growth because without

power there can’t be growth.

“Egypt increased its

electricity by 10 gigawatts,

which is equivalent to 10,000

megawatts in 18 months.

“In Nigeria, we have been

struggling for 18 years without

adding 1,000 megawatts and

Impact of limitation of banks’

access to govt securities

depends on CBN mechanisms

—DMO

ABUJA— THE Debt

Management Office,

DMO, has said the impact

of the proposed limitation

of commercial banks’ access

to government securities on

the market will depend on

the actual mechanism

provided by the CBN.

Director, Portfolio

Management Department,

Debt Management Office,

DMO, Mr. Oladele Afolabi,

who stated this in an

interview with the News

Agency of Nigeria, NAN,

in Abuja, weekend, said:

“For instance, how would

‘government securities’ be

defined? Would this include

the Open Market

Operations, OMO, Bills

being issued by the Central

Bank of Nigeria, CBN?

“The specifics of the

mechanism would

determine the impact on the

market," Afolabi stated.

He, however, assured

that the limitation would not

affect the market or

discourage investors,

adding that the Federal

Government bond market

had developed over the

years from the initial period

when banks were the

dominant investors to the

present situation where

there were now other

categories of investors.

Afolabi said the new

categories included the

pension funds, asset

managers and foreign

investors, all with

significantly higher levels

we have spent about three

times above Egypt, why? So,

I think we all need to be

concerned about that.”

Dangote urged government

to promote import substitution

for foreign exchange

accumulation through

proceeds from exports.

He said instead of

depending on proceeds from

crude oil sales, government

should focus on the non-oil

sector of the economy, with

particular reference to finance,

manufacturing and

agriculture.

“Government needs to

encourage non-oil sector

growth rather than depending

on proceeds from crude oil to

pay salaries. Proceeds from

crude oil sale should be for

major investment in the

country," he said.

The business mogul also

said the availability of

consumer credit facility was an

important option in fighting

corruption in the country.

He said the Central Bank of

Nigeria, CBN, and

commercial banks should

develop consumer credit

products to encourage lowincome

earners to engage in

loan taking.

of participation than before.

The director added that

the DMO had been

working with other

stakeholders to encourage

higher level of issuances by

private sector organisations

and the Federal

Government granted tax

waivers in that regard.

“This is a sign of maturity

of the Federal Government

bond market and we expect

to continue to diversify the

investor base for

government securities

particularly with new

instruments such as the

Sukuk, Savings Bond and

Green Bond,’’ he added.

Dasuki: Malami faces disciplinary

panel over professional misconduct

CAN, PFN kick, as JNI supports bill

to regulate preaching in Kaduna

RELIGIOUS bodies in

Kaduna State have

expressed divergent views

on the passage of the bill to

regulate preaching in the

state.

The state House of

Assembly had, on Friday,

passed the executive bill,

which was introduced in

2016.

Reacting to the

development, Sunny

Akanni, counsel to the

Pentecostal Fellowship of

Why we handed over Goje’s

case to AG —EFCC

ECONOMIC

and

Financial Crimes

Commission, EFCC, said,

weekend, the office of the

Attorney-General of the

Federation has the

constitutional power to take

over a case at any stage of

investigation.

Spokesman of EFCC,

Tony Orilade, said this in

reaction to withdrawal of

the anti-graft agency from

the N25 billion “fraud” case

of Danjuma Goje, former

governor of Gombe State.

The case, which has been

on for close to eight years,

was handed over to the

office of the AGF on Friday.

When the case came up

VISIT: From left: Executive Director (Finance), Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, FMBN,

Mr Meville Ebo; Commandant, Housing Nigeria Security and Nigerian Security and Civil

Defence Corps, NSCDC, Mr Kingsley Oguntuase, and Managing Director, FMBN, Mr

Ahmed Dangiwa, during a visit of NSCDC delegation to FMBN headquarters in Abuja,

Photo: NAN

THE immediate past

Attorney-General of the

Federation and Minister of

Justice, Mallam Abubakar

Malami, will on Thursday

face the Disciplinary Panel

of Legal Practitioners

Privileges Committee over a

prejudicial statement made

against the detained former

National Security Adviser,

Colonel Sambo Dasuki

(retd).

His invitation is based on

for an emergency hearing

on Friday, Wahab Shittu,

EFCC counsel, told the

court that the agency was

withdrawing from the case

and handing it over to the

office of the attorneygeneral.

But defending the action

of the commission

yesterday, Orilade said the

commission acted in line

with the law.

“By virtue of the existing

law, the office of the

Attorney-General of the

federation has the power to

take over any criminal case

at any stage. And that is

exactly what has

happened,” he told NAN.

a petition written to Nigerian

Bar Association, NBA, by

Dasuki’s family.

The Hearing Notice, dated

May 16, 2019, and signed

by Patricia Orhomuru Esq,

Secretary, Disciplinary

Committee of the Legal

Practitioners’ Privilege

Committee, has a reference

No: PET/LPPC/23/2018.

The notice read in part:

“Take notice that the above

matter is fixed for hearing by

the Disciplinary Committee

Nigeria, PFN, threatened

to sue the state Assembly

for disobeying a court order

restraining it from taking

any action on the bill,

pending the determination

of a suit before the state

high court.

According to him, in

March 2017, the PFN filed

a suit against the bill on the

grounds that it is offensive

to fundamental human

rights.

Akanni said: “We are

surprised that despite the

court order restraining the

house from continuing with

the hearing or anything on

the controversial bill,

pending the determination

of the matter, the

lawmakers went ahead to

pass it.

“We are going to serve

forms 47 and 48 on the

house for disobedience of

court order and if they don’t

respond, we will charge the

clerk and the speaker of the

house for contempt of

court."

Similarly, Christian

Association of Nigeria,

CAN, said it was studying

the revised bill and would

sue the state assembly if it

was not satisfied with the

provisions.

Joseph Hayab, state

chairman of the association,

urged Governor Nasir el-

Rufai not to sign the bill in

of the Legal Practitioner

Privileged Committee of the

Office of Registrar Supreme

Court of Nigeria Abuja on

June 14, 2019 at 11.00 o’clock

in the forenoon.’’

Malami is expected to face

the panel for investigation in

a statement credited to him

in the Voice of America,

VOA, Hausa Service on July

13, 2018 in which he was

quoted that Dasuki would not

be released despite all

subsisting court orders for his

haste.

He said: “We are going

to test that bill in the court

of law because we are in a

democracy, people should

not just bring laws from the

back door.

“You don’t make laws with

the intent of causing havoc,

you make laws with the

intent of helping people to

unite. You don’t make laws,

claiming that the purpose

of the law is for peace but

the law itself is used to

cause crisis."

JNI supports bill

On the contrary, the state

chapter of Jama’atu Nasril

Islam, JNI, applauded the

bill, saying the Muslim

body was given the

opportunity to make input.

Yusuf Adamu, state

secretary of JNI, said

anybody who will preach

according to the books

should not be afraid of the

bill.

He said: “We were given

chance to make input. CAN

and JNI were asked to

make input. CAN refused

to do anything, we (JNI)

made our input and it was

considered.

“So as far as I am

concerned, you should

have no reason to fear if

you know you are going to

preach according to the

books."

release on bails.

In the audio recording of

the interview he granted

VOA, Malami had accused

Dasuki of being responsible

for the deaths of over 100,000

Nigerians during

Jonathan’s era.

Malami had said:

“Remember, we are talking

about a person who was

instrumental to the deaths of

over 100,000 people. Are you

saying that the rights of one

person are more important

than that of 100,000 who lost

their lives?”

A Notice of hearing in the

petition filed by Dasuki’s

family against former AGF

indicated that Malami

would be interrogated by the

committee of the Legal

Practitioners at the Office of

the Chief Registrar, Supreme

Court of Nigeria, Abuja.

The Dasuki’s family had

petitioned the Nigerian Bar

Association, NBA, praying

for an investigation and

sanction of the former

minister over his

unprofessional conducts and

utter disregards to the rule

of law likely to cause anarchy

in the country through his

promotion of disobedience to

the lawful order of court by

the Federal Government.

In the petition dated July

23, 2008, and received by the

NBA the same day, the

family wanted Malami to be

investigated in the resolve of

the Federal Government not

to comply with any order of

court admitting the former

NSA to bail and had been

unjustly detained for almost

four years.

Recalling how their son

served Nigeria meritoriously

for 21 years as a courageous

officer in the Nigerian Army;

Managing Director Nigeria

Security Printing and

Minting Company,

NSPMC, and later as

National Security Adviser,

NSA, to the immediate past

administration, they stated

that Dasuki in his lifetime

has not been convicted of

any crime till date.


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019—9

Buhari accepts

Onnoghen’s

voluntary retirement

•Seeks appointment of five

justices for S-Court

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

A

B U J A —

PRESIDENT

Muhammadu Buhari

has written the Acting

Chief Justice of Nigeria,

Justice Tanko

Muhammad, on the

appointment of

additional five justices of

the Supreme Court of

Nigeria.

Buhari has also

accepted the voluntary

retirement of Justice

Walter Onnoghen as the

Chief Justice of Nigeria,

CJN.

This was contained in

a statement by Senior

Special Assistant to the

President on Media and

Publicity, Mallam Garba

Shehu in Abuja,

yesterday.

The president,

according to the

statement, wrote:

“Pursuant to the

provisions of Section

230(2) A&B of the

Constitution of the

Federal Republic of

Nigeria, 1999 (as

amended), I am pleased

to request that you

initiate in earnest the

process of appointing

additional five justices of

HEALTH TIPS

By Sola Ogundipe

Reduce your liver cancer

risk

While it’s not always

possible to prevent liver

cancer, you can reduce

your risk by being

vaccinated against hepatitis

B, being tested for hepatitis

C, practising safe sex, and

limiting your consumption

of alcohol.

Hepatitis B can be

transferred from mother to

baby during childbirth or

breastfeeding, often

resulting in a chronic

infection.

What many people do not

realise is that it is relatively

easy to contract the

hepatitis B virus, unlike

viruses such as HIV.

Simply sharing a

toothbrush or having small

cuts on your hand and

touching a doorknob with

a trace amount of blood

from someone with

the Supreme Court of

Nigeria to make the

full complement of 21

justices as provided by

the aforementioned

provisions of the

constitution.

“This is in line with

the government’s

agenda

of

repositioning the

judiciary in general

and Supreme Court in

particular for greater

efficiency, with a view

to reducing the

backlog of appeals

pending at the

Supreme Court.

“Please accept, your

Lordship, the

assurances of my

highest regards.”

The statement

further stated:

“President Buhari has

accepted the

voluntary retirement

from service of Hon.

Justice Walter

Onnoghen as Chief

Justice of Nigeria,

effective from May 28,

2019.

“The President

thanked Justice

Onnoghen for his

service to the Federal

Republic of Nigeria

and wished him the

best of retirement

life.”

hepatitis B is enough to

contract the infection.

People who become

infected with the hepatitis

B virus are often not ill

when they acquired it and

may otherwise be unaware

of the infection until it does

substantial damage.

If you have a family

history of people who had

liver disease, get tested for

the disease. The consistent

use of condoms can greatly

reduce your risk.

If you have hepatitis B,

you should advise your

partner so that he or she can

get vaccinated. Cut down

on your number of sex

partners. Limit processed

foods and red meats. If you

are a smoker, now is the

time to quit. Don’t share

injection needles and

syringes.

AGREEMENT: From left, Mr A. W. Sule, Head of Legal/ Board Secretary, Oil and Gas

Free Zones Authority, OGFZA; Umana Umana, Managing Derector, OGFZA, and Bolaji

Osunsanya, MD, Axxela Ltd, energy solutions firm, during the signing of agreement for

cheap, quality electricity supply to Onne/Ikpokiri Oil & Gas Free Zone.

Police vacate Oando head office

•2 non-executive directors resign

•Oando was given fair-hearing —SEC

By Peter

Egwuatu

OPERATIVES

of

Nigeria Police Force

that barricaded Oando Plc’s

head office in Lagos have

finally vacated the office.

This development is

coming four days after a

Federal High Court order

in Lagos on June 3, granted

an interim injunction,

restraining Securities and

Exchange Commission,

SEC, from executing the

interim management in

Atiku vs Buhari: Tribunal resumes hearing

today, as panel gets new head

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

A BUJA—THE

Presidential Election

Petition Tribunal sitting in

Abuja will today resume

proceedings on the petition

challenging the declaration

of President Muhammadu

Buhari as winner of the

February 23 presidential

election.

The tribunal had on May

22, adjourned further

hearing on the case the

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, and its candidate,

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar,

lodged against the outcome

of the presidential poll,

after President of the Court

of Appeal, Justice Zainab

Bulkachuwa, recused

herself from presiding over

the panel.

Bulkachuwa disqualified

herself following a motion

the petitioners filed to

challenge her decision to

preside over the fivemember

panel tribunal.

PDP and Atiku had

Oando.

The court injunction

followed an application filed

by Wale Tinubu,

Managing Director and his

deputy, Mr Omamofe

Boyo.

Confirming the latest

development to Vanguard,

Head of Corporate Affairs

of Oando Plc, Alero

Balogun, said: “All the

policemen have left our

head office. On Friday, they

all left and work is going

on smoothly.

‘’The Managing Director

insisted that Bulkachuwa’s

involvement was

prejudicial to their case

against President Buhari,

since her husband and son,

are card-carrying members

of the ruling All Progressive

Congress, APC, which is

the 3rd Respondent in the

petition.

Despite a ruling of the

tribunal that dismissed

PDP’s contentions, Justice

Bulkachuwa, on May 22,

voluntarily stepped aside,

promising to appoint

another Justice to head the

panel.

Meanwhile, Vanguard

learned, yesterday, that

Bulkachuwa may likely be

replaced by another female

justice.

A source at the appellate

court told Vanguard that

Justice Monica Dongban-

Menssem, who is currently

serving under Enugu

Division of the court, may

take over from the

disqualified PCA.

Other justices on the

panel are Abdu Aboki, Peter

and Deputy Managing

Director and other staff are

all in their offices. So, work

is moving as usual. The

case is in the court and the

hearing will commence

from June 14, 2019."

She wondered why SEC

has not released the

forensic audit report,

saying: "We want SEC to

make public, the forensic

audit report and give the

board fair-hearing.’’

2 non-executive

directors resign

Besides, two directors of

Oando Plc have resigned

from the board and the

company has notified the

Ige, Samuel Oseji and

Joseph Ikyegh.

PDP and Atiku had

earlier expressed concern

over delay in the

appointment of

Bulkachuwa’s

replacement.

In a letter they sent to

Justice Bulkachuwa on

May 31, the petitioners,

decried that they were

already running against

time considering that the

case against Buhari must

be concluded and

judgement delivered

within 180 days.

As it stands, the

petitioners have barely 92

days left to call witnesses

and adduce evidence that

the 2019 presidential

election was manipulated.

The available days will

equally be shared by all the

respondents in the matter,

including Independent

National Electoral

Commission, INEC,

President Buhari, and

APC, who are all expected

to defend the outcome of

the election.

Nigerian Stock Exchange,

NSE, weekend.

A statement sent to the

exchange read: “The

company notified its valued

shareholders, key

stakeholders and the public

of the resignations of its

Non-Executive Directors,

Chief Sena Anthony and

Mr. Oghogho Akpata from

the Board of Directors of

Oando Plc, with effect from

June 3, 2019. Chief Sena

Anthony and Mr.

Oghogho Akpata were

active members of the

board and its

subcommittees.

‘’The board and

management of Oando Plc

appreciate their valuable

contributions to the growth

of the Company.”

Oando was given

fair hearing— SEC

Meanwhile, reacting to

the concern raised by

Oando and other

stakeholders, SEC,

yesterday, affirmed that

Oando was given sufficient

opportunity of being heard

before they were penalised.

According to a statement

from SEC, Oando officials

had opportunities to defend

themselves during the

investigation by SEC and

during the forensic audit.

The statement read: “The

attention of SEC has been

drawn to various reports

questioning the regulatory

authority of the SEC, and

insinuating lack of due

process in the

investigations of Oando

Plc.

“To put the records

straight, SEC, hereby,

states that fair-hearing is a

paramount and

fundamental principle,

which the commission, as

a law-abiding agency,

adheres to in all its

investigative processes."


10 — VANGUARD, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019

APAPA GRIDLOCK: Task Team to

shut Mile 2/Coconut to trucks

By Godfrey Bivbere,

Godwin Oritse &

Ebuka Oko

L AGOS—THE

Presidential Task

Team on Restoration of Law

and Order in Apapa will,

from today, shut the Mile 2

to Cocoanut end of the

Apapa-Oshodi

Expressway to trucks to

enable the contractor

handling the project to

commence remedial work

on the failed portion of the

road.

Disclosing this after a tour

of the port area in Lagos, at

the weekend, a member of

the team, Commissioner of

Police, Hakeem Odumosu,

said that the contractor is

expected to deploy men

and equipment to the site

this weekend.

Odumosu explained that

all articulated vehicles

heading for Apapa from

Oshodi will be diverted at

Mile 2 through Orile,

Costain to Apapa from

Monday.

He noted that only

trucks coming from Apapa

would be allowed access

through that route.

Oil blocs: FG has taken the

right step — Summit Oil

By Udeme Akpan

L

A G O S —

SPOKESPERSON

of the Chief Moshood

Abiola family, Alhaji Jamiu

Abiola, yesterday, threw his

weight behind the Federal

Government’s decision to

revoke the licences of five

oil blocs, over ‘legacy debts’,

amounting to billions of

dollars.

In a telephone interview

with Vanguard, yesterday,

Alhaji Abiola, who

specifically referred to

Summit Oil International’s

Oil Prospecting Lease, OPL

206, said: “This is a

government that operates

on the basis of the rule of

law. The oil bloc that you

His words: “The plan is to

ease traffic from Mile 2 to

Tin-Can Island. We have

stopped trucks coming from

Mile 2 to Coconut axis so

that we can completely free

the lane to Tin-can. On the

other side of the road, we

are diverting them from

Fatgbems, to prevent them

from moving in. We are

diverting them now to go

down the bridge to go

through Costain to

completely free the road

from Coconut to Mile 2.

”This will give the

contractor space to work.

They gave us 48 hours to

do this, within this time; we

will divert all trucks to Orile

through to Ijora and 7Up

then to Apapa to link Tincan.

“Once that is done, those

going to Tin-can Island will

now use one lane. At

Coconut, they will open a

corridor there so that once

the container leaves Tin-can

Island; they will join Tin-

Can heading for Mile 2.

That is the worse area

where trucks are falling

down; in the next seven

days, you would not see

any truck on that side of

the road."

mentioned belongs to the

company named Summit

Oil owned 100 percent by

my late father, Moshood

Abiola.

“Since his death, equal

shares of that company,

based on the dictates of his

will, should have been

transferred to each of his

children who had passed

the

DNA

(DeoxyriboNucleic Acid)

test.”

He said: “In this regard,

notwithstanding any other

likely violations that might

have triggered the said

revocation, the government

is right to have revoked the

license. In fact, this action

should have been taken a

very long time ago.”

NBA to deliberate on economic,

employment growth in Nigeria

By Innocent Anaba practitioners and the

L

opportunities for business

AGOS—THE 13th growth and professional

Annual Business Law capacity development will

Conference of the Nigerian be central to these

Bar Association – Section on discussions.

Business Law, NBA-SBL, The NBA-SBL is one of

scheduled to hold in the specialist sections of the

Lagos, will examine the NBA, established to

factors, steps and actions enhance the professional

required to ensure development of commercial

economic growth and lawyers, support law and

increase the rates of policy reforms in Nigeria.”

investment and The theme of the

employment in Nigeria. conference is Growth,

Chairman of the 2019 Investment and

conference planning Employment, Beyond

committee, Dr Ade Adefulu,

made the allegations, while

briefing newsmen,

weekend, in Lagos to

herald the conference

scheduled to hold from

June 26 to June 28, adding

that the gathering will also

discuss the role of legal

Rhetoric.

In his remarks, Chairman

of the SBL, Mr. Seni Adio,

SAN, said the section was

proud of its achievement

over the years, as it had

contributed immeasureably

to economic advancement

in the country.

INSECURITY: CDS, Buratai, others must

go — YCE •As Afenifere, DAWN tango over siege on S'West

By Dapo Akinrefon,

Ola Ajayi & Rotimi

Ojomoyela

A DO-EKITI—THE

Yoruba Council of

Elders, YCE, yesterday,

called for the sack of all the

service chiefs including the

Chief of Defence Staff, Lt.

Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin;

the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.

Gen. Tukur Butatai and

others, saying that except

the security architecture is

overhauled, the country will

continue to witness myriads

of crimes.

This came as the pan-

Yoruba socio-political

organization, Afenifere,

faulted the Development

Agenda for Western

Nigeria, DAWN,

Commission over the siege

of herdsmen in the South

West.

In a statement by its

Secretary, Dr. Kunle

Olajide, the YCE said their

removal was necessary

because they appeared

tired and bereft of new

initiatives of tackling the

insurgents in the North and

vice across the country.

The YCE scribe also

called on President

Muhammadu Buhari to

restructure the country in

line with advocacy for true

federalism, saying the

lopsidedness in the

country’s structure was

causing poverty among

citizens, thereby, leading to

an upsurge of crimes.

Olajide said: “The

present service chiefs

started with President

Buhari four years ago, still,

they have not been able to

reduce insurgency in the

North and kidnapping in

the south.

“My opinion is that they

have run out of ideas and

they should be sacked.

They are fatigued already

and have nothing to offer.

“The best for President

Buhari is to bring in fresh

hands to manage our

security architecture to

prevent further killing.

Afenifere, DAWN

Commission tango

Meanwhile, DAWN

commission has allayed the

fears of people in the South

West over the continued

invasion of herdsmen.

The Commission, in a

statement by its Director

General, Mr. Seye Oyeleye

said: “DAWN Commission

appeals to the general

public that contrary to the

alarmist, exaggerated and

s o m e t i m e s

misrepresentation of facts

by mischievous elements on

social media and other fora,

Western Nigeria largely

remains peaceful, safe,

welcoming and harmonious

to all law-abiding people

and not in a state of crisis.

“DAWN Commission also

calls on all those with

influence, including

political, religious and

traditional leaders, to

exercise and encourage

restraint and to refrain from

incitement to hostility or

violence, even in moments

of outrage. An escalation of

inflammatory rhetoric by

influential persons or

groups at a moment like this

has the potential to

aggravate the growing

unease and could

ultimately serve the

interests of those averse to

peace in the region.

“DAWN Commission calls

on all influential leaders to

exercise restraint in

spreading unfounded and

unsubstantiated messages

and incitements and

counter such with

messages of tolerance,

respect, and peace. We

urge the general public on

all forms of social/traditional

media to act responsibly and

refrain from using or

condoning any language

that may escalate tensions

and to constructively

scrutinize and be keenly

aware of numerous

mischievous narratives and

postings on social/

traditional media

platforms.”

“But countering the

DAWN commission,

Afenifere’s National

Publicity Secretary, Mr.

Yinka Odumakin,

disagreed with the

commission insisting that

Yorubaland is under siege

of herdsmen/militia.”

The statement reads: “The

situation has degenerated

to the point that our people

are now afraid to travel on

most of the roads in the

zone as their safety cannot

be guaranteed.

“But our enthusiasm was

dampened by the

insensitive, insulting and

deeply annoying statement

put out by the DAWN

commission the Governors

charged with the

assignment.

“It would be sad if the

quoted words from DAWN

represent the views of our

Governors in the midst of

the monumental tragedy

that has befallen our people

in the hands of invading

marauders.

“Our people would not

mind if they are reading

this from Miyetti Allah in

this grievous moment but

coming from their own is

BIRTHDAY: Mr.

Muyiwa Adetiba,

former Editor,

Vanguard Newspaper

(left) and Mr. Sunmi

Smart Cole, a veteran

photojournalist, during

a thanksgiving service

by Massey Morning

Daily Praying Band to

mark the 75th birthday

of Dr. Biola Dele

Sobowale, a renowned

columnist, at Tafawa

Balewa Square (TBS)

with reception at TBS

Banquet Hall, Lagos

Island, yesterday.

Photo: Bunmi Azeez.

insult upon injury.

“If we are not ready to

solve the problem

confronting our people, let

us not insult them, mock

their fate or trivialize what

they are going through.

”We encourage our

people not to be

despondent at this moment.

This too shall come to pass.”

Aare Adams commends

Governors

Meanwhile, the Aare

Onakakanfo of Yorubaland,

Gani Adams, has

commended governors

South West for its security

summit in the region.

Adams, in a statement,

yesterday, said: “I must

commend the efforts of the

governors; it came at a time

when the South West had

been gripped by the

activities of the herdsmen

and other social vices. “”As

far as I am concerned, I

believe the move will

translate to further progress

because it will further create

an enabling environment

for foreign investors that are

interested in doing business

in the region.

Plus TV Africa to broadcast

on StarTimes across Africa

LAGOS—A 24-Hour

news channel, Plus TV

Africa will now broadcast

across all of Africa via

StarTimes dish platform.

The pay-tv company

spoke at the weekend,

barely 6 months after the

channel launched locally

on the pay-TV platform.

The upgrade, according

to StarTimes is as a result

of the superior performance

of the Plus TV Africa since

it launched late last year

and its drive to reach a

wider audience across more

than 30 African countries

where it broadcasts,

reaching an audience of

over 12 million homes with

news in business, politics,

sports, entertainment and

global trends.

A release by the Chief

Executive Officer,

StarTimes Nigeria, David

Zhang said: “Plus TV

Africa has done well during

the pilot phase of the

broadcast hence the

upgrade to our dish

platform. Right now, in all

of Africa where we

broadcast, Plus TV Africa

can be enjoyed.”

Also, Managing

Director/ Editor-in-Chief

at Plus TV Africa,

Kayode Akintemi said:

“The upgrade to

broadcast Pan Africa is

proof that the hard work

the company has put into

creating unique and

engaging content for

various category of the

audience has paid off.”


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019 — 11

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VISIT: From left; Ijesa South Federal Constituency, Hon Babatunde lawrence Ayeni; Osogbo Federal Constituency,

Hon Bukola Oyewo; Irewole Federal Constituency, Mrs Taiwo Olukemi Oluga; Ila Federal Constituency, Hon

Femi Fakeye; Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State, Mr; Ifelodun Federal Constituency, Hon Rasheed

Olalekan Afolabi and Iwo Federal Constituency, Hon Yinusa Amobi, during a courtesy visit by APC House of

representatives-elect from Osun to Governor Oyetola at Awolowo House, Asokoro Abuja, on Saturday.

How selfish leaders killed Yoruba aspirations,

Nigeria’s economy — AKANDE

O

S

O G B O —

FORMER Interim

National Chairman of the

All Progressives Congress,

APC, Chief Bisi Akande

has accused some ‘selfish

and greedy’ Yoruba leaders

of being responsible for the

retrogression and

underdevelopment that the

Yoruba race is currently

witnessing.

Akande noted some

South West leaders, in

military uniforms,

collaborated with the north

to destabilise the Yoruba

political strength,

marginalise its people and

expropriate their common

patrimonies like University

of Ife, the western Nigerian

Television (WNTV) and the

Liberty Stadium.

The former governor of

Osun State spoke

weekend, at the unveiling

of Karele Oodua Logo and

Investiture of Karele

Oodua Ambassadors

organized by the Ministry

of Home Affairs, Culture

and Tourism in the State.

Karele Oodua is a

pilgrimage-like initiative

aimed at getting Yoruba

people in Diaspora to return

to their ancestral land to

learn, understand and see

what the African Traditional

Religion encapsulates.

Akande noted that the

selfish Yoruba leaders also

took part in annulling the

June 12, 1993 Presidential

election won by Chief

MKO Abiola to take him out

Nigeria's presidency.

He said: “After the

independence, for reasons

of rank promotions, our

leaders in military uniforms

collaborated with the north

to destabilize our political

SERAP, BudgIT, EiE urge court to stop NASS

N4.68bn ‘welcome package’

L 1,500 AGOS—OVER

concerned

Nigerians, including the

Socio-Economic Rights and

Accountability Project,

SERAP, BudgIT and

Enough is Enough

Nigeria, EiE, have filed a

lawsuit asking the Federal

High Court to “restrain,

prevent and stop the

National Assembly Service

Commission from paying

the incoming members of

the 9th National Assembly

individually and/or

collectively over N4.68

billion as ‘welcome

package’.”

No date has been fixed

for the hearing of the suit.

SERAP, BudgIT and EiE,

suing for themselves and

on behalf of 1,522

concerned Nigerians,

stated that: “The Revenue

Mobilization, Allocation

and Fiscal Commission,

RMAFC, has failed to do

any downward review of

salaries and allowances of

members of the National

Assembly since 2007 in

spite of the economic

downturn in Nigeria. Yet,

the commission is

statutorily required to

review the pay of the

lawmakers, in conformity

with the country’s economic

realities and to achieve

fiscal efficiency.”

In the suit number FHC/

L/CS/943/2019 filed last

Friday before the Federal

High Court in Lagos, the

plaintiffs argued: “Given

many years of extreme

poverty in the country, and

the inability of several state

governments to pay

salaries of workers and

pensions, the refusal or

failure of the Revenue

Mobilization, Allocation

and Fiscal Commission to

review and cut the salaries

and allowances of members

of the National Assembly is

a gross violation of the 1999

Nigerian Constitution (as

amended) and the

commission’s own Act.”

Joined as defendants, in

the suit are the Senate

President, Speaker of the

House of Representatives,

National Assembly

Service Commission and

Revenue Mobilization

Allocation and Fiscal

Commission, RMAFC.

strength, to marginalize

our people, to expropriate

our patrimonies like the

University of Ife, the

western Nigerian

television, the Liberty

Stadium and to hound

our elites and youths into

graves and into exile for

another layers of Yoruba

in Diaspora.

“They assisted in

annulling Abiola’s election.

Since the beginning of this

Republic, the same leaders,

for reasons of greed and self

aggrandizement, cringed

to the north and the East

for political influence to

continue to depress and

degrade the authentic

aspirations of the Yoruba

people with a sermon that

the Yoruba should join the

mainstream politics of

Nigeria.

“The consequences of all

these corrupt actions of our

Yoruba leaders in

collaboration with other

greedy and corrupt

Nigerian leaders is the total

crash of the Nigerian

economy which gave rise

to the present urban and

rural slums and

infrastructural decay

together with its

accompanied various

criminals ravaging our

society today.

“The emphases of the

economic destructions have

resulted in more migration

of most Nigerian Youths

into most ugly exile to

the Diaspora since the

beginning of this

century. Each community

has its criminals.''

JUNE 12: History'll be kind to Buhari — GROUP

By Gabriel Olawale

A

pro democracy

group, Coalition for

Good Governance and

Justice, CFGGAJ has

lauded President

Muhammadu Buhari for

declaring June 12 as

Democracy Day, saying

history will be kind to him

for the act.

The group, however,

called on the President to

go a step further by

making sure the portrait

of the winner of the

election, Chief M.K.O

Abiola is placed side by

side that of former Heads

of State.

According to a statement

by CFGGAJ convener,

Emmanuel Umohinyang,

President Buhari deserves

commendation for shoving

aside the prejudices

against June 12 election,

and the late Abiola by

giving recognition to the

historic election.

The statement reads:

“June 12 was the freest

election our country,

Nigeria has ever had, but

that election was annulled.

“The election was a sad

reminder; it was better

Dokubo committed to N-Delta

devt — AKEREDOLU

A

B U J A —

GOVERNOR

Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo

State, at the weekend,

lauded the performance of

the Presidential Amnesty

Programme under the

leadership of Prof. Charles

Dokubo, and expressed

conviction of a deep rooted

commitment to the

development of the Niger

Delta.

Akeredolu spoke in Abuja

when he paid a courtesy

visit to Dokubo in his office.

He said: “It is not the first

time I have met him. Prof.

Dokubo is someone from

the Niger Delta and he is

committed to the Amnesty

programme; that, he has

shown today. He has a

personal commitment to

everything that has to do

with Niger Delta because he

is one of them. So, I see that

in him, and he has shown

it.”

The governor, however,

urged the Federal

Government to continuously

review participation in the

Amnesty Programme to

provide a window of

opportunity for more youths

in the Niger Delta to be

included in the programme.

He said expansion of the

scope of the Amnesty

Programme

to

accommodate more persons

will take away a lot of unrest

in the Niger Delta region.

He said: “We are here to

discuss matters that have to

do with amnesty as they

affect our people in Ondo

State. The meeting went well

imagined than seen. Today,

when you look at the clips

of that era, you can’t but

weep for the heroes and

heroines, both living and

dead who scarified their all

for the actualization of June

12.

“We cannot but pay tribute

to the legendary Gani

Fawehinmi, Professor Wole

Soyinka, Senator Bola

Tinubu, Chima Ubani, Dr.

Beko Ramsome Kuti, Mr.

Femi Falana (SAN), Mr.

Yinka Odumakin, Dr.

Kayode Fayemi and others.''

“Not only by recognizing

and conferring on Abiola the

and we are going to work

on our decisions.

“I think a few things have

been done by him

(Dokubo), and from my

discussion with him, there

must be continuous

assessment of this

programme, at least, to be

sure that people do not take

advantage of it. If you have

had opportunity to be

trained or you have gone to

school, then use the benefit

for yourself; don’t deny

others the opportunity to

come into the scheme.

“If you have been to the

university or you have been

trained and you still want

to be collecting money;

don’t deny others the

opportunity to come into the

scheme; it cannot be

unending that you think that

the government has all the

funds in this world to spend.

People who have been

trained should not be

expected to be paid money.

No, it is not right.

“I think that there must

come a time where people

who have completed the

programme should exit so

that others can come in and

others who have not yet

come in, there must be a

way the programme can

accommodate them; which

is what we anchored our

discussion on. The Federal

Government should look

into it in its entirety, so that

where there are people

coming in, there should be

budgetary provisions for

them so that they can run

this programme properly.”

Allegation of assault of RCCG

Pastors to smear my image

— JUSTICE OMOLEYE

By Dayo Johnson

AKURE—A Court of

Appeal judge in

Akure, Justice Folayemi

Omoleye who was accused

of assaulting two pastors of

the Redeemed Christian

Church of God, RCCG,

weekend said the

allegation was to smear her

image.

Justice Omoleye was

alleged to have assaulted a

68-year old Assistant Pastor,

Felicia Akindurotoye and

another pastor, Felix

Solomon of the RCCG.

The church has

threatened to petition the

National Judicial Council,

NJC, on the assault on its

members by Justice

Omoleye.

But reacting to the

allegation, Personal

Assistant to the Judge,

Julius Olususi, in a

statement in Akure, entitled:

Blackmail by the Redeemed

Christian Church of God,

said the judge was open to

an amicable resolution

Olususi said the

allegation was to “cause a

distraction from the

fundamental issues raised

in the letter dated 22nd

May, 2019 to the General

Overseer of the Redeemed

Christian Church of God

on the continuous noise

and environmental

nuisance by the RCCG,

Glory Tabernacle Parish,

Ijapo Estate, Akure.

“Which consequently

breach of His Lordship’s

right to the quiet possession/

enjoyment of the property,

which was purchased as far

back as year 1984 to serve

as a personal residence,

long before the land upon

which the church is situated

was illegally acquired.

“His Lordship remains

resolute in the pursuit of the

rights enduring to His

Lordship under the

Nigerian constitution.''


12—Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019

Why we're opposing

Akpabio on ministerial slot

—A-Ibom APC elders

By Levinus

Nwabughiogu

ABUJA—ELDERS of

All Progressives

Congress, APC, Akwa

Ibom State, have insisted

on their position that

President Muhammadu

Buhari must not appoint

Senator Godswill Akpabio

as a minister in his second

term.

The elders under the

aegis of Ibom Integrity and

Servant Leadership

Culture Initiative had,

penultimate week, written

formally to the president,

saying Akpabio, who is

former governor of the state,

was not their choice for a

ministerial slot of the state.

They submitted that the

choice of the senator would

destabilise the peace in the

state.

However, the statement

was met with a rebuttal by

the leadership of state

chapter of APC, which

denied knowledge of the

group’s existence and,

consequently, dismissed

their submission.

In a statement by its

executive vice president,

Dr. Asuquo Etim, yesterday,

in Abuja, the group said it

stands by its letter to the

president.

According to Etim, the

allegations of corruption

against Akpabio, which

were still under

investigation by Economic

and Financial Crimes

Commission, EFCC,

profligacy in public office,

flippancy and haughty

public utterances were an

albatross to his

appointment.

They said that nominating

him for such an office would

cast aspersion on the anticorruption

war of the current

administration.

Etim said: “The following

verifiable fact-check will

help to ascertain the

objectivity and veracity of

our earlier assertions as

contained in our letter to Mr.

President, which is that:

Senator Akpabio is still

under probe by EFCC,

hence unfit for ministerial

nomination in the Next

Level government.

"That he was a

destabilising factor in APC

in Akwa Ibom, which

contributed to the party’s

poor outing at the recent

election.

"That his profligacy in

public office and hunger for

power corrupts his sense of

propriety, which makes him

ignore norms, standards

and traditions, and that his

flippancy and haughty

public utterances still hurt

our party till date."

NDDC: Kpodoh faults Delta

leaders over alleged

marginalisation

By Onozure

Dania

A

FORMER Security

Adviser to the Bayelsa

State Government, Chief

Perekeme Kpodoh,

weekend, described as

“misplaced” and “crying

foul” the call by some

leaders from Delta State

that the state was

marginalised in the

appointment of Chairman

and Managing Director of

Niger Delta Development

Commission, NDDC.

According to Kpodoh,

though the issue of rotation

among the existing states

of Niger Delta was being

followed in the

appointment of chairman

and managing director of

NDDC, the call by Delta

leaders at the time when

key stakeholders had

resolved to support the

confirmation of the acting

managing director,

Professor Nelson

Branbaifa, from Bayelsa

State was ill-advised and

an unnecessary distraction.

Kpodoh, in a statement

said the decision on the

appointment into the

NDDC was the prerogative

of the president and such

decision should be

respected and those

appointed supported to

deliver the needed

development to the people

of the benefitting states.

He said: “The Delta

leaders position on the

issue of appointment

should be respected but it

is ill-timed. The concerned

stakeholders from Delta

State and other states of the

region have resolved to

stand with Professor

Branbaifa to ensure that the

development expected is

delivered without

acrimony.

“The issue of

development in Niger

Delta should be the

concern of all stakeholders

irrespective of the state that

produces chairman or

managing director of the

commission."

Northerners control oil bunkering in

N-Delta —Oduku, Riverine Security boss

By Emma

Amaize, Regional

Editor, South-South

A

S A B A —

Commandant

General, Nigerian Riverine

Security (Coast Guard of

By Emma

Amaize

the Federation),

Commander Bibi Oduku,

has disclosed that wealthy

Northerners, he referred to

as Alhajis, were in

command of the oil

bunkering business in

Niger Delta.

Oduku, who made the

findings of the group

available to Vanguard said:

“The fact is that 80 per cent

of oil bunkering activities

are sponsored by the

Buhari/Osinbajo manner of democracy

baffles PANDEF

A SABA—PAN-Niger

Delta Forum, PANDEF,

the umbrella group of

traditional rulers, leaders and

stakeholders of the coastal

states of Niger Delta, has

expressed concern over the

genre of democracy President

Muhammadu Buhari and

Vice President, Prof Yemi

Osinbajo, have foisted on

Nigerians.

National Secretary of the

group, Dr. Alfred Mulade, in

a statement while reacting to

the closure of African

Independent Television, AIT,

reopened on court order, said:

“There seems no end to the

rabid rape of the constitution

and the universal tenets of a

federal system in the

understanding of the

administration of President

Buhari and his Vice

President, Osinbajo, SAN, a

professor of constitutional

law, a former Attorney

General and Commissioner

for Justice, Lagos State and

a very senior pastor to boot.

“PANDEF, continues to be

amazed, indeed alarmed, at

the current interpretation of

the letter and spirit of the

constitution. For them, every

grain of the Nigerian territory

belongs to them, brooking no

other sensitivity or sensibility,

not to mention the

fundamental human rights of

life, safety, economic, cultural

and religious freedom, to

mention but just a few.

“This year alone, not yet

half done, has witnessed an

unconscionable assault on

the judiciary, one of the three

arms of government of the

foundational pillars of the

constitution, indeed,

democracy as classically

defined, and universally

practiced.

Bayelsa dep gov denies rift with Dickson

By Samuel

Oyadongha

Y ENAGOA—DEPUTY

Governor of Bayelsa

State, Rear Admiral

Gboribiogha John-Jonah

(retd), has denied

allegations of a political rift

between him and

Governor Seriake Dickson,

blaming it on mischief

makers bent on destroying

their cordial relationship.

Senior Special Assistant

on Media to the deputy

MOU: CEO of StarTimes Nigeria, David Zhang (left) and Kayode

Akintemi, Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of Plus TV Africa, after

signing the deal to broadcast Plus TV Africa across Africa on Channel

528 of StarTimes.

governor, Mr. Ebi

Evinson, in a statement,

weekend, dismissed as

unfounded and

misleading the publication

alleging that his boss was

refused the opportunity by

Governor Dickson to

nominate the party’s

(Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP) candidate for his

Nembe constituency in the

last legislative election.

He said: “This assertion is

not only false but a deliberate

attempt to cause mischief

and put a wedge between

the governor and his

deputy, with a view to

straining the robust

relationship existing

between the duo, who have

worked amicably in the last

seven and a half years.

“Indeed, it is only

unfounded and

preposterous thoughts

conceived by toxic and

mischievous minds that

could give rise to the

statement that the deputy

governor was denied

“The administration has

similarly brazenly and

recklessly placed a heavy jack

boot on the spiritual and

cultural emotion of the people

in its treatment of the rights

to religious assemblage,

and the revered traditional

institution. The Buhari/

Osinbajo administration has

also not allowed the

economic sector to be for a

seamless development of the

country.

“The recent brutal

summary closure of the

African Independent

Television, AIT, and Ray-

Power broadcast outlets of

DAAR Communications

Limited, a private business

company, providing

employment, and a

democracy strengthening

information and educational

services, is yet another of the

government’s disdainful

attitude to governance, with

impunity backed by

unconstitutional immunity."

involvement in the nomination

processes, in the

just-concluded legislative

election.

“For the avoidance of

doubt and for purposes of

putting the records in their

proper perspective,Jonah

contributed and participated

effectively towards the

nomination and election of

Mr Ben Ololo of Nembe

Constituency I to the

Bayelsa State House of

Assembly for a second term."

Alhajis. They sponsor

strong men in Niger Delta

to carry out oil bunkering

activities. The remaining 20

per cent is from leaders in

the region that have tasted

the sweetness of the

business.

“It is the money the

Alhajis give their men in

Niger Delta that they use

to pay for the well heads,

prepare cooking (illegal

refining) location and pay

workers.

“After cooking the crude

oil, they separate the fuel,

kerosene etc and arrange

it in different containers for

easy transfer of the products

to the marketers.

Thereafter, the Alhaji gets

the giant share.”

Oduku, whose group has

been involved in

surveillance of oil pipelines

in the region for years, said:

“Every state in Niger Delta

has locations where oil

bunkering activities are

carried out and security

agencies know that too.”

How oil theft can

be stopped

He noted that oil thieves

operate mostly in the coastal

areas of the region and on

how to stop it, he said: “Oil

theft can be stopped by the

federal and state governments.

First, the government

can stop the oil theft

by putting the proper security

agencies/units on constant

duty by hunting down

every illegal oil bunkering

camps down in the region.

“Second, government has

to track down the sponsors

of illegal oil bunkering activities

in the region, which

is the Alhajis, chiefs and other

leaders are mainly involved

in. Third, government

should also trace every marketer

buying products from

illegal oil bunkers.

“Riverine Security with

the Joint Task Force can end

this oil theft matters in the

Niger Delta. I can promise

that with full assurance and

government support to

Riverine Security, we will

end oil theft in Niger Delta.

Riverine Security is trying

its best to put this to an end.

We have all it takes to end it

or reduce it to a tolerable

level.”

Speaking to Vanguard, a

legal practitioner and

Niger Delta activist, Mr.

Eric Omare, said: “From

my knowledge of the Niger

Delta terrain, I think there

are two classes of people

and two levels of oil bunkering

in the region. There

are those who get the raw

crude, possibly through

barges to a smaller vessel

and eventually to mother

(bigger) vessel in the sea

for sales in foreign countries."


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019—13

Ganduje/Sanusi faceoff: Intervene as

chairman of NGF, Emir tells Lalong

By Marie-Therese

Nanlong

JOS—EMIR of Kanam in

Kanam local government area

of Plateau State, Alhaji

Muhamadu Muazu has pleaded

with the Chairman of Northern

Governors Forum and Governor

of Plateau State, Simon Lalong,

to intervene in the ongoing feud

between the Kano State

Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje

and the Kano Emirate Council

headed by Emir of Kano Alhaji

Lamido Sanusi II.

The Emir of Kanam made this

appeal in Jos while paying the

traditional Sallah homage

alongside the Muslim community

of the state to Governor Simon

Lalong at the Government House,

J o s .

Gov Abdulrazaq directs state ministry

of works to compile list of bad roads

By Demola Akinyemi

I AbdulRahman LORIN—GOVERNOR

AbdulRazaq of

Kwara State, weekend directed

the Ministry of Works to compile

the list of failed roads in the state

for the government to work out

funding options for their

rehabilitation

This came as he assured

residents of the state that he

would fix the bad roads across the

state to bring a new lease of life

to the people.

Speaking at a meeting with top

officials of Kwara State Road

Maintenance Agency in Ilorin he

said he was determined to deliver

his campaign promises to the

people.

AbdulRazaq decried the

condition of roads in the state,

saying the new administration

would partner with the National

Assembly and the Federal

Government on how to quickly fix

them.

The governor also said he was

By Innocent Anaba

ABUJA—THE Nigerian Bar

Association, NBA, has

constituted a Constitutional and

Electoral Review Committee,

headed by Professor Fabian

Ajogwu, SAN.

NBA President, Mr Paul Usoro,

SAN, in a statement, yesterday,

said “Pursuant to the mandate

that was given to me by the NBA

National Executive Council, NEC

at its meeting held December 6,

2018, I have constituted a

Constitutional and Electoral

Review Committee comprising

the following eminent members

of our association. Prof Ajogwu,

SAN, Chairman, Solomon

Umoh, SAN - Alternate

Chairman, Titi Akinlawon, SAN,

Seye Opasanya, SAN, Ibrahim

Nassarawa, Henry Onyuike,

Ekpenyong Ntekim, . Yusuf

Kadiri, David Karshima, Nkoyo

Amah, Aji Bubakari Kamale

Dele Oloke, . Sule Shuaibu and

Adamu Umar

“One of the cornerstone

legacies that my administration

hopes to bequeath to succeeding

NBA administrations would be

corporate governance principles

exemplified by the transparency,

Emir Muazu noted that as

Emirs and Chiefs in the

Northern states, their primary

duty was to work with their

state governors and state

governments as indivisible

team, noting that by so doing,

they were expected to be

partners in progress.

In a statement issued

yesterday in Jos by Solomon

Gujor, the Deputy Director of

Press and Public Affairs, the

Emir argued that “the

intervention of the Northern

Governors Forum leadership

would help in bringing to an

end the feud between

Governor Ganduje and Emir

Sanusi II, so that they would

all work for peace and

progress of Kano State.”

aware of the high expectations of

the people and was resolved to

work for the people, especially in

road construction and other social

infrastructure.

He said, “The state of our roads

is disappointing. This is

particularly true of Kwara North.

There is no road, for instance, to

Gwanara especially now that it is

raining and yet the contractor

handling it is collecting money.

That was why the previous

administration was stoned (in

Gwanara). We don’t want to be

stoned,”

He said the contractors would

only be asked to go if they failed

to deliver on the administration’s

development agenda and

timeline.

“Kwara people have woken up

and if I don’t fix the road, they

will protest. So we will sit with

the contractors. We are not sacking

or removing them. We want to be

proactive so they can do their

job,” he said.

NBA sets up c’ttee on

constitutional, electoral review

prudence and accountability with

which we manage the finances

of the Association. The practice

of preparing and publishing the

NBA’s Quarterly Financial

Statement (“FS”) has come to stay

and has been applauded by most

well-meaning members of our

association. Unknown to most, the

NBA Constitution does not

mandate that practice.

“My administration has

institutionalised the practice

merely because we know and

believe it to be good practice,

particularly in a circumstance that

we are managing the

association’s funds in trust for the

members. However, given the

lacunae in our constitution, there

is the distinct if not imminent

possibility and likelihood of that

practice departing the NBA

House with the effluxion of my

administration’s tenure –except of

course the constitution is

amended to institutionalise, with

prescribed sanctions in the event

of default, the preparation of the

Quarterly FS by the elected

executive, presentation of the FS

to NEC at its quarterly meetings

and publication of same to all

members."

3,641 killed by herdsmen in Benue,

five other states — WAANSA

By Peter Duru

MAKURDI—NO fewer

than 3,641 persons were

allegedly killed by suspected

herdsmen between January

2016 and October 2018 in the

six states of Benue, Plateau,

Nasarawa, Taraba, Zamfara

and Kaduna.

President of West African

Action Network on Small

Arms, WAANSA-Nigeria,

Josephine Habba disclosed

yesterday at a briefing to

commemorate this year’s Arms

Control Week of Action in

Makurdi.

She said the herdsmen crisis

had already displaced over

483,692 persons in Benue

State alone explaining that “of

the number, 56.24 percent of

the displaced population are

children, 22.59 percent are

women, while 21.17 percent

are men. This statistics is based

on the profiling of the IDPs in

Benue State carried out by

Jireh Doo Foundation, JDF, in

collaboration with Benue State

Emergency Management

Agency and Community

Links.”

According to her, within the

same period, Boko Haram

terrorists carried out more

than 65 attacks in the North

East, causing 411 civilian

deaths; and abducted about 73

persons, including women.

“There remains at least 1.7

million internally displaced

persons, IDPs, in the states of

Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa,

395 live in camps or similar

settings and 61percent in host

communities.

“According to the UN, 5.2

million people in the North

East are in urgent need of food

assistance; 450,000 children

below the age of five are in

urgent need of nutrition. In

July 2018, Doctors without

Borders reported that 240

children had died from

malnutrition in Borno State,”

she said.

The WAANSA President said

it was in view of the

increasing conflicts and loss of

innocent lives that the Network

had been at the fore front of

advocacy for an end to trade

and misuse of small arms and

light weapons in Nigeria.

“These clashes have been a

fight to control and access

resources including water,

land and pasture. According

to Amnesty International, AI,

the Nigerian government has

the constitutional

responsibility to protect lives

and properties of its citizens.

“Where this has not worked

as expected, it promotes the

demand and supply of Small

Arms and light weapons

leaving us with the challenges

of hardly arresting and

prosecuting perpetrators of

the attacks,” Habba added.

SALLAH CELEBRATIONS: The Hakimin Basawa and Yeriman Zazzau, Dr.Mohammed

Munir Jafaru during the Hawan Dause Durbar to round off the Eid-el-Fitr Sallah

celebrations in Zaria yesterday. Photos:Olu Ajayi

World Food Day: NAFDAC decries poor

handling of foods by producers

…says poor practices exposing Nigerians to health risks

By Chioma Obinna

LAGOS—AS the World marked

this year’s World Food Safety

Day yesterday, the National

Agency for Food and Drug

Administration and Control,

NAFDAC, has decried poor

handling of foods in Nigeria by

producers and sellers, saying the

populace and consumers are

being exposed unduly to health

risks from contaminants.

At a briefing to mark the Day in

Lagos with the theme: “Food

Safety, Everyone’s Business”, the

Anglican bishop calls for collective

effort in nation building

By Sam Eyoboka

OGUN—BISHOP of the

Diocese of Awori (Anglican

Communion), Rt. Revd. Johnson

Akin Atere, has pleaded for better

understanding and cooperation

between those in authority and

the people to enhance national

socio-economic growth.

Atere made this remark at Ota,

Ogun State during the

conferment of chieftain titles of

Aare Atuluse and Yeye Aare

Atunluse of Aworiland on the

chairman of Mapcotec Nigeria Limited,

Dr. Segun Osifeso, and his wife by the

Olota of Ota, Oba (Dr.) Abdulkabir

Obalanlege, and all Awori Obas in

Ogun State.

The cleric stated that the benefits

inherent in cooperation from the

people were enormous, especially in

the quest to ensure qualitative service

delivery to the citizens.

He charged Osifeso to not only

improve on his good virtues and be

fervent in prayers, but also have the

fear of God and take the worship of

God more seriously; noting that”

because God Himself make kings,

anyone with authority such as the one

conferred on him should know that all

good and perfect gifts come from only

God.”

Director-General of NAFDAC,

Dr. Christianah Adeyeye, also

disclosed that the World Health

Organisation, WHO's, report

showed that an estimated 600

million cases of food borne

diseases occur annually while

children under age five carry 40

percent of the burden of the

disease with 125,000 deaths

every year.

Adeyeye said in Nigeria, there

had been reoccurring food safety

issues as well as emerging issues

including artificial ripening of

fruits using unapproved agents

such as calcium carbide which

she said, could have deleterious

effects on health when such fruits

are consumed.

According to her, “The use of

unapproved insecticides such as

sniper for the preservation of

grains by unauthorised persons,

the use of containers

contaminated with hazardous

chemicals such as fertilizer bags

for grains or chemical drums and

jerry cans for food storage are

classic examples of a common

practice among the market men

and women due to ignorance."


14 — Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019

Executive order 5'll end

reckless influx of expatriates

into Nigeria — NUPENG

•Seeks order on casualisation, others

By Victor Ahiuma-

Young

NIGERIA Union of

Petroleum and

Natural Gas Workers,

NUPENG, weekend

lauded President

Muhammadu Buhari for

signing Executive Order 5

with the intent to improve

local content in public

procurement as well as in

application of science,

technology and innovation

towards achieving the

nation’s development goals

across all sectors of the

economy.

NUPENG in a statement

by its President, Prince

Williams Akporeha, urged

all relevant agencies

should be compelled to

implement to the letter the

new Executive Order

without delay and

hindrance to foster value

creation and addition in the

Nigerian human capital

development and

utilisation for material

resources and services.

The union also pleaded

with the President to issue

an executive order on

casualisation, outsourcing

and other unfair labour

practices especially in the

petroleum industry.

The statement read in

part: “We salute the courage

and patriotism of Mr.

President for prohibiting the

Ministry of Interior in the

Executive Order, from

giving visas to foreign

NNPC earns N174bn from PMS,

diesel, kerosene sales in March

A Nigerian BUJA—THE

National

Petroleum Corporation,

NNPC, yesterday, said it

earned N174.62 billion

from sale of white

petroleum products in

March 2019.

White petroleum products

comprise Premium Motor

Spirit, PMS, Dual Purpose

Kerosene, DPK and

Automotive Gasoline Oil,

AGO.

In a statement on the

release of its Monthly

Financial and Operations

Report, MFOR, for March

2019, the NNPC noted that

the sales of petroleum

products for March was

higher than the N168.65

billion recorded in

February 2019.

“Total revenue generated

from the sale of white

products from the period

March 2018 to March 2019

stood at N2.781 trillion, with

Premium Motor Spirit,

otherwise called petrol

contributing about 91.09

per cent or N2.533 trillion,”

it said.

In terms of volume, the

NNPC explained that its

subsidiary, the Petroleum

Products Marketing

Company, PPMC,

recorded a total supply and

distribution of 1.36 billion

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workers whose skills are

readily available in Nigeria;

and that where expertise is

lacking, procuring entities

will give preference to

foreign companies and

firms with a demonstrable

and verifiable plan for

indigenous development,

prior to the award of such

contracts.

“It is indeed worthwhile to

see this laudable

presidential directive

recommending that

consideration shall only be

given to a foreign

professional, where it is

certified by the appropriate

authority that such expertise

is not available in Nigeria.

“The President should

however not hesitate to

ensure all relevant agencies

are compelled to implement

to the letter the new

Executive Order without

any form of delay and

hindrance so as to foster

value creation and addition

in the Nigerian human

capital development and

utilisation for material

resources and services.

“We also use this veritable

medium to appeal to

President Buhari that the

application of the Local

Content Law be strongly

geared towards the creation

of decent permanent jobs for

Nigerian workers.

The prevalence of casual/

indecent jobs in Nigeria,

particularly in the

Nigerian Oil and Gas

industry is appalling and

highly disturbing.''

litres of white products in

March, compared with 1.33

billion litres recorded in

February 2019.

It said, “A further products

breakdown indicated that

the March volume

comprised 1.29 billion litres

of petrol, 0.023 billion litres

of Dual Purpose

Kerosene (DPK), and

0.047 billion litres for the

diesel component.''

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Saraki donates severance allowance to

Leah Sharibu’s family, others

By Henry Umoru

APresident,

BUJA—SENATE

Dr.

Bukola Saraki has directed

the National Assembly

Management, NAM, to

distribute his severance

allowance to families of

three victims of the

insurgency in the North-

East zone by Boko Haram

and children of late

Senators in need of

financial assistance.

In a statement by his

Special Adviser (Media

and Publicity), Yusuph

Olaniyonu, Saraki stressed

that the severance

allowance should be used

to support the families of

Leah Sharibu, who is being

held by Boko Haram

terrorists after she and other

girls were abducted from

Dapchi town in Yobe State,

and two humanitarian

workers abducted and

murdered by the

insurgents, Hussaini

Ahmed Khoisan and

Hauwa Liman.

Also to benefit from the

money according to Saraki

“are children of late

members of the 8th Senate

who may require financial

assistance in furtherance of

Elect Omo-Agege as Deputy Senate

President, Senators urged

By Jeremiah

Urowayino

A Advocacy

BUJA—THE

for

Change has called on

Senators to vote for the

Senator representing

Delta Central Senatorial

District, Ovie Omo-Agege,

as Deputy Senate

President.

The group, in a release

by its Secretary, Eyengho

Besidone in Abuja, said:

‘’Of all the presiding

offices at both the upper and

lower houses, that of the

Deputy Senate president is

more contentious. So we

hereby appeal to senators

vying for the office of the

Deputy Senate President to

shelve their ambition and

support the most

distinguished Senator Ovie

Omo-Agege, who is an

advocate of change and had

won the overwhelming

support of Nigerians across

board for his stance for truth

and equity that led to the

vibrant challenge against

the overbearing leadership

of the 8th Assembly.

“A vote for Omo-Agege is

a vote in the right direction.

It is noteworthy that the

ruling APC had also zoned

the position of the Deputy

Senate President to the

South-South zone, this we

think is an advantage to the

ranking senator. As a

...Children of late Senators also to benefit

their education as a Trust

Fund is to be established

by the management of the

National Assembly for the

purpose.”

He explained he decided

to use his severance

package to support the

selected victims of the

insurgency because of the

fact that their cases

represented some of the

most touching

humanitarian issues

debated at the plenary

during the four-years of the

8th Senate and on which

his colleagues and himself

made emotional and

passionate speeches.

According to him, “20

percent of the severance

allowance is to be donated

to the family of Leah

Sharibu while 20 percent is

also to be paid to the family

of Hauwa Liman, the aid

worker brutally murdered

by Boko Haram after she

was captured. Another 20

percent is to be donated to

the family of the second aid

worker, Hussaini Ahmed

Khoisan, also murdered in

the same circumstance by

Boko Haram. The

remaining 40 percent

should be used by the

National Assembly

management to set up a

Trust fund that will assist

children of deceased

members of the 8th Senate

who are in financial need

for their education.

“It is my hope that this

Trust fund should grow

with more contributions

from my dear colleagues,

present, past and future,

who may be moved to put

in additional money into it.

The Clerk of the National

Assembly will immediately

get an official letter from me

mandating him to act as

stated above on the

disbursement of my

severance allowance.”

Dangote seeks law promoting gender equality

THE President/Chief

Executive of Dangote

Industries Limited, Alhaji

Aliko Dangote, has called

for law promoting gender

equality in the country.

Speaking in Lagos at the

2019 Women Corporate

Directors Lecture

sponsored by Aliko

Dangote Foundation, he

advocated a legislation

backing to allow a certain

percentage of women in

public or private sectors

group, we hope the 9th

assembly will create a

symbiotic relationship that

will foist an exemplary

standard between the

Executive and the

Legislature for the good of

Nigerians.

“We use this opportunity

to commend President

Muhammadu Buhari and

the National Leader of APC,

Senator Bola Ahmed

Tinubu on their giant strides

in leadership.

“We also commend the

Adams Oshiomhole-led

NWC in curtailing those

who think the party belongs

to them, their families and

stooges and making it clear

that gone are the days

power is transmitted down

from parents.”

work force.

He stated that “We can

start with a proportion of

like 30 women to 70 men

on the board.”

He noted that increasing

the number of women in

corporate world lead to

increase in innovation and

innovative thinking, which

opens up the door of fresh

perceptive, saying that

women on board of

directors reduce

governance related issues

and ultimately result to a

better performance.

According to Dangote,

“from my businesses as

well, my three daughters all

take on challenging roles

as senior executive at the

group level and I can tell

you that they have led the

businesses to success. We

have a strong number of

women at Dangote

Industries across board, a

lot of women occupy

important leadership, and

their efficiency has been

noticed.”

He noted that with the

caliber of women at this

event today, ranging from

board executives of various

organisation, business

executives and top

government executives,

this is a clear indication that

women in the work force

have started taking their

rightful place in the private,

public and social sector in

Nigeria and across Africa.

He however said despite

this impressive

achievement there is still a

lot of work to be done to

close the gender gap in the

world work place.

Nigeria women

according to Dangote are

climbing the corporate

ladder and we have a good

number of them as CEOs

of top firms, members of

board of directors or

chairperson of board of

companies in the like of

former Minister of Finance,

Mrs. Nike Akande,

chairman of First Bank of

Nigeria,

Mrs.

Ibukunoluwa Awosika,

chairman of Access Bank,

Mosunmola Belo-

Olusoga, chairman of

Guaranty Trust Bank,

Osaretin Demuren, to

mention a few.

He said: “At Dangote

Group, we practice what

we preach and women

have excelled to board of

directors. We ran an

organisation that women

aspired to the highest

position without

hindrances.''

Dangote hoped that the

meeting will open more

doors for women as the

world continued to close the

gender gap in any

organisation.


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019—15

Abia govt schools shut over 10-month salary arrears

By Ugochukwu Alaribe

A BA—GOVERNMENTowned

primary and

secondary schools in Abia State

have been shut by teachers over

non-payment of their 10 months

salary arrears and Teachers Salary

Structure, TSS.

Vanguard gathered that the

teachers, who embarked on strike

last Monday, vowed not to return

to classes until their 10 months

arrears of salary are paid.

When Vanguard visited some

of the primary and secondary

schools on Friday, it was

discovered that no teacher or

student was on sight and the

schools were under lock and key.

An official of the teachers’ union,

who preferred anonymity,

HONOUR: From left— Former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke; his wife, Onari; Cross River State Deputy

Governor, Professor Ivara Esu; Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers

State, at the funeral service for late Mrs. Temitope Ekpeyong Ita, at the Presbyterian Church, Hope Waddel Parish, Calabar.

By Chinonso Alozie

OWERRI—IMO State House

of Assembly has raised

concerns over how N460 million

in its account was allegedly

expended during the time of the

suspended Speaker, Acho Ihim.

Vanguard gathered yesterday

in Owerri that the issue has

caused disaffection among the

lawmakers as they were still not

sure how to go about the

investigation.

Vanguard was at the last sitting

of the House of Assembly where

the controversial issue was

extensively deliberated and it was

noticed that some disagreed

slightly on the report submitted

by Deputy Speaker, Chika

Madumere-led ad hoc

committee.

The Speaker, Chinedu Offor,

resolved at the committee of the

whole session, after listening to

the arguments of his colleagues,

to stand down the report in view

of revisiting the matter later.

However, while some

lawmakers insisted that there is

need to probe the former Speaker

Ihim, to explain what he could

have done with the money in

question, others said Ihim’s case

would not achieve the needed

•... as NLC chairman calls NUT leadership cowards

accused Nigeria Labour

Congress, NLC, leadership in

Abia State, under Uchenna

Obigwe, of conniving with

government to place them under

perpetual poverty and hunger.

Efforts to contact the leadership

of Nigeria Union of Teachers,

NUT, Abia State chapter, were

unsuccessful.

However, the chairman of NLC,

Obigwe, denied that Labour

connived with the state

government to send teachers back

to classrooms on empty stomach.

He condemned the failure of

the NUT leadership to speak to

the press on the matter, stressing

that the NUT leadership was

present at the meeting held last

result.

In the dramatic session, the

Deputy Speaker, Madumere,

emphasised that “we are not

saying that the former Speaker

has embezzled any money but he

should be bold to come out and

account for it. Nobody is saying

he has done anything.”

Also, the member representing

Ikeduru state constituency, Uche

Oguwuike said the entitlements

of about five suspended

lawmakers had not been paid

and for that reason, there is need

to investigate the amount of

Sunday with the government

concerning the teachers.

His words: “Labour cannot

collude with government to call

off strike. It was a mutual

agreement on Sunday and their

leaders were there at the meeting;

they didn’t talk.

“The governor said he cannot

bring out N1.5 billion to offset

teachers’ issues and teachers will

still go on strike. Let them say their

side of the story and stop hiding.

Their hiding means cowardice.

The governor, his Head of Service

and the Financial Coordinator,

myself and the executive of the

NUT, met last Sunday.

“They stated their problems and

the government said they have

money raised on the floor of the

House.

He said: “There is need to look

into this matter. You can recall that

five lawmakers were suspended

and till now, their entitlements

have not been paid. Therefore,

the Speaker should come and

tell us about the money.”

However, what looks like a

softened argument came from

the member representing Aboh

Mbaise state constituency,

Mike Iheanetu, who suggested

that “a man’s hair cannot be

shaved in his absence,” adding

already released N1.5 billion.

That is to say, N250,000,000 for

those who were not paid for the

month of August last year,

N800,000, 000 for September and

October.

“Then government said they’ll

be paying at intervals of two

months to knock out their salary

arrears. Equally, government

formed a committee to look into

other challenges reported in their

grievances, including illegal

taxation and non-payment of

leave allowances.

“They did not object to what was

said, so I don’t know why they

are at home. I’m not for

government but what that was

what happened at the meeting.”

N460m scandal rocks Imo Assembly

By Joseph Erunke

ABUJA—ABIA leaders and

human rights lawyers from

the state have described the

ambition of ex-governor Orji Uzor-

Kalu, to occupy the office of

Deputy Senate President as a joke

taken too far.

They also said that those who

endorsed the former Abia State

governor last week as reported in

the media were “faceless Arewa

youths” rented for that purpose.

Speaking at a news conference

in Abuja yesterday, Cocoordinator

of Abia Leaders and

Human Right Lawyers, Uche

Okoroafor asked senators-elect to

reject Kalu for the position of

Deputy Senate President as he

lacks experience for the office.

They said: “Our attention has

been drawn to the ambition of the

former governor of Abia State,

Chief Orji Uzor-Kalu and his

purported endorsement by some

faceless and rented groups for the

office of Deputy Senate President

of the 9th Senate.

“We see his ambition as another

joke taken too far and we make

bold to ask our most respected

senators-elect to reject this former

that "it would be appropriate to

invite the former Speaker to

hear from him."

For the member representing

Obowo state constituency,

Kennedy Ibeh, "the committee

which submitted the report

ought to have included in their

report, an analytical breakdown

of their findings instead of just

mentioning an amount of

money."

According to Ibeh, "such

comprehensive report would have

aided extensively in the probing

of the matter."

‘Kalu's Dep Senate President ambition, a joke taken too far’

governor’s ambition in order to

save the 9th Senate from another

controversial beginning.

“Only last week, a cross section

of rented Arewa youths was

reported to have endorsed him for

the job. The former governor

has never hidden his desperate

desire to grab this job and he's

desperately doing it his own way

as he boldly said in a recent

outburst.

“We ask our distinguished

senators-elect to shine their eyes.

We cannot afford to make another

mistake that will drag the name

of the Senate in the mud.”

Police nab

DSTV channels

pirate in Owerri

By Dennis Agbo

Asuspected cable pirate,

Chimobi Onyechere, who

specialised in redistribution of

Multichoice Nigeria Limited

television channels, has been

arrested by the Police in

Owerri, Imo State.

The suspect is said to have

engaged in illegal

redistribution of the pay-TV

channels using cables from his

operation hideout to his

subscribers in Aladinma

neigbourhood, from whom he

collected monthly subscription

fees.

Multichoice Anti-piracy

Regional Officer in Enugu,

Mr. Michael Eze who

disclosed the arrest to

newsmen said the suspect was

raided by the Police, arrested

and would soon appear in

court for the offence.

Eze stated that Onyechere

has for many years been

rebroadcasting the contents of

Multichoice via cables to the

residences within his localities

for commercial purposes

without any authorisations

from Multichoice Nigeria

limited.

Enugu bank

fraud suspect

faces stringent

bail condition

By Dennis Agbo

ENUGU State High Court

has granted stringent

bail conditions to a former

banker, Mr. Oliver Anidiobi

who is standing trial for alleged

use of his office to swindle an

Enugu-based microfinance

bank to the tune of N219

million.

The court’s bail condition

amounted to N200 million with

two high-standing properties

owners as sureties, together

with the defence counsel that

would be presented to the

Economic and Financial

Crimes Commission, EFCC,

for endorsement of the bail.

When the matter came up on

Friday, the defence counsel,

Mr. O. A. U. Onyema,

observed that the matter was

ripe for trial and argument for

bail, but the prosecution

counsel from EFCC, Mr.

Michael Ani, announced that

he had not filed any countermotion

against the bail

application.

He however said he had

about 12 witnesses to push his

prosecution.

The trial judge, Justice

Cyprian Ajah recalled that the

bad experience of a bail he had

granted a client to the defense

counsel who later jumped the

bail and has been nowhere to

be found since then.


16—Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019

SIGNING: From left— Mrs Stella Nweke, Head, Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development,

SAED, National Youth Service Corps, NYSC; Jessica Aletor, Ag. Head, Communications, Stakeholder

Management & Promotions, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, LSETF; Mr Adewumi Oni, Ag. Director

of Programmes and Coordination, LSETF; Prince Mohammed Momoh, Lagos State Coordinator, NYSC;

and Funsho Alabi, Head, Micro Enterprise Start-Ups, LSETF during the Memorandum of Understanding

(MoU) signing between LSETF and NYSC to provide funds for corps members in Lagos, weekend.

Ikpeazu issues proclamation for inauguration

of 7th Abia Assembly … makes new appointments

By Anayo Okoli

UMUAHIA—THE 7th

Abia State House of

Assembly will be

inaugurated today and the

new principal officers of the

House are expected to

emerge immediately after

the inauguration.

Meanwhile, Governor

Okezie Ikpeazu has issued

a proclamation for the

inauguration of the 7th Abia

House of Assembly in line

with the powers vested on

him by the Constitution.

A statement by the

Governor’s new Press

Secretary, Onyebuchi

Ememanka said with the

proclamation, the 7th Abia

House can hold its first

session.

“The Governor of Abia

State Governor Okezie

Ikpeazu has issued a

proclamation, as

appropriate, for the holding

of the First Session of the

Seventh Abia State House

of Assembly on Monday,

10th June, 2019.

“Governor Ikpeazu acted

pursuant to the powers

bestowed upon him by

Section 105, Subsection 3 of

the Constitution of the

Federal Republic of Nigeria

1999, as amended and all

powers enabling him in

that behalf”, Ememanka,

the new press secretary

said.

In another development,

Governor Ikpeazu has

made some appointments

in a bid to hit the ground

running for his second

tenure administration.

The appointments, as

announced by the

Permanent Secretary,

Government House, Elder

Bernard Ogbonna, include

Mr. Chris Ezem, a lawyer,

as the Secretary to State

Government, the former

chief press secretary,

Enyinnaya Appolos was

named Special Adviser,

Media; Dr. Ngozi

Ogbonna-Erondu was

named the Special Adviser

on Diaspora Matters and

Onyebuchi Ememanka,

also a lawyer, was

appointed the Chief Press

Secretary to the Governor.

Until the new

appointment, Ememanka

served as the Special

Adviser to the governor on

public communication and

was the spokesman for the

PDP campaign in the last

election.

The statement also said

that the Governor has

forwarded the name of

Chief John Okiyi Kalu, the

immediate commissioner

for Information, to the Abia

State House of Assembly for

confirmation as Honorable

Edo, Delta Devt Commission

achievable — Oghenesivbe

•Lauds Okowa, Obaseki on strong economic ties

By Elizabeth

Uwandu

ASABA—A fellow of the

Civilian Institute of

Democratic Administration,

FCIDA, Dr Fred

Oghenesivbe has

commended the good

governance initiatives of

Edo and Delta State

governors, Godwin

Obaseki and Senator Dr

Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, over

plans to establish socioeconomic

ties to better the

lives of their people.

Oghenesivbe in a

statement said the two

leaders met recently and

are on the same page on

issues relating to boarder

security, energy and

agricultural development

as well as the need to

sustain and improve on

inter-state socioeconomic

relations because both

states are essentially the

offspring of the defunct

Bendel State.

He said the issues

discussed by the two

governors will enhance

peace building, crisis

resolution and in the same

token find lasting solutions

to communal clashes,

boarder insecurity, and

encourage joint venture

investments on mutually

agreed projects, remodel

joint participation in the

regional BRACED

Commission (Bayelsa,

Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross

River, Edo and Delta

Commission) and

practically initiate the

moves for the inauguration

of NDDC Advisory

Committee of Governors in

the region, as canvassed by

Gov Obaseki and Okowa,

at their recent meeting in

Asaba.

He noted that in the spirit of

Bendel, it will not be out of place,

if both states work out modalities

for the establishment of Edo Delta

Edo RTEAN endorses

Obaseki for 2nd term

By Alemma Aliu

BENIN CITY—THE

Edo state chapter of

Road Transport Employers'

Association of Nigeria, RTEAN,

yesterday joined the

endorsement galore for the

second term of Governor Godwin

Obaseki.

Briefing journalists on what it

tagged "State of the union and

the emerging political events in

Edo State," the state chairman,

Comrade Sunday Erhahon,

warned that "RTEAN as a

formidable body in the state,

would not fold its hands and

watch enemies of the state throw

tantrums at the governor; a

complete gentleman, a lover of

peace and an excellent manager

Commissioner.

Also, the Governor has

sworn-in Mr. Uche

Ihediwa as the Attorney-

General and

Commissioner for Justice.

Ihediwa previously

served as the

Commissioner for Land

in Ikpeazu’s first term.

Development Commission,

EDDC, devoid of partisan

politics and affiliations so that

the lofty dreams and socioeconomic

ideas of Okowa and

Obaseki can be sustained

beyond their tenure as

governors.

He said: “It is a welcome

development for the two

governors to agree on

strategies that would revive the

Bendel connection; and to build

strong socioeconomic and

cultural ties for sustainable

development."

of men and resources"?.

Besides, the Association

condemned what it described

as desperate attempts by 'some

disgruntled elements" in the

society to malign the governor

in pursuance of their selfish

agenda.

It noted that all Edo people

were witnesses to the

monumental achievements of

the governor in the areas of

infrastructural development,

economic transformation, social

re-engineering and human

capital development, adding

that it was against this backdrop

that its members in the state

pledged their unalloyed

support to Obaseki and his

team.

G20 finance chiefs express

concern over risks from

intensified’ trade conflict

GROUP of 20 finance leaders yesterday said that trade

and geopolitical tensions have “intensified”, raising

risks to improving global growth, but they stopped

short of calling for a resolution of a deepening US China

trade conflict.

After fiery negotiations that nearly aborted the issuance

of a communique, finance ministers and central bank governors

meeting in southern Japan repeated tepid support

for a rules-based multilateral trading system.

“Global growth appears to be stabilizing and is generally

projected to pick up moderately later this year and into

2020,” the G20 finance leaders said in a communique issued

as the meetings in Fukuoka closed.

“However, growth remains low and risks remain tilted

to the downside. Most importantly, trade and geopolitical

tensions have intensified. We will continue to address these

risks and stand ready to take further action.”

China calls in foreign tech firms after

Huawei sales ban

CHINA summoned global technology companies for

talks last week following last month’s U.S. ban on

selling technology to China’s Huawei Technologies Co

Ltd, two people familiar with the matter said yesterday.

The blacklisting of Huawei, the world’s largest maker of

telecoms network equipment, bars U.S. companies from

supplying it with many goods and services due to what

Washington said were national security issues, a potentially

crippling blow that sharply escalated U.S.-China trade

tensions.

Huawei denies that its equipment poses a security threat.

Soon afterwards, Beijing announced it would release its

own list of “unreliable” foreign entities. It also has hinted

that it will limit its supply of rare earths to the United States.

Canadian oil pipeline congestion sets

up lucrative storage play

UPHEAVALS in the Canadian crude market are pro

viding unique opportunities for firms with sizeable

long-term leases on Alberta storage tanks, a cluster that

sources say includes Mercuria Energy Group and oil major

BP Plc’s trading arm.

Canada holds the world’s third-largest crude reserves,

but years of delay in building new pipelines has led to oil

production outpacing takeaway capacity. A glut of crude

has thus been created, increasing demand for storage tanks

in the oil sands province of Alberta, which this year introduced

production cuts to deal with the oversupply.

The opportunity for traders comes from monthly pipeline

“apportionment”, when demand to ship crude on certain

pipelines exceeds capacity, forcing pipeline operators

to ration the number of barrels each shipper can move.

The practice is a long standing source of frustration for

Canadian producers but offers a lucrative, though risky,

play for traders able to swoop in and capitalize on postapportionment

price volatility.

Renault may block Nissan reform over

boardroom dispute

RENAULT has signaled it will block reforms launched

by alliance partner Nissan in the wake of the Carlos

Ghosn scandal unless it is granted representation on new

board committees, a source close to the French carmaker

said.

Renault, which owns 43.4 percent of Nissan, informed

its Japanese affiliate in a letter signed by Chairman Jean-

Dominique Senard that it planned to abstain in a shareholder

vote on the plans, the Financial Times reported

yesterday.

An abstention by Renault would effectively block the reforms,

which require a two-thirds majority to pass.

A Renault spokeswoman did not immediately return calls

and messages seeking comment. A spokesman for Nissan

could not be reached after hours in Japan.

The source said Senard’s letter was motivated by concern

about Renault’s under-representation on the new

Nissan board committees being introduced following the

November arrest of their former chairman Carlos Ghosn,

who is now awaiting trial in Japan on financial misconduct

charges he denies.

Some stories credited to Reuters


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019—17


18 — Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019

THE Nigerian economy appears

caged in the recession territory after

two years of reported exit from two

consecutive quarters of negative

growth. The growth rate has remained

subdued, failing to meet government’s

projections in the last two fiscal years,

2017 and 2018.

This year, we have seen signs that we

may witness more difficulties in

meeting desired growth targets. Three

key reports recently pointed to this

gloomy horizon.

First, the World Bank has just

reviewed its growth forecast for Nigeria

downwards to 2.1 per cent from 2.2 per

cent. Back home a Central Bank of

Nigeria, CBN, recent report shows a

national revenue decline of 30.5 per

cent and 4.2 per cent against

proportionate quarterly estimates and

previous quarter actual performance,

respectively.

Also, Financial Vanguard report on

corporate financial results submitted to

the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, for

Bleak prospects for 2019 economic

performance

the companies’ operations in the first

quarter of 2019 shows a 2.5 percent

decline in combined profit.

These show a negative start to the

2019 economic and financial year. The

second quarter is not looking better on

some of the indicators. But we hope

that some corrective measures should

be taken to address the weak lines.

First, the key challenge from the

World Bank’s perspective which tallies

with a recent report by the National

Bureau of Statistics, NBS, is

that Nigeria’s recovery in oil

production has fallen short of

expectations and policy uncertainty has

also constrained investment in new

capacity, while weak domestic demand

amid a challenging business

environment has dampened non-oil

growth.

On the oil sector performance, we

note that the revenue drop was coming

against significant rise in oil price in

the international market. We are aware

that supply disruptions in the Niger

Delta region have been sustained.

The CBN had stated that the decline

in oil revenue relative to the

proportionate budget estimate was due

to shortfalls in crude oil production

and exports, arising from

maintenance operations at the various

NNPC terminals.

We also point to a lack of needed

reforms or speed in approving and

executing proposed reforms as

constraints to stronger growth. Same

goes for the non-oil sector, especially

exports which have an added constraint

in the Lagos Apapa export terminal,

choked by broken down infrastructure.

However, the most worrisome aspect

of the non-oil revenue failure was

reported in tax receipts. The lower nonoil

revenue relative to the proportionate

quarterly budget estimate was due to

shortfalls in a receipt from Federal

Government Independent Revenue and

Corporate Tax.

This should not be the case with all the

noise about tax reforms and aggressive

collections by the Federal Inland

Revenue Service, FIRS.

It is, therefore, urgent that Nigeria

makes significant structural reforms that

improve the business climate and attract

investment.

OPINION

Buying made-in-Nigeria goods to grow the economy

By Kayode Ojewale

THE need to patronise made-in

Nigeria goods cannot be

overemphasized as it is one major way

to economic growth and development.

The economy of any nation grows rapidly

when locally made goods are promoted

through patronage, first by its people

then through export.

It is, however, dispiriting to know that

we obviously have been growing other

countries’ economies through our overdependence

on imported goods,

especially those which have local

substitutes. Nigeria can easily

experience a breakthrough in the quest

for local content development and a

stable, strong and advanced economy if

Nigerians would patronise made-in-

Nigeria products.

Sometime ago, in a decisive move to

grow and promote the economy, the exminister

of science and technology, Dr.

Ogbonnaya Onu, reiterated the

government’s determination to promote

made-in-Nigeria products by giving

preference to Nigerian professionals in

the execution of all government projects.

Dr. Onu said that the Federal

Government had issued Executive

Order No. 5, which made it mandatory

for all ministries, departments and

agencies, MDAs, to patronise made-in-

Nigeria products without compromising

standards.

It will be recalled that the executive

order was signed early last year by

President Muhammadu Buhari,

entitled: “Presidential Executive Order

5 for planning and execution of projects,

promotion of Nigerian contents in

contracts and science, engineering and

technology.”

This order is a welcome development

and a step in the right direction towards

growing Nigeria’s weak economy. The

executive order, if well implemented and

carried out, will not only create job

opportunities but also ensure that those

jobs for which local expertise are

available are not taken over by

foreigners.

One of the lines in the Executive Order

reads: “Procuring authorities shall give

preference to Nigerian companies and

firms in the award of contracts in line

with Public Procurement Act 2007.”

Another proclamation in the Order says:

“Consideration shall only be given to

foreign professional where it is certified

by the appropriate authority that such

expertise is not available in Nigeria.”

The yawning lacuna between where

we are as a country and where we ought

to be can only be bridged if this order is

fully adhered to by relevant authorities.

Making these laws or giving directives

is one of the two-sided steps to economic

development in Nigeria. The other step

is compliance.

Government is, therefore, urged to

monitor adherence and ensure

compliance to this order in all

government MDAs. Any MDA that

flouts it must be punished accordingly

to serve as deterrent to others.

Charity, they say, begins at home and

this necessitated the crusade and

campaign for patronage of made-in-

Nigeria goods to be enforced first at

government ministries and agencies.

If the statement by Dr. Onu then was

anything to go by regarding

punishment and sanction for noncomplying

MDAs, then we are on the

right path to true economic recovery.

The immediate past science and

technology minister made it clear that

the bane of Nigeria’s economy is overdependence

on importation of goods

which weakens the currency, creates

unemployment and consistently

It is time we changed

our orientation and

psyche as a nation from

an addicted penchant for

foreign products and

services to valuing our

locally made goods in

order to boost and

develop our economy

reduces the Gross Domestic Product,

GDP. He said further that Nigeria had

over the years relied on income from

commodity products, the prices of which

are externally determined.

According to the former minister, the

Executive Order which seeks to

promote locally made goods will trigger

a silent revolution in how we think as

a people and how we regard science

and technology as the missing link in

our quest to become a truly great

nation. It is quite interesting to know

that the Executive Order bars the Ministry

of Interior from giving visas to foreign

workers whose skills are readily available

in Nigeria. This is pivotal in order to

avoid falling for the shenanigans of the

so-called ‘expatriates’ who may even be

illegal aliens with no qualifications but

are only experienced in one area of work

specialisation.

Not only will poverty be kept at bay in

our country but also the teeming youths

of working class background would be

productively engaged if we all

unanimously begin to patronise Nigerian

products. The gainful employment of the

nation’s abundant local labour is

guaranteed if an outright ban is placed

on massive importation and consumption

of foreign products with no local value

addition and which can be replaced with

local products.

There is also need to shun the culture

of giving employment preference to

expatriates ahead of our indigenously

trained professionals who are

intelligently capable of doing the same

job. Our over-dependence on imported

products will dwindle, thereby growing

our economy and promoting our local

content if we as Nigerians will patronise

made-in-Nigeria products.This way, the

nation becomes self-reliant in producing

and utilising goods produced by itself.

This will create wealth and reduce

poverty.

Going forward, it is, therefore, time we

changed our orientation and psyche as a

nation from an addicted penchant for

foreign products and services to valuing

our locally made goods in order to boost

and develop our economy.

•Ojewale, a social analyst, wrote from Lagos


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019 —19

Interbank money market to record N607bn net inflow in June

•I&E attracts $2.1bn in May

By Babajide Komolafe

THE interbank money market is

expected to record net

inflow of N607 billion this month as well

as frequent liquidity mop ups by the

Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, through

treasury bills.

According to projections by analysts

at FSDH Merchant bank, the market

will record inflow of about N1.36 trillion

in June from the various maturing

government securities and statutory

allocation funds from the Federation

Accounts Allocation Committee, FAAC.

On the other hand the market will

experience outflow of about N753

billion from various sources, leading to

a net inflow of about N607 billion.

“The market is expected to be liquid

in the month of June 2019, this may

necessitate the issuance of OMO to

mop-up the liquidity in the system”,

they said.

This projection was confirmed by

development in the market last week,

with excess liquidity rising by 46 percent

to N743 billion at the close of the week

from N510 billion at the beginning of

the week. The increased liquidity

which was buoyed by inflow of N177.05

billion from matured treasury bills

(TBs), was in spite of outflow of N476

billion through secondary market

(Open Market Operations, OMO) bills

issued by the CBN to mop up excess

liquidity in the market.

Continues on page 21

MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019

By Babajide Komolafe

BANKS have commenced moves

to acquire new legal powers to

strengthen loan recovery which

deteriorated in the first quarter of 2019

when the industry suffered a major

decline in the amount of recoveries

made.

Financial Vanguard analysis of the

Q1’2019 financial results of ten banks

showed that loan recoveries dropped

by 47 percent, year-on-year, to N3.1

billion from N5.8 billion in Q1’2018.

The ten banks are Access Bank,

Guaranty Trust Bank, FBN Holdings,

UBA, and Zenith Bank. The others

include Fidelity Bank, Stanbic IBTC

Bank, Sterling Bank, Union Bank, and

Wema Bank.

The banks blamed the sharp decline

on the lull in economic activities

following the general elections held

during the quarter.

However, loan recovery experts who

spoke to Financial Vanguard cited

other factors including the yuletide

holidays, the legal system and

unwillingness of debtors to repay.

Loan recovery

performance

The trend was led by the five Tier 1

banks which recorded 70 percent

decline in loan recovery, down to

N1.26 billion in Q1’19 from N4.2

billion in Q1’18.

GTBank and Zenith Bank recorded

zero loan recovery in Q1’19, as against

N487 million and N310 million

recorded in Q1’2018 respectively.

UBA followed with 82 percent

decline as loan recovery fell to N454

million in Q1’19 from N2.5 billion

recovered in Q1’18. FBN Holdings

and Access Bank followed with 14

percent and 13 percent decline in loan

Banks seek new legal power

to tackle bad debts

•As loan recovery falls by 47% in Q1’19

recovery during the quarter.

While FBN Holdings’ loan recovery

dropped to N672 million in Q1’19 from

N780 million in Q1’18, Access Bank’s

loan recovery fell to N134 million in

Q1’19 from N154 million in Q1’18.

The five Tier 2 banks in this report,

however, fared better as loan recovery

declined by 63 percent with just two

of the banks recording decline.

The two banks are Stanbic IBTC

Continues on page 20

FSDH sets agenda

for Buhari’s 2nd term

Fidelity Bank to drive

Equities’ return to

bearish mood to linger much savings, reduce cost

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FINANCIAL VANGUARD

Banks seek new legal power to tackle bad debts

COVER

Continues from page 19

Bank which suffered 48

percent decline in loan

recovery down to N734 million

in Q1’19 from N1.4 billion in

Q1’18, and Wema Bank

which recorded 84 percent

decline to N0.9 million in

Q1’19 from N5.1 million in

Q1’18.

On the other hand, Sterling

Bank recorded 61 percent

increase in loan recovery, up

to N259 million in Q1’19 from

N161 million in Q1’18. Union

Bank recorded N806 million

loan recovery in Q1’19, up

from zero recovery recorded

in Q1’18.

Loan recovery challenges

Some of the banks who

spoke to Financial

Vanguard, though blamed

the decline in loan recovery

on the election and other

factors, expressed optimism of

reversing the trend in the

remaining part of the year.

Some of the factors,

according to Wema Bank,

include slow economy, slow

judicial process and difficulty

of selling pledged assets.

“Business is slow, hence even

willing obligors are unable to

repay. On the other hand,

court cases take time to

conclude, hence recovery via

disposal of pledged properties

is hard to achieve. In addition

to these is the difficulty

getting buyers for pledged

properties”, the bank said in

a statement to Financial

Vanguard.

Corroborating the above,

FBN Holdings said: “Loan

recovery was affected by the

elections, and lull in the

environment”.

Loan recovery

performance

The bank holding company,

however, expressed optimism,

saying: “We have made better

progress after the elections.

Our staff are actively

following up on recoveries

with the support of recovery

agents.

Zenith Bank also cited the

general downturn in

economic activities occasioned

by the election, but expressed

confidence of better loan

recovery performance in the

remaining part of the year.

Also sounding optimistic,

Access Bank said: “Although,

the bank did not make as

much recoveries in Q1’ 2019

compared to Q1’ 2018, the

outlook for recoveries for 2019

signifies that it will outstrip

2018 numbers. This is also on

the back of significant nonperforming

loans on-boarded

from the merger with former

Diamond Bank.”

Also explaining the factors

that undermined loan

recovery efforts in Q1’19, a

loan recovery expert and one

of the Asset Management

Partners, AMPs, of the Asset

Management Corporation of

Nigeria, AMCON, Mr. Labi

Lawal, chief executive officer,

Hopedek Global Resources

Limited, said: “So many

factors were responsible for

the decline during that

quarter. The first is the

yuletide holiday prior to the

opening of the year. The

election also contributed.

During that period there was

concentration of funds on

electioneering.

“From the legal

perspectives, most of the

courts were just coming in

during that period. Most of

the cases had been adjourned

beyond the quarter; hence

there was no impending

judgement or likelihood of

judgement with which you

can compel a debtor to pay.

But holistically, the election

played a major role.”

New legal powers

Notwithstanding the above,

the banks are, however,

exploring how to acquire

special legal powers, similar

to that of AMCON, that will

allow them to execute

temporary takeover of all the

assets of a debtor or debtor

company as well as that of the

directors of the firm and their

families.

According to section 49 and

61 of the AMCON Act, the

corporation has the powers to

approach a court for an exparte

motion to temporarily

foreclose all the identifiable

assets belonging to a debtor

or debtor company, its

directors and senior

management staff pending

the determination of the

substantive suit.

This is complemented with

section 61 of the AMCON Act

which defines a debtor or

debtor company to include the

borrower, beneficiary of the

debt, the guarantor of the

Most of the NPLs

in the industry are

naked loans,

meaning loans

were granted

without credible

investigation,

assessment,

appraisal of the

tangible security

and collateral; once

a loan is a naked

loan, the customer

will not be willing

to pay

borrower, guarantor or

director of a debtor company.

In recognition of the

effectiveness of the special

powers in these provisions

especially in deterring the use

of legal actions to block loan

recovery efforts, some

banks’chief executive officers

have agreed to jointly seek

similar legal powers for the

banking industry.

Confirming this

development to Financial

Vanguard, a remedial

management expert and also

an AMCON Asset

Management Partner, Mr.

Kayode Olusanya said: “We

have suggested to the banks

to write to the CBN, the

National Assembly that this

special power should be

extended to the banking

industry. Some of the CEOs

have agreed and given us the

go ahead to develop the

conceptual framework for its

extension to the industry. ”

While confirming that the

hash economic environment is

a major impediment to loan

recovery, Olusanya cited

insincerity and unwillingness

to pay on the part of debtors

has the greatest challenge.

Greatest

challenge

Speaking to Financial

Vanguard on the challenges

of loan recovery, he said:

“The hash economic

environment, which is very

unpredictable leads to the

geometric rise in nonperforming

loans, NPLs, and

decline in loan recovery.

Because of the hash economic

environment, loan recovery is

very difficult

“However, most customers

of banks are not sincere. Most

citizens especially the

prominent ones, use fake

identification, which makes it

difficult to unravel their

identity, hence recovery

becomes impossible even if

the person is a judgement

debtor. While the economic

situation is very challenging,

the level of insincerity is very

worrisome.

Furthermore, most of the

NPLs in the industry are

naked loans, meaning loans

were granted without credible

investigation, assessment,

appraisal of the tangible

security and collateral. Once

a loan is a naked loan, the

customer will not be willing

to pay.

“Another challenge is

undeterminable litigation

timeline. The debtor rushes to

the court, and can lock the

bank in court for 30 years.

During that period, most of

the bank’s staff involved in the

loan documentation would

have either been transferred

or have left the bank.

“This makes it difficult to

provide the court with details

of the loans like the

outstanding balance, interest

therein executed, CBN

allowed rate. And these are

details you must establish in

court.

“But in the case of AMCON,

the loan recovery success is

based on its peculiar Act

which gives a comprehensive

definition of a debtor to

include: the firm, the directors

and senior management

especially those who signed

the loan documents. The Act

empowers AMPs to trace and

identify all the assets of

entities defined as debtors.

The Act empowers AMPs to

trace and identify all assets

whether pledged or not. You

can approach a court to get

ex-parte motion to temporarily

foreclose the asset you have

traced pending the

determination of the suit. This

makes the debtor to be on

the defence. It has forced

recalcitrant debtors to

negotiate because they are

not comfortable.”


FINANCIAL VANGUARD

Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019 —21

Real GDP Growth Y-o-Y

Forex & TB rates

Interbank interest rates

Interbank money market to record

N607bn net inflow in June

Continues from page 19

Responding to the increased level of

liquidity, cost of funds moderated

downwards with average short term

interest rate falling by 43 basis points

(bpts).

Data from FMDQ showed that interest

rate on Collateralised (Open Buy Back,

OBB) lending fell by 28 bpts to 10.86

percent last week from 11.14 percent the

previous week. Similarly, interest rate

on Overnight lending fell by 57 bpts to

11.43 percent last week from 12 percent

the previous week.

However, in spite of inflow of N177

billion from maturing TBs this week,

cost of funds is expected to rise as the

apex bank is expected to sell primary

market TBs as well as issue OMO bills

to mop up excess liquidity in the market.

“In the new week, treasury bills worth

N176.56 billion will mature via OMO;

however, we expect interbank rates to

rise further amid anticipated strain in

financial system liquidity in the absence

of FAAC,” said analysts at Lagos based

Cowry Assets Management Limited.

I&E attracts

$2.1bn in May

The Investors and Exporters, I&E,

window attracted $2.1 billion in May.

This represents foreign capital

importation through the window during

the month. This, however, represents 15

percent decline when compared to the

$2.46 billion recorded in April. The $2.1

billion recorded in May is also the

lowest foreign capital imported through

the window since October 2018.

Meanwhile the volume of dollars

traded (turnover) in the window rose

by 47 percent last week to $728.4 million

from $496.5 million the previous week.

The naira, however, remained

relatively stable in the window as the

indicative exchange rate stood at

N360.75 per dollar last week, as against

N360.74 per dollar the previous week.

But the naira appreciated in the

parallel market by 40 kobo last week as

the market exchange rate dropped to

N359.3 per dollar from N359.7 per

dollar the previous week.

Meanwhile analysts have lamented

the continued dominance of foreign

portfolio investment in the amount of

foreign capital imported into the

country, saying this reduces the

effectiveness of exchange rate

management.

According to analysts at FSDH

Merchant Bank, “Available data from the

CBN shows that Foreign Direct

Investments accounted for only 11

percent of the total capital importation

into the country between 2010 - 2018.

Foreign Portfolio Investments (FPIs)

accounted for 70 percent of the total

capital importation during the period

while other investments accounts for 19

percent. The high FPIs reduce the

effectiveness of any exchange rate

management regime.

This is because of the distortions that

are usually associated with the Foreign

Portfolio Investments particularly in a

small developing country like

Nigeria.”

Yields on FGN Bonds


22 — Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019

FINANCIAL VANGUARD

Fidelity Bank

to create

ASPAMDA

traders

support facility

By Elizabeth Adegbesan

FIDELITY Bank Plc has

promised to create a special

support facility for traders in the

ASPAMDA market.

Managing Director/Chief

Executive Officer, Fidelity Bank,

Nnamdi Okonkwo, disclosed

this at a meeting with

ASPAMDA market leaders in

Lagos.

According to Nnamdi, the

meeting was in line with the

banks’ customers engagement

calendar.

He said: “We are basically here

today in keeping with our

customer engagement calendar.

The same way we go out to

London, to Boston or Chicago to

engage our bondholders, foreign

investors who have invested in

the bank is the same way we have

a calendar that guides how often

or frequently we go out to

engage our customers.

“One of the reasons we came

here today, first and foremost is

to thank you because when I look

at our balance sheets in the bank,

I see the significant

contribution, ASPAMDA, APT,

and Balogun Business

Association, BBA, are making to

the progress of Fidelity Bank. We

just came here to thank you and

to also hear from you which way

we can improve our services to

you.”

Speaking on the needs of

traders, the President of

ASPAMDA traders, Chief Daniel

Okazi, said the traders are in

need of easy access and

processes to acquiring loans

from the bank while the

President of APT,

Chief Ifeanyichukwu

Udechukwu, said the market

was in need of a secretariat and

a clinic.

In response, Okonkwo

promised to support the traders

with a security van and a loan

facility named ASPAMDA

Traders Support Facility which

is to become effective on August

1 , 2019.

Also speaking, Nneka

Onyeali-Ikpe, Executive

Director, Commercial &

Consumer Banking, Lagos &

South-West, Fidelity Bank, said:

“What we have promised today

is that we are going to ensure that

we put together a product that

would be tailored specifically to

the needs of this market which

we have named ASPASMDA

Traders Support Facility and we

will be unveiling it on August 1,

2019 to address that need. The

facility is going to be tailored in

such a way that we will extend

the facility based on the

association’s guarantee that

they will take care and make

sure that the monies are

returned.”

From left, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo and the Vice President

of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo at the formal commissioning of the Techno Oil LPG Cylinder

Manufacturing Plant in Lagos on Friday.

FSDH sets agenda for Buhari’s 2nd term

•Advocates zero-coupon bonds to moderate debt service cost

By Babajide Komolafe

FSDH Merchant Bank has

advocated issuance of project

specific zero-coupon bonds to

minimise interest expense on federal

government’s debt.

The bank stated this in the June

edition of its monthly economic and

financial markets outlook, entitled,

‘Economy in need of boosters:

Priorities for a second-term.’

Speaking at the media

presentation of the report, Head of

Research, FSDH Merchant Bank,

Akinwunmi Ayodele, said: “In order

to manage the high interest

expenses on the debt of the federal

government relative to its current

revenue, it should consider issuance

of zero-coupon bonds. Such bonds

and other bond issues going

forward, should be tied to specific

projects that have economic value

addition to the country. And there

should be a mechanism to assess that

debt contracted is used for intended

projects.”

He highlighted 16 other measures

recommended by the bank as

priorities for the second term of

President Muhammadu Buhari’s

administration. This include prompt

appointment of cabinet members,

removal of subsidy, adjustment of

IN line with its commitment

towards ensuring greater

efficiency and boosting of its

workforce, Heritage Bank Plc has

received a nod from the Chartered

Institute of Bankers of Nigeria,

CIBN, for establishment of a fullfledged

learning and development

institute, for the training of 300 new

employees.

A statement by the bank said the

institute dubbed “The Refinery”

being supervised by the bank’s

Human Capital Management

Group is currently training 300

new intakes who are fresh from

universities across and outside the

country with diverse academic

backgrounds and impressive

academic records, in an ongoing

intensive 12-week rigorous and

thorough academic programme at

the school, in Port Harcourt.

According to the bank, “The

electricity tariffs, reintroduction of

tolls on federal roads, and strategies

to improve quality of education and

health care delivery in the country.

He said: “There are more

compelling reasons now than before

for the federal government to

remove the petroleum subsidy and

channel the money into some other

social intervention programmes of

the government that have direct

impacts on the poor in view of the

low government revenue.

“We also recommend an

adjustment to the electricity tariff in

order to drive investments into this

critical sector of the economy. This

will also accelerate the growth of

Sterling Bank sets aside 10% loan portfolio for agric finance

STERLING Bank Plc said it has

committed 10 per cent of its

total loan portfolio to the finance of

agriculture in recognition of the

significant contribution that the

agriculture sector is capable of

making to the growth of the

Nigerian economy.

Group Head, Agric Finance and

Solid Minerals, Sterling Bank, Mrs.

Bukola Awosanya, who disclosed this

at a recent summit on Commodity

Value-Chain Investment and

Agribusiness Support Initiative

through Public-Private Partnership,

PPP, in Abuja, said the bank’s

commitment is a deliberate effort to

support farmers and ensure that the

“value chain is properly tied end to

end.”

Awosanya explained that

agriculture financing constitutes one

of the five focal sectors of intervention

for the bank alongside health,

education, renewal energy and

transport (HEART).

She noted that the absence of good

agricultural practices, failure of

farmers to repay loans, inconsistency

in government policies as well as bad

weather, among others, are some of

the constraints to lending to

operators in the sector.

She said: “We want to encourage

farmers but if the input is bad, the

output will fall short of expectations.

For instance, poor seed quality is an

issue; lack of infrastructure such as

bad roads is also an issue because it

makes distribution of the harvest

from the farm to the market

difficult.”

Refinery is a tailored learning

experience institute with the perfect

blend of technologies, techniques

and methodologies to optimise

training experiences, which will

help employees succeed in

ensuring that the bank’s business

stays ahead of the curve with the

banking sector along with

Heritage Bank’s target goals.”

Managing Director/Chief

Executive Officer of the bank, Ifie

Sekibo, described Heritage Bank

as a forward looking business

whose strength lies in the ability to

spot and mould talents into great

professionals. He noted that ‘the

refinery’ was established to train,

nurture and arm young employees

with the right skills needed to fasttrack

development and enable

teams to flourish.

Sekibo further explained that at

the academy, “we hire young

small and medium scale businesses

in the country that are handicapped

because of epileptic power supply

and the high cost of running on

generator and other more expensive

sources of power.

“There must be deliberate efforts

and strategies to improve the quality

of education and healthcare

delivery in Nigeria. In addition to

increasing manpower development,

this will improve productivity and

boost economic growth and

development of the country.

“Such efforts will also help the

county to conserve the foreign

exchange. Available figure from the

Central Bank of Nigeria shows that

Nigerians spent a total of $33.04

billion between 2009 and 2018 as

personal travel expenses on

education and health related issues.

“This amount increased the

demand pressure in the foreign

exchange market. The amount could

have been saved if the health and

education sectors in Nigeria are well

funded.”

Heritage Bank’s CIBN approved academy to

train 300 new intakes

graduates who want to advance

their skill levels, which will lead to

a direct and indirect improvement

of life for their families and

communities that will culminate

toward more productive,

resourceful persons required of a

professional banker. The

curriculums are structured to

accommodate both core and noncore

banking competencies such

as finance, credit and accounting,

organizational and behavioral

competencies to mention a few.”

The bank’s helmsman also

pointed out that Heritage Bank

was assimilating the large number

of new hands at a time when

gainful employment was

becoming hard to come by;

stressing that the bank had always

remained optimistic and

pragmatic in deploying its

resources for developmental ends.


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Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019—23

Equities’ return to bearish mood to linger much longer

By Nkiruka Nnorom

INVESTMENT bankers and

other operators in the capital

market have said that equities’

return to the negative territory

will last a bit longer, owing to the

absence of another catalyst to

spur activity in the market.

They hinted that the

expectations around the policies,

programmes and permutations

outlook for the next cabinet of the

federal government as well as a

possible delay in cabinet

formation by the President would

guide sentiments, not just in the

economy, but in the stock market.

After enjoying two weeks of

euphoria over the listing of MTN

Nigeria Communications Plc,

the stock market resumed

downward trajectory, resulting in

2.1 percent decline in the All

Share Index, ASI, last week.

Specifically, the benchmark

index halted its two weeks

bullish run following losses on

all three trading days last week

with the All Share Index falling

by 2.1 percent to settle at

30,432.13 points.

NSE facilitates over 50 trainings with e-learning

platform

By Nkiruka Nnorom

THE Nigerian Stock

Exchange, NSE, has said

that it has facilitated more than

50 training programmes for over

2,000 individuals since the launch

of its online learning platform, X-

Academy e-learning in 2017.

X-Academy e-learning is an

innovative online learning

platform that offers users ease of

access to highly structured and

comprehensible self-paced

capital market and soft skills

learning content, at their

convenience. It provides a flexible,

interactive and personalised

learning that fits the user’s

schedule beyond geographical

location.

Commenting on the success of

X-Academy e-learning, Ms. Pai

Gamde, Chief Human Resource

Officer, NSE, expressed

satisfaction on the continued

success of X-Academy in

providing financial education in

Nigeria.

“Since the launch of X-Academy

in 2017, we have facilitated over

50 training programmes for over

2,000 individuals. With a

Also, the market capitalisation

of all listed equities declined by

N283.2 billion to close at N13.402

trillion, thereby worsening the

year-to-date loss to -3.2 percent

from -1.1 percent recorded in the

previous week.

In their projections, analysts at

Afrinvest Securities, said

although bargain hunting is

expected on stocks, which have

recently suffered losses, but

sentiment would remain bearish

in the absence of any major

market catalyst.

Concurring, analysts at Cowry

Asset Management, said: “In the

new week, in the absence of

major stimuli, we expect

sustained bearish pressure on

the local equities market as

By Nkiruka Nnorom

FINANCIAL analysts have said

that the shares of MTN Nigeria

Communications Plc is underpriced

and pegged the price at

N171.7 per share by the end of the

year. The telecommunication giant

carefully curated list of courses led

by industry experts within and

outside the capital market, X-

Academy e-learning will make the

training on offer at our brick and

mortar X-Academy reach a much

wider audience than ever before,

thus increasing the number of

users and making it more

impactful.

“The launch of X-Academy e-

learning has redefined learning

experiences, as users can now take

By Peter Egwuatu

CHAMS Plc, a quoted firm

on the Nigerian Stock

Exchange, NSE, is set to deploy

its technology (e-voting platform)

for this year’s election into the

Council of Chartered Institute of

Taxation of Nigeria, CITN.

Besides, Chams, renowned for its

comparative advantage in e-

voting has assured CITN of data

security, transparency of electoral

process and simplicity of use of

the platform before, during and

after the election.

Speaking during the flag-off

investor apathy pervades the

bourse, resulting in general sell

offs amid flight to safety.

According to United Capital Plc

in its weekly research report,

“Ex-MTNN, the rally observed

in the week prior to the

inauguration of the new

administration seemed driven by

a pre-inauguration euphoria

which vanished in the trading

days after May 29 th .

Accordingly, we expect the

market to close sideways going

forward.”

Meanwhile, analysis of trading

activities across sectors showed

that performance was bearish as

all the five sectors recorded

decline. The oil and gas sector

led the losers as it declined by

listed its shares on the Nigerian

Stock Exchange, NSE, May 16,

2019. The share price has since risen

by 51.7 percent from the listing price

of N90.00 to N136.50 at close of

trading last weekend.

In an equity report, analysts at

United Capital Plc, said that MTN

control of their learning when and

where they need it. This initiative

will support our drive to building

and sustaining financial literacy,

by providing accessible, cost

effective and high-quality

learning to our ecosystem. The

provision of X-Academy e-

learning is surely a breakthrough

for us at the Exchange, as we look

to give our stakeholders the tools

to achieve excellence.”

Chams deploys tech for CITN’s election

ceremony in Lagos, Thursday,

Chams Executive Director,

Innovation, Marketing and

Corporate Communications,

Mrs. Funke AlomoOluwa,

explained that Chams had always

been a partner in progress with

CITN.

“We are assuring CITN that we

have put together, the highest level

of data security for this election.

Our infrastructures are robust and

these guarantee seamless voting.

We have also assembled

professional support team for

enhanced assistance at any time,”

AlomoOluwa said.

5.1 percent following selloffs in

Japaul Oil and Maritime

Services by 10.7 percent and

Total Nigeria Plc (-7.4%), while

the insurance and industrial

goods sectors declined by four

percent and 3.1 percent

respectively on the back of losses

in NEM Insurance Plc (-13.1%),

Law Union & Rock Insurance Plc

(-4.2%) and Dangote Cement

Plc (-5.3%).

The banking sector depreciated

by 1.3 percent following selloffs

in Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (-

3.8%) and Wema Bank Plc (-

3.1%), while the consumer goods

sector shed 1.2 percent as a result

of losses in Dangote Sugar

Refinery Plc (-12.9%) and P Z

Cusson Nigeria Plc (-9.3%).

Analysts see MTN share price at over N171 by year end

has an upside potential of 25.7

percent and a price earning (PE)

ratio of 13.9x compared to 20.4x for

peers, implying a fair price of

N194.5 per share.

“MTN grew its full year 2018

revenue by 17.1 percent year-onyear

(y/y) to N1 trillion while profit

after tax surged 79.7 percent y/y to

N145.7 billion. Also, it paid N50

billion and N111.6 billion as

dividends in 2017 and 2018

respectively, translating to a

Dividend per Share (DPS) of N2.5

and N5.5 at a payout ratio of 70

percent over the period.

“In Q1, 2019, MTN reported a

revenue growth 13.2 percent y/y to

N282.1 billion. If annualized, this

translates to N1.13 trillion by full

year 2019. As such, Earnings per

Share (EPS) and Book value of

equity per share (BVPS) numbers

both seem likely to settle at c.N9.5/

share,” they said.

Corroborating her, the

President and Chairman of

CITN, Chief Cyril Ikemefuna,

represented by Chief Davidson

Alaribe, urged the committee

saddled with the responsibility of

the election, to work with the

service provider Chams Plc to

ensure transparency and

credibility of the election.

“We are pleased with the

process so far. We urge everyone

to ensure that the process is

transparent and credible in order

to enable a credible leader that

will take the Institute to another

greater heights emerge”, he said.

Union Bank

to reduce

share

capital to

N132.6bn

By Nkiruka Nnorom

IN a bid to ensure

improved efficiency of its

balance sheet as well as pay

dividends, Union Bank of

Nigeria Plc, UBN, said it will

undertake capital

reorganisation exercise that

will see reduction in its share

capital premium by N54.46

billion to N132.6 billion.

Accordingly, the bank will

hold an Extra-Ordinary

General Meeting, EGM, on

June 11, 2019 to seek

shareholders approval to

proceed with the share capital

reorganisation and capital

reduction scheme.

In a regulatory filing to the

Nigerian Stock Exchange,

NSE, the bank said the capital

reorganisation exercise

became necessary following a

review of its financial position

as at December 31, 2018,

which revealed a deficit of

N54.46 billion as accumulated

permanent losses from legacy

transactions, in addition to the

N247.87 billion approved by

shareholders in 2017.

The bank explained that the

reserve arising from the

reduction of capital would be

used to eliminate the negative

retained earnings as at the

year ended December 31,

2018.

The notice signed by

Somuyiwa Adedeji Sonubi,

Company Secretary, UBN Plc,

states: “Subject to the

confirmation of the court, the

company’s issued share

capital (including for this

purpose its share premium

account) be reduced by the

sum of N54.458 billion which

has been lost or is otherwise,

unrepresented by available

assets and that the credit

arising from the reduction be

used to eliminate the retained

loss in the company’s audited

financial statements as at

December 31, 2018.”

According to Sonubi, the

balance sheet restructuring

proposed will not affect the

bank’s authorised or issued

share capital or regulatory

capital but should result in a

reduction of the credit balance

in the bank’s share premium

account, while leaving the

aggregate shareholders’

funds unchanged.

He stated: “It would have no

impact on the bank’s creditors

but rather, pave the way for

the bank’s investors to receive

dividends out of the bank’s

future profits.”

Should the shareholders

approve the proposal, the

bank will apply to the Federal

High Court for approval of the

scheme.


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FINANCIAL VANGUARD

Fidelity Bank

to drive

savings,

reduce cost

with tech

— CEO

Managing Director/Group Chief Executive

Officer, Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr. Nnamdi

Okonkwo, in this interview on the sideline of its just

concluded 2018 Annual General Meeting, AGM, spoke on

some of the issues the shareholders raised concerning

dividend payout, savings mobilization, cost minimization

and the bank’s strategy to grow earnings and profitability,

mergers and acquisition among others. Excerpts

By Peter Egwuatu

YOUR shareholders are

clamouring for higher

dividend payouts come next

year, what is your take on this?

We have noted their demand

for higher dividend, but I am

assuring them that we will

continue to maintain our

dividend policy of not paying

more than 50 percent of our

earnings. We have consistently

paid dividend in the last 11

years.

We are very mindful of our

capital requirement as our

Capital Adequacy Ratio

remained at 16.7 percent which

is above regulatory threshold

of 15 percent, our liquidity ratio

stood at 39 percent. We are

mindful of future investment as

the current dividend policy was

to prepare for rainy days.

Dividend

policy

We want the bank to be here

tomorrow as going concern and

we need capital to continue to

be strong.

What is the bank doing in the

area of technology as your

stakeholders are demanding

for more branches?

We will continue to invest

heavily in technology in order

to enhance activities through

digital channels. We will look

into the cost and benefit before

we consider the opening of

more branches.

Our bank will continue to use

technology to drive savings,

reduce cost and as well improve

earnings. Digital banking

gained traction during the year

with almost 40 percent of our

customers now enrolled on

mobile/internet banking

products and about 91 percent

of total transactions now done

on our digital platforms.

You talk about leveraging

technology to boost savings;

how prepared are you in the

area of tackling the hacking of

customers’ accounts by

fraudsters?

Yes, we are using technology

to drive savings; however, our

bank is working with other

banks in the industry to fight

this scourge. Therefore, no bank

should toy with cyber security

measures because there is a

contagion effect, if fraudsters

can penetrate one bank. What

it means is that they can also

affect other banks.

At the Bankers Committee,

we have discussed this several

times. Therefore, even at

regulatory level, there are

certain measures you are

compelled to take as a bank.

For instance, building a

Security Operations Centre and

appointing people with certain

qualifications and executive

level personnel as Heads of

Information Technology, IT

Security.

Furthermore, we have keyed

into Fintechs. Under our fiveyear

plan which was crafted in

2017 and commenced on

January 1, 2018, we got one of

the big four consulting firms to

do a full global analysis of

Fintechs and how we can

collaborate with them.

Part of our engagement

strategy is partnership. This

partnership has been on

several fronts including the

deployment of a solution for a

major customer of ours; an

airline.

We are bankers to an airline

that controls about 40 percent

of the industry. Initially, they

had challenges with ticketing

on the electronic system they

•MD/CEO, Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo

were using, and they came to

us. Through collaborating with

a Fintech, we migrated their

entire transactions to the cloud.

This has worked so efficiently

well in the last one and half

years without fail.

How do you assess your

financial performance for the

The debt

recovery drive of

the bank is quite

commendable

as the Non

Performing

Loan, NPL has

dropped to 5.7

percent from 6.4

percent in 2017

just concluded year 2018?

As you can see from the

meeting shareholders

commended our performance

for the year under review

despite the unfavourable

operating environment.

Our 2018 audited financial

statement shows a strong

double-digit growth in earning

assets, customer deposits and

revenues. The bank was able

to sustain cost discipline with

growth in total operating

expenses remaining below

average headline inflation in

2018.

The gross earnings increased

by 4.8 per cent to close at

N188.9 billion primarily driven

by 22.7 per cent growth in

earning assets which led to 4.2

per cent increase in interest

income to N153.7 billion and

9.2 per cent rise in net fee and

commission income to N31.8

billion.

Commission

income

From analysis of the bank’ s

profit and loss accounts Total

Interest Income of the bank

grew by 4.2 percent to

N153.7billion in 2018 from

N147.4billion in 2017. The Cost

of Risk fell to 0.5 percent in

2018, compared to 1.5 percent

in 2017, while the bank’s Non-

Performing Loan ratio dipped

to 5.7 percent in 2018 from 6.4

percent in 2017. Also, the

Coverage ratio went up, rising

to 110.7 percent in 2018 from

109.4 percent in 2017.

The shareholders also

commended your debt

recovery drive, what is your

take?

Yes, we are happy with the

commendation as we are

putting every effort to maximize

their return on investment. We

are using their capital to grow

the business. We are really

pursuing cost minimization

strategy as growth in our total

operating expenses remained

below the average headline

inflation rate in 2018.

The debt recovery drive of the

bank is quite commendable as

the Non Performing Loan, NPL

has dropped to 5.7 percent from

6.4 percent in 2017. The total

operating expenses also

remained below the inflation

rate which is quite appreciated

and the profit was as well on

the increase among other

growth performance indicators.

What can you say about your

current share price on the

Nigerian Stock Exchange,

NSE; are you comfortable with

the price level? Also, stock

market is still experiencing

heavy foreign capital outflows

despite the successful

elections, what is your opinion

on this?

The low share price on the

Exchange is not peculiar to our

bank. The performance of the

stock market is a reflection of

the economy as we have

experienced sluggish growth

for the past four years. If the

economy picks up am sure it

will reflect on our share price

because our performance

indicators are improving. We

just got back from London on a

no-deal roadshow and the

outlook on Nigeria is quite

positive.

Indeed, based on some of the

sentiments, we were being

advised to raise Eurobonds

because they want to increase

their emerging markets

investments especially the

fixed income managers. On

the flows, you know European

Central Bank raised rates.

Constant

dynamics

With the increase in rates,

capital will always follow

where margins have just

popped up. People generally

move money to those areas just

the same way when we had our

treasury bills going for about 20

percent, everybody rushed in.

So, that is the constant

dynamics of inflows and

outflows.

What is your future growth

plan, do you still intend to

grow organically as you have

maintained over the years?

Yes, we will sustain our plan

to grow organically, however

this does not mean if we see

good opportunity for

acquisition we would not

exploit it. Our five-year plan

was crafted to be based on

organic growth, based on the

projections we made. We also

purposefully decided that we

will not expand outside Nigeria

until after 2022. So, our plans

are based on organic growth.

We also left a window that

allows us to take advantage of

emergent opportunities

though. When these happens,

we will sit down and look at

them and go back to our Board

to see if we need to alter

anything to take advantage of

such opportunities or to

continue with on the organic

growth path. Also, we are

keeping our eyes on our

capital, on risk management, on

governance and sustained

profitability. This explains why,

for instance we had enough

buffers to absorb the impact of

implementation of IFRS 9.


FINANCIAL VANGUARD

No minimum wage yet what

will NLC do now?

He who speaks without modesty will find it hard to

make his words good —Chinese Proverb.

MAY salaries and wages

have been paid by the

Federal and State governments

without the minimum wage

directive being put into effect.

President Buhari and leaders of

the Nigeria Labour Congress,

NLC, as well as the erstwhile

minister of labour, Ngige, who

obviously did not know the

limits of his authority, can now

go and hide their faces in

shame. I told them categorically

that only a gross violation of the

constitutional guarantee of

separation of powers between

the Federal and State

government can induce

governors to accept instructions

from Buhari to start

implementation with immediate

effect.

Even Buhari’s Federal

Government did not pay in May

and there is absolutely nothing

the President can do about it.

The Federal Government failed

to pay because we have a

President whose mentality is still

stuck in the military era and who

during the interval between

August 1985 and May 2019

when some political

desperadoes in the South West,

resuscitated his moribund

political career, had not

bothered to read a book about

Presidential democracy - that is

if he ever read anything at all.

He lacks any understanding of

the principles of separation of

powers between the Federal

Government and the states and

even provisions of the

constitution, statutes and

regulations which limit the

powers of the President within

the Executive branch which he

heads.

So, he signed a bill and orders

immediate implementation

nationwide. In his total

ignorance of the law, he forgot

that he is not the employer of

state and local government

public service workers.

Furthermore, he ignores the fact

that such laws when passed at

the Federal level must be

domesticated within each of the

thirty-six states and the Federal

Capital Territory as well as the

774 local government councils,

LGCs, which must also sign on

before the bill can take legal

effect nationwide.

Buhari must be lacking in

sound advice from a competent

attorney general of the

federation, AGF, or he failed to

take the sensible step of

consulting with the nation’s

topmost lawyer or he dismissed

the good counsel given to have

announced the immediate

implementation of the signed

bill. Now, he is faced with the

reality of making an order

which has been ignored

nationally - even in Abuja. Any

self-respecting head of state

must strive to avoid making any

important proclamation in vain.

Buhari is rapidly becoming

known for this sort of stunt.

He once instructed the former

Inspector General of Police, IGP,

to relocate to Makurdi. The man

went there for two days and

returned to Abuja. He was seen

daily reporting to work at Louis

Edet House, Police

Headquarters Abuja, until

another crisis brought about by

rustlers in Zamfara forced

Buhari to again ask Idris to

relocate to Gusau, Zamfara State

capital. This time the man did

not even leave Abuja. It was a

third crisis in Borno State which

exposed to Buhari how his

orders to the former IGP had

been routinely disobeyed. Still,

the man was not sacked until

his tenure expired. NLC and

ASUU leaders should have

learnt from that experience that

Buhari says what he thinks will

please his audience without first

thinking of how to make those

things happen.

Right now, public servants

who had expected to receive the

promised enhanced

emoluments, especially those

who might have borrowed in

anticipation of more take home

pay packets would be advised

to also ignore Buhari, the NLC

and ASUU. They still would not

receive the promised wages in

June because the process for

instituting a new mandatory

wage bill is a long one and

nothing which can be rushed

Every governor in

Nigeria should line up

behind Makinde.; even

rich states – Lagos,

Rivers, Akwa Ibom,

Delta, Bayelsa, Kano –

should not turn this

issue into an APC

versus PDP affair

just to please a President who

swore to execute a constitution

whose provisions is

incomprehensible to him given

his level of education. Like ir or

not, Nigeria is stuck until 2023

with a President who only

attended secondary school and

whose result is still in dispute

and who has not done anything

to develop himself intellectually.

He is surrounded by a cabal of

selfish flatterers who tell him

what he wants to hear and not

what he should know - that is

assuming that he would

understand what he is told. Exminister

Rotimi Amaechi was

right when he bared his mind

months ago that “the man does

not read”.

If he can read and understand

the basic facts of a Minimum

Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019 — 29

Wage law, he would have

realised that other nations

where it had been passed into

law have never called for

“immediate implementation” –

whatever that announcement

implies. The calculations

involved in the very complex

process of implementation

invariably require months –

even with the fastest computers

in the world to work with. With

only old model computers to

work with, Nigeria’s FG, States

and LGCs are at a distinct

disadvantage. It might take

until the end of 2019 before some

states can determine how much

this silly will cost them.

Governor Makinde of Oyo

State got it right

Oyo State cannot pay

Minimum Wage – Gov.

Makinde.

Courage is the rarest of all

human attributes – especially

among politicians. Few

Nigerian politicians have had

it. Most of our political leaders

are mercenaries. They trade our

present and future for their own

selfish gains and gather a lot of

praise-singers to convince us

that they have performed

wonders - until they leave

office. Newly-elected Governor

Makinde of Oyo State might

turn out to be one of the few

exceptions to the national rule.

When on the day of his

inauguration for the first term

Makinde boldly proclaimed

that Oyo State cannot pay the

minimum wage, he made an

announcement which former

Governor Ajimobi, with a little

more patriotism and sense of

responsibility should have

made when he was in office.

Given the percentage of the

state’s gross revenue which was

going into salaries, wages and

other entitlements, the 67 per

cent increase in the payroll bill

would mean that Oyo State will

be spending 100 per cent of its

monthly income on paying

public servants alone. Even that

amount will not cover all the

bills. The state will have to

borrow every month just to pay

staff.

Ajimobi, to his everlasting

shame knew this. He should

have been the first to speak out.

But, he had a selfish agenda.

He wanted to impose his

successor and he wanted to go

to the Senate. He even

escalated the state’s wage bill

by crowning several traditional

rulers who are now on the public

payroll. The measures were

deliberate and they were

designed to serve his own

interests not those of the state.

Thank God, he failed on the two

counts. His candidate lost and

he also was defeated. Oyo is

better for it.

Advice to other governors

Every governor in Nigeria

should line up behind

Makinde. Even rich states -

Lagos, Rivers, Akwa Ibom,

Delta, Bayelsa, Kano - should

not turn this issue into an APC

versus PDP affair. Every

governor has a state to manage.

They cannot, and should not,

allow the NLC members who

constitute only about two per

cent of the workers in their

states to intimidate them. They

have a sacred duty to act in the

interest of the majority of

residents in their states who are

not represented by organised

labour.

Unless we adopt national

derivation policy under which

states are responsible for their

revenue, the Federal

Government must give up more

revenue to the states to pay for

the Minimum Wage Bill passed

by the Federal. The only other

option left is to have a President

who understands economics.

But, that is too late now. We are

stuck with Buhari until 2023.

God help us!!!

FINANCIAL VANGUARD MICROFINANCE

Stakeholders challenge MfBs on regulatory compliance

By Providence Emmanuel

STAKEHOLDERS in the

Microfinance Bank, MfB subsector

have stressed the need for

operators to understand regulatory

requirements in bank examination.

Meanwhile, they said that more

and stiffer competition from nonbanking

financial players especially

the financial technology (fintech)

firms, would impact on the

performance of the subsector.

These positions were expressed at

a one day capacity building

programme organised by the

National Association of

Microfinance Banks, NAMB, Ogun

State Chapter, in partnership with

Bukland Global Ventures with the

theme: "Understanding Regulatory

Requirements in Bank

Examination".

Chairman, NAMB Ogun State

Chapter, Mr. Bunmi Ogunrinde, said

in his remarks that corporate

governance is key to the success of

individual institution and the

collective sector of the financial

system.

Ogunrinde stated: "Regulation

between the regulator and the

operators is very important to the

success of the sub sector in the

financial system. In our industry the

issue of corporate governance is key

to the success of individual institution

and the collective sector of the

financial system. The regulator and

the operator are collaborators

toward the success of the financial

system."

Speaking on the topic, "Regulatory

Compliance Model for MfBs",

former managing director, Bancorp

Microfinance Bank, Mr. Jola-

Michael Samson, pointed out that

the regulators expect the MfBs to

render regular and timely returns of

operations, install robust and

experienced boards of directors,

employ competent and committed

management and staff, develop a

robust enterprise-wide risk

management framework for their

operations and also develop

innovative products that would suit

the needs of their target clients.

He added that the MfBs sub sector

would experience stiff competition

from non-banking financial players

especially the fintech which would

be prominent in the industry,

advising practitioners to brace up to

the new challenges by partnering

with reliable fintech companies while

embracing technology for wider

outreach and sustainability.

Noting that the sub sector would

be highly capitalised with fewer

players left , he said "Microfinance

banking is a concept that has great

potentials to alleviate poverty in a

large country like Nigeria. The

emergence of fintech is to facilitate

the achievement of the financial

inclusion goals that will eventually

aid poverty alleviation."

In his lecture titled "Corporate

Governance and Risk Management,"

former Director of the Nigerian

Deposit Insurance Corporation,

NDIC, Mr. Olalekan Jinadu, said

that corporate governance and ethics

have become real necessities for

enterprise development in Nigeria.

He said: "Company executives can

no longer afford to pretend that

business is not bound by any ethics

other than abiding by the law. The

isolation of ethics or ethical

behaviour from business dealings

have in so many instances in the past

led to business and system failures

with catastrophic consequences."

Also, senior bank examiner, Mrs.

Kehinde Osifeso, said that the success

of Risk Based Supervision, RBS, as

an effective supervisory tool depends

on its ability to assist regulators in

the timely identification of weak

financial institutions in the banking

industry so that prompt corrective

intervention can be applied in order

to prevent contagious effect on other

sound banks.

Osifeso said that the effectiveness

of the risk management control

functions will improve the risk profile

of an institution, if the board could

put relevant policies in place that

would assist in addressing the various

identified inherent risks in

operations. "The importance of

capital and earnings in the

assessment of the institution's risk

rating cannot be overemphazied.

Adequate capital plus quality

earnings will enhance the bank's

ability to absorb any unexpected

shocks that may arise from the risks

the institution may have been

exposed to", he added.

In his paper titled "Ethics of Lending

and Credit Management in

Microfinance Institutions,"

managing director, Alekun

Microfinance Bank, Mr. Joshua

Ukute, said that the purpose of credit

management is to ensure that all

loans granted are repaid as and when

due, adding that microfinance

institution must review the credit

management policies and

procedures in line with the dynamics

of financial markets and changing

environment and technology.


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(08052201997)

Like Mko Abiola like Leah Sharibu

THE Late Chief Moshood

Kashimawo Abiola was

the acclaimed, legitimate

winner of the 1993 Presidential

election, which was

conducted, purportedly, to

usher in a Democratic

Administration, after Ibrahim

Babangida’s eight years as

Nigeria’s sole Military

President.

Inexplicably, however,

Babangida, annulled the

nationally celebrated result,

even when he readily

admitted, in his broadcast to

the nation, that the conduct of

the election was widely

accepted as “free, fair and

peaceful,” despite the fact that

the winning presidential ticket

comprised two moslem

faithfuls!

In retrospect, it is arguable

that the 1993 Presidential

election results, probably

remains the least

controversial, in almost six

decades of Nigeria’s post

colonial history. The quixotic

annulment, invariably,

provoked angry public

protests and protracted

nationwide labour strike,

particularly in Lagos and the

South West, while precious

life was regrettably snuffed out

of hundreds of Nigerians, by

the murderous, tyrannic

response of an unrepentant

military dictator.

In the ensuing intrigues,

Babangida, in his own words,

agreed to “step aside” for

Sanni Abacha, his chief coconspirator,

who four months

later, quickly eased out Ernest

Shonekan, whom Babangida

had selected as Interim Head

of State, from office. Abiola’s

insistence on the legitimate

mandate, of his popular

nationwide landslide victory,

however, posed a threat to

Abacha’s hold on power.

Ultimately, the dice was cast,

after Abiola returned from an

extended overseas trip and

declared himself as the

legitimate President, in a nondescript

location in Epetedo,

on Lagos Island. Thereafter,

Abacha unleashed battleready

soldiers, who forcefully

took Abiola away in the dead

of night, after the unsolicited

human shield that swarmed

MKO’s residence and

adjoining streets daily, to

prevent his arrest, had

returned home after their

usual ‘daylight’ vigil.

Thereafter, the goggled

General ruled with an iron fist,

while Abiola was in

incarceration for four years,

with no human contact except

for strictly regulated access for

medical interventions.

Sadly, Kudirat, MKO’s wife,

who had remained very vocal

in the quest for justice for her

husband, was brutally shot

and killed, close to Oregun

bye-pass, on her way to a

meeting on the Island by

Abacha’s Strike Force.

Although, oppressive dictators

can wield the power of life and

death over their subjects,

nonetheless, by divine

contrivance, these seemingly

invincible despots do not have

immunity to death itself.

Ultimately, Abacha suddenly

died, totally unexpectedly, as

he appeared in good health

when he saw off the

Palestinian leader, Yasser

Arafat, at Abuja airport, just

hours before his reported

death.

Expectedly, with Abacha’s

death, speculations became

rife that Abiola’s release was

imminent; regrettably,

however, days after Abacha

passed on, the acclaimed

winner of the June 12, 1993

election, ‘mysteriously’

choked and died, while

sharing tea with a team of

United States Government

Peace brokers, led by one

Susan Rice.

In retrospect, Nigeria’s

return to civil rule in 1999 was

undeniably, facilitated by

Abiola’s martyrdom.

Consequently, all Presidents

since 1999 are beneficiaries of

Abiola’s sacrifice!

Abiola, clearly, recognized

the oppressive impact of the

naira exchange rate on mass

poverty and our shackled

economy, and therefore vowed

to set up an economic process

that would strengthen the

Naira, so that more Nigerians

will exit poverty. Abiola was

certainly, not your puny local

champion, as he deployed his

In retrospect,

Nigeria’s return to

civil rule in 1999

was undeniably,

facilitated by

Abiola’s martyrdom;

consequently, all

Presidents since

1999 are

beneficiaries of

Abiola’s sacrifice

immense wealth to lift up

many Nigerians from poverty

and he was also, certainly, the

most vocal African advocate,

that erstwhile Colonial

Administrations should make

reparations, for the deliberate

oppression and unfettered

exploitation of Africa and

Africans, in the process of

resource evacuation, as well as

the dislocation and

retrogression, that the very

lucrative Trans Atlantic Slave

Trade, caused in African

countries for over 300 years.

FINANCIAL VANGUARD

LPG sector can create 2m jobs - Osinbajo

By Yinka Kolawole

VICE President, Prof. Yemi

Osinbajo, has said that the

Liquefied Petroleum Gas,

LPG, sub-sector can create two

million direct and indirect jobs

in Nigeria.

Osinbajo stated this over,

weekend, at the

commissioning of Techno Oil

LPG Cylinder Manufacturing

Plant in Lekki, Lagos.

In a statement by his media

aide, Laolu Akande, the vice

president said through a

range of interventions and

policy implementation, the

federal government will

significantly improve

domestic and industrial

utilisation of LPG in the

country.

He stated: "The federal

government will continue to

actively support every effort

to promote the use of LPG in

Nigeria, as well as create and

maintain an effective and a

catalytic regulatory

environment."

Continuing, he said: "The

goal is to achieve five million

metric tonnes (5,000,000 MT)

of domestic, commercial and

industrial LPG utilisation in 10

years. Specifically, for

household cooking, we are

targeting a 40 per cent

adoption rate (i.e. 13.8m

households) in five years, and

73 per cent adoption in 10

years (33.3m households). We

believe that the sub-sector can

create up to two million new

direct and indirect jobs in

Nigeria."

The vice president noted that

since the implementation of

the coordination reforms,

including the creation of a

Understandably, Abiola was

not popular with his local

military oppressors, and was

also not a favorite of our

erstwhile colonial overlords.

Sadly, since his death, no

African has summoned the

courage, nor possessed the

burning will to redress the

economic inequity and

injustice that the inhabitants

of the African continent

continue to endure, under the

guise of clearly unfavourable

trade terms.

Consequently, President

Buhari’s decision to validate

the 1993 Presidential election

results, 24 years, thereafter, is

probably, Buhari’s most

popular decision, since he

became President. Indeed,

even if PMB’s validation is

belated, and perceived as selfserving,

it is still welcome, as

it may help to heal a wound

that has festered and

challenged our hope of a

unified nation with full

respect for the ‘rule of law’

and personal liberty.

Thankfully, the uneasy

feeling of celebrating

Democracy Day on May 29,

especially, when June 12

always looms so close on the

horizon is dead for good!

Nonetheless, the late

‘President’ Abiola could

probably be alive today, if he

had considered the enjoyment

of his immense wealth, social

equity, and the comfort, love

and safety of his well known

very large family. Indeed we

are stronger today as a nation

because Abiola stood up for

Nigeria and principle rather

than self-preservation.

The foregoing narrative

would probably refresh the

memories of our older citizens,

however, Nigerians born after

1990, particularly after the

relegation of Civics and

History in Schools’

dedicated project

management office, great

progress has been recorded in

the various segments of the

gas sector.

According to him, the

progress recorded include

"removal of five per cent VAT

from the domestic pricing of

LPG, as a first step in giving

domestic output an

advantage against imported

products."

He said that the

development of a marketer

cylinder owned model instead

of the current consumer

curriculum, will probably be

enriched by this summary.

Millennials are, however,

undeniably, familiar with the

more recent tribulations of a

16 year old girl, called Leah

Sharibu, who was amongst

110 girls captured from Dapchi

in Yobe State by the seemingly

invincible Boko Haram Sect.

Happily, 104 girls were

quickly released after

Government intervention;

Leah however, has been

forced to remain in captivity

for well over 1 year because

she bluntly refused to

denounce her Christian faith,

as demanded by her captors.

Now, Leah may not be in the

same ball pack as the

obviously more matured,

wealthy and celebrated

juggernaut that Abiola was;

nonetheless, by Leah’s

unflinching adherence to her

faith, despite her continued

incarceration and the possible

threat of death, the young lady

can certainly rub shoulders

with the evidently more

illustrious MKO, and can

certainly also be celebrated for

standing on the principle, that

she has a right, as a human

being, to choose her own faith!

Consequently, in this regard,

Leah stands for every

Nigerian or indeed everyone,

anywhere in the world

whether Christian, Moslem or

Atheist, who cherishes the

right to choose their religious

path. Thus, Leah is us and we

are all Leah!

Instructively, we must all

fear for our safety if we cannot

freely choose our faith without

coercion from any quarter.

Nonetheless, Leah must not

also die in detention, just like

Abiola, for holding tight to her

inalienable human right to

choose her faith. Indeed, for

as long as some Nigerians

like the rest of the Chibok and

Dapchi children, still remain

in Captivity, we cannot really

celebrate our own freedom!

ECONOMY

cylinder owned model will

eliminate the consumers' upfront

purchase of LPG

cylinders which, in some

cases, are substandard,

replacing it with a cylinder

exchange, whereby the

consumer only pays for the

content.

"No household will need to

purchase or own an LPG

cylinder. The cylinders will

be delivered and retrieved by

the marketers who will also

be responsible for the

maintenance and

refurbishment of the

cylinders, making LPG

accessible to a whole new

segment of non-LPG users."


June 12: It was criminal

to be law-abiding

MANY of us who organised

the bloody mass street

protests, stay-at-home and

sustained a five-year campaign

to force the military de-annul the

June 12, 1993 presidential election

did not believe in that year's

elections.

We knew the General Ibrahim

Badamosi Babangida Transition

Programme was fraudulent. Our

leader, Alao Aka-Bashorun, had

repeatedly told the country that

the regime had a “Hidden

Agenda”. This was subsequently

borne out as the regime changed

the ‘transition date’ from 1990 to

1992, then to 1993. As it “shifted

the goal post” so did it cancel the

presidential primaries before

allowing those that produced

Chief Moshood Kashimawo

Abiola and Alhaji Bashir Tofa.

So, the annulment of the

elections did not come as a

surprise, but we stepped forward

to challenge it because the

political class was cowed and at

that point, incapable of

challenging the military dictators.

Also, the annulment presented an

opportunity to get rid of the

parasitic Generals and there was

a fair chance of enthroning a

peoples’ democracy. To us, it was

not a fight for Abiola, but a

struggle for social justice.

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As we mobilised millions of

Nigerians for the inevitable war

against military dictatorship, we

had a worry: the politicians! A lot

of them backed the annulment

while quite a number, including

Abiola, were hopeful that the

military would change its mind.

Some of us, led by Dr. Beko

Ransome-Kuti, had to meet

Abiola, not to solicit his support,

but to extract a promise that he

would not denounce us or the

protests we were planning.

We lost quite a number of

protesters to police and military

fire power across the country,

including 118 souls in a single

day in Lagos. There was a

crackdown and some of my

comrades were thrown into

detention without trial while there

was a hunt for some of us.

We resolved not to hand

ourselves over to the so-called

authorities because we regarded

them as usurpers. I managed to

stay a few steps ahead of my

hunters, but one day, I was

trapped. I had sneaked into my

office in the Vanguard

Newspapers. It was small pace

in which I had squeezed a table,

a chair and two seats for visitors.

Two men walked in and

instinctively, I knew they were

security-men. They asked for me,

The menace of extreme poverty

By Daniel Ighakpe

ARECENT Nigerian newspaper

report reveals that the figure of

extremely poor people in Nigeria has

risen to 93.7 million in 2019. According

to this report, 93,720,530 people in

Nigeria now live in extreme poverty.

It was first revealed in June 2018 that

Nigeria had overtaken India as the

nation with the highest number of people

living in extreme poverty across the

world, with an estimated 86.9 million

Nigerians measured to be living on less

than $1.90 (N684) a day.

However, according to new data from

the World Poverty Clock, a web tool

produced by World Data Lab, that figure

has increased to 93.7 million in June

2019.

According to the World Bank, more

than half of Nigeria’s population lives

on less than a dollar a day. This trend is

expected to continue, as the World Data

Lab noted that the outlook for poverty

alleviation in Nigeria is weak, and that

an estimated 120 million Nigerians are

expected to slip into extreme poverty by

2030.

As these facts show, as long as the

present system of human rule lasts, there

would be poverty. Poverty cannot be

permanently eradicated by any form of

human government or any economic or

social system. The record of history bears

this out. Throughout the thousands of

years of human history, every type of

government and every type of economic

and social system has been tried, yet

poverty is still with us.

Indeed, in spite of progress in such

areas as science, industry, and medicine,

the hard fact is that, worldwide, the

number of people trapped by poverty

has continued to increase. Despite wellmeaning

efforts to solve the problem,

there are millions of people, not only in

Nigeria, but also around the world that

are living in poverty.

Many palliative measures have been

recommended to reduce the suffering of

the poor. For example, an interesting

three-part column in the Vanguard

newspapers, written by a prominent

Nigerian and founder of a private

university, the Afe Babalola University

Ado-Ekiti, ABUAD, Aare Afe Babalola

(December 26, 2018; January 2, 2019;

and January 9, 2019), highlighted the

importance of giving/generosity/

philanthropy, in alleviating the suffering

of the poor in Nigeria.

He cited the abandonment of

agriculture, once the mainstay of the

Nigerian economy, as one of the reasons

for extreme poverty which now pervades

the country. Among other things, he

stated that “although many factors can

and have been adduced as partly

and I calmly told them Mr.

Lakemfa had gone to the library

down stairs. They broke into a

run, and I walked out of

Vanguard premises, turned to the

left where there was a jetty rather

than the right that leads to the

main road. The security

contingent that came for me laid

siege for two weeks during which

I went underground.

As the struggle for June 12

became more intense, and some

began to go into exile, it was

decided that I should become a

liaison officer between those

abroad and the home front. When

I went for an American visa, the

The annulment of the

elections did not come

as a surprise, but we

stepped forward to

challenge it because

the political class was

cowed and at that

point, incapable of

challenging the

military dictators

visa officer asked why I wanted

to go and submit the visa at the

airport, implying that I will be

stopped from travelling. I

laughed and replied: “You know

I will not go through the airport.”

It was supposed to be a secret

mission. But a few weeks before I

was to travel, I ran into a top

politician who expressed surprise

that I was still in the country. I

knew my mission had been

compromised, and refused to

travel.

Those were quite dangerous

times. At a time, we in the prodemocracy

movement formed an

alliance with political leaders like

Chiefs Ayo Adebanjo and

Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019—31

Cornelius Adebayo and started

meeting at the 100, Oduduwa

Crescent, GRA, Ikeja home of the

chairman, Chief Alfred Rewane.

His deputy was Chief Anthony

Enahoro assisted by Chief

Abraham Adesanya. Soon, those

meetings stopped as Rewane, 79,

was shot dead in that house on

October 6, 1995.

We moved our meetings to

detained Chief Abiola’s house

with his wife, Mrs. Kudirat Abiola

as hostess. It was a larger group

and one of our first tasks was to

posit an alternative transition

programme to that drawn up by

the Abacha regime. But Mrs.

Abiola, 44, was gunned down in

Lagos on June 4, 1996 by Abacha’s

killer squad. Some members of

that group like Chiefs Enahoro

and Bola Ahmed Tinubu went into

exile, Dr. Ransome-Kuti was

given a life sentence and quite a

number were in detention without

trial. Many of us remained. On

January 14, 1997, bullets were

rained on Senator Adesanya’s car

by the killer squad, but

miraculously, he escaped unhurt.

When I moved over to edit the

now rested Today’s News Today,

TNT, Newspapers in Ikeja, the

Abacha dictatorship redeployed

a tough cop, Abubakar Tsav, to

take charge of Lagos regarded as

the hot bed of the resistance

against military misrule and the

struggle for the actualisation of

June 12. After some months, a

story broke that the regime had

redeployed Tsav, and jubilation

broke out in police formations

across the state.

The TNT ran the story of the

jubilation. Next day, I was sitting

behind my desk when policemen

in plainclothes entered. They

asked for me and I told them the

editor had gone to the publisher’s

office in the next building.

responsible for poverty in Nigeria, what

makes it so endemic in the country is

partly the poor disposition of Nigerians

to giving."

According to him, in the light of the

world’s current economic realities,

government alone cannot reasonably be

expected to improve the quality of life

of everyone to the level which most

people expect. Wealthy individuals can

Government alone

cannot reasonably be

expected to improve the

quality of life of everyone

to the level which most

people expect

aid government in the provision of

amenities of life to the less privileged.

Philanthropy is rooted in love and

compassion; it is of immense benefit not

only to the person who practices it but

also to the beneficiary and the society at

large. In this scenario, it is arguable that

rather than donate some specific items

to one individual, a philanthropist

should direct the resources for those

items to the provision of a means of selfemployment

for the proposed recipient

of the items.

If this is done, more people who on

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Immediately they left, I walked

out through the backdoor of the

building, past waiting police

vehicles and melted into the

street. The furious police men

turned on the staff, detained the

news editor, Tokunboh

Oloruntola and declared the

crime correspondent, Owolola

Adebola and I wanted. Of course,

I refused to give myself up.

In 1997, I co-ordinated a

Freidrich Ebert Foundation

Programme for labour

correspondents. It held in Oyo

town. Just as we began, some

detectives arrived and accused us

of holding an anti-government

programme. I explained it was a

mere education programme.

They seemed to understand, but

advised that I should go with

them to explain to the police area

commander.

When we got to the commander,

I explained to him and pointed

out that the Police also runs

training programmes in their

Police colleges. So why would he

be hostile to journalists attending

refresher courses? He paused,

and said, the police was better

educated and informed than

seeking to disrupt a programme

for journalists. Then slowly he

informed it was the State Security

Services, SSS, impersonating the

police to effect arrests and

detention.

I felt stupid. After years of

evading arrest, I had walked

cheaply into the trap of the secret

police. When the SSS personnel

returned, I tried to bluff my way,

but they had informed their

superiors probably in Abuja and

a background check had been

run. I was like a crab that had

swam through many rivers, only

to end up in an old woman’s pot

of soup.

the long run may be employed by the

recipient as his business grows would

have indirectly benefitted from a single

act of philanthropy. It would have had a

multiplier effect. The recipient himself

would have shed the toga of

dependency.

Aare Babalola himself can be said to

be doing very well in the area of

philanthropy and generosity. For

example, in The Guardian of October

16, 2018, the management of the Afe

Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, ABUAD,

was reported to have awarded automatic

employment to 72 first class graduates

of the university.

It was also reported that the founder

of the university, Aare Babalola, doled

out N250,000 and a plot of land each to

all the graduating students of agriculture

to start their farming projects. Such acts

of generosity are highly commended,

and I am certain that even on more

personal fronts, Aare Afe Babalola has

shown an exceptional spirit of kindness

and generosity.

However, while human relief efforts

have been unsuccessful in bringing the

problem of poverty under control, God

will give attention to the root of the

problem - the tendency for selfish people

and governments to look after merely

their own interests.

•Ighakpe, a public affairs analyst, wrote from

Lagos

C

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YOUR LUCK TODAY

By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

TAURUS; Here is an ambitious day for many of you.

The more practical you are about your reasonable desire

the better for your cause. Be more family minded.

GEMINI; Good luck will knock at your door. Although

it is good to plan ahead, you have to take advantage of

now that presented good opportunities.

CANCER; Keeping both your personal and other

people secrets will do you lots of good today. Then tomorrow

is your big day; prepare yourself accordingly

LEO; Here is a day when your closeness to the influential

people can be source of assistance to both yourself

in particular and your group in general. And then your

love life is getting better. Exhibit maturity.

VIRGO; Take your health more seriously than before.

However that is not to say you have to ignore your responsibilities

at work. Respect your senior colleagues

LIBRA; The influence looks more favourable to you

now. You will certainly become more enterprising to the

betterment of your cause. Right now nobody can ignore

you.

L E I S U R E

TAKE HEART — ELLA RANDLE

TERROR MUDA in “Never say goodbye”

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“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want

to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream

of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me

how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking

like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure

of being alive”. – Oriah Mountain Dreamer

There have been many times when we have inertia and

not knowing what to do next with our lives. Find that

one thing you are passionate about and go for it fully.

Ella Randle

SAYINGS OF

OUR PEOPLE

If ten cents

does not go

out, it does not

bring in one

thousand dollars.

~ Ghana

By Kola Fayemi

SCORPIO; Those of you who are more observant

within your base of operation will have more to gain.

Prepare to take good advice from the veterans within

your base.

SAGITTARIUS; Although your personal ideas are

very reliable and capable of bringing success, you will

need to be as co operative as possible to achieve your

desire.

CAPRICORN; It is important you take your sources

of making money very seriously. Both hard work and

element of luck will work favourably for you.

AQUARIUS; Influence of the Moon will encourage

you to become a little bit aggressive; here is a day when

your leadership ability will assist many.

PISCES; The Moon placement can force agitation on

the minds of some of you but if you keep your head

above the cloudy atmosphere you will not have anything

to fear.

DUDU in “ROLLING HOT” By A.O. OLAIDE

ARIES; Young at heart Librans may be greatly excited

today and for the next few weeks; if you take good decision

on your love life you will enjoy it.

ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

Send your date and place of birth to the Astr

trological

Counselling, P.M.B 100

007, Apapa, Lagos

Good health for me?

Dear Joshua,

I have never gone through any major sickness since I

was born but it is always good to know, especially as people

are saying that those that do not fall sick often can die the

very first time such happen. Can they be right? Please tell

me about my financial prospects.

Bidemi, Sokoto.

Dear Bidemi,

They are wrong. And you have no cause to fear. Actually

my findings here pointed to your hard beginning health

wise. If you ask your parents they would tell you much

than you think you know about yourself.

Leo and Scorpio that hosted your natal Sun and Moon

respectively are members of few strongest Star signs available

(when talking of health/life and death). Thus you are

well endowed.

Although as both the Sun and Moon were at loggerheads

when you were born you must have gone through

some tough times health wise, especially when you were

younger, very great ability of Scorpio to survive and good

aspects the planets enjoyed during your birth hour are

indications of good health for you. And as your age advances

so also your health will continue to improve.

Then concentration of many heavenly bodies in health

related Virgo is another pointers to good health. However

that is not to say you will go through adulthood life without

any health related challenges but when they come you

have what it takes to survive and be back on the road to

sound health.

What to watch out for include TOOTHACHE, the chest/

back, stomach and at very advanced age may come circulatory

system related challenge. Being a female Scorpio

born person always pay good attention to gynecological

related ailments. And fever is common in this part of the

world.

But then all ailments mentioned here are mere warnings

(although to be taken seriously) nothing fatalistic.s

Although you can be generous, kind and loving you are

not the extravagant type. Thus you are reliable and can

make success of your family purse. You are practical analyst

with respect for your family dignity, therefore putting

aside money for raining days comes natural to you

Occasionally you think that money don’t come as faster

as desired by you but it comes eventually after a few lesson.

Luckily for you Libra that hosted your natal planet of

desire (Mars) is money and partnership/marriage related.

Thus money will find it way into your life either personally

or via joint efforts between you and your husband.

VIRGINIA

HOME & ABROAD

dadadekola@yahoo.com

By Lawrence Akapa


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Twenty-eight masters

exhibit works on

Queen Moremi

By Chinasa Afigbo

Books, plays and

musicals have been

written for Queen

Moremi Ajasoro, the

historical Ife heroin who

sacrificed all she had to save

her people. Now, Alexis

Galleries and the House of

Oduduwa have partnered 28

Masters to capture the same

story in visual arts.

Yesterday, Alexis Galleries,

Victoria Island, Lagos opened

an exhibition of the products

of that creative endeavor

titled ‘A View from the

Masters’ which will run till

June 14. The exhibition is also

expected to be a traveling

show, which means it will

move from Lagos to London,

New York, Dubai, Lebanon,

and other cities.

The masters who were

chosen based on their years

of expertise and experience

for this ionic exhibition

include Bruce Onobrakpeya,

Kolade Oshinowo, Tola

Wewe, Edosa Ogiugo, Bunmi

Babatunde, Abiodun Olaku,

Gbenga Offo, Reuben

Ugbine, Chinwe Uwatshe,

Sam Ovraiti, Duke Asidere,

Dominique Zinkpe, Fidelis

Odogwu. Others are Sam

Ebohon, Tony Nsofor, Alex

Nwokolo, Diseye Tantua,

Mavua Lessor, Segun

Aiyesan, Ato Arinze, Zinno

Orara, Joshua Nmesirionye,

Gerry Nnubia, John Oyedemi,

Joe Essien, Abraham

Uyoubisere, Gab Awusa, and

Gerald Chukwuma. Each

artist created one work in his

medium and from any

perspective of Moremi that

suited him or her.

The founder and director of

Alexis Galleries, Mrs. Patty

Chidiac-Mastrogiannis at the

press conference held in

preparation

and

commencement of the

Moremi exhibition said none

of the works will be made

public until the Ooni first

sees them. “It will be his right

to see the works first. That is

why none of the works is here

for this press preview. He

deserves that respect and

honor. And this show will be

the biggest visual art show in

the history of contemporary

art in Nigeria where twentyeight

of the masters would be

on call with their individual

artistic works on one person.

It is a big one.”

The Global Ambassador,

Queen Moremi Ajasoro

Initiative, Princess Ronke

Ademiluyi, said “Moremi’s

story was worth telling in

different mediums. The show

is to keep the legacies of

Moremi embedded in our

memories. It is a story of

leadership and how she took

a bold step to save her

people.”

Ato Arinze, a porter, and

ceramist said “I’m happy to be

a part of this exhibition.

Moremi was a mother to her

people, protecting and

leading them. I have heard

different versions of what

Moremi did. But today I have

got the true picture.”

Abraham Uyovbisere, a

painter, who was also glad to

be involved in this remarkable

exhibition, said it is good really

to be part of this. “She left

legacies no one can ever

surpass in our clime. We need

to learn from her example in

good conduct and purposeful

leadership. This is why I chose

to do justice to what she

represents. It did not take me

much time to conceptualize

and contemplate what angle to

take.”

Gerry Nnubia described

Queen Moremi as a beautiful

woman who had to use her

By Elizabeth Uwandu

“Our agenda was to completely

exploit Africa. Nigeria is my duty

post” – Harold Smith, former

Colonial Officer in Nigeria

Did those words by Harold

Smith hold water then,

now, or in future?

The launch of the book, “Nigeria

is a life: A British lie that must be

finally structured! The truth of the

matter,” written by Prof. Angelicus

Onasanya leave the guests present

at the University of Lagos,

UNILAG conference hall, in

retrospection of the fact or façade

of Nigeria being truly a nation.

The 205-page book published in

2018 by Xcess Anonie, and

reviewed by Barrister Mohammad

Fawehinmi, with special guests

such as Rev. Jonathan Okubote,

Engr. Demola Akinnyemi and Mr.

Lanre Ogundeye, highlights a few

significant things: the name,

Nigeria is a farce by the Europeans

to aid her returns on investments

worth 865,000 Euros paid to Royal

Niger Company ; restructuring is

another lie to continue the script

of the colonial masters with intent

to disintegrate the country; and the

need to structure who truly we

were before the advent of

imperialism through representative

leadership of the traditional rulers.

If truly Nigeria has been a lie in

her over 100 years of existence,

what then is the essence of the

nine chapters piece of work that

cascades the reader from the

introduction to "Nigeria at a

•Princess Ronke Ademiluyi (left) and Patty Chidiac-Mastrogiannis (right) surrounded by the masters

beauty to save humanity. “She

was a custodian of her culture.

And she did what she had to

do for her people as queen

mother.”

In giving back to the society,

Alexis Galleries will donate

part of the show’s proceeds to

a non-governmental

organization in Ile-Ife to be

chosen by the Ooni, including

the Fine Art Department,

Nigeria, a lie to maximise British returns

crossroad: the beginning; through the

truth of the matter, the lie and the

corollary"?

The reader then goes to look at the

"problems and the issues of multi-people

nations and how they are usually

resolved", "the clarion calls for Nigeria

to restructure; the lies, the truth about

Nigeria and the liars." Consequences,

the way forward: the blueprint and

“Epilogue: I am a dreamer”, which

comes to an end with an appendix.

In addition to the three highlights of the

book above , Prof. Onasanya, speaking

on the formation of Nigeria by the British

said: "Around the world, multi-people

countries, because of their diversities,

confront two initial questions at formation:

the question of unity and the question of

governance. These issues must be

resolved first for the countries to be

considered structured countries with the

agreement of the people.

"The vexing question in Nigeria's case

is this: When did we, as peoples, take

the decision to be a country or many

countries; and who represented us? Was

it our divinely appointed Royal

Majesties – Obas, Sultans, Obis, etc., as

custodians of our people’s sovereignties

or some irrelevant impostors posing as

politicians, military or government?

"Second, after we had agreed on the

item above, how did we agree to rule and

govern ourselves? What rules of the

game did we put in place to ensure

peace, justice, equity and all those

liberties we yearn for? When were these

agreed upon by popular affirmative of

the peoples called referendum to yield

an autochthonous or indigenous

constitution? That we have not done

either of these two fundamental activities

of structuring a country or countries

Obafemi Awolowo University

(OAU) Ile-Ife. The Moremi

arts exhibition is being

sponsored by Pepsi, Amstel

Malt, The Homestores, and

Art Café amongst others.

imply that Nigeria, as presently

constituted, has no structure and

therefore is non-existent. Talking of

the need to restructure is then a

nullity, premature and irrelevant

and of no consequence.

"In addition, the British lie has

always been exposed. We just did

nothing. Now is the time to finally

erase the mistake of 1914, "(Sir

Ahmadu Bello) and live not the

British intention, ( Sir Tafawa

Balewa) but the authentic Nigerian

intention that will Galvanize us

into being a nation and not mere a

geographical expression (Chief

Obafemi Awolowo). Our divinely

appointed Royal Majesties must

get to work and structure Nigeria

now.

"The real Nigeria of our creation

must and needs to emerge! Why not

a United Kingdoms of Wazobia or

United States of Wazobia? Either

name has a nicer ring to it than

Niger-Area! Why don't they have

United Kingdom of River Thames

Area or United States of River

Mississippi? The Person Lehrman

consultant pointed.

However, Nigeria is a lie: A

British lie that must be finally

structured! The truth of the matter,

"a non-fiction written in simple

style narrative with historical dates,

pictures, magazine and newspaper

clippings among others.

One question the author needs to

answer is why did he use the name,

“Nigeria” to describe the peoples

living in this geographical entity,

if it is actually a lie?

For the reader within that space,

he or she will need to decide

whether to belong or not to belong.


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By Prisca SamDuru

In Africa, the subject of albinism

has long been treated as something

evil rather than a genetic

defect. And as a result, people

living with albinism (PWA) are

stigmatized.

According to a health journal,

“a defect in one of several genes

that produce or distribute melanin

causes albinism. The defect

may result in the absence of

melanin production, or a reduced

amount of melanin production.”

The United Nations

captures the condition of PWA

thus, “people with albinism face

multiple forms of discrimination

worldwide. Albinism is still profoundly

misunderstood, socially

and medically. The physical appearance

of persons with albinism

is often the object of erroneous

beliefs and myths influenced

by superstition, which foster

their marginalization and

social exclusion.”

In a bid to help change the

existing narrative on albinism,

social activist photographer,

Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko’s ‘White

Ebony’, an exhibition featuring

twenty-one thought provoking

photographs opened to the public

on May 25, 2019 at Temple

Muse, Lagos.

Curated by SMO Contemporary

Art, Ayeni-Babaeko’s body

of work captures the complexity

of life that Persons with Albinism

(PWAs) face daily. ‘White Ebony’

is being showcased by Temple

Muse for the next six weeks to

support the recognition and protection

of people with albinism

in commemoration of the International

Albinism Awareness

Day, which comes up on June

13 every year. The exhibition

ends on July 19, and a portion

of the income from sales will go

towards supporting people with

albinism.

‘White Ebony’ challenges preconceived

notions on albinism

with powerful images which reflect

a renaissance beauty

through sensitive lighting, composition,

and layered stylistic

interpretations. ‘White Ebony’

takes the viewer on an emotional

journey that is filled with nuance

as well as controversial in

its stark positioning and challenging

suggestions. Each work

reflects both internal struggles

while working through layers of

identity and self-actualization,

and points to the urgent need to

stop the stigmatization of persons

with albinism.

Ayeni-Babeko worked closely

with members of the Albino

Foundation in Lagos, and after

in-depth interviews and insightful

group discussions, began interpreting

their reality through

photographs which explore both

the alienation and struggles experienced

by persons with albinism,

as well as celebrates their

lives and achievements.

Interestingly, PWAs are proud

of who they are. This is evident

in some of the photographs on

display. Titles such as ‘Embracing

It’, ‘White Ebony’, ‘Secret

Wishes’, etc., attest to that fact.

Funny enough, in ‘Secret

Wishes’, the PWAs are thinking

about the irony of life in that people

with normal skin colour are

‘bleeching’ while they wish they

were born with normal African

skin colour.

The exhibition curator, Sandra

‘White Ebony’ exhibition changing the

narrative on albinos

One of Ayeni-Babaeko’s works

Mbanefo Obiago, who has

worked on three previous shows

with the photographer, while

commending her for the campaign

said, “as in her previous

exhibitions, which have tackled

issues such as the challenges

survivors of breast cancer face,

or photographing dancers performing

within slums to highlight

the needs of populations

living in shantytowns, Ayeni-

Babaeko’s amazing artistry is

heightened by her commitment

to social change and supporting

marginalized communities.

“It’s easy to create a striking

image of a person with albinism

because of how unique they are.

But these models were not just

put in front of my camera for me

to photograph. I was able to really

connect with them through

long conversations about their

daily struggles, sharing with me

what their life is like and all this

knowledge translated into this

new body of work,” the artist

explained, adding: “my work is

not there to make you feel good;

its purpose is to trigger you to

think and expand your knowledge.”

Commenting on the exhibition,

Founder and President of the

Albino Foundation, Jake Epelle,

said “working with a sensitive

photographer like Yetunde has

been a great creative approach

to raising awareness about the

challenges people with albinism

face every day.

Much more needs to be done

to advocate for the recognition

and respect of the rights and

socio-economic inclusion of people

living with albinism. The

Foundation works with governments

and development institutions

to improve the health and

social wellbeing of PWAs in Nigeria.”

Andrew Skipper, Board Member

of the Smithsonian National

Museum of African Art in Washington

D.C., Partner & Head of

Africa Practice at the international

law firm, Hogan Lovells

which sponsored the exhibition

explained that “Hogan Lovells

is committed to supporting important

social causes. We believe

that art is a beautiful way of raising

awareness and celebrating

diversity and inclusion. An exhibition

like ‘White Ebony’ by

Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko is testament

to the way art helps to

Runsewe commends CBN Governor for

Creative Industry Financing Initiative

The Director-General of

the National Council

for Arts and Culture,

Otunba Olusegun Runsewe,

has commended the Central

Bank Governor, Mr. Godwin

Emiefele, for developing a

Creative Industry Financing

Initiative.

Runsewe who gave the

commendation in Abuja said

the Initiative will allow

Investors in the Creative

Industry access loan up to

Five hundred million naira (¦

500,000,000) with nine

percent (9%) interest rate.

He noted that this initiative

will greatly boost the

Industry and enhance the

capacity of key players in the

sector to optimize their

potentials.

The NCAC boss also said

that more than ten countries

of the world have used

similar initiative to fight

poverty, unemployment,

crime, and youth restiveness.

“With this noble and

patriotic initiative, the CBN

Governor has clearly

I AM SUICIDE

I

AM suicide ,The one creep

ing in to your side

Ready to take any child

That won’t withstand life’s tide

And wasn’t comforted when he

cried

I am suicide, I took that person

you heard died

For he was always tormented by

his bride

He had cars and houses but no

peace of mind

I became to him a peaceful ride

I am suicide, You give in to me

because of your pride

They said you have no place, they

lied!!!

You can create your space, even

wide

If only you’ll neglect the world

and be satisfied

demonstrated his

commitment to President

Buhari’s economic

development agenda with

emphasis on diversification

and job creation,” Runsewe

said.

He stated that as one of the

highest employers of labour,

if the Creative Industry is

fully developed, it will not

only create mass

employment, it will also

stimulate rapid socioeconomic

growth and

development.

SUNDAY POEMS

By Oladipupo K Ogunnoiki

WHEN LIFE THROWS

YOU A PUNCH

I

STOOD and tried to sketch

How we don’t understand life

as such

We feel we know so much

But a little fraction we touch When

life throws you a punch Don’t just

stand there and watch

He expects you to dodge the

clutch

Don’t kill yourself because of the

witch

Your life must become a great

teach

That you’ll be called to come

preach don’t jump off “bridge

Dutch” the higher you stay strong

the richer you’ll reach One day

you’ll stand to give a speech

A tough life spent fixing the glitch

While others drowned at life’s

beach

You survived from it’s ditch

strengthen society.

“Yetunde’s work is a powerful

example of art for social change

and we are delighted to showcase

her work,” said Avinash

Wadhwani, CEO of Temple

Muse, the design luxury concept

store.

Oladipupo K Ogunnoiki

THEY ARE KILLING US

YOU should have a car

and a horse

You’re old, you must have a

full purse

When will you bring him home

to us?

Thirty things you must be by

force

All these put pressures on us

We all see suicides, but it’s

murder of course!!

You think you’re hastening

us

But the pressure is killing

us

We are not to cover up for

your past loss

So, don’t push us beyond

our cross

Family members by the day

push us

Society pressurise us Instead

of you to teach us

You all have ganged up

against us

Silently saying we succeed,

or your pressure kills us

You have killed so many of

us Some survived, but you

broke all of us

The rest of us hate you for

daily killing us

You couldn’t do it for us

Why pressure us?

Runsewe called on key

players in the Creative

Industry to take advantage

of the opportunity of the

facility to develop and

strengthen their businesses.

He also enjoined

prospective beneficiaries of

the facility to ensure that

they comply with the terms

and conditions of repayment.

The Creative Industry

Financing Initiative was

developed by the CBN in

collaboration with the

Banker’s Commitment.

The Creative Industries

that could apply for the loan

include Fashion, Information

and Technology, Movie

Distribution, Music and

Software Engineering.


46 — Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019

One of the protesters against China extradition law

Massive protest in Hong Kong over

Chinese extradition law

More than 1 million pro

testers took to the

streets of Hong Kong Sunday,

organizers said, to oppose

a controversial extradition

bill that would enable

China to extradite fugitives

from the city, in what would

be the largest demonstration

since the city’s handover to

China in 1997.

Civil Human Rights Front,

the group that organized the

protests, said 1.03 million

people marched — a figure

that accounts for more than

one in seven of the city’s

7.48 million-strong population.

Hong Kong Police projected

the number of protesters

at closer to 240,000.

Critics say the bill will leave

anyone on Hong Kong soil

vulnerable to being grabbed

by the Chinese authorities for

political reasons or inadvertent

business offenses and undermine

the city’s semi-autonomous

legal system.

The bill has caused political

gridlock, outcry among the

city’s usually pro-conservative

business community,

and even physical scuffles

in the city’s legislature, as

well as criticism of the Hong

Kong government by the

United States and European

Union.

The government says the

bill is designed to plug loopholes

in current law, by allowing

Hong Kong to decide

on a case-by-case basis

whether or not to send

fugitives to territories where

it doesn’t have formal extradition

deals — such as Taiwan,

Macau and mainland

China. Lawmakers have

said the guarantee of a fair

trial will not be written into

the bill.

Iran shuts 547 restaurants for playing

illegal music, debauchery

IRANIAN police have

shut down 547 restaurants

and cafes in Tehran

for not observing “Islamic

principles”, the capital’s police

chief has said.

“The owners of restaurants

and cafes in which

Islamic principles were not

observed were confronted,

and during this operation,

547 businesses were closed

and 11 offenders arrested,”

the police’s website quoted

Hossein Rahimi as saying

at the weekend.

Fars news agency said the

operation was carried out

over the past 10 days.

The infractions included

“unconventional advertising

in cyberspace, playing illegal

music and debauchery”,

Fars reported.

“Observing Islamic principles

is ... one of the police’s

main missions and responsibilities,”

the police chief

said.

Also on Saturday, the

head of Tehran’s guidance

court, which deals with “cultural

crimes and social and

moral corruption”, called on

Tehran citizens to report cases

of “immoral behaviour”

by texting a designated

phone number.

“People would like to report

those breaking the

norms but they don’t know

how ... We decided to accelerate

dealing with instances

of public immoral acts,”

Mohammad Mehdi Hajmohammadi

told the judiciary’s

Mizan Online.

Citizens can report instances

of those removing their

“hijab in cars”, “hosting

mixed dance parties” or posting

“immoral content on Instagram”,

he said.

Under the Islamic dress

code of Iran, women can

only show their face, hands

and feet in public, and they

are supposed to wear modest

colours.

British Council, LASG

inaugurate C’ttee on Child

Rights implementation

THE British Council

(Rule of Law and Anti-

Corruption Programme) in

collaboration with the Lagos

State Ministries of Youth,

Social Development and

Community Affairs have set

up the very first Local Government

Child’s Rights Implementation

Committees in

Nigeria.

The Committees which has

since been inaugurated in

five pilot Local Government

Areas of Lagos State, namely

Agege, Alimosho, Ikorudu,

Surulere and Shomolu

is tasked with the responsibility

of driving the implementation

of the Child’s

Rights Law from their respective

local areas as stipulated

in Section 252 of the

Child’s Rights Law of Lagos

State, with a view to ending

all forms of violence against

children.

Dr Willy Mamah, the lead

British Council’s Child Justice

Consultant for the

project, said the Child’s

Rights Law of Lagos State,

which was inspired by the

UN Convention on the

Rights of the Child (1989)

and the follow up domestication

instrument in Nigeria,

the Child Rights Act

(2003), is “the most imaginative,

collaborative and

forward-looking piece of

development law to be enacted

in the country in the

past 100 years.” Mamah

noted that the Child’s

Rights Law which tackled

the roots of powerlessness

in a power-saturated country,

departed radically from

pre-existing conceptual

framework of over-protection,

which viewed children

as “appendages” of adults

in order to mainstream the

personhood of the child

that understood children

as human persons, equal

in rights and dignities.

9th Senate Leadership:

As Omo-Agege takes the centre stage

By Charles Ike-Okoh

AS the All Progressives

Congress (APC) prepares

to take control of the 9th

Senate on Tuesday, June 11,

having won majority seats in

the upper chamber of the National

Assembly, several senators

have thrown their hats in

the ring to run for one leadership

post or the other.

For the position of the Senate

President, the current Majority

Leader, Senator Ahmed

Ibrahim Lawan, who was the

choice of the party in 2015 for

the same position is the logical

choice: He is the most senior

senator in the current APC caucus

and has led the caucus

through tough political waters

since January 2017, and there

is no one in the APC senate

caucus more qualified for the

job at the moment.

Lawan deserves to be Senate

President and having been

endorsed by President Muhammadu

Buhari and the party,

he appears likely to win,

though he faces challenges

from the former Majority Leader,

Senator Mohammed Ali

Ndume who IS reported to be

eyeing the top job in the senate.

If APC is to advance President

Muhammadu Buhari’s

agenda in the senate without

hindrances from the opposition,

it must avoid the nightmare

scenario of 2015 when Dr.

Bukola Saraki emerged as Senate

President with majority of

votes from the Peoples Democratic

Party senators which

made Saraki beholden to the

PDP to maintain power to the

detriment of the APC.

Who gets to hold the gavel

*Omo-Agege

While most of the attention

has been focused on who gets

to hold the gavel, the leadership

hierarchy is much more

than just that of the Senate

President. Also up for grabs is

the crucial position of Deputy

Senate President.

To underscore the importance

of the job, the DSP is the second

highest-ranking member

of the senate, after the Senate

President. He works closely

with the Senate President to

oversee the caucus and also

presides over the senate in the

absence of the Senate President.

Constitutionally, the DSP

also chairs the Constitutional

Review Committee, which conducts

the exercise of amending

the constitution and represents

the Nigerian legislature at the

ECOWAS Parliament as

Speaker and other functions

that might be assigned to him

by the Senate President Like

the Senate President, the DSP

is elected by a majority of the

members of the Senate on the

floor of the red chamber. The

vibrant and popular 55 -yearold

senator representing Delta

Central Senatorial District,

Ovie Omo-Agege would be at

the centre stage of the contest

for the Deputy Senate President.

The Urhobo senator, who is a

dependable ally of President

Muhammadu Buhari, must

fend off a possible challenge

from Deputy Chief Whip, Sen.

Francis Asekhame Alimikhena

of Edo State. Alimikhena is

the only other ranking senator

from South South geo-political

zone, the zone the All Progressives

Congress, the majority

party in the senate has zoned

the position to.

Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, the former

governor of Abia State and senator-elect

representing Abia

North Senatorial District has

hinted of his intention to run for

Deputy Senate President after

dropping his Senate President

ambition. But his chances are

slim considering the fact that

the position has not been zoned

to the South East where he

comes from. Besides, his ambition,

many have argued, runs

against the grain of fairness

and equity as the South East

produced the DSP, in the person

of Senator Ike Ekweremadu

from 2007 to date, a period

of 12 years. Before then, from

.the inception of of democracy

in 1999 to 2007, the South East

also produced the Senate President.

On the other hand, the

South South has never produced

a principal officer in the

Senate since 1999.

The case for Omo-Agege as

Deputy Senate President is not

hard to make. A lawyer, trained

and practiced in Nigeria and

United States of America, he’s

Senator Omo-

Agege is broadly

respected in the

Senate and beyond

for his huge

intellectual and

political savviness,

uncompromising

sense of justice...

a proven winner who was twice

elected senator from Delta

State, a Peoples Democratic

Party state. He possesses the

intellectual capacity, organizational

ability and energy needed

to operate at such a high level.

In an era when exasperated

Nigerians seek courageous

and mould-breaking leaders,

he is the best candidate to partner

Senator Ahmed Lawan and

help shape the party’s policy

vision and implement the progressive

agenda of President

Muhammadu Buhari to move

the country to the next level.

Omo-Agege’s effectiveness

is rooted in his enormous willpower

and steely determination

– qualities that both party

and country really need rather

badly at this point in time in our

country. Furthermore, he is a

truth-teller, never afraid to

speak truth to power and very

straightforward in his dealings,

such that on any issue, there

would be no doubt as to where

he stands.

Senator Omo-Agege is

broadly respected in the Senate

and beyond for his huge intellectual

and political savviness,

uncompromising sense of

justice, uncommon courage

and steely grit in defense of rule

of law and justice. But what

earned him nationwide recog-

nition and popularity and credibility

on the national stage was

his principled politics, fierce

and charismatic commitment to

what he believes.

He was at the forefront of the

opposition to the bill reordering

the sequence of elections

that was targeted at President

Muhammadu Buhari in the

National Assembly. Together

with ten other heroic senators,

this bill which was a product of

a vast conspiracy against Mr.

President and driven solely by

the desire to prevent his re-election

was defeated, thus paving

the way for Buhari’s victory.

Omo-Agege’s political career

began in 2003 when he was

appointed Executive Assistant

to former governor of Delta

State, Chief James Ibori. He

rose to become the Commissioner

for Special Duties in 2005

and Secretary to the State Government

in 2007.

While still active in party politics,

Omo-Agege took a break

from public service from 2007

to 2015 when he ran for senate,

which he won. And in February

this year, he made history

as the first senator to win reelection

in Delta Central Senatorial

District.

As a first term senator, Omo-

Agege sponsored over ten bills

and got three - the Bill establishing

the Federal University

of Petroleum Resources, Effurun;

a Bill to Prohibit Sexual

Harassment in Tertiary Institutions,

a Bill to Amend the Electoral

Act, 2010 passed. The Bill

establishing the Federal University

of Petroleum Resources,

Effurun was signed into law

by President Muhammadu

Buhari to give legal backing to

the specialized institution that

is so dear to the fifth largest ethnic

group in Nigeria which he

represents in the Senate.

Attracting federal government

funded projects

Senator Omo-Agege also

performed creditably well in

attracting federal government

funded projects to his constituency.

And it is to his credit that

all his funded constituency

projects were executed to the

delight of his constituents.

Omo-Agege’s credentials as

a democrat are pretty strong.

He is a man of principle who

sacrificed/risked so much to

uphold the rule of law, defend

the constitution, end legislative

impunity and abuse of power

by the senate leadership in the

8th Senate. And because of his

sacrifice, the Senate would never

again suspend a senator for

speaking out.

In fact, Omo-Agege emergence

as DSP, will set the tone

for the 9th senate, and it boils

down to whether senators of

the 9th senate want the old order

where there is no freedom

of speech and freedom of association

or they want a new order

where there will be respect

for the truth and respect for each

other’s opinions on the basis of

co-equals as promised by Senator

Ovie Omo-Agege.

Without any shade of doubt,

Omo-Agege’s pedigree as a

disciplined politician who understands

basic rules of political

strategy and applies them

shrewdly to get things done

makes him the ideal deputy for

Senate President Ahmed Lawal.

Charles Ike-Okoh wrote

from Lagos.


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Nnabuife hails

court of Appeal

decision on

Sen

Nwaoboshi

By Gabriel

Olawale

ASABA—A People’s

Democratic Party

chieftain and Senator

Peter Nwaoboshi’s

staunch supporter,

Ojeogbue Nnabuife has

described the court of

Appeal decision which

declared Sen. Peter

Nwaoboshi the Delta

North senatorial

district representative

at the National

Assembly, Abuja as a

step taken in the right

direction which will also

raise hopes for the

unjust in the judiciary.

Nnabuife who stated

this in a congratulatory

message to Nwaoboshi

remarked that it would

have been suicidal and

rape of democracy if

the reverse was the

case, adding that there

is no way Ned Nwoko

would have defeated

Nwaoboshi at the polls.

He said that it was

glaring to all including

members of the

Independent National

E l e c t o r a l

Commission,INEC,

and relevant agencies

that Senator Peter

Nwaoboshi scored the

highest vote cast at the

primary election to

emerge as the authentic

candidate for his party

where he also scored

landslide vote cast to

emerge winner to

represent Delta North

constituency.

He expressed joy that

the appeal court has

done the needful by

reinstating Sen.

Nwaoboshi as the

rightful candidate and

used the occasion to

express appreciation to

the teaming supporters

and the Senator-elect,

assuring that the

appeal court verdict will

no doubt afford him

more opportunity to

continue the projects he

started in the last

tenure. He will also

create avenue to use his

vast experience to

attract more dividends

of democracy to his

constituency and the

state at large.

Nnabuife who is also

founder/national coordinator

of Aniocha

Oshimili Voters

Assembly(AOVA)

appealed to the senator

not to be aggrieved by

the embarrassment

caused him by the lower

court, rather he should

forge ahead towards

attracting more

dividends of democracy.


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last-minute horse-trading

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member said, is to keep

track of the number and

voting behaviour of the

freshers and restrain

them from voting any

other candidate during

the election.

There are indications

that the measures are

aimed at reining in new

members who may be

tempted into voting for

candidates of their choice.

The card would

eventually be submitted to

designated party leaders

for scrutiny and proper

sanctions.

The two camps

reportedly devised the

plan following their

inability to get the

national assembly

management to change

the voting system from

secret to open balloting.

It will be recalled that

the National Assembly

management had last

Friday said that it would

be sticking with the

standing rules of the

House, which stipulate

secret balloting.

As it stands presently,

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 22, South-South,

six, and South-East, one.

However, some of the

members-elect have

vowed to vote for the

candidates of their choice,

insisting that no amount

of intimidation will cow

them into going against

their conscience.

Gbajabiamila has

consistently remarked

that the new members

were his backbone.

At a meeting with a

section of the freshers on

Saturday in Abuja,

Gbajabiamila re-echoed

his confidence in them for

victory.

He said: “Thank you

new members. If you

know me very well, you

know my heart is with the

new members. Let me

quickly say, I have never

seen such love, such

support inside one group.

God bless you.’’

Also, a host of the

speakership candidates

were up beat about their

chances, yesterday, with

some of them insisting on

running to the finish line.

The candidates were Jide

Olatunbosun (Oyo), John

Dyegh (Benue) and

Mohammed Bago

(Niger).

However, Nkiru

Onyejeocha (Abia),

stepped down for

Gbajabiamila, last night.

Akume canvasses

support for APC

candidates, says

party supremacy

not negotiable

Former Governor of

Benue State and ex-

Minority Leader of the

Senate, Senator George

Akume, has appealed to

members of the 9th

National Assembly to

elect the trio of Ahmad

Lawan, Ovie Omo-Agege

and Femi Gbajabiamila as

Senate President, Deputy

Senate President and

Speaker of the House of

Representatives,

respectively.

Akume, who made the

plea in a letter addressed

to members-elect, called

on the federal lawmakers

to respect the position of

the APC on the

leadership of the

legislature billed for

inauguration tomorrow.

The letter, which was

made available to

journalists, read: “Party

supremacy prevents the

kind of rancour that

bedeviled the 8th

Assembly when the

supremacy of the party

was ignored.

“In line with the

recommendation of our

great party, I am

appealing to members to

vote for Senator Ahmed

Lawan as Senate

President and Senator

Omo Agege as Deputy

Senate President and

Femi Gbajabiamila as

House Speaker and Rt.

Hon Wase as Deputy

Speaker.”

He called on the

lawmakers to be guided

by historical precedents

in their choice of the

principal officers, saying:

“It is in the interest of the

nation that you vote

wisely and are guided by

the traditions and

practices of the

legislature world-wide.

You should remember that

you stood for election on

the platform of your

political parties and the

parties must have a say

on who becomes a leader.

We can recall two specific

instances during which

the party prevailed:

NPN’s Benjamin Chaha

during President

Shagari’s tenure in 1983,

and Senator David Mark

of the PDP in the 6th and

7th assemblies.

“The Nigerian 1999

Constitution does not

recognize independent

candidature. Therefore,

those elected into the

Senate or the House of

Representatives must

endeavour to tow the

party line. I expect to see

a Senate President,

Deputy Senate President

and Speaker House of

Representatives and the

Deputy House Speaker

all from our party, the

APC.”

Deputy Senate

Presidency: I will

not step down –

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Alimikhena

However, Deputy

Chief Whip in the Eight

Senate, Senator Francis

Alimikhena (APC, Edo

North), yesterday said

that he is still in the race

for the position of the

Deputy Senate President,

and dismissed

insinuations tat he had

stepped down.

Answering questions

from journalists yesterday

in Abuja, Alimikhena

said it was not true that

he had withdrawn from

the race as that will not

happen.

While calling on his

teeming supporters and

colleagues in the Senate

to completely disregard

the information that he

had stepped down, which

he described as

‘’unimaginable,

unthinkable and

machinations of some

very over zealous and too

ambitious persons who will

go extra mile to bring down

others.’’

Alimikhena said that his

decision to contest for the

position was with the

blessings and permission

of the entire people of his

constituency which he was

not willing to relinquish or

betray for anything.

He therefore wants

everyone to know that his

ambition remains intact and

unshaken while

expressing confidence that

he will emerge victorious

when his colleagues vote

in the chamber tomorrow.

He said: “My attention

has been drawn to

speculations in some

quarters claiming that I,

Francis Alimikhena has

stepped down from the

race for the position of

Deputy Senate President

which is making the

rounds that I have stepped

down.

“I am still in the race. I

have not stepped down for

anybody. How will I step

and who will I step down

for? I am a ranking Senator,

a Principal officer on the

8th Senate, an experienced

personality who had

served on various Ad-hoc

committees in the just

concluded Senate.

“I want to assure my

colleagues of purposeful

leadership, I want them to

support and vote for me as

the Deputy Senate

President as I promise to

provide purposeful

leadership, i have the

humility, the experience

and temperament that is

required for the office. I

have been a very loyal

party member, my

relationship also cuts

across party divide.”

Owie backs Kalu

for deputy senate

president as Abia

leaders kick

Meanwhile, former

Senate Chief Whip,

Senator Rowland Owie,

yesterday, backed the

ambition of former governor

of Abia State, Chief Orji

Uzor Kalu for deputy

senate presidency.

According to him, the

move will ensure

inclusiveness, boost the

robustness of the National

Assembly and improve

national unity.

However, some Abia

leaders and human rights

lawyers from the state

have described Kalu’s

ambition to occupy the

office of Deputy Senate

President as a joke taken

too far.

They also said those who

endorsed the former Abia

State governor last week as

reported in the media,

were “faceless Arewa

youths” rented for that

purpose by the senatorelect.

Speaking at a news

conference in Abuja,

yesterday, the co-ordinator

of the group under the

aegis of Abia Leaders and

Human Right Lawyers,

Uche Okoroafor, asked

senators-elect to reject Kalu

for the position of Deputy

Senate President given

that he lacks experience for

the office.

“Our attention has been

drawing to the ambition of

the former governor of Abia

State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu

and his purported

endorsement by some

faceless and rented groups

for the office of Deputy

Senate President of the 9th

Senate. We see his

ambition as another joke

taken too far and we make

bold to ask our most

respected senators-elect to

reject this former

governor’s ambition in

order to save the 9th Senate

from another controversial

beginning,”he said in a

prepared text read before

newsmen.”

Backing Onyejeocha’s

ambition, he said: “Rather

than the former governor

to support the quest for a

South East speaker in the

9th House of

Representatives , he is

busy embarking on

desperate ambition of

becoming the next Deputy

Senate President. Between

speaker and Deputy

Senate President,which

one will do the Igbo more

favour?”

Buhari urges

Omolori to stick to

the Rules on

National Assembly

Leadership election

Meanwhile, President

Muhammadu Buhari was

said to have directed the

Clerk to the National

Assembly, Mohammed

Ataba Sani Omolori, to

ensure that the elections

were conducted in strict

compliance with existing

rules of the two chambers.

According to sources

close to the Presidency,

Omolori was at the Aso

Presidential Villa on Friday

to brief the President on

preparations for the the

elections which has been

scheduled to hold on

Tuesday.

A source said that

Omolori’s visit to the Villa

was to honor a presidential

invitation to that effect.

It would be recalled that

the method of voting has

been a source of serious

disagreement between the

two main contenders for the

seat of the Senate

President, Senate Leader,

Senator Ahmad Lawan,

APC, Yobe North and

former Senate Leader,

Senator Ali Ndume, APC,

Borno South.

On Saturday, Senator

Ovie Omo-Agege, APC,

Delta Central, an aspirant

to the office of the Deputy

Senate President, told

journalists in Abuja that he

was sure that Secret

balloting as contained in

the Senate Standing Rule

of 2011 would be used for

the election.

Two aides to the

President were said to

have influenced Omolori’s

invitation to the Presidency.

When asked about the

preparations for Tuesday’s

election, Omolori was said

to have told the President

that there was the need to

ensure that the image of

the National Assembly is

not endangered in

conducting the elections.

He was said to have also

drawn the attention of the

President to the existing

rules of both chambers.

Buhari, in a brief remark

appreciated the fact that

Omolori expressed

readiness to stick to the rule

to avoid chaos and

disorderliness.

A source said: “The Clerk

briefed Mr. President on

the procedure for the

election of presiding

officers and what the rule

says. Right there, the

President directed the

Clerk to ensure that the

right thing is done by

sticking to the rules of

both chambers. In fact the

President was impressed

that the Clerk did not

show any sign of

compromising the rule.”


50 — Vanguard, MONDAY JUNE 10, 2019

2023: Why Igbo should have a

shot at the presidency – Amaechi

•It's time to do away with Chop, I Chop politics

MR Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the immediate past minister of Transportation

in this interview, spoke on the state of the nation, how Nigeria's

democracy can be deepened and why the Igbo should be allowed

to produce the president in 2023 even though they weakened their

chances by not voting President Muhammadu Buhari at the 2019

presidential election

By Olayinka Ajayi

On Nigeria's 20 years of

Democracy?

It is a mixed bag of success

and failure, some expectations

were met, some were not. But

the majority of the Nigerian communities

are disappointed because

their expectation is very

high. But what I will preach is

that we should be more understanding.

We expect that the

leadership of the country especially

the second term of President

Muhammadu Buhari

would improve on the economy

and ensure that the economy

would be able to create jobs and

income for Nigerians so that they

would leave a happy life.

Has this administration done

enough to curb the issue of

poverty you mentioned?

Not even three or four

administrations in Nigeria can

do that because the level of

poverty is deeply rooted. Look

at it this way if an economy is

running purely on agriculture

and a new president comes and

say no, no, that it won't continue,

we have to re-gig the economy

to create productivity. Before you

cannot finish creating such

productivity, it would take more

than 15 years because at that

point you are not just talking

about agriculture, you are

talking about industrialisation,

you are talking about power, you

are talking about roads and

transportation.

Now, the president is focusing

on roads, power, and

transportation. Look at the

railway, If we do Lagos to Kano

for $8.3 billion. Of the $8.3billion,

N5 trillion is for just 1,500 km of

railway meanwhile our budget

is just N8trilion. If you remove

N8.5 trillion from our budget on

rail lines, what about salaries

and other sectors of the

economy? So no one government

can fulfil all that. It is a gradual

process and that is why we are

taking the railway project in

several segments.

And then we are under

political pressure from everybody

who wants rail lines in their side

to be done. We have done Abuja

to Kaduna, we are doing Lagos

to Ibadan, we have asked for a

loan for Port Harcourt to Warri

and then Benin to Onitsha while

also trying to complete Ibadan

to Kano.

On humongous borrowing

to fix the rail lines, do you think

this borrowing is justified?

Definitely, it is justified because

we have not borrowed as

muche as they think. The problem

of Nigeria is not borrowing,

its revenue. We don't have revenue.

When they hear what we

intend to borrow, they think we

have borrowed. We borrowed

$500 billion for Abuja to Kaduna

which was borrowed during

former President Goodluck

Jonathan's administration. The

only thing we have borrowed in

Buhari's administration is $1.3

billion which we borrowed from

China. Others are proposals we

are looking for funds for.

If I go to the press to announce

that we need a loan of $8.2

billion to fix Lagos to Kano, it

would be reported that we have

borrowed such amount but we

have not. We have also

proposed to the Chinese

government that we need a loan

of $5.3 billion to complete from

Ibadan to Kano, they have not

given us, they said they are

coming to Nigeria to evaluate

the loan. We have also proposed

to them that we need $2.3billion

to do Port Harcourt to warri,

Benin to Onisha but they have

not given us. The only moneywe

borrowed is $1.3 billion which we

are using to build Lagos to

Ibadan. So in terms of loans,

Nigeria is one of the least

indebted countries in the world.

The problem we have is that we

don't have revenue because if we

have revenue we would be able

to refund the loan.

So there is need to work on

how to create revenue. People

are not paying their taxes our

revenue is only focused on oil.

There is need to create Small and

Medium Enterprises, SMEs.

What about electricity?

The next thing the government

is focusing on is power. We got

7,000 megawatts and we are

distributing 5,000 megawatts but

we have a problem on the

contract of the sales of power. In

that contract, it appears there is

a disagreement which the

(immediate past) Minister of

Power, Raji Fashola was

resolving by the time we left

government. I am sure we had

resolved the issue in the cabinet

and by the time they get the

payment they are looking for,

power will go back to 7,000

megawatts.

In the history of Nigeria, this

is the first time we are increasing

from 3,000 megawatts to 5,000

megawatts then to 7,000 megawatts.

It has never happened

before. But our target is to sustain

it till it gets to 10,000 megawatts

and 20,000 megawatts. By

the time we get 50,000 megawatts

we would have reached

our demand then it would be an

issue of how to sustain it and

ensure that we are able to create

industrialisation. Once we get to

10,000 to 20,000megawatt there

would be industrialisation. So we

have to also increase to meet the

demand of the new industries

that are coming.

On why the power, rail and

other projects are taking time

Let us be sincere with ourselves,

we can't solve all the

problems. Don't forget that we

have only four years, if the term

was 20 years then I would say

yes but because we have four

years, what the president is doing

is that he is focusing on infrastructure.

What he actually

did is that the free money

politicians use to share in the

past is what he is using to

develop infrastructure. Those

funds they were sharing in the

past administration why didn't

they build railway with it? By the

time Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

was leaving, he left about $58billion

in Nigeria's excess crude

account, why didn't he use the

money to build the rail line because

he was the one that

awarded the contract for Lagos

to Kano rail line? Because he did

not execute that contract even

though he left money, by the time

Majority of

infrastructures in

Nigeria was built in

General Yakubu

Gowon's regime, a

bit of it was built by

Obasanjo and the

3rd mainland

bridge was built by

General Babangida.

So tell me what else

we have done as a

country?

Goodluck Jonathan came into

office, the money vanished. I

don't know who vanished it but

if they had used that money, we

could have done the $7.8billion

railway project from Lagos to

Kano without having to borrow.

But opposition has described

these 'blame-game' as the only

virtue this administration has for

not being effective

History is the study of past

events to discuss how to deal

with the present and the future.

We are not even blaming

Goodluck or Obasanjo but we

are stating the history. I was part

of that administration lest you

forget. What we are saying is

that if the money that was kept

in the savings was utilized for

these infrastructures, why would

•Amaechi

President Buhari ask Rotimi

Ameachi to go focus on Lagos to

Ibadan rail line? So we are

compelled to start afresh.

Majority of infrastructures in

Nigeria was built in General

Yakubu Gowon's regime, a bit of

it was built by Obasanjo and the

3rd mainland bridge was built

by General Babangida. So tell

me what else we have done as a

country? Port Harcourt -Enugu

road bad, Lagos – Kano road

bad, Ibadan – Lagos road bad.

So assuming the blame game

they accused us of is true, we

are not blaming and not working.

I drove on Lagos - Ibadan road

to Abeokuta, we are completing

it . By the time we finish Lagos –

Ibadan rail way to Abeokuta it

will become an alternative route

because the number of people

that died on that road is

unimaginable.

How would you describe the

kind of politics being played in

Nigeria today?

As much as I can, I am trying

to avoid issues that would hurt

people. The politics we are used

to in Nigeria is what I would

describe as 'Chop I Chop politics'

and the fact that President

Buhari is trying to stop the chop

I chop kind of politics has not

been easy with politicians. So

they gang-up against the

President in PDP because the

free money is no longer there.

What is your take on agitation

for power shift to the South-East

in 2023?

I had made my views clear

when I spoke before the election.

I encouraged the Igbo in a

lecture I delivered in Awka

where I said Nigeria's politics is

not about merit. I think we can

choose the best president from

the Igbo this time because they

have not been elected as the

president of Nigeria. That is the

only part among the three majority

tribes that have not produced

the president and I feel it

is their turn.

After the election, I made another

comment that if they had

voted for President Buhari, it

would have been easy for you

as a people to make a demand

on the presidency. These were

the two comments I made and

since then I have gone to sleep.

Should voting President Buhari

be the determinant for

power to shift to the South-East?

It may not be the determinant

but it has a great role to play.

Because it is a lot easier to

convince the ruling party that

you brought in your votes and

therefore you should be considered

to produce the presidential

candidate for the office. In the

same way, is it the best for Nigeria

to produce the president on

zonal basis? I don't think so but

since we have not grown to look

for the best material that we have

in any part of the country, it would

have been right to say let the Igbo

have a shot at the presidency and

that does not mean they don't have

a good hasnd. You would certainly

see a very good material in that

area for the presidency.

Looking at our challenges as

a nation, where did we miss it?

It is a difficult question to answer

but we missed it from the

First Republic when we began

to play ethnic politics. If we did

away with ethnic and religious

politics we would have advanced

as a nation. If you look

at my 2015 campaign, I described

my brother as anybody

who puts food on my table as

against my blood brother who

can't put food on my table. When

I was campaigning in the South,

I defined my brother as the man

who can build road in my village

and provide security for my

parents and my community as

against an inefficient brother

who would be there and allow

my people to be killed.

The Governor of Rivers State

Nysome Wike extended a hand

of fellowship for peace in the

state to you and the APC, what

do you make of this?

The party as a group met and

I was in that meeting and we

agreed that we should also extend

our hand of fellowship by

addressing a press conference

telling him death cannot continue

in Rivers because lives are

irreplaceable. So, we asked them

not to bother about our party but

to address issues of lives lost in

Rivers and we are ready to work

with him. Later, they said APC

begged PDP. I warned the party

about that press conference saying

this man extending hand of

fellowship is not sincere that he

would spin these statement. Instantly

they twisted it to ''APC

begs Wike, APC surrenders.'' I

have been a politician for 33

years, I know Nigeria's politics

up-side-down, when I advise

people, I see it happen.


NINTH NASS: Speakership

candidates talk tough

Our mission – Gbaja, Bago, Onyejeocha, Dyegh, Olatunbosun

As the nation awaits the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly tomorrow, the

Speakership candidates, in various chats, unveiled their agenda and mission, and

remained upbeat on their chances of winning. Those who spoke were Hon. Nkiru

Onyejeocha from Abia State, South-East; Hon. Jide Olatubunsun from Oyo State, South-

West; Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila from Lagos State, South-West; Hon. John Dyegh from

Benue State, North Central;

•Gbajabiamila •Bago •Onyejeocha

By Levinus Nwabughiogu

I am unperturbed by

endorsement reports

– Onyejeocha

“Why would I want to bargain for

something else less than speaker?

Why? I need to know. Do people go

to bargain with running for

speakership? That’s my first time of

hearing it. And if you know me, I am

a very serious minded person. I don’t

give in to frivolities and from my

background, would I be playing

anybody’s game? Will I be a stooge

to anybody? The answer is capital

no. I am very much in the race and as

much as you can think of.

On endorsements of

Gbajabiamila

“I am not worried about the

endorsements. You know I am a

politician. I can get endorsements

and then go to the press and people

will just be giving me endorsements.

But does that translate to real votes?

There is a difference between you and

the ballot. I am not overwhelmed at

all. There are some people who said

they would win in 2019 even people

that contested with me. Ah! Madam,

no body wants to vote her again. But

what happened? So, there is a

difference between what you do or

say and the ballot paper. So, anybody

can be endorsed and there is still

time. Change is constant. Somebody

who endorsed you today may

change his mind tomorrow. So, I am

not overwhelmed because I know

that life is about change. People

change their mind every time.

“Somebody can change his mind

even on the day of the election. There

are places you would say you don’t

even go there because they have

already made up their mind. You will

shocked that because you came on

that particular morning to say, you

people are not voting me, let me go.

They say Madam, no o, no. It is just

because of XYZ. No, we resolved last

night that we are voting you and that’s

it. I don’t think that anybody who’s

serious will be overwhelmed by the

level of endorsements or level of

things people put up to the public.

On APC changing their mind for

Nigeria’s unity

“I am a very loyal party member

and I keep telling you that it is not

over until it is over. There is nothing

that will foreclose the possibility that

the party will say OK, we have looked

at the issues, we have looked at the

rate of agitations and now, we have

considered what would bring Nigeria

•Olatunbosun

to the next level and of course, next

level is the maxim for All Progressives

Congress, APC and I don’t think they

will go back from anything that will

bring Nigeria to the next level. So, it

is all about next level, inclusiveness,

making people to feel that they are

part of this country. We need peace

and all-inclusive government. Of

course, the president promised

Nigerian women that this particular

time, he’s going to make sure that

the women are included in his

government this second and I believe

that the party will by God’s grace

change their mind and say what’s

good is good and what is just is just.

My agenda

“There are so many legislations

that will be my first priority. And of

course, you know I have 7 point

legislative agenda. I still maintain

that. It is well thought out agenda

and I will keep pushing for those

agendas and one of which is that

Nigerians must know who their

parliamentarians are. They must

know what our workings are. So

those kind of perceptions they have

about us must be eroded.”

I am bringing fresh air into

the contest

- Hon. Jide Olatubunsun from

Oyo State in south west

geopolitical zone.

“Why I am contesting? Let me start

from the basics. Section 50,

subsection 1(b) of the 1999

constitution (as amended) says the

members shall elect fro among

themselves any member with

legislative experience. So, I am

second timer and I am a Nigerian

elected I to the House of Reps with a

certificate of return. So, I am

qualified to contest. That’s the first

thing.

•Dyegh

“Number two, having considered

all other perspectives, shades of

opinion, I have what it takes. I can

bring some fresh air into the contest.

What do I mean? You are looking for

a candidate that has wide spread

acceptability among his colleagues

without having to induce them. I have

friends across the political parties,

geopolitical divides whether you are

talking of northwest, northeast,

southwest, southeast, south south and

north central, I am at home with

them. So, by popular demands, some

of my colleagues told me Jide, come

on, you can do it. Go ahead and run.

“Besides that, I think, I can

contribute a lot to the growth of

Nigeria. We practice a presidential

form of democracy with three arms

of government. But this place place

called national assembly is the home

of democracy itself. The legislature,

we have a major role to play and the

last four years, we have seen the

happenings in our polity. We need to

approach it from another

perspective. Talking of how we relate

with the executive, it has not been too

cordial. I promise that if I come in,

there will be no confrontation. I will

be firm, defend Nigeria’s democracy

and the constitution without

necessarily being confrontational.

There will be robust engagements.

We will agree, disagree and agree.

That’s the kind of leadership I will

provide.”

Honorable members-elect

deserve respect, not to be treated

like wares on national television-

Mohammed Bago from Niger State,

North Central zone

“I want to thank all my

Honourable Colleagues who have

kept faith with what my aspiration

for speakership represent i.e equity,

justice and fairness, and for

connecting with The BAGO plan.

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“No Speaker in the history of the

house of the Nigerian people, the

Green Chamber has emerged from

national television parade.

“We are Honourable members,

matured representatives of the people

who deserve to be treated with respect,

not wares on display. We will not elect

our Speaker on television but in the

chamber, God willing on the 11th of

June 2019.

“I will continue to treat you with

great respect and esteem because you

have earned it.”

We have all the endorsements

- Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila from

Lagos State, South West Zone

Thank you new members. Let me

quickly say, I have never seen such

love, such support inside one group.

God bless you.

It has been a long journey but we

are almost at the end. For this last

three days, I self and Hon. Wase will

be running and giving it the last push

like our lives depended on it. We can

see the finish line. That is why all

these campaigns of calumny in the

last two, three weeks, desperate

campaigns. There is a saying that

when you are running a race and you

see the finish line and you are well

ahead, any mad man or dog that bark

at you, you can’t answer them, you

stay focused and move you on. Your

God will fight for you and you people

here are fight it for us and what that

matters. One thing that we say is that,

truth is always a constant, you can’t

bend it, you can’t shape it , you can’t

rewrite it. Truth is truth let your work

speak for you and that is what we

believe with the support of you guys

and by the grace of God that has

gotten us to where we are today.

So, we have gotten the endorsement

of the President, we have gotten the

endorsement of the party, we have

gotten the endorsement of Nigerians

who are not even members of the

National Assembly but most

importantly we have gotten the

endorsement across party lines of

members-elect of the 9th Assembly

and the endorsement of all.

I think what should be going in with

in the 9th Assembly is the mindset.

The mindset to go and do what is

good for the country Nigeria. I have

interacted with many of you

individually and collectively and I

know that your vision is my vision. I

know what you are about and like

what I see and by God’s grace, we

will do things together, we get that

place where Nigeria should be

together.

We need serious collaboration with

the executive. I have been here in the

last four years where there were

discordant tunes, a disconnect

between the executive and the

legislative arms of government and

what was the result of that disconnect?

Stagnation, no movement. We were

going around in circles, no traction,

and they said when two elephants

fight, who suffers? The grass and who

is the grass? you and when you suffer

your people who you represent suffer

and when they suffer what happen?

You return is very shaky.

I am looking forward to a robust

9th Assembly. It is going to be a 9th

Assembly of reforms and these

reforms and these reforms are going

to be positive reforms and it is going

to pay you, it is going to pay your

people, it is going to pay the country.

You can take that to the bank and

that, I promised you and I am

somebody that make promises

frivolously. It takes time for me to

make promise but when I make it be

rest assured, I am to fulfil that

promise.

We are going to be build on the

gains of the 8th Assembly in such a

way that Nigerians will actually doff

their hat. I believe that is what is going

to happen and I believe that we have

what it takes. Between us we have a

cumulative experience of about 30

years. This is my 17th year in the

National Assembly, this Wase’s 13th

year. You will not buy that in the

market.

I have in papers where people said

they have 190, people have declared

for them and I say who are they?

Where are their faces? What are their

names. What location was the

declaration.

My mission

- Hon. John Dyegh from Benue

State, North Central zone

My coming into this race is not by

accident. I am well prepared and

have a seven-point evidenced-based

legislative agenda. This agenda is an

elaborate work plan that when

implemented will transform the

legislature and repositioned it for

better service delivery. And what does

the evidenced-based legislative

agenda sets out to achieve? With the

evidence-based legislative agenda,

we intend to ensure enhanced

capacity of Legislators and

Legislative support services through

training and retraining to enable the

9th National Assembly pass

National Priority Laws in critical

sectors such as Security,

Employment and Productivity, Power

and Agriculture. The 8thAssembly

has so far set a standard by passing

the highest number of bills ever in

the history of the legislature in the

country. I intend to improve on this

in the 9thAssembly, if I am elected as

speaker. The House under my

leadership would improve on what

the 8th Assembly has achieved and I

believe that we can do. Thirdly, we

will deepen oversight processes of the

National Assembly to ensure value

for money and project performance

by MDAs in compliance with the

Appropriations Act. My

administration will also instill

openness in the financial operations

of the National Assembly to

guarantee accountability,

transparency and responsiveness.

Most importantly, we intend to

initiate Legislative measures and

Laws that will promote and engender

national unity, providing equal

opportunities to all Nigerians

irrespective of ethnic, political, social

and religious affiliations; and work

with Legislators in a multi-partisan

manner for the stability of the House

and Nigeria at large. We will also

work round the clock to create

effective collaboration with Non-

Governmental Organizations

(NGOs), Civil Society Groups and

Development Partners for active

participation of all sectors of the

Society in the Law making and

Legislative processes. Then, we will

sustain and deepen independence of

the National Assembly and ensure

harmonious interdependent working

relationship with the Executive arm

of Government without

undermining the principles of

Separation of Powers. The

independence of the House is very

important so that lawmakers would

be free to work in the interest of the

constituents without any interference.

We are ready to work with the

executive but will not mortgage or

surrender the role of the legislature

to the executive. We will discharge

our responsibilities in line with the

provisions of the constitution. Like I

said, our relationship will be

anchored on mutual respect and

compliance with the laid down laws.

My insistence on the contest

despite APC’s endorsement of

Gbajabiamila

“This does not in any way vitiate

my loyalty and commitment to our

great party. My loyalty to the party is

not in doubt. I did the party’s bidding

in 2015, in spite of the odds against

us then. I worked for Gbajabiamila

and supported him fully. But this time

around, we are giving the party an

option; we are offering the party and

indeed members of the House a

credible alternative to choose from.


52 — Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019

•Iheanacho

Mikel surpasses Kanu record for Nigeria

ikel Obi passed Kanu

MNwankwo in the number of

international caps with the Super

Eagles, climbing to third in the list

after playing one game more than

the latter.

On Saturday, Mikel made his 87th

cap for Nigeria in the friendly

against Zimbabwe at the Stephen

Keshi Stadium in Asaba.

He returned as captain of the team

after a leave of absence since

Nigeria’s World Cup campaign in

Russia. Mikel missed 7 matches

since then including all the 2019

AFCON qualifiers and a high

profile friendly against Egypt.

Had he made himself

available for selection, the 32

year-old midfielder would have

seen his caps reach 94; just 7

short of the all-time record

jointly held by Vincent

Enyeama and Joseph

Yobo.

Along side Mikel,

Ahmed Musa (81)

and Elderson

Echiejile (62) are the

only active players

in the top 10 most

capped Nigerian

players.

… Expects Chukwueze,

Kalu to thrill at

AFCONFrance 2019 :

Chelsea hero John Obi

Milla backs Indomitable Lions

to win 2019 Afcon

frican football legend Roger

AMilla believes Cameroon’s

players “have what it takes” to retain

their Africa Cup of Nations crown

in Egypt.

Milla starred for Cameroon in

1984 when the Indomitable Lions

sealed their maiden continental title

before guiding the central Africans

to their second triumph in 1988, as

he won the tournament’s best player

prize.

The 67-year-old is upbeat about

Cameroon’s chances in Egypt but

insists Cameroon’s head coach

Clarence Seedorf must be

meticulous in his selections.

“Cameroon are the defending

African champions. They have what

it takes to retain the trophy. The team

needs to work hard and get good

results”, Milla told BBC Sport ahead

of the African showpiece event

which kicks off on 21 June.

“Seedorf has great experience as

a former player. At his prime, he was

amongst the best in the world. He

has played many top competitions

and he knows what it takes to win

big tournaments.

“He must make the right choices.

He has to set up a team that will suit

the attributes of his players.

Cameroon must defend properly but

also have a good attack line that can

make the difference when things get

tough.”

The Indomitable lions are

currently training at the prestigious

facilities of Spanish heavyweights

Rohr drops Iheanacho,

Ajayi from Nations Cup

Super Eagles Head Coach

Gernot Rohr has dropped

Leicester City attacker

Kelechi Iheanacho and

Rotherham

U n i t e d

Midfielder

Semi Ajayi

Mikel has named two talented

players in the Super Eagles squad

who impressed him in the goalless

draw against Zimbabwe on

Saturday.

The Nigeria captain is tipping

Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze and

Bordeaux’s Samuel Kalu to have a

successful Africa Cup of Nations but

admitted that they are not yet the

finished product.

‘’The coach has invited the players

that will do the job for us. It is a very

good blend of youth and

experience. Like the coach said,

we needed a little bit of

experience - Shehu and

Ighalo were not on the pitch,’’

Mikel said at the post match

press conference.

‘I think it is also good

for the young players

to play this game,

•Mikel

you

know

Chukwueze,

Kalu, you could

see a bit of

flashes of

talent. They

are very good

players.

‘’I think we

will work on when to run

with the ball, when not

to run, when to pass, but

you could see the talent

is there for them. I

think they can do great

things in this Nations

Cup.

Real Madrid in Valdebebas with two

friendlies lined up - against Zambia

on 9 June and another against

Spanish side AD Alcorcon on 10

June.

The squad will then jet off to Doha,

Qatar for a second training camp

from 11-16 June with a game

against Mali on 14 June.

Some of Seedorf’s recent

selections have been heavily

scrutinised by local press in

Cameroon.

The Dutch tactician has been

criticised for keeping faith in players

who had little or no game time this

season with their respective clubs.

Despite the backlash, Milla has

thrown his support behind the team,

calling on fans to be tolerant with

Seedorf and his technical staff.

•Milla

from the squad for the 2019African

Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Iheanacho endured a difficult

time with his English Premier

League club side last season,with

Jamie Vardy preferred in Leicester

City’s Brenda Rodgers attacking

formation.

The former Manchester City

youngster only scored once in the

league last season as he struggled

for game time, however he was a

surprise inclusion in his Rohr’s 25

provisional squad for the African

Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Rohr had previously hinted that

the forward lacks confidence and

due to the competition in the

squad, the coaching crew cannot

continue to give players gift.

Rohr decided not to play

Iheanacho in Super Eagles

friendly match against

Zimbabwe in Asaba Saturday night,

a decision that sealed his fate.

Semi Ajayi on his part will find it

difficult to accept the decision, as

he was one of the most consistent

Nigerian players in Europe last

season, he featured in over 40

games for Rotherham United.

With Rohr welcoming Captain

John Mikel Obi back into the team

and with Wilfred Ndidi and

Oghenekaro Etebo in top form, the

former Arsenal youngster was

likely to be the casualty.

Meanwhile, the other 23 players

and the technical crew departed

Nigeria for Ismaily in Egypt

yesterday to continue preparations

for the tournament.

Zimbabwe was a good test for

Eagles — Rohr

anager Gernot Rohr has

Minsisted that the Super Eagles

performed well in their pre-Africa

Cup of Nations friendly against

Zimbabwe on Saturday despite the

unfavorable weather conditions.

The Super Eagles laboured to a

goalless draw at home to the Warriors

and Rohr has picked out a few

positives from the game - the return

•Rohr

eak, the Official Milk of the

PSuper Eagles, treated the team

to their last breakfast in Asaba as

they made to depart for Egypt to

battle for honours in the 32nd Africa

Cup of Nations which kicks off on

June 21.

All the 25 players in camp as at that

time as well as their officials were

at the breakfast session.

Captain John Mikel Obi and his

teammates could not hide their

excitement at the gesture by the

•Uzoho

•Ekong

Super Eagles AFCON

2019 squad

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho

(Anorthosis Famagusta,

Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa

(Katsina United); Daniel

Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs,

South Africa)

Defenders:

Olaoluwa Aina

(Torino FC, Italy); •Ighalo

Abdullahi Shehu

(Bursaspor FC,

Turkey); Chidozie

A w a z i e m

(Caykur Rizespor, Turkey);

William Ekong (Udinese FC,

Italy); Leon Balogun (Brighton &

Hove Albion, England); Kenneth

Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain);

Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07,

Germany)

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi

(Middlesbrough FC, England);

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City,

England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke

of Mikel and the clean sheet posted

by goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.

‘’There was so much rain but we

had to adapt to these conditions and

I think it won’t be the same in Egypt

normally. It will be dry and hot,’’

Rohr told reporters at the post-match

press conference.

‘’For the first time in Nigeria, I was

cold on the sidelines and I had to

jump. All the players that played

deserve congratulations because it

is not easy to play good football in

these conditions but they tried.

‘’They did well, had opportunities

to score a goal, we did not. Today our

objective was to reintegrate our

captain, not to concede a goal, the

foundation must be solid which was

the case in the defense.

‘’Some of our players are missing

like Ndidi, like Shehu, like Ekong

first half, Musa. I am very happy

about this match because it was a

good test for us.’’

The Super Eagles held a recovery

session at the Stephen Keshi

Stadium in Asaba on Sunday

morning ahead of their trip to Egypt.

brand, which has stood behind the

squad over the years.

Coach Gernot Rohr said that with

the support from Peak, the team

would be inspired to conquer in

Egypt as the Super Eagles chase a

fourth African title after the

successes of 1980, 1994 and 2013.

Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa

expressed his delight at the special

bonding session and said that Peak

had been his No 1 milk.

“I am happy with Peak. I love Peak

City FC, England); John Ogu

(Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al

Nassar FC, Saudi Arabia); Victor

Osimhen (Royal Charleroi SC,

Belgium); Moses Simon

(Levante FC, Spain); Henry

Onyekuru (Galatasaray

SK, Turkey); Odion

Ighalo (Shanghai

Shenhua, China);

France 2019: Don’t

give up on Falcons

—Dennerby urges fans

I

•Omeruo

•Iwobi

Alexander Iwobi

(Arsenal FC,

England); Samuel Kalu

(Girondins Bordeaux,

France); Paul Onuachu

(FC Midtjyland,

Denmark); Samuel

Chukwueze

(Villarreal FC,

Spain)

f ever there was a doubt that

Nigeria is the clear underdog in

group A at the 2019 FIFA Women’s

World Cup, it was more than

confirmed in the Super Falcons’

opening game against Norway.

Thomas Dennerby’s side slumped

to a 3-0 defeat at the Stade Auguste-

Delaune, Reims on Saturday.

However, the Super Falcons coach

has echoed the need to keep fighting

and has vowed his team will not roll

over.

“When it comes to sport, never

ever give up. We have to fight for

180 minutes more, plus added time.

A game can change in the last

minute so we will work very hard

for it and I can promise that we’ll

never give up,” Dennerby said.

•Dennerby

Egypt 2019: Peak bid Eagles farewell with Super Breakfast

milk. And I am thrilled that the

brand is supporting the Super

Eagles,” the goalkeeper enthused.

Since 1998 when it backed the

Super Eagles to the FIFA World Cup

in France, Peak Milk has been

supporting the national football

team.

The brand was part of the success

story of the Super Eagles as they

went all the way in South Africa to

lift the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013.

It is set to see the Super Eagles

triumph again in Egypt 2019.

Nigeria blind football teams get foreign coach

By Dennis Agbo

ENUGU- NIGERIA’S accredited blind

football teams, Star Eagles (male) and

Star Falconets (female) have been

signed with a foreign technical partner,

Mr. Toussaint Apkweh from France.

Mr. Apkweh who conducted

trainings for both teams in Enugu,

during the weekend, also inaugurated

the Anambra state team of the blind

football academy at Isulo in Orumba

South local government area of the

state, where the new teams were

donated with customised footballs,

Jerseys, soccer boots, eye shields and

other equipment which facilitates the

visually impaired people in playing

football.

Blind football academy in Nigeria

was established and is being promoted

by Bina foundation, a charity

organization catering for people with

special needs in the society.

The teams have been officially

mandated and authorized by both the

Sports ministry and Para-athletics

sports federation of Nigeria, to

represent the country in every blind

football tournament in Africa and the

world Olympic football games.

Mr. Toussaint Apkweh, an

internationally recognized blind

football coach was part of the special

guests who witnessed the donation of

blind football equipment to Anambra

state government by the management

of Bina Foundation, before going to

Enugu to observe the camp and

training of the Star Eagles National

blind male football team and Star

Falconets National female football

team, ahead of the African blind

football competition, scheduled for

Ivory Coast, later this year.


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019—53


54— Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019

•Flying Eagles

Blame NFF, not Aigbogun for F/Eagles poor

outing in Poland

.Ex-internationals pour venom on embattled coach

By John Egbokhan

“We

W

(Enyimba)

hen under-fire

have not

Flying Eagles

been given

coach, Paul

any reason to

Aigbogun left his

s h o w

managerial job at seventime

Nigerian Premier

work of Aigbogun. He has been

dissatisfaction with the

League champions,

given a free hand to do his job to the

Enyimba last year, many

best of his knowledge. People are free

fans of the People’s

to speculate that Aigbogun will be

Elephants danced

sacked but I don’t know where those

through the streets of

stories are emanating from. There is

the commercial city of

nothing from our end to suggest that

Aba to celebrate the

Aigbogun will be sacked at the end

departure of a coach,

of the season. Aigbogun is doing a

who they felt was

good job and he needs to be

making the team to

encouraged also. Enyimba never

punch well below

presses the panic button and we

their weight in the

will not start doing that at this

football landscape. •Aigbogun stage,” Anyansi-Agwu had

Fast-forward to

said at that time.

today and the fans of

But the anti-Aigbogun clamour

Enyimba are singing a new tune as their did not abate, forcing the gaffer to resign

team are in contention to pick a CAF his position at Enyimba on July 23, 2018,

Confederation Cup ticket in the Super Six. bringing his third-stint at the club to a

Conversely, Aigbogun is embroiled in a closure. At the time of his resignation,

battle to save his job after the dismal outing Enyimba were fourth in the 2018

of his Flying Eagles team at the ongoing Nigerian Professional Football League

FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland, from (NPFL) table with 38 points from 24

which they have crashed out in the second games. They were also sitting atop

round.

Group C of the CAF Confederation Cup

And the ouster of the team has led to with six points from three games.

strident calls for Aigbogun to be sacked, His resignation was deemed by Aba fans

with 1980 African Cup of Nations winner, as good riddance to bad rubbish as they

Segun Odegbami, describing the team as wished that he never coached them again.

the ‘’worst set of of Flying Eagles squad to But Aigbogun was astonishingly left to

be put together since Nigeria’s continue coaching Flying Eagles who he

participation at the FIFA U-20 World Cup guided through the qualifying campaign

in 1983'’.

of the African Under-20 Championship.

Many Enyimba fans had hoped The team qualified for the tournament

Aigbogun’s resignation on July 23, 2018, but failed to qualify for the final and

would come much more earlier due to the were beaten in the third and fourth place

drift they felt the club were taking under playoff match against South Africa. They

the leadership of the United kingdom-born barely managed to scrape into the FIFA

gaffer.

U-20 World Cup through the backdoor,

As the only Nigerian side to have won leaving a sour taste on the lips of Nigerian

the prestigious CAF Champions League soccer fans.

in 2003 and 2004, Enyimba have set for The team’s performance at the African

themselves and others a benchmark of high Championship caused eyebrows to

standards, which unfortunately, fans be raised as to how Aigbogun was

thought they were not coming close to deemed the best man for the plum job in a

under the guidance of Aigbogun. country that has a golden record at this

They had thought his recruitment would stage of youth football.

galvanize their beloved club to new heights Calls were made for the team to be

but in turn they saw a team struggling to rejigged from the technical side to the

compete among the top teams, in fact they players but only the players were

crashed out of that year’s CAF Champions affected, with the bulk crop of the team at

League and had to join the lesser CAF the African Championship being dropped

Confederation Cup, which they also failed for a new set of players, mostly sourced

to make hay from, prompting fans to call from Europe and America.

for Aigbogun’s dismissal.

Budding stars like Manchester City

Recall that Aigbogun replaced Kadiri midfielder, Dele Bashiru, Jonathan

Ikhana who was sacked following an Zaccala, Success Makanjuola, Valentine

alleged feud with the management of the Ozonwafor and captain Ikouwem Utin

club.

were expected to shine brightly but like a

But the tide later turned against him, as candle in the wind, the Flying Eagles were

he came under intense scrutiny for what extinguished in the second round of the

some fans of the club at that time termed FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland by

an underwhelming season.

Senegal, who ran away with a 2-1 victory,

The fans have voiced their discontent with the Nigerian team and nation left to

over the club’s failure to progress past the rue their ouster at the tournament.

group stage of that season’s CAF And the ouster of the team has

Champions League, saying that they were continued to generate sharp, wild and

not confident that Aigbogun had the scathing criticism of coach Aigbogun, who

capacity to guide the team to the Nigeria observers feel has little or no knowledge

Professional Football League (NPFL title of youth players.

and the Federation Cup.

Speaking to our reporter on the

But club chairman and a current member telephone, a former Flying Eagles star, Yisa

of the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Sofoluwe said Aigbogun has not done his

Football Federation, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, career any good with the shoddy

stood in defence of the embattled coach, performance of his team in Poland 2019.

insisting that he was satisfied with the ‘’I don’t think Aigbogun has done himself

work of the former Warri Wolves gaffer. any good with what we saw of his team at

•Pinnick

the competition in Poland”, Sofoluwe

began.

Continuing, the ex-international said,

‘’the World Cup is not a tournament that

you allow sentiments to rule your emotions.

It is a big tournament and deserves big

and bold statements to be made. You must

be at your very best to get the best results,

which regrettably we were not at and that

is why most Nigerians are blaming

Aigbogun because he is the coach and

bears the brunt when things do not go

according to plan”.

Things actually never went according to

script for the Flying Eagles, whose only

victory at the World Cup in Poland was a

4-0 spanking of Qatar in the first Group D

match. That result was followed by a 2-

0 loss to USA, 1-1 draw with Ukraine and

the second round 2-1 loss to Senegal,

ending an uneventful campaign in the

tournament, which they had previously

played in two finals, most recently in 1989

against Portugal and 2005 against

Argentina, who had Lionel Messi in their

fold at that finals.

Sofoluwe added that Aigbogun has

shown his shallow knowledge of youth

football coaching, stressing that, ‘’from

what I saw of the team in Poland, it is clear

that the coach does not have deep

knowledge of youth football coaching.

‘’His body language was not

encouraging to say the least and he did

not give us anything to cheer about the

team. He looked lost in space and it was

just too bad that he did not turn up, which

also affected his players, who were

looking up for inspiration from him”, said

Sofoluwe.

Adding his voice to the burning issue,

another former Flying Eagles midfielder,

Paul Okoku said he was unimpressed with

the technical depth of the Nigerian team.

‘’That is not a Nigerian team because

as far as I am concerned, we are better than

what was on show in Poland. Something

was fundamentally wrong with the team

and I feel that it is more of a technical

problem than a structural one.

‘’Football is generally won from the

bench and from what was on show in

Poland, we lacked the technical input. We

lacked the players that could string passes

together. Things were so bad that our

players could not make forward runs. It

was just unbelievable what happened in

Poland”, added Okoku, a silver-medal

winner at the 1984 Nations Cup with the

Super Eagles.

Another former Eagles campaigner,

Tajudeen Disu has however blamed the

Nigeria Football Federation for appointing

Aigbogun coach of the team to the ill-fated

Poland 2019.

Disu said the NFF should have known

better that the appointment of Aigbogun

was a precursor to failure at the FIFA U-20

World Cup, given the track record of the

embattled coach in his past assignments.

‘’I see this failure as the fault of the NFF,

who in the first place, should not have

named him the coach of the Flying Eagles

Mourinho to replace

Benitez as Newcastle boss

OSE MOURINHO would be

Jwilling to talk to Newcastle’s

prospective new owners about

taking over as the club’s manager.

Current boss Rafa Benitez is out

of contract at the end of June and

it is still unclear whether he will

put pen to paper on an

extension.

Billionaire Sheikh

Khaled bin Zayed Al

Nehayan is close to

buying the club from

Mike Ashley.

Terms have been

•Mourinho

agreed and the Bin Zayed Group said a proof of funds

statement was sent to Ashley’s lawyers in April.

But despite the new owners set to boost the

spending power in the transfer window, it may not

be Benitez who reaps the rewards.

The Sheikh may decide to get rid of the Spaniard -

who is adored by the Toon faithful - and bring in his

own manager.

And he is keen on former Chelsea and Manchester

United boss Mourinho.

King of Clay strikes again!

Nadal wins record 12th French

Open title

•Beats world No 4 Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1

oger Federer is left looking over his shoulder

Rafter Rafael Nadal took an astounding twelfth

French Open title on Sunday at Roland Garros.

The Spaniard closed to within two Grand Slam

victories of the 37-year-old Swiss when he saw off

the game challenge of Dominic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1,

6-1 in three hours and one minute of ferocious combat

at Roland Garros.

At 33 Nadal now has 18 Majors to Federer’s 20, and

his most reliable supply of these precious

commodities shows no sign of slowing up.

The king of Court Philippe-Chatrier was at his most

unforgiving, bar one slip late in the second set when

Thiem had the impudence to make it less than a

cakewalk.

The Austrian deserves great credit for his efforts

this fortnight, and can at least say that this was an

improvement on last year’s final, when he managed

only nine games.

But Nadal remains peerless, and the memory of

some wobbly performances early in the clay court

season, such as losing in the semi-finals of his Monte

Carlo citadel, seems a long time ago.

Nadal said: ‘Congrats to Dominic, I feel sorry

because he deserves it, I really hope he wins in future.

He has unbelievable intensity and passion for this

sport. I want to encourage him.

‘It’s an unbelievable moment for me, I can’t explain

it. For me it was a dream to play the first time in 2005.

‘I never thought back then that in 2019 I would still

be here so it’s very special for me.’

It is hard to believe that any tennis match has begun

with the brutal intensity of this one, both players hitting

the daylights out of the ball for the first seven games

that took 44 minutes to complete.

Thiem was showing no ill effects of his drawn out

semi-final against Novak Djokovic, at least until the

eighth game when his level discernibly went down

for a couple of games, the kind of thing that is simply

fatal on this court above any other.

Shortening the points in the second set, the Austrian

quickly recovered, and the exchanges soon had rival

parts of the crowd chanting the names of the two

players.

The lifting

of the

atmosphere

put wind in

the sails of

the world No