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by 35.5%

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greater causes of

violence than

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Our fears for future polls in

Nigeria US BODIES

•Presidency insists Buhari won 2019 polls; faults NDI, IRI reports

•Defends suspension of ex-CJN Onnoghen

•We’re no kids, we can take care of ourselves APC

•NDI/IRI reports show presidential election was rigged PDP

ILLEGAL REFINERY IN DELTA...

STORY

ON PAGE

9

An illegal refining camp at Bennett Island, Warri, Delta State. INSET: Commander, Nigeria

Navy Ship in Delta, Commodore Ibrahim Dewu (3rd L); Executive Officer NNS Delta, Captain

Adeyemi Adewuyi (3rd R); Director of Naval Information, Commodore Suleiman Dahun

(2nd R) and other senior officers, during media tour of illegal refinery site at Bennett Island

in Delta, yesterday. Photos: Kehinde Shonola. SEE STORY ON PAGE 36.

EDO ASSEMBLY: Drama, as clerk swears-in 9 of 24

lawmakers at midnight

Terror attacks: UK

govt warns Britons

against travelling

to 24 states in

Nigeria 10

COLUMNISTS

Nigeria’s

oil output

Ayokunle

re-elected CAN

Okowa submits

commissionernominees’

list rises to 34 19

to DTHA President 14

PRINCEWILL

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•Thugs, security personnel take over premises; Gov Obaseki

under fire over midnight Assembly inauguration 50

36

FASAN

2.32 mbpd

DEAR BUNMI

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INSIDE

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APC GOVS MEET BUHARIPresident Muhammadu Buhari (M); Secretary to the Government of

the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha (3rd R); Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari (4th R) and APC Governors,

after their meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, yesterday.

Nigeria has greater causes of

violence than Boko Haram UN

•2 children, teenager shot dead, many injured in Kaduna by herdsmen

•UNICEF condemns use of children as human bombs in North East

By Ben Agande,

Victoria Ojeme &

Marie-Therese

Nanlong, with

agency reports

A BUJAThe

United Nations

has said that land

degradation and

competition over

access to land and

water have triggered

more bloody conflicts

in Nigeria than Boko

Haram.

This came on a day

two children and a

teenager were killed

after suspected

herdsmen attacked

Unguwan Rimi village

in Kauru Local

Government Area of

Kaduna State, as

UNICEF yesterday

condemned the use of

children as human

bombs and in any

combat or non-combat

roles in the conflict in

the North East.

Four persons were also

killed when herders

attacked Kpagoro vilage

in Riyom Local

Government Area of

Plateau State.

Speaking to the News

Agency of Nigeria,

NAN, on the sideline

of 2019 World Day to

Combat Desertification

in Ankara, Turkey,

Executive Secretary of

UN Convention to

C o m b a t

Desertification,

UNCCD, Ibrahim

Thiaw, said: “More

lives have been

claimed in conflicts

over access to land and

water than Boko

Haram. Everyday,

you have more conflicts

between people that

are competing for

access to land and

water. The root cause

of the competition is

access to natural

resources.”

World Day to Combat

Desertification is

celebrated every year

globally on June 17 to

promote good land

stewardship for the

benefit of present and

future generations.

This year’s edition was

jointly hosted at

Ankara by the

Government of Turkey

and UNCCD, with

ministers from 10

countries in

attendance.

Thiaw said that the

growing population

with growing demand

on resources, coupled

with climate change

and reduction of

available land

resources, were root

causes of most of the

bloody conflicts.

“So, the tipping point

was reached a long

time ago; and most of

the time, this is also

combined with bad

governance at national

levels,” Thiaw said.

Conflicts over

access to land

He said land

restoration could not

be left in the hands

of governments

alone, and called for a

review of the land

tenure system in order

to mobilise private

business investment

into the programme.

“This means there

should be some

concession for the

business sector to

participate in land

restoration.

“It means that if a

business restores a

land, it gets concession

on the land for 50

years or more so that

the land remains

restored rather than

leave it barren.

“Otherwise, why

would I invest in land

restoration if I had no

right on that land? If

the land continues to

belong to someone

else, I won’t invest in

it,” said the UNCCD

Continues on Page 49

How should FG honour other June 12 heroes? (2)

By Bose Adelaja, Olayinka Latona,

Dickson Omobola, Tolulope Oke,

Chiamaka Uba, Erinfolami

Abdulkudus & Janet Somoye

To be fair to them, I

think holidays should

be given in their honour.

This should not be a

yearly thing alone, it

should be a day of

remembrance and the

families they left behind

should be properly cared

for. Also, the children

should be awarded

scholarships.

-Tinuade Adewole

Caterer

The late MKO Abiola

deserves the honour

and all the foot soldiers

must also be recognised

by the Federal

Government by

engraving their names

on monuments.

Those who contributed to

the struggle for June 12

are indeed from all over

the country. Professor

Humphrey Nwosu is one

of them. He conducted

the freest election in the

country.

-Mrs. Rita Adanri

Teacher

Our public holidays

are too many

now. Just as Abuja

Stadium was named

after Abiola,

museums, streets,

hospitals, schools etc.,

can be named after

them

for

remembrance. It will

be okay also if

compensation is

given to their

families.

-Justin Okafor

Student

Their families should

be remembered for

the pains they went

through, as a matter of

fact, the immediate

families should be taken

care of and scholarships

should be given to the

children of the fallen

heroes.

Heroes are never

forgotten, so there

should be a

celebration in honour of

the great ones that

fought for our dear

nation.

I

believe most of

t h e s e

heroes need to be

honoured by

building and naming

monuments after

them. Also, streets

should be named

after them and their

names should be in

the Hall of Fame.

-Thomas Christiana

Student

I

don't know anyone left

out (still alive) who has

not gotten more than an

honour for the struggle. I

believe they are all in

power, at the helm of affairs

in Abuja and across the

nation. Bola Ahmed

Tinubu, Chief John

Oyegun etc are all part of

those that determine what

happens to Nigerians and

in Nigeria today. However,

those who should be

honoured are those who

died during the struggle.

They deserve the similar

awards that was given to

Gani Fawehinmi and others

-Haruna Ismail Oriyomi

Public Affairs Analyst


6Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019

67-yr-old Lagos

bizwoman

accused of

hacking bank

account, stealing

N16.2m

•... allegedly

routed the

monies

through 4

different banks

By Onozure Dania

LAGOSA 67-year-old

businesswoman,

Wuraola Oluloye, who

allegedly hacked the

account of a bank customer,

withdrew N16,200,000 and

converted it to her use, was

arraigned before a Lagos

Magistrate’s Court sitting at

Igbosere, yesterday.

Oluloye, who resides in

Odogbolu, Ogun State, is

facing a five-count charge

bordering on fraud and

fraudulent diversion

preferred against her by the

Police.

The prosecutor, ASP

George Nwosu, told the

court that the defendant

committed the alleged

offence between October 16

and December, 31, 2018 at

the bank's Agidingbi

branch, Lagos.

Nwosu also told the court

that the defendant

fraudulently hacked into the

account of a customer of the

bank, Emefiele Ogbor,

fraudulently withdrew a

total sum of N16,200,000

and transferred same to her

accounts in four different

banks from where she

allegedly withdrew all the

money and converted to her

use and then absconded.

He said: “When the

management of the bank

uncovered the alleged

fraud, they blocked the

defendant’s account in the

bank and nemesis caught up

with her when she visited

the bank to withdraw

money from her account

and was arrested.”

According to the

prosecutor, the offences

committed are punishable

under Sections 287 of the

Criminal law of Lagos State,

2015.

However, the defendant

pleaded not guilty to the

offence against her.

Chief Magistrate

Folashade Botoku granted

her bail in the sum of

N500,000 with two sureties

in like sum.

Boloku adjourned the case

till June 24 for mention and

ordered that the defendant

be remanded at the Kirikiri

Prisons custody, pending

when she is able to perfect

her bail conditions.

In his next life, he'll respect elders, says

man that killed neighbour for insulting father

By Wole Mosadomi &

Joseph Erunke

MINNAA 23-year-old,

John Joshua, arrested

by men of Niger State Police

Command for stabbing his

neighbour to death, said he

carried out the act because the

deceased disrespected his

father.

Speaking with journalists

after his arrest, yesterday,

Joshua said: “I killed him

because he insulted my father

and this is not acceptable to

me because I have never

insulted his father before and

I don’t see any reason why he

should disrespect my own

father.

“What annoyed me most

was that when I confronted

the deceased, he did not show

any sign of remorse. I stabbed

him in his ribs to teach him a

lesson, so that in his next life,

he will learn to be respectful

to elders.”

The state Police Command

Public Relations Officer,

By Emma Una &

Chioma Onuegbu

UYOTHREE secondary

school students reportedly

drowned at Ibeno Beach, Akwa

Ibom State, while a policeman

also drowned at Agwagwune

village, Biase Local Government

Area, Cross River State.

It was gathered that the

students of a grammar school

located in Upenekang

community in Ibeno local

government area, two boys and

one girl, went to the beach to

swim after their morning exercise,

weekend, when the incident

occured.

Vanguard learned that they

were buried on the river banks

according to the tradition of the

people; anyone that drowns

should be buried by the waterside.

Contacted, Task Force

Chairman of the beach, Mr.

Samuel Christopher, said he

went to the beach that morning

only to meet a crowd gathered at

the waterside.

Christopher said: “The three

Mohammed Abubakar,

confirmed the incident, adding

that the suspect confessed he

committed the crime during

investigations and that he will

soon be charged to court.

…Air Force raids

bandits in Zamfara

Meanwhile, Nigerian Air

Force has said it killed many

armed bandits in an air raid

its troops launched near

Dangote village in Zamfara

State.

NAF also said the bandits

were degraded the more as

their camp in the area was

completely razed by the raid

carried out by two of its alpha

jets and a helicopter

despatched to strike the

bandits’ location.

NAF, through its

spokesman, Air Commodore

Ibikunle Daramola, yesterday

evening, said the operation

“which took place at dawn on

June 16, was executed based

on credible intelligence reports

indicating that some armed

students that drowned were part

of a team of students, who went

on road walk in the early hours

of Saturday.

“While some of them went

home, others decided to go to the

beach to swim. I suspected that

some of them were students of the

Grammar School in Ukpenekang

community, Ibeno Local

Government Area.

“The incident happened

around 6a.m., because when I

went to the beach at about 7a.m.

I saw a crowd gathered there.

Unfortunately, the incident

happened in the wee hours when

no one was around to rescue

them.

“The victims would have

entered the water thinking that

they were safe. Unfortunately,

even when you know how to

swim, the water is not safe,

especially when you venture into

the dangerous spots.

“The high ocean tide brought

back the corpse of the girl about

three hours later, while those of

the two boys were returned next

day being, Sunday. The corpses

bandit leaders had assembled

for an overnight

meeting in a

cluster of huts

at the location

to plan for

attacks

against nearby

communities.

“Consequently,

a f t e r

confirmatory

intelligence,

surveillance

a n d

John Joshua

reconnaissance, ISR, the Air

Component dispatched 2

Alpha Jets and an attack

helicopter to strike the

location.

have been buried by the water

side by the families of the

deceased, according to the

tradition.

“Unfortunately, there is no life

guard in this Ibeno beach in case

of such accidents, so it is difficult

to carry out any rescue operation

whenever an accident happens

at the beach.”

...Police Corporal

drowns making arrest

The policeman, a corporal, that

drowned, identified as Eteng, reportedly

drowned on Monday at

Agwagwune in Biase Local Government

Area, Cross Rivers State

while on official assignment.

The policeman, according to

a source, Jones Ebikang, went

with others to Agwagune village

which is across the river to effect

the arrest of some suspects.

But after the arrest, the boat

in which they were returning to

Ugep, his station, capsized and

he was swept away because he

could not swim.

Ebikang said: “It was a matter

of everyone to himself. So those

“Overhead the target area,

some armed bandits were seen

near the huts, while others

were spotted in the

surrounding bushes. The jets

attacked the location in

successive passes,

neutralising the bandits in the

surrounding bushes in the first

few passes and destroyed two

of the huts housing the key

leaders, which were seen

engulfed in flames, in the

fourth pass.

“Some surviving

bandits, who

were firing at the

attack platforms,

w h i l e

attempting to

flee the

location, were

mopped-up in

follow-on

attacks by the

helicopter.

“NAF, working in consonance

with other security agencies,

will sustain its operations to

flush the bandits out of the

North-West of the country.”

WORKING ILLEGAL

REFINERIES: Some of the

equipment used for illegal refineries

at Bennett Island, Warri, Delta State,

seized by men of Nigerian Navy Ship

Delta, yesterday. NAN PHOTO.

3 students drown in A’Ibom beach, policeman in C’ River

who could swim swam to safety,

but Eteng could not, so he was

swept away by flood.”

He said rain had been falling

in the area for some days,

causing the water level in the

river to rise making navigating

the river risky to those who

cannot swim.

He added: “The man is from

Ugep in Yakkur Local

Government Area, which

adjoins Biase where he went for

the arrest. Instead of saying he

could not swim to allow those

who could swim to go across

while he waited at the beach,

he took the risk.”

He said the man was swept

away with his riffle and as at

Monday evening, his body was

yet to be recovered.

DSP Irene Ugbo, Cross River

Police Command Public

Relations Officer, said she was

yet to be briefed on the incident.

“Let me make a call and call you

back,” she said.

But when Vanguard called her

after two hours, she did not take

her calls.


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 20197

Woman gets divorce because

‘he wanted to be househusband’

AN Igando Customary Court

in Lagos, yesterday,

dissolved a four-year-old

marriage between a

businesswoman, Mrs Lydia

Nwaru, and Daniel, over his

refusal to work.

The petitioner told the court that

her husband, Daniel, with whom

she had a daughter, wanted to be

“househusband.”

Delivering his ruling, Mr.

Adeniyi Koledoye, President of

the Court, held that the repeated

refusal of the respondent to

appear in court would not stop

the proceedings.

He held that: “Throughout the

duration of this case, the

respondent refused to honour

court processes in spite of being

By Gabriel Enogholase

& Alemma Aliu

BENINA cleric, Reverend

Father Isaac Agabi, who

was abducted last Sunday by

herdsmen, has regained his

freedom.

Father Agabi, who is the priest

in charge of Holy Name

Catholic Church, Ikpeshi, in

Akoko-Edo Local Government

Area of Edo State, was

kidnapped along Auchi-Igarra

Road at about 5p.m., while on

his way to the parish.

It was gathered that he

escaped from his abductors in

the early hours of yesterday,

while the abductors were

asleep.

Director of Communication,

Catholic Diocese of Auchi-

Igarra, Fr. Peter Egielewa,

confirmed the incident to

journalists in Benin, yesterday.

Egielewa also confirmed that

no ransom was paid to secure

the release of the victim from his

abductors.

According to him, “No

ransom was paid. He actually

escaped in the night when the

kidnappers were asleep. He

came out of the bush and was

able to trek home; no ransom

was paid.”

However, the Edo Police

spokesman, DSP Chidi

Nwanbuzor, said Agubi was

released unhurt due to pressure

mounted by Police operatives

in collaboration with hunters

and vigilante group that

combed the bush.

Vanguard gathered that the

rescuers, who moved into the

bush around Sasaro Ikpeshi

Igue, exchanged gunshots with

the kidnappers, leaving one

with serious injuries before he

was arrested.

It was gathered that the

arrested kidnapper is one of the

former kidnappers arrested and

served.

“Therefore, the court has no

other choice than to dissolve the

marriage.

“The court pronounced the

marriage between Lydia and Mr.

Daniel Nwaru dissolved. Both

parties, henceforth, cease to be

husband and wife.

“Each of you should go on his

or her separate ways. The court

wishes both of you well in your

future endeavour.”

Koledoye awarded custody of

the only child of the marriage to

the petitioner.

He ordered Daniel to be

responsible for the child’s upkeep

and education, whenever the

need arises and when he is

gainfully employed.

Earlier, the petitioner said: “My

husband is not ready to work. He

prefers to be a stay-at-home dad.

“Whenever I complain about

his idleness, he turns it to a

fight.

“I have been responsible for

the upkeep of the family,

including school fees and rent.”

She said she raised N120,000

for him to start a business, but

two weeks after she gave him

the money, he did not do or say

anything concerning the money.

She added: “I gave him

another N86,000 to register for a

job; the money went into nothing.

“Thereafter, he started

complaining that Nigeria was not

suitable for progress, that he

wanted to travel abroad to hustle.”

Edo Catholic priest escapes,

as abductors sleep

•Kidnappers released him due to pressure from usPOLICE

taken to Benin, when an elderly

man from Okpe Kingdom was

kidnapped and killed by the

same kidnapper, who is said to

By Ola Ajayi

IBADANA student of the

Ladoke Akintola University of

Technology, LAUTECH,

Ogbomoso, reportedly slumped

and died during an exercise.

Vanguard gathered that after

he slumped on the pitch, he

was rushed to the institution’s

health centre, but all efforts

made to resuscitate him were

unsuccessful.

The deceased, whose name

was given as Akinde Moyosore

Abdul, was a 100 Level student

of Biochemistry Department of

the institution.

hail from Taraba State.

At press time, the wounded

kidnapper was at the Igarra

Police Station.

LAUTECH student slumps,

dies during exercise

To honour the dead student,

Vice-Chancellor of the

institution, Professor Micheal

Ologunde, directed that the

institution’s sports centre be

closed down for three days.

Ologunde, who described his

death as another unpleasant

experience, said: “We never

expected this at a time that our

students were just resuming for

academic activities; at a time that

we were aiming for an

unbroken academic calendar.

Our prayer at this time is for

God to grant his parents and

relations the fortitude to bear

this irreparable loss.”

Ondo Poly shut over lecturers' protests

By Dayo Johnson

AKURESEQUEL to the

protest by the members of

Academic Union of Polytechnic,

ASUP, Ondo State-owned Rufus

Giwa Polytechnic, Owo,

RUGIPO, over unpaid five

months salaries among other

issues on Monday, the

management of the institution,

yesterday, closed down the

school.

The protest, which began on

Monday, led to the postponement

of the first semester examinations.

They resumed the protest

yesterday, embarking on

procession round the school

premises.

While displaying placards with

various inscription, the protesting

staff said they would not

supervise the examination if their

demands were not met by the

authorities of the institution.

Led by their Chairman, Rafiu

Ijawoye, the academic staff called

the attention of the state

government and the management

of the institution to their plight.

Addressing the academic staff

and students, ljawoye accused the

management of refusal to pay

workers backlog of salaries

despite receiving about N2 billion

subventions from the state

government.

He said: “The courses in

RUGIPO are on the verge of deaccreditation

according to the

National Board for Technical

Education, NABTE, for lack of

payment of staff salaries,

emoluments and promotions.”

Ijawoye said the certificate

issued by the institution would not

worth the paper on which it is

written if the courses being

offered were de-accredited.

... with Emma'nKen (08163121378)

THIS. IS. HOW. MEN. ROLL.

...ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

In this next level economy?

Please, who knows what

this Aluko is saying?


8Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019

MEETING: All Progressives Congress, APC, National Chairman, Comrade Adams

Oshiomhole (left); Ambassador of China to Nigeria, Dr. Zhou Pingjian (right) and Deputy

Director-General of Bureau of African Affairs of International Department of Central

Committee of CPC, Zhou Guohu, during a visit of China delegation to APC secretariat in

Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

Ministerial list: Buhari doesn't need

to consult us APC govs

•As president, APC govs celebrate Lawan, Gbaja’s

NASS leadership victory

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

A BUJAALL

Progressive

Governors Forum,

yesterday, said it has not

discussed the issue of the

ministerial lists with

President Muhammadu

Buhari, noting that the

president doesn't need to

consult with them before

choosing ministers.

This came as the

president and governors of

All Progressives Congress,

APC, in a meeting at the

Council Chamber,

Presidential Villa, Abuja,

celebrated the victory of the

party in the emergence of

the National Assembly

presiding officers positions.

The anointed candidates

of APC were elected

penultimate Tuesday for the

positions of the Senate

President, Deputy Senate

President, Speaker of the

House of Representatives

and the Deputy Speaker of

the House, which are the

four presiding officers

positions.

Briefing State House

correspondents after the

meeting, Chairman of APC

Governors Forum, Atiku

Bagudu, said the meeting

was to congratulate the

president on the party’s

victory at the National

Assembly election of

presiding officers and to

thank the president on the

various interventions to

state governments.

Bagudu, who is the

governor of Kebbi State,

listed some of the

interventions to include

Paris Club refunds, budget

support fund, which is in

form of loan and refund for

money expended by states

on federal roads.

He said: “This morning

(yesterday), Mr. President

graciously granted

audience to Progressive

Governors Forum.

"We came to congratulate

him on the National

Assembly elections and

thank him for the

confidence he had on the

Progressive Governors

Forum members who

participated actively in all

the processes that led to

the emergence of Senator

Ahmad Lawan, as Senate

President, Ovie Omo-

Agege as Deputy Senate

President, Femi

Gbajabiamila, as Speaker

(House

of

Representatives) and

Ahmed Wase as Deputy

Speaker.

“Furthermore, we used

the opportunity to thank Mr.

President in all he has been

doing and all the successes

recorded in the areas,

which he campaigned

upon and by extension our

party, which are security,

economy and

accountability.

“We are quite happy with

his support for states where

close to N2 trillion was

given to states in form of

restructuring of loans,

refunds on federal roads,

refund for Paris Club,

which has helped

encourage economic

activities in the states,

payment of salaries,

payment of pensions,

payment of gratuities and

overall investment by

infrastructural spending.

“We are also appreciative

of increased investment in

agriculture which has been

because of conscious

decision to support

agriculture as a way out of

economic challenges and

provide economic growth."

Governor Bagudu further

explained that the

Progressive Governors

Forum used the occasion to

thank President Buhari for

celebrating the Democracy

Day, which was in

consistent with the promise

he made, adding that it was

a major element reflective

of his democratic ideals in

ensuring that an issue

which was so important to

many Nigerians has been

finally addressed in a way.

Roll call

Present at the meeting

were Chairman of Nigeria

Governors Forum, NGF,

and Governor of Ekiti State,

Dr. Kayode Fayemi, and

Yahaya Bello of Kogi State,

whose colleagues led by

Fayemi sang birthday song

for him on his 44th birthday.

Others were Godwin

Obaseki of Edo, Dapo

Abiodun of Ogun,

Babagana Zulum of Borno,

Babajide Sanwo-Olu of

Lagos, Abdullahi Ganduje

of Kano, Atiku Bagudu of

Kebbi, Simon Lalong of

Plateau, Gboyega Oyetola

of Osun, Mai-Mala Buni

of Yobe, Abdulrahman

Abdulrazq of Kwara and

Abdullahi Sule of

Nasarawa.

Absence of Babachir’s counsel stalls trial

THE trial of former

Secretary to the

Government of the

Federation, SGF, Babachir

Lawal and three others

before Justice Jude Okeke

of the Federal Capital

Territory, High Court,

Maitama, Abuja, was ,

yesterday, stalled due to the

absence of the lead defence

counsel, Chief Akin

Olujimi, SAN.

Lawal, along with his

younger brother, Hamidu

David Lawal, one

Suleiman Abubakar, Apeh

John Monday and two

companies, Rholavision

Engineering Ltd and

Josmon Technologies Ltd,

are being prosecuted by

Economic and Financial

Crimes Commission,

EFCC, on an amended 10-

count charge, bordering on

fraud, diversion of funds

and criminal conspiracy to

the tune of over N500

million.

Temitope Adeyemi, who

held brief for Chief Olujimi

asked the court for

adjournment, following

Olujimi’s illness and

absence.

He said: “The lead

counsel in this matter is still

indisposed as he had

earlier told the court and

has asked that I apologise

for his absence in court and

also ask for an adjournment

to enable him be present in

court.”

The prosecution counsel

told the court that he was

informed of the lead

defence counsel’s illness

and, therefore, would not

oppose the application.

The judge noted that

there was no document in

support of the adjournment

application to show that the

lead counsel was

indisposed, but that he was

disposed to giving the

“learned silk” the benefit of

the doubt.

He adjourned the matter

to July 4, 2019, noting that

yesterday’s adjournment

was the second given to the

first defendant’s lead

counsel.

Kano Emirate crisis:

Discussions ongoing for

resolution Ganduje

•Says no gorilla in Kano zoo

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

AAbdulahi BUJAGOVERNOR

Ganduje of

Kano State yesterday,

hinted that discussions

were ongoing to resolve the

crisis between the Emir of

Kano, Lamido Sanusi II,

and the state government.

The governor also said

that the allegation that

gorilla swallowed N6.8

million in Kano zoo was not

correct as there was no

gorilla in the zoo.

Briefing State House

correspondents after

meeting behind closed

door with President

Muhammadu Buhari at the

Presidential Villa, Abuja,

the governor said “it

(discussion) is still going

on.”

Also asked if it was true

that he was insisting on

removing the Emir, he

simply responded: “Who

told you that?”

When told that was the

information before the

public, Ganduje insisted

“discussions are still going

on.”

He also said his meeting

with the president was

primarily to brief him on the

security situation in the state

and the importance of

community policing.

He said: ‘’But we are

working in synergy with

security agencies in Kano

State to ensure that the state

remains peaceful, despite

what is happening in the

neighboring states.

Our emphasis is on

community policing,

community participation,

especially those

communities located

around the forest areas of

the state. So, we have built

a synergy with the security

institutions and our

traditional rulers."

On the missing N6.8

million allegedly

swallowed by gorilla, the

governor explained that

preliminary investigation

revealed that the missing

money in the zoo was a

case of armed robbery.

On what his government

was doing about it,

Gandujeh said: “You know

l already directed the anticorruption

agency in Kano

to wade into the issue and

they are still investigating.

“But all l can say now is

that preliminary reports

indicate that there was

armed robbery at the zoo,

and not the issue of gorilla."

NASS’ll take electoral reforms

very seriously Lawan

By Henry Umoru

ABUJA PREIDENT of

the Senate, Senator

Ahmad Lawan, yesterday,

said the 9th Senate will

continue to support

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC, to achieve its set

goals and objectives.

Lawan also promised that

the National Assembly will

take the issue of electoral

reforms very seriously, just

as he assured that as

lawmakers, they would

prioritise credible and

acceptable electoral

processes that will meet the

best practices for the

citizenry.

Speaking, yesterday, in

Abuja when he played host

to European Union

Elections Observers

Mission in Nigeria, led by

Ambassador Ketil Karlsen,

in his office, Lawan

stressed that Nigeria and

the government considered

electioneering process of

great importance.

He said: “Your visit today

is historic as the number

one visit to my office after

elections of the presiding

officers of the 9th Assembly.

“We consider our

elections of great

importance, we have

lessons to learn and we

want our elections to be

credible and meet best

practices."

“We need to see an

improvement in our

electoral system. We solicit

your support to further

boost knowledge of our

members and committees

relevant to this course."

Earlier in his remarks, the

leader of the EU Elections

Observers Mission in

Nigeria, Ambassador

Karlsen congratulated

Lawan for his election as

the 9th Chairman of the

National Assembly.

Karlsen, who assured that

EU would continue to

strengthen its collaboration

with Nigeria, said Nigeria

has an important partner of

the European Union,

adding that as an old friend

and close ally in terms of

economy, job creation,

migration and other key

areas, EU will continue to

work shoulder with

shoulder with Nigeria.

He said that INEC

invited them as monitoring

body in the last elections,

saying as independent

observers, EU visited

hundreds of polling

stations in the country

during the polls,

affirming that the

exercise afforded the

observers the

opportunity to see events

on self appraisals.


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 20199

AGM: Fromm left, Non-Executive Director, Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, Abdu Dantata;

Chairman, Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, Aliko Dangote; Non-Executive Director, Olakunle

Alake; Chief Operating Officer, Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, Ravindra Singhvi; and

Independent Non-Executive Director, Bennedikter Molokwu, at the Annual General Meeting

of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, in Lagos, yesterday.

Our fears for future elections

in Nigeria IRI, NDI

•Presidency insists Buhari won 2019 polls; faults NDI, IRI reports

•Defends suspension of ex-CJN Onnoghen

•We’re no kids, we can take care of ourselves APC

lNDI/IRI report shows presidential election was rigged PDP

By Henry

Umoru, Emman

Ovuakporie,

Johnbosco

Agbakwuru, Chris

Ochayi & Dirisu

Yakubu

A BUJATWO

institutions,

International Republican

Institute, IRI, and National

Democratic Institute, NDI,

yesterday, called for urgent

national conversation to

h a r m o n i s e

recommendations of

various committees on

electoral reforms.

This is even as Head of

European Union Election

Observer Team,

Ambassador, Ketil Karlsen,

yesterday, said the body

HEALTH TIPS

By Sola Ogundipe

Avoid liver damage,

watch your diet

AN unhealthy diet can

contribute to liver

damage. If you eat too

much high-calorie greasy,

fatty, or sugary food,

you’ll gain weight and fat

will begin to build up in

your liver. Fat in your liver

in bad. A “fatty liver” can

contribute to developing

cirrhosis, or scarring, of

the liver.

Stay away from

saturated fats found in

high-fat dairy foods such

as butter, salad cream and

fatty cuts of meat and fried

foods. Limit sugary treats

and food heavily laced

with salt. Also limit your

consumption of processed

foods since they can

contain chemical

additives and high levels

of salt.

One-quarter of your

plate should contain

high-fibre carbohydrates

like whole grains, onequarter

should contain

lean protein sources, and

the remaining half should

contain fruits and

vegetables.

To help your body better

process food and function

at its best, drink plenty of

fluids. Plain water is a lot

better than tea or coffee

and soft drinks.

Wash all meats, fruits,

and vegetables properly

before preparing for

consumption. Also wash

your hands thoroughly

before and after handling

food to prevent crosscontamination.

Limit intake of certain

vitamins and minerals

through the use of

supplements because

some can cause liver

damage. Be cautious of

iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin

B3, Vitamin C and

Vitamin D supplements.

contributed over 100 million

euro to support electoral

reforms in Nigeria.

But All Progressives

Congress, APC, in a swift

reaction, said the reports of

the international observers

should be ignored, saying:

"We are no kids, we can take

care of ourselves.’’

However, Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, on

its part, said the report by

NDI and IRI warning of

possible apathy in future

elections showed that the

2019 presidential poll was

rigged in favour of

President Muhammadu

Buhari.

According to the two US

groups, the essence is to

implement them to avoid

facing citizens opting out of

future elections.

They warned that if

urgent steps were not

taken and the citizens

begin to opt out of electoral

process, more negatives

things could happen to

Nigerian democracy.

The IRI and NDI, which

issued the warning, during

a presentation of the report

of the 2019 general election

in Nigeria, however, said

the elections fell below the

expectations of many

people when compared to

the previous elections held

in 2011 and 2015.

The report was presented

by the NDI’s Senior

Associate for Africa and

Regional Director for

Central and West Africa, Dr

Christopher Fomunyoh,

and the Acting Regional

Director for Africa Division

at the IRI, Elizabeth Lewis,

at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

Fomunyoh, who specially

asked for implementation of

recommendations around

the 2019 general elections,

expressed fears that

citizens might lose

confidence and become

very disaffected with future

electoral process.

He said: “I will just echo

the response of my

colleague, Lewis. I will on

top of that also add that both

of our organisations feel

very fortunate to being

accepted by Nigerians and

adopted by Nigerians as

viable partners in helping

to strengthen democracy in

this country.

“Both of our organisations

are strong, often strong by

the promise of Nigeria

because we see the vitality

of this country in human

capital and material

resources. We know what

Nigeria can contribute to

Nigerian people, to Africa

and to the world.

"Lets not forget that

projection of world

population do show that by

2050, Nigeria may move

from being the 7th to the

3rd most populous country

in the world. Nigeria has a

lot to offer.

“But at the same, time we

are confounded by the fact

that the country doesn’t

seem to be punching at the

level of its weight when it

comes to issues of electoral

practices and good

governance.

“A lot has been

accomplished since the

transition in 1999 but there

are still a lot that needs to

be done. And I think once

the national conscience is

awaken to the fact that a lot

needs to be done to give

citizens confidence that

their votes counts, that

elections matter, that

democracy matter, then we

will be at that juncture we

could all go home and

celebrate that the country

has grown to a point of no

return.

Ringing the

alarm bell

“The reasons we are so

adamant about ringing the

alarm bell that the

recommendations around

the 2019 elections should

be implemented is the fact

that we are fearful that if

those recommendations are

implemented, the citizens

don’t see that the political

leaders are cognisant of

shortcomings in the

electoral process.

"Citizens may begin to opt

out and will become very

disaffected with the

electoral process. And that

means that other more

negatives things could

happen to the Nigerian

democracy if the citizens

opt out of the process.”

The IRI/NDI in their

report also blamed the

political class, lack of

internal democracies in

political parties as well as

security operatives for some

of the challenges

experienced during the

2019 general elections.

Noting that INEC made

arrangements for a credible

poll, the groups said the

political class deployed

high-handed tactics,

including vote buying,

unguarded political

statements and violence, to

undermine the process.

They commended INEC

for introducing

simultaneous voting,

posting of results at polling

units, improved voterverification

technologies

and a more robust review

and disciplinary process for

INEC staff and

enhancement of ballot

secrecy as well as measures

to reduce vote buying.

Electoral reform

process

While making a case for

pursuit of a

comprehensive, inclusive

and expeditious electoral

reform process, the report

said: “This process should

draw

upon

recommendations from

Nigerian-led reform

initiatives such as the

Uwais Commission (2008)

and the Nnamani

Committee (2017).

“These reforms should

also address the challenges

and lessons learned from

the 2019 electoral cycle and

should include

the creation of appropriate

institutions to oversee

political parties and

prosecute electoral

offences, responsibilities

that impede INEC’s focus

on election administration.

“These reforms should be

pursued immediately and

completed early enough to

allow changes to be fully

implemented before the

2023 general elections

"Part of recommendations

is to establish time limits for

the adjudication of preelection

petitions to ensure

that judgments are

rendered before election

day and early enough not

to interfere with INEC’s

election preparations.

“Reduce the length of

time allowed for postelection

disputes so the

majority of petitions can be

adjudicated fully before

those rightly elected

assume office. This might

require re-examining the

electoral calendar.”

Presidency

insists Buhari

won 2019 polls;

faults NDI, IRI

reports

Meanwhile, the

Presidency, yesterday,

insisted that President

Buhari won the February

23, 2019 presidential

election with a clear margin.

The Presidency also

defended the suspension of

former Chief Justice of

Nigeria, CJN, Justice

Walter Onnoghen, by

Buhari over the controversy

surrounding his Asset

Declaration Form before the

last general elections

Senior Special Assistant

to the President on Media

and Publicity, Mallam

Garba Shehu, in a

statement expressed

reservations over the joint

report of IRI and NDI on

the 2019 general elections

in Nigeria and

recommendations for the

2023 general elections.

He said it was

indisputable that Buhari

defeated his main

opponent, Alhaji Atiku

Abubakar, of PDP, with a

margin of 14 per cent.

According to him, the

most important thing in an

election is that it reflects the

will of the people, which in

the circumstances was

acknowledged to have

been a success by

ECOWAS Observer

Mission and YIAGA

AFRICA whose parallel

vote tabulation verified

INEC’s presidential

election result as

announced.

The presidential aide

said: “We have developed

a tradition of improvements

in our electoral process

through enforcement of our

electoral law, which

resulted in the prosecution

and conviction of electoral

officers that were found

wanting in compromising

our electoral process.

“We, however, agree

notwithstanding, that

there are improvements

that must be made in the

process for the future. The

sheer size, terrain and

remoteness of certain

regions do pose serious

logistical challenges.

“They also pose a

problem for electoral

Continues on page 12


10 VANGUARD, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019

Court sacks Ondo lawmaker as

INEC withdraws Certificate of

Return

By Dayo Johnson

A Independent

KURETHE

National Electoral

Commission, INEC, has

withdrawn the Certificate of

Return of a House of

Assembly member

representing Okitipupa

Constituency 11, Mr. Sina

Akinwunmi.

The Certificate of Return

has, however, been issued

to the winner of the All

Progressives Congress,

APC, primary election, Mr.

James Ololade-Gbegudu.

This was in line with the

judgement of an Ondo

State High Court sitting in

Akure which on May 15,

2019 declared Gbegudu as

the winner of the party’s

primary conducted on

IG parleys Aare Adams on

security

By Dapo Akinrefon

LAGOSTHE Aare

Onakakanfo of

Yorubaland, Iba Gani

Adams, yesterday, charged

the Inspector General of

Police, Muhammed

Adamu, on the need to be

proactive in tackling the

various security issues in

the country.

Speaking during a

meeting with the

representatives of the

Inspector General of Police

at his Lagos residence, Aare

Adams restated his belief in

boosting local security,

saying the best measure is

to get people at the

grassroots involved in local

security.

He said: “I commend the

Inspector General of Police

on this move. The visit, as

By Lawani Mikairu

L

A G O S

FOLLOWING

the expiration of the 30

days ultimatum given to

telecommunication

operators to remove their

unauthorised masts, the

Nigerian Civil Aviation

Authority, NCAA, will

commence immediate

demolition of the affected

masts in different

locations within Nigeria.

The demolition

exercise will similarly

affect some banks and

financial institutions

who

have

discountenanced the

“Authority’s regulatory

requirements on the

clearance to erect any

high structure within the

navigable airspace in

Nigeria.”

Confirming the

commencement of the

exercise, General

Manager, Public

Relations, NCAA, Mr. Sam

Adurogboye said: “The

Regulatory Authority is left

October 5, last year.

Presenting the Certificate

of Return to Gbegudu at the

Commission’s office, the

INEC Chairman, Professor

Yakubu Mahmood said a

letter had been issued to

Akinwumi to vacate the seat

with immediate effect while

a certificate of return earlier

issued to him had since

been withdrawn.

Delivering the judgement

on May 15, 2019, Justice

Olabode Adegbehingbe

held that from all evidence

laid before the court by

officials of the APC,

documentary evidence

including the primary

election result sheet

adduced by counsel to the

plaintiff, Mr. Femi

Emodamori, showed that

Ololade-Gbegudu

actually won the APC

assembly ticket.

far as I am concerned, is a

welcome development and

it goes a long way in

solving the menace.

“The security situation in

the country is becoming too

worrisome as cases of

killings, kidnapping,

raping and banditry are

prevalent across the

southwest states, and there

is an urgent need to curb

the menace.”

Responding, Chief of

Staff to the Inspector

General of Police, Mr. Jude

Nwankor, who led the team

of the police top hierarchy

on the visit, said the reason

for the visit is to seek

Adams’ support in solving

security challenges in the

country.

Nwankor said the police

will be willing to partner

with the Yoruba leader,

giving his deep knowledge

and experiences in the

grassroots.

NCAA begins demolition of

telecommunication, banks masts

with no choice as the

30-day ultimatum given to

those telecommunication

service providers has

expired.''

Introduce exit policy to end

shortage of medical doctors,

NMA tells govt

By Chioma Obinna

L

A G O S

CONCERNED

over the acute shortage of

health workers within the

health system in Nigeria

and Lagos in particular,

the Nigerian Medical

Association, NMA, in

Lagos State, yesterday,

called for the introduction

of a seamless exit

replacement policy

within the health system

in order to end the

current brain drain

affecting healthcare

delivery in the country.

Speaking during the

association’s Elders’

BURIAL: From

left; Weri Digifa,

Kemela Okara,

Fred Nyanayo

and Timi Alaibe

at the service of

songs in honour

of the late Dr.

Gabriel Okara in

Port Harcourt,

Rivers State.

TERROR ATTACKS: UK govt warns

Britons against travelling to 24 states

THE

British

Government,

yesterday, warned its

citizens in Nigeria against

visiting some states over

possible terror attacks.

The states include Katsina,

Borno, Yobe Adamawa,

Gombe, Delta, Bayelsa,

Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross

Rivers State, Niger,

Zamfara, Kano, Kaduna,

Jigawa and Bauchi, Kogi,

Abia, Bauchi, Kebbi, Sokoto,

among others.

The UK government in a

statement on its website,

also warned its citizens that

terrorists were likely to carry

out terror attacks in those

states.

“You should avoid places

where crowds gather,

including political

meetings, religious

gatherings and places of

worship, markets, shopping

malls, hotels, bars,

restaurants, transport hubs

and camps for displaced

people.

“Terrorists are very likely

to try to carry out attacks in

Nigeria. Most attacks occur

in the north east,

particularly in Borno

(including central

Maiduguri and along

access routes connecting the

city to other major towns and

along the Niger border,

Interactive Forum with

the theme: Sitting with

Elders to move NMA

Forward, the State

Chairman of NMA, Dr.

Saliu Oseni regretted that

despite the alarming rate at

which Nigerian doctors are

migrating abroad, the

country still has some

doctors who are yet to get a

placement.

Oseni said: “A seamless

exit replacement with

regular employment will

reduce the severe effects of

the brain drain. We have

been talking about brain

drain and we still have a

lot of younger doctors that

are still looking for

placements.''

•Alerts of possible terror attacks in those states

including in Damasak),

Yobe, including the eastern

LGAs bordering Borno

State both north and south

of the Damaturu road), and

Adamawa States.

“There have also been

significant attacks in

Gombe, Kano, Kaduna, Jos

and Bauchi States and in

the Federal capital, Abuja.

The terrorist threat across

eastern Yobe and Borno

State is high, with frequent

recent attacks.

“Terrorist groups carried

out attacks in North East

Nigeria during the

February 2019 election

period, and further attacks

are likely. We continue to

advise against all travel to

Borno and Yobe States.

“On 23 February 2019,

ISWA launched an attack

involving indirect fire that

resulted in explosions in

multiple locations within

Maiduguri.

“Attacks could be

indiscriminate and could

affect western interests as

well as places visited by

tourists.

“The security

environment in the north

east has deteriorated since

2018 and there is a

heightened risk of kidnap.

Kidnaps in the north east

have

included

humanitarian and private

sector workers.

“There are also reports

that Boko Haram and

Islamic State West Africa

(ISWA) are continuing to

actively plan to kidnap

foreigners. As well as in

north-east Nigeria, this is

believed to include some

northern and Middle Belt

states including Bauchi,

Gombe, Kano, Kaduna,

Niger and Adamawa.

“If you’re working or

travelling in areas where

there is a Boko Haram or

ISWA presence, especially

in the north-east of Nigeria,

you should be aware of the

risk of terrorist kidnapping.

“There is also a high threat

of criminal kidnap in the

Niger Delta region and

Kogi State.”

We can’t disclose details of Buhari’s

assets, CCB tells SERAP

ABUJATHE Code of

Conduct Bureau,

CCB, yesterday, said it

cannot disclose the details

of President Muhammadu

Buhari’s assets.

The bureau responded to

a freedom of information,

FoI, request by Socio-

Economic Rights and

Accountability Project,

SERAP, seeking a

disclosure of assets

declaration submitted by

successive presidents and

governors from 1999 till

date.

It said the information

requested cannot be

provided on the grounds of

invasion of privacy.”

In its FoI request, the civil

society organisation had

asked the CCB to provide

“details of declarations

made immediately after

taking offices and thereafter,

and for those who have left

public offices, at the end of

their term of office.”

SERAP also wanted the

CCB to make public,

information on the number

of asset declarations so far

verified by the CCB and the

number of those

declarations found to be

false and deemed to be in

breach of the Code of

Conduct for Public Officers,

by the Bureau.”

In a letter signed by

Musa Usman, on behalf of

CCB chairman, the bureau

said the request “falls short

of the requirement of the

law.”

The letter, with reference

number CCB/HQ/LU/047/

59, said only the National

Assembly can prescribe

conditions for the release of

the forms, but such

conditions are yet to be

prescribed.

The letter reads:

“Paragraph 3(c) of the 3rd

schedule to the 1999

Nigerian constitution (as

amended) empowers the

bureau to retain custody of

asset declaration and make

them available for

inspection by any citizen on

such terms and conditions

to be prescribed by the

national assembly. These

terms and conditions are yet

to be prescribed.

“Assuming the freedom

of information Act is the

term and condition,

Sections 12(1)(v) and

14(1)(b) of the Act makes

information in the asset

declaration form private

and producing such

information would be an

invasion of privacy of

presidents and governors.

Section 14(2)(3) of the same

Act stipulate conditions for

granting requests for

private information but

these have not been met by

SERAP’s application.

“Referring breaches of

the Code of Conduct for

public officers to the Code

of Conduct Tribunal for

prosecution is a matter of

discretion of the bureau and

not a matter of FOI.

“Consequently, I am

further directed to convey

to you that the request in

SERAP’s application for

information on details of

asset declarations by

presidents and state

governors since the return

of democracy in 1999 is

hereby denied on the

grounds that it falls short of

the requirement of the law.

Please accept the

assurances of the highest

esteem of the Chairman

CCB.”

Reacting to the CCB’s

position, SERAP’s Deputy

Director, Kolawole

Oluwadare, said the civil

society organisation will

challenge the decision of

the CCB at the court,

adding that “declaration

forms are public

information, and not private

information.”


Attack: ‘Ruggedman just

victim of circumstance’

Stories by Rotimi Agbana

and Tolulope Abereoje

Last Friday, the internet

was awash with a viral

video which showed veteran

Nigerian rapper, Ruggedman

being attacked by alleged

fanatical fans of street music

rapper, Naira Marley, who

was also released from jail

the same Friday after

finalizing conditions for his

bail bond.

•Ruggedman

D’banj returns with

‘Adventures of Koko Master’

In partnership with online video sharing platform,

YouTube, self-styled ‘Koko Master’, D’banj, has

announced plans to launch a new series titled

‘Adventures of Koko Master’. He made the disclosure

during an event to mark the celebration of YouTube

week, held on Monday night,at the Landmark Event

Centre, Oniru.

According to him, the new series, whose season one

is titled ‘Tag Along’ is a fertile medium for him to share

deep secrets about his personal life, experiences on

the music scene, his music career and how he has been

able to successfully thrive as a serial entrepreneur,

musician, and entertainer.

He also hinted that very soon,

he would be releasing two

singles, ‘Cover me’ ft Slimcase

and ‘Shy’, off his soon to be

released album. The prolific

entertainer, entrepreneur and

philanthropist, shared tips

and tricks behind his

immeasurable impact in

various sectors of the Nigerian

economy through his multiple

award-winning music career

over the course of his 14-

year on the music

scene.

•D’banj

Though Rugged man has since affirmed

that he was fine and unhurt, the question

of who was behind the attacks still linger

in the minds of music pundits, his fans,

family, friends, and stakeholders in the

Nigerian music industry.

However, a source currently in London

who spoke to E-Daily on anonymous

grounds has refuted claims that the

attack was orchestrated by Naira Marley

because he is allegedly not happy with

how the rapper scolded him on social

media for glorified internet fraud.

According to the source, who claims to

be an eyewitness of the

How much I charge for music

collaboration Mr. Eazi

Afro-beat singer, Oluwatosin Oluwole Ajibade, a.k.a Mr. Eazi

has disclosed how much he charges fellow musicians for a

music collaboration with him.

The Banku Music CEO who has been on vacation but is now

back to resume his music-making craft had earlier made a post

to inform his fans that he is open to

collaborations on the basis of a

£50,000 payment.

“Vacation over! Don Eazi is

back to work. Please make

sure inquiries are £50k and

above. Thanks and God

bless,” he wrote.

However, in a video making

the rounds on social media, the

singer re-affirmed his earlier

announcement that he would be

charging fellow artistes the sum of

£50,000 to jump on their song, a

charge which is equivalent to

N22.5 million.

“Eazi right here in the studio with

Moses. I am about to start recording

so if you know you have sent the £50k

and you have sent the verse, I am going

to record it now if I see your alert,” he said.

Recall that in 2018, the ‘Leg Over’

crooner had revealed in an interview that

he doesn’t demand payment for music

collaborations with his music

colleagues but he charges to

participate in shows outside the

•Eazi

continent.

“No musician in Africa can

claim that he paid me for doing

a song with him. It is my policy

attack, Ruggedman was just a victim

of circumstance.

“I don’t know Naira Marley

personally, neither am I a fan

whatsoever; but from what I

witnessed, I strongly do not believe

he sent those assailants who

attacked Ruggedman. He was just

at the right place at the wrong time.

You know how the social media is,

they were aware of the whole saga

and just meted out jungle justice on

him. From what they were saying

while attacking him you would know

that they just took laws into their

hands. Let’s be logical about our

judgment on this matter, I don’t think

Naira and his management would be

that stupid to stage an attack on

Ruggedman the same day he

finalized his bail conditions. In my

honest opinion, Ruggedman was just

a victim of circumstance”, he said.

not to charge fees for collaborating with fellow artistes on the

continent, but I charge a lot of money to participate in shows

outside Africa,” he had said.

Surprisingly, as at the time of this report, his most recent

social media post showed him doing a video shoot with

foreign based singer, Nonso Amadi and his caption

suggested that Nonso had subscribed to paying his

£50,000 charge.

“Guys, Nonso Amadi came through with the £50k so I’m

shooting this video with him,” he wrote.

•Runtown

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019 11

Tiwa threatens

companies

owing her

Former Mavin Records nightingale,

Tiwa Savage has threatened to

disclose the identity of corporate

organizations owing her millions of

naira.

According to the singer, it would

have been more courteous if the

companies had owned up to being

bankrupt than stalling the payment

for too long because she is very much

aware of how much her brand has

raked in for them since they signed a

contract.

“I might have to call out these

companies that owe me millions. If

you don’t have, say you don’t have,

stop using style to say something

else. I know how much revenue my

brand has generated for your brand,

don’t even try it. You better San Wo

Olu. Na we get Lagos. Check the

contract,” she threatened.

In the same vein, ex-Big Brother

Naija TV star, Alex Unusual followed

suit as she also threatened to do same

if the companies owing her also refuse

to pay up their debts. “You know

yourself. Don’t mistake my quietness

for stupidity or think I’ll eventually

forget or let go,” she said.

BORNO KILLINGS: Runtown

questions poor reportage on

suicide attacks

Following the incessant suicide

attacks that have claimed a lot

of innocent lives in Bornu State,

popular Nigerian musician,

Douglas Agu Jack, a.k.a Runtown,

has expressed his displeasure in

respect of the way Nigerian

media handled reportage of

the ugly events.

According to the ‘Mad

over you’ singer, the

triple-bomb attacks that

left 30-people dead and

42-people injured, in

Mandarari community

area of Konduga Local

Government, Bornu

State, was not properly

reported by media

Pay my money or I

disclose your identity

•Tiwa Savage

platforms in Nigeria as much

as the foreign media did after

the attacks.

In his opinion, he is still

confused as to the genuinity of

the reports because he hasn’t

seen the report on any local

media platform in Nigeria.

“There was a triple suicide

bomb attack in Maiduguri just

two days ago that took the lives

of up to 30 people? Reading

about it and realized that it was

covered by mostly western

publications. Are these reports

true? Why are Nigerian

publications not reporting it? I

am confused”, he said.


12Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019

AWARD: From left, Director, Environmental Services, Lagos State Ministry of Environment,

Belinda Odeneye; Safety Health and Environment Manager, Unilever Ghana & Nigeria, Rachael

Ezembakwe, and former Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Environment, Ajibade Shekoni,

at the Lagos State Green Award 2019 to Unilever Nigeria

Community threatens to shutdown oil

firm in two weeks over differences

By Egufe

Yafugborhi

PORT HARCOURT

AGGE people in

Ekeremor Local

Government Area, Bayelsa

State, have given Sterling

Oil Exploration and

Production Company,

SEEPCo, Nigeria Limited,

two weeks to settle its issue

with host community or

have the firm’s operations

shut down.

The ultimatum by the

community, which will

expire on June 20, follows

months of Agge leaders’

disagreement with the

indigenous oil firm over the

parties’ Global

Memorandum of

Understanding, GMoU,

development projects,

employment slots, levies

and royalties.

The ultimatum to the

company by Chairman and

Secretary of Agge

Federated Communities,

Germain Irou and Erastus

Orukemezuogha, obtained

by Vanguard in Port

Harcourt, Rivers State, said:

“We may shut down your

operations unless all issues

contained in our four

separate letters are

resolved.

“For avoidance of doubt,

the issues for which we

want urgent resolution are,

your refusal to renew the

expired GMoUs, six

months into a new year of

expiration/and two months

dredging of the Agge River

Ramos without statutory

approval and agreement

with Agge.

“There is the issue of

operations of Yade Barge in

the Agge area and your

refusal to pay land rents.

Other issues raised are the

construction of land

reclamation, shore

protection wall/sand-filling

and three full time

employment slots and

month royalties amounting

to N360,000.”

SEEPCO’s Community

Liaison Officer, Konyefa

Erebi, could not be reached

for comment, but Irou noted

that the company could

avoid the planned

confrontation if it “creates

proper forum where the

issues in dispute in the

River Ramos area could be

resolved.

“If they remain obstinate

as they have done since

the beginning of the year,

we have no choice than to

close their operations.”

Nigeria to use concessionary

long-term loans to finance 2019

budget DMO

By Peter

Egwuatu

L AGOSDEBT

Management Office,

DMO, yesterday, disclosed

that the Federal

Government would tap

concessionary long-term

loans to finance its 2019

budget, in addition to

borrowing at home

It also disclosed that the

Federal Government had

no plan to float Eurobond

this year.

Director-General, DMO,

Patience Oniha, who stated

these at an Islamic finance

conference in Lagos, said

after a sixth outing in

November 2018, the

Federal Government raised

$2.86 billion and would no

longer go for eurobond this

year.

Opera reaches 120m internet users in Africa

in Q1, 2019

OPERA, one of the

world’s major browser

developers and a leader in

the field of content

platforms, has presented

Report on State of Mobile

Web 2019, showing that in

quarter one, Q1’2019, the

Opera browsers and

standalone news app were

used by nearly 120 million

internet users in Africa and

more than 350 million

people globally.

The report also shows that

Opera experienced a user

growth of more than 25

She said: “The

government has said it

wanted to tap

concessionary long-term

loans to finance its 2019

budget in addition to

borrowing at home.”

Asked whether the

government would

consider a US dollardenominated

eurobond,

Oniha said: “For 2019,

given the process, I would

say no.”

Foreign borrowing for the

2019 budget is set at N802

billion ($2.7 billion).

Nigeria, which emerged

from recession last year, has

borrowed abroad and at

home over the past three

years to help finance its

budgets and to fund

infrastructure projects, but

debt servicing cost is also

rising.

Meanwhile,

Chief

percent over a one-year

period.

The State of Mobile Web

2019 Report showed that

mobile browsing is one of

the most popular activities

among African Internet

users, indicating that in

South Africa, for instance,

nine out of 10 people use

their mobile browser every

day, an activity they prefer

over the use of other

applications.

The report also revealed

that on average, Africans

using Opera spend more

than 30 minutes browsing

Executive Officer, Nigerian

Stock Exchange, NSE, Mr.

Oscar Onyema, in his

remark, said: “The Islamic

finance sector has grown

noticeably over the years,

from about $1.5 trillion in

2016, to about $2 trillion in

2018, driven by growth in

Islamic banking assets as

well as growth in Sukuk

issuances.

‘’This growth has largely

been concentrated within

GCC region and in Asia.

However, recent data

suggest that Islamic

financing is beginning to

take root in Africa, with

issuers across Gambia,

Sudan, Senegal, Ivory

Coast, Togo as well as

Nigeria in more recent

times.

‘’Clearly, Islamic finance

represents a turning point

and a new paradigm for the

financing of infrastructure

in this country.”

on a daily basis, while 31

percent of browsing

sessions of people who

used Opera Mini in Africa

in Q1’2019, were in social

media platform domains

such as Facebook, YouTube

and Instagram, followed by

search engine websites like

Google and entertainment

and sport websites.

In the State of Mobile

Web 2019, Opera gave

detailed insight into the

use of the data savings

feature in the Opera

Mini browser.

Our fears for future

elections in Nigeria

IRI, NDI

Continues from page 9

observers: across a

country of over 190

million, only 40

observers were deployed

to observe just 16 states

plus the Federal Capital

Territory (Nigeria has 36

states).

“It was unfortunate that

the election was

postponed, yet imagine

if Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC, had gone ahead

unprepared. The delay

undoubtedly resulted in

a lower turnout.

“Because they are

registered to vote in their

place of birth, and not

where they live, many

Nigerians could not

make arrangements to

travel back again.

“But the fact still

remains that major

democracies of the world

have equally recorded

worst turnout in modern

history.

“The effect of voter

turnout, at any rate, is a

two-way traffic that

affected both sides

equally.

“To pretend otherwise

is wrong considering

that in 2015, INEC

postponed the election

by six weeks under a

PDP president, whom –

as an incumbent – it was

said to help at the time.

It didn’t make a

difference. Similarly,

neither did it aid the

sitting president in

2019.

Defends

suspension of

ex-CJN

Onnoghen

“It is amazing that the

electoral observers

recommended that

electoral laws are

enforced, and

perpetrators of crimes

punished and at the

same time implicitly

criticise the removal of

the Chief Justice of

Nigeria for failing to

disclose his assets as

required by law. Which

would they prefer?

“The law is a matter of

principle that takes its

course regardless of time

and circumstances. It is

never a matter of

convenience and indeed

remains functional,

operational and

enforceable without due

regard to the

electioneering process.

“As we have already

said, we are committed

to reviewing our

electoral laws and

processes, like every

democracy across the

world should.“

He explained that the

Federal Government

intends to build on the

innovations of the 2019

election that facilitate

inclusiveness and

participation, such as

providing braille for

blind people to cast their

votes among other

innovations.

Buhari’s spokesman

also said the 2019

presidential election was

won by the candidate

who received the most

votes.

“We value the report’s

recommendations. We

can assure they shall be

assessed and evaluated,

“ the statement added.

We’re no kids, we

can take care of

ourselves APC

Reacting to IRI/NDI

declarations yesterday,

National Publicity

Secretary of APC, Lanre

Issa-Onilu, said: "I am

not responding to the EU

or any foreign observer

at all. When they did

their elections, what was

our response? Let us tell

them that we are not

kids, that we can take

care of ourselves."

NDI/IRI report

shows

presidential

election was

rigged PDP

In its reaction, PDP

said IRI/NDI report

showed that the 2019

Presidential poll was

rigged in favour of

President Muhammadu

Buhari.

Deputy National

Publicity Secretary of the

party, Diran Odeyemi,

described as shameful

the fact that foreign

observers were now the

ones identifying errors in

the nation’s electoral

system and democracy.

He said: “The report

vindicates the position of

our party that the

electoral system is in

danger and democracy is

under threat. The

presidential election was

rigged and that is why

we are at the tribunal to

prove to the world that

the election failed

credibility test.

“Buhari has muscled

the judiciary and we all

remember the way the

former Chief Justice of

Nigeria, Walter

Onnoghen, was eased

out of the way. Now he

has imposed Tanko

Mohammed.

"Last week, they

imposed their

preferences of leaders at

the National Assembly in

the persons of Senator

Ahmad Lawan and Femi

Gbajabiamila, all in a bid

to have their way all the

time. We will retrieve our

mandate."


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 201913

Plateau hospital adopts security

measures against child, property theft

JOSMANAGEMENT

of

Plateau Specialists Hospital

has urged patients’ family

members and visitors to adhere

strictly with new security

measures it has introduced to

forestall any security breach as

well as loss of lives and property.

The directive came on the heels

of the recent abduction of a three

day old baby from the hospital

without the knowledge of staff on

duty and the subsequent backlash

which the hospital suffered.

Although the baby has been

found and handed over to her

rightful parents with a promise

to “immortalize the baby”, the

hospital management noted that

it will beef up security in the

hospital to forestall a repeat of the

incident.

The Acting Chief Medical

Officer, CMD of the hospital, Dr.

Philemon Golwa who officially

handed over the baby to her

Mother, Mary Chukwuebuka

charged the parents to take

proper care of the baby as she is

a special gift judging from the

circumstance where she was

abducted and later found.

According to Dr. Golwa, “Today is a

day of celebration of a life that was

thought to be lost but now has been

found. On that faithful day when we

were told that this baby was missing, we

were worried, we went to the Police, they

did their work and most of our staff here

were interrogated and kept behind the

counter and we had to allow them to do

their work. I was not sure of what to say

throughout the period but God has made

it this way that today, we are celebrating.

Kwara assembly suspends 16 LGs

over N33bn fraud

By Demola Akinyemi

ILORINKWARA State House

of Assembly, yesterday,

recommended the suspension of

all 16 local government council

chairmen and their executives in

the state from office over

allegation bordering on

misappropriation of N33billion

public funds.

Recall that the existing local

government administrations in

the state on the platform of the

opposition Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, were elected during

the tenure of Alhaji Abdulfatah

Ahmed as the governor of the

state in 2017.

Vanguard also gathered from

reliable sources in the state that

the suspension of the Council

chairmen might not be

unconnected with the recent

Supreme Court judgment that

barred the state governors in the

country from dissolving or

suspending any democratic

elected council chairmen in the

country.

Their suspension yesterday, however,

followed a resolution of the House after

it considered a petition written by one

Seidu Aliyu that was presented at the

plenary same day.

However, the House Leader, Mogaji

Olawoyin, tabled the petition, which was

unanimously considered after a debate,

prompting the lawmakers to recommend

the suspension of the local government

councils.

According to the petitioner, the council

chairmen had mismanaged and

misappropriated a total sum of N33billion

received from the federation accounts in

the last two years.

PRESENTATION: Author and Vanguard Columnist, Francis Ewherido, presenting

a copy of his book, LIFE LESSONS FROM MUDIPAPA to his Grace, The Most

Revd. Alfred Adewale Martins, the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of

Lagos, yesterday.

Ortom directs new council bosses

to stick by NFIU guidelines

•As LGs deny receiving direct funding from FG

By Peter Duru

M AKURDIGOVERNOR

Samuel Ortom of Benue

State has directed local

government council chairmen in

the state to stick by the guidelines

of the Nigeria Financial

Intelligence Unit, NFIU, which

abolished the State Joint Account

system granting financial

autonomy to the councils.

Ortom, while urging the council

bosses to be transparent and

prudent in the management of

resources accruing to the councils,

however, cautioned the council

bosses against acts of fraud

warning that the state was on the

watch list of anti graft agencies

and he would not hesitate to

handover anyone caught

perpetrating fraud to the agencies

for prosecution.

Ortom, who spoke yesterday,

while inaugurating the Caretaker

Committee Chairmen of the 23

local government areas of the

state in Makurdi, reaffirmed his

support for local government

autonomy but insisted that

implementation of the new

guidelines on financial autonomy

for local governments should

follow constitutional procedure to

prevent crisis at the third tier of

government.

He also advised them to

prioritize payment of salaries of

workers and relate closely with

the people of their respective

areas to identify their challenges

and proffer solution to such issues.

“You were appointed to fill the

vacuum created by the expiration

of the tenure of the last elected

council Chairmen and merit was

the yardstick used in choosing

Dangote sugar post performance of

…laments unabated smuggling

34.6bn PBT

of sugar into markets

By Peter Egwuatu

SUGAR MANUFACTURING

company, Dangote Sugar

Refining Plc, yesterday was

lauded by shareholders for its

resilience despite the harsh

operating environment of the

2018 financial year. The board

and management of the sugar

refinery was commended for its

continuous dividend paying

streak.

National Coordinator, Pragmatic

Shareholders Association of

Nigeria(PSAN) Bisi Bakare at Dangote

Sugar Refinery Annual General

Meeting held in Lagos, said that though

many quoted companies are struggling

with the payment of dividends, Dangote

Sugar Refinery is consistent in taking

care of shareholders. According to her,

investors are always happy when they

receive returns on their investments

both as dividend and share price growth

on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

Founder, Independent Shareholders

Association of Nigeria (ISAN), Sunny

Nwosu in his remarks decried the

negative impact of Apapa Wharf traffic

situation which has impacted negatively

on the performance of companies as they

struggle to move finished goods and raw

materials to distributors and

warehouses. He said that the board and

management deserves a hefty pat on

the back given the situation under which

they achieved the result.

In his response, the Chairman of

Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, Aliko

Dangote stated the resolve of the

company to soar to greater heights and

create more values for stakeholders

despite the plethora of challenges in the

economy. He said the company has

posted a profit before tax of N34.6billion

with a turnover of N150.4 billion for the

2018 financial year even as they lament

continuous smuggling of sugar to the

country.

Dangote said that the company was

able to post an appreciable resilient

performance despite the gloomy

economic outlook at the dawn of the

previous year 2017.

He told the shareholders that Dangote

Sugar was able to weather through the

economic downturn and advanced

significantly in 2018 because it pursed

aggressively its backward integration

plan aggressively by focusing on issues

that have been bogging down the plan

and subsequently adjusting the

timelines.

you, so you must live above board

always.

“Also ensure the execution of

projects in accordance with the

needs of your communities while

exploring avenues to guarantee

peace and security in your council

areas,” Ortom advised.

The Governor explained that

the appointment of eight women

as caretaker committee chairmen

and a number of youths was in

line with the gender sensitivity

of his government and also to

prepare the youths for greater

opportunities.

Responding on behalf of the

appointees, the Caretaker

Committee Chairman of Guma

Local Government Area,

Anthony Shawon promised that

the council leaders would live up

to the expectations of the

government and people of the

state.

LGs deny receiving direct

funding from FG

Maifata

Meanwhile, Nasarawa State

Chairman of Association of Local

Governments of Nigeria,

ALGON, Aminu Maifata, has

dispelled rumours that local

councils had received direct

funding from the Federation

Account.

Maifata who is also the

Chairman of Lafia LGA, told

journalists, yesterday in Lafia that

it was untrue that the 13 LGAs in

the state had already received

June allocation directly from the

federation account.

“Though there was a directive

by the NFIU that from June 2019,

there would be a new financial

regime at the LGAs, but no LGA

has received June allocation yet.

“Because the Federal Allocation

Account meeting has not yet met

to distribute allocation to the

various levels of government in

the country,” the ALGON

Chairman explained.

According to him, the allocation

would still be sent through the

joint account before onward

distribution to the respective

LGAs.


14 VANGUARD, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019

TRAINING: From left; Chigozie Ekeocha, Regional Sales Director, Lagos Mainland, Access Bank Plc; Priscilla

Okechukwu, CEO, Pixaweb Technologies Limited; Adeyemi Adedayo, Digital Marketing Expert/Trainer, Sheleads

Africa/Facebook; Ogo Agu, Regional Head, Festac 1, Access Bank plc; and Simeon Amedu, Regional Sales

Manager, Lagos Mainland, Access Bank Plc during the Access Bank/Facebook SME Digital training in Lagos.

Nigeria loses N3.133trn to cybercrime

annually NITDA DG

By Emmanuel

Elebeke

A BUJATHE

N a t i o n a l

Information Technology

Development Agency,

LEKKI HOTEL RAPE: ‘Lagos’ll continue

prosecution of 2 Babcock varsity dropouts’

LAGOSTHE Lagos

State Government has

said that in spite of a letter

of withdrawal by the

complainant in a rape case,

it was resolute to bring the

two defendants to face

justice.

The defendants are Don-

ECOBANK has been

named Best Retail

Bank in Africa 2019 at the

prestigious African Banker

Awards. Ecobank was also

nominated for African Bank

of the Year in the Awards.

The Award ceremony was

held last night in Malabo,

Equatorial Guinea.

Group Chief Executive

Officer, CEO, Ade Ayeyemi,

of Ecobank said: “We are

honoured to be recognized

as Africa’s Best Retail Bank.

This is testament to the

success of our digital

NITDA, said yesterday,

that Nigeria loses about

N3.133 trillion to cybercrime

and foreign software

annually.

Director General of the

agency, Dr. Isa Ibrahim

Chima George, 25, and

Olusegun Rasak, 28, both

dropouts from Babcock

University, Ilishan-Remo in

Ogun.

They are facing trial

before an Ikeja High Court

for allegedly drugging and

raping a 24-year-old

Ecobank emerges best retail

bank in Africa

strategy and pan-African

presence as we continue to

drive financial integration,

inclusive banking and

playing a catalytic role in

the transformation of

Africa.””We are constantly

innovating to meet the

needs of Africans, from our

multi-functional Ecobank

Mobile App, which has

changed banking in Africa,

to our KYC-lite Xpress

account opening for the

unbanked and the underbanked,

and our

Rapidtransfer App, for

cross-border remittances to

Africa at minimal or no cost.

Pantami, who disclosed this

at a stakeholders

engagement on Nigerian

Software Testing Guidance,

NSTG, and the Guidelines

for Information Systems

Audit, GITA, in Abuja, also

said N127 billion is lost to

cybercrime annually due to

woman at a hotel in Lekki

Phase One, Lekki in Lagos.

The News Agency of

Nigeria, NAN, reports that

during previous court

proceedings on June 13, the

complainant via a letter of

withdrawal, dated June 3,

informed the court that she

wanted the criminal case

against the defendants

withdrawn.

She said the reason for her

intention to withdraw the

case was due to

intervention of family

members and for the sake

of my integrity”.

However, at the start of

proceedings on Tuesday, a

Deputy-Director in the

Directorate of Public

Prosecutions, Mr. Akin

George, informed the court

that Lagos State would

continue the prosecution of

the defendants.

George said: “At the last

adjourned date, my lord said

that the state should get

feedback from the ministry

of justice on how to proceed

with this case.

“The instruction from the

solicitor-general and the

permanent secretary of the

ministry of justice is that we

should go ahead with the

prosecution.

“The witness is already in

the box and she should

continue with her evidence.”

Following George’s

submission, Justice Abiola

Soladoye informed the court

that she had received an

affidavit from the

complainant and her two

friends, stating that they did

not want to testify in the trial.

“Notwithstanding the

receipt of the affidavit, The

court will proceed with the

case,” she said.

the nation’s inability to adequately

secure information

systems.

He said to guarantee safe

delivery of services, it has

become imperative to secure

Nigeria’s information

system.

Pantami said there was

urgent need to continually

protect the country’s information

systems from being

compromised.

He said: “There is urgent

need to continually protect

the country’s information

system from being compromised.

Today, most business

processes are carried out

electronically, and large

amounts of information are

stored, processed and

transmitted over IT networks,

which means businesses,

administrations and

citizens depend on proper

operations of the information

technology used.

Nigeria loses about

N127 billion to cybercrimes

yearly. This is caused in

part by our inability to adequately

secure our Information

Systems, IS. Therefore,

securing our IS is a must, if

we want to guarantee safe

delivery of our services.”

Pantami, who deplored

the huge loss by the country,

noted that the indigenous

software market in Nigeria

loses about $10 billion

(N3.06trn) annually to stiff

competition from foreign

off-the-shelf software used

to meet local needs, where

indigenous software could

have provided the appropriate

solutions.

Ayokunle re-elected CAN President

Sanwo-Olu reverses Ambode's

directives on drainage mgt

By OIasunkanmi

Akoni

OAAN to discuss business repositioning at AGM

By Dave Oso

MEMBERS of the

Out-Of-Home

(OOH), under the aegis

of Outdoor Advertising

Association of Nigeria

(OAAN) will converge on

Abeokuta, Ogun State to

discuss the strategic

repositioning of the

business at the 34th

Annual General Meeting

(AGM) of the Association.

A statement by the

By Luminous

Jannamike

A BUJAREVD.

Samson Ayokunle

has been re-elected the

National President of the

Christian Association of

Nigeria, CAN.

Ayokunle, who is of the

Nigerian Baptist

Convention, at the end of

the election exercise,

defeated his only

challenger, Revd. Dr. Caleb

Ahima, with 55 votes against

44 votes.

By his election, Ahima,

the leader of TEKAN/ECWA

Fellowship of Churches of

Christ in Nigeria,

NSITF unfolds plans to increase

employers’ enrolment in ECS

By Victor Ahiuma-

Young, reporting from

Geneva, Switzerland

NIGERIA

Social

Insurance Trust

Fund, NSITF, yesterday, in

Geneva Switzerland, said it

would soon begin a massive

awareness campaign and

sensitization of employers of

labour in Nigeria aimed at

increasing enrolment in the

Employee Compensation

Scheme, ECS, being

implemented by the Fund.

Chairman of the Board of

the NSITF, Austin Enejamo-

Isire told Journalists at the

ongoing 108 session of the

International Labour

Conference, ILC, that

employers of labour who are

the major contributors to the

fund needed to be made

aware of the advantage of

BARELY three weeks

after assuming office

in the state, Lagos State

Governor, Babajide Sanwo-

Olu, yesterday, ordered the

reversal of his immediate

predecessor, Akinwunmi

Ambode’s directive on

drainage management in

the state.

The order which was

contained in a statement,

yesterday, issued by Head

of Service, Hakeem Muri-

Okunola, stated that

Department of Drainage

Services earlier moved to

Lagos State Public Works

Corporation, LSPWC, be

reverted to Ministry of The

Environment immediately.

General Secretary of the

association, Femi Ogala,

said the theme for this

year’s AGM, which will

hold on June 21, 2019 in

Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun

State, is: “Future of OOH

in Nigeria: Debt, Ethics

and Best Practices.

According to Ogala,

the lead speaker is Jude

Odia, Chief Operating

Officer at Media

Perspectives Limited, a

leading media planning

automatically becomes the

Vice President of the

umbrella Christian body in

accordance with CAN’s

constitution.

Recall that Ayokunle was

first elected CAN President

for an initial tenure of three

years in June 2016. His

victory on Tuesday gives

him a renewed mandate

lasting till 2022.

Ayokunle, in his address,

promised to work closely

with CAN leadership as

well as his new deputy.

He therefore, charged

Church leaders in the

country to avoid

contradicting the position of

the Association on national

issues.

enrolling their workers in

the scheme.

According to him: “I have

just resumed as the

chairman of NSITF board

and I believe that one way

to increase enrolment is to

create awareness and I do

know that if you do great

things and you fail to

propagate those things,

nobody will recognise

that.One of the key things

we are going to do to

stimulate a greater

enrolment is awareness

creation. We must let them

be aware that there are great

benefits in enrolling in the

social security work of the

government.

“Like you are aware, a lot

has been done by the

government and they are

still doing that in trying to

provide decent work for the

work force.''

According to the statement,

Sanwoolu further directed

that it be renamed

Office of Drainage Services,

for effective services.

Ambode, had weeks

after his inauguration,

altered the age-long

arrangement, ordering the

Department of Drainage

Services be moved to

LSPWC and made it a full

fledge department under

the corporation.

In the statement, the

Governor stated that the new

directive was embarked

upon “in furtherance of the

present administration

resolve to strengthen the

State Public Service towards

improving the quality of

service delivery to

residents.

and buying agency.

During the AGM,

member-agencies are

expected to upgrade their

membership and new

members inducted into

the association.

Other highlights of the

meeting include election

of new executive

members who will be

responsible for

implementing

recommendations reached

at the AGM.


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 201915

Enugu children laud Ugwuanyi on welfare

ENUGU State children have

commended Governor

Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his

remarkable contributions towards

their wellbeing, stating that his

administration has become “a

beacon of hope for destitute,

abandoned and hopeless

children.”

The children spoke when

members of Enugu State

Children’s Parliament, led by its

Speaker, Nkemakonam Oragwu,

paid a courtesy visit to Governor

Ugwuanyi at the Government

House, Enugu, in

commemoration of this year’s Day

of the African Child.

They expressed gratitude to the

DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD: Front row: Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State (middle); his deputy,

Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo (2nd left); Speaker, Enugu State Children’s Parliament, Nkemakonam Oragwu (2nd right); former Speaker

of the Children’s Parliament, Winifred Maduko (left), and other members of the Parliament, when they paid a courtesy visit to

the governor at Government House, Enugu, in commemoration of this year’s Day of the African Child, yesterday.

By Davies Iheamnachor

PORT HARCOURTA sociocultural

group, Ikwerre Youth

Movement, IYM, has urged the

vice presidential candidate of

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,

Mr. Peter Obi, to apologise to the

former Minister of Transportation,

Chibuike Amaechi, if he (Obi)

could not condemn Rochas

Okorocha’s statement.

Amaechi had said that for Igbo

to be successful in their quest for

2023 presidency, they must play

national politics.

Obi had, in Port Harcourt, said

Amaechi lacked political

relevance in his state (Rivers),

adding that he (Amaechi) cannot

determine the fortune of the

NIMASA donates to Anambra flood victims

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKATHE

Nigerian

Maritime Administration

and Safety Agency, NIMASA,

yesterday, presented various

items to Anambra State

government for distribution to

2018 flood victims in the state.

Director General of NIMASA,

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, who was

represented by a director in the

agency, Mr. Victor Onuzulike,

governor for signing the Child

Rights and Responsibility Act into

Law.

They said they now have an

enforceable law in the state with

“a strong assurance that our rights

and interests are protected.”

In her presentation at the event,

which was facilitated by the

governor’s wife’s pet project,

Ugo’s Touch of Life Foundation,

U-TOLF, the Speaker of the

Children’s Parliament, Oragwu,

on behalf of the children,

congratulated Ugwuanyi on his

re-election, adding that it was

“proof that the transformations

experienced in the state is highly

felt and appreciated by the

South-East in the 2023

presidential race.

However, Okorocha had, after

his inauguration into the National

Assembly, advised leaders of the

region (South-East) to reach out

to other regions if they must

produce a President in 2023.

Speaking in Port Harcourt

yesterday, chairman of IYM in

Emohua, Sir Lucky Worlu, urged

Obi to condemn Okorocha on the

statement or apologise to their

son Amaechi immediately.

Worlu explained that what

Amaechi said was the true

position on how the South-

Eastern region would produce a

President in the next four years,

urging Ohanaeze Ndigbo to

commence consultations early.

said Anambra was among 20

states benefitting from the

donation, adding that the agency

had already made similar

donations to 18 states, while

Katsina and Rivers states would

soon be visited.

Items donated to the victims

include mattresses, detergents,

noodles, bags of rice, bags of

beans, sewing machines,

blankets, cartons of soap, bags of

maize, flours, among others.

people, including the children.”

She also thanked the governor

for the domestication of the Child

Rights Law and the establishment

of Family Courts in all the zones

of the state, adding “this action

of His Excellency shows that you

do not just talk the talk, but

equally walk your talk.”

They equally appreciated the

governor for the newly renovated

correctional/ rehabilitation centre

for children recently inaugurated

by his wife, Monica, and urged

him to sustain the tempo.

In his response, Governor

Ugwuanyi stated that the Day of

the African Child offered his

administration another

He said: “What Rochas

Okorocha said has vindicated our

son Amaechi, that Igbo needs to

play national politics. If Okorocha

could corroborate this and his

brother Obi will not condemn it,

it means something is wrong.

Onuzulike said it was an

eyeopener that no fewer than

18,000 people were displaced by

the flood in Anambra State last

year, adding that because the

agency realised that government

alone could not carry the burden,

it decided to assist in alleviating

the suffering of the people

concerned.

He added that since most of the

victims were farmers, NIMASA

would provide farm implements.

opportunity to renew its

commitment towards improving

the plight of the vulnerable

children in the society.

He said: “It is, indeed, a

welcome development and a

service to humanity that the

welfare of our children is

promoted to a wider audience.”

The governor maintained that

his administration has continued

in its efforts to ensure the survival,

development and protection of

children by ensuring that “every

child benefits fully from quality

education, protection against

violence, exploitation, neglect and

abuse as well as access to the basic

necessities of life.”

Obi must apologise to Amaechi over Igbo presidency or...IYM

By Chinonso Alozie

THREE members of Imo State

House of Assembly, elected on

the platform of All Progressive

Grand Alliance, APGA, yesterday,

dumped APGA for Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, in the

state.

The defections were announced

“We are using this moment to

call on Peter Obi to apologise to

our son, Chibuike Amaechi, for

the attack. Our son is still very

much relevant and has done

enough for the people of the state

and we love him.”

Iwuanyanwu, 2 others

dump APGA for PDP in Imo

on the floor of the House by the

Speaker, Chiji Collins.

The lawmakers are members

representing Nwangele, Okigwe

and Ihitte Uboama state

constituencies: Chyna

Iwuanyanwu, Obulimba Samuel

and Michael Njoku, respectively.

With this, APGA has only one

lawmaker in the Imo State House

of Assembly.

It should be recalled that the

Speaker, Collins, was the first to

defect from APGA to PDP, before

other members of his party joined

him. The Speaker also read a letter

from his party, PDP, through the

party’s Secretary, Ray Emeana,

announcing some of the principal

officers of the party in the House.

According to the Speaker,

Majority Leader of the House is

Reginald Nwaneri, representing

Oru East. He added that other

names of principal officers would

be announced in due course.

Ihedioha

sacks heads

of statuory

agencies

By Chinonso Alozie

O WERRIGOVERNOR

Emeka Ihedioha of Imo

State has sacked the heads of

various government statutory

agencies in the state.

Ihedioha disclosed this

through his Chief Press

Secretary, Chibuike

Onyeukwu in Owerri.

The governor instructed

them to hand over to the most

senior civil servant in their

offices.

This is coming after 27 local

government chairmen and

their vice councillors among

others were suspended.

According to the statement,

“Governor Emeka Ihedioha

has approved the removal from

office, the chief executives of

all statutory boards,

corporations, commissions,

agencies and parastatals of

Imo State.

“This is pursuant to the

relevant laws, in particular the

constitution of the Federal

Republic of Nigeria.

“The action is in the

overriding public interest and

to give government an

opportunity to execute the

policies, programmes and

agenda that brought it into

power.”

ABIA: Otti

decribes LG

transition c'ttee

as retrogressive

politics

By Ugochukwu

Alaribe

ABATHE governorship

candidate of All

Progressive Grand Alliance,

APGA, in Abia State, Dr. Alex

Otti, has faulted the

appointment of transition

committee chairmen and

deputies in the state and urged

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to

conduct elections into the

council areas.

Governor Ikpeazu had

announced the appointment of

transition committee chairmen

and their deputies for the 17

council areas in the state.

Otti, in a statement by his

media aide, Ferdinand

Ekeoma, said the move is “a

retrogressive political action.”

His words: “We are

disappointed because we are

aware that the Federal

Government took measures

aimed at ensuring that

allocations for local

governments go straight to

their accounts and also made

it clear that it would not tolerate

the appointment of transition

committee chairmen, as that

would give governors the

opportunity to manipulate the

local governments.”


16Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019

FORUM: From left

Jude Chiemeka, Divisional

Head, Trading

Business, Nigerian Stock

Exchange, NSE; Patience

Oniha, Director General,

Debt Management Office;

Hajara Adeola, MD/CEO,

Lotus Capital and Andrew

Morgan, MD/CEO,

REDmoney, during the

inaugural Islamic Finance

News, IFN, Nigeria

Forum in Lagos,

yesterday.

80m Nigerian women, girls're victims of

gender-based violence

By Gabriel

Olawale

LRepresentative AGOSCOUNTRY

of the

United Nations Population

Fund, UNFPA , Dr Eugene

Kongnyuy yesterday said

that despite the progress

made by the Nigeria

g o v e r n m e n t ,

approximately 80 million

women and girls are still

victims of Gender-Based

Violence, GBV.

Speaking at the Private

Sector High Impact Summit

organized by Access Bank

Plc to commemorate UNFPA

50th anniversary and ICPD

at 25, Kongnyuy said that

the statistics shows that

women still have a long way

to go before attaining

economic parity, social

equality, agenda setting

powers and political power

sharing.

He explained that NDHS 2013

and MICS 2016 shows that 28

percent experienced physical

abuse, 7 percent sexual abuse,

62.6 percent child marriage and

25.3 percent women with female

genital mutilation.

“As part of our intervention

programme, more than 2.6 million

women and girls were reached

with sexual and reproductive

health services including GBV

management in North-East

Nigeria while 2 million women

and girls were reached with

modern family planning services

among other intervention.”

On her part, Head of

Sustainability, Access Bank Plc,

Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan said

that to achieve sustainable

population growth, government

and private sector need to

increase investment in youth,

women and girls.

“Investment in education and

health is critical to Africa

continent effort towards

achieving sustainable

NDDC Board: Delta youths make case for

MD, chairmanship position

By Elizabeth

Uwandu

A SABAFOLLOWING

recent calls by several

stakeholders on the

controversy surrounding

the states to produce the

next Managing Director

and Chairman on the board

of the Niger Delta

Development Commission,

NDDC, Delta State Ethnic

Nationalities Youth Leaders

Forum, an umbrella body of

all ethnic Nationalities

youth groups in Delta State

has waded into the issue

with serious findings.

Arising from a summit on

'Transparency and Good

Governance in the Niger

Delta region', which took

place at the Petroleum

Training Institute, PTI,

Conference Centre in

Effurun, Uvwie Local

Government Area of Delta

State, the group through its

leaders; Mr Eric Omare

(IYC President), Weyinmi

Agbateyiniro (President,

INYC), Ovie Umuakpo

(Isoko National Youth

Assembly) and others said:

"By strict adherence to the

NDDC Act and the established

mode of rotating the office of the

MD/CEO amongst the top four

major oil producing states in the

Niger Delta region, Delta State,

by some stroke of providence, is

clearly entitled to produce both

the Chairman and Managing

Director on the next NDDC

board."

The youth leaders stated that:

"Our findings further revealed that

this occurrence won't be peculiar

to Delta State alone. This is

because a careful analysis of the

sequence showed that this exact

situation shall recur amongst the

other three major oil producing

By Emmanuel

Elebeke

A BUJANIGERIA

foremost identity

states in the future; with Akwa

Ibom State being entitled to

produce both the MD/CEO and

Chairman in 2079, followed by

Rivers State in 2107 and Bayelsa

State in 2119. Before repeating

the sequence all over again with

Delta State in 2136".

population. Increase investment

in education will lead to an

increase in employability rate.

“Also, young people should be

empowered with necessary

entrepreneur skill to enable them

create their own enterprise while

government need to create

conducive environment to develop

and implement policies that

promote flexible labour market.

Project Director, HACEY

Health Initiative, Isaiah Owolabi

urges Nigeria private sector to

support empowerment

interventions aimed at empowering

women and adolescent girls

to reduce their risk and vulnerability

to gender-based violence.

Speaking further, they pointed

out that: "while the NDDC Act is

not against both the Managing

Director and Chairman coming

from one state, it is also pertinent

to note that this pattern shall recur

in favour of other states in the

spirit of equity, which governs the

Act".

Biosec Solutions set to launch NIN

enrolment centres in 15 countries

management consultancy

firm, Biosec Solution is set

to launch diaspora

enrollment in 15 countries

worldwide including the

UK, US, Germany, Italy,

Netherlands, Ivory Coast,

and Congo.

The Managing Director

of Biosec Solutions, Dr. Agu

2019 US, Africa summit'll solve export

barriers Council

By Monsuru

Olowoopejo

LAGOSAHEAD of this

year’s US-African Trade

and Investments Global

Summit, USATIGS, the

U.S-Africa Trade Council

has disclosed that its platform

would assist in addressing

the barriers that

had continued to affect export

markets for African

products.

The council added that the

Osoka, who announced

this on Monday said the

move was in line with the

federal government mandate

to enroll Nigerians into

the National Identity

Number, NIN.

He explained that Biosec

Solutions has been part of many

identity management-based

projects over the years, and has

even implemented the EU

General Data Protection

Regulation, GDPR, guidelines.

summit would also give

African manufacturers

opportunities to exhibit and

promote their products and

services in USA.

In a statement signed by

Director

of

Communications, Nassiri

Hannifa Bamba, hinted that

this year's summit which

comes up between

September 26 and 28 in

Atlanta, Geogia, USA.

Bamba assured that the

summit would encourage

“Biosec Solutions engaged

DIPSec, a company registered in

Belgium to serve as EU

representative and Data

Protection Officer, DPO, as

required by the General Data

Protection Regulation, GDPR.

With several years of experience

in data protection, information

security and risk management,

DIPSec has developed solutions

for organisations outside the EU

to enable them process the data

of EU residents in accordance

with the GDPR.

establishment of a long-term

trade partnership and

business linkages between

Africans and the

Americans.

While stressing that the summit

was more than a business

opportunity, he said: “it’s a

movement for business success

stories, a trade summit and multisector

expo that will provide

African countries a strong platform

and excellent opportunity to

exhibit and promote their

products and services in the

United States.

Facebook plans to launch cryptocurrency

FACEBOOK plans to launch a cryptocurrency called

Libra next year as part of its wider efforts to expand

beyond social networking into e-commerce and global

payments.

Facebook said it has linked with 28 partners to form

Libra Association, a Geneva-based entity governing its

new digital coin, which it will launch in the first half of

2020, marketing materials and interviews with

executives show.

The Menlo Park, California-based company has also

created Calibra, a subsidiary which will offer digital

wallets connected to messaging platforms Messenger

and WhatsApp to save, send and spend Libras, which

will be backed by government-backed assets.

Facebook is betting it can squeeze revenue out of its

messaging services through transactions and payments,

something already happening on Chinese social apps

like WeChat.

“Combining transaction data from the Calibra app

with the social data that Facebook and WhatsApp and

Instagram has, that’s where the treasure trove is,” said

Teunis Brosens, ING’s lead economist for digital finance

and regulation in Amsterdam. "

U.S, Chinese teams to restart

trade talks ahead of G20Trump

UNITED States President Donald Trump

yesterday said he had spoken to Chinese

President Xi Jinping and that the two leaders’ teams

would restart trade talks after a long lull in order to

prepare for a meeting at the G20 summit later this

month.

The United States and China are in the middle of

a costly trade war that has pressured financial

markets and damaged the world economy. Talks

between the two sides to reach a broad deal broke

down last month and interaction since then has been

limited.

Trump has made no secret that, despite his threat

to escalate the dispute with more U.S. tariffs on

Chinese goods, he would like to meet with Xi at

the Group of 20 meeting in Japan next week.

Though he has repeatedly said the two parties

would talk, the Chinese side has not confirmed a

meeting would take place.

In a Twitter post, Trump said he and his Chinese

counterpart had agreed to start preparations during

a phone call.

“Had a very good telephone conversation with

President Xi of China. We will be having an

extended meeting next week at the G-20 in Japan.

Our respective teams will begin talks prior to our

meeting,” Trump tweeted.

Ethiopia to split state telecoms provider before

privatisation

ETHIOPIA will split its state telecoms provider

into two businesses before it is privatised,

state-affiliated media reported, a key part of

government’s plan to open up one of the world’s

last major closed telecoms markets.

The government will split Ethio Telecom into two

business units along infrastructure and service

sector lines, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting

quoted Minister of Finance Ahmed Shide as saying.

State Minister of Finance Eyob Tekalign Tolina

confirmed the report.

Ethiopia could require as much as $2.2 billion to

modernise its creaking, overburdened telecoms

sector, Eyob told Reuters last week.

Privatisation is one of the key reforms promised

by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. He wants to

encourage competition and foreign investment

after decades of state-driven economic growth.

Ethiopia passed a bill on Thursday outlining the

scope of a regulator for the telecoms sector, a key

milestone towards attracting outside investment in

the nation of 100 million people.

Active U.S. equity funds lost $12.9

billion to outflows in May

Morningstar

PASSIVE U.S. equity funds saw $2.7 billion in

outflows while active U.S. equity funds lost

$12.9 billion to outflows in May, according to

Morningstar on Tuesday, underscoring a long-term

shift away from active equity managers.

Money market funds collected $82 billion in May,

the group’s second-best month in 10 years,

Morningstar said.

All stories credited to Reuters


DEMOCRACY is an

imperfect system but the

best one at our disposal because

we believe democracy is good

for the majority, especially the

poor. Yet, this is not true in

Nigeria. In 2004, 54.7 per cent

of Nigerians lived in “absolute

poverty”, according to the

National Bureau of Statistics.

By 2010, the figure rose to

60.9 per cent. Poverty in Nigeria

has steadily been on the

increase over the past 15 years

and we did not become the

poverty capital of the world

overnight. Rather, the decisions

taken in the past 20 years which

made macroeconomics the focus

of reforms without looking at the

impact on the poorest amongst

us is a legacy of the Obasanjo

years during which the policies

encouraged by international

financial institutions finished

what the structural adjustment

reforms started.

Structural

adjustment

The privatisation of essential

services in Nigeria has led us

down a path we are yet to

recover from. I have said many

times in this column that we

cannot dissociate the

unaffordability of health and

education, or the lack of wellfunded

public utilities from

continuous violence in Nigeria,

where private interests are

subsidized by different

governments and are allowed

to evade taxation, while the

poor, who live outside of these

Nuhu Ribadu

THE former Chairman of

the Economic and

Financial Crimes Commission,

EFCC, says Nigerian governors

must disclose their spending on

security. He is right.

Ecological funds, like security

votes, are some of the murkiest,

least transparent aspects of

public spending. If ecological

funds in the North and Middle

belt states had not been

mismanaged for the past 30

years, the clashes between

herdsmen and farmers would

not exist, given what we know

about climate change, soil

erosion and what should have

happened if those funds had

impacted the environment,

enabling sustainable

development for the diverse

populations that occupy and

share its resources.

“For a long time, security,

both in concrete and abstract

terms, has been used to conceal

expenditures that are largely

fraudulent or dubious.

"If we learn lessons at all from

the famous arms probe of the

last three years, it is that not

everything written in the name

of security actually gets spent

for the intended purpose. We

must insist that for

accountability and

transparency, Nigerians are told

what monies are budgeted for

our security apparatuses and for

what purpose the monies are

spent,” Mr. Ribadu said.

The National Assembly ought

to be on the side of the people

by championing such causes.

Insecurity in Nigeria is a

Is democracy possible without a pro-poor

legislative agenda?

networks, cannot afford their

basic needs.

It is not repeated enough that

too many of the Nigerian elite

scrounge off the state, they

depend on it; it bails their

•Nuhu Ribadu

business, like kidnapping.

Individuals profit from it

through endless fraudulent

military contracts to buy

inexistent or obsolete weapons

and equipment. Despite what

people think, kidnapping is not

the exclusive preserve of any

ethnic group: criminal

organisations employ the

services of a diverse set of

Nigerians.

The “fulanisation” narrative is

a political tool we must be wary

of. It masks high level

corruption involving all ethnic

groups.

Neo-colonialism

THE Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, incessant calls

and appeals to the European

Union, the United States

Embassy and any other foreign,

Western missions or diplomats

is nothing short of tragic.

The concept of national

sovereignty seems to elude

some Nigerians who perhaps

have forgotten that Nigeria

gained independence in 1960.

Space doesn’t permit me to

businesses out, provides them

with loans they often don’t

honour while workers’ salaries

remain unpaid. Will the ninth

Assembly look out for the

average Nigerian who is robbed

by the financial improprieties of

a small group of people? Will it

promote stronger labour laws to

protect Nigerians who work for

President Buhari

PRESIDENT Muhammadu

Buhari said violence in

Nigeria, or clashes between

communities of different ethnic

groups and religions are

sponsored by ethno-religious

leaders. This has been the case

for most of Nigeria’s existence.

Indeed, corruption is

tantamount to domestic

terrorism because stolen funds

arm militias. The president also

said that some leaders “exploit

our divisions and fault lines,

thereby weakening our

country”. However, he

reaffirmed his focus on security,

a better economy and fighting

corruption, despite the doings

of saboteurs.

One hopes that more attention

will be paid to making

Nigerians own the fight against

remind us here of the many

ways Western powers used

divide and rule as far back as

the 19th century to destabilise

Africa and to encourage warfare

between ethnic groups which

was beneficial to European

trade.

We should know calling for

political intervention from

foreign powers is treasonous,

but we trivialise and play games

with everything in this country.

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foreign companies, many of

whom allegedly maltreat their

staff?

Isn’t it time the law worked

for the common man as opposed

to siding with those who are

responsible for his or her

discomfort? Will the ninth

National Assembly work, for

example, with the Securities

and Exchange Commission to

make sure our economy ceases

to profit only a few criminallyintentioned

people who subvert

the entire financial system with

little concern for the risks to the

wider economy? Will the ninth

Assembly work for small

businesses? Will our laws

urgently make it easier for

corruption in their own interest.

It is not populism to recognise

that our economy and society

are skewed toward the rich,

Too many young

people are not aware

of the inherent

greatness of Nigeria,

a country they have

been taught to

despise for what it

has become due to

the deliberate acts of

some people

many of whom owe their

business success to an unfair

advantage (the misuse of

government resources). But

without explaining these

structural issues in detail, how

can we galvanise ordinary

Nigerians into becoming a part

of the solution?

Confidence in Nigeria is low,

the saboteurs have successfully

undermined every part of the

state, destroying its ability to

care for ordinary people while

creating more avenues for

themselves to profit from

dysfunction. Yet, Nigeria was

responsible for stabilising

Liberia, Sierra Leone, The

people to do business in

Nigeria as well as enable better

working conditions for all? The

latter is rarely given

prominence.

Will our laws make social

investment and different forms

of income redistribution a

permanent part of government,

so that whoever takes over from

President Muhammadu Buhari

builds on his social protection

mechanisms? How will the

ninth Assembly enable ordinary

people to participate in its

activities? The poor especially

are not allowed to analyse or

proffer pragmatic solutions to

their own condition based on

their experiences.

Will the ninth Assembly

promote bills that get to the

structural causes of poverty and

leave cosmetic “empowerment”

constituency projects behind?

Injustice is at the heart of

violence in this country. So long

as injustice remains the

lifeblood of our politics and

national life, the average

Nigerian will remain prone to

manipulation based on ethnicity

and religion, which suits some

political actors.

We can’t afford a situation

whereby democracy doesn’t

produce material benefits for

those at the bottom, where for

many years, our legislators

didn’t see the interrelatedness

of different policies and their

impacts on the majority.

Favouring private interests

instead of championing propoor

economic growth got us

into this mess. It remains to be

seen if the ninth Assembly can

assist the executive in getting

us out of it.

Gambia and Ivory Coast.

To quote the President:

“Without Nigerian influence

and resources, the liberation of

Angola, Mozambique,

Namibia, Zimbabwe and

ultimately South Africa would

have come at a greater cost.

This fact has been attested to by

none other than the late Nelson

Mandela himself. Too many

young people are not aware of

the inherent greatness of

Nigeria, a country they have

been taught to despise for what

it has become due to the

deliberate acts of some people.

Nigeria is the Big Brother to

our neighbours. We are the

shock-absorber of the West

African sub-region, the bulwark

of ECOWAS and Lake Chad

Basin Commission. We can,

therefore, be proud to be

Nigerians. We must continue to

be good neighbours and good

global citizens,” the President

said.

While this is true, the average

person has little awareness of

this. Does the National

Orientation Agency do any

work?

Tabia Princewill is a

strategic communications

consultant and public policy

analyst. She is also the cohost

and executive producer

of a talk show, WALK THE

TALK which airs on

Channels TV.


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RECENTLY, the new Chairman of the

Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF,

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State

and business mogul, Alhaji Aliko

Dangote, working together, were able

to initiate reconciliatory moves between

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and Emir

Muhammadu Sanusi.

In our progressively modernising

world, monarchies are turning into

depositories of culture that signpost the

identities of the people they represent.

In some cases, as in England, iconic

royal families draw tourists from all

over the world because of the rich

history they represent in the evolution

of their countries in the modern world

because they are insulated from

politics.

Fayemi and Dangote’s intervention

gave hope that differences between the

Emir of Kano and the State Governor

could be amicably resolved to save one

of Nigeria’s prestigious cultural entities.

How Fayemi can retool Governors’ Forum

It is quite comforting that the NGF

stepped in to address the matter between

one of its own and the royal father.

This is a new indicator to what the

NGF can do to encourage peaceful

resolutions of conflicts between governors

and other important

stakeholders in their respective states

and the country at large.

From this singular incident, Fayemi

can recharge the Governors’ Forum to

play a leading role in fostering peace,

harmony and good governance not

only among its members, but all Nigerians

generally. That way, the NGF can

regain its seriously-eroded relevance.

In 2009, the concept of States Peer

Review Mechanism, SPRM, was

adopted as a platform for sharing experiences

among states and

benchmarking good governance.

However, the SPRM had in the recent

past faltered as issues of little

consequence took the centre stage.

Indeed the NGF had, in the past four

years, become an outfit used by the

governors to canvass for bailouts.

While we salute Governor Fayemi and

Alhaji Dangote’s peacemaking efforts

in Kano, such interventions should not

be directed towards covering up alleged

acts of corruption and law breaking.

The NGF should, and must not intervene

to protect offenders.

The NGF should settle down to explore

ways of strengthening our democratic

institutions and pulling the country

more rapidly away from our residual

military past where impunity

rather than respect for the law and due

process is still the basic reflex of

politicians. The so-called strong man

syndrome is still strong at the state level

where governors ride roughshod over

the State Houses of Assembly and the

Local Government Councils.

They should also share ideas on how

to tackle revenue generation and

expand the productive bases of their

respective states to cope with issues

such as payment of the N30,000 New

National Minimum Wage, cutting down

the cost of governance, developing

economic value chains and leveraging

on comparative advantages.

The NGF should not waste its

potentials as a positive change agent

across party divides.

OPINION

Presidential appointments: Leveraging our diversity

By Sunny Ikhioya

AS the President prepares to nominate

another set of cabinet members to

assist him run the affairs of this country in

the next four years, it is right that he be

guided by certain fundamentals. It is my

hope, however, that this is not coming too

late.

Causes of Nigeria's present debilitating

conditions are many, one of them being

our penchant for copying everything from

abroad "hook, line and sinker". We want

the best; we make our students go through

the highest examination standards, but

when they graduate, what do we do with

them?

In developed countries, once you are

identified - whether as immigrant or citizen

- your progression is monitored until

you finally identify your career purpose,

which will also be of benefit to the nation.

What have we done with our best and what

plans do we have for the ones coming behind?

In fact, how do we define our best?

Is it through school examination results

or what they are able to do when they graduate

from school? We know that success or

failure in examination depends on so many

factors, including environmental background.

Even then the best in examination

performance must be factored in but the

locally developed talent must also be taken

into consideration.

One of the reasons this government

appears not to have reached its full potential

is the inability of Mr President and his

inner cabinet to introduce the required mix.

We are not making use of the vast

potentials and resources available to us,

as we believe that we can succeed with the

simple 'carry go' style of management.

In the Harvard HBR collection 'On

Collaboration', writing under the title: "Are

You a Collaborative Leader?" Herminia

Ibarra and Morten T. Hansen commented

as follows: "Research has consistently

shown that diverse teams produce better

results, provided they are well led. The

ability to bring together people from

different backgrounds, disciplines,

cultures, and generations and leverage all

that they have to offer, therefore, is a must

have for leaders.

“Yet many companies (in this case

Nigeria) spend inordinate amounts of

time, money and energy attracting talented

employees, only to subject them to homogenising

processes that kill creativity. The

chance for new ideas is much greater when

you have people from different backgrounds.

The chance for conflict is also

higher- and conflict is good per se, as long

as it's constructive and gets us to the best

idea".

That is why, as the President draws his

list for ministerial and other appointments,

he must bear in mind that a skewed pattern

of appointment will never allow him to

achieve the much desired progress for this

country.

He must remove the garb that makes him

to feel that only his ethnic, religious and

close friends alone can assist him to achieve

his goals. It is an opportunity of a lifetime

given to him to write his name in gold in

the history of this nation.

In my estimation, the President failed to

live up to expectations in his first four years

tenure, although, those around him will

never allow him to realise this. And that is

why the need for diversity is so pertinent.

At this point, we need new blood.

According to the HBR writers: "Collaborative

leaders ensure that teams stay fresh

via periodic infusions of new players." The

President did not take this into consideration

during his first tenure, even when it

was so glaring that some of his men were

clearly lacking in substance and delivery.

Though they embarrassed the government

that he led, he refused to effect the necessary

changes required.

The kind of ministers that will help him

to deliver the goods are those that will also

imbibe the virtues of diversity. The

collaboration must also diffuse from the

President to the ministers and all the

leadership in our federal agencies. Bart

Becht of Reckitt Benckiser observed that:

"Depoliticising senior management so that

executives are rewarded for collaboration,

rather than promoting their individual

agenda is an absolute essential".

That is it; all facts laid bare for us to

comprehend. There is no better alternative

to diversity; it is a principal factor that

determines the greatness of nations. Nigeria

has it in abundance, but leadership

There is no better

alternative to diversity; it

is a principal factor that

determines the greatness

of nations

has continued to play politics of all kinds

with it. China, India and others, have sent

their best out to other parts of the world to

learn diversity and benchmark on what

they lack, and where possible, steal technology.

What do we do here? We tend to

subdue or kill what we have.

In fact, our diversity has killed our creativity.

We prefer to go abroad for solutions

than to seek help from our brother who is

not ethnically and religiously same with

us. And this is what the HBR writers have

to say about organisations and societies

that refuse to allow for diversity and creativity

to reign. It does not have to be your

brother or religious comrade or, your ethnic

kindred or your old friend, any person

that is proven to be competent will do. It is

also not about the age; the more the

generational mix, the better.

Every individual has talents, depending

on how he or she is nurtured; same applies

to groups and societies. There are no perfect

human beings, even the geniuses in our

midst have their own frailties and foibles.

That is the way life is and that is how nature

works. Life must be balanced: the average,

good and excellent must be accommodated

in the scheme of things, otherwise it will be

distorted. The same thing is applicable in

other areas of our lives, especially in the

way we recruit personnel for our organisations.

There is a preponderance of the big

companies and key federal agencies in the

country, to always call for first class or a

minimum of second class upper certificate

holders in their recruitment drives.

One may then ask: If we have always

been calling for first class candidates into

NNPC and other organisations, why have

we been having challenges with the running

of such organisations for profitability.

This is not trying to bring down the importance

of merit in our system, which is

very vital, but we must emphasize the need

for diversity and inclusiveness in the system.

Everyone will have to track his or her

own career progression. Human resources

experts, mentors, unit heads and others will

ultimately be the guide as these individuals

glide through their potentials. That way,

we put square pegs in square holes and

everyone benefits. The President must take

note of this.

•Ikhioya, www.southsouthecho.com,

Twitter:@SunnyIkhioya


Nigeria’s oil output rises to

2.32mbpd

•NNPC to cut production cost to $20 per barrel

By Michael Eboh

The Group Managing

Director of the Nigerian

National Petroleum Corporation,

NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru,

yesterday, disclosed that

Nigeria’s crude oil and

condensates production has risen

to 2.32 million barrels per day,

mbpd, marginally exceeding the

2019 budget benchmark figure of

2.3 million barrels.

Speaking in Abuja during the

visit of national officials of the

Nigerian Union of Journalists,

NUJ, Baru said the country’s

current crude oil output figure

was a significant improvement

from the average daily production

of 2.1 million barrels recorded in

2018.

Baru also stated that the NNPC

the country’s gas production has

risen to about 1.5 billion standard

cubic feet, scf, from about 450

million scf per day.

He further disclosed that

officials of the Corporation are

currently negotiating foreign

direct investments for the

Nigerian petroleum industry to

the tune of $7 billion, a significant

improvement from the $3.6 billion

recorded in 2017.

He stated: “Since we came in

July 2016, we had been focused

on increasing production of oil

and gas and condensates. At

some point, our national

combined production was about

a million barrel; I am happy that

as at the end of 2018, we have

moved on, averaging last year,

about 2.1 million barrels.

As I am speaking, this

morning, I looked at our

production figures, combined oil

and condensates we are pushing

2.32 million barrels a day. This

CURRENCY BUYING SELLING

US DOLLAR

POUNDS

EURO

FRANC

YEN

CFA

WAUA

RENMINBI

RIYAL

SDR

DANISH

RAND

$ 94.70 -1.35

2,520.00 20.00

$12.63 -0.03

$ 62.26 1.32

$53.89 1.96

305.95 306.45 306.95

382.9576 383.5835 384.2093

342.4192 342.9788 343.5384

306.3483 306.8489 307.3496

2.8269 2.8315 2.8361

0.5048 0.5148 0.5248

421.7829 422.4722 423.1615

44.1688 44.2414 44.314

81.5801 81.7135 81.8468

422.4558 423.1462 423.8366

45.8531 45.928 46.0029

. 20.9295 20.9637 20.9979

CBN Exchange rate as at 18/06/2019

stability and ability to push

production has come as a

consequence of several factors,

both internally, externally and

also.

Our drive for transparency has

also produced a lot of fruits. We

have been able to attract Foreign

Direct Investments, FDI, into the

oil and gas industry and in 2017

alone, we have attracted about

$3.6 billion. In 2018, we have shot

up by $3 billion; at the moment,

some of our officers are in

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London, where they are

negotiating sums in the region

of $7 billion as FDI for the oil and

gas sector.”

Baru further stated that the

NNPC had been able to reduce

the cost of crude oil production,

dragging it down from $27 per

barrel in its Joint Venture

operations to $22 per barrel,

adding that the corporation was

looking at further reducing it to

about $20 per barrel.

LAUNCH: From Left: Abiodun Ayodeji, Marketing Manager, Promasidor Nigeria Limited;

with Joyce Olageshin, Country Manager, Supa Strikas; Anders“Einarsson, Managing Director;

and Andrew Enahoro, Head, Legal and“Corporate Communications, both

of Promasidor Nigeria Limited; during the launch of Cowbell Chocolate Get Up N Goal

Promo, at the company’s headquaters in Lagos .

SEC grants final approval for Lagos

commodity exchange

By Peter Egwuatu

THE Securities and

Exchange Commission

(SEC) has finally approved the

application from Lagos

Commodity and Futures

Exchange,

LCFE, for the commencement

of commodities

and futures

trading. The LCFE is

promoted by the Association

of Securities

Dealing Houses of Nigeria

(ASHON).

As a prelude to the

historic approval, the

Commission had earlier

granted the LCFE,

approval-in-principle.

According to the letter

of approval, signed

by SEC’s Head of Registration,

Exchange

and Market Infrastructure,

Mr. Emomotimi

Agama, on behalf of

the Ag. Director General,

Ms Mary Uduk,

the final approval takes

effect from June 14,

2019.

Part of the approval letter addressed

to LCFE’s Managing

Director and Chief Executive

Officer, Mr Akin Akeredolu-Ale

states: “In the exercise of the

power conferred on it by the Investment

and Securities Act

(ISA) No 29 of 2007 and the

Rules and Regulations made

there-under, the Commission

has granted your Company, registration

to perform the function

of a Commodities and Futures

Exchange in the Capital Market

with effect from June 14,

2019. By virtue of this registration,

you are authorised to perform

the function for which you

are registered.”

Responding to the approval,

ASHON’s Chairman, Chief

Patrick Ezeagu, said “SEC has

shown a commitment to open

up the commodities market ecosystem

for ASHON’S initiative

of floating LCFE to come to fruition.

Congratulations to the

market, the operators and the

economy. We are really grateful

to SEC, shareholders, and

all our partners NSE, CSCS,

technology providers etc that

collaboratively bathed this new

baby.”

As a collective endorsement

of the new organization which

has opened more opportunities

for diversification of their businesses,

stockbrokers had early

this year converged at the corporate

office of LCFE for on-thespot

assessment and appreciation

of the facilities for trading.

They commended ASHON

for the initiative and registered

their loyalty to the new trading

platform.

The cheery news of the approval

has elicited jubilation

among stockbrokers with torrents

of congratulatory messages

to ASHON and the management

of LCFE. Analysts

were quick to say that the

Nigeria’s capital market was

long overdue for a thriving

commodities exchange in view

of the ongoing occasional

shocks in the international oil

market and the federal

government’s resolve to give

agriculture a pride of place as

the country’s major income

driver.

Consortium of

banks refinances

Neconde’s

N2.3trn facil-

By Udeme Akpan

A

consortium of seven

local and international

lenders has signed an agreement

to refinance Neconde

Energy Limited, existing Senior

Secured Medium-Term

Loan Facility Agreement

worth $640 million, following

the 20 year renewal of the Oil

Mining License of the Company

effective June 2019.

In a statement sent to Vanguard

yesterday, Neconde

Energy Limited said that the

consortium is made up of four

Nigerian Banks and three international

lenders, including

Access Bank, Fidelity Bank,

Zenith Bank as well as First

Bank (UK) Limited, adding

that the international lenders

also include the Africa Import

Export Bank (Afrexim), Africa

Finance Corporation (AFC)

and Glencore Energy (UK)

Limited.

The company disclosed that

apart from being a member of

the lending consortium,

Glencore is also the off-taker

of Neconde’s equity crude oil

production.

It stated that with the refinancing,

Neconde is now

positionedto achieve its field

development plans for the

Asset.

The Chairman of Neconde

Energy Limited Dr. Ernest

Azudialu-Obiejesi, said in the

statement that the loan refinancing

affirms the strong financial

fundamentals of

Neconde Energy Limited as

a leading player in the upstream

sector of the Oil and

Gas industry.

He also stated: “This restructuring

frees up capital

for Neconde to invest in more

development activities that

will result in production increase”.

“Neconde is in a Joint Venture

(JV) with the Nigerian

Petroleum Development Company

(NPDC) in OML 42.

The JV’s Production presently

stands at an average of

50,000bpd and upon completion

of the development activities

planned in the 2019

work program; the JV expects

to hit a production output of

about 100,000bpd.

In Q3 2018, Neconde alongside

its Joint Venture partner,

NPDC, secured a robust and

independent alternative

crude evacuation system. This

initiative was borne out of the

need to find a more reliable

alternative to the Trans-

Forcados Pipeline which is

prone to repeated outages.

The new evacuation system

(Barging) has become the primary

evacuation system for

the JV and has since proven

to be a more reliable and consistent

channel of evacuating

its crude oil for export.


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Data & Figures

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DAILY SHIPPING POSITION DELTA PORTS, WARRI FOR 27-05-2019


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019

IN the aftermath of the shocking

attack on two tankers in the Gulf

of Oman, shipping analysts and

brokers are expecting the maritime

industry to sit tight and wait for

further developments and reports on

the incident in the days to come,

before deciding its future stance on

the issue. In its latest weekly report,

shipbroker Gibson said that "with US

sanctions on Iranian crude exports

now in full flow, Iran's oil revenues

are in quick decline, with sources

quoting that they are already lower

than under previous sanctions in

2012. As such, the policy to choke

Iran of exporting crude seems to have

had the desired effect. However,

attempting to track any Iranian

vessel movements has become very

challenging, with most tankers

having AIS transponders completely

switched off".

Gibson added that "statistics from

Kpler show that Iran loaded for

export over 0.8 million b/d in May,

down from over 1.2 million b/d in

April. Previously, most of the country's

crude was shipped to China, with the

commodity tracking company

reporting that over 900,000 b/d was

discharged into China in April but

just 330,000 b/d was unloaded in

May as sanctions came into effect.

However, these are just the statistics

that we know of and can make a

reasonable assumption due to vessel

tracking. The latest AIS data shows

that approximately 33 Iranian

VLCCs have their AIS trackers

completely switched off, a massive

increase from just 12 units in April,

just before the expiry of the US waiver

program. The vessels with their

transponders off could be just sitting

idle or involved in storage or may

well continue trading. On a few

occasions in the past, we have

observed NITC tankers offloading

their cargoes via the STS transfers.

However, as US ups the pressure to

block Iranian crude trade, it is highly

likely that Iranian tanker floating

storage is on a rise. Others share a

similar view. Argus Media has

recently estimated that floating

storage jumped from 7 million

barrels to 20 million barrels last

month. An increase in floating

storage generally is a positive

development for the tanker market.

However, Iranian crude trade is a

closed market, with the NITC

tankers shipping only Iranian crude

and absent from the international

trade".According to the shipbroker,

"beyond current trade issues with

Iran, the latest tanker incidents in the

Gulf of Oman took center stage not

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Shipping to adopt ‘wait-and-see-mode’ After

Tanker Attacks in the Gulf of Oman

From left: Director of Sales and Marketing at DNV GL, Trond Hodne and President of Oshima Shipbuilding,

Eiichi Hiraga, at the signing the long-term strategic cooperation between DNV GL and Oshima in Oslo.

only amongst those in the shipping

community, but internationally,

putting the world on alert about

possible supply disruptions coming

out of the Middle East. Speculations

are running high that tensions

between Iran and United States

A

LARGE number of

shipowners were not

accepting bookings for Middle

East cargoes on Friday, citing lack

of clarity on safety after Thursday’s

attacks on two tankers in the Gulf

of Oman, Singapore-based shipbrokers

and Asian market sources

said.

The move will not have an immediate

impact on crude flows as

charterers are not in urgent need

of vessels and crude supply was

ample, they said.

A few shipowners were still willing

to consider spot bookings for

the Middle East, including mainly

Greek companies who sought high-

could stoke further after the US

Administration again pointed the

finger at Iran for the alleged attack.

Reuters reported that two prominent

tanker owners stated that they will

reject any bookings for the time being

for vessels loading in the Middle East

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Gulf. However, so far tanker markets

have failed to react. The benchmark

VLCC route from the Middle East

to China (TD3C) closed on Baltic

Exchange yesterday at WS38.65, just

one WS point higher versus the

previous day.

Shipowners hold back from taking bookings for

Middle East cargoes

er premiums and extra crew fees

to undertake the voyage, shipbrokers

said.

Most owners were in a wait-andwatch

mode and at least one major

Asian shipowner was still considering

halting its vessels from calling

at ports in the Middle East, a company

executive said.

“There is too much steam today

and many owners are not ready for

calling Persian Gulf ports today. If

we check the market today for

ships, owners will be bullish,” a

Singapore-based VLCC charterer

said. Some shipowners were hesitant

to call at Fujairah, while others

said that calling at Persian Gulf

Japan is the world’s third-largest coal-importing country

JAPAN imported more than

210 million short tons

(MMst) of coal in 2018, making

it the world’s third-largest coalimporting

country after only India

and China. Japan continues to use

steam coal to fuel one-third of its

electricity generation and metallurgical

coal for raw steel production.

Japan imports nearly all (99%)

of the coal it consumes. Australia

is Japan’s primary coal supplier,

supplying 128 MMst, or

61%, of Japan’s demand in 2018.

Indonesia (32 MMst), Russia (21

MMst), the United States (13

MMst), and Canada (9.6

MMst) accounted for another

35% of total coal imports. U.S.

thermal coal exports to Japan increased

by 20% in 2018, and 2019

exports as of March are already

38% higher than in all of 2018.

Coal accounts for about one-third

of Japan’s electricity generation. In

2018, Japan’s utilities produced an

estimated 317 billion kilowatthours

of electricity at more than 90 coalfired

power plants. Coal’s share of

electricity generation in Japan was

higher in 2018 than it was before

the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.

In 2010, coal accounted for

25% of Japan’s electricity generation,

and nuclear generation accounted

for 29%.

Before 2011, Japan’s Ministry

of Economy, Trade and Industry

(METI) had planned to reduce

coal’s generation share by more

than half by 2030, intending for

nuclear power to offset coal plant

retirements. The plan included

increasing the nuclear generation

share in Japan’s electricity mix to

50% by 2030. However, as a result

of the Fukushima accident

and subsequent suspension of

Japan’s nuclear fleet, METI now

projects a future energy mix of

20% to 22% nuclear, 22% to 24%

renewables, 26% coal, and 27%

natural gas through 2030.

ports had not been ruled out and

there were always some vessels

willing to take the risk.

Other owners said war risk premiums

must be charged to the charterer,

indicating that risk appetite

for Middle East loadings varied

widely.

War risk

One of the tankers that caught

fire on Thursday was the LR2 Front

Altair carrying a naphtha cargo for

Taiwanese oil refiner CPC Corp.

The UK War Risks Club, which

provides specialist insurance for

ships, told members that “although

full details of the Gulf of Oman

incidents are yet to be confirmed,

there does appear to be a greatly

increased threat to ships trading

in the region”.

The club, managed by insurance

provider Thomas Miller, said it

was likely that additional premium

rates will increase with immediate

effect and it was in discussions

with reinsurers.

The UK P&I Club, also part of

the same group, told its members

to exercise extreme caution in the

Sea of Oman region. It had previously

assisted one of its members

involved in the sabotage incident

in the anchorage of Fujairah port

in May.

In Thursday’s incident, two vessels

were attacked the chemical tanker

Kokuka Courageous, as well as the

Front Altair. US naval forces in the

region received distress calls from

the Front Altair and Kokuka Courageous

at 6:12 am local time and

7 am, respectively.

Middle East

tanker attacks

send ship

insurance

soaring

THE recent spike in attacks on

tankers near the Persian Gulf

is inflating insurance premiums for

ships transiting through the wider

Middle East, increasing the cost of

transporting oil from the region.

Insurance rates for crude oil tankers

loading in the Middle East are

now up to 20 times higher following

the latest attacks.

A shipping insurance source said

shipowners now have to pay 0.1%-

0.4% of the vessel value in insurance,

compared with 0.02% prior to the

attacks.

“Underwriters are terrified it will

happen again over the next few days,”

the source said.

In some cases, marine insurance

underwriters are reluctant to even

offer coverage for oil tankers loading

in region, shipping sources said.

Two tankers were attacked in the

Gulf of Oman on Thursday, next to

the Strait of Hormuz, a critical

chokepoint through which 30% of

the world’s seaborne oil transits.

These incidents came almost a

month after four oil tankers were

sabotaged near Fujairah, UAE.

WAR RISK PREMIUM

Any further attacks in the region

are expected to lead to a revision in

insurance premiums for ships transiting

through the region, sources

said.

“At the moment with these additional

attacks, it has become likely

that the situation may deteriorate

further. Underwriters are trying not

to offer coverage if possible, especially

for tankers in this region,” a

London-based broker from the Edge

Group, which provides marine, finance

and trade insurance.

“However, when pushed we are

seeing rates of between 0.1%-0.4%

of the vessel value,” he said. “This

situation may calm down over the

coming weeks, but it really depends

on how the situation develops.”

The Joint War Committee of insurance

body Lloyd’s Market Association

on May 17 issued a circular

adding the Persian Gulf and adjacent

waters including parts of Gulf

of Oman to the list of areas under

risk of “Hull War, Piracy, Terrorism

and related perils” following the

Fujairah attacks.

Insurer Hellenic War Risks said in

a June 13 notice on its website that

insurance rates are likely to increase

due to “a greatly increased threat to

ships trading in the region.”

“It is likely that Additional Premium

rates will increase with immediate

effect and the Association is in

discussions with its re-insurers to assist

in it continuing to be able to provide

Members with the best possible

terms,” the notice said.

FREIGHT RATE IMPACT MUT-

ED

Despite the significant impact on

insurance, freight rates have not yet

seen a significant rise.

A lack of demand from charterers

and an oversupplied tanker market

has kept a lid on freight rates in the

region.

“There is not enough inquiry at the

moment and tonnage is still willing

to go there,” a shipbroker said. “I don’t

think rates will jump just yet, the market

will hold off till next week anyway.”

But sources have acknowledged

that if such attacks persist or become

more frequent, a sharp spike in rates

cannot be ruled out.


6

News

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019

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Customs lauds Navy over synergy, destroys N3m turkey

By Eguono Odjegba

THE Nigeria Customs

Service, NCS, Western

Marine Command, WMC,

has applauded the support

extended to it by the Nigeria

Navy in stemming the

tide of smuggling along the

nation’s territorial waters.

Customs Area Controller

of the command, Comptroller

Botiliya Binga, speaking

with Vanguard Maritime

Report in his office, said the

Navy Forward Operating

Base, Badagry, Lagos State,

last week intercepted 170

cartons of contraband foreign

poultry products

which it handed over to the

customs marine command.

The command operatives

also made a similar seizure

of the same poultry products

totalling 123 cartons

within the Lagos waterways.

Binga, who was

represented by Chief

Superintendent of

Customs, Saheed

Arisekola, put the total

Duty Paid Value of the

seized poultry products at

N3.5 million.

While lauding the synergy

between the Navy and Customs,

Binga disclosed that

the command has taken delivery

of a number of outboard

engines purchased by

the management of the customs

to power some of its

water crafts, thereby increasing

its fleet, and increasing

the command’s capacity

for offensive

against smugglers within

its operational territory.

His words, “The Customs

Service is enjoying great

synergy with the Nigeria

Navy, and this cooperation

has

remained

uninterrupted. On June 12,

the Forwarding Operating

Base Badagry arrested 170

cartons of foreign frozen

poultry products. Based on

the harmonized mode of

operation (arrest and prosecution),

they handed them

over to us.

Foreign frozen

poultry products

From left, Mr. Olatoke Adebayo, of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Ignatius

Uche, Chairman, Port Facility Security Officers, PFSO Forum, Mr. Ismaila Zakariah and Mr. Frank Obere, Secretary of

the Forum at the last monthly meeting of the group in Lagos.

“We are not relenting, and

our operatives also apprehended

a quantity of 123

same frozen poultry products.

“In April, we seized 608

cartons of the same product

and in May, we handed

over to the National Drug

Law Enforcement Agency,

NDLEA, about one tonne of

Cannabis Sativa we

arrested.

“Western Marine

Command is greatly

improved and very shortly,

we will take the place by

storm. The Comptroller

General of Customs has

purchased a number of

outboard boat engines for

us.

“It is not a plan in the

making, the engines have

been purchased and in our

custody. All that is left is to

fix them and once that is

done, smugglers will hear

from us”, he said.

Apapa gridlock: Presidential order

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Continues from page 4

know it, they will comply.

“Just imagine after 72 hours

nothing has happened, we are

getting more than two weeks

now, nothing is still happening.”

Sanni also said that the issue

will persist because major

stakeholders in the maritime

industry were sidelined in the

decision-making process,

insincerity and other forms of

unwelcomed attitudes by some

people.

According to him,

“Stakeholders must be involved,

they must be committed, they

must buy into whatever you think

you want to do. I’m talking about

the transport union, the freight

forwarders, leave out Customs

brokers because they have an

environment within the wharf, but

of course, they also have access

to port roads.

“I will tell you, there is no

sincerity in what they do. They

just give orders and forget it is

human beings that have to carry

out these orders.

“So, when you have NPA,

Shippers Council, shippers

association, freight forwarders,

customs brokers, Nigerian

Customs Service, all of us seating

down together and we all agree

on what is affecting us and our

daily bread, how can we get these

things off the road?

“It is not by sitting in Abuja and

be issuing orders for people to

come and stay in hotels and enjoy

themselves, spend state money

and all of that. You don’t get

things like that, first and foremost,

if you need one month, two

months, or up to one year, we get

this done and agree to it, anybody

who does not agree to this will be

sidelined because you are

aligned with majority of the

stakeholders”, he concluded.

Recall that the presidency

issued a 72 hour ultimatum on

May 22, 2019, that trucks should

vacate the roads leading to Apapa

Port and its axis, while setting up

a task team, headed by Vice

president, Professor Yemi

Osibanjo and Mr. Kayode Opeifa,

as vice chairman, to implement.

Tank capacity shows LNG a growing force

in large vessel orders

By Ebuka Oko “Perhaps more interestingly

H

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Fuels Insight, AFI, more than triple from around

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Natural Gas, LNG tank capacity in the cruise, container and

pointed to be a potential boom tanker segments. The 2020

in LNG for larger vessels over ‘sulphur cap’ seems to have

the coming years.

accelerated LNG adoption,

While speaking at DNV especially for larger ships,

GL–Maritime platform in Oslo, which could be good news for

Norway, recently, the industry, increasing fuel

Wold suggested that the rapid availability and improving asset

growth in installed LNG tank utilization.”

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have already passed 40 new vessels with scrubbers stood at

orders in the first five months, 3,553, said Wold, but this could

which could be a sign that the be higher as some

pace for LNG fuel investments manufacturers did not report

is picking up.

orders on a regular basis.

“The boom of 2018 seems to

have levelled off somewhat, but

new orders keep coming in.

There are more than 2,000

installations reported to be

completed in 2019, which would

mean by the start date of the

‘sulphur cap’ almost 3,000

scrubber vessels will be in

operation. However, due to the

complexity of scrubber retrofits,

we expect that not all of these

vessels will be on the water by

2020.”

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019

By Godfrey Bivbere

ASUSPECT involved in the

attempted smuggling of a

helicopter out of Nigeria has

been granted bail, even as the

identity of the smuggler is

shrouded in secrecy.

The Comptroller General of

the Nigeria Customs Service,

NCS, Col. Hameed Ali (retd),

had announced the seizure of

the helicopter that was stocked

By Godfrey Bivbere

AN indication that the

leadership of the

Nigerian Customs Service,

NCS, are disillusioned with

some of their officers emerged

last week when the

representative of the

Comptroller General of the

Nigerian Customs Service,

NCS, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.),

described some Customs

officers working at the border as

“useless”, living their official

duty in pursuit of their personal

interest.

The Customs boss made this

remark at stakeholders’

sensitisation workshop in

preparation for the

implementation of the Nigeria-

Benin Republic joint

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Helicopter smuggler granted bail,

identity shrouded in secrecy

in a container meant for export

towards the end of last year.

The smuggler was said to

have brought into the port a

container of cashew nut which

was inspected by the Customs

at Apapa and cleared for

export only for the produce to

be unstuck and the container

loaded with the helicopter.

Vanguard Maritime

Report gathered that the said

automation of cargo clearance

portals aimed at faster trade

facilitation and prevention of

alteration of trade documents.

The representative, Assistant

Comptroller General of

Customs, ACG, in charge of

Information Technology,

Benjamin Aber, made this

remark while responding to

questions on the activities of

officers and men at the Seme

border post that is affecting

trade facilitation.

He also noted that “the other

issue is the suffering of

Nigerian traders, what they go

through. Our Customs is the

same problem that they go

through at the other side.”

Responding to the question,

Aber stated: “Agreed that some

of our officers are very useless,

smuggler is a foreigner but this

could not be confirmed at the

time of going to press.

When contacted, the

National Public Relations

Officer of the NCS, Joseph

Attah, confirmed that there

was such an arrest made but

he neither gave the identity or

nationality of the suspect.

According to him, “You

asked if there was any such

they disregard their

responsibility and take on

personal issues and we as

managers cannot shy away from

taking the bull by the horn by

making sure that such

tendencies of working outside

the system is stopped and be

brought to order.

Working outside

the system

“We can assure you that as we

are talking here, it is on camera

and it is on record that the

Federal Government of Nigeria

and the Benin Republic are

single minded in bring this to

an end because if we do not

address this, it will kill us.”

The visibly angry Aber stated

further: “Why are people

Customs & Imports

5

arrest and I am confirming that

there was an arrest. There was

an arrest and the suspect is on

bail and the proper legal

procedure is (followed).

“You know some of these

things require painstaking

investigation and you do not

rush to court for going to court

sake. You need to painstakingly

investigate and have facts to

nail (the suspect) because the

essence of going to court is to

ensure that justice is served.

“Justice can only be served

when proper and thorough

investigation is conducted on a

case,” he noted.

*R-L: Mr Sylvanus Obasi, CEO Platforms Communications, Oluwasegun Isaac Lawal (middle) receiving Award of

Academic Excellence as Best Graduated Shipping Management Student 2018.

Corruption in Customs: Officers are Useless,

prefer personal to official duty Customs boss

migrating to European

countries? Why can’t we

sanctified our own

environment and make

people want to come in. So we

must first and foremost

address our shortcomings and

take the bold step.

“We disabuse ourselves,

there is something I always

tell my officers; there is

something you cannot take

away from an individual, that

is self correction.

“So now we are now selfcorrecting

ourselves to build

that desired trade

environment so that instead of

running to Europe to trade,

we will be coming to Benin

and Nigeria, preferable be

doing your business in Benin

Republic,” he noted.

PAAR contributing

to cost escalation

for many

businesses, says

LCCI

By Naomi Uzor

THE Lagos Chamber of

Commerce and Industry,

LCCI, yesterday expressed

concern over the persistent

delays in the issuance of the Pre-

Arrival Assessment Report, PAAR,

to importers by the Nigeria

Customs Service, NCS, saying

that the situation contributed to

cost escalation for many

businesses.

In a communiqué by the

chamber, the Director General of

LCCI, Mr. Muda Yusuf, said

cargoes were delayed unduly

leading to the payment of

avoidable demurrage and high

interest cost on borrowed funds

by importers.

“The protracted delays in the

issuance of PAAR are a negation

of the policy of the government

on Ease of Doing Business. The

LCCI, therefore, calls on the

Comptroller General of the

Nigeria Customs Service, to

urgently intervene to put an end

to the persistent delays in the

issuance of PAAR,” he said.

The Chamber also expressed

concern over reports of

interception of containers on the

highways by the Standards

Organisation of Nigeria, SON.

“The LCCI is of the view that

where there are outstanding

charges to be paid to SON, or

where there are issues about

SONCAP compliance, such

matters should be dealt with

before the container leaves the

port. It is unprofessional for the

operatives of SON to be

intercepting containers on the

highways on account of some fees

or charges that have not been

settled by importers.”

Yusuf said the Chamber

also expressed concern about the

investigating activities of antigraft

agencies and regulatory

institutions regarding alleged

infractions by corporate

organisations.

He stated: “The Chamber

admonishes that such

investigation, as much as

possible, be conducted in a

discreet manner devoid of any

form of media hype. This is

necessary to avoid unwarranted

reputational damage and erosion

of investors’ confidence. This

position does not diminish the

significance of compliance by

corporate organisations with

extant laws and the imperative of

proportional sanctions for proven

cases of infringements of the law.

“The LCCI is a leading

advocate of sound corporate

governance in the

country. Meanwhile, it is also

important that there should be

proper coordination between

regulatory institutions and antigraft

agencies in dealing with

suspected regulatory infractions

to avoid duplication of

investigative actions” he

stressed.


4

Terminals & Ships

Pirates attack cargo vessel in Calabar

By Godwin Oritse

A

SEA pirate attack has

been recorded at the

Eastern part of the country as

a cargo vessel ‘M.V Esther’

was attacked en-route

Cameroon with some cargo

while the ship captain was

abducted.

Although information

regarding the incident is still

very scanty but Vanguard

Maritime Report gathered that

the vessel took off from the

Shoreline Terminal in the

Calabar Port axis last

Monday.

Confirming

the

development, an officer in the

International Ship and Port

Facility Security, ISPS Code

Unit, at the Nigerian Maritime

Administration and Safety

Agency, NIMASA, Mr.

Adebayo Olatoke, said that the

agency is awaiting report from

the facility security officer of

the terminal.

He stated that until such

report is made available, there

is little the Agency can do as

information regarding the

incident was still scanty.

Stakeholders fault NPA, Presidential Committee

Continues from page 3

porary truck parks like the ones

that can be built in satellite locations

around Lagos, along Lagos-

Badagry expressway, Lagos-

Sagamu expressway, Lekki-Epe

road and other identified unused

facilities in Lagos.

“It does not portray government

well when it harasses truck drivers

who start going around all

over the township, spreading

vices and crimes. Government

actions should be based on purposeful

approach, and the truth

is that there are no facilities for

the trucks and that makes these

trucks call-up system a lie.”

On his part, Chairman of Association

of Maritime Transport

Owners, AMATO, Chief Femi

Ogungbemile, said NPA and the

presidential committee are doing

well, but he disagreed with the

timing and tasked them to adopt

more pragmatic and temporary

solution that would be less strenuous

on transporters.

“We have seen many presidential

committees and task forces

come and go, while the problems

remain. I think the problem is still

there because the correct things

have not been done. That is why

my appeal to NPA and the

present presidential committee is

for them to sit down together with

stakeholders and brainstorm on

an agreeable solution and time.

“I have said it many times that

our greatest problem is rushing

in and rushing out. We are more

concerned about what we get.

NPA cannot tell the nation it has

enough truck parking terminals

to take 2000 trucks and trailers

out of the port roads in Lagos.

“There are over 5000 of them in

Lagos on a daily basis. There

should be less eye service and

more true service by telling government

the truth. If it is possible

to put the ports here on hold for

one or two months while work is

carried out on the roads and trucks

parking facilities, it is to our national

interest.

There are other ports in the

country to take up the challenge

for two months.

“Empty containerized trucks

which are part of the problems are

there because our leaders do not

have the political will to insist that

terminal operators should provide

truck bays. Things are not working

out because we are not having

the right people in place.”

Executive Vice Chairman of the

Presidential Task Team on Decongestion

of Apapa Traffic, Mr.

Kayode Opeifa, last week said the

team had been able to ‘completely’

take away trailers and

trucks from Ijora-Olopa to Point

Road as well as successfully remove

stationary trailers and con-

He, however, said that the

vessel was attacked two hours

after it left Shoreline terminal

outside the Nigerian waters.

Chairman of the Port Facility

Security Officers, PFSO,

Forum, Dr. Ignatius Uche, said

that the group was aware of

the development adding that

the vessel was being

monitored as they also await

more information on the attack.

Customs Area

Controller,

CAC Garba

Uba

Mohammed,

(middle)

speaking with

journalists on

seizures made

by the

Command in

the last two

months.

Standing by

his right his

the Public

Relations

Officer of the

Command,

Saidu

Nuhrudi

tainers from that point up to the

Marine Bridge, noting that was

how far they have been able to

go.

While lamenting his

committee’s limited time frame,

Opeifa declared, “Our assignment

is predicated upon the fact

that truck ‘Park A’ will be available,

trailer park B, C, D and E

would have been cleared by

Lagos State government for us but

they are still not fully available. It

is a work in progress because it

takes a lot of stakeholders’ engagement

for us to clean it. We

don’t want to displace anybody

from his normal means of livelihood.

“We have achieved one hundred

percent compliance on what

we are expected to deliver in

terms of extortions, in terms of

truck removal from the bridge, in

terms of deploying an effective

traffic management plan, in terms

of giving an efficient traffic management

direction, in terms of deploying

the appropriate call up

system.”

Apapa gridlock: Presidential order

ineffective Freight forwarder

By Oko Ebuka

DESPITE

the

Presidential order to clear

roads leading to Apapa ports and

its axis from truck drivers, trucks

are still occupying the roads and

dangerously blocking the

residents of Apapa, causing

incessant traffic for motorists and

making business owners to

abandon their businesses around

the area.

Reacting to this, a freight

forwarder, who is also a major

stakeholder in the maritime sector,

Mr. Joe Sanni, said that the

presidential order failed due to

lack of proper sensitization of the

people who are directly involved

in the whole processes of clearing

the port road.

He stated: “Sincerely speaking,

when government sits in one

place and then decides to make

pronouncements without first and

foremost sensitizing the people,

agreeing with the people, and

think they can force things down

their throat like that, it doesn’t

work that way.

“Whether 72 hours or two

weeks, government is wasting its

time because the people that are

sitting on the table and they are

discussing with also need to get

back to their members and

sensitize them and before you

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Seme Customs

collects N2.7bn

in 3 months

•• Seizes vehicles, India

Hemp, Rice, others

By Godfrey Bivbere

THE Seme border command

of the Nigeria Customs

Services, NCS, has collected over

N2.6 billion into the federated

account from March to date.

Disclosing this at Seme border,

yesterday, the Customs Area

Controller, CAC, Garba Uba

Mohammed, said that the

Command impounded 8,304

bags of 50 kilogramme foreign

parboiled rice equivalent of 14

trailers with Duty Paid Value, DPV,

of N88.7 million.

Also impounded during this

period, according to the Seme

Customs boss are 1,582 parcel of

Cannabis Sativa concealed in an

Indomie painted truck and

another 55 parcels concealed

under a coffin; both valued at

more than N30 million.

Mohammed also disclosed that

the Command seized 13 vehicles

including Toyota Highlander

(2005), Range Rover (2017),

Toyota Rav 4 (2006), Toyota Venza

(2010) and others with combined

DPV of N42.1 million. Other

items includes a truck load of 493

packs of baby diapers valued at

N4.1 million; 2,000 cartons of

expired biscuits valued at N7.7

million and 410 sacks of school

bags valued at N13.2 million.

Also listed among items seized,

according to Mohammed,

include 31 jerry cans of 25 litres

each with DPV of N269,911, 138

jerry cans of 25 litres each valued

at N212,100; 71 cartons of expired

food seasoning worth N458,109;

35 bags of 50 kilograms sugar and

many more.

The Seme Customs boss said

that along with the seized items,

six persons were in their custody.

He said, “Let me re-emphasise

that the Command is determined

to detect, arrest and prosecute

those who fail to comply with the

extent regulations.”

He called on Nigerians to be

patriotic by supporting the

Command and reporting any

smuggling activity or providing

relevant information that will

assist the Command in

discharging its obligations.

Export cargo

revenue at

Apapa, Tin-can

rises by 5.5%

Continues on page 1

to do without compromising,

there was no reason why all exports

should not be captured.

In his words, “For other exports

not being captured by our

institutions, I think it is a

function of the quality of our

institutions because if they do

what they should do without

compromising there is no

reason why those things should

not be captured.’’


WEDNESDAY, JUNE19, 2019

DEMURRAGE: FG, shipping firms

increase free storage days from 5 to 12

By Godwin Oritse

THE Federal Government

through the Nigerian

Shippers’ Council, Presidential

Enabling Business

Environment Committee,

PEBEC, and the foreign

shipping lines operating in

Nigeria have now increased the

free storage days for imported

cargoes to 12 days from five

days.

The development was the

outcome of long-drawn battle to

get palliatives for importers over

huge demurrage resulting from

port congestion.

Disclosing this to Vanguard

Maritime Report in Lagos, the

Executive Secretary of the

Nigerian Shippers’ Council,

NSC, Mr. Hassan Bello, said

the Council, along with PEBEC,

has concluded plans to meet

again over the issue to fine tune

the modalities for the

implementation.

Recall that PEBEC and

foreign shipping firms

operating in Nigeria, last week

met to negotiate demurrage on

cargoes occasioned by the

Apapa traffic gridlock.

Similarly, Chairman of the

Presidential Task Force on the

Restoration of Law and Order

on the Apapa Port Access,

Kayode Opeifa, said that the

government is aware that

increases in the demurrage

arising from the long stay of

goods in the ports was not the

fault of the importers.

The long stay of these goods

was also occasioned by the

traffic gridlock partly due to the

bad port access roads.

Opeifa said that the meeting

was a work-in-progress project

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adding that nobody other

than the Vice President, Dr.

Yemi Osibajo, can comment

on the matter.

He stated: “What I can

tell is that the shipping

companies met with

members of PEBEC at the

office of the Nigerian

Shippers’ Council to

negotiate demurrage on

cargoes. It is a work-inprogress

meeting.”

Bello said he could not

talk much on the matter

adding that PEBEC met

again with the

representatives of the

shipping companies last

week and held discussion

with them on the issue.

From Left, Executive Director, Maritime Labour & Cabotage Services, Nigerian Maritime Administration & Safety Agency,

NIMASA, Ahmed Gambo, Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside and Executive Director, Administration & Finance, Dr

Bashir Jamoh, during a meeting with media executives, in Lagos.

Stakeholders fault NPA, Presidential Committee

By Godwin Oritse

MARITIME

industry

stakeholders are singing

discordant tunes over the way

and manner the management of

the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA,

and the Presidential Task Force

on De-congestion of Apapa Road

have responded to the prevailing

port access road crisis. The issue

is the approach of the task force

and the ports authority in respect

of the forceful evacuation of trucks

from the Lagos ports access roads,

in addition to the hiccups associated

with trucks call-up system.

While a section of port users

have faulted NPA’s approach to

the trucks call-up system’s time

frame which they described as

being hasty and unrealistic, oth-

ers have also condemned the

framework of the presidential

committee on trucks removal from

Lagos ports as lacking necessary

solution action plans and full of

noisy politicking.

Concerned stakeholders who

spoke with our reporter said the

facilities to achieve truck call-up

system are presently non-existent,

even as they lampooned

various presidential intervention

task forces including the current

one for failure to properly advise

the presidency on the reality on

ground. The other inadequacy is

their apparent inability to undertake

a sincere and purposeful temporary

remedial action pending

when everything required to

drive the truck call-up system has

been put in place.

Speaking on the developments,

President of All Ports Unified

Freight Forwarding Practitioners

Association, APUFFPA, Prince

Mike Okorie, said the committee

should not expend efforts on chasing

trucks out of the ports access

roads and inadvertently forcing

them to begin to roam all over

Lagos metropolis and spread social

vices and criminalities. Rather

he said, the committee should recommend

to the federal government

the need to open up spaces

in some locations around Lagos

to which the trucks should be

taken, while long term parking

arrangements and eventual

trucks call-up system is developed.

His words, “I believe that NPA

knows what to do to solve all these

issues. All these task forces

are mere waste of time. I believe

that NPA knows that

asking these trucks to go

away from the ports access

roads is not a practical option,

the drivers know their

work lies at the ports. Let the

presidential committee stop

playing politics of relevance

and tell the federal government

to clear up large expanse

of land along Lagos-

Sagamu expressway, take

these trucks there and start

the call-up trial test.

“The truth is that there are

no ready parking facilities;

the correct thing to do is to

begin their construction

while making use of the tem-

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Only one bid

was received for

Ibadan Inland

Dry Port

Shippers Council

By Godwin Oritse

THE Nigerian Shippers

Council, NSC, has disclosed

that only one bid was received for the

Ibadan Inland Container Depot, ICD,

as at the date of closure of bids.

Speaking to Vanguard Maritime

Report, Executive Secretary of the

Council, Mr. Hassan Bello, said that

another bid came in after the

submission of bids had closed adding

that the late bid could not be

entertained.

Although Bello was silent on the

amount quoted by the bidder he,

however, said that the figure in the

bid was still open to negotiation. He

added, “the fact that there is only one

bidder for the Ibadan ICD project does

not mean that the company has won

the bid.”

He said that the bid will still have to

undergo an evaluation process by the

Infrastructural Concession Regulatory

Commission, ICRC, before it can be

adjudged to be successful

Recall that while briefing the former

minister of transportation, Rotimi

Amaechi, and the representatives of

the Oyo State government, during a

visit to the site of the project, Bello had

said the proposed dry port would be

constructed based on Public Private

Partnership, PPP, arrangement.

Bello had in 2018, during a courtesy

call on the former Governor of Oyo

State, Mr. Abiola Ajimobi, said that the

20,000 tonnes capacity Ibadan dry port

would be developed in three phases

at a total cost of $134 million. The NSC

boss said that apart from other benefits,

the project was expected to create

3,000 direct jobs on completion.

Bello who was accompanied by

representatives of the Infrastructure

Concession Regulatory Commission,

ICRC, and representatives of CRCC

China-Africa Construction Limited,

had presented an Outline Business

Case Compliance Certificate, OBC, of

the project.

He had stated that the project would

be constructed at Olorisa-Oko, the

terminal end of the ongoing Lagos-

Ibadan standard gauge railway line,

saying this would open up Oyo and

adjoining states for export. According

to him, the need to develop ports in

the hinterland is more demanding

now than in 2007 when the Federal

Executive Council approved the

concession of six Inland Container

Depots across the country.


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FG embargoes

license for tank

farms in Lagos

community

Continues from page 1

Zakariah agreed that the

location of tank farms in the

community has been a concern

to residents of the area adding

that the depot owners have

decided to come together to

alleviate the suffering of

people living in the area.

Pirate attacks

Meanwhile, the

management of A A Rano Oil

and Gas, has continued to

lament the incessant attacks by

pirates on their facilities in

Ijegun, Satellite Town area of

Lagos.

Speaking with Vanguard

Maritime Report, in Lagos,

the general manager of the

firm, Ismaila Zakariah, said as

recent as March this year, an

attack was carried out at a

facility next to them and called

on security agencies to

increase patrol on the water

ways in that area.

Zakariah explained that most

depot owners in and around

the axis have been forced to

fortify their facilities with a

view to warding off the

criminals.

He called on members of the

Port Facility Security Officers,

PFSO, Forum to assist in

ensuring that the water front

of port facility is safe and

secured from criminals.

WILAT raises alarm over ocean pollution by plastic waste

By Godwin Oritse

AGROUP, the Women in

Logistics and Transport,

WILAT, has raised the alarm

over the increasing rate of

plastic pollution in the

oceans, calling for proper

disposal and recycling of

plastic wastes to protect the

marine environment.

WILAT Board of Trustees

member and chairman,

Seaport Terminal Operators

Association of Nigeria,

STOAN, Princess Vicky

Haastrup, who made the call

during a sensitization

campaign organised to

commemorate the WILAT

Founder’s Day Anniversary in

Lagos, decried the harmful

effect of plastic wastes on

human health and aquatic

lives, called on the

governments at all levels to

enact laws banning the single

use of plastics in Nigeria to

reduce waste.

While noting that several

countries have enacted laws

to that effect, Haastrup said

Nigeria should not be an

exception towards eliminating

the harmful effects of single

use plastics with affordable

alternatives.

She called on manufacturing

industries to begin to look at

alternative ways of producing

or packaging items.

She said: “Plastic pollution

constitutes a lot of danger to

human and aquatic lives. We

see heaps of plastics almost all

over the place that it seems

almost impossible for any

government to create a clean

environment without handling

the issue of plastic wastes.

“Just recently, we heard that

the Canadian government has

developed plans to ban singleuse

plastics as early as 2021.

That is the awareness all over

the world. Nigeria should not

be an exception. We as women

in WILAT are using this

opportunity to sensitize the

society about the use of plastic.

Serious cause

of pollution

“It is a serious cause of

pollution in our marine

environment. It is affecting

fishes and when we eat them,

it constitutes health hazards to

all of us. We are using this

opportunity to call on

government to look into it as a

way of banning some of these

plastic products. Industries

should begin to look at

alternative ways of packaging

water and soft drinks because

it is a major cause of health

hazard to the marine

environment and to all of us

and the economy.

Nigeria should pass it into

law. I think is time we all rise

up to this occasion. There

should be a law that will

regulate the use of plastic. It

is a major cause of pollution

in the environment,” Princess

Haastrup said.

Also speaking at the event,

the Founder and Global

Convener of WILAT, Hajia

Aisha Ali-Ibrahim, who

doubles as the Port Manager

of the Lagos Port Complex,

Apapa, said, “We need to

sensitize the public on the

need for proper recycling so

that we can achieve a blue

environment.

“Proper disposal of plastic is

actually an area we should

focus on if we want

development in logistics. We

can’t throw things everywhere.

We have to recycle and make

the environment better and we

as women are concerned about

this. That is why we decided

to take it up.”

Former Director-General,

Nigerian Maritime

Administration and Safety

Agency, NIMASA, Mrs. Mfon

Usoro, who also spoke at the

event, called for the adoption

of innovative ideas towards

reducing plastic wastes in the

country.

“We know that the evolution

of plastics generated a lot of

businesses but when we

realise now the dangers that

are posed by plastics, I believe

we can invest on how to use

those plastics in a sustainable

way. We have heard of other

countries where they use

waste plastics as pellets for

road repairs and study shows

it is very durable. We operate

in an ecosystem and it has to

be safeguarded in order to

make it possible for our

various businesses to grow,”

she said.

The sensitization campaign

which began with a walk from

Ikoyi to Lekki through the link

bridge was attended by the

President, Chartered Institute

of Logistics and Transport,

CILT, Nigeria, Ibrahim Jubril;

immediate past president,

Nigerian Chamber of

Commerce, Industries, Mines

and Agriculture, NACCIMA,

Iyalode Alaba Lawson and

other several transport and

logistics professionals.

WILAT, which is an arm of

the Chartered Institute of

Logistics and Transport, CILT,

was set up as the global body

of women professionals in the

transport and logistics

industry. The group has been

steadfast in promoting the

status of women in the

industry and bringing

together those who support

talent and career development

of women.

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From left, Chairman, Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria, STOAN, Princess Vicky Hasstrup; former Port Manager,

Rivers Port Complex, Port Harcourt, Mrs. Caroline Ufere; former Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and

Safety Agency, NIMASA, Mrs. Mfon Usoro; and the Port Manager, Lagos Port Complex Apapa/Global Convener, Women in

Logistics and Transport (WILAT), Hajia Aisha Ali-Ibrahim, during a sensitization campaign on proper management of plastic

wastes held to commemorate WILAT Founder’s Day in Lagos on Wednesday.

BoI disburses N2.9bn for ship acquisition, creates 3,117 jobs

By Godwin Oritse &

Eguono Odjegba

THE Bank of Industry has

disbursed $82m, (about

N2.95billion) to some

indigenous investors in the

country for the purchase of

ships and support of companies

involved in ship repairs and

allied investments from a $200m

fund under Nigeria Content

Intervention Fund.

Managing Director of BoI,

Kayode Pitan, said this in

Lagos at the maiden edition of

Nigeria Maritime Finance Fair

in Lagos. Pitan, who was

represented by Victor Agina

added that the funds provided

have created 3,117 jobs across

the country.

He also urged the Nigeria

Maritime Administration and

Safety Agency, NIMASA, to

partner the bank in the

management and disbursement

of its Cabotage Vessels Finance

Fund, CVFF.

Pitan explained to maritime

stakeholders that companies

with about 51 percent Nigerian

citizens equity that source at

least 40 percent of their raw

materials locally are eligible for

the bank’s loans.

He added that

borrowers under the NCIF

scheme are entitled to loan

facilities with a five year tenure

inclusive of one year

moratorium.

Also speaking at the event,

Dakuku Peterside, NIMASA

Director General reiterated his

agency’s commitment towards

ensuring the end of waiver

regimes within its earlier

stipulated timelines.

Dakuku who was represented

by NIMASA Director in charge

of Cabotage Services, Victor

Egejuru, said efforts were being

made for upgrading of existing

shipyards and support for new

shipyard facilities.

He added that the delay in

disbursement of CVFF also had

to do with ongoing amendment

in the Cabotage Act.

Peterside expressed optimism

that the ninth National

Assembly will expedite action

on the legislation. The fair

which was organised by the

Association of Maritime

Journalists of Nigeria, AMJON,

also had stakeholders drawn

from the public and private

sectors.


WEDNESDAY, June 19, 2019

FG embargoes license for construction of tank farms in Lagos community

•As tank farm operators decry pirate attacks

By Godwin Oritse

IN a bid to stem the menace

of tankers and tank farm

activities in Satellite Town

community, Lagos State, the

Federal Government has

stopped granting approvals

for construction of new tank

farms in the area.

Disclosing this at the just

concluded monthly meeting of

the Port Facility Security

Officers, PFSO, Forum, a

member of the Forum who

preferred to remain

anonymous said that the

government, through the

Federal Ministry of

Environment, has expressed

concern over the safety of

residents in the area due to

influx of tank farms.

He also disclosed that the

government, in collaboration

with depot owners, has

concluded plans to expand the

only road leading into Satellite

town by providing palliative

measures to ease the traffic

gridlock in that axis.

Commenting on the

development, General

Manger, A.A Rano Oil and

Gas, Ismaila Zakariah, a tank

farm operator in the area,

told Vanguard Maritime

Report, that N500million has

been budgeted for the

proposed palliative measures.

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Export cargo revenue at Apapa,

Tin-can rises by 35.5%

Attah stated: “The exported

items were mainly

agricultural products, minerals

and other goods. You can

now see from these statistics,

it is a huge improvement. You

can now conclusively judge

whether it declined or not.”

When asked of the actual

number of exporters and reminded

that less number now

go through the official

channel due to several challenges

leaving many export

trade undocumented, he said,

“What is important is the total

tonnage of exported cargo

that was calculated. If 10

people export a bag a cashew

each, would you count them

as one?

Total tonnage of

exported cargo

By Godfrey Bivbere

& Oko Ebuka

VALUE of exports through

the two busiest sea ports

in the country, Apapa and Tincan,

all in Lagos, rose to N258

billion in 2018, up by 35.5 per

cent against the N166 billion

recorded in 2017.

Statistics made available to

Vanguard Maritime Report by

the National Public Relations

Officer of the Nigeria

Customs Service, NCS,

Joseph Attah, showed that

N145 billion worth of cargo

was exported through Tin-

Can port in 2018 as against

N93 billion in 2017, while

Apapa port recorded N113

billion in 2018 against N73

billion in 2017.

Commenting on the statistics,

“Somebody carrying a bag

of cashew which is recorded

as one doesn’t have value

because value is recorded by

tonnage which shows the

capacity of a country’s export,”

he concluded.

Recall that the Director

General of the Lagos Chamber

of Commerce and Industry,

LCCI, Madu Yusuf, told

Vanguard Maritime Report

that the problem is the function

of government institutions

at the ports.

Yusuf said if the institutions

did what they were supposed

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VANGUARD, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 201929

WITH HENRY OJELU

midweekpersonality@gmail.com

08111813061 (sms only)

AJIBOYEDE by all

standards is a highly

successful man but his rise to

stardom was not an easy

journey. Although motivated

by parents who identified and

nurtured the creative talent in

him, Ajiboyede had to face

many hurdles and obstacles to

get to the lofty height where

he is today. An early childhood

experience which almost

marred his dream of becoming

an inventor, will surely inspire

anyone in an environment

with so much discouraging

and uninspiring forces. For

many aspiring for success,

Ajiboyede shares his

experiences, the secret of his

achievements and dead traps

every enterpreneur must

avoid.

Growing Up

My dad was a businessman

and so he introduced the

entrepreneurial skill to me and

my siblings. My dad was also

involved in a lot of community

projects which formed a basis

for my great interest in

technology today. As a young

boy growing up in company of

other boys, we would organise

technology competitions

amongst ourselves and take our

creations to school. In my

secondary school days, I built

my first computer game and

instead of being applauded for

my effort, I was labelled a

wizard. This is because such

feat was not common then.

Consequently, I stopped trying

to experiment until I left

secondary school.

After I left secondary school,

I grew from being that young

boy who was fascinated with

technology, and then started

experimenting and trying to

create my own products. I

started my first business when

I was in the university and I

continued in that path as a tech

entrepreneur. One of my ideas

and start-ups in my university

days has metamorphosed into

my business today. I would say

being exposed to technology

early as a child has helped

shape my personality as a tech

entrepreneur.

The springboard

I started off in 2007 with a

mission to provide fleet

technology and consultancy

services to fleet operators and

leasing companies. My major

job was to create customized

solutions for clients to effectively

and efficiently run their fleet.

FleetPartners Limited is a peerto-peer

leasing and fleet

management company

established to provide

unequalled professional

services to the fleet operating

industry in Nigeria. Today,

FleetPartners has grown to have

subsidiaries which are

designed to make life easier for

our customers. Matatu, one of

SAMUEL AJIBOYEDE:

My story of

discouragement,

success

Mr. Samuel Ajiboyede may not be your regular household name or

celebrity but his name resonates in the tech start-up world. Unlike many

achievers in his profession, he would rather his innovations and inventions

take the limelight while he remains at the backstage in the idea

factory. In less than a decade, the Havard Business School

graduate has powered several innovations that have revolutionized the

Nigerian tech start-up world. First was 'Matutu' which is gradually

reinventing the popular tricycle 'Keke' transportation business. Then came

'Workclick,' a hairhub startup servicing clients in San Francisco, Lagos and

Nairobi. His car tracking app is arguably one of the most sought after tool

for car safety in Nigeria and the Sub-Saharan African region.

our companies is an Auto

Rickshaw ride hailing platform

that allows people book a ride

with a tricycle. Healthpoint is

our health tech start-up which

provides telehealth services

and health insurance plans at

affordable monthly

subscriptions. It is an allinclusive

health management

solution designed to promote

universal health coverage in

Nigeria, Africa and the world

at large. My motivating factor

has been my long interest in

technology and my desire to

make life better for people by

using technology.

Industry challenges

The challenges peculiar to the

tech sector are shortage of early

stage investors in tech start-ups

in Nigeria. Most tech start-ups

struggle to get funding at the

early stage which in most

cases, is not available, leaving

them to struggle on their own

until a foreign investor comes

into the picture. Today, we have

more of foreign investors

coming into this space. We

need to have more indigenous

investors investing in Nigerian

start-ups. Secondly, most tech

start-ups lack the required

skills needed as a tech

Life has taught me

that anything is

possible as long as

one set s his mind to

achieve a goal; I have

learned that if you

want to go fast, go

alone and if you want

to go far, go with

people

entrepreneur.

Enabling environment

Yes, we have an enabling

environment for young minds

to succeed with new tech

innovations. Every day we see

young tech entrepreneurs

spring up in Nigeria. In order

for this to continue, the

government needs to create

an enabling environment that

aids tech start-ups, create

friendly policies for start-ups

and encourage financial

institutions to invest in startups.

There should be a system

that encourages start-ups to

share resources and ideas as

this will help the younger

generation of tech start-ups

grow.

Biggest lessons learnt

My biggest lesson so far has

been to raise funds on time and

raise enough to take over the

market. Invest heavily in

PERSONALITY ETHICS

Start early and

experiment on time.

Fail fast, learn fast

and move on

Think it through

before taking action

advertising and marketing of

your product. This is to ensure

that you maintain market lead

so that you do not get pushed

aside by other brands. I have

also learnt that it is better to

start manually especially when

you do not have the funds to

invest heavily in technology.

Adoption of foreign ideas

I think most times there is a

lot of innovation ongoing and

what we see is that they are a

combination of new and old

ideas. This is practised all over

the world so it is not peculiar

to Nigeria alone. What is

important is that we come up

with a product that is globally

acceptable.

Moments of discouragement

As an entrepreneur you tend

to get discouraged when you

do not meet up with your

expected target, however,

you must continue to push

yourself as long as you believe

in the cause. The values that

we create for our customers

and the smile that we put on

their faces is what keeps us

going.

Pitfalls to avoid

One of the major pitfalls I

experienced as an

entrepreneur was not raising

funds as early as possible. As

a start-up, it is important to

raise all the necessary funds

needed for growing the

business, advertising and

marketing. My advice to

business owners and start-ups

facing similar challenges

would be to raise funds on time,

raise enough funds to cover

their marketing spend and

continue pushing their product

out there until they have a large

control of the market. Do not

focus all your attention on

building technology, you can

start manually. Also, get

partners that will add value to

your start-up.

Guiding principles

My guiding principle has

always been to do what you

love. My love and interest in

technology has brought me

thus far in business, because I

am doing what I love and enjoy

doing. Next is to engage in

projects that will generate better

profit, this is because you can

spend the same amount of time

and energy on different projects

but will not make same profit

on both as one will outrank the

other.


30 Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019

FINANCIAL VANGUARD

Outsourcing now a global

revolution, Nigeria needs to

key in AOPN President

As it holds its annual programme on Thursday this week, Dr.

Obiora Madu, president, Association of Outsourcing

Professionals of Nigeria (AOPN) speaks on challenges in the

industry and need for the establishment of extant laws to ignite

investors confidence and propel growth of the industry. The

following are excerpts from the interview.

By Princewill

Ekwujuru

WHAT is this about

Outsourcing?

Breaking down Outsourcing,

it is a situation

where an organisation

takes a functionTHAT

IT used to perform within

the company and

hand it over to a third

party to run for her. this

becomes necessary because

competition and

cost are very high, and

because when you outsource

to a third party

you expect that function

to be done better, faster

and at a lower cost.

One of the key reasons

companies outsource is

to concentrate on their

core business because

anything that is not your

core, you cannot do it

better than those who do

it for a living, those

whose core it is.

So initially cost was the

major consideration for

outsourcing, but today it

has become more strategic

that a company might

be willing to pay a high

cost for that function if it

will give the company a

competitive advantage

in the market. So outsourcing

is a Revolution

globally. The figures are

in hundreds of Billions

globally and india took

advantage of their capabilities

and became the

leading country, the

most profitable destination

for companies to outsource.

On the other hand,

overtime 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.

Is that obtainable

We know that it is possible

because we have a

whole lot of things going

for us in terms of timing

we are plus 1 Greenwich

Meridian Time

(GMT) which gives us an

edge to work while other

Countries are sleeping

and vice versa.

Then also, our population,

the youth demography

of our population is

huge, 60 percent plus,

three, we are English

speaking. four, we do not

have too much restrictions

in terms of investment

and taking out profit

and the rest of them.

So in terms of cost also,

we are not considered to

be very high, all these

things are the things that

we have, but we need

to prove that we are a

profitable destination

that is why we are talking

about making Nigeria an

outsourcing hub, at

the moment some African

countries are ahead of

us, Egypt, South Africa,

Kenya, Ghana , so we

have everything it takes

to become the hub in

Africa.

If Egypt and others

are ahead of Nigeria in

terms of outsourcing

business, what are those

things you think Nigerian

outsourcing companies

will do to be ahead

of these countries you

mentioned.

There is a lot to be done

from the government

side, for example, the

international perception

of the country is a

challenge right now

something needs to be

done about it. in terms of

technology we are not

too bad, internet wise,

fibre optic and the rest of

them.

Then regulation, if an

investor comes to invest

and you have five to six

government agencies

chasing the investor you

then rather not invest.

Our education system.

When I was speaking

, I said India has the capability

to become a destination

at a point in time,

so the question will be,

do we have the capability?.

it is not about the

population of the youths,

it is about the quality of

education that they are

coming out from. an Indian

outsourcing company

based in Nigeria

complained when they

started that they interviewed

hundred person

they were unable to get

ten out it, which means

that something is wrong

somewhere, we need a

massive training in soft

skills in this country,

because that actually is

what is required to have

people who are ready for

outsourcing, communication,

dedication and

working in teams.

So we need to do something,

along these lines,

then the laws, right now

we do not have any law

about outsourcing, what

we simply have is a

policy document that

NIGERIA Information

T e c h n o l o g y

Development Agency

(NITDA), that is the

agency that currently responsible

for outsourcing,

that is one thing

that AOPN working with

NITDA to pursue if we

have a law in place it is

going to make investors

more comfortable.

Your Topic this year is

Nigeria: The Next Outsourcing

hub, what are

other reasons that in-

Right now we

do not have any

law about outsourcing,

what

we simply have

is a policy document

that NIGE-

RIA Information

Technology

Development

Agency (NIT-

DA), that is the

agency that

currently responsible

for

outsourcing

formed this Topic even

though you have mentioned

some of them?

They call Nigeria the

sleeping giant and that is

true in every aspect that

you look at it, in terms of

resources, people and

individual capabilities. I

have mentioned all the

things that will make a

destination attractive to

investors, because we

have domestic outsourcing

opportunities, then of

course, there is the external

also, which is the offshore

part of it.

*Dr. Obiora Madu

There are a few Nigerian

companies that are

actually working for offshore

organisations. so if

we can get the law in

place, make the environment

friendly for investment,

do something

about our education system.

when we are talking

about all these things

they are not rocket science,

it’s not as if it will

take a Century to do it,

for example in 2010

world bank picked up

1,500 graduates

schooled them thoroughly

in soft skills and put

them through a certification

exam and they were

ready for any outsourcing

business. it was for 10

weeks, it is not as if this

cannot be done with a

short time. if you do not

have the people then

the jobs are not likely

going to come.

So the readiness of

the environment is what

we are harping for. What

do we need governments

to do? what do we need

organisation to do?

that is what informed

this, we believe that very

strategic partnership between

the private and

public sectors ones it

works it will help to create

the hub that we are

looking for, because

every other thing required

is available.

What are those best

practices when it comes

to outsourcing business

People keep confusing

outsourcing with contracting,

our members

are outsourcing companies,

they do proper outsourcing,

when our

members higher people

for a particular assignment,

if that assignment

comes to a close the people

are not fired, because

EXECUTIVE PLATFORM

they also have pension

and the rest of the things

within the organisation.

the organisation keeps

them until another assignment

is gotten, and

best practices is also that

today what you used to

have is that a company

gets a N100,000 for each

staff and then pay

the staff N50,000 and

keep N50,000, that is not

obtainable today.

Best practice is that if

you have agreed with the

company that the staff is

going to earn N100,000

that staff must earn hundred

N100,000 because

the principal is paying

you an administrative fee

based on the staff is receiving

so gone are the

days during contracting

where people can shortchange

staff, that is why

you see labour hate to

outsourcing, because

they believe that it is casualisation.

For example, AOPN

has what we call e-verify

it’s a portal where a

member or any outsourcing

company that is registered

on the portal

sacks a staff on the bases

of a criminal charge the

staff’s name is uploaded

in the portal, what it

means is that if you are

registered on that portal

and you want to recruit

when you have names of

the people you have the

opportunity to go to the

portal to verify because

you have a situation

when people steal in one

job and resume in another

place the next day.

For example, a supply

chain company requested

i recruit drivers for

them, first we advertise

without mentioning the

name of the company the

first 10 people who applied

were sacked from

that company. so you can

imagine, that e-verify is

one innovation that is

also helping.

Then we also believe

that as a continent, just

like we have the African

Continental free trade

(ACFT) agreement going

on we are also working

on having an African

outsourcing Association,

that is currently

on, two government

agencies the Nigerian

Export Promotion

Council(NEPC) and

NITDA are supporting

us in that very particular

step, because we believe

that we can also bring

muscles together and

then be able to do something.

Along the streets you

see people i presume to

be quacks write on walls

that some companies require

people for certain

positions. are these

people also your members?

They are not our members.

in fact a lot of them

is quack, just like you

described them. Outsourcing

is emerging, it

is not something that

has been entrenched

into our system, so that’s

why you have them,

right now as i speak to

you if companies bid in

some banks in this country

right now, the banks

will ask if you are a

member of AOPN.

You will find a situation

where such people will

start running to see if

they can come and register

immediately, but

will still do the due

diligence that we are

supposed to carry out to

be sure that you are worthy

to be a member . so

those ones are quacks.

those ones are not even

the ones doing the contracting

instead of outsourcing.

Outsourcing is

beneficial to both parties,

everybody gains,

the economy gains, the

principal company, the

service provider, the individuals

who are employed.

See outsourcing is one

thing that has capacity

to create employment in

this country, when aganga

williams was in ministry

of finance, he commissioned

a research

which are the three

one industries from we

can get the fastest number

of jobs within a given

period of times; three

emerged, Outsourcing

was one, entertainment

was one construction

was another.

Outsourcing has the

capacity to create the

employment that this

government is in dire

need today because of

the percentage of the

population that are

unemployed.


What is Abuja’s answer to

insecurity?

IT is becoming too difficult if

not impossible to know how

the Muhammadu Buhari

administration intend to

address the question of

insecurity across the country.

Beyond the rhetoric of its

plans it is not clear how Buhari

and his subordinates in charge

of our collective security

propose to calm the nerves of

Nigerians who are daily

retailing tales of banditry and

kidnapping in different parts of

the country.

At the convocation ceremonies

of the Federal university in his

home state of Katsina, President

Buhari, through a

representative at the

ceremonies, again promised to

put an end to criminal activities

of bandits in the country.

What the president has done

in the past four years to address

the issue is surely not good

enough. As he commences

another four- year term, the

specifics of his plan to address

the twin problem of banditry and

so-called herdsmen attacks are

nowhere being articulated by

his administration.

The promises he has been

making are no longer

reassuring. Nigerians are

worrying to distraction and their

anxiety is apparently now

driving them into taking drastic

measures that may be more

problematic for the country’s

desperate security situation.

What is emerging is a gradual

process of privatising security.

While as Nigerians, we are all

used to the big man syndrome

of rich people employing poor

Nigerians as gate men, such

privatisation of security cannot

be allowed at the level of entire

towns or communities without

dire repercussions. The

potential of an arrangement

like that spiralling out of control

is best imagined. Nerves are

being worked up and people

are contemplating self-help and

other measures that could

compound our security

conundrum. With Abuja

appearing to be sitting on its

hands, spewing words where

action is all that is needed,

government is fast losing the

initiative.

As we wake up each day to

new tales of gory abductions

and further news of the alleged

perpetrators of these criminal

acts infiltrating and taking over

more communities; as the social

media spread news of

unspeakable criminalities, more

and more Nigerian

communities, not just

individuals, are taking steps or

promising to take steps to

neutralise the criminals that are

making life difficult for

everyone. This is a clear recipe

for mayhem considering the

dimensions such measures

assume in a polity easily prone

to ethnic flare-up.

Leadership is needed and

only Buhari and his cohorts

resident in Aso Villa, Abuja, can

take the lead for others to follow.

The state governments where

so-called chief security officers

are on the lookout, fearful for

their own lives, when they are

not running to Abuja for help -

the state governments and the

governors can only step up after

Abuja. Yet, Abuja appears

totally confused and bereft of

ideas. To whom should a forlorn

people turn then?

We all as Nigerians have a

stake in ensuring security. But

the failure of government to act

in a timely way is encouraging

and allowing for the spread of

panic which in turn is pushing

many into planning to take

Rather than

fighting a huge

conflagration

hereafter, Abuja

needs to take

control of the

situation and act

now

actions that could easily be

misread as or, indeed, allowed

to assume the complexion of

ethnic attacks, the ramifications

of which would be too complex

to manage. That would be

jumping out of frying pan into

fire.

A government that was too

slow to act or be seen as doing

so, would thereafter be

compelled to take actions that

would be read as supporting the

activity of one side against

another. We can all still recall,

hopefully, how the Nigeria

Police under Idris Ibrahim, the

immediate past Inspector

General of Police, reacted to the

conflict between the Hausa/

Fulani and Yoruba communities

in Ile-Ife?

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The direct intervention of the

inspector general which led to

the transfer of suspects on the

Yoruba side to Abuja showed

that Abuja or the inspector

general did not trust local

authorities to say nothing of

members of the majority Yoruba

group to act fairly and equitably.

Why should the Yoruba

community trust the action of

the inspector general too? Quite

justifiably, it saw the Federal

Government as biased.

In order to steer us off such

dangerous paths, President

Buhari has the onerous

responsibility of acting now.

Tension is high and fear is

palpable. Rather than fighting

a huge conflagration hereafter,

Abuja needs to take control of

the situation and act now. Its

pussyfooting is setting people

on edge. Reports of herdsmen

activities and banditry as a

whole are increasing, not

decreasing in spite of

government assurances that it

is acting.

Even while Nigerians do not

expect government to provide

public details of their security

blueprint, the government

needs to be more

communicative of what it is

doing. It should directly

address the concerns of the

different communities that are

under the onslaught of bandits

and other criminal elements that

are no longer discriminating in

terms of who they target. Both

the old and the young, men and

women, poor or rich, have

become direct targets. People

are running away from their

communities.

It is not just farmers and

others who depend on land and

its products for their livelihood.

Even civil servants who engage

in interstate travels and have to

ply certain highways are

beginning to stay off duty for

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fear of being kidnapped mostly

in states that were not until now

under the direct attack of the

travelling criminals.

The Ife-Ibadan highway is

now a dreaded location and

communities along these routes

are also now bearing the stigma

of harbouring kidnappers and

bandits in their midst. Farther

into the Yoruba hinterland, the

reports are no less dire. In the

wake of the tension that all this

has created, local militias and

security guilds are springing up

in direct reaction to the

demands of the threatening

situation and offering their

services eagerly.

Where is Abuja in all this,

where are the security

agencies? In the last one week,

communities in the South-West

have suffered under the cloud

of rumoured and actual attacks

of herdsmen, either plundering

farms with their cattle or

kidnapping travellers for

ransom. Who wants to be a

victim under these

circumstances? Which family

desires the anguish of losing

their members to blood-thirsty

bandits? Indeed, where would

people who are still being owed

several months of salaries be

expected to raise funds to pay

for ransom?

Of what avail is the reported

planned security summit of

governors in the South-West, for

example, where everyone

knows they have virtually no

control over the security of their

domains? What steps should

they take in the face of pressure

from their own people? For how

long can they be “loyal” to Abuja

and hold out against

accusations of ineptitude and

irresponsibility? Now is the time

to act as Nigerians are in pain.

Enough of the loud promises

that feel more like a rush of hot

wind.

World Sickle Cell Day: Breaking the clutches of the deadly disease cycle

By Yusuf Hassan Wada

AS we commemorate World Sickle

Cell Day on June 19 every year,

we create awareness about the clutches

of the deadly Sickle Cell Disease, SCD,

a disease that has brought untold

hardships and misery upon many

families, a disease that has stolen the

joy from the childhood of many children.

While 70 per cent of the world’s

population are carriers, Nigeria has the

highest burden of Sickle Cell Disease,

SCD, in the world and is also the top

sickle cell endemic country in Africa,

with an annual infant death of about

150,000, representing more than eight

per cent of infant mortality in the country.

With every 1,000 babies born in Nigeria,

20 are born with Sickle Cell Disease,

which means that they carry the SS

genotype.

The term ‘Sickle Cell’ describes a

group of inherited red blood cell

disorders. In sickle cell disease, the red

blood cells become hard and sticky and

looks like a C-shaped farm tool called a

sickle.

Sickle cells die early which causes a

constant shortage of red blood cells.

Normal red blood cells can live between

90 to 120 days in the blood circulatory

system, but sickled cells die after only

about 10 to 20 days. The hard and

pointed red cells go through the small

blood tube, they clog the flow and break

apart which cause pain and damage.

However, awareness of the disease with

its consequences is very limited, and so

are the treatment options or

cure. Nigerians in rural and urban areas

seem to be unaware of the existence of

genotypes or the importance of a

genotype test and genotype

compatibility.

Many people don’t know that for each

pregnancy in which both parents are AS,

there is a 25 per cent chance of them

giving birth to a child with the sickle

cell genotype.

These actions and inactions eventually

affect such families physically,

financially and psychologically if they

give birth to a child with SCD. To those

who have plans of getting married, do

your best not to gamble with the life of

your child even before he/she is born.

To all stakeholders in the fight against

SCD, this is a wake up call to us all that

the choices we make before marriage can

save our unborn children from Sickle

Cell Disease. Know your partner’s health

status, before you plan to start a family.

That notwithstanding, if you already

have a child with SCD, you should not

give up but should rather have some few

things in mind.

Parents should, therefore, give them

all the love, motivation, education and

healthcare that they need and not see

them out of frustration as some transient

beings who do not deserve any worthy

investment. They are a blessing from

God, which some people are not

privileged to have, and for that matter

Know your

partner’s health

status, before you

plan to start a family

all children should be treated as the

precious gifts that they are even if they

have SCD.

Parents should also know that with

advancement in healthcare, having SCD

does not mean the child is bound to die

today, tomorrow, next week, next month

or next year.

As these concerted efforts are being

made towards reducing the SCD

prevalence, government must, as a

matter of urgency, place SCD in the

country national health agenda and

people must be informed on how to avoid

giving birth to sickle cell children.

Government and private funders must

be willing to develop sickle cell centres

in Nigeria. This would serve as centres

where parents, patients and intending

couples would have access to expertise

and knowledge about the disease and

as a result would be able to receive

supportive care for the SCD patient.

Government needs to also develop a

system that will help build a database of

people with SCD. This will be helpful to

the government, advocacy groups,

NGOs and stakeholders committed to

addressing issues related to their health,

educational, financial and psycho-social

needs of all affected persons and

families.

With renewed focus and commitment,

the time is now to help break the sickle

cell disease chain and the cycle of pains

and build a healthy society. People with

sickle cell disease and those with sickle

cell trait and their families and friends

deserve an effective support system. Let

us continue with the good fight and play

our roles effectively to make sure SCD

haunts nobody in the near future.

Nigeria must also be ready.

*Wada, a public health advocate, wrote

from the Usmanu Danfodiyo

University, Sokoto.

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32 Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019

How can he go off sex at 49?

Dear Bunmi,

Do you think it’s a common

thing for a 49-year-old man

not to want sex? My husband

and I got married two years

ago it is the second time

for both of us.

We managed to have sex

for a few times during the

three years we courted but

since we got married, I can

count on my fingers the

number of times we’ve had

sex.

He told me just before we

got married that he no longer

needed sex but I thought

that after marriage, and with

me constantly by his side, he

would change his mind. But

he hasn’t.

So, why did he get

married? Sometimes we go

through the routine as if

we’ll go all the way, then he

turns over and goes to sleep.

It’s very frustrating, I tell

you.

My husband has refused to

talk about his problem and

acts as if I’m making a big

deal of it. His first wife had

several affairs, then left him

for someone else. I know

there are a lot worse things

that happen in a relationship

than not having sex, but this

is ridiculous.

Do you believe we have a

future together? Or should I

divorce him? I feel frustrated

and wouldn’t want to get

married a third time.

Franka,by e-mail.

Dear Franka,

It’s obvious that your

husband’s sex drive has been

weak for a long time. The

poor man suffered the

humiliation of his wife

sleeping with other men and

then leaving him in the end.

This must have given him

the sense that he is

inadequate and likely to be

rejected, even by a woman

he loves and who loves him.

By confiding in you that he

no longer needed sex, he is

asking you to accept that he

now rarely feels aroused and

is near impotent. So, every

time you mention the

absence of sex, his fear of

rejection becomes intense.

Instead of re-assuring him

that this new marriage he

was courageous enough to

go into wouldn’t end in

humiliation, you’re already

plotting your escape. He’s

tried to make love a few times

only for his attempts to

backfire miserably; which

obviously adds to his

frustration.

Help your husband to

accept that your marriage

will survive your not having

sex and accept this yourself.

Tell him fore-play should not

necessarily be followed by

penetrative sex and

encourage him to stimulate

you to orgasm.

Your husband needs to feel

I need to catch her

redhanded

Dear Bunmi,

My girlfriend can’t stop

flirting and I don’t trust

her. She started seeing me

when she was with another

man and I don’t trust her

to say no if another man

comes along.

She says I’m being stupid

and I’m the one she wants.

I’m thinking of putting her

commitment to the test by

asking a mate to toast her.

If she goes out with him

then I’ll know I can’t trust

her. Do you think this is a

good idea?

Emeka, by e-mail.

Dear Emeka,

Beware of what you’re

doing because your lack of

trust could destroy your

relationship. If she rejects

that he can still satisfy a

woman sexually and mutual

massage is a wonderful way

for a couple to share intimacy

and affectionit can also

encourage intense orgasm

by you, and your man. Give

it a try.

your friend then you may

have more confidence in

her, if she finds out what

you’ve done then you can

wave goodbye to your

relationship.

Just because she’s a bit

flirty doesn’t mean she’s

going to go off with

someone else. Your

jealousy may result in

exactly what you fear.

If you don’t show any

faith in her then you could

push her into the arms of

the first man who does

show her some trust.

Rather than putting your

girlfriend to the test, talk

to her and explain why you

find it hard when she flirts.

If she really does care for

you, she’ll tone down her

flirty behaviour to reassure

you there is no reason to

worry.

I do sympathise with your

predicament, I’m sure friends would

have told you your relationship with

your husband has changed and he’s

no longer the man you married, that

as long as you’re discreet, an affair is

fine it might even enable you to

continue caring for your husband

without feeling bitter about your

situation. Why not ask yourself how

you would feel in your husband’s

position: would you understand?

Why did mum cut me off in her will?

Dear Bunmi,

My mum single-handedly

raised the two of us as our dad

wasn’t all that responsible. I

was mum’s favourite because

I was able to go to the

university on scholarship.

I have a great job, I'm

happily married with three

lovely kids while my younger

sister has spent her life

hopping from one

unprofitable business to the

other. She spent her life

scrounging so she could raise

her two kids.

Our mum died a few months

ago and I was shocked to

learn she left her threebedroom

flat and everything

in it to my younger sister

because “she needs them

most.” I’m gutted and

disappointed.

She could at least have left

me something in memory of

her.

Feyi, by e-mail.

Dear Feyi,

You can seek legal advice to

see if you can contest the will.

But if you can’t, bear in mind

that although your mum may

have spent all her life feeling

Would having this affair be wrong?

Dear Bunmi,

I’m in my late 30s. Six

years ago, my husband was

in an accident which left

him disabled. Although I

still love him, our

relationship has changed.

Our love-life is nonexistent

and we sleep in

separate beds. We have a

competent helper and this

helps.

At a recent birthday party,

I met a man through a close

friend whose wife has

cancer. We became good

friends but now, we want

more. Unfortunately, our

partners love and depend

on us. Do you think an

affair in this circumstance

will be wrong? I have

needs too and I’m not 40

proud of you and all you’ve

achieved, she may have been

quite worried about your

sister.

At the very end, she may

have felt guilty that you were

her favourite and she wasn’t,

that’s most certainly what

motivated her to make her will

the way she did.

yet.

Yemi, by e-mail.

Dear Yemi,

I do sympathise with your

predicament, I’m sure

friends would have told you

your relationship with your

husband has changed and

he’s no longer the man you

married. That as long as

you’re discreet, an affair is

fine it might even enable

you to continue caring for

your husband without

feeling bitter about your

situation.

Why not ask yourself how

you would feel in your

husband’s position: would

you understand? Your

answer should tell you all

you need to know.

Help your husband to

accept that your marriage

will survive your not having

sex and accept this yourself.

Tell him fore-play should

not necessarily be followed

by penetrative sex and

encourage him to stimulate

you to orgasm.

How do I deal with my thieving

son?

Dear Bunmi,

I recently noticed that small

amounts of money had been

withdrawn from my bank

account when I was nowhere

near ATM. In total, almost

N30,000 was missing and

there was only one person

who could have taken it my

20-year-old son. He knows my

debit card PIN and when I

confronted him, he admitted

it. He said he’d needed the

money to pay off a debt. I

forgave him and changed my

PIN.

Things got better for a while,

but lately, I noticed that some

jewellery had gone missing,

as well as an expensive

wristwatch. I don’t want to get

him into trouble, being soft on

him has got me nowhere.

Timi, by e-mail.

Dear Timi,

You obviously sound like a

single mother. Raising an

adult son is difficult at times

without having to deal with

his dishonesty. If he doesn’t

have a father figure he

respects, you need to involve

the police not because you

want to put him in prison, but

so they could put the fear of

God in him.

Make sure he’s not on drugs

either or any other habit he

could be spending so much

money on. You need to act

quickly before he graduates

to stealing from close friends

and family members.

You already live in your own

house, have a good job, lovely

kids whilst she struggles on.

Her will might be a way of

adjusting the imbalance.

This shouldn’t make any

difference to how cheated you

feel about your inheritance,

but it may make a difference

as to whether you feel she

loved you.

And with time, that will be

what matters most.

Share your problems and release your

burden. Write now to Dear Bunmi,

Vanguard Newspapers, P.M.B 1007,

Apapa, Lagos, or bunmsof@yahoo.co.uk


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 201933

INAUGURATION: Governor Dapo Abiodun (2nd Right) in handshake with Osile

Oke Ona Egba, Oba Dapo Tejuoso( Right) while committee chairman, Olu of Ilaro

Paramount Ruler of Yewaland Oba Kehinde Olugbenle and Dajurewe of Idowa, Oba

Yinusa Adekoya looks on during the inauguration of Review Committee on

Chieftaincy Affairs, held at the governor’s office Oke-mosan, Abeokuta.Photo: Wunmi

Akinola

FORUM: From leftOyo State Permanent Secretary Bureau of Investment

Promotion, Yinka Fatoki; Permanent Secretary Ministry of Environment, Gabriel

Osatoye, Head Of Service, Amidat Agboola and the Accountant General, Oludele

during a stakeholders meeting to look into the way forward in solving the problem

of dirty environment in Oyo State held at the House of Chiefs, Ibadan.Photo: Dare

Fasube

CP begs for

support to

end

kidnapping ,

criminalities

in Nasarawa

By David Odama

L Commissioner

AFIATHE

of

Police Nasarawa State

Command, Bola Longe has

stressed the need for

stakeholders and other

citizens of the state to

support the police in all

ramifications in order to

tackle the increasing cases

of kidnapping, armed

robbery and other criminal

activities.

Longe made the call,

yesterday, during a

familiarization tour to

Akwanga Police Division in

Akwanga Local

Government Area of the

state.

He said that the tour was

to interact with the police

and other critical

stakeholders to ensure

peace in the area and its

environs.

The commissioner also

called on the people of the

area and Fulani herdsmen

to ensure peaceful coexistence

and tolerance

among themselves

irrespective of their

affiliations.

“When I assumed office

as the Commissioner of

Police, Nasarawa State

Command, I mapped out

strategy and templates in

all the flash points across

the State.

“I am happy to tell you

that we have arrested so

many kidnappers, armed

robbers in Nasarawa/Toto/

Udege axis among other

areas across the state,” he

said.

Longe, therefore,

appealed to stakeholders to

support the police with

vehicles for patrol in order

to flush out criminal

elements and ensure peace

in the area and the state at

large.


34Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019

How civil war brought me into

transportationG. U. Okeke

CHAIRMAN, Board of

Directors, G. U. Okeke

Transport Services

Company Limited, Chief

Godwin Ubaka Okeke,

has said he ventured into

transportation business

immediately after the civil

war in 1970.

Chief Okeke, who is also

chairman, Board of

Directors, ANAMMCO

Ltd., said though he

suffered with his family

just like any other Igbo in

the 30-month war, the

moment it was announced

that the war had ended,

he and his brother trekked

12 kilometres between his

Adazi-Ani community to

Nnewi, Anambra State,

just to confirm the report.

He noted that after the

confirmation that the war

had ended, he took his

parent’s Peugeot 404

saloon car to Onitsha to

check if the family's

businesses were still

intact.

Narrating his

experience, Chief Okeke

said as he was about to

return to Adazi-Ani, many

passengers going to

Enugu were milling

around his car.

His words: “They were

asking me if I was going

to Enugu and it was

obvious they were not

sure if any other vehicles

Nigeria needs skilled

youthsNDE boss

By Agbonkhese Oboh

THE Director-General

of National Directorate

of Employment, NDE, Dr.

Nasir Mohammed, has

said besides reducing

unemployment, skilled

youths are necessary to

help the country on its path

to economic growth.

Dr. Mohammed said

this at the flag off and

orientation of Basic- and

Advanced-National Open

Apprenticeship Scheme,

B-NOAS/A-NOAS, in

Lagos, which will see

about 500 youths, school

leavers and unemployed

persons trained in

draughtsmanship,

catering, computer,

printing, fashion

designing, screen

printing, electrical

installation, among others.

Represented by Lagos

State Coordinator of NDE,

Mr. Adebowlae

Ologbenla, the DG

advised the beneficiaries

to take their trainings

seriously, noting

“although our society does

not value free things, the

Federal Government has

no choice but to make this

free.”

would come around. So

I took eight passengers

to Ogbete in Enugu and

charged them one

pound each.

“Interestingly, when I

got to Enugu,

immediately the ones I

picked from Onitsha

alighted, the ones going

to Onitsha rushed to my

car and I took them,

charging them the same

amount.”

He said he would

have made another trip

to Enugu that night

because many

passengers were waiting

and were obviously

stranded.

“In view of what

happened that day, I

arrived Onitsha from

Adazi-Ani as early as 5a.m.

to resume conveying

passengers from Onitsha

to Enugu and back," which,

according to him,

signalled his foray into

transportation business.

He said he later

bought a Volkswagen

Combi bus to carry

passengers from

Onitsha to Lagos,

adding, “I also

introduced two

Mercedes 911 for

haulage and,

interestingly, that was

how the journey

started.”

On his part, Mr.

Ologbenla, who will

soon be retiring, said his

fulfilment is not in

financial terms, “but I

have travelled round this

country, made friends

and put smiles in the

faces of people who had

lost hope.”

Speaking at the event,

one of the master

trainers, Mrs Francesca

Alagbaoso of Providence

Catering and Fashion

Institute, who has been

training NDE

beneficiaries since 1998,

said her satisfaction is not

in the stipends, but in the

positive impact her

efforts make on the

trainees and by

extension, the society.

By Chidi

Nkwopara

O WERRITHE

Federal University of

Technology, Owerri, FUTO,

has manufactured and testrun

drones.

The Vice Chancellor,

Professor Francis Eze,

disclosed this yesterday at

a briefing to herald his third

Ihedioha gives Okorocha one

month ultimatum on govt property

By Chinonso

Alozie

O

W E R R I

GOVERNOR

Emeka Ihedioha of Imo

State has given anyone in

possession of government

property, especially his

predecessor, till the end of

July to return same.

Vanguard gathered

yesterday in Owerri that

the order came days after

his Chief of Staff, Chris

Okewulonu, asked

“Okorocha and his

appointees to shut up and

return all government

property in their

possessions.”

Meanwhile, Speaker of

the state House of

Assembly, Chiji Collins,

said the House, in ensuring

that those property were

recovered, set up a committee

for that purpose.

The governor through the

Secretary to the State

Government, SSG, Uche

Onyeagucha, set up a

nine- member committee,

headed by Jasper

Ndubuaku with

Okechukwu Azu as

Secretary to recover the

said property.

He gave them till July 31

to accomplish their aim.

The committee's terms

and conditions, as obtained

by Vanguard, stated: “To

ascertain and document all

moveable property

belonging to the Imo State

Government, which are

currently held by

unauthorised persons,

including past government

officials.

“To recover and return to

the Government House or

other designated

government premises such

recovered movable

property, irrespective of

their conditions, for official

use or disposal wherever

they may be found across

the country.

“The committee has until

July 31 to conclude its work

and submit a

comprehensive report to the

Office of the Secretary to the

Government of Imo State.”

Apart from the chairman

and secretary, other

members of the committee

are Ken Anaeme, Casmir

Okoroafor, Reginald

Udenze, Ernest Njesi,

Chika Odionyenma,

Charles Ejikeme Asomugha

and Collins Ezenwa.

VISIT: Sitting: Executive Chairman/CEO, BUA Group, AbdulSamad Rabiu (2nd left); Inspector-General

of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu(3rd right) and other senior officers of the force during BUA

Group’s courtesy visit to Force Headquarters, Louis Edet House, Abuja.

Biafra agitation, Kanu’s world

tour not only for BiafransIPOB

By Chimaobi

Nwaiwu

N NEWITHE

Indigenous People

of Biafra, IPOB, yesterday,

said its agitation for Biafra

and the impact of the tour

of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi

Kanu made to America

and Europe has not only

rekindled the hope for

liberation of Biafrans,

but has permeated the

subconscious of every black

African, who has come into

contact with the message of

redemption.

IPOB, in a statement by

its Media and Publicity

Secretary, Emma Powerful,

FUTO produces, test-runs drones

year in office.

He said: “Our products

are holding their own

everywhere. We have made

drones and successfully

controlled them.

“We are still working to

perfect what we already

have and we are not

making noise about it.

“Here in FUTO, we have

tried to run tricycles on

said Biafrans across the

West Coast of the USA have

publicly pledged their

moral and material support

for Biafra restoration.

It promised that it will do

all it can to restore Biafra at

the earliest possible

opportunity now that its

diplomatic overtures with

America, Canada, Israel

and other countries are

yielding positive results.

By Ugochukwu Alaribe

A B A

COORDINATOR,

Education for Employment

programme in Abia State,

solar power. We have also

tried to run generating sets

on gas. We are still working

on a number of other

things, but they all require

serious funding.

“A good laboratory will

cost over $3 billion and

government should help

us have functional and

modern research laboratories

in universities.”

IPOB disclosed further

that “many more IPOB

family meetings, influential

individuals and Diaspora

organisations are queuing

up to host our leader in

various cities across the

United States.

“As our leader, Mazi

Nnamdi Kanu and his team

continue the tour of USA

and Canada with emphasis

on diplomatic overtures and

Endi Ezengwa, has said

the programme had started

yielding positive results, as

it has impacted skills to

over 11,000 youths who are

now in government and

private agencies.

Ezengwa disclosed in an

interview with Vanguard

that the programme was

designed to develop

youths, generate

employment and harness

the resources to support

Small and Medium Scale

Enterprises, SMEs.

He added that in the pilot

phase of the programme,

over 500 youths were

engaged in industrial

rallying the Biafran base to

restore Biafra within the

shortest possible time, we

the worldwide family of the

Indigenous People of

Biafra commend the

California IPOB family and

friends for the rousing

welcome and support

given to our indomitable

leader during the town hall

meeting held on June 15

in Los Angeles.”

Ikpeazu’s youth scheme yielding resultsEzengwa

training, IT, while Governor

Okezie Ikpeazu later

provided them employment

in the SMEs and Local

Government Areas.

Ezengwa, the state focal

person of Youth Empowerment

and Social Support

Operation,YESSO, said the

programme had attracted

the support of the World

Bank and that Abia is the

only state in the South-East

benefitting from the

programme.

His words: “Before the

World Bank or any donor

agency supports you, they

will want to see what you

have done and how.”


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 201935

SUSTAINABILITY WEEK: From left, Marketing Director, Tolulope Adedeji; Managing Director,

Annabelle Degroot; Legal and Corporate Affairs, Otunba Michael Daramola, and Country Lead,

Sustainability and Stakeholder Management, Temitope Oguntokun, all of International Breweries, during

the kick-off of the company's sustainability week and launch of its volunteering programme tagged

"Better World Champions," in Lagos.

NLC demands fresh convention to end

violence, harassment at work places

•Says 70% of world’s people have no social protection

By Victor

Ahiuma-Young,

reporting from

Geneva,

Switzerland

ORGANISED Labour

in Nigeria, yesterday,

demanded from delegates at

the ongoing 108th session of

International Labour

Conference, ILC, in Geneva

Switzerland, a new

convention to end violence

and harassment of

vulnerable workers at work

places.

This came as it told the

gathering of world leaders,

employers and workers that

“a situation where more than

50 per cent of the global

wealth is owned by less than

one per cent of the world’s

population,” was

unacceptable.

Speaking on behalf of

global workers, including

Nigerian workers, President

of International Trade Union

Confederation, ITUC, and

Nigeria Labour Congress,

NLC, Ayuba Wabba, rejected

what he termed “the reality

that more than 70 per cent of

the world’s people have little

or no social protection.”

According to him, “I urge

workers everywhere not to

relent in the fight for social

justice. To win this fight, we

must strive to build workers

and trade union's power. We

must bear in mind that the

fight for stronger unions are

the best safeguards for

democracy.

"In order to consolidate

workers’ power and build

resilient trade unions, the

ITUC has prioritised the

promotion of peace,

democracy and rights. We

demand regulation of

economic power and the

redistribution of wealth. For

us, it is “workers first, then

profits.

“We refuse to accept current

historic levels of inequality.

We reject the reality that

more than 70 per cent of the

world’s people have little or

no social protection.

“We demand a re-jig of tax

systems in a manner that

restores the re-distributive

role of government. We

reject a situation where more

than 50 per cent of the global

wealth is owned by less than

one per cent of the world’s

population. We insist on

social contracts that deliver

Zamfara APC insists on expulsion

of ex-gov Yari, Shuaibu

By Omeiza Ajayi

A Progressives

BUJAALL

Congress, APC, in

Zamfara State has insisted

on the expulsion of the

immediate-past governor of

the state, Abdulaziz Yari, as

well as the party’s Deputy

National Chairman

(North), Senator Lawali

Shuaibu, accusing them of

anti-party activities.

The party’s state

executives made their

position known in a letter

they submitted to the fiveman

disciplinary committee

on anti-party activities

raised by APC National

Working Committee, NWC.

Publicity Secretary of

APC in Zamfara,

Mohammed Bakyasuwa,

who led other officials of the

party to the APC National

Secretariat to submit the

evidence, accused the two

men of breaching Article

21(a) 2014 of the APC

Constitution (as amended).

He said: “We are going

to prove that we are not just

bragging, that we mean it.

We have drawn the battle

line with Yari’s group.

“We have realised that the

two men were behind the

misfortunes of the party. We

need to expel them to

prepare for challenges

social justice.

“Ultimately, our objective

of social justice is a shared

one. Government and

employers will gain more in

a milieu of social justice and

progress. Thus, we expect

that the discussions and

negotiations that have gone

on in this ILC will expand

the space for equitable wealth

redistribution, and yield

improved social contracts,

ahead.”

In the letter submitted to

the panel, the Zamfara

State chairman of the party,

sustainable work conditions,

living wages, shorter work

hours, better pensions, safer

working lives, and

guarantees for economic

inclusion and social

protection.

“We demand a convention

to end violence and

harassment at work as well

as a strong centenary

declaration that will make a

historic centenary celebration

of this ILC.”

Alhaji Surajo Garba,

accused the two party

leaders of being

responsible for the

misfortunes suffered by the

party in the state.

Delta tribunal adjourns

petition against Mutu sine

die

By Festus Ahon

A SABACHAIRMAN,

Delta State Election

Petition Tribunal, Justice

England Engene, has

adjourned hearing in the

petition against Nicholas

Mutu, member,

representing Bomadi/

Patani Federal

Constituency in the

National Assembly on the

platform of Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP.

Candidate of All

Progressives Congress,

APC, in the 2019 general

election, Collins Eselemo,

is accusing Mutu of forgery

and impersonation.

Adjourning the matter,

which was slated for ruling,

Justice Engene said:

“There is a development in

the petition. The petitioner

wrote a petition to the

President, Court of Appeal.

We are yet to receive any

directive concerning the

petition, consequently, this

ruling is adjourned sine

die.”

In his reaction, counsel to

PDP, Mr. Abdulkarim

Mohammed accused the

petitioner of ambushing his

client, stressing that the

petitioner should have

allowed the lower court

reached a verdict before

challenging the case at the

appellate court.

Counsel to the 1st

respondent, Chinedu Eze,

on his part said the

petitioner had abandoned

his petition having failed to

take advantage of applying

for pre-hearing session

within seven days.

On his part, counsel to

the petitioner, V. E. Sodje,

said he would consult with

his client to know the next

line of action in view of the

fact that the President of

Appal Court was yet to

respond to their petition.

Okada riders in Ilorin protest

alleged police extortion

By Demola

Akinyemi

ILORIN, the Kwara State

capital, was locked down

with protests for the better

part of yesterday, by

commercial motor cyclists

popularly called Okada

riders, who protested

alleged extortion and

brutality by members of the

Kwara State Police

Command.

The protesters,

specifically accused some

members of ‘A Division’ of

the command of illegal

arrest and extortion of

between N1,200 and

N1,500 from their

members.

They also accused some

of the executive members

of the commercial

motorcyclists association

in the state of conniving

with the police to extort

members.

An Okada rider said:

“Some Kwara State

policemen have turned

Okada riders to automatic

teller machine. At the

flimsiest of excuse, they

would stop us. We must

part with between N1,200

and N1,500. The police,

some Civil Defence Corps

members and Kwara

State Roads Traffic

Management Authority,

KWARTMA, officers are

working together to milk

us dry.”

The

aggrieved

Buhari urged to revoke

OML42 licence

By Ediri Ejoh

P RESIDENT

Muhammadu

Buhari has been called

upon to revoke Oil Mining

Lease, OML42, licence

granted Neconde Energy

as the company has not

shown any genuine

commitment to the

development of its host

communities.

The operator of OML42

was also criticised for

failing to award

scholarships to indigenes

of its host communities.

Former Chairman of

Akpata-Ekpemu

Community in Gbaramatu

Kingdom, Warri South

West Local Government

Area, Delta State, Mosco

John, in a statement,

yesterday, in Abuja, noted

that education was the

bedrock of any society.

He noted that while other

operators have made it

mandatory to support the

education of indigenes in

their respective

operational areas,

“Neconde has not given

scholarship to any

indigene in OML42.”

He alleged that

motorcyclists took their

protests from the popular

Post Office area of the

metropolis to General

Hospital area in Taiwo

Oke.

The protests caused

traffic jam on Post Office

and Taiwo Ibrahim Road

in the metropolis.

The protesters also

vandalised property,

especially stands used by

traffic wardens in the

metropolis.

One of the protesters

who gave his name as

Damilola Samuel said

Okada riders are not touts

but lawful Nigerians

seeking to eke out a

living.

“Many of us are

graduates but because of

the economic situation, we

have taken to Okada

riding. Some of us too are

skilled in one trade or the

other.

"What is worrisome is the

connivance between some

of our executive members

with the police. We

gathered that some of the

policemen are using the

money they get from us to

fund their cooperative.”

C o n t a c t e d ,

spokesperson of the state

Police Command, Ajayi

Okasanmi, said the state

Police Commissioner,

Kayode Egbetokun, had

launched investigation

into alleged extortion by

some members of the

command.

Neconde was in the habit

of not paying or delaying

payment to community

contractors for jobs already

or being executed, adding

that Neconde Energy

Limited appears only

interested in making

profits while the host

communities are

abandoned.

“When Neconde

acquired the 45 per cent

shares of OML42 in 2011

and came in to operate the

assets, the host

communities had

negotiation and agreed

with Neconde to execute

projects in the host

communities as a preentry

condition. Up till

today, the pre-entry

projects have not been

executed by Neconde.

This is totally

unacceptable.”

He alleged that jobs that

ordinarily should be

handled by community

contractors were awarded

to strange companies and

called on Federal

Government to set up a

team to properly

investigate all jobs

executed so far in OML

42.


36 Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019

PAYROLL FRAUD: Dead workers

receiving salaries in

Rivers LG COUNCIL BOSS

:Vanguard News :@vanguardnews :@vanguardnews NEWS HOTLINES: 08052867023, 08052867058

By Egufe Yafugborhi

O R T

P HARCOURT

CHAIRMAN of Obio

Akpor Local Government

Area, Rivers State, Prince

Solomon Eke, has said his

administration was

contending with “mind

boggling payroll fraud,”

including dead workers

who continue to draw

monthly salaries from the

council.

Eke yesterday, while

presenting his scorecard at

the Obio Akpor Council

Chambers, Rumuodomaya,

to mark his

administration’s first year

in office, said the challenge

meant that the council’s

monthly allocation

hovering between N180

million and N190 million is

swallowed by salaries

which is within the same

range.

He said, “We practically

cannot take up any serious

activity because of the huge

wage bill. This situation

prompted the ongoing staff

audit and verification in the

council. This is the puzzle

the Special Verification

Committee will help

unravel.

“We are already having

some mind boggling

revelations. Imagine that

we have a lot of ghost

workers on the payroll.

Some dead workers are still

receiving salaries. Some

people are taking double

salaries, some others are

likely receiving salaries

above their grade levels.

We expect the audit

exercise to clean up the

mess.”

Despite the financial

difficulties, Eke said his

administration in one year

has been able to initiate a

health insurance scheme

allowing anyone resident

or doing business in the

locality to register with

N4,000 and get free

medical treatment on a

wide range of ailments.

Report infringements of your

rights, Okowa instructs children

By Emma Amaize

A

S A B A

GOVERNOR

Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta

State has charged children

in the state to report cases

of violations of their rights

to the appropriate agencies

of government for

necessary action.

Okowa, who spoke

through his deputy,

Deacon Kingsley Otuaro at

this year’s commemoration

of the “Day of the African

Child,” in Asaba, said the

state government enacted

a law on the Rights and

Welfare of the Child to

protect children at all times.

He explained that June

26 was set aside annually

in memory of the 1976

pupils’ uprising in Soweto,

South Africa, especially

DSP: Forum of Urhobo

President-Generals felicitates

with Omo-Agege

By Onozure Dania

WARRITHE Forum

of President-

Generals of Urhobo

Kingdoms has felicitated

with Senator Ovie Omo-

Agege on his election as the

Deputy Senate President.

In the statement by Chief

Kenneth Iwhewhe , Chief

Francis Okitikpi and Chief

Emmanuel Ememu

(Chairman, Secretary and

Public Relations Officer,

respectively) in

Uvwiamuge – Agbarho,

Ughelli North Local

Government Area of Delta

State, yesterday, the forum

noted that Senator Omo-

Agege got the exalted

position due to hard work,

those killed in cold blood,

to celebrate children in

Africa, to inspire a sober

reflection and action

towards addressing the

huge challenges that

children in African face on

daily basis.

“These violations include

non-provision of education,

health or adequate

standard of living for

children to enjoy their

rights. The effect of these

violation may affect boys

and girls differently .

Children in vulnerable

situations suffer most from

these crises,” he stated.

The governor enjoined

parents , guardians and

concerned authorities to

take note and show love,

care, attention, protection

and support to all children

because they are the future.

due diligence, dedication,

devotion, sincere

comradeship, resource and

humility.

They said, “Our dear

Obarisi and Deputy Senate

President, the forum and

our people are proud of

your humble life, style,

principled character,

patriotism, exemplary

commitment to the best

interest of our country and

capacity to lead with

courage.”

The statement earlier

noted that the news of the

election of Omo-Agege as

Deputy Senate President

was astoundingly received

with great joy and loudest

ovation by well-meaning

Deltans, particularly the

Urhobos, who he

represents at the Senate.

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Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria(AMLSN), Mr. Adeyeye Adetunji Tam and Head Marketing,

ISN Products, Mr. Olaseni Fawehinmi, at the inaugural ISN Quality Assurance Summit held in Lagos

Navy destroys 63 illegal refineries,

1,984 storage facilities in Delta

By Evelyn Usman,

Joseph Eruke &

Emem Idio

WARRINO fewer

than 63 illegal

refineries have been

destroyed by the Nigerian

Navy in Delta State, in its

ongoing war against crude

oil theft, illegal bunkering

and pipeline vandalism.

Also destroyed, were

1,984 storage facilities

containing 8,610 metric

tonnes of stolen crude oil,

including 5,602 metric

tonnes of illegally refined

petroleum product, while 80

wooden boats used to

convey the illegally refined

product from the camps to

ready buyers, were also

confiscated.

JTF woos media

In a separate

development, Commander

of Joint Military Taskforce

in Niger Delta, Operation

Delta Safe, OPDS, Rear

Admiral Akinjide

Akinrinade, has said that

the collaboration between

security agencies and the

media, will go a long way

in improving the security of

the Niger Delta region and

the country at large.

Akinrinade, yesterday,

when the executive

members of the Federated

Correspondents’ Chapel,

FCC, of the Nigerian Union

of Journalists ,NUJ, Bayelsa

State branch visited the

operation headquarters at

Igbogene, the state capital,

stressed the need for

balanced and investigative

journalism, which he said

can also help in addressing

the security situation in the

country and also help the

security operatives in their

investigation, just as he

promised to partner the

media, especially in terms

of trainings to be conversant

with reporting security

information accurately.

Reiterating the

commitment of OPDS in the

protection of critical

infrastructures and oil

facilities to boost the

....As JTF solicits media partnership

economy of the country, he

urged the media not to

portray security agencies

in the country in such a

way that the people will

lose confidence in its

capacity, or report crime in

such a way that will glorify

criminals and criminal

activities.

In Delta State,

Commander, Nigerian

Navy Ship Delta,

Commodore Ibrahim

Dewu, who briefed a

media team on the

operational activities of the

command towards the

fulfilment its assigned

tasks, lamented that some

members of host

communities who engage

in illegal bunkering

sometimes hindered the

base’s operation.

Journalists were on

Monday, conducted round

one of the illegal refineries,

discovered in Yeye

community, where the

camp was at the last lap of

destruction.

But a visit to another

illegal camp on Benneth

Island, yesterday, revealed

a return of illegal refinery

operators.

The camp situated on a

Okowa submits Commissioner-nominees

list to DTHA

By Festus Ahon

A

S A B A

GOVERNOR

Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday,

submitted names of eight

commissioner-nominees to

the Delta State House of

Assembly for screening

and approval.

The eight nominees

include; immediate past

Commissioner for

Information, Chief Patrick

Ukah, immediate past

Senior Political Adviser to

the Governor, Chief Festus

Ochonogor and former

Deputy Speaker of the

State House of Assembly,

Mr Basil Ganagana.

Others are former

seven acres of land with

over 50 different refineries

has one of the them

producing over 240 million

litres of refined petroleum

products in an opened and

covered tanks, respectively.

Dewu informed that naval

personnel had visited the

camp two months ago, for

destruction, adding that

swap buggy was used to

destroy metals used to store

the illegally refined

products.

He expressed surprise

that the youths returned to

commence the illegal

activities, after the Navy

left.

On the operations carried

out so far by the command,

Dewu said, “In the course

of the Base’s operations, it

was observed that

operators of illegal

refineries often return to

reactivate refineries that the

Base destroyed.

Consequently, the Base

sustained Swamp Buggy

Operations in her area of

operation, AOO in order to

out rightly destroy these

illegal refinery sites and

make them extremely

difficult to reactivate. The

operation recorded

tremendous success as there

has been significant

reduction in the operation of

illegal refineries in NNS

DELTA’s AOO.

“Additionally, between

March 14,2019 and May 4,

2019, the Base conducted

three swamp buggy

operations in Iwhrekreka,

Otovwodo and Otumara

communities in Ughelli

South and Warri South

Local Government Areas of

Delta State. At present, the

Base is engaged in two

swamp buggy operations at

Yeye and Benneth Island in

Burutu and Warri South

Local Government Areas of

Delta State respectively.

“In the same vein, the

swamp buggy operations

has so far led to the

destruction of a total of about

63 illegal refinery sites and

1,984 storage facilities

containing 8,610 metric

tonnes of stolen crude oil

and 5,602MT of illegally

refined AGO. Also, a total of

80 large wooden boats were

destroyed.”

He lamented that some

members of the host

communities who engage

in illegal bunkering

sometimes hindered the

base’s operation.

...Ukah, Ochonogor, Muoboghare made list

Commissioner for Basic and

Secondary Education, Prof

Patrick Muoboghare, former

Commissioner for Works,

Chief James Augoye,

immediate past Attorney

General and Commissioner

for Justice, Mr Peter

Mrakpor, immediate past

Commissioner for Lands

and Surveys, Mr Chika

Ossai and Mrs Florence

Alanta.

The letter containing the

names of the eight

commissioners nominees

was read on the floor of the

House by the Speaker,

Chief Sheriff Oborevwori at

the first plenary of the 7th

Assembly of the House

after its proclamation by

the governor.

The eight nominees have

been directed to appear for

screening by the House on

Thursday this week.

Meanwhile, the House has

approved the governor’s

request for appointment of

15 Special Advisers in line

with session 196 (1) of the

1999 constitution as

amended.

The approval followed the

unanimous adoption of a

motion to that effect by the

Deputy Speaker, Mr Ocho

Ocho.

Okowa said the Special

Advisers are to assist him in

the discharge of certain

executive functions as

governor of the state.


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019 37


38 Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019

BRANDCOMFEST: IMC experts chart new

course for brands to tackle digital disruption

Stories by Princewill

Ekwujuru

EXPERTS in the Integrated

Marketing

Communication, IMC industry

have mapped out

new ways to respond to

the emergence of digital

disruption which is reshaping

the industry.

Speaking at the maiden

edition of BRANDCOM-

FEST, an IMC conference

organised by Brand Communicator

Magazine titled:

Digital Disruption in

Lagos, the experts said that

beyond technology, what

people want is content and

that has become a challenge

for marketers.

They advised that brands

should look for meaningful

way(s) to engage consumers

and provide better

contents online for reading

while restructuring their

business model(s) in a way

that is in line with current

market realities.

The experts also pointed

out that Artificial Intelligence,

AI, Machine learning

and others are some of

the technologies most

brands should deploy to

enhance their business operations.

They further stated that

the experiential industry

has evolved globally especially

with technology playing

important role in ensuring

that consumers are adequately

engaged and have

a worthwhile experience

different from the popular

road shows that most Nigerian

agencies still practice.

They also advised that the

Nigerian experiential agencies

should rethink their

strategies, pointing out that

the conventional experiential

style will still be there

but moving forward, it will

be technologically-driven.

On the Future of Out of

Home, OOH advertising,

OOH experts said in the

face of ‘Digital Disruption,’

the OOH industry is now

digital-driven, and more

than ever, clients demand

what impact the placement

of advert on a particular

board will have on their

brands.

Speaking on the theme of

the conference, Lampe

Omoyele, Managing Director,

Nitro 121 and Keynote

speaker said beyond technology,

what people want is

content and that is a challenge

for marketers. He

therefore urged marketers

to understand what customers

want, adding that customers

no longer buy

goods but they are buying

experience. He added that

brands need to build community

within the digital

space, understanding that

is not just about having a

platform but providing

contents on the platform

that resonates.

Also speaking, Convener

and Publisher of Brand

Communicator Magazine,

Joshua Ajayi said digital

disruption is changing the

face of brand and marketing

communications

across the world. “The

brands and marketing

communications industry

*From Left: Chief Enterprise Business Officer, MTN Nigeria, Lynda Saint-

Nwafor; Chief Marketing Officer, MTN Nigeria, Rahul De; Digital Nation

Specialist, IBM West-Africa, Titiloluwa Animasaun and Chief Corporate

Relations Officer, MTN Nigeria, Tobechukwu Okigbo at the opening ceremony

for the 13th edition of the staff volunteering programme – 21 Days of

Y’ello Care Campaign at the MTN Headquarters, Ikoyi, Lagos.

in Nigeria is not left out as

it is also witnessing fastpaced

evolution stimulated

by digital disruption-one of

the major factors that led to

the emergence of more areas

of specialisation within

its value chains and offerings.

New trends, technologies

and concepts like AI,

AR, IoE, VER, Machine

Learning, etc are increasingly

shaping the future of this

industry though Nigerian

brands and agencies are yet

to fully appreciate the importance

of these concepts.”

Experiential Marketing

Speaking on the topic,

The future of Experiential

marketing in a technologically

driven world, Gbenga

Afolabi, Group Managing

Director, GDM Group and

keynote speaker of the session

said experiential marketing

has evolved globally

especially with technology

playing important part in

ensuring that consumers

are adequately engaged

and have a worthwhile experience

as different from

the popular roadshows that

most Nigerian agencies still

practice. While calling for

a rethink, he pointed out that

the conventional experiential

style will still be there

but moving forward, it has

to be technologically-driven

ȮOH Advertising

For the OOH session,

Chike Oputa, General Manager,

Rapid Xtra delivered

the keynote entitled: The Future

of Out of Home Advertising

in the face of Digital

Disruption. Chike pointed

out that the OOH industry

is now digital-driven and

more than ever clients demand

what impact the

placement of advert on a

particular board will have

on their brands.

Corroborating the above,

Adenike Olufade, Managing

Director/ CEO, Digimage

Consult said: “If you are

not digital OOH, you will be

left behind.”

She added that the digital

OOH has to be engaging to

consumers as well.

Public Relations

The PR session titled: Digital

Disruption and the Future

of Public Relations Practice,

had the Chairman and Lead

Consultant of TPT International,

Adetokunbo Modupe

as its keynote speaker.

Adetokunbo said that disruptive

innovation remains the

critical life support that will

define the future of Public

Relations practice in Nigeria.

He explained that “the

future will be service-driven

as no one will own anything.”

New trends,

technologies and

concepts like AI,

AR, IoE, VER,

Machine Learning,

etc are increasingly

shaping

the future of

this industry

He noted that material

possession will have a little

significance in today’s global

market as real-time lending

equips us with the many

benefits of ownership.

The panelists for the session

include Amaechi Okobi,

Group Head, Corporate

Communication, Access

Bank and Bolaji Okusaga,

Managing Director, Precise

Communications. Others

are Ayeni Adekunle,

Founder, BHM; Adebola

Williams, CEO, RED For

Africa and O’tega Ogra,

Group Head, Corporate

Communications, BUA

Group.

CSR/Sustainability

The fourth session which

centred on sustainability

with the theme: Sustainability

and Effective Brand

Building for the Future had

sustainability expert,

Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan,

Head of Sustainability

at Access Bank, who called

on brands to be more intentional

in enshrining sustainability

into the DNA of their

business as consumers and

customers alike will be loyal

to such business in coming

years.

Panelists speak

Speaking during the

panel discussion, Managing

Director, ENTOD marketing,

Iquo Ukoh, Executive

Director, RocketShop, Jahswill

Osondu, and Managing

Director, Neukleos,

Bukola Akingbade urged

brands to look for ways to

engage consumers and provide

better contents online to

read, structure their business

model in such a way that it is

in line with current market

realities. They also pointed

out that AI, Machine learning

and others are some of

the technologies most

brands should deploy to enhance

their business operation.

Similarly, Patrick Gomes,

Chief Executive Officer,

DigiXplus said brands have

to be strategic in terms of the

kind of content that they put

out in the digital space and

strategically engage their

target market.

Experiential panel

On experiential marketing,

Dr. Felix King, Group

Managing Director, Oracle

Experience advised that

campaigns should begin

and end with digital which

should be deliberately done

to build a community for the

brand online, thereby fully

engaging consumers at the

same time. In the same vein,

Kehinde Salami, Managing

Director, Ideas House and

President, EXMAN and Tunji

Adeyinka, Group Managing

Director, Rupublicom

said brands are looking for

solutions and the digital

space is the quickest way to

engage consumers.

OOH panel

On the OOH panel, Managing

Director, Inventmedia,

Kunle Adesina, and

Managing Director, Ocean

Outdoor, Babs Fagade advised

on the need to work

with Google Analytics, etc,

adding that there are so

many data around us that

industry players can make

use of.

On his part, Managing

Director, Alpha & Jam, Samuel

Ajiboye said beyond the

challenges, making the

boards engaging will capture

a lot of eyeballs and at

the end, deliver great return

on investment (RoI) for clients

which data can be used

to prove.

Consumers endorse

Hollandia Evap pack

Manufacturers of

the recently introduced

Chi Limited

Hollandia Evaporated

Milk’s 120gram pack

size referred to as Pere,

have described it as an

irresistible way to deliver

wholesome nutrition

in milk.

Consumers said the

milk has gained market

recognition as a result of

its distinctive packaging

which has endeared it to

consumers across Nigeria

for its creamy taste

and nourishing value.

Managing Director,

Chi Limited, Mr. Roy

Deepanjan, expressed

delight on the feedback

received so far from con-

PR panel

On PR, the Panellists

agreed with Modupe that

strategic innovation holds

the key to the future of PR

and marketing communications

industry in Nigeria

and enjoined practitioners

to brace up for the challenges

of the ever changing

world. It was moderated by

Managing Consultant,

Quadrant MSL, Uche

Ajene.

Agency Business

The 7th session of the

conference centred around

Agency Business: Sustainable

Agency Models in the

Face of Disruption. The keynote

address was delivered

by Lanre Adisa, Chief Executive

Officer and Chief Creative

Officer of Noah’s Ark

Communications. Among

other things, Adisa called for

a unified inter-sectoral body

for the IMC industry in Nigeria

to help it in checkmating

some of the challenges

faced in the industry-from

stifling government policies,

to quackery, to obnoxiously

long invoice payment cycle,

among others. Comparing

the Nigerian market with

the South African market,

Adisa explained that because

of the unified front

presented by the IMC industry

in that market, there are

fewer challenges for agencies

in South Africa and practitioners

have more clout

than they have in this clime.

Syinix TV introduces 65” TV

SYINIX Limited, manufacturers

of Syinix

television has expanded its

product profile by introducing

a 65” TV brand. It has

also picked Nigerian National

player, Ahmed Musa

as its brand ambassador.

The TV manufacturer

also announced a new

tagline: bigger better, buy

Syinix for the new 65” TV

brand.

On the choice of Musa as

brand ambassador, Managing

Director of Syinix, Mr.

Cana Wang said: “As a famous

consumer of electronic

and home appliance

brand globally, the company

has distinguished itself

from its competitors with its

tech, smart, stylish brand

persona.

This has appealed to its

target audience immensely

and its Starting smart life

slogan has also encouraged

its young fans to pursue better

and quality life.

“Ahmed Musa and Syinix

both possess a similar fan

base that are built to eagerly

lead a better life and to

look forward to change

from a dull life.

“A lot of strategies can be

linked to the uprising of Syinix

Limited. One of them is

being able to understand the

consumer demand, and then

make a great effort to satisfy

the target audience. “

Syinix, he stated, has

“grown to certain pivotal aspects

of smart life and creating

affiliations with notable

icons to propel the brands to

new heights.

“While both Ahmed Musa

and Syinix expand their cooperation

in more fields, this

news is poised to set off a ripple

effect of excitement

through the minds of young

family and football fans,” he

stated.

30 winners emerge in Monster

Energy promo

A

TOTAL of 30 winners

have emerged

from the first round of draws

in the ongoing Party with 2

Kings promo by Monster

energy drink, a brand from

the stables of Nigerian Bottling

Company Limited.

The consumer promo,

which commenced nationwide

last month, is expected

to end on June 30th,

2019.

Speaking after the first

round of draws to select

winners in Lagos, the

Country Business Manager,

Monster energy drink,

Emeka Mgbachi explained

that the promotion is designed

by the brand to appreciate

its valued fans who

have remained loyal since

the product was introduced

into the Nigerian market.

“The Monster 2Kings

promotion is an on-pack

promotion that gives consumers

of the brand a

chance to either win airtime

or to party with two of Nigeria’s

most talented music

artistes, Olamide and

Phyno in an exclusive party

titled the 2KINGS concert,”

he said.

sumers.

He stressed that the

Hollandia Evap Pere

pack size has captured

consumer affection by

being value maximising

and innovative.

“At affordable price, we

were confident that the

Hollandia Evap 120g

Pere pack was good value

for consumer spend when

making purchasing

decisions. The convenient

portion size and

affordability is driving

affinity and growing

popularity of the pack

size amongst consumers

desirous of wholesome

nutritious milk,” he

noted.


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019 39

New brands trigger price crash as competition intensify in TV market

Stories by Princewill

Ekwujuru

THE influx of new

brands with lower

prices aided by reduction in

the purchasing power of

the naira has crashed the

prices of TV products.

The new brands are also

leveraging on technological

enhancements in a bid

to upstage the leading TV

brands.

The new TV brands offering

lower prices in the

market are Royal TV, Rite

Tek, Syinix, Bruhm, Coocaa,

Konka, Looka, UKA

and TCL, while the leading

brands are Samsung, Life’s

Good (LG), Sony, Panasonic,

Polyster and Hisense.

The price crash was triggered

by the new TV

brands, which recently lowered

their prices in a bid to

penetrate the market.

For example, a 32” of the

new TV brands cost between

N36,900 and

N49,990, while 32” of leading

TV brands cost between

N44, 800 and N100, 000.

42” of the new TV brands

cost between N52,000 and

N63,000 while that of the

leading brands cost between

N122,000 and

N140,00.

Furthermore, 43” of the

new TV, which also offers

all the features offered by

the leading brands cost

between N65,250 and

N69,990,while 43’ of

the leading TV brands cost

N92,000 and N330,000.

The above pressured the

leading TV brands to also

lower their prices, though

not as significant as that

of the new TV brands. For

example, 32” LG sells

for N54,000 today, but was

N56, 000 last month. 32”

Samsung was N58,000 last

month, it is now N57, 500.

32” Hisense TV was N48,

000 last month, today it

costs N46,800. Sony sold

for N80,000 last month,

but now N78,000.

Panasonic 32” TV sells

for N65,000, down from

N66,000 last month.

Furthermore, 32” Sharp

TV now sells for N44,800,

down from N49,999 last

month. Also, Polyster TV

today sells for N44,000

down from N42,500 last

month.

While crashed prices

last, the manufacturers

are also doing away with

surface control buttons on

the TVs by infusing features

such as operational

systems inside the products

to be remote controloperated,

like the volume,

setting, Ok and input buttons,

without physical

BIG trains more bakers in modern bakery technique

Bakery Initiatives Group

(BIG), a Dutch bakery

consulting firm has trained

more Nigeria bakers on

modern bakery techniques

and practices.

The two weeks’ series of

trainings which had over 50

participants benefiting

included a “train the trainers”

program conducted by a Cofounder

and expert baker

of more than 35 years’

experience in bakery and

milling technology, Mr. Jacob

Molenaar.

At the “train the trainers”

program in Lagos, Mr.

Molenaar said the

essence of the program is not

only to increase the

theoretical and practical

knowledge of participants in

the bakery and confectionary

industry.

Bbut also equip them to be

able to transfer such

knowledge to others thereby

creating a large pool of

knowledgeable people in

Nigeria.

The

Country

Representative and Chief

Executive Officer of Bakery

Initiatives Nigeria, Mr.

Ephraim Mbanaso, said the

series of trainings are aimed

at addressing one vital area

of need Bakery Initiatives

identified while interacting

with bakery operators in

Nigeria over the years which

is dearth of professional

bakers.

He also informed

participants that the idea

behind the training is

centered on skill acquisition

for all categories of human

resources needed for the

effective and efficient

Hi-Life Fest talent to air on TV

LIFE Lager, an initiative

of Life Continental

Lager Beer, from the

stables of Nigerian Breweries

Plc., organisers of the

Hi-Life Fest talent hunt

show, has said the third

edition of the music competition

will be aired on TV

stations across Africa.

Speaking at the announcement

ground in

Lagos, Life Lager Brand

Manager, Chidi Egwu

who shared his vision for

the 2019 edition of Hi-Life

Fest said: “Hi-Life Fest

has been one of our most

beloved experiential platforms.

This is one of the

ways we connect with our

consumers and celebrate

our shared love for

highlife music. After two

successful editions which

produced two remarkably

talented individuals,

we’ve decided to take this

competition a step further

and showcase these talents

to the whole of Nigeria.

Our partnership

running of bakery businesses.

On her experience during the

training, Fibian Ehizibolo who

participated in the “train the

trainers” program said, “I was

thrilled not only by the

exposure to the new insights

about baking various products

but how different ingredients

can be utilized to achieve a

desired effect in the finished

with Soundcity will see

us release episodes of

this year’s competition.

This television treatment

will not only showcase

the talents of our contestants

but will also profile

their evolution as they go

along the tournament.

We want to celebrate

their progress and show

the world that some of

the best musical talents

can be discovered in

South-Eastern Nigeria.”

The show will kick off

hand touch.

Vanguard Companies

and Markets, C&M observed

that the new TV brands are

way lighter in weight compared

to the leading TV

brands in the Nigerian market,

while also doubling their

operating systems.

products among many other

benefits”

The training program saw the

participants trained on various

aspects of bakery, such as,

technology and practice of

baking of bread, cakes and

pastries with special emphasis

on recipes, effects of basic

ingredients, cost calculations

among others.

○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

on June 9, 2019. The

regional auditions will be

hosted in Enugu, Asaba,

Awka, and Aba. Winners

from these regions will be

taken to Lagos for a week of

mentoring by some of the

leading acts in the Nigerian

music scene. After this,

contestants will head back

to the South-East for the

quarterfinal in Port Harcourt

on the 14th of July.

The semi-final will be held

in Enugu on the 28th of July

and final is slated for Onitsha

on the 11th of August.


40 Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019

Offshore banking and money laundering (1)

FOR several years,

and particularly

over the past couple of

months, one word which

has gained notoriety in

Nigeria’s criminal

lexicon is “Money

Laundering”. Since the

start of the concerted

effort to rid Nigeria of

corruption and financial

crimes, hardly has a

charge been filed by law

enforcement agencies

without a count alleging

money laundering

against the criminal

defendant.

The media, print and

electronic, also appear to

have caught the bug as

coverage of money

laundering allegations

and litigation now enjoy

prime of place in news

reporting. But just what

is money laundering?

What exactly does it

entail and what is its

role in the scheme of

things and what risks do

money laundering

activities pose for the

economic welfare of the

country? These

questions are important

for a variety of reasons.

Since the return to civil

rule after decades of

military dictatorship, all

administrations have

rightly made the

eradication of corruption

and the recovery of

looted funds a cardinal

objective. However and

most regrettably, two

decades after, little

success has been

recorded with regards to

repatriation of looted

funds while allegations

of corruption remain

rife. With regards to the

former, it emerged a few

days ago that more funds

traced to the late Head

of State General Sani

Abacha had been

discovered by the British

authorities. Reporting

the incident on June 6,

CNN stated as follows:

“Authorities in Jersey

say they have seized

more than $267 million

from the family and

associates of the late

Nigerian military

dictator Sani Abacha.

According to Jersey’s

Civil Asset Recovery

Fund, the laundered

funds recovered from

confiscated assets,

belonging to the son of

the late dictator,

Mohammed Abacha,

were “derived from

corruption” during the

military leader’s rule in

Nigeria. The money was

found in a Channel

Islands account held by

shell company, Doraville

Properties Corporation.

It had been frozen by a

federal court in

Washington in 2014 at

the request of

prosecutors pursuing

criminal proceedings

against Mohammed

Abacha and his

associates. The stolen

funds have now been

recovered and paid into

a special recovery fund

after a five-year legal

battle. The fund will be

shared between the

Nigerian government,

Jersey and the US

government, according

to Jersey authorities

overseeing the case.

Robert MacRae, Jersey’s

attorney general, said in

a statement that freezing

Offshore

banking has

often been

associated with

the

underground

economy and

organised crime,

tax evasion and

money

laundering

the assets demonstrated

Jersey’s “commitment to

tackling international

financial crime and

money laundering.”

Prior to this time,

seizures amounting to

several millions of

dollars had been

discovered and seized.

The Swiss government

alone has reportedly

recovered around $700

million of Abacharelated

assets to date.

Out of an estimated loot

of $2 billion to $5 billion,

the following have been

reportedly recovered:

I. $750 million cash in

different currencies

recovered by the

administration of

General Abdulsalam

Abubakar in 1998.

II. $64 million returned

by the Swiss

government in 2000.

III. $1.2 billion

recovered through a

deal between the

administration of Chief

Olusegun Obasanjo and

the family in 2002.

IV. $160 million

repatriated from Jersey,

British Isles in 2003

V. $88 million returned

by the Swiss

government in 2003 VI.

$461 million returned by

the Swiss government in

2005.

VII. $44 million

returned by the Swiss

government in 2006

VIII. $227 million

returned from

Liechtenstein in2014

IX. $321 million with

interest of $1.5 million

returned by the Swiss

government in

December 2017.

Given these enormous

figures, a question that

is bound to agitate most

minds is how these

monies returned to the

government of Nigeria

were transferred to the

localities or jurisdictions

in which they were

found. This is due to the

fact that the physical

movement of money

across international

boundaries is highly

restricted. Anyone

familiar with foreign

travel will know that in

most cases, the amount

of cash anyone can carry

on their person at any

given time when

arriving at the entry port

of another country,

without having to

declare the presence of

the money is often

limited to $10,000 or its

equivalent. Any sum

above that amount has to

be declared to Customs

who will then conduct

enquiries into not only

the reason for travelling

with the amount of cash

cash but also the source

of the funds. Generally

the purpose of these

regulations is part of a

strategy to combat money

laundering, counter the

financing

of

terrorism,and combat

other transnational

crime. It may also be

useful in stopping the

flight of capital to

another jurisdiction.

Offshore accounts

How then do those

intent on corruptly

amassing funds in

foreign countries go

about it? The answer is

multifaceted but one

which directly comes to

mind is the ability to

open and operate

offshore accounts. In

simple terms, an offshore

account is one operated

by an individual or

corporate body in a

country or jurisdiction

other than the one in

which the individual or

corporate body resides

or is domiciled. The

reasons for operating

offshore accounts can

range from a need for

privacy to tax evasion to

even criminal activity.

Explaining the concept

of offshore banking and

offshore accounts,

Wikipedia states as

follows:

“An account held in a

foreign offshore bank, is

often described as an

offshore account.

Typically, an individual

or company will

maintain an offshore

account for the financial

and legal advantages it

provides, including:

•Greater privacy (see

also bank secrecy, a

principle born with the

1934 Swiss Banking Act)

•Little or no taxation

(i.e., tax havens)

•Easy access to

deposits (at least in

terms of regulation)

•Protection against

local, political, or

financial instability.

While the term

originates from the

Channel Islands being

“offshore” from the

United Kingdom, and

while most offshore

banks are located in

island nations to this

day, the term is used

figuratively to refer to

any bank used for these

advantages, regardless

of location. Thus, some

banks in landlocked

Andorra, Luxembourg,

and Switzerland may be

described as “offshore

banks”.

Offshore banking has

often been associated

with the underground

economy and

organised crime,tax

evasion and money

laundering; however,

legally, offshore

banking does not

prevent assets from

being subject to

personal income tax on

interest.

Except for certain

people who meet fairly

complex requirements

(such as perpetual

travelers), the personal

income tax laws of

many countries (e.g.,

France, Malaysia, and

the United States) make

no distinction between

interest earned in local

banks and that earned

abroad.

Persons subject to US

income tax, for example,

are required to declare,

on penalty of perjury,

any foreign bank

accounts - which may or

may not be numbered

bank accounts - they may

have. Although offshore

banks may decide not to

report income to other

tax authorities and have

no legal obligation to do

so, as they are protected

by bank secrecy, this

does not make the nondeclaration

of the income

by the taxpayer or the

evasion of the tax on that

income legal.

Following the 9/11

attacks, there have been

many calls to increase

regulation on

international finance, in

particular concerning

offshore banks, tax

havens, and clearing

houses such as

Clearstream, based in

Luxembourg, which are

possible crossroads for

major illegal money

flows.


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Seven Nigerians emerge millionaires at Tecno Light up Your Dream

By Prince Osuagwu

No fewer than seven Nigerians

won N1 million each

as mobile phone maker, Tecno,

organised a competition

tagged, Light Up Your Dream

for its Tecno Spark brand of

mobile phone.

The event which happened in

Lagos, produced the first two

millionaires- a shoemaker,

Amaka Judith, and a soap maker,

Mercy Orlu.

The other five winners

emerged when they bought

a SPARK 3 smartphone. They

got a raffle ticket and emerged

millionaires in the regional

raffle draws. They include:

Alex Mbamalu, Fatolu Kemi,

Maduakolam Chinaza and

Ugbesia Efe.

According to Tecno, the competition,

which started in April

and is part of the Tecno Spark

3 launch activities, had many

young Nigerian entrepreneurs

with various business

interests ranging from agriculture

to technology, sharing

their business dreams with the

hope of winning the

N1million prize.

The company’s PR and Strategic

Partnership Manager,

Jesse Oguntimehin, said the

initiative was an experiment

the brand decided to carry out

which turned out to be a huge

success.

Oguntimehin said: “The initiative

was conceived with the

intention of ‘making a positive

impact on the different

local communities in Nigeria

by empowering budding entrepreneurs

to achieve their

life-long dreams.

He explained that the contest

involved rigorous reviews

and assessments, and at the

end of the month-long activity,

10 entrepreneurs were

shortlisted, but only nine

showed up.

By Juliet Umeh

Despite the rave reviews

Nigeria gets as the fastest

developing technological

economy in the emerging markets

of Middle East and Africa, MEA,

the tech development in Nigeria

is yet to mature.

In the view of Chief Executive

Officer, MainOne cable company,

Funke Opeke, the reason is that

the supporting structures to a

strong tech economy is lacking in

Nigeria, and until the right

infrastructure are deployed, the

flowery numbers and rave reviews

which are mainly dependent on

the population power of the

country, will hardly make much

difference.

Also the Director-General, Delta

Innovation Hub, Mr. Chris Uwaje,

echoed Opeke’s view, hitting out

at the promoters of smart city

initiatives in a country he

described as living the fallacy of

a fourth industrial revolution.

Uwaje said that instead of

promoting smart city initiatives,

Nigerians should rather promote

Smart Villages to equip the

majority of youths living in the

villages and restrain them on

perpetual desires to migrate to

the urban cities.

Opeke and Uwaje were guest

speakers at an Innovation Forum

held at the University of Lagos

recently tagged: Emerging

technologies research and ICT

Innovation, organised by the

Nigerian Communications

Commission, NCC.

Why Nigerian tech ecosystem

remains at infancy

According to Opeke, the

supporting factors that play a

crucial role in creating a robust

tech ecosystem such as access to

capital, market depth,

infrastructure, work spaces,

relevant skills set, are,

unfortunately, lacking in Nigeria.

She said: “We have fewer

resources per person to invest and

to buy. Start-ups face difficulty of

scaling and making decent

returns to compete globally.

More successful ones, such as

Andela, Flutterwave, Tizeti

among others, quickly go offshore

“Lack of infrastructure is a

challenge such as electricity,

transportation and broadband.

There are no government

support incentives, grants, direct

investments and safeguards for

small players and new entrants.

“There are not enough

incubators providing early-stage

support to start-ups. Part of early

teething problems start-ups face

is inadequate access to market

for their products.

Besides these, there is also poor

education, lack of skilled talents

and until there is a sector-specific

acceleration for all these, we will

still remain an emerging tech

economy,” she added.

A typical tech hub

How viable tech ecosystem can

facilitate Nigeria’s economic growth

*Opeke laments poor infrastructural development

*Uwaje roots for Smart villages

For the past few decades,

economic viability of many

developed nations has been traced

to their tech ecosystem. Tech

ecosystem is an interconnected,

interdependent network of various

actors that combine to create

innovative products and services

in technology.

These include tech start-ups and

entrepreneurs, global tech

companies, hubs/accelerators,

investment groups, universities

and research institutes that

provide disruption leading to

innovations in the existing sectors.

Globally, these disruptions have

produced great wealth, changed

the narratives and continued to

drive productivity while creating

trillion dollar companies such as

Apple, Amazon, Microsoft,

Google, Facebook, and Alibaba

among others.

However, despite significant

growth