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Protesters storm DSS Hq,

want Sowore, Bakare freed

•Journalist injured as DSS disperse protesters demanding Sowore’s release

•We were offered N1m to suspend protest — Deji Adeyanju

•SERAP accuses securitymen of using lethal weapons on peaceful protesters

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Police detain Sharia

LAUNDERING: Court judge for

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Protesters storm DSS Hq, want

Sowore, Bakare freed

*Journalist injured as DSS disperse protesters demanding Sowore’s release

*We were offered N1m to suspend protest — Deji Adeyanju

*SERAP accuses security agents of using lethal weapons on peaceful protesters

By Olasunkanmi

Akoni & Luminous

Jannamike

A

group of

protesters,

yesterday, stormed the

headquarters of the

Department of State

Services, DSS, over

continued detention of

the convener of the

#RevolutionNow

protest, Omoyele

Sowore, and his deputy,

Olawale Bakare.

The protest came

against the backdrop of

alleged claims by the

DSS not to release the

duo, despite meeting

bail conditions for their

release.

A Federal High Court

sitting in Abuja had

ordered the release of

Sowore and Bakare, but

the DSS hinged its

refusal to release them

on the fact that it was yet

to receive the order as at

Friday, November 8.

Public Relations Officer

of the service, Dr Peter

Afunanya, however,

confirmed later that the

agency had been served

the bail order, but were

yet to release the accused

persons because nobody

turned up to receive

them.

Frustrated with the

process, after nearly a

week of the court order,

supporters of the

activists yesterday

stormed the DSS office

over the continued

detention.

Bearing placards with

inscriptions such as

‘’DSS obey court order’’,

‘’Release Sowore

mandate now’’, and

‘’Nigerians want better

living conditions, among

others, the protesters

chanted solidarity songs,

laced with demands

asking the security

agency to release the

activists without further

delay.

Led by rights activist,

Deji Adeyanju, the

protesters were,

however, forced to

abandon their

demonstration when a

truckload of DSS

operatives arrived the

scene.

Adeyanju was

addressing reporters

when a security

personnel shot in the air,

while another used

pepper spray to force the

demonstrators to

scamper in different

directions, leaving

behind their placards,

shoes, and other

personal effects.

In the ensuing

confusion, a journalist

with The Guardian,

Oludare Richards, was

allegedly assaulted by

operatives of the agency,

and he sustained a head

wound and several

bruises on his arm.

Speaking with

Vanguard on his

experience, Richard

said: “When the pepper

was sprayed, a popular

female activist was

finding it difficult to

move because she

couldn’t see properly.

"Security operatives

were beating her. I

intervened to help her

but was hit on the head

severally by three DSS

officials. I have been to

the hospital but I am

suffering migraine and

in severe pains.”

Meanwhile, before the

abrupt dispersal of the

protesters, Deji

Adeyanju alleged that

his group and other

protesters were offered

the sum of N1 million by

some persons close to

the government to

suspend their agitation.

Displaying the cash,

the activist claimed the

money was offered to

them at gunpoint.

He, however, did not

disclose the identity of

the persons who offered

them the N1m but

Continues on Page 41

By Bose Adelaja,

Olayinka Latona &

Esther Ifeanyi

Should parents of kidnapped Kano children be jailed for negligence?(1)

Parenting is a very

t a s k i n g

responsibility, and

sometimes parents learn

on the job. Should they

be imprisoned on the

basis of negligence? I

respectfully disagree.

However, Intelligence

agencies need to begin

to explain why there has

been consistency in

kidnapping and most

especially within that

region.

-Jude O.McKelvin

Youth Advocate

It’s very sad, the way

we see children as

young as two years,

playing on the street,

begging or hawking; it

is wrong! We put too

much blame on the

Government, forgetting

we also have a part to

play. Imprisoning the

parents for negligence

should serve as a

deterrent to other

parents.

-Abdulkareem Zainab

Events planner

IN an ideal

environment,

children should not be

allowed to walk

aimlessly especially in

the region so prone to

violence.

But I think the parents

should be disciplined

because the adverse

effect of the

imprisonment will be too

much.

-Dahunsi Olabode

Student

I

can’t say they

should be

imprisoned for their

negligence because the

situation of this country

is something else. The

Emir of Kano is trying all

he could to make them

understand that giving

birth to children is their

full responsibility and it

is a must for them to

watch over the children.

But instead of putting

them in prison, they can

be detained and made to

pay some fine.

-Oladigbolu N. Yetunde

Entrepreneur

PARENT should be

the first to take

responsibilities for their

children, neglecting them

to roam about aimlessly

as that shows an act of

nonchalant. But that

shouldn’t call for

imprisonment. Sanusi

Lamido Sanusi, is

entitled to his opinion but

governments at all levels

should as well contribute

their quotas in bringing

worthwhile living to their

citizens.

Abdulwahab Tajudeen,

Media Practitioner

THIS is a misplaced

priority. The

government is the major

cause of the problem

because if they had built

standard and well

equipped school, the

children won’t be found

on the street. Rather

than putting the parents

behind the bar, they

should procure a

solution, so that this

situation would not

repeat itself again.

Idebi Faith, Fashion

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Gunmen abduct

4 Immigration

officers in

Rivers

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FOUR officers of the

Nigerian Immigration

Service were, yesterday

morning, reportedly

kidnapped by unidentified

gunmen in Bonny River,

Rivers State.

It was gathered that the

victims were travelling to Port

Harcourt in a speedboat before

the bandits struck and picked

them to unknown destination.

The victims, according to

sources, had chartered a

speedboat to take them to Port

Harcourt. On their way, the

kidnappers attacked them

around Onne River.

A source, who preferred

anonymity, noted that the

bandits transferred the officers

to their boat and left the driver

of the boat conveying the

victims.

At press time, Immigration

Service and Rivers State Police

Command could not confirm

the report, as calls made to the

Public Relations Officers of the

two security agencies did not

go through.

... kill 2

policemen in

Bayelsa

By Samuel

Oyadongha

Y ENAGOA—UNKNOWN

gunmen, yesterday,

reportedly shot dead two

policemen at Otuogidi in

Ogbia Local Government Area

of Bayelsa State with their rifles

carted away.

The gunmen are believed to

be suspected thugs in search

of guns ahead of Saturday’s

governorship polls in the

predominantly riverine state.

It was gathered that the

attack on the policemen

occurred in the early hours of

yesterday, at a checkpoint close

to Bayelsa State College of

Health Technology in the

council area.

The incident coincided with

the arrival of some batches of

the 32,000 policemen led by 15

Commissioners of Police, three

Assistant Inspectors General,

AIG, and a Deputy Inspector

General of Police, DIG, at the

headquarters of the State

Police Command for onward

deployment to the nooks and

crannies of the state.

However, the DIG of Police

on Bayelsa Election, Anthony

Ogbizi, yesterday, assured the

people of the state of their

safety, promising that the

security personnel deployed

will ensure that there is a levelplaying

ground for INEC to

conduct a free, fair and credible

election in the state.

LOCAL CONTENT: Managing Director, Lagos State Ferry Services, LAGFERRY, Mr. Abdoulbaq Balogun(4th left)

accompanied by management staff of the agency during an inspection of a locally-built boat at Sierra Craft Industry complex,

Epe, Lagos State.

Police detain Sharia court judge over

PAN Chairman’s daughter’s marriage

•IGP arrested my father because I divorced his friend—Bride

By Ben Agande

KADUNA State Police

Command has detained a

Sharia court judge, Nasir

Murtala, for allegedly conducting

the wedding of the daughter of

former Chairman of Peugeot

Automobiles Nigeria, PAN,

Limited, Alhaji Sani Dauda.

Also detained were the former

Chairman of PAN and one of his

sons, Shehu Dauda.

It was gathered that operatives

of the Special Anti-Robbery

Squad, SARS, of Police Force in

Kaduna, detained the trio based

on a complaint by one Abubakar

Musa, the former husband of the

daughter of PAN Chairman.

While the former PAN

Chairman, Sani Dauda, was

arrested for giving out her

daughter, Nasiba Dauda, in

marriage after a failed one

(marriage), the judge’s offence

was conducting a new marriage

between Nasiba Dauda and one

Abdullahi Kaluma.

However, the lady in the eyes

of the storm, Nasiba Dauda, told

TheCable yesterday that her

family was being targeted over

her refusal to remain in a legally

dissolved marriage with Abubakar

Musa, her ex-husband, who she

claims is a childhood friend of the

IGP.

When Vanguard contacted

Kaduna State Police Public

Relations Officer, Yakubu Sabo, he

said he was not aware of the arrest

and detention, but promised to get

back after finding out from the

SARS officer.

But lawyer to the former PAN

Chairman, Sani Katu, confirmed

the arrest and detention.

Vanguard gathered that the

daughter of the former PAN

Chairman got married last week

Saturday at the Magajin Gari

Sharia Court, Kaduna North

Local Government Area of the

state.

It was gathered that on hearing

that his former wife had been

given out in marriage, the former

husband allegedly ordered for

the arrest of the judge, ex-PAN

boss and his son.

I followed due

process—Judge

The Sharia court judge, Nasir

Murtala, insisted he followed due

process in line with Islamic laws

and the Nigerian Constitution,

while joining the new couple.

Nasir Murtala said as far as he

knew, there was no existing order

restraining Nasiba or her family

from conducting a new marriage

after her first marriage with

Abubakar failed.

His words: “The marriage

between Nasiba, the daughter of

Alhaji Sani Dauda, Chairman of

ASD Motors and her former

husband, Abubakar Abubakar

ended in January 5, 2018.

“And since then, there was no

problem or was there any existing

order restraining her or her family

from conducting a new marriage?

“So, on Saturday, November 9,

I conducted a new marriage

between Nasiba and her new

husband, Abdullahi kullama.

“Surprisingly, on Monday,

November 11, at about 4p.m., I

was with Alhaji Sani Dauda and

many others at his compound

when police operatives

surrounded his compound,

saying they were there to arrest

us on the order of the Inspector-

General of Police, Mohammed

Adamu.

“The officers invited us verbally

to the police command

headquarters without any

warrant of arrest.

“Later on, we were transferred

to the Special Anti-Robbery

Squad, SARS, office where we

were detained allegedly on the

orders of the Inspector-General of

Police until further notice.”

Also addressing journalists,

lawyer to the former Chairman of

PAN, Sani Katu, insisted that his

client’s arrest was allegedly

masterminded by the former

husband of Nasiba Dauda, one

Abubakar Abubakar, who claimed

to be a close associate of

Inspector-General of Police,

Mohammed Adamu.

He claimed that Abubakar, who

was not happy with the second

marriage between Nasiba Dauda

and her new husband, has vowed

to use his connection with the

Inspector-General of Police to

deal with whoever was involved

in the consummation of the

marriage.

New bride speaks

Nasiba, the lady in the eyes of

the storm, said Mohammed

Adamu, the Inspector-General of

Police, IGP, was harassing her

family.

Nasiba, who spoke with

TheCable yesterday, said her

family was being targeted over

her refusal to remain in a legallydissolved

marriage with Abubakar

Musa, her ex-husband who she

claims is a childhood friend of the

IGP.

She said she kept things to

herself about her ex-husband

until Monday, when policemen

came to arrest her father and her

elder brother.

According to her, the

policemen, who reportedly acted

on the directive of the IGP, could

not produce any warrant to effect

the arrest.

She added: “They came over to

the house with no warrant, but a

petition they claim was from my

ex-husband.

“In the petition, he accused my

dad of taking me away from him

and marrying me off to someone

else illegally. But this is not true.

The marriage was dissolved at the

court, and I got the divorce

certificate.

“My ex-husband has chosen to

humiliate me and my family. The

IG sent five police vans to pick

up my father, his lawyer and the

judge that treated the case while

he was praying in the mosque.

They wanted to take me and my

husband, but we weren’t around.”

State police boss

She continued: “Prior to that, the

Commissioner of Police, Ali Aji

Janga, called my father and told

him the IG has asked him to arrest

him based on a petition sent by

my ex-husband that my father has

married me off to another man

while he is still married to me.

“But Janga told my father that

he has advised the IG that this

not a criminal offence and should

not be treated as such. The IG

insisted and told him to act on his

instructions. My father is still at

the police station with no arrest

warrant and no explanation.”

Nasiba said she had left the

marriage due to physical and

emotional abuse, as her exhusband

assaulted her in ways

no one could imagine.

Her words: “I don’t know why

the IG is making this a criminal

offence. I know my ex-husband

is a childhood friend of the IG and

he was also instrumental in his

appointment as IG, but if the IG

wants him married, he should

marry off his own daughters to

him.”

Meanwhile, TheCable has

contacted police headquarters for

a response to the allegation.

Frank Mba, Force Public

Relations Officer, promised to

investigate the matter and get

back to TheCable.

At press time, the Police Public

Relations Officer of Kaduna State

Police Command, DSP Yakubu

Sabo, who had promised to call

back this reporter had not called.


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019—7

By Dayo Johnson

AKURE—THE

General

Overseer, GO, of a white

garment church, Sobitire Praising

Chapel, Akure, the Ondo State

capital, Babatunde Alfa, is in the

eye of the storm following the

disappearance of a year old boy,

Gold Kolawole, during last

Sunday church service.

Interestingly, the mother of the

missing boy, Modupe Kolawole,

took him to the church in search

of a miracle following his inability

to walk.

The mysterious disappearance

of the toddler from the children

section of the church located at

Osinle in Akure, the Ondo state

capital, is causing ripples across

the state capital.

Parents of the victim had

dragged the cleric before the

paramount traditional ruler of the

town, Deji of Akureland, Oba

Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo, following

alleged connivance of the police

to investigate the matter since last

Sunday.

They alleged that despite

reporting the alleged kidnapping

to the church authorities, the

police station at Oke-Aro as well

and the state anti-kidnapping

office, nothing had be done.

This is just as father of the

missing boy, Temitope Kolawole,

and family members displayed

placards calling for the arrest and

prosecution of the founder of the

By Onozure Dania

LAGOS— A security guard,

Mr Dahiru Musa, yesterday

told a Lagos High Court sitting

in Igbosere of how he discovered

the bodies of an 89-year-old

grandmother Adejoke John, and

her 36 year old daughter

Oreoluwa John, who were killed

by their newly employed house

help, Joseph Ogu, two days after

he was employed.

Musa, who is the first

Prosecution witness, told Justice

Modupe Nicoclay, that two days

after the defendant’s

employment, he saw him around

2:15 am, when he opened the gate

and was about driving the 89-

year-old deceased car out.

The witness, who claimed to

have known the 89-year-old

deceased since 1984, said: “ I

asked him why he was driving

mama’s car, he said mama sent

him on errand somewhere, I

challenged him again and I said

mama couldn’t have sent you on

an errand at this time”.

Musa, who was led in evidence

in chief by the Lagos State

Attorney General and

Commissioner for Justice Mr

Moyosore Onigbanjo SAN, said

he held the defendant tight and

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Search for miracle turned sour:

One-yr-old boy disappears from Ondo

church, GO quizzed, youths protest

church.

Sources at a meeting between

Alfa, the founder of the church

and traditional ruler said he

admitted that the child got

missing during last Sunday

service and that efforts were on

to find the boy.

The traditional ruler had

promised to speak with the

Commissioner of Police and also

invite parties concerned to a

meeting.

Meanwhile, Vanguard

gathered that the toddler was

taken to the children section that

morning by her mother, Modupe

Kolawole, and was given tally

number 87 for the child.

Over 200 children were said to

have been deposited at the

section by their parents that

Sunday morning, while the main

service was ongoing.

Modupe, the mother of the

missing toddler, reportedly went

back to check her son at about

11:45a.m., only to discover he was

missing.

Speaking with newsmen at the

palace of the Deji of Akure land,

Modupe said: “I took him to the

children section on that fateful

day, he was duly registered and

I dropped his lunch box with

the aunty there.

“Something told me to check

on him again and I went to the

children section around

11:45a.m., only to see his chair

being turned down and he was

Guard narrates to court how he found

bodies of 89-yr-old grandmother, daughter

collected the car keys from him

and led him back to the

deceased’s house.

He said “ I and the defendant,

climbed the stairs to the upper

floor, where mama’s apartment is

and entered the Palour, but it was

scattered, all the drawers were

pulled out and their contents

scattered all over the floor, then

I started shouting mama,

mama, but nobody answered

me”.

“I then asked the defendant to

take me to where mama is, when

I entered mama’s room, I saw her

dead body on the floor,

When asked how many

occupants were in the apartment,

the witness said there were only

two occupants, mama and her

daughter, who was also stabbed

to death.

Musa said, “ At that point, I

turned the defendant round and

tied his hands behind, and his

legs and also gagged his mouth

until the morning, when I handed

him over to the police”.

He further stated that the

defendant spoilt the bumper of

the car when he wanted to drive

it out.

According to him, four phones

were found in the booth of the car,

four Automated Teller Machine

nowhere to be found.

“I looked around the children

department to see if his position

had been changed, but he was

nowhere to be found among the

over 200 children at the section.

“I took him there to motivate

him to walk because he is a little

over one year and had not been

walking. We were duly

registered at the section and he

was registered as number 87

that Sunday.

“Despite raising the alarm,

the leadership of the church

looked unshaken as they

continued with the service, until

the service was brought to an

end around 5:3 p.m. and my

Gold was still missing.”

She, however, said the

General Overseer of the

Church, Babatunde Alfa,

assured that the baby would be

found or rescued, but said she

had to report the incident at the

police station around 8p.m.

The mother of the missing boy

said she had to sleep in the

church waiting for her son to be

returned, but to no avail and

had to return to the police

station when the police

followed her to church to

investigate the matter

She, however, alleged that

Alfa directed one of his aides to

give the Investigation Police

Officer, simply identified as

Inspector Abdul, some amount of

money.

cards were also found in the

booth, a big plasma TV, was also

in the booth of the car.

The witness, who said he has

been working as a security guard

at the area where the incident

occurred for an about two years

and three months, said prior to

the incident, mama use to send

him on errands.

When he was also asked how

he knew the defendant, he said:

“ It was through mama that I knew

him and mama asked me to show

him where I buy things for her”.

Ogu was represented by Mr

Monday Ubani.

The defendant was arraigned

on October 22 and was

remanded in prison custody

over the alleged murder of his

89-year-old employer and her

36-year-old daughter.

Justice Modupe Nicoclay

remanded him after he took his

plea.

The Lagos State government

had arraigned the defendant

before the court, on a threecount

charge of murder and

stealing.

The defendant pleaded not

guilty to the charge against him.

Justice Nicoclay, however,

adjourned the case until January

23, for the continuation of trial.

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Oluwa is like: The same

way I answer lawyers,

doctors, SARS operatives

Thank God you can see

anything in this next level

Eleven onety-one!


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We’re using recovered

loot to fund national

budget, says FG

Senate’ll pass 2020 budget

on Nov 28, Lawan insists

By Henry Umoru

A Senate, BUJA—THE

yesterday,

gave its Appropriations

Committee an ultimatum of

two weeks to work on the

2020 Budget and lay it on

November 26 for subsequent

consideration and passage

before the end of month.

Against this backdrop,

President of the Senate,

Senator Ahmad Lawan,

insisted that the resolve of

the National Assembly to

revert to the January to

December budget cycle

remained sacrosanct.

Lawan, who commended

the various committees for

rounding off their budget

defence sessions on

schedule and also

By Joseph Erunke

A federal BUJA—THE

government

has said it was using

recovered loot to fund

national budget and

provide infrastructure in the

country.

The government

explained that funds being

recovered were going into

the Central Bank of Nigeria,

CBN, to be part of the

federation’s consolidated

revenue fund, for onward

funding of projects and

developmental programmes

in the county.

The Minister of Justice

and Attorney General of the

Federal, AGF, Abubakar

Malami, stated this at the

10th Annual Conference of

the Centre for Peace and

Environmental Justice,

CEPEJ in Abuja yesterday.

Malami, who was

represented by the Special

Assistant to the President on

Justice Reform and

International Relations, Mrs

Juliet Ibekaku-

Nwagwu,said already,

government was using the

recovered assets to fund

national budget and social

investment programmes.

Speaking at the

conference with the theme

“Corruption and Insecurity:

Implications for

Development in Africa,’’ he

said part of the recovered

funds were also being used

to fund projects and

developmental programmes

in Nigeria and the Social

investment Programmes.

He said: “No

administration in the

country had taken steps like

the government of

President Muhammadu

Buhari to recover funds of

illicit origin.

“These funds have also

been paid into the

federation account and are

being used to fund the

national budget.

“For the first time in 2017,

the President authorised

that there should be a

revenue item in the

Appropriation Act. that refers

to the item called recovered

asset as a revenue item in

all budget process.”

The AGF, while speaking

on corruption, explained

that the Buhari government

in 2015, initiated six bills to

help the administration in

its anti-graft war.

Malami said two of the

six bills had been assent to

by the President, while the

government was in the

process of representing the

remaining four to the

National Assembly.

“Corruption and

insecurity are a huge

problem in Nigeria and

many other African states

that have so far defied

solution and are

responsible for much of the

economic underperformance

on the

continent.

“While significant

progress has been made in

tackling corruption and

improving security, a lot of

work still needs to be done

in order to build

sustainable approaches

and enduring institutions.

“There is no doubt that

high level corruption can

fuel insecurity and lead to

weak economy and

widespread inequality. It’s

against this background

that

President

Muhammadu Buhari in

2015, commenced the

process of taking various

steps in tackling corruption

and insecurity in Nigeria as

well as reaching out to

other African countries.

“Since 2015, through the

office of the Attorney

General of the Federation

and Minister of Justice, the

federal government has

initiated several laws and

policies to strengthen the

fight against corruption

both within the public and

private sectors.

“Some of the bills initiated

in 2015 are the Financial

Intelligence Agency bill,

the Mutual Assistance in

Criminal Matters Bill, the

Proceeds of Crime bill, the

Money Laundering

Prohibition repeal bill and

another bill that is meant to

deal with terrorism known

as the Terrorist Prohibition

and Prevention bill.

defending them before the

Senator Barau Jibrin-led

Senate Committee on

Appropriations, said: “All

the committees have done

their works so well within

the defined parameters.

Therefore, we expect the

appropriations committee

to move into action.

“They (members of the

appropriations committee)

should produce the report

to be laid here before the

Senate on November 26,

which is the next two

weeks.

“I believe this will be the

same thing in our sister

chamber, the House of

Representatives, so that we

would be able to pass the

2020 appropriation bill on

November 28.”

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to Nigeria, Ahmet Melih Ulueren, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Mrs Pauline Tallen and

Export Manager, Isonem International, Mrs Devrim Aras during a banquet dinner by Turkish Embassy in Abuja.

Senate re-introduces hate speech

bill with death sentence as penalty

By Henry Umoru &

Dirisu Yakubu

ABUJA—A bill to

establish a

Commission for the

Prohibition of Hate

Speeches resurfaced in the

Senate yesterday.

The bill, titled “National

Commission for the

Prohibition of Hate

Speeches (Est, etc) Bill,

2019(SB.154)’’ and

sponsored by the Deputy

Chief Whip of the Senate,

Senator Aliyu Sabi

Abdullahi, All Progressives

Congress, APC, Niger

North, was read the first

time at plenary yesterday.

In line with the tradition

of the Senate, the new bill

was introduced by the

Senate Leader, Senator

Yahaya Abdullahi, APC,

Kebbi North, and affirmed

by the Clerk of the Senate,

Nelson Ayewor.

With this development,

the bill, which was

abandoned last year after

intense pressure and

criticisms, is on its way back

to the Upper Chamber.

Recall that a similar bill

sponsored last year March

by same Senator Abdullahi

and it stated that any person

found guilty of any form of

hate speech that results in

the death of another person

shall die by hanging upon

conviction.

Though the bill died on

arrival in the 8th Senate,

Senator Abdullahi has

reintroduced same.

The bill was the 12th item

on the Senate’s Order

Paper yesterday and was

granted automatic First

Reading on the Senate

floor.

Death penalty is the most

severe punishment

provided by the anti-hate

speech bill.

The bill, which defined

hate speech as comments

that insult people for their

religion, ethnic, linguistic

affiliation, racial contempt,

•As rejected Hate Speech Commission Bill

resurfaces •Atiku tackles FG, NASS on hate speech

among others, stipulated

that “Any person who

commits an offence under

this section shall be liable

to life imprisonment and

where the act causes any

loss of life, the person shall

be punished with death by

hanging.

“For offences like

harassment on the basis of

ethnicity, racial contempt,

the bill proposes not less

than five-year jail term or

a fine of not less than N10

million or both.”

The Bill also states that:

“A person who uses,

publishes, presents,

produces, plays, provides,

distributes and /or directs

the performance of, any

material, written and/or

visual which is

threatening, abusive or

insulting or involves the

use of threatening, abusive

or insulting words or

behavior commits an

offence if such person

intends thereby to stir up

ethnic hatred, or having

regard to all the

circumstances, ethnic

hatred is likely to be stirred

up against any person or

persons from such an

ethnic group in Nigeria.

The bill read: “Conduct

shall be regarded as

having the effect specified

in subsection (1)(a) or (b)

of this Section if, having

regard to all the

circumstances, including

in particular the perception

of that other person, it

should reasonably be

considered as having that

effect.

“A person who subjects

another to harassment on

the basis of ethnicity

commits an offence and

shall be liable on conviction

to an imprisonment for a

term not less than five years,

or to a fine of not less than

Ten million Naira, or to

both.”

According to Senator

Abdullahi, the bill is aimed

at ensuring the elimination

of all forms of hate

speeches; promote

elimination of all forms of

hate speeches against

persons or ethnic groups;

as well as advice the

Federal Government on the

matter.

Other situations which

the bill frowned at is when

“a person subjects another

to harassment on the basis

of ethnicity for the purposes

of this Section where, on

ethnic grounds, he

unjustifiably engages in a

conduct which has the

purpose or effect of

violating that other person’s

dignity; or create an

intimidating, degrading,

hostile, humiliating or

offensive environment for

the person subjected to the

harassment.”

The bill seeks the

establishment of an

‘Independent National

Commission for Hate

Speeches’, which shall

enforce hate speech laws

across the country, ensure

the elimination of the

menace and advise the

Federal Government.

“The National

Commission for Hate

Speeches shall be headed

by an executive

chairperson who would be

appointed by the President

on recommendation of the

National Council of State,

subject to the confirmation

of at least two-third majority

of the National Assembly.

“The Commission shall

discourage persons,

institutions, political parties

and associations from

advocating or promoting

discrimination or

discriminatory practices

through the use of hate

speeches; promote

tolerance, understanding

and acceptance of diversity

in all aspects of national life

and encourage full

participation by all ethnic

communities in the social,

economic, cultural and

political life of other

communities.

‘’It shall also plan,

supervise, coordinate and

promote educational and

training programmes to

create public awareness,

support and advancement

of peace and harmony

among ethnic communities

and racial groups.

“It shall, furthermore,

promote respect for

religiouss, cultural,

linguistic and other forms

of diversity in a plural

society; promote equal

access by persons of all

ethnic communities and

racial groups to public or

other services and facilities

provided by the

government.’’

Meanwhile, former Vice

President, Alhaji Atiku

Abubakar, has called on

government, particularly

the legislature, to perish the

thought of punishing hate

speech by hanging, saying

the contemplation of such

laws was in itself not just

hate speech, but an abuse

of the legislative process

that will violate Nigerians’

constitutionally guaranteed

right to freedom of speech.

The Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP Presidential

candidate on the February

23, 2019 election also urged

those behind the bill to be

awake to the fact that

Nigeria’s democracy has

survived its longest

incarnation, “because

those who governed this

great nation between 1999

and 2015 never toyed with

this most fundamental of

freedoms.”

He said: “It is prudent to

build upon the tolerance

inherited from those years

and not shrink the

democratic space to satisfy

personal and group

interests.”


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Institutional Banking Midwest Region, Sterling Bank at the Edo Investment Summit, Alagbodaro 2019 yesterday.

Nationwide blackout looms as

electricity union threatens strike

By Victor Young

THE erratic power

supply across the

country may be heading

for the worse as the

National Union of

Electricity Employees,

NUEE, has threatened to

begin a nationwide

industrial action over

pending labour issues.

Consequently, the

union has served the

Federal Government,

Distribution Companies

of Nigeria, DISCOs, and

Generation Companies

of Nigeria, GENCOs a

21-day ultimatum to

address its demands or

face strike.

Some of the issues in

contention include

unpaid benefits to over

2000 disengaged staff of the

defunct Power Holding

Company, PHCN, since

2013; underpayment of

over 50,000 ex-PHCN staff;

refusal of some DISCOs to

remit deducted

contributory pension fund

to workers’ Pension Fund

Administrators, PFAs;

payment of half salaries to

workers by DISCOs,

among other perceived

unfair Labour practices.

In a petition to the

Minister of Power, dated

November 7, 2019, the

union warned that it would

declare a nationwide

industrial unrest, if these

demands were not met.

HEALTH TIPS

By Sola Ogundipe

Cancer care

MORE people living

with cancer means

that more family members

are serving as caregivers.

It still can be a frightening

diagnosis for patients and

those who love them.

You and your loved one

may find yourselves

suddenly trying to cope

and evaluate how it will

change your lives.

All of this can feel

overwhelming, bit

information and

communication are the

keys to coping.

Learn as much as you can

about the illness, forge a

good connection with your

loved one's doctors and ask

for assistance and answers

when you need them.

Educate yourself. Assess

the medical team. Are you

and your loved one

comfortable with your

physician? If not ask for

another provider. Discuss

how to share the

diagnosis. Sometimes the

patient and caregiver have

different ideas about

handling the news.

If you're helping your

loved one to manage

finances or you share the

financial responsibility,

determine what health

insurance covers. Look

into possible sources of

help.

Cancer treatments can

be tough, with a range of

unpleasant or painful side

effects. Stay informed,

know what to expect and

be a strong advocate for

your loved one.

If you've learned all you

can and still are

uncomfortable with the

proposed plan of care,

consider getting a second

opinion and alternatives.

Understand side effects.

Chemotherapy and

radiation can have

debilitating side effects.

Ask doctors what to expect,

how to manage the side

effects and when to call for

medical help.

Find out about palliative

care, which is focused on

alleviating pain and

discomfort.

However, efforts made to

get the Power Ministry to

react proved abortive as the

spokesman failed to pick

his calls.

The DISCOs and

GENCOs contacted by

Vanguard said only the

Bureau of Public

Entreprises, BPE, could

react to such issues.

M e a n w h i l e ,

spokesperson of BPE,

Amina Othman, also failed

to pick her calls at press

time last night.

But the petition, signed

by NUEE General

Secretary, Joe Ajaero, and

copied to all DISCOs and

GENCOs, read: “The

union before the

privatization of the then

PHCN in 2013, warned

that the exercise was not

thorough and will not be in

the best interest of

Nigerians and workers in

the sector. We were labeled

and called names.

‘’Today, the reality has

dawned on all. We are all

suffering for our refusal to

listen to the lone voice

crying in the wilderness,

and wise counsel. We wish

to draw your attention to

various developments in

the power sector since it

was privatized and handed

over to new investors on

November 1, 2013.

“The following issues

cutting across all facets of

the sector are hereby

highlighted for your

information and necessary

action. The problems

created by Bureau for

Public Enterprises, BPE,

are BPE’s refusal to address

and pay up over 2,000

disengaged ex-PHCN staff

since 2013.

‘’There was also illegal

transfer of union properties

to investors, especially in

the GENCOS. i.e. schools

built by the unions;

deliberate refusal to

differentiate between

core and non-core assets

in accordance with the

Electricity Power Sector

Reform, EPSRA, Act,

2005; and

underpayment of over

50,000 Ex-PHCN staff.

“Those created by the

GENCOS are that since

taking over in November,

2013, 99% of all Generation

Companies (GENCOS)

nationwide have refused to

sign conditions of service

with workers, thus

portraying them as ‘slave

masters’ without conditions

of work and rules of

engagement.

‘’Mass de-unionization

of union members with

threat to loss of jobs to

intending members;

refusal/lock out of the union

from all their premises;

pilfering of union dues,

especially in Egbin Power

Plc; and denial of union

rights to staff.

“The problems created by

the DISCOS include refusal

by some DISCOS to remit

staff contributory pension to

the Pension Fund

Administrators, PFA; denial

of retirement benefits to

exited staff; casualization/

outsourcing of workers and

half salaries.

‘’Our members under the

DISCOs are now being

paid half salaries on the

45th day because of

intimidation by Nigeria

Bulk Electricity Trading Plc,

NBET, Nigeria Electricity

Regulatory Commission,

NERC, etc that insist on

first Line charge (against

Universal Labour Practice,

International Conventions

and Nigeria Labour Laws)

to regulatory agencies;

seize the collection and

release whatever is left for

staff salaries. The goose

that lays the golden egg is

now neglected.

“It is very painful and

unfortunate that six years

down the line after the takeover,

no significant salary

increase has taken place in

the industry. Several efforts

have been made to address

the issues with the various

stakeholders mentioned

above to no avail.

‘’Rather, they have

continued to thrive on the

suffering of the down

trodden workers in the

electricity sector.''

By Henry Umoru

A

BUJA—THE

Senate caucus of

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, yesterday vowed to

fight any bill designed to

remove the rights and

freedom of Nigerians that

have been guaranteed by

the constitution of the

Federal Republic of

Nigeria.

The senators said they

would in all its

ramifications, kick against

any law aimed at attacking

fundamental human rights

of Nigerians.

Speaking on behalf of

opposition senators,

yesterday, Senate Minority

Leader, Senator Enyinnaya

Abaribe, PDP, Abia, while

reacting to comments by

visiting members of

Leadership and

Accountability Initiative,

said the right thing would

be done.

He added that the 9th

Senate would not abridge

the rights of Nigerians,

since it cannot afford to

disappoint Nigerians who

voted for them as

lawmakers.

Senator Abaribe was

flanked by his deputy,

Senator Emmanuel

Bwacha, PDP, Taraba South

and Deputy Minority

Whip, Senator Yau Sabi,

PDP, Zamfara North.

Recall that last week, the

Senate proposed a new

bill, tagged ‘Protection from

Internet Falsehood and

Manipulations Bill, 2019’

which proposes a threeyear

jail term for anyone

involved in the abuse of

social media. The Anti-

Social Media Bill is

sponsored by Senator

Mohammed Sani Musa,

APC, Niger East.

Abaribe said: “There is no

speed with which this bill

is being passed. The first

reading of a bill is

automatic. We can’t make

a comment on what is still

on the first stage.

“What I can assure you is

that this Senate can’t be a

party to removing the rights

of Nigerians under any

guise. Section 39 of the

Constitution talks about our

freedom as citizens. The

9th Senate will not abridge

your rights.

“I don’t think Nigerians

who fought and paid the

supreme to entrench this

democracy will easily give

it away and make us go

back to the dark days. Rest

assured that when we get

to that point, we will stand

for the people.

‘’Every bill that passes

here must pass through the

rigours to ensure that it

protects the rights of over

200 million Nigerians. We

have a plethora of laws that

can be used to drive a free

society. While social media

can be good, it can also be

bad. I am a victim of social

media.

“As much as there is

freedom, yours stops where

another person’s own

starts. We urge Nigerians

not to propagate falsehood

or fake news. Our job is to

guarantee the freedoms

and rights of both sides.”

Earlier, Leader of the

group, Nwaruruahu

Shield, argued that since

there were already existing

laws, it would be irrelevant

to promote a new antisocial

media restrictions.

He said: “It is imperative

to note that there is an

already existing provision

in the Nigeria constitution

which defines in plain

terms about defamation

which states that a

defamation matter is

defined in section 373 of

the criminal code as a

matter likely to injure the

reputation of any person by

exposing him to hatred,

contempt or ridicule or

likely to damage any

person in his profession

or trade by injury to his

reputation.’’

We are suffocating at the

Chamber, Lawan cries out

By Henry Umoru

A

B U J A —

PRESIDENT of

the Senate, Senator Ahmad

Lawan, yesterday in the

middle of the plenary, cried

out that excessive heat at

the hallowed Chamber was

suffocating senators due to

ineffective cooling system.

Meanwhile, the Senate

Centre where journalists

stay to cover proceedings

is even worst hit because

the long room has no single

window but an entrance

and accommodates over

150 people.

There is no single

ventilation there and the

only standing Air

conditioner does not even

function properly because

of the large population,

causing individuals to

sneeze and cough

repeatedly.

Lawan, who lamented

that there was excessive

heat at the hallowed

Chamber, later directed the

Clerk to the Senate, Nelson

Ayewor, to immediately

ensure that the cooling

system of the chambers was

put in order.

The instruction was for the

Chamber and not the

Senate Press Centre.

It was gathered that the

heat was caused by

malfunctioning of the

cooling system in the

chambers.

Lawan said: "This

chamber appears unduly

warm this morning. We

can’t be battling with

debate and fanning

ourselves. I want to appeal

to our colleagues to be

patient as the fault would

be fixed soonest.”


10 — VANGUARD, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019

N16.4M FRAUD: Court clears

ex-IGP Ehindero

A BUJA—JUSTICE

Silvanus Oriji of the

FCT High Court, Apo,

yesterday, discharged

former Inspector-General of

Police, Sunday Ehindero,

and Commissioner of Police

budget, John Obaniyi, of

N16.4 million fraud charge.

Justice Oriji held that the

prosecution failed to make

a prima facie case.

“The defendants are

hereby discharged,” he

said.

He held that the

prosecution had failed to

prove that the defendants

converted the said interest

generated to their personal

use.

“I, therefore, uphold the

no-case submission,” he

said.

He further stated that the

investigation officer did not

discredit the claim of the

defendants to prove that the

money was not used for

operational purposes.

The counsel to Mr.

Ehindero, Kelvin Omoraw,

and Samuel Odariko

representing Mr. Obaniyi,

had filed a no-case

submission after the

prosecution closed its case

on May 8, after calling four

witnesses.

The News Agency of

Nigeria, NAN, reports that

the former police boss and

the Commissioner of Police

in charge of finance and

budget at the Force

headquarters, John

Obaniyi, were arraigned on

May 10, 2018, by the

Independent Corrupt

Practices and Other Related

Offences Commission,

ICPC.

They were accused by the

ICPC of misusing N557

million donated by the

Bayelsa Government to the

Nigerian Police Force to

purchase of arms and

ammunition, which they

were alleged to have

diverted into separate

accounts belonging to them.

ICPC alleged that the

defendants conspired and

used their positions to place

N500 million being part of

N557 million donated by

the Bayelsa Government in

two fixed deposit accounts.

TAM DAVID-WEST: Sen Abe, Sara-Igbe

bare pains, as reactions flow

By Egufe

Yafugborhi

PORT HARCOURT—

SENATOR Magnus

Abe and Chief Anabs Sara-

Igbe, Pan Niger Delta

spokesman, bared their

pains, yesterday, over the

demise of former Petroleum

Minister, Prof Tam David-

West, as reactions continue

to trail his death.

Sen Abe said: “Nigeria

has lost a great soul; a great

man. He was a man of

truth; a man of principle

and a man who believed in

Nigeria and was never

hesitant on making any

sacrifice to promote the

truth, unity and progress of

this country.

“His own stance against

corruption was not based on

words. He didn’t just

preach probity, he practiced

it. He would be missed by

all. It’s a painful death.”

IPK marks 40th anniversary

I JESHA—ACTIVITIES

marking the 40th

anniversary of Ijesa Patriotic

Klub, IPK, will commence

on Saturday, November 16,

2019.

In a statement by its

Coordinator of the

anniversary planning

committee, Mr. Femi

Osunro, the events will kick

off with a visit to some

By James

Ogunnaike

A GOVERNOR BEOKUTA—

Dapo

Abiodun of Ogun State,

yesterday, described his

victory at the Appeal Court,

sitting in Ibadan, as a

triumph of truth and

democracy.

Abiodun, in a statement

by his Chief Press

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Spokesman for the Pan

Niger Delta Forum, Chief

Anabs Sara-Egbe, said: “The

passage of David-West is a shock

to the Ijaw land; a shock to the

Kalabari people of Rivers state

and Nigeria at large.

“We have lost a great mind.

May his soul rest in peace.

Although he left aged, but he’s a

big asset; a big loss. So, it’s always

going to be painful.”

Meanwhile, Governor Nyesom

Wike, in a statement through

Simeon Nwakaudu, Special

Assistant to the governor,

Electronic Media, has

commiserated with the family of

the late Professor of Virology.

Wike said: “The death of David-

West is a huge loss to the people

of Rivers State. He was an

accomplished academician, who

served the country well in various

capacities.”

Wike prayed God to grant his

soul eternal rest, and the family

the fortitude to bear the huge

loss.

charitable organizations in

Ilesa where gifts will be

donated to inmates.

This, according to the

statement, will be followed

by the anniversary

luncheon.

The celebration will be

rounded off with a

thanksgiving service at

Methodist Cathedral,

Otapete, Ilesa on Sunday,

November 17, 2019.

By Shina Abubakar

OSOGBO—THE Aare

Ona Kakanfo of

Yorubaland, Aare Gani

Adams, yesterday, warned

the Federal Government

not to politicize the issue of

security in the South West

region, especially as some

states in the north have

similar security

arrangements in place.

He also disclosed that

South-West Governors must

put adequate pressure on

the Presidency to get the

approval to begin

operations and put to check

insecurity in the region.

Adams said this during

the National Coordinating

Council meeting of the

Oodua People’s Congress,

OPC, held in Ede, Osun

State.

He said states like Kano

have Hisba operating in the

state, hence, approving the

region’s security

arrangement should be

AARE ADAMS TO FG: Don’t

politicise security situation in

“The

S’West

ALLEGED MONEY LAUNDERING: EFCC opens case

against Atiku’s son-in-law

By Innocent Anaba

L AGOS—THE

prosecution,

yesterday, opened its case

against Abdullahi

Babalele, son-in-law of

former Vice-President Atiku

Abubakar, before a Federal

High Court sitting in Lagos,

who was accused of

laundering $140,000 in the

build-up to the 2019 general

elections.

Babalele is being prosecuted by

the Economic and Financial

Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The trial judge in the matter is

Justice C. Aneke.

At the resumed hearing in the

matter, yesterday, one Bashir

Mohammed, who described

himself as a close friend of

Babalele, gave evidence.

Mohammed, who was led in

evidence by the EFCC

My victory, a triumph for democracy —Gov Abiodun

Secretary, Kunle Somorin,

said: “The victory is a

triumph of truth and

democracy. I give all the

glory to the Almighty God,

for I remain a testimony to

His faithfulness.

“This victory has

rekindled our drive to do

more in building our future

together. Every village,

hamlet, town or city will not

be left out in our agenda

and in the scheme of our

inclusive development.

“Life is hinged on hope

and our administration has

restored hope to the people

and we shall not relent,

until every citizen of the

state attains individual

prosperity, whilst ensuring

adequate security and

putting the state on the

path of sustainable

development.

seen as a necessity, not just

for its safety, but for the

safety of the country as a

whole.

He said: “Some of our

governors in the South-

West are not radical. They

have to be radical to do

something unique for the

Yoruba race and their

various states. I am not

saying they should confront

the president but they must

put pressure on the Federal

Government to get

approval

for

Operation Amotekun.

“It is about the security of

their various states and they

are the chief security

officers of their states,

though the federal

prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo,

narrated to the court how

he delivered naira

equivalent of $140,000 cash

to former President

Olusegun Obasanjo on

Babalele’s instructions.

Obasanjo endorsed

Atiku, who was the

presidential candidate of

the Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, ahead of this

year’s general election.

Mohammed said he got

a phone call from Babalele

government must oversee

it so that there won’t be

anarchy.

“The President should

approve

the

commencement of

Operation Amotekun. It is

not the first of its kind; most

northern states have their

private security outfits. In

Kano State, they have the

Hisba group that is in

charge of security.

“We have security

challenges in the South-

West and the job of

Operation Amotekun is

not to prosecute, they won’t

be carrying AK47s. The

small arms they will be

using will be licensed by

the police. They must

complement the efforts of

the federal security

agencies.

Federal

Government should not

play politics with the issue

of security, especially in the

region. It should know that

anything that affects the

region affects the country.

75 percent of the things

boosting our economy are

cited in the region. How can

you allow that kind of

region to be under security

threat? I am appealing to

the president to, as a matter

of urgency, approve it and

operations should start in

earnest. It will create job

opportunities for our youths

and the states will be free

from criminal elements.

“Though the south west

governors are still yet to

consult me, the approval of

the Federal Government is

the most important for now.”

NOISE POLLUTION: LASG reads riot act to night

clubs, churches, mosques, others

LAGOS—THE Lagos

State Government,

yesterday, read the riot act

to operators of night clubs,

bars, karaoke centres,

churches and mosques in

the state, who were shut

down due to noise

pollution, warning that they

will not be reopened until

a letter of guarantee is

issued on their behalf by

the residents associations of

such areas.

In a statement by the

Commissioner for the

Environment and Water

Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello,

he stated that the Lagos

State Environmental

Protection Agency,

LASEPA, has been

sometime in February 2019,

requesting him to deliver a

message to “an elder

statesman.”

He said on Babalele’s

request, he supplied two

bank accounts, which were

credited.

The witness said he took

the money to Obasanjo’s

residence in Abeokuta,

Ogun State.

“When I got there,

somebody came and took

me inside where I met

former President Obasanjo

and delivered the

mandated to apply the full

weight of the law in this

wise.

He noted that

continuously, LASEPA

officials will be going round

such centres/homes and

anyone found to have

exceeded the allowed level

of sound output will be

closed down and the

appropriate sanctions

applied.

He added that the action

became imperative because

his office has been

inundated with complaints

and petitions from many

residents and residents'

associations all over the

state about the obnoxious

noise levels of many of the

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Operations, Dangote

Industries Ltd.,

Halima Aliko

Dangote; Chairman,

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Summit, Asue

Ighodalo, and a

discussant and CEO,

Aspire Coronation

Trust Foundation,

Osayi Alike, after the

Panel's discussion.

message,” Mohammed

said.

Under cross-examination

by the defence counsel,

Mike Ozekhome, SAN,

Mohammed affirmed that

he wrote a statement at the

EFCC office during the

investigation.

Ozekhome’s bid to tender

the statement as an exhibit

was, however, opposed by

the prosecutor.

Justice Aneke adjourned

till today to rule on the

admissibility of the

statement.

leisure centres and

religious homes.

Tunji Bello explained that

it was also discovered that

many of such leisure

centres/religious homes

after being reopened by the

State Government usually

go back to the same noise

pollution for which they

were earlier axed, adding

that this prompted the issue

of involving the residents’

associations.

He emphasized that the

State Government will not

allow any business concern

to put the well being of the

residents at peril simply

because it wants to operate

or be in business.


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019 — 11

By Ola Ajayi

I PENSIONERS

B A D A N —

across the country can now

heave a sigh of relief as the

Federal Government,

yesterday, promised the

leadership of the Nigeria

Union of Pensioners, NUP,

that the circular for the

implementation of the

N30,000 national minimum

wage would be released

alongside that of the

workers.

President of NUP, Dr.

Abel Afolayan, disclosed

this at the National

Executive Council, NEC,

meeting of the Union in

Ibadan, Oyo State.

He said the Acting

Chairman, National

Salaries, Income and

Wages Commission,

NSIWC, Mr. Ekpo Nta,

had assured them that the

circular would be released

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MINIMUM WAGE: FG to release circular

for pensioners, workers

at the same time.

In his address, he said:

“The Federal Government

and the organized labour

finally signed the

agreement on minimum

wage and the attendant

adjustment for all

categories of workers. The

next in line are the

pensioners.

“I know all of you are

very agitated to know how

far we have gone on this

matter, especially when it

has become a common

knowledge that pensioners

are already due for a review

since 2015, having last

enjoyed a meagre 33.4 per

cent increment since July

2010.

“After several attempts, on

Thursday, October 31,

2019, as many of you might

have seen and read in the

news media, we were able

to sit together at a meeting

with the Chairman,

Salaries, Income and

Wages Commission, Mr.

Ekpo Nta. The Chairman

assured us that the circular

tor the wage increase will

be issued simultaneously

with the workers, having

tabled the issues together

at the tripartite negotiation

meeting where the

agreement on Minimum

Wage was reached.

“We are together with the

NLC on this struggle for the

Minimum Pension and we

were told to wait for the

official release of the muchexpected

circular tor the

workers, then we shall pick

it up from there. I want to

assure you that definitely,

there shall be light at the

end of the tunnel.”

“On this note, I implore

you to please take this

message of hope to all our

pensioners in your

respective states. If we

could not get the minimum

pension this time, one

thing is sure, the

corresponding pension

increment will not elude

us.”

Governor Seyi Makinde,

who was represented Daud

Ogundoyin, hinted that his

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We’ll resist plans to frustrate Bode George —Lagos PDP Chair

By Gabriel

Olawale

Lof AGOS—CHAIRMAN

the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, in

Lagos State, Dr. Adegbola

Dominic, yesterday,

warned against any

attempt, by some elements

in the party, to destabilize

the party and frustrate its

leader, Chief Bode George

out of the party, saying that

By Shina

Abubakar

Ocrisis SOGBO—FRESH

rocked the

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, in Osun State as a

faction of the party has

moved to remove the party

chairman, Mr. Soji

Adanguodo, over alleged

misappropriation of the

2018 election fund.

The petition, signed by a

party member, Mr. Aina

Abayomi Adeshina, and

the PDP House of Assembly

candidate for Boripe/

Boluwaduro constituency,

Mr. Isamotu Ajao, and

Mr. Adeniran Adelowo

alleged that the chairman

misappropriated N150

million meant for the

governorship election and

...says 'no room for faction in the party'

such step will be in futility.

Addressing newsmen in

Lagos, Dominic hinted that

some elements within the

party had planned to elect

a factional leader, of which

the party had obtained court

injunction to prevent such

ugly situation.

He said the party will

continue to remain united,

adding: “It is sad that some

bad eggs in our party want

to frustrate our respected

party leader, Chief Olabode

George, out of the party and

that won’t be possible.

George is known for being

upright, straightforward,

and intelligent; he has the

gift of leadership. He is

doing his best to move

Lagos State PDP forward.

“It is regrettable that these

....As Osun PDP factional crisis deepens

was involved in other antiparty

activities.

However, the party

chairman, Mr. Adagunodo,

in his response described

the allegation as mere

witch-hunt, saying there is

prudence in the

management of the party’s

finances.

Adagunodo, along with

the party’s secretary and

treasurer, Messrs Bola

Ajao, and Mr. Adesoye

Oyejide, who were equally

fingered in the matter,

described the allegation as

a mirage.

It reads: “It is to the glory

of God, prudent

management and

ingenuity of Mr. Soji

Adagunodo led executive

that has been helping the

party to finance the day-today

expenses of the party.

“We want to say

categorically that nobody

gave us any money directly

for campaigns and running

of elections. We want to

appreciate our candidates

from the presidential, the

governorship, the

Senatorial, the House of

Representatives, and

House of Assembly for

funding their campaigns

directly and in some

instances through their

campaign committees.

"The idea in this petition of

N150 million being

misappropriated, therefore, is a

mirage, we keep wondering

where this allegation is coming

from. It smacks of ignorance and

uninformed minds on the

personalities that wrote this

petition on the finances of the

party."

unscrupulous elements

have planned to conduct

election to elect a factional

chairman tomorrow (today)

without the consent of party

leaders and against the

party’s constitution. They

are planning to remove the

state chairman, just

because we belong to party

and believe in party

supremacy.

“Well, some of our

members have gone to

court to stop the election

which they are proposing

for tomorrow (today), and

the court has granted us an

injunction that there should

be no election because

whatever they are planning

is against the constitution

of the party. I, hereby,

remain the state chairman

of PDP in Lagos.”

Speaking on behalf of

party leaders, Senator

Kofoworola Bucknor-

Akerele alleged that some

external forces want to

destabilize the party in

Lagos State and in the

South West state, “however,

we are determined that the

party will remain stable in

Lagos State, and we are

going to have strong

opposition.”

government had, on

September 3 this year,

approved N1.4 billion to be

paid to Primary school

teachers and local

government workers as

their gratuities.

Makinde said: “This

NEC meeting calls for

every one of us to look at

the issues and challenges

that are facing pensioners

in Nigeria and come out

with a distinct solution that

will see both the Federal

Government and state

governments in ensuring

the welfare of pensioners.

“On September 3, the

governor approved N1.4

billion to be paid to Primary

school teachers and local

government workers as

their gratuities.”

In his remarks, Registrar

of the Trade Union, Mr. A.

O. Falonipe said: “Let me

use this opportunity to

remind you of your statutory

responsibilities to the Office

of the Registrar of Trade

Unions in terms of prompt

rendition of your audited

annual financial accounts.”

Ibadan obas cut ascendancy

lines to Olubadan stool

By Ola Ajayi

I ascendancy BADAN—THE

to the

Olubadan stool, which had

required anybody aspiring

to become the Olubadan of

Ibadanland to climb 23 and

22 stages on Balogun and

Otun lines, has been

reduced to 13 and 12

respectively.

The reduction was

informed by a reform carried

out by the members of

Olubadan in Council.

This decision was made

by Ibadan Obas at a

meeting presided by Otun

Olubadan, Oba Lekan

Balogun at Mapo Hall,

Ibadan, in Oyo State.

With the reform, anybody

who wants to join any of the

two lines will no longer join

from Jagun as it used to

be.

He now has to begin from

Ikolaba and the implication

of that, according to the

Obas “is non-existence of

vacancies for the Mogajis

to fill.”

Mogajis, across

Ibadanland, were asked to

exercise patience over their

agitation for promotion into

the Olubadan chieftaincy

lines.

The Ibadan Obas advised

aspirants to stop bothering

Olubadan of Ibadanland,

Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje

Ogungunniso 1 as well as

the Obas, who form the

Olubadan-in-Council.

Oba Tajudeen Ajibola, the

Otun Balogun of

Ibadanland, who made the

view of the Obas known to

the media, said the lack of

vacancies was occasioned

by the reform carried out by

the immediate past

administration in the state.

At the meeting presided

over by Otun Olubadan,

Oba Sen. Lekan Balogun,

the Obas explained that 10

titles each from Balogun

and Otun lines had been

removed by the reform,

leaving the titles to 13 and

12 on Balogun and Otun

lines respectively instead of

the former 23 and 22.

With the reform, the

entrance into Olubadan

chieftaincy lines, which

hitherto was Jagun is now

Ikolaba, cutting off all the

other titles between Jagun

and Ikolaba and the

implication of that,

according to the Obas “is

non-existence of vacancies

for the Mogajis to fill”.

The Obas, while

explaining that they were

never in any form affected

by the non-existence of

promotions however

posited that the reform was

for the betterment of the

Ibadan Traditional system,

asking that the Mogajis

should

show

understanding by waiting

till when vacancies would

be declared.

They said, “the reform is

for the betterment of our

system as the age at which

an Ibadan Oba emerges

will no longer be advanced

as it is presently, which in

our view is good for the

system”.

NUJ, FIDA protest against rape in

Ekiti

By Rotimi

Ojomoyela

Aby DO-EKITI—IRKED

the rising cases of

rape in Ekiti State, the

Federation of

International Women

Lawyers, FIDA and Nigeria

Union of Journalists, NUJ,

Ekiti Council, yesterday,

held a sensitisation

exercise to educate the

people and fight the

scourge in the state.

During the exercise, the

unions expressed

displeasure over the

increasing rate of rape,

defilement, teenage

pregnancy and child abuse

in the state, calling for

heavy punishment for

perpetrators of such crimes

The procession, which

was part of the activities

lined up for the 2019 NUJ

press week, took off at the

NUJ office located at Oke

Bareke, Ado Ekiti and

moved down to Irona

Market, Atikankan,

Okeyinmi junction, Okesa

and Fajuyi areas of Ado-

Ekiti.

Addressing the people, the

chairperson of FIDA, Mrs. Seyi

Ojo, cautioned those with high

libidos to be circumspect of their

actions, saying laws are already

in place to decisively with such

individuals.

Ojo said: “Ekiti had sought

amendments to the Gender-

Based Violence Prohibition Law

to include life jail for rape

offenders, instead of the usual five

years jail term.

“The punishment also includes

medical castration and publishing

of names and photographs of

offenders and even suspects on

the state’s website to notify the

world about their evil deeds."


12 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019

EMMANUEL VS EKERE:

Appeal Court rules today

By Chioma Onuegbu

UYO—THE Court of

Appeal in Calabar,

Cross River State will today

deliver its judgment on the

case between Governor Udom

Emmanuel of the People’s

Democratic Party, PDP, and

Obong Nsima Ekere of the All

Progressives Congress, APC.

Ekere is seeking a fresh

governorship election in the state,

I remain committed, bonafide member

of PDP — BAYELSA SPEAKER

By Samuel Oyadongha

YENAGOA—SPEAKER of

Bayelsa State House of

Assembly, Mr Monday Obolo-

Bubou has described as

unfounded, his purported

defection to the All Progressives

Congress, APC.

Obolo-Bubou spoke, yesterday,

in Yenagoa while reacting to a

report that he has had defected

to the All Progressives Congress,

APC, from the PDP.

He also denied the reported

defection of Chairman of the

Southern Ijaw Local Government

Area, Nigeria Kia.

The Speaker who said he

remains a bona fide member of

PDP, urged supporters of the

party, particularly in Southern

Ijaw to discountenance what

he described as, fake news, as

the APC does not stand any

chance of winning Saturday’s

guber election.

By Alemma Aliu

BENIN

CITY—THE

political crisis in Edo State

All Progressives Congress, APC,

seems to be having its toll on the

main opposition Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP, as the

party, yesterday, said, it was

‘excluding’ its governorship

candidate in the 2016

governorship election, Pastor

Osagie Ize-Iyamu from its

activities in the state over his

silence on his rumoured defection

from the PDP to the APC.

State Publicity Secretary of PDP,

Chris Nehikhare in a statement

said Ize-Iyamu was being

excused from the party

because he had failed to react

to the rumours that he was

as he had contended in his

petition that there was noncompliance

with the provisions of

the Electoral Act, 2015 in the

conduct of the election in the state

by the Independent National

Electoral Commission, INEC.

It will be recalled that the three

man governorship election

tribunal chaired by Justice A.

Yakubu had on September 19,

2019 dismissed Ekere’s petition

for lack of merit.

“There was never any time that

I imagined or contemplated the

idea let alone defect to the APC.

This is desperation taken too far.

I woke up this morning

(yesterday) to receive several

calls on my phone that news

making rounds that the Speaker

of the Bayelsa State House of

Assembly and Chairman of the

Southern Ijaw council have

defected to the APC. That is the

height of desperation from the

opposition APC,” he said.

Obolo-Bubou expressed

confidence that Southern Ijaw

would demonstrate its

overwhelming support for the

PDP by casting its votes en-bloc

for the Senators Diri/Lawrence

governorship ticket of the party.

“I want you to know that I,

Obolo- Bubou and Nigeria Kia

are members of the PDP and will

remain resolute, committed,

authentic and bonafide members

of the PDP,” said.

Edo PDP ‘excludes' Ize-Iyamu from

its activities

PSC reads riot act to personnel, sends 45 monitors

By Kingsley Omonobi

THE Police Service

Commission will to deploy

staff monitors to Bayelsa and Kogi

states to monitor the conduct of

Policemen on electoral duties

during the November 16

governorship poll in the two

states.

No fewer than 45 staff monitors,

20 for Bayelsa and 25 for Kogi will

be in the two states to benchmark

the conduct of officers with

approved rules of engagement for

Police Officers on electoral duties

and other relevant laws guiding

such exercise.

A statement by spokesman of

the commission, Ikechukwu Ani,

said: “Cases of Police misconduct

arising from the monitoring

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leaving the party

He said “The party leadership

has patiently waited to hear or

read his reaction to confirm or

deny the stories, but to no avail.

“We boast of being a party of

men and women of integrity and

high moral standing. It is a brand

we have earned and wish to

maintain.

“As a result of the “uneasy

quiet” from our dear pastor and

the impression our silence will

send to our teeming supporters

and followers, Edo PDP is left with

no option but to announce the

exclusion of Pastor Ize-Iyamu

from all PDP related activities with

immediate effect, until he

acknowledges, accepts and

addresses the issue of his

decamping to APC. This

decision has been taken

without prejudice.”

exercise will be investigated by the

Commission and any police officer

found guilty will be punished

accordingly.

“The officers are advised to

ensure that they operate within the

law and should be professional in

their conduct while remaining

neutral and apolitical.

“The Commission Staff Monitors

will be in the eight local

government areas of Bayelsa State

and the 21 councils of Kogi State.

The team will be expected to arrive

the two states November 13, 2019

(today) to monitor deployment of

men and materials, conduct of the

officers before, during and after the

election.

“The Bayelsa State team will be

led by Mr Austin Braimoh,

Commissioner in the commission

ALAGHODARO 2019: My reforms,

people-oriented policies'll earn me

a second term — OBASEKI

By Gabriel Enogholase

BGodwin ENIN—GOVERNOR

Obaseki of Edo

State has said the far-reaching

reforms and people-oriented

policies that have changed the

fortunes of the state and restored

hope to the people, were among

the many reasons that will earn

him a second term in office.

He stated this, yesterday, in

Benin City, while speaking at the

Alaghodaro 2019 Summit to

celebrate his third year in office.

He said, “Despite the very

difficult and uncertain political

environment in which we have

operated in the last one year, we

are grateful to God that we are

able to achieve all these

successes, particularly

engendering hope in the youths

and people of Edo State by

showing them pathways to

fulfilling and successful lives.

“Next year is an election year

By Levinus

Nwabughiogu

A FOLLOWING

B U J A —

incessant attacks that affected

representing the South-South

geo-political Zone and the Media,

while the Kogi State team will be

led by Rommy Mom, also a

Commissioner in the Commission

representing the North Central

geo-political zone and human

rights organisations.

“Already dedicated telephone

lines have been provided for

Nigerians to call and report cases

of police misconduct or exemplary

conduct during the elections.

“The lines are: Bayelsa Central

- 08033326666; Bayelsa East -

08037002162; Bayelsa West -

08062583132; Situation Room -

08088155981; Kogi Central –

08090976725; Kogi East -

08061509877; Kogi West -

08054970152, Situation Room –

09022202111.”

in Edo State. Despite the anxieties

associated with the forthcoming

election, I want to assure you, our

partners and other would-be

investors that because of the

foundational and fundamental

reforms, which we have

undertaken that are very popular

with our people, the chances of

continuity of these policies and

programmes are very high. We

therefore, encourage you to

continue with your various

investment programmes.

“In the last three years, we have

been guided and governed by

certain key values and tenets such

as accountability, transparency,

and probity in the conduct of state

matters. This may not have gone

well with few actors in our society.

Today, we can boldly tell you that

when we came to office, the total

revenues by all local governments

in the state was N31million

monthly, but as at October 2019,

we had at a monthly revenue of

N205 million. We are not there yet

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because there is still room for

improvements. We will continue

to grow.

“After three years in office, we

have established credibility, not

only with our civil servants,

retirees, and contractors, but we

have continued to promote

reliability in the flow of services

and commercial transactions. This

is the basic minimum expectation

that we have set for ourselves so

that we can build on the

fundamental reforms, which we

embarked upon to transform Edo

into a predominantly private

sector driven economy, capable of

creating jobs, improving the

quality of lives and reducing

insecurity.”

Earlier, Chairman, Alaghodaro:

Edo Summit, Mr Asue Ighodalo,

said that the event was

organised for communicating

and reviewing the progress

recorded by the Governor

Obaseki-led administration

in Edo State.

BOKO HARAM ATTACKS: Reps ask army

to relocate barracks from UNIMAID

civilian populace, the House of

Representatives, yesterday asked

the Nigerian army to relocate

Giwa barracks to outskirts of

Galtimari, Borno State.

The House also expressed worry

that the barracks was also close to

University of Maiduguri.

Members took the decision on

the heels of motion by Satomi

Ahmed from Borno State at

yesterday plenary.

Ahmed told the House that the

barracks was surrounded by

civilian population who had fallen

victims of Boko Haram attacks in

the recent times.

He said: “The House notes that

Giwa barracks, located in

Galtimari Area of Jere Local

Government Area of Borno State,

was originally built as a military

school for signals and

communications but later

converted in 1979 to serve as the

office of the Brigade Commander

of the 21 Armoured Brigade;

“Also, note that the barracks has

been attacked several times by

Boko Haram insurgents as

detainees in the barracks are

mostly confirmed or suspected

members of Boko Haram and

their families.

“Recall that the first attack on

the barracks by the insurgents

was on March 14, 2014 in a bid

to free some of their members,

and in the process, hundreds of

people were killed within and

around the barracks which

included inhabitants of

surrounding areas;

“Also recalls that in 2015 the

barracks was also attacked three

times, in January, February and

May respectively and suicide

bombers had attempted to bomb

the barracks on several occasions,

the incidents that forced residents

near the barracks to relocate.

“Aware that the population of

Galtimari ward has over the time,

expanded and therefore the

barracks is now surrounded by

civilian settlements, which

incidentally makes it prone to

more attacks.

“Concerned that the security

challenges in the area make the

military and its formation the first

target of Boko Haram insurgents

thus endangering the lives of

civilians around the barracks.”


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FG urged to include Dyslexia in curriculum

L Government AGOS—FEDERAL

has been

urged to include dyslexia

into the nation's curriculum,

as over 90 per cent of

teachers in Nigeria cannot

identify dyslexia in a child.

Dyslexia is a general term

for disorders that involve

difficulty in learning to read

or interpret words, letters

and other symbols, but that

do not affect general

intelligence.

A dyslexia expert, Dr.

Adrienne Tikolo, who

spoke in Lagos, said:

‘’Ninety per cent of

Nigerian teachers cannot

identify a dyslexic child.

Government should

include detection of special

needs as part of the teacher

training curriculum and

make it compulsory for

schools to conduct regular

screening for all pupils.’’

She decried that if a class

teachers who supposed to

decerned dyslexia in a

child, don’t know, how can

the child be helped.

Tikolo said: Dyslexia is a

specific learning difficulty

that manifests itself in

reading, spelling, writing

and sometimes

incomprehension,

organisation and

mathematics.

She said that as a result

of these deficiencies in

learning, many dyslexic

children struggle to read,

...90% of teachers ignorant

comprehend and follow

instructions in school.

Dr Tikolo lamented that

such innocent children are

often addressed by their

teachers as lazy child,

stubborn or dullards.

She said but if the teacher

could identify the child as

dyslexia, he would have

sought solutions for the

child.

For early detection in

Dyslexia management,

Tikolo advised that

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INTERNATIONAL and

some Nigeria’s leading

artists are set to storm Caleb

British International

School, Lagos, on

November 30, for a musical

festival.

Popular gospel artists

expected to perform live

include, Tope Alabi, Sinach,

Beejay Sax, Bukky Bekes

and Ayan Jesus to mention

a few.

Director of Caleb Group

of Schools, Dr Ola

Adebogun, said the musical

festival and award night

underscores Caleb Group

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CONFERENCE: From left—Engr. Bayo Oladoja, Head, Procurement, Nigeria Incentives Based Risk

System Sharing for Agricultural Learning; Taopheek Babayeju, CEO, iCentra; Dr. Yemi Kale, DG,

National Bureau of Statistics, and Engr. Bayo Adeola, Guest Speaker, during the 10th National

Project Management Conference, in Abuja, yesterday.

Ortom presents 2020 appropriation bill of

N189.4bn, N7bn supplementary budget to

assembly ...proposes N12b airport for state

By Peter Duru

M GOVERNOR

AKURDI—

Samuel Ortom of Benue

State, yesterday presented

the 2020 appropriation bill

of N189, 483,511,025 billion

to the state Assembly for

passage.

Christened “Budget of

Advancement, Growth and

Development” the fiscal

estimate is N10.2 billion or

about 12 percent lower than

the 2019 budget which

stood at N199.7 billion.

Presenting the

appropriation bill to the

of Schools commitment to

Christian values, grooming

of highly-educated and

skilled students.

Adebogun explained that

the festival was an avenue

to exhibit musical talents of

students and to celebrate

and praise God with other

gospel singers.

Meanwhile, Busola

Adegbaju, the chairperson,

planning committee, of the

event, added that the

musical fiesta organized by

Caleb Group of Schools

aimed at showcasing the

skillful display of musical

instruments.

She said: “It also afford

Caleb orchestra the

opportunity to showcase

screening should take

place before the child turns

six to get the most of

interventions.

She said: “The first

danger is that the person

cannot achieve his goal and

you have different mental

health issues that come with

that. Such mental health

issues include; depression,

anxiety, frustration.’’

According to her, there

are lots of students that have

dropped out of school that

Assembly, the governor

explained that the

proposed recurrent

expenditure of the estimate

stood at N114.5 billion.

A breakdown of the

recurrent expenditure

showed that a total sum of

N50.6billion would be

expended on personnel

while payments for

overhead would gulp

63.9billion. The sum of

N74.9 billion was

earmarked for capital

expenditure.

According to the

governor, “the policy thrust

of the draft 2020 Budget is

their musical skills, play

instruments, sing and

perform.

“Caleb Group of Schools

recognizes the deposit of

talent in every child and we

help to unearth, refine and

catapult it to stardom.

“At the musical festival, new

stars will be born.

With the theme ‘Joyful Tidings’,

Adegbaju pointed out that Voice

of Caleb and other invited schools

will perform and the outstanding

students among them will get

prizes.

She said also that Staff

members, parents and laudable

achievement of noble ladies and

gentlemen who have lived a life

of integrity will be recognized.

had Dyslexia.

‘’In abroad where they

have done research, 60 or

more per cent of those in

prison are Dyslexic in

United States. ‘’

I know a number of

students that have fallen out

of university because they

have gone that far but

cannot go further, and then

they fall into drugs,’’ she

said.

Tikolo, however, said if

dyslexia is identified early

in a child and proper solutions

employed, many of such child are

often great.

to ensure adequate provision

for implementation of

programmes that can reflate

the state economy and

accelerate growth, as well

as completion of on-going

projects and the consistent

payment of personnel

emoluments.

Governor Ortom

announced the decision of

his administration to

embark on a N12billion

airport project in 2020

stressing that the resolve to

undertake the project was

driven by the determination

of his governments to

promote economic growth

at the macro level of the

state’s economy.

“We are therefore taking

the unprecedented bold

step of building the airport

within the budget year. This

project will be an important

component of our bid to

facilitate growth and

development at the

grassroots and

macroeconomic levels.

“I am sure I do not need

to enumerate the benefits

of such an airport for our

economic expansion

aspirations, as it will open

up our economy for

investment and trade. Even

the process of constructing

the airport will be an economic

boom for enterprises and

entrepreneurs in the state,” he

added.

Makurdi Appeal

Court affirms victory

of Gov Sule

By Peter Duru

M Court AKURDI—THE

of Appeal

sitting in Makurdi,

yesterday affirmed the

election of Nasarawa

State Governor, Alhaji

Abdulahi Sule of All

Progressive Congress,

APC.

The Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, candidate in the

March governorship

election, Mr. David

Ombugadu had

challenged the return of

Alhaji Sule alleging that

the process was marred by

irregularities and also failed

to comply with the

provisions of the Electoral

Act 2010 (As Amended).

The petition was

dismissed by the trial court,

but not satisfied the PDP

candidate approached the

appellate court in Makurdi

By Demola

Akinyemi

ILORIN—A Court of

Appeal, sitting in Ilorin,

yesterday, sacked a

member of Kwara State

House of Assembly,

representing Ilorin South

on the platform of the All

Progressives Congress,

praying the court to set

aside the judgment.

He had argued that the

votes declared by the

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC, and the return of the

APC candidate was not a

true reflection of what

transpired on election day.

However, in a judgment

delivered by Justice

Richard Agbo the court

upheld the ruling of the

tribunal insisting that the

appellants failed to

discharge the burden of

proving the allegation of

over-voting and none

compliance. He dismissed

the appeal for lacking in

merit.

Reacting shortly after the

judgement, the Nasarawa

State APC Chairman, Mr.

Philips Tatari commended

the court for upholding

the truth and serving justice

in the matter.

Appeal Court sacks APC

lawmaker in Kwara

APC, Abdulazeez

Oluwanilo, and declared

the Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP's, Abdulraheem

Agboola, as duly elected.

Justice Hamman Hkawu

who delivered the

judgment, ordered the

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC, to issue the PDP

candidate with Certificate

of Return.

The court based its

decision on the

controversial APC’s

primaries, which produced

Alhaji Suleiman

Abdulsalam, popularly

known as 'Sule Cement', as

the party’s candidate, but

Abdulrazaq promises better ease

of doing business in Kwara

By Demola

Akinyemi

ILORIN—KWARA State

Governor AbdulRahman

AbdulRazaq, yesterday

pledged to implement

reforms to ease business

climate in the state, saying

the state’s ranking as

lowest in the North Central

region is unacceptable.

The Governor spoke at

the North Central regional

engagement on Ease of

Doing Business which was

organised by the

Presidential Enabling

Business Environment

Council (PEBEC) and the

Kwara State Government.

AbdulRazaq, who was

represented by Deputy

Governor Kayode Alabi,

said various concrete steps

was later replaced with a 28-yearold

Abdulazeez Oluwanilo.

The Appeal court held that

APC had no valid candidate for

the 2019 House of Assembly

elections and, thereby, declared

the candidate with the second

highest votes, which is the PDP

candidate, Abdulraheem

Agboola, winner.

The PDP candidate had

challenged the eligibility of APC's

candidate and his party's

nomination process at the

tribunal.

Meanwhile, the immediate past

speaker of the Kwara State

House of Assembly, Ali Ahmad,

who represented Ilorin South in

the eighth Assembly, has

congratulated Agboola, stressing

that he would be one of the

ranking members in the House.

“This is to congratulate my

brother on his deserved victory

at the Court of Appeal to

represent my constituency in

KWHA. It’s all about Kwara, and

as the second most ranking

member in the House, I hope

they both provide clear path to

good governance.”

were already being taken to

make business transactions

a lot easier and faster to attract

investors

The event was attended

by the Special Adviser to

the President on Ease of

Doing Business Dr Jumoke

Oduwole; Secretary to the

Kwara State Government

Prof Mamman Saba Jibril;

Chief of Staff to the

Governor Aminu Adisa

Logun;

Kwara

Commissioner-designates;

PEBEC Enabling Business

Environment Secretariat

Project Manager

Ayokunnu Ojeniyi;

representatives of federal

government agencies;

several small and mediumsized

enterprises; and

regulatory bodies from

across the region.


14 — VANGUARD, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019

APC GOVERNORSHIP RALLY IN YENAGOA

The grand finale of All Progressives Congress, APC governorship rally of Chief David Lyon held in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State yestersday.

From left; Governor Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State, Minister

of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio and APC governorship candidate

in Bayelsa State, Chief David Lyon.

National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole (right), Senator

Akpabio, Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, and others.

From left; Senator Godswill Akpabio, Minister of State for Petroleum,

Timipre Sylva and APC gov candidate, David Lyon.

Cross section of party faithful.

2019 ALAGHODARO (EDO) SUMMIT

The Edo Summit, also known as Alaghodaro Summit to mark three years anniversary of Governor Godwin

Obaseki in office held in Benin City yesterday. Photos by Barnabas Uzosike.

From right; Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, former National Chairman, APC, Edo State Governor

Mr. Godwin Obaseki and Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu.

A cross section of participants.

A cross section of traditional rulers in Edo State.

...More participants.


Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019—15

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State (middle); President-General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia

Nwodo (left) and leader of the delegation of returnee African-American Igbo, Ada Brown, when the

governor hosted the African-Americans of Igbo origin at the Government House, Enugu, yesterday.

2023 presidency: Northerners're not

God, Ukuta replies Ango Abdullahi

By Chinedu Adonu

E NUGU—RENOWN

politician and former

commissioner in Old

Anambra State, Chief Maxi

Ukuta, has attacked

prominent Arewa leader,

Professor Ango Abdullahi,

over his position that the

presidency would still

remain in the North after

President Muhammadu

Buhari’s tenure.

Ukuta said Abdullahi’s

position is capable of

creating disunity and

injustice, even as he

expressed surprise that a

person of Professor

Abdullahi’s status would be

supporting something that

could divide the country.

His word: “I am surprised

at some of the statements

ascribed to Ango Abdullahi.

Since he retired as Vice

Chancellor, I wouldn’t

regard him as talking at

anytime for the interest of

the nation. One would

expect that with his age and

level of experience, he

would be a jolly patriot.

“However, if he feels in

his conscience that after all

these years of presidency

rotating between the North

and South-West, that it is

right to say it will not come

to South-East, I wish him

good luck.

“Ango Abdullahi and

some other northerners are

not God to decide the next

Presidency.”

Ukuta said he had

nothing against Igbo

presidency, but more

concerned about

development and provision

of infrastructure,

irrespective of who

provides them.

According to him, “not

too long ago, we had many

eminent sons and

daughters from the South-

East in very sensitive

positions of government.

“As we speak, we cannot

feel the impact of

infrastructure or human

development of our people.

“What I am passionate

about is the development of

our people, especially

infrastructure and human

development. That is my

concern.

“I can’t tell you that by

2023, the presidency will

come to South- East, but we

must put our house in order.

There must be unity among

our people. They have

shown very bad aspect of

our people to other

Nigerians.

“When a presidential

candidate picked an Igbo

son to be his running mate,

I expected that we would

come together and work

with him, not to castigate

him. With this type of

attitude, we are going

nowhere.”

...on Biafra, Civil War

On the agitation for

Biafra, Ukuta said: “If I

By Chinenyeh Ozor

HEAD of Department,

HoD, Political Science

and Director, Centre for

American Studies

University of Nigeria,

Nsukka, UNN, Professor

Jona Onuoha, has said the

closure of Nigerian border

was a temporal measure

and has reduced insecurity

in the country due to

Economic Community of

West African States,

ECOWAS, free movement

of persons, goods and

services.

He said: “ECOWAS

protocol of free movement

of persons permits all

have to be honest with you,

what the South-East

requires is justice.

“I remember a lecture by

the Great Zik of Africa in

1972 at the University of

Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN,

with the title “Unity with

Diversity,” where he told us

that there are greater

advantages when we

remain as one.

“What is disturbing us is

definitely the injustice. I

prefer all of us being in a

united Nigeria, but justice

must be the key word. The

advantages of being united

are enormous.”

Reminded that Asaba

people recently held a

ceremony to remember the

massacre of Biafrans and if

he believed that the world

has fully been informed on

what happened during

Civil War, he said it was

necessary that people who

advised Yakubu Gowon to

declare war to speak out

and say why they waged

the war.

His words: “I tell you

something; this is a mere

member-states, goods and

services within the

ECOWAS sub-region to

enhance economic

development.

“Since ECOWAS protocol

of free movement came into

place, all roads lead to

Nigeria: robbery, terrorism,

banditry and all manner of

criminalities. Instead of

enhancing development, it

affects economic

development of Nigeria.”

Professor Onuoha

disclosed these in an

interview with journalists at

UNN, saying there was

need for Nigeria to review

its economic policy towards

ECOWAS.

academic exercise. Nobody

has gone back to look into

the causes of the civil war.

There is need for that. It was

only General Gowon that

went to Asaba to say sorry

for what happened to

them.

“But to me, it should be

a national approach

where we as Nigerians

will say to the Biafrans ‘a

lot of injustice has been

meted out to you, we are

very sorry’ and promise

that we will all work hand

in hand to make sure that

such a thing will never

happen again: not only in

Asaba, but other parts of

the country that injustice

has been meted out.

“It is true that some of

us participated in the

war but never knew what

was the cause of the war.

“It would be interesting

if those alive now that

participated in influencing

Gowon will tell us what was

their motive, to allow us

build a better nation and

stop all these agitations

here and there.”

Border closure reduces insecurity—Don

He added: “President

Muhammadu Buhari has

to be commended for

reviewing economic policy

of ECOWAS protocol of free

movement of persons, since

it has led to increase in

crimes.”

He said the economic

sabotage that follows in

terms of importation of

goods and services,

including rice which the

country

can

produce,makes it good for

the border to be closed for

a while “to rethink the cost

benefit of ECOWAS

protocol of free movement

of persons, goods and

services.”

Octogenarian murdered,

buried head down in

Enugu community

By Ikechukwu Odu

NSUKKA—AN 85-

year-old man, Daniel

Attah, has been murdered

in his farm at Umuida,

Igbo-Eze North Local

Government Area of

Enugu State.

Attah, who was last seen

on Saturday was

discovered in a shallow

grave yesterday, at his

country home, Umuoyiga,

in Umuida community

with some parts of his body

already severed.

According to an

eyewitness, the

community organised a

search party for him after

waiting for his return for

two days, adding that

youths of the community

discovered his remains in

a shallow grave where he

was buried head-down.

When Vanguard visited

the family, one of his

daughters, Amaka Daniel,

said: “Hoodlums have

taken our pride. He left for

his farm on Saturday, but

did not return home as

usual.

By Vincent

Ujumadu

A WKA—NIGERIAN

businessmen have

allegedly been diverting

fake imported polish to

Cameroon, following the

brick wall they have met

in selling the product in

Nigerian markets.

Chairman of Asco

Investment, sole

distributor of Kiwi products

in Nigeria, Chief Sam

Anyanwutaku, who spoke

in Awka during the

destruction of 21,600 tins

of fake Kiwi polish worth

N42 million, said his battle

against those who import

fake polish into the country

had made the few daring

ones to divert the sale to

Cameroon and other

neighbouring countries.

The burnt tins polish

were confiscated in some

markets in Onitsha,

following an order of the

Federal High Court

presided over by Justice I

B Gafai.

While commending the

judiciary, security

operatives and the foreign

partners for supporting the

efforts of his company to

wipe out fake kiwi products

in Nigeria, Anyanwutaku

said he would not relent

until all markets in Nigeria

were free of fake polish.

His words: “It is only few

“We searched for him

everywhere for two days,

only to discover his

decomposing body,

yesterday, in a shallow

grave where the

hoodlums also tried to

cover the body with palm

fronds.

“Some parts of his body

were no longer intact

when we found him. Evil

doers will never go

unpunished.”

Residents, who spoke

to Vanguard said the

deceased was the head

of his clan, Umuoyiga,

the same as the chairman

of the local government

area, Uwakwe Ezeja.

They wondered what

could make someone kill

an easy-going old man.

They equally

confirmed that when the

council boss, Ezeja, was

informed of the

development, he rallied

round and informed the

police, Ogrute Division,

who deposited his body

at an undisclosed

morgue, awaiting

investigation.

‘Bizmen diverting fake

products to Cameroon’

people that still engage

in it and we hope to

completely wipe them

out soon. In the past,

majority of kiwi polish in

Nigeria were fake, but

through our efforts, the

issue has reduced

considerably.”

According to him,

there were no more fake

kiwi products in Lagos as

his organisation had

fought those faking the

product to a standstill,

adding that it was only

in Onitsha that one could

still find them.

He said even those

selling the fake product

did so under cover, as

most of the people

involved had resorted

to exporting the fake

product to Cameroon.

“The ones we just

burnt were already

made to be exported

before we intercepted

them,” Anyanwutaku

added.

Counsel to Asco

Investment, Mr. Tagbo

Anaeto, described the

faking of genuine

products as a great

economic sabotage, as

according to him, it was

an infringement on the

trademark of registered

owners of Kiwi products.

He expressed

gratitude to the judiciary

for the order.


16—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019

VISIT: From left—

Folawe Omikunle,

CEO, Teach For

Nigeria; Gbenga

Oyebode, Board

Chairman, Teach For

Nigeria; Wendy Kopp,

CEO and Co-founder

of Teach For All and

Ogun State Governor,

Dapo Abiodun, during

a courtesy visit by the

Teach for Nigeria

team to the governor

in Abeokuta.

Suspected thugs disrupt Edo education

college press briefing

By Alemma Aliu

BENIN

CITY—A

scheduled press

conference by Coalition of

staff Unions of the College

of Education, now

University of Education,

Ekiadolor in Edo State was

yesterday disrupted by

suspected thugs at the

community town hall in

Ekiadolor.

The workers were

protesting the continued

closure of the school and

the non payment of their

salary for the past eight

months.

One of them told

journalists that they have

We cannot attain food security without science

in selection of seeds,

—Onu

harvesting, storage,

By Emmanuel

Elebeke

ABUJA—MINISTER of

Science and

Technology, Dr.

Ogbonnaya Onu says

despite efforts being put in

place to fight hunger and

poverty in Nigeria, the

country cannot attain food

security without science and

technology.

The minister made the

assertion on Tuesday at the

2019 World Science Day

celebration in Abuja with

the theme: Open Science,

Leaving No One Behind’’.

Onu said the adoption of

science in food production

and processing is no longer

negotiable because science

has become a feature in

every sphere of life and had

been utilized to enhance life

all over the world.

‘‘Whatever we are doing

Nigeria'll overcome its challenges, says cleric

By Yinka Latona

L pastor AGOS—SENIOR

of ShepherdHill

Baptist Church, Rev Israel

Kristilere has said Nigeria

will soon come out great

and overcome its numerous

challenges.

He said it is time for

Nigerians to look beyond

the current national

challenges and collective

drawbacks and worship

God

Rev. Kristilere made the

declaration while addressing

journalists on this year’s edition

received several calls from

government quarters that

the scheduled press

conference should be put on

hold because the governor

was celebrating his third

year in office.

The workers had to hurriedly

put off the press conference when

some youths were sighted milling

around the area.

But a statement jointly signed

by the chairman of the College of

Education Academic Staff Union,

COEASU, Comrade Fred

Omonuwa, his Non Academic

Staff Union, NASU, counterpart,

Comrade Charles Obasuyi and

chairman, Senior Staff Union of

Colleges of Education,

SSUCOEN, Comrade Ken

processing of food, in all

these we need science.

Even in transportation,

manufacturing, and

hospital. We must start

seeing science as a part of

our life. We cannot have our

lives without Science.

‘‘It is this new orientation

that will help appreciate the

Access Bank sponsors 9th edition of

Africa Int'l Film Festival

L AGOS—AFRICA’S

largest retail bank,

Access Bank Plc., has

partnered with the

continent’s most innovative

and exciting film festival,

the Africa International Film

Festival, AFRIFF, to sponsor

its 9th edition which kicked

off on Sunday, November 10

and will run through

Saturday, November 16,

of the church’s annual seven

hours worship programme tagged

‘Just Worship 2019' JW8 themed:

"Gracious" slated for Friday 22,

November, 2019 where more than

10,000 worshippers will be in

attendance.

In his words: "There is no doubt

as a nation, we have our own fair

share of responsibility for the

challenges we are facing. Either

as leaders or followers. Someone

said a nation would have the forms

of leaders that she deserves.

"If we analyse how we get to

where we are, we will realise that

as followers we have our share.

"However, we can ask God to

Omoruyi claimed the state

government deceived them with

the policy of upgrading the over

forty years old institution to a

University.

They said the so called

upgrade of the school "was a

political gimmick aimed at

satisfying the drivers of both the

immediate past administration

and the present administration

in Edo State. It is no longer

news that Edo University Iyamho

which establishment was

pronounced the same day with

the University of Education

Ekiadolor, had gone ahead to

celebrate their first graduation

ceremony a month ago."

They called on the state

government to "defray our

outstanding salsries. Edo state

government should lift embargo

relevance as individuals,

as communities and as a

nation. How great Nigeria

can be can only depend on

how we are able to utilize

the natural resources we

have. In doing this, we

require science and

technology.’’

The minister, who expressed

optimism in the ability of Buhari’s

administration to change the

2019.

The week-long festival

celebrates the diversity of

African films, including

documentaries and short films

while connecting various

stakeholders within the African

film industry through a cinematic

experience.

Group Managing Director,

Access Bank Plc., Herbert Wigwe,

highlighted the role of the festival

minister grace unto us and when

grace is at work, protocols are

broken, grace turns things

around and what we did not

deserve grace bestow it upon us.

I believe where we have erred,

grace would pull us back."

On the worship programme,

the cleric said: "it is not a concert

or musical show, it is not a prayer

assembly or religious

convocation, it is a serious

spiritual exercise, we shall invade

the heavens with worship, we

shall invoke God through

worship, we are going to activate

His presence via pure worship

on admission into the college. Edo

State government should begin

to bring 100 per cent subvention

to the college"

The Commissioner for

Education, Barr Jimoh Ijegbai

recently told Vanguard that the

state government has sent a law

to House of Assembly for a new

college of education which will

now be one college and three

campuses. One in Afuze (Edo

north) to train primary school

teachers, the other one in

Igueben (Edo Central) to train

secondary school teachers and

the other in Afuze (Edo north) to

train teachers for social needs and

physical education.

It was gathered that it is only

when this is completed that the

state government would

commence the process for the take

off of the University of Education.

paradigm for Nigeria said the

administration is already taking

giant steps to make Nigeria a

great nation which so many

people expected of her in the

1960s.

He insisted that Nigeria cannot

be truly great unless it takes

science as a way of life, urging

Nigerians to appreciate science

as only way of life.

in projecting African stories to the

world, while acknowledging those

who have invested in building a

film industry that continues to be

celebrated globally.

“Apart from serving as a platform

to share the African culture with

the world, the industry has

launched a value chain for writers,

cinematographers, actors,

producers, while also contributing

to the economy, creating

employment opportunities, and

promoting investment,” he said.

According to him, “through

AFRIFF, Access Bank is proud to

support millions of creatives in

the industry towards achieving

their goals while providing

economic benefit to them and

many others across the world.’

Access Bank has consistently

supported the Africa

International Film Festival, and

the partnership is built on the

Bank’s commitment to promoting

genuine African stories.

The Bank’s partnership with

the festival also builds on its

mission to promote sustainability

and deliver long-term prosperity

to Nigerians, boost the creative

economy through initiatives such

as ART X Lagos and the

Accelerate Filmmaker Project.

McDonald’s workers sue over

sexual harassment, ‘toxic’ work

culture

McDonald’s Corporated was sued yesterday

by workers in Michigan who accused the

fast-food chain of allowing pervasive sexual

harassment to flourish at its restaurants nationwide.

The proposed class action lawsuit filed in a Michigan

state court accused McDonald’s of lacking policies

to address sexual harassment, failing to train

managers to prevent it, and retaliating against workers

who complain.

It said McDonald’s “creates and permits a toxic work

culture from the very top,” citing last week’s firing of

Chief Executive Steve Easterbrook for having an improper

consensual relationship with an employee.

Easterbrook has said he made a mistake. He has

not been accused of sexual harassment.

McDonald’s said in a statement it is implementing

safe-workplace training at its corporate-owned restaurants,

and encouraging franchisees to do the same.

“There is a deeply important conversation around

safe and respectful workplaces in communities

throughout the U.S. and around the world,”

McDonald’s said, echoing comments made in August

by its new chief executive, Chris Kempczinski.

Juul to cut $1bn in costs as new

CEO aims for reboot

Juul Labs Inc will cut nearly $1 billion in costs

next year, a company official said on Tuesday,

as its new chief executive officer tries to turn

around the e-cigarette maker following a regulatory

crackdown.

K.C. Crosthwaite, a former executive at major shareholder

Altria (MO.N), is tasked with fixing the company’s

battered public image and shrinking valuation

as the regulatory moves on vaping threaten to

upend the fast-growing industry.

The official also said Juul would cut around 650 jobs,

or 16% of its 4,051 strong workforce, starting Tuesday.

The company had previously said it would cut 10-

15% of its workforce by the end of this year.

“As the vapor category undergoes a necessary reset,

this reorganization will help JUUL Labs focus on

reducing underage use, investing in scientific research,

and creating new technologies,” Crosthwaite

said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

Eurobank decides PIMCO, doValue

bids for FPS both acceptable

Eurobank’s board yesterday said that compet

ing offers by United States (US) funds group

PIMCO and Italian bad loan specialist

doValue for the Greek bank’s loan-recovery unit FPS

were both satisfactory, banking sources told Reuters.

European Central Bank (ECB) supervisors have

been pushing southern European banks to shed loans

that turned sour during the last recession. With economic

growth in the bloc faltering again, they are keen

for lenders to step up their efforts.

A final decision would be made after the Greek parliament

approves legislation on non-performing loans,

known as the Hercules asset protection scheme, the

sources said.

The parliamentary vote on the scheme is expected

later this month.

Eurobank, Greece’s third largest lender, has pledged

to quickly cut the problem loans that make up more

than a third of its lending portfolio.

Facebook to consolidate payments

tools across apps with Facebook

Pay

Facebook Incorporated yesterday said it was

launching Facebook Pay, a service that will help

consolidate payments tools across its social

media platforms including Whatsapp and Instagram.

The company said the service allows users to send

money or making a payment, while giving them an

option to add a PIN or use biometrics on their

smartphones including touch or face ID for security.

Facebook said the service will collect user information

such as payment method, date, billing and contact

details when a transaction is made and that it

would use the data to show targeted advertisements

to users.

Facebook Pay will begin rolling out on Facebook and

Messenger this week in the United States, the social

media giant in a blog post.

Some stories credited to Reuters


THE Federal Government

of Nigeria and the African

Development Bank expressed

concern over the

youth unemployment figures

in Nigeria (23.63% of young

people are currently unemployed

and 16.6% are underemployment),

given the projection

made by the Minister

of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige

that the unemployment rate

could be as high as 33.5% in

2020. Every administration in

Nigeria has created social intervention

programmes to

eradicate poverty and tackle

persistent unemployment, yet

Nigeria was recently christened

the “poverty capital” of

the world. Demographic explosion,

coupled with infrastructural

deficits and many

other issues linked to the mismanagement

of our scarce resources,

have prevented real

development and inclusive

growth. The question is: what

should we do differently?

The Social and Solidarity

Economy, SSE, as defined by

the International Labour

Organisation, ILO, is a term

used in development and policy-making

circles to describe

economic activities which are

based on inclusion, fairness

and sustainability. The SSE

principle, as adopted by national

and sub-national governments

looking to create

employment which doesn’t

just generate individual

wealth or profit but uplifts entire

communities, is also a

pathway towards social protection

for workers by enabling

social dialogue. It is

curious that a country such as

Nigeria with its myriad ethno-religious

groups and the

Hameed Ali

THE Comptroller-Gener

al of the Nigeria Customs

Service, NCS, said the

agency has recorded an increase

in its monthly revenue

following the closure of the

nation's borders. He stated

that smugglers who used the

Benin Republic border to

bring goods into the country

have been forced to use the

ports, thus enabling the NCS

to collect duty on their goods

as provided for by law. “There

Border closure

THE Minister of State, Ag

riculture and Rural Development,

Alhaji Mustapha Baba-

Shehuri, recently commented on

the Federal government’s border

closure policy, saying it would

yield many positive results in

support of Nigeria’s socio-economic

development. Indeed,

Nigerian food security is a forgotten

topic in public discourse

in this country where abnormality

is often justified as satisfactory

because it serves certain interests.

A number of us do not

realise the grave impact of our

country relying primarily on food

imports to assuage hunger in the

land. Of course, this has important

economic and strategic implications.

Simply put, Nigeria is

dependent on others for virtually

everything at the expense of

our local production capacity, jobs

Nation building through

economic activity: What

should we do differently?

Map of Nigeria

urgent need for increased cooperation

and mutual understanding

is yet to adopt a model

that enables profit to function

side by side with community

development. One could

do a very long article on the

history of private enterprise in

was a day in September we

collected N9.2 billion in one

day. It has never happened

before,” he said. In 2019, the

NCS made N1.002 trillion in

nine months which is

projected to increase following

the border closure. It isn’t

impossible to make things

work in Nigeria, one just

needs the political will to get

things done in service of the

national interest rather than

private schemes.

Nigeria's border under closure

and the livelihood and welfare of

our people. According to figures

quoted by the Minister, Nigeria

consumes 30% of the total food

importation in Africa and over

50% of the food imported to Cameroun,

Ghana, Benin, Chad and

Niger Republics is actually aimed

Nigeria and the global forces

which have made greed inside

and outside government

so pathological that companies

and public servants regularly

put personal profit

above the larger interests of

customers and consumers,

Hameed Ali

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019 —17

even going as far as putting als rather than communities

people’s lives at risk. Companies

give back through Cor-

unacknowledged, awkward

which leaves Africans in an

porate Social Responsibility, position. Following the many

CSR, projects which is commendable

but ultimately, how of the last few years, the

political and economic crises

do we go beyond token measures

and spot kindness to-

adopting the Social and Soli-

Western world is gradually

wards a more equal, harmonious

society where the poor is ironically the way African

darity Economy model (which

do not need to depend on communities, towns and villages

traditionally operate),

charity to survive?

Nigerian communities are yet we in Nigeria, for

rarely, if ever, enabled to do instance, are yet to develop

anything for themselves in a national mechanisms to

ensure urban and rural communities

have income generating

schemes, skills development

and therefore a revenue

The fundamental

issue is that

base to fund social services.

vulnerable groups Nigeria also signs a lot of

know the problems mediatised partnerships but

affecting them yet

rarely do these agreements

seem to primarily focus on coordinated

efforts to upgrade

they are not

empowered to take our country’s skills to meet the

cooperative action, to challenges of the 21st century.

The majority of young Ni-

work together in a

coordinated way and gerians are being trained for

a world of work which no

to find solutions to

longer exists: our testing and

social issues

scoring encourages rote

learning, a memorisation

technique based on

sustainable manner. Community

economic development in exams and “cramming”,

repetition; meaning that after

Nigeria follows the “poverty students forget facts and figures

and are left with no real,

alleviation”model which only

means “easing” the burden of impactful forms of knowledge

poverty and providing some with which to start or build

relief rather than fully facilitating

community participacal

thinking and goal setting

their lives and careers. Critition

in the mainstream economy.

Part of the problem is skills and methods accessible

are personal development

that our development models to only a privileged few. Yet,

are often copied from Western a revolution in skills would

paradigms and not inspired help Nigerians access new

by other successful developing

nations. The Western cul-

forms of employment. So,

technologies and create new

ture is entirely geared towards

building up individu-

Despite government’s best

what exactly is happening?

efforts why does it feel like we

are stagnating?

The fundamental issue is

that vulnerable groups know

the problems affecting them

yet they are not empowered

to take cooperative action, to

work together in a coordinated

way and to find solutions

to social issues. Perhaps we

need to try something new

and to assist communities to

find business solutions to social

problems by upgrading

their skill set and enabling

them to have a say in how

things are done in their local

environment. So long as we

continue to view wealth creation,

or economic activity as

something intrinsically personal

which only concerns our

individual progress or profit

rather than tying wealth creation

back into its effect on the

community, we will continue

to lag behind in development

indices and we won’t be able

to achieve our goal of building

a nation, a country where

people see commonalities

rather than differences, and

skilled people with the capacity

to take on modern challenges.

at Nigerian markets rather than

local consumption in those countries.

In short, foreign producers

are making a killing off of Nigeria’s

inability to feed its people

and the customs and import-export

businesses of the aforementioned

countries are also hugely

benefiting from Nigeria’s dysfunction.

The Vietnamese and

Thai governments have

“begged” Nigeria to re-open its

borders as their local economy is

suffering: do we now see the

strength and importance of the

Nigerian consumer? Governments

and business people in this

country have often preferred to

ally with foreign nations and

companies to short-change and

fleece Nigeria.

Baba-Shehuri also said: “We

are a nation of 200 million people;

there is no nation on earth

with the size of our population

or even less that relies on importing

everything that it will eat; it

is absolutely impossible.In this

country, we even import tomato,

cabbage, eggs and everything

that we eat.We need to ask ourselves

for how long can our economy

sustain it and what is our

focus as a people? We have a population

of about 80 million youths

but we keep creating jobs elsewhere.

We must encourage our

local production for self-sufficiency,

value addition and enhance

farmer enterprising skills as well

as create marketsand promote export”

he said. The minister inaugurated

the “North-East Farmer

Help Line Centre” in Maiduguri

as part of government efforts

to support farmers and agribusiness.

Dispassionately, one

should see that the “Next Level”

serves the interests of the many

rather than the few.

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, NOVEMBER 13, 2019

OVER the course of penultimate

weekend, news came of the massacre

of no fewer than 13 students of the

Kogi State University, KSU, Ayingba,

Kogi State, by alleged cultists.

According to the reports, the killings

were reprisals staged by an unnamed

cult whose leader was murdered by a

rival group in the KSU. Nine students,

including a 200-level female student

and her boyfriend, were reportedly

killed on the KSU campus and at

different locations within the Ayingba

town. Many who escaped with injuries

were hospitalised.

Although concrete facts of this story

were mostly shrouded, the KSU Public

Relations Officer, Joseph Edegbo, did

not offer any comments when

contacted other than to admit that the

issue was “very sensitive”. However,

the Kogi State Commissioner of

Police, Hakeem Busari, confirmed

that indeed three students, not 13,

were killed in cult-related bloody incidents.

Kogi campus killings

It is highly callous and

disappointing that the university’s

authorities did not bother to officially

clear the air on this brazen invasion

and murder of three or 13 of their students.

That this story did not stir a major

outrage in the larger Nigerian society

is a reflection of the rapidly-dwindling

worth attached to human lives in the

country.

Nigerians appear to have lost much

of their human empathy and revulsion

to news of young people’s lives being

snuffed out on university campuses

due to the unceasing violence and killings

we have come to be accustomed

to. How things have changed!

Some 30 or 40 years ago, this sort

of incident would have led to massive

protests throughout the Nigerian university

system with students demanding

for justice. Students took pride in

being identified as “radicals” and

“militant activists”, ever willing and

ready to take on university and government

authorities when the human

and academic rights of students and

Nigerians were breached.

Students saw themselves as hope for

a better Nigeria and they started from

their university days to prime

themselves for that role. But these

days, students’ union leaders have

sold themselves over to the ruling

political forces. Cultism has become

the recruitment grounds to gain quick

footholds in the structures of ruling

political parties. The outlook for the

future is bleak and frightful.

We call on law enforcement agencies,

working in tandem with university

authorities and the students union,

to mount a massive manhunt for

the cult groups that perpetrated the

killings in KSU and bring them to justice.

Cultists cannot just walk into a

university compound, take the lives

of 13 or even three students and walk

free.

Something drastic must be done to

uproot cultism not just in the

institutions of higher learning, but

also the society at large. It is destroying

the souls of the youth and endangering

the future of the country.

On proposed social media regulations

By SUNNY IKHIOYA

IT is often said that excessive freedom can

lead to negative consequences. This can be

analysed along the lines of how our

independence and that of several African

nations have panned out. The question,

however, is whether the problem is to be

attributed to the freedom in the land or the

system that runs it? If freedom is that bad,

why are those countries practising true democracy

advancing in development over

democracy-censoring nations.

Even the more authoritarian nations like

China and Russia are practising a semblance

of democracy in their peculiar way.

The people are becoming emboldened and

challenging existing structures. That is the

nature of freedom. It is a two-sided affair

that can take you to utopian heights or bring

you crashing down to Mother Earth. It is a

matter of the choice you make. If you claim

to be practising true democracy, you must

be ready to practise it in deed by going

through the whole gamut, not partially or

sectionally.

In a true democracy, where there is

freedom, there are structures and

institutions set up to check excesses and everybody,

no matter the position he or she occupies,

must become subjugated to the rules

of these institutions. So, nobody needs to

tell you that you have overstepped your

bounds and when you are sanctioned for it,

everybody will know that, truly, the sanction

is warranted. We do not know what we

are practising in Nigeria and that is why the

proposed social media law is getting everyone

so confused, some are even worked up.

It could never have been imagined that a

government that worked its way into power

through the enormous backing of the free

press and social media, is now the one clamouring

for the censorship of the media, especially

the social media segment. The

Holy Book admonishes us to love our

neighbour as ourselves; in other words, we

must do to others, what we want others to do

to us.

If we are to analyse this doctrine in line

with what is happening in Nigeria, we would

be confused. How can a government with a

Lai Mohammed as Information Minister,

Adams Oshiomhole as chairman of the

party, Festus Keyamo, a minister and Prof

Itse Sagay heading one of its agencies, be

the one seen to be gagging the press? Do we

not know of their antecedents as members

of the opposition party during the Goodluck

Jonathan administration?

It is an irony that critics, who were given

all the freedom to practise their acts, cannot

stand even a little dose of their own medicine.

That is why the civil society groups are

no longer taken seriously in the country. The

civil society sector is in a comatose, whimpering

and begging for oxygen to sustain

itself. Such is life; the biggest critics are the

biggest failures when they get into government.

But can't an understanding and reasonable

government handle this social media

menace another way?

Will the law they are introducing now bring

about the so much desired sanity? We must

remember that more advanced countries

have tried it in the past and have had to

rescind their decision. The CNN reported

on August 17, 2018, that the government of

Malaysia had repealed its own anti-fake

news law. "The law made it an offense to

create, publish or disseminate any fake news

or any publication containing fake news.

OPINION

The bravado tactics that the

regime is trying to introduce

will not work because we do

not have the technology to

implement it

Those found guilty faced up to six years in

prison and fines up to $130,000," it reported.

CNN further reported that: "Teddy

Brawner Baguilat, a board member of

ASEAN parliamentarians for Human

Rights, called the decision ‘a huge step forward

for human rights in Malaysia’. This is

a law that was clearly designed to silence

criticism of the authorities and to quell

public debate..It should never have been

allowed to pass in the first place." That was

how the fake news law died in Malaysia.

I do not know if those in authority have

done enough research before rushing to the

National Assembly to propose the law.

Looking at it closely, only those in opposition

will be the target, except in very few

isolated cases, because they are the ones

who will try to find fault with activities of

government.

The best way to defeat fake news carriers

and rumour mongers is to come out with

the truth, no need for any draconian law or

measures. The embarrassment of discovering

by any medium which values its integrity

that its news is fake is enough punishment

enough. We are going on with this

social media law because a lot of us in society

have things to hide, that they do not

want out in the public. But, it is said that

"the gold fish has no hiding place". So, if

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you are a public citizen, you must be ready

to subject yourself to public scrutiny, no

matter how harsh it might seem. That is

the price you pay for the status that you

enjoy in society.

Sociologists refer to it as "status and

roles", you get to a stage in society and your

status demands that you play certain roles.

It is when you try to shy away from the role

expected of you that you attract negative

views and comments to yourself. Our leaders

must learn to be open and transparent in

their dealings, the perjury law is there to

take care of those that willingly and

purposefully come out to defame others.

When people come out with lies against you,

respond with the truth backed by evidence

and you will see the lies disappear.

The bravado tactics that the regime is

trying to introduce will not work because

we do not have the technology to implement

it. The harshest critics of the government

are based abroad. How do you bring a Sahara

Reporters, for example, to toe the line.

The law as it affects such people is not enforceable.

Fake news thrives more in environments

where the government is not forthcoming

with information to the people.

When the doors of free information are

opened in all sections of government, apart

from classified areas, different interpretations

will not be read to government’s news

stories and the government will get the people's

support. But, if government insists on

going on with its coercive law, it should be

prepared for the peace of the graveyard situation.

The silence of the graveyard is more

dangerous than the cacophony in the market

place.

•Ikhioya, wrote via

www.southsouthecho.com


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How we can revive our textile industries — Senate

*As Lawan warns Nigeria to be prepared for ACTFA repercussions

By Henry Umoru

CONCERNED that the textile

industry in Nigeria has witnessed

massive decline in the last

two decades, with many companies

closed down, the Senate yesterday

asked the Federal

Government to ban importation of

foreign textiles in the country for a

period of five years to rejuvenate

production of local textile materials.

The Senate has also urged the

Federal Government to encourage

local textile manufacturing companies

by providing them with soft

loans and easy access to credit facilities

through the Bank of Industry.

As a matter of urgency, the government

was mandated to provide

necessary infrastructural facilities

especially power supply to local textile

manufacturing companies.

Meanwhile, the President of the

Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan,

has warned Nigeria to be prepared

for the repercussions of signing

the African Continental Free Trade

Agreement, ACTFA.

According to Lawan, for the country

to overcome the challenges

posed by the ACTFA, local producers

must live up to the billing of the

forces of a competitive market.

Lawan said that until Nigeria

addresses the issue of unsteady

power supply and smuggling,

there’s little that can be achieved

through the closure of its borders

to goods coming in from

neighbouring African countries.

The resolutions of the Senate

were sequel to a motion titled,

“Urgent need to revamp the

nation’s comatose textile industry”,

sponsored by Senator Kabir

Barkiya, APC, Katsina Central.

Speaking further, the President

of the Senate said: “We have signed

into the ACTFA. We cannot easily

stop trading with other people,

From left, Principal Consultants, Peeshift Resources, Abiodun Folawiyo, Div Head, Retail/SME,

Unity Bank Plc, Mr. Olufunwa Akinmade, Lagos State Coordinator, NYSC, S.R. Aroni, Assistant

Director, NYSC Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development, Mrs. Stella Nweke

and Head, SME, Unity Bank Plc, Mr. Opeyemi Ojesina at the launch of the bank’s Corpreneurship

challenge at the NYSC.

so we need to be competitive.

“The problem of textile industry

in Nigeria is not the market; the

market is huge. The problem is

largely the issue of power, because

you need power to be competitive.

“Secondly, we have to stop smuggling.

These two are twin evils that

we must address really. But we

have to be in a hurry, because by

signing the trade agreement, we

have consciously gone into an

agreement where other countries

will produce their goods in their

country and bring them to Nigeria.

“We really need to push for the

fixing of power sector in this country.

I agree we should close the

borders, but that is going to bring

only temporary relief for us. It is

not going to be permanent while

solving our problems.

“The executive and legislature

must brainstorm on ways to fix these

issues faster because time is of the

essence here.

“Even if we stop the importation

of textile produced outside for five

years, what happens after that? If

our companies in the country can’t

produce competitively, then there

would still be problem.

“We need serious conversation

about this to solve the problem as a

way forward.”

Earlier in his presentation, Senator

Barkiya noted that the textile

industry in the country played a

significant role in the manufacturing

sector of the Nigerian economy

with a record of over 140 companies

in the 1960s and 1970s.

According to him, the textile industry

recorded an annual growth

of 67% and that as at 1991, employed

about 25% of the workforce

in the manufacturing sector adding

that the industry was the highest

employer of labour apart from

the civil service.

The Senate expressed concern

that the textile industry has witnessed

massive decline in the last

two decades with many textile companies

such as Kaduna Textile,

Kano Textile, Aba Textile, United

Nigeria Textile, First Spinners

amongst others closing shops and

throwing millions of workers into

the job market.

The legislature was worried that

the discovery of oil in Nigeria has

also greatly affected the textile industry

in Nigeria as a result of decline

in the production of cotton

which was a major source of raw

material for the textile industry

The Senate was disturbed that

government policies like increase

in taxation, high cost of production,

trade liberalization resulting in

massive importation of textile materials

has negatively affected the

production of local textile materials.

The upper chamber agreed that

revamping the nation’s textile industry

will provide huge employment

opportunities for the youths

and consequently reduce some of

the social vices in the country.

It concluded that if the industry

is resuscitated , it will provide additional

revenue and assist the government

in its desire to diversify

the economy.

DISCOs must invest in their infrastructure — Sale Mamman

....India pledges support for power sector

By Prince Okafor

THE Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman, said the Distri

bution Companies, DISCOs, must invest in their distribution

infrastructures to address the power limitations in the country.

This is coming against the backdrop of constant rejection of

loads as well as constraint due to inadequate distribution infrastructure.

The minister also said that the ministry is open to any investor

willing to invest in the sector to improve power distribution in the

country.

The minister disclosed this yesterday, during a tour of Skipper

Nigeria Limited, organised by Future Energy Nigeria, FEN, as

part of its programme for the 16th FEN, conference and expo in

Lagos, with the theme: “Advancing Partnership and Solutions for

a sustainable Energy Economy.”

He said that the DISCOs must invest in their business, stressing

that the ministry will continue to encourage and engage with

serious investors in the sector.

“Our doors are wide open to any investor that is willing to invest

in the power sector.

“We will work out ways to ensure that the DISCOs partner with

power equipment manufacturing

firm to enable them manufacture distribution

equipment locally,” he

said.

Expressing the ministry’s support

for the conference, he said: “The

ministry’s endorsement of this event

is on the fact that over the years the

conference has provided solutions

to the power sector challenges.

“Aligning with the United Nations

Sustainable Energy for all initiative,

SE4All, Nigeria developed her electricity

vision EV:30:30:30 which entails

a minimum electricity generation

capacity of 30GW by year 2030.

“Also, as a party to the Paris Agreement,

Nigeria made a commitment

to reducing its green house gases

by 20 percent unconditionally and

45 percent conditionally with energy

mix,” the minister added.

On his part, High Commissioner

of India to Nigeria, Mr. Abhey

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that provides the most exemplary

brokerage service.

“On behalf of Zedcap Partners,

I’m extremely honoured to accept

the Best Brokerage Service award

from FMDQ,” Mr Oluseyi

Akinbi, Managing Director,

Zedcap Partners and Director,

Zedcrest Capital said. “This

award is a true testament to the

hard work, dedication and innovative

mindset that all of our team

members exhibit each day for our

client progress. We are thrilled to

be recognized for our achievements

in improving brokerage

service in Nigeria.”

“Our value proposition is to enhance

price discovery and transparency

in the markets we play

by studying clients’ needs and

providing all information and resources

required to execute

trades in a timely and efficient

manner with minimal slippage

and market volatility”, he said.

Commenting on the award, Mr

Adedayo Amzat,CFA, Group

Managing Director of Zedcrest

Capital reaffirmed the company’s

commitment to deliver world-class

brokerage service to its extensive

client base of institutional clients

including leading investment

banks, commercial banks, asset

managers, hedge funds and corporations.

“We want to continuously improve

in every regard. Our vision

is to enrich the lives of everyone

we encounter. That includes our

clients, employees and stakeholders”,

he said.

The GOLD Awards, a first in the

Nigerian financial markets, was

designed to acknowledge and formally

recognise the contributions

of participants within the FMDQ

markets, whose activities have

positively and directly impacted

the development of the markets

thereby making them “GOLD” –

Globally Competitive, Operationally

Excellent, Liquid and Diverse.

Thakur expressed the readiness of

the Indian government to provide

support for the nation’s power sector

development.

He said: “There is so much Nigeria

and India can achieve together.

We share similarities with Nigeria

like, many languages, tribes

amongst others.

“We have over 600 million villages

in India and all are electrified. We

want to assist Nigeria to electrify

every part of the country.

“We currently have over 360gigawatts

of electricity for about one billion

citizens, while Nigeria has an

installed capacity of about

8000megawatts for 180million of it

citizens.

“We are Nigeria’s largest trading

partner, and Nigeria is India’s largest

trading partner. We currently have

45 companies doing business in Nigeria,

we want to increase that number,”

he added.


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Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019—21


22— Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019

So, Abdulrasheed Maina has

suddenly taken ill too?

AT his last appearance at a

Federal High Court sitting in

Abuja, Abdulrasheed Maina,

former chair of the Pension

Reform Task Team, PRTT, was in

a wheelchair. He came to the

court brandishing a medical

report stating that he was too ill

to stand trial. Maina desired a

bail to enable him go take care

of his health-or so his counsel

argued. After several years as a

fugitive from the law, he has only

recently been put up for trial for

alleged fraud running into

billions of naira during his short

spell as chair of the PRTT.

Apparently on exile, Maina

nevertheless visited Nigeria at

random, right under the watch

of security agencies who all but

assisted him in his attempt to

return to the civil service as a

higher ranked officer before he

was exposed. Last week’s

appearance in court during

which he turned in ill was his

second.

Surely, our man is not only too

used to a life of comfort to endure

any disruption to his cosy

By PHILIP USORO

FOLLOWING his re-election for a second

term in March, the Akwa Ibom State

governor, Udom Emmanuel, unveiled what

he called a ‘Completion Agenda’. According

to him, his major target is to sustain the

industrialisation and investments policies

before the end of his administration in 2023

with a view to birthing the Ibom Industrial

City and Ibom Deep Seaport. The Ibom deep

seaport project is part of the Ibom Industrial

City development through a public private

partnership arrangement.

The deep seaport, although a part of the

industrial city, is treated as a separate project.

The Ibom deep seaport will be owned by the

Federal Government of Nigeria through the

Nigeria Ports Authority in partnership

with Akwa Ibom State Government and

private investors. On the other hand,

the Ibom Industrial City project will be solely

owned by Akwa Ibom State Government. Both

projects will utilise the state’s unique location

to promote industrialisation in the region by

developing a modern state-of-the art industrial

city which will include a deep sea port. The

Ibom Deep Seaport is in line with the Federal

Ministry of Transportation, FMoT, plans to

augment port capacity in Nigeria and is a key

component of Akwa Ibom’s economic

empowerment plans.

The Ibom deep seaport will occupy 2,565

hectares of land area of the 14,517 hectares

available for the industrial city project. The

project site is strategically located and

accessible through major existing and planned

transport infrastructure such as airport,

railway lines and federal and state road

networks. The IDSP and IIC project site is

approximately 36km from the Victor

Attah International Airport designed with a

runway to carry 747 and 380 series of

international airbus cargoes.

The seaport as part of an integrated

industrial city will help foster economic

development of the country, the state, as well

as drive economic empowerment of the

citizens. This will be achieved by developing

industries adjacent to the deep seaport and

within the Ibom industrial city. The

implication is that the development of the deep

sea port will be carried out in such a way that

the synergies of having it within

the Ibom industrial city can be

fully optimised.

The deep sea port designed for post and

new Panamax size vessels will have several

specialized terminals. It will also serve as a

routine, he must also have taken

more than a leaf from the

corpulent rule books of past

looters. His corpulent figure and

“rosy” cheeks proclaim a life of

ease. It belies a serpentine

sliminess and poisonousness

that are best described by the

likes of his nephew, Sadiq

Abdulahi Ismaila, that has felt its

fury. Maina, Ismaila has alleged

in an exclusive report by The

Nation a couple of weeks ago,

had had him tortured by goons

masquerading as Department of

State Service operatives for

pilfering millions of dollars

belonging to Maina. It was that

same Maina whose son, Faisal,

allegedly pulled a gun on

security agents out to arrest his

father, that appeared in court last

week all too weak to walk

without aid or stare directly at

the cameras.

For all I care, Maina could as

well audition for a lead role in a

Nollywood movie and might

give the likes of Olu Jacobs and

Richard Mofe-Damijo a good

run for their money. He strained

trans-shipment port for the West and Central

Africa region. The Ibom deep seaport is on a

location that will strategically serve the West

and Central African Region including JDZ Sao

Tome, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroun, Angola,

Gabon, Congo, Congo DRC, Niger, and Chad.

It is a Greenfield port project with deep water

access of 18 to 20m in the channel, and over

two miles of quay area and with proximity to

major shipping routes.

The objectives of Ibom Industrial City

include development of a smart, modern and

attractive, safe and secure place to do business

and live in. The urban design framework will

comprise residential and commercial zones

centrally located while heavy industries and

logistics are adjacent to the port and

segregation of freight and passenger

traffic. The objectives of the industrial city

includes creating new and expanding markets

and industries in Akwa Ibom State such as

agriculture, petrochemicals, ship building and

repair yards, auto assembly plants, fabrication/

construction, maritime clusters, ICT and

electronics, waterfront facilities for tourism

and commerce, and power plants by providing

an enabling environment, efficient

infrastructure and access to market.

The site is located close to five natural gas

wells which provide an opportunity to develop

gas-based industries as part of the overall

development. The area currently has a

Free Trade Zone designation and will lead

to economic diversification and transfer of

required industrial/technology skills to the

people of Akwa Ibom State. Soon after

taking office in his first term in 2015, Governor

Emmanuel had inaugurated a 10-man

Technical Committee for the Realisation of

Ibom Deep Seaport to oversee the development

of both the deep seaport and industrial city as

two separate projects. The Technical

Committee for Realisation of Ibom Deep

Seaport engaged globally acclaimed

Pricewaterhouse Coopers, PwC,

as programme manager to assist with

facilitating a transparent and credible closed

tender procurement process for the selection

of transaction advisor and master planner and

subsequently

provide

programme management services towards

the development of Ibom Deep Seaport,

IDSP, and Ibom Industrial City, IIC, projects

respectively.

The

governor consequently

commenced the implementation of the Ibom

Industrial City plan. To get this done, he has

within the first tenure of his administration

completed the master plan for the industrial

all through his court performance

to look away from the cameras.

Clearly, he did not like the optics

of his being in a wheel chair but

he needed it to build his

application for bail. Maina now

postures as a man of very fragile

constitution. Such was the

fragility of his health that, he

claims, he experienced

increased blood pressure after

Justice Okon Abang, a man not

afraid of controversies and before

who he appeared, ordered him

to stop staring at the bench. Was

there a nerve war playing out

between judge and accused only

for the latter to turn around and

play victim? Was each sizing the

other up before one capitulated

in the mind game? Maina may

not look the part of a bulldozer

Maina has done badly

by and mortally

wronged the people of

this country; no degree

of faked ill health

should protect him from

the law

but he appears capable of more

wreckage than that monstrous

vehicle. None but a man of grit

and steel could be facing

prosecution for the crime he has

been accused of. It takes a meanas-knife,

cold-blooded operator to

successfully carry through what he

is standing trial for.

Let’s not forget. He, in cahoots

with others, is alleged to have

Interrogating Udom’s deep seaport and industrial city dreams

looted about N24 billion of

pensioners’ funds. These are

mostly senior citizens, old

Nigerians whose life savings

Maina and company decimated,

sending them to their unhappy

graves after decades of slavish

labour. Had they led one of the

murderous groups that prowled

the killing fields of Kigali at the

height of the genocidal war in

1994, Maina and his collaborators

could not have been more

effective.

Not a few of what Maina used

the stolen funds to acquire have

been traced by the Economic and

Financial Crimes Commission,

EFCC. They include choice

properties across several

countries, notably, the United Arab

Emirates where Maina relocated

while running away from justice.

In Nigeria alone, no less than 29

properties, including seven

houses across five states and Abuja

have been identified and

recommended for forfeiture by the

EFCC. About $1.7 million was

recently discovered in one of

Maina’s hideaway residences in

Niamey, the capital city of Niger.

Maina’s modus operandi is

simply stupefying. How could he

own the kinds of items that were

discovered on him after his arrest?

According to a report in The

Nation, “items retrieved from

Maina and his son, Faisal, include

31 SIM Cards of UAE, MTN,

9Mobile and Airtel; 19 handsets;

one iPad and two laptops; 13 flash

drives and Kentucky US ID card;

UAE Certificate of Naturalization;

and UAE ID card”. What does a

city and all basic procedural actions taken.

Currently, the planning, design and requisite

approval for the Ibom deep seaport which

he met at 0.01 per cent execution stage has

been completed. With the effort of his technical

committee on the deep seaport, the project

has already recorded tremendous success

starting from ‘issuance of approval of

procurement process’ to ‘negotiation of terms

and condition with the preferred bidder’ for

the deep seaport (Bollore-Power China

Consortium).

The Tin Can Island and Apapa Ports are

totally congested. It takes an average of 42

days for a trailer to go in and come out.

Nowhere in the civilized world will this

happen. It kills the economy and fuels

crime. The Ibom Deep Seaport is the most

preferred at the moment because it doesn’t

require much dredging. Realistically, there are

22 steps involved in getting the approval and

the state government has gotten to 20 with

only two steps left. It has the preferred investor

and one of the biggest port managing

companies in the world. The state

government has created the Ministry of

Mindful of the peculiar

problem of the Apapa port,

the Ikot Abasi jetty was

designed and integrated into

the Ibom Deep Seaport

to take care of smaller ships

Economic Development and Ibom Deep Sea

Port to ensure smooth operation of the port.

Ibom Deep Sea Port along the coast of West

and Central Africa is going to be the only deepsea

port with dual channels which means that

you can process two ships at the same time.

Lagos has single channel. All other ports have

single channels. Mindful of the peculiar

problem of the Apapa port,

the Ikot Abasi jetty was designed and

integrated into the Ibom Deep port

to take care of smaller ships. It is within the

same axis.

Considering that Nigeria’s current ports

system does not have the capacity to absorb

all the cargo destined for the country, it has

long been the desire of the maritime

authorities to develop deep seaports to

accommodate vessels larger than those which

currently berth at Nigerian ports and catalyze

an economic boom in the process. Records

have it that 62 years after Nigerian ports came

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man of simple means need all of

these for? It was in the wake of all

this, after he was recently arrested

and is now being prosecuted that

Maina remembered to fall ill and

apply for bail. Whether truly ill or

not, Maina must face the law. But

the elderly people, many of who

died and daily die on long queues

waiting to claim their pension,

these senior citizens whose life

savings were stolen without

conscience, were not given a

second chance on life.

This is not a case of convicting

a man before he is found guilty.

There is no way, in several life

times as a civil servant, anybody

could legitimately have acquired

the monies and properties listed.

He has done badly by and

mortally wronged the people of

this country. No degree of faked

ill health should protect him from

the law. It has become a tradition

for both alleged and confirmed

criminals to claim ill health once

they are called to account. Once

these individuals are let loose,

where their prosecutors don’t

deliberately bungle the case

against them, they move on to

enjoy the proceeds of their crime.

Alison-Madueke could now be

pronounced a cancer survivor:

she was spotted on the streets of

the United Kingdom long after she

was supposedly bedridden with

cancer. Ibrahim Magu might be

right: it’s time to go after these

criminal doctors issuing fraudulent

medical reports to looters of our

commonwealth.

into being, the largest ship ever to berth in the

country arrived Tin Can Island Port with cargo

capacity of 4,651 twenty feet equivalent units,

TEU, containers. This modest feat pales in

comparison to the achievements of serious

minded littoral countries that have developed

deep seaports which accommodate Super Max

and new Panamax size vessels bearing over

13,000 TEUs. Through constant dredging and

channel maintenance, Nigeria’s biggest and

busiest seaports located in Lagos have,

according to the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA,

attained a draft of approximately 14 meters.

However, this is still grossly insufficient to

accommodate the large vessels which we hope

to attract to our shores. This reality has

informed the decision by

the Akwa Ibom State Government to

embark on the ambitious deep seaport

infrastructure development and is hoping to

emerge as West and Central Africa’s regional

port hub with the proposed IDSP. The IDSP

includes a 20 kilometre channel approach that

will not be less than 15 meters deep and 450

meters wide to allow for two-way vessel traffic.

The second phase on the other hand, which is

designed to accommodate

Post Panamax vessels, will have a marine

approach, channel and turning basin of 18

meters and berth depth of 14-16 meters.

Leaving no details to chance, the design has

also factored in security installations to ensure

the port will be ISPS compliant as soon as it is

ready for operations.

Mrs. Mfon Usoro, the Chairperson of the

Technical Committee on the Realization of the

IDSP, provided more clarity: “Our projections

are supported by the fact

that Akwa Ibom and other states in close

proximity already maintain an existing trade

route between our people

and neigbouring countries like Equatorial

Guinea, Cameroun and others. In our

planning concept, we are targeting shipping

companies and terminal operators as codevelopers

and investors who will guarantee

vessels and cargo once the port becomes

operational. We have a more convincing

economic and commercial case because of

our trade antecedents and geographical

location of the IDSP.”

Emmanuel gave the clincher in his second

term inaugural speech: “We hope to

make Akwa Ibom the industrial hub of

Nigeria. Ibom Industrial City and

Ibom Deep Seaport will be our signature

projects this second term.” Politics aside, he

needs be given all the support to succeed in

these projects.

•Usoro, a public affairs commentator, wrote

from Uyo.

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24 — Vanguard, Wednesday, NOVEMBER 13, 2019

Almost half of world population, offline

*4.1bn connected, 3.6 bn yet to

By Emmanuel Elebeke

LATEST data released by the Internation

al Telecommunications Union, ITU

shows that even as about 4.1 billion people

are now online, 3.6 billion representing almost

half of the world population are still offline.

It also indicates that in most countries worldwide,

women are still trailing men in benefiting

from the transformational power of digital

technologies.

The ITU new Measuring digital development

series, estimates that over half the total

global female population (52 per cent) is still

not using the Internet, compared to 42 per

cent of all men.

Overall, the proportion of all women using

the Internet globally is 48 percent, against 58

per cent of all men.

It however, indicates that more men than

women use the Internet in every region of the

world except the Americas, which has nearparity.

According to the report, the gap is widest

in developing countries, especially least developed

countries.

ITU Secretary General, Houlin Zhao, said:

"ITU's measuring digital development reports

are a powerful tool to better understand connectivity

issues, including the growing digital

gender divide, at a time when over half of

the world's population is using the Internet.

"ITU statistics help policy-makers and regulators

make informed policy decisions to

connect the unconnected and track progress

at the global level."

Mobile networks and the mobile phone

gender gap

The ITU data shows that 97 percent of the

world population now lives within reach of a

mobile cellular signal and 93 per cent within

reach of a 3G network.

In the Americas, the Asia-Pacific region

and Europe, over 95 per cent of the population

is covered by a 3G or higher mobile

broadband network. In the Arab States the

figure stands at 91 per cent; the Commonwealth

of Independent States, 88 per cent; and

Africa, 79 per cent.

Of the 85 countries that provided data on

mobile phone ownership, 61 have a higher

proportion of men with mobile phones than

women. Of the 24 remaining countries where

there is gender parity in mobile phone ownership,

Chile has the highest digital gender gap

in favour of women at 12 per cent.

Prince Osuagwu

Hitech Editor

*Pantami

*Data price reduction call

How not to solve regulatory

issues with emotional decisions

*Danbatta

The NCC is guided

by the Nigerian

Communications

Act 2003, and Section

108 of the Act

forbids the commission

to prescribe

retail price

by fiat

THE Minister of Communications and

Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim

Pantami, last week directed the Nigerian

Communications Commission, NCC to

review downwards, the price of data within

five days.

Pantami issued the directive during the

presentation of the new board member

and Executive Commissioner, Mr Adeleke

Adewolu.

Adewolu replaced Mr Sunday Dare

who left the board to become the sports

minister. After the presentation, the minister

pointed to numerous complaints from

Nigerians regarding illegal data deduction

and high price of data, adding that

he had personally experienced illegal

data deduction.

Apparently irked by that frustration, the

minister fired a directive: “I am urging

the management of NCC to work towards

reducing the price of data in Nigeria. It

is too costly and people are complaining

every day. If you go to other countries,

even countries that are not as largely populated

as Nigeria, data prices are not this

high. I am also a victim of some of the

infractions that are so common in the industry.

You load your data but you barely

use 20 per cent of it and the entire data is

wiped off.

“Please go, sit down and review that

issue. It is very important and I want to

get your feedback with that report in the

next five working days with the decision

on it because the complaint from Nigerians

is beyond what I can handle as it is

today, people are complaining,”

This is not the first time Pantami had

issued such emotional directives. When

MTN Nigeria recently issued a notice to

its subscribers of its intention to commence

charges on Unstructured Supplementary

Service Data,USSD, on mobile transfers,

the minister also made a hasty decision,

directing the NCC to ask MTN to

shelve the decision, because he was not

informed before the action.

Ordinarily, these are the kinds of intervention

governments should make to deliver

dividends of democracy to its citizens.

On that basis, the tendency to applaud

Pantami’s calls could be high.

However, interventions made outside

the law or in total disregard of constitutional

provisions and set rules, have very

grave implications. Some, that will erode

whatever progress already made.

The telecom industry has been one of

the strongest pillars of the Nigeria’s economic

growth since about two decades

the sector was liberalised. It has attracted

Foreign Direct Investment, FDI investment

of well over $70 billion and contributed

more than 10.11 percent to the country’s

Gross Domestic Product, GDP in

2019, surpassing oil, the mainstay of the

economy.

These achievements were made possible

because standard principles and international

best practices were strictly observed

in the sector.

Information and Communications Technology,

ICT professionals have faulted

Pantami’s recent calls, describing them as

not only arbitrary but also capable of negating

this standard tripod upon which

the sector blossoms.

The NCC is guided by the Nigerian

Communications Act 2003, and Section

108 of the Act forbids the commission to

prescribe retail price by fiat. It only allows

it to ensure that tariffs reflect costs of

providing services. It means that the NCC

is mandated to carry out cost-based studies

from time to time and as may be

deemed fit to fix price floors and /or ceilings.

That way, no operator can underprice

to kill its competitors.

Section 108 of the Act, sub section(1)

says: “ Holders of individual licences shall

not impose any tariff or charges for the

provision of any service until the Commission

has approved such tariff rates

and charges except as otherwise provided

in this Part.

(2) The licensees specified in subsection

(1) of this section shall provide services

at the tariff rates and charges so

approved by the Commission and shall

not depart therefrom without prior written

approval by the Commission of such

proposed changes in tariff rates and

charges. (3) All licensees mentioned in

subsection (1) of this section shall publish

the tariff rates charged to customers

for their respective services and the modifications

thereto as may be approved

from time to time by the Commission. (4)

The tariff rates established by a licensee

mentioned in subsection (1) of this section

shall be on the basis of such principles

as the Commission may from time to

time stipulate in its guidelines or regulation

including the following— (a) tariff

rates shall be fair and, for similarly situated

persons not discriminatory ; (b) tariff

rates shall be cost-oriented and, in general,

cross-subsidies shall be eliminated

; (c) tariff rates shall not contain discounts

that unreasonably prejudice the competitive

opportunities of other providers ; (d)

tariff rates shall be structured and levels

set to attract investments into the communications

industry ; and (e) tariff rates

shall take account of the regulations and

recommendations of the international organisations

of which Nigeria is a member”.

Meanwhile, a survey recently released

by Cable.co.uk indicated that 10 of the

top 50 cheapest countries in the world for

mobile data were in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Also, seven North African countries included

in the report appeared higher up

in the table than majority of countries in

Sub-Saharan Africa. The report included

data from 6,313 mobile data plans in 230

countries around the world between October

23 and November 28, 2018. It however

shows Nigeria is not the worst hit,

contrary to the allegation of the minister.

In Africa, countries in the southern part

pay the most for 1GB. South Africa pays

$7.19, Namibia, $11.2 and Botswana,

$14.12.

In West Africa, Nigeria’s 1GB could be

obtained at $3.22, while in Chad it is $23.

3. It goes for $1.71 in Cameroon, $4.1 in

Ivory Cost and $2.92 in Niger. In the North

African region, Algeria’s 1GB goes for

$5.15; Egypt’s IGB goes for $1.49, Libya’s

$4.87and in Sudan it cost $0.6.

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Tizeti partners MainOne to expand

affordable highspeed WiFi in Africa

By Juliet Umeh

LEVERAGING on the

strong partnership between

the companies in Nigeria,

Tizeti has extended its

partnership with MainOne as

the company launches

GhanaWifi.com. This will be

Tizeti’s first expansion outside

Nigeria, in the continuance

of the existing partnership

that has seen increased

broadband accessibility across

Lagos since 2017.

Tizeti will operate solarpowered

WiFi Towers across

Ghana, utilising the same

technology as they used in

Nigeria, where Tizeti in partnership

with MainOne and

Facebook, serve thousands of

users with unlimited highspeed

broadband internet access,

covering over 90% of Lagos.

Since its inception, the

company has installed over

17,000 public WiFi hotspots

within Nigeria with over 1 million

users, rolling out hundreds

of internet hotspots across Lagos,

Ogun and Port Harcourt.

CEO, Tizeti, Kendall Ananyi,

explained: “We are proud to

have built a world-class network

that delivers connectivity

to users at a fraction of the

current cost, not just in Nigeria

but also across the region.

We understand the importance

of world-class, quality broadband

connectivity to the

Redmi 8 series debut in Nigeria to offer quality

image telling stories

By Juliet Umeh

Technology Company,

Xiaomi, has launched

Redmi 8 phone series for

Nigerians seeking quality

pictures.

The series include Note 8

Pro, Redmi Note 8, Redmi 8

and Redmi 8A in Nigeria.

The company’s Marketing

Director, Someye Habeeb,

said the new phones will not

only add value to the users

but will improve smartphone

innovation in the market.

Habeeb said Redmi Note 8

Pro is the brand’s first 64MP

camera smartphone with4500

mAh battery.

He said: “Redmi Note 8 Pro

features a quad camera setup

with a LiquidCool system,

making it an ideal companion

for photographers, gamers

and anyone seeking an

accessible flagship-quality

experience.

“Redmi Note 8 Pro sports

Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on its

front and back to safeguard

against accidental falls and

general wear and tear. For

enhanced durability, the

device also leverages IP52

splash-proof technology,

offering effective protection

against rain and sweat,”

Habeeb said.

As for Redmi Note 8, he said

its 48MP ultra high-resolution

primary camera features a half

inch sensor with an f/1.79

aperture and 79.4° field of

view.

He said: “On the front, Redmi

Note 8 boasts a 13MP selfie

camera with an f/2.0 aperture

and built-in AI technology that

growth of a global digital economy

and will continue to push

the development of a replicable

cost-effective solution to

reach millions of Africans,

starting one country at a time

with Nigeria and Ghana”.

Using solar-powered base

stations, Tizeti will be able to

reduce operating costs, which

helps users takes a perfect

selfie, every time.

Also, Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A

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Cyber attacks, biggest headache

to telecom industry — NCC

By Juliet Umeh

The Nigerian Communica

tions Commission, NCC,

weekend lamented that cyber attacks

have become one of the biggest

nightmares of the industry.

The Commission raised the concern

at the just concluded

international Trade Fair in Lagos.

Executive Vice Chairman of the

Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta,

however, charged Nigerians on

security measures to avoid falling

victims of the activities of the criminals.

Danbatta, who was represented

at the event by Deputy Director,

Consumer Affairs Bureau, Mr. Ismail

Adedigba, urged Nigerian

telecom consumers to avoid opening

unfamiliar mails, posting personal

identification information or

saving password online.

He said:"Cyber crime and e-

fraud is one of the issues challenging

the industry. This is any crime

activity in which computers or networks

are used as a tool, target or

place.

"The Commission advices all

consumers not to open emails not

familiar to them, post personal

identification information or save

password online.

"Note also that your Bank will

never ask you your personal detail

via internet. In event of any

unfortunate circumstances please

contact your bankers immediately

to freeze your account and also

inform your mobile services

prouse a Toll-free number, 622 as

a second level complaint redress

mechanism.

He said that telecom consumers

deserve the right to get value for

their investment.

Danbatta added, "NCC as your

regulator has devised ways to

lodge your complaints when you

are dissatisfied with the services

provided by your Operator. The

Commission will apply appropriate

regulatory measures and sanctions

against such service provider

Ȧlso, Director, Consumer Affairs

Bureau at NCC, Mrs Felicia Onwuegbuchulam,

said the Commission

strongly understand that the

telecom consumers are the pay

masters of the telecom industry

and, of course, the target beneficiaries

of all NCC’s activities. She

said because of this, they enjoy

primary focus of NCC scheme of

operations.

Onwuegbuchulam who was represented

by NCC Lagos Zonal

Controller, Henry Ojiokpota, said:

“The Commission constantly ensures

that consumers receive good

quality services, value for money

spent, timely and fair redress of

complaints and protection from

unwholesome practices by the

service providers.

Computer Village Expo:EdTech solutions

to enhance learning process

By Juliet Umeh

Interactive Business and

Education Solution, WOWBii

Interactive, has said it will

showcase EdTech solutions

capable of transforming Nigerian

education sector at Computer

Village Expo 2019.

Computer Village Expo is an

annual event that connects over

10,000 technology SMEs from the

technology market, Ikeja

Computer Village, and

technology buyers from Nigeria,

Africa and beyond.

This year’s event which holds

December in Lagos, has the

theme; “A New Partnership Agenda

for Growth.”

Executive Director, Computer

Village Expo 2019, Mr Foluso

Busari, disclosed that WOWBii

Interactive will showcase

solutions across smart lifestyles,

mobile money and financial inclusion.

Others are gaming, mobile

apps, mobile lifestyles, e-Commerce,

among others.

Busari said since 2015, WOW-

Bii has been transforming the way

Africa works and learns by redefining

meeting room and classroom

technologies.

He said: “WOWBii’s interactive

and immersive solutions are embedded

with integrated computing,

cloud-based infrastructure,

wireless connectivity and crossplatform

compatibility, that allow

users instant access to information,

content and applications.

“As a proudly-African brand focused

on providing simple yet durable

products, WOWBii aims to

be the preferred interactive solutions

provider on the continent. We

are pleased to partner WOWBii to

showcase EdTech solutions that

can transform classrooms and

enhance the learning experience

across the continent.

Onyeje, was also named one of

the speakers and thought leaders

at the summit’s panel session

which is on: “Unlocking Possibilities”.

According to the organiser, the

event is a strategic partnership

between the Ikeja Computer

Village Market Management

Board and Technology Times

Media Limited.

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The survey said India had the

world’s cheapest data plan at

$0.10 for 1GB, adding that in the

US, it goes for $12.37 and $6.66

in UK. The global average of

1GB data plan is $8.53. Zimbabwe

pays the highest price in the

world at $75.20 per 1GB, followed

closely by Equatorial

Guinea at $65.83, Saint Helena

at $55.47 and Djibouti at $37.92.

Interestingly, the Executive

Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof

Umar Danbatta, at an event in

Lagos recently, revealed that

even before the minister’s call,

the commission had consulted

the KPMG to carry out cost based

study to determine if the price of

data consumers currently enjoy

will be increased or reduced in

line with the reality of the markets

will provide competitive subscription

packages for Ghanaian

costumers. The company’s

operation in Ghana will start

with next-generation

802.11AC WiFi equipment for

better service quality, which

is much faster and more reliable

than previous generations.

Chief Executive Officer,

MainOne, Funke Opeke,

commended the commitment

of Tizeti to improve the accessibility

of quality broadband

services across the region.

She said “We remain

committed towards the digital

transformation of the region

and we are happy to extend

our partnership with

Tizeti beyond the borders of

Nigeria.

…Launches 4G network in Nigeria

IN apparent acceleration of

access to affordable broadband

connectivity in Africa's

underserved populations, the

solar-based internet service provider,

has also launched its 4G

LTE network in Nigeria.

Following the launch, it has

rolled out 4G services in Rivers,

Ogun and Edo States, in a

first phase launch and promised

to extend to other cities by

2020.

Ananyi said the services will

empower more Nigerians in

Nigeria's South-South and

South-West states, stimulate

economic activities and provide

unlimited access to affordable

and reliable broadband services.

This launch follows the build

of brand-new, solar-powered,

4G-capable towers in Port Harcourt,

Rivers State where Tizeti

will offer its first 4G and ISP

services, to be followed by new

towers in Ogun and Edo.

feature an aspect ratio of 19:9,

promising an immersive

experience and overall

ergonomics.

Habeeb said: “Wrapped in

glass-like materials, Redmi 8

provides a premium hands-on

feel with a polished and glossy

surface, while Redmi 8A comes

in a fine, textured matt finish

with excellent grip and at the

same time, reducing fingerprint

residues to a minimum.

“With a 5000mAh highcapacity

two-day battery, both

Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A come

with support for 18W fast

charging support on the Type-

C port and Qualcomm

Snapdragon 439 octa-core

chipset as processor,” he

explained.

Industry experts believe that if

this is already ongoing, the five

day ultimatum by the minister

will only spell doom because the

outcome will not be supported

by scientific data.

They warned the commission

to be careful how it panders to

the whims of the ministry before

it loses its independence status.

Chairman of the Association of

Licensed Operators in Nigeria,

ALTON, umbrella body of the

telcos, Engr Gbenga Adebayo

has expressed shock at the call,

describing it as unrealisable.

Adebayo said that the call

amounts to forcing the commission

to destroy the gains it made

over the years that has made the

sector a beautiful bride constantly

toasted by global investors.

According to him, such arbitrary

price reduction calls are

unfair to operators who suffer

consistent cases of vandalism,

multiple taxation and regulations,

indiscriminate shutdown

of their base stations, high cost

of RoW, among other things hindering

service delivery.

A telecom lawyer, Mr Chukwu

Umeoha, berated Pantami’s

call, describing it as borne out of

little knowledge of the oversight

functions of a minister to an independent

agency.

He advised ministers to arm

themselves with the Public Service

rules to avoid abuse of their

oversight functions.

Hi-Tech’s check, actually reveals

that Pantami’s calls appear

to run fowl of the federal government’s

gazetted Public Service

Rules. Chapter 16 of the

rule, section 1, describes a Parastatal

as “a governmentowned

organization established

by statute to render specified

services(s) to the public. It is

structured and operates according

to the instrument establishing

it and also comes under the

policy directives of Government.

Section 2 (a) says “Statutory

Boards/ Councils shall set operational

and administrative policies

in accordance with government

policy directives and supervises

the implementation of

such policies. The administrative

policies may include those

relating to appointment, promotion

and discipline of staff.

(b) A Board shall not be involved

directly in the day-to-day

management of a Parastatal.

(c) A Minister exercises control

of Parastatals at policy level

through the Board of the Parastatal

only.

This means that even the

monthly briefing which the

NCC has subjected itself to, at

the ministry is a distraction that

will not benefit the industry.


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TRAINING: From left—Director, Energy, Bureau of Public Procurements, BPP, Engr. Babatunde

Kuye; Director, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Lagos Liason Office, Dr. Folasade Caiafas;

General Manager, Lagos State Public Procurement Agency, Mr. Onafowote Idowu; Director, Investigation,

Intelligence and Monitoring, Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, Dr. Gwimi Peters, and BPP Director,

Compliance, Certification and Monitoring, Engr. Ishaq Yahaya, at the 2019 Second Batch Conversation

Training/Programme for procurement cadre of federal parastatals and agencies in Oshodi, Lagos.

Unpaid salaries: 500 teachers

protest, block C-River gov’s office

By Ike Uchechukwu

CALABAR—AGAIN, no

fewer than 500 science

teachers in Cross River State,

yesterday, blocked the state

Governor’s Office with mats,

wrappers in protest over the

alleged removal of their

names from the payroll of the

state.

They also raised the alarm

over non-payment of their

salaries for the months

September and October,

adding that they have turned

to beggars and doing odd

jobs in a bid to survive.

It will be recalled that the

teachers had on November

5, blocked the gate to the

Governor’s Office, denying

workers and visitors entry

and exit from the office.

Speaking with Vanguard,

spokesperson of the

teachers, Mr Kenneth

Bisong said that they

(teachers) don’t understand

the rationale behind the Ben

Ayade-led administration’s

decision to stop paying them

and the removal of their

names from the payroll.

“We are among the best

brains as far as science

teaching is concerned in

Cross River State. Our

recruitment in 2015 was done

by Educom, an Indian firm

with a proven track record of

standard and excellence.

“Initially, we didn’t know

that something has

happened until our

colleagues stared getting

paid and our people were

not. We went to relevant

offices to find out what

happened. We discovered

that our names had been

removed from the payroll by

the state government.

“Our names were removed

from the payroll in

September, we started work

•...occupy gov’s office with mats,wrappers

since 2015, but we were

paroled in January 2016. We

are about 500 teachers

affected and it could be more.

“Government didn’t follow

the service rules, we don’t

know what the government

wants to achieve by

removing our names from

the payroll and treating us

unjustly.

“We are the live-wire of

secondary schools, we are

the soul of our younger ones,

tomorrow’s leaders. Does the

government intend to

engage quacks? All we want

is the payment of our

September and October

salary arrears.”

By Harris Emanuel

UYO—A group of ex -

service contract

workers with Mobil

Producing Nigeria

Unlimited has appealed

to

President

Muhammadu Buhari to

order investigation into

the delay in payment of

N11.4 billion owed 1,444

sacked workers of the

company since 2012.

Secretary-General of the

group, Ubong Eshiet

made the call, yesterday,

while interacting with

newsmen in Uyo, Akwa

Ibom State.

He said, they decided to

bring the matter to the

attention of the President

for intervention, since

MPN was showing

lackadaisical attitude

towards the payment of

their severance package/

welfare after their sack,

No one was

sacked—Govt

When contacted, Special

Adviser, Media and Publicity

to Governor Ayade, Mr

Christian Ita said it was just

an audit by government as

no one had been sacked.

“Nobody has been sacked,

it is just an audit. A lot of

people who joined the civil

service in 2015 did so

through the back door. There

is no cause for alarm, no one

has been sacked.

“The governor is doing a

cleansing of the state payroll

in other to delete ghost

workers. Nobody has sacked

them. Government has

Ex-Mobil workers petition Buhari

over N11.4bn severance package

adding that such delay

was at variance with the

Federal Government’s

road-map for sustainable

peace in the Niger – Delta

region.

Eshiet also disclosed

that for the eight years

that the company denied

them what he described

as “end-of-servicebenefits,”

life has been

unbearable as many of

them live in abject

poverty and dejection.

He said: “The matter has

failed to materialise, even

after the former Minister

of State for Petroleum, Dr

Ibe Kachikwu and

outgone GMD, NNPC,

Dr Maikanti Baru, had

assured during a meeting

in Abuja with us that the

severance package would

be paid.

“The House of

Representatives

Committee on Public

realised that because

approval was given for

employment in some areas,

the people in charge resorted

to over employment.

“In some cases, over 200

persons were approved for

employment, the people

saddled with the

responsibility recruited 700

staff. So, nobody has been

sacked. “Those whose

employment are genuine

have been given letters for

re-validation of their

employment. This means

that those that were

genuinely employed are to

be restored back to the

payroll,” Ita said.

Petition during President

Goodluck Jonathan’s

administration, was aware

of this before it was

allegedly swept under the

carpet on the orders of the

company.

“The company has

breached the Collective

Bargaining Agreement,

CBA, it signed with the

workers on July 10, 2010

. We therefore, call on

President Buhari to order

a thorough investigation

into the delay in the

payment of N11.4 billion

severance benefits to 1,

444 sacked service

contract workers since

2012.”

Media

and

Communication

Manager, Mobil,

Ogechukwu Udeagha

could not be reached at

press time, as calls to his

cell phone were not

answered.

Failed federal roads:

Delta govt shuts

Asaba-Ilah-Uromi Road

By Festus Ahon

ASABA—DELTA State

Commissioner for

Works, Mr. James Augoye,

yesterday, announced the

partial closure of the

Asaba-Ilah-Uromi Federal

Road, following the

collapse of a three cell

culvert due to the velocity

of the water.

Augoye who made this

known in a chat with

newsmen in Asaba, said:

“It is no longer advisable

for motorists to continue to

use the road. The section

eaten by water is as deep

as one meter.

“We have informed the

Federal Government about

the development. But in

the interim, we have

contacted our contractors to

fill the sections washed

away by water. They will

fill the eroded

embankment with laterite.

“We have also decided

to close the lane that had

failed, and there are

diversions for motorists.

We have informed officials

of Delta State Transport

By Onozure Dania

TWO businessmen,

Akinfolabi Akindele

and Taiwo Oyewunmi

have dragged the

Inspector-General of

Police, Deputy Inspector-

General of Police, Assistant

Inspector-General of

Police and Commissioner

of Police to court over

violation of their

fundamental human

rights.

In the fundamental

rights enforcement suit

before a Lagos High Court

sitting in Ikeja, the

applicants are praying the

court to declare that the

arrest and detention of

Oyewunmi by the 7th and

8th respondents on

October 22, 2019 on the

instruction of 1st to 6th

respondents is

unconstitutional, null and

void.

Joined in the suit as 5th

to 9th respondents are

Deputy Commissioner of

Police, Ali Mohammed,

Taofik Tijani, Sergeant

Musa Mohammed,

Ibrahim Dalatu and

Biodun Aguda.

The applicants are

asking the court to declare

that the invitation of

Akindele by the IGP

Monitoring Units, Abuja,

to appear before it on

October 28, 2019 is illegal,

Management Agency,

DESTMA and Federal

Road Safety Corps,

FRSC, to be on ground

to ensure non-usage of

the closed section.”

He assured motorists

plying Enerhen Road in

Warri area of the state that

the Udu bridge is safe for

use, adding that the

concrete bridge built in

1970 by Dumex

Construction Company

did not fail.

Insisting that the

bridge is very strong for

motorists, Augoye said

when the disturbing

report about the

purported failure of the

bridge got to his office, a

team of engineers were

dispatched to carry out

integrity test.

Augoye, flanked by the

Commissioner for

Information, Mr. Charles

Aniagwu, called on the

Federal Government to

urgently undertake a

comprehensive

rehabilitation of the

Benin-Sapele-Warri

Highway.

Bizmen drag IG, DIG, AIG,

commissioner to court

unconstitutional, null

and void on the ground

that land matters is not

within

the

contemplation of the

functions of the Police

because it is a civil

matter.

The applicants are

further praying the

court to declare that

they are entitled to their

personal liberty,

freedom of movement,

right to dignity and

compulsory acquisition

of property as

entrenched in Chapter

IV of Section 34, 35(6),

36, 44 and 46(1) (2) of

1999 Constitution (as

amended) and Articles

5, 6, 7, 12, 14 of African

Charter on Human and

People’s Rights

Ratification and

Enforcement Law of the

Federation of Nigeria

2004.

Akindele and

Oyewunmi want the

court to order the

respondents to tender

public apology to them

for the breach of their

fundamental rights.

The applicants are

also seeking an

injunction restraining

the first to eighth respondents,

from further

interfering in land

matters in Alaka/Stadium

Area, Lagos State.


34—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019

Imo begins repair of FG roads

By Chinonso Alozie

O WERRI—IMO

State government,

yesterday, said it had

commenced the

rehabilitation of the

damaged parts of federal

roads in the state.

The government,

through the Senior Special

Assistant on Information

and Advocacy, Adaora

Onyechere, also said it

was an “interim

rehabilitation” work on the

affected roads.

She also confirmed that

the state government has

moved the contractors to

site to commence the work

quickly.

Onyechere said this

move by the Ihedioha

administration would

improve the movement of

goods and services.

She said: “You can see

for yourselves that for now,

the Federal Government

By Simon Adewale

Tcommunity

HE people of Ibrede in

Ndokwa East Local

Government Area of Delta

State have selected one of

their own, Mr. Aruhor

Gregory, as the new Odio-

Ologbo of the

community.

Mr. Gregory, who is a

retired Department of

State Services, DSS, officer

and from Edi family, was

picked as the new Odio-

Ologbo following the

death of HRM, Douglas

Illiromah and subsequent

assumption and

expiration of tenure of

his eldest son, Mr.

Patrick Illiromah as

roads in the state are in

a very bad shape. For

this reason, Imo State

government has taken a

courageous step to

reduce the hardship

faced by motorists and

commuters by

embarking on an interim

rehabilitation work on

the affected roads.

“All these plans are

targeted at making sure

that the road users

are safe and

comfortable.

“It is instructive that

Governor Ihedioha and

the Rebuild Imo Agenda

team decided that in due

course, while the

Federal Government

makes plans to

reconstruct the roads,

there is interim

rehabilitation going on to

afford road users the

comfort of plying the

roads without so much

distress.”

Ibrede gets new ruler

regent for three years.

Gregory's selection,

which took place at the

community's market

square, was witnessed

by sons and daughters

of Ibrede, the Odio-Uru,

council of Edios, chiefs,

Oletu-Ologbo

conference and Osu-

Egweya-Ologbo,

presided over by the

President-General of

Ibrede community, Dr.

Esi Oweh.

The two quarters,

Uruewo and Urethatho

of Ibrede had presented

Aruhor and Uche Ibeni,

and the retired DSS

officer was picked as the

new Odio-Ologbo.

Food, fashion fair debuts

THE maiden edition of

Authentic Nigerian

Food & Fashion Fair,

ANFFF, aimed at

projecting Nigerian food

and fashion through

exhibitions, fairs and

workshops to the world,

tagged Authentic9jafair,

will hold in Lagos on

December 16 an 17.

Executive Director of

Authentic9jafair, Mrs.

Franca Olawiyola, a

certified hospitality and

tourism professional, told

newsmen that Nigeria has

a rich and diverse cultural

heritage that defines its

people “and a key part of

this is the food, fashion

and style, which has a

huge potential of

promoting and projecting

the nation positively within

the global community.”

She added that the

event, which will hold at

Federal Palace Hotel, “will

focus every core activity on

our food—assorted,

authentic and creativelyprepared

menus; our

fashion— eclectic

roundtable runway

show piece, and our

arts— exhibition of our

culture in colours.”

The organisers

promised exhibitors

international exposure,

as their products and

services selected will be

showcased at the global

event in the US, UK and

Canada next year,

adding that registration

for the fair is done at

www.authentic9ja.com.ng.

Olawiyola expressed

gratitude to the Federal

Ministries of Information

and Culture, and

Tourism, as well as the

Lagos and Ekiti States

governments for their

willingness to support

the initiative and use it

to drive economic

developments.

Money laundering: Court threatens to

strike out charge against Diezani

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

BUJA—TRIAL Justice

AIjeoma Ojukwu of the

Federal High Court sitting

in Abuja, yesterday,

threatened to strike out the

13-count money

laundering charge against

former Minister of

Petroleum Resources, Mrs.

Diezani Alison-Madueke.

The threat followed

repeated failure by the

Economic and Financial

Crimes Commission,

EFCC, to produce the

defendant in court for

arraignment, over one year

CHARITY: From left— Chairman of the occasion, Gen. Tunde Braimoh(retd); Mr. Abiodun Rufai; his wife,

Gbemisola, the President/CEO, Glance Fancier International Foundation, GFIF; resource person, Dr. Sunkanmi

Adeyinka, from Houston, Texas, USA; and another recourse person from MOH, Odi-Olowo LCDA, Lagos, Dr.

Tosin Onasanya, at GFIF’s one-day family medical outreach for women, widows and widowers on malaria, blood

pressure, HIV, eye test, glasses distribution and health talks in Lagos, yesterday. PHOTO: Agbonkhese Oboh.

Monarch, stakeholders clash over PG’s sack in Anambra

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA—THERE is

tension in Eziowelle,

Idemili North Local

Government Area of

Anambra State, the home

town of Francis Cardinal

Arinze, following alleged

removal of the President-

General of Eziowelle

Improvement Union, EIU,

Chief Titus Akpudo, by a

group of people in the

community.

However, the traditional

ruler of the community,

Igwe Michael Etusi, has

dismissed the removal of

Akpudo and other

members of his executive,

describing the action as a

non-issue because it

breached the constitution of

the community.

Members of the splinter

group, who were chairmen

and secretaries of some

branches of EIU,

announced the

appointment of Mr.

Ezenwa Azie, chairman of

Abuja branch of EIU as the

acting President-General,

pending the election of a

new executive.

after the charge was filed.

Consequently, Justice

Ojukwu gave the anti-graft

agency till March 2020 to

extradite the erstwhile

Petroleum Minister from the

United Kingdom to Nigeria

for trial, or have the charge

struck out.

EFCC had, in the charge

it entered before the court

in 2018, alleged that the

former Minister unlawfully

took possession of $39.7

million and N3.32 billion.

It told the court that the

defendant used the funds,

being proceeds of crime, to

acquire choice property in

Mr. Martin Osochukwu,

a member of the group,

said: “We selected Azie to

lead us in this move to

make Eziowelle better. The

sacked leadership has not

been running the affairs of

the community well, which

is why we have passed a

vote of no confidence on the

PG and other officers.”

However, the traditional

ruler of the community,

Igwe Michael Okonkwo

Etusi, said his people were

not aware of the so-called

By Chidi Nkwopara

O WERRI—THE

Diocesan Mothers’

Union Conference of the

Anglican Diocese of

Okigwe South, have

decried what they

described as “the spiralling

level of insecurity in

Nigeria.”

Setting the tone of the

conference in her

presidential address to the

13th Diocesan Mothers’

Union, the Bishop’s wife,

Mrs. Blessing Onuoha,

Abuja, Lagos and Port

Harcourt, while she held

sway as a Minister under

the administration of former

President, Dr. Goodluck

Jonathan.

The anti-graft agency

maintained that some of the

landed assets were bought

through proxies.

Meanwhile, when the

matter came up yesterday,

the prosecuting counsel,

Mr. Faruk Abdullah, urged

the court to adjourn the case

sine die (indefinitely).

He told the court that

EFCC faced serious

challenges in its bid to

meeting during which the

PG was allegedly removed.

In an interview with

Vanguard, the monarch

said: “What we heard was

that a few people gathered

somewhere outside the

Eziowelle Town Hall and

we regard such a meeting

as an illegal gathering.

“What this means is that

whatever decision they

took was a nullity and it

cannot stand.

“What I want in this

community is peace, but

lamented that “our nation

has been going through

various kinds of crises.”

According to Mrs.

Onuoha, “the crisis range

from Operation Python

Dance to Crocodile Smile,

Snake Dance, Boko

Haram, herdsmen,

kidnapping, robbery,

xenophobia, corruption

and ritual killings.”

According to the

Anglican Bishop’s wife, “if

killing Nigerians in South

Africa is called xenophobia,

what do we call situations

extradite the defendant

from the United Kingdom.

Abdullah said it would be

better for the case to be

adjourned indefinitely to

ensure that it does not

constantly clog the court’s

docket.

Irked by the submission,

Justice Ojukwu said she

would not hesitate to strike

out the case should the

prosecution fail to act

diligently before the next

adjourned date.

The matter was

subsequently adjourned

till March 10, 2020 for a

report or striking out.

their ring leader appears to

be hellbent on causing

confusion in the

community.

“He is my brother in-law,

but our people do not like

the way he uses his money

to destabilise our

community.”

On his part, Chief

Akpudo said as far as the

community was concerned,

such a meeting never held

because it did not follow

the provisions of Eziowelle

constitution.

Anglican mothers decry insecurity in Nigeria

where Nigerians are

massacred in their own

nation in uncountable

numbers?”

It was her opinion that a

nation that cannot protect

its citizens has no right to

talk or shout when other

nations do the same to its

citizens.

She added: “I heard

someone saying that it is

better to die an international

victim than to die in the

hands of your own people.

This is the sad level we

have degenerated into.”


Nigeria’s Border Closure:

Government deserves

support of Nigerians (1)

IN August 2019, Nigeria announced

and enforced the closure of its border

with the Republic of Benin. The operation

under the codename ‘Ex-Swift Response’

was a collaborative security operation involving

the Nigeria Immigration Service

and Nigeria Customs Service together

with Nigeria Police Force and the Armed

Forces. As with virtually all governmental

policies and actions, the continued closure

of the border continues to divide Nigerians.

While the government claims to have

acted in the best interests of the economy

and Nigerians, some Nigerians and citizens

of neighbouring countries most affected

by the closure, continue to condemn

it and called for an immediate reopening

of the borders.

Prior warnings from Nigeria

Prior to the announcement of closure of

the Nigerian border in 2019, President

Muhammadu Buhari had, in July 2018,

during a sideline meeting with President

Patrice Talon of the Republic of Benin at

the Seventh Tokyo International Conference

for African Development held in Yokohama,

Japan, discussed the issue of crossborder

smuggling of goods, particularly

rice, and the vitiating effect of such smuggling

activities on the efforts of the Nigerian

government to achieve a milestone development

in local rice production by Nigerian

farmers. President Muhammadu

Buhari was reported to have noted thus:

“Now that our people in the rural areas

are going back to their farms, and the country

has saved huge sums of money which

would otherwise have been expended on

importing rice using our scarce foreign reserves,

we cannot allow smuggling of the

product at such alarming proportions to

continue”.

Despite this, smuggling of all kinds of

products into Nigeria from neighbouring

countries continued unabated. This not

only earmarked Nigeria as a dumping

ground for all kinds of goods, it also occasioned

the proliferation of our markets with

products which are otherwise produced by

local manufacturers. The overflooded presence

of these ‘imported’ goods undoubtedly

has had profound effect on the growth

of the local economy as resident manufacturers

would have to compete with these

goods in terms of sale, sometimes resulting

into financial loss. Despite its low population

compared to Nigeria, Benin Republic

became one of the largest importers

of rice in the world. Its ports also

strangely became prime destinations for

the export of used vehicles from North

America to Africa.

The Enforcement, Investigation and Inspection

Department of the Nigerian Customs

Service is a department responsible

for coordinating all anti-smuggling activities,

including drug trafficking interdiction,

money laundering and other financial

crimes in collaboration with the National

Drug Law Enforcement Agency,

NDLEA. One of its reports revealed that

the Customs in 2016 seized smuggled

items valued at N8.056 billion. In 2017

the figure was N9.812 billion, while that

of 2018 was N56.258 billion. As at June

2019 the value of smuggled items for the

year stood at N1.806 billion. As alarming

as these figures are, it is even more shocking

that the smuggled items include virtually

everything under the sun from bicycles,

spaghetti, noodles, bags, suitcases,

vegetable oil, tomato paste and most ridiculously,

scrap metal! That no economy

can survive under such circumstances is

hardly debatable.

I have personally felt the unsavoury effect

of dumping of goods. As a fish farmer,

I invested several hundreds of millions of

Naira in developing an ultramodern fish

farm in Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti.

My farm is well-equipped to cater for

the local populace. However, when the fish

were ready for harvest, the

fish market was already

heavily saturated with ‘imported’

fish from some of our

neighbouring countries. I

was therefore forced to sell

off all the harvest at a huge

loss.

I was not alone. I recall the

case of a client who borrowed

over N2 billion to establish

a huge rice farm in

Kogi, the luxurious rice farm

was a beauty to behold;

there was hope for huge harvest

and reasonable profit.

However, when the rice was

harvested, the selling price

of price had gone down to about 60% of

what he expected. The poor man did not

only suffered severe loss but he went bankrupt.

Indeed, prior to the closure of Nigeria’s

borders, local production of food items in

Nigeria had suffered low patronage, resulting

in loss of investments and unemployment

generally. The Governor of Central

Bank, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, noted during

a meeting with State House correspondents

in Abuja that:

Recently, and this is the absolute truth.

About two weeks before the border closure,

the chairman of the Rice Processors Association,

incidentally, he owns Umza Rice in

Kano, called me and said that all the rice

millers and processors were carrying in their

warehouses nothing less than 25,000 metric

tonnes of milled rice in their warehouses;

that this rice had been unsold because

of smuggling and dumping of rice through

the Republic of Benin and other border posts

that we have in the country and that he

would want us to do something about it.

Secondly, we also have members of the Poultry

Association of Nigeria, who also complained

that they have thousands of crates

of eggs that they could not sell together with

even some of the processed chickens that

they could not sell, also arising from the problem

of smuggling and dumping of poultry

products into Nigeria.

Given the above, it is difficult to blame

this administration for the decision to close

the borders. Coming soon after signing the

African Continental Free Trade Agreement,

the government was obviously caught between

the proverbial rock and a hard

place. Faced between meeting its trade obligations

under the Agreement and permitting

the continued dumping of goods in its

territory and the attendant damage to the

local economy, the government has in my

view, taken the better option or lesser evil

of shutting its borders and protecting the

Nigerian economy. It therefore deserves the

support of Nigerians in this regard and

happily there

has been approval

of its

actions. Chief

Emeka Anyaoku,

in a

speech titled

“Nigeria’s

New Emerging

Economy:

Opportunities,

Challenges

and Prospects”

stated

Government

has, in my view,

taken the better

option of shutting

borders

and protecting

the Nigerian

economy

that:

We should support our foreign border closure

by President Muhammadu Buhari and

his ultimate importance to the homegrown

policy. If it will be the government’s concentration

in a demonstrable manner on

measures for enhancing the country’s development

of agriculture and agro-industry;

and also for enhancing the country’s

manufacturing capacity to be able to serve

our internal consumption and export. It is

clear that the abundant variety of Nigeria’s

natural resources and our large population

constitute adequate phases for the country’s

economic prosperity, if the federal and state

governments can show a determination to

provide the necessary policy and practical

support. And also if our citizens can be persuaded

or even coerced through regulation

into curbing their appetite for imported, rather

than locally produced goods, there will

be a tremendous turn around in the economy.

Next week I will discuss not only the immediate

gains of the border closure but

also steps that can be taken to prevent a

reoccurrence of the factors which brought

it about.

To be concluded

You may send your comment to

president@abuad.edu.ng

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019 — 35

Rediscovering virtue in public service

By CHIDI ANSELM ODINKALU

IN the last quarter of 2006, President Olusegun

Obasanjo’s attempt to change the

Constitution in order to prolong his tenure beyond

the allowed two terms had ended in predictable

futility. Party primaries were delayed while

politicians calibrated the political wind-vane of

third term in full motion ahead of Nigeria’s 2007

general elections. In Rivers State, the richest of

Nigeria’s oil-producing states in the Niger-Delta,

Gabriel Tamunobiebere George, GTG, Toby was

in his second term as deputy-governor and had

been persuaded to throw his hat into the ring for

the nomination by the Peoples Democratic Party,

for the party’s governorship ticket in 2007. The

customary screening of the aspirants took place

before a party committee in Abuja on December

5, 2006. When it came to GTG’s turn before the

committee, the questioning was minimal. The

committee asked for proof that he had been

paying his party dues, he provided that. What

about his certificate of indigeneship? He had that

too. A few more pleasantries followed by

perfunctoriness, he was asked to go.

The following day, December 6, the committee

issued its decision. GTG had been disqualified

from running. Under the rules of the party, where

the Screening Committee decides to disqualify

an aspirant, it is obliged to disclose its reasons for

doing to. In GTG’s case, the reason given for his

disqualification was “question not satisfactorily

answered”. The nature of the question or how

the aspirant had failed to answer it was never

disclosed. Aspirants who were dissatisfied with

the process were entitled to appeal before a

committee headed by Osaigbovo Ogbemudia, a

retired General and former governor of the

neighbouring Edo State. So, GTG took his case

before the committee, which chose to meet in

Abuja on the day before the governorship

primaries which were to take place in Port

Harcourt, Rivers State. The appeals committee

received the candidates and heard from them.

On March 9, 2017, General Ogbemudia died

before his committee had announced the

outcomes of the appeals that they heard over 10

years earlier. Nearly 13 years after, the committee

has still not announced its decisions. It’s unclear

whether they ever concluded sitting.

This revelation about how the state lost benefit

of the acumen of the man described as “the best

governor Rivers State never had” is made in In

the Cause of Service: Memoir of Gabriel

Tamunobiebere Toby, just published by University

Press Limited. The story begins in Opobo in the

eastern Ijaw creeks of the Niger Delta in 1870,

when the man who would later come to be known

as King Jaja of Opobo established a kingdom on

the back of control of what was then a lucrative

trade in palm oil. The Kingdom was begun by 18

founding chieftaincy stools, one of whom was

Chief Toby. King Jaja’s areas of influence included

much of today’s Ogoni, Andoni in Rivers State as

well as Ikot-Abasi and Mkpat-Enin in Akwa Ibom

State. Upon the creation of states in 1967, Opobo

was initially part of

South-Eastern

State, with its

capital in Calabar.

It only became

part of Rivers State

in 1976. In The

Cause of Service

also tells how this

was achieved.

Following the

carve up of Africa

in Berlin in 1885,

Its bigger point

is that public

service is not for

the faint of heart,

bereft of worth or

cause of profit

the British moved

to consolidate control over the oil palm trade in

the Niger Delta. In 1887, they arrested and exiled

King Jaja, who died in 1891 reportedly poisoned

on his way back from exile. Under a treaty reached

with British Consul, Claude McDonald, in 1892,

Opobo Kingdom accepted protectorate status.

In return, the Opobo War Canoe Chiefs agreed

to be disarmed subject to payment of

compensation by the British.

In 1944, on the foothills of the end of the Second

World War, the Regent of the Opobo Kingdom,

Chief Harry Toby, accompanied by six other

Seniapu (Elders) of the kingdom, finally executed

the Compensation Agreement that the British

had promised their ancestors. One of the

signatories was Senibo George Toby, a wealthy

produce merchant and polygamist. He was also

the father of GTG Toby, who was born in January

1939, five years before the execution of the

Compensation Agreement. GTG’s mother, Mary,

the second wife of Senibo George Toby, died in

child birth when her son was nine in 1948. Seven

years later, in 1955, her husband died suddenly

too. Their first child, GTG, became family head.

He was only 16 and a high school student at the

Okrika Grammar School in present day Rivers

State.

In the Cause of Service is the story of how this

family tragedy inducted GTG into a life of service

and leadership at various levels of education, the

family, community, faith and country. It is also a

story of the evolution of contemporary Nigeria.

With the help of a scholarship from the

government of Nigeria’s old Eastern Region, GTG

would become one of the pioneer students of the

University of Nigeria, UNN, graduating with a

degree in Economics in 1963. Thereafter, he would

go into public life, serving as leader and manager

in many public enterprises, including the now

defunct commodity and marketing boards. In

1978, the son of a produce merchant “returned to

his father’s business” to turn around the Rivers

State-owned Risonpalm, the biggest state-owned

oil palm business in Nigeria. Appointed thereafter

as Permanent Secretary in the Rivers State public

service, his tour of duty gave him a mastery of the

bureaucracy and intricacies of the state. After

retirement in 1996, GTG was called to serve as

Resident Electoral Commissioner of the then

National Electoral Commission of Nigeria,

NECON, in Taraba State, which was disbanded

with the death of General Sani Abacha in June

1998.

In 1999, the governorship ticket of the PDP in

Rivers State went to a man who, like GTG, had

graduated from the UNN. They had worked

together in the university alumni movement.

When he asked GTG to be his running mate, it

was difficult to refuse. So, at 60, he was reluctantly

inducted into active politics. At a time in which

Nigerian politics is dominated by reports of unease

at the highest levels between a president and his

vice as well as between governors and their

deputies, In the Cause of Service offers invaluable

lessons in how to stabilise the inconvenient

marriage between insecure chief executives and

their dispensable deputies.

With over six decades in active leadership, GTG

is well placed to examine the hazards of living In

the Cause of Service, especially in Nigeria. These

memoirs reveal many. Arbitrariness is close to the

top of the list. Having won re-election in October

1983, then Rivers State Governor, Melford Okilo,

was not merely content with rewarding his political

friends, he decided that to accomplish that he

also needed to humiliate those at whose expense

he would do it. So, he asked all 36 Permanent

Secretaries in the public service to either retire or

go home to their localities as high school teachers.

In November 1983, he fired those who chose not

to retire. The following month, the military, led by

one Muhammadu Buhari, a Major-General,

sacked him and all his peers too. The military

administration recalled GTG and his colleagues.

Self-interest always fights back. After his service

as Deputy Governor, GTG was appointed Pro-

Chancellor and Chair of the Governing Council of

University of Port Harcourt. This was tenured for

four years but when the Council got interested in

the university-owned micro-finance bank, whose

earnings were never disclosed as part of the

university’s finances, he found himself suddenly

“transferred” after less than one year to a similar

position in the University of Benin.

For many involved in lives of service, supportive

family life is considered important. Choosing a

partner for this purpose can sometimes present

its own challenges. GTG identified his future

spouse, Christiana, early enough before he

entered university in 1960 but getting her consent

wasn’t easy. He visited her to propose in December

1960 but she was to respond that “since I had

been in love with her for three years, it would take

her another three years to respond to my

proposal”. True to her word, she finally

communicated acceptance on the eve of his degree

examinations in 1963 and it took another three

years before they got married in 1966.

In The Cause of Service makes an invaluable

contribution to history, anthropology, sociology,

politics and values of contemporary Nigeria. A

future reprint should include a glossary to explain

the nomenclature of traditional offices and titles of

the Ibani culture and of the Opobo Kingdom. Its

bigger point is that public service is not for the

faint of heart, bereft of worth or cause of profit.

Despite a long sojourn in public life, all of GTG’s

material acquisitions comprise his family house

in Opobo and some property in Port Harcourt. In

pursuing this theme, In The Cause of Service

makes the point that those who seek to stay the

course should be prepared to pay a price

sometimes, safe in the knowledge that the most

rewarding things in life are too important to be

bought with money or material acquisitions.


36 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019

WITH HENRY OJELU

midweekpersonality@gmail.com

08111813061 (sms only)

Festus Akinpelu:

From obscurity

to top CEO

Few decades ago, Engr Festus Akinpelu was just an ordinary

man struggling to make ends meet. With a dent of hard

work, perseverance and dedication, he is now the Chief

Executive Officer of Pilot Science, one of Nigeria’s leading

engineering firms. In this interview, he shares his journey from

a relatively unknown young man to a top CEO.

Background:

I was born in Surulere, Lagos.

I attended Saint Thomas

Acquinance Primary School and

Basinan High School. After

secondary school, I proceeded

to Yaba College of Technology

to study engineering. I did my

Post Graduate Diploma in

Federal University of

Technology, Akure. I also have

professional certification and

registered member of Council

for Registration of Engineers in

NIgeria, COREN, Nigeria

Society of Engineer, NSE,

Association of Energy

Engineer, AEE, Atlanta, USA. I

am also a registered

professional, Financial

Reporting Council of Nigeria

and Certified Data Centre.

Growing up in Surulere

My father was an average

man; a civil servant and my

mom was a busineeswoman. I

am number three among six

children. My father was a very

strict disciplinarian. He tried

his best to ensure that all his

children were well behaved.

Sometimes, he takes it too far.

For instance, I was born a left

hander-person but my father

practically forced me to use my

right hand. Surulere back then

was an interesting place and I

believe it is still so now. We had

a mixture of all kinds of people

as neighbours. We had the rich,

poor and middle class families

as neighbours. What I have

become today is actually a

product of the network of

friends I made while growing

up. We had kinds of characters;

the good, the bad and the ugly

but my parents guided us into

making the right kind of friends.

Cherished moments

Surulere is one of the real

environments in Lagos.

Everybody was happy. I would

say that we were just normal

people unlike on the Island

where you are classified as

either a butter if you are from a

rich home or Aje-Kpako if you

from a poor family. People in

Surulere were just themselves.

It was a wonderful place to grow

up and it has had the best

impact in my life.

Choice of Engineering

Some parents tell their

children, ‘You must be this

and that’ but my parents

were not that adamant. All

they did was send us to

school. We learnt a lot from

the street. In secondary

school, I was very good in

accounting, economics and

commerce, so that gave me

an idea of what course to

study. When I couldn’t gain

admission into the university

for two years, I decided to try

polytechnic. Yaba College of

Technology was my naturally

choice. With the large

number of candidates trying

to gain admission to read

accounting and business

administration then, I knew I

wouldn’t get admission if I

applied for those two courses.

By some kind of divine

intervention, I ended up

picking electrical

engineering. My first year was

rough because of my drawing

but with persistence, I got it

right and graduated

successfully.

After school experience

Immediately after

graduation, I had one

remarkable experience that

taught me a big lesson and

change my orientation in life.

In my environment then, we

always relied on people we

know to get certain things.

Even before my graduation, I

had often help students

influence their NYSC posting.

But something happened to

when I tried to influence my

own posting. I tried all my

contacts but it didn’t work.

My friends paid a syndicate to

help them influence their

posting, but I was shocked to

realise that I had a carryover

in a course. Because of that I

didn’t go for service that year.

Those friends that paid to

influence their posting, had

one problem or the other.

When I finished my carryover

the next year, I decided not

to do anything about my

posting. To my surprise, I was

posted to Lagos which had

always been my dream.

First Job

During my NYSC, I was

posted to a company but the

general manager rejected me

saying they didn’t want any

youth corp member. While I

was leaving, the managing

director of the company met

me along the corridor and told

me to come over to his office.

After interviewing me, he

asked me to start work

immediately. I just knew then

“The thought of

giving up comes

once in a while

but when you

have fought many

business battles,

you don’t fear the

next tough challenge.”

that it was a divine

intervention. That company

was the foundation of my

career. What I learnt from the

company over a decade ago is

about 80 percent of what I am

using in my own business

today.

Bigger experiences

My first real employment

was in a contracting firm in

Lagos. They loved me in the

office but I felt I was not

learning enough. The owner of

the firm was just a

businessman running an

engineering firm. As a fresh

engineer, I needed to get more

practical experience so I left

the organization. I struggled a

•Akinpelu

bit before I got another job.

After that, I also worked for

two other small companies

before I got my dream job in a

major organization. I joined

them in Lagos and they

transferred me to Abuja within

three days because every

organization want to use you.

They were actually paying me

small money as salary.

Fortunately for me, that time

was the beginning of telecoms

in Nigeria. Because the

company wanted to use me,

they made me do all kinds of

jobs that were not directly

related to my profession. I did

business budgeting, customer

relations, client sourcing and

so many other things. It was

really a tough time but the

experience has been

instrumental to the success of

my own company.

Starting Up

After garnering the

necessary experience, I just

felt it was time for me start up

something. It was not easy at

the beginning but with the help

of friends and clients who

believed in me, I was able to

start this company-Pilot

Science Co Ltd. I started from

a small office somewhere in

Ikeja, Lagos. It is about 15

years now. Initially, we were

doing electrical engineering

but as time went by and the

company expanded, we went

into more areas of engineering.

Today, our clients cut across

civil engineering and

infrastructure building. 80

percent of our clients are

multinational. We also provide

services for the leading

telecoms companies in the

country.

Business principle

Our key business principle is

Integrity. In business, once

you don’t have integrity, you

will not last long. The key thing

for us here is to always deliver

on every promise we make to

our clients. Another thing we

don’t also toy with here is

quality. Over the years, these

two qualities have earned us

numerous awards and

accolades across the country.

Industry challenge

Finance is usually the major

challenge in the engineering

sector. Sometimes, a client is

willing to give you a big project

but the banks are not willing

to support you with credit

facilities. Often times, we have

had to raise funds for major

projects by ourselves. Getting

quality and dedicated staffs is

also one of the major problems

in the industry. Some of the

engineers and support staffs

that come to us for

employment are often poorly

trained so we go the extra mile

to retrain them. Running

offices in four locations across

the country has also been a

challenge for us but somehow

we have mange to cope.

Though of giving up

The thought of giving up

comes once in a while but when

you have fought many business

battles, you don’t fear the next

tough challenge. At the

beginning, it was usually very

painful for me because my

company had all the

experience and manpower

but the banks were not willing

to help with credit facilities.

When they decide to give you

credit facilities, the interest

rate is another problem.

Family factor

My family has played a

major role in my success. I tell

you, it takes a stable home for

a man to really succeed. If you

have a troubled home, chances

are that it will also affect your

business. Business itself is a

battle ground. So after the

battle, you should be able to

look forward to going home to

the warm embrace of your wife

and children. My wife and

children have been tremendous

and a major factor to my

success. The peace and love

my wife provides is always an

inspiration for me to achieve

more in life.

Advice to youths

My advice to them is this;

you don’t need capital to start,

what you need is the

opportunity, readiness and

divine intervention. When

people see your worth, they

will invest in you. I mentor a

lot of fresh graduate in this

organization. Every year, we

take at least three fresh

graduates from school. What

an average youth in Nigeria

need, no matter how bad

things are, is the readiness.

Once you are ready, when the

opportunity comes, it will pick

you.


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By FEMI ADESINA

NOW, my introduction to Professor Tam

David-West was on this wise: I was

brought up by a very strict, educationist father,

who would not allow his seven children

travel during holidays, particularly the long

vacation at the end of the session. He had his

own way of keeping us busy.

My town, Ipetumodu, in Osun State, is about

10 to 15 minutes drive from the university

town, Ile-Ife. During holidays, my father would

drive us to the bookshop on campus, and we

would leave the place laden with all kinds of

books. That was our own holiday.

In 1980, we went on the annual visit to the

bookshop. We bought our books, and my father

bought one for himself. The title was Philosophical

Essays, and the author was one Tam

David-West.

I had just finished writing the secondary

school leaving certificate examination, and

shouldn’t have any taste for essays yet, whether

philosophical or not. But because of the way

we had been brought up, I read anything and

everything. I started reading Philosophical

Essays whenever my father was not busy with

it, and eventually ‘borrowed’ the book. You

know that kind of ‘borrowing,’ which you never

return. The remnant of that book, with the

front and back covers torn, is in my library till

today.

I read Philosophical Essays from cover to cover,

and noted very many profound quotations

from it, which eventually became part of my

writings in later years. As a journalist with

Concord Press, I wrote a piece in the early 1990s,

and quoted from Philosophical Essays. A few

weeks later, somebody came calling in our office.

It was Professor Tam David-West. He said

he read my piece, in which I had quoted him.

That was the beginning of a friendship that

lasted almost 30 years.

Over time, I quoted DavidWest profusely in

my writings, and curiously, he, too, quoted

me in his many essays. He read everything I

wrote as a newspaper columnist, and I was

instrumental to the publishing of his essays,

first at Concord Press, and later at The Sun

Newspapers. One other thing endeared us to

each other, apart from passion for writing. We

both loved Muhammadu Buhari with an enduring

love. David-West had served him as

Petroleum and Energy Minister, and became

a passionate Buharist, just like myself.

When Buhari joined partisan politics in 2002,

he had two willing and enthusiastic soldiers of

the pen behind him, among thousands of others:

Prof David-West and myself. Between 2003

and 2015, when Buhari finally won, we wrote

tons upon tons of articles. So committed was

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Tam David-West in final escape

*The late David-West

David-West that when he wrote what we considered

too voluminous to publish free, he

would procure pages of the newspaper, so that

the articles could be run unedited.

Beyond writing, we became family. When

my siblings, Foluke and Tayo, were named

Professors at the Obafemi Awolowo University

and University of Ibadan, respectively in 2012,

Prof David-West was Chairman of the reception

held for them, where we asked him to

give a professorial charge. He did.

Also, when my mother passed on in 2013,

and we held a commendation service for her

in Lagos, the Professor drove all the way from

Ibadan to attend. He sat at the same table

with the then General Muhammadu Buhari,

who had flown in from Kaduna to also be part

of the event.

Every August 26 is Prof David-West’s birthday.

But because he didn’t like celebrating,

you know what the man would do? Travel

abroad before the date. He jocularly called it

‘August Escape’. When he was to turn 70, I

impressed it on him that he deserved to be

celebrated. Shortly before the date, he travelled

to London. August Escape.

On Monday, at about 11 a.m, the erudite

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019 — 37

Professor of Virology made his final escape. An

hour after it happened, I got a phone call from

somebody who was with him in his final moments,

telling me what had happened. Sad,

sad. Yes, when you are 83, anything can happen,

but I still felt quite sad to hear about the

final escape of my senior friend.

Prof David-West, in the last few years of his

life, became quite prayerful. He prayed at 9

a.m, 4 p.m, and 6 p.m. And because we were

always talking , he would call me when prayer

time was approaching, to tell me that he would

switch off his phone for some time. Now, he’s

gone to where phones can never reach. Oh,

what a life! He had been on admission at the

University College Hospital, UCH, in Ibadan

for a number of days, and was to be discharged

to go home on Monday. But before the doctors

allowed him to go, the Professor discharged

himself. To eternity.

Time, like an ever rolling

stream, bears all its sons

away; yes, when you are

83, anything can happen,

but I felt quite sad to hear

about the final escape of

my senior friend

As a build-up to the 2011 presidential election,

David-West sought to correct the malicious

falsehood peddled for long about our

common hero. So, he wrote a book titled The

16 Sins of Muhammadu Buhari. It was all to

debunk 16 allegations often leveled against

the man from Daura. When the book was presented

at the Nigerian Institute of International

Affairs, NIIA, in Lagos, I was Master of

Ceremonies. It was the first day I met Gen.

Buhari in person, though we had spoken on

phone many times, as he had always read my

articles, and would call to discuss the content.

Prof David-West had sent me a number of

times in recent years to give his goodwill message

to President Buhari. And whenever I

passed the word, the President would laugh,

and say:”The indomitable David-West.”

One very gratifying thing the President did

was in December last year. He wrote the Professor

a personal letter of appreciation for his

support, included a Christmas/New Year greeting

card from State House, which I had the

duty to deliver. The Professor appreciated it

greatly.

My colleague and successor as Managing

Director/ Editor-in-Chief of The Sun Newspapers,

Eric Osage, is also a David-West person.

When the man turned 80 three years ago,

Osage did a piece, celebrating him. The Professor

loved it so much, that he photocopied

the article, marked out some sections, and sent

to me. A couple of weeks ago, before he took

ill, he had sent the same article to me again.

And on hearing the news of his death on

Monday, Osage sent me a text

message:”David-West was a great man. We

can never forget him. His memory will linger

forever. Loyal to the end.”

True. He was loyal to the end. There were

some people, who had tried to drive a wedge

between President Buhari and the renowned

virologist, through snide comments . But the

man would call me, and say: “I believe in President

Buhari. He has not changed, and won’t

change.”

Every year, when he did his August Escape,

David-West always came back with gifts for

my wife. Lace fabric, and perfume. It was as

constant as the Northern Star. When I broke

the news of his passage on Monday, the first

thing my wife said was: “Oh, he always bought

me lace and perfume.” Well, we will only be

remembered by what we have done, after we

have faded away like the stars of the morning.

I remember an interview David-West granted

to The Sun before the 2015 election. He

was in Port Hacourt, and I had sent our Bureau

Chief, Chris Anucha, to talk to him. During

the dialogue, he had declared that even if

his father ran against Buhari in an election, he

would vote for Buhari. That was where I took

the headline from.

Time, like an ever rolling stream, bears all its

sons away, they fly forgotten as a dream dies

at the opening day. Tamunoemi Sokari David-

West, the essayist, academic, virologist, record

keeper, anti-corruption crusader, a stickler for

time, dyed-in-the wool Buharist, is gone. When

I lost my sister in 2015, he was at the funeral

service. As the coffin was being moved from

the church to the cemetery, I broke down in

tears. The Professor came, hugged me, and

began to cry with me. Why shouldn’t I now

cry for him? I’m doing so.

*Adesina is Special Adviser on Media and Publicity

to President Muhammadu Buhari


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Should I show this video to

his wife?

Dear Bunmi,

I am fed up with my

boyfriend’s unreasonable

behaviour. I knew he was

married when we met and all

I wanted was a fair share of

his time, not marriage.

Instead, all I get are snatched

moments with him; all the

time telling me he had to lie

to his wife to be with me. This

has really pissed me off. He

always tells me he loves me,

but I suspect he tells me that

My 'lost' father wants to be part

of my wedding

Dear Bunmi,

My mother and I returned

to Nigeria when I was five,

after a bitter divorce. My dad

remained abroad and we

rarely heard from him. Mum

later met and married another

man who raised me and my

brother as his own. We have

two half siblings.

Growing up, I always

dreamt of this society

wedding I often read about in

the soft sell. Late last year, my

boyfriend of four years

proposed to me and we’ve

planned a December

wedding. My parents have

offered to pay for part of the

wedding, but as none of us

has much money in savings,

we had settled for a small

wedding and reception.

Then out of the blues, my

real father got in touch. He

said he’d heard I was getting

married and wanted to help.

He’s offered to pay for the

whole wedding, and said

money was no problem. I

talked to my mum, who said

we could accept the offer if we

wanted to. My fiance and I

don’t know what to do. The

money would certainly give

us the wedding of our

so as to get me into bed.

Unknown to him, I once

used my phone to record us

having sex. If I forward this

to his wife, she probably

would end the marriage. This

way, he would have more time

for me, or what do you think?

Anna, by e-mail.

Dear Anna,

Even if your man’s wife ends

her marriage because of this

nasty video of yours, it doesn’t

mean he’s going to come

running to you. He is likely

to be so angry that he could

end your relationship.

Besides, wives seldom pack

their bags these days just

because of an affair. They

prefer to give their marriage

all the chances it deserves.

If your lover were to leave

his wife, he would have done

that without your help. So,

the chances are he is only

interested in you as a bit on

the side.

Seriously though, why

would you want to be with a

man who lies and deceives

his wife? He could easily lie

and deceive you too. Don’t

waste any more time on him.

Instead, look for a decent man

to share your life with.

Your real father has played no

part in your upbringing. Why

should he be given the chance to

steal all the glory? The best

weddings are the ones where the

bride and groom are so filled

with love that it is infections.

Your mum and step dad are the

ones who have been there for

you throughout your life, not

your dad.

Would she return to her ex-husband?

Dear Bunmi,

I met my current girlfriend

three years ago, after she’d

been let down by her exhusband.

She said he told her that

their marriage was a mistake,

and just took off. For two years

she didn’t even know where

he was. Now he’s shown up

again. Since then, she’s been

distant and less keen on our

relationship.

A few nights ago, she went

out and came home at 3a.m.

She said she was with friends,

but I’m sure she was with

dreams, but I know that my

mum and stepfather would be

hurt. Do you think I should

take the money?

Anita, by e-mail.

Dear Anita,

Any dark clouds on the day

you get married should be

avoided. Your real father has

played no part in your

upbringing. Why should he

be given the chance to steal

all the glory and have

everyone thanking him for a

great party? The best

weddings are often not in

posh event-centres with fancy

food and free booze. They’re

the ones where the bride and

him. Does our relationship

stand a chance? I’m really

upset by this development.

Michael, by e-mail.

Dear Michael,

It is often very difficult to get

over your first love and, right

now, your girlfriend is

confused. Her behaviour

might look suspicious but you

need to trust her. Give her

space, but let her know you’re

willing to listen whenever she

feels like talking. If she keeps

on giving you the cold

shoulder, try initiating the talk

groom are so filled with love

that it is infections.

You’ve already had a word

with your mum and drawn the

conclusion that she would be

unhappy if you went for the

money. Your mum and step

dad are the ones who have

been there for you throughout

your life, not your dad. Have

the small wedding you’ve

planned, with the people you

love around you.

If your real dad has money

to throw around, let him know

it wouldn’t be used for the

wedding. That way, he might

stay back and not steal your

step dad’s 'thunder' on your

wedding day.

and let her know you

understand why she’s

confused.

Just bear in mind that no

matter how much you hate

this man, you should try to

avoid being too critical or

angry with him, or your

girlfriend won’t feel she can

open up to you. The man

broke her heart once and left

her in the lurch. Trusting that

kind of man again takes a lot

of courage. Be patient and,

with time, your girl might get

over her confusion.

I need to get my boobs

back in shape

Dear Bunmi,

I am 28, and just had my

first child. To my horror, I

discovered my boobs have

sagged since I gave birth.

My husband has even

noticed this and I am

desperate to get them back in

shape.

Is there anything I can do,

or should I consider plastic

surgery?

Franka, by e-mail.

Dear Franka,

Breasts are fat and milk

producing gland tissues.

They are held up by ligaments

that stretch as your breasts

grow during pregnancy. They

rarely return to their previous

sizes, afterwards. Exercise,

such as swimming, can help.

You will do well to invest in

some confidence-boosting

bras. Plastic surgery is a bit

drastic and very expensive.

Also, there is no guarantee

that in a few years you might

not need another.

My girl is a chain-smoker!

Dear Bunmi,

My girlfriend of two years

smokes like the proverbial

chimney. She was a smoker

when I met her, a habit she

picked up abroad when she

was a student. I hate her

smoking, as I’ve never

touched the stuff. Not only

does the smell put me off,

she’s so addicted that it

interferes with our

relationship.

Immediately sex is over, she

lights up instead of cuddling

up to me. Even when we’re

relaxing in front of the telly,

she’s always getting up to go

outside and smoke. As a

result, we seldom snuggle up

to each other on the sofa.

Apart from this irritation, I

also worry about her health.

She’s the type of girl I would

like to get married to, but I

don’t want to spend my life

surrounded by smoke, or

marry someone who's likely to

get sick from too much

smoking. I’ve asked her to

stop, but she won’t. She.

instead, reminds me that she

was a smoker when we met.

Anything else I can do?

Goriola, by e-mail.

Dear Goriola,

When you asked her to stop,

how did you put it? There’s

an enormous difference

between being really

concerned and being irritated.

Telling her how much you

hate smoking is just going to

make her stressed which, in

turn, will make her want to

smoke even more. If, however,

you sat down with her and

said you want to spend the

rest of your life with her, but

desperately worried about her

health, you might get through

to her.

A lot of smokers are aware

it’s bad for them and

repulsive to those around

them. They would really love

to stop smoking, but are

caught up in a powerful

addiction and feel powerless

to even try.

Let her be aware of the

practical things she can do to

make giving up the habit less

scary than she thinks. Some

reputable chemists have very

effective drugs to suppress

the urge to smoke, amongst

which are nicotine

replacement aids like patches.

You need to work with your

partner to beat this habit.

Giving her encouragement for

cutting down or quitting,

rather than grieve when or if

she fails...you may gef

somewhere.

Very few smokers are more

committed to the cigarettes

than someone they love

dearly. So, if you’re patient

and work together towards a

quitting plan she’s

comfortable with, she may

give up smoking altogether.

Shouldn’t my siblings

do more for our parents?

Dear Bunmi,

I am the eldest of three

children, with a brother and

a much younger sister. Our

parents are in their early 70’s

and it seems whenever they

need something sorted out in

their homes, whether it is

health scare or a faulty

electricity connection,

everyone assumes I should do

it, even though I have young

children of my own, and both

my siblings live closer to our

parents than I do.

Even at landmark birthdays,

I’m expected to play the

leading role. How can I get

them to take more

responsibility?

Adesuwa, by e-mail.

Dear Adesuwa,

Traditionally, the eldest child

is often expected to look after

everyone else. Your siblings

might not necessarily be

selfish and demanding.

You’re all obviously falling

into patterns and expectations

set by the past. Your brother

probably got away with not

doing his share because he’s

male and, maybe, it’s now up

to you to change things.

Tell your parents and your

siblings that, from now on,

your own family’s needs come

first. The calmer and more

straight forward you are, the

more likely it is that your

decision will be accepted

without a fuss, once they get

used to the idea.

Share your problems and release

your burden. Write now to

Dear Bunmi,

Vanguard Newspapers,

P.M.B 1007, Apapa, Lagos, or

bunmsof@yahoo.co.uk


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VOL. 2 NO. 59 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019

Nigerian businessmen storm Anambra for

share of $250bn global capital fund for Africa

By Vincent Ujumadu

AWKA— NO fewer

than 3,000

corporate organizations

and private businessmen

and women from almost all

the 36 states of the federation

and Abuja, recently

gathered at Agulu,

Anambra State to grab a

chunk of the $250 billion

global capital for the African

Continental Free Trade

Area said to have been

provided by the United

States of America, USA,

Canada, China, Japan and

some European organizations

for the third world

countries.

The money was made

available through bilateral

agreements for the development

of African

countries.

Sources of the money included

the USA Development

Finance Corporation

with $60 billion capital, the

European Investment

Plan, which has set aside

E40 billion to support businesses

in Africa; the Economic

Partnership for Africa,

which is for those who

want to export to Europe,

as well as the Africa Free

Trade, which would take off

in the first quarter of 2020.

The Golden Tulip Hotel,

Agulu was filled to

capacity, with some of the

participants thinking that

part of the money would be

shared to them there. In

fact, many of them armed

themselves with

documents just in case the

organizers of the financial

development strategy,

might be disbursing part of

the money.

But Dr. Nicholas Okoye,

an investment expert and

Chief Executive of

ANABEL Group based in

the USA, said although the

money had been mapped

out for businesses in Africa,

it is not cash just waiting

to be collected. Addressing

the entrepreneurs and top

government officials as part

of his organization’s

development strategy to

enable the country’s businesses

access the fund,

Okoye who is the founder

of Nicky Okoye Foundation,

said the important

thing is for business outfits

to ensure that they could

easily attract investors by

putting their businesses on

a sound footing.

Okoye said: “We are passionate

when it comes to

growing businesses, entre-

•Participants at the business forum

Abia govt gives medical support to 3,500 IDPs

U MUAHIA-Follow

ing the lingering

communal crisis between

the Isu community

in the Arochukwu

council area and her

Utuma neighbours in the

Biase council area of

Cross River State, the

Abia State government

has held medical outreach

for over 3,500 Internally

Displaced Persons

at Isu Community.

A boundary dispute

had erupted between the

Isu community and her

Utuma clan over limestone

deposits located in

the area. President General

of Isu Progressive

Union, IPU, Elder Felix

Okoro, told South East

Voice, that over 3,500 indigenes

of the community

have been displaced

due to the crisis.

Speaking during the

flag-off of a 2-day medical

outreach at the IDP

camp located at Ohabuike

Primary School,

Obieze Isu, Commissioner

for Health, Dr.

Joe Osuji said that the

state government had

embarked on the 2-day

medical outreach following

news of border clashes

that had made the Isu

people become refugees

on their land. The Commissioner

stated that efforts

are ongoing to resolve

the dispute to ensure

that the IDPs return

to their ancestral home.

In their separate

speeches, the traditional

rulers of the affected

communities, Eze

Mortimor Kalu Ogbonna

and Eze Micheal Udo

preneurship and global

capital. So, primarily, our

business is to encourage

people to expand their

businesses. If you have an

idea and know how to

bring that idea into fruition

to become a global brand,

we will assist you. Apart

from private companies

and corporate organizations,

government-sponsored

establishments are

also beneficiaries from the

capital.”

According to him, Africa

with the highest growing

population and young

people in the world, had

an advantage for future

economic growth, adding

that in the next 20 years,

Kalu commended Gov.

Okezie Ikpeazu for responding

to their call for

medical assistance and

prayed for a quick resolution

to the conflict.

Some of the IDPs;

Mrs. Joy Ogbonnaya,

Elder Nwachi-meme

Kalu, and Apostle Nwachukwu

Obasi expressed

gratitude to the

state government for

coming to their aid. In

an interview with South

East Voice, the President

General of IPU, Elder

Felix Okoro, lamented

that the IDPs are faced

with challenges ranging

from food and medical

supplies to security,

which had placed a burden

on the community.

In his words, “As a result

of the attack, over

3,500 indigenes in

Amachi, Ugbu, and other

communities in Isu

clan have been displaced.

Over 60 people

have been killed. Many

houses were burnt; the

people can no longer access

their farms.

"Anybody who goes to

a farm in the disputed

area is killed. The IDPs

have been living under

poor conditions at Ohabuike

Primary School.

The community spends

about N2 million monthly

to cater for the IDPs.

We are calling on the

federal and state governments

to come to our

aid. "Four months ago,

the NEMA visited and

promised to provide relief

materials to the

IDPs. Since then, we

have not heard from

the majority of the world’s

workforce would come from

Africa because while

populations of other continents

were declining, those

of African countries were

increasing. He said

further: “Our people should

therefore take advantage of

the availability of these

funds to grow their businesses

so as to employ our

people and grow our

economy. As business people,

we must also adopt

good strategies if we want

other people to invest in

our business. It is that strategy

that we have been able

to articulate and share to

people in the hope that our

people will see the vision

and redesign their businesses.

“So, it will be a huge opportunity

for our people.

However, it would also

serve as a threat to those

who could not upgrade

their businesses. What this

means is that we have to

compete and we cannot

hide anymore.

“We also have to be more

strategic by looking into

other markets in Africa. If

you wait and cannot go into

•An IDP receiving treatment from a medical personnel.

their markets, they will

come and fight you in your

market. You should

therefore get prepared to

go and fight them in their

markets and this is going

to happen in every product

and service”.

Okoye also believed that

Nigeria’s unemployment

could be wiped out in three

years if the right strategies

were adopted to benefit

from the China jobs that

would soon be available,

following that country’s

decision to establish manufacturing

companies in

many countries, including

those in Africa,

He said that another

major source of funds for

the country’s businesses

was monies brought into

the country by Nigerians in

Diaspora, which according

to him, might surpass the

country’s crude oil sales in

2020. He added that last

year alone, Diaspora Nigerians

brought home $25 billion,

which he described as

a huge investment in the

country.

“These monies being sent to

Nigeria by her nationals abroad

are available for the local

entrepreneurs to benefit from if

they position their businesses

well,” Okoye said.


Protesters storm DSS

Hq, want Sowore,

Bakare freed

Continues from Page 5

insisted that the money

would be handed over to

Sowore’s legal team to

defray his legal

expenses, if those who

made the offer failed to

take back their money by

midnight.

He said: "We were

offered N1 million at

gunpoint with a promise

for more, if we do not

hold this rally. Those

who gave us this money

know themselves, we

also know those who

gave us the money.

“We will not

compromise if those who

gave us the money don’t

come and collect it back

today (yesterday). We

will give it to Femi

Falana, SAN, to defray

Sowore’s legal costs.”

Sowore is in the

custody of the DSS on

charges of treasonable

felony and other sundry

offences.

SERAP reacts

Reacting to the

development yesterday,

the Socio-Economic

Rights

and

Accountability Project,

SERAP, accused security

agents of violent attacks

on peaceful protesters

demanding the release of

Omoyele Sowore and

Olawale Bakare as

ordered by the court.

SERAP, while

condemning the act,

maintained that it

violated the very core of

Nigeria’s constitution

and international human

rights obligations.

In a statement by

Deputy Director,

Kolawole Oluwadare,

SERAP said: “We have

seen a video footage

apparently showing the

use of lethal and

excessive force by

Nigerian security agents

against peaceful

protesters demanding

the release of Sowore

and Bakare as ordered by

the court.

Naira depreciates to N358.5

in parallel market

By Elizabeth Adegbesan

THE Naira, yesterday, depreciated to N358.5 per

dollar in the parallel market.

According to naijabdcs.com, the live exchange rate

platform of the Association of Bureaux De Change

Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), the parallel market

exchange rose to N358.5 per dollar from N358 per

dollar last week Friday, indicating 50 kobo

depreciation of the naira.

However, the naira yesterday appreciated by 27

kobo in the Investors and Exporters (I&E) window.

Data from FMDQ showed that the indicative

exchange rate for the window dropped to N362.50

per dollar yesterday from N362.77 per dollar last

week Friday, translating to 27 kobo appreciation of

the naira.

The volume of dollars traded on the window

yesterday rose by 394 per cent to $805.92 million

from $163.06 million last week Friday.

vanguardnews @vanguardnews @vanguardnews

"We condemn the

ruthless violence and

shocking abuses against

protesters. It is time to

ramp up monitoring the

situation in Nigeria and

to send investigators to

the country at once.

“The use of lethal and

excessive force violates

the very core of Nigeria’s

constitution and

international human

rights obligations. This

should end immediately,

and those responsible

should be held to

account.

“Nigerian authorities

should immediately obey

all court orders and

specifically the court

order for the release of

Sowore and Bakare from

arbitrary detention.”

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NASAC 2019 held at Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment, Ibadan, yesterday.

Reps ask Customs to lift ban on fuel

supply to stations at land borders

•Importers of frozen food now divert consignment to Lagos Airport – Customs

By Lawani Mikairu

& Tordue Salem

A BUJA—The

House of

Representatives,

yesterday, opposed the

directive by the

Nigerian Customs

Service, which

suspended the supply of

petroleum products to

filling stations within 20

kilometres to the

country’s borders.

The Comptroller

General of the Nigerian

Customs Service had

issued a directive on

November 6, 2019,

directing that no

petroleum product

should be discharged in

any filling station within

20 kilometres to the

borders.

The Department of

Petroleum Resources,

DPR, an agency of

government charged

with the licensing of

filling stations and

regulation, a few days

ago, also adopted the

directive.

But the House,

yesterday, rejected the

decision, insisting it was

“too draconian”, and

punitive.

A motion calling for the

suspension of the

directive was brought to

plenary by Sada Soli

(Katsina-APC). Soli, who

also represents Jibia, a

community with borders

with Niger and Chad

Republics, in the motion,

“urged the Nigeria

Customs Service to

review its ban on the

supply of petroleum

products to border

communities as it

contravenes the

provisions of the

Customs and Exercise

Act as amended.”

He also urged the

House to “mandate the

Committees on Interior,

Customs and Excise and

Petroleum Resources

(Downstream), to engage

the Minister of Interior,

the Minister of State for

Petroleum, the

Comptroller General of

the Nigerian Customs

Service and GMD of the

Nigerian National

Petroleum Corporatio,

NNPC.

Other lawmakers,

including Hassan

Abdullahi from Kogi

State, also endorsed the

call to lift the ban which

he described as “very

draconian.”

“Many Nigerians are

suffering from this

directive and it is very

absurd that an agency of

government can add to

the difficulty of

Nigerians after shutting

the boarder,” he added.

The House said it was

liaising with the heads of

relevant agencies, with a

view to reviewing the

situation and

ameliorating the

suffering of Nigerians

living in border towns

and report back within 2

weeks.”

Arguing that the

directive was tantamount

to the Nigerian Customs

Service exercising

powers that violate the

provisions of the

Customs and Excise Act,

as amended, the House

also expressed worry

that the directive by the

Customs would no

doubt, increase the

suffering of Nigerians

living in border areas

who are already feeling

the impact of the border

closure more than the

rest of the the country.

The House said it was

further concerned that

no alternative provision

has been made to cater

for the needs of the

border communities,

knowing fully how

dependent the Nigerian

economy was on

petroleum products.

The prayers and entire

arguments in the motion

were adopted by the

House.

Meanwhile,

the

Nigeria Customs

Service, NCS, Murtala

M u h a m m e d

International Airport,

Lagos, MMIA,

Command, said

yesterday importers of

frozen foods were now

diverting their

consignments to the

nation’s international

airports, especially the

Murtala Muhammed

Airport,MMIA, Lagos, as

a way of defeating the

federal government’s

aim of closing the land

borders.

Mr. Wale Adeniyi,

Customs Area

Comptroller, CAC, told

journalists in a joint

press briefing at the

Federal Operating Unit

(FOU) of NCS in Lagos

that the first consignment

containing meat,

chicken, turkey and other

frozen foods were

discovered on South

African Airways on

November 10, 2019.

According to Adeniyi,

in the past two days, the

MMIA Command has

intercepted two

consignments of frozen

foods, with one of them

disguised as vegetables

with total duty paid value

at N68,850,000.

The other consignment

was abandoned at Gate

13 of the airport by the

importer or its agents,

probably because of the

close monitoring of their

activities by officials of

the command.

He also said the

command’s tarmac

operatives intercepted a

consignment which was

indicated as perishables

and, therefore, qualified

for pre-release at the

cargo wing of the airport.

But officers of the

command insisted on

inspecting the items

before transferring them

and in the course of

inspection, it was

discovered that the items

included 40 cartons of

beef, pork and fish fillets.

“Though, the airway

bill described the goods

as fresh vegetables, but

were rather frozen foods,

which are contraband in

the country. It became

obvious that the importer

through his agents has

prepared pre-release

documentations

purporting the imports to

be fresh vegetables with

the sole intention to

evade the import

prohibition order.

“At about 0005 hours the

following morning,

Monday, November 11,

2019, another

consignment of 104

cartons comprising pork

meat, beef, and turkey

was seen abandoned

inside four dollies close to

Gate 13. The total duty

paid value of the two

seizures is N68,850,’’ he

added.

Adeniyi said further that

the seizures were a

warning to importers of

contraband goods into the

country, reiterating that its

command would make it

extremely difficult for such

persons to use the airport

to perpetuate their

criminal activities.

He assured that the

command would intensify

its surveillance within the

airport environment, as

the seized items were

destroyed at the Federal

Operating Unit of the

service at Ikeja.


42 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019

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

WIMBIZ CONFERENCE: From left; Chairman, Board of Trustees, WIMBIZ, Funmi Roberts;

Chairman, Sterling Bank, Asue Ighodalo; Globacom delegates, Justina Abdulateef and Marie Macfoy,

at the 2019 edition of WIMBIZ conference at Lagos.

Oshiomhole, Obaseki feud gets

messier

By Gabriel

Enogholase &

Alemma Aliu

THE battle for the

soul of Edo All

Progressives Congress,

APC, between National

Chairman of the party,

Comrade Adams

Oshiomhole and

Governor Godwin

Obaseki took a dramatic

twist, yesterday with

moves and countermoves

to punish both by

• Edo APC suspends Oshiomhole,

following vote of no confidence

•APC council chairmen disagree

party leaders and their

camps.

While the State

Executive Committee,

SEC, suspended

Oshiomhole, over his

role in the crisis rocking

the Edo chapter of the

party, chairmen of the

party in 18 local councils

of the state passed a vote

of confidence on

Oshiomhole and urged

Access Bank demonstrates

commitment to Creative Sector

NIGERIA’S leading

financial institution

and sponsor of the 2019 Art

X Lagos, Access Bank Plc,

says the Arts exhibition

exceeded all expectations

as it showcased a fusion of

cultures, driving

inclusiveness through

contemporary art display.

This year’s event

which was held in Lagos

to celebrate both local

and international artists

attracted over 22,000

people from across the

world and has proved

once again to be West

Africa's premier art fair,

showcasing 93 artists

from 23 countries, thrilling

over 10,000 art lovers who

trooped in from within and

outside Nigeria.

The 2019 Art X Lagos

featured thrilling

performances such as;

Mirror Mirror, a soundless

dance drama by Taiwo

Aiyedogbon and If Not for

a Child, a captivating

performance focused on the

traditions of Omugwo by

Ngozi Schommers.

There were also Art X

talk sessions and the Art

X live concert. The

highlight of the fair,

however, was the display

of diverse artworks

covering photography,

video, virtual reality,

augmented reality among

other forms of art.

Access Bank Group

Managing Director, Herbert

Wigwe, said at the opening

of the art showcase: “Art X

Lagos is an opportunity to

bring together thousands of

people from across the

world to share in the beauty

of art and entertainment in

Africa. This fair is not just

the premier fair in West

Africa, but in Africa as a

whole, because it speaks to

a wide range of issues.”

"The world must begin to

focus on Africa and the

quality of creative skills we

have. Access Bank has

supported this event since

inception to demonstrate

that, as Africans, we can

harness the very best talents

we have on the continent to

change the African narrative

as a whole,” he added

This year, the Art X

Lagos fair was attended

by a number of high

profile personalities

including Vice President

Yemi Osinbajo; the

Speaker of the House of

Representatives, Femi

Gbajabiamila; the Executive

Governor of Lagos State,

BabaJide Sanwo-Olu; CBN

Governor, Godwin Emefiele

and Alhaji Aliko Dangote.

the national Working

Committee, NWC, to

expel Obaseki.

The SEC decision was

a response to the vote of

no confidence passed on

Comrade Oshiomhole by

the 18 chairmen.

According to a

statement signed by Edo

APC Chairman, Anselm

Ojezua and Assistant

State Secretary,

Ikuenobe Anthony,

“Consequent on the

development, the State

Executive Committee

has adopted the vote of

no confidence passed on

him (Oshiomhole) and

the subsisting

suspension order from

the organs of the party in

the state.”

They said the decision

was necessary to prevent

a repeat of what

happened in Zamfara

State where the party

was unable to field any

candidate in elections.

“Comrade Adams

Oshiomhole is the one

behind the crisis in Edo

APC. We have passed a

vote of no confidence on

him and he stands

suspended from the

party. We don’t want

what happened in

Zamfara State or other

parts of the country to

happen in Edo State.”

APC council chairmen

disagree

However, the 18 APC

council chairmen

described as untrue the

purported vote of no

confidence passed on

Oshiomhole and urged

the NWC to sanction

Obaseki

In a a joint statement

by Ibrahim Akokia

(Etsako West Chairman

and chairman of

chairmen), Suleiman

Bagudu (Etsako Central)

and Lugard Alukpe

(Owan West), the APC

council leaders said:

“We are the chairmen of

the party in the 18 LGA

s and we are not aware

of the meeting where a

vote of no confidence

was passed on the

National Chairman of

our party, Comrade

Oshiomhole, who is

doing very well.

Vote of no confidence

on Obaseki

‘’Rather we are aware

that majority of the

chairmen haven suffered

intimidation, harassment

and assault in the hands

of the Governor Godwin

O b a s e k i - l e d

Administration, that we

have never seen in the

politics of our dear state.

Therefore, we chairmen

have passed a vote of no

confidence on Governor

Obaseki, the suspended

state chairman of the

party, Anslem Ojezua.

They have not only failed

the party but the people of

the state. Besides, from the

disclosure from some PDP

leaders, Obaseki and

Ojezua have been involved

in anti-party activities

therefore they lack the

moral rights to remain in

this party. Oshiomhole

remains our leader and we

pass vote of confidence on

his leadership.

It is sad that the

governor and his cohorts

are using money to

induce our members but

majority of them are

happy have resisted his

moves to intimidate

them. We call on the

National Working

Committee (NWC) of the

party to expel Obaseki

from APC because he is

on a mission to destroy

APC in Edo State but we

will resist it.’’

‘40% of girls in Nigerian higher

institutions suffer sexual

harrassment, rape'

By Umar Yusuf

YOLA—OVER 40

per cent of young girls

in institution of higher

learning across the country

suffer sexual harassment ,

intimidation and rape in the

hands of their randy

Lecturers, the Women

Advocate Resarch and

Documentation, WARDC,

has claimed.

Executive Director of

WARDC, Dr Abiola Afolabi,

told participants at a

training on Reportage of

Violence Against Girls in

Yola yesterday that statistics

available to it showed that

the figure might be higher

considering the rampant

cases of sexual abuse been

recorded on the campuses

on daily basis.

“Lecturers in our

institutions of higher

learnings have turn their

small girls, who are

suppose to be their

daughters into victims of

GAS FLARING: CSOs urge FG

to enforce improved gas

exploration technology

By Davies

Iheamnachor

O R T

P HARCOURT—

CIVIL

Society

Organisations have urged

the Federal Government to

introduction and enforce the

use of improved technology

by oil and gas companies in

gas exploration.

The CSOs made the call

in Port Harcourt, Rivers

State at the first Peoples

Dialogue on the State of Gas

Flaring in Nigerian,

organised by China

Williams and Associates,

CWA, in collaboration with

Public Interest Lawyering

Initiative for West Africa,

PILIWA, and Green

Alliance Nigeria with

support from Advocates

for Community

Alternatives, ACA.

P ROFESSIONALS

in Nigeria’s private

security sector have been

advised to develop

digital skills and a riskabsorbing

mindset to be

fit for the emerging

challenges of the postdigital

economy.

Dr. Wale Adeagbo, the

Chief Operating Officer

of Academy Halogen

(Halogen Group’s School of

Security Management &

Technology) said this while

delivering the lead lecture

titled “Implementing the

enterprise security risk

management program” at

the 12th annual industrial

security summit of the

Nigerian Institute for

Industrial (NIIS) held in

Lagos.

Adeagbo challenged the

cream of professionals from

sexual abuse, intimidation

harassment and rape

before awarding marks” ,

she frowned.

Afolabi said sexual

violence in the campuses

was alarming and the

authorities of the institutions

had turn deaf ears to the ugly

trend as the are not ready

to reverse the tide.

According to her, “All we

are hearing is that a lecturer

is suspended for alleged

sexual harassment, which

insiders consider as mere

pronouncement that does

not go beyond that. Our

schools should go all out to

ensure anti sexual

harassment laws are put in

place in to address the ugly

dimension as the

perpetrators have remained

defiant in their dirty deals”

the executive director

advocated.

Afolabi maintained that

“sexual violence against

teenage girls not only draw

them back in the society.

Speaking, Convener of

the dialogue, Prince Chima

Williams, noted “If the

Federal Government wants

to end gas flaring in the

country, it is easy. When

President Buhari was a

Military President, he

made laws that made

illegal gas flaring.

“There is need to put

more measure in plave to

ensure that gas flaring is

ended even in 2020 which

was the target, the

President can do it even

now that he is a civilian

president.

“There is technology to

use in doing oil business

without flaring the gas.

Federal Government

should put its fit down and

do the right thing to ensure

that companies operating

here adopts such

technologies.”

Academy Halogen boss tasks

security professionals on

enterprise risk

different sectors of the

Nigerian security industry

who gathered at this year’s

edition of the annual event

that it is important for them

to acquire enterprise

security risk management

skills to enable them to

survive challenges of the

post-digital era.

According to the

Academy Halogen boss, “It

is no longer news that old

skills do not win a new

game; the global business

ecosystem is changing, we

must rethink our approach

to doing security business.

''Security and its definition

are changing per

geographical location.

Therefore, as security

professionals of the

future, we must be aware

of the emerging

enterprise security risks

associated with the postdigital

economy.''


YOUR LUCK TODAY

By Joshua Adeyemo Phone 08056180139

SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 21) Early part of am period can

bring little challenges some of you may mistakenly tag as

confusion but with practical approach you will resolve everything.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec21) It is high time you know

the difference between infatuation and real love attractions.

Be very careful of flame burning with too much velocity. Be

reasonable.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19) You will be in better position

to consolidate on progress you made yesterday. Don’t allow

anybody to gag you into secretive deal meant to hurt you financially.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18) Yesterday tension will start to

give way to more better tmosphere. Although it good for

Aquarian lovers to celebrate, moderation must be your watch

word.

PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 19)Tomorrow may bring unexpected

pressure from your base of operation, that is why you will need

to conclude what you are doing as faster as possible today.

Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019 — 43

L E I S U R E

TAKE HEART — ELLA RANDLE

“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot

change the circumstances, the seasons, or the

wind, but you can change yourself. That is something

you have charge of.” —Jim Rohn-

When we choose to rise above our circumstances or

our environment, we find the ultimate freedom in

personal growth and development. —Ella Randle -

TERROR MUDA in “Never say goodbye”

SAYINGS OF

OUR PEOPLE

If you marry a

monkey for his

wealth, the

money goes

and the monkey

remains as

is. ~ Egyptian

proverb

By Kola Fayemi

ARIES ( Mar 21 – Apr 19) Tension generated by yesterday’s

full Moon will begin to ease off after early part of am period.

Put on your thinking cap and watch you say while on the phone.

TAURUS ( Apr 20 – May 20)Those of you who were moderate

yesterday will see light at the end of tunnel today. But it is

wrong to become careless while handling your financial affairs.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 20) Yesterday’s trouble will give

way unexpectedly today. But if your health was involved, you

will need a follow up to ensure much needed stability.

CANCER (June 21 – July 22) Unlike yesterday you will not

find it difficult to reason with people around you today to the

admiration of those that matter. It is important you are very

moderate.

LEO (Jul23 – Aug 22) Those who were trying to flex their

muscle unnecessarily yesterday will see reason with you to the

betterment of everybody. It’s important you are more friendly

today.

VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sept 22) Your base of operation may not

be as conducive as you will desire tomorrow. That is why you

will need to get things done according to the rule today.

LIBRA (Sept 23 – Oct 22) It is important you don’t start what

tomorrow’s influence will determine it’s outcome. The more

moderate you are today the better for your cause.

ASTROLOGICAL ASTROLOGICAL COUNSELLING

COUNSELLING

DUDU in “ROLLING HOT”

“HOT”

By A.O.OLAIDE

Send your date and place of birth to the Astr

trological

Counselling, P.M.B 100

007, Apapa, Lagos

What about my

immediate future?

Dear Joshua,

Many times you have guided many people. I believe I am

equally entitle to gain from your Astrological knowledge.

Please let me know what does my immediate future have for

me.

Cynthia, Ogbomoso.

VIRGINIA

dadadekola@yahoo.com

Dear Cynthia,

NOVEMBER 27 TO DECEMBER 31, 2019

Genuine LOVE will continue to rule the air wave in your

home. Your life will get new and better meanings through

LOVE and BUSINESS ADVANCEMENT. The more willing

you are to take control of your life the better for you. Certainly

it is a LUCKY PERIOD for you, and this way you will

end the year on both LUCKY and HAPPY notes.

JANUARY 1 TO FEBRUARY 6, 2020

Similar to your immediate past period. Good opportunities

to assert yourself will come your way but the Stars are

saying tarry a while till your next period that will prove tremendously

fortunate for you. That is not to say the business

world have to be avoided but whatever will need higher degrees

of positive luck should be delayed till next month when

the heavens will smile broadly at you. During this period (Jan

8 to Feb 6 ‘20) you will have more to gain if you take your

younger subordinates seriously so also your personal new

ideas on the best ways to successfully forge ahead in the business

world, especially during the last two weeks of the period

(Jan 22 to Feb 6 ‘20) Ironically the same last two weeks called

for carefulness while handling spiritual related issues, so also

behind-the-scene-activities. Then a particular member of your

opposite sex may be looking for a woman he would like to

lure into secret affairs; it is better for him to get such elsewhere

so that one will not run into avoidable troubles.

FEBRUARY 7 TO MARCH 6, 2020

Major emphasis will be on MONEY, YOUR INITIATIVE,

TRAVELLING, CONTROVERSY and very importantly

LOVE AFFAIRS. This is your first most fortunate period of

the year 2020 which must be fully utilised. MONEY will come

in where you expect it and from unexpected sources too. If

there are times when element of luck is needed to succeed,

this is one of such periods. With romantic Mars in your Star

Sign, important matters-of-the-heart should be taken very

seriously.

HOME & ABROAD

By Lawrence Akapa


44 — Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019

Why Court disqualified APC’s

deputy gov candidate

By Ikechukwu Nnochiri

& Samuel Oyadongha

ABUJA—THE Abuja

Division of the Federal High

Court, yesterday,

disqualified the Bayelsa

State Deputy Governorship

Candidate of the All

Progressives Congress,

APC, Biobarakuma Degi-

Eremienyo.

The court, in a judgement

by Justice Inyang Ekwo,

invalidated Degi-

Eremienyo’s participation in

the governorship election

scheduled for Saturday,

November 16, after it found

him guilty of supplying false

information to the

Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC.

The judgement followed

a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/

1101/2019 which the

Peoples Democratic Party,

PDP, its Governorship

Candidate, Douye Diri, and

Deputy Governorship

Candidate, Lawrence

Ewhruojakpo, instituted

before the court.

Cited as defendants in the

matter were Bayelsa APC

governorship candidate,

•Degi-Eremienyo

David Lyon, Degi-

Eremienyo and INEC.

The court said it was

satisfied that the APC

deputy governorship

candidate gave false

information in the form

CF0001 he submitted to

INEC to contest the election.

It held that all the

documents containing his

educational qualifications

bore different names.

The various names on the

documents attached to his

Form CF001 were said to be:

Biobarakum Degi-

Eremienyo, Degi

Biobaragha, Degi

Biobarakuma, Adegi

Biobakunmo, Degi-

Eremienyo Wangagha.

Justice Ekwo held that by

supplying false information

to INEC, the defendant,

Eleventh hour judgement

won’t affect polls —INEC

By Omeiza Ajayi

THE Independent National

Electoral Commission,

INEC, has expressed

commitment to the conduct of

Saturday’s governorship

election in Kogi and Bayelsa

states, assuring stakeholders

that in spite of several postelection

court cases in both

states, no last-minute judicial

pronouncement could alter the

elections.

INEC Chairman, Prof.

Mahmood Yakubu announced

this, yesterday, in Lokoja, the

Kogi state capital during a

stakeholders’ meeting ahead of

the election.

“I would like to assure the

people of Kogi State that our

preparations will not be affected

by the judgement delivered five

days ago in which a Federal

High Court sitting in Abuja

ordered the Commission to

include a political party on the

ballot. Although the judgement

is at variance with the decision

of another Federal High Court

in Abuja delivered 10 days

earlier which affirmed the

propriety of the Commission’s

action in a similar case by

another political party, INEC

has a consistent record of

obeying court orders.

However, we will consider

legitimate steps to address the

conflicting judgements by

courts of coordinate

jurisdiction in the interest of

our electoral jurisprudence.

"Furthermore, with four

days to the Governorship

elections, two more cases

challenging the decision of the

Commission on the validity of

candidates’ nominations have

*Mahmood Yakubu:

INEC chairman

been reserved for judgement

in Bayelsa and Kogi states. In

addition, there are 12 cases of

intra-party disputes filed by

aspirants from different

political parties challenging

the conduct of their own

primaries and nomination of

candidates, some of which

have been reserved for

judgement in the next few

days.

Plethora of court cases

"I must admit that the

plethora of court cases and

conflicting judgements

delivered on the eve of

elections in Nigeria are

stressful to the Commission

and costly to the nation.

However, I wish to reassure

the people of Bayelsa and

Kogi states that learning from

experience, the Commission

has taken steps to ensure that

the elections on Saturday in

the two states are not affected

by any Eleventh hour

judgement,” Yakubu said.

Earlier, INEC’s Director in

charge of Voter Education,

Publicity, Gender and Civil

acted in breach of section

31(5) and (6) of the 2010

Electoral Act, stressing that

since Form CF001 is a

document validated by oath,

“the consequence of lying

on oath is grave.”

Relying on a decided

case-law in Action Congress

V. INEC (2007), he held

that, “where a candidate is

found to have lied on oath,

a court must issue an order

disqualifying such a

candidate from contesting

the election.”

It’s travesty of justice –

APC

Reacting to the ruling, the

Bayelsa APC said it is

travesty of justice.

Publicity secretary of the

party, Doifie Buokoribo in a

statement said: “The

judgement occasioned a

miscarriage of justice, is

glaringly perverse and

against the weight of

evidence before the Court.

We are totally surprised that

the Court could despite the

objections by our lawyers, go

ahead to determine a

weighty criminal allegation

of falsification and fraud

solely on the bases of

affidavit evidence contrary to

well established judicial

precedents that such must

be proved beyond

reasonable doubt by calling

oral evidence."

Society Liaison, Mr Oluwole

Osaze-Uzi said the

Commission had seen social

media reports regarding the

disqualification of the Deputy

Governorship candidate of

the All Progressives Congress

APC in Bayelsa State, Bishop

Degi but would await briefs

from its lawyers.

Election security

On election security, the

INEC Chairman expressed

concerns at the reported

attacks on facilities and

campaign materials in some

parts of the state, adding that

there will be adequate security

for the election.

He said: “Recent reports of

attacks on facilities and

campaign materials in some

parts of Kogi State reinforce

rather than assuage our

concern about violence

during the election. I urge all

stakeholders to continue to

maintain peaceful conduct

during the electioneering

campaign. Political parties

and candidates have the right

under the law to freely

canvass the support of the

electorate. ...Let me also add

that it is our collective

responsibility to safeguard the

process and to protect all

election duty staff including

the Youth Corps members

who serve at the polling units

which is the basic level of the

voting process.

Protection and freedom of

movement

It is also our responsibility

to extend the same protection

and allow freedom of

movement and unimpeded

access to polling and collation

areas for accredited observers

and the media during the

election. At the same time, I

would like to appeal to

accredited observers to be

neutral and the media to

accurately, dispassionately

and professionally report the

election.

Rohr ready to accept

conditions on Eagles contract

By John Egbokhan

Super Eagles manager, Gernot

Rohr is ready to accept the new

clauses that will be included in

his upcoming contract, which will

compel him to stay more in Nigeria to

monitor players featuring the local

league.

President of the Nigeria Football

Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin

Pinnick had said on Monday that the

football-ruling body was favourably

inclined to extend Rohr’s contact,

which runs out in June 2020 but added

that new clauses to strengthen the

Nigerian league were to be inserted

into the new deal.

‘We have no problems at all with

coach Gernot Rohr. His present

contract runs out in June 2020. In

renewing it, we hope to strengthen

some clauses so we can domesticate

some of his activities.

‘’We want him to stay and live more

in Nigeria in order for him to monitor

the local league by going around

match venues to see potentials in the

country. We want him to see these

players that is why we have inserted

that clause in his contract to strengthen

our league, which is the basis of any

development’’,Pinnick said.

And responding to a reporter’s question

on how he felt about the new conditions

that the NFF plans to insert in his

forthcoming contract, Rohr said he was

at ease with any move that will help

improve the state of the local league.

He also stressed that he was keen to

continue his job with the Super Eagles,

promising to qualify the team for the

2021 AFCON and 2022 FIFA World

Cup in Qatar.

By John Egbokhan &

Zainab Rahman

Chairman of the League

Management Company,

LMC, Shehu Dikko has

projected that the new television

sponsorship deal with

Next Digital Television will

quadruple the revenue

potentials and earnings of

“I have to work, the contract is not a problem. I

think by the end of the year, I will discuss with the

FA. No distraction for me, but it’s time to have a

new project to win the next AFCON, we need to be

at the next WC as well.”

Meanwhile, the Franco-German trainer has

said he is searching for new leaders for the Super

Eagles after the retirement of former Chelsea

midfielder, John Obi Mikel.

While noting that Saudi Arabian-based forward,

Ahmed Musa was the present captain of the team,

Rohr said that he has started searching for new

leaders who take over from Musa, who last played

for Nigeria at the last World Cup in Russia,

missing out of the friendly matches against

Ukraine and Brazil.

‘’”We always try our best to start the best players.

We need to find new leaders after Mikel retired

and I think we have more players that can lead

the team. Musa is the captain now, the leadership

is here. Leadership is for everyone, for all the

players.’’, said Rohr.

NPFL revenue to quadruple with Next TV

sponsorship deal—Dikko

By John Egbokhan

he President of Nigeria

TFootball Federation,

NFF, Amaju Melvin Pinnick

has said that as a son of God

that he has no enemies, insisting

that he has no axe to grind

with those who dragged him

and four top chieftains of the

football-ruling body to court

on corruption charges.

A Federal High Court sitting

in Abuja last week discharged

and acquitted

Pinnick and the four others

of charges bordering on fraud

to the tune of $8.4 million and

N4 billion.

Speaking on Channels Television,

Pinnick said he has

put the whole unsavoury saga

behind him and extended the

olive branch to those who

dragged him to court.

‘’This is not a personal victory

for me and my other

board members. It is victory

the Nigeria Professional

Football League.

Speaking during the unveiling

of the new television sponsors

yesterday, Dikko said the

agreement struck with Next

Digital TV was going to guarantee

the sustainability of the

NPFL and ensure that football

is played as professionally

as possible while other

Pinnick: I have no axe to grind with

those who took me to court

for all of Nigerian football.

We have always maintained

our innocence at the NFF and

laid our books bare for everyone

to see.

‘’We have always published

our accounts using some of

the best auditing firms in the

world. I am happy those toxic

moments are over and now it

is time to pull and work together,

not pull apart’’, added

Pinnick.

The CAF Executive Committee

member said that he

does not consider those behind

his prosecution as enemies,

pointing out that ‘’I

don’t have enemies, in fact,

even if there are enemies, the

Bible tells us to forgive our

enemies and that is what I

have done. I am even extending

the hand of fellowship to

them in order for us to move

Nigerian football forward. I

have no axe to grind with

them’’.

Rohr

developments and projects

are delivered.

Dikko, who doubles as the

2nd Vice-President of the Nigeria

Football Federation

said the partnership with

Next Digital TV was going

to bring investment into the

production of NPFL matches

in both equipment and human

resources to ensure the

professional and efficient

production of NPFL matches

for distribution to all interested

networks and platforms

domestically and internationally.

According to the LMC

boss, “The revenue forecast

suggests that the NPFL will

quadruple its revenue

potentials and earnings

through this project in addition

to other things’’.

He said one of the pillars

of the transaction is to guarantee

the marketing and

sales of NPFL matches produced

across all platforms in

domestic and international

markets, such as Pay TV, Free

to Air, Mobile, OTT, Streaming,

Highlights, Video on

Demand etc..

‘’The first phase of distribution

is to commence

through OTT Platform in

partnership with commercialization

of NPFL Rights to

generate enough revenues

into the system with NPFL

earnings hugely optimized.’’,

added Dikko.

He said the new partners

will also be tasked to, ‘’’market

and commercialize all

available rights pertaining

to the NPFL under several

categories such as elite sponsors,

associate sponsors,

which will be based on services

and supply partnerships

advertising revenues from

broadcast, in-stadia advertisement,

gaming and data

sales, among others’’..


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AFCON qualifiers:

AFCON qualifiers:

Home-based not fit

enough to play for

Eagles, says Rohr

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has revealed

that he didn’t invited home-based players for

the Africa Cup of Nations qualification tie against

Benin Republic and Lesotho, because they haven’t

been playing much and wouldn’t be fit enough.

The German-born coach has been under

pressure to play the home-based lads rather than

invite an all foreign-based squad.

“Unfortunately, we could not take more players

from the local league because they did not play so

it was difficult for them to be fit.

“And also the CHAN team, unfortunately, did

not qualify that’s also a problem perhaps, the

missed competition. I’m sure we have good

players here and we see one of them coming from

Enyimba, Ifeanyi [Anaemena] who replaced

Idowu who has a passport problem.

“Instead of calling someone from Europe in the

last moment, we took this player and he has the

chance like the Olympic squad, I watched them in

their first game [vs Ivory Coast] and they have a

chance but we can take one of them who will be

able to show something.

NPFL: Akwa

Utd won’t

underrate

Abia Warriors

Having returned

from Warri

unscathed when they

played against Warri

Wolves in their 2020

season opening game,

Akwa United coach,

John Obuh is desperate

to get his first three

points as Abia Warriors

storm Uyo on Thursday.

But Obuh, though

banking on his players

determination and the

home support, is not

underrating the Abia

Warriors who have

already tasted victory

beating Katsina United

2-0 in their first game of

the season.

“We hope to have the

best possible start

especially as we will be

playing at home. Our

fans and supporters

deserve a good result.

Victory on Thursday

will set us on the right

track to achieving our

target” Obuh told the

club’s official website

www.akwaunitedfc.net.

“This is a new NPFL

season and we cannot

afford to depend on

records and statistics.

We have a match to play,

we have prepared very

well for it, and I can

assure our fans that we

will not underrate our

opponents and we will

not leave any stone

unturned.

“My players are ready

to play, they are fully

aware of how the three

points will help our

course this season, we

believe that we will get

it right on Thursday.

Omeruo welcomes

Semi Ajayi’s central

role competition

Super Eagles defender

Kenneth Omeruo has

welcomed the rivalry between

him and Semi Ajayi for the

central role of the national team.

Ajayi who plays for West Brom

has established himself, it

seems, in the role after making

his debute against Ukraine

and then had a good game

against Brazil. He had a

good understanding with

William Troost-Ekong in

those games.

‘’Of course the

competition is always

welcome, the

important thing is we

have quality players

that can replace

anybody at anytime

and Semi has been

part of the team even

before the AFCON,

so he’s someone

that we know, we

have trained

together.

‘’Everyone can see

he’s doing very well in

his club as well so it is a

good thing for the country, for

the club to have more than two,

three players in the position, the

challenge is always good’’.

*Rohr

*Omeruo

*Musa

*Osimhen

CAF Confed. Cup:

Rangers, Enyimba get

group opponents

N igeria’s

continental

hopefuls in the CAF

Confederation

Cup, Enyimba of

Aba and Enugu

Rangers have

been handed

tough draws

in the group

stage of the competition.

Battle of Uyo:

It’s victory or

nothing, Musa,

Osimhen declare

Republic of Benin

at the last Africa

Cup of Nations, proved

that they are no push

overs in frica anymore,

but against the Super

Eagles this evening at

the Godwil Akpabio

Stadium in Uyo, Super

Ahmed Musa and

Victor Osimhen have

vowed to cage the

Squirrels.

The Super Eagles

had a problem free

qualification for the

2019 AFCON and

according to Musa, a

bright start today

against Benin Republic

will put them on the

path of another good

run.

The Al Nassr of Saudi

Arabia forward, who

Osimhen: It’s my dream to play in La Liga

By John Egbokhan

Lille and Nigerian

forward, Victor

Osimhen is dreaming of

playing in La Liga.Since

joining the Ligue 1 side

in the summer, the

former Wolfsburg and

Charleroi on-loan

striker, has lit up the

French Championat,

netting seven times,

attracting rave reviews

from commentators,

who have been drooling

over his poacher’s

quality.

Despite finding the

back at the net at will,

Lille seem not be

finding life in the

Champions League

rosy as they sit at the

base of the group

comprising Chelsea,

Ajax and Valencia,

raising fears that his

days in the French

Riviera may be

numbered.

And speaking

yesterday in Uyo, venue

of today’s 2021 African

Cup of Nations

qualifying match

between the Super

Eagles and Republic of

Benin, the 2015 FIFA

U-17 World Cup winner

said he was ready to

take the next step to

last represented Nigeria

at the 2019 AFCON

tournament in Egypt

where the team earned a

bronze medal, is

however delighted to be

back doing his best to

push the Super Eagles

past the Squirrels.

“I know it’s a very

difficult game but we

know the task ahead of

us, so we will have to do

our best to win the first

game (against Benin),”

said Musa.

Osimhen on his part

said he is ready for the

game and he is looking

forward to score and lift

the Eagles.

“Of course I’ll try to get

the goals for the team

but I’m not the only

striker that can score.

improve his fledgling

career.

‘’I’ve always been

ready to take the next

steps, but I am at Lille.

“If big clubs are looking

at me, it’s great but it’s

the club who will decide

whether I’ll stay or

leave. “I’ve been a big

fan of La Liga since I

was little. It’s my dream

to play there’’, said

Osimhen, who is odds

on to start against the

Squirrels from Benin

today in Uyo.

Rangers are in group A

with Egyptian duo Al-

Masry and Pyramids FC.

Mauritanian side FC

Nouadhibou are the

fourth team in the group

considered the toughest

of the competition.

Enyimba FC, who will

make regular trips to

north Africa after being

grouped with Paradou

AC of Algeria and

Moroccan side Hassania

Agadir, as well as FC San

Pédro from the Ivory

Coast.

The first round of group

matches will be played on

November 29 with the top

two teams in each pool

advancing to the

quarterfinals.

GROUP A

Nouadhibou (Mauritania)

Enugu Rangers (Nigeria)

Pyramids FC (Egypt)

Al Masry (Egypt)

GROUP B

Bidvest Wits (South Africa)

El Nasr (Libya)

Djoliba (Mali)

Horoya (Guinea)

GROUP C

RS Berkane (Morocco)

Motema Pembe (DR Congo)

Zanaco (Zambia)

ESAE (Benin)

GROUP D

San Pedro (Cote d’Ivoire)

Hassania Agadir (Morocco)

Enyimba (Nigeria)

Paradou (Algeria)

Olalere retains title at Elizabeth

Wuraola Ojo Golf tourney

*Wants to be Nigeria’s ‘Tiger Woods’

By Solomon Nwoke

NIGERIA’S rising

golf sensation,

Olakunle Olalere

who weathered all

storms from the

older golfers in the

men’s amateur

category to retain

his title at the

recently ended

16th Elizabeth

Wuraola Ojo

Memorial

G o l f

Tournament

held at the prestigious

Smokin Hills Golf

Course in Ilara Mokin,

Ondo state was

adjudged the best in the

series following various

activities coloration it

attracted.

The 18 year old wonder

boy and a 200 level of

Hotel and Tourism

Managment student of

Elizade University

playing Handicap seven

retained the title that

earned him a full

University scholarship

last year with a Gross of

76 and a Net of 69.

Olalere representing

Smokin Hills Golf Club

was thinking of

maintaining or bettering

his last year’s scores of

75 gross and a Net of 59

described the

tournament as the best

thing that has happened

to him.

“Really, I was thinking

I could maintain the

scores I had last year. I

tried my best and did as

I did last year. Infact this

tournament has brought

great changes

in my life,

getting me a

full University

scholarship. I

would say

proudly

that I am

such a

lucky

guy.

*Olalere


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Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019

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