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Why I stopped

talking about

my rape

experience

— Ifu

Ennada

MAILAFIA 32

We have even quietly

bankrolled a succession of

Ghanaian leaders without

preconditions and without

asking anything in return;

how I wish the love is

mutual!

Nigeria attracts $10.65bn FDI —CBN

33 killed, dozens

injured, houses

burnt in triple

suicide bombing,

violence in Borno,

Taraba 8

9

World population now

7.7bn; men out-number

women in Nigeria

Ex-Egyptian

president,

Morsi, dies in

court 52

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VOL. 26: NO. 63834 TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019

Kingibe: Why I abandoned

June 12 for Abacha's junta

FLAG-OFF OF OSHODI-APAPA ROAD WORK IN 2018...

By Clifford Ndujihe

with agency reports

LAGOS—THE Social

Democratic Party,

SDP, Vice Presidential

Candidate in the June

12, 1993 presidential

poll, Ambassador

Babagana Kingibe, has

cited national interest as

his reason for

abandoning the June 12

struggle and joining the

military regime of late

General Sani Abacha.

Kingibe, also former

Secretary to the

Government of the

Federation, SGF, under

late President Umaru

Musa Yar'Adua joined

the Abacha government

Continues on Page 5

FILE PHOTO: From Left; Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, President of Dangote Group,

Alhaji Aliko Dangote; former Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; former Minister of Power, Works and Housing,

Mr. Babatunde Fashola and former Chairman, Senate Committee on Works, Senator, Kabiru Gaya, during the Flag off ceremony

for the re-construction of Apapa-Oshodi, Oworonshoki, Ojota Expressway in Lagos, November 17, 2018. Photo: Kehinde Shonola.

Oshodi-Apapa Expressway: No concrete plans

to restore lasting sanity — INVESTIGATION

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Opposition members’ll be c’ttee heads — GBAJA

Ayokunle,

Ahima battle

for CAN

presidency

COLUMNISTS

48

Crisis hits Kogi APC as

20 gov aspirants move

against Yahaya Bello,

Nigeria’s in

distress

demand direct —Anglican

primaries

Communion 15

ODUMAKIN 17 ERIC TENIOLA 18

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9

Grass-cutting

scandal: Court

rejects EFCC’s

documents against

Babachir Lawal

See

Inside

Naira up to

N360.50/$

in I&E

window

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Mr & Mrs


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Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019—5

POCKET CARTOON

PROTEST—Members of civil society group of Nigeria protest against unavailability of prepaid meters

and crazy electricity bill, at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Alausa, Ikeja, yesterday. Photo: Bunmi

Azeez.

Why I abandoned June 12 for Abacha's junta —KINGIBE

Continues from Page 1

at the peak of the June

12 struggle when the

presumed winner of the

election, late Chief MKO

Abiola, was languishing

in detention.

Ambassador Kingibe’s

move affected the June

12 struggle and also

helped stabilise the

Abacha regime.

However, the struggle,

which claimed Abiola’s

wife, Kudirat on June 4,

1996, and Abiola himself

on June 7, 1998,

continued till the country

returned to democracy on

May 29, 1999.

Since 1999, prodemocracy

and June 12

activists have been

urging the Federal

Government to

immortalize Abiola and

recognise June 12 as a

special day in the

country after the

government made May

29 Democracy Day.

Former President

Olusegun Obasanjo

ignored the calls. His

immediate successor,

late Umar Musa Yar’

Adua did not have much

time to deal with the

issue as he died after two

years in power.

Immediate past

President, Goodluck

Jonathan tried to

immortalise Abiola by

naming the University of

Lagos, UNILAG, after

him.

However, massive

protests in Lagos and

litigation stalled the

move.

P r e s i d e n t

Muhammadu Buhari’s

efforts broke the ice. In

2018, he apologised for

the annulment of the

election, promised to

make June 12

Democracy Day and

immortalise Abiola. The

Nigerian government

also acknowledged late

Abiola’s June 12 mandate

botched by former

President Ibrahim

Babangida. Abiola, who

died in prison after he

was arrested by the

Abacha regime, was also

posthumously decorated

as Grand Commander of

the Federal Republic,

GCFR.

Buhari’s promises were

fulfilled last Wednesday

when June 12 was

observed as a public

holiday throughout the

country and he named

the Abuja National

Stadium after MKO

Abiola. He also hosted a

colourful June 12

Democracy Day

ceremony at Eagle

Square, Abuja.

Celebration of June 12

in Borno

Last week, Kingibe,

who was last year

decorated as Grand

Commander of the

Order of the Niger,

GCON, a title usually

reserved for vice

presidents, said former

President Obasanjo

played a role in the

annulment of the June

12 election.

In Borno State, June 12

Democracy Day was

celebrated specifically in

honour of Kingibe, who

hails from the area.

The government of

Borno staged an

elaborate celebration and

durbar to celebrate

Kingibe.

As a mark of

appreciation, the former

SGF, accompanied by

some Borno elders, paid

a courtesy call to the state

governor late Sunday

where he thanked the

government and people

of Borno for the show of

love.

Why I served under

Abacha

During the courtesy

call, Kingibe took time to

explain his commitment

to the Nigerian project

and why he had “to

accept appointments

under the same late

General Abacha’s

military regime believed

to be responsible for the

death of Abiola.”

Kingibe said he was

“particularly happy with

the magnitude of

celebration” that took

place in Borno to mark

the new Democracy Day

which signifies love and

solidarity towards him as

“a son of the soil, as a key

player in the events of

that year.”

He said: “I don’t think

the celebration on the

actual 12th of June 1993

was any greater than the

celebration of the first

Democracy Day on June

12.

“For that, I have to

thank the governor, who

gave the leadership,

thank the people of

Borno not only for

celebrating June 12 as

Democracy Day, but I

know that they also had

in mind that one of their

own, their own son, was

also a critical player, I

appreciate the

confidence and love.”

Kingibe, who served as

a Minister of Foreign

Affairs between 1993

and 1995, a period

during which his

supposed Presidentelect

was still in prison,

explained that his

decision to take a role in

Abacha’s administration

was for “national

interest which he put

above his personal

feelings.”

He said his action was

in line “with the

Continues on Page 49

By Bose Adelaja, Olayinka Latona,

Dickson Omobola, Tolulope Oke,

Chiamaka Uba, Erinfolami

Abdulkudus & Janet Somoye

How should FG honour other June 12 heroes? (1)

Heroes of June 12

struggles should

be recognised and a list

of key players be

embedded in a national

plaque. The symbol of

the struggle, Chief MKO

Abiola, has received

adequate honour and I

think those who risked

their lives, particularly

the civil society and

labour movements,

equally deserve some

recognitions.

-Mohammed Bougei

Attah

Civil Society activist

Good governance in

terms of poverty

eradication, security of life

and property, unity,

educational and health

development, employment

opportunities, food security

and infrastructure

development, is the best

honour for all known and

unsung heroes of June 12.

While appreciating the

honour conferred by PMB

on MKO and some eminent

June 12 actors, I hasten to

add that good governance

is the best honour in memory

of June 12.

-Comrade Adeola Soetan

Human Rights Activist

Giving honour to the

heroes of June 12

should go beyond a

public holiday. The

younger generation,

should be taught the

history of June 12 from

primary school. This will

enable them learn from

the mistakes of our past

leaders.

-Adeoye Abiodun Issa

Global Youth

Representative

I

’LL sayhistory

should be written

about them and pass on

to generation and their

children should be given

scholarships and family

compensated by the

government. Their families

should also be recognized

Harmony Eke

Graduate

I

APPRECIATE Pres

ident Muhammadu

Buhari for honoring the

late MKO Abiola and

even recognizing June

12 as our democracy

day. However, the presidency

should look inward

and also honor

those who were involved

in the struggle of June

12. At least we still

have a handful of them

around.

Mrs Ikechukwu Rachel.

Businesswoman

THE federal gov

ernment should

look beyond conferring

national honours on Mr

Abiola and late activist,

Gani Fawehinmi alone. I

agreed with a Senior Advocate

of Nigeria, Mr.

Femi Falana that other

heroes of June 12 struggle

from all over the

country like the candidate

of NRC, Bashir Tofa

and others should be

identify with.

Damilola Alli

Caterer


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019—5

POCKET CARTOON

PROTEST—Members of civil society group of Nigeria protest against unavailability of prepaid meters

and crazy electricity bill, at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Alausa, Ikeja, yesterday. Photo: Bunmi

Azeez.

Why I abandoned June 12 for Abacha's junta —KINGIBE

By Clifford Ndujihe

with agency reports

LAGOS—THE Social

Democratic Party,

SDP, Vice Presidential

Candidate in the June

12, 1993 presidential

poll, Ambassador

Babagana Kingibe, has

cited national interest as

his reason for

abandoning the June 12

struggle and joining the

military regime of late

General Sani Abacha.

Kingibe, also former

Secretary to the

Government of the

Federation, SGF, under

late President Umaru

Musa Yar'Adua joined

the Abacha government

at the peak of the June

12 struggle when the

presumed winner of the

election, late Chief MKO

Abiola, was languishing

in detention.

Ambassador Kingibe’s

move affected the June

12 struggle and also

helped stabilise the

Abacha regime.

However, the struggle,

which claimed Abiola’s

wife, Kudirat on June 4,

1996, and Abiola himself

on June 7, 1998,

continued till the country

returned to democracy on

May 29, 1999.

Since 1999, prodemocracy

and June 12

activists have been

urging the Federal

Government to

immortalize Abiola and

recognise June 12 as a

special day in the

country after the

government made May

29 Democracy Day.

Former President

Olusegun Obasanjo

ignored the calls. His

immediate successor,

late Umar Musa Yar’

Adua did not have much

time to deal with the

issue as he died after two

years in power.

Immediate past

President, Goodluck

Jonathan tried to

immortalise Abiola by

naming the University of

Lagos, UNILAG, after

him.

However, massive

protests in Lagos and

litigation stalled the

move.

P r e s i d e n t

Muhammadu Buhari’s

efforts broke the ice. In

2018, he apologised for

the annulment of the

election, promised to

make June 12

Democracy Day and

immortalise Abiola. The

Nigerian government

also acknowledged late

Abiola’s June 12 mandate

botched by former

President Ibrahim

Babangida. Abiola, who

died in prison after he

was arrested by the

Abacha regime, was also

posthumously decorated

as Grand Commander of

the Federal Republic,

GCFR.

Buhari’s promises were

fulfilled last Wednesday

when June 12 was

observed as a public

holiday throughout the

country and he named

the Abuja National

Stadium after MKO

Abiola. He also hosted a

colourful June 12

Democracy Day

ceremony at Eagle

Square, Abuja.

Celebration of June 12

in Borno

Last week, Kingibe,

who was last year

decorated as Grand

Commander of the Order

of the Niger, GCON, a

title usually reserved for

vice presidents, said

former President

Obasanjo played a role

in the annulment of the

June 12 election.

In Borno State, June 12

Democracy Day was

celebrated specifically in

honour of Kingibe, who

hails from the area.

The government of

Borno staged an

elaborate celebration and

durbar to celebrate

Kingibe.

As a mark of

appreciation, the former

SGF, accompanied by

some Borno elders, paid

a courtesy call to the state

governor late Sunday

where he thanked the

government and people

of Borno for the show of

love.

Why I served under

Abacha

During the courtesy

call, Kingibe took time to

explain his commitment

to the Nigerian project

and why he had “to

accept appointments

under the same late

General Abacha’s

military regime believed

to be responsible for the

death of Abiola.”

Kingibe said he was

“particularly happy with

the magnitude of

celebration” that took

place in Borno to mark

the new Democracy Day

which signifies love and

solidarity towards him as

“a son of the soil, as a

key player in the events

of that year.”

He said: “I don’t think

the celebration on the

actual 12th of June 1993

was any greater than the

celebration of the first

Democracy Day on June

12.

“For that, I have to

thank the governor, who

gave the leadership,

thank the people of

Borno not only for

celebrating June 12 as

Democracy Day, but I

know that they also had

Continues on Page 49

By Bose Adelaja, Olayinka Latona,

Dickson Omobola, Tolulope Oke,

Chiamaka Uba, Erinfolami

Abdulkudus & Janet Somoye

How should FG honour other June 12 heroes? (1)

Heroes of June 12

struggles should

be recognised and a list

of key players be

embedded in a national

plaque. The symbol of

the struggle, Chief MKO

Abiola, has received

adequate honour and I

think those who risked

their lives, particularly

the civil society and

labour movements,

equally deserve some

recognitions.

-Mohammed Bougei

Attah

Civil Society activist

Good governance in

terms of poverty

eradication, security of life

and property, unity,

educational and health

development, employment

opportunities, food security

and infrastructure

development, is the best

honour for all known and

unsung heroes of June 12.

While appreciating the

honour conferred by PMB

on MKO and some eminent

June 12 actors, I hasten to

add that good governance

is the best honour in memory

of June 12.

-Comrade Adeola Soetan

Human Rights Activist

Giving honour to the

heroes of June 12

should go beyond a

public holiday. The

younger generation,

should be taught the

history of June 12 from

primary school. This will

enable them learn from

the mistakes of our past

leaders.

-Adeoye Abiodun Issa

Global Youth

Representative

I

’LL sayhistory

should be written

about them and pass on

to generation and their

children should be given

scholarships and family

compensated by the

government. Their families

should also be recognized

Harmony Eke

Graduate

I

APPRECIATE Pres

ident Muhammadu

Buhari for honoring the

late MKO Abiola and

even recognizing June

12 as our democracy

day. However, the presidency

should look inward

and also honor

those who were involved

in the struggle of June

12. At least we still

have a handful of them

around.

Mrs Ikechukwu Rachel.

Businesswoman

THE federal gov

ernment should

look beyond conferring

national honours on Mr

Abiola and late activist,

Gani Fawehinmi alone. I

agreed with a Senior Advocate

of Nigeria, Mr.

Femi Falana that other

heroes of June 12 struggle

from all over the

country like the candidate

of NRC, Bashir Tofa

and others should be

identify with.

Damilola Alli

Caterer


6—Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019

Pastor ends marriage over wife’s refusal to go for deliverance

FORTY-four years old Pastor

Omotilewa Oke, yesterday,

secured a divorce at an Igando

Customary Court in Lagos, over

his wife’s refusal to go for

deliverance.

Oke said his wife of six years,

Shola, with whom he has two

children, behaved in an

irrational way.

According to him, “she fights

me every day and also fights

with neighbours over minor

issues to the extent that people

in our area know us for frequent

fighting.

“I knew that something was

wrong and I asked her to go for

deliverance. When she refused,

I stopped sleeping with her and

eating her food because I don’t

want any calamity to befall me.”

The 44-year-old petitioner

accused his wife of going out

and coming in without his

permission, adding “Shola once

told me she was going to Ekiti

to collect her school certificate,

and that she will not return that

day, but would spend the night

at her aunt’s place.

“I told her to call me when

she got there. She did, but when

I asked her to give her aunt the

phone so that I could greet her,

she switched it off and I

suspected a foul play.

“Shola has gone to many

places, where she passed the

night without my permission.”

Oke prayed the court to

terminate the union, saying he

was no longer interested.

He’s ungrateful—Wife

However, 37-year-old Shola,

a civil servant, denied the

allegations, saying her husband

was ungrateful.

Her words: “After I married

my husband, I discovered that

he does not have Ordinary

National Diploma as he made

me to believe.

“He did not even finish

secondary school, but I decided

to stay in the marriage. He does

not have a house of his own;

my mother rented a twobedroom

apartment for us after

our marriage.

“When I got pregnant and

told him, he got angry, saying

it was too early to get pregnant.

He refused to give me money

for antenatal.”

She told the court that when

she was delivered of the baby,

he refused to pay the bills,

adding that her mother paid the

bills.

She added: “He did not

participate in the christening of

the baby, my parent sponsored

it. I once advised him to be

sending money to his mother,

but he told me that he received

a prophecy not to send money

to her; I send money to his

mother monthly from my

meagre salary. Yet, he is

ungrateful.”

The mother of two added that

her husband was irresponsible,

noting that “he does not give

me money for food, but will

want to eat; he has money but

just refused to release it.”

The respondent said her

husband refused to pay their

house rent when it was due, left

the house for two years and also

refused to pick her calls.

“When our rent expired,” she

said, “he refused to renew it. We

were given quit notice and my

husband disappeared for two

years. My children and I went

to stay with my parents and

when my parents rented

another apartment for me, my

husband came back.”

Shola consented to the

dissolution of the marriage,

saying she was also fed up.

The Court President, Mr.

Adeniyi Koledoye, held that

the estranged couple were tired

of the marriage and all efforts

to reconcile them failed.

He said: “Since both parties

consented to the dissolution,

this court has no choice than to

dissolve the marriage.

“The court, hereby,

pronounces the marriage

between Pastor Omotilewa Oke

and Mrs Shola Oke dissolved

today; both of you, henceforth,

cease to be husband and wife.

28-yr-old

collects

N700,000

from woman

to print $1m

A

28-year-old woman,

Titilayo Shittu,

yesterday, appeared before

an Ebute Meta Magistrates’

Court, Lagos State, for

allegedly obtaining N700,000

under the false pretences of

printing one million dollars

for her victim.

Shittu is standing trial for

conspiracy, obtaining under

false pretences, stealing and

breach of the peace.

She, however, pleaded not

guilty.

The prosecutor, Sergeant

Ola Adelowo, told the court

that the defendant collected

the sum from the

complainant, Mrs Vivian

Uzor, after hypnotising her.

Adelowo said the

defendant committed the

offences in April and May on

Jebba Street, Ebute Meta.

“She used charms to warn

the complainant not to reveal

what happened, else she

would die,” the prosecutor

said.

She submitted that the

defendant had told the

complainant that the money

was to enable her to print one

million U.S. dollars for her, a

representation she knew was

false.

The alleged offences

contravene Sections 168, 287,

314 and 411 of the Criminal

Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The magistrate, Mrs

Monisola Ayinde, admitted

the defendant to bail in the

sum of N200,000 with two

sureties in like sum.

Ayinde said the sureties

must be gainfully employed.

She adjourned the case

until July 9 for trial.

Catholic priest kidnapped in Edo

By Alemma Aliu

BENIN CITY—A Catholic

Priest, Rev Fr Isaac Agabi,

has been kidnapped along

Auchi-Igarra Road in Akoko-

Edo Local Government Area of

Edo State.

A statement yesterday, by

the Director of

Communications, Catholic

Diocese of Auchi, Fr Peter

Egielewa, said their colleague

was abducted Sunday.

By Dayo Johnson

AKURE—YOUTHS from the

oil-rich Ilaje council,

yesterday, stormed Ondo State

government office in protest with

various placards inscribed with

“OSOPADEC, financial

autonomy is a goal,”

“OSOPADEC, 40% can build

roads,” “OSOPADEC, autonomy

is a must,” “OSOPADEC should

stop scamming us” and

“OSOPADEC must be useful.”

The youths, who prevented free

movement into the governor’s

office, said the state government

has neglected the communities,

citing the recent sea incursion

which had taken over major parts

of Ilaje communities.

It took the intervention of

security agencies that fired tear

gas to disperse the aggrieved

youths.

The youths said they decided

to show their displeasure at the

seat of government because of

lack of autonomy for the Ondo

State Oil Producing Development

Area, OSOPADEC, established to

develop the oil-rich communities.

They alleged that funds

expected to accrue to the

commission are being diverted,

hence the commission was unable

to implement its mandate of

developing the area.

He said: “Information

reaching us is that one of our

priests, Rev Fr Isaac Agabi,

has been kidnapped this

evening (Sunday) along

Auchi-Igarra Road at about

5p.m. He is the priest in

charge of Holy Name Catholic

Church, Ikpeshi.”

This is coming on the heels

of the reported abduction of six

persons, including an Auchi

Polytechnic lecturer, along

Ifon-Uzeba-Kabo Road by

Their spokesman, Olaleye

Ojajuni, said the law that

established OSOPADEC “strictly

stated that the commission must

be autonomous, but to our

surprise the government has

taken over the administration of

the commission.”

Another youth leader, Daudu

Oluwajuwon, said the main

reason for the protest in the

governor’s office “was to ensure

financial autonomy for

OSOPADEC in order to improve

River Ose Bridge near Owan

West Local Government Area

of Edo State, by cattle rustlers

on their way from Ondo State.

They were made to pay

about six hundred thousand

naira before they were

released after four days in the

bush.

Contacted yesterday, Edo

State Police Public Relations

Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor,

confirmed the priest’s kidnap.

He said the Reverend

Some of the protesters and poliecemen.

the lives of the people in the area.

Commission's chair reacts

Reacting to the protest,

Chairman of OSOPADEC,

Gbenga Edema blamed fifth

columnist as the sponsors of the

protest “ahead of 2020

governorship election.”

Edema, while playing down the

protest, said: “No government had

been more transparent in the

handling of funds and issues that

concern OSOPADEC than the

Father’s colleague, Fr

Kingsley Okodugha, officially

reported the incident at the

Igarra Division of Nigerian

Police.

He also confirmed that the

kidnap victim was forcefully

taken from his Toyota Corolla

car with number plates SMK

252 FC, adding that police

operatives and vigilante group

were combing the bush for

him, while his vehicle is with

the police.

Police fire tear gas at Ilaje youths protesting

‘govt neglect, lack of autonomy for OSOPADEC’

•Protesters are 5th columnists—OSOPADEC Chair

present administration in the

state.

“Government had cleared the

backlogs of bursary owed by the

last administration till 2017.

“This is the first government that

will be transparent on the issue

of OSOPADEC.

“They are shouting autonomy.

Akeredolu was not the one that

created the commission. There is

a provision for supervision and

control by the governor in the Act

establising OSOPADEC.”


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019—7

Survivor of Shiroro massacre to Gov Bello:

We won't return home until...

By Wole Mosadomi

MINNA—SURVIVORS of

the bandits’ attack on some

communities in Shiroro Local

Government Area of Niger State

last week, have vowed not to

return to their ancestral homes

until adequate security is

provided.

The affected people bluntly told

Governor Abubakar Bello, who

visited them at the internallydisplaced

persons, IDPs, camp,

that what they faced during the

rampage by the gunmen was

enough to keep them off the area

till the end of their lives.

One of the survivors at the IDP

camp, Malam Tanko, from Kwaki

community, told the governor that

“the bandits stormed our

communities in day light and

started shooting sporadically.

“Many people fell to their

bullets and some of us were only

lucky to have escaped. We are

alive today and that is why going

back to the community will be

impossible without adequate

security being provided.”

He said there was no security

personnel in the communities

when the attackers invaded,

adding that they were not ready

to pass through another such

experience.

The gov's promise

Governor Bello had assured the

people that security would be

beefed up in the affected areas,

adding that troops have already

been sent to the areas and

therefore directed them to return

to their communities.

Bello said: ”Though the area is

marshy and unmotorable, we

would beef up security in the

areas and, already, we have been

able to send security personnel

there so that the local people can

go back to their various homes.

“I have spoken to a few of them

United States-born Dr. Ky Dele, a United Nations, UN, social

worker (right) and children of Eghosa Orphanage in Benin

City, Edo State, during her visit to donate food item and other

gifts to mark Democracy Day and her birthday.

and I understand their fear: they

are scared to go back home and I

do not blame them for being

scared, but I think we have sent

enough troops to these

communities to provide adequate

security for the time being.

“We are doing our best to make

sure they go back home, as we

look at the comprehensive plan

for providing more security.”

The governor further confirmed

that 37 deaths have been

confirmed, while 27 were being

treated of various gunshot

wounds.

His words: “While going round

the IDP camp, I saw a few with

gunshot wounds. About 37 have

been killed, while 27 are still with

gunshot wounds.”

Speaking to newsmen, Director

of Primary Healthcare Centre in

Shiroro, who heads the IDP camp

Clinic, Musa Aliyu, said in the

past week, 513 patients have been

treated.

Man, 26, defiles 10-yr-old girl in Lagos

By Onozure Dania

LAGOS—A 26-year-old man,

Uchechukwu Okoro, was

yesterday remanded in prison

custody by a Lagos Magistrate’s

Court sitting in Igbosere for

allegedly defiling a 10-year-old

girl.

Okoro, whose address was not

given, is facing a two-count

charge bordering on defilement,

preferred against him by the

Police.

His plea was not taken by the

court.

The magistrate, Mrs K. O. Doja-

Ojo, ordered that the case file be

duplicated and sent to the

Director of Public Prosecutions,

DPP, for legal advice.

Magistrate Doja-Ojo adjourned

the case till July 3 for mention.

Earlier, the prosecutor,

Inspector Peace Chukwudi, told

the court that the defendant

committed the offence on May 16

at about 9.40a.m., at Dumping

Market area of Lagos Island.

Chukwudi said the defendant

assaulted the 10-year-old girl

sexually by penetrating her

vagina with his manhood.

“The defendant sent the girl on

errand, used the opportunity to

perpetrate the alleged act,”

Chukwudi stated.

She urged the court to remand

the defendant in prison pending

the DPP’s legal advice.

According to the prosecutor, the

offences committed is punishable

under Sections 261 and 263 (1)

(2) of the Criminal Law of Lagos

State, 2015.

76-yr-old woman exhumes husband's

corpse, reburies it in cemetery, sells house

A76-year-old woman, Olabisi

Olowoopejo, yesterday,

appeared before an Ikeja Chief

Magistrate’s Court for allegedly

exhuming her late husband’s

corpse from where it was buried.

The defendant, a resident of 47

Afariogun Street, Oshodi, Lagos,

is facing a three-count charge of

breach of peace, forgery and

conspiracy.

The defendant pleaded not

guilty to the charges.

According to the prosecutor,

Sergeant Michael Unah, the

defendant conducted herself in a

manner likely to cause breach of

the peace.

He said she exhumed the

corpse of her husband, late Alani

Olowoopejo, who died in 1995,

from where he was buried.

Unah told the court that the

defendant committed the offences

with others still at large on March

1, at her residence.

He submitted that one of the

defendant’s sons, one Mr.

Bashiru Olowoopejo, reported

the case to the Police after the

defendant exhumed the corpse

without his consent.

He added: “The defendant

allegedly forged Oshodi/Isolo

Local Government exhumation

of corpse permit and unlawfully

carried out the act.

“The defendant allegedly sold

the house where her late

husband was buried and

relocated his remains to a

cemetery.”

Chief Magistrate A. A.

Fashola granted the defendant

N50,000 bail, with one surety

in like sum.

Fashola ruled that the surety

must be gainfully employed,

with evidence of two years tax

payment to Lagos State

Government and have his

address verified by the court.

In addition, he said the surety

must be related to the defendant

by blood and reside within the

court’s jurisdiction.

The alleged offences contravene

Section 168, 365 and 411 of the

Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015

(Revised).

The magistrate adjourned the

case until July 22 for mention.

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8—Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019

By Kingsley

Omonobi,

Johnbosco

Agbakwuru &

Femi Bolaji

NO fewer than 30

persons were killed

in triple suicide bombing

by Boko Haram jihadists in

Konduga, Borno State.

This is even as three

persons were killed in

fresh outbreak of violence

in parts of Jalingo, the

Taraba State capital.

These came as the

Inspector General of Police,

IGP Mohammed Adamu,

declared, yesterday, that

the crime rate in the country

has declined.

In the Borno incident,

three bombers detonated

their explosives outside a

hall in Konduga, 38

kilometres from the Borno

State capital, Maiduguri,

where football fans were

watching a match on

television.

“The death toll from the

attack has so far increased

to 30. We have over 40

people injured,” Usman

Kachalla, Head of

Operations at the State

Emergency Management

Agency, SEMA, said

yesterday.

Leader of a self-defence

group in the town, Ali

Hassan, said the attack

occurred around 9pm,

Sunday night, adding that

the owner of the viewing

centre prevented one of the

bombers from entering the

packed venue.

“There was a heated

argument between the

operator and the bomber

who blew himself up, also

killing the operator,”

Hassan said by phone.

Two other bombers, who

had mingled among the

crowd at a tea stall nearby

also detonated their suicide

vests.

Hassan said most of the

victims were from outside

the soccer viewing centre,

noting that ‘’nine people

died on the spot, including

the operator, and 48 were

injured.”

Kachala said the high

number of fatalities was

because emergency

responders were unable to

reach the site of the blast

on time, nor were they

equipped to deal with large

number of wounded

persons.

“Lack of an appropriate

health facility to handle

such huge emergency

situation and the delay in

obtaining security clearance

to enable us deploy from

Maiduguri in good time

led to the high death toll,”

he said.

There was no immediate

claim of responsibility, but

the attack bore the imprint

of Boko Haram, which has

led a decade-long

campaign to establish a

hardline Islamic state in

North East Nigeria.

3 killed in Taraba

In Jalingo, Taraba State,

three persons were killed,

while many houses were

33 killed, dozens injured, houses burnt in triple

suicide bombing, violence in Borno, Taraba

•Crime rate declining in Nigeria —IGP Adamu

•As Buhari commiserates with victims' families

burnt as youth from

different ethnic groups in

the state clashed in the city,

Sunday night.

A senior government

official said suspected

herdsmen had threatened

to invade the town but

security personnel did not

take the warning seriously.

The source said three

persons were killed during

the attack.

A witness, Ibro Bala, said

ATC Kofai, an area largely

populated by university

students, was affected

during the crisis, which

claimed three lives.

He said: “It’s actually a

clash between herdsmen

and a tribe called Kona. It

started about two months

ago when the herdsmen

attacked them in their local

communities.

“So, yesterday (Sunday),

Kona youth went on the

rampage in an area called

ATC Kofai, at about 2 pm to

5 pm. The youth around

there started attacking all

the people, burning houses

that belong to them. Many

people were also killed,

while houses and cars were

burnt.

“Security operatives came

later, around 7pm, but the

boys were still struggling,

exchange of gunshot was

heard. About five or more

cars were burnt down.”

Confirming the clash,

yesterday, the state police

command said it took place

at Tudiri village in Ardo

Kola Local Government

Area, on the outskirts of

Taraba State.

Spokesman of the Police

command, DSP David

Misal, in a statement,

however, said no life was

lost but noted that some

shops were looted.

But an eyewitness who

spoke on condition of

anonymity, said one person

was killed.

Buhari

commiserates

with victims'

families

Meanwhile, President

Muhammadu Buhari has

commiserated with families

of victims of the bomb

blasts.

The president in a

statement by his Special

Adviser on Media and

Publicity, Chief Femi

Adesina in Abuja,

yesterday, sent

condolences to the

government and people of

the state over attacks by

suicide bombers.

Buhari decried the

heinous acts, stressing that

perpetrators of evil acts

have judgment awaiting

them, not only from man,

via the long arms of the law,

but also from God Almighty.

He urged security agents

to sustain surveillance in all

theatres of security

challenges in the country,

taking into consideration

the unconventional

methods deployed by

terrorists to harm innocent

and unsuspecting victims.

The president

commended the efforts of

emergency response

workers and humanitarian

organisations.

He prayed that God will

grant the souls of the

departed eternal rest and

comfort their families.

Crime rate

declining in

Nigeria

—IGP Adamu

Meanwhile, Inspector

General of Police,

Mohammed Adamu,

yesterday declared that the

crime rate in the country

has declined, noting that

the last few weeks had

witnessed new patterns

and threats of criminality

that had necessitated a

review of strategy.

Noting that the successes

in tackling the different

criminal challenges were a

fallout of Operation Puff

Adder currently going on

across the country, the IGP

urged Zonal AIGs and

Command CPs to redouble

Red Cross officials attend to victims of a triple

suicide bombing, which occured outside a hall

in Konduga, 38 kilometres from the Borno State

capital, Maiduguri, yesterday. Photos: AFP.

their efforts as the battle was

still far from over.

Buttressing his

declaration that crime was

on the decline in the

country, the IGP said:

“Sequel to the launch of

Operation Puff Adder in all

the states of the federation

and other security strategies

recently emplaced to

address internal security

threats, a total 424

kidnappers were arrested

between May 10 and June

14, 2019.

‘’The highest number of

101 kidnap suspects were

arrested in Kaduna State,

followed by Katsina State

with 79 arrests. 54 suspects

were apprehended in

Nasarawa State and 32 in

Taraba.

“In the same vein, 44

murder suspects were

arrested during the period

under review, with the

highest number of seven in

FCT and six in Kano State.

“In addition, 276 armed

robbery suspects were

arrested within the same

period, with the highest

number of 38 in Edo State,

followed by 25 in Nasarawa

State and 23 in FCT.

“Similarly, 10,860

ammunition of various

descriptions and calibre

were recovered, while a

total of 301 firearms,

including a rocket launcher,

AK-47 assault rifles, pistols

and locally made gun, were

similarly recovered from

criminal elements across

the country, with the

highest number of 80 in

Katsina State, followed by

Edo State with 26 and

Kaduna State with 25.

“Furthermore, 176

suspected cultists were

arrested across the country,

while 77 stolen vehicles

were recovered by

Operation Puff Adder

operatives nationwide

between May 10, and June

14, 2019, with the highest

number of 29 in FCT.

“It is to be emphasized

that the achievements were

recorded with the

cooperation of members of

the public in a manner that

clearly demonstrates the

increasing determination of

the citizens to support the

Police in restoring internal

security."

Grass-cutting scandal: Court rejects EFCC’s

documents against Lawal

A

Federal Capital

Territory High Court in

Maitama, yesterday,

rejected uncertified

documents sought to be

tendered by Economic and

Financial Crimes

Commission, EFCC, in the

trial of former Secretary to

the Government of the

Federation, SGF, Babachir

Lawal, and three others for

alleged corruption.

EFCC arraigned Lawal

alongside his younger

brother, Hamidu Lawal;

Suleiman Abubakar, Apeh

John Monday and two

companies, Rholavision

Engineering Ltd and

Josmon Technologies Ltd,

on March 18 on an

amended 10-count charge

bordering on fraud,

diversion of funds and

criminal conspiracy to the

tune of over N500 million.

They were earlier

arraigned before Jude

Okeke on February 13 and

the prosecution was meant

to open its case on March

18

Ḋuring the court session,

yesterday, the judge,

Okeke, ruling on the

admissibility of the

document, held that the

essence of certification was

to ensure accuracy of

documents tendered in

evidence.

Okeke said although the

prosecutor attached the

uncertified documents into

the bundle of original

documents ,“it is the duty

of the court to examine

them to know whether they

are admissible.

“I have examined the

bundle of the documents

and it consisted of original

documents with

attachments of uncertified

ones, a total of 17

documents.

“The documents are

bearing different dates.

Besides this, it’s also

numbered as different

exhibits. The mere fact that

they are stapled together

does not make them one

document.“

He said for a public

document to be admissible,

it must accord with the

provision of section 104 of

Evidence Act, 2011.

He then admitted seven

original documents and

rejected 10 uncertified

ones, and then adjourned

to June 18 for the

continuation of trial.

Meanwhile, on May 23,

the counsel to the fifth

defendant, O.Uzor, had

objected when the

prosecuting counsel, Ufom

Uket, sought to tender the

documents.

They are payment

vouchers raised by PINE for

payments to both Josmon

Technologies Limited and

Rholavision Engineering

Limited respectively,

through the first

prosecution witness (PW1),

Hamza Adamu.

Uzor stated that while the

vouchers were in the

original copies, the other

documents attached to

them were photocopies,

which were not certified.


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019—9

AGM: From left, Chairman, Aliko Dangote; Independent Non-Executive Director, Cherie

Blair; Non-Executive Director, Olakunle Alake; and Group Chief Executive Officer, Joseph

Makoju, all of Dangote Cement Plc, at the 10th Annual General Meeting of the company,

in Lagos, yesterday.

Opposition members‘ll be c’ttee heads

—Gbaja •Says reforms’ll be in piece meal

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

ABUJA—CONTRARY to

the comments of All

Progressives Congress,

APC, National Chairman,

Comrade Adams

Oshiomhole, that the ruling

party will not share

committee heads with

members of opposition

parties in the Ninth National

Assembly, Speaker of the

House of Representatives,

Femi Gbajabiamila,

yesterday, said the

opposition would be carried

along.

He also said the names of

heads and members of the

HEALTH TIPS

By Sola Ogundipe

Coping with belly fat

Excess weight in your

midsection can be

annoying—not only

because it’s so hard to

remove but because it also

has an impact on your

overall health. Extra belly

fat increases your risk of

heart disease and diabetes.

You can make lifestyle

changes that can help you

lose belly fat.

Avoid ultra-processed

foods such as fried chips

and candy. Instead, opt for

healthy amounts of soluble

fibre such as oatmeal, sweet

potatoes, avocado, and

citrus fruits.

Reducing alcohol intake

can also help. Alcohol is

absorbed quickly, and

when over-consumed,

impairs metabolism of

carbohydrates and fat,

promoting fat storage rather

than breakdown.

Limit your consumption

of carbonated beverages as

well. Instead, stick to water.

It can act as an appetite

suppressant, as well as

House Committees will soon

be reeled out.

Besides, the speaker said

the reforms he was going to

introduce would be in piece

meal to avoid doing

anything that could shock the

system.

Fielding questions from

State House correspondents

after meeting behind closed

doors with the Vice

President, Prof. Yemi

Osinbajo, he explained that

the meeting was primarily on

the economy and on how to

move the country forward.

According to him, “it’s

official and any meeting with

the vice president is relevant.

It is about the economy and

how to move the country

help flush out your body to

decrease the feeling of

being bloated.

Working out boosts your

brain health, and reducing

stress levels—it can also

help you rein in your gut.

The key to losing belly fat

with exercise, though, is

making sure your sweat

session is intense. The

higher your heart rate, the

greater the release of

abdominal fat into your

bloodstream to be used for

energy.

Falling short on sleep is

also a sure way to put your

waistline in jeopardy.

That’s because sleep

deprivation activates

hunger hormones. When

you are not well-rested,

you’re also more likely to

eat junk food.

To help keep belly fat in

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night. And if possible, go

to bed at the same time each

night.

forward, charting a road map

about how to confront the

problems that are facing

Nigeria today.

“So, these were the issues

we discussed. It wasn’t a

personal meeting but you

can call it a hybrid - between

personal and official but

mostly it’s official, how the

executive and the legislature

can collaborate to make life

better for Nigeria and

Nigerians.”

Asked what Nigerians

would be seeing differently

from his leadership in the

Ninth assembly, he said:

“Stay tuned, you have heard

my inaugural speech, we

are going to do things

differently, we are going to

build on the achievements of

the Eight Assembly, and it’s

going to be a reformed

house.

“Like I have said, the

reform will be dished out in

piece meal so as not to shock

the system. We expect the

cooperation of all facets of

government, including the

executive and you - the

journalists and including our

constituents.”

On whether he will carry

the opposition members

along by making them

chairmen, he said: "The

committees would be

unfolded in the next few

weeks and you will see how

we intend to carry them

along. I don’t want to let the

cat out of the bag but you can

be assured they would be

carried along.”

Nigeria attracts $10.65bn

Foreign Direct Investment

—CBN

By Babajide

Komolafe

THE Central Bank of

Nigeria, CBN, yesterday

said the country has attracted

Foreign Direct Investment,

FDI of $10.65 billion from

January 2018 to last month.

Director, Corporate

Communication

Department, CBN, Mr. Isaac

Okoroafor, disclosed this in

a statement dismissing a

media report that the country

suffered 40 percent decline

in FDI in 2018.

He disclosed that from

January 2018 to May 2019,

Nigeria attracted total

foreign investment into

Nigeria stood at $33.27

billion, with FDI accounting

for 33 percent or $10.65

billion.

Okoroafor said: “The

attention of the Central Bank

of Nigeria, CBN, has been

drawn to the news item on

Reuters quoting World

Investment Report, 2019,

recently released by United

Nations Conference on

Trade and Development

(UNCTAD) on Foreign

Direct Investment (FDI) to

African countries. The report

alleges a decrease of over 40

percent in FDI inflows to

Nigeria in 2018.

“While the CBN is not

privy to the methodology

used in arriving at the

figures, we wish to state that

available records show

significant increase in FDI in

Nigeria during the period

2018 contrary to the Reuters’

report.

“For instance, in 2018, the

total capital inflows to the

country stood at $19.07

billion out of which FDI

accounted for $7.78 billion.

“Furthermore, total capital

flows to Nigeria, from

January to May 2019 stood

at $14.2 billion of which FDI

accounted for $2.87 billion,

representing a 20.18 percent

of the total amount.

“The country continues to

enjoy steady capital flows

due to the prevailing stable

macroeconomic environment

and sustained investors’

confidence in the economy."

Businesses groaning under

epileptic power supply—MAN

By Nkiruka

Nnorom

L AGOS—ACTING

Chairman of

Manufacturers Association

of Nigeria, MAN, Apapa

branch , Mr. Joe Onyebu,

has said many businesses

were going through very

difficult times, following a

drop in power supply in

recent months.

It is estimated that over

40 percent of cost of

manufacturing in Nigeria

goes into generation of

electricity.

Speaking at the

Environmental and Safety

seminar organised by the

association in Lagos,

Onyebu said Small and

Medium Scale

Enterprises, SMEs,

appeared to be the worst hit

by the epileptic power

supply, leading to closure

of many.

He explained that once

an SME shuts down, it sets

up a ripple effects, which

do not only mean that jobs

are lost, but creditors,

including banks and

private individuals, also

share in the loss as getting

back their money becomes

an impossible task.

He stated that the high

cost of running

manufacturing plants on

generators was one of the

reasons most local

industries have failed to be

competitive and profitable

as going concerns.

“Importation of

substandard goods,

smuggling and high cost of

electricity have all

combined to wreak havoc

on

Nigerian

manufacturers,” he said.

Commenting on the

deplorable state of roads in

Lagos State, Onyebu

urged the government to

pay attention to roads

within Amuwo-Odofin

Industrial Axis, Mile 2-

Coconut Road, Mile 2-

Kirikiri road and Coconut

to Liverpool road.

He stated that this,

coupled with the nearcomplete

takeover of the

roads by tankers/trailers,

has made access to the ports

and members’ factories

near impossible.

Lamenting the negative

effect of multiple demand

by regulatory agencies, he

said that the increment by

over 150 percent of the

environmental

development levy and

petroleum storage permit

payable to Lagos State

Environmental Protection

Agency, LASEPA, has

affected manufacturers.

He, therefore, urged the

government to harmonize

all taxes and levies payable

to governments to make

thing easier for the real

sector. He also implored the

government to re-engineer

its policies and

programmes towards rapid

industrialization instead of

the current overdependence

on importation

of goods.

Director, Lagos Liaison of

National Environment

Standards and Regulations

Enforcement Agency,

NESREA, Ayuba Jacob,

said in his comment at the

event that there had been

cases of poorly produced

foods and drinks in an

unhygienic environment

that found their way into the

markets, leading to all kinds

of diseases and sometimes

death, especially among

children.

NIRSAL secures over

N14.5bn banks’ commitment

for agric-lending

By Emma Ujah,

Abuja Bureau Chief

THE Nigeria Incentive-

Based Risk Sharing

System for Agricultural

Lending, NIRSAL, has

secured over N14.5 billion

banks’ commitment to

agricultural lending in the

last five months.

According to the agency,

in Abuja, yesterday, further

commitments, worth N48

billion, are at various stages

of approval.

NIRSAL said it was

engaging banks with a

view to constituting Joint-

Technical Committees with

NIRSAL to pursue this new

and innovative agriculture/

agribusiness financing

framework.

The agency said the prior

perception of agriculture

being a high-risk area by

banks was gradually giving

way to a new-found faith in

the new business

opportunities the sector has

to offer.

“Going forward, the

enhanced understanding

of NIRSAL’s role in

securing a safe, profitable

and a globally competitive

agribusiness economy is

expected to elicit greater

portfolio commitments from

Nigerian banks in

sponsoring the NIRSALled

Agribusiness initiatives

and developing joint

frameworks aimed at

facilitating a greater flow of

finance to structured,

agriculture-related

investment opportunities in

Nigeria,” it said.

So far, the NIRSAL riskled

agricultural financing

approach is adjudged to be

in high resonance with

Banks Risk/Return

imperatives.


10 — VANGUARD, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019

POLLS: Sanwo-Olu

floors LP, AD at tribunal

•As another strikes out suit challenging

Faleke

By Olasunkanmi

Akoni & Onozure

Dania

LAGOS—THE Election

Petition Tribunal sitting

in Ikeja, yesterday,

dismissed a petition filed by

the Alliance for Democracy,

AD, and the Labour Party,

LP, challenging the victory

of Governor Babajide

Sanwo-Olu at the March 9,

2019 governorship poll in

the state.

Chairman of the Tribunal,

Justice T. T Asua, in his

ruling dismissed the

petitions due to the inability

of the petitioners to file

applications for pre-hearing

conference after the close of

pleadings within seven

days as prescribed by law.

The ruling, delivered by

a three-man panel, said:

“Timely application for prehearing

conference was a

condition to the hearing of

the petitions and without the

application for pre-hearing

conferences, the petition

cannot commence or get to

the stage of judgment.”

Similarly, an Election

Petition Tribunal, sitting in

Ikeja, Lagos, yesterday,

dismissed an application

challenging the victory of a

member of House of

Representative, Hon. James

Abiodun Faleke,

representing Ikeja Federal

Constituency, at the last

general election.

The tribunal headed by

Justice Kunaza M.

Hamidu, struck out the

application, following a

motion filed by the

petitioner, Mutiu Olakunle

Okunola, candidate of

People’s Democratic Party,

PDP, who contested at the

last election.

Okunola, who recently

defected to All Progressives

Congress, APC, had

dragged Faleke alongside

the APC and Independent

National Electoral

Commission, INEC, before

the tribunal for reversal of

Faleke’s victory and asked

the tribunal to declare him

as the winner of election.

At the resumed hearing of

the application yesterday,

Okunola’s counsel,

Owoyemi Ibrahim, told the

panel that his client has

decided to withdraw the

application against all the

respondents.

....Meets with security chiefs

on plans to tackle insecurity

By Olasunkanmi

Akoni & Monsuru

Olowoopejo

L

A G O S —

GOVERNOR

Babajide Sanwo-Olu of

Lagos State, yesterday, held

a meeting with security

chiefs over the security

situation in the state,

assuring residents that

plans are underway to

provide adequate security

in the state.

Sanwo-Olu gave the

assurance after a two hour

closed-doors meeting with

security chiefs at the State

House, Alausa, Ikeja.

He said the

meeting centred on

cultism, kidnapping, armed

robbery, among other vices.

INSECURITY: Herdsmen, bandits kill 10, 665 in

2018 — IFRA

By Monsuru

Olowoopejo

LAGOS—THE French

Institute for Research

in Africa, IFRA, yesterday,

revealed that no fewer than

10,665 Nigerians died from

herdsmen clashes,

banditry, Boko Haram

conflict, cultism and other

lethal violence across the

country.

IFRA, in a report titled

Nigeria Watch: Eighth

Report on Violence 2018,

stated that the number of

deaths recorded in 2018

was 1.4 percent higher

than what was recorded in

the country from same lethal

violence in 2017.

In the report obtained

Sanwo-Olu said: “All the

formations have been well

informed that keeping

Lagos safe and secured is

a daily responsibility and

everyone’s responsibility.

“We have all taken up

the challenge and we will

encourage all the men

that will be involved in the

activities and we can

assure Lagosians that

they will begin to see a

new lease of security in

the state.

“We will put the safety

of lives and property as the

core aspect of this

administration. We want to

assure all that we are on

track. We have asked

ourselves to do few

things before we make a

detailed pronouncement

on security later.”

from its website, IFRA

lamented that the major

causes of violent deaths in

Nigeria within the year

under review were “crime,

political, land and religious

issues, cattle grazing and

road accidents.”

The report added that

“the most dangerous states

in Nigeria in 2018 included

Borno, Zamfara, Benue,

Kaduna and Adamawa

states,” adding that they

had the highest number of

lethal violence within the

year under review.

According to the report,

the consistent decrease in

fatalities from violence in

Nigeria since 2014 was

halted in 2018 which

marked a rise in general

crime across the country

with Banditry becoming

UNRELENTING!: Truck drivers refuse to budge despite presidential order.

OSHODI-APAPA EXPRESSWAY:

No real plans to restore lasting

sanity — INVESTIGATION

LAGOS—IT

was

confirmed last night

that the Federal

Government has no

immediate plan to restore

lasting sanity to the Oshodi/

Apapa expressway, despite

the effort of the much-touted

Presidential Task Team

whose objective is to make

the road motorable in the

short term

Vanguard gathered that

almost all the ministries and

agencies tasked with the

responsibility of hammering

out a permanent solution to

the collapsed road that leads

to the second largest

revenue earner in the

country have been singing

discordant tunes.

None of them has come

up with a lasting solution to

the mayhem on the road to

the dismay of the President.

Besides, the so-called

contract allegedly signed

with billionaire

businessman, Alhaji

Aliko Dangote, to reconstruct

the 74-km

expressway, does not exist.

It was gathered that what

prevalent in Zamfara and

Kaduna states.

A breakdown of the

statistics showed that 2,135

Nigerians lost their lives in

2018 from Boko Haram

attacks, a figure less than

“the 2,829 fatalities in 2017,

accounting for 28 percent

decrease.”

“Cult related killings

accounted for 453 deaths in

162 incidents while 238

people were killed in 76

kidnap incidents. In 2018,

2,331 victims were killed in

350 lethal incidents

involving security

operatives.

“Out of 3,425 fatalities

caused by criminal

incidents, banditry resulted

in 930 across 15 states, with

Zamfara state recording 714

of the total statistics.

was done on November 17,

2018 was a flag-off of the

N73 billion road contract

without legal backing.

A source told Vanguard

that “what we did was a

show, no contract was

signed. We only signed an

MOU.”

It was learned that

Dangote is already fretting;

following exposure of his

business to the tune of

N8billion he used to reconstruct

a part of Wharf

Road, Apapa, which may

not be refunded to him.

The two ministries with

the responsibility of

providing cash for the

project, Finance and Works,

have not been forthcoming,

leaving the contract

unsigned.

Consequently, the

billionaire has withdrawn

his workers from the road.

Another cog hampering

sanity on the road is the

issue of parking bays for

trucks, according to

Vanguard’s investigation.

It was learned that both

Lagos State and the

Federal Governments have

been unable to construct

parking bays for trucks and

tankers and that the

Ministry of Works has been

constructing a parking bay

for the past 10 years without

completing it.

A source told Vanguard

that the Presidential Task

Force has become a

problem financially for

Lagos State government,

Nigerian Ports Authority,

NPA, and the Shippers

Council.

According to the source,

apart from the bill the trio

has to pick up for the task

team, they have questioned

the lasting impact of the task

team.

Vanguard learned, for

instance, within the first two

weeks of its presence in

Apapa, the team slapped

the trio with a bill of N115

million, being cost of

accommodation

other incidentals.

and

It was also gathered that

with the extension of task

team’s assignment by two

weeks by the vice president,

it presented a revised bill of

N240 million.

At press time last night, it

was learned that the three

agencies of government

insisted that the money was

not a guarantee that a

permanent solution would

be found to the problem.

One of the agencies

argued that the police

component of the task team

should come to Lagos

permanently, instead of just

working for two weeks and

leaving.

Another source said last

night that they are

expecting 300 policemen

from Abuja to maintain

traffic which another source

argued was a waste of

resources.

Leader of the police

component of the task team,

Commissioner of Police,

Hakeem Odumosu, was not

forthcoming last night when

Vanguard contacted him,

but multiple sources said

they would have preferred

him to stay permanently to

deal with the indiscipline

and corruption being

perpetrated by policemen

aggravating the traffic

situation.

A source told Vanguard

that there was discipline

when the soldiers were

there but noted that their

exit has worsened the

situation.

N73bn road deal

The Federal Government

had, in its efforts to find a

permanent solution to

Apapa gridlock, flagged

off reconstruction of

Apapa-Oshodi-

Oworonshoki-Ojota

expressway.

The road was to be

constructed by AG Dangote

Construction Limited at the

cost of N73 billion and was

to be delivered in two years.

Flagging off the

reconstruction in Lagos,

President Muhammadu

Buhari had said the

reconstruction would ease

business at the ports and

ameliorate motorists and

residents’ suffering as well

as boost revenue

generation in the axis.

The President, who was

represented by then

Minister of Power, Works

and Housing, Mr.

Babatunde Fashola, said

the reconstruction would be

done in concrete for longer

life span under Private

Public Partnership, PPP.

He explained that the

road, built between 1975

and 1978 as a major route

to Tincan and Apapa ports,

as well as Murtala

Mohammed International

Airport has been in

deplorable state due to

years of neglect, resulting

in loss of billions of naira in

revenue.

Fashola, who earlier

toured Apapa Wharf Road,

said the contractor is

funding the project in the

form of advanced tax

because of the impact on his

business.

He appealed to

stakeholders to co-operate

with the contractor to ensure

early completion.

Immediate past Lagos

State governor, Akinwunmi

Ambode, said the concrete

template being introduced

by the Dangote Group is a

better option because of the

topography of Lagos.

He said the lasting

solution to Apapa gridlock

lies in the combination of

road, rail and water

transportations.

The governor also

appealed to the Federal

Government for refunds of

projects executed by the

state to allow it tackle works

in other areas.

President of Dangote

Group, Alhaji Aliko

Dangote said over 60 per

cent of revenue has been

lost by businesses because

of the deplorable state

of the road.


Why I stopped

talking about my

rape experience

— Ifu Ennada

Years after her unfortu

nate sexual abuse expe

rience by a top-shot in

the Nigerian entertainment industry,

ex Big Brother Naija

housemate, Ifu Ennada has explained

why she stopped taking

about the experience

which resulted in the contraction

of a sexually transmitted

infection, STI and has equally

had adverse effects on her relationship

with men.

The actress cum hair care enthusiast

made the revelation

in a recent interview with the

News Agency of Nigeria in

Abuja. According to her, while

revealing that she would soon

expose the identity of the man

who raped her, she stopped

talking about the rape experience

because she did not want

to be seen more as a victim

than the businesswoman and

entertainer that she is.

“I stopped talking about it

because I didn’t want people

to see me as just a victim.

There is so much to it. I am

above that but at the right

time, I will expose my abuser.

He is even in Abuja”, she said.

She also revealed that the experience

inspired her movie,

‘Tears of a Broken Virgin’ as

she re-affirmed that she would

Blockbuster movie,

‘Men in Black’ returns

with new twist

Men in Black’, a series of American science

fiction action comedy films, directed by

Barry Sonnenfeld, and based on Malibu/Marvel

comic book series, ‘The Men in Black’, by

Lowell Cunningham is back and currently

showing in Cinemas across the nation for the

viewing pleasure of lovers of blockbuster movies.

In this new adventure, the Men in Black who

have always protected the Earth from the scum

of the universe, tackle their biggest threat, a

mole in the Men in Black Organization. The

Men in Black have expanded to cover the globe

but so have the villains of the universe. To keep

everyone safe, decorated Agent H and determined

rookie M, join forces, an unlikely pairing

that just might work. When aliens that can

take the form of any human arrive on Earth, H

and M embark on a globe-trotting adventure

to save the agency

world from

further spill

more beans

when she is

ready.

Speaking further,

she explained

how she

has been exploiting

her experience

to help

other women

overcome the

emotional and

psychological

trauma of

rape.

“I do private

consultation

with a lot of

these women

and encourage

them the

way I can.

Also, I

speak to

young

women at

events for

free to

h e l p

them become

better. I hope to do more

especially now that I have a

new, proper management. I

hope to go out and help more

women”, she said.

and ultimately the

their mischievous

plans.

Distributed by

Silverbird Film

Distribution in

Nigeria, the

first edition of

the movie was

released in

1997, the second

in 2002,

the third in

2012, and

the fourth,

‘Men in

Black: International’

in

April

2019.

Ifu Ennada

Simi

Simi excited over Pogba’s

move to dump Manchester

United

Following French footballer,

Paul Pogba’s hint that he

may be leaving Manchester

United Football Club for new

challenges in any other club that

indicates interest in signing him,

velvety voiced songstress, Simi,

has expressed excitement over

the news.

While responding to question

from journalists during a recent

interview session in Tokyo, the

top striker had said; “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,” he said, to

which Simi responded, saying

Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019 —11

Yahoo boys

owe me for my

incarceration

— Naira Marley

Following the release of popular street rapper, Azeez

Fashola, a.k.a Naira Marley from the Economic and Financial

Crimes’ custody, after fulfilling his bail conditions,

the eloquent musician has described his brief incarceration

as a sacrifice for perpetrators of cyber-crime, popularly known

in Nigeria as Yahoo Yahoo.

Recounting his ordeal in the hands of officers of the Economic

and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in

an Instagram Live video, the ‘Am I a Yahoo

Boy’ singer said he was arrested for a crime

he didn’t commit, adding that Yahoo

boys owe him money. He was quizzed

on an 11-count charge bothering on

credit card fraud, an offence contrary

to Section 27(1) (b) of the cybercrime

Prohibition, Prevention Act 2015.

“Those of you that are yahoo boys

owe me money. Am I a Yahoo Boy?

No, but I have gone to prison because

of you”, he stated.

Recall that Naira Marley regained

his freedom on Friday, June 14,

amid jubilation and

barely 14-days

after a high

court Judge sitting

in Lagos,

Justice Nicholas

Oweibo granted

him bail with a condition

of two sureties

in like sum on

May 31.

Meanwhile, reports

have indicated

that witnesses from financial

institutions

would testify at his

“Please go, get the fuck off my

team,”

Asked if she was truly excited

about the striker’s move to leave

Manchester United though he

was the club’s best player last

season, she said; “Yes, and he

should hold the hand of the others,

so when he’s going, they’re

going together.”

Responding to another fan who

also reminded her that Pogba

was Manchester United’s best

player during the last season,

she said; “He will be your best

player in Jesus name.”

However, when her mother advised

her to mind the kind of language

she uses on social media,

the ‘Jamb Question’ crooner reminded

her that the truth is always

bitter.

“Mummy truth is bitter”, she

said.

Naira Marley

next court appearance

slated for October 22,

23 and 24, 2019, respectively.

The story of my

foray into music

— Precious

Following successful stints on the interna

tional music scene, gospel music singer,

Precious Eminue is set to storm the Nigerian

music scene in a bid to replicate same success

as she prepares to drop an album soon.

In a chat with E-Daily, Precious, who has an 8-

track EP described her musical journey as an

exciting one with many challenges. “It has

been an exciting journey with lots of challenges

but I am getting closer to realizing my

dreams. Presently, I am promoting two of my

singles entitled ‘Thank you’ and ‘Stretch Forth.’

Fans should watch out”, she said.

According to the Akwa-Ibom State-born graduate

of English Language from the Benson Idahosa

University, ‘Thank You’, released in October

2017 was her first single, which birthed

her professional career.

“Thank You’ is about appreciating God for all

he has done for us with a grateful heart, while

‘Stretch Forth’ is about stretching forth

your faith in Christ be- lieving

you have received what

you desire

from Him,” she

added.

Speaking on growing up and

how music started for

her, Eminue

said; “I practi- c a l l y

started

singing at

a g e

seven

in the

c h i l -

dren’s choir

in Church of

God Miss

i o n

(CGMI). I

was always

enthusiastic

about singing

for God

and grew up

loving it more

and more.

Precious


12—Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019

UNVEILLING:

From left,

Carol Oyedeji,

Executive

Director,

Commercial

Banking; Mr

Patrick

Akinwuntan,

Managing

Director, both

of Ecobank

Nigeria and

Mrs Eva

Akinwuntan, at

the unveilling

of the Movie

'Bling

Lagosians'

premiered in

Lagos.

Ogoni clean-up: Social Action tasks HYPREP

on transparency, demands frame work

By Davies

Iheamnachor

PORT HARCOURT—

A rights group, Social

Action, SA, has tasked the

Hydrocarbon Remediation

Pollution Project, HYPREP,

to release the framework set

out for the clean-up of the

oil polluted Ogoniland,

alleging that the agency

lacked transparency.

SA also urged HYPREP

to be transparent and

accountable to people of

Ogoni and Niger Delta,

noting that the body

(HYPREP) is a public

institution and ought to be

trusted.

Head, National Advocacy

Centre of Social Action,

Vivian Bellonwu, spoke in

Port Harcourt, Rivers State,

yesterday, after submitting

a letter requesting

information on Ogoni

clean-up and project

contracts by HYPREP.

Bellonwu said: “The

framework for the clean-up

is one of the documents that

till date HYPREP has not

made available to anybody

and we are serious about

it, because the project is

more or less a work that has

no plan.

“As I speak, nobody

knows what is to be done,

how it will be done and

when. This is what they

should make available so

that the people will follow

the activities of the cleanup.

By Festus Ahon

ASABA—A

nongovernmental

organisation, Behind Bars

Rights Foundation, BBRF,

yesterday, staged a

peaceful protest in Asaba,

Delta State, against the

alleged defilement of a twoyear

girl (name withheld)

by a 52-year landlord,

Emeka Okwuosa.

Vanguard gathered that

the little girl was defiled at

Nsukwa in Aniocha South

Local Government Area of

“By this we are

challenging HYPREP to be

accountable and

transparent. HYPREP is a

public institution and has

public trust and the

mandate of HYPREP is

both important and

sensitive.”

She expressed worry that

the process in which

HYPREP got contractors for

clean-up was not

transparent, adding that

some of the contractors

of the contractors are not

qualified to be awarded the

contracts.

“There is a whole lot of

gap between the

requirement set out by

HYPREP itself and the

company already engaged.

We fear that this gap in the

qualification of the

contractors is some of the

challenges that is affecting

he activities of HYPREP

and made the clean-up not

to take off as it were.”

Edo Assembly members-elect

protest non inauguration said: “Whereas all other

By Gabriel

Enogholease &

Alemma-

Ozioruva Aliu

BENIN

CITY—

AGAINST the backdrop

of the non inauguration of

the Edo State House of

Assembly with Governor

Godwin Obaseki yet to send

a letter of proclamation to that

effect, 19 of the 24 members

of the House yesterday,

protested their non

inauguration.

They also accused the

governor of attempting to

scuttle democracy in the

state.

The protest by the

lawmakers is coming on the

heels of threat by chairman

of All Progressives

Congress, APC, in the state,

Mr Anselm Ojezua, to

were not qualified for the

project.

Bellonwu said: “Our

concerns are on

transparency and

accountability of HYPREP.

We are aware that

HYPREP gave out a

number of contracts for the

cleaning of certain polluted

areas of Ogoni

environment.

“The procedures for

awarding those contracts

were not transparent. Some

sanction Edo lawmakerselect

if they fail to abide by

the zoning arrangement

spelt out by the state party

leadership.

The 24 members of the

House are all from APC but

have not been able to agree

on who should be the

speaker among the trio of

Mr Frank Okiye, Victor

Edoror and Emma

Okoduwa.

Vanguard gathered that

while the party leadership

and the governor preferred

Okiye, the 19 lawmakers are

believed to be angling for

Edoror.

However, addressing

journalists in Benin City,

yesterday, on behalf of the

19 lawmakers, Mr

Washington Osifo, who is

the member-elect for

Uhunmwonde constituency

states of the federation have

inaugurated their Houses of

Assembly, Governor Obaseki

has deliberately refused to

allow the House of Assembly

to function thus usurping the

powers of the legislators.”

But in his reaction,

Commissioner for

Information and Orientation,

Paul Ohonbamu said the

proclamation letter would be

issued very soon, adding

that the governor had not

breached the constitution

because it did not envisage

staggered election, hence

the position that the

proclamation letter be issued

immediately after

inauguration.

On the allegation of the

governor trying to impose a

leadership on the House,

Ohonbamu said the

governor was only aligning

with position of the party.

Group protests defilement of 2-year-old girl in Delta

Delta State, adding that the

victim’s father had left home

on the fateful day in search

of daily bread, leaving his

daughter under the care of

his 12-year old son,

Sunday.

It was further gathered

that the landlord, now in

detention, sent Sunday on

an errand to enable him

allegedly execute his evil

plan, adding that on his

return from the errand,

Sunday met the younger

sister, crying and bleeding

from the private part.

Director General of BBRF,

Harrison Gwamnishu, who

led the protest across major

streets in Asaba, said:

“When the matter was

reported at the divisional

police station at Nsukwa,

the 12-year old boy,

Sunday, was detained for

five days.”

Gwamnashu in a petition

to the state Commissioner

of Police, alleged that the

police tortured Sunday by

hitting his leg with baton,

adding that the victim was

later taken back to the

hospital where the doctor

frowned at the poor nature

of investigation carried out

by the police.

Noting that the situation

led to the arrest of the

suspect, the petitioners,

lamented that parents of the

victim had spent money

travelling to Asaba without

any sign of justice, hence,

the protest for the police

authorities to take action.

2019 polls: ECOWAS,

northern youth honour GOC 6

Div

By Egufe

Yafugborhi

PORT HARCOURT—

Economic Community of

West African States,

ECOWAS, Youth Council

and Northern Youth Council,

have separately honoured

General Officer

Commanding, GOC, 6

Division, Nigeria Army, Maj

Gen Jamil Sarham, for “not

compromising during the

2019 general election in his

area of responsibility.”

The ECOWAS youth led by

its Vice President, Nochuso

Tourem at the 6 Division

Headquarters, Port Harcourt,

Rivers State presented

Sarham the Thomas

Sankara Pan-Africanist

Arginze, its highest merit

award, while the Northern

Youth Council decorated the

GOC with the Sarki Yaki

Matasa Areas, the Sir

Ahmadu Bello award of

excellence.

Toure said: “We have been

monitoring Sarham

leadership as a rare

disciplined and productive

officer since his

peacekeeping days in

Liberia and when the African

Conference came to the

choice of the Thomas

Sankara award this year, the

overwhelming majority

picked Sarham.”

President, Northern Youth

Council, Isa Abubakar on the

choice of Sarham for its

award of excellence said:

“Sarham has for long

distinguished himself in

service and humanity, but

the overriding motivation for

honouring him today is for

not compromising his dignity

and oath of service during

the 2019 election in his much

troubled area of

responsibility.”

The GOC in his

acceptance of the

recognitions said: “I dodged

these recognitions for a long

time. That it has come now,

to associate me with Thomas

Sankara is a thing of joy, not

to talk about Sir Ahmadu

Bello, the Sarduana of

Sokoto."

A-Ibom advocates increased

immunisation coverage,

laments poor health indicators

By Chioma

Onuegbu

UYO —AKWA Ibom

State government has

advocated increased

immunisation coverage

from stakeholders to check

the spread of preventable

childhood killer diseases in

the state.

It also lamented the

dismal health indicators in

which the state is ranked

high in many childhood

and maternal diseases.

Director of Public Health

Services, Dr. Godfrey Akro,

spoke during a social

mobilisation meeting in Uyo

ahead of the forthcoming

2019 National

Immunisation Plus Days,

NIPDs, scheduled for July

13 to 16 this year.

Akro, who was

represented by the state

Immunisation Officer, Dr

Ime Udo, however,

applauded contributions of

partners towards checking

childhood killer diseases

and maternal deaths in the

state.

He appealed to

communities, households,

churches, mosques and

institutions to be prepared

to receive health personnel

during the immunisation

campaign.

In her remarks, Akwa

Ibom State Health Educator,

Margeret Etim, emphasized

that with only one round of

the exercise approved by the

Federal Ministry of Health

this year, it behoves on all

and sundry to take

advantage of the exercise to

immunise their children.

Attract devt to riverine

communities, Fuludu tells

Delta Ijaw lawmakers

By Onozure

Dania

THE leader of Burutu

Local government Area

Legislative Arm, Delta State,

Mr Joseph Alubeze-Fuludu,

has urged the three Delta

Ijaw law makers in the

National Assembly to go

beyond law-making and

liaise with the Ministry of

Niger Delta Affairs, Niger

Delta Development

Commission, NDDC and

other developmental

agencies to attract

development to the riverine

communities.

Speaking to journalists at

Burutu, headquarter of

Burutu council, he also

appealed to President

Muhammadu Buhari to take

advantage of the prevailing

peace in Niger Delta to

complete all abandoned

projects as well as award

fresh projects that would

impact directly on the lives

of the coastal dwellers.

He said the people of the

region, especially the Ijaw

nation, where the bulk of the

country’s wealth come from,

need special attention in

terms of roads, bridges,

schools, pipe borne water

and power, urging the

president to use this his last

lap to show that his

administration has the oil

bearing coastal communities

at heart.


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019—13

Medical expert advocates insurance

scheme for doctors

By David

Odama

LAFIA—WORRIED by the

increasing litigations against

medical doctors arising from

negligence, a Consultant

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at

the Jos University Teaching

Hospital, Professor Innocent Ujah

has advocated the establishment

of a Medical Insurance Scheme

to protect practicing medical

doctors in the country.

Ujah who spoke at a seminar

on Professional Negligence in

Medical Practice in Lafia, said the

trend of indiscriminate litigations

arising from alleged negligence

against medical doctors was

becoming worrisome such that

there should be an insurance

cover for the doctors in Nigeria.

He observed that the increasing

court cases against medical

doctors in the country called for

proactive measures towards

BIPC seeks partnership with NIPC

to revive semi-moribund industries

in Benue

By Peter Duru

M AKURDI—GROUP

Managing Director,

Benue Investment and

Property Company, BIPC,

Alfred Adem has sought

collaboration with the

Nigerian Investment

Promotion Council, NIPC, to

revive semi-moribund

industries in the state.

Adem, made the call

yesterday, when he hosted the

new NIPC Zonal Coordinator

for North Central Region,

Emmanuel Longza and the

State Coordinator, Beatrice

Peter in Makurdi.

In a statement by the Media

Officer of BIPC, Peter Asema,

Adem who appealed to the

council to use its network to

seek local and foreign

partnership for some of the

semi-moribund industries to

boost economic growth and

opportunities in the state,

ROTARY DISTRICT 9125

has slated July 19, 2019 for

the investiture of its next

District Governor, (DG) for the

Rotary year 2019/2020 year.

The incoming DG, Rotarian

Victor Onukwugha an

accomplished architect based

in Abuja, takes over from

Rotarian ElvisChukwu who

will be bowing out after a

successfully tenure.

District 9125 habours 139

clubs and covers the entire

northern states and five states

in the south west which makes

it the largest District in the

country.

Former Minister of Health,

Rotarian Julius Adelusi a

onetime District Governor will

be the guest speaker and

chairman of the occasion.

The event according to the

chairman of the investiture

protecting them from

unnecessary spending and

distractions from their duties.

Ujah who cautioned medical

doctors to uphold the ethics

guiding the profession and be

humane in carrying out their

duties by ensuring prompt

attention to emergencies, urged

the public against distracting

medical cases.

While enumerating major

causes of negligence in the

medical profession to include,

poor funding and lack of

commitment, Ujah called for

synergy between medical

professionals, government and

the public in order to move the

health sector forward.

Also speaking, Medical

Director Dalhatu Araf Specialists

Hospital Lafia, Dr. Hassan

Ikrama said the seminar was

designed to remind doctors of the

rights of the patients and what is

expected of them.

pledged BIPC’s commitment

to meeting all registration

requirement with the council.

According to him, “We are in

dire need of that collaboration

because it will avail us the

platform to access foreign and

local partnership that would

jump-start semi-moribund

industries in Benue.”

Earlier, the Zonal

Coordinator of NIPC

encouraged the BIPC to

register with the council to

enable it achieve visibility on

the council’s website, as well

as the Book of the State which

would enable the company

gain recognition in the five star

category of its rating.

“When the company is

registered the investment

opportunities in the state

would be recorded for easy

assessment and possible

investment by investors both

in the country and other parts

of the world,” Longza stated.

Rotary District 9125 holds

investiture for 2019/2020 year

committee, Assistant Governor

OsiMomoh will hold at the

International Conference Centre,

ICC, and will feature such side

attractions like, performance by

cultural troupes from Imo State

and Abuja Centre for Art and

culture.

There will also be a post

investiture party at M&M

Events Centre, Area 11, Garki, he

further stated adding that all

those were to ensure that the

whole event is colourful and

exciting.

The district’s 2019/2020

investiture he further said has

been tagged, ‘Connecting the

World’ to buttress the major focal

point of rotary as a voluntary

organization which is

“development of acquaintance

and service”.

MEETING: From left—Rear Admiral Williams Kayode, Director, 'Logistic, Defense

Headquarters; Air Vice Marshal Jomo Osahor, Director General, Defence Research

Development Bureau, DRDB, Defense Headquarters Abuja, DHQ, and Capt. Rabiu Hamisu

Yadudu, Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, during the

meeting between Committee on Sensitization Strategy on Public Appreciation of the

Armed Forces, and Management of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN at the,

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

Kogi 2020: APC leaders, elders

endorse Jubril's gov bid

By Elizabeth

Uwandu

KOGI—ELDERS and leaders

of the All Progressives

Congress, APC in Kogi West

senatorial district of Kogi state

have endorsed the governorship

aspiration of the former Chief of

Naval Staff, Admiral Usman

Jubril (retd).

The endorsement of the former

naval chief followed the report of

the screening committee set up

by elders and leaders of the APC

in the area, who described the

former naval chief as the hope of

the APC in the coming

governorship election in the state.

It was recently gathered that the

retired Admiral may be the choice

of the National Working

Committee, NWC of the APC,

after party leaders in the state

raised an alarm of impending

doom for the APC if the incumbent

governor, Yahaya Bello is given

a second term.

However, the screening

committee of Kogi APC leaders

and community elders headed by

Sule Iyaji had nineteen members

while the chairman absented

himself from vote, the eighteen

members voted to the admiration

of thousands of APC members.

The elders who spoke one after

the other, said that though the

APC is loved in the state due to

the leadership of President

Muhammadu Buhari and the

leadership of the APC under

Comrade Adams Oshiomhole,

Sule appoints SSG, 6 special advisers

By David Odama

LAFIA—NASARAWA State

Governor, Abdullahi Sule

has appointed Aliyu Tijani

Ahmed, a former

Commissioner for Education

in the state, as the new

Secretary to the State

Government, SSG.

Other appointees are:

Abubakar Ishaq, Permanent

Secretary, Cabinet Affairs and

Special Services, Office of the

SSG, John Mamman, Special

Adviser, Local Government

and Chieftaincy Affairs,

the activities and performance of

the incumbent governor of the

state, Yahaya Bello is giving the

party a bad name.

“Therefore, for APC to still

continue to remain our darling

party in the state, the people of

Kogi will appreciate a change

during the primaries of the APC.

And that is why we have all

Dominic Bako, Special

Adviser, Finance.

Others include: Abubakar

Zanwa, Special Adviser, Legal

Matters, while Samuel Egya,

former member, Federal

House of Assembly, is now

Special Adviser, Governor’s

Office.

The governor also

reappointed the immediate

Director

General

Communication Strategy and

Press Affairs, Yakubu Lamai

for the same position, while

Abubakar Mohammed, is

Senior Special Assistant to the

agreed after strenuous search for

a new leader, to decide that we

will give our support to Admiral

Jubril come rain come shine. And

we urged the National leadership

of the APC to do the needful by

ensuring they give the ticket to

Admiral Jubril so that the main

election will be a walk over for

the APC in the state.

Plateau tertiary

institutions call off strike

By Marie-Therese

Nanlong

JOS—JOINT Union of

Plateau State owned Tertiary

Institutions, JUPTI has called

off its seven weeks old strike.

The union explained that the

suspension became necessary

following the abiiiity of the

state government to address

some of the issues as well as

sign an agreement to

subsequently, address others.

The Institutions include

Plateau State Polytechnic,

Barkin Ladi, College of

Education, Gindiri, CAST

Kurgwi, College of Agriculture

Garkawa, as well as Colleges

of Health Technology

Pankshin and Zawan

respectively.

Addressing journalists,

yesterday, in Jos, the chairman

of the Union, Paul Dakogol

said the issues already

addressed include: “The

payment of ‘No Work No Pay’,

the payment of check up dues

and Cooperative deductions,

gratuity for the months of

February and March, 2019

and staff recruitment which is

on-going.”

Dakogol added that the State

Government has also

approved the exemption of all

Tertiary Institutions from the

Treasury Single Accounts,

TSA, and has promised to look

into the payment of peculiar

allowance to Academic and

Non- Academic staff.

He however, stated that the

union would not accept lack of

commitment from the Ministry

of Finance in implementing

the agreement,and would not

hesitate to take necessary

actions should the union

observe any violation to the

terms of agreement.

Governor on Sustainable

Development Goals

Development Partners.

According to the release, the

appointment was in furtherance

of the new administration's

commitment to commence

implementation of its policies

and programmes for sustainable

development of the State,

Meanwhile, the new SSG and

other aides are to be sworn-in

on Wednesday in Lafia,

Nassarawa, while all

government functionaries have

been directed to be seated at

3.pm.


14 — Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019

FG to world leaders:

Labour should be fulcrum

of socio-economic

policies•Says casualisation no

longer in vogue in Nigeria

By Victor Ahiuma-

Young, reporting

from Geneva,

Switzerland

THE

Nigerian

Government

yesterday in Geneva,

Switzerland, told the

gathering of world leaders,

employers and workers

representatives at the

ongoing Centenary

International Labour

Conference, ILC, that

labour should be the

fulcrum of economic and

social policies, to guarantee

a just, fair, equitable and

egalitarian society in the

future.

This came as the

government said

casualisation of workers in

any form was no longer

fashionable in Nigeria.

The Permanent Secretary,

Ministry of Labour and

Employment, Mr. Williams

Alao, as the leader of

Nigeria and Government

delegates to the ILO

Centenary session, said that

in view of this, the

Nigerian government had

launched the 2017-2020

Federal Civil Service

Strategy

and

Implementation Plan for

the purpose of improving

and developing capacity in

the public sector towards

advancing the nation’s

economy.

Commending ILO for its

achievements in the last

100 years, Alo said: “On

behalf of the President and

Commander-Chief of the

Armed Forces of the

Federal Republic of

Nigeria, and the good

people of Nigeria, I

commend the ILO for its

enduring and unique

normative role over the last

century. I also pay tribute

to the founding members of

this organisation for their

abiding faith in

establishing, formulating

and supervising the

implementation of labour

standards that has shaped

employment relationships

in the world of work.

“Your standard setting

machinery and its

supervisory mechanism

have in no small measure

promoted industrial peace

and harmony and

inclusive growth in

member states. It is

indeed heart warming

that ILO, through the

Future of Work initiative,

is taking the bull by the

horn in anticipating future

challenges in the world of

work and taking a holistic

approach in dealing with

opportunities as they may

arise.

“I am pleased to inform

this august gathering that

Nigeria is one of the

countries that has

convened a national

dialogue on the future of

work and is implementing

many of the initiatives as

well as the

recommendations of our

national dialogue.''

WORKSHOP: From left; Operations Officer, Fidelity Bank Plc, Chukwudi Okoroafor; Managing

Director/CEO, House of Tara International, Tara Fela-Durotoye; Managing Partner/CEO Brandzone

Consulting LLC, Chizor Malize;Account Manager Eterna Plc, Korede Odufuwa; at the Tea Time With

Chizor (TTWC) Personal Branding Workshop organised by Brandzone Consulting LLC in Lagos.

World population hits 7.7bn as men

outnumber women in Nigeria

THE population of

the world hits an

estimated 7,713,468,000,

the United Nations

Population Division said

yesterday.

According to the World

Population Prospect

released by UN yesterday,

the medium-variant

projection indicates that the

global population could

grow to around 8.5 billion

in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050,

and 10.9 billion in 2100.

The data also shows that

males outnumber females in

Nigeria, and the world as a

whole, negating the

popular belief that women

outnumber men in the West

African country.

Nigeria is estimated to be

at 200,964,000 as of midyear

2019, with 99,132,000

million females and

101,832,000 males.

On the globe, there are an

estimated 3,889,035,000

males and 3,824,434,000

females.

QUICK FACT: Fertility in

Nigerian women equal to

or greater than four live

births per woman, making

Nigeria one of the most

fertile countries in the world

The population of Africa

has risen by over 32 million

in the past year, raising the

numbers to over 1.308

billion people on the

continent.

United Nations

Department of Economic

and Social Affairs

(UNDESA) says “with a

projected addition of over

one billion people, countries

of sub-Sahara Africa could

account for more than half

of the growth of the world’s

population between 2019

and 2050".

“The world’s population

is projected to grow from

7.7 billion in 2019 to 8.5

billion in 2030 (10%

increase), and further to 9.7

billion in 2050 (26%) and to

10.9 billion in 2100 (42%).

The population of sub-

Saharan Africa is projected

to double by 2050 (99%),”

the report read in part

“Other regions will see

varying rates of increase

between 2019 and 2050:

Oceania excluding

Australia/New Zealand

(56%), Northern Africa and

Western Asia (46%),

Australia/New Zealand

(28%), Central and

Southern Asia (25%), Latin

America and the Caribbean

(18%), Eastern and South-

Eastern Asia (3%), and

Europe and Northern

America (2%)”.

The world is getting

older, and so are the

inhabitants. In 2018, for the

first time in history, persons

aged 65 years or over

worldwide outnumbered

children under age five.

Projections indicate

that by 2050 there will be

more than twice as many

persons above 65 as

children under five.

The UN also revealed

that the populations of

“both Pakistan and

Nigeria more than

doubled in size between

1990 and 2019, with

Pakistan moving up in rank

from the 8th to the 5th

position and Nigeria from

the 10th to the 7th position.”

Nigeria is still projected

to be the third most

populous country from

2050 to 2100, with a

population of 733 million

at the end of the century.

2019 POLLS: INEC offers automatic

employment to ad-hoc NYSC members

•As EU donates 75 kits with laptops, phones to outstanding

corps members

By Victoria Ojeme

A Independent

BUJA—THE

National Electoral

Commission, INEC, has

promised automatic

employment to corps

members who performed

exceptionally well as adhoc

staff during the 2019

general election.

INEC Chairman, Prof.

Mahmood Yakubu, made

the promise, yesterday, in

Abuja at the presentation

of 75 kits with laptops

and phones by the

Let’s put the past behind us, Omo-Agege pleads

....Says he begrudges nobody over issues in 8th Senate

By Henry Umoru

A days BUJA—SEVEN

into the

inauguration of the 9th

Senate and his appointment

as a Presiding officer,

Deputy President of the

Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-

Agege, All Progressives

Congress, APC, Delta

Central has stressed the

need for everyone to put

behind them, events that

shaped the 8th Senate.

Speaking with Journalists

yesterday at his Asokoro

European Union, EU, to

outstanding corps

members who

participated in the 2019

elections.

The EU donated the kits

to outstanding 75 corps

members for their

excellent performance as

INEC ad-hoc staff during

the 2019 elections.

They were selected as

recipients following a

public announcement on

March 27.

Yakubu who stressed the

important role corps

members played during

the conduct of elections in

the country said that there

residence, Abuja, Omo-

Agege, who described the

8th Senate as history,

stressed however, that the

focus at the moment for

all recently elected

senators should be how to

collectively work towards

the improvement of

wellbeing and welfare of

ordinary Nigerians

through required

legislative interventions.

He said that he

harbours no malice or ill

feelings against any

senator on what

can be no successful

elections in Nigeria without

the National Youth Service

Corps, NYSC.

He said, “There are many

of you who did very well

during the elections. We

will identify you and

reward those who

performed excellently well

in the election with

automatic employment.

“By doing so, we hope

that those of you who

have done excellently

well will form a group of

conscientious election

duty staff going on to the

next general elections,”

he said.

transpired in the 8th

Senate.

Omo-Agege said, “Like

all phases of life, the 8th

Senate has come and gone,

making all what happened

then history now.

“I begrudge nobody

over any issue in the 8th

Senate. Even the election

that brought me in, as

Deputy President of the

9th Senate last week has

closed the chapter of the

8th Senate as far as

partisan issues were

concerned.''


14 — Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019

FG to world leaders:

Labour should be fulcrum

of socio-economic

policies•Says casualisation no

longer in vogue in Nigeria

By Victor Ahiuma-

Young, reporting

from Geneva,

Switzerland

THE

Nigerian

Government

yesterday in Geneva,

Switzerland, told the

gathering of world leaders,

employers and workers

representatives at the

ongoing Centenary

International Labour

Conference, ILC, that

labour should be the

fulcrum of economic and

social policies, to guarantee

a just, fair, equitable and

egalitarian society in the

future.

This came as the

government said

casualisation of workers in

any form was no longer

fashionable in Nigeria.

The Permanent Secretary,

Ministry of Labour and

Employment, Mr. Williams

Alao, as the leader of

Nigeria and Government

delegates to the ILO

Centenary session, said that

in view of this, the

Nigerian government had

launched the 2017-2020

Federal Civil Service

Strategy

and

Implementation Plan for

the purpose of improving

and developing capacity in

the public sector towards

advancing the nation’s

economy.

Commending ILO for its

achievements in the last

100 years, Alo said: “On

behalf of the President and

Commander-Chief of the

Armed Forces of the

Federal Republic of

Nigeria, and the good

people of Nigeria, I

commend the ILO for its

enduring and unique

normative role over the last

century. I also pay tribute

to the founding members of

this organisation for their

abiding faith in

establishing, formulating

and supervising the

implementation of labour

standards that has shaped

employment relationships

in the world of work.

“Your standard setting

machinery and its

supervisory mechanism

have in no small measure

promoted industrial peace

and harmony and

inclusive growth in

member states. It is

indeed heart warming

that ILO, through the

Future of Work initiative,

is taking the bull by the

horn in anticipating future

challenges in the world of

work and taking a holistic

approach in dealing with

opportunities as they may

arise.

“I am pleased to inform

this august gathering that

Nigeria is one of the

countries that has

convened a national

dialogue on the future of

work and is implementing

many of the initiatives as

well as the

recommendations of our

national dialogue.''

WORKSHOP: From left; Operations Officer, Fidelity Bank Plc, Chukwudi Okoroafor; Managing

Director/CEO, House of Tara International, Tara Fela-Durotoye; Managing Partner/CEO Brandzone

Consulting LLC, Chizor Malize;Account Manager Eterna Plc, Korede Odufuwa; at the Tea Time With

Chizor (TTWC) Personal Branding Workshop organised by Brandzone Consulting LLC in Lagos.

World population hits 7.7bn as men

outnumber women in Nigeria

THE population of

the world hits an

estimated 7,713,468,000,

the United Nations

Population Division said

yesterday.

According to the World

Population Prospect

released by UN yesterday,

the medium-variant

projection indicates that the

global population could

grow to around 8.5 billion

in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050,

and 10.9 billion in 2100.

The data also shows that

males outnumber females in

Nigeria, and the world as a

whole, negating the

popular belief that women

outnumber men in the West

African country.

Nigeria is estimated to be

at 200,964,000 as of midyear

2019, with 99,132,000

million females and

101,832,000 males.

On the globe, there are an

estimated 3,889,035,000

males and 3,824,434,000

females.

QUICK FACT: Fertility in

Nigerian women equal to

or greater than four live

births per woman, making

Nigeria one of the most

fertile countries in the world

The population of Africa

has risen by over 32 million

in the past year, raising the

numbers to over 1.308

billion people on the

continent.

United Nations

Department of Economic

and Social Affairs

(UNDESA) says “with a

projected addition of over

one billion people, countries

of sub-Sahara Africa could

account for more than half

of the growth of the world’s

population between 2019

and 2050".

“The world’s population

is projected to grow from

7.7 billion in 2019 to 8.5

billion in 2030 (10%

increase), and further to 9.7

billion in 2050 (26%) and to

10.9 billion in 2100 (42%).

The population of sub-

Saharan Africa is projected

to double by 2050 (99%),”

the report read in part

“Other regions will see

varying rates of increase

between 2019 and 2050:

Oceania excluding

Australia/New Zealand

(56%), Northern Africa and

Western Asia (46%),

Australia/New Zealand

(28%), Central and

Southern Asia (25%), Latin

America and the Caribbean

(18%), Eastern and South-

Eastern Asia (3%), and

Europe and Northern

America (2%)”.

The world is getting

older, and so are the

inhabitants. In 2018, for the

first time in history, persons

aged 65 years or over

worldwide outnumbered

children under age five.

Projections indicate

that by 2050 there will be

more than twice as many

persons above 65 as

children under five.

The UN also revealed

that the populations of

“both Pakistan and

Nigeria more than

doubled in size between

1990 and 2019, with

Pakistan moving up in rank

from the 8th to the 5th

position and Nigeria from

the 10th to the 7th position.”

Nigeria is still projected

to be the third most

populous country from

2050 to 2100, with a

population of 733 million

at the end of the century.

2019 POLLS: INEC offers automatic

employment to ad-hoc NYSC members

•As EU donates 75 kits with laptops, phones to outstanding

corps members

By Victoria Ojeme

A Independent

BUJA—THE

National Electoral

Commission, INEC, has

promised automatic

employment to corps

members who performed

exceptionally well as adhoc

staff during the 2019

general election.

INEC Chairman, Prof.

Mahmood Yakubu, made

the promise, yesterday, in

Abuja at the presentation

of 75 kits with laptops

and phones by the

Let’s put the past behind us, Omo-Agege pleads

....Says he begrudges nobody over issues in 8th Senate

By Henry Umoru

A days BUJA—SEVEN

into the

inauguration of the 9th

Senate and his appointment

as a Presiding officer,

Deputy President of the

Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-

Agege, All Progressives

Congress, APC, Delta

Central has stressed the

need for everyone to put

behind them, events that

shaped the 8th Senate.

Speaking with Journalists

yesterday at his Asokoro

European Union, EU, to

outstanding corps

members who

participated in the 2019

elections.

The EU donated the kits

to outstanding 75 corps

members for their

excellent performance as

INEC ad-hoc staff during

the 2019 elections.

They were selected as

recipients following a

public announcement on

March 27.

Yakubu who stressed the

important role corps

members played during

the conduct of elections in

the country said that there

residence, Abuja, Omo-

Agege, who described the

8th Senate as history,

stressed however, that the

focus at the moment for

all recently elected

senators should be how to

collectively work towards

the improvement of

wellbeing and welfare of

ordinary Nigerians

through required

legislative interventions.

He said that he

harbours no malice or ill

feelings against any

senator on what

can be no successful

elections in Nigeria without

the National Youth Service

Corps, NYSC.

He said, “There are many

of you who did very well

during the elections. We

will identify you and

reward those who

performed excellently well

in the election with

automatic employment.

“By doing so, we hope

that those of you who

have done excellently

well will form a group of

conscientious election

duty staff going on to the

next general elections,”

he said.

transpired in the 8th

Senate.

Omo-Agege said, “Like

all phases of life, the 8th

Senate has come and gone,

making all what happened

then history now.

“I begrudge nobody

over any issue in the 8th

Senate. Even the election

that brought me in, as

Deputy President of the

9th Senate last week has

closed the chapter of the

8th Senate as far as

partisan issues were

concerned.''


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019—15

EBSU'll rank

first in

South-East

—VC

By Peter Okutu

BRITISH COUNCIL: From left—Country Exams Manager, British Council Nigeria, Marniee Nottingham; Territory

Manager, Nigeria Cambridge International, Kanto Adesina; Head of Mission, British Deputy High Commission, Lagos, Peter

Thomas, and Country Director, British Council Nigeria, Lucy Pearson, at the 2019 British Council Recognition and Outstanding

Cambridge Learner Awards in Lagos. PHOTO: Akeem Salau.

Nigeria in distress—Anglican

Communion

recommendations of the 2014

National Conference to

implement the people’s desire for

restructuring of the nation

By Chimaobi Nwaiwu maintain.

politically, as a way of solving the

The Church, therefore, called country’s numerous problems.

NNEWI—THE Church of on All Progressives Congress, The Diocese on the Niger, also

Nigeria, Anglican APC-led Federal Government of alleged that “Nigeria as it is

Communion, Diocese on the

Niger, yesterday, described

President Muhammadu Buhari,

and the newly-inaugurated 9th

today creates avoidable wastages

and alarming redundancies, with

Nigeria as a nation in distress, National Assembly, to a presidential system it seems to

with a democracy very costly to dispassionately revisit the have domesticated, unfortunately

Communities protest exclusion of

Anambra from oil-producing states

By Nwabueze

Okonkwo

O NITSHA—AGGRIEVED

oil-producing communities

in Anambra State, on the platform

of Host Communities of Nigeria

Producing Oil and Gas,

HOSCON, yesterday, embarked

on a peaceful demonstration

against what they termed

“continued exclusion of Anambra

from the oil-producing states in

Nigeria, despite its declaration as

an oil-producing state by former

President Goodluck Jonathan on

August 30, 2012.”

Abia teachers call off 2-week strike

By Anayo Okoli

U MUAHIA—PUBLIC

primary and secondary

school teachers in Abia State have

called off their two weeks old

strike over non-payment of

salaries.

The leadership of the teachers'

union, Nigeria Union of Teachers,

NUT, directed their members to

resume work immediately.

Their action was said to have

been prompted by the personal

intervention of Governor Okezie

Ikpeazu, who led the talks with

the leadership of striking teachers

and reached an accord with them.

They said it was ridiculous that

in spite of the commercial quantity

of oil and gas being explored in

the state and sold outside the

state, the Nigeria National

Petroleum Corporation,

NNPC, and Department of

Petroleum Resources, DPR, are

yet to put Anambra in the gazette

of oil-producing states to enable

it benefit from the 13 percent oil

derivation formula.

The demonstrators carried

placards with inscriptions as “We

are Anambra, we are oilproducing

state'; 'DPR declare us

so,” “Anambra is qualified and

On the strength of this, NUT

leadership in a communiqué by

the state chairman, Kizito Kalu

and Secretary, Nnenna Okonkwo,

commended Governor Ikpeazu

for what they referred to as “his

quick and prompt intervention

over the teachers’ demands.”

Though the union did not give

details of the meeting or

agreement, it was learned that

government accepted many of

their demands, prompting them

to suspend the strike.

The communiqué read in part:

“State Working Executive

Council-in-Session wishes to

place on record that it was when

deserved to be included among

oil-producing states;” “Stop oil

bunkering in Anambra State;”

“Give us our 13 percent

derivation;” “Elf Oil, what is

happening at OPL 817

upgrade?” “Sterling Global is

stealing Anambra silly” and “DPR

confirms the activities of oil

prospecting companies in

Anambra,” among others.

They commenced their protest

march from NNPC Mega Station,

Awka and ended at the

Government House, Awka, led by

state chairman of

HOSCON, Anthony Chiokwe.

our governor, Okezie Ikpeazu,

intervened, that NUT demands

were sincerely and passionately

looked into with a view to

permanently resolve them.”

According to the Chief Press

Secretary to Governor Ikpeazu,

Onyebuchi Ememanka, the

governor “is grateful to the

teachers for their maturity,

friendship and commitment to the

development of primary and

secondary education in the state.

“The consistent first class

performance of Abia State in

examinations is testament to the

dedication of our teachers in

synergy with his administration.”

becoming a spoilt system.”

Speaking through the Bishop,

Diocese on the Niger, Rt. Rev.

Owen Nwololo, during the 1st

Session of the 31st Synod of the

Diocese on the Niger, at the

Ascension Anglican Church,

Isiafor, Awada Idemili North Local

Government, Anambra State, the

church equally said: “The

Nigerian system multiplies

appointments and offices to

compensate party loyalists.

“These appointments, contrary

to the Western democracies from

where we copied, emasculate

nations/states development and

wage bills, just as it drains

budgetary allocations from the

federation and state accounts.

“We have had since 1999, a

string of four democratic

leaderships. Unfortunately, none

of them has ever taken stock of

existing national situation and

proffered lasting solutions.

“The former Presidents, Chief

Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr.

Goodluck Jonathan’s

administrations convened

national conferences but it

seems the Nigerian landscape

has conveniently swallowed the

genuine recommendations of

the conferences.

“We also stress that the issue

of restructuring the nation

should not, for any reason, be

swept under the carpet; we call

on the National Assembly not to

wish away claims of

marginalisation by ethnic groups

without ascertaining the

genuineness of such claims and

allegations.”

Expressing disappointment in

the administration of President

Buhari, it said Nigerians

accepted him in 2015 election as

one capable of harnessing the best

of leadership elements in the

country to get it out of the woods,

with its anti-corruption and

integrity toga, noting that reverse

seems to be the case.

A BAKALIKI—VICE

Chancellor of Ebonyi

State University, EBSU,

Professor Chigozie Ogbu, has

said the university would soon

rank first among other

universities in the South-

East.

He stated this during the

presentation and handover of

Food Science and Technology

post-graduate hall, renovated

by a philanthropist, Dr. Henry

C. Uro-Chukwu, an alumnus

of the university.

The Vice Chancellor, who

was represented at the event

by Deputy Vice Chancellor,

Administration, Professor

Happiness Oselebe, urged the

staff, students, alumni and

everyone who has links with

the university to join hands in

making EBSU a leading

academic institution.

According to him, great

people are found in EBSU and

a lot of great things are

happening within the

university that will soon

announce its name.

“EBSU is making waves and

we are creating niches where

other have failed,” he added.

ABSU to

inaugurate

Kalu Centre

THE Ogbu Uke Kalu

Centre for Christianity and

African Culture will be

inaugurated at Abia State

University on June 20.

A statement by Edward Kalu,

a planning committee member,

said late Ogbu Kalu was

Nigeria’s pre-eminent scholar

of Christianity.

According to Kalu, the

inauguration will also be

marked by an international

conference, with keynote

lecture address delivered by

Professor Toyin Falola, scholar

of humanities, University of

Texas, Austin.

Other notable speakers are

Professor Afe Adogame of

Princeton Theological

Seminary and Professor

Chima Korieh of Marquette

University, Wisconsin, USA.

Speakers will address

themes such as the intersection

of popular and traditional

culture, African problems with

traditional modernisation

methods, linguistic identities

and culture in Africa,

cosmopolitanism, hybridity

and African pluralism,

globalisation, Afropolitanism

and African religious futures.

The statement added that a

book by Kalu, The Divided

People of God, will be relaunched

and distributed free

at the conference.


16—Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019

SUMMIT: From Left—

Communication

Director, Engineering

Summit Africa 2019, Mr

Sulaimon Tosin, Deputy

Vice Chancellor, LASU,

Prof. Oyedamola Oke,

representative of the

Lagos Deputy Governor

and Chairman Odi

Olowo Ojuwoye LCDA,

Hon. Rasaq Ajala, and

Convener, Engineering

Summit Africa 2019, Mr

Ijaodola Jamiu, during

the Engineering Summit

Africa 2019 organised by

the Faculty of

Engineering, LASU in

Lagos. Photo: Kehinde

Gbadamosi.

Festival: Monarch, indigenes clash as Council

seals off shrine

By Olasunkanmi

Akoni

LAGOS—AS part of

measures to prevent

possible break down of law

and order, management of

Ejigbo Local Council

Development Area, LCDA,

Lagos State, has re-sealed

a shrine, following

unresolved differences

between the community

members and the monarch,

the Ojon of Ejigbo, Oba,

Murufudeen Adekunle

over hosting of "Omagbo"

traditional Festival in the

area.

This development has

indeed led to a rising

tension among indigenes

and inhabitants in the

community.

The Omagbo, which is as

an "Orisha" deity, being

celebrated every five years,

is sacred, so also the

festival, rites and rituals

that associated with it. It has

ancient traditions that must

be uphold/respected with

utmost sincerity by both the

custodian and all the

indigenes of the

community.Failure to

from seeing people

shedding tears of joy after

he gets them empowered.

He pointed out that he

floated the scholarship

scheme as a way of

appreciating God who has

been so good to him.

According to him, it is a

thing of joy for him to see

students who would have

dropped out of school

becoming successful

professionals.

He said it was for that

singular reason that he

decided to construct the

English language

department building which

was converted to Chinese

language development

uphold / respect the

traditions is seen as "Ewo"

(taboo) in the community

and it is believed that such

situation may bring

calamitous moments in the

community.

Speaking at an open town

meeting, weekend, the council

chairman, Monsurudeen Bello, in

company of other executive

members of the council,

accompanied by armed Policemen

stormed the community with an

appeal to maintain peace and

order, even in the face of present

charged atmosphere, assuring

the people that adequate

measures had been put in place

center at Nnamdi Azikiwe

University Awka and a

three storey building

accommodating four

hundred students at Paul's

University Awka.

The GUO boss who is also the

Chairman, Board of Trustees,

Godwin & Patricia Okeke

Foundation, urged the affluent

to always remember the less

privileged individuals in the

society.

A beneficiary, who is pursuing

a law degree in Nnamdi Azikiwe

University Awka, Juliet Okafor

thanked the transportation guru

for his philanthropic gesture

noting that she wouldn't have

been able to continue her studies

after the demise of her parents.

for protection of lives and property.

At the site of the shrine, located

opposite Ejigbo Central Mosque,

Bello, urged the people not to

panic at the unusual presence of

armed security men in the area

as they were being deployed to

ensure their safety and property.

He explained that the measure

became necessary following

obvious disregard to earlier

suspension order by the council

and a subsisting court order to

maintain status quo pending

determination of the substantive

case filed by the Nigeria Police.

The council had earlier sealed

off the shrine in the wake of the

crisis to find an amicable resolution

between the warring parties.

Cede NDDC MD position to Edo, BNC appeals

to Buhari

BENIN CITY—THE

Benin national

Congress, BNC, a sociocultural

organization in Edo

State, has written to

President Muhammadu

Buhari appealing that the

position of the Managing

Director of the Niger Delta

Development Commission

(NDDC) be ceded to Edo

State.

In a letter signed by

Comrade Amadin Idaehor-

Chief Mobilization Officer.

Comrade Osahon Okoro-

Obaraye-Deputy

Mobilization Officer, Benin

National Congress (BNC,

the group alleged that Edo

state had suffered

marginalization in terms of

appointment of officers into

the NDDC since its

inception, arguing that as

the 5th largest oil and gas

producing state in the

Niger Delta, it deserves the

position of the MD of the

commission.

According to the letter

addressed to President Buhari,

“As stakeholders of the NDDC

from Edo State, we posit that, in

the spirit of brotherhood,

harmony and unity in the drive

for evenness both in the

deployment of the NDDC funds

for infrastructure and social

amenities development and in

the administrative architecture of

the Commission, the time has

come for member States to

consider Edo State for the position

of Managing Director of the

Commission.

“Since the provision for the

appointment of chairman cannot

be tinkered with unless through

the process of amendment, we

hereby appeal to the conscience

of relevant stakeholders to allow

the rotation clause in the

appointment of managing

Ijaw group tasks oil firm

on CSR

By Alemma Aliu

BENIN CITY—AN Ijaw

group; Ijaw Nation of

the Niger Delta in

Polobobou area of Delta

Transport mogul empowers indigent

students in Anambra

By Emmanuel

Elebeke

AWKA—THE Chairman,

Board of Directors, G.U.

Okeke Transport Services

Company Ltd, Chief

Godwin Ubaka Okeke has

empowered over one

hundred indigent students

with his scholarship

scheme.

The students were drawn

from all the tiers of the

nation's educational

institution.

The transport mogul who

will not want to reveal how

much it cost him to keep the

indigent beneficiaries in

school said he derives joy

director to favourably apply to Edo

State.

“We put out this position in the

hope that reason will prevail. We

believe in stakeholders’ highest

consideration at this time in the

glorious history of the NDDC.

Posterity will be proud of our

generation if we provide an

enviable exemplar in how to

manage the affairs of our region’s

Commission.

state has called for urgent

intervention to save its

people from what it claim

is the continuous gaseous

emission of carbonmonoxide

and other

harmful substances by the

operation of Chevron

Nigeria Limited.

The community leaders

who held a press conference

in Benin City yesterday also

called on the oil giant to

meet up to its social

corporate responsibility to

the host community.

Addressing newsmen on behalf

of Kpalakpalabou community,

Comrade Marvis Ofiyai, said since

one of the oil wells of the company

was gutted by fire the inhabitants

have been exposed to serious

environmental disaster

threatening the lives of the

people.

He said: “We of the Polobubou

indigenes observed that gaseous

emission, carbon monoxide have

taken over the entire community

since the fire outbreak of

Kpalakpalabou well1, this genocide

has led to the lost of our animals,

fishes, food crops,lifes and

other valuables".

Huawei says US ban hurting,

to wipe $30bn off revenue

China’s Huawei Technologies Co Limited has

taken a harder-than-expected hit from a U.S.

ban, the company’s founder and Chief Executive

Officer, Ren Zhengfei said, and slashed revenue

expectations for the year.

Ren’s downbeat assessment that the ban will

hit revenue by $30 billion, the first time Huawei

has quantified the impact of the US action, comes

as a surprise after weeks of defiant comments from

company executives who maintained Huawei was

technologically self-sufficient.

The United States has put Huawei on an export

blacklist citing national security issues, barring

U.S. suppliers from selling to the world’s largest

telecommunications equipment maker and Number

2 maker of smartphones, without special approval.

The firm has denied its products pose a security

threat.

METALS-Copper recovers as China

output falls, strike hits mine

Copper prices recovered on Monday, boosted by a

mine strike and weak Chinese output, but other

industrial metals were pressured by nervousness about

the damage to growth and demand from the U.S.-China

trade dispute.

Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange

(LME) gained 0.5% to $5,848 a tonne in closing open

outcry trading after earlier sinking to an intraday low of

$5,776.

Prices of the metal used widely in power and construction

hit a five-month low of $5,740 a tonne earlier in June.

But LME three-month aluminium finished 0.3 percent

weaker at $1,758.50 after touching $1,745, the lowest since

January 2017.

“Fears of decelerating global growth and recession because

of the trade war have hit sentiment in the mining

sector,” said Bernstein analyst Paul Gait. “The risk-off

malaise is what we are seeing.”

Congo court upholds suspension

of Vodacom’s 2G licence

A

court in Democratic Republic of Congo on

Monday upheld the government’s suspension of the

2G telecoms licence of Vodacom Group’s local unit, an

official at the telecommunications ministry said.

John Aluku, the minister’s chief of staff, said that the

Council of State issued the judgment, which cannot be

appealed. Vodacom Congo has three months to renegotiate

its 2G licence with the ministry before it goes up for

auction, Aluku said. The ministry says the cost of renewing

the licence is $65 million.

Vodacom, which holds a 51% stake in Vodacom Congo,

did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The South African company has previously rejected the

ministry’s claims that the renewal of its 2G licence in

2015 did not follow proper procedures.

The suspension does not affect Vodacom Congo’s 3G or

4G licences in Congo. It is not clear how many of its 12

million customers only have access to 2G coverage.

Swiss refiner Metalor to stop

processing artisanal gold

Switzerland’s Metalor, one of the world’s biggest gold

refineries, said on Monday it would work only with gold

from large industrial mines in order to reduce the risk of

illegality in its supply chain.

Informal methods of gold production, known as “artisanal”

or small-scale mining, have grown rapidly in recent years

as demand for gold has boomed, pushing prices higher.

Artisanal mining provides a livelihood to millions of people,

often in poorer countries in South America, Africa and

Asia. But it often leaks chemicals into rocks, soil and rivers,

working conditions can be appalling and the gold such

mining yields is often smuggled or used to launder money.

Metalor said it would stop working with artisanal mines or

collectors and aggregators - companies which collect and resell

gold from artisanal mines - because of the difficulty of

ascertaining the mines’ legality and the origin of the gold.

“The increasing resources to secure compliance and the

challenging conditions at the mining regions have forced

Metalor to reassess its approach to artisanal mining,” Metalor

said.

“As a result of this decision, Metalor will cease its operations in

Colombia, after having already announced its decision to stop

any business relationship with collectors/aggregators of gold

dore in Peru.”

All stories credited to Reuters


June 12 and the hypocrisies after the fact

By Jude Obuseh

If this government truly

believes in June 12, the last

presidential election

wouldn’t have been allowed

to stand because it did not

reflect the true wishes of

Nigerians as June 12 truly

did – Yinka Odumakin

PRELUDE to the

conclusion of its

tenure, the eighth Senate

assented to a bill earlier

passed by the House of

Representatives, which

confirmed

June

12 as Nigeria’s official Democracy

Day, 26 years after the

acclaimed freest and fairest

election in the country’s

political history was annulled

via jackboot fiat. Accordingly,

the National Holiday Act

was rejigged to move

Nigeria’s Democracy Day

from May 29 to June 12.

However, May 29

remains sacrosanct as the

date when one administration

will hand over to a

succeeding one in

compliance with provisions of

the 1999 Constitution

regarding the tenure of

administrations in the

country.

P r e s i d e n t

Muhammadu Buhari had earlier -

during his first tenure as a

civilian President - in June

2018 declared that Democracy

Day would be marked on

June 12 of every year.

Checkered

democratic history

He made the

declaration when the Federal

Government honoured Chief

Moshood Abiola, the

acclaimed winner of the 1993

presidential election,

with the posthumous national

award of Grand Commander

of the Federal Republic,

GCFR, the country’s highest

national award. Abiola’s

running mate in the election,

Alhaji Babagana Kingibe, and

the late Chief Gani

Fawehinmi, SAN, foremost

human rights lawyer, were

likewise honoured with the

Grand Commander of the

Order of the Niger, GCON,

award, the second highest

national honour.

That the aforesaid gesture

is long overdue cannot be

over emphasized. June 12,

1993, remains an indelible

watershed in the

country’s checkered

democratic history, if not for

anything, but for

the collective manner

Nigerians, regardless of

primordial cleavages and

politically invented

animosities spoke out with

one voice in their collective

determination to put an end

to the massive mess they

were sordidly enmeshed in

consequent to several years

of khaki misrule; an

The elevation of June

12 to the status of

Democracy Day is

nothing but a Trojan

horse; a

deceptive charade

mischievously

orchestrated by a crop

of political journey

men to fool

Nigerians into seeing

foul as fair

evergreen date when

Nigerians united to chart a

new course for their

country’s future development. The

pernicious, arcane and

asinine annulment

notwithstanding, June 12 will

forever be remembered as the

date when Nigerians made a

united charge for true

change.

However, despite its

welcome appeal, I am of the

opinion that the elevation of

June 12 to the status of

Democracy Day is nothing but

a Trojan horse; a

deceptive charade

m i s c h i e v o u s l y

orchestrated by a crop of

political journey men to fool

Nigerians into seeing foul as

fair; an artfully

designed political gimmick

that is aimed at covering up

the current administration’s

several avoidable goofs. It

is part of a grand

stratagem concocted by an

increasingly unpopular

government

to

mobilize public support for

its several murderous

programmes - the over-hyped

“people friendly policies” -

that have transformed

Nigerians into Hottentots and

Zulu Kefirs in the midst of

plenty. It is a poorly

conceived, amateurishly

executed public relations

stunt; a damage control

propaganda gambit that

cannot fool any right-thinking

Nigerian.

It is hypocrisy of the most

atavistic kind for this

administration to profess

belief in the spirit of June 12,

when its daily practices run

contrary to the defining tenets

of this historic date.

The PMB-led administration

could be said to be suffering

from a delusion of grandeur,

by its association with the

spirit of June 12. It suffers

from multiple identity

disorder. If the PMB-led

administration truly believes

in the sanctity of June

12 as a symbol of

democracy, why has

i t c o n t i n u e d

Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019 —17

to brazenly contravene responsibility it owes the

all known democratic popular sovereigns

norms since it came on who brought it to

board

in power? What is democratic

2015? Why does this about a government run by

administration pay deaf ears maximum rulers - not

to popular entreaties for leaders - without followers;

better deals for its largely a government that relies

i m p o v e r i s h e d on naked force as its

populace? Why does lingua-franca?

it respond, Gestapo

style, with fire and

brimstone

to

any perceived challenge to

its hegemony?

Why does it make political

appointments on the grounds

of nepotistic, ethnic, and

o t h e r

parochially sectional considerations?

Why does it seek to

s q u e e z e

other political parties into

oblivion, when the

country supposedly operates

a multi-party system as

defined

by

the Constitution? Why does

it flagrantly disobey court

orders? Why, contrary to the

principle of Separation of

Powers, as provided in the

Constitution, has the

executive arm ofPMB’s

administration completely

sequestrated and

usurped the functions of the

legislative and judicial

arms of government? Are

these pernicious dispositions

in the spirit of June 12?

What is democratic about

a system in which full

citizenship participation in

the electoral process is not

guaranteed, and where eligible

voters are systematically

disenfranchised through

technical defaults and

other mischievous machinations

ofthe cuckolding narcissists in the

mansions of power? What is

democratic about

a government that regularly

capitalises on the ignorance,

poverty and passivity of the

larger population to influence

the conduct and outcome of

elections? What is democratic

about a government that

does not comprehensively

fight corruption and the

abuse of power by elected

officials? What is democratic

about a government that

cannot guarantee the

security of the lives and

property of it citizens, a

cardinal fiduciary

The

PMB-led

administration’s

commitment to democracy is

a laughable exercise in

grandiloquent, quixotic

pomposity that exists only

on paper. What obtains in

Nigeria today in the guise

of democracy is an

impassive political regime

where the few misrule at the

expense of the many. It is the

antithesis of a system of

majoritarian rule based on

popular consent. Take it or

leave it!

A call for

justice

If this administration truly

believes in the spirit of June

12, its recognition as

Democracy Day should

go pari passu with formally

announcing the results of

the election, declaring Abiola

the winner, swearing him

into office posthumously,

and proceeding to pay to his

family all the outstanding

emoluments -

salaries and pensions - he

would have earned in and

out of office as President of

the Federal Republic of

Nigeria. This is the only way

to give flesh to this

administration’s professed

belief in June 12, and

convince Nigerians that it is

not a political gimmick, as is

being suggested by the

opposition and other

skeptical segments of the

society – especially in the

light of this

administration’s poor performance

rating since coming on

board four years ago. By

acknowledging that the June

12 Election was free and fair,

and that Abiola truly won the

election, Mr. President

should proceed to do the

needful...

Obuseh wrote from

syncado2006@yahoo.com. I

return next week.

*To be concluded .

FEEDBACK

Re: Give us men like Awo, Enahoro and co

Dear Yinka

THANK you for your article on

the above subject. Special

thanks for taking us back to the

pages of Nigeria’s history which

the enemies of our progress have

deliberately closed. The great men

you mentioned in your write up

were selfless men who had the

interest of Nigeria at heart.

They spoke up boldly against the

evil plans of the external

colonialists. Even when the carrot

was dangled before them, their

love for the country made them to

reject the filthy lucre.

They did the work of saving

Nigeria from the grip of

colonialism without ‘timidity and

dissimulation’. They put self love

aside always and this made them

to succeed in the task of saving this

country.

The story is different today. Ask

yourself: how many law makers at

all levels of government are doing

their work of law making without

‘timidity and dissimulation’?

How many of them will stand up

for the truth like those heroes when

a pot of sweet honey is presented

to them today? Your answer is as

good as mine. Presently, there are

very few of them. Dear Yinka, the

beautiful ones like Awo, Enahoro

and co are not yet born. We should,

however, not give up hope. There

is always light at the end of the

tunnel. When this light appears, it

will sweep away all the darkness

and the works of the internal

colonialists that have beclouded

the progress of Nigeria.

No matter the situation and

time, darkness has never overcome

light. Evil will never overcome

good. Error will never overcome

truth. The end of the reign of lilylivered

law makers will come to

pass. No condition is permanent.

—Tony O. Ekwe

C

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18 — Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019

IT is gladdening to know that, at last,

the Lagos State Government is taking

the lead in tackling the long-desired

need to upgrade the attitude of health

sector workers for better service

delivery.

A total of 825 health workers drawn

from all levels of the healthcare sector,

including the Ministry of Health, Health

Service Commission and Primary

indigent patients who are unable to foot

Health Care Board, started the

mundane bills. They are simply

retraining programme on May 27,

abandoned to their fate. This poor

2019.

attitude is also extended to the way

The poor attitude of health workers

morgue attendants relate to dead

in government health institutions is a

bodies and bereaved persons.

national malaise, but the case of Lagos

The hostility, callousness, insults and

State is outstanding, perhaps because

abandonment are enough to worsen

of the large population of patients that

health cases or even hasten death.

crowd public hospitals in search of

The Permanent Secretary of the Lagos

solutions to their health needs.

State Ministry of Health, Dr. Titilayo

These workers, especially the nurses,

Goncalves, while addressing a batch of

ward staff and even doctors, exhibit

the participants admitted that: “The

total lack of emotional intelligence or

complaints and reports have become

empathy towards patients, their family

worrisome and it is inimical to our goal

members and visitors.

of providing quality, affordable and

The situation is worse in relation to

efficient health services to the

Attitudinal change for Lagos health workers

populace, hence the initiation of these

trainings which overall goal is to assist

health workers and other related

professionals in the health service

delivery system to improve their attitude

for greater effectiveness at work”.

Each participant is expected to spend

13 days at the workshop and undergo

sessions on values, empathy, client or

customer satisfaction, positive mindset,

attitude, courtesies and

professionalism. These are the essential

ingredients of healthcare providers’

work ethics in civilised climes

worldwide.

We had it, even in Nigeria in the past,

but as our society generally degenerated

in almost all sectors, the health sector

was also affected.

We call on all states of the Federation

and the Federal Government to

emulate the good example of Lagos

State and cultivate the attitude of

retraining workers at all levels of

governance, especially the health

sector.

We must reattach great value to

human life and uphold the dignity of

people needing care, support and

encouragement.

All of us will need healthcare at some

point in our lives. We must do away

with attitudes that are antithetical to

professionalism in the health sector.

We call for a thorough investigation

into the role of corruption in fostering

poor attitude among health workers.

Unless corruption and profiteering are

rooted out of our public health

institutions we will be back to square

one soon after the upgrade exercise.

AFTER Independence in 1960, the

ministry has grown steadily,

renamed the Federal Ministry of

Employment Labour and Productivity

in 1979 and the Ministry of Labour in

January 2007.

The outward-facing divisions in the

Ministry of Labour are trade union

services and industrial relations;

employment and wages, and

inspectorate.

The trade union services division

formulates policies on trade union

organizations and manages disputes

and complaints.

It also assists in workers’ education,

and keeps records on trade unions and

their activities. Internally oriented

departments are human resources,

finance and supplies; policy, analysis,

research and statistics.

Formulation

of policies

The ministry is responsible for several

parastatals (government-owned

agencies): Michael Imoudu National

Institute For Labour Studies, MINILS,

Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund,

NSITF, National Directorate of

OPINION

Ministry of labour and the wage crisis (2)

Employment, NDE, National

Productivity Centre, NPC, National

Industrial Court and Industrial

Arbitration Panel, IAP.

In the early sixties and seventies it

was the Ministry of Labour that

employed workers especially artisans

and then posted these workers to

ministries and government parastatals.

As for the graduates, they are

employed by the Federal Civil Service

Commission. The Ministry of Labour

then used to be very powerful with

even the trade centres serving as units

under the Ministry of Labour.

Every minister of labour

will tell you that

negotiations with the labour

leaders especially the

Nigerian Labour Congress

has not been easy

The road to achieving the N30,000

minimum was not easy. The

relationship between the Ministry of

Labour and the Nigeria Labour

Congress have also not been easy. If

there is one major achievement

President Muhammadu Buhari can

point to in his first term it is the

minimum wage. And no doubt, the

credit for this should go to Dr. Chris

Ngige. Every minister of labour will tell

you that negotiations with the labour

leaders especially the Nigerian Labour

Congress has not been easy.

Arm twisting, threat, coercion and

other forms of pressure come into play

during negotiations. Sometimes you

have to cajole, entrap, decoy, blandish

or even manoevre during negotiations

in other to achieve a final conclusion.

For the degree to which negotiating

parties trust each other is a major factor

in determining whether negotiations

are successful.

In the case of the minimum wage,

both Dr. Ngige and the Nigerian

Labour Congress came to a conclusion.

The various state governments have no

choice but to implement the N30,000

minimum wage. I pity those that refuse

to implement the minimum wage bill

signed by President Muhammadu

Buhari on April 18 this year.


Rise in food prices pushes inflation

to 11.40%

By Elizabeth Adegbesan

The seasonal rise in prices of

food items has further pressured

the nation’s inflation rate

in May 2019 to 11.4 percent,

about 0.03 basis points above the

previous month’s record. This

would be the second consecutive

uptick in the inflation rate this year,

haven risen 0.12 basis points in

April against March 2019.

The National Bureau of Statistics

(NBS), yesterday, in its Consumer

Price Index (CPI) report

for May 2019, said the rise was

across all classifications of the inflation

index.

The Bureau stated: “The Consumer

Price Index, (CPI) which

measures inflation increased by

11.40 percent (YoY) in May 2019.

This is 0.03 percent points higher

than the rate recorded in April

2019 (11.37 percent). Increases

were recorded in all Classification

of Individual Consumption

by Purpose (COICOP) divisions

that yielded the headline index.

“On Month-on-Month (MoM)

basis, the headline index increased

by 1.11 percent in May

2019. This is 0.17 percent rate

higher than the rate recorded in

April 2019 (0.94 percent).”

Further breakdown of the figures

show that urban inflation rate

increased by 11.76 percent (YoY)

from 11.70 percent, while rural

inflation rate increased by 11.07

percent from 11.08 percent in

April 2019.

On a MoM basis, the urban

index rose by 1.15 percent, up

0.15 points from 1.00 percent recorded

in April 2019, while the

rural index rose 1.07 percent in

May 2019, up by 0.17 from the

rate recorded in April 2019 (0.90

percent).

NBS said that the composite

food index rose by 13.79 percent

compared to 13.70 percent in April

CURRENCY BUYING SELLING

US DOLLAR

POUNDS

EURO

FRANC

YEN

CFA

WAUA

RENMINBI

RIYAL

SDR

DANISH

RAND

$ 96.40 0.40

2,487.00 -15.00

$12.71 0.10

$ 61.94 -0.07

$52.39 -0.04

305.95 306.45 306.95

385.3134 385.9431 386.5728

343.7654 344.3272 344.889

306.471 306.9719 307.4727

2.8159 2.8205 2.8251

0.5064 0.5164 0.5264

422.6093 423.2999 423.9906

44.1783 44.251 44.3236

81.55758 81.7091 81.8424

423.2206 423.9123 424.6039

46.0248 46.1 46.1753

. 20.6514 20.6851 20.7189

CBN Exchange rate as at 17/06/2019

•Analysts see CBN raise TB rate in response

2019.

The report stated: “This rise in

the food index was caused by increases

in prices of meat, oils and

fats, bread and cereals, potatoes,

yam and other tubers, fish, milk,

cheese and egg, and vegetables.

“On MoM basis, the food subindex

increased by 1.41 percent

in May 2019, up by 0.27 percent

points from 1.14 percent recorded

in April 2019.

Analysts’ comments

Commenting on the development,

Analysts at the FSDH Merchant

Bank said: “The major driver

of the increase in the inflation

rate in May was the increase recorded

in the Food Index. This is

in line with the historical trend

driven by the commencement of

raining and planting season.

“The rising security challenges

in recent weeks in Nigeria have

added to the escalating food prices.

On the policy implication, the

analysts at FSDH said; “We believe

the Central Bank of Nigeria

(CBN) may not increase the policy

rates to curb the rising inflation

rate; The CBN may however,

raise the Treasury Bill rates at

the secondary market (OMO) to

mop up liquidity from the financial

market until inflation rate begins

to go down.

“FSDH Research believes the

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immediate priority of the federal

government of Nigeria and the

CBN is to achieve inclusive

growth momentum in the economy

through an expansion the

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

and the CBN may trade off inflation

for growth in the short-term.”

Analysts at Cowry Asset Management

Limited stated: “We expect

inflation rate to increase further

as indicated by recent build

up in monthly price increases,

especially against the backdrop

of ongoing planting season as

well as anticipated increase in

spending activity following the

implementation of the new minimum

wage bill”.

From Left: Jamie Rixton, Chief Agronomist, Ellah Lakes Plc; Wole Onasanya, Chief Financial

Officer, Ellah Lakes Plc; Chuka Mordi, Chief Executive Officer, Ellah Lakes Plc; Olumide

Boluwole, Divisional Head, Listings, Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE, and Mr. Enot Ogbebor,

Director, Ellah Lakes Plc, at the listing of an additional 1.88 billion shares by Ella Lakes on the

Exchange.

Dangote Cement to earn $700m forex, floats

N50bn CP

Peter Egwuatu, with agency

report

Dangote Cement Plc,

yesterday, said its

cement terminals being

constructed in Lagos

State and Onne in Rivers

would be concluded

before the end of this

year and would generate

about $700 million

in foreign exchange.

Alhaji Aliko Dangote,

the company’s Chairman,

said this while

addressing shareholders

at the 10th Annual

General Meeting

(AGM) of the company

in Lagos.

He explained that the

terminals, which were

delayed by equipment

suppliers, would rake

in the amount annually

through cement exportation

to sub-Saharan

African countries.

He said that the company

would be opening

export facilities within

the terminals to export clinker

to its existing facilities both in

Cameroun and other African

countries.

He stated: “Later in 2019, we

will open export facilities in Lagos

and Port Harcourt that will

enable us export clinker initially

to our grinding facility in Cameroun

and then to new grinding

plans we are building in West

Africa.

“Not only will these generate

useful foreign currency for Dangote

Cement to support other expansion

projects outside of Nigeria,

they will also help to increase

the output of our Nigerian

plants.”

He said that the company

would be exporting cements

through the terminals to Ghana,

Cameroun, Sierra Leone and

Congo, among others.

On the dividend, he said that

the dividend payment represented

52.4 per cent increase over

the N10.50 per share paid in

2017.

The company declared a total

dividend of N272.6 billion, which

translated to N16 per ordinary

50k share, a 52.4 percent increase

over the N10.50 paid in

2017.

Meanwhile, the company has

issued N50 billion Commercial

Papers (CP) in order to meet short

term financial obligations.

The exercise, which is the second

of its kind in barely three

weeks, represents the eight to the

tenth series of the company’s

N150 billion CP programme.

It will be recalled that subscription

for the fifth, sixth, and seventh

series closed on 24th May,

2019.

The eight series of the commercial

paper has a tenor of 90 days

with an effective yield of 12.5254

per cent discounted at 10.51 per

cent with a maturity date of 12

September 2019.

The ninth series, however, has

a 180-day tenor with an effective

yield of 12.5254 percent and a

discount rate of 13.35 percent with

a maturity date of 11 December

2019.

The tenth series, which offers

CP of 270 days with an effective

yield of 12.6862 percent, and a

discount of 14 percent, is expected

to mature on the 10th of

March 2020.

Cooking gas

prices decline

by 1.7%

By Prince Okafor

Prices of Petroleum products

across the 36 states of the

federation witnessed a significant

decline in the month of May, 2019,

with the price of cooking gas

decreasing by 1.7 percent.

Nigerian Bureau of Statistic,

NBS, said in its latest report on

the prices of Liquefied Petroleum

Gas, LPG, stated that the average

price for the refilling of a 5kg

cylinder for LPG, popularly

known as cooking gas, decreased

by -0.90 percent month-on-month

and -2.13 percent year-on-year to

N2,028.04 in May 2019 from

N2,046.53 in April 2019.

Similarly, average price for the

refilling of a 12.5kg cylinder for

Liquefied Petroleum Gas

(Cooking Gas) decreased by -0.79

percent month-on-month and -

1.82 percent year-on-year to

N4,220.44 in May 2019 from

N4,253.91 in April 2019.

A breakdown of the prices at

various states, showed that, states

with the highest average price for

the refilling of a 5kg cylinder for

cooking gas were Adamawa and

Bauchi (N2,500.00), Yobe

(N2375.00) and Borno

(N2,342.86).

The NBS further stated that,

states with the lowest average

price for the refilling of a 5kg

cylinder for cooking gas were

Edo, Abuja and Ebonyi, which

sold the product at N1,714,

N1,675, and N1,667 respectively.

While Bayelsa (N4,690.00),

Akwa Ibom (N4,611.67) and

Enugu (N4,608.33) recorded the

highest average price for the

refilling of a 12.5kg cylinder of

LPG, Katsina (N3,842.86), Kano

(N3,825.00) and Ekiti (N3,806.25)

sold the least.

AOPN to hold

2019 Outsourcing

Expo

The Association of Out

sourcing Professionals of Nigeria

(AOPN), has concluded

plans for its 2019 Outsourcing

Expo, scheduled for June 20, 2019

in Lagos.

This year’s theme is ‘Nigeria:

The Next Outsourcing Hub’, while

the keynote speaker is Mazi Sam

Ohuabunwa, President, Pharmaceutical

Society of Nigeria (PSN).

The guest speakers are Bimbo

Atilola, Managing Partner, Hybrid

Solicitors, Victor Adebayo, Group

Head Human Resources FarEast

Mercantile Company Limited.

Others are Dr. Isa Patanmi, Director

General, National Information

Technology Development

Agency (NITDA) and Olusegun

Awolowo, Executive Director, Nigeria

Export Production Council

(NEPC).

President of the Association, Dr.

Obiora Madu, said one of the key

reasons companies outsource is to

concentrate on their core business

because anything that is not their

core, “you cannot do it better than

those who do it for a living, those

whose core it is”.

He stated further: “Quality of

services are beginning to drop,

some companies are withdrawing

their job. So globally now, the

question is, where is the next destination?

Which is exactly why the

theme of this year’s programme is

“making Nigeria an outsourcing

hub”.


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Naija must go!

NIGERIA and Ghana are two

presumptuous cousins - a

rather complicated relationship.

When the two national sides meet at

a football match it always feels like

the Battle of Armageddon. But when

either team faces another, we rally

to each other’s support. Nigerian

music is all the rage in Ghana, as is

Nollywood.

The young taxi driver that drove

me around during a recent visit to

Accra always addressed me as

“Igwe” or “Chief” to my eternal

irritation. He later handed me a bill

of US$700. When I raised some

eyebrows he expressed surprise. He

said most of the Nigerian “Igwes”

that were his clients would not even

question it. I beat it down to US$500.

I went to Ghana in company of my

better half, Mrs Margaret Mailafia.

On the return journey I was ahead of

her at the immigration queue at

Kotoka International Airport. I

passed without incidence. When it

was her turn they asked her to empty

everything from her lady’s bag. She

obeyed. When she emerged at the

other end to recoup her belongings

an envelope with thousands of

dollars in cash could not be found.

When she went to complain, all hell

broke loose. The immigration

officials descended on her, calling

her a liar and a “Nigerian 419”. The

bedlam was intolerable. My poor

wife was almost in tears.

Their boss sauntered into the affray

with the hauteur of Caeser looking

down upon the vulgar crowd. She

demanded to know what this

kerfuffle was all about. We explained

that after recouping the things in her

bag, some money in an envelope

could not be found. I threatened that

we would have to call our friends in

the Presidency. I explained that my

wife is a highly qualified systems

analyst and an evangelist to boot and

that calling her a 419 was totally

unacceptable. A balloon had

seemingly been deflated! A plaintive

voice from the background suddenly

announced that they had just seen a

white envelope lying on the floor.

Could that, by any chance, be what

this hullabaloo is all about? It sure

was!

The envelope was handed over to

my wife with a profusion of apologies,

kneeling, kowtows, begging, and

tears. My wife just wanted us to leave.

I insisted she counted the money in

full view of everyone. The amount

was intact. I congratulated “Madam

Caesar” and her officials on their

remarkable feat of having overtaken

Nigeria in the 419 business. As far as

I know, no Nigerian immigration

official would ever attempt to defraud

innocent travellers in such a cheap

and stupid way. Most would rather

beg for a dime or two. And if truth be

told, there is no Nigerian to beat the

record of the Ghanaian currency

trader Kweku Adoboli who

defrauded Swiss investment bankers

UBS of more than US$2 billion in

illegal trading in London.

There has always been this rivalry

between our two countries. It goes

back to the sixties when Nkrumah

declared that “Balewa died of forces

he did not understand” - a rather

callous statement to make on the

tragic assassination of our Prime

Minister. As the gods would have it,

Nkrumah himself was brought down

in a military putsch masterminded

by the CIA. Ghana has always

positioned herself as the pace-setter.

Big Brother Nigeria has always been

the follower. During the sixties Prime

Minister Kofi Busia expelled

thousands of Nigerians, confiscating

their businesses and properties. In

the 1980s Shehu Shagari

reciprocated. Ghana Must Go

became a popular cliché in Nigeria.

Today, Ghanaian authorities are

humiliating Nigerian traders and

closing down their businesses.

The relations between go back to

antiquity. The Ga of Greater Accra

We have even

quietly bankrolled a

succession of

Ghanaian leaders

without

preconditions and

without asking

anything in return;

how I wish the love

is mutual!

and the Ewe of the Volta Region are

regarded by historians as branches

of the ancient Bini people of Nigeria.

The intellectual odyssey of Nnamdi

Azikiwe served as a great inspiration

to many Ghanaians of that

generation, notably Kwame

Nkrumah. When Nkrumah decided

to go to the United States he spent

months in Lagos with his cousin. It

was from there he got the money to

set sail for the United States. He also

attended the same Lincoln College

that Zik had earlier attended. When

Azikiwe returned from academic

sojourn he first settled in Ghana

where he built up a thriving

newspaper business. Nkrumah and

my political godfather, Chief

Obafemi Awolowo, were the best of

friends. When the former first visited

Nigeria in 1961 he stayed at the

latter’s home in Ibadan.

There have also been

intermarriages. The first wife of late

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

was Titi Alakija of the famous

Alakija family of Lagos. They were

later divorced. There are prominent

Ghanaians who bear Yoruba names

and whose parentage are Nigerian

in origin. Same with us. One of our

great heroines is the late Ameyo

Stella Adadevoh, the medical doctor

who literally gave her life to prevent

the Ebola pandemic from being

spread by an evil foreign agent. She

was the daughter of the Ghanaian-

Nigerian medical scientist Kweku

Adadevoh who became the highly

respected vice-chancellor of the

University of Lagos.

Despite the Shagari episode, we

Nigerians have always viewed

Ghanaians as our brothers. In times

of difficulty we have always stood by

them. We have given aid in cash and

kind. We have even quietly

bankrolled a succession of

Ghanaian leaders without

preconditions and without asking

anything in return. How I wish the

love is mutual!

We once drove from Abidjan, Côte

d’Ivoire, to Lagos through Ghana,

Togo and Benin Republic. Our worst

experiences by far were when we

were crossing the Ghanaian borders.

At the western end we were detained

for more than 10 hours. At the Aflao

border at the eastern flank we were

kept overnight. The cruelty of the

border guards when they realised we

were Nigerians was unbelievable.

For my generation, Kwame

Nkrumah was the epitome of

progressive pan-Africanism. There is

no time I ever visited Accra without

making the obligatory pilgrimage

to the Nkrumah Mausoleum to pray

at the graveside of the great man.

Nigeria’s nouveaux riche have

massively invested in Accra. In fact,

Ghanaians blame them for the

skyrocketing prices of properties in

their national capital. Except for the

tasteless food, I enjoy everything

about Accra. The streets are safe and

the people are friendly.

Under the leadership of the

indefatigable Nana Dankwa Akufo-

Addo and his highly able and loyal

deputy, Muhammadu Bawumia, a

new Ghana is emerging. Ghana is

the real come-back kid in the block.

From being a basket case in the

eighties, the country registered an

impressive 8.143 per cent growth in

2017 and is forecast to exceed 8.8

per cent in 2019. The Ghanaians

have, wisely, never allowed the

discovery of oil to get into their

heads. Rather, they are deploying it

as a vehicle in their ambitious goal

of economic transformation. Ghana

with a population of 28 million

generates more than 4,500 MW of

electricity compared to Nigeria with

its 200 million and a mere 5,000

MW.

Ghana’s leaders are laying the

foundations for a peaceful and

prosperous democracy. Last year

President Akufo-Addo expelled

more than 50,000 illegal Fulani

herdsmen families that had

infiltrated the country, with the terse

warning that “Ghana is not Nigeria”.

A few months ago my friend, Vice-

President Muhammadu Bawumia,

announced an ambitious

programme of economic reforms.

The country has abolished VAT on

real estate sales, airline tickets and

on all financial services transactions.

It has also abolished capital gains

tax on sales of shares on the stock

exchange. Import duties on spare

parts and industrial machinery have

also been abolished. The justice

system is also being reformed with

deployment of e-governance to

ensure speedy trials and timely

adjudication. At the rate we are

going, we might not see even their

trafficator lights!

Task before the ninth National Assembly leadership

By Tony Ademiluyi

SINCE the inception of democracy in

1999, the National Assembly has been

in a battle of supremacy between its members

and the apparatchik of the party in power at

the centre.

The members have been locked in a battle

for the selection of their leaders as a way of

asserting their independence while the party

leaders have always wanted to impose their

stooges on the top echelon as a way of ensuring

that there is less friction between them and the

executive so that the ‘dividends of democracy’

can be better delivered to the masses.

In 1999, the then ruling Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, wanted the late Chief Evan Enwerem

as the nation’s number three man but the

majority of the senators wanted the charismatic

late Dr. Wilberforce Chuba Okadigbo as the

Senate’s president. There was a great

altercation between the two elephants with the

former carrying the day. The Chief Olusegun

Obasanjo administration witnessed the

ascension of five Senate presidents because of

his desire to control the national legislature.

The last of the Senate presidents, Ken

Nnamani, said he had taken care of the

infamous banana peel that led to the sweeping

away of his ‘capable’ predecessors.

It was the same story in the lower chamber

which saw the emergence of Ghali Umar

Na’abba as House of Representatives speaker

after the ouster of Alhaji Salisu Buhari over an

age and certificate forgery scandal.

The Kano born speaker was a thorn in the

flesh of Obasanjo and he wasn’t allowed to

return in 2003 when he lost the primaries in

very controversial circumstances. His

successor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, who is

the current Katsina State governor was more

pliable and gave Baba Iyabo less troubles.

In 2015 when Muhammadu Buhari first

won the presidential election, he concealed

who he wanted at the helm of the National

Assembly leadership. His inauguration speech

‘I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody’

portrayed him as not willing to impose his

will on the legislative arm of government.

However, the party leaders insisted on

Senator Ahmad Lawan and Mr. Femi

Gbajabiamila as their chosen leaders. But the

duo of Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki and

Yakubu Dogara outsmarted the party

leadership and became the helmsmen to the

chagrin of the bewildered leaders.

In 2019, the party leadership still insisted on

Lawan and Gbajabiamila. They were

determined not to repeat the mistake of 2015

with the anointed ones reaching out to the

opposition PDP in order not to leave anything

to chance.

Gbajabiamila went as far as promising them

60 chairmanship slots. In the end, victory was

theirs as they both defeated Senator Ali Ndume

and Umar Bago.

Now that Lawan and Gbajabiamila have

emerged as winners, there is the need to first

and foremost extricate themselves from the

vicious grip of the party leadership and assert

their independence.

They shouldn’t allow themselves to be pawns

in the hands of the party leadership by being

yes men and invariably having a rubber stamp

legislature.

Buhari in a recent speech said that he didn’t

have a good working relationship with the

eighth Senate. This doesn’t mean that the ninth

Senate shouldn’t act in compliance with the

interest of the masses who elected them there

in the first place. There is the need to checkmate

the tyranny of the executive through adequate

checks and balances which the 1999

Constitution duly provides for.

There is the need for the leadership to show

magnanimity to their opponents who they

shouldn’t regard as foes. The APC national

chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, was

quoted to have said that the sins of the

opponents won’t be forgiven so soon. There is

no need for this act of vindictiveness as it’s

totally unnecessary. There is the need for the

leaders to behave like statesmen instead. The

There is the need to

checkmate the tyranny of the

executive through adequate

checks and balances which

the 1999 Constitution duly

provides for

Zulu leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, was

giving Nelson Mandela hell on earth as the

Minister for Home Affairs. The veteran

liberation fighter responded with tact by not

only giving him more powers but making him

acting president when he and Thabo Mbeki

were away on an official visit.

The current National Assembly leadership

should disregard Oshiomhole and co-opt

Ndume and Bago by giving them the

chairmanship of juicy committees in order to

douse the tension that the election generated.

Their supporters should also not be made

to feel inferior as they should be gracious in

victory. National interest should supersede

petty party or personal interest.

There are many issues begging for attention,

ranging from insecurity to unemployment,

poverty as we were recently declared the

poverty capital of the world and an extremely

terrible image abroad as our nationals are

treated worse than dogs there.

These issues should be on the front burner

and the leadership should ensure that they are

given the much needed attention that they

urgently deserve.

There should be topmost priority given to

bills that have a direct impact in the lives of

the people. Views from the opposition should

be heartily welcomed. This is not the time for

needless petty bickering along party lines. The

needs of the nation should be put first before

any other considerations.

The other members of the National

Assembly must not follow their leaders

sheepishly or merely for the sake of getting

chairmanships or memberships of juicy

committees.

The interest of the electorate must be put

first. If the leadership doesn’t act right, nothing

stops them from changing them as quality

representation must be top of their agenda.

When the dust finally settles, posterity is the

ultimate judge. Like death, nothing can be

altered when it judges. There will be no public

relations specialists or spin doctors to play

any mind games. It is the final and harshest

judge.

I hope the ninth National Assembly

members pass this litmus test when it’s finally

time to settle scores and the chickens come

home to roost. Their time starts now!

*Ademiluyi, a political analyst, wrote

from Lagos.

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N’Delta group slams

PANDEF

By Emma Amaize

A Coalition SABA—THE

of Niger

Delta Concerned Youths,

CNDCY, has criticised the

Pan Niger Delta Forum,

PANDEF, accusing it of

stoking embers of regional

disparities and sponsoring

conflict-ridden agenda that

would neither help the

cause of the region nor build

true nationhood.

President, CNDCY, Dr.

Isaac Eranga, in a

statement, said, “With a

reputation as a group

comprising renowned

elders and leaders of the

Niger Delta region,

PANDEF’s wise counsel

and constructive criticisms

is more needful.

Championing a divisive

agenda does no justice to

their credibility in the

shared quest for a better and

more developed Niger

Delta, which the President

Muhammadu Buhari

administration’s Niger

Delta New Vision is all

about.”

Pointing at the recent

statement credited to

PANDEF on the suspension

of the broadcasting license

By Jimitota Onoyume

WARRI—CHIEF of

Naval Staff, CNS,

Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe-

Ibas, has solicited the

support of traditional rulers

in the fight against oil theft

and related crimes, just as

he commissioned a two

storey building for Naval

personnel at the Navy

barracks, in Effurun, Uvwie

Local Government Area,

Delta State.

Making the appeal when

he paid courtesy visits on

the Ovie of Uvwie

kingdom, His Royal

Majesty, Dr Emmanuel

of DAAR Communications,

owners of African

Independent Television,

AIT and Raypower Radio,

CNDCY said, “The group

may have decided to toe a

divisive line.”

Its words, “How

suspension of the license of

DAAR Communications by

National Broadcasting

Commission, NBC,

constitutes an assault on the

people of the Niger Delta is

to say the least, an

outlandish allegation by

PANDEF. It took no

cognisance of the facts on

the table and the genuine

efforts made by the Buhari

administration to address

the demands of the people

of the Niger Delta.

“While no government is

perfect, PANDEF would

agree that Buhari

administration is backing

its political will with efforts

to ensure that Niger Delta

gets more than its fair

share of development.

Development in a region

shortchanged by past

governments for decades

is not a sprint, but a

marathon, and it would

require all hands on deck

to ensure this is done well.''

AAU moves to protect female

students from sexual harassment,

others •Computerises exams

By Gabriel

Enogholase

B

E N I N —

AUTHORITIES

of Ambrose Alli University,

AAU, Ekpoma, Edo State

have introduced

computerisation of

examinations for 100 and

200 level students of the

institution.

Vice - Chancellor of the

University, Prof. Ignatius

Onimanwo, who disclosed

this yesterday, in an

interview with journalists,

said that the

computerisation of

examinations was aimed at

stemming examination

malpractice and sexual

harassment of female

students by some lecturers

He said, “We know from

....For allegedly championing

divisive agenda

Naval Chief appeals to monarchs

on peace, commissions housing

project

Sideso and the Olu of Warri,

Ogiame Ikenwoli, the

Chief of Naval Staff who

spoke through his Flag

Officer Commanding

Central Naval Command,

FOC, Rear Admiral Saidu

Garba said, he was going

round soliciting support of

traditional rulers and other

stakeholders to sustain

peace in the Niger Delta

region.

The FOC said he was in

the state on behalf of the

CNS to also commission a

two storey building at the

Naval barracks for

personnel, stressing that

comfort of personnel and

ratings was dear to the

Nigerian Navy.

experience that the people

that are easily cajoled by

some unscrupulous

lecturers and staff are the

100 and 200 level students.

Therefore, we have decided

to put them out of that circle

where they can be easily

intimidated by any staff.

“Hence, we decided to

make 100 and 200 level

examinations computer

based such that as soon as

the student clicks on submit

after rounding up with the

examination, the score will

pop-up on the screen.

“Now, all our

examinations for 100 to 200

levels are computer based

and one thing about it is

that you log in with your

matriculation number

and if you have not paid

your school fees, then

there will be no access.''

Delta community on warpath with

Indian firm

THE people of

Beneku in Ndokwa

East Local Government Area

of Delta State have decried

the damage of their means

of livelihood through

alleged wilful and malicious

flushing of toxic oil waste

into their arable lands,

portable waters, ponds and

lakes by Sterling Oil

Production Company, an

Indian oil production

company harbourng a flow

station in the community.

The Beneku people whose

occupation is predominantly

fishing and who allegedly

gave the Sterling Oil site of

the company free of charge

are accusing the company of

not implementing most of the

community relations terms

reached with the company

in the various Memoranda

of Understanding, MOUs,

at separate times.

Speaking to Vanguard on

behalf of the Beneku

community, Chairman of

Community Development

Committee, CDC, Mr.

Onwobolu Edike, said that

sometime in May 2019, the

deliberate spillage attracted

two national agencies, the

Ministry of Environment

and the National Oil Spill

Detection And Response

Agency, NOSDRA, which

embarked on a Joint

Investigation Visit, JIV, at the

behest of the affected

Beneku community.

According to Onwobolu,

the JIV certified that the

spillage was “a production

error” from Sterling oil and

that the quantity of the

spillage content was

estimated at over 75 barrels

between 2018 and this year,

2019.

Onwobolu further said that

the MOU reached from the

JIV recommended that

Sterling Oil should with

immediate effect stop the

alleged malicious flushing

of toxic waste into their

community and

handsomely compensate

the community for the

damage that was caused the

community since the

inception of the spillage.

He said, “Sterling

Company has been

operating in Beneku

•For flushing toxic oil wastes into

waters, lands; breaching agreements

community since 2009. Its

community relations with

Beneku has been

extremely poor. At

inception, we had it in an

MOU that the indigenes of

Beneku will be gainfully

employed.

“But none of the terms in

the MOUs, including the

establishment of social

amenities, has been

implemented by the

company. In short, the

Indians have no

conscience at all.

“All of the menial jobs in

the company including

filling stations pump

attendance are being

handled by the Indians.

And another annoying

aspect of the employment

issue is that even the few

Foundation, Community union donate science

equipment, others to schools in Delta

By Festus Ahon

A Azuka SABA—THE

and Ify

Foundation in collaboration

with the Igbodo

Development Union, IDU,

Worldwide, has donated

science equipment and

other educational materials

to Comprehensive High

School and all the public

primary schools in Igbodo,

Ika North East Local

Government Area of Delta

State.

The donated items were

received on behalf of the

Delta State Government by

the Permanent Secretary,

Ministry of Basic and

Secondary Education, Mr

Samuel Dieteke by the

Head of the Foundation, Dr

Azuka Ubani, flanked by

his wife, Ify, children and

the President-General of

Igbodo Development

Union, IDU, Worldwide,

Deacon Matthew Okwaje

among others.

While

the

Comprehensive High

School, Igbodo received the

science equipment to

further enhance teaching

and learning of science

related subjects in the

of our people who are

employed are mainly

under casualisation and are

often retrenched on very

flimsy reasons.

“As if that is not enough,

Sterling Oil is deliberating

destroying our ecosystem

and means of livelihood

with the toxic waste from

their production

environment. The major

occupation of the Benekus

is fishing. Sterling

Company has wilfully

installed two big outlet

pipes at the rear part of

their fence and has been

persistently flushing toxic

oil waste into our arable

and aquatic environment

to a very extensive

perimeter and destroying

the flora and fauna in the

school, pupils of the five

public primary schools,

namely Ozei, Ikpeku, Orie,

Ilabor and Mbulu Primary

Schools in Igbodo were

given educational items

which include, school bags,

books and other writing

and drawing materials.

The Permanent Secretary,

Mr Dieteke, who handed

DRM congratulates Okuhor over

PAN African leadership award

By Gab Ejuwa

A

group, Delta

Renaissance

Movement, DRM, has

congratulated the Director

General of Itihikpebe

Campaign Organisation,

Mr Ambrose Okuhor for

bagging the PAN-African

Leadership award.

A statement by DRM

Secretary General, Chief

Elohor Edivri said Okuhor's

contributions to the

economic development of

Nigeria in general and

Delta State in particular

was unquantifiable.

The statement said,

“Okuhor is an illustrious

A I R T E L :

Chairman, Stanbic

IBTC Bank Plc, Basil

Omiyi (left) and

Chief Executive

Officer & Managing

Director of Airtel

Nigeria, Segun

Ogunsanya, during

the 11th edition of

Airtel's Employee

Knowledge series, an

internal though

leadership platform,

which held at the

c o m p a n y ' s

Headquarters in

Ikoyi, Lagos.

environment.”

Also reacting was a

Beneku prominent

community leader, Chief

Samson Enene, who said

“We the Benekus are

peaceful-loving people, but

the way things are going

now, the Sterling Company

is already pushing the

community to the wall.

“Not to incur the wrath of

the indigenes of Beneku,

we are pleading to the

Delta and Federal

Governments to

intervene swiftly to

ensure that Sterling

Company stops the

malicious damage and

compensate the

community for all that its

production activities had

caused us over the years.''

over the science equipment

to the Principal of

Comprehensive High

School, Igbodo as well as

flagged off the distribution

of other items to pupils of

the public primary schools,

commended the Azuka and

Ify Foundation and IDU for

the educational support

programme.

son of Delta State in whom

we are well pleased. His

astute contribution to the

development of the

architectural industry in

Nigeria is laudable and we

thank him for his efforts.

“As a distinguished Deltan

and Chieftain of All

Progressives Congress,

APC, Okuhor has had a

remarkable and enviable

career. We are proud of his

contribution to the victory of

Mr. President in the last

presidential election in

Delta State.

“On behalf of members of

DRM, we congratulate

Okuhor on his PAN African

Leadership award.”


34—Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019

Abia gets 7 new perm secs

By Anayo Okoli

U MUAHIA—SEVEN

new permanent

secretaries were yesterday,

sworn in by Governor

Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia

State.

At the event held at

Government House,

Umuahia, Governor

Ikpeazu charged the new

permanent secretaries to

identify with the ongoing

reforms in the state civil

service, with emphasis on

discipline and

productivity.

Governor Ikpeazu noted

that the civil service

remained the engine room

of any administration and

charged the permanent

secretaries to inject values

to address emerging

challenges in the service.

The governor harped on

the need to tackle youth

By Chinonso Alozie

O

W E R R I —

NATIONAL

Chairman of Action

Alliance, AA, Kenneth

Udeze, has been

suspended by Imo State

chapter of the party.

His suspension was

made known to newsmen

yesterday in Owerri by the

party’s state chairman,

Anthony Uchendu, who

added that the suspension

of Udeze was ratified by

the 12 ward chairmen of

his own Ideato North

Local Government Area in

the state.

The suspension came

days after AA's National

Think Tank Committee,

NTTC, was said to have

suspended Udeze over

certain allegations.

UN social worker makes

case for Nigerian children

UNITED States-born

Nigerian, Dr. Ky Dele,

has called on the

international community

and donor agencies to pay

more attention towards

helping the lessprivileged

Nigerian

children.

Dr. Ky, an indigene of

Ogun State, whose

mother is American, and

who works with the United

Nations, UN, who spoke

to newsmen during her

visit to Eghosa Orphanage

in Benin City, Edo State,

lamented the neglect of

Nigerian children.

According to her, “these

children need total care

from us. For you to

actualise yourself, you

need to actualise others.

unemployment in the

state, pointing out that

the proposed Enyimba

Economic City was

crucial to the

government's desire to

tackle unemployment in

the state.

Speaking on behalf of

the new permanent

secretaries, Mr. Isaac

Nwachukwu pledged

to pursue the

development agenda of

government to enhance

the welfare of the

people.

He thanked the

governor for finding

them fit to serve and

promised not to

disappoint him.

Among the new

permanent secretaries

were the immediate past

Chief Press Secretary to

wife of Abia State

governor, Eze Ajuzie.

Imo AA backs suspension

of Nat'l Chairman

They also linked his

suspension to his

attempt to withdraw the

governorship case of

AA from the court in Imo

State.

According to the state

chairman of AA, “nobody

has any constitutional

right to say that AA is not

going to be part of the

litigation.

“This kind of decision

rests on the National

Think Tank Committee,

NTTC, of AA and not the

national chairman.

“Because of this action

by Udeze, we have

received a letter from the

12 wards of Ideato North

Local Government Area

chairmen, where Udeze

came from, saying they

have recommended his

suspension.”

“I am a part of the UN

delegation to Abuja for

the Democracy Day and

while there, I will be

meeting a lot of people

concerning the need to

care for the homeless,

before joining the UN. I

have worked for so many

years as a social worker

and I know the

importance of caring for

the orphanages.

“We need to make

these children feel that

they are human beings,

loveable and have a

better tomorrow.

“When I get back, I will

present this issue of

these suffering Nigerian

kids to the UN and see

what can be done to put

smiles on their faces.”

CORONA COLLEGE: From left—Registrar, Mrs. Joan Omole; Deputy Provost, Mrs. Esther

Abakasanga; Provost, Dr. Martin Obinyan, all of Corona College of Education; TRCN representative, Mr.

Hameed Okunona; Chairman, Corona Schools Trust Council, Justice Ibukunola Adebiyi; guest speaker,

Dr. Emmanuel Filani; Vice Chairman, Dr. Alero Roberts, and Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Adeyoyin

Adesina, both of Corona Schools Trust Council, at the convocation of the College in Lagos.

95% of Okorocha’s projects exist

in his imagination— Imo govt

By Chinonso Alozie

OWERRI—IMO State

government,

yesterday, said 95 percent

achievements of the

immediate past governor of

the state, Rochas Okorocha,

only existed in his

imagination.

Chief of Staff to Governor

Emeka Ihedioha, Chris

Okewulonu, in a statement

in Owerri by his media

aide, Kennedy Eweama,

said this in reaction to

Okorocha’s claim that the

current governor of the

state is still behaving like a

lawmaker and not a

governor.

Okewulonu described the

claims by Okorocha as a

man panicking over wrong

doing, warning that

Okorocha should alongside

his former appointees,

return all government

property in their

possession.

He asked Okorocha to

remain silent and allow

Ihedioha complete the

process of rebuilding Imo

State that his (Okorocha’s)

government mismanaged

for eight years.

He said: “Imo is in a

deplorable socio-economic

and political condition

because of the

visionlessness and one

man’s style of

administration Okorocha

adopted in ruling the state.

“Ihedioha, being a

seasoned administrator

who believes in due

process and rule of law, has

been taking procedural

steps to restore Imo to her

lost glory as quickly as

possible. The governor

believes in consultation and

participatory government,

hence the institution of

relevant committees.

“Okorocha has developed

panic syndrome because

he has foreseen the

imminent success

Governor Ihedioha’s

inclusive style of

administration would yield

within a short time.

“ He is a braggart who is

empty but claims to know

everything. He is a jack of

all trades but master of

none. He should apologise

to Imo people rather than

seeking for cheap attention

again after the horrible

By Vincent

Ujumadu

AWKA—THE former

governor of Anambra

State and vice

presidential candidate of

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, in the 2019 election,

Mr. Peter Obi, insisted

yesterday that the

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC, must provide the

server it used during the

February presidential

election.

Speaking during a

thanksgiving service to

celebrate the victory of

Senator Stella Oduah

representing Anambra

North, and other

lawmakers elected on the

platform of PDP in Ogbaru

Local Government Area of

the state, Obi reassured

Nigerians that all hope

was not lost as the

tribunal was still looking

at the petition filed by his

party.

According to him,

“INEC must provide the

server it used for the

election, because the

commission knows that a

server was used during

the election. They must

provide it.”

things he did in Imo.

“95 percent of the projects

Okorocha claimed he

executed in Imo are either

sub-standard or exist in

his imagination. Within

a short time, Ihedioha’s

achievements would

dumbfound Okorocha

and his hirelings. The

governor will not be

distracted by the tantrums

of a failure like Okorocha.

“I advise him to shut up

Others celebrated at the

ceremony were

Chukwuka Onyema,

House of Representatives;

as well as Noble Igwe,

Ogbaru 1 and Somto

Udeze, Ogbaru 11, for the

state House of Assembly.

Obi said the

thanksgiving for the

victorious lawmakers was

important as there was

need for people to be

faithful to God for favours

done to them, adding that

without God it would

have been impossible for

PDP to achieve victory in

the election in the area.

He said: “The election

has come and gone and

we have to thank God

Almighty because without

Him, we would not have

succeeded. Whenever we

have the opportunity, we

should show gratitude to

God.

“Thanksgiving is

important and we are here

to show our appreciation

to God for what He did for

us. We also have to show

appreciation to all the

people who made it

possible for us to

succeed.”

While charging the

newly-elected lawmakers

to consider the interest of

and stop disgracing

himself further. He

messed up Imo and left

office in ignominy. Let

him and his cronies first

return all government

property they carted away

before having the temerity

to attempt blackmailing a

government that is barely

three weeks old.

“He who seeks for equity

must come with clean

hands.”

INEC must provide the server it

used for presidential election— Obi

the masses first and use

public money for public

good, Obi reminded them

that they had enormous

challenges facing them.

He said further: ”There

is a lot of work to be done

in Ogbaru. So many

people are hungry and let

those who are in power

use public money for

public good.

“Our children are not

working because there

are no jobs. Some are

working and suffering.

You have to know that it

is time to work because

you are nearer to the

people.”

Senator Oduah

Also speaking, the

Senator representing

Anambra North, Stella

Odua, observed that the

essence of being in the

Senate was to make laws

that would better the lives

of the people, as well as

laws that would bring

good governance to the

generality of all

Nigerians.

She promised to continue

to empower the youths of

the state because, according

to her, it was an ideal way

of promoting human

development.


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019—35

LAUNCHING: From left, Mr Kunle Kosile, Chief Executive Officer, HCS Global

Resources Ltd; Mr Adeoye Ojuroye, Chief Financial Officer, ProvidusBank; Mr Olajide

Adamolekun, Chief Financial Officer, Car45, and Mr Etop Ikpe,Chief Executive Officer,

Cars45, during the launch of the first Carsbazr retail franchise lot with HCS Autos in

Lagos. Photo: Kehinde Gbadamosi.

DSP: Isoko, Government, SSFOC hail

emergence of Omo-Agege

By Jimitota

Onoyume, Etop

Ekanem & Festus

Ahon

A

socio-political pressure

group, Isoko Ethnic

Nationality Movement,

IENM, and chieftain of All

Progressives Congress,

APC, in Delta State, Mr

Enetimi Government, have

hailed the emergence of

Senators Ahmed Lawan

and Ovie Omo-Agege as

President and Deputy

Senate President,

respectively.

President of IENM, Mr

Goddy Ewerode, in a

statement, said: “Our

warm felicitations go to all

senators who displayed

patriotism in electing one

of the finest lawmakers in

Nigerians democratic

history,” even as he

thanked APC National

Chairman, Mr Adams

Oshiomhole, for putting the

APC on the path of

greatness and President

Muhammadu Buhari for

being a pace setter.

The group expressed

confidence that the duo of

Lawan and Omo-Agege

would bring the wealth of

political experience to bear

in the leadership of the

Senate.

On his part, Mr

Government, who was an

aspirant on the platform of

the party for the Delta State

House of Assembly seat,

Burutu State constituency

said Omo-Agege, with his

rich experience in

legislative functions, will

add value to the operations

of the National Assembly

and the nation in general.

SSFOC in a statement by

Mr Moses Mugidi, said it

was a thing of joy and a

prayer answered by God for

the people of South South

to showcase the leadership

quality that exists in the

South South region.

According to him, “Omo-

Agege is currently filling,

through the help of God,

the vacuum that the South-

South had been denied a

very long time.”

He advised the Deputy

Senate President “not to

end up as a political stooge

answerable to political

godfathers,” but to be the

With Dangote, Fowler, Omobola, others

Nigeria’ll be great —Kramer

By Prince Okafor

FORMER Managing

Partner, Authur

Andersen & Co, Mr. Dick

Kramer, has said Nigeria will

be great if persons such as

the President of Dangote

Group, Aliko Dangote;

former Minister of

Communications and

Technology, Omobola

Johnson; Executive

Chairman of Federal Inland

Revenue Service, FIRS,

Babatunde Fowler, among

others exist throughout the

entire public and private

sectors.

Kramer disclosed this

during his sendforth

organised by Anderson Tax

in Lagos.

According to him, “Nigeria

is not a great country right

now, which is a great

challenge. The wonderful

thing is that, the people in

this room and other

Nigerians with similarity like

theirs have the quality,

capability and determination

to build Nigeria into a great

country.

“There are things which

took the United States, US,

a lot of time to get it right.

The US got its independence

as far back as July 4, 1776,

but in 1860, the country

fought their civil war.

“If you check the history of

US, its economy did not

proceed step by step like a

staircase, it had its ups and

down. Nigeria has also, and

it will continue, but if you can

“true voice and

representative of the

people of South-South and

Nigeria,” whom he

represents.

Mugidi reminded Omo-

Agege to always have it at

the back of his mind that

charity begins at home,

get the quality of leaders in

this room throughout the

entire public and private

sectors and even the nonprofit

sectors, there will be

no question of success.

“If there is a success story

you should build in Nigeria

on investment, Aliko

Dangote can tell. The

reason I am saying this is

that, you do not need to

chase all the multinational

companies out of the country,

all you have to do is to get

up to their standard and you

will build a great country.

“You have every capability

AbdulRazaq releases N20m

to fix township roads in Ilorin

By Demola

Akinyemi

ILORIN—KWARA State

Road Maintenance

Agency, KWARMA, has

begun massive

rehabilitation of 10 roads

across Ilorin, the state

capital, including the longneglected

Offa Garage

Roundabout Road.

This followed the release

of N20 million by Governor

AbdulRahman

AbdulRazaq for immediate

rehabilitation of roads that

are in bad state and needed

urgent fixing in the capital

city.

Usman Jibril, General

Manager of KWARMA,

said it had already started

massive rehabilitation

works on the Offa Garage

therefore, he should always

carry his primary

constituency along while

discharging his duty as the

Deputy Senate President.

He said: “I want to once

again congratulate you.

May God guide and protect

you in all your ways.

Remember, you belong to

the South-South, hence I

advise you to always look

back.”

that it takes to make Nigeria

great, but you have to work

together for the good of the

nation for it to happen. It

cannot be a selfish thing for

me only, it has to be together

building a great nation.

“Do not worry that you

have an economy today that

is not in great shape, it is not

bad as it was during the

period of depression in the

US, take the advantage and

use this time to build a strong

economy and build people

who can run this country's

economy well, Nigeria will

be a great nation.”

and Geri Alimi-Asa Dam

roads.

He said the agency had

the mandate to quickly fix

the roads to end the

nightmares the people face

on the roads.

“We have started

immediate work based on

the fund the governor

released to KWARMA and

Kwara State Asphalt Plant,”

Jibril said.

He listed other roads to be

covered “under Phase 1” to

include Isale Aluko-

Kokorokan-Ita Kudimoh

Road; Adeta-Al-Hikmah

Road; Olorunshogo-Geri

Alimi Road; Kaduna Road,

Adewole; Osere-Cemetry

Road; General Hospital- Geri

Alimi; Offa Garage Geri

Alimi Road; and Sani Okin

Road.

WAEC certificate scandal

suit against Gov Abdulrazaq

still persists, court insists

By Demola

Akinyemi

AKwara State High Court,

yesterday, ruled that it

has not discontinued the case

in the West African

Examinations Council,

WAEC, certificate scandal

suit by one Abraham

Adekunle, claimant, against

the state governor,

Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.

Also, another person,

Olusola Olaseinde, sought to

be joined as co-claimant in

the suit challenging

authenticity of the secondary

school certificate submitted to

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC, by Abdulrazaq.

An attempt to draw the

attention of the court to a

notice of withdrawal of the

suit challenging the

authenticity of the WAEC

certificate of Abdulrazaq was

stalled as court said it was not

aware of the application of

discontinuance of the case.

Meanwhile, Abdulrazaq,

through his counsel, Lawal

Jimoh, argued that the

claimant had discontinued

with the case.

He sought to tender a copy

of notice of discontinuance

earlier filed by the claimant

on May 15 but counsel to the

claimant, Oludele Lawrence,

said he was not aware of his

client’s intention to

discontinue the case.

The presiding judge,

Adenike Akinpelu, however,

ruled in line with the

argument of the counsel to the

claimant that the case subsists

and not yet discontinued.

The court then proceeded

to the application for joinder

by Olaseinde, the notice of

which was filed on June 10.

Counsel to Olaseinde,

Olawale Babalola,

contended that since seven

days have lapsed after the

filing of the notice, the

defendant was out of time to

respond to the notice.

Counsel to the defendant,

however, argued that in

computing seven days the

day of service was to be

excluded making yesterday

inclusive of the seven days.

Justice Akinpelu ruled that

June 17 was inclusive of the

seven days and held that the

defendant was still within the

time to respond to the notice

She then adjourned the

matter to June 26 for further

mentioning.

However, addressing

journalists after court

proceeding, counsel to the

defendant, Lawal Jimoh, said

he was stunned that the

claimant lawyer denied

knowledge of notice of

discontinuation filed in

respect of the case.

He noted that the litigant

reserved the right to withdraw

from his case without the

consent of his lawyer.

“The claimant has filed a

notice of withdrawal since

May 15, 2019. By law, the

case is technically dead on

that day."

Rivers community rejoices

over resolution of 14 yrs land

dispute with SPDC

By Davies

Iheamnachor

PORT HARCOURT—

Mgbuesilaru

Community in Obio/Akpor

Local Government Area of

Rivers State has expressed

joy over the peaceful

resolution of 14 years

dispute with Shell

Petroleum Development

Company, SPDC, over a

Land Lease Agreement.

The community also

assured of peaceful coexistence

with SPDC to

ensure that money meant

for the development of the

community, which had

been held in the last 14

years is paid in full.

This came after the

community and SPDC

approached the Supreme

Court and applied for out

of court settlement in the

dispute.

Addressing newsmen,

yesterday in Port Harcourt,

Rivers State, Chairman of

Mgbuesilaru Town

Council, Promise Iwezor,

disclosed that the

community was happy to

have resolved the matter,

which it instituted against

SPDC in 2005.

Iwezor warned all those

who intend to sabotage the

peace move to desist from

it, adding that the

community was ready to

officially write the chairman

of Obio/Akpor LGA to

arrange a venue and

supervise the signing of the

out of court settlement.

He said: “The people of

Mgbuesilaru Town have

been in long-term court

battle over Land Lease

Agreement with Shell.

SPDC as appellant

through HRH Eze Morgan

Amadi, applied to

Supreme Court to grant

parties leave to settle the

matter out of court.

“The Supreme Court in

its wisdom granted the

leave. The community is in

peace and is happy to

resolve this long term

impasse.”

Meanwhile, the

President of Mgbuesilaru

Youth Association, Mr

Kingsley Nwanwa,

expressed happiness that

the community would soon

receive all the money owed

them by SPDC.

Nwanwa assured the oil

giant of peace in the

community, calling on

security operatives to work

with the community leader

to ensure lasting peace.


36— VANGUARD, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019

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Nigeria's #1

problem is faulty

structure

— Col. Itodo (retd)

Col. Dickson Ahaba Itodo (retd), is a retired colonel

and a former Chief Pharmacist of the Nigerian Army

who became a gospel preacher because according to him,

Jesus Christ physically appeared to him and asked him to

go round the world and preach the gospel. The

Presiding Bishop of Liberty Square Ministries

and Director of Liberty Square Academy in this

chat with Vanguard, speaks on the Nigeria he

grew up in, the mess the country has found itself

in, the way forward, and declares that the

Nigerian Government is capable of solving the

security problem.

Excerpts:

By Ebele Orakpo

What was Nigeria like when you

were growing up?

As you already know, I am retired

but not tired. I retired from active

military service on January 9,

2001 because Jesus appeared to

me physically in my bedroom at

2:30am and asked me to go

preach the gospel around the

world. I was actually a career

soldier having started from the

Nigerian Military School at age

12. I served the Army for 26 years

(1975 - 2001) so my leaving the

military was because of the call

for gospel service. I am a

Nigerian to the core and I love

Nigeria.

I grew up in Nigeria; I still

remember Nigeria in the civil war

days; I was already mature

enough to know that war was

going on. I can tell you about the

Nigeria of the late 60s, 70s, 80,

and 90s.

Nigeria's #1 problem

I believe the number 1 problem

of Nigeria is our faulty structure.

The structure we are operating

on now and the constitution that

backs the structure cannot thrive,

it was not well conceived and so

Nigeria cannot thrive. The cry for

restructuring which people

mistake for cry for break away or

splitting or balkanisation of the

country is totally different from

that. What we are saying is: Let

us sit down and discuss the way

out because we had a colonial

master that handed over to us;

then the military came in, tailored

it to match the way they wanted

it and then, we continued that

way up till now. We need to sit

down under a civil atmosphere

and discuss. Thank God

democracy has come to stay and

I think that was because of the

wisdom of the previous

administration. The problem with

Nigeria is that we don’t build on

previous efforts.

The national conference was a

wonderful idea and I believe all

the members of both APC and

PDP were part of the conference.

We just needed to have

implemented that. I think they

should sit down work on it.

If we restructure Nigeria, there

will be progress. I repeat,

restructuring doesn’t mean

breakaway or balkanisation; no!

That’s a wrong concept. It’s about

sitting down and weighing all

our options and apportioning who

*Col. Dickson Itodo (retd)...The military is the most detribalised institution in Nigeria today

is entitled to what, and who is to

do what.

Nigeria is so blessed

Nigeria is so blessed in every

way. God is so wonderful. Look

at Zamfara State, did you know

that the whole thing was all about

gold? They even saw some

diamond and other precious

metals there! That's enough to

take care of that state. I learnt

the dry fish I ate in my house was

from Chad, That's enough to

keep Borno State because that is

the major item of trade in the

Chad Basin. I'm from Kogi State

and we and Benue have about

the largest yam tubers. So every

state can survive on its own, it’s

just to encourage grassroots

development of what they have.

I am an advocate of restructuring.

Most of our problems stem

from ethnicity and religion.

How do we overcome that?

As a young boy growing up in

the late 60s and to the 70s, 80s,

this tribal thing was not an issue;

it was not so prominent as it is

now. I still remember that the

Fulani herdsmen we are talking

about today were our

neighbours and friends. We

lived together, I never saw any

of them carry arms. My uncle

married a Hausa-Fulani lady

from Adamawa State. I know

some Igbos that married Fulani

ladies back in the 60s and 70s

so this also had to do with

what is going on now.

I believe that most of our

national security crises came

up during this political era

because politicians have a way

of fanning the embers of war

and ethnic and tribal

sentiments to their advantage

so it’s not a problem in itself,

it’s a problem caused by

politicians and that is because

of lack of restructuring. When

we restructure and get back to

the system we were using

before we brought this

presidential system,

everybody has something to

survive on.

Make centre less attractive

There will be enough for

everybody; the centre becomes

less attractive while the

federating regions become

more attractive.

If you go by the present six

geopolitical zones of Nigeria,

these zones can survive on

their own. If you plough the

resources of these zones, they

are enough to take care of the

zones. So to me, I believe the

whole thing has to do with the

political class fanning the

embers of war, beating war

drums and heating the polity

just to score cheap political

points and have political

advantage.

Do you believe the last

election was militarised?

To be honest with you, I have

not taken time to really analyse

Restructuring

doesn’t mean

breakaway,

balkanisation..No!

that’s a wrong

concept...it’s

about sitting

down and

weighing all our

options

that. I’m aware of opinions of

people saying ‘oh, it was

militarised, particularly in

Rivers State and all of that. The

military I know and grew up

in, will not do a thing like that.

So when they said that, I said:

‘how can?’ I kept asking some

of my retired and even some

serving colleagues, how could

this be? If you look at the

average military setting in the

barracks for example, it’s a

mini Nigeria. If you line up 100

soldiers, as long as it’s a

typical Nigerian Army, you

will see Hausa, Fulani, Igbo,

Yoruba, Igala, Idoma, Tiv,

Ibibio etc., because the

selection method in the Army

is quota-based so you can’t

just gather 100 soldiers and

they are all pro-one tribe, no!

The military is the most

detribalised institution in

Nigeria today so whether it is

true or not, I can't say but I’ll

find it so difficult to believe

that it happened. I probably

would think that may be some

politicians armed their thugs

with military kits because I

know they impounded some

military uniforms and AK-47

rifles at the port just before the

elections. I read the report in

the newspapers so I began to

think that could it be these

armed militias posing as

military men? But again, this

is a political era, the politicians

could just buy off a

commanding officer and ask

him to bring out his troops. I

won’t doubt that such a thing

could happen but I'm not part

of the security operatives in

the Army to know whether it

happened or not. I don’t have

much to say about that.

Insecurity in Nigeria is at

unacceptable levels.

Government seems helpless.

What 's the way forward?

Security is not in the hands

of ordinary Nigerians; it is in

the hands of government and

the security agencies. That is

their primary duty.

President Buhari has

everything going for him - a

former military man, former

military head of state, a

general and now the

Commander-in-Chief of the

Armed Forces. We pray for

divine intervention. It's not

something that is out of our

hands; it can be controlled

and I want to believe that in

all good conscience, security

will be President Buhari's

number one pursuit in this

second tenure.

The truth is that no outsider

will help us; it's an internal

matter. These people are

nothing but a bunch of

untrained, non-military and

unrefined civilian fighters

and we have a well trained

Armed Forces so they can win

this war against insecurity.

What do you think about the

Nigerian economy?

I don’t have any other

solution, just restructure first.

When we talk about economic

development, I just say give

us light. When people are

talking about the problems of

Nigeria – our economy and

all, I say you just bring light.

You see, when God wanted to

solve the problem of the new

world which he created, he

said: ‘Let there be light,’

Genesis 1:3 and light brought

about every other thing.

Bring light to Nigeria now, let

every village, town,

community, city have 24-hour

uninterrupted power supply

and the economic situation

will just normalise. People

will begin to go about their

businesses, life will be easier,

the economy will improve and

the naira/dollar rate will

improve so I believe that it’s

as a result of our not really

getting it right politically.

That, to me, is the number one

problem of Nigeria.

Is democracy working in

Nigeria?

To be sincere, I believe that

democracy in Nigeria is

growing though at a very

slow pace but then, we

compare ourselves with some

democracies and nations like

the US. I used to say let’s not

forget that we are just under

60 years.

How old is Ghana?

Ghana is about three years

older than Nigeria but not as

diverse and as populated

Nigeria. It’s not easy to lead

about 200m people. Ghana is

under 50m and South Africa

is about 26m so when you

hear that some African

countries have broken

through and are on the path

of rapid growth, you are

talking of a smaller

manageable number.

So is population a problem?

China has a population of

about 1.4 billion and yet,

making rapid progress...

Population is not a problem.

China is advanced

democracy; even with their

communist ideology, they

have been advanced for years.

We are just evolving; you

know we came out of colonial

rule with colonial mentality

and that is still playing a large

part.


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019—37


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Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019—39


40 — Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019

ENVIRONMENT

Wealth from waste: How pollution can be turned

into something useful

By Kingsley Adegboye

E NVIRONMENTAL

engineers are using their

imagination to clean up the

environment and generate

wealth from waste at the same

time. As our environmental

woes intensify, we’ll need even

more creative thinking”, says

Maria Sotenko, a lecturer in

chemical engineering at

Loughborough University.

Solving environmental

problems usually just means

cleaning up the mess people

have contributed to the

environment. But scientists are

increasingly interested in

creating something valuable

from pollution. This is why it is

said that “One man’s trash is

another man’s treasure,” and

researchers have now

demonstrated several ways

that useful products can be

obtained from waste in

industry and agriculture while

also remediating

contaminated soil, water and

air, according to a report.

Air pollution

The report noted that one

environmental problem

scientists are urgently trying

to solve is the problem of

carbon dioxide emission

which causes climate change,

adding that researchers are

developing processes which

can capture carbon dioxide

and convert it into useful

chemicals like methanol,

which can be used for fuel cells

or urea, which is used as a

solvent in the chemical

industry, in nitrogen fertiliser

and lactic acid, which can be

used as a food preservative.

It said carbon dioxide can

also be captured and used to

help grow algae, which are

then harvested for biofuel.

Water pollution

On waste water, the report

said: “What we all flush away

New policy on erosion control, flood mgt under

way — FG

involving engineering and

By Chris Ochayi

The

Federal

government,

weekend disclosed that it is

currently reviewing the

National Policy on Erosion

Control and Flood that is

all inclusive and in line

with global best practices.

The Permanent

Secretary, Federal

Ministry of Environment

FME, Mrs. Ibukun

Odusote, made the

disclosure at the opening of

a two-day workshop on

flood prevention,

mitigation and

preparedness in Nigeria.

Mrs. Odusote stated that

the policy which is aimed

at the evolution of

sustainable systems for

managing flood, will

involve the use of proactive

tools such as Flood Risk

Assessment FRA, Flood

Risk Management Plan

FRMP, and Community

Based Flood Early Warning

System CB-FEWS.

Odusote, who was

represented by the Director,

HRM, FME, Mr. Daniang

Peter, said the policy is

expected to focus on

preventive measures

involving watershed

management in order to

address deforestation in

agriculture and

infrastructure

development.

She further noted that the

policy will equally ensure

the adoption of integrated

control measures

agronomic methods

including channelization

of flood water into

reservoirs for agricultural

purposes and ground water

recharge.

The Permanent Secretary

pointed out that the impact

of flooding on the socioeconomic

activity of the

community members in all

affected areas is always

huge and destabilizing

adding that government

recognizes the need to

urgently provide steps to

address the negative

impact on flood disaster

and the attendant

hardship on the citizens.

She therefore called on

stakeholders to be alive to

their responsibilities

towards the prevention

and management of

floods, maintaining that

more attention should be

paid to preventive

measures such as a

holistic approach to

watershed management.

“To ensure sustainability,

the National Policy on

Erosion Control will

encourage participatory

approach that will involve

all stakeholders including

community members and

all relevant sectoral

ministries as well as

appropriate legal

frameworks and funding

mechanism”, Odusote

said.

According to her, the

2012 and 2018 flood

disasters which resulted in

the deaths of about 363

Nigerians and the

displacement of 3,871,500

people living within the

River Niger basin,

triggered policy shift in

government agencies and

especially the Federal

Ministry of Environment.

In his goodwill message

earlier, Prof. Sani

Abubakar Mashi, Director

General of Nigerian

Meteorological Agency

NIMET, averred that even

with the early warning

tools issued annually and

updated periodically by

both Nimet and NIHSA,

flooding has persisted over

the years as the most

devastating climate

change phenomenon that

has become worrisome to

government at all levels

and has caused

immeasurable grief to

many communities and

families.

He however, opined that

if the federal, state and

local governments can

allocate one percent of

their annual budget to

address climate change

challenges, it would go a

long way in the prevention,

mitigation and

preparedness against

flood and other climate

change issues.

In his remarks, the

former Director General

of the National

Emergency Management

Agency NEMA, Air Vice

Marshal Audu Bida, urged

the government to always

deploy experts in the

management of flood to

guide against colossal

loses.

from our homes, offices and

elsewhere contains toxins and

organic pollutants that

treatment facilities remove

before they can reach natural

water systems like rivers and

the ocean. However,

researchers are trying to

recover and turn this organic

matter into something useful.

“Phosphorus and nitrogen

are essential soil nutrients that

are found in waste water

which could be returned to

farm fields as fertilisers.

Researchers have also

thought of micro organisms

to break down toxic organic

contaminants which are

found in waste water and

generate electricity from

them.

“As well as cleaning the

water, microbial fuel cells

would turn waste water

treatment facilities into giant

batteries for green energy as

electrochemically active

bacteria degrade organic

substances and release

electrons to generate an

electric current.”

Soil pollution

“Soil contamination with

heavy metals is particularly

tricky to solve. Usually, the

only solution is to dig out the

contaminated soil and dispose

of it at a landfill site. Even then,

contaminants can leach out of

the soil and into underground

water reservoirs, potentially

ending up in plants and food

crops, which soak up the water

during growth.

Port Harcourt mall management commiserates with victims, reassures

customers of safety

The owners and

management of the Port

Harcourt Mall has

commiserated with all the

injured people in the gas

outburst that happened last

week Wednesday at the

mall.

According to the Mall’s

Manager, Mrs. Chioma

Okorie, in a statement,

“The Management of the

Mall empathizes with all

the victims of the

unfortunate incident that

happened recently. We

have undertaken an

extensive analysis of the

situation alongside other

agencies of government

and we can assure our

customers that the mall is

safe for our teeming

customers.

“The gas outburst

happened in the evening of

June 12, 2019. As a safety

conscious organization, we

have hitherto trained all our

security personnel on

managing emergencies.

Our internal fire fighting

team was able to curtail the

situation within 20 minutes.

Simultaneously, mall staff

evacuated everyone from

the mall, and all those

injured were taken to the

hospital immediately, and

are currently recuperating.

We wish them swift

recovery.

“As an organization, we

would like to reiterate that

the mall is installed with the

best safety measures and

our safety equipment are

top-notch because the

safety of our tenants and

shoppers is of utmost

importance to us,” she

added.

Mrs. Okorie noted that

the commitment of the

management and the staff

of the mall has kept us from

such emergencies in the last

five years in which the mall

has been in operation. She

assured customers that the

mall is a very safe place

where various family

bonding activities take place

and people can get their

quality products from all the

stores in the mall.

The award winning Port

Harcourt Mall located at

Azikiwe Road, Port

Harcourt, Rivers State, has

been described as the city’s

number one lifestyle

destination where global

brands are located to

address various needs of

Nigerians.

“The mail is ready to serve

all residents and visitors to

Port Harcourt. The mall was

given the Leisure Spot of

the Year Award by Garden

City Advancement Award

in 2016 and 2018

respectively. This was in

recognition of her

exceptional contributions to

the advancement of the

city”, the manager stated.


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019 — 41

Pensioners accuse PFAs of hiding

pension calculation template

Stories by Rosemary

Onuoha

Pensioners under the

aegis of Association of

Federal Contributory

Scheme Pensioners, AFCSP,

of Oyo State have accused

some Pension Fund Administrators,

PFAs, of improper

conduct in respect of the

template used in calculating

their pension entitlements.

The pensioners argue that

the template which is used

to calculate their final entitlements

should be made

available to them, but some

PFAs have refused to do so.

However, the Pension

Fund Operators Association

of Nigeria, PenOp, stated

that it is not best practice for

the template to be released

to pension contributors because

it has to do with actuarial

calculations which can

be confusing to the pensioners.

At the monthly meeting of

the AFCSP held in Ibadan,

President of the Association,

Comrade Matthew Shittu

said that it is not fair for pensioners

not to know how

their money was calculated

and how the PFAs arrive at

the final figures.

Nigerians should take insurance as lifestyle - Insurers Committee

The Insurers Committee

has said that it is

imperative for Nigerians to

imbibe insurance as a lifestyle

and not as a regulatory

necessity.

Vice-Chairman, Sub-

Committee on Publicity and

Communications of the

Insurers Committee, Mrs

Ebelechukwu Nwachukwu

who made the assertion, noted

that the narrative necessitated

the rebranding of the country’s

insurance industry.

The Insurers Committee is an

association of the National

Insurance Commission,

NAICOM, and all chief executives

of insurance companies.

Speaking with journalists in

Lagos, Nwachukwu said that

the Insurer’s Committee

engaged Alder Consulting, a

creative intelligence firm,

which began a brand

marketing programme in

2018 to rebrand the industry

and make it better understood

by Nigerians.

She disclosed that the

initiative was born out of the

need to redefine the narrative

about insurance and to

educate Nigerians on its

importance.

She said: “The campaign

was also designed to change

the perception of the sector and

increase the market

penetration of insurance in

Nigeria considering that less

than one per cent of the

Nigerian adult population

was insured. About 80 per cent

of those insured are 35 years

and above. Millennials below

35 years who form over 70 per

cent of Nigeria’s population,

or about 138.6 million, form a

*Executive Director, Business Development, Mr. Moruf Apampa; Executive Director,

Finance and Admin, Mr. Festus Izevbizua; Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Val

Ojumah all of FBNInsurance; FBNInsurance 2018 The Retail Annual Competition

(TRAC) Award winner, Roseline Pius Iyogwoya, Head, Retail, FBNInsurance, Mr.

Odinakachi Umekwe, ED, FBN General Insurance, Mr. Tunde Mimiko at

FBNInsurance 2018 TRAC Awards presentation ceremony held in Warri.

Shittu said: “The Pension

Reform Act, PRA, 2014

stipulates that retirees

should receive their pension

entitlements at least

three months after retirement.

Unfortunately, most

large part of the uninsured.

“In line with the foregoing,

the project was designed to

showcase the advancements

made in the insurance sector

and to encourage more

Nigerians to take up insurance.

It would also highlight real

customer testimonials of

insurance. At the end of the day,

insurance would be positioned

as desirable and not just a

regulatory necessity.”

On his part, Managing

Partner, Alder Consulting, Mr.

Leke Alder, explained that

instead of pushing a message

of fear and tragedy, the

campaign focuses on the

fulfillment of hopes and

dreams, when insurance serves

as a safety net in life. Hence,

the phrase: Live with Freedom,

was adopted as the theme for

the campaign.

He said: “Insurance users can

live life to the fullest because they

are confident that no matter

what happens, they are insured.

To ensure that the campaign

was continuous and

sustainable, a dedicated website,

www.insuranceandyou.ng, was

developed. Social media pages

- @insuranceandyou

(Facebook, Instagram, and

Twitter) - were also set up to

ensure that the campaign drilled

down to the retail market space.

“According to a poll of 1,500

individuals in Lagos, Abuja,

Enugu, Port Harcourt, Kaduna,

Asaba and Ibadan conducted

by Brand Sampling

International, since the

beginning of the project, 66%

of those who have heard the

campaign are changing their

perception of insurance.”

He further said that during

the first phase, key

milestones included using a

new narrative to begin

repositioning insurance;

educating Nigerians on the

importance of insurance;

communicating innovative

advancements in the

By Cynthia Alo

AIICO Insurance Plc has

extended its Corporate Social

Responsibility, CSR, to Hearts of

Gold Children’s Hospice to mark

this year’s Children’s day.

The company donated beds,

mattresses, generator, microwave,

foodstuff and toiletries to the

orphanage home which specialises

in caring for abandoned, orphaned

and sick children suffering from a

vast range of congenital

Federal Government

retirees have had to wait for

years before they start getting

their monthly pensions.

Sadly, after waiting

for years, which is contrary

to the Act that established

the scheme, when the National

Pension Commission,

PenCom, eventually

alert you that your money

is ready and you move to

your PFA to fill the necessary

documents, the PFA

will then tell you that ‘This

is the template, it is not

meant for you. You can only

look at it and return it to us’.

“I don’t know the reason

why we can’t have access

to a document that affects

us, it is unfair. I see it as an

act of insincerity.”

insurance industry;

showcasing testimonials

from satisfied customers;

and highlighting

compulsory insurance

categories required by the

Federal Government.

According to Shittu, the

process of collecting the

entitlements is also cumbersome,

stating: “After the

Federal Government releases

the money, the PFAs

will start their own delay

too. For example, government

released the entitlements

of some retirees and

PenCom sent messages to

the retirees to go to their

PFAs to fill necessary documents.

Two or three months

after, the money will not get

to the beneficiary. When we

go to the PFA to inquire,

they will always tell us that

government is trying to do

reconciliation. For how

many months?

While commenting on the

accrued rights of pensioners,

Shittu said that the

PFAs bid the accrued interests

into the accrued rights

of retirees without differentiating

it for the pensioners

to know.

He said: “When you look

at the figure given to us,

you just see accrued right

with no explanation. The

word bond means that the

money will attract interest,

so the template should

carry two items which are

accrued right and accrued

interest, but all we see is

accrued right.

“We want to let the government

know that some of

the PFAs are punishing us

and the government may

not know what is going on.

“Materials were deployed

across print, radio and social

media. A brand activation

event also held at the Ikeja

City Mall in Lagos. 1,415

radio jingles were aired and

28 radio interviews were

“At a meeting sometime

ago, the PFAs told us that

they bided five per cent into

the money being released to

everybody, but we say it is

wrong. If you are giving us

five per cent, let it be separate.

Unfortunately, they will

just state that your accrued

interest has been bided into

your accrued right.”

Meanwhile, the Executive

Secretary of PenOp,

Susan Oranye, said that

PFAs pay pensioners their

correct entitlements even if

the template is not released

to them.

She said: "It is not best

practice for the template to

be released to pension contributors

because it has to

do with actuarial calculations

which can be confusing

to the pensioners.

However, PFAs don't shortchange

pensioners in any

way because their actual

entitlement is what they get

at the end of the day."

Another pension fund

operator who spoke on the

condition of anonymity said

that there is a standard format

for calculating pension

entitlement and PFAs will

not short-change retirees

under any guise.

He, however, said that

some PFAs need to be more

transparent in their dealings

with retirees and intensify

efforts towards enlightenment

campaigns.

conducted. 121 videos,

graphics and blog posts were

posted across digital media

platforms reaching a

combined 8.8 million

people”, he noted.

AIICO Insurance restates commitment to CSR

abnormalities and children with

terminal or life-threatening illnesses.

According to the company, the

Hospice has done remarkable work

in ensuring a better life for the

children with various medical

challenges which has attracted the

aid of the Lagos State Government,

individuals and corporate bodies.

Executive Director/Chief

Operating Officer of AIICO, Mr.

Babatunde Fajemirokun said:

“AIICO has a culture of giving back

to society in ways that impact a

significant uplift in the lives of people.

Our Corporate Social Responsibility

program is centered on promoting

literacy and education, skills

acquisition and aiding in the delivery

of quality, affordable healthcare for all.

“ This initiative had two aims; the first

was the intervention in providing better

health care for the children at the

hospice. The second was to ignite a spirit

of compassion in the younger generation

who will be our future leaders. A number

of children of our staff were part of the

visit to the hospice."

CIIN set to commemorate 60th anniversary

The

Chartered

Insurance Institute of

Nigeria, CIIN, will be 60

years by August and is set

to commemorate its

anniversary with a

schedule of activities.

The activities are lined up

to acknowledge the

Institute’s contribution to

the development of

manpower in the country in

the past 60 years.

In a statement by the

Institute, the anniversary

which has been themed:

Diamond legacies, Driving

Growth, is to acknowledge

the Institute’s commitment

to its duty as the rallying

point for insurance

professionals in Nigeria.

To celebrate the milestone,

the Institute has lined up

activities which will kick off

with a Jumat and church

service. Other highlights of

the anniversary celebration

would include a charity

event and a public lecture.

The week-long activities

will come to a climax with a

Gala Night and the launch

of the Institute’s

compendium chronicling

the landmarks of CIIN in

the last 60 years.

The anniversary

celebration is billed to run

from Friday, August 2nd,

2019 to Thursday 8th, 2019.

The Institute enjoins all

stakeholders to take part in

the celebrations that have

been earmarked to

celebrate 60 years

dedicated to the

development of manpower

for the growth of the

insurance industry and the

national economy.

It will be recalled that The

Chartered Insurance

Institute of Nigeria was

established in 1959 and

charged with the

responsibility of

determining the standards

of knowledge and skills to

be attained by persons

seeking to become

Insurance professionals in

Nigeria.

The Institute became

Chartered vide Decree

(Now Act) No 22 of the

Federal Republic of

Nigeria and has served as a

significant platform for the

growth of the insurance

industry in Nigeria over the

years.


42—Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019

How Sanwo-Olu can improve maternal,

child health in Lagos

.Advocates call for strict adherence to annual July-December budget calendar

By Sola Ogundipe

ONE of the

expectations of

Lagosians from the Lagos

State Governor, Babajide

Sanwo-Olu, is the

enhancement of Maternal,

Newborn and Child,

MNCH, health in line

with his campaign promise

to prioritise maternal

healthcare under his

administration’s five-point

Project “THEME” (Traffic,

Health, Education,

Making Lagos 21st

Century Compliant and

Entertainment) agenda.

At the presentation of the

2018 Health Budget

Scorecard, stakeholders

under the aegis of Lagos

State Accountability

Mechanism for Maternal

and Newborn Health,

LASAM, lamented the

poor performance of the

budget from 2015-2018,

raising concerns about

what was described as

haphazard release of

funds.

LASAM, a nongovernmental

body

comprising stakeholders

in Evidence, Advocacy

and Knowledge

Management and

Accountability Sub-

Committees, said the

State’s 2018 Health budget

adhered poorly to release

By Chioma Obinna

THERE are worrying

signals at the Federal

Medical Centre, FMC,

Keffi Nasarawa State as

health workers are

alleging high handedness

by the hospital

management.

Checks revealed that the

relative peace in the

hospital is currently being

threatened by some

decisions being taken by

the new Medical Director

of the Hospital, Dr Yaya

Adamu.

In a petition made

available to Vanguard and

signed by a concerned

worker, Mallam Isiak

Abdullahi the workers

condemned the 100 per

cent price hike in delivery

fees at the hospital from

N30,000 to N60,000.

The workers who

pointed out in the petition

that the increase was not

*A nursing mother awaiting the kick off of the five-point Project “THEME” of the Lagos State Governor ,Babajide

Sanwo-Olu

of funds for maternal and

child healthcare.

The body which set up

the indicators to hold

government to higher

standards in budget

releases, urged the

Ministry of Economic

Planning and Budget of

the Governor Sanwo-Olu

administration to ensure

strict adherence to the

annual budget calendar by

commencing in July and

ending in December.

Indicators

for

performance

of the

State’s

health

scorecard

in MNCH

was a

mixed bag

Recommendations from

the budget scorecard

tasked the State Ministry

of Finance to ensure that

over 70 percent of

budgeted funds are

released on time even as

they insisted the State

Ministry of Economic

Planning and Budget

should publish the draft

budget online to enhance

public access in budget

planning processes.

Further, LASAM urged

that the State Ministry of

Health should ensure that

funds are released

annually for the production

of health accounts to

develop and keep track of

budget releases based on

annual work plans

developed.

Presenting the Health

Budget Scorecard,

Chairman of the Evidence

Sub-Committee, LASAM,

Mr. Basit Baruwa noted

FMC Keffi workers accuse MD of fraud, high-handedness

•I am not aware of such — Dr Yaya Adamu

in the interest of the people

of Nasarawa State

disclosed that the hospital

is witnessing a drop in

public patronage which

may not be unconnected

with the new hike in prices.

According to the

petitioner, currently,

patients are forced to make

compulsory deposits before

the commencement of any

treatment.

They further accused

the medical director of

authoritarian leadership

style, adding that he has

since jettisoned social

services in the hospital.

The petition also noted

that staff and the indigent

public are no longer

happy.

The workers in the

petition alleged that the

medical director recently

sold the hospital’s

properties without the

board's approval.

According to them,

although, the Board has

queried the medical

director, proceeds from

the sales were yet to be

returned to the hospital.

Some of the properties

alleged to have been sold

include: Ambulances and

vehicles purportedly

claimed to be scrap.

“Two trailers loads of

equipment taken out

without clearance by the

Personal Assistant to the

Medical Director who

claimed that they

belonged to the Emir of

Keffi but the Emir refuted

ownership.

“They alleged that the

Medical Director in

collaboration with his

Personal Assistant took

the items away but was

asked to return the items

after an ad-hoc committee

found the whole

transaction unclean and

fraudulent. All items

stolen and undersold are

however yet to be

returned, the petitioners

stated.

Meanwhile, the

Medical Director of the

hospital, Dr Yaya Adamu

has denied the

allegations.

Responding to series of

text messages sent to him

on the petition, Adamu

said he was unaware of

such thing as highhandedness.““Thanks

for

your interest in our

institution. As far as I am

aware there's no such

thing as highhandedness

in federal

medical centre Keffi as we

run an all-inclusive

administration.”“On the

sale of hospital properties

and hike in delivery fees,

he said: “As per sale of

hospital properties, I'm

not aware of any hospital

property that was sold, or

being planned to be

sold.““There hasn't been

an increase in delivery

fees. You may take

statistics of the cost of

delivery in similar

government hospitals

around us and see if the

allegation can be

substantiated,” he added.

Notwithstanding this

refutal, two staff of the

hospital who spoke to our

correspondent on

conditions of anonymity

for fear of persecution

insisted that the MD's

denial is to be expected but

that the MD and his PA has

turned the establishment to

personal business

ventures, while the PA

arrogates absolute power of

the MD to himself to the

extent of tongue lashing a

senior consultant. They

maintained that low

patronage has become the

order of the day.

Our attempts at reaching

the PA for his comments has

been futile as he has

refused to pick his calls.

that the development was

contrary to the global

standards of which the

Lagos State was known.

“In the last four years,

the state poorly adhered to

timely release of its budget

for health in 2017 and 2018

respectively, to the

parastatal and

departments thus leading

to poor performance in key

areas of the sector.

“Evidence available to

the sub-committee as at

May 2018, showed that the

enacted budget was not

publicly available hence,

the good health promised

Lagosians could obviously

not readily be accessed”.

The scorecard revealed

that between January and

June 2018, Lagos State

experienced considerable

stock out of essential lifesaving

commodities in

about 50 percent of its

Primary Healthcare

facilities, with only 10

PHCs experiencing

continued stock-out after

intervention.

In the views of the Head

of Monitoring and

Evaluation Unit, Primary

Healthcare Board, Mrs.

Folarin Williams, the stock

out of life saving

commodities in many of

the Primary Healthcare

centres was evident in the

first half of 2018 essentially

due to paucity of funds to

procure the commodities

especially in the first three

months of the year.

“But immediately there

was some release of

intervention fund, there

were procurement made of

essential life-saving

commodities from the

central stores, hence we

saw large number of

commodities available

through the rest of the

year”, Williams explained.

The indicators for

performance of the State’s

health scorecard in the

maternal, newborn and

child health was a mixed

bag of poor progress (below

50 percent), some

progress (between 50

percent -74 percent) and

good progress (75 percent

-100 percent).

There was a slight

increase in the number of

pregnant women who

reported for antenatal care

in the first 20weeks from 44

percent between January

to June to 45 percent

between July to December,

2018.

However, the number of

fully immunised children

between January to June

of 2018 was 35 percent and

this, slightly increased to

37 percent between July

and December 2018.

From the scorecard, the

percentage of Nigerian

women resident in Lagos

between ages 15 to 49years

using any method of


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019 —43

2-year-old Jude seeks N5.1m for cancer surgery

By Chioma Obinna

UNDOUBTEDLY, the

arrival of a new baby

in any family brings about

joy and celebration. About

two years ago, that was the

portion of the Tyowases in

Benue State when they

welcomed their third child,

Jude Tyowase.

Every parent is eager to

see their children grow up

well and healthy with the

dream of becoming

responsible members of the

society. But these parents

also feel disappointed and

break down if the opposite

is the case, especially when

it involves complicated

ailment.

This is the situation with

the Tyowases as their son,

Jude, born two years ago,

is battling with one of the

dreaded diseases, cancer

at a tender age.

According to his mother,

Mrs. Francesca Tyowase,

Jude was hale and hearty

at the time of birth, full of

life until six months ago

when they noticed a

shining substance like a

glass, in his eyes. Disturbed

by the sudden

development, instead of

taking him to the hospital,

his ignorant parents took

him to a herbalist, where he

was wrongly treated with all

manner of concoctions for

five months.

At that point, the poor

boy’s condition has

deteriorated. His head and

face were swollen and he

was in constant pain.

When Jude was not getting

any better, a family friend

decided to take Jude to a

private hospital where it

was suspected that Jude

may be showing signs of

cancer of the eye. Medical

doctors at the private

hospital in Benue advised

them to bring the boy to

Lagos for proper medical

investigations.

“We came to Lagos on

the invitation of my

husband’s friend. We have

also been to AfriGlobal for

tests and it was discovered

that he has a growing

tumour. We paid over

N100,000 for tests. I and my

husband are local farmers

and cannot afford the cost

of the treatment,” Jude’s

mother said when she

visited Vanguard’s head

office in Lagos last week.

According to a medical

report signed by Dr Oluniyi

Afolabi made available to

Good Health Weekly, Jude

has a Bilateral

Retinoblastoma, associated

scalp, extradural and left

sided bone metastases and

needs N5.1 million for

surgical excision of the

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44—Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019

Oando: Sunmonu heads Interim

Management

*New Directors to emerge July 1

THE Securities and

Exchange Commission,

SEC, has constituted

an Interim Management

Team headed by Mr. Mutiu

Olaniyi Adio Sunmonu, to

run the affairs of Oando

Plc.

Sunmonu is expected to

immediately swing into

action and ensure the conduct

of an Extra Ordinary

General Meeting on or before

July 1, 2019 to appoint

new Directors to the Board

of the company, who would

subsequently select a Management

Team for Oando

Plc.

The Commission further

reiterated its commitment to

maintaining the integrity of

the market.

*Sunmonu

Agbaegbu joins UNEP as Peer Reviewer

B sustainability IODIVERSITY

and

Founder of Every Woman

Hope Centre, EWHC, a

Non- Governmental

Organisation, NGO, Mrs.

Edel-Quinn Ijeoma

Agbaegbu, has been enlisted

in the pool of reviewers of

the United Nations Environmental

Program ,UNEP,

Convention on Biological

Diversity, CBD, Voluntary

Peer Review, VPR Process.

A press statement issued

May 7, from EWHC head

office in Abuja stated that

Mrs Agbaegbu, a graduate

of Microbiology, University

of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN

and a strong voice in

biodiversity conservation,

was notified of her appointment

on April 30, 2019

through a letter from Mr.

Nicolaas Van Der Werf; Program

Officer, Convention on

Biological Diversity Secretariat,

Montreal, Canada.

EWHC disclosed in the

statement signed by Sonnie

Nwosu, the NGO’s Head of

Media and Public Relations

that in the notice of appointment

sent to Mrs Agbaegbu,

a provision exists for her further

elevation to become a

member of theUNEP CBD

Peer Review team in due

course.

The statement further disclosed

that prior to the appointment,

Agbaegbu had

been nominated to serve as

‘’Nigeria’s CBD Country

Representative in the Voluntary

Peer Review Process,

*Agbaegbu

National Biodiversity Strategy

and Action Plan,

NBSAP” via a letter signed

by the CBD National Focal

Point, in the Federal

Ministry of Environment,

dated April 29, 2019.

Agbaegbu, from Imo

State is a member of the National

Biosafety Committee,

NBC in Nigeria and the Secretary

of the National Biotechnology

and Biosafety

Consortium, NBBC committee.

She was one of the

participants from Nigeria in

the “2018 United Nations

Convention on

Biodiversity”, COP14 at

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

and a member of NBSAP

Forum.

She is widely travelled and

was crowned as one of

Biosafety Champions in Nigeria

in 2017. Every Woman

Hope Centre, the NGO Mrs

Agbaegbu works as Executive

Director, is strong in advocacy

on gender and

health, food security,

biodiversity sustainability

and good governance.

Mrs Agbaegbu also holds

a post-graduate training

Certificate in Livelihoods

and Markets from St.

Francis Xavier University,

Antigonish, Canada. She

also holds a Certificate in

Strategic Communication

and Legal Dimensions of

Biotechnology Access from

Cornell Alliance for Science,

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York USA. She

is waitlisted for Global leadership

Fellows Program at

Cornell University.

ICAN: Okwuadigbo elected President

THE Institute of

Chartered Accountants

of Nigeria, ICAN,

has elected Mazi

Nnamdi Anthony

Okwuadigbo, as its 55th

President to oversee its

activities in the next one

year.

Okwuadigbo who was

born to the family of Pa

Enoch Okwuadigbo, a

revered Court Clerk and

*Okwuadigbo

Mrs. Catherine

Okwuadigbo both of

blessed memory on September

17 1950, holds a

BSc. degree 2nd Class

Upper Division (1977) in

Accountancy from the

University of Nigeria.

He attended Zik Institute

of Commerce in

Onitsha for his secondary

school education. His

secondary school education

was broken during the

Civil war and at the end

of the war after 30 months

in 1970, he took up his

Malo joins Extractive360 Advisory Board

*Ify Malo

THE County Cam

paign Director for

Power for All in Nigeria and

Chief Executive Officer of

Clean Technology Hub -

Energy Innovation Center,

Ms. Ify Malo, has joined

the Advisory Board of

extractive360.com, an

online news publication on

the global extractive industry.

She joins other Board

members such as Dr. Sam

Amadi, former chairman,

Nigerian Electricity Regulatory

Commission (NERC)

who is Chairman of the e360

board.

Others are Mr Suleiman

Gaya, immediate past National

Deputy President of

the Nigerian Guild of

Editors, Mr. Ohi

Alegbe, former Group

General Manager,

Group Public Affairs of

the NNPC, Dr. Jimlas

Ogunsakin, Senior

Special Assistant on

public health, to Ekiti

State Governor, Ms.

Safiya Adamu, former

Chairman, Editorial

Board, Leadership

Newspapers and Dr

Alim Abubakre, non-Executive

Chair of TEXEM.

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Malo said, “The

emergence of Extractive

360 has added an important

voice in the extractive

governance conversation,

particularly in Nigeria and

more broadly across Sub-

Saharan Africa.”

She added, “I am therefore

excited to join the

board and lend weight in

shaping policies and compliance

practices that protects

the ecology and the

environment, and that

people and citizens are priorities

even as we seek to

economically empower

communities and citizens

through natural wealth.”

Malo, who volunteered

her service on the e360

board, leads the Nigerian

campaign to promote distributed

renewable energy

in Nigeria and is one of the

country's leading energy

access experts.

She has advised a range

of government agencies on

how best to support market

growth and has held Senior

Policy Advisory positions on

Energy Policies, Regulations

and Partnerships at the

Ministry of Power, where she

led a number of policy and

partnership initiatives for

the Nigerian Power Sector

including cultivating and

managing relationship with

the World Economic Forum

and World Energy Council,

the Europe Energy African

Partnership among others.

Ify Malo is a qualified attorney

with graduate degrees

in Law, Business and

Public Policy. She is an African

Leadership Initiative

PIA Fellow (2012); A

Desmond Tutu Fellow

(2013); a Crans Montana

New Leaders for Tomorrow

Fellow (2014); A Dwight

Eisenhower Fellow (2015);

Global Leadership Academy

Fellow (2017).

books again and was able

to pass his West African

School Certificate Examination

in 1971 with Division

1, notwithstanding the infrastructure

decay or the loss

of traction from academic

activities caused by the war.

He enlisted in the Biafra

Army in 1967and became a

combatant soldier since

schools were closed as a

result of the war.

Path to Career

After his School Certificate

examinations in 1971, Mazi

was employed in Union

Bank Plc (former Barclays

Bank of Nigeria) in the Bills

and Credit Department and

also later as Cash Officer. It

was from the banking hall

that he proceeded to the

University of Nigeria,

Nsukka, UNN in 1973.

While at UNN, it was required

that Accountancy

Students undertake practical

exposure through the

Industrial attachment

scheme and every year, he

was privileged to undertake

his Training at African Continental

Bank, ACB, UAC

of Nigeria Plc and Nigeria

Ports Authority between

1974 and 1976.

He was posted to Benue

State for the compulsory

National Youth Service

Corps in 1977 to 1978. He

was deployed to Ministry of

Finance in Benue State for

his primary assignment.

APCON: Onyebuchi elevated to

Deputy Director

THE Advertising

Practitioners Council

of Nigeria, APCON,

has elevated and redeployed

former Assistant

Director, Registration,

Career Matters and Corporate

License Directorate,

Ms Martha

Onyebuchi to a Deputy

Director and moved to the

South-East Region to pilot

the affairs of the Council

alongside some key officials

of the Council and

41 others as a result of

subsequent approval by

the Minister of Information,

Mr. Lai Mohammed.

Under the new arrangement,

Mr. Joe-Eugene

Onuorah, former Assistant

Director, Operations,

takes over from her as

Deputy Director, Registration,

Career Matters and

Corporate License Directorate.

In the same vein,

Mr. Ralph Anyacho, rpa,

former Assistant Director

in charge of Corporate

Planning, Research and

Strategy becomes Deputy

Director and head of the

Northern Region, while

Mrs. Susan Agbo, now

heads Corporate Planning,

Research and Strategy

Directorate.

The promotions released

recently by the

Council were, however,

targeted more at middle

and lower management

cadre as follows: One officer

promoted to grade

level 12, one to grade

level 10, 20 to grade level

9 and four to grade level

7,while 11 were made in

the junior officer positions.

The exercise was based

on a number of performance

indicators including

assessment by heads

of directorates, written

and oral interviews that

eventually followed.

Speaking, APCON

Registrar, Ijedi Iyoha said

the criteria for promotions

in APCON are based on

performance management.

“We look at your

appraisal for the years

you have spent, and the

period within which you

NACCIMA: Aliyu inaugurated

president

HAJIYA Saratu Iya

Aliyu has been

inaugurated as the 20th

National President of the

Nigerian Association of

Chambers of Commerce,

Industry, Mines and Agriculture,

NACCIMA.

She took over from the

former President, Iyalode

Alaba Lawson, who was

the first female to occupy

the position. Speaking at

the event in Kaduna,

President Muhammadu

Buhari promised to do all

within his power to enable

businesses thrive in

the country.

The President said the

massive investments in

rail, roads and power are

aimed at assisting the

growth of businesses in

the country.

Saratu Aliyu had her

university education at

the famous Ahmadu Bello

*Onyebuchi

are due for promotion/recommendation

from your

head of department, and

then if the vacancy exists

for you to go to the next

level, as well as budgetary

provision for that position

you are going to be

upgraded to.”

In addition, she said

that the promotion was

also in recognition of the

hard work and contributions

of the staff. “In a bid

by the Council to improve

employee welfare, career

development and

progress, the Council continuously

develops its

staff and invests in the

Council’s transformational

programme.”

According to Iyoha, the

Council is committed to

rewarding staff performance

and building a

motivated workforce. “Our

priority as an institution is

to empower and build capacity

of our staff as they

are our best assets and

our surest path to achieving

our strategic goals

and achieving our mandate.”

She promised to do

her utmost best to continue

to improve the welfare of

the Council’s personnel in

general to the satisfaction

of all.

She congratulated the

promoted personnel and

urged them to justify the

confidence reposed in

them through improved

productivity and to have

it at the back of their

minds that indolence and

indiscipline will not be

condoned.

*Iya Aliyu

University, Zaria, Kaduna

State. She is a seasoned

professional, teacher,

trainer, farmer, trader and

a host of other fields.

She was the former

Chairperson of the coalition

of Northern States

Chambers of Commerce,

the first and the second

Deputy President and

later, President of Kaduna

Chamber of Commerce

and Industry,

KADCCIMA.


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019—45


46 —Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019

ELECTRICITY: TCN, GENCOs, DISCOs, others, losses dip by 5.4%

…as indigenous firm engages 11 DISCOs on metering

By Udeme Akpan & Michael

Eboh

Stakeholders in Nigeria’s

power sector, including

Transmission Company of

Nigeria, TCN; Generating

Companies, GENCOs;

Distribution Companies,

DISCOs’ losses to power

constraints in the past one week

declined by 5.4 per cent.

The constraints, which occurred

as a result of insufficient

gas supply, lack of distribution

and transmission infrastructure,

culminated in the loss of N11.2

billion between June 10 and 16,

2019, as against N11.8 billion

between June 3 and June 9,

2019.

A report obtained from the

office of the Vice President, Prof.

Yemi Osinbajo, showed that the

average energy sent out by

GENCOs within the last one

week stood at 3,698 Megawatts,

mw, up by 89.39mw recorded

in the previous week.

Report

The report also stated: “On

June 15 2019, average energy

sent out was 3,598 MWH/Hour

(up by 65.92 MWH/Hour from

the previous day). 1,770.50 mw

was not generated due to unavailability

of gas. 0 MW was

not generated due to unavailability

of transmission infrastructure,

while 1,707.1 mw

was not generated due to high

frequency resulting from unavailability

of distribution infrastructure.”

“270 MW was recorded as

losses due to water management.

The power sector lost an

estimated N1.8 billion on June

15, 2019 due to constraints from

insufficient gas supply, distribution

infrastructure and transmission

infrastructure.

“The dominant constraint on

June 15, 2019 was due to unavailability

of gas - constraining

a total of 1,770.50mw from

being available on the grid.”

Metering Gap

Meanwhile, Armese Power

Solutions, an indigenous meter

asset provider, has announced

plans to help Meter Asset Providers,

MAPs, newly engaged

by the 11 electricity distribution

companies, DISCOs, meet the

Federal Government's local

content requirements for meter

AGM: From Left: Managing Director, 11Plc, Mr Adetunji Oyebanji; Chairman, 11Plc, Mr

Ramesh Kansagra; Director, Alhaji Abdulkadir Aminu; Company Secretary, Mr Danladi Ochekpe;

Director, Mr Paul Obi and Director, Richi Kansagra during the company’s 41st Annual General

Meeting in Lagos.

roll-out across the country.

In a statement in Abuja,

Chief Executive Officer,

Armese Consulting Limited

and Armese Power Solutions,

Imran Aslam Khokhar, stated

that the company was equal to

the task of helping MAPs plug

this gap leveraging the expertise

of its world class Akwa

Ibom-based meter manufacturing

facility, reputedly the largest

in sub-Saharan Africa.

He said: “Our manufacturing

By Michael Eboh

THE Federal Government has

awarded a licence to Green

Energy International Limited,

GEIL, operator of the Otakikpo

Marginal field in Rivers State, for

the construction of a 40

megawatts embedded power

plant.

In a statement in Abuja, Green

Energy said the award of the

licence by the Nigerian Electricity

Regulatory Commission, NERC,

was sequel to its application to

enable it utilise its gas resources

for power generation as part of

its commitment to the Federal

Government to use the gas from

the Otakikpo field for power and

domestic gas projects.

Chairman of the company,

Professor Anthony Adegbulugbe,

stated that the 40 megawatts,

MW, electricity generating plant

was scheduled to come on stream

latest by June 2020.

In addition to providing

subsidiary, operating as Metering

Solutions Manufacturing

Services Limited, MSMSL, has

the installed capacity to produce

three million meters yearly

on a multi-shift pattern.

"It is staffed by a team of seasoned

professionals, on a ratio

of 99 per cent local to 1 per cent

foreign, who bring a pedigree

of unequalled competence to

the table in the manufacture of

world-class meter assets. Our

product line includes single-

FG grants Green Energy licence to generate 40MW electricity

electricity for company’s field

power requirements and access

to electricity for the host

communities, Adegbulugbe said

the 40MW power plant would

provide power to the Otakikpo

Industrial Park, which would be

sited in Ikuru town in Andoni

local government area of Rivers

State, being promoted by Atlantic

Industrial Park Limited.

He listed the company's host

communities to include Ikuru

town, Asuama Ayama

Ekede,Ugama Ekede and Asu

Oyet, adding that some of the

committed projects to be located

THE average price

of Organisation of

Petroleum Exporting

Countries, OPEC’s basket

of 14 crudes in the past one

week averaged $61.87

compared with $61.57

recorded the previous

week. According to

OPEC’s calculation, the

highest price of crude was

recorded on June 10, 2019,

which averaged $63.01 per

barrel, while the lowest

price for the period under

review averaged $61.01

phase and three-phase prepaid

meters in various configurations

and mountings as well

as tamper-proof polycarbonate

(PCB) meter box enclosures.”

Khokhar disclosed that the

20,580 square meters manufacturing

facility, launched by Vice

President Yemi Osinbajo and

other top government functionaries

in September, 2017 had

so far supplied over 200,000

meters to DISCOs, and was set

to produce a minimum of

at the industrial park included an

onshore oil terminal, 5,000

barrels per day modular refinery

and a mini Liquefied Natural Gas,

LNG, plant to serve the domestic

market.

He explained that the company

had earlier on secured a power

generation licence for 12

megawatts of electricity, had to

increase its projected power

generation capacity to 40 MW

following the increase in

associated gas that will be

produced from enhanced oil

production during the second

phase of the Otakikpo field.

MAN tasks Buhari on mining sector devt

By Gabriel Ewepu

THE Miners Association of

Nigeria, MAN, has tasked

President Muhammadu Buhari,

on boosting the nation’s mining

sector in second tenure for high

foreign exchange revenue, job

creation and foreign direct

investment.

The call was made by the

National President, MAN, Kabir

Kankara, while speaking with

Vanguard on their expectations

from President Buhari’s second

term in office following his maiden

June 12 Democracy Day speech.

Kankara who expressed concern

over the inaccessibility to funds and

equipment by legitimate miners to

carry out their operations said the

government should promptly

tackle issue of inaccessible funds

allocated to the sector for purchase

of equipment, working tools and

other technologies to improve and

enhance performance and

productivity in the sector.

He said: “We in Miners

Association of Nigeria, MAN,

welcome the new date of

Democracy rebirth in our national

life, which is now formally June 12

of every year. We also share in the

aspirations and plans of President

Muhammadu Buhari in his second

175,000 meters catering to domestic

and international requirements

in the short run.

He said: “Most recently,

Armese also leveraged the

quality of products manufactured

by our subsidiary,

MSMSL to supply high-volume

meter assets to the Liberia

Electricity Company, LEC, for

an ambitious electrification

project funded by the USA

through the Millennium Challenge

Corporation.

"In effect, we are poised to

help make the MAPs scheme a

success in Nigeria through the

edge we have recorded in local

content and encourage newly

engaged MAPs experiencing

this challenge to partner

with us.”

Khokhar noted that Armese

recently scaled a competitive

bid process to emerge one of

the frontline MAPs engaged by

Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution

Company, PHED to roll

out meter assets within its franchise

area for a renewable 10-

year time frame.

PHED, the company said, reportedly

supplies power to over

14 million people cutting

across Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross

River, and Akwa Ibom states,

while Eko Electricity Distribution

Company, EKEDC, is responsible

for the distribution

and sale of electricity in southern

Lagos and Agbara, Ogun

State.

Adegbulugbe expressed

gratitude to NERC for approving

the licence, saying it underscored

the government’s determination

to increase access to power for

economic development of the

Niger Delta.

He said the company had already

on site, six megawatts electric

power plant undergoing

installation under the first phase

of the small-scale gas utilization

program, SSGUP, adding that the

6MW will be commissioned in the

third quarter of 2019, while the

40MW will come on-stream by

the second quarter of 2020.

tenure in office as Nigeria’s

President and Commander-in-

Chief of the Armed Forces.

“We are using this opportunity,

having listened to the Democracy

Day speech delivered by President

Buhari, and we key into it. But for

the mining sector, there is still a lot

to do to take the nation’s economy

to the next level.

“The President in his speech

unequivocally mentioned that

“...the bulk of our real wealth lies

in Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry

and Mining. We possess all the

ingredients of a major economic

power on the world stage.” We want

Mr President to really ensure that

the real wealth identified also in

mining should be backed up with

necessary actions to realise it.

“We want Mr President to

adequately provide more funds and

allocated to the sector for purchase

of equipment, working tools and

other technologies to improve and

enhance performance and

productivity.”

C

M

Y

K


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019 — 47

Massive investment, market forces, others needed to develop Nigeria's

power sector -Century Power CEO

Despite privatisation, operators in Nigeria's Power

sector have not been able to generate, transmit and

distribute adequate power to consumers. In this interview

with UDEME AKPAN, the Chief Executive Officer, Century

Power, Dr Chukwueloka Umeh, who spoke on a wide range

of issues, called for massive investment and adoption of

market forces.

What motivated your

company to participate in

Nigeria's Power sector?

We decided to participate

in the sector because of the

need to make adequate

contributions toward the

provision of power to consumers

in Nigeria. From

available resources, including

natural gas, water,

coal, and even the sun, the

nation has everything it

needs to generate power.

Unfortunately, it has not

been able to generate,

transmit and distribute adequate

power to its citizens.

That is the tragedy of our

situation and the reason we

decided to get involved in

the sector as a Nigerian

company.

In your opinion, what

are the reasons for the very

poor situation of the nation's

power sector?

Many of us have travelled

to other nations, especially

the developed economies,

including China and Japan.

For instance, 20 years ago,

the economy of China was

small compared to the

economy of Japan, though

by land mass and by population,

China is much big-

Why indigenous oil firms not in deepwaters -CEO, Oilserv

By Sebastine Obasi

THE Chief Executive

Officer of Oilserv, an oil

and gas, engineering and

construction company,

Emeka Okwuosa has

identified factors militating

ger than Japan. China's GDP

at the time was tiny compared

to Japan. What did

China do? They started to invest

in the power sector. Today,

China has moved from

a country that is seen as the

low-cost manufacturing plant

of the world to a technology

leader. Indeed, China is now

a global superpower. They

achieved this by investing in

power and from investing in

power, they built massive infrastructure

in their country.

In Nigeria, we are still talking

about potential when our

contemporaries have become

first world nations. This

happened because we

stopped investing in power

facilities.

What is the motivating factor

for Century Power?

Since its inception, Century

Power realised that for it

to achieve its goal of helping

to develop the country, we

need to get involved in not

just generation of power, but

also several other parts of the

value chain in the power industry.

Our focus is on gasfired

power plants. There are

many others we could talk

about, including nuclear,

coal, hydro and renewables

against movement of

indigenous oil companies

into deepwater operations.

Okwuosa identified capacitybuilding,

collaboration and

technology as necessary

issues that must be

• Dr Chukwueloka Umeh

like wind and solar. However,

I am going to focus

only on gas because Nigeria

has the world's ninth

largest proven reserves of

natural gas. Therefore, the

value chain includes gas

production, power generation,

transmission and

distribution. The entire

value chain must work for

the sector to work.

embraced by indigenous

companies to be able to

compete favourably with

the international oil

companies, IOCs, in

deepwater operations. He

said: “We require

assembling capacity and

integrating that capacity

by working together in

order to have synergy and

be able to deal with bigger

scope. But we are in the

integration of FPSO

(Floating, Production,

Storage and Offloading)

which is the issue of

topsides. Nigerians are in

drilling, pipelines and

flow-risers. We are doing

a lot but it is very

competitive and capitalintensive

and we have to

slowly build it up as soon

as we can because we

have proven capacity but

we need to do more

because there is so much

out there. “It is the

Nigerian factor. Everyone

wants to do things in his

own way and it is not the

way to go. If you go to

houses with 20 flats,

instead of one tenant

providing energy and

everyone connects to it,

you will see everybody

with his own generator. It

is a Nigerian factor. It is

about understanding that

the way to create value

requires working together

veloping a gas pipeline that

would produce and transport

to users. Therefore, as

you can see, I wear several

hats and we are very busy,

but the whole idea is that this

industry must work. You can

move away from danger and

go elsewhere, but it is the

wrong thing to do. I lived in

America for many years. I

worked for General Electric

in the US for many years,

developing gas turbine engines

both for airplanes and

for power generation.

How has the journey

been?

The journey has been

tougher than expected.

Regulations in the country

have changed many times

in relation to the energy sector.

You know privatisation

and not as individuals and

we are going to get there.”

Okwuosa advocated for

collaboration and synergy

between PETAN members

to be able to handle bigger

jobs and compete with the

IOCs. He said: “We have

been adding value but not

the level we desire. So the

way we can achieve this is

by collaborating and

synergising between

entities like PETAN and all

PETAN members and be

able to handle bigger scope

and compete with

international service

providers.

“We are already operating

in that terrain in reality.

When you say deepwater

operation, you look at it from

two different points of view.

Are you looking at

exploration and production

(E&P), which is ownership

or are you looking at

services? I will talk from

services point of view.

Nigerians have been

participating in services in

Bonga, Akpo, Usan. All

these have had Nigerians'

input. There are two key

issues with participation in

deep-water arena. It is

about technology and

capital. Both will take time

normally to scale up.

Nigerians are participating

but we are only scratching

the surface.

Specifically, what has

your company been doing?

We know we have to get

involved in the transmission,

so we are upgrading

the transmission lines from

Century Power to the closest

substation. We have an

agreement with the government

to upgrade facilities.

We are also involved in destarted

in 2011 and the rules

were clear. But along the

lines, the rules changed and

keep changing. Private investors

have had to also

change their rules of engagement.

Some investors

have left the country, foreign

and some local companies

that got involved initially

also left and gone to

do other things, but we are

still at it. So, the journey has

been very tough because

each time the regulations

change, we have to work

with a new set of regulations

and a new set of regulators

and while you are

doing all these, you are

spending money because it

is very expensive to hire the

people that do this work.

When is Century Power

going to complete its

1500MW plant in Okija,

Anambra State?

Our current schedule

shows that the project will

come on stream in the second

or third quarter of 2022,

based on the assumption

that we can get to financial

close by the first quarter of

2020. We cannot do it alone.

There are several things,

including the approval of

many critical documents,

which the government has

to do. The government has

many qualified persons to

add value. However, the frequent

changes of human

capital in some government

institutions have scuttled

progress because we have

to start afresh when such

AEDC warns field officers

against fatalities

By Chris Ochayi

THE management

of Abuja Electricity

Distribution

Company, AEDC, has

warned officers in charge

of operations in the field

that the company will no

longer tolerate any form

of fatality to either the

workers or members of

the public.

Managing Director/

CEO of AEDC - Mr. Ernest

Mupwaya, who handed

the warning when he

announced the creation

of Inspectorate Division

in the company, noted

that he prefers that the

work is not done than for

what is done to be the

source of accident or

death to any one whether

staff or members of the

public.

The new department

was added to the

Directorate of Risk and

Compliance. It is headed

by Mr. Collins Chabuka

whose directorate will

oversee the activities of

the division with three

brand new vehicles to

assist the inspectors in the

discharge of their duties.

Mupwaya added that any

staff who does any act

adjudged to be capable of

causing any electrical

accident or electrocution,

will be treated the same

way as the staff found

guilty of the actual act. He

said the sanction that will

changes happen.

What are the main problems

in the sector?

The value chain has been

broken because of many

problems in the sector. For

instance, there is the problem

of poor facilities, including

pipelines. There are

plants that were built by the

government that have gas,

but do not have enough

transmission infrastructure

to evacuate the power. In

addition, there is also the

problem of Aggregated

Technical Commercial and

Collection Losses, ATCCL,

which affect delivery of services

and maximum revenue

generation.

Do you think the privatisation

of the Power sector

was a mistake?

No, I do not think it was

a mistake. The government

did a very good job in unbundling

the sector. However,

the government

needs to deregulate the

market even more. This will

encourage investors to

deepen their investments in

Nigeria.

How will all these help

the economy to grow?

With adequate power, the

economy will grow. For instance,

if Century Power begins

to give power 24 hours

a day at an affordable price,

companies will start producing

goods and hiring

more people, thus

impacting positively on the

nation's economy.

be imposed on such

employees may include

the loss of employment.

He said the company

has carefully structured its

operation to ensure that

in pursuit of service

delivery and profitability,

it does not do any act that

can damage the business

environment some of

which he listed to include

damage within the

workers, damage to the

community at large and

such other damage that

can create negative

environmental impact.

"It is not by accident that

the issue of Health, Safety

& Environment (HSE) is a

Board level matter,"

adding that such

recognition demonstrates

in very clear terms the

importance attached to

HSE by AEDC.

Tracing

the

transformation journey of

AEDC, Mupwaya noted

that the company has

gone through various

levels of changes in

trying to improve its HSE

profile including staff

training across board on

how to operate the system,

which have resulted in

some successes but

regretted that there are

still certain areas where

the company has not

done so well "hence we

are still seeing some

accidents happening in

our network which are

purely avoidable.”


48 — Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019

PARLEY: From left : Asue Ighodalo, Chairman, Sterling Bank, NESG & Co-founder, Banwo & Ighodalo;

Theresa Adeyinka, Commercial Director, Signal Alliance; Austin Okere, Founder, CWG PLC and

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Ausso Leadership Academy (ALA); Tosin Adefeko, Founder/CEO AT3 Resources

Limited & President ALA Alumni at the leadership session Asue held with delegates of the academy

INSECURITY: We’re collaborating with hunters

to tackle herdsmen in S'West — Agbekoya

By Dapo Akinrefon

L Agbekoya AGOS—THE

Farmers

Society, yesterday, said it is

collaborating with hunters

in the South West to clamp

down on marauding

herdsmen in the region

saying it will no longer

tolerate killings, rapping

and kidnapping going on

in Ondo, Ogun, Osun and

Oyo States.

In a statement made

available to Vanguard by its

President and Secretary

General, Aare Okikiola

Aremu and Adegbenro

Ogunlana respectively,

Agbekoya urged the Yoruba

not to take all Fulani as

enemies saying “some of

them are supporting us to

fight these criminals.”

The statement reads:

“Agbekoya Warriors are

working hard in Ondo,

Ogun, Osun and Oyo

States, to put a stop to the

killing, raping and

kidnapping going on in the

said states. These

kidnappers are those that

were dislodged in some

Northern states ravaged by

Boko Haram, with the

support from some bad

elements of Fulani, Hausa,

Yoruba and Igbo according

to our investigations.

“After meeting with some

Fulani, who are ready to

assist us, they are ready to

collaborate with us to chase

Osun Gov Dispute: S’Court fixes July 5

for judgement •As Osun APC goes spiritual

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

A Supreme BUJA—THE

Court,

yesterday, fixed July 5 to

deliver judgement on four

different appeals the

governorship candidate of

the Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, in Osun State,

Senator Ademola Adeleke,

lodged to challenge the

Court of Appeal verdict that

affirmed Governor

Adegboyega Oyetola’s

victory.

A seven-man panel of

justices of the court, led by

the Acting Chief Justice of

Nigeria, CJN, Justice

Ibrahim Muhammad,

heard the appeals marked:

SC/553/2019; SC/554/2019;

SC/555/2019 and SC/556/

2019.

Adeleke, through his

team of lawyers led by Dr.

Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN,

urged the apex court to setaside

the majority

judgement the Court of

Appeal delivered against

him on May 9, and revalidate

the tribunal verdict

that declared him the

winner of the governorship

contest that held in Osun

state in September 2018.

However, Governor

Oyetola, his party, the All

Progressives Congress,

APC, and the Independent

National Electoral

Commission, INEC, urged

the apex court to dismiss the

four appeals for want of

merit.

Oyetola, through his team

of lawyers led by Chief

Wole Olanipekun, SAN,

argued that the appellate

court properly evaluated

facts and evidence that were

adduced by the parties,

before it arrived at its

majority decision that he

was the valid winner of the

governorship election.

Counsel to the APC,

Chief Akin Olunjimi, SAN,

and that of INEC, Yusuf Ali,

SAN, equally prayed the

apex court to uphold the

decision of the Court of

Appeal and dismiss

Adeleke’s four appeals.

Meantime, Adeleke in

one of his appeals,

challenged refusal of the

appellate court to void the

September 27, 2018,

supplementary election

that led to Oyetola’s victory,

after INEC declared the first

election as inconclusive.

Other members of the

apex court panel that heard

and adjourned the matter

for judgement were Justices

Olabode Rhodes-Vivour,

Kumai Aka’ahs, Kudirat

Kekere-Ekun, Amiru

Sanusi, Paul Galunmje and

Uwani Abbah-Aji.

The appellate court had

in a four-to-one decision,

held that the entire

proceedings of the tribunal,

including its judgment,

amounted to a nullity.

Osun APC goes spiritual

Meanwhile, ahead of the

Supreme Court verdict, the

APC in Osun State has

embarked on a special

prayer session in order to

ensure a favourable

judgment at the apex court

against the PDP and its

governorship candidate,

Senator Adeleke.

The prayer programme

which was organised

yesterday at the state party

Secretariat of the APC in

Osogbo, was attended by

all the Local government

Chairmen, councilors, state

exco members, local and

wards chairmen.

out these herdsmen who

have turned killers, rapists

and kidnappers in the

South West.

“We were made to

understand that these

herdsmen turned criminals

are from Niger, Chad and

Cameroon. While calling on

all Fulani who are doing

their legitimate business in

the said states not to allow

these criminals to mingle

with them. We also call on

the Yoruba not to see all

Fulani as enemies because

some of them are

supporting us to fight these

criminals.

“We want to appreciate

our local hunters who

joined hands with

Agbekoya to curb the

kidnapping, rape and

killings in the South West.

However, the joint

operation continues. We

also urge governors of the

South West to support

Agbekoya towards

stopping these criminals

because security of lives

and property of our people

is our main concern and

that is why we waded in.

"The proposed Southwest

Security Summit is a

welcome idea provided our

Governors, royal fathers

and other security agencies

are in total support."

Ayokunle, Ahima battle

for CAN president's seat

By Sam Eyoboka

L

A G O S — A

MINIMUM of

150 notable Nigerians,

representing over 80

million Christian churhes

across the country, will go

all out today to vote for the

next President of the

Christian Association of

Nigeria, CAN.

The contest is, however,

between the incumbent

CAN President, Rev.

Samson Ayokunle and

Caleb Ahima.

One of them will head the

Christian body in Nigeria

for the next three years.

While Ayokunle is of the

Nigeria Baptist

Convention, Ahima is

President of TEKAN/

ECWA, Fellowship of

Churches of Christ in

Nigeria.

Ayokunle was elected

three years ago to

succeed Pastor Ayo

Oritsejafor, after

polling 54 votes to

defeat Prof. Joseph

Otubu of the Motailatu

Church Cherubim and

Seraphim Movement

who represented the

Organisation of African

Instituted Churches, OAIC,

with 28 votes.

Dangote Cement to attract

$700m forex, pays dividend

of N16 per share

LAGOS—THE Board

and management of

Dangote Cement,

yesterday, approved N16 as

a dividend on each 50kobo

share to shareholders of the

company.

Shareholders through

their respective association

heads, during the

10 th annual AGM, held in

Lagos, commended the

decision to increase

dividend payout by 52.4 per

cent from the N10. 50 per

share paid in the

corresponding period of

2017.

Speaking at the AGM,

Chairman of Dangote

Cement, Aliko Dangote

described the shareholders

and staff as the bedrock of

the company.

Dangote expressed

optimism on the prospect of

the company, revealing that

the company will be

effectively operating in a

minimum of 18 African

countries in a short while

by increasing the capacity

of its Obajana Plant to 16

million metric tons, making

it one of the biggest cement

plant in the world.

“All these, surely will

translate to an enhanced

value appreciation to the

shares of Dangote cement

and more money in the

pockets of the

shareholders”, he said.

Dangote also revealed

that the plans of the

company will definitely

attract a$700 million foreign

exchange into the Nigerian

economy through

exporting of the products,

thereby helping the federal

government and also the

group in its other activities

across Africa.

Speaking with newsmen

Stop peddling falsehood against

Tinubu, Lagos APC tells George

By Dapo Akinrefon

LAGOS—THE

All

Progressives

Congress, APC, in Lagos

State, yesterday, warned a

former Deputy National

Chairman of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, Chief

Bode George, to desist from appointment

fabricating lies against

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

Kola Abiola, in an

interview last week said

that ”It was after Tinubu

had lost out that he decided

to join hands with the

National Democratic

Coalition for the

actualization of June 12

mandate.”

But in a swift reaction,

Lagos APC Publicity

Secretary, Mr. Joe Igbokwe

lamented that George

supported Kola’s tissue of

lies because he lacked a

sense of history.

He said: “Before the

annulment of June 12 1993

Presidential elections

governors, senators, house

of reps members, state

after the AGM, Dangote

said: “We have a lot of ongoing

projects aimed at

increasing capacity and by

next year, we will not only

export 1 million tons as we

normally do now, we will be

servicing both the domestic

and other African countries

from Nigeria. We will have

a capacity of about 8 million

tons to export and that will

generate a foreign

exchange of about $700

million into the country.

“Sales of cement, from

our Nigerian plants,

increased by 11.4 per cent

to 14.2 million metric tons

in 2018. Our Pan-African

operations contributed 9.4

million metric tons, level on

2017, with strong

performances in

Cameroon, Senegal and

Zambia helping to offset

weaknesses in Ethiopia

and gas turbines now

operating in Tanzania, we

expect these two large

plants to improve their

performance in 2019,

further increasing

profitability.”

Also, Dangote said: “Later

in 2019, we will open export

facilities in Lagos and Port

Harcourt that will enable us

to export clinker, initially to

our grinding plants we are

building in West Africa. Not

only will these generate

useful foreign currency for

Dangote Cement to

support other expansion

projects outside of Nigeria,

they will also help to

increase the output of our

Nigerian plants. They

will also help to improve

job creation and increase

prosperity in Nigeria,

something of which all

stakeholders can be

proud of.”

assembly members had

been in place and to all

intents and purposes

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed

Tinubu was one of the

elected Senators from

Lagos.

“Now how can an elected

Senator ask for a mere

as

Commissioner? Does it

make sense to anybody who

is privileged to be a sensible

person?

““In one breath the story

tellers said Asiwaju asked

for the post of a

commissioner and in

another they told us he

wanted to be Deputy Sole

Administrator of Lagos.

Now, do we have anything

like Deputy Sole

Administrator then? Was it

in existence? Are they not

liars from the pit of hell?”

“We do understand the

reason why Chief Bode

George always have this

penchant to get at Asiwaju

Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the

drop of a hat and even

when it is not necessary.''


Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019 —49

Herdsmen, bandits

killed 10, 665 in

2018 — IFRA

•Says it is 1.4 percent

higher than 2017

•List Borno, Zamfara,

Benue, Kaduna Adamawa

as most dangerous states

By Monsuru

Olowoopejo

LAGOS — The French

Institute for Research in

Africa, IFRA, has said

that no fewer than 10,665

Nigerians died from

herdsmen clashes,

banditry, Boko Haram

conflict, cultism and other

violence across the

country.

IFRA in a report, titled

‘Nigeria Watch: Eighth

Report on Violence; 2018,

added that the number of

deaths recorded in 2018

was 1.4 percent higher

than what was recorded in

the country from same

lethal violence in 2017.

In the report obtained

from its website, IFRA

lamented that the major

causes of violent deaths

in Nigeria within the year

under review were

“crime, political, land and

religious issues, cattle

grazing and road

accidents.”

The report added that

“the most dangerous

states in Nigeria in 2018

included Borno, Zamfara,

Benue, Kaduna and

Adamawa states,” adding

that they had the highest

number of lethal violence

within the year under

review.

According to the report,

the consistent decrease in

fatalities from violence in

Nigeria since 2014 was

halted in 2018 which

marked a rise in general

crime across the country

with Banditry becoming

prevalent in Zamfara and

Kaduna states.

A breakdown of the

statistics showed that

2,135 Nigerians lost their

lives in 2018 from Boko

Haram attacks, a figure

less than “the 2,829

fatalities in 2017,

accounting for 28 percent

decrease.”

“Cult related killings

accounted for 453 deaths

in 162 incidents while 238

people were killed in 76

kidnap incidents. In 2018,

2,331 victims were killed

in 350 lethal incidents

involving security

operatives.

“Out of 3,425 fatalities

caused by criminal

incidents, banditry

resulted in 930 across 15

states, with Zamfara state

recording 714 of the total

statistics.

“Cultism is another

major form of violence

that caused the death of

446 people in 153 lethal

events in 2018. Among

the affected 24 states and

the FCT, Rivers and Lagos

recorded the highest

number of fatalities with,

respectively, 70 and 49

people killed during the

period under study.

“Unlike domestic

violence, which

decreased in the year,

kidnapping for ransom

increased from 290

fatalities in 2017 to 358 in

2018, mainly in Bauchi,

Benue, Cross River,

Ebonyi, FCT, Jigawa,

Kaduna, Kebbi and

Kwara states.

“Kaduna maintained its

status as the most

dangerous state in respect

to kidnapping, with a

record of 23 deaths in 15

incidents. Abuja-Kaduna

expressway and Birnin

Bwari LGA also remained

hotspots for kidnapping

activities.

“Pastoral conflict across

17 states claimed 1,882

lives in 2018. Farmers and

herdsmen mostly clashed

for grazing space. Benue,

Plateau and Nasarawa

states were the most hit in

the Middle Belt. While

Benue state recorded 532

fatalities, Plateau

recorded 291 and

Nasarawa 243.

Naira up to N360.50/$ in

I&E window

By Elizabeth Adegbesan

The naira yesterday appreciated to N360.50 per

dollar in the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window.

Data from FMDQ showed that the indicative

exchange rate for the I&E window dropped to

N360.50 per dollar yesterday from N360.51 per dollar

on Friday, translating to one kobo appreciation for

the naira.

However, the volume of dollars (turnover) traded

on the window dropped slightly by four percent to

$200 million from $208.16 million traded on Friday.

Relief materials —An officer of Nigerian Customs Service, Enugu State Command, Mr Wasa Dauda

(R), attending to beneficiaries, during the distribution of relief materials to charitable Non Governmental

Organizations in Enugu, yesterday. Photo: NAN.

Labour writes FG on looming industrial crisis

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

A BUJA—Organized

Labour has written the

Federal Government on

looming industrial unrest

over alleged nonimplementation

of the

agreement between

Amalgamated Union of

Public Corporations, Civil

Service Technical and

Recreational services

Employees, AUPCTRE, and

the Investment and

Securities Tribunal, IST.

AUPCTRE, which is an

affiliate of the Nigeria

Labour Congress, NLC,

yesterday, protested at its

Jabi headquarters in Abuja.

The union members had

gone to picket IST but were

prevented from gaining

access to the main gate

leading to the premises by

heavily armed police

officers.

Meanwhile, the

management of the tribunal

has accused AUPCTRE of

using hoodlums to invade

Why I abandoned June 12 for Abacha junta —KINGIBE

Continues from Page 5

teachings of the Muslim

faith which he professes

that leadership comes

from God which he

accepted in good fate.

“When we think of the

collective good, there

are times when we have

to sacrifice personal

interest and join hands

in rebuilding society and

bring peace and

harmony to our people.

“I have addressed this

issue of why I joined

Abacha’s government

and so on. I know we

won the elections on

June 12, 1993, I know

that injustice was done

when those elections

were annulled but there

its premises, saying this

violates order of the

National industrial Court

which directed the union

and its officials to keep off

the premises as its staff

were no longer affiliated to

it.

In the letter to the Federal

Government through the

Permanent Secretary,

Federal Ministry of

Finance, signed by

Comrade Sikiru Waheed,

Secretary of AUPCTRE

Federal Capital Territory,

FCT, Abuja, the union

pleaded with the

government to direct

chairman of the tribunal,

Mr. Siaka Isaiah Idoko-

Akoh, to respect agreement

freely signed with the union

on February 12, 2018.

“If urgent preventive

action is not taken, the

Chairman of IST, Siaka

Isaiah Idoko-Akoh, will

precipitate a breach of

public peace and worsen

the labour unrest and

industrial crisis in the

is always one guiding

principle in my public

life, which is that the

national interest

supersedes any other

considerations.

"All my actions have

been informed by this

consciousness of what is

best in the national

interest," he said.

Kingibe, known as one

of the ‘power brokers’ in

the current government

of President Buhari,

called on politicians who

aspired and lost at the

All Progressives

Congress, APC,

governorship primaries

to emulate him and join

the incumbent

government of Borno “for

the overall interest of the

Tribunal,’’ the union stated.

The union accused the

management of IST of

corruption, financial

infractions, impunity,

l a w l e s s n e s s ,

maladministration, antistaff

policies, nepotism and

refusal to implement

management /Labour

agreement.

“We have sent several

petitions (with

overwhelming evidences)

to your ministry, SGF

(Secretary to the

Government of the

Federation), EFCC

(Economic Financial and

Crimes Commission),

ICPC (Independent

Corrupt Practices and

other Related Offenses

Commission) etc, against

Mr. Idoko-Akoh, but his

boasts that he is

untouchable appear to be

true,’’ the union said.

Other prayers of the

union to the Federal

Government were the

suspension of Idoko-Akoh

from office to allow

state.”

The former SGF

confessed that his

preferred candidate for

Borno governorship

during the primaries was

Kashim Imam, an APC

chieftain who was many

times governorship

candidate of the PDP.

But he said he now

supports the eventual

winner, even as he

urged all stakeholders to

support him as well.

“I do appeal to all sons

and daughters of Borno

to always think of what

is in the best interest of

the people of Borno in all

we do. I hope that some

of us will take initiatives

and appeal to people of

quality who have

investigation on alleged

cases of fraud leveled

against him, restrain him

from transferring or posting

of AUPCTRE executives

out of Abuja, among

others.

But in a statement in

Abuja, signed by Kenneth

Ezea, Director, Corporate

Affairs, IST said: “The

attention of the

Management of the

Investments and Securities

Tribunal, IST, has been

drawn to the unlawful

invasion of its premises

yesterday by hoodlums

and outlaws operating

under the umbrella of

Amalgamated Union of

Public Companies,

Technicians, Recreational

and Entertainment

Employees (AUPCTRE) in

clear violation of the order

of the National industrial

Court directing AUPCTRE

and its officials to keep off

our premises as staff of the

IST are no longer affiliated

to it."

measurable followership

like Kashim Imam,

Mohammed Kumalia

and all those who

contested and those who

did not contest.

“There are leaders in

Borno that are just

looking at developments

with sadness but not

being able to take

initiatives to bring our

people together. I hope

that we will wake up and

come together,’’ he

added.

In response, Governor

Babagana Umara

thanked Kingibe for

paying a courtesy visit,

stressing that Borno was

very proud of all his

achievements within and

outside the country.


50 — Vanguard, TUESDAY JUNE 18, 2019

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA- THE Ninth Senate, which

was inaugurated Tuesday, June 11 by

the Clerk to National Assembly, CNA,

Mohammed Sani Omolori, with the

emergence of Senator Ahmad Lawan,

All Progressives Congress, APC, Yobe

North as Senate President and Senator

Ovie Omo- Agege, APC, Delta Central

as deputy, had its first plenary session

on Thursday June 13, 2019.

After taking some decisions like the

Senate's readiness to communicate

with the President, Muhammadu

Buhari, other world parliamentary

organisations, continental bodies,

regional bodies, and the Secretary to

the Government of the Federation,

SGF, the senators hurriedly adjourned

till July 2.

The Senate resolved to write

President Buhari and others to inform

them that a quorum of the Senate was

assembled and that the Presiding

Officers of the Ninth National

Assembly of the Senate had been

elected and ready to communicate and

receive any communication.

Soon after this, the Senators went

into a closed door session for hours to

brainstorm on their welfare and other

related personal issues.

It was gathered that the Senators

decided to quickly adjourn for two

weeks and five days because of lack

of offices, furniture and other office

equipment.

If not for the challenge, there would

have been no need for the

adjournment, a lawmaker said.

For this reason, all the offices became

empty against the backdrop that the

National Assembly had asked all the

lawmakers in the Eight Senate, both

out-gone and returning to go away

with their settee, refrigerators, printing

machines, typewriters, televisions, and

water dispensers, among others.

The adjournment followed a motion

moved by the Deputy Senate

President, Ovie Omo-Agege which

was seconded by Senator Philip

Aduda, PDP, FCT.

The adjournment according to the

Senate President, would allow for the

Management and Senate Adhoc

Committee members put in place

address the challenges and allocate

offices and seats to the legislators.

Before the Eight Senate rounded off,

the National Assembly had monetized

all the equipment in the offices of the

senators and asked them to go with

them, even as N375,000 would at the

end of the day be deducted from each

Senator's severance, while N350,000

would be deducted from each member

of House of Representatives.

Non-composition of standing

committees

The problem of lack of offices for the

Senators to operate, has however

stalled the composition of special

committees that would have been

running the affairs of the Ninth Senate

in line with the Senate Standing

Orders.

The special committees according to

Senate Standing Orders 2015 as

amended, are Selection, Rules and

Business; Senate Services; Public

Accounts and National Security and

Intelligence.

With the inauguration of the 9th and

emergence of both Lawan and Omo-

Agege as Presiding officers, these

special committees ought to have been

announced in line with the Standing

Orders, at the commencement of the

life of the Senate to perform the

functions allocated to them.

The first Committee that would have

been put in place on Thursday was the

Selection Committee.

Vanguard gathered that it was

difficult to constitute the committee

because the two parties, the All

Progressives Congress, APC, and the

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, were

yet to produce their principal officers.

Meanwhile, the PDP has come up

NINTH SENATE: How empty offices forced

Senate to adjourn abruptly to July 2

•National-Assembly

with its list with Senators Enyinnaya

Abaribe, Abia South as Minority

Leader; Emmanuel Bwacha,Taraba

South as Deputy leader; Philip Aduda,

FCT as Minority Whip and Clifford

Ordia, Edo Central as Deputy

Minority Whip, just as the list is yet to

get to the Senate President because

of the adjournment.

According to Chapter XIII, ( 97) -(1)

(a) “There shall be a committee to be

•Yahaya-Bello

By Dirisu Yakubu & Omeiza Ajayi

ABUJA- Ahead of the

November 16 governorship

election in Kogi state, 20

governorship aspirants on the

platform of the All Progressives

Congress, APC, Monday, rejected

Governor Yahaya Bello’s adoption of

indirect primaries to select the

party’s candidate.

The aspirants, who met at the

Maitama-Abuja home of Senator

Alex Kadiri under the auspices of

Kogi APC Stakeholders Forum also

called on the leadership of the party

to adopt the direct primary option in

the selection of the governorship

candidate.

Addressing newsmen, leader of

the forum, Senator Kadiri bemoaned

what he called the attempt by the

governor to hijack the party, warning

that fielding him for the November

polls will give the opposition an

edge, particularly, the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP.

“As we preparing for the

gubernatorial primaries, we want it

known that we the leaders of the

APC as well as the 20 aspirants of

our party are opposed to the Yahaya

Bello’s contrived method of doing

known as Committee of Selection

appointed at the commencement of

the life of the Senate to perform the

functions allocated to it by these rules,

and for such other matters as the

Senate may from time to time refer to

it.

“(b) The Committee on Selection

shall consist of the Senate President,

the Deputy Senate President, the

Senate Majority Leader, Chief Whip,

Deputy Majority Leader, Deputy Chief

Whip, Minority Leader, Deputy

Minority Leader, Minority Whip and

the Deputy Minority Whip.

“ (c) the President shall be the

Chairman of the Committee of

Selection and in his absence, the

Deputy President; (d) nominating

Senators to serve on committees to

consider any special matters brought

before the Senate; (e) such Senators

Crisis hits Kogi APC as 20

gov aspirants move against

Yahaya Bello

primaries because we are told that he

gathered his appointees in Lokoja

over the weekend and they

endorsed indirect primaries.

“We will not accept

indirect primaries for the

selection of a

gubernatorial candidate for our party;

we will not allow Yahaya Bello to

gather his political appointees in a

room for them to say they are adopting

indirect primaries. That means they

are the same people who will go to

the direct primaries to vote. The insult

on Kogi people is too much and we

want to stop it.

“He cannot be a judge unto himself

as this is irresponsible. We are saying

that the primaries for Kogi state must

be direct primaries where all

members of the party from all the

Local Government Areas will choose

who they want to be their candidate.

We don't want it to be thrown to the

executive in a way that Yahaya Bello

will corner all the people to Lokoja

and they will nominate him as the sole

candidate,” a text of the press

conference read.

Senator Kadiri, who defended the

decision of his faction to head to court,

also chided the governor for the

division in the party saying, “We want

to reiterate for the third time that APC

in Kogi state is divided and because

of that division, we went to court. The

case is still in court and we have not

been able to fast track that judgement

the way Zamfara state was fast

tracked. Nobody should blame us for

going to court because we believe we

•Lawan

•Demand direct primaries

Since there are

factions in the party,

how will it conduct

the primaries? We

believe that our

faction and Bello’s

faction cannot

conduct a free and

fair primary

have the right. All the things Yahaya

Bello and his people are doing now

are all illegal because the committee

with which he is working has no legal

standing anywhere in law.”

He also added that the

factionalization of the party in the

state would make it impossible for

any of the factions to conduct an

acceptable primary election to pick

the party’s sole candidate for the

election.

“Since there are factions in the

party, how will it conduct the

primaries? We believe that our faction

and Bello’s faction cannot conduct a

free and fair primary. Therefore, we

are appealing to the national

Secretariat of our party to do the

needful by setting up an independent

caretaker committee to go and run the

party in Kogi state until the elections

are over,” they added.

Continuing, the ex-lawmaker, on

behalf of the forum expressed dismay

as may be going on parliamentary

delegation other than Committees."

When the Senate reconvenes on July

2, the day would be the 13th

Legislative day into the life of the

Ninth Senate, meaning a day left

which stipulates that this must be done

at the commencement and within the

first 14 legislative days.

Also according to Chapter XIII, 96

of the Standing Orders, “Within ‘the

first fourteen legislative days following

the first sitting of the Senate, the

membership of the following Special

Committees shall be appointed: (i)

Committee of Selection, (ii) Committee

on Rules and Business, (iii) Senate

Services Committee, (iv) Committee

on Ethics; Code of Conduct and Public

Petitions, (v) Public Accounts

Committee and (VI) Committee on

National Security and Intelligence.”

There shall be a

committee to be

known as Committee

of Selection appointed

at the commencement

of the life of the Senate

to perform the

functions allocated to it

by these rules

at the conduct of the governor,

noting that were it not for the death

of the former state governor,

Abubakar Audu, he (Yahaya Bello)

wouldn’t have become governor

today.

“We have tried to bend over to

accommodate Yahaya Bello. This is

a man who participated in the

primaries of 2015 and once he lost

the primary, he abandoned the party

and we have evidence that he

actually worked for the PDP in that

election. But because of the death

of Alhaji Abubakar Audu, he is here

today. This is a man who never

voted at that election because he

was not a registered to vote in Kogi

State, yet, he ended up being our

governor. We can't continue to be

doing wrong and hope that

something right will come out of it.

By the time Yahaya Bello was sworn

in as the governor of Kogi state, he

was not a registered voter and

therefore, he didn't vote,” the forum

noted.

They also decried the state of

insecurity in Kogi. “There is a big

issue of insecurity in the state as

almost every young unemployed

Kogi boy has an AK 47 rifle and a

pump action gun. We have cried and

shouted but nobody is doing

anything about it. The people being

shot, the people being killed are

Kogi boys. (It will be good) If there

is a way to retrieve all these guns,”

they further said.

They labelled Governor Bello

incompetent, saying his failure to

pay workers shows that he is unfit

to continue in office. “The whole

world has now seen that he lacks

the ability to govern even a local

government not to talk of a state.

Whether you like it or not, it is

immaterial. The man has no

competence. Can you imagine not

being paid for one year? Even High

Court judges are being owed 12

months salaries in Kogi State.''


YOUR LUCK TODAY

By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

GEMINI; Reason with those you can take as veterans

within your base of operation because if you want to

force your way without carrying necessary and more

experienced people along it would back-fire now or

soonest.

CANCER; The more creative you are the better for your

cause. However is typical day when too much expectation

can bring disappointment. Be more family minded.

LEO; If your priority is financial success you may not

be disappointed provided you prepare for a few challenges.

For now both your mental energy and physical

attributes are enough to win you love not MONEY. Be

more receptive.

VIRGO; This is your day when both good luck and your

personal efforts will bring you success. Try to be as caring

as possible to those within your base.

L E I S U R E

TAKE HEART — ELLA RANDLE

TERROR MUDA in “Never say goodbye”

Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019 — 51

“If you want to lead by example, do not speak ill nor lecture

others about their shortcomings but rather encourage and

exalt their positive virtues”- Take Heart Quotes—

When you are centered on love your whole attitude about life

is seen from a higher perspective. You stop comparing and

complaining. You are courteous with others. Gratitude becomes

a way of life. You no longer find fault or blame others, either to

their face or behind their back, no matter what the provocation

maybe. Ella Randle

SAYINGS OF

OUR PEOPLE

Milk and

honey have

different colors,

but they

share the

same house

peacefully. ~

African proverb

By Kola Fayemi

LIBRA; Although there will be challenges at the end of

it all you will have genuine cause to smile. The more

secretive you are the better for your cause. This is not

the right time to ignore your sex life. Do away with

unnecessary argument.

SCORPIO; This is not the right time for you to either

gamble with money or take friends for granted. Secret

lovers may be in for an exciting day.

SAGITTARIUS; Success is within your reach, although

you will need to seek all important supports of the influential

people around you. Be more loving.

CAPRICORN; The more ambitious you are today the

better for your cause. And here is a good day to plan for

the future but you must do away with whatever can not

be placed above board. Yong-at-heart among you may

be in for a romantic day.

DUDU in “ROLLING HOT” By A.O. OLAIDE

AQUARIUS; Even if you are tempted to gamble by whoever

and/or whatsoever reason you must resist it or else

you would be the loser. Being aggressive may help.

PISCES; Provided you are willing to co-operate with

others things will not go out of hands but exhibition of

inordinate ambition can earn you avoidable trouble.

ARIES; Element of luck will assist you. Those of you

who are more hard working will have more positive

things to show for your efforts. Take care of your health.

TAURUS; Many natives of this Zodiac sign will be excited

either because of romantic interest within your

working arena or practical advancement at work.

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?

VIRGINIA

dadadekola@yahoo.com

Dear Joshua,

I want to know about my future, especially what I should expect

from my love life both in the immediate and far future. However

that is not to say I am not interested in good financial standing.

Sam, Jos

Dear Sam,

Your major challenge here is inability to hold on to your gains

(profits) partially, by the contact made between your natal Saturn

and Venus . Some other times by your love of easy life. Although

the Saturn influence can be mitigated. The love of luxury comes

from your stallion Taurus which must not be totally discouraged

but should not be allowed to go beyond your control. Yes envy and

jealousy can creep in as indicated by the oppositions between your

natal Venus/Saturn in Taurus and Jupiter in Scorpio, but that is

not enough excuse for either failure or manipulation of occult

powers against you. Whatever anybody says and/or does GREAT

FINANCIAL SUCCESS is your portion.

YOUR LOVE LIFE

The most influential planet during your birth hour is Venus-the

planet of MONEY and LOVE. You are the romantic type whose

magnetic personality and open handedness are sources of big

trap to his members of opposite sex. As handsome as you are you

truly crave stability in your love life/home. The happiness you

desired will be yours.

HOME & ABROAD

By Lawrence Akapa


52 — Vanguard, TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019

AFCON boss confident Egypt

2019 will be a success

President of the Africa

Cup of Nations,

Nigeria’s Amaju Melvin

Pinnick has given assurance that

this year’s finals, which holds in

the Arab Republic of Egypt

between 21st June and 19th July,

will be a roaring success despite

being the biggest –ever event in

the history of the championship.

The first –ever Nigerian to

head the organizing committee

for the biggest football

championship in the continent,

Pinnick flew into Cairo on

Sunday and will be in the Arab

Republic of Egypt till the end of

the championship.

On arrival in Cairo, he said: “I

am delighted at the general

arrangements. The variables and

specifics we agreed on in our

meetings over the past months

have been brought to life by the

local organizing committee and

the staff of CAF. Everything looks

great.

Man United plot shock

swoop for Neymar

Manchester United

are ready to move

for Neymar after Paris

Saint-Germain's president

hinted that the superstar

forward is up for sale.

The Brazil international

joined PSG from Barcelona

in a record £198m transfer

two years ago and has

scored 58 goals in 51

appearances for the club.

Off-the-field issues have

plagued Neymar in recent

months, though, and amid

links with Real Madrid and

Barcelona, Nasser Al

Khelaifi appears to be ready

“Of course, there have been

concerns in several quarters over

the little time that the Egyptians

had to prepare for the

competition, but we could all

see from the show they put up

hosting the Draw Ceremony

that they are always ready for

the big event. I have confidence

Francesco Totti says that

leaving Roma 'is like dying'

as the club's legendary former

captain announced he is leaving

his role as technical director.

The 42-year-old addressed the

media on Monday afternoon in

an 85-minute press conference

where he explained why he had

decided to bring to an end his

30-year relationship with the

club.

Nigeria 0-1 France

Falcons wait to know World

Cup qualification hopes

By John Egbokhan

Super Falcons last night

suffered a slim 1-0 loss to

France in their final group A

match of the ongoing FIFA U-

20 World Cup in Rennes. They

now face an anxious wait of the

conclusion of other group games

to know if they will qualify as

one of the four teams to go

through as best third-placed

finishers

Playing for at least a draw to

guarantee their passage to the

round of 16, the Super Falcons

battled valiantly but were

unlucky to concede a penalty

after defender Ngozi Ebere was

adjudged by the Video Assistant

Referee (VAR)to have fouled

French forward Viviane Asseyi,

who went over under apparent

contact from Ebere on 74

minutes

Ebere, who was already in a

yellow card, bagged on 28

minutes, received her marching

that all will go pretty well.”

Egypt 2019 is the biggest

AFCON in history, with 24

teams to battle for honours over

a period of 28 days. It’s a pretty

long way from the beginning,

62 years ago, when only THREE

teams contested the inaugural

AFCON in Sudan.

Leaving Roma is like

dying — Totti

order after getting a second

yellow card. She was stunned

by the sending off but had to

leave the pitch.

The ensuing penalty kick by

Wendie Renard was missed

with Nigerian players rushing

to celebrate with goalkeeper

Chiamaka Nnadlzie. But more

VAR drama cropped up as the

penalty was ordered to be

retaken and Nnadozie given

a yellow card for coming out

of the line with both feet before

the kick was taken by Renard,

who wasted no time in scoring

the second penalty opportunity

to send France top of group A

with nine points for three

matches.

Super Falcons, with three

points and goals difference of

minus two, will now have to

wait till the conclusion of the

remaining games in groups C,,

D, E and F to know if they will

progress to the round of 16.

to cash in.

"Things have to be

completely different," he

said in an interview with

France Football. "The

players will have to do

more, work more.

"They are not here to have

fun, and if they do not agree,

the doors are open, Ciao! I

do not want any more

celebrity behaviour."

Spanish outlet Sport

suggests that those

comments have put Man

United on red alert, and they

are one of only a few clubs

capable of signing Neymar.

Totti said it was a day he 'hoped

never would have come' but in the

end he made the decision having

become marginalised behind the

scenes by president James

Pallotta.

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