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VOL. 26: NO. 63838

MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

EDO: Oyegun, Oshiomhole

at each other's throats

Oshiomhole is Obaseki’s biggest distraction — OYEGUN

•I don’t need short-cut to sustain my position — OSHIOMHOLE

•Insists Edo gov must obey constitutional provision on proclamations

STORY

ON PAGE

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Oyegun:

‘’Obaseki is

the executive

governor of

Edo State and

he should be

allowed to

exercise the

powers vested

in him by the

law. To what

purpose is this

idea of the

APC

chairman

putting the

state under

tension?”

Oshiomohle:

“ Edo people

know me and I

know them. I

don’t need

short-cut to

sustain my

position in the

system. But you

know that there

is nobody in

Nigeria who is

not open to

accusations.

The important

thing is that he

who accuses

should give you

proof.”

Banditry, violent attacks ‘ll soon

Mr & Mrs

come to an end — BUHARI

5

Apapa gridlock

crashes earnings

in consumer

goods sector

COLUMNISTS

Kano Emirate FG takes SERAP sues

Council vows verification,

CCB over claims

to sue

payment of

ex-Nigeria

anti-graft agency

of privacy on

Airways

for contempt

Buhari’s

workers to

19 9

of court

London

9 assets 11

SOBOWALE 29 HENRY BOYO 30 OWEI LAKEMFA 31


2—Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019—3


4—Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019—5

POCKET CARTOON

OSINBAJO IN NEW YORK CHURCH—From left: Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Mr

Benayaogha Okoyen; Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S., Justice Sylvanus Nsofor; Vice President Yemi

Osinbajo and Resident Pastor, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Morris Avenue, Bronx, New York,

Pastor Daniel Ajayi-Adeniran, during service in New York, yesterday. Photo: NAN.

Banditry, violent attacks ‘ll soon

come to an end — BUHARI

•Commiserates with Zamfara govt, people on Tsafe killings

•Massive investments, job opportunities, panacea to kidnapping,

banditry—AfDB President

•Prelate seeks life imprisonment for kidnapping culprits

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru & Rotimi

Ojomoyela

ABUJA — President

Muhammadu

Buhari has, for the

umpteenth time, assured

that cases of banditry and

violent attacks on

innocent Nigerians will

soon be a thing of the

past.

The President also

commiserated with the

government and people

of Zamfara State on the

recent infiltration of

bandits, who killed

several innocent

citizens in Tsafe Local

Government Area of the

state.

Buhari’s assurance

came as President of

African Development

Bank, AfDB, Dr

Akinwunmi Adesina,

said the menace of

kidnapping and

banditry in Nigeria

could only be arrested

with more investments

and job opportunities for

the youths.

This is even as Prelate

of Methodist Church

Nigeria, His Eminence,

Samuel Kanu, called for

life imprisonment for

persons found culpable

for kidnapping in the

country.

Condemning the

banditry attack on Tsafe,

President Buhari in a

statement by his Senior

Special Assistant on

Media and Publicity,

Mallam Garba Shehu in

Abuja yesterday,

described the bandit

attacks as callous and

despicable, assuring the

people of Zamfara and

other Nigerians who

have lost loved ones to

violent attacks that the

government, under his

watch, would soon bring

such dastardly acts to an

end.

Commending the new

administration in the

state for putting in place

new security measures to

curtail the activities of

criminals and bandits,

the President urged them

not to despair but to see

the latest attack as a

challenge to step up

collective actions to rout

the enemy, in

partnership with the

federal government.

He urged law

enforcement agencies to

take prompt and timely

actions against the

wicked attackers, and

also appealed to citizens

to have faith in the

security agencies by

giving them useful

information on the plans

and movements of

bandits.

Adesina on

investments

Reacting to the spate of

banditry and kidnapping

in the country, president

of African Development

Bank, AfDB, Dr

Akinwunmi Adesina,

said the menace could

only be arrested with

more investments and

job opportunities for the

youths.

Adesina said

government must find an

ingenious way of

creating jobs for the

teeming population of

unemployed youths, in

order to secure the future

of the country.

The AfDB President

said this during a high

level meeting between

the Ekiti State

government team, led by

Governor Kayode

Fayemi and the AfDB

management at the

organisation’s

headquarters in Abidjan,

Cote d’Ivoire, at the

weekend.

Fayemi had gone there

to solicit the support of

the bank on the

upgrading of the state’s

infrastructure.

Adesina expressed the

readiness of the bank to

provide technical and

financial support for

Ekiti State Government

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IGP's statement: Is crime rate in Nigeria reducing? (2)

By Bose Adelaja, Olayinka Latona,

Dickson Omobola, Tolulope Oke,

Chiamaka Uba, Janet Somoye

& Anifowose Opeyemi

I

don’t agree with the

Inspector-General of

Police that crime rate is

going down in Nigeria

because it is so glaring

that it is on the rise.

There are killings,

destruction of lives and

property, kidnappings in

virtually all the states of

the federation.

-Bukola Adeyemi.

Teacher.

I

was surprised that

such statement is coming

from the Inspector-General

of Police. Even a blind man

can perceive that crime rate

in most parts of Nigeria is

at an alarming rate.

Personally, I'm afraid to

travel to my home town in

Osun State, all because of

disturbing news of killer

herdsmen that have

invaded some of the towns

in the state.

-Miss Eniola Ademola,

Entrepreneur

It all depends on the

yardstick or parameters

which the IGP used to

measure the crime rate in

the country.

However, in my own

opinion, I totally

disagree with the IG.

Few days ago, Borno State

governor was in a

meeting with President

Buhari on security

challenges in his state.

-Mr. Abolore Alli

Engineer

I

disagree with the

Police boss. It however

depends on which

yardstick he used in

arriving at such conclusion.

But with the increased

cases of rape, kidnapping,

communal attacks and

robbery, the IGP must be

living in a different world.

He should not be deceived

by President Buhari’s

satirical comment on his

losing weight.

-Olu Aluko

Writer

I

do not agree. It’s

visible even to the

blind how fearful

Nigerians are over cases

of kidnapping or robbery.

Several parts of the

country are still under

the siege of criminals.

Few days ago, the UK

listed 24 out of our 36

states where their

citizens should not visit.

We have a long way to

go. Unil we get it right,

we cannot tackle crime.

-Babawale Ifetobby

Entrepreneur

Crime in Nigeria has

taken another level. It

has never been this bad.

Corruption is a form of

crime. Reduction in crime

rate in most developing

nations means increase in

opportunities for youths in

all areas which presents

alternatives to social vices.

Maybe the IGP should

check the unemployment

rate before deceiving the

gullible.

We have a safety index of

14.88 which places us as the

124th most safe nation out

of 128 nations. Is that to be

applauded?

-Ohanwe Emmanuel

Founder, Rising African

Ambassadors


6—Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

2-storey building under renovation collapses

in Lagos, injures eight

By Monsur Olowoopejo

& Nicholas Esekhile

ANOTHER

two-storey

building collapsed,

yesterday, in Mafoluku area of

Lagos State, leaving some

persons injured.

2 ATM

customers'

robbers

nabbed in

Ogun

By Daud Olatunji

ABEOKUTA—MEN of

Ogun State Police

Command have arrested two

suspected members of a

syndicate that specialised in

robbing people of money

withdrawn from Automated

Teller Machines, ATM.

The Police Public Relations

Officer in the state, Abimbola

Oyeyemi, stated yesterday

that “their mode of operations

is to lurk around banks,

observe those who will

withdraw substantial

amounts of money, then trace

such persons with their

standby motorcycle to a

convenient area and rob them.

“Luck, however, ran against

them when the area

commander of Ota, Monday

Agbonika, who was on routine

patrol with the men of

Operation PUFF ADDER

sighted the three men on a

motorcycle around First Bank

area in Ota.

“The Area Commander, who

suspected their movement and

outlook, asked his men to

intercept and search them.

“Having realised that the

policemen were after them,

they all jumped off the

motorcycle and took to their

heels, but they were hotly

chased and two of them were

apprehended, while the third

escaped.

“The arrested ones are

Ebenezer Olubukola, 30, and

Olajide Oladejo, 29.

Recovered from them are one

locally-made pistol with five

live cartridges and a

motorcycle with number

plates AKM 490 WT.

“Meanwhile, the

Commissioner of Police,

Bashir Makama, has ordered

the transfer of the suspects to

Special Anti-Robbery Squad,

SARS, for discreet

investigation.

“He equally ordered a

serious manhunt for the

fleeing member of the gang

with the view of getting him

arrested within the shortest

possible time.”

There was, however, a

contradictory figure on the exact

number of persons that were

affected, as eyewitnesses said

eight persons were affected,

while the Lagos State

Government said only two

persons sustained injury.

The building, located on 36

Adesanya Street, as gathered,

had been marked for demolition,

owing to visible cracks on it.

Occupants were said to have

vacated the building, not just

because it had cracks which

suggested an imminent

collapse, but because of the

contention between owners of

the building on whether it

should be sold or not.

An eyewitness disclosed that

A

popular Ebonyi Statebased

pastor, Rev. Simeon

Ononogbu, has blamed

“deceitful” spirit for the failed

prediction that the Super Falcons

will reach the semi-finals of the

FIFA Women World Cup in

France.

Ononogbu, a self-acclaimed

forecaster, predicted in an

interview that the Falcons would

reach the semi-finals of the

tournament, while the hosts,

France would place fifth (best

placed quarter-finalists).

The former Secretary of the

Christian Association of Nigeria,

CAN, Ebonyi branch, sought the

understanding of Nigerians on

the failed prophesy, noting that

he will be more careful in future

prophesies.

His words: “It is a pity that the

prediction on the Falcons failed,

which means that it was not a

revelation from God.

“We have so many spirits that

can deceive people and if we are

not careful, we will make mistakes

such as this.”

the building caved in while

renovation was ongoing. Some

artisans hired by its owner,

reportedly began work on it last

Friday.

Those injured were said to be

the artisans.

‘I escaped by the whiskers’

A resident, who simply gave

her name as Ope, said she

narrowly escaped being buried

under the rubbles, when the

building caved in.

She said: “As you can see, our

building is behind the collapsed

one. I was at the back of our

compound, preparing to wash

my clothes when I heard a

deafening sound. By the time I

turned to know where it was

He said several spirits abound

which behave like God’s spirit to

talk and deceive men of God.

According to him, “the Bible

says some spirits at times,

transform into angels of light to

talk to us.

“We have ‘fallen’ spirits that

deceive the children of God

because we are humans and

weaker than the other spirits.”

Ononogbu, however, revealed

that the prophecy on the Super

coming from, I saw the rubbles

descending.

“I immediately jumped to

leave the direction it was

coming from. I only sustained

injury on my feet as a brick

landed on it. If I had not turned

on time, I would have been

buried under the rubbles.”

Another resident, Mr.

Olowojoba Peter, said:

“Immediately the building

caved in, some residents rushed

there to rescue two persons.

Later, we saw about six others

coming from the other end.

They were also injured. They

confirmed to us that none of

their colleagues was missing.

“The building had been

marked for demolition by the

Lagos State Building Control

Agency, LASBCA. But because

its owners were unable to reach

a decision on whether or not to

Falcons could also have failed

because he failed to interpret the

revelation properly.

He said: “At times when we

don’t interpret properly, we will

have problems out of it and this

can also be seen as a wrong

interpretation.”

He, however, insisted that in

spite of the failed prophesy, the

revelation of France placing fifth

in the tournament still stands

because it is from God.

“This particular interpretation

was clearer than that of the

sell it, it remained there, until

renovation work started.

“The plan was to renovate it

so that it won’t be demolished

by the state government. We

are thankful because it caved in

now. It would have been fatal

had there been tenants there.”

Lagos govt

Public Affairs Officer, Lagos

State Building Control Agency,

LASBCA, Mrs. Titi Ajirotutu,

who confirmed the collapse,

told Vanguard that “the building

caved in this morning

(yesterday), while the labourers

were doing some breaking at

the site.”

She disclosed that the state

government, through Lagos

State Emergency Management

Agency, LASEMA, had pulled

down the entire building to

avoid another casualty.

PZ 100-YEAR CLEANING: Workers of PZ Cussons, Aba, Abia State, cleaning the streets of Margaret Avenue,

Aba, to mark 120 years anniversary of PZ Cussons in Nigeria.

My failed prophesy on Super Falcons from deceitful

spirit, says Ebonyi pastor

55-yr-old man rapes 11-yr-old niece

By Charles Agwam

BAUCHI— A 55-year-old

man, Isah Sule, and Bashar

Haruna, 25, have been arrested

by the Police in Bauchi for

allegedly raping a primary four

pupil, at different times.

The Police Public Relations

Officer, Bauchi Command, DSP

Kamal Datti, confirmed the

arrest yesterday, in Bauchi.

He said the suspects, Bashar

Haruna, 25, and a 55-year-old

man, Isah Sule allegedly raped

the victim(name withheld) a

primary four pupil, at different

times.

He said: “I can confirm to you

that the incident is true. On

June 16 at about 13:55p.m., we

received the information from a

complainant, one Abubakar

Haruna of Sabuwar Kasuwa

area of Bauchi metropolis, that

on said date at about 10a.m., he

left his shop.

“On reaching his house, he

Falcons and we should wait till

the end of the competition for

its fulfillment,” he said.

Ononogbu, urged Nigerians

not to judge him with the

failed prophesy as he had

correctly made eightsignificant

prophesies which

were fulfilled.

“I earlier predicted the visit

of Rev Uma Ukpai to Ebonyi

and those who refused to heed

the directive on the venue saw

the number of people that

died,” he said.

found out that his younger

brother, Bashar Haruna, 25, and

his niece were looking

suspicious. Upon interrogation,

he discovered that Bashar had

sexually harassed and molested

his niece. Upon receipt of the

report, the Police swung into

action and arrested Bashar.

“Further investigations led to

the arrest of 55 years old Isah

Sule, of Sabuwar Kasuwa, who

the girl alleged had sexually

harassed her several times.”


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019—7

3 die as Akwa Ibom communities clash

over woman’s extra-marital affair

By Chioma Onuegbu

UYO—NO fewer than three

persons have been

reportedly killed following a clash

that erupted between Ikot Osute

and Ikot Ukpong villages in Oruk

Anam Local Government Area of

Akwa Ibom State, yesterday.

It was gathered that the two

communities are located along the

East-West Road axis of the

council.

According to a reliable source

from the area, five persons who

sustained various degrees of

injury are currently receiving

treatment at Immanuel General

Hospital.

The source said trouble started

when a woman identified as Mrs

Ime Etuo, who had divorced her

husband, returned to her father’s

compound in Ikot Osute village.

However, the ex-husband later

reconciled with her and decided

to move in with her in her father’s

compound. But Ime Etuo’s

husband found out that she has

a lover from Ikot Ukpong village,

he kicked against the extramarital

affair.

Consequently, Ikot Osute

youths, led by a youth (name

withheld) descended on her

lover, popularly known in the

community as Chop-I-Chop, and

beat him to death.

An eyewitness, Jacob,

explained that the community

leaders mobilised youths and

caught the ring leader.

He said: “But as we were

waiting for the Police to arrived

from Oruk Anam Police Station,

the young man escaped into the

bush. Efforts by the youths to local

him proved abortive.”

He explained that when youths

of Ikot Ukpong village, where the

victim came from, heard that he

had been killed, they went to Ikot

Osute village on a reprisal attack.

Jacob said it was during the

reprisal that two other persons

were shot dead and others

wounded.

Contacted, the Police Public

Relations Officer in Akwa Ibom

State, Odiko MacDon confirmed

the incident, saying “the Police

have mounted surveillance in the

area to forestall further hostilities,

but will arrest suspects for

investigations and bring them to

book.”

Woman stabs husband in 7-month-old marriage

By Abdulmumin

Murtala

KANO—THE Police in Kano

State have detained a 21-

year-old housewife for stabbing

her husband seven months into

the marriage.

The Police Public Relations

Officer, DSP Abdullahi Haruna,

said Fatima Musa also called

Hanna, a law student at the

Bayero University, Kano, BUK, is

being detained at the Criminal

Investigation Department, CID,

for attempting to kill her husband.

He said in the early hours of

Friday morning at about 1:30a.m.

at their Unguwan Mai Kalwa,

Na’ibawa Quarters residence in

Kumbotso Local Government

Area of Kano State, she was

reported to have stabbed her

husband, one Sa’eed Hussain, in

the abdomen for allegedly

communicating with another lady

on phone.

Eyewitness account in the

house said the husband's cry woke

up neighbours from sleep.

He said Sa’eed, a staff of

Federal University of Gusau, was

holding his stomach and

bleeding profusely when they

arrived the scene.

He was rushed to the Aminu

Kano Teaching Hospital, where

he is receiving treatment and was

still unconscious as at press time.

Anonymous sources have said

that the marriage, which was

insisted upon by the mother of

Fatima, has been unstable since

inception as she was forced into

the wedlock.

She was said to have attempted

killing her husband twice in the

past by poisoning him.

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TIME TO SWIM: Flood on Uselu-Lagos Road, Benin City, Edo State capital, after a

downpour, weekend. PHOTO: Agbonkhese Oboh.

Kerosene seller, daughter

burnt to death in explosion

By Perez Brisibe

EKU—FIRE from kerosene

explosion, weekend,

claimed the lives of a kerosene

seller and her daughter, while

her second child and

unidentified woman are

currently battling for their lives

at a hospital.

The incident occurred in the

early hours of Saturday at Eku

in Ethiope East Local

Government Area of Delta State.

The kerosene seller, simply

identified as Caro, was burnt to

death alongside her daughter,

Favour, while the woman’s

second child and an

unidentified woman, who had

gone to buy kerosene when the

incident occurred, are currently

receiving medical attention at

the Delta State University

Teaching Hospital, DELSUTH,

Oghara, in Ethiope West Local

Government Area of the state.

An eyewitness, Nyerhovwo

Akusu, said: “The fire started

when a naked fire was exposed

to the kerosene while Caro was

selling the product to the

unidentified woman.

Akusu added that the fire

engulfed other kegs of kerosene

and they exploded, burning

other surrounding stores and a

caravan in the vicinity.

Speaking, yesterday, during

a visit to the scene of the

incident, the Minority Leader

and lawmaker representing the

area in the Delta State House

of Assembly, Chief Innocent

Anidi, attributed the cause of

the inferno to locally-refined

kerosene.

He said: “Two persons died

during the incident and

property worth millions of naira

destroyed.

“It was locally-refined

kerosene and I believe security

agencies have a role to play in

curbing the trend because this

is not the first time such incident

is happening in the area.”

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8—Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru &

Omeiza Ajayi

ABUJA— IMMEDIATE

past National Chairman

of All Progressives Congress,

APC, Chief John Odigie-

Oyegun, has added in on the

crisis rocking the party in his

home state, Edo, accusing his

successor, Comrade Adams

Oshiomhole, of anti-party

activities.

Oyegun spoke as

incumbent National

Chairman of the party,

Oshiomhole, weekend, in

view of the crisis in the state

House of Assembly, said he

does not need short-cuts to

sustain his position in the

system, when asked if he was

not bringing pressure to bear

on Governor Godwin

Obaseki.

However, Oyegun said the

state governor, Mr Godwin

Obaseki, must be allowed to

operate freely as a chief

executive officer of the state.

Speaking through his

Special Assistant on Public/

Political Affairs, Chief Ray

Murphy, Chief Oyegun

said he could not fathom why

the most virulent opposition

to Obaseki was from his own

party and not the opposition

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP.

He said: “This party must

be stronger because we

cannot go into the 2023

general elections with these

discordant tunes, especially

as President Buhari will not

be contesting.

‘’We need to get our acts

together. Oyegun has no

personal grievances with

Oshiomhole but Nigerians

must know that he cannot go

to equity with unclean

hands.

“Today, there are all kinds

of rancour coming from Edo

State. They all boil down to

attempts by a godfather and

godfatherism that is heating

up the polity in the state.

"Obaseki is the executive

governor of Edo State and he

should be allowed to exercise

the powers vested in him by

the law. To what purpose is

this idea of APC chairman

putting the state under

tension?

“As a governor on APC

platform, he should be

allowed to run out his tenure

before they decide whether

to bring him back or not.

There are so much antics

going on and you don’t need

to be a prophet or babalawo

to trace where they are

coming from. They are

coming from APC.

“I want to think that they

are all targeted at weakening

the governor of Edo State.

Ordinarily, the man in Edo

should be given every

support so that he can

succeed to fend off the

opposition PDP already

around the corner.”

Oshiomhole is

Obaseki’s biggest

distraction

“Ask anybody from Edo

State, what is Obaseki’s

biggest distraction and they

will tell you that his distraction

is not whether he has

governed well or not, but from

SUMMIT: From left, immediate past president of Afreximbank, Mr. Jean-Louis Ekra;

President, Afreximbank, Prof Benedict Oramah and Secretary to the Government of the

Federation, SGF, and Chair of 2019 Annual Meeting of Afreximbank, Mr. Boss Mustapha,

during the bank’s summit in Moscow, Russia, yesterday.

Edo: Oyegun, Oshiomhole

at each other's throats

Oshiomhole is Obaseki’s biggest distraction —Oyegun

•I don’t need short-cut to sustain my position —Oshiomhole

•Insists Edo gov must obey constitutional provision on

proclamations

If his action

against Obaseki

are not antiparty,

someone

should then

explain to me

what is antiparty.

The

problem of APC

is from a single

man, the

national

chairman, who

runs the party

like an executive

chairman

— OYEGUN

his immediate predecessor,

Adams Oshiomhole.

“It is very unfortunate,

especially considering the

fact that he is the national

chairman of the same party

with the governor. I have not

heard that PDP or Edo

leaders want to remove

Obaseki. What has been

trending is how his

predecessor, who happens to

be the party chairman, does

not want him back in office.

Anti-party

“If his action against

Obaseki are not anti-party,

someone should then

explain to me what is antiparty.

The problem of APC is

from a single man, the

national chairman, who runs

the party like an executive

chairman.

‘’The idea of working

single-handedly and

inducing the party members

to endorse is the problem of

the party.

“Look at what is happening

in the party today. When was

the last time the NEC meeting

was held? But when these

crises came to the fore, he has

called several emergency

NWC meetings.”

I don’t need short-cut

to sustain my position

Oshiomhole

Meanwhile, Oshiomhole,

weekend, said he would not

need a short-cut to sustain his

position in the system.

Oshiomhole stated this

while reacting to the

allegation that he was behind

the crisis in Edo State House

of Assembly, having

allegedly constituted himself

as a godfather who wants to

dictate what happens in the

state.

The APC national

chairman, who was

reminded that he fought

godfatherism in the state but

was now being accused of

playing the same role he

once fought to a stand still,

told State House

correspondents that sought

his opinion on the brouhaha

arising from the inauguration

of Edo State Assembly that

the issue of playing the role

of a godfather was only an

accusation.

He asked: “What is the

evidence? It’s all about

accusation. The media have

a duty. They have to give you

the particulars of that

godfatherism. What’s the

evidence? I am a democrat.

“I accept the credit, not only

that I fought godfatherism, I

launched the one-man onevote

campaign to fight

against election rigging

anywhere in Nigeria and by

the special grace of God

under PDP (Peoples

Democratic Party) with (Chief

Tony) Anenih alive, and at his

best, I won all the 18 local

government areas and 95

percent of the total votes cast

in my second term election.

“So, Edo people know me

and I know them. I don’t need

short-cut to sustain my

position in the system. But

you know that there is nobody

in Nigeria who is not open to

accusations. The important

thing is that he who accuses

Edo people

know me and I

know them. I

don’t need a

short-cut to

sustain my

position in the

system. But you

know that there

is nobody in

Nigeria who is

not open to

accusations

— OSHIOMHOLE

should give you proof.”

Edo gov must obey

constitutional provision

on proclamations

On his position on the

ongoing argument and

brewing crisis over the

inauguration of Edo State

House of Assembly,

Oshiomhole said: “It’s about

rule of law. As journalists,

there are questions you don’t

need to ask me because you

know the answer. You know

the law provides for how the

House should be proclaimed

transparently.

“The day it’s announced,

members-elect are informed

of date and time for

inauguration. These are

clearly spelt out in the

Nigerian constitution. And

just last week (about two

weeks ago), you were all

witnesses to how President

Muhammadu Buhari issued

proclamation letter to the

Clerk many days before,

stating date and time of the

inauguration of the two

chambers of the National

Assembly.

“Even while we are still

negotiating to ensure that our

party was not divided on the

floor of the House, without

prejudice to the outcome of

those negotiations, the

President issued a

proclamation because he is

obliged by the constitution to

do so whether he likes it or

not and he did.

“He did it transparently. He

has led us by example. For

me, it’s very embarrassing if

any state governor,

particularly of APC

extraction, will do anything

that is less than what the

constitution says and the

example that our president

has set.”

He said in the case of the

Edo State House of Assembly

inauguration, the

proclamation was not

publicized and that members

were not informed, adding

that the inauguration took

place at 9:30 pm.

He said the time was what

a Supreme Court judgement

described as “nocturnal

hours.”

Speaking further,

Oshiomhole said: “Business

of parliament is done

transparently; they are not a

secret cult. Now you have 24

member House, 19 members

protested, you have six and

you carry people in their

shorts. Even in the House,

they have rules, the dress

code. So, it happened in Edo,

it has happened in Bauchi.

“Like Edo, Bauchi used the

minority of 10 to proclaim the

House and locked out 20 APC

members and got those 10

people to elect the speaker,

exactly the way Edo did with

six and then co-opted other

three people to become nine

and even at that it is

nonsense.

If it is wrong, it is

wrong

“For us, these are

completely illegal. And that

is why we said so. If it is

wrong, it is wrong whether it

is done by APC or by PDP;

whether it’s the chairman’s

state or not. The law is blind

to those sentiments. I believe

by the end of the day, the

solution is, return to the rule

of law.

“Let’s properly follow the

law; let the parliament do

what they have to do but

people have the right to lobby

for people they want and

whom they prefer. This is also

legitimate. Like you saw in

the National Assembly, after

all the lobbies, people have

the right to vote and you saw

them in the National

Assembly conducting secret

ballot."

Jonathan

condemns

attempted

coup in

Ethiopia

F

O R M E R

President, Dr.

Goodluck Jonathan, has

condemned the

attempted coup in

Ethiopia, which

claimed the lives of the

President of Amhara

region and the

country’s army chief.

Reports said a “hit

squad,” led by

Amhara’s security

chief, Asaminew Tsige,

stormed a meeting in

the state offices of

Amhara’s capital, Bahir

Dar, on Saturday and

shot the President of the

region, Ambachew

Mekonnen, and his

adviser, Ezez Wassie.

In what appeared

like a coordinated

attack, the Chief of Staff

of the National Security

Forces, Seare

Mekonnen, and a

retired general were

killed by his bodyguard

in Addis Ababa.

Reacting to the

incident, ex-President

Jonathan emphasized

that “nobody’s political

ambition is worth the

blood of the citizens in

Ethiopia or any other

nation.”

In a statement issued,

yesterday, the former

President said: “I have

long said, believed and

practised the principle

that nobody’s political

ambition is worth the

blood of any citizen. As

such, it bleeds my heart

when there is

unnecessary and

avoidable bloodshed,

as has just happened in

Ethiopia.”

While condemning

the attempted coup

against the

democratically elected

Ethiopian government,

Jonathan further said:

“I go further to call on

men and women of

goodwill around the

world to also condemn

such anti-democratic

actions and show

solidarity to the

democratically elected

constitutional order in

Ethiopia.

“Democracy has come

to rest in Africa.

Constitutionality and

the rule of law are what

we in Africa need,

especially in the cradle

of civilisation and the

melting pot of the

African Union.

“May God bless

Africa and may He be

with the government

and people of Ethiopia

at such a trying time.”


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019—9

MEETING: From left, Mr Ebenezer Onyeagwu, GMD/CEO, Zenith Bank Plc; Mr. Olabode

Agusto, Founder, Agusto & Co, and Mr. Henry Oroh, Managing Director, Zenith Bank

Ghana, at the Financial Market Dealers Association quarterly meeting hosted by Zenith

Bank, where Agusto was the keynote speaker.

ACF backs FG’s plan to overhaul

Almajiri system

THE apex northern

socio-political

organisation, Arewa

Consultative Forum, ACF,

has declared support for the

moves by the Federal

Government to overhaul

the Almajiri system.

The group spoke against

the backdrop of a statement

credited to the National

Security Adviser, Babagana

Monguno, that the Federal

Government was

considering proscribing the

Almajiri system of

education to tackle

insecurity and ensure that

no child was deprived of

basic education.

Monguno had

saidAlmajiris were

becoming a huge problem

to the society, adding that

many of them end up

becoming “criminals, drug

addicts and willing tools in

the hands of those who

have very dangerous

intentions.”

In a statement, weekend,

ACF’s spokesperson,

Mohammed Ibrahim, said

the forum was in support

of the Federal

Government’s standpoint

on Almajiri.

He said people have

misplaced the real “Islamic

doctrine of learning” for

out-of-school children

roaming the streets and

begging for alms in the

name of Almajiri.

He said: “There is a

misrepresentation of the

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•Says it doesn’t represent Islamic

doctrine of learning

concept in the Islamic

doctrine of learning.

Almajiri means going to

Islamic schools to learn the

reading of the Holy Quran

and its teachings for moral,

economic and social benefit

of the child.

“We associate ourselves

with Buhari’s concern on

the need for the nation to

overhaul the Almajiri

system of school that will

provide free and

compulsory education

across the country.

“The children we see

begging in the streets are

in the real sense not

Almajiris, but children

abandoned by their

parents.

‘’That is why ACF agrees

with President Buhari that

it is, indeed, a crime for

parents to keep their

children out of school in

this 21st century under any

guise.

“ACF, therefore, urges

state governments to heed

to President Buhari’s

appeal and appropriate

funds needed for improved

volume and quality of

education across the

country leading to

reduction in inequality

among the citizens.”

RMAFC recovers N58bn

unremmitted tax revenue

from banks

By Emma Ujah,

Abuja Bureau Chief

R

E V E N U E

Mobilisation

Allocation and Fiscal

Commission, RMAFC, has

recovered N57.7 billion

unremmitted tax revenue

from banks.

The Head, Public

Relations of the

commission, Mr. Ibrahim

Mohammed, disclosed in a

statement, in Abuja

,yesterday, that the Federal

Government’s share of

N48.7 billion had been

paid into the Federation

Account.

He added that the

balance of N9. 7 billion,

which relates to

withholding tax of

dividends, has also been

paid to the beneficiary state

governments.

In an earlier exercise

covering January 2008 to

June 2012, RMAFC had

recovered N4.2bn from the

banks, promising that more

recoveries would be made.

The commission insisted

that its on-going

monitoring and verification

exercise on tax collections

by Deposit Money Banks

appointed by the FIRS and

Nigeria Customs Service

was in order as it falls within

its mandate as contained in

Section 6(1) of the RMAFC

Act, 2004, which provides

that the commission shall

have powers to, among

others monitor the accruals

to and disbursement of

revenue from the

Federation Account.

RMAFC said it was not a

tax authority but a revenue

watchdog that monitors

revenue collections by

revenue generating entities

like the FIRS, Customs,

DPR, NNPC and others

that remit directly into the

Federation Account.

The revenue streams that

accrue into the Federation

Account under the watch of

RMAFC include tax

(Withholding Tax and

VAT), royalties, signature

sonuses, custom duties,

tariff, etc.

According to the

commission, the

clarification became

necessary following

media reports that

challenged the legality

of the exercise by vested

interests.

Kano Emirate Council vows

to sue anti-graft agency for

contempt of court

KANO State Emirate

Council has vowed to

sue the state anti-corruption

agency for contempt of

court.

In a letter dated June 20,

addressed to the chairman

of Kano State Public Complaints

and Anti-Corruption

Commission, counsel

to the emirate counsel, N.A.

Dagiri, said the commission

had defied subsisting

court orders to invite elderly

members of the council

for investigations.

Some of the invited members

of the council, according

to him, were Mukhtar

Adnan, 93; Isa Hashim 92,

and Yusuf Bayero, 84.

The anti-graft agency also

sent invitations to the wife

of Muhammadu Sanusi,

Emir of Kano, and two widows

of Ado Bayero, the

former Emir of Kano.

The agency had alleged

that over 30 people benefited

from the N3.4 billion

said to have been misappropriated

under the watch

of Sanusi.

Dangiri, however, said

the state and federal high

court sitting in Kano, where

the matter was already being

heard, had directed the

agency to suspend all activities

related to its investigations

into the finances

of the emirate and maintain

status quo.

He said: “Both orders

have been duly and properly

served on you. Notwithstanding

this position,

you have chosen to defy

these orders and continue

your belligerent actions,

including choosing to embarrass

very senior citizens

of the state, many of whom

are in advanced age and

some in conditions of illhealth.

“The invitations to the

wives of the late and

present Emirs is not only

absurd but also completely

repugnant to societal

norms and values and

could only be intended to

humiliate the families of the

late and present Emirs.

“We consider your actions

obnoxious and in defiance

of valid and subsisting court

orders. This is a clear contempt

of court in respect of

which appropriate steps

will be taken against you

and all officers of your commission

acting in contempt

of the court.

“We have as counsel and

officers of court accordingly

advised the Emirate

council not to accede to

your request.”

On Thursday, the agency

announced that it had

withdrawn its invitation to

Sanusi’s wife and widows

of the former emir of Kano.

It also revived its probe

of Sanusi after the monarch

fell out with Abdullahi

Ganduje, governor of the

state.

The commission had earlier

recommended the suspension

of Sanusi, prompting

the state government to

query the monarch.

FG takes verification,

payment of ex-Nigeria

Airways workers to London

By Emma Ujah,

Abuja Bureau Chief

THE

Federal

Government has taken

the verification and payment

of ex-workers of the defunct

Nigeria Airways Limited,

NAL, in Diaspora to

London, United Kingdom

(UK).

Federal Ministry of

Finance officials disclosed

that the exercise would last

two weeks, beginning today.

The exercise to be

conducted by an interministerial

team would take

place at Nigerian High

Commission Complex in

London.

The Inter-Ministerial

Team is being coordinated

by the Presidential Initiative

on Continuous Audit, PICA,

under the Federal Ministry

of Finance.

Its members included

Independent Corrupt

Practices and other Related

Offenses Commission,

ICPC; Economic and

Financial Crimes

Commission, EFCC;

Auditor-General Office;

Accountant General Office,

and Federal Ministry of

Finance.

Acting Director of PICA,

Mr John Waitono, would be

leading the team on behalf

of the Permanent Secretary,

Special Duties, Federal

Ministry of Finance, Dr

Mohammad Kyari Dikwa.

It was learnt that Federal

Government approved the

conduct of the exercise for

those in Diaspora in

London, due to the role the

city of London played as the

European Operational

Office of the defunct NAL.

“The essence of the

exercise is to alleviate the

hardship being experienced

for more than a decade while

waiting for the benefits and

to save them from the stress

and financial burden of

traveling to the country for

the exercise, including other

logistics to come to Nigeria

for their entitlements,” an

official said.

The exercise had taken

place in Kano, Lagos and

Enugu centres to attend to

the over 6, 000 ex-workers

of NAL, following the

approval of N22.6 billion by

President Muhammadu

Buhari to pay their

entitlements.


10 — VANGUARD, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

W'Bank, NIRSAL seal

$200m deal

By Emma Ujah

THE Nigeria Incentive-

Based Risk Sharing

System for Agricultural

Lending, NIRSAL, has

sealed a $200 million deal

with the World Bank for the

development of

agribusiness in Nigeria.

The Memorandum of

Agreement and Action,

MoA, was signed on the

Agro-Processing,

Productivity Enhancement

and Livelihood

Improvement Support,

APPEALS, project.

Spokesman of NIRSAL,

Ms. Anne Ihugba, disclosed

in Abuja, yesterday, that

under the project

development objective of

APPEALS, NIRSAL would

bring its Tools, Techniques,

Methodologies and

strategic Partnerships,

TTMPs, to bear on its

Mapping to Markets,

M2M, strategy on the new

deal.

It would be implemented

under “the shared aim of

enhancing agricultural

productivity of small and

medium scale farmers and

improvement of value

addition along the cassava,

cashew, rice, poultry,

aquaculture, cocoa, wheat,

tomato, maize, ginger and

dairy value chains in a

sustainable manner.

“The project, which is to

be deployed in Cross River,

Enugu, Lagos, Kogi,

Kaduna, and Kano states,

targets 60,000 beneficiaries,

and 360,000 farm household

members as indirect

beneficiaries.

“It is anticipated that 35%

of direct beneficiaries (or

21,000 individuals) will be

women. Also, the project

has a dedicated subcomponent

to benefit

women and youth that will

allow them develop agribusinesses

that are expected

to create jobs and improve

their livelihoods.”

Ihugba quoted the

Managing Director of

NIRSAL, Mr. Aliyu

Abdulhameed, as assuring

APPEALS that, in NIRSAL,

they had found a

trustworthy, reliable, and

capable partner that shared

the project’s development

objective of enhancing the

agricultural productivity of

small and medium scale

farmers and improving

value addition along priority

value chains in

participating states.

Prosecute electoral offenders,

Falana tells FG

HUMAN

rights

activist, Mr. Femi

Falana, SAN, has called on

the Federal Government to

prosecute those who

committed grave electoral

offences during the last

general elections despite

its refusal to set up the

electoral offences tribunal

recommended by the Uwais

Panel.

Speaking on the report of

EU Election Observers,

Falana chided the Federal

Government for ignoring

reports of both local and

foreign observers, who

monitored the polls.

In a statement, the rights

activist said: “The last

general election in Nigeria,

the largest democracy in

Africa took place between

February and March 2019.

The election was

monitored by local monitors

and supervised by foreign

observers. The reports of

the local monitors have been

ignored by the Federal

Government and other

stakeholders.

However, the report of

the former colonial master

and her allies in the

European Union is being

celebrated by all the

stakeholders including the

mass media. After

launching the report at

Abuja, the foreign election

observers are currently

presenting copies to the

Presidency, National

Assembly, INEC, APC,

PDP and others.

Lagos PDP tasks Sanwo-Olu

to form cabinet

By Dapo Akinrefon

L Peoples AGOS—THE

Democratic

Party, PDP, in Lagos State,

has asked Governor

Babajide Sanwoolu to

explain to Lagosians why

it has taken him so long to

inaugurate a cabinet for the

administration of the state.

In a statement by the

Publicity Secretary, Taofik

Gani, the party said the

governor is not coordinated

“hence the apparent total

stagnancy in the

governance of the state.”

“This is unpardonable and

results of the aberration

adopted by the Governor to

govern the state without a

cabinet, thus acting as sole

administrator. The

unwarranted delay has

further vindicated our

stance that Governor

Sanwo-Olu was hurriedly

brought on stage to be

...They require tutorial

in governance

— Lagos gov

governor and not a prepared

governor for the job.

But in a swift reaction to the

party, the Deputy Chief

Press Secretary to the

governor, Gboyega Akosile

said the Lagos PDP needs

tutorial in governance.

Akosile, in a statement,

said: “Barring any

unforeseen circumstances,

highly qualified and

competent men and women

will be appointed as

commissioners by Mr.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

“However, we need to

remind PDP that the

Constitution is clear about

the issue of cabinet. There

is nowhere in the

Constitution where a time

frame is stipulated for State

Chief Executives on the

composition of cabinet.''

HELL ON THE HIGHWAY: Everyday traffic gridlock that refuses to go, despite task force's intervention.

APAPA GRIDLOCK: Police still

demand bribe from us

— TRUCK DRIVERS

By Olasunkanmi

Akoni & Monsuru

Olowoopejo

LAGOS—DESPITE the

visit by Vice President

Yemi Osinbajo to the Apapa

axis at the weekend, truck

drivers have accused

policemen and naval

personnel attached to control

traffic in the area of

allegedly collecting bribes

from them.

The drivers have

continued to park

indiscriminately on Oshodi-

Apapa Expressway.

Osinbajo and Governor

Babajide Sanwo-Olu of

Lagos State, had led other

officials on an inspection

tour of Apapa ports and

environs, expressing the

determination of the Federal

Government to restore sanity

and clear the chaotic traffic

situation in the area.

Vice Chairman of the Task

team, Mr. Kayode Opeifa

had, last week, promised

that there would be

restoration of law and order

to Apapa environs by

Wednesday this week.

Truck drivers accuse

police, Navy of bribery

Meanwhile, truck

operators along the Oshodi

Apapa Expressway,

particularly, from Rainbow to

Berger Yard area, have

accused policemen,

deployed to maintain law

and order, of demanding

and collecting bribe from

them before allowing them

access to Tin-Can Island

port.

One of the drivers, who

spoke to Vanguard on the

condition of anonymity,

lamented, “The police are

still collecting money from

us before we access the

ports. They demand

between N30, 000 and N40,

000 before they clear the

road for you to pass. For

those who cannot pay, they

are left to park on the road

for days and any attempt

by recalcitrant drivers

are met with stiff

punishment as they will

be beaten by the police.

“That is why you see that

they have converted the

main carriage-way from

Fatgbems filling station

towards Trinity into parks for

trucks, thereby, leaving only

a lane on the service lane

for other motorists.”

More work needs to be

done — Osinbajo

Meanwhile, Osinbajo,

accompanied on the

inspection by Managing

Director, Nigeria Ports

Authority, NPA, Ms Hadiza

Bala Usman, and other team

members, security

operatives, heads of traffic

management agencies,

media, among others, took

a tour of Apapa port and

Tincan Island port roads and

interacted with stakeholders

on the latest efforts and the

way forward.

He said: “With what I have

seen so far, I am quite

pleased with the pace of

work done. But there are

some aspects that still

require speed to achieve the

best within the axis.

“I think the most

important thing is what we

are trying to do right now.

We will improve the

infrastructures on the port

areas and the call up system

so that there is no pressure

within the ports.

Mile 2, a difficult spot

Responding to the

challenges being

experienced by motorists at

the Mile 2 end of the Apapa-

Oshodi Expressway, the

Vice President assured that

the gridlock would ease off

in the next few days.

“The Mile 2 end is the axis

where we think there are still

difficulties. But we think that

in the next couple of days, it

will be resolved especially

with the opening of the Tin

Can Island trailer parks and

the palliative work that is

ongoing, all the way to mile

2 which Hi-tech construction

is handling. And we should

be able to resolve that

congestion in the Mile 2

end.”

Navy probes alleged

corruption

Three months after N100

million was allegedly found

in the account of a junior

Naval officer stationed along

Lagos port access roads to

control traffic, the Nigerian

Navy has begun

investigations into the

allegation against him.

The Chief of Naval Staff,

CNS, Vice-Admiral Ibok

Ekwe Ibas has set up a

special investigative panel

to probe the alleged

extortion and molestation of

truck drivers by Naval

officers, widely reported

since 2017.

It was gathered that

following Ibok’s orders,

the special Navy panel

summoned a critical

meeting at the Western

Naval headquarters, last

week, asking truckers

secretly to dish out names

of corrupt Navy officers

involved in extortion.

The Presidency,

recently, withdrew Navy

and Army personnel from

the port access roads

following series of

complaints by truck

drivers, as well as freight

forwarding associations

which indicted the

officers for gross extortion

and abuse of its privilege

as head of the old

taskforce team at the port

access roads.

My tenure’ll be four years of hard work

— GBAJABIAMILA

By Olasunkanmi

Akoni & Monsuru

Olowoopejo

LAGOS—SPEAKER of

the House of

Representatives, Mr. Femi

Gbajabiamila, has said that

his tenure would be four

years of hard work and

commitment to the country,

saying that he is not afraid

to deal with anyone found

wanting.

Gbajabiamila also

promised to ensure that

properties collected from

Lagos State during military

administration, through fiat,

would be returned.

He said this weekend,

while responding to

demands from Oba of

Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu,

during a reception organised

by the monarch, which was

attended by Governor,

Babajide Sanwo-Olu and

other members of the

National Assembly at the

monarch’s palace in Lagos

Island.

While thanking the

monarch for his support,

Gbajabiamila said under

him, the House would be

committed towards addressing

challenges confronting

the country.

On the request of the

monarch, Gbajabiamila

said: “I will do everything

legally possible to ensure

that the entire request from

the state are met. Though,

there will be request from

other states also, we will

look at it from the legal

framework.”

“My tenure will be four

years of hard work and

commitment to the country.

There are a lot of problem

in Nigeria today and it will

take committed leadership

to solve them.''


VANGUARD, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019 — 11

ANNIVERSARY:

Founder, Mirabel

Centre, Mrs Itoro

Eze-Anaba (right)

here receives a

plaque of

participation and

appreciation from

the Regional

Director, Mr Moses

Anibaba during the

morning session of

the British Council's

75th Anniversary

celebration in

Lagos, Saturday

22nd June, 2019.

S’West govs discuss security

challenges in Ibadan tomorrow

....We’re collaborating to flush out marauding herdsmen — Arewa Youth President

By Dapo Akinrefon

& Adeola Badru

I B GOVERNORS

A D A N —

from the South West geopolitical

zone will converge

in Ibadan, Oyo State to

address the security

challenges confronting the

region.

This came as the Arewa

Youth Consultative Forum,

AYCF, said it is collaborating

with stakeholders from the

South West to flush out

criminals suspected to be

herdsmen terrorizing the

zone.

Governors Rotimi

Akeredolu (Ondo), Seyi

Makinde (Oyo), Babajide

Sanwo-Olu (Lagos),

Gboyega Oyetola (Osun),

Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) and

Dapo Abiodun (Ogun) are

expected to hold an

enlarged stakeholders’

security summit in

collaboration with the

Development Agenda for

Western Nigeria, DAWN.

Vanguard reliably

gathered that the convener

of the summit, Governor

Akeredolu, who is

chairman of the South West

Governors’ Forum, has

assured that the proposed

security summit would put

an end to the activities of

marauding herdsmen and

address the insecurity

challenges in the region.

It was also gathered that

the DAWN Commission will

coordinate the summit

which objective is to further

promote the developmental

agenda of the South West.

Speaking on what to

expect after the summit, the

Chief Press Secretary to

Akeredolu, Segun Ajiboye

said: “You know we have

held a security summit here

in Ondo State and our

governor is tnow aking the

initiative to other states in

the region.

“Governors of the six

states at the meeting will

find solutions to the

menace. “I want to assure

the people of the region that

an end is in sight to the

spate of insecurity in the

South West.”

“There will be a solution

to these problems after the

summit.”

Give urgent attention to

insecurity, S’West APC

tasks govs

Meanwhile, the All

Progressives Congress,

APC South West Caucus,

weekend, tasked the

governors in the region to

find lasting solution to the

problem of insecurity in

their states.

Rising from a meeting

INSECURITY: Ooni, Alaafin to

convene meeting of Yoruba leaders

By Dayo Johnson

AKURE—THE Ooni of

Ife, Oba Adeyeye

Enitan Ogunwusi, and the

Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi

Olayiwola Adeyemi III will

convene a meeting of

Yoruba Leaders of Thought

to deliberate on the spate

of insecurity in the region.

The meeting, slated for

Thursday, June 27, 2019,

will hold at the

International Conference

Centre in Ibadan, Oyo

State.

The event is being

coordinated by Dr. Tokunbo

Awolowo-Dosumu,

daughter of the late sage,

Chief Obafemi Awolowo,

and Nigeria’s former

Ambassador to the

Netherlands.

Awolowo-Dosumu said

the meeting will “deliberate

on the appropriate

response to the current

menace of killer herders,

kidnappers and sundry

criminals currently

ravaging Yorubaland.”

A statement by publisher

of a leading Yoruba tabloid,

Alaroye newspaper, Chief

Alao Adedayo, said: “The

Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye

Ogunwusi, and the Alaafin

of Oyo, Oba Lamidi

Adeyemi will co-chair the

event.

“The meeting is a twoprong

event that would

bring together Southwest

governors, eminent

traditional rulers, eminent

scholars and other leaders

of thought, to discuss the

security situation in the

region and plan a strategy

that would assist the

governments and the

people of the area.

“Secondly, there will be

the presentation of Yoruba

language version of the

book, AWO (the

autobiography of Chief

Obafemi Awolowo.)

“We need to meet again;

we just need to talk. The

situation in Yoruba land

now calls for the unity

among our leaders because

we cannot win this war

against insurgents except

we form a common front.

“That is why we are

invoking the name of the

past leader of the Yoruba

people, Chief Obafemi

Awolowo, to bring all of us

together, irrespective of our

political affiliations.

“Our major problem here

is that our leaders are not

united. They disagree and

fight virtually on

everything. And it is all

about politics.

“Unfortunately, this is

causing us a lot of damage.

And when we remember

that most of these politicians

claim to be Awo’s political

sons and daughters, there

couldn’t have been a better

name to invoke to bring all

of us to the round table.”

held in Lagos and presided

over by its National Vice

Chairman, South West

Zone, Pastor Bankole

Oluwajana, the party said

the matter should be given

urgent attention by the

governors in the region.

In a communiqué issued

and signed by its Zonal

Publicity Secretary, Asiwaju

Karounnwi Oladapo, the

party said: “The South West

caucus is solidly behind the

governors in the strategies

they have outlined to tackle

the security challenges and

restoration of peace in the

south west region.”

We’re collaborating to

flush out marauding

herdsmen — Arewa Youth

President

In a similar development,

National President of Arewa

Youths, Alhaji Yerima

Shettima said efforts are in

top gear to ensure the

activities of marauding

herdsmen are nipped in the

bud in the South West and

the country at large.

Shettima said: “We are

collaborating and have

been reaching out to

leaders, groups and elders

from the South West to

ensure that the issue of

criminal herdsmen both in

the South West and the

country is resolved.

“I want to state that the

activities of marauding

herdsmen is not limited to

the South West, those of us

in the north have also

been at the receiving end.

The northerners suffer

more at the hands of these

herdsmen who have

turned to banditry and

kidnapping.

''Let us not forget that

these marauding herdsmen

started their activities from

the North and have

gradually moved to the

South. In some areas in

the north, they kill

hundreds of innocent

people without it being

mentioned in the news. I

want us to know that this

is a national issue and all

hands must be on deck to

address this issue.”

SERAP sues CCB over claims

of privacy on Buhari’s assets

LAGOS—THE Socio-

Economic Rights and

Accountability Project,

SERAP, has filed a suit

against the Code of

Conduct Bureau, CCB,

over its claims that details

of President Muhammadu

Buhari’s assets cannot be

disclosed on the grounds of

privacy.

A statement, SERAP’s

Deputy Director, Kolawole

Oluwadare, said the suit

was filed at the Federal

High Court in Lagos on

Friday.

A Freedom of Information,

FoI, request by SERAP had

asked the CCB to urgently

provide information on

asset declaration submitted

to the bureau by successive

presidents and governors

from 1999 to 2019.

The bureau in its response

stated that the information

requested cannot be

provided on the grounds of

“invasion of privacy.’

In the filed suit, the civil

society organisation argued

that the assets declaration

form is a public document

and not private information

as claimed by CCB.

The suit number FHC/L/

CS/1019/2019 filed by

Adelanke Aremo, SERAP

counsel, is seeking a court

We’re fit, ready to combat

criminals — NAVY

By Evelyn Usman

L Nigerian

AGOS—THE

Navy,

weekend, said it was fit and

ready to combat criminals

in its area of responsibility,

as well as protect the

territorial integrity of the

nation.

Flag

Officer

Commanding, FOC

Western Naval Command,

Rear Admiral Oladele Daji,

stated this during the

second quarter route march

for the command in Lagos.

Addressing journalists at

the end of the march, the

command’s boss said: “In

the face of the current

Firm promotes cultural heritage

through music, arts

By Jimoh

Babatunde

L AGOS—Chief

Executive of Royal

Heritage Entertainment

Agency, RHEA, Adewale

Babalola, has reiterated the

agency’s resolve to promote

cultural heritage and values

through music and arts.

He spoke at the

presentation of an award of

Excellence to him by the

Ikeja City Lions Club,

District 404B2.

Adewale said the

activities of his agency

were focused on

sustaining the glory and

pride of Nigerians and

Africans and the

restoration of the cultural

heritage and values,

l e a d e r s h i p

entrepreneurship,

empowerment, community

order directing CCB to

make public details of

assets declarations

submitted to it by successive

public officials.

“Assets declarations of

presidents and state

governors submitted to the

CCB are public documents.

Public interest in disclosure

of the details of asset

declarations sought by

SERAP clearly outweighs

any claim of protection of

the privacy of presidents

and state governors, as they

are public officers entrusted

with the duty to manage

public funds, among other

public functions,” the suit

read.

“A necessary implication

of the rule of law is that a

public institution like the

CCB can only act in

accordance with the law, as

to do otherwise may

enthrone arbitrariness. The

CCB does not have

reasonable grounds on

which to deny SERAP’s FOI

request, as it is in the

interest of justice, the

Nigerian public,

transparency and

accountability to publish

details of asset declarations

by presidents and state

governors since the return

of democracy in 1999.''

security situation in the

country, the need to keep

personnel fit for operation

cannot be overemphasised.

That is why fitness and

mental alertness are among

the Chief of the Naval Staff

policy trust.

“With this in mind, the

Nigerian Navy organises a

one-day route march every

quarter aimed at raising the

level of physical fitness of

personnel in the command.

“Therefore, this route

march is targeted at

keeping us fit for optimal

performance in the

discharge of our

constitutional roles as naval

personnel.''

service and promotion of

peace and security.

Royal Heritage

Entertainment, he said,

believes that alleviating

social problems in Nigeria

and the African continent

will bring about positive

change in our environment,

country, continent and the

world.

“We are not interested in

any political party nor do we

discuss religious issues as

we believe individuals

have the right to their own

opinion but rather

sustaining our glory and

pride as Nigerians and

Africans,” Adewale added.

Royal Heritage

Entertainment recently

signed on three indigenous

artists in an effort to develop

and promote Africa

cultural heritage and

values through music

and arts promotion.


12—Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

PFN lauds court’s judgment on

Kaduna religious bill

By Gabriel

Enogholase

B ENIN—THE

leadership of

Pentecostal Fellowship of

Nigeria, PFN, has

described the recent

judgment of a Kaduna State

High Court over the

Religious Bill by Governor

Nasir el-Rufai as victory for

the rule of law and

democracy.

It will be recalled that the

trial judge, Justice

Hajaratu, Gwadah, in its

judgment declared that the

Kaduna State government

has no right to screen and

issue licences to religious

preachers in the state.

A statement in Benin City,

Edo State, weekend, by its

National President, Rev

Felix Omobude, PFN said:

“Our contention at the time

Governor el-Rufai sent the

executive bill for a law to

substitute the Kaduna State

Religious Preaching Law

1984 to the House of

Assembly of Kaduna State

was that the provisions of

the bill were discriminatory.

“The court is in alignment

with our position, affirming

that Sections 6 and 9 of the

bill, which seeks to screen

and licence preachers,

violates the constitutional

rights of members of the

fellowship.

“We congratulate

members of PFN in

Kaduna State. We urge all

Pentecostals in the state

and beyond to continue to

live peacefully with

everyone, remain lawabiding

in all their activities

while continuing to

accommodate the views of

others.

“PFN will continue to

work with the government

and non-governmental

actors at all levels to ensure

the peace, progress and

prosperity of Nigeria.”

Bayelsa youths, elders stage procession, urge

Buhari to confirm Brambaifa as NDDC MD

By Onozure

Dania

NO fewer than 2,000

youths and elders

have staged a public

procession in Yenagoa,

Bayelsa State to call on

President Muhammadu

Buhari to confirm the acting

Managing Director of

Niger Delta Development

Commission, NDDC,

Professor Nelson

Brambaifa, as substantive

Managing Director of the

commission.

The Bayelsa youths,

women and elders, who

took part in the procession

to the Yenagoa office of the

NDDC, said despite the

campaign of calumny

against NDDC

management, the

commission under

Branbaifa has remained

focussed on his mission to

actualise the vision of

President Buhari in Niger

Delta.

They were armed with

placards with inscriptions,

such as ‘President Buhari

please confirm Professor

Nelson Brambaifa as the

MD of NDDC board’, ‘Let

Professor Brambaifa

continue as MD of NDDC,”

“Bayelsans are solidly

behind you as MD of

NDDC”, “The only person

we want is Brambaifa as

MD NDDC”, “NDDC

board is secured with

Professor Brambaifa,”

among others.

Addressing the Bayelsa

Coordinator of NDDC,

Francis Kolokolo,

representative of the

Bayelsa Elders and former

Security Adviser to Bayelsa

State Government, Chief

Perekeme Kpodoh, said

NDDC has come of age, as

it was established to

develop Niger Delta, “but

we have seen that since its

inception, we have not had

development and today we

have a son from Bayelsa

who is Professor Brambaifa

and in four months only, he

has changed the tide.

“There are roads

everywhere. We have over

one hundred and

something roads in

Bayelsa, Delta, Rivers

states. The fact is that

Brambaifa from Bayelsa

has come to ensure that

these roads are put in good

and in motorable

conditions.

"There is nobody from

anywhere that can stop the

planned development of

the region. All those

gimmicks they are doing

outside Bayelsa are being

done for selfish interest not

for the interest of Bayelsans

or the Niger Delta."

Delta community protests

govt, oil coy’s neglect

By Festus Ahon

& Ochuko

Akuopha

THE people of Obodo-

Ugwa community,

Ndokwa West Local

Government Area, Delta

State, have decried alleged

neglect and deprivation by

Delta State government,

Energia Nigeria Limited

and Oando, the oil

companies operating in the

area.

Addressing newsmen at

the community’s town hall

where the indigenes

converged to protest against

their

alleged

marginalisation, Mr Oju

Linus said the community

had been shut out of elective

and appointive political

positions by successive

governments.

He noted that despite

being the host to Energia/

Oando joint venture, the

people still live in abject

poverty, lamenting that the

people lack basic social

amenities such as potable

pipe borne water,

educational facilities,

electricity, good roads,

among others.

Reiterating that the people

were facing untold hardship

due to three decades of oil

exploration in the area, he

said the multinational oil

Rivers govt'll continue to

partner the church —Wike

GOVERNOR Nyesom

Wike of Rivers State

has stated that his

administration will

continue to partner the

church for the development

of the state.

Speaking, yesterday,

during the Lord’s Chosen

Crusade with the theme:

“God has the power to do

this or that” at the Yakubu

Gowon Stadium in Port

Harcourt, Wike attributed

his political survival to the

support and prayers of the

Christian community.

He said the forces of

darkness invaded the state

and attempted to rob the

mandate of the people, but

God stood firm.

A-Ibom bans roadside

trading in Uyo

By Harris-Okon

Emmanuel

UYO—IN a bid to keep

Uyo metropolis and its

environs clean, Akwa Ibom

State government has

clamped down on roadside

trading.

But the move has drawn

criticisms from petty traders

who accused the

government of being

insensitive to their plights as

bread winners in their

families.

A task force comprising

personnel of a local vigilante

group some days back went

round the streets, upturning

the petty traders’ wares and

companies had completely

abandoned their corporate

social responsibilities to the

community.

On her part, Women

Leader of the community,

Ojugbeli Caroline,

lamented gross neglect of

the community despite the

huge oil resource generated

from the area.

He said: “We saw forces,

but the greater force, God

Almighty, came. With this

crusade, Rivers State will be

abundantly blessed. I

repeat once again without

apologies, Rivers State is a

Christian state. That is why

nobody can touch us. When

it mattered most, the

Christian community

prayed and God heard

your prayers.

“I will continue to support

the activities of all churches.

This government will

always partner the

churches in whatever

programme they are

engaged in. I urge the

church to continue to pray.

Each time you pray, put us

in your prayers.”

chasing them away from the

sidewalks of the major

streets in the metropolis.

Chairman, State

Environmental Protection

and Waste Management

Board, Prince Akpan Ikim,

had in a radio programme,

"Sanitation Watch,” gave

credence to the ban, stating

that government obtained a

court order to evacuate all

roadside traders and those

trading on unauthorised

locations in the state capital.

“Overtime, we had

pleaded with roadside

traders in Uyo to relocate to

government approved

markets and desist from

displaying their wares on

walkways and major streets

within the state capital and

beyond but all our efforts to

evacuate them peacefully

had been unsuccessful. Now

that we have received court

order, we have no option

than to do what the law has

directed,” he said.

But the traders have come

down hard on the

government, saying that they

need money to feed their

families, urging Governor

Udom Emmanuel to make

good his pledge during his

first term to build roadside

stores in the city.

Ogba vs Okiemute: Tribunal

admits petitioner’s evidence,

adjourns to July 11

By Babatunde

Jimoh

NATIONAL and State

Assembly Election

Tribunal sitting in Asaba,

Delta State, has adjourned

till July 11, 2019 hearing in

the case by Mr Benjamin

Okiemute of All Progressives

Congress, APC, in which he

is challenging the electoral

victory of Mr Kenneth Ogba

of Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, in the 2019 general

election.

In the petition, Okiemute

and APC are challenging the

declaration of Ogba as the

duly elected member

representing Isoko South in

the Delta State House of

Assembly by the

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC.

Other defendants in the

petition are PDP and INEC.

Chairman of the tribunal,

Justice C. Onyeador, said on

the adjourned date, parties

are for the adoption or

presentation of their

respective written address.

Before the matter was

adjourned till July 11, a

senior INEC official in

charge of the March 9, 2019

election, Shuaibu Razak

testified for the commission.

In a short ruling, the

tribunal chairman, Justice

Onyeado, ordered that the

documents, namely INEC

Form EC81, including

Voters Register for 10 polling

units in Irri and units 7 and

8 in Oleh Ward 2, be

admitted ‘’from the Bar’’ and

collectively as Exhibit A.


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019— 13

How fear of rape forced nursing

students out of school in Imo

•As Ihedioha, Okorocha accuse each other

By Chinonso

Alozie

OWERRI—AN investigation

by Vanguard has

unravelled the drama faced by

students of Imo State College

of Nursing and Midwifery in

Ogboko, Ideato South Local

Government Area of Imo

State, before they were ordered

to relocate to their original site

in Okporo, Orlu local

government area in the state.

Vanguard gathered

yesterday in Owerri, that

Governor Emeka Ihedioha, through

the Secretary to State Government,

SSG, Uche Onyeagucha, has ordered

the nursing students to return to their

original site.

But in an exclusive interview with

some of the students, Vanguard

discovered that one of their problems

was the issue of being threatened with

rape, as well as frequent robbery of

their valuables along the road leading

to the college.

The students also complained that

teachers do not attend lectures

regularly as they used to for fear of

being attacked.

They also claimed they were

sleeping and attending lectures in

uncompleted buildings.

It should be recalled that the

students had earlier been relocated

from Okporo Orlu to Ogboko in Ideato

South, in May, 2019 by Okorocha’s

government.

However, in what seems like a

solution, the current government of

Emeka Ihedioha, has ordered that the

students be moved back to their

original site in Okporo Orlu.

The governor’s order came

through the Secretary to the State

Government, Uche Onyeagucha, in

a statement yesterday in Owerri.

However, one of the affected

students who pleaded anonymity

spoke to Vanguard saying: “Yes,

the management is aware of our

moving back to our normal site at

Okporo in Orlu LGA.

“Since May 2019 that Okorocha’s

government asked us to move to

Ogboko site, it has been very difficult

for us. The buildings are not

completed. We always have this issue

of threat to our lives. Bad boys will

await us on the road and ask us to

give them whatever we have with us.

The road is too lonely that anything

can happen at anytime. Some of our

lecturers do not come to classes due

to fear of being attacked by the bad

boys.

“But in Orlu, we feel more

comfortable because there is a

completed hostel and the level of

hardship cannot be compared to the

one in Ogboko.

“We want to leave this area because

we are no longer safe that in a

situation you are attacked, you will

not get any help.”

However, since the relocation of the

Imo State College of Nursing and

Midwifery to its former site in Orlu,

the immediate past government of

Rochas Okorocha and the current

governor, Emeka Ihedioha, have

engaged in accusations and counter

accusations.

The directive to the provost of the

institution, from the office of the SSG,

said: “You are by this letter, directed to

return all the staff, students and other

activities of Imo State College of Nursing

and Midwifery, hitherto moved to

Ogboko, in Ideato South local

government area, to its original place at

Okporo, Orlu with immediate effect.”

This however, did not go down well

with Okorocha, who through his Special

Adviser, SA, on Media, Sam

Onwuemeodo, alleged that “Armed

Youths who came in twelve buses

stormed the College of Nursing and

Midwifery at Ogboko, the home-town of

the former governor of the State, Owelle

Rochas Okorocha and brutalized the

students, threw their belongings out,

stole their phones, vandalized the

College properties including the College

bus and locked the gate of the Institution

after they had chased the whole students

away.

AWARDS: From left— Chief Oladeinde Brown,Trustee, Fs Club; Tope Ashiwaju,Vice

President, Fs Club/Chairman Gala/Award Night Planning Committee;Dr Taiwo Folasade

Ipaye,Former Registrar Unilag;Architect David Lola Majekodunmi,President Fs Club

and Senator Olugbenga Ashafa,past President Fs Club during the Fs Club Gala/Award

Night and induction of new members held at Lagos City Hall,Lagos. PHOTO: AKEEM

SALAU

More groups reject Miyetti Allah’s

request for vigilante in S-East

•INC tells Igbo to start preparing for attack

•Threatens to declare Miyetti Allah persona non grata in 48 hours

•As NAF debunks report of dropping weapons for herdsmen in Enugu

By Anayo Okoli,

Chinonso Alozie,

Chinedu Adonu &

Nwabueze Okonkwo

ENUGU—MORE

groups

have joined the league

rejecting the idea mooted by the

Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders

Association of Nigeria,

MACBAN, to set up a vigilante

group in the South East, with

some groups describing the

request as very provocative.

Igbo Ekunie Initiative, IEI, a

coalition of professionals in

Nigeria and the Diaspora, in their

position described the demand of

MACBAN as “reckless and

provocative”.

A leading civil rights group in

the South East, International

Society for Civil Liberties and the

Rule of Law, Intersociety, said it

would not join issues with the

Miyetti Allah but “we are holding

the South East Governors, mostly

that of Enugu, Anambra and

Ebonyi States responsible for

hobnobbing with the terrorists

group”.

The Igbo National Council,

INC, in their own reaction out

rightly rejected the request and

asked the Igbo people to start

Insecurity: Anambra vigilante group trains 40 personnel on

various skills

By Nwabueze

Okonkwo

ONITSHA—IN

its

determination to retain

Anambra’s current status as the

safest state in the country, in terms

of security of lives and properties,

the state Vigilante Supervisory

Committee has embarked on

rigorous training and retraining

exercise for its vigilante personnel

to enable them withstand more

security challenges in the state.

For a start, no fewer than 40

male and female personnel were

grilled for three weeks in the

areas of unarmed combat,

physical exercises, foot drills,

professional and legal studies,

use of English language,

communication skill, guard duties

and e-security.

In his keynote address at the

colourful passing out parade for

the trainees at the weekend at

Nimo community in Njikoka

Local Government Area of the

state, chairman of the State

Vigilante Supervisory

Committee, Chief Ikechukwu Ayo

Aduba, a retired Commissioner

of Police, disclosed that the

training exercise which was coordinated

by a Senior Zonal

Supervisor for Anambra North

Senatorial District of the

committee, ACP Charles

Osegbue, a retired Assistant

Commissioner of Police, "was to

prepare them to face the current

security challenges facing us

today in Nigeria."

Aduba who is also a Senior

Special Assistant to Governor

Willie Obiano on Vigilante

Matters, commended the

traditional ruler (Owelle) of

Nimo, Igwe Maximus Ike Oliobi

for shouldering the expenses of

the three-week training

programme, thus, demonstrating

the need for the 179 communities

in the state to partner with the

state government in sponsoring

certain security projects as

according to him, government

cannot do it alone.

preparing to defend themselves

from any attack by armed

herdsmen and warned that

“enough is enough”. They also

threatened to declare Miyetti

Allah, persona non grata, should

the group fail to apologize to

Ndigbo over their statement in

the next 48 hours.

The Coalition of South East

Youth Leaders (COSEYL), said

the demand by MACBAN was

“an insult of the highest order”,

pointing out that allowing that

would amount to committing “ an

abomination in Igbo land”.

Also, Anambra State chapter of

the Civil Liberties Organization,

CLO, described the call as quite

unacceptable and an insult on

Ndigbo.

Igbo Ekunie Initiative

specifically warned against the

consequences of any attempt to

export what they described as

“infamously vicious and violent

Fulani militia into any part of Igbo

land”.

In a press statement jointly

signed by its president and

secretary, Mazi Tochukwu

Ezeoke and Lawrence Nwobu,

respectively, Igbo Ekunie

Initiative said the request was

“absolutely uncalled for and

worrisome especially when taken

into perspective that States like

Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia

and Imo are among the most

peaceful areas of the country.

“There is absolutely no threat in any

form to the Fulani people living in the

South-East nor to their business

interests that should warrant the

establishment of a Fulani defence corp.

"We maintain that we already have

effective local vigilante services all over

the South-East to augment the services

of the secular security services and there

is absolutely no need to pollute the

already harmonious security relationship

by adding the Fulani militia into the

equation.

“One would have expected that the

Miyetti Allah should devote its energy

and resources to assisting in addressing

the reckless and cruel bloodletting all

over Northern Nigeria by the Fulani

herdsmen whose genocide crimes of

huge proportions have so far baffled and

overwhelmed the entire security

apparatchiks in Nigeria”.

The Human Rights Liberty Access

and Peace Defenders Foundation,

HURIJE, said it is quite unfortunate that

the federal government disarmed local

vigilante outfits in the South East and

allowed the Fulani herdsmen to carry

AK 47 about freely.

“Government should disarm Fulani

herdsmen now because arming them in

the South East in the name of

establishment of vigilante will give them

license to penetrate South East and kill

more people, since the hands of our

security personnel are tied”.

NAF debunks report of

dropping weapons for

herdsmen in Enugu

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air

Force, NAF, has debunked the

recent social media report

alleging that NAF training

helicopters dropped weapons at

Akwuke Forest in Enugu State,

saying it was “total falsehood and

lies by mischief-makers”.

Flight Lieutenant and acting Public

Relations and Information Officer of NAF

Ground Training Command, GTC,

Enugu, Lt, Faith Aigbeoghain made this

condemnation in a statement issued to

pressmen yesterday in Enugu.

According to Aigbeoghain: “The

attention of Headquarters GTC of

Nigerian Air Force, NAF, Enugu has been

drawn to a social media and online story

being circulated by some mischievous

and misguided elements.

“The mischievous elements purported

that NAF helicopters were being used

to drop weapons for Fulani herdsmen in

the forest area of Akwuke community in

Enugu South Local Government Area

in Enugu State.

“The report alleged that helicopters

had been seen on several occasions

flying at low level and landing in the

forest area to discharge their packages”,

she said.

She however dismissed the report as

deliberately misleading and obviously

concocted by the writer to cause

disaffection and incite negative divisive

emotions among Nigerians.


14—Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

Claimant’s lawyer in Kwara gov certificate saga alleges threats to life

By Demola Akinyemi

ILORIN—COUNSEL to the

new claimant in the alleged

secondary school certificate

scandal against Governor

Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of

Kwara State, Andrew Olawale,

has alleged threat to his life by

the Police, who have been pressurising

him to opt out of the case.

Speaking at a briefing in Ilorin

Olawale, flanked by his client,

said last Monday after the last

court proceeding, he was

whisked to the Police

headquarters from the court

premises on trumped up charges

and was not allowed to go home

By Charles Agwam

BAUCHI State government

has alleged that immediate

past governor of the state,

Mohammad Abubakar, spent

N2.3 billion on funeral materials

and burials between January and

May.

Spokesperson to Governor Bala

Mohammed, Ladan Salihu, told

newsmen, yesterday, that the

figure was contained in the

handover note passed down to

the transition committee in

May.

According to him, “how could

you imagine that a state

governor, between January and

the time of elections, spent N2.3

billion on funeral materials

(clothes, robes, and woods).

“The immediate past

•They should leave my lawyer alone; come for me—Olasehinde

until the following day.

He said: “When I asked the

Police officers why they were

detaining me, they said they were

detaining me on orders from

above and asked me to go and

find out at the government house.

“Pressures are being mounted

on me to opt out of the case; some

even say I am not from Kwara, so

I should be careful. But since my

client insists I go ahead with the

case, I don’t have option.

“I have to let the whole world

know my predicaments in the

hands of people mostly unknown,

through several calls and the

government said they spent this

amount, but the same

government could not spend a

quarter of that amount on our

hospitals and clinics.

“We will recover every kobo

spent illegally by the immediate

past administration. These

monies are public funds. We

can’t allow individuals to hold

us to ransom. These monies are

Police, that my life is in danger

and nothing must happen to me.”

The client

Olawale's client, a member of

All Progressives Congress, APC,

from Okeero Local Government

Area of the state, Mr. Abiodun

Olasehinde, in his address, urged

the Police to come for him and

leave his lawyer alone.

He said he was interested in the

case because as a stakeholder, his

governor must meet the required

constitutional standard, so he

went to the Independent National

Electoral Commission, INEC, to

not their inheritance; they

belong to the people.”

He assured that government

would petition the Economic

and Financial Crimes

Commission, EFCC, and other

relevant agencies to probe

every individual who was

suspected to be in position of

cross check his documents where

he spotted the discrepancies and

consequently joined the suit.

He said: “Even if my lawyer

says he is no more interested, I

will hire another lawyer and go

ahead with the case. Even if the

first claimant opts out, I will

stand alone; that is me.”

Contacted, the spokesman of

Kwara State Police Command,

Ajayi Okasanmi, said he was

not yet aware of the

development, but encouraged

the lawyer to feel free to come

and lodge complaints in the office

of the commissioner.

KNIGHTHOOD: From left— Chief Adeniyi Akapo; Permannent Secretary, General Services Office, GSO, Secretary to the

Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. Olusegun Adekunle; Mrs Similade Adekunle; Director, GSO, SGF, Mr. Yinka Aguda, and

Mr. Sakiru Akinola, at the investiture of Adekunle as Knight of John Wesley by the Methodist Church of Nigeria, in Abuja .

Ex-gov Abubakar spent N2.3bn on

burial—Bauchi govt

By Umar Yusuf

YOLA—NO fewer than

441,126 school-aged girls in

Adamawa State have been forced

out of schools due to insurgency,

poverty, high rate of under-aged

•That's laughable, says

Abubakar's aide

pregnancy and apathy for girlchild

education by their parents,

a report has revealed.

According to a research into girlchild

education released in Yola

weekend, insurgency , communal

clashes and other social unrests

contributed to the large

percentage.

It indicated that parents of such

girls resorted to using them for

hawking or domestic chores.

The research report of a

baseline study on a Communityled

Collective Action for Girls

Education, C-CAGE, also

indicated preference for Quranic

education by families who view

western education as being for

Christians and negative peer

public funds and assets.

However, the spokesperson of

the former governor, Ali Ali,

while dismissing the allegation

as “laughable,” said he was not

aware of such spending, but

assured that he would make

findings and respond to the

allegation.

Insurgency, pregnancy others keep

441,126 girls out of school in Adamawa

influence, as other factors

lowering rate of girl-child

education in the state.

The research, commissioned by

the African Centre for Leadership

Strategy and Development,

Centre, LSD, and supported by

the Malala Fund, also indicated

that endemic poverty could

rubbish free education for a girl

at the point of an external

examination requiring a fee.

Many girls, the report stated,

were out of school near the exit

point, at Junior Secondary School,

JSS 3, or Senior Secondary

School, SSS 3, when it comes to

registering for the final year

external examination due to lack

of money for the registration.

KWASU hasn’t

been funded for

5 years— VC

By Demola Akinyemi

ILORIN—VICE Chancellor

of Kwara State University,

KWASU, Professor

AbdulRasheed Na’Allah, has

said the major challenge

confronting the institution has

been inadequate funding.

Na’Allah, in his address at

the seventh convocation

anniversary of the university,

weekend, explained, that “for

five years, the university has

not received subvention from

government for salary,

overhead or for anything.”

The VC, who said the

university had been surviving

on internally-generated

revenue, IGR, added that

“KWASU has established a

foundation with contributions

from philanthropists.”

The convocation lecturer and

Chairman, Agreement

Renegotiation Committee of

Nigerian Universities, Dr.

Wale Babalaki(SAN) said

Nigeria must restructure its

university and secondary

school education system to turn

out employable graduates and

regain respect of world

community.

This, he said, has become

imperative as Nigeria’s best

university ranks 800th in the

world.

No rift in

Nasarawa

FMC—CMD

By David Odama

LAFIA—CONTRARY to

speculations making the

round that the Federal

Medical Centre, Keffi,

Nasarawa State, was engulfed

in management crisis, the

management has

disassociated itself from the

rumour, saying there was no

feud in the centre.

Chief Medical Director of the

hospital, Dr. Yahaya Adamu,

stated this at the weekend,

while reacting to a publication

on national dailies on a

petition purportedly written

against him on issues ranging

from masterminding financial

increase of services to patients,

high-handedness, lack of

performances among others.

He described the petition as

‘baseless and unfounded” and

a calculated attempt to

discredit the management of

the centre, claiming that he

was not given a fair hearing

in the publication.

Adamu said: “The media are

friends in progress and we are

supposed to work together. We

should be able to inform our

people on what is correct and

appropriate.”


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019— 15


16—Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

LAUNCHING: From left— Government and Regulatory Affairs Manager, Nigerian Bottling Company,

NBC, Ltd, Tokunbo Ibrahim ; Sustainability and Community Affairs Manager, Ifeoma Okoye; External

Communications Manager, Olatomiwa Akande; Public Affairs and Communications Director, Ekuma

Eze; Public Affairs and Communications Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Nwamaka Onyemelukwe and

Public Affairs and Communications Manager (Lagos/West), NBC, Ltd, Oluwakemi Michael-Jabagun, at

the media parley held to launch the maiden edition of NBC’s Sustainability Report in Lagos.

Why my govt'll work with monarchs, by

Gov Makinde

By Elizabeth

Uwandu

IBADAN—OYO State

governor, Mr Seyi

Makinde, has expressed

his intention to make

traditional rulers critical

stakeholders in his

administration’s bid to bring

about all-round

development and

tranquillity in the state.

The governor made the

remark at the celebration of

the birthday of the Olugbon

of Orile-Igbon, Oba Francis

Alao, which was held on

Wednesday at Ilaji Hotels

and Sports Resort, Akanran,

Ibadan.

Governor Makinde, who

was represented by a former

federal lawmaker,

Honourable Babatunde

Oduyoye, said the task of

building and repositioning

the state could only be

achieved if traditional rulers

were given the opportunity

to discharge their duties

effectively in their

respective domains.

According to him,

traditional rulers in the state

would, henceforth, be

allowed to perform their

statutory roles of building

the society and

safeguarding culture and

tradition. His

administration, he said, was

making arrangements to

make them succeed in this

Dibi Field oil spill: Delta community

threatens NOSDRA, Chevron

W ARRI—AJA-Omaetan

community youths in

Warri North council of Delta

State have threatened to

expose staff of the National

Oil Spill Detection and

Response Agency,

NOSDRA and Chevron

officials over a 2018 spill

and alleged plot to side

track their community for

failing to involve them in

the post spill impact

PDP chieftain slams DSP over

appointments

ASABA—A chieftain of

the Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, in Delta State,

Dr Fred Latimore

Oghenesivbe, has taken a

swipe at the new Deputy

Senate President, Senator

Ovie Omo-Agege over the

recently announced

appointments of personal

aides made by the senator.

Oghenesivbe noted that

Senator Omo-Agege's

preference for the Yoruba

over the Urhobo in his

appointments has

vindicated those who have

accused him of exhibiting

a dual personality, saying

this posture was antithetical

to the famed pan-Urhobo

disposition of modern

political leaders like former

governor, Chief James

Ibori.

He described the

senator's action as a betrayal

of the cause of the Urhobo

Nation and youths in

particular, as signaled by

''the misappropriation of top

political appointments by

the first Urhobo Deputy

Senate President, Ovie

Omo-Agege, who pitched

tent with the Yoruba Nation

to the disadvantage of

Delta State and the good

people of Urhobo Ethnic

Nationality in Delta Central

Senatorial District.''

In a statement yesterday,

made available to

newsmen in Asaba,

Oghenesivbe lamented

that the Deputy Senate

President's action amounted

to a misappropriation of

political opportunity from

the perspective of the

Urhobo Nation, save the

appointment of his chief of

regard.

The governor reiterated

his commitment to boosting

the economy of the state by

providing an environment

conducive to businesses

and as such, his

government was resolved to

fix the deplorable

Olorunsogo-Amuloko-

Akanran Road, which

stretches to the multi-billion

assessment, PSIA, and the

signing of the JIV

document.

Addressing newsmen in

Warri, weekend, the

community youth

chairman, Mr. Godfrey

Adidi in a letter dated June

20, and addressed to the

Director-General/CEO of

NOSDRA and signed by

his vice, Mr. Rawlings

Odudu; Secretary, Mr.

staff, Dr Otive Igbuzor, who

hails from Senator Omo-

Agege's native Orogun in

Ughelli North Local

Government Area of Delta

State.

In a release, titled ''DSP

Ovie

Agege,

Misappropriation of

Political Appointments and

the Regrets of Urhobo

Nation," Oghenesivbe

claimed that Senator Omo-

Agege was more interested

in feathering the political

and economic nest of the

Yoruba Nation of South-

West geo-political zone than

promoting the interest of

Delta Central senatorial

district, and Urhobo ethnic

nationality upon whose

shoulders he climbed to

power as a senator of the

Federal Republic of

Nigeria.

naira investment, Ilaji

Hotels and Sports Resort.

In his remarks, the

immediate past governor of

the state, Senator Abiola

Ajimobi, congratulated the

celebrant, Oba Alao, whom

he described as a noble

traditional ruler who

exercises his sovereignty

over his subjects with a kind

heart.

Emmanuel Utsoritselaju

and PRO, Mr. Rowland

Mene, disclosed that a

PSIA was ordered to involve

all affected parties but expressed

regret that some

parties have concluded

plans to complete and sign

the JIV documents without

their involvement on

Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

They warned that any attempt

to side track them in

the processes initiated by

their community would

result in dire consequences.

According to the

statement, “Itsekiri youths

are not into militancy. But

we are not lazy or afraid,

just that we put the interest

of Nigeria first. Aja-

Omaetan youths are ready

to take the bull by the horns.

Be prepared for any

violence or unrest within the

DIBI field as a result of the

planned fraudulent JIV

signing.”

In the letter copied to Vice

President Osinbajo, Senate

President, Speaker of the

House of Representatives,

Inspector General of

Police, D-G, DSS and

Governor Okowa, they

asserted that they are ready

to protect themselves from

further acts of those

destroying their environment and

only source of livelihood and

therefore called for a joint “Post

Spill Impact Assessment, PSIA,

as ordered without delay.

FedEx, in another error, misses

delivery of Huawei package to US

FEDEX Corp said on Sunday an operational error

prevented a Huawei Technologies package from

being delivered to the United States, just weeks after the

U.S. delivery company said an error led to the Chinese

firm’s packages being misdirected.

“The package in question was mistakenly returned to

the shipper, and we apologize for this operational error,”

FedEx told Reuters in an emailed statement. A company

spokeswoman confirmed that the package was U.S.

bound but declined to say what it contained.

China’s Global Times newspaper said in a tweet later

that FedEx is likely to be added to China’s ‘unreliable

entities list’ due to the incident.

Amid a bruising trade dispute between Washington

and Beijing, China threatened late in May to unveil an

unprecedented hit-list of “unreliable” foreign firms,

groups and individuals that harm the interests of Chinese

companies.

Huawei files lawsuit against US

Commerce Dept over seized equipment

HUAWEI Technologies Company Incorporated filed

a lawsuit against the US Commerce Department

on Friday challenging whether telecommunications

equipment it sent from China to the United States, and

then back to China, is covered by Export Administration

Regulations, according to a court filing.

The lawsuit is the latest salvo in a battle between the

US government and Huawei. Washington says the Chinese

company’s telecommunications gear could be used

by Beijing to spy. Huawei denies that is the case.

In the lawsuit, Huawei said that it shipped telecommunications

equipment from China, including a computer

server and Ethernet switch, to a testing laboratory

in California. After the testing was done, the equipment

was shipped back to China. No application for a license

was made because none was needed, the lawsuit claims.

But the equipment was seized in Alaska by the U.S.

government, and no decision has been made about

whether a license is required to ship it, the filing said.

“The equipment, to the best of HT USA’s knowledge,

remains in a bureaucratic limbo in an Alaskan warehouse,”

Huawei said in its lawsuit.

Wall Street: Investors eye G20 with

hopes for US, China trade detente

ALL eyes will be on US President Donald Trump and

China’s President Xi Jinping this week as investors

are desperate for any signs of a thaw in US,-China

relations even if it shifts expectations for much awaited

Federal Reserve interest rate cuts.

The S&P 500 closed at a record high on Thursday after

the US central bank said it was ready to cut rates if needed

in the face of growing risks including the US-China

trade war. The benchmark index was volatile on Friday

as hopes of trade progress offset concerns about US-Iran

tensions.

To extend the rally, one requirement will be friendly

talks between the leaders of the world’s two biggest economies.

They are expected to meet in Japan on the sidelines

of a Group of 20 (G20) summit next week.

US-China negotiations spectacularly broke down in

early May after Trump accused China of retreating from

previous commitments, causing a market sell-off.

Daimler to recall 60,000 Mercedes

diesels in Germany over emissions

DAIMLER must recall 60,000 Mercedes diesel cars

in Germany after regulators found that they were

fitted with software aimed at distorting emissions tests,

the Transportation Ministry said on Saturday.

The model affected is the Mercedes-Benz GLK 220

produced between 2012 and 2015.

Daimler confirmed that the recall was ordered on Friday

but said that it would appeal against the decision

while continuing to cooperate with regulators.

The ministry said that it was expanding its investigation

into further models.

Since rival Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to cheating

U.S. emissions tests, the scandal has spread to other

carmakers. Daimler has ordered the recall of 3 million

vehicles to fix excess emissions coming from their diesel

engines.

Some stories credited to Reuters


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019—17


18 — Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

AS the Labour sector and the nation

at large get set for the battle to

implement the recently-approved

National Minimum Wage, the

complementary Labour compensation

law - the Pension Act - needs to be

placed on the centre stage of the total

fiscal plan, especially at the state and

local government levels.

The Labour compensation law in in a PENCOM report for the first

question is the Contributory Pension quarter of 2019 shows that 20 states are

Scheme, CPS. By the CPS Act as neither remitting pension contributions

amended in 2014, the Federal Government

had kick-started the implementa-

no group life insurance for their em-

nor funding accrued rights and have

tion for federal civil servants while the ployees.

private sector has largely keyed into the The states are Imo, Sokoto, Kogi,

scheme.

Bayelsa, Nasarawa, Oyo, Katsina, Akwa

It is worrisome that after many years, Ibom, Benue, Kwara, Plateau, Cross

the National Pension Commission, River, Abia, Ebonyi, Taraba, Bauchi,

PENCOM, is reporting that only 15 Borno, Gombe and Adamawa states.

states have made progress in the Other states, except the Federal

implementation of the scheme, while Capital Territory, FCT, and Lagos have

only eight out of the remaining 21 states no group life in place for their workers.

have sent bills for its enactment. We commend Lagos and Kaduna states

A breakdown of the level of as the only states that are up to date in

implementation of the CPS as contained the remittance of pension contributions

The plight of state pensioners

and funding the accrued rights of

employees.

Delta is remitting complete and

regular pension contributions for state

employees, but remitting only

employees’ portion for local government

workers. The state funded accrued

pension rights of both LG and

state but with huge arrears of accrued

pension liabilities.

Jigawa State is remitting pension

contributions to selected Pension Fund

Administrators, PFAs, but

implementing a Contributory Defined

Benefits Scheme, CDBS. It does not

have group life insurance policy for

its workers.

Ogun stopped remitting pension

contributions with huge arrears of

unremitted pension contributions. It has

not commenced funding of the accrued

rights or established Group Life

Insurance policy.

Niger State stopped remitting pension

contributions in 2015, and is not funding

accrued rights. Rivers is remitting only

employee portion of pension

contributions. The state has a huge

backlog of unremitted employer portion

of pension contributions.

These are some of the disheartening

snapshots of the states’ pension schemes

for which we advocate stern measures

to save the future of the workers who

would not be able to fend for themselves

soon after they leave service.

While commending the efforts of

PENCOM, we advise the Federal Government

to exert the political will that

rescued the LGs from the financial

stranglehold of the State Governors to

rescue state pensioners from their

plight.

OPINION

Towards ending the killing spree by herdsmen

By Emmanuel Onwubiko

NOT long ago when a global terrorists

index was issued by international

experts on terrorism and the threats terrorists

pose to world's peace, the Nigerian version

of armed herdsmen was rated as the fourth

deadliest killer terror organisation in the

world.

Sadly, as the international community of

concerned experts are wracking their brains

on how to get the relevant global leaders to

act to stave off the grave consequences of

not doing anything to stop all forms of terror

attacks, there appears to be an awkward

marriage of convenience and conspiracy of

silence by the authorities in Nigeria.

Herdsmen have continued to terrorise Nigeria

and Nigerians but because of the alleged

support of the group by the authorities,

they are now roaming about like sacred

cows and are demanding openly to set

up armed vigilantes in the Igbo heartland

because of the refusal of the Igbo to accept

the use of public fund for the setting up of

either cattle colonies, ranches or grazing

lands.

On June 25, 2018 at the height of the attacks

on farming communities in the

Middlebelt region, this group said the killings

were a retaliation for the theft of 300

cows. Danladi Ciroma, chairman, North-

Central zone of the Miyetti Allah called

Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria,

MACBAN, who said herdsmen in Plateau

State had lost “about 300 cows in the last

few weeks,” added: “These attacks are retaliatory.

As much as I don’t support the killing

of human beings, the truth must be told

that those who carried out the attacks must

be on revenge mission.”

The leader of a delegation of MACBAN

to the Defence Headquarters, Senator

Dagiri Alkali, said the pastoralists moved

into new territories in the country because

they had been forced out of their territories

in the North. He claimed that the Boko

Haram insurgents attacked the Fulani in

the North-East and other parts of the country

and stole millions of cows from the breeders,

adding that the Fulani were also victims of

the activities of cattle rustlers in Katsina,

Zamfara, Kebbi, Kaduna, Nasarawa,

Plateau, Benue and parts of Kogi State.

Alkali wondered why people had not taken

a look at the factors that had driven the

Fulani to different parts of the country, and

asked where Nigerians expected the

herdsmen to keep the over 20 million cows

in the country. “When the reserves and forests

were gazetted and reserved for cattle

breeders, this incident was not there; but the

increase in population has now wiped out

the entire grazing reserves in this country;

400 and something of them all wiped out,

and you have a population of about 20

million cows.

“Where do you keep them? And every one

of us likes to eat meat. This is a venture that

over 20 million people are engaged in and

nobody cares to know what the causes of

this problem are. Presently, you know the

case of Boko Haram. They attacked and

decapitated the population of Fulani in

Adamawa, Borno and Yobe and some parts

of Taraba.”

The Defence authorities have warned that

the military would go after those behind the

killing of innocent citizens and ensure that

they were prosecuted in accordance with the

directive of the President. Shockingly, rather

than arrest and prosecute these persons for

defending mass murders, the Director,

Administration, at the Defence Headquarters,

Maj. Gen. Fatai Ali, who represented

the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel

Olonisakin, said the CDS had set up a committee

to interact with the stakeholders on

the issue. He warned those involved in violence

to stop forthwith as the Federal Government

would subject them to the full

weight of the law.

According to him, the committee, led by

Maj. Gen. Edward Nze, had just arrived in

Abuja from Benue for such meetings with

stakeholders. He stated that the military

was working hard to ensure that those who

perpetrated the gruesome killings were

apprehended. “The recent herdsmen and

local community clashes in many parts of

Nigeria are sources of serious concern.

Many lives have been lost. The President

The Defence authorities

have warned that the military

would go after those

behind the killing of innocent

citizens and ensure

that they were prosecuted

has directed security agencies and indeed,

the military, to handle the situation and

ensure that no more lives are lost. I want to

assure you that the military, in conjunction

with other security agencies, is doing everything

possible to maintain peace and

security in Nigeria in line with the directive

of the Commander-in-Chief.

“I want to also assure you that whoever

is involved in this killing will be brought to

book and tried in line with the laws of the

land. We are calling on all other parties

who are interested in peace, to sheathe their

swords and ensure that they do not cause

unnecessary casualties or deaths; otherwise,

the Federal Government of Nigeria will bring

the full weight of the force and law on them.”

The same Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders in

January 2018, defended armed herdsmen

who attacked Benue State communities and

even slaughtered two catholic priests and

worshippers at a morming mass. These persons

were never arrested. At that time, the

Miyetti Allah had reacted to the recent

killings in Benue, Taraba and other states.

Recall that dozens of people have been

killed in violence unleashed by armed

herdsmen on farmers. The most reported

killing of over 70 people in Benue has been

blamed by the state government on the

Miyetti Allah. Miyetti Allah didn't deny

involvement but pontificated their time-worn

and dubious claim of killing in self-defence.

They even told the security forces that: “We

are, however, not denying the fact that, as

any other community in the country, we are

also battling with misguided and criminally

motivated elements who indulge in social

vices and criminal activities. However, these

few miscreants do not represent the

mainstream herdsmen.

"While as a body we are not against any

law that can engender peace, create societal

harmony and stability, we cannot oblige any

self-centred regulation with primordial

sentiments based on injustice, intolerance and

infringement of people’s fundamental rights."

What is still a compelling interrogation is

what the motivating factor is for the Presidency

to insist on not declaring Miyetti Allah

Cattle Breeders, a terror group even when

empirical proofs exist to show how they actively

encourage and sponsor violence

against farmers.

• Onwubiko is of the Human Rights Writers

Association of Nigeria


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019 —19

Decline in stop rates on FGN bond to persist as DMO offer N100bn

•External reserves record first weekly decline in 3 months

By Babajide Komolafe

T

HE declining trend of stop rates

in the monthly FGN bond offer

is expected to persist this week

when the Debt Management Office,

DMO, conduct the June offer of

N100 billion.

The DMO since last year has been

reducing stop rates on FGN bonds,

taking advantage of huge demand

for the bonds, driven by investors'

quest for higher returns especially

foreign portfolio investors. As a

result, stop rate on the five-year

FGN bond declined by 109 basis

points (bpts) to 14.11 percent at the

last auction in May from 15.20

percent at the January auction.

Similarly stop rate on the 10-year

FGN bond fell by 111 bpts to 14.24

percent in May from 15.35 percent

in January. This trend, according to

analysts, will persist this week

during the N100 billion FGN bond

offer for June. The offer comprise

three tenors, five-years, 10-years and

30-years namely, N30 billion worth

of 12.75% FGN APR 2023 (5-Yr Reopening),

N40 billion worth of FGN

APR 2029 (10-Yr Re-opening), and

N30 billion worth of FGN APR 2049

(30-Yr Re-opening).

"We expect the bonds to be issued

at lower stop rates amid sustained

demand pressure on fixed income

assets," said analysts at Lagos based

Cowry Asset Management Company

Limited.

Cost of funds to rise further

Meanwhile, the FGN bond offer is

expected to trigger further rise in

cost of funds in the interbank money

Continues on page 21

MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

By Nkiruka Nnorom

THE unrelenting Apapa traffic

gridlock as well as the unchecked

dumping of consumer goods in the

country have continued to take their toll

on the financial state of companies in

the Fast Moving Consumer Goods,

FMCGs, segment.

The financial report of the companies

for the first quarter (Q1) to March 31,

2019 indicated that they are struggling

with declining earnings and thinning

profit margins.

The companies, which include Nestle

Nigeria Plc, Cadbury Nigeria Plc,

Unilever Nigeria Plc, Dangote Sugar

Refinery Plc, Dangote Flour Mills Plc,

NASCON Allied Industries Plc and

GlaxoSmithKline, GSK Plc, recorded

combined revenue of N172.4 billion, a

10.6 percent decline compared to

N192.83 billion posted in the

corresponding period in 2018.

Their Profit Before Tax, PBT, also saw

a marginal decline of 1.63 percent to

N30.2 billion from N30.7 billion in Q1,

2018.

Managing Director of NASCON, Paul

Farrer, described the Apapa gridlock as

one of the key risks in the company’s

business, saying that the company has

shifted some of its operations away from

Apapa to Oregun and Port Harcourt, in

response to the gridlock in Apapa.

He said the Apapa gridlock affected

the movement of raw materials to

Oregun, timely delivery of finished

goods to customers and increased turnaround

time of the company’s trucks.

“We relocated 60 per cent of our Apapa

Plant production capacity to our Oregun

and Port Harcourt plants to reduce the

effects of the gridlock. We also engaged

third-party transporters to ensure timely

delivery of our finished goods,” he said.

Speaking in the same vein, Founder

and Chairman Honeywell Group, Mr.

Oba Otudeko, said that the deplorable

Apapa gridlock crashes earnings

in consumer goods sector

•Revenue down 10.6 %, as they struggle to contain cost

state of roads around the Tin Can and

Apapa ports is already seriously

weighing on businesses operating in

the vicinity.

He explained that most companies

operating in the area are counting their

losses as a result of the traffic gridlock

around the ports, adding that it is

affecting manpower, production and

profit.

Recall that owing to the enormity of

the problem and the outcry over the

impact on businesses, the federal

government recently constituted

a Presidential Task Force on the Apapa

traffic gridlock with a mandate to clear

up the gridlock as well as restore law

and order to Apapa and its environs

within two weeks starting from May 24,

2019.

After failing to meet its initial deadline

of June 7, the Task Force is now

expected to present a formal report at

the end of its extended mandate today,

June 24, 2019. The Task Force is yet to

make any significant headway as major

roads leading to the ports are still locked

up as at press time.

Despite the attendant effect of the

traffic on the companies, the

management of the various companies

have managed to device a way to control

cost in order to remain in business.

Financial Vanguard checks revealed

that some of the companies that import

their manufacturing inputs now ferry

them in barges through the Lagoon to

Ikorodu and then truck to where their

factories are located to avoid the delay

brought about by the traffic situation.

Continues on page 20

MPC members advocate

strong consumer credit

system

22

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Stock market investors lose relationship with Africa

N78bn in bearish run

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FINANCIAL VANGUARD

Continues from page 19

Others have also resorted to

funding through capital

market, instead of money

market to keep cost down.

Consequently, cost of

sales for the companies

dropped by 5.8 percent

to N118.84 billion from

N126.16 billion a year

ago.

However, Nestle

appeared to have a better

outing during the period

having recorded 5.3

percent reduction in cost

of sales, while recording

five percent and 40

percent increases in

revenue and pre-tax

profit respectively, a

performance financial

experts attributed to the

inelastic nature of the

company's core food

segments.

Though Unilever also

brought down its cost

significantly by 12.5

percent to N15.37

billion, its revenue and

pre-tax profit went

negative at -20.8 percent

and -39 percent

respectively. Dangote

Sugar also recorded 17.1

percent decline in cost,

but its revenue for the

three month period

declined by 7.3 percent

to N38.12 billion. Its pretax

profit, however, rose

by 27.4 percent to N10.7

billion.

GSK seems to be worst

hit, as its cost

skyrocketed by 16.7

percent, while the

revenue and PBT

recorded steep decline of

72.8 percent and 87.5

percent respectively.

Like GSK, Dangote

Flour Mills posted 4.6

percent increase in cost

of sales and 13.4 percent

decline in revenue while

recorded outright loss

before tax of N3.6 billion

as against a profit of

N2.3 billion made in the

corresponding period of

2018.

Cadbury Nigeria, on the other

hand, posted 7.3 percent

increase in its cost. However, its

revenue and pre-tax profit went

up by 12.6 percent and 2,201

percent respectively.

NASCON's cost rose by 8.5

percent. Its revenue

appreciated by 0.7 percent,

while the PBT declined by 34.6

percent.

Analysts explain

Financial experts that spoke

to Financial Vanguard blamed

the poor performance on the

Apapa traffic gridlock and

increased importation of illegal

consumables, which they said,

is hurting their profit margin.

Wahab Mustapha, analysts at

Cordros Capital, a Lagos based

investment house, said: “Most

of them reported slower

portfolio growth, basically

because they are operating in

intense competitive

Apapa gridlock crashes earnings in

consumer goods sector

environment.

Pricing environment was

actually very bad for them. That

was why you see that their

revenue was down year-onyear.

“When you think of the

declining portfolio, what comes

to mind is that most of them are

still struggling from the Apapa

traffic gridlock, making it

difficult for them to evacuate

products from the Port and

distribute their products from

the area.

“For some of them, such as

Dangote Sugar and the flour

millers, they operate in intense

competitive environment; they

are still suffering from huge

importation of some

commodities like sugar and

flour with the impact of this

resulting in general price

decline.”

Additionally, he said that

strained consumer wallets

remained a challenge.

“Consumers are yet to recover

from the over 60 percent

depreciation in the value of the

Naira over a period of two

years. Secondly, inflation level

has also doubled. So, the impact

of the decreased wealth is

impacting consumers'

purchasing power,” Mustapha

said.

For them to survive, he said

they have to bring down prices

to, at least, fend off competition

or to, at least, maintain the same

level of market share.

Analysts at United Capital Plc,

another Lagos-based

investment banking firm, said:

“Our view on the FMCGs

remains modestly positive on

the back of a gradual recovery

in the economy.

“However, challenges to

volume growth may persist due

to bottlenecks to distribution.

“Pressure on volume growth

and transport cost is likely to

persist as the difficulty

associated with the gridlock at

the Lagos Port is unlikely to go

away in the interim. In our view,

this is negative for food

manufacturers in the Apapa axis

as well as others that depend

on importation of their ware.”

Charles Fakrogha, broker

dealer at Cicycol, attributed the

impaired revenue to weak

purchasing power of an

average Nigerian consumer. He

advised the FMCG companies

to work at keeping down cost.

“They should be more cost

conscious,” he stated.

He said that though they have

been able to pass cost to

consumers through reduction

in quantity of unit packs, but

that has not positively impacted

earnings due to myriad of other

challenges.

Fakrogha added that

congestion at Apapa Port and

COVER

gridlock at that axis also

impacted the efficiency

and operating cost for

some of the companies in

FMCG sector that are

involved in importation of

their wares.

David Adonri,

Managing Director/CEO,

Highcap Securities

Limited, blamed the

increased dumping of

imported products for the

incidence. He said that the

imported substitute has

reduced the market share

of the companies.

Going forward

United Capital stated

that while most players in

the FMCGs would be

looking forward to the

positive impact of the new

N30,000 minimum wage,

fixing the current

infrastructural deficits

would be a bigger win for

them.

“In all, our best picks in

the sector are diversified

food and beverage

producers, buttressed by

their product and brand

durability. We are not very

positive on flour millers

and sugar manufacturing

companies, as our shortterm

expectation is

dampened by the

feedback effect of Apapa

gridlock and smuggling

activities on volume

growth,” they said.

Going into the future,

Mustapha of Cordros

Capital said: “We see

slight improvement in

Apapa gridlock by year

end or at least by early

2020.

The improvement is

expected to give some of

the companies that are

involved in importation of

their raw materials some

respite.”

He noted that pledge by

federal government to

clampdown on illegal

importation of different products

will also give them some respite

in terms of pricing.

“I believe that they should be

able to increase prices going

into Q3 and Q4 2019. In terms

of purchasing power, the

introduction of new minimum

wage should be positive for fast

moving consumer goods

companies,” he stated.

Fakrogha of Cicycol is of the

opinion that efforts by the

federal government to

decongest Apapa Port and its

environ as well as the assurance

by the Central Bank of Nigeria,

CBN, that no changes would be

made in the foreign exchange

policy would have positive

impact on the companies going

forward.


20 — Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

FINANCIAL VANGUARD

Continues from page 19

Others have also resorted to

funding through capital

market, instead of money

market to keep cost down.

Consequently, cost of

sales for the companies

dropped by 5.8 percent

to N118.84 billion from

N126.16 billion a year

ago.

However, Nestle

appeared to have a better

outing during the period

having recorded 5.3

percent reduction in cost

of sales, while recording

five percent and 40

percent increases in

revenue and pre-tax

profit respectively, a

performance financial

experts attributed to the

inelastic nature of the

company's core food

segments.

Though Unilever also

brought down its cost

significantly by 12.5

percent to N15.37

billion, its revenue and

pre-tax profit went

negative at -20.8 percent

and -39 percent

respectively. Dangote

Sugar also recorded 17.1

percent decline in cost,

but its revenue for the

three month period

declined by 7.3 percent

to N38.12 billion. Its pretax

profit, however, rose

by 27.4 percent to N10.7

billion.

GSK seems to be worst

hit, as its cost

skyrocketed by 16.7

percent, while the

revenue and PBT

recorded steep decline of

72.8 percent and 87.5

percent respectively.

Like GSK, Dangote

Flour Mills posted 4.6

percent increase in cost

of sales and 13.4 percent

decline in revenue while

recorded outright loss

before tax of N3.6 billion

as against a profit of

N2.3 billion made in the

corresponding period of

2018.

Cadbury Nigeria, on the other

hand, posted 7.3 percent

increase in its cost. However, its

revenue and pre-tax profit went

up by 12.6 percent and 2,201

percent respectively.

NASCON's cost rose by 8.5

percent. Its revenue

appreciated by 0.7 percent,

while the PBT declined by 34.6

percent.

Analysts explain

Financial experts that spoke

to Financial Vanguard blamed

the poor performance on the

Apapa traffic gridlock and

increased importation of illegal

consumables, which they said,

is hurting their profit margin.

Wahab Mustapha, analysts at

Cordros Capital, a Lagos based

investment house, said: “Most

of them reported slower

portfolio growth, basically

because they are operating in

intense competitive

Apapa gridlock crashes earnings in

consumer goods sector

environment.

Pricing environment was

actually very bad for them. That

was why you see that their

revenue was down year-onyear.

“When you think of the

declining portfolio, what comes

to mind is that most of them are

still struggling from the Apapa

traffic gridlock, making it

difficult for them to evacuate

products from the Port and

distribute their products from

the area.

“For some of them, such as

Dangote Sugar and the flour

millers, they operate in intense

competitive environment; they

are still suffering from huge

importation of some

commodities like sugar and

flour with the impact of this

resulting in general price

decline.”

Additionally, he said that

strained consumer wallets

remained a challenge.

“Consumers are yet to recover

from the over 60 percent

depreciation in the value of the

Naira over a period of two

years. Secondly, inflation level

has also doubled. So, the impact

of the decreased wealth is

impacting consumers'

purchasing power,” Mustapha

said.

For them to survive, he said

they have to bring down prices

to, at least, fend off competition

or to, at least, maintain the same

level of market share.

Analysts at United Capital Plc,

another Lagos-based

investment banking firm, said:

“Our view on the FMCGs

remains modestly positive on

the back of a gradual recovery

in the economy.

“However, challenges to

volume growth may persist due

to bottlenecks to distribution.

“Pressure on volume growth

and transport cost is likely to

persist as the difficulty

associated with the gridlock at

the Lagos Port is unlikely to go

away in the interim. In our view,

this is negative for food

manufacturers in the Apapa axis

as well as others that depend

on importation of their ware.”

Charles Fakrogha, broker

dealer at Cicycol, attributed the

impaired revenue to weak

purchasing power of an

average Nigerian consumer. He

advised the FMCG companies

to work at keeping down cost.

“They should be more cost

conscious,” he stated.

He said that though they have

been able to pass cost to

consumers through reduction

in quantity of unit packs, but

that has not positively impacted

earnings due to myriad of other

challenges.

Fakrogha added that

congestion at Apapa Port and

COVER

gridlock at that axis also

impacted the efficiency

and operating cost for

some of the companies in

FMCG sector that are

involved in importation of

their wares.

David Adonri,

Managing Director/CEO,

Highcap Securities

Limited, blamed the

increased dumping of

imported products for the

incidence. He said that the

imported substitute has

reduced the market share

of the companies.

Going forward

United Capital stated

that while most players in

the FMCGs would be

looking forward to the

positive impact of the new

N30,000 minimum wage,

fixing the current

infrastructural deficits

would be a bigger win for

them.

“In all, our best picks in

the sector are diversified

food and beverage

producers, buttressed by

their product and brand

durability. We are not very

positive on flour millers

and sugar manufacturing

companies, as our shortterm

expectation is

dampened by the

feedback effect of Apapa

gridlock and smuggling

activities on volume

growth,” they said.

Going into the future,

Mustapha of Cordros

Capital said: “We see

slight improvement in

Apapa gridlock by year

end or at least by early

2020.

The improvement is

expected to give some of

the companies that are

involved in importation of

their raw materials some

respite.”

He noted that pledge by

federal government to

clampdown on illegal

importation of different products

will also give them some respite

in terms of pricing.

“I believe that they should be

able to increase prices going

into Q3 and Q4 2019. In terms

of purchasing power, the

introduction of new minimum

wage should be positive for fast

moving consumer goods

companies,” he stated.

Fakrogha of Cicycol is of the

opinion that efforts by the

federal government to

decongest Apapa Port and its

environ as well as the assurance

by the Central Bank of Nigeria,

CBN, that no changes would be

made in the foreign exchange

policy would have positive

impact on the companies going

forward.


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019 —21

FINANCIAL VANGUARD

Decline in stop rates on FGN bond to

persist as DMO offer N100bn

Continues from page 19

market this week.

Last week, cost of

funds rose in response

to outflow for funding

of foreign exchange

wholesale auctions and

foreign exchange

swaps by the Central

Bank of Nigeria as well

as rollover of N17.61

billion worth of treasury

bills (TBs) that

matured during the

week. The outflows

suppressed the impact

of inflow of N89 billion

from matured

secondary market

(Open Market

Operation, OMO) TBs,

prompting average

short term interest rate

to rise by 346 bpts.

Data from FMDQ

showed that interest

rate on Collateralised

(Open Buy Back, OBB)

rose by 342 bpts to 8.71

percent last week from

5.29 percent the

previous week.

Similarly, interest rate

on Overnight lending

rose by 350 bpts to 9.21

percent last week from

5.71 percent the

previous week.

Analysts at Lagos

based Vetiva Capital

Management Company

projected that the apex

bank might sell OMO

bills today leading to

further rise in cost of

funds. "With the current

level of system

liquidity, we foresee an

OMO auction in

Monday's session,

leading to a negative

close in the secondary

market at the start of

the week", they said.

External reserves

record first weekly

decline in three

months

The nation's external

reserves last week

record the first weekly

decline in three

months.

Buoyed by increased

foreign exchange

earnings courtesy high

crude oil price and

influx of dollars from

foreign portfolio

investors, the nation's

reserves have been on

the upward trend since

February 28th, 2019,

when it stood at $41.296

billion. This trend was

however halted on

June 10 when the

reserves peaked at

$45.175 billion.

Last week, the

reserves recorded its

first weekly decline of

$76 million as it fell to

$45.087 billion on

Thursday June 20th,

2019 from $45.163

billion on Thursday

June 13th, previous

week.

Meanwhile the naira

appreciated marginally

by 2 kobo at the

Investors and Exporters

(I&E) window last

week. Data from FMDQ

showed that the

indicative exchange

rate for the window

dropped marginally to

N360.49 per dollar last

week from N360.51 per

dollar the previous

week. On its part, the

CBN sustained its

weekly injection of $210

million to support

activities in the

interbank foreign

exchange market.

Treasury report chart 2: Forex & TB rates

Treasury report chart 4: Yields on FGN Bonds

Treasury report chart 1: Monthly foreign flows and Domestic Transactions

on NSE

Treasury report chart 3: Interbank interest rates


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019 —21

FINANCIAL VANGUARD

Decline in stop rates on FGN bond to

persist as DMO offer N100bn

Continues from page 19

market this week.

Last week, cost of

funds rose in response

to outflow for funding

of foreign exchange

wholesale auctions and

foreign exchange

swaps by the Central

Bank of Nigeria as well

as rollover of N17.61

billion worth of treasury

bills (TBs) that

matured during the

week. The outflows

suppressed the impact

of inflow of N89 billion

from matured

secondary market

(Open Market

Operation, OMO) TBs,

prompting average

short term interest rate

to rise by 346 bpts.

Data from FMDQ

showed that interest

rate on Collateralised

(Open Buy Back, OBB)

rose by 342 bpts to 8.71

percent last week from

5.29 percent the

previous week.

Similarly, interest rate

on Overnight lending

rose by 350 bpts to 9.21

percent last week from

5.71 percent the

previous week.

Analysts at Lagos

based Vetiva Capital

Management Company

projected that the apex

bank might sell OMO

bills today leading to

further rise in cost of

funds. "With the current

level of system

liquidity, we foresee an

OMO auction in

Monday's session,

leading to a negative

close in the secondary

market at the start of

the week", they said.

External reserves

record first weekly

decline in three

months

The nation's external

reserves last week

record the first weekly

decline in three

months.

Buoyed by increased

foreign exchange

earnings courtesy high

crude oil price and

influx of dollars from

foreign portfolio

investors, the nation's

reserves have been on

the upward trend since

February 28th, 2019,

when it stood at $41.296

billion. This trend was

however halted on

June 10 when the

reserves peaked at

$45.175 billion.

Last week, the

reserves recorded its

first weekly decline of

$76 million as it fell to

$45.087 billion on

Thursday June 20th,

2019 from $45.163

billion on Thursday

June 13th, previous

week.

Meanwhile the naira

appreciated marginally

by 2 kobo at the

Investors and Exporters

(I&E) window last

week. Data from FMDQ

showed that the

indicative exchange

rate for the window

dropped marginally to

N360.49 per dollar last

week from N360.51 per

dollar the previous

week. On its part, the

CBN sustained its

weekly injection of $210

million to support

activities in the

interbank foreign

exchange market.

Treasury report chart 2: Forex & TB rates

Treasury report chart 4: Yields on FGN Bonds

Treasury report chart 1: Monthly foreign flows and Domestic Transactions

on NSE

Treasury report chart 3: Interbank interest rates


22 — Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

FINANCIAL VANGUARD

From left, Bruno Wenn, Board Chair AFOS Foundation, Germany; Joshua Etopidiok, Director, Special Insured Institutions Department,

Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC; Tokunbo Martins, Director, Other Financial Institutions Supervision Department, OFIDs,

Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN; Tutu Ogunnaike, Board Chair AFOS Foundation INGO, Nigeria; and Guillaume Valence, Africa Director,

AFOS Foundation at the 5th symposium of the Nigeria Microfinance Platform in Ibadan, Oyo state.

MPC members advocate strong consumer credit system

By Babajide Komolafe

MEMBERS of the Mon

etary Policy Committee,

MPC, of the Central Bank of Nigeria

have called for development

of a strong consumer credit

system in the country, stressing

that this is a requirement for boosting

economic growth.

In their personal statements at the

last meeting of the Committee held

in May, released by the apex bank

last week, the MPC members cited

the lack of a vibrant consumer

credit system in the country as one

of the major impediments to the

nation’s economic growth.

While noting the decline in

banks’ lending to the private sector

of the economy between February

and April, 2019 they lamented

banks’ preference for lending to the

federal government through investment

in treasury bills, stressing

that such attitude is not helping

economic growth.

Professor Adeola Adenikinju, a

member of the Committee stated:

“The preference shown by the Deposit

Money Banks, DMBs, for

fixed income government assets

over credit to the real sector of the

economy is worrisome.

“Credit to real sector is not only

low but decreasing in relative terms

in asset portfolio of DMBs, and is

concentrated on low employment

generating sectors. Banks seems

to have abandoned their primary

role of intermediation. This unhealthy

trend should be strongly

discouraged. Banks continue to

focus on easy ways of making money,

including through its various

charges on customers and government

securities, at a time when the

economy is in dire needs of banks’

credit.

“The Nigerian economy needs a

vibrant consumer credit system in

order to drive private consumption

and expand domestic supply. Consumer

credit is a major driver of

growth in a capitalist economy.

However, the ecosystem and institutions

needed for a successful consumer

credit system must be established.”

Also speaking in this regard,

Deputy Governor, Financial Sec-

tor Surveillance, Aisha Ahmad,

said: “Information from bank staff

reveals contraction in credit to the

private sector between February

and March 2019, even as income

from trading activities increased vis

a vis a reduction in non-interest

income from credit activities.

“Whilst factors such as residual

low risk appetite in the light of recent

high levels of NPLs and significant

asset portfolio write-offs are

duly noted, the industry must dramatically

increase lending to the

real sector to strengthen the economic

recovery, bolster domestic

productivity and create jobs.

In addition, banks are encouraged

to ramp up investments in

technology to facilitate efficient retail

loan distribution and explore

using behavioural analysis and

artificial intelligence to enhance

credit decisions, particularly for

loans to the informal sector.”

Another member of the committee,

Prof. Balami Dahiru Hassan,

called on banks to embrace consumer

credit, saying, “It has been

identified that there is demand gap

Omobola Johnson commends Sterling Bank’s

high-level gender inclusion

A

FORMER Minister of

Communications and

Information Technology, Dr.

Omobola Johnson, has

commended Sterling Bank Plc for

its high level of gender inclusion.

Johnson who spoke on the

theme, ‘Winning through

Inclusion’ at the third edition of the

Sterling Leadership Series, SLS, in

Lagos, also listed some factors that

can help women to reach the top of

their careers in any field of

endeavour.

She said women can get to the

top through mentorship, role

modelling, assertiveness,

confidence building and

networking, among others.

While urging women to quickly

adopt the tactics she outlined for

better representation, Johnson said

men are not likely to concede

leadership positions to women in

a friendly manner because lots of

discriminatory practices exist in the

in the economy and, therefore,

banks should embrace consumer

credit. This would impact on consumption,

production and growth

in the economy. Private credit bureau

or system be created, engage

stakeholders to contribute their

quota and how to honour their obligations,

and alternative dispute

resolution system be established.

The credit channel for monetary

policy will aid growth and will have

high impact in housing, mining,

and transportation value chain.”

corporate world so women would

have to fight, kick and, if necessary,

bite to get to the top.

Johnson who is a Co-founder of

Women in Business, WIMBIZ,

commended Sterling Bank for its

high level of gender inclusion. She

said available statistics show that

when women are involved in

leadership positions there is

improved performance because

there is better representation in

decision-making.

RMB Nigeria

conference to

discuss inclusive

real sector growth

RAND Merchant Bank,

RMB, Nigeria will this

week hold its economic and

business conference with the

focus on catalysts for an

inclusive real sector growth in

Nigeria.

The bank in a statement said

the theme is “Unlocking real

sector growth to drive

sustainable economic

development”.

The bank said: “With an

abundance of resources,

Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil

exporter, has the largest natural

gas reserves on the continent,

vast natural resources, arable

land, and a young

entrepreneurial population.

“After a decade of steady

growth, market reforms, and

increased political stability - as

demonstrated by the recently

held national elections in 2019,

for the sixth consecutive time

since its return to democracy in

1999, the country seems to be

performing below its potential

economically.

“The opportunity to change

course and usher the country

into inclusive and sustainable

growth does indeed exist if the

right operating environment

and policies are instituted. The

conference will engage industry

participants in a dialogue on the

catalysts needed to stimulate

inclusive real sector growth and

accelerate economic

development.”

Speakers include Dr

Okechukwu Enelamah, former

Minister of Industry, Trade &

Investment; Oscar Onyema,

CEO of the Nigerian Stock

Exchange; Eme Essien, CEO of

International Finance

Corporation Nigeria;

Olukayode Pitan, MD of Bank

of Industry; Biola Alabi, CEO

of Biola Alabi Media; Raj

Gupta, MD of African

Industries Group; Christian

Wessels, MD of Daystar Power

and others.

Union Bank’s edu360 holds capacity building session for educators

UNION Bank has held a se

ries of training sessions for

educators in Lagos, Abuja and

Rivers as part of its edu-360 initiative

to support the development

of the education sector.

Over 175 teachers attended the

free workshops which were organised

to upskill and equip them

for more effective teaching. The

classes covered modules on ‘Inspiring

and Motivating Learners’

and ‘Developing Critical Thinking

Skills’ among others, and

were delivered by NFCR Educational

Consultants.

The bank also organised conferences

for heads of schools in

Lagos and Abuja where renowned

educators spoke on the

theme, ‘Leading Change in a Dynamic

Environment’. Among the

speakers were Mrs. Lai Koiki,

Proprietor, Greensprings School;

Dr. Femi Ogunsanya, Managing

Director, Oxbridge College;

Hajia Aisha Babangida, Board

Member, El-Amin Schools; Mrs.

Folasade Adefisayo, Principal

Consultant, Leading Learning

Limited and Mrs. Angela Ajala,

Executive Director, Ladela

Schools.

The training sessions and conferences

were organised on the

STANDARD Chartered Bank Nigeria

Limited has launched the SC Women in

Tech Incubator to support and promote the

economic and social development of women

in Nigeria through innovation or technology

led entrepreneurship.

The bank in a statement said it will use

the initiative to focus on capacity building

for women-owned small enterprises and see

this as a great opportunity to support greater

diversity in gender representation within technology

entrepreneurship for women in the

country. The Standard Chartered Women in Tech

programme will target female-led entrepreneurial

teams and provide them with training, mentorship

and seed funding. There will be an open

platform of Union Bank’s education

initiative-edu360, launched in

October 2018 to promote collaboration

and partnerships that will

boost the development of education

in Nigeria. The inaugural twoday

edu360 event featured exhibitions,

panel discussions and seminars

that brought together investors,

parents, school proprietors,

teachers and students. During the

event, over 200 teachers from private

and government owned

schools benefitted from free training

workshops organised by the

bank.

Standard Chartered launches women in tech programme

call for participation leading to a final selection of the

top 10 contestants with the most compelling ideas. At

the end of the training period, up to five winners will

be chosen and each winner will be awarded up to

$10,000 to invest in their business.

The event included an all-women panel discussion

led by Olga Arara-Kimani, Regional Head,

Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing, Standard

Chartered Bank along with Adenike Adeyemi, Executive

Director, FATE Foundation; Bode Abifarin,

Chief Operating Officer of Flutterwave Incorporated;

Odun Eweniyi, CoFounder, PiggyVest;

Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, Founder, Pearls Africa

Youth Foundation; and OreoluwaLesi, Women’s

Technology Empowerment Centre who moderated

the session.


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CAP to

leverage

reforms in real

estate sector

to boost

returns

By Nkiruka Nnorom

CHEMICAL and Allied

Products, CAP Plc, has

said it is poised to take

advantage of the structural

reforms that will be undertaken

by the federal government in

the housing and real estate

sector this year to boost revenue

and returns to its shareholders.

The company also declared

N2.03 billion dividend,

representing 29 kobo per share

for the year ended December

31, 2018, which was approved

by the shareholders.

Speaking at the 54th Annual

General Meeting, AGM, in

Lagos, Solomon Aigbavboa,

Acting Chairman, CAP Plc,

said: “We expect that the

economic environment in 2019

will continue to be fluid and

uncertain and businesses must

be proactive and make clear cut

choices about how to compete

in the market place. Businesses

also need to make clear

definition of strategy, business

model and core operations in

order to increase revenue and

profitability.

“Your company is closely

following developments at all

levels and is prepaid to key into

opportunities that will be

created. We will respond

appropriately to the emerging

paint market trends and

different economic scenarios by

introducing new products and

value added services,

increasing volumes,

entrenching presence in the

standard market, completing

Dulux Colour Centers, DCC,

upgrade and implementing

impactful marketing initiatives

to ensure effective customer

engagement among others.”

He alluded to the effect of

difficult business environment

in 2018, saying that CAP

navigated the business terrain

by recovering its costs through

various cost reduction

initiatives and improved

efficiency, which resulted in

nine percent increase in

revenue to N7.76 billion and 15

percent growth in the operating

profit to N2.28 billion.

He said that the company

expanded its distribution

channels and improved on field

presence by opening two Dulux

Colour Centres in Lagos and

Abuja during the year.

“We also increased marketing

initiatives and value-adding

services. We extended in-plant

paint production to silk line and

commenced DCC upgrades. We

will work harmoniously with

DCC distributors to achieve

topline growth in 2019,” he

added.

By Peter Egwuatu

FOLLOWING the four

days bear run on the

Nigerian Stock Exchange,

NSE, last week, investors lost

N78 billion as market

capitalisation declined to

N13.154 trillion from N13.232

trillion penultimate week.

Similarly, another

benchmark indicator, the NSE

All Share Index, was down 0.7

per cent Week-on-Week, W-o-

W, to settle at 29,851.29 points

from 30,046.70 points it closed

penultimate week, while

the Year-to-Date, YtD return

worsened to -5.0 percent.

Analysts explained that the

sustained bearish trend was

as a result of sustained profit

taking activities.

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Stock market investors lose N78bn

in bearish run

• Analysts predict market rebound this week

•Recommend buy for CAP, Dangote Cement, Ecobank

By Peter Egwuatu

STANBIC IBTC Holdings

Plc reduced its Non

Performing Loan, NPL, to 3.9

per cent in the financial year

ended December 31, 2018 from

8.6 per cent in the

corresponding period of 2017.

The bank’s Chairman, Mr.

Basil Omiyi, who revealed this

while speaking at the group’s

seventh Annual General

Meeting, AGM, in Lagos also

said the group will continue to

focus in creating more

investment for shareholders

during the year.

The shareholders at the AGM,

approved the dividend

payment of N15.36billion

proposed by the board of

directors for the 2018 financial

year.

A shareholder, Chief

Shotunde Sopeju, urged the

board to pay close attention to

the growing level of loans and

ensure that the loans were

performing to avoid writing off

Rebound of

the market

But analysts foresee a

rebound of the market as

investors may soon take

advantage of the lower prices

especially for the highly

capitalised equities.

Analysts at Cowry Asset

Management Limited,

recommended a ‘buy’ for CAP

Plc, Dangote Cement and

Ecobank, while forecasting an

Earnings Per Share, EPS, of

N2.85 per share, N57.22 per

share and N4.70 per share

respectively.

However, activity level on

the Exchange last week

strengthened as average

volume and value traded

gained 499.3 per cent and

35.9 percent to settle at

189.9million units and

N4.2billion respectively.

The most traded stocks by

volume were Wema Bank

(5.1billion units), Zenith Bank

(450.6million units) and

Guaranty Trust Bank,

GTBank (74.0million

units) while Zenith Bank

(N9.0 billion), Wema Bank

(N3.2billion) and GTBank

(N2.3billion) were the major

gainers by value.

Sector performance was

mixed as three of the six

indices on the Exchange

trended northward. The

Insurance index led gainers,

up 8.7 per cent as investors

bought into Link Assurance

rising by +7.5 per cent, NEM

Insurance up (+33.3 per cent)

and Law Union increased by

Stanbic IBTC reduces NPL to 3.9%, declares

N15.36bn dividend

debts if they went bad.

While thanking the

shareholders for their

commendation, Chief

Executive, Stanbic IBTC

Holdings Plc, Mr Yinka Sanni,

assured that the Company will

not relent in its efforts to

continue to deliver value to

shareholders and other

stakeholders.

“We will continue to leverage

on our universal financial

services capability, unrelenting

focus on cost control,

digitization and client centricity

while operating as an ethical

organisation to ensure that we

continue to grow our capacity

to provide incomparable high

quality end-to-end financial

solutions to our customers in a

sustainable manner and

remain profitable as a group,”

Sanni said.

Responding to shareholders’

questions, the Group Chief

Executive Officer, Stanbic IBTC

Holdings, Mr Yinka Sanni,

said the shareholders need not

nurse any fear as the bank’s

loans were performing.

He said though the level was

increasing, it was still within

the risk appetite of the

company.

(+8.7 per cent) while the

Banking and Oil & Gas

indices also gained 2.6 per

cent and 0.7 percent

respectively on the back of

gains in Access Bank which

went up (+7.8 per cent ),

Forte Oil (+6.1 per cent ) and

Mobil Oil (+4.0 per cent ).

Sector

performance

Conversely, the Afrinvest-

ICT index led the laggards,

declining by 4.1 percent due

to losses in MTN declining

by (-4.1 per cent) and

CHAMS (-13.9 per cent). The

Consumer and Industrial

Goods indices also shed 1.6

per cent and 1.5 percent

respectively due to weakness

in International Breweries

which went down by (-10.0

per cent ), OKOMU Oil (-

10.0 per cent ) and CAP (-11.6

per cent).

Reacting to the market

outlook, analysts at Cowry

Asset said: “In the new week,

(this week) we expect the

local equities market to

rebound marginally as

investors take advantage of

the low prices even as

investors continue to await

the President’s cabinet

announcements.”

Commenting as well,

analysts at Afrinvest Research

said: “In the coming

week,(this week) we expect

that investors will continue to

take position in

fundamentally sound stocks

as we approach the half year,

H1, 2019 earnings season.”

Law Union and Rock to declare dividend at 50th AGM

tomorrow

By Abolade Oyeneye

LAW Union and Rock

Insurance Plc will,

tomorrow, June 25, 2019 at its

50th Annual General Meeting

declare a final dividend of 0.02

Kobo per 50 Kobo ordinary share,

subject to shareholders’ approval.

The dividend, according to

Mobolaji Akerele, Head,

Corporate Communications, Law

Union and Rock Insurance, will

be paid to shareholders whose

names appear in the register of

members as at the close of

business on May 31, 2019.

Shareholders will also approve

the appointment of Mr

Ademayowa Adeduro as the

Managing Director/CEO of the

company as aprt of the special

resolutions at the AGM.

The managing director, Mr.

Ademayowa Adeduro assured

that necessary arrangement has

been made to ensure a successful

outing, while advising

shareholders with dividend

warrants and share certificates that

have remained unclaimed or are

yet to be presented for validation

to complete the e-dividend

registration to claim their

outstanding dividend and reduce

the rising number of unclaimed

dividend.

“We know that expectations are

high on the side of the

shareholders, as regards payment

of dividend, but we are very

optimistic that they would not be

disappointed,” he said.


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26—Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019


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We're trying to

establish trade

relationship with

Africa - Omolola

Ajani

Mrs Omolola Ajani is the Chairperson

of the Abuja Branch of NECA’s Network

of Entrepreneurial Women, NNEW, a

platform established under the aegis of

Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Assembly,

NECA. In this interview with our team in

Abuja, she outlines efforts of her

organization in building sustainable

businesses among Nigerian women.

She notes that women businesses are yet to

feel the impact of the federal government

Ease of Doing Business initiative, while

outlining the agenda for tomorrow’s

training programme with the theme,

“Instituting Corporate Governance in Our

Businesses.” Excerpts:

By Emma Ujah, Abuja

Bureau Chief & Emmanuel

Elebeke

WHAT is NNEW?

It’s a collection of

women entrepreneurs, we operate

in all the strata that cuts across

supply of goods and services. We

have manufacturing, clothing

lines, furnishing, food and

beverages. We operate in all the

lines.

It’s a collection of these women

that not just act as a pressure group

for worthy courses that highlight

the benefits of entrepreneurship

and even the growth of

entrepreneurship but provide

access to information that will

help these women I their

businesses. We try to link them up

with information such as access

to funds, access to knowledge and

all that besides the training

aspect of the organization.

We also try to harness our broad

network base in order to reach out

to other countries. Basically, we

are trying to establish trade

mission’s relationship with Africa

whereby we can exhibit some of

our produces and goods and

services.

How do your members

balance their roles as wives,

mothers and businesswomen?

We teach women how to have

work life balance because

competences and skills are very

important as well. How to

delegate. If you know you have a

challenge with cooking, you must

learn how to cook or out-source

it. There are several options to

that.

What is the nature of

tomorrow’s programme?

It is a networking programme.

Both members and non-members

are expected, so that we can all

connect to harness and project the

benefits of the network, which

primarily, is in building ourselves

to be more productive.

The networking programme is

one of our flagship

programmes. We have several

others. This is the second for the

year. We have a calendar that

gives us an evaluating

system. This is the second

quarter. We had one in the first

quarter. How has it been so far?

This second quarter is pushing us

on what steps to take forward.

That is why our emphasis is

Instituting Corporate

Governance in Our Businesses.

Some of our speakers are: Mrs.

Ndidi Nwuneli, the Managing

Partner of Sahel Consulting

Agribusiness & Nutrition Limited;

Mrs. Adetara Agbakoba,

Manager ,

PriceWaterHouseCoopers; and

Mrs. Latifat Balogun, CEO,

Hatlab Place.

There will be entrepreneurship

trainings, exhibitions/trade fair as

well as, networking meetings to

enable participants to expand

their reach and business

opportunities.

Why did you choose

“Instituting Corporate

Governance in Our Businesses”

as your theme for this

programme?

One of our objectives is to ensure

that women businesses are

sustainable and outlive us. We

want women businesses to become

like the Coca-Colas of the world.

What we see is that most

businesses in Nigeria die when the

owners dies. So we want to build

businesses that will last for

generations.

For you to do that, you need to

have a proper structure in your

business. We always complain

about everything that surrounds

us but sometimes, we need to look

inwards to see what we need to do

to survive- which is the right

structure.

We have done a lot of trainings

in the past to ensure that women

businesses have the right

structure, good business models.

We feel it is now time to take the

next step to ensure that they are

instituting the right corporate

governance.

From your assessment of

women businesses in the

country, what do you think are

the fundamental problems that

make them often fail?

What I see is that women are not

bold. If they are bold, they will

be able to take certain steps.

Which is why we are encouraging

them to institute corporate

governance. By the time they

institute corporate governance

and they see the steps to be taken

to institute it, they will see that they

have to delegate responsibilities

to other people.

Instituting

corporate

governance also

means that you

have to comply

with a lot of the

regulations of the

federal

government

It means it is not just you doing

everything. Not one cap fits all.

You are going to have other

people in charge of Finance, HR

and other areas of the business,

and you have to trust that they will

do that for you. When that is done,

you can now say, what next is

there for me to do as the business

leader, owner?

Instituting corporate

governance also means that you

have to comply with a lot of the

regulations of the federal

government. Government is

trying to generate more revenue,

internally. It is important for

businesses to be compliant, pay

their taxes, pension and many

other issues.

With corporate governance, you

will pay all these and once you do

that, you are contributing to the

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overall economy of this country.

Once you are paying all these, it

will pinch you and you will take

interest in what is happening on

the political scene.

Political scene?

Yes.

How?

Once you are paying taxes, you

will become interesting in what

the government is doing with you

tax. I am paying tax and I know

what I pay every month. I know

what I pay in pensions and I know

where it is pinching. So I want to

know who is there. What laws are

they making and how are they

affecting my business. We were

not doing those things before so it

was soldier-go, soldier-come, we

didn’t care, so long as we were

eating. But now they have come

out, they are everywhere forcing

themselves on us. They are

everywhere and we are paying

taxes and we know the pain.

In your earlier assessments

before you zeroed in on

instituting corporate

governance, did look at issues

about lack of

transparency? Book keeping in

SMEs?

Certainly. We have done all

those trainings in the past and

most of our women know that they

have to separate themselves from

their businesses. Remember we

told you we are trying to build

businesses that will last for

generations. So if you don’t put

structures in place, it won’t

happen. Instituting corporate

governance will force you not to

do those things that you have just

mentioned.

You know I told that women are

not very bold. They are very

cautious. Which is what men

don’t have. They are very bold but

not very cautious. They are very

trusting. So women too have to

learn to trust others with their

businesses. We need to start

delegating certain things so that

we can focus on the main

businesses, network, make

connections that we need to grow

the businesses because you can’t

grow the business by micromanaging

the people. You need

to move out.

What are the effects of the

various regulations and taxes on

women businesses?

They are killings the

businesses. Many of them are

faced with the options of should I

close down the business, put my

money in the bank and then every

six months I go and collect my

interest or what should I do? The

situation is very difficult for

women businesses. If the

government is looking for one

trillion naira and there are only

three hundred registered

businesses and they choose to

audit and audit those few, it is not

going to help the economy. I

think what the government should

do is to widen the tax net to bring

in more tax payers, rather than

allowing the current multiple

taxation to kill the existing

businesses. There are a lot of

briefcase businesses who are not

paying taxes at all, while those

paying are over burdened by the

government. That shouldn’t be.

How has the federal

government Ease of doing

Business initiative impacted

women businesses in the

country?

The ease of Doing Business in

Nigeria, if you give the change to

rate it on a scale of 1-10, it is

between 2-3. The impact of the

Ease of doing Business has not

been felt by women businesses, at

all. And that goes down to the

implementers. It could be the

civil servants, or whoever the key

players of that initiative are. The

concept may be wonderful but

how do we implement it to the

extent where the target audience

benefit from it.

It is an attitudinal change

thing. While we are talking

about SMEs should do this,

government should do that, we

should target the individuals

involved in it. So as an

entrepreneur, I have to do this, the

government staff, you have a role

to play. As a government

regulator, you have a part to play.

The bottom-line is that the

administrative bottlenecks are

choking. Government realizes

that entrepreneurship is the way

to go. The challenge is how to

implement policies of

government to the extent that it

positively affects the woman on

the street.

The truth is that it is the women,

with their small businesses that

are actually upholding the

economy of this nation.

Some people have argued that

money is not the problem of

Nigerian SMEs. Do you agree?

Yes.

Why?

I said this because if I know that

money is my problem, I know

what to do. But we have so many

unforeseen issues that may come

up. As I am sitting down here

now, I can get a call that

somebody has just come to my

office and shut it because I don’t

have TV licence. What is TV used

for. And the law says you pay for

the licence per building. So

because I have two buildings in

my premises I am being charged

per building. There are so many

battles to fight. As you grow, you

become more visible so you

become a target. It is like you

have to create a department to

handle government issues which

makes it more expensive for small

businesses.


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FINANCIAL VANGUARD

5 reasons Nigeria will remain

poverty capital until 2023

….with leadership and a sense of purpose, we can lift 100

million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years — President

Buhari, June 12, 2019 in Abuja

POSSIBLY, several of the card

carrying members of the All

Progressives Congress, APC,

present clapped lustily when the

President made that statement.

That is to be expected. Loyal

politicians at campaign rallies are

not expected to think critically

about what their leaders say. Their

role is to applaud anything

pronounced. Other observers still

in possession of their thinking caps

could easily determine that the

statement was totally empty for

several reasons. Five reasons will

be sufficient to illustrate the point.

First, Buhari said “with

leadership”, not “with my

leadership”. It might appear like

quibbling with semantics, but,

other leaders embarking their

nations on a new and prosperous

direction have always emphasised

their contributions to the

achievements envisaged.

Second, at close to 78, and only

four years to go, all being well,

Buhari is speculating on an

objective well beyond his tenure.

Even if he regards himself as the

leader with a sense of purpose, he

will not be around for sixty percent

of the ten years to pilot the ship of

the Nigerian State.

Third, it is safe to assume that

the ten years have not commenced

now in 2019. With the Gross

Domestic Product, GDP, in the first

quarter, Q1, of 2019, growing at a

miserable under 2 per cent and less

than Q4 of 2018, Nigeria has

added more people to those living

in poverty instead of lifting them

out of it. From all appearances,

2019 is certainly not the first year

of the ten.

Fourth, Nigeria, under APC

government, is again repeating all

the mistakes which make it

unlikely that we will ever achieve

the remarkable economic

transformations which enabled

China, India and Indonesia, the

three countries mentioned in the

June 12 address to escape mass

poverty.

The Nigerian president was

declared winner in February this

year. India’s prime minister was

re-elected more than two months

after that. The Indian prime

minister announced his cabinet 72

hours after the results of the

election. Nigeria still has no

ministers. The difference is clear

between a purposeful prime

minister, leader and his Nigerian

counterpart.

By the time you read this article,

June will almost be over. The first

half of 2019 will soon be gone.

Purposeful leaders recognise time

as an economic resource almost

at par with capital, labour and

infrastructure. They never waste

time or encourage their

subordinates to do the same.

Ministers appointed after June

will spend the rest of the year

coming to grips with their scope

of responsibilities. Nothing much

can be expected of them. Ministers

who attempt to “hit the ground

running” – to use the hackneyed

expression of journalists –

invariably lead their Ministries

into blind alleys. An example was

the former Minister of

Transportation, Mr Rotimi

Amaechi, who made grand

promises about the Lagos-Ibadan

and the Lagos-Calabar rail lines

in 2016. The first should have been

in operation now according to

him. Not only is there no rail

commuter service between Lagos

and Ibadan, international experts

are now telling us that the

Nigerian rail line costs have been

grossly padded. Time lost; money

lost.

The Nigerian president made no

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personal commitment to achieve

the objective stated. It was more of

an academic exercise. By contrast,

when President John Kennedy of

America, after the Russians sent an

astronaut into space announced

that “by the end of the decade

America will send a man to the

moon and bring him back” he had

provided a timeline for the

objective. America was challenged

to reach the moon by December

1969. Even though Kennedy was

assassinated in 1963, the USA

achieved the goal ahead of time.

Two purposeful Presidents after

Kennedy - Johnson and Nixon -

made sure that happened. But,

Kennedy got the ball rolling by

establishing the framework for

success. He got the brightest and

best Americans to work on the

project. By contrast Buhari has not

No purposeful leader

would allow the

security situation to

deteriorate under him

and allow truckers to

openly defy his orders

and close the nation’s

ports for three years

established the Economic

Management Team which will

make it possible for Nigeria to lift

100 million out of poverty in ten

years. That explains the difference

between purposeful leadership

and wishful thinkers.

Fifth, if a purposeful leader can

be defined as one who does not

ignore clear threats to the

economy and security of his

nation, then Buhari has failed on,

at least, two instances. China, India

and Indonesia would not have

allowed trucks to block the road

Performance ,not recapitalization determines survival of

a bank – MD Imowo MfB

The Managing Director, Imowo Microfinance Bank, MfB, Ijebu Ode,

Ogun State, Mr. Ajayi Abiodun, in this interview, said that the survival

of a bank is largely determined by its financial performance which

requires good management and corporate governance, rather than

capital base. He also highlighted other issues affecting the sub sector

and its operations.

Excerpts

By Providence Emmanuel

DO you think the MfBs really

need recapitalization as

required by the CBN?

I can say categorically that it is

not recapitalisation that matter,

what matters is the performance of

each bank, aside that, they should

allow banks to grow organically, not

by forcing them to recapitalize.

Some banks are in the rural area,

they don’t need more than N20

million to perform. It is those banks

that their capital has been eroded

through bad debt that want the

Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN to

enforce recapitalisation. Some Unit

MfBs do not have N50 million

required by the CBN. Even the

capital they have, they are yet to

utilize it through lending to the

active poor in the rural area because

they do not give loans beyond N20,

000 or N30, 000. If they are forced

to recapitalize with N50 million and

they manage to, who will take it from

them? Some commercial banks that

recapitalized with N25 billion, they

have been distressed. Even if they

raise their money to N100 billion

instead of N25 billion, they will die

if the management and corporate

governance is not existing. It is not

recapitalization that matters; it is

the performance of each bank. They

should allow them to grow

organically. When I came to my

bank, our total share capital was

below N5 million, but today, the total

share capital is over N170 million.

When the CBN first came with

•Ajayi Abiodun

recapitalization of Unit MfBs, they

raised it to N200 million, assuming

we were unable to raise such and

they collapse our bank, it is going to

have a negative effect on the

populace. What matters is the

performance of each bank.

How is your bank impacting the

lives of people in Ogun state?

That is very good; the most

important aspect of how we have

been helping them is by giving them

micro loan. Some of the civil

servants have small businesses they

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to their major ports for three weeks

because their leaders are aware of

the undesirable consequences.

Nigeria allowed its major ports to

be blockaded for over three years

without government action. Even

today we are witnessing an

impotent government which

issued a 72 hour quit notice to the

criminal road blockers and three

weeks after, they are still there. It

would never happen in China.

Similarly, when herdsmen

terrorist first started to imperil the

security of the nation, the Federal

Government of Nigeria could not

foresee the danger to our food

security. First, the problem was

ignored. Herdsmen killed about

300 citizens in Agatu, Benue State,

the nation’s main food production

belt, and the President of Nigeria

did not even visit the place nor send

relief materials. Then, excuses

followed. In a shameless

demonstration of blaming the

victims, the government

announced that herdsmen were

provoked when Benue State

passed a no grazing law. Yet, the

pogrom at Agatu occurred over

one year before the law was

passed.

Then the herdsmen went to

Plateau State which had no law

prohibiting grazing. Soon a

government spokesman

announced to fellow Nigerians

that we have two options: our land

or our lives.

In all these, the short-sighted

leaders in Abuja acted as if they

actually expected to promote one

lawless group without instigating

reprisals. Cattle rustlers soon

emerged and they too were

ignored. Then bandits and

kidnappers increasingly took over

Zamfara and Katsina States. They

too were ignored because our

leaders had an election to face. All

those threats to lives and properties

could wait while they went after

the precious second term.

Second term has now been

do after work, so we give them soft

loan to boost their business. Some

need money to buy car, fridge, among

others. We buy for them and when

their salary comes, we take our

money from deductions. It could be

from a period of six months to one

year.

Aside from that, some get

developmental loan to raise their

personal building, we give them

money when they want to start

foundation, after that we give them

again to raise the building. We can’t

give them N15 million at a go, it is

called developmental loan; we give

them as they develop their building

gradually. Some take about six years

to complete but we can’t give them

loan for more than one year. After

paying for one year, then they can

apply for another one.

The salaries of civil servants in

Ogun state comes regularly, unlike

other states where they owe six

months, but in Ogun state, we don’t

have problem giving loan to civil

servants because we deduct from

their monthly salary. But for the

market women, we devise means of

monitoring and securing their

loans, we tell them to produce two

civil servants that can guarantee

secured. But, on June 12, while the

President of Nigeria was

announcing that Nigeria could lift

100 million people out of poverty

in ten years, bandits again invaded

his state and carried off a village

head. The terrorists now control

more of Zamfara and Katsina

States than the Federal

Government and the State

governments do.

On June 18, 2019, the Chief of

Army Staff, CoAS, General Tukur

Buratai, who a few days before had

boasted that Boko Haram was

finished, had to eat his words after

the insurgents attacked several

army bases killing unknown

numbers of soldiers. According to

the CoAS, “It is unfortunate, but

the truth is that almost every

setback the Nigerian army has had

in our operations in recent times

can be traced to insufficient

commitment to a common

national and military course by

those at the frontlines.” Buratai

was being economical with the

truth. He should simply have said

“Fellow Nigerians, please say your

last prayers.” He has just

announced that the Nigerian army

is ill-prepared to fight and win this

war.

Meanwhile, we must bear in

mind that we have a retired Major

General as President and he was

elected and re-elected because

Nigerians thought that he could

provide security for rapid

economic growth to occur. At the

start of his fifth year in office,

Nigeria is now more insecure than

in 2015. Even his state – Katsina

— is now under siege unlike 2015.

Obviously, no purposeful leader

would allow the security situation

to deteriorate under him and allow

truckers to openly defy his orders

and close the nation’s ports for

three years. We cannot be like

China, India and Indonesia

because we don’t have a leader like

theirs.

MICROFINANCE

them on their salary and that I can

tell you, is working very well, when

they allow civil servants to give them

cheque as collateral, the civil

servant would also monitor the

facility being granted, since they

secured it with their cheque. They

know the implication of issuing dud

cheque. We don’t take collateral

from federal because we don’t have

power over that. We always carry

out proper assessment of the

customer to ensure they have the

capacity to pay back the money.

Those who do not have capacity to

pay back, we don’t give them much

money and that is what we call active

poor.

Are you in support of the inhuman

methods use by some MfBs to

recover loan from defaulters?

Some banks are practicing it, it is

too bad, that is what they call “Gbo

omu le lantern” (breast on

lantern). I have heard it but I have

never seen it. There is nothing wrong

with using subtle pressure to recover

loan, (empty threat) but it is unfair

to lock up customers shop or apply

some inhuman treatment on a

customer without any court

judgment. The subtle pressure does

work some times if it is applied.


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(08052201997)

The wrong way to defend the naira

AREPORT on Page 33 of

the June 21, 2019 edition

of The Punch Newspaper

indicated that “between April

2018 and March 2019, the

Central Bank of Nigeria

injected over $42.3bn into the

foreign exchange market to

ensure liquidity in that

segment of the economy.”

In the same report, Isaac

Okorafor, CBN’s Director of

Corporate Communications

also attributed the relative

stability, in the forex market,

largely to CBN’s continued

intervention; furthermore,

according to Okorafor, private

international money transfers,

estimated at over $20bn

annually, plus the Naira swap

arrangement with the Chinese

Yuan, have all contributed to

relative stability in the forex

market.

Conversely, however, the

same edition of the Punch

Newspaper, also carried

another story titled “DMO

records 655% oversubscription

at Treasury bills auction;” Page

35, notably, the DMO had

rolled over a total of N17.61bn

at its Treasury bills auction on

Wednesday 19th June 2019,

when CBN borrowed at a cost

ranging between 9.6% and

12.2% respectively for the bills

offered for sale.

The implication of the above

is that, in place of the N17.61bn

Treasury bills actually sold, the

655% oversubscription is

indicative of a Naira liquidity

excess above N111.35bn in the

money market. It is inexplicable

that the related Treasury bills

rates were as high as between

9-12%, when in reality, there is

an undeniable Naira surfeit in

the system; surely tomatoes do

not cost more when the market

has an excess supply of

tomatoes!

Instructively, nonetheless,

with the subsisting 22.5% Cash

Reserve Requirement for

banks, the N111.35bn liquidity

surplus indicated above will

translate to an oppressive

Naira excess above N400bn,

which invariably will propel

higher rates of inflation and

cost of loans while also

jeopardizing consumer

demand, economic growth and

job opportunities!

Worse still, with the

suffocating subsisting burden

of excess Naira liquidity, the

embattled fate of the Naira rate

thereafter, becomes sealed, in

CBN’s auctions of between

$200-$300m weekly to set an

exchange rate for the Naira, as

the subsisting Naira liquidity

surplus expectedly

overwhelms the small dollar

rations simultaneously offered

for sale by the same CBN.

Unexpectedly, nonetheless,

the more modest value of

CBN’s total forex sales, is

inexplicably popularly

presumed to be the main driver

of Naira exchange rate, even

when the total autonomous

component of forex inflow may

be equally significant.

Indeed, a cursory

examination of CBN’s forex

reserves, clearly indicates that

Naira exchange rate bears

minimal correlation with the

size of “CBN’s External

Reserves or forex sales;” this

means, rising reserves do not

translate to stronger Naira

rates! For example, in January

2012, Government’s Reserves,

was over $34bn, while Naira

exchanged for about N155/$1,

but unexpectedly, later

slumped, to N161=$1, even

when forex reserves rose well

above $43bn!

Similarly, in 2013, External

Reserves fluctuated between

$45bn in January to $42bn by

December, yet the Naira rate

remained sticky, between

N153-N162/$1. Furthermore, in

2014, the Naira rate also

weakened to N170-N199, even

when external reserves still

trended favourably between

$44bn-$45bn! Curiously,

however, when External

Reserves dipped below $30bn

in 2016, the Naira which, was

trading around N197=$1 in

January, was officially

devalued before December to

N305-N360=$1, while the

economy was, also officially

confirmed to be in recession.

Conversely, however, the

Naira rate in retrospect, was as

strong as N84=$1 between

1995-98, even when total

It is rather macabre

that, the CBN

willfully depletes it

stock of reserves to

defend the Naira,

through its regular,

weekly auctions of

hundreds of

millions of dollars

reserve was a very modest

$4bn. Similarly, between 1972-

1984, official forex reserves was

barely $390.71m but one Naira

exchanged for almost $2!

Instructively, since 2017

External Reserves have since

climbed above $40bn, but the

Naira rate, still appears

inexplicably stuck between

N305-N360=$1 even after

about 41 items were excluded

from forex sales. The obvious

question therefore is, if dollar

rate rose well above N300=$1,

because reserves dropped

below $30bn in 2015, why then,

has Naira rate remained static

between N305-N360, even after

reserves have climbed, once

again and remained stable

between $40bn-$47bn.

Although CBN’s

Communications Director,

Isaac Okorafor, indicated

exchange rate stability as

priority, rather than size of

reserves, invariably however,

rapid depletion of reserves

would perfunctorily precipitate

market panic and induce

further reserve erosion, which

could, ultimately, compel

another huge Naira

devaluation below N500=$1.

The social and economic impact

of such a rate will, inevitably,

fast track more Nigerians into

poverty, and sustain our

Nation’s odious title as the

reigning “World Poverty

Capital!”

It is rather macabre that, the

CBN willfully depletes it stock

of reserves to defend the Naira,

through its regular, weekly

auctions of hundreds of millions

of dollars, to all and sundry at

face value, while conversely,

Government simultaneously,

seeks dollar loans and pays

upto 8% as interest on such

debts despite CBN’s heavy

cache of idle dollars!

For example, the DMO has

lately (June 2019) confirmed its

intention to borrow $2.7bn from

foreign sources in 2019.

Nigerians must question why

the loan required could not be

obtained directly from CBN’s

caché of almost $50bn, part of

which CBN unilaterally

auctions against the Naira and

freely distributes sans interest

to even Bureau-De-Change,

who are probably the major

source of foreign exchange for

those smuggled goods which

continue to threaten Nigeria’s

economy.

The above title “The Wrong

Way to Defend the Naira” was

first published in April 2011 in

Vanguard Newspaper, to reflect

the perspective of the

contradiction of higher External

reserves while Naira exchange

rate, inexplicably, conversely,

remain sticky and under siege,

even when dollar reserves

exceed budget expectations.

FINANCIAL VANGUARD

3 African presidents to speak at TEF Entrepreneurship

Forum — Elumelu

By Cynthia Alo

THE Tony Elumelu

Foundation (TEF), Africa's

leading entrepreneurship

platform, has announced the

line-up of speakers and activities

for the 5th Tony Elumelu

Foundation Entrepreneurship

Forum, the largest annual

gathering of African

entrepreneurs.

For the Forum's Presidential

Dialogue, the President of the

Democratic Republic of Congo

(DRC), Félix Tshisekedi, will join

President of Rwanda, Paul

Kagame, and President of

Senegal, Macky Sall, in an

interactive plenary session that

opens Day-2 of the Forum.

The Presidential Dialogue will

be moderated by TEF Founder,

Tony O. Elumelu, and will feature

all three the Presidents engaging

directly with an audience of

5,000, comprising of

entrepreneurs, policymakers,

investors and business leaders,

with thousands of people

interacting live online,

throughTEFConnect.

The Forum presents the largest

single annual opportunity for

entrepreneurs and policy makers

to interact directly and all

sessions at the Forum have

private sector and public sector

leaders anchor panel discussions,

master classes, and a dynamic

pitching competition that will

engage an audience of start-up

entrepreneurs, development

institutions and policymakers.

The speakers expected for this

year's Forum include Prof.

Benedict Oramah, President of

African Export-Import

(AFREXIMBANK); Dr.

Akinwumi Adesina, President of

African Development Bank

(AFDB); Dr. Awele Elumelu,

Trustee, Tony Elumelu

Foundation and Founder, Avon

Medical; Kennedy Uzoka,

Group CEO, UBA Group Plc;

Mrs. Djene Kaba Conde, First

Lady, Guinea; amongst other

notable global business leaders.

Every year, the Tony Elumelu

Foundation hosts the largest

gathering of African

entrepreneurs, policymakers and

business leaders in one location.

The fear of economic

contraction, increasing

joblessness and deepening

poverty expressed in that

article have all become

oppressively apparent. A

summary of that article follows

hereafter. Please read on.

“In practice, the Naira

exchange rate is actually more

a function of Excess Naira

liquidity in a strictly regulated

market in which small rations

of dollars are auctioned

intermittently by the CBN.

Regrettably, such a market

model will only spell disaster

for growth and deepen poverty

for our people.”

Specifically, the CBN

Governor, Lamido Sanusi in his

acceptance Speech as

Silverbird’s 2010 Man of the

Year, referred to IMF’s

recommendation for a devalued

Naira as one of such ‘bad’ or

anti-Nigeria recommendations

that pauperise our people.

Consequently, he rightly

refused to play along with IMF,

as he saw no observable

benefits in a weaker Naira,

which would “trigger higher

industrial production costs, fuel

inflation, increase fuel prices

and subsidies and increase our

national debt burden.”

“Undoubtedly, Sanusi’s

argument with regard to the

critical need for a stable naira

value appears more plausible;

but the real question is, can the

CBN Governor keep Naira

below N155/$1 within the

context of the present

framework that explodes Naira

supply whenever distributable

dollar revenue is substituted

with naira, in monthly

allocations to government?

This column has consistently

maintained that naira

substitution for dollar revenue

is the poison in our economy,

as it engenders a system that

cripples our economy and

oppresses our people

whenever we earn increasing

dollar revenue; a veritable

paradox if there was one!”

ECONOMY

This year's Forum, themed

"Empowering African

Entrepreneurs", will take place at

the iconic Transcorp Hilton

Hotel, in Nigeria's capital city of

Abuja. The Forum will also

include the UBA Marketplace,

where UBA, Africa's global bank,

brings together businesses from

across the continent.

At the 2018 forum,

TEFConnect, the largest digital

platform for African

entrepreneurs was launched to

connect entrepreneurs to the

opportunities they need for

business

success.

TEFConnectwill take centre

stage at this year's Forum as

global debates move to

technology as a key driver of

economic development in Africa.


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Western Sahara: When Nigerians

hosted an African President

STATE visits are state

visits. Usually drab affairs

with polite speeches,

handshakes and some

reassurances. It is usually a

state affair in which the people

are rarely involved. Not so

when President Brahim Ghali

of the Saharawi Arab

Democratic Republic, SADR

(Western Sahara) came calling

mid-June.

The notice of his visit was

quite short and his programme,

tight. So a race began to get his

team accommodate a meeting

between him and broad

sections of the Nigerian people.

It was agreed that he would be

hosted under an umbrella

organisation, the Nigerian

Movement for the Liberation of

Western Sahara, NMLWS.

The Movement reminds me of

similar mass Nigerian

organisations that supported the

liberation struggles in

Mozambique, Angola, Guinea

Bissau, Cape Verde,

Zimbabwe, Namibia and South

Africa.

Within hours, one of the

Movement’s affiliates, the

Nigeria Labour Congress,

NLC, offered to provide its

secretariat as venue. The NLC

which is the largest labour

centre in Africa also provides

offices, free, for the Movement

while its counterpart, the Trade

Union Congress, TUC, which

like the NLC, has millions of

dues-paying members,

provides logistical support.

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The Movement also invited

representatives of 17 civil

society organisations from

women, youth, student and

social organisations affiliated to

it. The meeting was coordinated

by Dr. Dipo Fashina, a past

president of the Academic Staff

Union of Universities, ASUU,

the umbrella organisation of all

academics in Nigerian

universities. ASUU is also one

of the most active organisations

in the Movement.

Dr. Fashina represented the

chairperson of the Nigerian

Western Sahara Solidarity

Movement, Professor Ibrahim

Gambari, the chairperson of the

Joint African Union - United

Nations Special Representative

to Darfur and also, the Special

Adviser on the International

Compact with Iraq and Other

Issues for the UN Secretary-

General.

President Ghali came to the

meeting accompanied by

Foreign Affairs Minister, His

Excellency, Ould Salek;

Special Adviser, Abdati Braika

and ambassador in Nigeria,

Ambassador Malainine Sadik-

Bashir.

In welcoming President

Ghali, NLC President, Ayuba

Wabba, reiterated the “collective

demand that Morocco must be

isolated in the global space by

all countries, not just in Africa

but in the entire world until

Western Sahara gains

sovereignty, free from colonial

control.” Represented by the

president of the National Union

of Road Transport Workers,

NURTW, Najeem Yasin, Ayuba

reiterated: “As long as Western

Sahara is not free, Africa is not

free; and all Africans and

African countries must be

involved in the struggle.”

The Nigeria Solidarity

Movement asked me to present

its speech at the occasion. I

started by reminding President

Ghali that Professor Gambari

was Nigeria’s Foreign Minister

in 1984 when Nigeria formally

recognised Western Sahara as

a sovereign country.

In its address, the Movement

told President Ghali that “with

millions of friends in Nigeria

The wide and active

support by Nigerians

for the liberation of

Western Sahara is a

warning to Morocco

and its collaborators

that they can no

longer hold Africa

down

who solidarise with the Sahrawi

people, you can see that here,

in Nigeria, you are at home

amongst friends, comrades,

brothers and sisters; so you are

welcome to one of your homes

in Africa.” It added: “There are

some of your fellow African

heads of state who we, our

members and affiliates, will not

touch even with a ten-foot pole.

There are some of them who

will not dare come to a labour

centre like the NLC without a

state of emergency being

declared. We cannot be friends

or receive people who

perpetuate colonialism and

exploitation; who betray the

very essence of African

brotherhood and the soul of

humanity.”

The Movement asked

rhetorically: “Is it not surprising

that the European Union, EU,

which is loud in shouting about

human rights, liberty, freedom

and equality, is in league with

Morocco stealing the natural

resources of Western Sahara?”

It argued that refugee camps

are supposed to be temporary

shelter for refugees and people

in refugee-like situation, and

regretted that millions of

Sahrawi have been forced to

live in the Tindouf Refugee

Camp in Algeria for the past 44

years. It added: “We do not

know any people who have

suffered such inhumanity. Yet,

the international community

says it is interested in human

rights, and even claims to be

fighting for animal rights.”

The Movement mentioned

the case of Aminatou Haider

whom it had hosted in the same

NLC premises in 2009. It said

when on November 13, 2009

she returned to her ancestral

land, the Moroccan monarchy

blocked and deported her to the

Spanish Canary Islands. It

reminded all, that it took a huge

international campaign before

the monarchists allowed her

return on December 17, 2009.

It drew an inference from the

this case: “In that infamous act,

Morocco once again displayed

the fact that the Sahrawi are not

Moroccan citizens or does a

country refuse its citizens entry

and deports them?”

The Nigerian Movement

which described the continued

occupation of Western Sahara by

Moroccan troops and security

as the worst type of apartheid

ever perpetuated, gave a

scorecard of its activities:

“Everywhere Morocco seeks to

perpetuate its evil deeds, we are

there to challenge it. We

sometimes do not succeed, such

as stopping Morocco from

returning to the Africa Union,

but sometimes we do, such as

stopping it from being admitted

as a member of the Economic

Community of West African

States, ECOWAS.

"We felt that the Ebola-like

contagious foreign policy of

Morocco must not be allowed

to spread to the West African

region. Currently, apart from

combating Morocco’s

corruption-driven attempt to

suck in some Nigerian officials

to support its colonisation of

Western Sahara, we are also

engaging the Nigerian

Government to stop the

Fertiliser Producers and

Suppliers of Nigeria, FEPSON,

from its indecent liaison with

Morocco to sell in Nigeria,

Western Sahara phosphate and

natural resources plundered by

Morocco.”

Responding, President Ghali

said: “The support of Nigeria

has been critical for freedom in

Africa. The role of Nigeria is

still needed in driving the

liberation of Africa and we know

it will continue until the total

liberation of Western Sahara.

Reacting to the solidarity

speeches of students and

youths, including from the

Amilcar Cabral Ideological

School, ACIS, President Ghali

said: “We are very happy to see

the young Nigerian generation

joining the old to continue the

struggle for Western Sahara

liberation and to ensure that the

whole of Africa is liberated.”

President Ghali left the

meeting to hold talks with

President Buhari who in a

statement by the Presidency:

“restated Nigeria’s support for

the people of the Sahrawi Arab

Democratic Republic, SADR,

and their quest for selfdetermination

and

independence.” President

Buhari added that “Nigeria

remains committed to

supporting the efforts of the AU

and the UN towards finding a

lasting solution to the Sahrawi

problem.”

The wide and active support

by Nigerians for the liberation

of Western Sahara is a warning

to Morocco and its collaborators

that they can no longer hold

Africa down.

First term report card: Verdict of the examiner

By Funmilola Adigun

THE last session of the Federal

Executive Council meeting in Abuja

provided a very apt occasion for President

Muhammadu Buhari to declare his verdict

and he did not mince words or lose face.

He rose in robust defense of his cabinet

ministers by deflecting orchestrated

criticism of his decision to retain them till

the end of his first term.

In the process, President Buhari

impressively saluted the courage and

conviction of the ministers, noting that in

the situation of serious challenges

confronting the nation at the inception of

the administration, which many

commentators described as hopeless,

“many would have given up.”

But they stayed on, united in

determination to fulfill the campaign

promise of rescuing Nigeria from its

parlous state.

The president then captured the pure

essence of stability of government as the

anchor of nationhood when he specifically

stated that he retained his cabinet because

“each of you has a unique skill and

strength.

"We are a reflection of the Nigeria we

aspire to achieve, a diverse but tolerant

nation where no one is silenced and where

every opinion should be heard and

considered.”

He enumerated some of the major

achievements of the administration, such

as curbing the Boko Haram insurgency,

revamping food security, the diversification

agenda, the Economic Recovery and

Growth Plan, ERGP, rail infrastructure and

the social investment programmes. The

president then added: “I want you all to

leave this meeting proud to have served

your nation to the best of your

ability…..your achievements have

guaranteed your position in the history

books of this country. You have certainly

built the foundations for an improved

economy and a more purposeful

government.”

At this point, discerning readers will

realise the salient issues from which the

president draws both inspiration and

determination to soldier on regardless of

the shrill criticism of the vocal minority

escalated by media manipulation.

It is one thing to be recognised for certain

ethical and governance principles and to

be propelled into presiding over an elected

government by an expectant citizenry.

It is quite another to be able to weather

the ensuing storm of real and contrived

challenges without succumbing or getting

distracted.

But the ultimate success lies in taking

charge with focused commitment and

making the positive difference that defines

progress in halting decline or deterioration

and preparing the grounds for a renewed

The president

specifically stated that

he retained his cabinet

because each of them

had a unique skill and

strength

initiative for reformed implementation.

President Buhari’s political mission was

defined by the frustration with the excesses

of the Goodluck Jonathan administration,

a state of anomie that was rejected by the

masses.

Not even the former president could have

accurately and comprehensively accounted

for the full dimensions of the damage done

to the economy and the polity, certainly

not in re-election season, so there couldn’t

have been anything like proactive

preparation for righting the wrongs by the

incoming President Buhari.

As a reform minded non-conformist

political leader with a well-informed

insight into the evils of bad governance

perpetrated by corrupt politicians, the

opportunity of getting elected into

leadership of the country could only be the

first step in a long and laborious march

against entrenched enemies of the progress

of the country.

Indeed, the first steps in the long march,

equivalent to the first term, were certain to

encounter all manner of rough tackles and

even shifting of goal posts to frustrate and

sabotage such that, as President Buhari

observed earlier, “many would have given

up.”

Giving up was exactly what the oppositionpowered,

elitist minority intended to impose

on the incoming anti-corruption Buhari

administration as a forced alternative.

A return to the bad old days of economydeflating

squandermania must remain an

abominable option that requires all patriotic

Nigerians to thank God for the re-election of

President Buhari for a second term.

It also calls on them to rally round for the

deep entrenchment of the reformist agenda,

especially the anti-corruption and economic

infrastructure development components, in

the last four years of the tenure, appropriately

tagged Next Level.

• Adigun, a lecturer, wrote from Ibadan

C

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32—Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019—33


34 — Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

SUICIDE: Nigerian doctors acquire skills to tackle Post Traumatic

Stress Disorder

By Chioma Obinna

IRKED by the rising cases

of suicide in Nigeria,

MeaningfulWorld, an

Association for Trauma

Outreach and Prevention,

ATOP, last week trained

Nigerian doctors

comprising of

psychiatrists, clinical

psychologists, psychiatric

nurses & resident doctors,

and social workers among

other professionals at the

Lagos University Teaching

Hospital, LUTH, on how

trauma could lead to

suicide as well as different

healing therapies for

individual's level of

trauma.

This is coming at a time

most Nigerians have been

victimised and traumatised

by various religious,

community violence as well

as the current banditry

attacks. Unfortunately, little

or nothing has been done on

the mental health of the

people.

In a chat with Good

Health Weekly, during the

one- day workshop

organised by Department of

Psychiatric, LUTH, the

Founder/ President of ATOP,

who is also a professor of

Psychology College,

Columbia University, Dr Ani

Kalayjian said ATOP was

concerned about the level of

trauma Nigerians in

conflicts areas must be going

through.

According to Kalayjian,

Nigeria is currently top in

Africa with suicide rate and

ranks 15th in the world. She

blamed the upsurge to age -

long trauma that most people

have passed through without

knowing.

She said most of the

trauma which now blossom

to Post Traumatic Stress

Disorder, PTSD, may have

been handed over to people

by their great grandparents

that never healed usually

known as 'horizontal

violence' in their practice.

"A lot of religious

motivated fights and burning

of mosques and churches, all

these comes from horizontal

violence, when the trauma is

not healed. These people keep

a lot of pasts for a long time

they cannot negotiate or

communicate, they are

depressed so this trauma,

frustration and

disappointment continue to

grow until it blows and there

is no way to go out and then

blows horizontally. That is

why brothers and sisters kill

each other in different

countries because they don't

know what to do with their

frustrations."

Stating that PTSD has

been implicated in suicide,

she explained that high

trauma causes despair and

hopelessness, depression

which all leads to Post

Traumatic Stress Disorder.

*L-R: Clinical Psychologist, Lagos University Teachjing Hospital, LUTH, Dr Juliet

Ottoh, Professor of Psychology College, Columbia University, Dr Ani Kalayjian, and

Medical Social Worker, Mrs Perpetua Oni during a workshop on Post Traumatic

Stress in Lagos recently.

Lagos doctors seek reforms in state health system

By Chioma Obinna

MEDICAL doctors

under the employ of

Lagos State Government have

tasked Governor Babajide

Olusola Sanwo-Olu on the need

to prioritise reforms in the state's

health sector. The doctors under

the auspices of Medical Guild

in its congratulatory message

signed by the Chairman, Dr

Babajide Saheed noted that the

health sector was an important

sector in socio-economic

development, as the provision of

affordable, accessible and

qualitative healthcare to the

populace is of primary

importance in the drive towards

attainment of a developed society.

Setting an agenda for the new

governor, they argued that

development in the health sector

can be achieved through

recruitment of more health

workers to replace staff that left

the system.

They further stressed that for

the state to provide qualitative

health care that would meet

international standards; the

governor must embark on

infrastructure development in

the Health sector with the

provision of standard and wellequipped

primary, secondary

and tertiary health institutions in

the state. Also, they demanded

the extension of retirement age

of medical doctors from 60 years

to 65 years, with the cessation of

contract appointments, to allow

experienced hands to continue

to provide useful service, thus

enhancing the quality of

healthcare.

"There is need to appoint

medical doctors as permanent

secretaries in the state’s health

agencies in accordance with the

Lagos State Health Reform Law

of 2006 for effective and

comprehensive administration

in the health sector."


Ethiopia’s army chief, three others

killed in failed coup

ETHIOPIA’s army

chief of staff, General

Seare Mekonnen

and the head of the

northern state of Amhara

were killed in two separate

but related attacks

when a general tried to

seize control of Amhara in

an attempted coup, the

prime minister’s office

said on Sunday.

Amhara state president

Ambachew Mekonnen

and his adviser were shot

dead and the state’s attorney

general was

wounded in the regional

capital of Bahir Dar on

Saturday evening, Prime

Minister Abiy Ahmed’s

office said in a statement.

In a separate attack the

same night, Ethiopia’s

army Chief of Staff Seare

Mekonnen and a retired

general were both shot

dead in Seare’s home in

Addis Ababa by his bodyguard.

The two attacks

were linked, the statement

said, without giving

details.

Abiy’s office named

Amhara state security

head General Asamnew

Tsige as responsible for

the foiled coup, without

giving details of his

Iran executes ex-defence official on

charges of spying for US

IRAN has executed a

former Ministry of Defence

official on charges of

spying for the United

States government.

Jalal Hajizavar, an excontract

employee for the

aerospace arm of the country’s

defence department,

was put to death for secretly

working for the CIA,

the IRIB news agency reported

on Sunday

A military court convicted

him after an investigation

discovered documents

and spying equipment

at his home.

He was executed at the

Rajai Shahr prison in

Karaj, west of Tehran, but

it is not yet clear when he

was arrested.

whereabouts. Asamnew

was released from prison

last year after receiving

an amnesty for a similar

coup attempt, according

to media reports.

Abiy took office just over

a year ago and embarked

on unprecedented reforms

in Ethiopia, Africa’s

second-most populous

country and one of its

fastest-growing economies.

But the premier’s

His contract with the defence

ministry had been

terminated during the Iranian

year 1389 (March

2010-2011).

Reports state that

Hajizavar’s ex-wife was

also convicted of ‘involvement

in espionage’ and is

serving a 15-year jail sentence.

His death comes amid

escalating tensions between

Washington and Tehran

which flared up this

week when a US drone

was allegedly shot down

by the Iranian military.

On Sunday, in what has

been interpreted as a

veiled threat towards the

increasingly aggressive

regime, Donald Trump

shake-up of the military

and intelligence services

has earned him powerful

enemies, while his government

is struggling to

rein in powerful figures

in Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic

groups fighting the

federal government and

each other for greater influence

and resources.

U.S. Assistant Secretary

of State for African Affairs,

Tibor Nagy, said the

Boris Johnson under pressure to explain police

incident

*General-Seare-Mekonnen

BORIS Johnson, the

front-runner in the

race to become Britain’s next

prime minister, was facing

mounting calls Sunday to

fully explain an incident in

which police attended an

alleged altercation at the

London home he shares

with his girlfriend.

Johnson ducked repeated

questions during a leadership

hustings in Birmingham

the day before. Questioned

by journalist and

CNN Talk host Iain Dale, he

said: “I don’t think they want

hear about that kind of

thing,” prompting applause

from party members. “I think

what they want to hear is

what my plans are for the

country and the party.”

But International Trade

Secretary Liam Fox told the

BBC that while Johnson’s

private life “does not concern

me,” he added: “I think

it is always easier to just

give a former Conservative

Foreign Secretary Malcolm

Rifkind also told the BBC:

“If you are a candidate to be

prime minister and the police

have been called to your

house — fairly or unfairly —

the fact is there was a police

visit. You don’t just say ‘no

comment.’

“That implies you may

have something you don’t

want to disclose.”

Rifkind, who hinted he

might back Johnson’s rival

Jeremy Hunt in the race to

be the next Conservative

said: ‘Hopefully Iran is

smart and cares about its

people.’

The news comes as he

announced a trip to the

Camp David presidential

retreat to consider his next

moves against the state.

Tensions in the region

began to worsen significantly

when Trump pulled

out of a 2015 nuclear deal

between Iran and six powers

and reimposed sanctions

on the country.

Over the past weeks the

US and Iran’s main regional

rival Saudi Arabia

have also blamed Iran for

attacks on two oil tankers

last week in the Gulf of

Oman and on four tankers

off the United Arab

Emirates on May 12.

attacks were probably

prompted by disaffection

over Abiy’s rise to power

and his sweeping reforms.

“There are vestiges of

the old regime in power.

Some of the elites are

very unhappy with some

of the reforms that... Abiy

is taking for a variety of

reasons including, I’m

sure, some ill-gotten

gains,” Nagy told reporters

in Pretoria, South Africa.

“It’s certainly not

clear sailing for him

(Abiy) from now on. He

has an incredible number

of issues he has to deal

with,” said Nagy, a

former U.S. ambassador

to Ethiopia.

The shooting in Bahir

Dar occurred when the

state president - an ally

of Abiy - was holding a

meeting to decide how to

put a stop to the open recruitment

of ethnic Amhara

militias by Asamnew,

one Addis-based official

told Reuters.

Asamnew had advised

the Amhara people to arm

themselves in preparation

for fighting against other

groups, in a video spread

on Facebook a week earlier

and seen by a Reuters

reporter.

leader and by extension the

next PM, added: “It was a

lack of judgement to refuse

to even make a short comment.

All he could have said,

quite reasonably, would

have been that in all relationships

there are occasionally

outbursts of anger and

disagreement.”

Labour opposition politician

Andrew Gwynne said

Sunday Johnson was “completely

unsuitable” to be

PM. He told Sky News: “In

one sense, of course, it is a

private matter, but when

you’re running for public

office, when you are wanting

to be the prime minister

of the UK, then these matters

are in the public interest.”

But Gwynne added that

Johnson’s actions as a politician

were more important.

“I just think his record

throughout his time both as

mayor of London — wasting

money on the garden

bridge, wasting money on

Routemaster buses, wasting

money on water cannon that

couldn’t be used — through

to his disastrous tenure as

foreign secretary just renders

him completely, I think,

unsuitable to be the prime

minister of our great country.”

Labour Brexit spokesman

Keir Starmer tweeted

the Guardian’s initial story

about the alleged dispute

with the comment, “Was

there ever a man less suited

to be Prime Minister?”

VANGUARD, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019 — 35

British born Nigerian jazz

star, Bunmi Thomas faces

deportation

A

jazz singer born in Britain to Nigerian par

ents is facing deportation from UK after falling

foul of controversial Home Office red tape.

In a chilling echo of the Windrush scandal last

year, rising music star Bumi Thomas was shocked

to be told she is in Britain illegally, despite having

lived here for most of her life.

She now faces being sent to Africa, even though

her work, family and social life are all in Britain.

Ms Thomas was born in Glasgow in June 1983

to parents who had come from Africa in the early

1970s.

Changes to the British Nationality Act in January

1983 removed the automatic right to citizenship of

children born in the UK to parents from former colonies.

The singer’s parents should have registered her

under the Act but were unaware they needed to do

so. Her plight is harder to bear because her elder

sister Kemi, with whom she lives in East London,

has always been a British citizen as she was born

before the changes to the Act.

Ms Thomas believes she is a victim of the Home

Office becoming over-zealous after then Home Secretary

Theresa May introduced a ‘hostile environment’

towards illegal migrants in 2012.

The policy resulted in the Windrush scandal,

which saw dozens of long-standing British citizens

deported because they lacked papers proving their

right to be in the country.

Ms Thomas, 36, who has performed on the BBC,

said: ‘My parents came here at the end of the Windrush

era.

‘I had a National Insurance number, I had my birth

certificate, I’d got a driving licence, a bank account,

I went to college. At no point during that process

was there any indication I was doing anything incorrectly.

I believe that I am British.’

Although she was born in Scotland, Ms Thomas

lived with her father in Nigeria between the ages of

three and 18. She thought she had dual British-

Nigerian nationality when she returned to Britain.

She applied for a UK passport when she was 25 but

she was refused. She was granted temporary discretionary

leave to remain and told she could apply

for permanent residency.

Erdogan suffers defeat in

Istanbul’s mayoral vote

IN a major blow to Turkish President Recep Tayy

ip Erdogan, the opposition Republican People’s

Party (CHP) candidate Ekrem Imamoglu has declared

victory in the rerun of Istanbul’s mayoral election,

after initial results showed he was set for a

clear win.

Imamoglu had won 54 percent of votes with almost

all of the ballot boxes opened on Sunday, with

the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AK

Party) candidate trailing on 45 percent and conceding

defeat.

Imamoglu promised a “new beginning” for Turkey’s

largest city and commercial hub.

“You have protected the reputation of democracy

in Turkey,” he told supporters.

His opponent, former Turkish Prime Minister Binali

Yildirim, conceded defeat after initial results

showed he was set to lose by a decisive margin.

“According to the result as of now, my competitor

Ekrem Imamoglu is leading the race. I congratulate

him and wish him good luck,” Yildirim said.

CHP’s projected win in the Istanbul election ends

the 17-year rule by the AK Party in the metropolis.

The Istanbul mayoral election was first held on

March 31, when Imamoglu secured 48.8 percent of

the vote, while the AK Party’s Yildirim held 48.55

percent, granting Imamoglu the title of mayor with

a razor-thin margin.

The AK Party proceeded to file an “extraordinary

objection” to the results, leading the Supreme Electoral

Council (YSK) to annul the results and schedule

Sunday’s rerun.

The Istanbul election has become far bigger than

any local vote, as the rerun put into question the

country’s democracy and threatened the AK Party’s

grip on power over the last two decades.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan - who

served as Istanbul’s mayor in the 1990s and leads

the AK Party - has famously said: “Whoever loses

Istanbul loses Turkey” .

Erdogan cast his vote on Sunday amid high security

in Uskudar, a predominately conservative district

on the city’s Asian side.

Berk Esen, Bilkent University assistant professor

of international relations, described it as being

a “major personal blow for Erdogan.


36 —Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

By Osa Amadi

FOR three solid days, the

world converged

in Yenagoa, Bayelsa to pay final

respect to a great fisherman,

a man of letters, Pa

Gabriel Imomotimi

Gbaingbain Okara before the

mortal body he left behind

was committed to mother earth

in his village, Bumoundi.

It was a fascinating experience

for all who went to

Bumoundi to have had to cross

in rustic fishermen’s boats the

great and historic River Nun

which had inspired Okara the

poet to hewn out of rocks, the

words that make up his poem,

“The call of the River Nun”.

Eminent personalities, including

former President

Goodluck Jonathan and Governor

Seriake Dickson made

moving speeches:

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, Gov. Serieke Dickson and wife at the event

Crossing the

River Nun to

bury Gabriel

Okara

Former President,

Goodluck Jonathan

“His excellency the governor

of Bayelsa State. Let me

appreciate the presence of

very senior government officials

here with us.

“Let me thank the government

of Bayelsa State, the

Okara family, and the friends

who put this wonderful programme

together to recognise

our icon who has left us. Let

me also commend the

Bayelsa State Government for

appreciating and recognising

our leaders who have contributed

in one way or the other

to the development of the nation

by immortalizing them

through naming some infrastructure

after them. And of

course, this theatre is named

after Pa Okara. The State Library

is also named after him

when he was still alive. I also

agree that that is the best way

to honour people – when they

are still alive.

“Yes, we have been told by

his son that Pa lived over 100

years. It is not easy to get

there because even the scripture

talks about three scores

plus ten – that is seventy

years. So to go significantly

above seventy, we have to

thank God, because all of us

know that no matter the age

of the person and circumstances

of death, death is

painful to those who love that

person. And Pa Okara, we all

know, is a treasure. And nobody

would want to lose such

a person.

“So his death, even though

he has stayed on earth within

a reasonable time, his death

is painful to all of us. Of

course we have read his biography

and we have seen

the role in his life. People

know him and describe him

in different ways – he is a

good administrator who had

worked in several places. As

a journalist, as a poet, a novelist,

and all. You hardly go

to a gathering where people

speak ill of Pa Okara.

“I can remember in my literature

class when I was in

secondary school that we read

some of his poems in West

African Verse. And of course

in my university days I also

witnessed when the university

honoured Pa Okara with honorary

doctor of letters degree

in the first convocation of

University of Port-Harcourt.

I was a witness to that award.

“So Pa Okara was a voice –

a voice of reason, voice of

truth, voice of justice and

equality. And we all should

emulate him and carry on

with his philosophy. We know

how he served the old River

State as a pioneer secretary

to the military governor of

the old Rivers State before he

moved on as the CEO of

print and television broadcast

in the state.

“Even in Bayelsa State, he

played some key roles. I remember

that in the formative

days of the state, Gabriel

Okara headed the committee

that did the reclassification

and recognition of traditional

rulers. So most of our first

class kings today were the

people which the committee

recommended.

“When I was the Deputy

Governor to DSP

Alamieyeseigha later became

the governor, Okara was

quite good to us; of course

you know how humble he is.

So he had kept on like that,

contributing to the growth of

the state and growth of the

Ijaw race and the nation.

“Today we are all here as

part of his last journey. We

thank God for that. If you

look at the caliber of people

that dotted this theatre, see

his Old Boys, we have to join

the governor to thank you for

making out time to come and

participate in this program.

Thank you.”

Governor Seriake Dickson

“We are gathered here today

to pay our last respect, and

also to celebrate a life welllived

– very simple life, and

also very profound life. We are

here to honour this great fisherman

who gave to us and the

world, “The Fisherman Invocation”.

We are here to celebrate

this great Ijaw man –

Nigerian Union of Musicians holds workshop

on sale of music on the internet

In its determined efforts to

generate revenue for its

members, the foremost

body representing musicians

in Nigeria, NUM is

organising a workshop on

the sale of music on the

internet. Apart from the

normal selling of music in the

market, selling it in the

internet means worldwide

sales,translating into huge

revenue gains. But regrettably,

millions of dollars are lost

yearly by musicians that do

not sell their music on the

internet and to change this

narrative, NUM,a professional

arm of NLC is poised

to take the bull by the horn

and lead Nigerian musicians

to more profitable careers.

The event which is billed to

hold on the 4th of July 2019

at Constantial Hotel,opposite

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, Gov. Serieke Dickson

and a guest during the relaunching of Okara’s The Voice

Continues on page 37

Benin city airport, by 12noon

will be attended by many

music lovers.The special

guest of Honor is the Edo

state commissioner for arts ,

culture,tourism and diaspora,

Mr Osaze Ero. Also invited

is the commissioner of Justice,

Prof Yinka Omorogbe. Musicians

from far and wide are

expected to grace the workshop.

The event will also feature

a post-humous awards for

great musicians like

Christiana Essien, Sony

Okosun, Rex Lawson, Celestine

Ukwu and many others

of blessed memory.

A goodwill message is expected

by the American ambassador.

In 1960 during the independence

dance party, it was

NUM that insisted that a Nigerian

musicians plays instead

of the Jamaican musicians

that the incoming government

had slated. The union

had their way.

The NLC and RATTAWU,

the mother bodies of NUM are

expected to play very important

roles in this august occasion

of their baby union

NUM.

Late Sunny Okosun


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019 — 37

Crossing the River Nun for Gabriel Okara

Continued from page 36

Guests crossing the River Nun to Okara’s village

quintessential Ijaw man from

Bumoundi the River Nun. He

gave to us and the world, “

The call of the River Nun”. We

can go on-and-on: “Piano and

Drums”, “The Voice”, etc.

But all in all, we are here to

celebrate the life of a good and

a great man.

So let me, in the course of

this brief remark, firstly on

behalf of the good people of

this state, receive and welcome

you all to this greatest

state, no doubt, in the entire

Federal Republic of Nigeria –

the state that is incomparable

to any other; the state of great

and good people. Welcome to

you all to Bayelsa, the glory

of all lands and the “Jerusalem

of Ijaw nation”

I want to specially thank, our

former President, President

Goodluck Jonathan who is

here with us. I would like to

thank and appreciate leaders

of our state. I also thank J.P

Clark who is also here. I appreciate

all the writers here

and scholars from outside the

country. I appreciate the

Alumni of Government College

Umuahia. I can see why

Government College

Umuahia continues to be

great. You have a lot of great

Bayelsans who are your

alumni.

Our state, country and the

world has lost a great man.

People of my age started reading

the works of Okara some

40 years ago. And I was very

surprised when eventually as

a member of house of reps, I

invited him to be part of a literary

event that I sponsored.

I am here sited with him, simple-looking,

world-celebrated

poet. He spent 2 days.

“If Okara had not harkened

to the final call of the River

Nun he would have surely

been here today with us celebrating

another great

Bayelsan. The time Pa Okara

stopped attending functions

was when he attained the age

of 100 years. So you can imagine

the commitment and

that speaks to our profound

sense of loss as a state and as

a people. Our government

believes in recognising and

appreciating our leaders who

have excelled, whose lives

and works and contributions

have brought credit, acclaim

and glory to this state and

Niger Delta, to this country

and Africa as a whole. And

since 2012 we have always

honoured and appreciated the

contributions of our leaders,

bring back the remains of

those who were buried in

shallow graves in Lagos to

have state funeral services

each time we lost a great

leader.

“And you don’t have to be a

political leader to have that

kind of attention and that’s

the lesson we are teaching

today. Most time people tend

to celebrate political leaders

forgetting that there are also

leaders in all spheres of human

endeavor.

For us in Bayelsa, once you

live a life of service, once your

life has brought glory and acclaim

to our people, we showcase

you and honour you as a

beacon of hope for what is

possible in the creeks of Niger

Delta. And that was why in

2012, 2013 we remodeled this

entire edifice and deservedly

named it after Pa Gabriel

Okara. And he told me he was

surprised when he got the

invitation; when he stood side

by side with all the leaders of

this state, when he, by his

own hands, cut the tape and

unveiled the plaque that has

permanently made his name

to be on this building.

“And looking back now, I

think we are happy that we

had that opportunity to honour

him while he was alive.

And at several state activities,

he himself attended some activities

right here in this Cultural

Centre named after him.

And today, as our own contribution,

this aspect of honouring

our deserved leaders,

those who are alive as well as

those who are dead, the government

of Bayelsa State is

now saying that Pa Gabriel

Okara will have a mausoleum

built in his honour at Ijaw

National Heroes Memorial

Park.

“The state suggested to the

family, just as we’ve gathered

here and just as the state has

deemed it fit to organize this

state funeral, that his remains

and his works are no longer

the property of the Okara family.

And I am sure they know

that. And we told them that

we wanted his remains buried

and in the place reserved

for our leaders. But they appreciated

it and reached out

and explained the other dimensions

which we all understand.

“So tomorrow, after this

event, his corpse will be escorted

to his ancestral home

of Bumoundi. But there will

be a final place of honour for

Gabriel Okara at the Ijaw

Nation Heroes Memorial

Park. The family and all wellwishers

and friends will be

invited on the day we will set

aside to honour him and several

others. That Memorial

Park is a place set up for great

leaders. The great Isaac

Adaka Boro’s remains are interred

there. Late General

Owoye Azazi, the first 4-star

General, first National Security

Adviser…and that’s where

the late Okara belongs.

“I have listened to the request

made by the Old Boys

of Government College

Umuahia. In acknowledgement

of the contributions of

that great institution, as in

producing great leaders in

Bayelsa who have continued

to be sources of inspiration to

us, the Government of Bayelsa

will work with Government

College Umuahia to undertake

a project that will be

named after Pa Gabriel

THE International Institute

for Creative Development,

IICD, organizes a solo exhibition

by eminent artist, Bolaji

Ogunwo, titled ‘More Than

Meets The Eye.”

The theme of the exhibition

centers around global challenges

of migration facing Nigeria.

And the venue is the

IICD Center, Abuja, while the

date is from 20th June, 2019

to July 10.

Bolaji Ogunwo was born on

20th November 1978. His

fondness for creativity began

at a tender age. The love for

art led him to study Fine and

Applied Art (majoring in

Painting) at the University of

Benin. He graduated in the

year 2000. He later obtained

a Master’s degree from the

University of Lagos in 2006 as

one of the pioneering candidates.

With a resilient studio practice

spanning two decades,

Bolaji has participated in over

50 local and international art

shows and 3 solo exhibitions

including an international

solo show in Manchester, UK.

His works can be found in

notable places around the

globe. A painter per excellence,

Bolaji is currently a

Ph.D. research scholar at

Delta State University Abraka,

and a lecturer in the Department

of Creative Arts, University

of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria.

He is also a Senior Pastor at

Redeem Christian Church of

God. He lives in Lagos with

his wife and sons.

The incentive behind

Ogunwo’s solo exhibition is

the global challenge of migration;

the unimaginable plight

of immigrants from Nigeria

wishing to find ‘greener’ pastures

overseas.

According to Ogunwo, “the

upsurge of emigration in recent

times has become worrisome

for me as a creative

luminary. Like never before,

certain embassies are bombarded

daily by Nigerians in

a bid to obtain visas, not for

vacation but obviously for

permanent relocation due to

the lingering challenges

ranging from corruption and

banditry to incessant killings

that permeate the nation.

“Nothing seems to be working!

Nevertheless, there is

more than meets the eye.

There are hidden treasures

underneath that are yet to

manifest. All we need to succeed

as a nation are not without,

but within.”

He says the nation’s treasure

may not seem visible but

if we dig deeper and stay

positive, sooner than expected,

our desires shall

come to fruition. “It is only a

matter of time. Places don’t

make people, people make

places. Only a few people

dare to go places, even if the

odds are not in their favor.

The worst is here but the best

is yet to come, hence, I go

nowhere but here,” he con-

Okara…I want to thank him

for telling me the Ijaw story,

for exposing the Ijaw culture

and language and history to

the world with his works.

When you read “The Fisherman

Invocation”, “Piano and

Drum” as it compares with the

rustic mystical drums in

Bumoundi to the concerto,

ending on crescendo; when

you read “The call of the River

Nun” and all his works, including

this one we’ve just

re-launched, “The Voice”, it’s

an entire life of service, of

simplicity; a life of honour - a

quintessential Ijaw man.

“He lived and showed the

right values of our people. He

was a great Ijaw man, great

Niger Delta man, a great Nigerian,

a great African and a

great citizen of the world.

“Today on behalf of the government

and good people of

the state, we bid him farewell.

He has answered the inevitable

call of the great River Nun.

And I am sure he must be listening

by now, the rustic and

mystical sound of the drums

on the other side”.

Bolaji Ogunnwo’s exhibition opens in Abuja

By Chinasa Afigbo

One of the works on display

cludes.

Definitely, the IICD Center

is honored to share this immerse

depth, expressive and

high impressionist works of

Bolaji Ogunwo. “It is not very

often that we present recent

works of an artist in this manner,”

IICD highlights, “but

this curated collection of

Ogunwo’s recent works titled,

‘More Than Meets The Eye’,

is outstanding. In this exhibition.

He shares his position

on emigration and the economic

challenges facing our

dear country, Nigeria. Just

like every great artist that ever

lived, Ogunwo is first a messenger

and then, he is a patriot

and strong believer in

Nigeria’s future.”

The Chief Curator, IICD

Center, Abuja, Nduwhite

Ndubuisi, says “Bolaji is corroborating

one of the ideologies

of the IICD Center, captured

by Kandinsky Wassily,

who expressed that, ‘The artist

must have something to say,

for mastery over form is not

his goal but rather the adapting

of form to its inner meaning’.”


38—Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

CEREMONY: From left—Immediate Past President, Chartered Institute of

Personnel Management of Nigeria, CIPM, Udom Inoyo; Representative

of the Governor of Oyo state, Femi Babalola; Vice President CIPM, Titi

Akisanya; President/Chairman of Council, Wale Adediran; Representative

of Lagos state Governor/PS, Ministry of Establishment, Training and

Pensions, Rhoda Ayinde; Registrar/CEO, CIPM, Ajibola Ponnle and the

National Treasurer CIPM, Nkeiru Adesogan at the 19th investiture

ceremony of Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria,

CIPM, held at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

PRESENTATION: From left—Chief Financial Officer, Lekki Free Trade Zone,

LFTZ, Ashish Khemka; Relationship Group Director, Lekki Port LFTZ

Enterprise, Adesuwa Ladoja; Winner 2019 Tolaram Science Challenge

and Pupil of Albesta Academy, Lekki, Oreoluwa Ala; Assistant Director,

Education District 3, Lagos State, Morebise Ajibola and General Manager,

Lagos Free Trade Zone, LFTZ, Kumar Padala during the prize presentation

of winner of the 2019 Tolaram Science Challenge held in Lagos yesterday.

Don’t engage

'deaf

ministers',

inventor

advises Buhari

By Dennis Agbo

E

N U G U — A

mathematical

inventor, Dr Dikeohaa

Okwu has asked President

Muhammadu Buhari to

refrain from appointing

politicians he described as

‘deaf ministers' while

constituting a cabinet in his

second term.

He advised that

President Buhari should

tap from the various

potentials available in the

country in the formation of

his cabinet for the nation’s

economic rejuvenation.

Okwu, the inventor of

‘Dikeohamatics’, a

dramatized system of

solving mathematics,

stated that the

‘Mathematical geometric

teaching aides’ he invented

was comparable to ‘the

Mathematical sets

imported into the country

from China and other parts

of the world.

He pleaded with the federal

government to partner with him

so he can create millions of job for

Nigerians through mass

production of mathematical

equipment and conserve foreign

exchange.

Speaking with Vanguard,

Okwu said “I am very confident

that President Buhari in his

second term will not engage deaf

Ministers, those who will not

answer calls on ideas and

innovations for our collective

efforts in nation building. The

government must have to look

inwards and utilize our own

technology, for us to compete

globally. Nigerian inventors are

capable of advancing our own

technology.”

He emphasized that the study

of Mathematics in our school

system is the bedrock of

advancing science and

technology in Nigeria, stating

that his invention

‘Dikeohamatics’ was meant to let

pupils and students play

mathematics as games and by so

doing develop love for the subject,

instead of staying away from

mathematics classes.


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019—39

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SPACE

FOR

SALE

Imo

Elections:

AA denies

withdrawing

from

Tribunal,

reaffirms

suspension

of officials

By Omeiza Ajayi

Aleadership BUJA—NATIONAL

of Action

Alliance, AA has denied

withdrawing its petition

before the governorship

election tribunal in Owerri,

Imo state, saying those who

announced its withdrawal

had since been dismissed

from the party.

The party said its national

chairman, Chief Kenneth

Udeze and the National

Secretary, Vernimbe James

remained suspended since

June 14, 2019 due to their

penchant for anti-party

activities.

At a news briefing

addressed by the

National Vice Chairman,

North West, Alhaji Jibril

Aminu and National

Publicity Secretary,

Charles Chukwuemeka,

the AA said; “we are in

support of all our cases at

the tribunal including that

of Ugwumba Uche Nwosu

in Imo state”.

Others who were present

at the briefing were the

National Youth Leader,

Michael Madu; National

Legal Adviser Anaukyaa

Mnenge Peter among

others.

On his part, Chairman of

the party in Imo state, Chief

Anthony Uchendu said the

party is in full support of

Uche Nwosu’s ambition to

“reclaim his governorship

mandate in the state”.

He said; “It is so

unfortunate what is

happening today

especially in my state, Imo.

Only God knows how He

does His things, that a very

vibrant and astute politician

of Imo state extraction came

into the party with a whole

lot of credentials. We won

comfortably 8 Houses of

Assembly and two federal

constituency seats.

However, we have other

cases in court like in

Okigwe, Imo North, we are

hopeful where INEC is yet

to declare a winner and we

are very close to victory.

“In all this, our former national

chairman in person of Kenneth

Udeze who ab initio was not

helpful to the party in the state and

didn’t do anything for us, we kept

faith believing he will have a

change of mind but he connived

with the PDP in Imo state to deny

us of our victory."

Meanwhile, the AA has written

the Independent National Electoral

Commission INEC to convey its

suspension of Messrs Udeze and

James accusing them of sundry

allegations including anti-party

activities and an indictment by the

police following investigation of

party operations.


40—Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

YOUR LUCK TODAY

By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

CANCER;. Both financial and love related success are

possible, however you will need to be as practical as you

can possibly be. Avoid unnecessary argument.

LEO; Continue to take matters-of-the-heart seriously.

Reason with your reliable associates. But this is not the

right time to believe all you were told by strangers and/

or those you don’t know much about.

VIRGO; Tension within the domestic scene will start

to ease off. Yet you will need to watch what you do within

your base of operation (home and working arena.

LIBRA; Although you will get needed support from

certain quarter, yet you will need to be as cautious as

possible. Unnecessary can not help your cause. Respect

the vie of your spouse.

L E I S U R E

TAKE HEART — ELLA RANDLE

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy”-Henry Ford-

Whatever irritates us about another is often a reflection

of what’s within the individual, life gives back what we

give but sometimes the correlation are not imminent,

but life always happens to us for a reason. Remember

this sayings by the poet Rumi. “It is rain that grows the

flowers not thunder.

Ella Randle

SAYINGS OF

OUR PEOPLE

Advice is a

stranger; if he’s

welcome he

stays for the

night; if not, he

leaves the same

day. ~Malagasy

Proverb

SCORPIO; Venus moves into a positive angle to your

Star and encourages peaceful settlement. Exhibition of

maturity on your part will favour you better.

SAGITTARIUS; Those of you who are more family

minded today will have much to gain. This is not to say

you have to ignore those within your working arena.

Exhibit needed maturity

CAPRICORN; Better than yesterday; however that is

not to say you should throw caution to the wind. Improvement

on your love life indicated. Try to comport

yourself.

AQUARIUS; Your been hard working will have positive

bearing both on your finances and social life. Good

exercise is needed to enhance your health. Yet you will

need to be as moderate as possible

PISCES; Venus moves into a positive angle and boost

your sparkling personality to the betterment of your

cause. Could be a nice day for the-young-at-heart

ARIES; It is important you plan both your immediate

and far future. Keeping your secrets is the needed approach

for those of you in competition within your working

arena. Be family minded.

TAURUS; Recent tension generated by controversy

over money will start to ease off. Be more vigilant if you

are working late in the evening. Avoid unnecessary argument

especially within your working arena.

GEMINI; There is nothing obstructing you along your

career/business line. Actually those of you who are more

ambitious will have better results to show for your efforts.

Think money before you take important actions.

TERROR MUDA in “Never say goodbye”

DUDU in “ROLLING HOT” By A.O. OLAIDE

By Kola Fayemi

ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

Send your date and place of birth to the Astr

trological

Counselling, P.M.B 100

007, Apapa, Lagos

What should I expect?

Dear Joshua,

I want to know about my future, especially what I

should expect in the business world. When exactly can

I travel within and outside our country ?

Frank, Shagamu.

Dear Frank,

JULY 2 TO JULY 31, 2019.

Solar and Lunar Eclipses of 2nd and 16th , July,

2019 respectively across Cancer and Capricorn axis

are at positive place to your Star. Here is a period when

new and good contacts will come your way to the betterment

of your business prospects. Even if you have

been putting away travelling, it will become unavoidable

during this period, especially during last two

weeks of the period. The said last two weeks (July 16th

to July 31st 2019) will equally prove more progressive

and fortunate for you and your family. Not nice time to

pet members of your extended family trying to go astray

but the needed time to take needed actions the tough

way and put everybody the right place they belong.

Yet , you will need to let your maturity come to play, so

that you will give chances for repentance and reconciliation

in the near future.

AUGUST 1 TO AUGUST 29, 2019.

Major emphasis will be on both your personal and

extended families affairs. Whatever you do some members

will like to put you under pressure, especially

during last two weeks of the period – Aug 15th to Aug

29th particularly a strong headed lady willing to reap

where she did not sow Your being decisive without

extensive sentiment is the key and needed solution.

Yes these challenges have started not today, it is time

to bring every negative things to the conclusive end.

AUGUST 30 TO SEPTEMBER 27, 2019.

Remnants of last period can still be seen but you are

now in perfect control of the situation. Then, success

through commercial activities indicated. Money will

come in and you will never run short of admiration

from both men and members of your opposite sex. This

is a good period to encourage the enterprising Spirit

in you in order to expand the scope of your success.

VIRGINIA

HOME & ABROAD

dadadekola@yahoo.com

By Lawrence Akapa


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019 —41

FG warns

against attacks

on Nigerians in

diaspora

•Wades into attacks on

Nigerians in Ghana, Togo

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

ABUJA

—THE

F e d e r a l

Government, weekend,

declared that the lives of

Nigerians living abroad

were very precious to the

Nigerian government.

The Federal

Government also said

that the ongoing

harassment and

intimidation of

Nigerians outside the

shores of the country was

unacceptable and has

decided to wade into

cases of attacks by some

countries against

Nigerians living in such

countries.

Chairman/Chief

Executive Officer, CEO

of the Nigerian Diaspora

Commission, Abike

Dabiri-Erewa, made the

position of government

known while briefing

State House

correspondents after

meeting behind closed

doors with President

Muhammadu Buhari at

the Presidential Villa,

Abuja.

Dabiri-Erewa, who

frowned at the dismissal

of a Nigerian Professor

teaching in a Ghanaian

university, stated that

only Nigerians who

commit crime abroad

should be made to face

the wrath of the law, not

innocent ones.

Commenting on the

recent attacks on

Nigerians in Ghana and

Togo, she said: “Now, we

are dealing with the

issue of attacking

Nigerian traders in

Ghana. We have the

assurances of the

President of Ghana

through the High

Commission here and

ours in Ghana that

Nigerian traders will be

protected.

“So, we are also going

to be emphasizing that

the life of one Nigerian

means a lot to us

anywhere in the world.”

she said

“We have the issue of

Ghana, the Professor

whose appointment was

terminated by the

university because of the

tape he released. Well, it

turned out that he didn’t

actually record, I mean

that was a private

meeting with Nigerians

in Ghana, it was like a

private discussion.

“And he also claimed

that part of the tape was

actually doctored. The

matter is being looked

into by the Nigerian

High Commission in

Ghana and I believed

those matters will be

resolved subsequently.”

On the incident in

Togo, she said: “In Togo,

we have Nigerians

attacked. One woman

alleged that she was

raped and she turned out

to be the suspects

girlfriend.

“We have also seen the

Togolese Ambassador

and made it clear that

the lives of Nigerians

must be protected

anywhere they are

because we take care of

others here and we

deserve to be taken care

of.

“If a Nigerian commits

a crime, let him pay the

penalty for it as a

punishment, but you

cannot penalise a nation

and its citizens.

“We will be working

more on that as we

appeal to Nigerians to

be good ambassadors

wherever they find

themselves.”

She also disclosed that

the government was

already intervening in

the incident in the

United Kingdom (UK)

where a Nigerian

damaged some vehicles

at the High

Commission.

She said: “The UK

incident of the Nigerian

who damaged some

vehicles at the High

Commission, we have

made it clear that the

incident is unacceptable.

“There is no reason

why he should be so

violent. At the same time,

we do admit that there

are some challenges in

some of our embassies

while there have been

large improvements in

some of them.”

She said that a

stakeholders meeting

had been scheduled to

hold in the UK over the

matter.

“We will be having a

stakeholders meeting in

particular in the UK with

the Nigerian community,

the High Commission,

the immigration, to look

at whatever the

challenges are so that

they can be resolved,

because I know that

there are some

challenges that are

resolvable.

“So, we will be

engaging more with the

LECTURE/BOOK PRESENTATION: From left: PDP Vice Presidential Candidate and former Anambra

State Governor, Peter Obi; former President Goodluck Jonathan, his wife, Dame Patience Jonathan,

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and his wife, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike at

a Lecture/Book Presentation to mark the Second Term Inauguration of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom

Wike in Port Harcourt over the weekend. Photo: Nwankpa Chijioke.

diaspora.

“Subsequently, we are

going to have hotlines

for Nigerians in diaspora

so that they can contact

the commission and we

can look into whatever

challenges they are

Banditry, violent attacks ‘ll soon come to an end — BUHARI

Continues from Page 5

to upgrade its

infrastructure, including

fixing the Ado Ekiti-

Akure road, which is

currently in a terrible

state.

Life jail term for

kidnappers

Meanwhile, Prelate of

Methodist Church

Nigeria, His Eminence,

Samuel Kanu, has called

for life imprisonment for

persons found culpable

for kidnapping in the

country.

Kanu made the call

while addressing

newsmen on the

sidelines of the awards

of Knights to members of

the church yesterday in

Abuja.

“Those who kidnap

and those who

perpetuate evil should

be jailed for life because

facing.” she added.

Speaking further on the

outcome of the meeting

with the President, she

said: “Since the passage

of the diaspora

commission bill by Mr.

President, this is my first

they are enemies of the

society, I will not

subscribe to death

penalty,”he said.

He called for increased

funding for the security

agencies to effectively

carry out their

responsibilities, adding

that the funds should be

monitored to avoid

diversion by some

corrupt officials.

Kanu said that

President Buhari has

good intention for the

country but noted some

individuals within the

government have

decided to use the funds

for other purposes.

He alleged that some

disgruntled elements

were also behind all the

kidnappings across the

country.

The clergy expressed

concern over the level of

prosecution and

conviction of persons

arrested for kidnappings

time to thank him and

also brief him on the

activities of the the

commission so far, which

in the last one week

have been quite a lot.”

Asked if she was still

the Senior Special

and other crimes by

security agencies in the

country.

He said the lack of

diligent prosecution had

left those arrested for the

crime off the hook to work

freely on the streets.

Kanu enjoined all

Nigerians to join hands

in the fight against

insecurity, adding that

security agencies alone

could not do it.

He advised President

Buhari to use the next

four years to focus on

massive food production

and the economy that

would enhance the

living standard of

Nigerians.

He also advised the

Federal Government to

invest more on the

youths to help curtail the

insecurity in the country.

“If Nigeria want to save

itself from security

challenges, it must

invest in the youths,’’ the

Assistant to the

President on Diaspora

Matters having been

made Chairman /CEO of

Nigeria Diaspora

Commission, she said

“that is the president’s

prerogative.”

Court jails 5 directors over N5.2bn electricity project fraud

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

ABUJA —An Abuja

High Court sitting

at Gudu has convicted

five former Directors of the

Rural Electricity Agency,

REA, following alleged

role they played in a N5.2

billion

Rural

Electrification contract

scam.

Those convicted and

sentenced by the court

were the erstwhile

Managing Director of

REA, Engr. Samuel

Gekpe, an Accountant,

Simon Nanle, the

Director or Projects, Engr.

Kayode Orekoya, an

Assistant Director,

Abdusamad Hahun and

the Head of Legal

Department, Kayode

Oyedeji.

They were found guilty

based on a 65-count

criminal charge preferred

against them by the

Economic and Financial

Crimes Commission,

EFCC.

EFCC had alleged that

they sequentially

withdrew monies that

were earmarked for rural

electrification contract

and shared among

themselves.

The defendants were

specifically charged to

court for criminal breach

of trust, which the antigraft

agency maintained

was perpetrated through

a contract that was

awarded from the

amended 2008 budget

REA, for Grid Extension

and Solar Electricity.

The EFCC which closed

its case after it called a

total of seven witnesses

through its lawyer, Mr.

Kemi Pinheiro, SAN, told

the court that the

defendants fraudulently

facilitated the withdrawal

of the sum of

N119.7million from the

account of the REA that is

domiciled in Central Bank

of Nigeria, CBN.

However, all the

defendants, through their

lawyer, Mr. Paul Erokoro,

SAN, entered a no-casesubmission,

insisting that

the prosecution failed to

establish a prima-facie

criminal case against

them.

Prelate said.

The award of Knight of

John Wesley was given

to 36 members of the

church and Knight of

Charles Wesley to three

members of the church.

Other awards given

were that of the Officers

of the Order of Wesley to

eight members and

Members of the Order of

Wesley to six members.

Kanu said that it was a

motivation for the

members to do more for

the church and not a

retirement incentive.

The clergy said that

disobedience to the word

of God had always

resulted to disastrous

consequences, urging

members to invest more

in the church.

Dr Ochapa Ogenyi and

Mrs Yewande Usman

who were beneficiaries,

said that the award was

a beginning of service to

God and humanity.


42 — Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

MIkel

Congo DR players beg

fans after bad start

The Democratic Republic of

Congo’s squad have

apologised to their compatriots for

unexpectedly losing their opening

game of the Africa Cup of Nations

to underrated Uganda on

Saturday.

Both skipper Youssouf Mulumbu,

who did not play in the 2-0 defeat,

and Chancel Mbemba, who wore

the captain’s armband in the game,

said sorry in a recorded message

that was distributed on Twitter

(@Leopard Leader Foot).

“We come to you, simply to

AFCON 2019: Mikel wants

Super Eagles to wrap up

Group B quickly

Super Eagles captain, John Obi MIkel has

stressed the need for the team to wrap up

their qualification from group B as quickly as possible

when they play against Guinea tomorrow.

The Super Eagles labored to a 1-0 win over AF-

CON newcomers Burundi on Saturday, but the

Super Eagles top the group with three points after

debutants Madagascar posted a 2-2 draw with

Guinea.

“We need to try again to win the next game, “

said Mikel who made a come-back to the team

after one year of absence.

“We need to try also to win the second game

and hopefully qualify from this group as quickly

as possible – and then look forward to the next

stage.” Speaking on the Burundi game he said:

“Yeah, it’s not an easy group, it’s a very tough

group. “You can see from today – they [Burundi]

are a very organized team, very tough to break

down. We were lucky to get the goal.

“I think we played well. We had most of the ball,

but we couldn’t break them down – we couldn’t

get the goal. So it was very crucial for us to get

these three points today.”

apologise. It’s true that it’s difficult,

but we have to,” said Mulumbu,

flanked by coach Florent Ibenge

and with his team mate standing

behind him.

“We need unity and it’s true that

today we let you down. I hope it’s a

good lesson for us. We still have

two games to play, we need your

support and we will correct the

situation very quickly.

“We made a big mistake, I know

it’s humiliating for the 90-million

Congolese. That’s why we come

back to you with sincerity and with

hand on heart to apologise.”

AFCON 2019: NTA/HotSports Live Studios bubble

as Odegbami, Other Celebrities thrill Fans

Viewing enjoyment of the

ongoing Africa Cup of

Nations (Egypt 2019) moved up

another niche as more notable

football stars and personalities

from other spheres join the crew

of analysts at the live studios of

NTA broadcast of the matches.

The studios, located at the

Lagos office of HotSports Media

Group, the Official Marketing

Agency of NTA’s AFCON

transmission, will welcome Chief

Segun Odegbami, MON to

provide insightful perspectives of

the matches to the delight of the

viewing fans and the sponsors,

who are catching in on the

terrestrial transmission beamed

nationwide to reach their

potential and exiting markets.

One of the greatest footballers

Africa has ever produced and

runner-up in African footballer

of the year in 1980, the year he

inspired the then Green Eagles

to lift the Africa Cup of Nations

for the first time, Odegbami

continues to bestride African –

and indeed, world’s – football as

an administrator, ambassador

and future stars’ builder.

The NTA/HotSports broadcast

had earlier attracted A list

entertainers, led by comedy icon

Atunyota Akpobome (well known

Ola Aina: Win against Burundi crucial

Super Eagles wing back Ola Aina

has stated that the win against

Burundi in their opening game of the

Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday was

crucial to the campaign of the team in

Egypt.

Aina set up the only goal of the match

with a spectacular back heel, which

Ighalo seized upon and fired home into

the far corner of the net.

“Burundi were very tough and gave

us a good fight but we were happy we

emerged victorious after the final

whistle.

“Winning the first game of a

competition is good for any team and

ours is not different. We’re happy with

the win and we hope that keeps us going

in the tournament.”

He added that the Super Eagles have

the players to get the job done in the

tournament.

“No one has a permanent place in the

team because the country is blessed with

so many talents,” Aina told Goal.

Bonus row won’t affect Cameroon, Seedorf assures

Seedorf

Burundi has quality, says

captain Berahino

Africa Cup of Nations

debutants Burundi faced

Nigeria as equals and were able to

show that they had quality, their

captain Saido Berahino said after

his side went down to narrow 1-0

defeat in their opening match.

Saturday’s Group B game

appeared to be a mismatch with 89

places separating the two sides in

the FIFA rankings. Even so, the

team known as the Swallows in

Battle created the better chances

in the first half and held out until

Nigeria scored in the 77th minute.

“The best thing was the way our

players held their heads high

against a big nation, and stepping

up and playing in a big tournament,

because it was tough for a lot of us,

even myself,” Berahino told

Reuters.

“It was good from their coach,

as Alibaba), who have provided unique and attractive

dimension to sports broadcasting in a manner never

in this clime.

President of HS Media Group, Taye Ige said that

NTA and HotSports have the interest of viewers and

sponsors at heart in conceiving the AFCON 2019

live broadcast packages.

He believed that winning the first match against

Burundi on Sunday night has rekindled the hope that

the Super Eagles would go through the group stages

and travel all the way to the final on July 19, a

scenario that will enable NTA/HotSports live studios

to continue with its ground-breaking broadcast for a

longer time.

“We are here at the NTA/HotSports studios to give

millions of NTA viewers memorable and enjoyable

time throughout Egypt 2019 and any brand or product

that is keen on reaching out to its target market have

the perfect platform to do that while the tournament

lasts,” Ige, who is also Chief Executive Officer of HS

Media Group, assured.

Cameroon head coach

Clarence Seedorf says the

African champions are ‘serene’

and have not been affected by the

bonus row which delayed their

journey to Egypt for this year’s

Nations Cup.

Cameroon open against

Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday but

only flew out of Yaounde on

Friday after staging a sit-in

protest over bonus

disagreements.

The Indomitable Lions rejected

an offer of 20 million CFA,

(approximately US$34,570) for

appearance fees, and only set off

they gave us a

compliment and he said

we stood our ground

and showed our

qualities,” said the 25-

year-old who played for

Stoke City in the English

second tier last season.

Berahino

Hope rises for

Abdullahi’s return

Shehu Abdullahi played only 42

minutes of his Africa Nations Cup

debut with the Super Eagles after he

pulled a hamstring and was substituted,

but there might be cheerful news as the

player posted an injury update yesterday.

Abdullahi struggled with an injury blight

last season with Bursaspor and was

restricted to 13 league matches for the club,

and was really a questionable inclusion in

the final 23-man list for the competition.

Unfortunately for the 26 year-old he

suffered a recurrence of a condition

that’s plagued his game all season when

he pulled up crocked just before halftime

against Burundi.

Although the injury looked serious and

Aina

for Egypt after talks with the

country’s sports officials.

There were fears the row would

dampen the team’s hopes of

clinching a sixth continental

title, but Seedorf told a gathering

of Cameroonian media in

Ismailia on Sunday that his

players have not been affected.

“We are serene and we know

why we’re here. At no moment

has the team spirit changed. We

have a joyful group, with players

who know what appearing in

such an event represents,”

Seedorf told reporters.

Own goal ruins Namibia’s

resistance against Morocco

Gusty Namibia did everything to

frustrate overwhelming favourites,

Morocco but failed a last minute test as

their striker;Itamunua Keimune found

the wrong net in the last minute of a

Group D opener of the Africa Cup of

Nations in Cairo.

But for that, the Namibians would have

earned a point and wipe off the memory

of a 5-1 loss to Morocco in 2008.

The Brave Warriors looked well on

course to collect a valuable point against

one of the tournament’s favourites, but

Keimune headed the ball into his own

net with only two minutes left on the clock

as he tried to defend a Hakim Ziyech

free-kick.

The Southern Africans had lived by

their nickname, “Brave Warriors”

holding their own against the Moroccans

for most of the match before the single

moment of error gifted the Atlas Lions

three valuable points.

Coach Herve Renard’s men had

struggled to break down a resolute

Namibian defence and often tried their

luck on set pieces, one of which gave the

desired result late on.

They had the chances to score

especially in the second half with Sofiane

Boufal coming on, but luck never stood

their end until the own goal.

was initially feared it could keep him

out for the rest of the competition,

Abdullahi tweeted an update and it was

skeptically positive.

Accompanied by pictures of the team

and one of him in action with the tagline:

Thanks for the love Nigerians, I

appreciate your amazing messages. I

will be back soon! The most important

thing, keep supporting us, we shall make

you proud at the end and conquer Africa.

I Love You All.

Nigeria will return to action on

Wednesday against Guinea, hoping to

get a win and effectively book a spot in

the round of 16.


FIBA Africa celebrates

Basketball Progress in Nigeria

•We are motivated to do more- NBBF

It was a celebration of exploits

of Nigerian Basketball on the

global stage at the 17th FIBA

Africa Congress in Mali on

Saturday.

The meeting presided over by

Hamane Niang (outgoing

President of FIBA Africa) and

supported by FIBA World

President, Horacio Marotore

praised the Nigeria Basketball

Federation for its new found status

under Engr. Musa Kida led board.

According to most delegates, the

8th finish of D’Tigress in Tenerife,

Spain at the 2018 FIBA Women’s

World Cup was an achievement

that will be celebrated for a long

time to come by the whole

continent as it was the highest

finish by any country from Africa

in the history of the World Cup.

Kida and his board were also

congratulated for masterminding

a successful qualification for the

2019 FIBA World Cup in China by

D’Tigers at the Congress also

witnessed by FIBA Secretary

General, Andreas Zagklis.

It will be recalled that with 8

straight wins, Nigeria became the

first country in the world to qualify

for the biggest basketball event.

In his reaction, North East

representative on the board, Alhaji

Abba Kaka said that the

recognition was a deserved one

which will motivate the NBBF to

do more.

Kaka said, “The achievements of

this board in the last two years has

continued to confound critics

while reinforcing the belief that

Nigeria can become a world

power in basketball if wellfunded.

“What we have done in the last

two years is not magic but a direct

result of an exemplary leadership

quality of our President, Engr.

Musa Kida.”

Kaka also said the presence of

Kida and his Vice President,

Babatunde Ogunade as NBBF

Super Falcons will today

arrive Nigeria following

their exit from the 2019 Fifa

World Cup at the round of 16

stage at the Stade De Alps in

Grenoble on Saturday..

After losing 3-0 to Germany, the

Falcons returned to their hotel

in the heart of Grenoble, where

the likes of captain Desire

Oparanozie and striker Asisat

Oshoala had meetings with the

Chairman of the Women

Falcons stage sit-in at

WWC over unpaid bonuses

•3 Players miss flights back to their clubs

Super Falcons players

threatened a sit-in protest

at their hotel over unpaid

bonuses and allowances

following their Women’s World

Cup last-16 defeat by Germany.

The team held an overnight

Falcons arrive Nigeria today

from World Cup

By John Egbokhan, France

It was another feather to the

wings of the Ikoyi Club 1938

Swimming section after emerging

winner of this year’s Neptun-

Nehein Swimfest in Arnsberg

Germany.

The young swimmers from the

club, most of which emerged from

this year’s Zenith Bank/Ikoyi Club

1938 Inter-school Swimming

Gala, amassed 42 gold, 48 silver

and 27 bronze medals to beat other

swimmers from 11 countries to the

number one position.

Group Managing Director of

Zenith Bank, Ebenezer

Onyeagwu, said it was great to see

how the investment of the

organisation has worked wonders.

“We are proud of the swimmers

and we believe very soon, they will

also be representing Nigeria at

global events,’’ the Zenith Bank

boss said..

The chairman of the swimming

section of the club, Oloyede

Obatoyinbo, expressed his

satisfaction with the performance

of the swimmers while also saying

duly recognized delegates has put

paid to the recent social media

debates over who is in charge of

basketball administration in

Super Falcons

Football League, Aisha Falode

to review undisclosed issues,

Vanguard was reliably informed

that the team would fly into

Nigeria today.

Team media officer, Jane Nweze

told our correspondent covering

the World Cup in France that the

team were through with the

assignment here.

“We are through here and we

would be in Nigeria today. It was

a good experience and we are

happy with our stay and

performance here”, said Nweze.

meeting in their Grenoble hotel

with Aisha Falode, the president

of the Nigeria Women Football

League.

After hours of deliberation, the

Nigerian Football Federation has

promised to pay the outstanding

fees, some of which date back to

2016.

The team will now leave the

hotel.

One of the players said meetings

were also held between players

and the NFF board.

As a result of the meetings, three

players missed their flights back

to their clubs, which will now be

rescheduled.

The outstanding money also

includes the Fifa participation

fee for playing in the

tournament. However, according

to the NFF, that fee will only be

distributed to players after the

conclusion of the Women’s World

Cup because Fifa is not

Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019 — 43

Women’s World Cup 2019: Cameroon players

refuse to play after VAR review

Cameroon vent their frustration

in dramatic fashion as they

have a goal ruled out by VAR for

offside against England in the

World Cup last 16.

England progressed to the

quarter-finals of the Women’s

World Cup with a 3-0 victory over

an enraged Cameroon side who

protested after two VAR decisions

went against them.

Goals from Steph Houghton,

Ellen White and Alex Greenwood

sent England through to face

Norway on Thursday, but the

fractious game will be

remembered for Cameroon’s

extraordinary reactions to White’s

goal and a disallowed effort from

Ajara Nchout.

The distraught Cameroon players

twice appeared unwilling to

scheduled to release the money

until later in the year.

The Super Falcons have only

been paid half the N2m (£4,360)

they are owed from previous

international fixtures over

several years.

Five players have now received

their bonuses and allowances.

Due to their threats, the money

is being released in bits by the

NFF.

It is not the first time Nigeria

have protested over unpaid

bonuses - after winning the

Africa Cup of Nations in 2016,

the squad staged a public

demonstration in Abuja, while in

2004, they sat for three days in

their hotel after winning the

Africa title until allowances were

paid.

Germany beat Nigeria 3-0 on

Saturday to reach the World Cup

quarter-finals.

Zenith Bank hails Ikoyi Club swimmers after Swimfest win

that they need to work more as they

can do better than what they have

done.

While also applauding the

sponsor of the club’s swimming

competition, Zenith Bank, for

investing so much in developing

the young minds, he called on

others to emulate them and invest

in different sports within the club.

“I am happy we came first again

but I know we can do better,” he

We were not ready —Dennerby

By John Egbokhan, France

Super Falcons manager,

Thomas Dennerby has said

that his team were the finished

product capable of beating twotime

champions Germany in the

FIFA World Cup last 16 tie

weekend at the Stade De Alpes

in Grenoble.

Speaking at the press

conference moments after the

record African champions were

said.

“Some of the events we won silver

and bronze, it would have been

gold, but for me it was a good

outing generally and I want to

applaud all the swimmers for their

performance.

“It is a joy for them winning the

title and for us as a club and we

will continue to do our best to

expose all these young talents to

more championships especially

handed a 3-0 thrashing by

Germany, Dennerby said his

girls gave their all against a

highly rated opposition, who are

ranked second best team in the

world.

“We were not ready for them

in terms of what we have on

ground. We were not attacking

the ball. We were nor taking

risks and we needed to take

risks to get something against

Germany

against top swimmers from

around the world.

“We are looking forward to

having some of them winning

medals at the Commonwealth

Games, the Olympic Games and

also World Championships.

“I really want to praise Zenith

Bank for their support and hope

others can come out and do same

thing, not only for swimming, but

for other sports too.”

“We played against the number

two country in the world and at

this stage those things may

count”

Dennerby noted that going

forward that more work would

be done on the players.

“We will keep working hard on

the team and we need to play

more games against teams that

will toughen us up. We need to

make use of all the FIFA dates”.

restart the match, gathering in a

huddle after White’s strike was

given and remonstrating with the

officials further after half-time.

Captain Houghton struck

England’s opener after an early

backpass gave England an indirect

free-kick, before the drama

escalated.

Striker White placed in England’s

second, which was initially ruled

out before the video assistant

referee deemed White to have

been onside, but Cameroon

reacted furiously and gestured to

suggest the big screen’s replays

had indicated differently.

The African side thought they had

pulled a goal back after the break

through Nchout, but their despair

increased when it was disallowed

after a VAR review for an

extremely tight offside call.

England left-back Greenwood

then swept in the Lionesses’ third

to secure a win that saw them

reach at least the last eight of the

competition for a fifth time, and for

the fourth consecutive World Cup.

Lioness of Cameroon

‘That wasn’t

football’ -

England Neville

on fiery

Cameroon game

England boss Phil Neville

described Cameroon’s

behaviour as “unacceptable”

after a World Cup last-16 win

which he said “didn’t feel like

football”.

The Lionesses booked a

quarter-final spot against

Norway after a 3-0 win.

But the game was marred by

Cameroon’s extraordinary

reaction to two video assistant

referee decisions and several

poor challenges on England’s

players.

“I’m afraid today we saw

behaviour that was

unacceptable on the football

field,” Neville told the BBC.

“At times, we probably didn’t

know whether the game

would continue.

“It didn’t feel like football. It

was a good win but that wasn’t

a World Cup last-16 tie in

terms of behaviour that I want

to see from footballers.

“This is going out worldwide.

I didn’t enjoy it, the players

didn’t enjoy it. My players

kept their concentration

fantastically, but those images

are going out worldwide about

how to act, the young girls

playing all over the world that

are seeing that behaviour. For

me, it’s not right.

Neville


44— Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr was impressed by the performance of

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi as Nigeria began their

•Dan

campaign at the Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 victory against a hardworking

Burundi team on Saturday.

It was an open secret before this evening’s match that Rohr had planned to name

the oldest squad member in the starting line-up as he started the Super Eagles last

three fixtures against Egypt, Zimbabwe and Senegal.

Despite making one or two gaffes during the game, Akpeyi had a decent game

and the highlight of his performance was when he pulled off a brilliant save to deny

Amissi Cedric from opening the scoring in the 14th minute.

‘’Good win, we did what we had to

do, it wasn’t beautiful but the win is more

important,’’

Rohr told reporters at the post-match

Afcon 2019: Musa, p r e s s conference.

‘ ’ W e couldn’t make changes because a lot

Ighalo should ‘ve started of our players

were sick or injured. But we will

improve in

the next games.

against Burundi —Yobo ‘’Akpeyi

didn’t concede a goal and I have been

impressed

with what I’ve seen from him in the

ormer Nigeria captain Joseph past Yobofew weeks.’’

Fbelieves Ahmed Musa and Akpeyi Odion

was third choice in Rohr’s pecking

Ighalo should have been included order in the of goalkeepers at the 2018 World Cup

starting XI against Burundi on Saturday. and last started a competitive match for the

The introduction of the two players Sboosted

u p e r

Eagles against South Africa two

the Super Eagles’ charge to secure a years 1-0 win

Odion, Musa

ago

prior to today’s match vs Burundi.

over Olivier Niyungeko’s side.

With the score tied at 0-0, Musa was

introduced for captain John Obi Mikel in the Ndidi named man of the match

58th minute while Ighalo replaced Paul

Onuachu in the 73rd minute.

Four minutes after his introduction, the

in Nigeria’s AFCON win

Shanghai Shenhua attacker broke the ilfred Ndidi produced a man-of-the-match performance as

deadlock at the Alexandria Stadium after WNigeria beat Burundi 1-0 in their Africa Cup of Nations

receiving a delightful backheel pass from Ola opener on Saturday evening.

Aina.

The Leicester City midfielder produced a tidy display in

In his reaction to the result, Yobo identified Alexandria, Egypt, and was named the game’s star player as

Musa and Ighalo as important players in Nigeria clinched the three points late on, former Watford striker

Gernot Rohr’s squad who would have given Odion Ighalo coming off the bench to score with 13 minutes to

the team a strong start in the first half. play.

“The two players who came on in the The result gives the Super Eagles the early lead in Group B

second half should have started the game and with 16 of the 24 teams at the tournament qualifying for the

because they have the experience, Ighalo and knockout rounds, Ndidi and co. likely need just one point from

Musa. Ighalo with his experience at the their final two pool fixtures, against Guinea and Madagascar, to

World Cup and everything,” Yobo said. ensure they progress.

“These are new players coming in, With Kelechi

sometimes they don’t have the structure. The Iheanacho left out,

structure that is there when you take out two Ndidi is the only City

of the most important players in the team. player in the Nigeria

Musa is important and Ighalo is the main squad.

man that everything has to go around with However, he is not

his performance in the qualifiers.

the only City player at

“Sometimes when you see these players Afcon. Islam Slimani,

not started, it takes time for the team to get who spent last season

used to a new pattern of play and that’s what on loan at

we saw in the first half.

Fenerbahce, is in

•Ndidi

“The second half, when the changes were action on Sunday.

made, we got better. It doesn’t mean those Ndidi is back in

that started the game are not very good as action against Guinea

well but sometimes coming into the Afcon, on Wednesday

you’re building a new team.

(3.30pm kick-off).

AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS

Bazuaye asks Nigerians to be patient with the Eagles

•Bazuaye

ormer Nigeria international,

FBaldwin Bazuaye has

admonished Nigerians not to be too

hard on the Super Eagles after they

struggled to beat minnows,

Swallows of Burundi 1-0 in their

Group B opener at the 2019 Africa

Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Odion Ighalo, who came in as a

second-half substitute, saved the

Eagles blushes with the only goal

of the game in the 77th minute after

a creative assist from Ola Aina.

Bazuaye who is now a coach with

Bendel Insurance feels the Eagles

cannot be judged on the

performance in one match and that

Nigerians must be patient with the

team to ensure that they improve in

their next fixture with Guinea.

“I will say the three points are

more important than anything else

irrespective of how the points were

got,” Bazuaye told Goal.

“The Eagles struggled against

Burundi because it was their first

game and their opponents came all

out to prove a point. I expect the

Eagles game to improve better than

this in the next game.

“I want to appeal to Nigerians to

be mindful of what they say and try

to be patient with this team. Football

is evolving on the continent every

day and the bridge between the

minnows and the favourites is

Musa: I wasn’t in shape to start against Burundi

•Musa

Akpeyi impresses Rohr against Burundi

uper Eagles number 7 Ahmed

SMusa has explained why he did

not start the Africa Cup of Nations

opener against Burundi on

Saturday evening, admitting that

he was not in tip-top condition.

The former Leicester City striker

was among the Super Eagles

players that fell ill during the

second phase of preparations in

Ismailia.

Rohr’s decision to start an injured

Abdullahi Shehu, who is Musa’s

close pal, later backfired on the

German as the Bursaspor defender

was unable to complete the first half.

‘’Every first game in a tournament

almost closing up. We got the three

points and emphasis should be on

correcting the loopholes noticed and

seeking improvement against

Guinea.”

The soft-spoken coach, however,

believed that Nigerians are yet to

see the true potential of the Eagles

and the best time to assess them

would be at the end of the group

stage matches.

“I still think that we are yet to see

the real Super Eagles and if we

remain calm, we will be able to see

that after the first round games,” he

continued.

“The main objective of the first

game was just to record a win

because a winning start will calm

the players down and it will make

them play without anxiety in the

second game. I want to see the real

Eagles as from the game with

Guinea, who remain our biggest

threat in the group.”

is very difficult, the most important

thing is that we have the three points,’’

Musa told reporters in the mixed

zone.

‘’I was eager to come in but I know

that I fell ill, so the coach talked to

me. As you can see Shehu too was ill.

At the beginning of the game he was

injured, so that’s what the coach was

a little bit worried about that.

‘’Finally I came in and the the game

changed and we had the three points,

that’s the most important thing.’’

Musa came off the bench in the 58th

minute as replacement for former

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel.

Nigeria v Burundi player ratings:

Aina shines, Mikel, Akpeyi underwhelm

#1 Daniel Akpeyi: 4.5/10

Made a crucial save to prevent Burundi going ahead early

on, but seemed less assured as the game went on, and by the

end of it had returned to his error-prone best. Gave away a

corner needlessly, and dropped an easy cross late in the game.

#2 Abdullahi Shehu: 4/10

Looked off-colour and off the pace. Indecisive in engaging

the man in possession on his flank, and limited in his use of

the ball. Subbed off injured just before half-time.

#3 William Troost-Ekong: 5/10

Solid performance by the Udinese man. Might have done

better by keeping tabs on Amissi for his chance in the first

half. Also wasn’t always spot-on with his timing, and

struggled to get to grips with Fiston Abdul Razak. His passing

is much improved.

#4 Kenneth Omeruo: 6.5/10

Not the most elegant on the ball, but he is effective. Got his

body between the ball and the goal well time and again,

might have scored at the other end, and was on point when

he needed to go to ground.

#5 Ola Aina: 9/10

Masterful performance from Aina, who has finally arrived in

a Nigeria shirt. His assist was a thing of pure genius, but his

work in possession was without flaw, and he was decisive in

the tackle.

#6 Oghenekaro Etebo: 6.5/10

Gernot Rohr persists in playing him in a deep role which doesn’t

really suit him, but his energy was crucial here, even if his

passing was not always imaginative. Often wound up the

deepest player, and played with composure and poise.

#7 Wilfred Ndidi: 6/10

Typical Ndidi performance: busy, bustling, putting his foot

in. Lost out on a few physical challenges however, which is

rather less characteristic.

#8 John Obi Mikel: 4.5/10

Much has been made of Mikel’s return, but not his finest

hour with the Super Eagles on the night. Clearly struggled to

interpret his role, and slowed the play down much too often.

A marker of his ineffectiveness that the team perked up when

he went off.

#9 Alex Iwobi: 7/10

Looked the likeliest to make something happen in the first

half, and a delightful turn set up Samuel Chukwueze for the

best chance of the opening period. Put in a number of teasing

deliveries which were not taken advantage of, unfortunately.

His quick feet helped up the pressure in the second half.

#10 Samuel Chukwueze: 7/10

Carried the fight all game long, taking players on and causing

danger despite being double-teamed. Should have scored from

Iwobi’s sublime work As the team’s attacking emphasis shifted

left in the second half, he was understandably less visible.

#11 Paul Onuachu: 5/10

Solid, if unspectacular competitive debut for Onuachu. The

team was just not set up right to profit from his strengths.

Might want the header he put over the top in the first-half

back.

#12 Ahmed Musa: 5/10

Immediately got in behind with his pace on a few occasions,

something the team lacked in the first-half. His deliveries,

however, left a bit to be desired. Also guilty of clogging the

middle at some points.

#13 Chidozie Awaziem: 4.5/10

Gave away a number of threatening free-kicks, and was limited

in possession. Very much a centre-back playing out of position,

and it showed.

#14 Odion Ighalo: 6/10

Took his goal extremely well, and his movement in the leadup

was superb. Offered a different sort of threat than Onuachu

did. His touch was a tad heavy on occasion though.

•Rohr

•Akpeyi

•Abdullahi

•Ekong

•Omeruo

•Aina

•Etebo

•Mikel

•Iwobi

•Chukwueze

•Musa

Winning first match is

key —Rohr

igeria national team manager Gernot Rohr says

Nwinning their opening match at the 2019 Africa

Cup of Nations will be key to their hopes.

The Super Eagles will open their Group B campaign

with a clash against Burundi in Alexandria this

evening, with the three-time Nations Cup champions

heavy favourites to claim all three points.

“Beating Burundi in the first game will help

stabilise the team,” Rohr said in his pre-match press

conference.

“But we are aware that at this point every team

wants to establish its supremacy in the first game

and so Burundi will not be an easy task. We are ready

to face any opponent in Egypt.

“My major target now is to get the team to work as

a unit and be psychologically prepared to win the

first game against Burundi.

“Winning the first game is very important for the

Eagles because it would instil more confidence in

the players.”

Rohr’s counterpart, Olivier Niyungeko, has spoken

of the Swallows’ confidence ahead of what will be

their first match in AFCON tournament history.

“When you get to this stage of the competition –

you are free to dream for greater things,” he told

Foot224.

“You don’t have to go there [the AFCON] saying ‘I

am with the top teams’. Qualifying to the tournament

is not an easy thing. I tell my players, ‘you can achieve

something great’.

“We have to show that what we did [in the qualifiers]

was not by luck.

“We have to face every game with confidence in

order to win matches.”


Man Utd

players

want Pogba

to leave

M

anchester

United’s firstteam

players believe Paul

Pogba should leave Old

Trafford this summer for the good

of the club.

The France international admitted

for the first time earlier this month

that he is open to quitting United, three

years after joining from Juventus in

a then-record £89m move.

Interest has been shown by Real

Madrid and ex-team Juve, but the Red

Devils are rumoured to be holding

out for a £160m offer.

Pogba remains a popular member

of the dressing room but there is an

acceptance that the 26-year-old must

be sold if there is to be a fresh start

under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United’s stars do not want the

transfer saga to rumble on much

longer so that they can all fully focus

on the season ahead.

Neymar

Pogba

Barcelona unwilling

to meet PSG price

for Neymar

•Except he takes a pay cut

Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019—45

CUT ABOVE

Mata took £45,000-a-week pay CUT to sign

new deal and stay at Man Utd

The Spaniard, 31, agreed

a 25 per cent reduction,

from £180,000-a-week to

£135,000, to seal a two-year deal

rather than one.

A source said: “Juan loves playing

at United and is happy in

Manchester.

“He feared he would need to

Barcelona are unwilling to match

Paris Saint-Germain’s asking

price for superstar forward Neymar.

PSG are open to selling any players who do

not want to be at the club - a category that

former Barca ace Neymar is believed to fit into.

The Brazil international swapped Camp Nou

for the Parc des Princes two years ago but is

rumoured to be pushing for a return.

Spanish outlet Marca suggests that a move is

unlikely to go through, however, as PSG expect

the deal to set them back •600m (£537m) over

the next five years, which includes a •250m

(£224m) upfront payment.

Barcelona president Josep Maria

Bartomeu acknowledges that the

club are not in a financial position

to pay that amount of money, it is

claimed, though there is still hope

that they can convince Neymar to

take a pay cut.

move because he didn’t want to

sign for just 12 months. But his

advisors and the club hammered

out a deal.”

Mata signed from Chelsea in

2014 for £37.1million.

United are also ready to trigger

their 12-month option on Marcus

Rashford’s contract.

And they confirmed the return

of Richard Hartis, part of Sir Alex

Ferguson’s 2008 Champions

League-winning backroom staff,

as senior goalkeeping coach.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has recruited

his trusted ally from the

England youth set-up as he continues

his shake-up at Old Trafford.

Mata

Sarri expects 40 goals

from Ronaldo next season

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez

is set to leave Newcastle

United when his contract

expires next weekend after

failing to agree a new deal,

according to latest reports.

The Toon boss is weighing up

a lucrative offer from Chinese

Super League side Dalian

Yifang reported to be worth

£30million a year - five times

his current salary.

But Benitez has been courted

before by Chinese clubs, and

while this dwarfs previous

TEARING IT UP

Torres breaks down in tears at

retirement press conference

•Names Gerrard as best ever team-mate

FERNANDO TORRES broke

down in tears as he said an

emotional goodbye to football

- then named Steven Gerrard as his

greatest team-mate.

The Spaniard held a press

conference yesterday to explain why

he is hanging up his boots.

Torres, 35, spent 18 years as a

professional, winning the World Cup,

two Euros, the Champions League,

two Europa Leagues and the FA Cup

in a stellar career.

But out of all the fine players he lined

up alongside for Atletico Madrid,

Liverpool, Chelsea and of course Spain,

he reckons Stevie G was the best of the

lot, despite not winning any silverware

with the now-Rangers boss.

Fighting back the waterworks in

Tokyo, El Nino said: “I always say the

best player I played with is Steven

Gerrard.

“I found he was the player who

completed my game. I think my level

got into a different dimension when I

was on the pitch with him.

Benitez set to leave Newcastle

after failing to agree new contract

offers of £10m-a-year and £8.6m-a-year

respectively from Shanghai SIPG and

Evergrande, it is believed it will take

something special to prise former Liverpool

and Chelsea boss Benitez away from Europe.

The 59-year-old has won a trophy at every

club he has managed in the last 18 years -

including Real Madrid , Inter Milan,

Valencia and Napoli.

And he will not be short of offers if he does

leave Newcastle as expected.

Benitez

Sarri

Maurizio Sarri has already set about making

Juventus plans for next season and made a

personal trip to visit talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, who

is holidaying with family on board a luxury yacht.

Sarri headed out to speak to Ronaldo in Navarino on

the Peloponnese coast, to introduce himself and talk

through tactics and goal-scoring expectations for next

season. And it’s a high number he is demanding from

the former Real Madrid man.

Italian publication Gazetta dello Sport claim Sarri

has told Ronaldo his new-look Juve will be built around

him, though he expects a mammoth 40-goal haul next

season after making a ‘tactical move’ to play the forward

in his most effective advanced role.

Having taken over at the Juve helm following one

season in the Premier League with Chelsea, Sarri has

already started to map out his project in Turin and wishes

for Ronaldo to be the crown jewel.

Sarri was recently unveiled at the Allianz Stadium

and wasted no time in name-dropping Ronaldo and

praising his newly inherited superstar.

At his introductory press conference on Thursday,

Sarri noted a desire to see Ronaldo break more records.

Among those in his sights, Sarri wants the former

Real Madrid man to aim for the Serie A single season

goalscoring record of 36 which was set by Gonzalo

Higuain under Sarri’s guidance at Napoli.

Sarri was also able to meet some of Ronaldo’s wider

circle of friends and his family, including his young

children and partner Georgina Rodriguez.

Juve have already added to their ranks with the capture

of Aaron Ramsey on a free transfer from Arsenal.

The Old Lady are also sensationally tipped to win the

race for defender Matthijs de Ligt, with reports in Italy

claiming the Dutchman has picked Sarri’s side over the

likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain.

Federer sends a warning to his Wimbledon rivals as he wins record 10th Halle title

Roger Federer set another

benchmark in his remarkable

career by winning his 10th Halle

Open title yesterday.

The Swiss great defeated David

Goffin 7-6 (2), 6-1 to extend his

record of wins at the grass-court

tournament and claim his 10th at an

individual event for the first time.

Only Rafael Nadal had previously

achieved the feat in the Open era.

Goffin, who was playing in his first

final since 2017, made life difficult

for Federer in the first set, forcing

him to save three break points without

having to face any of his own.

However, the world No 3 upped his level

in the tie break and maintained it from

there to win his 102nd tour-level title in

just over an hour.

It’s Federer’s 19th on grass, ideal

preparation for Wimbledon, which the 37-

year-old hopes to win for a ninth time.

Federer first played the Halle Open as

an 18-year-old in 2000, when both his

current coach, Ivan Ljubicic, and Goffin’s

coach, Thomas Johansson, played it too.

Ronaldo


46—Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019—47


Vanguard, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

TODAY’S PUZZLE

Sudoku

FRIDAY’S ANSWER

TODAY’S CROSSWORD

QUICK CROSSWORD

THURSDAY’S SOLUTION

How to Play Sudoku

ACROSS

1 Greatest possible quantity (7)

5 Cringe (5)

8 Distinguishing feature (5)

9 Not artificial (7)

10 Pudding or sweet course (7)

11 Loathed (5)

12 Garbage (6)

14 Chaffed, teased (6)

18 Lariat (5)

20 Robbers (7)

22 Culinary art (7)

23 Large striped cat (5)

24 Americans (5)

25 Duke's wife (7)

DOWN

1 Bullfighter (7)

2 Skeletal pictures (5)

3 Fingerless gloves (7)

4 Extremely small (6)

5 Capture (5)

6 Fine wool fabric (7)

7 Governed (5)

13 Mode (7)

15 Foolish (7)

16 Forsakes (7)

17 Be present (6)

18 Fortunate (5)

19 Leaves out (5)

21 Hazy (5)

Place a number (1-9) in each blank cell. (No line can have two

of the same number).

Each row (nine lines from left to right), column, (also nine lines

from top to bottom) and 3 X 3 block within a bold block (nine

blocks) contains number from 1 through 9. This means that no

number can appear twice in any block, column or row.

No mathematics is involved – no adding, subtraction, division or

multiplication, just plain logic and your imagination.

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