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Vanguard Newspaper 20 June 2019

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VOL. 26: NO. 63836 THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019

ong>Kidnappersong> on rampage

•Hunters aid Police, military as ex-minister, Adewole’s abducted son regains freedom

•Passenger bus hijacked along East-West Road in Rivers, 14 abducted

•Zamfara APC guber candidate’s brother kidnapped by bandits freed

•Bring perpetrators of Taraba killings to book, CAN tells security chiefs

•Buhari orders security agencies to end Taraba violence

No new case

of Ebola virus

in Nigeria— FG

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From left: Group Managing Director, First Bank of Nigeria Holdings, Mr. Urum Eke; Lagos State

Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; representative of the Vice president and Director General, Budget,

Mr. Ben Akabueze; Founder, Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Jim Ovia and Country Senior Partner, PwC Nigeria,

Mr. Uyi Akpata, during the cutting of the tape to launch the PwC Experience Centre at Victoria Island,

Lagos, yesterday.

Thugs invade hotel, beat

up Oshiomhole's brother, other

lawmakers-elect

•How Obaseki, Oshiomhole's rift divided Assembly

UK Letter: M-Belt

forum backs

Danjuma, Lekwot,

says Islamisation

agenda real

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SUSPECTED CRIMINALS—Police Public Relations officer, Frank Mba parading suspected armed

robbers, gun makers, kidnappers and their recovered ammunition in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga

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By Ola Ajayi, Davies

Iheamnachor, Femi

Bolaji & Nasir

Muhammad

IBADAN —

FOLLOWING the

abduction of Dayo

Adewole, son of

immediate past

Minister of Health,

Professor Isaac

Adewole, Tuesday,

Oyo

State

Commissioner of

Police, Mr Shina

Olukolu and scores of

policemen yesterday

stormed the farm

where he was whisked

away by his abductors.

This came as armed

bandits also on

Tuesday, hijacked a

passenger bus at

Evekwu community

axis of the East-West

Road in Emohua Local

Government Area of

Rivers State.

Yusuf Lawan Dauda,

biological brother to

former Zamfara All

Progressives

Congress, APC,

governorship

candidate, Dauda

Lawan, kidnapped by

bandits recently,

however, regained

freedom yesterday.

This is even as the

Taraba State chapter of

the Christian

Association of Nigeria,

CAN, yesterday

appealed to the state

Commissioner of

Police

and

Commanding Officer,

20 Model Battalion,

Serti, to ensure that

justice was done

regarding innocent

lives lost to attacks by

gunmen who invaded

two communities in the

state on Monday and

Tuesday, killing no

fewer than 12 persons.

The former minister’s

son, Adewole junior,

was kidnapped on his

farm in Iroko village,

Afijio LGA near

Ibadan, Oyo State by

some gun-wielding

bandits. Dayo was,

however, released last

night.

It could not be

confirmed if a ransom

was paid or not.

Hunters join

search for

abducted man

To secure his release

from the kidnappers,

Vanguard gathered

that conventional

security agents and

local hunters are on

the trail of the

kidnappers who were

yet to contact his

family for ransom at

press time last night

Also involved in the

desperate search of the

ex-minister’s son was

the Oniroko of Iroko,

Oba Olasunkanmi

Abioye Opeola,

Kurunloju I, who

disclosed that hunters

had been detailed to

comb all nooks and

crannies of forests in

the search for the

abducted man.

It was also gathered

that the car used by

the kidnappers was

discovered on the road

to Iware village.

Meanwhile, Oyo

State Police Command

has arrested three

suspects in connection

with the incident.

Among those

arrested were the

driver of the victim,

Mr. Gbenga Ogunleye,

and the farm manager,

Mr. Sodiq Adebayo.

One of the suspects

said the four bandits

stormed the poultry

farm, with one of them

wearing military

camouflage.

He added that one of

the kidnappers was

hooded, while three

others who wore black

clothes left their faces

uncovered, adding

that they were armed

with guns and other

dangerous weapons.

The suspect further

said he did not

understand the

language they spoke.

When Vanguard

visited the residence

of the abducted man,

no one was ready to

grant any interview.

Many sympathizers,

wearing forlorn looks,

were there praying to

God for his safe return.

AIG, CP speak,

vow to get

abductors

Speaking on the

incident, the Assistant

Inspector General

(AIG) of Police in

charge of Zone 11,

comprising Oyo, Osun

and Ondo States, Mr.

Leye Oyebade, and

Commissioner of

Police in Oyo State,

Mr. Shina Olukolu,

were there to see

things for themselves.

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By Bose Adelaja, Olayinka Latona,

Dickson Omobola, Tolulope Oke,

Chiamaka Uba, Janet Somoye

& Anifowose Opeyemi

How should FG honour other June 12 heroes? (3)

I

’m happy for what the

government did for

MKO Abiola. It will be

very good if all the other

heroes are honoured.

The identified families

should be compensated.

Posthumous National

awards should be

presented to them too.

Government has

declared June12 as

Democracy Day which is

a step in the right

direction.

- Uba Victoria

Teacher

MKO Abiola was an

honourable man

and he has been

honoured. Others can

be honoured by naming

national monuments

after them. They should

make the day a

permanent holiday and

there should be a

written document to

back it up so that

another government

won’t annul it in

future.

-Princess Ifedoyin

Tubosun

Heroes of June 12

suffered so much so

making June 12 a public

holiday is good. Also,

their families should be

recognised and

compensated by way of

scholarship award to

their children.

-Elekwachi Chidiebere

Student

The heroes of June 12

all died for a just

cause. Hence, to honour

them, let’s keep

upholding justice and

fairness in the country.

Jesuje Segun

Graduate

Heroes of June 12

served this nation

well and were the

forerunners of our

current democracy. We as

a nation, should have a

way to make sure their

names are preserved by

immortalising them by

renaming various higher

institutions, government

buildings and hospitals

after them.

-Uzo Igwilo

Student

They should be

honored just the

way MKO Abiola was

honoured. Hospitals,

streets and schools can

be named after them.

Scholarship should be

provided for the ir

children and their

families should be

compensated. Children in

secondary and primary

schools should be thought

about the history of our

past heroes, their deeds

and their brave fight for

democracy.

Emmanuel Uba-Corper


6—Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019

Ghana arrests

Nigerian prof,

accuses him

of incitement

AUSTIN Nwagbara, a

Nigerian professor based

in Ghana, has accused the

Ghanaian government of

maltreating Nigerians, leading

to his arrest.

In a viral video, Nwagbara

urged a group of people to

employ the media from Nigeria

to reshape the reportage of

Nigerians based in Ghana.

He said Nigerians are

highly talented, but lack

strategies to take advantage of

their position, adding that the

current government in Ghana

rode to power “under Nigeria

bashing.”

He also condemned the fee

paid by Nigerian students in

Ghana, saying the quality of

education is inferior to

Nigeria’s.

On negative reports, he said

Nigerians have been sold off

as bad people and “we have

bought it” as a result of the way

the Ghanaian media presented

their own “version of truth.”

After the release of the video,

the professor was arrested by

the Ghanaian police and

accused of inciting the public.

According to Ghana Web,

Nwagbara was subjected to

hours of interrogation and later

released on bail, but asked to

be reporting to the police

periodically “until a final

determination of the case.”

He had said: “They (Ghana)

are using our manpower. We

have an advantage that we

supply to them. What are we

getting back? Insults.

“Our people (Nigerians) will

come here (Ghana) and pay

$10,000 (as tuition) but they

will not pay N20,000 in the

University of Lagos. What an

average student pays in the

University of Lagos in one

session to get a degree in

English is N12,000.

“The Nigerian community

here is bad image for Nigerian

we can take back through the

press; we can reverse it. We

have powerful media stations.

Channels broadcast all over

world, well AIT has a problem

now. NTA does many others,

and there is online, active

online social media they plot

in Nigeria.

“Let them look at what we

have said. Let them come here

and run documentaries of the

experiences on Nigerians and

blast it all over the world. In

three days, Ghana will

respond. I have been a media

person.

“I have been a pressman,

there is no absolute truth in the

media. The truth is the truth

as it is presented. Let us use

our own media and get back to

them (Ghana). Let us see life

cases, let our media with this

story say we want to go to their

prisons to see Nigerians.”

Some of the nine suspected internet fraudsters paraded by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan

Zonal Office, yesterday. PHOTO: Dare Fasube.

Oyo NYSC member's suicide note to parents:

I’m tired of life, forgive me

By Ola Ajayi

IBADAN—A serving member

of National Youth Service

Corps, NYSC, Mr. Johnson

Onyilo, who committed suicide

in Ibadan, left a suicide note

stating he was fed up with life

and pleaded with his parents

to forgive him for all the troubles

they went through to see him

through school.

Onyilo, a 2018 Batch B

A

28-year-old woman,

Toriola Suliat, yesterday,

told her husband, Toriola

Lateef, that she would only

consent to his request for the

dissolution of their marriage if

he restore her virginity and

good health, as she was two

years ago before the union.

Suliat stated her conditions

before an Iseyin Grade C

Customary Court, where the

husband had gone seeking for

the dissolution of the marriage

over “frequent public

embarrassment.”

He told the court that Suliat

was in the habit of harassing

him at his work place and

social functions attended by

his friends and relatives.

The husband said he had to

move out of their matrimonial

home due to the unbearable

development.

Responding, Suliat said she

was charmed by Toriola.

Her words: “Ideally, I will

not marry this type of human

being, if not for the charm he

used on me.

“I was looking for charm to

help my business grow and he

told me that he will need to

get some hairs from my private

part and also make love to me.

That was how I found myself

married to him.

“When I got to his house, my

business boomed and he also

made lot of money too and we

got it renewed twice. But now

Stream 1 NYSC member, was

reportedly serving in Ibadan

North-West Local Government

Area of the state, when the

incident happened.

It was further gathered that

the deceased, who graduated

from the Department of

Accounting at the University of

Jos, Plateau State, lived with his

sister during his service.

Speaking with Vanguard in a

telephone interview, the Public

my health is deteriorating and

he now moved out of the

house.

“He must look for a way to

return my virginity and my

health, before he can say he

Relations Officer of NYSC in the

state, Mrs Christy Olatoye,

confirmed the incident, praying

that “God protects our youths

from the rampant cases of

suicide.”

The remains of the young man

are to be taken to Benue State

later this week for burial.

He was said to have been

posted to Oyo State with the

number OY/18B/2337. JOS/

2018/055264.

wants to leave me.”

Ruling on the matter,

President of the court, Chief

Raheem Adelodun, said the

case would be put on hold

until the health condition of

Olatoye said: “Yes, you are

correct. He was living with his

sister in Ibadan.

“He was serving in Ibadan

North-West Local Government

Area. But he has not been

buried, he will be buried in

Benue State next week.”

When Vanguard called the

state Police Public Relations

Officer, SP Gbenga Fadeyi, he

said he was yet to be updated

on the incident.

Restore my virginity, good health if you want divorce, wife tells husband

By Chinonso Alozie

OWERRI—BUT for the

tribal marks on the face of

six-year-old Naziru Abdulwahab,

he would have been sold in Imo

State by the leader of a kidnap

syndicate, Queen Imoh, a

Cameroonian.

She was arrested, yesterday, by

operatives of Special Anti-

Robbery Squad, SARS, after the

would-be buyer rejected the boy

because of the tribal marks and

locals raised the alarm.

It was also gathered that the

woman had, in the past, sold her

son for N200,000 and another for

N230,000 before she was arrested.

The state Police Public Relation

Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, who

confirmed the arrest in Owerri,

said that Mrs. Imoh stole the child

from Nasarawa area of Kaduna

State, and conveyed him to Imo

State to sell.

The Police said based on

credible intelligence, she was

caught with the child, adding that

the child has been reunited with

Suliat improves.

He ordered the families of

the estranged couple to seek

urgent medical help for Suliat

and update the court every 15

days.

Tribal marks save 6-yr-old boy from

being sold in Imo by Cameroonian

his families.

The Police narrated that “on

June 13, operatives of Special

Anti-Robbery Squad,

SARS, acting on

intelligence

arrested one

Queen Imoh, a

native of Cameroon

but residing in

Kaduna, with a

stolen child, one

N a z i r u

Abdulwahab,

male aged six,

at Umuna,

Orlu.

“The said

Queen stole

the boy from

Nasarawa

Queen Imoh

area of

Kaduna

State and

brought

him down to

Imo State to

sell him to her partner, but

unfortunately for her the said

buyer rejected the boy on the basis

that the boy has tribal marks on

both side of his head.

“She was consequently arrested

based on a tip-off by the locals,

who suspected that she was not

in any way related to the boy.

“She confessed to the

crime and said it was her

third time. She said the first

one she sold was her own son,

named Joseph Imoh, aged two,

who she sold for N200,000.

“The second was one

Samuel, aged one,

who she stole when

the mum asked her

to help her take

care of her son,

while she rushed to

buy something. She

said she sold him for

N230,000.

“The command in

partnership with the

Hausa community in

Orlu has been able to

trace the parents of the

said Naziru Abdulwahab, and the

boy was handed over to his father

Abdulwahab Ya’u.”


Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019—7

Businesswoman used me to facilitate N168.5m

fuel subsidy fraud, ex-banker tells court

By Henry Umoru

Aformer employee of Sterling

Bank, Chumwuemeka

Ekwunife, yesterday, revealed

how a businesswoman and oil

marketer, Mrs Ngozi Ekeoma,

used him to steal N168.5 million

from the Federal Government

through fuel subsidy scheme.

Ekwunife made this revelation

before an Ikeja Special Offences

Court, Lagos, where he is

standing trial on an 8-count

charge of stealing.

The Economic and Financial

Crimes Commission, EFCC, had

arraigned Ekwunife and

Structured Energy Limited for

stealing N168.5 million from

several companies.

EFCC alleged that Ekwunife,

at different times in 2014, stole the

said sum from MRS Oil and Gas,

Exit Energy Limited, Globin oil

and Gas Limited, Bond Energy,

Greenage Energy Limited—all

property of Nepal Oil and Gas

Limited.

The anti-graft agency alleged

that the defendant stole the money

in tranches of N19 million, N9

million, N85 million, N25 million

and N6.5 million sometime in

By Chioma Onuegbu

UYO—ONE Utibe Ita, who

killed his father for not

allowing him to visit his mistress,

has been sentenced to life

imprisonment for manslaughter.

Eyo Ita reportedly killed his

father, Mr. Oscar Ita, in Nkim

village, Ibiono Ibom Local

Government Area of Akwa Ibom

State.

Eyo Ita was originally

arraigned before State High

Court, Ibiono Ibom, on a count

charge of murder.

Justice Bassey Nkanang of

Akwa Ibom State High Court,

Ibiono Ibom, sentenced Utibe Eyo

Ita for manslaughter.

August, October and November,

2014 from the complaint.

However, during yesterday’s

proceedings, Ekwunife told the

court that Mrs Ekeoma used him

to facilitate false documentations

in Liberia to obtain money from

the Federal Government through

subsidy scheme.

Led in evidence by his lawyer,

Mr. Eubena Amedie, Ekwunife

said he helped Mrs Ekeoma

register several companies in

Liberia to enable her carry out

importation of petroleum products

particularly Premium Motor

Spirit, PMS, under the petroleum

scheme fund (subsidy scheme)

with the Federal Government.

The former banker, who was a

Credit Relationship Manager of

Sterling Bank, said he resigned

from the bank in 2014 after Mrs

Ekeoma pleaded with him to join

her business and help her provide

credit facilities for her companies.

He said: “I met the Managing

Director of Nepal Oil and Gas

Limited, Ngozi Ekeoma, in 2010

while I was working with Sterling

Bank as a Credit Relationship

Manager. She was a customer of

the bank and so she came to me

to help her provide credit facilities

Nkanang ruled: “The court

believed that there was mutual

physical assault. A person who

unlawfully kills another in the

circumstance of mutual physical

assault committed manslaughter.

“The prosecution has proven all

the ingredients of murder. The

court is persuaded to convict the

accused of the offence of

manslaughter. Consequently,

the accused is sentenced to life

imprisonment.”

However, the reason given by

the accused for the running

conflict with his late father,

according to his confessional

statement to the Police at the

State CID Uyo, was that the late

father prevented him from

to various companies that she

introduced to the bank.

“She introduced the companies

as Nepal Oil and Gas Limited,

Dell Energy Limited, Carnival

Energy Oil and Gas Limited. So

I provided credit facilities for

these companies that enabled her

carry out various importations of

PMS through subsidy scheme

with the Federal Government.

“This relationship lasted for four

years. And in 2014, I voluntarily

resigned from Sterling Bank after

she pleaded earnestly with me to

join her business.

“I left my job in the bank to work

for her in a contractor/staff

arrangement.

“I helped her setup various

companies like Structured

Energy Resources Limited,

Dexter Oil Limited, Ritrak Supply

and Trading Limited, Gulf Trading

and Shipping Limited— all

registered in Liberia.

“These companies were used at

various times to carry out trading

and documentations related to

subsidy by the Federal Republic

of Nigeria.”

Justice Sherifat Solebo

adjourned the matter till July 5

for continuation of trial.

Man bags life imprisonment

for killing father in A-Ibom

visiting his mistress (name

withheld) in Ikot Ambang, a

neighbouring village in the

same council.

The accused had also confessed

that he actually struggled with his

late father, hitting him back after

being hit in the eye.

And from the confessional

statement, autopsy report and

Police investigation, there was

strong suspicion that the accused

may have buried his father when

he was not yet dead, since he

confessed that he hit the late

father who “fell down,” adding

that he “rushed” to a

neighbour, begged and

obtained a shovel used in

digging the shallow grave.

Navy nabs 19 oil thieves, recovers 168 drums of diesel

By Evelyn Usman

& Joseph Erunke

ATTEMPT by some oil thieves

to smuggle 168 drums

loaded with diesel from an illegal

refinery in Bakana creeks, in

Degema Local Government Area

of River State, was, yesterday,

foiled following the arrest of 19

suspected members of the gangs.

Among the suspects were two

women and a teenager.

Recovered from them were 24,000

litres of diesel loaded in five

wooden boats.

The suspects were returning

from the illegal refinery camp,

which occupies over seven acres

of land, when naval personnel led

by the Director of Information,

Nigerian Navy Commodore

Suleiman Dahun and the

Nigerian Navy Ship, NNS

Pathfinder’s Operations Officer,

Commander Muritala Rogo,

swoop on them at different

locations along the creeks.

Some of them jumped into the

river on sighting the personnel,

abandoning their wooden boats

and the illegally-refined

petroleum products.

One of the suspects, Justina

Patani, 31, who claimed to be a

widow, disclosed that she came

all the way from Yenagoa, Bayelsa

State, with her niece, Gift

Emmanuel.

Patani, who was arrested with

20 drums containing 250 litres of

diesel loaded in a wooden boat,

disclosed that she made at least

N5,000 from each drum.

According to her, “my husband

died, leaving me with two

children. I have been living from

hand to mouth until someone

introduced me to this business. I

was told it was lucrative.

“First, I rented a boat and an

engine for N10, 000 and headed

for Port Harcourt. I loaded 20

drums in the boat. Someone

brought me to the bush to buy the

product. I bought a drum for N10,

000 and sold it between N12,000

and N15,000, depending on the

buyer’s bargaining power.

“We came here at night and I

was on my fourth trip when I was

arrested. I went into it to feed my

two children.”

On his part, 20-year-old

Manasseh Emmanuel said he

quit fishing due to bad business.

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give birth to male o!

Thank you Mathematician!

It's called comparative

advantage. Offering time...

Pray it's not the angel that made

John the Baptist's father deaf and

dumb that's manning the gate


8—Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019

AGM: From left, Daniel Braie, MD; Chief Joshua Fumudoh, Chairman; Moses Omorogbe,

Company Secretary, and Bernard Griesel, Non-Executive Director, all of Linkage Assurance

Plc, during the 25th Annual General Meeting of the company, in Lagos, yesterday. Photo:

Lamidi Bamidele.

AfCFTA: We lack capacity to stop

dumping of goods into Nigeria — Buhari

•Says decision on AfCFTA’ll be guided by national interest

•Economy still fragile —MAN

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

ABUJA — PRESIDENT

Muhammadu Buhari

said, yesterday, that Nigeria

lacks the capacity to stop

countries within the African

Union, AU, from dumping of

goods, which would be

detrimental to industries in

the country.

Speaking while receiving

National Council of

Manufacturers Association of

Nigeria, MAN, led by its

president, Mansur Ahmed,

at the Council Chamber,

Presidential Villa, Abuja,

President Buhari assured

that Nigeria will be guided

by “national interest” in

taking any decision on the

agreement establishing the

African Continental Free

Trade Area, AfCFTA.

He said he was ready to

receive the report of a

committee set up to assess

the potential costs and impact

of signing the agreement

establishing the AfCFTA for

Nigeria.

Buhari recalled that the

Presidential Steering

Committee on AfCFTA

Impact and Readiness

Assessment Committee was

inaugurated on October 22,

2018, with the mandate to

assess the extent to which

Nigeria was ready to sign

the agreement, and what the

impact of doing so would be.

The committee was initially

given 12 weeks to conclude

its assignment, after holding

wide consultations with

industrial groups and

stakeholders, including

MAN.

The president, in a

statement by his Special

Adviser on Media and

Publicity, Chief Femi

Adesina, told National

Council of MAN that

AfCFTA was on the agenda

of the upcoming AU Summit

in Niamey, Niger Republic,

in July.

He said: “I don’t think

Nigeria has the capacity to

effectively supervise and

ensure that our colleagues in

AU don’t allow their

countries to dump goods on

us to the detriment of our

young industries and our

capacity to utilise foreign

exchange for imported

goods.”

President Buhari also

promised to look into the

presentation by MAN

highlighting issues of

concern to the

manufacturing sector,

namely AfCFTA, Export

Expansion Grant and other

incentives, challenges with

the 2019 fiscal policy

measures, recent increase in

NAFDAC charges,

Industrial Development

(Income Tax Relief)

(Amendment) Act, 2019,

among others.

Buhari said: “I assure you

that I know the enormity of

our problems in terms of

population growth rate and

teeming young people.

“We need to move very fast,

and the government will try

and encourage you as much

as possible so that the

problem of unemployment

and the provision of other

services relative to our

population and state of

development can be

tolerated.’’

Economy still

fragile—MAN

Earlier in his remarks,

MAN president, Mansur

Ahmed, outlined some

credible policies that have

driven the economy forward

in the first term of President

Buhari.

Commending the Buhari

administration for consistent

efforts to sustain the growth

trajectory anchored on

improving the business

environment, Ahmed

recognised the

government’s efforts at

improving the Ease of Doing

Business Project, fight

corruption, focus on poverty

reduction, job creation and

inclusive growth as well as

the launch of Economic

Recovery and Growth Plan,

ERGP.

He, however, noted that

despite the significant

progress recorded in the last

four years, it was clear that

the economy was still fragile.

He said: “With the GDP at

2.0 per cent and below the

population growth rate, the

clouds are still threatening

and the task of driving the

economy upwards is still

enormous.

“But Your Excellency, we

are encouraged by the very

strong commitment you

expressed only last week in

your Democracy Day

address.

“You did say that in your

second term, your

administration will do, even

more, not only to continue to

drive the economy on the

path of sustained growth but

also, indeed, to create a more

inclusive and sustainable

economy.’’

Extreme poverty in Nigeria gives me sleepless

nights —Osinbajo

L President

AGOS—VICE

Yemi

Osinbajo has said the

problem of extreme poverty

in Nigeria was keeping

him awake every night.

Osinbajo disclosed this at

a dinner and interactive

session with Faculty

Members, Harvard

Business School, HBS,

Tuesday in Lagos.

The vice president

featured alongside Srikant

Datar, Professor of Business

Administration (HBS), and

Bayo Ogunlesi, a Nigerian

investment banker, at a

question and answer

session moderated by

Hakeem Bello-Osagie,

Chairman of Metis Capital

Partners.

Osinbajo said: “I think

what keeps me up at night

has to do with extreme

poverty; the issue is that the

largest number of those

who vote for us are the very

poor.

“The promises that

government makes to them

is that their lives will be

better and obviously they

are looking at their lives

being better in the shortest

possible time.

“I will like to see Nigeria

being an industrialised

nation in the next 10 years;

a very strong middle class

and most people living

above poverty line.”

Osinbajo said a lot of

government policies were

taking into account people

at the bottom of the pyramid

with focus on agriculture

and getting credit facilities

to farmers to achieve self

sufficiency.

He said many farmers in

the country had been lifted

out of poverty by this

administration.

According to him, a lot of

attention had also been

given to Social Intervention

Programmes, SIPs, which

factored the provision of

cheap credit to petty traders

at the bottom of the

pyramid.

The vice president told

HBS that Nigeria was open

to business with its various

potentials and urged

Nigerian investors abroad

to look homewards.

“If you are going to do

business anywhere in

Africa, it has to be Nigeria.

This is where you have the

energy; you have the drive.

“We are already seeing

that kind of activity;

business people will always

be driven by profit. Talent

will always go in the

UK letter: M-Belt Forum

backs Danjuma, Lekwot

•Says Islamisation agenda real

By Chris Ochayi

ABUJA—MIDDLE Belt

Forum, MBF,

yesterday, threw its weights

behind former Minister of

Defence, General

Theophilus Danjuma

(retd), and former military

governor of old Rivers

State, Gen. Zamani Lekwot

(retd), over their recent

written submission to the

United Kingdom

Parliament on the ongoing

killings across communities

of the Middle Belt and

other parts of Nigeria.

Danjuma and Lekwot

were among notable

members of Nigerian

Christian Elders’ Forum,

NCEF, which petitioned

the parliament over

ongoing agenda of

‘Islamisation and

Fulanisation’ as evident by

heinous genocide being

perpetrated by herdsmen

and terrorists across Middle

Belt and other parts of the

country

National President of

MBF, Dr Bitrus Pogu, who

stated this while reacting to

a statement credited to a

group, Middle Belt

Conscience Guard,

MBCG, said: “In its press

statement purportedly

signed by its president,

Prince Raymond Enejo, the

group chided the NCEF for

its publication in which it

accused the President

Muhammadu Buhari-led

administration of brazenly

pursuing an agenda of

‘Islamisation and

Fulanisation’ in the country.

"In its submission, the socalled

group, led by Enejo,

claimed that the NCEF’s

statement amounted to a

deliberate act of

provocation against the

country, aimed at

encouraging Christians

and Middle Belters to rise

against the present

direction where it is best

rewarded; one can’t afford

to be sentimental about

that.

On his part, Datar said he

was particularly proud of

Osinbajo as an academic in

governance, adding that

academics provide

enabling environment for

good governance.

He pledged HBS’s

support in providing

needed support for human

capital development in

Nigeria and proffering

solutions to tackling

Nigeria’s infrastructure

challenges.

Speaking, Ogunlesi said

the era of depending on

government for

infrastructure was gone,

adding that the Federal

Government has no

business running

infrastructure in Nigeria,

especially the airports.

government.

“Ordinarily, our forum

would not have bothered to

respond to a publication

that is baseless and

outrightly mischievous. We

are, however, constrained

to observe that as an

umbrella body for all groups

in the Middle Belt, we are

totally unaware of the

existence of this Middle

Belt Conscience Guard.

“Our forum, being a

multi-ethnic, multireligious,

multi-cultural

and non-partisan

organisation, is obliged to

respond and clarify on

issues raised by the

conscience group that is out

to mislead members of the

public.

“Though we believe that

NCEF is capable of

responding to all

accusations raised against

it by the group, we need not

be its mouth piece.

However, for the mere fact

that two illustrious sons of

the Middle Belt Region,

who are also members of

the NCEF, were

deliberately and

mischievously targeted for

attack, this response has

become unavoidably

necessary.

“The forum considers the

position of the so-called

conscience group as

deliberate falsehood that is

aimed at misleading the

unsuspecting public

through foisting

diversionary plot to draw

the attention of the public

away from the heinous

genocide being perpetrated

by Fulani herdsmen and

terrorists across the Middle

Belt and other parts of the

country in pursuit of the

‘Fulanisation’ agenda as

earlier raised in the

NCEF’s submission and

observed also by other

notable persons and

groups.

“Considering the

inordinate reaction of the

group to the position of the

NCEF, it is either the

conscience group is nonexistent

or may be just a

mercenary group hired by

its paymasters, who are the

real sponsors of the heinous

pogrom in our communities

and ‘Fulanisation’ agenda

in the country.

“The forum wishes to

align itself completely with

the position of the NCEF

over the ceaseless

bloodshed that is

deliberately founded on the

orchestrated plans by the

Muhammadu Buhari-led

administration to annihilate

and dispossess the peoples

of the Middle Belt and

Southern Nigerians of their

ancestral lands and hand

over same to marauding

Fulani herdsmen terrorists.

This plan to subjugate and

conquer our people and

Southern Nigeria will be

vehemently resisted."


C

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Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019 — 9


10—Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019

TRAINING: From left, Mr Adedeji Ajadi, Registrar, Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers,

CIS; Mr Abubakar Lawal, Group Managing Director, GTI Capital Group; Mr. Abayomi

Sanya, Managing Director, Goldbanc Management Associates Limited, and Mr. Adeboye

Adegbemi, Finance Director, GTI Capital Group, during the training organised by GTI

Capital Group for brokers under its GTI Associate Brokers Scheme, in Lagos. Photo: Kehinde

Gbadamosi.

We may register 200 political

parties for 2023 polls — INEC

•As EU, UN call for urgent electoral reform

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

ABUJA— Independent

National Electoral

Commission, INEC,

yesterday, said it was worried

over the number of

associations that have

applied to be registered as

political parties ahead of the

2023 general election.

The commission said it was

perturbed that except there

was an urgent reform of the

extant electoral law in the

country, over 200 political

parties might participate in

the next general election.

HEALTH TIPS

By Sola Ogundipe

When you are trying to

get pregnant

ONE of the ways a

woman can optimise

her fertility is by taking

better care of her body, and

also knowing her body and

understanding how it

works.

A good knowledge of the

menstrual cycle is crucial so

that intercourse can be more

accurately timed. Monitor

whether your cycle is

regular, that is, the first

days of you periods tend to

come the same number of

days apart every month, or

irregular (if your cycle

lengths vary from month to

month.)

By tracking this

information on a calendar,

you can better predict when

you might be ovulating,

which is the time when

your ovaries will release an

egg every month.

Home ovulationprediction

kits can help

determine when you are

ovulating but rule of the

INEC Chairman, Prof.

Mahmood Yakubu, who

made the revelation at an

Electoral Reform Roundtable

organised by Nigeria Civil

Society Situation Room, in

conjunction with Kofi Annan

Foundation, lamented that

the number of associations

seeking to be allowed to field

candidates in 2023 were more

than the existing political

parties.

Yakubu, who was

represented at the event by

INEC’s National

Commissioner, Mr. Festus

Okoye, equally lamented

that the commission has over

thumb is that women with

regular cycles ovulate

about two weeks before the

arrival of their periods.

Three days right after a

positive test result are

regarded as the time with

the best odds to try to

becoming pregnant.

You may also predict

ovulation by regularly

checking both the amount

and appearance of mucus

in the birth canal. Just

before ovulation, the

amount of mucus increases

and becomes thinner,

clearer and more slippery,

You should also know

your “fertile window,”

which is the interval each

month when you are most

fertile. Normally, the fertile

window spans a six-day

interval comprising five

days prior to ovulation plus

the ovulation day. If you

cannot calculate your fertile

window, just plan to have

intercourse every other day.

809 pre-election cases that

were still pending in courts,

adding that over 70

Certificates of Return have

been withdrawn from

various candidates that

emerged from the 2019

polls.

800 pre-election

cases pending in

courts

He said: “Let me just say

that one of the biggest

challenges the commission

has as at today, relates to the

plethora of pre-election

matters that are still pending

in the various courts of law.

“As at today, the

commission has in its docket

a total of 809 pre-election

matters, while we have 800

post-election matters.

“As at yesterday (Tuesday),

the commission has

withdrawn and issued over

70 Certificates of Return that

were previously issued to

those that were elected into

states and National

Assembly positions. There

are more we are still

withdrawing and there are

more we are still issuing.

“Some of these issues arose

as a result of what we called

not too transparent primary

elections conducted by

political parties, and this is

really a source of concern that

up till today, there are still

cases arising from preelection

matters that are still

pending in courts.

“We have also expressed

concern over the number

and quality of political parties

in Nigeria. Our ballot papers

are getting longer, the result

sheets are getting bigger and

it is also creating a big

challenge for the voters in

the field.

“I think we need to have a

national conversation on this

matter to see if we really need

the number of political parties

in existence in the country.

“This is because as at today,

the number of political parties

fighting to be registered can

be said to be more than the

number of political parties

already in existence.

“The implication is that if

we register all the political

associations that have

applied for registration, we

are going to go into the 2023

general elections with over

200 political parties. I do not

know whether this is really

what the Nigerian people

need.’’

FG'll look into

recommendations

—Osinbajo

In his speech, Vice

President Yemi Osinbajo,

who was represented by Dr.

Ibe Awosika, said the

administration of President

Muhammadu Buhari would

look into recommendations

from both national and

international observers that

monitored the 2019 general

elections.

EU, UN call for

urgent electoral

reform

On its part, the European

Union, through its

Ambassador, Ketil Karlsen,

said there was need for the

Federal Government to have

the political will to implement

recommendations in reports

that emanated from various

observers that participated in

the 2019 general elections.

He decried that the

desired electoral reform in

the country might be

hampered because of fear by

some of the political actors

that it might affect their

chance in future elections.

Similarly, Secretary

General of United Nations,

who was represented by Dr.

Mohammed Chambas, said

there was need for Nigeria

to consciously work towards

increasing the number of

women and youths that

participate in active politics.

You can’t license preachers,

court tells el-Rufai

By Ben Agande

KADUNA—A Kaduna

State High Court,

presided over by Justice

Hajaratu Gwadah,

yesterday, declared that the

state government has no

right to screen and issue

licences to religious

preachers in the state.

The court, however,

asserted that the

government had the right

to regulate religious

activities in the state.

The judgment was

delived in the suit filed by

Pentecostal Fellowship of

Nigeria, PFN, challenging

the constitutionality of the

bill on the regulation of

religious preaching in the

state.

The bill, which was

introduced by Governor

Nasir el-Rufai in the early

part of his first tenure,

attracted controversy with

both Muslims and

Christians opposed to it.

Despite being challenged

by the PFN, the state

House of Assembly went

ahead and passed the bill,

few hours to the expiration

of its tenure.

The PFN had argued that

subjecting preachers to

screening by government

agency was an

infringement on

fundamental human right

and asked the court to

declare that setting up a

committee for the screening

and licensing of preachers,

as provided in the bill, was

a violation of their rights.

In her judgment, the

judge noted that the bill

didn’t seek to abolish the

rights of applicants as

fundamental human rights

was not absolute but noted

that Sections 6 and 9 of the

bill, which seek to screen

and license preachers,

violate the constitutional

rights of the applicant.

Counsel to the PFN,

Sunny Akanni, expressed

satisfaction with the

judgment, saying “in

Christianity, not only

ordained pastors preach,

every Christian is

commanded to go ye into

the world and preach the

gospel.

“Section 38, (1) of the

Nigeria constitution allows

everybody to propagate his

religion in teaching, in

observance and in action.

"So when you now say

pastors should be licensed

you have infringed on their

right. That is why the court

agreed with us that section

6 of the bill is against the

constitutional right of PFN.”

Counsel to the state

governor, who is one of the

respondents in the case,

Sanusi Usman, however,

expressed dissatisfaction

with the judgement.

Usman, who is the

Director of Civil Litigation

in the state Ministry of

Justice, said he would

appeal the judgment.

Insurgency: Explore other

options than military force,

Borno gov tells FG

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

ABUJA —GOVERNOR

Babagana Zulum,

yesterday, told the Federal

Government to explore other

available options in

addressing insurgency in

the North-East instead of

using military force.

Zulum stated this after

meeting behind closed

doors with President

Muhammadu Buhari at the

Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Fielding questions from

State House correspondents

after the meeting, Zulum

said there was need for the

government to open other

opportunities of bringing

down the crisis rather than

the continued use of kinetic

force.

According to him, one of

such steps was to consider

the integration of some young

persons in the region, who

have been forced to join

insurgent groups.

He said: “There are

opportunities in bringing

down the crisis rather than

the kinetic force. It is also

important for those people

who have been forced to join

the insurgency to be

integrated into the society. I

think this will be good.

“You are aware that some

incidents occurred three days

ago when about 40 people

were killed in Konduga. By

and large, we are aware of

steps the president is willing

to take that will virtually

bring that issue to a halt.

“There is an existing policy

within the military called

Operation Safe Corridor, just

to strengthen the system. By

and large, we are optimistic

that Borno State will bounce

back.”

He further explained that

he was at the Villa to discuss

with President Buhari on

how possible the Federal

Government could

strengthen the current

security situation on ground

as well as strengthen the

means of livelihood of the

people in the state.

He said: “We want to

address the root causes of

insurgency, especially the

issue of access roads, access

to farm lands and the issue

of strengthening civilian JTF

and the military to do their

jobs better than before. “


Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019 —11

Kemi

Koffi Olomide’s

South Africa

concert cancelled

Following a large public out

cry demanding that Congolese

rhumba musician, Kofi Olomide

be stopped from performing

in South Africa, Shimmy

Beach Club has cancelled the

singer’s music performance

scheduled to hold on June 30,

2019, at Shimmy Beach Club.

To announce the cancellation,

the management of the club released

a statement on Twitter in

response to a petition written by

the ‘Stop Koffi Olomide Collective’,

to prevent the singer from

performing in the country ever

again.

“Please note that Shimmy

Beach will no longer be hosting

Koffi Olomide. We made the

decision to cancel the show last

week”, the club wrote.

In furtherance of their clamour,

the ‘Stop Koffi Olomide Collective’

again requested that further

actions be taken to ensure

the full removal of Koffi Olomide

from promotional posters and

ticket-selling sites to which the

management of the club reaffirmed

that the club is no longer

involved in the show.

“Please note that Shimmy

Beach made the decision last

week not to host the Koffi Olomide

event that was being run

by an outside promoter.”

Meanwhile, recall that Olomide

has a long history of runins

with the law. In 2018, he

was arrested in Zambia after

he allegedly assaulted a photographer.

Two years prior to

that, he was arrested and

deported by

the Kenyan

authorities

after he

allegedly

assaulted

one of

h i s

dancers

and in

2012;

he was

given a

3 -

month

s u s -

pended

sentence

after assaulting

his producer.

Oluwaseun

Lloyd

Prolific music Filmmaker, Music Video/

Television Director, Kemi Adetiba, fond

ly known as the ‘Bruce Lee of visuals’,

has been on the steady rise in her chosen

career right from her days as a radio presenter

with Rhythm 93.7 FM, where she

became the voice behind two nationally

syndicated hit shows, Soul’d

Out and Sunday at the Seaside.

Though she has been a source of encouragement

to young women aspiring to

be successful at their chosen crafts, she

still battles with the hard knocks of being

an adult and a successful independent female

business owner.

While sharing her thoughts on the challenges

she grapples with daily as an independent

adult and business owner,

the director of ‘The Wedding Party’

and ‘King of Boys’, explained why

it sucks to be an adult and an independent

business owner.

“The honest truth is being an

Kofi Olomide

Leo

Be sure of the sexuality of

your partner

– BB Naija’s Leo Da Silva advises

By Tolulope Abereoje

Ex-Big Brother Naija

housemate, Leo Da Silva recently

got internet users debating

after he took to his Twitter

page to tweet that couples

should know their partners’

sexuality before they finally

decide to start the lifetime journey

together.

The reality TV star who

My plans for West African music talents

— Oluwaseun Lloyd, GM, Sony Music

Sony Music West Africa has ap

pointed music entrepreneur

and now former President of

Davido Music Worldwide,

Oluwaseun Lloyd, a.k.a Banko

as its new General Manager.

The record company

said its partnership with

Lloyd is based on his

pure love for African music and

his desire to push the culture beyond

the waters of the land.

“We have no iota of doubt that the

record company is in safe and profitable

hands under Banko’s management,”

Sony Music West Africa said.

Sharing his plans for the company,

Banko expressed determination to take

Why being a

business

owner sucks

— Kemi Adetiba

independent adult and a business owner sucks most of the

time. You wake up every day fighting. Fighting to motivate

yourself, fighting to be heard, fighting to stave off cheats, fighting

for your rights, fighting for your work, fighting for your

money”, she said.

The person sucking my breast is not

complaining — Tiwa Savage

Since the birth of her

only son, Jamal, selfstyled

‘African Bad

Girl’, Tiwa Savage has suffered

series of criticisms for

allegedly losing her sexuality,

but she didn’t allow it stop

her from publicly displaying

her sensuality anytime the

opportunity presents itself.

However, responding

to one of the numerous

body shaming episodes

she has since

had to battle with on

social media

whenever she

posts a sensual

photo of herself,

she hinted on

going under

the knife to

enhance

her boobs

which

h a v e

been affected

by

child birth.

After posting a revealing photo

of herself on her Instagram

page with the caption, “I

think they know by

now that I’m a rebel.

Boss, please don’t

come here to

preach, we know

that the picture is

very bad, but you

have seen nothing

yet”, a fan

quickly attacked

her saying “Ah!

These ones have

become flat”, to

which she responded,

“Mr. Ibra,

sorry boo, I had to

breastfeed my

beautiful son, but if

you wire me small

dollars I can go to

the doctor to add

implants. Until

then, the person

sucking it is not

complaining.”

music talents in West Africa beyond

imaginable reach.

“There is no reason why Apple, Tidal

and Spotify should not have their platforms

in Africa. African music is overripe

for platforms like Apple and Spotify

to ignore. I will not rest until the voice

of every talented West African is heard

on the world music stage. From the bubbling

city of Lagos, down to the Kentedressed

natives of Ghana, even to the

football-governed country of Sierra Leone,

let this message be passed into every

nook and cranny of West Africa that

Sony Music West Africa is here not just

to make indigenous stars but build stars

of tomorrow that would shine independently”,

he said.

Tiwa Savage

seemed quite bothered about the

topic stated that he is in no way

trying to promote pre-marital sex

as there are many ways to get to

know someone without sex being

involved.

According to him, partners tend

to ignore some warning signs and

this leads to problems when they

finally settle down in marriage.

But to ensure that everything is in

place, partners need to be on the

look out to be sure of the sexuality

of who they are planning to live

forever with.

“Before you get married, be sure

of the sexuality of your partner. I’m

not trying to promote sex before

marriage or anything like that. If

you want to fornicate or not, that’s

between you and your God. I’m

just advising you all that it is important

to know your partner’s

sexuality. While getting to know

them, do not ignore that aspect.

Watch how they respond to things,

look at the same sex, and talk

about minor things. If possible, try

to always look at what catches

their gaze. Just pay attention. You

don’t need to sleep with someone

before you know these things,” he

said.


12—Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019

MEDIA LAUNCH: From left, Adebowale Akinade, Head Finance and Account; Bimbo

Ikumariegbe, Deputy Managing Director/COO; Abiodun Omoniyi, Managing Director/

CEO,and Victor Omoyeni, Chief Technology Officer, all of VDT Communication, at the

media launch of 4G LTE advanced in Lagos, yesterday.

Money laundering: Court issues bench

warrant on Senator Bassey

UYO—JUSTICE A.

Okeke of the Federal

High Court sitting in Uyo,

Akwa Ibom State, has

granted an application by

Economic and Financial

Crimes Commission,

EFCC, for the arrest of a

serving senator, Albert

Bassey and compel him to

appear in court to face the

money laundering charges

preferred against him by

the commission.

Bassey, who is the senator

representing Akwa Ibom

North-East senatorial

district in the upper

chamber, according to his

counsel, Mr Samuel Ikpo,

did not appear in court

because he was not served

a copy of the charge. Ikpo

also said he was instructed

by his client to appear in

court and receive the

charge on his behalf.

However, the

prosecution, through its

counsel, Mohammed

Abubakar, gave the court

details of efforts made by

the commission to serve the

lawmaker the charge.

But the defence counsel,

however, argued that the

charge be given to him

since the matter was

coming up for the first time

before the court and that the

suspect was not served the

copy of the charge.

“The defendant was

sworn in last week in Abuja

as a senator. I respectfully

apply that the charge be

given to me to hand over to

him,” said Ikpo.

Responding on point of

law, EFCC counsel

countered the argument of

the defence, hinging his

argument on the provisions

of Section 114 of the

Administration of Criminal

Justice Act.

After listening to both

sides, Justice Okeke

upheld the arguments of

the prosecution, saying:

“Section 114 of the ACJA is

instructive on this issue.

The court can issue a

warrant on the first day

depending on the

circumstances and nature

of the case. One should

lead by example and to

whom much is given, much

is expected.

“Where the defendant

found it necessary to attend

a legislative function, he

should also find it

obligatory to honour

invitations by law

enforcement agencies.

Justice is for all in the

temple of justice and if

there is any application to

be granted in the interest

of justice, it should be the

application made by the

prosecution.

“The court, therefore,

grants the application and,

consequently, issue a bench

warrant against the

defendant for his

production in this court on

the next adjourned date.”

The matter was,

thereafter, adjourned to

June 24, 2019 for

arraignment.

Dickson confirms employment of 838

casual workers in MDAs

Also

By Samuel

Oyadongha

Y ENAGOA—

GOVERNOR

Seriake Dickson of

Bayelsa State has

approved the

employment of 838 casual

workers in all the

Ministries, Departments

and Agencies, MDAs, in

the state.

This is in addition to the

1,000 graduates, first

class graduates, medical

practitioners and other

related professions earlier

injected into the state civil

service by his

administration.

Briefing newsmen,

yesterday, at the end of

the 108 Executive Council

meeting in Yenagoa, state

Commissioner for

Information, Daniel

Iworiso-Mrakson, said

the governor gave the

approval during the

meeting and outlawed

the practice of

casualisation in the civil

service.

Iworiso-Markson was

joined by the Chairman,

Civil Service Commission,

Dr. Peter Singabele;

Commissioner for Labour,

Employment and

Productivity, Chief Collins

Cocodia, and Head of

Civil Service of the state,

Mr. Luka Wellington-

Obiri.

He extoled the governor

for approving the

employment of casual

workers, saying it was a

profound period in the

lives of the beneficiaries

as most of them had spent

about 15 to 20 years as

casual workers.

He disclosed that the

affected casual workers

would undergo screening

exercise before the

confirmation of their

appointment, which is

expected to take effect

from July 1, 2019.

speaking,

Chairman, Civil Service

Commission, Dr. Peter

Singabele thanked the

governor for the approval,

adding that it would go a

long way in addressing

the problem of

unemployment in the

state.

On the burial activities

of the late literary icon, Pa

Gabriel Okara, which

begin on June 20, the

Commissioner for

Information said the state

will be mobilised to give

a befitting farewell to

honour him.

Crisis rocks Warri South

legislative arm, as 2 lay

claim to position of leader

By Jimitota

Onoyume

WARRI— CRISIS

has rocked the

leadership of Warri

South Local Government

Area, Delta State

legislative arm with two

persons laying claim to

the position of Leader of

the arm.

At a session of the

House, Kingsley

Edafiajebre and two

others were allegedly

impeached by 13 of the

19 members, while Jude

Igherubuo was sworn in

as Leader.

Meantime, Edafiajebre

insisted he remained

leader of the legislative

arm, dismissing his

alleged impeachment as

an act of rascality by

some members.

He alleged that he

presided over the

business of the day and

adjourned proceedings

with the mace safely

taken to the office of the

clerk, adding that he

later heard that some

members broke into the

office of the clerk to

collect the mace.

According to him,

whatever happened after

he had adjourned the

House was a nullity,

stressing that he

remains the leader of the

legislative arm.

Dickson appoints acting

chairman for BYSIEC

By Samuel

Oyadongha

Y ENAGOA—

GOVERNOR

Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa

State has appointed Chief

Remember Ogbe as acting

chairman of Bayelsa State

Independent Electoral

Commission, BYSIEC, with

a charge to conduct free, fair

and peaceful local

government poll that will be

acceptable to all.

The governor in a

statement by his Special

Adviser on Media

Relations, Mr Fidelis

Soriwei, gave the charge

during the swearing-in

ceremony of two members

of the state Independent

Electoral Commission in

Yenagoa.

The new members are

Charles Emmanuel, a

Seeds/seedlings: FG

delists 3 companies

By Festus Ahon

ASABA—THE Federal

Government has

delisted three companies

for faking the packaging

materials for seeds and

seedlings, disclosing that

the companies had been

delisted from operating in

the industry and

participating in any

government activity.

Director-General of

National Agricultural Seeds

Council, NASC, Dr. Philips

Ojo, who made the

disclosure in Asaba, Delta

State, during a seed market

sensitisation exercise, said

the companies were

sanctioned for allegedly

faking seeds and

IMG decries govt’s neglect of

Isoko nation

By Ochuko

Akuopha

OLEH—

Isoko

Monitoring Group,

IMG, has frowned at what

it described as the gross

marginalisation of Isoko

nation, lamenting the

“continuous neglect” of the

people in terms of

empowerment and

development at federal and

state levels.

The group, in a statement,

congratulated Senator

James Manager and Mr.

Leo Ogor on their

successful inauguration as

members of the 9th

National Assembly.

It said: “We also wish to

congratulate the members

representing Isoko North,

Isoko South I and II

constituencies at Delta State

House of Assembly, Tim

Owhefere, Kenneth Ogba

and Ferguson Onwo

respectively.”

former member of the state

House of Assembly

representing Brass

Constituency I and

Perebigha Ajoko.

Dickson said the local

government election

scheduled to hold in

September this year should

be conducted in a manner

that would reflect the

wishes of the electorate.

He noted that Ogbe was

appointed acting chairman

of the commission until a

decision is taken on the

issue of the nomination of

the chairman designate of

BYSIEC.

He expressed confidence

in the capability of the new

members of the

commission to effectively

oversee the affairs of the

commission, given their

track record in their

previous assignments.

seedlings, which unsuspecting

farmers bought.

Ojo, who was represented

by Director of Seed

Inspectorate, Agboola

Adebayo, explained that the

agency was saddled with

the responsibility of

regulating the seed

industry in Nigeria to

ensure sanity.

According him, those

operating in the industry,

who do not adhere to

standards are fined,

prosecuted while their

faked products are burnt at

the agency’s headquarter

in Abuja, adding that the

agency would soon come

up with more severe

sanctions.

The statement by IMG’s

President, Dr. Michael

Oke, charged the political

office holders to see

themselves as political

servants and use their

offices to attract meaningful

development to the people.

It noted that the

“incessant underperformance

of elected

representatives, whose

responsibility it is to ensure

that the Isoko nation is duly

and credibly represented

across board, will no longer

be treated with kid’s

gloves.”

The group decried the

non inclusion of Isoko

ethnic nationality in the ongoing

non-violent Phase of

the Federal Government

Amnesty Programme for

Niger Delta in the last

dispensation, “despite the

undisputed and

uninterrupted contributions

of the Isoko ethnic group

in crude oil and natural gas

production since 1958."


Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019—13

Be innovative, focused or be

fired, Sule tells aides

By David Odama

LAFIA—

GOVERNOR

Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa

State has charged newly

appointed political aides to be

innovative, dedicated, selfless,

and focused towards the

realisation of the administration’s

goal of improving the well-being

of the people or be sanctioned.

The governor who gave the

admonition yesterday at the

swearing-in ceremony of the new

Secretary to the State

Government, Aliyu Ahmed-

Tijjani and four Special Advisers

at the government house, Lafia,

Nasarawa State, said he was not

under pressure to constitute his

team in the state.

Sule maintained that the

appointees were not imposed on

the administration from any

THE FAMILY has

announced the death of Chief

Edward Olasehinde Phillips,

Ba'mole of Lagos, on 10th June

2019 in Lagos after a brief illness

at age 79.

Chief Olasehinde Phillips who

retired as Principal Insurance

Manager at NEPA, was a past

President, Yoruba Tennis Club

and past President of Catholic

Friendly Society.

Funeral arrangement will be

announced later.

quarter and begged for

understanding from those who

could not be considered.

According to him, “The

appointment followed due

diligence and meticulous

consultation with stakeholders in

order to get the best for the job in

the interest of the state. The

pedigree and wealth of

experience of the appointees were

taken into cognisance by the

administration.’

He explained that with the

inauguration of the aides the

administration was set to hit the

ground running with

implementation of its policies and

programmes for the benefit of the

people.

“It is imperative to emphasise

that the success of any

government is anchored on the

quality of the team assembled.

Kogi under Bello not working —

PDP guber aspirant

By Boluwaji

Obahopo

L O K O J A —

GOVERNORSHIP

aspirant under the platform of

the opposition Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, in Kogi

State, Aminu Sulaiman has

promised to prioritise workers

welfare if given a chance to

govern the state, saying, ‘Kogi

at present is not working.”

Sulaiman stated this

yesterday, in Lokoja, Kogi

State, during a parley with

journalists. The parley was

organised by the state chapter

of Nigeria Union of

Journalists, NUJ to hav e

interaction between aspirants

and the people of the state.

Suleiman, decried what he

called, ‘“maladministration” of

the present government which he

said has foisted hunger and

depravity on the people, and

promised to reverse the trend with

people oriented policies and

programmes.

He bemoaned the pitiable

conditions of civil servants

occasioned by the epileptic

payment of salaries with the

promise to prioritise welfare and

security of the people his topmost

priority.

“The state right now lacked

fundamental development. It

lacked welfare and the security

of the people is constantly at risk.

The state is not working. Kogi

today has huge share of misgovernance.

We will reverse the

trend for our people to take

ownership of their affairs.”

Be fair to all, Masari tells new

SSG, 7 Perm Secs

By Bashir Bello

KAminu ATSINA—GOVERNOR

Bello Masari of

Katsina State has charged the

newly appointed Secretary to the

Government of the State, Dr.

Mustapha Inuwa and seven other

Obituary

Permanent Secretaries to be fair

to all in the discharge of their

duties.

Other Permanent Secretaries

sworn in include, Alhaji Muntari

Lawal (Government House),

Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu Safana,

Engineer Hafiz Iliyasu Wali,

Alhaji Sani Isyaku Masari, Alhaji

Muntari Danladi and Hajiya

Halima Lawal Othman (Ministry

of Education).

Speaking during the swearing

ceremony at the government

house, Masari said, he would not

tolerate any report from politicians

that the new appointees were not

responding to their demands.

He said that they could not do

so as the office was not given to

them by the politicians under a

political party.

CENTENARY CELEBRATION: From Left— Olubunmi Osuntuyi, Secretary General, Nigeria

International Chamber of Commerce; Ms Sumaya Arabe, Senior Consultant, Naijalink

Limited , Chairman Lagos State Chamber of Commerce;Babatunde Savage, Chairman

International Chamber of Commerce Nigeria, ICCN, ICC Regional Coordinator, Sub

Sahara Africa; Alexander Fessas, Secretary General International Court of Arbitration;

Dorothy Ufot, Honourary Treasurer, Nigeria International Chamber of Commerce; Mike

Igbokwe, SAN, Chairman Planning Committee and Helges Bandeira, Deputy Consulate

General, Brazil, during the dinner party to mark 100 years of International Chamber of

Commerce held at the Bell Campbell Center, Victoria Island, Lagos . PHOTO: Kehinde

Gbadamosi

Petitioner asks tribunal to arrest

gov’s father, NECO officials, two

others

By Wole Mosadomi

M

I N N A —

GOVERNORSHIP

Tribunal, sitting in Minna,

Niger State has been asked to

arrest father of the incumbent

state Governor, Sani Bello,

(retd), former Registrar of

National Examinations

Council, NECO, Professor

Promise Okpalla, the acting

Registrar of the Council,

Alhaji Abubakar Gana,

Director General of the

National Youth Service Corps,

NYSC.

Counsel to the petitioner

who was also the

governorship candidate of

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,

Alhaji Umar Nasko through

his Counsel, Mohammed

Ndayako had prayed the

APC guber aspirant’s brother

regains freedom from bandits

By Nasir

Muhammad

GUSAU—YUSUF Dare the

biological brother to former

All Progressives Congress, APC,

governorship candidate and a

philanthropist, Dauda Dare has

been released from captivity by

Zamfara bandits.

Yusuf was abducted by armed

bandits along Gusau to Sokoto

road, few months ago, in Gusau,

Zamfara State capital on his way

back to his resident at Gada Biyu

area. The bandits demanded

N300,000,000 ransom.

Vanguard gathered that,

Yusuf reunited with his family,

yesterday, evening but at press

time it was not clear if ransom was

paid before his release.

According to Malam Ibrahim

Zauma, Senior Special Adviser to

Zamfara State Governor, the state

government negotiated the

release of Dauda’s younger

brother.

“In his unrelenting effort to

make Zamfara a peaceful place

for all, Governor Bello Metawalle

with his Umrah spiritual

preoccupation worked and

coordinated for the successful

release of Yusuf Lawal Dare, the

brother of philanthropic

politician, Dauda Lawal Dare.”

Matawalle, however, assured

the people of Zamfara of his

commitment to the security of

lives and property in the state.

Kwara NYSC camp unfit for humans — AbdulRazaq

ILORIN—KWARA

State

Governor, AbdulRahman

AbdulRazaq, has lamented the

condition of the state’s orientation

camp for the National Youth

Service, Corps, NYSC, members

in the state, describing it as a

“penitentiary,” unfit for human

living.

He said the administration

would do something quickly to

rehabilitate the camp, beginning

with fixing the water and health

facilities.

AbdulRasaq, at the official

opening and swearing in of the

NYSC 2019 Batch ‘B’ (Stream 1)

at Yikpata Orientation Camp in

Edu Local Government Area of

the state, said, “I apologise for the

state of your living

accommodation. After seeing

them, it is like a penitentiary. It is

not fit for human living.

“The people in charge before

should have done better. By

saying that, I have thrown a

challenge to myself and my

administration to make things

better.”

The governor said he would

look at the quick-fixes to make

things easier for the corps

members such as water and

health facilities while others

would be considered in the next

fiscal years.

AbdulRazaq therefore

challenged the varsity graduates

to come up with brilliant ideas

that could transform the state,

saying he would accommodate

anyone with better ideas on how

to create wealth irrespective of

their backgrounds.

“I hope some of you will remain

in Kwara to create jobs and take

employment. Our philosophy is

to create employment and to

create services through

entrepreneurship.

Court to arrest the four for their

refusal to honour a subpoena

earlier issued on them to

appear before it.

The petitioner had last

March dragged the incumbent

Governor, Alhaji Abubakar

Sani Bello and his Deputy,

Alhaji Ahmad Mohammad

Ketso before the Tribunal for

falsifying their academic and

birthd certificates respectively

which they submitted to the

Independent National

Electoral Commission, INEC

ahead of the Elections.

Father of the governor, Sani

Bello, was to defend the age

of his son before the Tribunal

while NECO, and NYSC

officials were also expected to

appear before the Tribunal to

defend the authenticity of the

certificates tendered by

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello

before INEC.

The Counsel to the

petitioner, Muhammed

Ndayako in his submission

before the Tribunal said the

ample opportunity given to the

various Government Agencies

concerned was an opportunity

for them to defend their

Certificates which they should

have appreciated in the first

instance.

According to him, “one

would expect Government

Agencies like NECO and

NYSC to use the opportunity

provided by the Tribunal to

defend their offices and catch

the suspects if found guilty.

"In fact, one should

ordinarily be worried that an

Examination body would sit

back and watch it’s documents

being forged and refuse to

come to court to protect the

sanctity of their results or

examination,” he submitted.

In his response J.S. Okutepa

SAN, standing in for the 1st

Respondent, Abubakar Sani

Bello objected to the

application saying the persons

named were not served in

person.


14 — Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019

AGM: From left; Non-Executive Director; Mrs Ifeoma Esiri; Chief Executive; Mr Yinka Sanni; Chairman,

Mr Basil Omiyi; and Non-Executive Director, Ms Ngozi Edozien, all of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC at the

7th AGM of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, held in Lagos yesterday. Photo: Joe Akintola, Photo editor.

9th NASS won’t be rubber stamp, Lawan

assures

...Says he'll reciprocate support from PDP

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

A BUJA—SENATE

President, Ahmad

Lawan, yesterday, said that

the leadership of the Ninth

Assembly would not be a

rubber stamp as being

speculated.

He said that he had never

seen a National Assembly

that had rubber stamp

leadership and that his own

leadership would not be

different.

The Senate President,

who said his election was

supported by the

opposition members,

promised to do everything

possible to ensure a

harmonious senate for the

overall interest of the

country.

Speaking with State

House correspondents after

meeting behind closed

doors with Vice President

Yemi Osinbajo at the

Presidential Villa Abuja,

Senator Lawan said that the

National Assembly under

his leadership would

ensure that there was

cordial relationship with

the executive arm of

government.

ALLEGED 578M FRAUD: I’ve no

case to answer, Ex-IGP, Ehindero

tells court

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

AInspector BUJA—FORMER

General of

Police, Mr. Sunday

Ehindero, has asked an

Abuja High Court sitting at

Apo to dismiss the 10-count

corruption charge the

Independent Corrupt

Practices and other related

offences Commission,

ICPC, preferred against

him over the allegation that

he misused about N578

million that was donated to

the Police by the Bayelsa

State Government for the

purchase of weapons.

Ehindero, who is

answering to an amended

10-count charge, secured

leave of the court to file a

no-case-submission with

respect to the allegations

against him.

He is contending that the

anti-graft agency failed to

establish a prima-facie

criminal case that would

warrant the court to compel

him to defend the charge.

ICPC had on May 8,

closed its case against the

former IGP who is facing

trial alongside a former

Police commissioner, Mr.

John Obaniyi, after it called

a total of three witnesses

that testified before the

court.

Though trial Justice

Sylvanus Orji earlier gave

the defendants 14 days to

file the no-case-submission,

however, at the resumed

proceeding, yesterday, ,

Ehindero, through his team

of lawyers led by Dr. Alex

Iziyon, SAN, persuaded

the court to extend the time.

Following a no objection

stance from the prosecution,

Justice Orji granted the

request and adjourned the

case till September 16 for

the adoption of written

addresses on the nocase-submission.

However, he said the

leadership of the Ninth

Assembly would not

compromise its oversight

function on other arms of

government.

Speaking on the rubber

stamp issue, Lawan, whose

emergence was facilitated

by the executive arm said,

“A parliament is not a

primary school or a

secondary school where

you have a headmaster or

principal that will dictate to

his students. Parliament is

an aggregate or an

assemblage of people that

have equal status.

“Being elected as Senate

President does not mean

that I am the boss of the

other Senators. I am simply

to coordinate and

aggregate views and lead

debates. Whoever is in the

majority, that will be the

decision on of the Senate

appropriately and

accordingly.

“But one thing I must tell

you is that while the desire

to remain sufficiently on

our track, we will ensure that

oversight function is

properly carried out but we

will cooperate fully and

give total support to the

administration to ensure

that there is good

governance.

“There is no need for any

fear that we will be a rubber

stamp National Assembly.

Perhaps and probably with

time Nigeria will come to

see that what we desire and

what will happen by the

grace of God will be a

working relationship that

endear the entire

administration and

government to the people

of Nigeria. So there is no

cause for alarm.”

Giving reasons for his

visit to the State House, he

said, “We have come to pay

courtesy and thank you visit

to His Excellency, the Vice

President for the support

and all the interventions he

made during the contest for

the office of the Senate

President, the Deputy

Senate President, the

Speaker and even the

Deputy Speaker of the

House of Representatives.

“This is an opportunity for

us to also discuss the type

of senate and of course the

National Assembly that

should be expected in the

Ninth National Assembly.

“As the new National

Assembly, we have

received a bi-partisan

mandate from across the

parties. The PDP, the YPP

voted for us and we believe

that this is the time and

opportunity for us to

consolidate the kind of

support that we received

across the political parties

that we received in the

National Assembly.

“We believe that we must

remain united and focused

in the National Assembly

for us to be able to deliver

those legislative

interventions that would be

necessary for good

governance in the country.''

KOGI GUBER: Monarchs solicit

Buhari's support for Gov Bello

...Seek for Finance Minister portfolio

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

ABUJA—AHEAD of

the November

governorship election in

Kogi State, the State

Traditional Rulers Council,

yesterday, presented

Governor Yahaya Bello to

President Muhammadu

Buhari for support at the

Council Chamber,

Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The monarchs, led by the

Attah Igala, Dr. Michael

Idakwo Oboni also

pleaded with the President

to appoint one of their

subjects a substantive

minister in his cabinet and

not a minister of state.

Briefing State House

correspondents after

meeting with the

President, spokesman of

Kogi traditional rulers,

Solomon Dele Owoniyi,

the Obaru of Kabba and

chairman of Okun Council

Nigerian, US labour

leaders demand new

social contract to end

poverty

NIGERIAN Labour

leaders and their

counterparts from the

United States, US, yesterday

in Geneva Switzerland, led

a mammoth protest of global

workers and activists

demanding for a new social

contract to end poverty and

inequality across the world.

On the auspices of

International Trade Union

Confederation, ITUC, led by

President of Nigeria Labour

Congress, NLC, Ayuba

Wabba, who is also the

President of ITUC, and the

Director, International

Department, American

Federation of Labour and

Congress of Industrial

Organizations(AFL-CIO),

Cathy Feingold,

incidentally, the Vice

President of ITUC, among

other Nigerian Labour

leaders at the rally, were

Deputy President of NLC

and President of Nigeria

Union of Teachers, NUT,

Dr. Mohammed Idris,

HOUSE LEADERSHIP: PDP mounts pressure on Dogara to accept

minority leader

By Henry Umoru

AIndications

BUJA—STRONG

have

emerged that the National

Working Committee, NWC

of the Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP has been

mounting pressure on the

immediate past Speaker,

House of Representatives,

Yakubu Dogara to be the

Minority Leader in the 9th

National Assembly.

Vanguard gathered that

the delay in producing the

list of Principal Officers from

the House of

Representatives was due to

the fact that the former

Speaker from Bauchi, North

East refused to take the

position against the

backdrop that he wanted to

be a floor member in the

current dispensation.

According to a source,

National Chairman of PDP,

Prince Uche Secondus and

NWC members will today

meet with PDP Caucus in

the House of

Representatives where the

list would be finalised and

a letter written to the

Speaker,

Femi

Gbajabiamila to read when

the House reconvenes July

2nd.

A source told Vanguard

that if Dogara accepts to be

the Minority Leader, he will

replace Leo Ogor, who was

the Minority Leader in the

By Victor Ahiuma-

Young, reporting

from Geneva,

Switzerland

8th House.

According to the source,

Chuchu Onyeama may

retain his position as

Deputy Minority Leader,

same as Yakubu Barde, who

will return as Minority

Whip.

The party will have to look

for who becomes the deputy

Minority Leader because

Binta Bello who occupied

that position in the 8th

National Assembly, did not

make it back.

of Obas, said their meeting

with the President was not

to endorse Governor Bello

but to seek the support of

the President for his second

term bid.

According to Owoniyi,

“Governor Bello had been

endorsed by the people of

the state. We are here on

behalf of all the traditional

rulers in Kogi State. We

came to pay a courtesy call

on the President.

“We came to reintroduce

our governor to the

president and demanded

normal support since they

belong to the same party.

The issue of endorsement

is not there, the people at

home have already

endorsed His Excellency,

Alhaji Yahaya Bello for

second term, so we don’t

need to re-endorse him in

Abuja here.”

He explained that all the

traditional rulers all wanted

was to re-present the

governor to the President.

....Protest in Geneva

and Vice President of NLC

and President of National

Union of Food Beverages

and Tobacco Employees,

NUFBTE, Lateef Oyelakan.

Others include; NLC

Treasurer and President of

National Union of Local

Government Employees,

NULGE, Ibrahim Khaleel,

and NLC Trustee and

President-General of

Maritime Workers Union of

Nigeria, MWUN, Adewale

Adeyanju.

Addressing the rally in

front of the United Nations

Building, known as the

“Palais des Nations” in

Geneva Wabba said: “The

rally today by workers

under the auspices of

International Trade Union

Confederation,

representing 207 million

workers from all the

continents of the world, from

163 countries is to make the

point that workers need a

new social contract. A new

social contract, that will

address the issue of

inequality and poverty

around the world. Workers

are working, yet workers

cannot have anything to

show to take care of their

family and the essence of

this (protest) is also to look

at the global economy.''

On his part, Feingold of

United State said: “From

Nigeria to the United

States, we are united with

workers all over the world

and we are here for the same

issues. So, from Nigeria to

the United States workers

are facing the same

challenges, precarious

work, the failure of having

a vibrant social contract. We

are here to say we are going

to reinvigorate that social

contract so that all workers

have right and dignity, have

social protection.


Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019—15

Umahi swears

in SSG, others

By Peter Okutu

AKANU IBIAM: From left: Chief Executive Officer, ENPOWER Free Trade Zone, Engr. Emeka Eneh; Director

of Human Resources and Administration, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Mr. Morris Anozie;

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State; Director of Engineering Services, Engr. Salisu Daura, and

Managing Director, Captain Hamisu Yadudu, both of FAAN, during the inspection tour of Akanu Ibiam

International Airport, Enugu, and its environs, yesterday.

Imo Assembly moves to

probe Okorocha’s university

By Chinonso Alozie

OWERRI—IMO

State

House of Assembly

yesterday, moved a motion calling

on Governor Emeka Ihedioha to

set up a committee to investigate

the real owner of Eastern Palm

University, established by the

immediate past governor of the

state, Rochas Okorocha, at

Ogboko in Ideato South Local

Government Area of the state.

The motion, which was moved

by the member representing Aboh

Mbaise Local Government Area,

Eddy Obinna, was supported by

majority of the House members.

The motion also urged the

governor to set up a committee to

probe the financial involvement

in the said university by whoever

claims to be the owner.

The Speaker, Chiji Collins, who

put the question to the vote, got

answers in the affirmative.

However, some of the members

said they were not against the

motion, but called on their fellow

members to take into account

Okorocha's free education

programme.

No withdrawal of students from Madonna Varsity—VC

By Evelyn Usman

THE management of

Madonna University, Okija,

Anambra State, yesterday,

described as untrue, report of

panic withdrawal of students from

the institution over the ongoing

trial of some students, including

former students, in a Federal

High Court in respect of online

publications.

It has also clarified that the

university, being a private one,

had nothing to do with the

National Association of Nigerian

Students, NANS, wondering why

But according to the mover of

the motion, Obinna, “considering

the huge amount of money

expended on building the

university, it is important to

investigate its real owner. At the

end of the investigation, if it is

established that it was built with

Imo State funds, it should be

returned to Imo State

government.”

Supporting the motion, the

By Dennis Agbo

E NUGU—NIGERIA

Communications

Commission, NCC, has engaged

judges on issues of the

emergent cybercrimes, curiosity

on effects base station and other

legal issues in

telecommunications.

The telecom regulator also

urged judges to be cautious of

artificial intelligence, which it

the South-East zone of the

association should issue an

ultimatum to the university over

the matter.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor

Chuks Ezedum, said the report

was “unfounded and a figment of

the imagination of peddlers of

such rumour.”

He added that no parent or

guardian had requested for the

withdrawal of any of their wards,

adding that academic activities

are going unhindered in the

university.

The VC said the university did

not charge anybody to court and

member representing Ihitte

Uboama state constituency,

Michael Njoku, said: “Much is

expected from us. Imolites have

confidence in us to give them

good governance.

“Imo property may have been

stolen. Please, Mr. Speaker, I

want you to set up a committee

to investigate the university.”

However, member representing

Isu state constituency, Ngozi

said may put judicial officers

out of job.

The judges, who attended the

telecom conference in Enugu

were drawn from the Supreme

Court, Court of Appeal and

High Courts.

NCC Executive Vice

Chairman, Professor Umar

Danbatta, said the purpose of

the annual conference, which is

the third, was to put the judges

abreast of emerging legal

that the matter in court was not in

any way between the accused

former students and the

university.

Rather, he said they were being

prosecuted by the Federal

Government and therefore, called

on Nigerians to discard the

report.

On his part, image-maker for

the university, Mr. Martin

Anagboso, said: “I wonder why

any right-thinking person hiding

under the guise of NANS or

anything would want to run down

the impeccable reputation of the

university.”

Obiefule (AA) said: ”I do not have

issues with setting up a

committee to investigate the

bogus claims about the university.

“The former governor has done

so well in the name of free

education and I know that this

university is one of his properties.

I think the governor should

concentrate and move the state

forward and not be distracted with

so many of these things.”

NCC engages judges on cyber

crimes, telecom issues

issues associated with

telecommunication operation,

particularly as the industry was

a dynamic one.

Represented by NCC

Executive Commissioner,

Stakeholders Management,

Mr. Sunday Dare, Danbatta said

the focus of the conference was

to bring the judges up to speed

on telecommunication issues

and the legal aspect of

telecommunications.

Acting Chief Justice of

Nigeria, Justice Tanko

Mohammad, who was

represented by Justice Mary

Odili of the Supreme Court,

stated that the sustenance of the

conference had brought them

abreast of topical and emerging

areas in the telecommunications

sector.

He said: “The dynamics

associated with this sector have

created new challenges and

this calls for fresh thinking on

the respective roles of both the

judiciary and the regulator.

“On our part, the judiciary

will continue to ensure speedy

dispensation of justice in line

with the rule of law.”

A BAKALIKI—

GOVERNOR David

Umahi of Ebonyi State,

yesterday, swore in a new

Secretary to the State

Government, SSG, Dr.

Kenneth Ugbala; Chief of

Staff, Dr. Offor Okorie, and

Attorney-General and

Commissioner for Justice,

Chief Cletus Ofoke.

Umahi also swore in a Senior

Special Assistant in charge of

Abuja Liaison Office and four

special assistants in-charge of

security across the three

senatorial zones of the state

and the capital city, Abakaliki.

The governor also reappointed

his Chief Press

Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor.

Umahi dropped former SSG,

Dr. Hygenius Nwokwu, and

replaced him with the former

Commissioner in charge of

Security, Ugbala.

There’ll be

more buildings

collapse

unless...—NIS

By Vincent Ujumadu

A WKA—NIGERIAN

Institution of Surveyors,

NIS, yesterday in Awka,

warned that there would be

more cases of buildings

collapse in the country, unless

the right things were done.

President of NIS, Mr.

Charlesye Charles, who said

this in the Anambra State

capital, added that every high

rise building ought to be

monitored and observed by

surveyors to ensure its

quality and habitability.

He regretted that surveyors

were not carried along in most

government decisions on

professional matters.

Ikpeazu donates

patrol vehicles to

security agencies

By Anayo Okoli

U

M U A H I A —

GOVERNOR Okezie

Ikpeazu of Abia State,

yesterday, donated 30 patrol

vans to security agencies in the

state to combat crimes.

Ikpeazu said the security of

lives and property of the

people of the state remained

the fulcrum of the policy

framework of his

administration.

He spoke when the new

Commander of 14 Brigade,

Nigerian Army, Ohafia, Brig.-

Gen Solomon Kumapayi, paid

him a courtesy call.

The state Police Command,

14 Brigade, Department of

State Services, Navy and the

state command of Civil

Defence were given vehicles.


16—Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019

OPENING: From left—Dr. Tolulope Adewole, CMO, SYNLAB Nigeria; Clare Omatseye,

President Healthcare Federation of Nigeria; Dr. Pamela Ajayi, CEO, SYNLAB Nigeria and

Odein Ajumogobia former Minister for Foreign Affairs at the official opening of SYNLAB's

ultramodern wellness facility in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Panel recovers N120m in excess bank

charges for govt agencies

By Omezia Ajayi

ABUJA—THE Special

Presidential

Investigation Panel for the

Recovery of Public Property,

SPIP, has announced the

recovery of over N120

million from a commercial

bank being excess charges

on the accounts of three

agencies of the federal

government.

Head, Media and

Communication of SPIP,

Lucie-Ann , in a statement

in Abuja yesterday, said the

recovered money is the

refund of what is owed to

the Federal Government, as

a result of excess and

arbitrary charges imposed

by the bank on accounts

operated by some

Hand over to youths, Okeke begs politicians

By Elizabeth

Uwandu

A WKA—CHAIRMAN,

Board of Directors,

G.U. Okeke Transport

Services Company Ltd,

Chief Godwin Okeke,

yesterday, appealed to

politicians to allow the

youths take over the

leadership of the country

in many spheres so they

can drive progress.

He said this is

obtainable in other climes

as multi-national

companies whose

founders have long gone

are still thriving. He

lamented that it is not so

in Nigeria.Thus many

businesses have collapsed

shortly after the founder

pass away.

Chief Okeke, who

spoke during a press

conference to herald his

70th birthday celebration

appealed to industrialists

and all Chief Executives

Officers to hand over their

businesses to their

children and other

Nigerian youths to drive

as they would do it better.

His words: ‘Before we

government agencies with

the said bank before the

introduction of Treasury

Single Account TSA.

“The affected agencies

include NNPC, NPA and

NIMASA. The money has

since been paid into the

Panel’s TSA Recovery

Account domiciled with

Central Bank of Nigeria

CBN”, she said.

According to the

statement, the same bank

has agreed to refund the

sum of over $18.9 million

to the federal government.

“In line with the Panel’s

resolve to ensure that these

recoveries do not create

panic among bank

customers, we again refrain

from naming the bank in

question”, she disclosed.

move into agriculture let

us talk about how to

empower our youths,

because I just talked

about that in passing, let

me give you an idea, I am

celebrating my 70th

birthday. At the age of 70,

I believe I have done more

than enough for myself. I

Speaker Oborevwori, patriotic Deltan

with heart of gold —Oghenesivbe

By Elizabeth

Uwandu

ASABA—A chieftain

of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

and renowned strategist

in

Political

Communication and

media politics, Dr Fred

Oghenesivbe, has

commended the

leadership and political

sagacity of the Speaker,

Delta State House of

Assembly, DTHA, Rt

Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori,

describing him as a

detribalised public

administrator, lawmaker

Vanguard recalls that

the panel had assigned a

team of financial experts,

including forensic auditors

to investigate the operations

of government owned

accounts domiciled with

commercial banks within

the period of 2009–2015.

The investigation had

revealed some

irregularities, including

excess and arbitrary

charges on those accounts,

by many of the banks.

“Following this discovery,

the Panel had issued

demand notices to the

affected banks, requesting

them to refund to

government the undue

charges. SPIP has

previously informed

Nigerians of an earlier

need to rest, my children,

my relations, my workers,

they are all coming of age,

why don't we start

planning on how to hand

over to our children.

‘’The problem we have

in Nigeria is not trusting

our children and not

giving them the

and forthright Nigerian

with uncommon passion

for the socio-economic

advancement of Delta

State.

Oghenesivbe made the

commendation in a

goodwill message on the

occasion of the Speaker's

birthday,yesterday and

made available to

newsmen in Asaba.

He noted that Sheriff

Oborevwori has

exhibited proficiency

and open door policy in

the administration of the

affairs of the legislative

arm of government,

adding that since his

recovery of over N40

Million in a similar exercise

from another commercial

bank. The Panel is pleased

to further report that many

of the banks are

responding favourably,

therefore more recoveries

are being expected.

“The Special Presidential

Investigation Panel for the

Recovery of Public Property

SPIP remains committed to

ensuring that all looted or

misappropriated property

including money

belonging to the Nigerian

people is recovered and

returned to government, to

be deployed for the

development of our

country”, the statement

added.

opportunity to grow. In

America, we talk about

Rothmans, Lemon, Coca-

Cola, Guinness, the

people that initiated this

companies are far gone. It

is their children, relations,

dedicated workers that

are making the company

grow".

tenure as DTHA Speaker,

there has been

remarkable progress in

the conduct of legislative

business while at the

same time ensuring that

undue conflict and

unwarranted acrimony

between the house and

the executive arm of

government is avoided so

as to speed up

development in the state.

Oghenesivbe, prayed

God to grant the Speaker

excellent health and

uncommon wisdom in the

discharge of his

assigned responsibility

as the helmsman of the

state 7th Assembly.

British gas owner Centrica to cut

700 jobs

BRITISH Gas owner Centrica is planning to cut

around 700 management and back office jobs.

The cuts will come under previously announced

reductions as the company faces "growing challenges".

Centrica said staff had been told about the cuts, which

were part of its "ongoing transformation".

Last month Centrica shareholders faced pressure over

the company's group chief executive's pay-rise.

It emerged Iain Conn's pay-packet bump saw him

earning 109 times more than the average British Gas

call centre employee.

Industry union Unison called for action over the

£2.4million Mr Conn raked in last year, saying his

package was 109 times more than the £22,000 an

average British Gas call centre worker earns.

Centrica said under Mr Conn the company had made

progress to "entirely reshape the group".

Responding to today's job cut announcement, the

GMB union criticised the company's move, saying it

was part of a wider plan to cut 4,000 jobs in the customer

side of the business by 2020.

Namibia targets $1 bn worth of

investments

NAMIBIA is to host a two-day economic

summit which is expected to attract at least

$1 billion worth of investments over the next two

years, the Ministry of Information and

Communications Technology said on Wednesday.

Namibia’s economy has contracted for the last two

years, and the southwest African nation has been

ravaged by a drought which the meteorological

services estimate to be the deadliest in 90 years.

The economic summit, which will take place from

July 31 to Aug. 1 in the capital Windhoek, is aimed

at reviving and growing the Namibian economy,

creating job opportunities and attracting investment

opportunities, the ministry said in a statement.

It will also seek to promote Namibia as an

investment and tourist destination as well as

identifying and removing bottlenecks that are

slowing the growth of the local economy.

Trump administration replaces Obama-era power

plant rule

THE Trump administration finalised a new

carbon emissions rule for U.S. power plants

on Wednesday that it said could cut pollution without

damaging the coal industry, replacing a much

tougher Obama-era version to fight climate change.

The move was a boost to coal companies facing

tough competition from natural gas, solar and wind

energy suppliers, but infuriated environmentalists

and Democratic lawmakers who said the regulation

was too weak to significantly reduce emissions and

would put public health at risk.

The so-called Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule

gives states three years to devise their own plans to

cut emissions mainly by encouraging coal-fired

power plants to improve their efficiency, the

Environmental Protection Agency said.

"Our ACE rule will incentivize new technology

which will ensure coal plants will be part of a cleaner

future," EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said

at an event at agency headquarters attended by coal

state lawmakers, White House chief of staff Mick

Mulvaney and a dozen coal miners in uniform.

Italy central bank chief says bond

spread is ridiculous

ITALY’S central bank chief, Ignazio Visco,

described the difference between Italian and

German sovereign bond yields as ridiculous, saying

it reflected unfounded fears that Rome could fail to

repay its debts or might exit from the euro.

“This spread that we have is ridiculous because it

also reflects the fear that we cannot repay our debts

or that they will be repaid in another currency; in

other words, an exit from the euro,” Bank of Italy

chief Visco, who also sits on the European Central

Bank governing council, said on Wednesday.

“It’s really stupid,” he told a conference.

All stories credited to Reuters


Obasanjo, Fulanisation and

Islamisation (2)

AST week I promised to

Lreturn to this subject matter

to explore possible reasons why

former President, Olusegun

Obasanjo, whom many of us

considered a statesman resorted to

name-calling directed at a

particular ethnic group and

religion. Readers may recall that

Obasanjo had said that the deadly

activities of Boko Haram

insurgents plus kidnapping and the

herder and farmer entanglements

are as a result of West African

Fulanisation and African

Islamisation, among others. What

additionally caused consternation

and raised many eyebrows was the

choice of venue for making this

inciting and divisive speech. He

was said to be addressing a church

event in Oleh, Isoko South Local

Government of Delta State.

Many concerned readers

wondered why I had to bother

seeking for reasons to understand

Obasanjo’s utterances. I believe we

should fathom out why he not only

behaved out of his character but

also out of the character of all the

living heads of state. His statement

could be misconstrued as a hate

speech and interpreted as ethnic

and religious bigotry, which

Obasanjo has never been

associated with. A reader even

asked me to recall an article I

wrote when Obasanjo sent one of

his put-down letters to President

Muhammadu Buhari. I recall that

in the article titled: ‘Buhari,

Winston Churchill and Obasanjo’,

I referred to his penchant for being

unduly critical of every regime at

every stage since he was out of

office.

In the early 1980s he had

occasion to fall out with his

successor, President Shehu

Shagari. Barely a few days into the

second term of Shehu Shagari’s

government Obasanjo descended

on them with devastating criticism

on how they were mishandling the

economy. Riding on the crest of

negative public opinion Obasanjo

also accused Shehu Shagari’s

government of wanton corruption.

Obasanjo had also gone ahead,

against all conventions, to make

the criticism public by giving a

copy of the letter to the Press.

In his autobiography, Beckoned

to Serve, President Shagari said he

was perplexed at the public

criticism by someone whom he

thought had access to him. In fact,

by December 30, 1983, disturbed

at the implications of Obasanjo’s

withering putdown on his

administration, Shehu Shagari

had arranged to reach out to

Obasanjo. That day he was on his

way out of Lagos travelling to

Abuja for a short rest. He wrote in

the book, ‘I called Shehu Musa

(the SGF) and asked him to travel

to Ota (Obasanjo farm and home)

the following morning in order to

see General Obasanjo and find out

why he has been making

embarrassing statements against

the administration. I urged him to

explore the possibility of my

meeting the General as soon as I

returned to Lagos’. Shehu Shagari

never returned to Lagos as

President because his government

was overthrown the next day by

soldiers who installed General

Muhammadu Buhari in the State

House.

Obasanjo’s public criticism of

Shehu Shagari’s government

appeared clairvoyant and

presaged a change. Bouyed by that

successful outing he became

emboldened at going after regime

after regime and putting them

away until General Abacha

temporarily stopped him by

clamping him in jail for alleged

coup attempt. Obasanjo was

released after Abacha’s death. He

stood for election and became

President in 1999, but as soon as

his two tenures finished he picked

up the gauntlet of being a

perennial critic again. He didn’t

spare his immediate successor

President Yar’Adua and President

Jonathan who took over when

Yar’Adua died. In fact, in his haste

to distance himself from President

Jonathan, Obasanjo famously tore

up his PDP card as a final break

not only from the actors in the

regime but also the party he had

slaved to build and lead for many

years.

One interesting aspect of

Obasanjo’s tirade against all these

past heads of government was that

it was always timed to some low

Creating a sustainable and accountable democratic

system in Nigeria (3)

The trouble with education

THE manipulation of the electoral

system in Nigeria is made

possible by the willingness of our

population to trade, or give up control,

of their vote. That problem starts with

one of two things. Either a lack of

understanding of their rights and the

value of their vote, or their vulnerability

to threats and coercion by malevolent

political forces.

This problem starts with the

patriarchal structures within our

society. Rigging in Nigeria is a

function of our people’s willingness to

follow the lead of their leaders, rather

than make decisions based on their

own independent thought processes.

Furthermore there is the basic belief

that one’s vote does not matter anyway.

The PVCs of entire communities are

held by individuals, those PVCs are

released for elections, along with a

payment, which is made upon

verification of voting for a particular

candidate. Thereafter, the PVC is then

returned for use next time. The

consequences of operating outside this

system are then equally clear. Violence

and even death. We equally have the

consequences of operating inside this

system.

There are only two ways to counter

this sort of system. The first is a huge

socialisation project. We have to

educate our people to understand their

rights and what they are allowed to

do. The second is to have a much

better monitoring mechanism in place.

I don’t mean the military (that is

another issue we will address later). I

mean a system that gives us more

ability to track the integrity of the PVC,

and ultimately, I don’t believe there is

a reason why the PVC is necessary.

Why can biometrics not be directly

imputed into the system? Does the card

itself offer any additional security or

value?

We have a very good, informal

information distribution system in

Nigeria. Our social networks are very

strong. The number of interactions an

individual has across multiple different

A government that is

serious about mass

education is one that has

the potential to

transform our society

levels in a day is high, and when we

add the number of different media

channels they are viewing, it is only

increased. Mass socialisation is easily

achievable, with a positive message

and a positive outcome. We once again

need the will to make it happen. These

structures also enable the second

solution, which is enforcement. An

informed and educated community

reports breaches of accountability to

the relevant authority, which, if it then

acts to solve the problem, further

Ethnic labelling is

the stuff of gossips at

mama-put and pepper

soup joints not for

Army Generals who

had fought in wars to

keep the nation

together

Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019 —17

moment in the life of the regime

and which added fuel to an

intended military coup or an

electoral failure leading to regime

change. Obviously Obasanjo had

seemed to enjoy the spotlight when

making these famous

admonitions. He had an incredible

sense of timing, and regime after

regime fell well choreographed to

his public admonitions. He

became an ombudsman, an oracle

and finally in a giddy moment he

even referred to himself as a

Watchman. To crown it all, he even

named his three-volume memoir,

which was unveiled in 2014 as My

Watch.

However, things refused to work

according to what the oracle had

set out this time. Everything went

well initially like some of those

well-directed dramas that had sad

ending. There was the usual public

falling out with President Buhari

and all the razzmatazz that

followed. Then Obasanjo had a

well-orchestrated return to the

warm embrace of his deputy, Atiku

Abubakar, whom he had spent

years abusing. Prominent clergy on

both sides of the divide were cajoled

to bring the two men together.

Despite all that, unfortunately, at

election time the regime change

refused to happen.

Many observers were of the

opinion it was this failure to

orchestrate a regime change that

destabilised him and led him to

make these kinds of statements that

are so completely out of character.

That’s not how statesmen comport

themselves. We expect far more

from the deep intellect of Obasanjo

on how to get the country out of

the clutches of the armed bandits

rampaging in the country as

robbers and kidnappers. Ethnic

labelling is the stuff of gossips at

mama-put and pepper soup joints

not for Army Generals who had

fought in wars to keep the nation

together.

Oops! In the last piece I had

mentioned that former President

builds faith in the

integrity and viability of

the system.

The British used radio

dramas very effectively

to communicate the

transition to independent rule in the

early 1960s, and how the postindependence

democratic system

would work. Everyone knew about it.

Everyone listened. People of my age,

if you mention Bakwo daya (lost your

deposit), then people know what you

are talking about. There was a song

about it. You have to make the process

culturally relevant. It should be

comical, not serious. It must be

something that sticks in the mind, and

creates a happy memory, such as

cartoons, theatre, films and shows. The

mechanisms for budget enlightenment

about democracy, or anything else, are

ages old and well known and

understood. All it takes is the intention

and the will.

Of course, underlying all of this is

the quality of our general education

system, which is underfunded, underresourced

and ineffective. It is

producing generation after generation

of under-qualified and underequipped

graduates, which further

undermines both our political and

economic systems. A government that

is serious about mass education is one

that has the potential to transform our

society. A government that is not

acknowledging that maintaining the

Obasanjo had visited the home of

the slain Boko Haram leader,

Mohammed Yusuf, in Maiduguri

to commiserate with the family in

2011. B. G. Mohammed from

UMTH Maiduguri has written to

point out that the visit actually was

to Baba Fugu’s family. Readers

might recall that Baba Fugu who

was Mohammed Yusuf’s father-inlaw

was invited and slain by the

Police for an undisclosed reason.

Unveiling the first lady: I

heaved a huge sigh of relief when

it was reported last week that the

wife of the President will now be

appropriately called the First Lady.

That is as it should be. I recall that

in the heat of the campaigns

candidate Buhari in an interview

published in Weekly Trust of

December 26, 2014 had promised

to abolish the Office of the First

Lady. He said: ‘The (office of the)

First Lady is not in the Constitution,

so there is no official role for them’.

I responded in an article titled:

‘Rein in the First Lady, don’t abolish

the office’, published in the Sunday

Trust of February 22, 2015,

imploring him to jettison the idea

of abolishing the office, should he

win the election.

Admittedly, there is no

constitution of the Presidential

system anywhere in the world

detailing anything about the office

of the First Lady, yet it could be

said to be a matter of convention

over the years that the office had

become firmly ingrained in our

psyche. Even then I asked the

president on assumption of

coming to power not to abolish the

office but to rein in the First Lady

so as to utilize the office to add

value to the Presidency. Now after

the first four years it will be a

matter of debate if this First Lady

had been sufficiently reined in, but

there is no doubt that she has been

outspoken on a number of issues,

and she had paid her dues during

the campaign. She could go to the

next level and be addressed as First

Lady.

status quo serves their own narrow

political interests.

We must reemphasize the value of

the vote. For many centuries only those

with property had the vote which was

seen as an important value to be used

by them to choose men to be entrusted

with power. The voter must have

economic responsibility to qualify -

property, chattels including wives, or

business. It was believed that a man

who has no property was not worthy

of the vote. A voter was a man of some

standing. Women who were regarded

as property did not get the vote until

1938 when the women suffragette

campaign succeeded.

Nigeria needs to adopt some

campaign funds and party funds

regulation. Campaign funds and other

sources of funds are regulated in the

UK, US, Indonesia and India. Nigeria

should do the same. We must educate

ourselves anew about the value. If

properly understood, then it would not

be so easy to sell the votes or be

intimidated by thugs employed by

political elites. Moreover the electorate

must be able to hold power in

government to account. This is best

done through a strong political system

which responds to its members.

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PERHAPS it is too late to expect

President Muhammadu Buhari to

deviate from the path perfected by his

predecessors and toed by himself in

2015 - keeping the portfolios of his

ministerial nominees secret until they

have been cleared by the Senate.

Section 147 of the Constitution 1999

(As Amended) simply gives the

President the power to appoint his

ministers subject to the confirmation

of his nominees by the Senate within

21 days of receiving the ministerial

list. It also directs that each state must

have at least one minister, and that the

spread must reflect the Federal

Character principle enshrined in

Section 14.

Before the truncation of civilian rule

in the Second Republic, the ruling parties

openly negotiated the sharing for-

Undue secrecy over ministerial list

mula of ministers (along with their

portfolios) with other parties or

groups with which they were in alliance

or accord in winning elections.

The military made a great fetish of

keeping the lists secret and only

attached portfolios to the appointees

after the military ruling councils

approved the list of ministerial

nominees.

That culture is one of the military

legacies that have remained with us

in our 20 years of democratic rule.

Another residue of the military era is

the tendency of presidents to appoint

themselves ministers, usually over the

petroleum national cash-cow portfolio.

They never present themselves for

screening nor do they give account of

their stewardship to the Senate as

constitutionally mandated.

We claim to practice the Americanstyle

Presidential System, and yet we

tend to pick and choose from among

the time-tested traditions associated

with it. In America, the ministerial

nominees are announced together

with their portfolios.

This gives the public and media

ample opportunity to discuss the

suitability or otherwise of the

candidate for the job based on track

records.

Nominating ministers and attaching

portfolios to them only after the Senate

has approved the list amounts to

ambushing of the public and therefore

undemocratic.

We call on the Senate to break this

unwholesome practice by screening

only nominees whose portfolios were

attached together with their

nomination. They should also desist

from approving the President as a

Minister.

Ministerial appointments must be

more democratic and accountable.

OPINION

EU election report: Straight from Janus!

By Banji Ojewale

JANUS was the Roman mythological

god that had two faces, front and back.

One looked backwards into the past, with

the other gazing forward into the future.

Heaven help you if you lost your way and

ran into Janus at a crossroads. He would

blight your plight.

For his mien would indicate two

directions when all you required was one to

lead you to your destination. But alas the

ancient Romans celebrated this god of guile,

elevating him as inspirer of “auspicious

beginnings”. That’s how the month of

January was imposed on us in honour of

Janus.

And that is what the European Union

Election Observer Mission, EUEOM, that

came for Nigeria’s 2019 poll has given the

nation: a report with two deceptive sides.

The document has been hailed and

contemned by the country’s two major

political parties, All Progressives Congress,

APC, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,

suggesting that there are two angles, each

suiting or damning one side or the other.

You go home with what gratifies you and

drop that which offends. Yet it’s one report.

But the ideal is to have a presentation that

gives a definitive conclusion where none of

the parties would have cause to celebrate.

We looked for a report that would roundly

blame the ballot umpire, Independent

National Electoral Commission, INEC, and

the sitting government for their poll

misdeeds that disenfranchised tens of

millions of Nigerians in February and

March.

True, the EU monitors did refer to these,

but only timidly, in my view. It’s what has

given room to the double face of the

document. A place for the opposition to laud

itself; and a corner for the ruling government

and INEC to extol their prowess. All due to

the half-way work of the EU observers.

An aide of the President, Festus Keyamo,

appeared to have also perceived these

deficiencies. Speaking shortly after the EU

team briefed the world on the election,

Keyamo faulted the observers for not

“coming to a conclusion” in their report.

He said: “… If you are an observer you

should come to a definitive conclusion, don’t

be dodgy about it, don’t run away from that

fact…It is not enough for you to discuss the

anomalies, they must discuss the overall

results coming from the entire country and

whether it did reflect the wishes of the

people”.

The expectation is that such a report,

where the credible monitors spoke of

widespread ‘systemic failures’ during the

ballot, would lead to grief and remorse, not

to blame game or to laudatory remarks by

the players. What’s there to be proud of? The

report, even with its shortcomings, makes it

clear we failed, both at the macro-system

level and at all the outer ripple fallout

phases of the poll conduct.

The government lost a golden opportunity

to give the nation a 21st century ballot by

not assenting to the progressive new

Electoral Bill.

The security paraphernalia was porous as

to allow grave security breaches that led to

violence and deaths, despite a controversial

and draconian pre-poll order from President

Muhammadu Buhari that ballot snatchers

should be dealt with mercilessly.

Voter apathy plagued the process. There

was massive underage voting in several

places, such that as you stood watching the

throng you would wonder if it was a centre

for the enrollment for admission to primary

schools. How about monetary voteinducement?

Observers saw it in action.

Outright cancellations of votes,

postponements and undercounting and

over-counting of ballot were also on display

to blemish the exercise.

A concerned Wole Soyinka has been

speaking of witnessing body count and not

vote count. The summary: The 2019

elections were dragged into dishonour by

The report, even with its

shortcomings, makes it

clear we failed, both at the

macro-system level and at

all the outer ripple fallout

phases of the poll conduct

“operational and transparency

shortcomings”. EU EOM says the last time

it conducted this mission in 2015, it

recommended some measures to steer us

from repeating our errors. But we didn’t take

note of the warning, and here we are four

years after falling into a deeper ditch.

The response of others to the EU verdict

has been to call for the resignation of

Yakubu Mahmood, Chairman of INEC. A

civil society group, Human Rights Writers

Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, asks:

“What is Yakubu Mahmood still doing as

chairman when the shoddy and shabby

electoral heist he supervised has been

discredited locally and globally?”

Our normally tardy Presidency in times

of reactions to integrity issues has not given

any signal it would do away with the election

body boss. But it has promised to study EU’s

post-poll ruling and come with something

better than what it gave Nigerians in

February and March 2019.

Apart from an immediate implementation

of the new Electoral Bill, the government

must go the way of the late President Umaru

Yar’Adua. He admitted in his inaugural

speech: “We acknowledge that our elections

have shortcomings. I…believe that our

experiences represent an opportunity to

learn from our mistakes.

“Accordingly, I will set up a panel to

examine the entire electoral process with a

view to ensuring that we raise the quality

and standard of our general elections, and

thereby deepen our democracy.” He did in

2007 shortly after being sworn in and by

December the following year he gave

Nigerians the 297-page document

commonly called Justice Uwais Report.

Yar’Adua didn’t live long enough to see to

realising the mission of the work he

commissioned. More than ten years after

the report was prepared and submitted to

the government, it’s still gathering dust.

Yet, it addresses demons we have grappled

with over the ages: “Nigeria as the arena of

electoral contests, weak democratic

institutions, negative political culture, weak

constitution/legal framework and lack of

independence and capacity of the electoral

management bodies”.

I have no doubt EU EOM’s report is Janusfaced

in giving room for complaisant

sentiments from the poll gladiators. But its

moral verdict isn’t double-edged. It is crystal

clear: it is asking us to go back to what we

neglected in Uwais which could have spared

us this crushing cudgel of the EU.

•Ojewale wrote via

kayodeojewale@gmail.com.


10 out of 169 coys control 77.2 % stock

market capitalisation

By Peter Egwuatu

Ten companies, led by

Dangote Cement Plc,

accounted for 77.2 per cent of

the total market capitalisation of

the equities listed on the

Nigerian Stock Exchange, NSE.

Vanguard’s investigation

reveals that at the end of trading

yesterday the 10 leading

companies’ market

capitalisation stood at N10.15

trillion, representing about 77.2

percent of the total market

capitalisation which stood at

N13.14 trillion.

Market capitalisation refers to

the total worth of investments in

the 169 equities listed on the

NSE.

Analysis of the 10 companies

shows that Dangote Cement Plc

has the highest capitalisation of

N3.1trillion, accounting for 30.6

per cent of the top 10 most

capitalised companies.

The newly listed MTN Nigeria

Communications Plc occupied

the second position with N2.71

trillion, accounting for 26.7

percent of the top 10 market.

Nestle Nigeria Plc occupied

the third position with

N1.2trillion, accounting for

11.1 percent of the top 10 in

market capitalisation.

On the significance of this

market structure stock market

operators said: “These

dominant stocks, most of the

time, determine the direction of

the entire market because of

their level of market

capitalisation, noting that they

are often referred to as

bellwethers. Investors are

always attracted to the stocks

because they pay dividend

regularly.”

Five of the companies have

already paid dividend for the

year ended December 31, 2018.

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 19/06/2019

From left, Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers (CIS), 2nd Vice President, Mr Oluwole Adeosun,

Registrar and Chief Executive, CIS, Mr Adedeji Ajadi, Chartered Institute for Securities and

Investment (CISI), Country Manager, Dr. John Osuoha, 1st Vice President CIS, Mr. Olatunde

Amolegbe, Chief Executive, CISI, Mr. Simon Culhane and President, National Advisory

Council of Nigeria, CISI, Mr Bola Ajomale at the signing of expanded MoU between CIS

and CISI of UK in Lagos .

Global leaders focus on private sector role in

sustainable enterprises

By Victor Ahiuma-Young, in

Geneva, Switzerland

The World Economic Forum

(WEF), International Labour

Organization (ILO) and other top

world bodies yesterday, at the

ongoing International Labour

Conference (ILC) in Geneva,

Switzerland, have raised concerns

over the contributions of the

Organised Private Sector in

creating sustainable enterprises

and decent jobs.

They also highlighted

the crucial role the private

sector has to play in

shaping a humancentred

future of work.

Richard Samans,

Managing Director of the

WEF and a member of

the Global Commission

on the Future of Work,

said, “If you would ask

me what is the private

sector contribution

beyond being a primary

source of employment,

how to leverage that

further, I would say invest

more in your people, pay

a living wage, ensure

non-discrimination and

safety and health and

may bethe last thing is

dialogue.”

Addressing

participants, Moussa

Oumarou, ILO’s Deputy

Director-General for Field

Operations and

Partnerships, said, “The

private sector contributes in a

significant manner to the wellbeing

of communities. Yet more can

be done to shape business

incentives in support of a humancentred

growth model that places

people and the work they do at the

heart of business practices.”

Jacqueline Baroncini, of

International Food, Farm and Hotel

Workers Worldwide, agreed on the

importance of dialogue, but pointed

out that there are still countries

where workers don’t have full

access to freedom of association

and collective bargaining rights.

“We call on businesses to ensure

that workers have access” to those

rights, she said, adding, “We are

making progress.”

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Jacques van den Broek, Chief

Executive Officer of Randstad said,

“What we see is that the recipe for

success is the public and private

sector working together. There is

policy to be made, and we would

very much like to do that with the

government. It’s about long-term

planning.”

Gustavo de Hoyos Walther,

President of the Mexican

employers’ association

COPARMEX, argued that it is not

enough to focus on a humancentred

agenda, but that “an

agenda for the future also has to

be centered on companies. We

have to rethink what type of

support is needed for companies

to be in a position to generate jobs

in the quantity and quality that the

future will require.”

FG may issue Eurobonds to finance 2019 budget — DMO

By Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau

Chief

The Debt Management Office

(DMO) has explained that it

could issue Eurobonds to finance

the 2019 federal government

budget.

According to the agency, media

reports that there would be no

issuance of eurobonds this year

were incorrect.

The DMO Director-General,

Ms. Patience Oniha, was reported

to have said that the federal

government had no plan to issue

Eurobonds in 2019. She spoke at

the Islamic Finance Conference

in Lagos, on Tuesday.

However, in a statement

yesterday, the D-G clarified

that issuance of Eurobonds to

finance the 2019 federal

budget had not been

foreclosed.

According to her, priority

would be given to accessing

concessionary funds from

multilateral and bilateral

sources in the $2.7 billion

external borrowing plan in the

2019 budget.

Ms. Oniha, added, however,

that in the event that the federal

government could not raise the

entire $2.7 billion, it would turn

to commercial sources,

including issuance of securities

including Eurobonds for the

balance.

Heritage Bank’s

N2bn loan

boost export to

Europe, Africa

Barely two years

Heritage Bank and the

Central Bank of Nigeria

(CBN) disbursed a loan for

building a N2illion

processing facility for Triton,

a fish/chicken production

firm in Oyo state, the firm

has commenced export of all

kinds of frozen foods to some

parts of Europe and African

countries.

The loan that was given

under the Commercial

Agricultural Credit Scheme

(CACS) in 2017 has fast track

the operations and output of

the firm whose products are

now sold in Poland,

Romania, Egypt, Liberia,

Ivory Coast and other

nations.

The move by Heritage Bank

was part of efforts to support

the real sector, boost foreign

exchange, unlock food and

wealth creating potentials in

the nation’s agricultural

space.

TAAL, also known as Triton

Farm, accessed the CACS

through Heritage Bank to set

up aquaculture businessesnursery/hatchery

for the

production of fingerlings and

brood stock in Ikeja; and

earthen ponds for catfish and

tilapia in Asejire, Iwo and

Gambari towns in Oyo State.

The managing director of

Heritage Bank, Ifie Sekibo,

stated that the partnership

between the bank and Triton

Farm will conserve scarce

foreign exchange and

enhance food security.

Sekibo, who was

represented by the Group

Head, Agriculture Finance

unit off the Bank, Olugbenga

Awe, stressed that Heritage

Bank’s support for smallscale

enterprises is well

known and most of these

SMEs play in the agriculture

sector.

The Chairman, Triton

Group, Ashvin Samtani, said

the farm was fully integrated

in aquaculture, poultry and

crop production and is a

platform to create employment

for teeming youth.

The statement read in full, “The

Debt Management Office

(DMO) wishes to refute reports

carried out in various media on

June 19, 2019 stating that the

Federal Government has no

plans to issue Eurobonds as part

of its external borrowing in 2019.

“The misrepresentation

appears to have arisen during

the Islamic Finance News

Nigeria forum which held in

Lagos on June 18, 2019, where

the Director-General responded

to a question on whether the

Federal Government will issue a

U.S. Dollar denominated Sukuk

in 2019 which she stated was

unlikely given the processes

involved in the Sukuk issuance.


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ECOWAS, NACCIMA speak on

opportunities for women in Mining

and Agricultural sectors

….as organisation celebrates NAWORG Day

By Ebunoluwa Sessou

National President of Nigerian

Association of Chambers

of Commerce, Industry,

Mines and Agriculture, NACCI-

MA, Hajiya Saratu Iya Aliyu has

said that women must change the

way they do business by creating

a paradigm shift in the mining

and agricultural sectors in the

country.

She also urged women to join

the platform of women entreprenuers

including NAWORG, to take

advantage of capacity-building

and networking opportunities to

arm themselves with business skills

and use this to create avalue chain

of agro processing for exportation.

The President who noted that the

real challenge in ensuring these

mining potentials translate to economic

development is lack of access

to land and mining insfrastructure

and in Nigeria, said, two

per cent of licensed miners are

women.

Speaking at the maiden edition

of NACCIMA Business Women

Group, NAWORG, Day Celebration

with the theme: Women in

Business, Paradigm Shift, The New

Vista and Opportunities held in Lagos,

she said: NAWORG was constituted

as one of the trade groups

of the association and has become

a positive force for women empowerment.

Adding that the theme paved the

way to deliberate and network with

a view to strengthening the organisation

of women business groups.

While speaking on the topic,

Agricultural Value Chain, Agricbusiness

and Mining, the National

President who was represented by

Chief (Mrs) Anita Nana Okuribido,

Managing Director, SIMAN

Enigeering Limited, said there are

lots of opportunities in the Mining

and Agricultural sectors strategically

positioned for women.

According to her: “With the population

of over 190 million people

in this country, the local market for

agricultural products and services

is huge. With regards to the mining

sector, Nigeria is truly blessed

with vast solid minerals deposit

including limestones, iron ore,

gold, tin, lead, zinc, silver, columbite

among others.

“The Economic Recovery Growth

Plan, ERGP, has been published

with Agriculture and Mining playing

pivotal roles in this document.

Within the agriculture programme,

the government is committted to

opening up a minimum of 100,000

hectares of irrigable land by 2020;

and to immediately expand the use

of dams for agricbusiness, commercial

fish farming and agricultture.

“This project when implemented,

will give room for more women

to delve into agricbusiness with

a view to going through the complete

value chain of agro processing

for exportation.

“Similarly, the Nigerian mining

sector is beginning to experience a

revolution through the Sustainable

Management of Mineral Resources

Project, SMMRP, and the 2016

road map for the growth and development

of the Nigerian Mining

industry which aims to diversify

the economy, reduce depenedency

on the monolithic oil economy

and improve the contribution

of the mining sector.

“According to the Road map, the

government will encourage the formalisation

of artisanal miners and

also take vigorous action for the

exploration and mining of seven

Priority Minerals where data already

exist in commercial viability.

These priority are iron ore, coal,

bitumen, limestone, lead, zinc, gold

and barite,” she said.

She urged Ministries, Departments

and Agencies of government

involved in the implementation of

key activities in the ERGP 2017-

2020 to swiftly and effieciently implement

the programme as well as

provide avenues through which

assessment by the private sector

and other stakeholders can be done

with the intent of achieving desired

goals while urging every woman

not to miss out on the opportunities

that agricbusiness and mining

sectors bring into the economy.

•Iyalode Alaba Lawson

This project when

implemented, will

give room for more

women to delve into

agricbusiness with

the view to going

through the complete

value chain of

agro processing for

exportation

Women Integration

In her welcome address, the Convener,

NACCIMA Business Women

Group, NAWORG, Iyalode Alaba

Lawson, MFR, FloD, disclosed

that the maiden edition of NA-

WORG day was a forum to celebrate

women entreprenuer.

“We have come together to brainstorm

on how to integrate among

women across West Africa and utilise

the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation

Scheme, ETLS accordingly.

It is also an avenue to discuss what

to do to make it easier for women

to integrate among themselves

across the border, do business and

newtork.”

Speaking on how the orgnaisation

has been tackling challenges

women face in starting business,

she said the issue of finance has

been a major factor, adding that the

organisation is working assiduously

to resolve the challenges. “We

are partnering with banks on some

areas in which women can collaborate

without having challenges in

their businesses,” she added.

On the involvement of women in

decision-making, the Iyalode

urged President Muhammadu Buhari

to borrow a leaf from the South

African Government who made it

50:50 ratio for both women and

men.

Reiterating the roles of women in

managerial capacity, Iyalode Alaba

Lawson said: “Women are capable

managers who run their

homes and businesses and are doing

very well in all spheres of life.

“I want President Buhari to look

into that. Even if it is not 50:50 ratio,

he can give 40:60 and see the

progress he would record in his

government.

“I can boldly say that the economy

of the country will be efficiently

managed because women are

credible managers. Women are really

endowed with capacity to do

whatever they do. And I think, we

can do much better if we are put in

the position of power, we can do it

properly.

“We have the advantage of the

popoulation and I think more women

should come into entrepreneurship,

the more, the merrier.

"I will advise women to take advantage

of mentorship programmes.

They need to be properly

mentored and educated, we

must come together, we have to

network and we have to share experiences

and challenges together

so that we can learn from each

other."

Changing the Narrative

On his part, the Director-General,

NACCIMA, Ambassador Ayoola

Olukanni who also spoke on the

theme: Women in Business: A paradigm

Shift, the new vista and opportunities:

Changing the Sexist

Poverty Narrative – The Opportunity

Agenda, disclosed that the opportunity

agenda referred to the

feminisation of poverty and how

this is being combated and how

progress can be made seizing the

various opportunities that has been

thrown up in the course of the long

struggle.

“From the dawn of history and

across the world, women play key

roles in every sphere of life, either

as wives, mothers, traders, professionals

among others, we see them

playing key roles in the economic

and social spheres and in some

cases, even in the political arena.

Unfortunately, it is still this same

class that lives in poverty and discriminated

against.

“According to the World Bank 2018

report, 10.9 per cent of the world’s

population live on less than $1.90

a day (that is, about 783 million

people). According to World Banksupported

report of September 2018

based on available data, about 50

per cent and not 70 per cent of

women of the world’s extreme poor,

are women.

The narrative underscores the fact

that women are not visible enough

in the economic arena in monetary

business and tax. Governments

were, therefore, encouraged to enact

and enforce legislations that can

encourage women.

The DG, however, called on government

at all levels to device a

mechanism and take positive action

to enable women gain acess to

full and equal participation in the

formulation of policies and definition

of structures such as ministries

of Finance and Trade, establish

mechanism and other forums to

enable women entrepreneurs and

women workers contribute to the

formulation of policies and programmes

being developed by economic

ministries and financial institutions.

“Promote gender-sensitive policies

and measures to empower

women as equal partner with men

in technical managerial and entrepreneurial

fields. It is not just a women's

struggle, it is a struggle for

development.

“It is not for women alone, it is a

fight by men and women. It is widely

recognised that you cannot leave

half of the human race behind and

make progress. That’s why women

have been incorporated into the

economy now.

“Our institution needs to be adjusted

to main stream equality and

advancement of women into every

facet of life policies and programmes

with due recognition for

affirmative action. It is a gender issue

and that is why I think that at

the institutional level, we need to

take immediate step to change the

Ministry of Women Affairs to Ministry

of Gender Affairs and Social

Development.

“Only through this can we be able

to internalise the paradigm shift that

has taken place to overcome the

sexist and misogynist view and that

•Hajiya IYA-ALIYU

it is a struggle for both gender and

the spectre of sexism can be combated

for the desired progress,” he

said.

ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation

Scheme, ETLS

The keynote speaker, Prof.

Jonathan Aremu, Professor of International

Economic Relations,

Covenant University, who narrated

opportunities that women could

explore in ETLS, while speaking

on the topic, ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation

Scheme: Opportunities

for Women Entrepreneurs, ETLS,

said although both men and women

face the challenges of crossing

border with their products, he said

women may face further challenge

because people might want to take

advantage of them thereby facing

more challenges than men.

He, however, called on the Federal

Government to establish the

policy of a single window which

allows for easy documentation of

papers for business owners instead

of making it cumbersome for them.

“The Federal Government is already

putting in place an implementation

scheme for single window,

they should buckle up on the

policy because other smaller countries

including Togo, have already

implemented it,” he said.

Speaking on the ETLS, Aremu

noted that it provides opportunities,

including enhancing intra-regional

trade and investment. ETLS,

as expected of any FTA, will encourage

Nigerian women to increase

their trade with other countries

in the region as well as allow

business activities and projects to

be designed from a regional perspective

for greater efficiency and

cost-sharing between relevant

stakeholders across the region.

Adding that it increases price

competitiveness and performance,

it allows for investment efficiency,

economic and political reform as

well as efficient security.

“Effective implementation of

ETLS will not only enhance trade

between ECOWAS-member

States, but create , ‘web of positive

interactions and interdependency

that would build trust, and reduce

the risk of conflicts between them.

“The role of the governments of

ECOWAS-member States and the

ECOWAS Commission is to create

the necessary environment for private

sector whose primary responsibility

is the movement of goods

across borders.

“To improve the performance of

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Gen Olu Bajowa's wife installed as Regent of

Ayeka Kingdom, Ondo State

A

new historical

template has just

been recorded in Ikale Land

as Ayeka Kingdom in Okitipupa

Local Govt, Ondo

Southern Senatorial District

gets its first female regent

ever. She is Princess (Barrister)

Oluyemi Bajowa,

wife of the Jagunmolu of

Ikale Land and Ojagbulegun

of Ayeka Kingdom,

Gen. Olu Bajowa (Rtd).

The appointment of the

Regent was occasioned by

the passage of the Lumure

of Ayeka Kingdom, the late

Oba Frederick Bode Ayelomi

, who died on the 19th of

February, 2019.

Princess Bajowa's assumption

of Regency on

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

was a result of high powered

consultation by Ayeka

kingmakers and council of

high chiefs.

The installation rites

which had all the trappings

of Ayeka Ule traditional and

cultural heritage was performed

by the kingmakers

led by the Lisa of Ayeka

Kingdom, High Chief Babatunde

Ayeyowa, supported

by the Ojomo of Ayeka,

High Chief Olatubosun Akinola,

the Kanye of Ayeka

Kingdom, the Bolodeoku of

Dr Eleanor Nwadinobi is a

medical doctor/gender

and human rights consultant.

She is the President of Widows

Development Organisation,

WiDO. In this chat with

Vanguard, she speaks on the

knotty issue of violence against

women, especially the girlchild

. Excerpts:

Every Woman’s Treaty

I am happy to say that I am on

the steering committee of the

Violence Against Women Treaty.

This is a treaty to end all forms

of violence against women and

girls that has been drafted as a

peoples’ treaty. We are looking

at the full spectrum of violence

against women and girls. It is

totally unacceptable that one in

three women walking the earth

today has suffered one type of

violence or the other. That

means if there were three of us

in a room, one would say 'yes, I

have suffered a type of violence'

and the spectrum ranges

from harassment, physical

violence, sexual violence,

harmful widowhood practices,

female genital mutilation,

to verbal violence. The spectrum

is so broad. So the Every

Woman’s Treaty, as it is called,

is a legally binding document

that looks first of all at ensuring

that there is training for

all those who would respond

to violence, whether they are

doctors, lawyers, nurses, police,

traditional leaders etc., it

looks at legal reform which

provides that conducive environment

for survivors to get

justice and for perpetrators to

be brought to book.

Support for survivor

Then we need to ensure that

there is support for the survi-

Ayeka Kingdom and High

Chief Raphael Ayelomi.

Present at the event were

the Iyaloja of Ayeka, Iyalode

of Ayeka, Iyalaje of Ayeka,

women leaders, the Ijamas,

High Chiefs, the Omojas

and the youths of Ayeka

Kingdom.

Gen. Olu Bajowa, the philanthropist

per excellence

and culture ambassador,

who is the proud husband

of the Regent, expressed

delight at the record-breaking

occasion. He said the

Ayeka regency is significant

in a lot of ways because in

this part of the world, (Ikale

Land), it is rare for kingmakers

to resolve to anoint

a female as Regent, though

it is fast becoming an acceptable

culture in Yoruba

land, praising the council of

kingmakers for toeing the

path of such a noble development.

Gen. Bajowa

promised to give his better

half all the necessary support

towards advancing the

course of growth of Ayeka

Kingdom.

Upon the announcement

and enthronement of the Regent,

the town was thrown

into jubilation; drums were

rolled out throughout the

kingdom, whilst people

trooped to the palace with

so much to eat and drink!

At the end of the traditional

rites, High Chief Luwoye

of Ayeka Kingdom, Prince

Banjo Ayelomi on behalf of

ECOWAS, NACCIMA speak on

opportunities for women in Mining

and Agricultural sectors

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Violence is a public health emergency — Dr Nwadinobi

By Ebele Orakpo

vor so if somebody had been

sexually violated, immediately,

there is some sort of support

for her and then we want

to make sure that there is violence

prevention education.

Another thing is to ensure that

there is dedicated ring-fenced,

targeted funding for violence

against women and girls; so

this treaty is legally dedicated

to catalyse funding for this

legally binding document. So

as a member of the steering

committee, this is what is being

worked on now. We are

very happy that we have a convention

on the elimination of

discrimination against women.

This would be mutually reinforcing

because the Convention

on the Elimination of

all Forms of Discrimination

Against Women, CEDAW, is

speaking the language of discrimination

but we are looking

at something that deals

specifically with violence.

CEDAW in and of itself, has

even come up with a general

recommendation but a recommendation

remains a recommendation.

So the world

right now is looking forward

to this treaty.

•Princess Bar. Oluyemi Bajowa, after the installation ceremony as

Regent of Ayeka Kingdom at the palace, Ode Ayeka, Okitipupa

Local Govt, on Wednesday, 12th June, 2019.

Violence, a public health

emergency

Do you know that violence

is a public health emergency?

Something like smoking, several

years ago, people would

get into an airplane and light

up a cigarette, and at that time,

they said it was their right to

smoke. Smoking was now

seen as a public health emergency

as it was affecting the

next person. So the narrative

moved from ‘it is my right to

smoke’ to ‘it is my right to

breathe clean air’ and the

WHO then took it upon itself

to spread the word about

smoking being a health emergency

and now, you must

write on the cigarette pack

that the surgeon-general has

said that smoking is dangerous

to health and you can only

smoke in a designated area.

You can be smoking somewhere

and somebody can

come and tell you to stop because

countries have signed

the Tobacco Treaty. We want

countries to sign that ‘enough

is enough, don’t violate our

girls.’

We had 1,700 experts in different

fields (women’s rights

advocates) from around the

world that came together to

write the Peoples’ Treaty and

it was launched on the 5th of

March, 2019; we have over

4,000 signatures already, to

say 'we want to bring an end

to violence against women

and girls, WHO treat it as a

the Lulaire Royal family, expressed

his profound appreciation

to the kingdom

for accepting the nomination

of the Lulaire Royal family.

•Dr Nwadinobi...there is a glitch or a lacuna in Nigerian law

where the VAPP Act that was passed by the NASS is only applicable

to the FCT

It is totally

unacceptable that

one in three

women walking

the earth today has

suffered one type of

violence or the

other. That means

if there were three

of us in a room, one

would say yes, I

have suffered a

type of violence

public health emergency so

that we could now get countries

to make a proposal for a

treaty. I am glad to be representing

Africa on this steering

committee.

the ETLS and deepen ECO-

WAS market integration, tripartite

organisations of NA-

WORG, NACIMA and

FEWACCI to which you belong,

should serve as champions

for not only the ETLS

project but in other phases

of ECOWAS economic integration;

Continue to

strengthen the capacity of

your members for effective

participation in the ETLS

processes and other ECO-

WAS programmes.

“Promote networks for establishment

of regional enterprises

through the Federation

of Business Women

and Entrepreneurs, FEBWE,

to enhance regional value

chains. In collaboration with

ECOWAS, organise trade

fairs to show case products

of ECOWAS origin so as to

promote the growth of intraregional

trade through

ETLS; Collaborate also with

ECOWAS Commission

through FEWAACI and/or

FEBWE to address the various

problems facing the implementation

of ETLS and

make recommendations towards

effective monitoring

and evaluation strategies in

ETLS implementation;

In a case where the girlchild

is denied education, can

that be described as violence

against the girl-child?

Yes, denial of education is a

type of discrimination but the

violence that is related to preventing

girls from going to

school is the fact that when

they suffer that discrimination,

invariably, these are the

girls who, sadly because they

lack education, are vulnerable

to violence. They are also

not in school which means

they may be hawking on the

streets and therefore, more

vulnerable; they may be vulnerable

to early marriage and

that is the violence so girls not

being in school is a discrimination

against the girl that

has implications for her and

makes her more vulnerable to

violence.

I heard Enugu State has

passed a law against harmful

widowhood practices,

could you shed more light on

that?

The first good news on

harmful widowhood practices

is that we have what is

called a Violence Against Persons

Prohibition Act, the VAPP

Act. An integral part of the

VAPP Act is that there is punishment

for harmful traditional

practices. One of the

harmful traditional practices

in the VAPP Act signed in May

2015 by then President Goodluck

Jonathan, is harmful widowhood

practices.

Glitch in law

However, there is a glitch or

a lacuna in Nigerian law

where the VAPP Act that was

passed by the National Assembly

is only applicable to

the Federal Capital Territory.

That was what happened to

Provide regular feedbacks,

through established strategies,

to member-States and

ECOWAS Commission on

your membership experiences

with the implementation

of the ETLS; and

Endeavour to strike appropriate

balance in the pursuit

of protection of national markets

for your members without

trading off the deepening

of regional market and

continental integration (under

AfCFTA)”, he pointed.

In her remark, the Chairperson,

Organising Committee,

NAWORG, Flora

Takim Ndifon, said the event

was an avenue to avail women

the opportunities of networking

and taking advantage

of what they learnt in

the conference.

“NAWORG is not just an

organisation but it incubates

young businesses and creates

platform to reach out to

entrepreneurs. Therefore, I

will implore entrepreneurs to

join the platform.

Participants at the conference

included women who

came from different states -

Ogun, Kwara, Kano, Imo,

Rivers, Lagos, Oyo, Anambra,

FCT Abuja, Bayelsa and

Edo.

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the Child’s Rights Act, there is

a constitutional provision

about the applicability of

laws passed by the National

Assembly. We need to change

that and do it quite quickly.

It happened with the Child’s

Rights Act, it is now happening

with the VAPP Act. With

the Child’s Rights Act, I think

about 23 states out of 36, have

signed. In the Child’s Rights

Act, this issue about going to

school is in it but unfortunately,

when you plot your graph

or look at the trend, you will

sadly find out that it is the

states in the north that have

not signed the Child’s Rights

Act because of the issue of early

marriage and they are marrying

the girls.

VAPP Act

So with the VAPP Act that

says we are prohibiting harmful

widowhood practices; it is

applicable here (FCT) but the

good thing is that states are

now domesticating it. For example,

Edo State has passed

an Act and just recently, Enugu

State has passed the VAPP

Act. Enugu State is the first

state to pass the prohibition

of harmful widowhood practices

act and now, in the whole

of the South-East, they have

passed the VAPP Act. I am the

President of the Widows Development

Organisation and

that’s the work we’ve been doing

since 1994. It took 14

years to get the VAPP Act

passed.

When we go for constitutional

amendment, we need to review

that so that once the

NASS signs an Act, it becomes

applicable in all the states. It

is surmountable. Look at the

Child’s Rights Act since 2013,

one by one, the states are signing

so it’s political will. We will

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State police a nullity without constitutional

amendment- Gusa, ex- x- Benue AG

By Peter Duru

Mr. Michael Gusa, is the

immediate past Attorney-

General

and

Commissioner for Justice

in Benue State. In this

interview, he spoke on

many issues, including

the agitation for the

creation of State Police in

the country, the

amendment of the

Electoral Act, the Nigeria

Financial Intelligence

Unit's directive on

financial autonomy for

local governments, the

provision of section 285 of

the 1999 Constitution in

the 4th Alteration and its

implication on ongoing

cases in tribunals.

Excerpts:

There have been calls for

the amendment of Electoral Act

to check cases of electoral fraud and

malpractices in our electoral system

but the President only recently

declined assent to the new electoral

act forwarded to him by the National

Assembly. Is there a possibility of a

new act?

We are practising democracy in the

country and we copied it from

somewhere else and we will continue

to make mistakes and learn from

them. As we learn, we will continue

to amend the constitution which is

the grundnorm or any other statute

that relates to the electoral process in

the country.

There is nothing wrong with the call

for amendment of the Electoral Act

because even as it is now, particularly

section 285 of the 1999 Constitution

as amended, the 4th Alteration,

which provides that all interlocutory

applications that challenge the

competence of an election petition

be postponed and taken during final

addresses which is what we are going

through now.

For some of us, we insist that the law

is not helping the process.

The Supreme Court will have to

interpret it to make a distinction

between applications that are

challenging the competence of the

election petition and interlocutory

applications that are challenging

some paragraphs of the petition.

There has to be a distinguishing

point because the courts, particularly

the tribunals, in most cases, are taking

all applications that challenge the

competence of the petition itself and

even some paragraphs of the petition

itself, during final addresses and we

are saying no. In fact, in our own

petition here in Benue State, we have

taken such rulings to the Court of

Appeal.

We have noticed that governors in

some states for political reasons,

foot-drag in appointing an acting

Chief Judges at the end of the

tenure of a substantive Chief Judge.

What does that act portend for our

nascent democracy?

In that regard, I would always want

other governors to take a cue from

what the Governor of Benue State is

doing in the state because since he

became governor, he has seen the

transition of two Chief Judges of the

state. At each occasion, it is the most

senior Judge that succeeded the

•Michael Gusa

exiting Chief Judge. We have seen

during his time, the fastest and the

shortest transition of Chief Judges.

So that is a constitutional provision.

When you look at section 270 to 271

of the Nigeria Constitution, it

provided for the appointment of the

Chief Judge of the state.

So here in Benue State, the moment

the governor is informed about the

period of exit of the chief judge, he

directs that the process be initiated

for the appointment of a new chief

judge.

That is how it should be done

because it is a constitutional provision.

But when you go out to seek to

deviate from what the constitution

provided for, it means you are

subverting the rule of law, due

process will be lacking but in

accordance with your whim and

caprices which is bound to bring a

lot of problems.

I urge other Governors to take a cue

from what the Governor of Benue

State is doing here in the state. You

can also see that because there is due

process in what is obtainable in

As we learn, we will

continue to amend

the constitution

which is the

grundnorm or any

other statute that

relates to the

electoral process in

the country

Benue, there is no acrimony. It has

always been a peaceful transition

from one chief judge to another.

Looking at the recent Nigeria

Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU's

directive on the transfer and use of

local government funds, does it not

run contrary to the provisions of

the State and Local Government

Joint Account Law operational in

states like Benue?

It is the constitutional provision that

there should be state joint account

allocation committee where money

from the federation account is sent

to, for the state to sit in a joint account

committee and then disburse the

money to various local governments.

If there is an executive order from

the presidency that is directing the

allocation of funds directly to the local

governments, it is an infraction of the

provisions of the constitution. I think

before that is done, the Presidency

would have to seek for the

amendment of the constitution so

that whatever is done will be in

consonance with the provisions of the

constitution. But as it stands now,

without abrogating the joint account

provision in the constitution, it is an

infraction of the provisions of the

constitution.

Why is there so much agitation for

the creation of state and local

government police in the country

and do you think Nigeria is ripe

for it?

I think the idea of State or Local

Government Police is apt now and

appropriate because of the emerging

level of criminality that we have found

ourselves in. Section 214 of the 1999

Constitution of Nigeria as amended

provides for the establishment of a

Police Force for Nigeria.

That section provides that there

should be no other Police Force that

would be established for the

federation or any part thereof. It is

imperative that we have it now in

the country especially when you look

at the performance of the Nigeria

Police Force so far and the emerging

criminality in the country.

Everyday you hear of banditry,

herdsmen killings, cattle rustling,

kidnapping here and there. In all

these, governors of the states do not

have the power to command the

Police.

The Commander-in-Chief of the

Armed Forces still lies with the

presidency. When you look at the

constitutional provisions, it is the

Federal Government that owns the

Police and so the powers of a state

governor in reacting in a proactive

way and manner against criminality,

are obviously hampered.

So I buy the idea of local government

and state Police because the various

states will have the Police personnel

at their disposal to nip some of these

criminal activities in the bud.

A situation where the Commissioner

of Police in a state does not take

directive from a Governor who is the

Chief Security Officer of the state, is

not good enough.

If that was good then, looking at what

is happening now, I think there is

an urgent need to amend the

constitution of Nigeria and make

provision for states to have their police

force.

Recently, during the June 12

celebration, the APC in Benue State

assured its supporters of victory in

the ongoing petition at the tribunal

challenging the victory of Governor

Samuel Ortom, assuring that like

June 12, the party through the

tribunal would reclaim the mandate

from the PDP. Are you not worried

by the level of confidence of the

opposition?

I am not given to making such

comments when a matter is pending

before a court or tribunal because as

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a lawyer of so many years standing,

I know the implication of that. The

matter is subjudice and it is not for

me to pass any judgement.

The cases are there before the

tribunals and it is our belief and firm

hope that the various tribunals will

do justice to the cases that are

pending before them. And when

you talk particularly about the

governorship petition, we still have

confidence in the panel. We still have

confidence in the judiciary and we

believe that the determination of the

petition is going to be based on facts

and evidences that would be

adduced by the petitioner before the

court.

So we do not want to pre-empt what

the tribunal will say, but we know

that in the governorship election in

Benue State, the people of Benue

came out to vote en masse for

Governor Ortom for what he stood

for and for what he did and what he

has continued to do for the people

of Benue State.

Moreover, the people believed in

him and so they came out to vote for

him. PDP did not in any way rig the

governorship and the other elections

in the state.

I don’t know how and where they

will now go to manufacture their

evidence to establish any fact that

Governor Ortom was not duly

elected by the people of Benue State.

So we are waiting to see the

evidence APC will adduce before the

tribunal to prove their case.

We were all witnesses to the fact that

Governor Ortom is a grassroots man

who is loved by his people.

The people further demonstrated this

even when we left the APC for PDP.

During the elections, we

campaigned vigorously as if he was

seeking fresh election and not the

incumbent or ruling party in the state.

In fact, Governor Ortom went to all

the nooks and crannies of the state

canvassing for support. He did his

campaign by himself because he

believed in the people and the

people trusted him.

LASG engages stakeholders on ACJL amendment

By Jane Echewedo

The recent acts of criminality

in Nigeria have again brought

to the fore the need to review the

criminal laws and statutes, especially

as they affect the procedures in the

law court and what the stakeholders

need to do to ensure justice for all

parties in criminal matters.

Worried by the trend, the Lagos State

Government through the Ministry

of Justice recently organised a

workshop to review the

Administration of Criminal Justice

Laws, ACJL, of Lagos State to suit

contemporary demands.

The workshop tagged: Appraisal of

the Criminal Justice Regime in Lagos

State: Proposal for Policy and Practice

Changes, was organised with the

support of the European Union, Rule

of Law and Anti-Corruption,

ROLAC, and British Council under

the leadership of the outgoing

Attorney-General and Commissioner

for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, SAN.

According to Mr Adeniji, the

program was “aimed at reviewing

and re-evaluating existing reforms

in the Administration of Criminal

Justice System in Lagos State.”

He said the steps became necessary

"since the state has adopted a

continuous process to ensure current

trends are accommodated into our

criminal procedural law to meet the

needs of our people."

The outgoing Attorney-General

noted that with a constantly growing

population in Lagos State, “ it is no

surprise that our challenges are

peculiar and therefore require a shift

in mindset and a deliberate attempt

to achieve and all-round reform.

“The workshop is unique because it

serves as an opportunity to reflect on

the innovative reforms introduced so

far under the exemplary leadership

of ex-Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

whose passion for achieving a

practical, effective and at same time,

contemporary justice system was

glaring.”

He explained that using the law for

over a decade, it is apparent that

certain provisions required attention

while in other cases, the inclusion of

key aspects of the law not already

addressed, is considered.

He noted that the ACJL 2015 of

Lagos State was first enacted in 2007,

and an amendment concluded in

2011, adding: “the Law has

tremendously assisted the criminal

justice system not just in Lagos but

in Nigeria. It has particularly been a

pivotal tool in dealing with

Defendants in the state and over 27

other states in the country which

adopted similar laws.

“An example is the application of our

innovative provision on stay of

proceedings in criminal cases under

section 273 which has been judicially

interpreted by the Supreme Court

in Olisa Metuh v Federal Republic

of Nigeria. The section has been

replicated by other states and most

recently by the Administration of

Criminal Justice Act 2015. Prior to

this provision, cases were

deliberately stalled to delay criminal

trials and deployed as a bar to

concluding prosecution

substantively.”

Adeniji said the step has no doubt

enhanced better criminal justice

delivery in many areas including

time and cost-saving for the courts,

the state and litigants.

Chiefly, the workshop which intend

to review issues like plea bargain,

arrest of family in lieu of offenders,

adoption of court records by a new

judge and the procedure for trying

a child, has eminent lawyers

including Mr Kemi Pinheiro, SAN,

Mr Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa, Ms

Titilayo Shitta-Bey, the DPP, Dr

Akeem Bello of the Faculty of Law,

University of Lagos and Mr Joseph

Otteh as panelists while a Lagos

High Court Judge, Justice Hakeem

Oshodi chaired the occasion. The

speaker was Mr Rotimi Jacobs,

SAN. Concluding his speech, the

outgoing state chief law officer

submitted that: “I must quickly

mention that besides the court's

mandated diversionary or restorative

processes, we should also consider

limited instances where the office of

the Director of Public Prosecutions

and the Police rather than clog the

courts, in deserving cases, refer an

offender to an appropriate

government facility or home or

rehabilitation center for necessary

support.

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RESIDENT Muhammadu

Buhari did not speak at his

inauguration on May 29.

Instead, he gave a speech two

weeks later, on June 12, the new

Democracy Day. It’s quite odd

for a newly sworn-in president

not to give an inauguration

speech. As this newspaper

rightly said: “Speechless

inauguration was wrong”

(Vanguard, June 6, 2019).

But by giving a speech only

on Democracy Day, it would

seem that, since successive

presidents were inaugurated on

Democracy Day, previously on

May 29, President Buhari

regarded the new Democracy

Day, on June 12, as the real

inauguration day, while seeing

May 29 as merely the

constitutional swearing-in day.

But, if so, why did he declare

May 29 a public holiday?

Why wasn’t he sworn in on

May 29 without a public holiday

and the pageantry, with the

public holiday reserved only for

the June 12 Democracy-cum-

Inauguration Celebration Day?

In January 2013, President

Barack Obama’s swearing-in

ceremony took place in the

White House, followed by a

public inauguration, attended

by world leaders the next day!

There was certainly no

justification for having two

public holidays with elaborate,

state-funded jamborees to

inaugurate the president.

Moving Democracy Day from

May 29 to June 12 clearly

disqualifies the former as a

public holiday!

So much for the wastefulness

of two public holidays for the

president’s inauguration,

Democracy Day speech: Buhari fails to

inspire national renewal and reform

which, hopefully, won’t be

repeated in the future. Now, let’s

return to President Buhari’s

speech.

To be sure, having decided to

have the Inauguration Day

separate from the Democracy

Day, President Buhari should

have given two speeches. His

inauguration speech should

have set out the broad direction,

with a credible programme of

economic and institutional

reforms, for his second term; in

contrast, his Democracy Day

speech should have aimed to

inspire national renewal and

unity, with a clearly defined

agenda for political reforms.

But even if, as it turned out,

Buhari gave only one speech,

he ought to have addressed

both issues – economic agenda

and political programme – in an

omnibus speech!

Sadly, the president’s

Democracy Day speech was full

of platitudes. He started with

his usual self-congratulation.

For instance, he claimed he

ensured this year’s elections

were free and fair. Yet, the

European Union Election

Observation Mission said in a

damning report last week that

the elections were not

transparent and marred by

significant irregularities and

systemic failures.

Surely, President Buhari

should admit that his refusal to

sign the Electoral Bill and his

President Buhari

thinks that

'leadership' and 'a

sense of purpose'

in the wrong

direction would

produce the right

outcome; no, Mr

President, they

won’t!

abuse of incumbency, such as

militarising the elections and

suspending the Chief Justice of

Nigeria in the middle of the

elections, created the

conditions, including the

climate of intimidation, that

seriously undermined the

credibility of the polls.

But instead of contrition, you

get a sense of complacency.

Indeed, there’s no clue in the

speech that Buhari will

undertake radical reforms to

transform Nigeria’s structurally

weak and dysfunctional

economic, political, social and

institutional landscapes.

For instance, he said: “None

but the most partisan will

dispute that in the last four

years we have made solid

progress in addressing these

challenges”. Of course, once he

concluded, self-referentially,

that he “made solid progress”

in his first term, despite the

anaemic economic growth, the

widespread unemployment and

the grinding poverty, the rest of

his speech was about continuity

not change, about more of the

same not new direction!

Take the economy. If you were

looking for any serious and

credible commitment to marketbased

reforms that would open

Nigeria to foreign investors and

unleash the animal spirits of

enterprise in this country, you

would be disappointed.

Instead, the speech was

suffused with the usual

command-and-control

economic planning and antifree

market policies. Yet,

President Buhari said

outlandishly: “With leadership

and a sense of purpose, we can

lift 100 million Nigerians out of

poverty in ten years”, citing the

examples of China and India.

Surely, Buhari’s speech

writers didn’t study the

trajectory of China’s and India’s

economic growth and poverty

reductions? How would Nigeria

match their achievements when

it is not willing to undertake

even a tiny fraction of the farreaching

economic reforms, or

embrace the openness to

globalisation, that took them

there? Clearly, President Buhari

thinks that “leadership” and “a

sense of purpose” in the wrong

direction would produce the

right outcome. No, Mr

President, they won’t! Good

intentions are not enough. You

need sound policies, properly

implemented!

Which brings us to the other

critical issue that the president

failed to address in his speech:

political restructuring. Again,

it’s all empty rhetoric. For

instance, Buhari said: “We have

been successful in forging a

nation from different ethnicities

and language groups”. Really?

Is Nigeria a “nation”, properly

defined? It’s nothing short of

wishful thinking when a

country’s president talks about

unity but does little to engender

it.

Recently, President Buhari

said: “True federalism is

necessary at this juncture of our

political and democratic

evolution”. Indeed, but what

does he mean by “true

federalism”? Why did he say

nothing about political reform in

his speech? He renamed the

Abuja National Stadium after

MKO Abiola. Great, but is that

a substitute for restructuring

Nigeria, for an enduring

political settlement?

Truth is, Buhari’s Democracy

Day speech failed to inspire

national renewal and reform.

Sadly, the new Senate rejected

a motion to debate the

president’s speech. Why

wouldn’t they? The speech and

the Senate’s docile response to

it are, indeed, bad omens!

Why CBN must conduct regular stress tests on banks

By Michael Owhoko

THIS is an open letter to Godwin

Emefiele, the Governor of Central

Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on the health of

Nigerian banks. The purpose of the piece is

not the misery index, even though current

levels of inflation and unemployment are at

feverish level; the essence is for him to be

conducting stress tests on the Nigerian banks

bi-annually. This is informed by concerns

on the current state of health of the banks,

which is causing apprehension among

Nigerian depositors over safety of their

investments.

My dear governor, I know you conduct

stress tests on the banks, but the frequency

does not allow you to get the true picture of

financial strength of these

banks. Conducting stress tests on the banks

every two or three years is not enough, as

scenarios change almost after each test due

to sliding performance of the economy.

Therefore, in my view, stress tests should be

done bi-annually.

I am also worried about CBN’s restricted

target during stress test which technically

focuses more on effective risk capacity and

global benchmark compliance of banks

without considering and envisaging

concerns on the overall health of the

Nigerian banks.

Since stress tests determine capital

adequacy and capacity of quality of assets

of a bank to withstand potential adverse

effects and challenges in a dynamic and

vulnerable economy like ours, regular

disclosure of state of health of these banks

are imperative. This will not only instill

confidence in the banking public, it will also

reassure foreign interests, their partners and

other potential investors that all is well with

the Nigerian banking industry and, is safe

for business.

Imagine if the recent acquisition of

Diamond Bank by Access Bank had not

occurred, and Diamond Bank was allowed

to go under, a lot of depositors would have

lost their investments. I knew long before

the distress symptoms began to manifest,

which prompted me to quickly approach

Diamond Bank to close my account, without

also disclosing to anybody, to avoid a run

on the bank.

As you know, Nigerian banks are not

immune to the vulnerability of the monocommodity

nature of the Nigerian economy

and high-tide financial environment. That

is why I am recommending that stress tests

be conducted on a bi-annual basis on the

Nigerian banks because of their current

feeble substructure and weak capital base.

This will put the banks on their toes.

Remember, it is the duty of the CBN to

identify areas of vulnerability to risk and

protect depositors’ funds.

The role of internal and external auditors

of these banks is unhelpful as some of them

conspire with their principals and operators

to present a contrived healthy balance

sheet. The CBN examiners or inspectors

may be aware of these unethical practices

and cover-up, yet opt to collaborate to give

them soft landing without appropriate

penalties.

As CBN governor, you know at the

moment that some of the large, medium and

small banks are not compliant with global

regulatory standards on capital adequacy

and liquidity, making them fall short of

international best banking

practices. Indeed, how resilient are these

banks to shocks induced by inherent risks

like credit, liquidity, interest rates and

foreign exchange?

Since global standards highlight

guidelines for sound and improved quality

capital and better risk cover aimed at

promoting strong assets that can support

periods of stress, it is essential stress tests

are conducted every six months,

particularly, when oil prices are heading

down south with potential impact on

macroeconomic stability.

The need for a regular

stress tests is to save the

unsuspecting depositors

from falling victim of likely

distress in any of the banks

Besides determination of solvency status,

the need for a regular stress tests is to save

the unsuspecting depositors from falling

victim of likely distress in any of the

banks. Some of them exhibit cash-strapped

symptoms, but wear reversed look of

sufficient sound health above capitaladequacy

acceptable level, when indeed, all

is not well, and are just within bear zone.

There are Nigerians whose life savings are

deposited in these banks, yet, upon

withdrawal request, some of the banks are

unable to meet their demands due to

insufficient funds. This is more prevalent

with domiciliary account holders. Rather,

the banks opt to cap the amount that can be

withdrawn.

Since non-performing loans contribute

significantly to the weak state of health of

these banks, it is high time CBN took specific

interest in the underpinning reasons for the

classification of bad debts by these

banks. The stress tests should take into

consideration, the trend of debtorcompanies

that deliberately secure loans

with the intention of not paying back.

Even without sufficient and rigorous

efforts at recovery, some of these banks are

quick to write-off bad loans. Banks should

no longer be allowed to freely write-off these

loans without CBN’s

concurrence. However, this process should

be preceded by sufficient attempts to ensure

that all such loans are restructured for

purposes of acquisition before write-off.

Besides, debtor companies linked to

members of board of such banks should be

severely sanctioned, including replacement

of management or total takeover.

Connivance by board members to create

toxic loans through their proxy companies

in the system is an indication of deficient

corporate governance and, should not be

condoned.

The CBN must be transparent and firm in

its efforts at enthroning high corporate

ethical standards in banks in consonance

with international best practices. Mr.

Governor, for sanity and stability of the

banking sector, it is my prayer, therefore,

for you to conduct stress tests on the Nigerian

banks every six months.

Once again, congratulations on your

reappointment as CBN Governor.

*Owhoko, a journalist and author, wrote

from Lagos


32 — Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019

No new case of Ebola

virus in Nigeria, says FG

SUMMIT: From left; Eugene Konguyuy, Country Director Representative, United Nations Population Fund

(UNPF); Stephanie Linus Okereke, United Nations Population Fund (UNPF ) Ambassador; Omobolanle Victor

- Laniyan, Head, Sustainability Access Bank and Adebola Williams, Co-Founder, Red Media at a one day private

sector Sustainability Impact Summit organized by UNFPA, Access bank and HACEY Health Initiative in Lagos.

OGUN GOV POLL: Tribunal adjourns

sitting abruptly over threat to lives

of Akinlade, witnesses

By Daud Olatunji

AOgun BEOKUTA—THE

State Election

Petition Tribunal sitting in

Abeokuta, yesterday,

adjourned abruptly

following the allegation of

threat to lives of the

governorship candidate of

the Allied Peoples

Movement, Adekunle

Akinlade and his

witnesses.

The Justice Yusuff Haliluled

three-man panel

suspended the continuation

of the hearing of the

petition with suit number

EPT/GOV/01/2019 against

the All Progressives

Congress, APC, and its

candidate, Mr. Dapo

Abiodun over the March 9

governorship election in

the state.

After calling three

witnesses, counsel to the

petitioner, Sebastine Hon,

informed the panel that he

could no longer proceed

with the trial due to threats

to the lives of his witnesses.

Sebastine further called

the attention of the Tribunal

to the presence of some

party members, who were

dressed in yellow caps,

alleging that they were in

court to identify the

witnesses and attack them.

He further informed the

tribunal that the life of his

client, Akinlade, was no

longer safe, claiming that

the Ogun State Police

Commissioner had

withdrawn his security

details.

He said: “The police

security for the first

petitioner, who was the

Governorship candidate of

the Allied Peoples

Movement, has been

withdrawn. The

witnesses, who were testify

have been threatened.

Just Wednesday, one of

them, his father came here

(tribunal) and said his life

is under threat and that his

son wanted to kill him. The

We’re committed to achieving N8.8trn

target — FIRS UNIONS

A BUJA—TWO

labour unions of the

Federal Inland Revenue

Service, FIRS, namely the

Association of Senior Civil

Servants of Nigeria,

ASCSN, and the Nigerian

Civil Service Union, NCSU,

have reassured Nigerians,

the Federal Government

and FIRS management that

they will ensure that the

N8.8 trillion revenue targets

for 2019 is realised.

Comrade Okere Samson,

Chairman, FIRS chapter of

ASCSN, and his NCSU

counterpart, Comrade Idris

Hassan gave the assurance

during the week after their

meetings with FIRS

Chairman, Tunde Fowler.

According to public

notices circulated by the

unions to FIRS staff, the

FIRS Chairman has raised

the level of staff welfare and

unfolded a slew of pro-staff

decisions that will enable

staff to realise their

individual

and

organizational goals.

In the two documents

circulated to all staff titled

Update on Staff Matters,

signed by Comrade

Samson, and another cosigned

by Comrades

Hassan and Jimoh Idowu,

the two unions rededicated

their commitment and that

of their members to the

realisation of the N8. 8

trillion target of the Service.

In his remarks, Hassan

said: “This is to inform FIRS

Staff that following

continuous engagement

between Nigeria Civil

Service Union, NCSU and

Management of the FIRS,

Management has been able

to address most of the

issues raised like

increment of subsistence

allowance to 30 %, reduction

of KPI (Key Performance

Indicators) benchmark from

80 % to 70% of non-oil, and

payment of terminal benefits

to staff among other.”

In another document titled

Matters Arising from the

NCSU Meeting with

Management, Comrade

Hassan said: “Based on the

above, the Union, hereby,

implores all staff to be of

good behaviour, remain

dedicated and hardworking

in order to achieve the set

revenue target for the

Service. We, the Executive

of NCSU assure our

members and entire staff of

the Service of our support

and also continue to engage

Management for better

welfare and reward hard

work. We equally assure

Management of our

continuous support as

partners in progress towards

the actualisation of the goals

and objectives of the

Service.”

lives of the remaining

witnesses have been under

threat as well.

“We managed to secure

the attendance of three

witnesses. So, we are going

back to look at the security

situation and appeal to the

authorities. I personally

would be making this

appeal as well because, we

counsel, fellow petitioners

and the defendants

themselves need

security. ”

Counsel to Abiodun, Mr.

Dele Adesina, SAN, in his

reaction, said: “On the issue

of threat as a reason for

adjournment, it is not

acceptable, because, the

identity of the witnesses

were not known. Their

identities are known only

to petitioners and their

counsel. So, that cannot

be a reason for

adjournment.”

Also, Counsel to the

APC, Habib Ajayi urged

Akinlade and his counsel to

channel their complaints to

the appropriate authorities,

describing the issue as

administrative.

On his part, Chairman of

the tribunal, Justice Halilu

said: “I am not afraid of

anyone here but, I am only

concerned about what to tell

my creator after my death.

“I have told you here,

when I heard that two

panels have been

disbanded here. In case you

have to write a petition

about me, please do so, and

I will pack my bag and go

back to my children in

Abuja, they are already

waiting for me.

“On the threat, I will want

the counsel to meet with the

Commissioner of Police for

better security architecture.”

The tribunal, however,

adjourned till June 24,

2019 for the continuation

of hearing.

By Chioma Obinna

& Gabriel Olawale

L F AGOS—THE

e d e r a l

Government, yesterday,

dismissed purported social

media reports of a positive

case of Ebola Virus Disease

in Nigeria, describing it as

“falsehood” capable of

causing harm to innocent

Nigerians.

The Permanent Secretary,

Federal Ministry of Health,

Abdullaziz Mashi

Abdullahi, who spoke in his

office in Abuja, called on

members of the public to

disregard the rumour and

discourage the circulation of

any unverified information

that can cause unnecessary

panic among the citizens.

Abdullahi disclosed that

since the outbreak of the

virus in the Democratic

Republic of Congo, DRC,

heightened surveillance

Court reaffirms judgment in suit

against firm

By Henry Ojelu

LAGOS—A

Lagos

State High Court

sitting in Igbosere has

dismissed an application

seeking to stay the execution

of its judgment in the suit

between Samsung Heavy

Industries Nigeria Limited,

SHI, and its subsidiary, SHI-

MCI FZE against Global

Resources Management Ltd

and LADOL.

Justice Lawal Abdul-fata,

had in a judgment earlier in

January, ordered LADOL to

grant Samsung Heavy

Industries and its subsidiary

SHI-MCI FZE, unrestricted

access to the Fabrication and

Integration Yard in the

LADOL Zone.

LADOL, however,

appealed the judgment and

further approached the

High Court seeking a stay

of execution.

But in a ruling, Justice

Lawal refused the

application and further

reaffirmed his earlier

judgment in the matter.

Reacting to the ruling,

Chief Operating Officer of

5, 305 out of 21,000 applicants

admitted into AAUA

By Dayo Johnson

A KURE—5,305

applicants out of the

21,000 seeking admission to

Adekunle Ajasin University,

Akungba Akoko in Ondo

State for the 2018/2019

academic session were

admitted.

Addressing the new

students at the matriculation

ceremony, the Vice

Chancellor, Prof. Igbekele

Ajibefun charged them to

shun vices capable of

thwarting their academic

pursuits.

Prof Ajibefun said: “It is

important to note that you

are very fortunate to be

among the admitted 5,305

students, out of over 21,000

applicants that picked

had been on-going at the

various points of entry by

officials of the Port Health

Services division of the

Ministry to prevent the

importation into Nigeria.

“To this effect, every sick

passenger has been

properly screened and I can

say categorically that none

of the patients screened has

tested positive for Ebola or

any deadly disease.”

He further noted that in

line with the World Health

Organisation’s, WHO’s,

guidelines, a recent

preliminary risk assessment

conducted by the Nigeria

Ebola Preparedness team,

coordinated by the Nigeria

Centre for Disease Control,

NCDC, indicated that the

overall risk of importation of

EVD to Nigeria from DRC

and Uganda was low, but the

country was not resting on

its oars in view of trading

activities of Nigerians.

SHIN, Mr. Frank Eijzu,

stated that the shipbuilding

giant was pleased with the

court’s decision.

Eijzu said: “Samsung is

pleased that the High

Court has once again ruled

in its favour and against

LADOL. The Judgment

prevents LADOL from

evicting Samsung from the

yard, meaning that it shall

comply with its legal

obligations to provide

services to the yard and its

Nigerian employees.

“The judgment by the

High Court of Lagos grants

Samsung possession of its

fabrication and integration

yard while the validity of the

termination of the Sublease

Agreement is being

determined at the London

Court of International

Arbitration.”

SHI dragged LADOL to

court for allegedly abusing

its monopolistic position and

regulatory powers as a free

zone manager in clear

conflict of interest with its

personal business interest.

In its response, LADOL

denied all the allegations

leveled against it.

Adekunle Ajasin University.

“It is on this note that I

would like to admonish you

to take your admission

seriously by being studious

and ensuring that your

individual studentship is

sustained. Let me remind

you that this university has

zero tolerance for vices,

including examination

misconduct, rape, cultism,

fraud and theft.'

“I am happy to inform

you, dear new students and

distinguished parents and

guardians, that Adekunle

Ajasin University has the

required conducive

learning environment.''

The Acting Registrar, Mr.

Opeoluwa Akinfemiwa,

administered matriculation

oath on the students.


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Council boss, stakeholders move

against oil theft in Warri South

By Jimitota Onoyume

W

A R R I —

CHAIRMAN

Warri South Local

Government Area of Delta

State, Dr Mike Tidi and

stakeholders in the council

have urged security

operatives to intensify effort

to address the challenges

of oil theft in several

communities in the council,

even as they charged

parents to discourage their

children and wards from

involving in the illicit act.

Tidi spoke at a

stakeholders meeting of

elders and other leaders in

the council on how to bring

the situation to an end,

noting that the

environment was being

polluted by the activities of

the oil thieves.

Some of those who

attended the meeting came

from Aja-Etan, Ifie,

Egbokodo, Ugbuwangue

and Ubeji communities.

He also enjoined the

youths to join the move to

end oil theft in the area,

pleading that they should

Catholic Church sacks two

priests in C’ River

By Emma Una

C Catholic ALABAR—THE

Diocese of

Ogoja, Cross River State,

has through its Diocesan

Chancellor, Rev Fr.

Matthew Otuji, issued a

disclaimer over the activities

of two priests, Rev. Frs.

Peter Okoi of the Missionary

Sons of St. Peter, MSP, and

Alfred Umagu of the

Missionary Society of St.

Paul, MSP.

The statement by Otuji,

stated specifically that Peter

Okoi has without approval,

opened a congregation

using the name of the

Diocese, while Alfred

Umagu, joined the Old

Catholic Apostolic Church.

The Old Catholic Apostolic

Church, from 1850s, had

separated from the Roman

Catholic Church over

certain doctrines, primarily

concerned with papal

authority and the church

is not in full communion

with the Holy See.

The disclaimer stated that

the local ordinary, “Bishop

of Ogoja Diocese, Most

Rev. Donatus Akpan has no

knowledge of the

shun the temptation for

quick money from illegal

bunkering activities.

“Our values as a people

have been eroded with getrich-quick

syndrome, and

should be discouraged

among youths. Our elders

and members of the

communities should help

re-evaluate and reorder our

value system, in order to

curb the menace of this

illegal activity,” he pleaded.

Community leaders who

spoke at the one day

stakeholders meeting said

security operatives should

step up their anti oil theft

operations, adding that

effort should also be made

to productively engage

youths in the various

communities.

According to them, oil

companies doing business

in the council should take

it as a major responsibility

to recruit youths from the

communities, stressing

that a situation where they

bring almost all their staff

from outside the area has

not helped put an end to

the development.

congregation of the abovementioned

priests, neither

did he give them any

canonical or religious

approval to carry out their

activities.”

He said the priests,

though natives of Cross

River State, are not of Ogoja

Diocese and neither of them

was incardinated (ordained)

into the Diocese.

Consequently, the

Diocese directed priests,

religious leaders and the

laity to have nothing to do

with them, their

congregation or their

programmes and activities.

“Also, the priests are not

to be allowed in any parish

or place of worship to

celebrate mass in the

Diocese. The Catholic

faithful in Ogoja and

beyond and the general

public are warned to

disregard these priests as

Catholics and be careful not

to be deceived by any of

their activities,” the

disclaimer stated.

Several attempts to reach

the two priests were

unsuccessful as calls to

their phone numbers

were not answered.

When contacted, a very

Egbema people want

Commissioner's slot in Delta

By Gab Ejuwa

THE people of Egbema

Kingdom in Warri

North Local Government

Area of Delta State have

appealed to Governor

Ifeanyi Okowa to consider

them for commissioner

position in his cabinet.

A statement by King M.

Producer, said the appeal

became necessary because

the present Chairman of the

council, State House of

Assembly member and

other meaningful

appointive positions are all

from the Itsekiri extraction

of the council.

He lamented that

Egbema Kingdom lacks

elective and appointive

positions despite having

several graduates,

experienced and capable

persons who can hold any

position in Nigeria.

He insisted that Okowa

should consider an Egbema

son in his cabinet and other

appointments, as it will

make them to have sense

of belonging in the council.

ROADS: Delta Assembly approves discount

on FG promissory note of N34.4bn for Okowa

By Festus Ahon

A State SABA—DELTA

House of

Assembly has approved the

request of the state

governor, Senator Ifeanyi

Okowa for discount of the

Federal Government

Promissory Note of

N34,430,396,876 onlyissued

by the Debt

Management Office,

DMO, to settle debts for

works executed on federal

roads in the state by the

Central Bank of Nigeria,

CBN, at a discount rate of

nine percent per annum.

The House also approved

an upward review of the

contract for the construction

of the new central

secretariat complex project

by N2.2 billion.

The request of the

governor was contained in

two different letters to the

House which were read by

the Speaker, Chief Sheriff

Oborevwori at Tuesday’s

plenary.

Okowa in the letter for the

discount of the Federal

Government promissory

note, said the state

executive council at its

meeting which held on

May 21, 2019 approved the

discount of the promissory

note of N34,430,396,876

only by the CBN at a

discount rate of nine

percent per annum.

He said the state

executive council also

approved the payment of

consultancy fee of

N1,128,807,251.28 to the

Nigeria Governor’s Forum

Consultant, GSCL

Consulting.

The governor said the

purpose of the letter was to

seek a resolution of the

House in support of the

discount and payment of

consultancy fee.

The Deputy Speaker,

Ochor Ochor moved

separate motions for the

House to receive and

approve the request which

was seconded by Oboro

Preyor and Tim Owhefere.

On the letter for the

upward review of the

contract sum for the new

secretariat project, Okowa

in the letter, said the state

executive council had

approved an upward

review of the contract for

the construction of the

new central secretariat

complex undertaken by

AMNESTY PROGRAMME: INC commends

Dokubo, says we stand by you

IJAW

National

Congress, INC, the

umbrella body of Izon

ethnic nationality has said

it was in support of

measures taken by

Coordinator of the Amnesty

Programme, Prof. Charles

Dokubo, to reposition the

programme to achieve its

original mandate.

The group in a letter of

solidarity

and

commendation addressed

to Dokubo in appreciation

of his efforts and

achievements within a

period of one year in office,

said he (Dokubo) deserved

the support of all wellmeaning

Ijaws and other

ethnic nationalities in the

Niger Delta in view of his

commitment to

North China Construction

Nigeria Limited by N2.2

billion.

He said due to the

urgency in bringing all

Ministries, Departments

and Agencies under one

roof to reduce the cost of

transforming the region.

INC in the letter by Prof.

Joseph Ajienka and DIG

Mike Zuokumor (retd),

chairman and secretary

respectively of the Steering

Committee, said, “We wish

to commend you on all the

good works you are doing

since you assumed

leadership position of the

Presidential Amnesty

Office. We stand by you

always and pray that the

Almighty God always leads

you aright.”

After delivering the letter

of commendation to

Dokubo in his office,

Zuokumor said INC

resolved to throw its

weight behind the

amnesty boss in

consideration of his efforts

CONFAB: Managing

Director/CEO of Aiteo

Eastern E & PO. Ltd,

Victor Okoronkwo

(right) receiving a

plaque of appreciation

from President, Nigeria

Institution of Surveyors,

Alabo C. Charles after

delivering the lead paper

on Institutional

Management, Corporate

Governance and

Professional Practice

Management at the

ongoing 54th Annual

Conference / AGM of

the institution at

Awka, Anambra State

yesterday.

governance, it became

necessary to complete the

project in record time by

ensuring adequate

funding bearing in mind its

importance as one of the

flagship projects of the

current administration.

in training and

empowerment of

beneficiaries of the

Programme as well as

prompt payment of

monthly stipends.

Meanwhile, the

Presidential Amnesty

Office has explained the

delay in payment of

stipends to beneficiaries of

the programme for the

month of May.

It said unforeseen

procedural bureaucracy in

the chain of disbursement

of monthly allocation by the

Federal Government

caused the delay.

It regretted the delay in

the payment of stipends to

beneficiaries of the

programme for the month

of May, 2019.

Our focus is on denied rights — HOSTCOM

By Oboh Agbonkhese

N

A T I O N A L

Chairman of Host

Communities of Nigeria

Producing Oil and Gas,

HOSTCOM, Dr. Mike

Emuh, has said that the

body’s focus is on the

denied rights of the people.

According to him,

“HOSTCOM is dedicated to

the development of the

Niger Delta region. We are

agitating for our denied

rights viz the 13 percent

derivation as it is enshrined

in the amended constitution HOSTCOM

of 1999.

“We are also agitating for

oil blocks. None of our

traditional rulers and

leaders in the region owns

oil block. Also, HOSTCOM

and the youths are agitating

for control of oil pipeline

surveillance.”

He said HOSTCOM was

working with the Federal

Government to ensure that

there is peace in the Niger

Delta region “so that we can

attract foreign investors and

technical partners.

“Gunboats will scare away

people. Road blocks will

scare away international

investors. HOSTCOM is

creating an enabling

environment in the region.”

He appealed to the

government to ensure that

the bond it signed with

was

implemented.

He listed some of the

agreements that the body

had with the government to

include the payment of gas

flare penalty levy directly to

the HOSTCOM; oil pipeline

surveillance contract to be

given to HOSTCOM with

every community

mandated to secure the

pipelines passing through

its territory; payment of 13

percent derivation to the

HOSTCOM and licences

for modular refineries and

gas plant to be issued to

HOSTCOM.

According to him, “We

know who we can trust to

better our economy.

President Muhammadu

Buhari is rated as a field

marshal in the war against

corruption and

indiscipline. Our concern

now is that for over two

years, our youths have not

been employed and we

begin to wonder where is

the peace accord, the

ceasefire agreement, that

we signed with the

government?''


34—Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019

FAAN lauds Ugwuanyi’s

interventions in Akanu

Ibiam Airport

THE Federal Airports

Authority of Nigeria,

FAAN, has expressed

“profound appreciation

and gratitude” to

Governor Ifeanyi

Ugwuanyi of Enugu State

for fulfilling his promise to

address the identified

challenges that hitherto

posed a threat to the safety

of air travellers at Akanu

Ibiam International

Airport, Enugu.

Speaking during the

inspection tour of the

airport and its environs to

ascertain the level of

compliance by Enugu

State government and

other relevant institutions

to the request made by

FAAN, its Managing

Director, Captain Hamisu

Yadudu, told Governor

Ugwuanyi, who was

present at the exercise,

that they were satisfied

with the interventions

made so far by his

administration.

They listed the interventions

to include relocation

of Orie Emene Market,

abattoir and dismantling of

Enugu State Broadcasting

Service, ESBS, Radio/TV

Mast, which the MD, Mr.

Chukwuma Ogbonna,

promised during the

inspection, will be

completed in the next one

month.

Captain

Yadudu

By Vincent

Ujumadu

AWKA—PROTEST by

hundreds of men,

women and youths of

Abba in Njikoka Local

Government Area of

Anambra State over a

protracted land dispute

with their Ukpo

neighbours in Dunukofia

Local Government Area

turned violent yesterday,

with the protesters

scampering for safety

following a barrage of tear

gas fired at them by the

Police.

No fewer than 12

persons, including three

women who were arrested

during the protest, were

yet to be released at press

time.

Abba community had

planned the peaceful

demonstration along the

Onitsha-Awka

Expressway to protest

alleged takeover of their

land by Ukpo

community.

The Supreme Court had

disclosed that the issue

of relocating the

ENPOWER Free Trade

Zone, adjacent to the

runway of the airport,

has been resolved with

the management of the

establishment, which

was confirmed by its

CEO, Engr. Emeka

Eneh, during the

inspection.

He said after a

negotiation by both

parties “the required

land that FAAN wants to

protect is secured” for

safety and security,

adding: “We are happy

with that and

ENPOWER Free Trade

Zone are also happy that

with the remaining land,

they can still go ahead

with their initiative and

develop the land.”

Responding, Governor

Ugwuanyi, who assured

on the prompt

intervention of the state

government, noted that

his administration is fully

committed to the safety

of lives and properties as

well as the progress of

the airport.

He added that he had

to shelve other official

engagements to be with

the management of

FAAN and ensure that all

issues affecting the

safety of the airport are

resolved expeditiously.

Police fire tear gas at

protesters in Anambra

over 44-yr-old land dispute

delivered a ruling on the

land dispute in January,

asking the two

communities to return to

the High Court to begin

the case afresh, following

alleged missing of court

documents relating to

previous ruling on the

matter.

As early as 6a.m.

yesterday, hundreds of

stern-looking policemen

blocked the Enugu-

Onitsha Expressway

and the road leading to

Abba, ordering women

coming to the

community’s market in

the area to go back.

However, as the people

mobilised to call the bluff

of the Police, canisters of

tear gas began to land

on them, some inside the

Community Secondary

School, forcing the

students to abandon

their classrooms to join

the protest.

Vehicular movement

was hindered for several

hours, forcing motorists

to use alternative roads.

HI-LIFE FEST: From left—Brand Manager, Life Continental Lager Beer, Chidi Egwu; Regional

Trade Marketing Manager, Onitsha Region, NB Plc, Oluyemi Ekundayo; quarterfinalists, Frank Onyeka;

Prince Destiny, and Regional Business Manager, Onitsha, NB Plc, Ben Umeh, at the regional knockouts of

Hi-life Fest 2019 in Awka.

Aba youths barricade LG secretariats

with coffins over appointment of

transition c'ttee chairmen

By Ugochukwu

Alaribe

ABA—WORKERS of

Aba South and Aba

North Local Government

areas in Abia State were

yesterday, shut out of their

offices by coffins and youths

protesting the appointment

of transition committee, TC,

chairmen for the two

councils.

The protesters, on the

platform of Aba-Ngwa

Youths Congress, said they

are against the

appointments of Transition

Committee chairmen: Mr.

Nwachukwu Okoli for Aba

South and Mr. Charles

Esonu for Aba North, by

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu

and would continue the

protest until they are

removed.

They barricaded the gates

of the two councils with

coffins and palm fronds,

demanding the immediate

removal of the two council

chairmen.

Some of the placards on

display read: “Aba-Ngwa

Youths say no to Macro and

Esonu;” “8th time TCchairman

is unfair in Aba

South;” “Appoint indigenes

for us as TC chairmen in

Aba North and Aba South,

among” others.

The youths described the

appointment of Okoli who

hails from Anambra State as

a huge affront to the

indigenes of the council, as

his current appointment is

the 8th time he will be

serving as both TC and

elected chairman in Aba

South.

It’s marginalisation

—Leader

President of Aba Youth

Congress, Engr. Greg

Obinna, described the

appointment of Esonu from

Isiala-Ngwa North as

another sign of total neglect

and marginalisation of

indigenes of the council,

and vowed that the youths

would no longer condone

such.

He said: “Government

should appoint an

indigene or we shall

continue to occupy this

place until the needful is

done. Enough is enough.

Aba-Ngwa comprises Aba

North and Aba South and

we are here, peacefully

protesting the

appointments of Dr. N. C.

Okoli and Charles Esonu

as TC-chairmen for Aba

South and Aba North,

respectively.

By Chinonso Alozie

OWERRI—The 27 local

government chairmen

suspended by Governor

Emeka Ihedioha of Imo

State have refused to accept

their suspension.

Vanguard learned

yesterday in Owerri that

some of them claimed that

they have neither received

nor signed any letter to

warrant forcing them out of

their offices, while others

said that constitutionally,

their tenures have not

ended.

At Oru East Local

Government Area, the

chairman, Everest Duru,

insisted that he was still in

charge.

A source told Vanguard

“We are rejecting Okoli

based on the fact that he

has been chairman for the

eighth time. We have

people that can do this job.

He’s not an indigene of Aba

South and we, the

indigenous people are very

capable of handling our

own local government

affairs.

“They don’t consult us

before appointments like

this. Okoli is a medical

practitioner who has a

hospital and schools here.

He should go back to his

profession.

“With due respect to

Esonu, we are saying no to

his appointment. He’s from

Isiala Ngwa North and

Isiala Ngwa is like us here,

because they have both

Isiala Ngwa North and

Imo council chairmen reject

Ihedioha's suspension

that security men, said to

be acting on orders from

the above, had stopped the

suspended council

chairmen from gaining

entrance into the premises

of the council

headquarters.

Vanguard was told that

Duru had arrived the local

government to have his

official meetings with

councillors elected

alongside him, but was

prevented from having

access into his office.

He wondered why the

governor would take such

an action having been a

lawmaker for so many

years, adding that he

should be grounded in the

requirements of the law in

situations like these.

Isiala Ngwa South."

President of Asa-Okpulo

Autonomous Community in

Aba North, Elijah Charles,

urged Governor Ikpeazu to

settle Okoli and Esonu

with other available

positions, but not as TC

chairmen in the two Aba

councils.

They said: “They have

their people as TC

chairmen and the

appointment of Esonu

makes them three TC

chairmen from that axis,

while Aba completely lost

out with none of us deemed

fit to represent our people.

“We want to represent

ourselves just like the other

15 councils.When 17

council chairmen go for a

meeting, you will not see a

single Aba man there.”

The drama led to the

intervention of some passersby

as well as stakeholders,

including some traditional

rulers, who came to have

meetings at the council

area.

Duru briefly said: “We are

hearing about our sack on

the social media. I have told

the councillors that they

were constitutionally

elected. We advise that we

should obey the law in

everything we do.”

Recall that on Tuesday,

Governor Ihedioha had

sworn in 27 local

government interim

management committee,

promising that within six

months, his government

would conduct local

government election.


Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019—35

WORKSHOP: Regional Head, Abuja & North, First City Monument Bank, FCMB, Mr. Lukman Mustapha (sitting

3rdleft) with officials of the bank, International Finance Corporation, IFC, and some of the participants at the Climate

Finance Awareness Workshop and Exhibition on Solar Energy Solutions organised by FCMB in partnership with IFC,

in Abuja

UK govt terror list: Embrace ranching to stop

influx of foreign herders, Ortom tells FG

By Peter Duru

M GOVERNOR

AKURDI—

Samuel Ortom of Benue

State has attributed the

exclusion of Benue from the

list of 24 states published

by the United Kingdom

government facing the

prospect of terror attacks to

the grazing law, which has

restrained movement of

armed herdsmen into the

state and largely restored

peace in the various

communities.

He urged the Federal

Government to emulate the

Benue example by

outlawing open grazing

and embrace ranching to

check the influx of armed

herdsmen from other parts

of Africa, who engage in

banditry and kidnappings

and constitute themselves

into security threat to the

collective wellbeing of

Nigerians.

Ortom, who spoke,

yesterday, in Makurdi

when he received the

report of the Dr. Iyorchia

Ayu-led Transition

Committee, said the people

of the state were enjoying

relative peace because the

grazing law was in place

and security personnel

were doing their best to

ensure that there was no

breach of the peace.

He said: “When I checked

the states listed by the UK

government that could face

terror attacks and I did not

see Benue State, I gave God

all the praise because it was

God and not man that did

it. We are currently enjoying

peace in Benue State

because the Open Grazing

Prohibition and Ranches

Establishment law is in

place.

“The grazing law has

brought relative peace

here. We no longer see

those large herds and

herders we see in those

days, who comb our

communities destroying

farms and killing the

people who dared to cry

out.

“But we must also

commend security

personnel who have given

their all to ensure that we

have peace. And I will

continue to challenge

anyone with a better idea

on how to end this

herdsmen crisis other than

prohibiting open grazing

as being practised the

world over to bring it to the

table to help us solve the

problem.

“So it is high time we

embraced ranching to end

the influx of foreign or

unknown herders into our

communities and country to

end these herdsmen

killings, banditry and

kidnappings in the

country.”

Children parliament to Buhari, African Heads: Declare state

of emergency on state of African Child

By Bashir Bello

KATSINA— AS the Day

of the African Child is

being celebrated across the

world, Children Parliament

has called on President

Muhammadu Buhari and

his counterparts and heads

from other African countries

to as a matter of urgency

declare state of emergency

on the state of the African

child.

The parliament also said

lack of proactive action to

change the narrative about

the hopelessness of the

African child by all

concerned had thrown many

children into the streets to

grow as thugs, bandits,

armed robbers, prostitutes,

and everything bad that the

community or society today

does not want to be

associated with.

The House Leader, Katsina

State Children Parliament,

Ibrahim Maharazu, during

the day of the African child

celebration organised by

Save the Children

International, SCI, for the

parliament and other

children in Daura, Katsina

State, said children have

now become weapons of

mass destruction used by

politicians, hence the need

for state of emergency to be

declared on the state of the

African child by providing

the needed legislation,

enforcement and finances to

support implementation.

He said: “As we mark

another day in which the

African child takes centre

stage globally, one cannot

but ask the most probing

question: What right does

the African child have in

Africa? In Nigeria? Or in

Katsina State? It is indeed a

humanitarian crisis that the

life of today’s African child

is not any better than lives of

the children in Soweto 43

years ago.

“The lack of proactive

action to change the

narrative about the

hopelessness of the African

child by all concerned has

thrown many children into

the streets to grow as thugs,

bandits, armed robbers,

prostitutes, and everything

bad that the community or

society today does not want

to be associated with.

“The rising number of out

of school children, child

marriages, almajiris roaming

our streets and sleeping out

in the open leaves much to

be desired.

“A child’s rights is equally

a human rights and today’s

children are tomorrow’s

leaders. A protected child

today is a productive adult

tomorrow. Without the

needed protection, health

services, education, shelter,

nutrition, empowerment and

without us participating in

decisions about us today,

then our tomorrow is already

destined for disaster,

nightmare and our tomorrow

is not one to hope for.”

NLNG Train 7: Wike pledges active support

as firm tasks contractors on safety

By Egufe

Yafugborhi

PORT HARCOURT—

GOVERNOR Nyesom

Wike of Rivers State has

assured Nigeria Liquefied

Delta: APC witness admits violating court order

By Onozure

Dania

AN All Progressives

Congress, APC,

witness called to testify

at the ongoing National

Assembly election

tribunal sitting in Asaba,

Mr. Adehor Albert, has

admitted that there was

a court judgment, which

restrained the party from

submitting list of its

candidates for the 2019

general election.

Adehor made the

admission while being

cross-examined by the

lead counsel to the

petitioners (Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP

and Evelyn Oboro), Mr

Usman Sule.

It will be recalled that

Justice Toyin Adegoke of

the Federal High Court,

Asaba, Delta State in a

ruling on October 17,

2018, ordered the

National Chairman of

APC, Adams

Oshiomhole; APC;

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC; Prophet Jones

Erue and the plaintiff,

Chief Cyril Ogodo, to

maintain status quo and

desist from submitting

any list of candidates

from Delta State from the

two factions to INEC till

the substantive suit was

heard.

Despite the court order,

the Erue faction of the

APC went ahead to

submit list of candidates

to INEC on October 18,

2018.

The petition filed by

Omavowan and PDP at

the election tribunal, has

INEC, Ovie Omo-Agege

and APC as 1st, 2nd and

3rd respondents

respectively.

Natural Gas, NLNG,

operating in Bonny of his

administration’s

commitment to support the

realisation of much

anticipated Train 7 of the

company.

Wike gave the assurance,

yesterday, at Government

House, Port Harcourt,

when he addressed the

visiting NLNG team led by

its Managing Director,

Tony Attah, who gave him

(governor) update on

efforts towards achieving

Train 7 and the

development values it

holds for Rivers.

The governor said: “Train

7 is key to the development

of Rivers State. We are glad

it will soon take off. I am

happy with the quantum of

jobs it will create. However,

these jobs should not be

There’s new

paradigm

shift at

Bayelsa

Assembly

—Speaker

By Emem Idio

Y ENAGOA—

S P E A K E R

of Bayelsa State House

of Assembly, Mr Tonye

Isenah, has said the new

leadership of the Assembly

will reposition the state

legistlaure, adding that there

is a new paradigm shift.

Isenah, during an

interaction with newsmen

shortly after he presided over

the maiden sitting of the

House, said the legislature

under his leadership would

be people-driven.

On the aborted

controversial Legislators

Pension Bill, the speaker

said the bill failed perhaps

because the people were not

carried along as there was

no public hearing to

properly enlighten the

masses on the pros and cons

of the bill, stressing that all

bills in the new legislature

must pass through public

hearing stage.

He said: “What I am saying

in essence is that there is a

paradigm shift, we are trying

to introduce a lot of things.

Regarding the Pensions Bill,

if we had another

opportunity, we would have

done it differently.

"We would have perhaps

carried out a public hearing

and I am sure the bill would

have scaled through. I think

the people would have seen

reasons with us, but we

didn’t do that.

“But we will do it

differently this time, we are

going to work with an

insurance firm, because the

legislators have to plan their

retirements even if the state

government has nothing for

us."

cleaners and unskilled

workers.

Attah had told Wike that,

“The NLNG Train 7 will

also create about 10 to 15

thousand jobs. It will build

the skills and capacity of the

people in the state. The

final investment decision

will be taken in October.”

Meanwhile, Attah has

also charged Chief

Executive Officers of

contractors to the company

to be proactive in promoting

safety of operations.

Attah gave the charge at

the 3rd Contractors’ CEOs

Safety Leadership

Conference, driven by

NLNG, to push its safety

campaign of zero injuries,

zero fatalities and zero

leaks throughout its

operations.


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36 — Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019

No eradicating poverty without investment in education

— Stakeholders *List way forward

By Dayo Adesulu

PRESIDENT Mohammadu

Buhari’s June 12 speech

has not ceased to

generate reactions, as the

Academic Staff Union of

Universities, ASUU, Academic

Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP,

National Association of Nigerian

Students, NANS and other

stakeholders in the academia

have said he cannot lift 100

million Nigerians out of poverty

in ten years without investing in

qualitative education. They also

suggested the way forward to

achieving the president’s dreams

for the unemployed youths.

The President, in his speech

had said: ‘’With leadership and

sense of purpose, we can lift 100

million Nigerians out of poverty

in 10 years.”

Speaking with Vanguard, they

argued that the larger population

of our country who are youths

need urgent attention.

United Nations estimates as at

June 16, 2019 revealed that the

population of Nigeria was

200,760,398, adding that the

median age in Nigeria is

17.9years. Nigeria ages structure

revealed that between 0-14 years

is 42.54 per cent, 15-24 years-

19.61 percent, 25-54 years-30.74

percent, 55-64 years- 3.97 percent

and 65 years and over is 3:13

percent.

UNICEF also says that about

10.5 million Nigerian children

between the ages of 5-14 are not

in school. Only 61 percent of 6-

11 year-old regularly attends

primary school and only 35.6

percent of children ages 36-59

months receive early childhood

education.

Upgrade varsities facilities

The experts believe that if

facilities in these universities are

upgraded to international

standard, it would not only

accommodate more students, but

also boost our knowledge base for

research that would boost the

country’s economy.

They therefore posited that

empowering the youth through

qualitative education is key to

national economic development.

According to them, the Buhari’s

administration in the past four

years has not shown respect for

the sector in his budgetary

allocation for education.

Surprisingly, education got only

7.05 per cent from the 8.9 trillion

in the 2019 budget.

Similarly in 2018, only 7.04% of

the 8.6 trillion was allocated to

education. In 2017, the allocation

was lower than the 7.4 percent

that the government gave the

education sector in the N7.4

trillion 2017 budget. In 2016,

the sector which got N369.6bn

from a total national budget of

President Muhammadu Buhari Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi Dr. Chibuzo Asomugha

N6.07t was described as still the

lowest since 2012.

Building intellectual

capacity is key

In his reaction, ASUU

President, Professor Biodun

Ogunyemi said: “I don’t think it

is possible to lift people out of

poverty without building their

intellectual capacity. For as long

as Nigerian government

continues to pay lips service to

qualitative education, our people

will remain in the shackles of

ignorance, diseases and

poverty.

“If the Federal Government

means what it is saying, it must

set examples by doing what other

development ambitious countries

of the G8 countries are doing by

devoting nothing less than 20

percent of its yearly budget to

education.

“The Federal Government must

also enforce extant policies and

laws such that the Universal Basic

Education (UBEC) and provide

free education at levels.

The message of empowerment

through the instrumentality of

education must resonate with

other tiers of government,

particularly among State

Governments who flagrantly

violate the UBEC law that calls

for counterpart funding of the

nine-year basic (primary and

secondary) education in the

country.

“ASUU strongly believes that

education is the catalyst to any

meaningful transformation in

individuals, their communities

and our nation. “Qualitative

education will give our people

the skills, knowledge and other

forms of competencies to cope

with their personal challenges

and this will crystallize in nation

building and national

development. Sound education

provides opportunities for people

to realise their full potential

socially, culturally, technically

and economically.”

FG assured us of 15%

budget on education, says ASUP

On his part, Ex-President of

Teacher training

should be focused

on with priority

attention. Archaic

institutional,

administrative

and legal

frameworks

should be

overhauled with a

view to injecting

efficiency into the

system

ASUP, Dr. Chibuzo Asomugha

said: “Shortly before the 2019

Budget Proposals were submitted

to the National Assembly, the then

Minister of Education, Mallam

Adamu Adamu had assured us

that the federal government had

resolved to henceforth commit a

minimum of 15% of the nation’s

budget to education.

“It came as a surprise to see the

education budget still left as low

as 7%. The N620.5bn budget for

education will cover the entire

gamut of the sector: the sub

sectors, the institutions and the

agencies. No nation serious about

wholesome development of the

education sector does this. “The

only significant input in

education, and that at the tertiary

level, is from TETfund. This

grievous underfunding is made

manifest in the dire dearth of

infrastructure, ill-equipped

classrooms, sub-par personnel

capacity, and poor quality of

graduates at all levels.

“The failure of our educational

system is further worsened by the

lowering of standards which

originates from the basic level and

eventually runs the entire gamut.

The strictures of a poorly

diversified economy drive a

restless youthful population

toward the uncoordinated

stampede for certificateacquisition.

“Our education system now

produces certificate-clutching

graduates who cannot fit into the

labour market.

‘’While the major challenges of

our educational system are multifaceted

and fundamental in

nature, I believe that a veritable

starting point for a reversal is

requisite political will from

government toward recording

definite changes.

FG should focus on

teachers training

Teacher training should be

focused on with priority attention.

Archaic institutional,

administrative and legal

frameworks should be

overhauled with a view to

injecting efficiency into the

system. Good intentions and

politically spangled

pronouncements will certainly not

make things better.”

Check rising figure of outof-school

children

Speaking in the same vein, the

Director, Distance Learning

Centre, DLC, University of

Ibadan, Professor Oyesoji Aremu

said:’’Taking people out of

poverty itself is a function of many

factors, chief of which is

qualitative education. The

foundation of which should be

well laid and sustained.

Unfortunately, this seems not to

be so in the country. For example,

Nigeria is currently said to have

about ten million out-of-school

children. If nothing is done to

check this rising figure, it may

double in the next ten years.

‘’Nevertheless, the Federal

Government could reduce the

tide provided Education Sector is

well funded. Unfortunately, this

is not so; and there seems to be

no commitment to increase the

budgetary allocation to education.

The state governments are

equally not helping the sordid

situation of education in the land.

More than what is committed to

education, the Federal

Government should show more

commitment. The Federal

Government should also be more

proactive by ensuring that

allocated funds are judiciously

utilised. Countries that are above

the throes of poverty are not only

showing great commitment to

funding of education, they are

also pragmatic about it. The

reason they compete and rank

among the best in the world.

On his part, the Distinguished

Professor of History, UNILAG,

Professor Ayodeji Olukoju said:

‘’The Buhari administration

should have short, medium and

long term plans, hinged upon

strategic investments in teacher

training, vocational education

and skills acquisition.

‘’He should align this with

targeted investments in energy

sector (electricity), ICT

infrastructure (internet) & SMEs.

Give tax breaks to start-ups firms

that employ and retain a set figure

of new workers per annum. The

government should promote

made in Nigeria products in the

spirit of “Nigeria First.”

Speaking further, he said,

government must increase

percentage of budgetary

allocation to education by two

percent each year over a fiveyear

period; dedicate 25 percent

to basic education; create special

fund for socially and economically

disadvantaged students; increase

internet connectivity; reward

excellence in teaching, learning

and research; FG to collaborate

with state governments to address

peculiar regional and local

peculiarities and avoid

duplication of effort and waste;

involve non-governmental

stakeholders in monitoring fund

disbursements, project execution

and assessing progress.’’

Meanwhile, the President,

National Association of Nigerian

Students, NANS, Comr.

Danielson Bamidele Akpan

said:’’The federal and state

government should be committed

to development in all facets.

There should be infrastructural

development, institutional

strengthening, human and

capacity building, healthcare,

security and most importantly

education.


Deputy Governor Plateau State, Prof. Sonni Tyoden commissioning the two Blocks of Classroom

donated by Oando Foundation at LEA Primary School, Bungha Gida, Mangu, Plateau State. Flanked

by the Executive chairman Plateau SUBEB, Prof. Matthew Sule and Programme Manager, OANDO

Foundation, Tonia Uduimoh.

School Infrastructure without library

is incomplete, says SUBEB

By Dayo Adesulu

Executive Chairman,

L a g o s

State Universal Basic

Education Board, SUBEB,

Ifako, Dr. Ganiyu Oluremi

Sopeyin has said that

whatever funds expended on

infrastructure in any school

without library inclusiveness

is incomplete.

Sopeyin, who made this

remark in Lagos during the

official commissioning of a

school library and playground

equipment donated to Wesley

Primary School and Vetland

Primary School, Oko-Oba,

Ifako, Agege, Lagos by

Seedtime Foundation said:

‘’Library is both useful to

students’ learning and

teachers’ research.”

While lauding the kind

gesture of the Seedtime

Foundation, he urged other

non governmental bodies to

engage in similar investment,

adding that government alone

cannot do it all.

According to him, ‘’this is

not the first time Seedtime

Foundation would be donating

to schools. It had done it

before, it is doing it again

today and will soon

commission another one at

Kosofe.”

In her remark, the Executive

Director of Seedtime

Foundation, Mrs Oladeji Tola

said the donation was done in

memory of her late husband

Engr. Kayode Oladeji. She

said that apart from setting up

the library, the Foundation

also runs training programmes

for teachers. Mrs Oladeji who

is also a teacher said: ‘’We love

children because teachers and

children are dear to us.” Items

like uniforms and bags were

also presented to the students.

Meanwhile, in her welcome

and acceptance speech, the

head teacher, Vetland Primary

School, Agege, Mrs Fatusin

F.O disclose that the students

of the schools have been

longing for the

commissioning of the projects.

While lauding the donor, she

pledged that the projects

would further enhance the

Greensprings students

get $1.3m scholarships

from foreign varsities

reading habit of the students

and boost sporting activities in

the schools. Wesley Primary

School and Vetland Primary

School, Oko-Oba, Ifako,

Agege are situated in the same

vicinity.

By Oghenefego Obaebor

Three

exceptional

students from Greensprings School have

secured scholarships to study in Illinois Institute

of Technology, Colorado Boulder and Georgia

State University. These are top universities and

colleges in the United States, United Kingdom and

Canada.

While Fareedah Kassim got a scholarship worth

$120,000 from Illinois Institute of Technology,

Odianosen Okojie got $100,000 from Colorado

Boulder, and Patrick Udochi secured full tuition

from Georgia State University.

The students, after passing out from their various

secondary schools, joined Greensprings School's

sixth form college – one of the few certified IB

schools in Nigeria.

Upon completing their studies, they applied to

the universities and colleges of their choice. Apart

from being accepted, many of the students were

also awarded scholarships.

The top tertiary institutions in the US, UK and

Canada that the students were accepted into

include the Universities of California-Riverside,

Toronto, Manchester, Waterloo, Alberta, British

Columbia, Warwick, Leeds as well as Georgia

Institute of Technology, Kings College London,

among others.

In total, over 100 universities accepted the cohort

of 22 students with an average acceptance rate of

five universities per student. They were awarded

a total of $1.3 million scholarships.

Expressing her satisfaction with the performance

of the students, Mrs Jennifer Sunkanmi-Qazzeem,

the IB Diploma Principal of Greensprings School

said: “It is a common saying among our IB students

that being accepted into universities and colleges

is a given; the main goal is to be accepted into top

universities and colleges with substantial

scholarships.

“Therefore, the acceptance of these students into

the A-list schools re-affirms the fact that the IB

diploma programme is the surest way not only to

secure admission into top universities and colleges

around the world but also a guaranteed path to

securing meaningful scholarships.”

Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019 — 37

Invest in education, Finland

Ambassador tells FG

By Elizabeth Uwandu

Finland Ambassador to

Nigeria, Dr Jyrki Pulkkinen

has called on the federal

government to invest more on

human capital, provide funding

for the education sector.

This is as Pulkkinen noted at

the ongoing 11 th edition of Total

School Support Seminar/

Exhibition, TOSSE, in Lagos,

themed, “Future of education in

Africa,” that four things, which

included: accessibility, quality of

education; relevance and the

teachers are needed to ensure the

development of education of any

nation.

Calling on Nigeria to improve

The Principal of Krisbethel

College, Ipaja, Lagos, Mr.

John Adetiba has said that the

Parents Teachers Forum (PTF) if

properly annexed can serve as a

catalyst to solving problems facing

schools.

Adetiba stated this during the

election of new Executives to

coordinate the affairs of the School’s

PTF for the next two years. Those

elected were Mr. Gbenga Ajayi,

Chairman, Mr. Austine Okoro, Vice

Chairman, Mrs Shola Koiku, Public

Relations Officer, Mrs Laura

Nnebedim, Treasurer/Financial

Secretary while Mr. Michael

Dawodu will serve as Secretary.

the education sector, the

Ambassador explained, “I think

the four points are crucial lessons.

They should focus on teachers

training. So, how you can train

up the teachers for the future is

one thing you could actually look

out for. It is totally different from

United Kingdom, UK and in

many other countries, educators

follow the curriculum. That is how

we think education can be

developed. So, who is developing

the curriculum? So, it is the

teacher who is the master of

curriculum and the keeper.

Education is basically depending

on the level of education of the

teachers.

PTF can serve as catalyst in schools

development — Principal

The Executive Director, Mrs Soji

Cline challenged both parents and

teachers to support the school,

promising that the management

would not relent in ensuring high

academic excellence.

The Chairman/founder of the

school, Chief Daniel Ojo, stressed

the importance of paying attention

to the security and welfare of

students to and from school, adding

that parents should be wary of the

movement of their children.

The New P.T.F Chairman, Mr.

Ajayi assured that the new Exco

will support the school to justify

their election.


38 — Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019

08052202308 (sms only)

Nigerian workers, others begin a global movt

for new social contract at work places

Stories by Victor Ahiuma-

Young, reporting from

Geneva, Switzerland

ONE of the takeaways

of the 108th session

of the ongoing International

Labour Conference,

ILC, marking the

centenary celebration of

the International Labour

Organisation, ILO, is the

launch of a fresh

campaign for a new social

contract, to address

the issues of inequality

and poverty globally including

Nigeria.

The movement or campaign

was launched at

the symbolic Broken

Chair with three Legs,

representing the tripod

(comprising government,

employers and

employees) in front of

the United Nations,

where anybody or

organisation is free to

come and protest on issues

of concern.

Under the auspices of

the International Trade

Union Confederation,

ITUC, Labour leaders in

Nigeria and other

members of ITUC, representing

207million

workers from all the

continents of the world,

from 163 countries, at a

rally, lamented that

workers are working,

yet, they do not have

anything to show for it or

to take care of their families.

Addressing the

gathering, President of

ITUC, who incidentally

is also the President of

Nigeria Labour

Congress, NLC, Ayuba

Wabba, among others,

informed that despite the

fact that the global economy

had more than

tripled, the wealth was

concentrated in the

hands of a few, leaving

the majority in poverty.

According to him: “We

have seen in all

countries of the world

that there is an issue of

increased militarisation,

where budgeting for

military is increasing, but

social spending is

reducing. We believe

that the foundation of

ILO is to address the fact

that poverty and

inequality anywhere is a

threat to prosperity everywhere

and therefore,

we thought we needed to

make the point here and

also other issues.

“Going forward, we

need to demand for a

new social contract that

will guarantee universal

workers' right, that

would guarantee strikes,

that would guarantee

freedom of association,

that will guarantee

rights to collective bargaining

and that would

guarantee social protection.

As we speak today,

over one hundred billion

people around the world

do not have social protection,

they don’t have

pension and they do not

have any means of social

*Members of ITUC, including Nigerians, at the 'Broken

Chair with Three Legs' during a rally to launch a global

campaign against inequality and poverty.

protection. So when they

get aged, they become a

liability to the society.

“This is why we are

here to bring workers

around the world, to

come and air their views

so that our leaders will

listen to those views so

that they can go back

home and try to make

some amends.”

Also, speaking among

other speakers, the ITUC

Secretary- General,

Sharan Burrow,

said: “From Nigeria to

the United States, we are

united with workers all

over the world and we

are here for the same issues.

So from Nigeria to

the United States,

Stakeholders at ILC seek greater

efforts to end child labour

THE struggle against

child la-bour was the

focus of a wide-ranging

debate at the International

Labour Organisation’s

annual conference.

This year marks the ILO’s

Centenary.

Participants at a forum

held at the Centenary

International Labour

Conference, ILC, called

for stronger action to end

child labour and highlighted

some of the challenges

resulting from the

major transformations

occuring in the world of

work.

In an emotional moment,

a youth advocate,

Molly Namirembe recalled

how she and her

sister worked on a tea

plantation in Uganda

when they were children,

after their parents died.

She said: “We would

work for 12 hours, sometimes

on empty stomach,”

she recalled, tears running

down her cheeks.

The forum entitled: Together

for a brighter future

without child

labour, also focused on

accelerating action towards

SDG Target 8.7

that calls for “immediate

and effective measures to

eradicate forced labour,

end modern slavery and

human trafficking and

secure the prohibition

and elimination of the

worst forms of child la-

workers are facing the

same challenges, precarious

work, the failure of

having a vibrant social

contract. We are here to

say we are going to reinvigorate

that social contract

so that all workers have

right and dignity and

have social protection.

“We heard from Ayuba

that most workers in the

world do not even know

that they have those

rights, so we are here to

demand of the governments,

employers of

labour of the world that we

are here to get a new

contract to work with them

and make sure it is implemented

in all of our countries.”

bour, including recruitment

and use of child soldiers,

and by 2025, end

child labour in all its

forms.”

Speaking, International

Labour Organisation's

Director- General, Guy

Ryder, said: "Ever since

the creation of our organisation,

the elimination

of child labour has

been a top priority," adding

that he expected the

ILO would achieve soon

the universal ratification

of Convention 182 on the

Worst Forms of Child Labour.

In the same vein, Secretary-General,

Amnesty

International, Kumaran

Shanmugam Naidoo,

called for a holistic approach

“where we not

only view the phenomenon

of child labour but

also the very systems that

drive children to work at

such a high cost.”

Women’s Secretary, Single

Confederation of

Workers, CUT, Brazil,

Juneia Martins Batista,

spoke of the need to improve

the situation of

women who make a living

as domestic workers

and rural workers.

According to her: “The

idea is that we can empower

these adults,

mostly women, to have a

decent life. With decent

work, we may be able to

eliminate child labour. ”


VANGUARD, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019 — 39

MAYHEM IN AJAH, OJOTA:

One killed, scores injured

as Police arrest six

By Monsuru

Olowoopejo

LAGOS—AT

least

one person has been

confirmed killed and scores

injured and property worth

millions of Naira vandalised

as mayhem broke out,

yesterday in Ajah and

Ojota axis of Lagos State.

While no life was lost

during the Ojota clash,

three persons, according to

sources were said to have

been killed during the clash

that lasted for several hours.

Vanguard gathered that

the mayhem in Ajah broke

out among dredgers over

who dredges on the

waterways within the

community.

A resident, Bisi Olagunju,

told Vanguard on phone that

they escaped from been

attacked during the

mayhem by the whiskers,

urging the Lagos State

Government to intervene

and end the age-long clash.

In Ojota, Vanguard

learned that pandemonium

broke out in Ojota Motor

Park after one faction

alleged that the other was

responsible for the death of

their colleague, who they

described as their chairman

It was gathered that

during the clash that lasted

several hours, guns and

cutlasses were wielded by

each faction, while passersby

were not spared from

their violence.

It was observed that shops

and business activities

around the axis were

paralysed as many

scampered for safety.

Police arrest six

Confirming the clash, the

Public Relations Officer,

PPRO, Bala Elkana, said

one person was killed and

six persons have been

arrested over the clashes.

He noted that the clash in

Ajah was between the

dredgers over control of

dredging activities.

On the Ojota clash,

spokesperson of the Lagos

Police Command, disclosed

that the clash was between

two factions of the National

Union of Road Transport

Workers, NURTW, adding

that one faction alleged that

the other was responsible for

the death of their colleague.

Elkana noted that one of

the faction alleged that the

other used charms on their

colleague, who passed on

but the other faction

refuted the claim,

resulting in the clash.

JUNE 12 DEMOCRACY DAY: Obasanjo lied,

received invitation — PRESIDENCY

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

A BUJA—THE

Presidency,

yesterday said former

President Olusegun

Obasanjo received

invitation for the celebration

of Democracy Day on June

12.

No former President or

Head of State attended the

Democracy Day at Eagles

Square, Abuja.

Obasanjo had denied

receiving any invitation for

the ceremony from the

Presidency.

However, the Presidency,

in a statement by the Senior

Special Assistant to the

President on Media and

Publicity, Mallam Garba

Shehu, said the former

President cannot sustain his

claims that he did not

receive any invitation.

Shehu said: “The former

President, Chief Olusegun

Obasanjo owes an answer

to Nigerians on his

absence from the 2019

Presidential inauguration

and Democracy Day

celebration because the

claim that he was not

invited or he did not

receive an invitation

cannot be sustained.

“Since the claim was first

made, elements in the

polity that have

deliberately and

consistently been trying

to lead the country toward

polarisation have cashed

in on it, throwing all

manner of rubbish at the

Buhari Presidency.

“The fact remains that

the Secretary to the

Government, Boss

Mustapha, wrote on May

16, 2019 to His Excellency,

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo,

former President, Federal

Republic of Nigeria, Agbe

L’Oba House, Quarry

Road, Ibara, P. O. Box 2286,

Abeokuta, Ogun State.

“The invitation was sent

to Chief Obasanjo’s known

forwarding address,

detailing all the major

events, and the invitation

cards were delivered by a

reputable courier company

as confirmed.

“The receipt of the letter

and invitation cards as

delivered by the courier

company was confirmed by

Mr. Taiwo Ojo, the longstanding

Personal

Oshodi-Apapa Expressway: Gridlock persists

as road repairs yet to be completed

By Kingsley

Adegboye &

Olasunkanmi Akoni

Lgridlock AGOS—TRAFFIC

continued on

the Oshodi-Apapa

Expressway, yesterday,

following the inconclusive

palliative work on the bad

portion of the road at Trinity

area inward Coconut, and

Mile-2 area, respectively.

This was as the

Presidential Task Team on

the Restoration of Law and

Order allayed fears that the

sanity the team is trying to

restore in Apapa and its

environs may not be

sustained after the

expiration of its mandate.

Despite the 48-hour

closure of the road to allow

repair works to fast-track

movement of trucks, the

traffic situation on the everbusy

dual carriageway was

hellish yesterday, as

human and vehicular

movement were paralysed.

The Lagos State

Government had urged

motorists to steer clear of

Mile-2 to Tin-can Island

Port, along Oshodi-Apapa

Expressway, from Monday

to Wednesday, respectively,

to allow for repair works on

CCB ON BUHARI’S ASSETS: FG not committed

to anti-graft war — FALANA

L AGOS—HUMAN

rights lawyer, Femi

Falana has flayed the Code

of Conduct Bureau, CCB,

over its refusal to grant a

Freedom of Information,

FOI, request by Socio-

Economic Rights and

Accountability Project,

SERAP, on the ground that

asset declaration form is

private information.

Falana described the

ground as illogical.

He said this in a keynote

address titled Involvement

of Nigerian People in the

Fight Against Corruption

and delivered at

Stakeholders Dialogue on

Corruption in Nigeria

organised by Action Aid

Nigeria, in Kano.

Falana said: “The

Federal Government has

also failed to show

commitment to the fight

against corruption by

the bad portion of the road.

The traffic situation

degenerated yesterday, as

motorists, workers and

other road users expected

the situation to have

improved on the completion

of repair works.

Speaking on the

measures to sustain sanity

in Apapa axis, Vice

Chairman of the team, Mr.

Kayode Opeifa said: “The

sanity, law and order that

the task team is mandated

to ensure in Apapa and

environs will be sustained

after we have concluded our

job. Government

institutions are expected to

assume the management of

the roads in Apapa and

environs to ensure the

sustainability of our efforts.

“Agencies such as

LASTMA, FRSC and the

Police should take over

traffic management of the

roads, and if they are

equipped and empowered,

they will manage the traffic

on the road well. With

government’s institutions

taking over, there is no

need for task force

personnel in Apapa. Task

forces are used in situations

that are beyond normal

circumstances, but traffic

encouraging secrecy with

respect to asset declaration

by public officers. A few

days ago, the CCB turned

down the request made by

SERAP for the release of

copies of the declaration

forms of former state

governors and Presidents

on the grounds that the

declaration forms are

private documents.

“It is hoped that the CCB

will review its position and

allow citizens to access the

information in the

declaration forms

submitted to it by all public

officers in view of the new

policy of the Buhari

administration to enforce

effective asset declaration

by public office holders.”

“It is an undeniable fact

that the progressive

withdrawal of subsidies

from social services by the

State which is a key

Secretary to the former

President.

“If, in the circumstance,

Chief Obasanjo did not see

or receive the letter and

invitation cards as

published by Vanguard

newspaper (Page 16, June

16, 2019) and several other

news platforms, then the

former President needs to

find out what is happening

with his own secretariat.

The government office

did its job diligently and

should not be blemished

for no reason.”

management is not beyond

the capability of these

institutions I mentioned

above. So, it is abnormal to

use task forces to control

traffic anywhere in the

world. The task force

personnel are taking the

advantage of the presence

on the roads to extort the

truck and taker drivers.”

Road repairs yet to be

completed

Also, an official of the

federal task team, who

preferred anonymity, who

spoke with Vanguard said

the contractor working on

the deplorable spot was yet

to complete repairs which

could actually be

responsible for the

continued gridlock in the

axis.

The source said: “The

contractor (name withheld)

has commenced palliative

work on the road at Trinity

area. As at yesterday

(Wednesday), they were

still working on the road.

"Meanwhile, we have

evacuated trucks from

Coconut to Berger. So,

we should be expecting

better movement between

Thursday, (Today) and

Friday in the axis.”

component of the IMF/

World Bank sponsored

Structural Adjustment

Programme has led to mass

poverty in the land.

“Through the privatisation

of public enterprises and

assets including banks and

other financial institutions

the economy was taken over

completely by foreign and

local interest groups. Thus,

the privatization of public

companies and

commercialization of social

services, have increased

poverty and income

inequality in society.

“From the reports

compiled by the federal

ministry of justice and

federal ministry of finance

as well as the anti-graft

agencies the federal

government has recovered

not less than N1 trillion from

treasury looters and through

the whistle blowing policy

of the Buhari

administration.''


40—Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019

June 12, Ndigbo and Soyinka’s red

herring

IDECIDED not to write on

t h i s

year’s June 12 Democracy

Day having written two articles,

back to back, on it last year. On

June 13, 2018, I lauded

President Muhammadu Buhari

in this column for taking the

bold initiative of “honouring

Abiola with Grand Commander

of the Federal Republic, GCFR,

Nigeria’s highest award, and

declaring June 12 Democracy

Day. Some have queried the

president’s motive. My answer

is simple. Whatever informed

the decision, it was the right

thing to do. And if in doing what

is right, he is reaping some

political capital, so be it,” I

concluded the article, titled,

"June 12: I still remember".

A week later, worried by the

ethnic tint of the celebrations, I

wondered whether Buhari’s

action had gravitated from its

essence - the symbolism of

righting a historic wrong - to a

celebration of Yoruba

triumphalism. Besides, in the

one year since Buhari’s

declaration, we have had a

general election which outcome

eviscerated the very idea of

democracy, thus violating the

spirit of June 12 – a repudiation

of the country’s primordial

fault-lines of ethnicity, religion

and prebendalism.

June 12 was about free and

fair election. It was about the

right of the people to choose

their leaders without let or

hindrance. It was about

inclusiveness. It was against

bigotry, prejudice and ethnic

profiling. It was about merit.

Moshood Abiola’s Social

Democratic Party, SDP, had a

Muslim-Muslim ticket, with

Babagana Kingibe on the ballot.

Yet, it didn’t matter. Abiola

defeated his opponent, Bashir

Tofa, of the National Republican

Convention, NRC, in his home

state of Kano.

It didn’t matter to Ndigbo that

their illustrious son, Sylvester

Ugo, a Christian and former

governor of the defunct Central

Bank of Biafra, was on the NRC

ticket, majority of them voted for

Abiola. So, any election to be

used in celebrating this

electoral feat must encapsulate

its spirit, otherwise it will lend

credence to Olu Fasan’s

assertion in his Vanguard

column last week that: “Due to

the empty symbolism of the

president’s decision and its

crass politicisation, June 12 only

gives Nigerians another public

holiday. Beyond that, it signifies

nothing meaningful.”

The 2019 general elections

were unarguably the worst

since 1999, the very antithesis

of whatever June 12 represents.

The joint Nigeria International

Election Observation Mission of

the National Democratic

Institute, NDI, and the

International Republican

Institute, IRI, on June 18 gave

a damning verdict of the polls

in Abuja. “The 2019 general

elections fell significantly short

of standards set in 2015.

Citizens’ confidence in

elections was shaken,” said

Daniel Twining, IRI President.

“Election stakeholders should

take concrete steps to address

the concerns of citizens with

regards to the polls in order to

rekindle their faith in the power

and possibility of credible

elections,” said the two United

States-based organisations that

have been involved in Nigerian

elections since 1999. There was

nothing, therefore, to write

about the June 12 debauchery

in the name of celebrating

democracy; or so I thought until

I read Wole Soyinka’s article,

“A democracy day primer. ”

Inimitably, he lamented, just

like everybody else, that “this

year’s recall of an uplifting day

in the year 1993 comes up

against a background of its

most shameful disavowal: the

2019 elections - still under

judicial contestation - an event

that would be more accurately

It will be selective

amnesia for

Soyinka to claim

not to know that for

every Alani

Akinrinade, there

was an Ndubuisi

Kanu who cofounded

NADECO

described as an exercise in

body count rather than ballot

count,” because the

poll epitomised Nigeria’s “final

descent into the abyss of

human degradation,” and

“reflected a pattern of savagery

and abandonment of human

sensibilities that have eaten

away the sheerest sense of

community in the nation.”

But his potshot at Ndigbo in

the same article is both

objectionable and beyond the

pale. It was unwarranted.

Soyinka lured himself into a

conspiracy theory, insinuating

that some people took the

Democracy Day celebrations as

an opportunity to jeer at, and

vilify, the Yoruba. He found that

unconscionable and lamented

that some are trying to reduce

the June 12 struggle to that of

an ethnic project, calling such

an inclination “a depressing

travesty of the realities, a denial

of the existence of a nation’s

collective sense of justice and

its tenacity in pursuit of that

objective.”

But Soyinka should take a look

at the mirror and the face(s) of

those who cynically

appropriated the struggle to the

exclusion of every other people

will gawp at him. They will be

familiar faces because they are

his kinsmen. Pretending

otherwise is a disservice to his

age-long reputation as a fervent

purveyor of truth. Conscience,

to borrow an axiom, is an open

wound which only truth can

heal. Ethnic caviling is a nonstarter.

Soyinka should know

better than anyone else.

So, I find it difficult to

understand the point he was

trying to make when he wrote:

“After the annulment, I recall

that, when we tried to mobilise

opposition to that sadistic

impostor, fanatic voices of

ethnic irredentism informed us

bluntly, verbally and in print,

that the Yoruba should go and

solve their problems

themselves, since we had let

them down in the lead-up to

the Biafran War of Secession,

and should seek no

collaboration from that side of

the Niger.”

Can’t Soyinka and his ilk for

once leave Ndigbo out of

Nigeria’s self-inflicted lesions?

That claim is nauseating,

ridiculous and very unfortunate

coming from him. Just as it is

condescending when he wrote

that: “It is gratifying, therefore

- and here we come to some

cheering news! - that this

tendency has become a source

of concern to many of the

leaders of that former

secessionist state.” Assuming,

without conceding, that

Soyinka tried, as he claimed, to

mobilise opposition against

Babangida’s monkeyshines

and was rebuffed by the Igbo,

who would blame them after

their experience in the 1960s?

The crisis

that heralded

the “Wild-wild

West and

“operation

w e t i e ”

phenomena

a n d

precipitated

the genocide

against them

was a battle for

political

supremacy

between the

North and the

West. It had

nothing to do

with Ndigbo.

Yet, when the

chips were

down, they

were used as

c a n n o n

fodders,

brutally

massacred in

their millions,

u s i n g

starvation as

“legitimate

weapon of

war”.

To ensure a

complete

decimation -

physically and

economically -

those who

survived the

genocide were

stripped of

their hardearned

wealth

by giving them

a paltry 20

pounds each.

Yet, Ndigbo

were at the

forefront of the

battle to

revalidate the

annulled June 12 election.

Soyinka knows that. So, why

this malevolent narrative?

Ibrahim Babangida didn’t

hand over to an Igbo. Soyinka’s

kinsman headed the Interim

National Government, ING.

The annulment had the backing

of Yoruba monarchs even when

Igbo royals rebuffed

Babangida’s attempt to inveigle

them into accepting the malady.

Rather than sheltering under

sophistry, Soyinka should take

a cue from Abiola’s son, Kola,

and reveal the identities of these

Igbo irredentists.

Penultimate week, Kola told

Nigerians his own June 12

story in an interview with the

Sun newspaper. Most of the

major actors who betrayed the

cause, including those

masquerading today as prodemocracy

aficionados but only

became converts and joined the

National Democratic Coalition,

NADECO, when Sani Abacha

refused giving them political

positions in his government, are

Yoruba, not Igbo. And Kola said

that much. He named the twofaced

political jobbers.

Soyinka knows that Igbo

patriots like Ndubuisi Kanu,

Ebitu Ukiwe, Ralph Obioha, et

al, were NADECO’s driving

force. Perhaps, he is referring

to the role played by Arthur

Nzeribe of the Association for

Better Nigeria, ABN, infamy.

But how about Abimbola

Davies?

It will be selective amnesia for

him to claim not to know that

for every Alani Akinrinade,

there was an Ndubuisi Kanu

who co-founded NADECO; for

every Beko Ransome-Kuti,

there were Olisa Agbakoba,

Chima Ubani, Chidi Odinkalu,

et al.; for every Kunle Ajibade

who was imprisoned on

trumped up charges, there

were Chris Anyanwu, who

nearly went blind in prison and

Ben Charles Obi, who didn’t

quite survive his prison ordeal.

Is Soyinka claiming to be

unaware of Ralph Obioha, a

man born into wealth but who

gave everything up for the sake

of June 12? Obioha’s African

Trust Bank, Safari Brewery,

vegetable oil company, cement

company were destroyed by the

military. Unlike some of his

Yoruba compatriots who used

the public till to rehabilitate

themselves, Obioha is yet to

recover. He may never recover.

Who remembers him today?

If Soyinka was not on a

mischievous voyage for

whatever reason, he would be

appealing to his friend, Buhari,

to honour Humphrey Nwosu,

the man who delivered the

freest and fairest election in the

annals of Nigeria’s electoral

politics, as he honoured Abiola,

Kingibe and Gani Fawehinmi.

Soyinka knows those who

betrayed June 12. If he follows

the evidence, it will lead him

inexorably to his own neck of

the woods and not to the South

East.

To pretend otherwise is sheer

red herring.


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They also went to

Aba Ode Junction,

around Amosun

village, where the

victim’s car was

abandoned after the

abduction.

Oyebade, while

a d d r e s s i n g

journalists, vowed that

everything would be

done to free the

victim.

He said the police

would deploy their

arsenal, including

technology, in the

operation to get the

culprits.

On his part, AIG

Oyebade said:

“Actually, this

incident is very

unfortunate because it

is coming after we

have been able to map

out strategies to address

the challenge we are

facing by these

undesirable elements.

“From our inspection of

the scene, interaction and

interrogation of the

workers, and those

present at the scene, we

can really say that the

modus is changing, the

tactics is changing, and

their way of operating is

changing.

“Since they now know

that we have been able to

cover the roads, they are

now coming to isolated

areas, looking for targets

that can be approached,

having monitored them.

“With what we gathered

here, the suspects

covered their faces, we

are not ruling out the

involvement of those that

are very close, in this

particular situation.

“But whatever it is, we

are going to unmask

those that are behind this,

and that is the assurance

I am giving to members

of the public.

“The Inspector-General

of Police has given a

mandate and on that

mandate we stand — that

kidnapping will become

highly unprofitable. With

the system we are going

to use now, with the

application of STI and

with the commitment and

drive of police officers that

have been deployed, we

are going to uproot

them.”

Speaking with

Vanguard, the

Commissioner of Police

in the state, CP Shina

Olukolu, said he and the

Assistant Inspector

General of Police, zone

11, were there to see

things for themselves.

How Dayo was

abducted

—Iroko

monarch

Also, the Oniroko of

Iroko, Oba Opeola, in his

account said: “When my

driver told me that Dayo

had been abducted by

four unknown gunmen

whose leader dressed in

military camouflage, I

quickly put a call through

to the Divisional

headquarters of police

Moniya, Area Command

to which they all

responded. Before they

came, we contacted our

local vigilante squad to

comb the bush in order to

arrest the situation. We

were not so lucky as such

as our efforts failed to

yield positive result. Our

initial perception was

that probably they could

hide in the forest within

the vicinity.

“We later discovered

that the car, with which

they were conveying him,

ran out of fuel at Olode-

Amosun road which links

Iware road while they

were coming from Iroko.

That was the last spot we

heard of their movement

as police had commenced

investigation into the

matter. “

In addition, he said: “I

was told that the four

men, who stormed the

farm with three of them

on surveillance around

the farm site, shot into the

air to scare people away

while their leader who we

were told wore military

camouflage, also carrying

a gun, pursued Dayo to

abduct him. On sighting

him, he attempted to flee

but fell and he was

captured.”

Oba Opeola also

informed that some of his

workers told him the

abductors made away

with about N2 million

accrued from sales of

products.

“There had been lots of

criminality going around

in Iroko in the last few

weeks which we brought

to the notice of the Police

command. Only adequate

security can save this

community from crime,

especially what the

COURTESY VISIT—President Muhammadu Buhari (2nd right) with Governor Yahaya Bello (Right);

Attah of Igala, Dr Michael Idakwo ( in handshake with the president) and other traditional rulers as he

receives Kogi State Council of Traditional Rulers led by H.E. Yahaya Bello in State House, Abuja, yesterday.

kidnap of Dayo has

exposed us to,” the

monarch said.

Bandits waylay

passenger bus,

kidnap 14

travellers

In the Rivers incident,

bandits were said to have

hijacked a commercial

bus at Evekwu community

axis of the East-West

Road, kidnapping the 14

passengers and driver on

board.

It was learned that the

bandits led the

kidnapped passengers

into the bush and left the

bus by the roadside.

However, the Public

Relations Officer of the

Rivers State Police

Command, Nnamdi

Omoni, who confirmed

the development, said

efforts are on to the

rescue the victims.

Omoni, a Deputy

Superintendent of Police,

noted that the abductors

kidnapped three

passengers and the

driver, adding that

management of the

transportation firm, Libra

Motors, also confirmed

that the bus was hijacked

and passengers

abducted.

He disclosed that the

police have recovered the

vehicle, adding that

efforts are on to track

down the kidnappers.

Meanwhile, the police

has smashed a three-man

robbery gang terrorising

Mile 3 area of Port

Harcourt and recovered

guns.

Omoni said the

suspects have confessed

to the crime and would

be prosecuted

accordingly on

completion of

investigation.

However, Yusuf Lawan

Dauda, biological brother

to former APC

gubernatorial candidate

in Zamfara State in the

last election who was

kidnapped by bandits

some months ago,

regained his freedom

yesterday evening.

Yusuf was abducted by

armed bandits along

Gusau-Sokoto road, on

his way back to his

residence at Gada Biyu

area, with the bandits

demanding N300 million

ransom. It was not,

however, clear if ransom

was paid before his

eventual release.

According to Malam

Ibrahim Bello Zauma,

Senior Special Adviser to

Zamfara State Governor,

the state government

release of the victim.

He said: “In his

unrelenting effort to make

Zamfara a peaceful place

for all, His Excellency,

Governor Bello

Matawalle, amid his

Umrah spiritual preoccupation,

worked and

co-ordinated the

successful release of

Yusuf Lawal Dauda, the

brother of philanthropic

politician, Dauda Lawal.

“Yusuf has been in

captivity for three months

and his captors asked for

N300 million ransom for

his release. Hope for his

freedom has been very

slim until his Excellency,

Governor Bello

Matawalle negotiated

and secured his release

today. (yesterday)

“Governor Bello

Matawalle assures the

good people of Zamfara

of his commitment to the

security of lives and

property in the state.”

Buhari orders

security

agencies to end

Taraba violence

Reacting to the killings

in Taraba State, President

Buhari, yesterday,

ordered security forces to

end the violence

immediately and

decisively.

The President warned

that attacks on innocent

people in the name of

revenge or whatever

motives would not be

tolerated by the

government.

According to him, “No

group of people has the

right to surround

innocent people and

unleash murderous

violence on them.”

He said resorting to

self-help was an

invitation to anarchy

which in turn will make

everyone unsafe.

President Buhari in a

statement by his Senior

Special Assistant on

Media and Publicity,

Mallam Garba Shehu in

Abuja noted that in a

cycle of violence

characterised by revenge

and counter-revenge,

there are no winners.

Bring

perpetrators of

Taraba killings

to book, CAN

tells security

chiefs

Also yesterday, Taraba

State chapter of the

Christian Association of

Nigeria, CAN, appealed

to the state

Commissioner of Police

and Commanding

Officer, 20 Model

Battalion, Serti, to ensure

justice was done to the

innocent lives lost to

gunmen who, on

Monday and Tuesday,

attacked two communities

in the state.

State Chairman of

CAN, Innocent Solomon,

who spoke at a reception

in Jalingo, to honour the

newly elected National

Vice President of CAN,

Caleb Ahima,

condemned the separate

attacks and sympathised

with families of the

deceased.

He said: “We admonish

those at the helm of

affairs to use their powers

correctly, righteously and

fairly, and ensure that

justice, which is the

fundamental principles of

governance, is adhered

to.

“Justice must be served

on those who are

executing ordinary and

law abiding citizens of the

country, especially in

Northern Nigeria.”

Solomon, who

commended Caleb

Ahima for the feat

attained, also

congratulated Samson

Ayokunle on his reelection

as the National

President of CAN.

In his remarks, Ahima

said the church must pray

hard and remain united

to salvage the country

from its numerous

challenges.

“For Nigeria to remain

a strong entity, there must

be justice and equity for

all,” he said.


42 — Vanguard, THURSDAY JUNE 20, 2019

EDO: How Obaseki, Oshiomhole’s

rift divided Assembly

By Gabriel Enogholase

SINCE the creation of the

defunct Mid-West re

gion from the old Western

Region in 1963 to Bendel

State and now Edo State, no

electoral outcome has drawn so

much acrimony, bitterness, confusion

and recriminations as

the one Edo is currently experiencing.

Curiously, the ongoing war

is not between APC, the ruling

party and the People Democratic

Party, PDP, the opposition

party, rather it is between APC

and APC. It is a house divided

against itself.

The supremacy battle between

Governor Godwin

Obaseki and APC National

Chairman, Comrade Adams

Oshiomhole, which has now

been denied by the governor

who labelled it as fake news has

been blown open by the inauguration

of nine members of

the 24-member House of Assembly.

It would be recalled that 19

members-elect of the Edo State

House of Assembly had earlier

on Monday called on Governor

Obaseki to immediately

send a letter of proclamation to

the clerk of the Assembly to allow

the House function and

carry out its legislative duties.

The earlier scheduled date for

the inauguration of the Seventh

Assembly, it was gathered, was

June 7 but it could not hold following

the absence of Governor

Obaseki, who was billed to

proclaim the inauguration.

How nine men were swornin

However, there was a new

twist to the drama as the much

anticipated inauguration of the

Assembly took place at about

9.00 pm same Monday.

The Clerk of the Assembly,

Alhaji Audu Omogbai was said

to have ushered the memberselect

into the chamber and read

out the letter of proclamation

transmitted to his office by Governor

Obaseki.

At the sitting of the members-

Obaseki

elect where the Clerk proclaimed

the House, the lawmakers

elected Frank Okiye

(Esan North East Constituency

I) as their Speaker against

Oshiomhole’s preferred candidate

of Victor Edoror, while Yekini

Idiaye (Akoko-Edo Constituency

I) was also elected

Deputy Speaker.

Immediately after the inauguration,

a motion for adjournment

was moved and the

Speaker adjourned the House

till July 17.

Lawmakers at the inauguration

Monday night were Nosa

Okunbor, Henry Okhuarobo,

Uyi Ekhosuehi, Marcus Onobun,

Ephraim Anebhosele,

Roland Asoro, Eric Okaka,

Frank Okiye and Yekini Idiaye.

The rumoured rift between

Obaseki and Oshiomhole may

not be unconnected with the

delay in sending the letter of

proclamation to the clerk of the

House to commence the inauguration

of the Assembly.

Sources said the duo had

shifted their rift to the assembly

where they intend to outsmart

each other in a bid to

ensure that their preferred candidates

emerge as Speaker

and other principal officers. The

situation put members-elect in

a quandary as to who to choose

between Oshiomhole and

Obaseki’s camps and who to

align with in the state APC.

Move to stop Obaseki’s second

term ambition

In Edo South Senatorial District,

loyalists of Oshiomhole

under the acronym “Edo Peoples

Movement, EPM, led by

a former Commissioner in the

State, Mr Henry Idahagbon,

and former Minority Whip in

the House of Representatives,

Mr. Samson Osagie, have not

relented in giving Governor

Obaseki some sleepless nights

following alledged plots to

deny him a second term bid.

The second term bid of

Obaseki has generated so

much controversy and continues

to cause disaffection among

party leaders and lawmakers,

Oshiomhole

who are now grouping and regrouping

in their efforts to stop

the governor’s re-election bid.

Obaseki rebuffs APC elders

Obaseki has openly rebuffed

the party leaders, who he accused

of tendencies of exploitation

and pressure on him to

share Edo Tax payer’s Money

to politicians, which according

to him is impossible.

Addressing journalists in his

office on Tuesday, elected

Speaker of Edo State House of

Assembly, Mr Frank Okiye,

said the Seventh Assembly

under his leadership will work

assiduously to complement

Governor Obaseki’s effort in

delivering the dividends of democracy

to the people of the

state.

Okiye said the state governor

was doing excellently well saying

that he deserves their overwhelming

support to put the

state in the right economic perspective.

Party chair backs Obaseki

Even, the State chairman of

the APC, Mr. Anselm Ojezua

is in tandem with the action of

the governor and the new

Speaker, Mr Francis Okiye for

the successful inauguration of

the assembly.

How Oshiomhole and Obaseki

hope to resolve and unite the

party in the build up to the 2020

governorship election remains

a major task with the bickering

and acrimony among their party

members.

Tension in the Governor

Obaseki camp is now relaxed

after the inauguration of the

few members as more members-elect

may pitch tent with

the Okiye group and abandon

the Oshiomhole boys.

The 19 members-elect, said to

be loyal to Oshiomhole include

Gani Audu, Estako West; Chris

Okaeben, Oredo West; Sunday

Aghedo, Ovia South West; Victor

Edoror, Esan Central; Washington

Osa Osifo, Uhunwmonde;

Michael Ohio-Ezomo,

Owan West; Emmanuel

Agbaje, Akoko-Edo II; Emma

Ewah Okoduwa, Esan North

East II; and Crosby Eribo, Egor.

Others are Seid Oshiomhole,

Etsako West II; Vincent Osa

Uwadiae, Ovia North East II;

Sunny Ojiezele, Esan South

East; Amhed Waziri Oshomah,

Etsako Central; and Kingsley

Ugabi, Estako.

Some of the yet to be inaugurated

members-elect while

addressing journalists at the

state Council of the Nigeria

Union of Journalists NUJ Secretariat

in Benin City, before the

Monday night inauguration

said there cannot be democracy

without legislature and accused

Governor Obaseki of attempting

to truncate democracy

in Edo State.

The members-elect who said

the tenure of members of the

last Assembly expired on 7th

June, added that the governor

by virtue of section 105(3) of

the constitution of the Federal

Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as

amended) is constitutionally

required to immediately issue

a letter of proclamation for the

inauguration of the new Assembly

to avoid vacuum.

“Today we members-elect of

the Edo State House of Assembly

wish to bring to the knowledge

of the people of Edo state

and the general public of the

attempt by Governor Obaseki

to truncate democracy in Edo

State.”

“It is also common knowledge

that the Governor no matter

how powerful cannot impose

individuals either as Speaker

or Deputy Speaker on the legislators.

At best, he can only

lobby for his preferred candidates

as was recently witnessed

at the National Assembly.”

Thugs invade hotel, beat

up Oshiomhole's brother,

other lawmakers-elect

By Gabriel Enogholase &

Alemma Aliu

THE crisis rocking the Edo

State House of Assembly

continued yesterday, with 16

lawmakers-elect alleging that

some youths, who they described

as thugs invaded their hotel, shortly

after a press conference and

inflicted injuries on them and also

destroyed several property in the

hotel.

Among the victims was Seid

Oshiomhole, younger brother of

the National Chairman of the All

Progressives Congress, APC, Mr

Adams Oshiomhole, who was

severely beaten, Crosby Eribo, who

was also beaten and his car

damaged, Victor Edoror,

Washington Osifo, Chris Okaeben

and several other lawmakers-elect.

Meanwhile, a youth group, Edo

Youth for Progress, EYP, has

expressed shock over the reports of

the alleged attack in some section

of the media, saying it was untrue

and does not reflect what actually

happened.

Spokesman for the group, Mr

Emmanuel Izekor, said they were

at the Golden Tulip hotel for an

event without knowing that the

lawmakers-elect were also at the

hotel and crisis broke out when

they discovered that they were being

recorded from one of the rooms and

that in the process of trying to

retrieve the recording, they were

attacked by some suspected thugs

which he said led to the fracas.

The attack came just few minutes

after the lawmakers insisted that

they were not invited to the

inauguration ceremony and that

their other four members who

attended were kidnapped and

forcefully taken to the chamber for

the inauguration.

Spokesman for the 16

lawmakers-elect, Mr Washington

said: “I have never seen a thing

like this as shortly after our press

conference, we got information

they had mobilised boys to attack

us. We went to the apartment of

Victor Edoror on the 4th floor.

“We looked through the window

and saw that they were already in

the compound and were shooting

sporadically.

“They destroyed the property of

the hotel. They entered the

conference room. They broke

many doors. They broke into the

room we were. They took phones,

assaulted and harassed us.

“What shocked me most was that

they were led by people we know

us very well. One of them gave them

cover to shoot guns. We thank the

Police Commissioner, who

responded. The OC Ops came and

rescued us. They took us to the

police headquarters.”

Osifo insisted: “The Clerk told

us he will call back 30 minutes later

but we didn’t hear from him again.

Some of our brothers who were

supposed to be at a meeting with

us were absent. We called them and

they were not picking their calls.”

Meanwhile, the state leadership

of the APC has condemned the

actions of some members-elect on

the platform of the party, who it

said are throwing tantrums over

the emergence of the leadership of

the newly-inaugurated Assembly.

In a statement, the state

chairman of the party, Mr. Anselm

Ojezua, said the actions of the

members-elect betray the trust

reposed in them by Edo people

when they elected an APCcontrolled

House.

He called on the National

Chairman of the party, Adams

Oshiomhole to call the memberselect

to order, in the interest of the

party in the state.


VANGUARD, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019 — 43

GEEP wins Africa's best financial inclusion scheme

...more than 1m beneficiaries, first time bank account operators

Stories by Yinka Kolawole

The Government

Enterprise and

Empowerment

Programme (GEEP), a

key element of the Social

Investment Programmes

(SIPs) of the federal

government has been

named 2019 Africa's

most impactful financial

inclusion scheme.

Bank of Industry (BoI)

was given the award for

its role in implementing

the scheme at the

African Bankers' Awards

2019 ceremony held in

Malabo, Equatorial

Guinea.

The African Banker

Awards, held annually

on the fringes of the

Annual Meetings of the

African Development

Bank (AfDB), celebrates

excellence in banking

and finance in the

continent.

GEEP is a micro-credit

scheme set up by the FG

to create financial

empowerment for

traders, farmers and

artisans within the

country, managed and

disbursed by BoI for onlending

to beneficiaries.

The component includes

T r a d e r M o n i ,

MarketMoni and

FarmerMoni microcredit

schemes.

A statement made

available to Vanguard by

Laolu Akande, Media

aide to the Vice

President, Prof. Yemi

Osinbajo, noted that

since commencement in

2016, the schemes have

empowered over 2

million micro-enterprises

with collateral-free,

interest-free loans to

grow their businesses.

He stated: The vast

majority of these microenterprises

are petty

traders, small-scale

merchants, enterprising

youth, and agricultural

workers in over 1,600

clusters and markets

across the 36 states, and

the Federal Capital

Territory (FCT).

"Over 350,000 traders

have benefitted from

MarketMoni, about

5,000 farmers have

benefited for

FarmerMoni, while over

1.7 million petty traders

are beneficiaries of

TraderMoni scheme till

date.

"Over 1.5 million of the

two million GEEP

beneficiaries are firsttime

beneficiaries of

credit from a formal

financial lender, while

over half of the

beneficiaries are firsttime

operators of bank

accounts or mobile

wallets. Also, working

with over 4,000 agents

and 15,000 cooperatives

in more than 1,600

markets across the 36

states and the FCT, the

programme has seen the

detailed enumeration of

over 7 million MSMEs

and their owners.

"Beneficiaries receive

GEEP loans by opening

a bank account or

operating a mobile

wallet. They can only

repay via the bank or

vouchers, as well as

access the next loan on

their mobile phones.

With its use of

technology to provide

micro-credit loans and

financial services, GEEP

has been able to reach

the grassroots,

particularly to lowincome

segments of

society, which has led to

an increase in financial

inclusion, development

and growth."

•Components of the Social Investment Programmes (SIPs) of the federal government

Access Bank launches Womenpreneur Pitch-A-Ton 2019

Access Bank Plc has

announced the

launch of its

Womenpreneur Pitch-

A-Ton 2019 in its bid to

provide financial and

business skills to

female entrepreneurs

in Nigeria.

The capacity building

initiative, according to

the bank, will provide

financial grants as well

as mini-MBA, in

conjunction with the

International Finance

Corporation (IFC), for

fifty winners.

The Womenpreneur

Pitch-A-Ton is targeted

at women above the

age of 18 years who

have been in business

for at least one year.

Speaking on the

initiative, Ayona Aguele-

Trimnell, Coordinator, W

Initiative, Access Bank,

said that the Pitch-A-Ton

is an expansion of the

Womenpreneur

Business Workshop,

under the bank's women

proposition, the W

Initiative.

She stated: "In line with

our value proposition as

a bank of choice for

women in Nigeria, we

are happy to announce

the launch of the

Womenpreneur Pitch-

A-Ton 2019 which will

provide up to N10

million financial grants

and a unique capacity

building program

aimed at empowering

women entrepreneurs.

"The Pitch-A-Ton is

designed as a 3-month

p r o g r a m m e

incorporating pitching

sessions and 3 weeks of

mini-MBA training in

collaboration with the

IFC."

Explaining the

mechanics for

participation, Ada

Udechukwu, Head,

Women Banking said:

"Interested persons who

meet the criteria are

required to fill an online

application. The five

hundred candidates

selected from this pool

will then send in a sixty

seconds video pitch

which will be screened

by a credible panel of

business experts to

select fifty finalists."

She added: "As part of

the graduation

requirements, the fifty

finalists will pitch their

businesses, infusing

learnings from the mini-

MBA and will stand an

opportunity to win

financial grants up to

N5 million."

Budgets & forecast for SMEs (1)

Even though there has been considerable

improvement in the appreciation of the peculiar

nature of small & medium enterprise, SMEs, in terms

of standard operating procedures, SOPs, most banks

expect the small business owner to operate a

semblance of formalization in their business approach.

For the purpose of the topic of this discussion one of

the SOPs a bank would require of any company that

intends to access its business loan is the presentation

of a credible budget, which includes a financial

forecast.

A budget and financial forecast assist you to meet

your business goals. They are a future prediction of

your business finances.

Your bank would like to see the potentials of your

business in terms of sustainability and growth,

especially, its ability to generate enough cash to repay

whatever loan that may be advanced to it. In other

words, the bank wants to see the future of your

business.

Predicting the financial future of your business is not

easy, especially if you're starting a business and don't

have a trading history. However, forecasting and

making adjustments frequently will enable you to

become more accurate.

So beyond whatever the bank may require it is in the

interest of the business and the owner to see the future

with a view to both motivate action today and navigate

tomorrow's challenges.

Monthly or weekly forecasts may be necessary when

starting your business, experiencing rapid growth,

or having financial difficulties. Regular forecasts allow

you to closely monitor your finances and develop

strategies to fix problems before they become major

issues.

Monthly or quarterly forecasts may be more

appropriate for a stable, established business. Off

course you will need to establish an annual budget

which is a build-up of all the weekly, monthly and

quarterly forecasts.

Next week we look into the detailed content of a

typical financial forecast.


44—Vanguard, THUSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019

YOUR LUCK TODAY

By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

GEMINI; Happenings within your base of operation

(both at home and working arena) must be taken more

seriously now, more especially as there’ll be competition.

CANCER; Both your mood and element of luck may

not be as friendly as you’ll like.. Matters of the heart

may top priority lists of some of you. But mind you your

mood will change tomorrow.

LEO; If financial success is your priority you’ll need

to redouble your efforts today and tomorrow. Be protective

of your possessions and personal family.

VIRGO; The Moon gives you the needed opportunity

to assert yourself to the admiration of other people. You

can make it a romantic day. Experiment with your personal

ideas.

LIBRA; Here is your day when element of luck will

work favourably for you. Secret lovers are in for an

exciting and memorable day. Keep your secrets please.

L E I S U R E

TAKE HEART — ELLA RANDLE

The future starts today, not tomorrow” - Pope

John Paul II-

It’s hard for people to stay present in this day and

age, with so many things striving for our attention.

Try to focus on one thing at a time, one project or

career. Being focused will clear your mind of unnecessary

clutter and lead to your time being more

productive. Ell Randle

TERROR MUDA in “Never say goodbye”

SAYINGS OF

OUR PEOPLE

He who is

destined for

power does

not have to

fight for it. ~

Ugandan

proverb

By Kola Fayemi

SCORPIO; If you wait till tomorrow before you make

an important move ,you may be disappointed , because

tomorrow’s influence will bring you more challenges

than you can rightly anticipate now. But greater success

indicated for you today.

SAGITTARIUS; Very soon there’ll be important development

along your career line. But today will offer

you best of opportunity to achieve your desired results.

Be more ambitious now

CAPRICORN; Here is a loving day for those of you

willing to give priority attention to matters of the heart.

Planning for both immediate and far future’ll not be

out of place. And it’s good to think money.

AQUARIUS; This is the wrong time to gamble either

with your physical cash or your source of income. Take

nobody for granted. Take love more seriously.

PISCES: Partnership related issues are becoming

more important and if you try to sweep anything under

carpet now, it’ll back-fire sooner than expected. Take

your love life more seriously than before.

DUDU in “ROLLING HOT” By A.O. OLAIDE

ARIES; Hard work will not go unrewarded if not

today very soon. Important development coming

through your working arena soonest will place you at

advantage position. The more practical you are the

better.

TAURUS; Love, romance and sentimental things can

not be ignored completely today unless you want your

concentration to waver .Be more enterprising in the

business world Anyway success indicated for you today.

ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

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

trological

Counselling, P.M.B 100

007, 7, Apapa, Lagos

What about my social

life best ?

Dear Joshua,

I want your in-depth analysis and tell me about

my social life, luck and the time I am likely to have

my much desired break-through in life. Which day

of the week was I born. And importantly what is my

best colour?

Anonymous Nigeria.

Dear Anonymous,

ou were born on a Saturday. Social life will always

bring you attention good luck envy opposition and

possibly fame. Aquarius and Leo are two active

social Star signs. And you will notice that your natal

Venus in Taurus, Moon in Aquarius and Uranus in

Leo formed T-Square aspects putting Venus as pointfocus,

meaning that the best way for you not to be

constant loser in the social world is to always study

situation practically and know that your finance will

not suffer (if it can not be beneficiary) from the setting

before taking responsibility.

As for influential friends you will have them but

never take them for granted. Yes you can be a self

made man but it is indicated that there will be times

when both human and divine assistance will lift you

up. You will have more to gain by your being spiritual

.Saturday born people are favoured by BLACK

and golden colours. Sudden SUCCESS will come

your way during your 42nd year on earth and will

serve as a break-through year you can build great

foundation of endless success on. But the same 42nd

year will bring love related challenges you must

manage with all maturity or else it will linger till

after your 44th year on earth.

VIRGINIA

HOME & ABROAD

dadadekola@yahoo.com

By Lawrence Akapa


editor@yahoo.com

NNPC and our refineries

Our refineries are non functional,

they need Turn Around

Maintenance( TAM). The illegal

ones in Delta state region are

operating. In the local content spirit,

we should expand and modernise

these illegal refineries and then use

them to refine our crude instead of

exporting crude for same purpose .

The federal government should sell

all the refineries that are not

functioning in Nigeria to private

individuals and channel the billions

of naira that is been spent on turn

around maintenance into providing

infrastructure for the people. We

have to grow and challenge

America and the world just as China

has done.

Ugonwanne 08064091428

UN reports that Nigerians

are extremely poor

A report recently released by the

United Nations shows that over 80

million Nigerians are still living in

extreme poverty. This therefore

implies that one third of the

country’s population is languishing

in abject poverty. President Buhari

should please declare a state of

emergency and address the poverty

index.

Romanus 08057907482

Suspension of VIO’s

operation in Lagos

Kudos to the former governor of

Lagos state, Gov. Ambode over the

suspension of VIO’s operation in

Lagos! Gov, Sanwo Olu of Lagos

should please do same because it is

a welcome development! The VIOs

are becoming a tiny god in Lagos

state, The VIOs are lawless, over

zealous and high handing; taking

laws into their hands under little or

no provocation. As a vehicle

inspection officers, their primary

duty is to ensure that vehicles plying

Lagos state roads are road worthy

not outrageously billing and

ticketing Lagosians to pay various

sums ranging from N20,000 and

above, extortion from motorists; most

especially car owners despite the

recession in the country. My

grievance is that a first offender is

not treated as one unlike what other

advanced countries.

Anoymous writes from Lagos State

LASTMA

TMA’s activities in

Lagos state

LASTMA officials have no absolute

right to assault or abuse drivers or

anyone! Their primary duty is to

ensure free flow of traffic not

assaulting car drivers. Of recent

LASTMA officials have involved

themselves into several corruption

activities, whereby car drivers were

beaten and their car only to extort

money from victims. Lagos state

government should checkmate their

activities.

Romanus 08057907482

Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019—45

APC’s administration has

price of kerosene forgotten totally? It

fails

is baffling to note that kerosene is

APC’s led government has

being sold for N250 as pump price

disappointed Nigerians, the rate of as against the N50 officially approved

since 2011. Petrol is sold for

insecurity is very high, no

electricity, Fulani herdsmen killing

N145 and the amazing issue is that

innocent citizens, anger and

the dispenser has been manipulated

frustration is everywhere! Where is

to favour filling stations management.

However, one still wondered

Nigeria heading to with the

magnitude of problems and

what led to the 100 percent increase

challenges confronting the entire

in kerosene and petroleum products

landscape.

in a country that produces cruel oil!

The senate and labour force should

Barr Anthony Obi 0806009586

look into it.

Dedemo2348033783758

Reduction in petrol price

to N86:50

It”s assume the fallen oil price

globally does not reflect on the

prices of fuel in Nigeria. The federal

government is not performing to the

expectation of Nigerians, despite

the fall in the price of crude oil and

the current prices of the finished

products globally; yet Nigerians still

pay more! The Department of

Petroleum Products Price

Regulatory, DPPR and the federal

government should step please

review the price of petrol.

Anonymous +2348137518785

High price of kerosene

The question on the lips of average

Nigerians begging for answer is;

has the issue of reduction in the

Presentation of 2019

budget to the NASS

The presentation of 2018 budget to

the National Assembly by President

Buhari is just a yearly ritual because

the 2016 and 2017 was not fully

implemented, if it was fully implemented

there wouldnt be hardship in

Nigeria!All the past budgets by

previous governments are all good

but the problem we have in this

country is sincere implementation.

President Buhari should ensure that

the 2017 and 2018 budget is fully

implemented to create an impact in

the lives of Nigerians that are

walkingcorpses due to hardship and

suffering.

Chukwuma Dioka 08063286727

SAYINGS OF OUR ELDERS

Disappointments were not meant to destroy you. They were

meant to strengthen you and give you fortitude to accomplish your Godgiven

destiny.

- Hausa proverb

Send us your Sayings of Our Elders. They must be African sayings or

proverbs. Biblical or English proverbs are unacceptable. Address

your sayings to: wwwsimade@yahoo.co.uk


46 — Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019

I regret ever making £198m

move to France —Neymar

Neymar has told Paris Saint-

Germain he ‘wants to go

home’ and admits he should

‘never have left’ Barcelona.

The Brazilian swapped Barcelona

for Paris in 2017 for a world-record

fee of £198million.

But his future with the Ligue 1

champions has remained a constant

source of debate, with reports in Spain

revealing he has finally told them his

stance as he pushes for a move back

to Barcelona.

PSG boss Thomas Tuchel, as report

Mundo Deportivo, is said to be

exasperated by the ‘problems’

Neymar creates in the dressing room

and is not against a potential

departure.

The £198m man has now made

private feelings about wanting a move

back to Barcelona known to the PSG

board as he steps up his exit plan.

Neymar is reported to have told

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi: ‘I

do not want to play more in PSG. I

want to go back to my house, where I

should never have left.’

Further to Neymar’s desire to return

to the Nou Camp this summer, Lionel

Messi wants to see the Brazilian come

back, according to El Mundo.

Their report details that the Catalan

Mane

giants could try to ‘transfer their existing

agreement for Atletico Madrid ace Antoine

Griezmann’ directly to PSG, in a bid to

secure Neymar.

Griezmann, who looks set to swap Madrid

for Barcelona, would then go to PSG and

Neymar would return to Spain.

AFCON: How Senegal ‘ll cope

without Mane – Cisse

Daniel Lartey, the Ghanaian billed to

face reigning West African Boxing

Union (WABU) champion, Rilwan

“Babyface” Babatunde of Nigeria, in an

international welterweight challenge at

GOtv Boxing Night 19 has pulled out of the

fight.

Babatunde will now face another

Ghanaian, Eden Biki, at the event’s headline

fight, which holds on Sunday, 14 July, at the

National Stadium, Lagos. The news of

Lartey’s withdrawal was communicated on

Monday, Flykite Promotions, the event

organisers, said.

Biki is reputed to be a tough boxer, with

nine wins in as many fights. He is expected to

provide a formidable challenge for Baby

Face, who has the same fight record. Biki

also has an impressive knockout record,

ending 78 per cent of his bouts within the

distance.

Six other bouts are scheduled for GOtv

Boxing Night 19, with Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph,

current African Boxing Union (ABU)

Neymar

Senegal coach Aliou

Cisse believes his side

can cope without their

star forward Sadio Mane when

they meet Tanzania in their

opening 2019 Africa Cup of

Nations (Afcon) game at the 30

June Stadium on Sunday.

The Liverpool attacker has

been suspended for the

encounter with the Taifa Stars

due to his accumulation of

yellow cards during the

qualifiers.

Mane has scored 16 goals in

60 appearances for the Terenga

Lions and emerged as the 2018/

19 Premier League joint top

scorer with 22 goals.

Although displeased with the

unavailability of the 27-year-old,

Cisse is confident of a good

replacement for his forward.

“It is better to play with Sadio

Mane,” Cisse said.

“Now that he is not here, we

will have to adapt to his

absence. We have 23 players

who are able to do the job and

do the job properly. It’s the

national team that’s important.

GOtv Boxing 19: Baby Face gets

new opponent as Lartey pulls out

lightweight champion, squaring up against

Tope “Berinja” Agboola; and Hammed “Ese

Hammed” Ganiyu challenging the

incumbent WABU lightweight champion,

Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu in the national

lightweight challenge division.

Taiwo “Esepo” Agbaje will take on former

ABU featherweight champion, Waidi

“Skoro” Usman; and Kazeem “The Light”

Oliwo will go head-to-head against Tope “TP

Rock” Musa in the featherweight category.

The event will also feature national light

welterweight challenge bouts between

Akeem “Sugar Boy” Olaiwola and Waheed

“Showmax” Shogbamu; and Adeyemi

“Spirit” Adekanla and “I Star” Chukwudi

respectively.

The best boxer at the event will go home

with a cash prize of N1 million alongside the

Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.

GOtv Boxing Night 19 will be beamed live

on Africa’s biggest sport channel,

SuperSport, in 47 African countries.

Messi asks Barcelona

to re-sign Neymar

Lionel Messi has asked Barcelona to

hand forward Neymar a second spell

at Camp Nou.

Neymar left the Catalan giants for Paris

Saint-Germain in 2017, although there has

been frequent speculation regarding a return

to Spain for the 27-year-old.

PSG will allegedly entertain big-money offers

for the player this summer, and it appears that

Barcelona could make a formal approach to

secure a reunion with the Brazil international.

According to El Mundo, Messi has told club

officials that he wishes to play with Neymar,

rather than form a new partnership with

potential arrival Antoine Griezmann.

The report adds that the clubs may attempt to

negotiate a way for Griezmann to instead replace

Neymar at PSG ahead of the new campaign.

Despite constant talk regarding his future,

Neymar has still contributed 51 goals from 56

appearances during his time in France.

Enrique quits Spain

job after 11 months

Spain manager Luis Enrique has

stepped down ‘for personal reasons’

and will be replaced by assistant Robert

Moreno after less than a year in charge.

The former Barcelona boss signed a two-year

contract in July 2018.

Enrique had been absent since March

because of “a family matter of an urgent

nature” according to the Spanish Football

Federation.

The 49-year-old took over the national team

following their exit from the 2018 World Cup

in the last 16.

“It was a decision Luis Enrique took himself,

which we are grateful for,” said Luis Rubiales,

president of the Spanish Football Federation.

“We will have a perfect memory of him. It’s a

personal matter which doesn’t depend on us.

We think it’s the best thing to do.

“We are convinced that the best response is

the most prepared team, and that team is

represented by Robert [Moreno] and his

group, who arrived with Luis Enrique.”

Enrique took charge of Spain’s Nations

League campaign, where they failed to reach

the semi-finals, and began their Euro 2020

qualifying campaign.

He travelled back home for a family matter

before Spain’s 2-0 victory in Malta in March

and Moreno was placed in temporary charge.

Rudiger

Obama & Joshua

Joshua links up

with Obama

Anthony Joshua posed for an

inspirational photo with former

president Barack Obama last

Friday.

The pair were invited to

speak at an event in Spain

hosted by SAP and Joshua

could not pass up on the

opportunity to get a picture

with the 44th president of the

United States.

Joshua posted the photo to

his Instagram page on Tuesday

with the caption: ‘CEO

Summit. A long way from

where it all started.’

The former heavyweight

champion is currently

preparing to make his

comeback after he suffered a

shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr

earlier this month.

It was the first defeat Joshua

has tasted since turning

professional and saw the

London fighter lose his WBA,

IBF and WBO heavyweight

titles to the unfancied Mexican.

The 29-year-old has the

chance to reclaim his world

titles in a rematch later this

year with Joshua’s second

encounter with Ruiz expected

to take place in England.

BRIDGE BLOW

Rudiger is ruled out

for start of season

CHELSEA are

sweating over the

fitness of Antonio

Rudiger who could miss

the start of the new

season.

The 26-year-old

defender underwent

knee surgery after he

was forced off in the 1-1

draw against

Manchester United in

April.

Rudiger’s

rehabilitation is going

as well, but the German

international insists he

will not be rushing back

ahead of schedule.

That could rule him

out of the Blues opener

back at Old Trafford on

August 11 and the

Super Cup against

Liverpool three days

later in Istanbul.


Vanguard, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019 — 47

AFCON ‘ll be

war, declares

Iwobi

Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi

has said that the 2019 Africa

Cup of Nations (AFCON) will be

a serious battle as 24 countries

compete for the ultimate crown.

For the first time since its

inception, there will be 24 teams

at the Afcon finals including the

Super Eagles.

The Eagles are set to return to the

continental stage since 2013 and

they have been placed in Group B

against debutants Burundi and

Madagascar, and Guinea.

Ahead of their opening fixture

against Burundi on Saturday,

Iwobi disclosed that the

tournament will not be an easy

ride for any team in Egypt.

“Everyone is saying on paper that

we should go through and qualify

from Group B but we know it is

not going to be easy,” Iwobi said.

“Every team is there to try and do

their best, to try and win. It is

going to be almost like a war, it is

going to be a serious battle and

fight, every game will be

competitive.

“I’m sure Madagascar and

Burundi, even though it is their

first, they will come to prove to

everyone why they had the chance

to get to the Afcon.

“We know it will not be easy

because it’s been a while we

played at the Africa Cup of

Nations but we are going with

confidence and our heads held up

high.

“And not only that, we are still

young and the future is very bright

with young talents in the team.

There is a lot of hope and a bright

future ahead of us.”

Iwobi

Chukwueze dazzles, Mikel gets loudest cheer

The Super Eagles had their

first training session

Tuesdasy, at the Arab Academy For

Science, Technology and Maritime

Transport, Alexandria, the city

where they will play their games

when the 2019 Africa Cup of

Nations gets underway in Egypt

tomorrow.

In a session opened to

spectators, the Nigerian team

were led out for the warm up and

AFCON 2019: Femi Kuti, others to

perform during opening ceremony

Femi Kuti

Nigerian students in

Egypt turn up at

Super Eagles training

A

host of Nigerian students in Egypt turned

out to watch and cheer the Super Eagles

during their training session in Alexandria

ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

With less than two days to the commencement

of the biennial tournament, Gernot Rohr’s men

welcomed Nigerians studying at the Arab

Academy to Tuesday’s training session.

Nigeria will begin their Afcon campaign

against Burundi at the Alexandria Stadium on

June 22 and the students have assured the team

of unflinching support during their group

outings.

AFCON: We’ll miss Ebuehi, says Rohr

Benfica defender Tyronne

Ebuehi was unfortunate

not to be included on the

Super Eagles Africa Cup of

Nations roster after failing to

fully recover from a cruciate

ligament injury he suffered in

pre-season.

Two other Russia 2018

World Cup players in the

shape of Eddy Onazi and

Joel Obi have had their own

injury problems but manager

Gernot Rohr reckons that the

former ADO Den Haag star

would be missed the most.

Although the German has

taken Ola Aina and Abdullahi
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