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Vanguard Newspaper 15 August 2019

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Taraba Killings: Army lauded slain policeman

5

for arresting Colonel's killers in 2016

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#RevolutionNow:

President Buhari

used a

•Families of slain policemen civilian seek justice; want independent probe panel

sledgehammer to

crack a nut; that’s 9 feared killed, houses razed as gunmen invade

a behaviour suited

for autocracy

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2 Rivers communities

Forex ban on food imports’ll cost jobs, force businesses out — NECA

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VOL. 26: NO. 63875 THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019

Kirikiri Prison better than

Indian hospitalEl-Zakzaky

•Seeks return home, rejects treatment from ‘unknown’ doctors

•Hospital back-pedals, begins treatment

El-Zakzaky's misbehaving in India — FG

•Says he wants to check into a five-star hotel

SLAIN POLICEMAN'S FAMILY BRIEFS PRESS

STORY

ON PAGE

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Money laundering:

Court remands

Atiku's son-inlaw,

lawyer,

one other in

EFCC custody

9

Naira

appreciates

to N363.22 /

$ in I&E

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window

Mr & Mrs

Family members of slain policeman, Inspector Mark Ediale, yesterday, briefed the press.From left, a cousin of the deceased

policeman, Paul Ediale, the widow, Olubunmi Ediale, spokesman of the family, Andrew Ediale, and Godwin Iluobe, at the briefing.

Photo: Kingsley Omonobi.

Banditry: Buhari

vows to flush out

perpetrators 13

•Signs bill to change Nigerian prison

service to Nigeria Correctional Service

We enjoy power

only when you're

around, Daura

leaders tell Buhari

13 Electricity: Senate backs sale

of FG’s 40% stakes in DISCOS

Obono-Obla gets sack letter from 10

Justice PermSec; faces prosecution

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Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019 — 5

POCKET CARTOON

PROTEST ON TARABA KILLINGS —The Tiv Youth Council and civil society organisations staging a

peaceful protest in Abuja, yesterday, to end the killings in Taraba State. Photo: NAN.

Taraba Killings: Slain Policeman lauded by

Army for arresting killers of Colonel in 2016

•Families of slain police officers, civilian seek justice

•Want independent probe panel

By Kingsley

Omonobi, Joseph

Erunke & Ifeanyi

Okolie

ABUJA — A milddrama

ensued at

the Force Headquarters,

Abuja, yesterday, as it was

established that one of the

policemen killed by

soldiers in Taraba State

after arresting a

suspected millionaire

kidnap kingpin, Alhaji

Hamisu Wadume, last

week, got the

commendation of the

Chief of Army Staff,

Lieutenant General Tukur

Burutai, for assisting the

Nigeria Army in June

2016.

This came on a day the

families of the three

operatives of the IGP

Intelligence Response

Team, IRT, and a civilian

killed in the attack, tasked

the federal government to

ensure justice was done

in the issue.

Vanguard learned that

Inspector Edaile Mark,

36, was part of a team of

Inspector-General of

Police Intelligence

Response Team, IRT,

deployed to Kaduna State

by the then Inspector -

General of Police,

Solomon Arase, to track

and arrest killers of a

serving officer of the

Nigerian Army, Colonel

Samaila Inusa, who was

abducted in Kamazo area

of Kaduna State.

His corpse was found

two days later at Ajyaif

community of Kaduna

State.

IMN

involvement

The Nigerian Army had

suspected that Col. Inusa,

who was with his wife at

the time he was

kidnapped, was abducted

and killed by members of

the Islamic Movement in

Nigeria, IMN, also known

as Shi’ites, following

their December 2015 clash

with the Nigerian Army in

Zaria.

Vanguard gathered that

Inspector Mark and his

colleagues spent three

months in Kaduna State

hunting down killers of

the Army Colonel, who

was the Chief Instructor

of the Nigeria Army

School of Infantry, Jaji ,

Kaduna State.

They made a

breakthrough when they

trailed and arrested a

user of the Army

Colonel’s, mobile phone.

The arrest

It was learned that

Inspector Mark and his

team succeeded in

arresting four members of

the gang who kidnapped

and killed the Army

colonel and recovered all

their operational arms

and ammunition.

The arrest of the

suspects was said to have

brought succour to the

Nigerian Army and the

Chief of Army Staff,

Burutai, who promptly

wrote a letter of

commendation to then

Inspector General of

Police, Solomon Arase,

thanking him and his

men at the IRT.

Letter from

Army chief

The letter, which was

signed by the Acting

Director, Army Public

Relations, Colonel Sani

Kukasheka Usman, and

dated June 9, 2016,

stated: “The Chief of

Army Staff, Lieutenant

General Tukur Yusufu

Buratai, on behalf of the

families of late Colonel

Samaila Inusa, officers

and soldiers of the

Nigerian Army, wishes to

thank the Inspector -

General of Police, Mr.

Solomon Arase, for

tracking and arresting the

kidnappers and

Continues on Page 41

By Bose Adelaja, Olayinka Latona,

Chiamaka Uba

Restriction of forex for food importation (1)

I

think the President

means well for the country

if we can take and maximise the

opportunity it offers. Nothing

stops Nigeria from feeding

herself. We have cultivable land,

crops and human elements to

do it. Nigeria should not only

feed herself but others. Rather

than expend our forex on

importation, let Nigerian farmers

feed us and generate forex for

the country. I agree with the

President.

—Julius Adegunna

Publisher

If the president is

introducing that,

then farmers across the

nation should be given

all they need to work.

The youths have the

energy to deliver but the

problem is that

government will not

support them. Mr

President should reach

out to the youths and

farmers in the villages

and support them.

—Olubayode

Akintunde Semilore

Administrator

President Buhari’s

directive seems to

have been made in the

best interest of Nigeria.

Redirecting the

country’s economic focus

towards local food

production might lead to

the changes we seek. On

the other hand, giving

executive directives to

an independent CBN

does not look good from

an international

standpoint.

— Adedayo Moyo M

Writer

Legally,

the

President may not

have such express

power to give directives

to the CBN but the apex

bank can act on the

directive if it’s made

with good intentions

more so where the CBN

governor is the

president’s appointee.

After all, he who pays

the piper, dictates the

tune.

— Nwogo Nkechi Joy

Student

It’s a welcome

development. So much

has been said about diversifying

Nigeria’s economy. Billions of

naira have been spent to

support agriculture. Ebonyi

and Kano have already taken

advantage of the FG’s policy on

agriculture with huge returns

in rice farming. All these efforts

will be a waste if importation of

food is encouraged. It may be

tough at the beginning but

there is always light after the

end of the tunnel. No pains, no

gains.

— Isijola Kike

Social media consultant

I

'm in full support of

the policy, we need to

grow our economy especially

on agriculture. Let's all

embrace made in Nigeria

stuff. It will go a long way to

solve unemployment

problems in Nigeria.

There should be a paradigm

shift from the foreign

syndrome to locally

produced goods including

diaries and other food

importation.

—Felix Logo

Civil servant


6—Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019

Volunteers from Nigerian Tulip International Colleges

Foundation, NTIC, distribution Sallah meat in Lagos, as part

of charity to over 250,000 less-privileged people in 20 states

of the federation.

Man threatens

suicide over

father’s N13m

gratuity in

Cross River

By Ike Uchechukwu

CALABAR—A 26-year-old

man, Mr. Joseph Odey,

yesterday, threatened to take

his life if Governor Ben Ayade

of Cross River failed to offset

his father’s gratuity without

further delay.

Odey, who carried out a one

man protest at the Governor’s

Office on Leopard Road, said

life was no longer worth living

as his family's suffering was

driving him into depression.

Joseph, who told Vanguard

that his late father, Mr. Anthony

Odey, died months to his

retirement, said he served the

state for 32 years and died in

active service as the principal

of Government Secondary

School, Ebo, Yala Local

Government Area of the state.

His words: “I am at the

Governor’s Office to bring his

attention to the non-payment

of my late father’s benefits and

gratuity, after he had put in 32

years of faithful service to the

state and died as a school

principal a few months before

he was due for retirement.

“The weight, pain and

suffering of my family is

getting out of hand, and I am

becoming more depressed

seeing my family suffer on a

daily basis.

“I am the first son and first

child; I can’t bear to watch my

siblings and mother suffer.

From the blue paper, the money

is N13 million.”

M AKURDI—OPERATIVES

of the joint military

intervention force, code-named

Operation Whirl Stroke, OPWS,

have uncovered another firearms

manufacturing plant in Benue

State.

The operatives also successfully

arrested the arms manufacturer

alongside nine others, including

a wanted alleged kidnap kingpin

and cattle rustlers operating

between Benue and Nasarawa

states axis.

Parading the suspects yesterday

at the OPWS headquarters in

Makurdi, the Force Commander,

Major General Adeyemi Yekini,

said six of the suspects were

arrested in Nasarawa State, while

four others were apprehended in

Benue State.

He explained that the arms

manufacturing plant and the

fabricator, Shekwa Terna, were

discovered in Buruku Local

Government Area of Benue State,

following a tip-off.

General Yekini noted that “our

operation is currently centered on

breaking the supply chain of

weapon proliferation in the

country, because the increasing

spate of arms manufacturing is

alarming and it is fuelling

criminal activities in the country.

“We are targeting weapon

manufacturers as a way of

breaking the supply chain with a

view to reducing the amount of

weapons in circulation and

curtailing the spate of armed

banditry and other criminal

activities in the country.”

He added that Seidu

Uwelu market traders count losses,

as Obaseki promises succour

By Alemma Aliu

BENIN CITY—TRADERS,

yesterday, at Uwelu spare

parts market in Egor Local

Government Area near Benin

City, the Edo State capital,

continued to count their losses as

a result of the fire incident that

engulfed the market Monday

night and destroyed over 90

stores with goods worth millions

of naira.

Recounting their ordeal to

Vanguard yesterday, several of the

traders appealed to the state

government to come to their aid,

as they said they have been law

abiding and contributing to the

economy of the state.

This is just as the state

governor, Godwin Obaseki, who

visited the market yesterday,

promised to assist the traders in

finding out the cause of the fire

and to rebuild it.

One of the affected traders,

Lucky Uwabor from Igbanke,

Orhionmwon Local Government

Area, who deals on car shaft, said

he had been operating there for

over 22 years and that he lost

Muhammadu, a notorious

kidnap kingpin and cattle rustler,

along with some of his

accomplices, were nabbed in

Nasarawa State while Moses

Dzever, a gang member of the

wanted militia leader, Terwase

Akwaza, alias Gana, with one

other member responsible for

Gana’s logistics, was also arrested

in Benue.

goods worth N8 million.

He said: “It was while here I

got married, had my first son, who

is now 16 years old, and I have

been taking care of my family

from this market. But all I have

now are iron and pieces of shaft.”

Another victim, Innocent

Ikuemeze, said: “I lost everyting.

I appeal to the state government

to assist us get back on our feet. I

am married with four children

and 38 years old.”

Another victim, 40 years old

Charles Omonkhozeva, said: ”I

heard my store was burning at

1a.m., and thought it was a joke.

Another person called me again,

then I decided to call my friend,

who confirmed it.

“I could not leave home that

night because I live very far. When

I came in at dawn, everything in

my store was burnt to ashes.”

According to Chairman of

Spare Sparts Delears Association,

Mr. Ibie Augustine, the fire

incident had compounded the

low patronage they were

witnessing due to bad roads.

He said: “Because of the

devastation that the fire caused,

Confesion

The arms manufacturer, who

confessed to the crime, said he

took over the business from his

elder brother after he was arrested

by the military months backs.

His words: “I learned the work

from my elder brother, who had

earlier been apprehended. After

his arrest, I took over the business.

“I was sleeping in my house

some of our members intended

to commit suicide, but we

appealed to them to have faith in

God, that things will be alright.”

Obaseki’s promises

When Governor Obaseki

visited the market yesterday, he

assured the traders of

government’s support.

He said a committee would be

set up to unravel the cause of the

inferno.

Obaseki said: “I will hold a

meeting with the Head, Edo Fire

Service, sister agencies which

helped in putting out the fire,

members of the state executive

council and officials of Egor Local

Government.”

He said the committee would

be given a week to carry out the

investigation, ascertain the

number of traders whose goods

were damaged and the monetary

value of goods lost.

“The team will also advise the

state government on measures to

put in place to ensure that fire

outbreak in markets are minimised

and prevented, where possible,”

the governor promised.

Army uncovers firearms factory in Benue,

arrests manufacturer, 10 others

By Peter Duru •A customer from Onitsha buys 15 weapons at once—Manufacturer

By Peter Duru

M AKURDI—UNKNOWN

armed men, in the early

hours of yesterday, attacked nine

Catholic nuns of Sisters of

Nativity, Okwungaga,

Ugbokolo, Okpokwu Local

Government Area of Benue

State and snatched their 14-

seater bus.

Vanguard gathered from a

source in the area that the nuns

were attacked in front of their

residence, on their way to

morning Mass.

The source said: “They were

confronted by the armed men,

who probably waited for them

outside their residence, as they

were proceeding for morning

Mass.

“The armed attackers, who

were about four, stopped the

vehicle and ordered the

Reverend Sisters to step out and

lie on the ground, after which

they took possession of the bus

and sped off without hurting

any of them.”

Confirming the development,

Director of Communications,

Catholic Dioceses of Makurdi,

Revd. Fr. Moses Iorapuu, said

the nuns were not injured in the

attack.

According to him, “the armed

men snatched the vehicle with

number plates Lagos APP786AS

and Chassis Number

JTFO2P20O045264 after

ordering the nine Sisters on

board out and directing that they

lie faced down on the road.

when they came and arrested me.

I sell the rifles to people in

my community, while I sell the

pistols to a client from Onitsha.

“Sometimes, when my client

from Onitsha comes, he buys up

to 15 weapons at once. So far, I

have sold over 50 weapons since

I started. But I now regret my

action and wished I never went

into this in the first place.”

...as gunmen attack 9 Catholic nuns

By Ben Agande

KADUNA—A pastor with

Baptist Church in Kaduna

has been abducted by gunmen.

He was abducted alongside

his son, who was released later

by the gunmen and told to go

and mobilise for N20 million

ransom.

Kaduna State Police Public

Relations Officer, Yakubu Sabo,

was unavailable to comment on

the matter as messages to his

phone were unreplied.

“We thank God none of them

was hurt in the attack. I just got

information that somebody saw

the bus heading towards Ikom

in Cross River State, but the

person did not know that it was

stolen.”

Contacted, Police Public

Relations Officer, DSP

Catherine Anene, who

confirmed the incident, said

investigation into the matter was

ongoing.

...kidnap pastor in Kaduna

Recall that a pastor with the

Living Faith Church in Kaduna

was killed two weeks ago, while

his wife was abducted and

released only after ransom was

paid.

The latest victim is said to be

in his 60s and was subjected to

physical assault by his

abductors.

His son, Emmanuel, who was

released by the abductors to go

and mobilise the ransom, said

the demand was made at about

2p.m., yesterday.


Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019—7

Growing xenophobia behind Ghana video—Prof Nwagbara

By Agbonkhese Oboh

PROFESSOR

Austin

Nwagbara of University of

Lagos, UNILAG, has said the

video of him calling on Nigerians

to resist, strategise and fight back,

in reference to their ugly

experiences in Ghana, was

“edited” and “stitched” out of

context to cause rancour in

line with “a growing

xenophobic situation in

Ghana that can

blossom into a

fireball.”

He noted that

xenophobia is Prof Nwagbara

growing in Ghana,

manifesting mainly at the

corporate and national levels,

which makes it more dangerous

and appearing like somebody

manipulating things somewhere.

In June, a video of Professor

Nwagbara seemingly calling

Nigerians to arms went viral on

social media and the reactions in

mainstream media and public

discourse rankled many, with the

Ghanaian authorities subjecting

him to treatments he described as

“embarrassing and shocking.”

“That video,” he told Vanguard,

“was part of my contribution at a

meeting and is not a total

By Egufe Yafugborhi

& Davies Iheamnachor

PORT

HARCOURT—

BANDITS, yesterday,

invaded Taaba and Okwale

communities, Khana Local

Government Area, Rivers State,

killing nine persons and razing

several property.

Property destroyed include the

palace of the traditional ruler of

Kaaba, Chief Nule (jnr) and

home of Movement for the

Survival of Ogoni People,

MOSOP, factional President,

Legborsi Pyagbara, which was

razed in Nyokuru community.

Unconfirmed community

sources, however, believe those

killed were more that the nine

reported.

The displaced monarch, Chief

Nule, narrated that the bandits

first struck at Okwale in the wee

hours of Tuesday, killing four

persons before repeating same

yesterday at Kaaba, where five

persons were killed.

The monarch narrated that “it

is confirmed that five persons

were killed, my palace burnt

down and other houses and

businesses burnt down. This

same thing happened in

Okwali yesterday(Tuesday).

These shootings were done in

the early mornings.”

Another source in Khana

Local Government said the

gunmen, believed to be cultists,

representation of how that

presentation was made.”

According to Nwagbara, who

was on sabbatical at University of

Education, Winneba, “we were at

a meeting of about 30 Nigerians

living in the Central

region (comprising

Kasua, Winneba,

Cape Coast,

Wedre, Appa and

other towns), who

came together to

find solution to

t h e

situation

where

Nigerians

were the

focus of Ghanaian

immigration, police and other

state agencies.

“The Nigerian High

Commission was represented;

some of us professors from

University of Education, Winneba,

were there to interact with the

Nigerian diplomat. As Nigerians

were narrating their sad

experiences, the question was

how do we resolve this at the

personal, communal and

diplomatic level?

“That video was part of my

contribution at the meeting. I

emphasise ‘part’ because it was

9 killed, houses razed,

as gunmen invade

two Ogoni communities

had on Tuesday around 8p.m.,

invaded Okwale community

and killed five persons, noting

that yesterday morning another

set of gunmen attacked Taabaa

community and killed four

people.

According to the source, “the

attackers raided Okwali

community yesterday

(Tuesday) evening around

8p.m., shooting sporadically,

and at their targets.

“They killed about five

persons and also burnt many

houses. This morning

(Wednesday), they also

attacked Taaba, a

neighbouring community to

Okwali, shooting and killing

about four persons too.”

Police Public Relations Officer,

Rivers State Command,

Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the

incident and said the

command had deployed more

men to the area to curtail the

situation.

MOSOP reacts

MOSOP, in a statement by its

Publicity Secretary, Sunny

Zorvah, said: “We received the

sad reports of the sudden

emergence of violence and

killings carried out by

members of some cult groups

in some Ogoni communities.

“MOSOP is pained over this

not all of my contribution and is

not a total representation of how

that presentation was made.

“The misunderstanding was a

result of viewing the edited video,

which was the goal of the person

that removed some parts and

stitched other parts together.

Perhaps, if Ghanaians had seen

the whole story, the reaction

would have been different.”

He said he felt embarrassed,

angry and “then at a point I felt

humiliated, especially by the

uncritical reception of the story by

the Ghanaian media and a

section of their society. No single

one came to get my own side of

the story. When I saw the video,

I was asking ‘who is this?’

“But it’s a digital era, so

people should know that reality

can be created and

manipulated. That’s why the

uncritical acceptance is

shocking and made me

conclude it is deliberate.”

Nwagbara also pointed out

that when universities become

where ideas are gagged and

thoughts controlled, is not

healthy for academics, advising

other Nigerian scholars not to

go to Ghana with the Nigerian

perspective of being expressly

open and very critical.

•The killers are cultist, says MOSOP

unjustified attacks leading to

the burning down of the house

of the MOSOP President,

Legborsi Pyagbara, in Nyokuru

community.

“MOSOP also feels

distressed over reports of

killing of about four persons

today (yesterday) and razing

of the palace of His Highness,

Chief Nule (jnr) in Taabaa

community and yesterday

(Tuesday) killing of scores of

persons and attack on the

residence of Chief Monday

Abueh and others in Okwale

by cult gangs.

“This ugly situation

demands urgent and thorough

actions by the security

agencies and every necessary

action required of the

government.

“We call on the Police and the

special joint military task force

to ensure the return of peace

to the troubled communities,

go after the perpetrators of this

barbaric and retrogressive

onslaught on the communities,

but without hurt on innocent

persons.

“We also appeal to the

traditional rulers, opinion

leaders and other influential

stakeholders to put their

differences aside and work for

the peace and security in the

area.”

... with Emma'nKen (08163121378)

If you no pure, run for cover. Mama

ready with AK-forty hundred!

Brother, the queue behind babes

is as long as 3rd Niger Bridge

Tell him you were dreaming about

the stoning of Stephen in the Bible


8—Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019

Kirikiri prisons better than Indian hospitalEl-Zakzaky

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru &

Victoria Ojeme,

with agency report

THERE was mild drama

at the Medanta

Hospital, New Delhi, India,

yesterday, as leader of

Islamic Movement in

Nigeria, IMN, Sheikh

Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and

his wife, Zeenat, refused to

be treated by those he

described as unknown

doctors deployed to treat

them, saying they were

different from those

engaged for their treatment

before they departed

Nigeria.

El-Zakzaky, who spoke

through an audio

recording, also alleged that

the condition at the Indian

hospital he was taken to

was worse than Kirikiri

prisons.

The Shi’ites leader and

his wife arrived India last

Tuesday for treatment,

following ruling of Kaduna

State High Court.

This is even as his group,

IMN, yesterday called on

the Federal Government to

allow the personal doctors

of the El-Zakzakys take

over their medical care.

In the audio recording,

El-Zakzaky accused the

Federal Government of

frustrating his medical

treatment in India.

Laments situation

at Indian hospital

Speaking in Hausa, he said

the situation at the hospital

in India was “pathetic and

worrisome,” alleging that the

management of Medanta

Hospital, New Delhi, had

been threatened not to admit

him for treatment.

He said: “The hospital

officials received us well, they

told us that they parked two

ambulance vehicles to

deceive the crowd while

taking us out of the airport

through another way, saying

it was for our own safety.

“On getting to the hospital,

we were placed under a

tighter security worse than

what we witnessed in

Nigeria. We are currently

more confined than when we

were in Nigeria, worse than

a prison setting.

“Contrary to what was

agreed before our arrival that

our own personal doctors

would supervise this

treatment, they’ve changed

the arrangement. So, we

objected receiving treatment

from strange doctors without

the supervision of our own

trusted physicians.”

Hospital

backpedals,

begins treatment

However, hours later, the

hospital, according to the

Islamic Human Rights

Commission, agreed to the

request of Sheikh El-

Zakzaky to use known and

appointed doctors for his

treatment.

Speaking further, the

Shi’ites leader had said:

‘’Right now, we are in the city

of New Delhi in India. Like

you all know, we came here

for medical treatment due to

•Rejects treatment from unknown Indian doctors

•Seeks return to Nigeria

•Hospital backpedals, begins treatment

El-Zakzaky wants to check into a 5-star hotel—FG

•Says he’s misbehaving in India

El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, at Nnamdi Azikiwe International

Airport, Abuja, on Monday, before their journey to India. Photo:

Gbemiga Olamikan.

some ailments that I and my

wife, Zeenat, have been

suffering from.

The ailments

‘’There is a bullet in

Zeenat’s body and there is also

the need for her to get her two

knee caps replaced, among

other ailments.

"On my own part, there are

also particles of bullets that

were broken into pieces in my

eyes, hands and thighs which

have been poisonous to my

body.

"I think what they are

supposed to do first of all is to

extract these bullets of which

I know the surgery cannot be

done in Nigeria, hence the

reason for my referral abroad.

‘’Second, the poison needs

to be extracted from my body,

some of which they said are

in my bones and they said the

surgery will take some time.

‘’I also have problems with

my eyes. Since the second

surgery, my eyes have been

weak and I was also advised

to travel to India for surgery.

"We were happy because we

know that by coming here,

we’ll get a befitting hospital

that will perform the surgery.

The medical advice to come

to this hospital, which they

called Mendata, was given to

us by some foreign doctors that

visited us in Nigeria and that

was why we requested to be

brought to this hospital.

"While in Nigeria, we got

information that the United

States Embassy had given an

instruction that we shouldn’t

be accepted in this hospital.

We also heard that they

obeyed the order and said

they won’t accept us, so we

were even thinking of going

elsewhere in India but were

later informed that the order

had been lifted.

"We then proceeded to India.

On our arrival, we were

received by the hospital staff

from the airport and they

escorted us down to the

hospital.

His fans at airport

‘’While on our way from the

airport to the hospital in an

ambulance, the staff of the

hospital were narrating how

some people besieged the

airport just to see us before

proceeding to the hospital,

but they (the hospital) tricked

them by keeping two

ambulances at the location

where my supporters were

waiting and drove us out in

another ambulance at a

different location.

‘’They also said another set

of people besieged the

hospital just to see our arrival

but they decided to use an

alternative entrance to the

hospital because they were

trying to avert stampede.

‘’When we got here, a staff

of the Nigerian Embassy told

us they had already

assembled, with the staff of

this hospital and security

operatives discussing on

what to do when we arrive.

They later took us to an Indian

security outfit that is even more

sophisticated than the one we

were kept in Nigeria.

"Back home in Nigeria, they

agreed that nobody should

take us to any other hospital

but we got to realise that the

doctors they brought to us

were there just to give advice.

We then told them we won’t

allow any other doctor, aside

from our trusted doctors, to

attend to us so they don’t do

to us what they couldn’t do

with their bullets in Nigeria.

They brought us

here for another

detention

"All what we have seen

here have shown that there

is no trust, they just brought

us here for another detention.

I have been in detention for

many years but I’ve never

seen this kind of security that

I’m seeing here. Even at the

door of my hospital room,

there are many heavily

armed security personnel

waiting.

"They didn’t even allow me

to go to the next room, I

started asking mysel that all

these while I have been in

detention, I have never seen

this type. Even if I’m in the

cell, they usually lock us up

around 9 p.m. and open the

cell around 7 a.m. and they

allowed us to go anywhere

we want in the area we are.

"Even Kirikiri prison will not

affect me psychologically the

way this one has.

...seeks return

to Nigeria

"It will not be possible for

us to come out of detention

just to get medical attention

and now find ourselves in

another form of detention. We

won’t submit ourselves to

people we don’t trust. There

is need for us to go back

home since it has been

agreed that we should travel

out to get medical attention

and India is not a place we

can trust.

‘’There are other countries

that have volunteered to take

care of our treatment,

including Malaysia,

Indonesia and Turkey. We can

choose from among these

three."

Ultimatum to

El-Zakzaky to

leave India

Meanwhile, a member of

the Islamic Human Rights

Commission, IHRC, who

spoke on condition of

anonymity, said the attitude

of the Indian government has

portrayed El-Zakzaky as a

common criminal when no

court in Nigeria has convicted

him.

He said the Indian

government had given El-

Zakzaky an ultimatum to

leave Indian soil, if he refused

to receive treatment from

unknown doctors billed to

treat him.

He said: “I just received a

very worrying news from the

Indian government that

ultimatum has been given to

the leader of IMN, to leave

India if he does not agree to

the doctors specified to treat

him. It is extremely bad the

way he is treated.

“Under the current

situation, it seems he has no

choice than to go back to

Nigeria. He has been given

some hours to respond to their

ultimatum. This, to me, is

totally unacceptable by any

standard.

“This is a man that has not

been found guilty of

anything, to the extent that

in his own country, the

highest court has granted

him permission to be treated.

‘’The Indian government,

by its behaviour, depicts

Sheikh El-Zakzaky as a

common criminal. This is

really outrageous and those

who stand for justice should

please respond.”

El-Zakzaky wants

to check into a 5-

star hotel—FG

But in a statement, Grace

Gekpe, Permanent Secretary,

Ministry of Information, said

the IMN leader had violated

the terms under which the

court allowed him travel.

Gekpe said he demanded

to have his passport and

sought free movement,

adding that he wanted to

receive visitors and also

made a request to be checked

into a 5-star hotel.

She said he had behaved

so badly that the Indian

authorities were willing to

return him to Nigeria.

Her statement read: "The

court on August 5, 2019,

granted Sheikh Ibraheem

EL-Zakzaky leave to travel to

India for medical treatment.

Consequently, the

government and its relevant

agencies took steps to comply

with the Order.

"In line with the court order,

El-Zakzaky was approved to

embark on the trip with state

officials and his choice to be

accompanied by his aides and

personal doctors was not

opposed by the government.

"On August 12, 2019, he

and other members of the

entourage went to India via

Dubai. It is to be noted that

El-Zakzaky particularly chose

Medanta Hospital, India.

However, on reaching Dubai,

El-Zakzaky began to display

ulterior motives against laid

down procedures.

"He requested that his

passport be handed over to

him but the state officials

would not budge to his

pressure. The situation

became worse in India as he

refused to subject himself to

preliminary medical checks.

‘’In addition, he demanded

free movement and access to

visitors of all kinds as well as

requested to be allowed to

check into a 5-star hotel

instead of being admitted in

the hospital.

‘’The request was refused

on the ground that he came

into the country for medicals

and not as a tourist (more so

that his visa was issued on

medical grounds and not for

tourism). He also demanded

that police protection be

withdrawn from him by the

Indian authorities.

"Against medical ethics and

standard practice, he

requested to nominate

doctors of his choice to join

the ones tasked by Medanta

Hospital to perform medical

treatment on him and his

wife. This created a stalemate,

which the hospital insisted

that he would not dictate to it

on the choice of medical

personnel to carry the

required medical treatment.

‘’Frustrated by his antics,

the Indian authorities have

expressed willingness to

return him to Nigeria with

immediate effect. This is on

the account that they will not

allow him use their country

to internationalise his group’s

activities.

"Against this background,

the Nigerian government

wishes to commend the stand

of the Indian government as

well as apologise to her for

the unruly behaviour of El-

Zakzaky.

"Similarly, the attention of

the public and indeed the

international community is

hereby drawn to these

unfortunate developments.

"The government also

wishes to use this opportunity

to affirm its readiness to

undertake the prosecution of

El-Zakzaky through due

process if and when he is

returned to the country. On

this note, his foul cry that he

is being held in circumstances

worse than he was in Nigeria

should be disregarded.’’

India denies

detaining

El-Zakzaky, wife

Meanwhile, Indian High

Commission in Nigeria has

denied detainingEl-Zakzaky,

stating that that there was no

condition or ultimatum to the

patient.

In a series of tweets from its

official Twitter handle

@india_nigeria, the High

Commission assured that

medical treatment is

provided to consenting

patients.

The tweets read: “Please be

assured that medical

treatment at reputed Indian

hospitals is provided to

consenting patients, as per

medical norms. Protocol and

safety steps are taken as

necessary. There is no

condition or ultimatum by

India.”

It also denied reports that

Indian police and security

services were collaborating

with Nigerian security

services to place the Shi’ite

leader in custody.

The mission added: “Such

reports are not true. India has

always been responsive to

humanitarian requests.

Medical treatment request

was received from both the

patient and the Government

of Nigeria, and we readily

agreed. No other connotation

should be attached to the

matter.”


Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019 — 9

FORUM: From left, Dr. Henry Nkemadu, Director Public Affairs Nigerian Communications

Commission, NCC; Prof. Sola Aderounmu, Dean, Faculty of Technology, Obafemi Awolowo

University, Ile-Ife; Haru Alhassan, Director, New Media and Information Security, NCC;

Dr. Yusuf Kazaure, Managing Director, Galaxy Backbone Ltd; Prof Umar Garba Danbatta,

Executive Vice Chairman, NCC; Prof. Sahalu Junaidu, Head Department of Computer

Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Mr. Ephraim Nwokonneya, Director Research

and Development, NCC; Salihu Tanko Yakassai, Special Adviser to the Governor of Kano

State, and Dr. Chris Uwaje, Africa Chair, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Internet of Things (IEEE IoT) during the Emerging Technologies Research and ICT

Innovation Forum in Kano, yesterday.

Electricity: Senate backs sale of FG’s

40% stakes in DISCOs

•As stakeholders hold divergent views

By Prince Okafor

WITH constant bailout

funds to Electricity

Distribution Companies,

DISCOs, without

commensurate

improvement in power

supply, the Senate has

advised the Federal

Government to approve the

sale of its 40 per cent stake

in the sector to foreign

investors.

This came as Senate

President, Ahmed Lawan,

said private investors

should be allowed to invest

and take ownership of the

sector to put an end to the

challenges therein.

HEALTH TIPS

By Sola Ogundipe

Coping with earaches

An earache is a temporary

or constant sharp, dull or

burning pain in one or both

ears. In children, ear pain

is usually caused by the

buildup of fluid and

pressure behind the

eardrum (middle ear). In

adults ear pain is largely

due to an ear infection.

There can be blockage of

the ear tubes because of

allergies, a cold or other

infection due to

inflammation and the

buildup of secretions.

Sooth the ear with the

warm setting of a hairdryer

or use warm damp

compresses. Adversely a

cold pack or cold wet

washcloth applied to the

outer ear for 20 minutes

may reduce pain.

If the ache is from altitude

change or built-up

Lawan, who disclosed

this in Abuja, yesterday,

while receiving the

management team of the

Transmission Company of

Nigeria, TCN, led by the

Managing Director, Usman

Mohammed, said: “As

stipulated in the Power

Sector Privatisation Act

2005, private investors

should be allowed to invest

and take ownership of the

sector to put an end to the

challenges being faced.

“The 40 per cent holding

of the Federal Government

as stipulated in the Power

Privatisation Act 2005 may

also be more beneficial to

the nation if it is sold to

pressure, chew gum or

yawn to contract the

muscles and open the

inner tubes of the ear,

relieving the pain.

If you suffer from

“swimmer’s ear,” place

mineral oil in the ear before

going in the water.

An ear infection can be

relieved with the intake of

large doses of vitamin C.

At high levels, this vitamin

is a natural antibiotic and

antihistamine and will help

to reduce any inflammation

and fever.

Natural healing

advocates say that earaches

and infections are caused

fundamentally by improper

diet and so foods such as

meat, white bread, sugar,

and chemically-doctored

foods should be avoided.

foreign investors with

technical know-how.

“It is not in the interest of

the government to keep

disbursing bailout funds to

DISCOs without

commensurate

improvement in power

supply.”

Lawan also assured TCN

of the Senate’s support on

its

proposed

recapitalisation of DISCOs

and the Transmission

Rehabilitation and

Expansion Programme,

TREP.

Stakeholders hold

divergent views

However, reacting to the

development, former

Chairman and Chief

Executive Officer, Nigerian

Electricity Regulatory

Commission, NERC, Dr.

Sam Amadi, said: “I agree

that the government

should stop all this bailout

money to the DISCOs. It

is corruption and

illegitimate wealth transfer.

“When we were in

NERC, we did same in the

belief that the DISCOs will,

henceforth, stand on their

feet. But they have not.

There is no more gain in

government more than

they would have spent

with public commercial

entities six years after

privatization. It’s

senseless.

“We have to admit that

the experiment failed or

has not worked and we

should look for a better

way to manage the

inefficiency. I do not agree

that government should go

through any process of

selling to ordinary

investors.

“Government should

either commercialise the 40

percent stake and hold it

in a public trust and invite

private managers to

manage that shareholding

on its behalf or divest to

institutional investors who

have competence and

financial capacity to

manage the assets.”

Also reacting, Chairman

and partner of Energy and

Natural Resources at

Bloomfield Law, Ayodele

Oni, said: “The first thing

I believe the government

should do is to address the

tariff structure. If the tariff

is not cost reflective, I do

not think the 40 percent

stake can be sold.

“Imagine producing for

N2.0 and you are forced to

sell for N1.0, which is a loss.

Nobody is going to invest

in such a business.

“Once this is corrected, I

think the next step is to

address the issue of

energy theft across the

sector. Also, they need to

look at the transmission

network, if it can supply

adequate electricity.

“I do not think DISCOs

are the right people to sell

this stake, if there is urgent

need to do so. The DISCOs

have not shown that they

have the capacity to handle

it.

“Almost all the DISCOs

borrowed between 70 and

100 per cent capital to buy

the 60 percent stake they

possess now, through

shareholders or bank

loans.

“Even after buying, they

will not have funds to

improve the network. The

government is even

helping them with bailout

out funds. NERC is also

helping them out with

metering too. It is best we

look for international

investors that have been

tested and proven

elsewhere with financial

stability, if the stake must

be sold.”

Money laundering: Court

remands Atiku’s son-in-law,

lawyer, one other in EFCC

custody

By Innocent

Anaba

A

Federal High Court

sitting in Lagos,

yesterday, remanded Atiku’s

son-in-law, Abdullahi

Babalele; a lawyer, Uyiekpen

Giwa-Osagie, who is said to

be Atiku’s lawyer and the

brother to the lawyer,

Erhunse Giwa-Osagie, in the

custody of the Economic and

Financial Crimes

Commission, EFCC, till

today, when their bail

applications would be heard.

Trial judge, Justice

Nicholas Oweibo, remanded

Babalele, and the Giwa-

Osagie’s brothers in the

EFCC’s custody, after pleas

were taken in money

laundering charges brought

against them.

Prior to the remand order,

the EFCC had arraigned the

trio on two different charges.

While the Atiku’s son-inlaw,

Babalele was docked on

a two count-charge of

laundering $140,000, the

Giwa-Osagie brothers were

arraigned on three counts

charge of laundering $2

million.

Over 6,000 Nigerians under

crime investigation in

S/Africa —Envoy

NIGERIA’S High

Commissioner to South

Africa, Ambassador Kabir

Bala, said, yesterday, that

over 6,000 Nigerians were

being investigated for

various crimes in the

country.

Bala, who disclosed this

while speaking to Channels

Television in his office,

explained that the crimes

range from drug-related

offences to murder, fraud and

armed robbery.

Noting that the statistics

were from the South African

Police Service, the envoy

said: “We have to look at it

from a proper perspective so

that we don’t tilt the balance.

And then we overlook the fact

that some of our nationals

engage in things that are not

legal here.

“We have 6,089 of them

having cases that are being

concluded or investigated

and some of them in prison,

we have them."

The diplomat, however,

explained that the accused

persons, whether Nigerians

or other nationals, have the

right to fair trial before being

convicted, if found guilt in

line with the laws.

His remark followed a

meeting of the heads of

Nigeria’s two missions in

South Africa in Pretoria, on

the country’s crime statistics

as it is related to Nigerian

citizens.

Present were the Police

Minister Bheki Cele and top

police officials.

Bala, who was

accompanied by the Consul-

General, Godwin Adama, to

the meeting, said the figures

were quite shocking.

Security operatives block

pro-Sowore demonstrators in

Abuja

A combined team of

soldiers, policemen and other

security operatives, yesterday,

in Abuja, prevented

supporters of the convener of

#RevolutionNow protests,

Omoyole Sowore, from

staging a street

demonstration to call for his

release.

The activists had massed

around the popular Unity

Fountain, the usual take-off

point of demonstrations in

Abuja.

However, the heavy

In the charge against

Babalele, the EFCC alleged

that he had on February 20,

2019, procured and aided

one Bashir Mohammed to

make cash payment of

$140,000, without going

through financial institution.

Also, the Osagie brothers

were also alleged to have on

February 12, 2019, aided each

other and made cash

payment of $2 million, without

going through the financial

institutions.

The offences, according to

the prosecution, are contrary

to sections 18(c), 18(a), 1(a),

16(1), (d) of the Money

Laundering (Prohibition) Act,

2011 as amended and

punishable under Section 16,

16(2)(b)16(2)(b) of the same

Act.

After the defendant’s not

guilty pleas were separately

taken, lawyer to Atiku’s son

in-law, Mike Ozekhome,

Ahmed Raji and Norrison

Quakers, both, SANs, for

Osagie’s brothers, told the

court that they had filed and

served the prosecution with

their clients bail applications,

but the EFCC was yet to file

any response to the

applications.

security presence did not

allow them to march on the

Three-Arms Zone, as is the

tradition of demonstrators

who want to be heard at the

seat of power.

Notwithstanding, the

Leader of Concerned

Nigerians, Deji Adeyanju,

addressed Sowore’

supporters.

He called on President

Muhammadu Buhari to

release the #RevolutionNow

convener from what he

described as “illegal

detention.”


10 — VANGUARD, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019

ASSETS RECOVERY PANEL:

Obono-Obla faces

prosecution; gets sack

letter from Jusctice

PermSec

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

ABUJA — THERE are

indications that the

Presidency may prosecute

Chairman of the Special

Investigation Panel for the

Recovery of Public

Property, Chief Okoi

Obono-Obla for alleged

forgery.

Already, a Presidency

Source has said that the

Solicitor-General of the

Federation and Permanent

Secretary Ministry of

Justice, has delivered a

letter of sack to Obla on the

orders of President

Muhammadu Buhari.

The embattled chairman

had recently alleged that

some highly placed

people in the government

had been plotting to

remove him as Chairman

of the Assets Recovery

Panel because of his

refusal to drop

investigation of corrupt

practices against them.

He specifically alleged

that the Deputy Chief of

Staff, Office of the Vice

President, had in

January, written him to

stop all investigations his

panel was handling, as

the government was

going to embark on reform

of the panel.

He also claimed that

some interest groups in

the government had

Keswani, SPAR bags

Businessday award

By Providence

Emmanuel

LAGOS—THE Group

Managing Director,

Artee Group, Mr. Haresh

Keswani, has been

honoured with Lifetime

Achievement Award, while

SPAR, the retail store brand

of the group, bagged Retail

Brand of the Year at the

BusinessDay Nigerian

Business Leadership

Awards 2019.

The Lifetime

Achievement Award won

by Haresh Keswani, was in

recognition of his effort in

the second-wave retail

pressurized his panel to

drop investigations

bordering on corruption

issues that involve some

members of the ruling

party.

Obla may face criminal

prosecution — Source

However, a Presidency

source, yesterday, said

that Obla may face

criminal prosecution on

matters related to his

alleged financial

dealings, as uncovered

by the ICPC upon

investigation.

Besides, he may face

prosecution with regard to

his academic credentials,

specifically the West

African Examination

Council, WAEC,

Certificate issue.

The source said: “This is

owing to the conclusion of

the ICPC investigation,

the recommendations of

which were approved in

full by President Buhari.”

Presidency keeps mum

When contacted for

confirmation of Obla’s

sack and possible

prosecution, the

Presidential Spokesman,

Mallam Garba Shehu

said he was not briefed on

the issue and asked that

press enquiries be

directed to the SGF.

revolution in Nigeria

through the birth of Park ‘n’

Shop, and the business has

grown to become a

dominant player in the

retail industry with over

50,000 metre square under

the SPAR brand. Other

businesses managed by

him include Cascade Water

in PET bottles; Millennia

Furniture and shopping

malls in Port Harcourt,

Enugu and Calabar.

Speaking after the award,

Keswani said: “I am

grateful to God, family,

friends, and colleagues

who have enhanced the

vision till date. I am glad to

have touched people’s

lives in various ways and

our organization would not

be deterred in supporting

laudable initiatives of the

government.

“Many of our businesses

are in response to the

government’s policies and

this has further enhanced

the economy of the country.

We believe in Nigeria and

we know that there are

huge opportunities in the

country despite the

challenges.”

BREASTFEEDING: From right: Mrs Edith Edoghotu, Nutrition Officer Ogu/Bolo, Mrs Ngozi Ohaechesi Pilgrims

Africa Health Foundation, Mr Taofeek Odunowo, AOSORWELL Nig LTD, Barr. Mrs Christiana Tamunoberetonari

Deputy chairperson, Ogu/Bolo, Mr Franklin Aminadoki, AOSORWELL Nig Ltd; Mrs Oyinyechi Kumasi,

Pilgrims Africa Health Foundation, when AOSORWELL in partnership with Pilgrims Africa Health Foundation

marked World Breastfeeding Week event with prenatal and postnatal mothers in Ogu community.

We’re yet to recover 2 bodies in Lagos

boat mishap — LASWA

LAGOS — THE Lagos

State Waterways

Authority, LASWA, said,

yesterday, it was yet to

recover the bodies of two

persons involved in a boat

accident at Irewe

Community in Ojo, near

Lagos late Tuesday.

LASWA’s General

Manager,

Mr.

Oluwadamilola

Emmanuel, told the News

Agency of Nigeria, NAN,

that rescue operation was

still ongoing.

He said: “We have not

recovered their bodies,

though rescue efforts are

still on.”

He said that the

unfortunate incident,

which occurred at 6:10

p.m., involved two

passenger speed boats

having a head-on collision

along the creek in Ojo Local

Government area of Lagos

State.

Emmanuel recalled that

on Tuesday, 13 people were

rescued alive in the

incident, while three others

were confirmed dead.

He said that there were

10 passengers in a boat

coming from Ojo Jetty and

eight passengers in

another one coming from

Irewe Community when

the incident happened.

The LASWA General

Manager said the yet-to-be

recovered bodies include

that of an adult and a child.

Emmanuel, who frowned

at the reckless disregard to

safety regulations by some

boat operators, said that the

authority would not relent

on its efforts to ensure full

compliance.

According to him, boat

operators must desist from

excessive speeding and

flouting of regulations.

He said that the search

and rescue operations were

ongoing by relevant state

agencies and the local

community who were the

first responders.

He said that preliminary

investigations by LASWA

and LASEMA revealed that

Southern, Middle Belt leaders berate

PDP BOT chair on RUGA

By Dapo Akinrefon

L Southern

AGOS—THE

and

Middle Belt Leaders

Forum, SMBLF,

yesterday, faulted the

chairman, Board of

Trustees of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

Senator Walil Jubril for

supporting the

suspended RUGA

project.

The forum described

Jubril’s declaration for

RUGA as insensitive.

In a statement by Yinka

Odumakin (South West),

Prof Chigozie Ogbu

(South East), Senator

B a s s e y

Henshaw (South-South)

and Dr. Isuwa Dogo

(Middle Belt), the forum

urged PDP governors in

their zones to ignore the

BOT Chair.

The statement reads:

“The Southern and

Middle Belt Leaders

Forum, SMBLF, frowns at

the insensitivity and

impunity of the Chairman

of the PDP Board of

Trustees, Senator Walil

Jubril in his declaration

of support for the divisive

policy of Ruga being

pursued by the Buhari

administration.

The ethnic domination

programme seeks to

create homelands for

Fulani herdsmen all over

Nigeria in spite of the

terror non-Fulani

communities have been

Nigerians should support Buhari’s Next Level

agenda — APC stalwart

LAGOS — A chieftain of

the All Progressives

Congress, APC, in Lagos

State, Chief Lanre Razak,

has urged Nigerians to

throw their weight for

President Muhammadu

Buhari to assist him to

consolidate and improve on

his first-term performance.

Razak made the appeal

at a media chat in Lagos

where he expressed

confidence that “the Next

Level Mantra of the

President is real and not an

empty slogan,” pointing

out that, “some steps Buhari

have taken are clear

testimony that he is all out

to meet the needs and

aspirations of the citizenry.”

“Having realised that the

security challenges in the

country have an external

connection and foreign

backers, Mr. President has

globe trotted to meet with

all the Heads of

neighbouring countries

with the sole aim of

squeezing the life out of the

insurgents from all angles,”

Razak disclosed.

According to him, that

step was in addition to the

meetings with all the stakeholders

in the country like the religious

leaders, ethnic nationalities

leaders, security agencies and

other leaders of thoughts, saying,

“this all-inclusive policy of Buhari

has shown him as a leader that

has the interest of the country at

heart.

“Nigerians should

continue to appreciate God

for giving us Muhammadu

Buhari at a time the country

needed a Messiah badly."

the incident was caused by

reckless driving and

speeding on the part of the

two boat captains.

Emmanuel said that one

of the boat captains was not

in his right way.

He said further

investigations would be

carried out by the authority,

adding that those found

wanting would be

sanctioned accordingly.

subjected to even when

these herders are

nomads.

“Southern and Middle

Belt communities have

rejected the internal

colonialism agenda out

rightly.

“We say clearly to Jubril

that his appeal to our

zones to accept the

obnoxious policy is

rejected with no thanks.

“He should join his

fellow

ethnic

supremacists to pursue

Ruga in the states in the

North that have accepted

Ruga and spare us his

sophistry and nonsequitor.

“Our opposition to the

policy remains

unwavering and Ruga

will only be

implemented in our

communities after a

military conquest of the

entire South and Middle

Belt as we have told

Femi Adesina that we

will keep our lands and

lives against Ruga policy.

''We are not members of

the PDP, though we

adopted Atiku as a

presidential candidate

in the last election based

on his promise to

restructure Nigeria, but

we call on all PDP

Governors in our zones

to ignore their BOT

Chair who has spoken as

a champion of his ethnic

group but wearing the

badge of their party. We

say no to Ruga.”


Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019—11

It took me

years to realize

I’m beautiful

— Juliet Ibrahim

Hardly would delectable actress, Juliet Ibrahim, strike

anyone as a lady who has had to battle with a lot of

personal issues because of her drop dead beauty which

is capable of making any man drool with lust. But surprisingly,

the pretty screen diva has not had it easy with the

hard knocks of life.

While recounting her experience with love, low self

esteem, surviving three civil wars among other issues,

the actress who has made a name for herself

on the big screens, revealed how it took her a long

time to realize how beautiful she is.

“The decision to love someone is a personal

choice, but if your family or the people close to

you have that gut feeling about your partner

and you are too in love to see it, pause. They

are rarely ever wrong. When I dismantled

the walls around me brick by brick and began

to breathe more freely, I realized a lot

of things. Life is really not so difficult. You

live your life to the best of your ability, doing

everything within your power and

means to stay happy and fulfilled. People –

friends and family – will hurt you, they will

betray

your trust, but you owe it to your mind to forgive them and let

go of any negative feelings. You will hurt other people along the

way. You must apologize and mean it when you realize it. You must

not waive or shrug it off. It is the little things that hurt the most. You

owe it to yourself to chase and pursue your dreams. You try, again

and again, until you get what you want. You are your own happilyever-after.

Yes, you are beautiful, awesome and complete the way

you are. It took me a really long time to understand this; that I had

to love and find contentment in myself, my family, my beautiful

baby and the work I do. There is a lot I look forward to in my life,

my career and business. There are bigger hurdles to scale

through and I am prepared and looking forward to all of it. But

mostly, I am grateful for how far I have come, from the little

girl who survived three civil wars, to being the Juliet Ibrahim.”

Seyi Law tackles racism at ‘Seyilaw

fast and funny’

Seyi Law

At the weekend, award-win

ning stand-up comedian, Seyi

Aletile Lawrence, a.k.a Seyilaw,

held his annual comedy show

tagged, ‘Seyilaw Fast and Funny:

Blacker than Ever Edition’, a

The Creative Industry

Group (CIG), has appointed

the Imo State Governor, Rt.

Hon. Chukwuemeka Ihedioha

as it’s patron.

The plaque of appointment

was presented by the group’s

President, Felix Duke, Director

of Strategy, Emeka Ossai

and Advisory Consultant,

Charles Oputa, a.k.a Charley

Boy during a honorary visit

to the Executive Governor at

show which had in attendance celebrities

from all walks of life.

Alex Ekubo, Ufuoma McDermott,

Eniola Badmus, Bimbo Thomas, Ireti

Osayemi, Chioma Chukwu, Deyemi

Okanlawon, Timi and Busola Dakolo,

Tony Tetuila, Paul Play Dairo, Zlatan

Ibile, ex-BBNaija star Debby

Rise, Yaw Onu, Julius Agwu,

Princewill, Whalemouth, among

many others, graced the star studded

comic show.

The highest point of the show was

when the man of the moment, Seyilaw,

thrilled the audience with a

one-hour performance where he discussed

issues affecting the country

and how Nigerians are being treated

abroad (racism). He did not end

there but further made use of his

parents to crack jokes on stage.

The show came to a close around

2-am after the talented comedian

Seyi Law expressed profound gratitude

to everyone who took out time

to be at his show, those that sponsored

and supported him. It was

wrapped up with a breathtaking

performance by Paul Play Dairo and

Zlatan Ibile.

The management of Khafilat

Kareem, a.k.a Khafi, a contestant

in the ongoing reality TV

show, Big Brother Naija, has

threatened to drag a British tabloid,

The Sun, to court for publishing

what it described as “repulsive

and damaging publication”

about her activities in the

house.

In an official statement released

by authorities of the Metropolitan

Police and published

by The Sun UK, the MET Police

who claimed Khafi was denied

permission to partake in the ongoing

show, promised to investigate

the circumstances surrounding

her participation in

the show because her actions in

the Big Brother house has

brought disrepute to the MET

Police.

I think of late DJ Olu

everyday— Davido

Exactly 2-years after the

sudden death of his friend

and official DJ, DJ Olu, popular

pop music singer, Davido,

on Wednesday, August

14, 2019, celebrated the late

DJ’s second posthumous

birthday.

Expressing how much

he misses

BBNAIJA: Khafi threatens to

drag UK tabloid to court

*As she risks losing her MET Police job

Why we appointed Ihedioha patron — Felix Duke, President,

Creative Industry Group

the Imo State Government

House, where he was invested

as a patron of the group.

In a chat with E-Daily, President

of the group, Felix Duke

explained why Iheadioha was

chosen as patron of the group.

“His Excellency’s passion

aligns with the vision of the

Creative Industry Group and

he considered it a pleasant surprise

but not a coincidence as

regards the investiture. As the

Juliet Ibrahim

popular adage goes ‘like attracts

like’.

It was indeed a moment

of satisfaction for the President

of The Creative Industry

Group, Felix Duke,

to know that the Governor

has the welfare of his people

deeply rooted at heart

as talks begin on replicating

the NETS summit in

Imo State as soon as possible.

Davido

However, responding to The

Sun’s report on the matter,

Khafi’s management threatened

to take legal actions

against the tabloid if it

refuses to make an immediate

retraction

alongside a public

apology.

“The attention

of

Khafi’s management

has been

drawn to a

publication

by

The Sun

UK on

Tuesday,

August 13, 2019, titled ‘LOIN OF

DUTY Met Police ‘poster girl’ faces

sack for ‘having sex’ on Nigerian

Big Brother after being told

not to take part. The brazen sensational

and defamatory outburst

by The Sun UK is written in poor

taste without considering the ethics

of journalism which seeks balance

and objectivity. At no time

did The Sun UK send a mail of

inquiry to Khafi’s official email

which is blasted across her social

media platforms under active

management to confirm or refute

the claims in the publication.

Khafi’s side of the story is deliberately

and conveniently omitted

to sell a pre-conceived narrative

while responses from “outraged

colleagues” and “other papers”

riddle the publication.”

his dear friend, Davido who is

yet to recover from his great loss

revealed how he thinks of DJ

Olu everyday.

“I think about you every day!

Long live Olu. We’ve taken it

worldwide for you brother. Happy

birthday,” he wrote.

DJ Olu, whose full name is

Olugbenga Abiodun, was the

son of the current governor of

Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun;

died in October 2017 alongside

Chime Amaechi who was said

to be one of Davido’s crew

member. Their bodies were

found dead in a

BMW car in a

garage on Banana

Island,

Lagos.

T h e i r

deaths followed

that

of Tagbo

Umeike

who died on

his birthday at a

bar in Lekki after

allegedly consuming

ten shots of

Tequila.

“ T h i s

comes from

a repressive

culture of

shaming

Khafi and characterizing

women for

their sexual

decisions

and

life choices.

We

find The

S u n

UK’s

publication

repulsive

and damaging to the image

and livelihood of our client. We demand

an immediate retraction of

the publication by The Sun UK and

a public apology to our client Khafilat

Kareem within the next 48

hours. Legal options are also being

considered at this time”, the

statement reads.

While Khaffy is assumed to be

aware of what the consequences of

her actions would be and of what

she can and cannot do as a police

woman, should she be in trouble

with her employers (MET Police)

because of her conduct in the

BBNaija house? Is she being victimized/targeted

because she’s a

woman? Would it have been different

if it was a man in her exact same

scenario? These questions remain

unanswered.


12—Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019

FG warns churches against issuance of

unauthorised marriage certificates to couples

•Commences data base for valid marriages

By Davies

Iheamnachor

PORT HARCOURT—

The Federal

Government has warned

churches and clerics in the

country against issuance of

marriage certificates that

are not authorised and

legally reorganised by the

government.

The Federal Government

also disclosed that it had

commenced building data

base of all statutory

marriages conducted in the

country, adding that it was

also developing data base

of all places of worship

licensed to conduct

celebration of marriages.

Permanent Secretary,

Ministry of Interior,

Georgina Ehuriah, spoke in

Port Harcourt, Rivers State,

yesterday, at a one-day

stakeholders’ Conference

on Conduct of Statutory

Marriages.

Ehuriah said it amounted

to breach of Marriage Act,

if a place of worship that is

not licensed by the Ministry

of Interior conducts

marriages.

She said: “Also

considered a breach of

Marriage Act is the conduct

of marriages by places of

worship that have not been

duly licensed by the

ministry as stated in Section

23 of the Marriage Act.

“Presently, only about

4725 licensed places of

worship in Nigeria have

updated their records with

the Ministry of Interior of

which only 314 have

renewed their licenses to

conduct statutory

marriages.

“The Implication is that

any certificate not printed

and delivered by the

Principal Registrar of

Marriages is illegal and

cannot serve the desired

purposes.”

She, however, urged

churches to meet the

requirement as set by the

Ministry in order to serve

their members better.

VISIT: Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State (2nd right) with the Chairman of Awgu Local

Government Area, Stanley Okeke (left), during his inspection of the ongoing intensive clearing of

bushes around the tunnel and den of notorious kidnappers and other criminal elements at Umuogbua

Ihe, Awgu Local Government Area, yesterday.

I was never sacked by INEC, I resigned to contest

Bayelsa APC guber primaries —C’River ex-REC

By Samuel

Oyadongha &

Emem Idio

Y ENAGOA—FORMER

Resident Electoral

Commissioner, REC, in

charge of Cross River State

and governorship aspirant of

All Progressives Congress,

APC, in Bayelsa State, Dr

Frankland Briyai, yesterday,

dismissed as fake news,

reports of his sack by

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC, saying he resigned

his appointment and was

never sacked.

Briyai, while fielding

questions from newsmen

when he visited the state

leadership ofAPC at the

party secretariat in Yenagoa,

said he officially resigned

his appointment last week

and that checks at the INEC

headquarters have it that he

resigned.

Briyai said he was at the

state party secretariat to

acquaint himself with the

leadership of the party and

to intimate them that he was

a registered member of the

party with the intention to

contest the governorship

primaries of the party.

He said: “INEC never said

that they sacked me, I have

officially resigned my

appointment and INEC can

attest to that. I have

contacted INEC

headquarters and the news

about my sack is fake news.

INEC said they didn’t say

anything like that, if you

have read INEC press

statement, you won’t find

anything like sack because I

had resigned officially on

August 8.”

He pointed out that his

decision to join the

gubernatorial race was borne

out of the call and persuasion

from the people of the state,

adding that he had consulted

and deemed it fit that he has

the wherewithal to steer the

ship of leadership of the

state.

Nwaoboshi asks court to

vacate order freezing his 4

bank accounts

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

ABUJA—Senator Peter

Nwaoboshi,

representing Delta North,

yesterday, asked a Federal

High Court sitting in Abuja

to set aside its orders that

froze his four bank accounts.

Nwaoboshi in a motion by

his lawyer, Chief Robert

Clarke, SAN, is contending

that the high court lacked the

jurisdiction to grant such

orders on the basis of an exparte

application filed

against him by Special

Presidential Investigation

Panel for the Recovery of

Public Property.

It will be recalled that

Justice Taiwo Taiwo had in a

ruling he delivered on July

2, granted an order for

interim attachment of the

Nwaoboshi’s accounts in

Zenith, Access, UBA and

Sterling banks.

However, in the counter

motion he filed challenging

the order, the lawmaker,

argued that the court ought

not have granted audience

to the Chief Okoi Obono-

Obla-led Presidential Panel

with respect to his assets.

Alleging that the panel

obtained the order through

false claims, Nwaoboshi, is

meanwhile, praying the

court to set aside and/or

annul, ex-debito justitiae (as

a matter of right) the interim

forfeiture and restraining

orders made in this suit on

July 2, 2019 suit by this court

pursuant to the amended

motion ex-parte dated

November 22, 2018.”

Disregard Alaibe’s blackmail, Dickson tells Nigerians

•Alaibe campaign denies circulating disparaging viral voice clips

By Dirisu

Yakubu & Emem

Idio

A BUJA—GOVERNOR

Seriake Dickson of

Bayelsa State has called on

well-meaning Nigerians to

disregard what he called a

sinister blackmail

orchestrated by former

Managing Director of Niger

Delta Development

Commission, NDDC, Chief

Timi Alaibe, against his

person.

The governor accused

Alaibe of circulating “a

cynically manipulated

version of addresses he

delivered during political

meetings and other fora with

the intent to blackmail him

for assumed political

benefits.”

Meanwhile, the Alaibe

Campaign Organisation has

denied circulating the viral

voice clips, saying neither

Timi Alaibe nor any member

of his campaign organisation

was at the meeting referred

to, adding that access to the

recorded discussion can only

be traced to the state

government.

Dickson’s Special Adviser,

Media Relations, Mr. Fidelis

Soriwei, in a statement,

yesterday, said: “It has come

to the attention of the

government that the former

Managing Director of

NDDC, Alaibe, has been

spreading manipulated

audio recordings of

Governor Dickson’s public

utterances during meetings.

“It is curious that Alaibe

would rather dissipate

energy to the propagation of

mischief rather than focusing

attention on his

gubernatorial campaigns.

Jubilation as Ugwuanyi pays

another visit to Awgu forest

A

jubilant crowd,

yesterday, received,

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

of Enugu State as he paid a

second visit to Awgu in a

week, this time into the heart

of the forest where notorious

criminals have used as their

hideout.

Clarifying his recent

statement on the status of

the caves the criminals have

been using as their haven,

Ugwuanyi said there was no

intention at any point to

destroy the caves and other

tourism and conservation

assets within the forest.

He said following a

disturbing security report at

his disposal, the

government had to take an

initial action that would

scare the hoodlums out of

their hideouts in the forest

while preparing to roll out

a permanent solution.

Saying that government

would not have been

“We wish to reiterate for the

umpteenth time that the

governor, as a major

stakeholder in the issue of

the governorship primaries,

is entitled to his political

views and decisions. That

does not preclude any

politician with genuine

interest from testing his

popularity with the

delegates.

“It is important to stress also

that the governor’s decision

not to reward disloyalty with

the candidacy of the party is

an informed decision of

conviction."

Alaibe campaign

denies circulating

disparaging viral

voice clips

However, denying the

spreading of the alleged

video, Administrative

expected to just fold its arms

in the light of a disturbing

security report about the

activities of these criminals,

the governor said the whole

forest would be cleared and

opened up to make it

unattractive to criminals.

He also said his

government will do

whatever it will take to make

Enugu State unattractive to

criminals, adding that he is

proud of Enugu’s status as

one of the country’s peaceful

states and would ensure

nobody is allowed to

damage that reputation.

He acknowledged that the

cost of opening up the forest

would be huge but assured

of his commitment to find

the money, adding that

nothing will come between

his administration and its

strong resolve to ensure the

security and welfare of the

people of Enugu State and

their visitors at all times.

Secretary of Timi Alaibe

Campaign Organisation,

Prof Seiyefa Brisibe, said:

“For the records, let it be

stated that we, as a campaign

organisation, takes serious

exception to the wrong use

of tar-brush loaded words

and gutter language to

describe the person of our

principal with the intent to

incite the public against him,

particularly over an issue he

knows absolutely nothing

about. This is unacceptable.

“Neither Alaibe nor any

member of his campaign

organisation was at the

meetings referred to in the

public statement issued on

Wednesday. If any of us has

access to the recorded

discussion mentioned in the

public statement, such

access can only be traced to

the originators of the

statement."


Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019 — 13

We enjoy power only

when you are around,

Daura leaders tell Buhari

D AURA—LEADERS

from the five local

government areas under

the Daura emirate in

Katsina State have told

President Muhammadu

Buhari that the

communities enjoy 24-

hour supply of electricity

only when he is around.

Buhari had gone to

Daura for the Sallah

celebration.

While hosting the

leaders, they

commended the

president and also asked

him to address issues

plaguing the area.

“Anytime the President

is around we enjoy 24

hours power supply. But

if he is not around, the

power supply is not

stable,” Mohammed

Saleh, one of the

leaders, said.

Responding, Buhari

said he is set to improve

the lives of Nigerians, as

he is convinced that he

got elected by Nigerians

who understood his

mission.

“Truly, the people know

and understand my

mission. This is what the

votes showed. The

administration will dwell

on our campaign issues

— security, economy and

corruption. We will fight

for the poor,” he said.

Umar Farouq, emir of

Daura, called on

Nigerians to support the

president to overcome

current challenges.

By David Odama

AFIA—THE Speaker,

LNasarawa State House

of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim

Abdullahi, has urged

Nigerians to pray for divine

intervention to overcome

the security and other

challenges facing the

nation.

Abdullahi spoke,

yesterday, in his country

home at Umaisha, Toto

Local Government Area of

Nasarawa State, while

fielding questions from

newsmen.

He said prayer was the

key to overcoming the

challenges facing the

country, tasking Nigerians

to pray for President

Muhammadu Buhari aand

other leaders to succeed in

the tasks ahead of them.

According to him: “I want

to use this medium to call

on Nigerians to pray

fervently for the nation,

particularly at this period of

security challenges we are

going through. Let us pray

to the Almighty God to

intervene in this trying

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The emir made this call

during the Sallah Durbar

held in his palace.

“I pray to the Almighty

Allah to grant good

health to Mr. President,

give him the courage to

lead the country aright,”

he said.

“I commend him for his

endurance and patience

on the challenges he is

facing. A leader must

possess two qualities of

endurance and patience.

May Allah guide and

protect him from all

evils.

“I am calling on

Nigerians to continue to

pray to Allah to enable

the president succeed at

improving their living

conditions and move the

country forward.”

BANDITRY: Buhari vows to

flush out perpetrators

By Bashir Bello

K

A T S I N A —

PRESIDENT

Muhammadu Buhari,

yesterday, promised victims

and Internally Displaced

Persons, IDPs, that

government would flush

out the perpetrators of

armed banditry and

eliminate activities of the

heinous crime in the state.

The President said the

governors, emirs and other

leaders at various levels,

including himself, slept and

woke up with ill feelings of

INSECURITY: Nasarawa

speaker seeks divine

intervention

period of security

challenges.”

Abdullahi lauded the

government and security

agents for curtailing

security challenges in his

constituency and the

country at large.

“My Local Government,

Toto, has been in the news

for the past few years over

security challenges. I thank

God that with the

intervention of both the

Federal Government and

Nasarawa State

Government, the situation

is now under control. I want

to also appreciate the role

of security agents for

curtailing the security

challenges in Toto LGA.

Abdullahi also called on

Nigerians to disregard

calls for revolution in the

interest of peace and

development.

“Those calling for

revolution do not wish the

country well, as President

Buhari had performed

credibly well, especially in

the area of insecurity,

corruption, among others."

COMMISSIONING—L-R: Senior Manager, Programme Implementation, MTN Foundation,

Abassi Ekong Udobang; Executive Medical Director, Hospitals Management Board, Niger

State, Dr. Abdullahi Ibrahim, and Acting Director, Public Health, Niger State Ministry of

Health, Dr. Abbas Liman, during the commissioning of the maternity ward donated by MTN

Foundation to the General Hospital, Lapai.

the series of attacks meted

on the people by the

bandits.

He spoke when he visited

the victims of the bandits

attacks from the eight front

line local government areas

of Katsina State at the IDP

camp in Batsari Local

Government area of the

State.

The President was also

quick to say that informants

in the communities were

sabotaging efforts of

authorities in the fight

against banditry.

According to him: “Killers

or perpetrators of the evil

act shouting “Allahu Akbar”

and killing people in North

East are liars. God is not

wicked. You cannot carry

weapons to kill innocent

souls and say Allahu Akbar,

meaning Allah is Great. It

is either you are not His

follower or you don’t know

the meaning of what you

are saying.

“There is a saying that

there has to be the help of

an insider before you are

defeated or attacked.

Among you, your

neighbors and brothers,

there are those who are

aware of the coming of the

bandits to launch an attack

on you but fail to tell you

neither did they tell the

authorities to prevent the

occurrence. These people,

since we don’t know them

neither do you know them,

it is only God who know

them. We will continue to

tell God to expose them.

“We are trying out best. I

am here to sympathize

with you over the tragedy

that befell us as a whole not

you alone and pray that God

reward you above those

who betrayed you.

“I can assure you that

from myself down to the

leaders at various levels; we

sleep and wake up with ill

feelings over the activities

of the bandits. By God’s

grace, we will use the

soldiers, police and other

government apparatus to

eliminate them.” .

Earlier, Governor Aminu

Masari, Katsina State said

sporadic banditry attacks

still occurred in eight

frontline local government

areas of the state and had

been directly or indirectly

linked with the bandits

camps in Zamfara State.

He said “As a result of this

lingering crisis especially

in the Northwest zone, the

Inspector General of Police

convened a stakeholders

meeting in Katsina on 1st

August, 2019.

I’m proud of my father’s legacy, but my

ambition's personal — IDRIS

By Boluwaji

Obahopo

L OKOJA—SON

Former Governor of

of

Kogi State, Ibrahim Idris,

and Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, governorship

aspirant, Abubakar Idris,

has described his ambition

as personal and self

conceived, saying it is not

meant to strengthen the

political dynasty of his

father.

He, however, said he

remained proud of his

father’s legacy, bearing in

mind his (Ibrahim)

unparalleled

achievements, while in

office.

Abubakar, who spoke

through his Media

Campaign office, was

responding to insinuation

that his ambition was

geared towards building a

political empire for his

father, and describing the

former governor as a ‘King’.

Regulatory reforms workshop

for digital media holds in Lagos

LAGOS—A TWO-DAY

workshop designed to

keep regulatory, policy and

stakeholder management

personnel within the

telecommunications, media

and technology ecosystem

abreast of current trends

takes place at RadissonBlu

Hotel, Victoria Island in

Lagos on August 15 and 16.

The special regulatory

compliance and

stakeholder management

programme is designed to

focus attention on the

challenges and

opportunities of regulating

the digital media

ecosystem, to assist

compliance and regulatory

professionals manage the

complexities of Over-The-

Top (OTT) video services.

Presented on the broad

theme: ‘Regulatory

Reforms for the Digital

Media Ecosystem:

He added that

“understandably, the

situation has created a new

club of overzealous

extroverts disguised as

informed political analysts

and social commentators.

Challenges of Regulating

OTT and SVOD Services’,

the workshop will help

attendees learn the

fundamentals of digital

media regulation, gain

exposure to industry

practices and discover

practical applications to

develop analytical skills

required to manage change

in a period of rapid

disruption. The workshop

will also consider practical

strategies to develop skills

and culture that support

innovation whilst

delivering regulatory

outcomes.

Through the compact

period of learning, the

attendees will understand

that regulations and

regulatory institutions

should be redesigned

around the concept of

functionality, rather than,

legacy technologies or

industry sectors.

Some members of this

club lend themselves as

palace aides in the court

of some aspirants to churn

out warped reflections

against real or perceived

political opponents."


14 — Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019

We’ll support Lagos

to tackle insecurity

— US GOVT

...To build new consulate office

By Monsuru

Olowoopejo

L AGOS—THE

United States

Government, yesterday,

promised to strengthen

the bilateral relations

with Lagos State

Government on security

by improving the safety

of lives and property.

US Consul General,

Ms. Claire Pierangelo,

disclosed the plan when

she led a delegation to

pay a courtesy visit on

Governor Babajide

Sanwo-Olu at the State

House, Ikeja.

Pierangelo added that

the education and health

sectors would also

benefit from the US

government’s gesture

towards improving the

standard of education

and a healthy lifestyle.

According to her, the

U.S. Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention,

CDC, would also partner

the State Government in

THREAT TO STOP SUPPLY OF CATTLE:

We’re not aware — MACBAN

By Bashir Bello

K FOLLOWING

ATSINA—

insinuations that

Miyyeti Allah Cattle

Breeders Association of

Nigeria, MACBAN, has

threatened to stop

supplies of cattle to

southern part of the

country,the Katsina State

chapter, yesterday said it

was not aware of the

decision to stop supply

of cattle to southern part

of the country.

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preventing any outbreak

of the disease in Lagos.

Pierangelo said: “Some

of the issues that form the

bilateral ties between

both governments are

Education, health, CDC

programmes, security

cooperation and others

“We are planning to build

a new consulate and we are

very passionate about that.

We are seeking the support

of the governor because he

is critical to our ability to do

that.

“We are excited because

the governor has shown

us his commitment to

building a state of the art

facility that will allow us

to conduct our bilateral

relations with ease. This

will allow us to support

the country especially

Lagos State.”

Responding, Governor

Sanwo-Olu lamented

that the state was not

immune to challenges,

saying like other state

capitals, “we also have

our challenges.”

The State Chairman,

Atiku Abubakar told

Vanguard in Katsina that

he had not heard or

received

any

communication

concerning such

decision from it national

officers and body.

The Chairman,

however, promised to

make enquiries and get

across to Vanguard

accordingly ''if such

development he lay his

hands on information on

the development.''

AFRIMA: From left: AFRIMA International Jury members Mr. Olisa Adibua, Juror Western Africa; Mr. Delani

Makhalima Juror, Southern Africa; Ms. Rita Ray, Juror Europe Diaspora; Mr. Chris Syren, Juror, Southern

Africa; Mr. Robert Ekukole, Juror, Central Africa; Mr. Charles Tabu, Juror, Central Africa; Ms. Zineb Seyad,

Northern Africa; Mr. Tabu Osusa, Juror Eastern Africa; Mr. Joett, Juror, Eastern Africa and Ms. Adenrele Niyi,

Associate Producer, AFRIMA, during the World Conference Announcement of the 6th All Africa Music Awards

Nominees list held at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos yesterday.

Buhari signs bill changing Nigeria Prisons

Service to Nigeria Correctional Service

A

B

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

U J A —

PRESIDENT

Muhammadu Buhari has

signed a bill changing the

Nigeria Prison Service to

Correctional Service,

NLS.

The new law also

provides lifeline for

condemned criminals who

are awaiting execution in

Nigeria

The Senior Special

Assistant to the President

on National Assembly

Matters, Senator Ita Enang

disclosed this while briefing

State

House

correspondents, yesterday

at the State House, Abuja.

Enang also said President

Buhari signed into law the

Federal Universities of

Agriculture (Amendment

No.2) Act, 2019

The Act he said amended

the Federal Universities of

Agriculture Act, Cap. F22,

Law of the Federation of

Nigeria to change the

name of the Federal

University of Agriculture

Makurdi in Benue State to

Joseph Sarwuan Tarka

University, Makurdi.

Meanwhile, Enang

explained that the law

known as Nigerian

Correctional Service Act

(2019) also repealed the

Prisons Acts and changed

the name of the Nigerian

Prisons Service, NPS, to

Nigerian Correctional

Service, NCS.

He said under the new

law, Chief Judges had been

empowered to commute

death sentences of inmates

to life imprisonment where

an inmate sentenced to

death exhausted all legal

procedures for appeal and

10 years had elapsed

without execution of the

sentence.

According to him, “This

Act repeals the Prisons Acts

and changes the name from

Nigeria Prisons Service to

Nigerian Correctional

Service, otherwise known as

•Provides lifeline to condemned criminals

“the Correctional Service.”

He said that the law

made provision for support

and facilitate the speedy

disposal of cases of persons

awaiting trial in prisons

across the country.

Enang in the prepared

text said that Section 12 (2)

(c) of the new law provides

that: “where an inmate

sentenced to death has

exhausted all legal

procedures for appeal and

a period of 10 years has

elapsed without execution

of the sentence, the Chief

Judge may commute the

sentence of death to life

imprisonment while

Section 12 (8) empowers

the state Controller of the

Service to reject more

intakes of inmates where

it is apparent that the

correctional centre in

question is filled to

capacity.”

According to him, the

new law had divided the

Nigerian Correctional

Service into two faculties

namely, Custodial Service

And Non-custodial Service.

He further explained that

Custodial Service is take

control of persons legally

interned in safe, secure

and humane conditions,

conveying remand

persons to and from

courts in motorized

formations; Identifying

the existence and causes

By Kabir Dankatsina

BIRNIN

KEBBI—

Governor Abubakar

Bagudu of Kebbi State, has

appointed Dr Ja’afar

Augie, as Executive

Secretary, ES, of the newly

established Kebbi

Contributory HealthCare

Scheme, KCHS.

The appointment which

of anti-social behaviours

of inmates, and

Conducting risk and needs

assessment aimed at

developing appropriate

correctional treatment

methods for reformation,

rehabilitation and

reintegration.

The Custodial Service, he

said is responsible for

“Implementing reformation

and rehabilitation

programmes to enhance the

reintegration of inmates

back into the society,

Initiating behaviour

modification in inmates

through the provision of

medical, psychological,

spiritual counseling

services for all offenders.''

AU, AFRIMA unveil nominees for 6th award ceremony

THE African Union,

AU and the

International Committee of

the All Africa Music

Awards, AFRIMA unveiled

the Nominees’ list (regional

category) for its 6th edition

at a World Media

Conference on Wednesday,

August 14, 2019, at the

Abora Hall, of Eko Hotels

And Suites, Victoria Island,

Lagos,Nigeria

With an array of music

industry professionals,

artiste and music journalist

in attendance to witness the

unveiling of the 2019

Nominees’ list for Regional

and Continental category

emerged from the 8,157

songs/videos received as

entries from its online

portal which closed earlier

on August 2, 2019. The

unveiling event was

broadcast on African

Independent Television

(AIT),RayPower Fm and

Tennis Music FM as the

remaining 25 continental

categories will be released

on Friday,August 23,2019

after auditing by the

International auditors of

AFRIMA.

The Regional category for

Best Female Artistes and

Best Male Artistes of the

five regions (Western,

Southern, Eastern,

Northern, and Central

Africa) have been

thoroughly selected from

the entries to reveal artiste

who will be competing at

the 2019 awards ceremony.

This year’s list showcases

a wide range of creativity

and talents both from new

and known artiste across

the regions. Artiste like

Shatta Wale, Kizz Daniel,

Salif Keita, Burna Boy will

be competing for the Best

Male category in Western

Africa, while Teniola, Simi,

Aya Nakamura, Mzvee,

Yemi Alade amongst others

will be competing for the

Best Female category in

Western Africa.

Dominating Central Africa

include Cameroonian

artiste Blanche Baily,

Charlotte Dipanda,

Daphne alongside their

male counterpart Locko,

Magasco and Salatiel.The

Continental category

comprising of different

genres of music will be

released Friday, August

23rd following an

auditing process from

the international

auditors of AFRIMA.

Bagudu appoints Augie ES for

KCHS

takes immediate effect, was

contained in a four

paragraph letter signed by

the state Head of Service,

Tanko Musa Magaji.

It urged the appointee to

show total commitment,

devotion and high sense of

responsibility in the

discharge of his duty.

The letter asked the ES

to use his vast experience

as professional establish

the new scheme.


Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019—15

‘Power must shift to Anambra South’

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA—THE battle for which

zone will produce the next

governor of Anambra State has

begun, with a group, Greater

Anambra Forum, GAFORUM,

insisting that there is no going

back on the resolve of most

Anambra people that power

should shift to Anambra South

senatorial zone.

While the governorship election

is due in the state in 2021, names

from the three senatorial zones are

already flying as the likely

candidates.

At a well-attended meeting in

By Ikechukwu Odu

NSUKKA— THERE is an

uneasy calm at Imufu

community in Igbo-Eze North

Local Government Area of Enugu

State as the community has

passed a vote of no confidence

on its traditional ruler, Igwe

Remigius Attah.

The Imufu Elders’ Council

passed the vote of no confidence

By Ikechukwu Odu

NSUKKA—CONTRARY to

news making the rounds in

Nsukka metropolis of Enugu

State, that a middle-aged man,

Chijioke Eze, died from the effects

of a poisonous substance he

drank, his father, Fidelis Eze, has

said his son has been sick for two

years before he died on Sunday.

Eze explained that when the

health of his son deteriorated, he

returned to the village from

Onitsha, where he has been

trading on medical equipment,

adding that his wife (name

withheld), seeing his health

condition, abandoned him and left

with their only child.

He spoke to Vanguard

yesterday at his country home,

Uzo Anyinya Obukpa, in Nsukka

Awka, some stakeholders from the

three senatorial zones of the state

said Anambra South should be

allowed to produce the next

governor in strict adherence to an

unwritten understanding of

rotating the seat among the three

senatorial zones.

Facilitator of GAFORUM, Chief

Fabian Ozoigbo, who spoke with

reporters after the stakeholders

meeting, said its advocacy was

hinged on the observation that

with the approach of the

governorship election in 2021,

political gladiators from the other

two zones—Anambra Central and

Anambra North— had already

on the monarch as youths

protested over what they

described as the monarch’s highhandedness,

impunity and

alleged maladministration of the

community.

The oldest man and spiritual

leader of Imufu, Oluoha Mamah

Apeh, who addressed reporters

said Igwe Attah had been ruling

the community as his fiefdom.

He said there had been several

Local Government Area of the

state, stressing that death-bysuicide

story exists only in the

imagination of rumour mongers.

According to the bereaved

father, “I don’t know why some

people will not mind their

business. My son has been sick

for two years. He was a

businessman in Onitsha but

when he became very sick, he

came back to the village.

“There is nowhere I did not take

him to. We consulted both

orthodox and traditional medicine

dealers but it did not yield any

meaningful result.

“The day he died, he

complained of headache and died

on the way to the hospital.”

He added that his wife of five

years abandoned him in that

critical condition, which made him

started jostling for relevance by

positioning themselves on how to

produce the next governor of the

state after Obiano.

Ozoigbo said: “As we approach

the 2021 governorship election in

Anambra State, politicians across

the length and breadth of the state

have started jostling for political

relevance. But of paramount

importance is the issue of where

the governor will come from after

the incumbent has exhausted his

tenure.

“Already, politicians across the

three senatorial zones have

started expressing interest in the

governorship seat despite the

court cases in the community in

the past 11 years following his

emergence in controversial

circumstances, but that the elders

council had been managing it

until the Igwe decided to impose

the chairman of the

Neighbourhood Watch,

Augustine Eze, on the people.

However, reacting to the vote

of no confidence by his

community, the monarch, Igwe

Man debunks reports of son’s suicide in Nsukka

to return to the village about two

years ago, adding that his elder

brother earlier asked the

deceased to join him in his

business but due to his poor

health, he preferred to remain in

the village for adequate care.

Asked the name of the ailment

that killed his son, he feigned

ignorance.

However, a school teacher,

Ukamaka Ozioko, who claimed to

be familiar with the story alleged

that the deceased drank poison.

She explained to Vanguard that

the deceased lived in affluence

before he became ill, adding that

cost of treatment took a deep cut

in his pocket and that he was

going through financial hardship

before he returned to the village.

She alleged that the late Eze,

drank poison out of frustration.

perceived understanding on the

rotation with everyone arguing in

favour of their political interest.

“This development is very

unhealthy and counterproductive

as it will be jettisoning

the already established peace and

tranquillity achieved by the tacit

rotation of the governorship seat

of Anambra State.

“That is why the elders took a

studious two-month survey to

arrive at the conclusion that the

next governor should come from

the southern part of the state and

must be as resulted-oriented as

former governors Peter Obi and

Chris Ngige.”

DONATION: From left—Consultant, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Randle General Hospital, Maternal and Child Centre,

Gbaja, Surulere, Dr. Taofik Olabode; Public Affairs Manager, Lagos, Nigerian Breweries, NB, Plc, Grace Udensi; Head of

Radiology, Randle General Hospital, Dr. Samson Oguntobi; Corporate Affairs Director, NB, Sade Morgan; Head of Nursing

Department, Randle General, Maternal and Child Centre, Oluwatosin Adekoya, and Brewery Medical Doctor, Lagos & Ota, NB,

Dr. Fakoya Oyewale, during the presentation of obstetrics and gynaecology ultra-scan machine donated by the Heineken

Africa Foundation to Randle General Hospital, Maternal and Child Centre, Lagos.

Tension, as Enugu community rejects monarch

Attah said he was being attacked

because he refused to endorse the

suspension of Eze.

He said he also refused to sign

the list of watchmen brought to

him by the Elders’ Council

because he had already endorsed

the one brought by the

suspended chairman as he was

the one recognised by the

government.

Also, the suspended Eze told

Vanguard he was not aware of his

suspension, adding that only the

state government and not his

community, has the power to

remove him, just as he denied all

the allegations of misconduct

levelled against him.

Meanwhile, protesting

community youths, who carried

placards to the spiritual leader’s

palace, asked for the removal of

the monarch and the suspended

chairman.

Some of their placards read:

“Augustine Eze not our

neighbourhood watch chairman;”

“Augustine Eze not chairman of

Imufu Neighbourhood Watch;”

“We need peace and

development, not police

harassment/cases;” “Imufu in 11

years of Igwe crises: Enough is

enough;” and “We don’t need

criminals as members of

neighbourhood watch,” among

others.

Ihedioha sets

up judicial

commission

on lands

GOVERNOR

Emeka

Ihedioha of Imo State has

instituted a judicial

commission of enquiry on

lands and related matters.

By this, the governor

exercised the powers conferred

on him by Section 3 of the

Commission of Inquiry (cap.

24), Laws of Eastern Nigeria,

1963, and all other powers.

The Commission of Inquiry

on Lands and Related Matters

is made up of the following

members: Justice Florence

Igwe, Chairman, while Dr

Emmanuel Nze, Sir Cajethan

Ohiri, Mezu Ozowara, Nkiru

Onwu and Sir Kelly Azike are

members, while Mr. Isaac

Oguzie is Secretary of the

Commission.

According to statement, the

Commission shall have full

powers and authority to hold

hearings, which shall be

conducted in a manner

prescribed by the Commission

of Inquiry Law.

The terms of reference of the

Commission are: to ascertain

the extent of land compulsorily

acquired or forcefully wrested

from the owners, to ascertain

and determine whether such

compulsory acquisitions as

mentioned above were lawfully

made or not, to ascertain the

extent of allocation and

revocation of land in Imo State

from June 2006 to May 2019

and determine the propriety of

such allocations and

revocations.

Other are to ascertain and

determine whether due

process, diligence and strict

adherence to the provisions of

Land Use Act, 1978, and all

other relevant laws on

acquisition of land were

followed, to determine the

extent of compliance with the

relevant laws for the

development of the New

Owerri Capital Territory and

adherence to the master plan

of Owerri capital territory as

authored by Fingerhurt and

Partners, to examine and

ascertain whether government

land or part of it have been

converted to private use and

identify the persons

responsible and make

recommendations for recovery

and appropriate sanctions.

The Commission is also to

exercise all powers conferred

on the Commission by Section

8 of the law and to do all other

things incidental to the terms

of reference herein, to do all

other things incidental to the

terms of reference and to make

recommendations to

government based on their

findings.

It is expected to report to the

governor not later than 60 days,

or such extended period

allowed by the governor.


16—Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019

FORUM: From left—

Lanre Yusuf, Business

Manager, Ikeja Electric,

Shomolu Business Unit;

Chantelle Abdul, MD/

CEO, Mojec Meter

Management Company;

Folake Soetan, Chief

Operating Officer Ikeja

Electric and Mojisola

Abdul, Chairman Mojec

Meter Management

Company, during the

engagement forum on

Meter Asset Provider,

MAP, held in Lagos.

Photo: Akeem salau.

SEC to shield investors from high capital

market charges

By Michael Eboh

ABUJA—THE Securities

and Exchange

Commission, SEC

yesterday, disclosed that it

is taking steps to reduce

transaction costs in the

Nigerian capital market, to

shield investors from high

charges.

In a statement in Abuja,

Acting Director General of

SEC, Ms. Mary Uduk, who

was speaking during a

meeting with the

Association of Corporate

Trustees, stated that its

decision to bring down the

capital market charges was

in a bid to ensure that

investors do not bear

unnecessary costs.

Uduk, who was

represented by Acting

Executive Commissioner,

Operations of SEC, Mr.

Isyaku Tilde, also reiterated

the determination of the

commission to ensure that

the investors in the Nigerian

capital market are

adequately protected in all

transactions.

She explained that the

responsibility of the SEC

was to ensure that investors

are not shortchanged in any

transactions in the market

and therefore urged them

to participate in the market

to grow it.

She said: “We are doing

a lot to boost investors’

confidence in our market.

But I want to say that both

local and foreign investors

are very good for the market.

For instance, the foreign

investors, because they

trade their shares all of the

time it leads to price

discovery as against the

local investors that just

takes a long term view on

their investments.

“Investors’ fears can be

of two folds, firstly they

could be afraid because

they feel that capital

market operators will

mismanage their

investments, secondly is

looking at the volatility of

the market that makes

investors skeptical.

“For the first scenario, we have

a number of initiatives that we

have put in place to boost

investors’ confidence. We have

the E-Dividend mandate

system, the Direct Cash

Settlement as well as multiple

subscriptions in place. For the

Experts want NASS to ban GMO food

importation

By Alemma Aliu

BENIN

CITY—

ENVIRONMENTALIST

and medical practitioners

have called on the

National Assembly to ban

the importation of

Genetically Modified

Organisms, GMO,

particularly food products

and animals as they

believe it is injurious to the

people.

The medical

professionals and activists

made this call at an event

organized by the Health

of Mother Earth

Foundation, HOMEF,

with the topic: " Dialogue

with Medical Practitioners

second category, investors have to

take ownership of their

investments. They have to be able

to monitor their investments,

attend Annual General Meetings

as well as read the annual reports

sent out to them.”

Uduk further stated that

investors are also protected

through the National Investors

Protection Fund, NIPF, Risk Based

supervision that enables the SEC

to supervise the operators to

ensure that they do not do what

they are not supposed to do.

According to her, the complaints

management framework enables

investors to know where to

complain to and how long it takes

for such complaints to be resolved,

adding that for those investors that

are averse to risk, they should get

their financial advisers to advise

them properly on where to invest.

“We also advise retail investors

on GMOs: The State of

Biosafety in Nigeria," in

Benin City to examine the

danger, health conditions

and poisonous chemical

effect that the GMO

products could cause to human

health.

In his presentation on

"GMOs:The Cultural, Socioeconomic

and Political

Perspective," the Executive

Director, HOMEF, Dr.

Nnimmo Bassey, said

Nigeria is food sufficient

provided governments at all

levels provide the enabling

environment for food

production to thrive, avoid

wastes and provide storage

facilities for the country’s

agricultural products.

to invest in Collective

Investment Schemes and

Mutual Funds because those are

managed independently by

professionals and they are

diversified thereby reducing risks.

We are committed to protecting

investors in the work we do. We

will keep working on our rules

and the possibility of amending

them when the need arises, we

want more transparency in the

market so that investors will feel

comfortable and the market can

be better.” Uduk added.

In her remarks, President of the

Association of Corporate

Trustees, Mrs. Tokunboh Ajayi

said members of the association

are committed to attracting

investors to the market without

encumbering them with costs

and commended the SEC on its

efforts in transaction costs

reduction.

Stocks, oil tank on growing

signs of global slowdown

Equity markets tanked and oil prices fell sharply yes

terday after a closely watched bond indicator pointed

to the growing risk of a United States (US) recession that

was heightened by data showing Germany’s economy in

contraction and China’s worsening.

Yields on two-year US Treasury notes rose above the 10-

year yield for the first time since 2007, a metric known as an

inversion that is widely seen as a classic recession signal.

A GDP report showing German output fell 0.1 percent in

the second quarter from the previous three months coupled

with Chinese industrial production rising at its weakest pace

since 2002 added to investor fears of a global slowdown in

growth.

Stocks on Wall Street fell more than 2 percent, as did

Germany’s DAX index, while the price of West Texas Intermediate,

the U.S. crude benchmark, slumped almost

5percent.The yield on the benchmark 10-year US Treasury

note US10YT=RR fell below 1.6 percent to its lowest

since September 2016.

US import prices rebound, but

trend remains subdued

United States (US) import prices unexpectedly rose

in July, but the underlying trend continued to be

weak, pointing to subdued imported inflation pressures.

The report from the Labour Department yesterday suggested

inflation could remain moderate despite a broad

increase in consumer prices in July, which could allow the

Federal Reserve to cut interest rate further to limit the

economic damage from the U.S.-China trade war.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said a 10 percent

tariff due to be imposed on thousands of Chinese imports,

including technology products, clothing and footwear, on

Sept. 1 would be delayed until December 15.

But analysts said the move did nothing to ease concerns

about the economy, which were amplified on Wednesday

by the inversion of a key part of the US Treasury yield curve,

historically a reliable indicator of a coming recession.

The Fed lowered its short-term interest rate by 25 basis

points last month for the first time since 2008 citing trade

tensions and slowing global growth. Financial markets have

fully priced in another quarter-point cut at the U.S. central

bank’s Sept. 17-18 policy meeting.

He lamented that Nigeria

based its scientific Presidio to go private in $2bn

opinion of GMO safety on

the information given to it deal

I

by the same companies T services company Presidio Incorporated said yes

selling these products instead

of relying on an in-

billion all-cash deal, as the European buyout fund looks

terday it would be taken private by BC Partners in a $2

dependent study and to expand its footprint in the cybersecurity space.

therefore called on the National

Assembly to out-

share they own, representing a premium of 21.3 percent

Presidio stockholders will receive $16 in cash for each

rightly ban GMO foods in to Presidio’s closing price on Tuesday.

the country, as well as stop The deal, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter

field trials, commercial release

and trans-border lows Presidio’s board and advisers to consider alternative

of 2019, includes a 40-day “go-shop” period, which al-

movement of GMOs. offers, the company said.

Bassey said a country like The deal comes less than a month after BC Partners said

Burkina-Faso in 2016 rejected it would buy a majority stake in the Canada-based security

GMO food because of the services company Garda World Security.

negative health implications it BC Partners, which has assets worth 22 billion euros under

caused its citizens but lamented management, said Presidio fits well with its investment

that Nigeria accepted GMO priorities in IT systems and networks.LionTree Advisors is

products that same year. acting as financial adviser to Presidio, while Citi, J.P.

He said: “The reasons why Morgan Securities LLC and RBC Capital Markets are acting

as financial advisers to BC Partners.

there is hunger and poverty in

Nigeria is not because we are

short of food, but because South African stocks approach six

govermentts at all levels have months low as recession fears rise

failed to provide the necessary

infrastructures that will lead to

S

production and increase of food

outh African stocks slipped to a near six-month

that would feed the nation.”

low on Wednesday after the U.S. Treasury

Speaking on a topic, " GMOs bond yield curve inverted for the first time since

and their implications on Human

2007, reflecting concerns over the outlook for the

and Environmental Health," a

world’s biggest economy.

University don from College of

Both of the country’s major stock indexes

Health Sciences, Niger- Delta

weakened more than 2% following the inversion

University, Bayelsa State, Prof.

in the U.S. debt market, a situation where shorterdated

borrowing costs are higher than longer

Tatfeng Mirabeau, said most

GMOs food products imported

ones.

into the country contained more

“When that yield inverts, historically, its quite a

chemicals like; herbicides,

strong recession signal in the U.S.. That’s what’s

insecticides and poisonous

spooking markets and creating this risk-off

substances that could cause heart

environment,” said Mark Loubser, a fund manager

diseases, lever cancer, infertility

at Northshore Capital.

to our body. Stories credited to Reuters


When shall we vanquish Boko Haram?

AS the Boko Haram scourge

turned into its tenth year, this

must be the question, I guess, that

must be agitating the minds of

many, particularly those of us living

in the afflicted parts of Borno, Yobe

and Adamawa states. In the piece

I shared with the readers last week,

I touched on the trauma I

experienced when my family was

on the road to Maiduguri from

Abuja on the very first day the fight

began with Boko Haram terrorists.

For most of the week I was

inundated with messages from

those that wanted to tell of their

encounters with the terrorists. But

that will be another time.

However, last week, I shared

seats with a colleague on a flight

to Maiduguri from Abuja with

whom we spent the whole journey

reflecting on this plague that had

befallen the North-East in the last

ten years. He told me that he was,

himself, in Maiduguri, in that

infamous week of 2009, on a visit

from Abuja, at the time when the

Nigerian Army was battling to

dislodge the terrorists from their

base at the headquarters of

Mohammed Yusuf, the leader of

the notorious gang. But as the days

passed and due to urgent calls from

business associates in Abuja he

became desperate to leave

Maiduguri. There were no flights

into Maiduguri since the fight

started, and all roads leading out

of the town were sealed by the

Army with an intimidating curfew

clamped on the people.

Rogue revolution

By Cally Ikpe

THE term revolution has, overtime, come

to be used loosely as a synonym for

change. Political revolution, however, largely

means a drastic change that is often

spontaneous, populist and that which leads to

a regime change. Revolution, ordinarily,

should hold hope for a new beginning with

near equal chances for all to adjust properly

into the social system. Oppressed people,

therefore, look forward to a revolution just as

the ruling class abhors it. Crass motif and or

inordinate ambition has led many to confuse,

camouflage or conflate the term revolution,

depending on the intended outcome.

A most recent instance of a pure revolution

was the Arab Spring that started from Tunisia

in 2010 and spread beyond North Africa into

other Arab enclaves like Yemen and Syria. It

must be noted, however, that as soon as the

tide caught on, opportunists cashed in to apply

it to achieve special goals, like it was the case

in Libya. America, like you know, with its

NATO allies remained fixated on removing

Muammar Gadafi from power.

Observable trends have proven that mass

action can be plotted and achieved in a bid by

powerful interest groups to effect a regime

change as it has been the case in virtually all

military coups that have occurred in

Nigeria. Recall that Major Kaduna Nzeogu

had led a group of military officers in 1966 to

truncate Nigeria’s nascent democracy, alleging

massive corruption, nepotism and ineptitude,

amongst other reasons. Though he branded it

a revolution, it is marked in our political

history as the first and bloodiest coup.

The next adventure in that fashion was the

1990 coup, led also by another major: Gideon

Okah. Though it was botched too, it was nearly

as bloody as the 1966 coup. The coupists in

their desperate attempt to be populist,

announced the excision of certain states which

Somehow my colleague

misjudged a calm period during

the fight and attempted to ride out

of the town. At one of the

checkpoints near Ramat

Polytechnic he was duly

apprehended on suspicion of being

part of the insurgents trying to

escape the fight. He heard one of

the soldiers manning the

checkpoint pointedly telling

another: "He’s one of them, trying

to get away". It was only after

rounds of explanations that he was

let off to head back into the

beleaguered city. That was one

lifetime experience that gave him

nightmares for days.

But all these could be considered

light compared to what had

befallen many families. The fact

that what had begun as a local

insurrection at spots in some towns

of the North, Maiduguri in

particular, went on to nearly

engulf the whole nation. Bombs

were going off regularly, killing

and maiming at all places,

reaching up to the office of the

Inspector-General of Police in

Abuja. The grisly statistics of those

killed and maimed by this

murderous gang are too well

known to be repeated here.

And as our plane headed towards

Maiduguri that day, news of the

insurgents’ fresh onslaught was all

over the media. The devastating

attacks by the insurgents on

unarmed villagers attending a

funeral in Gajiram leaving 65

dead was particularly galling and

the international press had a field

they considered feudalistic and inimical to

Nigeria’s progress. The consequences for both

of these exercises was lethal with the first one

leading to a civil war.

It is worrisome that sinister groups with

selfish interests are increasingly finding it

convenient to galvanise the gullible public

who, in any case, serve as ready mass validation

for their agenda. The potency of this strategy is

preserved by perpetrating impoverishment

among the larger population: The initiates

know it as structural violence. The

impoverished is vulnerable and ready to join

the band wagon at the offer of even a meal.

The growing political

consciousness that

frustrates rogue

revolutions surely will

throw up the real

revolution if we continue

on this path of impunity

and oppression

Sadly, this trajectory is infinite. The reality,

however, is that manoeuvres or games like this,

hold either the spoils or severe consequences

for the perpetrators. Those who dare to

violently effect a change of government would

either succeed and lord over the people or fail

and face imprisonment or even the death

sentence.

Recently, Nigerians became inundated with

the noise of ‘revolution’ ‘revolution’

‘revolution’. A certain politician playing on

prevailing agonies the Nigerian people are

contending with, boldly called out the people

to some sort of protest he hoped will culminate

into a revolution. Interestingly, his first step

was a tactical blunder: Branding the intended

action a revolution placed him squarely on

day reporting it. In the same space

of time, the insurgents also

attacked Bama and Benisheikh,

though our ground troops

supported by the Nigerian Air

Force were able to repel them. It is

cold comfort to the citizens to

continue to assume that these

brigands have been degraded and

defeated. Actually these recent

attacks are acute pointers to the

grim facts that these misguided

and dangerous terrorists are

roaming freely in our plains armed

to the teeth and are able to strike

at will.

The sky was clear that day when

we were in the air to Maiduguri

despite the fact that it was August.

When the plane went up through

the patches of clouds to its highest

point we could almost see the

grounds through the dots of white

puffs. As we flew over Bauchi and

The insurgents have

really done their

worst; they have

murdered and

maimed our

thousands in the

name of some

regurgitated dogma

Gombe the plane made a smooth

descent, preparing for the usual

approach to Maiduguri. My

colleague who had the window

seat asked me to look out into the

space outside as he had some

observations to make. Fortunately,

the plane banked to our side and I

could clearly see the majestic widespread

waters of Dadin Kowa

Dam.

The plane calmly moved along

and I could see from the edges of

the waters it was all green on the

grounds typical sights at the height

of rains. My colleague asked me

to look closely and observe that

from there onwards there would

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17

hardly be any farming activities

going on at all. It was a shock to

me that at this time of the year

when activities should be peaking

on the land there is little to show. It

was only when we were closing on

Maiduguri airport that one could

see some land showing some

farming activity. My colleague

said he was privileged to see parts

of northern Borno from the air and

the wide expanse of land is starkly

bereft of its major landmark:

livestock. He said one could hardly

see the toing and froing of

pastoralist herds in a land where

livestock movements are taken for

granted.

The insurgents have really done

their worst. They have murdered

and maimed our thousands in the

name of some regurgitated dogma.

They have carried off their

properties, seized their women and

children to be used as chattels.

They have hounded out many from

their dignified comforts to IDP

camps where they become mere

numbers. Now even those who

have braved it and remained in the

villages cannot come out to farm

due to the fear of these murderous

gangs. The situation is grim then.

The people have shown an

uncommon resilience. Their

leaders at the traditional, local and

state government levels could only

do as much despite rising to the

occasion whenever possible.

They rely for defence almost

entirely on the security apparatus

controlled by the Federal

authorities. We must bestir them

to do more than they have already

done to get rid of this plague. Our

armed forces have fought an

internal civil war and were

victorious in a matter of only three

years. They have been sent to clean

up other people’s messes in Congo,

Sierra Leone, Liberia and Sudan

where they acquitted themselves to

international acclaim. We had

hailed them when they unleashed

the blitzkrieg against the Boko

Haram terrorists in 2015 that put

the path of treason in the eyes of the law. His

subsequent arrest and detention is only a

prelude to his moment with the courts where

he will get the chance to prove his innocence.

But how do we justify holding Sowore who

only called for a revolution while a certain

Shekau and his army of insurgents who are

waging a war against the Nigerian state in the

North East region with occasional privileges

to negotiate truce, is thriving? It should be noted

too that the Shekau adventure is a situation of

stalemate or standoff, thus making it

impracticable for the perpetrators to be

subjected to the justice system. Sowore’s

revolution got smothered before it started for

which consequences must apply. The Nigerian

people probably would have been more

sympathetic to the Sowore ‘revolution’ if he

were some regular individual like Mohammed

Bouzizi of Tunisia, the young man who set

himself ablaze to express frustration he faced

as a deprived citizen.

That action resonated with the mass of the

people more because they faced similar

circumstances. By sacrificing himself publicly,

he had ignited a true revolution embedded

with emotions, anger and disgust for the status

quo. Juxtaposed with the Sowore revolution,

Nigerians know him to belong to the elite class

with proven capacity to afford the luxuries of

life. He was a candidate in the last general

elections seeking to become president of the

Federal Republic of Nigeria.

One may want to ask if revolutions always

guarantee a departure from the abhorrent:

What good, particularly, did the Arab Spring

do to the Tunisian people? What were the

grouses and what is the state of things today?

The youth population on whose back the revolt

rested were coming to terms with their living

standards which had reached an undignified

level. As at 2010, the Middle East and North

Africa ranked as the regions with the worst

rate of unemployment according to the ILO

Global Employment Trends, 2011.

The disparity in unemployment rates within

all those gangs on the run. Much

of the nation is free of them now

but Borno, Yobe and Adamawa

states are still suffering under the

yoke of their renewed campaign.

Loss of Dr. Mohammed Gambo

Kukawa – The medical family in

Borno State and their teeming

patients lost one of their most

illustrious member, Dr. Kukawa. I

met him at ABU Zaria in the early

1970s where he was a medical

student. He was a role model to

many of us as one of the few

medical students from Borno. He

was among the pioneer

indigenous medical doctors,

joining his contemporaries, some

of whom were his seniors in the

service: Dr. Istifanus Manga,

Ezekiel Ogunbiyi, Sule Shehu,

Garga H. Bwala, Sunday Bwala,

Luka Balami, Mustapha

Monguno and a few others. What

made these doctors distinct was

that for most of that period the

medical profession in Borno was

dominated by doctors brought in

from Egypt, India and Pakistan.

These pioneers set the pace to build

and train most of what Borno has

now as medical doctors.

I met Dr. Kukawa again when we

both served as permanent

secretaries in mid-1980s. Kukawa

never really acclimatised to public

office. He was too married to the

medical profession and so utterly

devoted to his patients that he

refused to take his name off call

duties in the hospital. He would

never compromise and would

rather allow his office routines to

linger than his patients suffer. When

at a time he was posted as a

chairman of Biu Local

Government, he inevitably became

an additional doctor in the Biu

General Hospital.

Finally, when retirement from

the public service caught up with

him recently, Kukawa still kept his

stethoscope active by regularly

attending surgeries in the public

hospitals, till he fell ill three

months ago.

the Arab world is staggering with Yemen

experiencing 35 percent, while Qatar grapples

with only about half of that. Anything,

therefore, that promised a reversal of this trend

was welcomed. Observable reality in the

present day Tunisia and beyond, does not justify

the craving and the loss of lives that came with

that revolution. Youth unemployment in the

Arab world is consistently higher than youth

unemployment rates of other regions. Youth

unemployment in the region ranges from

Yemen on the high end with 50 percent youth

unemployment, to the United Arab Emirates

at the low end with 12.1 percent.

It should be an affront on the sensibility of

the Egyptian people that the present day Egypt

has successfully negotiated a multiple tenure

extension for President Abdel Fattah El-sisi,

allowing him in the saddle till 2034. Do you

recall Gen. Sani Abacha appointing Jim

Nwobodo (same person he had demonised,

and labelled inept and corrupt in his earlier

coup broadcast in 1983) to serve as a cabinet

member under him while he served as head of

state? Have you also noticed that the First Lady

title/culture has returned right under the watch

of President Muhammad Buhari? I need to

also confirm if the NNPC is still paying

petroleum subsidy. Betrayal of hope from those

who come professing new approaches is best

captured in the 1944 satire, Animal Farm by

George Orwell. Read it again and relate it to

modern day reality and you will marvel.

The growing awareness/political

consciousness that frustrates rogue revolutions

surely will throw up the real revolution if we

continue on this path of impunity and

oppression. Leveraging, therefore, on the

liberal room the term revolution enjoys today,

I would rather that emphasis be on the

revolution of mind-sets; this way, people will

not be too quick to go back to those

reprehensible ways in the event of a drastic

shift. Enough of playing to the gallery. Let’s get

serious, please.

•Ikpe, a public affairs analyst, wrote from

Lagos

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THE trees which make up our forests

are “trees of life” because they

manufacture and release the oxygen

we breathe in, and then mop up the

carbon dioxide we and other entities

and activities release to the

atmosphere. Hence, trees are called

“carbon sink” in environmental

parlance.

Trees also provide food and

medicine for humans and animals.

Without trees, a large part of the earth

where we live would be washed away

by soil erosion. Most importantly,

trees provide homes for other wildlife

which play vital roles in the delicate

balance of the ecosystem.

For these reasons, the idea to further

destroy our forests along the

highways as a means of fighting

armed criminals who lurk in them to

launch attacks on travellers is selfdefeatist

and unwholesome.

Only last month, it was reported that

the Edo State Police Command, in an

Destroying our forests because

of criminals

effort to check incessant incidents of

kidnapping along the Benin-Lagos

highway, deployed five bulldozers

which were seen in a video tearing

sections of the forests along the road.

The state’s Commissioner of Police,

Danmallam Abubakar, had disclosed

that the forest is to be cleared 50

metres inward between the Ovia River

and Okada junction, for the “purpose

of taking the battle to the kidnappers’

dens in the forest”.

The five Governors of the South East

Zone, also resolved at a recent

meeting to embark on this

deforestation of major road corridors

as their means of checkmating

ambush attackers. This idea was

reinforced after the Ogun State Police

Command rescued five persons

kidnapped around Ijebu Ode recently.

While the fight against bandits and

kidnappers is important, we do not

think it is necessary to destroy our

forests in the process.

There is no known example of such

strategy in any part of the world, even

in countries where there are fullblown

wars. The same forests that

provide cover for those criminals can

also provide the needed covers for our

soldiers and police operatives.

Destroying the forests on both sides

of the road 50 metres down is quite

enormous. The impact on the

environment will be so huge. Apart

from the loss of valuable resources in

our ecosystem, the cost will be massive,

especially as these pathways will need

to be frequently retouched.

We, therefore, implore our military

and police officers to deploy

technology and combine efforts to

take the battle to the forest where the

bandits are hiding instead of cutting

off our noses to spite our faces.

We cannot give up control over our

forest hinterlands to terrorists and

criminals. We still believe that the

Federal Government is capable of

exerting total control over the

territory of Nigeria. These criminals

should be flushed out forthwith.

Anything to the contrary is

unacceptable.

OPINION

On Hong Kong protests: Issues and implications

By Charles Onunaiju

IN the past one month, Hong Kong, the

iconic city of international commerce,

finance, shipping and others logistics, has been

in turmoil, with extremist radicals wreaking

havoc on its reputation. By now, it is obvious to

any discerning person that the sustained protest

by extremist radicals, has little to do with the

proposed amendment of legislation on fugitive

offenders ordinance and the mutual legal

assistance in criminal matters ordinance by

the Hong Kong legislative council.

The proposed piece of legislation actually

had its origin in the instance of a Hong Kong

resident, who allegedly murdered his pregnant

girlfriend in Taiwan and fled back to the Hong

Kong. Against the background of the heinous

crime, Hong Kong Special Administration

Region, HKSAR, which has no jurisdiction over

the case took the decision to amend the

aforementioned ordinances that would allow

it to cooperate with the Mainland, Macao and

Taiwan on extraditing criminal suspects and

fugitives on individual cases through special

arrangement.

This seeming piece of innocuous legislation

to seamlessly network national crime

prevention and apprehension of criminal

suspects was just all it takes to orchestrate

violent disruption of one of the world’s most

stable and prosperous cities. Even as the Hong

Kong authority has decided to withdraw the

proposed legislative amendment to further

consult more widely and extensively, the

question remains: why are the protesters

turning more violent and even more desperate.

As at last count, they have invaded the Hong

Kong legislative council chamber and

thoroughly vandalised its facilities, turned

against the building that houses the offices of

their central government and wantonly

desecrated the insigna of their national

government and in addition massively

provoked the local police by invading their

headquarters.

Ordinarily, there is nothing the Hong Kong

residents would want than the continuous

prosperity, stability and efficient governance

of their city and the fact that Hong Kong has

grown even more fabulously prosperous since

its return to the embrace of their Chinese

motherland in 1997. The question is simply,

who beats the drum for disruption of the city.

Prior to the return of Hong Kong in 1997 to

its Chinese homeland after more than hundred

years of British colonial domination, a famous

American international business magazine,

Fortune, on June 25, 1995 published a special

issue with the screaming headline “The death

of Hong Kong”. In the article, the magazine

wrote “it’s time to stop pretending. Supposedly,

Britain’s handover in less than 750 days of

Hong Kong, the world’s most aggressively probusiness

economy to China, the world’s largest

still officially communist dictatorship, is going

to be non event... what’s indisputably dying,

though is Hong Kong’s role as a vibrant

international commercial and financial hub”.

Ten years after Hong Kong returned to the

sovereignty of the People’s Republic of China,

the same Fortune Magazine published a lead

article on June 28, 2007 with a headline:

“Oops! Hong is hardly dead”. In the article, it

wrote: “Well, we were wrong”. In advance of

the handover of Hong Kong to China, Fortune

wrote a cover story for its international

editions: “The Death of Hong Kong”(June 29,

1995) predicting that under Chinese rule Hong

Kong would lose its role as an international

commercial and financial hub. Yet ten years

after the handover on July 1, 1997, Hong Kong

is far from over and hardly dead.

Twenty years after its decolonisation, Hong

Kong has largely prospered but the recent event

of extremist radicals holding the city by the

jugular through disruptive and violent protests

The continuous prosperity of

Hong Kong does not fit into

the Western narrative of

Beijing’s alleged

meddlesomeness in the affairs

of the territory

French allied forces waged the second opium

war and compelled the Qing dynasty to sign

the Treaty of Beijing which transferred the

Kowloon Peninsula. And in 1898, the British

further forced the weak Qing dynasty to sign

the “convention for the extension of Hong

Kong territory” through which the territory

was “leased” to Britain for 99 years.

Even after modern China was founded in

1949, the unified national leadership of the

new China with the Communist Party of China

at the core, deferred the question of Hong Kong,

even when it had the military capability and

political will to abrogate the humiliating

treaties and take back the territory by force.

However, with the concerns for stability of

Hong Kong and welfare of its residents China

followed through the 99 years “lease” of the

territory.

And to assuage the concerns of the

pose the real danger to the future of Hong

Kong than the earlier paranoid of the Western

political establishment and media about the

prospects of the city under the sovereignty of

the Peoples Republic of China. Like the

arbitrary grab of most of Africa through

colonial conquest, Hong Kong was seized by

the British when it launched the opium war

against a weak China under the corrupt and

feeble Qing dynasty in the 1840s.

In 1842, the Qing dynasty having been

defeated by the British was forced to sign the

treaty of Nanjing which ceded the Hong Kong

Island to London. Again, 1856 the Anglointernational

community and Hong Kong

residents about the future of the territory, its

stability and prosperity, the Chinese Central

government adopted the unique and the

epochally imaginative approach of “one

country, two systems”, to guarantee the unique

way of life and system of Hong Kong as it

returned to China’s sovereignty at the

expiration of the 99 years of “lease” to Britain.

The “one country, two system” simply implied

that while the mainland is avowedly

“Socialist”, the Hong Kong special

administration region can maintain its

capitalist system. Under the framework of the

“one country, two system”, Hong Kong has

been managed by Hong Kong residents and

enjoyed a high degree of autonomy.

With most concerns about the future of Hong

Kong after its return to the sovereignty of China

dissipated as the territory continues to grow

prosperous and stable, and the mainland

Socialist China growing even more

prosperous and influential, why is Hong Kong

suddenly in crises. The continuous prosperity

of Hong Kong does not fit into the Western

narrative of Beijing’s alleged meddlesomeness

in the affairs of the territory.

At the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s

return to China’s sovereignty in 2017, President

XI Jimping remarked that “since its return to

the motherland, Hong Kong has maintained

prosperity and stability. Hong Kong has kept

its distinct features and strengths. Its allure of

being a vibrant metropolis where the East

meets the West has remained as strong as ever.

Under the practice of ‘one country, two systems’,

Hong Kong has retained its previous capitalist

system and way of life, and its laws have

remained basically unchanged”.

If Hong Kong has staunchly retained its

vibrancy why would a piece of legislation

introduced by its own government to its

legislative council provoke the mayhem that

the city has witnessed?

•Onunaiju, director of the Centre for China

Studies, wrote from Utako Abuja.


Forex ban on food imports’ll cost

jobs, force businesses out — NECA

By Victor Young

Nigeria

Employers’

Consultative Association,

NECA, yesterday expressed

some reservations with the

directive by President

Muhammadu Buhari to the

Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN,

to withdraw Foreign Exchange,

Forex, sales to importers of food

items, saying though a laudable

initiative, the timing left much

to be desired.

Speaking in Lagos yesterday,

Director-General of NECA, Mr.

Timothy Olawale, warned that

immediate withdrawal or ban of

Forex on importation of food

items would decapitate many

businesses leading to loss of jobs

and relocation of some

businesses to neighbouring

countries where they could,

without hindrance, bring the

products to Nigeria under the

cover of the African Continental

Free Trade Agreement, AfCFTA.

He stated: “We commend the

President and indeed Federal

Government for its numerous

efforts at ensuring food

sufficiency in Nigeria and

protecting local farmers. We

note most especially the

‘Agricultural Promotion Policy’

championed by the Federal

Government through the

Federal Ministry of Agriculture

and Rural Development since

2016.

“Though the recent thrust

towards withdrawal of Forex for

imported foods is laudable and

welcome, the timing, however,

calls for concern.

“While in the long run, with

consistent support and policy

stability, local food production

might meet demands and also

provide foreign exchange

through exports, the reality,

however, is that we presently lack

the capacity for sufficient food

production to meet local

CURRENCY BUYING SELLING

US DOLLAR

POUNDS

EURO

FRANC

YEN

CFA

WAUA

RENMINBI

RIYAL

SDR

DANISH

RAND

$95.20 -1.15

2,136.00 -17.00

$11.62 -0.10

$58.47 -2.83

$54.23 -2.87

305.9 306.4 306.9

369.2825 369.8861 370.4897

342.0268 342.5858 343.1449

314.6148 315.1291 315.6433

2.8858 2.8906 2.8953

0.5042 0.5142 0.5242

420.4434 421.1306 421.8178

43.5572 43.6289 43.7005

81.5407 81.674 81.8073

420.7655 421.4532 422.141

45.8318 45.9067 45.9817

19.9308 19.9634 19.996

CBN Exchange rate as at 14/08/2019

demand.”

Enumerating the implications of

a withdrawal of Forex for food

importation, Olawale contended

that “a wholesale immediate

withdrawal of Forex without giving

a buffer period for businesses to

adjust and source for alternatives

will only breathe life to the

unresolved monstrous smuggling

activities, with serious

consequences for the economy”.

He noted further, “With the

recently signed AfCFTA, Nigeria

MEETING: From left, Managing Director, UTL Trust Management Service, Mrs Olufunke

Oluseyi, President, Association of Corporate Trustees Mrs Tokunbo Ajayi, Acting Director-

General, Securities and Exchange Commission, Ms Mary Uduk and Acting Executive Commissioner,

Operations, SEC, Mr Isyaku Tilde during a meeting between SEC and Association

of Corporate Trustees in Abuja.

Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019 — 19

Bonny Light rebounds to $61.56 per barrel

By Udeme Akpan

& Mike Eboh

The price of Bonny

Light, Nigeria’s

premium oil grade,

yesterday, bounced back

from as low as $57.00 to

$61.56 per barrel.

The current price rally,

indicating $1.56 in

excess of the nation’s

$60.00 2019 budget

reference price, was

fuelled by many factors,

including the efforts of

the Organisation of

Petroleum Exporting

Countries, OPEC,

toward achieving market

stability and lessening

tension in the current

United States – China

trade conflict.

In his comments

obtained by Vanguard, a

close market analyst, Mr.

Tom Kool, stated: “Oil

shot up more than four

percent after the U.S.

said it would delay the 10

percent tariff on some

Chinese products,

including laptops and

cell phones. The move

will further create a thriving

market for other countries and

remains a dumping ground for

imported goods.

“The argument of conserving

foreign exchange through the

withdrawal or ban of Forex for

food importation is not tenable.

If we are desirous of conserving

foreign exchange, Government

will do well to stop the

allocation of Forex for the

importation of petroleum

eased fears over the fallout from

the trade war.”

In his recent presentation

obtained by Vanguard, Manuel

Salvador Quevedo Fernandez,

Venezuela’s Minister of

Petroleum and President of

OPEC Conference, stated: “Let

us stay focused on our

overarching goal of maintaining

the balanced market already

Access Bank

advances credit

delivery with

smartphone

By Cynthia Alo

In its efforts aimed at

p r o v i d i n g

more Nigerians with access to

credit, Access Bank Plc has

unveiled its Device Finance

scheme, designed to provide

salaried customers with the

opportunity to purchase

smartphones of their choice and

pay over a period of twelve

months.

Speaking on the initiative,

Executive Director, Retail

Banking, Victor Etuokwu said,

“Access Bank has taken the

initiative to lead the digitization

of lending in Nigeria and wants

every customer to benefit from the

modern connected lifestyle.

“Through our revolutionary and

ground-breaking credit schemes

such as Device Finance, we will

see more Nigerians get connected

to do more in business online and

enjoy social lifestyle of their

choice. And that is the kind of

change that we want to see.

“Device Finance is designed to

finance the purchase of devices

under a contract arrangement.

The financing scheme currently

includes smartphone devices,

where customers can enjoy

additional benefits with an

optional monthly airtime bundle,

which can also be converted to

data.

“Under the Device Finance

scheme, we are offering a variety

of smartphones from TECNO to

the iPhone series ranging from ¦

12,500 – ¦ 325,000, where

customers pay anything from ¦

1,500 a month to ¦ 30,000 a

month, depending on the

selected device.

“The Device Finance airtime

bundles range from ¦ 2,750 – ¦

22,750 and our partnership with

MTN allows MTN users benefit

from huge discounts, where

customers can also get some

devices for free by adding the

monthly MTN airtime bundle

subscription” he concluded.

Import permit abuse: SON to sanction erring manufacturers

By Godwin Oritse

The

Standards

Organization of Nigeria,

SON, has said that it would

sanction manufacturers who take

advantage of the agency’s import

permit to bring in substandard

goods, stressing that the permit is

only used for the importation of

raw materials and machinery for

local production. Disclosing this

in Lagos yesterday during a

meeting with the leadership of the

Manufacturers Association of

Nigeria, MAN , Director General

of SON , Osita Aboloma, said

that plans are on to sign a

comprehensive Memorandum of

Understanding, MoU, with a

view to strengthening the

products, ban medical tourism to

aid investment in Nigerian

hospitals, withdraw Forex for

payment of tuition in foreign

universities to enable the

resuscitation of the perpetually

under-funded Nigerian

Universities amongst others. The

reality of lack of capacity to

embrace these other wholesome

reforms is true of the situation

with insufficient capacity

presently for food production.”

achieved and promoting a

sustainable stability. This is the

only way we will see future

growth and enhanced

investment in the industry.

“We must not allow our hardearned

progress to be hindered

or, even worse, reversed. I

assure you that no one in this

industry wants to return to the

crisis we experienced from 2014

collaboration between it and MAN.

Aboloma, explained that SON

and MAN have had a robust

partnership over the years, adding

that due to its strict enforcement of

standards in the country the number

of manufacturers adhering to

standards are more than those

frustrating the efforts of the agency.

Aboloma stated: “Like every other

sectors, there are bound to be bad

eggs who take advantage of

loopholes by importing finished

products instead of raw materials

and machineries. We have an

understanding to give concessions

to local manufacturers, but the

number of people complying are

more than those that are not

complying and we have also agreed

that anybody that takes advantage

to 2016! From Venezuela, we

raise our voice in order to avoid

using the oil market as a tool to

attack the economies of sovereign

nations, which directly affects the

welfare and development of the

people. This is undoubtedly

unjust, illegal and immoral,

especially if the one who

exercises it does so pursuing

dominance.”

of this loophole to import finished

products instead of raw materials

that we have given concession to,

will be answerable to us in his

personal capacity, he will no longer

be sheltered under the concession

given to MAN.”

President of MAN, Engr.

Mansur Ahmed, who spoke on the

recent African Continental Free

Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)

accented to by the President, said

that the move would open lots of

opportunities for the Nigerian

economy, but stated that it comes

with potential threats and

challenges where unscrupulous

dealers in substandard goods

would hide under the Agreement

to dump fake and substandard

goods on Nigerian market.


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08066625505

How 10 yr old Anisa made the difference at CORA/NLNG

book party

Stories by Japhet Davidson

THE 2019 Book Party, or

ganised by the Committee

for Relevant Art (CORA) and

the NLNG for 2019 initial

shortlist of the $100,000 Nigerian

Prize for Literature,

sponsored by the Nigeria

Liquefied Natural Gas

(NLNG) lived up to its bidding

as authors and the audience

had a beautiful conversation

around the books

which is one of the aims of

the party.

This year’s Book Party

which focused on children’s

literature held at the Musical

Society of Nigeria

(MUSON) Centre, Lagos

may have come and gone, but

one special feature was the

presence of 10 years old

Anisa Daniel-Oniko. She

joined the league of giants

when her book “Double ‘A

for Adventure”made the

2019 initial shortlist of the

$100,000 Nigerian Prize for

Literature, sponsored by

the Nigeria Liquefied Natural

Gas (NLNG).

During the book party, the

young Anisa who joined 10

other authors in the spotlight

at the party, which

brings the laureates and

A

critical look at the church

today shows that many

things have gone wrong in

the church, many church

leaders have abandoned the

real teaching handed over to

the disciples by Jesus Christ

and are now on their own.

While, some see themselves

as liberal churches with their

own special ways of worship,

others see themselves as conservatives.

And in many occasions,

this has always lead

to a clash between the two. A

situation that has led to the

springing up of many Christian

denominations, each

coming up with their own

doctrine or ways of worship.

And up till now, many Christian

leaders/ministers are in

a dilemma of which doctrine

to follow. How can this controversy

be resolved. What is

the true way of worship?. In

the search for the real doctrine,

many scholars, ministers

etc have come with write

ups, books and other materials

to unravel the issue so as

to bring peace to the

Christiandom. And as part of

his own contribution to this

great debate, a religious

scholar and man of God, Pastor

I.G. Awotanmi recently

came up with his new book

titled Liberal Christianity.

The 112 page book published

by Deeman Sharon

Press, Ilesa, Osun State is an

attempt by the man of God to

look into how the teachings

of liberal Theology had seriously

affected the traditional

or conservative values of the

church and ways to come out

of it.

In chapter one titled Modernity:

A necessary evil, the

author who is not comfortable

with the way modernity has

robbed the church of many

*Miss Anisa Daniel-Okafor (C) with 10 other authors that made it in the longlist

their books face-to-face with

the literary audience to create

conversations around

them and their work said “I

still can’t believe it,”

Looking at the calibre of

writers that made it to the last

11, one would have expected

that there is no way a girl of

that age will be there, but according

to the popular adage

that says, “when a child

washes his hand very well, he

dines with the elders”, as fate

would have it, Anisa has

washed her hands very well

and is already dinning with

the elders. Her name has already

been registered among

the list, whether she wins or

not, but if she clinches the

prize, it will be the first of its

Effects of Liberal Christianity on modern day church

souls highlights the origin of

modernism to the search for

knowledge, the quest for information

and its unending

acquisitive nature and pursuit.

The positive and negative

effects and how its abuse

has become an evil to mankind.

Chapter looks at an overview

of liberalism with emphasis

on the teachings of one

of the modern theological liberalism,

Friedrich

Schleiermacher and how the

teachings affected the real

believers.

In chapter three and four , the

author examined the teachings

of the old school gospel and the

new theology and liberalism

and theological interpretations.

According to him, the old school

gospel depicts the Christ based

gospel of truth, while the new

theology who are mainly apologists

of worldliness and the failing

of human nature allows the

adherents to behave any how

in the name of religion. At the

same time, chapter four he states

how liberalism is getting its way

over orthodoxy or fundamentalism

because of its power of continuity,

what it promotes and

how many are following them.

As a result of its growth, there

is intense persecution against

the conservative Christians. This

the author highlights in chapter

five, here we see how the

churches are fighting against

themselves, instead of seeking

for the heavenly business, they

are busy fighting those who are

opposed to their teaching.

In chapter six, the man of God

who has witnessed the negative

effects of liberalism proffered

solutions of how to purge the

church system of its spirit and

power. First, the need to understand

satan’s plan for the

church, the need to raise men

and women of anti liberalism

blood, discourage the church

against the pursuit of social relevance,

establish anti-liberalism

theological institutions,

promote eschatological messages,

moderate the use of social

media and emphasis of a

well built and solid Christian

marital home.

Finally, in chapter seven,

tagged A path to eternity: The

spiritual and moral truth, the

aptly summarised that the

church has failed to contend

the ravaging voices of the liberal

Christians hence their

Getlitnaija stimulates urge for poetry

WINNERS of the maiden

edition of Getlitnaija, a

spoken word poetry competition

launched in 2018, have

described the platform as ‘a

big boost’ to emerging poets

in the country.

The two winners, Chisom

Irechukwu (Adult Category)

and Bosede Bisiriyu (Junior

Category) emerged tops in

the competition which requires

contestants to write

poems and make a video recording

of their renditions of

the works for assessment by

a panel in the United States.

According to the twosome,

competitions like Getlitnaija

is necessary to stimulate the

urge to capture the musings

of young Nigerian poets,

while preparation them for

the future.

kind.

Anisa’s book tells a story of

an incident involving two

girls and their family that

happened on a forest.

Speaking at the event, the

young girl who could not hold

her joy said, “I love fantasy

books”. She is presently

working on another title soon

to be released. “I began to

growth in many churches.

It has even damaged the

larger society more than it

met it, it has led to spiritual

death of many Christians,

so there is the need for the

church to wake up from

their slumber and recover

quickly before the second

coming of Jesus Christ.

A very good attempt at expressing

himself on such a

contentious issue, however,

there is need for proper editing

and proofreading of

the work in the second edition.

I recommend it to all

genuine Christians who

has heaven as their mandate.

read while in my early years

in primary school. This has

helped me to know so much

about story books and characters.”

According to CORA’s programme

chair, Jahman

Anikulapo, “If you make it to

the last 11 out of the highly

competitive entries, the public

needs to hear your voice.”

It was no wonder then that the

event featured readings and

discussions on the 11 books,

children literature and performances.

Anisa joined 10 others authors

in the spotlight at the

party, which brings the laureates

and their books face-toface

with the literary audience

to create conversations around

them and their work .

Other laureates with her on

stage were Jude Idada, author

of “Boom Boom”; Adaobi

Tricia Nwaubani (“Buried Beneath

the Baobab Tree”);

Nnena Ochiche (“Ginika’s

Adventures”); Anote

Ajeluorou (“Igho Goes to

Farm”); Dunni Olatunde

(“Mystery at Ebenezer’s

Lodge”); Ndidi Enenmor

(“A Hero’s Welcome”); Nkiru

Uzoh (“Obioma: A Girl’s Journey

to Self-Discovery”); The

O. T. Begho (Great Walls of

Benin); Oladele Medaiyese

(She Calls Him Daddy) and

Lami Adejoh Opawale

(Spurred).

Liberal Christianity, I.G.

Awotanmi;Deeman Shalom

Press, Ilesa, Osun state; PP. 112;

2019

Chisom, who hails from

Ikeduru, Imo State won the

competition with her poem,

titled, ‘Nomad’. According to

her: “I wrote ‘Nomad’ a while

back before the competition

and it was borne out of just a

conversation with myself

about how we are all so desperate

to be made home of by

others that we sometimes let

the wrong people into our

lives. And at the end of the

day, you are yours, before you

are anyone else’s. I filmed it

in one night. My brother and

sister weren’t down for it at

first but they obliged me, and

so I filmed it and edited it. I

like to think my poems are

less about me and more from

what I see and hear due to my

being a wallflower who just

wants to understand the madness

of this world. Poetry is

the canvas on which I paint

my view of life. All my life,

I’ve written in order to make

sense of things, of being here,

of loving, and being loved, of

the finality of death. I love art

and writing poetry is the medium

that comes easily for me.

Conversations about love and

loss are definitely my sweet

spot. I have a certain ability

to feel the melancholy in

every person and I love to sit

and listen to people or observe

people at social gatherings

because I think it’s really

beautiful how flawed we all

are. I’m passionate about

women and our stories and my

writing tends to be reflective

of that love.”

The next edition of

Getlitnaija will be announced

soon.


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•Anambra State Governor's Wife, Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano and other Girl Guides Association members during her inauguration as State

Patron of the Nigerian Girl Guides Association in Lagos recently.

Nigerian Girl Guides

Association at 100

•Guiding is a way of life — Mrs Ansa Uko

•We are non-religious — Mrs Rhoda Olufunmilola Thomas

•I am a feminist — Dr Praise Adeolu Adeyemo

By Morenike Taire &

Florence Amagiya

MRS Ansa Uko was

five years old when

she joined the

Brownie club in her school in

Dejeni Memorial School,

Calabar now Akwa Ibom state

By Gabriel Ewepu

ABUJA- WIFE of the

Former Senate

President, Toyin Saraki, has

donated breastfeeding

equipment to four States,

Lagos, Kwara, Kaduna States

and the Federal Capital

Territory, FCT, Abuja, to help

healthcare facilities provide

optimal neonatal intensive

care feeding for premature and

sick infants, and also to ensure

fragile neonates benefit from

the immunity provided from

colostrums, which serves as

where she was taught how to

respect parents and help out

with the house chores.

Today, she is still an active Girl

Guide and immediate past

Deputy Chief Commissioner of

the B Zone, which comprises

South Western Nigeria, Kwara,

Delta and Edo states.

As the world famous society

the first immunity for

newborns.

This was disclosed by Saraki

on her visit during the World

Breastfeeding Week 2019 to

the maternity services of

Chelsea and Westminster

Hospital NHS Foundation

Trust, London, United

Kingdom, UK, where she met

with senior staff of the

organization, including

Medical Director, Zoe Penn,

Interim Director Midwifery,

Victoria Cochrane, Medical

Director, Women’s Services,

Gubby Ayida, and Fundraising

celebrates a century of Guiding

in Nigeria, Guides all over

Nigeria are converged on Lagos,

Nigeria for a weeklong program

of activities to mark the

landmark.

The Girl Guides was founded

in England in 1910 by Robert-

Baden Powell and his sister,

Agnes Baden Powell. When

Saraki donates breastfeeding

equipment to 3 States, FCT

...to partner Liverpool School to improve maternal,

newborn health

Director, ‘CW +’, Kerry

Huntington, which acts

as the official charity of the

NHS Foundation Trust.

Saraki discussed how

the 12,000 women a year

who give birth at the

Foundation, and how they

were cared for in a

midwifery-led

which also provides

an obstetric model

of care, including

specialist

support for

system

•Toyin Saraki

Robert got married, his wife,

Olave, also got involved. It was

founded as a separate female

organisation of the Boys Scouts

movement which was founded

in 1908; after the publication of

the first installment of Baden

Powell’s book titled Scouting

for Boys. Later the movement,

the Girl Guides moved into

Nigeria on September 16, 1919

and started in Methodist Girls

High School, Yaba, formerly

Wesleyan Girls’ College.

For Mrs Uko, guiding is a

way of life. “Our motto: Three

basic things- obedience to God

and your country, help other

people by giving service and to

obey the Guides’ laws. So

when a child is brought up in

that way, we grow up to be what

we want to be. You cannot push

her to the wall to do what is

wrong because of the

discipline; it exposes us to

service and not to be selfish

and we are taught how to give

service. Even the brownies,

even at 5, we are taught to help

mummy to wash her

handkerchief and much

more”.

She tells WO in the Guides’

imposing Ikoyi headquarters

that guiding, for those who keep

at it, is only stopped when age

catches up. “volunteerism is

from the heart. We continued;

we went to School, we went to

the Universities, but we are still

guiding. We got married, we

were still guiding. Up till today

you see some of us with grand

children. The only problem we

have now is that many people

find it difficult to volunteer

because they are not getting

any reward from guiding.

Transportation from one activity

to another, everything we do is

free. We believe giving this kind

of services makes us what we

are today as our leaders in Girl

Guides are never corrupt. And

we cannot give good services to

people and request for

something in return. There is a

lot of training in Guiding,

educationally, exposing the

children to crowds to build

confidence, skills acquisition,

teaching them how to live out of

doors via camping and the rest

of them. And above all; the door

is quite open now for them to

travel abroad for various

training by the Girl Guides”.

For those who fall away-and

they are in the majority- various

other factors are responsible

including marriage, further

education and lack of interest.

It would appear that the

personalities of some past Girl

Guides leaders, tagged Chief

Commissioners, have

influenced the movement in

Nigeria positively over the

years. Amongst them are the

likes of Lady Oyinkan Abayomi

who rose to become the first

Chief Commisioner in Nigeria

and died still guiding, at 93,

Lady Mbanefo who took over,

Lady Deborah Jibowu, wife of

Late Justice Jibowu who is 94

and still responds to guiding

songs and Elder Mrs Nkoyo

Udom. They are scattered

everywhere.

Walking in their footsteps

includes the present Chief

Commissioner, Mrs Maria

Goreti Sule and Mrs Rhoda

Olufunmilola Thomas, who is

Deputy Chief Commissioner

South West.

Explaining the process by

which the organization ensures

uniform standards across its

zones, Mrs Thomas said, “ we

normally have camps and when

we organise a camp for a

division we bring back what we

have been taught at a state level

or national level to the

divisional level. The national

will train 3 and when they

return to their different states,

they go back to train the state

level on whatever they have

learnt at the national level. This

is done at every level. Definitely,

there cannot be any difference

in what we are doing”.

So, how is it that the Girl

Guides is still in existence and

yet so many people are not

aware, despite being in 27 states

of Nigeria? Thomas puts it down

to lack of publicity and the

‘Nigerian Factor’, which means

young people no longer want to

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How to avoid industrial conflict

----Olatunji, NUCFLRANMPE President

STORIES by Victor Young

RESOLVING conflict is a

“ sine qua non to organizational

survival and as such

should be carefully accorded

priority required of it. The

strategy, principle, process

and practice must carefully be

examined with a view to ensuring

healthy conflict resolution

without bias or prejudices.”

These were the words of the

President of the National Union

of Chemical, Footwear,

Rubber, Leather and Non-

Metallic Products Employees,

NUCFLRANMPE, Babatunde

'Goke Olatunji, at a one-day

workshop Organised by the

Chemical and Non-Metallic

Products Employers' Federation,

CANMPEF, few days ago

in Lagos.

In a paper titled “Steps in

conflict resolution process:

NUCFRLANMPE experience”,

Olatunji who is also the

Chairman, IndustriALL Global

Union, Nigeria, among others,

told his audience that

externalizing industrial conflict

had consequences for

both employers and

employees, advising that

parties should endeavour to

settle internally.

He informed that issues that

could lead to industrial conflict

included retrenchment of

workers due to factory closure,

lay-off, discharge or dismissal;

denial of benefits or an award

to a worker, non-payment of

personal allowances to seasonal

employees, and the demand

of employees for medical

relief; lock out and claim

for damages and Problems relating

to gratuity, NHF, pension

fund and allowances.

Preventing conflict

*From Left : Femi Oke,of CANMPEF, Joseph Dada, National Secretary, NUCFLRANMPE,

Babatude Olatunji, President of NUCFLRANMPE and another guest, at NUCFLRANMPE

industrial relations seminar

According to him, employers

and employees should strive

to avoid industrial conflict

through among others, “Collective

bargaining machinery

must be properly utilized;

Proper training and

development; leadership by

example. Workers' leaders and

managers are judged not by

what they say, but by what they

do and how they behave; and

managerial leadership. There

must be an organizational

dynamic approach to manage

conflict; effective

communication between

workers and management;

rewards should be based on

merit; proper job enrichment

and enlargement i.e. career

development, promotion and

motivation.

He noted that “Resolving

conflicts is a sine qua non to

organizational survival and as

such should be carefully

accorded priority required of

it. The strategy, principle,

process and practice must

carefully be examined with a

view to ensuring healthy conflict

resolution without bias or

prejudices. In handling conflict,

the validity of the issue

must be determined- find out

whether any collective agreement

has been breached, has

any labour law or policy being

violated or has the workers

health, safety and welfare being

jeopardized After determining

the validity, get all facts

and cross-check, then reduce

the complaints into writing for

onward settlement process.”

Resolution process

Olatunji who is equally a

national auditor of Nigeria Labour

Congress, NLC, explained

that conflict resolution

could be at different levels;

individual and group and it

could also be resolved internally

or externally.

He said at the the individual

level, the grievance procedure

involved “ *Stage (1) – The

Employee who has a grievance

shall make this known as soon

as possible in the first instance,

to his immediate superior who

shall look into the subject matter

of the grievance with a view

to effecting settlement. *Stage

(2) – lf the matter is not

promptly settled, it may be submitted

by the employee either

orally or in writing to his Sectional

Manager who shall deal

with the matter. *Stage (3) – If

the matter is still not settled, it

may be submitted to the Departmental

Manager, for investigation

and settlement and a

branch Union representative

may accompany the employee

when he meets the Departmental

Manager, if the employee

is a member of the Union.

“*Stage (4) – If the matter is

not settled, it may be submitted

by the Branch Union’s Secretary

or any other accredited

Branch Union Official acting

on behalf of the Branch Secretary

to the Unit Human Resources

or Operations Manager

for an investigation and

answer, on behalf of the Company

Management. *Stage (5)

company shall endeavour to

resolve it as speedily as possible

within 14 days. *Stage (2)

– If the matter is not promptly

settled, the matter shall be referred

by the Branch Union to

the National Union and the

company shall refer it to the

Federation within 14 days

– lf the answer

is not

satisfactory,

the issues

may be referred

to the

appropriate

Director

through the

Human Resources

Director

for review.

*Stage

(6) – If the

answer is still

not satisfactory,

the matter

shall be

referred to

the Federation

and the

National Union

for settlement.

*Stage

(7)- if at this

stage the

grievance is

not settled,

either side

shall have

the right to

declare a

trade dispute.”

For the

conflict arising

out of

Collective

Agreement,

he said it inv

o l v e d

“*Stage (1) –

The branch

Union shall

take up the

alleged

breach of

agreement

with the company

concerned.

The

thereafter. *Stage (3) –The

federation and the Union shall

meet under NJIC to find a solution,

failing which either side

shall have right to declare a

trade dispute.”

“The above discussed scenario

is the approach adopted

by the Federation and the Union

for resolving grievances

internally without attracting

third party. However, if the issue

cannot be addressed using

the above mechanism, there is

also a stated procedures for

resolving conflict as contained

in the Trade Disputes Decree

of 1976 which allows the use

of mechanisms such as mediation,

conciliation, Industrial

Arbitration Panel and National

Industrial Court which is the

highest authority in settling

employment related issues. We

should strive to ensure that no

contentious issues attract external

resolution mechanism because

of its negative effects on

employers-employees relation

after settlement.”

Olatunji added that “in handling

conflict of whatever form;

the causal factor should be addressed

instead of wounddressing.

We should always

consider what might be the reaction

of others to an action of

one. If we are guided, we will

not often have any conflicting

issues but our inability to go by

the rules and also by not complying

with agreements often

remain causal factors to conflict.

Conflict in industrial set-up

should also be positive in nature

such that it forecloses severance

of industrial relationship.”


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A6 — Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019

*Inside the Yaba LCDA Library; inset is a lone student in stydying in the library

OUT-OF-SCHOOL CHILDREN

How corruption, poor funding contribute to menace

•Review Public schools'teaching methods now - IAYPN

By Ebele Orakpo, Elizabeth Uwandu & Ezra Ukanwa

As Nigeria struggles to

reduce the number of

out-of-school-children,

OSC, currently put at 16

million with out-of-primaryschool

children accounting for

10 million, while children outof-secondary

school are six

million, the reality on ground

shows that the standard of

education remains relatively

poor due to infrastructural

decay, poor funding, lapses in

curriculum, among other

factors. Apart from poor

funding, the level of insecurity

in the country, especially in

the North-East and North-

West, has largely contributed

to the rise in the number of outof-school

children, as many

parents are afraid to send their

wards to school. Many

communities have been

sacked by insurgents, so

children who should be in

school are instead in Internally

Displaced Persons’ camps

across the country.

Budgetary allocation to

education has continually

fallen below the 15 -20 per

cent minimum recommended

for developing countries by

UNESCO. Out of the N8.83

trillion 2019 budget, the sector

got a paltry N620.5bn or 7.05

per cent. In spite of this,

stakeholders have continued

to say that poor funding is one

of the biggest contributors to

poor standard of education.

Immediate past Minister of

Education, Mallam Adamu

Adamu, said that poor funding

was responsible for the high

number of out-of-school

children reported to be over 16

million.

Reacting to this figure as

reported by Sahara Reporters,

Senate President, Ahmed

Lawan, said the legislature

and the executive arms of

government should work

together to get the children

back to the classrooms. “It is

our responsibility to get these

children off the streets; it poses

a serious security problem.

The Senate and the Executive

need to work together to get

these children back to the

classroom; that may be

through more budgetary

allocations,” he said.

Nigeria behind in education

financing

At the formal presentation of

the Report on Monitoring the

Implementation of Lagos

SUBEB Year 2016 & 2017

Action Plans recently, the

Executive Director, Human

Development Initiatives, HDI,

Mrs. Olufunso Owasanoye,

harped on the danger of the

growing number of out-ofschool

children in Nigeria,

saying that Nigeria currently

has the highest number of outof-school

children in the world

and if they are not quickly

enrolled back into school, they

may end up becoming a ready

army in the hands of

desperate politicians.

She said Nigeria lags behind

in education financing and

concluded that poor funding

is one of the greatest problems

confronting the education

sector, even as she lamented

that the meagre resources

devoted to financing

education, especially basic

education, usually get frittered

away as proceeds of

corruption through retail

corruption, project cost

inflation, use of substandard

materials and kickbacks.

“While several CSOs beam

their searchlights on national

level occurrences of graft,

corruption has dwarfed most

of the efforts put into

improving the standard of

basic education in Nigeria,

often resulting in decaying

infrastructure, low educational

outcomes, dearth of qualified

and well trained personnel

among others. Our goal in

HDI particularly on this

project, is to ensure that Basic

education goods and services

get delivered to schools in the

appropriate quality and

quantities,” she said.

…the meager

resources devoted

to financing

education

especially basic

education,

usually get

frittered away as

proceeds of

corruption

By Adesina Wahab

Some students and their

leaders have faulted the

Economic and Financial Crimes

Commission’s (EFCC)

recently-adopted style of

storming private off-campus

hostels to effect the arrest of

suspected student fraudsters.

According to those sampled

by our correspondent, given the

security situation in the country,

storming such hostels at odd

hours could be mistaken for

another thing that could result

into very unpleasant

developments.

Decaying infrastructure

While some public schools

across the country are in a

state of disrepair, most public

libraries are in a sorry state.

These libraries that ought to

address the challenges of

illiteracy and poor reading

culture, are in ruins.

A recent visit by Vanguard

to Yaba Local Council

Development Area, LCDA,

during a book donation event

by Goldmark Publishing,

revealed that not only are the

structures dilapidated, the

bookshelves are broken and

filled with outdated books.

As students prepare for the

post-JAMB exam, only a

student was found reading in

the library, as opposed to a

horde of students reading at

the Guaranty Trust Bank’s

renovated Herbert Macaulay

Library, You Read.

From 100 students to one

student 40 years after

While the Supervisory

Councillor for Education, Mr

Rasheed Junaid who

represented the Yaba LCDA

Chairman, Kayode Omiyale,

received the books, Head of

Education Department, Yaba

LCDA, Mr Duro Akinola, in

his remark said Mr Omiyale,

an educationist, was doing

everything possible to restore

the library.

According to Akinola, the

perceived neglect of the

library was a result of funding.

He, however, said efforts were

on to upgrade the library after

the completion of two schools

in the area.

“The chairman has visited

this library more than three

times, seeking for ways to

upgrade it. We have discussed

with him extensively but

because of paucity of funds, it

has not been done.

“This library was where I

read for my GCE. Then, you

had to be here before 7am or

else, you won’t see space to

sit down. When I was to write

my GCE in 1979, I came from

Mushin at 6:45am because

once you have 100 persons

inside the library, all others

must stay outside. So, when I

was brought here as Director

of Education, I saw it as a

God-given opportunity to add

value to this place. Also, our

schools are being upgraded.

Presently, the local

government is building two

schools; Olimo Primary School

and Military Primary School,”

he said.

Commending Goldmark

Publishing for the kind

gesture, the educationist

noted that Goldmark was the

first NGO to make donations

in the last three years,

“although other NGOs have

been here for sightseeing with

a promise to assist us,”

Akinola stated.

Change teaching methods

Meanwhile, the

International Award for Young

People Nigeria, IAYPN also

known as the Duke of

Edinburgh’s International

Award, a global non-formal

education framework with

presence in over 130 countries

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Arrest: Students decry EFCC's method

...We are only performing our duties - Agency

An activist, who was also the

President, Students’ Union

Government of Ekiti State

University, EKSU, in 2007, Mr

Adedeji Odunayo Osho, said

given the security situation in

the country, a lawful and

genuine intention like that

could degenerate into serious

chaos if not properly handled.

He advised that the EFCC and

other security agencies should

liaise with the security

apparatus of the affected

institutions before descending

on the suspects.

“I think the appropriate thing

to do is that after the EFCC or

any security agency involved

have done their investigations,

they should liaise with the

management of the institution

through the Chief Security

Officer,, CSO of such

institution. Since they must

have conducted surveillance

and deep investigation of

suspects before deciding to

arrest them for further

probing, they can also demand

that the school authorities,

through the CSO, hand over

such students to them. This is

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UBEC funds tracking: N4.65b

spent in 2 years

...HDI calls for better funding of education

By Ebele Orakpo

With about 16 million out

of school children, Nigeria is

sitting on a time bomb. Unfortunately,

successive governments

have failed to invest

massively in the sector.

Stakeholders have, however,

argued that the problem is

not more funding but proper

use of available funds.

To this end, Human Development

Initiatives, HDI, a

non-governmental organisation,

took it upon itself to

track funds released to some

Lagos public schools in conjunction

with MacArthur

Foundation, Universal Basic

Education Commission, Lagos

State Universal Basic Education

Board and volunteers.

Vanguard was at the

formal presentation of the

Report on Monitoring the

Implementation of Lagos

SUBEB Year 2016 & 2017 Action

Plans.

Excerpts:

According to the project

coordinator and Program

Officer, HDI, Mr.

Johnson Ibidapo, the funds

covered construction, rehabilitation,

fencing and furniture.

He said the group tracked

basic education projects in

nine local government education

authorities in Lagos State

namely: Agege, Ajeromi-Ifelodun,

Amuwo-Odofin, Apapa,

Ibeju-Lekki, Mushin, Ojo,

Somolu and Surulere.

Total funds tracked for

2016/2017 was N4.65 billion,

according to Ibidapo.

Breakdown

He noted that in 2016, a total

of N2.08b was tracked and

the following projects were

carried out: 20 construction

works valued at N1.79b, 6,290

pieces of furniture at N176m;

1,261 metres fence at N1.79b

while monitoring and supervision

cost N41.65m.

In 2017, total funds tracked

was N2.57b; construction

works - N1.77b; rehabilitation

- N222.5m; furniture-

N210.7m; 1,261 metres of

fence cost N311.7m while

monitoring and supervision

gulped N51.4m.

Applauding HDI for a job well

done, Executive Chairman, Lagos

State Universal Basic Education

Board, Dr. Ganiyu

Sopeyin said names of corrupt

contractors should be

publicized to serve as deterrent

to others.

The Executive Director, HDI,

Mrs. Olufunso Owasanoye said

as technology and artificial intelligence,

AI, are taking over

the fight against graft, national

and trans-national impunity,

education is the way to go,

stressing that nations leading

the world’s economy attained

such heights through prioritising

education and funding innovative

researches.

She urged government to commit

more resources to education

like thriving nations which

Sign varsity bill, C’River youths urge Buhari

By Gabriel Ewepu

CROSS River State youths

have urged President Muhammadu

Buhari, to sign the bill

establishing the Federal University

of Technology, Ogoja, Cross

River State, into law.

According to the youths who

converged on the Unity Fountain,

Abuja, the bill which has 30

days to expire, awaits Buhari’s

assent. In a speech delivered

during their peaceful gathering

on behalf of the over 80 youths,

the team leader, Mike Udam said

the former Deputy Chairman,

House Committee on Tertiary

Education and Services, Hon.

Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe, sponsored

the Bill for an Act to provide

for the Establishment of the

Federal University of Technology,

Ogoja and for Related Matters

(HB. 1293) and that it has

been passed by the 8th National

Assembly awaiting Buhari’s assent.

Udam described their demand

as legitimate, adding that it would

not be too much for Cross River

State to own another federal

*From right, front row: Mrs Ronke Soyombo, Director, Quality

Assurance, Lagos State Ministry of Education, 4 th right, Prof. Florence

Osanyin, Founder, ECAN; Prof. Olusegun Akinobote, National President,

ECAN; 4 th left, Dr. (Mrs) Deborah Dele-Giwa, Deputy Provost, Adeniran

Ogunsanya College of Education, AOCOED, Ijanikin, at the 10 th

anniversary of ECAN tagged: Quality Control and Early Childhood

Education in Nigeria, held at AOCOED.

tertiary institution compared to

states like Delta which hosts

Maritime, Petroleum Resources,

Admiralty and ICT universities,

all established by the Federal

Government. Benue State with an

existing federal university in

Makurdi will soon have a second

Ogoja is the only

town in the South-

South that is over

340km away from its

state capital

at Oturkpo, then Anambra State

at the verge of getting a second at

Nsugbe.

He said: “Today, we are gathered

to bring to your notice the

bill seeking the establishment of

the Federal University of Technology,

Ogoja which has been

passed by the National Assembly.

“This bill is indeed historical to

the peace-loving people of Ogoja

who are desirous of accessing

quality education to drive the

nation-building endeavour of

devote as much as 30 per cent of

their annual budgets to education."

Representative of the Africa Director

of MacArthur

Foundation, Dr. Kole Shettima

and Senior Program Officer of

MacArthur, Dr Amina Salihu,

said their aim is to reduce corruption

by supporting Nigerianled

efforts that strengthen accountability,

transparency and

participation. She thanked HDI

for being a worthy partner in

progress.

Recommendations

The report recommends that

security be beefed up around

schools as he noted that touts

invade some schools, force staff

and students to leave and take

over. "Some of the touts defecate

and place the faeces inside the

teachers’ drawers. This is a serious

challenge so we need

security around perimeter

fencing,” Ibidapo stated.

the Federal Government.

“Ogoja, the headquarters of Ogoja

Province and the Northern

Senatorial District of Cross River

State, is the only town in the South-

South that is over 340km away

from its state capital. Thus, any

student from Ogoja or any of the

northern local government areas

of Cross River State, desirous to

access the University of Calabar,

Calabar, must travel an average of

360km. The closest federal

university is located in Wukari, a

distance of 192km from Ogoja.

Nsukka is 256km from Ogoja, and

University of Agriculture,

Makurdi, 209km.

"The growing spate of insecurity

through the routes to these

communities threatens the

actualisation of accessing

university education there.

“Mr. President, consequent upon

the above enumerated realities, our

prayer is that you grant the request

of the people of Ogoja by giving

assent to the Bill.”

Udam assured the President of

human resources for the smooth

take off of the university if the Bill

is signed into law.

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Out-of-school children: How

corruption, poor funding

contribute ...

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and territories, has called on

the Federal Government to

urgently carry out a

comprehensive review of the

teaching methods of public

secondary schools across the

country.

According to the IAYPN, it

is high time the country

introduced experiential

learning methods in the

secondary school curriculum

to enable the students imbibe

essential skills that would

empower them to tackle new

and emerging issues.

Making the call at an

award ceremony for

participants between 14 and

24 years, who had concluded

the bronze and silver

categories in previous levels,

and are now on the gold level

of the Award, IAYPN Country

Director, Toyin Odu, said

Nigerian youths are faced

with new challenges never

faced by the older generation

and as such, there was need

to equip them with requisite

skills, starting from

secondary school.

“Young people today are

bombarded with a lot of

challenges never faced by

previous generations, like

insecurity. Now the world is

driven by huge information

technology that has made it

much smaller and young

people are more insecure as

a result.

“Giving them the skills they

need for life and helping

them to discover their

potentials and passions have

never been more important,”

Odu said.

She further stated that

Nigeria's public secondary

schools lack the essential

curriculum to develop and

inculcate essential skills so

as to make students relevant

during and after classes.

She said: “In public

secondary schools, they would

say they want the young

people to focus on formal

education. It’s probably lack

of awareness. They just need

to be more educated and

aware that young people really

need this in their lives.

“They need this because you

go through life getting A’s in

class but you are introverted,

shy, not physically active, you

cannot speak confidently in

public and you probably have

undeveloped skills. These are

the experiences that young

people really need to get. So,

it is more like an experiential

learning that has to take place

and this is what the award is

about.

Formal & informal education

“Developed nations know

the value of a young person

doing extra-curricular

activities; it is part of their

curriculum where you get both

formal and informal education.

“In British International

School that follows the British

curriculum, these things are in

place; a young person goes to

school, has time for formal and

informal education as part of

the curriculum.”

According to Odu, the Duke

of Edinburgh’s International

Award was set up to help

young people discover their

passion, purpose and

potentials. It helps them

develop their leadership

potential, gives them the skills

to be well rounded individuals

and helps them become

success stories in life.

“Today, universities

worldwide are not looking for

just young people that have

gone through school.

Employers are looking for

people that would stand out;

job seekers that have an edge

over other people and this is

where the award comes in,"

she said.

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method

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necessary because storming

students’ hostels in the wee

hours of the day to arrest

suspected fraudsters, may

be misconstrued to mean

that may be kidnappers or

cultist are on the prowl.

What if some of the students

are armed and a

confrontation ensues?

“Nobody is happy that

students are involved in

internet fraud, but

channeling the process of

arresting culprits

appropriately would be

better. That was why the

recent invasion of some

private hostels occupied by

some EKSU students led to

a protest by the students,”

he said.

A University of Ibadan

student, John Alabi,

expressed the need for

caution on the part of

security agencies in their

dealing with students.

He recalled that when the

EFCC agents stormed Elebu

area of Ibadan recently to

arrest suspected internet

fraudsters, the area was

literally turned to an occupied

zone.

However, the Acting Head,

Media and Publicity of the

EFCC, Mr Tony Orilade said

the agency was only

performing its statutory

functions.

“By the Act that set up the

EFCC in 2004, our mandate

includes ridding Nigeria of

economic and financial

crimes and internet fraud is

one of them. Students who

engage in internet fraud are

Nigerians and no matter

where they stay, it is our duty

to bring perpetrators of such

criminal acts to justice.

“ We are not restricted to a

particular location as we are

mandated to work anywhere

in Nigeria. Our agents are

properly trained and they

don’t act extra-judicially. We

act within the confines of the

law. When our agents are

going for any operation, they

don’t act as if they are spirits.

They put on proper

identification materials

including jackets and when

they get to locations, they

also properly identify

themselves,” he stated.


A8— Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019

RESEARCH AND

DEVELOPMENT

We must go back to nature for wellbeing — Professor Enweani

Professor Ifeoma Enweani is a professor of medical microbiology,

a lecturer in the Department of Medical Laboratory

Science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi campus. In

this chat with Vanguard in Nnewi, she speaks on two of her

research products, from local underutilised crops saying that

those who previously encouraged synthetic products have

seen the enormous health issues emanating from synthetic

products.

Excerpts:

By Ebele Orakpo

According to Professor Enweani

who has a penchant

for food microbiology, she

enjoys bringing up 100 per cent

organic foods without additives,

that will improve health and

wellbeing.

Going back to nature

“You will notice that people

are getting interested in natural

products because synthetic

products have failed us. Even

those who were encouraging

synthetic products in the past

have seen that the health issues

coming up from synthetic products

are enormous. A lot of diseases

are linked to synthetic

products.

“My father was a nurse. In

addition to his practice of orthodox

medicine, he used to process

some fruits and other

herbs, and administer to individuals,

especially children who

had persistent fever. I noticed

that the fever would go down

and rashes associated with measles

would show up.

This assisted those who might

have suffered from measles not

knowing whether it was measles

or not. So it was my desire

to undertake research on these

food products to ascertain their

E-learning, a must for

every student

By Adegbola Temitope

& Victoria Tay

Mrs

Olufunmilayo

Olubanwo, founder,

Heroes Hall Schools, Ikorodu,

has said that for students to

be more efficient in learning,

they must be introduced to e-

Learning strategy. She

disclosed this at the school’s

10th anniversary, end of

session and graduation

ceremony, with the theme: The

Exemplary Heroes.

Olubanwo said that

emerging digital trends in

education demands quick

action. “Soon, our pupils will

not just learn the usual way,

but everything a child needs

to make education worthwhile

would be available.”

Urging parents to invest 100

per cent in their wards,

Olubanwo noted that “Each

parent has to put in 100 per

cent physical and financial

attention in every area of a

child’s life. All these will go a

long way to contribute to what

a child will eventually become

in the society.”

On his part, Mr. Olubanwo

Olubode, a parent and

management staff of the

school, who prayed for the

graduands, reiterated that

medicinal values, nutritional

composition and phytochemical

analysis. It will also be interesting

to determine the antioxidant

properties among others.

These herbs, including fruits

in some cases, roots and leaves

were collected from bushes and

my post-graduate students

have been working on them. We

found out that these food crops

are enriched with antioxidants.

We took time to examine and

analyse their phytochemical,

micronutrient the nutritional

compositions.

The products

Besomic flour: Also called

Onavita, is made from Ona, a

yam species. It is made in a way

that people can use it as fufu.

Diabetics who consumed it realised

that they felt better; no

sugar spikes, had a sense of

wellness and felt light. Onavita

is gluten and cholesterol-free

and has a lot of antioxidants.

Among all the yam species, ona

species has higher quantity of

protein with low carbohydrate

content and helps to maintain

the body’s sugar level.

Besomic Fruit juice: This is

made from a wild fruit, Nauclea

species. This fruit juice is 100

per cent organic, no cholesterol

and the phytochemical and

establishing a school should

not be solely for business but

a passion.

“We deal with the lives of

children. We build them to

become heroes. A young

Nigerian child should be able

to portray certain behavioural

traits that will not only inspire

immediate gratification, but

also contribute to presenting

and sustaining a well-rounded

individual for the society, “ he

said.

The PTA chairman, Mr Sam

Oburu, who wished the

graduands and the school a

very successful celebration,

advised parents to keep watch

over their children especially

during the long vacation to

avoid exposing them to vices

in the society. He added that

next session, all the

classrooms in the school would

enter a new phase through the

e-learning project embarked

upon by the school.

One of the parents at the

event, Mrs. Chiamaka Uche

noted that the school was

meeting a very big need in the

society. “I just said I should

try the school and I am so

satisfied seeing it become

what it is today.”

*Besomic flour

Ona yam species

has higher quantity

of protein with

low carbohydrate

content and helps

to maintain the

body’s sugar level

micronutrients compositions

were ascertained. Volunteers

tested it and testified that the

product maintains the sugar

level and brings down the sugar

level in the diabetic.

Some of the volunteers were

diabetic with diabetic complications,

some had asthma, otitis

media, stomach ache, arthritis,

body ache etc, all consumed the

juice and felt better. So this natural

product is more than a fruit

juice; it’s a health drink

*Besomic Fruit juice

Research continues

The research continues. and

we hope to commence clinical

trials to get more information on

the physiological changes that

go on in these volunteers who

With a history of inspiring

young people with

short stories, Poise Graduate

Finishing Academy, PGFA, a

subsidiary of Poise Nigeria

Limited, is set to launch the

Volume 2 of its book, 40 First

Jobs.

Group donates two surgery

machines to OAU Health Centre

By Elizabeth Uwandu

As part of efforts to upscale

healthcare system in

Nigeria, Latter-Day

Saints Charities, LDSC, the humanitarian

arm of the Church

of Jesus Christ, have donated

two surgery machines -

Anaesthetic and Suction, germane

to Obafemi Awolowo University

,OAU, Health Centre, Ile

Ife, Osun.

OAU Vice-Chancellor, Professor

Eyitope Ogunbodede , who

received the machines on behalf

of the school management,

commended the efforts of the

group and called on corporate

bodies to invest more in education.

He thanked LDS for the donations

and for also the provision

of borehole,wheelchairs

and refrigerator, reiterating that

”Health is so important that

every minute counts. If a patient

is brought to the medical

centre and no serious attention

is given, within one second

such a patient can be lost. As a

medical person, I know what it

means to have these machines

and we appreciate the infectious

action of Church of Jesus

Christ of the Latter-Day Saints.

He added that ”Education is

an enterprise that government

alone cannot sustain. I implore

Nigerians who have the capacity

to support in ways they can.”

On his part, the Deputy VC

and Chairman of the Health

*Prof. Enweani

testified about the efficacy of the

products. With evidences supporting

these claims, NAFDAC

registration will be sought for as

the products have already been

assigned with Trade mark numbers.

PGFA set to release 40 First Jobs Vol. 2

By Elizabeth Uwandu In an easy to read style, 40

First Jobs tells the stories of 40

eminent Nigerians drawn from

Centre Management Board,

Professor Chris Ajila thanked

the group for donating equipment

he termed worthwhile. He

called on the medical staff to

ensure thorough maintenance

of the equipment.

In his remark, the church delegation

led by President Joseph

Uba, the stake president of Ile-

Ife, said the support was an act

of service to humanity prompted

by love and an act of service

unto God.

While Mr. Chidi Ibeakuzie,

the Area Welfare Specialist of

Latter-Day Saints Charities, explained

that their gesture was

not politically-motovated.

He pointed out that the church

will continue providing health

and water projects across the

country.

He added that the church will

come for inspection of the donated

items in six months' time

“We like to partner with people

to do humanitarian projects.

We are mainly concerned with

the actual needs, not wants of

the people. In Osun State and

its surrounding, we have done

lots of water and medical

projects,” Ibeakuzie stated.

Other dignitaries at the commissioning

were Dr. Adebayo

Irinoye, Director of OAU Health

Centre, Mrs. Yemisi Alao, Head

of Department, Nursing,

Stephen Opoku, Bishop of

Eleyele Ward and members of

the church.

diverse fields of endeavour,

including business,

entertainment, politics,

academia and non-profits.

These successful men and

women share their

experiences while on their first

jobs, with the aim of

reorienting young and

upcoming Nigerians, to have

a positive attitude towards

their first jobs and to work in

general. Some of the notable

contributors include Prof. Pat

Utomi, (Founder, Centre for

Value in Leadership, and

African Democratic Congress),

Mr. Cosmos Maduka (CEO,

Coscharis), Mr. Emeka Ndu

(Vice-Chairman, C&I Leasing

Plc), Mr. Frank Nweke Jnr

(former Minister of the Federal

Republic of Nigeria), Chief

(Mrs.) Fadayomi (President/

Chairman, Institute of

Directors of Nigeria), Mr. Kola

Aina (CEO, Ventures Park),

among others.

The book launch which

comes up on August 19, in

commemoration of the

International Youth Day, will

have some of the book

contributors present.

The Project Lead, Mr. Asher

Adeniyi in a statement said:

“Fundamentally, we believe

first jobs usually are not

desirable, but in them lie the

potential for the desired jobs,

only if taken seriously and as

a significant learning

opportunity. This is what we

intend the book to capture.”

The book, 40 First Jobs, was

first published in 2016 and got

positive reception among the

target audience. Volume 2 is a

build-up on the success of the

first volume, and is designed

to motivate and empower the

readers.

40 First Jobs is a non-profit

project sponsored by Poise

Nigeria with the support of

Oxfam International.


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Saraki donates

breastfeeding

equipment to

3 States, FCT

Continued from Page 24

more complex pregnancies

and health conditions with a

foetal medicine unit.

She said: “This week the

Foundation donated

breastfeeding equipment to

the Neonatal Intensive Care

Units of medical facilities in

Lagos, Kwara and Kaduna

States and Abuja, to help

healthcare facilities provide

optimal neonatal intensive

care feeding for premature

and sick infants, ensuring

that fragile neonates may

more easily benefit from the

immunity provided from

colostrums, which serves as

the first immunity for

newborns.

“I commend the Chelsea

and Westminster Hospital

NHS Foundation Trust for its

superb, midwife-led

maternity care. I was struck

today not only by the

excellent standards that

women can expect at the

hospital, but also by the

culture of respect that is

ubiquitous amongst staff.

“I am impressed to observe

the workings of primary,

secondary and tertiary

specialist referrals providing

an unbroken continuum of

maternity care, as an

essential core of universal

health coverage services.

“At the Wellbeing

Foundation Africa, our

MamaCare midwives also

lead the way with quality

care, saving many lives and

helping women and infants

to thrive. I look forward to

working with the Chelsea

and Westminster Hospital

NHS Foundation Trust to

share research bench to

bedside best-practice

models of maternity

services, and bring the best

possible standards of care to

women all over the world –

no matter where they give

birth.”

Meanwhile, she (Saraki)

revealed that her

foundation, Wellbeing

Foundation Africa, WFA, is

to partner with the Liverpool

School of Tropical

Medicine’s Centre for

Maternal and Newborn

Health’s Emergency

Management of Obstetric

And Newborn Care

Simulation Skills

Programme in Nigeria.

“The Wellbeing Foundation

Africa, will partner with the

Liverpool School of Tropical

Medicine’s Centre for

Maternal and Newborn

Health’s Emergency

Management of Obstetric

And Newborn Care

Simulation Skills

Programme in Nigeria. We

Nigerian Girl Guides Association at 100

•Historic photographs of Girl Guides Association Worldwide

Continued from page 24

do anything for free.

“We paid a courtesy visit to the

present Commissioner of

Education in Ogun state. A

brownie was not prepared as in

she didn’t know that she would

be asked a question but she

answered correctly. I was

impressed! Meanwhile, like we

have always said. It is

voluntarily, a passion”.

She said religion is not a

barrier as they have both

Christians and Muslims in the

Girl Guides. “When we hold

programmes; if a Christian

gives the opening prayers, the

Muslim would give the closing

prayers. I always explain to

people why we shake with the

left hand; it is because our heart

is located at the left hand side.

We shake on the left hand to

show we love and render

services genuinely without

wanting anything back in

return. And that the love we give

is from our hearts; the agape

kind of love. We show

friendship; that A Guide is a

Friend to All and a Sister to Every

Other Guide. Guiding is in

about 250 countries in the

world. It is not a cult; it is open

to any religion, so far you

believe in God”.

Representing another

generation of Girl Guides, 24

year old Dr Praise Adeolu

Adeyemo, National Youth

Leader, Ogun State was

privileged to attend a Primary

School that had a Guider.

“When l got to Secondary

School there was no Guider in

my School for 4-5 years, but l still

had friends from primary school

who were attending schools with

Guiders so l kept tabs on them

and went to camps with them

and all that. My School

eventually got a Guide because

the Government had made it

compulsory in every School. But

the point l am trying to make is;

when there was no presence in

my School, I was still able to

attend camps and made myself

the only Guider in that School.

I even finished Secondary

School before l became a

Ranger, then a young Guider. I

would say that it still boils down

to interest. Contrary to the

opinion that we do not have

young people in the

Association; l would say that,

that may be true, but in the last

4-5 years it has gotten better.

We haven’t gotten there yet but

the rate at which we are having

people especially in the Higher

Institutions, joining is worth

talking about”.

For Nigeria to become a better

country in her generation, she

stressed that their mission is to

enable young women and girls to

develop their potentials, to make

them know their value and to take

action to change the world.

“Between the mission and the

vision; they are all centered in

building the nation. At the

moment, we have some global

projects we are running and we

also have some indigenous

projects. We have stopped the

violence; targeted at sexual abuse,

rape and other stuff, and we are

actually becoming a voice for

women and young women also.

Do not forget the saying ‘train up

a girl child and build up a nation’.

Just imagine a nation filled with

girls that are confident, without

low self- esteem, high body

confidence, girls with capacity in

different things. These are the

type of girls that we need. Girls

who would become older women

to go into politics; women who

would sit at round tables at

different levels to discuss issues

and fix these issues. At the long

run; you would see that directly

and indirectly the movement, the

guiding movement in Nigeria is

helping to raise a generation of

young girls/ women who in the

future would translate into

active change agents. I believe

that Nigeria is in a safe hands

basically because we have

Nigerian Girl Guides

Association”.

Accepting that Guides are

essentially feminists, she says

that is not the bad word it is now

being made to look like.

“When anybody confronts me,

telling me that l am a Girl Guide

hence a feminist; l would say if

feminism means giving the girl

child equal rights like that of her

brother, then l am a feminist. If

it means sending the girl child to

school like her brother then l am a

feminist. Have you checked the

dictionary meaning of the word

feminism? The conventional and

the only acceptable meaning of

the word is equality of rights.

What goes for the male goes for

the female. It ends there. So if the

boy can have an education you

should not say the girl cannot go

to School. And when we are

talking about gender based

violence, we are talking about

violence against a particular

gender because of that gender. So

when a stereotype believes that

a girl should not go to School

because she is a woman, she

needs to stay at home and help

her mum and she would

eventually marry in the nearest

future; hence there is no need to

educate her. I say that, that is

bridging on her basic right to

education because of her gender.

So if l am called a feminist

because l am advocating that a girl

child should go to school because

her brother is in School or you

shouldn’t beat a woman or hit a

girl and you think you have a right

to hit them just because you think

they are women or because they

are lesser vessels; you are calling

me feminist because I said Sade

and Akin should compete for the

job fairly and you choose who is

the best without looking at their

genders and you call me a feminist

because l am advocating for all

these then I want to be a feminist”.

Radisson Blu unveils new meeting concept

Radisson Blu, a subsidiary of

Radisson Hotel Group, has

unveiled a novel meeting

concept dubbed ‘Radisson

Meetings’ designed to give

meeting organisers a

memorable experience

beginning this summer.

Developed around the three

pillars of successful events;

personal, professional and

memorable, Radisson Meetings,

according to Wellington Mpofu,

Director, Sales & Marketing,

Radisson Blu, allows organisers

Be patient with our administration,

Lagos SSG appeals to Lagosians

By Bose Adelaja

Secretary to the Lagos State

Government (SSG) Mrs

Folashade Jaji, has appealed to

Lagosians to be patient with the

present administration of

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

in its bid to resuscitate the

infrastructural facilities in the

state.

The SSG spoke in Lagos,

during a courtesy visit by the

officials of the Nigeria

Association of Women

Journalists, Lagos State

Chapter, led by its Chairperson

Adeola Ekine of Lagos

Information. Others were Bunmi

Yekinni (Vice Chairperson),

take advantage of the relative

tranquility within the city large

to arrange successful meetings.

Mpofu said: “The special

Radisson Meetings promotion

which runs from the August 1st

to 31st, 2019, carries diverse

benefits including 50% off venue

hire if booked on weekends,

Friday, Saturday and Sunday;

complimentary venue hire if

meeting is more than 25 people

staying at the hotel; upgrade on

coffee break; bonus Radisson

Rewards points and 10% discount

Lillian Ario (Secretary), Abosede

Adelaja (Assistant Secretary),

Serifat Olawunmi-Shittu

(Treasurer) and Rukayat Adeyemi

(Auditor).

She said the state government

is poised to fulfill its Executive

Order which is Traffic, Health,

Education, Management and

Environment towards achieving

a greater Lagos. In her words,

Lagosians should be patient with

us because we are trying our best

possible to make things work in

the state. God willing, we shall

attend to the yearning of

Lagosians by carrying out the

five Executive Order to retain

Lagos as the Center of

Excellence’’

on dinner at the voyage.”

“There is also the benefit of

enjoying a carbon neutral

meeting as we are the only hotel

group automatically offsetting

carbon footprint for every single

meeting and event taking place

at any of our over 1,100 hotels

worldwide. Radisson Meetings’

global footprint is offset in

partnership with First Climate,

one of the world’s largest carbon

offset organizations, and through

projects that help reduce

greenhouse gas emissions and

have a positive social impact.”

She lauded the new NAWOJ

executive members for their

professional conduct and quest

for progress in the state. ‘’Feel

free to call our attention to the

lapses across the state and we

will be happy to give adequate

attention to such,’’ said the

SSG.

In her response, Ekine

congratulated the SSG on her

appointment into office and

requested for collaboration in

the forthcoming 2019

Breastfeeding Week in August

which will reach out to female

women across the state.

Also, the officials seized the

occasion to present a

congratulatory card to the SSG.


26 — Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019

Being a single

mom is not a

death sentence

— Ijewere

Esther Ijewere is an enterprising social activist, gender advocate,

columnist, author, mother of two and the Executive Director of

Rubies Ink Initiative for Women and Children. An Olabisi

Onabanjo University-trained Sociologist, as a social advocate,

she is the brain behind W.A.R- Walk Against Rape, an advocacy

initiative created to lend a voice for the victims of rape and

demand justice. She is also a columnist with a national daily, a

platform used to celebrate exceptional women with inspiring

stories across the globe. In her bid to seek balance with her

work, she started the fast growing community for Men called

‘Men who Inspire.

By Esther Onyegbula

WITH hindsight tell us

about growing up and

lessons you think can be drawn

Independence and giving are

some of the dynamics that my

mother taught me while

growing up and it played a

huge role in my life. She made

me realise the power of giving

from an early age. My mother

taught us to give to people as

much as you can and be willing

to lift others up. She would give

from the little she had while we

were growing up and tell us it’s

her own way of contributing to

humanity.

The major lesson I learnt from

that is to treat people fairly

always; this philosophy has so

far reflected in my work and life.

Looking back what events can

you consider the major

Character Parenting:

Stakeholders score fathers

low, praise mothers

... as teens, children, youths challenged

to adhere to parental instructions

By Ebunoluwa Sessou

AS part of efforts to bring back

moral values in children,

National Character Parenting

Summit, NCPS, organised a

family programme titled,

‘Character Focused Parenting’,

aimed at ensuring positive

parenting, nurturing and training

of Nigerian child.

The programme which was the

5th edition this year, kicked off

in 2015 with the purpose of

orienting parents towards having

positive and deliberate efforts to

bring up good children so that the

society can be better for it.

While calling on parents to

imprint positive influence on their

wards, the organisation noted that

most fathers have relented in

discharging their fatherly role to

take care of their children.

It also challenged teens,

children and youths to adhere to

parental instructions, as

speakers at the summit took turn

to blame the fathers for letting the

country degenerate due to their

inability to nurture their children.

landmarks so far in various

phases of life you have

encountered?

Childbirth, I know it sounds

clichéd, but it changed my

perception of life and made me

more compassionate towards

others. I have other areas of my

life that truly stand out but there

is just something about the two

phases of me bearing my kids

that lingers and serve as a

reminder that I have to live my

purpose as a mother, woman

and above all a human. It also

put me in check and helps me

do right by God and humanity.

Have you ever had an

experience you can term a

turning point?

I had to make a major

decision between staying

happy or dancing to the

drumbeat of what the society

expects from me as a woman

and a public figure. I decided

to protect my sanity and peace

Speaking at the event, the

keynote speaker, Mrs. Doyin

Ogunbiyi, chairman of Ogun

state’s Technical and Vocational

Board, lamented that, “Parents

are careless in imbibing morals

in their wards hence a failed

society.

“We are the makers of the

decadence in the society because

we are sleeping on duty. There is

no more devotion and assembly

that directly impact children.

“Most children do not yield to

discipline and have refused to

be corrected. Parents should

afford to reprimand their children

in order to instill virtue in them.

“I want to appeal to parents that

they should not double train their

children because the society is

destroyed today due to failed

nurturing. Bringing up a child is

a process and a duty that all of us

should not be sentimental about

“If we train our children, they will

give us peace at our old age,

when we follow God’s order,” she

said

Also, TV Presenter, Morayo

•Esther Ijewere

of mind. It was a huge decision

and a major turning point I will

never forget. Each time I look

back at my bravery; I clap for

myself because I lived my truth

and found my peace.

Were there people who

inspired your steps and how

much of influence were they?

My mother. She pushed,

encouraged and supported me

to become the woman I am

today. She is one of my greatest

Influence, because through her

I learnt that people can be

inspired by our imperfection.

My late Uncle Olubunmi

Rosiji, who passed away in

Afolabi-Brown, noted that, the

conversation must continue.

“Parents must teach themselves

and learn from each other because

nobody has a degree in

parenting. We must always be

present and leave an imprint on

our children. Influencing does not

stop as a parent, it must be both

in life and death”, she said.

Moyinoluwa Odutayo,

nollywood actress also said,

“Parents should deliberately

create time for their children”, she

said. On her part, Susan Tayo,

Parenting Coach, advised that,,

“Parents must begin to learn how

to parent well. We should not

despise parenting programmes

and training so as to have less

evil in the society.

In her opening remarks, the

convener, NCPS, Bosede

Olusola-Obasa said, the

2017, was also a big influence;

as a matter of fact he was my

biggest cheerleader. I

remember when I became a

columnist in 2015 and I was

very scared of how people will

receive a young girl who is a

women’s advocate turned

journalist; my uncle was the first

to call that Saturday morning to

encourage me, he bought a copy

of the newspaper every

Saturday majorly because of

me.

Also, my godfather, His

Eminence Cardinal Olubunmi

Okogie- He never tells me what

I love to hear and I like that.

Cross section of panelists at National Character Parenting

Summit, NCPS, at the 5th edition of NCPS, in Lagos recently.

programme, ' 'Characters

Focused Parenting', has helped

many parents to understand what

it takes to nurture children.

“Since, the program started,

there are testimonies that people

are positively influenced thereby

having better decision on how to

nurture their children.

The convener however called

on Corporate Organisations and

Nigerians in particular to

support events and institutions

that promote core values and

morals not nudity.

“Generally, we are telling

parents that they can never

assume parenting when it comes

to character development. They

must teach it deliberately.

“We are hoping that, after the

fifth edition, we would change

the dynamics by making it a

national programme”, she noted.

When I am wrong, he calls me

to order and often times redirect

my thoughts. He always

tells me no matter how dark the

night is, the day will always be

brighter.

So far, what can you

consider your greatest

achievements?

Using the gift God deposited

in me to help others, being a

blessing and a voice to voiceless

women. The mere fact that my

name is a solution to a problem

I solve is an achievement,

considering how tough it was in

the beginning.

Having celebrated over 300

women on Women of Rubies,

using Men Who Inspire to

celebrate the bravery in men

and also lending my voice to

victims of rape through Walk

Against Rape and having over

100,000 copies of my

Information handbook on Rape

“Breaking the silence”

donated, are feats I do not take

for granted.

What is your vision of what

the society should be?

A sane society where the

rights of everyone is respected;

a society where everything

works, one with basic amenities

and infrastructure to alleviate

poverty and lack; a society free

of rape, domestic violence and

human rights violation as a

whole.

Talking about the role women

play, what is your view about

women in leadership, corporate

governance, do we have

enough women as it is?

I honestly feel we are getting

there. Our role in the society is

more significant than it was 10

years ago; the world pays

attention to us in every sector we

find ourselves. While we still

struggle with gender imbalance

in most of these sectors I think

we’ve made good progress and

we will continue to strive for

better balance that rid our

society of gender inequality.

What are the factors limiting

women from getting to the peak

of their careers in corporate

organisations?

This inaccurate perception of

gender equality limits

opportunities for women as a

group because it creates false

optimism and eliminates the

perceived need to make things

better. “Women who perceive

that their opportunities for

advancement are hindered by

pervasive

gender

discrimination express stronger

gender group identification

than women who perceive

gender discrimination as an

isolated occurrence”. If we

push ourselves and support us

to get to the peak of our careers,

other factors limiting us like

sexism and prevailing

Perceptions of Gender and

Leadership will frizzle out. Let’s

not also forget societal issues

that are deeply rooted in culture

and public policy.

Do you think the society is fair

enough to single moms?

I honestly think the society still

needs a lot of sensitization on

how to treat single moms. Being

a single mom is not a death

sentence or a channel for

stigmatization. Being one has

made me appreciate every

single mom out there. No one

goes into a marriage with the

hope of being a single mom.

The moment a woman plays the

role of two people in one body,

she deserves a lot of accolades.


Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019, 27

UNDP seeks more roles for Nigeria women in natural resources decisions

By Michael Eboh &

Gabriel Ewepu

THE United Nations

D e v e l o p m e n t

Programme, UNDP, have

advocated increased role for

Nigerian women especially in

the areas of decision making,

planning and allocation of land

and other critical natural

resources in the country.

Speaking at the Youth

Leadership Entrepreneurship

Access and Development,

YOULEAD, Project’s Learning

and Sharing Forum in Abuja,

National Coordinator of the

Global Environment Facility,

GEF, Small Grant Programme

of the UNDP, Mrs. Ibironke

Olubamise, also emphasized

more involvement of women in

business. She also called for a

national plan for women and

youth entrepreneurship, with

emphasis on environmental

management, as this would

ensure that all the resources

needed are available.

She said, “We are advocating

more emphasis for women, not

only to get engaged in

sustainably doing business, but

also to become part of decision

makers in land and natural

resources planning and

distribution.”

Olubamise noted that the

UNDP GEF Small Grant

programme had been playing

a major role in the area of

women empowerment.

She said, “We start right from

the policy, project development

and right from the programme

development’ we emphasise

women. Then, we have a

women mainstreaming

framework, such that every

project and programme are

reviewed in line with women

Prioritising children language development will curb communication

disorder — Don advocates

By Esther Onyegbula

Authorities

and

community leaders have been

urged to prioritise the need to

develop child language and

continue to pay deserving attention

to language disabilities and

general communication disorder

for a proper child upbringing, a

professor of Linguistics in Child

Language and Communication

Disorder at the National Open

University of Nigeria (NOUN),

Shirley Yul-Ifode, has advised.

She said there is an absence of

attention in the area of children’s

communication pattern and

disorder in Nigeria, which

practically makes the inculcation

of societal values and traditions in

the children difficult and thereby

breeds the resultants social vices.

Yul-Ifode stated this on

Wednesday, 24th July, 2019 at the

NOUN headquarters in Abuja,

while presenting her Inaugural

Lecture on the topic: “The Child

Beyond the Breath of Life: Our

Corporate Concern.”

The lecture, which the Vice-

Chancellor of the university, Prof.

empowerment framework.

When we even go to the

communities, we insist and

emphasise on the participation

of women. Not only that we

want to see their name on the

list, we actually want to see

them actually working.

Abdalla Uba Adamu, said was the

university’s 14th in the series, was

part of the requirement of any

lecturer who attains the rank of

professorship in the academic

journey. Yul-Ifode said the

consequences of a communication

disordered person transcend the

communication activity, “because

of the relationship between the

developing child and his

language, the medium of

communication, which is an index

By Ebunoluwa Sessou

As parts of effort to

commemorate this year’s

Pan-African Women’s Day and in line

with the global theme which

addresses maternal and neonatal

mortality in Africa, the female staff

of Jumia Nigeria have rallied

support for new mothers and other

patients who could not meet the

discharge requirement as a result of

unpaid medical bills at the Ikorodu

general hospital by helping them to

offset their outstanding bills.

“What you find out is that

when you go to these

communities, majority of the

people that are working with

the natural resources and the

environment are actually the

women. They are the ones that

used the water, they are the ones

•Shirley Yul-Ifode

that collect the non-timber

forest products; they are the

ones that sells them in the

market. These are the reasons

why the women must be

empowered, educated and

given the environment to be

able to do much.”

of normal/healthy development,

maladjustment, as well as some

developmental disorders.”

“Any family that goes beyond the

breath of life and pays attention to

the language development of a

child will be able to identify

deviations not only in the

communication patterns, when

they arise, but also in other areas

of the development of the child for

early intervention,” she added.

Yul-Ifode, a native of Emevor

town in Delta State, admonished

parents to provide help.

African Women’s Day: Jumia women rally

support for new mothers, ailing women

As a result, the patients have now been

discharged and equipped with financial

support to cater for the new babies. The

contributions were channeled through

the ‘Visit A Hospital Today’ nongovernmental

organisation, NGO, in

Lagos.The African Women’s Day,

created by the African Union is

commemorated on July 31 of every

year to advocate for quality maternity

services for disadvantaged women who

continue to die needlessly in

underserved communities and to curb

poor quality of health services, poor

accessibility and weak referral systems

for African women.

Jumia’s public relations and

communications manager, Mr

Olukayode Kolawole who described

the financial intervention on behalf of

the new mothers as kind and thoughtful,

said: “When I heard about the plight of

these new mothers and other patients

who couldn’t meet the hospital discharge

requirement because of their

outstanding medical bills, I sought for

support from our female staff, especially

those who are mothers to contribute

towards raising the sum.


28 — VANGUARD, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019

08152060944

#REVOL

OLUTIONNO

UTIONNOW: : FG has no power

ers to

stop lawful protest --Akingbolu

By Henry Ojelu

MR. Kabir Akingbolu

is a member of the

Ekiti State Judicial

Service Commission.

In this interview, he

speaks on the

monumental corruption

perpetrated by governors

through

the

disbursement of their

security votes.

He also shares his view

on security challenges,

revolution now protest

and sundry issues.

Excerpt

Despite huge amount

received by state

governments as security

vote, security challenges

remain unabated. Do you

think there is any

justification

for

governors to continue to

receive security votes?

The issue of security vote is

corruption personified.

The constitution does not

recognise it anywhere and

there is no law of the land that

recognise security vote.

It was just coined out from

nowhere.

Now, the most dangerous

trend about the whole issue

is that each governor will

determine his own security

vote. Where do you see any

country being run that way?

It is the state governor that

will determine how much he

want to collect on a monthly

basis and when either the

Economic and Financial

Crimes Commission, EFCC, or

Independent Corrupt

Practices and Other Related

Offences Commission, ICPC,

want to beam their

searchlight on state finances,

nobody talked about security

vote.

The least a state governor

collects as security vote in

Nigeria at the moment is

N300 million per month. As

poor as Ekiti was under

Fayose, it was N350 million

monthly. That tells you that

some other states can be

collecting as high as N900

million per month.

So, when you look at some of

these issues, you will begin to

ask questions about who is

deceiving who in this

country? What the governors

normally do from time to

time is that when they collect

the security vote, they will

just give a small part of it to

the Commissioner of Police

and pocket the rest.

They don’t do anything with

•Akingbolu

it. No government in Nigeria

has ever come out to disclose

how security vote was

expended and questions

were never asked by those

that are expected to do so.

Why do you think it is

difficult for the

administration of

President Buhari to fight

the

corruption

associated with security

votes’ allocation to

governors?

Before we even go to the issue

of corruption associated with

security votes, generally, we

must ask ourselves, is the

government of the day truly

fighting corruption?

How many cases has the

EFCC won? We see the

greatest of all offenders

escaping justice.

We have seen someone who

was convicted of stealing

money running into several

billions of naira that was

given an option of N750, 000

fine.

You say you are fighting

corruption, your language

suggests it, but your body

language abhors it.

A lot of people are in

government and accusing

fingers were pointed in their

direction. Nothing has

happened to them till date.

If these individuals were not

questioned, how can the

Buhari’s government

convinced people that it is

fighting corruption? I don’t

see this government fighting

any corruption, not at all.

Are you in support of the

creation of state police as

a way of stemming the

growing insecurity in the

country?

I don’t think Nigeria is mature

for state police. I want to liken

the creation of state police to

what is happening with the

States Independent Electoral

Commission, SIECs.

From the time SIECs has been

conducting local government

elections, have your heard

that an opposition party was

declared a winner anywhere?

The SIECs are under the firm

control of state governors and

that is why each time local

government elections are held

in any state, it is the

You say you

are fighting

corruption,

y o u r

language

suggests it,

but your body

language

abhors it

governors’ parties that

prevail.

So, if state police is created in

Nigeria, the problem will be

that another department of

State Service will be created

and this will be used to witchhunt

the opposition. I don’t

think we are matured enough

to operate state police. What

I think we should do is to

examine the challenges that

are making the existing police

structure ineffective.

One way of doing this is to

ensure that what is due to

every state command goes

directly to their respective

Commissioner of Police.

This will address the issue of

paucity of funds at each

command and better

positioned the officers to

render quality services to the

people.

I believe with all these, we will

have some sanity in the

system. The solution to

insecurity problems does not

lie in creation of state police

but making the one in

existence to work effectively.

The legal tussle over the

Osun state governorship

election was recently

resolved by the Supreme

Court on ‘technical

ground’ without any

pronouncement on the

conclusiveness or

otherwise of the election

and if INEC has powers to

declare an election

inconclusive. What is

your take on this?

The All Progressive Congress,

APC, has hinged its appeal

against the Tribunal’s ruling

which upheld Adeleke’s

victory on procedural lapses

and this is fundamental.

Even though majority

decisions went the way of

Senator Adeleke at the

Tribunal, it was unfortunate

that on the day evidence was

given, one of judges who

upheld Adeleke’s victory at

the poll was absence.

Majority of the Supreme

Court Justices that sat on the

matter believed that it was

wrong for the Tribunal judge

to pass judgment when he was

not around on a particular

day that evidence was given.

When this was decided, the

apex court will no longer go

into the merit of the case.

There was a procedural lapse

which is very fundamental

and this is what the Supreme

Court looked at.

What is your reaction to

the arrest of Sowore by

the

Federal

Government?

The arrest of Sowore has

different dimensions. One, if

the arrest is based on the call

for revolution in governance,

revolution against

corruption, revolution

against incompetence and so

on, I don’t think the

government is right. This is

because everyone has the

right under the law to protest

against a bad leader and

against incompetence of the

president and the soaring

corruption in the country

under this government.

The call for revolution is not

peculiar to Nigeria. We have

heard of Cuba Revolution,

China Revolution, British

and American Revolutions

and so on.

So it is within the

competence of an individual

to protest against the

government for any

perceived wrong.

The right for individual to

criticise the government has

been recognised by our

Superior Court long ago

when Justice Olatawura

declared that every person

has a right to criticise the

government on any bad

policy and any leader who

does not want to be criticised

should get a scab of wool and

block his ears so as not to

listen to criticism because as

long as the leaders continue

to take decisions that affect

the people, the people must

criticise them.

That decision of Supreme

Court outlawed law of

sedition in Nigeria.

In this case, however, the

question to ask is, are the

elements of treason present?

I think so, because looking

at the law, especially

sections 40 and 41 of the

Criminal Code, one will see

that except one applies

emotions and sentiments,

Sowore was not right. His

choice of word was too

strong and too direct that no

reasonable and sensible

government will fold its arms

and watch the country burn

in flames. Worse still, he

threatened that all the

security agencies such as

DSS will cease to exist

This is a serious threat to the

unity of Nigeria especially at

this time that Nigeria is faced

with internal strife, so if the

government folds its arms in

such a situation, it’s at their

own peril.

Although, when President

Buhari himself lost election

in 2011, he said Nigerians

should learn from the

Egyptian revolution.

In Egypt then, people were

on the streets for 18days and

they succeeded. Now that he

is not allowing the

revolution he once

preached, ur guesses are as

good as mine.

C

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States not complying with FG's easy of doing business policy — Akinsola

By Onozure Dania

MR Kayode Akinsola,

in this interview

spoke on business law in

Nigeria, what it entails,

policy consultancy, its

intricacies and sundry

business

issues,

particularly those

pertaining to the ease of

doing business.

Excerpt

The business aspect of

law seems vague to most

ordinary people, could

you shed light on what it

means to be a business

lawyer?

Business law is an aspect of

law practice that covers dayto-day

activities of our

respective businesses. It is a

broad name for corporate and

commercial laws, a business

lawyer however, attends to

legal issues relating to

business and organisations.

What does it entails to be

a business lawyer in

terms of training needs?

Carving a niche in the legal

profession is what lawyers are

really delving to from the time

immemorial. For me, I think

such interested lawyer should

start paying attention to

corporate law as a course

from the law School days,

such aspirant will need to

further his education to

Business School, attend

various courses that will aid

his expertise at offering

advice to his clients.

How does this aspect of

law operates in Nigeria, in

terms of regulation?

There are Sections on

Business Law,SBL of the

Nigerian

Bar

Association,NBA, which

actually sees to the growth

and development of such

practice.

What is your view about

ease of doing business in

Nigeria, especially the

Federal Government’s

recent moves?

I think we are on course, but

there are rooms for

improvement. The 2018

reports of the World Bank

group for instance shows that

some states in Nigeria are still

lacking behind on the ease of

doing business. The Federal

Government through the

Corporate Affairs

Commission has taken some

measures to make business

registration

less

cumbersome, but when you

get to each state of the

federation, you will observe

that more still need to be

EDITORIAL

Innocent Anaba

( Editor)

Ikechukwu Nnochiri

Henry Ojelu,

Onozure Dania

*Kayode Akinsola

Some litigants are

no longer

interested in going

to court, rather

they engage in the

alternative dispute

resolution because

court processes

take time

done. These are in areas of

procedures to acquire land

and register it, obtaining

construction and business

permits as well as

enforcement of contracts.

Compare to 2014 reports of

the World Bank, the political

class might need to set up a

one-stop-shop on these to

make their respective states

investment friendly.

Are you saying states are

not keying it into the FG’s

initiative on ease of doing

business?

Honestly, most of the states

today are not viable because

they fail to embrace the ease

of doing business. About 70

percent of the 36 states in

Nigeria cannot operate for six

months without the monthly

allocation from the Federal

Government. I think

governments at state level

engage more in politics than

governance, hence my

suggestion would be that they

should begin to look inwardly

in order to be more

productive, and ease of doing

business will be important in

this regard.

What does it mean for

someone to be a policy

consultant?

Every organisation and

governments at all level have

a vision they wish to achieve

within a reasonable time. For

corporate entities, policy

document is the operational

manual for the company to

achieve what it sets out to do,

how the employees and other

players will operate will be

documented. A policy

consultant is the one to do this

work and follow up to ensure

compliance.

For

governments, a survey will be

administered on those areas

they intend to work on, and

recommendations would be

made from the analysis.

How

much

understanding do

business owners in

Nigeria have about this

area and why should

anyone

engage

professionals in policy

consultancy?

Many organisations have

folded up because the policy

for such system was never

created, or badly executed

even before setting up their

businesses. A policy

consultant therefore,

measure up the healthiness of

an enterprise and ensure that

corporate objectives are

achieved. Like I said earlier,

it is not enough to have a

business vision, you still need

to battle with Business

Mission, Company Manual,

and Employee Management

without rancor, compliance

with government regulators

and so on.

How would you assess

business environment in

Nigeria?

The Nigeria business

environment is moving, but

at snail speed. Many factors

answer for this, for example,

power is one of the major

challenges we have today. If

we solve electricity problem

today, our youths will be

more engaged. Ease of doing

business is another, which has

been highlighted earlier.

Others are high cost of

governance (salaries of the

political office holders,

duplication of government

agencies), bad leadership and

lack of awareness.

Do you think the

business aspect of law

needs to be carved out as

a separate professional

field as may be obtainable

in other parts of the world

and why?

Yes, if this is done, it will

streamline the specialisation

in the field of law practice. For

instance, solicitors work and

business law are fast gaining

momentum, some litigants

are no longer interested in

going to court, rather they

engage in the alternative

dispute resolution because

court processes take time and

you are not sure of what the

outcome will look like.

Professionals in the field of

corporate law offer advices

that safeguard you from legal

risk or exposure.

Pupilage and proper

mentoring has been a

major challenge among

lawyers, what do you

have to say to this?

Law profession is one of the

oldest and a respected calling,

any lawyer that want to go far

will not undermine the place

of pupilage and mentoring.

Even as the Managing Partner

of a law firm, I still subject

myself to mentoring because

there will always be people

who would have gone far

ahead of you within the

profession. So, I encourage

pupilage and mentoring

among the young lawyers.

L-R: Managing Director/CEO, Law Pavilion, Mr.

Opeyemi Olugasa; Digital Transformation

Executive, Yimika Fadahunsi; HOD Digital

Transformation Development, Omolade Lawal,

Digital Transformation Executive, Damilola

Ibikunle and Digital Marketing Executive, Seyi

Albert, during the Lawpavilion Business Solutions

Limited parley with newsmen at its office, Ikeja.

From left: Mr. Unekuojo Idachaba (Senior Associate, Aluko & Oyebode); Mr.

Babatunde Irukera (Director General, Federal Competition and Consumer

Protection Commission); Mr. Ayodeji Oyetunde (Partner, Aluko & Oyebode);

Ms. Sola Carrena, CFA (Head, Corporate Finance, Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited);

Mr. Eric Idiahi (Partner & Co-Founder, Verod Capital Management); Ms.

Olubunmi Fayokun (Partner, Aluko & Oyebode); Mr. Daryl Dingley (Partner,

Webber Wentzel); Mr. Mfon Bassey (Deputy Director, Mergers & Acquisitions,

Securities and Exchange Commission) and Mrs. Jennifer Martins-Okundia

(Moderator & Senior Associate, Aluko & Oyebode), at a Capital Market Roundtable

on “Engendering an Effective Regulatory Landscape for Competition Law in

Nigeria - Promoting a Fairer Market” with 50 stakeholders in the Nigerian capital

market.


30—Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019


NIGERIA is an undemocratic

democracy. That sounds

oxymoronic. How can a

democracy be undemocratic?

Well, when it’s just about the

ritualistic act of voting.

Elections are part of the rich

tapestry of democracy, but

democracy is about more than

voting. It is also about what

happens between elections.

First, true democracy must

deliver prosperity for the people;

second, it must provide channels

for political participation and

grievance ventilation. The latter is

important because, as Alexis de

Tocqueville, the 19th century

political philosopher, said: “The

discourse of crisis is the native

language of any genuine

democracy.” And protests are a key

part of that discourse.

Indeed, according to the British

human rights organisation, Article

19, “protests constitute a

fundamental pillar of democracy

and complement the holding of

free and fair elections”. Thus, any

democracy that stifles the citizens’

rights to express dissent, even

through rabble-rousing protests, is

not a genuine democracy. Sadly,

that’s the problem with Nigeria’s

democracy.

Here is a country where elections

are, in the words of one scholar,

just “a collective celebration of

popular powerlessness”. After

elections, politicians do virtually

nothing to improve the lives of the

people. And when disenchanted

citizens express vocal

dissatisfaction, they are called

“wailers” and told to wait until the

next election. Here also is a

country, where the legislature is

irresponsible and self-serving, yet

the citizens are told that

sovereignty belongs to the

National Assembly, even though

the citizens are the ultimate

source of sovereignty.

Let’s face it, Nigeria’s democracy

is depressingly unaccountable;

there are no means of controlling

politicians or making them

accountable for their actions

between elections. As such, politics

is frustratingly unresponsive.

Where are the mechanisms for

ordinary citizens to influence the

government’s policy agenda?

Some countries have citizens’

assemblies in the spirit of

deliberative democracy. Some

have statutory public

consultations, to which every

major policy must be openly and

transparently subjected before any

decision is reached and

implemented. Other countries,

even with a tradition of

representative rather than direct

democracy, use referendums to

ensure that politics is participatory

and inclusive.

Of course, in the absence of such

institutionalised channels for

political participation and

grievance resolution, which are

associated with a high level of

democratisation, protests are

inevitable. But even where such

institutionalised mechanisms exist,

protests, an integral part of

democracy, cannot be avoided, as

we have seen with the wave of

protests spreading across the

world.

As I write, the protests in Hong

Kong, which began in June, have

entered their tenth week, and, with

the staying power of the protesters,

there are no signs of cessation in

sight. For several days in July this

year, protesters under the umbrella

of Extinction Rebellion, a group

demanding action on climate

change, occupied streets in

London.

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In fact, in April, some

audaciously glued themselves,

undressed, to the glass in the House

of Commons public gallery! So,

around the world, disenchanted

citizens or those the US columnist

Thomas Friedman calls “the

square people” are venting their

frustration and anger, sometimes

ill-temperedly, in public squares,

on streets and even inside

parliaments!

Now, if any country should be

experiencing such protests, it is

Nigeria. Thomas Friedman

defines “the square people” as

people “aspiring to a higher

standard of living and more

liberty”. Empirical studies also

associate large-scale collective

protests with poor economic

performance. Where else should

people be driven to street activism,

to public protests, by poor

economic performance and

demands for higher standards of

living and personal safety than in

Nigeria?

This is a country that has become

the poverty capital of the world,

with nearly 50 per cent of its

citizens living in extreme poverty,

and where, to use Thomas Hobbes’

popular phrase, human life is

nasty, brutish and short, thanks to

widespread insecurity. Yet,

Nigerians are not “square people”.

They are not natural protesters.

Why? Well, for a start, in a country

deeply polarised along ethnic and

religious lines, it’s virtually

impossible to reach a national

consensus for any major protest.

What’s more, even if such a

consensus exists, self-preservation

and socio-economic pressure

would prevent only but a handful

from sticking their heads above the

parapet to lead such protests, and

Harnessing the happenstance of two Agbas as ministers-designate

By Sufuyan Ojeifo

SKIMMING and scanning through the

list of President Muhammadu Buhari’s

ministers-designate, one would see therein the

inclusion of two Agbas, to wit: Goddy Jedy-

Agba and Clem IK Agba. The enclosure of

these Nigerians who bear the same surname is

one of the rare happenstances in life and in the

constitution of this particular cabinet.

Apparently unrelated by blood and ethnicity,

Goddy and Clem have the good fortune of

coming into the cabinet with surnames that

are the same in spelling even if they are, as

expected, different in meaning.

Although, Goddy is from Cross River State

while Clem is from Edo State both within the

South-South geo-political zone, yet they share

a few things in common on other fronts. For

instance, they are both princes of their

respective kingdoms. Goddy was born into a

royal family in Obudu by His Royal Highness

Uti J.D. Agba while Clem was born into the

family of His Royal Highness, Pius Kadiri

Ikanade Agba - the Oliola of Uzanu in Etsako

East. They, thus, bring their blue bloods into

the cabinet.

To boot, they are both technocrats with track

records of achievements in their fields of

interest. Interestingly, both men have been “big

players” in the very lucrative oil and gas sectors

of the Nigerian economy. Therefore, there is a

comical sense in which both could be referred

to as oil “Sheiks”. Goddy worked for the

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,

NNPC, where he retired as Group General

Manager, GGM, Crude Oil Marketing

Division, COMD, while Clem has been in and

out of work for Chevron Oil.

Clem’s last position was manager,

community procurement operations at

Chevron Oil from where he was tapped for

appointment as a minister by President Buhari.

But before his appointment as a minister, he

had gone on leave of absence in 2009 to serve

as a Commissioner in the Ministry of

Environment and Public Utilities and later in

#RevolutionNow: A true democracy

tolerates rabble-rousers

President

Buhari used a

sledgehammer

to crack a nut;

that’s a

behaviour suited

for autocracy

the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Housing in

Edo State in the government of Comrade

Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole.

By way of salutary digression, Clem, as a

commissioner in charge of environment and

public utilities, championed the urban renewal

and construction of drainage infrastructure to

combat erosion menace in Edo State. He was

largely instrumental to the conceptualisation

of the Benin Water Storm project to deal with

the perennial flooding problem in the state

capital. He reformed waste management and

ensured beautification of the Ring Road; and,

addressed the issues of defacing, slum

settlements and chaotic traffic flows in urban

centres, particularly Benin City. He was also

credited with coming up with sustainable forest

regeneration initiatives.

At the Ministry of Lands, Survey and

Housing, he set up the Edo Geographic

Information Services, EGIS. These were in

addition to his being the chairman of Edo State

Tenders Board (2009-2012) and his numerous

contributions as a member of Edo State

Economic and Strategy Team that was then

under the headship of the current state

governor, Godwin Obaseki. Apparently, Clem

has both the private and public sectors under

his belt and can then boast of his readiness to

engage with the intricate working of executive

implementation and supervision of policies

and programmes.

For Goddy, with his exposure to the dynamics

of public finance management in the NNPC,

one can safely surmise that in him the president

has a brilliant and sharply-focused ministerdesignate

who could, without thinking twice,

given his obvious experience, be picked for the

critical petroleum portfolio. While in charge

of Crude Oil Marketing Division, COMD, as

GGM at the NNPC, he was, among other

duties, responsible for liaising with Crude

Pricing and Technical Evaluation Section on

Price Movement and other input data for

market reports.

Goddy also monitored and analyzed

consumption of other energy types, terms of

cost availability and relative impact on world

petroleum supply/demand balance;

monitored and analyzed consumption

patterns and conservation policies in consumer

countries and implication for oil demand;

monitored and analyzed tanker market as well

as world crude oil supply and demand

balance; prepared monthly as well as quarterly

reports; participated in quarterly market

review meetings and prepared summary of

review with marketers.

As head of gas/gas liquids/condensate sale,

before he was elevated to the position of GGM,

COMD, Goddy was responsible for letters of

credit administration, credit control claims

and documentations (including documents of

oil lifting and payments, reconciliation of all

credits-demurrage, debits, penalties and

interest charges). He took part in tripartite

reconciliation with CBN/FAD/Commercial

Division to ensure uniformity of sales and

They are both technocrats

with track records of

achievements in their fields

of interest

receipts; and undertook the supervision of retest

of condensate, LPG, LNG and gas samples

for quality control, including, specifically,

investigation and assessment of demurrage

and loss claims as well as coordination and

supervision of credit control and claims.

Indeed, both men (Goddy and Clem), with

their solid experiences, can very well pass for

utilitarian technocrats that will offer the

marked seriousness and commitment to

effective service delivery by government in the

next four years, which are critical to President

Buhari for building enduring legacies. The

resourcefulness of both ministers-designate in

the oil sector can be harnessed either as a tag

team to address the contending issues in the

sector or through inter-ministerial synergies

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few would join them. Which is why,

to encourage direct participation

in public affairs and strengthen

representative democracy in

Nigeria, I would commend

Omoyele Sowore, founder of

Sahara Reporters and a candidate

in this year’s presidential election,

for attempting to lead a national

protest against the debilitating

poverty and insecurity in this

country.

And it is also why President

Buhari’s administration should be

condemned for repressing the

protest and for intimidating

Sowore, who is still detained by

security agents and ludicrously

accused of “treasonable felony”

and “acts of terrorism” for using

the term RevolutionNow!

How perverse that a government

which is alleged to have paid

ransoms to Boko Haram and is

pacifying herdsmen, the world’s

first and fourth most terrible

terrorist organisations, according

to the Global Index on Terror,

could label an unarmed rabblerouser

a terrorist for using the

multitudinous word, revolution!

Yet, if the framers of the US

Constitution could introduce the

Second Amendment to allow US

citizens to bear arms as a potential

check against governmental

tyranny, one must wonder why the

Buhari government, with its

seeming monopoly of violence,

had to respond heavy-handedly to

a harmless citizen simply

mouthing RevolutionNow!

President Buhari used a

sledgehammer to crack a nut.

That’s a behaviour suited for

autocracy. A genuine democracy

has room for rabble-rousing

dissent!

and the complementarities of special purpose

committees for holistic solutions to identified

issues.

Besides, the princely duo should be expected

to commit greater effort to effective service

delivery than the dyed-in-the-wool politicianministers

who may be more interested in

deploying their offices in bolstering their

political interests in the build-up to the 2023

general election. In the circumstance of

mitigating the expected pressure between

delivering on set-mandates and satisfying the

diktats of vested political interests, President

Buhari would do well to set his eyes on the

likes of the two Agbas and a few other

technocrats in the cabinet to handle

specialised ministerial portfolios that are

critical to national development and to the

institution of accountability in leadership in

terms of measurable infrastructure

development and achievements.

For Goddy and Clem, the consensus among

close watchers of the politics of ministerial

appointment and assignment of portfolios is

that, given the validation of their backgrounds

and performances during the Senate screening

and confirmation hearing, they could be

deployed in driving the critical sectors of any

of petroleum, power, works, housing and

environment portfolios. As individuals who

crave the institution of excellence in public

service and from whom much is expected, they

must put their nose to the grindstone.

Interestingly, while both of them did not study

engineering or any oil and gas-related courses

in the university (Goddy obtained a first degree

in international studies and a second degree

in international law and diplomacy; Clem

obtained a B.Sc degree in Economics and two

Master of Business Administration degrees,

one in management and the second in supply

chain management), they thus communicate

a fact that there is something unique about

their intelligent quotient, IQ, to wit: the power

and capacity to adapt and focus on areas of

interest for self-actualisation, achievement of

corporate goals and benefit of humanity.

*Ojeifo, an Abuja-based journalist, wrote

via ojwonderngr@yahoo.com


32 — Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019

YOUR LUCK TODAY

By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

LEO; This is not the right time for you

to either gamble with money or take

friends for granted. Secret lovers may be

in for an exciting day.

VIRGO; Saturn’s placement meas that

it is important you are more practical

and seek all important supports of the influential

people around you. Be more loving.

LIBRA; The more ambitious you are today

the better for your cause. And here

is a good day to plan for the future but

you must do away with whatever can not

be placed above board. Yong-at-heart

among you may be in for a romantic day.

SCORPIO; Even if you are tempted to

gamble by whoever and/or whatsoever

reason you must resist it or else you

would be the loser. Being aggressive may

help

SAGITTARIUS; Provided you are willing

to co-operate with other poople

things will not go out of hands but exhibition

of inordinate ambition can earn

you avoidable trouble.

CAPRICORN; Element of luck will assist

you. Those of you who are more hard

working will have more positive things

to show for your efforts. Take care of your

health.

AQUARIUS; Many natives of this Zodiac

sign will be excited either because

of romantic interest within your working

arena or practical advancement at work.

PISCES; Reason with those you can

take as veterans within your base of operation

because if you want to force your

way without carrying necessary and more

experienced people along it would backfire

now or soonest.

ARIES; The more creative you are the

better for your cause. However is typical

day when too much expectation can bring

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provided you prepare for a few challenges.

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you love not MONEY. Be more receptive.

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you are the better for your cause.

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Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019 — 33

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BAYELSA COUNCIL POLL: Alaibe

congratulates Dickson,

PDP winners

By Samuel

Oyadongha

Y FORMER ENAGOA—

Special

Adviser to the President on

Nigeria Delta Affairs and a

frontline People’s

Democratic Party, PDP,

aspirant for the

governorship of Bayelsa

State, Mr. ‘Timi Alaibe, has

congratulated Governor

Seriake Dickson and the

PDP in the state for the

overwhelming success

recorded by the party in the

last Saturday local

government elections.

Alaibe said the success of

the party and all the

candidates from

chairmanship to the

councillorship is another

proof that Bayelsa people

have come to a common

agreement that only the

PDP-powered government

can deliver satisfactorily on

the dividends of democracy.

In a congratulatory

message yesterday in

Okowa’ll build a stronger Delta

of our dream — DIDEN

By Festus Ahon

A

S A B A —

CHAIRMAN of

Delta State Oil Producing

Area Development

C o m m i s s i o n ,

DESOPADEC, Chief

Micheal Diden has said

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

meant well for the state,

urging the people to

continue in their support for

the state government.

In a chat with newsmen

in Asaba, Diden extolled

the leadership virtues of

Okowa and commended

him for his giant strides in

the state.

He added that with the

continued support of all

Deltans, Okowa will build

a stronger Delta of their

dream.

According to him, the

state will witness more

rapid transformations in

the next four years of

Governor Okowa’s

administration, saying:

“The governor has

brought to bear exemplary

Yenogoa, Alaibe, who is also

the former Managing

Director of the Niger Delta

Development Commission,

NDDC, equally

congratulated all the eight

council Chairmen and their

councillors for their victory

at the polls.

He said, “Your victory at

the polls demonstrate the

confidence the people of

Bayelsa State have in

Governor Dickson, the

leadership of the PDP in the

State and in you as

individuals. It is now left for

you to justify this confidence

by being servants of the

people.

“You must see your

election as an opportunity

to serve the people. As you

assume office soon, you must

ensure that whatever you

promised the people during

your campaign is given to

them. You must be ready to

account for all your actions

and inactions because that

is what the people expect

from you. As a leader, you

are expected to listen to the

people even if you cannot

meet all their needs.''

leadership with a view to

ensuring that democratic

governance prevails in the

state.

“Okowa is passionate

about wealth creation for

Deltans and he is pursuing

his policies and

programmes with vigour

and deep sense of

responsibility. He has

touched all part of the

state.”

Diden, who is also the

National Coordinator of

Okowa Vanguard, said

Okowa was addressing the

needs of the people with his

‘bottom - up’ approach,

adding that “The

administration has made

good progress particularly

in education, health, roads

and above all and

maintaining peace.

“You will agree with me

that these modest

contributions of the

governor are worthy of

commendation. Okowa

emergence as governor of

the state today is the divine

work of God.”

Delta to engage youth in skills devt

W ARRI—DELTA

State Government

has said that education in

the state must shift from

learning for career purposes

to life skills, technology and

critical thinking.

Speaking at the opening

session with youths in the

state to commemorate the

2019 International Youth

Day with the theme:

‘’Transforming Education,

Delta State Commissioner

for Youth Development, Mr

Ifeanyi Egwuyenga, said

the quest led to the

presentation of an Executive

Bill by Governor Ifeanyi

Okowa for the establishment

of a Technical and

Vocational Education Board

within one week of

assuming office in 2015.

He said: “As a result of

this, six technical colleges

have been rehabilitated,

well equipped and fully

functional. Consequently,

Delta has become the first

state in the country to have

all the courses offered by its

technical colleges

accredited by the National

Board for Technical

Education, NBTE.Top on

the list of priorities of His

Excellency in this second

tenure is the establishment

of 19 new technical colleges

across the state while the

existing polytechnics

would be reformed and

repositioned to become

hubs for technical

manpower development.”

From left: Bez guitarist, Mr. Nsikak David; Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, Mr. Emmanuel Idakula (Bez); Chairman,

Kohinoor Lagos, Barr. Collins Chikeluba; Cavemen Afrocentric band, Mr. Kingsley and Mr. Benjamin Okorie;

shortly before their performance at the Kohinoor Lagos lounge in partnership with Jameson Irish Whiskey.

Corruption fueling rising insecurity

in Nigeria, says ActionAid

By Harris Emmanuel

U

Y O — A N

international

donor agency, ActionAid

Nigeria has attributed the

rising wave of insecurity in

Nigeria to corruption

which has pervaded every

strata of the nation.

Its Country Director, Ene

Obi, stated this at a

“Stakeholders’ Dialogue on

enhancing participation in

the Fight against

Corruption” organised by

Action Aid In Nigeria in

collaboration with Policy

Alert, held in Uyo, Akwa

Ibom State.

According to her,

corruption has destroyed

the fabric of the nation as

she called for concerted

efforts to be adopted to

tackle it.

She said, “The citizens

that are supposed to take

the responsibility to fight

are not there. The citizens

need to hold government

acvountable. And the

President should hold the

governors accountable for

what is happening in their

states and not use selective

measures.

“We have well equipped

citizens. So, we need to

strengthen the institutions,

but first we need to deal

with the citizens. We need

to call ourselves to order.

Each citizen needs to have

a rethink because this is the

only country that we have

and to challenge those who

are in leadership now that

they are failure to their

generation.”

A human rights lawyer,

Inibehe Effiong while

presenting a paper,

accused the anti-graft

agencies of politicising the

fight against corruption as

such they cannot tackle the

menace.

According to him, the

anti-graft agencies and both

federal and state

governments have been

very selective in the fight

against corruption and

have completely shut their

eyes to corrupt people.

“The Economic and

Financial Crimes

Commission, EFCC,

Independent Corrupt

Practices Commission,

ICPC, have been

politicised. They have

become openly selective in

their unserious fight

against corruption. People

in this government have

been accused of corruption

but what have the anti-graft

agencies done?

“While the current

Federal Government

continues to shout about the

ELECTION PETITION TRIBUNAL: APC slams PDP

over alleged false claim on subversion of justice

By Samuel

Oyadongha

Y CHAIRMAN ENAGOA—

of All

Progressives Congress,

APC, in Bayelsa State,

Jothan Amos, has flayed the

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, over alleged false

claim on the attempts by the

opposition party to subvert

justice in the petition by the

former Speaker, Kombowei

Benson against Preye

Oseke.

The state PDP Chairman,

Mr. Moses Cleopas had last

week accused the APC of

attempts to influence the

decision of the National

Assembly Elections Petition

Tribunal, in the petition by

the PDP and the former

Speaker of Bayelsa State

House of Assembly, Benson

against his opponent from

APC, Oseke, over election

results declared by the

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC, for Southern Ijaw

Federal Constituency

election.

But the APC Chairman,

Amos, while reacting

during an interactive

session with newsmen in

Yenagoa, said the

allegations by his PDP

counterpart were wild and

unfounded, as there are no

such moves in place, and

can never be, at least not

fight against corruption, we

have seen how individuals

with active corruption cases

are being rewarded with

ministerial appointments.”

He wondered why ICPC

could not invite for

questioning or arrest those

prominent politicians with

proven corruption cases

pending against them.

In his remarks, the state

Commissioner of ICPC,

Mr. Shola Shodipe, urged

people in the state to join

hands in the fight and avail

from the APC.

He said: “These

allegations are a product of

the PDP chairman’s

imagination. The PDP’s

candidate for Southern

Ijaw federal constituency,

Benson lost fair and

squarely to our candidate,

Oseke.

“Every true son and

daughter of Southern Ijaw

can attest to the fact that

Benson’s 12 years sojourn

Temi Harriman backs Omo-Agege

on relocation of oil firms

FORMER member of

the House of

Representatives, Temi

Harriman has expressed

concern over the

desertion of the Niger

Delta by multi-national oil

companies and lauded

the proposal by the

Deputy President of the

Senate, Senator Ovie

Omo-Agege to the OICs

move their headquarters

to the region.

Harriman in a statement

said the oil companies

had in recent years moved

assets away from the

region, cutting down on

staff and through these

brought lethargy to the

economy of the region.

She expressed concern

that the move of the oil

companies could be linked

the commission of

intelligence to track down

corrupt politicians.

He alleged that the state

government has been

making desperate efforts to

get injunction to restrain

both the EFCC and ICPC

from investigating financial

activities of the state

government both past and

present.

“Akwa Ibom State

Government has gone to

court to tie our hands. The

little efforts we have made

to investigate where

charged with contempt of

court. We are handicapped”

Shodipe lamented.

at the state House of

Assembly was a disaster

and had no bearing on the

people of Southern Ijaw.

“The Southern Ijaw

people rejected him at the

poll because he failed

them. We don’t need to

subvert justice to affirm our

victory, the facts we laid

before the election tribunal

speaks volume and we

believe our victory would

be upheld by the tribunal.''

to the poor economic

environment the

companies have been faced

with.

She noted that the delay

by the government in

reaching investment

decisions could also have

contributed to the

increasing malaise.

Noting that the move by

Senator Omo-Agege was

in sync with an earlier

directive by Vice-President

Yemi Osinbajo to the

companies, she said:

“Senator Omo-Agege’s call

is especially welcome at

this time and must be

supported by all legislators

and the operating

companies in order to

ensure balance between

the community and the

companies.''


34—Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019

BUA partners Netafim on its

20,000htrs sugar plantation

BUA Group, one of

Africa’s largest foods

and manufacturing

conglomerates and

Netafim of Israel have

signed an agreement for

the largest ever fullyautomated

drip irrigation

project in Nigeria for the

BUA Lasuco Sugar

Company, Lafiagi, Kwara

State.

The agreement signing

took place at the

headquarters of the

Nigeria Sugar

Development Council,

Abuja, and will cover over

4,000 hectares in its first

phase.

Speaking at the

ceremony, Kabiru Rabiu,

Group Executive Director,

BUA Group, and chairman

of the Nigeria Sugar

Institute, restated BUA’s

committment to meeting

and exceeding its BIP

targets with the Sugar

Council.

His words: “Since we

started this project, we

have not relented in

putting together the most

sophisticated sugar

plantation project in

Nigeria.

“The agreement will see

... as Imo woos

China on agric devt

By Chinonso

Alozie

OWERRI—IMO State

government has

welcomed a Chinese firm

to invest in the area of

agriculture, commerce

and technical

empowerment for the

citizens of the state.

Eze Ugochukwu, Senior

Special Assistant on

Public Enlightenment to

Governor Emeka Ihedioha

disclosed this in Owerri

yesterday.

He gave the name of the

firm as Guangdong China

Centre for Africa

Investment, pointing out

that Governor Ihedioha

who received the

investors, also sensitised

them on the economic

potentials in the state.

Ugochukwu added that

the team of the investors

led by Tracy Hua, came

from one of the provinces

in China that has been

rated high in

industrialisation and that

they arrived Imo State to

assess for themselves

areas of interest.

He said: “They were

welcomed by Governor

Emeka Ihedioha of Imo

State who informed them

that Imo is endowed with

huge natural resources in

the oil and gas sector, in

BUA improve irrigation

at our 20,000hectares

Lafiagi Sugar plantation

using artificial

intelligence and highly

sophisticated irrigation

and mapping

technology from Netafim

to determine the

irrigation and water

application needs of

different areas and soil

types in the plantation.

“Upon completion,

this Lafiagi sugar

plantation will be able

to produce over 1.8

million tons of

sugarcane, yielding

about 250,000 tons of

white refined sugar, 20

million litres of ethanol,

employ over 10,000

people and generate

some 35MW of

electricity every year.”

On his part, the

Executive Secretary of

the Sugar Council,

Lateef Busari, commended

BUA for embarking

on the project at such a

scale, adding that the

council would continue

to provide support where

necessary to assist sugar

producers meet their

sugar BIP targets.

minerals and with an

active youth base of

young men ready to be

engaged in the

productive sector.

“Governor Ihedioha

highlighted the

comparative

advantages of Imo

State to include the

fourth busiest airport in

Nigeria, the third in

domestic air traffic in

the country, coupled

with an airport

designated as an

international cargo

airport, with ongoing

efforts by the state

government to activate

the international wing.

“The Vice President

of Africa Guangdong

B u s i n e s s

Association, Tracy

Hua and Mrs. Wu

MingMing of the

Project Department,

among others, have

visited Imo State for the

purpose of investment.

“The visit was

facilitated by the

Special Adviser to the

Governor on Trade and

Investment, Chineme

Ihuaku, in conjunction

with Christopher Igwe,

President of Imo China

Business Council and

Everest Okpara, President,

Owerri Chamber

of Commerce.”

Anambra industrialists cry out:

35,000 jobs lost to harsh

policies, poor electricity

By Chimaobi

Nwaiwu

N NEWI—ANAMBRA

State industrialists, on

the platform of Harbour

Bridge Head Industrialists

Association, has raised the

alarm that half of the

industries in the area have

closed shop with over

35,000 people losing their

jobs due to government’s

harsh economic policies

and poor electricity supply.

Chairman of the

association, Chief Paul

Okonkwor, disclosed this

while speaking with

newsmen in his Isuofia,

Aguata Local Government

Area, during the first New

Yam Festival of Isuofia

town, after over 20 years of

crisis that led to division of

the town into two.

Chief Okonkwor, who is

the chairman of Pokobros

West African Group of

Companies, said: “Over

35,000 staff of affected

industries in the area have

lost their jobs due to the

inability of the affected

industries to cope with the

harsh economic policies of

the Federal Government

and poor electricity supply.

“Many industrialists are

struggling to survive

because leaders in

successive governments in

Nigeria lack the

knowledge and tutelage of

industrial operations and

failed to engage people

with knowledge of industry

operations to guide them on

what to do to boost

industrial development,

which has exposed

industrialists who spend

huge sums of money to

establish industries.

“There is no conducive

atmosphere to operate;

there is no light, there is

insecurity and multiple

taxation. All these eat deep

into our operational capital.

Sometimes, they block our

accounts over multiple tax

demands and there is poor

electricity supply as most of

us run on private power

generating plants that

consume millions of naira

every week.

“Michelin and Dunlop

left Nigeria to establish in

Ivory Coast. Today, that

country is generating about

25,000 Megawatts of

electricity, while we are still

talking about being able to

generate about 5000

Megawatts.

“The rivers are filled with

sand. Government is not

dredging the rivers and the

result is the flooding we

see every year. They told

us that River Niger has

been dredged, but truth is

not true and it is the reason

we suffer the flooding

problem for 13 years now.”

He appealed to President

Muhammadu Buhari to

reverse the situation now

that he is talking about

promoting industrialisation

in Nigeria and

discouraging importation

of many things produced

by indigenous industries.

TRAINING: From left— President, Nigeria Institute of Welding, Dr. Solomon Edebiri; Nigerian Air Force,

NAF, Director in Charge of Aircraft Quality Assurance, Air Commodore Cosmas Ozougwu, and Managing Director,

Mudiame International Limited, Sunny Eromosele, at the graduation of NAF officials trained on calibration and

non-destructive testing at the Mudiame Welding Institute, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Enugu council stakeholders fail to reach

agreement over commissioner-nominee

By Anayo Okoli

E NUGU—AWGU

stakeholders in

Enugu State are finding it

difficult to agree on the

person to be appointed

commissioner by Governor

Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi from

their local government

area.

Governor Ifeanyi

Ugwuanyi has not yet

constituted his cabinet after

his swearing in for a second

term, as he is said to be

considering the inputs of

stakeholders from the 17

councils of the state in

picking any person from

each council.

He has been meeting

with stakeholders of

councils who brainstorm

and collectively agree on a

person to be appointed.

However, Awgu

community has failed to

agree on one person,

prompting the governor to

ask the people to go home

and resolve the matter.

But during their meeting

Tuesday, at the Awgu

council headquarters, the

stakeholders still could not

arrive at an agreement.

By Peter Okutu

A BAKALIKI—

EBONYI State

government, yesterday,

said it would empower 100

unemployed youths

including women to enable

them go into micro, small

and medium scale

enterprises.

The state Commissioner

They urged the governor

to use his discretion to

appoint whoever he wishes

to end the disagreement

among them.

The meeting ended in a

deadlock when delegates

from over 20 wards in

Awgu community

submitted a position

paper, which requested

for Human Capital

Development and

Monitoring, Orji Orji,

stated this in Abakaliki

while briefing staff and

partners on what citizens

would benefit from the 2019

to 2023 empowerment

roadmap of the ministry.

Orji added: “We shall

closely work with the CBN,

BOI, NIRSAL, World Bank,

the governor to nominate

whoever pleases him as

commissioner from the

zone.

A d d r e s s i n g

stakeholders, chairman of

Awgu council, Chief

Stanley Okeke, who

convened the meeting,

assured the people of a

level-playing ground.

Ebonyi to empower 100 youths, women

development partners,

African Development Bank

and commercial banks to

harness all windows of

opportunities for human

empowerment.

“We shall further drive

Ebonyi State Stimulus

Development Project, EB-

SDP, to ensure no less than

10 people per ward are

empowered in the project.”


Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019—35

LECTURE: From left, Sir Edwin Ogidi-gbebaje, special guest of honour; Dr. Olayiwola

Oladapo, acting Registrar, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, CIPM;

Chief George Owarieta, Chairman of the occasion, and Mr. Edirin Otorie, Branch Chairman,

Delta State during the 2019 public lecture of the association in Asaba, Delta State.

Don’t reintroduce Inland Water Ways

Bill, M-Belt Forum tells Buhari

•Says it’s ploy to seize their ancestral land

By Chris Ochayi

ABUJA— MIDDLE Belt

Forum, MBF, yesterday

advised President

Muhammadu Buhari to

jettison any plan of

reintroducing the Inland

Water Ways Bill rejected by

the 8th National Assembly.

President of MBF, Dr. Bitrus

Porgu, who spoke in Abuja,

however, called on Nigerians

to keep a close watch to nip

the bill in the bud should

Buhari reintroduce it in

whatever guise to the 9th

National Assembly.

Porgu said: “We were so

lucky that the 8th National

Assembly had leaders that

saw into tomorrow’s dangers.

That Assembly refused to

pass the Inland Water Ways

Bill. Regardless of that

success, the RUGA issue

came up. Thanks to the

concerted efforts of our

peoples with our friends in

the south, RUGA has been

suspended.

"The Ladoga grazing

reserve in Kaduna State is

good enough example to

warn Nigerians of the

danger of RUGA. History will

justify our rejection of RUGA.

We would and should keep

a close eye on the

reintroduction of the Inland

Water Ways Bill by the

Presidency in this ninth

National Assembly.

“The bill seeks to take away

all rivers, their banks to some

kilometres from state control

to federal control and,

therefore, take away

ancestral lands for the

exclusive use of the Federal

Government. Your guess is

as good as mine on what

would happen next. Our

National Assembly members

must resist and reject the

passage of that bill.”

Decries Tiv/Jukun

feud

Porgu, who decried the

communal crisis between Tiv

and Jukun of Taraba State,

said: “While addressing

national issues challenging

our peaceful existence in our

beloved areas of the Middle

Belt, we are saddened by the

reports of killings of Middle

Belters by other Middle

Belters in Taraba State. The

Tiv/Jukun crisis is

unfortunate as division is not

acceptable, especially now

when we face major threats

of corporate existence in our

beloved country.

“We appeal to both Tiv and

Jukun brothers of Taraba to

embrace peace irrespective

of the provocation and

previous losses incurred. We

must resist external

influences aimed at dividing

and weakening us. We must

unite to succeed.

"Our farming communities

in Taraba State should be

allowed to farm for food to

be on our tables. May the

Almighty God establish

peace in our communities.”

Bomadi royal fathers ask Buhari to rejig

security architecture

ROYAL fathers in

Bomadi Local

Government of Delta State

have called on President

Muhammadu Buhari to

rejig the security

architecture of the country

to deal with the worsening

security situation.

The monarchs in a

communiqué at the end of

their meeting at the royal

palace, Akugbene Town,

rejected the RUGA

settlement in any part of the

kingdom.

The communiqué issued

by the Akugbene-Mein

Traditional Council of

Chiefs, and signed by Chief

Deinyou Brinemughan

Anthony, congratulated

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

and his deputy, Kingsley

Otuaru, for their successful

swearing in/inauguration for

second term in office.

The communique read:

“Council commends His

Excellency for the

appointment of Chief Barry

Pere Gbe as Commissioner

for Economic Planning,

Kelly Penawou as Special

Adviser on Local

Government Affairs and a

host of others from the

kingdom.

“Council hereby charges

the President and

Commander-in-Chief to

rejig the security

architecture of the country

to deal decisively with the

worsening security situation

in the county.

"Council vehemently

rejects the issue of RUGA

settlement in the length and

breadth of the kingdom.

Council calls for vigilant

amongst the various

communities in the

kingdom.

"Council also urges both

elected members and

political appointees to key

into the SMART Agenda of

the governor in the overall

interest of all Deltans.”

Bayelsa guber: I’ll focus on human capital devt

if elected—Igali

By Samuel

Oyadongha

YENAGOA— FORMER

Nigerian envoy to the

Scandinavian region and a

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, governorship aspirant

in Bayelsa State,

Ambassador Godknows

Igali, has promised to

prioritise human capacity

building if elected governor

of the oil-rich state.

He made the pledge

yesterday, at a briefing to

unveil his manifesto at his

campaign office in Yenagoa.

Igali, a career diplomat

would adopt a novel

funding approach to drive

the development of the state

if elected as governor.

Igali said: “I come to the

race prepared with a new

approach and new strategy

to serve the people of

Bayelsa to improve their lot.

I have the requisite expertise

and international exposure

to attract foreign capital to

develop Bayelsa.

“When that happens, we

save funds that hitherto

would have gone into

infrastructure and then

deploy them to social

services to make life more

meaningful to the people of

Bayelsa.

“My emphasis shall be on

the human capacity

development, because

without people, all the roads,

bridges and buildings will

have no meaning, it is the

human factor that adds

value and meaning to

everything you do on

infrastructure front.

“My administration shall

ensure free healthcare for

children under 10 years and

elderly above 65 years while

the rest of the population

shall enjoy affordable and

accessible quality healthcare

through a health insurance

scheme.

“I have the experience

and strength of character to

lead the people and that is

why I am unveiling my

manifesto and it is my

commitment to serve the

people of Bayelsa and I want

the people to use it and hold

me accountable.

“I will leverage on my

exposure as an ambassador

to attract development aid

and foreign direct investment

and deploy models used by

other countries with similar

challenges as Nigeria to

develop Bayelsa.

“I will ensure that primary

and secondary school

students are fed twice at state

government expense since

there is a connection between

nutrition and learning.”

Attack on Okowa: Ebitimi

blasts Loyibo over alleged

insult on Orubebe

By Festus Ahon

A

youth leader in Tuomo

Kingdom, Burutu Local

Government Area of Delta

State, Mr Duduke Ebitimi,

has berated the Traditional

Prime Minister of the

kingdom, Chief Mike

Loyibo, for allegedly

insulting former Minister of

Niger Delta Affairs, Elder

Godsdey Orubebe, on his

perceived media attack on

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.

Ebitimi in a statement

said it was wrong for

Loyibo, who holds the title

of Traditional Prime

Minister, to insult Orubebe,

describing Orubebe as a

prominent son of the

kingdom.

Lamenting that Loyibo

Make professionalism your

watch word, CIPM registrar

charges members

MEMBERS

of

Chartered Institute of

Personnel Management,

CIPM, have been charged

to uphold the best practices

and make professionalism

their watch word.

Acting Registrar/Chief

Executive Officer of CIPM,

Dr. Layi Oladapo, spoke at

the 2019 public lecture of the

association in Asaba, the

Delta State capital with the

theme: “Human Resource

Management Strategies for

Result-Oriented Public

Service.”

He commended the Delta

State branch of CIPM for

hosting the lecturer, saying

the vision of the association

was to be the foremost people

management and

organisational development

institute in Africa and

respected across the world.

In his remarks, chairman

of the occasion, Chief

George Owarieta, Principal

could not hold such exalted

office and be seen to

allegedly insulting

Orubebe, he called on

concerned authorities “to

revoke or review his title

because such title holders

are supposed to be

peacemakers of every

kingdom and not to

oppress or intimidate

people.

“Loyibo does not

understand the meaning of

his title as the Traditional

Prime Minister. Loyibo

claims to hold over 20

different titles across

Nigeria. It is unfortunate

that Loyibo with his many

titles does not know the

rules and regulations

guiding such revered title

in Tuomo Kingdom.”

DESOPADEC: Community lauds

Okowa over appointment of Nani

By Chioma

Obinna

IDJERHE

Clan

Development Union,

ICDU, Worldwide,

yesterday, lauded Governor

Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State

for appointing one of her

political leaders, Chief John

Nani, as Executive Director,

Finance and Administration,

on the Board of Delta State

Oil Producing Areas

Development Commission,

DESOPADEC.

President-General of the

union, Chief Augustine

Omonode, who described

ICDU as the umbrella body

for all pan-Idjerhe socialcultural

organisations, in a

statement, said the entire

Idjerhe Kingdom was

pleased to identify with the

administration of the

governor for finding it worthy

to appoint their illustrious

son into a key position in

his administration.

Congratulating Nani for

his well-deserved

appointment, Omonode

said Nani had shown great

leadership qualities and had

severally delivered

dividends of democracy to

the people.

Omonode noted that Nani,

during his stint as

Commissioner for

Environment in Governor

Okowa’s first tenure, put up

an enviable performance that

uplifted the environmental

sector in the state.

He pointed out that the

reappointment and

deployment of Nani to the

board of DESOPADEC, did

not only speak volumes but

also an attestation by the

governor of his superlative

and excellent performance in

the first tenure.

Consultant, Independent

Mediation Consultancy

Services, said the lecture was

to update members on the

practice of personnel

management, urging the

participants to take the

lecture seriously.

In his goodwill message,

Delta State Head of Service,

Mr. Reginald Bayoko, who

was represented by

Permanent Secretary,

Ministry of Agriculture and

Natural Resources, Mr.

Austin Oghoro, said there

was no end to learning.

Earlier, Chairman of

CIPM, Delta State branch,

Mr. Ediri Otorie, while

applauding the participants

for their large turnout, said:

“We are in a constantly

changing world and

workplace issues evolve

every day, ranging across the

entire human resource value

chain.”


36—Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019


Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019 — 37

:Vanguard News

:@vanguardnews

State, community police solution to

insecurity — LM

Prestige Assurance stakeholders fund hits N8.1bn

By Prince Okafor

PRESTIGE Assurance

Plc said it recorded a

stakeholders fund in excess

of N8.1 billion in 2018 financial

period.

The Managing Director

and Chief Executive Office,

Prestige Assurance Plc, Dr.

Balla Swamy, disclosed this

during a chat with Vanguard

in Lagos, during the company’s

67th year anniversary in

Nigeria.

Prestige Assurance Plc is a

subsidiary company of the

New India Assurance Co.

Ltd and one of Nigeria’s general

insurance companies.

According to him, “As one

of the leading Insurance

companies in Nigeria, Prestige

has a stakeholders fund

in excess of N8.1 billion as at

2018 and has established a

•Calls on FG to respect rights of Nigerians

reputation for excellent delivery

of insurance products

and services.

“It is fully a Nigerian company

as the workforce including

its executive management

stands at 98 percent,

most professionally chartered

personnel with solid

technical expertise and skills

in their diverse areas of specialization

handling its operation.”

Swamy stated that the

speed of amicable settlement

of claims is the hallmark of

the insurance market.

“Our profile in this area

stands out and speaks for itself.

It is common knowledge

that the popular Dana Air incident

considered to be the

biggest calamity in the insurance

industry was settled by

Prestige Assurance Plc.

“The company took the

By Gabriel Ewepu, Abuja

AN opposition party, Lib

eration Movement,

LM, yesterday, tasked the

Federal Government on establishing

state and community

police as panacea to the

precarious insecurity challenge

bedevilling the country.

This was part of the address

delivered by the National

Chairman, LM, Dr Kris

David, at the party’s National

Convention held in Abuja,

with theme: ‘The State of the

Nation and The Way Forward’

where the party pointed

out the nation is facing

serious challenges.

Kris also stated that as

stakeholders in the Nigerian

project make bold to state

that these challenges plaguing

the nation could be tackled

based on their recommendations.

He also pointed that the

nation’s value system is serious

affected hence the

myriad of challenges besetting

the country, which are

traceable to wrong value system

accepted by most Nigerians,

therefore has brought

about inequality, mediocrity,

infrastructural deficit, low

productivity, religious, ethnic

and regional crisis.

The party also called for

diversification of the economy

from oil and gas to agriculture,

sports, entertainment,

tourism, technology,

and others.

He said: “As patriotic compatriots

and stakeholders in

the Nigeria project with firm

believe and convention in

the undistorted philosophy

(Equity and Prosperity) of our

great party, Liberation Movement,

we make bold at this

auspicious.''

challenge and settled all the

legal liability claims reported

to the tune of $42 million

with the support of the Insurance

Industry and foreign reinsurers,”

Swamy added.

•Dr Balla Swamy


38 — Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019

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MEETING:

Governor Seyi

Makinde of Oyo

State (middle); with

management of

3SC Football Club

(Shooting Star),

from left, Acting

Perm Sec, Ministry

of Sport, Mrs

Olubisi Adegoke;

Captain, Abiodun

Omololu; General

Manager, Mr

Rasheed Balogun

and Chairman,

Oyo State Football

Association, Oba

James Odeniran

during a meeting

the club

management team

held at Governor's

Office, Ibadan.

AAUA STUDENT'S RAPE: Randy soldier

docked, remanded in police custody

By Dayo Johnson

A dismissed KURE—THE

soldier,

Lance Corporal Sunday

Awolola, who allegedly

raped a 300-level student

of Adekunle Ajasin

University, Akungba

Akoko, AAUA, was

yesterday docked before a

Magistrate Court sitting in

Akure, the Ondo State

capital.

Awolola, 33, attached to

the 32 Artillery Brigade,

Akure, allegedly committed

the offence, which is

contrary to sections 357 and

358 of the the Criminal

Code Cap 37 Vol 1 Laws of

Ondo State 2006, at a

military checkpoint in

Ikare-Akoko in Akoko

North East Local Council of

the state.

The accused, who has

been dismissed by the

Army authorities, was

arraigned before a

Magistrate Court over a

one-count charge

bordering on rape. He

allegedly raped the student

of the Department of

Religious and African

Studies of the university on

July 31 at about 6.30pm

while she was returning to

her residence from the

Adeboye, Gowon, 6,192 Muslim, Christian

clerics to pray against insecurity

By Shina Abubakar

FOLLOWING the

spate of insecurity

in Nigeria, a nongovernmental

organisation, Save

Nigeria Project

Initiative, led by former

Head of State, General

Yakubu Gowon, retd, in

collaboration with the

Christian Association of

Nigeria, CAN and the

Muslim Community will

embark on a three-day

national prayer and fasting

programme tagged:

‘’Nigeria will be great

again.’’

In statement by its

National Coordinator, Dr.

Ademola Ekundayo, the

group said: “The

programme is in obedience

to the commandment of

God as revealed in a vision

during seven days praying

and fasting programme

embarked upon by

members of the SNPI to

make Nigeria great.

“Eight delegates,

comprising of four

Muslims and four

Christians are expected

from each of the 774

local governments areas

of the federation.”

Furthermore, the

group disclosed that the

national programme will

hold at the National

Ecumenical Centre and

National Mosque in Abuja

simultaneously in October.

It urged all patriotic

Nigerians to join the prayer

OSUN POLY: Parents commend mgt over ‘meagre

damages fees’

By Shina Abubakar

SOME parents of Osun

State Polytechnic, Iree

students, yesterday,

commended the

management of the

institution for charging the

undergraduates the sum of

N10,000 as damages fees.

The students had on June

1, 2019 burnt the school

health centre and a vehicle

while protesting the death

of one of their colleagues,

Aminu Shehu, an HND I

student, who died during

the suspended second

semester examination.

campus.

The Nigerian Army

authorities handed the

suspect over to the state

Police Command for

prosecution, last week.

The rape case attracted

interests from the

International Federation of

Women Lawyers, FIDA,

Ministry of Women Affairs,

and Office of the Wife of the

Governor.

Awolola was brought to

Court III of the

Magistrates’ Court by

officers of the State Police

Command.

The charge read: “That

you Sunday Awolola ‘M’ on

session in bid to make the

country great again.

Dignitaries expected at

the event include,

General Gowon; the

General Overseer,

Redeemed Christian

Church of God, Pastor

E.A Adeboye; Dr.

Oloyede Abdulraman,

Chief Imam, University of

Ibadan and others.

The deceased was said to

have fallen ill while writing

examination on Friday,

May 31, 2019 and was

not attended to at the

school clinic, leading the

irate students to

vandalise and burn

school properties.

A statement issued by

the school’s Public

Relations Officer, Mr

Tope Abiola, disclosed that

the parents under the

auspices of Vanguard for

Good parenting, VGP,

led by Chief Michael

Ogundaisi, who visited

the Acting Rector, Dr.

Olawoye Olaniran in his

office, said that the

the 31st day of July, 2019

at about 6:30pm at Ikare

Akoko Military Checkpoint

did unlawfully have carnal

knowledge of... (name

withheld) and thereby

committed an offence

contrary to Section 357 and

Punishable Under Section

358 of the Criminal Code

Cap 37 Vol. 1 Laws of the

Ondo State of Nigeria

2006.”

The charge was,

however, not read to the

accused because his

Counsel, Kayode Idowu,

said he was just being

served with the charge

against his client.

Idowu asked for 24 hours

to study the charge and file

his response and

application for bail.

The Police Prosecutor,

Adeoye Adesegun, did not

oppose the application. He

asked that the suspect be

remanded in prison in

order for the police to gather

more facts on the case.

The FIDA Chairperson,

Bola Joel-Ogundadegbe,

said that what was done

was just for the defendant

to appear before the court,

stressing that the defendant

has not properly been

arraigned.

decision of the authorities

of the institution to charge

such a meagre amount is

highly commendable and

compassionate,

considering the extent of

damage done to the

institution on June 1, 2019.

“The VGP during a

courtesy visit to the

institution thanked the

acting rector and other

members of Management

for their kind gesture,

saying initially we were

expecting a charge of about

thirty-five thousand naira

(N35,000.00) considering

the huge damage done by

the students and economic

reality of the country.''

Makinde to swear in

commissioner-nominees today

By Adeola Badru

I GOVERNOR B A D A N Seyi


Makinde of Oyo State will

today (Thursday) swear in

his commissioner-nominees

at the Executive Council

Chambers of the Governor’s

Office.

The House of Assembly,

last week, screened and

cleared 14 nominees at the

plenary.

The governor dropped the

hint, yesterday, while

receiving in audience

members and management

team of the state Shooting

Stars Sports Club, popularly

known as ‘Oluyole Warriors’

in his office.

During the extended

stakeholders meeting of the

sports club with him,

Makinde expressed the

commitment of his

administration to

adequately fund the club to

boost its performance.

His words: “I have heard

all what you had to say, your

disappointment. I am also

disappointed and some of

you here, we have

interacted before. Some of

the challenges that you have

mentioned, are

surmountable. I have been

in this state, early 80s when

Leventis United got

promoted from Division 3 to

2 to 1 in two seasons.”

“I am also a die-hard

supporter of 3SC. Of

course I understand that

you have to be motivated,

also I understand that in

football and sports

By Dayo Johnson

AKURE—THE

All

Progressives

Congress, APC, in Ondo

State, yesterday, said that

the 2020 governorship

election would be a walk

over for the party.

It said in a statement in

Akure by its Publicity

Secretary, Alex Kalejaye,

that the indicators are

unambiguous.

The statement read in

part: “The party is elated to

currently lead a

government that is sensitive

and responsive to the

needs and overall wellbeing

of the good people

of the state. To this end, we

harbour no doubts that

God is happy with the

APC-led government and

the people are rejoicing.

“Contrary to speculative

analyses, some of which

are designed to explore

underlying motives, the

Ondo State chapter of the

APC is neither dying nor

growing weak.

“The State Executive is

not factionalised or

disenchanted with a

government that has made

the party proud, and

created an atmosphere of

confidence and trust

between government and

the governed.

generally, welfare is the

key. We have seen athletes

leave Nigeria to go adorn

the colours of other

countries. So, if we cannot

make these things

worthwhile for the players

and the people charged

with the administration of

sports and especially

football, then we will

continue to have these

pains, which I could see

everybody felt, because we

couldn’t get the promotion.”

The governor then

disclosed he would appoint

a Special Assistant in the

Governor’s Office to look

after the 3SC and the

Crown Football Club

Ogbomosho.

“We are doing this so that

we can have the required

attention and I also promise

you that I will attend some

of your matches. We will do

everything possible to

ensure that my charge to

you, which is Shooting Stars

must get promoted after this

season. Everything that we

are suppose to do, we will

do. Areas where you think,

you have to fortify, by all

means, send your proposal

to us and we will treat it

with dispatch.”

“I am not here to dwell in

the past, but here to listen

to what you have you have

to say but for us to go back

and put structures in place

that will allow you to

achieve these objectives. If

you don’t, after giving you

everything, then you

shouldn’t change your

mind about resigning.”

ONDO 2020: ‘It’ll be walk-over

for APC’

“The State Working

Committee, SWC, for

example, is deeply

preoccupied with its

continuous duty of

ensuring, and sustaining

oneness and unity of

members without

prejudice. The SWC has no

regards for camps or

groups.

“The APC-led

government has never

slacked in the construction

of quality roads, provision

of portable water, massive

investment in Agriculture

and the health sector,

creation of industrial hub in

the State. All these are

being done without

compromising on the

welfare and morale of the

engine-room of

government.

“ lt is germane to state

emphatically that no

serious-mind government,

that is determined to make

indelible marks, can

jettison the above activities

for weekly empowerment.

“We appreciate the

untainted efforts and

sacrifices of leaders that are

forward-looking on matters

of concern to the State

chapter. The party is further

banking on the

unprecedented goodwill of

the people, come next year,

to ride on waves of electoral

victory, and sustainability of

developmental strides.’’


Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019 — 39

Isheri Day tragedy: Soldiers kill two youths, injure

others •CP Ogun orders investigation into killing

By Evelyn Usman, Esther

Onyegbolam & Daud

Olatunji

THE annual ‘Isheri Day’

celebration was

marred by tragedy on Monday,

after two youths were allegedly

killed by drunk soldiers

suspected to be from

Ikeja Cantonment, during an

altercation that resulted in a

fight, at Isheri Olofin area

of Ogun State.

This is coming barely one

week after three operatives

of the Inspector-General of

Police Intelligence Response

Team, IRT and two civilians

were shot dead by troops of

the 93 Battalion, along Ibi-

Jalingo Road, Taraba State.

Vanguard gathered that

the soldiers who were officially

posted to Kara Market,

in Ogun State, accompanied

son of owner of the

market, identified simply as

Damola, to venue of the festival.

Explaining how tragedy

struck, the Personal Assistant

to the Oba of Isheri, Saheed

Adeshina, said, “ On Monday,

being August 12, 2019,

we were celebrating our annual

Isheri Day’ festival

when Tiri Damola, son of

owner of Kara Market came

to the venue with some soldiers

who acted as his body

guards. We did not invite the

soldiers to the ceremony.

They were meant to secure

the market.

The soldiers were drunk.

We learnt that they started

drinking since 9a.m, at the

Golden Spring Hotel. One of

them (soldiers) brought out

a knife, as he led Damola to

his seat. The knife slit one of

the Base leaders, Adekunle’s

hand, inflicting a deep cut.

“This caused confusion as

everyone started asking the

soldier why he did that. The

soldier pointed his gun at me

and everyone ran away in

fear. In our attempt to chase

the soldiers away, they shot

a man in the leg . Another

man was also shot. At this

point, everyone, including

women and children had

fled in different directions for

safety”

Injured man stabbed

to death in the hospital

A man identified as Nuru

Tayeshe, aka baby no dey cry

said to have been urinating

on the road, away from Local

Government Primary,

where fight broke out, was

also hit by a bullet from the

soldiers.

Another man, Dare Adelani,

popularly called Atiku,

who was shot was rushed to

GENTALBERT Hospital. But

the soldiers as gathered,

trailed him to the hospital

and stabbed him to death.

Information at Vanguard’s

disposal had it that in the

ensuing melee, angry youths

attacked some of the soldiers,

inflicting injury on one

of them.

However, Saheed, said

that the injured soldier, fell

inside a gutter in his bid to

shoot a commercial motorcyclist.

Explaining how injured

Adelani was killed by

•Late Dare Adelani aka

Atiku

•Adekunle (one of the

victims who was stabbed

on his hand)

•Ayobami Babatunde and Rashidi Adeleke (two other

victims who were shot)

the soldiers in the hospital,

Saheed, said, “ One of the

soldiers wanted to shoot a

bike man but he fell into the

gutter and sustained injury

on the head. He was rushed

to the hospital for treatment.

By the time his colleagues

went to visit him at the hospital,

they met one of our

boys being treated by doctors.

The soldiers ordered

the doctors to stop treatment

on the injured man.

Right in front of everyone,

they dragged the man down

from the bed and stabbed

him continuously, until he

died.

When Vanguard visited the

Palace of the traditional rul-

er, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, he

confirmed that the incident

occurred at about 7.30pm on

Monday, adding that three

persons were killed by the

soldiers.

He said, “I heard the gunshots

and saw people running

helter-skelter. I called

my children and asked what

was happening, they said

that soldiers had shot some

people. Three persons died:

one died on the spot while

two persons who were

rushed to the hospital also

died, with several others injured.

I need the authority to

investigate this incident to

know what has happened

and bring the perpetrators

•Oba Kabiru Shotobi, the Olofin Adimula of Isheri

and Aworiland.

•The Primary School where the botched ceremony

held.

to book”.

My late brother was

on his way to work

Elder brother of late Adelani,

Saheed Jimoh, said the

deceased, 31, was going to

work when he was stabbed

to death.

He said, “He worked as a

private guard at Opic. He

was on his way to work

when he was stabbed in the

stomach. Not done, one of

the soldiers shot him. When

we rushed him to the hospital

to see if he could be revived,

the solders traced him

to the hospital and finished

what they started. All we demand

is justice”.

When Vanguard visited

venue of the marred celebration

at the Local Government

Primary School, there

were blood stains at the entrance.

Survivors accounts

Narrating how he narrowly

escaped being killed, one

of those who survived the

gunshots, Adekunle, said he

was the first person to be inflicted

with injury.

He said, “I was at the venue

of the ceremony , when

the soldiers stormed there.

Two of them were in their

camouflage while two others

were in mufti. Some of

them came in a motorcycle.

They fired some shots to announce

their presence. They

were provoked because we

asked what reputation had

the person they led to the

venue. When the chaos started,

we tried to secure the soldiers,

safety by leading them

out of the school premises.

But they started firing some

shots in front of the school.

One of the bullets hit Adelani

who was urinating.

Another survivor, 32-yearold

Ayobami Babatunde, an

electrician, survived gun

shot wound in the stomach.

Also, Rasheed Adeleke, survived

a gun shot wound in

the leg.

CP Ogun orders

investigation

Meanwhile, the Ogun

State Commissioner of Police,

CP Bashir Makama,

has ordered a full scale investigation

into the incident,

with a view to bringing

the perpetrators to

book.

A statement issued by the

Ogun State Police Public

Relations Officer, DSP

Abimbola Oyeyemi, said,"

Credible Information at the

disposal of the Command

has it that on the said date,

four personnel of the Nigerian

Army believed to be

from Ikeja Cantonment and

posted to Kara Market, left

their beats and went to Isheri

Olofin, a border town between

Lagos and Ogun state

where indigenes of the town

were celebrating their annual

“Isheri Day” .

"The soldiers had a minor

disagreement with some

youths which made them

to start shooting sporadically

into the air. "Consequently,

one Damilare Adelani,

was hit by bullets and he died

on the spot. The ugly incident

infuriated the people at

the scene who in turn reacted

violently against the soldiers

leaving one of the soldiers

and three other civilians

injured.

"The soldiers quickly took

their injured colleague to a

hospital (name with-held)

where they met one of the injured

civilians being attended

to by a Medical Doctor

on duty. The Statement from

the officials of the hospital

revealed that the soldiers

ordered the doctor on gunpoint,

to leave the injured

man and attend to their colleague.

They then dragged

the patient out of the bed and

subsequently stabbed him to

death with a Bayonet attached

to the muzzle of his

rifle.

As at time of writing this

report, the Nigerian Army

was yet to react to the incident.

Our troops did not

kill anyone — Army

However, the Army said

nobody was killed by its

troops at isheri Olofin.

A statement signed by the

Acting Deputy Director,

Army Public Information,

Lieutenant Colonel Olaolu

Daudu, said, “ The attention

of 81 Division Nigerian

Army has been drawn to a

news story insinuating that

soldiers of 9 Brigade on patrol

were involved in the killing

of three persons in Isheri

Olofin Community of

Kosofe Local Government

Area of Lagos State on August

13, 2019.

“ The 81 Division hereby

states that the patrol team

in response to a distressed

call, made a prompt intervention

to forestall bloody

clash among the “Isheri

boys” who are allegedly referred

to as a dangerous cult

group terrorizing the community.

“It is important to also

state that there was no firing

or exchange of fire between

the troops and the alleged

cult group throughout

the period of the troops’ intervention.

However, one of

our soldiers got a deep cut

on the head arising from

the troops’ efforts to avert lethal

conflict in the community.

The wounded has been

evacuated to Gentalbert

Hospital for first aid treatment

from where he was

subsequently transferred to

the Military Hospital. He is

responding to treatment at

the moment. Peace has since

been restored to the affected

area.

“Members of the public

are requested to disregard

the news indicating the so

called killing of three people

in the area. The news is

baseless and is therefore

fake.

The General Officer Commanding

81 Division, Nigerian

Army, Maj Gen JO Irefin

once again assures the

public of the resolve of the

Division to protect life and

properties of all law abiding

citizens of the State and

environs while urging the

people to continue with

their legitimate routine activities

unhindered”.


40 — Vanguard, THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2019

The deadly army, police tango in Taraba

IT wasn’t a tango in the literal sense of a

salsa or rhumba. No! If it were, Nigerians

would not have been as shocked as they are

right now. It was not a friendly fire, either.

Neither was it a mistake. This is cold-blooded

murder. Simple! And the question is:

Why? Many before now had come to the

conclusion that nothing really shocks Nigerians

anymore. We have seen it all - man at his bestial

worst. What could be crueler than cutting open

the stomach of a pregnant woman to ensure

that not even the foetus survives? Or come to

think of it, what could be more brutish than

strapping bombs around the waist of a 10-yearold

girl and detonating same with some remote

mechanism from a distance? Despite all these,

there was something about the deadly

encounter between officers of the Nigerian

army and police in Taraba State last week that

many are yet to wrap their heads around.

As I wrote last week, Nigeria has become a

country of one day, many troubles. Last week,

the story that dominated headlines was the

aborted #RevolutionNow protest and the

preemptive arrest of the public face of that

gambit, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, by officers of the

Department of State Services, DSS. Sowore is

still a guest of the DSS; the secret police having

gone to court to get permission to hold him for

45 days. Since then, a lot has happened: The

government finally obeyed court order by letting

Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, leader of the now

proscribed Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN,

and his wife, Zeenat, go for medical treatment

in India.

Almost five years after the 2015 elections, and

in the heat of a puzzle before the Appeal Court

sitting as the Presidential Election Petitions

Tribunal, as to whether the Independent

National Electoral Commission, INEC, had a

central server in 2019, the Economic and

Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,

suddenly remembered that the man who

pioneered the information technology

revolution during his time as INEC chairman,

Prof. Maurice Iwu, was a PDP agent through

whom N1.2 billion slush funds were laundered.

Iwu has been charged to court with the judge

giving impossible bail conditions on the eve of

a long weekend that included public holidays.

He is still in EFCC custody. Just like Iwu, the

lawyer and son-in-law of the PDP presidential

candidate in the 2019 elections, Atiku

Abubakar, were arrested for money laundering.

Not a few are beginning to read meanings into

these arrests. Have they anything to do with

the case at the tribunal? Will they serve the

ends of justice or are intended to harass,

intimidate and blunt the sharp edges of the

sword of justice? Time will tell! All of a sudden,

the Sowore story is no longer the big, succulent

pie to editors. Nigerians have moved on,

particularly when out of the blues, another crisis

blew open.

On August 7, the police accused officers of a

sister security agency, the army, of brutally

killing three police operatives and one civilian

on a security assignment in Taraba State. The

details are as grisly as the story is unbelievable.

The allegation is unprecedented. A statement

by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank

Mba, gave the details. “Police operatives led

by ASP Felix Adolije of the Intelligence

Response Team, IRT, came under sudden attack

and serious shooting by soldiers of the Nigerian

Army, along Ibi - Jalingo Road, Taraba State.”

The gory and incredulous details said the police

operatives, having successfully accomplished

their mission in Taraba of arresting the

suspected kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala, a.k.a.,

Wadume, were on their way to the command

headquarters in Jalingo, when soldiers of the

93 Battalion, Takum, rained their bullets on

them.

“Three policemen (comprising one inspector

and two sergeants) and one civilian died as a

result of gunshot injuries sustained in the

attack while others sustained serious gunshot

wounds,” police lamented. As if that was not

bizarre enough, the soldiers, thereafter,

released the handcuffed suspect, an alleged

notorious kingpin, on the police wanted list for

his alleged complicity in several high-profile

kidnap cases. An enraged Inspector General

of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu, ordered

full-fledged investigations.

With its back on the wall, the army while

acknowledging the tragedy, pushed back. In a

statement by Colonel Sagir Musa, Acting

Director Army Public Relations, the army

blamed the “unprofessionalism” of the slain

policemen for the tragedy having, allegedly,

not adhered to established protocols of liaising

with the state police command when they

arrived Taraba, thereby creating room for

suspicion. The troops that killed the policemen

were responding to a distress call to rescue a

kidnapped victim, the army claimed. If the

soldiers were to be believed, in a

sudden twist of fate, the police

officers sent from Abuja became

suspected kidnap kingpins while

the already arrested suspect

became a victim.

According to the army, the

suspected kidnappers (policemen)

flagrantly refused to stop when they

were halted by troops at three consecutive

checkpoints, thus leading to a hot chase and a

shootout. “In the resultant fire fight,” the army

further claimed, “four suspects were shot and

died on the spot while four others sustained

various degrees of gunshot wounds and two

others reportedly missing. It was only after this

avoidable outcome that one of the wounded

suspects disclosed the fact that they were

indeed policemen dispatched from Nigeria

Police, Force Headquarters, Abuja, for a covert

assignment.”

President Muhammad Buhari, Commanderin-Chief

of Nigerian Armed Forces, waded into

the matter by convening a topnotch security

meeting and setting up a committee on the

troubling saga. It is instructive that IGP

Abubakar not only stayed away from that

meeting but the police publicly joined issues

with the army same day, pointedly accusing

the force of lying. Calling the statement by the

army insensitive, disrespectful and unpatriotic,

the police put a damper on all the alibis by

raising fundamental posers and challenging

the army to tell Nigerians, if they are sure of

their claims, the identity of the whistleblower(s)

who squeaked on their officers in Taraba.

But most importantly, the police in the

statement tagged “Setting the record

straight”, asked the Nigerian army to explain

the whereabouts of the kidnap suspect.

Mindful of “the best tradition of esprit de corps,

inter-agency harmony and national interest,”

but accusing, nevertheless, the Nigerian army

of “seeking to justify the unprovoked and

unwarranted murder of three police officers and

one civilian, and serious injury to other

operatives, who were on legitimate criminal

investigation activities to Taraba State,” the

police asked: “Where is Alhaji Hamisu Bala

If Nigerian troops will

gruesomely murder police

officers as alleged in order to

set free an arrested kidnap

kingpin, then we are doomed

Wadume? How and why was … Wadume

released by the soldiers? How could a kidnap

suspect properly restrained with handcuffs by

the police escape from the hands of his military

rescuers? If Alhaji Hamisu Bala Wadume is a

victim of kidnap as claimed, and properly

rescued by soldiers, why was he not taken to

the army base for documentation purposes and

debriefing in line with the standard operating

procedure in the Nigerian Army?”

The statement went further to state that:

“The presence of the IRT personnel was well

known to the Taraba Police Command as the

operatives officially and properly documented

not only at the State Command Headquarters

but also at the Wukari Area Command and the

Ibi Divisional Headquarters. As a matter of fact,

some of the detectives from the Taraba State

Command’s Criminal Investigation

Department, CID, were part of the operation,”

police said. A video recording of the crime

which has since gone viral seems to corroborate

police’s claim that the soldiers shot and killed,

execution style, their operatives at close range

even after they had identified themselves.

Army’s response this time was subdued.

Accusing the police of incitement, the military

high command cautioned their officers and men

to be wary of any encounter with them. This is

a huge embarrassment to the country. There

is no way the army will come out of this mess

smelling rose. By stoutly defending the

circumstances that led to the gruesome killings

which turned out to be false alibi, the military

high command wittingly or unwittingly took

ownership of the mess. Turning around to

accuse the police of incitement is disingenuous.

Beyond all these, the Taraba massacre puts a

damning spotlight on insecurity in the country

and the role of the military. Many strongly hold

the opinion that the only reason the war

against insurgency has become unwinnable is

because the drive has become a multi-billion

naira industry for security officers.

Sometime ago, General Theophilus

Danjuma, former chief of army staff and defence

minister, who incidentally hails from Taraba

State, accused Nigerian soldiers of colluding

with terrorists to kill his people. This Taraba

massacre can only accentuate such scary

conspiracy theory. If Nigerian troops will

gruesomely murder police officers as alleged

in order to set free an arrested kidnap kingpin,

then we are doomed. To avoid all doubts,

Nigerians deserve to know what actually

happened along the Ibi-Jalingo Road on

Tuesday, August 6.

Sekibo, Heritage Bank and the food boom

By Chuks Iloegbunam

NIGERIA has it on the authority of Mr.

Godwin Emefiele, the Central Bank

governor, that the country spends in excess of

$500 million annually on the importation of

palm oil alone. That is more than a whopping

N180 billion every 12 months for a commodity

the country was previously the largest exporter

of. For a broad swathe of the country, the

untenable situation passed off like just another

news item. But, for Mr. Ifie Sekibo, the

managing director/chief executive officer of

Heritage Bank Plc, the development is not only

scandalous but urgently deserving of stoppage

and reversal.

It is easy to pinpoint the reason behind Mr.

Sekibo’s outrage. In the 1960s, Nigeria was

the world leader in palm oil production and

exportation, accounting for 40 percent of the

world market. Countries like Indonesia and

Malaysia came to Nigeria to pick and collect

palm seedlings for cultivation in their countries.

Today, they are the principal entities reaping

humongous export profits from Nigeria’s

relentless pacification of its palate’s craving

for palm oil, and its dependence on other

derivatives of the palm fruit like margarine,

soap, toothpaste and medicines. Yet, Nigeria’s

South-East and South-South geopolitical

zones still retain such land arability that made

it the centre of palm oil in the days before and

immediately after political independence.

Nigeria’s current situation as a net importer

of palm oil is as absurd as an Ngwo indigene

of Enugu State importing coal, or a desertbound

Arab buying sand.

Fortunately, the Heritage Bank’s boss stands

out of the pack that only sees and readily

compartmentalizes Nigeria’s multifarious

handicaps but remains numb, dumb and

inactive. This is for the simple reason that he

sits at the apex of a financial institution that

has devised a full-proof means of turning

around the unfortunate reality of wasting

money on things that nationals of this country

should be enjoying and, additionally, exporting

for huge profits. That is why Heritage Bank is

into a scheme to help relaunch Nigeria as a

globally recognized agricultural juggernaut.

This is saying that Heritage Bank’s interest is

not tied to farming of

the cultivation and

harvesting alone, but

is also aimed at

animal husbandry

and dairy farming.

This is Mr. Sekibo’s

articulation of what he

and his team of gogetters

are into: “We

provide innovative

services. To us,

Nigeria’s

current

situation as a

net importer

of palm oil is

absurd

innovation isn’t only

about creating something new, it is also about

taking something that exists and transforming

it into something bigger and better. As a new

entrant to the banking sector, our edge is that

we are starting from where our competitors

stopped while being able to avoid all the

mistakes they made along the way. Having

imbibed a culture of continuous innovation, I

am confident of Heritage Bank’s ability to

adapt to envisaged customer and sector

changes.”

This overall entrepreneurial viewpoint can

forensically be examined against the

backdrop of the former Eastern Nigeria, which

today is the South-East, and the South-South

geopolitical zones, minus Delta and Edo

States. During the First Republic, when Dr. M.

I. Okpara was the Premier of the Eastern

Region, there was no talk of hunger or

starvation; it was a season of multi-sectoral

developments that peaked in the agricultural

sector. To quote from a public lecture I

delivered last year, “When Okpara took

charge in 1959, he saw to the inauguration of

the University of Nigeria. He established the

university’s College of Agriculture in Ogoja.

His entire agricultural programme, modelled

after the Israeli Kibbutz, translated the various

farm settlements he established in key parts

of the East and ultimately made Eastern

Nigeria the country’s breadbasket by 1965. It

is a matter of public record that, by 1965,

school children in Eastern schools were having

an egg each for their breakfasts in Eastern

schools as a result of the quantum of eggs

•Ifie Sekibo

produced in the Region.”

After M. I. Okpara, and after the Nigeria-

Biafra War, everything went to pieces, to the

extent that the people’s transition from

starvation diets to famine is possibly as close

as the wink. It is this contingency that Mr.

Sekibo is viscerally against. His antipathy for

it is seen in the scheme his bank has set up to

revive agriculture in Nigeria, but especially

the South East. True, three renown Anambra

businessmen - Chief Innocent Chukwuma of

the Innoson Group, Chief Ifeanyi Uba of

Capital Oil and Chief Ernest Obiejezie of

ObiJackson Consolidated - have thrown their

entrepreneurial cap in the ring to foster

largescale cattle ranching. This is

praiseworthy. Mr. Sekibo acknowledges the

healthy development but argues that,

although three is good, 300 is infinitely better.