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LEKKI TOLL GATE

PROTEST:

We were stripped

naked,

—COMEDIAN MACARONI

•Arrest, humiliation

actionable —Ozekhome

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VOL. 27: NO. 64271 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2021

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ong>Nigeriaong> ong>beingong> ong>setong> on fire,

Northern elders tell FG

•Says attack on Southerners living in the North not right response to alleged attack on

Northerners in the South •Want ong>Nigeriaong>ns living in any part of the country to be

protected•Gov Okowa asks ong>Nigeriaong>ns to rise against open grazing •Tambuwal, Matawalle

decry ong>Nigeriaong>’s insecurity, sue for collective effort to resolve it•World Igbo Congress tasks

S-East govs to ong>setong> up enforcement team on open grazing ban

COVID-19: Catholic Church laments FG’s failure

to use 425 hospitals offered for treatment 9

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POCKET CARTOON

ANNIVERSARY THANKSGIVING OF DIRI —From left: Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Senator

Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Governor Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Governor Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Governor

Douye Diri (Bayelsa), former President Goodluck Jonathan, National Chairman, Peoples Democratic

Party, Prince Uche Secondus and Governor Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom) at the First Anniversary

Thanksgiving of the Diri administration held at the Ecumenical Centre, Yenagoa, at the weekend .

ong>Nigeriaong> ong>beingong> ong>setong> on fire, Northern

Elders tell FG

By Festus Ahon, Johnbosco Agbakwuru, against open grazing and

Dennis Agbo & Chioma Onuegbu support ranching, the

ABUJA —

Pondering the

insecurity

situation in the country,

the Northern Elders

Forum, NEF, has again

asked President

Muhammadu Buhari to

act swiftly to put things

under control, saying the

country was ong>beingong> ong>setong> on

fire under his watch.

Spokesman of the

group, Dr. Hakeem Baba-

Ahmed, in a Twitter post

on Saturday night, said

ong>Nigeriaong>ns living in any

part of the country must

be protected.

He also said there

would be no attacks on

Southerners living in the

north as a response to the

alleged attack on

Northerners in the South.

“Attacking innocent

southerners living in the

north will not be the right

response to attacks on

northerners in the south.

“We should demand

that ong>Nigeriaong>ns, wherever

they are, must be

protected. President and

governors, do something,

NOW! They are ong>setong>ting

the country on fire under

you!”

Still on the issue of

insecurity, the Delta State

Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa,

and the World Igbo

Congress, WIC,

yesterday moved against

open grazing in the

country.

While the governor

urged ong>Nigeriaong>ns to rise

World Igbo Congress

asked South-East

governors to establish an

enforcement team to

implement the ban on

open grazing in the

region.

These came as Senior

Special Assistant to the

Akwa Ibom State

Governor on Marketing

and Brand Management,

Mr. Ime Uwah, raised

alarm weekend over

invasion of his plantain

farm by herdsmen.

Governors of Sokoto and

Zamfara states, Aminu

Tambuwal and Alhaji

Bello Matawalle, also

yesterday decried the

security situation in

ong>Nigeriaong>, saying the

country’s insecurity

challenges require

concerted and collective

efforts to resolve.

ong>Nigeriaong> on fire,

act now, NEF

tells Buhari,

govs

The Northern Elders

Forum, NEF, weekend

asked President

Muhammadu Buhari to

act swiftly to put things

under control, saying the

country was ong>beingong> ong>setong> on

fire.

NEF was apparently

reacting to the outbreak of

violence in Shasha area of

Ibadan, Oyo State capital,

on Saturday, which

reportedly led to the

death of one person.

The property of

residents and wares of

traders in Shasha market

were also destroyed,

following which Governor

Seyi Makinde ordered

the market shut.

Chairman of ong>Nigeriaong>n

Governors’ Forum,

Kayode Fayemi, and

chairman of South West

Governors Forum, Rotimi

Akeredolu, have

condemned the violence

in Ibadan, warning that

the crisis could spread

to other parts of the

country.

Also, there has been

rising tension over the

activities of herdsmen in

the South-West. Some

herders have been

accused of killings and

kidnappings in the

region.

On Sunday, Miyetti

Allah Kautal Hore said it

will retaliate the killing

of herders in any part of

the country.

Time now to

rise against

open grazing

— Okowa

Speaking while hosting

the National President of

the Christian Association

of ong>Nigeriaong>, CAN, Rev.

Samson Ayokunle, at

Government House,

Asaba, weekend, to

condole with him on the

death of his father,

Governor Okowa said the

time to rise against open

grazing was now,

especially

He said insecurity in the

country is negatively

impacting the socioeconomic

lives of

ong>Nigeriaong>ns, insisting that

one of the ways to check

the trend is for herders to

embrace ranching.

His words: “I am glad

that many of my

colleagues (governors) in

the North are now

beginning to show more

reasoning towards the

development of our nation

because they have

spoken loudly in their last

meeting concerning the

issue of open grazing.

“We are glad to hear that

because that has been the

voice mainly from the

South, but has now been

echoed by our colleagues

(governors) in the North

and I am truly very glad

that they have boldly

come out to speak about

that because we must

truly find ways to begin

to encourage ranching.

“This is because, in the

first instance, if we are

able to find ways of

having grazing reserves

as they are proposing, I

believe the cattle can be

fed in such a way that

they can grow bigger,

have more meat, and it is

more economical and

many of the children can

be free to truly go to

school and be

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On arrest of Lekki Toll Gate protesters by Police (1)

Whether will like it

or not, the government

is greater than

anybody. We can’t stop

the government from

doing what they want. If

they say it’s time to start

collecting money at the

toll gate, so be it. The

people who were arrested

have been released

and I think the matter

should be rested.

— David Ossai, Realtor

The unlawful arrest

and dehumanization

of Lekki tollgate

protesters by the police

is not only an aberration,

but also a flagrant

infringement on the

rights of the citizenry

and contempt of democracy.

Every citizens has

a right to protest peacefully

so government has

no reason arresting

—John Nzekwe, Educationist

They were warned

not to come out. Lagos

State is yet to recover

from the loss it incurred

last year from the aftermath

of the last protest

and these people want to

protest again. I think the

way they were arrested

and dehumanized was

wrong but if they had not

come out, it would not

have happened.

—Ajayi Tosin, Self employed

Any government that

intimidates, harasses

and arrests peaceful

protesters is despotic,

desperate, and authoritarian.

For God’s sake,

our constitution empowers

every citizen with the

right to protest. What the

police did by arresting

and dehumanizing the

protest is unfortunate.

We must all condemn it.

— Dare Adu, Techprenuer

This is too bad to

hear and see from

a wonderful country

called the giant of Africa.

It’s a bad news

and a slap in the face

of Lagos State and Africa

as a whole. ong>Nigeriaong>

really needs a

change but certainly

not this type we are experiencing.

—Ugo Tony, Footballer

If you think that it was

the police that carried

out that action, I will vehemently

disagree with

you unless you are trying

to professionally shy away

from some authorities

which of course we should

respect on a norm. The

way I understand the scenario

is that in a place like

Lekki there should be

some level of civility and

respect for rights of citizens.

—Philips Eseyade, Pharmacist


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NAF troops

battle over

100 bandits,

foil ambush

•Kill scores in

a gun battle in

Kaduna

By Kingsley

Omonobi

TROOPS of the 271

ong>Nigeriaong>n Air Force,

NAF, Detachment,

weekend, foiled an ambush

ong>setong> up by a group of over

100 armed bandits at

Ungwan Laya near Birnin

Gwari in Kaduna State.

A statement by Air Vice

Marshal Ibikunle

Daramola, Director, NAF

Public Relations and

Information, said: “The

gallant troops were able to

fight their way through the

ambush killing dozens of

bandits in the process.

“Unfortunately, some NAF

personnel paid the supreme

price during the operation,

while a few others

sustained varying degrees

of injuries.

“The injured personnel

are currently receiving

treatment at the NAF

Hospital in Kaduna.

“The Chief of the Air Staff,

CAS, Air Vice Marshal

Oladayo Amao, on behalf of

all officers, airmen,

airwomen and civilian staff

of the NAF, commiserates

with the families of the

fallen heroes and prays that

the Almighty God grants

their souls peaceful repose.

“The CAS, who visited the

injured personnel in the

hospital this evening, has

urged all NAF personnel to

remain resolute and

continue to work

assiduously, in synergy

with sister Services and

other security agencies, to

rid the Northwest of all

criminal elements.”

RETURNEES:

Fulani

returnees

from Laduga

Village

repairing

their huts at

Kachia forest

in Kaduna

State,

yesterday.

Photo: NAN.

4 burnt to death in Ogun auto crash

By Bose Adelaja

FOUR persons were,

yesterday, burnt to death

while 10 others escaped unhurt

as a 14-passenger bus went up

in flames in an accident in Ogun

State.

The incident occurred at Atoyo

inbound Ogbere, along Ijebu

Ode/Benin Expressway.

It was gathered that a tanker

laden with black oil spilt its

content on the road due to

leakage and the driver had to

stop when fellow drivers drew his

attention to it.

It was also gathered that the

traffic officials in the axis had to

divert and re-route traffic so that

traffic inbound Benin can join the

outbound traffic section to save

other vehicles from having contact

with the spilled content, which

had covered the length and

breadth of the inbound section.

But the driver of the bus, which

was travelling on top speed,

allegedly disobeyed the warning

Scene of the accident.

Suspected herdsmen kill 3 farmers in Ondo

By Dayo Johnson

SUSPECTED

herdsmen

reportedly killed three farmers

at Ijugbere village in the Owo

council area of Ondo state Saturday.

The Saturday attack on the

farmers is coming 24 hours after the

state security outfit Amotekun

arrested four suspected criminals in

Owo for burning its operational

vehicle and motorcycles and ong>setong>ting

a village ablaze.

Meanwhile, a Senior Special

Assistant to Governor Udom

Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State on

Marketing and Brand

Management, Mr Ime Uwah, has

raised the alarm over the invasion

of his farm by herdsmen.

It would be recalled that the

suspected herdsmen in Ondo State

had killed a farmer and a vigilante

member in a forest reserve and the

Amotekun operatives were invited

to arrest the herdsmen, who fled on

sighting them.

It was while they fled that they

ong>setong> the village and the Amotekun

operational vehicle and motorcycles

ablaze.

Vanguard gathered that the

herdsmen had earlier visited the

farmers at Ijugbere and the villages

around the forest to warn them

against revisiting their farms.

The development, it was learned,

created tension across the village,

which resulted in some residents

leaving the area before the three

farmers were eventually killed by

the herdsmen.

A source in the community said

the herdsmen had taken over the

forest reserve despite the quit order

by the state government.

Senior Special Assistant to

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on

Agriculture, Akin Olotu, who

confirmed the killing, said the three

men were murdered by the

herdsmen.

Olotu described the killing of the

farmers as unfortunate, adding:

“Those blaming Governor

Akeredolu for saying the illegal

occupants should vacate the forest

should have a rethink. These

hoodlums have been tormenting

farmers on the farm and famine is

imminent if nothing drastic is done.”

He said the farmers had reported

the incident to the traditional ruler

of Owo.

The state Police Command imagemaker,

Tee-Leo Ikoro, said he would

need to confirm from the Divisional

Police Officer in the area.

Extra-judicial killing: Dismissed police

officer to die by hanging in Edo

By Ozioruva Aliu

BENIN CITY— A dismissed

Police constable, Joseph

Omotosho, attached to the defunct

Special Anti-Robbery Squad,

SARS, Edo State Police

Command, has been sentenced

to death by hanging by Edo High

Court in Benin City.

The sentence is coming after

five and a half years of waiting

for justice by family of Benson

Obodeh, a car dealer, who was

arrested by SARS operatives for

undisclosed reasons and later

died in unclear circumstances.

Twenty six-year-old Beninbased

car dealer, Benson

Obodeh, was said to have been

listed as a suspected member of

a criminal gang, who allegedly

stole a Peugeot car in Lagos

during their raid.

According to multiple reports,

his corpse was later dumped at

the Specialist Hospital, Benin

City, with a different name on his

remains given to the mortician,

who received the body from one

of the Police corporals that killed

him.

Family investigations revealed

that the policemen, who committed

the murder also stole an

unregistered Peugeot 306 car from

the late Benson Obodeh, N200,000

cash, made away with the wallet

containing his identity card and

two ATM cards belonging to

FirstBank and Eco Bank.

The dismissed Constable

Omotosho alongside other

corporals, Adeleke Adedeji, Abena

John, Oniyo Musa, and Henry

Shobowole, were found guilty after

undergoing a court trial on eightcount

charge bordering on

conspiracy to steal and murder in

2015.

It was gathered that the other

three accomplices escaped during

the EndSARS protest when two

prisons were destroyed in Benin

City and inmates escaped.

The presiding judge, Justice

Ohimai Ovbiagele, delivered

judgment on the fifth defendant,

Joseph Omotosho, who was the only

suspect present in the court while

suspending the sentencing of the

other absconded policemen.

Justice Ovbiagele described

testimonies by the claimant as firm,

adding that his judgment was based

on “absolute fact,” which the court

absorbed as presented by the

prosecuting counsel and all

witnesses that appeared before the

court.”

at the diversion point and chose

to drive on the black oil not

minding the consequence. In

the process, the vehicle was said

to have lost control and ran into

the bush hitting a tree.

The impact of the accident saw

the bus going up in flames with

four of the passengers roasted

out of the 14 onboard.

Ten other passengers were

said to have escaped unhurt

before the arrival of law

enforcement officials.

At press time, the Divisional

Police Command was said to

have taken over the matter while

the tanker driver was in Police

custody.

The Public Relations Officer,

Ogun State Traffic Compliance

and Enforcement Agency,

TRACE, Babatunde Akinbiyi,

who confirmed the incident to

Vanguard, called on commercial

vehicle drivers to cooperate and

show understanding with traffic

managers to make the road safe

for all users.

Gunmen

storm Ughelli

church during

service, kill

policeman

By Perez Brisibe

UGHELLI—A

police

inspector was reportedly

killed, yesterday, by gunmen

at the premises of a

Pentecostal church along

Oviri-Ogor Road in Ughelli,

Delta State.

It was also gathered that the

gunmen went away with the

police inspector’s rifle

According to a security

source, the late Police

Inspector, identified as Mr

Ninyel Nwangwang, was

attached to the PMF 31,

Ogwashi-Uku and was on

escort duty to the church when

he was killed.

Though the Delta State

Police Public Relations Officer,

Bright Edafe, said he was not

aware of the incident when

contacted earlier, the police

source, who confirmed the

incident on condition of

anonymity, said the policeman

was confirmed dead at the

Central Hospital, Ughelli

where he was rushed to.

Giving details of the

incident, a worshipper at the

church, Mr Emmanuel

Ebitimi, said the victim had

accompanied a female guest to

the church and was outside the

church building when the

gunmen struck.

According to the worshipper,

“the armed men came to the

church premises and shot at

the police officer thrice after

which his service rifle was

taken away. He was

immediately rushed to Central

Hospital Ughelli, where he

was confirmed dead.”


Vanguard, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2021—7

4 OPC members arrested for beating man to death

•As man threatens commercial sex worker with pistol

By Evelyn Usman

FOUR members of the

outlawed Odua Peoples

Congress, OPC, have been

arrested for allegedly beating a

35-year-old man to death during

an argument, weekend, in Bariga

area of Lagos.

The suspects, Sunday Onilede,

35; Azan Razak, 35; Abdullahi

Ibrahim, 29, and Fatai Taiwo, 40,

allegedly attacked the deceased,

Tochukwu Chidi, at Temple Street.

This is just as another armed

man who attempted to force his

terms on a commercial sex worker,

was arrested in the Empire area

of Surulere.

Report at Vanguard disposal said

the OPC members allegedly

stabbed Tochukwu during the

fight. The victim, who resided at

76, Arobadede Street, was rushed

to the Bariga General Hospital

where he confirmed the death.

Man threatens

commercial sex

worker with pistol

On the arrest of the armed man

who threatened a commercial sex

worker with an English pistol,

Vanguard gathered that the latter

demanded N5,000 sex fee from the

former who argued that it was

high.

He was said to have offered the

lady N1,000 which she refused.

To force her to accept his offer, the

suspect, Peter Arinola, brought out

a pistol.

Explaining how he was

Woman kills self after killing lover

for impregnating another woman

By Paul Olayemi

THERE are conflicting reports

on how two lovers died Friday

in Amukpe area of Sapele in Sapele

Local Government Area of Delta

State.

It was gathered that Ufuoma and

Mathilda Atidja were live-in lovers

before their death as a source said

they died from food poisoning or

probably generator fumes since they

were said to have put on their

generator after returning from a

party late Thursday night.

But another source disclosed that

Mathilda poisoned Ufuoma

because she learned another

woman was pregnant for him.

The source said: “Ufuoma

impregnated another woman and

when Mathilda found out, she could

not hold back. Mathilda is the jealous

type and let me tell you, there were

injuries on Ufuoma’s wrist and body.

“Moreover, she has repeatedly

said she will kill the guy and kill

herself, if she finds out he is dating

another girl. That was what

happened.”

The source, who described

Ufuoma as a jovial transporter, who

plied Sapele-Warri route, said

relatives and friends had called the

deceased mobile phone line all

through Thursday without

response.

He alleged that Mathilda was still

alive Friday morning, adding: “It

was Mathilda who opened the door,

Friday morning. As she came out

with her younger one living with

them, people saw her and I believed

it was after that she drank the

arrested, spokesman for the Lagos

State Police Command, CSP

Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said: “The

suspect was arrested by police

operatives attached to Surulere

Division at Empire area of Surulere

on Saturday, with an English

pistol, while he was negotiating

and harassing one lady ''prostitute'

for sex.

He intended to use the pistol to

intimidate the lady to agree to his

Demolition of property: Oke-Egan residents

send SOS to Sanwo-Olu

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

RESIDENTS of Oke-Egan

Community, Kayetoro in Eleko

area of Ibeju Lekki, Lagos Island,

have demanded adequate

compensation from Governor

Babajide Sanwo-Olu over the

demolition of their houses in the

area.

The protesters, who stormed the

Lagos State House of Assembly,

Alausa, Ikeja, in a peaceful protest,

claimed that their houses, about 400

in number, were demolished in the

early hours of last Monday without

prior notice nor known violation of

any state building law.

The dejected residents, who

chanted various protest songs,

carried placards with different

inscriptions such as: “We have been

demoralised, nowhere to go; we

need back our property; our

government has made its citizens

helpless; we want our land back;

and we are low-income people made

homeless.”

Leading the protesters, Mr Etim

Odiase claimed that they were

never served any notice, but only

heard of the issue by words of

mouth.

Odiase, in an interview with

newsmen, said following threats,

residents engaged the services of a

lawyer, who went to the office of the

Surveyor-General of the state but

was told that there was nothing they

could do.

“But, last Monday by 3 am, they

brought bulldozers and levelled

about 400 completed houses and we

are now on the streets.

“We were never told nor aware

that the land had been acquired by

the state government. Some of us

from the community were told that

the land was not under government

acquisition.

“We want to know the reason the

houses were demolished. We don’t

know what is going on, we were

never given any legal notice. Most

of us are now on the streets and in

hotels."

You'll get favourable

The OPC members.

response soon

—Speaker

Addressing the protesters, the

Speaker of the House, Mudashiru

Obasa, appealed to the protesters

to remain calm and be peaceful,

adding that the House would

address their grievances.

Obasa, represented by Lukmom

Olumoh, representing Ajeromi/

Ifelodun Constituency I, said the

matter would be addressed

amicably.

“The House of Assembly is your

House and you voted us to protect

your interest and you can be rest

assured that your interest will be

protected. This is because nobody

in Lagos can treat the people of

Lagos unlawfully on his or her

property.

The late couple.

poison. The story of poisoning by

food or generator fumes was not the

truth.”

The Delta State Police

spokesperson, Onome

Onowakpoyeya, confirmed the

death of the two persons, adding:

“When the police visited the venue,

they prevented us from going in,

so the case was not officially

reported.”

Meanwhile, the bodies of the

lovers were, Friday, committed to

mother earth as Mathilda was

buried at her family home in

Amukpe while Ufuoma’s corpse

was buried somewhere unknown.

Bandits kill 3, abduct 18 passengers in Kaduna, Niger

By Wole Mosadomi,

with agency report

THE Kaduna State

government, weekend, said

three passengers were killed by

suspected bandits around

Yakowa village in Chikun Local

Government Area of Kaduna

State.

Kaduna State Commissioner

for Internal Security and Home

Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan,

said security agencies reported

the attack on a commercial

vehicle around Yakwo village in

Chikun Local Government Area.

He said Governor Nasir el-

Rufai expressed sadness over the

development and prayed for the

repose of the souls of those killed

Suspect who threatened

prostitute.

terms and the amount he wanted

to pay, but the lady insisted on a

certain amount of money. Peter

brought out the pistol and wanted

to force the lady to sex. The lady

raised the alarm and Peter was

overpowered and arrested by the

people around the brothel.

“The police swung into action

and further investigation revealed

that the suspect used to assist an

armed robber (name withheld) to

keep the pistol for operations. The

police later recovered five rounds

of ammunition in the room of the

lady in the course of their

investigation.

“The Commissioner of Police

has ordered that the owner of the

pistol and suspected armed robber,

who is at large, be apprehended

by all means and brought to book.

"While assuring Lagosians of

adequate protection of lives and

property, CP Hakeem Odumosu

vows to go after criminals and

hoodlums in Lagos State.”

by the bandits, while sending

condolences to their families.

The commissioner said

investigations into the incident

were in progress, as troops

continue to intensify patrols in

the general areas.

18 kidnapped

in Niger

Meanwhile, 18 passengers

were, yesterday, kidnapped by

bandits at Yakila village in Rafi

Local Government Area of Niger

State.

It was gathered that one of the

passengers, a nursing mother,

was left on the highway, while

18 others were led into the bush.

The passengers reportedly

boarded Niger State Transport

Authority bus from Kontagora to

C-River govt

demolishes

illegal structures

at Ika Ika Oqua

market

By Ike Uchechukwu

CALABAR—THE Cross River

State government, yesterday,

demolished over 200 illegal

structures at the popular Ika Ika

Oqua market (Marian market)

along Marian Road, Calabar

Municipality Local Government

Area of the state.

Vanguard learned that most of the

illegal structures owned by some

traders not only obstructs vehicular

movement but also constitute huge

nuisance because drains have been

blocked making the environment

unhygienic.

Speaking with newsmen,

yesterday, at the Ika Ika Oqua

market, Calabar, Commissioner for

Environment, Nfon Bassey, said the

general clean up exercise was to

make the market clean, hygienically

excellent and safe as compared to

markets of its kind.

Nfon said: “We are just doing a

general clean up around the Ika Ika

Oqua market. As you can see

people have come to build shanties

around the market and on the road

and they turned the place into a

shopping centre.

“All the drains around the market

are completely blocked. As you can

also see, the traders themselves

outside the building lines also

brought in their projections from

their shops to the main road, thereby

making this road impassable on a

normal day.

“So we are just trying to sanitise

the market, restore it to what it used

to be and free the road. So from what

we have done today, we are going

to have an enforcement team to

ensure that the traders do not come

back."

Speaking further, the

commissioner explained that

traders and owners of the makeshift

containers were given notice 13

months ago.

The commissioner said: “In

fairness to them all, today makes it

a year and a month that we started

announcing the demolition.

“The truth is when you enter the

market most of the lock-up shops

are empty, we want them to go back

to their shops inside the market. We

want to clean up to create enough

space for vehicular movement and

easy access."

Minna, the state capital when

they were abducted.

Director-General of Niger

State Emergency Management

Agency, Mallam Ibrahim Inga,

who confirmed the incident,

said: “I was on my way from

Kagara with the Chief of Staff to

the Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim

Kagara, for the re-validation of

our party (APC) membership

when we met a woman with her

child, who the bandits left

behind from the same bus, and

whisked the other 18 into the

bush.”

Inga, however, said the

woman and her baby have been

taken to Minna.

Efforts to get the State Police

Public Relations Officer, Wasiu

Abiodun, proved abortive as he

did not pick calls.


8 — Vanguard, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2021

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Dangote Foundation disburses N3.9bn

to women, youths in 11 states

•Extends grant to eight more States

Aliko Dangote Foundation,

ADF, has so far

disbursed the sum of N3.924

billion to 392,490 women

and youths across 11 states in

the country as part of its

micro-grant programme.

The states include Kano,

Jigawa, Kogi, Adamawa,

Borno, Yobe, Lagos, Niger,

Nasarawa, Sokoto and

Katsina.

The Foundation has also

concluded plans to extend the

disbursement of the micro

grant programme to Ogun,

Osun, Kwara, Edo, Rivers,

Anambra, Ebonyi and

Bauchi states as part of the

next phase of this

programme.

A breakdown of the

disbursement shows that

N880 million was distributed

to 88,000 women in Kano

State; 27,000 women

received N270 million in

Jagawa state; 22,000

women received N220

million in Kogi State; 31,500

women and youth collected

N315 million in Adamawa;

and 54,000 Women and

youth got N540 million in

Borno State.

Also, 40,000 women

received N400 million in

Lagos; 25,000 women

received N250 million in

Niger; 13,000 get, N130

million in Nassarawa;

23,990 women benefitted

from the sum of N239.9

million in Sokoto; and

34,000 women benefitted

from N340 million in

Katsina State; while 34,000

women and youth benefitted

from N340 million in Yobe

State.

According to the

Foundation, in some states,

mobile phones and bank

cards to start up or improve

their income generating

activities were added to the

grants as a delivery

mechanism for the funds in

partnership with the

respective state and local

governments and mobile

money/bank operators.

The Managing Director/

Chief Executive Office of ADF,

Zouera Youssoufou, who

disclosed these, stated that

the Board of the Foundation

had already approved the

next phase of disbursement

of the grants to beneficiaries

in Ogun, Osun, Kwara, Edo,

Rivers, Anambra, Ebonyi

and Bauchi states.

She described the Aliko

Dangote Foundation Microgrant

programme as a N10

billion programme designed

to provide a N10,000 one-off

grant to at least 1,000

vulnerable women, and in

some cases, youths, in each

of the 774 LGAs across

ong>Nigeriaong>.

She said that the

programme is ong>beingong>

implemented in partnership

with State governments

who work with committees

ong>setong> up down the ward levels

Mo Ibrahim, Okonjo-Iweala,

Adesina, others to speak at

Ehingbeti

By Babajide

Komolafe

Ehingbeti, the Lagos

Economic Summit, will

begin tomorrow with notable

business leaders and political

figures across the globe joining

the private sector in ong>setong>ting

agenda for Lagos State towards

the next decade.

The summit is living-up to its

reputation as Africa’s most

practical and result-oriented

private sector-led forum for

socio-economic and

infrastructural development,

with the quality of speakers

confirmed to mount the

podium at the sessions

Themed, ‘For a Greater Lagos:

Setting The Tone For The Next

Decade’, Ehingbeti 2021 has

drawn about 150 speakers from

across the world to discuss and

deliberate on pragmatic

optimization of the inherent

opportunities in Africa's 5th

largest economy and offer

perspectives on how to manage

the peculiar socio-economic

landscape of Lagos State in the

coming decade.

Leading the array of speakers

at the summit are Mo Ibrahim,

Founder and Chair of Mo

Ibrahim Foundation, Mr.

Babatunde Fashola, SAN,

Minister of Works and Housing,

Mr. Ben Akabueze, Director

General, Budget Office of the

Federation, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-

Iweala, former ong>Nigeriaong>n

Minister of Finance, Dr.

Akinwunmi Adesina,

President, African Development

Bank (ADB) and Mohammed

Yahaya, UNDP Resident

Representative.

While President Muhammadu

Buhari, GCFR,

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,

former Governor of Lagos State

and Catriona Laing, British

Higher Commissioner to

ong>Nigeriaong> will give Goodwill

Messages, the Summit opening

address will be delivered by the

Lagos State Governor, Mr.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, while Dr.

Obafemi Hamzat, the Deputy

Governor and Mudashiru

Obasa, Speaker, Lagos State

House of Assembly will lead the

session on strengthening

Governance, Institution and

Legislation.

Other speakers at the summit

include Jordi Borrut Bel,

Managing Director, ong>Nigeriaong>n

Breweries, Prof. Pat Utomi,

Centre for Values in Leadership,

Prof. Yinka David-West,

Academic Director, Lagos

Business School, Ambassador

Ayoola Olukanni, DG

NACCIMA, Muda Yusuf,

Director General, Lagos

Chamber of Commerce and

Industry (LCCI), Mo Abudu,

Founder, Ebony Life TV, Bolanle

Austen-Peters, Founder, Terra

Culture, Miss Ojoma Ochai.

Director, Creative Arts (West

Africa), British Africa and

others.

The 3-day summit, which is

structured into segments, will

have subject experts speak on

specific themes such as

“Destination Lagos: Becoming

the World’s Best Investment

Destination”, “Eko to the World:

Shaping the Future of Trade and

Economic Independence”,

“Lagos, the Industrial Hub”,

“Made in Lagos: Shaping the

Future of Media,

Entertainment, Culture and

Tourism”, “Security, Law and

Order (Balancing Regulation

and Economic Growth)” and

Citizens Participation in

Governance”.

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VISIT: From left: CEO, West Africa ERNG, Mr Paul Callaghan; COO, West Africa ERNG, Lolade Oresanwo,

Lagos State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello; Deputy British High

Commissioner, Mr Ben Llewellyn-Jones; Permanent Secretary, Environmental Services, Mrs Belinda Odeneye,

and MD, Lagos State Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, during a visit to WestAfrica ERNG facility at

Igando landfill site, Alimosho, weekend.

BUA Cement posts N95bn profit

By Babajide

Komolafe

BUA Cement has

announced gross

profits of N95.4 billion in its

unaudited 2020 financial

accounts representing an

increase of 16 percent from

N82.4 billion recorded in

2019.

This follows a 19 percent

increase in its full year

revenue to N209 billion in

2020 from the corresponding

period in 2019.

This performance,

according to a statement by

the company, further

consolidates its position as one

of ong>Nigeriaong>’s most profitable

companies – a position it is

expected to strengthen

further with the

commissioning of its new 3

million Metric Tonnes Sokoto

Cement Plant in 2021 and the

addition of 3 new lines of 9

million metric tonnes total

capacity in Adamawa, Edo

and Sokoto States by 2023 for

which it recently signed an

agreement with Sinoma

CBMI. This is expected to bring

BUA Cement’s total capacity

to 20 million metric tonnes

per annum upon completion.

Speaking recently, the

Managing Director, BUA

Cement Plc, Mr. Yusuf Binji,

said that BUA Cement’s

exceptional performance in

the 2020 financial year, is a

reflection of the continued

value and strength of the BUA

Cement brand and product

offerings as well as a nod to the

excellent implementation of

the company’s Business

Continuity Plan which

ensured that BUA Cement

was able to withstand the

impact of the pandemic

throughout 2020.

In an earlier statement, Binji

said that, “despite the

prevailing economic

conditions in 2020, BUA

Cement remains quite

optimistic about the future

because it affords us not only

with the opportunity to

further evolve our business

model but also provides an

opportunity for accelerated

development. We will

continue to push to new

markets aided by a focused

distribution strategy.”

The company increased its

net revenues by 19 per cent

to N209 billion, with sales

volumes up 13 per cent by

about 600,000tons to 5.1

million tons in 2020.

Operating profits increased to

N82.5 billion whilst Profit

After Tax (PAT) rose to N70.5

billion from N60.6 billion in

•As revenues rise by 19% to N209bn

the corresponding year.

It should be noted that BUA

Cement in 2020 entered

strategic alliances for the

supply of Liquefied Natural

Gas (LNG) at its Kalambaina

Plant, Sokoto State, and for

the management of its

mining operations. Given

these deliberate and strategic

choices amongst other cost

management efforts, it is

expected that BUA Cement

will continue to combine

development and innovation

into its offerings and activities

to drive efficiency, reduce

operating costs and

maximize profits.

In a recent interview,

Chairman of BUA Cement,

Abdul Samad Rabiu said that

despite the strides made in the

ong>Nigeriaong>n Cement Industry in

the past few years, there is

still room for immense

growth.

According to Rabiu, ong>Nigeriaong>

with its population of about

200 million people is still

greatly underserved by the

cement industry with

current consumption levels

at about 130 kilogrammes

per head compared to smaller

African countries with

consumption levels at about

170 to 180 kilograms per

head. ong>Nigeriaong>’s cement

consumption is expected to

increase to about 200

kilograms per head in coming

years which is one of the

reasons why BUA Cement is

ramping up its investments

in new plants to be able to

meet this potential demand

as well as take advantage of

regional export opportunities

through the African

Continental Free Trade Area

(AfCFTA) agreement which

came into effect in 2021.

BUA Cement is the second

largest Manufacturing and

Cement Company listed on

the ong>Nigeriaong>n Stock Exchange

with its Headquarters based

in Lagos, ong>Nigeriaong>. The

company also operates four

plants in Edo and Sokoto States

with its key markets in the

South-East, North-West and

North East ong>Nigeriaong>. The

Company recently

completed ong>Nigeriaong>’s largest

corporate bond offering ever

of N115 billion which was

oversubscribed to the tune

of N137.82 billion.

CBN, Vanguard, Bank CEOs, experts

hold special summit on ways out of

recession

By Our Reporter

The Central Bank of

ong>Nigeriaong>, CBN, chief

executives of banks and

other financial experts in

ong>Nigeriaong> in Conjunction with

Vanguard Newspapers will

on Friday, February 26,

2021, hold a one-day

Special Summit on how to

overcome the pitfalls of

recession and engender

enduring national growth

path. The event which will

be strictly Covid-19

Compliant will hold at the

Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos

at 10.am prompt.

A statement released by

the organizers noted that

following the projection in

the nation’s budget this

year that there is going to

be a recession, financial

experts want to support the

Federal Government,

through the instruments at

their disposal, to stimulate

economic growth.

Mr. Godwin Emefiele,

Chief Convener of the event

and Governor of the Central

Bank of ong>Nigeriaong> will give the

welcome address at the

Summit while the Vice

President, Professor Yemi

Osinbajo (SAN), Chairman

of the National Economic

Council, will give the

Keynote Speech. The

Honourable Minister of

Finance, Budget and

National Planning, Hajia

•Initiatives for economic growth top

agenda

Zainab Ahmed will give a

Goodwill message on ‘the

Nation’s Economic Outlook:

Yesterday, Today and

Tomorrow”. Mr Sam

Amuka, Chairman of

Vanguard Newspapers will

give the introductory

remarks.

The event organized under

the CBN and Bankers

Committee’s Initiative for

Economic Growth, is themed

“How to Overcome the

Pitfalls of Recession: Bankers’

Perspectives on an Enduring

National Growth Path”.

“The Forum will provide a

platform for Chief Executive

Officers of leading banks in

ong>Nigeriaong> to examine vital

economic issues, new

strategic priorities,

innovative business

practices, and the

encompassing role of banks

in stimulating economic

growth in ong>Nigeriaong>”.

A key feature of the Forum

is the plenary and syndicate

sessions by Bank Chief

Executives on specific areas

of the economy that will

stimulate growth.

The objectives of the Forum

include the stimulation of

collaborative ideas on how to

prevent another economic

recession in the country,

deepening of discussions and

elevating thought leadership

on issues of the economy,

proactively examining

economic challenges and

proffering solutions on how

best to hedge against them

and highlighting the need

for financial institutions to

take the lead in the efforts at

revamping the economy.

Keynote Speakers slated for

the Forum are: Governor

Kayode Fayemi, Chairman,

Governors’ Forum and

Governor of Ekiti State who

will speak on “Rebuilding the

Economy Through State

Governments”; Governor

Babagana Zulum of Borno

State who will deliver a paper

on “Rebuilding the Economy

of Northern ong>Nigeriaong>” – while

Governor Babajide Sanwo-

Olu of Lagos will speak on

“Rebuilding Lagos and the

Southern ong>Nigeriaong>

Economy."

Other notable speakers are

Mr. Ben Akabueze, Director

General of the Budget Office

in the Presidency. He will

speak on “The Road Map to

Economic Recovery: The role

of Planning for a Desired

Future” ; His Royal Majesty

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi will

speak on “The Road Map to

Economic Recovery:

Towards Positive Social

Impacts” while Dr. Doyin

Salami, Chairman,

ong>Nigeriaong>’s Economic

Advisory Council will speak

on “Insights on the

Economy: Development

and Growth Plans”.


Vanguard, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2021 — 9

:Vanguard News

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QUIT NOTICE: Only 107 herders

from Oyo returned to Kaduna

— FULANI LEADERS

WEDDING: Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (left); father of the bride,

Senator Ifeanyi Araraume (right) with Mr and Mrs Kanyinsola Alakija at their wedding reception

held at Habourpoint, Victoria Island, Lagos, weekend.

COVID-19 vaccines not mark of ‘666',

Anglican Primate assures ong>Nigeriaong>ns

A BUJA—THE

Primate of Church of

ong>Nigeriaong>, Anglican Communion,

the Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba,

has urged ong>Nigeriaong>ns, especially

Christians, to ensure they were

inoculated against the deadly

COVID-19 disease when

general vaccination commences

in the country.

Ndukuba said this at the

February 2021 Standing

Committee meeting of the

Church of ong>Nigeriaong>, Anglican

Communion, which began on

February 8 and ended on

February 14, with a church

service at the All Saints’

Cathedral, Onitsha, Anambra.

A full text of the meeting

obtained by the News Agency of

ong>Nigeriaong> in Abuja yesterday

quoted Ndukuba as saying that

many ong>Nigeriaong>ns had become

complacent about COVID-19

because of the unfounded

campaign against the vaccines.

He said: “COVID-19 is already

in our villages and communities;

we have lost some members to

COVID-19 infections. Many

people are very complacent

and careless because they

believe it is a rich people’s

disease or it is not real.

“COVID-19 is real and it kills.

Some people are peddling

unfounded campaign against the

COVID-19 vaccines; they

suggest that anyone receiving

the vaccine will receive the anti-

Christ number 666.

“Let it be clear that COVID-19

is a virus that is ravaging the world

and killing people. We give glory

to God that we have a higher

survival rate in ong>Nigeriaong>.

“This disease is like polio,

yellow fever and other virus

diseases that we receive vaccines

to prevent. Those who are

Catholic Church laments FG’s failure to use 425

hospitals offered for treatment of COVID-19 patients

•As Pope Francis urges support for those suffering effects

of the pandemic

By Luminous

Jannamike

A Catholic BUJA—THE

Secretariat of

ong>Nigeriaong>, CSN, yesterday

lamented the failure of the

Federal Government to utilize

the 425 hospitals and clinics

offered by the Church’s

Conference of Bishops for use as

isolation centres in the wake of

COVID-19 pandemic last year.

Recall that the Presidential

Task Force on COVID-19 had,

on May 11 2020, encouraged

the 36 governors to approach

the Catholic Bishops in their

domains to access the facilities,

warning that some of them may

find it impossible to cope with the

number of coronavirus cases that

would be recorded in their states.

However, in a statement on the

World Day of the Sick, signed by

CSN’s Director, Church and

Society, Fr. Uchechukwu

Obodoechina, the Catholic

church regretted that the

government did not recognise the

value of the sacrifice made by the

Church through the offer of the

425 hospitals, claiming that the

authorities never showed any

gratitude in that regard.

He also stated that the Church

had been effective in providing

assistance to the sick and poor

members of the society especially

in the rural areas, and charged

the government to be alive to its

responsibility of supporting the

efforts targeted at the adequate

provision of healthcare services.

The statement reads in part,

“During the intense period of the

COVID-19, the Church in

ong>Nigeriaong>, through the Bishops’

Conference donated to the

government of this country the

425 health facilities to use in order

to reach the grass root.

“The government in its

ineptitude never appreciated this

great sacrifice made by the

Church, never used one, never

showed any gratitude in that

regard, yet the Church continued

in her little way to show solace

and assistance to the poor at her

disposal in the rural areas and

wherever they find themselves.

“What we have been doing are

not enough. The Church hasn’t

the resources at her disposal to

give a hundred per cent

healthcare services for everyone

is rural areas because she has

not that type of resources.

“The government of the

country should have been able

to give subvention to Church

facilities, equip them to give a 100

per cent health care services for

everyone in rural areas because

at the end of the day, the services

are to ong>Nigeriaong>n citizens.

“The government has

maintained a dysfunctional

healthcare system. And so,

cannot think of assisting the

Church with grants. We are

calling on the government

to see the need to partner

with the Church.”

Earlier, at a virtual conference,

the Catholic Bishop of Yola

Diocese, Most Rev. Stephen

Mamza, read out the Pope

Francis’ message on the World

Day of the Sick.

The Catholic Pontiff called on

the world to remember those who

continue to suffer the effects of

the Coronavirus pandemic.

“On the World Day of the Sick,

special attention goes to those

who are ill and to those who

assist them. I think especially

of those who suffer the

consequences of the coronavirus

pandemic,” Pope Francis said.

infected are ong>beingong> treated and

many recover.

‘The medical personnel

administer drugs to cure them

which does not initiate them with

the 666. This vaccine is like any

other that we receive to prevent

diseases caused by virus.

“The end time signs are here

but the severe persecutions and

tribulations have yet to come

fully. We should be careful not to

propagate stories that are not

true and which can only be

destructive to the lives of our

people.”

He urged ong>Nigeriaong>ns to live in

faith and righteousness, and also

engage in fasting and prayer to

fight the pandemic.

The Anglican primate also

urged ong>Nigeriaong>ns to always

observe the protocols as issued

by the Presidential Taskforce on

COVID-19 and the ong>Nigeriaong>

Centre for Disease Control.

“Everyone should keep the

non-Pharmaceutical procedures

such as keeping social distance,

use of face mask, handwashing

with soap under running water,

the use of alcohol-based hand

sanitisers and others.

“It is a virus and an enemy of

our lives and at the name of

Jesus Christ, COVID-19 must be

destroyed; God has preserved our

lives till today and He will protect

and keep us till the end.

“We plead that the federal and

state governments should

procure vaccines and give to all

our citizens, especially the most

vulnerable group. The incidence

of the COVID-19 has exposed

the poor state of ong>Nigeriaong>n

healthcare delivery system,” he

said.

He appealed to the Anglican

dioceses and parishes to intensify

the establishment of health

clinics and hospitals that would

carter for members, especially the

poor and vulnerable.

Ndukuba appreciated all

doctors, nurses and frontline

health workers who had bravely

stood for the sick and citizens

infected with the coronavirus.

“We commiserate with all those

who lost their dear ones in this

pandemic. May God stand by us

and carry us through this

challenging period

victoriously,” he added.

K ADUNA—SOME

Fulani leaders at

Ladduga grazing reserve in

Kachia Local Government Area

of Kaduna state, together with

other stakeholders, have

disputed the 4,000 figure

published by the media, saying

that only 107 herders from Oyo

state relocated to Kaduna.

Malam Ardo Goge, Leader of

the Fulanis at Ladduga, told

some peace builders and

journalists, who visited four of the

new ong>setong>tlements of the Fulanis

from Oyo State due to the quit

notice given to them, that only

107 of them relocated with their

children, women and elderly.

Goge explained that the

returnees were initially from the

community before they left for

the South.

“They left the area eight years

ago to the South in order to feed

their animals and now they are

back,’’ he said.

According to him, the

returnees were peace loving

herders, with a good record of

promoting peaceful co-existence,

even before they left Ladduga

community to the South, saying

that no herder would arrive

Ladduga without the knowledge

of the community leaders.

He challenged journalists and

NGOs to prove that over 4000

herders had arrived Ladduga as

earlier published in the media,

saying that the media should

always cross-check their facts

before posting their news, to

avoid unnecessary suspicions.

“These herders were our own

people and we have been living

with them in peace and harmony

for many years, before they

migrated to the south, and now

they are back due to threat of

attack. They are not foreigners,

they are Kaduna State indigenes,

it is the crisis that brought them

back. We have given them Aa

place to stay and we have cleared

the bush for them to build new

homes with their families.

‘“But they lack many things like

social amenities, clothes, foods as

they came into the state without

their normal cows and other

animals we are used to seeing

them with.” he said.

Dr Saleh Momale, a former

Permanent secretary of the

Kaduna State peace commission,

who is also a resident of the

community, said he had been part

of the fact finding mission to

Ladduga community.

Momale said since the report

that over 4000 Fulani herdsmen

arrived Ladduga community, he

had spent a whole day in the

forest with some Fulani Leaders

moving round to ascertain the

number of those Fulanis that

relocated from the south.

Why we’re not calling strike

off yet — NASU, SSANU

•As JAC meets with branch leaders

Wednesday to consider FG’s offer

By Johnbosco

Agbakwuru

THE Joint Action Committee,

JAC, of the Non-Academic

Staff Union of Educational and

Associated Institutions, NASU

and the Senior Staff Association

of ong>Nigeriaong> Universities, SSANU,

had met with the Federal

Government’s delegation last

week over a seven-point

demands that necessitated the

indefinite strike embarked upon

by the two unions on February 5,

after the expiration of the

deadline to government to

address the concerns raised by

the unions.

Reports had it that the meeting

between the two parties last week

ended without any amicable

resolution, but the Federal

Government team led by the

Minister of Labour and

Employment, Senator Ngige

debunked the report, saying that

the two parties entered into MoU

on five of the contentious issues.

The Minister also said the two

unions were told to consult with

their organs and call off the strike

before or by February 15.

A statement issued by the

Deputy Director and head of

press, Ministry of Labour and

Employment, Mr. Charles Akpan,

had quoted Senator Ngige as

saying: “The meeting did not end

in deadlock.

“Rather, agreements were

reached on some issues with

timelines and these were

documented as Memorandum of

Understanding (MOU) and

given to leaders of the two

unions to go and consult their

people with a view to calling

off the strike latest by

Monday, February 15, 2021.”

He added that five issues

discussed had agreements, while

only one had a proposal, which

was a government proposal for

the unions to go back and discuss

with their organs.

But speaking with Vanguard

yesterday on the possibility of

suspending the 10-day old strike

on February 15, the National

President of SSANU, Comrade

Mohammed Ibrahim, said they

were not miracle workers to have

finished the meeting on the

evening of Friday and then call

off strike on Monday (today).

Comrade Ibrahim said: “We had

the meeting on Thursday and

Friday and we got the draft on

the Memorandum on Friday and

how could we have met with our

organs and call of the strike on

Monday? Except you want us to

perform some miracle.

‘’It does not work that way. We

took what they gave us on Friday

between 4pm and 5pm. How

would we call our organs and get

their inputs?

“It is true we met and it is also

true government has presented

a position and we have told them

that we don’t have the power to

suspend strike because you are

aware that the strike was declared

by our congress.

“We have invited our leaders

in all the branches to meet with

us on Wednesday and they are

coming to Abuja from different

parts of the country to consider

the offer.

“The people that declared the

strike are the people to call off

the strike and not the the leaders.

The leaders cannot call off strike.''


10 — Vanguard, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2021

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INSECURITY: Buhari has failed

woefully —CDHR

L AGOS—COMMITTEE

for the Defence of Human

Rights, CDHR, weekend, took a

swipe at the President

Muhammadu Buhari-led

administration for failing to

uphold the security and welfare

of ong>Nigeriaong>ns.

Speaking after its NEC

meeting, President of the

committee, Dr. Osagie

Obayuwana, who examined the

state of the nation, said the group

“agrees with the National

Assembly that no other evidence

is required in proof that the

ong>Nigeriaong>n state, under President

Shasha crisis: Osinbajo, S-West govs move to avert reprisal attacks

By Dapo

Akinrefon, Ola

Ajayi, & Deola

Badru

Igovernors, BADAN—SOUTH-West

yesterday, took

their troubleshooting efforts to

Shasha in Ojoo Area of Ibadan,

advising the residents of the area

to avoid reprisal attacks with their

Hausa neighbours. The crisis

started, weekend.

Chairman of the South-West

Governors’ Forum, Governor

Rotimi Akeredolu, who was led

to the Shasha market by his Oyo

State counterpart, Governor Seyi

Makinde, urged the Yoruba

elders in the area to prevail on

the youths to allow peace to reign.

On his part, Governor

Makinde, yesterday, vowed to

resist attempts of those he

described as fifth columnists to

destabilize the state.

The governor’s remarks came,

as the Oodua People’s Congress,

OPC, yesterday, urged President

Muhammadu Buhari and

Governor Makinde to investigate

the incident.

Akeredolu

preaches peace

Akeredolu, who addressed the

people of the area after assessing

the wanton destruction of

properties, begged the residents

to allow peace to reign.

He said: “We have come to

plead with you that no matter

how angry, we should not react

violently. I know many things may

get us angry, but as we know, we

Muhammadu Buhari, has not

only failed woefully, but has

shown through a combination of

lacklustre performance

characterized by incompetence

and indifference.”

The statement reads in part:

“CDHR agrees with the National

Assembly that no other evidence

is required in proof that the

ong>Nigeriaong>n State under President

Muhammadu Buhari has not

only failed woefully, but has

shown through a combination of

lacklustre performance

characterized by incompetence

and indifference."

PEACE PARLEY—Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (middle) flanked by the Yoruba and Hausa

leaders of Sasa Market in Ibadan, after a peace meeting, held at Government House, Agodi,

Ibadan.

• Akeredolu preaches peace

• I’ll resist fifth columnists from destabilising Oyo —Makinde

• Criminal acts shouldn’t be treated as ethnic conflict -—Osinbajo

• Investigate clash, OPC charges Buhari, Makinde

• How crisis started —Community leader

• We lost property worth several millions of naira —Victims

have been living together for a

long time. Let us think about the

past, let us consider our peaceful

coexistence in the past. Let us be

calm.

"I have come on behalf of all

South-West Governors, I beg you

to be calm. While thinking about

us here, let us also know that we

are also everywhere. This is our

fatherland, no doubt, but our

people are also in some other

people’s fatherland. We must also

think about them.

"Let us not take laws into our

hands. The police are here and

they are ready to work now.

Amotekun officers are here for

you. I’m not saying that for us as

Governors that we are perfect or

the police are perfect. But we can’t

take laws into our hands. Please,

we know it might be very

provocative but I appeal for calm

because we have families in the

North. Let us cooperate with

Governor Seyi Makinde."

I’ll resist fifth

columnists from

destabilising

Oyo —Makinde

Also speaking, Governor

Makinde, who urged the people

not to resort to self-help, called

for peaceful co-existence.

He said: “I want you to listen

to me, you cannot resort to selfhelp

to solve the issue on the

ground. All of you who are here

are doing business with one

another in one way or the other.

"The last time I came here,

about six weeks ago, some shops

belonging to Hausa and Yoruba

people got burnt.

"So, you have been living

together peacefully and all I am

pleading of you is that no matter

what is making anyone angry, we

will solve it with patience.

“I was reluctant to declare

curfew here because I felt the

economic wellong>beingong> of everyone

here is important, and because

this is where you get what you

use to feed yourselves. I will

engage with your leaders this

evening.

“We must not lose any life

needlessly anymore. What the

government will do to ensure that

those whose houses, shops were

burnt, we will rebuild

immediately. I can assure you

that we will deal with the situation.

"We must continue to maintain

the peace here. Those who are

hoodlums here will be dealt with

but those who are law-abiding

will be compensated for what they

have lost.

"We will leave no stone

unturned in providing adequate

security for our brothers and

sisters. This is unwarranted and

we must bring anyone found

culpable of this dastardly act to

book.”

Earlier, Makinde, who spoke

through the Commissioner for

Information, Culture and Tourism,

Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun, said his

administration was trying to

maintain the peaceful

atmosphere that the State has

been known for.

He said: "It is unfair for anybody

to say the government has not

done enough to nip insecurity in

the bud, Governor Seyi Makinde

is one of the governors in ong>Nigeriaong>

that always make all possible

efforts at ensuring peace in his

State.

"He never for any reason

abandoned his role as the Chief

Security Officer of the State, and

you can see that he has brought

calm to Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun

zones after the recent hullabaloo

there.

"We have seen and heard

them, politics should not be

introduced into the important

issue of security of lives and

properties of our people, they

should know for sure that this

administration will not allow

anything that will create fear for

investors and business concerns

to come into our State and create

wealth for our people.

"It is in maintaining the peace

that we will keep businesses

thriving and attracting more

investments, it is there that we

will maximize job opportunities

and improve on our revenue

generation to develop social

infrastructures, so if they think

they should disrupt the peace in

the land because of politics, they

should be told that they have

governor Makinde to contend

with.”

Criminal acts

shouldn’t be

treated as ethnic

conflict

—Osinbajo

While condemning the clash,

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo

said criminal acts should be

treated according to the tenets

of the law, and not as ethnic

conflict.

Osinbajo said this while

speaking to reporters about the

recent clash in Shasha market,

Ibadan, Oyo state.

While condemning the

“unfortunate mayhem”, the

Vice-President said: “I have

heard about the unfortunate

mayhem and the tragic loss of

lives at the Shasha market in the

past few days.

“Shasha market has been a

melting pot for traders bringing

foodstuff from the north to the

south-west for decades. For

decades, traders from the north

have done business with their

brothers from the south-west,

and they have lived in peace and

even inter-married. Shasha

represents unity.

“So, when a disagreement

arises between individuals or a

criminal act is committed by one

against the other, we must

ensure that we see it for what it

is: a criminal act, which must be

punished according to law. Not

an ethnic conflict.

“Every ong>Nigeriaong>n has a

constitutional right to live, work

and enjoy their lives in safety,

peace under the law.”

He also asked ong>Nigeriaong>ns never

to take the law into their own

hands, adding that it is the

citizen’s duty to assist the police

to identify criminals.

He said: “It is the duty of

government, through the police

and other law enforcement

agencies, to arrest and prosecute

any person who commits a crime

against a citizen of this nation.

“It is the role of the citizen to

assist the police to identify the

criminals. We must never take the

law into our own hands. If we do,

we will be promoting chaos, and a

breakdown of law and order, and

all of us, especially the most

vulnerable amongst us, will be at

risk.”

Investigate Sasa

clash, OPC

charges Buhari,

Makinde

Also, the OPC, in a statement

by its Publicity Secretary, Mr.

Yinka Oguntimehin, expressed

concern that a minor

misunderstanding between a

pregnant woman and a Hausa

man later degenerated into a

tribal crisis leading to death and

destruction of properties in the

community.

The statement reads: “It is

unfortunate that a

misunderstanding between two

traders eventually led to killings

and destruction. Yoruba are

everywhere in ong>Nigeriaong>, especially,

in the North, mostly in Kano and

Kaduna, however, it is on record

that no Yoruba native has ever

instigated any crisis in the north.

"Therefore, I am using this

opportunity to call on President

Muhammadu Buhari to

investigate the circumstances

surrounding the ugly incident, so

as to bring the culprits to book

and also forestall further crisis.”

Genesis of the crisis

Meanwhile, the community

leader of Shasha, Chief Amusa

Ajani called on both the Federal

and State Governments to take

urgent steps that would nip the

crisis in the bud.

Describing the crisis as

unfortunate, Chief Ajani said, "For

me, the arson that trailed the

death of a cobbler in the market

was misdirected and uncalled for.

It is sad that the group that was

responsible for the death of the

man were still those going about

ong>setong>ting houses and shops ablaze.”

Narrating how it started to

Vanguard, the community leader

said: "It all started with the

argument that ensued between

a pregnant woman and a Hausa

man. A cobbler, who came around

to pacify them was struck with a

magical ring and later died the

next day. This triggered the crisis.

Government should act fast.

"Those who are causing trouble

are now mocking us. They said if

Shasha is no longer habitable

they would relocate to nearby

community. We want an end to

violence in Shasha. I have told

our people to maintain peace.

Nobody should engage in

violence but. We want the Hausa

to sheathe the sword.

"But, come to think of it, why

has urgent and proactive action

not been taken? Who is the

government afraid of? They are

beating about the bush. The

people are now saying that they

would relocate from Shasha to

Iroko. Should we be doing this to

ourselves as a people?"

We lost property

worth several

millions of naira

—Victims

One of the victims of the clash,

Alhaji Musiliudeen Moliki, said:

"It had never been this bad. I

manage the public toilet in the

market. Now, the facility had

been ong>setong> ablaze. Property worth

several millions of naira had been

damaged. For me, a peace

meeting should be called. We

should all come to round table

and look for way forward. Security

in ong>Nigeriaong> is porous."

Also, a food seller in the market,

Osuolale Monsurat, said: "My

shop was burnt yesterday. I lost

wares during the attack worth

N250, 000. Since I got to this

market eight years ago, I never

experienced a thing like this. Now

our shops were burnt while we

were looking helplessly. We

implore the government to come

to our aid as our means of

livelihood have perished."

When Vanguard visited the

trouble spots, the market was

devoid of its usual hustle and

bustle. Some people were seen

in groups discussing the

mayhem.

Also, there was heavy security

presence to ensure peace reigns

in the market.


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CONDOLENCE—Governor Babjide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State (3rd right); with wife of the

late Lateef Jakande, Alhaja Abimbola (3rd left), and children and relatives of the decease,

during a condolence visit by members of the state's Executive Council, at Jakande's

residence, in Ilupeju, Lagos, yesterday.

CAMA 2020: SERAP asks court to stop

Buhari from targeting activists

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

LAGOS—THE

Socio-

Economic Rights and

Accountability Project, SERAP, has

filed a lawsuit, asking the Federal

High Court, Abuja, to “stop

President Muhammadu Buhari

from implementing draconian

and unlawful provisions of the

Companies and Allied Matters

Act, 2020.

No date has been fixed for the

hearing of the suit.

The Act allows the Federal

Government to arbitrarily merge

a new association with an already

registered association; suspend

and remove trustees of any

association, and take over funds

belonging to any association, and

transfer such funds to another

association.

Joined in the suit, as

Defendants are the Attorney-

General of the Federation and

Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar

Malami, SAN, and the Corporate

Affairs Commission, CAC.

In the suit number FHC/ABJ/

CS/172/2021, filed last Friday by

SERAP’s lawyers, Kolawole

Oluwadare and Opeyemi

Owolabi, the organisation is

seeking: “an order stopping

President Buhari, Mr. Malami

and the CAC from implementing

the unconstitutional provisions of

CAMA 2020.

The suit followed SERAP’s letter

to President Buhari in August

2020 requesting him to “revoke

his assent to CAMA 2020 and

return it to the National Assembly

for a repeal of the repressive

provisions, particularly sections

839, 842, 843, 844 and 850

contained in Part F of the Act, and

any other similar provisions.”

SERAP stated that: “The right

to freely associate with others

works both ways. The others you

want to associate with must be

prepared to associate with you.

None can be imposed on the

other. The right to freedom of

association also connotes the right

of the others to freely associate

with or dissociate from

whosoever.”

SERAP is also seeking an order

of injunction “restraining the

Corporate Affairs Commission or

persons acting on its instructions

from further implementing,

applying and enforcing the

offensive and unlawful provisions

of sections 831; 839; 842; and 850

of CAMA 2020 and any

regulations made under these

provisions pending the hearing

and determination of the suit.”

The suit reads in part: “The

power under section 831[i][ii] to

merge associations without their

consent is manifestly

unwarranted and serves no

purpose, and yet most likely to be

abused to violate the rights of individuals

to associate with other people of like

minds, particularly given the growing

restriction on civic space and crushing of

peaceful protests in the country.

“The Defendants do not have the

constitutional and legal power to suspend

or remove a trustee of any registered

association on a mere believe or

suspicion the association is engaged in

fraud, and without due process of law,

and fair hearing."

Lekki Toll Gate protest: We were stripped naked,

—Comedian Macaroni • Arrest, humiliation actionable —Ozekhome

By Henry Ojelu & Bose

Adelaja, with agency

reports

L

A G O S

COMEDIAN, Debo

Adebayo, who is better known as

Mr. Macaroni, yesterday,

lampooned the police for the

treatment meted out to him and

other protesters at the Lekki Toll

Gate, claiming that they were

stripped naked.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State

Police Command, yesterday,

condemned the molestation of

some arrested #EndSARS

protesters.

Macaroni and several others

were, on Saturday, arrested by the

police for protesting against the

decision of the Lagos State

Judicial Panel of Inquiry to reopen

the toll gate, which was symbolic

of last October’s #EndSARS

protests. They, were, however,

granted bail.

In a video posted on his Twitter

handle, he said: “When we were

picked up, we were taken to

Adeniji where we were beaten,

we were stripped naked.

Everyone was beaten.”

The comedian explained that

• Lagos CP probes molestation of arrested protesters

he initially did not want to go for

the protest as he had been warned

by his family, but noted that he

changed his mind because

people will be at the Toll Gate.

He claimed that his phone was

also destroyed after he was

arrested by law enforcement

agents.

He said: “The only reason I

went there is that I knew people

would be there and in good

conscience, I don’t know.

“But I knew people would die

and I saw it, and I can confirm it

that if words did not get out,

people would have died because

nobody would have known where

anybody was or who picked up

whom.”

Arrest, humiliation

actionable

—Ozekhome

Also reacting, lawyer to Mr. Marcaroni,

Mike Ozekhome said the arrest and

humiliation of protesters at the weekend

is actionable in law.

He, however, noted that he has not

been briefed by his client to sue the police

authority.

Ozekhome said: “The arrest of my

client, Mr. Marcaroni and many other

protesters at the Lekki tollgate at

the weekend is unlawful and actionable

in court. My client has not

briefed me on whether he wants to

institute any suit against the police,

but I know for a fact that his unlawful

arrest is a breach of his right

which is guaranteed by the constitution.”

Lagos CP probes humiliation of arrested

protesters

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of

Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem

Odumosu, who was piqued by this

unprofessional and inhuman act, has

ordered the Deputy Commissioner of

Police, State CID, Panti, DCP Adegoke

Fayoade, to analyse the video and bring

to book whoever that must have been

responsible for the act.

A video has been circulating in the

social media showing the molestation of

some arrested protesters in a bus after

their arrests at Lekki Tollgate Admiralty

Plaza.

Odumosu stated that as much as the

command is resolute in enforcing all laws

in the state, it will not deviate from the

Standard Operating Procedure of the

ong>Nigeriaong> Police Force and provisions of

the law in discharging its duties.

He vowed to fish out those responsible

for the molestation and ensure they are

punished for their unprofessional

Watch out! LOVE is becoming contagious!

Kai...you must finish what you started oo!


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HANDOVER: From left—Lamidi Hakeem, Board Secretary, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board,

LASUBEB; Babatunde Aro, Chairman, Conduct and Compliance Group, CSR Project Committee, Access Bank

Plc; Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King, Executive Chairman, LASUBEB, and Hon. Adebayo Adefuye, Permanent Board

member, LASUBEB, during the handover of the renovated St. Peter's Primary School, Apapa Road, by Access

Bank Plc in Lagos. Photo: Akeem Salau.

Armed herdsmen: Ijaw group accuses

N-Delta govs of indifference

•Commends Ondo, Benue govs for speaking up

By Emem Idio

Y ENAGOA—WORRIED

by the increasing spate of

killings, kidnappings, banditry,

farmers/herders clashes and

other criminal atrocities committed

by suspected Fulani

herdsmen, an Ijaw group,

Movement for the Survival of

Izon Ethnic Nationalities in the

Niger Delta, MOSIEND, has

taken a swipe at the Niger Delta

governors, accusing them of

treating with kid gloves the

herdsmen's menace in the region.

National Vice President of

MOSIEND, Thompson Fuoye

in a chat with newsmen in

Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, said:

"The issue of Fulani-herdsmen

killing, maiming, kidnapping

and committing banditry is

very serious that the N'Delta

governors must be concerned

about.

"So, it's a very serious matter

that the N'Delta governors

have not looked into it. I am

very grateful that the Benue

State governor made a very

frantic statement just recently,

those are the kind of statements

we want to hear from

our governors and even what

the Ondo State governor, Rotimi

Akeredolu said is wonderful.

"That is the kind of actions

and statements that the governors

of Edo, Rivers, Delta

and Bayelsa states ought to

take and make but they have

not done anything by making

sure that these people understand

that we will not tolerate

nonsense in our territory.

"Like I have always said and

clearly, every ong>Nigeriaong>n has the

right to stay and do business

and live wherever he or she

wants but you must come with

hands that are clean which

means you must be willing to

live under the law.

"As far as I am concerned,

the governors of the Niger

Delta states if anything are

Contractors to NDDC: No payment for

IPCs, no return to abandoned projects

By Egufe Yafugborhi

PORT HARCOURT—

CONTRACTORS handling

key Niger Delta Development

Commission,

NDDC, projects abandoned

for years over the non-ong>setong>tlement

of Interim Payment

Certificates, IPCs, in Akwa

more interested in who becomes

what in 2023. That is

what they are lobbying on how

to become Vice President and

President. Those are the nonsense

they are running after but

forgetting that we have a problem

that is going to consume

us like cancer that will gradually

eat up everybody one day.

But we in MOSIEND are going

to protect our own the best

way we can."

On the statements credited

to some Fulani fanatics to the

fact that all the lands belong

to them and will want to take

possession of them,

MOSIEND described the

statement as unfortunate and

disrespectful, maintaining that

Delta to build 15 roads, bridge with over N16b

•Approves upgrade of six central hospitals

By Festus Ahon

ASABA—DELTA State

Government has approved

the construction and

rehabilitation of 15 roads

across the state at a cost of

over N16 billion.

State Commissioner for Information,

Mr Charles Aniagwu

disclosed this while briefing

newsmen after the State

Executive Council meeting

presided over by Governor Ifeanyi

Okowa in Asaba.

He said the State Executive

Council also approved Delta

Cares Programme, a partnership

programme with the

World Bank, to resuscitate

small and micro businesses

affected by the COVID-19

pandemic.

Also approved according to

him, were a comprehensive

upgrade of facilities in Central

Hospitals in Kwale,

Ughelli, Oleh, Agbor, Warri

and Sapele and payment of

retirement benefits to some

retirees of Delta State University,

whose cases had problems.

Aniagwu explained that the

roads approved were spread

across the three senatorial

districts for fairness and equity,

listing them to include;

the construction of a bridge

across River Ethiope in

Umusume Quarters, Obiaruku;

internal roads in Okpara-inland,

construction of

Ituru Road, Elume; construction

of Deghele-Bateren

Township road in Warri

South-West, construction of

Oporoza Township Roads in

Ibom State have insisted

they would only return to

sites if the commission pays

them.

The contractors expressed

the concern in response to

appeal for completion of the

projects by NDDC Sole Administrator,

Efiong Akwa,

following his projects inspection

visit to Akwa Ibom.

Gbaramatu and construction

of Ogbe-Ijoh internal roads in

Ogbe-Ijoh, both in Warri

South-West and construction

of Dantinajo Gold Resort

Road, Oleh, Isoko South.

Others are the construction

and reconstruction of Iregwa/

Baleke and adjoining streets

in Agbor, Ika South; reconstruction

and overlay of Owerre-Olubo/Ute-Ogbeje

road,

Ika North-East, construction

of Obi-Ibabu/Ibabu road in

Ndokwa West; rehabilitation

and expansion of Old Lagos

By-Pass (linking Benin/Asaba

Expressway to Asaba/Okpanam

Road) as well as the construction

of critical adjoining

roads and discharge channel,

Okpanam, Oshimili North,

were approved by the council.

the inability of the government

to caution those making such

inflammatory statements was

a pointer to the fact that some

high profile persons in government

were behind them.

"If the aim of those who

made that statement is to

threaten, maim, kidnap and

kill people to take possession

of the land, then we the Ijaws

will not take it. The direction

of the action of these Fulani

herdsmen points to the fact

they are up to something untoward,

probably 'ethnic cleansing.

"Don't forget from the information

we gathered, those

herdsmen engaging in kidnappings

are acquiring arms for

themselves with the money

paid as ransom. They kidnap

and when a ransom is paid, it

is used in exchange for arms,"

he stated.

Some of the key projects

stalemated by NDDC's failure

to ong>setong>tle contractors'

IPCs include the Regional

Specialist Hospital at Mkpat

Enin Local Government

Area and the 175-room University

of Uyo Permanent site

hostel in Uyo LGA.

Structural Engineer for

the regional hospital, Blessing

Umoh, described the

project as a three-in-one

complex comprising Orthopaedic,

Cardiovascular and

Children/Maternity sections.

The contractor for the

project, Mfoniso Essien, put

the completion status at just

26 percent before it was

abandoned while Emeka

Maduka, a contractor for

the hostel project said the job

was 80 percent done before

work was halted.

In a statement by Ibitoye

Abosede, NDDC Director,

Corporate Affairs, the contractor

asked Akwa, "For

payment of IPCs to enable

them return to sites."

Akwa consequently, "Directed

the contractors to report

to the commission's

headquarters in Port Harcourt

for a comprehensive

evaluation of the constraints,

which will assist in putting

together the necessary

things to ensure the realisation

of the projects."

Clark alive, says PANDEF

By Emma Amaize

PAN NIGER Delta Forum,

PANDEF, has said that its

National Leader and Chairman,

Board of Trustees, Chief

Edwin Clark, who recently

recovered from Covid-19 attack,

is alive, hale and hearty.

National Publicity Secretary

of the South-South regional

body, Ken Robinson, in

a statement, said: "PANDEF

was inundated with anxious

calls all evening of February

13, 2021, inquiring about the

state of health of Chief Clark.

"The anxiety of the inquirers

has necessitated this release.

"PANDEF wishes to state,

assuredly, that Chief Clark is

in his normal healthy and

ebullient self. The information

making the rounds on

some social media platforms

is concocted, malicious falsehood

and ostensibly intended

to cause confusion within the

Chief's teeming, multi-dimensional

constituencies.

"PANDEF urges all friends

and associates of the South-

South Leader, and, indeed, the

entire ong>Nigeriaong>n public, and

the global community, to disregard

the ugly rumour. Chief

Clark is alive, hale and hearty.

"What is true, is that our leader,

soon to be 94 years old, did

test positive for COVID-19, but

had since been confirmed

negative by health officials,

after 14 days of isolation in

his Asokoro, Abuja residence.

"The good chief, reacting to

the perplexing story, last night,

expresses his appreciation for

the kindness of those calling

from good hearts. He uses this

instance to also thank all

those, within and outside the

country, who had been calling,

in the last three to four

weeks upon hearing of the

outcome of his COVID-19

test, and yearns all to join him

in thanking God for his dramatic

deliverance from the

scourge.

"PANDEF, itself, gives glory

to God, for graciously blessing

our leader with salubrious

longevity, to continue to

bestow his God-given wisdom

and leadership acuity, still

very much needed, not only in

the Niger-Delta region, or the

Southern-Middle Belt Alliance,

but also, the entire country,

ong>Nigeriaong>.

"On an important footnote,

PANDEF strongly implores

operators and sponsors of

online communication platforms,

to maintain the highest

professional standards, in

their practice and endeavors,

by authenticating their stories

before hastening to publish,

to avoid creating this kind of

unwholesome and disconcerting

situation," he said.

APC tries to compel, cajole

our members for registration,

PDP alleges

By Gabriel

Enogholase

BENIN—PEOPLES Dem

ocratic Party, PDP, in Ovia

Federal constituency, has alleged

that members of the All

Progressives Congress, APC,

in Ovia South West and Ovia

North East Local Government

Areas of Edo State, were trying

to compel and cajole its

members in these councils to

join them in their ongoing revalidation

exercise.

A statement in Benin City,

weekend by Mr Monday

Osaigbovo, immediate past

Commissioner for Local

Government and Chieftaincy

Affairs, Edo State, said their

attention was brought to the

development by a group of

women who pleaded anonymity.

He said, "They told us that

ong>beingong> registered members of

the PDP, they would resist any

attempt by the APC to compel

them to register with a

party (APC), which has no iota

of relevance in the two councils,

Ovia South West and

Ovia North East.

"This show of shame is

laughable, as expanding

membership of a political

party is not achieved by compulsion,

cajoling, subtlety,

conniving, deceit or outright

manoeuvering.

"It is the policies and programmes

outlined by a party

that attract willing, deliberate

and capable membership.

"It is glaring that the APC

has lost its stronghold in Ovia

South West and Ovia North

East and has thus resorted to

their usual ardent and enchanted

antics and tactics.

"We are, therefore, using this

medium to inform the leadership

of our great party, the

PDP, at all levels, to be aware

of this charade of shame, orchestrated

by the APC in Ovia

South West and Ovia North

East and also to enlighten

members of the PDP in these

LGAs, to prevent them from

falling for such repulsive, repugnant

and retrograde gimmicks

by the APC. All manner

of persuasion, cajoling, or

forceful registration to join the

APC will be vehemently resisted

in no uncertain terms."

UPU inaugurates Okugbe

MFB c'ttee

PROMINENT SONS and

daughters of Urhobo land

are mobilising funds to ong>setong> up

a micro finance bank to cater

for the needs of the ewheya

(women) and ighelle (youngsters)

of Urhobo land.

A fundraising committee to

raise the funds was recently

inaugurated by the President

General of Urhobo Progress

Union, Olorogun Moses

Taiga with Mr Abraham Ogbodo

as chairman, Mr Francis

Ewherido, Vice Chairman

and Dr Benson Uwheru, Secretary.

Speaking during the inauguration,

the UPU PG said,

"The beginning of a journey

like this always looks tedious

and uncertain, but I encourage

you not to be deterred by

this small beginning. My

dream is that this seemingly

small effort, like a mustard

seed, will metamorphose into

a big bank like Wema Bank

someday, hopefully in my life

time."

The mandate of the committee

is to raise an initial

N300million to enable the

bank commence as a unit. The

second phase of the project is

to raise N1.5billion to enable

the bank get a state-wide status

so that it can cover all the

nooks and crannies of Urhobo

land.


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BURIAL:

From left—Enyi

Ngozi Giwa-Amu,

Mrs Vivienne Edozie

and Mrs Olive

Onono, all daughters

of late Mrs Joyce

Alberta

Anyaegbunam (née

Petgrave), during

the burial of late Mrs

Joyce Alberta

Anyaegbunam at

Onitsha, Anambra

State.

Why Uzodimma can't take over my varsity

—Okorocha

By Chinonso Alozie

OGovernor WERRI—FORMER

of Imo State

and Senator representing,

Imo West Senatorial District,

Senator Rochas Okorocha,

has said that his Eastern Palm

University, cannot be taken

over by Imo State Government

because it was established under

the Public Private Partnership

agreement between Imo

government and Rochas Foundation,

when he was the governor

of the state.

Okorocha spoke in response

to the government's announcement

that the Eastern

Palm University has been taken

over.

In a statement by his Special

Adviser on media, Sam

Onwuemedor, he said: "This

is to plead with the general

public to disregard the claim

by the State Government, with

Chief Hope Uzodinma as

governor, that it has recovered

the Eastern Palm University,

Ogboko.

"And the only reason the government

gave was that a

White paper, that has not been

released recommended for the

recovery. The claim was only

aimed at distracting the public

from the total collapse of

governance in Imo.

Fidelity Bank Plc issues largest ticket

Tier II local bonds in ong>Nigeriaong>

NATIONAL CAKE: S-East has never had it so good

—Moghalu

A

LL PROGRESSIVES

Congress, APC, governorship

aspirant in Anambra

State and Managing Director

of the National Inland Waterways

Authority, NIWA, Dr

George Moghalu, has urged

South-easterners to embrace

the APC because the zone has

been treated fairly by President

Muhammadu Buhari.

He urged current members

and new ones to take advantage

of the ongoing members

revalidation to renew their

membership or join the APC.

The former national auditor

of the APC gave the charge,

weekend, during the commencement

of the registration

and revalidation exercise in

Anambra State.

The exercise, he noted, is

very important to the APC-led

Federal Government as it

would assist it monitor socioeconomic

activities including

size of palliatives to be deployed

whenever the need arises.

It will also enable them

monitor rigging in elections.

Moghalu also sent a message

of felicitation to the Metropolitan

Catholic Archbishop

of Onitsha, Valerian

Okeke on his 19th episcopal

"The Eastern Palm University

was a creation of the law.

It has a law establishing it. It

is a legal entity. So, it is not a

kiosk or market store one

could wake up one day to

claim or announce to have

recovered."

The statement argued that,

"The Eastern Palm University

was established by the Imo

State of ong>Nigeriaong>, Law No. 3 of

2019. And part II, No.3 (3)

Stated that, “the University

shall be owned on a Public

Private Partnership (PPP) basis,

by the Imo State Government

and the Incorporated

Trustees of Rochas Foundation,

hereinafter referred to as

the Parties.

"And the Agreement and

ordination anniversary.

While praying for more

grace upon Archbishop

Okeke, Moghalu sought the

massive support of people of

the state in his governorship

aspiration, stressing that the

nation and geopolitical zone

have never had it so good as

ong>beingong> experienced under the

President Buhari -led Federal

Government as his campaign

promises have been fulfilled

and surpassed.

He listed some completed

and on-going federal projects

in the state including the Zik's

Mausoleum, Enugu-Onitsha

Expressway and the second

Niger Bridge as projects dear

to the people of the zone that

the APC-led Federal Government

had executed.

Ebonyi PDP warns members against anti-party

activities

By Peter Okutu

ABAKALIKI—THE Ebo

nyi Peoples Democratic

Party, PDP, weekend, warned its

members to desist from indulging

in anti-party activities.

The Chairman of the Party,

Barr Onyekachi Nwebonyi

handed down the warning

while commending the judiciary

on its ruling on the PDP

leadership crisis in the state.

"The SWC however wishes

to warn all members and office

holders in the party who

may want to indulge in antiparty

activities to refrain from

that as the party will not condone

that," he said.

The Federal High Court sit-

•Invites those under suspension to appear

before it's disciplinary c'ttee

Memorandum of Understanding

between the Concerned

Parties are domiciled

in the relevant bodies or Institutions.

And the law also provided

that any of the Parties,

“may decide to opt out of the

Agreement upon giving the

prescribed notice and meeting

the conditions for opting

out as contained in the Agreement."

By Babajide

Komolafe

FIDELITY BANK Plc has

successfully issued 10

years N41.21 billion in fixed

rate unsecured subordinated

bond at a 8.5 percent coupon

rate due in 2031.

The bond issuance which

was fully subscribed, given

that total investor interest and

commitments in the bonds

were N56.6 billion, adds to the

impressive portfolio of landmark

transactions structured

by the bank, and underscores

its capacity to successfully execute

debt capital market

transactions.

The transaction is a landmark

achievement in the ong>Nigeriaong>n

domestic debt market

for ong>beingong> the largest corporate

bonds ever issued by a ong>Nigeriaong>n

Bank including the deposit

money banks and merchant

banks etc.

In December, the bank had

announced plans to issue fixed

income securities with 10-year

tenor to support the growth

and development of Small

Medium Enterprises (SMEs),

Retail Business as well as its

technology infrastructure. The

bank conducted the debt issuance

under its registered N100

billion bond issuance programme.

The bonds are unsecured

and subordinated, which will

qualify as Tier II Capital in line

with the Central Bank of ong>Nigeriaong>

(CBN) Guidance Notes

on Regulatory Capital for

commercial banks in ong>Nigeriaong>.

Speaking on the significance

and success of the bond

issuance, Fidelity Bank Chairman,

Mustapha Chike-Obi,

said the bond issuance further

demonstrates the bank's confidence

in ong>Nigeriaong>’s debt market.

“It also validates the continued

investor confidence in our

corporate strategy and aspirations,

strong corporate governance

structure and solid and

stable executive management

team with robust history of superior

financial performance

and returns,” Obi explained.

In her comments, Fidelity

Bank CEO, Mrs. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe,

noted that proceeds

from the transaction would be

utilised to support growth in

the issuer’s risk asong>setong>s in SME

and retail business as well as

investments in technology &

retail infrastructure. This, Onyeali-Ikpe

added is in line with

the bank’s Tier I aspirations.

According to her, our business

fundamentals have remained

strong despite the challenging

economic environment occasioned

by the coronavirus

pandemic and the attendant

recession.

ting in Abakaliki which was

presided by judge, Hon. Justice

Aluko Akintayo maintained

that the National Working

Committee (NWC) of the PDP

acted wrongly in dissolving the

Ebonyi State Executive committee

without giving them fair

hearing in line with the party's

constitution and the 1999 constitution

of the Federal Republic

of ong>Nigeriaong> as amended.

He, therefore sacked the Fred

Udeogu - led caretaker committee

and restrained them

from parading themselves as

Caretaker Committee of the

PDP in Ebonyi State.

In a statement issued in

Abakaliki by Barr. Chief Onyekachi

Nwebonyi, State

Chairman, PDP, Ebonyi State

and Chief Simon Anyigor,

State Secretary, the Party enjoined

all those under suspension

to appear before the disciplinary

Committee of the party

assuring that nobody will be

victimized.

The statement read in part:

"The judgement is a victory for

democracy and not for any particular

individual or group. It

is no victor no vanquished. The

SWC however wishes to warn

all members and office holders

in the party who may want

to indulge in anti-party activities

to refrain from that as the

party will not condone that.''

Foundation for steady growth in

IGR laid in Abia —Deputy Gov

By Ugochukwu

Alaribe

UMUAHIA—ABIA State

Deputy Governor, Sir

Ude Oko Chukwu has stated

that the foundation for a continuous

growth of the state’s

internally generated revenue

has been laid due to well

thought out innovations introduced

in revenue generation

and collection.

Speaking to journalists in

Umuahia, Oko Chukwu, who

is the head of Abia State economic

team, said that the state

devised more civilized way of

revenue collection which has

made the revenue payment

seamless, civil and friendly

and eliminated multiple taxation

as well as activities of

touts who were hitherto involved

in revenue collection.

His words; "There has been

a remarkable improvement in

our revenue base judging

from what it used to be before

we assumed office. This is a

product of the introduction of

modern technology in revenue

2023: Enugu youths divided on

zoning, agree on full participation

By Dennis Agbo

ENUGU—YOUTHS in

Enugu State have started

sensitization for awareness

creation with a view to mobilizing

full participation of

youths in the 2023 political

activities.

Arising from Enugu youth

stakeholders round table organized

by Leadership, Entrepreneurship

and Advocacy,

LEAD, Network, the youths

were divided on the issue of

zoning the governorship position

in the state among the

three senatorial districts, but

unanimously agreed to create

more impact in the next general

election through direct

participation as candidates.

Executive Director of LEAD

Network, Mr. Chukwuma

Okenwa said that other issues

the youths have interests were

in the areas of financial capacity

building that would

Imo to have Industrial Policy

in 3 months —Ebegbulem

OWERRI—THE Commis

sioner for Commerce and

Industry in Imo State, Comrade

Simon Ebegbulem, has

expressed his gratitude to

governor Hope Uzodimma in

his effort to get an industrial

policy for the state through the

invitation of the officials of the

United Nations Industrial Development

Organisation

(UNIDO).

He said the Industrial policy

which will be ready in three

months will not only accelerate

the revamping of the moribund

industries in the state

but will also ensure that the

state benefit from the employment

opportunities and revenues

accrued to these industries.

It will be recalled that his

Excellency, Senator Hope

Uzodimma had played host

to a delegation from UNIDO

led by Mr Jean Bakole, the

Director of UNIDO representative

to ECOWAS and Director,

ong>Nigeriaong> Regional Office

Hub last Thursday, where

UNIDO agreed to help the

state government to revamp

collection which has eventually

dovetailed into a bountiful

harvest for the state in the

area of revenue generation

and collection because of the

foundation this administration

has laid.

"We adopted the e-ticketing

method for all flying revenues

in the state and Abia state

might be only state currently

using that technology. Again

to forestall all the previous

harassments and allegations

of double or multiple taxation,

we have introduced the

consolidated demand notice

wherein all revenues needed

to be paid are listed on one

document, so our people

won't be receiving various demand

notices from different

agents.

"All these innovations apart

from shoring up our revenue

base will ensure that crude

methods of revenue collection

and the use of touts becomes

a thing of the past in the state;

thereby making revenue collection

seamless and stress

free.

lead to practical political party

participation.

In their conversation, the

youths also agreed that leadership

capacity building was

important to prepare the

youth for challenges of leadership

if they eventually take

over power from the older

generation who they said have

stayed in the corridors of

power for too long.

“The most important thing

in the roundtable discussion

which continues is that Enugu

youths agreed that they

must play a key role in the

2023 general elections, we

won’t be bystanders and we

keep conversation going until

2023.

“The issue of zoning was an

extraneous factor, even

though it tended to dominate

our discussion because of the

passion, but that is not the

main focus of conversation

because political participation

is more important for us.''

its moribund industries following

the determination of

governor Uzodimma to revamp

moribund industries in

the state and also build new

ones.

The UNIDO is a specialized

agency of the United Nation's

system which assists countries

in the promotion of economic

and Industrial Development

for poverty reduction, inclusive

globalization and environmental

sustainability.

Reacting, Commissioner

Ebegbulem who expressed

the determination of governor

Uzodimma to create employment

opportunities in the state

through our industries asserted

that "His Excellency had

briefed the UNIDO officials

of the Challenges in our industrial

sector.

"And in the course of the

meeting, it was noted that past

administration's in the state

failed to develop an Industrial

policy which will help the

growth of industries in the

state. Therefore it was agreed

that the state will have an industrial

policy in the next three

months.


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By Demola Akinyemi

I State LORIN—KWARA

government has

confirmed 65 new cases of

COVID-19 in the state

yesterday.

This is contained in a press

statement issued by the

Spokesperson of the state

Technical Committee on

COVID-19 and the Chief

Press Secretary to the

governor, Rafiu Ajakaye.

According to the,

statement, the total number

of confirmed cases in Kwara

State is now 2, 554, while

total number of active cases

was 511.

He said: “The total number

of pending tests was 562, and

that total no of negative tests

in the state is 15,815.”

Ajakaye added that while

the total number of discharged

cases was 1982, the total

number of deaths was 51.

SACK: NLC wades into Maritime

workers, Intels’ dispute

By Victor Ahiuma-

Young

A BUJA—NIGERIA

Labour Congress, NLC,

has waded into the trade dispute

between the Maritime Workers

Union of ong>Nigeriaong>, MWUN, and

Integrated Logistics Services,

Intels, following December 2020

sack of about 600 members of

MWUN, without payment of their

terminal benefits.

In a letter to the Managing

Director, Integrated Logistics

Services, Onne Port, Rivers State,

dated January 29, 2021,

President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba,

said the national leadership of

NLC was prepared to provide an

enabling environment for the

peaceful resolution of all the

issues at short notice.

NLC noted that the first step

towards an amicable resolution

of issues was cessation of

further hostile actions by

either side, and withdrawal of

pending actions.

According to NLC letter titled:

Re-report of messers intels

services ltd anti-labour practice, it

recalled the letter of complaints

by MWUN, an affiliate, over the

dispute between it and Intels,

Gas outlets: Delta Commissioner

assures residents on safety

of life, property government to ensure business

ASABA—THE

Delta

State Commissioner for

Oil and Gas Ministry, Prince

Emmanuel Amgbaduba has

assured the people of Delta

State that the state government

will do everything possible to

ensure the safety of life and

property in gas outlets and their

surroundings

The commissioner

disclosed this in Asaba,

weekend, during an

interview with journalists

The commissioner who

visited some gas plants and

retail outlets in the state

capital and its environs,

insisted on proper ventilation,

use of fire extinguishers as well

as gas leakage indicators,

assured that the use of such

facilities would help in reducing

the risks in the business.

However, members of the

Gas Dealers Association,

Okpanam who paid a

courtesy visit to the

commissioner led by its

Chairman, Mr. Frank Okorie

asked the ministry to help in

securing life and property by

compelling gas outlets to adhere

to guidelines laid down by

saying in MWUN’s letter of complaint

dated 21/01/2021, the union

averred that “Associated Maritime

Services (AMS) which employs

some of its members, “provide

dedicated personnel for intel

Nig. Ltd. Accordingly, Intel

Nig. Ltd always gives instructions

to AMS to declare redundancy

and number of workers to be declared

redundant and issues instructions

to AMS to carry out its

wishes.

“Over the years, redundancy

matters at AMS were jointly

sorted out as “Intel ong>beingong> the

principal always negotiated with

the Union, staff welfare benefits

and severance packages to

workers of Associated Maritime

Services. However, recently the

management of Intel refused to

negotiate with the Union,

“severance benefits of 602

workers now reduced to 599

whose appointments on the

instruction of Intels were

terminated without payment

either by Intel or Associated

Maritime Services.”

“The Union also avered that

from the facts above, it was

obvious that the relationship

had always been a tripartite

one with Intel “ong>beingong> the

principal employer.”

friendly environment.

They were received by the

Permanent Secretary of the

ministry, Mrs Gladys Puegeren

and Directors in the ministry.

NEMA promotes 212 as DG

demands greater commitment

THE

Director

General of the National

Emergency Management

Agency, NEMA, Air Vice Marshal

Muhammadu Muhammed (retd)

has approved the promotion of

212 staff of the agency.

The affected staff were

recommended for an upgrade

following their successful

performance in the recent

promotion examinations

conducted by both the Senior and

Junior Staff Establishment

Committees of the agency.

Of the number of workers

promoted, 144 was put forward by

the Senior Staff Establishment

Committee after a rigorous

examination and interview

process, with the result endorsed

by the Minister of Humanitarian

Affairs, Disaster Management

and Social Development;

FACILITY TOUR: From left; Mrs. Gladys Puegeren, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Oil and Gas,

Delta State; Prince Emmanuel Amgbaduba, Commissioner for Oil and Gas Ministry and others Directors

of the ministry, when the commissioner visited some gas plants and retails outlets in Asaba.

Benue tribal leaders to Bauchi gov: Your support

for arms-bearing herders, invitation to anarchy

By Peter Duru

M AKURDI—THE

Benue tribal leaders

have warned that Governor Bala

Mohammed of Bauchi State

support for Fulani herdsmen to

carry sophisticated weapons is an

invitation to anarchy in the

country.

The leaders faulted the the

Bauchi State governor for

attacking his Benue counterpart,

Samuel Ortom over Benue State

anti-grazing law.

Governor Mohammed among

others, said the "herders have no

option than to carry AK47

K Kano ANO—FORMER

State governor,

Senator Rabi’u Musa

Kwankwaso, has given insight

into how he sold his properties to

fund scholarship of some Kano

Indigenes abroad under his

charity organization,

Kwankwasiyya Development

Foundation.

Kwankwaso stated this while

receiving 370 beneficiaries of the

because the society and the

government are not protecting

them.”

While insisting that herders

have the rights to reside

anywhere, the Bauchi governor

said: “We have so many Tiv

people farming in Alkaleri, in

Tafawa Balewa, in Bogoro Local

Government Areas of Bauchi

State because it is their

constitutional rights to be there.”

But reacting in a statement

yesterday in Makurdi, the

Chairman of the Benue tribal

leaders, and President General

of Mzough U Tiv Worldwide,

Chief Iorbee Ihagh said “I read

scholarship, who weekend

returned from India, Dubai and

Sudan to the state through

Malam Aminu Kano

International Airport, Kano.

A statement by the Director

General, Abubakar Sadik said the

students underwent postgraduate

studies in various

universities in the three

countries.

According to him, the former

minister of defence was excited

to receive the students back

home in good health after their

Master's degrees in various fields

the comment of the Bauchi

Governor but I want to know if

the Tiv people in Bauchi are not

obeying the law of the state? Are

they not doing legitimate jobs?

“In a situation where you come

to Benue and bring your cattle to

destroy our crops, destroy lives

and property of your host as well

as go about with AK47 is an

anomaly.

“And for someone to sit in

Bauchi and give reasons why

fulani herdsmen are carrying

guns as if the fulanis have been

licenced to carry AK47 against

the other over 500 tribes in the

country is an invitation to

of human endeavours.

He quoted the former governor

as saying: “This is a day to

remember, a very historic day as

our dream comes true. I am

delighted to welcome you home.

I am happy that many of you have

passed with outstanding results.

''Senator Rabiu Musa

Kwankwaso also said when he

conceived the idea of sponsoring

students to foreign universities for

postgraduate studies, he pulled

resources from different

quarters, including donations

anarchy.

“He should come out and

mention the Tiv people who are

causing trouble in his state

because as far as we know, the

farmers are living peacefully with

their host communities in Bauchi

and everywhere you find them.

“If he (Governor Bala

Mohammed) knows those

carrying AK47 to terrorise their

host communities like the fulani

herdsmen are doing, he should

let us know. I think our leaders

should always weigh what they

say so that their utterances will

not create anarchy which is

capable of dividing ong>Nigeriaong>.”

I sold my properties to fund foreign scholarship trip of

Kano students — Kwankwaso •As 370 beneficiaries return from India,

By Bashir Bello

Sadiya Umar Farouq.

The Junior Staff Establishment

Committee conducted the

examination for the other

successful 68 staffers.

According to a statement by

NEMA’s Head, Media and Public

Relations, Manzo Ezekiel the

newly promoted members of staff

cut across the civil service Grades

Level 4 to 17. They include one

substantive Director on Grade

level 17; 14 Deputy Directors on

Grade Level 16 and 16 Assistant

Directors on Grade Level 15and

others.

In his congratulatory message

to the newly promoted staff,

NEMA boss, Air Vice Marshal

Muhammed urged them to

justify their elevation with a

greater commitment to duties

and actualising the agency's

mandate.

FOLLOWING the recent

invasion of some

warehouses and markets in Lagos

and Ogun states by the ong>Nigeriaong>

Customs Service (NCS) Strike

Force, Africa Association of

Professional Freight Forwarders

and Logistics in ong>Nigeriaong>

(APFFLON) has berated the

Service, accusing it of complicity

in the nefarious activities.

The advocacy group, through

its National President, Otunba

Frank Ogunojemite, described the

raid by NCS as an indictment on

its (Customs) part, saying that the

revenue collectors have been

playing the ostrich.

Briefing newsmen in Ikeja,

Lagos secretariat of the

association, Ogunojemite accused

the NCS of complicity, saying that

no consignment finds its way into

Dubai, Sudan

from well wishers and selling

personal properties.

“My passion for education has

no boundaries, I went to an

extent of selling some of my

properties to ensure the take-off

of this foreign scholarship

initiative under the auspices of

Kwankwasiyya Development

Foundation. The 370

postgraduate beneficiaries were

offered a full paid foriegn

scholarship which included

tuition, airfare, accommodations

and living expenses

throughout their studies.”

SMUGGLING: APFFLON accuses Customs of

complicity

the country without the

involvement of Customs

personnel.

A report by one online medium

said the Strike Force Unit

swooped on some warehouses

and markets in Lagos and Ogun

states, trucking away over 1,930

bags of 50kg rice, alleged to have

been smuggled in by traders.

Ahmadu Bello Shuaibu, Coordinator

of the Strike Force said

the action was to buttress the

Federal Government's policy of

boosting local production of rice

and create jobs.

However, APFFLON accused

the Service of aiding and abating

smuggling, pointing out that 80%

of goods that flood ong>Nigeriaong>n

markets and warehouses are

goods released by Customs

officers.

The Co-ordinator of the CG

Strike Force pointed out that

based on the proactive measures

by the Unit, smugglers have

found it difficult to move

smuggled foreign rice from the

border in large quantity.

But the APFFLON boss,

countered the declaration,

saying Customs clandestinely

collect money from importers to

release contraband goods after

which they move into their

warehouses to seize them,

describing the action as

treacherous.

He said: The height of corruption

we witness in every sector of

the economy is amazing. How

would Customs exonerate itself of

complicity in all these. The socalled

foreign rice and contraband

goods that flood our markets come

in either through the land borders

or the seaports; none passes underground.”


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Jakande: Some of our fathers

were good

THE nation wept on Thursday,

February 11, 2021 when

media veteran and former Lagos

State Governor, Lateef Jakande, left.

Ironically all our politicians who

spoke, sang his praises. But if they

know death is inevitable and that

there would be millions of witnesses

to their roles in governance, why

can’t they serve with the type of

commitment, dedication, honesty

and programmatic manner

Jakande governed? Perhaps it is far

easier to do evil than that which is

just, and the overwhelming majority

of them cast their lots to do the

former.

It is difficult for one to be an

exceptional journalist in a country

that produces star journalists in their

thousands. Jakande was exceptional

not only as a journalist, but also as

media administrator and employer.

To be a super star in the media and

then go on to be a leading light in

politics and governance is almost

an impossible act, but Jakande

pulled it off. He was an uncommon

politician who went to prison in his

early life in defence of the principles

and objectives of his politics, which

is basically to cater for the welfare

of the masses.

Today, the sing-song of many

politicians is to excuse their gross

incompetence and cluelessness by

blaming past leaders. When

Jakande became governor in 1979,

the country had witnessed 13 years

of purposeless and ruinous military

dictatorship. He did not use that as

an excuse. Secondly, the economy

had been so run down by 1981 that

it was on life support. He did not use

that as an excuse not to meet the basic

expectations of the electorate. To

him, no excuse was good enough.

Perhaps the greatest contribution

of Jakande to our governance system

was not just that he lived in his own

house rather than one of those

fanciful government houses or that

he drove his personal car rather than

use the bullet proof official cars.

Rather, it is that four years in office

is more than enough to make a mark

and turn around the fortunes of the

populace. This puts a lie to the

popular sing-song among most

politicians that not even two terms

of eight years is enough for them to

display their talents in governance

or carry out imaginary ‘rescue’

missions when in fact, they become

a big part of the problem. No

institution better demonstrated this

than the military which in a

cumulative 29-year mission of

‘rescuing’ the country from civilian

politicians, succeeded only in

handing over a ruined and

completely looted country.

In my Wednesday, August 28, 2019

presentation at the Annual Professor

Abubakar Momoh Memorial

Lecture held at the Lagos State

University, LASU, Lagos, I examined

four critical areas of intervention

Jakande carried out in his four years

as governor.

The first is education where he

carried out a revolution that became

the benchmark in our country. I

wrote that: “In applying more of

brains and determination than

funds, he transformed the daily

three-tier education system of

morning, afternoon and evening

The greatest

contribution of Jakande

to our governance

system was that four

years in office is more

than enough to turn

around the fortunes of

the populace

school streams to a single morning

stream by greatly widening

infrastructure and planning ahead

not just for a major enrolment

explosion, but where the products

will be channelled. So in a system of

‘The Lord has need of it’, he was able

to acquire land with little

compensation on which he built

primary and secondary schools.

"Jakande within four years from

1979, increased the primary schools

in Lagos State from 605 to 812 and

the pupils from 434,545 to 533,001;

on the average, he built 52 new

primary schools every year. Within

four years, he doubled the number

of secondary schools in the state

from 105 to 223: that is building an

average of 30 new secondary schools

per year. His government

constructed 11, 729 classrooms with

a maximum of 40 children per class

between March and August 1980,

and by 1983, he had constructed

over 22,000 classrooms.

"Aware that some products of the

free education programme would

need to go to tertiary institutions, he

tackled the issue of establishing a

state university in a novel way that

married speed and maximum

utilisation of funds. There were some

high schools within the same

geographical area in Ojo. What

Jakande did was to relocate them

and use their structures to establish

the Lagos State University, LASU,

which now has over 35,000 full time

students.” In all these, education

under his administration was free!

On shelter, I argued that the star

of the housing revolution in our

country was the Jakande

administration: “In its four years in

office, it built over 30,000 lowincome

houses in at least 18 housing

estates across the state. That means

the Jakande administration built

over 7,500 new houses yearly or 650

monthly or 21 new houses for every

day it was in power! If we had this

replicated across the country and the

military had not truncated this

system 36 years ago, we might not

have the serious housing crisis we

have today.”

On healthcare which was also

absolutely free to the tertiary level

with free meals for the sick, in my

view, no government in our country

has matched this level of care for

the citizenry. That was three and a

half decades ago. Today, the health

system is so run down that the

ruling elite treat even their

headache and basic health

problems in Europe, while the

upper middle class treat theirs in

India. The mass of the people are

virtually abandoned to their fate.

I am not talking about treating the

seriously injured or the critically

sick; even giving birth has become

a dangerous enterprise.

Perhaps, the most enduring

legacy Jakande could have left us

was the metro line project for

which his administration entered

a signed agreement with a

consortium of French companies.

The then N700 million line

consisted of 19 trains which could

carry about a million commuters

daily. His administration made a

N70 million advance payment

with the balance to be provided by

the consortium as a loan payable

over 15 years. Tragically, while the

mass transit was ong>beingong> constructed

in 1983, the military struck.

Rather than continue what

promised to be an historic and

transformative project, the

military regime scrapped the

metro line in 1985. It took over $78

million from the Lagos tax payers

purse to pay off the French

contractors to stop building the

mass transit! So, today, Lagos with

an estimated population of over 18

million has no mass transit.

The tears ong>beingong> shed in the

streets for Jakande are genuine. In

contrast, when some of our leaders

die, the country will erupt in joy as

it did when General Sani Abacha

died in 1998. Every leader has a

choice to make: to serve or be

served.

No, General Olanrewaju, you got it wrong

RIGHT OF REPLY

By BAYO ADENUGA

I

WAS alarmed reading allegations

levelled against the Deputy Governor

of Lagos State, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat

by a prominent Lagosian and former

Minister of Communication, Gen. Tajudeen

Olanrewaju (retd.) in a story published in

the Vanguard Newspapers of Sunday,

January 29, 2021.

One, as a concerned Lagosian whose

interest goes beyond individual office

holders, I want to put the record straight

that some of the allegations levelled against

this gentleman are not only incorrect, but

smack of hatred and political

vindictiveness.

About six months back, the Lagos State

deputy governor granted an interview on

the occasion of his birthday to some media

houses. As with interviews, one cannot

determine in precision how the outcomes

will be. What one can hope for is fair

representation of facts according to the

professional standards of the medium in

question.

In this instance, an otherwise routine

interview has generated commentaries that

at once suggests the focus is not to debate

content but to malign. This has warranted

the need to ong>setong> the records straight. I have

no intention to join issues really but to

restate in precise terms what was said at the

said interview. While the transcript

published below as an excerpt speaks for

itself, it is pertinent to explain that the

comparison is not about activities or attitude

or any such thing.

What was alluded to was the fact that the

NURTW like NMA or NUT or ASUU, NBA

or any other association is registered by the

appropriate government agency and cannot

be proscribed at the whims of government.

Such is not in consonance with democratic

ethos. This is the true position. This was what

was taken out of context. Below is the extract

from the interview as published by The

Nation Newspaper, September 28, 2020.

The question asked was: “It is interesting

you mentioned crime because one of the

problems commercial motorists are

confronted with daily is the issue of

‘agbero’. Drivers complain about their

extortion and so on. No matter what the

government does, it seems it has not been

able to solve that problem. What are the

current efforts towards that?"

His answer was: “We have all agreed that

we live by the Constitution and laws. The

National Union of Road Transport Workers,

NURTW, is actually a union recognised by

law. I know some people say ban them, but

the government must also be careful. When

you just say arbitrarily ban them, what stops

you from saying government should ban other

professional and serious-minded associations

such as ASUU, ong>Nigeriaong>n Medical

Those who know or have

encountered the deputy

governor will attest to the

simplicity of his ways and the

quality of his erudition and his

pro-people stance

Association, NMA? Do you understand?

There are times government and these

professional associations have

disagreements; does that mean they should

be banned?

"They are expressing their views. They

might be wrong or right but they have the

right to express those opinions. And then

remember these people, NURTW, are

ong>Nigeriaong>ns; they have brothers and cousins.

So, one of the things we have been telling

them is that if for example you are the

Chairman in Ajeromi and we see that there

are all sorts of contraventions in Ajeromi,

we will remove you as a Chairman. We are

not banning your union but it means you are

incompetent. So, that is the outcome of one of

the meetings we had with them, that if there’s

an infraction in any of the areas due to the

executive in that area, then it should be

dissolved.

"And then you know we complain about our

society, why people fight on the road; we have

all gone around the world and it is only here

we see people fighting on the road and tearing

clothes off themselves, why? That has to

change, but changing that does not mean

banning them.

"It is to make sure we find the time and

interact with them, and say, ‘look this is how

it works’. Remember during former (Governor

Bola Ahmed) Tinubu’s administration when

we started BRT; it was a tug of war, but we

took the union to Colombia to see how the

union there metamorphosed into owning the

BRT and so a lot of those blue buses at that

time were owned by the union. We said: ‘See

you can send your children to school by this;

this is a job you can say you are proud of.’

Surprisingly they paid back the loans for the

buses quickly.

"So, it is a matter of engaging people and

letting them see the reason they need to

change their attitude. That is our way of doing

things, not just say put them away."

Aside misrepresenting intentions and

reading unscripted connotation to clear and

unambiguous words, the author of the

commentary urged the NMA to sue the

deputy governor. Graciously that has fallen

on deaf ears. Also, one wonders why a

publication made in September 2020 is now

a big issue in January 2021 to the author.

For the avoidance of doubt, beyond

suggesting that doctors have a registered

association and drivers are members of

NURTW, also registered, there is no basis to

compare. Their place is distinct and

separate. Government has engaged both

associations to resolve issues. That

engagement is based on prescribed rules of

behaviour and cannot be for government to

just ban when it has disagreement.

A deputy governor holding this view should

be commended not vilified.

Deputy Governor’s Birthday 2019/2020:

On the allegation of hosting a birthday party

in his official residence and blocking traffic.

It is simply not true. Truly, there have been

two birthdays of the deputy governor since

year 2019. Friends, family and well-wishers

came to felicitate with him at his official

residence. As a deputy governor, there were

politicians too at the event which was

essentially a prayer session.

No roads were blocked because the prayer

was held at his official residence. Given the

number of people who came, parking

vehicles was a challenge given the limitation

of space, but LASTMA officials did a great

job of moving traffic. It is indeed impossible

to block the road for a party that never was.

The second edition (Y2020), the year of

COVID, is there a need to say anything?

Nothing happened as he was even out on

assignment with other state officials. Not

even the Islamic clerics who usually come

to offer prayers were allowed to come in

compliance to COVID-19 protocol and the

need to adhere to NCDC protocol.

In conclusion, though citizens' comments

keep leaders in check as a feedback to those

leaders, it is the bedrock of democracy.

However, there is no need to sow seeds of

discord and paint a good man black. It is a

disservice.

Those who know or have encountered the

deputy governor will attest to the simplicity

of his ways and the quality of his erudition

and his pro-people stance. He is not given

to frivolities in high office. His commitment

is to assist Governor Sanwo-Olu realise the

greater Lagos agenda.

•Adenuga, an engineer and public affairs

analyst, wrote from Lagos.

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Aviation and Destiny

FOR millennia, the dream of fly

ing like the birds in the skydominated

the imagination of visionaries,

inventors, shamans, madmen

and cranks. Leonardo da Vinci,

the greatest genius of all time,

used to tie the wings of dead birds

on his hands in the vain attempt to

fly. As far back as the 16th century,

he left behind several designs that

look uncannily like the aircraft and

spaceships that we know today.

Socrates, the greatest of all the

philosophers, opined: ”Man must

rise above the Earth—to the top of

the atmosphere and beyond—for

only thus will he fully understand

the world in which he lives”.

The inventors of the airplane, the

Wrights brothers,made their first

successful flight on December 17,

1903. But it was not until June 1939

that the first trans-Atlantic commercial

flight took place. Aviation today

is a major pillar of the world

economy, employing 87.7 million

people and contributing $2.7

trillion,about 3.4% of global GDP.

There are128,000 daily flights,

with4.7 billion passengers annually.

Aviation is critical for global logistics

chains, trade and tourism.

However, it also contributes 2.0%

to global CO2s emissions. Competition

is cut-throat, with bankruptcies

not uncommon. Cheaper, nofrills

airlines like EasyJet and Ryanair

have stiffened the competition.

Rising factor costs, particularly

petroleum, remain an abiding

challenge. COVID-19 and the unprecedented

global lock-down has

been a disaster for the industry, incurring

over $344 billionlosses

and43 airline bankruptcies.

But stakeholders remain bullish.

IATA, the global industry regulator,

has projectedgrowth of174 % over

the next 20 years, with a staggering

9.4 billion passenger journeys by

2037. The investor, Warren Buffett,

who rarely makes a wrong move,

has increased his stakes in the sector.

Technology has become a force for

creative destruction in global aviation.

A new generation of hybrid

supersonic planes are ong>beingong> designed

to take over from the defunct

Anglo-French Concorde. Tesla, the

company owned by the entrepreneurial

genius, Elon Musk, has recently

tested a new electric aircraft.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems are on

the cards. The ICT revolution and

blockchain offer capacity to deploy

Big Data to enhance efficiencies and

safety. According to IATA, from 2035

there will be “revolutionary” new

aircraft, propulsion systems, strutbraced

wings, hybrid and batteryelectric

aircraft.

The first commercial flight into

ong>Nigeriaong> arrived Kano 95 years ago,

on November 1, 1925. Today, there

are 32 airports and several private

airstrips in ong>Nigeriaong>. There are five

international airports (Lagos, Abuja,

Kano, Port Harcourt and Enugu)

and five others which are stateowned

(Asaba, Uyo, Gombe, Dutse

and Jalingo). Several more are ong>beingong>

planned. Lagos is our principal

aviation hub (others ong>beingong> Abuja,

Port Harcourt and Kano). There are

23 active domestic airlines. We also

have 554 licensed pilots, 913 engineers

and 1,700 cabin personnel.

The sector accounts for nearly

200,000 jobs.

Our air transport market tripled

in size between 2004 and 2007,

thanks to the macroeconomic and

institutional reforms of the Obasanjo

years. Today, passenger traffic

averages over 12 million annually,

second only to South Africa on the

continent; contributing 4% to national

GDP.

In fairness, the current administration

has done a lot for aviation.

Budgetary allocation for 2021 is

N89.9 billion. There is a plan to

double the number of airports from

31 to 62 by 2023. New major infrastructure

projects are ong>beingong> planned

for Anambra, Benue, Ekiti, Nasarawa,

Ebonyi and Gombe, while existing

airports such as Kebbi and

Dutse are going to be refurbished.

Recently, some quality infrastructures

have successfully been implemented:

the concessioning of MM2

in Lagos; the new wing at the Nnamdi

Azikiwe International Airport

Abuja and the refurbishment of Enugu

and Markudi airports. All well

Aviation is one of those

sectors that separates

petty nations from great

ones; our destiny is to be

a great nation; reaching

that ideal requires

mastery of the skies; it

will require all the

genius and creativity

that we can muster

trative capacity and collusive rentseeking

behaviour.

The 2014 National Integrated Infrastructure

Master Plan, NIMP,

emphasizes transportation and estimates

US$3 trillion as the funds

needed to bridge the infrastructure

gap over the next 30 years. Transport

and aviation remain crucial

components of that blueprint.

As we look forward to rolling out

a new generation of aviation infrastructure

projects, we must take on

board the lessons of global practices.

As far as I know, the critical success

factors for aviation infrastructure

delivery include the following:

good project definition and a sound

business case; appropriate choice of

project strategy; strong stakeholder

and higher managementsupport;

availability of sufficient funds/other

resources; firm control of changes

to the authorised project; application

of a design-build project delivery

methodology that focuses on

contractual obligations and accountability

for results; streamlining

procurement processes, including

use of e-procurement; commitment

to sustainability in terms of

“green issues” as well as economic

considerations, CSR, ethics, diversity

and inclusion; and consideration

for safety standards for workers

and for operational safety in airports.

There is also a necessity for us to

evolve a vibrant military-industrial

complex for the aviation and aerospace

sector. Above all, we must

think outside the box. We can learn

from the American approach where

Congress recently launched a public-private

sector initiative for the

Next Generation of Air Transportation

Systems, NGATS: a programme

intended to drive innovation

and modernisation in the U.S.

aviation industry. The project is

managed by the Joint Planning and

Development Office, JPDO, headed

by the Transport Secretary; bringing

together the private sector, FAA,

NASA and the Departments of Commerce,

Defence and Homeland Security.

The future is bright for ong>Nigeriaong>n

aviation. The sector has the potentials

to contribute up to 10% to national

GDP and to become a key

employer of labour. Further reforms

and good.

But there are challenges. Low capacity-utilisation;absence

of a National

Carrier; poormaintenance of

culture; absence of multimodal connectivity;

absence of Maintenance,

Repair & Overhaul, MRO, facilities;

poor inter-agency coordination and

a weak regulatory regime. But critical

challenges remain. Investors

are discouraged by the legal altercations

which accompanied the

concessioning of MM2. More

thinking is needed in crafting the

business model for a new national

carrier. The delay in concessioning

the other airports is leading to

greater uncertainty. Training and

capacity remain big challenges for

the sector, including weak adminisand

expanding quality infrastructures

are key to further unlocking

the sector. Benchmarking against

emerging market players such as

Ethiopia, Singapore, UAE and Qatar

would help.

I propose creation of a Joint Aviation

Strategic Initiative, JASI: a private-public

sector platform to be

chaired by the Honourable Minister

of Aviation. Its role would be to

think outside the box and to help

drive the sector in our 21st century.

JASI should draw up a 30-year Strategic

Plan forNext Generation transformation

of our aviation sector.

Addressing the following questions

is critical: (1) What kind of aviation

infrastructures would we need to

meet the needs of an expanded population

of 410 million by 2050?

(2) How can we upscale our aviation

sector to be at par with the best

in the new emerging economies? (3)

What would it take to build an airplane

assembly plant and to start

manufacturing key components in

the aviation value chain? (4) What

would it take for us become Africa’s

premier aviation hub? (5) How

can we tap into new digital technologies

to enhance our aviation

capabilities? (7) What are the requirements

for integrating defence,

security, safety and communication

tools to build a robust and

world-class aviation infrastructure?

(7) And how can we deploy

the military-industrial complex to

ensure self-sufficiency in aviation

and aerospace technology?

The famous French aviator, Antoine

de Saint-Exupery, once remarked:

“I fly because it releases

my mind from the tyranny of petty

things.” Aviation is one of those sectors

that separates petty nations

from great ones. Our destiny is to

be a great nation. Reaching that

ideal requires mastery of the skies.

It will require all the genius and

creativity that we can muster. To

quote Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela:

“It always seems impossible

until it is done!”

*Being text of a lecture delivered

to a Retreat for the Federal

Ministry of Aviation and its Agencies,

organised by the Savannah

Centre, at Ibom Hotel and Resort,

Uyo, February 8-11, 2021.

What is Aung San Suu Kyi’s endgame?

By SEGUN IGE

FROM the 1962 to 2011 military

regime, Myanmar’s leadership

structure might have been susceptible to

megalomaniac and power-drunken

mechanism, of some sort, provided there had

not been some sartorial makeover in 2016.

In such an epicurean instance, the

“handover” was considerably premised on

whether or not, I believe, the civilians could

successfully simultaneously imbibe the

military and civilian temperaments, in such

a way that the one would not be overridden

and downtrodden by the other. In short, it’s

a technically difficult approach in

balancing the “far-right” and “far-left” – two

diametrically opposed distances and

ideologies of powers – which seems to have

a posteriori proven unsoothing and

unnerving to the military, unleashing yet

another untoward attack in Yangon.

After two election psychos, it seems to be

clear that, with the one-term democratic

testing, the short-lived, short-termed, “let’ssee-how-it-turns-out-to-be,”

abikunised

democracy is arguably likely to surface

sooner or later – but, of course, much more

troublesomely.

It would have been acceptable, to be sure,

if the military had continued to hold its

erstwhile sweeping powers, as it were, in

1962. Democratically, it appears to be

pointless and perverse to admit the military

meant some unadulterated transition of

power demonstrated in 2016. Militarily, it

could be argued that the mantra of “peaceful

transition of power” at the time was a fancy

funfair in the thin air meant to ease the

political noise of perpetual rulership and

dictatorship, especially on the part of

Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing.

Not to be taken for granted, the 1988

crackdown on pro-democracy protesters,

which resulted in the killing of hundreds of

Burmese people and which did make Aung

San Suu Kyi a popular and prominent

political figure, could have since catapulted

to the harum-scarum ‘house arrest’ of Ms.

Suu Kyi.

Suu Kyi, who believes in the equality and

justice of the Burmese, has been held in

captivity times without number. Her

democratic penchant for peace, justice and

harmony actually parallels that of Kremlin

Putin critic Alexey Navalny – who, after

With the landslide victory of

Aung San Suu Kyi, procuring

nearly 400 seats in the

November 8, 2020 election, it

does seem the five-year testing of

democratic processes would not

ultimately be in favour of the

military

ong>beingong> treated from Novichok poisoning on

his arrival from Berlin, was welcomed with

two-and-half years detention in Moscow.

Well, by the way, could President Putin have

been afraid of Navalny outnumbering him

in the upcoming parliamentary seats, and

could that possibly empirically,

intellectually and morally explain that the

poisoning – ‘homeostasis (re)arrest’ – was

politically motivated, a demonstration of

Putinism, making the Navalny return

restless, and at the same time,

contumeliously baseless and lawless?

So what’s Suu Kyi’s hope of return for

democracy? Has her hope been dashed out

in trying, as State Counsellor since 2016, to

unanimously and unequivocally unite the

Burmese, seeing that the military has

declared a one-year state of emergency,

which has notably got to do with deep-seated

undertones of militarising Myanmar, yet

again?

With the landslide victory of Aung San Suu

Kyi, procuring nearly 400 seats in the

November 8, 2020 election, it does seem the

five-year testing of democratic processes

would not ultimately be in favour of the

military which has utterly taken over power

since the 1962 coup, and which has

necessitated the “abuse” of the election and

ousting of Suu Kyi, as well as President Win

Myint, on February 1, 2021.

Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy

Party’s hands-down defeat of the militaryproxy

Union Solidarity and Development

Party, with the latter securing 33 seats of 476

parliamentary seats in the bicameral

legislation – disconcertingly would have

inspired and instigated the military seizure

of power – resulting in the removal of 24

democratically elected officials and

replacing them with 11. To them, it seems

that’s the end of the endgame, and it’s time

for them to take their foremost and rightful

place in Burma.

On that fateful day, communication

services were locked down and ATMs shut

down (similar to Ugandan President

Museveni’s social-media sanctions –

especially Facebook – on the January 14,

2021 election, not so?), breaching calls and

barring cries for ‘help,’ thus making Min

Aung Hlaing allegation of voter fraud

incredulous and inconceivable to the

international community.

Nonetheless, nothing could have been

more historically severe and dramatically

momentous when certain government

officials were in the early hours of the day

held captive in their compounds, even with

the distortion and disruption of network

services.

And it could be said that the 2008 military

Constitution was a framework for not only

the 2015 election which made Suu Kyi first

civilian de facto leader but also the 2020

dissent with the potential erasure of the Suu

Kyi efforts in trying to bridge the gap

between the military and civilian truncated

by an invidious, vicious, insidious putsch.

What could possibly be Aung San Suu Kyi’s

lifeline? Under heavy back-and-forth house

arrests, with one at this time ong>beingong> militarily

and arbitrarily siphoned and super-handled

with charges of illegal export-import of

products ranging from walkie-talkie radios,

Suu Kyi could be held till February 15, with

a potential two-year imprisonment.

With the sprawling condemnation from

international community, it would have been

domestically extreme, in Burma, if the

military indefatigably persist in running

down on the will of the people and

apprehending the actual grundnorm of

democracy. Their disapproval and

disavowal – gearing towards sanctions of

different kinds and de-normalisation of

crucial relations – with Burma’s ramping

up of core democratic values could wreak

burgeoning repercussions economically,

ethically, politically, culturally, and

geologically.

•Ige, a freelance journalist and

computational linguist, wrote via

igesegunadebayo5@gmail.com

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THE admission, at last, by the

Northern States Governors’ Forum

that open grazing has become

“unsustainable” is long overdue but

welcome. The question now is whether

these governors who manage the

states where the ong>Nigeriaong>ns among the

livestock herdsmen hail from are now

willing to go beyond rhetoric and take

necessary actions? Are they ready to

take responsibility and save the

country?

The Northern establishment,

leadership and elite must take full

responsibility for the continued

existence of nomadic lifestyle among

the Fulani ethnic group.

This ancient and outdated way of life

leads the livestock herders to wander

far away from their homes and roam

the farmlands and forests of

indigenous people in other parts of

the country.

But because these herders did not

pose any danger to anyone they were

tolerated, even accepted. But since

Herders’ crisis: Northern governors

must act

they started carrying assault weapons,

destroying people’s farms, ong>setong>tling

down with impunity on people’s lands

without permission, even laying

claims to “ownership” of other

people’s ancestral patrimonies,

raping, kidnapping and killing at will,

they have now been served with notices

to quit the forests in several parts of

the country.

Because of the refusal of law

enforcement agents to treat them as

the criminals that they are, many

groups have now resorted to self-help

to protect themselves.

Let us make it abundantly clear that

no ethnic group has been given “quit

notice” in any part of the country,

especially the South. It is the illegal

occupants of the forests, the armed

criminals masquerading as herdsmen

that have been told to quit. Other lawabiding

citizens living peacefully among

fellow ong>Nigeriaong>ns are not affected. It is

blackmail and mischief to impute that

there might be “reprisals” for asking

armed criminals to leave the forests.

The Governor of Kano State, Dr.

Abdullahi Ganduje, has ong>setong> an excellent

example worthy of emulation by all

Northern governors. With their

expansive landmass, each Northern

state is capable of reserving space for

ranching equal to each of the South East

states. Livestock farming is more

suitable for Sahelian than rainforest

environments.

Whoever wishes to engage in the

livestock trade should buy or rent space

for that purpose and keep their animals

in enclosures. Cattle should only be seen

in ranches and marketplaces.

This will not only keep them off other

people’s properties, it will also make

for more profitable livestock

agriculture. More importantly, it will

also enable the herders to have access

to education and healthcare and live

like normal, law-abiding citizens.

Positive steps to reintegrate pastoral

nomads must be taken. This is the 21st

century, the age of fast-changing

technology. Surely, if such technology

is applied to livestock farming, the

benefits will far outstrip what is currently

available.

Efforts ong>beingong> made to seize people’s

land for herders’ benefit will only

breed bloodletting that will outlive the

regime.

On the new service chiefs

By ADEWALE KUPOLUYI

MANY ong>Nigeriaong>ns have come to see

the appointment of new service chiefs

as a boost in response to the parlous and fragile

security situation in the land. Rampant cases

of kidnapping, armed robbery, sectarian crisis,

farmers-herders clashes, rape and

insurgencies, among others, have become

regular features in the country. The truth is

that there is so much insecurity in the land that

many people live in perpetual fear of the

unknown. Despite several efforts at curtailing

crimes and criminality, not much success can

be said to have been achieved, hence the

persistent call for a change of service chiefs to

rejig the security architecture.

President Muhammadu Buhari finally

yielded to the mounting calls and appointed

Lucky Irabor as Chief of Defence Staff; Ibrahim

Attahiru as Chief of Army Staff; Isiaka Amao,

Chief of Air Staff and Awwal Zubairu as Chief

of Naval Staff. He replaced Gabriel

Olonisakin, Tukur Buratai, Sadique Abubakar

and Ibok Ibas after more than five years of

service and nominated them as non-career

ambassadors amid controversies. The new

service chiefs should hit the ground running

by redesigning the existing weak structure

through the deployment of the right officers to

man strategic segments of the security forces

in a manner that competence, experience and

ability to deliver would not be sacrificed on

the altar of nepotism, favouritism and

parochial considerations that have become

the major problem facing public service in

ong>Nigeriaong>.

To make the desired impact, such sentiments

should be jettisoned. The usual tradition is that

sensitive appointments are based on political

allegiances rather than experience or

capabilities. Naturally, such appointees often

shift loyalty to their political patrons rather

than to democratic institutions. Military

officers should shun partisan politics when

dealing with security matters as the provision

of adequate security is a basic constitutional

responsibility and is not tied to a particular

party in power, while military presence should

not be based on links to the Federal

Government. In the past, states that are not

controlled by the same political party as the

central government have cried out against

neglect and inadequate federal presence in

their domains. This should not be as national

security should transcend political

An unnecessary rivalry that

characterised the flow of

communication and sharing of

intelligence in the past should no

longer be permitted

shenanigans.

The service chiefs should be allowed to carry

out their duties professionally without undue

interference. This intrusion may come in the

course of procuring military equipment,

allocation/release of funds, and performance

of tasks. This is not to say that the armed forces

should be left alone without ong>beingong> supervised

and given oversight monitoring, but they

should not be prevented from doing their work

within their rules of engagement. The welfare

of men and officers of the military should be

given appropriate attention. It is difficult to

OPINION

get the best from a workforce that is illmotivated

and disgruntled. There have been

reported cases of personnel ong>beingong> owed salaries

and allowances, inadequate arms and

ammunition, inability to pay the retirement

benefits of officers, and the neglect of family

members of deceased officers. Restoring

morale that had been battered over the years

should be addressed and victimising perceived

personnel within the armed forces avoided.

The new service chiefs should right the wrongs

and ensure that the welfare of all officers is

accorded priority to elicit loyalty and get the

best from them.

Lack of inter-agency collaboration has been

a ong>setong>back for security operations in the country.

An unnecessary rivalry that characterised the

flow of communication and sharing of

intelligence in the past should no longer be

permitted. There should be proper

coordination of efforts without distrust and the

overlapping of functions. What should be

paramount is the security of lives and property

without giving cheap glory or apportioning of

blame to any particular agency.

The re-orientation should be that nobody is

more important and none is less useful as a

system. The promotion of synergy among the

security forces should be the primary concern

of the military chiefs and ensuring that due

respect is accorded civilians. This time around,

security agents should be proactive by using

more of intelligence to burst crime. There have

been cases where Boko Haram and other terror

groups give advance notices of their attacks

without ong>beingong> foiled. This is nothing, but sheer

security lapse and dereliction of duty.

The modern-day approach to tackling

insecurity requires the gathering of intelligence

and deployment of technology. Terrorist plots

are better foiled based on undercover work,

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technological, financial surveillance and

counter-terrorism. It should be realised that

those engaging in security warfare with the

people and state do so with careful planning

and sophistication that should be matched with

superior intelligence and weaponry. The

service chiefs should relay correct and timely

information to ong>Nigeriaong>ns and not be shy to

consider the possibility of external assistance,

if imperative. Corruption has been a recurring

decimal that has stagnated the development

of many emerging countries.

The armed forces are not insulated from this

problem of graft. The Civil Society Legislative

Advocacy Centre/Transparency International

in ong>Nigeriaong> reported that there is a prevalence

of bribery and extortion among the security

agencies, including the ong>Nigeriaong> Police Force,

NPF.

To this extent, the security chiefs should

uphold transparency and accountability in

their dealings. Hence, allocated resources

should be judiciously used such that the fight

against crime and terrorism would get the

needed tonic. Another key component that we

should take seriously is policing. Ordinarily,

most of the crime beats ong>beingong> handled by the

military should be done by the police since

they border on internal security.

However, over the years, the police have been

poorly-funded and inadequately empowered

to carry out their statutory functions. The

military should be withdrawn from law

enforcement to allow them to concentrate on

their core mandate. It is imperative to reform

and decentralise the police amid the glaring

inadequacies in their operations.

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•Kupoluyi, a social commentator, wrote

from the Federal University of

Agriculture, Abeokuta , Ogun State


By Babajide Komolafe

ong>Nigeriaong>'s non oil export

earnings fell by five percent to

$870 million in three months to

November 2020, from $920

million in the previous three

months.

But the top ten non oil

exporters grew their export

earnings by 122 percent to $771

million in the three months to

November from $236.88 million

in the previous three months.

Thus the top ten non oil

exporters, dominated the

nation's non oil export earnings

in the three months to

Non-oil exports fall 5% to $870m in 3mths

•Top 10 exporters dominate with 88%

November, accounting for 88.6

percent or $771 million of the

total during the period

Financial Vanguard analysis of

data on non oil export earnings

by the Central Bank of ong>Nigeriaong>

(CBN) showed a downward trend

from September to November.

From $340 million in

September, non oil export

earnings fell by 41 percent to

$200 million in November.

This is in sharp contrast to the

upward trend recorded in the

three previous months, from

June to August.

From $260 million in June, non

oil exports earnings rose 23 per

cent to $320 million in August.

The decline in the nation's non

oil exports according to the CBN

worsened in November, when

total earnings fell by 4.8 percent,

month-on-month (m/m), as

against decline of 2.7 percent, m/

m, in October.

Vanguard, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2021 — 19

Disclosing this in its Economic

Report for November, the CBN

said: "Despite the gradual pickup

in global economic activities,

ong>Nigeriaong>'s non-oil export

declined slightly. During the

review period, non-oil export

decreased by 4.8 per cent to

US$0.20 billion in November

2020, compared with $0.21

billion in October 2020. A

disaggregation showed that

electricity export and re-export

declined by 1.2 per cent and 29.9

per cent to $0.01 billion and

$0.06 billion, respectively,

compared with the levels in

October 2020. Earnings from

other non-oil export increased

to $0.14 billion during the

review period, relative to $0.11

billion in October 2020.

Estimates of export proceeds of

the top ten non-oil exporters for

November 2020 was $100.88

million."

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2021

Low interest rate: PFAs jerk up

investment in equities by 55.3%

... Cut investment in treasury bills by 66.6%

By Peter Egwuatu

Pension Fund Administrators

(PFAs) moved massively

into the equities market

last year, raising investment in

the market by 55.3 per cent,

year-on-year, in a determined bid

to escape the abysmally low

interest rate regime that

prevailed in the treasury bills

market last year.

The PFAs manage the nation's

total pension asong>setong>s which rose

by 20.5 per cent, y/y, to N12.3

trillion last year from N10.2

trillion in December in 2019.

Low interest rate on TBs

Financial Vanguard analysis

showed that the average interest

rate on freshly-issued treasury

bills also known as Primary

Market bills fell by 4,255 basis

points (bpts) to 0.58 per cent in

December 2020 from 4.8 per cent

in December 2019.

For example, the stop rate on

91-Days TBs fell by 3,965 bpts to

0.035 per cent in the primary

market auction conducted by the

CBN on December 31st from 4.0

percent in December 2019.

Similarly stop rates on the 182

Days and 364-Days bills fell by

4,500 bpts and 4,300 bpts

respectively to 0.5 per cent and

1.2 per cent in December 2020

from 5.0 per cent and 5.5 per cent

in December 2019.

This development made TBs to

be unattractive investors leading

to massive shifts into the

equities market especially in the

fourth quarter of the year

(Q4'2020).

This triggered a bullish run in

the equities market, prompting

the market capitalization of the

ong>Nigeriaong>n Stock Exchange (NSE)

which represents investors'

worth to rise up by 61.5 per cent,

y/y, or N8.09 trillion to close the

year at N21.057 trillion from

N12.968 trillion in 2019.

Similarly the NSE All Share

Index (ASI) rose by 13428.63

points or 50.02 per cent to close

the year 2020 at 40.270.70 points

from 26842.07 in 2019.

Response by PFAs

Reflecting how the above

development impacted

investment decisions by PFAs,

the latest pension data by the

ong>Nigeriaong> Pension Commission,

PenCom revealed that PFAs'

investment in equities rose to

N858.5 billion in December 2020

from N552.9 billion in December

2019, representing an upsurge of

55.3 per cent.

On the contrary, PFAs

investment in treasury bills fell

by 66.6 per cent, y/y, to N628.2

billion in December 2020 from

N1.9 trillion in December 2019.

As a result of this massive

shift, the share of PFA

investment in equities to the

total pension fund asong>setong>s grew by

6.9 per cent in December 2020

from 5.3 per cent in December

2019.

However, the share of PFA

investment in treasury bills to

the total pension fund asong>setong>s fell

to 5.1 per cent in December 2020

from 18.6 per cent in December

2019.

Operators /Analysts reaction

Speaking on this development,

Chief Executive Officer, Cowry

Asong>setong> Management Limited, Mr

Johnson Chukwu said: "The

stock market was attractive to

investors following the low

interest rate environment in the

fixed income market despite the

effects of coronavirus, COVID-

19 and the accompanying

economic recession.

The upward trajectory would

be sustained in 2021 if the rates

from the money market

instruments remain low.

Investors would shift to

investment that they would give

them higher returns.

"The positive performance of

the equity market in 2021 would

also be justified by the strong

fundamentals of the several

quoted companies on account of

their resilience during the

pandemic and the likelihood

that they will remain resilient."

Also commenting, market

analysts and Vice Executive

Chairman, HIGH CAP Securities

Limited, Mr David Adonri

Highcap said: "Q4'220 was when

CBN came up with their

expansionary monetary policy

which resulted in fall of interest

rate. At the same time, several

FGN Bonds which matured

during the period were

redeemed without reissue. As a

result, the financial economy

became awashed with excess

liquidity. And because rates on

debt were not attractive, there

was migration of financial asong>setong>s

to equities and forex. PFAs were

part of the institutional investors

that followed this direction. They

massively rebalanced their

portfolios towards more equities

due to the prevailing monetary

environment. Up till Q3, 2020,

equities were seriously

undervalued and their yields

were in double digit. That

intrinsic value attracted

investors who were prepared to

tolerate the higher risks of

equities, since their expected

bumper returns outweighed the

risks.

Continuing, he said: "It will be

difficult for the excessive

demand for equities which

spilled into Q1, 2021 to be

sustained. CBN may be forced to

rethink its expansionary

monetary policy considering the

worrisome impact on Inflation.

The Federal Government

requires huge funds from the

domestic debt market this year

to finance the budget deficit.

This will pile upward pressure

on interest rates. Finally,

equities may suffer correction if

2020 full year results are below

expectations. All these forces are

likely to reverse the flow of

financial asong>setong>s from equities to

debt."

PFAs guideline

With regards to some capital

market operators' demand for a

review of the PFAs guideline on

equity investment, he said: "The

PFAs are already guided by the

provisions of their regulations

which prescribe a ceiling for

their exposure to various classes

of investment. Before now, they

were grossly underexposed to

equities. Recent events enabled

them to properly balance their

investments. I don't think that

they have exceeded their cap on

equities investment. It is

unnecessary for the government

to administratively restrain PFAs

as long as there is no

contravention of existing

regulations. Let the market

mechanism guide them to make

investment choices that will best

serve their investment

objectives."

In his own reaction, analyst

and Head of Research and

Investment at Fidelity Securities

Limited, FSL , Mr Victor Chiazor

said : "The 22 per cent increase

in the equities market by PFA's

for Q4'20 was largely due to the

significant drop in interest rate

across board in the fixed income

market. Yields on FGN bonds

dropped to as low as seven per

cent for 30 year maturities while

the stop rates for one-year

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20 — Vanguard, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2021

FINANCIAL VANGUARD

Equities: Investors lose N663bn

in biggest weekly fall in 8yrs

By Nkiruka Nnorom

The stock market last

week suffered its

biggest weekly fall in

eight years with investors

losing N663 billion.

However, investment

analysts opined that the

performance of the market

this week will be influenced

by the opposing forces of

uptick in yields in the fixed

income market and 2020

corporate earnings releases

by quoted companies.

The market had succumbed

to rise in yields in the fixed

income space for the second

consecutive week last week as

investors became increasingly

worried over the latest

development in the fixed

income market.

Average stop rate in the last

NTB auction rose by 105 basis

points (bps) to 2.33 percent

from 1.28 percent at the

previous auction.

This may have triggered the

fresh bear run in the stock

market which resulted in

investors losing N663 billion,

while the benchmark All

Share Index (ASI) nosedived

by 3.04 percent.

Specifically, the equities

market capitalisation

depreciated to N21.156 trillion

from N21.819 trillion,

representing 3.04 percent

decline.

In the same vein, the index

declined by 3.04 percent to

40,439.85 points from

41,709.09 points, the biggest

weekly fall in eight years.

Breakdown of the week's

trading showed that sell offs

in bellwether stocks:

Guaranty Trust Bank (-15.7%),

BUA Cement (-7.2%), Dangote

Cement (-4.4%) and Zenith

Bank Plc (-3.9%) drove the

weekly loss. .

The performance across

sectors was broadly negative

as all sectors closed in the red.

The banking (-8.8%) sector led

the losers chart followed by

insurance (-6.5%), industrial

goods (-5.7%), oil and gas (-

1.0%) and consumer goods

sector (-0.9%).

In their comments, analysts

at Cordros Capital, said: "With

treasury bills was as low as 1.5

per cent . This abysmal rate

triggered significant investment

flows towards the equity space,

as dividend yield for most blue

chip companies were now at

least five times what was offered

in the fixed income market

without including the

possibility of capital gains.

However, the current upside

ong>beingong> witnessed in the fixed

income space may threaten the

sustainability of this capital

flows towards equities. The last

FGN savings bond saw rates

move from 3 per cent to five per

cent for the 3-year tenor, the last

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the latest outcome of the NTB

auction pointing towards yield

elevation in the near term, we

expect investors to trade

cautiously while taking

positions in stocks with

OMO auction saw rates move

from five per cent to 10 per cent

for 364 days, while the last

treasury bill auction saw rates

move from two per cent to four

per cent. This increase across all

the fixed income and money

market instruments are

continually sending a signal to

the market that rates may be on

their way up and this is expected

to negatively impact the equities

market. If this uptrend in rates

persist, we may see most PFA's

and other investors sell off their

investments in equities and

move their capital to the fixed

income market."

Chiazor said: "On the

guideline for equity

attractive dividend yields.

"As a result, we expect the

local bourse to exhibit a zigzag

pattern in the near term

as the opposing forces of

FG hands over National Theatre to Bankers

Committee *35,000 jobs to be created —Emefiele

By Babajide Komolafe

The Federal Government

yesterday handed over the

National Arts Theatre to the

Bankers Committee for

transformation into the Lagos

Creative and Entertainment

Centre.

This follows the

Memorandum of Understanding

(MOU) and contract award

signing ceremony held

yesterday in Lagos between the

FG, represented by the Minister

of Information and Culture, Lai

Mohammed and the Bankers

Committee, represented by the

Governor, Central Bank of

ong>Nigeriaong>, CBN, Godwin Emefiele.

Also in attendance was the

Minister for Sports and Youths,

Sunday Dare, Lagos State

Governor, Babatunde Sanwoolu

and Chairman, Body of Bank

CEOs Herbert Wigwe.

Speaking at the ceremony,

Emefiele said that the

reconstruction

and

refurbishment of the National

theatre as well as the proposed

Lagos Creative and

Entertainment Centre will be

completed in 15 months, with

35,000 jobs created in the

process.

He said: “The idea behind the

project, christened: ‘’ Lagos

Creative and Entertainment

Centre,” is simple. Firstly, we

seek to restore the glory of an

iconic building by aligning most

of the fabric and equipment and

facilities in the building with

the aesthetics of the 21st

century, and secondly to develop

an ecosystem of creative hubs

on the adjoining 44Hectare

parcel of land. This new facility

will complement and enhance

the National Arts Theatre.

“The Bankers’ Committee is

providing funding for a

prototype cluster located to the

north of the National Arts

Theatre, a development which

we have labelled the “Signature

Cluster”. This facility will be a

investments, the reality is that

PenCom already has guidelines

that state the percentage of

investments each PFA should

have invested in equities for

Fund 1, Fund 2, Fund 3 and Fund

4. The government should focus

on policy statements that will be

business friendly and grow the

economy by also increasing

access to loans at business

friendly rates. Once this is

achieved, companies listed on

the market will be positively

impacted and investors will be

attracted to the market on the

back of a higher return on their

investment.

Commenting as well,

Economic Consultant, Mrs Kemi

uptick in yields and full year

2020 corporate earnings

releases dictate market

performance.

"Notwithstanding, we

advise investors to take

positions in only

fundamentally justified

stocks as the unimpressive

macro story remains a

significant headwind for

corporate earnings."

SIGNING: From left (front row): Herbert Wigwe, Chairman, Body of Bank CEOs and MD/CEO of

Access Bank; Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports; Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information

and Culture; Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor, Lagos State; Godwin Emefiele, Governor, Central Bank

of ong>Nigeriaong> (CBN) and Chairman, Bankers’ Committee; and others at the Memorandum of

Understanding (MOU) and contract award signing ceremony for the handover of the National Arts

Theatre, Lagos to the Bankers’ Committee for restoration and refurbishment yesterday.

convenor - providing space,

support network, business

development and community

engagement for the creative,

cultural and technology

sectors. The Signature Cluster

will consist of a building each

for Music, Film, Fashion and

Information Technology

verticals. In addition to these,

a Welcome/Visitor’s Centre,

Police and Fire Stations, and

structured parking for up to 500

vehicles will be built.

Speaking on the job creation

prospect of the project,

Emefiele said: “We anticipate

that there would be at least

10,000 direct and indirect jobs

created during the construction

of the Lagos Creative &

Entertainment Centre. We also

project that over 25,000 people

would be engaged in different

sections of the centre when the

Signature Cluster is

completed, with anticipated

multiplier effect of other job

opportunities.”

Akide said: "The shift in equity

was due to the low yield in fixed

income instruments so both

retail and institutional investors

like the PFAs shifted their

portfolio to the equity market.

However, the bond rate has

started going up so investors

would be cautious to invest in

equities. We may likely see a

shift back to fixed income

securities."

Reacting as well, Managing

Director, APT Securities Limited,

Mallam Garba Kurfi said: "We

may see the PFAs sustaining the

increased investment in equities

if the favourable monetary

policy persists. Investors

generally may sustain the

Access Bank Plc has unveiled

a series of exciting offers to

celebrate its customers this

Valentine season. The

campaign tagged "It's a Love

Thing" is the 4th edition and

will run from February 10 to

February 28, 2021.

Speaking at the launch of the

campaign, Victor Etuokwu,

Executive Director, Retail

Banking, Access Bank Plc said,

"Valentine season gives us

another opportunity to show

love to our customers and

reward their loyalty for

banking with us. We are using

this opportunity to thank our

customers for their commitment

to Access Bank. We appreciate

our customers as well as noncustomers

who depend on our

services and products to

achieve seamless banking

transactions and wish everyone

a happy valentine's

celebration."

Commenting further on the

campaign, Adaeze Umeh,

Group Head, Consumer

Banking, Access Bank Plc, said,

"In the spirit of the love season

we have created unique and

amazing offers to meet the

needs of our customers this

season. Our Device Finance

offer allows our customers to

gift their loved ones with new

devices for as low as N1,500 per

month. All they need to do is to

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to get started.

Customers who perform at

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using our mobile app or USSD

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end of February, 2021. We will

also offer a 20% discount to the

first 4,000 customers who

subscribe to our XclusivePlus

quarterly plan between today

and the last day of February

2021.

"Our merchant customers are

not left out of the fun this season,

we will be rewarding them

with shopping vouchers when

they perform transactions up to

N200,000 or more on SwiftPay

which is a revolutionary

payment platform designed for

SMEs who do business on

social media. We are offering

these and so much more to

show how much we appreciate

our customers for their

consistent patronage."

"To join the rewarding train,

all you need to do is to dial

*901# to open a new account or

walk into any Access Bank

branch close to you to reactivate

your account and start

transacting today to enjoy the

Valentine Campaign benefits,"

Adaeze concluded.

bullish momentum as we

witnessed eight days losses by

All Share Index, ASI, until it

stopped today (Thursday). But in

view of the corporate actions

that may soon be released by the

companies it will bring another

rally especially as most of the

stocks' prices are at a lower

level. The PFAs will only remain

in the market as long as there is

no alternative way to invest and

realise better return."

With regards to the review on

PFAs guideline, Kurfi said:

"Whether the PenCom review it

or not PFAs have enough

provision in the current law that

allows them to play the capital

market for now."


Economic outlook for

2021 not good

ong>Nigeriaong>’s recovery is

expected to be weak

and gradual under

current policies. Real

GDP growth in 2021 is

expected to turn

positive at 1.5 per cent.”

International Monetary

Fund, IMF, in 2020 Article

IV consultation with

ong>Nigeriaong>.

As we get into the middle of the

second month in the year, global

economic and financial institutions

are busy forecasting what the end

result will be for all the nations of

the world. Their analyses and

projections are purely technical and

devoid of political bias or influence.

The IMF is seldom off the mark;

and, usually, that occurs when the

entire world had experienced a year

like 2020. The global institution, like

all others, had to alter its forecasts

frequently as COVID-19 ravaged

global economies more than

expected in January. This year’s

predictions are also tentative

because it is still uncertain how

much COVID-19 will damage

economies round the globe. Few

economic forecasters will disagree

with the IMF’s cautious

pronouncement. Shortly, we will

examine why the IMF estimates

might be even more positive than it

should be.

The IMF projection has

demolished two delusions contained

in the 2021 Budget. First, the

projection of 1.5 per cent GDP

growth implies that the FG’s hope

for 3 per cent growth will be dashed

once again. Two, as is always the

case with economic results, no figure

stands alone. Every percentage point

missed in GDP growth means so

many millions more dropping

below the poverty line on the

aggregate for the period under

review. When taken in combination

with population, which is still

growing at about 3 per cent, it is

clear that the President’s vow to

reduce the number of ong>Nigeriaong>ns by

10 million annually amounts to selfdelusion

of the worst kind. That

conclusion is consistent with the

World Bank’s projection that 15 to

20 million ong>Nigeriaong>ns will be added

to those living in poverty by 2022.

“Reform economy, cut

dependence on oil, IMF

tells ong>Nigeriaong>.” News

Report

The IMF understandably is only

performing its duties by asking the

FG to reform the economy and

reduce dependence on crude oil. The

global institution might as well be

talking to a wall. Not only this

government, but, all the FGs of

ong>Nigeriaong>, since 1983 have failed to

listen to advice to diversify the

economy and create other

sustainable sources of generating

revenue. Crude oil money is easy

money and its presence appeals to

lazy thinkers – even if they are

Presidents. Diversification calls for

hard work, a grasp for economic

opportunities, innovation and welleducated

modern leaders. But, we

have been ruled since 1967 by

mostly badly-educated satraps

trained to destroy – not to build. Even

if given a thousand years to rule,

Buhari can never on his own think

of how to diversify the economy;

and he will never appoint people

with demonstrable ingenuity to

make it happen. Obviously, it is a

safe bet that until May 29, 2023, we

are stuck with this government.

There will be no reduced

dependence on crude oil. Our

economy is run by novices and on

prayers. Nothing more.

Even if all 80 million

already had NIN, it

would mean linking 8

million subscribers per

day, 3.3 million per

hour, 56,000 per minute

by the networks –

Saturday and Sunday

inclusive. And, that is

for one ong>setong>

Variables which determine

the future

—FDI

“Policy clarity is also important

to attract larger capital inflows,

including foreign direct investments,

which have dropped significantly in

recent years and successful

diversification.” Ari Aisen, Jesmin

Rahman and Jiaxiong Yao, of IMF

As one picture is often better than

a thousand words, the graphs above

(Courtesy of VANGUARD) already

tell most of the story. But, not all.

Already, there are indications that

the first quarter of 2021 might

continue the downward trend.

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Nothing in all these augur well for

ong>Nigeriaong> in 2021. Furthermore, if

there is anything lacking in the

nation’s economic policy

framework, it is often clarity. Allied

with that is consistency. Two recent

examples would illustrate the point.

First, the Central Bank’s

instruction to banks to close all

Bitcoin accounts immediately.

Never mind that security was the

excuse given. But, billions of naira

worth of funds were suddenly placed

at risk without prior warning.

Investors in Bitcoin had been

operating under the impression that

it was all legal. Now, they have

problems. The banks, which operate

across the globe also have problems.

By itself a minor aspect of the

nation’s economy, but, the sudden

change of, previously unclear policy

to prohibition, would frighten other

foreign investors considering

ong>Nigeriaong>. Who knows what will be

banned without warning tomorrow.

Incidentally, the same panic

measures were taken when the bank

froze the accounts of #EndSARS

protesters. In both instances, the

CBN behaved as if we are back in a

military dictatorship by taking away

banking rights from individuals and

companies who have not been

convicted of any crime. Foreigners

must really ask themselves: if the

CBN can treat its own citizens this

way, why should I risk my funds in

that country?

“It’s a crime to open a bank

account without NIN —

PATAMI.

Dr Isa Ali Pantami, the Minister

for Communications and Digital

Economy, was reported to have

made that absolutely ridiculous

statement. I opened my first account

with UBA in 1974, at a time Pantami

was still learning how to run. I have

opened over a dozen since then in

different parts of the country with

eight banks – most of them long

before the badly managed National

Identity Number, NIN, was first

started. Not once was NIN

required as a condition for

opening an account. I am not alone

if regarded as a criminal.

President Buhari also opened all

his accounts without NIN years

ago. So, if the Minister is looking

for people to arrest, he should start

with oga patapata in Aso Rock.

But, ong>setong>ting jokes aside, Dr

Pantami stands as a good example

of inexperienced and incompetent

individuals who occupy high office

now. The same Minister ordered

80 million ong>Nigeriaong>n GSM

subscribers to link our numbers to

the NIN or get disconnected – in

ten days. That was simply

ridiculous as simple arithmetic

would have demonstrated.

Even if all 80 million already

had NIN, it would mean linking

8 million subscribers per day, 3.3

million per hour, 56,000 per

minute by the networks –

Saturday and Sunday inclusive.

And, that is for one ong>setong>. Those, like

me, with multiple ong>setong>s will increase

the workload significantly. It was

a mission impossible and all

efforts to at first get Pantami to

understand simple arithmetic met

with brick wall until almost the last

day. Then more time was given;

which was still not enough. Now,

the deadline had been shifted to

April.

Where was the thinking cap

when ten days were given?

Unfortunately, that bit of official

irresponsibility will have

economic and health costs for

ong>Nigeriaong>ns. Millions have been fed

to COVID-19 in the desperate

effort to obtain NIN. Uuh!


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OKWARANWA

I formerly known and addressed as

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USMAN

GODWIN

ITORO

ANEGBU

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Innocent

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1965. Correct date of birth 03/04/

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Miss UYAI ITORO DENNIS,

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Miss Florence Oluchi Anegbu, Now

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addressed as Miss ORJI

NGOZI ALIJI, Now wish to

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3rd Mainland Bridge‘ll no longer reopen today, says FG

LAGOS—THE Federal

Controller of Works in

Lagos, Mr. Olukayode

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Popoola, said, yesterday,

that the Third Mainland

Bridge will no longer be

opened today, but by the

end of February.

The Minister of Works

and Housing, Babatunde

Fashola, had said the

bridge would be reopened

by February 15, during the

inspection of construction

work on major roads and

bridges in Lagos State, in

January.

The minister explained

that the EndSARS protest

caused the initial extension

of the completion date.

Popoola told the News

Agency of ong>Nigeriaong> on the

telephone that the bridge

would experience one

more total closure from February

19 to 21 before completion

of the project for the

final re-opening by the end

of February.

His words: “Third Mainland

Bridge will no longer

be opened on the 15th of

February 2021 as announced

earlier on.

“In order not to create untold

hardship for the motoring

public using the

Third Mainland Bridge for

their daily activities, the

contractor is not allowed to

close the Third Mainland

Bridge during the week to

cast concrete.

“Lane markings on the

completed section must be

completed.

“The Federal Ministry of

Works and Housing regrets

the inconveniences the extra

days may have caused

Lagosians.”

Popoola explained that

the bridge would be shut

down from midnight on

February 19 to 21 to cast

concrete on the last expansion

joint.

He said that the concrete

would require between

three to four days

to ong>setong> before the final

preparations to finally reopen

the entire bridge to

traffic.

“We are looking at the

end of the month for the reopening

of the bridge. That

is the end of this February."

CONDOLENCE VISIT—Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN (right), his wife,

Dolapo (left), with Alhaja Abimbola Jakande, when the Osinbajos paid a

condolence visit to the Jakandes, over the loss of their patriarch and

former governor of Lagos State, late Chief Lateef Jakande, at their Ilupeju

residence, in Lagos, yesterday.

Ugborhen elects new youth president

By Paul Olayemi

S BORHEN APELE—UG

community

in Sapele Local Government

Area of Delta

State has elected a new

Youth President to pilot its

affairs for the next threeyears.

At the youth congress

held at the Ugborhen

community hall on Saturday

morning, Friday

Okogboro was unanimously

elected to lead

hundred of community

youths who had trooped

in from different part of

the country

Announcing the result

of the election, Dr Nelson

Ukoko, the community

President, who doubled

as Chairman of the Electoral

Committee, stated

that the youths play an important

role in building

the nation, hence he has

decided to oversee the

election himself, saying he

was happy the election was

peaceful and successful.

He said "We thank God

it's hitch-free. It is violence

free due to the integrity of

the electoral process which

delegates and observers

have all adjudged to be the

most transparent in the history

of youth politics in the

region

Past leaders and elders of

the community who observed

the exercise which

spilled into noon on Saturday

advised other youth

groups to emulate Ugborhen

youths by ensuring

that the process of

electing or selecting their

leaders are transparent.

Other executive positions

were filled by candidates

from other quarters

in the community and

were all sworn in unopposed.


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ong>Nigeriaong> ong>beingong> ong>setong> on fire,

Northern Elders tell FG

Continued from page 5

empowered.”

He added that another

way to address the myriad

of challenges arising from

insecurity was to

meaningfully engage the

people in productive

ventures through

vocational and skills

acquisition training

programmes, saying that

it is a flagship

programme of his

administration.

The governor pointed

out that unless

unemployment was

seriously addressed, the

rate of banditry and other

criminalities in the

country might continue to

rise, adding that the

nation might not exit from

the challenges of

insecurity.

“But, for those who want

to take to the business of

livestock farming, they

can now be groomed,

such that they can have

more productive livestock

rather than the one we get

that trek long distances,”

he said.

Okowa expressed hope

that the call on the Federal

Government to encourage

ranching would be

considered because it was

a way out of reducing the

farmers/herders crises,

emphasising that

ranching was a way of

improving livestock

economy in the nation.

He noted that ranching

would be in the best

interest of all ong>Nigeriaong>ns,

as it will improve the

family income and reduce

insecurity in the land.

Earlier, Rev. Ayokunle

had told the governor that

he was at Government

House on condolence to

him and his family to

commiserate with them on

the passage of his father.

He expressed concern

over the increasing rate of

insecurity in the country

and urged those in

government to take urgent

steps to address all

security-related issues.

Set up

enforcement

teams, WIC

tasks S-East

govs

On its part, the World

Igbo Congress, WIC, has

asked the South East

governors to establish an

enforcement team to

implement their ban on

open grazing in the

region.

The diaspora Igbo

group also suggested that

the governors could also

transfer the enforcement

contract to the Eastern

Security Network, ESN,

at no cost.

Public Relations Officer

of WIC, Basil Onwukwe,

said that there was no

wrong way of doing the

right things, noting that

the South-East must

support ESN “because

volunteering to serve is

an immeasurable gift to

our nation and they must

not be discredited or

undermined by anyone.”

Onwukwe said the

decision was reached

after Igbo leaders across

the world met last

weekend under the

auspices of the World Igbo

Congress, hosted by

board chairman, Prof

Anthony Ejiofor.

WIC applauded steps

the governors took to ban

open grazing in their

states, stressing that it is

now time to match words

with action by

establishing an

enforcement task force

that will prosecute open

grazing offenders and

declare the use of bushes

for human habitation a

crime.

“We want to see Open

Grazing Prohibition Task

Force that will enforce the

anti-grazing rules

established in the states.

“There is an existing

law against the

destruction of farm

produce in the Ministry of

Agriculture and the

governors need to enforce

the law by establishing

the task force. The

government may transfer

the ban enforcement to

ESN at no cost.

“It was agreed that the

action will eliminate

herders /farmers clashes

and bring an end to the

use of bushes as a criminal

hideout.

“World Igbo leaders also

called on the Eastern

governors and political

leaders in the South-East

to embrace the activities of

the ESN for the protection

of lives and properties of

our homelands.

“All hands must be on

deck now to ensure that

the rate of killings,

kidnappings, banditry,

armed robbery, and other

hideous crimes caused by

herdsmen in South East

are reduced drastically,”

Onwukwe said.

A-Ibom gov’s

aide cries over

invasion of farm

by herdsmen

Similarly, Senior Special

Assistant to the governor

of Akwa Ibom State,

Udom Emmanuel on

Marketing and Brand

Management, Mr. Ime

Uwah, has raised the

alarm over the invasion of

his farm by herdsmen.

Uwah said the farmland,

located along Airport

Road, Uyo, was first

invaded by the suspected

herders in July 2020, and

again last Wednesday.

He revealed that after

last year’s invasion, his

farm manager challenged

the herdsmen who

rebuffed him and cut his

hand with matchete.

According to him, the

latest incident happened

last Wednesday February

10, 2021, when the

herdsmen ong>setong> fire on

another farm near his

own, while the fire spread

and destroyed over 400

stands of plantains in his

farm.

Narrating his ordeal,

Uwah said: “Sometime in

July, last year, we had an

incident where herdsmen

passed through our farm

land. They normally pass

through the road, but

recently they started

entering our farms. That

particular day when their

cattle entered our farm,

they destroyed our

cassava and other crops.

“My farm manager

approached them and in

response, they decided to

attack him and cut his

hand. We followed up this

matter with the relevant

security agencies in the

state, including the Police

and the Civil Defence.

The Civil Defence has a

unit that oversees matters

of this nature and we

were working with them

to see who will pay for the

treatment but to no avail.

“Just last Wednesday,

they passed through the

farm again and destroyed

our plantation. They went

and ong>setong> fire on a farm

land close to my own. The

fire spread to my farm.

Thereafter, we tried to put

out the fire, they launched

another attack.

“My people actually

tried to put out the fire but

I woke up that night to see

fire again and this time it

burnt down 400 stands of

our plantation. They

threatened anybody that

got close to them. So it

looked as if their aim was

to burn down the entire

plantation.”

However, the state

police command is yet to

confirm the invasion of

the herdsmen as the

Police Public Relations

Officer, Mr. Odiko

Macdon, did not pick his

calls nor respond to text

message at press time last

night.

All leaders need

to work together

on insecurity —

Sokoto,

Zamfara govs

In a similar

development, Sokoto

State governor, Aminu

Tambuwal, and his

Zamfara State

counterpart, Alhaji Bello

Matawalle, yesterday

decried the security

situation in ong>Nigeriaong>,

saying the country’s

ON VALENTINE’S DAY—Some adult members of the Deeper Life Bible

Church praying for their youths against the ‘evils’ associated with the St.

Valentine’s Day celebration, during a Combined Sunday Worship Service at Suleja

Region, in Niger State, yesterday. Photo: NAN.

insecurity challenges

requires concerted and

collective effort to

resolve.

The two governors who

were in Boji-Boji, Owa,

Ika North East Local

Government Area, Delta

State to commiserate with

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

on the demise of his

father, Pa Arthur Okorie

Okowa, stated this while

speaking with newsmen

shortly after the

condolence visit.

Tambuwal, who is

chairman of the Peoples

Democratic Party, PDP

Governor’s Forum,

stressed the need for all

leaders to come together

and work hard to save the

situation.

He said: “Without

security, there can be no

development and there

can be no peace and you

need peace and security

to govern and you also

need peace and security

to carry out business

transactions and even

worship, so it’s key and

very fundamental for

development in any

society.

“So, my charge is that

all of us as leaders must

come together,

irrespective of whatever

views we may have in

terms of approach to how

the insecurity should be

resolved.

“We should all be seen

to be working together in

coming up with a synergy

and a template for

resolving all of these

conflicts.”

On the new service

chiefs, Tambuwal said

they should be given a

chance to show their

capacity to resolve the

lingering insecurity

issues in the country.

“They have just

resumed and I think they

should be given a chance

to work. They know the

issues and they know why

all of us and many

ong>Nigeriaong>ns came out to say

that the other service

chiefs should give way for

new hands to come in and

IMO backs NIMASA’s marine

litter action plan

Sof ECRETARY-General

the International

Maritime Organisation

(IMO) Kitack Lim, has

expressed support for the

Marine Litters and Micro

Plastic Action Plan of the

ong>Nigeriaong>n Maritime

Administration and Safety

Agency (NIMASA).

The NIMASA Action

Plan, according to the IMO

boss, will provide major

support to ensure a clean

and healthy ocean

ecosystem not only in the

ong>Nigeriaong>n coastline but the

entire region.

The Secretary General

made this assertion in his

goodwill message to the

launch event of the

NIMASA’s Revised Marine

Litters and Micro Plastic

Action Plan held virtually

at the agency headquarters

in Lagos.

Kitack Lim stated that the

world is dependent on the

rich ocean environment

and international trade

provided by shipping

clusters and the protection

of the ocean is vital to

ensuring a healthy planet.

In Lim’s words,

“Shipping must be

balanced with the safety of

life at sea, the long term

health, and diversity of

oceans and the

conservation of the marine

environment. Marine litter

is a great concern and the

discharge of garbage from

ships has been prohibited

since the 1980s by the

MARPOL convention and

additionally by the London

convention with each

protocol regulating and also

prohibiting the dumping of

plastics at the sea.”

The Secretary-General

further stated that IMO in

cooperation with the United

they should listen to the

people and do what is

required of them by

securing ong>Nigeriaong>ns,’’ he

said.

Matawalle on his part,

lamented that Zamfara

had been the epicentre of

banditry in Northern

ong>Nigeriaong>, adding that his

administration has

recorded a lot of successes

using the kinetic and

non-kinetic approach.

He said: “As a person, I

couldn’t just fold my arms

and watch my people

ong>beingong> killed. We have

been fighting that battle

using two approaches, the

kinetic and non-kinetic,

and we have recorded

some successes.

“We are all together, we

are the same as one and

we have been preaching

peace because we want

ong>Nigeriaong> to remain one.

The security of the nation is

not just for us as government

but for all of us and we have

lots of roles we can play as

individuals, so we can be at

peace as a nation.”

Nations Food and

Agriculture Organization

(FAO), and other relevant

international organizations

are striving to implement

the IMO Action Plan on

marine litters and to

contribute to the global

solution for preventing

marine plastic litters from

entering the ocean through

ship-based activities.

Declaring the proper

launch and take-off of the

action plan, the Director-

General of NIMASA Dr.

Bashir Jamoh noted that

80% of marine litters in the

ong>Nigeriaong> environment

originates from land-based

sources and that NIMASA

is committed to the

reduction and elimination

of unnecessary dumping

and improper waste

management as well as to

ensure a cleaner and safer

marine environment to

support a healthier and

sustainable human life.


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Prince Harry and Meghan: Culture can

be changed

By Chukwuma Ajakah

PRINCE HARRY and

Princess Meghan are no

strangers to controversy,

especially when it comes to the

conventional demands of

royal tradition and culture.

Sometime last year, the couple

publicly declared preference

for the generic title: Mr and

Mrs over the otherwise more

honorable designation:

Prince and Princess.

Prince Harry and Meghan,

the Duke and Duchess of

Sussex, announced their

decision to abdicate major

functions in the royal family

after a six-week Christmas

holiday they had in

Vancouver Island, Canada.

The couple had earlier made

an

astonishing

announcement about their

future plans on their

Instagram handle, stating that

they intend to be financially

independent as well as spend

time living partly in the United

Kingdom and North America:

“We intend to step back as

‘senior’ members of the Royal

Family and work to become

financially independent, while

continuing to fully support

Her Majesty, the Queen. This

geographic balance will

enable us to raise our son

(Archie) with an appreciation

for the royal tradition into

which he was born, while also

providing our family with the

space to focus on the next

chapter, including the launch

of our new charitable entity."

Reacting to the

announcement, Buckingham

Palace released a statement

saying: “Discussions with the

Duke and Duchess of Sussex

are at an early stage. We

understand their desire to take

a different approach, but these

are complicated issues that

will take time to work

through."

Their decision prompted

Queen Elizabeth II to arrange

an emergency four-way call

with Prince Charles, Prince

William and Prince Harry to

find an amicable solution to

the situation. Prince Charles

and William were mandated

to arrange meetings with 10

Downing Street, the Home

Office as well as their

American and Canadian

counterparts to discuss the

matter. The royal couple

appears uninterested in the

trappings of opulence

surrounding the royal stool. In

the quest to prove that culture

is dynamic, Prince Harry and

his wife, Meghan, plan to live

a simple life after vacating the

official “senior” role position

as key members of the royal

family. The decision itself

marks a departure from the

known royal tradition that the

monarchical family has

observed for centuries. The

culture of having its progenies

play assigned leadership roles

as they transit to higher

positions has been

interrupted. The heirapparent,

Prince Charles has

served for decades as the

Prince of Wales and Duke of

Edinburgh under the watch of

his mother, Queen Elizabeth

II

Ḟollowing the couple’s

resolve to quit their esteemed

position, the matriarch, Her

Royal Majesty, Queen

Elizabeth II issued a wellarticulated

speech indirectly

accepting their resignation,

after all entreaties to dissuade

them failed. The statement

•Harry and Meghan.

read in part: "My family and I

are entirely supportive of

Harry and Meghan’s desire to

create a new life as a young

family. Although we would

have preferred them to remain

full-time working members of

the Royal Family, we respect

and understand their wish to

live a more independent life

as a family while remaining a

valued part of my family.

Harry and Meghan have

made clear that they do not

want to be reliant on public

funds in their new lives. It has,

therefore, been agreed that

there will be a period of

transition in which the

Sussexes will spend time in

Canada and the UK."

The Prince and Princess

must be pretty aware of the

corresponding consequences

of their novel stance. On

January 18, 2020,

Buckingham Palace

announced that beginning

from the spring of that year,

Harry and Meghan will no

longer use the titles of His and

Her Royal Highness since

they are no longer working

royals. The palace also

revealed that the couple will

no longer be entitled to public

funds for royal duties. On the

international scene, they are

also stripped of some of the

rare privileges their nobility

attracts. The Canadian

government announced last

February that it will no longer

provide them security after

they formally step down. A

statement from the federal

office of the Minister of Public

Safety read: “As the Duke and

Duchess are currently

recognised as Internationally

Protected Persons, Canada

has an obligation to provide

security assistance as-needed.

The assistance will cease in the

coming weeks, in keeping

with their change in status."

It was also reported that the

couple has stopped using their

“SussexRoyal” brand due to

“specific UK government

rules surrounding the use of

the word ‘Royal’.” Their last

official appearance as

working members of the

monarchy was the

Commonwealth Day service

at London’s Westminster

Abbey which they attended on

March 9, 2020.

Prince Harry pledged

unalloyed loyalty to the crown

while speaking at an event for

his charity, Sentebale on

January 19, 2020: "Our hope

was to continue serving the

Queen, the Commonwealth,

and my military associations,

but without public funding.

Unfortunately, that wasn't

possible... It has been our

privilege to serve you, and we

will continue to lead a life of

service."

The couple’s involvement in

diverse secular endeavours is

also a deviation from the norm

and a demonstration of their

intent on creating a new way

of life. The couple has

reportedly delved into

education, acting and charity,

signing deals and actively

interpreting roles. On the 75th

anniversary of the classic

children's program, Thomas &

Friends, Prince Harry

recorded an introduction for

a special episode titled:

Thomas and the Royal Engine.

The program features Queen

Elizabeth II and Prince

Charles in animated

characters. Similarly, on

March 26, 2020, the Duchess

was formerly announced as

the narrator of the new Disney

film: Elephant. The Disney

project is the Princess’ first job

since she got married. The

Disneynature channel had

explicitly unveiled her role in

the children’s movie:

Disneynature’s Elephant, an

original movie narrated by

Meghan, The Duchess of

Sussex, starts streaming April

3."

Moreover, the royal couple

signed a multi-year deal with

Netflix to produce content for

the production with the

possibility of making

appearances on camera. The

couple said in a statement last

September: "We are pleased

to work with Ted and the team

at Netflix whose

unprecedented reach will help

us share impactful content

that unlocks action through

our work with diverse

communities and their

environments, to shining a

light on people and causes

around the world, our focus

will be on creating content that

informs but also gives hope.”

At present, the couple resides

in California, USA and pays

for personal security without

the assistance of either the

American or the British

government. However, the

couple expresses committed

interest in serving the

community and showing love

to humanity. Last April, Harry

and Meghan announced the

name of their non-profit

foundation which will provide

services to emotional support

groups and educational

empire and wellong>beingong> website.

In an interview granted to The

Telegraph, the Prince

remarked on the motivation

for founding Archewell:

“Before SussexRoyal, came

the idea of ‘arche’ the Greek

word meaning ‘source of

action. We connected to this

concept for the charitable

organisation we hoped to

build one day, and it became

the inspiration for our son’s

name."

The new lifestyle has begun

as the couple has moved into

the house they bought last

August in Santa Barbara,

California, U.S. Their

representative confirmed to

CNN that: "The Duke and

Duchess of Sussex have ong>setong>tled

into the quiet privacy of their

community since their arrival

and hope that this will be

respected for their neighbours,

as well as for them as a family."

However, the couple wishes to

continue using Frogmore

Cottage in Windsor, England,

as their official residence, but

intends to foot the necessary

bills such as rents and

miscellaneous running costs.


30— Vanguard, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2021

Zaha warns Eze

not to dump

ong>Nigeriaong> for England

Cote d’Ivoire and Crystal

Palace winger, Wilfred

Zaha has sounded a note

of warning to his clubmate

Eberechi Eze to think twice before

making a decision on his

international future.

He said he was dumped by

England after he played two

friendly matches for the Three

Lions.

Zaha played regularly for England

at the U23 level before

stepping up to the senior team

where he played in two friendly

matches against Sweden in

2012 against and Scotland in

2013.

In 2018, Zaha made a U Turn

and pledged his loyalty to Cote

d’Ivoire. Zaha has since established

himself as a regular and

even attended the Africa Cup

of Nations with the Elephants.

Joshua

Anthony Joshua’s £200million

fight with Tyson Fury could

be signed as early as next week.

Reports say Joshua is due to meet

with his promoter Eddie Hearn

this week to discuss the finer details

of what will be the biggest

bout in British boxing history.

A first draft of the fight contract

was exchanged a fortnight ago,

and with the exception of a handful

of unresolved minor points, including

the order of the ringwalks

and whose name appears first on

the billing, there is believed to be

a clear path to the completion of

the paperwork.

The location of the fight will not

“It was just like I was rejected

by England because for four

years they never gave me a look

in as I wasn’t called up again. No

one even gave a thought about me

anymore,” Zaha told CNN.

“Four years is a long time in football,

so I have no regret switching

nationality because no one

thought of me.”

He recalled that Cote

d’Ivoire that he earlier rejected

welcomed him with

open arms. “Even though I

told them no, they still had

the belief in me and still

wanted me because they

knew what I could do for the

team.

“As for me, no regrets over

dumping England because I

am happy with the decision I

made.”

be finalised until after the contracts

are signed, but the Middle

East remains the likeliest destination

for a date in June.

There has been interest from

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Dubai, Abu

Dhabi, the US, Australia and Singapore,

with a large site fee required

to partially cover the huge

purses for both men.

The split for the fight will be 50-

50 between Joshua, the WBA, IBF,

WBO and IBO champion, and

Fury, the holder of the WBC belt.

The proposed rematch is understood

to be on the terms of the

winner of the first fight drawing

a favourable 60-40 split.

Kamaru Usman knocks out Burns

to retain UFA title

ong>Nigeriaong>’s Kamaru Usman re

tained his welterweight title

with a third-round knockout

of Gilbert Burns at UFA 258 at the

Apex facility in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Usman floored Burns with a

straight jab in the third round and

went ahead to land devastating

punches before referee Herb

Dean decided to stop the fight.

Kamaru Usman has now taken

his overall MMA win streak to 17

in a row and he hasn’t lost a fight

since May 2013.

The ong>Nigeriaong>n Nightmare is a

perfect 13-0 in the UFC and he’s

currently overseeing the longest

winning streak in welterweight,

a record he took from Georges

Saint Pierre.

Speaking after the win Usman

said: “That was the thing with me,

even when I first kind of started

and was striking, it was a lot of

Fury

Joshua/Fury’s £200m

mega-fight deal may be

done this week

that Dutch kickboxing. It gets you

tough and lets you defend a lot of

shots.

“I wanted to work that southpaw,

and I wanted to work that jab. I

just worked it, and worked it a lot.

Coach Trevor Wittman said, ‘You

need to stay on that jab. you have

a freaking good jab.” he said.

Usman also called out long term

rival Jorge Masvidal, saying he’s

ready to give him another title

shot.

Kamaru

Simon

Eze

Moses Simon on

target for Nantes

Super Eagles star Moses Simon yes

terday opened the scoring for

Nantes, who defeated host, Angers 3-

1in their Ligue 1 clash.

Simon put Les Canaries ahead in the

fourth minute, finishing off a superb pass from, French

midfielder, Ludovic Blas.

It is Simon’s third goal in 19 Ligue 1 matches this season.

The ong>Nigeriaong>n international is yet to hit last season’s form,

which saw him won the club fans player of the year and also

earned him a four-year contract at Stade de la Beaujoire.

Australian Open:

Djokovic

overcomes injury

to beat Raonic,

zoom into q/

finals

Novak Djokovic fought into

the quarter-finals of the Australian

Open despite concerns

over a muscle injury, seeing off

Milos Raonic in four ong>setong>s

Djokovic’s hopes of defending

his title appeared to be in doubt

when he said he had a “muscle

tear” and was unsure whether he

would play the fourth-round

clash.

But his history of dominance over

Raonic was perhaps a motivating

factor in him taking to the court

and he stretched his head to head

lead to 12-0 with his 300th grand

slam win, becoming only the second

player in history to reach the

landmark.

He did not have it all his own

way, a spirited Raonic levelling

matters in the second ong>setong> after losing

the first on a tie-break.

However, Djokovic was in control

thereafter, progressing 7-6 (7-

4) 4-6 6-1 6-4, though a last-eight

meeting with Alexander Zverev

may prove a sterner test.

Ligue 1: Super Eagles hopeful,

Moffi can’t stop scoring

Struggling Lorient have

risen to 17th on the

Ligue 1 table after ong>Nigeriaong>n

striker Terem Moffi netted

a brace to earn a valuable

2-2 draw for his side at

high-flying Monaco.

Moffi has been turning

heads since scoring a fine

winner in Lorient’s 2-1 win

Galatasaray are looking to

sell Senegalese striker

Mbaye Diagne in the summer

to fund the permanent acquisition

of Henry Onyekuru.

Diagne has been loaned out

to Premier League strugglers

West Brom for the remainder

of the 2020-2021 campaign.

According to Turkish sports

daily Fanatik, Diagne, who

was bought for 13 million

euros from Kasimpasa in

January 2019, could be

offloaded for a fee of six million

euros.

There is an option to buy,

until June 11, 2021, ong>setong> at 4.35

million euros in the deal taking

Onyekuru from Monaco

to the Lions.

Galatsaray are operating under

Financial Fair Play restrictions

and cannot bring in new

players without gener- ating

r e v e n u e s

through the sell

of players.

Onyekuru was

loaned out

t o

Moffi

over champions PSG a couple of

weeks ago, including grabbing

the attention of Super Eagles head

coach Gernot Rohr.

The former Kortrijk striker

grabbed his seventh and eighth

goal of the league campaign to lift

Lorient out of the relegation zone

for the first time this year

And the Lukaku-like forward,

with a man-ofthe-match

performance,

showed

he is no flash in

the pan with another

excellent

display at the

Stade Louis II Stadium

on Valentine’s

Day.

Moffi’s first came

from the penalty

spot in the seventh

minute, the

ong>Nigeriaong>n converting

beautifully

from 12-yards out

– his seventh goal

in Ligue 1 – after

M o n a c o ’ s

Benjamin Lecomte

tripped Yoane

Wissa in the host’s

danger area.

Wissam Ben

Yedder equalized

for the

home side also

from the penalty

spot shortly after

the break but the

spectacular Moffi

show was far from ong>beingong>

over.

The ex-Kortrijk ace has

been leading the visitors’

charge up the

French league able from the relegation

zone, and he was at it yet

again on the hour-mark to bag his

eighth goal in his last nine appearances

in all competitions.

A Djibril Sidibe defensive blunder

allowed Moffi advance on

goal and he punished the Frenchman’s

error to place Lorient back

in the driving seat.

But Yedder equallized with a

magnificent volley deep in injury

time to deny Moffi and Lorient all

the three points at stake.

Moffi, who joined Lorient for €8

million, has been the French

side’s most remarkable player

this term, keeping them within a

touching distance of safety in the

league.

Galatasaray looking to sell Diague to

fund permanent deal for Onyekuru

Galatasaray for the third time

in his career during the January

transfer window and has

been in fine form since his return

to the Istanbul club, scoring

three goals and providing

an assist in his first three

matches in the Super Lig.

The 23-year-old has a contract

with his

parent

club, Mon

a c o

until

June

30,

2024.

Onyekuru


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TODAY’S CROSSWORD

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TODAY’S PUZZLE

Sudoku

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ACROSS

1 Dramatist (10)

7 Be compatible and friendly (3,2,3)

8 Mature (4)

9 Ballet dancer's skirt (4)

10 Rectified (7)

12 Eternally (11)

14 Horse-soldiers (7)

16 Fail to include (4)

19 Without feeling (4)

20 Evaluate (8)

21 One not given to travel (4,2,4)

DOWN

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2 Airman (7)

3 Timber (4)

4 Notorious (8)

5 Long-legged long-necked wading bird (5)

6 Rapid (6)

11 Shortest month (8)

12 Pestilence (6)

13 Lower back pain (7)

15 Head of a community of monks (5)

17 Savour (5)

18 Catch sight of (4)

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two of the same number).

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

(nine blocks) contains number from 1 through 9. This means

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