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Vanguard Newspaper 11 September 2019

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VOL. 26: NO. 63894 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

ong>BAILOUTong>: ong>Pressureong> on states

as FG starts deductions

•Cuts 2020 budget projections to N9.789 trn

•Reduces capital expenditure to N2trn

•Says fiscal challenges requires bold, decisive actions

IMN claims 12 killed as Police disperse

8

members on street procession; no casualty, say

Police AAC

PETITION:

Court rules

Friday

COLUMNISTS

12

How I stopped

Jonathan from giving

life pension, immunity

to NASS members

—ADOKE

41

CHART: PRINCE OKAFOR

Abducted Maths

professor

6

murdered in Ondo

FASAN 32 DEAR BUNMI 43 AFE 45 INSIGHT 23

SEE

INSIDE

STORY

ON PAGE

5

Atiku Vs

Buhari:

Anxiety as

tribunal

delivers

judgement

today 8

I'll treat

Boko

Haram

as

bandits

—BUHARI

Mr & Mrs

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ong>BAILOUTong>: ong>Pressureong> on states as FG

starts deductions

By Emma Ujah,

Abuja Bureau Chief

ABUJA —

Finances of state

governments

may come under

pressure as the Federal

Government starts

deductions of the N662

billion bailout funds

begin this month.

Minister of Finance,

Budget and National

Planning, Mrs. Zainab

Ahmed, who disclosed

this in Abuja yesterday,

also said the government

plans to cut 2020 budget

to N9.789 trillion, down

from the current

N10.068trillion.

She said: “The loan

came from the CBN

(Central Bank of

Nigeria) and will return

there. Recoveries will

start from the next FAAC

(Federation Accounts

Allocation Committee)

meeting where federally

collected revenues are

distributed among the

three tiers of

government). We will

deduct at source and

return it to CBN.”

According to the

minister, the deductions

at source from the

benefitting states will

start this month.

The total amount that

states governments are

expected to repay to the

Federal Government

amounts to N662 billion,

broken down into N324

billion from Debt

Management Office,

DMO and N338 billion

from the Central Bank of

Nigeria, CBN.

The DMO portion at

N14.83 per cent was a

conversion of the debt of

states to long-term bonds

at a rate of 14.3 per cent

payable over a period of

20 years, while the

CBN’s loans to 27 states

for payment of

outstanding salaries is at

a rate of 9 per cent over

a period of 20 years.

States with the largest

exposure include Kogi,

N50.84 billion; Osun,

N35 billion; and Benue,

N28 billion.

Osun State is the most

indebted, with CBN

component of N88.6

billion plus N35 billion,

bringing the Federal

Government’s

sponsored debt to

N123.6 billion, followed

by Delta with N69.8

billion DMO bond and

N10 billion CBN loan,

bringing its total

exposure to N79.8

billion.

Ogun State came third

with N55.4 billion DMO

exposure plus N20

billion exposure to CBN,

which brings its total

indebtedness to the

Federal Government to

N75.4 billion.

FG cutting 2020

budget to N9.7

trn

The minister in a

document released

yesterday, also said the

Federal Government had

plans to cut its 2020

budget to N9.789 trillion,

down from the current

N10.068 trillion.

The figure was

contained in the Draft

2020-2022 Medium Term

Economic Framework

and Fiscal Strategy

Paper (MTEF/FSP).

If retained, next year’s

budget would be lower

than the 2019 budget by

about N279.266 billion.

The document

indicated a total federal

revenue expectation of

N7.634 trillion which

would, however, be

slightly higher than the

2019 revenue projection

of N7.594 trillion.

The detailed

expenditure outlook for

the next three years

indicated that in 2021,

the Federal Government

would spend N10.110

trillion, which will be

raised to N10.418 trillion

in 2022.

On the revenue side, it

projected N 7.634 in

2020; N7. 856 trillion in

2021; and N7.8655 in

2022.

The MTEF/FSP

presented by the

minister indicated that

the federal government

would drastically cut

capital expenditure in

the 2020 budget to N2.

053 trillion from the

current N3.184 trillion,

due to fiscal challenges

confronting the nation

and increasing

personnel costs.

She said: “The draft

2020-2022 Medium Term

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Should NCC regulate internet use in Nigeria? (2)

By Bose Adelaja, Olayinka Latona

& Chiamaka Uba

Regulation

and

policing of the

cyberspace is long

overdue. This would

encourage positive

engagements and

reduce internet fraud.

NCC should also look

into regulating the

effectiveness of our

network providers. I

believe this should

also be a priority on

their list.

-Damilola Queen

Corps member.

Regulation without

adequate monitoring

equals futility. Besides, most

of the transactions done in

this part of the globe are

mainly internet-based.

Regulation isn’t necessary in

my opinion. I would suggest

that NCC puts a ban on

certain cyber sites that

promote promiscuity, fraud,

cybercrimes etc. These sites

wrongly educate its

subscribers and as such,

negatively influence them.

Efforts channelled in this

direction will cause a

redirection in internet use.

-Anaegbunam Arinze

Student

I

strongly agree

that NCC should

regulate the use of

Internet in Nigeria. The

internet of course, has

been useful in diverse

ways, in terms of

education, seeking

knowledge and so on.

However, the nonregulation

has led to

some dishonest ones

carrying out illegal acts

such as fraud via the

Internet. The regulation

will serve as a check.

-Idebi Faith

Corps member

Government should

regulate the use of

internet because some

have capitalized on this

to map out strategies for

kidnapping, hacking

bank accounts,

fraudulent internet

banking, examination

malpractice, forgery,

falsification and other

wrong uses of the

internet. We should not

fold our arms and watch

things deteriorate, so

regulation is a must.

-Sola Adedeji

B u i l d e r

It will be a great

progress towards

creating a sane

environment for

internet users and

social media in

particular. It will curb to

an extent, cyber

bullying, hate speech

and menace of keyboard

warriors who use

anonymity to perpetrate

evil online thereby

making the internet

unsafe for all. It’s a

welcome development.

- Afolayanka Semilore

Linguist

No, the NCC should

not regulate the use of

the internet because that is

one platform where most

people feel comfortable to

speak up. Nigerians find

it difficult to be heard in so

many areas especially

when it comes to the

government on pressing

issues. The internet has

served as a means of

communication between

the people and

government, and all other

organisations.

-Akande Oluwafunmilade

Entrepreneur


6—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

200 bandits sack Niger communities, kidnap 6

By Wole Mosadomi

M INNA—GUNMEN

numbering about 200,

Monday, invaded some

communities in Rafi Local

Government area of Niger State

and sacked members of the

communities.

Armed with guns, daggers

cutlasses among other weapons,

the bandits were said to have

stormed the communities in the

afternoon and started shooting

sporadically, as they drove freely

from one street to the other and

Soldier abandons

fight against

insurgents, goes

for robbery

By Umar Yusuf

YOLA—A serving soldier,

who was on special

assignment in the current fight

against the Boko Haram

insurgents in Mungonu Local

Government Area of Borno

State has been apprehended

alongside one other for alleged

robbery and car snatching in

Yola.

Parading the two suspects in

Yola, the Public Relations

Officer of Adamawa State

Police Command, DSP

Sulaiman Nguroje, said the

incident happened on Tuesday

at 1a.m., near the popular

Target Junction in the state

capital.

According to Nguroje, “the

suspects accosted a lady along

Target Junction and ordered

her to surrender her Toyota

Camry car at gunpoint, which

she did.

“Luckily enough, the matter

was reported to policemen on

duty along Target Junction,

who swung into action

immediately, in collaboration

with vigilante operatives, and

arrested the suspects.

“We were able to recover the

car, an AK-47 rifle and 35

rounds of ammunition from the

suspects.”

During interrogation by

newsmen, the soldier who

identified himself as Dampa

Hyellambamun, said he was on

special operations in

Monguno.

“I got a pass to come to Yola

from my base in Monguno and

the pass had expired since

August 10,” he said.

Asked why he resorted to

robbing innocent people

instead of defending them, the

soldier said he was forced to

resort to self-help because he

had neither received his salary

nor allowance for a long time.

He said: “I was given a gun

without salary and allowance.

What do you want me to do

when I’m on the verge of

starvation?”

The two suspects, according

to the Police spokesman, will

appear in court as soon as

investigations were completed.

one house to the other,

demanding for money and other

valuables from residents.

Besides cash and other

valuables stolen, the bandits were

also said to have rustled some

cows, sheep and goats from the

communities.

The raid, which led to a

stampede, many of the villagers,

mostly women and children,

suffered injuries during, with no

fewer than six of them

kidnapped.

Vanguard gathered that

villagers that escaped

Police recover decomposing body of abducted Applied

Maths prof

By Dayo Johnson

AKURE—THE abducted

Professor of Applied

Mathematics and Acting Dean,

School of Postgraduate Studies,

University of Science and

Technology, OSUSTECH,

Okitipupa, Ondo State, Professor

Gideon Okedayo, has been

murdered.

The late Okedayo, who was of

the Department of Mathematical

Sciences, was abducted

alongside his driver on September

5, on Auchi Road on his way to

his hometown in Igara, Edo State.

Reports had it that the driver

was later released after which he

reported to the Police. Detectives

from Edo State Police Command

have, on Saturday, found his

official vehicle, a Toyota Corolla

car with number plates 06X47OD,

where it was abandoned by his

kidnappers.

Findings showed that his

abductors did not contact his

family for ransom, fuelling

speculation that he might have

been murdered few hours after he

was kidnapped.

His decomposing corpse was

said to have been discovered on

Monday in a bush of about 15

metres from where he was

kidnapped.

Meanwhile, the incident has

thrown the institution into

mourning.

Speaking with Vanguard in

confidence, one of his colleague

said: “The body of the lecturer was

found inside a bush. It is sad.

They have killed Professor

Okedayo. We learned about his

gruesome killing yesterday

(Monday) night.

“We were called from the Police

Station and told they have found

his body. They confirmed to us

that he must have been

murdered by his abductors. This

is just a sad moment for all of us

at the university.”

Chairman of the OSUSTECH

chapter of the Academic Staff

Union of Universities, ASUU, Dr.

Dipo Akomolafe, said ASUU and

the university community had

been thrown into disarray and

were saddened by the

development.

He said: “His decomposing

body was found in the bush. This

immediately relocated to

neighbouring communities on

motorcycles across a stream, while

others went to Kagara,

headquarters of Rafi Local

Government area.

Most of them, it was gathered,

left their property behind as they

ran for their lives.

Some of them are temporarily

sleeping at the Ahmadu Attaihiru

Secondary School and Lafene

Primary School, Kagara.

Contacted, Director-General of

the State Emergency

Management Agency, Alhaji

Professor Okedayo

is so sad to ASUU and his family

members because the abductors

never called anybody, whether

ASUU or Okedayo’s family, for

ransom.”

Also, Chairman, Joint Action

By Evelyn Usman

THE lifeless body of a

Lebanese, Bassan Khodari,

was, yesterday, found inside a

septic tank in his house at 26

Bombay Crescent, Apapa, Lagos.

He was alleged to have been

murdered by his domestic

workers, who are on the run.

Late Khodari, who relocated to

Abuja, left his house in the care

of his domestic staff. He travelled

to Lebanon and returned to his

Apapa home on Monday.

He was said to have expressed

surprise on noticing strange faces

in his house, which had been

Ibrahim Inga, confirmed the

incident, describing it as

unfortunate. He added that the

local government was handling

the matter until the state

government takes over.

“The state government is aware

of it and we are strategising and

liaising with the Police and other

security agencies to move to the

affected areas,” he added.

Public Relations Officer of the

state Police Command, DSP

Muhammed Abubakar, also

confirmed the incident, but added

that the Command was not aware

Committee of Staff Unions of the

Institution, Temidayo Temola,

said in his reaction that “we are

devastated and in disarray. It’s a

big loss to the university

community. We have lost a man

looted. Upon inquiry, he was

informed that the strangers were

brought in by his gateman.

He reportedly engaged his

gateman in a verbal confrontation

and ordered him and the

strangers to leave his apartment

the next day. But his remains were

found in a septic tank yesterday.

One of his relatives, said to have

visited yesterday morning,

reportedly met the gate opened.

A neighbour, who simply gave

his name as Chief Chionye Nze,

said: “We did not know what

happened until we saw some

policemen here. We were told that

the Lebanese’s relative, who came

of any kidnap.

Abubakar said: “We are aware

of the ugly incident and we are

reviewing the security

architecture of communities in the

hinterland, because it appears

they are prone to this type of

security breach.

“As the moment, we are aware

of the invasion of some

communities in Rafi Local

Government Area. But we are not

aware that anybody was

kidnapped. Our men are on the

ground and we will surely arrest

the perpetrators.”

of international repute. This is

one death too many.”

The labour leader, who

described the late don as a peaceloving

and generous person, said

the sad news had thrown the

OSUSTECH campus into

mourning.

Deputy Vice Chancellor of the

university, Professor Francis

Igbasan, said: “The government

has failed in its responsibility to

protect its citizens. We are not

happy as a university with the

gruesome murder of one of us.

“It takes years to produce a

professor. In advanced country

there is a special insurance for

professors because they know

their worth. They don’t joke with

their professors.”

Wife on medication

Contacted on phone, the widow

of the deceased Professor, Mrs

Marries Okedayo, could not

speak because she was said to

have been on medication since

she heard of her husband’s death.

Her sister, who spoke in

confidence, told Vanguard: “l am

sorry she cannot speak with the

press on this devastating matter

now.

“She has been on drip since

they informed her of the death of

her husband. Maybe she would

agree to speak later.”

Vanguard gathered that the

deceased had two children, the

eldest in University of Ilorin,

Kwara State, while the other is in

secondary school.

Lebanese murdered, dumped in

septic tank by domestic workers

visiting, traced the blood to the

well where his body was dumped.

“He was the one that reported

the matter to the Police.”

Policemen from Area ‘B’

Division, according to Chionye,

evacuated the corpse.

Vanguard gathered that a senior

Police officer at the State Criminal

Investigation and Intelligence

Department, SCIID, was leading

detectives in the investigation and

were said to be closing in on the

suspected perpetrators.

Contacted, Lagos State Police

Public Relations Officer, DSP

Elkana Bala, said investigation

was ongoing.


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Who else thinks this guy by the left

looks like a chronic groomsman?

Shi’itte members on the street of Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: Gbemiga Olamikan.

Man remanded in prison custody over neighbour’s death

By Onozure Dania

LAGOS—A Lagos High Court

sitting in Ikeja, yesterday,

remanded an unemployed man,

Bakare Akeem, in prison custody

for allegedly killing his neighbour

with a plank.

Justice Mojisola Dada gave the

order after the defendant took his

plea.

Akeem, whose residential

address was not given, is

standing trial on a count charge

By Rotimi Ojomoyela

ADO-EKITI—TWO persons

were, yesterday, feared dead

in Oye-Ekiti as hoodlums

attacked the convoy of the wife of

the state governor, Erelu Bisi

Fayemi, after hijacking a protest

by the students of Federal

University, Oye-Ekiti.

Mrs Fayemi was returning from

a tour of some local government

areas, when her convoy was

attacked.

The hoodlums were said to

have gone on rampage hours

after the students dispersed from

protesting power outages in the

community.

They were said to have

confronted the security operatives

and vandalised vehicles in the

convoy of the First Lady.

The students had gathered as

early as 6:39a.m. in front of the

gates of the institution’s twin

campuses in Oye and Ikole,

calling on the Federal

Government to ensure that the

body saddled with providing

power to the campuses did their

job and phase out incessant

power outage on the campuses.

It was gathered that the

students dispersed after a few

hours and that normalcy had

returned on the campuses and

their environs, when some

miscreants regrouped and took

advantage of the situation to

unleash violence on innocent

people.

of murder to which he pleaded

not guilty.

Earlier, Lagos State prosecutor,

Mr. O. I. Seshan, told the court

that the defendant committed the

alleged offence on June 26, 2018,

at 10.10p.m. in Surulere.

He said the defendant

allegedly killed one Eguzuoba

Ikechukwu by heating his head

with a plank, which led to his

death.

According to the prosecutor, the

offence committed is punishable

Reacting, Police Public Relations

Officer of Ekiti Command, DSP

Caleb Ikechukwu, confirmed the

attack.

Ikechukwu explained that the

students truly protested in the

morning, blocked the Ifaki-Ikole-

Omuo Federal highway and

prevented free flow of vehicles.

His words: “The students did

not allow vehicles to move freely

and they allegedly vandalised the

property of the Benin Electricity

Distribution Company, BEDC.

“When Police went there to

dialogue with them, they resisted.

under Section 223 of the Criminal

Law of 2015.

He urged the court to remand

the defendant in prison custody

and asked for an accelerated trial.

Meanwhile, counsel to the

defendant, Mrs S. D. Bakenni-

Salami, said: “I just got proof of

evidence this morning(yesterday).

I will be studying the file.”

Justice Dada remanded the

defendant in custody and

adjourned the case until October

29 for trial.

Hoodlums hijack Ekiti varsity

students’ protest, attack

Mrs Fayemi's convoy

By Onozure Dania

LAGOS—A

45-year-old

property consultant, Sunny

Okey, who allegedly swindled a

woman in search of a shop to rent

to the tune of N1 million, was

yesterday arraigned before a

Lagos High Court sitting in

Igbosere.

The defendant is facing a twocount

charge of obtaining and

stealing preferred against him by

the Police.

The prosecutor, Cyriacus Osuji,

told the court that the defendant

committed the offence between

November 2018 and May 2019.

He said the incident took place

at Road 3, Shop E294 Ikota

Shopping Complex, Ajah, Lagos.

And the wife of the governor, who

went on a local government tour,

ran into the barricade mounted

on the road.

“The students were reported

to have been violent,

destroying cars and smashing

the windscreens of vehicles. At

this stage, we were warning

that the command would not

tolerate hooliganism under any

guise.

“We want to assure the public

that the Police are on top of the

situation and our people must go

about their normal businesses.”

Property consultant

swindles woman of N1m

Osuji said: “The defendant

promised the complainant, Mrs

Georget Macauly, that the

occupant of the shop was going

to move out by January 2019 and

asked her to make payment for

the shop.

“The first payment complainant

made was N700,000, and when

she went back to meet the

defendant to know why she can’t

occupy the shop, the defendant

then asked her to pay the balance

of N300,000, which she did.”

But when the complainant got

there, the person occupying the

shop was still there and all efforts

to reach the defendant proved

abortive.

Okeh pleaded not guilty to the

charge against him.

These children must be

privatised or they will sell

Lagos when they grow up

Make she come first. We'll cross

that river when we get there.


8—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

VISIT:

APC

National

Chairman,

Comrade

Adams

Oshiomhole

(left), and

Minister of

Women

Affairs,

Pauline

Tallen,

during her

visit to

Oshiomhole

in Abuja,

yesterday.

Photo:

Gbemiga

Olamikan.

IMN claims 12 killed as police disperse

members on street procession Meanwhile,

•No casualty in clash with Shi’ite —Police

•Say 4 arrested in Kaduna, 36 in Katsina

•Add: Ban on procession, applicable to IMN members only

By Kingsley

Omonobi, Ben

Agande &

Luminous

Jannamike

THE Police and members

of Islamic Movement in

Nigeria, IMN, clashed,

yesterday, in some states of

the federation, with the latter,

also known as Shi’ites,

claiming that at least 12 of

them were killed.

But the Police reacted

swiftly to say nobody was

killed in the latest clash with

the IMN members, noting

that four of the protesters

were arrested.

The Shi’ites had said last

week that they would embark

on their annual religious rite,

Ashura, procession yesterday

but the police warned them

not to, saying their group,

IMN, remained a proscribed

organisation.

According to the police, any

procession by the member

will be seen as terrorist act.

It was gathered that about

100 members of the group had

gathered at Hayin Danmani

Junction along Nnamdi

Azikiwe Bye-pass in Kaduna

where they embarked on the

procession.

Members of the IMN came

out at about 6am, ostensibly

to beat the police who had

earlier vowed to enforce the

ban on public procession in

Kaduna State.

However, half way into the

procession, it was gathered

that a detachment of

policemen tried to disperse

the gathering, leading to a

clash between them and

members of the group.

It was also learned that at

the end of the encounter,

three members of the group

were killed, while about 10

others sustained injuries.

No casualty in

clash with Shi’ites

—Police

Meanwhile, spokesman of

Kaduna State Police

Command, Yakubu Sabo,

said no casualty was

recorded as the police

“dispersed the protesters

professionally.”

He said it had become the

standard practice by members

of IMN to claim that police

killed their members, even

when such incident did not

take place.

12 mmbers killed

—IMN

However, IMN insisted

that 12 of its members were

killed in a nationwide

crackdown, including the

three allegedly killed in

Kaduna.

The group’s spokesperson,

Ibrahim Musa, said in a

statement that the killings

took place after attacks on

Ashura mourners in Kaduna,

Bauchi, Sokoto and Katsina

states.

The statement, however,

said similar processions in

Abuja, Jos, Kebbi, Minna,

Lafia, Yola, Gusau, Zaria,

Kano, Jalingo, Damaturu,

Hadejia and Potiskum,

ended peacefully.

Ashura, a Shi'ite mourning

period in commemoration of

the killing of Imam Hussein,

a grandson of Prophet

Muhammad, is observed on

the 10th day of the first month

of Islamic lunar calendar,

Muharram.

The statement read: ‘’The

Islamic Movement in

Nigeria, IMN, has confirmed

the killing of at least a dozen

of Ashura mourners across

the nation during the

peaceful Ashura mourning

procession today, September

10, 2019.

"At least three people were

confirmed killed by the police

in Kaduna and 10 others

injured, some fatally, when

thousands of Muslim

brothers and sisters trooped

out in the early hours of today

(yesterday) commemorating

the tragic events of Ashura.

‘’In Bauchi, reports also

have it that three people were

killed during the Ashura

procession when the police

attacked the mourners.

Similarly, three other people

were killed by the police in

Azare, also in Bauchi State.

Another three people were

killed by the police in Gombe.

‘’One person was

reportedly killed by the police

in Illela, during the Ashura

procession there, and

another person was killed in

Goronyo all in Sokoto State.

In Malumfashi, Katsina

State, another person was

also killed.

Ban on procession,

applicable to IMN

members only

—Police

Force

Headquarters stated

yesterday that the ban on

procession it issued on IMN

on Monday was meant only

for the Shi’ites Islamic sect

which operates under the

Islamic Movement of Nigeria,

IMN.

It clarified that non-IMN

Muslims making the ‘Ashura’

procession with their

counterparts all over the world

were free to carry out their

procession.

A statement by DCP Frank

Mba, Force Public Relations

Officer, said: “Following the

deluge of enquiries

concerning the ban on

procession on the proscribed

Islamic Movement in Nigeria,

IMN, it has become absolutely

imperative to clarify that the

ban on processions is

applicable to members of the

proscribed Islamic Movement

in Nigeria only.

“Against this backdrop,

Muslims marking the

commemoration of Ashura

throughout the country along

with other Muslims across the

world are free to carry out the

annual Ashura. procession.

“Meanwhile, the Inspector-

General of Police, IGP

Mohammed Adamu, has

directed all Commissioners of

Police and their respective

supervisory Assistant

Inspectors-General of Police in

Commands and Zones to give

full effect to the above

clarifications and ensure that

non-IMN Muslims are not in

any way restricted from

exercising their freedom of

religion, worship and peaceful

assembly."

Buhari, IGP, D-G NIA, NSA meet in Aso Rock

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

A BUJA—PRESIDENT

Muhammadu

Buhari, yesterday , met

behind closed doors with

the Inspector General of

Police, IGP, Mohammed

Adamu; Director-General

of National Intelligence

Agency, NIA, Ahmed

Abubakar, and National

Security Adviser, NSA,

Babagana Monguno, at

the Presidential Villa,

Abuja.

Also at the meeting,

which started after the

president met with

Major-Gen. A. B.

Mamman (retd), was the

Chief of Staff, Mallam

Abba Kyari, and Secretary

to the Government of the

Federation, SGF, Boss

Mustapha.

Vanguard reliably

gathered that the meeting

was for the Proposed

African Security

Leadership Summit to be

hosted by Nigeria.

The security chiefs did

not address journalists

after the meeting.

Atiku vs Buhari: Anxiety

as tribunal delivers

judgement today

By Ikechukwu

Nnochiri

ABUJA— THERE is

palpable tension as the

Presidential Election

Petition Tribunal sitting in

Abuja has fixed today to

deliver judgement on the

petition seeking to nullify

President Muhammadu

Buhari’s re-election.

The Justice Mohammed

Garba-led five-member

panel tribunal had on

August 21, reserved its

verdict on the petition the

opposition Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, and

its candidate, Atiku

Abubakar, lodged to

challenge the outcome of

the February 23 presidential

election declared in favour

of President Buhari and the

ruling All Progressives

Congress, APC.

The tribunal is mandated

under section134 (1) to (3)

of the Electoral Act, 2010, to

determine the petition filed

on March 18 within 180

days.

The constitutionally

stipulated timeframe was

due to elapse on Saturday,

September 14, a

development that fuelled

speculations that the verdict

could be delivered on Friday.

However, lawyers in the

matter, yesterday, confirmed

to Vanguard that the tribunal

has notified all the parties

that the judgement day is

today.

Military detaining 3,600

children in North-East

—Human Rights Watch

•It’s a lie, Army replies

A

report released by

Human Rights Watch,

HRW, yesterday, indicated

that the military has

detained at least 3,600

children in the North-East

where the Boko Haram war

is being fought.

The report said most of the

children, including 1,617

girls, were being detained

at Giwa military barracks in

Maiduguri, Borno State

capital.

But Defence

Headquarters, in a preemptive

manner on

Monday, dismissed the

report, saying no child was

held in detention facilities

in the North-East

However, Human Rights

Watch said the military had

since 2013 arbitrarily

detained the children in

“degrading and inhuman

conditions” for suspected

involvement with the Boko

Haram insurgents.

“Many children are held

without charge for months

or years in squalid and

severely overcrowded

military barracks, with no

contact with the outside

world,” it said.

HRW added that it spoke

with 32 children and youth,

who had been in such

detention facilities,

including one who was

quoted as saying they were

“packed tightly in their cells

with hundreds of other

detainees like razor blades

in a pack.”

“None of the children said

they were taken before a

judge or appeared in court,

as required by law, and only

one saw someone who he

thought may have been a

lawyer. None were aware

of any charges against

them. One was detained

when he was only five

years old,” the organisation

said.

The organisation alleged

that the military arrested the

children during operations,

security sweeps, screening

procedures for internally

displaced persons, and

based on information from

informants.

“Many of the children said

they were arrested after

fleeing Boko Haram attacks

on their village or while

seeking refuge at camps for

internally displaced people,”

it said, quoting one as saying

he was “arrested and

detained for more than two

years for allegedly selling

yams to Boko Haram

members.”

It’s a lie, Army

replies

Reacting to the report,

acting Director, Army Public

Relations, Col. Onyema

Chukwuma, said in a

statement: ‘’The report is

not only false but also capable

of undermining the joint

efforts of the Armed Forces

and other security agencies

in the North-East.

‘’It is an established fact

that Boko Haram terrorists

indoctrinate women and

children who they use as

suicide bombers in the

theatre of operations. In the

conduct of their operations,

troops arrest these children

while attempting to detonate

explosives and provide tacit

support to insurgents such

as intelligence on troops’

movement and

deployments.

‘’Contrary to HRW’s

claims, however, the Armed

Forces of Nigeria manages

children in the North-East

theatre as victims of war and

not as suspects.

Apprehended children are

kept in secured places

where they are adequately

fed, profiled and deradicalised

before their

release.’’


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019—9

By Victoria

Ojeme, with agency

reports

ABUJA—THE Consul-

General of Nigeria in

Johannesburg, Godwin

Adama, has said the first

batch of Nigerian returnees

from South Africa would

depart for Lagos today.

Adama said in a telephone

interview, yesterday, that the

first batch of returnees were

expected to depart South

Africa by 9:00 a.m.

The consul-general also

disclosed that Air Peace had

indicated interest to evacuate

over 600 Nigerians who were

willing to return home,

following the latest

xenophobic attacks.

He said: “The first flight

leaves by 09: 00 hours

Wednesday with about 320

passengers and the second

batch will leave on Thursday,

all things being equal.

“We have over 600 who

have indicated interest. All

things being equal, without

any hitches, the plane will

take off by 09: 00 hours this

Wednesday. The manifest for

the first flight is ready, and

we are working on the next

flight.”

President Muhammadu

Buhari had on Monday

called for the immediate

evacuation of Nigerians

willing to return home from

South Africa following the

latest attacks on Nigerians

and other nationals.

Chairman of Air Peace, Mr

Allen Onyema, had last week

volunteered to send aircraft

to evacuate Nigerians who

wished to return home

without payment.

“Air Peace is willing to

support the Nigerian

government’s efforts in this

matter by deploying our B777

aircraft to evacuate Nigerians

back home,” Onyema said.

Chairman of the Air Peace

also advised the returnees

against making payment to

anyone for their flights to

HEALTH TIPS

By Sola Ogundipe

Safety lifting techniques

SAFE lifting techniques are

commonly overlooked. Safe

lifting techniques should be

adopted by all. Even if you

don’t lift heavy objects often,

you are still susceptible to

injury. You can strain your

back if you are not careful.

Before lifting, assess what

you are lifting and where it

is going. Recognise how

heavy the object is and

determine if you can lift it

by yourself. Never hesitate

to ask for help if it is too

heavy. Make sure to check

the pathway you are taking

to your final destination.

There should be no trip

hazards or debris in your

path.

To safely lift the object, get

as close as possible. Position

your feet shoulder-width

apart and angle one foot

slightly forward for better

balance.

VISIT: Ms Oladunni Ogunsulire, acting Registrar/Chief Executive

Officer, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of

Nigeria, ICSAN (left), and Mr Eze Anaba, Editor, Vanguard

Newspaper, during a visit to Vanguard Newspapers by ICSAN, in

Lagos, yesterday,. Photo: Kehinde Gbadamosi.

Xenophobia: First batch of 320

Nigerians’ll return today —Envoy

•SA High Commission, Consulate in Lagos, Abuja reopen

•S-Africa outlines plans to deal with xenophobic violence

Lagos.

Onyema urged the

returning Nigerians to guard

against unauthorised

persons, reportedly collecting

$1,000 from them, adding

that none of them should pay

for the flights.

According to him, the

airline is particularly

concerned about the safety of

Nigerians in South Africa

following the attacks.

Chairman, Nigerians in

Diaspora Commission

When you go to bend

down for the object, keep

your back straight and use

your legs and hips to lower

yourself to the object. Never

bend at the waist because

this will cause immediate

strain on your lower back.

As you bend down to pick

up the object, use the hand

of the leg that is angled

forward and place it on the

side of the object furthest

from you.

After you have a firm,

comfortable grip, tighten

your core and focus on

keeping a straight back as

you lift the object with your

legs and hips. Looking

forward will help keep your

back straight and extend

your legs. Keep the object

close to your body.

Never hold your breath

while you lift an object.

Exhale when lifting an

object.

(NIDCOM), Mrs Abike

Dabiri-Erewa, had also

pledged the Federal

Government’s support to

any Nigerian that wanted to

return home.

Dabiri-Erewa said this

after a closed door meeting

with the Senate Committee

on Diaspora and Non-

Governmental

Organisations in Abuja.

She said that the returnees

would be encouraged to

enroll and participate in the

various social intervention

programmes of the

government.

Meanwhile, the South

African High Commission

in Abuja and its Consulate

in Lagos have resumed

operations.

They were shut down by

the South African

government last week,

following attack on some

South African business

interests in the country,

including MTN, Shoprite,

among others.

The High Commission

said in a statement: "All staff

members and their families

are accounted for, and no

incident of intimidation has

been experienced by any of

them since resuming official

work.

‘’We are receiving support

from the office of the IG and

many of our colleagues

have been reassured of their

safety.

‘’The South African

Missions in Nigeria have

been reassured by the

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

of its unwavering support

during this period.

‘’The relations between the

two countries remain strong

and on course. Once again,

we condemn the careless use

of social media as it creates

panic among communities.

‘’We are now ready to serve

our Nigerian brothers and

sisters and look forward to a

rewarding and fulfilling

relationship.’’

SA outlines plans

to deal with

xenophobic

violence

Also yesterday, South

Africa’s justice, crime

prevention and security cluster

ministers, yesterday, outlined

plans to deal with attacks on

foreigners that have rocked the

country in recent weeks.

The government also

revealed, at a media briefing,

that it was in the dark about

the number of undocumented

foreigners in the country.

Leading the team was

Minister of Defence and

Military Veterans, Nosiviwe

Mapisa-Nqakula, who

outlined several plans on how

government would deal with

the situation.

Mapisa-Nqakula said the

government would strengthen

police to ensure speedy arrests

of perpetrators of attacks on

foreigners in an intelligencedriven

operation, in what it

described as early warning

system which she said was

currently ongoing.

She said: “Intelligence

agencies are working day and

night to detect and prevent the

occurrence of these violent

incidents and we now know a

lot of these have been nipped

in the bud because of the early

warning systems."

I’ll treat Boko Haram

as bandits —Buhari

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

AMuhammadu BUJA—PRESIDENT

Buharii

said, yesterday, that the

remnants of Boko Haram in

the North-East of the country

were bandits, and would be

treated as such.

He stated this when he

granted audience to the

President of International

Committee of the Red Cross,

ICRC, Mr. Peter Maurer, at

the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The president in a

statement by his Special

Adviser on Media and

Publicity, Chief Femi

Adesina, said: “Boko Haram

has been degraded, but its

members are still a nuisance

around Lake Chad and

surrounding islands.

“That is why we are

cooperating with Chad,

Cameroon, Niger Republic,

and other countries. We are

also using the Air Force quite

effectively. They are bandits,

and we will continue to treat

them as such.”

He said government was

concentrating on repairing

damaged infrastructure,

rehabilitation of internally

displaced persons, securing

their communities, so that

they can return home.

He applauded the support

of the ICRC and other

humanitarian organisations,

noting: “The situation of the

displaced persons is very

pathetic. Some children

don’t know where their

parents are, neither do they

know where they come from.

“We are focusing on

education and healthcare,

along with rebuilding of

infrastructure. The agency

formerly under the

leadership of Gen.

Theophilus Danjuma, retd,

and now headed by Major-

General Paul Tarfa, retd, is

quietly making an

impression. We are

dedicating lots of resources

to the area.”

Speaking earlier, Maurer

said Nigeria was the 5th

largest operation of ICRC

worldwide, and the

organisation would continue

to render humanitarian

action to people affected by

violence.

On the recent killing of two

officials in the North-East, he

said: “We are shaken by the

killing of our staff, but not

discouraged. Humanitarian

assistance should continue,

and we applaud the

hospitality of Nigeria.”

Meanwhile, President

Muhammadu Buhari has

decried what he described

as “undue politicization” of

the security situation in the

country.

The president made his

feelings known when he

received promoters of the

proposed African Security

Leadership Summit at State

House, Abuja, yesterday.

EFCC/FBI operations: We’ve

recovered $169,850, N92m,

arrest 167—Magu

By Soni Daniel &

Innocent Anaba

ECONOMIC

and

Financial Crimes

Commission, EFCC,

yesterday, said its

collaboration with the Federal

Bureau of Investigation, FBI,

of the United States of

America has paid off as it has

arrested 167 Nigerians over

alleged computer-related

frauds.

The commission also said it

recovered from the arrested

fraudsters the sum of $169,850

and N92 million.

Acting chairman of EFCC,

Mr Ibrahim Magu,

represented by the

commission’s Director of

Operations, Mr Mohammed

Abba, who briefed newsmen

at an EFCC/FBI briefing on

their joint operation, tagged

Operation Rewire in Lagos,

said: “EFCC/FBI joint

operations in Nigeria

recorded tremendous

successes leading to a

number of arrests, seizures

and recoveries. The

suspected fraudsters arrested

in the course of this operation

will be persecuted

accordingly.

“It is instructive to note that,

from August 12, 2019 to date,

the collaborative Operation

Rewired coordinated by the

EFCC in Nigeria as an

impetus to our sustained

operations on perpetrators of

various computer-related

frauds have resulted in the

arrest 167 Nigerians for

alleged computer-related

frauds.

“We have also recovered

from the arrested fraudsters

the sum of $169,850 as well

as the sum of N92million.

“Being an international

model operation targeted at

the varied forms of computerrelated

frauds, the EFCC/FBI

collaborative operation

spanning three weeks was

designed to intercept and

interrupt the global network

of the internet fraudsters.

“Before now, as you are all

aware, we had relentlessly

launched intensive

investigative actions against

the infamous yahoo yahoo

boys culminating into various

strategic raids, onslaught on

criminals’ hideouts,

prosecutions and

convictions.

“I am happy to inform you

that our efforts in coordinating

the EFCC/FBI joint

operations in Nigeria

recorded tremendous

successes leading to a

number of arrests, seizures

and recoveries. The

suspected fraudsters arrested

in the course of this operation

will be persecuted

accordingly."


10 — VANGUARD, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

SON seizes N3.5m substandard

cables, wires in Osun

By Shina Abubakar

O S SOGBO—THE

t a n d a r d

Organisation of Nigeria,

SON, yesterday,

confiscated fake electrical

cables and wires worth

N3.5 million in Osun State.

The substandard goods

were confiscated during a

raid of major electrical

markets in Osogbo by SON

officials.

Some electrical shops,

whose owners absconded

after sighting SON officials,

were also sealed.

Speaking with newsmen

after the raid, SON’s state

coordinator, Mr. Jerome

Umoru, said the raid of the

electrical markets was

aimed at getting rid of

substandard cables and

wires in the markets.

Umoru said the

confiscated cables and

wires would be destroyed.

His words: “The major

essence of this raid is to

send a very strong warning

to those dealing in

substandard cables and

wires to desist from it because

SON will continue to go after

them.

“Today (yesterday) we

confiscated about N3.5

million substandard

cables and wires, despite

warning them to stop

importing or selling fake

electric cables.

“This is just the beginning

as we will continue to go

after those dealing in

substandard cables until we

minimise the selling of the

product in our markets.”

2019 Power Nigeria Confab to

explore digitalisation in energy

sector

LAGOS—THE

8th

edition of West Africa’s

largest power and

renewable energy event,

Power Nigeria Exhibition

and Conference is set to

discuss advantages that the

digitalisation of the power

sector in Nigeria will

generate.

The conference will

present a rare opportunity

for Nigerians to engage in

constructive and interactive

sessions with industry

experts and decisionmakers

from various

organizations in the power

and energy industry while

deliberating on the impact

of deploying innovative

digital technologies.

Speaking on the

scheduled session focusing

on digitalization, the

Exhibition Director of Power

Nigeria, Deep Karani, said:

“I am positive that the

Power Nigeria Conference

and Exhibition will yield

fruitful discourse and

exchange of ideas that will

examine the intersections

between investment in

human capital, natural

resources, innovation and

technology in Nigeria.

"Power Nigeria is thrilled

to be offering strategic

expertise as this is our way

of impacting the country

with maximum

knowledge.”

Also, Karani said:

“Participants of this session

on digitalisation can expect

to unlock ideas on the

potential of innovative

technologies, which can be

implemented in the

Nigerian and West African

power and energy sector.

We will provide insight and

solution to both

ATTACKS: 13 Oro adherents

remanded in Ogun prison

By Daud Olatunji

A Ogun

BEOKUTA—AN

State

Magistrate Court sitting in

Ilaro, yesterday, remanded

13 Oro adherents arrested

for allegedly attacking

Muslims and Christians in

Idi-Iroko area of Ipokia

local government area of

the state.

Magistrate S. O. Banwo

gave the order that the

accused persons, who were

charged to court in two

separate suits filed at the

magistrate court, were

accused of assault,

contempt of court, among

others.

The prosecutor, Dada

Olushola, said 13 accused

persons arrested by Police

while committing the

offence during the last Oro

festival.

Olushola added that the

accused persons observed

organisations and

individuals looking to set

up structures that can help

them achieve their digital

goals. As a trusted platform,

Power Nigeria Exhibition

and Conference will

provide a rich knowledge

to help attendees

navigate through the

opportunities in Nigeria.”

the Oro festival during the

day time which is against

the judgment and order of

the High Court in Ipokia.

The Prosecutor said:

“That you observed the Oro

festival during the day time

which is against the

judgment and order of the

High Court, Ipokia and

thereby, committed an

offence contrary to and

punishable under section

133 (9) of the criminal code

Vol 1 laws of Ogun state

2006.

“That you act in a

scrupulous manner likely

to cause a breach of the

public peace by breaking

bottles in the frontage of the

house of one Rasaq Rabiu

of Okoro Ibatefin and

thereby committed an

offence contrary to and

punishable under

section 249 (d) of the

criminal code Vol 1 laws

of Ogun state 2006.”

COMMISSIONING: From left; District 9110 Governor Nigeria Rotary International, Rtn Dr. Jide.

Akeredolu; Rtn Aare Kola Oyefeso, representing Chief Kessington Adebutu, KJW; the doyen of Past

Districts Governors, Rotary International District 9110 Nigeria, Rtn Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi and President,

Rotary Club of Ikeja District 9110, Rtn Olumuyiwa Fagbola at the commissioning of the two classroom blocks

of Ikeja Junior High School, Lagos donated by Rotary Club of Ikeja and sponsored by Chief Adebutu.

N26BN SAVINGS: I didn’t inflate contracts,

Fashola tackles BPP •Asks BPP to publish rates

By Olasunkanmi

Akoni

LAGOS—MINISTER of

Works and Housing,

Babatunde Fashola,

yesterday, said there was

no inflation in the contracts

awarded by his ministry in

2018.

The Bureau of Public

Procurement, BPP, said it

saved N26 billion for the

Federal Government in

2018 by revising the sums

of government contracts

approved by some

ministries, departments

and agencies.

The agency said the

highest reduction was

made from the Ministry of

Power, Works and Housing

where N22.22 billion was

cut from a request of

N877.40 billion.

But reacting to the BPP

claims, Fashola, in a

statement, through his

Media Adviser, Hakeem

Bello, challenged the

agency to publish its rates

for clarification, insisting

that there was no inflated

contract.

The statement reads:

“The attention of the

Minister of Works and

Housing has been drawn

to headlines from reports

credited to the Bureau of

Public Procurement, BPP,

about its having “saved

over N26 billion” for the

Federal Government in the

year 2018 by revising down

inflated contract sums by

Government Contractors

some of which emanated

from the erstwhile Ministry

of Power, Works and

Housing.

”Being a department of

the same Government,

ordinarily this should not

warrant a reply; however

the misleading nature of the

reporting in the media and

the statements credited to

BPP compel a response for

the purposes of clarification

and enlightenment of the

public.

”Any person, who takes

6th Agagu memorial

lecture holds Sept 13

LAGOS—THE 6th Dr.

Olusegun Agagu

memorial lecture comes up

on Friday, September 13,

2019, at the Civic Centre,

Victoria Island, Lagos.

The lecture, which will

feature Governor Babajide

Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State

as chief host, will also have

the former President of the

Parliamentary Republic of

Mauritius, Dr. Ameerah

Gurib-Fakim, delivering

the keynote address.

The theme is Climate

Change and the Problem

of Population Migration in

time to read the provisions

of the Public Procurement

Act, which created the BPP,

will understand that no

contract can be awarded

until BPP certifies that it

has no objection.

”Therefore, there was no

inflated contract because

BPP clearly stated that it

reduced the costs, and

according to BPP she “…

saved over N26 Billion…”

”And this is the heart of

the matter because BPP’s

savings can only be a

Subjective assessment

based on rates quoted by

contractors, reviewed by

the Ministry, and sent to

BPP for certification.

"Until BPP publishes its

rates which the then

Ministry of Power, Works

and Housing demanded in

writing, there can be no

objective basis for

determining whether any

savings were indeed made

if only BPP knows its rates

for procurement.

”Once rates are

published and design is

known, quantities can be

ascertained and costs can

be determined.

”This is the field of

Quantity Surveyors and

Construction Economists,

and the Minister of Works

and Housing has not

made any secret about

his call for a revision of

the Public Procurement

Act to resolve this and

other gaps in the law.”

FARMERS/HERDERS CLASH: NSCDC

inaugurates Agro-Ranger Squad in Ondo

AKURE—THE Nigeria

Security and Civil

Defence Corps, NSCDC,

Ondo State Command,

yesterday in Akure,

inaugurated the Agro-

Ranger Squad to address

clashes between

herdsmen and farmers in

the state.

Inaugurating the squad,

Africa. The lecture will be

chaired by former

Secretary-General of the

Commonwealth, Chief

Emeka Anyaoku, while the

former Vice-Chancellor of

the University of Lagos,

Prof. Oye Ibidapo-Obe,

will serve as guest speaker.

Dr. Agagu served as

governor of Ondo State for

six years (2003-2009) and

also served as Aviation

Minister (1999-2000) and

Minister of Mine and Steel

(2000-2002). He died on

September 13, 2013, at

the age of 65.

the state Commandant of

NSCDC, Mrs. Christiana

Abiakam-Omanu, said the

squad was in line with the

Federal Ministry of

Agriculture and Rural

Development initiative on

the provision of security at

proposed cattle ranches and

other agro-allied

investments.

Abiakam-Omanu said:

“This is one of the

measures being adopted

by the government to

effectively checkmate the

incessant farmers/

herders clashes and

enhance effective

protection of indigenous

and foreign investment

in the agricultural sector.

“Agro-Ranger is a

model elite force of NSCDC

mentally and physically

trained to give security

cover and protection to

agro-allied industries as

well as protect farmers and

their farmland against any

intruding forces.

“There is a need for us not

to breach this trust by reassuring

our investors,

particularly those operating

in the rural areas that their

investments are safe from

the activities of criminals

and bandits, who seem to

be increasing daily.”

According to her, the

NSCDC personnel in the

squad have undergone

rigorous training that can

enhance their capacity

under highly experienced

professionals.

She promised that the

squad would be deployed

immediately to areas they

are needed.

In his remarks, Gov.

Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo

State commended the step

taken by the corps, saying

that it would improve

agricultural output and

ensure food security in

tandem with the Federal

Government’s initiative in

the sector.

Akeredolu, who was

represented by Mr. Ifedayo

Abegunde, the Secretary to

the State Government,

noted that those who had

been discouraged in

farming by activities of

criminals would be

encouraged to come back.


I did not

demand

N10m from

Fatoyinbo

— Busola Dakolo

as Timi Dakolo

says N10m is

nothing to me

op singer, Timi Dakolo has

Pexpressed deep pain following

the now-trending report that his

wife, Busola Dakolo, made

monetary demand in her suit

against the senior pastor of the

Commonwealth of Zion Assembly

(COZA), Biodun Fatoyinbo.

Reacting to the report, the singer

said: “They said I’m looking for

N10 million, how much is N10

million? One weekend show. See,

do you see this studio? Do you know

how much it costs to pay for this

studio? Some Nigerians do not

have sense. They should better

come and enjoy my life. Do I look

like N10 million is my problem?

Don’t go and be believing all these

lies. I was in the studio when

someone buzzed me to say that

‘Timi you asked for N10 million,”

he said.

However, Busola Dakolo has

debunked rumours that she

demanded N10 million as

financial claims from Pastor

Biodun Fatoyinbo of COZA for

allegedly raping her.

A statement released on Monday

by Busola’s lawyer, Pelumi

Olajengbesi, reads thus:

“The suit has been the subject of

several news headlines, albeit with

a lot of misleading information.

This missive is aimed at clarifying

this misinformation and setting

the records straight. Firstly, our

client filed the civil suit against

Biodun Fatoyinbo on September

6, 2019, at the High Court of the

Federal Capital Territory, Abuja

and not the Federal High Court,

as widely reported. As of the time

of filing the suit, the same had yet

to be assigned to a judge for

hearing. Secondly, the court did

not issue any summons on our

client and the 14 days given to the

defendant (Biodun Fatoyinbo)

within which to enter appearance

to the writ of summons commences

from the date of personal service

of the said suit on the person of

Biodun Fatoyinbo and this

certainly will be after the matter

has been assigned to a judge.

Thirdly, our client has not sought

any monetary damages and/or

compensation against Biodun

Fatoyinbo in her reliefs. This is

because our client’s reason for

filing the civil suit against Biodun

Fatoyinbo is, inter-alia, for the

court to make pronouncements on

her rights as well as Biodun’s

liabilities and also to help other

victims of sexual, physical and

emotional abuse

gain the courage

to confront their

•Busola

Dakolo

abusers no

matter how

h i g h l y

placed they

may be.”

•Yemi

Alade

Stories By Tolulope Abereoje

Why I can’t do a collabo

with Tiwa Savage

— Yemi Alade

Just like their male counterparts, Wizkid and Davido, the

alleged battle for supremacy between female Nigerian

music giants, Yemi Alade and Tiwa Savage is no secret to

fans across the world, and although many heaved a sigh of

relief after Tiwa congratulated Yemi over the release of her

album ‘Woman of Steel’, Yemi Alade has revealed that she

may never collaborate with her colleague, Tiwa Savage,

because she is not sure how fans would react to the

project.

In a chat with Bolanle Olukanni on Ndani TV,

Yemi claims that both her fans and that of Tiwa

are the ones that keep steering trouble in their

ways.

“It’s unfortunate that with the troubles

that people keep steering in our ways, it

probably will never allow us to ever have a

collaboration. This is because you’re not

sure the outcome would even be positive or

be overrun by negative things and all the

fights. When we do music, we do it so people

can be happy, so when we do a song together,

what are we fueling? What are we

encouraging? That’s the most important

question,” she said.

Yemi Alade has, however, signed a

global licensing deal with Universal

Music Africa (UMA), universal Music

Group’s West African affiliate, in

partnership with Universal Music France

(UMF).

The implication of this deal is that UMA

will be the exclusive worldwide record music

partner for Yemi Alade and her label,

Effyzzie Music Group.

Taking to her Instagram page, she

wrote:

“God is the greatest.

@effyzziemusicgroup

congratulations.

@universalmusicfrance signs

licensing deal with

@effyzziemusicgroup for Nigerian

superstar @yemialade.”

Maureen Esisi reacts to her rumoured

crashed marriage

Says: ‘I will spill the real deal’

he news that the three-year-old

Tmarriage of Nollywood actor,

Blossom Chukwujekwu and wife,

Maureen Esisi has hit the rocks has

left many in shock and asking question

as to the reason behind the breakup.

While many say Blossom has

returned to his ex-girlfriend, Lilian

Esoro, who broke his heart by marrying

Ubi Franklin (which has been denied

by Lilian), others believe there is more

to the breakup than meets the eye.

In an Instagram post, Maureen Esisi

has now alerted her followers and all

concerned parties to turn on their

notifications as she’s ready to provide

details about her reportedly crashed

marriage to her husband.

“Countdown to the release. You all

have been waiting too long? I

apologize. Turn on your notifications.

Spilling the real deal 11/09/2019 Stay

tuned,” she wrote.

Nollywood actress Padita Agu has,

however, confirmed the sad story of the

marriage crash in a post on her

Instagram page.

“I have known Maureen Ezissi

@redvigor

and

@blossomchukwujekwu for a long

time now. I knew them each separately

before they got married and one thing

that remained unique about them is

how amazing and such a sweet heart

•Tiwa

Savage

they both are. Till date, they

remain so. It is in their DNA. The

news about their separation, is

sadly and painfully true. But the

news being peddled and written

about them is, however, very

untrue. Do not believe

everything you read on social

media! They reserve the right

to decide what part of their

lives to make public and which

to keep private. At this point,

let us respect their choice for

privacy over this issue and

pray for the best for them. If it

is God’s will, they will sort it

out and be together again and

if not, they will remain good

friends as they move

on with their

separate lives.

But please

ignore all the

allegations

you read on

blogs. None of

them is true.

Maureen is

one of the

sweetest

souls I have

e v e r

encountered.,”

she wrote.

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019—11

Tonto Dikeh,

Davido eulogize

late mums

Controversial Nollywood actress,

Tonto Dikeh, and hip-hop musician,

Davido recently took to their social

media pages to eulogize their late

mothers, thanking them for their support

despite the fact that they are no more.

Tonto, 34, thanked her deceased mother,

Mrs. Dikeh, for protecting her life after

thirty years of her death.

“RIP Queen. Thanks for always

protecting me, ma. Thanks for always

being by me, ma. I’m doing well and life

couldn’t be more rosy at the moment. I

love you mama. 30 years and a day apart

but you’re my confidant, my closest

friend, my Ma. Rest On Mama.

Celebration of a very short but amazing

life lived on earth,” she wrote.

In the same vein, Davido shared a

painting of his late mom, Dr Veronica

Imade Adeleke as he remembered her

sixteen years after her death. “Love u

mommy. I know it’s you that is protecting

me, I know. I love you. Your son is gallant.

RIP,” he wrote.

Davido’s mom was a lecturer at

Babcock University, Ogun State and she

passed away on March 6, 2003. Davido

has given each of his daughters a name

from his mother in

remembrance of

her.

Broda Shaggi and I failed many times

before we found characters that worked’

— SLKomedy

ctor and comedian, SLKomedy, in a recent

Apanel discussion on social content for

Nigeria revealed that he and his friend, Samuel

Perry, popularly known as Broda Shaggi had

to go through the try and fail process before

they finally clinched the characters that have

hitherto made them famous.

He revealed this, at the 2nd edition of

Social4Media Masterclass an event organized

by Lagos based marketing and media company,

•Blossom

•Davido

•Maureen

•Tonto

ID Africa and marketing technology

startup, Plaqad.

Stressing the importance of

perseverance and consistency for content

creators through his own inspiring story

and that of another viral comic,

Brodashaggi, SLKomedy said: “I knew

Brodashaggi when he was just ‘Samuel’.

And Samuel would always create and

publish skits, but most people probably

saw them and just scrolled past. He tried

different characters that weren’t

successful until he created Brodashaggi.

I also had several failed attempts before

creating ‘Boda Wasiu’ which went viral.”

Other speakers and facilitators shared

useful insights, using case studies, to

provide practical tools for participants

in order for them to effectively leverage

opportunities that digital media offers.

SLKomedy is well known for his viral

videos featuring the character “Boda

Wasiu”, where he sits in a car and makes

pun-filled, funny calls to famous people

while addressing trending social issues

in the country.

The maiden edition of Social4Media

which held in 2017 featured MI Abaga,

Alibaba, Frank Donga, Osagie Alonge,

Tomiwa Aladekomo, Yemi Adamolekun,

Ayeni Adekunle of BHM and others.

•SLKomedy


12—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

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legend, Micah Richards; and Manchester City FC Head of Partnerships, EMEA, Tom Boyle,

at the official Premier Cool and Manchester City FC partnership renewal announcement, in

Lagos.

Bakassi: NLC to approach ICJ for review

of judgement

•As monarch accuses OBJ, Duke of

By Ike

Uchechukwu

C Nigeria

ALABAR—THE

Labour

Congress, NLC, Committee

on Bakassi and Oil Wells

has concluded plans to

approach the International

Court of Justice, ICJ, to

review the judgement that

ceded a portion of Nigeria's

territory to the Republic of

Cameroon.

Chairman NLC, Cross

River State branch,

Committee on Bakassi/76

Oil Wells, Mr Okon Etim,

made the disclosure during

the committee’s visit on a

fact-finding mission to the

palace of Paramount Ruler of

Bakassi in Calabar,

yesterday.

Etim said they were at the

monarch’s palace to bring

back the consciousness of the

nation to the injustice done

to Cross River State and the

nation at large where a vast

portion of the country’s

territory was ceded to

Cameroon.

The NLC committee

chairman stated that for this

to be achieved, they needed

to seek the consent of the

monarch.

He said:”For this to be

achieved, we will start from

the origin and root of the

matter, and that is you. It is

sad that we have come here

to remind you of the pain and

bitter experience you went

through.

“As concerned citizens, we

intend to know what went

wrong and possibly

approach the International

Court of Justice, ICJ. We are

here to let you know that all

hope is not lost.”

On his part, the Paramount

Ruler of Bakassi, HRM Etim

Okon Edet, chastised

former Governor Donald

Duke of the state and

President Olusegun

Obasanjo for their failure in

the applications of the right

strategies to prevent ceding

of Bakassi to Cameroon.

He said: “I will be grateful

mortgaging Bakassi

if as a committee if you do a

holistic investigation, not

only on oil wells but about

the welfare of my people who

suddenly became destitutes

in their own ancestral land.

“I think for now I am

worried about my subjects

who live like destitutes. I am

worried about their welfare

and security. I am yet to know

how they are faring. As a

leader, I am not happy at all

because of the pain and

suffering of my kinsmen who

now wallow in poverty as a

result of being pursued out

of their ancestral land.

“Where were you people

when I was crying to the

world that I and my kinsmen

were being deprived of our

father land? And the world

kept quiet to make us total

strangers in on our ancestral

land.

“Donald said to OBJ, don’t

set up the presidential

committee, for I am going to

do the resettlement. And I

told Obasanjo, no. That

objection got Donald Duke

infuriated and I was told to

walk out of the meeting.

Obasanjo said to me, your

governor is going to resettle

you people.

“He was so carried away

by the ambition of becoming

the president, that whatever

Akpabio vs Ekpenyong: Tension as

tribunal delivers judgement today

By Chioma

Onuegbu

UYO —THERE is

tension in Uyo, Akwa

Ibom State as the National

Assembly Election Petition

Tribunal sitting in Uyo, will

today deliver judgement in

the case between Senator

Godswill Akpabio and

Senator Christopher

Ekpenyong for Ikot Ekpene

senatorial district seat.

The tribunal had on August

8, 2019 after adoption of

written addresses by

petitioners and respondents

reserved judgement.

This came as chairman of

the Governorship Election

Petition Tribunal sitting in

Uyo, Akwa Ibom State,

Justice A. Yakubu has

assured the petitioners and

respondents in the case that

the panel will deliver justice

to them.

Justice Yakubu, who gave

the assurance, yesterday, in

his remarks after the

adoption of the final

addresses by parties,

adjourned to a later date to

be communicated to parties.

He commended counsel to

the petitioners and

respondents for the peace

witnessed throughout the

proceedings, adding that the

panel did not experience any

security breach in the course

of handling the cases.

In the first case, Akpabio

of All Progressives Congress,

APC, is challenging the

victory of Ekpenyong of

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP in the February, 23, 2019

senatorial election.

OBJ said to him, he didn’t

know how to counter it to the

extent that he allowed his

immediate community to be

ceded.”

He accused both leaders of

mortgaging Bakassi for Noble

Peace prize and ambition to

become the country’s

president .

“Unfortunately, Obasanjo

equally lost in his ambition to

win the Noble Peace Prize,

while Donald Duke also was

unable to realise his

presidential ambition.

“If there is anything causing

me headache, it is the welfare

of my subjects who have

become destitutes on their

father's land.”

Ekpenyong of PDP polled

a total of 118, 215 votes while

Akpabio, who was seeking

second term in the Senate

scored a total of 83,158 votes.

Dissatisfied with the

outcome of the election,

Akpabio approached the

tribunal to reclaim his alleged

stolen votes from the PDP

candidate.

NGO splashes cash on persons

with disability in Delta

PLEDGE Love Charity

Foundation, PLCF, has

given crash grants to exlepers

and persons living

with disabilities under the

aegis of Joint National

Association of Persons With

Disabilities, JONAPWD.

PLCF president, Innocent

Aganbi, flanked by other

executives while presenting

cheques to the group at Eku

town hall, Ethiope East Local

Government Area, Delta

State, said that the exercise

was part of funding for the

empowerment of the

beneficiaries.

He explained that having

trained the beneficiaries on

various vocational skills,

PLCF decided to give them

the cash grant to assist them

in establishing their skills.

Acknowledging the support

of PLCF, members and

executives of JONAPWD,

further presented an award of

excellence to the group for its

humanitarian gesture to the

underprivileged in the

society.

Speaking on the essence of

its humanitarian outreach,

Aganbi said: “We have been

able to go beyond the

secluded leprosy community

and brought together the joint

association of persons with

disabilities by empowering

them with skills acquisition

programmes and award of

certificates of competency."

AAC petition: Court to rule

on Friday

A

Federal High Court

sitting in Port Harcourt,

Rivers State will on Friday

decide if it was proper for

the President of the Court

of Appeal to constitute

another panel to examine

the merit of the case brought

by Awara Biokpomabo

Festus and the African

Action Congress, AAC,

against the election of

Governor Nyesom Wike of

Rivers State.

The President of the Court

of Appeal, Justice Zainab

Bulkachuwa, had, in

conformity with the Court of

Appeal decision in Appeal

No: CA/PH/376/2019

recently, halted the former

panel from continuing with

the matter. The directive was

preceded by the

displeasure expressed by

the Appeal Court against

the former tribunal’s

decision in refusing to

entertain the petition filed

by a party in the case, and

its dismissal of the petition

which was purported to

have been withdrawn by a

faction of the party.

The AAC had ran into

leadership crisis wherein

another Chairman, Mr

Leonard Ezenwa, was said

to have been named. The

said new chairman had

allegedly, without

consultation with National

Executive Council, NEC, of

AAC, hired another lawyer,

Mr Henry Bello, to represent

the party in court.

Mr Bello was the same

lawyer that represented a

faction of All Progressives

Congress, APC, in Rivers

State, led by Senator

Magnus Abe.

Until the emergence of

Bello as AAC lawyer, the

party and its governorship

candidate, Biokpamabo,

were represented by Tawo

Tawo, SAN.

Following the dispute in

the party leading to the

purported suspension of its

presidential candidate, Mr

Omoyele Sowore, Leonard

Ezenwa emerged as the

acting chairman of the party.

The tribunal dismissed the

AAC petition at the tribunal,

describing it as

“abandoned,” though the

law prescribes that any

objection to pre-hearing

matters, has to be addressed

after the substantial issues

have been dealt with.

We'll continue to work as if

this is our first term — Wike

GOVERNOR Nyesom

Wike of Rivers State

has said he will continue to

deliver key projects across

the state all through his

second term.

Commissioning the

rebranded Government

Secondary School, Ubima

(former Community

Secondary School, Ubima),

yesterday, Wike said he

would not be affected by the

second term syndrome.

He said: “We will continue

to work as if this is our first

term. We will never go to

sleep all through our second

term.

“For us, we shall continue

to deliver projects for our

people. There will be no

stoppage in the execution of

projects. Our people will

continue to see new projects.”

Wike called for the prayers

and support of Rivers people

so that he could continue to

work towards improving the

state.

“We seek your prayers and

support as we continue to

develop Rivers State. God

has been kind to us, so nobody

can intimidate us with

propaganda and blackmail.

We shall remain focused,” he

said.

Wike who changed the

name of the school from

Community Secondary

School, Ubima to

Government Secondary

School, Ubima said he

promised to rebuild the school

and to the glory of God that

promise has been fulfilled.

Delta South: Our faith in

Nigeria’s judiciary not in vain

— DSU

OLEH—A political

group, United Ijaw,

Itsekiri and Isoko for Delta

South Advancement,

known as Delta South

United, DSU, has hailed

the judiciary for proving

to be the hope of justice

seekers in Nigeria.

Convener of the group,

Chief Timi Dajagbasan,

who spoke after the

group’s quarterly

meeting in Oleh, Delta

State, yesterday, hailed

the judiciary for quashing

the victory of Senator

James Manager in the

February 23, 2019

National Assembly

election for Delta South.

Dajagbasan, a chieftain

of All Progressives Congress,

APC, said the people

of Delta South had

unshakeable faith in the

tribunal to stop the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

candidate, Senator

Manager, from running

away with the mandate of

the people, adding that the

Ijaw, Itsekiri, Isoko and

Urhobo communities in

Delta South voted against

the four-time senator.

He said: “We know

Senator Manager did not

win the election. That is

why we are commending

the judiciary for

establishing that there was

massive rigging in the

area he controlled and

subsequently cancelled

those humongous votes."


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019 — 13

By Peter Duru

M AKURDI—BENUE

State government

has raised the alarm over

the existence of ghost

schools in the state.

Speaking through the

acting Executive Chairman

of Benue State Universal

Basic Education Board,

SUBEB, Mr. Matthew

Mnyam, the government

said the ghost schools were

created as conduit pipes to

drain funds from the coffers

of government.

Mr. Mnyam, who made

the disclosure in Makurdi,

said he would constitute

visitation committees to be

headed by people from

outside the Board that

would embark on physical

visitation to all government

schools to fish out the said

schools and their owners.

The chairman said, “we

are aware that some ghost

schools exist, so we are

going out for physical

inspection. We will devise

ways of catching them

because a criminal always

advance his or her reason

before you arrive. But we

will have teams that will go

on that inspection. They

will include people from

outside, who may also head

the inspection team, so that

if the ghost schools are

created from within

SUBEB they will be able to

fish them out. We will not

disclose our plans any

further, but we know that

ghost schools exist.”

According to him, he had

:Vanguard

News

Benue govt raises

alarm over ghost

schools

*Says 'they are created

to siphon govt funds'

directed four directors of the

board to proceed on leave,

while a storekeeper and

payroll officer had been

suspended from their

positions in the on-going

reorganisation of the

Board.

He said, “I have

deliberately decided to

embark on some changes,

which many people may

not know. I have allowed

some directors to have their

full three years annual

leave, that is three months.

Some had two months so

that we can sanitize their

places. It will enable me

look into their offices and

see what they are doing. I

think that is the only way I

can sanitize the system

because they were there,

they had become

everything in that office and

they become everything

they think they were, and

the people outside there are

afraid of them.

“I leant that even those

that came here as executive

chairmen were also afraid

of them. Those affected are

the Director of

Administration and Supply;

Director of Finance; Director

of Planning, Research and

Statistics, and the Director

of Social Mobilization.

"They have been there for

a long time. For a Director

to stay in an office for up to

five years without going on

leave, I think he would take

things for granted.

"So it is better for someone

to come and see what he

has been doing."

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Police confirm kidnap of 6 persons

on Kaduna/Abuja highway

Osinbajo flags off National Livestock

Transformation Plan *Says 'it's not RUGA

By Umar Yusuf,

with agency report

A DAMAWA—VICE

President, Prof. Yemi

Osinbajo has flagged off

the National Livestock

Transformation Plan, NLTP,

at the Gongoshi Grazing

Reserve in Mayo-Belwa

Local Government Area of

Adamawa, saying saying

“This Project is not RUGA

as being insinuated in

some quarters.”

Inaugurating the project,

Osinbajo said the plan was

designed to run from 2019-

2028 as part of Federal

Government’s initiative in

collaboration with States

under the auspices of the

National Economic

Council, NEC.

He said the plan,

targeted at supporting the

development of Nigeria’s

livestock sector, was to be

implemented in seven pilot

states of Adamawa, Benue,

Kaduna, Plateau,

Nasarawa, Taraba and

Zamfara.

According to the vice

president, the plan would

be implemented as a

collaboration project

between the Federal and

State governments,

farmers, pastoralists and

private investors.

He said “In this plan the

State Government or

private investors provide

the land, the federal

government does not and

will not take any land from

a State or local government.

Any participating state will

provide the land and its

own contribution to the

project. The federal

government merely

supports.

“It is a plan that hopes to

birth tailor made ranches

where cattle are bred, and

meat and dairy products are

produced using modern

livestock breeding and

dairy methods. This solves

the problem of cattle

grazing into and

destroying farmlands. It

ensures a practical

response to the pressures

PARADE—From left: Director of Human Resources and Administration, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria,

FAAN, Mr. Norris Anozie; Managing Director, FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu; Minister of Aviation, Sen.

Hadi Sirika, and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Aviation, Engr Hassan Musa, during the graduates of Aviation

Security and Aerodrome Rescue & Fire Fighting Services passing out parade ceremony, at Service Development

Center, Afaka, Kaduna State.

K ADUNA—THE

Kaduna State police

command has confirmed

the kidnap of six persons

on Abuja-Kaduna highway

by suspected kidnappers in

military uniform on

Sunday.

In a statement issued late

Monday Night, the Police

public Relations Officer of

the Command, Yakubu

Sabo said efforts are on to

secure the release of the

kidnap victims.

“The Command has

received a sad information

from DPO Rijana that on 7/

9/19 at about 2330hrs he

received a distress call that,

Armed Men in military

uniform intercepted a

on water and pasture by

forces of climate change.”

He noted that the plan was

designed to provide modern

meat and dairy industry and

in some cases integrated

crop farming.

According to Osinbajo, the

unique feature of the plan

was that any participating

state would determine its

own model.

“I wish to emphasise that

this is not RUGA. Because

the idea of RUGA settlements

launched by the Ministry of

Agriculture created a

problem when it was

perceived as a plan to seize

lands to create settlements

for herders.

“RUGA was not the plan

designed and approved by

the governors and the

President rightly suspended

the implementation,”

Osinbajo said.

He said the NLTP was

endorsed by all governors

and could only be

implemented with the full

participation and consent of

the governors and the people

commercial bus (Preview )

REG NO ABJ 905 XC at a

point near Rijana Village

along Kaduna - Abuja

Expressway and took away

six persons into the bush.

“Patrol Teams within the

axis were quickly mobilised

to the scene and engaged

the hoodlums as a result of

which one Rofiat Tijjani 17

yrs and one other person

both of Tudunwada Kaduna

were released by the

criminals in their desperate

attempt to escape. Both

victims were taken to station

alongside the vehicle.

“Efforts are still on to

rescue the remaining four

victims and arrest the

Criminals."

of the state.

Osinbajo said no state

could be forced to participate,

noting that Adamawa had

chosen to begin the

implementation of the plan.

He noted Adamawa state

experienced several crises on

account of clashes between

herders and farmers

resulting in the destruction

of lives and property.

He also observed that the

introduction of the livestock

transformation plan was a

win-win for the state and its

people, and would provide

a basis for peaceful

coexistence, jobs for many

and a mechanism for

resolving disputes.

Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of

Adamawa said that the flagoff

of the plan was a robust

all encompassing lifechanging

transformation

programme in the livestock

sub-sector.

Fintiri said among others:

“the Plan will create job

opportunities and solve

lingering conflict between

farmers and herders.”

NIPSS begs Plateau gov for 100

hectares land for accommodation

By Therese

Nanlong

OS—THE Director-

JGeneral, DG, of the

National Institute of Policy

and Strategic Studies,

NIPSS, Kuru, near Jos,

Professor Habu Galadima,

has solicited for about 100

hectares of land from

Plateau State Governor

Simon Lalong to enable the

institute build more

facilities to accommodate

more participants.

The DG said availability

of space would ensure the

upward review of

participants from the

current figure of 60 to 100

and urged the governor to

use his influence as

Chairman of the Northern

Governors’ Forum to bring

the attention of President

Muhammadu Buhari and

Northern governors to meet

the several needs of NIPSS.

Professor Galadima, who

was on a courtesy visit to

the Governor at the

Government House,

appealed to him to facilitate

the speedy completion of

the approved six units of

two bedrooms flats

promised the Institute for

the Directing Staff and also

the completion of the

Legacy Project of the

Governor which has

reached advanced stage

too.

He described NIPSS as a

good ambassador of

Plateau State saying “there

is no place you go to in

Nigeria and abroad that the

name of NIPSS, Jos is not

recognized. It is a great

promotion for the State and

what it holds.”

Responding, Governor

Lalong expressed

appreciation for the

services of NIPSS to the

state, particularly in areas

of research and proffering

solutions to many

challenges of the state and

country at large, but added

that he wants more space

for Plateau participants at

the Senior Executive

Course of the institute.


14 — VANGUARD, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

From left: CEO,

Avilex Biotech

LTD, Alex Lemmy

Ochonma;

Founder, Ibeju-

Lekki Connect

(IBLC), Ore-

Oluwa Solana;

Head of Private

Sector, HCI

Healthcare,

Murphy Aruna;

and broadcast

journalist, Radio

Nigeria, Radio One

FM, Olayinka

Yusuf, at the second

edition of Ibeju-

Lekki Connect

Meet and Greet in

Lagos.

Court grants final forfeiture of Diezani's

$40m jewellery

By Innocent Anaba

LAGOS—A Federal

High Court sitting in

Lagos, yesterday, granted

final forfeiture of the $40

million worth jewelry

belonging to the former

Petroleum Minister, Mrs.

Diezani Allison-Madueke,

to the Federal Government.

The jewelry includes over

419 bangles, 315 rings, 304

earrings, 189 wristwatches,

267 necklaces, and a

customised gold iPhone.

Trial judge, Justice

Nicholas Oweibo, granted

the order of final forfeiture

of the said jewelry while

delivering judgment in a

suit by the Economic and

Financial Crimes

Commission, EFCC.

According to the court,

Mrs. Allison-Madueke

instead of showing cause

why the properties should

not be finally forfeited to the

Federal Government only

applied to set aside and

discharge the earlier

interim order of forfeiture

made by the court on July

5, 2019.

The court had on July 5,

2019, ordered temporary

forfeiture of the jewelry,

following an ex-parte

application by the EFCC,

through its counsel, Mr.

Rotimi Oyedepo.

The EFCC had in the

application alleged that the

$40million worth of jewelry

and other items were

products of unlawful

activities.

On September 2, 2019,

Mrs. Allison-Madueke’s

lawyer, Nnamdi Awa-Kalu,

Osun, Oyo govts spar over LAUTECH

By Adeola Badru &

Shina Abubakar

O Osun

SOGBO—THE

State

government, yesterday,

said it has never defaulted

in discharging its

responsibilities, especially

with regards to paying its

share of bills to workers of

Ladoke Akintola University

of Technology, LAUTECH.

But in a swift reaction, the

Oyo State government

picked holes in the claims

made by the Osun State

government

Osun State faulted the

comments by Governor

Seyi Makinde of Oyo State

on the running of the

institution that tended to

suggest that the state has

abandoned payment of

workers of the institution

describing it as a product

of misinformation.

It said to the contrary, the

state has always been alive

to its responsibility about its

obligations to LAUTECH

despite the obvious

lopsidedness in the

distribution

of

infrastructure between the

two owner states.

In a statement from the

Office of the Secretary to the

State Government, SSG,

Mr. Wole Oyebamiji, noted

that Osun State has never

defaulted in the payment of

salaries of workers in both

the university and the

Teaching Hospital in

Osogbo.

It added that in 2017

alone, while Oyo

contributed N717, 888,

795.00, Osun contributed

N1, 292, 000, 000.00. In

2018, Oyo contributed

N443, 865,554.00; Osun

contributed N500, 000,000.

The government was

however quick to add that

in addition to contributing

regularly to LAUTECH in

Ogbomoso, as indicated

above, Osun State alone

has been responsible for

paying the salaries of

workers at LAUTECH

Teaching Hospital, Osogbo,

from 2013 to date,

amounting to N16, 369,

953, 830.48.

For instance, from

January to June this

year, while Oyo had paid

about N1.1billion to the

university, Osun, on the

other hand, had paid

about N1.7 billion from

January to July this year to

LAUTECH Teaching

Hospital. This is in

addition to the N300

million it released to the

university in July.

Oyo govt reacts

While reacting to the

Osun State government’s

claim that it has paid its

dues on the issue of

LAUTECH, the

Commissioner for

Education in Oyo State,

Prof. Daud Songodoyin

said: “All I know is that

our state has paid up to

date what was allocated to

us. Only last week,

Governor Seyi Makinde

re-issued N800 million to

the school.

“Now, who pays more?

From our own side as Oyo

State, we have have not

defaulted and I can assure

you that on Friday, we were

hinted that the staff want to

go on strike with ASUU,

saying that they will start

their exams yesterday

(Monday).

argued an application

challenging court’s

jurisdiction to make such an

interim forfeiture order and

urged the court to set aside

the interim order.

Awa-Kalu, whose

application was supported

with 11 paragraphs

affidavit, urged the court to

refuse the EFCC’s

temptation of making the

order but to discharge the

interim order place on his

client’s items.

But counsel to the EFCC,

Oyedepo urged the court to

discountenance Diezani’s

application to set aside the

interim order, as the former

Minister of Petroleum had

failed to show cause while

the items should not finally

be forfeited to the Federal

Government of Nigeria.

He had urged the court to

dismiss the respondent’s

application and also make

an order for final forfeiture

of the said items.

In his judgment,

yesterday, Justice Oweibo

cited several authorities of

appellant court, saying that

instead of the respondent

(Allison-Madueke)

showing cause while the

property should not be

finally forfeited, only filed a

motion to set aside the

interim order.

“On the whole and

because of the respondent’s

failure to show cause why

the property should not be

finally forfeited, the order of

final forfeiture is hereby

granted. The property is

hereby finally forfeited to

the Federal government of

Nigeria,” the court held.

Educationist tasks Nigerians on reading

By Bose Adelaja

LAGOS—THE Tutor-

General of District 6,

Lagos State, Mr. Ebenezer

Olusanya has said that

Nigerians have a lot to

benefit academically by

cultivating the habit of

reading a book a day.

Speaking at the maiden

edition of Reviving Yoruba

Literature and Culture

through book reading and

the launching of a book

titled: Agadagodo (The

padlock), organised in

Lagos by Scribbled Gold

Media and Event Solutions,

Olusanya said the nation’s

cultural heritage and

languages will be

harnessed if only

Nigerians broaden their

reading horizons.

Represented by Mrs.

Ikumapayi Omolara, he

said the state government

will ensure that book

reading is given a boost in

public schools.

In her welcome address,

the General Manager of

Bond 92.9FM, Princess

Wuraola Adenike Adegoke,

lamented that many parents

do not see the need to

transfer Nigeria’s culture to

the upcoming generations,

saying this poses a big risk

to the nation as a whole.

She said: “Our language

and culture must not be

allowed to die as these are

veritable tools to comport

ourselves in the public as

well as expand in

knowledge and wisdom.”

Author of the book,

Agadagodo, Pa Michael

Adegoke said the book is a

must-read for all, while the

reviewer, Yemi Saba of

Bambi communications

said the book encourages

youths to comport

themselves in the public

and guide against

extravagant lifestyle.

SUG/ASUP CLASH: Ede Poly shut

By Shina Abubakar

OSOGBO—IN a bid

to forestall

breakdown of law and

order on the campus of

the Federal Polytechnic,

Ede, Osun State,

management of the

institution has shut the

school for two weeks.

The Academic Staff

Union of the institution

had asked the

management to suspend

the Students’ Union

President, Rufai Lukman,

for deflating the tyres of

the vehicle of a lecturer.

However, Lukman said

he had appeared before

the disciplinary

committee set up by the

school and followed

every instruction given

to him to the letter.

But the union was not

satisfied, insisting that the

SUG leader be

suspended, a situation

that created tension in the

school.

At a press conference

Court restrains Osun Govt

from installing monarch

By Shina Abubakar

OSOGBO—AN Osun

State High Court,

sitting in Ile-Ife, has

restrained the state

government from installing

Prince Meshack Oyewole

as the Olulamekun of

Yakoyo, a town in Ife-North

local government area of

the state.

The court injunction,

which was signed by

Justice J. O. Ogundele and

made available to

newsmen in Osogbo

disclosed that the state

government should not

present a staff of office to

anyone pending the

determination of the

motion, in a notice filed

before the court on

December 24, 2018.

Vanguard gathered that

100 DAYS IN OFFICE: Lagos PDP

flays Sanwo-Olu’s performance

By Dapo Akinrefon

L Peoples AGOS—THE

Democratic

Party, PDP, in Lagos State,

yesterday, chided

Governor Babajide

Sanwo-Olu for allegedly

misappropriating state

funds to celebrate his 100

days in office describing

it as a charade.

In a statement by

Taofik Gani, the Lagos

PDP faulted the

celebration saying:

“Even by the governor’s

presentations, he can at

best score 35% mark.

Such a celebration of

failure ought to have

been avoided by any

sensitive and honourable

government.”

''For the sake of clarity,

we monitored the undue

celebrations from

preparations to the

gathering. Invitations

addressed by the Chairman

of the Governing

Council, Professor Nasiru

Musa, he described the

situation as a minor misunderstanding

within the

Polytechnic community

which will be resolved

amicably.

Prof. Musa said: “The

council arrived on this

campus and we had a

joint meeting involving

three representatives of

the government, members

of the management of the

Polytechnic and the staff

unions in the school. At

the end of the meeting, we

were able to reach an

understanding, it is a

family affair and it has been

resolved in that manner.

“The discussions we had

with the various unions

were very fruitful and the

outcome is encouraging

that in the two weeks

that we will be on

semester break the

polytechnic will be able

to solve the problem.''

the state government had

already scheduled

Thursday, September 12,

2019, for the installation of

a monarch in the town.

Joined as defendants in

the matter with Prince

Meshack Oyewole, are

Governor Gboyega

Oyetola, the Ooni of Ife,

Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi;

Ife-North Local

Government among others.

The plaintiff, Prince Isaac

Oyekanmi had approached

the court seeking an interim

injunction restraining the

state government or any of

its agents from installing or

presenting staff of office to

the first defendant.

The ruling reads in part:

“I hereby make an order of

interim injunction against

the 2nd - 6th defendant/

respondent as prayed.”

were sent to only APC

chieftains from and

outside Lagos state, also

invited were APC

apologists. To clear this

fact, the disabled persons,

who struggled to attend

the occasion, boldly and

openly accused the

Governor of neglect, even

in his speech.

''This is just as the

Governor again exposed

his unpreparedness for

the job when he

described the Badagry

road as being within the

Lagos East Senatorial

district as well as

confusing Kogi for Kebbi

in the LAKE rice project.

In struggling to mention

achievements, the

Governor, who claimed

to have installed

functional WiFi in Lagos,

however, could not

mention the areas, but

only promised to do so.”


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019—15

Xenophobia: Ohanaeze asks S’East

govs to prepare for returnee victims

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

ABUJA—APEX Igbo sociocultural

organisation,

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has advised

South-East governors to make

adequate preparation and put the

necessary infrastructure to

accommodate victims of the

xenophobic attacks in South

Africa.

Ohanaeze has also planned to

acknowledge Igbo sons and

daughters that have played key

roles in the economic

development of the Igbo nation

and Nigeria at large.

Briefing journalists yesterday in

Abuja on the forthcoming Igbo

Day celebration, President of

Ohanaeze, Federal Capital

Territory, FCT, chapter, Mazi

Odozi Nwodo, flanked by the

chairman of Igbo Day 2019

Planning Committee, Dr. Kachi

Iheme, frowned at the attacks on

Nigerians in South Africa

despite the contributions of the

country towards dismantling

apartheid.

The Ohanaeze President

challenged governors of the

South-East geo-political zone to

provide palliatives for

Nigerians returning from South

Africa.

According to him, “the South-

East governors must put things

on ground to assist those

returning from South Africa, the

bulk of whom are Igbo people.

BoT takes over leadership of Igbo community in Lagos

By Esther Onyegbula

THE Board of Trustee, BoT,

Igbo-speaking community,

Lagos, yesterday, took over the

reins of leadership of the

association due to the crisis that

engulfed the ill-fated general

elections of the association in

Lagos last month.

Chairman of the Board, Chief

Jonathan Nnaji, said: “The

We call on them to use this

opportunity to put infrastructure

that will cushion the effect of

their unplanned dislocation.

“However, with the return of our

brothers and sisters, Ohanaeze is

not empowered economically to

assist. But I am sure the states

and the Federal Government

must have done things to make

sure that those people coming

back don’t feel the effect of their

unexpected disengagement from

South Africa.”

Nwodo explained that the

events taking place in South

Africa were not only a slight on

South Africa, but a shame to the

entire Africa.

He said: “In the 70s, Nigeria

took responsibility in not only

association under my

superintendence has taken over

the reins of leadership so as to

avoid power vacuum till we

resolve amicably and fraternally

the unfortunate incident that

abruptly ended the election that

was meant for a change of baton

in leadership.

“This action, apart from being

constitutional, is also in line with

the oath signed by all the

nurturing but empowering

those leaders in South Africa

today. I am also aware that

Nelson Mandela in the

heydays of his struggle was

quartered in Igboland,

precisely in the house of the

one we call the Boy is Good,

Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, the

only surviving minister of the

First Republic.

“For South Africans to start

behaving the way that they are

doing is quite unfortunate.”

On the Ndigbo Day celebration,

Nwodo said the group will be

honouring prominent individuals

from the South-East who have

contributed immensely to the

development of the Igbo nation

and the country at large.

SIGNING: From left— Assistant General Overseer, Peter Afolayan; his wife, Lady Evangelist Stella; General Secretary,

Pastor Dapo Olatemiju, and The Parish Pastor in Charge, Pastor Olakojo, during the launch of Pulpit TV and signing of agreement

on the sponsorship of Christ Arrival International Church, CAIC, Gethsemane Football Club, in Ibadan. PHOTO: Dare Fasube.

Ill-treatment responsible for worsening Biafra agitation—IPOB

By Chimaobi Nwaiwu

NNEWI—LEADER of the

Indigenous People of Biafra,

IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu,

yesterday, said it was the illtreatment

by successive

governments, particularly the

current President Muhammadu

Buhari-led All Progressives

Congress, APC, administration,

that aggravated the agitation for

the Sovereign State of Biafra led

by IPOB.

In a paper presented by Mazi

Kanu to the European Union,

EU, Parliament, made available

to Vanguard by IPOB’s

Deputy Leader, Uche Mefor,

Kanu said: “After the civil war,

Biafrans slowly rebuilt their world

but as far as Nigeria was

concerned, they were not and

never had been Biafrans.

“They were Nigerians from the

South-East or Igbo-speaking

Nigerians.

“The war was airbrushed out of

the Nigerian consciousness.

Biafrans could only whisper about

their loss. Joining the global

Biafran Diaspora was one option

for those who could get out of the

country; others remained in

Biafraland, the Biafran identity

among themselves,

undiminished.

“Nigeria leaders, particularly

the current administration of

President Muhammadu Buhari's

continous crushing of the Biafra

identity has been the order of the

day, as even peacefully

commemorating the war risks

arrest, detention, ill-treatment or

being shot.

“In recent years, the Nigerian

state authorities have conducted

three orchestrated campaigns

against Biafrans and the three

Operation Python Dance military

operations have been battles

targeted against the Biarfans. The

first being in 2016, the second in

2017 and the third is ongoing, all

designed to undermine calls for

Biafra self determination.

“Operation Python Dance

campaigns are laden with

intimidation, serious and

systemic human rights

violations carried out by the

state with impunity and IPOB

a voice for Biafrans’ selfdetermination,

a non-violent

group, being always targeted

for destruction.”

contestants prior to the election.

The resolution shall come as soon

as we reconcile all issues which

are expected to be very brief, as

we are most eager to put the

incident behind us and forge

ahead.

“It was, indeed, a regrettable setback

to our expectation as board

members and to all those who

believe in the utility and sense of

purpose, which our association

Mrs Ugwuanyi’s

scholarship

beneficiaries

express

gratitude

OVER 100 beneficiaries of

the scholarship scheme of

wife of Enugu State governor,

Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi,

yesterday, joined women of the

state at their monthly prayer

rally to offer prayers for the

state.

The beneficiaries, who are

mostly indigent, used the

opportunity to express

gratitude to God for giving

Enugu State “a benevolent,

visionary and God-fearing

governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi,

and using his wife, Monica, to

wipe away their tears by

granting them free education

through scholarships.

Speaking at the event, one

of the earlier beneficiaries of the

scheme, which commenced

three years ago, Miss Winifred

Maduko, a First Class

graduate, stated that Mrs.

Ugwuanyi’s gesture has

enabled her to meet her

educational need in spite of her

poor background.

Miss Maduko disclosed that

the scholarship scheme, tagged

Project 102, has offered

scholarship to 105 candidates

since it commenced in 2016.

Emphasising the role of

education in alleviation of

poverty, Maduko, on behalf of

the beneficiaries, commended

Mrs. Ugwuanyi for her

philanthropic disposition.

Explaining how this scheme

came about, Mrs. Ugwuanyi

said: “We came into the villages

during school hours and saw

children out of schools. We

started asking questions and

were told that they were out of

schools.

“It is true that in Enugu State

education is free, at least to the

basic level But there are certain

fees to be paid. We provided

uniforms, sandals, bags, books

and other writing materials.”

She enjoined the people to

be selfless and extend helping

hands to the needy to make the

world a better place.

The event also featured raffle

draws, where winners went

home with washing machine,

blender, grinding machine,

cooker, while some people

were equally empowered with

some items to start businesses.

represents.

“It is in the face of the foregoing

that the BoT set in motion a

mechanism meant to sanitise the

impasse and provide the needed

clue for a way forward.”

Other members in attendance

at the event were the outgoing

President, Chief Ebele Ubani;

Secretary-General, BoT, Chief

Obi Nwadigo, Lagos State;

Anomnze Nna Ndigbo in Lagos

and Eze Dr Cyril Osuala, among

others.


16—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

VISIT: Oyo State

Governor, Seyi

Makinde (middle),

General Manager,

Treasury Services,

Federal Mortgage

Bank of Nigeria,

Mr Kabiru

Yagboyaju (right)

and Group Head,

National Housing

Fund, Mr Abubakar

Musa Omar, during

the bank

management team's

visit to the

governor in Ibadan.

Oil exploration: Deal directly with us, Iko

community tells SEEPCO

•Alleges ill treatment by SEEPCO, NPDC

By Chioma

Onuegbu

UYO—INDIGENES of

Iko community,

Eastern Obolo Local

Government Area, Akwa

Ibom State have vowed to

use legal measures to resist

any attempt by Sterling

Energy Exploration and

Production Company

Nigerian Limited,

SEEPCO, to prevent

Nigeria Petroleum

Development Company,

NPDC, from having a

direct negotiation and

agreement with them on all

issues relating to the

operations of the company

in Utapate oil and gas field

development project in the

OML 13.

Elders, women and

youths of the community,

who staged a peaceful

protest against alleged ill

treatment by NPDC and

Sterling Energy

Exploration and Production

Company Nigeria Limited,

SEEPCO, said the

SEEPCO will not be

allowed into the town to

carry out its operations until

it calls for a dialogue and

meet directly with them on

the vexed issues.

Protem Chairman of the community,

Mr. Sampson Agba,

Youth President, Mr. Evans Toyo,

Woman Leader, Mrs. Amira

Sampson, Elder David Ufford and

others who spoke during the

protest, accused the company of

using divide and rule tactics to

cause problems in the community,

insisting that the company must

carry out an Environmental

Impact Assessment and respect

their right to a General

Memorandum of Understanding,

GMoU.

Meanwhile, addressing

newsmen, the community

solicitor and human rights

activist, Dr. Akpor Mudiaga-Odje,

said NPDC in partnership with

SEEPCO “Are now in the process

of operating in full, OML 13,

which is substantially located

within the precincts and

boundaries of our client, Iko

community.

“The Iko community hosts the

largest oil fields, that is, Utapate

Oil Fields and a Flow-station in

the OML 13 Cluster

arrangements as established by

the Nigerian Petroleum

Development Company, NPDC.

Mudiaga-Odje who addressed

newsmen moments before the

protest, said: “The issues at stake

in this context are truly located

within the present intention of

SEEPCO to commence work

with a view of operating OML 13

owned by NPDC.

“President Muhammadu

Buhari has graciously approved

the commencement of operation

of OML 13 with a view of raising

the national crude oil output to

three million barrels per day by

April, 2020.

“The above was sequel to the

payment of the sum of $3.15 billion

by SEEPCO to the NPDC for

the operation of the OML 13.

Needless to say that, the Iko community

hosts the largest oil fields,

that is Utapate Oil Fields and a

flow-station in the OML 13 Cluster

arrangements as established

by NPDC.

“Our clients had expected that

the State Government, Eastern

Obolo Local Government

Council, SEEPCO and Naturals

Oil Services Limited, NOSL will

directly interface with the Iko

community on these issues and

more, as duly represented by Our

clients.

“However, to our clients’

chagrin and utter dismay,

SEEPCO decided on the contrary

to set up a committee for that

purpose, and which said

committee does not represent in

its true sense the interests of our

clients, Iko Community.

“Our clients have therefore,

resolved unequivocally and

unanimously to henceforth deal

directly with NPDC on this matter

of the operations of OML 13 as

they have completely lost faith in

the sincerity of SEEPCO and

NOSL on this Issue.”

Enugu traders protest 2yrs caretakers'

administration

By Dennis Agbo

ENUGU—TRADERS in

Ogbete main market

Enugu have protested

none conduct of election for

the administration of the

market union for over two

years.

The traders who carried

placards indicating their

grievances protested in the

council premises of Enugu

North local government

headquarters along

Okpara avenue, Enugu.

Some of the placards

read: “Ogbete traders don’t

want caretakers again,”

“Give Ogbete date of

election,” “We are not going

without date of election,”

“Our election should not

pass two weeks from today.”

Leader of the Concerned

Ogbete market traders, Mr.

Osita Ike who spoke on

their behalf told the

chairman of Enugu North

local government council,

that the over stay of the

caretaker committee in

Ogbete for a period of two

years and one month

instead of six months was

long over due.

He lamented that it was

an abberration for nontrader

to over see the

administration of traders

inside the market and

called for immediate

conduct of election.

“Enugu state is one of the most

peaceful states and does not need

crisis, therefore we are demanding

for immediate dissolution of the

caretaker government, immediate

conduct of election in this

month of September 2019,” Ike

demanded.

Chairman of Enugu North local

government council, Hon. Emma

Onoh appealed to the protesters

to go back to their shops while he

dialogues for conduct of election

in the market.

He charged them not to be

violent in their agitation but to

maintain peace until the election

is conducted.

Police dettachment from

Enugu Area command

supervised the peaceful protest

and assured the traders that their

compliants would be directed to

the appropriate quarters.

St Ambrose's

Old Students

Association

meets

THE old students

association of St

Ambrose's College

Usiefurun (SACOSA),

Udu /Jeremi branch,will

host the National

General Meeting on

S a t u r d a y

14th.September,2019.

The venue is Daddy Bakery

opposite Udu Market,

Ovwian at 11.00am.

Technology hands start ups

key to $5.1trn FX market

More than five years since global foreign exchange (FX)

trading was tainted by a rigging scandal, a handful of banks

are more dominant than ever and show no sign of weakening their

grip on the $5.1 trillion (4.13 trillion pounds)-a-day electronic

market.

But below the radar a new breed of start-ups is seeking to break

their hegemony by pursuing the smaller but higher-margin customer-facing

FX business used by asset managers, pension funds

and insurance companies.

Data analytics firm Coalition estimates the bulk of daily flows

are between banks and the majority are likely to remain with the

big lenders, notably Citi, JPMorgan, Bank of America Merrill

Lynch, HSBC and UBS who together hold almost 45 percent of

worldwide FX trading, up from around 35 percent in 2012.

The upstarts say banks can read trading patterns to obtain higher

prices from asset managers, who should instead save millions of

dollars a year, as much as 50% in FX trading costs, by trading

directly with each other.

Wall Street down as global

growth worries hit tech stocks

United States (US) stocks fell in morning trading

yesterday as weak economic data from China

added to fears of a global recession and pushed investors

out of riskier technology stocks.

China’s factory-gate prices shrank 0.8 percent in August,

the sharpest pace of decline in three years, as businesses

slashed prices to cope with flagging demand amid

a bruising trade war with the United States that has slowed

growth in the world’s second largest economy.

Microsoft Corporation was the biggest drag on the

S&P 500 for the second straight session. Losses in Visa

Incorporated and Mastercard Incorporated pulled the

tech sector .SPLRCT 1.51 percent lower. Healthcare

stocks .SPXHC were down 1.26 percent.

Bank stocks .SPXBK were the top boost to the financial

sector, rising 1.06 percent, while energy stocks

jumped 1.53 percent. U.S. Treasury yields US2YT=RR

US10YT=RR climbed to fresh three-week peaks. [US]

Trading so far this week has largely been subdued as

investors hold out for policy decisions from central

banks on potential monetary easing.

SoftBank in talks to invest

in Latam venture capital

funds

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corporation is in talks with

venture capital firms in Latin America to invest hundreds

of millions of dollars in their funds, a move likely

to speed up spending of a $5 billion regional venture capital

fund, three sources with knowledge of the matter said.

So far, SoftBank has only announced direct investments

using the fund’s resources, injecting capital into Colombian

delivery app Rappi, Brazilian lender Creditas, gym

membership app Gympass and Mexican payments firm

Clip, for instance.

However, SoftBank’s Latin America fund also plans to

invest in venture capital funds as a way to further foster

innovation in the region, the sources said on condition of

anonymity. The strategy will position SoftBank closer to

startups that may eventually grow big enough to receive

the group’s direct investments.

SoftBank executives told fund managers it intends to

deploy roughly $500 million in five to 10 funds, one

source said.

WeWork IPO valuation

may dip below $20bn

WeWork is considering slashing the valuation of its

planned stock market launch to below $20 billion,

two people familiar with the matter said, the latest blow

to leading tech investor SoftBank Group after limp

flotations of Uber and Slack..

Having previously hoped to be in a position to begin its

roadshow to pitch the initial public offering (IPO) to investors

as early as this week, We Company may now wait

until Monday of next week, one source also said.

The valuation for the money-losing U.S. office-sharing

startup could be as low as $15 billion-$18 billion, one of

the sources with direct knowledge of the matter said,

roughly a third of the $47 billion We Company was valued

at when Softbank made a follow-on investment in the

company.

Stories credited to Reuters & BCC


TWENTY years ago, the

British government

pledged to end child poverty

within a generation, choosing

to centre its domestic policy on

achieving equal opportunity for

all its citizens. With 1.1 million

children lifted out of poverty by

2010, the UK was on track

towards achieving this goal

although a change of

government (with its budget

cuts and austerity measures) has

jeopardised these aims.

Nonetheless, in 2010, all

political parties in the United

Kingdom renewed their

promise to British children

through the Child Poverty Act,

a national pledge to sustainably

impact generations of present

and future citizens.

Imagine if 20 years ago in

Nigeria, on the strength of our

return to democracy, then

President Olusegun Obasanjo

had committed significant

resources towards improving

early education or if the

National Assembly had made

“the law the public conscience”,

to quote a philosopher, Hobbes,

wouldn’t the fates of the army

of young people recruited by

Boko Haram or the Niger Delta

Avengers have been different?

Marginalisation

of millions

Rather than supervise the defunding

and privatisation of

Nigerian education (and many

other national assets), and,

therefore, the marginalisation of

millions of Nigerians who

cannot afford the fees of private

universities and secondary

schools operated by then

members of government, our

democracy could have been

built on a surer foundation by

refusing to see poverty as

inevitable and by showing real

commitment to eliminating a

social situation which

contributes in no small measure

towards ethno-religious conflict.

The same could be said of

many African nations grappling

with insecurity and xenophobia.

The poor blame foreigners for

deprivation, ignoring the real

issue: globally, democratisation

came with political rights but

not with the concomitant

economic opportunities which

assure national stability and

cohesion. Nigeria must show

leadership in Africa: besides

Benny Hinn

THE Israeli televangelist

has renounced the

prosperity gospel which he

helped popularise around the

world. In a live broadcast and

to the shock of many, he said:

“It’s an offense to the Lord, it’s

an offense to say give $1,000. I

think it’s an offense to the Holy

Spirit to place a price on the

Gospel”.

He also called tithing

extortion, a “gimmick” to

“squeeze” money out from a

congregation.

Much damage has been done

to the psyche of developing

countries through the

commercialisation of religion,

where one buys forgiveness for

misdeeds, like in medieval

Poverty in a world of plenty: A legislative challenge

actively condemning

xenophobia (and recalling our

long history of supporting antiapartheid

regimes in southern

Africa), we must develop a state

whose moral principles of

solidarity and equality are

translated into law. Nigeria,

with its many people and ethnic

groups, is a potential template

for managing plurality in the

modern world, if lawmaking in

our society adheres to the

principles of nation-building.

Our National Assembly must

imbibe positive change into the

fabric of our society, assist

democratic ideals to veritably

take root in government and

governance by passing bills that

fix pressing social concerns and

entrench them, so they become

a part of the public mindset, not

to be challenged or undone by

ill-meaning politics or

politicians in the future. After

the Second World War, the

welfare state in Europe was

legislated into being, creating

the inalienable right to certain

free or subsidised government

•Benny Hinn

times, on the strength of one’s

offering. The damage done to

the rule of law and to public

ethics and values cannot be

quantified.

services.

Ironically, although these

policies, by investing in

citizens, helped create the

stability and democratic politics

The Nigerian

National Assembly

can show

leadership in Africa

by setting a

national pro-poor

agenda and

dialoguing with

people, involving

them in lawmaking

of the West in the 20 th century,

in Africa, the IMF and World

Bank advocated drastically

cutting public services, the

effects of which we are just

realising today, nearly 30 years

Power probe

THE sixth House of

Representatives probed

the Olusegun Obasanjo

administration’s spending $16

billion on power.

In 2008, the Ndudi Elumeluled

House and ad hoc committee

on power investigated and

revealed, on live television,

what was alleged to be the

practice at the time: contractors

without any proven ability or

capacity surprisingly received

multi-billion Naira contracts

which they were unable to

execute, thus resulting in work

being abandoned around the

country.

Following this, another probe

was announced involving the

ninth Assembly which should

pick up where its predecessors

left off.

Without resolving the

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019 —17

later, when advanced Only parliament can ensure

economies which continued to that we start to spend on

invest in their people have healthcare and education

been able to maintain countries again, through their approval

invested in the same largely of laws and budgets which steer

progressive goals.

policy implementation in a propeople

direction, creating an

We must realise the

consequences of deregulation inclusive economy, without

(which is already being which the lofty goals of peace

challenged around the world) and cohesiveness will remain a

distant dream. Imagine if

members of the National

Assembly from the North, for

example, passed bills to assist

poor farmers in insuring their

crops against desertification and

climate change, the effects

would have been felt across the

Sahel.

Support to farmers through

laws to promote access to

fertilizer and other agricultural

necessities would impact food

security. With food security,

combined with a legislative

agenda to combat climate

change, would Boko Haram

have found it so easy to recruit?

We must legislate on lasting

social protection mechanisms

coupled with rural and urban

and the withdrawal of the state,

the consequences of the

defective provision of national

services by incompetent private

entities (e.g. in our power

sector), a model that has made

a handful of people rich,

leaving the majority without

access to much needed facilities

or public assistance.

This is what the masses in

South Africa should be angry at,

not the presence of equally poor

Nigerians etching out a living.

But elites around the world

have mastered the eternal art

of divide and conquer. The rise

of populism in the US, the UK

and Brazil where the poor of

these countries are pitted

against immigrants and

minorities is an electoral

strategy. Can the parliaments of

the world, the people’s true

representatives, arise to this

century’s challenge,

confronting the dangerous

absurdity and immorality of

poverty in a world of plenty?

allegations of large-scale

misuse of government funds,

we cannot get to the bottom of

the frustrations and resentments

of Nigerians (and Africans at

large) who see a small, affluent

section of society continuously

access riches and opportunity

through its connection to

government, while the majority

stagnates or falls deeper into

poverty.

This mystery of poverty for the

masses, in a global context of

plenty, where we are able to

produce more goods and

wealth than at any other time

in human history, will either be

the crisis that prompted true

democratic reform or the reason

for our demise accelerated by

climate change, itself a result of

exploitation and unsustainable,

unjust economic relations.

community regeneration

programmes. Unless National

Assemblies take legislative

action to tackle poverty and

make our socio-economic

systems fairer and more

inclusive, the African continent

and indeed the world, will

continue to be defined by class

conflict masquerading as racist

or xenophobic, ethno-religious

strife.

Increased

cooperation

The Nigerian National

Assembly can show leadership

in Africa by setting a national

(and why not regional) propoor

agenda and dialoguing

with people, involving them in

law-making. What we need at

this time is increased

cooperation between the people

and governments of Africa and

the global South, to learn from

each other’s successes and

challenges. NASS should

provide the platform for

ordinary people, constituents, to

translate their wishes to

government, making sure their

demands are considered

through budget oversight and

ensuring resource allocation

meets people’s needs.

Finally, in a country which

struggles to fund its budgets

while many of the wealthiest

companies and people get away

with paying little to nothing in

taxes, where financial

impropriety continues to

jeopardise government’s ability

to deliver services for its people,

the National Assembly must

urgently propose bills to

provide financial justice, rather

than what Nigerians have

always known, which is

exploitation of the majority, in

an environment that neither

rewards nor promotes justice or

common human decency.

Tabia Princewill is a

strategic communications

consultant and public policy

analyst. She is also the cohost

and executive producer

of a talk show, WALK THE

TALK which airs on

Channels TV.


18 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

WE are elated by the new song that

the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi

Sirika, sang after a recent meeting

with South East Governors over the

closure of the Akanu Ibiam

International Airport, Enugu.

The closure of the airport, which

took effect on August 24, 2019, had

drawn massive anxieties among

stakeholders in the South-East and

users of the airport because there was

no mention of the duration of the

closure and steps the Federal

Government would take to correct the

problems complained of.

Instead, Sirika had simply said the

airport, which is more than 50 years

old, would be closed because of an offensive

radio mast and a nearby market

that attracts birds, thus presenting

the risk of bird strikes on aircraft.

Even when the spokesperson of the

Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria,

FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, assured

the closure was for the purpose

Sirika’s new song on Enugu Airport

of repairing and expanding the ragged

runway, she gave no further details.

This was totally unlike the case of

the Abuja airport whose closure for

six weeks in March 2017 was heralded

by elaborate preparations to divert

traffic to Kaduna Airport while credible

contractors worked on the second

runway day and night till completion.

At the meeting penultimate weekend,

Sirika said the airport would be

reopened before December 2019, and

that reputable construction companies

like Julius Berger and PW had been

contracted to work “day and night”

to ensure the runway is extended and

the tarmac and buildings destroyed by

rainstorms are repaired.

Said he: “Indeed for us at the centre

in this federating country, we take the

city of Enugu extremely important,

because what Enugu is to the South

East is what Kaduna, for example, is

to the North or Ibadan to the South

West.

“So, contemplating to close down

the runway in the heart of the South

Eastern part of the country, (sic) very

mobile, very enterprising people, it’s

not done without complete respect and

regard to the activities around this

centre. It was purely based on safety

to ensure that people (who) are flying

into the airport do so safely”.

We find these words very

reassuring, and as a newspaper, we

will keep an eye on this project to its

logical conclusion.

We believe the only way this country

will develop is for public amenities

built with our commonwealth to be

evenly distributed among the six

geopolitical zones.

It will not only promote even

development, it will also give every

section a sense of belonging and

increase their love for the country.

We call on the governments and

peoples of the South-East to give the

Federal Government maximum

support to complete this project, and

ensure that the use of the alternative

Owerri and Asaba airports is as safe

and convenient as possible for

travellers.

OPINION

Blundered past, xenophobia and diplomatic crossroads

By SAMUEL OROVWUJE

You cannot escape the responsibility of

tomorrow by evading it today – Abraham

Lincoln

THE Nigeria - South Africa Relations

has displayed two contrasting faces

over the last three decades or so. Nigeria’s

flamboyant and frenetic African relations

consistently reflect a strong sense of

cooperation, solidarity and intoxicating

big brother role; in contrast, South Africa

speaks about Nigeria with unrealistic

political ambiguities and diplomatic

insensibility.

The current face-off or stand-off over

xenophobic attacks on Nigerian citizens

and other African nationals has raised

tensions in Nigeria-South Africa Relations

at citizens - to - citizens engagement.

This article examines the foundational

issues of racial intolerance and dislike for

foreigners, particularly Nigerians in South

Africa within the broader past framework

of the apartheid regime and indeed the

post-apartheid socio-economic reality,

which has over time shaped the existential

notions of false community and vague

entitlement.

This also shapes the empty sense of

belonging amongst a number of Black

South Africans and on other the hand,

Nigeria’s daunting task of addressing the

country’s myriad domestic challenges. It

also maintains its unproductive and lack

of economic gains abroad as a regional

leader in Africa as well a global player in

some important international fora like the

United Nations.

Additionally, it highlights fresh

perspectives to recalibrating reverse

migration and building robust foreign

policy and diplomatic template that

priortise economic prosperity and

national pride. Apart from that, the

provision of social inclusion schemes at

home for the average citizen will help to

restore hope for young Nigerians from

poverty- stricken purgatory village life

waiting to brave the journey of no return.

At least they would not become victims of

xenophobic attacks in South Africa or face

death sentences in obscure Asian

countries.

Indeed, the question of xenophobia in

contemporary South Africa discourse, in

my view, are profound psychosomatic

carry-over or the blatant negative product

of the humiliating apartheid regime that

cannot be wish away from the collective

consciousness of the people of the rainbow

nation. The attendant dispossession of

their existential pride has often blurred

the spirit of the African brotherhood.

The despicable and repugnant apartheid

regime also bruised the ego and sense of

humanity of these great Africans who

became vulnerable and exploited in their

own land, and the reality of these past facts

has continued to obstruct the wheel of

progress and development.

The political crisis of that dark era led

to social dislocation, which in turn

affected their economic means,

educational attainment and the required

skill sets that would have prepared them

for high-level jobs and proper integration

into a new democratic South Africa that

promises a brighter future.

Similarly, Nigeria with the treacherous

military regimes over the years has failed

in its domestic management of petrol

receiveables and to a very large extent

could not translate its foreign policy

aspirations into reality. President

Muhammadu Buhari will continue to

confront major challenges, ranging from

security constraints at home to incomplete

social engineering, true federalism,

nagging resource nationalism and justice.

These challenges in my view have

profound implications for Nigeria’s policy

towards South Africa, given the closer ties

between the two countries over the past

few years. Nigerian policymakers should

factor in these realities as they fashion next

level Nigeria - South Africa relations.

Xenophobic violence is not a new

phenomenon in post-apartheid South

Africa. The recent xenophobic attacks

have been attributed to a combination of

factors which include local political

pressures over time, increases in prices of

Nigeria’s diplomacy

should not dwell much on

the criticism of the

xenophobic attacks in South

Africa, but rather on

creating an enabling

environment that would

create jobs

basic goods, high levels of unemployment

which stood at 25 per cent and the growing

concerns and frustrations about the South

African government under incumbent

President Cyril Ramaphosa to provide

essential services to poor people and the

resultant economic hardship

and tensions surrounding crime and

competition over scarce resources by nonnational

population.

The continued socio-economic issues

are pushing the average South African

into extreme poverty in the midst of plenty

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and there is a high level of dissatisfaction

with the scheme of things after the fall of

the apartheid regime. From 2008, there

were 135 separate violent incidents that

left 62 people dead, at least 670 wounded

and unfortunately, dozens were carnally

assaulted and many properties destroyed

and looted without compensation.

Going forward, Nigeria’s diplomacy

should not dwell much on the criticism of

the xenophobic attacks in South Africa;

but rather concrete efforts should be made

at home to create an enabling environment

that would create jobs and livelihoods for

the common people in Nigeria and, by

extension, South Africa for its own people.

In addition, the South Africa domestic

environment has been hostile to nonnationals,

particularly undocumented

migrants, and there is implicit culture of

impunity which encourages mob justice

in most communities.

More importantly, Black South Africans’

inhumanity to other Africans, particularly

Nigerians, is also fuelled and supported

by the wide-spread corruption and

institutionalised xenophobia in the police,

immigration services and other state

structures, apart from lack of requisite

knowledge and respect in handling legal

and policy framework for dealing with

non-nationals in the area of conflict

management.

It is important to note that people

migrating in search for safer and more

prosperous living conditions is as old as

man.

Additionally, the right of any person to

leave any country is enshrined in the 1948

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

and the 1965 International Convention on

the Elimination of All Forms of Racial

Discrimination.

•Orovwuje, a public affairs analyst,

wrote from Lagos


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45.2401 45.314 45.388

20.842 20.8761 20.9101

CBN Exchange rate as at 10/09/2019

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019 — 19

CBN slams penalties for delayed

e-payment transactions

By Elizabeth Adegbesan

THE Central Bank of Nigeria,

CBN, has ordered that Payment

Service Providers, PSPs, in the

country would pay N1,000 for each

delayed transaction on electronic

payments or collection channels.

The apex bank gave the order in

its latest issued Regulation on

electronic payments and collections

for public and private sectors in

Nigeria.

According to the regulator, the

regulation is a revision of the 2014

Guidelines on e-payment of

salaries, pensions, suppliers and

taxes in Nigeria and is aimed at

guiding the end-to-end electronic

payment of salaries, pensions and

other remittances, suppliers and

revenue collections in the country.

It noted: “This Regulation applies

to all CBN regulated entities

operating in Nigeria and mandates

adoption, implementation and

compliance with the directives on

end-to-end electronic payments of

all forms of salaries, pensions &

other remittances, suppliers,

revenue collections including but

not limited to taxes, levies,

penalties, recoveries, assessments,

and the disbursement of funds for

social programs payments bills,

honorarium, scholarships,

allowances, etc. herein referred to

collectively as ‘payments and

collections’.”

On infractions and sanctions for

PSPs the regulation read: “If e-

payment solution is not approved

by CBN, PSPs shall immediately

cease the provision or offering of

such un-approved e-payment

solutions; pay penalty of N1million

on every occurrence.

“Non completion of transactions

within stipulated timelines due to

challenges with solution provider’s

platform or operational inefficiency

and non-return of un-applied funds

within stipulated timelines, will

attract a penalty of N1,000 for every

transaction; Penalty of N1,000 for

every transaction delayed; Other

penalty as may be applicable in the

relevant payment channel

regulation.”

On infractions and sanctions for

Deposit Money Banks (DMBs),

Other Financial Institutions (OFIs)

and Mobile Money Operators

(MMOs), it read: “When third

party e-payment solution is not

approved by CBN, terminate use

of the unapproved end-to-end e-

payment solution will attract a

warning letter to the Managing

Director; and penalty of N2 million

for DMB and N1 million for OFIs

on every repeated occurrence.

“Transactions not consummated

within the timelines prescribed in

the relevant Payment channel

regulation and non-return of unapplied

funds to payer’s account

within 24 hours will attract a penalty

of N1,000 per transaction or any

part thereof not consummated

within stipulated timeline; Funds

to be returned at the prevailing

Monetary Policy Rate, MPR for the

period and report of infraction in

annual report; and other penalty

as may be applicable in the relevant

payment channel regulation.’’

“Non-provision of quarterly

report on end-to-end e-payment of

salaries, pensions, suppliers &

taxes to the CBN and submission

of false or inaccurate reports will

attract N5,000 penalty for each day

for which report is not provided to

the CBN; Penalty of N250,000 and

a warning letter to the Managing

Director .”

From left: Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Deputy Director, Mr kayode Asanmo; CBN Deputy

Director, Mr Haruna Mustafa; Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria

(ABCON) President, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe; Manager, Travelex World Wide Money, during

the CBN sensitization workshop on Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of

Terrorism (AML/CFT) and Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in

West Africa (GIABA) held in Lagos.

NIMASA, NOSDRA mull plans to access oil spills

compensation Fund

•As spills in Nigeria records a downward trend

By Godwin Oritse

THE

Nigerian

M a r i t i m e

Administration and

Safety Agency,

NIMASA and the

National Oil Spill

Detection and

Response Agency,

NOSDRA, are

currently meeting to

plan how to process

and access

compensation for

victims of oil spills in

Nigeria from the

International Oil

P o l l u t i o n

Compensation Fund,

IOPC.

This is just as

Nigeria continues to

record a downward

trend in oil spills

across the country in

the last seven years.

Speaking at the

National workshop on Oil

Pollution Liability and

Compensation in Lagos,

yesterday, Minister of

Environment,

Dr.

Mohammad Abubakar, said

that the move was targeted

at drawing attention to the

scope and implementation of

IOPC.

Abubakar, represented by

the Director General,

NOSDRA, Mr. Idris Musa,

also said that the workshop

will deepen the

understanding of common

challenges and complexities

of oil spill.

Abubakar stated:

“Consideration should not

only be given to socioeconomic

losses suffered by

individuals or communities,

but also to ecological damage

by way of effective

restoration of the damaged

ecosystem.

“Particular attention must

be paid to how our citizen can

adhere strictly to the

procedure for accessing the

benefits inherent in the

International Oil Pollution

Compensation Fund, IOPC”.

Earlier in his opening

remarks, Director General of

NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku

Peterside, said that Nigeria

needs to develop strategies

and policies for effective

shoreline response.

Meanwhile, there has been

a downward trend in the

number of oil spills as only

30,000 metric tons (mt) of oil

spills were recorded last year

compared to 2.26 million

metric tons (mmt) in 2012.

According to Mr. Mark

Homan, Claims Manager, the

IOPC, 2.65 mmt of oil spills

were recorded in 2013,

2.7mmt in 2014, 1.8mmt in

2015, while 815,000 mt and

24,000mt were recorded in

2016 and 2017, respectively.

Next Titan S-6:

Heritage Bank

boosts

entrepreneurship

among youths

Heritage Bank Plc, has again

thrown its usual support

behind the The Next Titan,

season-6 of the reality TV show

targeted at giving young

entrepreneurs opportunity to

display their ingenuity and talents.

Speaking during the audition at

the Sheba Event Centre in Lagos,

the Managing Director, Ifie

Sekibo, stated that the bank has

continued to make seamless efforts

to demonstrate its commitment

towards developing and

positioning youths to become

world-class citizens equipped and

ready to be absorbed into an

increasingly competitive

workforce. “One of the reasons

why we chose, as an organization,

to support the entrepreneurial

growth and welfare of the youths

is to see young men and women

play vital roles in the socioeconomic

development of the

country and help curb the high

level of unemployment,” Sekibo

said. Represented by the bank’s

Head, Brand Management &

Sustainability, Corporate

Communications, Ozena Utulu,

Sekibo said Heritage Bank is

positioned to lead the recovery of

the economy through enhancing

youth entrepreneurship

development and engendering

self-employment via its various

initiatives and products.

NPF

Microfinance

unveils

education

financing

product

By Yinka Kolawole

THE NPF Microfinance

Bank has unveiled its

children’s education

financing product, Kids

Education Account (KEA),

aimed at supporting parents

to pay school fees seamlessly.

A statement from the bank

said the product was

conceptualised to enable

significant enrolment in schools

for millions of Nigerian children

who are denied their right to

education, essentially due to

poverty.

According to the bank,

restricted access to education is

one of the surest ways of

transmitting poverty from

generation to generation, adding

that education is a vital human

right, enshrined in the Universal

Declaration of Human Rights and

the United Nations Convention

on the Rights of the Child.

“In designing the product,

we believe that every child

should have the right to

quality education so that they

can have more chances in life,

including employment

opportunities, better health

and also to participate in the

political process. Early

childhood education and care

as conceptualised and

incorporated in the features of

the product makes it a unique

financing option currently

being offers in the banking

industry,” the bank stated.

The statement noted that the

product is unique because it

guarantees access to up to 50

percent school fees offered as

loan to interested parents.


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22 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019


Nigeria’s greasy, sleazy,

billion-dollar oil theft industry

This is the concluding part of the

investigative report which was first

published yesterday.

By MICHAEL EBOH

TRANSPARENCY International further

noted that investigations had similarly

suggested that soldiers know the locations of

the illegal cooking pots, are often paid off not

to close down oil theft rings, and maintain an

overview of the illegal operations.

“A more recent analysis quotes one worker

employed by an illegal refinery pointing out

a Nigerian military helicopter flying over the

site of his operation after flames and smoke -

all by-products of the oil refining processes -

had been released into the air. There was,

however, no investigation and no attempt to

close down the illegal cooking pot.

“The interviewee reported that he works with

the ‘navy, marine police, NSCDC and the

army’, paying them in order to allow passage

or to enable operations to be run smoothly

and without interference, a relationship that

only turns sour if one tries ‘to get crude oil

without putting them in the know.'

“In October 2018, the Navy were forced to

deny allegations that personnel collected huge

bribes from oil bunkerers in exchange for

allowing them to operate freely in Bille coastal

communities in Rivers State,” the TI report

disclosed.

Pipeline

vandalism

Furthermore, the Nigerian Natural Resource

Charter, NNRC, declared that crude oil theft

had defied all efforts to eradicate it because

proceeds from the illicit activity had been

fuelling crimes in the Niger Delta and was

also being used to finance local and regional

elections in the oil-producing region and the

country in general.

The NNRC, in a report on crude oil theft,

disclosed that it had been observed over the

years, that prior to any election in Nigeria,

cases of crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism

skyrocket in the country.

The global extractive industry watchdog also

stated that oil theft tends to rise during periods

of high crude oil prices and in periods of

increased production as well as when militant

groups are signaling the need for renegotiation

of their amnesty payoffs. It blamed

the rising trend of crude oil theft on the absence

of a comprehensive law or agency dealing

with pipeline security as well as the fact

that several organisations overlap with each

limited roles. The NNRC further highlighted

the rise on the decentralised role of various

agencies involved to curb the challenge, apart

from acts and laws that were not in line with

current realities.

Arrests

Despite the complicity of some security

operatives, several arrests are still being made

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019 — 23

and many of the suspects still being

prosecuted. In addition to the arrest of Shuaibu

Ogunmola in January this year, troops of the

81 Division of the Nigerian Army, had in May

2019, arrested five oil thieves at Akute, Ogun

State, while troops from the same military

formation arrested 15 pipeline vandals at Ilara

and Imagbon areas of Ikorodu, Lagos and also

arrested six person caught vandalising oil installations

at Fagbile Estate, Isheri-Ijegun,

Lagos.

In October 2018, officers of the Nigerian

Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC,

arrested 35 oil thieves and oil well head

vandals in Rivers State; while in September

2018, officers from the Nigerian Navy arrested

14 suspects with nine trucks laden with

petroleum products and crude oil in Rivers

State.

In December 2018, NSCDC said it had

arrested a total of 132 suspected oil thieves in

Rivers State, impounded 15 vehicles, 36 trucks

loaded with petroleum products, in addition

to 20 boats and two vessels, four barges and

170 drums. In July 2019, the officers of the

Nigerian Navy in Rivers State arrested five

suspects who are specialists in oil pipeline

vandalisation and products theft.

Reasons, impacts of oil thefts

However, despite the various arrests, the

menace of crude oil and petroleum products

theft continued unabated due, according to

the NNRC, to the fact that existing laws do

not constitute a major deterrence and there is

widespread connivance and complacence of

government and military officials.

These, it claimed, have allowed oil theft to

skyrocket over the last 10 years. Crude oil theft

has impacted the

country negatively,

especially as it has

polluted the land and

contaminated the

water with Benzene

carcinogen at levels

around 900, higher

than the World Health

Organisation’s, WHO,

approved level for

drinking water.

It has also led to a

Reports had it

that crude oil

thefts have led

to decline in

school

enrollments

and increased

child

malnutrition

rise in the activities of

bush refineries and brought about a major

devastation of land and water in the Niger

Delta region, to the extent that the cleanup of

Ogoniland is estimated to cost $1 billion for

1,000 square kilometres. The Ogoni cleanup,

it was estimated, would take over two decades

to complete; that is, to restore the vegetation

to its original state, while the extrapolated

costs of cleaning the entire Niger-Delta

was estimated to be in excess of $3 billion.

Reports had it that crude oil thefts have led

to decline in school enrollments and increased

child malnutrition; reduced the life expectancy

of the average Niger-Delta inhabitant to 40

years compared to 54.5 years national

average; and brought about an increase in the

consumption of contaminated food with high

levels of traceable metals and hydrocarbons.

Furthermore, the NNRC noted that the

advent of bush refineries has caused unrest

and threat of violence due to struggle for

control rights and high registration fees; while

control rights infighting has led to arms

proliferation among rival gangs.

The NNRC disclosed that these criminal

gangs enjoy support from locals due to under

development of the region and

minimal government support

and infrastructure; while it alleged

complicity by highly

placed civilians and military

personnel who secure release

of arrested vandals.

It added that crude oil theft

had engendered loss of

economic activities and jobs to

neighbouring countries due to

insecurity, displacement of civilians

due to clashes between

militants and military forces,

with their properties destroyed

during clashes. Professor

Obafemi Ajibola, Managing

Director/Chief Executive Officer of New Nigerian

Foundation, NNF, maintained that every

Nigerian should be interested in putting an end

to the menace, because it is a national issue that

affects everyone and involves loss of lives.

He said: “These revenue losses and environmental

effects are significant and should not be

overlooked. In addition, oil theft has become an

enterprise involving institutions, security personnel,

criminals and communities, and because it

has a value chain, it does not respond to one line

of intervention.”

A social development consultant, Mr. Niyi

Awodeyi, noted that most of the children in the

Niger Delta, instead of focusing on their

education, are attracted to the crude oil theft

business. To curb crude oil theft in the country,

NOSDRA chief executive, Idris Musa advocated

more resources and tools for security operatives

to perform their work effectively as well as the

periodic transfer of security operatives to avoid

getting influenced by oil thieves and proper orientation

for security operatives to minimise corruption.

He also called for the real-life satellite monitoring/surveillance

programmes for crude oil and

replacement of ageing pipelines and other facilities.

Replacement of

ageing pipelines

Musa highlighted the need for a national

database of oil fingerprint, which would be linked

with such databases internationally, such as the

Eurocrude System. According to him, the national

database of oil fingerprint would mark Nigerian

oil with covert molecular fuel markers that would

be virtually impossible for thieves to detect and

also allow regulators to determine if fuel sold at

dispensing stations are from illegal sources or

not.

In his suggestion for a more sustainable

approach, Musa called for the certification of

Nigerian crude oil going into the international

market, as this can track down oil thieves and

can enable the Federal Government block the

market for stolen crude, thereby serving as a

disincentive to the syndicates.

He further called for public exposure of illegal

supply network after arrest, collaboration with international

security outfits such as the Interpol to

track stolen oil, the thieves and their sponsors.

To address oil theft, the Federal Government

said it had commenced the tracking of Nigeria's

crude oil output and was currently working with

the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,

EFCC, to track vessels illegally lifting crude oil

from the country.

It claimed it had acquired the capacity to

monitor vessels operating in Nigeria and through

its monitoring of these vessels, it had observed

irregularities in the movement of some of the

vessels mandated to lift crude oil from Nigeria.

It said the data observed from the activities and

from the movement of vessels would help

determine the various loading points of the

vessels, the dead weight of the vessels and the

volume of crude oil lifted from the country by the

vessels.

It added that the tracking programme would

be extended to the downstream sector, to

determine the volume of Premium Motor Spirit,

PMS, also known as petrol, imported into the

country; the quantity of the products brought in

by each vessels; the depots the commodity are

stored, up to the points of retail to motorists.


24 — Vanguard, Wednesday, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

By Prince Osuagwu

The National Bureau of Sta

tistics, NBS, has just released

the telecom sector porting activities

for the second quarter of 2019,

indicating that the 4th telecom

operator 9Mobile is gaining tremendous

ground with the highest

number of subscribers porting into

its network at the end of the quarter.

9Mobile also led in quarter one,

gaining more subscribers from the

bigger networks. According to

NBS, the telecom operator which

has gone through harrowing times

from $1.2 billion loan debacle to

losing a major investor and part-

9Mobile gains 14, 469 subscribers from big operators in Q2’09 porting activities

ner Etisalat of UAE and a complicated

sales story managed to accumulate

a whopping 19,369 subscribers

in porting activities in the

quarter while just about 4,900 subscribers

left its services.

Breakdown of the statistics

showes that in April, MTN gained

3,018 subscribers and lost 942,

Glo gained 697 and lost 2,401,

Airtel gained 809 and lost 2,792

while 9mobile gained 4,017 and

lost 1,808. In May, MTN gained

3,018 and had 942 ported out of

its network, Glo gained 767 and

lost 3,013 Airtel gained 305 and

lost 5 while 9Mobile gained 6,691

and lost only 1,892

In June, MTN gained 1,524 and

lost 1,178, Glo gained 420 and lost

3,887, Airtel gained 241 and lost

73 while 9Mobile gained 8,661

and lost 1,200.

Generally, 9mobile, at the end

of the quarter, had a total of 19,369

subscribers porting into its network

while 4,900 subscribers left

to other networks. It was followed

by MTN which gained a total

number of 7,560 subscribers while

3,062 subscribers left. Also, Glo

gained a total of 1,884 subscribers

and lost 9,301. Airtel gained a

total of 1,355 subscribers while

losing 2,870 subscribers

It means that while 9Mobile

and MTN gained 14, 469 and

4,498 subscribers respectively at

the end of June 2019, in porting

activities, Globacom and Airtel

lost ,7, 417 and 1,515 subscribers

respectively at the end of the quarter.

Although 9Mobile gained tremendously

in porting activities

for the quarter, statistics also

showed that at the end of the quarter,

MTN still leads the pack in

total subscription with a total of

65,142,166 subscribers. This is

followed by Glo with 46,594,981

and Airtel with 45,929,995, while

9Mobile still takes the back seat

with 15,965,250 subscribers. The

figures put the total number of

subscribers in the telecom industry

at 173,632,392 at the end of

June 2019.

Meanwhile, Industry experts say

the statistics appear a verdict by

the subscribers and therefore,

while the operators who gained

subscribers are working to increase

the tally, those who lost subscribers

should use the opportunity

to reflect on where they went

wrong and tweak their services towards

regaining lost grounds.

Why ICT may double

petroleum contribution

to Nigeria’s GDP by 2021

By Prince Osuagwu,

Hi-Tech Editor

THE Oil sector has been

the mainstay of Nigerian

economy for a long time, but it

appears the growing influence

of the Information and Communications

Technology, ICT

sector, is going to change the

narratives.

Recent figures released by

the National Bureau of Statistics,

NBS puts ICT contribution

to the Gross Domestic

Product, GDP to 13.8 percent

as against that of petroleum 8.8

percent . Going by these figures,

the Minister of Communications,

Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim

Pantami, has predicted that

the ICT sector will not only

replace the oil sector as the

mainstay of the economy, but

will, in two years double what

it contributes to the GDP..

The Minister spoke at the

ongoing session of the International

Telecommunications

Union ITU Telecom World

2019, in Budapest, Hungary.

As the leader of Nigerian

delegation to the annual

event, Pantami said that the

government wants to sustain

the steady growth of ICT in the

country which underscores the

need for Nigeria to make

strong showing at events like

the ITU World.

He said such reputable ICT

events will enable delegates to

network and get the best ideas

which they will put into best

practice on getting back to

their respective countries.

He promised that the Nigerian

delegate to the event will

take time to put all of the ideas

gotten from several meetings

and networking, into good use

towards the development of

the country.

The Minister commended

the Nigerian Communications

Commission, NCC, for successfully

putting together Nigeria’s

participation and told

the delegates to maximise the

opportunity provided by the

attendance by thinking global

and acting local.

He said: “I want to

thank the NCC for organising

the Nigeria’s participation

to this very important

event. The effort

is highly commendable.

We hope the tempo will

be sustained.

“I’ve been saying it and

I’ll repeat it again that the

future of the world is in ICT.

It is a privilege to be part of

this sector and at the same

time to be with the stakeholders

of the ICT in Nigeria. If

you look at it critically, and

most importantly the recent

statistics released by the

NBC, it will tell you that the

future is indeed in the ICT. So

this is a clear indication that

at the pace ICT is growing in

Nigeria, most probably in the

next two to three years, the

contribution of the ICT to the

GDP will, at least, double that

of oil sector. This is a country

that was relying so much on

oil sector. But today the oil sector

is not even neighbours as

the gap between the two is

wide. ICT contributes 13 percent

as against eight bythe

I’ve been

saying it and

I’ll repeat it

again that the

future of the

world is in ICT

oil

sector.

The credit

should however

go to every

stakeholder in

the sector including

a

driver.”

The Chairman,

NCC’s

Board, Sena

t o r

Olabiyi

Durojaiye

c o m -

mended

the Minister

for

his wise

counsel

even as

the Executive

Vice

Chairman of the NCC, Prof

Umar Garba Danbatta, told the

Minister that the commission

has provided information on

what agencies under Ministry

of Communications are

busy doing to grow

the ICT sector in

Nigeria.

Nigeria’s delegation

to Budapest

included the Nigerian

Ambassador

to Hungary.

Ms Eniola

Olaitan Ajay,

Chairman, NCC

Board, Senator

Olabiyi Durojaiye,

Former

Chairman

NCC Board,

Alhaji Ahmad

Joda, Director

General National

Information

Technology

Development

Agency,

NITDA,

Mallam Kashifu

Inuwa

Ibrahim,

NCC

Commissioner, Mr Clem

Baiye, among others.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

It is cheaper to consign cargoes through Eastern ports — Agents, Importers

By Godwin Oritse

THE perennial traffic

gridlock in the Lagos

ports access roads has created

massive opportunities for cargo

operations in the Eastern ports

of the Nigerian Ports Authority,

NPA, as more importers are

now consigning their cargoes to

that region for cost

effectiveness.

Findings by Vanguard

Maritime Report revealed that

while it costs between

N1.3million and N1.5million to

transport a 20ft container from

Lagos ports to the Eastern flank

of the country, it costs about

N650,000 to move a container

from the Port Harcourt port to

Lagos.

Speaking to Vanguard

Maritime Report, a licensed

Customs agents Mr. Vincent

Kekereogo, who has abandoned

the Lagos ports for Eastern ports

said the number of days it take

a container to exit any port in

Lagos involves considerable

costs on both the importer,

transporter and agent.

Kekereogo said that it takes

far more time for vessels to drop

containers at the Lagos

terminals, get processed for

Customs clearance before they

are loaded on vehicles for

delivery, noting that what an

importer pays as demurrage on

a container in Lagos was

enough to clear his goods in Port

Harcourt port.

The seasoned Customs

agents said that terminal

operators in Lagos were

exploiting importers by

imposing all sorts of arbitrary

charges on containers, adding:

“A normal freight from China to

Lagos is between $2,800 and

$3,400 for 20 feet container but

from China to Port Harcourt it

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By Godwin Oritse

THE Nigerian Ports

Authority, NPA, has

indicated that the

fractionalisation of its pension

associations was driven by a

fight over the one percent

check-off dues on the estimated

N8.4 billion annual pension

payments accruable to retirees

of the organisation.

Speaking to Vanguard

Maritime Report on the crisis,

General Manager,

Superannuation Fund of the

NPA, Comrade Isa Suwaid,

said some money has been

given to the interim leadership

of the association noting that

NPA’s management would like

to know how they spent the

money.

Resolution of

the crisis

He stated: “Three groups are

fighting over this money, we will

like to know what they actually

do with this money”. He said

the management has been

trying to resolve the crisis within

the association adding that it

will continue to do so until a

truce was reached.

Speaking to Vanguard

Maritime Report on the

development, the secretary

general who claimed that he

was the authentic leader of the

Nigerian Ports Authority

Pensioners Welfare Association,

NPAPWA, Mr. Godwin

Nwigwe, said that long after

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More controversy over NPA pension money

•Fresh election for a new exco underway — NPA

the court judgments, none of

them has appealed adding that

only one aspect of the judgment

was executed.

Nwigwe said: “That aspect of

the judgment that was executed

is the handing over of assets of

the association to an interim

caretaker committee headed by

Comrade Ali Umoru which now

claims to be the leader of the

group.”

It was also gathered that the

NPA describes the election that

brought Mr. Charles Binitie led

executive as illegal but Nwigwe

challenged the NPA

management to decide the

legality of the election of its

pensioners.

He said: “A court of competent

jurisdiction ordered that an

election be held and over 5,000

retirees voted the people of their

choice only for NPA to say that

it will neither accept the result

of the election nor recognize the

elected executives. You can see

that NPA is the one stoking the

fire of division amongst the

retirees”.

The Board of Trustees of the

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•From left: Mr. Wole Gege, Vice Chairman; Mr. Chuks Igana; and Dr. Ignatius Uche of the

Port Facility Security Officer, PFSO, during the Forum’s monthly in Lagos.

NEXIM seeks Navy support on sealink

project, inland waterways operation

By Evelyn Usman

THE Managing Director

of the Nigerian Export–

Import Bank, NEXIM, Mr. Abba

Bello, has solicited partnership,

support and cooperation of the

Nigerian Navy towards

facilitating the regional Sealink

Project, internal waterways

operation and coastal trade.

Bello, who received the Chief

of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral

Ibok-Ete Ibas, on a courtesy visit,

identified the areas of support and

cooperation to include

involvement of the Navy

Hydrography Department in the

proposed survey of the lower

River Niger and River Benue

with the submission of data

collected to the Navy

Hydrography Department for

chart publishing.

Other areas, according to him,

included provision of security

support for safe navigation along

the trade routes/channels and

development of a mutually

beneficial partnership framework

to use the Naval Dockyard

Limited for servicing/repairs of

Sealink operated vessels, design

and construction of barges.

He added that the partnership

would also include recruitment of

retired naval personnel.

In response, Vice Admiral Ibas

underscored the commitment of

the Nigerian Navy to the security

of the nation’s waterways

following the establishment of

NNS LUGARD at Lokoja and

Naval Outposts at Onitsha and

NIWA debunks media reports on

leadership crisis

By Godwin Oritse

FOLLOWING

the

appointment of the

immediate past Managing

Director of the National Inland

Waterways Authority, NIWA,

Senator Olorunimbe Mamora as

Minister of the Federal Republic,

Mr. Danladi Ibrahim has taken

over as Managing Director of the

agency on an acting capacity.

A statement by the General

Manager, Corporate Affairs of

NIWA, Mr. Tayo Fadile, said

there was no truth in the media

report about leadership crisis in

the agency adding that there was

no leadership vacuum after

Senator Olorunimbe’s exit from

the agency.

Fadile said that the former

managing director officially

handed over to Danladi Ibrahim

who had acted as Managing

Director of NIWA before now. He

said that Danladi will act until the

Federal Government appoints a

substantive managing director.

Part of the statement read: “We

have read some maritime

publications and stories on the

social media platforms alleging

that there is crisis or lacuna at the

National Inland Waterways

Authority. This is not true and

readers should not believe the

false stories making the rounds

in the public space. The exmanaging

director, Senator

Mamora Olorunimbe officially

handed over the mantle of

leardership to Barrister Danladi

Ibrahim, who was the acting

managing director of NIWA.

“The office is calm and all

general managers are working

harmoniously with the acting

managing director. Barrister

Danladi Ibtrahim will remain the

acting managing director until the

Federal Government appoints a

substantive managing director for

the authority. The general public

should please take note that any

narrative contrary to what is stated

here is false and should be

ignored”.

Idah.

He also mentioned the

prospects for the establishment of

other Nigerian Navy outposts

along the nation’s major inland

waters, particularly at Oguta and

Shagunu in Imo and Niger states

respectively.

Ibas who recalled the existing

Nigerian Navy’s collaboration

with other agencies of

government including the

National Inland Waterways

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association has lost three out of

its four members to death,

leaving Engr Godwin Okafor,

as the only survivor, who

conducted an Annual General

Meeting after which an election

was held where Binitie was

elected as National President of

NPAPWA. Last week, both the

Umoru and Binitie led factions

were guests of the Police in

Lagos to explain their role in

the crisis rocking the

association.

In his reaction, spokesman of

the agency, Mr. Adams Jatto,

said he was not aware of the

pensioners crisis adding that he

will investigate and get back to

our correspondent.

Also speaking, Binitie

explained that once a staff

retires, that person

automatically becomes a

member of the NPAPWA, a claim

that was debunked by the Lagos

State Branch of the NPAPWA

which believe the retiree must

register as a pensioner to be a

member of NPAPWA.

Binitie explained that when

both the Federal and Lagos

High Court suspended the

leadership of the NPAPWA in

2013, the accounts of the

Authority, NIWA and Nigerian

Maritime Administration and

Safety Agency, NIMASA,

advocated for the articulation of a

memorandum of understanding

between the Nigerian Navy and

NEXIM/NIWA towards the

proposed collaboration on the

Regional Sealink Project.

He assured Bello of Navy’s

capacity to support the project in

the areas of production of

appropriate navigational charts

for the nation’s inland waterways

and support in the dredging

operations.

Other areas are in the provision

of necessary security to cover the

entire project and construction of

barges for inland waterways

movement at the Naval Dockyard

Limited and Naval Shipyard

Limited.

The Regional Sealink Project is

an initiative of the NEXIM on the

prompting of Organized Private

Sector, OPS.

The project is designed to bridge

maritime transport infrastructure

gap among ECOWAS member

states, as well as promote inland

waterways operations.

It is expected to facilitate intraregional

trade and reduction of

non-tariff measures, regional

integration/reduction in logistics

cost and promotion of inland

waterways and intra-coastal trade

especially in facilitating

movement of bulk commodities,

e.g. solid minerals.

The Sealink Project has been

endorsed and adopted by the

ECOWAS Commission as one of

its priority projects under the

ECOWAS Community

Development Programmes and is

also co-opted into the Nigerian

Fleet Implementation Committee,

NFIC.

association was also suspended

and as such deductions from

retirees’ accounts could not be

effected adding that it was at

this time he was elected

president of the group.

Explaining further, Binitie

said his inability to pay his check

off dues was what the

management of NPA was now

using against him and denying

him the leadership of the

association.

Leadership of

the association

Meanwhile the Lagos State

chapter of the NPAPWA led Mr.

Ganiyu Makanjuola is also

moving against the Binitie

elected executive saying the

election that brought him as

president did not have the

management of NPA in

attendance.

In his reaction, Comrade Ali

Umoru confirmed that his

leadership group was an

interim one as he disclosed that

new elections will be held before

the end of this year. Umoru also

told Vanguard Maritime

Report that the Binitie led

executives were not registered

members of the NPAPWA.

It is cheaper to

consign cargoes

through Eastern

ports

— Agents, Importers

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is between $3,800 to $4,000.

“The turnaround for vessels

from China to Port Harcourt is

45 days while that of Lagos is

between 30 and 35 days but

before a container is dropped

for customs examination in

Lagos, the vessel from China

would have arrived Port

Harcourt, completed her

operations and gone while that

of Lagos is still trying to find its

way out of the terminal.

“The only difference between

Port Harcourt and Lagos ports

is that you pay more in terminal

handling and shipping charges

but that again you gain in

transportation and turn-around

time. The cargo traffic in the

Eastern region is low, so the

terminal operators have all the

time in the world to handle

your cargo delivery process

efficiently.

“Efficiency is very critical in

logistics because it helps you to

plan. You can clear with

Customs in one week in Lagos

but how do you get your

container out of the terminal?

We are in a state of emergency

situation in Lagos.”

Kekereogo also disclosed that

another option was for his

containers to be consigned to

the Ikorodu Lighter Terminal

concessioned to Sapid Bonded

Terminal, stressing that about

100 containers are moved to

Ikorodu everyday by the waters

from where he takes delivery of

his customers’ goods.

It was also gathered that the

Chambers of Festus Keyamo

was engaged by the Lagos State

branch of the NPAPWA for the

legal needs of the group.

In his reaction, Godwin

Okafor, the only surviving

member of the Board of

Trustees, told Vanguard

Maritime Report that NPA was

duly invited to the annual

general meeting but the

authority refused to attend for

reasons best known to the

management.

He disclosed that the election

that brought Charles Binitie led

executive was ordered by the

court and NPA cannot reject the

result of that election. He,

however, suggested that if NPA

was not satisfied with the result

of the election, it should call for

another one.

He said: “I hope that NPA

handles the crisis with maturity.

Please tell NPA that I beg them

to intervene in the matter and

help to resolve the crisis. I am

very old now, there is little or

nothing I can do now”.

Efforts to get comments from

the Chambers of Keyamo was

futile as calls and text messages

to his phone lines were not

answered.


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

PFSO Forum advocates review of nation’s

maritime laws

•Says sanctions for stowaways not stringent enough

By Godwin Oritse

THE Port Facility Security

Officers, PFSO, forum is

advocating for the review of the

nation’s maritime laws

particularly in the aspect of

sanctions against stowaways, an

incident that has been

reoccurring in the industry.

Speaking at the monthly

meeting of the Forum, its

chairman, Dr. Ignatius Uche,

said the incidents have also

become a source of worry for the

Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, as

it has now beamed searchlight

on the possible solution.

Uche disclosed that the Forum

has commenced moves for an

amendment to the maritime laws

in Nigeria adding that as soon

as possible, the group will

intimate the officially designated

authority, which is the Nigerian

Maritime Administration and

Safety Agency, NIMASA.

On the issue of stowaway he

NIMASA building capacity through intellectual

exercise

By Godwin Oritse

IN line with its mandate to

build human capital for the

maritime industry among young

Nigerians, the Nigerian

Maritime Administration and

Safety Agency, NIMASA, has

concluded plans to enhance the

participation of youths in its

forthcoming annual essay

competitions slated as part of

activities to commemorate the

2019 World Maritime Day.

A statement by the Head of

Public Relation and deputy

director, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi,

said the competition was

instituted to encourage youth

participation in the maritime

sector.

According to Osamgbi, the

Director General of the Agency,

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, described

the youth as the future of the

sector adding that NIMASA

would continue to do all it can

to encourage them to pursue

careers and investment

opportunities in the maritime

industry after graduation.

Speaking about the topic and

prizes for winners of the essay

competition, Osamgbi quoted

Peterside as saying that this

year’s topic for the essay

competition will be

“Empowering Women in the

Maritime Community”, in line

with the theme of the 2019

World Maritime Day

celebration.

He added that the winner

would go home with N500,000

educational grant and a laptop

while the winning essay would

be published in the NIMASA

magazine, The Voyage.

Osamgbi further disclosed

that the first and second runners

up would get educational

grants worth N350,000 and

N250,000 respectively as well

as laptops while consolation

prizes of N100,000 would be

given as educational grants to

seven other runners up.

It will be recalled that during

the last three years, NIMASA

has organized this essay

competition as part of the

activities to celebrate the world

maritime day.

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stated: “The laws on stowaways

need amendment if the menace

of stowaway is to be curbed in

our maritime environment.”

He noted that the international

laws provide for enough

protection for them and for them

to be handled based on

international best practice.

The PFSO of ENL Terminal,

Clement Akomah, said that the

need for the Forum to push for

stringent measures to be put in

place in line with the ISPS Code

to checkmate the recurring trends

of stowaway cases on our

maritime domain cannot be

overemphasized. It was also

suggested that the Forum should

push for a bill through NIMASA

to the National Assembly on

challenges posed by stowaways.

Although, there are

unconfirmed reports that the NPA

has set up a six-man committee

to look into the menace of

stowaways with a view to finding

a permanent solution to the

problem, a source close to the

PFSOs could not give details of

the committees activities.

. . . calls for maritime trust fund

Meanwhile, the PFSO Forum

has called for a maritime trust

fund with a view to further

securing the Nigerian maritime

industry.

Uche said that maritime

business was big business

adding that the government

alone cannot fund the security

aspect of it. He said: “There is a

need for all stakeholders to come

together to fund a maritime

security trust fund that will be

used to train security personnel,

buy equipment amongst security

needs of the maritime industry.”

From left: Mr Paul Maduagwu, Public Relations Officer; Mr. Akinbote Akinbode, Financial Secretary; Mr. Charles Binitie,

President; Barrister Robert Anyibama, Legal Adviser; and Mr. Godwin Nwigwe, General Secretary of the Binitie led Executive of

the Nigerian Ports Authority Pensioners Welfare Association, NPAPWA at a meeting in Lagos.

Customs moves to halt re-examination of cargoes outside ports

By Oko Ebuka

IN a bid to resolve the

chaotic situation arising

from cargo examinations and reexaminations

within and outside

the ports, the Nigerian Customs

Service, NCS, may have

decided that no consignment

will be subjected to further

examination once it officially

exits the ports.

But it appears that a section of

the Customs have refused to

comply as Vanguard Maritime

Report saw some Customs

officials stopping and ordering

containers on trucks to be opened

for re-examination on Lagos

roads and even other locations

outside Lagos.

Assistant Comptroller General,

ACG, Zone ‘A’, Nigerian

Customs Service, NCS, Kaycee

Ekekezie, lamented that the

unfortunate interceptions of

properly exited cargoes on the

highways, especially at Area ‘B’

or Leventis area of Apapa, Lagos

were in contravention of certain

decisions of the NCS.

She also indicted the Federal

Operations Unit, FOU, Zone ‘A’

operatives in the immediate

vicinity of especially Ports and

Terminal Multi-services Limited,

PTML Command, on this

contravention, adding that it

brings bad image to the

Customs.

She stated: “The practice does

not augur well for the public

image of Nigeria Customs

Service, which are ordinarily

perceived as working at cross

purposes with their colleagues

inside the terminals, rather than

sharing intelligence. If

anything, proper, convincing

checks ought to have been done

inside the Ports/terminals before

cargoes are finally exited from

the ports”.

Ekekezie, who said these at a

roundtable discussion with

Association of Nigerian Licensed

Customs Agents, ANLCA,

Western Zone, equally added

that the Comptroller General of

Customs, CGC, Col. Hameed

Ibrahim Ali (retd), has zero

tolerance for officer’s

indiscretion, which he

personally sanctions as soon as

such are brought to his notice.


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NAFDAC to

automate

payment for

cargo inspection

By Oko Ebuka &

Gideon Nnaemezie

THE National Agency

for Food, Drug

Administration and Control,

NAFDAC, has automated

the payment process for its

cargo inspection in order to

reduce delays in cargo

clearance.

Speaking on this

development, Director,

Ports Inspection Directorate,

PID, NAFDAC, Professor

Samson Tunde Adebayo,

said that the automation

exercise is the only panacea

to the problem of

consignment delays in the

port.

Adebayo, who disclosed

this while receiving

members of the Association

of Nigerian Licensed

Customs Agents, ANLCA,

Western Zone Chapter, on

a courtesy visit, added that

mechanisms are being put

in place presently to

automate all processes in

NAFDAC, which is one of

the core agenda of the

Director General, NAFDAC,

Mojisola Christiana

Adeyeye, in order to

drastically reduce human

interfaces and minimize

corruption at the Agency.

He stated: “The process is

automated to the extent that

once all payments and

queries are attended to, the

consignment is

automatically released.

What is likely to cause

delays, may be some

administrative procedures

that were not perfected

before expecting releases.”

Responding, the Zonal

Coordinator, Western Zone

Chapters of ANLCA,

Comrade John DanKatsina

Ofobike, praised

NAFDAC as they make

efforts to reduce the

hardships encountered by

the members of the

association as he assured

their readiness to facilitate

the execution of NAFDAC’s

mandate in checkmating

the inflow of illegal drugs

and unwholesome

substances into Nigeria.

By Oko Ebuka

THE Council for the

Regulation of Freight

Forwarding in Nigeria,

CRFFN, has denied inserting

the feasibility study of

Ozubulu Bonded Terminal in

the 2019 appropriation budget.

The proposed study for the

development of the terminal

•L-R: Prince Bola Ajibola, Chairman, Senior Citizens Care Foundation; Oba Olusanya Dosunmu, Olowu of Owu and Chairman,

SIFAX group; Barr (Dr.) Taiwo Afolabi (MON), Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group and Jide Taiwo, Executive

Director, Senior Citizens Care Foundation during the induction of Afolabi as an Ambassador for the Rights and Care of Elderly

in Nigeria by the foundation in Lagos.

Shippers’ Council checkmating shipping

companies, terminal operators — Hassan Bello

By Godfrey Bivbere

EXECUTIVE Secretary/

Chief Executive Officer

of the Nigerian Shippers

Council, NSC, Hassan Bello,

has said that the Council was

working hard to checkmate

shipping companies and

terminal operators against

unfair and unauthorised

charges that added to the cost

of shipping in the country.

He made the remarks in

statement at the just concluded

summit on unfair surcharges

and high local shipping

charges levied by

multinational shipping

companies. Bello noted that

though there has been some

level of success, the Council’s

efforts have been met with

some challenges also.

Noting the importance of the

summit, he said it was for the

Union of African Shippers

Council, UASC, member states

to have a deep reflection on

these arbitrary charges with a

view to determine how it can

technically address the

unwholesome practices and

subtly reverse the trend.

Bello stated: “I believe we

are all very enthusiastic about

our gathering here today,

because our discussion

bothers on reducing cost of

doing business at out ports to

the minimum for healthy

competition with ports all over

the world.

“The UASC member states

must collectively work as a

bloc to remove unfriendly

policies or circumstances that

the shipping companies relied

upon for arbitrary increases of

their charges. Some of the

identified surcharges have

been prevalent in the subregion

under various

nomenclatures such as the

peak season surcharge and

war risk surcharge to mention

a few.

“According to the United

Nations Conference on Trade

and Development, UNCTAD,

surcharges are supposed to be

temporary measures by

shipping lines involved in the

shipment of goods worldwide

to address peculiar challenges

of shipping at their

destinations which are subject

to removal when the situation

normalizes.

“The Nigerian Shippers’

Council has been checkmating

the shipping companies

operating in Nigeria on the

move to impose charges

without due consultation with

relevant stakeholders in the

port industry in Nigeria. We

have a pending case in court

because we asked the

shipping companies to revert

to an agreed negotiated rates

of some services, after they

had unilaterally increased the

charges.

“We are not opposed to

alternative dispute resolution

CRFFN disowns N100m budget for Ozubulu bonded terminal feasibility study

which will cost N100 million

was added in the 2019

appropriation budget with

Code number ERGP90101727.

The Registrar and Chief

Executive Officer, CEO,

CRFFN, Samuel Nwakohu,

said the Council was not aware

of the provision in the 2019

budget and vowed not to

execute the project, on

grounds it could be an error.

He stated: “I know what you

are talking about, have you

ever made a mistake in your

life? I’m sure whoever put it

there, put it there in error

because it has nothing to do

with us.

“It is not part of our mandate,

I know nothing about it, we

have seen it and we have

discussed it and we will

definitely ignore it. We are not

going to award it. Another way

to ignore it is what we call

“corrigendum”, which is a

long process and I don’t want

to go that way.

“Some people have even

called me names that I’m a

fraudster whereas I know

nothing about it.”

mechanisms to ensure that

there is continuous cordial

business relationship. The

shipping companies capitalize

on the absence of indigenous

shipping companies in most

West and Central African

Countries to unilaterally fix

rates that are only convenient

to them without considering

the adverse effects these

arbitrary charges have on the

economy of their host

countries.

Arbitrary

charges

“The Shippers’ Councils of

member States are expected to

negotiate any increase of any

charge with the service

providers before they are

implemented, but it is obvious

that the shipping companies

do not follow this procedure.”

Bello urged participants at

the event to strategize on all

the measures that can be put

in place to address this trend

that is not only injurious to our

economies, but also leading to

high cost of doing business at

our ports and limiting the

growth of our indigenous

shipping companies.

The NSC boss pointed out

that concrete resolutions

would be adopted on how to

address the unfair and high

charges of shipping

companies at our ports in the

interest of our maritime

industry.


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Customs & Imports

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OPERATION EX-SWIFT RESPONSE

Customs boss under fire for alleged demeaning Customs’ hierarchy

By Eguono Odjegba

COMPTROLLER General

of Customs, CGC, Col.

Hameed Ali (retd) has come

under criticisms for allegedly

cheapening the hierarchy of the

Nigerian Customs Service,

NCS, against the military.

The criticisms come on the

heels of the ongoing joint

customs-military-para military

operations at the nation’s land

borders, in which the Customs

boss deployed assistant

comptroller generals into the

field, to work with military

middle level officers,

considered to be of the

equivalent rank of deputy

comptrollers of Customs.

The decision, they contend,

amounts to a deliberate effort to

demean the Nigeria Customs

Service, arguing that Ali’s

military background has

made as I speak with you. If

you know ACG Abubakar well,

you will appreciate that he is

a stickler to due process and

not somebody to go outside the

schedule of the CGC.”

Meanwhile, the assignment

code named ‘Operation Ex-

Swift Response’ according to

official explanation has been

designed to checkmate entry

of foreign rice, illegal

migration, arms and

ammunition into the country.

The operation has been

dogged by controversy as

Nigeria has since come under

ECOWAS sub regional

scrutiny over her alleged

unilateral decision to partially

or totally close a sub regional

border without recourse to

ECOWAS member states;

believed to have been caught

panting under the

circumstances.

A security expert who

prefers to remain anonymous

described the border joint

operation as a case of

executive rascality and sheer

official overzealousness.

He said: “I was listening to

their explanation on

television, where the Customs

spokesman said the operation

was coordinated by the Office

of the National Security

Adviser, ONSA, and I began

to wonder when the ONSA

became the commander-in-

continued to reflect in his

handling of the Customs. Critics

said this accounts for the

lowering of morale in the

Service.

A retired Customs comptroller

who spoke under condition of

anonymity said: “The greatest

challenge in the Customs

service in recent time is the

attempt to degrade the Service

against the military. It is killing

motivation, killing efficiency

and productivity.

“Don’t take my words for it;

carry out a survey as a journalist.

There is a design to make

Customs function beneath the

military. Just imagine deploying

assistant comptroller generals,

equivalent to army major

generals to the field to work with

officers of the rank of Colonel,

Navy Captain and

Commodore. That is demeaning

because they are equivalent to

Border closures gain traction in the North West Customs command

By Eguono Odjegba

CONTRARY to raging

debates on the partial

closure of Nigeria’s land

borders nationwide, the border

stations in the North West may

have stepped up compliance,

with cargo and human traffic

being subjected to thorough

checks.

Information at the disposal

of Vanguard Maritime

Report indicates that the

sector led by the Coordinator

of Customs Zone B, Assistant

Comptroller General Abubakar

Bashir, held strategy review

meetings last week in Katsina

to appraise performance so far.

Sources close to the office of

the coordinator said: “They

meet regularly to evaluate

their performance, fashion out

more friendly strategies to

continue to implement their

mandate, with zero tolerance

for failure.”

But asked what major or

significant seizures have been

made since the beginning of

the exercise, the source said:

“The assignment is not

focused on seizure, it is

focused on blocking economic

sabotage such as bringing in

foreign rice, and in

checkmating entry of arms and

ammunition.

“Of course seizures have

been made and still being

chief of the Armed Forces.

“You see, there is a

procedure for security

operations, much more an

important one that affects

border closure. Border closure

is a big deal, do you know

what it is to close a sub

regional border? Sovereign

states are involved;

international trading countries

are involved, it is not what you

Aminu Dahiru Customs Assistant Comptroller General in charge of Enforcement, Investigation

and Inspection with Col. AM Haruna of Nigerian Army during a visit to Ilesha Ibaruba Chikanda

Border axis of Kwara state as part of “Operation Ex Swift Response” aimed at strengthening

border security nationwide

just wake up and you fancy

you need to do this, no. The

president and commander-inchief

of the Armed Forces must

be adequately communicated

and his consent gotten. There

are those who will argue that

President Buhari was carried

along, I have my reservation

that he was adequately

carried along.”

deputy comptrollers of

Customs.”

Also speaking on the CGC’s

perceived disregard for the

Customs hierarchy, a maritime

analyst who also declined to be

mentioned said: “In the military

and para-military services,

management chiefs don’t

operate on the fields. They

engage on visitation and

oversight assessment of specific

assignments. Certain ranks are

reserved for field operations and

certain ranks for management

roles, there is no basis to mix

them up.

“The Customs boss is doing

what he is doing because he

has no regard for the Customs

hierarchy. I am not saying he

hates the Customs, I am saying

he lacks respect for it and this

assignment has clearly

demonstrated that. Show me in

any military collaborations in

which a major general works

with a deputy comptroller of

Customs, Immigration or

Prisons?”, he asked.

ETLS aimed at elimination of Customs duties, taxes

—Ministry

By Naomi Uzor

THE Ministry of Foreign

Affairs, has said that the

objective of ECOWAS Trade

Liberalization Scheme, ETLS, is

to establish a Customs Union

among all Member States

aimed at total elimination of

Customs duties and taxes of

equivalent effect, removal of

tariff barriers and the

establishment of common

customs polices without barriers

to promote trade and seamless

movement of goods and

services within the West African

region.

Speaking at a one day

sensitization workshop on ETLS

organised by the Lagos

Chamber of Commerce and

Industry, LCCI, the Permanent

Secretary, Ministry of Foreign

Affairs, Mustapha Suleiman,

said the Ministry viewed the

ETLS as a very critical

mechanism in achieving

sustainable integration and

development in the sub-region.

The Governor of Lagos State,

Babatunde Sanwo-Olu, said the

workshop could not have been

more apt as it should open corps

of Lagos entrepreneurs to the

opportunities inherent in the

free trade.

Sanwo-Olu who was

represented by the special

adviser on Commerce, Industry

and Cooperatives, Hon.

Oladele Ajayi, noted that the

ETLS was important as it not

only

encourages

entrepreneurial development in

the ECOWAS region, but also

increases intra-regional trade,

boosts economic activities,

increases West African

competitiveness on the global

market and increases GDP of

members states for the better

welfare of citizens.

“Undoubtedly, our dear Lagos

State and Nigeria would benefit

tremendously when all

indigenous businesses thrive. I

am, therefore, glad to assure all

our resilient entrepreneurs of

the state government’s support

in ensuring that you continually

receive necessary support

towards maximizing the

potentials and benefits of the

ETLS” he said.

The President of LCCI, Mr.

Babatunde Ruwase said with

the recent global developments

around trade issues, as well as

the recent developments

regarding the African

Continental Free Trade

Agreement, AfCFTA, which

Nigeria has already signed, it

has become necessary for all

stakeholders to come together

and discuss on the progress

made so far on ETLS as well as

the challenges facing its

implementation within the

region.

“You will agree with me,

therefore, that a forum such as

this is not only necessary but

very timely, bearing in mind that

the AfCFTA fully recognises

regional trade agreements like

the ETLS and also rides on such

agreements for its successful

actualisation. Lessons learned

from our experience with the

ETLS would be very useful as

we progress with the AfCFTA”

he said.

Ruwase who was represented

by Mrs. Toki Mabogunje noted

that LCCI believes strongly that

Nigeria stands to benefit from

the ELTS if member states within

the region work towards its

successful implementation.

“This is a major justification

for a forum like this, which

provides the opportunity for

stakeholders to assess the

scheme, highlight current

challenges or constraints and

proffer possible suggestions

that can make the scheme work

better to benefit the nation and

the entire member states within

the sub region.

“It is, therefore, my hope that

the outcome of our deliberations

at this forum will help contribute

towards the attainment of the

goal of deepening intraregional

trade within ECOWAS

and laying a solid foundation

for the AfCFTA” he said.


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Corporate Report

Foreigners taking

advantage of our

human capacity

gap — Umezurike

Engr. Austin Umezurike is the President of the alumni

of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, MAN Oron,

AMANO. A consultant professional marine engineer,

Umezurike, in this interview with Vanguard Maritime

Report takes a critical look at challenges confronting the

nation’s maritime education system, with its spillover

effects on the labour market. Excerpt:

By Eguono Odjegba

AS President of AMANO and

a professional in seafaring,

what would you say are the

immediate challenges of the

industry?

Not having a pipeline of ready,

qualified seafarers to take up those

roles is very disturbing. So, the first

challenge is the lack of vessels, where

stranded ex-cadets can take up their

training. For maritime cadets who

aspire to work as seafarers, sea time

opportunity is very, very important

because you cannot go and sit for your

certificate of competency

examination without the required sea

time and this vary for different

categories of seafarers; whether you

are in navigation, engineering and

also whether you have attended the

traditional maritime education in

Oron or elsewhere…because if you

didn’t attend a place like MAN Oron

and you have been working on your

own, maybe you left the university and

didn’t study maritime but manage to

get onboard a vessel and started say,

as a deck engine oiler, then you

require a longer sea time of 36

months for you to sit for your certificate

of competency examination. But with

your academic HND or ND

qualification in maritime studies, that

time is reduced maybe 24 months for

engineers, maybe you require 12 to

18 months, it depends on the level.

So are you saying the challenges

of sea time training arrangement of

cadets started with the sinking of our

NNLS?

You can say that, yes, because we

no longer have any vessel. After that

sad development, cadets started

having trouble where to do their sea

time. Over time, only the children of

privileged Nigerians or those with the

right connections got assistance to do

their sea time, the majority of cadets

became stranded, some ended up

roaming the streets, some ended up

been okada riders. It’s very

frustrating.

How is it done in Egypt and

Ghana?

In Egypt government makes

provision for a training vessel for the

maritime academy and also works

in collaboration with private

shipping companies to allocate

spaces for cadets. In Ghana, I am not

so sure how they do it but I do know

that they have relationship with

international shipping companies

with a memorandum of

understanding, MoU, for Ghanaian

cadets to secure spaces in their

vessels.

So in Egypt and Ghana, there are

no cases of stranded cadets as we

have in Nigeria?

I am not sure, but again, I have

heard that in Ghana placements of

cadets is strictly government duty, its

official. Egypt is even more

organized, yes; you can say the

situation is mainly Nigeria.

Why are we not having similar

arrangement here?

I don’t know why it has been

difficult. To be frank with you, back

in 2013 I got involved with an agency

called Global Onboard Training

Company, GOTC, it is affiliated to

the International Maritime

Organisation, IMO, and their drive

is to ensure that stranded cadets have

respite for their full sea time. During

that time, I think we made effort with

our branch representative in UK to

bring Nigeria into the GOTC. I think

it reached an advanced stage with

MAN Oron and the Transport

Ministry. I think MAN, NIMASA

actually became part of GOTC but

unfortunately, the whole arrangement

collapsed, it could not work out. Later

in 2017 GOTC actually invited me to

South Africa to deliver a paper on

their maiden Onboard Training for

seafarers. We tried again to reestablish

moves to get Nigeria

onboard, we reached out to the

authorities; that was the time MAN

Oron was undergoing transition, you

know the interim management

committee, IMC, was appointed, so

we made efforts whether they can

reactivate their participation in

GOTC. That also failed.

Why were such positive

arrangements failing at every stage

despite the benefits Nigeria stood

to gain?

I think that it boils down to what is

called the Nigerian factor because the

process of getting government to key

into such things require reaching the

highest level, which is ministry of

transport to get them involved. But if

you are not able to access these

authorities it is difficult for you to

break through. It is very frustrating

to see that our maritime industry

labour-wise is really suffering and yet

nothing is been done actually to

address the challenges. Just yesterday

we were talking about the Nigerian

Maritime University, NMU, and

about why the President didn’t accent

to the bill and we were saying what is

important to have a maritime

university, because that’s the trend

globally. These days, it takes care of

the senior or corporate management

level manpower development; a lot

more down the line, not just the

traditional deck and engine

certificate of competency because of

the advancement in technology. So

other courses are been incorporated,

so instead of getting an ND or HND

you get a degree in various discipline

in maritime, oil and gas. So aspiring

for degree courses in these fields is

good and even upgrading MAN Oron

to a degree award giving academy

like the NDA, NITT. So if a cadet

comes out after four years even if he

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•Engr. Austin Umezurike ,President of the alumni of the

Maritime Academy of Nigeria, MAN Oron

cannot go to sea to continue maritime

career, technically, he can go to other

fields as long as he has that degree.

But that’s the limiting factor for some

of our cadets, once they fail to secure

sea time, they are caught in the

middle of nowhere and get stuck, they

are not marketable or employable.

Going back to the issue of why

government is not doing that, if you

do not have a proper structure in

place, the right kind of people in policy

making and also people to be able to

implement these policies, it looks

frustrating. Now when you have an

institution like MAN Oron that has

been in existence close to 40 years and

you don’t have a systematic way of

training cadets so that at the end of

their training they can proceed further

Most of our

youths are mainly

restricted to

bunkering vessels

with supply vessels

in the oil support

services, many of

them don’t have

experience in

foreign going

vessels because

there are no local

companies with

such vessels, so it is

very frustrating

into doing their sea time, and for this

period of time nothing has been done

to arrest the situation, it is

disappointing.

Indeed, going forward…

But at the end of the day we can

complain as much as we want that

oh we are having experts coming here

to take jobs from us, but the truth is

that there is so much human capacity

gap in the maritime sector that you

may be surprised to hear this from

me that a lot of the people coming in

are coming because we lack depth,

that is the ability to fulfill the

requirements to manage our vessels.

Recently, an overseas company ask

us…we do crew and vessel

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management, to provide a whole

range of crew, about 21 of them to

take over a vessel in Nigeria that has

been manned by experts, very large

crew carrier, VLCC, for storage of

crude oil. We have been searching for

the past five weeks for qualified

manpower, because our maritime

labour market is mainly local,

coastal voyage. There are very few

right now who have experience

working in VLCC, most of our youths

are mainly restricted to bunkering

vessels with supply vessels in the oil

support services, many of them don’t

have experience in foreign going

vessels because there are no local

companies with such vessels, so it is

very frustrating.

Even as a journalist, I feel very

embarrassed already not to talk

about a professional in the field. But

what effort has AMANO made to

get the Nigerian policy makers and

economic drivers to get involved in

the window of opportunity provided

by GOTC to salvage our stranded

cadets.

AMANO is a very young

organization, like I said earlier we

became active only in 2014. We made

repeated efforts to access the transport

minister after an initial

correspondence to be able to present

our case. Many times we wrote to

NIMASA, NPA, you know we are not

politically connected, so we have not

been able to gain audience, but we

are not giving up. Last year July

after we had our stakeholders’

engagement, we sent a copy of the

communiqué to the minister of

transport, of course it was

acknowledged, we tried to follow up

but nothing came out of it. Ideally, to

be honest with you, AMANO is the

only maritime stakeholder with the

convergence of expertise that has

what it takes to change things in the

industry. Do you know why? Because

members of AMANO covers different

sectors of the maritime, oil and gas

industry. We have ship owners, some

of our members are crewing agents,

some work with stevedoring

companies, some are stevedores,

some are ship managers, some work

with NPA, NIMASA and the ministry

of transport…we cut across. We hope

to be able to grow stronger and come

out stronger, not for ourselves but for

the development of the industry,

because we are seeing what is

happening; we are better positioned

to present a common voice; we

understand and fell the challenges. A

lot of us complain about the lack of

correct implementation of Cabotage,

complain of poor treatment of

seafarers by vessel owners, manning

agents, by ship managers and then

on the other hand, we have amongst

us ship owners who complain of poor

attitude of local seafarers. So it is a

very big problem and sometimes, we

have to try to douse tension because

there are challenges everybody will

talk about and look for ways to resolve

them.

Is AMANO aware of the steady

backlog of abandoned projects at

MAN Oron in the past 15 years, are

you concerned?

I was at MAN Oron recently. We

went to see the rector to tell him about

our plan as alumni to want to give

back to the system through what we

call Alumni Engine Support

Program. It is about some of our

members with vast sub sectoral

experience to go back to Oron to offer

free lecture, while the academy

provides logistic support.

The rector was very ecstatic about

it; we are working on the modalities.

With regards to issue of abandoned

projects, you will be amazed at the

level of completion some of the

abandoned projects have received.

The rector have done a lot to also raise

the standard of the academy to fit with

international standards and this has

rubbed off positively on the image of

Nigeria at international fora and

within the global maritime

community. We saw world class

auditorium, simulator and ICT

departments, theatre size classrooms

and library, all of which are already

in use. Some old buildings and

structures the rector inherited have

been completed, he remodeled these

old structures to meet acceptable

international learning environment

standard.

But is it not strange that AMANO

kept quiet over the years while sub

standard and white elephant

projects littered the academy

I said earlier that AMANO is

relatively young. One of the challenges

AMANO has is the wide range

interests of members. Some are

abroad, some are at sea, we are

scattered all over the place, but

gradually, we getting organized and

have began to meet. So far we have

been making efforts to look at the

present state of affairs of MAN Oron

and also thinking about its future.

During the Senate Public Hearing on

the conversion of MAN Oron into a

maritime university in 2016, we made

appearance and made submission.

Also when the minister of transport

set up the interim management

committee, IMC, in 2017, we made

a case to get involved. The projects in

question are tied to known people in

society, I think now that AMANO is

in place, would-be contractors cannot

afford to continue the old way. We are

very impressed with the incumbent

rector, we think he has genuine and

achievable development blueprint to

move MAN Oron forward, we will

continue to partner with him.

Earlier this year, management

of MAN Oron and the Association

of Marine Engineers tussled over

the latter’s remark that the academy

had no qualified marine teaching

personnel. What is your take on that?

This has to do with the wage

structure of MAN Oron which I

explained earlier. The current wage

structure cannot attract qualified

professional marine workforce, there

is no reason to quarrel about what is

obvious. The problem isn’t that of the

rector it is problem of government

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US-China trade conflict’s mounting impact on

commodity flows and demand

THE US-China trade

dispute has evolved into

a very different animal in the

past year.

After multiple bouts of tariffs

and counter-tariffs, on August 23,

Beijing slapped a 5% levy on US

crude for the first time, targeting

a commodity already influenced

by the trade tensions, and

adding to a swathe of US-origin

commodities like propane, LNG

and soybeans.

This was part of a wider tariff

on $75 billion of US imports into

China. US President Donald

Trump responded with raising

tariffs on $550 billion of Chinese

goods, and ordered US

companies to “immediately start

looking for an alternative to

China, including bringing your

companies HOME and making

your products in the USA.”

In August, the dispute had

spilled over into currency, with

China allowing the yuan to

breach the 7 per US dollar level

for the first time in 11 years in

retaliation for the US imposing

new 10% tariffs on $300 billion

of Chinese goods. This was

followed by the US Treasury

officially designating China as

a currency manipulator—a move

that had been avoided by

previous administrations due to

its controversial nature.

These developments have

taken the trade dispute into

uncharted territory, with risks

now enveloping everything from

international currency and

financial markets to global

economic growth. The impact on

crude oil and other commodity

markets too will be felt on many

levels, far beyond the

reconfiguration of trade flows.

Ripples through global

economy

At the start of 2019,

governments, businesses and

investors were already digging

in for a fundamental

repositioning of the economic

relationship between the US

and China, potentially

extending well beyond the

Trump era. But the yuan

devaluation triggered market

turmoil and raised the specter

of an escalation on several

fronts.

“Overall, we are maintaining

our views that RMB will

depreciate on a multi-month

basis and reach around 7.20 by

end-Q3 2019 and 7.40 by end-

2019,” economists at Japan’s

Nomura bank said in August.

Nomura said the devaluation

had created numerous negative

risks including the US

increasing the tariff rate to 25%

on all imports from China before

year-end; China allowing for

yuan flexibility; the risk of China

halting US agriculture

purchases; the US refraining

from issuing licenses to Huawei;

and a lack of long USD forex

hedging from Chinese

corporates. The tariff battles since

mid-2018 may reduce global

Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

in 2020 by 0.5%, Gita Gopinath,

Economic Counsellor and

Director of the Research

Department at the International

Monetary Fund, said at a press

conference in mid-July.

“So this is a significant cost to

the global economy, and at a time

when global trade is already

very weak and investment is

weak in the world,” Gopinath

said, adding that prolonged

trade uncertainty was weighing

on business sentiment

everywhere in the world, which

then has implications for

demand. S&P Global Ratings’

chief economist Paul Gruenwald

wrote in early July that the socalled

second-order effects of the

trade dispute, which were

working through the indirect

channel of confidence rather

than directly through tariffrelated

price increases, are new.

“Where once we had identified

them as a downside risk, they

have now begun to move into

our baseline forecast. These risks

are slower moving and

cumulatively larger than the

first-round effects,” Gruenwald

said.

S&P Global Ratings Warnings

were being sounded even in

June, when Morgan Stanley

slashed its 2019 global oil

demand growth estimate to 1

million b/d from 1.2 million b/d,

which it said was “broadly halfway

between trend growth and

a recession scenario.”

Other banks including

Citigroup, Barclays, Goldman

Sachs and Australia’s ANZ have

significantly downgraded their

oil demand forecasts in the last

two months, with estimates now

ranging from just over 1 million

b/d to 1.275 million b/d.

S&P Global Platts Analytics

slashed its oil demand growth

outlook to 1.2 million b/d for

2019, down from 1.5 million b/d

in 2018, citing subdued

economic growth and global

trade. Separately, Platts

Analytics estimated that the US-

China struggle over trade will

lower diesel demand in the US

by 90 million b/d: “In the US,

when GDP was growing 4% a

couple of quarters last year,

distillate demand increased 200

million b/d year on year. Now

that GDP growth has slowed to

2%, distillate is in decline with

the trade war estimated to be

contributing 90 million b/d of

negative growth.”

UK considers deploying drones to

the Gulf amid Iran tensions

THE United Kingdom

isconsidering deploying

British drones to the Gulf amid

tensions with Iran, Sky News

reported early on Monday.

UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) has

a number of Reaper drones based

in nearby Kuwait and flying over

Iraq and Syria.

These could be re-tasked if the

decision to deploy drones to the

Gulf is taken, Sky News said.

The drones will help with

overhead surveillance as British

warships are continuing to escort

UK-flagged tankers through the

Strait of Hormuz, according to

the report. On Friday, the UK

called for broad support to tackle

Gulf shipping threats after Iran

seized a British-flagged oil tanker

in the strait in July.

Iran seized the ship following

the seizure of an Iranian tanker

in Gibralter just days before.

Authorities believed it was

carrying an illagal oil shipment

to Syria which is under an

international embargo.

The tanker was later released

despite pressure from US

pursuing Iran tanker

On Sunday, the tanker which

was being pursued by the U.S.

across the Mediterranean Sea

slowed to a near-stop Sunday off

the coast of Syria, where

America’s top diplomat alleges it

will be unloaded despite denials

from Tehran.

The ongoing saga of the Adrian

Darya 1, formerly known as the

Grace 1, comes as tensions

remain high between the U.S.

and Iran over its unraveling

nuclear deal with world powers.

Tehran is set to send a deputy

foreign minister and a team of

economists to Paris on Monday

for talks over ways to salvage the

accord after a call between

Iranian President Hassan

Rouhani and French President

Emmanuel Macron.

The ship-tracking website

MarineTraffic.com showed the

Adrian Darya slowed to a nearstop

on Sunday some 92

kilometers off Syria. The ship’s

Automatic Identification System

does not show its destination after

its mariners onboard previously

listed it as ports in Greece and

Turkey.

Paris meeting

Meanwhile, Iranian Deputy

Foreign Minister Abbas

Araghchi is due to travel to Paris

with economists on Monday, the

state-run IRNA news agency

reported. That came after a call

Saturday between Rouhani and

Macron, who recently surprised

the Group of Seven summit in

France by inviting Iranian

Foreign Minister Mohammad

Javad Zarif there.

Iran is set to further break the

terms of the nuclear deal on

Friday if Europe fails to offer it a

way to sell its crude oil on the

global market. The U.S. under

President Donald Trump

unilaterally withdrew from the

deal over a year ago and imposed

sanctions on Iran that are

battering its economy.

The deal’s “terms are not

changeable and all the parties

need be committed to its

content,” Rouhani said,

according to IRNA.

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How cyber bullying affects children’s

education

…Nigeria among top

30 countries most hit

By Juliet Umeh

As internet connectivity

deepens across the world,

its side effect has

continued to manifest in the form

of cyber bullying and other social

vices against children.

The recent report from the

United Nations Children’s Fund,

UNICEF, said Nigeria is one of

the 30 countries of the world

where cyber bulling is rife.

The report said one in three

young people in these 30

countries admitted having been a

victim of online bullying with one

in five reporting having skipped

school due to cyber bullying and

other cyber violence.

Cyber bullying or cyber

harassment is a form of bullying

or harassment using electronic

means. It is when someone,

typically teens, bully or harass

others on the internet, particularly

on social media sites.

Harmful bullying behaviour

can include posting rumours,

threats, sexual remarks, a victims’

personal information, or

pejorative labels -hate speech.

Bullying or harassment can be

identified by repeated behaviour

and intent to harm. Victims may

experience lower self-esteem,

increased suicidal ideation, and a

variety of negative emotional

responses, including being

scared, frustrated, angry, and

depressed.

Also, almost three-quarters of

young people also said social

networks, including Facebook,

Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter,

are the most common place for

online bullying.

According to the report, more

By Juliet Umeh

A

Nigerian-based digital

savings platform, CashBox,

has said it wants to double the

number of customers saving on its

platform by year-end through

improved quality services.

The tech start-up which is

designed to inculcate and promote

the habit of savings in users while

earning interest, said it wants to

increase its user base from 10000

to 20, 000 by leveraging more

technology and customer-centric

services.

CEO of the firm, Mr. Sydney

Aigbogun, said they are

investing hugely in secured

technology to ensure that their

customers get improved quality

services which would help their

growth and double the registered

users before the year runs out.

He said the company rewards

its customers as much as 15

percent annually while allowing

users save as low as N100.

Aigbogun explained that the

reason for the establishment of the

tech start-up firm is to encourage

the habit of savings in an economy

that has been challenged by

falling disposable income and low

purchasing power, so as to enable

them cushion effect of shocks

from arising unforeseen

circumstances.

He said: “There are three

than 170,000 U-Reporters aged

13-24 years old participated in the

poll including young people from

Nigeria, Albania, Bangladesh,

Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina

Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador,

France, Gambia, Ghana, India,

Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Kosovo,

Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali,

Moldova, Montenegro, Myanmar,

Romania, Sierra Leone, Trinidad

& Tobago, Ukraine, Vietnam and

Zimbabwe.

UNICEF Executive Director,

Henrietta Fore, said the major

reason for the overwhelming

result is because connected

classrooms mean school no longer

ends once a student leaves class,

and, unfortunately, neither does

schoolyard bullying.

She said through the poll, young

people were asked via SMS and

instant messaging technology a

series of questions relating to

their experiences of online

bullying and violence, where it

most frequently happens, and

who they think is responsible for

ending it.

The report has it that 32 percent

of those polled believe

governments should be

responsible for ending cyber

bullying, 31 percent said young

people and 29 percent said

internet companies.

Thirty four percent of

respondents in sub-Saharan

Africa said they had been a victim

of online bullying

The poll results challenge the

notion that cyber bullying among

classmates is a uniquely highincome

issue. Some 39 percent

said they knew about private

online groups inside the school

community where children share

information about peers for the

purpose of bullying.

UN Special Representative of

the Secretary-General, SRSG, on

Violence against Children Najat

Maalla Mjid, said: “One of the key

messages that we can clearly see

from their opinions is the need for

children and young people

involvement and partnering:

When asked who should be

responsible for ending cyber

bullying, the opinions were

equally divided between

governments, internet service

providers and young people

themselves. We are in this together

and we must share the

responsibility in partnership.

CashBox to rekindle savings culture among Nigerians

plans for users who wish to save

on Cashbox; the first is the regular

saver designed mainly for salary

earners. The Regular Saver allows

users save any amount as low as

N100 regularly on a daily, weekly,

or monthly basis, depending on

the one convenient for the user.

“Users on this plan earn

between seven to 10 percent

interest annually and are at liberty

to suspend their savings at any

time. They are also entitled to

make four withdrawals at no cost,

on the first day of the last month

of every quarter, which is March,

June, September and December

and any withdrawal done outside

these days attracts a five percent

charge on the account,” he said.

“The reason for the five percent

deduction outside the free

withdrawal days was to

discourage users from seeing the

platform as a traditional back by

curtailing all forms of unnecessary

withdrawals.

The second plan is the Locked

Savings which works like a

normal fixed deposit account of

Deposit “Money Banks, DMBs.

Nonetheless, users get their

interest upfront and minimum

tenor for the plan is 90 days.

The plan also allows users lock

a fixed sum of money for any time

frame above 90 days, get their

interest upfront and locked funds

at maturity. Users of the plan can

•Cyber bullying

earn as high as 15 percent interest

per annum depending on the

length of time and are open to the

option of rolling-over or withdraw

their savings at maturity.

By Juliet Umeh

Electronics manufacturer, LG

has launched new range of

gas cooker, Cancun to enrich the

kitchen experience of its

customers in Nigeria

LG said the new product builds

on the company’s tech innovation

which offers auto-off timer and

Dual Heating technology with

electric grilling heater.

Managing Director of LG

Electronics West Africa

Operations, Mr Tae-ick Son, said

the new LG Cancun comes with

strong and solid stainless

finishing; blue interior that

provides an upscale look with

premium interior design and

state-of-the-art Glass Touch

Control which makes it easy to

control and clean. It also has a

tilted cooktop control that helps

intuitive grasp and to turn on and

off easily.

He said: “We are thrilled to

ROSATOM promises to raise

Nigeria's future nuclear tech

experts

By Prince Osuagwu

Inspired by the need to raise the

next generation of nuclear

energy technology experts in

Nigeria, ROSATOM - Russia’s

state-run nuclear energy

corporation, has invited students

and young professionals across

Nigeria to partake in the fifth

edition of its annual online video

competition tagged “Atoms for

Africa”.

The competition is also

facilitated by EnerConnect as well

as the African Young Generation

in Nuclear and South African

Young Nuclear Professionals

Society.

Billed to run up until end of

September, this edition is devoted

to supporting interest in nuclear

research and capabilities among

young Nigerian and African

scientists. Participants are

required to research how

innovative use of nuclear

technologies can assist in

achieving the UN Sustainable

Development Goals, UNSDGs, in

Africa.

To compete, they have to make

a short video about their findings

on the topic and share on

Facebook.

A two stage judging process

will be used to select the winning

teams, an independent jury made

up of nuclear professionals and

experts on sustainability topics

will select the top 10 videos and

the general public will be invited

to vote for the best video on the

Rosatom Africa

Facebook page.

The award

ceremony will

take place within

two African

Nuclear Youth

Summits to be

held in

Johannesburg,

South Africa in

early October

2019.

Competitors

who created the

top two videos

will win an all-expenses paid trip

to Russia in November 2019. The

trip to Russia for winning teams

will include visits to well-known

Moscow landmarks, Russia’s

state-of-the-art nuclear facilities,

top nuclear universities as well as

other scientific and technological

facilities. The winners will also

meet African students currently

studying various nuclear

disciplines in Russia.

Recall, last year, a Nigerian,

Ugenyi Igbokwe, was among the

finalists - beating other

participants from across

Africa.Underscoring

ROSATOM’s commitment

towards nurturing young

professionals in the field of

Nuclear energy, CEO, ROSATOM

Central and Southern Africa,

Dmitry Shornikov, said: “One of

our key missions at ROSATOM is

to assist the brightest young

minds from across the globe to

work together in solving global

challenges that will shape the

future of energy and the world as

we know it.”

He added: “This is a great

opportunity for young people from

very different walks of life who share

a common passion to build a bright

and sustainable future for Africa to

discover more about various nuclear

applications and their vast benefits

for the region”.

The federal government of Nigeria

had signed an agreement with

Russia’s ROSATOM for the

construction of nuclear power plants

and a nuclear research center in

Nigeria.

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How LG's new tech gas cooker aids seamless cooking

announce the launch of our new gas

cooker – Cancun in Nigeria. The

company’s focus is to offer

customers gas cookers that will offer

everyone a seamless cooking

experience.

“The new cooking gas offers

excellent culinary performance. It

has Triple UltraHeat Burner with

3.6 KW powerful heating capacity

that makes even cooking and

reduces the cooking time

remarkably. It adopts Dual Heating

technology with electric grilling

heater on the top and gas baking

heater at the bottom and has

recessed opening for holding the

oven handle comfortably.

“The new LG Cancun makes

cooking and baking more

convenient and safe. You can

easily present the Auto-Off

time of LG New Cooker while

it is on. It automatically turns

off according to the present

time. So you don’t have to wait

any more in front of the cooker

until the food is done. The Safe

Closing Damper also prevents

the glass cover from being

suddenly shut. Even if you let go of

the glass cover, it will be suspended

at 45° degree.

“With EasyClean, three steps, 20

minutes, spotless oven, you won’t

have to worry about hazardous

chemicals, disgusting fumes and

rigorous manual labour to clean

your oven. You can easily remove

any residue with water waterfriendly

enamel. Just wipe away any

residue after spraying water inside

the oven and pressing EasyClean

button to activate 20 minutes

cleaning course”, Son explained.

He said one can cook foods such

as fried eggs, steaks and vegetables

on the Cast Iron Griddle at the same

time.

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Catholic Bishops celebrate

Owerri Archdiocese

By Chidi Nkwopara

OWERRI- The Imo State

capital, played host to no

fewer than 25 Catholic Bishops,

including the Apostolic Nuncio to

Nigeria, Archbishop Antonio

Guido Filipazzi, and hundreds of

priests, tthe religious and lay

faithful.

They were all in Owerri for the

silver jubilee celebration of the

inauguration of Owerri

Ecclesiastical Province and

installation of Most Rev. Dr.

Anthony J. V. Obinna, as the

Metropolitan of the Province,

comprising Orlu, Okigwe,

Umuahia, Aba, Ahiara and

Owerri.

This date, in the previous years,

was celebrated as the Owerri

Archdiocesan Day. Put simply, the

Owerri Archdiocesan Day is an

annual event, which primarily

recalls the 1994 elevation of the

Catholic Diocese of Owerri, to an

Archdiocese, and to the position

of Metropolitan See within the

Ecclesiastical Province.

While establishing the Owerri

Archdiocesan Day, Dr. Obinna

emphasised what he called “the

inculturative thrust” of its

programme of activities.

His words: “Given the need to

welcome the Good News of

salvation, into the intimacy of our

lives and Igbo culture, special

prominence would be given to the

Igbo language, through an

annual series of lectures by Igbo

scholars, in the Igbo language.

Archbishop Obinna also opined

that the symbiotic relationship

between true worship of God and

the cherishing of genuine human

values, which the festivities and

the lectures seek to orchestrate, is

thereby anchored and

strengthened.

On arrival, one of the first port

of call was the Government

House, where representatives of

the Catholic Bishops, paid a

courtesy call on Governor Emeka

Ihedioha.

The Governor used the

opportunity to not only welcome

his guests to Owerri, but also

assured them of their safety,

throughout their stay in the state.

For Chief Ihedioha, it was a

thing of joy that the Archdiocesan

silver jubilee celebration came in

his time as Governor of Imo State.

He reiterated his promise to

govern the state with the fear of

God, as well as upholding the

rule of law, accountability,

transparency and independence

of the three arms of government.

Preaching the sermon that can

rightly be said to summarize the

feelings of the Bishops at a

concelebrated Pontifical Mass, the

Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most

Rev. Godfrey Igwebuike Onah,

said that today, Nigerians expect

so much of their Bishop’s.

His words:

“In the darkness and gloom that

have enveloped our country, many

are looking expectantly at the

Church for a ray of hope, however

faint. Whether it is about the

perceived Islamiztion and

Fulanization of the country, or

about the current effort of the

Federal Government to stifle

every form of opposition, people

are asking: What is the Church

doing? And by the Church, they

simply mean Catholic Bishops.

“But I ask: What else can the

Bishops do that they have not

done already? The Bishops have

prayed and continued to pray for

Nigeria. The Bishops have

spoken clearly and consistently

against bad governance, from the

time of military dictatorship,

when the voice of the Church was

the only one that could not be

silenced, till today, when military

dictatorship has returned in

another form.

“The Bishops have expressly

stated that this country is in

trouble. The Bishops have told the

government repeatedly that the

only way out of this catastrophe

that is about to happen in this

country is justice and fairness:

respect for those parts of the

Constitution that are just and fair;

amendment of those parts of the

Constitution that were so framed

as to favour parts of the country,

Representatives of the Catholic Bishops in a group photograph with Governor Emeka Ihedioha

and some government functionaries, in Government House, Owerri

Archbishop Anthony Obinna, introducing his brother Bishops to Governor Ihedioha

Kidnapping: How 19-year-old boy in Imo was

arrested while waiting for N200,000 ransom

*From left, Victoria Metu, Chukwudi Iwuala and Uchenna Metu, at

the Imo State Police Command.

By Chinonso Alozie,

Owerri

A 19-year-old boy, Uchenna

Metu and two others all from

Isiala Mbano local government

area of Imo State, have been

arrested by the police while

allegedly waiting for a ransom of

two hundred thousand naira from

the relatives of their kidnap

victim, one Happiness Amaigbo,

from Nwangele local government

area, who later was said to have

died in hostage.

Southeast Voice was at the Imo

State Police command at the time

they were paraded, as the police

fingered Uchenna, as the

masterminder of the

kidnapping.

He was paraded alongside

Chukwudi Iwuala, 30-year-old

either geographically or

religiously.

“This country is experiencing

deterioration on a daily basis and

our people are loosing confidence

in themselves. There is a decay of

infrastructure and near total

collapse of security. All these have

been pointed out by the Catholic

Bishops on several occasions.

What have the Bishops not said?

“At the peak of insecurity in this

country, the Bishops candidly

advised the President to resign

since he could no longer provide

protection to the lives and

properties of Nigerians.

Repeatedly, the Bishops have

engaged every president of this

country.

“But what about our Christians,

including our Catholics, who are

in government? There are cardcarrying

Catholics in all the

political parties that have ruled

Nigeria since the return to

democracy. What have these

Catholics or Christian members

of the ruling parties done to

translate into concrete action the

indications that the Bishops have

given? Bishops have marched the

streets in prayer and protest.

Bishops have taken the

government to court in some

states. The only thing that we

have not done and will never do

is to incite our people to violence,

because that would be wrong.

“The Federal Government of

Nigeria needs to know that our

youths are losing confidence in

the peaceful and non-violent way

we are proposing. And I will like

to state clearly that today, out of

respect for Archbishop Anthony

Obinna, who has been foremost

in speaking out in defence of good

governance both in his state and

in the country, that the current

Federal Government of Nigeria

will hold itself responsible if it

refuses to listen to the voice of

reason and the calamity we all

fear will befall our dear country.”

Continuing, Bishop Onah said

that the Islamization and

Fulanization project has gone

beyond being a hidden agenda,

for it is now being implemented

openly and with impunity.

“But then, there is a limit to the

extent to which the people can be

oppressed without their reaction

to the oppression. We therefore

appeal to all those in government

at different levels in this country,

to remember that they are there

to serve all the people in Nigeria”,

Onah said.

The celebration was rounded off

with the Odenigbo Lecture,

delivered by a university don,

Rev. Fr. Longinus Chinagorom.

and Victoria Chinyere Metu, 22-

year-old lady and elder sister to

Uchenna.

According to the police,

Uchenna initiated the process

with Chukwudi Iwuala and one

Chima who is at large.

The police said that Uchenna

Metu, as part of his strategies to

get the ransom of two hundred

thousand naira collected his

elder sister’s (Victoria Chinyere

Metu) bank account and sent it to

the relatives of their victim to pay

in the money.

Uchenna and his men were said

to be waiting for the money to be

paid into the bank. The police

said: “We have been monitoring

their conversation and we

followed the sister to the bank

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Xenophobic killings: South Africa, Nigeria

and principle of diplomatic reciprocity

THE barrage of xenophobic

attacks against Nigerians

and other African immigrants in

South Africa came to a head

last week with the murderous

destruction of Nigerian lives

and businesses by South

Africans. These were coming

only weeks after Nigerians

became targets in series of

isolated but sustained attacks

launched against them and

their businesses under the

watchful gaze of the South

African Police. Only recently, a

Nigerian business woman died

under suspicious circumstances

while another well-known

socialite was brutally assaulted

and beaten by South African

security agents. The situation

last week was remarkably

different as the attacks were

evidently coordinated, fierce

and as was the case in the past,

appeared to enjoy some

measure of official support.

The other remarkable thing

about the attacks is that unlike

in the past, nationals of other

African countries were also

target. They were lumped

together with Nigerians who

were the usual victims of such

herd onslaughts. And it would

appear that this last point, the

inclusion of other African

nationals, made all the

difference to Nigeria’s official

response. These countries were

quick to respond to the outrage

from South Africa by either

calling off scheduled meetings

or sport events among other

diplomatic steps to register their

displeasure at the treatment

meted to their citizens.

The steps taken by these

“smaller” countries called world

attention to the outrageous and

unacceptable behaviour of

South Africans and no doubt

prompted Nigeria into taking

some steps, however, late or

lame they may seem.

Otherwise, Nigeria’s response

in the past has been almost

apologetic and tinged with a

sense of national shame. We

blame the victims of such

attacks by accusing them of

improper behaviour abroad

while doing our best to say

nothing in order, apparently,

not to call further attention to

the shame that we imagine

should be our collective lot at

such moments.

We make this same response

when Nigerians are accused of

criminal behaviour abroad. We

go all the way to put a distance

between our country and the

accused persons. This is just

one step from accepting guilt

and an open invitation to these

foreign countries to do to and

with our citizens whatever they

like. Except where those

privileged by their background

or connections are concerned.

That is when our slumbering

giant stirs. The simple principle

of presumption of innocence is

never remembered. Neither is

any request to meet, ascertain

the true state of things or the

condition under which

Nigerians accused of crimes

abroad are held, made.

Our attitude is to throw them

under the bus and abandon

them to their fate. But following

the example of our smaller

African brothers, we summoned

courage to act. Our usually

retiring Foreign Minister,

Geoffrey Onyeama, who

appeared to have ceded his

responsibilities as far as

Nigerian immigrants are

concerned to the Chair of the

Nigerian Diaspora

Commission, Abike Dabiri,

decided to “summon” South

Africa’s High Commissioner,

Bobby Monroe, to a meeting.

Only irresponsible

countries and weak

leaders count on the

goodwill of others

where they should

demand their due

President Buhari sent a

special envoy in the person of

the boss of the National

Intelligence Agency, Ahmed

Abubakar, to President Cyril

Ramaphosa. These series of

diplomatic initiatives prompted

from abroad are, lame as they

are, the most far-reaching

Nigeria would take in the many

years since our country and

Nigerians became victims of

post-apartheid South Africa’s

hostility. So far, South Africa has

not committed to implementing

any of the demands placed

before them by Nigeria.

Nigeria is demanding

compensation for Nigerian

businesses destroyed in the

wave of the xenophobic attacks

and the introduction of Nigerian

security agents at the Nigerian

High Commission in South

Africa. While the first demand

makes a lot of sense, the other

one sounds like its exact

opposite. What is the sense in

expatriating Nigerian security

agents to South Africa? Is it to

protect Nigerians from attacks

in their different locations in the

so-called Rainbow Nation that

can no longer endure the sight

of other Africans? Under what

type of community policing that

the Buhari government has

refused to implement here in

Nigeria, despite electoral

promises, would this come?

If our security agents are

located at the Nigerian High

Commission, would Nigerian

businesses be moved there as

well? The security model being

proposed here for expatriation

is the same that has roundly

proven useless in combating

crime and insurgency in

different parts of Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari

is wont to combat Nigeria’s

security inadequacies by

ordering his Service Chiefs to

relocate from Abuja to wherever

happens to be the current

“headquarters” of insurgency or

crime. His security chiefs have

had cause to change base (or

refuse to do so as was the case

with Idris Ibrahim, the former

Inspector General of Police)

from Abuja at different times to

such places as Benue, Taraba

or Zamfara to the states of the

North-East.

As he does this, he conflates

the role of the paramilitary forces

with that of the military that are

forced into paramilitary

operations. Today, Nigerian

soldiers man checkpoints,

protect our streets with police

and civil defence officials, and

engage in border patrols with

the Nigeria Customs. Not

satisfied with this militarisation

of our society we are now

talking of expatriating our

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police (or is it military)

personnel that are already too

thinly spread around the

country abroad. Is this to keep

or make peace between

Nigerians and their hosts in

South Africa?

What would the South African

police or military be doing in the

face of all this? Rather than

demanding that South Africa

protects our citizens as they

would citizens from other parts

of the world we are busy

making useless, impractical

demands of them? Did South

Africa have to deploy its security

agents to their businesses in

Nigeria that were attacked last

week? We provided necessary

security for their businesses and

even opened fire on and killed

our citizens.

Let us learn to demand what

is our due. Only irresponsible

countries and weak leaders

count on the goodwill of others

where they should demand

their due. We should demand,

as a matter of diplomatic

reciprocity, what is our due. If

South Africans are not random

targets of attacks or homicide in

Nigeria, if we offer protection

as a matter of civilised conduct

to businesses owned by

nationals of other countries, we

should be able to demand same

treatment for our citizens

abroad. When America

demanded parity with Nigeria

in visa fees, they did not wait

to consult us.

They did what was in their

interest. We waited open-eyed

until a United Kingdom court

imposed a multi-billion pounds

fine on us for allegedly

reneging on an agreement and

are now scrambling for a way

out. When the Nigerian

Communications Commission

imposed a fine on South Africaowned

MTN, our leaders went

about seeking a soft landing for

MTN. Nonsense!

Has N1 trn MTN fine worsened South Africa's xenophobia?

By SUNDAY ADOLE JONAH

UNTIL Nigerians learn to face

truth and learn to live with it,

we will continue to delude ourselves

and subsequently get stuck in the habit

of making poor judgements based on

faulty analyses of situations.

If this becomes a national habit, then

other people will see Nigerians as

basically half-learned and emotionallycharged

when they make policies.

Already, Nigeria has been

designated the poverty capital of the

world as well as the emerging wirefraud

capital of the world.

Let us pause and learn from history:

One of the remarkable events in 1983

was the anti-African xenophobia that

took place in Nigeria. Recall that under

the Second Republic civilian

government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari,

Nigeria displayed virulent anti-

Ghanaian actions that has given us the

folksy vocabulary known as “Ghanamust-go”.

That is used to reference a

brand of hardcore jute bag that those

hapless Ghanaians back then were

forced to pack their belongings and

head for home.

Today, many Nigerians are still

insensitive to think that “Ghana-mustgo”

is cool because it evokes memories

of Nigeria as an economic magnet for

other African migrants in the past.

Does this not remind us of South Africa

of 2019?

It will further do well for those older

Nigerians to recall that “Ghana-mustgo”

or not, not all Ghanaians scrammed

home and those who stayed put

reasoned that Nigeria was still better

off than home of 1984-85.

Does this still not remind us of South

Africa of 2019? The Max plane on

standby to bring Nigerians back home

will remain empty for as long as

Nigeria’s policy-and decision-makers

still live in denials.

When the current government came

to office in 2015, Nigeria's first

xenophobic target was South Africa,

whence that country’s giant

multinational, MTN, was hit with a

spurious fine equal to its 10-year

operating profit for surprisingly

“encouraging” Boko Haram by not deregistering

the SIM cards of that terror

group’s operatives.

Did anyone inside Aso Rock honestly

believe that South Africans are utter

fools to just be taken for a cheap ride

knowing that a good chunk of

The Max plane on

standby to bring

Nigerians back home will

remain empty for as long

as Nigeria’s policy- and

decision-makers still live

in denials

Nigeria’s public office holders had

invested heavily in the South African

economy since Western banks became

increasingly discomfited with stolen

monies flowing out of Africa?

To the South Africans, the

insinuation that MTN supports Boko

Haram was vile reasoning because

one of Boko Haram’s modus operandi

was always to hit mobile

communications towers wherever they

wish to operate, thus imperiling

smooth communication lines.

Truth was that MTN assisted the

Goodluck Jonathan government to do

triangulations by pinpointing the exact

locations of Boko Haram terrorists to

the then functional and very effective

Department of State Services, DSS,

under Mr. Ita Ekpenyong. Maybe,

MTN was really punished for aiding

the fight against Boko Haram!

The Buhari government went further

to menace MTN-linked financial

institutions like Diamond Bank and

others, whilst threatening to impose

huge sales tax on liquor knowing the

South Africans have also invested in

the brewery industry in Nigeria.

Really, what kind of world does

government think we are living in? A

world where you hurt the investors who

take risks to come into the country

because Western investors are packing

out and you still expect South Africans

to see you as some “giant” calling the

shots in the continent?

Nigerians should do retrospective

soul-searching with respect to this

South African thing.

•Jonah is of the Federal University

of Technology, Minna, Niger State

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From left: Mrs.

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Commissioner for

Education, Lagos State

representing Governor

Babajide Sanwo-Olu of

Lagos State; Mr Steve

Babaeko, CEO, X3M

Ideas Ltd and Mr. Ayodeji

Ojo, Principal, Agidingbi

Junior Grammar School,

during

the

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housing the new state-ofthe-art

library, counseling

centre and the sick bay of

Agidingbi Junior

Grammar School

sponsored By X3M Ideas

Ltd as its CSR project in

Lagos yesterday. Photo:

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What N’Delta expects from Akpabio,

Sylva, Keyamo — MILITANTS

By Emma Amaize

W

A R R I —

MILITANTS in

Niger Delta have charged

the Minister of Niger Delta,

Obong Godswill Akpabio,

Minister of State for

Petroleum, Chief Timipre

Sylva and Minister of State

for Niger Delta, Festus

Keyamo, SAN, to

collectively develop the oil

region and extricate the

people from the shackle of

poverty.

Leader of the 21st

Century Youths of Niger

Delta and Agitators with

Conscience, self-styled

“General” Izon Ebi, in a

statement, yesterday, said,

“We, congratulate Akpabio,

Sylva and Keyamo on their

well-deserved

appointments, but what

Niger Delta people want

from them is development

and eradication of poverty.”

Meanwhile, the Reformed

Niger Delta Avengers,

RNDA, and a coalition of

nine other militant groups

in Niger Delta, have

warned against an alleged

“gang up” by some

powerful forces to remove

the Coordinator of the

Presidential Amnesty

Programme, PAP, Prof

Charles Dokubo, saying it

will come with collateral

damage to the oil region.

RNDA in a statement by

the leader, “Major General”

Johnmark Ezonebi, aka

Obama, said: “Any attempt

to remove or replace the

hardworking with track

record of integrity and

transparency, Prof Dokubo,

who has obviously

redirected the programme

and transformed the

Amnesty Office will lead to

collateral damage on all oil

facilities and oil

installations.

“Until tomorrow, the Niger

Delta youths regard

Akpabio as a leader with the

mark of uncommon

transformation as seen in

the case of Akwa Ibom State,

where he held sway as

governor for eight years and

we believe in him when he

says he stamps his footprint

whenever he is called to

serve.

“We urge him to stand firm

and be just, fair, focused and

fearless to justify his

defection from PDP to the

ruling APC.

“Keyamo is one man the

youths of the Niger Delta are

looking up to because he

grew up in Warri, schooled

in Warri and as a Warri boy

growing up, we believe that

he knows and understands

the rudiments and the plight

of the Niger Deltans.

“So much is expected of

him by the youths of the

Niger Delta, most especially

Delta State as a symbol of

unity and purpose of

leadership.

“We attentively listened to

the speech of Chief Sylva

where he said that he will

not disappoint Bayelsans,

the Ijaw nation and the

Niger Delta in particular

and that he should be

forgiven for past mistakes

and we should join hands

with him to build a

prosperous Niger Delta. For

us, we have no grudge

against him and we look

forward to working with him

if he needs our support at

any point in time if he truly

realises himself, that he is

saddled with the

responsibility of uniting the

Niger Delta once again for

the sake of development and

prosperity for his people.

“If

President

Muhammadu Buhari finds

him worthy to drive the

petroleum sector as the

Minister for Petroleum

(State), it is a clear indication

that this administration

means well for the Niger

Delta and must be

supported with genuine

intent of dialogue and

reconciliation to collectively

develop,” they said.

On the Niger Delta

Development Commission,

NDDC, the group said, “At

this point, we want to warn

that injustice breeds

anarchy and anarchy stalls

development. Therefore, we

should be mindful of the

composition of the new

NDDC board and the MD

slot of Bayelsans.

“We have observed that

important commission such

as NDDC saddled with the

responsibility of developing

the Niger Delta,

empowering its youths and

indigenes is being used for

political patronage. We will

not fold our arms any longer

and watch the commission

used for political settlement.''

Emmanuel charges A-Ibom community leaders on corps

members’ welfare, safety

By Chioma Onuegbu

U YO—GOVERNOR

Udom Emmanuel of

Akwa Ibom State has urged

council chairmen and

traditional rulers across the

31 local government areas

of the state to always

ensure the welfare and

HOR MINORITY LEADERSHIP: Ayu-led committee

submits report

By Festus Ahon

A committee

SABA—THE

constituted by the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP,

Board of Trustees, BoT, to

look into the minority

leadership crisis in the

House of Representatives,

has submitted its report.

Chairman of the

Committee and former

President of the Senate,

safety of corps members

deployed to their domains.

Emmanuel gave the

advice yesterday, during

the formal closing of

Orientation Course for the

2019 Batch ‘B’ stream 2

corps members in, Nsit

Atai Local Government

Area of the state.

The governor, represented

by the state Commissioner,

Ministry of Youths and

Sport, Mr Monday Uko

charged the corps members

to bring development to the

communities they are

posted to for their primary

assignment.

“In my address to you

during the swearing in

ceremony, I charged you on

.... Exonerate Elumelu, others

Senator Iyorchia Ayu,

along with a member of the

committee, former Senate

President, Senator

Adolphus Wabara,

submitted the report to the

PDP BoT Chairman,

Senator Walid Jibrin on

Monday, in Abuja.

Other members of the

Committee include former

Senate President, Senator

David Mark, a former

Deputy Senate President,

Senator Ibrahim Mantu

and a former Deputy

Speaker of the House of

Representatives, Mr Austin

Opara.

In the report, the

committee exonerated

Mr. Ndudi Elumelu and

six others of any

complicity in the

nomination and official

announcement of the

minority leadership of

the House.

the values of discipline, hard

work, resourcefulness and

other ideals essential for

success in life.

“As a vibrant segment of

the society, you are

expected to go to your

various places of primary

assignment and exhibit

tendencies that will bring

development to your host

community.

“In order to harness the

potentials of these young

Nigerians for the benefit of

Akwa Ibom State, I urge the

local government chairmen

across the state as well as

community leaders to

ensure that the welfare and

safety of corps members in

their domains are their

concern.”

He also urged the 2019

Batch ‘B’ stream 2 corps

members to remain focused

in their areas of primary

assignment to contribute

positively to the

development of their host

communities.

Why I'm yet to form

my cabinet — WIKE

ORT HARCOURT—

PGOVERNOR Nyesom

Wike of Rivers State has

said that he was yet to form

his cabinet because he is

seeking people who will

work with dedication and

passion for the state.

Speaking during the

submission of report by the

Committee for Accreditation

and Approval of Private

Schools in Rivers State at

the Government House, Port

Harcourt yesterday, Wike

said he will not be moved

by criticisms because he was

committed to doing what is

right for the state.

He said: “I have not

formed my cabinet because

I am taking my time to

monitor people who will

work with passion for Rivers

State.

“Politics is involved, but

you must be ready to work

for the state. That is why

there is a delay in the

formation of the cabinet. No

matter the criticism, I will do

what is right.

“We must work to move

Rivers State forward. In

doing that, we must step on

toes. We can’t allow the state

to be the way it is. I believe

that with the calibre of

HOSTCOM rallies support for Sylva,

tasks him on Brass LNG project

By Emem Idio

YCommunities

ENAGOA—HOST

of

Nigeria Oil and Gas,

HOSTCOM, Bayelsa State

chapter and over 300

communities in the state

have described the

appointment of former

governor of the state, Chief

Timipre Sylva as Minister

of State for Petroleum as a

welcome development.

They urged all

stakeholders in the industry

to rally round and support

him to succeed.

The state chairman of

HOSTCOM, HRH Boma

Kerekebunah, in statement

in Yenagoa, promised to

galvanized the needed

support of oil and gas

producing communities in

the state for the minister to

turn around what he

described as the “sad

persons who served in the

committee, you have done

a good job. I have

confidence in the

committee,” he said.

Wike said he established

the committee because of

the urgent need to check the

downward slide of private

schools in the state.

He said: “People have

unnecessarily

commercialised education.

They have become traders

in the field of education.

We will not allow that to

continue.

“All those schools that you

have denied accreditation,

even the ones you have

approved, I will look at

them again. But

specifically, the ones you

have denied. They will not

function in this state.

“I hope you went to the

churches to investigate their

schools. We cannot allow

what is going on to

continue. Some schools are

collecting fees and killing

our children and say they

are giving them education.

The 763 remaining, we will

select a team to visit these

schools. Any school that is

not qualified to operate will

not get our final approval.”

Sand Dealers absolve Police

of complicity In dredging feud

RIVER Niger Sand

Dealers in Asaba,

Delta State, have absolved

the police of alleged

complicity and favouritism

in the feud between the

group and their opponents

of Sand Dealers Multi-

Purpose Co-operative

Society led by David Ossai.

Ossai of the Sand Dealers

Multi-Purpose Co-operative

Society had recently

petitioned the Inspector

General of Police, IGP, Mr.

Mohammed Adamu, and

addressed newsmen,

alleging failure by the state

Commissioner of Police to

enforce a Federal High

Court, Benin City, Edo

State, judgment granting

trajectory bedevling the oil

and gas sector and

reposition the ministry to

that of pride and glory for

the entire benefit of the

nation.”

He urge the minister, to

use his good office to

address the suffering

faced by the state

especially in bringing to

mainstream the Brass

Liquefied Natural Gas,

LNG project which he said

was long overdue.

He said: “We also expect

you will intervene in the

relocation of oil companies

headquarters to the Niger

Delta as directed by Vice

President Yemi Osinbanjo

as then the acting President

and citing of Modular

Refineries in Bayelsa State

which will help the

development of the state

and reduce youth

restiveness.''

members of his group right

to dredge banks of the

Asaba River Niger.

But reacting, Secretary of

the River Niger Sand

Dealers, Mr Victor

Nnalue, who also briefed

newsmen, said that the

court judgment had

expired, having been

voided by a Court of

Appeal sitting in Lagos,

judgment, which granted

the Federal Ministry of

Mines and Power the

authority to issue dredging

licenses as against the

National Inland Waterways

Authority, NIWA, where the

said Jah Dave and his

group obtained their

outdated licenses.


34—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

China to boost Nigeria’s

economic development

THE

Chinese

government has

indicated interest to boost

Nigeria’s economic

development and growth.

Speaking at the 70th

anniversary celebration of

the founding of Peoples

Republic of China, the

Chinese Consul-General

in Lagos, Mr. Chu

Maoming, gave the

assurance, citing the

resolve of the government

of the Peoples Republic

China to bolster bilateral

relationship with Nigeria.

He also said in an

attempt to improve the

cultural affinities between

the two countries, a Kung

fu performance was

staged reflecting China’s

way of life.

His words: “We have

supported each other in

By Clifford Ndujihe

IT was carnival of sorts

at Adazi-Ani, a

community in Anaocha

Local Government Area

Anambra State,

penultimate week, during

the celebration of the 2019

new year festival.

Adazi-Ani is the country

home of Chief Godwin U.

Okeke, owner of GUO

Transport Company. Part of

the colourful celebration

was a youth carnival,

sponsored by Dr. Emeka

Okeke and friends, laced

with huge cultural display

and entertainments by

different kinds of

masquerades and other

entertainment groups.

Held at the Eke Market

Square, the heart of Adazi

Ani town, the youth

carnival was attended by

dignitaries, including

Commissioner for

Housing, member

economic, political and

social aspects and for

about five years. A

Chinese troupe have

been going round

Nigerian schools to

perform for cultural

exchange, which stand

to strengthen ties.

“We hope we could

promote the culture

exchange between

China and Nigeria to a

new high.”

For chairman of

Chinese Community in

Nigeria, Mr. Dong

Rui’e: “China and

Nigeria have ties which

have translated into

mutual economic

success, as the two

countries have a lot to do

in the future so they

need to support one

another.”

Adazi-Ani youth carnival ends

with call for community devt

representing Anaocha in

Anambra State House of

Assembly, some advisers

to Governor Willie

Obiano and Dr. Emeka

Okeke, among others.

Addressing newsmen

at the occasion, Dr

Emeka Okeke, Founder/

CEO, RISE Clinic

Nigeria, disclosed that

the reason behind the

youth carnival was to

bring the indigenes of

the community together

to chart ways of meeting

the needs of the

community.

He stressed that the

festival is the only

means of attracting

people, especially the

well-to-do to

understand the needs

of the community,

invest in small

businesses around the

community and assist in

supporting the needs of

the community.

Okpe youths allege alienation

in empowerment programme

By Simon Adewale

YOUTHS, on the

platform of Sapele

Okpe Youths Mandate for

Change, in Sapele Local

Government Area, has

described the recent

appointment and

empowerment

programmes across Delta

State by Senator Ovie

Omo-Agege as laudable

and commendable.

The group attributed it

to the love the Deputy

Senate President has for

his people, but decried the

alienation of Okpe youths

in Sapele council from

appointments and empowerment

programmes.

According to

Convener of the group,

Owin Orhomonokpeye,

Omo-Agege’s action was

unfortunate given the

youths’ sacrifices in his

electoral victory.

In a statement,

Orhomonokpeye said

the deputy chairman of

All progressives

Congress, APC, Delta

State, Elvis Ayomanor,

knows the youths’

contribution to Senator

Omo-Agege’s victory,

but ignored their

demand to be included

in the appointment and

empowerment scheme.

ROUND TABLE: From left— Executive Director, Large Enterprises, Bank of Industry, BoI, Mr. Simon

Aranonu; Managing Director, BoI, Mr. Olukayode Pitan; President, International Committee of the Red Cross,

Peter Maurer; Board Director, BoI, Alhaji Mohammed Bintube; Executive Director, BoI, Mrs. Toyin Adeniji,

and Executive Director, Small and Medium Enterprises, Mr. Omar Shekarau, at the round table organised by

BoI and ECC towards investing in conflict-ridden communities, in Abuja, yesterday.

Herdsmen turning FUTO to

cattle colony—Registrar

By Chidi Nkwopara

O WERRI—THE

management of

Federal University of

Technology, Owerri, FUTO,

has raised the alarm that

herdsmen and their cows

have invaded the

institution.

Speaking to Vanguard

yesterday, the Registrar,

Mr. John Nnabuihe,

wondered why herdsmen

want to turn the campus

into a grazing area.

According to him, “it was

not funny driving to the

Senate building this

morning (yesterday). It is

baffling why herdsmen are

gradually transforming

FUTO premises into a cattle

colony.”

The Registrar said the

institution has written to the

chairman, Cattle Owners

Association, Obinze,

complaining about the

development.

Part of the letter, dated

September 4, and copied to

heads of security agencies

in the state, read: “I write

on the authority of the Vice

Chancellor, to draw your

attention to the incessant

invasion of herdsmen and

their cattle on the campus

of the Federal University of

Technology, Owerri.”

He reminded the Cattle

Owners Association

chairman that government

prohibited the group from

grazing on university lands

and environs.

He added: “The sensitive

nature of grazing on

campus and the obvious

tension it breeds among

students, may ultimately

lead to clashes, if not

curbed. This is given the

current precarious security

challenges associated with

open grazing.”

The university then

requested the chairman to

urgently intervene by

directing the herdsmen to

desist from grazing within

the campus.

By Chinonso Alozie

O WERRI—SENATOR

Rochas Okorocha

yesterday, boasted that his

successor, Governor Emeka

Ihedioha was afraid of him.

Okorocha spoke in Owerri

through his Special

Adviser on Media, Sam

Onwuemeodo, in reaction

to a law suit filed against

him by Ihedioha.

Okorocha, the immediate

past governor of the state

said the court action was a

bad example by the current

government.

It stated: “Imo State

governor, Chief Emeka

Ihedioha had falsely

denied ordering the arrest

of his predecessor, Senator

Rochas Okorocha, about

one month after the arrest

order was issued.

“He has also taken the

former governor to court in

his resolve to continue to

step on his toes, that of his

family members and all

those who served the state

under him.

“In the suit filed at the

Magistrate Court on

Friday, September 6, Chief

Ihedioha claimed that since

he became governor,

Senator Okorocha has

‘consistently been in the

deplorable habit of

fomenting trouble’ and that

he is ‘always in Owerri to

“Note that security

agencies have been alerted

to take measures against

anyone grazing cattle

within the university

environment,” the

Registrar added.

Meanwhile, the Institute

intimidate

government’.”

his

‘Okorocha hardly

comes to Imo’

But Onwuemeodo said

that “Okorocha left Imo in

the evening of May 29. He

was not in Imo when

Ihedioha and his

avalanche of task forces

and committees

descended on his

children and investments.

He was not in Imo when

his daughter was slapped

and shops of the daughter

and wife were invaded

and looted.

“Between May 29 and

today, Okorocha had

visited Imo only once. He

left after spending two

days. He was also not in

Imo when they took about

700 thugs to invade his

private residence at Sipbat.

It took the intervention of

well-meaning Imo people,

including youths, to stop

them.

“The next thing

Ihedioha did through the

Secretary to the State

Government, Uche

Onyeaguocha was to

order for the arrest of

Okorocha. The whole world

descended on them and

condemned that

recklessness and as an

after-thought, he denied

giving the arrest order.

of Women, Gender and

Development Studies, in

collaboration with the

Students Union Government

and FUTO Women

Association, yesterday,

flagged off its war against

vices in the university.

Ihedioha’s scared, says Okorocha

“Why did it take him

almost one month to say

that? The same kind of

denial greeted the

demolition of Akachi Tower.

“Ihedioha has some fears:

the fear of what can be done

to reduce the long antenna

of Okorocha’s steady

popularity among Imolites;

“the fear of how to

overcome the burden

created by Okorocha’s

m o n u m e n t a l

achievements; and the

fear that he never won the

governorship election.

“With these fears, he

decided to fight Rochas

Okorocha with all his

strength, to the extent that

the whole thing has

become petty.

“Obviously, Chief

Ihedioha appears

overwhelmed. Capacity is

key in the governance of

Imo State. And when one

lacks it, he resorts to selfhelp,

which has nothing

to do with visionary or

articulate leadership or

action.

“Governor Ihedioha

should stop being allergic

to Okorocha and to

everything about him.

“This court action is a

very bad example. It is

also embarrassing like his

previous actions against an

innocent man who handed

over to him.”


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019—35

GRADUATION: Proprietress of Uncle Bayus School, Ikorodu, Mrs. Idowu (middle),

with some parents and their graduating children during the end of session/graduation

party of the school.

Katsina swaps 6 bandits with 20

kidnap victims, others

By Bashir Bello

KATSINA —KATSINA

State government,

yesterday, swapped six

suspected bandits for the

release of 20 kidnap victims

in the bandits’ captivity.

Governor Aminu Masari of

Katsina State while handing

over the bandits, who were

kept in some security

agencies' detention, to their

leaders, said the bandits

were expected to in turn

release 20 kidnap victims in

their den before the end of

yesterday.

The bandits had on,

Monday, freed five kidnap

victims in their captivity to

the government in the state.

It will be recalled that

Governor Masari, last week,

embarked on tour of the

hideouts of the bandits in

eight frontline local

government areas of the state

to dialogue with them on the

need to embrace peace and

stop the needless killings,

kidnappings and cattle

rustling among others.

Masari said the process

was in fulfillment of the

agreement reached during

ongoing dialogue in the

eight frontline local

governments in Katsina

State.

According to him, “Part of

the agreement with

suspected cattle rustlers and

bandits is that government

would hand over their

members in detention that

have not been prosecuted

and they would in return

handover to government

people that have been

kidnapped.

“The process had started

yesterday (Monday) where

the suspected bandits

surrendered five kidnapped

people and before closing

time today (yesterday), they

are going to return many

people kidnapped that are

in their custody. Six

suspected bandits and cattle

rustlers are now being

released to their two leaders,

they (bandits) would in turn

release 20 kidnapped

people by the end of today

(yesterday).”

Masari, however,

expressed hope that the

process would be completed

within the next one or two

days to enable the

government start the second

phase of the peace initiatives

that have started with the

visit to the localities by the

state government in

particular and the North

Western states in general.

Ikeja DISCO, Labour sign pact on workers’

condition of service

By Victor Young

THE protracted dispute

between the

management of Ikeja

Electricity Distribution

Company, DISCO, Ikeja, and

organised labour in the power

sector over a Collective

Bargaining Agreement,

CBA, detailing the conditions

of service of workers, was

yesterday, settled with the

signing of agreement by the

two parties.

Under the aegis of

National Union of Electricity

Employees, NUEE, and its

Senior Staff Association of

Electricity and Allied

Companies, SSAEAC,

counterpart, and the

management of the

distribution company, signed

the CBA at the Alausa

headquarters of the

distribution company.

Managing Director/Chief

Executive Officer, Mr

Anthony Youdeowei, and

Chief Human Resource and

Administration Officer, Mr

Henry Ajibola, signed the

agreement on behalf of Ikeja

DISCO.

According toYoudeowei,

the agreement was for the

interest of both parties

because it would ensure

peace and enhance

productivity.

Addressing the workers of

the company after the

signing, NUEE General

Secretary, Mr Joe Ajaero, said

the signing was the first

phase and that the major

issue was its implementation.

According to him, "the

signing of condition of service

for workers in Ikeja Electric

is the first phase. It is the duty

of the union to enforce

compliance. No matter how

good a condition of service is,

there must be implemention.’’

He lamented that workers

had been sacked and their

right abused, but declared

that such would no longer

happen with the new

condition of service,

informing that the next stage

was to negotiate for an

increase in salary, which was

not the same as the condition

of service.

Advising the workers to be

more productive and that

they would begin to get their

rightful entitlements with the

agreement, he said: ‘’Now,

any employer that asks a

worker to do any job beyond

office hour will pay the right

allowance. Days of slave

labour is over. Any worker

that is sacked today will be

paid the right entitlement."

Bayelsa partners GEF, UNDP to save N-Delta

red monkey from extinction

By Samuel

Oyadongha

YENAGOA— BAYELSA

State government in

partnership with Global

Environment Facility, GEF,

and United Nations

Development Programme,

UNDP, have launched a

programme to preserve the

endangered Niger Delta

Red Colombus monkey from

extinction.

Already, a total of 7,080

hectares of gazetted forest

reserve spanning Apoi,

Kokologbene and Gbaraun

communities have been

established to preserve the

endangered red Colombus

monkey specie.

Speaking at a forum in

Yenagoa, which had in

attendance representatives

from Apoi, Kokologbene and

Gbaraun communities, the

state government through

the Permanent Secretary,

Ministry of Environment,

Mr. Adaka Ezekiel, called on

the people to help sustain the

programme.

“You ought to be at the

vanguard to protect and

conserve the critically

endangered Niger Delta

Red Colombus monkey

(poliocolobus epieni). Recall

an awareness campaign/

rally was recently held in

Yenagoa, the state capital on

the need to preserve this

specie of monkey found only

in Bayelsa,” he said.

Also speaking, an

environmental consultant,

Mr. Aroboi Okonofua said:

“The Apoi creek forest

reserve is very important not

only to Bayelsa but to the

whole world.

“It has the ‘epieni’ which

is the Niger Delta Red

Monkey. They are only

found in this area and

nowhere else in the whole

world.

“Hunters have been asked

not to kill the monkey

anymore because we risk not

having them anywhere in

the globe if not conserved

and preserved now.

“To this end, youths in the

communities have been

trained on the protection and

conservation of the

endangered monkey

specie.”

Speaking on behalf of the

communities, Mr. Duba

Matthew, thanked the state

government and others for

initiating the programme

and promised to key into it.

100 days in office: NAPPMED

seeks continued support for

Okowa

By Festus Ahon

A SABA—NIGERIA

Association of Patent

and Proprietary

Medicine Dealers,

NAPPMED, Delta State

chapter has called for

continued support for

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

for a stronger Delta.

Assessing Okowa’s

achievements in his first

100 days in office in his

second tenure, the group

expressed satisfaction

with the developmental

strides of the governor.

Describing Okowa’s

second coming as an act

of God, NAPPMED, in a

statement by Prince

Macauley Ezewu,

Enakireru congratulates Omo-

Agege over victory at tribunal

A

leader of All

Progressives

Congress, APC, in Uvwie

Local Government Area,

John Enakireru, has

congratulated Senator

Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy

President of the Senate on

his victory at the National

Assembly Election Petition

Tribunal sitting in Asaba,

Delta State.

Enakireru in an interview

in Effurun, Delta State said

he was not surprised

because Omo Agege with

leaders of the party

campaigned vigorously

through the nooks and

crannies of Delta Central

senatorial district leading

to the victory of the party

in all elections in the state.

“The victory of Senator

Omo Agege Deputy at the

election petition tribunal in

Group organises walk to

sensitise public on danger of

suicide

NIGERIANS from all

walks of life have

staged a walk, tagged "Walk

Against Suicide,” to

sensitise the general public

on the danger of suicide.

The walk, which started

at the main gate of Yaba

College of Technology,

Lagos State, kicked off at

8am, with a procession

round Yaba College of

Technology premises

before heading for

Shomolu, a suburb of

Lagos.

The event which was

sponsored by Longrich

Mandate in partnership

with United Nations

Information Centre, UNIC,

Lagos but put forward by

the Glittow Hope

Foundation kick-started

series of activities to

celebrate “World Suicide

Prevention Day 2019 with

the theme: “Working

President; Chief Gabriel

Okobia, Secretary and

Chief Lucky Esidje

lauded Deltans for their

massive support for

Okowa.

They said Okowa has

“done a lot of things,

elevating the people of

the state, ranging from

empowerment of Deltans

in all areas and the

rehabilitation and

construction of roads in

all the 25 local

government areas of the

state.”

NAPPMED promised

to continue to support

the state Commissioner

for Health and National

Assembly members from

Delta State to make Delta

the Dubai of Africa.

Asaba is well deserved and

we, the APC family of

Uvwie Local Government

Area, are expecting the

bigger one very soon. His

victories at the general

election and the election

petition tribunal are

confirmation that Delta

Central and Delta State is

indeed an APC state.”

Enakireru said the

Deputy President of the

Senate has within the last

three months displayed

high level leadership in his

efforts to alleviate the

suffering of his people

through empowerment

and appointments.

He specifically

commended him for those

he empowered and

appointed from Uvwie

LGA.

Together To Prevent Suicide.”

During the walk,

members of the group

displayed placards with

inscriptions such as “Say

Yes To Life; Choose To Live;

You Are Not Alone; Say No

To Negativity; Suicide Is

Not An Option; Suicide

may seem to be an escape

from distress to the culprit.

It is the beginning of

endless distress for those

left behind.”

In a chat with Vanguard,

Convener of the walk,

Oluwatobi Abodurin, said

inspiration came as a result

of the rising cases of

suicide in Nigeria,

propelled by frustration

and depression. She

lamented that most of the

victims embraced the act for

lack of adequate care and

love. She advised that an

organised counselling

session be structured to

stem the ugly tide.


36— Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

WITH HENRY OJELU

midweekpersonality@gmail.com

08111813061 (sms only)

KEN ANORUO:

Lawyer cum

philanthropist with

passion for orphanage

homes

His name may not ring a bell in the roll call of

prominent lawyers in Nigeria, but

Ken Anoruo is making impact in areas outside

of the legal profession. For over 10 years, Anoruo

has successful executed a strategy of supporting

motherless baby’s homes through students’

participation. In this interview, he shares insight on

the strategy, his challenges and expectations from

government.

Background

I am a native of Obogwe

in Umunwaku autonomous

community of Ohaji/Egbema

Local Government Area of

Imo state. My father, late Pa

Alphonsus Uchewuako

Anoruo was a civil servant

and my mother late Mrs.

Irene Anoruo was a farmer. I

attended Central School

Umunwaku, Ohaji, for my

primary school. After my

secondary school, I was

admitted into Adeniran

Ogunsanya College of

Education Ijanikin where I

studied Economics and

Political Science. From

there, I proceeded to the

Lagos State University

where I obtained my First

Degree in Law. I was called

to the Nigerian Bar on

November 25, 2015.

Childhood Dreams

My childhood dream has

been to make impact and

stand out in whatever I find

myself doing. As to whether

or not it has been achieved,

I will say it’s a work in

progress. Though I have

achieved some, I am not

there yet. The most

important thing is to start

well on a good foundation.

And like the scripture says,

“the hand of Zerubabel has

laid this foundation, and he

must finish it “.

Challenges growing up

My childhood is one

characterized by a lot of

challenges. First I lost my

mother at a very tender age

and my father refused to

remarry. According to him,

my mother loved and

respected him so much that

he did not think he could

ever get a woman that would

be a close substitute.

Secondly, he said he

wouldn’t like any woman to

come in and maltreat us.

So that decision made me

and my siblings not to

experience motherly care.

In addition to that, four of

my sisters were sent out as

housemaids, thereby

leaving us with much

domestic works and less

time to play unlike some of

our

mates

who

could

afford

the

luxury of

playing

moments

due to

the fact

that

they had

sisters

who

could do

most of

the

domestic

chores

at home.

At some

point, I

was

almost

frustrated

out of

school

due to

non

payment

of school

fees. So I was on and off

school. It took the

intervention of my eldest

I believe that

the world will

become a

better place for

all if we

devote our

time to doing

good to our

fellow man.

We are blessed

to be a

blessing and

anything short

of that to me is

a wasted

purpose

brother Chidi Anoruo (now

late) to revive my dreams.

Orphanage homes

project

Basically the project was

conceived to motivate

people especially students

to imbibe the culture of

giving. The desire to

inculcate certain

humanitarian values into

Kenneth Anoruo

children is the primary

motivation behind the

project. The idea is to see

the project or similar ideas

duplicated in different forms

by these students in their

various endeavors. Today in

our society, people find it

difficult to part with their

belongings and valuables

not knowing

that is one of

the ways to

live a happy

life. Come to

think of it,

how many

orphans and

beggars can I

feed? Or how

many widows

can I assist

alone? So

since the

vision is to

make the

society better

by taking

care of the

vulnerable

amongst us, I

feel there is

the need to

educate the

younger

generation to

emulate the

idea. Besides

mobilizing

the students

to give

whatever

they can afford to orphans,

I also encourage them to

join me in my other

humanitarian activities

carried out by my

foundation, Ken Anouro

Centre for Humanitarian

Initiative, KACHI.

The passion

My humanitarian activities

are simply my own way of

giving a definition to my

philosophy of life. I believe

that the world will become a

better place for all if we

devote our time to doing

good to our fellow man. We

are blessed to be a blessing

and anything short of that to

me is a wasted purpose. So

from the little God has

blesses me, I try as much as

I can to use to affect lives.

Orphanage reforms

I think that the

government should as a

matter of urgency rise up to

the occasion and pay more

attention to the operation of

orphanage homes in

Nigeria. The ministries of

women affairs of the various

states should be concerned

about the activities in the

orphanage home. There is

so much rot in orphanage

homes operation across the

country. Many use it as a

conduit for perpetrating

heinous crimes such as

child trafficking and rituals.

Government should set up

a committee to monitor the

activities of these homes

and ensure that every

children home is set up

with a clear vision which

must make these

vulnerable children better

persons in the future.

Orphanage homes should

not be a business venture

with which their operators

use to swindle unsuspecting

members of the public.

Other projects

Aside our orphanage

homes project, we also run

a pre-varsity tutorial

academy. The academy has

made tremendous impact

since inception and this

justifies the reason it is the

number one name that

comes to the mind of

prospective Joint Admission

and Matriculation Board,

JAMB examination

candidates. We run a six

month intensive program

which is designed to

properly equip the students.

The aim is to make the

students self reliant at the

end of the program. Since

students are moving into

another phase of life, the

least we owe them is to

make a radical

dislodgement of certain set

patterns which have for

long conscripted them in a

cocoon of fear and

inferiority complex. The

radical dislodgement of

those set patterns gives

room of a reorientation

which will make them tilt

towards a better direction

in life. Today our students

are doing very well with

many graduating with first

class in different higher

institutions.

Role models

The truth is that looking

up to people in life

sometimes could be

discouraging and

frustrating thereby making

one to lose focus. Life is not

about competition and who

has achieved most or the

least in life. Rather, it

should be more of purpose

and impact. No two people

can make the same impact

in life. The lives of

Methuselah and Christ

illustrate one principle; it is

not the years in one’s life

that matters but the life in

one’s years. I always look

up to God for greater

impact, but that doesn’t

mean I don’t have people

that I consult whenever I

need some advice.

Biggest life’s lesson

One of the biggest lessons

I have learnt is that life

does not give you what you

want; it only gives you what

it has at a moment in time.

It is left for you to decide

what to make out of it.

Advice for

entrepreneurs

For upcoming

entrepreneurs, the basic

tools for building a striving

business include

dedication, diligence and

self discipline. No business

grows overnight. A

business is like a new born

baby who has to undergo

certain stages with

changes, from childhood to

adolescent, to youth and

adulthood. In all these

stages, the parents need

patience, dedication and a

defined family value with

which the child will be

known with. That is how

businesses work.


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Atiku, ambition and the endgame

By Louis Odion, FNGE

So, after all his thunderous im

precations and venomous profiling

of the Wazirin Adamawa as

“hopelessly corrupt”, OBJ could not

resist the temptation of a N50m

“egunje” from the same tainted

hand. Perhaps, our ever sanctimonious

patriarch never reckoned the

secret would leak.

No less amusing was the explanation

offered by the giver when the

EFCC hound uncovered an assortment

of fingerprints and footprints

of beneficiaries of a staggering

150m Euros (N60b) moneybag

Atiku allegedly laundered ahead of

the 2019 polls of which a consortium

of local and foreign marabouts

were said to have assured him, with

oracular certainty, of a landslide

victory. If the last hurdle to Aso Rock

was cash, the free-spender from

Jada was ready to break the bank,

whether in local or hard currency.

Without the least regard for logic or

shame, Atiku’s spin doctors told us

the strange N50m found in the account

of Obasanjo Library was only

“a donation” to a “non-profit organization

involved in humanitarian

work. The gods are surely wise.

Of course, only kindergarten pupils

would buy that. Coming after

OBJ had literally declared war on

APC and virtually parlayed any forum

available to hurl personal insults

at President Muhammadu

Buhari, it must have finally dawned

on the more discerning why prescient

Professor Wole Soyinka chose

to christen Obasanjo’s mammoth

Ota edifice “a Laundromat” at its

founding more than a decade ago.

How tragic then that those who

now wish to be looked upon as the

harbingers of Nigeria’s ethical rebirth

are, alas, still unable to prove

to the nation they had in any way

outgrown their old vice of moneysharing

rackets.

Well, the danger of astrology is its

addictiveness. In his most recent

autobiography entitled “My

Watch”, OBJ had, based on stated

“research and observation”, characterized

his deputy (while president

for eight years) as both perennial

captive and slave to sorcerers.

So, once assured of the presidential

crown by fortune-tellers, it would

appear Atiku has become rather

obsessed with becoming king, even

if that meant sedating himself into

a nirvana and dreaming up a magic-realist

kingdom in which he is

both lord and lone inhabitant.

Only such fixation could indeed

explain the desperation lately of

Atiku and his enablers - mostly lurking

in the shadows of cyberspace -

to foist the fable of a coming coronation,

not based on facts but sheer

fantasy.

Juvenile twisting of facts

This psychosis partly manifests in

the juvenile twisting of facts by a mob

who, apparently scarred by the prospects

of languishing another four

years in the political wilderness, now

conveniently choose to not only inhabit

that fantasyland, but also luxuriate

in its numbing make-believe.

It explains their desperation

last weekend to exhume the lighthearted

words uttered by Lai Mohammed

in 2015 as APC spokesman

on the needless controversy

around Buhari’s certificate, package

and re-present same in a totally different

context, just to prop their lame

argument which similarly failed to

fly five years ago.

It is also the reason the Atiku people

would lie shamelessly before the election

tribunal that the otherwise

thoughtful and compassionate TraderMoni

and MarketMoni schemes

initiated by the Buhari administration

was a bribe to induce voters ahead

of the 2019 polls.

Apparently failing to do their research

properly, they even declared,

*Atiku Abubakar

with a ring of authority, that the funds

being disbursed to market women

and the vulnerable in our society were

extra-budgetary spending. Seriously?

But the last time I checked, the twin

programmes were approved by the

Federal Executive Council and duly

funded by the Appropriations Acts of

2017 and 2018.

To be sure, it is quite within the democratic

rights of the candidate of Peoples

Democratic Party to contest the

outcome of the February polls which

gave APC 15,191,847 votes as against

his own distant 11,262,978. But it is

debatable if the arguments marshaled

so far in the past few months

by his legal team are convincing

enough.

Given the cold letters of the law and

legal precedents, it would be herculean

indeed to prove the claim of

electoral malpractices in a presidential

poll. That means the petitioner is

saddled with the arduous task of producing

witnesses to give testimony

proving such infraction in more than

100,000 polling units where the exercise

took place.

This requirement is already well stated

in the decision of the Supreme

Court in Buhari v. Obasanjo (2005)

thus: “The very big obstacle that anyone

who seeks to have the election of

the President or Governor upturned

is very large number of witnesses he

Despite all these

unassailable facts, it

remains a big puzzle

why the Atiku people

still chose to gamble

with the theory of

electronic server

must call due to the size of the respective

constituency. In a country like our

own, he may have to call about

250,000 - 300,000 witnesses. By the

time the court would have heard from

all of them with the way our present

law is couched, the incumbent would

have long finished and left his office

and even if the petitioner finally wins,

it will be an empty victory bereft of

substance.” So, PDP’s present case at

the presidential election tribunal is

anchored primarily on two main legs

viz INEC server and Buhari’s “lack of

school certificate”.

But rather than persuade, the argument

on the server has been most

amusing. From the outset, no one disputes

that the entire polls were premised

on the Electoral Act 2010 (as

amended). Relentless pressures

mounted on President Muhammadu

Buhari to assent to a raft of amendments

proposed by the Bukola Saraki-led

Senate seeking electronic

transmission of results did not succeed.

The President’s action was informed

by the superior argument that for the

purpose of the 2019 polls, much as

desirable as electronic transmission

would conduce to the sanctity of the

ballot, the sad reality was that a considerable

ratio of the over 100,000

polling units in 774 councils across

the federation and Abuja was yet to be

covered by digital networks to experiment

with such innovation.

What’s more, an authority no less

than the nation’s chief electoral umpire

himself did attest, before hand

and without ambiguity, that only

manual transmission of results was

applicable in the exercise.

Despite all these unassailable facts,

it remains a big puzzle why the Atiku

people still chose to gamble with the

theory of electronic server. By the curious

calculations of the fictive server,

PDP polled 18,356,732 votes ahead

of APC’s 16,741,430.

Fine. But the devil is actually in the

details. It turned out the Kenyan the

petitioner had touted as possessing the

“smoking gun” himself admitted,

under cross-examination, that the

data he tendered was gleaned from

the website created two weeks after

the results were announced by a faceless

“whistle-blower”. Worse, it was

discovered that the IP address of the

website is a commercial one patronized

by all manner of businessmen in

many countries across the world.

More comedy. Again invoking the

same “server” like a talisman, the

Atiku people had pooh-poohed the

INEC results announced in Borno in

favor of Buhari on the grounds that

the high numbers were unjustifiable

given the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency

in the area. But wait a minute

- it turned out that the figures allocated

to Atiku in the same Borno by the

all-knowing “server” are far higher

than those of Buhari which they had

faulted vigorously as impossible because

of security issue!

A symbolic victory

However, the “server” was not bold

enough to discredit the figures from

Atiku’s own polling unit in his native

Adamawa where Buhari entered a

symbolic victory by polling 186 to the

former’s 167.

On the issue of Buhari’s academic

credentials, it is perhaps a measure of

PDP’s infinite capacity for mischief

that the bogey of “no school cert” is

still being retailed till date, having

failed woefully to gain traction back

in 2015. To begin with, isn’t it amazing

that a nation could even be beguiled

into entertaining such a doubt

about a man who records clearly confirm

had not only attended numerous

official courses conferring higher academic

status during a career spanning

over three decades, but also had

the uncommon privilege of leading

the country as head of state between

1984 and 1985?

Perhaps the easiest way to validate

history is to cite witnesses. Luckily,

some of Buhari’s classmates at Provincial

Secondary School, Katsina in

1961, are still alive. To prove doubters

wrong, the President has even gone

the extra mile by making public a

black-and-white photograph showing

him then in company of classmates

including now retired President

of the Court of Appeal, Justice Umaru

Abdullahi.

This truth has not been disputed, nor

has Justice Abdullahi denied.

On the contrary, it is open secret today

that, in their last-ditch effort to

rake up muck but in abject ignorance

of the confidentiality principle of English

system, PDP’s agents had approached

University of Cambridge in

the U.K. to ascertain whether Buhari

actually sat for school certificate. But

seen as “busy-bodies”, the authorities

at the British institution declined the

applicants. The request was only

granted when Buhari’s representative

duly applied for the results which was

later tendered before the court.

Against this overwhelming backcloth,

the rationally minded cannot

but wonder what may be giving Atiku

and his crowd confidence. Maybe, it

is the metaphysics of the marabouts.

•Odion is Senior Technical

Assistant (Media) to the President.

Delta State and Okowa’s

worthy example

By Matthew Ozah

George Orwell was quoted to

have said about one of his

novels, Animal Farm “If it does

not speak for itself, it is a failure”.

At the end of the day, the novel did

not speak for itself because of

what critics refer to as its fanciful

treatment of the suppression of a

revolution by tyrants. Also, it is

always less successful for anyone

to husband the reputation of any

politician or public figure without

some definite achievements to

anchor with. Therefore, praise

singing without any evidence will

always be an exercise in futility

and a venture that will not satisfy

its mission or see the light of day.

In that case, the time has come

to smash the gloomiest myths

about Nigeria’s politics by giving

honour to whom it is appropriately

due. This is because it is human

nature and particularly in the char-

*Ifeayi Okowa

acter of mischievous persons to

always focus on the bad news rather

than the good ones about people,

events and places. For instance,

if you ask a cross section

of people this question: Do you

believe or trust Nigeria’s politicians?

The answer that you may

get is not farfetched. Of course,

majority will respond negatively

due to the ugly political activities

and poor performance of political

office holders across the country.

However, for the incumbent

Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi

Okowa, he does not need

any propaganda machinery or

image laundry from political contractors

to appear clean before the

people. Okowa’s administration is

not in the business of talking or

seeking who to speak on its behalf.

Rather, it has chosen to set

out goals and has determined to

stop at nothing than to develop the

state. As it were, the people have

become the image launders and

positive mouthpiece of the

Okowa’s government. This is because,

for twenty eight years since

Delta State was created the indigenes

have not seen the level of

infrastructural development save

for the tenures of Felix Ibru, the

first civilian governor of the state

and that of the Odidigborigbo,

James Ibori.

Politics has not been idle or

meaningless under Okowa’s administration

and in trying to curb

the bigoted behaviour associated

with government contracts, the

check and balance has become an

The task and demonstration

that government

is capable of

fighting off corruption

to a marginable extent

has shown in Okowa’s

performance and attitude

towards the business

of governance

institution. The state government

is doing its best to change the complexion

of politics from self-enrichment

to selfless service to the people

and state. However, it would

not be easy to dismiss some elements

of glib among politicians

in the state. Without doubt, Okowa

has definitely taken the state to

unique heights and on the lips of

Deltans, speaks volume of his performance.

This writer traversed

the state recently, and the level

and quality of road rehabilitation

I saw in Sapele, is absolutely

amazing. Roads in the ancient city

among others in the state are either

rehabilitated or constructed

afresh to link up villages and

towns. For instance, the Akumazi/

Ekuoma road, Owerre-Olubor/

Uteogbeje road, Umunede/

Otolokpo road, Mbiri Emuhu

road among others scattered

across the state.

Politics and performance have

not been this smooth in the state.

Therefore, it is magical in the eyes

of many and to show the level of

their ecstasy, Deltans now refer to

governor Okowa as ‘The road

Master’. However, the governor

being who he is, simply selfless,

humble and filled with humane

character does not allow arrogance

of power to engulf him.

Therefore, he constantly attributes

his success to the peace that exists

among the people in the state. The

other day, while receiving members

of the state council of traditional

rulers, he said, “Traditional

rulers in the state have done so

much for us, you are architects of

peace in our state. When the various

Kingdoms are at peace with

themselves, God will bless the

state…” Indeed, Okowa is a blessing

to the state looking at the arrays

of achievements connected to

his government. It has always

been the headache of political

parties during elections to worry

about who occupies the Government

House. Ordinarily, Deltans

have no angst about who is the

henchman or woman, which

makes it possible for citizens of

the state to ask questions when

things are going wrong and speak

in praise when it is necessary just

as it is the case now.

Task and demonstration

The task and demonstration that

government is capable of fighting

off corruption to a marginable extent

has shown in Okowa’s performance

and attitude towards

the business of governance. According

to the Minister of Aviation,

Hadi Sirika, who, recently

inspected facilities at the Asaba

International Airport said: “Governor

Ifeanyi Okowa is always a

very serious minded person, very

focused, principled and always

committed to doing the right

thing, I have been informed how

he ensured transparency in the

concessioning of the Asaba airport.

Some of his friends bid for

the airport and lost, and in the interest

of his people, he did not interfere

and did not care whether

his friends lost but what he wanted

was quality and the right people

to run the airport and I think

this is what will help our nation”.

The conclusion of this matter is

that Okowa’s performance has provided

an enduring underpinning

that government is a continuum. Instead

of chasing shadows in the

name of probe, investigation and

heaping blames on previous administration,

Okowa has chosen to hit

the ground running. Equally encouraging

under Okowa’s administration

is the ability to house all

government agencies and parastatals

under one roof at the state secretariat.

This has not only saved the

government huge revenue on rents

but also allow quick attention to the

business of governance. It is the citizens

and not the governor’s men

who should testify to a ‘hypothesis’

that, ‘so, government can work?’


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