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MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019

INSECURITY:

Parents now afraid to send

children to school UNICEF

•We’ll deal with marauding herdsmen Aare Ona Kakanfo-in-Council

•New security policy for Lagos coming, says Sanwo-Olu

•Efforts to combat menace in place EKITI GOVT

•Buhari, N-West govs working to tackle insurgency PRESIDENCY

HONOUR FOR ELUMELU...

STORY

ON PAGE

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We’ll bring

an end to

banditry,

insecurity

in Zamfara

SSG 13

Ganduje

orders probe

of Kano

Zoo’s N6.8m

‘swallowed’

by gorilla 6

Mr & Mrs

From left: Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon; Chancellor, Bayero University, Kano (BUK), and Amanyanabo of Twon

Brass, King Alfred Diete-Spiff; Founder, The Tony Elumelu Foundation and Group Chairman, United Bank for Africa (UBA),

Tony Elumelu; Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council, BUK, Professor Ibrahim Gambari; and Vice-Chancellor, BUK,

Professor Muhammad Bello, during the conferment of Honorary Doctor of Business on Elumelu in recognition of his foremost

contribution to the Africa’s economic development through the promotion of entrepreneurship and philanthropy in Kano on

Saturday.

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structured

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POCKET CARTOON

FATHERS's DAYFrom right: The SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapher; the Deputy

Senate President; Senator Ovie Omo-Agege; Vice President Yemi Osiinbajo

and a cross section of fathers singing a hymn during the church service to

mark the Fathers' Day celebration at the State House, Chapel, Abuja, yesterday.

Photo: Abayomi Adeshida.

Parents now afraid to send

children to school UNICEF

By Dapo Akinrefon,

Johnbosco

Agbakwuru, Peter

Duru & Monsuru

Olowoopejo

LAGOS The

United Nations

Children’s Fund,

UNICEF, weekend

lamented that parents are

now terrified to send their

children to school due to

insecurity in the country,

especially girls, who have

been victims of

kidnapping while at

school.

This came on a day the

Aare Ona Kakanfo in

Council vowed to deal

with marauding

herdsmen terrorizing the

South-West, just as

Governor Babajide

Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State

said he would disclose a

new security policy to

stem the increasing rate

of kidnapping in the state.

Still on the issue, the

Presidency in a statement

last night said that

President Myhammadu

Buhari and governors of

states in the North-west

Zone were working out

strategic plan to end

insurgency in the zone

and the Northern region.

U N I C E F

Communication

Specialist, Mr. Geoffrey

Njoku, in a statement on

behalf of Mr. Peter

Kawkins, UNICEF

Representative in Nigeria

to mark this year’s Day of

the African Child themed:

Child Rights in all

Situations, Including

During Humanitarian

Crises, said parents are

now so scared to send

their children to school

due to the high level

insecurity in the country.

He said in

commemorating the day

“about 2,000 youths

across 10 Nigerian states,

including Abuja,

presented petitions to

their governors,

parliamentarians, policymakers

and other

influential persons in a

mass effort to draw

attention to the need to act

on commitments to

increasing access to safe,

quality education for all

children, especially girls.

“The Nigerian

campaign for access to

quality education will

hold the newly-elected

government officials at all

levels accountable for

their campaign promises

to provide equitable

access to free, safe and

quality education for

every child, especially the

girl child, in Nigeria.

“The 10 states where the

mass actions are taking

place Bauchi, Niger,

Katsina, Kano, Sokoto,

Zamfara, Kebbi, Gombe,

Adamawa, Taraba and the

FCT have about eight

million children not in

school and an average

enrollment rate of only 57

per cent.

“Schools should be a

safe place for children,

one in which they can get

quality education that

will put them on the path

to a secured future.”

‘We’ll deal with

marauding

herdsmen’

Also concerned about

the worrying rate of

insecurity in the country,

the Aare Ona Kakanfo in

Council, yesterday, vowed

to deal with marauding

herdsmen terrorizing the

South West saying “we

cannot continue to fold our

arms and let these bandits

continue to soil our land

with the blood of the

innocent.”

They raised the alarm

that the Yoruba race is at

the risk of being haunted

and slaughtered by “this

reckless group if we keep

sugarcoating the bloody

implications of their evil

enterprise.”

This was the outcome of

the council’s

extraordinary session

chaired by Aare Gani

Adams in Lagos.

In a statement titled:

Our stance on the Fulani

herdsmen scourge in

Yoruba land, he called on

traditional rulers and local

chiefs in the region to

show more than passing

interest in the activities of

people in their domains.

The statement was

signed by Aare

Onakakanfo of

Yorubaland, Aare Gani

Adams; Mr. Wale Abel

(Balogun Aare), Hon.

Taofeek

Isa

(Baaregunwa), Mr.

Olusegun Dare (Agba

Akin Aare), Mr. Shola

Osunkeye (Baaroyin

Aare), Mrs. Oluremi Dare

(Yeye Agba Akin), Capt.

Michael Adeshina

(Baarejiroro), Akogun

Gani Balogun (Osi Aare),

Hon Akeem Ige (Baameto

Aare), Mr. Kehinde

Oluwole (Baamofin

Aare), Mr. Femi Bamisile

(Baareselu Aare), Otunba

Kole Omololu (Odofin

Aare), Mr. Kayode Ajulo

(Mayegun Aare), Mr.

Yinka Oguntimehin

(Asoju Aare), Prof

Kolawole Raheem

(Parakoyi Aare), Chief

Ebudola Odedina

(Fiwagboye Aare), Chief

Kamorudeen Lamina

(Borokini Aare), Mrs.

Yewande Green

(Yeyeshewa Aare), Mrs.

Ige (Yeye Bameto Aare),

Alhaja Adiat Ayinke Alao

(Iyalaje Aare), Chief

Yaqub Adeshina (Akogun

Aare) and Mrs. Lateef

Adeshina (Yeye Akogun).

After appraising the

security situation in

Nigeria, especially in the

South West, the council

said: “The campaign of

blood by herdsmen, who

have been ravaging our

land, kidnapping, killing,

maiming and raping our

people in recent years has

become a serious source

of concern for the Yoruba

race; a race renowned for

their staunch passion for

peaceful co-existence,

national cohesion and

development.

“The threat posed to our

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By Bose Adelaja, Olayinka Latona,

Dickson Omobola, Tolulope Oke,

Chiamaka Uba, Erinfolami

Abdulkudus & Janet Somoye

How do we halt increasing cases of child rape? (3)

The

disconcerting

increase in cases of

child rape can be

eradicated through shrewd

parental guidance, strict

enforcement of the law

against the vice, educating

children on how to protect

themselves from falling

victim and emboldening

them to speak up if they fall

victim and massive

information dissemination

on the vice.

- Oluwashina Ishola

Tourism promoter

In a country where we have

lost our moral values, from home,

to primary, secondary and tertiary

institution, what can we say of

morality? The worst take place in

public places. All these are

manifested in the way females dress,

exposing their bodies in public,

coupled with men’s exposure to hard

drugs and alcohol. Until we go back

to our values, there may not be serious

solution to child rape and other social

vices. No legislation can curb it.

-Julius Adegunna

Clergy

We should teach the

children especially

girls, early in life about

differences between boys

and girls. Also, when they

are touched in their private

parts, they should scream.

For grown ups, they should

stop going half naked on

the street because most men

are moved by what they

see. They should also

avoid late nights, lonely

places and unnecessary

visits.

-Nkechi Nwogo

Student

Our

patriarchal

system where we

see male as superior to

female, is one thing we

need to address as it has

helped to trigger rape.

To halt this menace,

parents need to educate

their children on the

menace and carry out

thorough surveillance on

their children.

-Abu Buhari

Student

Parents should try as much as

possible to give birth to the

number of children they can

take care of and ensure they

give them the best education.

Proper upbringing of children

and wards is very important so

that they will not grow up to become

perpetrators. Also, those

involved in the act of child rape

should get stiffer punishment.

Law enforcement agents

should not compromise in dealing

with the issue of child rape

and child abuse generally.

-Akinsanya Rebecca

Student

Parents should educate

their children and wards

more on sex, be closer to

them, advise them not to

accept gifts from strangers

and most importantly,

ensure that their children

can confide in them and

report any act of abuse to

them. Also, I will implore

the Federal Government to

enact and enforce laws that

will deal with perpetrators

and also protect the victims

from any kind of trauma.

-Mrs. Sunday Hope

Teacher


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Ganduje orders probe of Kano gorilla that ‘swallowed’ N6.8m

By Abdulmumin

Murtala

K ANOGOVERNOR

Abdullahi Ganduje of

Kano State has ordered

investigation into the case of

missing N6.8 million that was

generated from visitors to

Kano Zoo during the justconcluded

Sallah events.

Chief Press Secretary to the

Maths,

Computer

graduate

arrested for

robbery in

Ogun

By Daud Olatunji

ABEOKUTAMEN of

Ogun State Police

Command have arrested a

graduate, Afolayin Sunday,

24, in ijoko area of Otta for

robbery.

The Police Public Relations

Officer in the state, Abimbola

Oyeyemi, stated that the

suspect is a Maths/

Computer Science graduate

of a college of education.

Oyeyemi said he was

arrested after he successfully

robbed one Adesina Omolola,

a POS attendant, in Ijoko.

The PPRO said: “According

to the complainant, the

suspect walked into the POS

shop and pretended to be a

customer.

“Having realised that the

victim was the only person in

the shop, he grabbed her on

the neck and brought out a

knife with which he forced

her to submission.

“He, thereafter, ransacked

the drawer and made away

with N42,000.

“The victim, after regaining

consciousness, raised the

alarm, which alerted the

policemen on routine patrol

from Agbado Division, who

chased the suspect with the

help of people around and

got him apprehended.

“After arresting him, it was

discovered that the suspect

had earlier robbed one

Abimbola Oyebolu in April

and one Ibrahim

Oluwadamilola in May.

“He was said to have

inflicted various degrees of

injuries on the duo before

forcefully dispossessing them

of their phones and money.

“Recovered from the

suspect was N42,000, which

he took from the shop and a

UTC knife.

“Meanwhile, the

Commissioner of Police,

Bashir Makama, has ordered

the transfer of the suspect to

Special Anti-Robbery Squad,

SARS, for discreet

investigation and

prosecution.”

Governor, Abba Anwar, said,

yesterday: “Governor

Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano

State orders the state Anti-

Corruption Commission to

probe the issue of Kano

Zoological Gardens story of

alleged swallowing of N6.8

million by a gorilla in the zoo.

“The order was given on

Friday by the governor and the

Commission swings into

By Charles Agwam

A

26-year-old man, Mr.

Victor Oguwa, a fake

drugs manufacturer, has been

arrested by the Police in

Bauchi.

Police Public Relations

Officer in the state, DSP

Kamal Datti, disclosed this

while addressing newsmen in

Bauchi, weekend.

He said the Police acting on

credible intelligence, raided a

black sport at Gwallameji area

on June 13, and arrested the

action immediately after the

issuance of the order.

“He asked the Commission

to look into the immediate and

remote cause of the allegation,

directing them to unearth

everything surrounding the

incident.”

Recall that a gorilla was

accused of swallowing N6.8

million in Kano Zoological

Gardens, according to BBC

pidgin.

A finance officer in the zoo

was quoted as saying the

gorilla sneaked into an office

and carted away the money,

before swallowing it.

Abdullahi Haruna, police

spokesman in Kano State, was

quoted as confirming that 10

persons, including those on

duty when the money went

missing, have been arrested.

“Yes, it is true that money

from five days of Sallah

festivities is missing from the

Kano zoo,” he reportedly said,

adding: “As at now, we have

arrested 10 members of staff of

the zoo including the security

man and those working in the

finance unit.

“This is not the first time

animals have been involved

in related issues in Nigeria.”

26-yr-old fake codeine

manufacturer nabbed in Bauchi

By Evelyn Usman

TWO suspected robbers,

who disguise as beggars to

attack motorists trapped in

traffic in Oshodi area of Lagos

State, have been arrested, with

one of them swallowing a

victim’s ring to evade arrest.

One of the suspects, Taofeek

Adebayo, swallowed one of the

female victims’ gold rings

while being chased by

operatives of the Rapid

Response Squad, RRS.

The suspects, as gathered,

had approached a Sienna bus

begging the occupants to

assist them with money to eat.

Victims

Narrating how they were

attacked, one of the occupants

of the vehicle (names

withheld), said: “My

colleague and I were coming

from Anthony and heading to

Ilasa for our association’s

meeting.

“Three of them (pointing to

the suspects) came near our

vehicle, while there was traffic.

They said we should give

them money for food. I

reached out to my colleague

to give me money.

“She gave me N100, which

I gave them. But they rejected

it. One of them spoke in

Yoruba dialect, saying the

money was not meant for them.

I told them that was what I

had. Suddenly, one of them

pulled my left ear and

removed my earring.

suspect.

According to Datti, the Police

recovered 71 bottles of locallyproduced

codeine, 30 bottles

of tutolin, one carton of ORS

used for codeine production

and one pot of codeine ready

for refilling.

Others, he said, included

100 empty scavenged bottles,

60 cover of bottles and 120

product name tags.

“The case is under

investigation after which the

suspect will be charged to

court,” he said.

The Police spokesman

assured that the Command

would not relent in its efforts

to rid the state of crimes and

criminality.

Speaking with Vanguard,

one of the suspected ‘drug

manufacturer,’ Victor

Achunam, said he was a

‘victim of setup,’ saying he

had paid N140,000 for the

supply of genuine drugs, but

fake drugs were sent to him

which led to his arrest.

He said: “I don’t

manufacture drugs, these

drugs were sent to me. I think

I am a victim of setup because

I paid N140,000 two weeks

ago for the consignment, only

for these things to be sent to

me.

“The drugs came to me in

uncorked bottles. But when I

called to find out why it was so,

the supplier denied that they

were fake drugs. Although I am

aware that it may be harmful, I

wanted to sell the drugs to

recover my money. I beg for

amnesty; I won’t do it again

because I am wiser now.”

Traffic robber that pretends to be beggar confesses:

I swallowed victim’s ring to evade arrest

The suspects

“The rest turned to the other

side of my vehicle threatening

to waste us if we don’t give

them money. ‘Where is the

money,’ they screamed at us.

In a hurry to leave our car, they

forced my friend to surrender

her wedding ring.

“This one(pointing to

Adebayo), took one of the rings

and swallowed it in our

presence, while his colleague

took the other one.”

Confession

Asked why he swallowed

the ring, Adebayo, replied: “I

swallowed it. But I have

vomited it and handed it over

to Young Boy (one of the

suspects), when police were

chasing us.

“I told him to hand over the

rings to the ladies so that the

Police can release us. But he

absconded with the two rings

and earring.”

One his part, Adebayo’s

partner in crime, Toheed

Tijani, alleged to have earlier

snatched a mobile phone from

a commuter in traffic earlier,

said: “I have released the

phone to Lagos State Traffic

Management Authority,

LASTMA, officials standing at

Oshodi-Oke.

“They told me that RRS

officers were looking for me to

arrest.”


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 20197

Body parts of man found in sack

By Esther Onyegbula

DETECTIVES attached to the

Homicide Department of

State Criminal Investigation and

Intelligence Department, SCIID,

Panti, Yaba, are still trying to

unravel the circumstances

surrounding the murder of a 40-

year-old man, who was found at

Igbo-Elerin, Ojo area of Lagos.

The body parts of the victim were

discovered inside a sack,

weekend, at about 8.45a.m., after

Okoko Police Station received

information that a sack suspected

to contain human corpse was

sighted along Martins Street,

Igbo-Elerin.

The homicide detectives, it was

gathered, visited the scene where

they discovered the sack with

bloodstains containing the

remains of a male of about 40

years old.

Parts of the severed corpse

found include head, left hand and

By Egufe Yafugborhi

PORT HARCOURTA faceoff

between men of the

Nigerian Army, 6 Division, and

suspected oil thieves has

reportedly left one soldier, two

civil defence personnel and an oil

theft kingpin dead, following

clashes in Ogoni communities of

Gio, K-Dere and B-Dere in Rivers

State.

The 6 Division’s Deputy

Director, Army Public Relations,

Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, who was

evasive in confirming the

casualties, said: “I am in contact

with our men on the ground and

we will soon get a clearer picture

of the situation.”

But community sources

disclosed that the situation

remained tense last night.

A source alleged that trouble

erupted when “suspected oil/cult

gang attacked a combined team

of Army and civil defence

personnel guarding an oil

pipeline, near the major tarred

road leading to Gio, Tai Local

Government Area. One soldier,

two civil defence personnel were

killed and their guns carted away

by the rampaging gang at dawn

yesterday.

“Not all the villagers are part of

By Dayo Johnson

AKURETHE gunmen that

attacked the convoy of the

Niger Delta Development

Commission, NDDC, conveying

Lassa fever drugs to Ondo State,

weekend, shot dead a driver and

wounded a security personnel.

Vanguard learned that three

new ambulances in the convoy

were attacked by the gunmen at

a border town between Ondo and

Edo states.

Speaking with Vanguard in

part of a leg.

Confirming the report,

spokesperson Lagos State Police

Command, DSP Bala Elkana,

said that the corpse was removed

and deposited at the mortuary for

autopsy.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner

of Police Lagos State, Zubairu

Muazu, has ordered the State

Criminal Investigation

Department to take over the

investigation in order to unravel

the circumstances surrounding

the murder and apprehend those

behind it.

He called on members of the

public with useful information

about the incident to contact the

Police.

...15 others escape

death in gas explosion

Meanwhile, 15 persons

narrowly escaped death after a

cooking gas exploded in a

building at Ademola Adefiye area,

the criminal gangs, but they are

all paying the price for what they

never bargained for. Soldiers

vengefully broke into houses,

destroyed and looted valuables of

residents, shooting sporadically

as frightened villagers of Gio

scampered for safety.

“The soldiers, who ransacked

Gio, later swooped on

neighbouring K-Dere-Ogoni and

B-Dere-Ogoni in the Gokana

council to avenge the death of

their colleague. They invaded

Christ Army Church in K-Dere in

Gokana council, and arrested five

worshippers.”

Another source from K-Dere

said: “The Army invasion outside

Akure, the Health Commissioner,

Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, said the

intention of the gunmen

remained unknown.

Dr. Adegbenro denied that

medical personnel were

abducted during the shootout

between the security in the

convoy and the gunmen.

He, however, confirmed that in

the heavy shootout, a driver was

shot dead while a security

personnel sustained injuries.

Adegbenro said state Police

Command was in the best

Ajelogo, Mile 12.

It was learned that the incident

occurred when one Chinedu was

cooking.

As a result of the explosion, the

building went up in flames

destroying properties worth

millions of naira in the process.

According to eyewitness,

Muyiwa Seun, it took the

combined effort of the Police, firefighters

and emergency agencies

to successfully put out the fire and

rescue 15 persons from the

building with various degrees of

injuries.

Confirming the report,

spokesperson Lagos State Police

Command DSP, Bala Elkana,

said the victims were rushed to

Gbagada General Hospital and

are now in stable conditions,

while “investigation is in progress

to ascertain the remote and

immediate causes of the incident,

as well as the value of the

properties destroyed.”

Soldier, 2 others die in Ogoni,

as oil thieves clash with Army

Gio, where their men were killed,

was deliberate and they

succeeded in killing their target

in revenge mission. Their target

was an oil theft kingpin in

Gokana.

“With the help of his boys, they

lured him out and killed him. His

corpse should be with the Army

as we speak.”

In the intensifying violence,

followers loyal to the oil theft

kingpin were said to have

barricaded a section of the East-

West Road on that axis, denying

vehicular movement to and fro for

some hours yesterday, before the

Army showed up and dispersed

them.

2 rescued, one missing in Lagos boat mishap

By Monsuru

Olowoopejo

LAGOSOPERATIVES of the

Lagos State’s Marine Police

are currently combing the creeks

for a person declared missing

after a boat conveying building

material capsized in Satellite axis

of Oriade Local Council

Development Area, Lagos State.

The missing passenger,

identified as 32-year-old Rasaki,

was onboard the boat alongside

the operator, Mr. Muri Jimoh, and

another passenger when the boat

capsized.

Vanguard gathered that the boat

en route Ibasa waterfront from

Ijegun, capsized at about 12 noon

on Saturday after leaving the

shoreline for its destination.

The boat operator and the other

passenger were rescued, while

Rasaki is still missing.

Police Public Relations Officer,

Bala Elkana, in a statement

yesterday, confirmed the incident.

Gunmen kill one, injure another in attack on NDDC convoy

position to further elucidate on the

attack.

Contacted, spokesperson for the

Ondo Police Command, Femi

Joseph, said “nothing of such

happened anywhere in Ondo

State. The incident took place

outside our jurisdiction and we

do not have information about it.”

He appealed to the people of

the state “to continue with their

lawful businesses as the

Command is fully determined to

provide adequate security for all

and sundry.”

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8Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019

BIRTHDAY: From right, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (retd), National Leader, NADECO; Major General

Obi Umahi (retd), President-General, Ndigbo Lagos; Emeka Ugwu-Oju, Chairman of BOT, South-East

South-South Professionals, and Chief Chuma Igwe, Secretary General, Ndigbo Lagos during the 60th

birthday of Emeka Ugwu-Oju, in Lagos.

Ministerial nominees: Gov candidates

battle other stakeholders for state slots

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA AHEAD of

compilation of ministers

and subsequent

presentation to the Senate for

screening and confirmation,

strong indications have

emerged that the fight for

each slot for a state is

between governorship

candidates in the last

elections and major

stakeholders in the states.

A source told Vanguard,

weekend, that since attention

has shifted to who makes the

ministerial list, some

stakeholders are said to have

put pressure on the

leadership of All

Progressives Congress,

APC, to fight for them.

It was also learned that the

party’s governorship

candidates, who lost election

in their states, are equally

putting pressures to bear on

APC leadership to nominate

them for ministerial

positions.

APC govs to meet

Buhari, Lawan,

Gbaja, other NASS

leaders

According to a source, as

part of moves to reduce the

tension and for serving

governors to have their

interests protected,

Progressives Governors

Forum has concluded

HEALTH TIPS

By Sola Ogundipe

Why you should go to

bed early

The best time to go to bed

is between 9pm and 11pm.

Sleeping early and waking

up early is good for your

health while sleeping late

and waking up late is less

healthy. Sleeping late and

waking up late is

inadvisable because it is

bad for your health.

Everyone has a precise

biological clock ticking

inside. It helps to regulate

various body functions

including sleeping time.

From 11pm to 3am, most

of your blood circulation

concentrates in your liver

which gets larger when

filled with more blood. This

is an important time when

your body undergoes

detoxification process.

Your liver neutralises and

breaks down body toxins

accumulated throughout

the day. If you don’t sleep

at this time, your liver

cannot carry out this

detoxification process

smoothly.

If you sleep at 11pm, you

have full four hours to

detoxify your body.

If you sleep at midnight,

you have three hours. If you

sleep at 1am, you have two

hours.

And if you sleep at 2am,

you only have one hour to

detoxify.

Sleeping after 3am is not

advisable because you

won’t have any time to

really detoxify your body.

Continuation with this

sleeping pattern causes

toxins to accumulate in your

body over time.

If you sleep late you will

not having enough time to

detoxify your body and you

will miss out other

important body functions

too.

Going to bed very late at

night often results in you

waking up feeling very

tired the next day no matter

how much you sleep. Go to

bed early to maximise your

health.

arrangements to have a

meeting with the Presidency

and the new leadership of

the National assembly.

The source said: “The

governors are planning to

meet the Presidency and the

new NASS leadership ahead

of the nomination and

appointment of ministers by

the President. No governor

would want to have a

minister who will not be on

his side, as far as state politics

is concerned.”

Also a source from the APC

has confirmed that the NWC

will also wade into the

appointments to ensure that

only those who worked for

the president were given

ministerial positions as well

as other appointments

It was gathered that while

the party’s governorship

candidates are pushing

their lobby through the

APC leadership, some states

are, however, facing battle on

who should emerge as

ministerial nominees for their

states and be part of

President Buhari’s second

term.

Abia, Imo, Delta,

Anambra, Zamfara,

others face

competition

According to the source,

some of the failed

governorship candidates

who want to make the

ministerial list are Senator

Hope Uzodimma (Imo);

Nsima Ekere (Akwa Ibom);

Great Ogboru (Delta); Uche

Ogah (Abia); Sonny Ogbuoji

(Ebonyi); Akinwumi Ambode

(Lagos), Senator John Enoh

(Cross River), Sani Danladi

(Taraba), etc.

The source said those

fighting for the slot in Akwa

Ibom State are former

governor and immediate past

senator, Godswill Akpabio,

Ekere and Senior Special

Assistant to the President on

National Assembly

Matters(Senate), Senator Ita

Enang.

While Enang is still very

visible in the Presidency,

especially the role he played

in the emergence of the

Senate Presiding Officers,

Akpabio and Ekere lost their

governorship and senatorial

positions on the platform

ofAPC in the last election.

In Cross River State, the

immediate past Minister of

Niger Delta Affairs, Usani

Uguru Usani, who wants to

return as a minister is not

finding it easy because of

competition from former

Senate Leader, Senator Victor

Ndoma Egba, Hillard Etta,

and former governor of the

state, Clement Ebiri, among

others.

In Anambra State, the

source said APC National

Auditor, George Moghalu, is

contending with former

House of Representatives

member and governorship

candidate of the party in the

last election, Tony Nwoye.

Senator Andy Uba, who

could not make it to the 9th

Senate to represent Anambra

South, is also said to be

working hard to grab the

Anambra ministerial slot, just

as the immediate past

Minister of Labour and

Employment, Senator Chris

Ngige, wants to return.

There are also contending

forces for ministerial positions

in Adamawa, Zamfara and

Oyo states.

It was gathered that in

Adamawa, the APC has two

different factions, with one,

led by former Governor

Mohammed Bindow and the

past Secretary to the

Government of the

Federation, SGF, Boss

Mustapha , while the other

faction is controlled by former

Military Governor of Lagos

State, General Buba Marwa,

former Executive Chairman

of Economic and Financial

Crimes Commission, EFCC,

Malam Nuhu Ribadu, and

the younger brother of wife

of the President, Mohamood

Halilu.

Soldier, 2 civil defence

operatives feared dead as oil

thieves, Army clash in Ogoni

By Egufe

Yafugborhi

PORT HARCOURT

A face-off between

men of Nigerian Army, 6

Division and suspected

oil theft syndicate has

reportedly left one soldier,

two civil defence

personnel and an oil theft

kingpin dead following

clashes in Ogoni

communities of Gio, K-

Dere and B-Dere in Rivers

State.

Contacted, the 6

Division’s Deputy

Director, Army Public

Relations, Col. Aminu

Iliyasu, said: “I am in

contact with our men on

the ground and we will

soon get a clearer picture

of the situation.”

But community sources

say the situation remains

tense, even as at last

night.

A source told Vanguard,

yesterday, that trouble

started when, “suspected

oil/cult gang attacked a

combined team of army

and civil defence

personnel guarding oil

pipeline near the major

tarred road leading to

Gio, Tai Local Government

Area. One soldier, two

civil defence personnel

were killed and their guns

carted away by the

rampaging gang.

“Not all the villagers are

part of the criminal gangs,

but they are all paying the

price for what they never

bargained for. Soldiers then

vengefully broke into

houses, destroyed and

looted valuables of

residents, shooting

sporadically as frightened

villagers scampered for

safety.

“The soldiers, who

ransacked Gio later

swooped on neighbouring

K-Dere-Ogoni and B-

Dere-Ogoni in Gokana

Local Government Area to

avenge the death of their

colleague. They invaded

Christ Army Church in K-

Dere in Gokana Local

Government Area and

arrested five worshippers.”

Another source from K-

Dere said: “The army

invasion outside Gio, where

their personnel was killed

was deliberate and they

succeeded in killing their

target in a revenge mission.

Their target was an oil theft

kingpin in Gokana. With

the help of his boys, they

lured him out and killed

him. His corpse should be

with the army as I speak.”

In the intensifying

violence, followers loyal to

the oil theft kingpin were

said to have barricaded a

section of the East West

Road, denying vehicular

movement to and fro for

some hours, yesterday,

before the army showed up

and dispersed them.

Sporadic gunshots cause

skirmishes in Maiduguri

M AIDUGURI

RESIDENTS on

the outskirts of

Maiduguri, yesterday,

witnessed some

skirmishes, following

indiscriminate shooting

by some soldiers.

The situation forced

many women, children

and elderly people in

Damboa Road and Polo

general area to scamper

for safety.

Residents told NAN that

they started hearing

gunshots at about 3 p.m.,

though unsure if soldiers

were test-firing

equipment.

Haruna Kachala, a

Civilian Joint Task Force,

CJTF, said the gunshots

came from the soldiers

stationed at the state hotel

along Damboa road bye

pass while on their way

to relieve their colleagues

at Molai general area.

Kachala said: “Initially,

we thought the military

were test firing their

equipment, but when the

other troops at Molai

general responded to the

fire, residents ran helter

skelter.’’

Bukar Mala, a resident

in Damboa Road, said

they fled for safety when

they heard continuous

shootings from the two

different locations.

NAN report that a

combined team of hunters,

civilian Joint Task Force

and the Federal Special

Anti Robbery Squad,

FSARS, led by Gov.

Babagana Umara, quickly

moved to the scene to

assess the situation.

Governor Umara told

newsmen that there was

no cause for alarm,

stressing that his

government would

ensure that peace and

security returned to all

parts of the state.

“We are yet to ascertain

what exactly happened,

but it was not Boko Haram

attack as earlier

speculated.

‘’We shall equip and

strengthen the security

agencies to improve on

emergency response, to

address issues like this,”

he said.

He advised residents in

the state to shun rumour

mongering that could

cause unnecessary fear.


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 20199

Nigeria, world’s 16th least

peaceful country Report

NIGERIA is the 16th

least peaceful country

in the world, according to

the 2019 edition of Global

Peace Index, GPI. At 148 of

163 countries, the most

populous black nation

retained its position in the

previous year, even though

its score rose by 0.025, from

2.873 in 2018 to 2.898 in

2019.

The report “measures the

state of peace using three

thematic domains: the level

of Societal Safety and

Security; the extent of

Ongoing Domestic and

International Conflict; and

the degree of militarisation.

“The GPI covers 99.7 per

cent of the world’s

population, using 23

qualitative and quantitative

indicators from highly

respected sources.”

Iceland and New

Zealand retained their

positions as the first and

second most peaceful

countries respectively,

while Portugal dethroned

Austria to take the third

position.

Syria went from being the

least peaceful to second

least peaceful while

Afghanistan went one

place down to being the

least peaceful country.

According to the report,

produced by Institute for

Economics and Peace IEP,

Ukraine, Sudan, Egypt,

North Macedonia and

Rwanda showed the

largest improvements in

peace in 2019.

Like in 2018, Nigeria

ranked 40 out of 44

countries in Sub-Saharan

Africa, with Mauritius

topping the list, while

South Sudan was ranked

the least.

“Although the number of

countries suffering from

internal conflicts increased,

the number of deaths

decreased due to a lower

level of intensity in conflicts

in Syria, Ukraine and

Nigeria,” it read.

“The impacts of a lack of

water has also affected

conflict dynamics in

Nigeria. Lake Chad, a

major source of fishing and

farming livelihoods, lost 90

per cent of its surface area

in the past 40 years due to

climate change and

environmental

mismanagement. Resultant

unemployment and related

food insecurity contributed

to Boko Haram’s successful

recruitment of unemployed

youths in the area.”

While it said peacefulness

increased slightly, the

organisation added that the

2019 GPI showed “conflicts

and crises that emerged in

the past decade remain

unresolved.”

Fathers' Day: Women‘re

created equal to men

Osinbajo

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

A President

BUJAVICE

Yemi

Osinbajo, yesterday, advised

men not to treat women,

especially their wives, as

subordinate, saying women

were created equal to men.

The vice president gave the

advice while speaking to

State House correspondents

after celebrating this year’s

Fathers’ Day at Aso Villa

Chapel, Abuja.

Osinbajo was joined at the

service by his aged mother,

Mrs.

Olubisi

Osinbajo;Deputy President

of the Senate, Ovie Omo-

Agege; Secretary to the

Government of the

Federation, Mr. Boss

Mustapha, among others.

He said: “I think the

responsibility of the father is

incredible indeed and I think

what is most important is to

teach our men, young men

growing up, that they must

honour women, not just their

wives.

“Of course, you must

honour and love your wives,

but I think that it is very

important that we honour

women. We don’t treat them

as subordinate to us; they are

created equal to men.

“But most importantly, we

must honour them and

recognise their role as

partners, not just in families,

but in society as well.”

Osinbajo said men have

important roles to play in the

society, stressing that it was

not the ability to have a child

that made a man father.

Also speaking, Deputy

President of the Senate, Ovie

Omo-Agege, who earlier

took the 1st Bible Reading

of the service from Malachi

1:3-6, said “it is not what we

tell our children, but the lives

we lead and they see us lead

that is important in the life of

fathers.’’

INEC server controversy: Atiku denies

planning street protest

•INEC proposes constitution amendment to limit number

of political parties;•Kicks against guerrilla primaries

By Omeiza Ajayi

& Dirisu Yakubu

THE runner-up in

February’s presidential

election, Atiku Abubakar, has

denied planning to lead a

street protest over the

controversy surrounding the

election result.

This came on a day

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC, lamented what it

described as the growing

number of ‘commercial’

platforms masquerading as

political parties, saying it

would be proposing

alterations to constitutional

provisions regarding

registration and deregistration

of political

parties in the country as well

as timelines for filing some

pre-election cases.

Abubakar, who contested

the election on the platform

of Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, is challenging the

victory of President

Muhammadu Buhari of the

All Progressives Congress,

APC, at the election tribunal.

One of his main grounds

of contesting the result is

that the officially declared

result is different from that

on the computer server of

INEC, which the electoral

commission has denied.

In a statement by his

spokesperson, Paul Ibe,

yesterday, Atiku Abubakar

said reports he was

planning to lead a protest on

the matter was false.

The statement read: "I wish

to emphatically state that

such a statement did not

emanate from Atiku

Abubakar or his privies. It is

the work of mischief makers,

who want to mar his spotless

pro-democratic record and

lay the ground work for their

threatened actions against

him on false charges of being

a threat to national security.

"For the avoidance of doubt,

Atiku Abubakar believes in

the Rule of Law and in the

Labour rejects planned sale of NIGCOMSAT,

petitions Buhari

By Victor

Ahiuma-Young

SENIOR Staff Association

of Statutory Corporations

and Government Owned

Companies, SSASCGOC,

has rejected plans by the

Federal Government to sell

Nigeria Communication

Satellite Company,

NIGCOMSAT.

In a petition to President

Muhammadu Buhari, the

union expressed shock over

the plan to sell off

NIGCOMSAT to private

individuals, and called on the

Bureau of Public Enterprise,

BPE, to halt all process in the

interest of the nation.

In the petition, entitled,

“The proposed sale of Nigeria

Communications Satellite

Company: A call for caution,”

VISIT: From left, Segun Opeke, Directorate, Head, Polaris Bank, Lagos Business; Dr. Obafemi

Hamzat, Lagos State Deputy Governor; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State; Muhammed

Ahmad, Chairman, Polaris Bank, and Tokunbo Abiru, Managing Director/CEO, Polaris Bank, when

the bank's leadership paid a visit to the governor and his deputy at Lagos House, Marina,weekend.

the union contended that

NIGCOMSAT, a

government company

created via the Company and

Allied Matters Act, was

established on April 4, 2016

by the previous

administration.

SASCGOC in the petition

signed by its President

General, Mohammed

Yunusa, and its General

Secretary, Ayo Olorunfemi,

reminded President Buhari

that the agency was created

due to the need for critical

national infrastructure for

security communication to

bridge digital drive and for

digital/financial inclusion for

large rural Nigeria.

The petition read: “As a

responsible union, we do

acknowledge the fact that

NIGCOMSAT is yet to

realize its full potentials. We

equally know as a matter of

fact that selling it to private

individual or company cannot

be a solution and will not be

in the interest of the country.

“It is sad that the Federal

Government of Nigeria has

refused to fortify

NIGCOMSAT Limited

through an enabling Act,

mandating all Ministries,

Agencies and Departments,

MDAs, to procure satellite

services from NIGCOMSAT

Limited.

‘’The government instead,

went ahead to create Galaxy

Backbone, thereby

compounding the situation.

Galaxy Backbone was

created and mandated by

law to provide internet

services to all ministries

and agencies of

government across the

country."

laws of the Federal Republic

of Nigeria. In his almost four

decades in politics, he has

never taken action or spoken

words against democracy

and will not start now."

INEC proposes

constitution

amendment to limit

number of political

parties

Meanwhile, INEC has

lamented what it described

as the growing number of

‘commercial’ platforms

masquerading as political

parties, saying it would be

proposing alterations to

constitutional provisions

regarding registration and

de-registration of political

parties in the country as well

as timelines for filing some

preelection cases.

The electoral umpire also

announced the registration of

Nigeria’s 93rd political party,

Boot Party, through the

instrumentality of the court,

having initially declined to

register the political

association.

The commission described

most of the political platforms

as “commercial platforms for

hire” in apparent reference

to the manner in which tens

of political parties usually

pledged their allegiances to

either of Nigeria’s two major

political parties, APC and

PDP.

INEC National

Commissioner in charge of

Information and Voter

Education, Mr Festus

Okoye, who disclosed these

during the state-level review

of the 2019 general elections

in Makurdi, weekend, said:

“Nigerians must engage in

root and branch review of the

number of registered parties

in Nigeria.

‘’The presence of too many

political parties on our ballot

papers has in some instances

confused some of our

compatriots that are not well

endowed in literacy. It has

bloated the ballot papers and

result sheets and trucking

them to the polling units has

become a logistics

nightmare."

Flawed, opaque,

guerrilla primaries

The commission also

faulted political parties for

conducting opaque and

flawed primaries, which

were at the root of the

myriads of pre-election

matters in various courts.

He said: “The commission

believes that the conduct of

opaque and flawed party

primaries is at the root of the

plethora of pre-election

matters pending in various

courts.

‘’The commission has

issued Certificates of Return

in some cases based on court

orders, withdrawn

Certificates of Return based

on court orders , restored

withdrawn Certificates of

Return based on court orders

and withdrew the said

certificates again based on

court orders."

New framework

“The commission will

design, and test run a new

framework for the monitoring

of primaries of political

parties. The commission will,

henceforth, tie the

acceptance of the list of

candidates of political parties

emanating from party

primaries to the

authentication of the results

of the outcome of the said

primaries.

‘’In other words, the

commission will not accept

the list of nominated

candidates that are at

variance with the clear

intendment of section 87 of

the Electoral Act. The

commission, therefore,

supports the proposition that

any political party intending

to conduct party primaries

shall publish in two national

newspapers the date, venue

and time for the conduct of

the said primaries.


10 VANGUARD, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019

WEDDING: From left; Chief Kanene Azinge and Mrs Edith Azinge (groom's parents);

Couple, Chuka Azinge and Iruaku; Mrs Mabel Okonyia and Pastor Chike Okonyia

(bride's parents) during the traditional wedding between former Miss Iruaku Okonyia

and Mr Chuka Azinge at Havillah Event Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, yesterday.

How we arrested rapist, 3

armed robbers, 39 cultists,

in Lagos POLICE

L

A

By Esther

Onyegbula

G O S

OPERATIVES of

the Lagos State police

Command apprehended,

at the weekend, a rapist,

three armed robbers and 39

suspected cultists within

the state.

Among the suspects, who

are currently being

investigated, is one

Anudumoapo Aiodun, who

allegedly raped his

neighbour’s eight year old

daughter on Saturday.

It was learned that at

about 5.00pm, Bariga

Police Station received a

complaint from a woman

(name withheld) that her

eight years old daughter

(name withheld) was raped

by their neighbour one

Anudumoapo Aiodun.

Sequel to the report, a

team of detectives from the

Family Support Unit

promptly arrested the

suspect, while the victim

was taken to the General

Hospital for medical

treatment and forensic

examination.

In a similar vein, the Anti

Robbery Patrol team

attached to Ijora Badia

division arrested two

suspected armed robbers.

The suspects, identified

as: Rilwan Usman (25) of

No. 46, Tapa Bello Street

Orile Iganmu and

Abdulrahman Isiaka (20) of

No 34, Iganmu Road, Ijora,

were both arrested on June

11, 2019 at about 10.20pm

after police received a

distress call that some

hoodlums were operating at

Dele Hotel, along railway

line.

Police reportedly

recovered one locally made

pistol from the suspects.

Meanwhile, Surveillance

Patrol Team deployed to

Araromi/Ishasi Iba Bridge,

arrested the third suspect,

John Nwosu.

25-year old, John

Nwosu, a traffic robber was

nabbed with a toy gun

while attempting to rob

some unsuspecting

members of the public.

Ekiti varsity shut as students

go on rampage

By Rotimi Ojomoyela

A DO-EKITITHE

Management of

Ekiti State University has

announced closure of the

university and also the

postponement of the 1st

semester examination

which was originally

scheduled to begin today

(Monday).

In a statement by the

institution’s Registrar, Mr.

Akin Arogundade, the

new date for the

examination is Monday,

1st July 2019.

This wa after students of

the institution, yesterday,

held a peaceful protest

within the school

premises calling for an

postponement of their

examination scheduled to

start today (Monday).

The students, in their

large number, gathered at

the satellite gate of the

institution where they

chanted solidarity songs.

It was gathered that in a

bid to dissuade the students

from going ahead with the

protest, the school

management hurriedly

summoned the officials of

the student to an

emergency meeting, but it

appeared the efforts of the

management was ignored

by the students who had

already occupied the main

entrance to the campus.

The students had earlier

held a congress where it

resolved to call for

postponement of the

examination.

The students claimed that

they had just from holidays

and would need enough

time to properly prepare for

the examination.

According to them, some

students who were

supposed to sit for

examinations on Monday

still sat for test on Sunday

evening, saying such was

absurd in an academic

environment.

APAPA GRIDLOCK: Truck drivers flout

presidential order as chaos persists

By Olasunkanmi

Akoni & Monsuru

Olowoopejo

LAGOSBARELY 48

hours after President

Muhammadu Buhari

extended the order for

evacuation of trucks and

restoration of order in

Apapa ports and its

environs by two weeks,

truck operators have

continued to park

indiscriminately, thereby,

compounding traffic

situation in the area.

Following failure of the

Presidential Task Team to

tackle the protracted

gridlock within the earlier

two weeks ultimatum, the

Presidency, at the weekend,

renewed the directive for

another two weeks.

Vanguard findings

revealed that as at

yesterday, motorists and

residents continued to

grapple with the terrible

gridlock caused majorly by

From left; Mrs Rita Amuka; Barrister Theodora Azinge; Miss Dumebi

Azinge; Barrister Jerry Azinge; Chief Ify Azinge; Ms Valerie Azinge and

Barrister Pamela Azinge at the traditional wedding. Photos: Lamidi Bamidele.

indiscriminate parking by

truck drivers.

Although the Ijora-Apapa

port axis appeared to have

witnessed improved sanity,

operators of some of the

trucks and articulated

vehicles have now diverted

to Oshodi-Apapa

Expressway, thereby

increasing the influx of

vehicles in the axis.

Some of the worst hit

areas include Second

Rainbow to Fatgbems Gas

Station, Mile-2 to Otto

Wharf, Berger-Yard, down

to Trinity onward Coconut.

Traffic along most of the

areas was on the standstill,

an indication that the

situation might degenerate

during the week.

Along the Oshodi-Apapa

Expressway, truck drivers

practically took over the

entire five-lanes leaving

only just a lane for other

road users.

Some Lagos Traffic

Management Authority,

LASTMA, officials, who

Rights group flays re-introduction

of monthly environmental sanitation

By Innocent Anaba

LRights

AGOSHUMAN

and

Empowerment Project Ltd/

GTE, HREP, has advised

the Lagos State

Government not to

contemplate a monthly

environmental exercise that

will restriction the

movement of Nigerians, as

the Court of Appeal had

ruled that the state

government has no power

to restrict movement,

constitutionally guaranteed

under Section 41(1) of the

Constitution of the Federal

Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

HREP, in a statement by

its chairman, Mr. Ikenna

Okoli, and Mr Francis

Moneke, Executive

Director, yesterday, said:

“Our attention has been

drawn to the report making

the rounds in the media that

the newly inaugurated

administration of Governor

Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s

plans to reintroduce the

monthly environmental

sanitation exercise in Lagos

State.

“For the avoidance of

doubt, the abolition of the

monthly environmental

sanitation exercise

sometime in November

2016 by the immediate past

governor of the state,

Akinwunmi Ambode, was

not a mere policy

summersault, but was

informed by or premised on

the compelling order of the

Court of Appeal, Lagos

Division in its judgment in

the landmark case of

Okafor vs Lagos State

Government, which is now

fully reported in (2016)

LPELR-41066; [2017] 4

NWLR (Part 1556) 404.

“That case, which was

sponsored by HREP and

prosecuted from the High

Court of Lagos State up to

the Court of Appeal by

Ikenna Okoli, with a team

of other lawyers as counsel

for the appellant, has laid

to rest the issue of the

propriety of restricting the

movement of people for the

reason of environmental

sanitation.''

spoke to Vanguard admitted

being overwhelmed by the

influx of the trucks but said

they were trying to divert

their movement from Mile-

2 Bridge to Orile Truck

terminal.

Vanguard also gathered

Investigation’ll prevent air

crashes, says ex-AIB boss

L AGOSFORMER

Head of Accident

Investigation Bureau, AIB,

Angus Ozoka has said

investigation was critical to

the overall safety in flight

operations, as the industry

depends on the

recommendations made by

the agency to prevent future

accidents.

Ozoka, who hosted the

International Civil Aviation

Organisation, ICAO, team

that audited the Nigerian

aviation industry as pioneer

Commissioner/CEO of the

Bureau in 2007, noted that

accident investigation was

a painstaking work, which

procedure and processes

were not exposed to media

propaganda.

Ozoka was reacting to the

publications in the media,

titled: Air Peace Concealed

Major Aircraft Incidents

from Us – AIB, which was a

press release by the

Accident Investigation

Bureau to the world,

notifying the public that the

airline did not report an

incident to the Bureau but

only reported to the

Nigerian Civil Aviation

Authority, NCAA.

Ozoka, who noted that

such publication was

unprecedented, said: “After

carefully reading the article

and as a concerned

Nigerian, I have the

following observations and

comments on the matter.

"The damage assessment

by AIB did not reveal that

an accident or serious

incident occurred as hard

landing does not equate to

an accident or serious

incident.

“According to AIB, the

nature of the damage

suggests a high probability

of an accident but it is

difficult to see how such a

that a contractor, engaged

by the Presidential Task

team had, weekend, began

repair works on the bad

portions of the road at Trinity

area, in bound Mile-2

along

Oshodi

Expressway.

conclusion can be reached

when a thorough

investigation was not

carried out.

‘’Accident investigation is

a pain-staking research

work, which follows a

whole process involving the

gathering and analysis of

information, the drawing of

conclusions after

determination of cause(s),

and making safety

recommendations.’’

Ozoka, who was also

former Rector of the

Nigerian College of

Aviation Technology, NCAT,

Zaria, equally noted that

after the incident, the

operating aircraft (B737-300

with registration 5N-BUK)

was grounded, awaiting

hard landing inspection.

“The aircraft was not put

back into operation and it

is not operating at the

moment and so, it is difficult

to see what wrong Air

Peace has committed.

“If, according to the

airline, a Mandatory

Occurrence Report, MOR,

was filed with the

Nigerian Civil Aviation

Authority in writing on

May 17, 2019 after a

notification was made on

May 16, 2019 i.e. within

two days of the incidents;

the NCAA should confirm

whether this assertion is

true, and if so confirmed,

Air Peace has done no

wrong.”

On the reference made by

AIB in its statement over an

earlier incident involving

an airline's aircraft , he said:

“With regard to Air Peace

B737-300 with registration

5N-BUO, a malfunctioning

Cockpit Voice Recorder

(CVR) does not equate to

an accident or serious

incident and does not

‘make’ an accident."


VANGUARD, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019 11

THANKSGIVING FOR AJIMOBI: From left; Basorun Kola-Daisi,former Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi;

his wife, Florence, Chief Pius Akinyelure and Prof. Akinkugbe during a thanksgiving and prayer assembly held

in his honour by the Basorun of Ibadanland, Chief Kola Daisi at Ibadan Civic Centre, Idi Ape, Ibadan, yesterday.

ARREST OF PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS:

Address brutality by Police, YCE tells IG

By Rotimi Ojomoyela

A DO-EKITITHE

Yoruba Council of

Elders, YCE, yesterday,

asked the Inspector

General of Police, Mr.

Mohammed Adamu to

find a way of combating

brutality by policemen in

the country.

The Yoruba elders said

the Nigeria Police must

be tutored to work in

tandem with global

convention of policing,

respect the dignity of

every citizen by

refraining from actions

that could either

dehumanise or demean

humanity by their

actions.

In a statement in Ado

Ekiti by its Secretary

General, Dr. Kunle

Olajide, the body

condemned the police

over the attack on some

KAIZER

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Dorathy Diepreye Kaizer now

wish to be known and addressed

as Mrs Dorathy Diepreye

Amorighoye. All former

document remain valid.General

public please take note.

ENOTOR

I, formerly known as Miss Ruth

Oghowhen Enotor, now wish

to be known and addressed as

Mrs Ruth Oghowhen Adesua.

All former document remain

valid. National Lottery

Regulatory Commission. UBA

and GTB.bank and General

public please take note

OJOYE

I, formerly known as Mrs.

Ojoye Adesola Oluwatoyin,

now wish to be known as Miss

Asenuga Adesola Oluwatoyin.

Former documents remain

valid. Ogun State Teaching

Service Commission and public

note.

pro-democracy

champions in Oyo and

Ogun States on June 12.

Olajide described the

action of the police as

undemocratic and abuse

of power for the police to

unleash such maximum

force on peaceful rallies

during the June 12

celebration.

Some policemen had,

last week, disrupted rallies

tagged O To Ge (It must

stop) in Oyo and Ogun

states.

Olajide said: “The

policemen did not only

disrupt the rallies in those

s t a t e s ,

they brutally harassed, detained

and inflicted injuries on

some of the protesters.

“One of the leaders of

the rallies in Ogun, Dr.

Tunde Amusat and Mrs.

Oyeronke Akinlolu, whose

husband was brutality

killed by kidnappers at

Iwaraja after collecting N8

million ransom, were

picked up and

detained for several

hours.

“Democracy allows

multiplicity of opinions,

but police as an institution

should not have botched a

peaceful protest meant to

commemorate June 12

celebration.

“Are these policemen

doing all these on their

own or taking orders from

somewhere?

“It was rather sad that

this was happening at a

time when President

Muhammadu Buhari is

embracing and romancing

democracy. So, the IGP

needs to rein in his men.”

The YCE scribe noted

that police preoccupation

in the Southwest must be

how to curb the menace

of kidnappings and

killings being caused by

suspected marauding

herders.

He said: “The level of

insecurity in the South

West is becoming

frightening and

worrisome by the day."

“The IGP must beef up

security and work with

the governors, traditional

rulers and local hunters

to checkmate these

bandits.”

FATHER’S DAY: Atiku pays

tribute to soldiers on battlefront

AVice BUJAFORMER

President of

Nigeria and Presidential

candidate of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, in

the 2019 presidential

election, Alhaji Atiku

Abubakar has commended

soldiers, who are fathers,

fighting terrorists, bandits,

kidnappers and other

threats to the country.

In a statement

commemorating the

Fathers’ Day, Atiku said he

wished every father in

Nigeria and beyond, a

happy Father’s Day.

The statement reads:

“Even in death, he also

wishes a happy Father’s

Day to our founding

fathers including, Sir

Ahmadu Bello, Chief

Obafemi Awolowo and

Sir Nnamdi Azikiwe.

May the labours of these

our heroes past remind

us that this nation was

built on a quartet of unity

and faith, Peace and

Progress, founded on

justice.”

The former Vice President

prayed that the labours and

the labours of all fathers in

Nigeria never be in vain

and “may God’s blessings

be on the nation and the

children they birthed. May

extreme poverty depart our

land and in the words of the

late great Chief MKO

Abiola, may we soon bid

farewell to poverty as a

nation.”

Urging Nigerians to take

a minute to acknowledge

those fathers, “who have

left their wives, children

and loved ones, to take up

residency in bushes,

highways and byways in

order to fight terrorists,

bandits, kidnappers and

other threats to our nation;

he greets every father in

our armed forces, police

and paramilitary forces.”

He also admonished

Nigerians “to remember

that the greatest gift we

can give our children is

to believe in themselves.

And so, today, he is

asking you to believe in

Nigeria, to believe in

yourselves and to believe

in your children. And

finally, to believe that our

Founding Father’s vision

for Nigeria would come to

pass by God’s grace,

through our hard work.”

NURTW warns members

against violence

By Evelyn Usman

L

A G O S

CHAIRMAN of

the National Union of Road

T r a n s p o r t

Workers, NURTW, in

Lagos, Alhaji Tajudeen

Agbede, weekend, warned

members of the union to

shun acts that were inimical

to the peace of the state,

warning to deal with any

defiant members.

He handed down the

warning at an emergency

state council meeting,

where he briefed members

on the outcome of the

harmonisation of elective

positions for the coming

OSUN GUBER POLL: Hearing

begins at Supreme Court today

O Supreme SOGBOTHE

Court will

today commence hearing

in the appeal filed by

Senator Ademola Adeleke

of the Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, challenging the

declaration of Gboyega

Oyetola of the All

Progressives Congress,

APC, as governor of Osun

State by the Independent

National Electoral

Commission, INEC, in the

September 22, 2018

governorship election.

The election petition

tribunal had in a split

decision upturned the

INEC declaration and

pronounced Adeleke as the

winner of the election.

The matter approached

the Supreme Court after the

Court of Appeal on May 9

upturned the verdict of the

Osun State Election

Petitions Tribunal, which

declared Senator Adeleke

winner of the governorship

election.

The appellate court held

that the irregular

composition of the lower

tribunal, where the judge

who delivered the majority

judgment, Justice Peter

Obiorah, was absent in the

proceedings of the lower

court, affected the right of

the appellant to fair hearing.

Both Adeleke and the

PDP are asking the apex

court to set aside the

decision of the Court of

Appeal in favour of Oyetola

of the APC.

Adeleke and the PDP are,

therefore, seeking a

declaration that they won

the election by a wider

margin than what was

found by the lower tribunal

in view of what they called

the substantial non

compliance with the

Electoral Act 2010 as

amended.

You have legitimacy on your side,

Ajimobi tells sacked LG chairmen

I BADANFORMER

governor of Oyo State,

Senator Abiola Ajimobi has

assured the sacked Council

bosses in the 33 Local

Government Areas and

35 local council

development areas that

they have legitimacy on

their side as due process

was followed in the exercise

that ushered them into

office.

Governor Seyi Makinde

had, upon his inauguration,

sacked all the chairmen of

all the local governments

faulting the processes that

brought them to office.

Apparently assuring the

council bosses that the

process that brought them

to power followed all

known legal tenets, Ajimobi

said, although some may

think he is not doing

National Delegate

Conference of the union

slated for August.

He stressed the need for

members to desist from any

act of violence and criminal

activities within and outside

garages in the state.

He said: “I will implore

all our branch officers to

always liase with Area

Commanders, Divisional

Police Officers DPO and

men of the Department

of State Security, DSS in

their areas to maintain

peace and order. You

should always make sure

you report any case of

violence or disturbance to

the concerned

authority, promptly.”

anything about the case in

hand, he said he is doing

whatever it is in silence,

saying silence is golden.

The former governor

spoke, on Sunday, at

Ibadan Civic Centre, Idi

Ape, Ibadan, venue of a

thanksgiving and prayer

assembly held in his honour

by the Basorun of

Ibadanland, Chief Kola

Daisi.

Ajimobi said: “Many of

you are saying I am not

saying or doing anything

about what is going on. I

am doing something about

it. There are times that

silence is golden and this

time that we are, I think it

is better to be silent.

“But I pray that God will

make you victorious. And

you are on the right track.

The law is on your side.”

20 years of our democracy,

nothing to celebrate Onitiri

By Innocent Anaba

Lbased

AGOSLAGOS-

politician,

Chief Adesunbo Onitiri,

has scored Nigeria’s 20

years of democratic rule low

because of what he called

poor performance of our

past and present leaders.

In a statement in

Lagos, yesterday, Onitiri

who procured the

historic judgment for the

June,1993 presidential

election to hold, said: “It

is a pity that despite 20

years of our

uninterrupted

democracy, we have

nothing to celebrate. Our

leaders have not lived to

expectation. Nigerians are

even worse off. Our people

are yet to enjoy dividends

of democracy.

“Our infrastructures are

getting worse. The

infrastructures that are

taken for granted in other

developed clime such as

good roads, uninterrupted

electricity, potable water for

drinking et cetera, are yet

to be at the reach of our

people. Nigerians are more

divided than ever before."


12Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019

My sister's death has

caused me eternal pain

Dokubo

COORDINATOR of

Presidential Amnesty

Programme, Prof. Charles

Dokubo, weekend, said the

recent death of his elder

sister, Madam Amaro

Dokubo, has caused him

eternal pain.

Describing his late sister

as a mother and friend,

Dokubo lamented,

weekend, at the funeral

ceremony in Abonnema,

Akuku-Toru Local

Government Area of Rivers

State, that until her death,

she stood by him through

thick and thin.

“Sister Ama, I know you

are at peace where you are

and there is no need for

tears. I know how much

tears I shed on the day of

your death when I received

the phone call that you had

passed on.

"As I stood motionless in

my office, consumed by

grief, the tears kept rolling,

giving me a feeling of

emptiness of heart. I

realised that a pain has

come that will never go

away and I must know that

you have gone forever,”

Dokubo said in a tribute

before she was interred.

Recalling her care and

love for her siblings and

family members, he said:

“For me, your younger

brother, you always shared

in my joys, sorrows,

laughter, tears and

successes; an inspiration

from my tender age to my

adulthood, up to the time

you departed. You are gone,

but there is a place deep

down in my heart where

God has placed a love for

you. My beloved sister, you

will remain there forever.”

Dokubo said he

considered himself lucky to

have had a loving, caring

and supportive sister like

Madam Amaro, adding: “I

will miss our little talks, our

uncommon jokes, your

comforting and reassuring

voice; your inspirational

words of wisdom, guidance

and advice.”

Until her death on April

11, in Abuja at the age of

73, Madam Amaro

presided over a flourishing

business empire with

diverse interests and was

also a contractor to local

and multinational firms as

well as MDAs in Rivers

State.

She was also a respected

community and religious

leader.

Don’t panic over movement

of soldiers, Army tell

Bayelsa, Rivers residents

By Samuel

Oyadongha

YENAGOA

THE

headquarters of 6th

Brigade of the Nigerian

Army has urged residents

of Bayelsa and Rivers states

not to panic over movement

of troops and gunshots as

all units under its

command, weekend,

commenced its annual one

month range exercise.

The exercise, which

involved the use of live

ammunitions, according to

spokesman of the brigade,

Major Jonah Danjuma,

started on June 15, at the

Elele Barracks Shooting

Range in Rivers State and

is expected to end July 14.

Danjuma in a statement

in Yenagoa, said there

would be massive

movement of troops and

equipment to the range

area during the exercise.

He said: “The good

people of Bayelsa State and

Elele in Ikwerre Local

Government Area of Rivers

State are advised not to

panic on sighting troops’

movement and hearing of

gunshots.

“Additional, residents

particularly farmers around

the range area are advised

to stay away from the

range area during the

period of the exercise.”

Wike restates commitment to

improved health care delivery

in Rivers

By Davies

Iheamnachor

PORT HARCOURT

Governor Nyesom Wike

of Rivers State has restated

his promise to provide

quality health care service

delivery system to address

the health challenges

facing people of the state.

The governor stated this

while flagging off the first

round of maternal, new

born and child health week

at Ogu town, Ogu/Bolo

Local Government Area of

the state, weekend.

Wike, represented by the

Permanent Secretary,

Ministry of Health, Dr.

Caroline Wali, said efforts

were being made to

complete the ongoing

mother and child hospital,

noting that the hospital,

when completed, will take

care of health challenges

facing pregnant mothers

and newborn babies as well

as men in the state.

He charged pregnant

mothers and care-givers on

the importance of accessing

all interventions the

government had provided

in various public hospitals

as well as some designated

private hospitals within the

period of the programme.

BURIAL: Prof. Charles Dokubo, Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (left), greeting the

clerics during the burial of her elder sister, late Madam Amaro Dokubo, in Port Harcourt, weekend.

DACCIMA laments withdrawal of 30%

incentive in Eastern, Delta ports

By Festus Ahon

A SABAPRESIDENT

of Delta State

Chambers of Commerce,

Industry, Mines and

Agriculture, DACCIMA,

Chief Emmanuel Aworo,

has said the withdrawal of

30 percent incentive after

the concessioning of the

Eastern and Delta Ports

discouraged shippers from

using the ports.

He said the problem has

made shippers to flood

Lagos ports, which is

responsible for the

congestion in the Lagos

ports and high cost of

goods going to the East and

South-South.

Avworo, however,

commended the

management of Nigerian

Ports Authority, NPA, for the

10 percent reduction in

habour dues on vessels

using the Eastern and

Delta ports.

According to him, such

incentive was needed to

boost the utilisation of the

Eastern and Delta ports,

urging NPA to revert to the

reduction of 30 percent,

adding that the downturn

of Delta ports does not only

affect the economy of Delta

State, but also the nation at

large.

He called on Nigeria

Maritime Administration

and Safety Agency,

NIMASA, to follow the

footsteps of NPA, by

slashing some of its charges

as incentives to users of

Eastern and Delta ports to

boost economic activities in

South-South states.

He congratulated

President Muhammadu

Buhari and Governor

Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta

State on their successful

inaugurations.

Privatisation of power sector was

doomed to fail Ex-NERC chairman

By Perez Brisibe

FIVE years after the

privatisation of Nigeria

power sector, a former

chairman of Nigeria

Electricity Regulation

Commission, NERC, Dr.

Sam Amadi, has said the

privatisation of the

country’s power sector was

“designed to fail.”

Amadi also lamented that

of all the preferred bidders

in the privatisation process,

“only one (or none) had the

requisite financial and

technical competence to

effectively manage the

network.”

The former NERC

chairman in a series of

tweets on his twitter handle,

@SamAmadi, weekend,

described as falsehood,

claims that the removal of

collection losses caused the

lingering failure in the

power sector.

He said: “When NERC

conducted Fit and Proper

test on all the preferred

bidders, only one or none

had the requisite financial

and technical competence

to effectively manage the

network.

“The power sector was

designed to fail. We failed

to corporatise and

commercialise before

privatising. We privatise

senselessly without paying

attention to context and

corporate governance and

regulatory regime. We sold

to investors who lacked

capacity.”

Shedding light on the

problems bedevilling the

power sector, he said: “The

problem of the sector is not

mainly tariff. Cost reflective

is important but excessive

tariff hike is problematic

because it cannot be

collected and in a country

with poor supply, the

propensity to pay is low.

“We had conducted three

tariff hikes before

December 2015. Did any of

these hikes resulting in any

significant improvement in

revenue or service quality?

No. Why because the

problem of the sector is not

mainly tariff.”

CBN applauds Ayade’s agric revolution, as gov flags

off wet season rice farming

THE Central Bank of

Nigeria, CBN,

Governor, Mr. Godwin

Emefiele, has applauded

Governor Ben Ayade’s

agricultural revolution

programme, which he

noted had made Cross

River State a force to be

reckoned with.

Emefiele made the

recommendation during

the flag off of the 2019

wet season rice farming

programme in Calabar,

Cross River State.

Speaking at the Ayade

Industrial Park, venue of

the flag-off, the CBN

governor, who was

represented by Calabar

Branch Controller,

Chuks Sokari, said: “The

resoluteness to

agriculture by Governor

Ayade has created

hallmarks, which the

entire world recognises.

“The seriousness

demonstrated by the

governor in the renewed

zeal to project and

promote agriculture has

made Cross River a

leading state in the

comity of states in the

nation.”

Responding, Ayade

urged Cross Riverians to

go into aggressive

farming, insisting that

the only way to

industrialise the state

was to do a balance

between green and white

collar jobs, which would

lead to agro industrial

revolution.

Praising the

agricultural initiative of

President Muhammadu

Buhari and the Governor

of CBN, Emefiele, for

making available N10.8

billion for the state,

Ayade assured that Cross

River remains ready to

partner the Federal

Government in order to

drive a digital rice

planting system.

He said: “Any man or

woman with only one

source of money as income

has already prepared his or

her roadmap to failure as

you cannot blame your star

or God.

"If everyone of us here

owns a farm, Cross River

will not need to depend on

federal allocation and that

is what I want to do before

I leave office, to see the

state does not depending

on Federal Government.”


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 201913

We‘ll bring an end to banditry,

insecurity in Zamfara SSG

By Nasir

Muhammad

GUSAUSECRETARY to the

Government of Zamfara

State, SSG, Alhaji Bala Maru, has

reiterated the state government's

determination to bring an end to

banditry and insecurity

bedevilling the state.

He said he was optimistic that

with plan of action and other

strategies put in place, the issue

of banditry cattle rustling,

kidnapping and other forms of

crime would soon come to an end

in the state.

Fielding questions from

Journalists in Gusau, the SSG

said the state government was

making necessary moves to

ensure that security was restored

so that residents can go to sleep

with their two eyes closed.

Alhaji Maru, said as part of

strategies in the fight against

banditry, the state governor, Dr.

Bello Matawalle has engaged in

consultations with President

Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja,

the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

and the Inspector General of

Police, Mohammed Adamu all in

an effort to secure support for the

fight against insecurity in the

state.

“In fact, few days to our

inauguration, the governor did all

in his capacity without sleeping,

met with all relevant stakeholders,

traditional rulers and the security

agents to give advice on the best

way to facilitate the return of

peace to Zamfara.”

Maru added that, the state

government had also succeeded

in gathering all the leaders of

Miyatti Allah and cattle breeders

and had met with them in finding

lasting solutions to insecurity in

the state.

FG loans N11bn to auto firms to

boost local vehicle production

By Victoria

Ojeme

ABUJATHE

Federal

Government through the

National Automotive Design and

Development Council, NADDC,

is boosting local car

manufacturing with an N11 billion

loan to 36 auto companies in the

country.

Director-General, NADDC,

Jelani Aliyu made the disclosure

in Abuja during a meeting with

the governor of Katsina State, Alh

Aminu Masari, yesterday.

The meeting discussed a

proposal for the setting up of an

integrated automobile mechanic

and motor spare parts village in

Katsina State.

The disbursement of the N11bn

to auto firms is part of moves to

boost local production of vehicles

and support the auto policy of the

Federal Government.

The automotive policy,

launched in 2014 contains a

number of policy measures needed to

revitalise the industry for job creation,

local value addition, and technology

acquisition.

At the meeting, Aliyu told the governor

that of the N11bn loan, 20 companies

had repaid their loan of N7.75bn in full

He explained that the cumulative

amount so far repaid from the loan was

about N10.04bn.

He pointed out that NADDC was

constructing three automotive service

hubs as part of strategies to ensure the

successful implementation of the

country's auto policy.

The NADDC boss said that the

proposed establishment of the mechanic

village in Katsina State was in line with

the automotive policy to empower

Nigerians and boost local contents in

NUC Executive Secretary calls on FGN

to improve funding of research, devt

By Abdulmumin

Murtala

KANOThe Federal Government

has been advised to improve

funding of research and development as

the fastest way of getting Nigeria on the

path of knowledge economy.

The call was made by the Executive

Secretary of Nigerian Universities

Commission NUC, Prof Abubakar

Adamu Rasheed, while delivering a preconvocation

lecture at the 35th

Convocation of Bayero University Kano,

BUK, weekend.

He explained that excellence and

success were not determined through

the availability of natural resources but

ways new ideas are developed and

recombined into one new product or

service

Prof Rasheed also said that economic

progress belongs to societies that invest

heavily in the production of knowledge

through deep and well coordinated

research and development activities.

He called on the Federal Government

to prioritise research funding to drive

national economic development and

growth.

“This is the fastest way of getting

Nigeria on the path of knowledge

economy. In the global knowledge jointly

in which we live today, excellence and

success are defined not in terms of the

natural resources one possesses, but in

the ways one develops new ideas and

how one recombines them into a brand

new product or service."

VISIT: From LeftGovernor, Kano State, Dr Abdullahi

Ganduje, and Capt Hamisu

Yadudu, Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) during

the courtesy visit to the Governor by Management of Federal Airports Authority

of Nigeria, FAAN.

Guber election: Kogi East elders reject

Wada, Idris, prunes aspirants to six

By Boluwaji

Obahopo

LOKOJAKOGI

East

Elders Council, KEEC, has

pruned the number of aspirants

from the zone for the November

16 governorship election in the

state from 40 to six.

The Elders council, which

made this known after

publishing the result of their

screening of the aspirants

weekend, said their decision

was in a bid to reduce acrimony

and brighten the chances of one

of their own to win the Kogi

governorship seat.

According to the result of the

screening signed by nineteen

selected leaders from Kogi East,

one aspirant each was chosen

to contest on the platform of

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,

and All Progressives Congress,

APC, tickets in each of the three

federal constituencies of the

senatorial district.

Prince Mohammed Audu, son

of a former governor of the state,

late Prince Abubakar Audu, was

endorsed for the APC ticket in

Idah Federal constituency; Prof.

Seidu Ogah (Ankpa) and

former Chief of Naval Staff,

Admiral Jibrin Usman for

Dekina/Bassa.

For the PDP, the elders

anointed former President,

Nigeria Medical Association,

NMA, Dr. Idris Omede

(Dekina/Bassa), Dr. Joseph

Ameh (Ankpa) and Elder Ubolo

Okpanachi (Idah).

With this development,

immediate Governor Idris Wada

and son of former Governor

Ibrahim Idris, Abubakar Idris

were dropped. The screening

committee, headed by former

deputy governor of old Benue

State, Sule Iyaji, has

representatives from each of the

nine local governments in Kogi

East, women groups, Ukomu

Igala, Igala Cultural

Development Association, ICD,

Ojuju Agbadufu and two

representatives each from both

PDP and APC.

However, reaction has trailed

the Elders’ resolution, with son

of former Governor Ibrahim

Idris, Abubakar Idris, rejecting

the elders council decisions.

But a socio -cultural group, Igala

Vanguard, called on the aspirants

to embrace the decision of KEEC

in the interest of the state.

Spokesman of Igala Vanguard,

Engr. Akpa Lawrence, passed a

vote of confidence on the decision

of KEEC to trim down the large

number of governorship

aspirants.

Al-Makura made me gov of Nasarawa

State Gov Sule

By David Odama

LAFIANASARAWA State

governor, Abdullahi Sule,

said weekend that his dream of

becoming governor was made

possible by his predecessor,

Umaru Al-Makura.

The governor also reaffirmed

his resolve to follow the foot steps

of development provided by his

mentor and to leave the state

better than he met it.

Governor Sule stated this at the

reception organised in honour of

the immediate past governor,

Tanko Al-Makura, by Karu Local

Government Area of the State, in

collaboration with the indigenes

of the area.

Sule, while applauding

Senator Al-Makura for his efforts

in seeking support for the present

administration, urged all the

National Assembly members

from the state to support his

administration by attracting

federal presence to the state.

He disclosed that in order to

open up the state for effective

development, work had

commenced on roads

construction, especially greater

Karu, because of its proximity to

the Federal Capital Territory, FCT,

adding that without peace and

security, no achievement can be

recorded.

On the delay in the constitution

of his cabinet, Governor Sule said

everything would be done at the

right time.

He also expressed optimism

that his government would

succeed, if the support received

by last administration was

extended to his government from

within and outside the state.

PPA berates UN over alleged antimulti-party

propaganda

By Chris Ochayi

ABUJATHE Progressive

Peoples Alliance, PPA,

yesterday, condemned the position of the

United Nations, UN, that the multi-party

democracy being practiced in Nigeria

poses a serious challenge as it hinders

the electorate from making informed

decisions.

The party noted that contrary to

position canvassed by the UN, registered

political parties in Nigeria have afforded

over 200 million Nigerian citizens, the

opportunity to be part of electoral

processes.

PPA through its National Chairman,

Peter Ameh, in a statement in Abuja,

said the position of the UN was not only

treacherous but threat to the peace

which the United Nations was formed to

uphold.

Ameh said, “The position of the UN,

encouraging autocracy in Africa, as

stated by the UN’s Special

Representative of the Secretary General

and Head of the United Nations Office

for West Africa, Mohammed Chambas,

is not only treacherous but threatens

the very peace which the UN was formed

to uphold.

“It is indeed of great concern to hear

Mohammed Chambas of the UN,

express such views as he did, during a

courtesy call on the Independent

National Electoral Commission, INEC,

Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, in

Abuja, on behalf of the UN in this 21st

century when democracy and world

peace is under threat in most African

countries as a result of dictatorships and

perceived centralisation of governments

as currently witnessed in Nigeria."


14 VANGUARD, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019

MAPs seek $1bn from CBN, BOI,

others to close metering gap

By Udeme Akpan

THE Meters Asset

Providers, MAPs,

have appealed to the

Central Bank of Nigeria,

CBN, Bank of Industry,

BOI, and other

development banks to

provide funds, targeted

at enabling them close

4.5 million metering gap

in Nigeria.

The companies believe

that CBN, BOI and other

financial institutions

have the capacity to

provide the funds

required for the

programme, expected to

enable the Electricity

Distribution Companies,

DISCOs, to deliver

power to many customers

nationwide, adding that

the rollout of the meters

would positively affect

many individuals,

households and

companies, and by

extension the entire

economy.

In an exclusive

telephone interview with

Vanguard, weekend, the

president, Electric

Meters Manufacturers

Association of Nigeria,

EMMAN, who is also

the Managing Director/

Chief Executive Officer,

Mojec International

Limited, Ms. Chantelle

Abdul, said: “MOJEC

and other companies have

made or are making

arrangements to finance

the provision of meters.

However, it will be better

for CBN, BOI and others

to provide funds,

especially as the cost of

electricity meters is still

regulated in Nigeria,

meaning that we are not allowed

to charge commercial

rates.”

Abdul, whose company is

expected to provide 75 per

cent of the meters, said:

“Consequently, we need

banks, especially CBN

and BOI to provide the

funds at very reasonable

interest rates. This is very

important because

although a few banks

may be willing to finance

activities in the sector,

the funds come at high

interest rates.”

Meanwhile, investigation

showed that Abuja

Electricity Distribution

Company, AEDC, has

started the rollout of prepaid

meters to consumers.

This, it was gathered,

became possible as a result

of an alliance with Mojec,

AEDC and the partner

banks.

Further investigation

showed that some DISCOs,

including Eko DISCO,

have already completed

the signing of agreements

with many meter

companies and are ready

to roll out the meters.

ACCESS BANK POLO TOURNAMENT: (3rd from left); Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State; Executive

Director, Retail Banking Division, Access Bank Plc., Victor Etuokwu; Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi

Sirika; and Non-Executive Director, Access Bank Plc., Abba Mamman Habib presenting the Access Bank Cup to

the winners, Rubicon team at the 2019 Access Bank Unicef Charity Shield Polo Tournament in Kaduna.

INEC proposes constitutional amendment

to limit number of ‘commercial' parties

By Omeiza Ajayi

A Independent

BUJATHE

National Electoral

Commission, INEC, has

lamented what it described

as the growing number of

‘commercial’ platforms

masquerading as political

parties, saying it would be

proposing alterations to

constitutional provisions

regarding registration and

de-registration of political

parties in the country as

EU report confirms Presidential election was

rigged PDP

By Dirisu Yakubu

A leadership BUJATHE

of the

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, yesterday, said the

revelation of alleged

electoral manipulations in

the European Union, EU,

report had vindicated the

party and millions of

Nigerians, that the

February 23 Presidential

election was rigged to

favour President

Muhammadu Buhari and

the All Progressives

Congress, APC.

The party in a statement

by its spokesman, Kola

Ologbondiyan, noted that

the revelations of

manipulations as detailed in

the EU report, “Validates

queries by majority of

Nigerians that President

Buhari was not validly

returned for a second term

in office.”

The statement read: “The

world can now see that the

PDP has not been crying

wolf by insisting that the

election was outrightly

rigged with the cancellation

of millions of PDP votes,

alteration of results and

allocation of fictitious votes

to the APC.

“Nigerians are still in

shock over the revelations by

EU of how about 2.8 million

votes were deliberately

‘cancelled without sufficient

accountability’ and how

several returning officers

gave no reason for the

cancellations.

“More shocking is the

iniquity committed at the

national collation centre,

headed by the Independent

National Electoral

Commission, INEC

chairman, where the EU

report exposed inconsistent

numbers, distortions and “a

large discrepancy of ‘1.66

million more registered

voters, as announced by

INEC on 14 January,

compared to those

announced by state

returning officers during the

collation of presidential

results.’

“Nigerians witnessed, on

national television, how

professors and returning

officers were unable to

reconcile result figures due

to heavy manipulations

upon which INEC declared

the APC winner.

“The EU report has further

exposed “the iniquity

committed by the Yakubuled

INEC by listing how

ballot boxes were

compromised.''

well as timelines for filing

some pre-election cases.

This came as the electoral

umpire announced the

registration of Nigeria’s

93rd political party, Boot

Party, through the

instrumentality of the court

having initially declined to

register the political

association.

The commission

described most of the

political platforms as

“commercial platforms for

hire” in apparent reference

to the manner in which

tens of political parties

usually pledged their

allegiances to either of

Nigeria’s two major

political parties, the All

Progressives Congress

APC and the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP.

INEC National

Commissioner in charge of

Information and Voter

Education, Mr. Festus

Okoye, spoke weekend in

Makurdi, Benue State,

during the state-level

review of the 2019 general

election.

He said; “Nigerians must

engage in root and branch

review of the number of

registered parties in

Nigeria. The present

framework for the

Army appoints Gen Ezugwu

DICON boss

By Kingsley Omonobi

ABUJAA

new

Director General has

been appointed for the

Defence Industries

Corporation, DICON. He

is Major General Victor

Ezugwu.

Until his appointment,

Major General Ezugwu was

the Managing Director of

Nigerian Army Vehicle

Manufacturing Assembly in

Kaduna.

Speaking during the

handing and taking over

ceremony, the new Director

General, DICON, lauded

the outgoing DG, Major

General Bamidele

Ogunkale for laying solid

foundation in his deliberate

efforts to reposition the

registration of political parties

is inadequate to guarantee

the registration of

qualitative, membership

driven and ideologically

propelled political parties.

Some of the political parties

are mere platforms and

have no concrete and

visible presence in most

states of the federation.

“The presence of too

many political parties on

our ballot papers has in

some instances confused

some of our compatriots

who are not well endowed

in literacy. It has bloated

the ballot papers and result

sheets and trucking them

to the polling units has

become a logistics

nightmare.

“The commission will

present alternatives to the

Nigerian people including

alteration of the

constitutional regime that

ties registration of political

parties to visible, verifiable

and concrete presence and

structures in at least half of

the states of the federation.

The commission will also

propose a rational and

democratic threshold for

getting on the ballot and

save the Nigerian

people the phenomena

of “also ran.’''

corporation to greater

height which, according to

him, was already yielding

good dividend.

Ezugwu noted that the

‘CAMES’ background he

acquired in the last 30 years

would enable him deliver

on the mandate of taking

DICON to the next level.

He noted with a sense of

satisfaction that with the

array of achievements

recorded in the area of

improved small arms

production, excellent staff

accommodation,

implementable MoU’s with

local and foreign partners

would create the catalyst for

sustainable growth of

DICON.

Ezugwu said: “My tour of

duty in DICON will be

focusing majorly on local

contents.''


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 201915

Nigeria becoming a failed state Moghalu

By Chimaobi Nwaiwu

NNEWITHE presidential

candidate of Young

Progressives Party, YPP, in the last

presidential election, Professor

Kingsley Moghalu, has said with

the security situation in the

country, Nigeria was drifting into

the status of a failed state.

Moghalu also said he did not

go to the Presidential Election

Petition Tribunal to contest the

victory of President Muhammadu

Buhari because Peoples

By Chinonso Alozie

O WERRIGOVERNOR

Emeka Ihedioha of Imo

State has promised to make the

legislative arm of government in

the state to be independent as

well as perform its functions in

line with the 1999 Constitution.

Ihedioha stated this in Owerri,

during the inauguration of the 9th

Assembly, saying he would not

“muscle” the 27 lawmakers for

any personal reasons.

Represented by his deputy,

Gerald Irona, the governor said:

“I will not muscle the 9th House

of Assembly, but will allow it to

perform its functions as enshrined

By Chidi Nkwopara

OWERRITHE Central

Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has

said the recent bailout funds were

not mere freebies but guaranteed

structured loans to states.

The CBN Director of Corporate

Communications, Mr. Isaac

Okoroafor, disclosed this,

weekend, at a one-day interactive

enlightenment session with

stakeholders on measures by

CBN to ensure stability in the

financial system and economy in

Democratic Party, PDP, had gone

to the tribunal to contest the

victory.

Speaking to newsmen after

attending the launching of a book

written by the Bishop on the

Niger, Rt. Rev. Owen Nwokolo,

entitled “The Lord’s Prayer, Psalm

23 and The Beatitudes,” at Awada

in Idemili North Local

Government Area, Anambra

State, Moghalu urged the APCled

Federal Government of

President Buhari to sit up on

security, economy and providing

Owerri.

“The structuring of the bailout

funds was done as a loan to the

states, so it is a long-term loan to

the states and they are

guaranteed,” Okorafor said.

Explaining the CBN’s intent in

doling out the funds, Okorafor

said: “It was done to create an

environment where workers who

could not be paid, received their

salaries and have the purchasing

power to go to the market and buy

their needs.

“With this, the producers of such

jobs for the teeming unemployed.

According to him, “Nigeria, as

a country, is drifting into the status

of a failed state. With the security

situation we have in the country,

if it is not corrected, the path to

the state failing is staring us in

the face.

“So there is an imperative on

the government to perform its

number one duty, which is to

secure the lives and properties of

the citizens of the country. Also,

the economic problems must be

tackled headlong; poverty is rife

Bailout funds're structured loansCBN

products can go back and

produce again, and that was one

of the reasons we were able to

pull out of recession.”

While adding that some states

used the bailout funds for other

issues, Okorafor said there was

little CBN could do about it.

On CBN’s intervention in the

textile industry, Okorafor said

management of the apex bank

was aware that if a part of the

value chain was fixed, others do

not need to be fixed, as the effects

would trickle down.

in this country and it is a shame

that Nigeria with all our human

and natural resources is judged

the poverty capital of the world.

“My advice to President Buhari

is to pick members of his cabinet

very carefully and competence

should be his priority, not

membership of party or close

associates.

“He is not going to run for any

election in Nigeria and should use

this last opportunity to write his

name in gold or bury it in dustbin

of history of non-performers.”

CHRISTOPHER UNIVERSITY: From left Registrar, Christopher University, Mr. Aloysius Udeoke; Head, Falana

& Falana Chambers, Chief Femi Falana(SAN) and Founder/Chancellor, Christopher University, Chief Christopher Ezeh, during

the university's 3rd matriculation/2nd public lecture in Mowe, Ogun State.

Ihedioha promises independent

legislature

the Otamiri Water Scheme, with life.

the aim of providing potable and Irona said: “I was discussing

quality drinking water for with the Permanent Secretary of

in the 1999 Constitution.

“I want to assure you that in

view of my legislative experience,

I will accord you all the rights and

privileges due you as members

of the 9th Assembly of Imo State

residents in the state.

He stressed that government

was also looking at the financial

implications of restoring the

abandoned water scheme, but

failed to mention the amount of

money which the moribund water

the Ministry of Public Utilities,

Mrs. Eleberi P.A., the General

Manager of Otamiri Water

Scheme, Mrs. Hope Anyiam,

and other senior management

staff of the water scheme. This

scheme is one that the state

House of Assembly.”

scheme could cost the government cannot afford to

Meanwhile, Irona had visited government to bring it back to allow to run down.”

Ikpeazu appoints transition c’ttee chairmen for LGs

By Anayo Okoli

U MUAHIAGovernor

Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia

State has appointed transition

committee chairmen and their

deputies for 17 Local Government

areas of the state, pending when

council elections would be held

to elect those to administer the

councils.

However, the list showed that

majority of them were reappointed,

having served the last

three months and were dissolved

after the general elections.

A statement by the Chief Press

Secretary to the Governor,

Onyebuchi Ememanka, named

the newly-appointed transition

chairmen to include: Mr. Charles

Esonu, Aba North; Dr. N. C.

Okoli, Aba South; Prince Dan

Kanu, Arochukwu; P. C.

Onyegbu, Bende; Chimezie

Okoronkwo, Isiala Ngwa North,

and Ike Anyatonwu, Isiala Ngwa.

Others are: Dan Orjinta Chima,

Ikwuano; Chima Agbaeze,

Suikwuato; Chidiebere

Ihenyirimadu, Obingwa; Mba

Ukaha, Ohafia; Victor Nwaogu,

Osisioma Ngwa, while Kelechi

Onyenze is chairman for

Umuahia North.

Also named were Engr.

Neighbor Onwukaike, Umuahia

South; Chima Umunneochi,

Umunneoch; O. C. Nwanmuo,

Ukwa East; Ephraim Nwaji,

Ukwa West and Chijioke Uruakpa

for Ugwunagbo.

Lobby for govt

appointments

intensifies

in Imo

By Chinonso Alozie

O

W E R R I

APPOINTMENT

seekers have intensified

lobbying for various positions

from the government of Imo

State.

Vanguard learned that

lobbyists besieged the office of

the Secretary to the State

Government, SSG, and that of

the Chief of Staff, weekend, to

make the list of commissioners.

Another source told

Vanguard the sudden rush by

the appointment seekers was

based on the speculation that

Governor Emeka Ihedioha was

ready to submit his list of

commissioners to the state

House of Assembly.

Speaking to Vanguard on

grounds of anonymity, a

source said: “I am not in a

hurry to be a commissioner.

What I believe is favour will

locate you wherever you are.

“Some of them are prepared

to pay huge sum just to get

attention as well as give a

position to their choice. I will

not do that. If Ihedioha sees

me as credible, let him appoint

me. If not, he should go to

those he feels are better.”

Enugu monarch

lauds Buhari,

Ugwuanyi on

good

governance

By Chinedu Adonu

E NUGUTRADITIONAL

ruler of Mmaku

autonomous community in

Awgu Local Government Area

of Enugu State, Cyprain

Nevobasi, has commended the

President Muhammadu

Buhari-led administration for

its commitment to delivering

good governance.

He urged the President to

always bear in mind that he is

the father of the entire nation,

while carrying out his duties.

He made the commendation

at Nsukka, when he paid a

condolence visit to the family

of Apostle Mike Ugwu, during

the funeral ceremony of his

wife, Grace, weekend.

The traditional ruler also

urged Buhari to continue to

spread his developmental

strides across all parts of the

country without discrimination,

adding that “my honest

view is that President Buhari

is doing well.”

He also commended

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of

Enugu State for restoring

peace and safety in the state,

urging him to continue his

good governance.


16Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019

PRESENTATION: From left Chairman, ICT Committee, Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business

Law, Basil Udotai; Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law, Dr. Adeoye Adefulu;

First Vice-Chairman, ICT Committee, Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law, Rotimi

Ogunyemi and Chief Transformation Officer, MTN Nigeria, Bayo Adekanmbi, during the MTN Nigeria

presentation at the NBA-SBL Members Forum in Lagos. Photo;Akeem Salau

NCC tasks subscribers on protection of

telecom infrastructure

By Emmanuel

Elebeke

ABUJATHE Nigerian

Communications

Commission, NCC, had

emphasised the need for

telecom subscribers to

secure telecommunication

infrastructure in their

domain to ensure quality of

services.

The Commission insisted

that it is only when teleccom

facilities are secured by

their host communities that

service providers can

guarantee high quality of

Stormwater channels construction'll solve

flooding problems in Asaba Oghenesivbe

By Elizabeth

Uwandu

ASABATHE ongoing

underground

stormwater channels along

DBS, Okpanam, Anwai,

DLA roads and its environ,

when completed in the near

future, shall permanently

solve the issue of flooding

and erosion in Asaba, Delta

State capital.

A chieftain of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, and

pioneer Executive Assistant

to the Governor of Delta

State on Communications,

in the first tenure, Dr Fred

Oghenesivbe made the

assertion while responding

to questions during a public

affairs phone-in live radio

programme in Warri, Delta

State, over the weekend.

He said Okowa

administration has taken

practical steps backed by

adequate funding to

urgently complete the

stormwater channels

projects, adding that when

completed floodwater shall

be conveyed through the

underground tunnels into

River Niger and Anwai

River such that it will leave

the city dry and motorable

without any risk on those

using the walkways.

service.

The Director, Zonal

Operation, NCC, Mrs

Amina Shehu made this

known on Thursday at a

sensitisation programme on

the protection of Telecom

infrastructure in Obajana

Kogi.

Represented by Mrs

Khadigah, the Principal

Manager, Zonal Operation

Department, Shehu said

that the workshop was a

platform to enlighten the

public and other

stakeholders on the need to

protect telecom

Oghenesivbe quoted

Governor Okowa as saying

that the contractors, Setraco

Nigeria, have been

adequately funded and

work is in progress round

the clock to ensure that the

stormwater tunnels are completed

speedily and without further

delay, not compromising in quality

and standard.

He noted that flooding

experienced this year in Asaba,

By Monsuru

Olowoopejo

LAGOSSPEAKER of

Lagos State House of

Assembly, Mudasiru

Obasa, has assured

residents that the

lawmakers will work closely

with the Governor, Babajide

Sanwo-Olu, to address the

state challenges.

Obasa's assurance was

sequel to the frosty

relationship experienced

between the lawmakers

and the executive under the

former governor,

Akinwunmi Ambode-led

administration which led to

the budget delay.

He gave the assurance at

infrastructure.

She said that the

workshop was also

intended to present a

platform for cooperation

between stakeholders in the

telecommunication

industry to reach an

understanding towards

putting into proper

perspective the concerns

most often expressed by the

public about telecom infrastructure.

"The programme is an

initiative of NCC aimed at

sensitising the stakeholders

as well as creating

could have created greater havoc

if not for the substantial volume

of floodwater conveyed into the

Anwai River, from various

channels partly completed in the

Anwai Road axis and its environ.

He said: "The pain and agony

caused by the flooding is highly

regrettable, but it must be stated

that the aspect of the stormwater

channels already completed

helped in no small measures in

transporting stormwater into

awareness about the

importance of telecom

infrastructure in our

domain. Telecom

infrastructure such as Base

Stations and other facilities

have been target of

vandalism, theft and

hostility from host

communities.

"It is therefore imperative for

the public to regard telecom

facilitate as "collectively owned

infrastructure that are crucial and

essential for the provision of

efficient and acceptable quality of

service and ought to be keenly

protected,’’ she added.

Anwai river, and in the process

substantially reduced the rate of

disaster to a reasonable

proportion.

"It is on record that Okowa's

administration is the first to take

practical steps backed with

adequate funding to tackle

flooding problems in the state

capital, with plans to extend such

infrastructure development to

other parts of the state where

flooding have been identified."

Obasa assures Lagos residents of

support for Sanwo-Olu

the 9th Assembly Inauguration

Reception organised

by Gbolahan Yishawu,

member representing Eti-

Osa Constituency II, which

was also attended by Senator

Oluremi Tinubu and others.

The speaker stressed that

the House would

collaborate with the

executive arm to ensure that

the government deliver on

its promises made before

the elections.

Obasa, who noted that

the House was to represent

people's interest, said that

the parliament would not

ignore the interests of the

constituents.

Also speaking, Tinubu,

urged the lawmakers to

ensure the interests of the

electorate were considered

during deliberations.

The lawmaker, who represents

Lagos Central

senatorial districts, appealed

to the lawmakers to establish and

strengthen medium of communication

between them and the

electorates, saying, just like how

Yushawu has done.

"Yishawu has really

represented us well. I represent

Lagos Central, he is the one who

represents me. I tell you that

when residents of Ikoyi-Obalende

have any issue and I call him, he

is always on top of it.

Saudi seeks oil supply protection

as US and Iran face off

SAUDI Arabia has called for swift action to secure Gulf

energy supplies and joined the United States in blaming

Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in a vital shipping route that

have raised fears of broader confrontation in the region.

Last week’s tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman exacerbated

the antagonistic fallout from similar blasts in May that crippled

four vessels. Washington, already embroiled in a standoff

with Iran over its nuclear program, has blamed Tehran and

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince also accused Iran last week. Iran

has denied any role in the strikes on the tankers south of the

Strait of Hormuz, a major transit route for oil from Saudi

Arabia, the world’s biggest crude exporter, and other Gulf producers.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said there must

be “a rapid and decisive response to the threat” to energy supplies,

market stability and consumer confidence, his ministry

said on Twitter. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,

in an interview with Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat,

blamed Iran and called on the international community to

take a “decisive stand” against the attacks. “The kingdom does

not want a war in the region but it will not hesitate to deal with

any threats to its people, its sovereignty, or its vital interests,” the

crown prince said.

Pope urges restraint in Gulf

after tanker attacks

Pope Francis has called for restraint and a lowering of

tensions in the Middle East yesterday following attacks

on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman that have raised fears

of a broader confrontation in the region. Francis, during a

visit to a city in central Italy that was severely damaged by a

string of earthquakes in 2016, said he was worried by the

ramifications of the attacks. “I invite everyone to use the instruments

of diplomacy to resolve the complex problems of

the conflicts in the Middle East,” he said. “I renew a heartfelt

appeal to the international community to make every possible

effort to favour dialogue and peace,” he said after saying

a Mass for several thousand people. Washington, already

embroiled in a standoff with Iran over its nuclear program,

has blamed Tehran for the attacks. Iran has denied any involvement.

During his one-day visit to Camerino, a university

city in Italy’s central Marche region, Francis wore a white

fire fighter’s helmet as he visited the cathedral, which was

severely damaged in the quake.

China prepares for long trade

fight with the US party journal

THE United States has underestimated the Chinese peo

ple’s will to fight a trade war and Beijing is prepared for

a long economic battle, an influential Chinese Communist

Party journal said yesterday.

China would not give way on major principles in its negotiations

with the United States on ending the dispute, the

commentary in the ideological journal Qiushi, or Seeking

Truth, said. The editorial represented “a further mobilization

of Chinese society” in the struggle against US trade pressure,

wrote Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the state-run Global Times

newspaper, in a tweet. “China will not be afraid of any threats

or pressure the United States is making that may escalate

economic and trade frictions. China has no choice, nor escape

route, and will just have to fight it out till the end,” the

commentary said. “No one, no force should underestimate

and belittle the steel will of the Chinese people and its strength

and tenacity to fight a war.” The United States kicked off a

tariff battle with China in 2018, seeking sweeping structural

changes from Beijing and alleging that the Chinese have

engaged in intellectual property theft over many years, which

China denies.

Boeing seeking to reduce scope,

duration of some physical tests for

new aircraft sources

BOEING Co engineers are reducing the scope and dura

tion of certain costly physical tests used to certify the planemaker’s

new aircraft, according to industry sources and regulatory

officials.

Several Boeing 777X aircraft are seen in various stages of

production during a media tour of the Boeing 777X at the Boeing

production facility in Everett, Washington, U.S., February

27, 2019. But the strategy could be at risk if regulators and U.S.

lawmakers probing two deadly Boeing plane crashes require

even more rigorous safety tests before certifying new aircraft as

passenger-worthy. As Boeing kicks off the year-long flight testing

process on its new 777X, its engineers will cut hours off

airborne testing by using computer models to simulate flight

conditions, and then present the results to the US.

All stories credited to Reuters


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18 Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019

THE loss of our Flying Eagles to

Senegal and the team’s subsequent

exit from the FIFA Under-20 World

Cup competition in Poland has continued

to elicit anger, melancholy and

disappointment from Nigerians.

The Nigerian team led by Coach Paul

Aigbogun was eliminated from the

tournament on Monday, June 3, 2019

after playing four matches in which it

won one, drew one, and lost two. who had been accused of gross incompetence

Our ever-hilarious football fans remain

by some of our retired foot-

the best judges of the performance

ball heroes, Segun Odegbami and Yisa

of any team after a match or tour-

Sofoluwe, in spite of his 1999 UEFA

nament. If their team puts up a good “A” licence.

fight and loses, Nigerians have a habit Odegbami, a former Green Eagles

of welcoming and consoling them captain and now foremost

with expressions of solidarity for giving

sportswriter and pundit, says of

a good account of themselves. Coach Aigbogun’s disastrous outing

Conversely, incompetent football in Poland: “Nigeria hires a coach with

teams have been tongue-lashed or paper qualifications, but without the

pelted with stones by fans. Such was experience and pedigree to handle a

the fate of the Flying Eagles that fateful

national team with a goal to win the

Monday.

World Cup at a level the country has

More of the anger and blame were never won before, and expects a miracle.”

directed at the coach, Paul Aigbogun,

Probe Flying Eagles disaster in Poland

Also, Sofoluwe picked holes in the

appointment of Aigbogun as the U-

20 national team coach, alleging it

was based more on favoritism than

competence. He indicted the Nigerian

Football Federation, NFF, for allegedly

imposing players on Aigbogun

and blamed the coach for his inability

to resist imposition.

The failure of Coach Aigbogun and

the U-20 national team can be viewed

as a microcosm of the larger

Nigerian situation where hardly any

progress is being made. For years,

the country has been wallowing in

clannishness, favouritism, incompetence

and corruption and yet expect

miracles to happen. Senegal, with a

population of 16 million (less than Lagos)

has no business dominating Nigeria

with our robust football culture

and global accomplishments.

Our age group football is simply not

working. Age cheating, appointment

of incompetent coaches, corruption

and nepotism have made it impossible

for Nigeria to win any title at the U-20

World Cup since we started

participating. Most players who

represent us at that level hardly go on

to make any reasonable mark in the

Super Eagles.

We call for a probe of the Poland

outing. We need to discover a better

way forward. Nigerians deserve better

representation at major tournaments,

and it can only be possible when

players are selected based on merit and

coached by competent technical crew.

This Flying Eagles squad should be

disbanded forthwith.

The rebound of truth

By Tayo Ogunbiyi

WHEN he wrote in Julius Caesar

that the evil that men do lives

after them, legendary writer, Williams

Shakespeare, was alluding to the fact

that evil deeds in history are often more

easily remembered than the good

ones.

A cursory dip into any history book

will confirm this. In Julius Caesar, one

of the purposes of Mark Antony's

speech is to mitigate any evils that

Caesar may have committed while

highlighting the good that he did.

It is often said that history is written

by victors. In the immediate aftermath

of Caesar's assassination, it was the

conspirators who were the victors. And

as such, they were keen to rewrite the

history of Caesar's rule to their advantage.

Mark Antony's speech was a subtle

attempt to stop them from doing this.

Not only was he absolutely determined

to ensure that Caesar's good name

would live on, he was also going to do

whatever he could to make sure that

the evil of the conspirators, their bloody

act of treachery, would not only be punished,

but never forgotten.

In the annals of our country’s

political history, June 12 remains a

watershed. That is the truth that some

do not want to hear. But then, truth

does not become truth because it is

validated by man. No matter the depth

of denials, truth remains what it is: The

truth.

The truth is that, no matter how hard

its antagonists try, for many reasons,

June 12 will continue to be a defining

moment in the annals of our nation’s

political history. It was the day that

Nigerians expressed a strong resolve

to chart a new course for their beloved

country.

It was the day that Nigerians

redefined and reshaped the nation’s

political scenery. Prior to that time, our

politics sharply reflected our palpable

religious and ethnic divides. But on

June 12, all that changed.

Chief M. K. O. Abiola, who was the

presidential candidate of the defunct

SDP, had more votes in the northern

part of the country than Alhaji Bashir

Tofa, his northern challenger from the

defunct NRC.

One other remarkable feature of the

June 12 election is the electorate’s disposition

to religious sentiments and

concerns. In 1993, the defunct SDP was

bold and daring in its conviction that

fielding a Muslim-Muslim ticket

(Abiola and Kingibe) would not

jeopardise its electoral success.

The party went ahead with its

conviction and recorded a resounding

success at the polls. But for the

annulment of the poll’s result, such

audacity could have effectively

checkmated religious contemplations

in our political scene.

Several calls for the immortalisation

of Chief M.K.O. Abiola, the acclaimed

OPINION

winner of the June 12 election, were

continually rebuffed. Same goes for

the calls to recognise June 12 as the

nation’s official Democracy Day.

Certain individuals who should have

stood by the truth and be counted as

defenders of the right of the people

simply decided to look the other way.

Some of them, for personal reasons

and out of sheer ego, embarked on a

futile mission to ‘kill’ the truth and

It is imperative for

political elite across the

country to always stand

by the truth and eschew

all forms of deceit,

especially in the way they

manage the affairs of the

country

advance the course of falsehood.

But like it is often said, truth is constant.

Though it can be suppressed

for quite a while, it cannot be

permanently obliterated. Truth has a

way of coming back. Over the ages,

ruthless men have variously tried to

repress the truth.

Some murdered those they thought

hold the key to the truth. Others

proscribed mediums they believed

could help in preserving the truth;

while others did everything they

could to silence the voices of truth.

But then, historically, conspiracies

against the truth have always failed

woefully.

Autocrats, tyrants and despots in

various parts of the world, and over

diverse ages, have tried very hard to

silence the promoters of the truth. In

some cases, scores of individuals who

were unrepentant custodians of truth

have been killed, maimed, jailed and

dehumanised by despots whose main

goal was to stifle the truth and uphold

deception.

Such abound in quantum in Africa,

Asia and, to a large extent, some nations

in Eastern Europe, especially during

the Cold War era.

But then, no matter how long

falsehood has been in circulation, it

cannot really take the place of truth.

Truth has a way of always rebounding.

It is, therefore, exciting to note that

June 12 has today become a rallying

point for democracy in the country and

Chief MKO Abiola has finally been

immortalised.

Just a few days ago, the country

witnessed the very first national

celebration of June 12 as the official

Democracy Day.

For us as a people, the renaissance of

June 12 has become a metaphor for the

constant nature of truth. It is, therefore,

imperative for political elite across the

country to always stand by the truth and

eschew all forms of deceit, especially

in the way they manage the affairs of

the country.

• Ogunbiyi is of the Lagos State Ministry

of Information and Strategy, Alausa, Ikeja.


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Cost of funds to decline further as N123bn, FAAC hit interbank market

•Analysts project higher inflation rate for May

By Babajide Komolafe

THE downward trend of cost of funds

in the interbank money market is

expected to persist this week following

anticipated inflow of N123 billion from

maturing treasury bills and statutory

allocation funds disbursement by the

Federation Accounts Allocation

Committee, FAAC.

Last week, cost of funds fell for the

second consecutive week in the interbank

money market in spite of outflow of

N129.64 billion occasioned by primary

market (fresh) treasury bills auction

conducted by the Central Bank of

Nigeria, CBN, as well as outflow of N15

billion occasioned by the Green Bonds

auction conducted by the Debt

Management Office, DMO.

Details of the treasury bills, TBs, auction

showed that the CBN offered N15 billion

worth of 91-day bills, N30 billion worth of

182-day bills, and N84.6 billion worth of

364-day bills.

On the other hand the apex bank sold

N15.2 billion worth of 91-day bills, N39

billion worth of 182-day bills, and N210.8

billion worth of 364-day bills at marginal

rates of 10 percent, 11.95 percent and 12.3

percent respectively, similar to rates in the

previous auction except for the slight

increase of 14 basis points on the 364-

day bills.

Similarly, the N15 billion worth of Green

Bonds offered by the DMO recorded 220

percent subscription as total

subscriptions stood at N32.93 billion. In

spite of the oversubscription, the agency

allotted N15 billion that was offered for

a tenor of seven years, at a coupon of

14.50 percent per annum.

Announcing the outcome of the offer,

the DMO said: “Total value of

subscriptions received was N32.93

billion, representing 220 percent of the

N15 billion offered.

Continues on page 21

MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019

By Peter Egwuatu

AGAINST inflationary pressures

and other operational challenges,

corporate organisations in Nigeria

appear to be focused on cost

containment with the first quarter 2019,

Q1’19, financial results indicating that

growth in overhead has been

significantly below inflation rate. But

the strategy may have failed to support

the bottom-line.

Administrative and operating

expenses of 102 leading companies in

the Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, in

Q1’19 rose marginally by eight percent

to N700.6 billion from N648.7 billion

in the corresponding period of 2018.

At headline inflation rate of 11.25 per

cent in Q1’19, the corporate entities

showed greater resilience in inflation

containment, staying ahead the

pressure by 3.25 percentage points.

However, the reduced cost did not

impact significantly on the bottom- line

of the corporates as Profit Before Tax,

PBT, at N469.3 billion, declined by 2.5

percent against the N481.3 billion they

recorded in the corresponding period

of 2018.

Meanwhile, analysts and

stakeholders have attributed the poor

bottom-line to the weak economy,

stressing that half year performance

will go the same way as the Q1’19.

They called on President

Muhammadu Buhari to urgently

appoint drivers of the economy in order

to reverse the sluggish growth in Gross

Domestic Products, GDP.

Leading corporates peg

expenses below inflation trend

•But profit remains subdued

•Analysts point to gloomy H1’19 scorecard

Expenses

profile

Financial Vanguard’s review of the

performances of these companies in the

various sectors showed that the

banking sector recorded the highest

expenses in absolute term with N484.2

billion in Q1’19 as against N454.1

billion in Q1’18 while the services

sector led the high expenses chart in

relative term, rising by 71.6 per cent to

N7.13billion in Q1’19 from N 4.2 billion

in Q1’18.

Industrial goods sector occupied the

second position in sectoral expenses

chart in absolute term recording N59.6

billion total expenses as against N46.6

billion Q1’18, while ICT/

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Leading corporates peg expenses below inflation

Continues from page 19

Computer sector occupied

second position in relative term

rising by 28.7 percent to

N1.005 billion from N0.781

billion in Q1’18.

The Consumer goods sector

took third position in absolute

term recording total expenses

amounting N53.5 billion in

Q1’19, up from N50.6 billion

in Q1’18 while Industrial

goods sector occupied third

position in relative term with

27.7 percent increase over the

corresponding period of

Q1’18.

Banking

sector

performance

Within the banking sector,

Ecobank Group led the high

expenses chart in absolute

term recording N93 billion in

Q1’19 as against N87.4 billion

in Q1’18, while First Bank

Holdings led in relative term

surging by 26.9 per cent to

N69.1 billion in Q1’19 from

N54.5 billion in Q1’18.

First Bank also occupied the

second position in absolute

term. Trailing First Bank in

absolute term was Zenith Bank

recording N53.905 billion

Q1’19 as against N57.286

billion Q1’18. Access Bank

occupied the fourth position

recording N50.210 billion as

against N48.159 billion in

Q1’18 while Stanbic IBTC took

fifth position recording

N50.142 billion Q1’19 as

against N50.014 billion Q1’18.

Access Bank occupied the

fourth position recording

N50.2 billion as against N48.2

billion in Q1’18 while Stanbic

IBTC took fifth position

recording N50.1 billion in

Q1’19 as against N50 billion in

Q1’18.

Industrial

goods sector

Dangote Cement Plc led the

sector’s high expenses chart in

absolute term recording

N52.8billion in Q1’19, up from

N41.4 billion while Cement

Company of Northern Nigeria,

CCNN Plc, led in relative term

recording 169.5 percent growth

in expenses to N2.299 billion

from N0.853 billion Q1’18.

CCNN occupied second

position in absolute term

recording N2.3 billion in Q1’19

as against N0.853 billion in

Q1’18. Trailing behind CCNN

in absolute term was Notore

Chemical recording N1.6

billion as against N1.6 billion

in Q1’18. Vitafoam Nigeria

occupied the third position

posting N1.2 billion as against

N1.04billion in Q1’18 followed

by CAP Plc recording N0.438

billion as against N0.361billion

in Q1’18 and BOC Gases

came fifth recording N0.319

billion as against N0.253

billion in Q’18.

Consumer goods sector

Nigerian Breweries Plc led

the sector in absolute term

recording N21.2billion as

against N20.6 billion in Q1’18

while Champion Breweries led

in relative term with 87.7

percent increase to N0.441

billion from N0.235 billion in

Q1’18. Nestle Nigeria came

second position in absolute

term recording N12.4 billion as

against N11.2billion in Q1’18.

Guinness Nigeria came third

recording N8.5 billion as

against N7.7 billion in Q1’18

followed by Dangote Sugar

posting N3.4 billion as against

N2.5 billion in Q1’18, and

Unilever Nigeria came

fifth recording N2.4 billion

from N3.4 billion in Q1’18.

The bottom-line

The banking sector also

maintained leading position in

Profit Before Tax, PBT, in

absolute term recording

N263.72billion in Q1’19, up

from N233.99 billion in Q1’18,

indicating a 12.7 percent

growth while in relative term,

the Services sector led the chart

rising by 149.1 percent to N1.3

billion in Q1’19 from N0.122

billion in Q1’18.

Industrial goods sector came

second in absolute term

recording N85.65 billion PBT

in Q1’19 as against

N108.31billion in Q1’18, thus

showing a decline of 20.9

percent. Conversely, in

percentage term, Courier/

Freight Forwarding sector

occupied the second

position as it went up by 97.2

per cent to N0.42 billion in

Q1’19 from N0.212 billion

Q1’18.

Consumer goods sector

occupied third position in

absolute term recording N49.7

billion PBT in Q1’19 as against

N50.5billion in Q1’18,

indicating 11.5 percent drop.

Conversely, in related term,

Airline sector came third rising

by 38.9 percent to N0.32 billion

in Q1’19 from N0.23 billion in

Q1’18.

Analysts’ comments

Commenting on the outlook,

Managing Director, APT

Securities & Funds Limited,

Mallam Garba Kurfi said:

“Nothing has changed from

the Q1’19 to date and

,therefore, we expect no

change in the companies’

performance by end of first

half, HI’19, and that is why the

NSE All Share Index, ASI, is

going down despite the

introduction of MTN. It

portends same; we need

drivers of the economy

especially in the upcoming

cabinets that can drive us better

especially in the fiscal policy

so as to compliment monetary

policy.”

Mr. Ambrose Omoriodon,

Chief Operating Officer, Invest

Data said: “Q1’19 corporate

scorecards had already

The gloomy state of

the market reflects the

weak economy and

dwindling confidence

in the whole system

flowing from the fact

that the government

has consistently failed

to champion a new

course expected to

stimulate the

economy with

policies and

leadership style

revealed that all is not well with

the economy which was finally

confirmed by Q1’19 Gross

Domestic Product, GDP, report

that showed a slow down to 2.

01 percent from

Q4 2018 position of 2.34

percent.

“The sluggish expansion of

the Purchasing Managers

Index, PMI, in the last two

months in Q2’19 signals

another weak earnings season

ahead. First half of the year

performance will be worse but

few companies with strong

numbers in 2018 full year and

Q1’19 will likely maintain that

trend.

“The gloomy state of the

market reflects the weak

economy and dwindling

confidence in the whole system

following from the fact that the

government has consistently

failed to champion a new

course expected to stimulate

the economy with policies and

leadership style. This has over

the last four years manifested

in low productivity, which

reflected in the latest decline

in GDP.”

Commenting, Mustafa

Chike-Obi, former Managing

Director of the Asset

Management Corporation of

Nigeria, AMCON, and

Goldman Sachs executive said:

“The Q1’19 performance is a

reflection of the sluggish

growth of the economy. If we

don’t have double digit growth

by 2025, then Nigeria cannot

compete effectively.

Double digit

growth

The Nigerian economy has

the capacity to grow at double

digits with the right policies

and government attitude. At a

time one will expect that

government will hit the ground

running in this second fouryear

term, the Muhammadu

Buhari administration

continues to delay formation of

a cabinet. One would have

expected a formidable team of

technocrats, not political

jobbers, so as to effectively map

out strategies and draw a

roadmap that will drive

productivity for economic

growth in conjunction with the

monetary policy to pull the

economy out of its sluggish

momentum to the path of

sustainable growth.”

In his remark, Patrick

Ajudua, National Chairman,

New Dimension Shareholders

Association of Nigeria said:

“The performance of the

companies in Q1 is a reflection

of the Nigerian economy. A

situation that budgets were not

approved, cost of doing

business still high as a result

of poor infrastructure, national

election just been concluded,

so it’s difficult for cost

COVER

minimization to be achieved.

Well we hope that after

successful election, budget

now approved, implementation

will commence soon. In order

to improve and stimulate the

economy for better half year,

government must quickly put

in place new economic team to

give policy direction.

Mr. Sola Oni, Chartered

Stockbroker and Managing

Director, Sofunix Investment &

Communications Limited, said:

“Q1 was characterized by

uncertainty prior to the last

general election. There was

massive share dumpling by

foreign portfolio investors and

their Nigeria counterparts on

the back of unguarded

comments by some politicians,

signaling likely breakdown of

law and order during the

election. Macroeconomic

variables were also unstable

amidst continuous weak

purchasing power of

consumers. This operational

atmosphere moderated

corporate earnings as economic

activities slowed down.

However, some companies

were able to weather the storm

by posting higher than

expected earnings despite the

inclement operating

environment.

“We expect Q2 to be upbeat

for quoted companies as the

election has come and gone

and the federal government is

sending messages of stability.

The CBN’s governor has been

retained to consolidate

monetary policy; there are

assurances that infrastructure

deficits will be addressed.

There is relative stability in the

forex market with multiplier

effects of access to raw

materials for manufacturers.

Insecurity is being tackled with

renewed vigours. But issues

such as taxation, faithful

implementation of the budget

gross unemployment and

apparent disconnect between

the capital and money market

among others still remain the

elephant in the house.

However, we anticipate better

Q2 corporate earnings in

2019.”


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FINANCIAL VANGUARD

Cost of funds to decline further as

N123bn, FAAC hit interbank market

Continues from page 19

“Similarly, the number of

subscribers doubled when

compared to the figure for

the first Sovereign Green

Bond issued in December

2017. Retail investors were

not left out, as the number

of individuals who

subscribed for the second

Sovereign Green Bond

more than doubled.

“The amount of

subscriptions grew by

almost 201 percent with the

share of total subscriptions

rising to 1.43 percent

compared to 0.67 percent

for the 2017 Sovereign

Green Bond. The results of

the second Sovereign

Green Bond issuance

revealed increased

knowledge and awareness

of Green Bonds by

subscribers, and a greater

level of commitment from

the general public towards

protecting the

environment.

“The proceeds of the

Green Bond would be

used to finance projects in

the 2018 Appropriation

Act, which would

contribute to Nigeria’s

commitments to the Paris

Agreement on Climate

Change. The projects

would include Off-Grid

Solar and Wind Farm,

Irrigation, Afforestation

and Reforestation, as well

as, Ecological Restoration.”

The impact of the

outflows was, however,

moderated by inflow of

N255.4 billion on

Thursday, prompting cost

of funds to close the week

lower than the previous

week’s level.

Data from FMDQ

showed that interest rate

on Collateralised (Open

Buy Back, OBB) lending

fell by 557 basis points

(bpts) to 5.29 percent last

week from 10.86 percent

the previous week.

Similarly, interest rate on

Overnight lending

dropped by 571 bpts to

5.71 percent last week

from 11.43 percent the

previous week.

Analysts at Lagos based

Cowry Asset Management

Company projected

further moderation in cost

of funds this week saying:

“In the new week, CBN

will retire T-bills worth

N123.20 billion via

primary and secondary

markets, hence, we expect

yields to further moderate

amid expected boost in

financial system liquidity

which would also derive

from anticipated FAAC

injections.”

Naira appreciates as

I&E turnover rises by 3.3

per cent

On the foreign exchange

scene, the naira

appreciated by 24 kobo in

the Investors and

Exporters (I&E) window

prompted by 3.3 percent

increase in volume of

dollars (turnover) traded in

the window.

Data from FMDQ

showed that the window

recorded turnover of

$752.4 million last week,

up from $728.4 million

recorded the previous

week. As a result the

indicative exchange rate

for the window dropped to

N360.51 per dollar last

week from N360.75 per

dollar the previous week,

translating to 24 kobo

appreciation for the naira.

On the official side, the

CBN sustained its weekly

injection of $210 million

into the interbank foreign

exchange market.

Confirming the injection,

the Director, Corporate

Communications

Department, Mr. Isaac

Okorafor said that

authorized dealers in the

wholesale segment of the

market were offered

$100million, while the

Small and Medium

Enterprises, SMEs,

segment received $55

million. The sum of $55

million was allocated to

customers requiring

foreign exchange for

invisibles such as tuition

fees, medical payments

and Basic Travel

Allowance, BTA, among

others.

Okorafor reaffirmed the

apex bank’s commitment

towards ensuring stability

in foreign exchange

market.

Analysts project higher

inflation rate for May

Analysts have projected

higher inflation rate for

May even as the National

Bureau of Statistics, NBS,

is set to release the

inflation data for the month

this week.

Recall that the threemonth

downward trend of

the inflation rate, from

11.44 percent in December

2018 to 11.25 percent in

March 2019, was reversed

in April when the rate rose

to 11.37 percent.

However, Managing

Director/ Chief Executive,

Financial Derivatives

Company Limited, Mr.

Bismarck Rewane said the

upward trend persisted in

May, projecting 11.38

percent inflation rate for

the month, citing seasonal

factors, debt securitisation

and high diesel price

On their part, analysts at

FSDH Merchant Bank

projected 11.39 percent

inflation rate for May citing

increase in food and

increase in prices of

imported food items.

They said: “The major

driver of the expected

increase in the inflation

rate is the increase in food

prices, due to the

seasonality effect typically

associated with the onset

of the planting season.

Security challenges in

some food producing

regions in Nigeria reduce

the supply of food items,

leading to an increase in

prices. The current

inflation rate is higher than

the 6% - 9% target set by

the Central Bank of

Nigeria (CBN). Given

current realities, the

inflation rate will remain

above the CBN’s target in

the short-to-medium-term.

This may reduce the real

yield on fixed income

securities.”

Inflation rate

Forex & TB rates

Interbank interest rates

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A cross section of participants at the second edition of the Group Corporate Induction Programme for new hires within the FBN

Holdings Group as part of the strategic plan to facilitate a unified corporate culture . The event was held last Friday at Oriental

Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. Among them is the Group Managing Director, FBN Holdings Plc, Mr. Uk Eke.

Q1’19: Banks’ assets rise by 7.5% to N38.4trn

By Babajide Komolafe

TOTAL assets and liabilities

of banks rose by 7.5

percent, year-on-year, to N38.4

trillion in the first quarter of the

year (Q1’19), against N35.7

trillion in the corresponding

period of 2018.

The Central Bank of Nigeria,

CBN, disclosed this in its April

2019 monthly economic report

released last week, which also

showed that the Q1’19 figure

was 3.2 percent higher, quarteron-quarter,

when compared

with N37.2 trillion recorded in

the fourth quarter of 2018.

The report stated: “Total assets

and liabilities of the banks

amounted to N38.432 trillion at

end-March 2019, showing a 0.1

per cent increase, compared

with the level at the end of the

preceding month. Funds were

sourced, mainly, from

mobilisation of time, savings

and foreign currency deposits,

and reduction in claims on the

private sector and sale of

unclassified assets. The funds

were used mainly, for the

reduction of unclassified

liabilities, acquisition of foreign

assets and accretion to reserves.

“Banks’ credit to the domestic

economy rose by 1.4 per cent to

N20.802 trillion at end-March

2019, compared with the level

at the end of the preceding

month. The development was

attributed to the rise in claims

on the Federal Government and

private sector. Total specified

liquid assets of banks stood at

N13.625 trillion at end-March

2019, representing 61.1 per cent

of their total current liabilities.

At that level, the liquidity ratio

was 1.3 percentage point and

34.12 percentage points above

the levels at the end of the

preceding month and the

stipulated minimum liquidity

ratio of 30 percent, respectively.

The loans-to-deposit ratio at

59.52 percent was 0.52

percentage point lower than the

level at the end of the preceding

month and was lower than the

maximum ratio of 80 percent by

20.48 percentage points.

“At N31.696 trillion, aggregate

credit to the domestic economy,

on month-on-month basis, grew

by 3.9 per cent at the end of the

review month, compared with the

increase of 6.5 per cent and 0.7

per cent at the end of the

preceding month and the

corresponding period of 2018,

respectively. The development

reflected, mainly, the 11.4 per

cent rise in net claims on the

Federal Government.

“Over the level at end-

December 2018, net domestic

credit grew by 15.0 per cent at the

end of the review period,

compared with the growth of 10.7

FCMB trains SMEs for long term success Smith

FIRST City Monument Bank,

FCMB, has said that its

comprehensive capacity building

programme, tagged, “Business

Enterprises and Sustainability

Training, BEST,” for Small and

Medium Scale Enterprises, SMEs,

is to lay a solid foundation for their

long-term success.

The Executive Director, Business

Development of FCMB, Mrs.

Bukola Smith stated this at the sixth

edition of the BEST programme for

existing and start-up SMEs held

in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State last week.

She said among other things

BEST also enables entrepreneurs

to have access to business

management skills and advisory

services, learn and acquire

competencies which they can apply

for effective management of their

respective businesses in a

sustainable manner.

The sixth edition held in Uyo

attracted hundreds of existing and

start-up entrepreneurs from the six

states in the South-south zone

which participated and benefitted

from the intensive training and

empowerment exercise.

Speaking at the programme,

Smith said: “The bank recognises

the increasing role and impact of

SMEs. The BEST initiative is one

of the innovative ways we

empower, promote and support the

growth of our SME customers

because without effective training

and exposure, it could be quite

difficult for their businesses to

succeed. We believe this training

will go a long way to impact

positively on the SME operators

who have participated in this

programme. It will propel them to

further develop themselves in order

to compete favourably within and

outside the Nigerian market.

“We, therefore, urge the

beneficiaries to take advantage of

the unique opportunities provided

by this exercise, because it is a

veritable platform for them to take

the lead in driving the diversification

and growth of the Nigerian

economy. ”

Also speaking, the Head,

Training Academy of FCMB, Mr.

Sola Oyegbade, stated that: “Just

like the roots of a tree are

responsible for the overall health

FirstBank bags multiple awards

FIRST Bank of Nigeria Limited

has bagged multiple awards cutting across

the industry in 2019.

The bank which is also commemorating its 125

years anniversary, in a statement, said that the

awards are commendation for re-inventing itself

and being nimble in its service delivery, whilst

painstakingly adapting to the dynamic changes

that have enveloped businesses, especially with

the advent of globalisation.

In recognition of its high transactional volume

and leading role at promoting cashless

transactions and financial inclusion in the country,

the bank recently won two awards at the Central

Bank of Nigeria Electronic Payments Incentive

Scheme, EPIS, Efficiency awards. The awards are:

Cashless Driver: Highest Volume in Bill Payments

and Cashless Driver: Highest Transaction Volume

in Real-Time Payments.

FirstBank was awarded the Best Private Bank

in Nigeria 2019 by World Finance Magazine and

Global Finance magazine. The bank also won the

Bank of the Year in Nigeria 2019 and Best

Financial Inclusion Program in Nigeria 2019 by

per cent and 5.3 per cent at the

end of the preceding month and

the corresponding period of

2018, respectively. The

development was due to the

increase of 59.1 per cent and 5.5

per cent in net claims on the

Federal Government and claims

on the private sector,

respectively.”

and strength of the tree, FCMB’s

BEST initiative has become a

forum for feeding the SMEs with

relevant resources to nurture and

nourish their businesses profitably

through tested and proven

principles for capacity building,

skills development and

sustainability. FCMB Training

Academy is playing its part as a

skilful gardener alongside other

stakeholders to ensure the

sustained health and continuous

growth of all the SMEs that have

subscribed and partnered with us

in the BEST initiative.’’

CIBN to

examine

infrastructure

improvement

in Nigeria

THE Chartered Institute of

Bankers of Nigeria,

CIBN, will this week,

assemble erudite scholars and

core professionals from banks

and other institutions at a

public forum to examine some

critical issues that will further

improve the state of

Infrastructure in the country.

The institute, in a statement,

said that the forum is coming

under the auspices of the 2019

CIBN Annual Lecture, with

the theme, “Infrastructure

Development and Growth in

Nigeria: Prospects and

Challenges”.

The forum would be

addressed by Professor

Melvin Ayogu, ACIB, Fellow,

Mapungubwe Institute of

Strategic Reflection, South

Africa while Mr. Andrew Alli,

HCIB, Group Chief Executive

Officer/Partner, SouthBridge

Group, will chair the occasion.

In order to ensure this

year’s event is unique and

value adding, the institute has

carefully selected high profile

professionals as panelists from

both the manufacturing and

financial sectors of the

economy comprising Hajia

Aisha Dahir-Umar, Director

General, National Pension

Commission; Mr. Bola

Onadele, Managing Director/

Chief Executive Officer,

FMDQ OTC Securities

Exchange; Dr. Wale Babalakin,

SAN, OFR; Pro-Chancellor

and Chairman, University of

Lagos Governing Council &

Chairman, Bi-Courtney

Group; and Engr. Mansur

Ahmed, President,

Manufacturers Association of

Nigeria (MAN) & Executive

Director, Dangote Group.

International Investor and Best Banking Brand

in Nigeria 2019 by Global Brands Magazine.

At the recently held Asian Banker International

Excellence in Retail Financial Services awards,

FirstBank bagged the Best Retail Bank in

Nigeria as well as Best Process Automation

Initiative, Application or Programme awards. Also

Global Banking and Finance Review named

FirstBank the Best Retail Bank in Nigeria, while

the Most Socially Responsible Bank - Nigeria

award was bestowed on the Bank by International

Finance Magazine.

Speaking on the awards, Mrs Folake Ani-

Mumuney, Group Head, Marketing & Corporate

Communications, First Bank of Nigeria Limited

said: “These awards reinforce our leading role in

critical business segments and activities like brand

reputation, financial inclusion, digitisation of

financial services in the industry.

“It is a great honour to the bank and further

proof that we are beyond comparison. The awards

are dedicated to our customers who are the centre

of our business.”


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Ella Lakes

acquires

100% stake

in Telluria

By Nkiruka Nnorom

ELLAH Lakes Plc, a

company engaged in

fishing and agriculture related

activities and listed on the

Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE,

has announced acquisition of 100

percent stake in Telluria Limited.

According to Ella Lakes in a

statement, the acquisition,

which came into effect on May

7, 2019, has complied with all

the necessary requirements and

has been approved by both the

Exchange and the Securities

and Exchange Commission,

SEC.

The company observed in the

statement signed by its

Secretary, Kenechi Ezezika,

that the primary objective of the

acquisition is to strengthen its

balance sheet, restore customer

confidence and also provide

access to new markets.

Ezezika stated that the

acquisition would improve the

company's operations and

create organizational

efficiencies that would drive

profitability and increase

shareholders’ value.

“The Board of Directors and

management of Ellah Lakes

consider this business

combination to be in the best

interest of the company and

expect the transaction to

revitalize management, create

access to diversified expertise

and financial strength, improve

administrative and operational

and its efficiencies as well as

strengthen its market position

by aiding access to new

products and markets,” the

statement said.

Analysts tip CAP, Dangote Cement, others on

stock to watch •Divided on market outlook

By Nkiruka Nnorom

INVESTMENT analysts in

the capital market have

recommended the shares of

Chemical and Allied Products,

CAP Plc, Dangote Cement Plc,

Ecobank Transnational

Incorporated, ETI Plc and FCMB

Group Plc for a buy, saying that

they have good upward

potential.

Other stocks in the pack are

Seplat Petroleum Development

Company Plc, United Bank for

Africa, UBA Plc, and Zenith

Bank Plc.

According to analysts at

Cowry Asset Management, a

Lagos-based investment

banking firm, in their stock pick

for the week, they observed that

UBA Plc has an upside potential

of 170.40 percent and placed the

full year price target at N16.63

from the current market price

of N6.15 as at the close of trading

on Friday, June 14, 2019.

ETI and FCMB are projected

to have an upside potential of

136.67 percent and 138.77

percent and full year price

target of N23.31 and N3.99 per

share respectively.

Zenith Plc is also projected to

have an upside potential of 58.72

percent and price target of

N31.74, while CAP, Dangote

Cement and Seplat are

projected to have an upside

potential of 28.62 percent, 48.14

percent and 61.55 percent and

price target of N40.00, N272.5

and N829.4 respectively.

Meanwhile, the analysts have

expressed dividend opinion on

the state of the market this

week.

Analysts at Cowry Asset

Management noted that there

would be a general bearish

activity in the market in the

absence of a major stimuli,

although mixed with pockets of

bargain hunting activity by

speculators positioning ahead of

half year, H1 2019 corporate

result announcements.

In their view, analysts at

Afrinvest Securities,

explained that investors would

begin to cherry pick

fundamentally sound stocks as

H1'2019 earnings season

approaches.

Cordros Capital, on the other

hand, reiterated that the blend

of a compelling valuation story,

together with positive

macroeconomic picture leaves

By Peter Egwuatu Aliko-Dangote, said the

NASCON

Allied

company, which added three

Industries Plc, one of the

new products in 2018, would be

subsidiaries of Dangote Group,

introducing more products this

is targeting more market share

year as part of strategies to meet

in the food sector through

the needs of its customer base.

increased product range and

Fatima Aliko-Dangote, who

innovation.

spoke at the Annual General

The Executive Director,

Meeting, AGM, of the

Commercial, NASCON, Fatima

company held in Lagos

scope for market recovery in

the medium term, but guided

investors to tread the cautious

trading path in the short term.

Breakdown of transactions

last week showed that the

equities market remained

bearish amid sustained profit

taking activity in line with

expectations.

Specifically, the overall twin

market performance guages, the

Nigerian Stock Exchange,

NSE, All Share Index, ASI, and

the market capitalisation,

declined by 1.27 percent each

to close at 30,046.70 points and

N13.23 trillion respectively.

NASCON targets increased market share via

product innovation

UK’s CISI, CIS expand MoU for global competitiveness

By Peter Egwuatu

THE Chartered Institute of

Stockbrokers, CIS, and

United Kingdom based

Chartered Institute for Securities

and Investment, CISI, have

deepened the scope of their

Memorandum

of

Understanding, MoU, for

enhanced global ethical and

professional standard.

By the renewed MoU, CIS

members are eligible to become

members of CISI, subject to

compliance with some

requirements, including

participation in the global body’s

Continuing Professional

Development, CPD, and

membership. This is in addition

to CIS’s membership and CPD

requirements.

CIS Nigeria members will also

be offered access to seven

professional qualifications of

CISI, all of which will be

NSE set to accelerate Islamic Finance in Nigeria

THE Nigerian Stock

Exchange, NSE, in

partnership with REDmoney

Group, is set to hold the

inaugural edition of the IFN

Nigeria Forum themed,

“Harnessing the Islamic Finance

Sector for Infrastructure

Development and Economic

Growth”. The forum, according

to the NSE, is aimed at promoting

the growth and development of

the Nigerian Islamic Finance

industry and facilitate the growth

of a new asset class in the capital

market.

The IFN Nigeria Forum 2019

will be headlined by Ms Mary

Uduk, Acting Director-General,

Securities and Exchange

Commission, SEC.

Speaking about the forum, Mr.

Jude Chiemeka, Head, Trading

Business Division, NSE, said that

“Islamic assets are gaining

momentum as an alternative

investment avenue in Nigeria

and globally. The IFN Nigeria

Forum affirms our commitment

to stimulating non-interest

capital market products

innovation. It will offer us the

opportunity to deepen our

engagement with our

stakeholder. It will also provide

us with important insights that

will enable us to take a leap

forward in the development of

innovative and practical solutions

to propel the Islamic capital

market which will aid Nigeria in

achieving its Sustainable

Development Agenda.”

examined by Computer Based

Testing, CBT, in Lagos.

They are Securities (Capital

Markets Programme),

Derivatives (Capital Markets

Programme), Certificate in

Corporate Finance, Risk in

Financial Services, Global

Financial Compliance,

Combating Financial Crime and

Managing Cyber Security.

The computer based renewable

integrity test, is one of the

components of the

Memorandum of Understanding

jointly singed by the Chartered

Institute for Securities and

Investment (CISI) of the United

Kingdom and Chartered

Institute of Stockbrokers (CISI)

in Nigeria.

Commenting on the renewed

MOU, CISI’s Chief Executive,

Simon Culhane, said: “We are

delighted to confirm our

cooperation with the CIS in these

important areas of global

membership reciprocity,

professional qualifications,

continuing professional

development and ethics and

integrity. In this era of emphasis

on consumer protection, we look

forward to working with the CIS

to further enhance Nigeria as a

global capital market centre.”

Corroborating, the First Vice

President, CIS Nigeria, Mr.

Amolegbe said: “The relationship

between the Chartered Institute

of Stockbrokers and Chartered

Institute for Securities and

Investment is anchored on the

need to expose our members to

professional global standard

through continuous training.”

yesterday, said NASCON

products are widely accepted

in the market.

Managing Director,

NASCON, Paul Farrer, said

the company, having

demonstrated its resilience in

the challenging environment of

2018, is strongly focused on

capacity growth and increased

market penetration. He

disclosed that the company

would be leveraging on a

number of synergies including

improved output in terms of

quality, quantity and business

efficiency to deliver value for

all stakeholders.

On the new products

introduced in 2018, he said,

“We launched the Dangote

Stew Mix, Dangote Curry and

Dangote Classic seasoning.

These three products are part

of a wider product enrichment

plan to diversify our product

portfolio. The products were

specifically developed to meet

and surpass the needs of our

consumers across the country.

Each of these products has

been tailored to suit the local

taste and cooking habits of the

different regions in Nigeria.

We would continue to

differentiate ourselves in our

product category by

consistently delivering high

quality, nutritious products.”

Shareholders at the AGM

lauded the board and

management for a good outing

in 2018 and counselled the

latter to do better in the present

year. A shareholder, Olagoke

Olusegun commended the

quality of the board of directors,

which he said consists of

vibrant and experienced

members who oversee and

influence the activities of the

management team. According

to him, the good synergy

between the board and

management is seen in the

performance of the company

despite the harsh operating

environment faced by

manufacturing companies in

2018.


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Thanks Dangote but...

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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 1000 and we have spent about three

times above Egypt, why?” Alhaji Aliko Dangote,

VANGUARD, June 10, page 8

AT last a powerful and

patriotic voice has

spoken up about the scandal

which the Nigerian electricity

power supply situation had

become ever since former

President Olusegun Obasanjo

spent between $13 billion and

$16 billion on power supply

and the nation ended with

little or nothing to show for it.

The ever self-righteous Baba

Iyabo created the template

which has made it possible for

succeeding federal

governments to swindle

Nigerians of billions of dollars

under false pretences of

increasing our power supply

without any significant

improvement to show for the

waste and massive

embezzlement.

Perhaps Alhaji Dangote will

want to follow me on a short

look at the crimes committed

by Buhari’s predecessors in

office before his own

government added its own

from 2015 to 2019.

Insanity is doing the same

thing over again and

expecting a different result

Chinese proverb.

There must be something

wrong with us Nigerians;

otherwise how does one

explain our penchant for

electing into office the losers

we did since 1999?

On September 7, 2007, late

President Yar’Adua

established a Power Sector

Reform Committee when

national power supply was

stuck at 3000MW compared to

South Africa’s 45,000MW. In

July 2008, the committee

issued a report listing 21

reasons for our intractable

poor performance; but only

seven are highlighted here.

They are listed below.

Anybody, who cares to listen

(I stopped listening to him

two years ago) to the past

Minister for Power, Mr.

Babatunde Fashola, would be

astonished by the recurrence

of the same reasons in 2019

for low power output in

Nigeria.

We have either been voting

the wrong people into office

or Nigerians don’t really want

change. That is being polite.

Yar’Adua’s committee

informed us that seven major

reasons accounted for our

power generation and

distribution problems.

•Insufficient generation due

to old and obsolete

equipment.

•Poor maintenance culture

leading to inadequate and

delayed maintenance of

facilities.

•Shortage of gas due to

inadequate supply

•Water management and

shortages at the hydro

stations

•Overloaded and weak

distribution system

•Low tariff regime

•Lack of proper government

funding.

All the lame excuses are

important. But, the one which

should engage our attention

was the last one, namely,

“lack of proper government

funding”, because Obasanjo

left office just sixteen months

after spending an estimated

$16 billion on power supply

and Nigerians were being told

that nonsense about lack of

funds. A probe by the

National Assembly which was

rendered inconclusive by the

corrupt cabals which were in

control of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, at least

revealed that several of the

contracts awarded were not

executed - yet the contractors

were fully paid.

Several articles written

urging Yar’Adua and, later,

Jonathan to conduct an honest

probe in an attempt to recover

some of our billions of dollars

and re-direct them towards

improving power supply fell

on deaf ears. The PDP always

treated issues of

How does Buhari

explain to Nigerians

that four years into

his administration

the nation is still

stuck in the mud?

Where is the room

for hope that things

will be better by

2023?

embezzlement of public funds

as “a family affair”. Mostly,

unpatriotic and myopic men

and women, it never occurred

to most of them that they

would one day leave office

and live in a Nigeria they

failed to develop.

Obasanjo Farms now pays

billions to generate power and

cannot compete with imported

birds if an import ban is not

in place. The Senate

presidents and speakers who

refused to stand for Nigeria

are back among us suffering

and not smiling.

Buhari came into office and

swore to publish the list of the

corrupt elements who robbed

Nigeria through bogus

contracts - especially NNPC

and power sector deals. He

finished his first term and

nothing happened - for good

reason. Some of the

contractors are perhaps now

in the All Progressives

Congress, APC. They have

become untouchables; and

Nigeria’s power problems

remains intractable - with the

dire consequences we now

experience as dividends.

As Dangote said, and we all

know, there can be no

significant economic growth

without adequate power

supply. And unless Nigeria,

like India, can grow her

economy by at least 4-5 per

cent per annum for at least ten

years, joblessness and its

attendant evils - kidnapping,

armed robbery, gun running,

smuggling, cattle rustling,

cyber crimes, etc. - will

continue to provide jobs for

millions of idle hands. And,

there is very little government

can do about it.

The World Bank recently

reduced the nation’s growth

forecast for 2019 to 2.1 per

cent. Some of us regard that

poor estimate as unrealistic.

Our Gross Domestic Product,

GDP, for this year might

actually drop below 1.9 per

cent - worse than 2018. Each

0.1 per cent drop translates to

250,000 Nigerians dropping

below the poverty line and we

are entrenching our nation’s

position as the Poverty Capital

of the world - again with all

the dangerous consequences

attached to that position.

No single cause can be

identified to explain the

Nigerian’s poor economic

performance over the years

than the power situation. It is

a national shame that an

economy of 180 million

generates only 4,000MW; and

distributes even less.

Continuous tinkering with the

structures of power supply

and distribution and close to

$20 billion expended since

1999 have only brought

darkness, frustration, misery

and resignation among

Nigerians. We will not allow

this to go on.

On May 29, 2015, Buhari

announced that it was

disgraceful for the nation to

generate and distribute

4,000MW, and he would not

allow this to go on. On May

29, 2019, power generation in

the country stood at

3,306.3MW.

He who speaks without

modesty will find it very

difficult to eat his words. How

does Buhari explain to

Nigerians that four years into

his administration the nation

is still stuck in the mud?

Where is the room for hope

that things will be better by

2023? Morning shows the day.

Yet, there is a way out.

Buhari mentioned $20 billion

as the expenditure on power

since 1999. He should

develop the courage and the

patriotism to institute a

powerful judicial inquiry into

the expenditures from 1999 to

2019 May. Nobody, especially

Obasanjo, should be allowed

to be treated as sacred cow.

OBJ and Jonathan must be

asked to come forward and

openly tell Nigerians what

they did with those billions of

dollars. Then, Buhari himself

should step forward and tell

us what happened from 2015

to 2019.

Anarchy is already on our

door steps in Nigeria and the

major cause is joblessness

which is synonymous with

idleness. Nigeria is rapidly

creating millions of people

with nothing to lose - they are

the most dangerous elements

in any society. We can’t go on

like this. Somebody should

give Buhari Dangote’s piece

to read. May be he will listen

to Africa’s richest man and

Nigeria’s biggest investor.

He, after all, is not from

UniJankara.

FINANCIAL VANGUARD ECONOMY

ISN holds quality assurance summit in Lagos, Abuja

ISN Products Nigeria

Limited has held its

inaugural Quality Assurance

Summit (ISN QAS) in Lagos

and Abuja.

Speaking at the summit,

Executive Director, ISN

Products Nigeria Limited, Mr

Felix Ofungwu, said it is

designed to evoke pragmatic,

sustainable and most effective

initiatives

for

institutionalizing quality

assurance in laboratory

practices and diagnosis.

Ofungwu who was

represented by Head

Business Development and

Client Services, Dr Sandra

Achebe, noted that ISN is

committed to providing

clients and end-users with

consistent professional

support to overcome daily

challenges in laboratory

practice and enable them

produce laboratory results

that can be trusted locally and

internationally.

He stated: "The summit is

geared towards equipping

stakeholders with knowledge

to improve technical

proficiency and develop the

ability to produce precise and

accurate test results and

calibration data which will in

turn engender best-in-class

patient care."

Fundamental

principles

According to him, ISN QAS

has also been conceptualized

to domesticate the

fundamental principles of the

ISO15189 framework in

laboratory practice in Nigeria.

The ISN boss further stated:

"The overall aim of ISN QAS

is to equip Laboratory

Scientists and Quality

Assurance Officers on prudent

healthcare principles,

processes and troubleshooting

procedures. Effective

laboratory diagnosis remains

a key driver and a critical

enabler of sustainable

healthcare delivery in Nigeria

and the current economic

landscape in the Country

provides a unique

opportunity for the public and

private sectors to collectively

address healthcare

infrastructure gaps."

He added that with the

support and active

collaboration of all

stakeholders, ISN QAS will

take place annually.


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Free-floating the naira is disobeying the law CBN

THE title above is from

Tuesday, June 11 edition

of the Daily Independent

Newspaper. In the related

report, CBN Governor, Godwin

Emefiele, engaged

stakeholders, at an interactive

session in Lagos, on why he

has rebuffed the incessant calls

by some ‘experts’ to deregulate

and float the naira exchange

rate, as a product of the actual

market dynamics of demand

and supply.

The above contrasting

positions notwithstanding,

hereafter, excerpts of the CBN

governor’s observations on why

he will not float the naira rate

will be more closely examined.

To this end, Emefiele’s

comments will be followed by

this writer’s rejoinders.

Emefiele: “A flexible

exchange rate would not favour

the poor. I am committed to

protecting the naira. We cannot

allow the naira to float freely.”

Comment: Notably, all

successful first world

economies, curiously, maintain

floating exchange rates!

Conversely, those countries

where exchange rates are

regulated, usually become

poor, dysfunctional economies,

often with multiple exchange

rates; consequently, Nigeria

with a regulated exchange rate

mechanism is now the World’s

Poverty Capital.

Instructively, however, the

free-floating US dollar rate has

remained fairly stable against

other major currencies, even

when the naira rate has

conversely crashed from

N0.5=$1 to the present N305-

360=$1. Undeniably, CBN’s

rate strategy has failed

woefully, overtime, to protect

the naira. Inexplicably,

nonetheless, the naira rate has

crashed, even when higher

crude prices and best ever

foreign reserves significantly

improved Nigeria’s imports

cover.

Emefiele: “It would be

difficult to achieve a low

interest rate regime, a stable

exchange rate regime, robust

reserve position, a low

inflationary environment, and

an environment of full

employment simultaneously.”

Comment: Instructively, the

abiding concurrent features in

more successful economies

with stable exchange rates, are

“low interest rate regimes, with

less than three per cent

Monetary Policy Rates, and

inflation rates, usually also

below five per cent, plus a well

remunerated and trained

Labour force. Consequently, it

is not true, as Emefiele claims

that benign monetary indices

and robust reserves and

increasing employment cannot

exist simultaneously. Notably,

despite the regulated rate, the

naira is presently nearer 1000th

of its value against its dollar

value over 40 years ago, when

50Kobo exchanged for $1.

Emefiele: “Put succinctly, we

have watched some so-called

economic and financial

analysts through televisions,

and others through the

newspapers say that “to grow

the economy and create jobs,

the CBN must allow exchange

rate to free float, and also allow

inflation to rise; while at the

same time allowing interest

rates to come down. Again, I

am not surprised at these views

because most have done so

with shockingly limited or

outright incorrect information.”

Comment: Instructively,

spiraling inflation instigates

higher cost of borrowing, as it

is irrational for anyone to lend

money, below the inflation rate.

However, higher interest rates

also invariably drives industrial

contraction and rising

unemployment; consequently,

this writer agrees with the CBN

Governor that any “so-called

economic and financial

analyst” who advises that

FINANCIAL VANGUARD

By Peter Egwuatu

TURNER Wright Nigeria

Limited has terminated its

Share Exchange Agreement with

Big Time Holdings, Inc., BTHI,

a company associated with

Milost Global Inc which had

wanted to acquire a majority

stake in Nigeria's Unity Bank Plc.

A termination letter signed by

Chairman/CEO, Turner Wright,

Dr. Tunde Lawal, stated: "We

refer to the following Share

Exchange Agreement executed

on October 22, 2018 entered

between Big Time Holding

Incorporated, BTHI and Turner

Wright Limited. By the

arrangement between Big Time

Holdings Inc. and Turner Wright

Limited under the agreement

shall stand terminated with the

effective date of May 14, 2019.

"The agreement is being

terminated according to the terms

of the agreement by exercising

Article V, Section 5.01,

paragraphs c and g. In

accordance with the terms

therein, this agreement is hereby

terminated with an effective date

of May, 2019. BTHI and Turner

Wright Limited agree and

acknowledge that there are no

amounts due from any or either

inflation should be allowed to

rise significantly beyond best

practice rates below four per

cent, must certainly be poorly

informed and grossly

misguided!

However, as earlier observed,

all eminently successful

economies presently ‘free-float’

their currency rates. So the

Naira rate mechanism is

actually on the wrong side of

the fence, and it is predictable

therefore, that its rigidity to real

market dynamics, i.e. price

regulation, would create

serious economic distortions

A flexible

exchange rate

would not

favour the poor.

I am committed

to protecting the

Naira. We

cannot allow the

Naira to float

freely

which will constrain growth

and pauperise our people.

Consequently, Emefiele is

enmeshed in deep mischief

when he suggests that he is

dutifully defending the naira.

In practice, CBN is probably,

more correctly, a greater dollar

defender than naira, as the

present rate mechanism

involves the weekly/bi-weekly

auctions of small dollar rations,

usually between $200-

$300million, in a market that

the same CBN had earlier,

consciously, undeniably,

flushed with surplus naira

liquidity!

Predictably, therefore, naira’s

free-fall is guaranteed in such

lopsided auctions. Instructively,

not even increasing dollar

earnings, as witnessed since

1999, could rescue the Naira

rate from systemic depreciation!

Turner Wright terminates share exchange agreement with BTHI

party to the other. The amounts

already paid under the

Agreement shall be considered

full and final settlement of all

dues and outstanding debts and

no further amounts are payable

under the said Agreement dated

October 22, 2018."

Explaining the circumstances

surrounding the termination,

Lawal said Milost had proposed

to acquire seventy percent equity

in the Nigerian company, a

manufacturer of veterinary

pharmaceuticals, in a deal worth

USD150 million with

disbursements expected to

conclude within four years. The

Some critics will probably

describe the CBN’s role in

these dollar auctions as

Treason!

Emefiele: “For example, we

have watched some armchair

analysts demand that the CBN

stop ‘defending’ the Naira and

simply allow market forces to

determine the exchange rate.

These analysts simply call for

the Naira to be floated. To these

analysts, let me remind them

that the CBN Act demands that

we ‘defend’ the Naira using

the foreign exchange rate

reserves. In setting out the five

principle mandates of the CBN,

Section 2, Subsection C of the

CBN Act 2007 reads and I

quote “… maintain external

reserves to safeguard the

international value of the legal

tender currency.”

Comment: Admittedly,

Section 2, Subsection (c) of the

2007 CBN Act actually

stipulates Emefiele’s above

quote. However, the same

Section 2, Subsection (a) of the

same Act, unequivocally

mandates CBN to ensure

monetary and price stability as

the prime and foremost

principle.

Regrettably, CBN has,

notably, failed to achieve its

prime mandate of price

stability, as inflation has

remained beyond 10%, in place

of best practice 1-3% rates for

the better part of 10 years!

Instructively, with this abiding

inflation rate, the sum of N1000

with an initial purchasing

power of over $8 in 2005, now

has below $3 purchasing

power! Predictably, therefore,

despite the Governor’s

apparent celebration of the

fixed Naira rate, inevitably,

however, the subsisting

incurable double-digit inflation

rates will still precipitate

depreciation and ultimately

drive further Naira devaluation

and deepen poverty!

Emefiele: “In effect, the CBN

investment was subsequently

vested in BTHI, one of Milost's

publicly trading entities in the

OTC market of the New York

Stock Exchange through which

it planned to raise capital and

fund the transaction.

The investment which had

Williamsville Smith

Management Limited (WSML)

as the initial Special Purpose

Vehicle for the transaction, failed

and was subsequently vested in

BTHI.

The statement further said:

"BTHI, like WSML before it, then

proceeded to have an agreement

with Turner Wright which would

would be disobeying the law

establishing it, if it sits idly by

and allow the Naira to be

determined wholly by those socalled

market forces.”

Comment: Incidentally,

official statistics indicate that the

general price level continues to

rise by over 10% annually!!

Notably therefore, the CBN is

knowingly disobeying its prime

and foremost responsibility for

price stability as espoused in

Section 2, Subsection (a) of

CBN 2007 Act. Curiously,

however, successful economies

never seem to be victims of

market determined exchange

rates.

Emefiele: “Those calling for

floating of the currency betray

their ignorance of the effects of

significant depreciation,

however short-lived, on

inflation.”

The CBN’s refusal to adopt

free-floating Naira rate only

betrays the CBN’s inability to

significantly reduce the

perennial scourge of surplus

Naira which drives higher

inflation rates and higher cost

of borrowing, which ultimately

constricts consumer demand

and hamstrings industrial

expansion and job

opportunities. Furthermore, it

is apparent mischief for CBN

to finger the transparent

mechanism of free-floating

rates as a villain. Undeniably,

the Naira poor exchange rate

is attributable to the inflationary

spiral fueled by Naira liquidity

surplus that is unleashed,

whenever CBN substitutes

Naira allocations for monthly

distributable dollar

denominated revenue!

Worse still, the practice of

auctioning dollar rations in a

market, that is already

consciously flooded with Naira

by CBN, is a deliberate

mechanism to continuously

weaken the Nigerian currency!

This observation is clearly

validated by history as we have

become poorer with increasing

dollar reserves in CBN’s

custody.

ECONOMY

cede seventy percent of the

company to BTHI through a

share exchange upon funding

and disbursement of agreed

capital."

The statement added: "Big Time

Holdings, BTHI, had issued a

press release as early as October

31, 2018 about their filing with

the US Securities and Exchange

Commission, reporting the

"completion of acquisition or

disposition of assets" and

"change in shell company status"

involving Turner Wright - when

the share exchange have clearly

not taken place yet, nor the

corresponding money drawdowns

to TWL been remitted."


Election riggers, examination cheats

and other criminal entrepreneurs

SHE is young. Her dressing

gives the impression of a

religious-minded lady. She is

identified, or identified herself by

42 different names. But her real

name is unknown. It might not

be impossible that among the 42

names, is buried her true name.

On the other hand, she might

have been too smart to fill her real

name. But she is not faceless, and

if our country had a good

fingerprint database, she might

have been identified and

arrested.

Introducing one of the leading

2019 Joint Admissions and

Matriculation Board, JAMB,

candidates for entrance into the

country’s tertiary institutions. She

is in the fraudsters’ heavy weight

champion category because

through finger printing, she was

discovered to have registered 42

times for an examination that

requires a single registration!

However, she is not the

champion; that belt belongs to a

male fraudster that registered 62

times. That means he intended

to write the examinations for 62

different candidates. Given the

fact that the examination takes

place for seven days, it will

require this fraudster to write an

average of three examinations

daily for a full week. If this

heavyweight champion of

90

examination fraud in Nigeria

were to be apprehended, he

would need to face additional

charges of attempted suicide for

only a suicidal person would

make such an attempt. The fact

that these fraudsters stake their

health, invest their freedom and

future in such fraudulent scheme,

suggests that they must be

breaking even.

JAMB Registrar, Professor

Ishaq Oloyede, explained to the

media how the fraud is

perpetuated: “A ghost writer can

write for three or more persons

but the candidates have to be

present so as not to be marked

absent.

"For every examination, these

ghost writers write for three or four

persons within the hours of the

examination. They will finish one

and submit; they were not aware

that we have put measures in

place so that the system can tell

us who has written what

examination.

"What these candidates do is to

use their feet to disconnect the

wire on their system and people

will be struggling with the system

while the person writing for them

has already left the hall. The time

these candidates spend in these

frauds, they can become firstclass

candidates.”

He told of another JAMB

experience in the April, 2019

Nigeria’s feats amid myriad of shortfalls

By Carl Umegboro

THE military regime of General Ibrahim

Badamosi Babangida inadvertently made

June 12 a historic day Nigerians will never

forget. It symbolises oppression, injustice

and tyranny against the masses.

By the annulment of June 12, 1993

presidential election won by the late Chief

Moshood Kolawale Abiola, the military’s

insistence on controlling political power was

finally brought to an abrupt end, albeit the

winner lost his life in the struggle to reclaim

the mandate.

The good news today is that the Federal

Government has declared June 12 as

Nigeria's Democracy Day and also

recognised as a public holiday. Without a

doubt, the country has not achieved much

generally since the 26 years the recognition

of June 12 was in abeyance.

However, beginning from 1999 when the

military eventually handed over

administrative power to civilians, June 12

inadvertently drew a line between two

distinct eras: dark ages and renaissance

period. The latter is a democratic

government through universal suffrage. No

doubt, the dividends of democracy are still

not fully realised; nevertheless, there are

green lights in sight.

For example, the nation was

democratically put back on track from

1999. The first civilian administration after

the military era which was led by Chief

Olusegun Obasanjo, recorded some

progress by establishing essential

government structures like the EFCC, ICPC

and other agencies which are fundamental.

examinations: “A candidate did

biometric verification and came

into the hall but a professional

writer or mercenary had hidden

in the toilet. So the candidate

would stand up and say he or she

was going to the toilet, only for

the professional writer to come

back from the toilet and replace

him or her. The real candidate will

remain in the toilet. So our CCTV

watchers from Abuja caught that

and said the person who went to

the toilet was not the same person

who came back. And we quickly

had to call the security operatives

to pick up that person. And they

are saying I am a witch. They

don’t know that it is technology

JAMB’s efforts

and modest success

against

examination cheats,

is an indication that

there is hope for our

country

No doubt, they weren’t effectively used but

establishing them was a step in the right

direction.

The Goodluck Jonathan administration

which succeeded that of the late Umaru

Yar’Adua also introduced a number of

outstanding policies like the BVN, Treasury

Single Account, TSA, and others, albeit not

well-implemented. However, the diversion

of public funds that became the order of the

day overshadowed the positive initiatives.

Then, from 2015 when President

Muhammadu Buhari was first elected to

date, these structures and policies on ground

have been substantially activated and under

implementation for service delivery.

Similarly, most irregularities such as the

notorious financial inducements at the

National Assembly for performing

legislative duties and other abnormalities

are now history.

Remarkably, people are presently,

beginning to have confidence in the

judiciary which is fundamental in any

society. Similarly, people are beginning to

live by lawful means. Civil servants will tell

you that it is no longer business as usual.

Politicians masquerading as contractors

no longer liaise with public office holders

to sign and abandon government projects

after mobilisation. This is critically

systematic progress looking at the point from

where we began the journey. Of course, it is

undeniable that these reforms tightened the

economy but gradually, it is bouncing back

to true, consolidated and enduring

greatness.

that is aiding us.”

He blamed parents who pay the

ghost writers as being primarily

responsible for the crime: “Parents

pay as much as N200,000 to ghost

writers. How will you, as a

mother or a father, connive to

commit a crime? Will the child

have any respect for you? Will you

still call yourself a father or a

mother when you have

introduced your son or daughter

into the world of crime?”

Professor Oloyede reported the

summary of JAMB’s findings to

the Policy Meeting on Admissions

to Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria

held on June 11, in Gbongan,

Osun. He told the meeting that

examination malpractice is:

“Caused by insatiable greed and

the desperate antics of parents

who are hell-bent on inducting

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their innocent and not-soinnocent

children into the world

of sharp practices and

corruption.” He said the agency

is on the heels of these fraudsters

and that about 100 of such

candidates arrested in the 2019

examinations are awaiting trial.

Also to be sanctioned are 76

computer-based test centres for

various infractions during the

examinations.

Oloyede told the media that

just as there are fraudsters

feasting on candidates before and

during the examinations, so are

there those feasting after. He said

this year, a gang with intent to

extort and defraud fraudulent

parents and candidates ran a

syndicate from Igarra, Edo State,

with affiliates in Lagos, Ogun,

Osun, Abia, Anambra and

Plateau states and circulated a

fake notice of impending

reduction of UTME scores.

The JAMB registrar also

revealed attempted fraud during

the examinations through the

illegitimate movement of routers

to unregistered locations, illegal

extension of registration points

from the centre network to other

locations and attempts to clone

registration SIMs, but that JAMB

was able to checkmate the

fraudsters.

He also accused some tertiary

institutions of perpetuating

admission fraud. He said some

of them pad admissions, weed or

disqualify candidates on the false

premise that they did not upload

their school certificate results, and

sometimes transfer qualified

candidates to other programmes

all in order to replace them with

their preferred candidates.

Director-General of the National

Youth Service Corps, NYSC,

Brigadier-General Shuaibu

Ibrahim who also addressed the

policy meeting also related his

own experiences with fraudsters

Principally, sanity is returning to the polity.

The right to freedom of speech and

expression has since the Jonathan

administration, gathered momentum till

date. Governors and the opposition have

many times, rudely attacked the President,

though condemnable and unlawful, without

attracting arbitrary reactions.

Therefore, the nation has good reasons to

celebrate these trajectories and progress

despite the problem of insecurity and the

fact that the masses have not been directly

affected. With the structures being improved

and running effectively, without a doubt, jobs

Government must invest

more in education as

nonchalant attitude to the

sector some decades ago

birthed the insecurity of the

present times

will be created and the economy will be

stimulated for the common good.

But imperatively, government must invest

more in education as nonchalant attitude

to the sector some decades ago birthed the

insecurity of the present times.

The education system needs to be

restructured to realistically meet the

contemporary needs beyond mere certificate

display. The present system promotes and

places certifications above skills

acquisition, thereby making a high number

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in the agency. He spoke about the

mobilisation of non-graduates,

double registration of graduates,

and polytechnic graduates who,

given their OND background,

should not have qualified for

HND programmes. He suggested

a collaboration between JAMB

and the NYSC to ensure that

graduates were in the first place,

qualified for tertiary institution

admission in accordance with

JAMB requirements.

Education Minister, Adamu

Adamu, told the gathering that

the outcome of JAMB’s

investigation into the processes

of the 2019 UTME examinations

is a pointer to the fact that the

examination industry requires a

surgical process in order to

sanitise the system. He added:

“Government knows that the

ability and willingness to respond

to changes, particularly in

tracking and checkmating abuses

of a system, is very expensive;

yet, it is an expense that we must

bear its cost in the overall interest

of the nation.”

In a country where electoral

malpractice, including vote

buying and election rigging, is

becoming a culture, it is no

surprise that examination

malpractice is not uncommon.

However, both can be tackled

using information and

communications technology, but

more importantly, the will to

combat these practices is

necessary.

That is what differentiates our

decadent political system from

JAMB, an agency that carries the

battle to examination fraudsters,

confronting them, bursting them

and sending those apprehended

to prison.

This is the road to take. JAMB’s

efforts and modest success

against examination cheats, is

also an indication that there is

hope for our country.

of graduates unproductive, redundant and

unemployable.

An education system where certification

will accurately reflect degree of proficiency

is a panacea for moving out of the quagmire.

A system where lecturers and students

arbitrarily determine grades either through

sexual harassment, financial inducement,

intimidation or cultism, can never give birth

to positive outputs.

Presently, the National Open University

of Nigeria, NOUN, is remedying the

irregularities through its mode of operation;

but other conventional universities need to

follow suit. The present system in

conventional universities produce more of

people with questionable behaviours who

are later released back into the society;

sadly, many of them at the point of admission

into the universities were identified with

good manners.

NOUN’s mode which completely

separates students from examiners, is a

welcome development. By such mechanism,

students only know and meet their lecturers/

facilitators in classrooms without knowing

who or where the examiners come from, let

alone the questions.

Hence, examination malpractice and

other illicit activities are systematically

circumvented. It is either a student is

determinedly serious with studies or out.

Conventional universities should, therefore,

be upgraded for national security. Any

graduate with good grade but unproductive

and unemployable will likely resort to

crimes for survival.

•Umegboro, a public affairs analyst, wrote

from Lagos.

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34 Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019

Of debtor, law enforcer, Nigerian banking

and international perception

A

By Femi Abimbola

London-based

economic and political

risk analyst that I have known

for more than 10 years

reached out to me a couple of

weeks ago to ask this

poignant question: “What’s

going on in your country

banking industry?” I wasn’t

sure what he was after this

time as he often calls me up to

catch up on political and

economic developments in

Nigeria, whenever he was

researching to do a report for

clients.

“What are you on to this

time around?” I asked him.

“I’m doing a risk assessment

for clients who are looking at

making some money

available to the banking

industry and I have come

across a lot of reports where

the police are being used by

debtors to prevent legitimate

debt obligations being carried

out by the banks. This is odd

and is not good for your

country.” He explained his

observation.

In the last few months, there

appears to have emerged, a

new trend where the

relationship between some

banks and their debtorcustomers

goes awry over the

latter’s failure to keep up with

debt obligations. What is even

stranger, and this was what the

London economic and

political risk analyst was

alluding to, is that it would

appear that the debtors, many

of who have been established

to be chronic defaulters, take

refuge in some law

enforcement agencies, such as

the police, the Economic and

Financial Crimes

Commission (EFCC), the

courts, among others. I have

seen and followed cases of

these agencies appearing to

completely ignore the issue of

indebtedness of the chronic

debtors and then go after

banks, particularly their chief

executives; in a manner often

bothering on harassment and

criminalization.

It was only 10 years ago that

the world was hit by a global

financial crisis, which

reverberated in Nigeria and

led to some drastic measures

being taken, including the

setting up of the Asset

Management Corporation of

Nigeria (AMCON) to take

over delinquent debt-assets

from the books of banks to

keep some of them afloat.

Some banks did not survive

the crisis, and even now, the

financial system and some

parts of the economy are still

reeling from its aftermath.

The peculiarity of the

Nigerian financial crisis,

which hit the banking

industry hard, was largely due

to huge loans gone bad that

were given to customers, many

of who simply refused to pay

because they considered

themselves the untouchable in

society, who should get away

with not observing the

obligations that come with

borrowing money from the

banks.

Law enforcement agencies

cannot, 10 years later, after all

the noise that went down with

the development, claim to

have just forgotten or do not

now understand that there are

obligations tied to loans or

bank advancements that are

given to individuals and

organisations. They cannot

have forgotten the thousands

of jobs that were lost in the

banking industry because of

the crisis that resulted from the

many debt defaults on

account of this behaviour. It

would seem that the new

tactics being applied is to

create as much

embarrassment as possible

for banking executives,

especially their chief

executives, with a view to

forcing the hands of these

banks. The goal, it is now

clear, is to force the banks to

stand down from pushing

forward with collecting what

a chronic debtor owes. This

cannot be what the various

law enforcement agencies

involved in this act want to see

themselves being used for at

this time of Nigeria’s

development. It leads to

asking the question, how

much of the matter do these

enforcement agencies really

know in the cases between

banks and debtor-customers

before they step in to invite

bank executives for the

purpose of this orchestrated

harassment?

It is obvious that there is a

less than adequate

understanding on the part of

different law enforcement

agencies about the issues

involved in the matter

between the two parties,

especially the simple matter

of customer obligation over

loans taken from banks. Or

they are deliberately choosing

not to understand them with

that strangeness of the

Nigerian kind. Here is a

simple scenario. A customer

walks into a bank for a facility,

which is availed to him with

certain obligations to

perform. A loan agreement is

signed with all parties,

including lawyers present and

counter-signing, and clearly

stated actions the lender can

take to recover its money when

the debtor fails to meet the

obligation. What is now

playing out is that at the point

where the bank is exercising

these actions, some law

enforcement agencies are

showing up with a chronic

debtor to accuse, not just the

The action of the

law enforcement

agencies harassing

bank executive

in the behalf of

bank debtors

leads to international

observers

raising Corporate

Governance

questions

bank, but its executives (obviously

aimed at maximum

embarrassment), of some indiscretion.

In logic this would

fall under some fallacies.

There is something particularly

unwholesome that this

development brings for the

Nigerian economy, the banking

industry and the executives

who run banks. It is unhealthy

for the economy because

we are having law enforcement

agencies appearing

to provide a cushion and

take sides with recalcitrant

and chronic bank debtors,

providing them a platform to

avoid fulfilling their obliga-

tions on loans they obtained

with their eyes wide open. For

the economy, it is important

that this situation should immediately

attract the attention

of its managers and the

relevant authorities as it could

easily lead to a gradual build

up to the crisis of 10 years

ago.

The international financial

community feeds on

information and information

shapes perception. This new

method of handling chronic

debt matters, where the

debtors appear to enlist the

police, courts and others,

sometimes including the

EFCC, on their side so as not

to meet their obligations is

veritable ground for negative

scores on the reputation table

for Nigeria, its economy, its

banking industry and its bank

executives who are supposed

to relate with their

counterparts across the world

on deal negotiation tables.

Developing danger to Nigeria’s

economy

While we are here hyping

some banks, their CEOs and

other executives as some of the

best in the world for their

performances, the stories the

world is reading and seeing

especially on social media are

that they are routinely invited

based on some rather strange

charges raised by debtorcustomers

before law

enforcement agencies. In

many cases they are accused

of such a serious reputation

damaging act as theft of their

debtors’ goods. Some credit

scores are damaged by this

kind of information and they

come into play in different

global board rooms when

determining whether an onlending

facility should come

to Nigeria or go elsewhere. If

a CEO who has been harassed

in this manner, because he or

she has been accused by a

chronic debtor, whose

collateral has been exercised

for falling behind on his

obligation, is sitting in a board

room in London or New York

or Hong Kong trying to

negotiate an on-lending

facility for his or her bank,

how is he or she expected to

look when asked to explain a

report of theft contained in a

risk analyst’s report? He will

look small and embarrassed,

of course! And that would rub

off on Nigeria.

It is, therefore, being

advocated here that this is a

matter the relevant authorities

must look at seriously. While

the authorities are yet to wake

up to this developing danger

to Nigeria’s economy and its

reputation, the group being

directly targeted by this, the

banking industry, has an

onerous responsibility to act.

Chronic, defaulting debtors

who go from one bank to

another throwing their

political, economic

connections and supposed

business weights around to

secure loans are well known.

But the lack of cooperation

among banks, driven by the

cut-throat competition

among them, is allowing this

to carry on. It, therefore, calls

for cooperation and

collaboration to identify and

blacklist such well known

loan offenders, who think they

can use law enforcement

agencies to avoid meeting

their obligations. Cooperation

and collaboration will

allow for a list to be developed,

a black book, more or

less, with banks sharing information,

and refusing to lend

to these types of borrowers

who are fund of hopping from

one bank to another, once they

are caught out by one financial

institution or the other.

One of the strategies that

have become clear is that once

these agencies have been

brought into the picture, the

next thing is to go legal by

charging bank executives to

court, for sometimes frivolous

reasons. Banks often appear

to be caught unawares

because they seem

unprepared that the agencies

and the law courts would be

involved in the harassment

and embarrassment of their

executives, when they try to

enforce loan agreements. It

therefore calls for a deeper

understanding of the legal

framework that can be used

to tackle this matter. There

must be robust legal strategy

and approach to tackling this

matter. Banks in Nigeria, as a

group, cannot allow it to just

lie low. They must seek wise

legal counsel of an industrywide

nature.

Aligned to the above will be

engagement with the

regulatory authorities who

seem to have been silent so far

on this harassment. It is highly

important that regulators are

brought into the picture so

that this can become an

economy-wide matter given

its potential to injure the

reputation of the country and

thus damage the economy, if

it is not already doing so;

especially going by the

question put to me by the

London-based analyst. The

involvement of regulators is

important also because it

provides a strengthening of

position collectively on the

matter. The regulators need to

see this as damaging to the

credit agency concept, which

is currently in place in the

country, because it would

seem some chronic debtors

are still getting away with

deliberate infraction of the

banking system borrowing

rules with regard to their loan

obligations.

Ethical issues which need

serious attention

This matter also throws up

a lot of ethical issues which

need serious attention,

especially as they relate to

loan defaults in the system.

The action of the law

enforcement agencies

harassing bank executive in

the behalf of bank debtors

leads to international

observers raising Corporate

Governance questions. In a

world where the demand on

the banking industry for their

Corporate Governance

credentials is high, the ethical

issues that are emerging from

all this must be concerning to

the Central Bank of Nigeria

(CBN) Bankers Committee.

There are questions around

the ethical behaviour that are

coming up because of this

development; and it needs

deeper examination,

exposition

and

understanding. The earlier

this matter is tackled and

nipped in the bud, the earlier

that we can save the Nigerian

economy, its banking industry

and those who lead banking

institutions and manage the

banking industry from

international embarrassment

and damage to their

reputations.

Abimbola, an economic

analyst writes from Abuja.


Vanguard, MONDAY, , JUNE 17, 2019 35

Aisha Buhari, Sanwo-Olu

seek end to drug abuse

.As pharmacists lament scourge

By Chioma Obinna

N IGERIANpharmacists

have decried the

growing scourge of drug

and substance misuse in the

country even as Wife of the

President, Aisha Buhari

and Lagos State Governor

Babajide Sanwo-Olu call for

concerted efforts towards

curbing the menace.

This is coming on the

heels of a survey released

February this year, that 14.4

percent of Nigerians agedf

15 - 64 used one drug or

another in 2016 and 25

percent of the numbers are

women.

Making the call during a

symposium tagged:

“Sustainable Approach to

Eradication of Drug and

Substance Abuse in

Nigeria” organised by the

Nigeria Academy of

Pharmacy (NAPHARM),

Mrs Buhari urged

Nigerian pharmacists to

assist the Federal

government in the fight

against drug and

substance abuse in the

country.

Represented by Mrs Moji

Tejuosho, Buhari remarked

that following the result of

the report which showed

that some 14.4 million

people who make up the

livewire of our workforce as

a nation; fathers and sons,

mothers and daughters,

are affected, “We really

need to look around and

see the devastation caused

by drugs. Hundreds of

thousands of our children

are battling with drug

addiction, which makes

them burdens to

themselves and to the

society”.

Speaking, the Lagos

State Governor, Babajide

Sanwo -Olu, represented

by the Permanent

Secretary, Ministry of

Health, Lagos State, Dr Titi

Gonzalez, said the Lagos

State Kick Against Drug

Abuse (LASKADA) was

launched to declare war

against drug abuse.

“For the effort to yield

meaningful result

everybody should be

involved, clerics, royal

fathers, parents and even

youths themselves should

be ready to collaborate and

work with government to

rid our society of the

menace,” he said.

The Director General,

National Agency for Food

and Drug Administration

and Control, NAFDAC,

Prof Christianah Adeyeye

regretted that many of

Nigerian youths are

involved in drug abuse.

“It is high time for us as

pharmacists to look inward

and see what we can do to

make a change. As

custodians of drugs we

have to take control.

Stating that opioid abuse

has become the latest

scourge, she said the

Agency is working hard to

prevent such a scourge in

Nigeria. “ As professionals

we should be careful and

serious on how we handle

and distribute drugs

whether they are narcotics

or non-narcotics.”

On his part, President,

NAPHARM, Prince Julius

Adelusi-Adeluyi called for

the destigmatisation of drug

abuse. He said with 14 per

cent prevalence, in 100

million Nigerians, 14

million are drug users.

“We need a law that will

We need a

law that

will make

sure we can

trace, track

and control

these

products

By Gabriel Olawale

Revisit albinism bill, OAM Foundation urges

9th Assembly

By Chioma Obinna

AS the 9th Assembly

is set to begin, the

Onome Akiololu Majaro

Foundation, OAM, has

charged the incoming

members of the Assembly

to revisit the Albinism

Bill thrown out by the 8th

Assembly to protect

rights of persons living

with albinism in Nigeria.

The Foundation noted

that if the Albinism Bill is

passed into law, it will

address various human

right abuses against them

in the country.

Speaking in Lagos

during the workshop on

Albinism Advocacy and

Human Rights in Senegal

and organised by Open

Society Initiative for West

Africa, OSIWA, OAM

Logistics Director, Mr.

Ugochukwu Orji said

people with albinism in

Nigeria face emotional

challenges ranging from

stigma, discrimination and

denial of education among

others.

“We are urging

government to address these

issues by making a law that

takes care of our people.

Right now, there is no law

like that. In Nigeria, we

don’t experience physical

abuses like in East African

countries but the basic abuse

is the stigmatisation which

is emotional and

psychological etc.

“We are advocating for a

law to protect people living

with albinism. We are ready

to rework on any grey area

in the Bill.”

“Albinos in Nigeria also

suffer human rights abuses

in marriage as a result of

their condition. Many

One Planet, One Health embodies our

commitment BARRERE

THE

Managing

Director of Fan Milk

Plc, Mr Herve Barrere has

admonished Nigerians to

always bear in mind that

healthy people need

healthy food and healthy

food needs a healthy

planet in which to grow.

Speaking during this

year World Environment

Day celebration which was

marked with the planting

of 100 trees in

commemoration of 100

years of Danone, Fan Milk

parent company, Barrere

said that One Planet One

Health embodies

Danone’s commitment to

positive environmental

make sure that we can

trace, track and control

these products from

manufacturers all the way

to consumption. We have

been told that there are

11,926 drug items and

about 200 of them are illicit

drugs, It is difficult

controlling them and we

will need help. At this

time, Nigeria needs

rebranding, repositioning,

amongst others,’ he

stated.

impact.

“There is only one Earth.

We only live once” and we

are strongly reminded that

we have a duty to look

after our planet, our home,

in order to be able to leave

a legacy for those coming

after us to enjoy and build

upon.

“It is these

considerations that have

led us at Fan Milk to

launch One Planet One

Health in Nigeria as a part

of the global call from

Danone to bring health to

our company and its

ecosystem, to our planet,

and to generations of

people, now and in the

future.

For us, One Planet

means that we embrace the

*From left: Dr. Olamide Okulaja, Mrs. Njide Ndili, Dr. Ibironke Dada and Mr.

Emeka Ajanwachuku, all of PharmAccess Foundation shortly after presentation of

the Award recently in Lagos.

vision for sustainable

business practices, ensuring

that our business activities do

not have a negative effect on

our communities and our

planet.

Barrere said that they

have also signed an

agreement with Hinckley

recycling to recycle used

freezers responsibility

instead of disposing them

indiscriminately,

“We have a strong belief

that the health of people and

the health of the planet are

interconnected and for us,

our commitment to

manufacturing and

marketing healthy, nutritious

and enjoyable dairy food

products remains

unwavering.

communities write you off

once you are an albino.

“Many children are denied

education the moment their

parents discover they

don’t see very well. Take

for instance, during

elections, because of our

problem of melamin, we

are not supposed to stay

under the sun, Orji added.

On Senegal training

workshop, he explained

that the objectives were to

expose Non-

Governmental

Organisations that are into

albinism advocacy on the

different ways to tackle

issues of abuse and how to

further seek redress in the

African Union should the

host countries fail to

address the issues

properly.”

Speaking, Co-founder

of OAM, Mrs. Onome

Akinlolu Majaro who

noted that June 13 was

International Albinism

Awareness Day, with the

theme: Standing Strong.

“I am appealing to

persons living with

albinism to please be

patient, there’s a lot of

misconception about

albinism so just play your

part; educate, enlighten,

inform, continue to be the

light and stay strong.

She further called on

government at all levels

to subsidise treatment for

persons with albinism in

the area of eye

examinations, sunscreen

which is very expensive.

PharmAccess Foundation

best corporate body

supporting health LASG

PHARMACCESS Foundation has been awarded

the Best Corporate Body supporting the Health

sector in Lagos State. The award was announced

during the Lagos State Health Family 2018 Merit

Award, held in Lagos recently.

Speaking at the event organised by the Directorate of

Occupational Health and Staff Health Services of the

Ministry of Health, the Country Director of the

PharmAccess Foundation, Mrs. Njide Ndili appreciated

the Lagos State health workforce, which according to

her, has shown great dedication in improving health

service delivery in the state. The other runners-up for

the award include the Global Fund, Clinton Health

Foundation and MamaYe Nigeria. PharmAccess is a

not-for-profit organisation of Dutch origin dedicated to

improving access to quality health care and making

the health market work for people in sub-Saharan Africa.

It seeks to support the development of inclusive health

markets to increase access to affordable and quality

healthcare for low and middle-income populations of

sub-Saharan Africa. To this end, PharmAccess has

introduced innovative financing mechanisms such as

health insurance and standards to assess and stimulate

improvement of the quality of care delivered (SafeCare).


36 Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019

Iyase-Odozi’s iconographic explorations into Benin arts

L-R: Kehinde Adepegba, Ozolua Uhakheme, Dr. Kunle Filani, Princess Oghogho Iyase-

Odozi, Victor Ake Odozi and Dr. Mike Omoighe, during the event in Lagos

Royal Master of the circled cross (Oba Esigie)

By Osa MbonuAmadi, Arts Editor

On the significant day of June

12, 2019, arts & culture

journalists, visual arts

masters and academicians, renown art

collectors, curators, lovers of artworks

from diplomatic missions of different

countries, and people of diverse

background, gathered at Thought

Pyramid Art Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos, for

the press preview and art discourse

of the works of Princess Oghogho

Iyase-Odozi in preparation for her

travelling historical solo royal art

exhibition scheduled for October 2019.

The title of the October exhibition is

“Uhunmwen Vbe Ehinmwen and

Master of the Circled Cross in Benin

Kingdom”, while the theme of the art

discourse was “Renaissance of the

Imagery and Symbolism in Benin

Iconography: Iyase-Odozi’s Art

Appropriations in Focus”.

During the press preview anchored

by renowned painter and art lecturer

at the University of Lagos, Bolaji

Ogunwo, the exhibiting artist,

Princess Theresa Iyase-Odozi in her

introductory remark, gave an insight

into the works she created for the

upcoming exhibition and her source

of inspiration:

“Benin mythology is based on

collections of their history, deities,

ancestors, festivals, heroes and the

people’s predilections,” she said.

Iyase-Odozi had over the years

developed interest in Benin culture

and had researched into Benin Art

History took particular interest in

icons found in Benin artifacts.

“A key ‘Icon’ found prominently

displayed across most artifacts is the

Circled Cross. This particular icon

appeared in basically on most of the

plaques where the Oba was

represented in the 15th Century. One

of these works was titled ‘MASTER OF

THE CIRCLED CROSS IN BENIN

KINGDOM’. That struck me.

“There are several folkloric

interpretations of this Circled Cross,

which has a spiritual undertone used

during rituals and festivals. This

exhibition has for the first time in the

history of Benin unraveled the

unidentified Iconography and

Semiotics. This is a gift from the

ancestors; not just a gift, but a treasure

we need to tap into to secure the

future,” said Oghogho Iyase-Odozi.

What the artist did was to translate

the Iconographies into 2-D mixed

media paintings and transferred the

intricate iconographies to textile motifs

known as Iyase-Odozi EDO-BATIK.

Her works also seeks to revive the

waning batik clothing culture in Benin

and thereby impart some aspects of

Benin culture to the younger

generation through empowerment

programmes. The significance of her

works, she said, is that they will

reposition Benin art and culture as

well as attract tourists.

Works produced for the solo

exhibition include 45 mixed media

works; Contemporary Benin Royal

Altar consisting of a mixed media

painting of a typical Benin Oba, 4

huge ivory tusks, 12 totems in Edo

Batik of different sizes, 4 Uhunwum

Elao (commemorative heads), 10

potted plants representing the Ebe

Ewere leaves used during Igue

Festivals, and 4 long ancestral totems;

then, the Edo Batik textile designs in

different forms including 45 Edo Batik

textile designs, 45 T-Shirts in Edo

batik designs, and 45 scarf and

mufflers.

Special guests of honour at the event

were Prof. Bruce Onobrakpeya,

Omoba Yemisi Shyllon; and Victor Ake

Odozi, former Deputy Governor CBN

and husband of the exhibiting artist.

The panelists who discussed the

theme, “Renaissance of the Imagery

and Symbolism in Benin Iconography:

Iyase-Odozi’s Art Appropriations in

Focus” were Dr. Kunle Filani, Dr. Mike

Omoighe, and Kehinde Adepegba.

Alexis Galleries

showcase works of

11 contemporary

artists

Les Contemporains (The

Contemporaries), a

group exhibition of paintings,

sculptures and mixed media

opened last Saturday,15 May

2019 at the prolific Alexis

Galleries, Akin Olugbade,

Victoria Island, Lagos, and is

expected to run till Friday,

June 28, 2019.

Eleven artists whose works

are being exhibited include

Patrick Tagoe-Tuckson, Uchay

Joel Chima, Olisa

Nwadiogbu, Jimmy Uche

Nwanne, Djakou Kassi

Nathalie, Ato Arinze,

Valentine Mbachu,

Dominique Zinkpe, Andrews

Tettey Arko, Samuel Tete-

Katchan and Prince Obasi.

As what has become a

tradition with Alexis, the

Gallery will be donating part

of the proceeds from this

exhibition to Loving Gaze, an

NGO with 25 years of

experience in Nigeria,

providing healthcare and

educational services to the

less-privileged, as well as

empowering women through

vocational training.

Introducing Loving Gaze to

the media through Barbara

Pepoli, (General Manager) the

founder and Director of Alexis

Galleries, Patty Chidiac-

Mastrogiannis, said “As you

know, this year we’ve

partnered with a lot of NGOs.

Every exhibition we had we

partnered with an NGO. It’s

our way of saying thank you,

that we were well and

alive…we will be donating part

of the proceeds to them and

they know what to do with it.”

Speaking about the 11

exhibiting artists, Patty also

Green face

said “Putting some sanity in

the art market, these people

are going to be groomed

properly. Most of them are

already groomed, but that is

to get them up to master

levels. I am glad to be part of

it. I think that this is a show

that is going to rock the town.”

Loving Gaze employs a team

of 200 people: health and social

workers, teachers and

administrative staff. It

recognizes each person’s

irreducible dignity and

uniqueness beyond religion,

gender or ethnic differences.

They aim to offer a true

friendship, which embraces

professional support and

care. “We want all our

beneficiaries to feel that they

are never alone, despite their

health condition, their

challenges, and difficulties.

We work among the most

fragile communities in Lagos

and Taraba States: Primary

Education made up of 4

primary schools with 1,100

students; and healthcare with

3 clinics and 2 nutrition

centers. Their other areas of

operation are food security,

capacity building, women

empowerment in the area of

micro credit and vocational

training.”

The exhibition is co-curated

by Ato Arinze and Udemma

Chukwuma. It is sponsored

by Pepsi, Tiger, Mikano,

Delta Airline, The Guardian

Newspaper, Cobranet

Internet Service Provider, La

Cave, Cool FM, Wazobia

TV, Art Café and The

Homestores Limited.


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019 37

When arts met

environment for

Nnimmo Bassey

By Osa MbonuAmadi, Arts Editor

The lands, forests, wildlife, oceans,

rivers, streams, ozone layer,

genetic capitals and bio-diversity

must have nearly choked in fits of bliss

on the night of June 11, 2019, for it was

a night when friends and lovers of the

revered environmentalist, Nnimmo

Bassey, organised a colloquium for his

61st birthday at VIP Restaurant, King

Size, Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun, Lagos.

The keynote address delivered by Odia

Ofeimun, poet and polemicist, was titled

“Arts, Humanity and the Search for Social

Justice”. Odia, who in the course of

treatment of the topic, strayed into the

history of the Nigeria-Biafra Civil War;

saying strange things never heard of

before such as that Igbos did not occupy

high offices in Nigeria because of their

brilliance, but as a result of negotiation

with the north which excluded other

Nigerians.

Odia Ofeimun also accused the late

warlord, Odumegwu Ojukwu of planning

secession even as early as 1964: “…in

1964, the NPC won the federal

election… Nnamdi Azikiwe refused to

call Balewa to form a government. The

day he refused to call Belewa to form a

government was the day Ojukwu went

to Nnamdi Azikiwe to demand that they

should cut off. Zik refused. Ojukwu went

to Effiong, Effiong refused. He went to

Gowon…Gowon refused. But you see,

from that day, the basis for a coup was

already there…”

However, the keynote speaker

exonerated Igbos from the usual

accusation always leveled against them

by other Nigerians to justify their

massacre: that the January 1966 coup was

an Igbo coup. Ofeimun, a former political

secretary to late Chief Obafemi Awolowo,

author of the starvation policy that

claimed millions of lives of Biafran

children, said the coup was planned by

northern, western and eastern naïve

officers whose aim was to bring Awolowo

out from prison and install him as Prime

Minister.

In connection with the arts and

reference to the prevailing insecurity in

the country, Odia Ofeimun said one of

the roles of an artist in society is to help

create an environment in which people

relate. “We have not been able to design

a society in which we do not hurt one

another; society has to create order before

it begins to think about social justice.”

On the environment, the keynote

speaker said we are destroying and

abandoning plants that save life, and

that doctors have become very expensive

after being trained. He condemned the

northern hegemony saying “what

happened in Northern Nigeria – a case

of minority taking over a large majority”

is very dangerous and will never stand,

regardless of how long it lasts. “If we

want to live in a common society, we

must create a common citizenship.”

In a remark by the celebrant, Nnimmo

Bassey said: “It is true that if you don’t

know your history you will be

condemned to live it over and over again

until you learn about it. And Nigeria’s

history has been rapped and kept as a

secret for young people, so that many

young people today don’t know who their

leaders are. Now we keep recycling the

same people over and over again and

people say it doesn’t matter. It is a big

challenge. We need to be more critical

than we are.

“The theme of this meeting (Arts,

Humanity and the Search for Social

Justice) is really something as Odia

spoke. I took notes, and I will think a bit

more about some of those things (Odia

said) because each statement was like a

seed. And every seed contains a whole

plant, and every plant has a capacity to

turn into a forest. Every seed that is sown

in our heart tonight will go to fertilize so

that we have to watch over them,

interrogate them, and let them grow.

“The environment is one thing that can

actually unite this nation and make our

people rise and hold our leaders to

account, because there is no part of this

land you go that you will not have a

specific environmental issue that will

make you angry. Is it gully erosion in

the east? Is it desertification in the north?

Is it the pollution in the Lagos Lagoon,

deforestation across the south, or oil spill

In commemoration of this year’s Africa

Day, the Art of Living, a nongovernmental

organisation, made a

call for guidance through its founder, H.

H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The event was

conducted across over 25 African countries

via a webcast with over 50,000 people in

attendance.

During the program tagged “Voice of

Africa”, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, popularly

known as Sri Sri, led his audience to

meditate for the peace and prosperity of

Africa.

The webcast which would be its 6th in

Nigeria had participants of both Nigerian

and Indian decent. The participants who

had a large youth population were

inspired by the meditation to do good for

their country. Meditation, breathing

exercises and yoga play important roles

in inculcating a sense of wellbeing and

happiness in an individual. When one is

happy, one will not resort to violent ways

in life.

Since its inception in 1981, The Art of

Living has been able to reach out to over

155 countries and has spread this message

of love and peace. The founder, Sri Sri,

has been involved in mediating between

From left: Poet and keynote speaker, Odia Ofeimun; Renown environmentalists,

Nnimmo Bassey; and wife of Nnimmo, Evelyn Bassey, at the 61st birthday

colloquium organised for Nnimmo in Lagos

or gas flares in the South-South, the

mining that goes on in the middle belt

without any control? We are living in a

poisoned environment – eating poisoned

food, breathing poisoned air, drinking

poisoned water…and I believe it is time

for us to wake up and challenge the

system and change our thinking; to

question every move.”

Akeem Lasisi and Evelyn Osagie, two

journalists-turned performance poets,

repeatedly entertained the guests with

assorted dishes of spoken poetry

hybridized with music drama.

Cross-Cultural Wisdom & Africa Day:

The Art of Living for World Peace

…most relevant to the orgy of violence across Nigeria

H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

government and Farc leaders in

Colombia and was instrumental

in brokering the peace pact

after 50 years of turmoil in

Colombia.

During the live webcast, Sri Sri

mentioned that “outer peace can

only come from inner peace. We

only give what we have. A rich

man has money so he can give

money. You can’t ask a poor guy

to give you money. It’s only a man

who has knowledge that can give

knowledge. Similarly, a person

who has peace can bring peace

to others. So we need to find

peace within. Inner peace is the

key for world peace. And

meditation leads to inner peace.

“If individuals are not at peace

they will bring disturbance in

their families. Even if one

member of a family is disturbed,

the entire family will be

disturbed and many such

families make a colony in a colony. If one

family is disturbed, they go crazy, they go

violent; it disturbs their neighbours; it

disturbs everyone around that individual.

A disturbed family creates fear among

other people living in that same colony.

And it goes on and on.

“Then, when the same people get to

power; when they are afraid of the others;

when they are not peaceful; when they

are not happy, they also make their

neighbors unhappy. Consequently, the

country also suffers; the economy goes

down because they are ruling the country

out of fear and anything based on fear

can only bring more disaster, more fear.

“Peace between nations is only possible

when communities are peaceful; when

religions are at peace; when families are

at peace with one another. The root of all

these is individual peace, inner peace.

Inner peace is possible through

meditation, through broadening one’s

vision of life through wisdom. Learning

what life is all about is very important.

Once we have that wisdom, all the human

values, all those values which we consider

as human values which we know are so

important for a society to be at peace, for a

world to be at peace, will follow.

“So on this day, we pray to the almighty

to lead us from darkness to light and bring

us the inner strength. Inner strength can

come through meditation. let us hope for

a very prosperous forward-thinking and

peaceful African continent.

“Africa is covered by different continent

on all the three sides and ocean on the

other side. So there is technology, science

from West and there is wisdom, human

values from the East. There are resources

from the north. So, African continent can

really benefit from its neighbors.

“Africa has the big five. What is it that

Africa does not have? It has great natural

resources. It has people who are in

rhythm; beautiful people of Africa with

kind heart, big heart. But unfortunately

the whole continent has suffered a lot of

oppression and infighting. On this

occasion, I appeal to the people in Sudan,

in Congo, Mali and all other nations

where there is conflict between religion,

between communities, to drop the past

and move on with the great spirit of

oneness and with the great vision for a

more prosperous and happy Africa.

Siyabonga, Africa”

Art of Living has been teaching

Happiness and Youth Leadership Training

Programs in Nigeria for more than 10 years.

In those years, the art has been taught in

Lagos, Port Hartcourt, Kano, Kaduna,

Abuja, Enugu and a few cities in Delta

state. Inmates at Ikoyi Prison have also

been given these workshops and these

have had very positive impact on the local

populace.

In association with the University of

Lagos, The Art of Living has launched

the Drug Free Nigeria campaign which

focuses on creating awareness amongst

youth on drug abuse and helps them get

rid of addiction.

The guests of honor in Nigeria included

Prof. Pat Utomi, Chairman, CVL Nigeria

and Mr. Ramesh Subbu, 2nd Secretary to

Indian High Commission.

In his remark, the special guest of

honour, Prof. Pat Utomi, while

acknowledging the great works of Sri Sri

said he is a beneficiary of Sri Sri’s

meditation exercise.


38 VANGUARD, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019

NLC LISTING: From leftManaging Director, Stanbic IBTC Capital, Kobby

Bentsi Enchill; Chief Executive Officer, The Nigerian Stock Exchange,

NSE, Oscar N. Onyema; Director General, Debt Management Office,

DMO, Patience Oniha; Managing Director, FSDH Merchant Bank, Hamda

Ambah; Director, Portfolio Management Department, DMO, Oladele Afolabi

and Head, Market Development Department, DMO, Monday Usiade,

during the closing gong ceremony to commemorate the listing of the

FGN Eurobond at the Exchange in Lagos.

RETREAT: From Left Yemi Faturoti, Olusegun Kafaru, Rotimi

Olukorode, Bukky Aiyeola, Tunde Oguntade, Demola Olutusin and

Francis Ewherido all EXCO Members of the Lagos Area Committee

of Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers, NCRIB, at

the just concluded CEO Retreat in Ogere.

INSPECTION: Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, of Delta State inspecting

ongoing construction of Stormwater Channels along Okpanam, DBS,

DLA and Anwai roads in Asaba. When completed, the underground

channel will convey floodwater into River Niger and Anwai River,

respectively.

PRESENTATION: From leftHead, Department of Strategy, Lagos Business

School, Prof. Olawale Ajai; Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Ferdi

Moolman; Dean, Lagos Business School, Prof. Enase Okonedo; Chief

Executive Officer, Financial Derivatives, Bismarck Rewane; Founding

Partner, Kenna Partners, Prof. Fabian Ajogwu, SAN; Chief Corporate

Relations Officer, MTN Nigeria, Tobechukwu Okigbo and President, Lagos

Business School Alumni Association, Clare Omatseye during the guest

presentation by the MTN CEO at the Lagos Business School Breakfast

Club in Lagos.Photo:Akeem Salau.


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019 39

ERORAHA

I, formerly known as Miss

Eroraha Julie Okeoghene now

wish to be known as Mrs

Ugbomeh Julie Okeoghene.

All former documents remain

vaild. General public take

note.

IGNATIUS

I, formerly known as Mrs

Ignatius Vivian Chidinma, now

wish to be known as Miss

Peterside Jacqueline Vivian

Chidinma. All other

documents remain valid.

General public pleas take note.

SAULABIU

I, formerly known as Saulabiu

Afolabi Nurudeen, now wish to

be known as Atobatele Afolabi

Noah. All former documents

remain valid. General public

should please take note.

AWODIPE

I hereby confirm that the

name, Awodipe Babajide

Adeshina and Awodipe

Oluwaremilekun Edward refer

to me. I now wish to be known

as Awodipe Babajide Adeshina.

All former documents remain

valid. General public should

please take note.

OKECHUKWU

I, formerly known as Miss

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I, formerly known as Miss

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note.

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I, formerly known as Miss

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I, formerly known as Miss

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The name Egbedi Emmanuel

Emuejevoke and Egbedi

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I, hereby confirm that, the above

name Essien, Anthony Cephas is my

name. That the name, Ikot

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in my curriculum vitae as my name, is

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40 VANGUARD, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019

Netanyahu’s wife admits criminal

wrongdoing in catering case

THE wife of Israel’s

Prime Minister

Benjamin Netanyahu

has admitted to the misuse

of public funds and

asked a Jerusalem court

to approve a plea bargain

convicting her of

fraud and breach of trust.

Under the charges in

an amended indictment,

Sara Netanyahu would

plead guilty to exploiting

the mistake of another

person and pay a fine

along with compensation,

but corruption

charges against her

would be dropped.

In a small room at the

Jerusalem magistrate’s

court packed with journalists,

Netanyahu told

the judge she was aware

of the charges. Her lawyer

and a prosecutor

asked Justice Avital

Chen to accept the deal.

“As in every plea bargain,

each side makes

concessions, sometimes

hard concessions,” prosecutor

Erez Padan said

on Sunday.

“It is right and proper

for the public interest to

bring this case to an

end.”

“The prosecution is

aware there isn’t full correlation

between the sum

[agreed to be paid by

Netanyahu] and the

criminal offence, however

in the framework of

the legal procedure, a

full correlation is not

obligatory,” added

Padan.

The justice ministry

said that under the deal,

Netanyahu would be

fined 10,000 shekels

($2,800) and reimburse

the state a further 45,000

shekels ($12,500).

Netanyahu’s lawyer

Yossi Cohen told the

court his client had already

been heavily punished

by the media.

“Four years of ugly

leaks and denigrations”

constituted “inhuman

punishment”.

“No other person could

have withstood this, this

lady is made of steel,”

the AFP news agency

quoted Cohen as saying.

“Netanyahu’s blood

was spilled with no mercy.

She has children and

a husband,” he said, as

reported by the Haaretz.

Netanyahu was initially

charged in June 2018

with fraud and breach of

trust for allegedly misusing

state funds to pay for

catered meals costing

$100,000, by falsely declaring

there were no

cooks available at the

prime minister’s official

residence.

The 60-year-old has

been a high-profile presence

at her husband’s

side throughout his long

tenure in office.

She has also faced accusations

of mistreating

staff. In 2016, a court

awarded some $47,000

in damages to a former

housekeeper who accused

the couple of repeated

workplace abuse.

Separately, Prime

Minister Netanyahu is

facing possible indictment

for bribery, fraud

and breach of trust in the

months ahead.

He is reportedly seeking

legislation that

would result in him being

granted immunity.

He is up for re-election

again in September 17

polls, the second to be

held this year after he

was unable to form a coalition

following an

April vote.

Russia urges restraint as accusations fly in

Gulf tanker row

RUSSIA warned

against “baseless

accusations” and a “sober

appraisal of evidence”

after Iran and

the United States traded

charges over the reported

attacks on commercial

tankers in the

Gulf of Oman.

The mysterious incidents,

which caused

damage to two tankers

on Thursday, have

ratcheted up already

high tensions between

Tehran and Washington,

prompting fears of a regional

conflagration and

sending oil prices soaring.

Saudi Arabi and the

United Kingdom on

Sunday sided with the

Washington’s assessment

that Iran was responsible

for last week’s

incidents, which left one

tanker ablaze and both

adrift in the Gulf.

Britain’s stance drew a

diplomatic protest from

Tehran, which vehemently

denies the

claims.

Ali Larijani, speaker of

Sara Netanyahu

Iran’s parliament, accused

Washington of

staging the tanker attacks

“after the failure of

its harsh sanctions” on

Tehran, according to the

official IRNA news agency

Ṫhe US has re-imposed

and tightened

punishing sanctions on

Iran in the year since it

exited an international

accord that curbed Tehran’s

nuclear programme

in exchange for

sanctions relief.

US President Donald

Trump said the “maximum

pressure” campaign

was aimed at forcing

Iran to negotiate a

new deal that also encompasses

its ballistic

missiles programme and

addressed its support for

regional armed groups.

But Larijani, speaking

in the Iranian parliament,

said it was “comical”

that the US was urging

Iran to turn to diplomacy

after launching a

“full-scale economic

war” against the country.

Hours later, US Secretary

of State Mike

Pompeo said it was “unmistakable”

that Iran

was responsible for the

suspected attacks, but

said Washington did not

seek war with Tehran.

In an interview with

‘Fox News Sunday’,

Pompeo said there was

other evidence beyond a

video released by the US

military, which it said

purported to show Iranian

soldiers removing an

unexploded mine from

the Japanese-owned

Kokuka Courageous

hours after the suspected

attacks.

“The intelligence community

has lots of data,

lots of evidence. The

world will come to see

much of it,” he said.

US ramping up cyber

attacks on Russia

NYT

THE US is escalating cyber attacks on Russia’s

electric power grid and has placed potentially

crippling malware inside the Russian system, The

New York Times reported weekend

The placement of the malware that deep within the

Russian grid had never previously been attempted,

the Times reports, and is intended partly as a warning

and also to put the US in a position to conduct

cyber attacks should a significant conflict arise with

Russia.

Two administration officials told the Times they believed

President Donald Trump had not been briefed

in any detail about the US computer code being implanted

inside the Russian grid.

Pentagon and intelligence officials describe to the

Times “broad hesitation” to tell Trump about the details

of the operations against Russia. They tell the

Times there was concern over how Trump would react,

and the possibility that Trump might reverse the

operations or discuss it with foreign officials.

Trump said in a string of tweets that the Times report

was “NOT TRUE,” calling the Times’ reporting

“a virtual act of Treason” and the news media the

“enemy of the people.”

“Do you believe that the Failing New York Times

just did a story stating that the United States is substantially

increasing Cyber Attacks on Russia. This is

a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate

for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country.....”

Trump said in one of the tweets.

The Times responded to Trump’s tweet, pointing

out its note in the story that they had spoken to national

security officials who had no national security

concerns about their reporting.

In 2017, Trump shared highly classified information

with the Russian foreign minister and Russian

ambassador to the US in a White House meeting, The

Washington Post first reported and CNN later confirmed.

In interviews with current and former government

officials over the past three months with the Times,

officials describe the deployment of US computer code

into Russia’s grid and other targets as part of a shift

to a more offensive strategy.

The incursion into the Russian electric power grid

seems to have been conducted under new legal authorities

in the military authorization bill passed by

Congress last year, the Times reports. Under the law,

the defense secretary can authorize, without special

presidential approval, routine “clandestine military

activity” in cyberspace, according to the Times.

Trump issued new authorities last summer to the

United States Cyber Command, which is part of the

Pentagon and runs the US military’s defensive and

offensive online operations, the Times reports. The

classified document gives the commander of Cyber

Command, Gen. Paul Nakasone, the power to conduct

offensive online operations without needing presidential

approval.

The Trump administration declined to describe to

the Times specific actions it was taking under these

new authorities.

Current and former officials tell the Times the US

has put reconnaissance probes into the Russian grid

since at least 2012.

Nakasone and White House national security adviser

John Bolton declined, through spokesmen, to

answer questions from the Times about the incursions,

and the White House did not respond to CNN’s request

for comment.

Officials at the National Security Council declined

to comment to the Times, but said they had no national

security concerns about the details of the Times’

reporting

Hong Kong leader apologizes after massive protests

over extradition bill

HONG Kong embat

tled leader has

apologized to the public

with “utmost sincerity and

humility” after massive protests

demanding she

step down over her administration’s

handling of a bill

that would have allowed

extraditions to China.

Chief Executive Carrie

Lam “admitted that shortcomings

in the government’s

work has led to a

lot of conflict and disputes

in Hong Kong society and

has disappointed and distressed

many citizens,” a

statement from her office

said on Sunday.

“The chief executive

apologises to the citizens

and promises to accept criticism

with the most sincere

and humble attitude,”

The rare apology came

after hundreds of thousands

of black-clad protesters

took to the streets for the

second time in a week to

protest against the controversial

bill.

Bonnie Leung, one of the

protest organisers, told Al

Jazeera that Lam’s apology

was meaningless, and

didn’t address some of the

main concerns of today’s

protests, including the

treatment of protesters by

police.

“Hong Kong people are

tired of being lied to by

their representatives. The

more sincere you say you

are, the more anger we

have. Her apology just

added fuel to the fire.”

She said that she didn’t

want to predict what

would happen on Monday,

when several unions

have announced strikes

and thousands of people

are expected once again

to gather at the CGO

complex.

“What we need to do is

not let up on the momentum,

and build the power

of the people. Two million

Hong Kongers came out

today, we need them to

connect with their communities,

and reach another

three or four million people.”


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Parents now afraid

to send children to

school UNICEF

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existence by these bloodmongering

marauders

cannot be overlooked as

we, as a people, believe

that for peace and accord

to reign among the

multiplicity of peoples

who occupy a common

territory, all parties must

play a role in ensuring

that each and every unit

in this country respects

each other in all

ramifications.

“It is disheartening and

most embarrassing that

the group, despite several

appeals to their

consciousness and

common sense, has

continued to wreak havoc

on our land, and forcibly

planning to reap where

they have not sown.

“They have proven that

they have come to steal,

destroy, and kill; as

evident in the

unmitigated attacks on

communities where their

nomadic enterprise takes

them.

“They have been

plundering Yorubaland,

and we recognize evil

when we see it. This is no

exception.

“As true spawns of

Oduduwa, we are

unequivocally forthright

about this threat posed by

this group which the

Federal Government has

turned a blind eye to by

refusing to call a spade

by its name, dubbing the

Fulani marauders as

criminals, bandits, and

pillagers.

“Every true blood of the

Yoruba race is at the risk

of being haunted and

slaughtered by this

reckless group if we keep

sugar-coating the bloody

implications of their evil

enterprise.

“We are acquainted

with the nature of Fulani

nomads in the past, and

we know as a matter of

fact that they were not

carrying AK-47s. It is

because of this naked

truth that we ask that

these people be labelled

as what they are. We are

clamouring that the

appropriate moniker

should be used to tag

them. They should be

addressed as Fulani

bandits, for we believe

that there is power in

names.

“We strongly advise

Obas and local chiefs to

show more than passing

interest in the activities of

people in their domains.

They must know that they

cannot be blameless for

their failure to account for

and monitor strangers in

their areas of

jurisdictions, particularly

those whose activities run

contrary to peaceful

coexistence.

“We cannot continue to

fold our arms and let these

bandits continue to soil

our land with the blood of

the innocent.

Consequently, we hereby

ask these Fulani

marauders to stop their

murderous activities and

vacate every inch of

Yorubaland they currently

ravage.

“Failure to reconcile

themselves with these

terms may warrant

maximum retaliation as

the principle dictates that

a bully only respects a

bully.

“We demand concrete

action by the Buhari

Administration over the

activities of these

murderous gangs. We are

no longer comfortable

with the continuing

brutalization and

murderous humiliation of

our people. Government’s

silence is distressing as it

is emboldening the

criminals. President

Buhari must act now.

“They need to

understand that their

seeming stillness about

this plague is a tacit

alignment with the forces

of evil.”

Efforts to

combat menace

in place

Ekiti govt

When contacted, Chief

Press Secretary to the

Ekiti State governor, Mr.

Yinka Oyebode, said

efforts had been put in

place by the state

government to see how

the traditional institution

could collaborate with

security agencies and

tackle banditry and

insecurity in the state.

Oyebode said: “In Ekiti

State, the government is

taking steps to ensure the

state is secured. Two

weeks ago, the state

government organized a

security summit. We are

looking at a situation

where the traditional

institution can collaborate

with security agencies

and ward off insecurity

and banditry in the state.

We are also introducing

the unconventional

system to tackle insecurity

in the state.

New security

policy for Lagos

coming, says

Sanwo-Olu

Meanwhile, Governor

Babajide Saanwo-Olu of

Lagos State, yesterday,

disclosed that he would

disclose a new security

policy to prevent the high

rate of kidnapping

Cultural troupeA cultural troupe from Owo in Ondo State performing during Ogidi Day 2019

celebration at Ogidi in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, weekend. Photo: NAN.

currently ravaging the

country from getting into

the state.

Sanwo-Olu said the

decision to adopt a new

security policy became

imperative due to the

current increase in the

level of insecurity across

the country which had

forced other states to

review their policies.

The governor gave the

hint at the

interdenominational

thanksgiving service

organized by the

Christian Association of

Nigeria, CAN, at

Gbagada, which was also

attended by Speaker of

the State House of

Assembly, Mudasiru

Obasa, and others.

He said: “This is

because there are so

many issues around

security within Lagos and

across the country. We

will not sit back and fold

our arms. We will work

with the security

operatives so that in the

next couple of days, we

will make a very definitive

pronouncement on

security.

“The pronouncement

will include what we

need to do and how we

will achieve a better

secured state. This will

help to ensure that issues

around cultism,

kidnapping are

checkmated in Lagos.

Lagos is the home to all.

It is the home for the rich

and the poor.

“We will strive to ensure

that we do this within the

resources available to us.

We want to ensure that

Lagos becomes the best

place anyone can think of

in terms of security.”

Buhari, N-West

govs working to

tackle

insurgency

Presidency

The Presidency last

night said that President

Muhammadu Buhari and

governors in the North

West were working out

strategic plan to end

insurgency in the zone

and the Northern region.

A statement by the

Senior Special Assistant

to the President on Media

and Publicity, Mallam

Garba Shehu in Abuja

said that President

Buhari’s administration

and the North western

state governments were

pursuing an urgent

revamp of the national

security apparatus in the

sub-region following the

infiltration of bandits into

areas.

According to the

statement, the renewed

effort to secure the zone

came on the heels of the

recent killing of 34

persons in an attack on

Tungar Kafau and Gidan

Wawa communities in

Shinkafi Local

Government Areas of

Zamfara.

President Buhari, who

expressed sorrow over the

renewed attacks

extended his sympathies

to the governments and

people of Sokoto and

Zamfara states and

charged all stakeholders,

made up of the federal

security agencies and the

states involved in drawing

up the long-term strategic

defence plan to begin its

i m m e d i a t e

implementation.

It said that, “Under the

plan, states are joining

the Federal Government

in supporting the security

and military operations by

providing logistical

support.

“States are providing

additional vehicles in

addition to those provided

from the center. The

federal government is

establishing new forward

operation bases and when

all of these come together,

the ongoing operations

will be scaled up.

“The National

Emergency Management

Agency, NEMA and the

various State Emergency

Management Agencies,

SEMA are expected to

streamline their

operations to provide

succor to displaced

persons, thousands of

whom are taking refuge in

the neighboring Niger

Republic.”

2019 polls: Why Army got into

trouble GOC

PORT HARCOURT

The Nigerian Army has

said that it incurred the

anger of politicians

because it refused to

compromise the integrity

of the 2019 general

elections due to its belief

in the nation’s democracy.

The Army said it also

acted in the best interest

of the country by assisting

the Police in the elections.

Maj-Gen. Jamil

Sarham, General Officer

Commanding (GOC), 6

Division, Port Harcourt,

disclosed this while

receiving two individual

Awards of Excellence at

the divisional

headquarters in Port

Harcourt yesterday.

The News Agency of

Nigeria (NAN) reports

that two youth groups: the

Economic Community of

West African States,

ECOWAS, Youth Council,

and the Northern Youth

Council of Nigeria,

presented the awards.

According to Sarham,

the elections in Rivers

offered a unique

experience in which the

Army satisfactorily carried

out its responsibilities.

“The 2019 general

elections which the

division acted in aid of

Nigerian Police and the

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC, offered the Army a

unique experience.

“This is because some

subversive elements tried,

but failed to cause the

division to compromise

the integrity of the polls.

“Their failure was due to

the resilience and

doggedness of our

personnel, whom some of

them, unfortunately paid

the supreme price in

defence of our

democracy,” he said.

Sarham said the awards

were recognition that

some groups and

individuals had closely

monitored the elections as

well as independently

verified activities of the

army.

“Among the groups are

the ECOWAS Youth

Council and the Northern

Youth Council of Nigeria

which are presenting

these awards.

“I have been made to

understand that there are

many more similar

organizations that are also

processing their request

(award) through the

Army Headquarters,” he

said.

The GOC said the

recognition wouldn’t have

been possible without the

support and guidance of

the Chief of Army Staff,

Lt.-Gen. Tukur

Buratai,and troops of the

division.

He dedicated the

awards to soldiers who

lost their lives while

assisting the police in the

elections.

Earlier, the Director of

Cabinet, ECOWAS Youth

Council, who presented

the ECOWAS award,

commended the GOC for

his professionalism to the

nation’s security

architecture.

“We also thank you

(Sarham) for promoting

peace and nation

building. We believe that

if Nigeria gets it right,

Africa will also get it

right,” he said.


42 Vanguard, MONDAY JUNE 17, 2019

How personalization

and privatization of

govt destroyed Nigeria

Ndume

•Says I will support Lawan to succeed

•If it were now I would not have gone

to school

Born in 1959 into a Christian home in Borno, Senator Samuel Ali Ndume

(APC, Borno South) is many things to different people. Some see him as

defender of democracy. To some he is stubborn senator. Yet there are those

who see him as Boko Haram senator. In a no-holds barred interview in

Abuja after the inauguration of the Ninth Senate, Senator Ndume told Vanguard

why he refused to step down for Senator Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe North)

despite intense pressure mounted by the leaders of the All Progressives Congress,

APC, and why he must ensure that Lawan succeeds. The lawmaker spoke on his

growing up and humble beginnings, how he went to a Polytechnic instead of any of

the two universities that offered him admission, where Nigeria went wrong, and

how personalization and privatization of government has destroyed the country

among others.

By Clifford Ndujihe,

Political Editor, &

Johnbosco Agbakwuru

How did you see what happened

in the Senate during the

inauguration, last Tuesday?

What happened actually was

what I expected to be done but not

the outcome. The due process of

democracy and rule of law should

prevail and as I have been saying,

there is no democracy where there

is no election. With what happened

in the Senate that day, democracy

has won.

I insisted that I should be allowed

to contest for the position of Senate

President. As I said several times, it

is God that gives power to

whomever He wants at the time He

wants it. It is in the Bible and and

Koran. God disclosed His position

that day by giving it to Lawan

through my colleagues and I say

glory be to God.

If you ask God and He does not

give, it means that that thing is not

good for you. He may have another

thing that is better. That is how I took

it and that was why I quickly

congratulated my colleague.

Ahmad Lawan is my brother. We

are from the same zone and we

have been in the National

Assembly together for a very long

time. As I said, every senator out of

the 109 is eminently qualified to be

the presiding officer of the Senate. I

am ready to give Lawan all the

necessary support for us to succeed

because if he fails, I also have failed,

my party has failed, and my region

has failed.

So, I have to do everything to make

sure we succeed in making the

Ninth Senate clearly different from

the Eight Senate that was full of very

rancorous relationship with the

executive.

All of us including Ahmad Lawan

can be called the Buharists. So, I will

do everything to protect the integrity,

and interest of the president.

I had said before that whether or

not I get the position, I will continue

to stand by the ideals of Mr.

President because he is one of my

political mentors. I am sure he too

will be proud with the way I

conducted myself and stood for my

right.

Legislative agenda

The election is over. Now, we are

ready to move and do those things

that will move the country to the next

level. I will continue to pursue my

nine point agenda through the

Senate President and as a member

of the Senate.

I have some bills that I sponsored

in the Eight Senate that have

lapsed. I am going to bring them

forward again. I also have some

ideas as to what the government

needs to do to achieve its set

objectives.

One of them is the Social

Intervention Programme, SIP, which

is a policy of this government but

there is no law backing it. I will strive

to see that we create a law that will

back it so that it will not stop with the

existence of the Buhari

administration.

I think the government should be

thinking towards it but if they are not

I have started drafting a bill that I

call Social Intervention Programme

Agency, SIPA, Bill so that instead of

throwing the Programme away,

there will be a director-general

under the presidency. There will be

various departments and they will

have offices in the six geo-political

zones. There will be a budget for it,

details of what they intend to do and

how they intend to do it. The

Programme will go a long way to

create employment.

Another is the Constituency

Development Bill. The

constituency projects are full of

controversies because there is no

law backing them, and there is no

transparency that is required in the

process.

I will also assist in making some

laws that will cover the massive

loopholes in revenue generation,

which will help in reducing our

dependence on borrowingdomestic

and foreign, to fund our

budgets.

The election is

over. Now, we are

ready to move

and do those

things that will

move the country

to the next level.

I will continue to

pursue my nine

point agenda

through the

Senate President

and as a member

of the Senate

These wii be my areas of

concentration. Thank God we have

the North-East Development

Commission, NEDC, to address the

devastation of the Boko Haram

insurgency in the North-East.

I am trying to see what law the

executive should do to address the

issue of insecurity. And also to look

at the possibility of diversifying and

privatizing the provision of basic

infrastructures, to see how we can

get the private sector involved in rail,

road, power, waterways, and other

areas like we have in developed

economies.

I am also interested in sharing my

thinking with the executive on how

to address the insecurity challenge

at the local level. For example, in

Borno, it was with the assistance of

volunteers, the civilian Joint Task

Force that we were able to defeat

Boko Haram in the epicentre of the

insurgency, which is Borno. These

youths volunteered themselves.

There is need for the government

to give them support and help them

like a volunteer organization just

like the Nigeria Civil Defence

before it became corps.

Even though I did not win the

senate presidency election, I am still

a senator. With my colleagues I will

push forward these ideas and make

them see the light of the day.

Before the election, you were

endorsed by the People’s

Democratic Party, PDP, which has

44 senators. You had 28 votes, don’t

you suspect a sell-out?

No, I didn’t. Clearly, that is PDP’s

business. Honestly, I did not know

they would endorse me. Initially, my

party said we should not deal with

the PDP, so I stayed away. Later, they

changed their mind and said we

could canvass for votes from the PDP.

That was why the PDP Caucus

invited me and invited Ahmad

Lawan too. It was after that they

issued that statement and it came

to me as a surprise.

I don’t know what transpired or

why. All I can say is that people have

exercised their right to choose

between Ahmad Lawan and I. And

only God knows who chose me

because it was open secret. So, I

don’t know who voted for me. All I

know is that 28 people who believe

in my leadership stood by me.

Since the inauguration have you

and the Senate President spoken?

Yes. Before they finished the

counting when I knew I had lost, I

went and congratulated him. When

he was declared winner he came to

congratulate me too. We have

•Senator Ndudme

passed that, we are ready to move

forward. On Thursday, before we

closed, I went to greet and

congratulate him and he said we

would work together. So I have put

that behind me.

Despite the pressure on you to

step down for Lawan, you fought

till the end. What drove you, what

was the motivation?

It was not fight. I struggled till the

end. One was the public. Honesty,

the people who were supporting me

outside were more than those

supporting me inside, especially my

constituency. My constituency was

consistently calling me, saying

‘don’t step down.’ My father was

saying ‘don’t step down.’ But the

powers that be said ‘step down.’

That was the most difficult time for

me.

However, I know that I will be in

the Senate for only 1460 days.

Before you know it 1460 days are

over and I will go back to my people.

And as I told you, I am nobody who

became somebody without

knowing anybody. I depend on

God and my constituency. I have

always been supported by the

public. I stood for my right to contest

and that right was guaranteed by

the constitution. So, I would not have

given up.

For those that say that I have

disappointed them, I hope they

have now realized that I have given

credibility to the process. As you

have seen, when the election was

allowed, the candidate they

preferred won but through a

credible process. If I said that I don’t

agree with the leadership of Ahmad

Lawan by now, it means I will be

fighting God.

You keep talking about being

nobody, who became somebody

without knowing anybody. How

was growing up like?

Growing up, initially, just like Dr

Goodluck Jonathan said, I didn’t not

have the opportunity of going to

school with a shoe, bicycle or

motorcycle. I trekked to school.

When I was in primary school, after

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a year or two, I always remember, I

bought a shoe made out of old car

tyre. Some of us, our parents were

not rich enough to buy us a ball, we

had to make it out of old clothes. We

wrapped and folded it round until

it became a ball.

My father did not go to school. My

mother was withdrawn from

primary school and married off to

my father. Initially, we were living

in thatched house. It was later that

we gradually zinced it.

In primary school, my parents

were not rich enough to buy me the

normal uniform. My uniform was

made from bag of salt with the label

of the salt company on it. That was

what I was wearing.

We are two. At one time, my

stepfather could not buy that

uniform for both of us. He would buy

for me, later he would save and buy

for my younger brother. That was

typically how growing up was. I

remember, if we went to the farm,

when coming back we would fetch

fire wood and sell it to women that

were selling Ankara (bean cake) in

exchange for akara otherwise we

won’t eat akara.

I was lucky to go to secondary

school. I was also lucky finish my

secondary with division one. I had

eight credits and went to Kaduna

Polytechnic.

One interesting thing happened.

I had admission to ABU, University

of Maiduguri and Kaduna

Polytechnic but because there was

no counselling, and Kaduna

Polytechnic was the only popular

higher institution in the North, local

government staff used to go there

and they used to be big men. So,

my father said go to that big

people’s school. After graduating

with HND, I now realized that there

is a dichotomy between HND and

a first degree.

Even at that, I took it positively. I

got scholarship to go to the United

States of America and had the

opportunity of getting a degree and

a master’s degree. I graduated

with honours. I thank God for that.

The reason I always say this is to

give hope to the children of the poor,

that you still have chance to be

somebody without knowing

anybody and I am an example. I

am the son of a poor man, I know

nobody and have no political

godfather.

Given your background, what

efforts are you making to help the

less privileged?

I live almost my life for those who

elected me. I don’t want to blow my

trumpet, go to my constituency and

find out what I have been doing. In

the Eight Assembly, I tried to

establish a foundation for the

children of the less privileged. What

I have decided to do is to help any

poor person that comes to me

whether he is from my constituency

or not because I was there.

On his take about being regarded

as a stubborn politician by critics

Make your judgment, I am not the

right person to answer that.

However, I know that I stand for

what I believe in especially if I

know that it is right even if I am

standing alone. If that is what they

•Senator Ndudme

call stubborness then they are

entitled to their definition. People

know me for one thing, I don’t take

anybody for granted but you have

to stand for what is right.

I guess it is because of that that

people think that I am stubborn. I

don’t want to be talking about it, I

have put it behind me. Had it been

that the party called me in a

respectable manner and said ‘we

want Ahmad Lawan now, two of you

cannot be senate president, for so

so reason concede the position to

Lawan,’ I would have done that.

Unfortunately, they were doing

that at the last minute when my

people were telling me ‘don’t step

down.’ If I had stepped down, I

would have disappointed many

Nigerians. Despite the fact that I lost

the election so many Nigerians

have been sending me messages

that I stood for democracy. There is

no democracy without election or

contest.

I hope they will not say that I am

arrogant because I relate with

everybody. Because I am the son of

a poor man, I relate with the

grassroots that have been my

strength in all elections. I won

election under ANPP, PDP and APC

without a godfather but the support

of the people. And I thank God.

At 60, I have come a long way and

have started thinking of retiring.

Even our Prophet, not only retired

but died at 63. By the time I finish

my tenure I will be 64 and should

be ready to leave the stage or even

die.

No

That is the truth. If you have 60

years of fruitful life and your prophet

died at 63, I cannot be better than

the prophet. After 63, if I am alive,

that is a bonus.

You went to school, there were

those who could not go to school in

your time....

NO! In my time and in my place,

no. They had opportunities,it was

free. They attracted us with

incentives. When I was in secondary

school, our uniform was free, we

were given free food and transport

fare from your village to the school.

There was a lot of encouragement

in the North. Then, the government

was very responsible. They gave us

exercise books, pen, and studying

materials. If it were this time, I would

not be able to go to school.

What a glorious past. Where did

we start going wrong as a country?

When the government began to

fail. And it started failing when the

government was personalized and

privatized. I can’t say the exact time

but it started long before this

administration. In fact, this

Unfortunately,

corruption,

personalization

and privatization

of government

have eaten deep

into our system at

a tIme that we are

lucky to have a

president that has

integrity, interest

of the country at

heart, and is not

corrupt. You can’t

accuse him

personally of

being corrupt

administration came to fix it and it

is a Herculean task.

Some people said it started when

the military intervened in 1966

No, not really. It started earlier,

right after our independence.

During the First Republic, the issue

of corruption started. In most African

countries, except a few that are lucky

with good and up right leadership,

corruption, which is the bane of

development set in. That was where

we got it wrong.

Unfortunately, corruption,

personalization and privatization of

government have eaten deep into

our system at a tIme that we are lucky

to have a president that has integrity,

interest of the country at heart, and

is not corrupt. You can’t accuse him

personally of being corrupt.

On Boko Haram insurgency and

his being referred to as a Boko

Haram senator

I believe in God, and in my

people and my people believe in

me. That was why they gave me the

leadership. I am the only senator in

Borno, who has almost all the

Christians in the state in his

constituency. The other two zones-

Borno North and Borno Central

don’t have Christians. In Borno

Central, Christians are very

negligible.

I went into the 2015 election when

I was accused of being the sponsor

of Boko Haram and I contested

against the son of a reverend, who

is a Christian but he could not beat

me. He did not get 10 per cent of

my votes. In the last election, I

contested against a Christian too.

He succeeded in getting 20 to 30

percent of the votes. I got over

300,000 votes while he got 34,000

votes.

It is not a matter of religion. It is a

matter of trust. In fact, some Christian

leaders call me Joseph of their time.

So, I had to read the story of Joseph.

Fortunately for me, I was a

Christian before I became a

Moslem, I was not born into Islam.

My junior brother, Joseph, is a

Christian. My junior sister is Diana

and the other junior sister is Martha

and I have a junior brother called

David. We are of the same mum but

different fathers. My stepfather is a

Christian and his name is Yakubu.

Why did you convert to Islam?

That time, God had destined that

I would be a Moslem. That is why I

don’t look at religious sentiments.

When people said I was sponsoring

Boko Haram I just laughed.

Anybody that is right thinking

knows that that is not true because

up till now Boko Haram has been

defeated but not eliminated.

At one time, the government of

Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was

accusing me of being the sponsor

of Boko Haram but was going to

Chad to look for an agent of Boko

Haram to negotiate with leaving the

sponsor behind. Does that make

sense?

Some people have a mindset, you

can never change it. I went to court

for six years, no evidence, no witness

was presented, and no statement

beside my statement. In my phone,

they did a forensic investigation,

there was nothing. When they said

I discussed, of course as a politician

anybody can get your phone

number and call you.

At that time, I did not know that

the government was seriously

looking for a scape goat. They found

that conveniently in me and

grabbed me, trying to manufacture

evidence against me.

However, God in his infinite mercy

saved me. The guy that they took to

court claiming that I spoke to him

has a mental problem. They could

not prepare him or even present him

in the court to give evidence.

His assessment of President

Bihari’s performance despite report

of 93 million Nigerians now living

in extreme poverty

One thing that the government

succeeded in doing is bringing

sanity into the system. The impunity

with which people conducted their

affairs had got to a very dangerous

level. Now the president has

brought sanity by tackling

corruption headlong.

The president is trying in the area

of fighting insecurity. That is not to

say that we have overcome the

challenge but he is doing

something.

Thirdly is the issue of

infrastructure and pulling people

out of extreme poverty. The SIP has

helped so many graduates through

N-Power, traders in the market

through Tradermoni and

empowering small entrepreneurs

and graduates to start small

entrepreneurial projects.

Another thing is the personality

of the leader. You can accuse Buhari

of anything but you can’t question

his integrity. Nobody has been

able to come up with any accusation

as to his compromising on due

process, transparency and

accountability. The biggest

loophole is in government itself. The

TSA he quickly introduced covered

the loopholes.

The Anchor borrowers

Programme in agriculture has

enabled many farmers to move from

subsistence to commercial farming.

He revived most of the fertilizer

processing companies and now a

farmer can get a bag of fertilizer for

N4000.

Given the decay the government

met, his efforts in four years are

commendable. I believe that in the

next four years there will be

consolidation and good foundation

to bring the country back on track.

How he sees the Senate in the

next four years

Now that the leadership of the

National Assembly is the choice of

the party and APC governors with

a clear majority, I am hoping there

will be a very harmonious and interdependent

relationship that is

necessary for the executive to have

a conducive environment and

corporation from the Senate to move

the country forward.

I believe with the caliber of

senators even though 66 of us lost

out, the 43 that is left will be able to

guide and support the other

colleagues to move the country

forward, ensure cordial relations with

the executive that will give the

National Assembly a better image

than it had before.

I am looking forward to a very

good working relationship with the

executive and the other arm of

government, and with the

corporation of Nigerians we are set

to move to the next level.


44 Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019

YOUR LUCK TODAY

By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

GEMINI; Better than yesterday. Happenings within your

working arena will not give you cause to worry but situation

may change tomorrow. Your finances are favoured.

CANCER; Here is a day when things are meant to go

according to your plans and record success. Yong-at-heart

may be in for a romantic day. You just have to take the

initiative.

LEO; This is your day; although there will be some challenges

within your base of operation, eventual success

will be yours. Be more family minded.

VIRGO; Even if friends have failed to live up to expectation

in the recent days you will need to leave the past

behind you and forge ahead. Lovers are fairly favoured.

LIBRA; Recent challenges notwithstanding pleasant surprises

are possible. The more financially ambitious you

are today the better for your cause.

L E I S U R E

TAKE HEART ELLA RANDLE

“ Quit chasing happiness long enough to notice it smiling

right at you” -Glennon Doyle-

One of the keys to happiness is accepting that perfection

is not a prerequisite for being happy. We do the best

we can in the moment and love the people in our inner

circle while we extend charitable love to others and also

while in the process, we stop trying so hard to decide if

they are “right people” for us to love as we go about our

daily activities . Ella Randle

TERROR MUDA in “Never say goodbye”

SAYINGS OF

OUR PEOPLE

You do not

teach the

paths of the

forest to an

old gorilla.

~Congolese

proverb

By Kola Fayemi

SCORPIO; Better opportunities indicated for those of you

willing to be as self assertive as possible, and it could turn

out to be a happy day to be remembered by real lovers.

SAGITTARIUS; Although you will need to keep your secrets

for the next few days that is not to say you should not

pursue your financial interest. Take care of your health.

CAPRICORN; Don’t wait till tomorrow before you make

an important move because good luck and success are

closer to you today than you image. Be hopeful.

AQUARIUS; Tomorrow will prove more rewarding financially

but you will have good opportunity to do things

rightly within your working arena. Be loving.

PISCES; Some of you who are travelling purposely for

love are in for rewarding day. All of you will need to take

your social life more seriously.

DUDU in “ROLLING HOT” By A.O. OLAIDE

ARIES; Professional advice may be needed over your finances

but if you are sure of what you are doing you can

go ahead. Be more family minded.

TAURUS; Unusual co-operation may come your way today

but if you are carried away by this the whole thing

may change tomorrow. Respect your spouse.

ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

Send your date e and place of birth th to the Astr

trological

Counselling, P.M.B 100

007, 7, Apapa, Lagos

What’s my birthday ruler?

Dear Joshua,

According to the date I was born I should be a Libran by my

star but most of the time when I read horoscopes written by

both yourself and foreign Astrologers Scorpio always applicable

to me, why?

Kindly tell me how the planets lined up when I was born

and the day of the week I was born but don’t publish my

date of birth.

M.B., Otta.

Dear M.B.

You were born on a Sunday meaning that mighty Sun rules

your birthday. You were wrong to have taken Libra as your

Sun sign because the Sun was placed in early degree of

Scorpio together with many other heavenly bodies. Then

with the Moon in Libra when you were born Libra will

equally be influential in your characteristics build up but,

you are mainly a Scorpio born person.

You are both an intelligent and emotional person. And as

there was no planet at home when you were born, too many

ideas will always struggle for prominent place in your mind,

thus decision making is difficult but most times, your intelligence

comes to the rescue.

Certainly, you appear to other as a gentle person who can

be mistaken for soft fellow but your inner-self is the personality

with a steel like will power.

You are the consistent type who may find it difficult to

change once you have made up your mind.

Placement of your natal Sun (basic self head) and Moon

(your sub-conscious self) in Scorpio and Libra respectively

are indications of your being mainly Scorpio born person

and partly in Libran. And that is to say basic characteristics

of both Scorpio and Libra are highly pronounced in

you.

Then, you are spiritually gifted; if you don’t develop it is

another thing.

VIRGINIA

HOME & ABROAD

dadadekola@yahoo.com

By Lawrence Akapa


Afcon: Ndidi warns

Eagles against dark

horses in Group B

Wilfred Ndidi has

warned that Nigeria’s

opponents in Group

B will not be easy and could

have surprises at the

Africa

Cup of

Nations.

T h e

Super Eagles

are up against two

debutants Madagascar and

Burundi and experienced

Guinea in their group.

They will take on Burundi in

their opening game at the

Alexandria Stadium on June 22 -

the first time both countries will

meet at the competition.

...'flattered'

by Man Utd

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Leicester City star Wilfred Ndidi

has admitted he is “flattered”

to be linked with a big money move

away from the King Power Stadium,

but insists his focus is currently on

Nigeria’s bid to win the Africa Cup

of Nations.

The midfielder was ever-present

for the Foxes in the Premier League

last season, and enjoyed an eyecatching

campaign – particularly

once Brendan Rogers had taken the

managerial reigns in February this

year.

Perhaps not surprisingly, his form

has attracted the attention of some

of England’s biggest clubs, with

Manchester United, Arsenal and

Champions League winners

Liverpool all credited with an

interest in the 22-year-old.

But, while Ndidi has

acknowledged such reports are

complimentary, his feet remain

firmly on the ground as he looks to

make his mark in Egypt over the

next five weeks, and in the blue of

Leicester beyond that.

“I am flattered when hearing such

a thing,” Ndidi, who arrived in the

Premier League from Belgian club

Genk in a £14m deal in early 2017

said.

“It is very good to hear about that

interest from big clubs, but there is

nothing on the ground so I won't

care about it.

Ahead of the

opener, Ndidi

urged his teammates not

to underrate their opponents and

disclosed their target for the group

stage.

“I don’t think it is an easy group.

for me, there is no easy team in

modern football. No matter the

name, the only matter is the 90

minutes of the game,” Ndidi said.

“We can get a shock in this group

so we have to stay focused on the

game, not on how easy it is, and

ignore what people say.

Senegal’s star attacker Sadio

Mane will miss his team’s

African Cup of Nations opener

against Tanzania as the Liverpool star

will be serving a one-match

suspension, Coach Aliou Cisse has

confirmed.

This gives a respite for Tanzania’s

Coach Emmanuel Amuneke. “Sadio

is an important player in the Senegal

team, it’s interesting to have him with

us,” Senegal Coach Aliou Cisse told

dzfoot.com.

Egypt is hosting this year’s Nations

Cup, which has been expanded to 24

teams and will take place from 21

June to 19 July.

Senegal are playing in Group C

alongside Algeria, Kenya and

Tanzania.

Senegal will be facing Tanzania in

their opening match on 23 June, but

the 27-year-old UEFA Champions

League winner Mane won’t be

available since he got two yellow

cards in the qualifiers against

Madagascar and Equatorial Guinea.

“Now I have chosen 23 players who

are ready to make up for any absence.

The group is quite well-armed.

Certainly, with Sadio we would be

very good, but even without him we

will be very good,” explained the

coach of the Lions of Teranga.

“We all know that Sadio will make

a good CAN, the players around him

have to raise the level. That’s how

we’ll get there,” he added.

Premier League and Liverpool top

scorer Mane, who scored 26 goals in

•Ndidi

“We will play tough games

against very good teams and our

target is to be on the top by the end

of group stages.”

The Leicester City midfielder

ended the 2018-19 Premier

League season as the best tackler

with 123 completed tackles.

AFCON 2019: Mane out of Senegal's

opener against Tanzania

N750,000 Spectators were thrilled to one

By Jacob Ajom

of the best football matches played

K

by students in that stadium in

ings College Lagos at the recent times.

weekend bagged Kings College entered the pitch

N750,000 after winning the 2019 as clear favourites but after the half

GTBank Masters Cup at the hour mark, one of the journalists

expense of Anwar Ul Islam that covered the match told this

Model College 5-4 on penalties. reporter, “Kings College are not as

The runners up got N500,000 for good as I had thought...and their

their efforts.

opponents too are not as bad as I

Despite the heavy downpour had thought after the semi finals.

that almost disrupted this highly They(Anwar Islam Model College

entertaining match, it was players) have dominated and

drama and suspense at the exhibited hunger for the trophy.”

Campos Stadium, Lagos, Friday, In view of the fireworks and

when Kings College, Lagos took the tremendous support from

on the Anwar Ul Islam Model fans of both teams, it was

College, Lagos in the final of the expected that goals would be

2019 GTBank Masters' Cup. aplenty. That, however, never

all competitions (22 in the Premier

League and four in the Champions

League), was called up for Senegal’s

25-man preliminary list hours ahead

of winning the champions league

final against Tottenham on 1 June.

“If we received a card in the

elimination round, I do not see the

value of counting it during the final

phase of the CAN. CAF has decided

that, but we will prove that Senegal

exists without Mane,” the coach

concluded.

•Mane

2019 GTBank Masters Cup: Kings College bags

came as the first half ended 0-

0.

Heavens opened midway

into the first half and the rain

began, first in drizzles and then

in torrents. But the referee did

not stop the match until

halftime. The interval was

unusually long as stewards

were called onto the pitch to

bale out water from the flooded

pitch.

The second half saw the two

teams missing near chances

that were far and in between..

The match ended goaless. But

the more experienced Kings

College team outscored their

less fancied counterparts 5-4 in

the resultant penalty shootout.

•Musa

Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019 45

Super Eagles assistant

captain Ahmed Musa is

hopeful that none of the 23

players named to the team's Africa

Cup of Nations squad will suffer

injury setbacks.

The Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia

forward believes it is time to focus

on the team's fitness rather than

the form of the players prior to the

Nations Cup.

"Its flattering to be appreciated

for what you have done with your

Amuneke

targets

second round

with Tanzania

Nigeria’s manager of

Tanzania national team,

Emmanuel Amuneke has promised

to do everything to take the team

beyond the group stage; The

Tanzanians are drawn in Group C

with Africa’s highest ranked team,

Senegal, Algeria and Kenya.

Amuneke, scorer of the two goals

that won the Africa Cup of Nations

for Nigeria in 1994, qualified

Tanzania to the competition for the

first time in nearly 40 years.

His resilient side put up defensive

strategy that nearly frustrated Egypt

in last week’s friendly match. The

seven times- African champion

eventually won 1-0.

“We played to close spaces against

Egypt and we succeeded. Our goal

is to improve as much as we can and

improve our performances,” the

Zamalek legend said.

“Of course we’re playing in a

tough group, but we’ll do our best

to qualify for the second round.

“I don’t think that Senegal will be

weaker without Mane, he’s a big

player but they have other great

players and are a big candidate to

lift the tournament,” he concluded.

Amuneke who had played for

Zamalek in Egypt is banking on the

Egyptian support for his team

during the competition as his team

is not in the same group with the

hosts.

Tanzania will kick-off their first

AFCON game in 39 years on June

23 against Senegal in the 30 June

stadium.

AFCON 2019:

Musa prays for

injury free Eagles

club before a major tournament

like this (AFCON)," Musa,

who won the Saudi

Professional Football

League said.

"Now we are going

for the Nations Cup

and our prayer and

expectations

should be to be

injury free.

" T h e

players

h a v e

worked hard t o

qualify the team

for the Nations C u p

so we hope that no one suffers any

injury," Musa, who was in the

Eagles side that won the AFCON

in 2013 stressed.

Musa scored seven league

goals in 24 appearances in the

2018/2019 season for his club.

International

Dream Cup:

Future Eagles

finish third,

return today

Nigeria's U15 boys on

Sunday lost their final

game of the 2019 International

Dream Cup to their European

counterparts Romania 2-1 at the

Yurtec Stadium in Miyagi.

The game which was played on

Sunday morning saw the Future

Eagles bag a second consecutive

defeat at the U16 tournament in

Japan. Nigeria started the

tournament with a 3-1 win over

Mexico on 12th June, but lost

against the host country Japan on

14th June and against Romania

on the last day of the tournament

on 16th June.

Future Eagles head coach,

Haruna Ilerika made two changes

into the line-up against Mexico.

Sulaimon Lawal started his first

game of the tournament with the

team captain, Oluwatobi Adeleke

rested, while Ejiofor Chidera

started ahead of Damilola

Adeyeye.

Nigeria dominated the first

half with beautiful build-up play

from the back, but lacked the right

decisions in the final third with

the trio of Egesionu

Sopuruchukwu, Opeyemi Qudus

and Evbuomwan Gift finding it

difficult to crack down the

compact Romania defence.

Robert Todol scored in both

halves for Romania while

Sopuruchukwu scored a late

consolation for the Future Eagles.

Todol scored his first goal of the

game late in the first half after a

defensive mix-up by the Nigerian

boys.

Romania resumed the second

half as the better side, and Todol

completed his brace of the match

two minutes into the second half.

It was a late improved

performance for the Future

Eagles as they dominated the last

15 minutes in the second half

chasing for goals. Sopuruchukwu

reduced the deficit in the 90th

minute for Nigeria, his beautiful

header beating Romania

goalkeeper Robert Popa after

connecting with John Mark’s

pull-out from the right. Nigeria

were close to getting the

equalizer in the additional

minute but team captain Adeleke

headed wide from close range

despite connecting well with

Kelvin Agho’s cross from the left.


46 Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019

Nigeria, France in

big World Cup tango

Kick off: 8 pm

The 28,000 –capacity Roazhon

Park in Rennes is venue for

today’s big FIFA Women’s

World Cup clash between Nigeria

and France, with group leaders Les

Bleues already qualified for the

knockout rounds and the Super

Falcons looking for a ticket to that

corridor.

Head Coach Thomas Dennerby

took his charges through a prematch

final training session on

Sunday at the Stade Edmund

Blanchet and reiterated that a

positive mindset, as well as a calm,

collected and surefooted approach

can work wonders for the Falcons

against the French.

“This is an important for us and

I believe you can rise to the

occasion just as you did against the

Koreans. The French have a good

team but we are also a good squad

and I think we can get a result if

we have that mindset that it is

eleven players against eleven and

we stick to our tactics for the day.

“Victory against the Koreans

was very good. But I can assure

that beating France would be even

sweeter. It will certainly take us to

the knockout stage and also win

us that confidence that we can

prevail against any team.”

Nigeria’s power-playing trio –

Desire Oparanozie, Rita Chikwelu

and Francisca Ordega – all must

play with caution as they are each

on a yellow card and would be

ruled out of the Round of 16 if they

are cautioned against the Les

Bleues on Monday.

Yet, the African champions refuse

to be bothered by this and captain

Desire Oparanozie told thenff.com

they know the approach to adopt

in Rennes.

“The win over Korea Republic

taught us that so much is possible

if we put our minds to it and we

work hard. There is nothing to fear.

Oshoala sets sights on

equaling 20-year-old

Nigeria record vs France

Barcelona striker Asisat Oshoala has set

her sights on equaling a 20-year-old

Nigerian record when the Super Falcons trade

tackles with France in their final group game

at the ongoing Women’s World Cup.

Her wonder goal against South Korea on

June 12 took her to two goals in the

competition since debuting four years ago,

and in doing so she became the second

Nigerian player in history to score in two

different World Cups.

Now, Oshoala is aiming to equal another

record - being the third Nigerian player to

score three goals at the Women’s World Cup.

Currently on two goals along with Super

Falcons greats Mercy Akide and Adaku

Okoroafor, the former Liverpool and Arsenal

star will match Nkiru Okosieme and Rita

Nwadike’s record of three goals which was

set 20 years ago during the tournament in the

United States, if she finds the net against The

Blues.

All of Okosieme’s goals were scored in USA

99, while Nwadike scored hers in two different

tournaments.

Former Leicester City striker Ahmed Musa

holds the absolute record for top Nigerian

scorer in World Cup history with four goals, a

record that is also in danger of being equalled

by Oshoala if the Super Falcons go past the

group stage.

We will go in there against

France and give our best, and

we are confident that our

best will be good

enough to take us

to the next

round.”

World Cup: Sweden thrash Thailand to reach second round

Sweden booked their passage to

the Women’s World Cup

knockout stages by thrashing a

vastly-improved Thailand 5-1.

Having suffered a record 13-0

loss in their opening Group F

game against the United States,

Thailand were far more

competitive and were cheered on

by a boisterous section of the 9,354

crowd, the lowest of the tournament

so far.

Salah ‘turns down

£150m summer

move to Real

Madrid/Juventus

Mohamed Salah has rejected

the chance to join Real

Madrid and Juventus this summer

- but will consider his Liverpool

future at the end of next season.

The Egyptian forward has been

linked with a £150million exit but

has reportedly informed the club

he will not leave this summer.

Both Real Madrid and Juventus

were lining up mega-money moves

for Salah but now may have to

wait until next summer.

Salah has been tempted by talk

of an exit despite helping Liverpool

win the Champions League last

month.

Jurgen Klopp is aware of the

interest in Salah and has been

involved in discussions with highranking

officials at the club amid

concerns over losing his star man.

But they could not live with

Sweden’s superior technique,

fitness and height as a team

ranked 25 places above them

opened the scoring after six

minutes via Linda Sembrant’s

close-range header.

Kosovare Asllani tucked in after

neat footwork for the 2016

Olympic Games finalists before

Fridolina Rolfo’s rocket from the

edge of the box made it 3-0 at the

They claim that Salah, who is

currently away on international

duty with Egypt, has reassured the

club that the timing is not right for

him to leave.

Salah’s attacking team-mate

Sadio Mane has also been linked

with a summer move but the report

says he has also informed the club

he has no intention to leave yet

either.

Nigeria won’t lose to

France – Nnadozie

igeria teenage goalkeeper, Chiamaka

N n a d o z i e

has sworn that the Super Falcons would not

fall to France in the final group game of the ongoing

FIFA Women World Cup coming up tonight.

Nigeria entered their second match against Korea

Republic under the pressure of knowing that,

following a 3-0 loss to Norway, only victory would

preserve realistic hope of a top-two finish in

Group A. Many coaches would have played it

safe, but Thomas Dennerby handed the

gloves to the 18-year-old from Imo State,

and she responded with a clean sheet in

a 2-0 win.

“My coach called me and said, ‘This

is your time’,” Nnadozie said. “It was

a dream that came true.”

Nnadozie achieved her pretournament

goal in a performance

against Korea Republic that

demonstrated poise and maturity

beyond her years. She became, 18 years and 186 days, the

youngest goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet at the Women’s

World Cup.

“After the match, when I saw the post, I was so happy,”

said Nnadozie. “A young girl like me getting a good record,

I was so proud of myself."

Sarri moves over to Juve on 3-yr deal worth £18m

•Leaves Chelsea after just one season

•Paving way for Lampard to join

helsea have confirmed

CMaurizio Sarri’s departure

from the club after just one season

in charge.

The Italian manager has agreed

to join Juventus, who announced

his appointment as their new boss

yesterday afternoon, on a contract

believed to be worth around £18m.

A deal was agreed between the

clubs earlier in the week.

The Stamford Bridge side are

now expected to move for record

goalscorer and current Derby

manager Frank Lampard to fill the

vacant role.

The Italian champions agreed a

£7million compensation fee for

Sarri on Thursday night and

concluded the formalities over the

next three days.

There had been extensive and

protracted negotiations between

Marina Granovskaia, Chelsea’s

club director, and Juventus

sporting director Fabio Paratici,

who flew to London to try and find

a resolution.

Sarri, 60, has been allowed to

leave Chelsea despite having two

break.

After Thailand battled

courageously in the second half,

there was a further goal for the

Swedes when Lina Hurtig headed

in

Ḃut Thailand got their deserved

reward when captain Kanjana

Sung-Ngoen scored their first goal

of the tournament after breaking

broke clear to fire in and send their

small section of fans wild.

Pogba puts Juve, Real Madrid on red alert

anchester United midfielder

MPaul Pogba has dropped a

huge hint over his future, telling

reporters in Tokyo that now ‘could

be a good time to have a new

challenge somewhere else’.

The Frenchman has been linked

with a move to Real Madrid to

work with coach and compatriot

Zinedine Zidane, or with a return

to his former club Juventus.

Pogba’s time at Manchester

United has been blighted by some

years left to run on the £5m-a-year

deal he penned last summer.

He has now penned a three-year

deal worth up to £6.2m a year to

move to Turin and take over from

Massimiliano Allegri.

ionel Messi’s quest for

Linternational silverware got off

to a nightmare start against

Colombia in the Copa America on

Saturday night.

Argentina barely managed a

touch in their opponents’ box in the

first half, and then it was

Colombia who broke the deadlock

after 71 minutes with a fine strike

from Roger Martinez.

The Argentines went in search of

an equaliser, but things went from

bad to worse for Sergio Aguero

and co as Duvan Zapata converted

a cross from close range to make

it 2-0.

Despite the star talent of the likes

insipid performances on the pitch

and organisational turmoil at the

club.

‘Like you said, there is a lot of

talking and a lot of thinking as

well,’ Pogba, 26, told reporters in

Tokyo.

‘For me I have been for three

years in Manchester and have

been doing great; some good

moments and some bad moments,

like everybody. Like everywhere

else.

‘After this season and everything

that happened this season, with my

season being my best season as

well... I think for me it could be a

good time to have a new challenge

somewhere else.

‘I am thinking of this: to have a

new challenge somewhere else.’

Pogba, who moved to Old

Trafford from Juventus for a thenworld

record transfer free of

£89million in August 2016, has

seen Jose Mourinho replaced as

coach by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

during his time at the club.

The midfielder fell out with

Mourinho at the beginning of last

season but his form improved

briefly under Solskjaer at the turn

of the year.

Derby are now anticipating a

move for Lampard, who would

likely bring assistant manager and

former Chelsea midfielder Jody

Morris with him.

Sarri’s departure came after he

told Chelsea he wanted to leave

following the Europa League final.

Nightmare start for Messi in bid for

Copa America glory

of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero,

and Angel Di Maria up front,

Argentina just couldn’t make

much of an impact in the match

going forward.

They had slightly more

possession, and more shots than

their Colombian opponents, but

Zapata and Martinez made their

shots count when it really

mattered.

Both goals came from

substitutes, although the

introduction of Roger Martinez

was forced after an early injury to

Luis Muriel.

He weaved into the box from the

left hand side and put a quality shot

past the Argentinian goalkeeper.


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019 47


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019

TODAY’S PUZZLE

Sudoku

FRIDAY’S ANSWER

TODAY’S CROSSWORD

QUICK CROSSWORD

THURSDAY’S SOLUTION

ACROSS

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9 Unvarying (7)

10 Sixth sign of the zodiac (5)

11 Excellent (5)

12 Constricted (6)

14 Observation, comment (6)

16 Texas city (6)

19 Criminals (6)

21 Zest (5)

24 Travel by car (5)

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26 Severe headache (8)

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DOWN

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8 Linger, lurk (6)

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17 Debated (6)

18 At the back of a ship (6)

20 Last Greek letter (5)

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